’round the ‘sphere

John Hawkins is interviewing Tammy Bruce

Dr. Sanity has a must read on the Roots of Terrorism. Siggy expounds on it. Both great reads.

Neo-Neocon, typically thoughtful about that word, Islamofascism.

A mildoctor on Why we fight and what is at stake.

This Yankee fan agress: Slappy McBluelips does not deserve to be MVP.

Claudia Rosett on the UN Internet grab and a follow-up

Former President Clinton goes to UAE to please the rich Arabs by stabing his successor in the back on foreign soil. Monica was right, he’s a creep.

STOP THE PRESSES! A pal of mine who works in the news industry just wrote that he’s starting to think maybe the CIA DID try to screw Bush, Bigtime! This is a huge thing, folks. Betsy, writing at Michelle Malkin’s place sees big things here, too. Seems to me the press and the CIA are looking worse every day in this story. Mark has a big roundup.

Ed Morrissey in the Standard, Exploring Rockefeller and other “foreign” forays.

Michael Barone, hitting the mark: The Democrats are trying to relitigate the prewar intelligence issue in the hopes of delegitimizing this administration. But in delegitimizing the administration, they also tend to delegitimize the efforts of the U.S. government, including military personnel, in Iraq and generally in the war against Islamic terrorism. To the extent they delegitimize the United States, they are hurting the cause of freedom for millions of people. I do not say the Democrats are being unpatriotic, a word they seem fixated on. So far as I am aware, no responsible Republican has charged that they are unpatriotic; John McCain refused Bob Schieffer’s invitation to do so. But I do say this: The Democrats who are peddling the Big Lie of “Bush lied” are doing so either (a) deliberately to injure the cause of the United States and of freedom in the world or, as I think, (b) with reckless disregard of whether they injure the cause of the United States and of freedom in the world. What they are doing may suit their political needs, but it hurts our country.

Dick Meyer missing it by a bit: A couple of points: first, notice the rhetorical slight of hand. To rebut the charge that “we manipulated the intelligence and misled the American people,” President Bush cites a limited finding in a Senate report that there was “no evidence of political pressure to change the intelligence community’s judgments.”

Oh, please. One thing has very little to do with the other. You can manipulate intelligence in making policy without pressuring the spies to cook the books; you can mislead the American people without muscling the analysts around.

About Elizabeth Scalia
  • http://sigcarlfred.blogspot.com/ Sigmund, Carl and Alfred

    The sudden ‘unimportance’ of the Plame debacle might explain the obsession with ‘Bush lied,’ though I suspect, that too, will soon die down.

    Look for the Presidents numbers to go up.

    Americans hate watching a guy get screwed for nothing.

  • http://sigcarlfred.blogspot.com/ Sigmund, Carl and Alfred

    The sudden ‘unimportance’ of the Plame debacle might explain the obsession with ‘Bush lied,’ though I suspect, that too, will soon die down.

    Look for the Presidents numbers to go up.

    Americans hate watching a guy get screwed for nothing.

  • Joseph

    To the extent they delegitimize the United States, they are hurting the cause of freedom for millions of people. I do not say the Democrats are being unpatriotic, a word they seem fixated on.

    -I do not say the Democrats are unpatriotic….[sigh]….
    -Now if I see a duck and I call it a feathered creature, a wildfowl, an eater of fish, a waterbird, and a Mallard, have I said anything essentially different from calling it a duck?
    -Is the new uproar over the start of the Iraq war bad for Iraq, bad for us, and good for the Islamic terrorists? Maybe.
    -I have my own opinion on the matter, but I’m not so frothed about it that I can’t examine the contrary opinion. If I were I wouldn’t be reading this blog.
    -But I do find the mental double-dealing that acts as if elaborate and orotund elegance of expression makes a difference to the meaning of a message tiresome.
    -And I do think the habit of such chronic mental double dealing about every issue they touch, is what makes the intellectual Conservative impossible to sustain a polite dialog of disagreement with.
    -For what does he tell us after reassuring us that he is not calling Democrats “unpatriotic”. He tells us that they are liars who are hurting the country for their own short term political advantage.
    -If this is really true then why on earth would Democrats be patrioic and what on earth would Democrats have to be patriotic about?

  • Joseph

    To the extent they delegitimize the United States, they are hurting the cause of freedom for millions of people. I do not say the Democrats are being unpatriotic, a word they seem fixated on.

    -I do not say the Democrats are unpatriotic….[sigh]….
    -Now if I see a duck and I call it a feathered creature, a wildfowl, an eater of fish, a waterbird, and a Mallard, have I said anything essentially different from calling it a duck?
    -Is the new uproar over the start of the Iraq war bad for Iraq, bad for us, and good for the Islamic terrorists? Maybe.
    -I have my own opinion on the matter, but I’m not so frothed about it that I can’t examine the contrary opinion. If I were I wouldn’t be reading this blog.
    -But I do find the mental double-dealing that acts as if elaborate and orotund elegance of expression makes a difference to the meaning of a message tiresome.
    -And I do think the habit of such chronic mental double dealing about every issue they touch, is what makes the intellectual Conservative impossible to sustain a polite dialog of disagreement with.
    -For what does he tell us after reassuring us that he is not calling Democrats “unpatriotic”. He tells us that they are liars who are hurting the country for their own short term political advantage.
    -If this is really true then why on earth would Democrats be patrioic and what on earth would Democrats have to be patriotic about?


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X