The half-black presidential candidate isn’t really analyzed by the MSM so much as adored. So Steve Sailer takes on the thankless task of doing it for them.
"…the Bad Obama, a close student of other people’s weaknesses, a literary artist of considerable power in plumbing his deep reservoirs of self-pity and resentment, an unfunny Evelyn Waugh consumed by indignation toward his own mother’s people."
I wouldn’t vote for him even if he was what Sailer also calls him, "a male Oprah…the crown prince of niceness," if only because he has no experience, he voted early against the campaign in Iraq and he otherwise seems to have little clue about what it’s all about. But, then, a lot of other people don’t either.
Via Fresh Bilge
Democrats already are calling the proposed surge of troops into Iraq "an escalation," reiving the terms of Vietnam. But apparently Bush’s coming speech about what a surge would mean will turn on some aspect of this "secret plan" captured with the Iranians of recent days–who were, then, incredibly, let go.
Omar at Iraq the Model is astounded that anyone would think that the plan’s disclosure of Iranian and Syrian cooperation with the Sunni insurgents and the Shia death squads is unusual:
"This war is different from conventional wars; networks of terror and their relationships with their supporting regimes and the manner in which they work are complex and different than those of conventional enemies and this situation necessitates that our ways evolve and adjust accordingly."
Meanwhile, the Navy says a second carrier battle group for the Persian Gulf won’t leave Washington until later this month. Perhaps it’s just another empty show of force. Or perhaps Bush has finally decided to do something about Syria and Iran, the latter hinting that its bomb will be ready by March 20.
Historian Victor Davis Hanson returns from Iraq dreaming of the emergence of an American general capable of more than midnight assignations with the MSM for anonymous complaints:
"The traveler to Iraq is struck not by dearth, but opulence—everything imaginable from new SUVs to Eskimo Pies. Internet Service there was far faster than from my home in rural Fresno County…Somewhere in the US military right now is a Grant, Sherman, Patton, Ridgeway, or Abrams…Now is the time to let them come forward—as they have always arisen from obscurity in past American wars when their nation’s hour of need has come."
A good read in which history offers more hope than the shoulda, coulda, woulda war hearings the Dems are about to begin.
Eye on the UN‘s recent tally of condemnations since the fall of 2006:
- Condemning Israel for human rights violations: 25
- Resolutions condemning human rights violations in any other state: 4 from the General Assembly’s Third or main human rights committee directed at Myanmar/Burma, Democratic Republic of Korea, Iran, Belarus
How about Sudan? Nothing. Syria? Zip. China? Nope. Saudi Arabia? Zilch. And so on.
- Number of resolutions mentioning, let alone condemning, human rights violations by Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad: zero.
As the Dems prepare to take over the Congress, there are reports that they (and a few Repubs as well) almost uniformly oppose sending more troops to Iraq. One could assume, given their "antiwar" base, that the Dems intend to retreat as soon as possible. Meanwhile the Long War continues, oblivious to their preoccupations…
"Iraq, which is often dissociated from the war, is a major theater for al-Qaeda, as both Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri have stated in numerous communications. Afghanistan has seen its bloodiest year since the U.S. invasion in late 2001. The Taliban and al-Qaeda have fought the Pakistani government to a standstill and have taken over portions of the country. The countries of Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and Bangladesh simmer, and continue to serve as support bases for al-Qaeda’s activities."
The rest of this handy roundup here.
Retirement, I discovered in 2006, is good, if you keep busy. Set goals and meet them. Finish what you start. So far, I’m only procrastinating about as much as usual. Here’s to 2007–good health and good accomplishments, an end to the Texas drought, and success in the Long War!