An SGO roundup, inspired by the weirdness pervading not only our domestic scene but the entire world.
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Our defense cuts haven’t yet reached the stage that Britain’s have, but they may soon. The British reallocation of military spending to other priorities — such as control of global warming — has reached the stage of low comedy.
Britain’s Secretary of State for Defense Liam Fox resigned last week over allegations that one of his associates was implicitly acting as if he were a staffer with government status. Fox, a brilliant Scot, shouldn’t have resigned because of this micro-scandal. But he should have resigned before his boss — PM David Cameron — cut the Brit forces to the level they have now sunk. British airmen, operating over Libya, can’t launch from a Royal Navy carrier because there isn’t one. While Brit forces, as skilled and brave as almost any of ours, were fighting in Afghanistan and Libya on a bare-cupboard budget, Ministry of Defence funds were spent on buying carbon allowances in the EUnuchs’ entirely ridiculous “cap and trade” scheme.
According to a UK Daily Mail report, “In February 2010, Gordon Brown’s cash-strapped Government spent £60 million on ‘carbon credits’ for Whitehall and other Government offices in the UK, as well as British NATO bases in Europe. Thus while troops were going short of kit in Afghanistan, the defense budget was being raided to buy carbon certificates.” Brit PM David Cameron can blame that on the Gordon Brown’s Labour Party government, which will carry as much weight as Obama’s never-ending campaign against the economic crisis that began under George W. Bush.
There are no grownups in British politics, and if there are some here they have yet to reveal themselves as people who can actually stop the devolution of our economy and our military. One of these people was lost to cancer about a week ago.
Steve Jobs knew how to get things done. He reportedly left four years’ of planned product innovations as part of his legacy at Apple. One wag I know said that the newest “app” for the iPhone would be “iHaunt.” Was it a coincidence that the world of BlackBerry fell apart for three days shortly after Jobs’s untimely death? Perhaps.
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.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?