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Friday, February 14, 2003
 
MR. POWELL GOES TO NEW YORK


The threat of force must remain. Force should always be a last resort. I have preached this for most of my professional life as a soldier and as a diplomat. But it must be a resort.
--Powell before the UNSC



Thursday, February 13, 2003
 
THEY REALLY NEED TO STICK TO MAKING WAFFLES

Not only are they blocking defense planning for Turkey, but now Belgium thinks they can try anyone they want for war crimes committed anywhere.

Israeli officials reacted with outrage today to a decision by Belgium's highest court that Belgium could try Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for war crimes once he leaves office.

Benjamin Netanyahu, the foreign minister, lashed out at the decision as "an affront to truth, justice, and the right of the state of Israel to defend itself against terrorism."
...
At issue is a 1993 Belgian law allowing the courts "universal jurisdiction" over crimes against humanity or war crimes. The court's ruling on Wednesday accorded high officials immunity, but implied that they could be pursued once they left office. The ruling overturned a lower court's decision last year that accused people had to be present in Belgium to be investigated.


 
ESTRADA AND THE NY TIMES

I can't express just how shocked I am that the Times editorial page is toeing the Democratic line on the Estrada issue.

Wednesday, February 12, 2003
 
ALTERMAN


The lack of civility that [Limbaugh] demonstrates toward liberal politicians is really dangerous to our political public. I hate to say it, but I wish the guy would have gone deaf.

--Eric Alterman


Yep, nothing says civility quite like wishing harm on another human being..

 
PRE-EMPTIVE WAR

PARIS - This evening, in what is easily the most stunning development in America's war on terror, Boy Scouts from Troop 320 of Manchester, Md. staged a daring preemptive strike on France.

Details are sketchy but the lightening fast operation, lasting all of 5 hours, stunned France and the world. "Our troop hit the ground at just after noon and we raised Ol' Glory before dinner." said beaming Troop Leader Alex Ledsinger adding "We didn't even have all 15 of the boys with us. The Stevens boys couldn't make the trip due to conduct problems at school this year."

...

Privately the Boy Scouts themselves expressed surprise at the events. "We were supposed to meet the French President, or whatever they call it, and take our picture with him and he was all like waving his arms in the air and begging for mercy." according to Josh Perlman, 13, adding "It was weird but our Troop Leader told us to just go with it."

--Blogs of War


 
FUNNY

From American RealPolitik:

I'll never forget that horrible evening I took my grandmother to the emergency room. And after an hour of pacing the doctor said, "Emo, your grandmother is on an artificial life support system. Although her brain is dead, her heart is still beating."
I said, "Oh my God, we've never had a Democrat in the family before."
---
I was pulled over in Massachusetts for reckless driving. When brought before the judge, they asked if I knew what the punishment for drunk driving in that state was. My reply: "I don't know, re-election to the Senate?"
---
The IRS sent back my tax return saying I owed $800. I said "If you'll notice, I sent a paper clip with my return. Given what you've been paying for things lately, that should more than make up the difference."
-- Emo Phillips


 
IT DOESN'T SEEM RIGHT

... that the highest profile muslim I can come up with that is speaking out against terrorism is the Imman on last night's episode of 24.

Tuesday, February 11, 2003
 
OH YEAH...

Andy Serkis was robbed.

 
NOTE TO OSAMA:

If you really are alive we would appreciate a video message or at least some kind of proof of life photo instead of the audio diatribes.

 
WE HAVE NO BIN LADEN TAPE! WE HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT...

... oh, you mean this tape?

 
VIVE LES WIMPS

The Washington Times has a good piece on public opinion towards France and Germany.

 
I CALLS THEM LIKE I SEES THEM

Brian Griffin doesn't like my take on the Talking Points Memo.

I think Rob analysis is a bit to knee-jerk "themism." Calling Josh a "blame America first" follower is just ignorant. His opinions are very thoughtful and that of a moderate democrat.

Whether he's a blame-America-first follower or not, this particular post of his was an example of it. The French, Germans, and Belgians are taking positions that are against our national interest and Marshall tries to blame the Bush admin for the widening gap in relations.


Additionally, how is it "blame America first" when you point out where the Bush Administration is going through the world with blinders on, even though he made policy statements during the campaign that he just gave up on?

I don't agree that Bush "just gave up on" strengthening alliances. You can only go so far in strengthening alliances when other countries take positions that go directly against your national interests and the interests of the world at large. A majority of countries support us in this war, it's France, Germany, and the rest that are bucking the worldwide trend. Shouldn't France, Germany and the others be making some effort of their own to strengthen our alliances?

Saying that policy must change because of 9/11 is a convenient excuse allowing Bush to not have to admit that his policies would have been bad without 9/11.

Convenient? Yes. Wrong? No. Of course his current policies would have been bad without 9/11. Just like the policy of fire-bombing Tokyo would have been bad without Pearl Harbor. The fact of the matter is that we live in a world where 9/11 occurred and of course the Administration's policies are going to change because of it. I'd love to live in a world where Latin America could be a priority for us (and there's no reason to believe that without 9/11 it wouldn't have been), but that isn't the world we live in now.

--On a side note, one of these days I'm really going to have to get around to saying something about Cincinnati's racial troubles so that Brian and I have something to agree on. :)

Monday, February 10, 2003
 
THIS SAYS SO MUCH ABOUT IRAQ'S "COOPERATION"


Iraq said Monday that it would allow the United Nations to use American U-2 spy planes for aerial surveillance without conditions -- but shortly after, Saddam said coalition forces patrolling the "no-fly" zones should not launch raids on Iraq during the U-2 surveillance flights.

--CNN.com


 
OK, NOBODY LEAVES THIS HOUSE UNTIL WE FIND OUT WHO KILLED NATO!


Stephen Green and Jen think we should abandon NATO and set up a new arrangement. Why would we do such a thing?

Perhaps France's last minute veto of the NATO plan to protect Turkey have something to do with it? They were joined in this foolishness by Belgium and Germany. Three of Nineteen NATO members imposing their will. Hey, isn't that damn near unilateralism?
Should we pull all our funding from NATO and set up an organization of countries that "get it"? Damned Right we should.

--American RealPolitik


I have to disagree here. I don't see why we should have to get rid of NATO. 3 out of 19 member countries are making a fuss. I don't see why we don't just kick their ungrateful asses out of NATO and let in the European countries that are clamoring to get in. It's not NATO that's failed; it's France, Belgium, and Germany. If they don't like it I fail to see why they (not we) should remain a part of NATO.

 
HMMMM...

From Talking Points Memo:

"As commander-in-chief, I will rebuild our military and strengthen our alliances,"
Bush campaign stump speech, 2000.

"Saudis Plan to End US Presence,"
February 9th, 2003, New York Times.

Right, after we take out Iraq and in an effort to become more democratic.

"NATO Allies Trade Barbs Over Iraq: Rumsfeld: Critics Are Undermining Alliance's Strength,"
February 9th, 2003, Washington Post.

"Shifting Loyalties: Seoul Looks to New Alliances,"
January 26th, 2003, New York Times.

Hmmmm, seems to me it's Seoul and the critics who are at fault here, not the Bush team.

"Latin America On Back Burner; Bush's Priorities Have Shifted Since 2000 Campaign,"
December 23rd, 2002 Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel.

Ya think?! If priorities hadn't shifted after 9/11 I'd be worried. Of course we're less concerned with Latin America. We've got other people threatening to blow us up. If that isn't a good enough reason I don't know what is.

All in all just more blame-America-first claptrap.






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