Okay, we were using GoogleTalk
, but it's similar in some respects to talking and less rude to the professor. Anyway. We were talking about a grand counterfactual: what would have happened in Iraq if the United States hadn't invaded? We passed back and forth little snippets of knowledge we had concerning Hussein's sons, the Kurds, what Iran and Turkey would have continenced, and why. Basically, we guessed about the counterfacutal using what two fairly well-read Americans in 2005 would know about Iraq's political history prior to March 2003. And of course we couldn't come to any conclusions because we hardly know anything. But does anyone? (Certainly not in the Administration, that's obvious.)
All of this is just a windy prelude to an interesting blog post
by Tim Burke
about meeting Juan Cole
and what Cole's scholarly expertise means for the blogosphere and in politics. Enjoy.
*Neither of us are very good students in that class. So don't come to us with your price-fixing woes.
-Ziggy Stardust 17:23 EST |