Former CIA Director James Woolsey (and his children!) have written a column for National Review suggesting that South Park could be a great weapon in the war on terror.
Maybe that would teach al-Qaeda to respect our authoritah!!
UPDATE: Busted link has been fixed. Thanks for the heads-up, A.C.
Hmmmm...15,000 die from heat in France in 2003 and just over 2,000 American troops have died in Iraq since 2003. Sounds to me like it's the French that need an exit strategy...from France.
Ted Baiamonte has a nice perspective.
"We're not facing a world war anymore," Powell told the Post. "We have pretty much convinced the world that democracy is a better system than communism or fascism or totalitarianism."
I'd like to believe that, but I think there's plenty of evidence that shows otherwise. And for Powell to practice foreign policy with this belief is extremely dangerous.
With this impeccable logic, it occurred to me that the time has come to take action. Therefore I, Jim Rose, am officially declaring war on all attractive women that want to have sex with me. According to the flawless analysis of Bob Edgar, Cindy Sheehan, Ted Kennedy, Nancy Pelosi, Jimmy Carter, et al, this declaration is creating attractive women who want to have sex with me as we speak.
Why didn't I think of this sooner?
UPDATE: IT'S WORKING! A matter of minutes after I published this post, Drudge broke the story of Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson breaking up. How long before she calls me? Giddyup!
MORE: Oh, it's true.
I'm being facetious, of course, we all know why: Pinochet killed communists while Castro, Chavez and Ortega are communists.
Unless civil rights apply to everyone they are meaningless.
UPDATE: A comment from Amos:
Pinochet's only crime is he fought fire with fire.A very good point.
He exterminated the must murderous, disgusting animal the 20th century ever produced, the communist revolutionary, a creature responsible for the death of almost 100 million human beings and the enslavement of half the globe. The Bolshevik filth never got their fangs into Chile, thanks to Pinochet.
Oh, but you disapprove of his methods? Go cry me a river. Ask the millions of murdered Chinese and Russians and Cambodians what they wouldn't have given for a Pinochet at the right time and at the right place, to abort that bloody monster in it's infancy.
"In war, there are usually only two exit strategies: victory or defeat. The latter's easier. Just say, whoa, we're the world's pre-eminent power but we can't handle an unprecedently low level of casualties, so if you don't mind we'd just as soon get off at the next stop."
John Murtha is a paper-tiger, and if we listen to him, we're in grave danger. Shame on him.
"If we stop trying to figure out the other side, we've given up. The person on the other side is not evil--they just have a different perspective."
UPDATE: The Times of London says the Novak/Woodward leak was National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley. (Hat tip: Newsmax)
Meanwhile, Hugh Hewitt wonders why only 3 Democrats voted against the cut-and-run resolution. He points out that the GOP needs to stay true to four principles:
Win the war.
Confirm the judges.
Cut the taxes.
Control the spending.
So far, they're doing well, or at least okay, on 3 out of 4.
I really hope Bush and Cheney keep up this new line of rhetoric. It's a long-time coming.
We never would have seen this story in the MSM. It's too much to ask for journalists to cruise the Lexis-Nexis once in a while. No, they're more concerned with setting policy.
I think Roger Hedgecock said it best on Rush's show today: Bush and Cheney flushed 'em out.
Roe should be overturned by SCOTUS and then each of the 50 states should pass laws either legalizing abortion or banning abortion depending of the will of the people in each respective state. That's the democratic process as it should be.
Okay, let's get to the crux of the issue. When Castro dies, say within the next decade, then the major question of Cuba's future will be revealed. Right now, Castro's heir-apparent is his brother, who is just as old as he is and not as well known. Castro runs his country like Hitler ran Germany. Germany was Hitler and Cuba is Castro. When he's gone, who knows? It seems probably that in the long run, after many power-struggles, democracy may finally rear its head in the land of good cigars.
Newdow's campaign is no different from that of a Pat Robertson that wants to force religion on people. Newdow's atheism is a religious movement. Think about it.
al-Qaeda certainly doesn't hold a monopoly on the religion of Islam, but let's face it, people like Prince Charles are taking these positions not to help Muslims around the world but to give our enemies the impression that we're just "nice guys." And, after all, it makes him and those of his ilk feel good about themselves. Well, what has it got you, Chaz? Your mom is now on the terrorists' guano list. Nice going. Or was that your plan all along? (cue raised eyebrow)
REILLY: So, are you a liberal?
MAPES: Well I'm not sure what a liberal is, I'm more liberal than some people. I can tell you my eight year old son thinks he's being raised by the most conservative parents in the world.
REILLY: No but politically, you know what I'm talking about.
MAPES: Well I think like a lot of Americans, I'm all over the map and it's something I mean for me, like who I vote for?
REILLY: Are you a registered Democrat?
MAPES: You know, I don't know.
REILLY: You don't know?
MAPES: I don't know. I don't know if I'm Independent or Democrat, I know I'm not -- in Texas I'm not sure.
REILLY: So you know describe yourself political as .. ?
MAPES: Oh my goodness, I'm liberal on some things and I'm conservative on some things.
Oh, help me Rhonda! Here's one simple rule to remember: If a journalist says things like "I'm not sure what a liberal is" or "I'm liberal on some issues, conservative on others" it's a pretty safe bet they're just to the left of Michael Moore.
One has to pose a question to the people of California: Why did you guys bother to recall Gray Davis?
What to make of it all? Well, it seems a text-book example of isolated political incidents all around, but that doesn't really matter. The two governorships will be the DNC/MSM's springboard to do a million stories about a "bell-weather" to the 2006 elections. Journalism is dead.
And to think Minnesota almost sent Walter Mondale back to Washington. Thank God for small miracles.
UPDATE: Don Surber seconds that emotion.
If Chirac isn't exactly Charles Martel, the rioters aren't doing a bad impression of the Muslim armies of 13 centuries ago: They're seizing their opportunities, testing their foe, probing his weak spots. If burning the 'burbs gets you more "respect" from Chirac, they'll burn 'em again, and again. In the current issue of City Journal, Theodore Dalrymple concludes a piece on British suicide bombers with this grim summation of the new Europe: "The sweet dream of universal cultural compatibility has been replaced by the nightmare of permanent conflict." Which sounds an awful lot like a new Dark Ages.
"Seizing opportunities, testing their foe, probing his weak spots." This reminds me so much of when Jimmy Carter ordered the marines at the American embassy in Tehran to not fire on the protesters, don't do anything to provoke them. We all know how well that worked. It emboldened the mullahs and led to the hostage situation. Puerile, disgusting weakness! (Hat tip: lgf)
Believe it or not, I feel no joy in what is happening to the Chirac government, only pity. Yes, the chickens have come home to roost, but sadly I'm seeing no signs of a moment of clarity or revelation. Everyone deserves a second chance to show some true leadership. I'd love to see Chirac and de Villepin rise to the occasion, but thus far, they haven't.
After his speech, I waited patiently to meet the contrarian writer. Naturally, he was surrounded by many admirer, but was willing to discuss and debate any topic with anyone. He had a very interesting debate/discussion with a guest about Ayn Rand and Capitalism and took it all with good cheer. When I finally spoke to him, I made it a point not to bend his ear but just to thank him for coming and speaking to us. He was very polite and receptive and thanked me for having him here. I asked him if he would mind posing for a picture with me and he answered, "Not a' tall," in a tone that left the impression he would be surprised that I would think otherwise. Very gracious and unpretentious. Agree or disagree with what he says, the Hitch does something more important: he makes you think. Every time he speaks, no matter what the topic, you get a whole new perspective and are forced to reevaluate everything. That is the definition of a true intellectual.
A big thanks to a kind gentlemen from Massachusetts, Vidar Jorgensen, who took the picture and will email it to me later this week.
UPDATE: The Hitchens haters are taking me to task for acting like a little school girl in front of their arch nemesis. The green-eyed monster rears its head.