Tuesday, September 30, 2003

The Presidency Wars David Brooks in the NYT today on the level of hatred, if not outright insanity, that's loose in politics today. I particularly liked this section:

To the warrior, politics is no longer a clash of value systems, each of which is in some way valid. It's not a competition between basically well-intentioned people who see the world differently. It's not even a conflict of interests. Instead, it's the Florida post-election fight over and over, a brutal struggle for office in which each side believes the other is behaving despicably. The culture wars produced some intellectually serious books because there were principles involved. The presidency wars produce mostly terrible ones because the hatreds have left the animating ideas far behind and now romp about on their own.

The warriors have one other feature: ignorance. They have as much firsthand knowledge of their enemies as members of the K.K.K. had of the N.A.A.C.P. In fact, most people in the last two administrations were well-intentioned patriots doing the best they could. The core threat to democracy is not in the White House, it's the haters themselves.

This is what I was referring to below when was talking about a level of insanity that's loose in politics today. The people who were compiling the Clinton Death List and making allegations about Vince Foster being murdered have been replaced by their counterparts on the left. The difference is it was pretty much a fringe movement on the right. Now it's become mainstream. Now the haters are at the New Republic and New York Times.

Thursday, September 25, 2003

Interesting stuff brother. You getting any feedback from the other two? By the way, they're updating the blogspot*Plus service so I can't get it at the moment.

More on Saddam and WMD. The article says it's looking like he made the Mother of all Misjudgements. He ditched the weapons and pretended that he still had them, thinking he could bluff his way through.

Here's more on the Gitmo espionage. From the looks of this the Syrian is dead meat. He may not be a plant but just another freelancer. He seems too careless to be a pro. This looks like a death penalty case for sure. That's what they do to spies.

Guantanamo Security Probe Widens This is getting interesting. If these charges hold up (and they don't always) then it could make the Communist attempts at infiltration of the U.S. government seem like a minor event. Here we have a death cult (Islamofascism) seeking to literally destroy this country and kill as many Americans as they can and they may have managed to plant agents in our military. The Russians tried to do the same (plant agents) with varying results but they had a somewhat different goal.

Of particular concern to Pentagon officials is the information that Halabi allegedly attempted to deliver. It includes a copy of flight information involving the movement of military personnel to and from Guantanamo Bay, details about which prisoners are housed in which cells, letters from detainees and copies of operations orders for the transfer of prisoners, according to court papers.

"If you put all that stuff together, in the wrong hands, hands that have the capability to use it, it's very significant," a senior defense official said. The information could potentially be used to attack U.S. aircraft or to cause a riot, several officials said.

The allegations that Halabi was carrying messages from prisoners as well as cell numbers raise the disturbing possibility that the detainees are coordinating activities and communications among themselves or with outsiders, defense officials said.

"If these guys know who is where, they can start coordinating what's being said, and that could have a huge impact on the interrogations," a military intelligence official said.

Groups like CAIR had better watch out or there will be internment camps again, just like for the Japanese during WWII. Only this time they may be justified.

Palestinians refuse to sign a no terror pledge in exchange for U.S. financial assistance. Yeah, these are the people we want to be sending our money to. We give the so called Palestinan Authority millions of dollars every year to help them...do what, I'm not sure. Yasir Arafat has a reported net worth of more than $300 million, thanks to us and the EU. I didn't realize that terrorism paid so well.

This is what I was referring to in a previous post as an outbreak of insanity. It's even worse in Europe than it is here.

The Germans are becoming more receptive to all forms of anti-Americanism. A year ago 68 per cent of them still regarded a leading role for the Americans in foreign affairs as desirable, with only 27 per cent against: now 50 per cent of them reject such a role for the Americans, with only 45 per cent in favour. A venomous stream of anti-American and anti-Semitic resentment has burst forth in Germany during the Iraq crisis. A recent survey in Die Zeit showed that no fewer than 19 per cent of Germans are prepared to believe that the American government could be behind 9/11. Dr Jeffrey Gedmin, an American foreign policy expert who has often appeared on German television to argue the case for the invasion of Iraq, was amazed by the volume and bitterness of the hate mail he has received. ‘You Jew son of a whore, you are not welcome in this country, you and that nigger hyena Condoleezza Rice,’ was the sort of message sent to him by many of his correspondents. Dr Gedmin happens, incidentally, to be a Roman Catholic.

A very disturbing article. This mindset isn't confined to the fringes anymore. You can read much the same on websites like MoveOn.org, Democraticunderground.com and any Indymedia site.

Fouad Ajami on anti-Americanism and the false charge that we squandered the world's good will after 9/11. The United States will be hated because we are the biggest dog on the block and will continue to be so for the forseeable future.

As he shows, the few expressions of sympathy and support after the attacks were (and were always going to be) temporary and quickly reverted to the standard "it's all America's fault" carping that Europe specializes in. As this exerpt shows, Iraq had nothing to do with it.

And it was in the 1990s, during the fabled stock market run, when the prophets of globalization preached the triumph of the U.S. economic model over the protected versions of the market in places such as France, when anti-Americanism became the uncontested ideology of French public life. Americans were barbarous, a threat to French cuisine and their beloved language. U.S. pension funds were acquiring their assets and Wall Street speculators were raiding their savings. The United States incarcerated far too many people and executed too many criminals. All these views thrived during a decade when Americans are now told they were loved and uncontested on foreign shores.

Read the whole thing. It's long but worth it.

An interesting article on anti-anti-Americanism in France from the New Yorker.

An anti-war judge changes his mind about the war. This guy was a Clinton appointee if I recall correctly. I think he was the one who reported finding the Iraqi newspaper with the mention of an alliance with al Queda.

The Iraq -- Al Qaeda Connections. Lies! All lies! It must be. He doesn't even mention the meeting between Atta and an Iraqi intelligence officer in Prague that the Czechs still insist took place (despite what the CIA thinks), and the admission in an Iraqi newspaper (run by Uday) that there was an alliance between Iraq and al Queda. The Bush administration had better start hammering these points. The constant media negativity and the Dems attacks are starting to have an effect on the uninformed.

Wednesday, September 24, 2003

The Rat of Baghdad - Who tattled on New York Times reporter John F. Burns to the Iraqi ministry of information? It's troubling to think that this unnamed reporter is (or at least was) acting as the eyes and ears of the American public when he was actively on the other side, working to support the Hussein regime.

Well, at least someone is happy with what we've done in Iraq. But who cares what they think? It's the approval of France that really concerns me.

Gen. Wesley Clark is an idiot, as many very intelligent people can sometimes be. It's the return of General McClellan.

Tuesday, September 23, 2003

More media bashing from a Democrat congressman just back from Iraq.. Maybe this will begin to have an effect on overall coverage. It could happen.

Press slants Iraq news. This is particularly encouraging in that the Congressmen quoted were actually there and are Democrats. It's clear that there is more good going on in Iraq than we are hearing about. It's not perfect, far from it, but it's not anything like a "quagmire" or Vietnam. As this story shows, even the reporters have varying takes on what is happening.

Monday, September 22, 2003

So I think I have the picture posting figured out.

So George, how do you feel about your mom and dad? This is so insane you might think it was a parody. It's not.

Doomsayers on Iraq ignore the full story The Aussies understand. And you can't exactly call them shills for the GOP.

Here comes General Clark, his policies will follow shortly I'll be very surprised if in six months Gen. Clark is still being talked about as a viable presidential candidate.

As this article illustrates there is a form of insanity loose in this country today that I can't ever recall seeing in my lifetime. The left (which now includes a large part of the Democrat Party) hates GWB so much that anything associated with him and his administration is portrayed as worse than anything Saddam or Osama could ever conceive of. John Ashcroft is now filling the role that Newt Gingrich used to, as bogeyman for all occasions. There is no accusation too vile nor any theory too extreme that it can't be thrown at Ashcroft.

Andrew Sullivan was criticized not long after 9/11 when he said that there was a fifth-column at large in America that didn't just hope for peace, it actually hoped that we would lose the war. He was absolutely right. Stalinist groups like International Answer began their anti-war campaigns on September 12th. Newspapers like the San Francisco chronicle (especially) and Minneapolis Star-Tribune (frequently) have become the house organs for the blame-America-first-everything-we-do-is wrong crowd that inhabits much of the news media and most of the nation's college campuses. Some have even come out and said that we deserved whatever we got.

It was clear to me when I attended a couple anti-war rallies and watched a few others on C-Span that the real enemy to the crowds in attendance was not Osama or Saddam Hussein, hell, their names were never even mentioned. No, the real enemy that had to be stopped was the United States. I wonder how far they'll go to make that happen?

Friday, September 19, 2003

One more

It worked!!! And I don't even have to buy Photoshop. I'm in business now.

Trying again

Victor Davis Hanson writes another beauty. I seem to be maintaining this site for myself. But then I don't have anything else to do at the moment. And if someone needs to be educated they now have a place to go for what to read.

A great column on the Patriot Act Most, if not all, that has been reported about the Patriot Act is...something less than accurate. OK, it's bullshit.

Little by little I'm starting to figure this out. Learning more (or anything) about HTML would be really helpful. This is getting interesting.

Steel Tariffs Appear to Have Backfired on Bush Right after posting the previous article I go to the Washington Post site and this is the first article my eyes land on. Talk about a case in point. Tim, that's two in a row!

Bush's Fiscal Betrayal Tim, look! I posted something negative about Bush! Seriously though, Sullivan's right. Bush has been less than admirable on the economy. It's not the tax cuts (most of which have yet to take effect) it's the spending. Apparently "compassionate conservatism" means you give everything to everybody, particularly lip-service to fiscal conservatives.

An interesting interview about Saddam's role in international terrorism. I remember seeing this interview on TV and wondering how much evidence there was. Then when we invaded we went to Salman Pak and found everything he describes here, including the plane fuselage.

Here's one on Iraq from the former editor (or was he publisher?) of the New York Times. It should be pretty clear by now that Iraq under Saddam was in a class of evil all its own. This nation's greatest disgrace was in allowing Saddam to stay in power in 1991.

Thursday, September 18, 2003

I think if he was alive we would have seen and heard him before now. He's never been shy about it before. He's dead. US thinks bin Laden injured, dead or dying - www.theage.com.au

Tech support is useless. They never answer the question they were asked. So I guess it's trial and error from here on, at least as far as pictures go.

So it looks like only scanned photos will work so far. Apparently the larger the file the larger the posted photo. Damn.

Some technical problems this morning that seem to have cleared up. Now I'm going to try another photo and see if it posts any smaller.

Even Tom Friedman sees them for what they are. Our War With France

Another beauty from Lileks on Iraq. If I do wind up moving to Minneapolis I'm gonna look this guy up. LILEKS (James) The Bleat

I guess you'd say this comes straight from the camel's mouth, so to speak. I wonder why the western press only reports that the mission is a disaster or a "miserable failure" in "Dick" Gephart's words? The Iraqis themselves seem to have a different opinion for the most part. I get the impression that the situation is like claiming that the US is a lawless, crime ridden slum because of all the murders in Detroit.

Wednesday, September 17, 2003

This has a small point but is much like asking what a rape victim was wearing that provoked her attacker. The men who flew those planes into the WTC weren't oppressed and frustrated by US foreign policy. Karen Armstrong: Our role in the terror

Now this is a case of really bad timing As Seinfeld would say, "ah that's a shame."

OK, so Tim can now post.

So the team blog problem has been fixed but the photo issue has yet to be addressed. All four of us have been authorized to post to it so we'll see if anyone besides me is interested.

YOW!! It works but it's waaay to big. And I still can't get an answer about more than one person posting to the site. So it continues...

Monday, September 15, 2003

I may already have a problem. It seems that you may not be able to set up the site so that more than one person can post. I hope that's not the case. It won't be nearly as much fun if I'm the only one here. I thought I remembered that you could do that from before, when Jeff all of a sudden was posting to what I thought was a proprietary site.

This blog is intended to create a place for the whole family to communicate with one another. We all spend a lot of time on line (well, Tim and I do anyway) and we manage to keep in touch pretty well through e-mail. I just figured this would be a good way for everyone to get in on some of the e-mail conversations Tim and I have on various issues. I tried this once before but didn't take the time to maintain it and also tried to do it myself. This way it's more of a blog like the Corner where everyone gets to add things, instead of Instapundit where one man determines what gets posted. So let's see how it goes.