21 November 2005
From College Humor.
"Hey, Kurt, can you read lips, fuck you!"
Mr. Vonnegut – again, a patriot whose dissent is being cruelly ground into the nurturing earth before your eyes – seems to think that suicide bombings literally happen in a vacuum, an unpopulated space where the bombers just pop like soap bubbles. It may be painless for them – alas – but it is not painless for the victims. You’d think such an obvious observation would go without saying, but we are dealing with an intellectual. What Vonnegut calls brave – blowing yourself up so you can fly up to the great Bunny Ranch in the sky and rut with fragrant houris blessed with self-regenerating hymens – does not exactly compare to the bravery required of the survivors.h/t Ace
16 November 2005
Jimmah Cartah, Peanut Farmah
Thanks to Six Meat Buffet who has one of the better summaries of the Carter presidency.
Hypothetical - You get hired for a job. Although you show up for work every day on time wearing your best attitude, you are a real screw up.
For all your good intentions, you lose several of your major clients and the bottom line takes a hit.
A rival company in Cedar Rapids proceeds to kick the crap out of you even though they are still writing their software in DOS.
As the morale of those under you hits bottom, you deep down feel that you and the company deserve to fail.
Fast forward twenty years after they unceremoniously threw you out the door with your cardboard box.
What reaction should you receive as you show up unannounced and opine that the current management is really screwing things up?
I personally would have Security on you before you could push the elevator button.
14 November 2005
Comic Book Guy and Mary Mapes
08 November 2005
Interesting Take On Desert Fox
I was a squadron commander at the time of Desert Fox in 1998 (we called it "Deny Christmas '98") and while there was a sense that Clinton's order to attack Iraq at that point had a tinge of "wag the dog" to it, we also knew that this was a long time in coming. (In addition to the Feb 98 comments you cite, Clinton also warned that Saddam could pass his WMD to "shadowy" terrorists who traveled unseen among us--sound familiar?). As things deteriorated throughout the spring, summer and fall of 98, Clinton was under pressure, from both Dems and Republicans, to carry out a substantial attack against Iraq. He had been criticized for waging "pin-prick" strikes that accomplished little of substance. You might recall Bill Cohen hitting the Sunday chat shows that fall with his 5lb bag of sugar and claims that a similar amount of Saddamite anthrax would devastate DC and its environs.
In fact, on Veteran's Day, November 1998, we were spun up for an attack on Iraq that was called off only after Saddam backed down. B-52s were actually en route from Diego Garcia when Clinton called off the raid. Thus, when Richard Butler pulled UNSCOM out of Iraq in December, Clinton was under intense pressure to "do something"--not because of Monica, but because of the apparent collapse of inspections and the threat of Saddam's WMD. So, we deployed for Desert Fox--4 days of ineffectual bombing.
I've attached a link to a piece I recently published on Desert Fox (print versions in US and UK are forthcoming in Jan 06).
It considers the operation from the perspective of the proper use of airpower, which may be of little interest to you. Still, here is what I think is important to the current discussion that many, including and especially Democrats, forget: Desert Fox was carried out by the US and UK
only; the French dropped out of Southern Watch operations as a result of the brief campaign and called for the lifting of sanctions. Moscow recalled its ambassadors from London and Washington in protest and the Chinese dubbed the raids an act of international terrorism. Most Arab states refused us the use of their soil for combat sorties (Turkey, as well, opted out). Again,
does this sound familiar? Clinton made thinly veiled references to regime change as well, generating speculation in the media that taking Saddam out was our real goal (though an unrealistic one, as I argue that a 4-day air campaign, limited to 100 targets, would hardly unseat a ruthless tyrant like Saddam). Yet, let's not forget the Oct 98 Iraq Liberation Act, either, that established regime change as US policy long before GWB became president.
It's clear to me that the Clinton Administration certainly "hoped" Desert Fox would bring about a collapse of Saddam's regime--but hope is not a plan. But long before OIF, the "international community" regarded Saddam and his weapons as an Anglo-American problem and cared little about Baghdad's lack of compliance with UN resolutions and inspections. President Bush's
opponents want us to think that the choice was between a neat, tidy and "safe" status quo with a WMD-less Iraq, or regime change and a bloody insurgency. The situation that emerged from Desert Fox, in my view, puts the lie to that. In fact, Desert Fox was the last major military
confrontation between the US and Iraq prior to OIF, and its consequences set the stage for our diplomatic struggles in the run-up to OIF.
Our knowledge of Saddam's WMD stockpiles and programs remained frozen in time from 1998 until 2003, since Desert Fox failed to induce Iraq to cooperate with UNSCOM. Indeed, Saddam declared victory--and rightly so, in my view. The sanctions, such as they were, remained, but the inspectors were gone and the tyrant remained securely in power. And for those Dems who claim that Clinton "got it all" (Saddam's WMD, not Monica) during Desert Fox, they should know that we purposely avoided targeting what we thought were "known" stockpiles. We feared the release of chemical agents and bio toxins that would cause massive collateral damage. Of the 100 targets, 11 were directly WMD-related, and they were nearly all tied to his missile delivery systems.
In summary, there was a real sense of urgency that Saddam was slipping the noose and something had to be done. Those who wish to understand our view of the threat posed by Iraq pre-OIF, need to become familiar with this often overlooked operation.
As always, thanks for your time.
04 November 2005
Like That Would Take Much
Former President Clinton said in an interview Friday that he believes his wife would do a better job than he did in the nation's highest office.
02 November 2005
Give'em Hell Harry. Ummm, Right.
Thank you Mr. Reid.I think they threw the temper tantrum because all they got for Fitzmas was a lump of coal.
Your transparent stunt to deflect attention from your lack of ideas via invocation of Rule 21 will ensure that the GOP holds the reigns for yet another election cycle. Was this creative tantrum an idea derived from Rovian-spiked Boston tea or did you assemble this trial ballon with your own set of tinkertoys and balloon juice? Whatever the motivation, the Republican party is ever grateful for the continued flailing in lieu of novel, mature thought.
Your noble attempt to further sabotage the contemporary Democratic (sic) party, however, does have unfortunate consequences. Some of us would prefer more than a single party democracy so that we may avoid the incestuous and compromised assemblage that inevitably occurs when one party attains too much power. Your clumsy tactics, sadly, ensure that such a trend of GOP expansion will continue unabated since petty and disingenous pontification remains blatantly self-absorbed and wholly unappealing to most citizens.
Nonetheless, I wish you the best of luck tearing down from within so that a new set of more enlightened representatives will refill the rolls. You, Sir, are a patriot.
The Physics of Bras
"Force equals mass times acceleration," Steele says. "That's Newton's second law. You have a large mass, and it's going quickly, and the force is going to be large. If you have breasts that are slapping down and hitting the chest and having to come back up, they accelerate very quickly." No one really knows the long-term medical consequences of "excessive breast bounce," as Steele calls it. But it can cause pain and is the most likely reason for sagging breasts.Via the Corner