Leaders of a military coup in Mauritania promised on Thursday to hold a "free and transparent" presidential election as soon as possible, defying foreign calls to reinstate the country's first freely elected president.
Soldiers ousted President Sidi Mohamed Ould Cheikh Abdallahi on Wednesday after he tried to dismiss military chiefs widely suspected of supporting the president's opponents in a political crisis in Africa's newest oil producer. It was Africa's first successful coup since some of the same soldiers ousted the Islamic republic's previous president three years and three days earlier, and it drew international condemnation and demands for Abdallahi's return.
But many local politicians threw their weight behind the coup. Some planned a march on Thursday in support of the "High State Council" set up by presidential guard chief Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz, who led the coup after Abdallahi tried to sack him.
The 11-strong junta said it would work with Mauritanian politicians and civic groups to organise a presidential election "to renew the democratic process on a sustainable basis". "These elections, which will be organised in as short a time as possible, will be free and transparent," it said in a statement published by national news agency AMI.
The council pledged to respect treaties and other commitments binding Mauritania, which spans Arab and black Africa at the western edge of the Sahara and has close ties with many Arab states. It is also one of the few Arab countries to have diplomatic relations with Israel.
Abdallahi, who was arrested on Wednesday with his prime minister and interior minister, won elections last year after a 2005 coup, also instigated by Abdelaziz, which ended years of dictatorship under President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya. But Abdallahi had encountered a series of crises in a country where food and fuel price rises had increased hardship. He fired one government in May and another cabinet resigned in July when faced with the prospect of a vote of no confidence.
Actually, I think the whole reason for the coup was that the duly-elected President was appointing all his family and friends to high position, screwing the nation every way he could, and lying about it. The Mauritanian military holds the same position as their Turkish brothers - they guarantee a free, secular government. The Mauritanians aren't terribly fond of Soddy Arabida and Iran, though they have diplomatic relations with both.
Posted by: Old Patriot ||
08/08/2008 21:43 Comments ||
The daughter of Mauritania's ousted president appealed to the United Nations on Thursday to open talks to restore the country's elected government.
I think I mighta seen this movie...
"On behalf of my imprisoned father ... I wish to send a heartfelt and urgent plea to the United Nations and the international community to open a constructive dialogue to restore the country's rightfully elected government and institutions at the earliest opportunity," Abdallahi's daughter said in a statement released through a British spokesman. "My family and I are currently under house arrest and our communications with the outside world are restricted. Please help us return democracy to the people of Mauritania," Amal Mint Cheikh Abdallahi said. The spokesman said Abdallahi and his daughter were being held separately under house arrest. He had no information about the ousted president.
The United Nations!!!
Oh, hardy har har!!!
He'll die of old age before it gets to committee.
They'll spend the first 2 years debating the technical definition of arrest.
Good luck doll, they only thing he has going for him is that he is a dictator. Maybe Russia and China can swing something for you.
TOKYO - A Russian navy intelligence ship has been in the Pacific off Japan's southern island of Okinawa, possibly to monitor radio wave data from U.S. forces, Japan's Kyodo News reported Aug. 8.
A Japanese destroyer found the ship moving and stopping repeatedly in the high seas some 30-60 kilometers (18-37 miles) east of the island of Okinawa on Aug. 6, the report said, citing Japanese Defense Ministry sources.
The Russian vessel stopped its engines and began floating the afternoon of Aug. 7 at a point some 70 kilometers east of the southern tip of the island, Kyodo said.
More than half of the 40,000 U.S. troops in Japan are based in Okinawa.
U.S. troops are stationed in Japan under a security treaty with the country, which has been constitutionally pacifist since World War II.
High mountains along the border with a single road/tunnel across the border. Georgian troops in established positions within a few Ks of the road from the border to the main city. Russia risks having its forces trapped and/or attacked while in convoy. I don't like Russia's chances.
A Russian armored corps in South Ossetia is basically a bloody scrapheap waiting to happen, if it gets hot enough & the Georgians are stubborn enough about facing down the bear. Have you *looked* at the aerial imagery of that province? There's one road across the border to the capital, and it's at the bottom of a hellacious mountain gorge. The Georgians don't even have to occupy it, they can just bring it under artillery interdiction.
I've never understood the attraction of South Ossetia to the Russian elites. Abkhazia at least has a port. What, they don't have enough mafia-infested, economically depressed shitholes on their side of the Caucasus?
Posted by: Mitch H. ||
08/08/2008 11:20 Comments ||
Does anyone know what kind of weaponry Georgia has?
They've invested heavily in newer model T-72s in the last five years, according to Global Security, and reversed a planned reduction in manpower. They probably have as many tanks available as the Russian force which is picking its way down that precarious mountain road to Tskhinvali. If not as shiny-new as whatever the 58th Army is fielding.
I wouldn't be surprised if the Georgians don't have American anti-tank weaponry of some sort in their armories - we've been training them for years. In that sort of terrain, it's going to be beastly for tankers.
I'm kind of surprised that the Georgians have as many tanks as they do in their inventory. They've got more armor than I would have expected for a small army (~24,000) in a mountainous country.
Posted by: Mitch H. ||
08/08/2008 11:55 Comments ||
If the Russians really get serious, they'll just rocket/bomb Tblisi into rubble.
DEBKAfiles geopolitical experts note that on the surface level, the Russians are backing the separatists of S. Ossetia and neighboring Abkhazia as payback for the strengthening of American influence in tiny Georgia and its 4.5 million inhabitants. However, more immediately, the conflict has been sparked by the race for control over the pipelines carrying oil and gas out of the Caspian region.
The Russians may just bear with the pro-US Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvilis ambition to bring his country into NATO. But they draw a heavy line against his plans and those of Western oil companies, including Israeli firms, to route the oil routes from Azerbaijan and the gas lines from Turkmenistan, which transit Georgia, through Turkey instead of hooking them up to Russian pipelines.
Saakashvili need only back away from this plan for Moscow to ditch the two provinces revolt against Tbilisi. As long as he sticks to his guns, South Ossetia and Abkhazia will wage separatist wars.
DEBKAfile discloses Israels interest in the conflict from its exclusive military sources:
Jerusalem owns a strong interest in Caspian oil and gas pipelines reach the Turkish terminal port of Ceyhan, rather than the Russian network. Intense negotiations are afoot between Israel Turkey, Georgia, Turkmenistan and Azarbaijan for pipelines to reach Turkey and thence to Israels oil terminal at Ashkelon and on to its Red Sea port of Eilat. From there, supertankers can carry the gas and oil to the Far East through the Indian Ocean.
Aware of Moscows sensitivity on the oil question, Israel offered Russia a stake in the project but was rejected.
Last year, the Georgian president commissioned from private Israeli security firms several hundred military advisers, estimated at up to 1,000, to train the Georgian armed forces in commando, air, sea, armored and artillery combat tactics. They also offer instruction on military intelligence and security for the central regime. Tbilisi also purchased weapons, intelligence and electronic warfare systems from Israel.
These advisers were undoubtedly deeply involved in the Georgian armys preparations to conquer the South Ossetian capital Friday.
In recent weeks, Moscow has repeatedly demanded that Jerusalem halt its military assistance to Georgia, finally threatening a crisis in bilateral relations. Israel responded by saying that the only assistance rendered Tbilisi was defensive.
This has not gone down well in the Kremlin. Therefore, as the military crisis intensifies in South Ossetia, Moscow may be expected to punish Israel for its intervention.
About a million refugees flooding all of South Ossetia's neighbors? The fact that NATO didn't have a string of Kosovos on every other border - Abkhazia, Transdienstria, the bullying of Ukraine and Estonia, etc? The fact that NATO hadn't spent the previous decade leveling, oh say, Sarajevo with massed artillery fire?
We're talking about a province with less than five thousand ethnic Russians and maybe twenty-five thousand Ossetians. It isn't exactly the Sudetenland, let alone Krajina.
And Russia's "peacekeepers" would be more credible if the troops weren't exclusively next-door neighbors. It's as if KFOR was staffed entirely by Albanian nationals.
Posted by: Mitch H. ||
08/08/2008 13:58 Comments ||
No f-22's needed. Just give theit arty FASCAM (MLRS delivery would do the trick) and a pile of TOW missiles.
That narrow single road for resupply is a tactical nightmare, and a strategic choke point.
Just a single MCLC would be enough to stopper things tight for a while.
How is Russia's move to SO any different than NATOs move into Kosovo?
Neither Uncle Sam nor any other member of NATO is about to annex Kosovo. South Ossetia will probably become a Russian province, once the Russians gain control of it. NATO members were disinterested observers with respect to Kosovo, from a territorial standpoint. Russia isn't one, in the case of South Ossetia. The true historical analog is to the Soviet attempt to annex Iran's Azerbaijan province in 1946 - Uncle Joe backed down after Truman promised Iran full support.
Don't forget the Devil's Advocate part of my question 'kay?
Now, as far as that goes; SO is a breakaway province of Georgia like Kosovo was a breakaway from Serbia.
NATO presumed to help the separatists; Russia is presuming to help the separatists.
Granted the motivational differences it's still a case of a third party invading to support a revolutionary movement.
Either this is always bad; or always good; OR we have to admit that there is no principle involved but that each case is different.
You have to be careful that your principles don't back you into a corner such as having to support Saddam cause your principle denies any right at anytime to invade. Also known as hoist on one's own petard.
Personally I hope Georgia manages to survive but I fear the Russians are back to their old evil ways. Is Georigia this decades Afghanistan for Russia?
So, let's just sit back and let the Euros handle it. They're so more nuanced in these matters. /sarcasm off.
Wonder if they're checking their shorts in the capitals over there today? It was fun making hay of pillaring the US for the last 8+ years when they thought the 'old days' were over. Maybe the Nobel committee can give their trinket to Puty this year for 'restoring' peace through conquest.
That doesn't scan right, either, Zhang. It's a rebellious province which is demographically distinct from the rest of a country based on nationality. It isn't very much like the Kosovo situation, because religion isn't a factor, but it's a closer analogy than, say, Austria. Unless Russia's the Germany in this situation.
And that forces comparison of Georgia & Russia looks outdated, Nero. Georgia has a significant National Guard which they're mobilizing, and they have twice as many tanks as what Sky has listed. See here.
Posted by: Mitch H. ||
08/08/2008 16:15 Comments ||
PhilB #6: Russia said it's already at Tskhinvali, so where is the choke-point mentioned by you? I'm trying to find it on the map, but the only one-road area I see is a spot that has supposedly already been passed.
Posted by: Charles ||
08/08/2008 16:16 Comments ||
Charles: The head of the road is in Tskhinvali, but the interdictable section is up by the border. It's not a big province, it probably could take a battalion of armor an hour or an hour-and-a-half to get from the border to Tskhinvali.
But it won't help the 58th Army to be in Tskhinvali if their lines of communication are cut back on the border. It just means they're exposed as hell if the Georgians can get cross-country in their rear onto that road - at Vaneli, I would imagine. See this map.
Georgia is a mountain country, and surrounded on every side by imposing crags. If the American advisers haven't been emphasizing cross-country mountain infantry training, then somebody needs to be sacked.
Posted by: Mitch H. ||
08/08/2008 16:30 Comments ||
Bad news from the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline - an installation that may not normally draw much of your attention, but which is a throbbing artery of global energy supply, carrying vital oil supplies from Central Asia towards a tanker terminal on the Turkish coast. On some remote, sun-baked plain of Anatolia, an explosion sparked a fire earlier this week, temporarily cutting the flow through the pipeline.
So - Premeditation on the part of Russia?
Sort of like AQ killing the Lion?
You people really need to access "Atlas Shrugs" before you defend the Kosovo and Bosnia rat-holes. If you haven't taken the time to read the imperialist "Islamic Declaration" of 1970, then you are guilty of wilfull blindness to Muslim designs for the Balkans. Serbs read that document and chose to pre-empt ethnic cleansing, with ethnic cleansing. For your own security: devalue Muslim life. Islam is a global plague that needs to be wiped out. Their pseudo-pundit defenders are their dhimmis (Arabic for useful idiot).
Russia: concentrate your pre-emptive defense policies on the real enemy.
Posted by: Ebbineth Prince of the Hatfields4375 ||
08/08/2008 18:06 Comments ||
Charles, go to Roki tunnel in Google Earth and follow the road south. I'm no military strategist, but even I can see it would take a lot of infantry to secure that road.
If Russia is going to escalate they will come through Abkhazia into Georgia.
The topography is the opposite of Chechnya. You have to get through the mountains to reach the lowlands.
Lets see, you little would-be genocidal maniac... ets walk your words back 70 years...
You people really need to access "Mein Kampf" before you defend the Polish and French rat-holes. If you haven't taken the time to read the imperialist "Priories of Zion", then you are guilty of wilfull blindness to Jewish designs for Europe. Germans read that document and chose to pre-empt ethnic cleansing, with ethnic cleansing. For your own security: devalue Jewish life. Judiasm is a global plague that needs to be wiped out. Their pseudo-pundit defenders are their goyim kurva (Yiddish for useful whores).
F**k you and the pestilent hate-filled nazi shithole you were bred from.
Georgia has 26,900 troops, Russia has 641,000.
Georgia has 82 tanks, Russia has 6,717.
Georgia has 7 combat aircraft, Russia has 1,200.
Fully mobilized I seriously doubt the Russians have more than 100,00 combatants total in this fight. A standard Russian army like the 58th Army is less than 30,000 guys getting shot at.
The whole of the Russian Transsaucusus Front, the main parent unit of the now active Russian 58th Army, total has less than 300,00 combatants under arms. Also, most of the units in the 58th Army the main operational component for the Russian Army were Category II or less, meaning whatever is in the field fighting are mainly fillers.
Reports I heard there were about 150 armor vehicles total which translates into roughly a brigade sized element, likely the only unit of any size so far mobilized
Expect Russian casualties regardless of their success against Georgia to be frightfully high.
Russians love their armor units and have yet to re-learn the value of light infantry in close country like the Transcaucusus.
What I saw in filmed reports is that a lot of their dismounted infantry wearing garrison caps and do-rags. 24 hours in good sniper country would cure that you would think except that that is how the Russian Army operated during the worst of the Chechen War.
Pity the PBI.
Watching film on TV today I saw a wide spread of Russian equipment including MT-LBs, BMP-1s and 72BM1s, T-80UMs, BMD1s, 2S3s ( 152mm SP artilery ) and MI-24s.
Not top of the line equipment, so my conclusion is that these are not Russian line units participating in this operation.
Russian doctrine regarding use of armor in mountainous regions is pretty straightforward. Emphasis will be on controlling urban areas, roads and mountain passes, and yes they will send in armor in area you would think light infantry would suffice.
'If Russia is going to escalate they will come through Abkhazia into Georgia.' phil_b #38
The Georgian Times
Abkhazia Deploys Troops at Border
At 6am on August 8 Abkhaz forces, including artillery systems and multiple rocket launchers started heading from Ochamchire district to the administrative border at the Enguri river, Interfax news agency reported.
Earlier on August 8, following the after midnight session of the Abkhaz national security council, Sergey Bagapsh, the Abkhaz leader, told Interfax that the decision was taken to reinforce the Abkhaz border amid clashes in South Ossetia.
Area across the administrative border is a security zone, according to the 1994 Moscow ceasefire agreement, which bans presence of heavy military equipment within the zone.
See KOMMERSANT for various news threads > seems RUSSIA HAS WARNED WEST/NATO ABOUT FURTHER SUPPORT OF GEORGIA, to include blaming the West for "mighty propagnada support" + giving Georgia a green light = A-OKAY to conduct a military operation agz South Ossetia. EU > in turn, has DEMANDED AN END TO FIGHTING + RUSS INCURSION.
Also from KOMMERSANT > Russia has accused Georgia of deliber killing or murdering wounded Russian Peacekeepers during a takeover + engaging in local "ethnic cleansing" [War Crimes]???
REDDIT > GUARDIAN.UK - GEORGIAN PRESIDENT ASKS FOR US HELP [Intervention] AGZ RUSSIA; + RUSSIATODAY.RU > GEORGIA AND SOUTH OSSETIA AT WAR: WILL NATO ABSORB GEORGIA AND UNLEASH A WIDER WAR [agz RUSSIA]???
US sending an Envoy.
TOPIX > GEORGIA ASKS US, NATO FOR DIPLOMATIC AND MILITARY ASSISTANCE AGZ RUSSIAN ATTACK.
DEFENSETECH.org > GEORGIA VS. RUSSIA > POSTER claims that Russia is CUTTING OFF THE WESTERN AIR ROUTE INTO AFGHANISTAN, and also argues that after Russ suborns Georgia AZERBAIJAN may be next on the Russ agenda??? IOW, RUSSIA NEEDS TO ASSURE US FAILURE OR CONTAINMENT IN PAKISTAN-AFGHAN VV ISLAMIST MILITANTS???
INTERFAX > ZHIRINOVSKY: ABKHAZIA, SOUTH OSSETIA SHOULD BE INDEPENDENT + ABKHAZIA: GEORGIA BUILDING UP MILITARY MIGHT ALONG ITS BORDERS + ABKHAZIA SENDING MILITARY FORMATIONS TO BORDER WITH GEORGIA.
Also from SAME > ARMENIA: NAGORNO-KARABAKH SHOULD BE PART OF ANY CONFLICT SETTLEMENT PROCESS.
* TOPIX > AZERBAIJAN MAY REQUEST RUSSIAN MILITARY ASSISTANCE IFF GEORGIA-SOUTH OSSETIA WAR SPREADS.
Looks like VLADVEDEV = RUSSIA is all but formally demanding to be attacked and conquered by Radical Islam???
VARIOUS WAFF.com Threads > e.g. GEORGIA INVADES SOUTH OSSETIA - RUSSIA WARNS MAY [militarily?]INTERVEN ON SOUTH OSSETIAN SIDE.
IMO, Russia now formally recognizes that Radical Islam is intent on the [pro-Islamist] destabilizing and domination of CENTRAL ASIA INCLUD FORMER SOVIET SSRS + INDUCE NEW BREAKUP OF POST-USSR RUSSIA AMAP. It feels its position in Eurasia is steadily becom threatened by China on one side + Nuclearizing Iran = Radical Islam on the other.
USA > WAR OUTSIDE OF IRAQ proper; versus RUSSIA > WAR OUTSIDE OF CHECHNYA, SOUTH OSSETIA, ETC.???
NEW DELHI: Is China marking space for itself in Myanmar's Coco Islands again? India is suddenly up and alert after senior Chinese naval officers recently visited the islands to "upgrade" facilities there.
On June 25, according to reports reaching India, in an unpublicised visit, a Chinese naval delegation led by Col Chi Ziong Feng, accompanied a Myanmarese delegation headed by Brig Gen Win Shein, into the Coco Islands.
According to sources, Brig Gen Shein is commander of Ayeyarwaddy (Irrawaddy) naval headquarters, which controls the island.
According to sources monitoring developments, China decided to help Myanmar upgrade systems in the island.
Myanmar would increase its naval troop strength on the island, while China would help in building two more helipads and storage systems for arms. What was of greater interest to India was that China reportedly agreed to "upgrade" communication facilities on the island.
Interestingly, this was also around the time that Indian minister of state for power Jairam Ramesh was in Myanmar adding to India's development presence there by signing four economic cooperation agreements with the Myanmar government.
The Coco Islands have always been part myth, part Indian and Chinese jostling in the Indian Ocean. But there have never been a stop to reports of China building a listening post in the Great Coco Island, which is close enough to the Andamans and the Straits of Malacca to be of concern to India.
In fact, after much persuasion, India managed to get the Myanmarese to take some officials to Coco Islands in 2006 to see the island for themselves as well as a couple of other islands of concern to India like Hangyii and Kyakpu. Indian representatives were allowed to tour the island. They did not find much.
Even the radar was rudimentary, bought off some ship and not working. The Indian government came to the conclusion that the Myanmarese are either too clever by half or they're not showing everything to India or they had been correct all along. Whatever it was, India stopped its public cribbing about Coco.
The issue was, however, never buried. After the recent visit, India's assessment says the possibility of more helipads on Coco Islands might indicate a Chinese interest in air surveillance of Indian aircraft, ships or facilities.
It took a visit like this to get the Indians to sit up. As of now, Indian officials say they are "concerned, but not alarmed".
After all, despite India ramping up its own presence in Myanmar, China remains its biggest friend, philosopher and guide. For the moment, India remains in a "watch and wait" mode, particularly since its own relations with China are very complex at the present moment.
But it wants to watch out for activity, particularly on the construction of helipads and building more communication posts that will signal danger. India's Far East Command, which operates out of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, is well situated to inderdict vessels passing through Malacca Straits.
Chinese authorities unclear on the concept - this is certainly a respone to Bush's comments on political rights but do they really think the journos are Bush's allies or that detaining them so that they couldn't cover his opening of the new US embassy is a slap at the president?
Hell, they probably improved his positives by a couple percentage points just by preventing those stories. chuckle
WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards on Friday admitted to an extramarital affair while his wife was battling cancer. He denied fathering the woman's daughter.
Edwards told ABC News that he lied repeatedly about the affair with a 42-year-old woman but said that he didn't love her. He said he has not taken a paternity test but knows he isn't the father because of the timing of the affair and the birth.
ABC said a former Edwards campaign staffer claims he is the father, not Edwards.
In 2006, Edwards' political action committee paid $100,000 in a four-month span to a newly formed firm run by Rielle Hunter, who directed the production of just four Web videos, one a mere 2 1/2 minutes long.
Hunter's daughter, Frances Quinn Hunter, was born on Feb. 27, 2008, and no father's name is given on the birth certificate filed in California.
Edwards was a top contender for the Democratic nomination for president. He placed second in the Iowa caucuses last January but dropped out of the race a few weeks later.
Edwards, a former senator from North Carolina, was the Democratic nominee for vice president in 2004.
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Posted by: Full Bosomed1072 ||
08/08/2008 15:52 ||
Top|| File under:
Edwards told ABC News that he lied repeatedly about the affair with a 42-year-old woman but said that he didn't love her.
"he lied repeatedly about the affair with a 42-year-old woman but said that he didn't love her"
Now that just might piss her off enough to start talking to the press (through a good attorney, of course). Presuming it's really his kid (pretty good presumption right about now), she can take a rich arrogant guy like that to the cleaners for child support.
What I can't figure is why Andrew Young's wife puts up with this crap (either way) - she on the short end of a pre-nup or something?
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut ||
08/08/2008 18:10 Comments ||
Obamessiah not available for comment... out of town, he and Pelosi planned his vacation months, no years ago. The vacation had nothing to do with Breck Boy's news release of course. Just a coincidence Edwards wasn't listed on the donk convention speaking agenda.
Posted by: no mo uro ||
08/08/2008 21:13 Comments ||
The funniest thing I heard on NPR was a journalist explaining the Edwards-pluking-an-intern story with a sympathetic spin, of course. At one point the journo indirectly quoted Edwards as saying
"I was 99% honest [about the affair]!".
Posted by: Herman Spaper1682 ||
08/08/2008 21:34 Comments ||
Too bad Hillary isn't running, it would make a great campaign commercial;
Voice-over: It's three AM in the morning, a phone is ringing in the White House.
Edwards: Hello, it's John. The press just found out I was cheating on my wife. What am I going to do?! ...
Voice-over: Only one candidate has the experience to deal with this kind of crisis ...
The Obamessiah's henchmen break out the brown shirts...
Nearly 10,000 of the biggest donors to Republican candidates and causes across the country will probably receive a foreboding "warning" letter in the mail next week.
The warning letter is intended as a first step, alerting donors who might be considering giving to right-wing groups to a variety of potential dangers, including legal trouble, public exposure and watchdog groups digging through their lives. Note: that's the NYT saying "right wing" and falling in the Nazi Democrat Party Line of terminology.
The letter is an opening shot across the bow from an unusual new outside political group on the left that is poised to engage in hardball tactics to prevent similar groups on the right from getting off the ground this fall.
Led by Tom Matzzie, a liberal political operative who has been involved with some prominent left-wing efforts in recent years, the newly formed nonprofit group, Accountable America, is planning to confront donors to conservative groups, hoping to create a chilling effect that will dry up contributions. [that is, to try to suppress political speech they do not approve of by threats and intimidation] They are targeting "Freedom's Watch" right off the bat. Brought to you by the same asshat that ran the "General "Betrey-Us" ad. The fascists truly are on the left now.
The targeted groups generally are snickering and point out that the last group Matzzie formed failed for lack of funding. Perhaps even Soros understands that this guy is a mutt?
And here you go for a musical version of what Obama's followers will bring (fromthe movie Cabaret)...
One must recall that the Nazis were much like this song, and Obama's far left people are following the same pattern - starting out innocently enough, but ending with the beat of the jackboot.
Also recall that the Nazis offical name was NSDAP: National Sozialistische Deutsche Arbeiter Partei. The National Socialist German Workers Party. Hitler did actually have pro labor programs as part of his platform, and was, liek Obama, a beleiver in the Big State, and Socialism.
Consider it a warning. Many of our young people much like the ones depcited here, will, in ignorance, not realize what they have done until it is too late.
Me, I know my history, and I've stared evil in the face, as have those in this generation who have been fighting the war on islamofacist terror. And they are what gives me hope in the face of the cataclysm the left wants to bring to us. They know not only the cost of freedom, but its value.
You know, I'm probably going to vote for McCain, although I don't particularly care for him. I wasn't, however, going to give him or any other candidate any cash. If I get one of those letters though, I'm good for at least $500 to both McCain and my Congressman. I'd do it just to show those scum what I think of their intimidation.
It's going to be good to see Bama get his butt kicked. The Dims are going to go slap effing berserk when they realize they've done it to themselves yet again.
Sharia and the end result of Socialism (National Socialism included) are remarkably similar given they involve suppression of free speech, suppression of "wrong thinking", suppression of a given group of people, and disdain for the lives of those that oppose them, and both have produced mega-scale deaths (look into Islams spread into India for huge amounts of mass executions and genocidal acts).
Also recall the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem in WW2 supported the Nazis and their treatment of jews.
Hillary is out there telling her delegates to stay put and she is keeping her name on the nomination ballot.
She smells blood with BO's weak polls versus McCain (who is getting no coverage from the media).
All hell is going to break loose at the convention. If at the end of the day, Hillary winds up with the nomination (and it is still possible with some of the superdelegates on the fence), then you will see a very strange presidential campaign in October.
Remember the super delegate thing was cooked up between the DNC and Hillary to guarantee that she got the nomination. The "big turbans"(no pun intended) in the DNC still think that Hillary is a better candidate. Of course this whole Hillary thing is a weak kneed ploy to help slick Bill circumvent the term limits in the Constitution. You can be assured that even with Hillary with the title, it would be Bill who is the de facto prexy.
This is all great theater. The Clintons ignore the polls that show the moderate Dems and most independents can't STAND the woman. A messy floor fight and any thing resembling a back room deal and Hillary getting the nomination will almost guarantee that Big John is the next president.
The only way John will lose the presidency is to screw up his VP selection. And the MSM know this, they will have the blood hounds out looking for any kind of tawdry scandal they can find to sully the VP selection.....
I personally will get out my tux and give some money to John. Maybe I'll get an invite to the inaugural ball.
Posted by: James Carville ||
08/08/2008 10:50 Comments ||
Doesn't seem to be a prudent move for "the Big O". Leaving the playing field at the beginning of a big game and leaving it to his two arch enemies - John and Hill. If they can't carve him up good during his time out, then I've seriously misjudged them both. What do the Spanish crowds yell at the moment that the matador does the kill? Ole!
Posted by: Richard of Oregon ||
08/08/2008 11:45 Comments ||
Because the Caribbean was so last Spring, and its so embarassing trying to order a fancy salad in Europe without knowing a second language. Time to show how typical a person he is by spending a week in Hawaii maybe get TMZ to take some surfing photos or some scuba pics in Kaneohe Bay.
Every time he does something incredibly stupid (rather than the run of the mill stupid) he runs and hides for a week. Trying to avoid the issues for a week? Waiting for bad press to blow over? Can't handle the pressure? Getting too tired to work? Not interested in campaigning to the fullest? No business being POTUS.
Same description you used of the Pakis:) Wonder if Murtha is Taliban in disguise?
Posted by: Jack is Back! ||
08/08/2008 3:51 Comments ||
JackBack, the term 'Paki' is considered deragatory & insulting by the Pakistanis (at least those in GB) - which may be intended and appropriate for many (perhaps even most) but certainly not all of them.
Confrontation with the president will harm democratic institutions and would result in another martial law, former defence minister Rao Sikandar Iqbal said on Thursday. Rao was speaking to reporters at his residence. He said the coalition of the ruling party was taking the country away from democracy. "Pakistan is facing lawlessness and external aggression, so it is not fair to open any other front that is likely to damage the nation's sovereignty. All we need is to solve the issues and to work in the nation's interest," he said.
Posted by: Fred ||
08/08/2008 00:00 ||
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Bethlehem Ma'an/Agencies Al Jazeera TV issued an apology to Israel on Thursday for their coverage of the events marking the release of Lebanese prisoner Samir Quntar.
Israeli authorities had earlier threatened to boycott Al-Jazeera if they did not apologize. Israel said that the Al-Jazeera coverage of the warm Lebanese reception of Quntar hurt the feelings of Israelis, since he was charged with the deaths of four Israelis including two young children.
One particular complaint was over the comments of Al-Jazeera's Beirut office Director Ghassan Ben Jeddou, who described Quntar during the broadcast as an "Arab Hero." Whack Ghassan's peepee, will ya, Mahmoud?
Oh, right away, sir!
Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz published a letter of apology issued by Director General of Al-Jazeera TV Waddah Khanfar, which stated that the program, prepared and presented by Ben Jeddou on Saturday 19 July represented a breach in Al-Jazeera's ethical code. Oh. They have one?
The professional rules adopted by the station, said the letter, were not adhered to and he has instructed to all program managers at the station to take measures to prevent any further incidents. Yeah...well don't let it happen again, boys, okay? Yes, sir!...hehehehehe...Whatever you say, sir! hehehehehehe
This is not the first time Israeli authorities have imposed sanctions on Al-Jazeera or claimed that its coverage is biased or pro-Palestinian. Most recently, the Israeli Foreign Ministry ordered government personnel to boycott the station and refuse interviews with Al-Jazeera reporters in March 2008, arguing that the channel's reporting on Gaza was serving the interests of the Hamas-run government in the Strip.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
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Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
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