Thursday, May 26, 2005

European Idiocy

This post at the Belgravia Dispatch is a must read. For those on the Left who wring their hands over the lost of US prestige with our allies, do you agree with the following:

Wolfgang Ischinger, the German Ambassador to the United States, who attended the conference in Munich and listened with interest to McCain's speech, tried to explain the view from the other side. "As older societies, we tend to think of ourselves as more experienced in the way societies evolve, and we tend to be skeptical of Americans who seem to think that if you believe hard enough, and you muster enough resources, you can change the world...In the last year or so, as we've engaged in discussions about the transformation of the Middle East and democracy, I have told my American friends that the region in this world that has seen the most transformation and change is Central and Eastern Europe--without shedding a drop of blood. So don't preach to us. And don't think transformative change will work according to mechanistic rules. This is very complicated. Changing the way people think often has to do with religious and cultural issues--we tend to think of them as long-term, and Americans think, Let's solve the problem in the next four years!"

I guess they think appeasment and getting rich from trading with tyrants represents the more experienced and long-term approach to ending genocide, transforming the Middle East, and changing the way people think. Of course, they do have some experience in genocide. You would think that they would understand better than anyone that appeasement can be fatal. The most ridiculous comment is on Eastern and Central Europe. Who do they think paid the price for that result? Talk to the families of those lost during WWII and the Cold War. Talk to the American taxpayer that continues to fund their defense today.

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Monday, May 23, 2005

Economic Decline? Think Again

An insightful article from Robert Samuelson on the old habit of predicting US economic decline. The ending is on the money:

On being overtaken, history teaches another lesson. America's economic strengths lie in qualities that are hard to distill into simple statistics or trends. We've maintained beliefs and practices that compensate for our weaknesses, including: ambitiousness; openness to change (even unpleasant change); competition; hard work, and a willingness to take and reward risks. If we lose this magic combination, it won't be China's fault.

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Saturday, May 21, 2005

From One Brit to Another

Another excellent article by Christopher Hitchens on Saddam's British lackey, George Galloway. I found it incredibly enlightening. Hitchens is one of the British left's more respected columnists. He happens to be a supporter of the efforts in Iraq, infuriating many of his admirers. There is much to learn in this article as Hitchens has had numerous encounters with Galloway. However, I like his insightful comments on the left's bad faith and cynicism with respect to the war:

The bad faith of a majority of the left is instanced by four things (apart, that is, from mass demonstrations in favor of prolonging the life of a fascist government). First, the antiwar forces never asked the Iraqi left what it wanted, because they would have heard very clearly that their comrades wanted the overthrow of Saddam. (President Jalal Talabani's party, for example, is a member in good standing of the Socialist International.) This is a betrayal of what used to be called internationalism. Second, the left decided to scab and blackleg on the Kurds, whose struggle is the oldest cause of the left in the Middle East. Third, many leftists and liberals stressed the cost of the Iraq intervention as against the cost of domestic expenditure, when if they had been looking for zero-sum comparisons they might have been expected to cite waste in certain military programs, or perhaps the cost of the "war on drugs." This, then, was mere cynicism. Fourth, and as mentioned, their humanitarian talk about the sanctions turned out to be the most inexpensive hypocrisy.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Three Weddings and a Funeral

A great post by the Belmont Club on the recent events in Canada, the George Galloway testimony, Newsweek, and Uzbekistan.

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Monday, May 16, 2005

"Newsweek Lied, People Died!"

The Newsweek "incident" brings forth one truism my Dad taught me. Intelligent people are clearly not always wise people. I always marvel at the stupidity of the so-called intelligentsia of the MSM, college campuses, etc. Listen to Noam Chomsky for one minute and you get the picture. This is another prime example of the thesis of Daniel Flynn's book, Intellectual Morons: How Ideology Makes Smart People Fall for Stupid Ideas. Flynn discusses how fealty to ideology and the "cause" has blinded people to reality - so much so that they espouse ridiculous and sometimes dangerous positions. The ideology here is raw Bush hatred. The cause in this case has always been the creation of a Nixonian moment for the Bush Administration. Whether it's Dan Rather, the so-called missing weapons in Iraq (Al-Qaaqa), yellowcake in Nigeria, Richard Clarke (does anyone remember him anymore?), no WMD, pressuring the CIA, or Abu-Ghraib, among others, the left in the media have been loyal to the "cause." I have always believed that more people have lost their lives in the WOT as a result of the "cause" than otherwise would have. Time and again over the past few years, the media has given our enemies all the propaganda points they needed to foment hatred of the US and the West in general. This propaganda has cost additional lives and, in many cases, extended conflict as opposed to ending it. The difference here is that we finally can directly point to lives lost needlessly over agenda-driven, inaccurate reporting.

Finally, if the real goal of these so-called intelligent people is to end this war and thus save lives through changing public opinion, they are failing miserably. How can intelligent people make such awful and unwise decisions, such as inaccurately reporting an incident that will inflame the whole Muslim world? Fealty to the ideology of anti-Bushism, resulting in the blind dedication to the cause of discrediting and/or bringing down the Bush Administration.

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Saturday, May 14, 2005

Filibusters, Judges, and the Real Facts

The Washington Times clears up once again the obfuscation campaign by those on the left with respect to the history of judicial appointment success by post-WWII presidents. Also, another article by Krauthammer debunking the Democrats claim to the high ground on this issue.

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Excellent Update on the War in Iraq

Bill Roggio's blog, The Fourth Rail, has some excellent updates on the war. Check it out.

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Buy Me!...But you must remain liberal...

This is too funny. I guess when the power of your ideas are failing to persuade, you must enforce through a legal contract.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Oil-for-Al-Jazeera

Funny, how some news just doesn't get reported. This article in the Weekly Standard is just another example of how it is hard to trust any media outlet anymore (not that we ever trusted Al-Jazeera). It appears that Saddam was paying off everybody in sight with Oil-for-Food money.

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Sunday, May 08, 2005

Krauthammer on Social Security Politics

Just read it. I do disagree with the conclusion that the Dems ultimately win on the politics. I have more faith in the basic wisdom of the American people. Bush is out on a limb. However, anyone with a pulse knows that he is attempting to do something meaningful. We tend to respect that in a leader even if we disagree with the proposal.

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Friday, May 06, 2005

A Response to Ajami's Discussion of the Bush Doctrine

E. Rush has some very insightful comments on Ajami's use of the term "gamble" that were too good to leave in the comments section:

In arguing for the wisdom of the Bush doctrine, Ajami references America's "willingness to gamble on the young, the new, and the unknown."

If it were gambling, the doctrine would be incredibly unwise, and further, it wouldn't be very conservative. It's the very fact that our actions have reflected an effective course of action in the face of a calculated risk that illuminates the differences between how we deal with Iraq and how we deal with North Korea. The Bush Doctrine relies upon an older philosophy, dating back to Edmund Burke, that states that we will not seek to slake a thirst for innovation, but instead, measure the change that is necessary, if at all, and divine the most narrowly tailored means of effecting it. This is what allows us to make progress, instead of just being progressive.

It may seem like a minor quibble, but it's the very definition of our foreign policy differences with some of our fellow Americans, and it speaks volumes about this administration's faith in the undeniable nature of freedom.

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Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Autumn of the Autocrats

To some, the wisdom of the Bush Doctrine is still debatable. Fouad Ajami has an excellent essay in Foreign Affairs discussing what is really happening in Lebanon and crediting the Bush Administration's bold move to "gamble on freedom."

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North Korea, Slave State

Christopher Hitchens' latest on the present state of North Korea....it is chilling.

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Sunday, May 01, 2005

A Week to Reflect

I apologize for the infrequent postings this week. In addition to some tight work deadlines, I had the unfortunate experience of losing a friend to a particularly aggressive form of colon cancer at the age of 39. The real tragedy is that he left behind two beautiful children, ages 13 and 9, as well as an amazingly strong and loving wife. I have had my own personal connection to this nasty and silent form of cancer. Although deadly, colon cancer can be beaten if treated early. The key is to not listen to a doctor that tells you that you are too young to have a colonoscopy. I was 31 when I first faced the infancy of the disease. If you are genetically prone to the disease, you will face it earlier rather than later. You can nip it in the bud and stay on top of it for the rest of your life. You owe it to yourself, and you owe it to your loved ones. Get it done. Here's to you, Zippy. I still see you smiling!

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