April 2007



Powerline has the scoop:

THE WEEKLY STANDARD has now learned of a second, more stunning error in Tenet’s book (which is due to appear in bookstores tomorrow). According to Michiko Kakutani’s review in Saturday’s Times,

On the day after 9/11, he [Tenet] adds, he ran into Richard Perle, a leading neoconservative and the head of the Defense Policy Board, coming out of the White House. He says Mr. Perle turned to him and said: “Iraq has to pay a price for what happened yesterday. They bear responsibility.”

Here’s the problem: Richard Perle was in France on that day, unable to fly back after September 11. In fact Perle did not return to the United State until September 15. Did Tenet perhaps merely get the date of this encounter wrong? Well, the quote Tenet ascribes to Perle hinges on the encounter taking place September 12: “Iraq has to pay a price for what happened yesterday.” And Perle in any case categorically denies to THE WEEKLY STANDARD ever having said any such thing to Tenet, while coming out of the White House or anywhere else.

W’s biggest mistake was placing any faith in any hold-over from the the Clinton Administration. The list of Clintonistas that left America exposed, even after the first WTC attack, is long. Too many retained positions of influence after Mr. George “Bipartisanship” Bush won power.

Bush understands that radical Islam is at war with civilization. He doesn’t seem to understand that a far more powerful enemy has been at war with his administration since the 2000 election. That enemy could care less about the threat posed by radical Islam. In fact, it is happy to ally itself with radical Islam whenever it hurts Bush. Witness Harry Reid telling Al Qaeda that the US has already lost in Iraq. That more powerful enemy is the Democrat party, ably assisted by its billionaire funders and the MSM.

Tenet is playing the Clintonista game. No wonder he let Wilson and Plame defame the administration. Bush should have realized which team Tenet was on long ago. The fact that he trusted Tenet tells us much about the character of both men. Tenet seems not to have had any; Bush too much for Washington.

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Few Republican’s have enunciated what is at stake in Iraq as clearly as Lieberman. Wizbang quotes his speech in full. It deserves to be read in full by every one in the country. His concluding paragraphs:

Mr. President, what we need now is a sober assessment of the progress we have made and a recognition of the challenges we face. There are still many uncertainties before us, many complexities. Barely half of the new troops that General Petraeus has requested have even arrived in Iraq, and, as we heard from him yesterday, it will still be months before we will know just how effective his new strategy is.

In following General Petraeus’ path, there is no guarantee of success–but there is hope, and a new plan, for success.

The plan embedded in this legislation, on the other hand, contains no such hope. It is a strategy of catchphrases and bromides, rather than military realities in Iraq. It does not learn from the many mistakes we have made in Iraq. Rather, it promises to repeat them.

Let me be absolutely clear: In my opinion, Iraq is not yet lost–but if we follow this plan, it will be. And so, I fear, much of our hope for stability in the Middle East and security from terrorism here at home.

Can you imagine the impact on the electorate if the GOP Presidential candidate said that we are at war, that national unity on this momentous issue is critical to winning the war, and therefore, he is asking Senator Lieberman to run as America’s Vice President?

Such a move would split the Democrat electorate. The victory of a bi-partisan team would show the world, especially the Muslim world, that the US is in this war to win.

One can dream…


Sweetness and Light did a great job over the last year documenting all that was wrong in the case against the Marines who are being prosecuted for an alleged massacre at Haditha. I noted his contribution in this post, and this, with extensive links to Sweetness and Light and other sources.

Those of us who followed the story thought it looked like a set-up job. Terrorist propagandists had conned a gullible leftist reporter from Time Magazine that a massacre had occurred. Over-zealous investigators, who trusted Iraqis, with insurgent connections, over the Marines, have tried to make the case against the Marines. Some people linked to the investigation leaked one-sided accounts of the case to the press. Former Marine and corruptible Democrat Congressman John Murtha slammed the Marines:

Murtha said high-level reports he received indicated that no one fired upon the Marines or that there was any military action against the U.S. forces after the initial explosion. Yet the deaths were not seriously investigated until March because an early probe was stifled within days of the incident, he said.

“I will not excuse murder, and this is what happened,” Murtha said “This investigation should have been over two or three weeks afterward and it should have been made public and people should have been held responsible for it.”

Now we are getting reports that the case is collapsing. Clarice Feldman, at American Thinker, links to an explosive NewsMax report that will, if true, destroy the case against the Marines ambushed at Haditha:

Much of that evidence remains classified, but it includes videos of the entire day’s action, including airstrikes against insurgent safe houses. Also included was all of the radio traffic describing the ongoing action between the men on the ground and battalion headquarters, and proof that the Marines were aware that the insurgents conducting the ambush of the Kilo Company troops were videotaping the action — the same video that after editing ended up in the hands of a gullible anti-war correspondent for Time magazine.

Go read the whole piece.

These brave Marines were ambushed four times; by the terrorists in Haditha, by Time Magazine, by John Murtha, and by the US military. Time for this charade to stop and for Wuterich’s slander case against his ambushers to proceed.


From Fox News:

Cheney:

“In less than six months time, Senator Reid has gone from pledging full funding for the military, then full funding with conditions, and then a cut-off of funding. Three positions in five months on the most important foreign policy question facing the nation and our troops.”

“Indeed last week, he said the war is already lost, and the timetable legislation that he is now pursuing would guarantee defeat.”

Reid:

“I’m not going to get into a name-calling match with somebody who has a 9 percent approval rating. … I’m not going to get into a name-calling match with the administration’s chief attack dog,” Reid said after being asked about Cheney’s remarks.

“If you look at what we have done in this legislation, we have done what is good for troops, good for our country. There is no question about that. And this is not a time for name-calling, I think it’s a time for cinching up our belts, doing what’s right for the troops. That’s what our supplemental appropriations bill is about.”

I suppose telling the troops they’ve already lost the war “is good for the troops”. If Reid had the courage of his convictions he would go to the front line in Iraq and tell them that to their faces.


Tim Blair notes a NY Times report the lobster men aren’t catching much this season:

When lobstermen do head out, they find their traps filled with more bait than lobsters. Unseasonably cold spring weather has lowered water temperatures about six degrees, too cold for lobsters to want to feed, Dr. Bayer said.

Lobsters have rarely been as scarce or expensive as they have been in the last few weeks, thanks to a confluence of bad weather, extremely cold water and a lack of reserve supply.

The retail price is about $15 a pound for a one-pound lobster, nearly double what it was last spring, and restaurateurs are having difficulty obtaining lobsters, particularly large ones.

Where they can be found, large lobsters come with big price tags. Anthony’s Pier 4 in Boston is selling three-and-a-half-pound lobsters for $112. A scarce two-pound lobster at the Union Oyster House in Boston is $47.95, the manager, Troy C. Thissell, said, and a one-pounder at Warren’s Lobster House in Kittery, Me., is $29.99, said the owner, Scott Cunningham.

“Basically, all we’re selling is one- or one-and-a-half-pounders,” Mr. Cunningham said. “The big ones are scarce, and the price is outrageous. We thought we might have to change our name to Warren’s Chicken House or something.”

It also looks like the polar bears are going to have a bigger supply of seals than usual. The human seal hunters are trapped in unseasonable ice, as the Las Vegas Sun reports:

An easing of the wind Friday morning allowed 10 vessels to make it into port, but Penny said the other 90 boats probably would stay immobilized at least until Saturday.

“Conditions are terrible up there with the ice and that,” said Ward George, a search-and-rescue coordinator in St. John’s, Newfoundland. “So we’re just waiting for the wind to change, to ease off on the pressure, and we’ll do our work.”

Thick slabs of ice have lift some vessels out of the water, causing them to tip on their sides.

The Newfoundland hunt is third and largest phase of Canada’s annual seal harvest, an event that has drawn widespread criticism around the world, including from celebrities such as Paul McCartney and French actress Brigitte Bardot.

It’s been a cold, hard winter up here in North East Ohio. But don’t worry about the evidence of your own frozen digits. Global warming hysteria is official, endorsed by two of the most powerful institutions in the US; the Supreme Court and the military.


Harry Reid has been using his position as Senate Majority Leader to hit the media with the claim that the war is lost:

The war in Iraq “is lost” and a US troop surge is failing to bring peace to the country, the leader of the Democratic majority in the US Congress, Harry Reid, said Thursday.

“I believe … that this war is lost, and this surge is not accomplishing anything, as is shown by the extreme violence in Iraq this week,” Reid told journalists.

Al Qaeda has been doing its best to stoke up violence as the surge starts to restrict their activities. There has been an increase in bombings this week, but they have not made the headlines that Al Qaeda wanted. A mass-murdering nutcase at Virginia Tech saw to that. Enter Harry Reid to stoke up the media coverage for Al Qaeda. Hence the reminder to Al Qaeda’s media allies of the “extreme violence” in Iraq.

Question for Mr. Reid. If the war is lost, who won? Are you claiming that Al Qaeda defeated the US in Iraq? Or Iran defeated the US in Iraq? Just who do you think has won?

Pretty obviously, Mr. Reid is rooting for Bush to lose in Iraq. He is so unpatriotic that he fails to see what a blow it would be to the US to admit defeat in Iraq, turn tail, and head home to fortress America.

Al Qaeda learned something else this week. It is ridiculously easy for a lone gunman or suicide bomber to wreak havoc in the US. If Harry Reid has his way, Al Qaeda will follow US troops back to our homeland and show how well they learned that lesson. Having defeated the only remaining Superpower, Al Qaeda will have no trouble recruiting Muslim nutcases to attack US targets on US soil. Thank you, Harry (Haw Haw) Reid.

Austin Bay isn’t too impressed, either:

No, the War on Terror and its Iraq phase are not lost. They certainly haven’t been lost militarily, and Reid knows it. Since mid-April 2003 the economic and governmental components have been the decisive dimensions. Check Iraq’s GDP — it’s growing. Its elected a democratic government. The Saddamists, Al Qaeda, and Iranian-influenced Shia militias have had enormous information successes. Senator Reid and I might discuss why that’s the case. One reason is that they are not penalized by the conventional media and the Left for a campaign of mass murder overwhelmingly directed against Iraqi civilians. You want to help end the terror in Iraq? Condemn the terrorists as the Cho-like psychopaths they are. Deny them the false celebrity they gain when dubbed “insurgents.”


The most sacred places in Christendom are under the control of Islamic terrorists dedicated to the destruction of Israel and the Jewish religion. They have conned much of the West into thinking that they, the vanguard of a one billion strong religion, are the victims of Israeli aggression. They have too many of us believing that their terrorism against civilians are justified acts of defense against a Nazi-like oppressor. How do we know that they are the vanguard? Because every Muslim in the world, from the Queen of Jordan through to Osama bin Ladin, takes the side of the most vile terrorists ever seen before 9/11. How vile? Remember the Munich Olympics of 1972?

But Christians and Jews are not the sole targets of Islamic aggression. They are, in the Muslim view, people of the book, and entitled to some protection under Islam if they fail to submit to Allah. It’s called Dhimmitude and it is the fate awaiting those of us who fail to recognize the true nature of Islam. Other religions fare less well.

Muslim antipathy to Buddhism made headlines when the Taliban destroyed the two Buddhas statues carved into the cliffs of Bamiyan, despite world-wide protests. Even the UN didn’t think it was a good idea.

Islam is threatening other holy Buddhist sites. A Buddhist Frontpage Contributor writes:

I was seated underneath the holy Maha Bodhi Tree in Bodh Gaya, in the state of Bihar in India. … This was my second visit to this unparalleled location, the site of the Lord Buddha�s attainment of full Enlightenment over 2,500 years ago …I had applied for and been granted the great honor of permission to spend the night within the Maha Bodhi compound….My plan was to spend the entire night practicing seated meditation, walking meditation, and circumambulation of the great Maha Bodhi Stupa. The air was warm and my practice was going very well as I alternated between the three practices, as the hours passed.

The beautiful waning full moon light filtering through the glistening leaves of the Maha Bodhi Tree, the soft fluttering of the leaves, the serene quiet, took me back to that time long ago when the Buddha himself had sat very near this same exact spot.

Or so I thought��.

The mussein�s call to prayer for the faithful of Islam, here in this most sacred location to all of Buddhism, ripped me back to modern reality. I was stunned! How could this be? Here in one of the most significant spots of Buddhism, loud speakers come on at four in the morning every day, to shock and intrude upon meditators and Buddhist practitioners using this spot for that which it has to offer in its most special way?

Does Islam respect other religions? It doesn’t appear so. That might explain the paucity of churches, synagogues, temples and ACLU offices in the Muslim world.

Thailand is a predominantly Buddhist country. The South is partially Muslim and their holy warriors have been slaughtering Buddhists at a great rate. On a per head basis, Muslim terrorists in Thailand are doing far better than Muslim terrorists in the US. Little Green Footbals notes some Islamic activity in Thailand:

Suspected Muslim insurgents shot and killed two Buddhist laborers and then beheaded one of them as deadly violence and scattered bombings continued Wednesday in restive southern Thailand, police said.

Beheading seems to be so fashionable amongst the elite of the Muslim world. KSM beheaded Daniel Pearl and Indonesian Muslims beheaded three Christian school girls on their way to school. Maybe they were inspired by their prophet, who acquiesced in the beheading of hundreds of Jewish male prisoners. Our peaceful Muslim friends seem to be big fans of beheading.

Perhaps we should install a guillotine at Gitmo. When its work is done, then we could close Gitmo.

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