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

A Spooked White House by Stephen F. Hayes

A Spooked White House
The damage that has already been done by the CIA leak investigation.

by Stephen F. Hayes
11/07/2005, Volume 011, Issue 08

AFTER A 22-MONTH investigation into the compromising of CIA operative
Valerie Plame, special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald handed down a
five-count indictment of Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff,

I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.

Even before that lengthy investigation reached its conclusion, critics of
the Bush administration had begun to articulate the new conventional
wisdom on its outcome: The Bush administration lied about Iraq before the
invasion and has been lying ever since.

The White House, the CIA, and the Wilsons by Stephen F. Hayes

The Weekly Standard

The White House, the CIA, and the Wilsons
The chain of events that gave rise to a grand jury investigation.
by Stephen F. Hayes
10/24/2005, Volume 011, Issue 06

FOR TWO YEARS, THE political class in Washington has followed with
intense interest the story of Joseph Wilson and the events that led to
the compromising of his wife's identity and undercover status as a CIA
operative. The rest of the country seems to have responded with a
collective yawn. That will soon change if special prosecutor Patrick
Fitzgerald issues indictments of senior White House aides in his
investigation of the alleged leaking of Mrs. Wilson's name.

Annan Is Mum -- New York Sun Staff Editorial

Annan Is Mum

October 20, 2005

Secretary General Annan is refusing to comment to the press on the decision of the world body to give a platform to one of the world's most repressive dictators, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, to compare President Bush and Prime Minister Blair to Hitler and Mussolini. Maybe Congress can get him to say something as it continues its probe as to why America is funding the world body. Let Congress ask about the applause that greeted Mr. Mugabe at the U.N. conference this week in Rome in connection with the 60th birthday of the Food and Agriculture Organization. Not only did Mr. Mugabe compare President Bush and Prime Minister Blair to Hitler and Mussolini but he called them "international terrorists." It pumped the crowd.

Bob Shrum With A Good Cause By Ann Coulter

By Ann Coulter
Wed Sep 28, 8:05 PM ET

Now Bush has Sandra Day O'Connor's seat to fill. For those conservatives confident that Bush won't betray them, let's review Bush's other ideas about what constitutes a good Republican.

'Galloway is a hot, blustering bully - but I'm staying on his case until the very end' By Christopher Hitchens

(Filed: 18/09/2005)

The experience of spending some hours on a public platform with George Galloway is disappointingly similar to the experience of watching him on al Jazeera, or on Syrian state television. One learns exactly nothing that one did not already know.

When addressing audiences in the Middle East, his metaphors of martyrdom and rape, and his celebration of the "resistance" forces are a little more florid, perhaps, but I shall have to concede that even in New York he has the nerve to tell an audience that the atrocities of September 2001 were essentially the fault of the United States itself. That was not his finest moment - and nor was it by any means his lowest one - but I began to see again his essential appeal, which is an utter indifference to embarrassment.

Some very poor excuses by Stanley Crouch

Thursday, September 29th, 2005

When we look at the ongoing crisis in the depths of black America,
it is sometimes hard to understand why there was such an explosion
of outrage at Bill Cosby. One would have thought that he did the
very worst thing possible when he called on the carpet the
self-destructive behavior that separates prosperity from poverty.
What Cosby showed was how dangerous defensiveness in face of the
facts can be to any serious discussion of poverty.

The Wrong Battle by Eleanor Clift

The Wrong Battle

John Roberts is the best Supreme Court nominee a left-wing partisan
could hope to get out of this White House. Could he someday be
president?

By Eleanor Clift
Newsweek
Updated: 2:20 p.m. ET Sept. 23, 2005

Sept. 23, 2005 - Here\u2019s a mind game: if the vote to confirm
John Roberts were a secret ballot, would most Democrats vote for or
against him? My guess is that Roberts would rack up numbers like
Ruth Bader Ginsburg (96-3) and Stephen Breyer (87-9) -- both
appointed by President Clinton -- if Democrats didn't have
to placate party activists so angry at President Bush they believe
he should be opposed at every turn.

Bashing Bush in Aspen by Robert Novak

Bashing Bush in Aspen
by Robert Novak

September 22, 2005

ASPEN, Colo. -- For two full days, George W. Bush was bashed. He was taken to
task on his handling of stem cell research, population control, the Iraq war
and, especially, Hurricane Katrina. The critics were no left-wing bloggers.
They were rich, mainly Republican and presumably Bush voters in the last two
presidential elections.

'They Are All So Wrong'

'They Are All So Wrong'

By MARK HELPRIN
September 9, 2005 The Wall Street Journal

September 11 was not so much a discrete event as part of a
continuum. It was the result of broad strategic failures that,
preceding it by decades, continue to this day and are likely to
continue on. It is as if the country has lost, as exemplified by the
Left now out of power, a great deal of the will to self-preservation,
and, as exemplified by the Right now in charge, not a little of its
capacity for self-defense. Our politics and policies have somehow been
parceled out to opportunists like Michael Moore -- purveyor of
conspiracy theories and hatreds, whose presentation, unclean in every
respect, is honored nonetheless by the controlling rump of Democrats
-- and to Bushmen like "Kip" Hawley of Homeland Security, father of
the proposal to allow carry-on ice-picks, bows and arrows, and knives
with blades up to five-inches long.

See No Evil, Hear No Evil by Stephen F. Hayes

See No Evil, Hear No Evil

What the 9/11 Commission narrative left out: Iraqis.
by Stephen F. Hayes

09/05/2005, Volume 010, Issue 47 The Weekly Standard

AHMED HIKMAT SHAKIR IS A shadowy figure who provided logistical assistance
to one, maybe two, of the 9/11 hijackers. Years before, he had received a
phone call from the Jersey City, New Jersey, safehouse of the plotters who
would soon, in February 1993, park a truck bomb in the basement of the World
Trade Center. The safehouse was the apartment of Musab Yasin, brother of
Abdul Rahman Yasin, who scorched his own leg while mixing the chemicals for
the 1993 bomb.

When Shakir was arrested shortly after the 9/11 attacks, his "pocket
litter," in the parlance of the investigators, included contact information
for Musab Yasin and another 1993 plotter, a Kuwaiti native named Ibrahim
Suleiman.

These facts alone, linking the 1993 and 2001 attacks on the World Trade
Center, would seem to cry out for additional scrutiny, no?

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