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AmSpec Gets RSS

By on 1.26.06 | 3:26PM

You may have noticed a small "XML" icon at the top of this blog page for the last week or so. Today, another one graces the top of the home page. These mean AmSpec is now streaming our pages to you in RSS.

What's RSS? It stands for "Really Simply Syndication" -- a web publishing format that allows readers to peruse many content sources at once. We don't provide you an RSS reader, but there are many free third-party readers. I recommend Google Reader. It's free, web-based, and easy to use.

AmSpec offers you two RSS feeds: AmSpecBlog and our daily article lineup. Just copy those html links into your RSS reader and you're off and running. For more, here's our mini-tutorial.

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Barghouti in exchange for Pollard

By on 1.26.06 | 2:35PM

The Hamas smash triumph in the PA parliamentary elections, unexplained and unexpected by all news sources with the small exception of my radio show and my best sources in Gaza and the West Bank, now makes possible (and much more likely) one of the great politically cynical deals of this early 21st century.

Acting PM Olmert now said to be leading the think tank of the otherwise unorganized Forward Party with the bold, fresh and over the top idea of maneuvering a release of Al Aqsa founder and Fatah superhero Marwan Barghouti, serving five life terms for murders, in exchange for the release of disgraced, bizarre, said to be Orthodox superhero and not so super espionage agent Jonathan Pollard, serving eternity in news media silence in North Carolina.

Makes no sense? How does this help Olmert? What does this mean for Team Bush? What peace process? Why Barghouti? What does Hamas have to do with the Free Pollard crowd? Isn't Barghouti a hothead? Isn't Pollard a hothead?

More soon.

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President still missing

By on 1.26.06 | 2:23PM

Best source confirms that, as of this hour, Persian bloodhound Ahmadinejad is still missing, or disappeared, and that there is no comfortable or easy explanation.

You will recall that Ahmadinejad missed his appointment with Iraqi villain-politician Mookie Sadr some seventy-two hours ago, and missed his speech in Ahvaz some forty-eight hours ago, and missed going on Tehran TV in person to denounce the Brits and James Bondettes for the Ahvaz explosive device attacks some twenty-four hours ago.

Still missing.

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Re: Calling a Democrat a…

By on 1.26.06 | 2:19PM

I dissent. To say "Democrat Party" instead of "Democratic Party" does more damage to the credibility of the speaker than to that of the subject. This, I believe, is Bill Buckley's position, and I'd have some trepidation about opposing WFB as far as the English language is concerned.

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Salazar Hates Italians

By on 1.26.06 | 2:12PM

Well, that's one way to spin Sen. Ken Salazar's remarks on the Senate floor now. He's voting against Judge Alito, the son of an immigrant, because, among other reasons, he's not a diversity pick.

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Iraqi WMD still in Syria

By on 1.26.06 | 2:06PM

Best source confirms the intelligence of Iraqi wmd moved to Syria in 2002 provided by Iraqi Air Force general Sada in his new book, SADDAM'S SECRETS.

Writing in today's New York Sun, editor Ira Stoll, after a meeting with Sada at the Sun's offices, summarizes Sada's evidence. In June 2002, Chemical Ali supervised the transfer of wmd chemical stocks from Baghdad to Damascus by loading the cargo onto Iraqi Airlines 747s with seats stripped out. There were fifty six flights in all, with the cover story that Iraq was aiding Syria after disastrous flooding. Name of Syrian general receiving wmd not confirmed by best source, pending.

This is consistent with intelligence developed over many years that Iraq developed a multiple layered CBRN program.

Sada, fearing for his life, and the lives of his sources the pilots who flew some of the aircraft, also makes mention of civilian truck convoys transfering wmd to Syaria prior to the war. This connects with multiple reports from IDF general officers, active and retired, that convoys were observed travelling from Baghdad to Damascus and then onto Lebanon in late 2002.

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Newsflash: Kerry May Run Again

By on 1.26.06 | 1:48PM

The AP breathlessly reports from Davos that (gasp!) Sen. Jean Francois Kerry has his eye on the presidency still. In light of his near-daily press releases, who knew?

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Re: Palestinians Vote for Terror

By on 1.26.06 | 1:20PM

James: Yes, but. You write that, " will be increasingly held to account as a would-be legitimate real state with a freely elected government." I agree. It should. But in the "freedom is slavery" double-speak of the UN, the opposite result is guaranteed.

I predict that, no matter how obvious the result is, no matter how many times the Hamas-led government refuses to recognize Israel or renounce violence, the EUnuchs and the Turtle Bay crime family will, in equal frequency, give them "another chance." Don't forget. The Palestinians have permanent refugee status in the UN. To recognize their state, and to hold it responsible, would end the oldest established permanent floating fiction in the UN. Aside from the Security Council, the General Assembly and the Secretariat, that is.

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Dems for Alito

By on 1.26.06 | 1:07PM

Joining Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska in voting to confirm Judge Alito is South Dakota's Tim Johnson (hat tip: Malkin). In addition, Bob Novak reported in today's column that Kent Conrad of North Dakota is expected to join his fellow plains state moderates. Fifty-one Republicans have also announced their support for Alito.

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Re: Palestinians Vote for Terror

By on 1.26.06 | 11:08AM

Jed -- it's true: they chose poorly. But (to mix gambling metaphors) the Russian roulette of letting the Palestinians pick their own horse and allowing the chips to fall where they may has its own mad logic to it. In a world of rotten policy options, forcing the issues of terror and chaos by legitimizing a process that votes terrorists into power continues the idea behind unilateral Israeli withdrawal: you want a state? Here -- make one.

A Palestinian Authority under Hamas may be a squalid monster of a semi-state, but it will be increasingly held to account as a would-be legitimate real state with a freely elected government. This could mean a lot of things -- including the cutoff of funding -- but what it does mean for sure is that raising the stakes by legitimizing the Palestinian vote, whatever its outcome, boldly bets on the wisdom of putting responsibility for their actions as a would-be state in their very own democratic hands.

Is that bet the synergy of neoconservatism and realism? Yes.

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