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Friday, July 01, 2005

Our Weakest Link

"A chain is only as strong as its weakest link."

You've heard that expression before, I'd bet.

Well, meet our weakest link.

Paul Krugman is an economist who writes anti-Bush, anti-war, anti-Republican opinion columns for the New York Times. He's one of the many Americans who are hoping and praying (perhaps a bad choice of words in the case of anyone associated with the Times) that we lose the War on Terror.

Everyone on earth, including the terrorists who are slaughtering innocent women and children in the streets of Baghdad, know that the Islamists cannot win this war. But people like Krugman also know that we can lose it. With his help.

And he's doing his best to aid that cause. Here's (a part of) today's contribution to the effort to bring about our defeat.

America Held Hostage

A majority of Americans now realize that President Bush deliberately misled the nation to promote a war in Iraq. But Mr. Bush's speech on Tuesday contained a chilling message: America has been taken hostage by his martial dreams. According to Mr. Bush, the nation now has no choice except to keep fighting the war he wanted to fight.

... America doesn't have to let itself be taken hostage. The country missed the chance to say no before this war started, but it can still say no to Mr. Bush's open-ended commitment, and demand a timetable for getting out.

Remember, Iraq wasn't a breeding ground for terrorists before we went there. All indications are that the foreign terrorists now infesting Iraq are there on the sufferance of a homegrown insurgency that finds them useful for the moment but that, brutal as it is, isn't interested in an apocalyptic confrontation with the Western world. Once we're no longer targets, the foreign terrorists won't be welcome.

The point is that the presence of American forces in Iraq is making our country less safe. So it's time to start winding down the war. (

Declare defeat and come home. That's exactly what Osama bin Ladin and Abu Musab al Zarqawi are wanting. Krugman and his ilk (see a Roanoke Times contribution here) are certainly in good company. He should be very proud.

Photo courtesy of The New York Times

Protecting the Bill of Rights

Many of us are going to find some satisfaction in watching a New York Times reporter being led off in handcuffs after having been arrested for not complying with a court order instructing her to divulge the name of her CIA source in the Valerie Plame case. We shouldn't.

(Link here for a related New York Times story this morning.)

While I think it proper to hunt down the source of the government leak and, if the information provided to the reporter, Judith Miller, was classified, he or she should go to prison, I also think we should support the 1st Amendment to the Constitution, which guarantees us, in part, a free and unfettered press. We should all come to Judith Miller's defense.

The editorial staff at the Times doesn't seem to be able to make the connection between the many incongruous rulings coming from the Supreme Court these days (the Kelo private property confiscation case; the Ten Commandments cases) and the refusal of the court to step in and protect their own reporter. To me they are all related. The court has broken free of the literal wording of the Constitution and are making up new law as they go.

The Times editorial staff celebrated the court's new interpretation of the "public use" clause of the 5th Amendment. They are disturbed by the court's new interpretation of the "free press" clause of the 1st Amendment.

When they reach that point in time when they make the connection between the two, they will truly be disturbed, like the rest of us.

As for me, the Bill of Rights is worth fighting for. All of it. No matter who's rights are being violated.

Free Judith Miller.

Wash DC Citizens Can Soon Protect Their Homes

Speaking of the Bill of Rights, the House of Representatives has passed a bill allowing the citizens of Washington DC the same 2nd Amendment rights that are afforded the rest of America.

House Votes to Repeal District Gun Restriction

Measure Would Curb Law That Requires Firearms Kept in Homes to Be Unloaded, Disassembled
By Spencer S. Hsu, Washington Post Staff Writer

The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly yesterday to repeal one of the District's gun restrictions, prohibiting the city from spending funds to enforce a law that requires any firearms kept at home to be unloaded and disassembled or bound by a trigger lock.

Gun rights groups said this measure's chances of clearing the Senate are greater because it is attached to a spending bill that Congress must pass to avoid a government shutdown. (link)

To think, we have to fight the liberal members of Congress to free the people in our nation's capital and allow them to be able to defend themselves against assault in their own homes.

But fight we will.

Join NRA.

Let's Never Go Back

I was given a startling reminder last night of the feelings of anger, helplessness, and despair that were prevalent in the days when the hapless Jimmy Carter was our President. I saw the infamous film footage of Americans being led blindfolded from our embassy in Tehran by terrorists - one of whom has now apparently been elected Iran's President. Here is a related story in this morning's New York Post.
Bush Questions Iran Leader-Elect's Past
By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House said Thursday it was investigating whether Iran's new president played a role in seizing the American Embassy and holding 52 U.S. captives a quarter century ago. President Bush said the allegation by former hostages "raises many questions."

The administration was reviewing its files on Iranian president-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad after the hostage comments were brought to light by The Associated Press. (link)

I'm not particularly worked up over the fact that Iran is now led by a terrorist. After all, it's fair to say that that has been the case since the Shah was overthrown in 1979 and the Mad Ayatollah Khomeini assumed power.

The reason those bad memories came flooding back is because there is still lingering frustration - after all these years - with then-President Carter's having done absolutely nothing to rescue our personnel or to punish the Iranian terrorists, and, for that matter, for doing nothing to support our close ally, the Shah, when the world's first Islamist terrorists were rioting for control.

And it's not only that. Iran is pushing headlong toward developing an arsenal of nuclear weapons. And they have two sworn enemies - Israel and the USA. In addition, it's no secret that Iran is behind the Islamist terror movement gaining momentum around the world. Carter could have prevented this. Instead he sat back and did nothing.

If Americans my age have to go through life trying to live down the fact that we attempted the wrong thing in Vietnam in the 60's and 70's, we also have to deal with the fact that we did nothing in Tehran in 1980.

Jimmy Carter should forever be remembered for his inaction - as Commander-in-Chief - at a time when American lives were being lost and the lives of others were in harm's way.

Shame on him.