“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”

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

News, And A Quote For The Day

The NY Times is not happy. It seems the Supreme Court won’t let the Times have it’s way. The thing I like most about this story is the way it shows how the Times turns on those who choose not to help their agenda. I suspect that Fitzgerald, the hero of Plame-gate, is now persona non grata at the Times.
(…anyone want to bet the Times tries some other scheme to keep from being held accountable?...)

Pelosi did something of a surprise move today, rejecting Hastings as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee due his prior corruption charges while a judge.
(…it does leave you wondering who she’s going to pick, though…who could be worse for the spot than Hastings…)

However, in more normal behavior, the Washing Times reports that Democrats are protecting illegal aliens. According to this report, employers will soon not be allowed to take action to make sure records are correct and employees really are legal workers.
(…I think Michelle had the best take on it today…)

And, I’m probably going to anger a few people with my next statements. But, not having read the entire 45-page decision, and based on this Reuters report, I think this is a pretty reasonable ruling. I recognize this judge did their own editorializing from the bench, and attempted to create law by doing so. This is a continuing problem from judicial seats all across the country. But, I also recognize the problem of unrestricted power and its execution.
(…by the way, anyone who gets a deeper read from other news or the judges decision, feel free to shoot me down here…)

Back at the NY Times, there was a report that Hezbollah is arming Shiites in Iraq. Shiite militia members have been trained in Lebanon, and there are advisors in Iraq. And, of course, Iran and Syria are facilitating it all.

“There seems to have been a strategic decision taken sometime over late winter or early spring by Damascus, Tehran, along with their partners in Lebanese Hezbollah, to provide more support to Sadr to increase pressure on the U.S.,” the American intelligence official said.
WOW! This was printed in the Times? Oh, wait…Is anyone surprised by this “revelation”? This has been a claim of the right nearly from the beginning. Isn’t this one of the main causes of the expansion of sectarian violence—currently being called a civil war?
(…let’s see…up to now foreign jihadists have been the biggest players…we now have foreign nations being the organizers and facilitators of violence and social instability…nope…doesn’t sound like a civil war to me…)

And, closing out with subjects military, I found two commentary posts this evening. The first was from El Capitan on the performance of NATO in Afghanistan, and it’s future as an organization. I hate to admit he may be right. Given the spread of Muslim violence in European nations, that would be a very bad thing.

The second was a discussion over at Op-For on women in combat arms. Now, having served around and known some very competent female warriors and soldiers (see Blackfive’s thoughts on the difference), I’m kind of on the fence in this one. And, although this discussion really only rehashes the same talking points, it is a good read.

And, I will leave you with the following as a Quote For The Day:
"Do not fear the enemy, for your enemy can only take your life. It is far better that you fear the media for they will steal your honor." - Bobby McBride, Crew Chief, 128th Assault Helicopter Company, RVN 1969-1970
(H/T to Blackfive)