Iraq, Energy, Global Warming: All Interlinked
Withdrawing From Iraq
The idea is not to withdraw from Iraq and let that new state collapse. The idea is to withdraw in a way that every inch of military withdrawal is replaced by two inches of fervent political activity.
Obama Gameplan: Stable, Democratic Iraq
If withdrawal leads to some kind of a breakdown, that means going right back in, not abandoning. But I don't think there will be a breakdown. The US military leaving will mean the Al Qaeda's number one gripe will have disappeared. They will have lost wind.
Iraq will do just fine. Iraq will do better once the US military has left.
Energy Solution: Go Nuclear
Before the steam engine, we had wind energy: we called them sails. Steam became diesel. And now there is talk to go back to wind. Makes no sense. There is no going back, there is only going forward.
All countries on earth deserve to grow their economies. Imagine a 7% growth rate per year for every country on earth, especially the poor countries. And do the math on how much energy consumption that will mean. You very quickly realize the only option is nuclear.
The Energy Solution: Nuclear Energy
The Apollo project is not to set up wind farms across the country so that we can no longer see the sun during the day. The Apollo project is to speed up research so as to find ways to make good with the waste generated from the nuclear energy plants.
Global Warming Is Also Energy Solution
No one country can tackle global warming. That also happens to be true of the energy crisis. There is a need for a global effort, a global collaboration, global ground rules.
For example, you can not have 10,000 nuclear weapons, and keep doing research to build new ones and then go around the world telling others they may not have it. That is nuclear apartheid. The long term goal has to be total disarmament. Only within that clear commitment to that long term goal can the short term goal of nonproliferation be achieved.
The International Atomic Agency will have to be given much more teeth. All nuclear energy plants all over the world will have to come under the strict regime of that agency. The strictest safety regulations must be designed and enforced. And then peaceful use of nuclear energy must be encouraged across the world.
Economic growth is a legitimate goal of any sovereign country. Energy needs will dramatically rise over the next few decades as they should. And they have to be met with nuclear energy.
JFK, Obama Parallels: Catholic, Black
In The News
Al Qaeda Strikes Back Foreign Affairs Decisively defeating al Qaeda will be more difficult now than it would have been a few years ago. ...... it will only be a matter of time before al Qaeda strikes the U.S. homeland again. ...... up to 60,000 Pakistani volunteers had served in the Taliban militia before 9/11, alongside dozens of active-duty Pakistani army advisers and even small Pakistani army commando units ......... For the next two years, al Qaeda focused on surviving -- and, with the Taliban, on building a new base of operations around Quetta, in the Baluchistan region of Pakistan. ....... Iraq, where it had little or no presence before 9/11. ....... al Qaeda in Iraq has continued to orchestrate massacres against Shiites in Baghdad. ...... suicide bombings and the use of improvised explosive devices, became commonplace in Afghanistan. Taliban attacks rose from 1,632 in 2005 to 5,388 in 2006, according to the U.S. military, and suicide operations grew from 27 in 2005 to 139 in 2006. ....... Al Qaeda has also developed closer ties to Kashmiri terrorist groups, such as and Lashkar-e-TaibaJaish-e-Muhammad. ....... the hijacking of an Indian airliner by Kashmiri terrorists -- an operation .... since correctly described as the "dress rehearsal" for 9/11. ....... the spectacular multiple bombings that rocked Mumbai last July had the marks of al Qaeda's modus operandi ........ beyond Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq ..... al Qaeda records most of its operations and transmits the gruesome coverage to jihadi Web sites all over the world ........ promising to bankrupt Washington in Afghanistan and Iraq ..... some 4,500 overtly jihadi Web sites ..... the growing breadth of its ambitions and its increasing reach throughout the Middle East ....... Muriel Degauque, a Belgian woman and a convert to Islam, who blew herself up in a car-bomb attack against a U.S. convoy in Iraq in November 2005 ...... Pakistan received 400,000 visits from British residents in 2004 ...... the United Kingdom has become a focal point of al Qaeda's activities in the West. ...... some 200 networks of Muslims of South Asian descent were being monitored in the United Kingdom ....... terrorist plots in the United Kingdom "often have links back to al Qaeda in Pakistan ....... Since 2001, these foot soldiers are suspected of having plotted 30 or so attacks on targets in the United Kingdom or aircraft leaving for the United States. ....... independent, copycat operation ..... Al Qaeda's growing connections to Europe have made the United States more vulnerable ....... the plot last August to destroy ten commercial airliners en route from the United Kingdom to the United States ...... cultivating stronger operational connections and relationships that radiate outward from their leaders' secure hideout in Pakistan to affiliates throughout the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe .... expanding reach in Europe. Its leadership is intact. .... al Qaeda is well placed to threaten global security in the near future. .. thrives on failed and failing states ...... The Jihad Movement in Bangladesh was one of the original signatories of bin Laden's 1998 declaration of war on the West. ...... Somalia has been a failed state for almost two decades ..... In Algeria, meanwhile, al Qaeda is trying to revive the civil war that killed over 100,000 people in the 1990s. The Algerian Islamist movement the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat, known by its French initials GSPC, swore allegiance to bin Laden last year, and he ordered that the group be renamed al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. It has since attacked oil targets and police stations, hoping that a spectacular series of assaults, especially on Western targets, could reignite the civil war. ......... he was eagerly looking forward to an American nuclear attack on Iran. ..... Al Qaeda would especially like a full-scale U.S. invasion and occupation of Iran, which would presumably oust the Shiite regime in Tehran, further antagonize Muslims worldwide, and expand al Qaeda's battlefield against the United States so that it extends from Anbar Province in the west to the Khyber Pass in the east. It understands that the U.S. military is already too overstretched to invade Iran, but it expects Washington to use nuclear weapons. ......... al Qaeda will deliberately provoke a war with a "false-flag" operation ...... it should not consider a military operation against Iran, as doing so would only strengthen al Qaeda's hand -- much as the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq have. ........ The organization is more diffuse, and its components operate more independently. Bin Laden continues to influence its direction and provide general guidance and, on occasion, specific instructions. But overall the movement is more loosely structured, which leaves more room for independent and copycat terrorist operations. .......... target al Qaeda's leaders ...... NATO should reach out to India as well: New Delhi has already provided half a billion dollars in aid for Afghanistan, and, having long been a target of Islamist terrorism, India has a national interest in defeating it. ...... Since 2001, the international community has delivered far less aid per capita to Afghanistan, one of the world's poorest countries, than it has to recovering states such as Bosnia. ....... Musharraf .. his government has tolerated those who harbor bin Laden and his lieutenants, Taliban fighters and their Afghan fellow travelers, and Kashmiri terrorists. .... Many senior Pakistani politicians say privately that they believe Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) still has extensive links to bin Laden; some even claim it harbors him. ...... a systematic crackdown on all terrorists -- Arab, Afghan, and Kashmiri -- is critical ....... Pakistan should no longer be rewarded for its selective counterterrorism efforts. (Washington has already given it some $10 billion in aid since 9/11.) ....... If it makes sense to bring democracy to Afghanistan, then surely it makes sense to bring it to Pakistan. The prevailing theory that strongmen such as Musharraf make for better counterterrorism partners is a canard; Musharraf, for one, has not delivered the goods. ...... disengage from the civil war in Iraq, with a complete, orderly, and phased troop withdrawal ..... Al Qaeda's own propaganda indicates that it fears the Shiites' wrath after the United States' departure ......... the war of ideas. Washington must learn to develop more compelling narratives for its actions. ...... bring peace to Palestine and Kashmir ...... The president of the United States must get personally involved in brokering peace in both instances. ........ a failure to adjust U.S. strategy would increase the risk that al Qaeda will launch another "raid" on the United States, this time perhaps with a weapon of mass destruction. ....... According to Saudi officials, these public messages came with secret orders from bin Laden instructing cells to attack soft targets in Saudi Arabia. ....... The al Qaeda apparatus in the kingdom, which had been quiescent, exploded into action between 2003 and 2006 -- triggering the most serious and sustained domestic violence since the creation of modern Saudi Arabia in the early twentieth century. ........ The backbone of the al Qaeda movement in the kingdom was apparently broken. ..... (Zarqawi took credit for the plot but claimed that the Jordanian authorities fabricated the presence of chemical weapons; as he put it, if his group possessed such a device, "we would not hesitate one second to use it on Israeli cities.") ..... al Qaeda is still too weak to overthrow established governments equipped with effective security services; it needs failed states to thrive.
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Google, Salesforce Deepen Ties MSNBC citing its ultrafast development and simple design as paragons of Internet software ...... Salesforce's success--the company expects to grow 45% this year to at least $722 million in revenues--it isn't mature enough to absorb substantial acquisitions itself. ....... strengthen each company's hand as they prepare to battle Microsoft (MSFT), which is developing online versions of its sales management and other software ...... The companies have combined Salesforce.com with Google Maps to help sales staff find meetings. ....... Google's OneBox appliance server lets companies search data inside Salesforce's program. ...... Salesforce sells Google's Docs & Spreadsheets software through its AppExchange online store. ....... "We have a goal to make every Salesforce user an AdWords entrepreneur." ...... "Google's entry into the business software market could radically alter the competitive environment and make growth very difficult for incumbents like Microsoft" ...... a glut of venture capital-backed on-demand software companies, and the buyout wave sweeping the business software market could soon extend to them ...... Innovation Advisors, a technology-focused investment bank ....... Workday, the on-demand HR software startup founded by PeopleSoft founder David Duffield, which has raised $35 million in funding from Duffield and Greylock Partners ...... Salesforce earned $730,000 on $162.4 million in revenue and added 2,500 customers
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