Friday, June 30, 2006

Observations on Items in the News

• There is absolutely no point in bemoaning the release of classified anti-terror programs by the media. The President can and should order the Attorney General to require reporters from The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post to reveal their sources or sit in jail, as the liberals did to Judith Miller over the much-less-important Valerie Plame affair. Then the offending media and the traitors in government who leaked the secrets should be prosecuted for violating the espionage act. Let’s force a Constitutional issue on this one. Note that the Attorney General is seeking sources from San Francisco Chronicle reporters… on the baseball steroids story!

• If Congress has the power to fix the Supreme Court’s concerns over military tribunals, it should do so, post haste. Anyone, Democrat or Republican, who opposes such a fix should be targeted for defeat in their next election.

• What to do about the Supreme Court granting detained terrorists protection under the Geneva Convention is more problematic. Treaty-making powers are granted to the Senate. The executive branch, under the President, has war fighting powers as commander in chief. This ruling is troubling for two reasons: First, the terrorists do not abide by the Geneva Convention themselves; and second, the Court seems to have overstepped its authority. Electing Republicans who presumably will appoint conservative judges is one clear answer (that does not mean people like Lincoln Chafee or Arlen Specter). Another, less likely approach would be to impeach the offending justices. Finally, Congress should take a look at expanding checks on the judiciary branch of government, which would probably entail a Constitutional amendment.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Prosecute Media Publishers and Government Leakers of Classified Information

I am not particularly upset at The New York Times and Los Angeles Times revealing the latest secret program for protecting the American people as we pursue the War on Terror. No, I am mad at President Bush and the wimps in Congress. The only way to stop this is to pursue the reporters and throw them in jail until they reveal their sources, the traitors within our intelligence community who are leaking classified information. Then the leakers need to be prosecuted. Moreover, they need to go after the news media reveal our secrets by charging them with a crime. If that means a Constitutional showdown, so be it.

The Democrats had no problem throwing The New York Times’ Judy Miller in jail over the trumped up Valerie Plame affair, so there is ample precedent. Bush isn’t going to win any kudos from the leftist media by ignoring their crimes, so what is there to lose?

The First Amendment is not absolute. Just as you cannot yell fire in a crowded theater, you shouldn’t be able to blab secrets during wartime, especially when your enemy is a bunch of terrorists bent on killing innocent Americans.

The Republican “led” Congress didn’t even see fit to name The New York Times or The Los Angeles Times in their toothless condemnation resolution. Big deal. But it is about what I've come to expect from Congress.

It is time to get tough with the traitors in government and the traitors in the media. Words and meaningless resolutions won’t cut it.

Congress and the President need to step up to the plate on this one and show some courage for a change. It’s the only way the security hemorrhage is going to stop.

Supreme Court Sides With Terrorists

The Supreme Court’s decision on military tribunals for captured terrorists is just one more good reason why the Culture War for America’s soul is important and must be pursued to its logical conclusion: A conservative court that sticks to the Constitution.

That means not usurping the President’s role as Commander in Chief and not extending the rights and protections afforded U.S. citizens to foreign murderers.

Congress should weigh in on the side of the President on this one. The War on Terror is a fight to the death and we need to stop treating it and the terrorists as just another “gotcha” excuse for Bush-hating politicians.

Non-uniformed illegal combatants who do not follow the Geneva Convention ought to have no protection under any law—national or international. They ought to be coerced into giving up whatever information they have before being executed. Period.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Old or New, WMDs Can Kill You Just the Same

There are WMDs and then there are WMDs.

Apparently even the Bush Administration is parsing the differences in the wake of revelations by Sen. Rick Santorum and Rep. Peter Hoekstra that American forces have found 500 such weapons containing deadly chemicals such as mustard gas and Sarin, a nerve agent.

“These are from BEFORE the War with Iraq,” the naysayers chortle. “They are degraded to the point where they would be ineffective for their designed use and not a threat to U.S. forces in the 2003 invasion.”

Notice that nobody says how lethal these chemical WMDs remain. They just say they are “degraded,” whatever that means. They say they were not suitable for their intended use, presumably in artillery shells and missiles. What they don’t say is that, degraded though they may be, the chemicals are still extremely toxic to human beings and could be used to murder thousands, only not in the form of artillery shells or missile delivery systems. Oh, thank you; that makes me feel so much better.

Coming on the heels of reports that terrorists planned to kill Americans in New York subways using chemical and nerve agents, the existence of these “lost” WMDs (that were not declared by Saddam to the inspectors) is quite sobering.

We invaded Iraq for a number of reasons, contrary to what the lying Democrats say. One of those reasons was to prevent Saddam’s WMDs from ending up in the hands of terrorists, to be used against us. We didn’t specify at the time that these WMDs had to be of a particular vintage. We didn’t say, Saddam, you can keep all your old, degraded WMDs, but give us all your new stockpiles and all will be hunky dory.

There is ample evidence—from Saddam’s own papers and recordings, as well as from observations of strange convoys headed to Syria during the lead-up to hostilities—not to mention Saddam’s use of WMDs against the Kurds and the cat and mouse game played with international inspectors, that some kind of mass killing devices existed in Iraq. Logically speaking, why in the world would Saddam risk his regime, his son’s lives and his own personal safety protecting weapons that didn’t exist?

I, for one, am grateful that these “degraded” WMDs are in the hands of American forces instead of Saddam or the Islamofascist insurgents. Moreover, I could care less if the WMDs are old or new; if they can kill us—and they can—what difference does it make?

The left is willing to let the chips fall where they may, as long as President Bush’s reputation and latitude as Commander in Chief are compromised. In other words, they are willing to put you and me at risk in order to hurt the man they call “The World’s Number One Terrorist.” The so-called mainstream media are fully complicit in this endeavor. That is why they continue to ignore any news or facts that do not fit their agenda and that is why they are actively undermining our ability to identify terrorists in this country and abroad with the various secret communications intercept and financial transaction oversight programs they have disclosed.

You may thank them when you or your loved ones are killed in a terrorist incident.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

The REAL "Inconvenient Truth"

Two U.S. lawmakers cite declassified portions of an intelligence report which states that American troops have found some 500 chemical weapons (weapons of mass destruction, or WMD) and the next day none of the so-called mainstream media carries the story. In fact, aside from FOX News and a few internet sources (including opinion pieces by leftists dismissing the report out of hand), nobody appears to have touched the story.

Whether you believe Sen. Rick Santorum and Rep. Hoekstra or not, this is news. The fact that it has been completely ignored is proof positive of mainstream media bias against the war and against this president. After all, the Democrats’ central theme in their all-out assault on President Bush has been that he lied about WMDs and therefore the campaign in Iraq is illegitimate and should never have happened. The news media have reported that story to death. If they were honest and lived up to journalistic principles (what a contradiction in terms), they would be all over this revelation, as well.

The discovery of these WMDs was not a surprise to me. More than a year ago, I had received first-hand accounts from a U.S. Army Chemical Battalion my company adopted that they had found actual mobile weapons laboratories.

Leftist, Bush-hating bloggers will allege that this is just grandstanding by two Republican Members of Congress. They will say (without any proof whatsoever) that the munitions don’t count because they were degraded and probably leftovers from long before Gulf War II. Or they will simply ignore the news, as the so-called mainstream media has done, because it doesn’t fit their political bias.

The existence of WMDs and the media’s and Democrats’ thorough corruption are the real “Inconvenient Truth” Americans need to face.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Redeploy Murtha

John Murtha (D, PA) is the poster child for term limits. Having served in Congress for more than 30 years, it is high time for his redeployment… to the pasture.

There comes a time in each person’s life when the little gray cells of the brain cease to function. In Murtha’s case, that occurred some time ago. But clearly, he is not the man he used to be.

The Democrats’ penchant for using “war heroes” with dubious records to somehow inoculate themselves against criticism is as shallow and callous as it is transparent. Murtha, like Kerry, is a phony warrior who does not support the troops. Both “heroes” have repeatedly insulted true American warriors by accusing them of all sorts of heinous crimes without any supporting evidence. They stand in the great tradition of Benedict Arnold.

I, for one, am sick and tired of mouthing the obligatory, “we thank you for your service,” to anti-military, out-of-touch cowards masquerading as representatives of the American people. Murtha and Kerry are cynical politicians whose sole motivation is power. They long ago gave up any claim to honor. Their betrayal of America’s fighting men and women and their eagerness to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory deserve only contempt.

The complete lack of logic… and seriousness… of their positions on the War on Terror is nothing short of dangerous. They and their ilk need to be redeployed as soon as possible.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Good Riddance, Dan

Justice is done. Dan Rather leaves CBS today “to pursue other interests,” as they say when people are forced out.

The veteran CBS blowhard, who helped make his name by insulting the first President Bush, went down with the ship over his phony “news” story denigrating the second President Bush’s National Guard Service during Vietnam. This so-called journalist deserves a Pulitzer Prize for living down to the ideals of today’s lying, plagiarizing, politically-motivated “newsmen,” from Jason Blair to Paul Krugman. He became the poster boy for journalistic misconduct when he stood by his guns long after the papers alleging misconduct on the part of Guardsman Bush were proven to be counterfeit and with the full knowledge that his main source was an unhinged partisan hack.

Thanks to Rather and his ilk, the so-called Mainstream Media are losing their clout; an army of fact-checking, lie-exposing bloggers are helping see to that.

Good riddance, Dan.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

New York, New York

My wife and I were in New York City with our daughter and her husband two weeks before 9/11. We were going to visit Windows on the World, atop the World Trade Center, where a friend of my daughter’s was to give us a tour, but had to cancel due to foul weather. We figured we could always catch it the next trip.

I remember checking in at the hotel; the desk clerk (inappropriately) volunteered, “You’re from Texas, like George Bush. We don’t like him here.”

“You’ll learn,” was my curt reply.

And learn, they did, at least for a while.

I was unaware at the time of our visit that my Newark-based flight attendant daughter had just been reassigned from the route she’d flown all that summer—United Flight 93—the one the passengers took down over Pennsylvania while fighting the terrorist-hijackers. My wife accompanied her on one of those flights using a buddy pass, so she could see our smiling daughter at work, charming the passengers as she saw to their needs.

President Bush’s high point with that opinionated desk clerk and, if voting records are accurate, probably was when he stood in the rubble of the World Trade Center beside that fire fighter and said, “I can hear you. The rest of the world hears you. And the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.”

But since then, a lot of New Yorkers seem to have lost their way. One would think that, as residents of the scene of the worst terrorist attack ever on American soil, New Yorkers would remember. One would think that they would understand the necessity of keeping terrorists on the run worldwide, killing them and denying them sanctuaries in new Afghanistans where they could plot the murder of more Americans. One would think that New Yorkers were as tough as their reputation.

Apparently not.

Perhaps the fault lies in their traditional liberal-left political orientation. For many of us, liberals and conservatives, 9/11 changed the world and changed our world view. Some, however, cling to their outmoded beliefs no matter what. They do not learn from history and thus are condemned to repeat it. After a suitable pause and a demonstration of solidarity after 9/11, they went right back to their old pre-9/11 ways and bought into the Democrat smear campaign against President Bush, regardless of its effect on the war.

Perhaps the fault lies in the leftist media, the nexus of which resides in New York, specifically at The New York Times. Again, after a suitable pause, the knives came out. A once-great newspaper, now sullied by scandal, gave up any pretense of objectivity in its relentless assault on the President and the War on Terror.

Perhaps the fault lies in the willful censorship of 9/11 by the so-called mainstream media, a media that is quick to show dead Iraqi civilians, yet denies us images of the most sobering event in U.S. and New York history. Video of 9/11 ought to be played on television stations around the country every single day, with special emphasis placed on those poor American souls who jumped from the Twin Towers rather than burn to death. It hasn’t been and won’t be, because those images reflect the truth of why we are fighting and the kind of evil we are up against, as opposed to the propaganda that the left wishes us to believe.

A number of great New Yorkers of all political persuasions, from former Mayor Ed Koch, a Democrat, to “America’s Mayor,” Republican Rudi Giuliani, understand the stakes and the fact that the world has changed. Others—the likes of Sen. Schumer and Sen. Clinton (who at times seems to get it, but most of the time puts politics ahead of national security)—are less helpful to the cause.

Make no mistake. New York is a prime target of the terrorists. So are Washington, D.C., Houston, Miami, San Francisco, Seattle, De Moines. We are all targets—Christians, Jews and yes, even Muslims. This is going to be a long war, because the radicals are numerous and even some of our so-called friends, such as the Saudis, are fueling that radicalism with their children’s textbooks, not to mention money and their own political corruption.

As the president is fond of saying, Iraq is but one theater in the global War on Terror. Those who refuse to see that, those who refuse to recognize the undeniable truth that supporters of terrorists are just as evil and guilty and dangerous as the terrorists themselves, are fools. And in their foolishness, in their mindless hatred for George W. Bush, they put all the rest of us at risk.

But it is for those New Yorkers who have forgotten what happened that September morning; it is for people like the “Jersey Girls” and Cindy Sheehan, who abuse their dead (and all our dead soldiers and civilians from 9/11 and its aftermath) as political pawns, for whom I reserve the most contempt.

The world has changed. But they still have your heads in the sand.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

A New Low for the Enemy Media



Disgusting. Un-American. Treasonous.

Those are three of the printable thoughts I have about the Arizona Republic's outrageous cartoon shown here.

The newspaper has indicted and convicted U.S. Marines based on media and terrorist tales of a supposed massacre in Haditha, Iraq. Despite the fact that no trial has occurred and that publications such as TIME have had to run numerous corrections as a result of unverified, biased reports coming from questionable "witnesses." Others in the deviant media have followed current trends in shoddy journalism and run photos of the dead from an Islamofascist terrorist act, falsely suggesting they are from Haditha. The Arizona Republic has decided, for purely political purposes, that our Marines are guilty.

In my opinion, journalists now rank below whores and politicians when it comes to fairness and basic integrity. But what else can one expect from bigoted hatemongers?

Dems STILL Offer No Solutions

Higher taxes, political correctness, a unilateral halt to the War on Terror. That is what Democrats stand for. They may dissemble, backing and filling so as not to reveal their true nature, but that is what they really stand for. Oh, yes, and Bush hatred. Mustn’t forget that, for it is the overarching theme of all that they say and do.

They are the Party Without Ideas, so they resort to lies and personal attacks. Their only goal is power for power’s sake, not that they have a clue about what to do with it.

They want more of your and my money, so they can dole it out to others and therefore buy their votes. It doesn’t even matter if the votes they buy are cast by non-citizens, which is why they abhor voter identification. Anybody who will cast a vote for Democrats is more than welcome. In addition to illegal aliens, that includes convicted felons, people from other districts, the dead… it really doesn’t matter when the end justifies the means.

They want to stifle free speech, at least when it comes from conservatives. They themselves use the vilest language and images in their relentless effort to smear anyone who doesn’t agree with them, yet whine like banshees when the shoe is on the other foot. Of course, that is because Democrats know best—what’s best for the rest of us, mind you—while they are free to do as they please because they are so “progressive.”

They parade phony warriors—anyone with military credentials, either real or made up—to provide gravitas for their empty messages on national security. Yet, they never take that next step to tell us what the world (and the United States) might look like after they stop the war. Had we followed Murtha’s advice, al-Zarqawi would still be alive, murdering innocent men, women and children, sawing off people’s heads, killing his fellow Muslims. Stopping the war, on our side, at least, will only lead to more terror and bolder strikes against us. Relieve the pressure that is keeping Bin Laden holed up cowering in a cave and he will once again free to plot murderous attacks against Americans. Pull out of Iraq and let it go the way of Afghanistan under the Taliban, a haven for terrorists and a platform from which to launch operations against us. But the Democrats don’t look at consequences. They only want power. Power at any price.

Thankfully, the American people are wise at heart. Despite an occasional flirtation with Snake Oil salesmen, Americans know deep down that the Democrats are dangerously unserious about national security at a time when terrorists are seeking access to the worst imaginable weapons of mass destruction. Despite all the rhetoric, all the biased coverage by the leftist media, it is gut check time when you are in that voting booth. Even though images of 9/11 are censored and sanitized, lest they undermine the media’s version of the facts, people remember that day and what happened. They are not likely to vote to return to the days when we collectively hid our heads in the sand.

The Democrats can’t even see the forest for the trees, which is good news for Americans and good news for our country.

Monday, June 12, 2006

West Point Reunion

I attended my 35th West Point reunion this past weekend and boy, are we getting old! Hard to believe that World War II was only 22 years over when I graduated from high school and I have now been out of college for 35 years!

One thing I had to tell my classmates who stayed in for a full 20 years or more was thanks for sticking with it. The Army was in pretty bad shape as a result of Vietnam when I went active the summer of ’71. There was an awful lot of bad leadership and it really turned me off. I got out as soon as my five-year commitment was up.

The guys who continued to serve did a wonderful job of reforming and rebuilding the Army into the formidable, well-led, all-volunteer force we have today. The troops were always good, as long as they had good leadership, even in the old draft days. But today, they are even better, thanks in large part to the excellent positive leadership being provided by the officers and NCOs. Thanks a lot to my classmates for making it so.

One thing that came through loud and clear, however, was that the Army is stretched pretty thin now, with many soldiers on their third or fourth tours in the war zone. There are fears that budgets will be cut back, no matter which party is in power, and that these funding reductions will be balanced on the backs of the soldiers, since it would be a disaster to cut our force levels.

I am a Rumsfeld fan. We need a leaner, meaner Army able to fight these kind of anti-terrorist wars, but that Army, however lean, has got to get bigger to take the pressure off the outstanding troops we have protecting us from the barbarians.

The highlight of the entire reunion, of course, was the fact that it started as we all received the news that our guys had gotten al-Zarqawi at last. Good riddance!

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

BUYING OFF HITLER

Neville Chamberlain has become synonymous with appeaser. Of course, not too many people these days know who Neville Chamberlain was, nor do they know the definition of “appeaser.”

I am not sure exactly what old Neville gave up to gain der Fuhrer’s promise of “peace in our time,” but it sure wasn’t nuclear technology, which didn’t really exist in that time (1938 via the Munich Agreement, for you who don’t know history and are therefore condemned to repeat it---and what he gave up was the Sudetenland, a part of Czechoslovakia). I suppose if nuclear technology had existed, Neville would have given up that, too.

By 1939, Hitler had broken his solemn promise and invaded Poland. He later broke another solemn promise to ally with the Soviet Union by invading THAT country, as well. Chamberlain’s “peace in our time” brought us World War II.

Fast forward to 2006 and, according to the Associated Press, the United States has offered nuclear technology (and apparently Boeing aircraft parts so they can build their own jetliners for a NUCLEAR 9/11) in return for Iran agreeing to give up nuclear enrichment. The crazy Iranian president, whose name is a long-unintelligible jumble of letters that I refuse to look up out of lack of respect (so we’ll just call him Hitler-Lite) will in all likelihood tell us to take a flying leap. Of course, if he’s smart (and either he isn’t at all or he fully realizes how corruptly decadent the West has truly become) he’ll probably say “maybe” and then just continue to stall us as he builds up his nuclear arsenal.

The one person I don’t get in all of this is George W. Bush, our beloved president. I have supported him through thick and thin, through the dubious politics of sucking up to Teddy Kennedy, the Harriet Myers nomination, the Dubai Ports World mess and his bone-headedly stubborn refusal to see “la luz” when it comes to securing the borders BEFORE we discuss any kind of amnesty program for Mexican illegals. But now, I am not so sure. Say it ain’t so, George W! Please say it ain’t so.

Perhaps our president has been so beaten up and lame-ducked by the Enemy News Media and their EuroAmerican Democrat masters that he just doesn’t think he has the power politically to do the right thing and wipe Iran’s nuclear facilities AND its government off the face of the Earth. Non-nuclear air strikes on the scale of Gulf War I would probably do it. Perhaps the great Condi Rice is really just a Colin Powell in wolf’s clothing. Perhaps W has some secret plan. But, back to World War II: This is 1938 all over again!

Any idiot can see that. Go to the Holocaust Museum in Washington and look at all the signs that were so evident at the time but missed by the poor Jews who couldn’t believe such a thing could happen in their own country. Oh, yeah, according to President Hitler-Lite, THERE WAS NO HOLOCAUST.

Listen to me, people:

Iran is a terrorist state. In fact, it is the WORLD’S NUMBER ONE TERRORIST STATE. They have threatened to destroy Israel and call us “The Great Satan,” remember? They are part of, if not the dominant player in, the AXIS OF EVIL.

We are in a war with ISLAMOFASCIST TERRORISTS who want to DESTROY US. IRAN IS THE LEADER OF THE NEW ISLAMIC REICH. The War on Terror ultimately goes through Teheran, just as World War II in Europe inevitably had to go through Berlin before it was finally over.

My God, what in the Hell is happening to us? If we go ahead with this madness, we might as well all turn in our Bibles for Korans (I refuse to use the Islamofascist spelling), start wrapping rags around our heads and dressing all our women in burkahs. It really is that serious.

If you don’t believe me, go back and read your history books. This is going to cost us a lot more casualties over the long run and there is absolutely no excuse for it. Not this time.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Throw the Bums Out!

I, like many conservatives, am fed up with the Republican Congress, especially the Senate. Not the whole Congress, but those members who say they are Republicans but act like Democrats. On spending, support for the war, illegal immigration, many of our senators and representatives are elitists who are out of touch with their base. Even the President is out of touch on some issues, such as illegal immigration, but on the one big thing—the War—he has the right idea and that is all that matters. Not so with our RINOs in Congress.

However, instead of throwing out the baby with the bathwater, I will be voting come November and I will be supporting many of those same RINOs. Not with money to the Republican National Committee, because I think they are in large part responsible for the RINOs’ existence in the first place, but I will vote Republican over Democrat in a New York minute. I will be holding my nose as I cast some ballots, but at the end of the day, the idea of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid running both houses of Congress makes me just want to throw up. We’ll all be at risk under that scenario—-at risk of higher taxes, more government control over our lives, and successful terrorist attacks after they abandon the War on Terror, which they will surely do.

But I do want to throw the bums out. Only not in the general election. The time to do that is in the primaries. We have to get rid of the Trent Lotts and Olympia Snowes. The Republican Party needs to field strong conservatives and tell the RINOs and clock-punching politicians who lack any ideology (or spine) to go out to pasture, where they will be in good company with all the cow patties.

We must remember the names of the weak sisters in our Party and cast them out the next time they are up for election. In the primaries, but cast them out, we must.