Tuesday, September 30, 2003

READ THIS IF YOU READ NOTHING ELSE TODAY

These days, I turn off both ears when I know I'm about to hear "news from Iraq". Virtually every news source in the world seems only interested in reporting on the "daily death". With all the reporters on the ground over there, you'd think they could tell us what's really going on. The quality of the reporting in that regard is no better than reading the weekly newspaper published in most US small towns, where the only interesting thing is reading the police blotter and discovering your next door neighbor got a ticket for running a stop sign. It's that pathetic.

Occasionally, a real story will creep out into the light of day. Today is such a day and this is a story you must read about the Iraqi people and the "real" news.

A tidbit: (A) lot of journalists are using the same guides and translators that they used before the war, because they know them. They don't seem to realise that those people were carefully selected by the regime because of their loyalty to Saddam's line. So most journalists are getting a totally distorted picture.

Gee, what a surprise!

There is also another positive story -- and from all places, Lebanon. This story echoes the same message -- argue if you will about the war itself, but then ask yourself whether the Iraqi people are much, much better off now than before.


BILL CLINTON SHRUGGED

OpinionJournal has an excerpt from the book Losing bin Laden.

Please read it.


FRENCH PARTY CANDIDATES

I like the sound of it. It's a lot more informative than "Democrat". After all, who's not a "democrat"? Even conservatives are "democrats". Even most liberals are "democrats".

So what name should those running for the Democrat Party nomination be best known as?

Jed Babbin thinks it should be the French Party. I know, it's funny, but it's also a lot closer to the truth than "Democrat".


Friday, September 26, 2003

IT WOULDN'T BE FRIDAY WITHOUT VICTOR SETTING EVERYONE STRAIGHT

I've said it before. I'll say it again.

The best debate we could ever expect to see among Presidential candidates would be one moderated by Victor Davis Hanson. I'd give up my right to vote in the next election just to hear him grill someone like Wesley Clark or Howard Dean or, especially, Hillary R. Clinton.

Oh well, wishful thinking.

But at least you get to find out every week what Hanson really thinks. Today is no exception. A couple of quotes:

The Iraqi people are sensing one party is blowing up its pipelines and roads, and one is protecting and rebuilding them. That is why even in the middle of postbellum chaos, in a recent Gallup poll almost 70 percent of Iraqis thought things were far better now than under Saddam. For all the media hysteria, the American people will accept that in history's terrible arithmetic of conflict, the United States achieved an historic victory at an historic minimum of lives lost — and improved both its own security and gave hope for 50 million in the Middle East.

We never did like going it alone in Iraq, but there is also a growing sense by both supporters and critics here that we are in essence going it alone nonetheless — and won't stop until the democratic reconstruction of Iraq is complete. For France and Germany — who gave no material or military support, but offered much overt hostility — there grows the realization that when we are done in Iraq, we might be in a sense done with both of them as well — a liberating, not a depressing, thought for millions of Americans. Demographic problems, statism, anti-democratic trends of the EU, failure to assimilate immigrants, pacifism and a disarmed continent, and intellectual bankruptcy and Pavlovian anti-Americanism among an elite — all that and more will be for them to handle in the decades to come.

OUCH.


WESLEY, WE HARDLY KNEW YE

General Clark, the only candidate who's completely comfortable with multiple choice answers, will have to answer up for this speech he gave a couple of years ago at a Republican fundraiser.

But given the spinmeisters available to him from Clintonville, his answers will at least be creative, if not credible.

I MISSED THIS ONE

I spent a long weekend this past weekend in a secluded island spot in remotest Florida, so you'll have to excuse me if I missed Mark Styne's article on Sunday.

It's (as usual) a good one. Covers a lot of ground. I won't summarize it. You must read it.


WHERE'S STEVE FORBES WHEN YOU NEED HIM?

In the last Presidential campaign, Steve was the only proponent of the "flat tax" -- a concept that says there is a flat tax rate that is low enough to enduce folks to report all their income, and many who spend tens of thousands of dollars on attorneys and accountants to avoid paying any tax will happily pay up if they deem the tax to be "fair". The net effect being overall revenue will increase.

And you'll remember the Laffer Curve, which theorizes that lowering tax rates stimulates economic acitivity, which generates proportionately more profits, which results in an increase in taxes collected.

Of course, these concepts are of utmost heresy to left-liberals, who insist the "rich" must pay a penalty for their wealth, as though life were a zero-sum game. Further, they will argue at leength that these theories have never been proven.

I only wonder if they were alive in America during the Reagan administration and shortly afterwards?

But we needn't look solely inward. Bruce Bartlett points to evidence elsewhere in the world that says it works.




TEDDY -- IT'S TIME TO RETIRE

It's been widely reported that Teddy Kennedy's wife helped him stop drinking. I'm beginning to wonder whether it's really doing any good. After all, you'd think that after almost 50 years of being in an alcoholic stupor, he'd see the world differently. Be more rational. Have clear thoughts. But no-o-o-o-o.

He just couldn't resist. With his pronouncement last week that the war in Iraq was "... made up in Texas", he joined the ranks of the "Hillary Clinton thinks there's a vast right-wing conspiracy" theory group of nut balls.

Jeez -- you'd think he'd have the decency to just serve out his term, head back to Hyannis and cuddle up to a warm bottle of Glenlivet.

It didn't escape me, but more importantly it didn't escape Charles Krauthammer.


SO YOU'RE TIRED OF HEARING ONLY NEGATIVE NEWS ABOUT IRAQ?

I'm sorry. I don't even listen with half an ear when CNN or some other news outlet talks about "one soldier killed in Iraq today." There's a war going on -- I'd be more surprised if weeks went by without such headlines.

So where do you turn to get any news that says what is actually being done over there?

Oddly enough, the US military has a pretty decent website with lots of "good news."


INSIDE THE ISLAMIC MAFIA

Christopher Hitchens weighed in yesterday with a piece in Slate expanding and expounding on Bernard-Henri Levy's book about the killing of Daniel Pearl.

This is interesting to me in the sense that I've believed all along that many in the "Islamic" jihad were no more ardent Muslim's than I am. They are in it for the money. And there's a lot of money to go around.

After reading a couple of articles about this book, I'm very tempted to read it. It has a viewpoint that no world leader is espousing today. That alone gives it credibility to me.

GOOD SUMMARY OF LAST NIGHT'S DEBATE

No, I didn't see it. But this summary is probably more entertaining anyway.


Thursday, September 25, 2003

MODERATE ISLAM -- WHERE IS IT?

Many have said that we should not condemn Islam because of Islamist fanatics. All religions have their extremists who use the end to justify the means. Why treat Muslims any differently from Christians, Jews or Buddhists?

So why haven't we heard more moderate Islamic voices? We certainly hear many different voices from the other major religious groups.

Daniel Pipes provides at least one possible answer. Simply, many who publicly espouse a more moderate form of Islam are treated to scorn, ridicule and threats of death. And they are never really heard in the media. Pipes believes this could be dealt with more effectively if they are permitted to be heard and provided with the same support as the Islamists.

My take is this is a noble ideal, but until the media focuses on moderate Islamic voices (rather than sticking a minicam in the face of every Islamist on the planet), world opinion will continue to see Islam as the religion of terror.


Wednesday, September 24, 2003

HILLARY FOR VICE PRESIDENT?

Some are saying that's the plan.

Why wait? Why not go for it now?

Ben Shapiro's theory is that she knows she'll get creamed by Rudy Giuliani in 2006 when she runs for re-election as US Senator from NY. That would tarnish her hopes for running for the Presidency in 2008. And she doesn't want the possible humiliation of losing to Bush in 2004.

And the Clintons believe Wesley Clark today is Bill Clinton in 1991, which is why he's surrounded by the former Clinton team.

This strikes me as completely believable given the Clintons' incredible Machiavellian nature.


YOU PROBABLY DON'T REMEMBER JOEL STEINBERG

I do. I was living in the NYC area when this low-life vermin was front page news for torturing his girlfriend and adopted child, ultimately killing his daughter by beating her with a hammer. He was convicted and sentenced and now it appears he's ready for release after way too short a period of time.

Read this story and get sick to your stomach.


SCHOOL CHOICE -- WHO'S NOT FOR IT?

You guessed -- the most liberal politicians.

Everyone else. EVERYONE ELSE in the country believes that taxpayers should have the ultimate right to decide where they spend their tax dollars to educate their kids. Our public schools (and our public school teachers' unions) have ensured generation after generation of under-performers coming out of the public schools, while private schools have prospered because they have turned out generation after generation of stars.

Don't like the results? Blame Teddy and Arlen.


ARNIE SPEAKS

Well, sort of. It's an op-ed from the Journal.

His message? Terminate taxes.

If you go to Arizona and Nevada, you find businesses that left California years ago. And more and more new ones crop up every day. As California tries harder and harder to become Germany, the "border" states will continue to prosper.


Tuesday, September 23, 2003

DO YOU FEEL SAFER NOW THAN 9/12/01?

In the ongoing "bash Bush" strategy, the Democrat candidates have taken up the mantra that the US is less safe due our war on Iraq. The theory is it has angered the terrorists, so it is more likely they will attack US interests.

I suppose we should've said: OK, al Qaeda killed 3,000 Americans in one attack, and for years before that (going back to the first World Trade bombing) they killed more, but if we just stay put and let the UN lead the way, we'll be OK.

Even the Christian Science Monitor sees the foolishness in that sentiment.


KENNEDY ASSASSINATION "UPDATE"

Every five years, there's another book with more details that are usually strung together with flimsy thread and rely on interviews with "former intelligence operatives", etc. In other words they are usually good stories, but really short on hard facts.

Along comes a new one, which uses as its basis tapes from the LBJ White House that seem to prove the US engineered the assassination of President Diem, which resulted in Kennedy's assassination. This one is a little longer on fact, but all the details haven't yet been made public.

At the end of the day, here's the question. Unless someone in public life still living today was responsible for Kennedy's death, does any of this really matter? Or is it just an interesting story? We'll see when the book is published.


CLARK ~ KOOK?

Have you seen the quote that Gen. Wesley Clark said he would have become a Republican "... if Karl Rove had returned my phone calls."

This article suggests that is bullshit.

However, it seems that Clark (the tenth "Dwarf", or General Dwarf, I suspect) is now becoming a serious contender, with some polls showing him in a "tie" with Bush.


Thursday, September 18, 2003

SAUDI PARANOIA

They don't have the capability to invent anything. They inherited vast natural resources and all they know how to do is spend the money. The Saudis, the world's most glaring example of "trust fund babies".

And like a lot of rich folks with plenty of time on their hands, they've gotten paranoid and feel like they need to ramp up security. So, what to do?

How about buying a few nukes?


LIES, DAMNED LIES, AND THE MEDIA

The war between Bush and Blair and the media has had proportionately more casualties that the war against terrorism. The latest casualty (more like a suicide bombing) is the BBC.

If you haven't followed the case of Andrew Gilligan, it's an interesting one. About a reporter who admits his reporting was inaccurate (read it and you might think "fiction" would be a better description), but still stands behind it. And his employer, who continues to slant news with a strong Liberal (not liberal) political agenda.

Ironic that today's autopsy of this affair is performed by the Independent, a left/Liberal newspaper.


POP QUIZ -- FRANCE -- FRIEND OR ENEMY?

It's not a trick question, though it may be tricky. But ask yourself about the past. Not just past shooting wars, but other events in the world where the US has led a charge. How do you decide who's your friend and who's your foe?

Not too long ago, you'd have to say that France was a friend of the US. Mostly always there, supportive. Usually willing to help. But no more. And it's gotten worse.

So bad that folks like Tom Friedman are now suggesting France's actions are those of an enemy.


Wednesday, September 17, 2003

MORE EVIDENCE AGAINST THE SAUDIS

You're either with us, or you're with the terrorists. - President George W. Bush

Since 9/11, the evidence has piled up. The simplest was the fact the overwhelming number of 9/11 murderers were Saudis. Since then, it's been over-reported that the Wahabi Sunni's (a Muslim sect promulgated by Saudis) are everywhere you see terrorism and violent anti-western/Israeli acts.

Now comes another key bit of evidence that the Saudis continue to bankroll Hamas.

So when do we take this seriously?


Tuesday, September 16, 2003

NOTHING WORTH TALKING ABOUT TODAY EXCEPT "K STREET"

Did you see K Street?

It's a new HBO show that is described as "reality fiction" that is centered on a PR/political consulting firm that has three actors and three non-actors (James Carville, Mary Matalin and Michael Deaver playing themselves) as the partners in the firm.

The first show was funny, but a little bizarre. The core story was Carville agreeing to do debate prep for Howard Dean without telling his other partners about it.

The funniest part was Carville feeding Dean a line to use in the most recent Democrats' debate that Dean actually used in the real debate. The embarrassing thing for Dean (in my opinion) was for the world to then find out his "snappy one-liner" was actually a line of dialogue in this show that was written by Carville. Made Dean look like he could easily play the role of a "got a political consultant's hand up my butt" puppet.

And in the debate prep itself, Paul Begala asked Dean a question that Dean really couldn't answer well enough to score points in a high school debate. In my opinion, the show made Dean look a bit naive and easily-manipulable. And a crappy joke-teller.

Gee, why would they want to do that? To make Dean look bad? --- or Hillary look better? After all, some of the key players in this show were Clintonites.

But I still liked it. They're fun to watch.


Monday, September 15, 2003

WOMEN'S GROUPS PROTEST ARNOLD

Very interesting. Women's groups are now protesting Arnold, complaining about allegations of sexual misconduct. Were these the same groups that protested Bill Clinton's sexual misconduct?? Hint: rhetorical question.


A MUST-READ PIECE

This is a lengthy, but must-read piece that appeared in the Financial Times over the weekend. It is a thorough expose of those who are primarily motivated by their intense hatred of America and the current administration.

WAKE UP CALL FOR JOURNALISTS

John Burns of the New York Times rips his profession a new one in this article.


IT'S EASY FOR ME TO SAY -- I'M NOT BLACK

If I were black, I'd be embarrassed that Jesse Jackson is viewed as a leader of the "black community" (whatever that is these days). He has been a con man almost from the moment Dr. King was assassinated (if not before).

Jackson was always a good "face" man. But for a lot of years he has seemed to be getting more and more out-of-touch.

Shelby Steele, in his article in the OpinionJournal (may require registration) raises a key question as to whether (to paraphrase a 1960's black leader's limus test) Jesse is part of the solution, or part of the problem.


DENNIS MILLER LIVE

It's always a hoot to see Dennis on TV. Too bad he's not on every night.

If you enjoy his humor, this interview is a good sampling.


IS BIN LADEN DEAD?

A lot of people believe he's been dead for some time, now. Christopher Hitchens, who's no wild-eyed kook, believes so. Why? Because bin Laden has made no attempt to prove he's alive -- it's that simple.

Read Hitchens' most recent column here.


Friday, September 12, 2003

HE'S NO BILL CLINTON

Bill Clinton is a master at doublespeak -- talking to both sides of the same issue and making people believe he believes in both. If money was his primary motive (not power), Clinton could have been a master deal-maker/negotiator -- a natural-born salesman.

Howard Dean, on the other hand, appears to be an amateur. Though he has surged ahead in polls to become the "#1 Dwarf", his desire to tell people what he thinks they want to hear appears to be biting him in the ass.

Advice to Dean -- we all know you're a smart guy; stop thinking we're not as smart.


OUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE?

I picked up a good one this morning from Steve Den Beste.

This piece was written by John Fonte last year and paints a picture that is disturbing if you believe in democracy and freedom -- encouraging if you are a terrorist at war with America.


KILL ARAFAT

The Jerusalem Post's editorial yesterday pulled no punches. The first paragraph summed it up -- The world will not help us; we must help ourselves. We must kill as many of the Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders as possible, as quickly possible, while minimizing collateral damage, but not letting that damage stop us. And we must kill Yasser Arafat, because the world leaves us no alternative.

ANDREW SULLIVAN NAILS IT

Andrew Sullivan's post today is spot on. At the risk you won't click on the link above, I've included the entire post below:

THE GREAT DIVIDE: My friend Lawrence Kaplan had a terrific little piece in the Wall Street Journal yesterday. Terrific because it put its finger on how quickly a cultural and political divide emerged in the war on terror. By and large, the Democratic party is now opposed to continuing this war, as currently envisaged, and want to wind it down as fast as possible, seeking diplomacy over force, denying the nexus of terror in the Middle East, eager to undo the new mechanisms law enforcement has to prevent future terrorist attacks, while engaging in Dowd-like attempts to embarrass and infantillize the men and women with the dreadful responsibility for our security. Listening to the Democratic debate earlier this week, I was amazed at how few had any strategic plans for taking the war to the enemy, how the very concept of 'enemy' seemed to unnerve and embarrass them. Similarly, the New York Times, a paper that witnessed first-hand the terror, now prefers to use the occasion of the anniversary for a classic piece of moral equivalence, comparing the murder of 3,000 innocents to the U.S. complicity in a coup in Chile thirty years ago. For these people, the first instinct is always, always, always, that the United States is morally suspect. They haven't changed. The moral clarity after 9/11 terrified them. They wanted it to go away so badly so they could switch the conversation back to the faults and evils of America.

Thursday, September 11, 2003

THIS WILL BE THE ONLY POST TODAY

I didn't think I would post anything today. Everything seems trivial compared to what happened two years ago. Everything.

But I found a story that was written last year. It's about a guy who was a genuine hero in Viet Nam and who was also a genuine hero on September 11, 2001.

His name was Rick Rescorla. Read this story from The New Yorker magazine. You'll learn a lot about Rick and about America.

For those who believe we should bail from Iraq, erect a big fence around the country and cower in our homes, hoping another attack never comes, meet Rick Rescorla. It's guys like Rick who'll save your miserable ass.


Wednesday, September 10, 2003

THIS WILL MAKE YOU MAD

I can't even comment on this.


CALIFORNICATION

No, this isn't about the Red Hot Chili Peppers (believe it or not, I'm a fan -- I went to school with John Frusciante's parents). It's actually about California.

Nice that Gray Davis signed the law allowing illegal aliens to obtain a driving license.


WHAT DO THEY REALLY THINK?

Karl Zinsmeister wanted to know what Iraqis really think, so the American Enterprise magazine commissioned a poll.

The results are here.

DID YOU SEE IT?

I hope it is rebroadcast soon. The PBS special The Center of the World - New York: A documentary film by Ric Burns was on Monday night. It is stunning.

You will re-live 9/11 all over again. While it won't be easy to watch, you have to see it.

THERE WILL NEVER BE PEACE IN ISRAEL

... so long as the Palestinians want to destroy the Jewish state.

Daniel Pipes writes today about the "Road To Peace" that Clinton took so much credit for. And how many have died along the "Road To Nowhere?"

See also Steve Den Beste's post yesterday.


GRAY DAVIS DEATH WATCH (cont.) - - THE RAT HAS OFFICIALLY LEFT THE SHIP

Cruz Bustamante, who has been campaigning with the schizoid message to vote "no" on the recall, but if you vote "yes", vote for me, is supposed to be dropping that nonsense.



A GREAT POST FROM ANDREW SULLIVAN

ANDREW'S "EMAIL OF THE DAY": "To me the real lesson of September 11 is something that came out almost immediately - that the reason our airport security failed was because it was oriented toward detecting dangerous objects rather than dangerous people. Muhammad Atta and company were able to pierce our defenses because they had no "weapons". But they didn't need any - THEY were the weapons. Now apply that lesson to the broader world. Possession of dangerous objects (WMD's) by Iraq was not what made Iraq dangerous - a lot of countries have WMD's. What made Iraq dangerous was the dangerous person - Saddam Hussein - who ruled it. Saddam had definitely possessed WMD's in the past, had definitely used them in the past, had attacked his neighbors without provocation in the past, was implacably hostile to the U.S., and friendly to terrorists and terrorism in general. Some evidence (inconclusive) indicated he might have a relationship with al-Qaeda. But most of these Middle Eastern terrorist groups have common or compatible goals, and formal and informal channels of communication. Saddam didn't need to be tied directly and irrefutably to al-Qaeda to make him dangerous to the U.S."

I WON'T EVEN COMMENT ON THIS

I hear the Dimocrats had a debate last night? Who cares?


Friday, September 05, 2003

THEY DON'T FEAR AMERICA, OR THE AMERICAN ARMY . . . THEY FEAR DEMOCRACY

There was a great article in yesterday's New York Post by Amir Taheri.

You have to read it. He draws his viewpoint from the writings of a key al Qaeda member and close associate of bin Laden.

KERRY WANTS IT BOTH WAYS

I find John Kerry a confusing man. He wants everything -- supported the idea of removing Saddam, but now he says he just wanted us to threaten him. He wants to appear to be tough, but also completely acceptable to the anti-war sentiments. While Bush gets excoriated for giving speeches on "military soil", Kerry announces his candidacy standing in front of an aircraft carrier.

So I think Mona Charen has come up with the ideal moniker for this guy -- Mr. Both Way.

BUSH = HITLER? GET A GRIP

I've talked about this before. It even has a name (I forget, something like Smith's Law). Compare someone to Hitler and all debate ceases. It's what you say when you get so frustrated you just don't want to talk about it anymore. In other words, childish behavior.

But in the case of the pundits and wild-eyed screamers who continue to equate the President to Hitler, Jonah Goldberg has a supremely logical argument for them today. Stated simply, if you believe Bush equals Hitler, then you must also believe the Holocaust either didn't happen, or wasn't such a bad thing.


Thursday, September 04, 2003

YOU ARE STINKIN' RICH!!!

If you are reading this, you're rich -- by global standards. Almost anyone in North America and Europe is rich by global standards. How rich?

Go to this webpage , input your gross income and you'll find out where you rank in the world.

Feel better now??


THE NINE DWARFS NOW HAVE SOMETHING TO WORRY ABOUT

OK -- this isn't a civics lesson. But it is still clear that the "average American" distances themselves from just about anything that politicians say or do. They just don't give a rat's ass.

Many of us fret about words, speeches, appearances by elected leaders and those attempting to be elected leaders, as if it all mattered.

And then along comes reality . . . the most recent CBS poll of voters shows two-thirds of voters can't name one Democrat currently running for president. Guess I should stop worrying about the Nine Dwarfs. If this is any measure of voter interest, they're toast.

And the buzz is that Hillary has pretty much bailed on the idea of running for president, which is a crystal clear signal shes expects Bush to win. She can campaign in 2008 against whoever the Republicans decide to nominate. This compares to the horror (for her) of another Democrat beating Bush. If that were to happen, she might be frozen out until 2016, when she'd be (gasp!) 70 years old and seen as "too old for the job".

The question now is how hard will she campaign for the Democrat's nominee. I suspect it will be just hard enough to make sure she isn't criticized for lack of support, but not so hard that she actually helps them win.


WHO ARE THESE TERRORISTS, AND HOW DO THEY THINK?

David Warren takes the time to present his analysis of the recent terrorist bombings in Iraq and then walks us through the minds of these people.

He also reiterates his thesis (which I am quickly buying into) that the Islamofascists are all headed to Iraq and will continue to attack -- except they aren't attacking American and British soldiers so much as Iraqis. Why? All the better to make the Americans and Brits go away. At least that's their theory. Our presence in Iraq is a major defeat for terrorists, so the sooner we leave, the better. How better to do that than kill Iraqis, forcing the remaining Iraqis to hate us and try to force us to leave.


Wednesday, September 03, 2003

GRAY DAVIS DEATH WATCH (cont.)

Bustamante, Bustamante. What have I ever done to make you treat me so disrespectfully?
- paraphrased, from The Godfather

I'm curious. Perplexed. Probably pissed off.

The American left is constantly on 24/7 vigil, scrutinizing every word uttered by every politician they revile. Anything remotely politically incorrect gets major airtime/column space for weeks. Remember Trent Lott's comment about Strom Thurmond's bid for the presidency about a hundred years ago, and how it lost Lott his seat as Senate Majority Leader?

OK -- here we have Cruz Bustamante, new darling of the left in California (for what it's worth, they hated him a few months ago) stating his support for a Mexican-American student association (he is a former member of MeChA) that still openly advocates "for the race, everything. For those outside the race, nothing."

Ok, let's be objective. How long do you think it would take before any major Republican leader would be removed from office if they were found to have been a member of an organization that espoused the same goal? Why is it different when the person involved is the member of a minority?

In Bustamante's case, the mainstream media never made a big issue of it but he has finally issued a belated renunication of the goals of MeChA. But unlike Lott, it appears everybody is now saying "what's the fuss, he did the right thing".

One last thing. . . this isn't the first time Bustamante has displayed a casual attitude about racial issues. In 2001, he uttered the "n" word in a public speech and belatedly apologized for having said it. Again, ask yourself what would've happened if Bustamante were a white Republican?


LOSING BIN LADEN

Did the Clinton adminstration make a deadly mistake?

Richard Miniter, in his new book Losing bin Laden, suggests just that. He suggests, and documents, that we had a shot at bin Laden just before the 2000 elections and the decision was made not to take the risk of losing the election for Gore.


SHOULD WE GIVE BACK DETROIT?

That's a loaded question, but David Warren uses this "tongue-in-cheek" rhetorical question as a comeback to those who say that the ongoing level of US losses in Iraq is unacceptable.