23 January 2005

Boxer gives reality another slip

Senator Boxer was on a roll during the Condoleeza Rice confirmation hearings. Via Progressive Reaction we have this tidbit

My last point has to do with Milosevic. You said you can’t compare the two dictators. You know, you’re right; no two tyrants are alike. But the fact is Milosevic started wars that killed 200,000 in Bosnia, 10,000 in Kosovo and thousands in Croatia, and he was nabbed and he’s out without an American dying for it. […]in one case we did it without Americans dying. In the other case, we did it with Americans dying. […] We cannot forget. We cannot forget that.

As PR noted, Milosevic wasn’t nabbed, he was turned out during subsequent elections. More over, one of the big reasons he was turned out was because NATO heavily bombed Serbia, targeting civilian infrastructure and said they’d keep on doing it. I’d love to see Boxer’s reaction to realizing she is advocating that we should have done the same to Iraq.

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Is it obvious now what's being fought over in Iraq?

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DUBAI - Al Qaeda ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi declared a “bitter war” on Iraq’s parliamentary elections next Sunday, in an audiotape purporting to come from the Jordanian militant and posted on the Internet.The speaker urged Sunni Muslims to fight against the vote, which he said was a plot against them by Washington and its ”infidel” Shia Muslim allies.

“We have declared a bitter war against the principle of democracy and all those who seek to enact it,” the speaker, who was identified as Zarqawi, said in the tape posted on Sunday.

“Candidates in elections are seeking to become demi-gods while those who vote for them are infidels. And with God as my witness, I have informed them (of our intentions).”

Like those of us paying attention hadn’t already figured that out. This will definitely come in handy, though, next time I engage one of the caliphascists’ useful idiots.

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You gotta have something to work with


Protesters, many carrying signs and wearing homemade aluminum hats, walk through the streets of Portland, Ore., Thursday, Jan. 20, 2005, during a demonstration against the inauguration of President Bush for his second term. [emphasis added]

Yeah, like there were any brains for the lasers to control in the first place.

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Hey, at least I actually talked to someone other than the bartender in the hotel!


The Washington Post’s Jackie Spinner meets a calm and reasonable Baghdad resident who turned against the US after …

After some Coalition forces alledgedly let his live-in mom know he had soft porn magazines. That’s apparently what Spinner considers an example of the horrors of living under the Occupation in Iraq.

What I like best, however, is the way a reported writing a stupid story like this can become within hours a laughing stock across the entire planet. If only she had an editor to save her from that!

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The enemy of our enemy…

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Zarqawi is a declared member of al Qaeda, and has full terrorist credentials. He has operated al Qaeda camps in Afghanistan, beheaded civilians and recorded his handy work in snuff films on al Qaeda websites, attempted to conduct a poison gas attack in Jordan, ricin and other chemical attacks in Europe… The list goes on. And yet the New York Times, the paper of record, cannot, even once, refer to him as a terrorist. Instead, he is a “rebel leader”, “insurgent”, “militant” and “guerrilla”. They know his history, yet they choose to obscure his brutal nature in the romantic language of resistance fighters.

They did the same for Stalin, so why not?

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Tales from the front lines of the imperial hegemon


Everyone else is quoting this, so I might as well. It’s a sad but hardly surprising tale of the spoiled vultures of the UN doing more harm than good once again, this time to the US Navy effort for the tsunami victims.

It has been three weeks since my ship, the USS Abraham Lincoln, arrived off the Sumatran coast to aid the hundreds of thousands of victims of the Dec. 26 tsunami that ravaged their coastline. I’d like to say that this has been a rewarding experience for us, but it has not: Instead, it has been a frustrating and needlessly dangerous exercise made even more difficult by the Indonesian government and a traveling circus of so-called aid workers who have invaded our spaces.


As I went through the breakfast line, I overheard one of the U.N. strap-hangers, a longhaired guy with a beard, make a sarcastic comment to one of our food servers. He said something along the lines of “Nice china, really makes me feel special,” in reference to the fact that we were eating off of paper plates that day. It was all I could do to keep from jerking him off his feet and choking him, because I knew that the reason we were eating off paper plates was to save dishwashing water so that we would have more water to send ashore and save lives.


When they got to Sumatra with no plan, no logistics support and no five-star hotels to stay in, they threw themselves on the mercy of the U.S. Navy, which, unfortunately, took them in. I guess our senior brass was hoping for some good PR since this was about the time that the U.N. was calling the United States “stingy” with our relief donations.

The author hopes for some good public relations in the Islamic world from this, but I don’t such much prospect of that. The USA is now considered simply a force of nature that is required by the laws of reality to help out, so why shouldn’t anyone curse it, oppose it and interfere with it if that’s helpful to one’s self?

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Staying on message

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“We were a target, and an easy one,” said Capt. Mohammed, an 11-year veteran of the Palestinian preventive intelligence service. Like other low- to mid-ranking officers interviewed, he did not want his name used because he was not authorized to speak to journalists. [emphasis added]

Clearly that’s the mark of an open society trying to live in peace with its neighbors, with it’s law enforcement personel forbidden to speak to reporters.

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At that price there's no reason to wait

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Descendants of the Moors expelled from Spain 500 years ago failed to receive an apology from King Juan Carlos as he toured Morocco yesterday.

Residents of Tetouan, many of whose ancestors were driven from the Iberian peninsula by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, said an opportunity had been lost to heal an historic wound, which has become all the more sensitive in recent years.

Have the Moors apologized for invading yet?

— Orrin Judd

If an apology would set things right for an expulsion, then the UK, Denmark, Netherlands, Germany, France, and others might want to jot that down for future reference.

Alex Kassel

It’s good to make everyone happy.

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