January 2006

I thought he was much more aggressive than we expected. He slapped the Murtha Democrats on their defeatism and on their opposition to Social Security reform. The Dems thought they won a point on that. Oh yeah. Better they should honor the memory of Democrat Pat Moynihan who knew that Social Security reform was needed.

I have no doubt that pre-Vietnam Democrat leaders like Roosevelt, Truman and Kennedy would have applauded Bush’s foreign policy. Post-Vietnam Democrats are doing everything they can to undermine it.

My wife thought Bush was a moron in 2000. Today her admiration grows year-by-year. Her key point: good leaders appoint smarter advisors, like Condi and Rumsfeld.


A good case in point is Germany. The people elected Hitler’s National Socialist party and we know how well that worked out. The Palestinians elected Hamas knowing full well that its charter calls for the destruction of Israel and that it was the leading perpetrator of terrorist attacks on Israeli civilians. As they vote so shall they receive.

With Sharon out of the picture and Hamas in official control of the Palestinian Authority we can expect Israel to put the “peace process” on hold and elect a government strong on defense. The Palistinian people can look forward to more misery and bloosdshed. If Hamas goes too far, Israel may even declare its terrorist activities acts of war and respond accordingly.

Democracy has a way of making people responsible for their fate. By voting for Hamas the Palestinian people have made themselves responsible for what Hamas does in their name. Perhaps Hamas will be forced to moderate their position. I can’t see that happening, so it seems the Palestinians are in for interesting times.

That’s what the objections come down to. When Mohammed Atta was in the U.S. he was virtually invisible to US intelligence (is that an oxymoron?). Gorelick’s wall, FBI incompetence and a Clintonista mindset saw to that. We don’t know if he could have flown to Prague although it seems to be increasingly obvious that he made a second trip. When the FBI had Moussaiou’s laptop in hand nobody could look at in time enough to uncover the 9/11 plot.

The Democrats seem to have discovered that the American people actually think it is a good idea to intercept enemy communications. Their new line is that that is fine in principle but Congress needs to amend FISA to allow such action. Powerline points out how bogus that argument is:

The Times, however, misrepresents the FISA appellate court’s statement and simply omits the court’s recognition that “FISA could not encroach on the President’s constitutional authority.” In other words, if FISA infringed on the president’s constitutional authority to order warrantless surveillance, FISA would be unconstitutional.

Bonus points for nailing the Times yet again.

Some pundits think that Hamas might moderate given the responsibility of power. They cite the example of the IRA and its political arm, Sinn Fein. Fair enough, but the better example is one of Hamas’ primary sponsors, the Islamic Republican of Iran. The Mullahs have been in power for quarter of a century and they grow more radical and dangerous by the hour. Soon they will add nuclear blackmail to their terrorist arsenal. Which example is a bunch of Muslim fanatics going to follow? The infidel IRA or the Muslim superpower wannabe?

Middle East Facts notes (in a 21 March 2002 artcle) that:

Israel also supplies the PA with electricity. Providing energy to a supposedly “independent people” is weird enough, but providing it for free is beyond all understanding. Half a year ago the PA stopped paying their electricity bill. It currently owes 85 million shekels to the Israeli Electric Company. Yet still Israel keeps supplying them! Every month the bill increases an additional 15 million shekels.

Hamas/PA should be told that any attack on Israel will result in the electricity being cut off permanently. In the meantime, we’re cutting it off until you’ve paid all your outstanding bills.

A decade ago Hyundai had a reputation matching that of the butt of all automotive jokes, the Yugo. Last year Hyundai opened a new plant in the US. Now it’s playing with the Japanese big boys and competing against their US manufactured volume products. Edmunds recently tested a similarly price Hyundai Sonata against the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. The Korean/US upstart whipped its competitors at that price point. That’s the sort of market the Detroit has to compete against.

Ford has recently entered the lists with its Ford Fusion/Mercury Milano combo. In car magazine reviews the duo does quite well. GM has Oprah’s Pontiac G6, which is OK but a bit long in the tooth at birth. The Chevrolet Impala has a stodgy reputation but is probably very adequae family transportation. Daimler Chrysler has jumped above the competition with the rear wheel drive Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger at mid-range price points. I’ve actually got the Dodge Magnum on my to-be-checked list.

But here’s the funny thing the UAW hasn’t quite figured out yet. The American big three are out-sourcing to Mexico and Canada and China and the Asians are in-sourcing to the US. Think about this for a minute. If someone says buy American, do they mean buy from the foreign companies investing in America or buy from the American companies investing outside of America? Seems to me that non-union American labor is very competitive while UAW labor is a short-cut to Chapter 11. Just ask GM.

Up until now, HAMAS has been a terrorist organization attacking Israel from Palestinian territory despite the “best efforts” of the Palestinian Authority to stop them. Now HAMAS is the Palestinian Authority. Israel can treat any HAMAS attacks as an act of war and respond accordingly. I wonder how long it will take for HAMAS leaders to figure out that terrorism might play in the Muslim world but it sure won’t pay.

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