Given the near-hysterical outcry in Congress whenever somebody turns the air conditioning on while captured Al Qaida murderers are in the room, the Pentagon is considering establishing wet squads to go out and murder the murderers. He who needs no additional traffic has pointed out that the story is full of innuendo and factual inaccuracies. Maybe so. But let’s take it as the truth. Is anybody surprised? It’s not worth it to try capturing Al Qaida. As I’ve pointed out before, taking prisoners is dangerous and dirty business, and risking your ass to do so is preferable to calling in an air strike only if there is some intelligence value to be gained. Captured Al Qaida can no longer be interrogated for intelligence and operational information in any meaningful sense of the word, and unless there is evidence sufficient to support criminal charges, Al Qaida captured in Iraq can no longer be held more than 48 hours. So it’s like a great big catch and release trout fishing program, except the trout are bloodthirsty bastards with RPGs and dull butchers knives, with which to slit the throats of unarmed aid workers.
You know, if the Dutch weren’t so adamant about spreading Dutch culture, driving huge SUVs, proselytizing their ultra-right wing religion, throwing their military weight around, on a mission from God to convert the Middle East to Christianity, acting like Crusaders, unsophisticated, and ignorant of Middle Eastern cultural sensitivities, more open to national health care schemes, less fat and stupid, more sensitive, more tolerant of others’ differences, less militaristic, and more focused on culture and things like peaceful trade and growing flowers – maybe then the Islamacists wouldn’t pick on them.
Oh well. Until those crazy dutch bastards change their hegemonic ways, I guess they get what they deserve in the way of Jihad.
And to our radical Islamist readers – would you care for a shmoke und a pancake. You know, a flapjack und a shigarette? No? Shigar und a waffle? No? Pipe und a kipe? No? Bong und a blintz? No?
Zen zere ish no pleashing you.
*Ps. To our Dutch friends – welcome to our world. Of course you aren’t fat, stupid, pushy, militaristic religious fiends – I’m just making the point that all that shit about “root causes” is bogus; the Netherlands is most good things the U.S. isn’t, and is still getting targeted by the Islamacist bastards. You’ve stood by us before in war, as we’ve stood up for you; welcome to the coalition of… I dunno. The Coalition of the Willing along with some who are reluctant but helpful who want to help but are embarassed by Americans generally and don’t want to admit Dubya was right all along. Or something like that.
It appears that the EU is quite unsure of how to respond to the Iranians’ response to the FGB (France Britain Germany) request, asking the Iranians to cease and desist in the nuk-u-lar weapons business.
The Iranians have responded with a counteroffer to… um, well, let’s just say it looks like an offer of free sex, but it is actually a rather rude demand letter ordering the EU to arm up Iran with nukes. There are some other demands – the Iranians are moving to solidify the Tehran/Jedda/Damscus/Auschwitz axis, and now demand that the EU enter into a treaty promising to kick the shit out of Israel if the Israelis create any problems for Iran.
Now, other than the Euro elite’s sincere desire to kill some jews, er, excuse me, I mean to wipe out Israel, nothin’ anti-semitic about that desire, right – other than wondering how to fulfill that desire, the EUro elite are a little perplexed about how to respond.
I know I am terminally un-nuanced, but might I suggest that the response of the American Commander to the German Commander at Bastogne in 1944 would be appropriate here? Yes, that’s right. The most unnuanced response of all.
Sadly though, that’s not going to happen.
Instead, as I write this, chambermaids all over the diplomatic residences of the EU are fretting, knowing that their diplomat bosses are busy having nightmares and wetting the bed. In this hot weather, tomorrow will be a very tough day at the old laverie automatique for the femmes de chambre.
What this means, for all practical purposes, is that the U.S. is going to have another Middle Eastern shitpile to try and pick up. Maybe the Russkis will help, if we promise to give them Iran. They have been lusting after a warm water port, and ever more oil. And at least Russian oligarchs and corruptocrats are in it for business purposes; they aren’t completely insane and would probably be easier to deal with than insane elderly mullahs and their fat, tooth-rotted Iraqi proteges.
A final note – Ed Morrisey thinks this ultimatum means Iran has nukes. I’m not so sure – it could be a clever bluff to make us think they have nukes. After all, who’d be crazy enough to make an ultimatum like that?* Either way, they’ve got some stones.
*You know, John-John has promised to send Iran nuclear technology if they agree to play nice with it. I wonder if this is their signal that they are willing to play ball, providing the next U.S. president is feckless enough to bring a glove and be catcher?
Here’s what the 9/11 Commission – a partisan snake pit that apparently can’t agree on which cafe to order coffe from, much less on political points – here’s what they found about the Islamofascist threat we face:
In this sense, 9/11 has taught us that terrorism against American interests “over there” should be regarded just as we regard terrorism against America “over here.” In this same sense, the American homeland is the planet. But the enemy is not just “terrorism,” some generic evil. This vagueness blurs the strategy. The catastrophic threat at this moment in history is more specific. It is the threat posed by Islamist terrorism —especially the al Qaeda network, its affiliates, and its ideology.
As we mentioned in chapter 2, Usama Bin Ladin and other Islamist terrorist leaders draw on a long tradition of extreme intolerance within one stream of Islam (a minority tradition), from at least Ibn Taimiyyah, through the founders of Wahhabism, through the Muslim Brotherhood, to Sayyid Qutb. That stream is motivated by religion and does not distinguish politics from religion, thus distorting both. It is further fed by grievances stressed by Bin Ladin and widely felt throughout the Muslim world—against the U.S. military presence in the Middle East, policies perceived as anti-Arab and anti-Muslim, and support of Israel. Bin Ladin and Islamist terrorists mean exactly what they say: to them America is the font of all evil, the “head of the snake,” and it must be converted or destroyed.
It is not a position with which Americans can bargain or negotiate. With it there is no common ground—not even respect for life—on which to begin a dialogue. It can only be destroyed or utterly isolated.
Read it and weep, MoveOn morons. While reasonable people can disagree on a lot of things, the most partisan, hardened of reasonable people agree on that point. Your move.
Hat tip to Insty, who is on the 9/11 Commission report and the HamBergler like white on rice; and to Wizbang.
Annie Jacobsen’s article on a possible terrorism dry run, on an American airline has sparked a fair amount of controversy.
I mentioned it a couple of days ago.
Here is part two of her article.
I watched her on TV last night and she didn’t seem an alarmist, nutcase or racist. She pretty much stuck to her story.
There was a large amount of discussion of this issue, at my blog gig, and in the blogsphere. Even the regular media outlets finally got on the story. Though as usual it was up to the blog people to get the facts.
This article seems to answer who the people on the flight were, members of Nour Mehana’s band.
So, perhaps it was totally innocent.
And it seems, as Al Maviva, said, that the US is doing a good job at catching terrorist, and guarding the skies.
But, I still think Annie is right and we need to stay vigilant and be ready. Because the terrorist have not stopped trying.
It seems that Joe Wilson – he who found fame through Plame blame – may have fallen victim to the illness that plagues a lot of publicity hounds. It seems he may have misunderestimated some important circumstances in his mad rush to summarize the Nigerian yellow-cake uranium export scene. It appears that his earlier conclusions were based solely upon (1) the quantity of green mint tea he consumed during a one week visit; and (2) the representations of various African officials (not exactly known to be a group of men frequently troubled by conscience. Indeed, as the Financial Times reports, it appears that Ambassador Wilson very politely investigated phony uranium sales conspiracy claims, while a real illegal uranium sales scheme was occurring under his nose.
Oh no! How could that happen? Bush must have lied, and people certainly had to have died… why, we’ve staked our countercultural cred on the fact. How could it not be so?
To intelligence professionals, cops and lawyers engaged in certain types of bare knuckle litigation, this scenario is familiar. It smalls like a red herring ruse.
Dear Peaceniks, Lefties, Answer-ites, and other American anti-Americans,
I regret to inform you that your adherence to our enemies will not save you when the Islamofascists come for us here in the U.S.
You see, they’ve sworn to annihilate all of us. For a few years now, we on the right, and a brave few on the left, have seen the Islamofascists for what they are – raving, mad, hate-filled nihilists using radical religion as fuel for their destruction. This means they hate us because they hate us. There is no deeper meaning to it than that – they just do. Be an imperialist, be a marxist, be a fellow muslim – they would hate you no matter what. Sell oil, buy oil, or drive a car powered by renewable cow pats and high fiber muffins – they don’t care because it isn’t about the oil. Be Richard F. Burton the adventurer, Richard Burton the actor, or Halliburton the company – it doesn’t matter. They want to kill you, and you are trying to help them you insipid morons. You are the useful idiots of this era – which is probably appropriate because a lot of you were the useful idiots of the Cold War era too.
The example of beheaded Nick Berg ought to tell you something. He let Zaccarias Moussaoui use his email
Honestly, I wonder what Rumsfeld was supposed to do. There were allegations of serious wrongdoing at Abu Ghraib. Rumsfeld allowed the press in. He sicc’ed a couple generals on the case in a big investigation, not to mention a bunch of Criminal Investigations Division agents, the Inspector General, and basically Loddy-Doddy and everybody. No coverup, no nothin’. It doesn’t look like DOD’s handling of the issue was perfectly smooth, but it seemed to be what should have been done. Court martials are pending for a bunch of major league sadistic prison guards, and long prison terms are probably in the offing. Rumsfeld has made public statements of intent that indicate such bias, that the defense counsel are questioning the ability of the accused to receive fair trials, and the prosecutors are urging him to shut up before the military judges get the message. He’s apologized a couple times (so he’s finished now, professionally) and 65 year-old patrician senators are being reduced to drooling and shaking in phony rage in his presence. Seymour Hersch is on Hardball every night insisting all of our troops are brutal subhuman scum, and the likes of Ted Kennedy are dropping carefully prepared nasty one-liners for media consumption.
It’s clear we’re all supposed to hate Rumsfeld, Bush and all of our troops now. So what was Rumsfeld supposed to do in lieu of going by the book? And what about all those other troops, who don’t engage in human rights violations?
I’ll tell you what Rumsfeld was supposed to do.
He was supposed to take those MPs out – the 120 or so privates and sergeants and captains running the prison, take them out front, and shoot them right in the fucking head one at a time – just like Nguyen Ngoc Loan did to that Viet Cong bomber in 1967. Kill them dead. And maybe shoot a dozen or so other troops, as if the event was the French mutiny of 1917. Then he was to turn the pistol on himself.
Fuck due process, fuck justice, fuck questions of guilt or innocence. That was the only course of action that would satisfy the left, and the more opportunistic politicians among the right.
As for the Arab street, well, he was expected to set his corpse on fire, too, and mutiliate his own corpse after he killed himself. That would quell their rage…
The alternative, of course,
I read in this morning’s WashPost that the Arab Street and Officialdom is outraged, outraged, to find out that 6 or 8 of our troops at Abu Ghraib abused Iraqi inmates.
Well, I am outraged too, and I’m on record in favor of the ongoing prosecution efforts. But I think the outrage needs to be kept in perspective.
Who are these outraged Arabs, who are appalled and angry at the U.S.?
Well, let’s go to the gentlest possible discussion of these countries – the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. Nobody is nicer to Arabs than the State Department. Let’s hear what they have to say regarding normative human rights standards in the Middle East.