Monday, November 28, 2005

Frank Rich's War The New York Sun tears Frank Rich a new one. Not that he, or any one else who reads him cares. Still it's good to have all the details in one place for future arguments.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Major Ralph Peters is damn mad.Here he is in the NY Post on how to lose a war.

QUIT. It's that simple. There are plenty of more complex ways to lose a war, but none as reliable as just giving up.
Increasingly, quitting looks like the new American Way of War. No matter how great your team, you can't win the game if you walk off the field at half-time. That's precisely what the Democratic Party wants America to do in Iraq. Forget the fact that we've made remarkable progress under daunting conditions: The Dems are looking to throw the game just to embarrass the Bush administration.

Forget about the consequences. Disregard the immediate encouragement to the terrorists and insurgents to keep killing every American soldier they can. Ignore what would happen in Iraq — and the region — if we bail out. And don't mention how a U.S. surrender would turn al Qaeda into an Islamic superpower, the champ who knocked out Uncle Sam in the third round.

Forget about our dead soldiers, whose sacrifice is nothing but a political club for Democrats to wave in front of the media. After all, one way to create the kind of disaffection in the ranks that the Dems' leaders yearn to see is to tell our troops on the battlefield that they're risking their lives for nothing, we're throwing the game.

Friday, November 18, 2005

A Russian woman and her sons are accused of cannibalism Strange enough of course, but this line particularly stood out:

According to Polyansky, there has been no cannibalism cases in the Rostov region in more than 10 years.

So this isn't that unusual?

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

The Student Life This is not a parody, but an actual editorial from the Pamona College student newspaper.

Pomona College is in dire need of a gender-neutral restroom in the Smith Campus Center. As the situation currently stands, the campus center only has gender-specific facilities, creating an uncomfortable, exclusive and unsafe environment for students at the Claremont Colleges who do not choose to conform to heteronormative identities. As a highly trafficked public space, it is unfair to make those students who identify as transgendered, transsexual, or gender-variant to scour the campus in search of a gender-neutral bathroom, while normatively gendered students can use one of a number of gender-specific bathrooms located throughout the campus center.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Norman Podhoretz in Commentary on the "Bush Lied" meme. That has always been a strange one to me in that it implies Bush had super secret intelligence unknown to all other nations and that he went forward with the war knowing that it would soon be obvious that Iraq had no WMD. Apparently this was done to benefit Halliburton. Or something. Like I said, I don't get it, nor do I understand why the Bush Administration won't defend itself.

Among the many distortions, misrepresentations, and outright falsifications that have emerged from the debate over Iraq, one in particular stands out above all others. This is the charge that George W. Bush misled us into an immoral and/or unnecessary war in Iraq by telling a series of lies that have now been definitively exposed.

What makes this charge so special is the amazing success it has enjoyed in getting itself established as a self-evident truth even though it has been refuted and discredited over and over again by evidence and argument alike. In this it resembles nothing so much as those animated cartoon characters who, after being flattened, blown up, or pushed over a cliff, always spring back to life with their bodies perfectly intact. Perhaps, like those cartoon characters, this allegation simply cannot be killed off, no matter what.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Jonah Goldberg on the Dems and Iraq While I'm far from thrilled with the way the Republicans have handled things lately, what the hell happened to the Democrat Party? They all looked at the same intelligence as Bush and came to the same conclusions, Saddam had to go. But now, because it will appeal to some unwashed, white Rasta freshman at UC Berkeley they intend to bring the government to its knees.

Most of these Democrats had access to the same intelligence as the president. But now, in one of the most repugnant and craven partisan ploys in modern American history, Democrats have decided that they cannot accept their own responsibility in what they clearly consider to be a mistake. They cannot even criticize the CIA for yet another horribly botched job or stick to the ample areas where constructive criticism is warranted. Instead, the same CIA that liberals derided for years is now heroic, and Senate Minority Leader Reid has decided — now that the Fitzgerald investigation has fizzled — to dedicate his party to slandering the president.

Meanwhile, the Democrats cannot even admit they made a mistake supporting the war — except in that they believed Bush’s “lies.” But how could Bush have lied? How was he to know the intelligence was wrong? Without knowing that, he could not have lied. But the Democrats will not allow for the possibility that the very same intelligence that prompted Clinton to bomb Iraq also informed Bush’s decision to topple Saddam. And they will not even concede that, after 9/11, the argument over WMDs wasn’t the best — never mind the sole — argument for toppling Saddam but the easiest one.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Before Novak, The Joe Wilson Speech that Made Clear His Agenda How the hell can anyone claim that his wife was undercover after he made it quite clear that he was working for the CIA? He actively takes on the administration and writes in the NYT and is somehow shocked to see his wife's name in print? This so called Plame scandal has never made a bit of sense to me.