August 12, 2006

"The Shards of a Brighter Tomorrow"

Condi says that the crisis in the mideast is really an opportunity.

How do Iraqi's feel about that?

Watch here.


At 8/12/2006 9:02 AM, Blogger Dave Barrett said...

Jon Stewart did an excellent job satirizing the idea that the what is going on in the Middle East is an opportunity or "birth pangs" for a brighter tomorrow.

As he pointed out Americans certainly did not view the crisis of 9/11 as anything other than an unmitigated disaster. I guess it is easier to see the killing and dying that is going on somewhere else to someone else as having more positive possibilities.

At 8/12/2006 10:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


That was an Improvised Explosive Opportunity [for the Carlyle Group] filled with the flying shards of a better tomorrow [for the Carlyle Group].

At 8/14/2006 12:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

TID, I don't know if you had a chance to follow those two links in my last comment; but I found them very interesting. The second one is a video by a Dutch TV station (only beginning and end are in Dutch).

Both are a couple years old. Made me wonder why we even have ethics rules for government employees who transition to contractors. Because it's a private company, there is no way to have any oversight over which former gov't employee is doing what.

I also found out recently that this company bought out the gov't contract to review all personnel security clearances. Hmmm..interesting that a private company owns our process for granting and reviewing clearances.

As Rummy would say, "It's transformational."

At 8/14/2006 1:00 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

I believe I saw the documentary on the Carlyle Group on PBS, though it may have been a different one than the one you linked to... not sure.

It's an excellent explainer about who the Carlyle Group are, how they work, and what they do to extract mind-blowing profits, primarly from war and conflict around the world.

I recommend readers to check out the second link Huck posted above if they have about 45 minutes to spare and have a high speed connection. You'll learn something.

Not, of course, that anyone or anybody will ever do anything about these guys, but it's a tiny help if at least more people are aware of it.


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