So the 9-7 Dallas Cowboys have signed Terrell Owens, one of the most repulsive personalities in sports. They now, by contract, deserve each other. Owens, the personification of all that's wrong in professional sports, was justifiably shunned by the rest of the NFL after being booted off the Philadelphia Eagles. Dallas has agreed to a three-year $25 million contract with TO. It remains to be seen how many millions' worth of excellence on the field they get, and how many millions' worth of thuggishness. I expect the split to be about even.
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When the President speaks before military audiences, he encourages the troops and reassures them that they're serving a worthy cause. Now Rowan Scarborough reports that Harry Reid's office is urging Senate Democrats to plan their own events:
• "Hold a town hall meeting with state officials and a local National Guard unit at their armory to discuss the security impact of long deployments. ... Ask National Guard members to offer input on how security and disaster response at home is compromised by long deployments."Nice, huh?
• "Work with [veterans] organizations ... to find recently returned Iraq and Afghanistan veterans willing to discuss the mental effects they or their fellow veterans have experienced."
Easy there. Byron York is a veteran of The American Spectator and among the best investigative reporters in the country. Regarding Loftus and Tierney, he pointed out troubling facts that have yet to be disputed. Another great reporter, Stephen Hayes, deserves much of the credit for doggedly pursuing the release of captured documents from Iraq; he's been pushing ahead on the story at the Weekly Standard since long before the IntelligenceSummit.org release. Hayes, who knows more about this topic than almost anyone outside of the government, cautioned last month against either dismissing or hyping the IntelligenceSummit.org material.
We're all on the same side here. When we start turning on each other for the crime of attempting to get at the truth about a war we all supported, something has gone very, very wrong.
Mention that Negroponte and the apparatchiks at DNIville are in full retreat with regard the unexploited docs and tapes from the late Saddam regime.
You will recall several weeks back, a York spent a few days shopping noise that there was something amiss with intelligencesummit.org and John Loftus and Bill Tierney with regard a release of twelve hours of audio tapes made during a decade of war council meetings in Baghdad between Saddam and his lackeys. ............ Those Saddam tapes are the key that unlocked the three thousand hours of tapes that are in the possession of Negroponte and are now said to be enroute to release. Slowly, because Negroponte is a bitter and irrelevant man, ignored by the war fighters and the other intel enterprises: his power consists in saying no to Congress ...........................................................
Additional note: there is more than Hoekstra's committee chasing the WMD story. Curt Weldon now gets involved. I have much more, will develop in time.
Best signals source indicates the window for concern is March 21 to April 8 to watch for a multiple front offensive by Tehran.
The window has been in the signals since last December, so it is not tied to the UN Security Council action with regard the IAEA referral.
The window may already have achieved its aim by intimidating and marshalling the disparate elements of the Iranian war plan. Syria, Hizballah, Sadr, AlQ, Russia, Cairo, Beijing -- and more, all these are elements in the war plan.
The war plan has three distinct targets:
1. War on oil. To break the U.S. resistance by driving the price of oil into the $80-$100 region and hacking into all GDP projections.
2. Wipe Israel off the map. A decap strike at Jerusalem is credible, or a strike that separates Israel from its supporters.
3. The U.S. political apparatus. Iran has determined that the U.S. cannot deal effectively with a foreign policy crisis in an election year.
Yale Taliban (Yaliban) source points to a new break in the story soon enough, asking the question how did the Talabina regime flack with a fourth grade education get a visa to enter the United States of America? This will turn the investigation from asking what Yale's admission office did to avoid common sense to what did the State Department do to avoid the safeguards against the enemy.
Mention the thickly ironic detail that almost twenty thousand rejection letters are going out next week to those families not as cunning as the Taliban to get their prodigies into Yale.
Foggy Bottom is most vulnerable. Waivers get reviewed. Officials who skirt safeguards get suspended. Student visas get canceled.
Yaliban looks like a good bet for Lahore University with his own show on AlQ TV: My Year With Infidels.
Quin: There are rumors about Stevens retiring almost every year. Don't believe 'em.
Jed, There are candidates who run from the right now and then. One of them is Stephen Laffey, the mayor of Cranston who's running against Linc Chafee for the GOP Senate nod in Rhode Island. The RNC is backing Chafee over Laffey. Solution: don't send your cash to the party. They don't back conservatives -- they back incumbents.
James: The problem I have is that we obviously don't have the belly for it. If we were to have followed this strategy from 9-11, by now Syria would be an Israeli protectorate, Iran would be ruled by someone other than the mullahs and the Saudis would be begging for mercy and selling us oil at $5 a barrell. The more we talk the talk but motionless fail to walk the walk, the strategy -- which is right -- rings more hollow.