Spc. Dustin R. Donica, R.I.P. A sad milestone — “Texas soldier’s death raises iraq toll to at least 3,000 ”
"sometimes even the most careful designs of men cannot improve upon history's accident. " Vice President Cheney’s rotunda remarks last night in honor of Gerald Ford should be read.
"Saddam's trial and execution could yet be the building block of a future with hope in it for an Iraqi society and state at last free from his tyranny. " More from the homepage: We have an execution editorial just up.
Saddam and Evildoers Before Him David Pryce-Jones:
With Eichmann in front of me, I questioned the death penalty. To take a person’s life, even after due process and a fair trial, is a fearful deed, seeming to overpower taboo and the instinct to respect ...
Lynne Cheney, call your office?
WMD Found Hanging from Rope in Iraq by Scott Ott (2006-12-30) — The Pentagon announced this morning that a weapon of mass destruction (WMD) was found today in Baghdad, hanging from a rope on a platform. “This particular WMD,” a ...
Saddam's Victims, Continued From Joseph Skelly, writing on NRO in November:
For the moment, let us pause again to recall the victims of Saddam Hussein. His next trial will focus on the Anfal campaign against the Kurds, including the chemical attack on the ...
The Saddam death photo is in
Jim Robbins and Mario Loyola on Saddam’s execution.
When Does Bush Get the Noose? From Robert Fisk :
In the aftermath of the international crimes against humanity of 2001 we have tortured, we have murdered, we have brutalised and killed the innocent – we have even added our shame at Abu Ghraib to Saddam’s shame at ...
Something to Be Grateful For Dan Rather is not reporting tonight on Saddam Hussein.
Mercifully, nytimes.com right now reads:
HUSSEIN IS EXECUTED Dictator Who Ruled Iraq With Violence Is Hanged for Crimes Against Humanity
The U.S. judge who refused to grant Hussein’s stay of execution, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, is, like me, a Catholic University grad .
What Saddam did to the Kurds.
CNN is reporting Saddam Hussein has been executed.
More here .
The Mormon Thing & The Religion Thing More Generally Fr. Neuhaus blogs on Romney, 2008, and religion.
The kid sure knows how to make a name for himself on the blogosphere, even if he hates the thing.
is officially in the hands of Iraq. Sounds like he won’t be in the land of the living for long.
UPDATE: James Rosen on Fox says according to the State Dept., there’s been no handover.
The liveblogging on his site didn’t work, so …
The good news is that we were overwhelmed by the number of visitors to our blog this afternoon.
The bad news is that we had to postpone our liveblog. We will ...
it's been nice knowing you all? Gideon’s Blog predicts my demise in 2007: “I predict that Senator Sam Brownback will endorse John McCain for President, causing K-Lo’s head to explode.”
Harry Reid will think better of skipping a former president’s funeral .
Jonah’s Military Guy points out: “This soldier was from the same unit in the Minnesota Army Guard who gave us the ’Halp us Jon Carry’ banner.”
He also points out that the Project Valour-IT will have a voice-activated laptop ...
We’re still on semi-holiday schedule today, but check out: JONATHAN MARTIN: Gerald Ford marked the end of an era. “The Moderates’ Last Stand”
THOMAS SOWELL: Most “progressives” show virtually zero interest in economic history or in economics in general. “...
"Internet-savvy politicians" This AP mini-piece stuck me as odd. I’d certain put the guy about to run for president who said this on the list of “most Internet-savvy”: I do spend a fair amount of time on the Internet. I use ...
Ford Criticizes Bush Iraq Policy from the Great Beyond!
If you haven’t yet, be sure and read James Rosen, John O’Sullivan, Rick Brookhiser, John Engler, Peter Robinson, Lee Edwards, Larry Reed, and Mark Rozell in our Ford symposium. Paul Kengor on the Ford-Reagan relationship. And John Miller ...
BTW — in case you missed it — Michael Knox Beran reviews JOS’s book in the current NRODT and calls it “dazzling.”
Washington D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today released the following statement on the death of President Gerald Ford:
“Cindy and I share the sadness of millions of Americans who mourn the passing of President Gerald Ford, and ...
Gerald Ford served his Michigan constituents and the American people with great distinction as Republican Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, as Vice President, and as President of the United States. His steady hand of leadership guided our ...
George Will on Ford, from the 7/4/1975 issue of NR. (Another PDF.)
Some links, from NRO’s homepage:
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27TH
JAMES M. NAUGHTON & ADAM CLYMER: “It was an hour in our history that troubled our minds and tore at our hearts.” New York Times
JACK KEANE & FREDERICK W. KAGAN: Any troop ...
Damn the liberal media, they must have all gone to Ohio State! RE: the athlete who became president…John J. Miller remembers the president who was not a klutz here. JJM describes the common characterization of Ford as a klutz as his first lesson in media bias.
Vice President Cheney, of course, had a long and close history with President Ford. Here’s his statement today: I am deeply saddened by the death of former President Gerald R. Ford. President Ford led an honorable life that brought ...
Understated Headline of the Day “Coyotes love suburbs, but feeling isn’t mutual”
a 1976 TV ad , via YouTube.
Cap Weinberger, who also died this year, also wrote a book titled In the Arena: A Memoir …
Should Ford have Pardoned Nixon? My friends Jack and Charmaine Yoest (Mr. & Mrs.) disagree on the matter.
The Official Ford Memorial Website
Michigan's Hoekstra on Ford WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (R-MI), issued the following statement upon learning of the passing of former President Gerald R. Ford:
“It is with great sadness that we ...
In November, President Ford became the longest living ex-president in American history. Gleaves Whitney marked the occasion in this piece on NRO.
Amnesty, Left for Seconds Human Rights Watch is already working for Saddam.
What Will Amnesty International Say? If Saddam Hussein is really put to death this month?
Bin Laden Was Not Responsible for 9/11 A.K.A. What you can learn at Boston College.
Whether you have today off or not, hope you’re able to continue to enjoy family and friends.
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Congress" You haven’t experienced an NRO Christmas if you haven’t read some of the unique offerings on our homepage…like the Derbyshire sing-a-long. But there’s more. Skelly remembers Americans saving Western Civ. Smith talks to warriors. And much ...
"the only American president approaching sainthood" Robert Fisk had his say on Jimmy Carter’s book over the Christmas weekend.
If the local news I caught on Christmas day was any indication, all over America anyone who tuned into newscasts were made to feel guilty about income disparity…and around living rooms in America the sentence “Those corrupt politicians should ...
John Edwards Names a Name Goes after “McCain Doctrine.”
What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? Watching Kate O’Beirne on Meet the Press.
won a legal victory Friday in Michigan.
UPDATE: More in Bench Memos.
Seth Leibsohn’s appreciation
Saddam's Victims, Continued Jay Nordlinger, writing in NRODT this past January :
…The Mesopotamian Marshlands — home of the Marsh Arabs — exist at the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. Many have imagined this area the site of the Garden of Eden. Until the ...
is really a good representation of the Huffington Post, isn’t it?
Radio Equalizer has more left watching .
MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Ethiopian tanks rumbled south from Mogadishu to attack Somali Islamists on Saturday after the religious movement’s leaders called on their fighters to take a stand in the port city of Kismayu.
Sheikh Sharif Ahmed, whose forces fled ...
NRO Hot Links
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30TH
PAUL REYNOLDS: Saddam Hussein brought little but war and suffering to a people who should have been among the most prosperous in the Middle East BBC
NEIL MACFARQUHAR: The hanging of Saddam Hussein ended ...
"A capital punishment is always tragic news, a reason for sadness, even if it deals with a person who was guilty of grave crimes,"
From a reader:
Networks face quandary over Saddam execution
By Steve Gorman Reuters Friday, December 29, 2006; 8:19 PM CBS News Vice President Paul Friedman all but ruled out showing footage of Saddam’s hanging, saying, “I personally believe it is beyond the ...
STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT
Today, Saddam Hussein was executed after receiving a fair trial — the kind of justice he denied the victims of his brutal regime.
Fair trials were unimaginable under Saddam Hussein’s tyrannical rule. It is a testament ...
Human Rights Watch : “Saddam Hussein was responsible for massive human rights violations, but that can’t justify giving him the death penalty, which is a cruel and inhuman punishment.”
Saddam's Victims, Continued From Rita Katz, talking to NRO in 2003 :
My father was tried in one of Saddam’s kangaroo courts and hanged in broad daylight, in Baghdad’s central square, to the cheers of a half a million spectators. My family and ...
Okay, I Do Feel a Bit Odd About This My cable service reads “Happiness” where it informs you about what’s on this hour on CNN.
Iraqi-Americans Pray for Saddam’s Death
By Kristin Longley Associated Press Saturday December 30, 2006
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) – A group of Iraqi-Americans gathered late Friday at a mosque in anticipation of Saddam Hussein’s execution, praying for the death of the former ...
Hunting for an Alternative? Trent Franks — Republican congressman from Arizona — is endorsing Duncan Hunter for president.
Iraq the Model is a good place to keep an eye on on the Net
Here’s a symposium we ran when he was sentenced to death back in November.
I Knew There Was Something Missing from My Christmas Week From: Gloria SteinemSent: Friday, December 29, 2006 11:14 AMTo: Kathryn LopezSubject: Holiday Message from Gloria Steinem
Dear feminist activist,
Imagine being confined to a cell for 17 hours a day, with little or no access to reading, writing, or learning – or talks with friends.
Can John Edwards Blame bush? Stolen police vehicle reported
The New Orleans Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating one of its 2007 Ford F-350 Pick-up Trucks, recently reported stolen. The truck bears public license plate number PP182473 and also V.I....
As you consider end-of-year donations, consider a Godsend like Soldiers’ Angels .
Edwards for President -- in 2020 From Scrappleface :
With just 23 months before the next presidential election, former Sen. John Edwards, D-NC, announced today that he would seek the Democrat nomination for president in 2008, 2012 and 2016, but refused to comment on his plans for 2020.
“Americans are looking for ...
Reader Bill Raftery always keeps one on us: As in past years
I have put together the winners for the 2006 NRO predictions . This year, May cleaned house in both categories:
By number correct:
Clifford D. May 10.75
Kellyanne Conway 8
Kathryn Jean ...
re: More Than Meets the Eye I saw the trailer before Rocky Balboa this weekend. I couldn’t beat the feeling that Sly was a robot in disguise.
Incidentally, if you want any movie advice for the coming days: See Rocky Balboa. Seriously.
Speaking of…John Edwards will be LIVEBLOGging today .
Keep Milbloggers in Your Prayers Lumberjack in a Desert was hurt by an IED .
Rogue Senatorial Diplomacy
"he was just a terrific guy." Chevy Chase, who once had Gerald Ford as the butt of his jokes, remembers the former president fondly.
Long after his SNL days, Chase would find himself at a Betty Ford clinic :
The comedian Chevy Chase, known for his slapstick ...
"highly readable--and mercifully concise" John O’Sullivan’s The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister gets a rave review today in the Wall Street Journal.
The state’s highest court ruled Wednesday it had no authority to force lawmakers to vote on a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, but it still criticized them for not acting.
Of the 11-page ruling the governor’...
You can read through NR’s archives — all the way back to 1955 — in the NR store .
“Today, America mourns the loss of President Gerald R. Ford, a great public servant who showed steady leadership during a turbulent time in our country’s history.
President Ford was proud of his heritage and where he grew up. Wherever ...
On The Today Show this morning, I’m told, Andrea Mitchell declared that President Ford “was ahead of his time” on social issues, especially abortion (he was pro). My Today-watcher has a different take:
I remember my Catholic parents voting ...
We Missed Dan Rather Dogging Nixon's Tracks Down the Courthouse Steps From the pages of NR, Sept 1974 (pdf), on Ford’s pardon of Nixon.
For Immediate Release December 27, 2006
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
UPON THE DEATH OF GERALD R. FORD
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THE PRESIDENT: My fellow Americans, all of us are saddened by the news that former President Gerald ...
His death reminds us that accident and chance play a greater role in politics than we would like to believe, that decency does not always prevail in elections but is long remembered, and that we confuse verbal accuity ...
From In the Arena: A Memoir of Victory, Defeat and Renewal :
…I will never forget the moment that Jack Miller, my attorney from Washington, came into my office in San Clemente on September 4 to inform me of President Ford’s ...
I have not sought this enormous responsibility, but I will not shirk it. Those who nominated and confirmed me as Vice President were my friends and are my friends. They were of both parties, elected by all the people and ...
Mitch McConnell on President Ford “Gerald Ford was a man of modesty, decency, and national healing. Although he never aspired to America’s highest office, once there he renewed our faith in our nation’s system of government. He also earned our affection and respect.”
STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT
Laura and I are greatly saddened by the passing of former President Gerald R. Ford.
President Ford was a great American who gave many years of dedicated service to our country. On August 9, 1974, after a long ...
"Never Again" -- and Meaning It A recent Los Angeles Times editorial headline was dangerously understated. It read: “Holocaust denial can be dangerous.” How about the “Holocaust denial is dangerous”?
#ad#Paulo Casaca, a member of the European parliament, recognizes the severity of Holocaust denial. As ...
With heightened publicity, comes heightened scrutiny.
John Edwards is annoucing in the shadow of Katrina.
What's Your Alma Mater Doing with Your Money?
That Iran Resolution at the U.N. Andy McCarthy shares his frustration.
A quick look at some worthwhiles, courtesy of NRO’s Hot Links (on the homepage — visit daily):TUESDAY, DECEMBER 26TH
EDITORS: The United Nations’ basket of sanctions against Iran has holes big enough for dinosaur eggs to fall through. New ...
Elections Have Consequences From today’s New York Times :
Counting on the support of the new Democratic majority in Congress, Democratic lawmakers and their Republican allies are working on measures that could place millions of illegal immigrants on a more direct path to ...
Social Security Solutions Jeff Sessions wastes no time; he’s back at work in the Washington Post: he’s proposing :
create a national system of personal savings accounts modeled on the successful Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) for federal employees. Federal employees pay Social ...