If you wanna know why there haven't been any large-scale attacks on the U.S. homeland since 9/11, 2001, just look at this map (below). Imagine if Mexico and Canada both became radical Muslim Nations like Iran or Saudi Arabia. Where do you think our attention would be?
Armchair strategerist that we are, we'd noticed something similar — including the geographically strategic importance of Pakistan — way back in July of 2004 in "Between Iraq and a hard place":
"Could the President know something that the Media and the Left don't?" asks Speed of Thought (found 'em in our Site Meter stats). Iran is getting the squeeze as The Bush Doctrine makes slow but steady headway on the ground. The old board game of "Risk" comes to mind.
Something that the Media and the Left don't get. That's the larger subject of Bill Whittle's tutorial. Stumbling over their "all-about-oil" meme, BDS sufferers, then as now, missed the big picture:
Memes are cultural beliefs that were not [Ed note: Much thanks to Joy McCann aka Little Miss Atilla for typo correction] taught in school or in religion but that take on a life of their own because large numbers of people have emotional reasons for wanting them to be true …
My joy about hearing about the death of Osama bin Laden lasted for about 20 seconds until I turned on the TV to see Andrea Mitchell crowing about how this really was "Mission Accomplished," not the premature "Mission Accomplished" that Cowboy George Bush claimed during his speech on that aircraft carrier, which happened, coincidentally, eight years earlier to the day …
Only George Bush didn't claim "Mission Accomplished." In fact he said just the opposite.
"So, where did this meme come from?" asks Whittle:
Well, the press made it up out of whole cloth. They not only distorted, they actually reversed everything that George Bush said on the deck of that aircraft carrier …
"Now that day on the carrier, President Bush didn't say 'Mission Accomplished,'" but he did say this:
The advance of freedom is the surest strategy to undermine the appeal of terror in the world … Where freedom takes hold, hatred gives way to hope … When freedom takes hold, men and women turn to the peaceful pursuit of a better life … American values and American interests lead in the same direction: We stand for human liberty.
A disturbing new element has crept into our political life: organized efforts to intimidate private citizens who choose to support certain political causes or otherwise participate in civic affairs. This, as far as I know, is unprecedented in our modern history. Our democracy depends on citizen involvement, and until now, Americans have felt free to participate in public life and to support whatever causes, political and otherwise, they choose. But if the Left has its way, that may be about to change.
Update: Thank you, dear old friend Ed Driscoll, guest posting during Glenn's vacation, for the Instalanche!
"The message? FU America," twittered Kevin Whalen — aka Pundit Review of Boston's WRKO
— early morning in response to a House Democratic leadership aide's
unwitting revelation of our political establishment's cravenness, responding to a Washington Post reporter's question about
President Obama's waffling remarks regarding the appropriateness of what
is now known in twitterspeak as #gzm (Ground Zero Mosque):
It's just another day off message. There've been a lot of days off message.
The great unexamined issue of our time — how to acknowledge and
engage in a reasoned debate about the role of Islam in the scourge of
Islamist terrorism — is finally on the table thanks to #gzm (see above),
yet our myopic friends on the left side of the aisle, those
"vulnerable" Democrats looking towards November and not beyond, are
obsessed with their President's being "off message." Our own Liberty Pundits Mama Grizzly Melissa Clouthier cleanses the palate
of all who would continue to swallow the politically correct swill
being peddled by the "religion of peace" snake-oil salesmen. A couple of
excerpts, and then read the whole thing:
This is basic human
psychology. Thank God the vast majority of Americans get it, while the
Smarty Pants Set, including the President, once again talk in theory as
if a real building a real block away from a real graveyard doesn’t
not anti-Islam, but maybe they should be. They live and work with
Muslims peacefully. They are pleased that Muslim women and children are
getting educated and freed from the evil of totalitarian domination.
They are happy that Saddam Hussein isn’t around to torture, kill and
bury whole communities for some sadistic reason.
the GOP is no more anti-Islam than the American people – which is to
say they aren’t. They are being rational, though. They understand what’s
happening in New York and finally, they’re fighting back against the
political taboos – willing to stand and be outraged at the outrageous.
As for Islam. I suspect that the GOP and American people aren’t anti-Islam because they don’t know enough history.
of a prescient tweet from July 24, 2009. What a year of
fear-and-smear it's been, and it all seems to be coming to a head a year
later as JournoListas' leaked memos and Andrew Breitbart's video
revelations emerge into the disinfectant light of day and the Tea Party strikes back.
NAACP President Ben Jealous declared
that the organization had been "snookered" into
condemning [Sherrod, whose "abrupt firing" is now being "reconsidered" by her boss, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack] …
Jealous pointed to the NAACP’s
recent conflict with the tea party, but
blamed the “lengths to which extremist elements will go to discredit
legitimate opposition” …
“Next time we are confronted by a
racial controversy broken by Fox News or their allies in the tea party
like Mr. Breitbart, we will consider the source and be more deliberate
in responding. The tape of Ms. Sherrod’s speech at an NAACP banquet was
deliberately edited to create a false impression of racial bias, and to
create a controversy where none existed.”
In both the full video and a 3 minute excerpt I produced, Sherrod labels the entire Republican Party racist, claiming they simply can't stand to see a black man in the White House. She also characterizes totally legitimate political opposition to ObamaCare from average citizens as mean and ultimately racist in the end. Had some previous Bush appointee called the Democrat Party a bunch of race-baiting hucksters, or poverty pimps - putting black citizens in that camp, too - there is no way said official would be able to keep their position. Yet, that is precisely what Sherrod did, only it was Republicans and her political opponents she so openly smeared …
I believe shouting back against the same old racially divisive politics of old is precisely what Andrew Breitbart did in releasing this recent video. And I'm proud to stand solidly by him in the fight. I only wish more good people on the Right had the judgment and vision to understand the larger dynamics and ultimate worthiness of an admittedly very difficult battle. I believe it's a worthwhile fight, one it seems America must have if we are ever to get to the genuinely post-racial future every American should want.
“We’ll start the war from right here!” Stacy McCain quotes Brig. Gen. Theodore Roosevelt Jr. responding to conditions on the
sand at OmahaUtah Beach [Thanks to Old Bull in the comments at RWV for the correction] June 6, 1944, making the point that when you're fighting for your life, you don't start equivocating "when you land on the wrong beach." Stacy's talking about disarray amongst tea-party-affiliated losers in last week's Republican primaries. You can catch the details at The Other McCain, but here's the bottom line:
At the end of the day, making your voice heard in politics — in any really effective way – requires winning elections. Winning elections at the level of a U.S. Senate race isn’t easy and depends on a lot of details that have nothing to do with national trends, so that the success or failure of any one campaign cannot automatically be taken as
evidence of a trend.
Neverthless, if Kinnison and others cannot accept the nomination of Angle as legitimate, that’s a real problem. And if the Tea Party movement ends up encouraging people to be soreheads when they lose a primary, that’s a real problem, too.
When several Republican women won their
primaries on Tuesday, I started thinking about whether the media would
dub this another Year of the Woman. Conservative blogger Ed Morrissey
said he doubted it, since in his view the mainstream press only likes to
celebrate Democratic women, as in 1992.
"I don't agree with that, but I
also couldn't shake the feeling that this year would not get such a
With victories by
several prominent women in Tuesday's primary elections came the familiar
declarations that a 'year of the woman' is underway. But in at least
five races, something even more remarkable occurred: The candidates'
gender never became much of an issue …
"That may be the most striking development," observes Kurtz, still not grasping the dynamics of what his lying eyes are telling him:
Once upon a time — 1984, actually —
there was a huge discussion of how aggressive Vice President George
H.W. Bush could afford to be in his debate against Geraldine Ferraro.
Even in 2000, when Rick Lazio walked over to Hillary Clinton during a
Senate debate, he was castigated for invading her space. Now, women
punch back with the best of them — and that's a measure of equality.
In fact, they're so equal that they
to fight off allegations of infidelity, if Nikki Haley's experience in
the South Carolina
governor's race is any indication.
We say bring 'em on! This newly energized conservative army of woman warriors, their hearts and minds not hobbled by postmodern feminism's identity-politics imperative, is unafraid to boldly go where too few women in this land of the free and home of the brave have gone before.
"Can’t we just trust their words? I mean,
what’s the matter with you? If Robert Gibbs says nothing untoward took
place, then that, of course, satisfies any concerns I might have." More
seriously: "All I can say is this: Imagine if this was the Bush
administration. The media wolf pack would be in full cry. But this is
something we’ve grown used to. We have a compliant media. The good
thing is that the American people
have figured it out. They’re not being guided by the views of the
mainstream media. If they were, the president’s polls wouldn’t be where
Meanwhile, having followed the legacy-media script, Rahm, Barack and Bubba find themselves front and center
on Drudge this morning, first day of a three-day weekend
when the White House no doubt hoped the nation would head out for the
patio and not worry our pretty little heads about the big lie they
dumped on us yesterday. Instead, it's all over talk radio, cable and the
internet. Pajamas Media's take was particularly witty and astute [h/t Dan
Collins at POWIP]:
Of course in the case
of Sestak and his putative job offer, we have no idea what actually
happened. But we do know the sleaze factor is high — and not just
because of the presence of Bill Clinton whose SQ (Sleaze Quotient) may
be even higher than his IQ. Clinton is merely a product of "The
Culture of Narcissism," Obama et al are the product of something
worse – "The
Culture of Chicago."
But the real issue now is not the “Deep Dish
Sleazemeisters” from Chicago. They are who they are. Rod Blagojevich,
Rahm Emanuel and Barack Obama are all cut from the same cloth.
The real issue is our media – the
Fourth Estate that we all are supposed to depend on to vet these people.
Not to worry. As John McCain has figured out — thanks, perhaps, to
the lady at the wheel — we may have a compliant media, but "the American
people have figured it out."
Dan Riehl is a force of nature and a master of the agitator's art. The average person's reaction to news of Harry Reid's wife's and daughter's accident yesterday was to express sympathy and wishes for a speedy recovery. We were sort of there ourselves, trying to repress our visceral disgust with the Senate Majority Leader's totalitarianesque health-care-reform agenda in recognition of our common humanity when human suffering strikes. But not Riehl, who burst fearlessly center stage into the blogosphere this evening with a politically incorrect showstopper guaranteed to precipitate a social-network-a-lanche in the coming hours:
Vintage Riehl. Anyone who's been paying attention through the years knows the man has a heart of gold, but when it comes to defending this Shining City Upon a Hill, he takes no prisoners. His wilfully callous-sounding words had the usual suspects shocked, shocked at the insensitivity of it all. The point was that Democrats trying to ram Obamacare 2.0 — AKA socialized medicine, which always leads to long waits, rationing of treatment and, yes, death panels — down our throats have no intention of submitting themselves and their families to such substandard health regimes:
I'm not sure I quite understand this, given that cost is so important as a burden to taxpayers when it comes to health care. If Democrats want so badly to abort babies because of it, why are we bothering with someone who has a broken neck and back at 69? It sounds to me like she's pretty well used up and has probably been living off the taxpayers for plenty of years to begin with. Aren't we at least going to get a vote on it?
I realize her crook of a husband and his pals in Congress have excluded themselves from the mess they're going to compel everyone else to join, but we're still paying the bills, are we not? I don't see that she's worth it at this point, frankly. I can't recall her ever doing anything for me.
Come on, Harry — do your civic duty. The nation's broke and counting on you guy. Pull the plug and get back to work.
Riehl: Let them be outraged. Where's the outrage at their willingness to kill babies, many hispanic and black and they know it! There needs to be outrage, we have been civil for decades, only to lose more and more ground. When will people stand up?
Bill Whittle, you may have put the nation on the road to recovery of the Founders' enlightened vision of freedom singlehandedly. Longhandedly, that is, as in writing out the Declaration of Independence longhand. We've completed the first part (three 8 1/2 x 11 sheets, above) and found the exercise a revelation. Two examples: 1. it was the united (l.c. "u") States of America (emphasis on individual states), not the United States. 2. The goal was to "effect" rather than "affect" the people's "Safety and Happiness," a positive intention rather than a vague hope (yes you, Hopenchangers). Also, bonus revelation, we can still write longhand!
OBJECTIVE: The students will recover, evaluate, analyze and create an artwork by writing in longhand, with calligraphy pens, the Declaration
I have a large copy of the Declaration hanging in a place of honor in my art room.
Detail of one of Laura Lee's student artworks. It looks to be a technique we remember from our own enchanted childhood, where you make a drawing with waxy crayons and then overwash with poster paint. The layered result evokes a pentimento, revealing something of the artist's thinking as the work progressed.
Forget the NCAA
tournament, the Iditarod,
and the Academy
Awards, it’s Art Season for me. Three art competitions in recent
weeks have had me working day and night to prepare my “players” for
their chance to shine.
"Why do I do it when most of
the Arts establishment discourage competition in art? (and other areas)," she asks rhetorically:
The art establishment discourages competition in art just as educational elites frown upon any kind of competition in schools.
Children are not being encouraged to compete or to strive to achieve in
many schools in America, unfortunately.
Talent is the great equalizer; I’ve taught in high socio-economic schools as well as the low socio-economic school where I am teaching
presently. I much prefer schools in poor neighborhoods. The children
aren’t as distracted by ipods, video games and other prizes of the well
off. Many of my students are immigrants and appreciate the education
that our school is providing. Many, of course, not all, of the students
who I taught who came from richer neighborhoods did not have aspirations
"When life comes easy, achievements are few," observes Laura Lee:
What does the national art educational establishment consider
important? Not achievement, nor excellence but social
We are calling everyone that is able to come to Washington, DC on March
16th, 2010 for one last push against Obamacare. We will meet at the
Cannon building at 9 am and speak with as many representatives as
possible, encouraging them to vote NO on this version of health care
Hey, Heather J. You'll be in the area. How's about representing the clan for us? Field reports sought. You take pictures, we'll post 'em here.
"If we allow more free enterprise and less government intrusion into our lives, we can create jobs here in Massachusetts," State Senator Scott P. Brown, winner of the Republican nomination for the Kennedy seat in yesterday's low-turnout Massachusetts primary, told local TV anchors this morning. Long-shot candidate Brown will face off with Democrat nominee Attorney General Martha M. Coakley in a January 19 special election. NSFW: Click on image to find out how Brown financed his Boston College Law School student career. (Fox25 News photo above)
Given that (a) it’s Massachusetts, (b) the national GOP isn’t interested in even making a good showing for Ted Kennedy’s legacy seat, (c) the state GOP is a joke, it is all but a foregone conclusion that would require remarkable gaffes by Coakley, an extraordinary and deft effort by Brown, and probably external events such as a Democratic health-care debacle. Before we get to the not-inconsiderable potential for the latter, there are some other vulnerabilities, however.
Although this is the state’s first Senate race with no incumbent since 1984 — for a legendary seat that John F. Kennedy, Daniel Webster and John Quincy Adams held before Edward Kennedy — polling places reported strikingly low turnout.…
About 37 percent of the
state’s 4.1 million registered voters are Democrats, and about 11
percent are Republicans, giving Ms. Coakley an advantage over Mr. Brown
in the general election. Although Massachusetts has elected three
Republican governors since 1990, it has not sent a Republican to the
Senate in 37 years.
Brown, 50, is a lawyer and a lieutenant colonel in the Massachusetts
National Guard who has served in the state legislature since 1996.
He opposes same-sex marriage and the health care legislation being
debated in Congress, and supports President Obama’s decision to send
more troops to Afghanistan.
Just for the fun of it, a little local color from WBZ-TV News Political Analyst Bob Kelleher:
Martha Coakley … ran a flawless campaign and put the old-boy network in its place with a blowout win on Tuesday night.
On the Republican side, Scott Brown had the best of both worlds, a cakewalk win, and an opponent who spent a bunch of dough reminding voters that Brown fits the template of the occasional Republican successes in this state, social moderation and fiscal conservatisn.
I liked the part, at the beginning of her victory speech last night, where she said voters indicated they want a new kind of leadership in Washington D.C. Flanked by U.S. Rep. Nikki Tsongas and U.S. Sen. John Kerry, apparently secure en route to a Democratic Senate seat in a Democratic Congress currently doing business with a Democratic White House, it was a somewhat enigmatic pronouncement.
With local media outlets already declaring Coakley our next senator, Martha’s infamous coasting will become even more pronounced. She will put next to nothing into her effort from here, saving campaign funds for future purposes …
Turnout on January 19 will be even lower than today’s. We could be well into single digits across the Commonwealth. Motivating your base, even one as small as the GOP’s, makes it possible to overcome that …
Make it clear: this is about the economy, jobs, and taxes. These are winnable positions for Republicans. Set the agenda, it’s not difficult, as Martha’s sole “issue” is her gender …
ABSOLUTELY go after Coakley EVERY SINGLE DAY. Make her life miserable for the next six weeks, that’s what campaigning is all about. And she most certainly deserves it! There’s no reason she should have a free ride simply because that pleases Margery Eagan and the others who failed to nominate Hillary Clinton in 2008.
Speaking of rabble-rousers, enter stage right the Tea Party Movement, Northeastern Massachusetts Branch. RNC Chair Michael Steele may not get it, but there's a Reynoldsian Army of Davids out here behind Taxachusetts enemy lines fixing to stand up and fight for this Shining City Upon a Hill: As Brown senior adviser Eric Fehrnstom says: