Quote of the Day, 2-27-09

“Experience teaches that a strong memory is generally joined to a weak judgment.” -Michel de Montaigne, Essays

Quote of the Day, 2-26-09

“For truth itself does not have the privilege to be employed at any time and in every way; its use, noble as it is, has its circumscriptions and limits.” -Michel de Montaigne, Essays

Quote of the Day, 2-25-09

“It is more of a job to interpret the interpretations than to interpret the things, and there are more books about books than about any other subject: we do nothing but write glosses about each other.” -Michel de Montaigne, Essays

Quote of the Day, 2-24-09

“A man must be a little mad if he does not want to be even more stupid.” -Michel de Montaigne, Essays

Quote of the Day, 2-23-09

“I speak the truth, not my fill of it, but as much as I dare speak; and I dare to do so a little more as I grow old.” -Michel de Montaigne, Essays

Quote(s) of the Day, 2-20-09

“I find that the best goodness I have has some tincture of vice.”

“I will follow the good side right to the fire, but not into it if I can help it.”

“It (marriage) happens as with cages: the birds without despair to get in, and those within despair of getting out.” -Michel de Montaigne, Essays

Quote(s) of the Day, 2-17-09

“It should be noted that children at play are not playing about; their games should be seen as their most serious-minded activity.”

“It is good to rub and polish our brain against that of others.” -Michel de Montaigne, Essays


Feinstein Followup

Simple followup, really, to the other day’s disclosure by Sen. Diane Feinstein that U.S. drones may or may not operate from bases in Pakistan.

I’m so, so shocked that Pakistan was railing against American intrusion, while secretly giving a wink and a nudge.  Really, I’m so shocked that I’m…not shocked.  I figured they had to approve, in a subrosa fashion, of these operations.  If they didn’t approve of them in some fashion, they would have actually taken substantive action, despite their supposed puppet status.

Even if it had been Bush and Co. keeping the Pakistanis from objecting in some fashion, the attacks have continued under Obama.  So if the only factor preventing the Pakistanis from actually doing something had been Bush (and I seriously doubt that he’s been keeping them down this past year; did he or anyone else in his adminstration cause fear in the hearts of anyone in the past year?), that has been removed; wouldn’t the drones have stopped by now?

However, I do think that their protest after the ground operation last year was genuine.  I don’t have any specific evidence, but I have a gut feeling that it just went too far for them to even privately approve of.  Drones shooting missiles are one thing; they aren’t physically on the ground.  Despite how much the Pakistani government has bent over backwards to perform for the US government, they do still have a sense of national pride.

Honestly, I’d figured out that the Pakistanis knew several months ago.  I didn’t expect that they might actually be operating from Pakistan.  Let’s wait and see how the story pans out before we really rush to judgment.

(If this doesn’t make much sense, it’s because I haven’t had enough sleep.  I will be getting more momentarily.  Any comments are welcome, and any improvements to my logic and thought would be greatly appreciated.)

Quote(s) of the Day, 2-13-09

“A man of understanding has lost nothing, if he has himself.”

“Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know.”

-Michel de Montaigne, Essays

Rep. Feinstein’s Foot, Meet Rep. Feinstein’s Mouth

Whoopsies.

A senior U.S. lawmaker said Thursday that unmanned CIA Predator aircraft operating in Pakistan are flown from an airbase inside that country, a revelation likely to embarrass the Pakistani government and complicate its counterterrorism collaboration with the United States.

The disclosure by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, marked the first time a U.S. official had publicly commented on where the Predator aircraft patrolling Pakistan take off and land.

[snip]

The CIA declined to comment, but former U.S. intelligence officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the information, confirmed that Feinstein’s account was accurate.

What I think is that Pakistan needs Obi-Wan Kenobi right about now: “These aren’t the drones you’re looking for.”

Draw your own conclusions on how screwed the Pakistani government is now.

Imagine Pres. Zardari saying “Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope.” (I couldn’t resist)

(H/T Information Dissemination)

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