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More trouble for Democratic congressman Jim Moran, who had to abandon a minor leadership post in the House for suggesting that Jewish interests drive American war policy: Today’s Washington Post reports that Moran has a cozy relationship with a number of lobbyists. One of them is his landlord. Also, MBNA gave him a below-market interest rate for a loan when it had business before Moran.

Wiring Bridges



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FNC reporting from CENTCOM that Saddam’s planning to blow bridges.

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S&a Report Card



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Gen. Meyers says it has not gone exactly according to plan. (Despite his reemphasize, every time he speaks, of how flexible a war plan is, though, expect this to be part of the war-is-not-going-well spin today.)

Web Briefing: October 14, 2014

Iran’s Issues Re: Iraq War



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Correction



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Steve Sailer says I incorrectly referred to him in an earlier blog post as an “antiwar blogger.” He says he’s no such thing. Steve says he is not committed to either the pro-war or the anti-war position, but that now that war is on, he hopes for “a quick and overwhelming American victory.”

Wow, Btw



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You wouldn’t believe how many complaints we have for the relatively barren last few hours. Apologies. Will try not to do that again. Just getting ready for the big battle, you know?

Back On



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Despite getting hit by a Tomahawk, Saddam TV is evidently back on, according to CNN.

About Iran...



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Baghdad Waits



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“The Storm Is From God.”



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But what if it winds up helping us, in the end? I wonder if he still wants to say that.

Leno On Hollywood



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Jay Leno had a good crack tonight about Hollywood’s standards. To get the joke, you have to know that Roman Polanski, who won the Oscar the other night for Best Director, couldn’t be there to accept it because of an outstanding warrant for his arrest. Anyway, Leno remarked that he was driving around listening to an L.A. talk radio host going on about how weird it was that Mel Gibson is building his own Catholic parish. The deejay said that Mel must have lost his mind.

“Don’t you love this town?” said Leno. “You drug an underage girl, you rape her, you flee the country, you get an Oscar. But you build a church, and it’s ‘What are you, nuts?!”

Iraqi Tv



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It turns out (Fox reports) that the main Iraqi TV building in Baghdad is located almost next to the ministry of information. Handy for taking orders, doubtless.

Hitler Watch



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Chirac’s pal Mugabe has, it seems, had a rare moment of honesty. Speaking at a recent funeral, Zimbabwe’s dictator reportedly proclaimed the following:

“I am still the Hitler of the time. This Hitler has only one objective, justice for his own people, sovereignty for his people, recognition of the independence of his people, and their right to their resources. If that is Hitler, then let me be a Hitler tenfold. Ten times, that is what we stand for.”

Well, Bob, you said it.


Frooninckx



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The commander of the Operational Weather Squadron at Shaw Airforce Base is named Lt. Col. Tom Frooninckx. It’s the story Drudge links to about the big sandstorm. I just love the name. It’s like someone took ten letter tiles at random from a Scrabble set.

The Tipping Point?



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The Daily Telegraph, meanwhile, comments on the events in Basra and makes this, critical, point:

“The vast majority of Iraqis have nothing but fear and loathing for Saddam, but they need to see evidence that his power is crumbling. The allied war aims do not only involve the fall of the dictator, but also the destruction of the entire structure of his tyranny. Just as Germany, even after Hitler, could not return to democracy without undergoing a process of denazification, so Iraq needs “de-Ba’athification”. That task has already begun.”


Basra



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The nature of the regime: Saddam’s forces have been firing artillery directly into the crowds protesting in Basra.

Hospital Staging Area



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And Guess Who Is Holding a Meeting



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Guess Who Wants a Postwar Presence in Iraq?



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Coming to a Banlieue Near Vous



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From a friend in France:

This week-end, I was discussing rising antisemitism in France with a good friend of mine who’s a senior officer in the French Army Reserve. And he told me something really scary, I’ll try to quote him from memory: “Ten years from now, we’re going to be the next Milosevics of Europe! With an important part of the Muslim-French population involved in crimes, and a smaller part involved in terrorism, and if those trends are not reversed, ten years from now the French Armed Forces will end up fighting riots on French soil, and eventually something not very different from former Yugoslavia.” And when I asked him if any contingency plans existed in the French military should such riots occur, he declined to answer.

Bat Yeor’s been warning us about “Eurabia” for some time now.

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