Quote of the day

November 19, 2008

Jim Geraghty on Barack Obama’s appointments so far:

So Joe Lieberman is keeping his chairmanship of the Homeland Security Committee on the say so of 42 Senate Democrats AND President Obama; his Secretary of State might be Iraq War supporter and preconditionless-summit opponent Hillary Clinton; no one will be prosecuted for waterboarding, Bush’s guy John Brennan may take over at CIA and Bush’s man Robert Gates may stay on as Defense Secretary.

I don’t know how the liberals feel, but so far the Obama administration rocks.

I’m sure heads are exploding at MoveOn, even as I type this. Hee hee

 

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Celebrating Victory in Iraq Day

November 19, 2008

Since neither President Bush, President-elect Obama, Congress, or the media will do so, it’s up to us to acknowledge the obvious:

We’ve won in Iraq.

Blogger Zombie of Zombietime has decided that November 22nd shall be known as VI Day. On that date, he (or she) has asked that all bloggers of all persuasions who are willing to proclaim the truth do so on their blogs.

Count me in. Party

VID

I’ll be back with more on Saturday. Flag

(hat tip: Exurban League)

 

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That’s how you handle the problem

November 19, 2008

Indian navy sinks suspected pirate ‘mother ship’

An Indian naval vessel sank a suspected pirate "mother ship" in the Gulf of Aden and chased two attack boats into the night, officials said Wednesday, as separate bands of brigands seized Thai and Iranian ships in the lawless seas.

The owners of a seized Saudi oil supertanker, meanwhile, negotiated for the release of the ship, anchored off the coast of Somalia.

A multinational naval force has increased patrols in the waters between the Arabian Peninsula and the Horn of Africa, where pirates have grown bolder and more violent. The force scored a rare success Tuesday when the Indian warship, operating off the coast of Oman, stopped a ship similar to a pirate vessel described in numerous bulletins. The Indian navy said the pirates fired on the INS Tabar after the officers asked to search it.

"Pirates were seen roaming on the upper deck of this vessel with guns and rocket propelled grenade launchers," said a statement from the Indian navy. Indian forces fired back, sparking fires and a series of onboard blasts — possibly due to exploding ammunition — and destroying the ship.

They chased one of two speedboats shadowing the larger ship. One was later found abandoned. The other escaped, according to the statement.

It used to be that pirates could be hanged on the spot, but the situation under international law has grown so ludicrous that the Royal Navy has been told not to capture pirates for fear they might claim asylum.

The other problem is that the piracy off East Africa is not done just for the money itself, but to fund jihadjihad al-mal, or "monetary jihad." At least some of the ransoms they are paid find their way to al-Shabaab, a Somali jihadist organization that has close ties to al Qaeda. Thus ship owners buying back their vessels are giving alms to our deadly enemies. Smart. Very smart. Doh

Of course, piracy in the name of Allah is an old Islamic tradition. Back in Jefferson’s time, we knew how to handle it. The Indian Navy has given us a needed reminder.

(hat tip: The Jawa Report)

LINKS: Ed Morrissey; Everett Pyatt calls for a surge against piracy.

 


Stuck on stupid, Detroit style

November 19, 2008

So, the chief executives of the Big Three dying dinosaurs automakers went hat-in-hand to Washington to beg for a federal bailout. How did they go there? In their expensive private jets:

The CEOs of the big three automakers flew to the nation’s capital yesterday in private luxurious jets to make their case to Washington that the auto industry is running out of cash and needs $25 billion in taxpayer money to avoid bankruptcy.

The CEOs of GM, Ford and Chrysler may have told Congress that they will likely go out of business without a bailout yet that has not stopped them from traveling in style, not even First Class is good enough.

All three CEOs – Rick Wagoner of GM, Alan Mulally of Ford, and Robert Nardelli of Chrysler – exercised their perks Tuesday by flying in corporate jets to DC. Wagoner flew in GM’s $36 million luxury aircraft to tell members of Congress that the company is burning through cash, asking for $10-12 billion for GM alone.

"We want to continue the vital role we’ve played for Americans for the past 100 years, but we can’t do it alone," Wagoner told the Senate Banking Committee.

While Wagoner testified, his G4 private jet was parked at Dulles airport. It is one of eight luxury jets in the GM fleet that continues to ferry executives around the world despite the company’s dire financial straits.

"This is a slap in the face of taxpayers," said Tom Schatz, President of Citizens Against Government Waste. "To come to Washington on a corporate jet, and asking for a hand out is outrageous."

Wagoner’s private jet trip to Washington cost his ailing company an estimated $20,000 roundtrip. In comparison, seats on Northwest Airlines flight 2364 from Detroit to Washington were going online for $288 coach and $837 first class.

After the hearing, Wagoner declined to answer questions about his travel.

Well, after all. It’s not polite to talk with your mouth full of Dom Perignon champagne and beluga caviar. Paid for by the company, of course.

I think it’s safe to say that this example of utter, mindboggling cluelessness has earned these corporate pigs at the trough this month’s General Russel L. Honoré Commemorative Stuck on Stupid Award.

Well done, gentlemen, well done! Enjoy your richly deserved bankruptcy. Applause

LINKS: More from Ed Morrissey and Ace of Spades.