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Right Intention: November 2004

Saturday, November 27, 2004

In Praise of France

The Diplomad is rapidly becoming one of my favorite blogs. They have an excellent piece on France today. Here's and excerpt:

With genuine admiration we must say that there is no other country on earth that pursues its core national interests in as determined and ruthless a manner as France. Unlike the USA which has three thousand interests all competing for number one, France has pared down its interests essentially to:-- Pursuit of French economic and commercial interests above all else. Do whatever it takes to get the deal for a French firm! [A personal note: The Diplomad recalls lobbying the President of a small country to buy Boeing aircraft for the national airline; with Boeing reps we reviewed in detail the superior price and performance of the Boeing over the Airbus product. The President and the local airline representatives agreed with us that the Boeing was the better plane at a better price. So, as you would expect, Airbus got the deal. The French had bought the President a house in southern France.]-- Do whatever is needed to prevent American "hegemony." Suffice it to say for now, that France does not see the United States as an ally; it sees no country as a permanent ally or friend. France sees the world in terms of preventing any other country -- read, America -- from becoming too powerful or influential. France sees itself as offering the world a way of life much closer to the existing ways of thinking and cultures of most of the world than that of the horrid Anglo-Saxons. This includes spending huge sums of money around the world in a quixotic "fight" against the spread of English and active promotion of French cinema as an antidote to Hollywood movies.

Read it.

Thursday, November 25, 2004

Another Example of Liberalism Run Amuck

The Declaration of Independence is banned from a school because it references God? If liberals keep up this nonsense, and I'm sure they will, Republicans will have a veto proof majority in the Senate in '06.

Being the Grownup

So Bush isn't using the Ivory Coast mess as revenge for France's actions of the last few years.

Any temptation to repay Paris in kind for opposing the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq was put aside in Washington, where it was quickly understood that payback policies would undermine regional security in West Africa and beyond.


Although it's the right thing to do, it's annoying that Europe depends on the US to be the grownup in our relations. They feel free to act however they want, and then bank on us doing the right thing in the end. They suffer no consequences.

But maybe there is hope. They may be surprised by our willingness to help when they have another conflict they can't control.

The Bush team's decision to ignore the temptation to stick a finger in Chirac's eye in revenge for the past should be recognized and publicly acknowledged in Europe -- most of all in Paris. It was a cost-free gesture from Washington that is nonetheless the right way to achieve better French-American cooperation to deal with a changing world.

Gratitude from France? Yeah, that'll happen.

Zapatero Is Sorry

It's amazing how conciliatory nations get once we start to respond to the non stop hatred they exude towards America. But I don't care for apologies. Actions speak louder than words. Zapatero, go f*** yourself.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Dolphins Save Humans

This is an amazing story.

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

What You Don't Hear About Fallujah

From Tim Blair I found this nugget from the Nat'l Review Online:

I am also a professor at a military-related institution, and my little brother is an enlisted Marine (a sniper with 1-3) in Fallujah. This weekend he called for the first time since the battle began. He informed us that a large number of the residents of Fallujah, before fleeing the battle, left blankets and bedding for the Marines and Soldiers along with notes thanking the Americans for liberating their city from the terrorists, as well as invitations to the Marines and Soldiers to sleep in their houses. I've yet to see a report in the media of this. Imagine that.

The MSM makes me ill. I stupidly thought there was a chance the news would be more fair and balanced after the election. No such luck, unfortunately.

Monday, November 22, 2004

French Hypocrisy

Of course we aren't hearing about this from the left.

Truth From Germany

From this day forward, Mathias Dopfner is my favorite German. Just read this translated essay, Europe- Thy Name Is Cowardice.

North Korea Being Strangled

Junkyard Blog describes a strategy of strangling North Korea.

Most North Korean weapons-narcotics contraband is exported in an aging but seaworthy fleet of merchant vessels flying the North Korean flag. Other ships sailing under flags of convenience are North Korean owned. Many of these ships transit Japan, particularly the port region of Osaka-Kobe. In this largely industrial region of western Japan resides a huge Korean-Japanese population. They are generational descendants of workers imported from Korea during the 1910-1945 colonial period. Many are part of the yakuza, or gangster element. The Kim Jong Il regime has deep ties within this criminal community.

For years North Korean shipping was given a pass by Japanese customs and port inspectors rather than upset the always delicate bilateral relationship. Since 9-11 Japan has actively supported American efforts to combat terrorism worldwide. A large part of this effort has been refocused attention on North Korean shipping. While not engaged in anything resembling a blockade, of course, Japanese inspectors are extremely concerned with safety violations on some of these ships, often requiring repairs and re-inspection that keep them tied to the wharfs for an extended time. Customs and narcotics investigators, meanwhile, sift through cargo to detect the narcotics and weaponry banned by international agreement.

Farther to the south US, Australian, Singaporean and Philippine naval and customs authorities are intercepting, boarding and on occasion seizing North Korean ships. One such freighter loaded with heroin was stopped en route to Sydney. Others have been nabbed by the highly professional Singaporean authorities. US Navy vessels, alerted by intelligence sources, possibly Japanese, not long ago intercepted a North Korean ship loaded with missiles that were listed under bills of lading for Yemen but were destined for Syria.

This quiet strategy is paying off. Even if some shipments slip through, as we realistically know that they must, more contraband is being taken out of circulation than ever before. This means less sorely needed foreign currency reaches the desperate North Korean regime, and the weaker it becomes. The strategy reminds of the anaconda, a snake that is mistakenly thought to kill its prey by crushing it. Rather the anaconda wraps tightly across the chest of the victim tightening its deadly coils to take up slack when the prey exhales. Eventually the prey suffocates. So too the Anaconda Strategy is slowly, inexorably tightening pressure across the most vital economic airway of the North Korean regime. It is too soon to predict accurately demise of the loathsome Kim Jong Il regime but it is reassuring that proper steps are underway to make that happen.

Fallujah Fighting

An account of the Fallujah battle from Dave at the Green Side:

I will end with a couple of stories of individual heroism that you may not have heard yet. I was told about both of these incidents shortly after they occurred. No doubt some of the facts will change slightly but I am confident that the meat is correct.

The first is a Marine from 3/5. His name is Corporal Yeager (Chuck Yeager's grandson). As the Marines cleared and apartment building, they got to the top floor and the point man kicked in the door. As he did so, an enemy grenade and a burst of gunfire came out. The explosion and enemy fire took off the point man's leg. He was then immediately shot in the arm as he lay in the doorway. Corporal Yeager tossed a grenade in the room and ran into the doorway and into the enemy fire in order to pull his buddy back to cover. As he was dragging the wounded Marine to cover, his own grenade came back through the doorway. Without pausing, he reached down and threw the grenade back through the door while he heaved his buddy to safety. The grenade went off inside the room and Cpl Yeager threw another in. He immediately entered the room following the second explosion. He gunned down three enemy all within three feet of where he stood and then let fly a third grenade as he backed out of the room to complete the evacuation of the wounded Marine. You have to understand that a grenade goes off within 5 seconds of having the pin pulled. Marines usually let them "cook off" for a second or two before tossing them in. Therefore, this entire episode took place in less than 30 seconds.

The second example comes from 3/1. Cpl Mitchell is a squad leader. He was wounded as his squad was clearing a house when some enemy threw pineapple grenades down on top of them. As he was getting triaged, the doctor told him that he had been shot through the arm. Cpl Mitchell told the doctor that he had actually been shot "a couple of days ago" and had given himself self aide on the wound. When the doctor got on him about not coming off the line, he firmly told the doctor that he was a squad leader and did not have time to get treated as his men were still fighting. There are a number of Marines who have been wounded multiple times but refuse to leave their fellow Marines.


Couple of thoughts.

1. Chuck Yeager's stones have clearly been passed on.
2. How is it our country produces heroes like this and scum like Michael Moore at the same time?

UN is Worthless

Guess when Charles Krauthammer wrote this?

Over the last 15 years, Americans and their Congress have become increasingly disaffected with the United Nations. Anti-Western and anti-American actions in the U.N. system led the United States to withdraw from one U.N. specialized agency (UNESCO) and to begin withholding contributions for other U.N. activities (such as programs supporting the PLO and swapo, programs implementing the Law of the Sea Treaty, and the Department of Public Information, a fountain of anti-Western and anti-American propaganda).

Give up? 1987. Some things never change.

Saturday, November 20, 2004

Deal With Iran is a Joke

And France is the enemy of the US. Not ally, not a neutral, but a full blown enemy.

Democrats Learning Nothing

The sneering, condescending left doesn't show any signs of slowing down. The fact that the elites of the party and their media allies are fanning the flames of conspiracy theories and pure unadulterated hate is amazing. The mindless, ferocious attacks against Bush have barely slowed down. And now the left openly claims that anyone with the audacity to have voted for Bush is a retard. It seems as if for every one person that calls for introspection there are one hundred hurling insults even louder than before.

The complete and utter cluelessness of the left is astounding and completely belies their self-image of intellectual superiority. Their actions remind me of the stereotype of the American in a foreign country who tries to communicate in English. When no one understands him/her, the traveler simply speaks slower, believing anyone can understand English provided its spoken slowly enough. Similarly, the left believes they know what's best for everyone, and loudly reminds everyone of this belief at every opportunity. Now that they lost the election, they do not believe that their ideas and beliefs need re-tooling, instead they think they didn't scream loudly enough, weren't condescending enough or weren't just plain nasty enough the first time. This is absolutely amazing. Karl Rove must be laughing louder each day.

Friday, November 19, 2004

Ted Rall Dropped By Wapo

Good. I hope every media outlet drops this racist, hate mongering, sneering, condescending, anti-American prick.

(From Captain's Quarters)

Take the UN to Court

Jed Babbin at the National Review has a good idea on the UN Oil for Food scandal:

The U.N. can get away with this because it has immunity from U.S. law, and its employees (at least in the conduct of their U.N. duties) have diplomatic immunity. But those immunities aren't an insurmountable obstacle. And the way around them has just come to light.....

....Alan Gerson, an international-law expert, has been a leader in the litigation of antiterrorist cases. He told me that when a person or an entity — even a government — has aided and abetted terrorism, its immunity can be bypassed in legal proceedings. When someone violates the "commitment to peremptory norms" — i.e., when it helps fund terrorism — it effectively gives up its immunity from legal action. The president can and should act on this idea.

The president could determine — and issue an order saying — that the U.N. Oil-for-Food program, according to the available evidence, violated that "commitment to peremptory norms" and thus waived its immunities to congressional and other U.S. legal proceedings. At that point, Coleman's PSI could issue enforceable subpoenas against the U.N., its staff, and the companies that participated in the program. The U.N. would then be in a position such that it had to either cooperate with the investigation or be held in contempt of Congress. (Which it manifestly is right now.)


I'm no legal expert and as such have no idea whether or not this is feasible. But the thought of dragging Kofi and the boys into court and forcing them to publicly account for the missing billions is appealing. And it would finally force the misguided cheerleaders of the UN on the left to face reality about what a worthless, corrupt organization it is.


Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Funniest Cartoon of the Year

Export a Liberal

Sounds like a good idea to me.

Zapatero

Zapatero is an incoherent buffoon. I'm sure the number of conversations between him and Bush over the next four years will be counted on one hand, if not less.

Scrappleface

Scrappleface is on a roll. Read this and this and this and this.

Marine Actions Same as Kerry's

There is a strong similarity between the Marine's actions and Kerry's.

Patrolling the Bay Hap River, Kerry and his crew discovered they were about to be ambushed by a Viet Cong soldier who had just popped up at the shoreline with a loaded rocket launcher in his hands. With the VC about to fire, Kerry crew mate Thomas Bellodeau shot and wounded the attacker, saving the entire boat.

Only then did Kerry leap to the shore to chase the wounded enemy down - finishing him off behind a hootch.

When critics suggested that Kerry's actions that day were something less than heroic, they were hooted down by the press.


The Leftists (MSM = Leftists = Democrats) should be careful on this one. They already are perceived, correctly, as being hostile to the military and other national security organs. At best, they believe national security organs are necessary evils. This is one of the top reasons Democrats lost the election.

For example, they constantly assaulted military (and intelligence) budgets pre 9/11. They placed ridiculous restrictions on intelligence gathering in the 70s, and then castigate the department for any failure. The MSM demonizes the military at every opportunity (check out Fahrenheit 9/11) and gleefully covered naked prisoner piles at Abu Ghraib, all the while downplaying or ignoring the real atrocities in Iraq. And here, the media is generally refusing to put the shooting into context, which would include the terrorists booby trapping dead bodies, fake surrenders and the like during the Fallujah assault.

You know, there's a reason 80% of the military votes Republican. If the Democrats could figure that out, and do something about it, the party would appeal to much more of the electorate.

What Killed Arafat?

This was predictable. Conspiracy theories about Arafat's death are turning to Israel.

In the absence of hard facts about his death, the Palestinian leadership is promoting ideas that he was poisoned by the Israelis, and young Palestinians displayed placards demanding “Who killed our father?” The message was the same from Tayeb Abdul Rahib, president of the Palestinian Cabinet and presidency office. “I swear that we will not rest until we find the truth and hold the guilty accountable for your death.”

Will France do the right thing and release the details of what killed Arafat? I doubt it. And it has nothing to do with French law. They'd be quite willing to break French law if the government thought it was in their interest. What's best for the Arab/Israeli situation is a secondary consideration, if that.

On the other hand, the Palestinians should be careful what they wish for.

Germany Feels the Threat

Looks like more of Europe is awakening to the dangers of Islamist extremism.

ISLAMIC preachers in Germany have been told that they may be ordered to deliver their sermons in German rather than in Arabic in an attempt to halt racist diatribes.

The move reflects Berlin’s fears that a spark of ethnic and religious unrest could leap from the Netherlands to Germany, a country with more than three million Muslims.

Support for such a move is growing after a television channel used hidden cameras to film the imam of a Berlin mosque frequented by young Turks. He was heard telling worshippers that “Germans can only expect to rot in the fires of hell because they are non-believers”.


It seems like a sensible move and I'm all for it. But I have one question. How is you moral superiority doing today, Europe? We in the US have never rioted against Muslims on the scale the Dutch currently are, and we had a far greater reason to do just that. And we could never get away with forcing a group to speak a specific language. The hysterical screeching from the ACLU and others on the left would be deafening.

Look, I'm all for doing whatever is necessary to deal with Islamist fascists. And I'm glad Europe is starting to recognize the scope of the problem and is doing something about it. But just keep in mind your own reactions to these threats the next time you are complaining about something we do.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

George Will

I was going to link to and comment on George Will's latest about the Democratic party and how it treats the electorate like infants, but Powerline beat me to it and probably did a better job than I would. Read it here.

Monday, November 15, 2004

Kerry Lost, Deal With It

I really, really cannot stand Moveon.org. If this demand to check out voting irregularities were solely for the purpose of getting the vote right, I'd be all for it. But everyone knows its a transparent attempt to de-legitimize Bush's victory and to promote insane conspiracy theories. Why? Because they believe it will help them in the next election. All this will do is continue to erode confidence in the system. Once again, you see that Democrats are quite willing to destroy the system in order to rule it.

Common Sense from a Liberal Columnist

A rare burst of common sense from a columnist about the past election. Surprisingly, there are no hysterics, no sneering, just common sense. Call her the anti- Dowd/Krugman.

Democrats of Manhattan, rise and shine! It’s been over a week now. The American people have spoken,and what they said was: They don’t want you. The vote is in, the map is more red than blue, that smirking jerk you love to hate is back for four more years. So now what?

Clearly, your most frequently stated option is not a realistic possibility. If you were really going to kill yourself in the event that President George W. Bush got re-elected, you would have done so by now. This leaves you, like every other loser, with two things: a bitter taste in your mouth, and a choice. You can sit around and keep telling each other how stupid and scary the winners are. Or you can put down the hemlock and the Häagen-Dazs, splash some cold water on your face, look in the mirror and tell yourself some awful truths.

Read your lips:

Bush is not an idiot. Kofi Annan is not an oracle. Michael Moore is not Everyman. Women are not ovaries with feet. And to be an American is not an embarrassment.

Blue State Blues...

This is hysterical. Read it.

Post Arafat

Amir Taheri has a very different take on the post Arafat prospects for peace. An interesting read.

Japan

While Europe is acting like a sullen, moody, bitchy, jealous dependent; Japan is becoming a full partner in the world. It's good to see.

UN Oil for Food

Nice update by Robert Novak. I wonder how much attention the Senate meetings this week will get? But it's good to see that the issue is staying front and center. The fact that hyper-liberal Carl Levin has signed on means that even leftists cannot ignore the corruption of their favorite organization.

Sunday, November 14, 2004

Let This One In

I'll take this French person any day. We'll trade him for Michael Moore. They are both documentary filmakers (well one is anyway; the other is a propagandist) and this guy actually likes America. Good enough for me.

(From Nat'l Review)

Border with Mexico

Little Green Football found a rather disturbing report about Al Qaeda's plans with respect to our border with Mexico. Great.

What's nauseating is that everyone knows that our border with Mexico will not be shut down until we are attacked again and it is proven that the attack was enabled because the border is porous. And neither the Democrats nor the Republicans have the political will to deal with this issue because the other side would exploit the actions taken in a nanosecond for political advantage. I just hope the damage caused by the inevitable attack is less than 9/11.

Does the Left Hate America?

From Junkyard Blog I found this great montage that loosely uses Michael Moor-ish techniques and asks the question "Can we stop pretending that the Left loves America, too?" It's interesting to watch, and obviously over the top, but until some mainstream Democrats start to repudiate these psychos on the fringe, as opposed to embracing them and relying on their support, the question will be legitimate. The problem for the Democrats is that the fringe is amongst their biggest financial supporters (Soros, Hollywood, etc.), worker bees (Howard Dean style campus radicals) and voters (when sufficiently motivated not to vote for Nader that is, which means the party moves left).

Democrats constantly complain their patriotism is questioned. Even though few do it out loud, many who vote Republican privately believe the left hates America as much as the average European. And given the last couple of years, there is good reason for this belief. If Democrats want to shed this well-earned reputation, they can start by distancing themselves from the psycho elements of their party. But don’t hold your breath.

Arafat the Terrorist

Andrew McCarthy wrote a fairly good history of Arafat the terrorist. The fact that Europe and the Democrats loved this scumbag amazes me. I will never understand why the left idolizes dictators, mass murderers and terrorists. And as they are worshipping these thugs, the left claims moral superiority over all others. I just don't get it.

Saturday, November 13, 2004

Snicker

I should feel bad about the trouble France is having in Ivory Coast, but I don't. Since the French have made it clear that they spend a fair amount of time working against our every interest and rooting for us to fail in all endeavors, I now return the favor. Screw them.

Essay on Liberal Condescension

Wow. Instapundit is on a roll. Glenn found another excellent blog commentary that effectively makes the point about liberal condescension. If liberals understood that this is how they sound to pretty much all of Red State America, they might stand a chance of winning an election.

Bush Support Grows in NYC

Instapundit links to a blog that takes a look at NYC voting patterns. Bottom line, Bush increased his support materially over his 2000 totals. I know I did my part. I voted Gore in 2000, then came to my senses and voted for Bush this time.

2001 Article About Media Bias

Polipundit linked to a very interesting article written in mid 2001 about media bias and how it can sometimes benefit Republicans. It's amazingly prophetic.

The liberal cocoon is always in evidence when Democrats formulate campaign strategy. They have a touching faith that they stand for what the people really want.

Every election cycle they spend a great deal of time reassuring each other that they will win overwhelmingly if only they can make their message heard. The only obstacle they see to their electoral success is the well-financed disinformation campaign those rascally Republicans are sure to wage.

I Am a Liberal

I found this gem at Chrenkoff.

Two Americas

The real "Two Americas" that John Edwards was talking about.

Around the time of the Vietnam War, the Democratic party was taken over by a left-liberal group that is not only statist in its outlook but wholly intolerant of the views of its opponents. That is one of the two Americas.

CBS Fires Producer...

...for breaking into CSI to announce Arafat's death! Is this serious? What is wrong with these people? They have done nothing (so far) about their blatant attempt to influence the election, but fire a producer about informing the public about Arafat's death? Interrupting the last five minutes of CSI- my wife was pissed- was indeed stupid. Who didn't know Arafat was on death's door? But then they fired the producer? All the while leaving election manipulators in place? Who's running CBS? A bunch of trained monkeys? And then the MSM wonders why few people take them seriously. Good grief.

To Those Who Want to Leave Because Bush Won

Go to this website. Get the f*** out and don't come back.

You know, Democrats constantly complain that their patriotism is challenged. And then you see these same people seriously think about relocating because they lost an election. So, in effect they are saying "If I don't get my way, I'm going to quit and leave, but don't you dare question my patriotism." Do they even spot the hypocrisy of this?

Friday, November 12, 2004

Why is the World Sad About Arafat's Death?

Tim Blair links to a good observation about the reaction to Arafat's death.

The reaction of the free world to Arafat's death, along with the opprobium heaped daily upon his victims in Israel, illustrates the decadence that now rewards evil and punishes those whom it terrorises. It is a horrifying indication of a world that has simply lost its fundamental understanding of right and wrong. All who value life, liberty and justice should take careful note and shudder at this moral -- and mortal -- sickness. This is the way a civilisation dies.

An American to be Proud of

Hugh Hewitt posted a letter yesterday of an American of which we should all be proud. When I read about people like this, I am nauseated all the more by idiots like Michael Moore or the denizens of DU.

Palestinian Negotiations

I think Amir Taheri is one of the best columinists out there on Middle Eastern matters. Interesting nugget on Israel's willingness to negotiate in the early 90s.

Before the Madrid exercise had ended, it had become clear that the Israelis were uncomfortable dealing with moderate, genuine Palestinians from inside Palestine. To address that unease, Israel opened a back channel to Arafat, thus undermining the burgeoning new leadership from inside Palestine.

At the time, Arafat was isolated in Tunis. Having sided with Saddam Hussein in invading Kuwait, the PLO chief was a pariah. No one invited him for official trips, and few big shots in Europe and the Arab world returned his calls.

More importantly, given his obsession with money, Arafat was beginning to feel the pinch in financing his entourage and frequent-flier trips without dipping into his pocket. He needed attention and money. The Israelis offered him both. In exchange, he agreed to join the Oslo game. The aim was to shut the Americans out of the negotiations, and derail the Madrid process.


I obviously don't know if this is true. But I think Taheri's record over the last few years on these topics has been very good. It would be a shame if Israel derailed talks with moderates ten years ago to please it's own hardliners.

Krauthammer on Values

He nails it again.

This does not deter the myth of the Bigoted Christian Redneck from dominating the thinking of liberals, and from infecting the blue-state media. They need their moral superiority like oxygen, and cannot have it cut off by mere facts. And so once again they angrily claim the moral high ground, while standing in the ruins of yet another humiliating electoral defeat.

Europe and the War on Terror

Wow. Someone in Europe gets the War on Terror.

"In Europe, we still have complicated discussions, be it in the European Union or be it national discussions, of how far governments could go in the relationship with their citizens in the fight against terrorism," he said. "I think Europe should catch up here, not the United States."

Update. For some reason, the link is now dead. Oh well. It was an insightful article.

Zapatero

Zapatero is embarrassed? Good.

The Spanish Socialist prime minister, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, yesterday faced a barrage of derision over his government's anti-Americanism following a snub by President George W Bush.

Arafat & UN

I learned from the National Review Online that the UN ordered its flags lowered to half staff yesterday for Arafat.

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan praised Arafat's struggle to win international recognition for the Palestinian cause, as he ordered flags to fly at half-mast at the United Nations.

One question, did the UN order its flags lowered to half staff for Reagan's death? I have no idea if it did or did not, but few things would highlight the contempt the UN has for the US than it showing more respect for a mass murdering terrorist than for the man who helped defeat communism and liberate hundreds of millions of people. Even if the UN did give Reagan that consideration, it is disgusting that it would give this honor to someone like Arafat.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Minorities in Government

Michelle Malkin nails this one. Why is it that minority Republicans are viewed as some sort of alien? I've noticed the love affair with Barak Obama, too. He is impressive, but why are Condoleeza Rice, Colin Powell, Rod Paige, etc. overlooked?

Iraqi Thank You

Things like this letter make my day.

In the name of God,
Sir, President George W Bush, President of the United States of America.
On behalf of the families of the victims of the mass graves, on behalf of the martyrs of “Halabja” and “Anfal” and on behalf of all the Iraqis that you liberated from dictatorship and oppression; we have prayed for you and now we want to send you our congratulations on being reelected as a president of the United States.

Fallujah

Ralph Peter's has a nice op ed up today. Here's a snippet:

We're winning a critical victory. Since the political decision to stop short in Fallujah last April, the terrorists had bragged to the world that the city would never fall to the infidel. Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and his thugs turned Fallujah into a vast dungeon, complete with torture chambers and execution halls. The terrorists stockpiled weapons and ammunition, welcoming thousands of international "Jihadis" and using the city as a base to spread terror across central Iraq.

Fallujah became the new world capital of terror. And Allah's butchers proclaimed that they'd slaughter U.S. troops in the streets, if they tried to enter the city.

Guess who's dying now?

By fleeing without fighting to the death as they promised they would, the terror-masters discredited themselves. After Coalition leaders lost their nerve last April, the terrorists portrayed themselves as having faced down America's military might. This time, they ran away, leaving untrained recruits to take the bullet-train to paradise.

The swift fall of Fallujah is not only a practical disaster for the terrorists, but a massive loss of face for them throughout the Muslim world.



One thing that bugs me is that it seems there are nowhere near as many terrorists in the city as our military thought. I want to see more than a massive loss of face. I want to see a massive loss of terrorist's lives. Going through all this effort to kill a few hundred seems like a wasted opportunity. I hope I'm wrong and we'll see what the final kill count is, but I'll be disappointed if its anything less than a couple of thousand.

It's a Start

Liberal Arabs calling for the UN to establish an international tribunal for the prosecution of terrorists. There have far too few displays like this, but its good to see.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Democratic Underground

If this is true, it blows away the myth that the Democratic leadership are not rabid leftists.

Monday, November 08, 2004

Democrats Unhinged

Here's another reasoned analysis of the past election.

Goldberg Column

Another excellent column by Goldberg. This time he's calling out the sore loser Democrats:

But for those of you who think your grief and disappointment justify your pious nastiness and blame-shifting for your own failures: Do keep in mind that it is precisely such self-indulgence and arrogance that costs you elections.

More Democratic Whining

Tim Blair has a couple of good links. First, the Guardian is still whining about the election results

And yet win he did. Why? Because, while the Democrat supporters had right on their side, the Republican supporters were far, far better at fighting dirty. Conservative mega-sites such as Freerepublic.com galvanised their hundreds of thousands of visitors into an army of amateur attack dogs - ready to yap and snap the moment a foolish journalist wrote anything bad about Bush. Woe betide any TV reporter who didn't check his facts properly before claiming that George W didn't finish his national guard service. And pity any liberal British newspaper that launched an online campaign to convince the voters of a small county in Ohio of the merits of a Kerry administration. The mass yapping and snapping worked like a charm - making even the most fearless journalists think twice before they questioned Bush's suitability for a second term.

Notice how there is no sense whatsoever that journalists are supposed to be neutral and just report the facts? He's basically mad that journalists can't deceive people as freely as they could in the past. He also seems to think that Guardian had a right to try to interfere with our election with their Clark County campaign.

And here's one from Ted Rall, a person that I despise.

I imagine that Karl Rove is still snickering. Keep it up and the Senate will have a filibuster proof Republican majority in 2006.



Zarqawi

Belmont Club makes a persuasive argument why Zarqawi might still be in Fallujah. I think he's right that even if he isn't, the level of terrorism should start to fall because Fallujah offered a lot of command and control advantages to the terrorists.

Newt Gingrich

I didn't like Gingrich when he was in the House. I realize now it's likely my dislike had more to do with me being a Democrat and a media bias against him. Now that I'm more cognizant of pervasive media bias, I gave him another chance. The man is brilliant. I want him back in government.

Here's a column he wrote on the election. Sums up the "values" question fairly well.

Swift Vets

We all owe a thanks to the Swift Vets. As far as I'm concerned, they have regained their honor.

John Kerry will never call us terrorists and war criminals again," crowed John O'Neill, the Vietnam war Swift Boat captain who led the fiercest attack of the campaign against the Democratic candidate.

Tensions High in Holland

This is starting to get serious.

Victor Davis Hanson

has a new column up. Read it. A sample:

After landmark legislation of the last 40 years to ensure equality of opportunity, the public has reached its limit in using government to press on to enforce an equality of result. In terms of national security, the Republicans, more so than the Democrats after the Cold War—in Panama, Afghanistan and Iraq—oddly are now the party of democratic change, while liberals are more likely to shrug about the disturbing status quo abroad.

Why the Democrats Lost-Part 1

After spending the last few days gauging the reaction of Democrats to the butt kicking they received, I’m ready to weigh in with my opinion. I’m not at all surprised that there has been so little real introspection. For some reason, the party seems incapable of it.

The reactions are generally along a few lines. The first is sneering condescension at anyone with a different opinion. That includes contempt for all of the Midwest. Amazing. I’m sure that Karl Rove, the evil genius, is hoping Democrats continue to think this way. It will make increasing the Senate and House leads much easier in ’06 and another easy presidential contest in ’08.

Some are rooting for things to go badly for America for daring to have a viewpoint different than their own. Failure in Iraq, horrible economy, whatever it takes. Great. Again, Rove is laughing at you. He hopes you continue feeling this way.

Some are so blinded by their rage and hatred that they actually believe Bush being re-elected is somehow worse than 9/11. I know these are extremists, but they can’t be ignored. They formed a significant part of the Democratic base this year.

Or maybe it was homophobia? Those dastardly Republicans appealed to “values” and “morals”, which are nothing but code words for bigotry. There’s even one guy claiming that Kerry actually won Ohio.

In short, there is everything but actually looking for the reasons why Bush won. The Democrats, in their constant state of victimization, believe that something was “done” to them in order to make them lose. Somehow, Democrats themselves had nothing to do with it. Good grief. Keep up this idiocy, and I’ll vote for the Republicans for the foreseeable future.

If the Democrats want to be competitive next time, here’s what they need to understand.

The first one is the “values” voter this time around, which is Democratic code for anti gay marriage. There are two things wrong here. First, what does values mean? To say you have values doesn’t mean you are a religious extremist. It means different things to different people. It can mean you agree with Bush’s notions of spreading freedom and democracy. It can mean integrity and character. Regardless whether or not you agree with Bush, most people would say he is honest. That matters. It could mean leadership. Again, most people think Bush is a leader, regardless of whether they agree with his specific agenda. I could go on, but you get the idea. Bush represented a better match to voter’s values, broadly defined. Kerry did not. Kerry is not a leader, never leveled with the public, never showed integrity and character, etc.

Second, let’s talk about gay marriage specifically. Democrats are trying to comfort themselves by saying that anyone who voted for Bush is a bigot and that Democrats are morally superior to them. I’m sure you’ve seen by now the stats that show gay marriage really didn’t impact the outcome. The numbers just don’t back that up. But it was on the ballots of eleven states, and it passed handily. So is every Bush voter a bigot as Democrats believe? No. Here’s why this issue stuck in the craw of some people. It’s because gay marriage was being shoved down people’s throats.

Democrats have more or less given up on trying to convince the electorate to adopt their ideas, particularly social ones. Instead, they go through the court system to implement their agenda. Take Roe v Wade for example. A big part of the reason this is still controversial is that society was never allowed to come to the conclusion that it is something it wanted. It was implemented by judicial fiat. A lot of voters felt disenfranchised. They didn’t have a say in the matter. If the states all had referendums on abortion and the will of the people were expressed, then that would more or less be the end of it. Many people would still be unhappy, of course. But the issue would be more settled than it is now because the voters had a say in it.

Think abortion is the only topic that Democrats abuse in the courts? What about religion? I’m not a particularly religious person myself, but even I get offended when liberals try to get the Ten Commandments removed from every public place. It bothered me a great deal when a federal court out west tried to remove “under God” from the pledge of allegiance. The anti religious fervor of liberals is frightening. I don't want mandatory prayer in public schools, but I don't want a kid expelled becasue he/she did, either.

And so forth. You all can think of more examples.

So when liberals tried to impose gay marriage on the nation, again through the court system, a lot of people had enough. And they decided to do something about it. It’s not because people hate gays. And in time I’m sure most people would get comfortable with the idea of gay marriage. It’s simply because the voters want to have a say with large shifts in our culture. It’s not that hard, really.

What’s funny is that the Democrats did this to themselves. Democrats are so used to getting their way in the courts (with their trial lawyer allies, of course) that they don’t even know how to do it any other way. They don't even try to persuade people anymore. And it finally backfired. Good.

More later on why Democrats lost.

Sunday, November 07, 2004

Fahrenheit 9/11

I just finished watching F 9/11. I promised a sister of mine months ago that I'd watch it, so I finally did. I know I must be one of the last people to watch this movie. Or at least I hope I am.

I'm not going to do a full out review. I imagine anyone who reads political blogs already knows what's in it and has already made their own assessment.

Here's my assessment. What an awful, awful, awful movie. I have never seen such crap. Michael Moore is a very bad person for having made it. And I feel dirty for having watched it.

I'm going to ignore all the blatant lies, distortions and slander in this movie, of which there are almost too many to count. What really bugs me it that it was poorly made. It was cartoonish. It was amateurish. It was downright silly. After all the hype by the elitist left, I expected a cinematic masterpiece. I expected to be wowed. Even if I didn't care for the content, I thought this at least would be the yardstick by which propaganda would be measured. Don't worry Leni, you're still the champ.

I couldn't believe what I was watching. This is the movie that got a 20 minute standing ovation at Cannes? This is the movie that had every movie reviewer drooling? This is the movie that some friends of mine told me is one of the best movies they had ever seen? And my friends are not stupid people. Are people so blinded by their ideology and hatred of Bush that they just overlooked what an absolute piece of crap this movie was? This movie was the cinematic equivalent of the recent Kitty Kelly biography on Bush.

Lesson learned. Never again will I watch anything Michael Moore produces or any political movie my leftist friends recommend. What a waste of time.

Take no prisoners

This report shows what our enemy does with prisoners of war. They don't ship them off to Gitmo and feed them three meals a day. They don't read them their rights and get them lawyers.

"After a 90-minute battle in which six policemen were wounded, the attackers took 21 captured policemen to the K-3 oil pumping station area and shot them dead execution-style".

They line them up and shoot them in the head.

Arafat Has Aids?

I've seen this in a couple of places. If the concept of poetic justice has any meaning, this is it. A former KGB operative writes:

"I just called the microphone monitoring center to ask about the 'Fedayee,'" Arafat's code name, explained Munteaunu. "After the meeting with the Comrade, he went directly to the guest house and had dinner. At this very moment, the 'Fedayee' is in his bedroom making love to his bodyguard. The one I knew was his latest lover. He's playing tiger again. The officer monitoring his microphones connected me live with the bedroom, and the squawling almost broke my eardrums. Arafat was roaring like a tiger, and his lover yelping like a hyena."

Hmmm. If someone said that Arafat had "the eye of the tiger" I would have thought of something else entirely.

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Character and integrity still count

The election is finally history. The people of the United States have spoken, and they have done so in ways nobody anticipated. The buzz in the media is that moral values weighed heavier on the election result than many anticipated. How much of this sound byte we should believe is certainly open to question, given the track record of the media during this election. But should this be so surprising?. In between Los Angeles and New York, in what the coast-dwelling elite refer to as "flyover country", you will find much of America. People who go to church, people who don't believe that a woman's right to an abortion trumps the right of the unborn child, people of various faiths that consider the moral standing of the candidates they are presented with in the voting booth. It could be that the exit pollster's findings on the influence of "moral issues" is too narrowly interpreted. Perhaps character and integrity actually count to most of America, and it is this that ended up being considered in the voting booth.

Character should count. Character and integrity are the bedrock of leadership. You cannot lead without integrity; ultimately no one will follow. As a democrat that just voted for President Bush, I can say that in no uncertain terms my decision was heavily influenced by the candidates integrity and character, or lack thereof.

When I looked at President Bush, I didn't see what so many of my ultra-liberal friends saw. I saw a man who believed in his country and was willing and able to make tough decisions. Decisions that were, in his eyes, in the best interests of America. Decisions that were also, in many cases, very unpopular. I saw someone with clear beliefs, who could sometimes articulate them well and sometimes not so well. I saw someone that cared deeply about the people of this country and showed that caring by his actions. I saw someone that has one trait that even Democrats can't take issue with. He tells you what he believes, he tells you what he's going to do, and then he does it. Even if you don't like what he does, you can trust him to tell you and then deliver. This is worth a lot to me, and, evidently, to others.

When I looked at Senator Kerry, I didn't see this. I saw someone without the true convictions associated with clear beliefs. I saw someone that would say whatever people wanted to hear at the time. I saw someone that, in my perception, had a long career of putting his own ambitions first and everyone else, and this country, second. I saw someone that, at the end of the day, I couldn't trust.

The thought of a government dominated by the religious right certainly gives me pause for concern. But that concern is offset by the following wonderful, uplifting result: In America, character and integrity still count.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

The more things change...

Instapundit Glenn Reynolds in a NY Times Op-Ed piece today points out the real story of this election: media bias. I couldn't agree more. Regardless of the outcome, the lasting story will be the failure of legacy media to maintain even an appearance of objectivity.

In an ironic twist, John Kerry complained about the media bias against him in his testimony before Congress in 1971:

"There is one other body that has tremendous power in this country, which is a favorite topic of Vice President Agnew and I would take some agreement with him. That would be the fourth estate. The press. I think the very reason that we veterans are here today is the result partially of our inability to get our story out through the legitimate channels.

That is to say, for instance, I held a press conference here in Washington, D.C., some weeks ago with General Shoup, with General Hester, with the mother of a prisoner of war, the wife of a man who was killed, the mother of a soldier who was killed, and with a bilateral amputee, all representing the so-called silence majority, the silent so-called majority which the President used to perpetuate the war, and because it was a press conference and an antiwar conference and people simply exposing ideas we had no electronic media there.

I called the media afterward and asked them why and the answer was, from one of the networks, it doesn't have to be identified, "because, is, new business is really partly entertainment business visually, you see, and a press conference like that is not visual."

Of course, we don't have the position of power to get our ideas out. I said, "If I take some crippled veterans doesn't to the White House and we chain ourselves to the gates, will we get coverage?" "Oh, yes, we will cover that."

So you are reduced to a position where the only way you can get your ideas out is to stage events, because had we not staged the events, will all due respect, Senator, and I really appreciate the fact that I am here obviously, and I know you are committed to this, but with all due respect I probably wouldn't be sitting at this table. You see this is the problem."

Media Bias

David Limbaugh makes many of the same points in his column today that I was making yesterday in a post about blogging:

The only reason our elections have been so close in recent years is that the Old Media has helped to conceal that the liberal fringe has overtaken the Democratic Party. It is the party of Michael Moore, Howard Dean and, yes, John Kerry.


I couldn't agree more.

Democrats & Nat'l Security

JunkyardBlog has a sizeable post that's worth reading.

....You may think I'm crazy to say that, but consider the Democrats' treatment of Michael Moore. He is the most odious character on the political scene today. He is a shameless liar and is openly cheering on the terrorists to kill Americans. He has made a film that is a stab in the back to our troops. And now, he's openly happy that Osama bin Laden is quoting him. Here's what he said in his final pre-election post today:

To George W.:
I know it’s gotta be rough for you right now. Hey, we’ve all been there. “You’re fired” are two horrible words when put together in that order. Bin Laden surfacing this weekend to remind the American people of your total and complete failure to capture him was a cruel trick or treat. But there he was. 3,000 people were killed and he’s laughing in your face. Why did you stop our Special Forces from going after him? Why did you forget about bin Laden on the DAY AFTER 9/11 and tell your terrorism czar to concentrate on Iraq instead?There he was, OBL, all tan and rested and on videotape (hey, did you get the feeling that he had a bootleg of my movie? Are there DVD players in those caves in Afghanistan?)

Re-read that last part. Moore not only notes the similarity between the major points in his film and the recent rhetoric of Osama bin Laden--he thinks it's just swell. As long as it all hurts Bush, it's fine with Mikey....

Not only has there been no or introspection or outrage by the left, I'm sure many in the Anyone But Bush crowd agrees with that.

...To those who think a Kerry win will force the Democrats to at last become serious about national security and the war on terrorism, I hold up Michael Moore's honored place among Democrats as proof that such ideas are foolish. Any party that embraces Moore cannot take national security or the war seriously at all. And that party had its chances both with Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton to gain some needed maturity in world affairs, and squandered that time. Actually, they did worse than squander it. Carter's weakness led to the fall of Iran, which led to the global jihad movement's real flowering. Clinton's weakeness allowed bin Laden to build his army even while declaring war on us. The Democrats haven't taken national security issues seriously as a party since the last days of the Johnson administration; there is absolutely no reason to think they will start just because one of their most liberal and pacifict members has become president in the midst of war....

I couldn't agree more. The Democrats are simply not credible on foreign policy or national security. They are infected with the Vietnam defeatist mindset. They don't seem to be bothered at all that they played a huge role in the mess that Vietnam became. And given their hysterical screeching about Iraq and the WOT, it looks to me as if they want to duplicate their success of 30 years ago. How on earth anyone could vote for Kerry is beyond me. The party had a chance to show it had grown up. Lieberman and Gephardt ran. I could have supported either one of those guys over Bush. They got crushed. Instead the Democrats nominated the one guy they believed could lie well enough for long enough to convince voters he would do the same things Bush is doing now, while knowing in their heart he is a anti-war, anti-military, appeasement, europhile dove who has openly sided with the enemies of the US for most of his public career. Howard Dean, the man the Democrats wanted in their hearts, was tossed out in a cynical attempt to lie to the electorate about their true intentions. This election has been an eye opener for me. I have no use for my party in this election or for the forseeable future.

Kerry Firsts

If John Kerry were to become the next U.S. president, several remarkable "firsts" would become reality:

First billionaire president: No other president in history comes close to the unimaginable wealth of John Kerry. A true man of the people. A regular working-class kinda guy. Mansions, vacation homes all over the world, Gulfstream jet, fleets of cars, original art masterpieces, etc. But this doesn't tell the whole story. How much is $1 billion? Well, here are a few companies that Kerry could purchase outright:

Enjoy golf? Mr. Kerry could purchase Callaway Golf outright($785 million). See a future in plastics? Kerry could seal the deal on Tupperware for $973 million. Craving a carb fix? Mr. Kerry could have the ultimate carb load by buying Krispy Kreme Doughnuts for a mere $649 million (and the leftover would still be more cash than the net worth of any previous president).

First president to admit to committing war crimes and atrocities while serving in the armed forces (MEET THE PRESS, April 18, 1971)

First president to meet with the enemy during a time of war

First president to be elected by the media. Here's Newsweek editor Evan Thomas back in August: "Let's talk a little media bias here," Thomas said, "The media, I think, want Kerry to win. And I think they're going to portray Kerry and Edwards -- I'm talking about the establishment media, not Fox -- but they're going to portray Kerry and Edwards as being young and dynamic and optimistic and all, there's going to be this glow about them that . . . collectively, the two of them, that's going to be worth maybe 15 points."

Now my observations: Where were the media on Kerry's phony claims about being in Cambodia? On his 1971 treasonous meetings with the enemy? On his decisions not to disclose where his campaign funding is coming from? Can you even imagine what the headlines would be if someone discovered that Bush secretly met with the enemy in 1971 while still a member of the National Guard?

Without the incredible, non-stop pro-Kerry bias of every major news organization Kerry would be looking at a crushing, George McGovern-style blowout.

First President to attend a meeting where assassination of congressmen was discussed and voted on. Originally denying he was there, Kerry admitted it when he was caught in a lie by witnesses who saw him there.

First president to actively hide the sources of his campaign funds. Take a look at the percent of full disclosure and see for yourself. Bush, 92.1%. Nader, 93.4%. Dean, 92.6%. Sharpton, 91.1%. Geez, even Lyndon LaRouche had full disclosure on 90.8% of his campaign funds. Kerry? 80.3%. That's $30 million in campaign funds that Kerry doesn't want to disclose the source of. What's he hiding?

And last but not least, first Communist first lady. OK, not officially, but the causes she actively supports look like a who's who of communist and socialist organizations. We're not talking Greenpeace or Save the Whales here. Millions of dollars in donations to the Tides Foundation? This alone gives her at least an honorary membership in the Communist Party.

Monday, November 01, 2004

Saturday Night Live

While I'm blogging on entertainment things, anyone notice a difference at Saturday Night Live this year? I stopped watching last spring because practically every political skit was so over the top anti-Bush that it seemed as if it was written by Moveon.org or the denizens of democratic underground. There was no attempt at balance whatsoever, and any political statement that wasn't an attack on Bush-and there were very few of those- was confined to the boring last half hour that few people watch.

Well apparently there were enough people like me that it started to show up in the ratings, or some higher up told the cast that they were not a subsidiary of the Democratic party and forced them to balance it out. It had to have been outside pressures because given the shrillness of the skits, it was pretty clear their rhetoric was heartfelt. I doubt they had a sincere change of heart.

But anyway, my wife encouraged me to watch again and now it's much more even. And funny.

Team America

Finally saw Team America over the weekend. I laughed so hard that my wife was completely embarrassed by me and tried in vain to shut me up. I know I'm the last person in the US to see this movie, but I just have a couple of thoughts.

1. If you find the Hollywood elite loud and boring like Victor Davis Hanson does in this column, then this movie is for you. I love the Michael Moore bit.

2. The theme song for the anti-terrorist unit is "America...FUCK YEAH!" (Sorry Stewart). I will track down the full song one day and memorize the whole thing. My wife is already sick of me singing the chorus. Who am I kidding? I just sing those three words.

3. The opening scene is priceless. If only it happened in reality.

4. The puppet "interactive" scene was, well, let's just say it defies description.

See this movie.

A Rebuke to Liberal Hawks

A message to Sullivan, Friedman, etc.:

One of the most dramatic and least surprising developments of Election 2004's final period has been President Bush's abandonment by the "liberal hawks," the collection of left-leaning thinkers, commentators, and pundits who approved of the invasion of Iraq as a progressive operation, offered well reasoned and often enthusiastic support for Bush in the prelude to the war, were granted their wish by the White House, and have now paid the president back with withering criticism and endorsements for John Kerry....

...I realize that supporters of the Iraq war could use the very same arguments I'm making here. They're welcome to them. The old-fashioned conservative hawks may not be a very attractive bunch, but at least they have the courage of their convictions. If it eventually turns out the invasion of Iraq leads to an outbreak of peace and freedom in the Dar al-Islam (and I hope to be proven wrong on this matter), the liberal hawks will undoubtedly swoop back in to show they were on the right side of history. If that day ever comes, just remember one thing: When the going got tough, they were the ones who looked to Secretary of State Biden to bail them out.


And this is from someone who didn't support the war.



The Limits of Blogging

The New York Post had an interesting editorial where they essentially call a pig a pig by calling out the NY Times and CBS on their over the top liberal bias. This is nothing new and it encompasses way more than just those two outlets. And its pretty clear that these claims of bias are much easier to substantiate because of the internet, and bloggers in particular. After all, without bloggers, CBS would have been able to get away with their hit piece on Bush's Nat'l Guard service, for example. So overall bloggers have helped keep this campaign more honest than it would have been otherwise by rigorous fact checking. Kudos.

But more needs to be done. Even though bloggers can force the media to tell the truth about an issue they choose to cover, there is no way, as of yet, to force the MSM to report on important issues that need to be covered. The MSM has successfully ignored any real examination of Kerry's antiwar record or Senate record. How many people realize that Kerry lead an organization that debated whether to engage in political assassinations as a way to prove their point? How many people know that Kerry is lying about having released his military records? Or his dealings with the Sandinistas? Or any of the positive news out of Iraq? Are people even vaguely aware of what an achievement it was to have peaceful elections in Afghanistan? Or what European attitudes really were towards the US before 9/11? And so forth. Political junkies like those who read or write for blogs know these issues, but how about Americans who don't pay this much attention.

Blogs have done a tremendous service to the public discourse. But more must be done. And I have faith it will.

Kerry's Discharge From Navy

So now it's likely that Kerry had an other than honorable discharge originally? Yeah, yeah, I know. Only Bush's military records are worth examining. Kerry's are off limits.

It's About Time

I wish more journalists were challenging the Democrats like this.

THE SCARIEST THING about this election is not the prospect of a contested outcome with no winner declared for weeks, just as in 2000. No, the most scary thing is the sense of entitlement that many Democrats and their allies have about tomorrow's election. It goes like this: Bush stole the presidency four years ago, then proceeded to act as if he had a mandate, so now we're entitled to do whatever it takes to defeat him, to say whatever we want.