The other night, when I forced myself to listen to the notorious pseudo-intellectual Keith Olbermann, I could not quite understand his insistence on making the inapt —and inept— comparison between the Democratic leadership and Neville Chamberlain. True, both are well-known for their ignorance of civilizational threats and for their proclivity to appeasing mass murderers, but that wouldn’t really have been what Olbermann was insinuating —so what was?
Oh. That George W. Bush is Adolf Hitler. Again:
We seem to be very near the bleak choice between war and shame, Winston Churchill wrote to Lord Moyne in the days after the British signed the Munich Accords with Germany in 1938. “My feeling is that we shall choose shame and then have war thrown in a little later.” That‘s what this is for the Democrats, isn‘t it, their Neville Chamberlain moment before the second world war[?]
All that is missing is the landing at the airport with the blinkered leader waving a piece of paper, which he naively thought would guarantee peace in our time, but which his opponent would ignore with deceit. The Democrats have merely streamlined the process. Their piece of paper already says Mr. Bush can ignore it with impunity.
Olbermann and his fellow travelers, like the mentally-ill Mother Sheehan (whom the anti-war Democrats cynically brandished in the faces of their righteous detractors like a gypsy mother does with a piece of cardboard), think they are being bold and principled by criticizing the majority party —but they still can’t bring themselves to acknowledge why such a criticism might be necessary for them.
The answer is to be found in Olbermann’s claim that the Democrats were swept into Congressional power again on a mandate to end our involvement in the War for Iraq. He claims a virtually unprecedented and unambiguous message from the People to their representatives: get us out of Iraq.
But this is false. The 2006 Congressional elections were a very mild rebuke to the doltish and incompetent Republican leadership and party, in general. The Democrats were the merest sort of beneficiaries to this withdrawal of support from the President’s party —by default alone. Don’t think for a moment that Middle America is in any way comfortable with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.
If most Americans were as intent as the anti-war Democrats’ rhetoric is on pulling us out of Iraq, it would be the easiest thing in the world for the party leadership to pass bill after bill defunding our operations. There would be no risk to these craven liberal bastards because it would be as poll-driven as Bill Clinton in the back end of an El Camino.
But is that what’s happening? No. Because this Democratic leadership knows that there is a downside to sounding just like Osama bin Laden. They know that their names will forever be associated with defeatism and dhimmitude if they dare meddle with the successful prosecution of this war. They know that there are consequences to acting on the disgusting sort of anti-American rhetoric that lightweights like Keith Olbermann fling around. I don’t know how, but they somehow do.
So there’s your disconnect, you farcical regurgitation of Dave Garroway. You believe that Bushitler has bullied and threatened the Congress into walking back from the ledge of ending the War for Iraq. But how —and this is what you refuse to acknowledge— how can a man so unpopular and so wrong and so immoral shame or intimidate people whose supposed cause you champion against his? What happened to their mandate? Aren’t they manifestly the President’s betters? Why can’t they —why can’t you— turn Bushitler out? If you’re so right and Bushitler’s so wrong, what’s the hold-up?
Pelosi and Reid and the other useful idiots aren’t pulling their punches because of what a weak and unpopular President has to say about it —but because they know that their position on ending the war before it’s time to end the war will come to destroy them and their irresponsible joke of a party for a generation to come.
The fact that you will not acknowledge why the Democrats caved is proof enough that you have deluded yourself into thinking that your understanding of our purpose in Iraq even matters. It does not. Your party is not the party of treason and defeatism because George W. Bush says so, but because History will say so. Pelosi used you clowns to get her hands on the gavel. Now you know the limits of your power —and your so-called mandate.
Broken people cannot unbreak others,
Nor share their pieces where they gather
Even though they think they would,
They’re crazy —and shall never do.
The United States of America and the United States of Mexico are going to be the same thing some day. It will all be one playground of industry and indolence —just like it is now— but by some other name. That name will be the United States of America. Our flag will look very much like the American flag we know today. Our capital will remain where it is. Our tongue will be nimbler and our women more beautiful. The great-grandson of Oaxacan farmers will sit in the Oval Office. And you won’t have to worry about keeping up with the Joneses anymore because the Perezes and Garcias will be —are now— the common style.
If you had known me when I was a young man, you’d laugh at what I’ve said just now. But the truth is that demography is destiny and the only thing that’s left to us to do is insist on pressing one for English. And I won’t apologize for that. I don’t want people paying fines; I want them to send their kids to school and learn the English language.
John Edwards is so goddamned stupid that he has actually caused me to stop and look around the room for the inevitable hidden camera:
NEW YORK (AP) – Democrat John Edwards Wednesday repudiated the notion that there is a “global war on terror,” calling it an ideological doctrine advanced by the Bush Administration that has strained American military resources and emboldened terrorists.
In a defense policy speech he planned to deliver at the Council on Foreign Relations, Edwards called the war on terror a “bumper sticker” slogan Bush had used to justify everything from abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison to the invasion of Iraq.
“We need a post-Bush, post-9/11, post-Iraq military that is mission focused on protecting Americans from 21st century threats, not misused for discredited ideological purposes,” Edwards said in remarks prepared for delivery. “By framing this as a war, we have walked right into the trap the terrorists have set—that we are engaged in some kind of clash of civilizations and a war on Islam.”
This idea that we are not in a real war and that Osama’s got us right where he wanted us all along and that Iraq is the best recruiting tool the terrorists ever had and blah, blah, blah is just fucking embarrassing. For one thing, if we aren’t really at war, then why don’t the terrorists (and Edwards did actually use that word) know that? They seem to think we are at war. They are engaging in hostilities against our military by conventional and unconventional means —so what the fuck is Edwards talking about? He doesn’t approve of the idea of this being war semantically? I mean —what? He’s a fucking dolt.
By the way, why do Democrats forgive Edwards for helping to make possible Bush the Yonger’s re-election in 2004? Have a look at what Bob Shrum is saying in his new book about John Kerry’s choice for running mate that year:
Shrum says that, in the end, Kerry “wished that he’d never picked Edwards, that he should have gone with his gut” and selected Dick Gephardt. And the feelings between Kerry and Edwards seem fairly mutual. After Kerry reached out to Edwards in the wake of his wife’s disclosure of a recurrence of cancer, Shrum writes, “Kerry told me that the Edwardses simply stopped returning calls or talking to him and Teresa.”
Who’s got time to return phone calls when there’s money to be made giving speeches to college kids of the evils of poverty in America?
A “hyper-ambitious phony.” That’s what Bob Shrum says of Silkiness. Pretty devastating, I’d say. But, really, I’d like to know what my commenters think of it.
It’s hard to watch this, you know? It’s real hard to have to tolerate the sound of his fucking voice when he throws his lies and smears around and squeezes some more of the same out of the other filthy fucking traitors he consorts with every night.
Fuck Keith Olbermann. He’s a partisan hack of the worst sort.
Oh. Why am I watching? Because he promised at the top of the hour to say something critical about the Democratic leadership. I just have to hear the gears grind when he starts pulling those punches.
UPDATE: That was boring.
Miserable ex-President Jimmy Carter told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette:
“We now have endorsed the concept of pre-emptive war where we go to war with another nation militarily, even though our own security is not directly threatened, if we want to change the regime there or if we fear that some time in the future our security might be endangered,” he said. “But that’s been a radical departure from all previous administration policies.”
“The concept of pre-emptive war” is an intellectual construct made by people who are too fucking stupid to recognize the many reasons why our nation goes to war. Our rationale is inherent to our situation in the world. When we attack an enemy, there may or may not be a proximate cause or some obvious trigger, but that is only one factor among many. The circumstances are clear enough to honest people, but to this present generation of anti-war Democrats, they want to pretend that —on the sole basis of whether Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction— we invaded the traitor Michael Moore’s kite-flying paradise of Iraq.
It is false to believe that America doesn’t attack its enemies before, during, and after —or first, next, then, and last. America attacks its enemies whenever it wishes and by whatever means it can. It does so obscurely or it tapes itself in the act of its ultra-violent missions for later viewings on film day with the boys.
The romantics amongst us never learned what we do: we liberate and ameliorate. We prop ‘em up and knock ‘em down. We’re the best friends and the worst enemies any of these bastards ever knew.
But don’t listen to what Jimmy Carter thinks about what our country does or is or stands for. He is an an ignorant and supercilious old man. A few years ago, when Loudmouth Matthews asked him to draw a parallel between the American Revolution and the War for Iraq, Carter said:
Well, one parallel is that the Revolutionary War, more than any other war up until recently, has been the most bloody war we‘ve fought. I think another parallel is that in some ways the Revolutionary War could have been avoided. It was an unnecessary war.
Had the British Parliament been a little more sensitive to the colonial‘s really legitimate complaints and requests the war could have been avoided completely, and of course now we would have been a free country now as is Canada and India and Australia, having gotten our independence in a nonviolent way.
Is it really possible to think this way? To dismiss the necessity of our ancestors’ fighting in the American Revolution because it could have been chatted over instead? What sort of pansy-assed nonsense is that? Who the fuck has ever believed any such thing? It is an embarrassment to know that this seditous old scab was once our nation’s leader!
Paul Mirengoff calls Democratic Representative John Murtha a “corrupt bully” —as evidenced in this Washington Post piece:
During a series of House votes Thursday, Murtha walked to the chamber’s Republican side to confront Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., a 43-year-old former FBI agent. Earlier this month, Rogers had tried unsuccessfully to strike a Murtha earmark from an intelligence spending bill. The item would restore $23 million for the National Drug Intelligence Center, a facility in Murtha’s Pennsylvania district that some Republicans say is unneeded.
According to Rogers’ account, which Murtha did not dispute, the Democrat angrily told Rogers he should never seek earmarks of his own because “you’re not going to get any, now or forever.”
“This was clearly designed to try to intimidate me,” Rogers said in an interview Friday. “He said it loud enough for other people to hear.”
House rules prohibit lawmakers from placing conditions on earmarks or targeted tax benefits that are based on another member’s votes.
Murtha’s an asshole, too, but Democrats have chosen to reward him with some prominence in return for his participating in their opposition to the War for Iraq —just because he is a veteran of the Viet Nam War. This, as has been demonstrated to them before, is neither a qualification for moral superiority, nor a self-immunizing rebuke of “chickenhawkery” or whatever the fuck else the dhimmis wish to throw out there instead of ideas. But that’s what that is. Deep cynicism.
By the way, the NDIC is total fucking pork for Murtha’s constituents. That’s indisputable. But it’s also a Pentagon-funded Federal agency managed by the Department of Justice —which exists as some superfluous finger in the pie set aside for the Just Say No element in our Government. Lots of [counterintelligence] on the habits of marihuana growers and smokers. For instance. Is that really something you liberals are all queer about?
Why keep giving Murtha a pass? He’s not principled about anything. He just wants the lucre.
With a tip of the hat to Professor Reynolds, take a look at this report in today’s Washington Times:
Samuel R. Berger, the Clinton White House national security adviser who was caught taking highly classified documents from the National Archives, has agreed to forfeit his license to practice law.
In a written statement issued by Larry Breuer, Mr. Berger’s attorney, the former national security adviser said he pleaded guilty in the Justice Department investigation, accepted the penalties sought by the department and recognized that his law license would be affected.
“I have decided to voluntarily relinquish my license,” he said. “While I derived great satisfaction from years of practicing law, I have not done so for 15 years and do not envision returning to the profession. I am very sorry for what I did, and I deeply apologize.”
In giving up his license, Mr. Berger avoids being cross-examined by the Board on Bar Counsel, where he risked further disclosure of specific details of his theft. The agreement is expected to be formalized today.
I only mention this here because it bears repeating: if Sandy Berger had been National Security Adviser to a Republican President, this story would have been the smelliest, most gone-over piece of Big Media roadkill since the unpleasantness with Lincoln at Ford’s Theater. There is no contradicting me on this, so fuck you for even thinking otherwise.
Thanks to the equally indispensable Charles Johnson, have a listen to our former ambassador to the United Nations (at this link at Little Green Footballs).
It is nine or so minutes of John Bolton utterly, unambiguously, and remorselessly kicking the ass of some neo-hippie BBC Radio reporter. Bolton is almost literary in his succinction.
You cannot miss this.
That may very well have been a sinus infection of some kind I went home with Monday afternoon, but it was nothing —nothing— compared to the stomach virus I woke up with Monday night.
Jesus! Do you know how sick I have to be for even the thought of food to be nauseating?
I’m still tired as hell. Got to get my electrolytes back up.
I can’t stand people who are always sick. So, whenever I get sick, I can’t stand my self.
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