Friday, July 16, 2004

Al Gore's been knighted?
CNN.com - Queen knights World Wide Web inventor
Sorry, I couldn't resist...

Talk about nail on the head
LILEKS (James) The Bleat: "It makes me wonder why any sane man would run for president in 2004, given what he might face. 'Mr. President, New York has suffered an atomic attack.'

'Call the Security Council, and tell them - oh. Right. Is there still a UN?'

'It's sideways in the river.'

'Hmm. Well. Is the League of Nations still answering the phone? I seem to remember they kept on a skeleton staff. Mostly janitorial. But we'll have to make do.'

What then? The presidency is not the sort of job for which you volunteer unless you're willing to do everything that's necessary. If we lose a city (and what a mild, offhand term for such a horror) there isn't going to be any debate about getting UN resolutions. At least I hope not. And what do you do then? Attack Iran's nuclear facilities, hope you can flatten North Korea before they decide the game is up and it's time to go first, oh, and incidentally the new missiles can hit LA - surprise! Do you pave Syria if they don't roll over on day two? Damned if I know. I don't have to know what to do. Not my job. But if you want the job, you have to be willing to open the tubes and order Slim Pickens to the cockpit. It's always been that way, sure - yet these things have had an odd distant theoretical flavor predicated on an unpredictable escalation. That enemy would nuke us as a last resort, because that meant the end of everything - power, caviar, liquor, nice cars, good dentists, dames, those nice little cigarettes with the gold bands around the filters? The ones that burn evenly, and you can smoke a dozen in an hour without getting tongue fur? Heaven on earth.

Our present enemy will nuke us as soon as they can, because it means heaven, period.

I hate this; God I hate this. But I don't have any longing for normalcy, as Noonan put it the other day, because normalcy was a delusion, a diaphanous curtain draped over the statue of Mars. Nor do I want a time out, a breather, an operational pause. I want to cut to the chase. I want Iran in the hands of its people and leaning to the West again, I want Lebanon independent of Syrian rule, I want Syria isolated and cowed, Arafat dead and buried in the land of his birth – or Paris, symbolically – and the Saudi Civil War done and over with pragmatists in power. I'd like this all tomorrow please.

Noon is fine, if it works for everyone else."

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Thanks for making my point for me, John
Yahoo! News - Bush Touts Values While Taunting Kerry: "'[Senator Kerry i]s entitled to his view,' Bush said. 'But members of Congress should not vote to send troops into battle and then vote against funding them, and then brag about it.'
Kerry's campaign responded that Kerry had served in the Vietnam War and questions linger about Bush's wartime service in the Texas Air National Guard."


See? It is their response to everything.

Read Peggy
OpinionJournal - Peggy Noonan
I shouldn't even have to tell you to do this anymore...

Once again, folks, it was a preemptive war directed at an uncooperative, violent dictator who wanted to destroy America
OpinionJournal - Featured Article: "What's more, Lord Butler was not ready to dismiss Saddam Hussein as a threat merely because no large 'stockpiles' of weapons of mass destruction have been found. The report concludes that Saddam probably intended to pursue his banned programs, including the nuclear one, if and when U.N. sanctions were lifted; that research, development and procurement continued so WMD capabilities could be sustained; and that he was pursuing the development of WMD delivery systems--missiles--of longer range than the U.N. permitted."

Pretty damning to the "we should have lifted the sanctions crowd instead of invading" crowd.

Then there's this: "But the part that may prove most salient in the U.S. is that, like the Senate Intelligence findings, the Butler report vindicates President Bush on the allegedly misleading '16 words' regarding uranium from Africa: 'We conclude also that the statement in President Bush's State of the Union Address of 28 January 2003 that 'The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa' was well-founded.'"

But, of course, Bush is a liar and made the whole thing up.

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

As if Ditka could lose in Illinois...
CNN.com - Ditka for U.S. Senate?: "Mike Ditka, the cigar-chomping, blunt-speaking former football coach, said Tuesday increasingly desperate Illinois Republicans may get a chance to put him on the ballot as their U.S. Senate candidate."

This is the best news I've heard in a long time. Remember folks, who'd win in an election between Ditka and God? Trick question: Ditka is God.

I won't comment...
Just read this.

I couldn't make this up...
An anti-Bush genius speaks: "'I don't like Bush,' said Lee Bondurant, a political independent who was laid off from his job at Boeing in 2002 and now teaches computer-aided drafting to college students. 'Because he ain't got no smarts. Just listen to the way he speaks. He's damaging our country's image in the world. I think he was put in office by his father.'"

UPDATE [7/13/2004 - 19:42]: Since I've been called out by Jake in the comments section, I'll clarify my point. No, I'm not making a slam at people without an Ivy League education (coming from a graduate of Stanford, that criticism is interesting). I'm simply pointing out the irony of a person who says someone else "ain't got no smarts. Just listen to the way he speaks." It implies that he has no frame of reference to make that judgement, since he clearly speaks no better. Following this with a tasty bit of propaganda like "he was put in office by his father" also implies that this guy has no idea what he's talking about, and he's simply repeating what he's heard others say. A more acceptable, and logical, charge would have been that his daddy carried him for years and then he had others carry him into the presidency. No one who knows anything about the circumstances of the 2000 election has ever claimed that 41 was involved.

Monday, July 12, 2004

Here, guys, have a cookie
CNN.com - Source: Abductors promise to release Filipino hostage: "The news came moments after the Philippine government said it would withdraw its 50-member humanitarian force from Iraq 'as soon as possible' to save the life of Angelo de la Cruz, a 46-year-old father of eight."

Not that losing 50 Filipinos is really going to hurt the Iraq mission, but at the same time, if you give a mouse a cookie...

The terrorists have learned that by threatening citizens, they can control governments, and they will continue to do so as long as they meet with some element of success.

Shut up, Joe
OpinionJournal - Featured Article: "In fact, the report shows that one of the first allegations of false intelligence was itself a distortion: Mr. Bush's allegedly misleading claim in the 2003 State of the Union address that Iraq had been seeking uranium ore from Africa. The Senate report notes that Presidential accuser and former CIA consultant Joe Wilson returned from his trip to Africa with no information that cast serious doubt on such a claim; and that, contrary to Mr. Wilson's public claims, his wife (a CIA employee) was involved in helping arrange his mission.

'When coordinating the State of the Union, no Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) analysts or officials told the National Security Council (NSC) to remove the '16 words' or that there were concerns about the credibility of the Iraq-Niger Uranium reporting,' the report says. In short, Joe Wilson is a partisan fraud whose trip disproved nothing, and what CIA doubts there were on Niger weren't shared with the White House."

The Must-Read of the Week
Orson Scott Card on Liberal media bias.
If you only read one thing this week, read the whole thing. He has some very important things to say, that we should all pay close attention to. I'm not sure I agree entirely with his endorsement of Fox News, but his criticism of major media outlets is spot on.