Pot, meet kettle

November 10, 2008

The other night I attended an event in Hollywood that featured the screening of a popular TV show, followed by a Q&A with the creator. I went with a friend because we’re working together on a spec script for that same show, and we figured it would be useful.

What I didn’t figure on was how annoying it would be.

We all know that Hollywood is dominated by left-liberals and Lefties, so, as this was the night after the election, some crowing over Obama’s win was to be expected. Fine. I’ve no problem with that.

What I wasn’t ready for was the level of knee-jerk bigotry exhibited by the moderators, audience, and the creator. They just couldn’t resist taking vicious, ignorant shots at Bush, McCain, Palin, and conservatives and Republicans in general. And their cluelessness about the nature of the enemy we’re fighting in this Jihadi War was appalling.  Not only was it completely off-topic for the evening’s program, but I’m certain it never occurred to them that they were doing those same intolerant things they accuse conservatives of, or that there might have been people in the audience who didn’t share in the group-think.

I wasn’t sure whether to laugh or get angry, so I quietly did both.

As screenwriter Roger L. Simon at Pajamas Media has often pointed our, the most closed-minded people and biggest reactionaries are so-called Progressives.

Meanwhile, I have to wonder if I fit in such a world. It certainly was an eye-opener.

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God forbid we should fight a war as –*gasp!*– a war!

November 10, 2008

The New York Times, which, like a small child eager to tattle,  rushed to reveal our efforts to monitor enemy communications and track their finances (because, like, y’know, terrorist psychos have rights too!), is now gleefully blabbing about our apparent use of covert operations to kill the enemy:

The United States military since 2004 has used broad, secret authority to carry out nearly a dozen previously undisclosed attacks against Al Qaeda and other militants in Syria, Pakistan and elsewhere, according to senior American officials.

These military raids, typically carried out by Special Operations forces, were authorized by a classified order that Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld signed in the spring of 2004 with the approval of President Bush, the officials said. The secret order gave the military new authority to attack the Qaeda terrorist network anywhere in the world, and a more sweeping mandate to conduct operations in countries not at war with the United States.

In 2006, for example, a Navy Seal team raided a suspected militants’ compound in the Bajaur region of Pakistan, according to a former top official of the Central Intelligence Agency. Officials watched the entire mission — captured by the video camera of a remotely piloted Predator aircraft — in real time in the C.I.A.’s Counterterrorist Center at the agency’s headquarters in Virginia 7,000 miles away.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I wholeheartedly approve of almost anything that sends these refugees from a medieval lunatic asylum to an early meeting with Allah and their 72 she-goats. But maybe, just maybe, there’s a good reason for keeping this secret, such as not putting on the spot governments that might be covertly helping us? Such as not revealing something that might not be popular with their own people, or exposes them to retaliation by jihadis? For frak‘s sake, what government is going to want to give us covert aid when they’re bound to be exposed in the Times?

And don’t get me started on the "anonymous senior government official" quoted by Schmitt and Mazzetti. Too many people in DC can’t wait to talk to the press "off the record" to get their egos stroked and be the next "Deep Throat."

Something like this should have been a deep, buried secret until long after the war is over. Doesn’t anyone in Washington take this fight seriously? At wits end

(hat tip: The Jawa Report)


Semper Fi

November 10, 2008

Today is the 233rd anniversary of the founding of the United States Marine Corps, formed in 1775 as the Continental Marines. Happy birthday, Leathernecks. Party

Iwo Jima


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