Happy anniversary, Harry

April 20, 2009

I’ve made no secret of my contempt for Senator Harry Reid (D-Dimwit), and today is the second anniversary of the major reason why I think he’s a fool and a disgrace to the United States Senate and the State of Nevada. It was two years ago today that the Majority Leader of the Senate declared on national television that we had lost the war with al Qaeda in Iraq and that we should leave — in other words surrender. I could go on, but I’ll let Senator Reid speak for himself. Tito’s queued up the video — roll’em!

Remember the context: in late 2006, the war was going badly. The Rumsfeld-Casey-Abizaid strategy was not working. The American public had punished the Republicans by giving control of the legislature to the Democrats, a strong message that they wanted a change in strategy. The president, in his role as commander-in-chief, had formulated a new strategy in an effort to win the war. That was what became known as "the surge," and it succeeded beyond almost anyone’s expectations — and as Majority Leader Harry Reid would have known what was being planned. He should have been lending his support in the pursuit of victory.

Instead he went before the world and, before the plan had even been tested and knowing this would reach our forces in the field —and our enemies— declared the war lost and that we should "git while the gittin’s good." Imagine if, in the lead-up to D-Day, the leader of the Republicans had said there was no hope of defeating Germany and that we should cut a deal with Hitler. "Betrayal" would have been too kind a word. "Aiding and abetting the enemy" would be an accurate description.

But there’s Harry Reid, a Senator of the United States and the leader of the majority in that chamber, doing the same damned thing.

Let me make this as plain as I can: Harry Reid is a petty, stupid, and wretched little man who puts his party’s electoral fortunes ahead of the interests of his nation. He shames the Senate every time he passes through its doors. Senator Reid is up for reelection in 2010: let’s hope the people of Nevada give this Copperhead the bum’s rush he deserves.

Happy anniversary, Harry. Angry

LINKS: Hot Air.


Ethical corruption

April 20, 2009

CQ Politics has published an article claiming the National Security Administration has an audio recording of Congresswoman Jane Harman (CA 36) offering an Israeli agent help in getting charges reduced against two men in return for Israeli aid in her quest to become Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee:

Rep. Jane Harman , the California Democrat with a longtime involvement in intelligence issues, was overheard on an NSA wiretap telling a suspected Israeli agent that she would lobby the Justice Department to reduce espionage-related charges against two officials of the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee, the most powerful pro-Israel organization in Washington.

Harman was recorded saying she would “waddle into” the AIPAC case “if you think it’ll make a difference,” according to two former senior national security officials familiar with the NSA transcript.

In exchange for Harman’s help, the sources said, the suspected Israeli agent pledged to help lobby Nancy Pelosi , D-Calif., then-House minority leader, to appoint Harman chair of the Intelligence Committee after the 2006 elections, which the Democrats were heavily favored to win.

Seemingly wary of what she had just agreed to, according to an official who read the NSA transcript, Harman hung up after saying, “This conversation doesn’t exist.”

Harman, of course, calls this all a pack of lies and, when the story first broke in 2006, it was reported that the investigation was dropped for lack of evidence. End of story, right?

Not if CQ Politics is right. If the NSA recording really exists, it shows Harman offering her influence to help a foreign intelligence service in return for their help in advancing her career. If her plan had worked, the conflict of interest would have been huge: the head of a key committee trusted with highly classified information having secret dealings with foreign spies.

While probably not criminal, it’s clearly ethical corruption; she was elected to serve the voters of the 36th district, not Israeli intelligence. While Israel is an allied state, and while only a naif would be shocked, shocked to learn that even allies spy on each other, voters in Representative Harman’s district have every reason to question her actions in this case and wonder how else she’s peddled her influence – and in return for what?

(For the record, Congresswoman Harman is my congresscritter. Our district is heavily gerrymandered to be a Democratic "safe seat.")

(hat tip: Don Surber)

LINKS: Sister Toldjah, AJ Strata, Ed Morrissey.


No wonder they called her the Iron Lady

April 20, 2009

Coming to the end of her tenure as Prime Minister in 1990, Margaret Thatcher defends free-market principles against the Opposition’s whining about the "income gap." Roll tape, Tito!

Tigerhawk wonders where we’ll find such a leader today. I think I have an idea


Of course PBO is a fiscal conservative!

April 20, 2009

Unca Scrooge

Why, after enacting $6.5 trillion dollars in new spending (to be funded by borrowing and/or printing new money), he’s going to demand of his Cabinet a whopping $100 million dollars in cuts. That’s a whole fifteen-tenthousandths of a percent!

Now don’t you feel relieved? Whew