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McCarrick to Lebanon

By on 8.11.06 | 10:42AM

He visits Lebanon to mourn the humanitarian situation, but claims not to make any political judgments. As admirable as that humble instinct is, I suspect that stepping into the fray at all is necessarily political, especially when I see this paragraph:

In an Aug. 10 telephone interview from Beirut, the cardinal said his visit was meant to be a sign of solidarity with the suffering people of Lebanon, the same kind of visit he has made in the past to Israel in the wake of terrorist attacks.

So the victims are the same? Does that mean the Israelis are morally equivalent to terrorists? McCarrick's presence seems to play into Hezbollah's PR campaign. If he is only there to call attention to the civilian suffering (already VERY well reported) and say "the world must do something" (that's really his quote, believe it or not), then the most he appears to do is call attention to himself.

McCarrick shows no indication of retiring quietly into the night. Does he aspire to be a clerical Bono or Bill Clinton?

Apocalypse Soon Enough

By on 8.11.06 | 9:43AM

Members of the Iraqi parliament are apparently en route to meet the Cindy Sheehan Code Pink peace delegation in Jordan, unless the Elders of Zion somehow hatch a dastardly plot to prevent the meeting from ever taking place. Who will remain behind to maintain Sheehan's new Crawford homested is still unknown.

We Can Hear You …

By on 8.10.06 | 8:48PM

Lost amid the success by British intelligence and law enforcement in breaking up parts of the airline terror threat is the fact that U.S. intelligence sources were in on the case. How?

Well, let's just say the NSA should come out of this case looking pretty good. And whoever leaked classified information about international eavesdropping on terrorist conversations should be getting very nervous. This British case just became Exhibit A for how important the listening program is.

Questions for Homeland Chief Chertoff:

By on 8.10.06 | 7:30PM

Exactly how many "student" visas are issued annually to those from Islamic States? How many actually go to their stated destinations (thinking of the covey of missing Egyptians who never made it to Bozeman, Montana, but who were not, the FBI assured us long before that little dustup in Britain, "terrorist" suspects) and how many actually meet the terms of their visa and go home? A corollary: how many are missing and unaccounted for right now in the United States?

And while you're at it, Judge Michael, stop entertaining the media's fascination with some connection between the would-be aircraft bombers and Al Qaeda. It makes no difference what other affiliations an Islamic Jihadist happens to have and so long as Osama has king's X in Pafganistan it never will.


It’s Always Bush’s Fault

By on 8.10.06 | 1:08PM

From Harry Reid's statement on the British terror plot:

This latest plot demonstrates the need for the Bush administration and the Congress to change course in Iraq and ensure that we are taking all the steps necessary to protect Americans at home and across the world.