Boondocks, by the way, is derived from the Tagalog bundok, referring to remote and inaccessible areas in what we now call the Philippine Islands. The Philip part in the name refers to Philip the Second.
Allawi thinks this is the appropriate occupation that will help you understand what the US is doing in Iraq:
I sat with Allawi for two hours, sharing coffee and chocolate pastries. It was a deeply depressing experience. Allawi tried as hard as any Iraqi to make a go of the new Iraq, and he is thoroughly disillusioned. He says he is resigned to the likelihood that Iraq will end up a sort of protectorate of the United States for the next several decades, not unlike the Philippines was for much of the 20th century — dependent, violent, crippled. “The history of the Philippines,” he noted, “is not a happy one.”
So I'll clean up the digs, add some blogroll, and post daily.
Fer shure. Next coupla days.