Thursday, October 27, 2011

Andrew McCarthy - the sanest and bravest person in America

Sorry, Michele, but Andrew upstaged you, and deservedly so, because he dared in his column at National Review(brought by Ruthfully Yours) go where you didn't.

Honestly, everything that needed to be said, that Michele Bachmann had the chance to say, was said by McCarthy:

1) The final result of the Lybia war is disastrous. It would have been better of if Ghadafi had stayed in power.

2) The war against Lybia was not only illegal but also deeply unethical and immoral. There was not as much as a shadow of a threat to the USA coming from Ghaddafi or anything remotely resembling a justifiable casus belli. Lockerbie, cited often as an excuse by the war-mongers, has been settled by a treaty Ghadafi made with US and Britain in 2004, the latter thereby having forfeit all further claims concerning the incident. Same goes for the Berlin disco bombing and other events involving Ghaddafi's Lybia.

3) The whole business about "responsibility to protect civilians" is hogwash, plain and simple.

4) Those most gung-ho for the war were fawning over Ghaddafi in his tent only a year earlier. McCarthy mentions Lindsey Graham, and I would also like to give John McCain a dishonourable mention.

5) America will reap what she has sown in Lybia soon enough.

Be sure to read the whole article and conserve it. It is rare to see a pull-no-punches criticism mostly devoid of standard cliches of American action abroad in a mainstream publication. And stand by for a torrent of character assasinations on McCarthy from party hacks from both "left" and "right".

Monday, October 24, 2011

Michele Bachmann: the sanest and bravest person in America

Would you believe it? The woman the media often represented as a crazy redneck is so far the only prominent personality that spoke with a voice that differs from the bloodthirsty celebratory choir over Ghaddafi's death consisting of officials, politicians and pundits, the voice of sanity. Not that it took much, just a bit of common sense and human decency but those qualities have long since vacated the brains of the American political and media establishment hacks.

Here's what Bachmann had to say about Lybia(via Lawrence Auster):

WALLACE: Congresswoman, from the very start, you are a strong opponent of any U.S. military involvement in Libya. Here's what you told me in May.

BACHMANN: This is a disaster in the make why President Obama's policy of leading from behind is an outrage and people should be outraged at the foolishness of the president's decision.


WALLACE: Question--if President Bachmann had been in charge, wouldn't Muammar Qaddafi still be in power?

BACHMANN: Well, he may be. But I stand by that decision. I think it was wrong for the United States to go [into] Libya.

BACHMANN: Look where we're at today. Remember, again, Barack Obama said we were going into Libya for humanitarian purposes. It wasn't humanitarian purposes. It was regime change.
And what's the result? We don't know who the next leaders will be. Sure, there is a transitional council, but who will the real leader should be that takes over and runs Libya? It could be a radical element. It could be the Muslim Brotherhood. It could be elements affiliated with al Qaeda. We don't know yet who that regime will be.

But worse, we've seen the MANPADS go missing, and the shoulder-fired rockets that are very dangerous, that can fit in the trunk of the car. And there are some reports out there that they have perhaps even gone as far as Gaza. And, of course, that could be used to bring down a commercial airliner. This is a very bad decision and it's created more instability in that region, not less.

WALLACE: I'm a little bit confused though. Are you suggesting that we would be better off with Qaddafi's dictatorship still in effect?

BACHMANN: The world certainly is better off without Qaddafi. I agree with Lindsey Graham. The world is better off without Qaddafi.

But consider what the cost will be. We are only looking at a snap shot today. We're not--the last chapter hasn't been written in on Libya.

And, again, we have to recognize that there are missing today chemical weapons, the shoulder-fired missile launchers, this is very serious. This could risk more human life because they're missing, and we also don't know who the next regime will be that will be taking over Libya. We knew who the devil was that was running, we don't know the next one.

And, again, this was leading from behind on the part of the administration.

And, remember, there was no clearly identifiable American vital interest that was ever designated. That needs to be our basis for putting any American in harm's way.

Bachmann unfotunately caved in under pressure from Wallace when he asked whether the world is a safer place without Ghadafi and also blatantly contradicted herself in that passage as well as failed to outright condemn the lynching of Ghaddafi by Lybia's NTC savages but this in no way undercuts the title of this post of mine. As the saying goes, in the land of the blind the one-eyed man is the king. Bachmann deserves kudos for sticking to her guns and refusing to jump on this particularly loathsome bandwagon. Just by doing that and saying the things above she set herself up for a media equivalent of what was done to Ghaddafi, there is no need to fuel the rage of NTC's fellow barbarians in America any further.

Still, Michele Bachmann is a very small silver lining in a dark, sinister cloud. The whole affair over the murder of Ghaddafi is extremely disheartening in several ways, so much so it requires a separate post. I hope I'll make something out of it in the next few days.

PS The title of the post is an out-take on Lawrence Auster again, namely his blog entry of August 27th of that year, titled "John McCain -- the worst man in America". Be sure to read it and try not to weep.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

More on the subject of forgetting and learning nothing

Yesterday I posted a link on the story about a man seeking to renew the Jewish community of Lybia after the fall of Ghaddafi. I admit I only casually glanced on the story and assumed that he had learned his lesson. Was I wrong about that!

You see, the man in question, a certain David Gerbi, even after the slap in the face he recieved has gone straight back to the dreamworld. Not only does he still believe the official slogan of the so-called rebels that harps on about "freedom" and "democracy" he actually wanted to be part of their "governement"! Whatsmore, he is actually amazed that they wouldn't have him!

As one of the commenters on the JihadWatch site, where this story appeared, wrote:"There is no nice way of putting this: the man is an idiot!" While one can excuse his blanket dismissal of warnings sober man have sounded about the "rebels" of Lybia, to persist in the erroneous ways even after paying the full tuition fee to the teacher called Experience is a hallmark of astounding stupidity. At this point, any sympathy one struggled to find for Mr.Gerbi should be foregone and in fact, replaced by a perverse sensation that anything that might happen to him he will have richly deserved.

Sort of tells you how the western establishment types came to be, does it not?

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

They do indeed play it

Someone once said that in international policy Americans play checkers while the Russians play chess. There can hardly be a better confirmation of this adage then the current events surrounding the upheaval in the Arab world.

Eyebrows were raised when Russia abstained from voting on the resolution on Lybia and many were disappointed with the move. In light of yesterday's joint Russo-Chinese veto on the sanctions against Syria the decision makes perfect sense. It was a calculated sacrifice of a pawn in order to protect the rook or the bishop. The Russians knew that NATO will exceed it's authority and turn the so-called mission to protect civilians into a full blown war against Ghaddafi and his supporters. Just like the scorpio from the famous story, they couldn't help it, it is in their nature. Russian ambassador to the UN Vitaliy Churkin said as much during the debate in the Security Council.

This, of course, drew a predictable hissy-fit from the west all with the standard cliches about "freedom, human rights and democracy". Just like the Burbons of France, NATO countries forgot nothing and learned nothing. Just like in Lybia, little is known about the so-called Syrian opposition. Just like in Lybia, some less then complimentary facts emerge from behind the wall of mystery. And just like in Lybia the warnings are ignored or shrugged off. Because, in any event they are not ignoring them at their own (immediate) peril but at that of the country in the region they proclaim to be allies with and to whose security they claim to be dedicated to.

Yes, that is Israel I'm talking about and yes that is the people in it longing for Assad's fall I'm warning here, because unlike their western counterparts, they might actually listen. The caution you displayed in the case of Egypt was admirable, as well as the same about Lybia(even if it was to a smaller extent). Don't throw it away because of personal animosity towards Assad, justified as it may be. You think anything is an improvement over Assad? Many of your people originating from Lybia thought the same about Ghaddafi and daydreamed of renewing the Jewish presence in that country but they were quickly slapped back into reality. Stay awake. You won't always have the Russians and the Chinese indirectly saving you from yourselves and your supposed allies.