“Ramparts of Christendom?”

The insufferable Jeffrey T. Kuhner, Washington Times’ chief Croat apologist, abuses logic and truth in his most recent commentary.
Kuhner claims that Bosnian Muslims insist on a unified, centrally governed Bosnia despite the opposition of more than half the country’s population (36% Serbs and 17% Croats), which is true. It is also true that Alija Izetbegovic and his followers have aided and sheltered Al-Qaeda, during and after the Bosnian war, and there is evidence that this continues to be the case.
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OK, OK, Just One More

The Pompous Ass Quote of the Day:


If things go badly as a result, I promise to publish the pictures, names — and home phone numbers, if I can get ’em — of the Senators voting for this bill.

I’ll also publish weblinks so that people can give money to their opponents, regardless of party. This is near-criminal stupidity.

Glenn Reynolds

Speaking of Glenn Reynolds…

There’s been much caterwauling about the negative coverage of “postwar” Iraq, including repeated charges that the media never show the progress being made.

Here’s your progress:

Once the Iraqis at the Baghdad Fire Department’s largest station learn English, they’ll be able to read the English-language “Baghdad Fire Department” T-shirts we’ve decked their employees in. The BFD seems to be a symbol for our whole approach, by the way: US taxpayers have paid for a repainting of the station, new beds, air conditioners, office equipment, a television and a DVD player, reports ABC Nightly News. So the BFD probably on the surface looks more luxurious than most American fire stations. But ABC reports, that “after doing their best for the cameras, the firefighters told us there were still no replacements for the fire engines and protective gear taken by looters just after the war. ‘I’m happy the Americans helped us,’ said one of them. ‘But if I’m going to fight fires, I’m going to need better clothing than a T-shirt. It’s nylon and will burn right off.’ ”

Sorry, did our shock & awe campaign cost you your fire trucks? Here, have a million-dollar T-shirt. And smile for the nice Americans back home.

Matt Bivens, The Nation

He’s a Law Professor, You Know

Much praise to blogger Jim Henley for handing Glenn Reynolds his head on a toothpick. Check out this Henley response to Reynolds’ whimpering about the Valerie Plame/CIA scandal:

Leave Me My Illusions! – Until recently I could believe that ressentiment was a malady unique to the Left. Damn the Bush Administration for stealing that, too. Glenn Reynolds in a long, Pooh-Bearlike item on Plame Game:

“This seems like a case of manufactured outrage to me. I rather doubt that most of the people who are so exercised here were condemning that hero of the antiwar left, Philip Agee, who really did put lives in danger.”

Henley’s summary of Reynolds is perfect:

[B]efore we can decide what we think about anything, we have to ask ourselves if that decision will make some liberal, somewhere, happy. That must be resisted at any cost.

Scroll up from there for more great commentary on Plame, Reynolds, and the childlike Clifford May.

30,000 WMDs Found

Sure, terrorists can cause trouble, Mideast dictators could threaten their neighbors with nukes, if they had ’em. Matt Bivens, writing in the Moscow Times reminds us, though, about the threat that could destroy civilization:

“Look, if we’re such great friends, why do we still have around 30,000 nuclear weapons — including thousands on hair-trigger launch alert? (China, in distant third place, has about 400.)

“Under the Nonproliferation Treaty — the one we keep rolling up to whack North Korea and Iran with on the nose — Russia and the United States also have solemn obligations to work toward complete nuclear disarmament. (Pie-in-the-sky? Perhaps, but then so is expecting other nations never to try to produce a single nuke.)

“Consider again the threat lurking in Putin’s story.

“So, what happens if some day, when it matters, Putin’s not around anymore and his gorilla-partners take over? As long as we’re all pals now, wouldn’t this be the moment to junk about 29,000 nukes?”

WMD are a real problem, & a nuke-armed state’s policy of invading non-nuclear powers is a good way to guarantee proliferation.