Saturday, August 09, 2008

Scarecrows and Bogeymen.

When war opponents declare that there is no military solution, they are attempting to imply that those with whom they politically differ believe that there is not only a military solution, but that it is the sole component of the solution, and that no other solutions (e.g., diplomacy, reform of a corrupt government, etc.) need apply.

There is an additional false implication that the military will play no part of the solution — that only their solutions are useful. Hence their extremist demands for years that the troops be brought out of Iraq immediately. After all, if there is no military solution, what is the military doing there, and what harm can there be in removing it?

Similarly, when we are told that we can’t drill our way out of our current energy problems, they falsely imply that those who favor expanded domestic exploration believe that this is a panacea, and that no other measures need be taken to solve the energy shortage. But I’m aware of no proponent of looking for more sources at home who believes this.

Courting the "No-Values" Vote.

'No Values Voters' Looking To Support Most Evil Candidate

Warning: Language

Picking Sides.

"The only thing I want to know about a man," said the Edwardian Liberal Isaac Foot, "is which side he would like his ancestors to have fought on at Marston Moor".

Mexican Military Holds Border Patrol Agent at Gunpoint.

Since 1996, there have been more than 200 confirmed incursions by the Mexican military into the United States.

In the olden days we used to call this sort of thing an "Act of War". Today nobody cares.

The article is here.

War in Georgia: A roundup.

The situation in Georgia is evolving rapidly. Here are some of the latest developments:

Local authorities are claiming that nearly 1,000 civilians were killed in this morning's military assault. A spokesman for Russia's peacekeeping force in the region says that 10 Russian soldiers have been killed and thirty wounded.

Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili says that 30 Georgians have been killed by Russian bombing. He also claims that Georgian troops have taken control of Tskhinvali, the South Ossetian capital. According to news agencies, fighting between Georgian and Russian forces is ongoing.

"War has started," says Vladimir Putin. Georgia agrees.

Georgia will be withdrawing 1,000 troops from Iraq to participate in the fighting.

Envoys from the EU, United States, and Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe have been dispatched to negotiate a truce.

Volunteers fighters from North Ossetia -- officially part of Russia -- are pouring in to help the rebels.

The Red Cross has called for the opening of a "humanitarian corridor" to allow civilians to evacuate.

News of the Day.

Well the Olympics has begun, without any major disasters far as I can tell anyway. I'm not watching and my confidence that the media would report things that are inconvenient for their Chinese hosts is pretty low (though it seems a Chinese national has stabbed an American to death).
In the wake of the games we have the Russians invading Georgia and John Edwards finally admitting to his affair (though he still denies being the father of his girlfriends illegitimate child...which if true means she was cheating on the kids say LOL), both timed to minimize media coverage of the events.
Actually I really don't care about Edwards affair. People are flawed, they make mistakes and sometimes do stupid hurtful things to people that they care about. What's disturbing is the extent which the media covered for him. Now the press is claiming that they didn't have enough to go with the story. That doesn't even pass the laugh test.
When someone makes a unsubstianted accusation about John McCain possibly having an affair it's a major story for weeks. If there is a rumor that Larry Craig got arrested for solicitation, they report the rumor and ask him for comment. Surely the fact that the Enquirer had run front page stories about the affair might warrant a little inquiry on the subject(whatever you might think of their journalistic standards, they still do investigative journalism...and don't forget they did find Gennifer Flowers). Instead the editors at the LA Times ordered their reporters not to mention the story in their blogs. Can anyone really imagine the press helping a prominent Republican conceal an affair and possible love child? I'm dubious, especially one who had so sanctimoniously made his public persona "the guy who stands by his wife with cancer".
The media has a duty to engage in a quest for the truth. Here they punted. It it quite easy to imagine that Edwards could have been Obama's Attorney General or perhaps even his running mate. The refusal of the media to cover the story was not only unfair to the American people, it was unfair to Democrats. By concealing the bad news, the press was in effect setting them up for a fall. Shameful.
If the Edwards story is ridiculous, the war in Georgia is frightening. As I write this the Georgia parliament has declared a state of war (which is apparently not the same as declaring war on) with Russia. Georgia, like many former captive nations of the old Soviet Union has become a friend and ally of the United States. In particular, Georgia has been extremely helpful in the war on terror. It also sits astride a major oil pipeline. This could get very nasty very fast.

French Swimmer Mocks U.S. Team.

“The Americans? We’re going to smash them. That’s what we came here for.”

The we in that statement is the French men’s 4x100 freestyle relay team. And the who making the proclamation was Frenchman Alain Bernard, who holds the current world record in the 100-meter freestyle.

That's pretty rich since if it weren't for us he'd be swimming in German.