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Archive for March 24th, 2006

A Wild Quote

Posted by Ryan on March 24, 2006

I just finished Thomas PM Barnett’s second book, Blueprint for Action, a book on geopolitics and the changing nature of warfare in the 21st Century, when I segued into another light read, The Cold War: A New History, by John Lewis Gaddis. I highly recommend the Barnett book, and I do like the succinct nature of the under 300-page account of the major Cold War themes and players that Gaddis gives the reader. At least so far. If Reagan is portrayed as an “amiable dunce” I’m trashing the book!

But, I digress. There was a quote in Gaddis on page 149 about the dilemma that Mao had in March of 1969 about what to do with the Soviet Union and the United States. He had a strained relationship with Brezhnev and Nixon had just been elected. Dealing with the Soviets was usually perfunctory and always awkward. So how to deal with Nixon? Says Mao to advisor Li Zhisui:

“The United States and the Soviet Union are different… America’s new president, Richard Nixon, is a longtime rightist, a leader of the anti-communists there. I like to deal with rightists. They say what they really think–not like the leftists who say one thing and mean another.”

I don’t even know what to fully think of this quote.

Mao Zedong still holds the title as the world’s worst mass murderer, but why do I think that Mao was kind of thinking rationally here, like there is some place for this perspective on one’s analysis of politics in this very election year, 2006? Is it me, or does it seem that lately leftists still pretend to be something they are not just to get elected (read “strong on defense”), and rightists pride themselves on their solid unambiguous positions (read “strong on defense”)?

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“Cold” Habits Die Hard

Posted by Ryan on March 24, 2006

Apparently, the Russians were privy to certain aspects of America’s plans during the first phase of Operation Iraq Freedom and probably shared them with Saddam before the assault on Baghdad.

I thought the Cold War was over? I thought Russia was an ally and Bush looked into the “soul” of Putin? Granted, the events in question took place before Beslan, but decidedly after the October 2002 Moscow Theater Attack, when Russia should have understood the nature of today’s enemy and those that harbor them, when Russia was aiding our attempts to get Saddam out of Dodge, when Chechen terrorist violence was peaking.

Yet, typically, even Russian sponsored intelligence could to little to help Saddam beat us, or even turn the seizure of Baghdad an essential cake-walk. Old Cold War foe, Russia, still showing signs of their inadequacy.

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Way to Go Dominican Friars

Posted by Mike on March 24, 2006

The priests at my alma mater say mass for opponents of the New England Patriots prior to the games. I love PC! Check out the pop quiz section of the Providence College to find the particular question.

I wonder though, who drafted these awful pop quiz questions? Sharon Hay? Many of the questions are just poorly spun. (The NBC question is a perfect example). Hopefully Father Shanley is working on it. I bet he is. He’s off to a great start.

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Debunking a Myth

Posted by Sal on March 24, 2006

Yesterday I wrote about Illegal Immigration and how it was a winning issue for Republicans. One of our loyal readers responded that the Republican Party needed the Hispanic vote to survive, as Hispanics will soon make up at least 20% of the U.S. Population. That comment, while well thought out and certainly valid from a particular point of view, suffers from a false premise. The premise is that Hispanics will in general support Illegal Immigration. This is a myth. There are several vocal Hispanic groups that are in favor of Illegal Immigration, but the majority of Hispanics are in favor of increased border security, a crackdown on illegal immigrants, and denying of services to illegal aliens. An article by Ruben Navarrette Jr., of the San Francisco Chronicle (himself a Mexican-American) debunks the myth that Hispanic American’s support illegal immigration (or oppose tougher restrictions) en Masse. He sights several major polls to back up his claim. Among the results:

  • 61% of Latinos rate Illegal Immigration as a “Serious Problem” (Time Magazine Poll).
  • 60% of U.S.-born Latinos support laws that deny driver’s licenses to Illegal Immigrants (Pew Hispanic Research Center)
  • A Plurality of Hispanic Americans feel that the rate of legal U.S. Immigration should stay the same (44%, with 16% saying the number should be decreased, and 28% saying the number should be increased; Pew Hispanic Research Center).

Ronald Reagan once said that Hispanics were the next wave of Conservatives. I think he is right. Most Hispanics who came here legally (which is a fairly substantial number) are for the legal immigration process. I don’t mind a guest worker program to supply labor for the economy, but those who broke the law should be returned to their country of origin where they can apply for legal immigration status, just like the countless other Hispanic Americans who have done so and are now highly productive and valuable members of American society.

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Good Advice for President Bush

Posted by Sal on March 24, 2006

I’ve been writing the last few days about Laura Ingraham’s comments on NBC’s Today Show. Now, Laura has come out with some very good advice for the President, on how he can turn around his second term. The key is to focus on the base that elected him and energize them for 2006 and 2008. She basically has four points on which the administration should rally:

  1. Promote the successes of the Iraq War and how it has improved the lives of Americans.
  2. Enforce the Borders
  3. Control and cut spending, vetoing some spending legislation
  4. Keep fighting for judicial confirmations at the lower court levels.

Laura is on a tear lately. She’s always been good, but she’s starting to position herself as a major voice in Conservativism, and could become the female equivalent to Rush Limbaugh as time goes by. The full text of her email can be found here.

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Madeleine HalfBright Explains How the World Works

Posted by Mike on March 24, 2006

Former Clinton Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is accusing President Bush of oversimplifying today’s geopolitical situation. Claiming the notion of “good vs. evil” is not a strategy, Albright reveals that like so many on the left, she simply doesn’t get it. The successes of President Bush’s foreign policy are well known. His leadership has led to the downfall of two regimes which cooperated with and harbored terrorists who were intent upon striking America. We are safer as a result. What is Albright’s record?

This is the woman who was in charge of the State Department when the Clinton administration voluntarily provided nuclear material to North Korea, material which North Korea used to build nuclear weapons and become a threat to the world. Why on earth would Albright participate in giving nuclear material to a rogue Communist regime? Because the Communist regime signed an agreement promising not to use the material for weapons of course. You see, diplomats love pieces of paper with signatures on them. In their view, that’s how the world should work. The fact that the regime was a Communist one never seemed to give Albright pause when she was toasting the dictator. What should we expect from a woman who doesn’t see the notion of good vs. evil as valid? Pathetic.

Let’s not forget about the Jaime Gorelick wall. During the Clinton administration, the CIA and FBI were prevented from sharing intelligence with each other. Shared intelligence is certainly something which could help prevent terrorist attacks. The logic behind a ban on shared intelligence? Who knows?

If President Bush desires to build upon his foreign policy successes, he would be wise to do the exact opposite of what people like Madeleine Halfbright recommend. Their record is one of laden with failure and no amount of false accusations and naivete can change their legacy of making the world a more dangerous place while their President was distracted by other matters. The left will continue in its attempt to project their own failures on President Bush. However, these attempts will fail. NBC, ABC and seeBS no longer have a monopoly. A new media exists now. Their days of rewriting history are over.

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