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Wallace Speaks

By on 8.11.06 | 12:49PM

Hot Air has audio excerpts of Sean Hannity's interview with Mike Wallace, discussing his interview with Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. As the saying goes, it speaks for itself. Absolutely sickening.

Hat Tip: Alarming News.

Re: Myopic Dems…

By on 8.11.06 | 12:09PM

Philip: There's something disturbing about Krauthammer's column today -- he predicts long-term "desolation" for the neo-McGovernized Democrats, yet seems to concede that in the short run the party's Lamontization could be allow it to win back control of "one or both houses of Congress" this fall. Well, all I can say is that if that comes to pass, all bets are off. Once insanity takes over, there's no guarantee sanity can ever be restored.

Myopic Dems…

By on 8.11.06 | 11:38AM

As is often the case, Krauthammer sees the the big picture:

The Iraq war will end, as will the Bush presidency. But the larger conflict that defines our times -- war on Islamic radicalism, more politely known as the war on terrorism -- will continue, as the just-foiled London airliner plot unmistakably reminds us. And the reflexive antiwar sentiments underlying Ned Lamont's victory in Connecticut will prove disastrous for the Democrats in the long run -- the long run beginning as early as November '08.

Absolutely. The Republicans have dug themselves quite a hole, and the Democrats could make gains this November, but the fight against terrorism is the defining struggle of our time, and Democrats are doomed in the long term given that they have been overtaken by peaceniks.

Mike Wallace Smitten With Evil

By on 8.11.06 | 11:00AM

It seems that veteran newsman Mike Wallace's puppy love for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinijad goes deeper than it initially appeared. Drudge reports:

PITBULL JOURNALIST GOES SOFT ON IRANIAN MADMAN: 88-year-old CBS journalist Mike Wallace says Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a 'reasonable' man on Sean Hannity's ABC radio program... Points out Ahmadinejad not anti-Jewish... just anti-Zionist state. Says many Jews in Iranian Parliament, in great positions in Iranian life... Believes Ahmadinejad sincere in his hope for peaceful coexistence between Iran and West... Troubled by comparisons of leader to Hitler... Marvels at Ahmadinejad's civil engineering degree, 'intellect', 'savvy'... Asks viewers not to bring 'prejudices' to Sunday night '60 MINUTES' broadcast... Proclaims 'discussion' was sincere and not for propaganda purposes... Developing...

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.