Peggy Noonan on how both Presidents Bush wasted their inheritance.
The White House doesn’t need its traditional supporters anymore, because its problems are way beyond being solved by the base. And the people in the administration don’t even much like the base. Desperate straits have left them liberated, and they are acting out their disdain. Leading Democrats often think their base is slightly mad but at least their heart is in the right place. This White House thinks its base is stupid and that its heart is in the wrong place.
Fred Thompson gets serious.
Up to now, Fred Thompson has brilliantly remained coy about his presidential ambitions — to the point of exasperation among some of his would-be fans. Now, however, Fred has made clear that he intends to run, and in a USA Today interview, how he plans to do it:
Iraq The Model corrects the AP’s story on bad guys pounding the crap out of each other in Amiriyah.
Islamic extremists like al-Qaeda often clash with the pan-nationalist, less Islamic elements of insurgent groups which are largely made up former military officers and Baathists, so this is not the first time that such clashes occur in Amiriyah or Adhamiyah where both groups have strong presence but this time the clashes are fiercer and lasted longer than any previous incident.
Omar also sees a battle brewing in Diyala.
[N]on-Iraqi elements of al-Qaeda do not negotiate, they either fight or relocate to another region if they see the case is totally lost, so I think the group allegedly seeking negotiations is made of Iraqi insurgents who don’t want to be swept along with al-Qaeda. But that really doesn’t change the fact (if true) that they are expecting a serious crackdown that they prefer to not be considered among the very bad guys when the action begins.
I confess complete ignorance of Russel Kirk until he was brought up on The Corner the other day. His Ten Conservative Principles has convinced me to read more of him.
Michael Yon has an amazing story about corruption, the rule of law, and cool-headed initiative in the town of Hit (heet). A lot of people could have died, and none did. Impressive.
Check out the anger and disappointment over at The Corner.
To what Laura Ingraham had to say, I can only add amen.
Right now I want to see Fred Thompson walk up to Bush and sock him in the gut. That’d pretty much guarantee his victory in ’08.
More like Mohammed’s Poodle, it seems.
I guess all the Religion of Peace needs to do to prove it isn’t violent is murder a few nuns.
What a disappointment.