"History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it."-Winston S. Churchill

"The wandering scholars were bound by no lasting loyalties, were attached by no sentiment of patriotism to the states they served and were not restricted by any feeling of ancient chivalry. They proposed and carried out schemes of the blackest treachery."-C.P. Fitzgerald.

Saturday, March 13, 2004

Only on DemocraticUnderground.com... 

...do you get this kind of asshattery. As a veteran Freeper, I get a kick out of the black helikopterz stuff that passes for arid discussion on DemocraticUnderground.com. Naturally, the latest massacre in Madrid can be laid right at the feet of Dr. Evil himself, George W. Bush. But why believe little old me when DU's own "Mari333" has a lock on the Truth:

specifically , who thinks the ROVE machine created the scenario to take the heat off Bush and the bad press hes been getting, PLUS the fact he hasnt got a goddamn issue to run on except for KEEPING THE US IN TERROR

Already the news whores like Wolf are playing it like a cheap whore.

And if you think that's a howler, read the freaking responses. This is Illuminati/Global Jewish Banking Conspiracy stuff. Throw in some Bilderbergers for good measure, and you've got the very same kind of addled conspiracy thinking that gave us the John Birch Society! These people are two steps away from blaming the "Jewish Neocon Conspiracy", I promise you.

Or, to put it in a more refined fashion: I went to the 1935 Party Day Rally in Nuremburg and DemocraticUnderground broke out.

Now, to be right up front, I should say that I had no idea that Karl Rove had bin Laden on retainer. Maybe ol' Binny will open up offices on K-Street, soon. You know, a consultancy?

The last line's a gem: the news whores playing it like a whore. This last sentance leads me to believe that Maureen Dowd's job is safe for another week.

Of course, there is the awful possibility that the DU'ers could be telling the TRUTH!

Oh, the Humanity!

Friday, March 12, 2004

Operation Iraq Freedom, One Year On... 

Robert Kagan and William Kristol give a superb summation to the liberation of Iraq and survey where we stand on the anniversary of the invasion.

I will give my take on the war, and my own survey of where we stand, in my next post.

Thursday, March 11, 2004


A group claiming to be connected with Al Qaeda, the Brigade of Abu Hafs Al-Masri, claimed responsibility for today's Islamist massacre in Madrid.

I believe that this is the beginning of an Al Qaeda campaign in Europe. AQ's High Command is hidden away in the Northwestern Frontier States of Pakistan, and is more than likely on the run. How and ever, STRATFOR indicates that the "brigade" in question is a veteran of other AQ contract operations in North Africa. So, they have relations with the main group, but are more than likely a subcontractor for the main outfit.

A terrorist bombing offensive would serve AQ's ends nicely, given the anti-American sentiments of much of Europe. That is what I believe they are about to do.

The jump across the Pillars of Hercules from Algeria should come as no surprise. There is also the possibility that the jihadi contracted out some of the work to the Basque Seperatist organization, ETA. However, ETA is riven with discord and is probably thoroughly penetrated by Spanish internal security. I doubt that AQ or a subcontractor group like the Al-Masri people would work with ETA, given the possiblity of a compromise in operational security.

Whatever the outcome, Spain is in the war. Up to its neck. A lot will depend on how much anger and outrage the Spanish people have within them. To a Spaniard, this was September 11th.

One predictable thing you will see: there will be commentators in the Eurotrash press indicating that Spain had got its comeuppance for cooperating with President Bush. The siren song of appeasement will be heard.

I wonder: can the Europeans summon up the will to fight for their civilization?

Them Dadgum Joooz... 

Max Hastings pens yet another "I'm not anti-Semitic, I'm anti-Zionist" essay in today's Guardian. Funny that. A constant strain of Eurotrash thinking is to blame the Jew for the predatory terrorism of the Arab. Hasting's thrust is that Arab terrorism is an outgrowth of the wicked Sharon and Netanyahu governments.

Arafat, Hamas, and Islamic Jihad are, one would suppose, innocent bystanders in all this.

The sad thing is, he wrote such a fine battle history of the battle for the Falkland Islands.

BTW, if you go to the Guardian Comment Page, you can scroll down and read Sydney Blumenthal's latest screed accusing Bush of being a negative campaigner instead of uniting the country when he had a chance. This after John Kerry's relentlessly negative campaign, too.

Blumenthal never fails to disappoint:

Sergeant Hook 

...is being deployed from a forward staging area in the Pacific Ocean to Afghanistan with his unit. Read his line of departure note here. Hook is a senior NCO in his unit, and has been in Hawaii preparing his people for deployment to the nation that God forgot.

Godspeed, Sergeant, to you and your command.

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

I love Ann Coulter. I do... 

Every true Conservative loves Ann, Ann's legs, and Ann's gun collection. But what they really love is Ann's prose. She gets medieval with Safire over the latter's criticism of The Passion of the Christ. It's a hoot; indeed, it's also an event. Most conservatives don't jump on Safire because of his position (in the pre-Brooks era) as House Conservative on the New York Times Op-Ed page. Coulter doesn't hesitate. I suspect she consider's Safire a deviationist.

She reflects the Popular Front attitude towards Gibson's film (hat tip: Andrew Sullivan). Conservative solidarity with the Church is more important than deviationist misgivings about the film by a Jewish Conservative. For all that, her defense of Gibson's film is not so much a defense of Gibson as it is yet another attack on the liberal interpretation of popular culture. Money quote:

Gibson didn't insert Jews into the story for some Machiavellian, racist reason. Christ was a Jew crucified by Romans at the request of other Jews in Jerusalem. I suppose if Gibson had moved the story to suburban Cleveland and portrayed Republican logging executives crucifying Christ, the left would calm down. But it simply didn't happen that way.

Ann Coulter is an aneurism waiting to happen. However, while she's with us she is a relentless advocate of her own special brand of scorched-earth Conservatism. Simply put, she is fun to read. Unlike Dowd, she is also coherent and not in love with her own prose.

Reading a Coulter column is like watching Curtis LeMay's B-29 fleet firebomb Tokyo: it's okay from a distance, but you'll get your ass torched if you get too close.

Ellisblog gets snarky.... 

According to conservative blogger John Ellis, a little bird told him that Bush is doing a lot better in the NBCNews/WSJ poll than in Gallup. If I recall correctly, in the latter poll Bush is down in the slash and burn agriculture area of the mid forties while the junior Senator from Massachusetts is practicing his inaugural speech at 52%. As a result of this new NBC poll, John Ellis claims that he will now use NBC/WSJ as his poll template.

Who said bloggers didn't have intellectual integrity?

Meantime, Kerry is bitching up a storm again about the "lying, crooked" Republicans. Money quote:
Earlier Wednesday in Chicago, Kerry toughened his comments about his GOP critics after a supporter urged him to take on Bush. "Let me tell you, we've just begun to fight," Kerry said. "We're going to keep pounding. These guys are the most crooked, you know, lying group I've ever seen. It's scary."

This is where I say simply this: if Jesus could tap dance, I would call him "Jesus Tap-Dancing Christ!"

Kerry's statement is absolute bilge of course, and more grist for Bush's mill. This outburst is something to put in the "what the self-important, pompous, vainglorious f*%ktard said to make my job easier" file that's in Karl Rove's desk. However, bear in mind that Senator Kerry was speaking to a member of the base vote. After all, why clue people in to the fact that this is not a fight between good and evil, but an election campaign between two American public servants, when you can gin up a member of your base into thinking that Bush Is Hitler?

What's next? Well, a little bird tells me that next up is John Kerry's clear, concise, compelling, but nuanced explanation for his attempts to decrease Central Intelligence Agency funding in the Nineties:

A Fisking We Will Go... 

Isntapundit exposes the incestuous relationships of the "outraged" 9-11 family members.

The more I see those Bush ads, the more I love 'em.

An interesting piece I picked up this morning... 

Just got back from the endodontist. He did a preliminary root canal in my number 20 tooth. Anyway, I'll need a buildup and crown. Meantime, I came home and picked up a new Hersh article in the New Yorker. Called, "The Deal", it details Musharaff's acquiesence to deep penetration raids to disrupt and capture, if possible, Al Qaeda's High Command. For a brief analysis, check out The Argus. For the orginal article by Seymour Hersh, go here. (Hat tip: Winds of Change.net and The Argus)

Monday, March 08, 2004

Commentary Magazine... 

...was the house organ of the American Jewish Commitee. From its pages came giants such as Norman Podhoretz and Midge Decter. The magazine was a source of great enjoyment to me during the great struggle against the Soviet Empire, as Podhoretz and his editorial staff enunciated a coherent world-view that mixed liberal economic policies with a clear understanding of the threat posed by the Soviet Empire.

Now, a new menace is abroad in the world: Islamic Fascism. However, this article, by Nidra Poller, is one of the more depressing pieces I have read in some time. It is of a piece with Wretchard's post, mentioned below, that bemoans the fate of a Europe under siege by militant Islam. This article was written by an American expatriate, a Jew, who understands that the fate of the Jews of Europe is once again in the balance.

Sunday, March 07, 2004

'Tis a new day! 

Andrew Sullivan, mad as he is at George W. Bush, still has the presence of mind to look at John Kerry with a critical eye. In short, it is only now dawning on Andrew that a poseur has just captured the Democratic nomination.

Apparently, Kerry mentions T.S. Eliot and Sartre in the foreign policy discussion with reporters. Al Qaeda is mentioned only once.

What's the over and under on the first time that Kerry mentions Marcel Proust?

Harry Truman's 1949 Inaugural 

I found this posted on FreeRepublic.. This was the inaugural speech of Harry S. Truman, liberal Democrat, given on the occasion of his first full term as Chief Executive.

Upon reading it, I have only one feeling: astonishment. The speech reads as follows:

Mr. Vice President, Mr. Chief Justice, fellow citizens:

I accept with humility the honor which the American people have conferred upon me. I accept it with a resolve to do all that I can for the welfare of this Nation and for the peace of the world.

In performing the duties of my office, I need the help and the prayers of every one of you. I ask for your encouragement and for your support. The tasks we face are difficult. We can accomplish them only if we work together.

Each period of our national history has had its special challenges. Those that confront us now are as momentous as any in the past. Today marks the beginning not only of a new administration, but of a period that will be eventful, perhaps decisive, for us and for the world.

It may be our lot to experience, and in a large measure bring about, a major turning point in the long history of the human race. The first half of this century has been marked by unprecedented and brutal attacks on the rights of man, and by the two most frightful wars in history. The supreme need of our time is for men to learn to live together in peace and harmony.

The peoples of the earth face the future with grave uncertainty, composed almost equally of great hopes and great fears. In this time of doubt, they look to the United States as never before for good will, strength, and wise leadership.

It is fitting, therefore, that we take this occasion to proclaim to the world the essential principles of the faith by which we live, and to declare our aims to all peoples.

The American people stand firm in the faith which has inspired this Nation from the beginning. We believe that all men have a right to equal justice under law and equal opportunity to share in the common good. We believe that all men have a right to freedom of thought and expression. We believe that all men are created equal because they are created in the image of God.

From this faith we will not be moved.

The American people desire, and are determined to work for, a world in which all nations and all peoples are free to govern themselves as they see fit, and to achieve a decent and satisfying life. Above all else, our people desire, and are determined to work for, peace on earth--a just and lasting peace--based on genuine agreement freely arrived at by equals.

In the pursuit of these aims, the United States and other like-minded nations find themselves directly opposed by a regime with contrary aims and a totally different concept of life.

That regime adheres to a false philosophy which purports to offer freedom, security, and greater opportunity to mankind. Misled by that philosophy, many peoples have sacrificed their liberties only to learn to their sorrow that deceit and mockery, poverty and tyranny, are their reward.

That false philosophy is communism.

Communism is based on the belief that man is so weak and inadequate that he is unable to govern himself, and therefore requires the rule of strong masters.

Democracy is based on the conviction that man has the moral and intellectual capacity, as well as the inalienable right, to govern himself with reason and justice.

Communism subjects the individual to arrest without lawful cause, punishment without trial, and forced labor as the chattel of the state. It decrees what information he shall receive, what art he shall produce, what leaders he shall follow, and what thoughts he shall think.

Democracy maintains that government is established for the benefit of the individual, and is charged with the responsibility of protecting the rights of the individual and his freedom in the exercise of those abilities of his.

Communism maintains that social wrongs can be corrected only by violence.

Democracy has proved that social justice can be achieved through peaceful change.

Communism holds that the world is so widely divided into opposing classes that war is inevitable.

Democracy holds that free nations can settle differences justly and maintain a lasting peace.

These differences between communism and democracy do not concern the United States alone. People everywhere are coming to realize that what is involved is material well-being, human dignity, and the right to believe in and worship God.

I state these differences, not to draw issues of belief as such, but because the actions resulting from the Communist philosophy are a threat to the efforts of free nations to bring about world recovery and lasting peace.

Since the end of hostilities, the United States has invested its substance and its energy in a great constructive effort to restore peace, stability, and freedom to the world.

We have sought no territory. We have imposed our will on none. We have asked for no privileges we would not extend to others.

We have constantly and vigorously supported the United Nations and related agencies as a means of applying democratic principles to international relations. We have consistently advocated and relied upon peaceful settlement of disputes among nations.

We have made every effort to secure agreement on effective international control of our most powerful weapon, and we have worked steadily for the limitation and control of all armaments.

We have encouraged, by precept and example, the expansion of world trade on a sound and fair basis.

Almost a year ago, in company with 16 free nations of Europe, we launched the greatest cooperative economic program in history. The purpose of that unprecedented effort is to invigorate and strengthen democracy in Europe, so that the free people of that continent can resume their rightful place in the forefront of civilization and can contribute once more to the security and welfare of the world.

Our efforts have brought new hope to all mankind. We have beaten back despair and defeatism. We have saved a number of countries from losing their liberty. Hundreds of millions of people all over the world now agree with us, that we need not have war--that we can have peace.

The initiative is ours.

We are moving on with other nations to build an even stronger structure of international order and justice. We shall have as our partners countries which, no longer solely concerned with the problem of national survival, are now working to improve the standards of living of all their people. We are ready to undertake new projects to strengthen a free world.

In the coming years, our program for peace and freedom will emphasize four major courses of action.

First, we will continue to give unfaltering support to the United Nations and related agencies, and we will continue to search for ways to strengthen their authority and increase their effectiveness. We believe that the United Nations will be strengthened by the new nations which are being formed in lands now advancing toward self-government under democratic principles.

Second, we will continue our programs for world economic recovery.

This means, first of all, that we must keep our full weight behind the European recovery program. We are confident of the success of this major venture in world recovery. We believe that our partners in this effort will achieve the status of self-supporting nations once again.

In addition, we must carry out our plans for reducing the barriers to world trade and increasing its volume. Economic recovery and peace itself depend on increased world trade.

Third, we will strengthen freedom-loving nations against the dangers of aggression.

We are now working out with a number of countries a joint agreement designed to strengthen the security of the North Atlantic area. Such an agreement would take the form of a collective defense arrangement within the terms of the United Nations Charter.

We have already established such a defense pact for the Western Hemisphere by the treaty of Rio de Janeiro.

The primary purpose of these agreements is to provide unmistakable proof of the joint determination of the free countries to resist armed attack from any quarter. Every country participating in these arrangements must contribute all it can to the common defense.

If we can make it sufficiently clear, in advance, that any armed attack affecting our national security would be met with overwhelming force, the armed attack might never occur.

I hope soon to send to the Senate a treaty respecting the North Atlantic security plan.

In addition, we will provide military advice and equipment to free nations which will cooperate with us in the maintenance of peace and security.

Fourth, we must embark on a bold new program for making the benefits of our scientific advances and industrial progress available for the improvement and growth of underdeveloped areas.

More than half the people of the world are living in conditions approaching misery. Their food is inadequate. They are victims of disease. Their economic life is primitive and stagnant. Their poverty is a handicap and a threat both to them and to more prosperous areas.

For the first time in history, humanity posesses the knowledge and skill to relieve suffering of these people.

The United States is pre-eminent among nations in the development of industrial and scientific techniques. The material resources which we can afford to use for assistance of other peoples are limited. But our imponderable resources in technical knowledge are constantly growing and are inexhaustible.

I believe that we should make available to peace-loving peoples the benefits of our store of technical knowledge in order to help them realize their aspirations for a better life. And, in cooperation with other nations, we should foster capital investment in areas needing development.

Our aim should be to help the free peoples of the world, through their own efforts, to produce more food, more clothing, more materials for housing, and more mechanical power to lighten their burdens.

We invite other countries to pool their technological resources in this undertaking. Their contributions will be warmly welcomed. This should be a cooperative enterprise in which all nations work together through the United Nations and its specialized agencies whenever practicable. It must be a worldwide effort for the achievement of peace, plenty, and freedom.

With the cooperation of business, private capital, agriculture, and labor in this country, this program can greatly increase the industrial activity in other nations and can raise substantially their standards of living.

Such new economic developments must be devised and controlled to the benefit of the peoples of the areas in which they are established. Guarantees to the investor must be balanced by guarantees in the interest of the people whose resources and whose labor go into these developments.

The old imperialism--exploitation for foreign profit--has no place in our plans. What we envisage is a program of development based on the concepts of democratic fair-dealing.

All countries, including our own, will greatly benefit from a constructive program for the better use of the world's human and natural resources. Experience shows that our commerce with other countries expands as they progress industrially and economically.

Greater production is the key to prosperity and peace. And the key to greater production is a wider and more vigorous application of modern scientific and technical knowledge.

Only by helping the least fortunate of its members to help themselves can the human family achieve the decent, satisfying life that is the right of all people.

Democracy alone can supply the vitalizing force to stir the peoples of the world into triumphant action, not only against their human oppressors, but also against their ancient enemies--hunger, misery, and despair.

On the basis of these four major courses of action we hope to help create the conditions that will lead eventually to personal freedom and happiness for all mankind.

If we are to be successful in carrying out these policies, it is clear that we must have continued prosperity in this country and we must keep ourselves strong.

Slowly but surely we are weaving a world fabric of international security and growing prosperity.

We are aided by all who wish to live in freedom from fear--even by those who live today in fear under their own governments.

We are aided by all who want relief from lies and propaganda--those who desire truth and sincerity.

We are aided by all who desire self-government and a voice in deciding their own affairs.

We are aided by all who long for economic security--for the security and abundance that men in free societies can enjoy.

We are aided by all who desire freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom to live their own lives for useful ends.

Our allies are the millions who hunger and thirst after righteousness.

In due time, as our stability becomes manifest, as more and more nations come to know the benefits of democracy and to participate in growing abundance, I believe that those countries which now oppose us will abandon their delusions and join with the free nations of the world in a just settlement of international differences.

Events have brought our American democracy to new influence and new responsibilities. They will test our courage, our devotion to duty, and our concept of liberty.

But I say to all men, what we have achieved in liberty, we will surpass in greater liberty.

Steadfast in our faith in the Almighty, we will advance toward a world where man's freedom is secure.

To that end we will devote our strength, our resources, and our firmness of resolve. With God's help, the future of mankind will be assured in a world of justice, harmony, and peace.

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