So I believe, compulsorily and satirically, in the existence of this absurd world; but as to the existence of a better world, or of hidden reason in this one, I am incredulous, or rather, I am critically sceptical; because it is not difficult to see the familiar motives that lead men to invent such myths. George Santayana

Iraq: The Last Word By William F. Buckley Jr.


By William F. Buckley Jr.
Tue Nov 29, 8:12 PM ET

The mills have been grinding feverishly in the matter of Iraq. They have, for the most part, dealt with questions having to do with our entering the war, but these have led to promptings of different kinds on how to get away from Iraq.

Professor Jeffrey Hart of Dartmouth (my colleague at National Review) has amassed a near encyclopedic document giving instances of what he deems dissimulations by the administration and its supporters in calling for war on Iraq. Norman Podhoretz defends the administration thoroughly in Commentary magazine. Frank Rich of The New York Times scathes up his weekly scorn; he is answered by the New York Sun. Michael Kinsley appears in Slate, the online magazine he founded, exercising his airborne syllogisms in telling us what to do.

Here is my reading on the Iraq question.

Reality In Iran By Eli Lake

Reality in Iran

December 1, 2005

Earlier this week, following a story in Newsweek that America will restart talks with Iran on stabilizing Iraq, the chief of Iran's revolutionary guard gave a revealing press conference. According to Iran Press News, Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi told reporters in Tehran that America has tried since 1979 to "thwart the export of the revolution." But, he said, "the activities in Lebanon, Palestine, and present-day Iraq, as well as Islamic and freedom-seeking nations of the world proved the opposite."

Get that. The man in charge of a military devoted to the violent spread of Islamic theocracy has just said his side is winning in Iraq, not to mention Lebanon and Palestine. And America now wants to engage Iran in limited negotiations to cooperate in thwarting terrorism in Iraq. Let us pause to marvel at the wonders of foreign policy "realism."

Sucker's Game By Michael Ledeen

Sucker's Game

December 1, 2005

The president gave us an often brilliant assessment of the war in Iraq, along with a welcome outline of his plan for victory over the terrorists there. It was full of vision and grit, both of which have been in alarmingly short supply in what has passed for our national debate, and it paid appropriate tribute to the armed forces - ours, our Coalition allies', and the growing numbers of Iraqi soldiers - deployed against the terrorists. No doubt we are making real progress. No doubt the areas of tranquility are multiplying, as the terrorists' death toll mounts relentlessly. No doubt, as Senator Lieberman reminds us, the great majority of Iraqis see reason for hope that they will govern themselves and dominate their enemies.

We Like You! We Really, Really Like You! By Ann Coulter


By Ann Coulter
Wed Nov 30, 8:11 PM ET

When Democratic Rep. John Murtha (news, bio, voting record) called for the withdrawal of American troops in the middle of the war, Republicans immediately leapt to action by calling Murtha a war hero, a patriot and a great American.

I haven't heard Republicans issue this many encomiums to one man since Ronald Reagan died. By now, Murtha has been transformed into the greatest warrior since Alexander the Great and is probably dating Jennifer Aniston.

'We Are All Racists At Heart' By Amy Wax and Philip E. Tetlock

The Wall Street Journal


'We Are All Racists At Heart'

December 1, 2005; Page A16

It was once easy to spot a racial bigot: The casual use of the n-word, the sweeping hostility, and the rigid unwillingness to abandon vulgar stereotypes left little doubt that a person harbored prejudice toward blacks as a group. But 50 years of survey research has shown a sharp decline in overt racial prejudice. Instead of being a cause for celebration, however, this trend has set off an ever more strident insistence in academia that whites are pervasively biased.



By Ann Coulter
Wed Nov 23,11:23 PM ET

In the Iraq war so far, the U.S. military has deposed a dictator who had already used weapons of mass destruction and would have used them again. As we now know, Saddam Hussein was working with al-Qaida and was trying to acquire long-range missiles from North Korea and enriched uranium from Niger.

Saddam is on trial. His psychopath sons are dead. We've captured or killed scores of foreign terrorists in Baghdad. Rape rooms and torture chambers are back in R. Kelly's Miami Beach mansion where they belong.

The Iraqi people have voted in two free, democratic elections this year. In a rash and unconsidered move, they even gave women the right to vote.

Iraqis have ratified a constitution and will vote for a National Assembly next month. The long-suffering Kurds are free and no longer require 24/7 protection by U.S. fighter jets.

Libya's Moammar Gadhafi has voluntarily dismantled his weapons of mass destruction, Syria has withdrawn from Lebanon, and the Palestinians are holding elections.

(Last but certainly not least, the Marsh Arabs' wetlands ecosystem in central Iraq that Saddam drained is being restored, so even the Democrats' war goals in Iraq are being met.)

Our Troops Must Stay By Joe Lieberman

The Wall Street Journal

Our Troops Must Stay

November 29, 2005; Page A18

I have just returned from my fourth trip to Iraq in the past 17 months and can report real progress there. More work needs to be done, of course, but the Iraqi people are in reach of a watershed transformation from the primitive, killing tyranny of Saddam to modern, self-governing, self-securing nationhood -- unless the great American military that has given them and us this unexpected opportunity is prematurely withdrawn.

Iraqi Cauldron By Nibras Kazimi

Iraqi Cauldron

November 29, 2005

Three ingredients are necessary for failure in Iraq, and all three are being poured into the bubbling cauldron that is Baghdad at this very moment. The recipe includes Ba'athists believing that they have been given a seat at the table and thus have achieved a prelude to total victory, and the Islamists supposing that if they cinch these next elections, then they will get their theocracy. The third element is the cowardice of Washington offset by the bravery of American warriors, but we'll get to that later.

The Cairo conference last week - where warring Iraqi factions were supposed to reconcile - was an unmitigated disaster. In an attempt to isolate the jihadists, America has uneasily embraced the Ba'athists it defeated on April 9, 2003, when Baghdad was liberated. The moral high ground has been ceded: as I had warned back in June, the "honorable resistance" is now the acceptable term among the Iraqi political elite for those who attack American soldiers. The American military command in Iraq is now using the term "rejectionists" and not terrorists to describe those who lob rocket propelled grenades at America humvees.

Slaying Able ~ Editorial

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Slaying Able

Posted 11/23/2005

Intelligence: The whistle-blower who embarrassed a presidential administration about its intelligence failures has seemingly been punished for his actions. No, this isn't about President Bush and Joe Wilson.

Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer knows a little about intelligence failures and being persecuted for saying things not in tune with the conventional wisdom.

He is the Army Reserve officer who went public in August with details about a secret military intelligence unit called Able Danger that, using a technique known as "data mining," determined pre-9-11 that four of the future hijackers were al-Qaida operatives.

More Stories from Joseph Wilson by Cliff Kincaid

More Stories from Joseph Wilson

November 24, 2005
by Cliff Kincaid

At this late date, Joseph Wilson is still trying to cover up the involvement of his wife in his CIA mission, apparently in order to protect a rogue element of the CIA from necessary scrutiny. After the production of the Libby indictment, Wilson wrote an October 19 Los Angeles Times article that said, "Although there were suggestions that she was behind the decision to send me to Niger, the CIA told Newsday just a week after the Novak article appeared that 'she did not recommend her husband to undertake the Niger assignment.' The CIA repeated the same statement to every reporter thereafter."

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