Archive from March, 2007
7 Mar
2007
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Joe Wilson looking to extend his 15 minutes of fame

Joseph Wilson IV, self-appointed hero of the anti-Bush left, has decided that the best way to keep his name in the news is to file a civil suit against I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby for the revelation of his wife’s CIA identity to the press.

Wilson has parlayed the whole Niger-Iraq-Uranium connection and his subsequent battle with the Bush administration into book deals, wide-ranging interviews, even a Vanity Fair photo shoot by Annie Leibovitz, but he still has not gotten his outsized head around the fact that this is about more, or rather less, than him and his desk-set wife, Valerie.

This is all so politically motivated that without the partisan element, the trial, the controversy, and Joe Wilson himself would have nothing to stand on. There’s a great op-ed in the Wall Street Journal today that speaks volumes about this. The suggestion is also made to pardon Libby now, which is what I suggested yesterday on this blog.

A final word on Wilson’s civil case. It will most likely move forward, but he will have a tough time for a couple of reasons:

1. If the Libby trial proved anything, it is that Libby is not the White House official who leaked Plame’s identity to the press. In fact, it wasn’t the White House at all. It was Richard Armitage, former Deputy Secretary of State. So, if Wilson wants satisfaction for the outing of his wife, Libby is not the man to pursue.
2. The other names mentioned in Wilson’s suit, Vice President Dick Cheney and Karl Rove, will likely be immune because of their government positions.

Of course, if the civil case is in any way stymied, that will only further prove to Wilson that he and his wife are the target of a vast right-wing conspiracy to reveal to the public what they do for a living.

7 Mar
2007
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Goin’ South

President Bush will be leaving for a much-needed trip to Latin America tomorrow, stopping off in Brazil, Uruguay, Columbia, Guatemala, and Mexico. Lots of things to discuss – ethanol agreements, trade, and our favorite LatAm topic, illegal immigration.

Hugo Chavez, upset that the “Devil” from the North is invading his turf, is planning a counter-trip timed with Bush’s. (How do you counter a trip? Perhaps Hugo is trying too hard here.) Chavez has been dumping money all over Latin America in the hopes of dominating the entire region like he dominates his own country with his socialist agenda. He’s not about to let all his hard work (i.e., threats, killings, deportations, incarcerations, confiscations, etc.) go down the drain because President Bush is in town.

The fact that Chavez has been able to claim the hold that he has is in part our own fault. We have failed to make better progress in relations with Central & South America, and we have often ignored the problems that have festered there and drifted north into our own country.

However, it’s not to late to change things. Chavez can’t wantonly throw money around forever. Sooner or later his economy will crack under the strain. And his own neighbors realize that he wants to dominate them, not work alongside them. They need a counterbalance. Bush’s trip couldn’t have come soon enough.

7 Mar
2007
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Pardon Libby now

I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby has been found guilty of two counts of perjury, one count of making false statements and one count of obstruction of justice. He escaped another charge of lying to the FBI. He could end up with a couple of years in jail, or nothing if Bush pardons him, which he should do without delay.

Libby’s “crime” was basically in being the one that didn’t get away from the wide net cast by Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald, like all special prosecutors before him, was simply not going to give up until he bagged somebody, anybody, in the trumped-up case of outing CIA agent Valerie Plame. Every top Washington journalist – Bob Woodward, Walter Pincus, and Glenn Kessler of the Washington Com-Post, David Sager of the New York Times, Evan Thomas of Newsweek, and Robert Novak all said under oath that they heard of Plame’s identity from someone other than Libby. Yet, Libby was accused of lying to law enforcement. More than likely, the whole non-case slipped his mind. It would have slipped all our minds were it not for the pure hatred that exists for the Bush administration in the left-leaning media.

What’s really disturbing is the amount of coverage that the Libby trial received, while Sandy Berger’s theft and destruction of classified national security documents registered barely at all in the media. Nope, no bias here.

6 Mar
2007
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Thank You PETA

Looks like Gore is now going to have to purchase carbon offsets for every cheeseburger he eats now:

PETA TO AL GORE: YOU CAN’T BE A MEAT-EATING ENVIRONMENTALIST Drudge Report

This is even better than the $30,000 electric bill.

Also, here’s a great column on the hypocrisy of wealthy environmentalists.

2 Mar
2007
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John Bolton: “Regime Change” for Iran

John Bolton, a bona fide Renaissance Man, is now a senior fellow on foreign policy at the American Enterprise Institute. He appeared on Bloomberg TV yesterday and showed a true conservative attitude towards foreign policy… the attitude that combines realism with imperialism — the only attitude that has worked since the start of nation states.

As a private citizen, Bolton is now free to express what he believes is the right, most effective policy towards volatile dictators in rogue states.

He said the “persistence of the bureaucracy” was to blame for lack of action against Iran and, insightfully, he said:

Unless you’re prepared to believe that the Iraniansare voluntarily going to give up the pursuit of nuclear weapons, the idea of pursuing negotiations is ultimately going to be fruitless.”

He also said the Bush administration has “abandoned the principles it pursued for much of its first several years in office.” Searing but still true.

1 Mar
2007
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Shrewd politics or bad policy

Depending on how you see it, U.S. foreign policy is either taking a bold new direction or heading into treacherous waters in its dealings with the Axis of Evil. For clarification, I see the latter.

It’s been announced that the United States will make an about-face and actually sit down with Iran and Syria in discussions about what to do with Iraq. The talks, which were called by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, will put us at the same table with two countries which are at the heart of the insurgency that is currently tearing Iraq apart.

There will be no talking to Iran about its nuclear program, and no chatter about Syria’s attempt to overthrow the fragile democracy in Lebanon. Hopefully, they will at least discuss how the Iranian military is taking part in attacks on American troops and Iraqi civilians. It’ll be interesting to see how long the attendees of this meeting will be able to keep a straight face.

On the other side of the Axis, Kim Kye-Gwan, North Korea’s vice minister of foreign affairs, is coming to America to talk about normalizing diplomatic ties with the United States. This is a situation of people getting ahead of themselves if ever there was one. Kim Jung Il’s reactors are still buzzing, and we don’t even know how many bombs he currently has, but we’re already looking to take the next step in this latest “agreement.” Ronald Reagan used to say “trust, but verify.” Well, we have no reason on earth to even do the first part in regard to the Hermit Kingdom. But we definitely should verify Kim every step of the way before making his ministers feel welcome in the U.S. like old friends.