Saturday, March 29, 2003

Rachel Lucas has me a bit reticent with this story.

You see, one of my neighbors, quite a bit up the street, has one of those "war is not the answer" yard signs (in small print it says, "and I am appeasing the dominant ones and Bush sucks"), and her neighbor, across the street bought a "support the troops" sign. I stopped by one day and asked him where he got it, and he pointed me to Victorystore.com , and the signs are pretty lame, because you have to buy two being that they are one-sided, but it's the spirit. I was trying to hold the tears when he told me that he was in the 1st Gulf War and even if some may not agree with the 2nd, they should ensure that they stand behind the people who keep us free. He didn't like outward signs, but had to counter his neighbors.

After reading Rachel's story, I am fearful, but I am not going to appease the Daschle Clan. My signs are going up tonight.

It reminds me of the one guy on a local busy street who put up a 9-foot-tall homemade lemonade stand sign a few weeks ago that said, "No Attack, Impeach Bush," and I did call the zoning board to ask about that one - It was not up for long. Not impeding free speech, just saving the neighborhood...

Forever Known as the NY Crimes


I read a decent NYT article on the sky is falling analysis of the war strategy, pretty decent, but then, the discussion thread caught my eye. I am thinking, well let's see what NYT readers say about the war. HUGE ERROR. I am not kidding, nearly 60,000 posts and 9 out of 10 have sentiments like Barbie's:

The civilized world sees the Bush Administration as a neo-fascist regime, in which a dictator who assumed power through a fixed election has created a ruling elite of government controlled by corporations with a fanatic nationalism that wants to take over the world. Today America!! Tomorrow the world!!

No country is safe. If France and Germany dare to defy this fascistic regime, they are threatened with loss of economic power through withdrawal of American military troops. Herr Rumsfeld with his big stupid mouth insults the European nations who have the courage to stand firm against this thug.

The average American, brainwashed by the right-wing corporate owned media that is the mouthpiece of the Bush gang, has been so dumbed-down over the years that he believes all the lies he is told. While Bush fiddles, behind the average moron American's back, this modern day dictator is spitting on Congress and destroying the environment, deliberately causing the states to cut back on all social programs because of tremendous fiscal shortages, rewriting the Constitution by creating a religious theocracy, and spending billions to create a military industrial machine out to conquer the world!!

Is Bush any different from Adolph Hitler?? Another murderous thug, Bush's buddy, Herr Sharon, is doing Bush's bidding in destroying what is left of the Palestinian nation!!

Any country in its right mind should be arming itself with WMD's to protect themselves from the Fourth Reich onslaught. Unfortunately, aware, informed, intelligent, and educated Americans (of which there are fewer and fewer), are having to decide whether they should stay in this country, or as many Germans during the '30's before them, seek shelter in another country!!

I am ashamed to be an American!!!
Barbie Z

I am sorry to reproduce this crap here, but 9 out of 10 posts were of a similar mindset. I know this is an open forum for readers, but the Times screens posts and deletes offensive ones. This is a Times reader. I no longer think that it's name calling to call this paper the NY Crimes. I'll continue to read the articles, and I'll feel better knowing that the paper is trying to feed the audience, most of whom are in the same sandbox as Barbie Z, wretched soul. I like Acidman's term when thinking of Barbie - Fucktard. Complete Fucktard.


The Polish Press


This is from the 3/27 Cent Com Briefing:

Q Sir, I am -- (inaudible) -- from Polish weekly -- (inaudible). Two questions. Do you receive information about increasing movement of anti-war protests around the world? Do the information changing your decisions, influence your decisions? Secondly, do the soldiers parachuted this night to the north of Iraq -- (inaudible) -- from the bases located in Italy?

GEN. BROOKS: Well, I would leave any comments about what role Italy might have played to Italy. It's appropriate for them to make any comments. The force is based in Italy on a routine basis.

The first part of your question -- we can go back to that, please. What was the first part?

Q Are anti-war protests --

GEN. BROOKS: Yes, thank you.

Q -- influencing your decisions?

GEN. BROOKS: See, I'm still trying to figure out how I can get a pay raise, so I can't remember as many things. The anti-war protests around the world we view as people expressing their right to say what it is that's important to them. That's what we want to see happen here in this country. It won't happen right now.

Maybe when we're done, we can send all of the 'Not in our Name' people to the newly-Free Iraq where they can forget their names while riding camels in one of those sand storms.

REALLY Smart Bombs



OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM -- A pair of F-15E Strike Eagles attacked what Central Command officials termed "an emerging target" tonight, destroying a two-story building in Al Basrah where some 200 Iraqi regime paramilitary members were meeting.

The U.S. Air Force jets used laser-guided munitions to destroy the building, while leaving undamaged the Al Basrah Christian Church which was 300 yards away.
Officials said a delayed fuse allowed the bombs to penetrate the structure before detonation, thus minimizing the external blast effect.

The aircraft belong to the "The Chiefs" of the 335th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, based at Seymour-Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, N.C.

Let's clean up Basra and get civilization going again.

UPDATE: I like this explanation from General Brooks on how Central Command operates:

Well, again, the timing of action, where we seek to input or inject and influence, is part of the art of war. So we make our decisions based on what we know, what we seek, and what we expect the outcome to be. It was an operational decision.

I can't go into the specifics of why we made the decision when we did, because that really is just an operational matter. But the approach we take is what I want you to understand, and that is that when we have an effect we're trying to achieve, we select the right method of achieving that desired effect, and the timing is associated with when we want that effect to occur.

I think I might try applying that method at my work.

Reason to Pause


01 April 2003
The New Moon on 01 April would provide cover of darkness for American forces entering Baghdad. Using night-vision capabilities, this could be helpful in achieving surprise, with the attacker deriving additional advantages from the defender's inability to aim his fire effectively.


What Lies Ahead


Interesting piece by Michael Hoare via globalsecurity.org:

PRESIDENT Saddam Hussein is readying his armies for a last-ditch defence of Baghdad which will include the use of chemical weapons.

Analysts say loyalists and elite soldiers armed with chemical weapons lie in wait, ready to fight to the death...

...The technical superiority which allows allied troops to see the Iraqis from further away and shoot faster and more accurately will count for nothing in urban warfare.

Military theory holds that an army unit will lose almost one-third of its troops when taking a city.

It is a price the US has not paid for generations, one which it hopes to avoid with the use of new tactics, weapons and training.

But Mr Saddam, whether he lives or dies, is determined to leave a bitter legacy when his regime finally crumbles.

As the coalition troops move into Fortress Baghdad, he is trying to buy time.

Already, allied forces have engaged "rag tags in flip-flops", said British Sgt Nigel Barton.

Poorly trained but dangerously unpredictable, these urban irregulars are the absolutely loyal Feyadeen Saddam.

Their name means "those ready to die for Saddam".

As Rumsfeld has said, we will gladly assist them in that endeavor.

Battlefield Baghdad is unlikely to mirror the street fighting in Somalia that resulted in a deadly haze of confusion, said Dr David Betz, a lecturer at London's King College war studies department.

"The Americans have been training, they are well prepared and I am certain they will carry the day but it won't be technology - it will be the quality of their training and leadership," he told The Straits Times.

Leadership - I trust that we have far superior leadership. Our leaders are free people.

UPDATE: Here is an exact quotation from Rumsfeld on the offer of assistance to the death squads:


These death squads report to the Hussein family directly. Their ranks are populated with criminals released from Iraqi prisons. They dress in civilian clothes and operate from private homes, confiscated from innocent people, and try to blend in with the civilian population. They conduct sadistic executions on sidewalks and public squares, cutting the tongues out of those accused of disloyalty and beheading people with swords. They put on American and British uniforms to try to fool regular Iraqi soldiers into surrendering to them, and then execute them as an example for others who might contemplate defection or capitulation.

Their name, Fedayeen Saddam, is a lie, because their purpose is certainly not to make martyrs of themselves, but to make martyrs of innocent Iraqis opposed to Saddam's rule. But we will take them at their word, and if their wish is to die for Saddam Hussein, they will be accommodated.

As the regime deploys death squads to slaughter its own citizens, coalition forces are working to save Iraqi lives. We do this because, unlike Saddam Hussein's regime, our nation and our people value human life. We want the Iraqi people to live in freedom so they can build a future where Iraq's leaders answer to the Iraqi people instead of killing the Iraqi people.
{emphasis mine.}

Thune WILL WIN


Targeting Daschle

The national Republican establishment is going all out for the second-chance Senate try in South Dakota by former Rep. John Thune as candidate for the seat now held by Senate Democratic Leader Thomas Daschle.

And He is Immortal


I sometimes wonder if the Press is deflating a lot people's hopes. "Iraqi Shi'ites Fear Saddam Will Never Fall."

"What is all this American talk about taking over and removing Saddam in 72 hours?" asked an Iraqi man, who like many others asked not to be named. "I don't think they can get rid of him any more. It is just too difficult. There is nothing we can do about it. Our life is oppression."

What will happen when we are able to at least partially unbottle that oppression?

"We think (Saddam) should be put on trial and then hanged so every Iraqi can see it. But I doubt that will ever happen."

Iraqis tend to whisper when they criticize Saddam. If they sense someone has appeared nearby, they immediately switch to loud talk about American aggression against Iraq...

..."Our biggest fear is that Americans will leave. That would be a disaster. Saddam's people will come back here and they will kill us," said one man, sliding his finger across his throat.

Some also worry they could suffer the same fate as the Kurds in the north, where Iraqi troops rained chemical weapons down on the village of Halabja in 1988, killing thousands...

I just hope this prognosticator is wrong:

"There is no way they can remove Saddam. He is just too strong and he has too many troops," one teenager said. "That is the way it has always been."

Not to Beat on the Press


And Eleanor Clift is not THE Press

But you MUST go over and read John Hawkins' piece on Right Wing News about Clift's article, unbelievably titled, "A Bad Remake of Vietnam."

Emptying the Jails and Filling the Jails


This is quite old in internet age, but Austin Bay has a fascinating piece on "Reinventing Iraq"

WHEN TAMERLANE retook Baghdad in 1401, delivering mail and feeding babies weren't post-conflict priorities. Ticked that the Baghdadis had the cheek to revolt, the warlord put the city to the sword. There was no Fox or CNN to report the massacre. Tamerlane's signal--a message all too often sent by Mesopotamian tyrants past and present--was received nonetheless: Resist and you will die.

Pity General Tommy Franks or, for that matter, any American military commander tasked with overseeing a post-Saddam Baghdad. For in that amorphous, dicey phase the Pentagon calls "war termination," they will be radically departing from the Tamerlane template. U.S. and allied forces liberating Iraq will attempt--more or less simultaneously--to end combat operations, cork public passions, disarm Iraqi battalions, bury the dead, generate electricity, pump potable water, bring law out of embittering lawlessness, empty jails of political prisoners, pack jails with criminals, turn armed partisans into peaceful citizens, re-arm local cops who were once enemy infantry, shoot terrorists, thwart chiselers, carpetbaggers, and black marketeers, fix sewers, feed refugees, patch potholes, get trash trucks rolling, and accomplish all this under the lidless gaze of Peter Jennings and Al Jazeera.

He suggests that the Iraq solution could be modeled after the Trieste solution of the WWII Allied Military Government.

Identifying and airing issues like these argues for the establishment as soon as possible of a national council in exile--a broad coalition that affirms the territorial integrity of post-Saddam Iraq. The idea isn't to create a provisional Iraqi government, but to provide a forum for debating how to build a new one. Critics who say such advance planning gives certain exile groups a head start have a point. However, rebel Iraqi generals, with guns on the ground, will also have a "head start," much as Trieste's Slovene partisans did. A national council, a not-quite-government, becomes a platform for negotiating before rather than after power-grabs.

It will also help Tommy Franks prepare to deliver the mail. Post-Saddam Iraq is sure to be a tough route for any postman.

I am surprised that it seems like there is nothing happening in the pre-post-war planning for Iraqis, or maybe I am missing it.

Friday, March 28, 2003

The Onion Covers the War



What Do You Think? - Media Coverage of The War

"I watch Al-Jazeera on satellite but turn the sound off and listen to NPR. I have no idea what the fuck is happening." - Gordon Jackson, Architect

The New 100-Year War


Ron Marr takes on cable TV for the dearth of misrepresentations on the nature of war.

"When will this war be over," they moan. "Why haven't we won yet?"

The answer is simple. It will be over when it's over. The reason we haven't yet won is because we've been in it for less than a week.

However, listen to the press darlings and you would think we were in year 57 of the 100 years war. Our troops achieved an amazing success in the speed with which they moved toward Baghdad - probably unprecedented in military history - and yet our TV nation is wringing it's hands over the prospect of a "long" war.

And then there is Bill O'Reilly taking on the NY Times:

Most military experts are saying the campaign in Iraq is an unprecedented success. The war is now six days old. The USA has losses of 20 dead and 14 captured or missing according to the Associated Press. The allies control most of the country and are knocking on the door of Saddam's bunker. But if you read The New York Times today, you might think Iraq was winning. The front page of the "Times" was full of ominous headlines. "Iraqis Repel Copters; One Goes Down." "GIs Regroup After Setback --Two Prisoners on Iraqi TV." "Hussein Rallies Iraqi Defenders." "The Goal Is Baghdad, but at What Cost?" All these headlines were on just one page. Unbelievable.

Contrast that to page one of the The Boston Globe, also a very liberal newspaper. "Coalition nearing Baghdad." "War plan on course." "Hunt for banned weapons." "Strategy aims at heart of Hussein's rule." Quite a difference. The Globe giving straight and honest war coverage.

So why is the "New York Times" spinning its coverage to the negative side? Well, there's a big reason. Everybody knows the USA will win the war, but if the victory is too overwhelming, the Bush administration wins big too. The Times definitely does not want that to happen. So its editorial position is shading its news coverage, and that's flat-out wrong.

It is naturally difficult to write positve war headlines, but I certainly think the Globe's headlines are quite a bit more fair.
Here is someone who has not forgotten about the importance of freedom.

Highlight from the MRC DisHonors Awards


My Favorite:

Ozzy Osbourne Award (for the Wackiest Comment of the Year)

Presented by Sean Hannity

Runners-up:

Helen Thomas: “Does the President consider this [election outcome] a mandate to fulfill his agenda? Going to war with Iraq, privatizing Social Security, weakening the Civil Service Commission and so forth?”
Press Secretary Ari Fleischer: “Helen, you sound like a commercial that didn’t work.”
-- Exchange at White House press briefing, November 6.

“If I were biased, I don’t believe I would have gotten the job.”
-- George Stephanopoulos after he was named host of ABC’s This Week, as quoted in a June 19 Newsday story.

And the winner is:

“Seven years ago, when the last referendum took place, Saddam Hussein won 99.96 percent of the vote. Of course, it is impossible to say whether that’s a true measure of the Iraqi people’s feelings.”
-- ABC’s David Wright, in Baghdad, on World News Tonight, October 15.

Accepting for David Wright....Rich Lowry

I hope I can go out and see the awards next year. Check out the rest of the awards.

Treasury's Anti-Money Laundering Efforts


If you have time, you might find this keynote address by Treasury's General Counsel David D. Aufhauser interesting, if not inspiring, even if you do not work in the financial services industry.

He recounts a wonderful story I had heard before about George Schultz when he was Secretary of State:

George Schultz dropped by the Treasury Department a while back the other day. He was Secretary of everything at some point - Director of the Office of Management & Budget, Secretary of Labor, Secretary of Treasury and Secretary of State. He had a particular fondness for the Treasury Department because the Coast Guard was still part of the Department in his days, and that meant you that he had a fleet of jets and vessels to command. His longest tenure, however, was at the State Department. He tells this story.

After each new Ambassador was confirmed by the Senate, Secretary Schultz would invite them to his elaborate and impressive office on the seventh floor of the State Department. It was to be an occasion of congratulation, presentation, and the award of a Presidential commission in the presence of family and friends.

Schultz, however, had some mischief about him. He would invite each ambassador delegate to a corner of his office and tell them that they had yet one more test to pass before the privilege of assuming the title of Ambassador. Now this came, mind you, after White House vetting, FBI investigations, hearings before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and full Senate confirmation. Most of us would have enough of tests by then.

Schultz led each Ambassador-designate to that corner of his office. He would then spin a detailed, beautifully appointed globe of the world and simply say, “point to your country.”

In five years and a countless number of Ambassadors, only one candidate passed the test. It was Mike Mansfield, Ambassador-designate to Japan, a member of the US Senate for thirty years, and a majority leader for close to a decade. Without missing a beat, Mansfield - who knew something of Schultz’s mischief - stopped the spinning globe with his hand over the outline of the United States of America. “Here,” he said, “this is my country.”

That same sense of bearing and moral compass is at the center of your professional lives today.

Remember the Schultz story as the tugs and pulls of your own business world spin, sometimes, seemingly out of orbit.

And the end is great:

As for Iraq, I am happy to report this morning that someone else has found their bearing in response to Treasury’s overtures. Hundreds of millions of dollars of previously unknown illegal proceeds have been uncovered abroad in a matter of days, and are now subject to seizure. And more is to come in multiples that may dwarf those numbers.

That is money that can no longer be directed to promote terror. It is money, in fact, that has every promise of being repatriated to the people of a free Iraq.

This was not meant as a counter-attack on the civil libertarians who continue to go nuts over the USA PATRIOT Act, but I am not sure how you could complain about the Act after reading this.

Thursday, March 27, 2003

National Pelosi Radio


Anne Garrels' is stationed in Baghdad for NPR, and every report from her is pure melodrama. Not really a great reporter in the sense of objective observation, but her reports are wonderfully poetic. Yesterday, without any proof, she asserted fairly strongly{I was unable to verify that these audio links contain the portion I listened to yesterday and today - I am paraphrasing} that the US bombed the civilian neighborhood purposefully. First, if it were a US bomb, Cent Com has made clear that it was not a target, so it would have been an errant. Second, there is a lot of reporting that the crater was not large enough for it to be a US missile and there is speculation that it was an Iraqi SAM and it might have even been purposeful on the Iraqi's part.

Anyhow, her report left me with the impression that it was a plea from the Iraqi UN Ambassador to stop the "extermination of the Iraqi people." She spoke of an angry man with a severed hand in his hand, shaking it violently at the Americans, and then she spoke of someone who was carrying a brain around in the street, also awfully angry.

Well, today, she started out by admitting that many of the people whom she interviewed changed their tunes after Saddam's minders left the area. Awfully odd.

The oddest part of the piece for me was not when she described how hard it was for her to breathe today because of the oil fires. No, it was when Bob Edwards asked the leading question of how much suffering the US was causing - Did they have food and water, and Ms. Garrels said that they did (but she can't take showers, only baths), but she had scoured the city and one cannot find VALIUM anywhere. All the pharmacies are out of VALIUM. Most of the parents are feeding their children VALIUM.

I was thinking that it was too bad that they could not leave the city. I don't think there will be much VALIUM floating into Baghdad anytime soon.

I may need to quit listening to NPR and just pop the CD into the stereo. I like being informed, but National Pelosi Radio is a bit biased.

This from the UK Sun. Not sure how reliable it is, but it is scary business, and makes me glad that we are being "preemptive."


AL-QA’IDA terrorists are fighting alongside Saddam’s troops defending Basra, captured Iraqi soldiers have told British interrogators.

At least 12 members of Osama bin Laden’s network are in Al Zubayr where they are co-ordinating attacks on coalition positions, according to the Iraqi PoWs.

Stahl Bemoans the Awful War Strategy

Powell Says That's Nonsense


I caught a portion of this on the radio yesterday, and it was just too good. Powell was distinctly honest and it was refreshing. MRC caught the interesting portions.


Stahl: "The Powell Doctrine in military terms is that you throw a massive force, if you're going to go to war, make it huge. There are now criticisms, we’re beginning to hear, that this force isn't massive enough."
Powell: "It's nonsense. It's the usual chatter, I mean we have commentators everywhere. Every General who ever worked for me is now on some network commenting on the daily battle and, frankly, battles come and wars come and they have ups and downs, they have a rhythm to it. The Powell Doctrine was you use decisive force, and the plan that General Franks and his commanders have put together is a decisive force that will get the job done. So don't let one day's ups and downs suggest that the battle isn't going well. The United States armed forces with our coalition partners, the British principally and the Australians, have gone 300 miles deep into Iraq in a period of five days. That is a heck of an achievement."
Stahl: "Yeah, but our, the rear is exposed."
Powell: "It's not. Exposed to what? Exposed to small-"
Stahl: "Exposed to fedayeen, exposed-"
Powell: "Fine. So? We'll get them in due course. They are not exposed to a massive Iraqi army that is operating in a coordinated way that can assault our flanks and stop our assault."
Stahl: "Are you saying you're not worried or concerned about guerilla warfare?"
Powell: "Of course we are and that, and we're trained to handle this, but this chatter for the last 24 hours that everything is coming apart because on Sunday we took a few casualties. The casualties for this operation have been low. You don't want to slow your advance to go into a particular city and spend all your time rooting out people that you will get in due course. They're not threatening the advance."
Stahl: "But you can't get your supplies, well you can't-"
Powell: "Who says?"
Stahl: "-can't get the humanitarian-"
Powell: "Who says?"

... Stahl: “What I’m looking at is a poll, really not about the war, it’s just about the United States, and our friends, it’s kind of, makes you feel terrible, India, Mexico, they have negative opinions about the United States.”
Powell: “You tell me why then I have consular officers all over the world with visa lines going out in all direction, people trying to come to America. They want to be Americans, they want to go to our hospitals, to our schools and other places.”

I am thinking Stahl should try being embedded...

Wednesday, March 26, 2003

Tim Blair - A Challenging Find:

Tim Pointed to this poem, asking you to pay attention to the first letter of each line:


{Bill Bridges
82 years old
New Orleans

I am an old man who has seen much in my long, hard life. I write in my own style. It takes a long time to write and I have to go to the library. Please understand.}

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Finally

Finally we see the truth.
Unless we close our eyes.
Can't you understand?
Kick them when they're down?!?!

You say you care.
Only problem is, I can see past you.
Unless you've changed (I don't think so).

Please, tell me why I should trust you.
Only you know the real truth, you say.
Entire nations hold their breath.
Then turn blue from terror.
See, when it's over I will say "I told you so."


Thanks to Instapundit - Nick Denton writes about Arab Outrage:


Arab governments -- and their press and public -- should first practice moral judgment on themselves and eachother, before turning their outrage on the United States. And, before they complain about a new hectoring colonialism, they should first show they're capable of governing themselves by some means other than torture and massacre.

Inspirational post on Good v. Evil over at Greatest Jeneration

Update on the CanadiEn/Canadian Thing:



Fed up with the Canadian government's position on the war in Iraq, a group of Albertans is taking out an $18,000 U.S. advertisement to tell Americans what the prime minister will not: "We support the U.S.A."

Do they still have French Fries in Canada? teehee.

"When our prime minister took a stand saying that we are not in support, it sure seemed to us a real missed opportunity. We don't have anything more than a few armaments, we have lots of good men and women, but we don't have any military budget to do anything with, so we could at least have said that we support them, and he let it slide," said Mr. Wambeke, who has already put thousands toward the cause.

Titled "An open letter to the people of the United States of America from their neighbours in Alberta, Canada," the ad reads, in part: "Many of the citizens of Alberta, Canada wholly support the United States of America in the fight against terror and tyranny and in defending the principles of democracy, freedom and equality on which the U.S.A. was founded. We are grateful and honoured to be your neighbours. We deeply regret that our nation's Liberal leadership chose not to commit Canadian military resources to the U.S.A.-led coalition forces to liberate Iraq."

Some U.S.A. folks should study that ad.
MRC Caught this one. Moran continues to amaze me -


Moran: “But isn’t it more than the mines? Obviously, the Iraqi regime has mined this harbor and that is a wicked thing to do but the coalition battle plan was to bypass Basra and leave the more than half million citizens there essentially to fend for themselves until we can get this aid flowing. It’s not that we can’t only get ships into Umm Qasr, it’s that we didn’t take Basra, which is now a scene of utter chaos and total unpredictability and there’s no telling when aid will flow there. Does the administration take any responsibility for the plight of the people in Basra?”

Fleischer: “Well, the administration is the one working with our allies that is working to get the food and the water to the people of Iraq. The people of Iraq have been put in harm’s way as a result of the actions of the Iraqi military, or the fedayeen and the brutal regime under which they’ve lived that doesn’t care about the people of Iraq. And that’s why the United States and our allies are the ones put in this position, working through, as I mentioned, a series of groups providing money and transport. We stand ready, willing, and able. The mines need to be moved and the mines will be moved. The people will be fed.”

Let's not hold Hussein accountable, OK?
From Gary Bauer's End of Day Report:


Update From Gore Country

What in the world is wrong with America's "left coast?" I reported to you yesterday on the disgusting banner carried by masked men during weekend "peace" demonstrations in San Francisco that read "We Support Our Troops - When They Shoot Their Officers." Now comes word that the Seattle City Council cannot find majority support to pass a non-partisan resolution of support for our troops currently fighting for their lives and the freedom of the oppressed Iraqi people in Saddam's hellhole. This is the same city council that has voted to approve benefits for illegal immigrants and regularly condemns Attorney General John Ashcroft's efforts to go after terrorists. Why am I not surprised that Seattle voted overwhelmingly for Al Gore in 2000?
Check this post and the insightful comment on InsideVC. More of the blame America first crowd.

Is the War Distracting You at Work?


Anne Fisher at Fortune has an excellent piece on this issue.

She quotes Earl Taylor on a set of suggestions - I liked this one:

Keep things in perspective. "You can't control what happens to the economy or how the war goes," says Taylor. "So make an effort to work harder at the things you can control"--such as meeting your next deadline. Succeeding at the things in your life where you can achieve a real difference, including family and friendships, not only makes you more productive, it keeps feelings of helplessness at bay.

I was on vacation until yesterday, but when returning yesterday, I noticed the CNNNPRABCCBS-Command-Post effect hammering away at me. I like the idea of setting aside one short period of time during the day to catch up on things and then ignoring it the rest of the time. It's tough - There's so much info out there, but this is what I am doing starting tomorrow.

An Absolutely Incredible Contrast in Political Sensibilities


I suppose much of the nature of these views can be explained by the geopolitical influences, but there are plenty of whacked out Americans posting on this site and a few sensible foreigners. It's interesting that the BBC felt comfortable putting these views out on their site:


If Bush, Blair and Aznar are courageous and caring as they pretend to be , their forces should fight Saddam's military on ground face to face instead of killing innocent men, women and children by bombarding single city with more than 5000 bombs. It seems only American and British lives and psyche is precious and rest of the world's population is worthless and deserves to die.
Hema, Lucknow, India

Anyone with a knowledge of the history of warfare must admire the great care and precision to avoid civilian deaths that has been demonstrated during this campaign. Quite a feat considering the thousands of sorties carried out so far over Iraq. So why are so many people so damn outraged??? People today have this self centred "it's all about the individual" mentality rather than a sense of doing what is right for the greater good.
Elizabeth Ann Goss, Chicago/USA

If Lucknow only knew that his freedom to post with BBC is somewhat dependent upon the courageous leaders he disparages. And Elizabeth Ann is spot on in citing the incredible efforts to avoid collateral damage.

Finally, there are still some thoughts that this may indeed have been a faulty Iraqi AA missile. This, Via Command-Post, from Agonist:

5:07 EST Developing story right now is that the 'bomb' that went off in the market earlier is left too small a crater for coalition weapon. It was only 2 feet deep. Suspected to be an Iraqi air defense weapon. The weapon, repeat, does not resemble any coalition 'penetration weapon'.

Bottom of the 19th Cup


Burk using the war to promote her own little tiff with Augusta is awful.

"Burk said the club's all-male membership is an affront to women in the U.S. armed forces, particularly those in Iraq."

Do more women fighting in Iraq play golf in Georgia than other women around the world?
TK sends me this in relation to my Limp Bizkit post:


While your Limp Bizkit lyrics are just fine, my favorite band, The Dropkick
Murphys, have a song titled, The Gauntlet, that would be even better
cranked up on the Bradley JBLs. In fact, I would not be surprised if some
outfit somewhere uses this song...It rocks, too!


The Gauntlet


- Lyrics/Music: Dropkick Murphys -

Well I just got back from a break in the fight
I was weighing in heavy but still feeling alright
all I hear in the distance mines and shells
here come the sirens wailing another attack to be repelled

do you think we're gonna make it? I don't know unless we try
you could sit here scared to move or we could take them by surprise
it's submission that they want it's surrender that they need
when we're doing it their way their aims will be achieved

They're gonna come when you're not ready
when you're not to well-prepared
they're gonna prey upon your weakness
no man's soul is ever spared
you've got to stand up, yeah, and fight them
show them what it's all about
this man is not for sale there will be no backing down

Chorus:
Stand up and fight and I'll stand up with you! We shall succeed

They won't get me they won't get me though they never cease to try
they won't get me they won't get me I would rather fight and die
they won't get me they won't get me well my friend will they get you?
when they get you when they get you tell me what are you gonna do?


My liberal friends will love this piece:




Bush fiddles with economy while Baghdad burns

Could a faltering dollar and global rebellion against its values presage the decline, and eventual fall, of the American empire, asks Mark Tran


The twilight of empires can last a long time, but judging from his reckless unilateralism and his economic vandalism, George Bush seems to be determined to do his level best to hasten that decline.


I do wish we could spend less on a lot of junk, and Bush is letting us down in that regard, but not so sure how rapid this decline will be.

Temporary Bummer



01:23 AM | TV Back On . . .
MSNBC, citing Reuters, says Iraqi TV is back on and showing recitations of the Quran.

UPDATE from the Guardian: "Amnesty International today warned that the TV station bombing could be in breach of the Geneva convention." ???

The War and the Clock


Stratfor Weekly has an excellent analysis on the length and difficulty of the war:


The greatest danger the United States faces in this war is if its politicians and generals come to feel that they are working against some deadline -- if they sense that they must not only win, but win fast. That is where unnecessary risks are taken and where wars can be lost. How many really remember how long Desert Storm or Kosovo took? What is remembered is the outcome. There is no prize for doing it fast. However, the core Iraqi assumption is that the United States will not be given enough time by the American public to defeat Iraq. That is the essence of the Iraqi war plan. Over the past few days, it did not seem a foolish assumption.

We may need to wait to strengthen the rear and the supply chain, but if waiting is required, let's wait.

If I had JBL's in the Bradley, this would be my music, from Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water, best served up at extremely loud volumes, but Fred Durst would not like me associating his music with support-your-troops thoughts:


Throw your hands up
Ladies and gentlement
Chocolate Starfish
Keep on rolling baby

Move in, now move out
Hands up, now hands down
Back up, back up
Tell me what you're gonna do now
Breath in, now breath out
Hands up, now hands down
Back up, back up
Tell me what you're gonna do now

Keep rollin' rollin' rollin' rollin'
What?
Keep rollin' rollin' rollin' rollin'
Come on!
Keep rollin' rollin' rollin' rollin'
Yeah...

...You wanna mess with Limp Bizkit? (Yeah)
You cant mess with Limp Bizkit (why?)
Because we get it on (when?)
Every day and every night (oh)
See this platinum thing right here? (uh huh)
Well we're doing it all the time (what?)
So you'd better get some better beats
And uh, get some better rhymes (d'oh!)
We got the gang set
So don't complain yet
24/7 never begging for a raincheck
Old school soldiers passing up the hot shit
That rock shit
And bounce in the mosh pit

Throw your hands up

Move in, now move out
Hands up, now hands down
Back up, back up
Tell me what you're gonna do now
Breath in, now breath out
Hands up, now hands down
Back up, back up
Tell me what you're gonna do now

Keep rollin' rollin' rollin' rollin'
Come on
Keep rollin' rollin' rollin' rollin'
What?
Keep rollin' rollin' rollin' rollin'
Yeah

Tuesday, March 25, 2003

It is good to see that we are going after television - It is right to keep the electricity and water running, but television was merely a weapon for Saddam and it's surprising it was not taken out sooner...


Dawn Raid on Baghdad
Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003; 11:55 PM

BAGHDAD, March 26 - About 40 large explosions struck the southern outskirts of the Iraqi capital Baghdad early on Wednesday and another hit an area housing the television centre, Reuters witnesses said.

The United States said it had targeted Iraqi television and satellite communications in an effort to damage President Saddam Hussein's ability to control the country.

The blasts continued for nearly three hours starting at dawn. "They are really pounding the area," said Reuters correspondent Nadim Ladki, adding that buildings in the city centre were shaking.

Saddam's trusted Republican Guards are believed to be dug in on the southern flank of the city to defend it against invading U.S. and British forces.

No anti-aircraft fire could be seen and air raid sirens remained silent in the city of over five million people.

- Reuters

Also, might it be that our troops will hook around the city and come in from the Northeast? I don't know enough about military strategy to know if that is a solid idea, but it seems logical to defeat the work they've done on the South side. I'm sure there may be problems with crossing the river on the North side.

UPDATE ON TV STRATEGY: ABC has a very good article explaining the difficulty with the Iraqi TV, both strategically and operationally.
I want to do something for the soldiers. They are striving valiantly through the incredible environment.

You'll probably find this stupid, but I have a ton of books that I have been meaning to give to the local library, but now I have a new idea for them: Books for Soldiers

I don't know how to pick the right book for these heroes, but I think cultural diversion won't hurt. They won't have time in the next few weeks, but they will in the tense times after the war. I will include a nice note and maybe that will be helpful to one of our soldiers.

UPDATE: I am sending some books to Diana's son:


...it's GREATLY appreciated! Our son will love the books. Saturday was a very close call for him when the gernade went off near his tent. Needless to say we didn't sleep well since then.

Blessings to you and yours
Diana :D

Watching the NY Crimes


You should check out MRC's new project, Times Watch. They pick on quite a bit of editorial positions, but that's fair enough - They really expose some of the twisted logic happening with the NYT.

"Tell Senate We Can't Afford to Enrich the Rich While Paying for War in Iraq"


Some grand idiocy from True Majority, the 30% majority in the country that opposes the war and American security.

I understand opposing tax cuts because you think that your entitlement programs might suffer under a war economy and you don't want Bush to improve the economy with a stimulus program, but this headline implies that WE ARE TAKING TAX FUNDS FROM THE POOR AND DISTRIBUTING THEM TO THE RICH, "enriching the rich."

I hope for some voter intelligence in the coming months.

MRC has a banner day -



How the three broadcast network anchors opened their newscasts on Monday night provided an insight into their attitudes toward the war effort. Dan Rather delivered an upbeat, Americans will be victorious view as he saw Americans “barreling toward Baghdad” while ABC's Peter Jennings stressed hesitation and doubt as he perceived that “the drive on Baghdad is cautious.” And NBC's Tom Brokaw emphasized the negative, painting a war going badly with “high-profile allied blunders” and two new POWS adding “to a growing list of POWs and deaths the coalition has experienced so far.”

Coops tells me that he was saddened by Canadians booing the US National Anthem, but he forgot to mention that it was FRENCH CanadiEns - The rest of Canada may still be sane:


Not all Canadians hate the U.S. Last week, as was widely reported, at an NHL game in Montreal fans booed during the U.S. National Anthem before a game with the New York Islanders -- which the Islanders won over the Montreal Canadiens.

A few nights later, the Washington Capitals came out on the losing end of a game in Edmonton versus the Oilers but, the Washington Post reported, the fans in Edmonton cheered the U.S. anthem. Jason La Canfora pointed out in his March 23 Post story on the game:

“The Capitals were treated to some extraordinary hospitality before this game began, as the crowd roared throughout the singing of the national anthem, a hearty response to incidents of booing the Star-Spangled Banner in Montreal.”

The key difference: Edmonton is in the western province of Alberta. Montreal is on Quebec, home of French Canadiens where French is the primary language.

A resident of Canada is a Canadian. A French Canadian is a Canadien. --

As always, big thanks to Brent Baker at MRC - He reports on this stuff so that we don't have to watch it...

Monday, March 24, 2003

Andrew Sullivan posts an email related to an argument on the diplomacy issue from Thomas Friedman of the NYT. Quite an interesting argument. Then, this post brought me back to solid ground.

Go See Andrew's site for the original post and Tom's original response to the post. Quite an interesting topic and not to focus on it yet, but the post-war difficulty will be immense.
If you are not too upset by an incredible amount of unreasoned argument in favor of parading executed Americans and American POW's, go peruse this thread. Thankfully, there is a light minority of intelligent discussion.
BBC with its anti-American best effort. An interesting photo expose, but the captions are extremely biased.

More Obstruction Courtesy of Daschle


I cannot even begin to comprehend how these Michigan Senators think they are being at all helpful. If you find this distasteful, please write your own Senators as well as the Michigan ones to let them know. Daschle's obstructionist leadership is creating a dysfunctional judiciary system. He is under cover of the war and even then, as we discuss, he rears his anti-American head. No one could argue effectively that this guy is not the antithesis of the patriotic leaders that we need at this time.

I am sorry, but the operating rules of the Senate's Judiciary Committee and the operating rules of the Senate's consent function are completely broken.
Speaking of idiotic advertising that would best not be on my site, this one takes the cake.

Even if no one hits my Paypal box, I may need to get rid of that Blogspot banner. However, it does tend to entertain me. The other day, a law firm that helps money laundering criminals advertised on my site through Blogspot - They obviously thought I was a repentant launderer based on the content heading of the site.
Doug Schmitz writes an excellent article on the "Daschle Meltdowns."


The recent toxic meltdown of Sen. Tom Daschle – characteristically ignored by the liberal media and excused by fellow Democrats – painstakingly underscores where this politically pathetic party is headed. Daschle has not only politicized the impending war on Iraq and made a complete fool of himself, his leftist media degenerates continue to show their true colors by debunking their own claims that liberal bias doesn’t exist.

In short, this latest Daschle tirade further epitomizes what the Democrat Party (fittingly represented by a jackass) and the liberal media have always represented – the absolutely treasonous hatred of George W. Bush and the GOP.

That is just the beginning - You'll like the rest.

Inspired by the NY Crimes


This post on the NYT's Iraq discussion forum is quite an anti-American gem. Instead of looking at the torture and execution of American soldiers for what it is by a criminal dictator and his leadership, this guy takes the Blame-America-First route:


onofox: "Rumsfeld mentioning a breach of the Geneva convention after starting a war of aggression not legitimized by the UN is like a killer complaining that his victim crossed the street though the lights were red. But that is obviously how the Bush administration see international law. All the others have to keep the laws, only the US government are free to do whatever they want. By the way, where are the loads of weapons of mass destruction that were the main reason given for this illegal war? All I can see are the weapons of mass distraction used by the Bush administration."

How much crow can he eat?

And how about this defense of Michael Moore?


Priyana: "Michael Moore is the only reason to watch the awards. How spineless has the Hollywood establishment come, when it boos dissenters? Shame on them, and hooray for Moore."


Dissenting is great if it is dissenting, don't worry about the lack of logic in your dissent?
Day 5: NPR has a spot on markets, saying today's market sell-off is an indicator that the war might not end today. No wonder the market is so volatile, if traders really thought the war would be over today.

Today's sell-off could have been people taking profits from last week?

DJ Industrials Average:
Mar-14-03 7,859.71
Mar-21-03 8,521.97
Mar-24-03 8,214.68


Great News for '04

Sharpton may run as independent



In an appearance before the USC Law School Democrats, Sharpton criticized members of his own party for failing to speak out against the Iraqi war and for being afraid to raise issues and fight for them.

"They're not true believers," he charged. "They only want to be Republicans in Democratic clothing. And we already have too many donkeys running around here who are really elephants with donkey clothes on."

...Others, he said, have told him he can't win because he's too controversial and fought hard for a person that lied, a reference to his unfailing support for a black New York teenager who wrongly accused white police officers of raping her.

"People ask me, 'Will you apologize for being involved in that case?'‘" he said, "and I say, 'I have no intention of apologizing for standing up for Bill Clinton.'‘"

The crowd roared.

I'm roaring with them. (Hat tip to Viking Pundit)

Anti-American Exhibit Update


I have seen this SF protest banner at a couple of locations, but John Hawkins sums up my feelings on the topic. Daschle's New American Left, the Anti-American Left, is a nice target for all types of criticism, but I have this tendency to hate these people who have these types of feelings.

UPDATE: They criticize this cop with donuts, but the cop would appreciate it if he didn't have to be out on a nice Saturday, working overtime, defending his city. I'd be eating donuts, too, despite the prohibitions by Mr. Atkins.
Ken Layne (via InsideVC) has a lot of doubts about Saddam's speech.
I am not sure what to think, but Reuters says that it was a great inspiration:

"I found the speech very patriotic. I was in tears when I heard the president urging our military to fight back," said Shihab Ahmed, a civil servant in the capital which has been pummeled by five days of aerial bombardment...

"At least Saddam is a nationalist who cares for his country and his people. We will never accept a foreigner or an Iraqi exile to rule our country," said Saeed Othman, a teacher, referring to mooted U.S. plans to replace Saddam with Iraqi opposition leaders who have lived abroad for years.

Reuters also thinks that he survived:

In a second broadcast address since the start of the war last Thursday, Saddam said Iraqi forces had inflicted serious losses on U.S. and British forces, and praised commanders fighting specific battles -- evidence that he had survived the first days of the attack.

I know it is not the mission, but if he did, I hope we get him soon.

Apache Down, Time to Go Home?


Reuters is confident that this even may be the turning point in the war, but they later admit that the US should merely be embarrassed:

The impact of the loss is more psychological than military. In 1999, Serbian women danced jubilantly on the wing of the only U.S. F-117A stealth fighter ever brought down, yet Belgrade eventually capitulated to U.S. power. But together with errant missiles, crashing helicopters and the mistaken destruction of a two-man British Tornado fighter by a U.S. Patriot missile, the loss of the Apache was an unwelcome embarrassment for the U.S. forces.

I hope Baghdad capitulates soon, very soon for everyone’s sake, but I am afraid it won’t be soon.

100 Hours and it's not Over


James Joyner caught the oddity of this article - Reuters forgot about the 6 weeks of bombing that preceeded the 4-day ground war.

UPDATE on the short war: Scott Ott has the Pentagon promising to end it in time for the Masters, allowing Ms. Burk's protests to cut through the media clutter.

NPR and the Sinking Aircraft Carrier


It is difficult to watch much of the media. James Lileks pins down much of the frustration I experience with them.


Well, that’s it. War’s lost. It’s amazing how fast things change; in Afghanistan, it took three weeks before someone whispered “Quagmire” and all was forsaken; this time it took but five days before an intrepid reporter stood up at a briefing and asked the military spokesman whether the specter of Vietnam loomed again over the swaggering, clay-footed giant of American power.

Serious concerns right now, but there is a price to be paid.

I know nothing of war besides what I read and study, but I suspect they factor resistance into the war plan. Not to say they aren’t busted up over ten, twenty, forty, two dead - I’m sure they are, which sets them apart from the Cabal of Bastardry they’re up against.

This on the BBC coverage:

First story at the top of the hour: heaviest fahting of the woh.

Second story: Bush condemned the showing on television showing the “interrogation” of the prisoners. No details on the “interrogation” given. A reply from the Iraqi minister, who’s quoted as saying says American forces will not be harmed.

No mention of the photos of Americans shot in the forehead. An irrelevant detail, it appears.

Third story: discovery of a “chemical facility.” A Beeb commentator is skeptical, and counsels patience, since we don’t know if this is indeed a chemical plant - and if it is, we don’t know what sort of chemicals it produced. No mention of the fact that it was surrounded with electrified wire, shielded with sand-colored camouflage and controlled by an Iraqi general. Even if it is a baby-milq factory, these would seem to be relevant details.

Fourth: Oscars story. And here is the most beautiful moment of this grim day. The announcer flubs a word, and in doing so she birthed a term of surpassing perfection. She was talking about the Holeywud ectors, their deseyah not to seem out of sync with the mood of the times. Two words must have appeared in her brain simultaneously: frivolity and privileged.

And so she said of the actors who declined to appear:

“They fear the ceremony will appear friviledge.”


And this from an earlier piece:

Unbelievable: NPR’s top of the hour theme is somber, downbeat, with a few disconsolate snare drums - music to lose by! Is it too much to ask of these people to play something that doesn’t sound like the music you’d use for the sinking of a f--king aircraft carrier? *$#%*(#$%$#5

For much of the media, people to lose by.
Jed Babbin says that it is time to get serious. I think he is right.
This item from Reuters made me wish that there was some comfort with the Iraqis in surrendering - There is also some twisted humor to it:


On the main road running across the plain, burned-out Iraqi vehicles were still smoldering on Sunday afternoon, and charred ribs were the only recognizable part of three melted bodies in a destroyed car lying in the roadside dust.

"It wasn't even a fair fight. I don't know why they don't just surrender," said Colonel Mark Hildenbrand, commander of the 937th Engineer Group.

"When you're playing soccer at home, 3-2 is a fair score, but here it's more like 119-0," he said, adding that the Iraqi sport utility vehicles (SUVs) stood no chance against tanks.

"You can't put an SUV with a machine gun up against an M1 tank -- it's heinous for the SUV," Hildenbrand said.


My SUV would have already been in Syria, which is surely a safe haven.
Nick Denton has an incredible war map on his site.

UPDATE: Here is a highly-detailed map but missing the war notations

Sunday, March 23, 2003

Questioning the Strategy


They may have gone too fast:


After three days of routing Iraqi forces and even labeling their advance toward the Iraqi capital "the Baghdad 500," U.S. soldiers had a series of sobering engagements. One unit of Iraqi regular troops ambushed a U.S. convoy. Others trapped U.S. troops in what was described as a phony surrender, and some reportedly disguised themselves in civilian clothes. In the south, remnants of an army division moved heavy weapons into a residential area of Basra that U.S. and British forces were reluctant to fire upon.


We need to carry on with care and with determination.
Wonderful post on the Oscar mess from Insidevc.com:

Michael Moore was given only the second standing ovation of the evening (the first going to Julie Andrews) when his Oscar for Best Documentary was announced.
The cheers quickly turned to boos during his acceptance speech.

"We are hear because we like non-fiction. We like non-fiction and we live in fictitious times. We live in a fictitious time when fictitious elections can elect a fictitious president (beginning of boos). We live in a time when we have a man sending us to war for fictitious reasons (more and louder boos). Whether it's fictitious duck tape (boos continue, with a few cheers) or fictitious orange alerts, we are against this war (boos ring out, with some cheers, most of the stars are shown sitting on their hands, some with smiles on their faces, very little shock and awe). Shame on you Mr. Bush. Shame on you. When you have got the Pope and the Dixie Chicks against you, your time is almost up."

Ouch ... bet the Dixie Chicks didn't like that, as they try to rebuild their careers.

But was the audience booing Mr. Moore's statements, or just the fact that he was making them when Hollywood is trying to play nice tonight?

There must have been at least 2 legitimate booers. I am really thankful I didn't watch these cranks. I did watch The NASCAR race today and heard several drivers state that they were supporting the troops. NASCAR will get my support, Hollywood is toast, and I am not a redneck. I can get my culture from other places - How about a little Shostakovich and some music that is against tyranny?
No one would deprive Daschle of his right to dissent, but as this article points out, most of America thinks he is irresponsible if not idiotic, and most definitely, hypocritical to the greatest extent. There is no patriotism to Daschle's speech, merely a bitter partisanship that hurts our country.
The parading of POW's and executed soldiers is awful. To those who are concerned about the effect on morale, I tend to think that most will be motivated in a similar manner as Tony Blair has been, "I think what it does is it emphasizes to us the enormous importance of making sure that we do this job."


Iraqi television also displayed grisly footage of dead bodies, apparently those of other U.S. soldiers. Some of the bodies had apparent bullets wounds in the forehead, and were sprawled out on the floor in puddles of blood.

U.S. officials said they did not know where the captives were being held.

During a news briefing in Qatar, U.S. Gen. John Abizaid said, "I would say the pictures were disgusting."

"Certainly, I don't think that these pictures will damage either the psychology of our soldiers, morale of our soldiers or the steadfastness of our government or the resolve of our people. We're a pretty tough people," Abizaid told reporters.

Abizaid criticized satellite news channel Al-Jazeera for broadcasting the videotape around the Arab world. The Pentagon asked news organizations not to air or publish recognizable images or audio recordings that identify prisoners of war.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said it was a violation of the Geneva Convention to show such images of the captives. President Bush said those responsible would be punished as "war criminals" if they mistreated U.S. prisoners.

Iraqi officials vowed to respect the Geneva Convention in its treatment of prisoners.

Retired U.S. Army Col. Kenneth Allard, a military analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the treatment of the prisoners could spur U.S. commanders to turn up the heat on Iraq and "remove the gloves" in the war.

"The task is going to be on the U.S. side to maintain a reasonable restraint," Allard said. "But at the same token, they have to take action to let the other side know this will not be tolerated."

The Reluctant Scott Ritter



US troops have found a suspected chemical factory in Iraq, according to unconfirmed reports...

...Inspectors visited a cement plant in An Najaf earlier this year but did not report finding anything. Weapons inspector Scott Ritter expressed doubt over the claims, but added: "If that's true it would legitimise in one fell swoop the Bush administration's stance on Iraq."

...one fell swoop...

This is not Somalia and Bush is not Clinton:



Lawrence Korb, who served as assistant secretary of defense in the Reagan administration, said Saddam, the Iraqi president, is hoping -- incorrectly -- that he can scare off the United States by brutalizing Americans taken captive.

"I think in his own mind, Saddam Hussein thinks it will be another Somalia, where when you saw the Americans being dragged through the streets people said, 'What the hell are we doing there, this is not our fight. How did this happen?"'

Korb, now an analyst with the Council on Foreign Relations, said there is a big difference between U.S. resolve in the U.N. mission to Somalia in which U.S. forces participated and the U.S.-led quest to topple Saddam.

We must buckle down or suffer larger fates.



It is really awesome to see these folks advertising on my site. So much for accurate demographics.

Anti-American Exhibit


These people are happy about American soldiers being executed.

This is the illness of the American Left.

It is no Wonder Why I Can't Watch These Guys


MRC does the Media War Watch so I don't have to:

ABC’s Gibson Defends France

ABC’s Charles Gibson defended France in a debate with Bill O’Reilly by arguing “friends” should try to prevent a friend from making a mistake.

Meanwhile, also highlighted is Fox's expose on the true problem with France.

Questioning Hollywood's Patriotism


I won't watch any of this, but let me know how it goes...I like David Horowitz's thoughts:

A cultural critic is calling on Hollywood to respect American troops now fighting in Iraq by canceling planned anti-war activities and statements at Sunday night's scheduled Academy Awards ceremony...

"It's bad timing," he said. "They could not do a worse service to themselves than hold [an award ceremony] in the middle of a war for human freedom and come out on the other side," Horowitz explained.

A celebrity anti-war activist group called Artists United to Win Without War is planning a "silent protest" by wearing pins shaped like a peace symbol during Sunday night's awards ceremony. Celebrities such as Dustin Hoffman, Jim Carrey, Ben Affleck, Kirsten Dunst, Salma Hayek, Julianne Moore and filmmaker Michael Moore are among those planning to wear the pins.

Other celebrities are planning to wear a peace dove or duct tape to make their statements. The duct tape is an attempt to mock the government's advice on guarding against a bio-chemical attack by sealing rooms with plastic sheeting and duct tape.

A spokesman for Hollywood activists defended celebrity activism as good for America.


I am wondering if these experts have good concepts on how to get rid of Saddam's menacing threat, and it is nice that they mock the duct tape idea, but maybe they should give positive guidance on what to do in the event of a chem-bio attack?

As I said, let me know how it goes, I will be missing it.

Overwhelmed by the Events, Buried by the Snow


I am back from the great blizzard of 2003, and I found a wonderful piece expressing my feelings on the anti-American movement.