I swiped this powerful photograph from Ramblings' Journal. Hope he won't mind.
Bush has just informed Blair that Iraq is now under its own sovereign rule.
Sure enough, it will take a while for the Iraqis to be truly independent, but President Bush has started them on the way there. It would be too much for the Bush-haters to acknowledge that this is a good thing. They're still too high off the propagandistic junk they've been shooting this past weekend to concede anything to the cause of democratization, but History will speak to this more forcefully than such fools ever dreamed.
I'm proud of your determination and courage, Mr. President. And you, as well, Mr. Blair.
The men and women you sent to fight and die in the defense of democracy and liberty have not done so in vain, but with righteousness.
Jacques Can Go Chiraq Himself
Probably much to Tony Blair's delight, our President decided to weigh in ---heavily--- on the issue of Turkey's entry into the European Union while all the NATO partners were gathered in Istanbul yesterday. Bush says he's in favor of Turkey's membership and that the Turks ought to be given a date certain by which they will be admitted.
Well, our Gallic friend M. Chiraq didn't cotton to that, saying that Bush ought to mind his own business.
Fine, you pompous wine steward. Your goddamned country's going to be under sharia in another generation, anyway, so what do we care?
Actually, I don't see much for Bush to gain from supporting those bribe-seeking non-allies to Iraq's northwest, except to keep them engaged while Iraq comes into its own. But we should always let the notion of Kurdistan float some. Keep the Turks guessing.
MoveOn, Uncle Adolf
I am hearing Alan Colmes' whiny voice coming from another room in my home, protesting that MoveOn.org is not responsible for their infamous Hitler=Bush ad that the Bush campaign has now incorporated into one of its own ads to show how hateful and irresponsible the Dhimmicrats have become.
Now, it happens to be true that this ad was an entry in a contest that MoveOn.org was sponsoring. And it is also true that MoveOn.org eventually removed the ad from their website and denounced it.
But it is false to say that MoveOn.org is not responsible for it. Even if that fucking bunch of idiots was stupid enough to allow the contest entries to be uploaded to their site unmoderated, they are still reponsible for it being there. Where and how else would the Republicans have found it?
No matter. If there are people who wish to call Bush the new Hitler, then they'll have to face the consequences of that sort of offensive ignorance. MoveOn.org is rife with such hatemongers and assholes ---and John Kerry has associated himself with them completely.
Another albatross to hang around Kerry's neck.
Can't wait to hear what he thinks of Fahrenheit 9/11. How is he supposed to get around that?
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Big Media likes to experiment with names for feces, apparently. Lately, I've noticed outlets like NBC and Reuters calling Palestinian Arab terrorists and murderers "militants." Not so bad as the anti-American toilet plunger Michael Moore calling the savages of Fallujah "Minutemen," but bad enough. Militant is too nice a term for these things. It is a neutral term that is used by those who wish to confer some sort of legitimacy upon these assholes.
Rantisi and Yassin aren't militants. They're worms' food. Call them pavement stains, if you want. But militants? It is an insult to fighting men everywhere. These animals don't fight; they kill. They detonate bombs in the midst of innocent life and call themselves martyrs. Fuck that nonsense.
One Angry Jarhead
Hugh Hewitt's got a forwarded e-mail on his site from a retired Marine. It's an open letter to Zarqawi. Enjoy.
This letter is for Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, "Islamic Response," and the rest of the so-called "insurgents" in Iraq. I obviously do not have an e-mail address for these vermin, so I am forwarding this letter to my entire address book in the hope you good people will forward it to as many people as possible, and that eventually through the miracle of the internet it somehow ends up in the hands of the intended recipients. Thank you all for your assistance.
This is from my good friend and fellow 3/4 vet. It sums up my feelings as well.
To the terrorists currently operating in Iraq,
I see that you have captured a U. S. Marine, and that you plan to cut off his head if your demands are not met. Big mistake. Before you carry out your threat I suggest you read up on Marine Corps history. The Japanese tried the same thing on Makin Island and in a few other places during World War Two, and came to regret it. Go ahead and read about what then happened to the mighty Imperial Army on Tarawa, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. They paid full price for what they did, and you will too.
You look at America and you see a soft target, and to a large extent you are right. Our country is filled with a lot of spoiled people who drive BMWs, sip decaf lattes and watch ridiculous reality TV shows. They are for the most part decent, hard working citizens, but they are soft. When you cut off Nick Berg's head those people gasped, and you got the media coverage you sought, and then those people went back to their lives. This time it is different. We also have a warrior culture in this country, and they are called Marines. It is a brotherhood forged in the fire of many wars, and the bond between us is stronger than blood. While it is true that this country has produced nitwits like Michael Moore, Howard Dean and Jane Fonda who can be easily manipulated by your gruesome tactics, we have also produced men like Jason Dunham, Brian Chontosh and Joseph Perez. If you don't recognize those names you should. They are all Marines who distinguished themselves fighting to liberate Iraq, and there will be many more just like them coming for you.
Before the current politically correct climate enveloped our culture one of the recruiting slogans of our band of brothers was "The Marine Corps Builds Men." You will soon find out just how true that is. You, on the other hand, are nothing but a bunch of women. If you were men you would show your faces, and take us on in a fair fight. Instead, you are cowards who hide behind masks and decapitate helpless victims. If you truly represented the interest of the Iraqi people you would not be ambushing those who come to your country to repair your power plants, or sabotage the oil pipelines which fuel the Iraqi economy. Your agenda is hate, plain and simple.
When you raise that sword over your head I want you to remember one thing. Corporal Wassef Ali Hassoun is not alone as he kneels before you. Every Marine who has ever worn the uniform is there with him, and when you strike him you are striking all of us. If you think the Marines were tough on you when they were cleaning out Fallujah a few weeks ago you haven't seen anything yet. If you want to know what it feels like to have the Wrath of God called down upon you then go ahead and do it. We are not Turkish truck drivers, or Pakistani laborers, or independent contractors hoping to find work in your country. We are the United States Marines, and we will be coming for you."
Update on Frank's Killer
I haven't found out much else about the status of the piece of shit who killed my family friend Frank Meziere, but here's what Amnesty International has had to say lately, properly edited:
[The piece of shit] was originally scheduled to be executed on March 4, 2004 for the 1998 murder of Frank Meziere. The 5th U.S. District court granted [said piece of shit] a stay of execution in order to determine if he has mental retardation.
Amnesty International is very concerned that in Texas, 254 of the 320 executions that have taken place have been of people convicted of killing whites. Studies have consistently shown that race, particularly race of the murder victim, plays a role in who is sentenced to death in the U.S. African Americans and whites are the victims of murder in almost equal numbers, but 81 per cent of the executions since 1977 have been of people convicted of crimes involving white victims, suggesting that the system places a higher value on white life.
Disgusting. Remember: people who oppose capital punishment are immoral.
A Great Commentary from Ollie
Oliver North tears into the idiocy of making Abu Ghraib the My Lai of the War for Iraq (emphasis mine):
The prison issue has inflamed the Arab world because too many of our political and media elites have treated the shameful actions of a few soldiers in an Iraqi prison as though it was the modern equivalent of the My Lai massacre. The blood of Paul Johnson is on their hands.
Gotta Sell It, George!
As I have often remarked, one of the great failures of this Administration is its incompetence at selling the war on a more consistent basis. There has obviously been plenty of good rhetoric in the conventional sense of formal addresses and the occasional sale Bush will make in an impromptu setting, but there simply hasn't been the kind of concerted effort to reinforce our rationale. And I'm not just talking about quantity, but quality: when was the last time you saw someone in the Administration really sell the American public on the importance and novelty of an Iraqi free press and Iraqi democracy on the local level and even things like the Iraqi soccer team, which is going to the Olympics later this summer? These things are huge, but Bush is being just plain timid in stressing their value. You gotta sell it, George! Don't assume that Americans know these things because you do; you gotta pound it into our skulls.
And remind the Asshole Left that this war is being fought in the defense of the very same liberties that they themselves should be supporting throughout the world if they weren't so obsessed with undermining you.
(Photo credit: Mikhail Metzel of the Associated Press)
You know, I actually came across this story yesterday, but it must have been so hallucinatorily stupid that my conscious mind must not have let it register.
Israeli-made bullets bought by the U.S. Army to plug a shortfall should be used for training only, not to fight Muslim guerrillas in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. lawmakers told Army generals on Thursday.
Since the Army has other stockpiled ammunition, "by no means, under any circumstances should a round (from Israel) be utilized," said Rep. Neil Abercrombie of Hawaii, the top Democrat on a House of Representatives Armed Services subcommittee with jurisdiction over land forces.
"A Paladin in bin Laden's al-Qaeda Network"
Apparently, even the shit-talking murderers of American soldiers in Iraq are getting creeped out by the atrocities that Zarqawi is committing in their country. I mean ---gosh!--- almost all of the 100+ corpses Zarqawi racked up yesterday were innocent Iraqis! As the Washington Post puts it:
Friday's show of disgust ---expressed in mosques and, in Sadr's case, with fliers calling for cooperation with Iraqi police--- marked the first time anti-occupation clerics and fighters sided against violence associated with the insurgency, for which Zarqawi has increasingly asserted responsibility.
Come again?! The Mahdi Army are urging cooperation with the cops?! Jesus! Sadr really must be angling for an office job! Then again, there's still that hometown pride:
[...] a group of masked fighters in Fallujah stood before Reuters television cameras and read a statement insisting that the city's violent struggle against surrounding U.S. Marines is being carried out by Fallujans, not Zarqawi or other foreign fighters.
Hmmm. Interesting. Although it's hard for these brave Fallujans to claim that they're doing much "struggling" against Mother Green and Her Fighting Machine when all that's happened to them this past week is getting the holy shit blasted out of them. That's what they get for being a bunch of goddamned animals who are harboring Zarqawi in their toilet of a city.
Still, it must be a great disappointment to the anti-war Asshole Left to learn that their hero Muqi has definitely learned to get down on his knees for Uncle Sam and his shiny new Iraqi Government:
Sadr, whose Mahdi Army has fought U.S. troops in the Sadr City slum in eastern Baghdad and in Najaf, 90 miles to the south, ordered his followers to lay down their weapons and cooperate with Iraqi police in Sadr City to "deprive the terrorists and saboteurs of the chance to incite chaos and extreme lawlessness."
Yep. He's a politician alright. But he's really an unwanted wanted man.
The Clinton Administration Also Claimed a Link Between Saddam and OBL
As Rowan Scarborough of the Washington Times reminds us, the Clinton Administration also believed that Saddam and Osama were linked:
[...D]uring President Clinton's eight years in office, there were at least two official pronouncements of an alarming alliance between Baghdad and al Qaeda. One came from William S. Cohen, Mr. Clinton's defense secretary. He cited an al Qaeda-Baghdad link to justify the bombing of a pharmaceutical plant in Sudan.
Mr. Bush cited the linkage, in part, to justify invading Iraq and ousting Saddam. He said he could not take the risk of Iraq's weapons falling into bin Laden's hands.
The other pronouncement is contained in a Justice Department indictment on Nov. 4, 1998, charging bin Laden with murder in the bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa.
The indictment disclosed a close relationship between al Qaeda and Saddam's regime, which included specialists on chemical weapons and all types of bombs, including truck bombs, a favorite weapon of terrorists.
Think about it, folks. Saddam and Osama had a mutual enemy: Us, the Great Satan. What stupid meme about fundamentalist Islam being incompatible with a secularist Muslim state did we ever swallow that would so completely convince us that such an alliance was not at least plausible?
Osama hated Saudi Arabia because it was his home and they had expelled him. And because they were allowing themselves to be dominated by the Great Satan, thereby contaminating Arabian soil and defiling the sanctity of Mecca and Medina. And Saddam hated Saudi Arabia, too. He wished to destroy them and enrich himself on their treasure. Or did we forget that he attacked that country during the Gulf War?
This stuff isn't unimaginable; it's entirely logical (from their perspective). After all, Saddam's secret service, the infamous Makhabarat, was (and maybe still is!) sticking their fingers in the pies of every country of the Middle East and Europe for years. They are assassins and terrorists and spies and plenty else. What sort of a dumbass would doubt that they have long had dealings with terrorists to further their own goals?
Juxtapose They're Lying
If you read this editorial in the New York Times from last week, it may occur to you that it is factually contradicted by today's article from Thom Shanker (linked to in my previous post).
Try the opening line:
It's hard to imagine how the commission investigating the 2001 terrorist attacks could have put it more clearly yesterday: there was never any evidence of a link between Iraq and Al Qaeda, between Saddam Hussein and Sept. 11.
Note the construction. It tries to yoke together the two ideas of a link between al-Qaeda and Iraq and Saddam and the atrocities of 11 September 2001. But that is a sloppy dodge, for one half of that is undeniably true and the other is a point that was never made by the President (of whom the Times demands an apology for believing the same intelligence that he and every other high-ranking member of our Government was provided with).
And try this other accusation from the editorial:
[Bush]is responsible for the administration's actions since then [i.e., 11 September 2001]. That includes, inexcusably, selling the false Iraq-Qaeda claim to Americans.
Ultimately, it does not matter whether President Bush is responsible for making the link between Saddam and 11 September 2001: most of the American people instinctively understood that Saddamite Iraq was a bad actor in the world of Middle Eastern-Islamofascist terrorism and that they were not going to be allowed to perpetually flout our authority. One important reason for this is that, in a world where the fears of dirty bombs and suitcase nukes and nerve gas attacks are only lying dormant, we must establish ourselves more firmly in the middle of the Islamic world than we ever have before. We must have a place from which we can project our military power and secure our economic interests in the oil of the Middle East. No apologies for that, comrade.
Keep debating how the fuse was lit. Those of us who support and honor our military's hard work and sacrifices will keep it in mind that no terror attack has been made on our own shores in almost three years. If you think that that's not the consequence of our war efforts and our increased security measures at home, then you're a dope.
An Important New York Times Article
Be sure to read Thom Shanker's article in today's New York Times regarding an "internal report" taken from Saddam's intelligence service. Apparently, the Times went to unusual lengths to verify the authenticity of this report which, I assume, means that it presented their propagandists with some problems. That's because it explicitly lays out the relationship between Saddam's regime and Osama bin Laden up until the time that bin Laden was forced from Sudan, which would have been around 1993.
Get it? Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden had a relationship. No one in the Bush Administration ever said that Saddam was behind the atrocities of 11 September 2001, but they do maintain that Saddam and OBL had some reason to work together. It is now the work of the Leftists in Big Media to gloss over this relationship and to insist ---quite falsely--- that Bush misled the country into conflating Saddam and 11 September.
The Asshole Left are following the old Nazi maxim that a lie repeated often enough becomes the truth.
There's a war on, friends. Four more months to get the point across that the Dhimmicratic Party and the anti-war Left are intent on doing harm to our national security. They will stop at nothing. They will lie and suck Michael Moore's cock and omit any inconvenient facts they come across and do whatever else they feel they must to inaugurate and enthrone their lack of principles. That must not be allowed to happen.
Buck up, jackson. The redcoats are coming.
Oh, the first exploded myth? A fundamentalist like Osama would never have consorted with a secularist like Saddam. Horseshit. They did. Even the Grey Lady thinks so.
Just Stay Away, Chris
Thankfully, the Most Obnoxious Man on Television, Chris Matthews, has been gone from his MSNBC Hardball program this week. In his place has been the almost unbelievably delicious Campbell Brown. She is not only gracious and interesting, but she even lets her guests finish their sentences. Isn't there some way that Matthews can be persuaded to stay away for a while longer? I suppose not. But Campbell Brown is just scrumptious. This picture doesn't even begin to do her justice. Oh, well. It was nice while it lasted.
22 June 1969: On the Cuyahoga
One of the most beautiful songs I know is R.E.M.'s "Cuyahoga," which, I suppose, derives at least some of its inspiration from the now-infamous occurrence on the Cuyahoga River at Cleveland, Ohio in which the river itself caught fire on the morning of 22 June 1969. It was one of those events that crystallized the issue of environmental degradation in the late '60s and early '70s. But, as Professor Jonathan Adler writes, much of what we think we know of that event is mythical. But it's an excellent example of how an event can capture the public's imagination and become something far more significant than what it, in itself, actually is.
(A much shorter version of his original paper can be found here at National Review Online.)
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"A Frank Exchange of Views"
Vice President Dick Cheney told Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy to go fuck himself on the floor of the United States Senate today.
Not quite a caning, but close enough.
"That doesn't sound like language the vice president would use but there was a frank exchange of views," said Cheney spokesman Kevin Kellems.
The Gorebot's Descent into Ahistorical Madness
It seems that Al Gore's descent into madness and irrelevance continues unabated. He now declares that the GOP is employing "digital brown shirts" to intimidate the media with accusations that they are undermining the troops with their constant Bush-hatred.
There isn't a whole lot of time left before the election, but I sure hope there's enough of it to persuade the American people that the Democratic Party has gone to hell when its elder statemen suggest that the Republicans are Nazis.
Not Believing My Ears
What on Earth has become of Richard Williams? The controversial father of the tennis greats Venus and Serena Williams was unbelievably gracious about a scoring error made by the umpire in today's match which caused Venus to lose the tie-breaker (and, thus, the match) in the second and final set. I would have expected a huge accusatory blast of racism and bias, but no. He was extremely understanding. Huh!
Anyway, Venus Williams is already assured a place in tennis' Hall of Fame. I don't know if the same will ever be said of the young woman who came out ahead today.