December 04, 2009
December 03, 2009
[W]hat if WWII had been fought as a "counterinsurgency"?
What if, instead of firebombing every important German city and killing tens of thousands of civilians from Hamburg to Dresden, and instead of firebombing Tokyo and nuking Hiroshima and Nagasaki and tens of thousands of Japanese in the all-out effort to defeat the Axis powers and End All Fighting, the Allies had sought instead to win hearts and minds?
What if Gen. Eisenhower, like Gen. McChrystal today in Afghanistan, wandered through German towns, asking das volk, "What do you need?
November 29, 2009
Read the whole thing, and see if you can guess ahead of time how much profit medical insurance companies make.
November 26, 2009
November 24, 2009
November 21, 2009
November 14, 2009
I'm home. I missed a call from my husband today while I was on my flight. Two weeks and counting since we had a four-minute phone call. Oy. I am not a fan of this particular deployment.
November 09, 2009
November 08, 2009
Now the Army's largest base has suffered a devastating attack by a deranged Islamist. And how does our Commander in Chief respond? He gives a "shout out" to Joe Medicine Crow, "that noted Congressional Medal of Honor winner".
Tell me something: in a moment of national tragedy, is it really too much to expect that the President of the United States not give "shout outs"? Is it too much ask that he understand the difference between the Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Medal of Honor? What we require from our leaders at times like this is not much. They don't have to actually care. What we want is precisely the kind of thing that comes easily to Barack Obama: honeyed words and a show of empathy from a man who thinks that quality is the most important attribute a Supreme Court judge can possess. But somehow, asking the Commander in Chief of our armed forces to to give the appearance of empathy even if the actual feeling was not there - was too much.
Americans expect something more from leaders in times of trouble. Grace. Empathy. Inspiration. A sense of gravity. When the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded killing 7 astronauts, Ronald Reagan postponed the State of the Union report to address and assuage the nation's shock and mourning.
And an absolute must-read from JR Salzman about true PTSD:
And here too:
Incredible, especially when you consider that the only Muslims killed in the USA on 9/11 and in Britain on 7/7 were killed by Muslims.
Muslims may have as much to fear from radical Muslims as any other American, Briton or Canadian... I'm rather sick of the MSM interrupting our grieving to tell us that, to add Muslims' insults to a Muslim's murderous injury, they suspect us of wanting to attack their mosques now, even though we didn't the last ten times a Muslim killed innocent people in the name of Islam. What are they scared of? Grafitti?
That first sentence is worth bearing in mind when mendacious lobby groups such as CAIR trot out their "fears" for Muslim safety. Muslims died in the World Trade Center, the London Underground, the Bali nightclub attacks, the Istanbul bank bombings, in Iraqi shopping markets targeted by insurgents. The death toll of Muslims killed by Muslims in any one year is staggering. Jihadists are very indifferent to murdering their coreligionists and have been since the Grand Mufti staged his uprising in Mandatory Palestine and wound up slaughtering more Muslims than Jews or Britons.
After my comparative body count in my "fear for Muslims" post last night - non-Muslims 13, Muslims 0 - a snotty liberal wrote to wonder sneeringly how I knew the dead at Fort Hood were all non-Muslims. He thinks he's refuting my point but in fact he's making it for me: The soi-disant "moderate Muslim" has far more to fear from a coreligionist boarding the subway train yelling "Allahu akbar!" than he does from the allegedly "Islamophobic" Americans forever on the brink of "backlash". That our media cannot see what the commenter above sees is, even in a relativist age, a very advanced stage of decadence.
November 04, 2009
October 24, 2009
An activity that was so lucrative to bookies that they risked arrest to pursue it becomes a money-loser when the state tries to do it.
October 13, 2009
September 29, 2009
A great summary of the farce at the UN last week.
September 17, 2009
September 09, 2009
Thomas Friedman Is a Liberal Fascist
August 23, 2009
Andy McCarthy: Cash-for-clunkers: "No one anticipated ..."
Quote of the day via Mark Steyn:
At any rate, in order to â€œcontrol costsâ€ Obama says we need to introduce a new trillion-dollar government entitlement. Itâ€™s a good thing heâ€™s the smartest president of all time and the greatest orator since Socrates because otherwise one might easily confuse him with some birdbrained Bush type.
August 15, 2009
August 13, 2009
VDH: On Dishing It Out...
August 06, 2009
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