Saturday, December 17, 2005

Bush's Plan

" We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. "


Doug said...

A VERY Sobering look at Iraq.
. Iraq from somebody that's spent a lot of time there .
HH: Now I'm going to introduce you to one of the few Americans I know who spent a year inside Baghdad with the occupation, and knows the new Iraqi constitution upside and down, John Agresto.
Hi, John.
John gives out his e-mail at the end of that piece. (!)
Heck of a resource.

Doug said...

One other scary indicator he mentioned is many MORE hajibs now than before!
But the Exodus is very troubling indeed.
First they removed the Jews...

Doug said...

Bolton Speech: Download DW_A0003.wav .
. Atlas Shrugs .
Regular readers know how relentlessly I advocated for his confirmation. I have an unabashed admiration for Mr. John Bolton.
But I was unaware of his passionate Zionism.
Having heard him speak, I was shaken by his moral clarity, honesty,brilliance and forthrightness.
You become inured to the doublespeak, , the moral equivocation, the bullshit you are force fed on a daily diet by listening to politicians, statesmen, world leaders. So when someone speaks straight, honest, to the point - it is so disconcerting and wonderful.
That was Bolton.
Freedom has no greater friend or activist.
Listen to the whole speech. It runs about 30 minutes. There is not a wasted word.

Doug said...

In an Internet statement Friday, the Islamic Army in Iraq, a major insurgent group, said it was responsible for the absence of widespread election violence because it wanted to avoid harming Sunni Arab voters.

"We knew Sunnis would participate in this game (because) most were forced to through the oppression, torture and destruction and suffering they receive from the slaves of the Cross (the Americans) and the Shiites," said the statement, which could not be immediately verified.

The statement added that the jihadist group did not believe in democracy, only God.
- Pajamas

Doug said...


Morgan said...

doesn't this defeatist know how that demoralizes our soldiers...

Even if General Casey's predictions/recommendations were identical to those of, say, Howard Dean, the impact on the soldiers' morale would be different, because they know that General Casey seeks victory, and they trust that he has that goal in mind.

Howlin' Howard? Not so much.

Charlie Martin said...

Mark, they don't have to be close allies --- although I'd be willing to put a little money on the propotion that they will be. But as you say, GEN Casey isn't trying for military victory now… for the very good reason that military victory has been achieved.

buddy larsen said...

Not only that, but those cowboy boots of Bush's really piss off the extraterrestrial community, and somewhere on the island of Fiji a baby cries.

Michelle Malkin">Michelle Malkin is disgusted by preposterous baloney.

buddy larsen said...

mark, your posts are too damn long--it's no fun to break 'em down if it's no fun to break 'em down. I'm gonna have to go impressionistic to solve that problem:
I think this is your post:

"I know his answer is 9/11 changed everything. That's still no reason to invade Iraq. Name one nationalist insurgency that's been successfully put down by a foreign power in the last 100 years."

Okay, go googoo the British in Malaysia & let me know what ya find.

flenser said...


"Name one nationalist insurgency that's been successfully put down by a foreign power in the last 100 years."

Iraq does not have a nationalist insurgency. In fact, one of the problems we face there is the lack of nationalist feeling.

But to answer your question, the majority of nationalist insurgencies over the past 100 years have been unsuccessful. That is why Northern Ireland is still part of the UK, why the Basques are still part of Spain, why the Chechens are still part of Russia, and on and on.

As a means of getting what you want, terrorism has a very poor track record.

buddy larsen said...

Yugoslavia proves that terrorism can break apart a country--and then the new little countries, and then those newer littler countries. All ya need is a UN presence to keep the war issues from settling--which is fine, as settling means plenty-plenty graves for all.

Doug said...

It is a grave situation, but does Mark know now, and will he know then?