Archive for March, 2007

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Strike A Pose, Kung-Fu Style

March 30, 2007

It probably doesn’t take the average reader of my blog too long to figure out that I’m a fan of kung-fu movies.  I’m not quite sure what it is about them that I find entertaining, but I know I’ve liked them since my childhood (I know I’m not the only one who watched Kung Fu Theater).  I’m not sure where I’d be placed on rating of fanaticism, but let’s just say that I own 40 or so of them on DVD and I’ve seen many, many more.  I’ve actually thought about how the genre has evolved from the Shaw Bros. days to appearing in major Hollywood films like The Matrix, but that subject will have to wait for some future post here.

One thing I’ve always found really cool and different about the older ones (in particular) is the way the fight scenes incorporate a sort of machismo and LOTS of posturing.  These scenes will typically have many “squaring off” pose breaks interspersed within the choreographed action sequences.  It’s almost as if these directors and screenwriters knew that this moment before the combatants engaged each other had high excitement value, so they figured on having it happen as many times as possible before the fight’s conclusion.  I’ve noticed that it seems to be a source of some creativity on the part of the both actor and director.  As this type of thing became more popular, I’m sure the filmmakers were challenged to come up with new and hip ways of doing it.   A perfect example of this style of action sequencing taken to the max is the final fight scene in the Woo-ping classic The Buddhist Fist.

Fun stuff!  I’ll add more fun kung fu observations in the future.

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Today Is March 26th…

March 26, 2007

…and it’s 75 degrees here in Minnesota.  Unbelievable. 

So, I grabbed my Creative Zen Micro, some smokes and the leash and took Indy for a walk.  Outside there are children playing, kites flying and birds chirping.  Just beautiful.

Hard to believe that earlier this month we had a few feet of snow on the ground.

Update:  The temp actually made it to 81 degrees today, and the StarTrib says it’s a record: Mercury hits record 81

The first full week of spring is feeling a lot more like summer as the mercury roared past 70 degrees for the second consecutive day and set a record — 81 — for the date.

The 81 degrees in the Twin Cites eclipsed the 74 recorded on this date in 1991.

A reading of 70 degrees or higher in March in the Twin Cities is not unheard of, said Pete Boulay of the State Climatology Office, but getting two consecutive days of 70 degrees or warmer is very rare. That has not happened since 1986, when temperatures went above 70 March 29 and 30.

The March 30, 1986, reading of 83 is the warmest ever for the month. The mercury also hit 83 on March 30, 1968, and March 23, 1910. On the other end of the scale, a bitter arctic blast sent the temperature plunging to minus-32 on March 1, 1962.

That’s our Minnesota weather for ya!

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Great Moments In Flame War History: Rayra

March 25, 2007

This isn’t my first post regarding a flame war/warrior sighting.  Maybe I’ll make this a recurring theme (so the carpet can match the drapes a bit in here). Today I’d like to highlight the adventures of a netizen who should be familiar with readers of LGF:  Rayra

Edit (6/6/07): I’ve decided to leave all obscenities in here uncensored.  My apologies, but I didn’t want any confusion about what was actually posted.

football-profile.gif Rayra
This user is blocked.
Registered lizardoid since: Jun 15, 2004 at 12:52 pm
No. of comments posted (since July 26, 2004): 21,900 (that’s about 30 posts/day!)

-This was the thread that did him in:

I drink about 6 alcoholic beverages a month, you stupid cunt 
(#113)

The flame war raged as Rayra engaged multiple members at once, defending his use of obscenities. In the heat of the battle, Rayra wondered if Charles (the webmaster) was really Charles (how can anyone have a problem with the c-word?).

Now I’m really thinking this isn’t Charles. Too childish. wtf, who is this nancy?
(#231)

(The blog RADAMISTO put together a good summary of the exchange here

In the end, Rayra managed to create a mess that spilled over into other threads, involved many lizards, and eventually resulted in his banishment along with about a half dozen others.  It wasn’t pretty.  The subject still comes up every so often in the comment section, usually namelessly.

These days, Rayra and most of the other lizards banned that day hang out in the GCP forums.  Although Rayra always had a penchant for using Archivist and Compost tactics, and being a bit of a Xenophobe toward new lizard hatchlings, I think Centurion represents the best caricature:

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Update:  The GCPers have finally discovered this post, and Rayra responds:

Got as far as seeing that lying c-word ChenZen’s name in the URL and said ‘why bother?’

And his horseshit about reminding other of my service as a trump is utter bullshit. I’ve NEVER done that. That’s pure unadulterated ‘Chickhawk’ meme bullshit right there. I have spoken of my military experience during reminiscences, humorous anecdotes, and when answering or clearing up technical matters of military science. I have NEVER used it as a shield. And it’s areal POS that makes such a low accusation.

I pistol-whipped ChenZen for being a fucking kossack-crowd retard. And like all the other fucking cowards of his broad yellow stripe, he strikes where and when he cannot be answered.

I’m right here Rayra.  Enter a phony email if you want. 

I’ll admit that the Centurion description may not be 100% accurate, but I did notice that the Archivist tactics got whipped out one more time in that thread (in ad Hominem fashion, no less).  Where are those posts saved on your computer, anyway?  Filed under “kossack-crowd retard”?

Update:  I decided that Rayra was right, and it would be unfair use Centurion as the best description of his tactics.  I don’t remember any instance where he used his military service as a weapon on the cyber-battlefield.  However, since it is a pretty funny visual, I’ll keep the picture up there.

Update:  Sadly No!  Rayra’s fame spreads.

Update:  Oh well, more drama over at LGF (really gets going about here).  Saved for documentation purposes.   I did think this was pretty funny though:

#274 Colonel Panik  6/05/2007 1:14:26 pm PDT

Isn’t “Rayra” an Eric Clapton song as sung by Kim Jong-Il?

Rayra
You got me on my knees
Rayra
I’m beggin’ darring prease
Rarya
Darring won’t you ease
My worried mind?

GCP gang not happy.  Rayra responds:

9mos, 5days. And those cocksuckers are still gestating their Hate. Fuck’em.

I’ll say the same thing here that I posted at Wizbang to nony – LGF’s readership stats have collapsed to what they were 2-1/2yrs ago immediately post the Memogate surge. Half what they were when we were Purged.  Obviously we were not the cause of LGF’s declining stats. And in fact, most of the decline has come after our ouster.
Meanwhile, the same pack of snarky cunts who demonized their fellow Jews as Nazis, Sharon as Hitler, Israeli police as Stormtroopers, who called themselves ‘higher quality Jews’ are still there shoveling up shit.
And LLLibtard tools and mobies like ChenZhen et al are still there rolling around in it. You remember ChenZhen don’t you, that jackoff that first showed up as a Kossack crossover and a self-proclaimed Deaniac, to boot?
Those are the folks that populate LGF now, while it’s viewership is off 50%, it’s average daily comments off 40%, where Charles now floats banner ads at the top of the page as the ‘next new thing’ for generating revenue.
A pox on them all. LGF served it’s purpose. Now the blogosphere is rife with folks exposing the Jihad on a regular basis.

My best wishes to the remaining good folks that post there or lurk in silence. C’mon over and have a chat where folks the likes of the shriekers, hand-wringing doomsayers and backbiters are most emphatically NOT welcome. 

And I say again, a damned shame that ‘NY Nana git yer pruny ass in here’ topic was deleted. She kept her shithole shut while that ready trump was at hand. Now the crazy old bitch once again feels brave enough to cast her aspersions. And I’m not going to be bothered to rebut them for the umpteenth time. Fuck’em.

I can’t believe this guy got banned.  Maybe it was an imposter Charles after all?

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Righty Blog Of The Week: Moonbattery

March 25, 2007

There is just something about the term ‘moonbat’ that fascinates me. I’m not quite sure why. Perhaps it’s because I’ve seen it used to label anyone from Cindy Sheehan to John Murtha to Arianna Huffington to George Clooney, without seeing anything really consistent to link the term with the behavior described.  I’m beginning to think that ‘moonbat’ is just a catch all term that’s thrown out there by righty bloggers when someone is perceived as acting in some ‘leftist’ manner (by someones definition) or expressing an opposing viewpoint.  That covers quite a broad range.  In fact, at this point, the wielders of the slur would most likely apply it to a majority of America, as 54% of the population now believes that Bush/Cheney deliberately misled the nation about the threat posed by Saddam Hussein in the run-up to the Iraq war.  Since the “Bush lied” meme is consistently labeled as ‘moonbattish’, it’s apparent that there are literally ‘moonbats’ around every corner.  Watch out!

When it comes to where the term is used on the blogs, there is undoubtedly none that use it with more impunity than this one:

Moonbattery

The Moonbattery blogger, Van Helsing (get it?), was presumably curious about my “What The Hell Is A Moonbat?” post and decided to stop by last week. Here’s what he (I assume) had to say:

Another possible definition of a moonbat is “a smug liberal who adopts a smirking tone without really knowing what he’s talking about.”

I’d have to disagree with that statement.  Smugness online is a tell-tale sign of an Ideologue, a flame warrior that  also has a conservative variation.  But who am I to say?  I’m dealing with a blogger with a PhD. in moonbatology.  Maybe I should just shut the hell up before I get a ‘vampire bomb’ dropped on my smug ass, eh?

Anyway, click the link if you think you’re ready to enter the den of the web’s crusader-in-chief against all things ‘moonbat’.

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The “War On Terror” Is Just A Phrase

March 25, 2007

I’ve had a problem with the way the slogan ‘war on terror’ has been used by the Bush administration for quote some time.  In fact, anyone familiar with my posts on this blog or FearBush.com will find the sentiments expressed in Zbigniew Brzezinski’s op-ed in the Washington Post  a bit familiar-sounding: Terrorized by ‘War on Terror’

The damage these three words have done — a classic self-inflicted wound — is infinitely greater than any wild dreams entertained by the fanatical perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks when they were plotting against us in distant Afghan caves. The phrase itself is meaningless. It defines neither a geographic context nor our presumed enemies. Terrorism is not an enemy but a technique of warfare — political intimidation through the killing of unarmed non-combatants.

That’s always been the problem with this whole concept.  In order to ‘win’ the ‘war on terror’ we would have to erase the word from the dictionary.  There is no ‘winning‘.  Not to mention that counterterrorism efforts didn’t exactly begin on 9/11:

Time magazine used the phrase

I’m not going to say that I agree with everything that Brzezinski posted there, but it’s a well written piece. Here is Zbigniew Brzezinski in his interview with Bill Maher Friday night:

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Today Is Paint A Democrat As An Anarchist Day

March 22, 2007

It started with the reports from the March 17th protest in D.C.  Then, I saw some rather disturbing pictures from a completely different event on LGF:

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Suddenly (and not surprisingly), the effort to smear everyone who is against the Iraq war as a flag-burning, soldier effigy hoisting, vandalous anarchist started to gain some momentum in the righty blog community.  Here’s a great example over at hot air: A few fringe actors 

Those people who burned a US soldier in effigy in Portland are a lot of things, most of them unprintable, but fringe actors they are not. They are leaders. They have been leading the Democrats toward their current stance on the war since 9-12-01.

What utter crap.  Here’s a newsflash Bryan:  There were those of us that thought this war was an idiotic idea from day 1.  There were even more who discovered it later on.  Today, a majority of Americans think the war was not worth the cost and Bush/Cheney deliberately misled the country about the threat posed by Saddam.  After 4 years, Democrats continue to hand wring over the war, and you think they’re influenced by these nuts?  Gimme a break.

Hot Air’s not alone though, as there are lots of other blogs  willing to juxtapose anyone anti-Bush with the flag burners.

But, hey, it’s much easier to look at yourself in the mirror if you can just paint everyone on the other side as an anti-American, troop-hating communist.

BTW- Just for the record, I think any American upset enough with the country to actually burn a flag can pack their bags and leave.  The behavior is very much on ‘the fringe’.

Update:  A similar sentiment was echoed by a blogger in Oregon: How to find the pricks in a crowd of 10,000

Update:  Apparently, one of these creeps took a dump on the flag as well, so the smear rolls on at LGF: A New Low for the Anti-War Movement

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Read The Bills Act

March 22, 2007

It seems like such a revolutionary yet simple idea. Make it illegal for lawmakers to not read the bills signed into law.  Double negatives aside, surely there must be some flaw in this logic?  Something I’m not thinking of?  You know, like our democracy is supposed to fly blind?

RTBA requires that . . .

  • Each bill, and every amendment, must be read in its entirety before a quorum in both the House and Senate.
  • Every member of the House and Senate must sign a sworn affidavit, under penalty of perjury, that he or she has attentively either personally read, or heard read, the complete bill to be voted on.
  • Every old law coming up for renewal under the sunset provisions must also be read according to the same rules that apply to new bills.
  • Every bill to be voted on must be published on the Internet at least 7 days before a vote, and Congress must give public notice of the date when a vote will be held on that bill.
  • Passage of a bill that does not abide by these provisions will render the measure null and void, and establish grounds for the law to be challenged in court.
  • Congress cannot waive these requirements.

The effects of these provisions will be profound . . .

  • Congress will have to slow down. This means the pace of government growth will also slow.
  • Bills will shrink, be less complicated, and contain fewer subjects, so that Congress will be able to endure hearing them read.
  • Fewer bad proposals will be passed due to “log-rolling.”
  • No more secret clauses will be inserted into bills at the last moment.
  • Government should shrink as old laws reach their sunset date, and have to be read for the first time before they can be renewed.

This appears to have been started by a grassroots group called DownsizeDC, and have a blog urging everyone to use Digg to spread the word and to email their congressional representatives (read more).  They want someone to take this on.  Here is the bill (with the H.R. _____ and everything)

In the very least, it will be interesting to see if using Digg is a factor. They certainly picked a good title:

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE

    This Act may be cited as the “Read the Bills Act.”

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Is Andrew Rove “Prepared For War”?

March 19, 2007

You know, this argument has been brought up so many times,  I’m surprised it managed to make it into the LA Times op-ed section: Why aren’t the Bush daughters in Iraq?

The president tells us Iraq is a “noble” war, but his wife, his children and his nieces and nephews are not listening. None has enlisted in the armed services, and none seems to be paying attention to the sacrifices of military families. Until Jenna’s trip to Panama, the presidential daughters performed community service only when mandated by a court after they were cited for underage drinking. Since then they have surfaced in public during lavish presidential trips with their parents, bar-hopping outings in Georgetown and champagne-popping art openings in New York.

Now, this argument isn’t a bad one, per se.  There is something to be said about standing behind your beliefs, and it sure doesn’t look like the Bush family is willing to risk anything for this endeavor they are so enthusiastically supporting.  On the other hand, have you seen the Bush daughters?  I know it shouldn’t, but it kinda weakens the argument.  In reality, their participation would probably do more harm than good anyway.

As often as people bring up the Bush twins, I’m kinda surprised that no one really talks about a kid who goes by the name Andrew Madison Rove.  Andrew will be turning 18* this year, and his father seemed to mention something about “preparing for war” awhile back:

Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 in the attacks and prepared for war; liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers.”

I assume Andrew has already enlisted?  Just curious.  We already know that Karl doesn’t want him picking tomatoes or making beds in Las Vegas, so perhaps that really is the plan?**

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*That link has A. Rove born in 1989, but wiki (and a few other places) have it as 1987.  Considering that a little over a month ago, Rove said “my 17 year old son”, I’ll lean towards the former.  I haven’t seen an exact date anywhere, but I’ll update it if I do.  I know it doesn’t effect the argument too much, but I want to maintain accuracy,  if possible.

**I don’t really want to use Rove’s kid as a political punching bag on this, but I think if you’re going to make this ‘sacrifice’ argument, maybe it would be more persuasive to include him.  I really am curious, nevertheless.

Update: I did some more searching, and this has come up on the blogs before.  Previously on HuffPo: Draft Karl Rove’s Son, Operation Yellow Elephant: Military Recruiting Lead: Washington, D.C 

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Rocky Anderson Speaks Out/ Iraq War Enters 5th Year

March 19, 2007

I don’t know a whole lot about the Salt Lake City Mayor, but I liked what I heard in the Situation Room:  Video: Salt Lake City Mayor calls for Bush impeachment

“If impeachment were every justified, this certainly is the time,” says Anderson, “This president, by engaging in such incredible abuses of power, breaches of trust with both the Congress and the American people, and misleading us into this tragic and unbelievable war, the violation of treaties, other international law, our constitution, our own domestic laws, and then his role in heinous human rights abuses; I think all of that together calls for impeachment.”

I think that’s what it comes down to.  I don’t see why this is even a right or left issue.  If we allow this president to sit in there and do these kinds of things, what precedent does it set?  If we unquestioningly hand over unchecked power under the guise of being “at war”,  it inherently provides a motive to keep that situation ongoing, or to provoke more war.   In light of the situation that we find ourselves in starting the 5th year in Iraq, it’s hard not to think that’s exactly what they’ve been doing. But, not to worry, Bush want to reassure us that he’s got everything under control today: President Bush Discusses Fourth Anniversary of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Prime Minister Maliki and General Petraeus emphasized that the Baghdad security plan is still in its early stages, and success will take months, not days or weeks. Yet, those on the ground are seeing some hopeful signs. The Iraqi government has completed the deployment of three Iraqi army brigades to the capital, where they’ve joined the seven Iraqi army brigades and nine national police brigades that were already in the area.

Are we just prolonging the inevitable?  Does Bush just recycle the same talking points to buy time until ’08?  There was another blogger that beautifully chronicled the rhetoric over the past 4 years : Tracing the breadcrumbs from a chimp’s mouth is a painful reminder that we’ve been duped

To achieve victory over such enemies, we are pursuing a comprehensive strategy in Iraq. Americans should have a clear understanding of this strategy. – November, 2005
U.S. Fatalities: 2,192

Even if Bush’s had the best of intentions this whole time, it still makes him some sort of vigilante.  Would we want a vigilante president?

“I’m against vigilantes in the United States of America.” – Bush, March 23, 2005

I guess not.

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The Iraq War In Two Images

March 19, 2007

I was doing some late-night surfing for more info about Iraq’s southern provinces when I stumbled upon a pair of images that gave me pause. Both pictures were allegedly taken in Az Zubayr, Iraq, in January 2005.

An Iraqi woman flashes the victory sign with a purple finger, indicating she has just voted, at a polling station in the centre of Az Zubayr, southern Iraq.<br>  Photo: AFP<br>

A British soldier aims his gun at an Iraqi woman in Az Zubayr, January 26

It’s also worth noting that Az Zubayr was one of the southern Iraqi towns under British jurisdiction.  Britain has since declared victory in her mission out there, and it appears that the locals aren’t sure that’s a good thing, even 2 years after the infamous ‘purple finger’ picture was taken: Sunnis and Shias appeal for British to stay on

“I request the British people and commanders to keep British forces working in Az Zubayr until the Iraqi security forces have the authority to run affairs,” he said. “If I inform the Sunni people of Az Zubayr that the British are leaving they will leave too.”

He said that once the militias became aware the British were leaving they would prepare to move into Az Zubayr to overrun the police.

The sheik’s pleas were even echoed by the rival Shia-backed Tharallah party. Salan Maki Mohana, the party leader in Az Zubayr, said it would be “very dangerous” for the British to leave.

“Lots of people will take advantage of the bad security,” he said.

Incidentally, Az Zubayr is one of the areas in Iraq where Shia and Sunni have lived together in relative peace. 

Just another stop on the road towards my understanding of this conflict.  It’s pretty hard to wrap your mind around it all, so on occasion I’ll make efforts to expand on what I know.  I can’t help but wonder about that woman with the purple finger, however.  She went nameless in every caption I’ve found, but that image is quite possibly the most memorable one taken from this war thus far.  I think it’d be interesting to find out who she is and how she’s doing now.

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Go Gophers! (unbelievable goal)

March 19, 2007

This was a nice St. Patty’s present for the Gopher hockey fans here in Minnesota.  What a terrific game.  All capped off by an absolutely heroic goal in overtime to win the WCHA and the Broadmoor Trophy:

Wheeler’s Goal for the Ages Lifts Minnesota to 3-2 ot Win, Final Five Title

A night after recording his first career hat trick, sophomore center Blake Wheeler scored a goal for the ages with a diving shot at 3:25 of overtime to lift the second-ranked University of Minnesota men’s hockey team to a 3-2 win over No. 7/6 North Dakota and the 2007 WCHA Final Five Championship at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.

Mike Vannelli with Broadmoor Trophy

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Saturday Showdown In D.C.: Wingnuts Vs. Moonbats

March 15, 2007

A big ‘moonbat’ event has been spotted by ‘moonbat watch’….and it has trouble written all over it…

A collection of various anti-war groups have banded together and decided to mark the 4th anniversary of the Iraq war by organizing a march in Washington D.C. on March 17.  Members include Code Pink, Gold Star Families for Peace, Cindy Sheehan, etc.  In response to this, a grassroots-level organization of concerned citizens, veterans groups and bloggers have formed the base for a counter-protest, dubbed the Gathering of Eagles.

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I’m not going to pick sides on this one. I can tell you that the battle has already begun, however, and it’s lookin’ ugly. In fact, the GOEers accused the ‘moonbats’ of hacking their website last week: Having Fun, Leftards?

And to the pus blisters who apparently finally took their hands off their wing-wing long enough to rub two tired, pot-saturated brain cells together and infringe upon our right to free speech, may I just say that I hope you die a horrific death, filled with every manner of sexually transmitted disease known to man. If it’s even possible to get an STD from self-wanging too much. And if the parties responsible for this little escapade plan on being in D.C. next weekend, stop by and say hello, that is if you haven’t rubbed all the skin off your balls from overhandling.

Now that’s some pretty unhinged cyber-rage!  I’m not sure if it’s all going to be out of everyone’s collective systems by Saturday afternoon, but we’ll see.  Out of fairness, I’ll post youtube vids representing both groups.  So….

In this corner, you have the ‘moonbats’:

And in this corner, the ‘wingnuts’:

One of the bloggers at Jawa report seems to think the wingnuts have the edge (naturally):

(Besides, I’d put my cash on a pissed-off veteran against any 100 stink-ass hippies.)

Hhhmmm….these veterans?

Any bets which side does more to embarrass themselves on Saturday?

Update:  Well, it seems that things went fairly smoothly yesterday in D.C.  There is an excellent photo essay up on The Redhunter: A Gathering of Patriots

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We Won The ‘War On Terror’ In March ’03

March 15, 2007

I just got done having a discussion with the lizards on LGF.  The topic this evening: Pentagon Transcripts Show Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Confesses to Sept. 11 Attacks

It’s the ‘confesses’ part that is news, I suppose, since the 9/11 Commission gave him the credit for the masterminding of 9/11 some time ago.  It could be debated whether this new development really means anything at all with regards to what happens in Washington. Or, should serve as some sort of closure, on some collective level?  I’m not sure.  Anyway, here’s some what I posted on LGF (out-of-context comments removed):

Well, if you take the statement at face value, it looks like a pretext to end the WoT (as in, the response to 9/11, or the intentions of Congress when drafting the AUMF), and get back to the normal ‘war on terrorism’ that has existed for decades. The way that statement looks, this is THE guy. Or, looked at another way, you could say that the single most major threat that existed out there ended the day we nabbed him, making the whole Iraq war completely superfluous…..

This guy confessed to pretty much everything. I mean, you could almost say “we got him” here. In other words, Bush has been hyping a threat that pretty much dissolved March of 03. The threat is below pre-9/11 levels. How to handle the threat that remains is definately worth debating.

I’ve always viewed this WoT as a political tool more than an actual war. Something where ‘victory’ can be declared at any given time, since there’s no way to prove who’s won or lost. Well, gee whiz. The guy confessed…’Victory!’ then continue on with the cloak and dagger stuff they’ve always done…only a little better this time.

Like many people, I’ve tried to make the distinction between our actual, legitimate counterterrorism efforts and ‘War on Terror’ (the slogan). I can’t help but be reminded of the Bush apologists’ favorite talking point.  You know, the “We’ve gone X years since 9/11 with no attack on the homeland” bit.  Well, could it be because we’ve had the real boogeyman in custody since March of 2003?

There’s also a good post on this over at Hot Air

Related: U.S. War on/of Terror will end in Oct. 2008

Update:  OK, here’s an AP article that quotes ‘experts’ backing me up a bit: Experts: Mohammed arrest slowed al-Qaida

Experts agree the arrest was a major setback for bin Laden’s terror network, and one from which the group has never quite recovered.

Along with the arrests of other top bin Laden lieutenants, such as Abu Zubaydah and 9/11 coordinator Ramzi Binalshibh, Mohammed’s capture forced the group — evicted by a U.S.-led invasion from its sanctuary inside Afghanistan — to evolve.

Many of the world’s recent terror attacks — such as the March 11, 2004 train bombings in Madrid and the July 2005 attacks in London, were carried out by local groups with no proven links to bin Laden’s inner circle. Although undoubtedly inspired by bin Laden’s call for global jihad, al-Qaida no longer could lend the kind of direct support it offered the 9/11 hijackers.

“The role of al-Qaida has changed a lot,” said Talat Masood, a former Pakistani general and security analyst. “It has become devolved and amorphous. It’s a more ideological and inspirational force and does not have a centralized command anymore.”

In other words, just when we had al Qaeda on the ropes, we invade Iraq. The ’cause celebre’.  But, hey, if a Democrat were president, we may get hit again.

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Things Worth Knowing Before You Start A War

March 14, 2007

I was cruising Digg again today and spotted this: What’s the Difference: Shia vs. Sunni

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And I was instantly reminded of this:  Ambassador claims shortly before invasion, Bush didn’t know there were two sects of Islam

Galbraith reports that the three of them spent some time explaining to Bush that there are two different sects in Islam–to which the President allegedly responded, “I thought the Iraqis were Muslims!”

I don’t think we’ll be seeing Bush on Mt. Rushmore anytime soon.

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