“The real problem is not that we are different, nor that we disagree and have conflict. It's that most of us automatically view conflict as something negative rather than as a tool God can use to help us better understand ourselves and one another.

--Robert Ricciardelli”

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Interesting Commentaries...

I finally got back to check in at A Soldier’s Perspective. I found his break down of “A State of Denial” by Bob Woodward to be fascinating. I think this is the best quote from the article:

Woodward’s book is a contradictory in terms. He gives example of example of why Bush had every right to go into Iraq but then calls him naive for doing so. He admits that vehicles were tracked from suspected WMD site only to drive unopposed into Syria.[p.99] His perfect 20/20 hindsight works to his favor in trashing Rumsfeld and attempting to do so with Bush too.
I thought his take that it was more a trash of Rumsfeld than Bush was especially interesting. Even so, I am constantly amazed how the left and the right only seem to read and remember the things that support their position—but never really listen to all that is said. (…I haven’t had a chance to read the book yet…it is, however, on my A list…)

I’m curious. Now, when Christopher Soghoian created his fake boarding pass generator, admittedly he broke all kinds of security regulations. And, he should get in some kind of trouble for it. However, like those on the Left who are loudly lauded for such actions—in spite of breaking the law—he should also be rewarded for finding this flaw in airport security. Yet, according to this report from Wired News, the Democrats seem to be howling the most for prosecution. What’s the deal?

And, I thought this write up on the George Allen – James Webb Campaign really said all that needs to be said. Personally, I think it needs to be said about most campaigns. Way to go Captain!

And, from the Washington Times, on October 25, comes this insightful article on things Muslim. Given the situation in France on top of everything he mentions, I find it a frighteningly realistic assessment.

Then there was Jonathan Hotto, as presented by “Appeal for Redress”. Of course, there is a lot out there they didn’t tell you. It is SO interesting how the Left wing supporters, and the media announcements, go so far in leaving out details of Hotto’s past. And, yet, they are so good at finding the faults of those on the Right.
(…it fits with the sex scandal stuff…at least the Republicans get rid of their perverts…they do tend to hang on to guys like Hotto, though...so, are we a pot calling the kettle black?...hopefully, we’re just revealing the truth so both sides can get on with it…)
I would be quite happy just to see the media give all sides the same level of consideration and investigation.
(…can say CNN sniper video terrorist propaganda?...)

And, in my continuing discovery of information regarding the Left and the internet (…see this and this and this…), I found this article over at PolicyByBlog about what Left wing politicians are doing to make use of Blogosphere. Meanwhile, there was this article I have oft linked about the Right. A vast, very concerning, difference between the two sides.

The NY Times had this article on Staying The Course. It's a pretty good analysis of the linguistics that are currently causing the Bush administration so much trouble. But, it glosses over something the president said which is an accurate description of what "Stay the course" really deals with:
“Stay the course’ means keep doing what you’re doing. My attitude is, don’t do what you’re doing if it’s not working — change. ‘Stay the course’ also means don’t leave before the job is done.
It had a great goute, too, regarding the Democratic position:
And if the president loses, does that mean the Democrats will win? Perhaps. But if they do, it will be because of Republican missteps and not because they’ve acted with strategic brilliance. Their “new direction” slogan offers no values and no positive vision...

...This is a shame. The Democrats are giving up a golden opportunity to accurately frame their values and deepest principles (even on national security), to forge a public identity that fits those values — and perhaps to win more close races by being positive and having a vision worth voting for.

Right now, though, no language articulating a Democratic vision seems in the offing. If the Democrats don’t find a more assertive strategy, their gains will be short-lived. They, too, will learn the pitfalls of staying the course.
It's a pity both of those statements are true.

Meanwhile, and finally, there was this review of the EU’s proposed Modern Rules for TV and TV-Like Services" [PDF].
(…not very encouraging, since we so often follow the Europeans...well…when the Left is in control…)