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OBAMA DROPS PRE-EMPTIVE RACE BOMB

You knew it was coming...

Barack Obama plays the race card:

Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama said on Friday he expects Republicans to highlight the fact that he is black as part of an effort to make voters afraid of him.

?It is going to be very difficu....

Comment Posted By Pro Cynic On 22.06.2008 @ 18:15

MICHAEL YOUNG ON LEBANON - WITHOUT THE SPIN

Rick,

I don't know what feedback you're getting, but please continue with your coverage of Lebanon. It is an area that desperately needs attention at the moment, and you're the only one trying to provide it. Our government certainly isn't.

Thanks. The problem is I get zero links and my audience shrinks. I also get a few nasty comments and emails too.
I agree it is vital as well as being very confusing and hard to understand. I don't pretend to know the full story - but what I know, I write about. I try to link to people and media who actually know what's going on and are authoritative in their analysis. Much of my take is regurgitated so I make no real claim to original thinking.

Ed.

Comment Posted By Pro Cynic On 15.05.2008 @ 10:00

OBAMA: A LAMB FOR LIONS

Naughty Bits...

Some little political things to mull over:

"An electoral disaster in the making," or "From the HazMat suit to the Barf Bag": McCain-Huckabee. Don't get me started on McCain's global warming disaster.
Hussein 57: Your future POTUS Barack H...

Comment Posted By Pro Cynic On 12.05.2008 @ 23:15

HEZZIES ON THE RAMPAGE IN LEBANON

Naughty Bits...

Some little political things to mull over:

"An electoral disaster in the making," or "From the HazMat suit to the Barf Bag": McCain-Huckabee. Don't get me started on McCain's global warming disaster.
Hussein 57: Your future POTUS Barack H...

Comment Posted By Pro Cynic On 12.05.2008 @ 23:13

"THE ALLENTOWN SYNDROME"

Stuck in my head...

"Allentown," by Billy Joel. I blame Barack Obama, but I'm not bitter ...

In fairness, though, this post might have something to do with it....

Comment Posted By Pro Cynic On 17.04.2008 @ 22:56

MAN WITHOUT A PARTY

Rick Moran says it best...

And captures my disgust with the social cons of the GOP:

[A]ccording to my many critics on the hard right, evidently I am not a conservative. I am an atheist, pro-choice, gay loving, liberal weenie – despite the fact I was on the frontlines of....

Comment Posted By Pro Cynic On 4.10.2007 @ 03:08

THE BROTHERHOOD OF LUNATICS

So you think...

the "poor, oppressed" Islamists only want us to leave them alone.

Think again.

As Captain Ed notes:

It's hard to say how seriously anyone should take this as a real contemporary threat to the US, but it does point out how seriously the ...

Comment Posted By Pro Cynic On 18.09.2007 @ 22:48

IS WAR WITH IRAN NOW JUST A MATTER OF TIME?

"Well, I am afraid that I require it before I could support the killing of, at least, thousands, and the serious risk of kicking off world war 3."

That is a prescription for national suicide.

"But that’s just me I suppose. I just regard these people’s lives as important as those of my countrymen."

Hopefully, it is just you. That's not the job of the US government, nor of any government. The first priority of any government under the social contract is to protect its own people from the predations of others. The job of the US government is to protect the US people, not the Iraqi people, not anyone else except to the extent it serves to protect the US. Because no one else has the legal or moral authority, or the ability, or the inclination to do it. If the US government does not do it, no one else will do it, and we will be unprotected.

If they do determine that the Iraqi people are just as valuable to them as the American people, then they have committed a betrayal of the American people of the first magnitude and and deserve to be removed from power.

"Don’t they? Can you provide a cite for this?"

For starters, try these:

http://www.captainsquartersblog.com/mt/archives/001446.php
http://www.captainsquartersblog.com/mt/archives/002539.php
http://www.captainsquartersblog.com/mt/archives/006888.php
http://www.captainsquartersblog.com/mt/archives/007412.php
http://www.captainsquartersblog.com/mt/archives/001875.php

Of the blogs that I recall mentioning it, Captain's Quarters was the easiest place to search, easier than my own blog, where I discussed the matter some time ago.

“It is immoral and irresponsible for the government of the US to allow its people, protection of whom is its reason for existence, to be held hostage to protect the people of Iraq.”

Two things;

1) Isn’t that the exact situation that you are in now?"

No. The American people are safer because Saddam Hussein is gone, as are the Iraqi people. We are no longer threatened by him. He can no longer deter us from action by using his people as de facto hostages or human shields for PR purposes.

And please be intellectually consistent, How can we be "protecting the Iraqi people" when we are allegedly "terrorizing" or "killing" them? I hear a Vietnam reference coming.

"2) Are you seriously suggesting that Saddam was a direct threat to the US? Seriously?"

Um, yeah. Lessee, Saddam had (or was believed to have) WMD and to be continuing to develop them, in violation of the 1991 armistice. He had shown a willingness to use WMD before. He had said he wanted to attack the US. He had connections to every major terrorist group in the Middle East, including al Qaida. And al Qaida had shown on September 11 that they could be an effective delivery vehicle for such munitions.

It would have been the perfect scenario for Saddam. Al Qaida delivers a devastating attack with his WMD on the US, but he keeps plausible deniability, and people like you would oppose any retaliation because you did not have "proof beyond a reasonable doubt" of Saddam's part in it and/or you cared more about Iraqi civilians than American civilians.

"“There seem to be some interesting things going on there with WMD right now, the technology for which Syria did not have a few short years ago. Wonder where they got it from.”

Same place most people do. Old chemistry books in the case of Mustard gas."

And the appearance of chemical weapons (such as mustard gas and nerve agents, exactly what was used by Saddam) in Syria so soon after the fall of Saddam Hussein is, in your opinion, just a coincidence?

Comment Posted By Pro Cynic On 19.09.2007 @ 22:07

Drongo,

International relations is not a court case. You will rarely if ever have "proof beyond a reasonable doubt." It will always be about circumstantial evidence and the inferences that can be drawn therefrom. Your apparent philosophy is what got us September 11.

Your description of Iraq as "innocent" also suggests a certain naivete. No one who has examined the evidence, including the Senate Committee on Pre-War intelligence and the Iraq Survey Group -- believes Iraq was not developing WMD. The existence of the programs, if not the weapons themselves (which is debatable given the ISG's criteria) has been confirmed. The invasion of Iraq was perfectly justified, if imperfectly executed. It is immoral and irresponsible for the government of the US to allow its people, protection of whom is its reason for existence, to be held hostage to protect the people of Iraq.

And if you believe Saddam did not have WMD, you better look into Syria. There seem to be some interesting things going on there with WMD right now, the technology for which Syria did not have a few short years ago. Wonder where they got it from.

Comment Posted By Pro Cynic On 19.09.2007 @ 11:21

OSAMA VIDEO MAY BE A FAKE

Fake beard? Fake video?...

I've been wondering if the new UBL video is faked. The whole fake beard thing bothers me. Rich Moran has more evidence of potential fakery in the video, including a pretty suspicious freeze frame....

Comment Posted By Pro Cynic On 12.09.2007 @ 21:05


 


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