You don’t have to be Jack Bauer to agree

He could have. This is a thought-provoking essay by Herbert E. Meyer in the American Thinker.To think clearly about the looming crisis with Iran, close your eyes and imagine that you’re standing outside your children’s school. It’s 2:55pm, and you’re chatting amiably with other parents while waiting for the 3pm bell to ring. Suddenly you see a man running toward the school, holding a hand grenade and shouting: “I hate kids. I welcome death.”Now, what do you propose to do?One option is to … [Read more...]

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Even France has more moxie than Bill

France has decided to join the Danes in standing up for free speech by printing the cartoons which have upset much of the Muslim worldUnder the headline "We have the right to caricature God," a struggling French tabloid today reprinted all 11 of the cartoons first printed by Jyllands-Posten, a right-of-centre Danish broadsheet last September.The coverage ran across pages four and five of this morning's edition with an editorial that defended the freedom of the press."The publication of 12 … [Read more...]

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Press Pull-out in Iraq

CBS's Public Eye contributor Brian Montopoli shares an interesting dispatch from a friend of his in Baghdad:...while the hotel used to be full of journalists, many either left the country after the December elections or were pulled out by their publications, which have been cutting back on Baghdad staff as things have gotten progressively more dangerous. The day I checked in, the only people I saw were a few middle-aged Iraqi men in leather jackets forlornly smoking by the front desk, and a … [Read more...]

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Joel Stein Roundup – UPDATED

UPDATE: Vanderleun at American Digest has what is probably the final word on Stein. It's very good writing, very perceptive. And a little worrisome.If you're like me, you've seen about a million blogposts about Joel Stein's Warriors and Wusses column - so many that you haven't been able to read them all or keep them straight.I could lie and say I'm grouping them together here, for your convenience. The sad truth is, I'm also doing it for me, for my convenience. I've got tabs open all … [Read more...]

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The war that can be stopped? UPDATED

Niall Ferguson suggests Pre-emption is the key but wonders if the world has the nerve for it. He suggests diplomacy will not work with Iran. Since the president of Iran feels like he is on a mission to usher in a sort of messiah, Ferguson's guess is probably right. Here, he forecasts what history will say:The devastating nuclear exchange of August 2007 represented not only the failure of diplomacy, it marked the end of the oil age. Some even said it marked the twilight of the West. … [Read more...]

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Saddams terror training camps

Just scratching the surfaceTHE FORMER IRAQI REGIME OF Saddam Hussein trained thousands of radical Islamic terrorists from the region at camps in Iraq over the four years immediately preceding the U.S. invasion, according to documents and photographs recovered by the U.S. military in postwar Iraq. The existence and character of these documents has been confirmed to THE WEEKLY STANDARD by eleven U.S. government officials....The discovery of the information on jihadist training camps in Iraq … [Read more...]

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And you say “I” write a lot?

Siggy has two huge posts up already, today, and they are both must-reads.Bobby Kennedy, the Beatles and Princess Diana actually builds on a piece I'd written over a year ago about the caliber of our current flock of politicians, but it moves beyond my point, and takes a rather grim view of the future of America given the politicians in place and the climate being embraced; it's an important read.Sharon, Jihad and the Bigots at the Dance, well, that's self-explanatory:If you think it was … [Read more...]

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Unserious left has become clownish

I mean, what else can you say but "clownish" when you hear The Nation's Katrina vanden Heuvel saying utterly outrageous and over-the-top stuff like this:“Don’t forget that there was an instance just about a year ago when Donald Rumsfeld did not travel to Germany because the German prosecutor had opened an investigation into the allegations of torture as war crimes. That was dropped [and] Donald Rumsfeld proceded to travel but I think we may face [charges] again if there is a democratic adm … [Read more...]

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All this optimism, yet ABC is suprised!

ABC reports: Surprising levels of optimism prevail in Iraq with living conditions improved, security more a national worry than a local one, and expectations for the future high.Huh. Imagine that. In just three years, the Iraqis are taking to Democracy like ducks to water, the rest of the Middle East (whether covered or not) are wondering when they get their turn...and it's all a big freaking surprise to a major organization charged with gathering and delivering information. And yet...so … [Read more...]

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Your lunchtime reading list…

Not that I would ever dare to tell you what to read at lunch...but if you're looking for suggestions:Ankle Biting Pundit says Conservatives are looking toward McCain for '08. Keep scrolling, tehre's more good stuff under that.Gay Patriot notes that today is the 5 year anniversary of the END of the 2000 election and compares 12/12 liberals to 9/11 conservatives. An interesting piece.John Hawkins has rounded up 40 obnoxious quotes of 2005 and yes, the remarks are obnoxious or stupid. But … [Read more...]

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