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Required Reading: Andrew McCarthy

Posted by Mark on June 29, 2005

The Democrats are outraged. The President of the United States referred to 9/11 last night in his speech! How dare he do that! And, he linked the battle in Iraq to the wider World War. And they used the famous line, now so ingrained that it falls from the Left’s tounge without concious thought: “There is no connection between Iraq and 9/11, none whatsoever.” They are OFFENDED that he link anything to 9/11. Well, let’s see:

On that score, nobody should worry about anything the Times or David Gergen or Senator Reid has to say about all this until they have some straight answers on questions like these. What does the �nothing whatsoever� crowd have to say about:

Ahmed Hikmat Shakir � the Iraqi Intelligence operative who facilitated a 9/11 hijacker into Malaysia and was in attendance at the Kuala Lampur meeting with two of the hijackers, and other conspirators, at what is roundly acknowledged to be the initial 9/11 planning session in January 2000? Who was arrested after the 9/11 attacks in possession of contact information for several known terrorists? Who managed to make his way out of Jordanian custody over our objections after the 9/11 attacks because of special pleading by Saddam�s regime?

Saddam’s intelligence agency’s efforts to recruit jihadists to bomb Radio Free Europe in Prague in the late 1990’s?

Mohammed Atta’s unexplained visits to Prague in 2000, and his alleged visit there in April 2001 which � notwithstanding the 9/11 Commission’s dismissal of it (based on interviewing exactly zero relevant witnesses) � the Czechs have not retracted?

The Clinton Justice Department’s allegation in a 1998 indictment (two months before the embassy bombings) against bin Laden, to wit: In addition, al Qaeda reached an understanding with the government of Iraq that al Qaeda would not work against that government and that on particular projects, specifically including weapons development, al Qaeda would work cooperatively with the Government of Iraq.

Seized Iraq Intelligence Service records indicating that Saddam’s henchmen regarded bin Laden as an asset as early as 1992?

Saddam’s hosting of al Qaeda No. 2, Ayman Zawahiri beginning in the early 1990�s, and reports of a large payment of money to Zawahiri in 1998?

Saddam�s ten years of harboring of 1993 World Trade Center bomber Abdul Rahman Yasin?

Iraqi Intelligence Service operatives being dispatched to meet with bin Laden in Afghanistan in 1998 (the year of bin Laden�s fatwa demanding the killing of all Americans, as well as the embassy bombings)?

Saddam�s official press lionizing bin Laden as �an Arab and Islamic hero� following the 1998 embassy bombing attacks?

The continued insistence of high-ranking Clinton administration officials to the 9/11 Commission that the 1998 retaliatory strikes (after the embassy bombings) against a Sudanese pharmaceutical factory were justified because the factory was a chemical weapons hub tied to Iraq and bin Laden?

Top Clinton administration counterterrorism official Richard Clarke�s assertions, based on intelligence reports in 1999, that Saddam had offered bin Laden asylum after the embassy bombings, and Clarke�s memo to then-National Security Adviser Sandy Berger, advising him not to fly U-2 missions against bin Laden in Afghanistan because he might be tipped off by Pakistani Intelligence, and �[a]rmed with that knowledge, old wily Usama will likely boogie to Baghdad�? (See 9/11 Commission Final Report, p. 134 & n.135.)

Terror master Abu Musab Zarqawi’s choice to boogie to Baghdad of all places when he needed surgery after fighting American forces in Afghanistan in 2001?

Saddam’s Intelligence Service running a training camp at Salman Pak, were terrorists were instructed in tactics for assassination, kidnapping and hijacking?

Former CIA Director George Tenet�s October 7, 2002 letter to Congress, which asserted: Our understanding of the relationship between Iraq and Al Qaeda is evolving and is based on sources of varying reliability. Some of the information we have received comes from detainees, including some of high rank.

We have solid reporting of senior level contacts between Iraq and Al Qaeda going back a decade.

Credible information indicates that Iraq and Al Qaeda have discussed safe haven and reciprocal nonaggression.

Since Operation Enduring Freedom, we have solid evidence of the presence in Iraq of Al Qaeda members, including some that have been in Baghdad.

We have credible reporting that Al Qaeda leaders sought contacts in Iraq who could help them acquire WMD capabilities. The reporting also stated that Iraq has provided training to Al Qaeda members in the areas of poisons and gases and making conventional bombs.

Iraq’s increasing support to extremist Palestinians coupled with growing indications of relationship with Al Qaeda suggest that Baghdad’s links to terrorists will increase, even absent U.S. military action.

There’s more. Stephen Hayes�s book, The Connection, remains required reading. But these are just the questions; the answers � if someone will just investigate the questions rather than pretending there�s �nothing whatsoever� there � will provide more still.

So Gergen, Reid, the Times, and the rest are �offended� at the president’s reminding us of 9/11? The rest of us should be offended, too. Offended at the �nothing whatsoever� crowd�s inexplicable lack of curiosity about these ties, and about the answers to these questions.

Just tell us one thing: Do you have any good answer to what Ahmed Hikmat Shakir was doing with the 9/11 hijackers in Kuala Lampur? Can you explain it?

If not, why aren’t you moving heaven and earth to find out the answer?

I would add one more peice to this puzzle. Iraqi links to The Oklahoma Bombing. Jayna Davis chronicled compelling evidence to just such a connection. Before you roll your eyes, read the book. Then comment to your heart’s content.

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Don’t Make a bad idea worse.

Posted by zaphriel on June 29, 2005


Oh yes, I am actually all for keeping it legal, or at least out of the U.S. Constitution. If you do it near me you may have a fight on your hands, but this is still one of those issues that has no place in the Constitution. The Constitution is too important to mess with for such drival. Truth be told, this issue and the Gay Marriage issue are beneath the sanctity of this document and have no good reason to be in it.
Oh I think I have covered this about as much as I am going to. If you want to hear more on Gitmo, go to Tran Sient’s Watch, he has allot to say on the issue.


Like I said this is beneath the level of the constitution, and trying to use this issue for political gain is too. Nuff said.

Last Point, I hold the U.S. Constitution in high regard, after all of the last 13 years or so I have sworn an oath to it (Being in the Armed Forces and all, You know the whole “I do solemnly swear to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic, and I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same…”) and I take it very seriously. Consequently, I will always defend your rights, even if I don’t agree with your actions. So all you moonbats out there, please, go ahead and protest all you want. Just remember, there are ramifications to all you do, so be prepared for the consequences to your actions (It’s sort of a be careful what you wish situation.)

So I ask all of you, Don’t make a bad situation worse, tell your Senators that this is a bad idea. And for everyone’s sake, Treat the flag with respect, before your right to do otherwise is taken away.

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I’m Thinking the Tilt Will Be To The Extreme Left

Posted by Mark on June 29, 2005

Oh no!!! The Earth is tilting! Woe is me! Here’s my favorite part of the story:

The idea runs counter to a study earlier this year that found glaciers in part of Antarctica are melting rapidly.

“We used computer-generated simulations to get this research result,” Powell cautioned. “I hope that in the future we’ll be able to verify this result with real data through a long-term ice thickness measurement campaign.”

Yep. Real data would be nice. In fact, real data on any part of environmentalist claims would be a great thing, now wouldn’t it?

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A Prime Site for a New Hotel: David Souter’s Home

Posted by Mark on June 29, 2005

I’m okay with this. It’s a logical conclusion to the Supreme’s silly decision of last week.

Could a hotel be built on the land owned by Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter? A new ruling by the Supreme Court which was supported by Justice Souter himself itself might allow it. A private developer is seeking to use this very law to build a hotel on Souter’s land.

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What Is Wrong With These People? Peggy Noonan

Posted by Mark on June 29, 2005

A profound question from Peggy Noonan, and one both left and right has been asking alot lately. She takes a poke at everybody in Washington, so there’s plenty for both sides to groan, and smile, about.

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I’m Thinking the Tilt Will Be To The Extreme Left

Posted by Mark on June 29, 2005

Oh no!!! The Earth is tilting! Woe is me! Here’s my favorite part of the story:

The idea runs counter to a study earlier this year that found glaciers in part of Antarctica are melting rapidly.

“We used computer-generated simulations to get this research result,” Powell cautioned. “I hope that in the future we’ll be able to verify this result with real data through a long-term ice thickness measurement campaign.”

Yep. Real data would be nice. In fact, real data on any part of environmentalist claims would be a great thing, now wouldn’t it?

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A Prime Site for a New Hotel: David Souter’s Home

Posted by Mark on June 29, 2005

I’m okay with this. It’s a logical conclusion to the Supreme’s silly decision of last week.

Could a hotel be built on the land owned by Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter? A new ruling by the Supreme Court which was supported by Justice Souter himself itself might allow it. A private developer is seeking to use this very law to build a hotel on Souter’s land.

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Health Update: Blogging at a Standstill for awhile

Posted by Mark on June 29, 2005

Still fighting a bronchitis, and now an eye infection, due to a lowered immune system. Will be back as soon as I can. Sigh
Update: 6/29/05

Thanks to everyone who left comments, or sent an email. I’m doing better, though still not completely over either the eye problems or the bronchitis. It continues to limit my ability to stare at a computer screen, or be up long enough to do any serious writing.

For those who don’t know, I’ve been battling severe breathing problems since being hospitalized last August. I am alot better, but still having bouts of severe bronchitis every month. The tracheal problems that seemed to be the root cause of my problems are much improved, thanks to a wonderful speech pathologist named Cathy. Thanks to her work, I’ve been Unfortunately, the coughing from the bronchitis really screws up my back. I had surgery on my back in February after shattering a disc after a bout of bronchitis turned in to pneumonia in January.

I don’t post stuff like the above very often. Unlike politicians, I’m quite sure the world, and this blog, does NOT revolve around me. But I’ve got so many new patrons to Liberty that I felt it important for folks to understand why the bar is closed sometimes. I hope you still come back for the Muir Cartoon, even on days when the “Gone Fishing” sign is on the door though.

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What Is Wrong With These People? Peggy Noonan

Posted by Mark on June 29, 2005

A profound question from Peggy Noonan, and one both left and right has been asking alot lately. She takes a poke at everybody in Washington, so there’s plenty for both sides to groan, and smile, about.

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Health Update: Blogging at a Standstill for awhile

Posted by Mark on June 29, 2005

Still fighting a bronchitis, and now an eye infection, due to a lowered immune system. Will be back as soon as I can. Sigh
Update: 6/29/05

Thanks to everyone who left comments, or sent an email. I’m doing better, though still not completely over either the eye problems or the bronchitis. It continues to limit my ability to stare at a computer screen, or be up long enough to do any serious writing.

For those who don’t know, I’ve been battling severe breathing problems since being hospitalized last August. I am alot better, but still having bouts of severe bronchitis every month. The tracheal problems that seemed to be the root cause of my problems are much improved, thanks to a wonderful speech pathologist named Cathy. Thanks to her work, I’ve been Unfortunately, the coughing from the bronchitis really screws up my back. I had surgery on my back in February after shattering a disc after a bout of bronchitis turned in to pneumonia in January.

I don’t post stuff like the above very often. Unlike politicians, I’m quite sure the world, and this blog, does NOT revolve around me. But I’ve got so many new patrons to Liberty that I felt it important for folks to understand why the bar is closed sometimes. I hope you still come back for the Muir Cartoon, even on days when the “Gone Fishing” sign is on the door though.

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