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Archive for January 18th, 2005

The New York Times: Aiding and Abetting the Enemies

Posted by Mark on January 18, 2005

A breaking story, as a New York Times reporter puts three brothers in Iraq at grave risk for giving pro-American views.

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Questions for Liberals: A Pivotal Analysis of Election 2004

Posted by Mark on January 18, 2005

Thanks to Powerline and The Claremont Institute for this deep analysis of Liberalism in in 2005. This is a must read, right up there with Podheretz’ s World War IV peice.

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Target Iran: An Update

Posted by Mark on January 18, 2005

The Defense Department released a response to the New Yorker story by Seymour Hersch. Here’s the final part:

By his own admission, Mr. Hersh evidently is working on an “alternative history” novel. He is well along in that work, given the high quality of “alternative present” that he has developed in several recent articles.

Mr. Hersh’s preference for single, anonymous, unofficial sources for his most fantastic claims makes it difficult to parse his discussion of Defense Department operations.

Finally, the views and policies Mr. Hersh ascribes to Secretary Rumsfeld, Deputy Secretary Wolfowitz, Under Secretary Feith, and other Department of Defense officials do not reflect their public or private comments or administration policy.



Couldn’t have said it better myself.

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Learning From History: Words Matter

Posted by Mark on January 18, 2005

There are certain words that, when you hear them, allow you to make reasoned judgements about a person’s political leanings. One of those words is Nazi. It’s synonym in today’s world is Fascist. Recently, there has been an increased use of these words by the Left to describe George W. Bush. The use of these words show an appalling ignorance of history, and quickly and firmly shuts down any further discussion.

Comparing the current war to Hitler’s monomaniacal pillage of Western Europe is obscene, and does a grave disservice to the dead, both those murdered by Hitler’s SS, and those lost in the smoking rubble of 9/11. Comparing George W. Bush to Hitler shows a profound ignorance of both personalities. Look at Afghanistan and Iraq today, and compare these nation’s fledgling democracies to the horrors experienced by Poland, France, Czechoslovakia, and the Occupied lands of the Soviet Union. in 1943.

In the interviews recently given by President Bush to Major Media Outlets, one phrase has continued to stand out:

….President Bush spoke often of his commitment to the spread of democracy, sometimes in startling terms. As he told the Wall Street Journal in an aside after the end of the formal interview, “I understand there are many who say ‘Bush is wrong.’ I assume I’m right. It’s exciting to be part of stimulating a debate of such significance. It really is the philosophical argument of the age.” I don’t know which is the more remarkable: An American president who thinks in terms of “the philosophical argument of the age.” Or that, well, yes, Mr. Bush is right, the question of the spread of democracy really is the philosophical argument of the age.

“The philosophical argument of the age.” The President and his “cronies” as they are called by the Left, have not acted as Hitler did. In fact:

We could have dealt with our security concerns in both places very differently, at considerably less cost in blood and treasure, simply by smashing the Taliban and the Saddam regime and installing local strongmen in their stead, each having been sternly warned by the example of the demise his predecessor of the consequences of future misbehavior, either with regard to harboring terrorists or looking guilty on illicit weapons programs. But we didn’t do that. Instead, we committed ourselves — however fumblingly — to the establishment of decent, democratic government in both places. And by “we,” I mean pre-eminently George W. Bush. He rejected (if he ever entertained) the strongman solution as inadequate.

For the Left to criticize President Bush on his policies is certainly fair, and at times helpful to the ongoing war effort. Indeed, debate remains a cornerstone of the Checks and Balances which keep this Republic free. For those on the Left to make comparisons to the evil of Nazism, however, is offensive in the extreme, and is evidence of a shallowness of both history and thought that does a disservice to The Greatest Generation of WWII, and this Generation fighting and dying today in the clash of Philosophies.

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Target Iran: An Update

Posted by Mark on January 18, 2005

The Defense Department released a response to the New Yorker story by Seymour Hersch. Here’s the final part:

By his own admission, Mr. Hersh evidently is working on an �alternative history� novel. He is well along in that work, given the high quality of �alternative present� that he has developed in several recent articles.

Mr. Hersh�s preference for single, anonymous, unofficial sources for his most fantastic claims makes it difficult to parse his discussion of Defense Department operations.

Finally, the views and policies Mr. Hersh ascribes to Secretary Rumsfeld, Deputy Secretary Wolfowitz, Under Secretary Feith, and other Department of Defense officials do not reflect their public or private comments or administration policy.

Couldn’t have said it better myself.

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Learning From History: Words Matter

Posted by Mark on January 18, 2005

There are certain words that, when you hear them, allow you to make reasoned judgements about a person’s political leanings. One of those words is Nazi. It’s synonym in today’s world is Fascist. Recently, there has been an increased use of these words by the Left to describe George W. Bush. The use of these words show an appalling ignorance of history, and quickly and firmly shuts down any further discussion.

Comparing the current war to Hitler’s monomaniacal pillage of Western Europe is obscene, and does a grave disservice to the dead, both those murdered by Hitler’s SS, and those lost in the smoking rubble of 9/11. Comparing George W. Bush to Hitler shows a profound ignorance of both personalities. Look at Afghanistan and Iraq today, and compare these nation’s fledgling democracies to the horrors experienced by Poland, France, Czechoslovakia, and the Occupied lands of the Soviet Union. in 1943.

In the interviews recently given by President Bush to Major Media Outlets, one phrase has continued to stand out:

….President Bush spoke often of his commitment to the spread of democracy, sometimes in startling terms. As he told the Wall Street Journal in an aside after the end of the formal interview, “I understand there are many who say ‘Bush is wrong.’ I assume I’m right. It’s exciting to be part of stimulating a debate of such significance. It really is the philosophical argument of the age.” I don’t know which is the more remarkable: An American president who thinks in terms of “the philosophical argument of the age.” Or that, well, yes, Mr. Bush is right, the question of the spread of democracy really is the philosophical argument of the age.

“The philosophical argument of the age.” The President and his “cronies” as they are called by the Left, have not acted as Hitler did. In fact:

We could have dealt with our security concerns in both places very differently, at considerably less cost in blood and treasure, simply by smashing the Taliban and the Saddam regime and installing local strongmen in their stead, each having been sternly warned by the example of the demise his predecessor of the consequences of future misbehavior, either with regard to harboring terrorists or looking guilty on illicit weapons programs. But we didn’t do that. Instead, we committed ourselves � however fumblingly � to the establishment of decent, democratic government in both places. And by “we,” I mean pre-eminently George W. Bush. He rejected (if he ever entertained) the strongman solution as inadequate.

For the Left to criticize President Bush on his policies is certainly fair, and at times helpful to the ongoing war effort. Indeed, debate remains a cornerstone of the Checks and Balances which keep this Republic free. For those on the Left to make comparisons to the evil of Nazism, however, is offensive in the extreme, and is evidence of a shallowness of both history and thought that does a disservice to The Greatest Generation of WWII, and this Generation fighting and dying today in the clash of Philosophies.

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Health Update

Posted by Mark on January 18, 2005

Looks like I have pneumonia. Feeling pretty lousy, and coughing alot. And yes, this is the accurate time this post is being written. The Doc says this is probably because of all the immuno-suppressants I’ve been taken. Sigh.

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Working with the Scribe Template

Posted by Mark on January 18, 2005

Hi Patricia! Just began work on your template. you can track the progress here, and I’ll let you know when I’ve figured it out.

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Health Update

Posted by Mark on January 18, 2005

Looks like I have pneumonia. Feeling pretty lousy, and coughing alot. And yes, this is the accurate time this post is being written. The Doc says this is probably because of all the immuno-suppressants I’ve been taken. Sigh.

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It Ain’t Over ‘Till It’s Over

Posted by Mark on January 18, 2005

Sound Politics is the place to go to stay up to date on the Washington Governor’s race. Hugh Hewitt’s book If It’s Not Close They Can’t Cheat is truly prophetic. But it ain’t over yet. Looks like this election could go to the Courts for resolution.

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