A lot of people waste a lot of ink (or space) on totally inane commentary. Wasted time reading the blather too.
But Jed Babbin’s column of the 24th was probably the most concise, no nonsense, valid and reasoned appraisal of the Middle East situation yet — should be required reading for Dubya and Condi and the others who suffer from indecision, cowardice, or terminal drooling.p>Exceptional work, Jed — continued success! br> — Geoff Brandt /p>
Jed Babbin is off the mark.
First, he does not mention Iran’s near term objective with the Hizbullah attack on Israel, which is very likely to provide cover for a surge of forces into Iraq to attack the Sunnis and cause a breakdown of the current effort to build a civil society. That would deal us a blow, perhaps a decisive one in Iraq. The timing makes sense both for the situation in Iraq and for the coming elections in November. The Administration’s strongest card is that we are making sufficient progress “standing up” the Iraqis that we can start withdrawing troops. A collapse of the Iraqi security apparatus would be the equivalent of Dien Bien Phu or Tet.
Jed Babbin does not provide the military analysis of Hizbullah which I would very much have liked to hear. Absent that, it is not clear to an observer why Israel is not in a position to pick the bones of Hizbullah clean. Yes, I would expect that would take time, which I assume is why so many observers are anxious to tie Israel to some timetable measured in days or weeks, which is absurd. Why any timetable at all? Perhaps it will take months or even a year or more. So what? It is a question of survival for Israel. It has now been attacked in its homeland on an entirely unprovoked basis — there were no Jews in Lebanon. So the issue is clear. Let’s hope the Israeli’s have the fiber to do what is necessary. I expect they will.
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?