Saturday, October 23, 2004
Charles Krauthammer has, like the rest of us, marveled at the fatuous assertions of John Kerry. Specifically, he has grave doubts as to Kerry's ability to get our "allies" to support our position in Iraq. But Krauthammer took a closer look at Kerry's speeches and those of his advisors.
Kerry appears to have something in mind to trade for Arab and European support. Money quote:
The mere appearance of a Europhilic fresh face is unlikely to so thrill the allies that French troops will start marching down the streets of Baghdad. Therefore, you can believe that Kerry is just being cynical in pledging to bring in the allies, knowing that he has no way of doing it. Or you can believe, as I do, that he means it.
He really does want to end America's isolation. And he has an idea how to do it. For understandable reasons, however, he will not explain how on the eve of an election.
Think about it: What do the Europeans and the Arab states endlessly rail about in the Middle East? What (outside of Iraq) is the area of most friction with U.S. policy? What single issue most isolates America from the overwhelming majority of countries at the United Nations?
The answer is obvious: Israel.
Krauthammer goes on to make a compelling case that Kerry intends to return to the status quo ante of the pre-9-11 world in which every atrocity against the Jews of Israel was met with further pressure on the Jewish people to give concessions to PLO Chairman Yasir Arafat and his merry band of squalid gangsters.
My criticism? Krauthammer appears to have the right instincts, but his derivations from Kerry's speeches are a bit of a reach. However, I will go with Krauthammer's instinct, as it appears to be taken from a good understanding of Kerry's foreign policy advisors and their dreams of creating a grand bargain to settle the insoluable Middle East crisis.
Judge for yourself, of course. Read the whole thing.
Bottom line? Krauthammer believes that Israel is the new Czecheslovakia. I conclude that Jerusalem is become the new Sudetenland. However, allow me to refrain from speaking ill of the dead. I will not compare the comic figure of John Kerry to the tragic soul of Neville Chamberlain.
Although a comparison with M. Deladier is in order, I suspect.
Tuesday, October 19, 2004
Without question, bar none, this ad is the best buy of the year, by either side.
It is very well produced, and stunningly effective in its own quiet way. Stepping out of my Republican shoes for a moment, it is the most persuasive propaganda I have seen in some time. "Ashley's Story" may go down in political history as the most well-conceived political commercial since the "Morning in America" ad broadcast during Reagan's 1984 reelection campaign.
Of course, some of the best ads are coming out of the 527's these days. This one is no different. An outfit called the Progress For America Voter Fund put this one out. This piece is the largest single ad buy of the year, at 14 million dollars. "Ashley's Story" is to be targeted at critical battleground states.
You don't have to scream to get your point across
Monday, October 18, 2004
Steven den Beste rises from the dead to offer his analysis of polling fraud by the Mainstream Media (MSM).
This is definitely worth a read, as it tends to explain Kerry's "surge" and the lack of staying power of said "surge".
The organ is definitely broken on this bandwagon.
UPDATE: Gallup came out yesterday with Bush up 52%-44%. Now, anyone who is willing to buy into these numbers needs to send me all of their net worth before they piss it all away at the Tribal Gaming Tables. I can buy Bush being ahead by three to four points-that's where I think this race stands as of today. But I will not buy into Bush being ahead by more than five, from anybody. I don't care how much I want him to win this election; I smell a Rat, so to speak.
However, after John Freakin' ticked off a bunch of the ladies by mentioning that Mary Cheney just happens to be a LESBIAN, I'm not so sure that the Tall, Lanky Underdog from the Bay State hasn't been hurt among women beyond repair.
Which just goes to show you that underhanded political tricks designed to suppress the vote of redneck, nose-pickin', NASCAR-lovin', gun-totin', Evangelical Christian Republicans aren't quite as clever as everyone thought they were. But I'm sure that it seemed like a good idea at the time.
Sunday, October 17, 2004
For a whole host of reasons, the primary one being that Bush "gets" the stakes in the Grand War On Terror in his gut while Kerry fails to, Gregory Djerejian of The Belgravia Dispatch endorses George W. Bush for reelection. Read today's post from one of the blogosphere's consummate "realists".
Which brings me to a new turn of the dial: how did a guy like Djerejian occupy the Scowcroftian/Kissinger high ground of realpolitik while endorsing the same Iraq mission so advocated by Doug Feith and Paul Wolfowitz? The latter two gentlemen are constantly accused of Panglossian idealism (not by Greg, btw). The moral of the work? Avoid labeling in the arid environment fo the foreign affairs commentariat.
BTW, it's hard not to interpret Scowcroft's anti-Bush broadside as an attempt to injure Bush prior to the election. Perhaps he has found common cause with Kerry's Euro-centered accomodationism? (there I go with the labels again!-ed.) Hard to say, but I can't say that I'm surprised. Scowcroft has been sending these signals since before the Iraq campaign began.
One of the things I will never understand is how some in the Republican Party, as well as most of the Democratic Party's foreign policy apparat (what's left of it, anyway) believe that the benign neglect of some of the world's most squalid, fascist kleptocracies enhance the security of this country.