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Juan Cole, University of Michigan Professor of Sourpuss Studies (or Mid-East History, I don’t recall) and typist behind the Informed Comment blog will be speaking here at Dartmouth at 4:30 today on the topic of “The Future of Iraq.” I had no idea, but now I am mysteriously drawn to the event. More to come, but for those wishing to read up on Mr. Cole, he can be read most recently at Salon.com, opining that perhaps Bush is to blame for the cartoon brouhaha.

LATER: Juan Cole said nothing unusually caustic. Only one comparison between the United States and Nazi Germany, roughly quoted below.

“They [United States Department of Defense] went into the Pentagon archives and found old German documents related to how to occupy [nations]. Had them translated into English and used them for Iraq. Reportedly, one set of instructions for Iraq still had a mention that the rulers must ‘be certain that they support the Reichsmark.”

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