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For months we have been watching the impasse between the supporters of the Bush administration and the adherents of the pacifist doctrine who shrink from the use of force against the Iraq regime. The calls for action are generally founded on rational arguments while the arguments for delay are rather based on fear and squeamishness to commit violence under any circumstances. It is time for the proponents of endless inspections to face a series of questions to justify their position:
Question 1: In Iraq there is a set of 100 inspectors armed with Toyota vans trying to find forbidden arms in a very large country. Immediately outside Iraq a U.S. Army is ready to invade. Would the inspectors be there at all and able to do anything useful without the presence of the threatening army?
Question 2: If the U.S. Army were to come home without toppling Sadism, would the inspection regime continue with any useful effect?
Question 3: If the violent removal of Iraq arms is called off and the U.S. Army leaves the region how difficult will it be in the future to reconstitute a similar force should some state, anywhere on the globe, sponsor or harbor a terrorist force? For instance, in eight years from now with a Democratic president would we have the national resolve to face down such a threat?p>The proponents of inaction must find answers to these questions if they are to face their consciences in coming years. br> — Basil Weir br> San Jose, CA /p> p> THE CAT BOMB br> Re: Jed Babbin’s Not ‘N Synch
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online