Thanks For The Good Words.

I appreciate everyone’s kind words. The kidney stone still has not passed, but it is no longer obstructing anything, so it could return at any time. I have been taking good drugs and haven’t felt much like posting.

But I can’t resist this. Maybe you’ve already seen it. – Problem Solvers – Woman Fired For Eating ‘Unclean’ Meat

Imagine the uproar if a Jewish business did this.

Good Point

Beware Your Wish – October 20, 2005 – The New York Sun – NY Newspaper

These developments ought to frighten the left. Where would the president’s critics be without anonymous and classified disclosures from CIA analysts, diplomats, and military officers unhappy with the president’s policy? Without these intelligence leaks the public would never have learned that, say, Ahmad Chalabi allegedly fooled the entire American intelligence community into believing that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Valerie Plame’s husband, Joseph Wilson, was a leaker when he, acting anonymously, shared his story of a secret trip to Niger with the New Republic. A whole literature devoted to demonizing the neoconservatives is at risk.

The answer is…they haven’t thought that far ahead. They see a way to attack Bush and they’re taking it. Or maybe they think that people are going to look at this and rise up to put them back in power, at which time they can prosecute anyone who leaks their secrets.

Short answer…they’re fools.

The War

In the comments to this post kchunk, one of my few readers, says that while he was behind the war in Iraq, he is now dismayed with the way things are going and thinks we are creating another Iran.

First, let me apologize to kchunk. I thought he was one of the usual left wing wackos I hear every day. He says he is not, so I’m sorry if I insulted him. But there’s nothing in his comments to lead me to believe that he was other than another lefty troll.

As for the war. It’s going great! I say that as someone who has read history, especially military history, and has firm grasp of reality.

It seems that most of the people complaining about the war are basing their criticism on a knowledge of war and history gleaned from watching movies. After all, it only took the “Band of Brothers” ten weeks to get from training camp to Berchtesgaden on HBO, and only ten hours on DVD, so what’s taking so long in Iraq?

Get real!

If history books bore you or you can’t cope with the jargon of military writing, read Jeff and Michael Shaara’s books on the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Check out SLA Marshall’s “Pork Chop Hill” or “The Elephant and the Tiger” for a look at the American military in Korea and Vietnam. You might be surprised with how screwed up thing actually were. You see the “Band of Brothers” on HBO but you never hear of the 90th or 106th Infantry Divisions. The 90th had their commanders down to battalion level relieved for poor performance in the days after the Normandy invasion. Elements of the 106th were surrounded and surrendered during the Battle of the Bulge. Not to disparage either of these units. They were made up of the same soldiers as the 101st and the 82nd. Americans all.

But things don’t ever go according to plan and real life doesn’t have scriptwriters. Wars are not won by those who don’t make any mistakes, but by those who make the fewest and can recover from those they do make.

In Iraq, the initial three week move of so much equipment and manpower from Kuwait to Baghdad would have been an incredible accomplishment even with no resistance, to do it in the face of hostile forces is awe inspiring.

Remember, we were moving the needed equipment and supplies through the needle eye of the ports in Kuwait. Those ports were already working 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Moving the 4th Division, which was supposed to go through Turkey but were stopped by machinations by our “allies”, down and through Kuwait would have added weeks or months to the operation and given Saddam even more time than he already had.

As for the “looting,” I am of the opinion that it was not the ordinary Iraq that started the looting. I think it was instigated by elements of the Mukhabarat seeking to destroy evidence. It was a “no lose” situation for them. If we shot “looters” we would be heartless conquerers, if we didn’t, which is what happened, we were hapless fools for letting it happen. But it would have happened no matter how many troops we had there.

I think kchunk’s big complain is with the Iraqi Constitution and its recognition of Islam as the religion of the land. He thinks that we should not have allowed it.

First of all, the people of Iraq, or anywhere else, are not Americans that talk and dress funny. They have different priorities, different beliefs and different ideas of what is and is not important. In the Middle East, Islam is important. It permeates everything. It may be practiced more or less devoutly by different groups, but it is an important part of everything in that society. That is reality.

If we had dictated to the Iraqis writing the Constitution that it was not permitted to include language like that, we might as well have packed up and left right then. Because that would mark the Constitution as being imposed on the Iraqis by foreign conquerors and it would be meaningless.

We can suggest and we can persuade, but we can’t dictate and expect to make a lasting difference. We are not trying to make them into little carbon copy Americans. It wouldn’t work and would probably backfire. What we are doing is helping them form a government that will work for them and not be dangerous to us. Hopefully it will be enough to start a change in the Middle East away from autocratic rule, secular or religious, and toward a more representative model. That’s it. There are going to be parts of it that we wouldn’t like to have in America, NOW is probably not going to like it, but so what? Iraq is not America and Iraqis are not Americans.

There were huge problems with the occupation of Japan and Germany after WWII, but we never hear about them. I served with people that grew up in post-war Germany and joined the American Army. They tell stories of those days. Bombings, assassinations, black markets, looting, and that was just the American forces, but we made it through.

Two years is nothing. We’re barely started. But look at all the places where we have troops fifty years after we won. Look at the more recent recipients of our help. Kosovo, Somalia, Haiti? We have invested a lot more than two years in some of those places and what do we have? Violence, ethnic divisions, colonial rule by the UN, or anarchy and al-Qaeda in the case of Somalia. But Iraq is a mess?

I think we are doing fine in Iraq if you compare it to other wars, not make believe. Read Michael Yon, Mudville Gazette, The Adventures of Chester or any of the other Milblogs. Check out The Fourth Rail and the Winds of Change for analysis. I think you’ll get a different picture than that given by the news media.

In WWII our enemies had to maintain large propaganda machines. They had to find people like Tokyo Rose and Axis Sally to do their broadcasts. But in this war the American news media is lining up to do that for them, no charge. Instead of being tried for treason they’re getting awards.

If you’re going on what you read in the newspaper, without doing any independent checking, you are being badly served.

Court Orders Human Cleansing Of Klamath Basin

Court: 8 years too long for salmon

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that consideration of humans is not to be factored into any decision concerning the salmon.

They decreed that the full amount of water must be released to insure the salmon’s survival even if it results in the destruction of the farmers.

Environmental groups are ecstatic hoping that this decision will result in the residents of the area leaving so that their wealthy members can buy up the land at firesale prices for vacation homes.

If A Reporter Says It’s Raining, Look Out A Window.

Now that some time has gone by and the facts can be examined, it is plain that the major failure during Katrina was not that of the Federal government, but of the news media.

There’s a cliche in journalism, “If your mother says she loves you, check it out” but it looks like it should be changed to “if a news reporter tells you anything, check it out.” The reporting on Katrina was plagued with half-truths, assumptions and outright fabrications.

Gateway Pundit: Katrina Facts & Fiction on Racism

Reporters seem to have decided on the story prior to getting any information and let their imaginations roam freely. They wanted things to be Bush’s fault, so they reported it whether they had any facts to back it up or not. They expected blacks to act like animals, so they reported it, whether or not it was true. They expected poor people trapped in places like the Superdome and the Convention center to revert to savagery, so that is what they reported.

So a good rule would be, “If a reporter tells you it’s raining, look out a window.”

South Park And Comedy Central Does It Again

I just watched the South Park season premiere. Those guys are geniuses.

I was rolling on the floor the entire time. They sent up Global Warming alarmists (again), “The Day After Tomorrow”, the whole Katrina finger pointing exercise and did it with telling humor.

That’s why I’m a “South Park Conservative.”

It says something about today’s news media when you have to go to a comedy show to get anything approaching good sense.

Rove Garage Yields Scant Clues To Inquisitive Reporters

Karl Rove’s Garage Proves to Be Typical

He is “the architect” who steered George W. Bush to victory four times, twice as Texas governor and twice as president.

But can Karl Rove organize his own garage? Can the master of Bush’s political planning figure out where to put the ladders, paint cans and cardboard boxes?

Sure glad they cleared that up. Rove’s garage? His Freakin garage!? What did they expect to see in his garage?

And journalists wonder why people despise them.

What Will The Future Bring

Howard Kurtz has a story about the ongoing hostility between the White House and the press corps.

Sparring Between McClellan and Reporters Escalates

“There’s been an attempt to put reporters on the spot and question the motivation of reporters,” said David Gregory, NBC’s White House correspondent. “It is irritating, and I for one think it’s an attempt by the White House to change the focus from what is a legitimate question to what the talking point is. It’s an effort to cast the media as out for red meat.”

Well, if the reporters don’t like being challenged, they might consider a different line of work. The presses immunity is gone. they can expect to be challenged, for their sources to be questioned and their conclusions doubted.

What will be interesting is to see, in the increasingly unlikely event of the Democrats retaking the White House, is whether the press treats a Democratic White House as roughly as they have this one?

I think that if the President had a (D) after his name the “bulldog” press corps would be lying on their backs letting the press secretary rub their tummies.