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Saturday, June 12, 2004

Isn't it remarkable that Jacques Chirac is joining Arab despots in opposing the formation of democratically elected governments in the Middle East?

Mr Bush's plan pushes for reforms such as free elections, independent media and improved legal systems. The plan includes training for judges and lawyers, loans to small businesses and campaigns to reduce illiteracy by 20 million people. It sets a target for training 100,000 teachers.

Sensitive to Arab critics, the statement noted that "successful reform depends on the countries in the region and change should not and cannot be imposed from outside".

But Mr Chirac was also dismissive of Mr Bush's initiative. "There is no ready-made formula for democracy readily transposable from one country to another. Democracy is not a method, it is a culture. For democracy to take root solidly and durably in the Arab world, it must be an Arab democracy before all else."

Chirac is a despicable person.

Mark Steyn:
"We are a nation that has a government - not the other way around." Of all the marvellous Ronald Reagan lines retailed over the weekend, that's my favourite. He said it in his inaugural address in 1981, and it encapsulates his legacy at home and abroad.
As Steyn points out, the European Union is being set up exactly opposite of this view.
However, because there is no natural demos binding Scotland and Greece, the European Union has decided to come at things from the other direction. It's not a nation that has a government. So instead its plan is to start with a government in the hopes that a nation - or quasi-nation - will follow.
Considering that the E.U. is emulating some of the worst governments the world has ever seen (the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact countries, Cuba, etc.), that fact alone should cause the European people to pause and consider what the unelected bureaucrats have in store for them.

The Mark Steyn article also explains that the E.U. constitution features absurd "rights" that have no place in a constitution:
As Charles Moore pointed out on Saturday, most of the junk in the so-called European Constitution isn't in the least bit constitutional.

That's to say, it's not content, as the American Constitution is, to define the distribution and limitation of powers. Many of my New Hampshire neighbours wander round with the constitution in their pocket so they can whip it out and chastise over-reaching congressmen and state representatives at a moment's notice. Try going around with the European Constitution in your pocket and you'll be walking with a limp after 48 hours. It's full of stuff about European space policy, water resources, free expression for children, the right to housing assistance, preventive action on the environment, etc.

They may well be worthy planks in a political platform, but they're not constitutional matters.
Europeans are being spoon fed by leftwing intellectuals. And the really sad thing is that, for the most part, they are convinced that their leaders have it exactly right.

Via Drudge. This is certainly news:
The United Nations has determined that Saddam Hussein shipped weapons of mass destruction components as well as medium-range ballistic missiles before, during and after the U.S.-led war against Iraq in 2003.

The UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission briefed the Security Council on new findings that could help trace the whereabouts of Saddam's missile and WMD program.

The briefing contained satellite photographs that demonstrated the speed with which Saddam dismantled his missile and WMD sites before and during the war. Council members were shown photographs of a ballistic missile site outside Baghdad in May 2003, and then saw a satellite image of the same location in February 2004, in which facilities had disappeared.
I wonder if this will change any minds.

The left will no doubt just pick up and move the goalposts once again.

Being that I'm a lazy bastard, it's significant that I took the time to add Michelle Malkin's weblog to my list of favorite sites.

I have added her to my daily reading and it didn't take me long to see that she will have interesting and stimulating posts.

I highly recommend Michelle's site. It looks like it will become a must read everyday.

Friday, June 11, 2004

Arthur Chrenkoff has a third installment of good news from Iraq.

The first two installments can be found at the bottom of his post.

I just shake my head when I read the things that are happening in Iraq, but the media does not cover or mention. No wonder the world thinks Iraq is a huge disaster.

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Well, well, well. To those of you who insisted that THE ONLY REASON the U.S. was going into to Iraq was so that we could get our hands on their oil for ourselves, I give you:

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraqi officials declared Tuesday that the interim government has assumed full control of the country's oil industry ahead of the June 30 handover of sovereignty from the U.S.-led occupation administration.

"Today the most important natural resource has been returned to Iraqis to serve all Iraqis," Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said. "I'm pleased to announce that full sovereignty and full control on oil industry has been handed over to the oil ministry today and to the new Iraqi government as of today."

The announcement came as Allawi and Oil Minister Thamir Ghadbhan toured the al-Doura oil refinery in southern Baghdad.

After meeting and shaking hands with the refinery workers, the two ministers thanked oil sector workers.

"We are totally now in control, there are no more advisers," Ghadbhan said. "We are running the show, the oil policies will be implemented 100 percent by Iraqis."

Tell us again how it was all about OOIILLL!

We never wanted Iraq's oil. We wanted to remove a serious and real threat to American lives. That's it. A bonus has been freedom for 50 million people. Personally, I'm happy for the Afghan and Iraqi people. The left fought hard to keep Saddam in power and I'm ever so glad they weren't successful.

I'll never let them forget what they tried to do.

Via Power Line blog. An Opinion Journal editorial that I neglected to read included this:

A new book by former Air Force secretary Thomas Reed reveals that the Reagan administration allowed a Soviet agent to steal gas-pipeline software that had been secretly designed to go haywire on a catastrophic scale. The ruse led to a June 1982 explosion in the Siberian wilderness that Mr. Reed says was "the most monumental non-nuclear explosion and fire ever seen from space." It crippled the Soviet's secret techno-piracy operation because they could longer be sure if what they were buying or stealing was similarly booby-trapped. They had reason to worry: Contrived computer chips found their way into Soviet military equipment, flawed turbines were installed on a gas pipeline, and defective plans disrupted chemical plants and tractor factories.

I wish I had the time to read all the things I wanted. As it is, I have to be very selective since my time is so short. I'm glad I caught this at Power Line.

The lovely and brilliant Michelle Malkin has her own weblog.

Malkin has been one of my favorites writers for a couple of years now. I have her new site bookmarked and will include it in my daily reads.

Congratulations Michelle.

Oil prices are coming down. More bad news for John Kerry.

I can't help but believe that the stars are aligning for a major butt whooping for the Democrats come November.

Iraq is stabilizing, Reagan's death is reminding folks of the Republican vision of freedom and liberty for the world's oppressed people, oil prices are falling, the economy is booming. I couldn't have written a better script. As soon as these issues become part of the national consciousness the Democrats are in deep doo doo.

It's like watching a train wreck. I give you, Brutally Honest Personals.

You've gotta check out Elise Levy. And I quote:

"I'm beautiful, lithe, and charming. I dance twelve hours of ballet a week, like to wear corsets during sex, and sleep in ducky pajamas. So why do I need to place an ad? I'm greedy. The only thing that makes me happy is cash in my account."

Any man who is dumb enough to answer her ad deserves what she has in store for him.

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

An Opinion Journal editorial in it's entirety:

A myth has developed that Iraqis aren't grateful for their liberation from Saddam. So it's worth noting that the leaders of Iraq's new interim government have been explicit and gracious in their thanks, not that you've heard this from the U.S. media.

First in Arabic and then in English, Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said in his inaugural address to the Iraqi people last Tuesday that "I would like to record our profound gratitude and appreciation to the U.S.-led international coalition, which has made great sacrifices for the liberation of Iraq." In his own remarks, President Ghazi al-Yawer said: "Before I end my speech, I would like us to remember our martyrs who fell in defense of freedom and honor, as well as our friends who fell in the battle for the liberation of Iraq."

Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari told the U.N. Security Council much the same thing last Thursday: "We Iraqis are grateful to the coalition who helped liberate us from the persecution of Saddam Hussein's regime. We thank President Bush and Prime Minister Blair for their dedication and commitment."

We thought our readers might like to know.

I'd like the Europeans to know.

Monday, June 07, 2004

Did I mention the job numbers that came out Friday? No? Well, let me gloat for President Bush:

Altogether, it was the ninth consecutive month of job growth, which began in September. Over that period, more than 1.4 million jobs have been created. More importantly, nearly 950,000 net new jobs have been generated during the past three months alone.

I'm happy for President Bush. He has done a wonderful job for the most part and I believe he deserves to be re-elected.

Sunday, June 06, 2004

J Lo married Marc Anthony yesterday.

I know. How is that relevant to anything I post here? It's not. I just found it surreal.

Former president Ronald Reagan died yesterday.

His optimism and idealism were the reasons I became a Republican. The man was a leader who believed America could achieve anything we wanted.

Unlike modern politicians, the man did not have to take a poll to tell him what to believe. He simply told the American people what he believed and let them decide for themselves if they wanted to vote for him.

Reagan was known as "The Great Communicator" because he was a great speaker and could eloquently express his beliefs.

Ronald Reagan was 93.