The Spectacle Blog

Tim Kaine, Party Poster Boy

By on 1.19.06 | 8:32AM

Roll Call reports today that Democrats will ask Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine to deliver the Democratic response to the State of the Union Address. The symbolic value is understandable, but I wonder if Howie Dean, et al. have ever seen the guy speak. He's got to be the goofiest Democrat since Tom Daschle. If Kaine delivers it, the Democrat response will be more of a yelp than a counterpunch.

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Iran’s Nukes

By on 1.19.06 | 7:59AM

The otherwise thoughtful Roger McKinney points out, in today's Reader Mail, that, "We couldn't stop the USSR, China, India, or Pakistan from getting the bomb, and we probably won't stop Iran. MAD prevented any of those countries from launching a missile, even though they were as crazy and paranoid as the Iranians." From that, he concludes that we needn't fear an Iranian nuclear attack. But he's entirely wrong.

MAD -- mutually assured destruction -- deterred the Soviets from attacking us because we had sufficient forces to mount a counter attack that would destroy them even though they were in the process of destroying us. It was predicated on a fact not present with Iran. If the Soviets attacked - by missile or aircraft - we would have known instantly and with certainty who the attacker was. With Iran, they would not do that for the same reasons.

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Stop the Mexican Border Incursions

By on 1.19.06 | 7:23AM

I just heard this yesterda: apparently the Mexican military engages in routine cross-border operations (yep, that's in U.S. territory) as armed escorts for alien and drug smuggling operations. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff called concern over the operations "overblown" and "scare tactics." That's not going to go over too well.

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Tariq Aziz at Ease

By on 1.18.06 | 5:46PM

In happier days he made pilgrimages to Assisi. Now, if ever he is released from custody in Iraq, he reportedly hopes to find asylum in Italy. Wouldn't he be more suited to replace Kofi Annan at the U.N.? Here's the tidbit, illustrated by an item big enough to intimidate many a mogul.

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Iran Talk and the New Dark Age

By on 1.18.06 | 3:39PM

The cold war with Iran is a quarter century old and moving toward a crisis. A crisis, says the wag, is when there are no good options, and that describes the threat of the violent, ruthless, hallucinatory Iran under the priest craft of the mullahs and the non-rational talk of Ahmadinejad and his IRGC cabal. No good options. The crash of nation states ahead is as inevitable as fission. Meanwhile the EU shivers and feigns. The United States State Department is a pitiable schoolmarm. The United Nations is a fiction dreamed up by Cervantes.

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America’s Future Foundation

By on 1.18.06 | 3:18PM

For those in the Beltway, I just got word that America's Future Foundation, a group of young conservative/libertarian professionals, will be having a panel discussion this evening.

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Re: A Democratic Call

By on 1.18.06 | 10:58AM

Paul: Yes, that "no play" offsides was equally bizarre. A couple Colts defenders jumped across and immediately pointed at a Pittsburgh lineman as the culprit who drew them offsides. Only in super slo-mo replay could one detect an ever so slight twitch by that lineman beforehand. But to the normal eye it sure appeared that the Colts culprits were simply trying to provoke a call against Pittsburgh -- an easier way to get a team to lose yardage than stopping them on fourth and inches. Unable to decide what happened, the referees pretended nothing had. As head referee, Morelli deserves the blame here too. The final call was his, ultimately. You can safely say he calls them as he sees or doesn't see them!

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Big Story with John Gibson

By on 1.18.06 | 9:52AM

I'll be on this evening (about 5 pm EST) with John to talk about Iran and the coming UN kabuki dance on sanctions. Hope you can catch it.

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