Saturday, January 12, 2008

Whiskering hope

Bill Roggio has a virtual mug file of Taliban leaders at the Long War Journal site. The striking thing in the pictures, besides the fact that all of them have beards, is that some of the leaders are quite fat, a condition which seems at odds with their martial profession.

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Blogger NahnCee said...

Mookie is a chubby little darling himself, and I'm also remembering that Mullah Omar wasn't a picture of energetic good health.

Hiding in a cave and praying 5 times a day is not a particularly aerobic way to live. I've always thought if we just gave it 20 years, the whole Middle East would smoke themselves into lung cancer and die, but I'm seeing now that they're catching on and passing anti-smoking laws. Bummer.

1/12/2008 11:45:00 AM  
Blogger Kevin said...

Well since Saudi Arabia has the highest obesity rates in the world (narrowly surpassing the US) and since the Taliban are basically a whole-owned subsidiary of the House of Saud, it is little wonder their leadership are a bunch of fat asses.

Which brings up an interesting question. Since Citigroup got a little carried away on buying up home loans with alluring teaser rates, they are now looking for a second cash infusion in as many months. In December it was Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the hereditary tyrant of Abu Dhabi who pumped in $7.5 billion. Now it looks like Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, famous thanks to a tour he took of the still smouldering Ground Zero site six years ago with a certain mayor named Rudy, will be investing upwards of $8 billion dollars, to add to his current 4% share in Citigroup.

So the question is: how long will it take before the Board of Directors of Citigroup has a similar look to guys in the slideshow of the Taliban leadership? And does anyone really believe that all these financial dealings don’t have a negative impact on US policy towards the Wahhabis in Saudi Arabia?

1/13/2008 02:15:00 AM  

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