How will Obama govern? Paulson in the doghouse. Rebuilding a brand. Plus more.
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Consider that Snowe, Lindsey Graham, John McCain, or Susan Collins will cough up the majority the Dems need in the Senate. You’ve all by now seen the picture of McCain, Emanuel and Obama smiling together; you know this argument’s over.
If both Saxby Chambliss & Norm Coleman win, it’s a start. The Party still has to respect its principles, and argue for them rather than from the opposition’s viewpoint. Reject lousy and idiotic questions from the media, and leave them scrambling to fill the dead air. Reject the Democrats’ premise and offer real solutions to the public at large. As it is right now, Democrats don’t have to make any case.
The problem: It takes guts. Hey GOP…got any?
— P. Aaron Jones
Re: Hal G.P. Colebatch’s Pirates and the Politically Correct:
One wonders how these people manage to have any fun (but isn’t
that the point of censorship? To control thought and behavior?).
What’s next? Arrest for participating in International Talk Like A
Pirate Day? (September 19th, by the way.)
The last vestiges of the society which spread to the world the vision of personal freedom and personal rights have been thoroughly trampled by Labour’s reign. I lived in London from 1988 to 1991, and have been back to visit over the intervening years. The Thatcher boom has been ruthlessly crushed, despite the vision of growth and wealth presented by a recent Thames cruise from London to Greenwich. The cameras are everywhere, history has been rewritten for the PC education of Britain’s children, violent crime is spiking, and, most alarmingly, the basic freedom of expression reduced to Orwellian condition.
Oh, hey; sound familiar?
— Lee Hoffman
THREAT LEVEL ASSESSMENT
Re: George H. Wittman’s Murder and Mayhem in Mumbai:
I’m always impressed when such events as have occurred in Mumbai are characterized as being highly organized or professional. Neither of those is true about the raid in Mumbai or similar events elsewhere in the past. By the nature of this type of event — a suicide raid for the most part — this was pretty amateur, given the number of attackers, weapons and explosives employed. Far, far worse could have occurred if the force had actually been professionally trained and used expert tactics. The fact that such attacks tend to yield relatively low kill rates for the number of weapons involved speaks to the amateur nature of the planning and training.
Some will find such a characterization disturbing but such people usually don’t know what real combat is like or what real assault weapons can do in professional hands. The lack of professional results speaks to the fatalistic nature of the movement involved. That becomes a weakness, not a strength with the execution. People who want to live well vs. die well are often times much more cunning and proficient in their actions. This has been shown time and time again throughout history. Should this movement be allowed to exist in a stable environment where proper training and resources can be spent and we’ll start seeing something more in tune with their stated objectives rather than the after math of what was shooting fish in a barrel. This was not organized combat where most of the initial deaths occurred.
On the flip side, no profession security force can operate effectively against even such an amateur force once it breaches the barrel and mixes it up with the fishes. I’m sure the Indian security forces made mistakes, just like the top rated security forces at Virginia Tech did against a lone amateur with the keys to the city. He had a better kill rate than these attackers had, and no explosives or assault weapons. I’m sure the Indian security forces will promise to do better next time just like the security forces at Virginia Tech did. When these kinds of people want to start living in the aftermath of these kinds of events we will then start to see really professional results.
The defender is always at a considerable disadvantage with this
type of threat. An effective static defense consumes several
times the force level used to make the attack. No nation can
afford that kind of professional static defense. As long as there
are large schools of fish and lots of barrels to protect the fish
are going to keep getting slaughtered until they grow some teeth
and fight back. That’s not likely to happen in our politically
correct environment in the near term.
— Thom Bateman
Newport News, Virginia
Indian navy blockades Pakistan’s ports until the Pakistani
government solves the problem internally in their ruthless
— David Govett
Re: Larry Thornberry’s Not So Blue in Florida:
There are seemingly many states and cities being reported as
requiring bailouts by the federal government. It would be
interesting to me (and, I’ll wager, a majority of our readers
here) to know which party runs the states with considerable
deficits, bankrupt cities and the worst schools.
— Jay Molyneaux
CLASSES WITHIN CLASSES
Re: Christopher Orlet’s Mean Streets:
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?