Saturday, February 22, 2003


Last night, Secretary of State Colin Powell answered questions during a town hall meeting on the BET show "OpenMic". The audience in question was comprised of high school juniors and seniors. I'm watching the re-broadcast right now, and I'm struck by how Powell is able to create connections with youth of all races.

Some questions are less intelligent than others. For example, one young man just asked why he should join the Marines if we're about to go to war. Powell is reminding him that the role of the military is to "fight for the country." Powells advice: Don't join the military unless you're prepared to fight. A no brainer.

Friday, February 21, 2003


A good friend of mine sent in the funny picture you see below. Neither of us has any idea who gets credit.


Appropriate ridicule of M. Chirac's latest slam on any nation that chooses to be friends with the United States of America, brought to you by Mark Steyn.

Thursday, February 20, 2003


Ann Coulter on why a "liberal" radio talk show network will ultimately fail:
The crowd attending a "Carol Moseley-Braun for President" rally last week compared favorably to the radio audiences for these guys.
For those of you who may not know, Ms. Moseley-Braun's rally attracted exactly one (1) attendee. Check out Ann's latest here.

UPDATED: Here's a great story from The Hill on the overwhelming predominance of conservative talk radio.

Monday, February 17, 2003


Non-allies France, Germany, and Belgium were snookered over the weekend as the rest of NATO referred the security of Turkey to the Defense Planning Committee (from which Paris withdrew in 1966). The French nation becomes increasingly irrelevent.


I've never been a big fan of Mr. Blair, whose political tendencies are very lefty. However, he deserves strong praise for his stalwart support for the liberation of Iraq. Here's is a great quote from a recent Blair speech to the Labour party in the UK (as quoted at
Yes, there are consequences of war. If we remove Saddam by force, people will die and some will be innocent. And we must live with the consequences of our actions, even the unintended ones.

But there are also consequences of "stop the war".

If I took that advice, and did not insist on disarmament, yes, there would be no war. But there would still be Saddam. Many of the people marching will say they hate Saddam. But the consequences of taking their advice is that he stays in charge of Iraq, ruling the Iraqi people. A country that in 1978, the year before he seized power, was richer than Malaysia or Portugal. A country where today, 135 out of every 1000 Iraqi children die before the age of five - 70% of these deaths are from diarrhoea and respiratory infections that are easily preventable. Where almost a third of children born in the centre and south of Iraq have chronic malnutrition.

Where 60% of the people depend on Food Aid.

Where half the population of rural areas have no safe water.

Where every year and now, as we speak, tens of thousands of political prisoners languish in appalling conditions in Saddam's jails and are routinely executed.

Where in the past 15 years over 150,000 Shia Moslems in Southern Iraq and Moslem Kurds in Northern Iraq have been butchered; with up to four million Iraqis in exile round the world, including 350,000 now in Britain.

This isn't a regime with Weapons of Mass Destruction that is otherwise benign. This is a regime that contravenes every single principle or value anyone of our politics believes in.

There will be no march for the victims of Saddam, no protests about the thousands of children that die needlessly every year under his rule, no righteous anger over the torture chambers which if he is left in power, will be left in being.

I rejoice that we live in a country where peaceful protest is a natural part of our democratic process.

But I ask the marchers to understand this.

I do not seek unpopularity as a badge of honour. But sometimes it is the price of leadership. And the cost of conviction.

But as you watch your TV pictures of the march, ponder this:

If there are 500,000 on that march, that is still less than the number of people whose deaths Saddam has been responsible for.

If there are one million, that is still less than the number of people who died in the wars he started.
Did you see any protest signs last weekend condemning Saddam for butchering his own people? I didn�t either.