The Spectacle Blog

Marshalling Arguments on Iraq

By on 6.13.06 | 6:32PM

I'll have much more of my own on the subject of Iraq in a full column in the online issue we post at midnight, but for now let me report on some thoughtful and on-target comments that Democratic Rep. Jim Marshall of Georgia offered to me just now, in advance of a debate on Iraq scheduled for Thursday in the House.

Marshall: "It would be a bad mistake for the United States to leave the perception that it withdrew under pressure, or failed in its mission, or left Iraq in chaos. Those and other bad endings would be touted as victory for al-Qaida. The result would be a radical increase in the political strength of radical Islamic jihadists throughout the Arab/Muslim world. That would dramatically increase the security problems for Israel, Europe, and ultimately the United States."

In short, Marshall said he would agree with putting the House on record in opposition to an arbitrary date of withdrawal of American troops from Iraq.

Another Winner

By on 6.13.06 | 4:46PM

Lost in taking down the MSM / Nutroot sycophants like Schuster and Olberman, was perhaps the biggest winner in the clearance of Karl Rove's good name: Scooter Libby.

Given the witnesses on which independent prosecutor Pat Fitzgerald has pegged his prosecution of Libby, namely Judith Miller and more imporantly Time's Matt Cooper, the Rove decision looms large. Cooper's story is slowly losing air, with it becoming increasingly apparent that at least two of the five charges pending against Libby have little to stand on. The New York Times has done a good job of devouring its own and discrediting Miller beyond repair.

So the question is: where does Fitzgerald go with Libby? Clearly, the case will go forward, but in speaking with Libby supporters there is a growing sense that they believe Libby will prevail.

Ask Armitage

By on 6.13.06 | 4:40PM

Richard Armitage appears tonight on "Charlie Rose." Visitors to Rose's website can post questions to his guests. Since Rose wouldn't think to ask the tough questions, perhaps our readers can submit the one question everyone wants Armitage asked: "When will you admit that you were a source for reporters in the Joe Wilson scandal?"

You can submit the question here.

Enemies List

By on 6.13.06 | 2:03PM

Given that Joe Wilson may very well have been a source for Leopold, I'm sure he's disappointed.

Given that he appears to be the only person who has been proven to be a liar in this whole mess, I'm sure he was hopeful that he and the netroots he shares the far-left kiddie table with would be able to string this story along for a few more months.

Now it's over, and the looney left must now focus on policy and politics, something they have utterly failed at over the past six years.

Bribes at Saddam’s Trial

By on 6.13.06 | 1:00PM

Bribing people -- as half of France and most of Russia found out during the UN Oil-for-Food-for-bribes-for-Weapons scam -- was Saddam's favorite way to do business. (Iraqis got Mercedes Benzes by the hundreds). So it shouldn't be too much of a surprise to see this LA Times report that witnesses at Saddam's trial are recanting their testimony and alleging they'd been bribed by Saddam's lawyers.

The report doesn't mention involvement by Ramsey Clark in the bribe scheme. We're not lucky enough to have that happen and result in Clark cooling his heels in an Iraqi jail for a coupla years. Pity.

Re: Enemies List

By on 6.13.06 | 11:59AM

Prowler: Let's not forget Joe Wilson in the catalog of losers. I have a reporter friend who was standing next to Wilson when Jason Leopold's bogus scoop that Rove's indictment was imminent flashed on Wilson's Blackberry. Wilson, goes the hearsay, was enthusiastic and utterly credulous-- when a prominent liberal columnist involved in the conversation (rhymes with Smellanor Swift) wondered if was a reputable source and the story could be trusted, Wilson declared firmly, "It's true."

How do you suppose he reacted this morning?

Missed It By THAT Much!

By on 6.13.06 | 11:22AM

I love to use an old Maxwell Smart expression (see headline). Anyway, I missed the Rove exoneration date by six days. See this from my column on May 17: Third, Karl Rove showed Monday in a speech at the American Enterprise Institute that he is both engaged and engaging. Here's predicting that within another two or three weeks he will be formally cleared (by prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald) in the Valerie Plame/leak case. Such a development will re-raise his political clout just when it is needed most....

Keith Olbermann and all the other lefties who for so long reported Rove's supposedly imminent indictment have so much egg on their faces right now that they could whip up an omelet that would span the globe.

Enemies List

By on 6.13.06 | 9:48AM

Now that Karl Rove has been cleared, let's consider who the winners and losers are:

Jason Leopold? Hopefully one of his "sources" close to the Joe Wilson investigation will let him in on the news. Loser.

David Schuster of MSNBC? The "reporter" regularly stated that Rove would be indicted. He cited sources close to the investigation and according to our sources, despite speaking with Rove representatives who were forthright with him, knowingly put forward to the public inaccurate information. Loser.

President Bush? Winner.

Republicans? Winners

But perhaps the biggest losers are those inside the White House who spent the last eight months working against Rove and his supporters, thinking they might emerge on top. They were wrong, and they should be made to pay.

So You Had a Bad Week …

By on 6.13.06 | 9:44AM

President Bush and Republicans have had just about the best week they could have hoped for. In fact, this may be the best week the President and Republicans have had in two years.

Iraq's most wanted terrorist? Dead.

Karl Rove? Cleared.

Brian Bilbray? Elected.

This is the kind of week where Republicans should take every advantage to do the small things that will ensure another good week. The media has to cover these stories, and that kind of momentum can make Democrats and their nutty left base absolutely, hair pullingly frustrated. And that's another reason we're having a good week.