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

Resistance, Please By Eli Lake

Resistance, Please

November 25, 2005

Hand it to Secretary of State Rice. She knows how to make lemonade out of lemons. When asked on CNN this week her reaction to a communique signed by Iraqi leaders on Monday that recognized a "legitimate right to resistance," she said, "I think what they were trying to do was to get a sense of political inclusion while recognizing that violence and terrorism should not be a part of resistance."

That's one way to look at it. Another way to look at this compromise is that Iraq's leading politicians acceded to the view of their hosts, the Arab League, that blowing up Iraqi civilians is wrong, but blowing up American soldiers fighting terrorists is permissible. This parsing was the result of a three-day conference in Cairo billed as an attempt to bridge the divide between the elected government in Baghdad and Sunni Arab leaders who claim to represent the car bombers trying to destroy it.

Buckley Made the Winning Side By R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.

Buckley Made the Winning Side

November 25, 2005

There was a grand event in New York City last week. One of the most consequential figures of the last half of the 20th century observed his 80th birthday in the glamorous Pierre Hotel with several hundred of the most influential members of the political movement that he helped to found, the modern conservative movement. The consequential figure was, of course, William F. Buckley Jr.

How To Lose A War By Ralph Peters

New York Post


By RALPH PETERS 11/21/2005

QUIT. It's that simple. There are plenty of more complex ways to lose a war, but none as reliable as just giving up.

Increasingly, quitting looks like the new American Way of War. No matter how great your team, you can't win the game if you walk off the field at half-time. That's precisely what the Democratic Party wants America to do in Iraq. Forget the fact that we've made remarkable progress under daunting conditions: The Dems are looking to throw the game just to embarrass the Bush administration.

Washington Retreat ~ Editorial

The Wall Street Journal


Washington Retreat
November 18, 2005; Page A16

"We were not strong enough to drive out a half-million American troops, but that wasn't our aim. Our intention was to break the will of the American government to continue the war."

--North Vietnamese General Vo Nguyen Giap, in a 1990 interview with historian Stanley Karnow.

It's been a bad week for the American war effort, not in Iraq or anywhere else in the field but in Washington, D.C. The American Congress is sending increasingly loud signals of irresolution in Iraq, including panicky calls for withdrawal.

There are many lessons of the Vietnam War, but two of the biggest are these: Don't fight wars you don't intend to win, and while American troops can't be defeated, American politicians can be. Like General Giap, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and his fellow terrorists understand the second lesson very well, and so his strategy has always been not to capture Baghdad but to inflict casualties in a way that breaks the will of American elites. He'll only be encouraged by this week's show of Beltway duck and cover.

An email circulating among U.S. Marines

>From the Mountain Man..this is a great update. Enjoy guys.

Hello to all my fellow gunners, military buffs, veterans and interested guys. A couple of weekends ago I got to spend time with my son Jordan, who was on his first leave since returning from Iraq. He is well (a little thin), and already bored. He will be returning to Iraq for a second tour in early '06 and has already re-enlisted early for 4 more years. He loves the Marine Corps and is actually looking forward to returning to Iraq.

Jordan spent 7 months at "Camp Blue Diamond" in Ramadi. Aka: Fort Apache. He saw and did a lot and the following is what he told me about weapons, equipment, tactics and other miscellaneous info which may be of interest to you. Nothing is by any means classified. No politics here, just a Marine with a bird's eye view's opinions:

Republicans In Free Fall? By John Podhoretz

New York Post


November 11, 2005

SOME writers and thinkers on the Right are casting the results of Tuesday's election in very dark terms indeed — as worrisome for Republicans, if not more so, than even some gleeful Lefties have sought to claim.

On this page yesterday, Robert Novak said of Democrat Tim Kaine's victory in the Virginia governor's race, "For a liberal Virginian to win a Southern red state signaled that cherished Republican majorities in both House and Senate, plus all the perquisites they entail, could be lost in 2006. Eyeing the Democratic landslide in suburban northern Virginia just over the Potomac from Washington that gave Lt. Gov. Kaine the governorship, Republicans in Congress envision their own doom."

If Novak's report is accurate, then the Republicans on Capitol Hill are in the grip of unreasoning hysteria — because everything in the sentence I just quoted has been true in Virginia since November 2001.

Hill A Marked Gal By Deborah Orin

New York Post - November 11, 2005



DEMOCRATS get to gloat about President Bush and the 2005 elections, but Sen. Hillary Clinton can't gloat too much because a rival Dem 2008 star was born in the person of Virginia Gov. Mark Warner.

Warner's amazing 78 percent popularity was enough to help elect another Democrat, Tim Kaine, as Virginia's next governor.

But that's not all.

Annan's First Step ~ Editorial

Annan's First Step

New York Sun Staff Editorial
November 9, 2005

The next few days will tell a lot about whether Kofi Annan, in canceling his trip to Iran, really means business. It took Mr. Annan more than a week to realize that visiting Iran after its president called for Israel to be "wiped off the map" wouldn't be "appropriate." But we are happy to see him avoid the kind of misstep he made when, on his way to Yad Vashem, he placed a wreath at the grave of Yasser Arafat. It has been an official Iranian war aim since the 1979 Iranian revolution for Israel to be wiped off the map, but the Iranian president's reiteration of the call made it impossible even for the general secretary of the United Nations to ignore.

I Spy With My Little Eye . . . By Reuel Marc Gerecht

The Wall Street Journal


I Spy With My Little Eye . . .

November 9, 2005; Page A16

"And they [CIA employees] have to expect that when they do their jobs, that information about whether or not they are affiliated with the CIA will be protected… And they run a risk when they work for the CIA that something bad could happen to them, but they have to make sure that they don't run the risk that something bad is going to happen to them from something done by their own fellow government employees."

So spoke Patrick Fitzgerald, special prosecutor in the Valerie Plame investigation, about the need to preserve the cover of CIA case officers. His sincere concern for the woman's lost camouflage can also be heard among commentators on both left and right, even among those who recognize that Ms. Plame's publicity-loving husband, Joseph "Yellowcake" Wilson, often doesn't have a firm grip on the truth. In particular, left-leaning liberals, not well known for their defense of the CIA, have charged forward to equate the maintenance of cover for Langley's operatives (who are, let us be frank, probably overwhelmingly antiwar and anti-Bush) with the country's national security. In their eyes, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former chief of staff for the vice president, is thus guilty, at a minimum, of a politically motivated disregard for a clandestine public servant on the front lines of freedom.

The CIA Disinformation Campaign By Jed Babbin

The CIA Disinformation Campaign
By Jed Babbin

Published 11/8/2005 12:09:28 AM

The CIA's disinformation campaign against President Bush -- headlined in the Wilson/Plame affair -- is more jujitsu than karate. Instead of applying your own force to defeat your opponent, you turn his energy and momentum against him and bring him down. The CIA, as much or more than the State Department, didn't support President Bush's decision to invade Iraq. And to discredit that decision, it appears the CIA first chose an unspeakably unqualified political activist for a sham intelligence mission, structured it so that the results would be utterly public, and then -- when the activist resumed his publicity-hound activity -- demanded and achieved a high-profile criminal investigation into White House activities that resulted, so far, in the indictment of the Vice President's chief of staff. It's time for the Justice Department -- or, better yet, for the Senate Intelligence Committee -- to investigate the Wilson/Plame sham. Not only was the Wilson mission to Niger a sham, but the CIA's demand for an investigation of Robert Novak's outing of Valerie Plame may itself have been a criminal act.

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