This Is Getting Ridiculous

First I can’t eat Tapas without wanting to surrender to al Qaeda (damn you, Jeff, for putting that idea in my head). Now when I listen to Miles Davis, Sketches of Spain, the same feelings of despair overcome me. Some warblogger I’ve turned out to be.
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Good News For Fallujah

U.S. vows retaliation for contractor deaths in Iraq (HamptonRoads.com/Pilot Online) We’re going to hit them hard and deliberately. I suppose if we’re going to give Iraq an enima, Fallujah is the place to start. The military seems psyched and I’m ready for them to put the insurgents out of business. U.S. Marines manned roadblocks on the outskirts of Fallujah on Thursday, biding their...
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How Kind Of Them

Iraqi Cleric Condemns Mutilation of Four Slain U.S. Civilians How very kind of the imams to condemn the mutilation of the bodies but not the actual killings themselves. Seems a bit of a technicality once they’re already dead. The Marines seem set to clean out Fallujah and all I can say is bravo. Religious leaders in this violent, restive town issued an edict today condemning the mutilation of...
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More On Clarke

His Own Worst Critic (washingtonpost.com) I should begin with my standard disclaimer that I don’t blame any President for 9/11. Our history of appeasing terrorists made 9/11 an inevitability and it stretched across decades. Clarke’s BS in his book has been refuted numerous times, but one more can’t hurt. He praises Clinton for his “war” against al Qaeda when in reality...
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The Fallujah And Ramadi Deaths

9 Killed in Separate Attacks in Iraq (washingtonpost.com) My history as an armchair general is pretty poor. I was one of those wringing my hands over the Afghanistan war before it turned into a rout of the Taliban. I was always in favor of it, I just questioned the strategy. A military guy set me straight. I am wondering if there’s a way in which the military could castrate the Fallujah and Ramadi...
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Condi To Testify Publicly

Statement by President Bush It’s old news by now but Condi will testify, unlike Richard Clarke who refused to testify before Congress in 1999 and cited executive privilege. This only bothers me in one sense: it might impact the type of advice an advisor provides to a President and they are not Secretary’s, i.e. they are not appointed with Congress’s advice and consent. I would suggest...
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Bush Had Eight Months, Clinton Had Eight Years, Yet Bush Is To Blame For 9/11

MSNBC – Creative writing enlivens Clarke’s controversial book: Potshots for Bush, praise for Clinton. This Clarke guy is really starting to get on my nerves. I’ve already made clear elsewhere that I don’t blame Clinton or any other President for 9/11. The U.S. has a habit of waiting until problems become catastrophes before acting. Our history with terrorism dates back to the...
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An Interesting Read

OpinionJournal: The Truth About 3/11: This is no time to hand the terrorists a victory. Outgoing PM Aznar of Spain has written a good editorial on why it’s essential that we not give in to terrorists. The Spanish electorate made a short-term miscalculation in getting rid of him and hopefully they will change their minds. I would hate to spend the rest of my life surrendering to al Qaeda every...
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An Interesting Read

OpinionJournal: The Truth About 3/11: This is no time to hand the terrorists a victory. Outgoing PM Aznar of Spain has written a good editorial on why it’s essential that we not give in to terrorists. The Spanish electorate made a short-term miscalculation in getting rid of him and hopefully they will change their minds. I would hate to spend the rest of my life surrendering to al Qaeda every...
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Great Editorial By The WaPo

The 9/11 Debate (washingtonpost.com) This editorial manages to cut through all of the nonsense, give Dick Clarke some credit, and expose him for being dishonest and opportunistic in other instances. That sounds about right. The editorial also faults both the Clinton and Bush Administrations for underestimating the threat of al Qaeda, though they credit the Bush Administration for agreeing to a more...
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