Archive for October, 2004

Cronkite Sips a Little Kool-Aid

How the mighty have fallen. What has become of the man that once was called the “most trusted man in America?” Walter commented on the OBL tape in Fridays edition of Larry King:

KING: OK, Walter. What do you make of this?

CRONKITE: Well, I make it out to be initially the reaction that it’s a threat to us, that unless we make peace with him, in a sense, we can expect further attacks. He did not say that precisely, but it sounds like that when he says…

KING: The warning.

CRONKITE: What we just heard. So now the question is basically right now, how will this affect the election? And I have a feeling that it could tilt the election a bit. In fact, I’m a little inclined to think that Karl Rove, the political manager at the White House, who is a very clever man, he probably set up bin Laden to this thing. The advantage to the Republican side is to get rid of, as a principal subject of the campaigns right now, get rid of the whole problem of the al Qaqaa explosive dump. Right now, that, the last couple of days, has, I think, upset the Republican campaign.

Senility? An extreme case of Mooreitis? An overdose of Kool-Aid? Whatever the cause this should be a warning to anyone wanting to drag this old coot before the public again.

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Delusionary Frogs

Could the French be any more accomodating to the world’s oldest terrorist? NO

PARIS, Oct. 28 (Xinhuanet) — France will be always on the side of the Palestinian Authority leader Yasser Arafat, French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier declared Thursday.

“France, as I told you (Arafat) in Ramallah on June 30, will be always on your side to back your effort in favor of a just and negotiated peace,” Barnier said.

“It is with concern and sympathy that I keep informed of the development of your health,” said Barnier.

“I wish to express my most sincere wishes for your recovery, hoping that you can return rapidly to your place to lead the Palestinian Authority,” he said.

My “most sincere wishes?” The French medical system lives up to its reputation and AraRAT dies a long and lingering death.

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Well surprise.. surprise. The things you see in unusual places. The German newspaper Bild Zeitung has endorsed President Bush to lead a second term in office:

Europe’s top-selling newspaper, the German tabloid Bild, endorsed George W. Bush for US president Tuesday, saying he would do a better job fighting terror and wouldn’t ask Berlin to send troops to Iraq.

Germany’s Bild Zeitung deemed Bush a known quantity in Europe, and said he had a better sense than Democratic challenger John Kerry of what Washington could expect from its transatlantic partners.

“Bush knows that Europe and Germany do not have the military capacity for a significantly larger commitment of troops beyond their current deployments abroad,” Bild journalist Hugo Müller-Vogg said in the editorial, echoing sentiments expressed by others as well.

“Thus he will not request a contribution,” the former publisher of the respected Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung continued. “But Kerry would do just that — and add a further burden to the already damaged German-American relationship,” he added in what a spokesman said was likely the first US election endorsement in Bild’s 51-year history.

H/T AlphaPatriot.

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The Paper of Record

NYT Reveals itself to be a whore for the Democratic Party. Old news true enough, but interesting to revisit the carnage none the less.

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Unlike the recent attempts by the UK’s leftist rag, The Guardian, to sway US public opinion, this one seems to be aimed at gathering support for their own agenda.

SANTIAGO, Chile Oct 27, 2004 — A coalition of small leftist political groups has sued President Bush and other U.S. government officials for the abuses against prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

The lawsuit was filed [by] the Communist Party, the Humanist Party and Leftist Revolutionary Movement at the Santiago Court of Appeals, which did not immediately decide whether it will hear the case.

The action was widely considered symbolic. Supporters described it as an “act of dignity” that “represents millions of Chileans who reject the violence and terrorism represented by the figure of Bush.”

Also mentioned in the law suit were Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Colin Powell, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and former Iraq Administrator Paul Bremer.

Does this indicate that in addition to China’s Communist Party and America’s own Communist Party that Chile’s will also endorse Kerry for President?

Speaking from strictly legal terms, wouldn’t it be a stronger case if these moonbats also included those that have already either been found guilty or plead guilty in Abu Ghraib cases? Not that it will matter, the chances of this going anywhere beyond the front pages of the local Chilean press is about nil.

And why all the indignation now, many months after the “lawsuit” could have been filed? Bush is scheduled to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation council summit in November.

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Kerry praises Poland:

Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry thanked Poland in a newspaper interview published Monday for its military involvement in Iraq and promised Polish businesses a chance for lucrative reconstruction contracts there should he win the Nov. 2 election.

The comments, published in the Gazeta Wyborcza daily, came after President Aleksander Kwasniewski criticized Kerry for allegedly playing down the Poles’ contribution to the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq.

“I am grateful to Poland for standing by the Euro-American partnership these last few years and for its courageous contributions to Iraq,” Kerry said in the interview, which was also carried by Nowy Dziennik, a Polish language paper published in the United States. “I will not forget that.”

How convenient, when speaking for the consumption of the US electorate Poland is part of the “bribed and coerced.” When bloviating in the Polish press Kerry says “I will not forget” Polands contribution in Iraq.

And some were laughing at Bush’s latest stump line, “election amnesia.”

UPDATE: Chrenkoff adds to the story:

Let me get this straight: John Kerry has consistently described the Coalition of the Willing as a joke and a sham, in part because its members were supposedly “bribed” by the United States into participating in the Iraqi adventure. In reality, countries like Poland got preciously little tangible benefits for their involvement, be it by way of commercial contracts, military assistance, or abolishing visa restrictions for Polish visitors. In fact, in hindsight it seems that Poland did it “for love alone,” in the process copping nothing but grief from her politically and economically influential Old European neighbors. In Kerryverse, then, Poland’s contribution made out of sense of shared values and friendship and respect between the two countries is fake – but Poland’s continuing contribution in exchange for reconstruction contracts, that’s a genuine alliance. The words fail me.

Read the rest, and while there be sure to read the 13th edition of “Good news from Iraq

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Isn’t it Bush that lacked patience? Isn’t it Bush that rushed to war due to that failing? That raises a question for all you Kerry supporters.

What do you call a candidate that is so hell bent on gaining power he will take at face value a NYT report (a report that is also reported by its alter-ego the Boston Globe) of “lost,” “looted,” or otherwise missing munitions in Iraq? What would you call a candidate that accuses President Bush of incredible incompetence in the war on Iraq on Monday, citing the disappearance of hundreds of tons of powerful explosives?

What do you call a candidate that is so impatient to blast Bush, he places a very large brogan half way down his esophagus despite the story being discredited before the news cycle was 6 hours old. NBC News had an embedded reporter with the first US unit that arrived at Al Qakaa weapons station, as reported by the NBC Nightly News:

NBC News: Miklaszewski: “April 10, 2003, only three weeks into the war, NBC News was embedded with troops from the Army’s 101st Airborne as they temporarily take over the Al Qakaa weapons installation south of Baghdad. But these troops never found the nearly 380 tons of some of the most powerful conventional explosives, called HMX and RDX, which is now missing. The U.S. troops did find large stockpiles of more conventional weapons, but no HMX or RDX, so powerful less than a pound brought down Pan Am 103 in 1988, and can be used to trigger a nuclear weapon. In a letter this month, the Iraqi interim government told the International Atomic Energy Agency the high explosives were lost to theft and looting due to lack of security. Critics claim there were simply not enough U.S. troops to guard hundreds of weapons stockpiles, weapons now being used by insurgents and terrorists to wage a guerrilla war in Iraq.” (NBC’s “Nightly News,” 10/25/04)

What would you call a candidate that 24 hours after the story is blown out of the water Kerry is silent on the matter?

He could be called being endowed with “incredible incompetence.” If I were feeling charitable, I might call it hysterical ravings. Being devoid of such feelings at the moment its down to this. Kerry is a lying, duplicitous, grasper at straws, who will do anything and everything to gain the White House.

And that goes double for the partisan hacks at the NYT, Boston Globe, and CNN.

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How are you going to fix it? After five years under UN rule Kosovo is at best, treading water with no appreciable progress, at worst it’s more hostile and deeply divided than ever.

Early results from the weekend’s general election showed that five years of UN rule had only deepened ethnic divisions as Kosovo’s voters signalled their despair with the Balkan province’s administrators.

Barely more than half of Kosovo’s 1.4 million voters went to the ballot box. While the province’s majority ethnic Albanians were struck by apathy, its 130,000-strong Serb minority was seized by anger and completely boycotted the poll.

Only a handful of Serbs voted, following calls from Vojislav Kostunica, the Serbian Prime Minister, and the Serbian Orthodox Church to stay away. Mr Kostunica described the election as a “failure”.

The provisional result equates to a maintenance of the political status quo by default, as both Kosovo’s bitterly opposed ethnic Albanians and Serbs signalled their dissatisfaction with foreign rule. …

Long happy to do nothing, Kosovo’s international administrators were stung by riots in March that made clear that maintaining the stand-off was counterproductive. Now Kosovo appears deadlocked.

Why the long face John? Oh that’s right, the same foreign policy team (Holbrooke, Rice) that created the Kosovo mess then turned it over to the UN is the one you have been seeking advice from.

I understand now. And I suppose your chances gaining of any credibility with the UN has taken a nose dive now that you have been caught lying about meeting with some of its members.

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I don’t read the Guardian newspaper as a rule. On most occasions when I do it’s a result of being pointed in that direction. That being the case, I’m sorry Michele directed me to this juvenile screed by Charlie Brooker.

On November 2, the entire civilised world will be praying, praying Bush loses. And Sod’s law dictates he’ll probably win, thereby disproving the existence of God once and for all. The world will endure four more years of idiocy, arrogance and unwarranted bloodshed, with no benevolent deity to watch over and save us. John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, John Hinckley Jr – where are you now that we need you?

I will concede Brooker does have a comedic background but I, like Michele, don’t find this in the least bit amusing. While the Guardian is an extreme Leftist/Limey version of the NYT this even beats their recent attempts at vote rigging for the US election.

I also wonder by what standards the Association of Online Publishers used in awarding the Guardian this award for “trailblazing.”

Bill Murray, the AOP chairman, praised Guardian Unlimited for its trailblazing contribution to online publishing.

“The quality of content shines through and the team continues to innovate, identify what consumers want and deliver it well.

“These achievements are undoubtedly due in substantial part to inspired leadership,” said Mr Murray.

Can someone point out the “quality of content” in Brookers column? I won’t hold my breath waiting.

And just where is the Secret Service? If I made such a statement my front door would be laying flat, my face would be pressed against the latex paint with legs spread.

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Reuters Must be into Satire

Or at least one of their writers is judging from this line in a story headlined, “Kerry Vows Zealous U.S. Terror Hunt, Recalls Vietnam:”

Democratic presidential nominee and Vietnam War veteran John Kerry tried to burnish his national security credentials on Saturday by vowing to hunt down terrorists with the same energy he used to pursue the Viet Cong.

While Kerry surely understands the satirical bent that statement takes, I suggest the Reuters staff take this challenge and see if it will stand up to more indepth scrutiny.

Reuters is also repoting what may be the line of the day attributed to President Bush. During a campaign stop in Fort Myers Fla Bush tossed out the old flip-flop description and unveiled, “election amnesia” as the latest way to describe Kerry.

“The senator used to recognize that Saddam Hussein was a gathering threat who hated America,” Bush told thousands of supporters at a baseball park in Fort Myers.

He said Kerry “seems to have forgotten all that” and suggested the Massachusetts senator had adapted his views for political gain.

“As his position has evolved during the course of the campaign, you might call it election amnesia,” the president said.

I’m guessing the “late October surprise” that has been rumored may be a mid-eighties accident by Kerry that gave him “Senate record amnesia” also.

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