04 April 2008

I Think FoxNews Is "Perturbed" With Hugo Chavez And The U.N.

Read the tone of this article by George Russell of FoxNews.  It seems that the Venezuelan government put up a strawman argument against a FoxNews story about Chavez getting scanners through the United Nations.  Then they produced documents that supposedly proved FoxNews wrong.

FOX News questioned UNDP’s purchase of $2.3 million worth of airport walk-through body scanners for Hugo Chavez’s radical socialist government in Venezuela, in a story on April 1. Two days later, UNDP replied by posting a number of documents on the Internet, all of which raise new questions about whether the entire deal was a façade for a scam, and whether the scanners were ever shipped at all.

Mr. Russell then goes on to completely fisk the Venezuelan government's response and reiterates that it seems there is something shady about this whole deal.  I particularly like the end.

It does, however, add further emphasis to one of the final questions asked in the April 1 FOX story: "What role is an agency devoted to alleviating international poverty playing as a general contractor for the authoritarian rulers of an oil-rich nation, who are also avowed supporters of terrorism in the Western Hemisphere?”

Seems like this is what journalism should be about.  Good for Mr. Russell... I hope he gets pissed off more often.  I might then be able to say I don't hate all the MSM.

Meanwhile, Chavez has nationalized the cement industry in Venezuela and is upset with Colombia again.  Dave in Texas has the story over at Ace's, so hat-tip to him.  I give Chavez two or three months at most before he tries something militarily (yes, I still think it's going to happen).  When it does, remember where you heard it first, m'kay? 

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02 April 2008

I'll Be Right Back... I Have To Go To The Bathroom -- Part 2

There must be a new and devilishly clever chapter to the al-Qaida manual on escape and evasion.  A disturbing trend since I reported this in a post back on the 9th of March.

Sidna, 26, had just finished a round of questioning Wednesday at the capital's courthouse when he asked his guards for permission to go to the bathroom. A witness said the guards allowed him to go into the stall by himself, but did not guard the doorway. When he re-emerged, Sidna ran for the courthouse's exit and quickly blended into the crowd outside.

I really should forward these posts to the guards at Guantanamo... just in case. (Yes, that's sarcasm)

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China And Misdirection

The biggest reason for this:

A Chinese decision to provide information for use in the agency's attempts to probe Iran's purported nuclear weapons program would appear to reflect growing international unease about how honest the Islamic republic has been in denying it ever tried to make such arms.

is to distract from this:

Wu provided no details or evidence. He used the term "gan si dui," a rarely used phrase directly translated as "dare-to-die corps." The official English version of his remarks translated the term as "suicide squads."

Wu said police had arrested an individual who he claimed was an operative of the "Dalai Lama clique," responsible for gathering intelligence and distributing pamphlets calling for an uprising.

From later in the article:

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Police In Spain On The Ball

They're catching the big guys and the little guy.  Good for them.

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01 April 2008

Pentagon Releases "Harsh Interrogation" Memo

Of course, it's being spun as a "Torture Memo" even though nothing in it constitutes torture except in the addled minds of leftists.

The Justice Department memo, dated March 14, 2003, outlines legal justification for military interrogators to use harsh tactics against al-Qaida and Taliban detainees overseas — so long as they did not specifically intend to torture their captors.

I'm sure they meant "captives"... slip of the tongue there.

"Our previous opinions make clear that customary international law is not federal law and that the president is free to override it at his discretion," said the memo written by John Yoo, who was then deputy assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel.

So not giving a captive a second cup of morning coffee isn't necessarily torture, even if Amnesty International or the European Union claims it is.  The United States is sovereign and not bound by anti-American opinions of what means of interrogation are acceptable.  Who knew?

Haynes, the Defense Department's longest-serving general counsel, resigned in late February to return to the private sector. He has been hotly criticized for his role in crafting Bush administration policies for detaining and trying suspected terrorists that some argue led to prisoner abuses at the detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Never happened.  Just because the media keeps saying it did, doesn't mean it ever happened.  I was there and I know what I saw, I know what the detainees claimed officially, and what they said outside the eye of the media.  I never saw anything happen while I was there and never saw any record that would indicate detainees were abused as a result of any policy.

I really hate the MSM and stories like this are why.  *spit*  Oh, and Senator Leahy can kiss my ass.

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Israeli's Building New Housing In The West Bank

Israel is building new housing in the West Bank.  Good for them except the Palestinians and our State Department will probably want them to give it to the terrorists of Hamas and Fatah.

Jerusalem's city hall announced it would build 600 new apartments in Pisgat Zeev, a Jewish neighborhood in the eastern sector of the city. Soon after, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish party said Prime Minister Ehud Olmert promised to build 800 additional homes in one of Israel's largest West Bank settlements, Betar Illit.

Israel can kick all the Palestinians out of both Gaza and the West Bank for all I care.  It's Israeli territory paid for in Israeli blood after they were the ones attacked.  Let Syria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the other surrounding countries take in the poor "refugees".  The PA still refuses to accept Israel's right to even exist... why should Israel accept the PA's right to exist?  When every attempt at compromise is met with more rocket attacks and suicide bombings, Israel would be completely justified in saying "No More".  This gem is in the last paragraph...

A Palestinian who tried to stab Israeli hitchhikers near a West Bank Jewish settlement was shot and killed by one of them, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said, calling the shooting self-defense.

Feh.

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The Dalai Lama -- Promotes Rioting? *UPDATE: And Terrorism!*

China has accused the Dalai Lama of supporting riots.  Are they kidding?  That's like accusing Mother Theresa of running a call-girl operation.  The man's entire life has been devoted to peace and religion.

A report by Xinhua, China's official news agency, said the government had evidence the Dalai Lama and his supporters had planned the rash of anti-Chinese unrest across the Himalayan region and nearby areas this month.

Maybe it's true, however unlikely... I don't take anything the Chinese government says at face-value.  Asking themselves why such a prominent symbol of peace would promote civil unrest might be a good place for them to start looking for "root causes".

Free Tibet.  Boycott the Olympics.  Recognize Taiwan as independent.  Completely cut off aid to the Palestinians.  Secure the borders at the same time we help Mexico no longer need to send illegals here.  Invest the money we're currently sending the PA in Mexican businesses, not the government.  Put Venezuela on the list of terrorist supporters and stop buying their oil until they get rid of Chavez.  Stop trying to appease tyranny in all its forms (Socialism, Communism, Radical Islam, etc..)  There's a lot more we can do.  We're not going to be in a position to do these things if we keep letting the despots gather power.

*UPDATE* I originally had China accusing the Dalai Lama of terrorism in the headline and changed it because I didn't want to go too far.  Go figure.

China escalated its rhetoric against supporters of the Dalai Lama on Tuesday, accusing the Nobel Peace laureate's backers of planning suicide attacks.

The big lie... I guess China didn't think the first one was quite large enough.

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30 March 2008

Sergeant Keith Matthew Maupin -- R.I.P.

The father of Sergeant Matt Maupin says the Army has informed him his son's remains have been identified in Iraq.

Lt. Lee Packnett, an Army public affairs officer in Washington, confirmed that the Maupins were notified Sunday that their son's remains had been identified. Packnett said an official statement about the identification would be released Monday.

Matt Maupin was a 20-year-old private first class when he was captured April 9, 2004, after his fuel convoy, part of the 724th Transportation Company, was ambushed west of Baghdad.

Prayers and condolences for the family and friends of Sergeant Maupin.  I sincerely hope his killers have already been sent to hell.

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26 March 2008

More Talk Of War

Hugo Chavez continues to accuse others of wanting war after he moved troops to his border with Colombia.  Now, it's John McCain.

"McCain seems to be a man of war too. He said yesterday that Bush has been very tolerant with Chavez. He's gone to Iraq to offer more weapons and more dollars — and more war," Chavez said. "God save us — and beyond God, may the people of the United States save us from greater madness."

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He should be placed on the State Department's list of nations that are supporters of terrorism.  Period.

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25 March 2008

Chavez Is Upset Again *Corrected*

Hugo Chavez is upset again with Columbia, this time because the Defense Minister made a public statement that their raid into Ecuador that killed the #2 leader of FARC was justified.

"For the love of god, President Uribe, don't allow this. The government of Colombia is in your hands, send a message to the spokesmen of war," he told a cheering crowd.

When I wrote about this back on the 7th of March, I said that Chavez would look for any excuse to rekindle tensions as an excuse to invade Colombia.  I haven't seen anything yet to make that seem less likely.

Ecuador's attorney general said the government was considering trying Colombian officials in international courts for their part in the attack.

Because the international courts are bastions of justice.  Feh.

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