Quote of the day

June 30, 2008

John Bolton, on the Administration’s nuclear deal with North Korea:

The only good news is that there is little opportunity for the Bush administration to make any further concessions in its waning days in office. But for many erstwhile administration supporters, this is a moment of genuine political poignancy. Nothing can erase the ineffable sadness of an American presidency, like this one, in total intellectual collapse.

Ouch!  Feeling beat up

(hat tip: RCP)

 


Asked and answered

June 30, 2008

I asked yesterday who would stand for the people of Zimbabwe against their murderous tyrant, Robert Mugabe, and argued that, ideally, the African nations themselves should take the lead. Today, those nations gave their answer: Zimbabwe can go to Hell.

President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe presented himself before fellow African leaders Monday hours after claiming victory in a violent Zimbabwean election, confronting African critics who call his 28-year rule increasingly illegitimate.

Mugabe, 84, flew to the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to take his seat among heads of state at a summit of the 53-nation African Union.

His appearance poses one of the most divisive challenges in years for the African bloc. Several African leaders are urging their counterparts to reject the results of Friday’s Zimbabwean election and impose sanctions, send peacekeepers or compel Mugabe to enter a government with the country’s opposition.

"This is a moment of truth for regional leaders," Asha-Rosa Migiro, deputy secretary general of the United Nations, told the African heads of state at the summit’s opening. Migiro called Zimbabwe’s crisis "the single greatest challenge to regional stability in southern Africa."

Both England and France on Monday urged the African Union to take a tough line with Mugabe. In Beijing, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the United States would press the U.N. Security Council for action, but said the African Union should take the lead at its current meeting, wire services reported. The union was also prodded by a group of global "elder statesmen" that included retired South African archbishop Desmond Tutu and former U.N. secretarygeneral Kofi Annan.

Mugabe strolled into the summit hall without fanfare. Leaders of Egypt, Tanzania and Uganda walked alongside him.

So much for "international urgings." The situation in Zimbabwe isn’t even on the agenda at the conference, and his fellow dictators presidents are reluctant to bring it up for fear of calling their own legitimacy into question. Most disappointing and indeed sickening of all is South Africa, which owes the end of apartheid to international pressure to end White minority rule.

Ed at Hot Air asks a good question: Since we’ve poured billions into aid for Africa, to the benefit of these now-silent "leaders," why on Earth should we continue to aid them when they refuse to take any responsibility for their own region? Better the money should to to organizations that bypass governments altogether so that more of the money actually reaches the people it’s meant to help, rather than line the pockets of corrupt, craven dictators.

LINKS: Indeed, his brother-leaders at the AU summit hailed Mugabe as a hero.


You’re kidding? (I hope…)

June 29, 2008

Is Google, owner of Blogspot, shutting down anti-Obama blogs?

If true … wow.

(hat tip: Tigerhawk)

UPDATE: More at Bloggasm. (h/t Sister Toldjah)

 

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Silly Sunday

June 29, 2008

The nanny-state provides such rich material for satire. Take these three examples, all courtesy of Blue Crab Boulevard:

In Britain, local councils clearly have their priorities straight: potholes? Nope. Dilapidated neighborhoods? Nah. Improved local services? Don’t be silly! Focusing on what the British people need most, these local pols are set to regulate the number of holes in a salt-shaker:

Research has suggested that slashing the holes from the traditional 17 to five could cut the amount people sprinkle on their food by more than half.

And so at least six councils have ordered five-hole shakers – at taxpayers’ expense – and begun giving them away to chip shops and takeaways in their areas.

Leading the way has been Gateshead Council, which spent 15 days researching the subject of salty takeaways before declaring the new five-hole cellars the solution.

Officers collected information from businesses, obtained samples of fish and chips, measured salt content and ‘carried out experiments to determine how the problem of excessive salt being dispensed could be overcome by design’.

They decided that the five-hole pots would reduce the amount of salt being used by more than 60 per cent yet give a ‘visually acceptable sprinkling’ that would satisfy the customer.

The council commissioned Drywite Ltd – a catering equipment company based in the West Midlands – to make five-hole shakers and bought 1,000 of them at a cost of £2,000, giving them away to fast-food outlets in their areas.

Whew! I was afraid they were wasting public money…. Tongue

Also from the Motherland, a shipment of Chilean kiwi fruit was rejected because it didn’t meet European Union standards: they were one millimeter too small.

Tim Down, a market trader for 25 years, said he was not permitted even to give away the 5,000 Chilean fruits, each of which is about the size of a small hen’s egg and weighs about 60g.

Mr Down said his family run firm would lose several hundred pounds in sales because of the ban.

“It is bureaucratic nonsense, they are perfectly fit to eat,” Mr Down said at his stall at the Wholesale Fruit Centre in Bristol. Inspectors from the Rural Payments Agency, an executive agency of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), made a random check on his stall, and found a number of his kiwis weighed 58g, four grams below the required minimum of 62g.

Mr Down said that 4g in weight was the equivalent of about one millimeter in diameter.

He said: “They (the inspectors) went through a lot of my stock using their own little scales.

Monty Python, where are you when we need you?

Finally, the topper comes from Sweden: a local school confiscated the birthday party invitations a young student was distributing because he didn’t invite two of his classmates, and now the matter has become a subject of parliamentary inquiry:

The boy’s school says he has violated the children’s rights and has complained to the Swedish Parliament.

The school, in Lund, southern Sweden, argues that if invitations are handed out on school premises then it must ensure there is no discrimination.

The boy’s father has lodged a complaint with the parliamentary ombudsman.

And if that fails, there’s always the European Court of Human Rights. You laugh — just wait. Big Grin

(Hat-tip also to reader John of Shikoku)

 


Compelling national interest

June 29, 2008

Like John at Power Line, I don’t generally believe in a resort to arms absent a compelling national interest*. However, sometimes simple humanitarianism and compassion for those in misery requires direct action, as it does now, in Zimbabwe:

A baby boy had both legs broken by supporters of President Robert Mugabe to punish his father for being an opposition councillor in Zimbabwe.

Blessing Mabhena, aged 11 months, was seized from a bed and flung down with force as his mother, Agnes, hid from the thugs, convinced that they were about to murder her.

She heard one of them say, “Let’s kill the baby”, before Blessing was hurled on to a bare concrete floor.

Blessing, who may never be able to walk properly, was one of the youngest victims of atrocities against the opposition party Movement for Democratic Change in the run-up to last Friday’s sham presidential election.

(Emphasis added)

Who then will stand for the people of Zimbabwe? The EU and Zimbabwe’s former colonial master, Britain? They’ve spent so much time degrading their military capabilities that the idea of an EU intervention is laughable, even discounting their aversion to anything other than holding another meeting. Us? Our dance card is full as it is with Afghanistan and Iraq, though it might come to that in the end.

Ideally, the nations around Zimbabwe would act to end this horror. But, as Ed at Hot Air has pointed out, President Mbeki of South Africa has repeatedly covered for the tyrant to the north. As the dominant regional power South Africa should be taking the lead. Instead, it does nothing. Given South Africa’s recent history of benefiting from foreign pressure to end the tyrannical apartheid regime, one can almost cut the irony with a knife.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe’s nightmare continues.

*(Yes, I believed then and do now that we had a compelling national interest in liberating Iraq from Saddam Hussein. For a comprehensive analysis that holds up even in the absence of WMDs, look here.)

 


Worth reading

June 28, 2008

Victor Davis Hanson on things that don’t add up:

That the World’s Saint, Mr. Gore, who lectures on carbon emissions and green behavior, built an ecological monstrosity of a castle that gulps energy at gargantuan rates; while the world’s villain, George Bush, built an eco-friendly, far more modest house that uses a fourth less power than the average home. But then when one compares the Kerry homes, the Edwards playhouse, and all the other liberal mansions, it makes sense. Modern liberalism for our elites is really a psychological state, in which an individual crafts an all-encompassing world view in the abstract to offset a rather materialistic and self-centered desire in the concrete. Here in California Sens. Boxer and Feinstein, and Rep Pelosi live like the privileged they are, while decrying the plight of the less fortunate. Someone who forbids drilling in ANWR rarely decides to down-size her home. A Senator Dodd who rails at the mortgage lenders’ greed has no problem taking a cut-rate loan from them–if it is a question of buying appropriate homes for his sixty-something efforts at establishing a young family. Hypocrisy is a human, not a political sin per se, but something about the combination of neo-socialist politics and extremely elite personal tastes suggests that there is a direct rather than an accidental connection—in the mind at least the former making possible the latter.


A victory for free speech in Canada

June 27, 2008

Under tremendous pressure (and ridicule) for their persecution of Canadians for exercising their rights to free speech, the Orwellian British Columbia Canadian "Human Rights Commission" has dropped all charges against Mark Steyn and Maclean’s magazine. As Ezra Levant, another victim of the HRC’s star chamber, writes:

The Canadian Human Rights Commission, like any petty tyranny, has a strong instinct for survival. As I predicted last week on the Michael Coren Show, that instinct would cause them to drop the complaint against Mark Steyn and Maclean’s. And so they did.

With an RCMP investigation, a Privacy Commission investigation and a pending Parliamentary investigation, they’re already fighting a multi-front P.R. war, and losing badly. Not a day goes by when the CHRC isn’t pummelled in the media. Holding a show trial of Maclean’s and Steyn, like the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal did earlier this month, would be writing their own political death sentence.

So they blinked. Against everything in their DNA, they let Maclean’s go. That’s the first smart thing they’ve done; because the sooner they can get the public scrutiny to go away, the sooner they can go about prosecuting their less well-heeled targets, people who can’t afford Canada’s best lawyers and command the attention and affection of the country’s literati.

Be sure to read the update at Ezra’s site for the difference between the Human Rights Commissions and the Human Rights Tribunal: the former are the "prosecutors" who charge and the latter are the "judges." In this case, the British Columbia HRC refused to continue the auto da fe prosecution of Steyn and Maclean’s, thus they never went before the judges, who have a 100% conviction rate.

Stalin would have loved that.

(hat tip: LGF)

LINKS: More at Hot Air.

UPDATE: I goofed. It was the federal Canadian Human Rights Commission that dropped the investigation. Steyn and Macleans still face the Political Correctness Inquisition in British Columbia.


They made a wrong turn at Mars?

June 24, 2008

Today’s the anniversary of the first modern-era UFO sighting: June 24th, 1947, near Washington’s Mt. Ranier.

And just a few decades later, Seattle has become a high-tech hub for the world. Coincidence? Hah! I mean, doesn’t Bill Gates look like an alien to you?

Nerd

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George Carlin, RIP

June 23, 2008

Sad news. George Carlin has died. In his heyday in the Seventies, Carlin was sheer comic genius, a caustic wit who scorched his targets (usually on the Right) with screamingly funny monologues. He wasn’t nearly as funny in later years, perhaps his time had passed, but his best routines still had the power to make me laugh.

In Carlin’s memory, here’s one of my favorites: Carlin on the differences between football and baseball.

 

Rolling on the floor

 


Monday morning humor

June 23, 2008

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(courtesy Michelle Malkin)

For those who don’t get the joke, during the Iowa caucuses, the Prophet Barack showed his common touch by commiserating with the farmers of Iowa over the price of arugula at Whole Foods.

There are no Whole Foods in Iowa.


Links Sunday

June 22, 2008

It’s another busy day, so here are a few links to keep you busy (especially you over there!):

At Pajamas Media, Phyllis Chesler looks at recent books detailing the troubles experienced by American women who marry Arab Muslim men, an experience similar to her own: Horror in the harem.

In the Telegraph, Andrew Roberts argues that, poor current polls aside, history may well remember George W. Bush more kindly than the Wise now predict, similar to what happened to Harry Truman. Sister Toldjah reflects on this and compares Bush to a certain ex-President, who isn’t above rewriting history to protect the myth of his own legacy.

Ed Morrissey has two pieces at Hot Air you should read: first, he looks at European fears that a President Obama would be too soft on Iran. Given Europe’s penchant for appeasement, that’s scary.

Continuing with the Obama theme, Ed next wonders if the Prophet of Post-Racial Politics will carry through on his promise to filibuster a bill he supports. If that leaves you scratching your head, you’re not alone. The Harbinger of Hope, Change, and Waffles is starting to waffle so fast that he’s making John "Flip-Flop" Kerry look like a model of consistency.

Finally, Bridget Johnson looks at the misery of Zimbabwe and demands something be done to help the opposition there, before President Mugabe kills many more of them.

 


Post-racial racism

June 21, 2008

One of the Democrats’ favorite tactics in recent elections has been to play the victim by falsely complaining of vicious attacks by Republicans. Take 2004, for example. Democrats (and especially their candidate, John Kerry) loudly screamed "Don’t you dare question our patriotism," when the only national figures even mentioning patriotism were … Democrats. It was an attempt to shield themselves against any serious questioning of Kerry’s activities in Vietnam and the anti-war movement in the 70s, and to forestall any any attacks on the Democrats’ increasingly copperheaded national security stances as the Iraq war progressed. They relied on sympathy for the "victim" to short-circuit hard discussion of real issues on which they knew they were weak.

Fast-forward to 2008: Senator Barack Obama, Harbinger of Hope, Change, and Waffles and the Prophet of Post-Racial Politics has resorted to (You can see where this is going, can’t you?) playing the race card:

Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama said on Friday he expects Republicans to highlight the fact that he is black as part of an effort to make voters afraid of him.

"It is going to be very difficult for Republicans to run on their stewardship of the economy or their outstanding foreign policy," Obama told a fundraiser in Jacksonville, Florida. "We know what kind of campaign they’re going to run. They’re going to try to make you afraid.

"They’re going to try to make you afraid of me. He’s young and inexperienced and he’s got a funny name. And did I mention he’s black?"

This ain’t post-racial, O Prophet. This is racist, plain and simple. You are bringing up race to make any criticism of you look like a racist attack. You accuse the Republicans of planning to make an issue of your skin color –when their candidate has explicitly rejected that– you insult non-Black voters by implying they’re susceptible to racist appeals, and you insult Black voters by hinting they should vote for you because you’re Black. (What? You don’t think there’s a "We’ve got to stick together" racist message here? Get real.)

These are your new politics?

Senator, you’re nothing but a slicker version of Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson.

Let me tell you something, Senator Slick. I’m White and I don’t give a damn about your skin color or where your ancestors came from. I oppose your candidacy because I think your policies are wrong, that they will hurt the United States. I oppose you because, for all your self-proclaimed superior judgment, your inner circle includes slimy, anti-American, racist creeps like Rezko, Ayers, Dohrn, Wright, and Pfleger. I oppose you because you’ve shown all the character of a typical Chicago machine politician. (What was that promise to accept public campaign financing? Just words?)

I oppose you because of who you are and what you stand for, and I’ll be damned if I’m voting for a race-baiting, ego-tripping, empty suit of a candidate.

LINKS: More at Hot Air, Baldilocks, Sister Toldjah, Right Wing Nuthouse, Protein Wisdom.

UPDATE: Via Cassandra (hat tip: Sister Toldjah), the Official Barack Obama race card(tm):

Racecard

UPDATE II: Reread the last paragraph of Obama’s statement above: "They’re going to try to make you afraid of me. He’s young and
inexperienced and he’s got a funny name. And did I mention he’s black?"

(Emphasis added.)

Now look at this clip of Father Pfleger’s sermon at Obama’s (former) church:

Did you hear the similarity with the highlighted statement? Deval Patrick’s words weren’t the only ones Obama borrowed. Tell me again how he is the Post-Racial Messiah?


Saturday morning links

June 21, 2008

It’s going to be a busy weekend, so there’s not much time for blogging, but I wanted to leave you with a couple of interesting links to follow:

First, it seems the Harbinger of Hope, Change, and Waffles can’t wait to be inaugurated, let alone elected, before he gets his own Seal of Office:

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(courtesy: NY Daily News)

From the article:

Barack Obama’s presidential campaign raised eyebrows and elicited snickers Friday when it unveiled the Obamamania version of the presidential seal.

At a meeting with Democratic governors in Chicago, Obama sat behind a rostrum with a seal that looked not-so-coincidentally like the official seal of the President of the United States.

Featuring an eagle clutching arrows and an olive branch, the seal contained a Latin phrase for a touch of gravitas that roughly translates to "Yes, We Can."

Has this man got an ego, or what?

UPDATE: Rick Moran of Right Wing Nuthouse is more than a bit creeped out by Obama. (hat tip: Fausta)

Meanwhile, on a more serious note, Gabriel Schoenfeld writes in The Weekly Standard about one major difficulty facing a possible Israeli air assault on Iran: hardened tunnels.

The Revolution in Military Affairs was based upon silicon, in particular the computer chips that make for precision-guided weapons. In the 1980s, the United States developed the technology to drop munitions near enough to their targets to ensure a high chance of destruction. In World War II, the circular error probable–the radius of a circle into which a projectile will land at least 50 percent of the time–was more than half a mile. Today, thanks to GPS systems and laser- and infrared-guiding devices, the radius is less than two dozen feet. Almost any given target can be knocked out by the use of just one or two conventional bombs.

In the face of the threat of such efficient destruction, Iran has not stood still. Some of its countermeasures are themselves based upon computerized systems, including highly effective Russian-made surface-to-air missiles that Iran is set to take delivery of this fall. But Iran is also employing a far older means of warfare: deep burrowing.

For various reasons, the US has shelved development of an earth-penetrating nuclear "bunker buster" bomb. We are, however, building the 30,000-pound Massive Ordnance Penetrator, the largest conventional bomb ever made.

I wonder how long it will be before we have to MOP up?


Pat Buchanan is disgusting

June 20, 2008

Please explain to me why anyone outside of Stormfront and other neo-Nazi groups still takes this leftover America-Firster creep seriously:

Was the Holocaust Inevitable?

That Hitler was a rabid anti-Semite is undeniable. "Mein Kampf" is saturated in anti-Semitism. The Nuremberg Laws confirm it. But for the six years before Britain declared war, there was no Holocaust, and for two years after the war began, there was no Holocaust.

Not until midwinter 1942 was the Wannsee Conference held, where the Final Solution was on the table.

That conference was not convened until Hitler had been halted in Russia, was at war with America and sensed doom was inevitable. Then the trains began to roll.

And why did Hitler invade Russia? This writer quotes Hitler 10 times as saying that only by knocking out Russia could he convince Britain it could not win and must end the war.

Hitchens mocks this view, invoking the Hitler-madman theory.

"Could we have a better definition of derangement and megalomania than the case of a dictator who overrules his own generals and invades Russia in wintertime … ?"

Christopher, Hitler invaded Russia on June 22.

The Holocaust was not a cause of the war, but a consequence of the war. No war, no Holocaust.

In other words, the Holocaust was the fault of the British and (later) the Americans for attacking Germany. If only Britain hadn’t pushed Hitler into a corner, Auschwitz and Buchenwald wouldn’t have happened. This garbage so misrepresents the truth that it’s hard to know where to start in order to shred it, but here’s one damned good try.

And how can Townhall carry this nonsense? This isn’t conservative: it’s anti-historical revisionist filth. They should be ashamed. Angry

(hat tip: LGF)

LINKS: More at Gateway Pundit and A Blog for All.


1930s watch

June 20, 2008

Consider the following: Iran is developing nuclear weapons, though how close they are is a matter of much argument. Iran’s leaders have called for the destruction of Israel and have openly speculated on the effects of a single nuclear blast there. They have compared Israel to bacteria, and they actively sponsor Hizbullah and Hamas, both of which are sworn to Israel’s destruction. They are known to have conducted terror attacks against Jewish targets around the world. Israel and the Jews are an obsession of the millenarian religious fascists who run Iran.

In which case, should we be surprised by this?

U.S. says exercise by Israel seemed directed at Iran

Israel carried out a major military exercise earlier this month that American officials say appeared to be a rehearsal for a potential bombing attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Several American officials said the Israeli exercise appeared to be an effort to develop the military’s capacity to carry out long-range strikes and to demonstrate the seriousness with which Israel views Iran’s nuclear program.

More than 100 Israeli F-16 and F-15 fighters participated in the maneuvers, which were carried out over the eastern Mediterranean and over Greece during the first week of June, American officials said.

The exercise also included Israeli helicopters that could be used to rescue downed pilots. The helicopters and refueling tankers flew more than 900 miles, which is about the same distance between Israel and Iran’s uranium enrichment plant at Natanz, American officials said.

Israeli officials declined to discuss the details of the exercise. A spokesman for the Israeli military would say only that the country’s air force “regularly trains for various missions in order to confront and meet the challenges posed by the threats facing Israel.”

But the scope of the Israeli exercise virtually guaranteed that it would be noticed by American and other foreign intelligence agencies. A senior Pentagon official who has been briefed on the exercise, and who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the political delicacy of the matter, said the exercise appeared to serve multiple purposes.

One Israeli goal, the Pentagon official said, was to practice flight tactics, aerial refueling and all other details of a possible strike against Iran’s nuclear installations and its long-range conventional missiles.

A second, the official said, was to send a clear message to the United States and other countries that Israel was prepared to act militarily if diplomatic efforts to stop Iran from producing bomb-grade uranium continued to falter.

“They wanted us to know, they wanted the Europeans to know, and they wanted the Iranians to know,” the Pentagon official said. “There’s a lot of signaling going on at different levels.”

As I was telling some friends yesterday, there are two rules in Mideast politics: Rule 1, do not screw with the Israelis. Rule 2, memorize Rule 1.

Of course, Israel refused to enforce Rule 1 during the war with Hizbullah in 2006: by letting the group survive, they only encouraged the Iranians to think Israel hadn’t the will to do anything about an Iranian bomb. Ironically, Israel’s restraint in 2006 may have made war with Iran more likely, not less.

The unasked question is our own reaction to an Israeli attack. Ideally, I’d like to see us join in: the Iranian program poses a clear threat to the West and we have a responsibility to ensure the black-robed fascists of Tehran don’t dominate the majority of the world’s oil supplies — or develop nukes they could pass to jihadist groups that would just love to use them against us. If that sounds “imperialist,” so be it. I’d much rather the world “suffer” an American hegemony than jihadist chaos.

But, there are many factors mitigating against our participation: the political weakness of the outgoing Bush Administration, which has little credibility left to launch another conflict; our strategic position in Iraq, which is still politically fragile and vulnerable to Iranian interference; our own stretched military; and the strong tendency of our European allies toward appeasement. In the end, we may be left quietly cheering from the sidelines as, once again, Israel does the hard work for us.

My question: are we looking at 1938 or 1939?


Silent movie

June 19, 2008

A new Jihad Watch video on the Islamist/Progressive assault on freedom of speech:

 


Good for Canada

June 19, 2008

Muhammad Parvez killed his daughter Aqsa last December because she refused to wear the hijab, the symbol of a Muslim woman’s submission and repression, thus staining her family’s honor. For that he strangled her. Rather than fall into the multiculturalist trap and let him off lightly, however, Canada charged him with murder in the first degree:

The father of a Mississauga teen killed last year has been charged today with first-degree murder in connection with her death.

Muhammad Parvez, 57, appeared in a Brampton courtroom today where he was officially charged. The charge is an indication investigators believe the girl’s killing was pre-meditated.

Parvez was arrested in early December after his daughter Aqsa, 16, was found strangled in the family’s Mississauga home.

Paramedics revived her, but she died later in hospital.

I’ve been critical of Canada for the growing assault on free speech within its borders, but here they deserve all the praise in the world for holding an honor-killer to account.

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Aqsa Parvez, before her father murdered her.

 

Looking far to the south, I have to ask: What is Texas doing to catch the murderer of Amina and Sarah, his daughters?

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(hat tip: Jihad Watch)


More on Obama’s new direction in foreign policy

June 19, 2008

Word has leaked on at least one part of the Prophet Barack’s planned changes to the US national security establishment: new logos!

 

1nsa_seal   tigger2

 

Loser

 

(courtesy: Ace, hat tip: Fausta)

 


I think I need to sit down….

June 18, 2008

A columnist for the UK’s very left-wing Guardian newspaper has said the world has been made a safer place … by George W. Bush:

Jimmy Carter was cheered when he visited Newcastle with Jim Callaghan. Bill Clinton was lauded in Northern Ireland. But it is more usual, at least with more consequential holders of the office, for American presidents to be told by European demonstrators to go home.

The postwar history of our continent would be different and less benign if the United States had heeded that message. His office, and the system of collective security from which we benefit, would be justification enough to welcome President Bush’s visit to London this week. But there is an additional reason peculiar to the Bush presidency. For all Bush’s verbal infelicity, diplomatic brusqueness, negligence in planning for post-Saddam Iraq, and insouciance regarding standards of due process when prosecuting the war on terror, the world is a safer place for the influence he has exercised.

The writer can’t resist a few cheap and inaccurate digs at Bush (probably lingering BDS symptoms), but, still, this an eyebrow-raising admission.

(hat tip: Contentions)


Worth watching

June 18, 2008

Three excerpts from a Washington Post “Primetime Politics” interview with Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

 

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