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A Litany of Foreign Policy Failures

Posted by Mark on April 17, 2005

Victor Davis Hanson reminds us of the 5 most prominent failures in our recent foreign policy. Funny how these same prophets of failure are the ones the MSM turns to as its “experts.”

If the American public has to hear another sermon from a Brent Scowcroft — “Sharon just has him [President Bush] wrapped around his little finger. I think the president is mesmerized” — or Madeline Albright — “Do you suppose that the Bush administration has Osama bin Laden hidden away somewhere and will bring him out before the election?” — about what we are now doing wrong in the Middle East, I think it will collectively heave.

The past ostracism of Arafat and the removal of the Taliban and Saddam Hussein, followed by democratic engagement, will bring eventual stability to the Middle East and enhance the security of the United States. After the failures of all our present critics, this new policy of promoting American values is our last, best hope. And the president will be rewarded long after he leaves office by the verdict of history for nobly sticking to it when few others, friend or foe, would.

Read the whole thing. And remember it the next time you see one of these talking heads on your favorite MSM all news station.

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Tom Delay and the Attack of the Rabid Left

Posted by Mark on April 17, 2005

This piece carefully explains the rabid attack on Tom Delay. Much information in this article you will never hear from the MSM. Here’s an example:

Example 1: Last week’s story in The New York Times breathlessly reported that DeLay had employed family members to work on his campaigns and for his political action committee. This story was so old it had whiskers. It was first reported in the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call in 2003.
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Other news outlets dutifully followed the Times and created the impression that DeLay had put family members on the public payroll. In fact, no taxpayer money was involved. Nor was it in any way illegal or unethical for DeLay’s privately funded PAC to employ his wife and daughter. The Times reported that DeLay’s PAC paid his wife and daughter $500,000. This is only $50,000 a year each for the past five years, a solidly middle-class income and certainly a lot less than the editors at The New York Times earn.

Or this:

Example 2: The Washington Post recently published a page-one “expose” about the financing of a 1997 trip to Russia. The facts are that the National Center for Public Policy Research, a nonprofit association, issued a statement last month describing its sponsorship of and payment for this trip: “The National Center for Public Policy Research was careful to pay all the expenses associated with Congressman DeLay’s trip. Reports to the contrary are incorrect.” Every year, dozens of members of Congress and staff participate in such trips financed by nonprofit organizations. This is perfectly legal, normal and even routine.

In fact, despite being in the minority, over the past four years Democrats have taken 54 percent of such trips and Democrats were the top five private trip-takers (in terms of money spent). They were in order: Sen. John Breaux. Rep. Robert Wexler, Rep. Gene Green, Rep. Maurice Hinchey and Rep. Cal Dooley. And when it comes to taxpayer financed trips, Democrat Nancy Pelosi has spent six times more on foreign travel than Tom DeLay.

Now, here’s the real reason for the current rabid attack:

The Democrats never will forgive Tom DeLay for his efforts in redrawing congressional districts in Texas that cost them six seats in the House (which incidentally undid past Democratic gerrymandering and brought Texas’ delegation into line with the overwhelming majority of voters in the Lone Star State). Democrats despise DeLay because he is a tough, principled conservative and an effective majority leader who is successful in driving the Republican agenda though the House. Unable to win elections, and bereft of anything positive to offer the country, the Democrats and their Soros-funded allies have become little more than a pack of seething scandalmongers.

Elections have consequences. Shame the Left has refused to learn this lesson.

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A Litany of Foreign Policy Failures

Posted by Mark on April 17, 2005

Victor Davis Hanson reminds us of the 5 most prominent failures in our recent foreign policy. Funny how these same prophets of failure are the ones the MSM turns to as its “experts.”

If the American public has to hear another sermon from a Brent Scowcroft � �Sharon just has him [President Bush] wrapped around his little finger. I think the president is mesmerized� � or Madeline Albright � �Do you suppose that the Bush administration has Osama bin Laden hidden away somewhere and will bring him out before the election?� � about what we are now doing wrong in the Middle East, I think it will collectively heave.

The past ostracism of Arafat and the removal of the Taliban and Saddam Hussein, followed by democratic engagement, will bring eventual stability to the Middle East and enhance the security of the United States. After the failures of all our present critics, this new policy of promoting American values is our last, best hope. And the president will be rewarded long after he leaves office by the verdict of history for nobly sticking to it when few others, friend or foe, would.

Read the whole thing. And remember it the next time you see one of these talking heads on your favorite MSM all news station.

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Tom Delay and the Attack of the Rabid Left

Posted by Mark on April 17, 2005

This piece carefully explains the rabid attack on Tom Delay. Much information in this article you will never hear from the MSM. Here’s an example:

Example 1: Last week’s story in The New York Times breathlessly reported that DeLay had employed family members to work on his campaigns and for his political action committee. This story was so old it had whiskers. It was first reported in the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call in 2003.
…..
Other news outlets dutifully followed the Times and created the impression that DeLay had put family members on the public payroll. In fact, no taxpayer money was involved. Nor was it in any way illegal or unethical for DeLay’s privately funded PAC to employ his wife and daughter. The Times reported that DeLay’s PAC paid his wife and daughter $500,000. This is only $50,000 a year each for the past five years, a solidly middle-class income and certainly a lot less than the editors at The New York Times earn.

Or this:

Example 2: The Washington Post recently published a page-one “expose” about the financing of a 1997 trip to Russia. The facts are that the National Center for Public Policy Research, a nonprofit association, issued a statement last month describing its sponsorship of and payment for this trip: “The National Center for Public Policy Research was careful to pay all the expenses associated with Congressman DeLay’s trip. Reports to the contrary are incorrect.” Every year, dozens of members of Congress and staff participate in such trips financed by nonprofit organizations. This is perfectly legal, normal and even routine.

In fact, despite being in the minority, over the past four years Democrats have taken 54 percent of such trips and Democrats were the top five private trip-takers (in terms of money spent). They were in order: Sen. John Breaux. Rep. Robert Wexler, Rep. Gene Green, Rep. Maurice Hinchey and Rep. Cal Dooley. And when it comes to taxpayer financed trips, Democrat Nancy Pelosi has spent six times more on foreign travel than Tom DeLay.

Now, here’s the real reason for the current rabid attack:

The Democrats never will forgive Tom DeLay for his efforts in redrawing congressional districts in Texas that cost them six seats in the House (which incidentally undid past Democratic gerrymandering and brought Texas’ delegation into line with the overwhelming majority of voters in the Lone Star State). Democrats despise DeLay because he is a tough, principled conservative and an effective majority leader who is successful in driving the Republican agenda though the House. Unable to win elections, and bereft of anything positive to offer the country, the Democrats and their Soros-funded allies have become little more than a pack of seething scandalmongers.

Elections have consequences. Shame the Left has refused to learn this lesson.

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Religious Persecution: Bill Frist Speaks to Evangelicals

Posted by Mark on April 17, 2005

The New York Times Tells the Story:

Some of the nation’s most influential evangelical Protestants are participating in the teleconference in Louisville, including Dr. James C. Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family; Chuck Colson, the born-again Watergate figure and founder of Prison Fellowship Ministries; and Dr. Al Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Dobson and Colson and Mohler, Oh My! as Dorothy and Company might say if they were from the Left.

Of course, it’s perfectly acceptable for prominent Democrats from Clinton to Gore to Kerry to speak in black churches across the country, and to hold what amounts to political fundraisers there. It’s only when Conservatives speak at prominent Evangelical Conferences that The New York Times smells trouble. I seriously doubt Mr. Kirkpatrick, the writer of this story, has ever listened to one of Dr. Dobson’s radio shows, or would even know where to find Chuck Colson’s books, most especially his excellent look at the Kingdom of God vs. The kingdoms of the world called Kingdoms in Conflict. And Lord knows, he would never deign himself lowly enough to enter a (horrors) Southern Baptist Church.

Any wonder the folks in what is arrogantly called “flyover country” are getting redder and redder?

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Who Says Chess and Politics Aren’t Contact Sports?

Posted by Mark on April 17, 2005

MOSCOW (AP) – Garry Kasparov, the world’s former No. 1 chess player who quit the professional game last month to focus on politics, said Saturday he had been hit over the head with a chessboard in a politically motivated attack.

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