The Spectacle Blog

The Democrats Want Another Vietnam

By on 11.18.05 | 11:11AM

Dear Congressman Murtha:

     I’m sorry you feel the way you do. But I’m sorrier that your party leaders have co-opted you, your valiant war record and your credibility on military matters over your congressional career, in their attempt to mislead the American people and damage the Commander in Chief.

What none of our political leaders has said, I suspect for fear of being attacked by the left and the MSM, is that the Democrats want Iraq/> to turn into another Vietnam/>/>. They want America/>/> to lose both the war on the ground and the war of ideas here at home.

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By on 11.18.05 | 9:59AM

Clearly, CIA boss Porter Goss is the target of the latest Post leaks. And these reports are doing real damage overseas.

According to some folks we talk to, at least two countries involved in helping the U.S. with its internment of al Qaeda terrorists have asked in the past two weeks for assistance in tracking what they call an increase in communications traffic between suspected Islamic terror networks in country. They say there is heightened concern for domestic terror activities as a result of the Post "black site" and third-party leaks.

Congress better put a clamp on some of this, and those "former" intelligence sources who are doing this -- in part to get back at the administration over the Joe Wilson scandal -- had better be shut down too.

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Re: The Recount Lingers

By on 11.18.05 | 9:35AM

Paul -- The recount may have been a turning point, but I would think it happened earlier. President Clinton's tenure was the milestone of the postmodern era, where it was no longer important what someone did or didn't do; How he played to the camera was what was most important. It was said that no Republican administration could get away with what his did, but what was most galling was that no administration prior to his would have ever dared behave like his, regardless of party. (You can make an argument for Carter, except his public diplomacy was a caricature of itself enough to quicken support for Our Ron.)

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NOC, NOC: Who’s There?

By on 11.18.05 | 8:09AM

The idea that Valerie (99) Plame -- famously CIA-employed wife of Joe (Agent 86) Wilson -- was a "non-official cover" or covert agent is about as serious as your kid's last "knock-knock" joke. WaPo's Bob Woodward said, on CNN's Larry King Live on 27 October, the day before Libby was indicted:

"They did a damage assessment within the CIA, looking at what this did that Joe Wilson's wife was outed. And turned out it was quite minimal damage. They did not have to pull anyone out undercover abroad. They didn't have to resettle anyone. There was no physical danger to anyone and there was just some embarrassment." Just "some" embarrassment?

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The Recount Lingers

By on 11.18.05 | 7:46AM

Near the end of a typically strong column by Daniel Henninger in today’s Wall Street Journal, he makes a point in passing that probably doesn’t get made enough: that the 2000 presidential recount has played a significant role in weakening our national security:

"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington/>/>/>/> arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency."

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Dana Priest Strikes Again

By on 11.18.05 | 7:32AM

The increasingly infamous Washington Post reporter has penned another disclosure of classified information regarding the U.S. Counterterrorist Intelligence Centers. Her sources are current and former intelligence officers, foreign intelligence officials, "as well as diplomatic and congressional sources." Look for this to become more fuel for a congressional investigation into a truly damaging leak, rather than one impacting a gal commuting not-so-covertly from her house in Washington across the river to CIA headquarters each morning.

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Congressional Defeatism

By on 11.18.05 | 7:26AM

The WSJ has a great editorial today (sub req'd) about the congressional cowardice on display this week. Money quote:

"There are many lessons of the Vietnam War, but two of the biggest are these: Don't fight wars you don't intend to win, and while American troops can't be defeated, American politicians can be. Like General Giap, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and his fellow terrorists understand the second lesson very well, and so his strategy has always been not to capture Baghdad but to inflict casualties in a way that breaks the will of American elites. He'll only be encouraged by this week's show of Beltway duck and cover."

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Intelligent Design Guide

By on 11.17.05 | 11:34PM

A reader asks if anyone has a "reference for a short, concise pro-ID explanation of what ID is." Well, Pete, as a matter of fact we do! It ran in The American Spectator's June issue. It was also posted online (subscription free) in early August, so if you are not a print or digital subscriber to TAS, you can read the article here.

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By on 11.17.05 | 1:12PM

In his column today, George Will calls members of a school board in Kansas who question Darwinism "the kind of conservatives who make conservatism repulsive to temperate people." Well, we can't have that. I would like to know who these temperate people are. My very unfair guess is that many of them sign his checks.

How many philosophically liberal cultural positions has Will advanced over the years? I've lost track. I do remember him endorsing feminism and state experimentation with gay marriage (this involved a lot of impressive throat-clearing and very thoughtful qualifications). He recently scolded social conservatives for being crudely obsessed with letting unborn children live.

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The New New McCarthy

By on 11.17.05 | 12:27PM

Joe Conason's profile of Bill Clinton in the new Esquire is notable mostly in how blandly soundbite-ish the rhetoric of the ex-president it declares "The most influential man in the world" is. There are, however, points of interest here and there, not least of which is when Clinton notes in defense of George W. Bush that "when you've been president and troops are committed and lives are on the line, I think we have to be very careful what we say." Whoa! When did Ari "watch what they say, what what they do" Fleischer start coaching Clinton? And when will the left side of the blogosphere start condemning the 42nd president for this attack on their right to dissent? Is someone at Daily Kos even now photoshopping a picture of Bill Clinton lighting the Bill of Rights on fire with a cigar? Can I expect an online petition and fundraising request from in my inbox this very day?

Joesph McCarthy, you wily rascal, the latest form you've taken on is your most dastardly yet!

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