Who Is Needed As U.N. Ambassador?

At the moment, Zalmay Khalilzad, who announced this week he is leaving his position as Ambassador to Iraq, is the leading prospect.
As for Bolton’s leaving, James Lileks has a few things to say, and the burning question, who is needed?

No, the U.S. ambassador must realize that the U.S. is the problem. It was the goody-two-shoes U.S. that didn’t play along with Oil-for-Food. It was the U.S. that cruelly tricked the U.N. into putting sanctions on Iraq; it was Bolton who attempted to build international consensus opposing Iran’s Atoms-for-Peace program, which was undertaken solely to heat dove nurseries. The man was a pain, and the international community is glad he’s gone.

So who would they like to see in his stead? Let’s consider the candidates.
-Hugo Chavez
-Lincoln Chafee
-Bill Clinton
-Jimmy Carter
-Larry the Cable Guy
-One of those novelty drinking-bird toys that rocks up and down
-A Random Disaffected Republican Voter


Thank You, To A Man For Our Times…Donald Rumsfeld.

I don’t have the words to properly express my gratitude, for all this man has accomplished in his life, not to mention the last six years. Here is a partial list Mr. Rumsfeld mentioned, in his farewell speech.

When I think about these past years, there are a number of moments that stand out.
· I think of those proud Afghan girls that were sitting in the front row at President Karzai’s inauguration in Kabul when he became president, the first president elected by the people in the 5,000-year history of that country. They were standing there, and then they sang. And of course, under the Taliban rule it was against the law to sing. And the reports of the Afghan children flying kites that day, and of course, it had been against the law to fly kites.

· I think of the Iraqis, who, through it all, believe that their future is bright and who are working toward something that they’ve never had before — a free country, a representative country.

· And I do, as Pete Pace suggested, I remember being stunned by the news of the abuse at Abu Ghraib, and then watching so many determined people spend so many months trying to figure out exactly how in the world something like that could have happened and how to make it right, and then seeing how the department eventually demonstrated to the world how our democracy deals openly and decisively with such egregious wrongdoing.

· And yes, I remember the irresponsible comments by some who tried to sully the image of the courageous and dedicated men and women in uniform who keep the American people safe.

· I remember the literally hundreds of military families I met in Alaska, and a gracious woman who, at the end of the meeting came over and asked me to take a bracelet. It’s this green woven thing. And I told her I’d wear it until the 172nd Stryker Brigade came home. That was the group that we had to extend, I think, up to 120 days. After they had done a great job up north, they were heading to Kuwait, and they were diverted into Baghdad when General Casey determined that he needed additional assistance there.

· And I, of course, remember the American heroes — the Medal of Honor recipients, Paul Ray Smith, and soon Jason Dunham — and countless others whose names are now part of history.

If there’s one thing I wish could be more widely known, it’s the miracles that the men and women of this department really perform every day.
Supporting the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, while putting pressure on terrorists all across the globe is an enormous challenge.
But at the same time, quite beyond that challenge — and it is an enormous challenge — the folks in this department have stepped forward to

·Deliver aid to millions affected by the greatest national disasters in recent memory: the tsunami in the Indian Ocean, tragic earthquakes in Pakistan, here at home, Hurricane Katrina.

·We evacuated thousands of Americans from Lebanon, literally the size of a city, and doing it while a war was going on.

·Training counterterrorism forces in the Philippines and in the Horn of Africa.

·Put in place an initial missile defense system to protect the American people from rogue states.

·Establish the new Northern Command to better protect the homeland.

·Established a camp, and stood guard in Guantanamo over some of the world’s most dangerous terrorists, while suffering grossly uninformed and irresponsible charges in the media from almost every quarter.

·Oversee the largest domestic base realignment and base closure in the history of this department.

·Implement the most significant changes, since World War II, in our nation’s global posture, force posture across the globe, away from the static defensive orientation that was left over from the Cold War, and towards arrangements that are much more appropriate to this 21st century.

·Put in place a new civilian national security personnel system to provide the urgently needed flexibility in hiring and in assignments, and with a linking of pay to performance.

·Expand our very talented Special Operations Forces to meet the new demands in this global struggle against violent extremists.

·Transition from a division-based Army — the approach that dated back to World War I — to a considerably more agile, vastly more capable combat brigade force.

·And so much more.

Yes sir, Mr. Secretary, so very much more.

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How my life was threatened and how I bravely stood up to the enemy within..

In this worlwide exclusive for Nukes News and Views the award winning New York ‘Pettifogging’ Tymes journalist Chardonney O’Ratarsed offers a rare insidight into the psychological terror perpetrated in the Name of Freedom.  

Have you ever thought that Abu Ghriab was going to happen to you? Bagdad is a nightmare world. Today,  three years after the events, sunbathing on the beach at St. Moritz I can still feel the chill of American Soldiers terrorizing me on my way though security. I shiver with dread as I remember back to my daytrip there in January 2004. Passing through security the soldier just stood there for all the world as if he was on duty or something. His look was terrifying, insulting. degrading and made me feel as if I were nothing more than dirt.

“What’s in that bag, sir?” He asked menacingly.

”My camera” I stood up trying not to show how much my hands trembled.

“Open it”, his tones of terror spat like toxic needles in my flesh. My hands shaking almost uncontrollably, I showed him the contents.

“O.K.” he said “through you go”, as if that were the end of it. As I proceeded he gave me another one of those ‘looks’. I thought “this is what brave Iraqi’s have to go through every day’. I refused to be bowed and shot him a glance back. Believe me, I could see I’d rattled him because I noticed he nervously adjusted his army regulation sun glasses as he said “Your flight leaves in 45minutes sir.” Can you believe a soldier would talk to American Citizen like that!?

On the plane I reflected back on my brush with the Kafkaesque world of the American Occupying Force. “Not in my name,” I repeatedly whispered as a peace and harmony mantra. In order to reduce the effects of the trauma I ordered two bottles of French estate bottled 98 Chardonnay, and downed them with some foie gras and freshwater lemon marinated Scottish salmon. I couldn’t help but reflect that those soldiers have no insight into the loneliness and danger experienced by 9-5 journalists otherwise why….(continued on page 694)

Blair ditches multicultural experiment.

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I heard this speech live yesterday. It is very significant. However the British media do not seem to know what to do with it and have mostly relegated it well down the news agenda. But for those of use who have consistently opposed this undemocratic, multicultural experiment, hearing Blair eat his words was sweet indeed. Here’s some of the Telegraph’s take on it:

“Tony Blair formally declared Britain’s multicultural experiment over yesterday as he told immigrants they had ”a duty” to integrate with the mainstream of society.

In a speech that overturned more than three decades of Labour support for the idea, he set out a series of requirements that were now expected from ethnic minority groups if they wished to call themselves British.

These included “equality of respect” – especially better treatment of women by Muslim men – allegiance to the rule of law and a command of English.

If outsiders wishing to settle in Britain were not prepared to conform to the virtues of tolerance then they should stay away. He added: “Conform to it; or don’t come here. We don’t want the hate-mongers, whatever their race, religion or creed.

“If you come here lawfully, we welcome you. If you are permitted to stay here permanently, you become an equal member of our community and become one of us. The right to be different. The duty to integrate. That is what being British means.”

Mr Blair’s volte face – just eight years ago he championed multiculturalism – was the culmination of a long Labour retreat from the cause. In recent weeks, Jack Straw, Ruth Kelly, John Reid and Gordon Brown have all played their part in a concerted revision of the Cabinet’s stand which began in earnest after the July 7 suicide bombings in London last year.”

There is little reason to rejoice however sweet those words may be in a conservative’s ear. The truth is the experiment has sown the seeds of Islamism and this speech is going to do little to stem the stop their perverted growth. If anything, it will now stoke further resentment in the Muslims camp because they have had it all their own way for too long.

So having wrecked the UK (his lasting legacy will surely be the break-up of the Union on the rocks ofNU-labour ideology) Blair picks up the ball and decides to go home.

The man has been a domestic disaster. His only saving grace has been his willingness to stand by America in the War on Terror, for which I give thanks. It has been evident to all right thinking people that his international and domestic policies have been at odds with each other. Now, much too late in the day they are congruent. But hey, he should worry, he’ll be on the lucrative lecture circuit soon.

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A Skeptic’s Guide to Debunking Global Warming Alarmism.

Here’s an article from a great wordpress blog that has caught my attention recently.

The outgoing Chairman of Environment & Public Works Committee, is pleased to announce the public release of the Senate Committee published booklet entitled “A Skeptic’s Guide to Debunking Global Warming Alarmism. Hot & Cold Media Spin Cycle: A Challenge To Journalists who Cover Global Warming.” The color glossy 64 page booklet — previously was only available in hardcopy to the media and policy makers — includes speeches, graphs, press releases and scientific articles refuting catastrophe climate fears presented by the media, the United Nations, Hollywood and former Vice President turned-foreign-lobbyist Al Gore.

Senator Inhofe’s “Skeptic’s Guide” also includes hard hitting critiques of the New York Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek, Associated Press, Reuters, the LA Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the Washington Post.

Senator Inhofe has challenged the media in a series of speeches and hearings to stop the unfounded hype.

The American people are fed up with the media for promoting the idea that former Vice President Al Gore represents the scientific “consensus” that SUV’s and the modern American way of life have somehow created a ‘climate emergency’ that only United Nations bureaucrats and wealthy Hollywood liberals can solve,” Senator Inhofe said in October.

Skepticism that human C02 emissions are creating a “climate catastrophe” has grown in recent times. In September, renowned French geophysicists and Socialist Party member Claude Allegre, converted from a believer in manmade catastrophic global warming to a climate skeptic. This latest defector from the global warming camp caps a year in which numerous scientific studies have bolstered the claims of climate skeptics.

Scientific studies that debunk the dire predictions of human-caused global warming have continued to accumulate and many believe the new science is shattering the media-promoted scientific “consensus” on climate alarmism.

The Conservative Christian blog is at http://bsimmons.wordpress.com/

News unfolding on Al Gore the high priest of Global Warming is at MicksPlace

In Honor Of Jeanne Kirkpatrick

I couldn’t let this day end without saying thank you to this brilliant woman, that did so much to defend and protect the freedoms, and security we enjoy today.
God Speed, Ms. Kirkpatrick.
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