Having been in the minority for most of my professional life, I can tell you a few things about what the role of the Democrats should be:
1. Politics stops at the water's edge. The stunt pulled by the Dems yesterday had absolutely nothing to do with "getting to the truth." The truth has been out there dissected to death by the 9/11 Commission, the Senate Intelligence Committee, The Butler Commission in Great Britain, and the Dulfer Report. How much more "truth" do you want. Isn't it just a little bit strange that all of those bodies found exactly the same thing; that pre war intel was not "twisted" in any way shape or form. That the majority of the world's intel services believed that Saddam had huge stockpiles of WMD? That Clinton and the Democrats believed the same thing?
You live in a world where the truth doesn't matter -at least objective truth. When Democrats can say with a straight face that voting machines in Ohio were hacked from a remote location and vote totals changed, why can't you see that the overwhelming majority of thinking people are laughing out loud at you?
The same goes for the "twisting" of intel before the Iraq war. The spate of leaks by the CIA after the war ended and no stockpiles of WMD found were a blatant attempt to shift blame from their own sorry asses to the Administration. As usual, they missed the big one.
The problem is that the Dems have no idea how to act as a minority party. Viscous personal attacks instead of policy alternatives. I can tell you that both Ronald Reagan and George Bush #41 worked with Democrats for the good of the country when you were in the majority. But the dems refusal to offer any alternatives whatsoever except naysaying the Republicans has gotten tiresome and worn. It is why even with all of Bush's troubles you don't have a ghost of a chance to take back the Congress.
The American people simply don't trust you.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 2.11.2005 @ 16:43
You are simple minded. A duck suffering from bird flu is smarter than you are in that even that sick fowl is smart enough not to lump all "conservatives" under one ideological roof.
It is simple minded to believe that Miers was derailed by "conservatives." But since the two working brain cells you have are malfunctioning, I'll cut you some slack today.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 1.11.2005 @ 17:33
Your comment was deleted for being non germane to the post.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 1.11.2005 @ 10:25
At bottom, the CIA is still just a bureaucracy with the same tendencies and biases as other bureaucracies and perhaps just a tad more hubris.
The "shadow government" isn't really very shadowy. The national security establishment or "military industrial complex" - whatever you want to call it pokes its nose in several places it doesn't belong -like policymaking. All Presidents have had to deal with it in one way or another - just not to this degree.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 31.10.2005 @ 21:25
Tell the munchkin good luck from me.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 25.10.2005 @ 19:40
The Daily Star of Lebanon had a huge write up in its dead tree edition on the Mehlis report that they made available online in PDF format. When the report came out last Friday, no one else knew of the redacted names but them. This is the relevant quote from my piece in The American Thinker last Friday in which I quoted that PDF story:
One curious note is that there was an intervention at the last moment by the US State Department, who asked that a portion of the report be redacted. The Daily Star report linked above says that â€œSources have stated that the uncensored report names the primary suspects in the crime as: Assef Shawkat, Syrian President Bashar Assadâ€™s brother-in-law and head of Syrian intelligence; Bahjat Suleiman, a high ranking Syrian intelligence officer; Ghazi Kenaan, the former Syrian Interior Minister and commander of Syriaâ€™s intelligence apparatus in Lebanon between 1982 and 2002.â€
The Star has taken that version down from their website. Perhaps it is cached somewhere.
The State Department may have seen the redaction as a club they could hold over the head of the Syrians to get them to yeild on infiltration in Iraq as well as other issues.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 25.10.2005 @ 18:57
Thanks for the kudos...and I really want to write more about baseball but whenever I do, my sitemeter goes south. That said, nothing will stop me from writing about the World Series.
BTW, it might interest you to know that the novella by Bernard Malamud that The Natural was based on ends up with Roy Hobbs failing in the clutch. In fact, the book is more about how pride goeth before the fall as Hobbs wastes his unbelievable natural ability in wine and women. In the end, the gods punish him for it.
I agree though...I liked the Hollywood ending much better.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 23.10.2005 @ 14:12
Wilton and Randy:
Are you spambots? What possible relevance do your comments have to the post?
The answer is none. From now on, any comments you make will be treated as spam.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 21.10.2005 @ 10:53
David & Giacomo:
I see your point about no crime being committed regarding the Plame outing but what was despicable about it was that, as Melanie points out, she was working for a CIA front company. The reason no crime was committed because it is pretty obvious that neither Libby or Rove knew she was covert.
Plus, picking on the wife of your target is bad form - even though it appears she may or may not have been part of the CIA cabal that was trying to influence the election.
Melanie - the fact that the left has been trying to destroy the CIA for 50 years allows me the luxury of ignoring anything you or any other lefty says in this matter. I have nothing but contempt for the crocodile tears being shed by liberals in this matter.
If you hadn't cheered on Philip Agee when his outing of agents in the 1970's cost several people their lives - not their careers - you might have a leg to stand on. Otherwise, I can say with total conviction...
SHUT UP!Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 19.10.2005 @ 16:10
Jack Brickhouse, of course. Do I get a bonus for naming radio broadcaster Bob Elson?
Here's a trip down White Sox broadcasting memory lane:
http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/cws/history/broadcasters.jspComment Posted By Rick Moran On 17.10.2005 @ 20:33
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