Archive for September 19, 2009

Via the Hot air headlines The Weekly standard finds a bombshell hidden in this daily beast story!

How aggressive can Obama be in insisting to the Israelis that a military strike might be in America’s worst interest?
We are not exactly impotent little babies. They have to fly over our airspace in Iraq. Are we just going to sit there and watch?

What if they fly over anyway?
Well, we have to be serious about denying them that right. That means a denial where you aren’t just saying it. If they fly over, you go up and confront them. They have the choice of turning back or not. No one wishes for this but it could be a Liberty in reverse. [Israeli jet fighters and torpedo boats attacked the USS Liberty in international waters, off the Sinai Peninsula, during the Six-Day War in 1967. Israel later claimed the ship was the object of friendly fire.]

It’s interesting to note that the Beast fails to mention the subsequent apology and payment of over $12,800,000 in compensation for the dead and wounded and for damage to the ship itself.

Zbigniew Brzezinski I would remind you was Jimmy Carter’s National Security adviser.

In his newly published book The Army Insider. (My review here, Buy It!) Retired Sgt Major David C. Carden says this about the Jimmy Carter years on page 141:

Circa 1977 to 1981. There are more learned people than me that can write about Jimmy Carter’s presidency. I can only say that from day one, the Military started belt tightening; there was a 444 day black mark painted on the United States of America: eight American Servicemen died attempting to wipe away that black mark: and one payback is still owed.

There must have been something good during those years when Zbigniew was national security adviser. Dave?

The best thing that happened for the military Services and America during the Carter administration was that Ronald Reagan was elected the next president of the United states.

I’d have to agree.

Apparently like Buchanan ol Ziggy hasn’t gotten over the Liberty either.

His daughter is still a handsome woman no matter what Robert Stacy McCain says.

the army insiderMy review of The Army Insider Up Close and Personal Sergeant Major David Carden’s autobiography is available at here.

This is the first time I’ve ever reviewed a book where I had personal knowledge of the author and some of the events therein. A found a few minor errors but none that were earth shattering and none of them will affect your enjoyment of the book.

As my review makes plain this is a good book and you will enjoy it but even if it wasn’t on a personal note I’d like to say this:

This is a man who gave 3 decades in your service. He isn’t likely to make a fortune from this book he published it on his own via Authorhouse but if you ever wanted to say thank you to an individual who has served his country, here’s your chance.

Update: At my wife’s suggestion pulled part of a sentence that came off as condescending. As usual she’s right. My Bad.

Two must reads via Powerline:

Posted: September 19, 2009 by datechguy in internet/free speech
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Powerline has two must read articles today, My visits there had been sporadic but they’ve been on a roll lately.

First There is a Madeline Albright story:

Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright spoke at a forum in Omsk, Siberia. Pravda reported that her speech “surprised the audience.” No wonder. The Russians in attendance must have wondered how they managed to lose the cold war:

Shades of the Zucker brothers

The second is linked a handy dandy flowchart linked from Misourah blog

The frequent use of the word Racist for things that are not is no different than comparing things to the holocaust. It’s an insult to the memory of people who actually suffered from or fought against the real thing. I’m old fashioned enough to think that those are “fighting words”.

Update: Big Hollywood agrees.

…is apparently a dead conservative. It’s kind of Sheridanesque.

In all seriousness Irving Krystal was an important man who was right on many things and the fact that Charles recognizes that is a good thing. It adds points to the Prince Alphonso index and keeps that slight hope alive that things will change for the better over there. After all if Robert Stacy and Charles can agree on this all is not yet lost.

BTW, once I find the video clip I need in English I will explain exactly what the index means.

Hang on a minute. Sheridanesque… Phil Sheridan. UNION general, BURNED the Shenandoah valley. That’s in the SOUTH. Hmmmm….