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A Day Later, a Lira Short



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APNewsAlert ANKARA, Turkey _ Top Turkish leaders say government will urgently take action toward allowing in U.S. troops.

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Oh No: Down to 249,970 Troops



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Canada’s Chretien will not allow its 30 military personnel currently in the Gulf to participate in an invasion of Iraq.

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Trouble Ahead



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How should we handle ourselves in an occupied Baghdad? If we delegate too much authority to Saddam’s Baath Party bureaucrats and their minions, there could be serious trouble. Up to now, this issue has been approached as a question of whether and how, over the coming years, to democratize Iraq. But Martin Kramer points out that big problems may come immediately on the heels of an invasion. If history is any guide, unless the United States quickly gains control of local policing, score settling and massacres will follow. That could easily tarnish even a successful invasion.

Web Briefing: January 30, 2015

Iraq Is Not a Videogame....



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According to the people who are setting up the webcam
there.

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“On The Side of Good Like Che Guevara”



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A priceless article in The Christian Science Monitor on the human shields in Iraq who are having a hard time grasping that a fascist totalitarian regime isn’t brimming with peace, love and understanding:

But there is no shortage of reminders of how the image of the human shields – to the chagrin of many of them – has been tied to that of Hussein. During a friendly soccer match on Saturday, at which shields wearing boots and tennis shoes tied 4-4 with a well-cleated Iraqi squad, Belgian human shield Jean-Michel Houplina released a white dove to “symbolize peace in every man’s heart, all over the world.”

But when child cadets dressed in military fatigues began a common chant at half-time – “Yes, yes, our heart and soul for you, Saddam” – Mr. Houplina went to the group and implored: “Please don’t sing that!”

“When you hear the chanting, that just made me think: ‘That’s it, I’m going. I’m not here for this,’” says Sands. “The tension and dilemma of it is horrible – we’ve been used by both sides.”…..

….The experience has been an eye-opener for many Westerners here, unfamiliar with Iraq’s authoritarian regime. “A lot of shields were thinking it was black and white, and that we were on the side of good like Che Guevara,” adds Sands. “But it’s not black and white at all.”

Hail Mary (Okay Not Mary Per SE)



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I just saw on Fox that Saddam has re-issued his demand that America disarm itself of its weapons of mass destruction. I hope he free-lanced that. I’d hate to hear that this idea worked its way up through the Iraqi bureaucracy.

Stay Tuned



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We’ll be in THE CORNER during the speech tonight.

Catch-22



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A reader cuts to the heart of the issue:

The G-File Teaser says “The Last Pre-War G-File”

Does this mean if we put off the war, Jonah will shut his pie hole for a few weeks? I can support France… or I can listen to Jonah… Aaargh! Must…Find….Solomanic… Solution…

World Health Alert



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The killer pneumonia is spreading. Read this story, and marvel at the way the Chinese government has chosen to deal with it: forbidding Chinese journalists from reporting on any new cases. Typical commie response. Cases have doubled now in Hong Kong, and there are reports that it’s hit Britain and Israel.

First The Talking Carp of The Apocalypse



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…and now comes among us the Divine Eggplant of Islam.

One Casualty of War



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I’ve noticed, with regret, that it has become impossible to discuss the war with friends who oppose it. Mind you, I live in New York City, so I suppose it’s possible that people who are against the war are having similar problems offering their views in Red America. A liberal neighbor of mine stopped his car in the middle of the street the other day when he saw me on the sidewalk, and shouted out, “Your president is dragging us into a war nobody wants!” An old friend down South who is very liberal, and who denounced me in a scathing letter when I told her I voted for Bush (I then had to “confess” that I worked for NR), seems to have cut me off after a letter of months ago in which I said I supported war with Iraq. Haven’t heard a word from her since. This past February was the first birthday of mine in 22 years on which she hasn’t sent me a card.

Much more difficult for me to deal with are many of my anti-war conservative friends, with whom I have much more in common, and around whom I spend vastly more time. I’ve had no luck discussing things with them. I do believe there is a coherent conservative case to be made against war with Iraq, but in my experience, things from their side quickly degenerate into hot-tempered, paranoid expectorating about — you guessed it — the Jews. And once it goes that far, it’s game over. No rational discussion is possible.

And this is before the shooting has even started! I wonder if friendships are going to be a casualty of this war. Do you?

“The New Arab Way of War”



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Here are some stone-cold sobering thoughts on what the United States might have to do to counter what an Australian military lecturer at the U.S. Naval Institute calls “the new Arab way of war.”

Slipping



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I thought I had some sense of what the bottom of the gay marriage slippery slope would look like, but this guy has me beat by a mile.

Diversity



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It’s restricted to subscribers, but The Chronicle of Higher Education has an important report today on a new study of campus diversity, to be published in the Spring issue of The Public Interest. The study, conducted by respected sociologists Stanley Rothman, Seymour Martin Lipset, and Neil Levitte, shows that the more “diversity” a college or university has, the more dissatisfied its students, professors, and administrators are with the quality of education. Instead of simply asking respondents how they felt about diversity, and getting the usual politically correct answers, these researchers took a different tack. They correlated the number of black students at a given college or university with opinions about the quality of education. So, for example, as the number of black students on campus increased, professors were more likely to criticize the work habits of students.




The new diversity study could have a major effect on the University of Michigan affirmative action case, currently before the Supreme Court. Michigan is relying on some flimsy studies that purport to show the educational value of diversity. This new research should blow those studies out of the water. And by the way, if poor student work habits are correlated with higher percentages of minority students on campus, it’s not because of any inherent inability in minorities–it is a function of admitting people who are not otherwise qualified, simply because of their race and ethnicity.

“Crying and Explosive Pants”?



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Little Lucy’s got a bad case of crying and explosive pants? Jonah, you’ve got to do something. Aren’t these signs of being an anti-war liberal?

Happy Birthday Vanguard



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The Soviet Union’s Sputnik 1 satellite fell out of orbit long ago. So did Sputnik 2, as well as America’s first satellite, Explorer 1. Yet Vanguard I, the second satellite launched into space by the United States, is still orbiting the planet. It weighs just three pounds, a fact that inspired Soviet premier Nikita Khruschev to mock it as “the grapefruit satellite.” This little device outlived Khruschev’s Communist empire, of course. It has now zipped around the planet more than 178,000 times, and scientists still find ways to use it. Vanguard 1 went into the heavens exactly 45 years ago today.

Houston Stands by Its Man



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Got this great e-mail just now from Texas reader Leif Olson:

Went to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo last night to watch Alabama (I think the wife went to watch the cowboys, but I can’t be sure). The two loudest cheers of the night:

1) After the rodeo finals and before the concert, they have a parade of sponsors, luminaries, and Rodeo bigshots. President George H.W. Bush, whom no one in the audience knew would be there, got a standing ovation from the whole crowd as he entered. The applause and wild cheering revolved around the stadium as the horse-drawn wagon he was riding in rode around the perimiter of the Reliant Stadium field.

2) After singing God Bless America, Alabama proclaimed they were proud to be in Texas, the home of President George W. Bush. Yowza. I’d been fine, volume-wise, all night, but I had to put the ear-plugs in after that.

The loudest boos? Between the parade and Alabama, the big monitors hanging over the stadium showed an ad for “Country Weekly” magazine. The ad consisted of old covers of the magazine running across the screen.
When an old Dixie Chicks shot came on the monitor, I thought the jeering was going to take the roof off. I don’t know if you’ve ever heard 60,000 people boo at once, but it’s quite striking.

Sad News Is Spreading:



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Former Senator Patrick Moynihan is in critical condition in a Washington DC hospital.

Have a Coors Today



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Joe Coors died; his premier success the founding of the Heritage Foundation, of course.

Radio Silence



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Sorry, for my inattention to the Corner during these momentous goings-on. I got stuck with single-parent duty this morning. Hard to write a column and post to the Corner and watch the news and explain to lil’ Lucy that crying and explosive pants are not the sort of show of strength all Americans need to make right now.

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