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The Kinds We Attract



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Why do so many extremists seem to be able to find safe haven in the UK? This article gives part of the answer. As the writer notes, the British asylum system is a “terrorist’s social service.”

Oh, Canada!



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The national missile defense system we’re currently building would be made more effective if we were allowed to place a particular kind of radar in the Canadian arctic. The Canadians have not yet granted permission, because they opposed the Bush administration’s decision to withdraw from the ABM Treaty. Now there’s a question of whether Canada can remain a full partner at NORAD. Lots of people don’t realize this, but NORAD is a binational project, and there’s a Canadian flag flying alongside Old Glory at the entrance to Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado Springs. So this week there are discussions about whether the Canadians will participate in a missile defense system that will have the capability of defending all of North America, not just the United States. If they don’t do their share, though, are we obligated to blow up a North Korean missile aimed at Vancouver? We’d do it, of course. But can’t you imagine the outrage if we didn’t?

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How Are You Sleeping?



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Giving a little State of the Union advice, Peggy Noonan counsels President Bush to come forward with any information he may have that would strengthen his case for war with Iraq. Here are the money grafs:

I’m going to refer to a private conversation about another conversation, I hope in a good cause. Four months ago a friend who had recently met with the president on other business reported to me that in conversation the president had said that he has been having some trouble sleeping, and that when he awakes in the morning the first thing he often thinks is: I wonder if this is the day Saddam will do it.

“Do what exactly?” I asked my friend. He told me he understood the president to be saying that he wonders if this will be the day Saddam launches a terror attack here, on American soil.

I was surprised. We know of the arguments that Saddam is a supporter and encourager of America’s terrorist enemies. We know the information that has been made available. But the president has not to my knowledge said in public that he fears Saddam himself will hit us hard on the ground in America, and soon.

Maybe my friend misheard, maybe something was misunderstood. But my friend is a careful man, and I suspect he heard exactly right. Which begs the question, what does Mr. Bush know that he hasn’t said about Saddam’s intentions and ability to strike America?

Web Briefing: September 15, 2014

Marines



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Getting lots of encouraging email from Marines, current and retired, about the letter below. Most of them include language not permissable here. But many people have pointed out that if Marines were flawless, Scott Ritter wouldn’t have tried to lure teenage girls with Whoppers. I’m off to CNN for “Showdown: Iraq.”

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Title Ix Reflex



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I think it must be in the New York Times style book. Any time the words women and sports appear in an article, the Times invariably celebrates the success of Title IX — even when it amounts to logical gobbledygook.

In an article about women’s fashion and how girls are more comfortable being “chubby” these days we have this assertion:

The reasons for the attitude shift among a new generation of girls, experts surmise, include the influence of, notably, Jennifer Lopez, and of muscular athletes like Serena and Venus Williams, who are more visible than they would have been before Title IX, the law that bars sex discrimination at institutions receiving federal funds.

First For Everything



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I get email from military personnel every day. I also get email from people calling me a treacherous stooge for ZOG every day. Until today, there was never any overlap between the two groups of correspondents. He identifies himself as a Captain in the Marine and I take him at his word (I don’t post anyone’s name without permission). Anyway, I think he’s making a fool out of himself to say the least. Still, it’s disappointing considering how much I admire the military and particularly the Marines.

Dear J. Goldberg,

Relative to so-called American patriots like yourself, France is staking out a policy vis a vis Iraq, that it could be persuasively argued – is one as Pro-American, as you claim it’s self-serving for France.

The Star of David, not The Stars and Stripes is the only flag you’ll salute and mean it.

I’m just one of many NCO’s and Commissioned Officers en route to Kuwait, who think that an attack on Iraq only boosts one country’s interests – Our “good friend” Israel.

And, guess what, slick – fighting and maybe dying for a foreign country doesn’t sit well with a lot of us. Until you and all your other gungho Jewish buds are ready to suit up, and fight hard, keep your damn mouth shut.

Israel’s your country. You’ve got no right to an opinion, as an American. That’s just a blessing of birth.

The Inspections Trap



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Good piece on how to get out of it.

Been Talking With Sean Penn?



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The Drubbing



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It appears as though my Super Bowl prediction was slightly off, sort of like Rich Gannon’s throwing arm last night. Congratulations to Tampa Bay and Bucs fans everywhere!

Duke Follies



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Laura Whitehorn spent 14 years in federal prison for helping to plot a 1983 bomb attack on the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. The bomb was designed to protest the liberation of Grenada. These days Ms. Whitehorn finds herself in more congenial surroundings. She will be speaking at Duke University on March 3rd. Well, rehabilitation is always possible, and Whitehorn will be there to talk about the spread of sexually-transmitted disease among prison inmates, a topic she studied extensively during her own incarceration, and one that’s worthy of discussion.

However, belief in her rehabilitation would be rather easier to sustain without the brief biography she sent to Duke’s African and African-American Studies department, her hosts on the 3rd. According to the department’s website, she began by describing herself as a “revolutionary anti-imperialist who spent over 14 years in federal prison as a political prisoner…”


Multicultural Watch



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Well, it might be a while before Blair does speak out. According to this report, the police raid on that North London mosque uncovered chemical warfare protection suits. This has been kept secret for fear of causing panic.

The British government has warned that any suggestion that the mosque itself had been involved “would have worrying racist overtones”.

As Instapundit asks, “It would? Why, exactly?”


Women Doing Serious Work



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The very important National Organization for Women will be watching the Super Bowl closely–well, at least the commercials.

Un Inspectors



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Just a thought: the UN inspectors should ask to see those two men who tried to contact them yesterday.

Time to Argue Back



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Here’s a depressing piece from the London Observer on Britain’s role in nurturing (accidentally or otherwise) militant Islam in Europe. It’s worth reading in its entirety, but there’s a telling quote from one young Muslim that shows the extent of the wider problem. On hearing about a police raid on the mosque in North London now suspected of having been a terrorist haven, his initial response was:

“They are can’t do that. It’s a place of worship.”

Leaving aside the fact that, if the allegations are true, it was the extremists, not the police, who were defiling the mosque, it’s an interesting comment in the acceptance that it implies of the notion that religion can somehow be used to justify some sort of immunity from law enforcement.

That’s nonsense (and it’s nonsense whatever religion we are talking about), but will the British authorities have the courage to say so? This conflict will never be won unless it is extended to the intellectual battlefield – and that implies replacing the pieties of multiculturalism with a robust defense of Enlightenment values.

How about it, Tony?


The Weakest Link?



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Will Hutton is a well-known commentator on the British left and a prominent advocate for the UK’s deeper integration within the EU. He was, recently, a co-author of a pamphlet (foreword by, strangely, Paul Volcker, not a man usually associated with economic illiteracy) making the case for Britain signing up for the Euro. Like many such folk, his attachment to the idea of a European super state runs alongside a barely disguised anti-Americanism. Here he is on the US economy – and why it could represent a weak link in any run up to an invasion of Iraq.

To suggest that all is well with the American economy would be optimistic in the extreme, but the picture that Hutton paints (with barely restrained glee) of an enfeebled, crumbling structure bears so little resemblance to reality that it’s impossible to know where to begin.

Let’s just look at one paragraph. Hutton is discussing America’s current account deficit:

“To finance the…deficit, a reflection of the lack of saving, the US relies on foreigners supplying it with the foreign currency it can’t earn itself, The Old Europe that Donald Rumsfeld mocked last week has been helping prop up the US economy, buying shares and bonds on Wall Street, taking over American companies and investing in real estate, compensating for the saving that Americans aren’t doing themselves.”

Well, he is right that Americans do need to save more (tax-free dividends will help) but he misses (or chooses to ignore) one critical point. These foreign investors have invested in the supposedly sclerotic US (and it is these capital flows that boost the dollar, something that plays no small part in explaining the problems faced by US exporters) because they believe that returns here will be better, and given the alternative who can blame them? Strangely, Hutton chooses not to discuss the current state of Euroland, and given the problems in Germany, its supposed motor, that might be wise.

Or perhaps he would just rather talk about Japan.

Hmm, maybe not that either.


Chechen Conflict



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Of course, some films do deliver the goods. There was an extraordinary movie from Russia this morning on IFC – Prisoner of the Mountains – a bleak, beautiful and astonishing tale of the Chechen conflict. Well worth seeing if you get the chance.

Movies and History



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Schools these days appear to have given up the teaching of history, and the entertainment industry always seems ready to add insult to ignorance. Now there’s news that a new film is being made about Oliver Cromwell. Amongst the, er, highlights, Cromwell washing his hands in the blood of the executed Charles I.

The Sunday Telegraph takes up the story:

“Mike Barker, the film’s director, admitted he had taken an imaginative approach with the facts, but he insisted that the film captured the spirit of the times.

He said: “We have included our own amendments and half-truths in the film because, after all, it is a drama. We do show him at the scaffold when the King is executed and we do show him putting his hands in the blood of the King.
“I know those things didn’t happen but we are trying to illustrate the idea that Cromwell was responsible for the execution of the King.”

Dougray Scott, who plays Fairfax, defended the film as authentic and relevant to a modern audience. He said: “I think the story of a nation divided is one that will appeal to young people. You only have to look at the issue of the war with Iraq to see that there are very real disagreements in our political life.”

Oliver Stone would be thrilled.

Multiculturalism Watch



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The Sunday Telegraph is now reporting that almost 1,200 Britons trained with Al Qaeda in Afghanistan – another success for state-sanctioned multiculturalism.

Must Read of The Day



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John F. Burns of The

Men in Black



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Looks like most of the experts are favoring the Bucs over the Raiders. I think they’re wrong. My pick: Raiders 24, Bucs 10. MVP will go to Rich Gannon.

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