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April 30, 2004

Moderate Republicans Need to get Asses in Gear

as do the moderate democrats. The Centrist Policy Network writes Moderate Republicans Need A Tougher, Sharper Identity. OK, maybe a little milder than my chosen title but...

07:06 PM in 2004 Election | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

That's Quite a Surprise

It's good to see Alhurra, the US led Arabian channel get some good press for a change. When this station first came out, it was slammed by everyone. Now I guess the fact that 29% of the people with satelite access in 7 middle-eastern countries watch it. Wonder if the press will start trumpeting the good news. Probably not.

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This is Hillarious

Thanks to instapundit for the link to this examination of Moonbat IMF behaviour.

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Woah! Canadians criticizing the UN

This is a very big development (which, yet again, does not appear in any mainstream press in this country). Canada, which has tended to be one of the most pro-UN countries, is now saying that maybe the UN's time has passed.

The UN needs to come clean and come clean quick over UNSCAM before its too late. When Paul Martin is calling for an alternative, Anan needs to sit up and listen.

04:43 PM in Oil for Food Scandal | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

So did Iraq Try to Buy yellowcake from Niger

Huh, seems as though some bloggers are latching onto a portion of a Washington Post article today that seems to say that Joe Wilson actually believed Iraq was trying to buy uranium from Niger.

Wait, didn't he say that they didn't and that the WhiteHouse was lying about the whole Niger connection? I am seriously confused now. Although this does not sound like the type of evidence that conservatives should trumpet over since it is very ambiguous and should not have been presented to the country. One does also wonder about Wilson's adamant previous claims about the administration lying regarding Iraqi attempts to acquire Uranium from Niger.

For those who forgot and would like to believe the president made everything up, the Washington Post has a link to the National Intelligence Estimate from 2002. I don't know, after re-reading that I can't imagine any president who would not seriously consider Saddam a potential threat. Is it unambiguous and a cause to go to war - that's an interpretation that is most likely colored by one's political beliefs, but without monday morning quarterbacking, it is enough to make a president worry. And given how the Democrats have pilloried the President over what he did and did not know prior to 9/11, I certainly don't believe they would have yielded any quarter if the president did not act and Saddam eventually did something we all regreted.

10:27 AM in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Are War Correspondents Betting on Failure in Iraq

I was wondering the same thing.

Article also questions the concept of a "secular Saddam" which I have touched on in previous posts.

I continue to be amazed at the way in which so many liberals repeat the discredited mantra of the CIA to the effect that Saddam Hussein's regime was so "secular" that it not only did not collaborate, but axiomatically could not have collaborated with Islamists. If you can imagine a Hitler-Stalin pact (which, admittedly, a lot of American leftists still cannot), you can probably imagine collusion between discrepant factions with common interests.

In any case, the Saddam regime was not as "secular" as all that. The campaign of extermination waged in northern Iraq by Saddam's army was titled "Anfal" after a verse in the Quran that supposedly licenses total war. The words "Allahu Akbar" were placed on the Iraqi flag after the defeat in Kuwait. The Baath Party became the open patron of Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Palestine. The rhetoric of the Saddamist leadership was exclusively jihadist for the last decade, with special mosques built all over the country in honor of the regime. Now comes a document from the files of the Iraqi secret police, or Mukhabarat, dated March 28, 1992, and headed routinely, "In the Name of Allah, the Merciful and Compassionate." It is a straightforward listing of contacts and "assets," quite unsensational until it comes to the "Saudi front," where we find the name "Osama bin Ladin/he is well-known Saudi businessman, founder of Saudi opposition in Afghanistan, had connection with Syrian division." Of course, this is not a smoking gun.

08:51 AM in Media Bias | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

The Real Issue Both Campaigns Avoid

Both campaigns are so focused on attacking each other, that neither is focusing on the biggest problem facing our country. Mort Kondrake takes a look at the boomer retirement and its effects on the country's finances and why neither camp is willing to discuss the issue responsibly.

08:48 AM in 2004 Election | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Spirit of America demolishes its goal

The Spirit of America began a worthwhile effort to purchase equipment to establish 8-10 independent television stations by Iraqis in Iraq. By doing so, the hope is Iraqis can get news that breaks away from the traditional al Jazeera coverage.

The original goal was $100k. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that they actually received $1.52 million from 7,000 individuals.

Way to go!

08:42 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Bush Hiding Something shows the latest CBS poll regarding people's views on whether the president and his administration are hiding something regarding 9/11. This can't be good news for the president and it hilights again that a desire to be secretive, as this administration is want to do, backfires in the face of public opinion where it often appears that the secretive person has something to hide. Note to Kerry: release your wife's friggin taxes now and just get it over with.

08:32 AM in 2004 Election | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Talk About Selective Arguments

There is a lot of hubbub starting up recently over the lack of diversity in the Kerry advisors. Democrats are trying to deflect this by criticizing Bush's diversity within his administration. Considering that 7 of his 15 cabinet members are members of minorities and that the cabinet is the most diverse in the history of our country, I find the democratic attacks pretty myopic. Maybe Democrats might wake up to the fact that they may very well be taking their minority backing for granted and try to figure out ways to diversify Kerry instead of attacking the Bush administration over this one.

Kerry has plenty of time to address this issue before the convention and it is pretty premature for anyone to be complaining seriously, but it is good that some are starting to complain.

01:12 AM in 2004 Election | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack