Here's are some quick facts:
Vietnam War (or Police Action, whatever)
Length: 23 years
Combat Deaths: 58,000 (approximately)
Length so far: 2 years
Combat Deaths: 1400 (approximately)
At precisely the moment when critics claim he is stymied, Bush, in his second inaugural address, has just set out to liberate the entire world. And our region is at Ground Zero, so to speak, of his new, revolutionary vision... In laying down his revolutionary gauntlet, Bush must know that he will be derided as a hypocrite and a reckless dreamer. No American can be against the ideal of spreading democracy, but to stake national security on it, that's another matter. In front of the Capitol on Thursday, Bush called not merely for a remaking of other nations' foreign policy, but that of his United States. 'Hold on to your hats, this may be the most ambitious second-term - or any term - presidency ever'.
Israel's Jerusalem PostThat's what I'm talkin' 'bout!
Abdullah unveiled what he said was his "vision" for the process of political, economic, social and administrative reform in a speech broadcast hours after U.S. President George W. Bush urged the Jordanian monarch, a key US Arab ally, to "make sure that democracy continues to advance in Jordan."
Jordanian government officials, insisting on anonymity, stressed that Abdullah's announcement was not linked to Bush's call because the monarch had recorded the speech much earlier.Now of course one wonders, are these real democratic reforms or just lip-service? What we have to realize is that it doesn't matter. While we hope that these reforms are real and will eventually lead to true democracy in Jordan, just the fact that King Hussein is speaking of such notions is great news. He knows which way the wind is blowing, and he knows why: George W. Bush.
There's a line in the movie Miller's Crossing (one of my all-time favorites) where right-hand man Tom Reagan says to his mob boss Leo, "You run this town because people think you run this town. The minute they stop thinking it, you stop running it." Truer words we never spoken. Cultural change takes time, and it is moments like these that plant the seed. It was brilliant men like Eisenhower who knew when Khruschev disavowed Stalin that it was the beginning of the end for the evil empire. This could be the beginning of the end for Islamofacism. As Eddie Dane says, "...ever notice how the snappy dialogue dries up, once a guy starts soiling his union suit?" Truer words, never spoke.
Let's go way back in the long ago. Edward R. Murrow had his controversial television show See It Now cancelled after Bill Paley said it "gave me a stomachache." Wounded, Murrow soon left CBS to work for JFK. He then died in 1965 of lung cancer. After Murrow's death, the Vietnam War hit its stride. Cronkite, Rather, Safer and the new generation of CBS News hit the jungle and news became political. It's been political ever since...from LBJ to Nixon to Reagan, Clinton and the Bush Dynasty. It was political before, but never so openly...and now it had a much larger audience. It was the salad days of the liberal media and the beginning of their monopoly. But now, it's over. The Wall has come down. A Murrow Curse a la the (now defunct) Curse of the Babe in Boston? Well, Murrow was quite political himself, but I doubt he'd care much for the shape of the house he built.
Or maybe I just think too much.
The question of whether a political agenda played any role in the airing of the Segment is one of the most subjective, and most difficult, that the Panel has sought to answer. The political agenda question was posed by the Panel directly to Dan Rather and his producer, Mary Mapes, who appear to have drawn the greatest attention in terms of possible political agendas. Both strongly denied that they brought any political bias to the Segment. The Panel recognizes that those who saw bias at work in the Segment are likely to sweep such denials aside. However, the panel will not level allegations for which it cannot offer adequate proof. (emphasis mine)
Here's the thing about this argument: In his book, Helter Skelter, Vincent Bugliosi details how he gathered every little piece of evidence he could to build a "circumstantial" case against Charles Manson. Circumstantial evidence is defined as a fact that can be used to infer another fact. Thus, it is not evidence from a witness who saw or heard something. And, as Bugliosi points out, most murder cases are based on circumstantial evidence. Because after all, how often do you get an eyewitness to a murder? In this report, there is a mountain of circumstantial evidence that Rather and his producer Mary Mapes were motivated by their bias against George W. Bush. It is a cop-out when people say, "I can't tell you what's in his mind, I'm not him." etc., etc., etc. If we followed that philosophy to the letter, we could never make any arguments about anything except physics. Wouldn't that be fun!
Bottom line...Thornburgh and Boccardi (mmm Boccardi and Coke) didn't have the guts to state the obvious. Rather and Mapes wanted to hurt the President and help Senator Kerry, and they tried to use their powerful positions in the Fourth Estate to do so. All the evidence, all the proof we need is right there. Deal with it.
Photograph courtesy Reuters News Service
"This whole area was littered with commercialism," said the 43-year-old from Maui, Hawaii. "There were hundreds of beach chairs out here. I prefer the sand."
I prefer the sand. Four simple words that speak a thousand. There are millions of people on our planet who have no regard for mankind whatsoever. They are selfish. They are irresponsible. They are dangerous. And it is the thinking of these millions of people around the world that is responsible for the millions of dead souls lying in the grounds of China, Ukraine, Rwanda, Cambodia, Auschwitz, et al.
It is amazing how you can find the deepest, darkest side of humanity in a simple AP story.
The "..." roughly translated as "Fahgetaboutit." He says he's happy at USC, but so what? Every team, college and pro, looking for a head coach should be on their knees begging him to work for them. He will get a head coaching job someday, it just surprises me he isn't on every short-list right now. He is obviously West Coast Charlie Weis. c) If I'm Nick Saban, I start talking to the 49ers (though after today, there's really no one minding the store) and do whatever I can to work out a deal to get that number one pick and draft Leinart. The Dolphins have to start from scratch and get a new quarterback as a sturdy foundation and build from there. Granted, I haven't asked Mel Kiper if Leinart is a number one pick, but hey, this is my blog.