Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Good piece here on the "Bush Lied!" nonsense.

The assault on the President is based on an utterly ludicrous premise -- a phony premise, but nothing seems capable of containing its berserker fury. Many years ago, an economics professor at Queens College offered these words of wisdom to his undergraduate students: During the course of your lives, you will meet clever people who will regale you with theories, some of them greatly ingenious, explaining how the universe operates; when they get to the part that requires water to run uphill, you need to stop them.

That is what I think when I hear people say things like "Bush Lied!" We just inhabit two different planets. To imagine that Bush somehow knew that the intelligence agencies of the world were wrong and went to war anyway for some incomprehensible reason just defies explanation to me. As with most leftist thinking, it requires faith, or belief despite the absence of any evidence.

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Flirting With Disaster - The vile spectacle of Democrats rooting for bad news in Iraq and Afghanistan. Christopher Hitchens here on the Kerry campaign and the depths the Dems are sinking in alleging an "October Surprise" where Osama is brought out of his hiding place for a Bush press conference. The left would actually see Osama's capture (if he's not already dead, which I happen to believe) as bad news.

I think that this detail is very important because the Kerry camp often strives to give the impression that its difference with the president is one of degree but not of kind. Of course we all welcome the end of Taliban rule and even the departure of Saddam Hussein, but we can't remain silent about the way policy has been messed up and compromised and even lied about. I know what it's like to feel that way because it is the way I actually do feel. But I also know the difference when I see it, and I have known some of the liberal world quite well and for a long time, and there are quite obviously people close to the leadership of today's Democratic Party who do not at all hope that the battle goes well in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Saturday, September 25, 2004

Another Triumph for the U.N. David Brooks in the NYT on Darfur and what happens when you rely on the UN to try and accomplish anything.

We did everything basically right. The president was involved, the secretary of state was bold and clearheaded, the U.N. ambassador was eloquent, and the Congress was united. And, following the strictures of international law, we had the debate that, of course, is going to be the top priority while planes are bombing villages.

We had a discussion over whether the extermination of human beings in this instance is sufficiently concentrated to meet the technical definition of genocide. For if it is, then the "competent organs of the United Nations" may be called in to take appropriate action, and you know how fearsome the competent organs may be when they may indeed be called.

The United States said the killing in Darfur was indeed genocide, the Europeans weren't so sure, and the Arab League said definitely not, and hairs were split and legalisms were parsed, and the debate over how many corpses you can fit on the head of a pin proceeded in stentorian tones while the mass extermination of human beings continued at a pace that may or may not rise to the level of genocide.

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Dead Soldiers Maj. Ralph Peters takes no prisoners on either side. A couple weeks ago I posted his column where he tore Bush a new one. Now he does it to Kerry.

In WWII, broadcasts from Tokyo Rose in Japan and from Axis Sally in Germany warned our troops that their lives were being squandered in vain, that they were dying for big business and "the Jew" Roosevelt.

Today, we have a presidential candidate, the conscienceless Sen. John Kerry, doing the work of the enemy propagandists of yesteryear.

Is there nothing Kerry won't say to win the election? Is there no position he won't change? Doesn't he care anything for the sacrifices of our troops in Iraq?

And if he does care about our soldiers and Marines, why is he broadcasting remarks that insist — against all hard evidence — that the terrorists are winning?

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

U.S. Drops Charge Against Accused Spy Unbelievable. They made so much of all these cases when they first came out that it really looked like there was a conspiracy at work. Then they all fall apart and wind up making the military and the Justice Department look completely incompetent. As usual, military justice is to justice, as military music is to music.

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Jonah Goldberg on Iraq and George Bush He nails it here, expressing my thoughts quite well. Iraq is a mess, without question. As it would have been no matter what we did. I liken it to my cancer surgery. It was bloody, painful and left a nasty scar. But without it I would have eventually died. It was something that had to be done despite the fact that it was unpleasant.

Now, it's fine to take issue with how well the war in Iraq has been handled since we committed to do it. But saying that we should have just continued with the status quo is just denying reality. The sanctions were crumbling and without them Saddam would have been fully back in business, worse than ever, and every terror group in the Middle East would have been given a green light, knowing that the civilized world would do nothing to stop them.

Saturday, September 18, 2004

From this article it would seem that even the Canadians are finally ashamed of themselves over the way they have abdicated any foreign policy decisions to the UN. Get a load of this quote from Jean Chretin:

"We are multilateralists. We are just one of 191 members of the General Assembly, and wherever the tide flows, we drift along. It may be in a direction we aren't particularly happy with, but no matter. We're just one voice in the crowd, and often not a very loud one.

That is the most pathetic thing I can recall a national leader saying. Sadly, that is what the Michael Moore left wants the United States to emulate- surrender our national interests to the corrupt UN and be more like Canada.

Friday, September 17, 2004

Kerry Still Proud of Trashing Ribbons (Not Medals?) -- Veterans Question Kerry's Trustworthiness Lord, the torture never stops for this guy.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

ImageShack This is amazing. First Charles Johnson does it then this guy does it with another one of the documents. I wonder what the odds are that both would be perfect matches to docs supposedly written in 1972?

CBS Guard Documents Traced to Tex. Kinko's Oh man, game over.

The markings provide one piece of evidence suggesting a source for the documents, whose authenticity has been hotly disputed since CBS aired them in a "60 Minutes" broadcast Sept. 8. The network has declined to name the person who provided them, saying the source was confidential, or to explain how the documents came to light after more than three decades.

There is only one Kinko's in Abilene, and it is 21 miles from the Baird, Tex., home of retired Texas National Guard officer Bill Burkett, who has been named by several news outlets as a possible source for the documents.

Friday, September 10, 2004

A Wake-up Call : Almost all terrorists are Muslims.. Whoa! Check this out in the Arab News of all places.

We cannot tolerate in our midst those who abduct journalists, murder civilians, explode buses; we cannot accept them as related to us, whatever the sufferings they claim to justify their criminal deeds. These are the people who have smeared Islam and stained its image.

We cannot clear our names unless we own up to the shameful fact that terrorism has become an Islamic enterprise; an almost exclusive monopoly, implemented by Muslim men and women.

The Arabs have learned the leftist trick of trying to discredit critics by calling them racists. I wonder how they attack the author here? Probably with a gun.

Thursday, September 02, 2004

Great piece here on conspiracy in the Arab world. God those people are a mess.

Facts are not important here. What matters is how phenomena are "experienced" and how they fit into the underlying plot that explains the world to the average Arab and Muslim: the Muslim is the victim of conspiracies.

This is what, according to BBC World Service Monitoring, the London-based al-Quds al-Arabi had to say about the rather timid U.N. resolution demanding an end to the massacres: "For the U.N. Security Council decision to give the Sudanese government one month to disarm the jingaweit militias or face economic and diplomatic sanctions is yet another link in the chain of efforts to target Arab and Muslim countries by the U.S. and the Western world in general."

Based on this simple idea everything falls into place. It explains why power is in other people's hands, when it should be the ummah that holds sway; it explains the poverty, inferiority, the way the West supposedly tries to tempt pious Muslims with obscenities such as film, television, music, dance and drink; it explains the appalling conditions in the Palestinian territories and the unemployment in Morocco, the lack of modern research and development in the universities; it explains the internal Arab divisions; it explains why a third of all Arabs have less than two dollars a day to spend; it explains why the superior Islamic world is-temporarily-the victim of the inferior West.

Satan, devils and spirits are not just symbols. They are actual living phenomena in Islam. The notion of conspiracy is an essential aspect of modern Muslim religious philosophy and of Islamic world history.