Cliff Maydemonstrates the fundamental dishonesty of conservatives' attempt to connect Iraq to the war on terror:
"Al Qaeda is on the horns of a dilemma. Last month, some 30 of its senior leaders in Iraq were killed or captured. Now, Osama bin Laden faces a tough decision: Send reinforcements to Iraq in an attempt to regain the initiative? That risks losing those combatants, too — and that could seriously diminish his global organization. But the alternative is equally unappealing: accept defeat in Iraq, the battlefield bin Laden has called central to the struggle al Qaeda is waging against America and its allies."
The news that Sam Brownback will drop out of the presidential campaign takes some of the punch out of my linking to this, The Jerusalem Summit, a group that advocates the transfer of Palestinians ("voluntarily", of course, just like the 700,000 Palestinians who "voluntarily" transferred themselves from their homes in 1948) from Israel proper and from lands conquered by Israel in 1967. What does this have to do with Brownback? He's on the group's executive committee. And to think, this man almost came within not a thousand miles of being president! Chilling.
Yesterday, Jonah Goldbergdefended his anti-abortion stance by explaining that his “uncertainty” about when life really begins has led him to err on the side of empowering the state to force women to bear children. Treating this opinion, which was stated in a political column in a major newspaper, as if it were an actual argument, our editor Ann explained why it was dumb.
And the award for "Most Transparently Ridiculous and Astonishingly Vulgar Attempt to Commandeer the Armenian Genocide Resolution Controversy for Their Own Pet Issue" goes to …National Review'sDave Kopel, Paul Gallant, and Joanne D. Eisen:
"Whatever may be said about the U.S. House of Representatives committee vote concerning the use of the term “genocide” in reference to Turkey’s atrocities against the Armenians during World War I, two facts are indisputable: It was gun confiscation that made the atrocities possible. And it was the possession of firearms that saved many Armenians."
How insane is Rudy Giuliani's Middle East adviser Daniel Pipes? He considers the Egypt-Israel peace treaty, which has held for almost thirty years, to be a trick:
"No significant peace process exists now, nor has it ever. Israel's signing of a diplomatic agreements with Egypt (1979), Lebanon (1983), the PLO (1993), and Jordan (1994) all proved ineffective at best and counterproductive at worst.