Ragged Clown

It's just a shadow you're seeing that he's chasing…


Tag Archives: war

Nov
12
2018

When do we forget?

Mrs Clown and I attended the Remembrance Day parade in Bristol yesterday. My nan and grandad took me to my first parade in Footscray in, maybe, 1972. I was in the first rank of the Bexleyheath parade as a Sea … Continue reading

May
5
2011

In Our Times

I’m reading the biography of Winston Churchill by Max Hastings and I’m also following along with The Orwell Diaries on RSS. I’m at a similar point in both stories and what strikes me most forcefully is how bleak those times … Continue reading

Feb
17
2011

Conspiracy revisited

Anyone remember the Iraq War? Bush and Cheney made a bunch of claims about Iraq that weren’t true…most people didn’t believe them until they sent Powell up to make a big speech at the UN… …remember? Their source – curveball … Continue reading

Mar
7
2010

Still Angry After All These Years

I experience stabbing pains of guilt when I read about the Iraq Inquiry in Britain. That  horrible story no longer moves me to anger; I just shake my head and keep walking. I am sincerely grateful, therefore, to Daniel Larison … Continue reading

Jan
26
2010

They hate us for our freedom

Daniel Larison on anti-jihadism. For most of the last decade, our preference in and out of government has been to deny that U.S. and allied policies had anything to do with jihadist attacks and their ability to recruit and win … Continue reading

Feb
5
2009

If only we knew then what we know now

Early in the morning of February 2, the Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction released Hard Lessons, a summary of all that has gone wrong in postwar Iraq. Hard Lessons may be the single most dismaying state paper released by an … Continue reading

Jan
26
2009

Great Leaders

Hands up who, in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006, when the president said “Absolutely, we’re winning” thought the mainstream media was distorting the news to make it appear that the president was misleading the public? Anyone? No? Me neither. “Absolutely, … Continue reading

Jan
13
2009

Good things might happen

This may well be the first time that someone from the other side has shown any sign of understanding my opposition to the Iraq War. As many war supporters pointed out, then and now, there were all sorts of positive … Continue reading

Nov
26
2008

Military spending is discretionary too

There is a campaign among the military-industrialists to set a floor on defense spending at 4% of GDP as “the only way we can stop the inexorable slide of national defense.” This article argues why percentage of GDP is the … Continue reading

Nov
20
2008

It’ll pay for itself

Remember the Iraq War? Now that Bush and Maliki have agreed on the timetable for withdrawal that amounted to surrender back when democrats supported it, Andy McCarthy, in the Nation Review, suddenly notices that INCONVENIENT FACT: THE IRAQIS DON’T LIKE … Continue reading