June 2005

Cheat Seeking Missiles explains why Durbin’s odious Gitmo comparison is dangerous to out troops:

Each time a Durbin, Dean, Pelosi, Kennedy or Reid lies about prisoner treatment for their political gain and tells our enemy that if captured, they will be subjected to torture, they are telling these terrorists, “Go ahead, fight harder, kill more of our soldiers.” And why again do they do this? For their political gain, period.

The failure of Durbin’s fellow Democrats to properly distance themselves from his remarks confirms that the only war they think worth fighting is their war against our President.

Roosevelt, Truman and Kennedy would be rolling in their graves if they knew what had become of the Democratic party.


Via Lucianne, we read this report that:

RUSSIA is prepared to use warplanes to destroy terrorist bases abroad.

I hope they do it. It might mute the outrage when George W. Bush finally decides to make Syria pay the price for being the conduit for funneling Jihadists into Iraq. Which they are are, as this UK Sunday Times report, via Lucianne again, makes clear:

ABOUT 70 young Muslim men have left Britain to join the insurgents who are fighting coalition troops in Iraq, senior security sources have revealed.

At least three have been killed in combat, including one whose role in an Iraq suicide bombing in February was disclosed by police only last week.

The growing problem of militants from Britain travelling to Iraq has been highlighted by Eliza Manningham-Buller, director-general of MI5, in recent briefings to Tony Blair.

The MI5 boss warned the prime minister that would-be suicide bombers and other fighters who want to kill British and American troops were using “a number of routes” to get to Iraq from Britain. Most have travelled to Damascus in Syria before being smuggled over the border to meet rebel leaders.

It’s long past time for every known staging point on the Syrian side of the border, as revealed by captured insurgents, satellite images and Israeli intelligence, to receive the gift of the daisy cutter. Carpet bombing the Bekka valley would also give the Syrian regime and the Iranians pause.

Now that Rove has revealed the Democrats to be appeasers at heart, George Bush should expend some of his political capital that has been dribbling away, on taking the fight to the enemy, wherever they are.

The left wanted America to lose in Vietnam and now they want America to lose in Iraq.

Proof: Let’s quote the man given a place of honor next to Jummy Cater at the DNC. He claimed:

The Iraqis who have risen up against the occupation are not “insurgents” or “terrorists” or “The Enemy.” They are the REVOLUTION, the Minutemen, and their numbers will grow — and they will win.

Daniel Drezner discusses the Downing Street memo, from whence I extracted this section of the type written copy of the original memo:

C [ Secret Intelligence Service Sir Richard Dearlove] reported on his recent talks in Washington. There was a perceptible shift in attitude. Military action was now seen as inevitable. Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy. The NSC had no patience with the UN route, and no enthusiasm for publishing material on the Iraqi regime’s record. There was little discussion in Washington of the aftermath after military action.

(My bold)

Whether or not this memo is as incriminating as the left wishes depends on the meaning of “fixed”. Here’s an online Dictionary Definition of fixed:

  1. Firmly in position; stationary.
  2. Determined; established; set: at a fixed time; a fixed price.
  3. Not subject to change or variation; constant: pensioners on a fixed income.
  4. Chemistry
    • Not readily evaporating; nonvolatile.
    • Being in a stable, combined form: fixed nitrogen.
  5. Firmly, often dogmatically held: fixed beliefs.
  6. Persistently occurring in the mind; obsessive: a fixed, delusive notion.
  7. Supplied, especially with funds or needs. Often used in combination: a well-fixed bachelor.
  8. Illegally prearranged as to outcome: a fixed election.

    Definition number 8 does not appear in many dictionaries. It is a colloquial usage in American English. According to the Oxford English Dictionary that meaning of “fixed” is “slang (orig. U.S.)”.

    It is extrememy unlikely that an educated Englishman would use “fixed” in the sense of “Illegally prearranged as to outcome”. The more likely sense is “Determined; established; set: at a fixed time; a fixed price.” Bush wanted to remove Saddam. Among the various reasons that could be used to justify doing that, Bush settled on the “conjunction of terrorism and WMD”. In building the case against Saddam, the facts and intelligience were put in place (fixed) around that reason.

    It turned out that Saddam no longer had stockpiles of WMD. But never forget that he still retained the intent, knowledge, and capability to recreate his WMD.

    Given his status, he gets Martyr level membership automatically.

    His limp reaction to the first WTC attack and to the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole probably contributed to Al Qaeda’s belief that the U.S. would withdraw from the Middle East after a major strike on its homeland. After 9/11, he redeemed himself slightly by broadly supporting President Bush on Iraq and Afghanistan. But now he’s come out defending Senator Durbin on Gitmo. According to this Fox News report:

    Clinton told the Financial Times the camp should “be closed down or cleaned up.”

    “It is time that there are no more stories coming out of there about people being abused,” Clinton told the newspaper.

    Clinton should know that the abuse reports coming from Gitmo are fake and inaccurate. Instead of using his prestige to set the record straight he’s given credence to Senator Durbin’s treasonous slander.

    Via Instapundit, CNN reports:

    Senior Assistant Police Commissioner Edmore Veterai said Zimbabwean authorities are now targeting urban farming, saying the practice was causing “massive environmental damage,” state radio reported Tuesday.

    Charlie Hewat, executive director of Environment Africa, said controlled urban agriculture was essential for the poor throughout the developing world’s cities. There were, however, no legal allotments in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital.

    The main opposition Movement for Democratic Change has accused the 81-year-old Mugabe of imitating Cambodia’s former Pol Pot regime by driving pro-MDC urban voters back to rural areas for “re-education.”

    It alleges food access is being used as a weapon of political reprisal following March 31 parliamentary elections won by Mugabe’s Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front.

    Mugabe expressed surprise at the “misplaced hue and cry over Operation Murambatsvina” in a recent telephone conversation with U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, presidential spokesman George Charamba told The Herald newspaper.

    Mugabe agreed in the phone call to let Anna Tibaijuka, Tanzanian head of the United Nations Habitat agency, come as Annan’s envoy to asses the impact of “Operation Murambatsvina,” Charamba confirmed.

    As I noted before, there is probably a tribal element involved in Mugabe’s actions. Meanwhile, Kofi Annan is standing by to do what he always does when there is the threat of mass murder in Africa; i.e. precisely nothing.

    The claim that urban farming causes “massive environmental damage” is a bit rich, coming from a regime that is decimating its formerly rich wildlife heritage. This 2003 NYT report painted a grim picture:

    Hunting and tourism once pumped millions of dollars into Zimbabwe’s economy each year, sustaining wildlife management programs on millions of acres of private scrubland too arid or rocky for commercial farming, but ideal for photographic safaris and big-game hunts. Zimbabwe’s decision to confiscate most of that land from its white owners, and then to redistribute it to peasants and political supporters, has had an unexpected result: thousands of hungry families on land too poor to support crops have turned to poaching as their prime source of food and income. Private wildlife programs have been all but destroyed.

    It has gotten worse since then. According to this Humane Society report:

    As famine looms for millions of his poorer citizens, President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe has declared open season on one of his nation’s greatest treasures—its wildlife. Invoking the populist rhetoric that has characterized his whole career, Mugabe has ordered rangers at Zimbabwe’s National Parks to cooperate with rural authorities in the wholesale killing of wild animals, including elephants.

    The wisdom of elephants notwithstanding, it won’t be possible for the majority of Zimbabwe’s wildlife to evade the long shadow cast by President Mugabe. Should Mugabe’s orders take hold, Zimbabwe’s national parks, where wildlife losses have not been as high as those on game farms and conservancies, will be in trouble. Dispatching armed rangers into parks with orders to kill animals for their meat would provide no real answer to Zimbabwe’s food crisis or its other problems. It would be a disaster and should it occur, treasures such as Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s largest park and one of Africa’s outstanding havens for wild animals, will become nothing less than hollowed-out monuments of a nation’s political, social, and ecological collapse.

    The world faces humanitarian and environmental catastrophes in Zimbabwe, and the international institutions that liberals place such faith in are proving utterly useless. About all we can be sure of is that after millions die and the wildlife has disappeared those same liberals will blame Bush.

    Update (6/22): Cori Dauber notes that the WPO has an editorial highly critical of Mugabe and the situation in Zimbanwe.

    As Betsy’s Page notes, Senator Durbin was one of the three Democrat (what a surprise) senators who spilled the beans on the stealth satellite program, thereby tipping off the mad Mullahs of Iran and the North Koreans that they’d have to behave as if they were under observation 24×7. In Roosevelt’s day, such treachery would have been treated as what it was – treason.

    Durbin has compounded his treason by giving aid and comfort to the enemy by comparing the interrogation of the 20th hijacker with the genocidal activities of Stalin, Hitler and Pol Pot. This war is as much a propaganda war as a shooting war. Durbin handed the enemy the propoganda equivalent of a nuke.

    Durbin, naturally, added his vote to those of the Democrats opposed to Bolton. It’s past time to call him, and his ilk, to account. For starters, the administration could withdraw the security clearances of Dick Durbin and his partners in treason, Jay Rockefeller and Ron Wyden, as the first step in prosecuting them for violating the terms of the security clearance agreements that they signed. The price for getting off that hook – complete capitulation on all of the President’s nominations. Dirty pool, but how else to deal with treacherous senators who have declared war on the commander-in-chief and sided with the enemy?

    Next Page »