Random Must-Reads

Collected in my tab-bar since I started feeling cruddy - might as well share with you all the things I have either read or "been meaning to get to reading..." All submitted mostly without comment, because I'm still not 100%."We are at war...":The president went on to say that while America will strengthen its defenses, "we will not succumb to a siege mentality that sacrifices the open society and liberties and values that we cherish as Americans, because great and proud nations don't … [Read more...]

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The No Jihadi Litigator's War

Yesterday, Ed Morrissey looked at this piece by Peter Beinart:Peter Beinart makes an interesting, if somewhat contradictory, argument at the Daily Beast regarding Dick Cheney’s argument that the Obama administration doesn’t really think it’s fighting a war against terrorists. On one hand, Beinart argues that the Obama administration successfully rebuked Cheney through its reference to its own rhetoric, in which they used the term “war” as recently as the inauguration almost a year ago. Beinar … [Read more...]

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Terrorist not Talking; Obama Cruises Yemen – UPDATED

Noted at The Corner:To see the danger we face because of Obama’s return to a law-enforcement approach to terrorist interrogation, read today’s front-page story in the Washington Post.At the very end of the article, the Post notes:Abdulmutallab remains in a Detroit area prison and, after initial debriefings by the FBI, has restricted his cooperation since securing a defense attorney, according to federal officials. Authorities are holding out hope that he will change his mind and cooperate … [Read more...]

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Obama's West Point Speech

AP Photo, before the speechThe president is doing the right thing, and he deserves props for it. Good on you, Mr. President, for listening to your generals.In his speech last night, though, he seemed like a man very unhappy to be doing the right thing, and rather testy about it. There was a defensiveness, and others have noticed, as I did, the scolding tone. As Althouse says, "he seemed annoyed at us."Yes, that's what I got too. The speech didn't soar, fly or inspire; it actually kind … [Read more...]

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Tactical Surrender Afghanistan? NO!

:::POST UPDATE, 11/24/09::: Steve Schippert posts that the US Embassy in Kabul denies this story. Like Steve, I'll take them at their word. We'll see soon enough. -admin:::END UPDATE:::I am not sure what to make of this, but my first gut-instinct is, "oh, please, don't appease."Steve Schippert over at Threats Watch keeps an eye on all those places I refer to as "guy sites" (well, they never have recipes) and he writes:It comes to our attention that the MEMRI Blog highlights an article … [Read more...]

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"Un-American" to oppose KSM trial in NYC

During the Bush administration, we heard the frequent straw-man charges, from the Democrats and the left, that they were being called "un-American" for opposing various policies. Hillary Clinton famously bellowed about it, but if the accusation of being "un-American" had been made with anything like the frequency the Dems pretended, it's nebulous in my memory.Since January of '09, the Democrats have unleashed the "un-American" charge with some real frequency. Jon Stewart, who should know … [Read more...]

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Obama, KSM Open Thread

Okay, you guys all seem to want to talk about it, and I am really tied up elsewhere, so I'll do something I don't think I've ever done and leave an open thread - you can yell and shout about this all you want, but I ask you simply keep to the basic comment guidelines.A few links about this, if you haven't seen them:James Taranto: Obama's Show TrialsThe Boyz at HillBuzz who made an extraordinary apology to President Bush the other day, are rip-roaring mad about this, and are shouting … [Read more...]

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Great men you don't know – UPDATED

This past weekend, my family and I attended a dinner honoring a firefighter and former scoutmaster who has spent his entire life serving his community. A little bio background:For 40 years, FDNY Firefighter Richard Gimbl served as a volunteer fireman in every community in which he has lived he is currently serving his second term as Fire Chief in his Long Island community. In 2007 he was named Firefighter of the year from his county, Southern New York, New York State and the International … [Read more...]

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Ft Hood Memorial – UPDATED

Photo Cribbed from AceMilitary people, cops and firefighters know how to honor their dead, and the Ft. Hood memorial service was excellently done, from start to finish. Gen. Casey's speech, stirring. President Obama was, if typically remote, eloquent, and today eloquence mattered. As I twittered, the CIC, payed very proper, appropriate and overdue tribute to his troops. And maybe to his country.I wonder if all of this will mature and deepen the president's appreciation for his troops. I … [Read more...]

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London 1927 in living color

This is delightful, really, and sad, too, in a way -a travelogue film of London, in 1927. Found at New Advent, who notes that this film was taken "five years after Chesterton's conversion and thirteen years before the blitz."Fascinating, and a little melancholy to consider. Wonderful to see how London had recovered from "the war to end all wars," and to see the promise inherent in all of those new forms of travel and communication. Melancholy because "promise" seems all used up, and all we … [Read more...]

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