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May 08, 2006



I'm thinking that maybe instead of spending $30/mo for my parrot's toilet, maybe I should just start printing this myself, once I run out of my supply of these. That way I'll have more cash available for Ambien and Chivas.

richard mcenroe

The NYT increased its circulation one half of one percent... in a year in which it made a major financial and resource commitment to positioning itself as a nationwide paper.

In other words, they tried to boost their customer base from around +/-9,000,000 to 260,000,000+... and picked up around 70,000 new readers.

This is the point where the very nervous marketing guy has to tell the board, "That's all the customers you got."


sounds like they need a PR director...

5. The role that the Islamic party and the Islamic Scholars Committee play in numbing the Sunni people through the media is a dangerous role. It has been proven from the course of the events that the American investment in the Party and the Committee were not in vain. In spite of the gravity of the events, they were able to calm down the Sunni people, justify the enemy deeds, and give the enemy the opportunity to do more work without any recourse and supervision. This situation stemmed from two matters:
n First, their media power is presented by their special radio and TV stations as the sole Sunni information source, coupled with our weak media which is confined mainly to the Internet, without a flyer or newspaper to present these events.

n Second, in the course of their control of the majority of the speakers at mosques who convert right into wrong and wrong into right, and present Islam in a sinful manner and sins in a Muslim manner. At the same time we did not have any positive impact or benefits from our operations.


One blogger said AP actually did a fair job reporting the AQ doc tough, of course, it left out the part about how AQ's biggest success is manipulating the western press.

Cecil Turner
The policy followed by the brothers in Baghdad is a media oriented policy without a clear comprehensive plan to capture an area or an enemy center. Other word, the significance of the strategy of their work is to show in the media that the American and the government do not control the situation and there is resistance against them.
Heh. In other words, their cause is hopeless without help from the US media. Luckily for them, they continue to get it.

Ah, but those brave insurgents need our help. What if our revolution had had a bad press in England, where would we be now?

richard mcenroe

Actually, our Revolution did have Members of Parliament standing up to protest their Evil George's handling of the war... and look how that turned out.

Appalled Moderate

Al Qaeda isn't the insurgency in Iraq. It's just a piece of it. Love to know how the rest of the Dead End Kids are getting on over there before getting too excited.

Interesting information, nonetheless. Those Al Q types do write interesting memos to themselves.


The sustaining momentum of the insurgency, besides MSM support, is a 'War for Oil', as the Sunni battle for the oil they originally stole from the Kurds and Shia.

Cecil Turner

Al Qaeda isn't the insurgency in Iraq. It's just a piece of it.

Yes, but:

  1. It's the piece we're most interested in (y'know, that whole 9/11 thing that Iraq supposedly had no connection with); and
  2. It's the piece causing the bulk of the casualties.
Hearing their despondent take on the military situation is news, and it's good news. (That latter fact perhaps explaining why it's getting so little play.)


It seems that AQ is being spotted in Canada including someone we think was trying to place a dirty bomb here.http://www.canadafreepress.com/2006/cover050806.htm


Tiny point, clarice -- when you put a url in a comment, put a space before the beginning. That way it will do a line break and take up the entire width of the line before getting to be unreadable. This way you can get slightly longer urls to fit before having to resort to tinyurl or learning how to embed links.

For anyone who is interested in embedding links, here are the step-by-step instructions:

  1. Type in <a href=""></a>

  2. Go over to the tab/window where the link is that you want to copy in. Highlight the url, copy it.

  3. Go back to the JOM tab/window. Click in between the quotation marks.

  4. Paste the url in.

  5. Click in the middle of the ><

  6. Type in the text you want for the link

cathy :-)


Thanks, Cathy--I finally figured out hoe to do the html tages, but for newbies and people in a hurry, tiny url is easier..

Appalled Moderate


We don't go, even if Al Q in Iraq is destroyed. It's a battle victory -- but not yet the war. The importance can be overstated, and if Al Q disappears as a part of the insurgency, the US will lose a big propaganda target in its Hearts and Minds battle.

I will say that the way Al Qaeda has been degraded since 9/11 is one of the more ignored stories.



We have WON!

Al Qaeda isn't the insurgency in Iraq. It's just a piece of it.

Yes and it's al Qaeda that has helped us win by turning the insurgency against al Qaeda and its methods. Now the insurgents have mostly decided to join the political process.

Man, I don't understand how you don't see that.



The importance can be overstated, and if Al Q disappears as a part of the insurgency, the US will lose a big propaganda target in its Hearts and Minds battle.


Hearts and Minds of whom? Not Iraqis--you must mean Americans?

Al Qaeda's failure in Iraq is itself a huge victory for us and a blow to AQ's image.

There's no getting around that.


The Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi people do not need AQ as a target. They need the unity of Iraq as the goal. AQ is no longer significant as a rallying point for or against. And in fact has not been for a while.


We are clopping AQ in the chops in Iraq because (a) the Sunnis figured they had to work for a political resolution or be further marginalized and (b) AQ then started targetting them, and (c) the Sunnis then decided to turn on them.

It's not much more compliacted than that.




I kinda like 'compliacted', it evokes some sort of a complicit action. So a particularly convoluted one might have a compliaction complication.




Sort of a conspiracy gone wrong, like Val and Joe. Hey, there's a better name for her book; Compliaction Complication. Or Fitz's.



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