My personal musings about anything that gets on my radar screen--heavily dominated by politics.


Quick Hits, Musings, and Miscellany

--When Short on Courage . . . go for the back door. Colorado Conservative Project, via Exvigilare, exposes the Colorado Democrats trying to slide through their own definition of marriage by burying it in a Housing Bill.

--Newt Nails It .. . . when asked by Hugh Hewitt how Britain should respond to Iran, he says:

I would say to them, I would right now say to them privately, within the next week, your refinery will no longer work. And within the following week, there will be no tankers arriving. Now if you would like to avoid being humiliated publicly, we recommend you calmly and quietly give them back now. But frankly, if you’d prefer to show the planet that you’re tiny and we’re not, we’re prepared to simply cut off your economy, and allow you to go back to walking and using oxen to pull carts, because you will have no gasoline left.

And, by the way, WE ARE NOT THE WARMONGERS WHEN RESPONDING TO AN OVERT ACT OF AGRESSION. On the other hand, when we fail to respond, we are encouraging a great deal more agression in the world.

--If You Haven't Started Reading Michael Yon, START NOW!! Yon is an excellent writer, and former special forces operator, who has a front-row seat for all that is good and bad in Iraq. Good: the men and women on the ground and Gen. Patreaus; Bad: military mid-level management, who are doing their level best to guarantee that America loses the media war. And when you lose the media war, you lose the war.

--Did Anybody Else Notice? the unusual timing of the President of Iran's cancelling his trip to the United Nations? Did anybody maybe think that something else might be in the works? Yeah, sure--we didn't issue the visa. But if he had really wanted to be here, is there anybody who thinks he wouldn't have made the trip and then dared the U.S. to keep his plane from landing?

--When Competence Becomes the Issue . . . you have to be on the right side of the discussion, and right now, we're not. Alberto Gonzalez and his office have failed in that regard, and so a non-story is the scandal of the week(s); the military is doing great stuff in Iraq, but, as I wrote above, their press people are so bad that the story can't get out. This all adds up--it's no longer a matter of right or wrong, the competence issue cuts that argument off at the knees before our side even has a chance.

--Catch Him Doing Something Right I'm pretty quick to criticize John McCain when he pulls one of his . . . moments; so I should be equally quick to credit him when he gets it right. And with this one, he gets it right:

We the undersigned remain steadfast in our support for the war against terrorism and mindful of the consequences of failure in Iraq, even if Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid refuse to acknowledge those consequences.

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