French Praise for American Soldiers

Via Friend Michael, this must must must read. It will do your heart, soul, sinews, lungs, kidneys and brain good, translated Via: American Troops in Afghanistan Through the Eyes of French Infantryman “We have shared our daily life with two US units for quite a while - they are the first and fourth companies of a prestigious infantry battalion whose name I will withhold for the sake of military secrecy. To the common man it is a unit just like any other. But we live with them and got to know … [Read more...]

Bush was right. Victorious, too – UPDATED

I'm still trying to keep to my new pledge of only writing about politics when it intersects with religion, but it does seem only fair to note that, Old Europe, which has been struggling all along with its restrictions, has finally admitted that, President Bush was right to keep America out of the Kyoto treaty. That's all I'm going to say. Bush was right. Lots of numbers simply should not be trusted enough to build policy on them. And he also was effective on the environment in ways you never … [Read more...]

9/11: Remembrance and prayers

As I do every 9/11, I began this morning praying the Office of the Dead, from the Liturgy of the Hours. The psalms this year seemed to speak poignantly of the torment of the victims, and of those who waited, and waited, and who now wait to be re-united in glory. This year, I have made a podcast of the prayer for anyone who wishes to use it. (Sorry about the microphone. I'm saving for a better set up). It was the Office for the Dead that spurred on these musings two years ago: Weakness is … [Read more...]

Biden & the draft, Fairness Doctrine, etc

While we have all been distracted by Hurricane Gustav and Hurricane Smear Palin, there have been some fascinating (and sometimes chilling) bits of news escaping our attention: Sen Biden received 5 deferments from the draft before being declared "medically ineligible" to serve in Vietnam: Hey, I frankly don't care. But if "it mattered" about Cheney, then "it matters" about Biden. The left has to figure out - once and for all - when "it matters" (did with Bush) and when "it does," (didn't with … [Read more...]

Linking around…

A 9 minute video is usually not my speed, but this one's clever and fast-moving. The light sabers and "Kentucky Fried Analogy" cracked me up. (H/T Bookworm, who features another - succinct and entertaining - vid by one of the players, here.) I don't know who this guy is, but he's smart, charismatic as hell, and has beautiful eyes and a great smile. Bookworm is also calling olly-olly-oxen-free to "secret conservatives" in Marin County and elsewhere. It's a sad thing, isn't it, when … [Read more...]

Schaffer vs Udall: it's getting hot out there

This was sent to me by reader Lynda under the header This Debate is Over I expect the debate will never be over while the evil genius moron Bush lives, and I don't know if I totally buy Red State's take on it (I see no liberals laughing) but it's worth seeing, anyway. … [Read more...]

Heroic Benavidez, big-hearted McCains

"All Americans can be proud that Roy Benavidez was one of us." I'd never heard the astonishing story of this Vietnam-era Medal of Honor winner, Roy Benavidez, until today. You hear the story - of his almost unbelievable heroism in war, and his spirit of volunteerism in civilian life - and ponder his attitude of service, and you wonder...why doesn't Hollywood tell this story? It sounds like it could be very inspirational. Nothing wrong with being inspired by substance. We've just seen an … [Read more...]

Kosovo, Clinton and binladensa (continued)

Last week, in linking to Michael Totten's piece on Kosovo and its affection for Bill & Hillary Clinton, there were some questions about whether Clinton's legacy there was really a good thing, given the abuse the Orthodox Christians have suffered there (see comments section at that link). Totten begins to answer those questions in this first installment of a two-parter that continues looking at the region - and the religion question - The Bin Ladens of the Balkans, Part I: Kosovo’s war, … [Read more...]

Bill Clinton's other best legacy

Photo Credit: Michael Totten A while back I wrote a piece praising Bill Clinton for having the gumption to reform welfare and called it, "his best legacy." I wasn't exactly wrong. But I was ignorant of something excellent which goes unnoticed and should be added to Clinton's legacy. I know better now, thanks to Michael Totten, who spent a few weeks in Kosovo and filed this report: An Abominable Blood-Logged Plain Strange country, Kosovo. It’s European, but it isn’t Christian. It’s … [Read more...]

Saddam's Nukes, Bush's silence, MSM incuriosity

Ten years ago, Bill Clinton said "Saddam has nukes, he's going to build a program." Yes, we heard little things about Saddam and nukes and yellowcake 5 years ago, but not much. We didn't hear much about it, and the president didn't use the information to defend himself, because it was better not to discuss it, not to entice terrorists or other governments into going for it. This more or less proves Saddam in 2003 had a program on hold for building WMD and that he planned to boot it up again … [Read more...]

Puffery vs Substance and the US Press

So, in anticipation of Obama's All I Have Behind Me Is A Great Speech and a Loving Press/No Substance Tour of Europe, which will supply his campaign with outstanding photo-ops against historic backdrops (to dispel the sad fact that he's done nothing of real import to earn the accolades), and which will add an illusion of substance to his lighter-than-a-cheesepuff resume, the Washington Post has composed a loving featurette that focuses on Obama's spirituality. The article mentions a "long … [Read more...]

I thought the GOP was the dumb party

I know that Democrats and members of the left are supposed to be our intellectual betters, and that those of us center or center-right are all "knuckledragging neanderthals" (Ted Kennedy, circa 2002) but the Dems seem to be making some very dumb unforced errors, heading into the Fourth of July Weekend and their National Convention: 1) Only Fox News reported positive news from Iraq. Because God forbid we should hear it (and think well of our troops) as we head into Fourth of July! The … [Read more...]

WaPo: Bush "substantiated by intelligence" – UPDATED

What a long, strange trip it's been, and here, some years later, we finally get someone in the press to tell it straight: Bush did not lie. There's no question that the administration, and particularly Vice President Cheney, spoke with too much certainty at times and failed to anticipate or prepare the American people for the enormous undertaking in Iraq. But dive into Rockefeller's [Intelligence Committee] report, in search of where exactly President Bush lied about what his intelligence … [Read more...]

"Abandoning Iraq" is now "good policy?"

Ed Morrissey has an excellent post up over at Hot Air, in which he warns that the Iraqis are watching us closely, and with good reason. He quotes Vet for Freedom Michael Hunnicutt: I was on the ground in Iraq for 16 months, and in that time I talked to hundreds of Iraqis. Some didn't like us; some wanted us to leave, but most did not. What they wanted was for America to live up to its word. They wanted us to rid the country of terrorists and militias so that they could live in peace. They … [Read more...]