Who is Ahmadinejad?

September 23, 2008

Hint: He’s not a madman. That’s what makes him dangerous.

There is nothing really “unhinged” about Ahamadinejad’s thinking, statements and actions. They are internally consistent. He is simply a fanatic who is wedded to an extremely dangerous exclusionary system of belief. Humanity must learn that dismissing him as a lunatic will result in great suffering, as it did with Hitler.

Tragically, Ahmadinejad is the embodiment of several million people who are hinged exactly like him and who are willing to give their lives, and take with them as many lives as required in the service of their belief. In this age of Weapons of Mass Destruction a man with huge sums of petrodollars can serve as the catalyst of total annihilation.

Prudence would err on the side of being an alarmist than a complacent dismissive.
Ahmadinejad and his ilk are not interested in any negotiation
, any compromise or any live-and-let-live final solution. They are determined to be the soldiers of Mahdi come-what-may. They have no problem with the total destruction of the world. They are headed for a life of eternal bliss in Allah’s paradise. They hardly care, even rejoice, if the rest of humanity is subjected to a tragic death in the nuclear, biological and chemical wasteland of planet earth.

Be sure to read the whole thing. It’s enlightening, to say the least.

Let the drilling begin

September 23, 2008

The Democrats surrendered today on offshore drilling, deciding not to renew a federal ban that required a yearly vote:

Democrats have decided to allow a quarter-century ban on drilling for oil off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts to expire next week, conceding defeat in a months-long battle with the White House and Republicans set off by $4 a gallon gasoline prices this summer.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey, D-Wis., told reporters Tuesday that a provision continuing the moratorium will be dropped this year from a stopgap spending bill to keep the government running after Congress recesses for the election.

Republicans have made lifting the ban a key campaign issue after gasoline prices spiked this summer and public opinion turned in favor of more drilling. President Bush lifted an executive ban on offshore drilling in July.

“If true, this capitulation by Democrats following months of Republican pressure is a big victory for Americans struggling with record gasoline prices,” said House GOP leader John Boehner of Ohio.

It also represents the beginning of a sensible energy and resource-exploitation policy, something the Democrats had opposed in deference to their left-wing donor groups. But, with the majority of the nation favoring renewed and extensive drilling in the face of high gas prices, the Pelosi-Reid brain trust realized their pigheadedness just handed the Republicans a powerful weapon, one they were only too happy to use.

This is still a good issue for the McCain-Palin campaign and congressional Republicans, however. At every opportunity they should remind the public of what our nonsensical anti-drilling policy has and continues to cost us: hundreds of billions a year going overseas to those who wish us harm; high gas prices effectively creating a regressive tax on the working class and poor who struggle to afford more fuel-efficient vehicles; and the environmental damage wrought overseas by our refusal to use our more modern, safer, cleaner technologies to drill (and dig) here. The Democrats are twisting themselves into a pretzel where even their own vice-presidential nominee can’t stay on message for two whole days. The Republicans, on the other hand, filled the lower-half of their ticket with a governor from an energy-rich state, who knows the issues backwards and forwards.

The Democrats may have abandoned their anti-drilling fortifications, but now’s the time to pursue them and make it clear to the nation that new leadership will bring about a responsible, intelligent energy policy.

(hat tip: Power Line)

LINKS: Hot Air, Sister Toldjah.

Quote of the day

September 23, 2008

Victor Davis Hanson, on elitism:

I don’t think a Bob Herbert knows anything because he writes for the New York Times, ditto a Sally Quinn who sometimes op-eds at the Washington Post.  Matt Damon’s ideas about Palin are no more valid than my vineyard renter’s, but far less logical and sane. I take Obama’s lectures about French about as seriously as I do any backpacking student’s.

Poor Joe Biden, one in a series

September 23, 2008

A comment I made at another blog regarding the dressing-down Biden must have received for going off-message on Obama’s shameful email ad:

It’s weird. I don’t like Biden much. I don’t think he’s been a good senator. I think he’s a fool and a buffoon, someone with a deep and petty mean streak.

And yet, I feel sorry for him. I really do. He reminds me of a type of person we’ve all seen in high school: the social jackass you can’t help but pity because you’re so embarrassed for him.

I must be getting soft in my old age.

So, what is it about Biden that inspires equal measures of pity and contempt?

UPDATE: From Ed Morrissey, quoting Politico on Joe’s interview with Katie Couric, on Hairplug’s latest whopper of a gaffe:

Joe Biden’s denunciation of his own campaign’s ad to Katie Couric got so much attention last night that another odd note in the interview slipped by.

He was speaking about the role of the White House in a financial crisis.

“When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn’t just talk about the princes of greed,” Biden told Couric. “He said, ‘Look, here’s what happened.’”

Go ahead, I dare you. List all the historical errors in Biden’s statement. For a man of such high IQ, it’s jaw-dropping. And no fair cheating!

Isn’t someone going to save this man from himself?

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