CONTENTS: Ajami – BO had little choice; Morals – Am soldier “guilty”; 3 women; Maureen Dowd; Mark Thiessen; George Will; Obama can’t; GeoWill – blithely off to war; Hanson – Libyan madness; York – no fly w/o air force; Charen – Explain!; Freind – Libya oil; O’Grady – BO/Brazil; Koch – war against Js goes on; Iran fatwa against saudis; Mike Pence – $1/day; Islamic law from FL judge; PA leadership conf; Bennett/Liebsohn present; Review – fight of our lives; Health – Starbucks flipped; impeach now.
Announcements at p. 7 and at http://www.deadcatsandclippings.com/?page_id=3984
3/23/1775: Patrick Henry gave his “Liberty or Death” speech in Richmond, VA. (Bennett & Cribb, 2008)
3/23/2011: Gadhafi has applied to Illinois for sanctuary. (Dr. Marty)
Jim Nolte: “Think how much better the world would be if these people devoted as much energy and hate towards defeating Islamic terrorism as they do towards defeating Palin.
“And yet somehow through it all, Palin just keeps on keeping on, which only drives them all crazier.”
Fouda Ajami, WSJ: “Obama’s Holbrooke Moment”
“He had little choice but to act…. Obama came to this Libyan engagement imbued by a curious doctrine of American guilt…”
Ajami’s powerful essay explains why we are in Libya, ridicules how we got there, and defends America’s history of helping Muslims: “…Kuwait in 1991, Bosnia in 1995, Kosovo in 1999, Afghanistan in 2001, Iraq in 2003. In all of these previous endeavors, it was America that supplied the will and the sense of moral and strategic urgency….”
Morals: Who skates? And who poses with the victim’s head?
1) WSJ: Soldier to Plead Guilty in Afghan Murder Case
“A soldier being court-martialed on a U.S. Army base near Seattle for the murder of three Afghan civilians has agreed to plead guilty Wednesday in hopes of earning a reduced sentence, according to one of the attorneys handling his case.
“My client is admitting on the record to three counts of murder, plus one count of conspiracy to commit assault and battery and one count of illegal drug use,” said Geoffrey Nathan, a lawyer for Army Spc. Jeremy Morlock.
2) Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice, Samantha Power…
“WASHINGTON — In a Paris hotel room on Monday night, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton found herself juggling the inconsistencies of American foreign policy in a turbulent Middle East. She criticized the foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates for sending troops to quash protests in Bahrain even as she pressed him to send planes to intervene in Libya.
“Only the day before, Mrs. Clinton — along with her boss, President Obama — was a skeptic on whether the United States should take military action in Libya. But that night, with Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s forces turning back the rebellion that threatened his rule, Mrs. Clinton changed course, forming an unlikely alliance with a handful of top administration aides who had been arguing for intervention….”
“…The shift in the administration’s position — from strong words against Libya to action — was forced largely by the events beyond its control: the crumbling of the uprising raised the prospect that Colonel Qaddafi would remain in power to kill “many thousands,” as Mr. Obama said at the White House on Friday.
“The change became possible, though, only after Mrs. Clinton joined Samantha Power, a senior aide at the National Security Council, and Susan Rice, Mr. Obama’s ambassador to the United Nations, who had been pressing the case for military action, according to senior administration officials speaking only on condition of anonymity. Ms. Power is a former journalist and human rights advocate; Ms. Rice was an Africa adviser to President Clinton when the United States failed to intervene to stop the Rwanda genocide, which Mr. Clinton has called his biggest regret. …”
Did Sock Puppet deliberately stick something into Obama? And how many will die for her decision? See
Maureen Dowd, “Fight of the Valkyries”
“They are called the Amazon Warriors, the Lady Hawks, the Valkyries, the Durgas.
“There is something positively mythological about a group of strong women swooping down to shake the president out of his delicate sensibilities and show him the way to war. And there is something positively predictable about guys in the White House pushing back against that story line for fear it makes the president look henpecked.
“It is not yet clear if the Valkyries will get the credit or the blame on Libya. But everyone is fascinated with the gender flip…”
Mark Thiessen’s essay, “Obama’s Disastrous UN Resolution” “It tells you everything you need to know about Barack Obama’s worldview that he sought authorization from the United Nations, and not from Congress, before launching military action in Libya. (The fact is, as commander in chief, he required neither.) But putting aside the president’s obeisance to an international body over one representing the American people, the U.N. resolution he secured could prove to be a disaster for the Libyan people and American national security…”
George Will: “Uncertainties Cloud Action…”
“The missile strikes that inaugurated America’s latest attempt at regime change were launched 29 days before the 50th anniversary of another such — the Bay of Pigs of April 17, 1961. Then the hubris of American planners was proportional to their ignorance of everything relevant, from Cuban sentiment to Cuba’s geography. The fiasco was a singularly feckless investment of American power.
“Does practice make perfect? In today’s episode, America has intervened in a civil war in a tribal society, the dynamics of which America does not understand. And America is supporting one faction, the nature of which it does not know. “We are standing with the people of Libya,” says Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, evidently confident that “the” people are a harmonious unit. Many in the media call Moammar Gadhafi’s opponents “freedom fighters,” and perhaps they are, but no one calling them that really knows how the insurgents regard one another, or understand freedom, or if freedom, however understood, is their priority.
“But, then, knowing is rarely required in the regime-change business….”
3) Obama: The President Is w/o Authority…
“As a presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama (D.-Ill.) emphatically stated that the Constitution does not give the president the authority to unilaterally authorize a military attack unless it is needed to stop an actual or imminent attack on the United States.
“Obama made the assertion in a Dec. 20, 2007 interview with the Boston Globe when reporter Charlie Savage asked him under what circumstances the president would have the constitutional authority to bomb Iran without first seeking authorization from Congress.”
On the other hand, Mark Levin (March 22nd) swore that we have used our military 125 times in the history of this Republic but obtained Congressional approval for about a dozen of them. The leash on our Commander-in-Chief is Congressional refusal to pay for what he ordered… http://dailycaller.com/2011/03/23/mark-levin-defends-constitutionality-of-obamas-libya-policy-dont-listen-to-ron-paul-and-dennis-kucinich/
George Will, NY Post: “Blithely Off to War”
“Has O thought Libya through?
“The missile strikes that inaugurated America’s latest attempt at regime change were launched 29 days before the 50th anniversary of another such — the Bay of Pigs of April 17, 1961. Then, the hubris of US planners was proportional to their ignorance of everything relevant, from Cuban sentiment to Cuba’s geography. The fiasco was a singularly feckless investment of US power.
“Does practice make perfect? In today’s episode, America has intervened in a civil war in a tribal society, the dynamics of which America does not understand. And America is supporting one faction, the nature of which it does not know. ..”
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: Libyan March Madness
“The prognosis for Libya might be better if our president cared more about it than about the NCAA.
The Obama administration’s Libyan strategy is a paradox — resulting from the president’s belatedly announcing that Moammar Qaddafi must go, using military force against him, and then denying that our objective is to see him leave. The president seems more knowledgeable about the tournament chances of two dozen college basketball teams than he does about the Libyan labyrinth. So let us review what follows from a campaign that has not been approved by Congress and is not supported by the American people — but which we must now hope works, given the commitment of American troops….”
Byron York, WashingtonExaminer: “A No-fly Zone in a Country with Virtually No Air Force.
Mona Charen, NRO: An Explanation?
“As American forces join the war against Moammar Qaddafi, the nation is entitled to an explanation. How is the case for war against Qaddafi smarter (remember, Obama is only against “dumb” wars) or less “ideological” or more prudent than that for war against Saddam Hussein?
“Certainly with an army of only 50,000, Qaddafi represents far less of a threat to his neighbors or to us than did Saddam, who commanded an army estimated at 350,000. As for humanitarian concerns, what Qaddafi is doing to the rebels in Libya is exactly what Saddam did to his domestic enemies, but on a reduced scale. As Obama himself said, Saddam was “a ruthless man . . . who butchers his own people to secure his power.” Yet that didn’t justify a war, state senator Obama told us….”
Christopher Freind, PhillyMag: Libya Is All about Oil
“”There is no question why the U.S. is involved. It’s not about stopping a brutal dictator, nor is it about civilian deaths. And it’s not about democracy and freedom for the Libyans. It’s simply because Libya produces a lot of oil. If it was really about any of the aforementioned reasons, we’d be forcefully engaged in most countries around the globe, since democracies are the exception. Just look at the Rwandan conflict: 20 percent of the population was slaughtered, but it had no oil. Result: no intervention. A little truth for why we are in Libya would go a long way.
“…George Washington could not have been more right when he advised against foreign entanglements and intervening in the internal affairs of sovereign nations….”
Mary Anastasia O’Grady, WSJ: Why Obama Went to Brazil
“President Obama’s trip to Brazil, Chile and El Salvador this week, while war rages in Libya, has been sharply criticized as proof of dangerous detachment from a world that badly needs U.S. leadership.
“Yet there is a case to be made for going—to Brazil anyway. Arguably Santiago and San Salvador could have been postponed. Chile is already a stable ally and the stop in El Salvador, to mouth platitudes about hemispheric security while Central America is going up in narco-trafficking flames, only highlights the futility of the U.S. war on drugs.
“Going to Brasilia to meet with Workers’ Party President Dilma Rousseff on Saturday, on the other hand, was important.
“Unfortunately, Mr. Obama discredited his trip even before it began by peddling it as a trade mission to create jobs and boost the U.S. economy. With those goals in mind, he would have been better off staying home and lobbying Congress to drop the 54 cents per gallon tariff on Brazilian sugar ethanol, and to end all U.S. subsidies on cotton, which have been ruled illegal by the World Trade Organization in a case brought by Brazil. Or he could have sent the Colombia and Panama free trade agreements to the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, where they would be easily ratified.
“Let’s face it: Mr. Obama’s reputation as a protectionist precedes him. If he believes otherwise, our silver-tongued president has a tin ear. ..”
Ed Koch, RealClearPolitics: FDR, “War Against the Jews Goes On”
“I appreciate FDR’s contributions to the survival of our country. At the same time, I have never forgiven him for his refusal to grant haven to the 937 Jewish passengers on the SS St. Louis, who after fleeing Nazi Germany had been turned away from Cuba and hovered off the coast of Florida. The passengers were returned to Europe, and many were ultimately murdered in the Nazi concentration camps before World War II ended. I have said that I believe he is not in heaven, but in purgatory, being punished for his abandonment of the Jews. The concept of purgatory is Catholic. I am a secular Jew, but I am a believer in God and the hereafter, and I like this Catholic concept. The Casablanca document reinforces my conviction that President Roosevelt was, at heart, not particularly sympathetic to the plight of the Jews.
“Today, the war against the Jews continues….”
PajamasMedia: Fatwa – Iran Orders Worldwide Attacks on Saudi Interests
“…Several grand ayatollahs in Iran have issued a fatwa for Muslims to come to the aid of their Shiite brothers in Bahrain, who they claim are suffering horrific crimes from their government in collaboration with the Saudi armed forces. They further emphasized that the people of Bahrain have every right to demand freedom and their fair share from the state.
“Shia-News, a site associated with Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi (a hard-line Shiite Twelver and an influential figure in the suppression of Iranians during their uprising to protest the fraudulent presidential election of 2009), is registering volunteers to participate in suicide bombings against Saudi interests around the world. Hundreds have already registered. Reports from inside Iran indicate that an alert has gone out to the Revolutionary Guards Quds forces throughout the world to prepare for attacks on Saudi establishments….”
Mike Pence, TheHill: “One day at a time…”
“Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) called for a showdown with ‘Senate liberals’ Monday, saying the GOP must not retreat from its plan to slash $61 billion even if it means funding the government just one day at a time.
“If this continuing resolution ran out on April 8, I think we send to [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid [D-Nev.] our bill with our priorities in it, our cuts in it, and if the string runs out and we run out of funding then we can meet every day and pass a one-day resolution to fund the government and send it over until he finally gets to the negotiation table and does something real and meaningful…”
Islamic Law…Ordered by Florida Judge
“TAMPA — The question of what law applies in any Florida courtroom usually comes down to two choices: federal or state.
“But Hillsborough Circuit Judge Richard Nielsen is being attacked by conservative bloggers after he ruled in a lawsuit March 3 that, to resolve one crucial issue in the case, he will consult a different source.
“‘This case,’ the judge wrote, ‘will proceed under Ecclesiastical Islamic Law.’
“Nielsen said he will decide in a lawsuit against a local mosque, the Islamic Education Center of Tampa, whether the parties in the litigation properly followed the teachings of the Koran in obtaining an arbitration decision from an Islamic scholar.
“The suit was filed by several men who say they were improperly ousted as trustees in 2002. The dispute may decide who controls $2.2 million the center received from the state after some of its land was used in a road project.
“But attorney Paul Thanasides last week appealed Nielson’s decision with the 2nd District Court of Appeal, saying religion has no place in a secular court.
“His client: the mosque.
“‘The mosque believes wholeheartedly in the Koran and its teachings,’ Thanasides said Monday. ‘They certainly follow Islamic law in connection with their spiritual endeavors. But with respect to secular endeavors, they believe Florida law should apply in Florida courts.’”
PA Leadership Conference, April 8-9, 2011
This should be hot!
Keynotes: CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER and HERMAN CAIN. Also speaking Sen. Pat Toomey, Gov. James Gilmore, John Fund, Jim Cawley, John Gizzi, Tim Phillips, and Rose Tennet.
$85 Registration, $150 double. Registration INCLUDES the Friday evening dinner, Saturday morning breakfast, Saturday luncheon, all speaker and panel presentations, access to the exhibition hall, and the pre-conference U.S. Constitution and campaign workshops. The pre-dinner reception is the ONLY function ticketed separately, and the fee for attending the pre-dinner reception is $100.00 per person. The $50.00 dinner only fee is ONLY for those who do not want to attend any other part of the conference.
Radisson PennHarris:1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill , PA, 17011
$119/Single; $129 Double
Register at http://paleadershipconference.org/
March 30th, Noon-2 PM: Bill Bennett/Seth Leibsohn – The Fight of Our Lives
“Nothing less than our survival is at stake…”
$70 for book, lunch, presentations, schmoozing
Philadelphia Union League, 140 South Broad St
Doors open 11:30 AM
Review: Fight of Our Lives
Bennett, William J & Seth Leibsohn (2011) The Fight of Our Lives: Knowing the Enemy, Speaking the Truth, & Choosing to Win the War Against Radical Islam. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson. $20 minus discounts.
Bennett and Liebsohn became friends after I tripped over their radio show several years ago. Liebsohn now does some other things but I still catch Bill and crew at six-o’clock most mornings. I am, therefore, strongly inclined to praise this book because of the importance of its topic – the threats to all of us from Islam – and because of my loyalty to friends.
The book spans 153 pages – it took me about two hours to read them – and covers our growing awareness of the historical nature of Islam’s threat to us, our softening language and tactics for facing it, and our need to sound bugles, beat drums, and sing hymns. There are facts – bloodied Dutch publishers, bloodied subway riders, bloodied soldiers, and bloodied aircraft passengers. And there are denials from our national leaders, the same opportunists who send our Marines to hunt down (politely with three-round clips) the seeds of radical Islam in the sand, ice, and rocks of Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. No Bibles, no booze, no broads … a hair-shirted war between troopers separated from the enemy by a thousand years.
The writing is mostly Seth. The sentences are shorter, the words longer, and the effect can be somewhat annoying. Bill is a smoother persuader. Seth, however, is younger and has decades to unfold himself.
Some neglected ideas:
– The average IQ for the Arabic sections of Africa and the Middle East is usually between 75-85. That in Israel is about 105. The result is two collectivist organizations that cannot stand each other, one led by very bright clerics using strict rules and consequences and the other pushed from its roots, a collectivist bush whereon every leaf acts for the benefit of every other leaf and stalls confused when there are jeers instead of thanks. The one side is marked by impulsiveness and old human instincts for ownership, spite, dominance, and telling women what to do. The other by individual plans, inventiveness, and bossy wives. The one may well dominate the results, the other traces a path to suicide by confused thoughts between right and wrong. (This sequences shines when you compare the Old with the New Testament! I will make you die becomes please make me die.)
– Sharia – Islamic law – is incompatible with the United States constitution. If your wife wears a burka, you are probably a bystander or a betrayer. You are being cheated if you give constitutional protections to Sharia followers.
– Both Islam and America sanction lies. Islam to nonbelievers, American liberals – in New England, universities, and large cities – to conservatives and southerners. American elites tend to be polysyllabic Marxists, many of the rest of us use shorter words and line up instinctively behind Jefferson and Madison and Adams or behind Hayek, Levin, Sowell, or Krauthammer.
– The split between liberal and conservative has heritable foundations that resist educator’s drivel. Even if you went to Harvard or Columbia, Hayek or Levin can be convincing at any age if you are susceptible to the viewpoints. (As a Republican staff blurted to me shortly after I was graduated from college, “Who in hell ever told you that you’re a Democrat?” I instantly flipped.)
– There is some chance that prosperity tips mothers to produce more socialist children! It’s called “genomic imprinting” and tells of sturdy mothers making their sons smaller, less impulsive, more verbal, and less competitive. “You saw her first, you take her home…”
– Religion is a player in the card games played by a culture. Toynbee observed that the collapse of twenty cultures was associated with a failure of one religion and the invasion by a second one. High-verbals tend to be atheist and look to human minds to direct nature. They fail.
– Most important, the average one of us is smarter than the average one of them, less impulsive, and just as determined to keep our world as we have made it. It’s been true for at least 900 years.
Finally, Mr. Liebsohn has the best idea of all…he lives in Arizona and packs…
Levin, Mark (2009) Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto. New York: Simon & Schuster.
Hayek, Friedrich A (1944/1944) The Road to Serfdom. Chicago: University of Chicago.
McCarthy, Andrew (2010) The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America. New York: Encounter Books.
Podhoretz, Norman (2007) World War IV:The Long Struggle Against Islamofascism. New York: Doubleday.
Sowell, Thomas. (2002) A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles. NY: Basic Books.
Wright, Lawrence (2006) The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11. NY: Knopf.
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American Coalition to Impeach Obama Now
Approaching 10,000 members…
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