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Targeting Tehran

Will the US try invading Iran to find "sophisticated" weapons? What counts as "sophisticated"?

Sophisticated: advanced, ahead in development, complex or intricate;

To use this in an example: Iran is supplying sophisticated explosive devices to insurgents that have killed hundreds of our heroes fighting in neighboring Iraq for a cause they overwhelmingly support. This has been proven by tracing serial numbers.

In response to the article: I'm glad that you provided a fair look at things, showing a viewpoint from both opinions of the war. I'm also glad to see that you also gave us a thorough and conclusive alternative solution to this problem.

Since we're defining things:Sarcasm - witty language used to convey insults or scorn

Shawn Girardi

Pittsburgh, PA

Feb 16 2007 - 12:30pm

McCain Mutiny

What you are seeing in Arizona is an attempt by the grassroot Republicans to hold their leaders accountable for their actions when they deviate from the party platform.

The power flows up from the grassroots level and not down from the top. Unfortunately, many party officials and office holders have forgotten this.

By the way, Randy Pullen, the state GOP committee chair is not anti-immigrant. He is anti-illegal immigrant. There is a huge difference.

Tom Bass

Phoenix, AZ

Feb 16 2007 - 12:01pm

White History 101

It is a measure of my generation's obsession with race that we would bend over backwards over the years to include blacks in the historical experience, sometimes undeservedly, and STILL Mr Younge entitles his article "White History 101." I've come to the conclusion that The Lousiest Generation will never get over it.

As for Mr. Blake, He was a bus driver: How many white bus drivers of renown besides the fictitious Ralph Kramden do we know? What would the race-obsessed like to do, enshrine Mr. Blake on Mt Rushmore?

I only celebrate American History, and that includes everybody.

Charles H. Thornton

Reisterstown, Maryland

Feb 16 2007 - 11:40am

Before the Law

Vivian Gornick's review of the new Isaac Bashevis Singer biography is dense and I am not sure I fully understand it. But I have read a lot of Singer's stories and always end up with a feeling of utter despair. I have never been sure what to make of him.

What I, however, have always kept from Singer is a comment he made at the start of his story Shosha: His people had lived in Poland for almost a thousand years yet spoke hardly any Polish. Their lives were regulated by two dead languages, Hebrew and Aramaic, and all thought was devoted to knowing the rituals appropriate for a Temple which had ceased to exist 1900 years earlier.

This is the culture Arnold Toynbee called a fossil, for which he was attacked as an anti-Semite. But any attempt to make this fossilized culture meaningful is doomed to failure. Singer knew this.

Norman Ravitch

Savannah, GA

Feb 16 2007 - 10:58am

What Kind of Economy?

Just as a minor point to an otherwise excellent article: Climate change is real, and coastal flooding is going to happen.

But the main mechanism has been shown by NASA's analysis of global warming on Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, to be a solar cycle at work, and any intelligent observer should realize that this item changes many other things.

John D. Froelich

Upper Darby, Pennsylvania

Feb 16 2007 - 3:59am

Targeting Tehran

The US government insists that Iran is supplying Iraqi insurgents with "sophisticated weaponry". Will the US try invading Iran to find "sophisticated" weapons? What counts as "sophisticated"?

They could look for militants in Tod's loafers, wearing Marc Jacobs, carrying Louis Vuitton messenger bags while spritzing themselves with Acqua di Parma, browsing Town and Country. Does Aston Martin make Iranian tanks?

George W. Bush is wagging the dog, trying to bait-and-switch American attention from US failure in Iraq. How many Americans will fall to the mass hysteria this time?

This nation cannot budget in human numbers, or in dollars, escalation in American initiated violence.


Jerie Leep

Vian, Oklahoma

Feb 16 2007 - 2:16am


Ms. Williams,

Your perspective is so refreshing. Your capacity to review Barack Obama's life situation from many dimensions is welcome. He is really an extraordinary individual who I have watched as he has grown in Illinois politics.

At the age of 68 and having voted for John Kennedy as my first Presidential vote at 21, I must say that Senator Obama has even more to offer our nation. He chose to be a community organizer in the worst of Chicago neighborhoods. He has experienced real life and it was his choice.

There is nothing more basic and tough than being a community organizer and doing it well. Thank you for contributing such a sensitive piece to what will certainly be an interesting dialog.

Sandra F. Taenzer

Elgin, IL

Feb 16 2007 - 12:49am

Thelma and Louise Imperialism

Excellent article. I circulated it. I believe it is crucial that as many folks as possible understand and prepare for the actions of those vile, war-loving, mass-murdering, torturing destroyers of our beloved Constitution, the Current Occupants of the White House.

They already have so much blood on thier hands a few million more destroyed lives are mere commas to them. They think the oil under the sands belongs to US.

Thomas Shefchik

San Jose, CA

Feb 15 2007 - 5:23pm


Dear Ms. Williams,

What a great article! I always wonder why a black candidate has to be black enough for black people. It is insane. We want someone who is black, but don't want him to exhibit his intelligence or want him to be a shouter à la Al Sharpton. By the way, I did not know Obama was from Hawaii. Was he born in Hawaii? If he was, then that's what is intriguing to me. It would be refreshing to have someone in the White House from one of the non-contiguous United States. Well done, Ms. Williams. I really hope they turn this into a blog. Being that the majority of people posting are not people fo color. I would be very interested in their thoughts on the subject. Also, I am very disappointed in Stanley Crouch even participating in such a conversation? The man is a noted scholar yet he lowers himself/standards to speak about the "blackness" of Barack Obama. Mr. Crouch loses credibility with me in that respect. Keep up the great work and I look forward to reading more of your writing at The Nation and elsewhere.

Kelli Francis

Atlanta, GA

Feb 15 2007 - 3:58pm

Dude! Where's My Debate?

Although I agree with Eric Alterman on fair trade, I'd like to remind him that just because "the majority of Americans" supports something doesn't make it a good idea.

I'm sure "the majority of Americans" support many things to which Alterman is vehemently opposed; would he appeal to their alleged wisdom then?

Jonathan Wallace

Chapel Hill, North Caroline

Feb 15 2007 - 2:01pm