Sunday, March 05, 2006


On of my favorite weekend activities is to visit my local coffeeshop and read the paper, a book, or a magazine. I'm lucky enough to live a three-minute walk away from a charming little place called True Grounds.

Yesterday, I noticed that a USA Today article about ten places in America to get a great cup of coffee had been taped to the counter. True Grounds made the cut. Pretty exciting.

While I was at True Grounds yesterday, I read the following passage in the latest New Yorker:
Democratization in both Afghanistan and Iraq, it was believed, would increase the pressure on the Iranian regime. And, if the threat of military intervention was required, U.S. forces would be well situated. James Dobbins, the Bush Administration special envoy for Afghanistan, told me that in the prewar planning for Iraq "there was an intention that the U.S. would retain troops in Iraq--not for Iraq stabilization because that was thought not to be needed, but for coercive diplomacy in the region. Meaning Iran and Syria." (Italics mine)
I think that passage goes a long way toward summing up what's gone wrong in Iraq.