Saturday, April 07, 2007

US Speaker Pelosi goes to Syria
Our own Samer al-Batal’s homeland. It really didn’t do anything:
At any rate, Speaker Pelosi is as committed to the Israeli lobby as the president, so her visit changed nothing in policy matters.
But was a symbolically good snub of Mr Bush.
Clearly, the current president is at odds with the authors of the U.S. Constitution. A simple reading of that document will assure any doubters that the man temporarily occupying the White House is not a monarch, dictator or emperor. And the Constitution is truly the supreme law of the land.
Or ‘For the King, the Law, and the People’ as the old motto says.

From LRC.

Well done, ma’am

Also, from Jay Barr:
1. "You Break It = You Bought It."

Colin Powell is said to have famously introduced this fatally flawed analogy. This, along with a couple other accomplishments, appears to be one of the few contributions of his service to his country. There is one key mistake Powell makes when asserting this "Pottery Barn Rule": Iraq, unlike a dinnerware set at the Pottery Barn, was not for sale. While there are notable exceptions, the majority of the Iraqi people are not offering their homeland (and oil) up for grabs despite the actions of their so-called representatives. Besides, if Iraq was broken, it was by the British, and any attempt to rectify that situation was dealt with.

2. 16 Words > 13 Words

Much ado has been made about the "16 words" of the 2003 State of the Union address. However, the "Saddam Must Leave Within 48 Hours" speech contains a far more important 13 words. In this threatening oration, the Commander in Chief warned the Iraqi military with this phrase: "And it will be no defense to say, ‘I was just following orders.’" This pronouncement by the Leader of the United States Armed Forces virtually convicted an untold number of American soldiers and contractors of a vast array of war crimes, despite their "innocence" in following orders that thinking soldiers knew to be illegal from the start.

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