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Saturday, December 09, 2006

A Roadmap To Disaster

The Democrats, for all intents and purposes, won control of our foreign policy on November 7. On hearing the news, al Qaeda rejoiced. Perhaps for a reason.

But we'll give that no thought. The important thing was the winning.

Now comes the much-ballyhooed Iraq Study Group's blueprint for "moving forward" in Iraq. We know how the mainstream media and the Democrats embraced it, but how is it being received by those who have vowed to slaughter us all? Let's find out (from the AP's "European leaders welcome report on Iraq") :

Many Arabs on Thursday interpreted the bleak assessment of Bush's Iraq policies as proof of Washington's failure in the Middle East.

Mustafa Bakri, an outspoken critic of the U.S. and editor of the Egyptian tabloid Al-Osboa, told a state-run television show that the report indicated "the end of America."

Bakri, who supports Syrian President Bashar Assad and the former regime of Saddam Hussein, urged Arab countries to "capture the moment as America now is in its weakest period."

The Iraq Study Group's report was the top headline in many Arab newspapers on Thursday, including the Egyptian opposition daily Al-Wafd, which declared: "Bush confesses defeat in Iraq."

"Al-Qaida (sic) must smell victory, but its a negative victory that comes from the defeat of America in Iraq," said Abdel Moneim Said, head of Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic studies in Cairo.

John McCain provides the best assessment - and one that coincides with those of our enemies:
There's only one thing worse than an over-stressed Army and Marine Corps, and that's a defeated Army and Marine Corps.

I believe this is a recipe that will lead to our defeat sooner or later in Iraq. (link)
No matter. The Democrats knew the only way they could win in November was to turn the American people against the war, regardless of what the ultimate consequences might be.

It worked. They are now in charge. And we are soon to reap the whirlwind because of it.

May God have mercy.

But Why Is It Wearing A Diaper?

Would you eat this "ham" auctioned off at a former orphanage over in Danville?
What's next for Hughes Memorial Home?
By Mac McLean, Danville Register & Bee staff writer

DANVILLE - Jim Woltz started Friday’s Hughes Memorial Home auction by selling someone a 12-pound ham for an $84 charitable donation.

After 2 1/2 hours of bidding, Woltz and the other Woltz Associates auctioneers had sold ... (
link)
My appetite has suddenly disappeared.

An Extraordinary American Departs

We mourn the passing of an American champion:

Jeane Kirkpatrick, Reagan’s Forceful Envoy, Dies
By Tim Weiner, The New York Times


Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, the Reagan administration’s first United Nations ambassador and a beacon of neoconservative thought who helped guide American military, diplomatic and covert action from 1981 to 1985, died Thursday at her home in Bethesda, Md. She was 80.

Ms. Kirkpatrick was the first American woman to serve as United Nations ambassador. She was the only woman, and the only Democrat, in President Ronald Reagan’s National Security Council. No woman had ever been so close to the center of presidential power without actually residing in the White House.

“When she put her feet under the desk of the Oval Office, the president listened,” said William P. Clark Jr., Mr. Reagan’s national security adviser during 1982 and 1983. “And he usually agreed with her.” (link)


Jeane Kirkpatrick did her part to make this country great. She will be missed.

Another Champion Exits The Scene

When I think of the bumblers (Janet Reno), the incompetents (Madeleine Albright, Warren Christopher, Les Aspin), the crooks (Ron Brown, Mike Espy), the gonzos (Robert Reich), and the lightweights (William Cohen, Donna Shalala) who ran the government during the Clinton years, the treatment meted out by the press to the most influential Secretary of Defense in my lifetime is a national disgrace.

At least he doesn't have to take it anymore, even if we do:
Rumsfeld bids farewell to Pentagon
By Rowan Scarborough, The Washington Times


Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, in a bittersweet farewell yesterday to Pentagon workers, spoke of "miracles" his personnel performed during his tenure, including liberating Iraq and Afghanistan, deploying the first missile defense, creating a new homeland defense command and expanding the number of covert warriors.

On this day, Mr. Rumsfeld basked in the adulation and repaid tributes.

"This is not a question," said one Pentagon staffer during a question-and-answer session. "It's simply a chance to say thank you."

Mr. Rumsfeld will surely go down in history as one of the country's most important defense secretaries. (link)
We have always allowed the media to destroy our best and brightest. This is but another example. Another in a shamefully long, long line.

Photo courtesy of AP.

This Is Hilarious

For those of you who don't stay up late to watch Jay Leno:

Ask The Fruitcake Lady!

NASA Mission To Nowhere

The New York Times takes a break this morning from its routine plea to help the planet's poor and starving masses (an example) to plea for trillions in funds to be devoted to sending a handful of people to the Moon. Talk about mixed up priorities:

Back to the Moon, Permanently
editorial

Three years after President Bush announced an ambitious long-term goal to return astronauts to the Moon and then send them on to Mars, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has finally put some flesh on his nebulous aspirations. This week, the agency announced plans to establish a permanent base on the Moon by 2024, explained why we should want to send astronauts back to a world they visited repeatedly more than three decades ago, and described what they might do when they get there.


The agency cites six major reasons for returning to the Moon. The most persuasive is to use the Moon as a base to test technologies and operating techniques to be used on future missions to Mars, a more compelling target. It makes sense to first try “living off the land” on the Moon, where astronauts are only days away from home should something go wrong, before taking the long leap to Mars. The venture is also justified on scientific, economic, educational and global partnership grounds, and as a step toward eventual settlements on the Moon. (link)


I see. There is an economic justification for putting a permanent settlement on the Moon. It's cheaper to do experiments there than on Mars. Yeah.

Scotty, beam me up. Quick.

'So That He Can Enjoy The Freedoms ...'

Check out this wonderful video that asks us to Never Forget:

Arlington Wreath Project


Ronald Reagan's voice-over brings back a lot of great memories ...