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-Short Attention Span Theater-
Scrappleface has the speech Bush should make...
A snippet to whet the appetite;

I have interrupted your favorite sitcoms tonight so that you could see me do this. I hold in my hand a veto stamp.
Now, I hold in my hand a Zippo lighter.

My fellow Americans, you are not cowards. You are not losers. You are not stupid. You are not the people portrayed in the legislation now smoldering in this trashcan. Neither are you the kind of craven misfits that some of your representatives have become, who have traded votes for dollars, the lives of our fighting men for special interest projects in their home districts. That bill was so full of pork, it squealed. As it burns now, it smells like bacon.

Ah, if only....

As they say, RTWT...
Posted by: Tony (UK) || 04/01/2007 18:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336061 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Omilord! IF ONLY!!!

From their keyboards to my Presidents ears.

Posted by: FOTSGreg || 04/01/2007 20:29 Comments || Top||

#2  They’re not seeking to be pulled out of harm’s way. They’re the kind of people who throw themselves into harm’s way to protect others.

Omigod! Whoever wrote this should be writing Bush's speeches!

Recruit this sob whoever he/she is!

Posted by: FOTSGreg || 04/01/2007 20:34 Comments || Top||

#3  How about someone forwarding it to WH?
Posted by: twobyfour || 04/01/2007 20:48 Comments || Top||

#4  and more from CNN -- with words for DiFi this morning with Wolf Blitzer, as reported by RedState.com

Blitzer reminded Feinstein that the President "reacted angrily" to Pelosi-Murtha and played a clip of the President denouncing Congress for setting "artificial timelines." Feinstein explained that a majority of Americans want to get out of Iraq. She said that what Congress has done, with the timelines, was "unprecedented." Blitzer told her that the Dems lacked the 2/3rds needed to override the veto, and Diane said that the Dems have to stick to their guns. She said that "the President has to lead, but the people have to follow. And the people aren't following this President." The people, she said, "have spoken through the Congress."

In essence, she is claiming that last November's midterm elections served to vote the President out of power, and now the Congress will assume his duties. Because the people are not following the President, the Congress must act as if they were President.
Posted by: Sherry || 04/01/2007 21:47 Comments || Top||

#5  That bill was so full of pork, it squealed.

Too bad both trunks and donks are writing that sorta shit.

With Congress, every time they make a joke it's a law, and every time they make a law it's a joke.
— Will Rogers —
Posted by: Zenster || 04/01/2007 22:33 Comments || Top||

#6  Have a presidential impersonator make that speech from a faux Oval Office and put in on YouTube and it will get a million hits and a very favorable response.
Posted by: Grumenk Philalzabod0723 || 04/01/2007 22:59 Comments || Top||

Afghanistan news roundup
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/01/2007 03:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336061 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Mods: Link broken.
Posted by: gorb || 04/01/2007 4:04 Comments || Top||

#2  I hit Enter by accident, gorb, before I'd done more than type the title. I poked my head in at the O Club to report my stupidity, so hopefully it will all have evaporated shortly after sunrise.

My apologies to everyone. I'll redo this properly when I'm more awake. In the meantime, here's the link that should be there.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/01/2007 4:14 Comments || Top||

#3  Thanks, TW. I didn't read everything, but I found this link in the article interesting!

Here's a teaser:

He urged residents, "Don't send your young people to Pakistan and Iran, send them to the army and the police. I promise you that they will get good salaries, and that they will work here in Helmand."

His message met with some resistance from the crowd.

"Mr Karzai, you are not thinking of us," said one elderly man from Musa Qala. "You are visiting people behind security walls. You should come out to the districts and see what is going on there."

But the president was not receptive to criticism.

"Everyone is asking me to bring them security, but how can I do that if you won't help me?" he said. "I met students at a school. They asked me for security. They did not ask me for new schools."
Posted by: gorb || 04/01/2007 5:43 Comments || Top||

Teachers drop the Holocaust to avoid offending Muslims
Schools are dropping the Holocaust from history lessons to avoid offending Muslim pupils, a Government backed study has revealed.

It found some teachers are reluctant to cover the atrocity for fear of upsetting students whose beliefs include Holocaust denial.

There is also resistance to tackling the 11th century Crusades - where Christians fought Muslim armies for control of Jerusalem - because lessons often contradict what is taught in local mosques.

...The report said teachers feared confronting 'anti-Semitic sentiment and Holocaust denial among some Muslim pupils'.

More cringing self-abasement at link...
Posted by: Dave D. || 04/01/2007 15:32 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336063 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Inconvenient history goes down the memory hole.
Posted by: Glenmore || 04/01/2007 16:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Make a chocolate mo-ham-head and see what happens. The Christians are rioting, and burning the cities over the chocolate Jesus.
Posted by: anymouse || 04/01/2007 16:27 Comments || Top||

#3  What kind of education are we giving our children about history?

Where do we get these PC teachers from?!
Posted by: Jesing Ebbease3087 || 04/01/2007 16:34 Comments || Top||

#4  Which Muslim shit hole country's schools is dropping holocaust history lessons?
Posted by: regular joe || 04/01/2007 16:46 Comments || Top||

#5  Oops - didn't read the header -- the Muslim shit hole country is Britain. It's getting so bad my English Springer Spaniel swears she's really Irish.
Posted by: regular joe || 04/01/2007 16:48 Comments || Top||

#6  they should fear being fired for not properly doing their jobs more than they should fear the reaction of some of their students. Students who can't answer the questions correctly should be given an F. If the parents don't like it they can send them to school at the mosque.

I wouldn't be surprised if the same is happening here in schools in the US.
Posted by: Angaiger Tojo1904 || 04/01/2007 17:24 Comments || Top||

#7  Our education system has been in deep shit for some time because of this kind of crap.
Posted by: John || 04/01/2007 17:30 Comments || Top||

#8  This is revisionism in its nascent form. Halt it now or submit to dhimmitude. What a disgrace! Especially from a nation that gave us the Magna Charta.
Posted by: Zenster || 04/01/2007 17:52 Comments || Top||

#9  AT - last I've heard history isn't taught in the U.S. public schools. So I guess you don't after to worry they will water it down.

When I went to school (70's) the crusades was taught as a unprovoked attack by the christian church against 'peaceful muslims'. So it's already happened here 30 years ago.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 04/01/2007 19:39 Comments || Top||

#10  Your children's education is too important to be left in the hands of politically correct bureaucrats.

Once the Left begins to program the minds of the young, it takes years of bumping up against inconvenient facts to restore a reasonable point of view.
Posted by: Grumenk Philalzabod0723 || 04/01/2007 23:05 Comments || Top||

UK Resident: Guantanamo Tough to Endure
LONDON (AP) - A British resident released from Guantanamo Bay after nearly five years in captivity said Sunday his detention at the U.S. prison camp was "profoundly difficult" to endure, his first comments since his release.

Bisher al-Rawi, an Iraqi national, had been held at the U.S. base in Cuba since it opened in 2002, but was reunited with his family in south London this weekend.

Betcha it wasn't as tough to endure as this, though:

More at link...

Posted by: Dave D. || 04/01/2007 08:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336061 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

"Enjoy your breakfast, Mahmoud."
Posted by: Anonymoose || 04/01/2007 9:08 Comments || Top||

China has gained and tested array of space weapons
China is developing an "impressive" array of space weapons, including missiles and jammers, and is moving toward placing nuclear weapons in space to attack U.S. satellites, the commander of U.S. strategic forces told the Senate yesterday.

The Chinese military has "undertaken what we would call a very disciplined and comprehensive continuum of capability against ... our space capabilities," Marine Corps Gen. James Cartwright yesterday told the Senate Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee.

Their capabilities go "all the way from temporary and reversible effects -- [Global Positioning System] jamming, things like that, [communications] jamming, all the way through direct ascent ASAT," he said, referring to anti-satellite weapons. "Eventually, they'll probably be looking at co-orbital" weapons -- missiles that orbit near a satellite and then explode.

"Then, the one that you really worry about is introducing weapons of mass destruction into space on a missile," he said.

The testimony provided the first details from the Bush administration about China's space-weapons program.

Subcommittee Chairman Bill Nelson, Florida Democrat, said that China is expected to have enough ASAT weapons by 2010 to "basically knock out most of our satellites in low-earth orbit."

Gen. Cartwright said countering that threat will require the military to develop "prompt global strike" weapons -- missiles and bombers that can hit targets around the world very rapidly.

China's across-the-board program of ground-based jamming and ground-launched missiles shows the arms program is sophisticated in terms of science and technology, he said. China's Jan. 11 ASAT test, when a missile destroyed a weather satellite in orbit, was not a surprise and was Beijing's third attempt to destroy an orbiting satellite with a missile.

"What was for us impressive was that in three attempts, they made significant changes each time and were able to, in three attempts, come to a successful intercept -- on their third attempt," he said.

Additionally, China already has deployed weapons at the lower end of the anti-satellite scale -- weapons that jam or disrupt satellites.

In his testimony, Gen. Cartwright questioned whether the Chinese space-arms program should lead the United States to develop similar weapons.

"We have the technical capability," he said. "My belief right now is knowing what we believe we know about this threat after the demonstrations that it is premature to start thinking about an arms race in space. ...We do not have to have a space response to that threat."

However, the four-star general said it would be "prudent" to improve the U.S. space-defense posture and improve surveillance and intelligence on space threats. Also, U.S. national security satellites should be hardened with "passive-type defenses," such as lens shutters or turn-off systems, he said.

Gen. Cartwright's comments yesterday contrast with his remarks in October, when he said reports China had fired a laser at a U.S. satellite in an apparent ASAT test were "uncertain." Gen. Cartwright, who is in charge of U.S. nuclear-warfighting forces, also suggested the United States might choose to use nuclear missiles to stop a country such as China from using missiles fired from hard-to-reach interior bases to destroy U.S. satellites.

"If there are many targets that are out of the reach of our bombers, conventional forces ... in large countries, the question would be, as an example, how many satellites would we be willing to lose before we went to a nuclear alternative, because the only thing we have to reach those targets is nuclear," he said.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 04/01/2007 14:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336061 views] Top|| File under:

Total caught taking bribes again: Iran this time
It's the Wall Street Journal's OpinionJournal.com, so you'll have to register to read the whole thing. But it's free, and well worth it to read the other op-eds posted there, not to mention their link of favourite sites.
Don't stop us if you've heard this one: French oil giant Total SA is being investigated for illicit dealings with a rogue regime in the Middle East. This time it's Iran, but maybe you recall its experience with another dictator and something called Oil for Food.

A French judge is investigating bribes that Total executives allegedly paid Iranian officials to secure business in the Islamic Republic. Last week, the judge issued preliminary charges of abuse of company funds and corruption of foreign agents against Chief Executive Christophe de Margerie. The company and Mr. de Margerie deny any wrongdoing, but the Total experience is all too typical of the way European firms cut deals with dictators while their own governments provide political cover.

Meanwhile, the same French prosecutor continues to investigate Total for alleged kickbacks paid to Saddam Hussein in return for Iraqi oil.
The poor man must be reading reports in his sleep, trying to keep up with the details. Does Claudia Rosett speak French?
In his report on Oil for Food corruption, former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker found that Total, through intermediaries, had purchased some of the 11 million barrels of oil that former Iraqi officials claim was allocated to French Senator Charles Pasqua in thanks for his support of Saddam's Iraq.

However the probes play out, Total's business with Tehran is probably a violation of the U.S. 1996 Iran-Libya Sanctions Act. The Clinton Administration thought so as far back as early 1998, when crude oil futures were selling for a quarter of the current price, and Tehran was desperate for cash to finance Hezbollah and, as we later learned, its nuclear program.

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was blunt: "As far as the French are concerned, I must say it passes my understanding why there is no realization that pumping money into the system of Iran is not helpful to the rest of us."

But after French carping and trade threats by the European Union, President Clinton waived sanctions on Total, Russia's Gazprom and Malaysia's Petronas for the $2 billion natural-gas deal they had inked with the mullahs in 1997. That waiver set an informal precedent, as both the Clinton and Bush Administrations have stayed silent as companies from Italy, Canada, the Netherlands, Britain, Norway, Sweden, South Korea and Japan have signed energy deals with Iran worth some $11.5 billion, as the nearby table shows.
I don't know how to give you pictures and tables, so either someone clever will put it in the comment thread, or y'all will have to go to the article.
That patience may be ending now that Iran is kidnapping British sailors, supplying bombs that kill Americans in Iraq, and defying U.N. orders to stop enriching uranium. The Bush Administration is pressing financial sanctions against Iran especially hard, but pressure is building on Capitol Hill for firmer action. Democratic Senator Frank Lautenberg is talking about more severe penalties for U.S. firms that do business with states that sponsor terrorism, and stricter sanctions on the U.S. interests of foreign companies could be in the cards as well.

There's some debate in France about why prosecutors are suddenly showing so much interest in what is by now a 10-year-old case. Perhaps allies of Jacques Chirac have less political cover as his presidency winds down, or maybe big companies are no longer seen as untouchable on the Continent after a series of corporate scandals. Or it could be that investigative judge Philippe Courroye is anxious to close out his current docket before his scheduled transfer to another court. Whatever the reason, it's good to see someone in Paris take corrupt dealings with dictators seriously.
There were always those in Paris who took corruption seriously. As this piece highlights, it's only sometimes that they're permitted to do something about it.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/01/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336061 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So now we know why the CdG is stationed off Iran; working the seas to ensure that the oil is flowing as it should and that it will not be interrupted by something foolish like an airstrike or Tomahawk launch.
Posted by: USN, ret. || 04/01/2007 19:59 Comments || Top||

Fifth Column
Rep. Pelosi Tours Jerusalem Holy Sites
ERUSALEM -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi toured Jerusalem holy sites Saturday alongside a congressional delegation that included the first Muslim elected to Congress. The tour was part of the congressional delegation's first full day in Jerusalem, the first stop on their fact-finding trip to the Middle East. The group arrived here Friday.

Flanked by security guards, Pelosi, D-Calif., and the delegation toured the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where Christians believe Jesus' body was buried, in Jerusalem's Old City. They also visited the Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism, where Jews have gathered for centuries to pray.

Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison said his presence -- as a Muslim -- on the trip sent a message to Israelis and Palestinians that "people can come together." "Reconciliation is possible," he said.

Ellison, a Minnesota congressman, said he hoped to visit the compound above the Western Wall known as the Temple Mount to Jews and the Noble Sanctuary to Muslims. The compound, the site of the biblical temples as well as the third-holiest site in Islam, is one of the main points of friction between Israel and the Palestinians in the Middle East conflict. "I haven't seen it yet, but I hope to, I'm really looking forward to it," Ellison said of the compound, which is also home to the Dome of Rock shrine.

Pelosi's delegation intends to meet Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the coming days. On Sunday, Pelosi is to address the Israeli Knesset in her first address to a foreign legislature.
Posted by: Dave D. || 04/01/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336061 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Oh joy.
Posted by: gromgoru || 04/01/2007 6:43 Comments || Top||

#2  Hear ye, hear ye, Queen Pelosi goes to Jerusalem.

Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison said his presence -- as a Muslim -- on the trip sent a message to Israelis and Palestinians that "people can come together."

"Reconciliation Sell out is possible," he said.
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/01/2007 7:19 Comments || Top||

#3  Let's see, First she visits Jewish Holy Sites, then goes to meet with Muslims?

Madam Pelosi, you re fucked, and you did it to yourself.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 04/01/2007 9:40 Comments || Top||

#4  Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison said his presence -- as a Muslim -- on the trip sent a message to Israelis

Brilliant work there bud. Yawl running in 2008?
Posted by: Shipman || 04/01/2007 10:39 Comments || Top||

#5  Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison said his presence -- as a Muslim -- on the trip sent a message to Israelis and Palestinians that "people can come together." "Reconciliation is possible," he said.

Oh horsefeathers. Ellison's family has been in America since 1742. He was born and raised Catholic in America, not muslim in Paleostein. He was not raised with the message to kill all the infidels and taught a religion of hate.

He chose to convert to Sunni Islam at 19 - at University. Wotta surprise.

Ellison has no "message" to send Israeli's. But he'd best open his eyes on the trip to muslimland and see what islam really is about.

Posted by: Thinemp Whimble || 04/01/2007 12:26 Comments || Top||

#6  "Reconciliation is possible"

If by 'possible', you mean not prohibited by the laws of thermodynamics, then yeah. Reconciliation will come when/if both sides want it. Even though past performance is no guarantee of future results, it is a good way to bet. Given the last half century of Paleo stupidity, I'm not expecting anything soon.
Posted by: SteveS || 04/01/2007 12:42 Comments || Top||

#7  Would've been a nice omen if that Wall fell on her...
Posted by: tu3031 || 04/01/2007 21:34 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Former top election strategist breaks up with Bush: report
A man who played a key role in securing George W. Bush's reelection has become the first member of the president's inner circle to publicly break up with him insisting that Bush's 2004 rival, Democratic Senator John Kerry, was right on Iraq, The New York Times reported on its website late Saturday.

The newspaper said Matthew Dowd, who was the president's chief campaign strategist in 2004, now says his faith in Bush was misplaced and that Kerry was correct in calling for a withdrawal from Iraq.

I dunno 'bout you, but I'm steeling myself for the possibility that the wheels are starting to come off this war...

Rest at link...
Posted by: Dave D. || 04/01/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336061 views] Top|| File under:

#1  This guy is a "never happy". Note that he first became disillusioned with Bill Clinton, most likely after projecting him as being full of grace; then he felt the same way about Bush, and *shockingly*, Bush doesn't live up to his standards, either.

He wants to serve a godlike being on Earth. Is that too much to ask?
Posted by: Anonymoose || 04/01/2007 0:08 Comments || Top||

#2  I don't recall Kerry calling for a withdrawal - he claimed to have "a plan" but never produced one that was meaningful. Dowd's an idiot if he actually believes this. Besides, does he have a brain of his own? He bases his policy preferences on "faith" in individual politicians? Sheesh, what an infantile Beltway type - if this is accurate.
Posted by: Verlaine || 04/01/2007 1:15 Comments || Top||

#3  Bush isn't running for anything in '08...a guy who works on campaigns will have to moveon.org sometime.
Posted by: Seafarious || 04/01/2007 1:39 Comments || Top||

#4  MoDo's brother?
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 04/01/2007 7:45 Comments || Top||

#5  Lord, Ima agree with 'Moosey. It is April 1st.
Posted by: Shipman || 04/01/2007 10:41 Comments || Top||

Sununu: U.S. could leave Iraq next year
Sen. John Sununu, R-N.H., said yesterday that he could envision having all American combat troops home from Iraq by the end of next year and that conditions appear to be improving in Iraq's capital as the Iraqi government assumes more responsibility.

"I think the goal of withdrawing (all American) combat troops by the end of 2008 is very realistic and attainable," Sununu told the New Hampshire Sunday News in an exclusive phone interview from Baghdad.

Sununu, touring the war-scarred country this weekend as part of a four-member congressional delegation, said Dec. 31, 2008, is a goal -- not a deadline -- for removing combat troops and that other military personnel would probably stay on to advise and assist the Iraqis.

"I think it would be foolish for anyone to predict a day when there would be zero ...," said Sununu, who faces re-election in 2008.

Sununu marks the second member of the state's four-person congressional delegation to visit Iraq this month.

Two weeks ago, Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-N.H., joined another delegation that visited Baghdad and was told by military leaders that more time would be needed to assess whether a surge of American troops in Baghdad would make the country safer.

Yesterday, Sununu said Iraq recently deployed about 6,000 of its own troops to Baghdad and established 10 districts to help with security.
Posted by: Dave D. || 04/01/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336061 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "I think it would be foolish for anyone to predict a day when there would be zero ...,"

No, dipwad, it is disastrously foolish for you to be talking about an end-game in terms of dates rather than outcomes. Just as it was for Gen. Casey, when he started to do it in '05. Can anybody here play this game?

Sununu is one of the several for which I previously had some respect and expectations. Now I classify him smack in the middle of the pack of utterly mediocre, clumsy, and cowardly politicos who go to Washington for no apparent reason other than to keep going there.
Posted by: Verlaine || 04/01/2007 1:18 Comments || Top||

#2  As long as US leaves Iraq in ruins, it's OK by me.
Posted by: gromgoru || 04/01/2007 6:55 Comments || Top||

#3  His father was smart. I guess maybe the brains skipped a generation.
Posted by: RWV || 04/01/2007 12:00 Comments || Top||

#4  I'm having a down day on the situation. Is the government there worth supporting? Are the people going to do a damn thing to move their lives forward and stop the militias? Are we just running in place? If we are then I say we leave and let them kill on another. Hey we tried and they were too imbued with the "inshallah" mindset to take responsibility for themselves.
Posted by: Remoteman || 04/01/2007 12:59 Comments || Top||

#5  Not the way I think we should look at it, Remote. It's first and foremost about our national interests. Those - I think - clearly call for us achieving some sort of basic viability for the Iraqi govt. in terms of security. The details of how every little thing goes in Iraq, now or later, will not be important to us. But having reached in and smashed one of the baddest actors around, we need to defeat the various forces ranged against us by establishing basic order. No one will remember a weak or vacillating US if the medium-term outcome is an Iraqi govt. in basic control of its territory and cooperative on issues of terrorism and jihad.
Posted by: Verlaine || 04/01/2007 13:20 Comments || Top||

#6  ...I'm wondering why anyone assumes that Fall 2008 is the absolute latest W can pull them out - he doesn't have to pull them out at all, no matter what happens (assuming Congress doesn't have the balls to actually cut the funds. I'd love nothing more than to see W say(in so many words)"I believe we should be there and I will leave it to my successor to decide whether or not they should come home."

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 04/01/2007 13:29 Comments || Top||

#7  Mike, that is exactly the reason the Dhimmos are pushing so hard for a troop withdrawal under Bush : they know if they do get a Dhimmo President, he/she will be trapped by overarching political reality and unable to do a cut-and-run on Iraq, because of the spectacle of the last helicopter out of Saigon. If on the other hand, they can get Bush to do a withdrawal and Iraq turns to another Saigon evac, they can blame Bush. And they think they can then get a Dhimmo in the White House. They don't care about victory, American lives, American prestige, American security, or Iraqi lives : the Dhimmos just want power, and power in a bland, do-nothing era so they can pump the pork.
Posted by: Shieldwolf || 04/01/2007 14:10 Comments || Top||

#8  Verlaine, I understand the objective and the rationale for it. My concern is whether we are really going to be able to eliminate those forces arrayed against us if the "government" there has a revolving door for the Shiite/Iranian backed bad guys. If they won't get serious and stomp out the Saderites and other Iranian hand puppets then we are in for a long tough slog with minimal hope of success. Again, I'm having a bad day after reading one soldier's perspective on Poweline this morning. I am pretty sure there is a big element of fact to what he writes and that makes me very concerned.
Posted by: Remoteman || 04/01/2007 21:33 Comments || Top||

Ex-Partner Of Giuliani May Face Charges
I can't even BEGIN to imagine how sick of this crap we're all going to be by the time the election rolls around...
Federal prosecutors have told Bernard B. Kerik, whose nomination as homeland security secretary in 2004 ended in scandal, that he is likely to be charged with several felonies, including tax evasion and conspiracy to commit wiretapping.

Kerik's indictment could set the stage for a courtroom battle that would draw attention to Kerik's extensive business and political dealings with former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, who personally recommended him to President Bush for the Cabinet. Giuliani, the front-runner for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination according to most polls, later called the recommendation a mistake.

Kerik rose from being a warden and police detective to become Giuliani's campaign security adviser, corrections chief, police commissioner and eventual partner in Giuliani-Kerik, a security arm of Giuliani Partners, which Giuliani established after leaving office in 2001. Kerik resigned his positions in Giuliani's firm after he was nominated to the homeland security job.

The former mayor is not in any legal jeopardy, according to legal sources directly familiar with the investigation, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the inquiry is ongoing. He and his consulting firm have cooperated in the FBI's long-running investigation of Kerik.
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Posted by: Dave D. || 04/01/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336063 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I can't even BEGIN to imagine how sick of this crap we're all going to be by the time the election rolls around..

On the bright side, the media will only devote time to smearing HALF of the candidates.
Posted by: DMFD || 04/01/2007 0:59 Comments || Top||

#2  Link goes to the washington post, that stellar unbiased paper, (sorry, now my brain hurts)
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 04/01/2007 12:26 Comments || Top||

Iraq war funding in limbo on Hill
House and Senate negotiators won't meet to hammer out a final emergency war-funding bill until Congress' spring break ends April 16 -- a day after Pentagon officials say money starts running out for U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid balked at the deadline yesterday and cited a congressional report that showed war funds will not expire until July. "This study confirms that the president is once again attempting to mislead the public and create an artificial atmosphere of anxiety," said Mr. Reid, Nevada Democrat. "He is using scare tactics to defeat bipartisan legislation that would change course in Iraq."

The report by the Congressional Research Service, the legislature's public policy research arm, said the military could temporarily bridge a funding gap by transferring money from other accounts. Democratic aides on both sides of the Capitol do not expect a bill to reach President Bush's desk until late April, after military officials say a lack of money will disrupt troop training, equipment repair and eventually prolong war-zone deployments.

Mr. Bush -- who has vowed to veto the bill over its timetable for a troop withdrawal from Iraq -- is critical of lawmakers taking a spring break now but he hasn't discussed recalling them to finish the bill, a White House spokeswoman said. "The president was surprised to learn that Congress went on vacation today, and that the House didn't bother to appoint any conferees ... to help try to reconcile the differences between the Senate and the House bills," spokeswoman Dana Perino said at a press briefing. "And every day that the Congress fails to act on this request causes our military hardship and impacts readiness," she said.

Republicans say they have the votes to sustain a veto, and the narrow passage of both bills indicates they can. Two-thirds of each chamber must vote to override a veto.

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Posted by: Dave D. || 04/01/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336061 views] Top|| File under:

#1  he should call them back to special session - just to f*ck with them and put a bigger spotlight on their overseas junketing/politicking while they ignore the troops' funding and pack the bill with unnecessary bribes and pork. Let them bitch and whine about it - their approval rating should end up in single digits
Posted by: Frank G || 04/01/2007 10:31 Comments || Top||

#2  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid balked at the deadline yesterday and cited a congressional report that showed war funds will not expire until July.

Typical Dem BS. Yes, all the money won't be gone until July, but between then and now every other program or activity will be sucked dry of every uncommitted dollar. Development programs will be delayed or cancelled. Procurement programs will be delayed or cancelled. Spares will not be bought. Training will cease. These despicable bastards will gut the US military and it will take years to undo the damage done. The FCC prevents me from saying what I think about these disingenuous, dissembling traitors.
Posted by: RWV || 04/01/2007 12:11 Comments || Top||

#3  RWV, the administration, will, of course, fail to mount an aggressive public affairs campaign based on what you describe. Why, that would only be educating the public on a vital national mattter while rightly rebuking and humiliating an irresponsible (sometimes insane) opposition party. Can't have that during war-time.
Posted by: Verlaine || 04/01/2007 13:23 Comments || Top||

#4  Sorry, but having seen up close and personal the long slow bleed caused by the Dems trying to cash in the "peace dividend" associated with the collapse of the Soviet Union, I know what's coming and it won't be pleasant. The services are, on average, 40% smaller now than they were in 1989. That said, when there is money for spares, fuel, ammunition, and training no other country or group of countries can stand against the US. Which is why, I guess, the Dems feel it necessary to insure that there won't be money for spares, fuel, ammunition and training, or for anything else for that matter.
Posted by: RWV || 04/01/2007 14:07 Comments || Top||

Vet Bitch-Slaps Biden
Biden touts Iraq policy
SUMTER, S.C. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Joseph Biden found a ready critic for his own criticism of the U.S. war in Iraq as he stumped Saturday in this town known for its sprawling Air Force base.
Stumped. Similar to stumble.
The Delaware Democrat said he has been right to criticize the Bush Administration for its handling of the Iraq war. He also told a crowd of about 60 at the University of South Carolina-Sumter that he is the only presidential candidate with a real political solution for the war.
No one's ever said this before: I have a plan.
But when Biden turned to the audience for questions, John Stevens, a 79-year-old Air Force disabled veteran of Korea and Vietnam, told Biden he had a better solution.

"The war's being lost in Congress by the people who give aid and comfort to the enemies that are killing our troops," he said.

Stevens then said he had his own plan: "I call it the duct tape solution. You take a roll of duct tape and you put it over the mouths of the people that are criticizing our troops and also causing the enemy to continue attacking our troops and blowing them up."

LOL. 79. Too old to run for office, damnit.
Biden said the problem in Iraq isn't a lack of support for American troops. He said he has pushed plans to properly equip troops, including with mine-resistant vehicles rolling out of South Carolina plants.
I'm a proper political whore. There's a shiny lining for every political issue - all that's required is focus - and co-conspirators in the press, of course.
Instead, our soldiers have been asked to remain enmeshed in what's become a civil war that requires different tactics, Biden said.
Best Tactic: Kill Killers - who gives a shit about which sect.
"We went to war with too few troops," Biden said. "Not a single general disagrees with that."
Gen'ls Pelosi, Reid, Biden, Murtha, Kennedy, Kerry, Leahy, Dodd...
A couple of hours earlier, Biden was in front of an unusual crowd at an unusual place for a Democrat.
Rizty posh resort place. Nope, Pols never go to those.
Biden also talked about the Iraq war in front of the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance, which met at The Sanctuary, a pricey Kiawah Island resort, said Lewis Gossett, the chief executive of the alliance. "The reaction was really remarkable," Gossett said. "It was a powerful speech."
I'm impressed, too. I didn't know Chia Pets could talk, either.
Biden didn't talk about his plans to roll back tax breaks for the nation's wealthiest people.
Mum's the woid.
"The reception might not have been as good for that," Gossett said.
Focus. Proper political whoring demands serious focus.
Biden wrapped up Saturday - the last day of the fundraising quarter - by heading to a the Carolina Cup, a steeplechase race in Camden.
We totaled $1.92 - we're on our waaaaayyyyy!
"We're on track to be able to raise what I've been saying. We think we need $20 to $25 million dollars to get us through South Carolina," Biden said.
In another 70 or 80 years we'll be ready, baby!
Even that goal is far behind what some other candidates expect to raise.
Not everyone has the advantage of being in the WH for 8 years or being a complete unknown who simply looks good to the multi-cultis. Some have to work hard to hide their records, their decades of being on the public dole and a total laughingstock.
"I refuse to believe this nomination is going to be determined based on money," said Biden, who thinks he can win if it become a contest of ideas, especially about Iraq.
The real Inconvenient Truth.
Posted by: Hupaiting Gleanter3606 || 04/01/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336061 views] Top|| File under:


"...And the horse you rode in on, you grifting, carpetbagging, SOB!"
Posted by: Anonymoose || 04/01/2007 0:19 Comments || Top||

#2  LOL. 79. Too old to run for office, damnit.

Are you sure this guy can't run for office? Can't age discriminate. Reagan was about that age when he ran for second term. Let's give it a try. How novel that would be, a straight-talking individual in politics.
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/01/2007 7:26 Comments || Top||

#3  "The Duct Tape Solution". I like it.

I do NOT like the proliferation of new nics. There are certain folks here whose thoughts I value, and others (like Aris) I read for fun.

Don't hide behind a new nic; I can't find you!
Posted by: Bobby || 04/01/2007 9:00 Comments || Top||

#4  Biden still thinks Delaware was a slave state? What a buffoon. Must have been raining to get 60 people indoors for his charade.
Posted by: Javiger Oppressor of the Heathen Rus6916 || 04/01/2007 11:24 Comments || Top||

#5  We should start the Duct Tape movement. Every time a Dumbass Democrat says something stupid we should mail him or her a strip of Duct Tape and remind them of how stupid they are and advise them to use the duct tape next time in an effort to save their credibility.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 04/01/2007 15:30 Comments || Top||

#6  Via Instapundit via PowerLine

By Sam Ryskind

Posted by: Sherry || 04/01/2007 17:24 Comments || Top||

Home Front: WoT
Accusation That US Made Hicks A 2.5x American - Suie Suie
Tip to Belmont Club
Prisoners in Guantanamo Bay are offered a diet of up to 5000 calories a day, 2œ times the recommended daily intake for Americans. David Hicks' father, Terry, has criticised the food his son has been given while in captivity.
Wholly spit! Somebody in power does read the Burg! How many times have I suggested that?
David Hicks has put on weight while in the prison and at Monday's hearing observers were surprised by his chubby appearance - he looked nothing like the photos that had become familiar to Australians.

The US military on Thursday showed off the selection of meals that it offers the prisoners in an attempt to show how well it treats suspected terrorists. Prisoners could choose regular, vegetarian, vegetarian with fish, bland (with no salt or seasoning), high fibre, or "soft" food meals. There were also fruit juices (but no straw, because of concerns about self harm), fruit and nuts. And to eat these meals they get a plastic "spork".
Posted by: 3dc || 04/01/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336061 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I bet they also had lots of sugary soft drinks and junk food--very high on the refined sugar. If we were really mean, we might even have wine available for them if they wanted it.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 04/01/2007 0:06 Comments || Top||

#2  These people would bitch if they got hung with a used rope.

They're actually complaining that prisoners can choose - of they're own free will - to eat so much they get fat.

In how many of the worlds prisons is that possible?
Posted by: Mike N. || 04/01/2007 0:29 Comments || Top||

#3  Accusation That US Made Hicks A 2.5x American - Suie Suie

Suie Suie.. here lawyers.. here lawyers.. Suie Suie.. here lawyers..

Stinky the Lawyer:
"my client couldn't keep his fu*kin pie hole shut and ate himself FAT! And We're gonna SUE the American Gubmint for that FAT of it damn it!!"


fat.. hummm, hummm.. fat,
now that puts me in the fat-sue mode ok.
Since I had my life saving transplant I've put on a little happy fat... as a side effect.. Ima sure its not my fault nope, yep I've been harmed by some extra ME, a victim yes...


hmmm.. lets see Ima gonna sue. Ima gonna sue my liver donor's family cause somehow they tricked me into getting a "plump" liver.

Ima gonna sue my Liver Team.. bad bad juju tricksters they tricked me and gave me a fat liver and fat pills to keep it alive and fat.

Ima gonna sue America for having fat food (MOABs*) and for the technology that saves lives and plump!

humm... there must be someone else I can sue?


MOABs* = Mother Of All Blubber
Posted by: RD || 04/01/2007 3:13 Comments || Top||

#4  Give them the straw. After they've served their purpose, of course.
Posted by: gorb || 04/01/2007 4:32 Comments || Top||

#5  Give them sharp steak knives, one each, shut the doors, take a week vacation, hang the (Fat)survivors. Close Gitmo, No prisoners.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 04/01/2007 8:46 Comments || Top||

#6  lol luv the happy fat pic! every time i see it here on RB I get a laugh. John Candy will always be funny and sorely missed.
Posted by: RD || 04/01/2007 14:14 Comments || Top||

#7  We have that pic on the refrigerator in the kitchen at work, heh.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 04/01/2007 19:26 Comments || Top||

#8  Human Rights Watch Condemns Guantanamo Obesity Epidemic. Film at eleven...
Posted by: tu3031 || 04/01/2007 21:24 Comments || Top||

Flight Attendant Arrested for Weapon
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A uniformed flight attendant was arrested at Dulles International Airport after she turned herself in for allegedly carrying a concealed handgun aboard a flight from Atlanta, authorities said Saturday.

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Posted by: Dave D. || 04/01/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336061 views] Top|| File under:

#1  She should be given a prise for common sense.
Posted by: gromgoru || 04/01/2007 6:42 Comments || Top||

#2  Why all flight personnel aren't armed and wearing body armor is beyond my ken. Can't put an air marshal on every flight, or even a significant fraction.
Posted by: Jonathan || 04/01/2007 11:57 Comments || Top||

#3  Give every flight crew and attendant six hundred hours of martial arts and a set of numchucks. Let's just SEE any jihadi try to hijack a US flight after that.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 04/01/2007 21:09 Comments || Top||

'Rise of jihadist forces weakens Musharraf'
Islamist and jihadist forces in Pakistan are taking advantage of the ongoing legal crisis sparked by the removal of the chief justice, which has weakened President Pervez Musharraf’s government, according to a commentary. Stratfor, a US news intelligence service, writes that as a result, the influence of religious extremists and radical Islamists is gradually spreading beyond the Pashtun areas along the Pak-Afghan border.

The government’s cautious approach to these developments could further weaken it as well as embolden those who promote religious conservatism. Recent events in Pakistan involving radical and militant Islamists show that these religious elements are trying to exploit Pakistan’s political instability to their advantage. One incident shows that Pashtun militants are trying to establish their writ in the tribal areas and reacting to the pressure they are facing from the deals between as well the fighting between pro-government tribesman and foreign militants.

Meanwhile, the suicide bombing in Kharian in part was designed to underscore that the jihadist sphere of operations has now expanded into Punjab. Stratfor writes that the boldest attempt by Islamist extremists is the one by female students of the Jamia Hafsa. Their action demonstrates that Islamists can challenge the government’s writ even in the capital. Making the event even more significant was the defensive posture of the Islamabad administration to the crisis.

Strafor believes that the government is worried that a crackdown against Islamist vigilantes under the current domestic political conditions could exacerbate unrest. Islamabad has also declined to use force against the vigilantes to avoid giving the impression that it is siding with those allegedly engaged in vice. While this may have prevented an ugly confrontation in the short term, the government’s defensive attitude will only contribute to the growing crisis of governance in the long run, the analysis predicts, arguing that religious extremists all over the country could be emboldened by Islamabad’s timid response. This could add to the unrest in the country. The spread of Talibanisation from Pakistan’s border regions into its heartland could force Musharraf into sharing power with his secular opponents to salvage his own political position and roll back religious extremism.
Posted by: Fred || 04/01/2007 09:31 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336061 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Haw! I read just the opposite. The chief justice is to be replaced with a Hindu, who is their nation's top expert in Sharia Law. And already, the new court is making decisions that strangle the Islamists.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 04/01/2007 12:05 Comments || Top||

U.N. Panel OKs Measure on Islam
GENEVA -- Islamic countries pushed through a resolution at the U.N. Human Rights Council on Friday urging a global prohibition on the public defamation of religion -- a response largely to the furor last year over caricatures published in a Danish newspaper of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad.

The statement proposed by the Organization of Islamic Conference addressed what it called a "campaign" against Muslim minorities and the Islamic religion around the world since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.

The resolution, which was opposed by a number of other non-Muslim countries, "expresses deep concern at attempts to identify Islam with terrorism, violence and human rights violations."

It makes no mention of any other religion besides Islam, but urges countries "to take resolute action to prohibit the dissemination of racist and xenophobic ideas and material aimed at any religion or its followers that constitute incitement and religious hatred, hostility, or violence."

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Posted by: Dave D. || 04/01/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336061 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I assume it's a non-binding resolution. At least until OIC countries have nukes and ICBMs.
Posted by: Sonar || 04/01/2007 0:20 Comments || Top||

#2  Fundamentalist Islam = terrorism, violence and human rights violations

Posted by: Tholuper Poodle5257 || 04/01/2007 3:44 Comments || Top||

#3  I read this yesterday. It is a very dangerous and slippery slope for an international organization to be trying to instil worldwide.
Posted by: newc || 04/01/2007 9:49 Comments || Top||

#4  All the more reason to deport said international organization and take over its building for condos.
Posted by: Jonathan || 04/01/2007 11:55 Comments || Top||

#5  Here's hoping this little perverted proposal becomes the "new improved" UNHRC's swan song. I think it's hilarious. They're so far fom reality, they can't even conceive of how this resolution might be contrary to human rights - infidels that we are.

They should be laughed right out of the UN. Next time... only allow countries with HR laws in effect and working may sit on such a councel. Or just don't bother at all. Just go away.
Posted by: Thinemp Whimble || 04/01/2007 12:09 Comments || Top||

#6  I'd love to hear Hillel Neuer's response to this latest bit of UNHRC legislative excrement. How much more clear does it need to be that the UN is a mouthpiece for anti-Semitism and pro-terrorist causes?
Posted by: Zenster || 04/01/2007 14:08 Comments || Top||

#7  Ok, use it to demand that Saudi Arabia allow the construction and attendance of Christian and Jewish services, Buddhist temples, and Shinto shrines. Then bomb the he$$ out of them when they refuse.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 04/01/2007 21:35 Comments || Top||

Iraq Endorses Arab Relocation for Kirkuk
BAGHDAD -- Iraq's government has endorsed plans to relocate thousands of Arabs who were moved to Kirkuk as part of Saddam Hussein's campaign to force ethnic Kurds out of the oil-rich city, in an effort to undo one of the former dictator's most enduring and hated policies.

The contentious decision was confirmed Saturday by Iraq's Sunni justice minister as he told The Associated Press he was resigning. Almost immediately, opposition politicians said they feared it would harden the violent divisions among Iraq's fractious ethnic and religious groups and possibly lead to an Iraq divided among Kurds, Sunni Arabs and Shiites.

The plan was virtually certain to anger neighboring Turkey, which fears a northward migration of Iraqi Kurds _ and an exodus of Sunni Arabs _ will inflame its own restive Kurdish minority.

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Posted by: Dave D. || 04/01/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336061 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Am I reading that correctly? Are the Kurds getting Kirkuk?

Good for them. They've been carrying northern Iraq since the invasion, its time they get a reward.
Posted by: Mike N. || 04/01/2007 0:13 Comments || Top||

#2  Good. Now give Kurds access to ports.
Posted by: gromgoru || 04/01/2007 6:39 Comments || Top||

#3  Latakia is nice this time of year.
Posted by: Shipman || 04/01/2007 6:44 Comments || Top||

#4  Turkey which fears a northward migration of Iraqi Kurds

WaPo really should invest in a map of Iraq. Kirkuk is south of the current Kurdish region.
Posted by: phil_b || 04/01/2007 8:01 Comments || Top||

#5  I support ethnic cleansing as an interim solution. Although no US regime would formally support same, the Tigris River is becoming the Sunni-Shiite dividing line in Baghdad. Military blogs have reported that US troops who facilitate protected movement of civilian ethnics, are not being targeted. Maintaining the status quo was not possible.

As for Turkey, Kurds are classified as "Mountain Turks."
Posted by: Sneaze || 04/01/2007 8:39 Comments || Top||

EU agrees to deal with non-Hamas Palestinians
European Union foreign ministers backed an Arab peace initiative on Saturday and agreed to engage with ministers of the new Palestinian national unity government who are not members of the Islamist Hamas movement.

They voiced full support for the Arab plan revived at a summit in Riyadh this week offering Israel peace and relations in exchange for a complete withdrawal from Arab land occupied in the 1967 Middle East war and a solution the Palestinian refugee problem. “The international community should not lose that opportunity for peace. We have already lost many opportunities,” Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos told reporters after the EU ministers discussed the Middle East. “We have a pragmatic position to deal with all interlocutors that are not members of Hamas. The finance minister, the interior minister and the foreign minister are not members of Hamas,” he said, at the meeting in Bremen, Germany.
Posted by: Fred || 04/01/2007 09:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336061 views] Top|| File under:

#1  weasel graphic might've worked as well...
Posted by: Frank G || 04/01/2007 10:08 Comments || Top||

#2  Between this and the hostage crisis, the United States and the United Kingdom should never again have the slightest doubt that the EU hates them with a passion and will do all it can to damage them and their interests. I wouldn't trust the EU any farther than I can throw Europe.
Posted by: Mac || 04/01/2007 10:59 Comments || Top||

#3  The real answer is that the EU would deal with the devil himself if the choice were between him and the Jews.
Posted by: RWV || 04/01/2007 11:57 Comments || Top||

Poll: Most Americans Oppose Palestinian State, More Concessions
A new poll shows that the creation of a Palestinian state and further Israeli withdrawals are contrary to the will of most Americans.

The poll shows a five-to-one ratio of Americans against further Israeli land concessions to the Palestinian Authority and a two-to-one ratio believing a Palestinian state would be a terrorist state rather than a peaceful democracy.

The survey was carried out by US polling agency McLaughlin & Associates and commissioned by the Zionist Organization of America at a time when the entire concept of creating a Palestinian state west of the Jordan river has been called into question by prominent figures such as former IDF Chief of Staff Moshe Ya'alon.

The raw figures:
* 60% believe that Israel should not make more land concessions to the Palestinian Arabs and 11% believe it should
That's, probably, better than among Israelis
* 45% believe that a Palestinian Arab state would be a terrorist state rather than a peaceful democracy (22%)
* 45% support the Israelis over the Arabs (4.6%)
* 65% believe that Saudi Arabia is not a reliable and trustworthy ally in the war against radical Islamic terrorism. 11% believe it is.
Rantburg is bigger than we knew
* 46% believe that Egypt is not a reliable and trustworthy ally in the war against radical Islamic terrorism. 24% believe it is.
* 51% believe that the US should impose economic sanctions on Saudi Arabia until it stops its support and funding for terrorists and radical Islamic education that teaches hatred of America and Israel. 26% disagree.

Polled were 1000 randomly selected Americans on March 25, 2007. The margin of error of the poll is 3.1%.
The size is a bit small
"This poll also indicates that we should stop all talk of establishing a Palestinian Arab state. Americans also understand that the Palestinian Arabs have not taken the minimum steps required to make peace and that peace prospects are consequently next to non-existent," ZOA National President Morton Klein said. “Americans understand that establishing a Palestinian state would simply result in but another terrorist state in the Middle East, which is the last thing America needs in its efforts to bring peace and security to the region. The American public has shown that it is completely against appeasing this Palestinian terror regime by offering any more concessions to it.

“It has shown that it has a far more realistic view of the Arab war against Israel than governments around the world, including the Bush Administration, which has continued to deal with and even fund Palestinian Authority (PA) president Mahmoud Abbas, despite the PA's on-going refusal to fulfill its obligations under signed agreements and the 2003 Roadmap peace plan to dismantle the apparatus of terror and end incitement to hatred and murder in the Palestinian public square that feeds it. This policy remains in place despite the recent formation of a Palestinian Arab national unity government under the leadership of Hamas, which calls in its Charter for the destruction of Israel (Article 15) and the murder of Jews (Article 7). This new Hamas-Fatah government has refused to recognize Israel, forswear terrorism or fulfill previous agreements.”

Klein said that members of the House and Senate should be made aware of the public’s support of harsh actions against Saudi Arabia. “Sanctions against Saudi Arabia for its financial support of radical mosques and spreading the extreme Wahhabi Islamic doctrines, including in American mosques, is something that Americans support,” he said. “The Bush Administration should also be much tougher on the Palestinian Authority and, instead of engaging and rewarding it, hold it accountable for its pro-terror, anti-peace actions. This too would be heeding the American public, which overwhelmingly supports Israelis over the Palestinian Arabs. Congress should also take action to convert all aid flowing to Egypt from military aid to purely humanitarian aid, as Americans now realize that Egypt is not the partner in fighting terror it pretends to be. This can be clearly seen in Egypt's refusal to end the massive arms smuggling from Egypt into Gaza of weaponry for Palestinian Arab terrorists, and the constant anti-Semitic articles, shows and songs that are a staple of Egyptian culture.”

The poll also refutes claims publicized by professors John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt last year claiming Congressional support for Israel is the result of political pressure by American Jewish pro-Israel individuals and groups, Klein said. "This poll shows conclusively that the typical American overwhelmingly supports Israel, which is why the overwhelming majority of members of Congress, reflecting their constituencies, also support Israel. If they didn't, they would not be representing the views of their constituencies.”
Posted by: gromgoru || 04/01/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336061 views] Top|| File under:

#1  FMA, while recognized internationally, is not a polling name familiar to most Americans, and being that this poll was commissioned by the ZOA may make some discredit it. Have a polling agency known to all Americans like Zogby or Gallup get the same results and you have a blockboster headline.
Posted by: Jules || 04/01/2007 8:46 Comments || Top||

#2  Please note: a poll indicating that a majority of Americans wanted an immediate withdrawal from Iraq would be front page so fast our heads would spin. I'm guessing this will sink out of sight almost as quickly.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 04/01/2007 9:04 Comments || Top||

#3  People are paying attention.
Posted by: anonymous2u || 04/01/2007 13:33 Comments || Top||

EU vows to work for peace with Abbas, PA moderates
The EU pledged to work with Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and other moderates in the Palestinian leadership to support a renewed Arab peace initiative that Europeans see as a hopeful sign in the Middle East peace process, officials said Saturday.
In the fine old European tradition: peace process to the last Jew.
Posted by: gromgoru || 04/01/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336061 views] Top|| File under:

Exclusive: Sheikh's murder highlights new power struggle
The assassination over the weekend of a prominent sheikh in Gaza City has brought to the surface a behind-the-scenes power struggle that has been raging in recent months between Hamas and a new al-Qaida-affiliated group identified with Salafism - a school of thought that takes the pious ancestors (Salaf) of the patristic period of early Islam as exemplary models.
The news you all been waiting for
Posted by: gromgoru || 04/01/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336061 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Salafism, aka Wahabbism.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 04/01/2007 0:11 Comments || Top||

#2  Break out the teaspoon-sized violin.
Posted by: Sonar || 04/01/2007 0:34 Comments || Top||

#3  You mean this guy Anonymoose?

Posted by: Tony (UK) || 04/01/2007 18:31 Comments || Top||

#4  G'ah!


Posted by: Tony (UK) || 04/01/2007 18:32 Comments || Top||

Olmert Not Ready to Order Gaza Invasion
JERUSALEM -- Israel's prime minister said Saturday he's not ready to order a large-scale military operation in Gaza, despite the military's warnings of a Hamas arms buildup in the coastal territory.

Israel fears that the Islamic militant Hamas is trying to copy the tactics of the Lebanese guerrilla group Hezbollah, which fought Israel to a draw in last summer's war in Lebanon. Hamas has exploited a period of relative calm to smuggle large numbers of anti-tank missiles and 30 tons of weapons-grade explosives into Gaza, using tunnels under the border with Egypt, Israeli security officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the issue with reporters.

Hamas has also nearly doubled its number of fighters to 10,000, the security officials said. Hamas dismissed the claims as Israeli propaganda. A spokesman for the group, Islam Shahwan, said the Hamas force has 5,500 fighters.

Hamas formed a coalition with the Fatah movement of ineffectual moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas two weeks ago. The new government has said it's ready to consolidate a four-month-old truce, but has stopped short of renouncing violence.

In an interview broadcast Saturday, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was asked whether a large-scale Israeli invasion of Gaza was needed to halt an arms buildup in Gaza. "The question is if it has to be a military operation, if it has to be a military operation by us and if it has to be now," Olmert told Channel 2 TV. "We won't shy away from a military operation if we reach the conclusion, after a thorough check, that it is possible, based on logic and level-headedness and no exaggerations, that there is no better way than this."

Asked whether this was the case now, he said: "This is not the case."

Diplomatic constraints might keep Olmert from ordering a Gaza invasion. The U.S. is trying to revive Mideast peacemaking by winning greater involvement of moderate Arab states, and a large-scale Israeli military operation could sabotage such efforts.

Olmert is also still fighting off criticism that he embarked on the war against Hezbollah hastily. He might also be concerned about getting entangled in fighting in crowded Gaza; previous operations have caused many casualties, drawing international condemnation but yielding few achievements for Israel.

Still, senior military commanders have repeatedly expressed concern about the arms buildup. Last month, Israel's southern commander, Maj. Gen. Yoav Galant, warned that Iran is helping Hamas upgrade its fighting strength by providing technology, funding and direct military training. Galant said the training and technology has enabled Hamas to grow from a ragtag militia into a well-organized group resembling an army -- complete with battalions, companies, platoons and special forces for surveillance, snipers and explosive experts.

Also, the head of Israel's Shin Bet internal security agency, Yuval Diskin, has said that dozens of Hamas operatives are going to Iran for training. He gave no proof for the allegation.

Shahwan, the Hamas spokesman, said members of the Palestinian security forces are being trained in Islamic countries, including Iran, but that not all are members of the Hamas unit.
Posted by: Dave D. || 04/01/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336063 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "Olmert Not Ready To"
That's where I stopped reading.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 04/01/2007 9:15 Comments || Top||

#2  "I'll do it on a rainy Tuesday in a month ending in 'S.' Honest!"
Posted by: Jonathan || 04/01/2007 11:53 Comments || Top||

Ahmadinejad vows news soon on atomic work
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's president promised on Sunday Iranians would soon hear more news about the Islamic Republic's nuclear program, which the West believes is a covert effort to build atomic bombs despite Tehran's denials.

"The Iranian nation will soon hear fresh news about our country's nuclear transition," Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was quoted by the official IRNA news agency as saying. He did not give details about any announcements or when the news would be released but Ahmadinejad is due to hold a news conference on Tuesday.
We'll be watching...
Posted by: Dave D. || 04/01/2007 13:03 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336062 views] Top|| File under:

#1  They give News all the time, what they dont give is progress.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 04/01/2007 13:19 Comments || Top||

#2  Mahmoud stepping up the provocation. I'ts New Year and his Mahdi must be halfway up the well by now. This little announcement could be what triggers his oft-promised armagheddon. And fits well with an April 6 strike.

Mahmoud thinks EU and Russia as well as all the muslims will fight on his side and Hezb thinks they can take out Israel. They are all truly madly delusional.
Posted by: Thinemp Whimble || 04/01/2007 13:20 Comments || Top||

Iran's Rev Guard Broadens Influence
Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, the elite unit at the heart of the latest Middle East crisis, has greater power today than at any point since the revolution's early days to export Islamic militancy and challenge the West's presence in the region, say U.S. officials and Iran experts.

Its naval forces abducted 15 British sailors and marines nine days ago. Its special forces unit is operating deep in Iraq, providing militias with deadly roadside explosives used against American troops, U.S. officials say. It supplied missiles used by Hezbollah last summer in the longest war Arabs ever fought with Israel. And it now plays the largest role in Iran's ambitious military industries, including attempted acquisition of nuclear weapons and surface-to-surface missiles, according to an upcoming book by Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

But almost three decades after the 1979 revolution, the Revolutionary Guard has also become a leading political and economic force in Iran. One of its veterans, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, became Iran's president in 2005. The force and a network of current and former commanders have also moved into Iran's oil and gas business, won bids on major government construction contracts, and even gained lucrative franchises such as Mercedes-Benz dealerships, the sources say.

"The Revolutionary Guards are quickly emerging as the most prominent actor in Iran," said Karim Sadjadpour of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. "They're playing an increasingly active role on the domestic political scene, have enormous economic assets and interests, are a key player in the nuclear program, and are essentially running Iranian activities in Iraq and Lebanon."

The Guard's high profile is one of the reasons that the assets of its top officials were frozen, because of ties to sensitive nuclear and missile programs, under two U.N. resolutions passed on March 24 and Dec. 23. Among the officials cited were the Guard's top commander, Maj. Gen. Yahya Rahim Safavi, and deputy commander, Brig. Gen. Morteza Rezaie, as well as the heads of the Guard's ground forces, navy, Quds Force and Basij (Mobilization of the Oppressed) volunteers.

The widening presence of its Quds Force in Iraq is the reason U.S. troops launched two raids in December and January on Iran's operating bases, detaining seven men in Baghdad and Irbil. Five are still held, although Iranian officials expected them to be released on the Iranian new year, March 21.

Although neither Tehran nor London has linked the events, the 15 Britons were captured two days after Tehran expected the five in Iraq to be freed and the day before the U.N. vote freezing the assets of seven top Revolutionary Guard commanders.

In his first public comments on the matter, Ahmadinejad said yesterday that the Guard had demonstrated "skill and bravery" in detaining the Britons.

Ahmadinejad, who was a midlevel officer, mirrors the evolution of the Guard, formed to protect the revolutionaries and prevent a military coup. The Guard is separate from Iran's conventional military -- and less than one-third the size, according to Cordesman. Iran's regular army, navy and air force total more than 400,000 troops. The Guard numbers about 125,000. But its numbers belie its power.

The Guard gained stature during Iran's eight-year war with Iraq, when it fought some of the toughest battles, provided human minesweepers and took huge casualties. That generation has now come of leadership age, said Kenneth Katzman of the Congressional Research Service, the author of "Warriors of Islam," a book about the Guard.

"They fought as young men, and now they're middle-aged. They have gone from the battlefield to mayoralties, governates and management of ministries," Katzman said. Tehran Mayor Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf was a senior Guard commander.

The Guard is now a less effective conventional fighting force than it was during the Iran-Iraq war, Cordesman said. But it controls the deadliest arms, including adapted Scud missiles with ranges up to 1,200 miles, along with a chemical and biological weapons program and missile production. The Revolutionary Guard remains "the center of Iran's hard-line security forces," he said.

The most secretive Guard unit is the Quds Force, which conducts operations beyond Iran's borders using proxies such as Hezbollah, Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Cordesman says in the book. It has several directorates -- for Iraq, Lebanon, the Palestinian territories and Jordan; Afghanistan, Pakistan and India; Turkey and the Arabian Peninsula; North Africa; and Europe and North America, Cordesman writes. It has operatives in many embassies abroad, he says, and runs Iran's training camps for unconventional warfare.

In January, Cordesman says, Iran's Supreme National Security Council gave the Quds Force control of Iran's operations in Iraq and expanded it from 5,000 to 15,000 troops. After its men were captured in Iraq, the force has lowered its visibility and changed its style of operations, U.S. officials say.

The Quds Force is led by Brig. Gen. Qassem Soleimani and reports directly to the office of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Many senior Revolutionary Guard officers have close family ties to top members of the clergy, according to a study of the Guard by Michael Eisenstadt of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

The Guard's ties and the widening corruption in Iran have increasingly led its commanders, companies and connections to bid on and win government contracts, including for recent oil and gas projects, for which they are not qualified, U.S. officials say. The result, they add, is that key projects are either poorly done or farmed out to other contractors, for a commission.
Posted by: Bobby || 04/01/2007 09:09 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336062 views] Top|| File under:

#1  great news now the leadership is triangular;
how dysfunctional are these guys, 1st. Mullahs lack economics so they decide to let the communists share power as the politcal wing of the kleptocracy, 2. the communist fail at economics so they let the military in on the kleptocracy, now you've got 3 kleptocratic wings compteting and trying to hold onto thier slice of the largesse.

This is pure 5th century stuff....the country has no clue and worse, it believes itself to be competant to lead other countries? hubris reigns in iran, but always served up after the monthly dole is collected. true failure in action, on stage live, before our very eyes.
Posted by: Slats Clavinter3270 || 04/01/2007 10:43 Comments || Top||

#2  Well put, Slats, though the real failure on display is the US one to take on the IRGC the instant we confirmed their presence and activities. And sorry, nothing that could possibly remain "covert" for a week would be worth doing - this is one of the most incredible dimensions of our refusal to fight in Iraq - and that's saying something.

Meanwhile, note that China exhibits much the same pathology WRT the PLA and "investments". Of course, being Chinese, their weird state/business combos actually are sometimes well-run.
Posted by: Verlaine || 04/01/2007 13:13 Comments || Top||

Iran Questions EU's 'Illogical' Support For Britain Over Sailors
"Great Britain can count on the tight and unconditional support of all Europeans," [German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter] Steinmeier said. "We expressed this also toward our British colleague. And we advised them to seek consultations with Tehran, which I discussed with [EU foreign-policy chief] Javier Solana, in order to find a fast solution."
"Tight and unconditional support". France has already stated that only dialog is permissible, and a call for trade sanctions against Iran were tabled. Well done, Chocolate Makers!
Britain says its evidence shows the British sailors were in Iraqi waters on March 23 when Iranian warships surrounded their boats. Since then Iranian television has aired footage of one of the 15 British sailors apologizing for the ship entering Iranian waters.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini appeared on television March 31, telling the European Union they had the facts wrong and that anyway the EU had no place in the dispute, which is just between Tehran and London. "We suggest that European officials and EU officials that they pay attention to evidence and existing documents before illogically supporting the British government," Hosseini said. "It [the foreign ministry] also warned the European Union to avoid issuing baseless statements and interfering in an issue, which is a bilateral issue between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the British government and asked them to encourage the British government to find bilateral solutions to solve the issue. It also asked them to avoid [taking] any actions that would cause the issue to become more complicated and take a longer time [to be resolved]."
Two matters of interest here:

1) Persian emphasis on "bilateral relations" between the UK and Iran. a) The UK inspection regime is conducted under a UN mandate - This is an Iranian assault on the authority of the UN Security Council. b) An attempt by the Iranian government to dissolve bonds of alliance between Britain and its Coalition partners. c) Demoralize the British people and their ruling class.

2) The Iranian ballistic missile program and its nuclear weapons program proceed. Sooner rather than later, every EU country will be within range of Iranian ballistic missiles. Contemptuous remarks delivered by a Persian foreign minister to Europe will be backed by the capability of delivering nuclear warheads to Europe's capitals.

Speaking at Camp David on March 31, U.S. President George Bush called on Iran to unconditionally release the wrongfully detained British sailors. "The Iranians must give back the hostages," Bush said. "They're innocent, they did nothing wrong, and they were summarily plucked out of water. As I say, it's inexcusable behavior."

As for the British sailors, Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki said today on state television that "Iran is waiting for a change of behavior by Britain and a balanced stance by this country over our legal demands."
Mottaki did not specify what a change of behavior meant, but on March 31 Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad called Britain "arrogant" and said he expected an official apology from London.
The only proper answer to give Iran would be an iron-clad promise to increase defense spending by 50%+. There are no statesmen or women in Britain today. Too bad.
Posted by: mrp || 04/01/2007 07:02 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336061 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Maybe that's what it's going to take: a nuclear weapon delivered on Brussels or Marseilles or Birmingham. Maybe after that the Europeans will wake up. Maybe.
Posted by: Mac || 04/01/2007 11:02 Comments || Top||

#2  Nope, it'll be our fault.
Posted by: anonymous2u || 04/01/2007 13:36 Comments || Top||

#3  #2 Nope, it'll be our fault.

If they keep undermining us politically, economically, and in every other sphere they can play in, they may just be right.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 04/01/2007 21:42 Comments || Top||

Gaddafi criticises UK reaction to Iran captives
I'm sure everyone has been asking themselves, "What would Khadaffy Duck say?"
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on Saturday criticised London's reaction to Iran's seizure of British sailors and marines in the northern Gulf. "This British reaction means that Iraq has become a British colony and Iraq's territorial waters have become British waters," said Gaddafi, addressing Tuareg and other tribal leaders in the central Niger town of Agadez.

Gaddafi did not make clear whether he backed Iran's position but said foreign colonisation was against Islam. "Colonisation is the enemy of Islam, enemy of Arabs and enemy of Persians," he said.
Posted by: Hupaiting Gleanter3606 || 04/01/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336061 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Gadfly has apparently forgotten what it is like to live in a camper for years.
Posted by: gorb || 04/01/2007 4:14 Comments || Top||

#2  Guh-Daffy is now 65 years old. That's 455 in mad dog years.
Posted by: Atomic Conspiracy || 04/01/2007 7:00 Comments || Top||

#3  [GQ]addafi has heled a group of Bulgarian (and one Palestinian) nurses hostage for years. I'm sure what he has to say about Iran holding soldiers hostage is quite valuable.
Posted by: Eric Jablow || 04/01/2007 7:15 Comments || Top||

#4  Daffy,Dinnerjacket, and several other tinhorns perform the same delicate balancing act Saddam and Arafat did: Various business interests (especially but not exclusively European) want to maintain their lucrative business contacts with the dictators and their evil regimes, while all decent people want them dead and their regimes consigned to the flames.
This partly explains the position of the media-industrial complex, which is part and parcel of the larger complex of transnationals, and which looks approvingly on the large and gullible advertising markets the dictators help maintain.
Posted by: Atomic Conspiracy || 04/01/2007 8:20 Comments || Top||

#5  AC-

Guh-Daffy is now 65 years old. That's 455 in mad dog years.

..And yet he STILL hasn't made it past 06...

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 04/01/2007 20:04 Comments || Top||

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