Friday, June 29, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
. . .As I read the facts, we don't have enough troops available and the Iraqi government isn't up to the job. Therefore, reason would suggest that if we are to attain victory (or success or whatever other euphemism people prefer these days for the vulgar, antiquated, arrogant, jingoistic, unrealistic, impolite, cowboy-like word "victory"), we need to replace the Iraqi government and as quickly as possible start increasing the size of our Army and Marines. . .
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Our conclusion is that the gap between conservative and progressive talk radio is the result of multiple structural problems in the US regulatory system particularly the complete breakdown of the public trustee concept of broadcast, the elimination of clear public interest requirements for broadcasting, and the relaxation of ownership rules.
. . .stations owned by women, minorities or local owners are statistically less likely to air conservative hosts or shows.
Yahoo ! More bucks for NPR and PBS ! That'll drown out those nasty right wingers and bore everybody to death !
Are you in Iraq? Have you seen any troop movements? If you have any information
you would like to share with the BBC, you can do so using the form below.
Brit Hume, reporting on this same subject on Fox, says that this occured just one day after an independent report (sources unspecified) accused the BBC of having a "culture of bias." You don't say.
Now why oh why would the BBC, or somebody at the BBC, be soliciting information from people in Iraq on troop movements in current operations north of Baghdad ? Belmont Club, called its post on this subject "Left 50, Up 200." That sounds right on target to me.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Maximilian would have been better advised to accept the advice of his brother, Kaiser Franz-Josef of Austria, decline the proffered throne, remain an Austrian archduke, and live out his life at the beautiful castle of Miramare, near Trieste. The Emperor chose wrongly, and died well.
There is a most interesting website on the Imperial House of Mexico (House of Iturbide of which the Emperor’s heir was a member), which is worth a visit.
The Serbian government did not want to fight either -- at any rate not yet (the army was exhausted after the Balkan wars), and not without Russia. But the Serbian government was not strong enough to control the activities of its own extremists, who more and more, were finding a happy-hunting ground among the young Bosnian-Serbs who were sharpening their knives, driven partly by Serb nationalism as such. . .It was against this background that Franz Ferdinand went to meet his death at Sarajevo on 28 June 1914.Edward Crankshaw The Fall of the House of Habsburg, Chapter XVIII "The Road To Sarajevo" (Penguin, 1983) at 375-76.
Monday, June 18, 2007
All my life I have cherished a certain idea of France, that is inspired by feeling as well as by reason. . . My instinct tells me that providence created her for triumphs and disasters. If, in spite of this, France behaves in a mediocre fashion, I feel that there has been an error, due to the mistakes of the French [people] rather than the character of the nation. The positive side of my mind is convinced that France is true to herself only when she stands in the first rank; that only great enterprises can neutralize the ferment of disunity which her people carry in their veins... France cannot be France for me without grandeur. France is not France unless she is great...
Charles de Gaulle, War Memoirs (Vol. I, "The Call")
The leaders who, for many years, were at the head of French armies, have formed a government. This government, alleging our armies to be undone, agreed with the enemy to stop fighting. . . But has the last word been said? Must hope disappear? Is defeat final? No!
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The destiny of the world is here. I, General de Gaulle, currently in London, invite the officers and the French soldiers who are located in British territory or who would come there, with their weapons or without their weapons, I invite the engineers and the special workers of armament industries who are located in British territory or who would come there, to put themselves in contact with me. Whatever happens, the flame of the French resistance must not be extinguished and will not be extinguished. . .
Charles deGaulle “The Call” Radio London, 18 June 1940
The 1940 collapse was the hour of the famous World War I French military commander Henri Phillippe Pétain (hero of Verdun) and his longtime protege, the then generally unknown Charles deGaulle, a tank general, and recently, a junior government minister. The two had once been very close: DeGaulle had named his son, Phillippe, for his mentor, Petain.
By 1944 of course, it was Pétain's pro-German regime that was the farce, and deGaulle's exile provisional government that had the support of the bulk of French public opinion. DeGaulle's public standing increased despite his erstwhile allies Roosevelt and Churchill, who thought to use the France Libre movement for their own purposes and planned to undercut deGaulle by establishing an allied-run occupation regime in liberated France. DeGaulle also had to contend with communist elements in the resistance, who had their own plans for liberated France. All these schemes were scuttled when Paris fell that August, and that city's inhabitants gave deGaulle a tumultuous welcome: his walk down the Champs-Elysées was truly one of the finest triumphs any man could ever receive and completed the work he began in June of 1940.
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
It seems that someone, in 1957, buried a Plymouth Belvedere in your neighborhood.
We need a FULL report on what happens with this.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Friday, June 8, 2007
Thursday, June 7, 2007
The question for Austria and Germany, therefore, was whether St. Petersburg sincerely wanted to negotiate and was taking military measures to put pressure on them, or whether the Russians were talking while they secretly mobilized. Sazonov's volatility and general unreliability did not help the situation.William Jannen, Jr., The Lions of July: Prelude to War, 1914 (Presidio, 1996), at 135. (The title of this post is from this work also).
. . .Tehran's primary targets would be US military installations and strategic targets in US - allied Arabian [Persian] Gulf states, including oil depots, refineries, power plans and desalination facilities. US warships would also face waves of surface-to-surface cruise missiles sent to overwhelm their countermeasures, said several senior Iranian officials whose comments reflect the official line but who could not obtain permission to speak on the record on such short notice.
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Inscription, British War Memorial, Kohima, India. (Attributed to John Maxwell Edmonds, Times Literary Supplement[London], 4 July 1918).
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Saturday, June 2, 2007
The Monarchist website has a link to a really well-done video in support of a petition that's circulating to put the prefix "Royal" back in front of the designations of Canada's naval and air forces."Keep your hands off the regiment, ye iconoclastic civilian officials who meddle and muddle in Army matters."
Friday, June 1, 2007
The Syrian government is thought by the present Lebanese government and its supporters to have had Mr. Hariri assassinated – probably a good guess. My own opinion is that our Iranian friends are also to be found back of the business someplace.
This resolution was put through the Security Council by the US, UK, France and others – with the usual suspects, China and Russia in opposition. However, they abstained from blocking the resolution with a veto.
All of the great and good think this resolution is a step forward: and that the Syrians, and whoever else might be responsible, will be “brought to justice.”
I see the situation differently.
First, and most obviously, assuming the UN finds evidence of Syrian responsibility, what exactly is going to happen then ? The UN has no police, no army, no means of enforcement, other than what its member states put up. And we know who will wind up serving the writ on Boy Assad, should it come to that.
More importantly, we are setting up bad, bad precedents for the future. The Chinese, Russians and others maintain that the Security Council is exceeding its authority, and that this whole business amounts to interference in Lebanese internal affairs. Okay, these states aren’t our friends, but in this case, they are exactly right.
This "special tribunal" business is going to boomerang on us. Right off the bat, I can think of a half dozen tyrants, troublemakers and other so called great leaders – all members in good standing of the United Dictators Organization – over whom I'd shed no tears if they came to grisly ends. One day, to put it bluntly, it may well be in the state interest of the United States, or in that of its allies, to have these people bumped off. Do you think maybe that many people (including the US wacko professor set) would then see another "Special Tribunal" as sauce for the goose ?
Mind you, I am in no way saying the Syrians or whoever might have killed Rafik Harari should be let off scot-free. Far from it: Mr. Harari was a patriot, and by all accounts an honest man, and leader of a faction it would be in the US interest to see running Lebanon. His death should, and must be, avenged. We should talk in the UN and the other talking shops until we’re blue in the face about Syrian injustice – but that’s talk and propaganda.
As far as the UN goes, the Harari matter should be kept political, and not made legal – a matter for sovereign states to work out politically, with, as necessary, the aid of their intelligence agencies and their militaries. It's quite enough that we pay for the UN (truly the least bright idea Franklin Roosevelt ever had) -- let alone that we have to listen to it. If the Syrians want to blow up Lebanese leaders, than they should pay a price: perhaps learning that bombs can move across borders both ways. But don't involve the lawyers ! Americans have no interest in aiding the transnational progressives in the UN and the international law community in placing limits on the sovereignty of nation states. By doing so, American diplomats are (intentionally ?) aiding the Lilliputians in tying down Gulliver.