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Thursday, April 8, 2004
The Best Defense

In her testimony before the 9/11 Commission today Condoleeza Rice remarking upon the difficulty of preventing terrorist attacks through defensive measures alone, said, "we have to be right 100% of the time. [the terrorists] only have to be right once."

That comment made me think of one of the favorite Liberal objections to the Strategic Defense Initiative: since Missile Defense is not guaranteed to intercept 100% of incoming missiles, we should not invest in it.

So, it is remarkable that the proposed Liberal solution to Homeland Security against terrorism is to pour our national resources into defensive measures, in the nearly impossible effort to intercept 100% of terrorist attacks.

The Bush Doctrine, by contrast, is to invest in defensive measures certainly; but first of all to go where the terrorists train and plot, and kill them; that is, to disrupt and destroy their operations at the source, and to eliminate foreign governments that facilitate terrorism, so that the War on Terrorism is fought primarily on the enemy's territory.

The upcoming election should be about how America will answer the threat of terrorism, according to the Bush Doctrine of pre-emption, or according to the Democrats doctrine of catch the raindrops and identify the bodies.


Posted by larry_naselli at 4:26 PM CDT
Updated: Thursday, April 8, 2004 5:19 PM CDT
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Swatting Flies

Condoleeza Rice, testifying before the 9/11 Commission, explained that President Bush's phrase "I'm tired of swatting flies" referred to the President's demand that the United States formulate a strategic policy to confront terrorism, to replace the decade's-old U.S. approach of responding piece-meal, or not at all to terrorist attacks. As she spoke, Commissioner Bob Kerrey shouted her down, demanding "what flies did [Bush] swat?" Kerrey then refused to allow the witness to respond, evidently not wanting an answer so much as a sound-byte for the evening news.

Perhaps this is beyond the capacity of the partisan thinking of professional politicians like Bob Kerrey, but George W. Bush, as an American citizen, identifies himself with The United States of America. So that the past two-plus decades of U.S. response to terrorism - sagaciously described as "swatting flies" - is what we Americans had been doing heretofore about the problem, and what Bush was tired of doing. As you might say, "I'm tired of not responding to these terrorists attacking our troops in Iraq with bombs and RPG's," even though you have not personally been in a position to do anything about it. As an American you identify with our nation's efforts. President Bush, at last in a position to shape policy, acted to change what we Americans would do henceforth.

For those who think of themselves first by Party affiliation, and only second, third or fourth as Americans (ranked after, according to individual, after Citizen of the World, Race, or Ethnic Background identifiers), the significance of the phrase "I'm tired of swatting flies" eludes understanding entirely.


Posted by larry_naselli at 12:06 PM CDT
Updated: Thursday, June 17, 2004 5:19 PM CDT
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Bob Kerrey Plays Both "Good Cop" And "Bad Cop"

9/11 Commissioner Bob Kerrey eventually got tired of playing "good cop" to extract a confession of "mistakes were made" from Condoleeza Rice, and when his patience expired he shifted to playing "bad cop," browbeating and interrupting the one person whose testimony, we were told, all the nation waited breathlessly to hear.

Dr. Rice aquitted herself admirably both in substance and in her unshakable poise.


Posted by larry_naselli at 11:30 AM CDT
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Can Dems Reverse Field Now?

By now, does anybody doubt that the Democrats are against the U.S. effort in Iraq? Our lightning fast military victory allowed Democrats to emerge from the uncomfortable position which they had briefly assumed, wrapped in the American Flag, while our boys were fighting on TV. Once major combat operations were ended the Democrats returned to their natural posture of gainsaying the effective projection of American military power. But now that the bullets are flying again in Iraq it is hard for the Dems to reverse field and pretend to support our troops again - their momentum in the opposite direction is just too strong.

Not every voter will be able to articulate it, but people watching prominent Democrats remark upon the war in Iraq will have a gut feeling (possibly unidentified, but still real) that Democrats are against America -- that Democrats wish America ill. Any salesman knows - as Bill Clinton certainly knew - that people buy on emotion. Now, what emotions will the foregoing produce in the American electorate? The voters will demonstrate in November that The USA is not Spain.

Posted by larry_naselli at 8:17 AM CDT
Updated: Thursday, April 8, 2004 5:26 PM CDT
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Wednesday, April 7, 2004
Poll Questions

Here are a couple of poll questions that deserve to be asked:

"Do you think that Democrats are rooting for American success or American disaster in Iraq?"

"Do you think that Democrats are rooting for success or disaster in the U.S. Economy?"


Posted by larry_naselli at 2:29 PM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, April 7, 2004 4:30 PM CDT
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Bring It On

The current uprising in Iraq is the answer to President Bush's "bring it on" remark. As such, the current fighting is welcome. How much better for the future of Iraq to deal with these scum now, while the U.S. military is on hand, than leave them to fester and subvert Iraqi democracy in the cradle.

The main problem our Armed Forces have with our enemies in Iraq is finding them. Since these Islamist and Saddam-ite "militiamen" are now coming out of hiding, they will be in the right position for our boys to kill them.

Pretty, no. Better than the status-quo ante, yes. Bring it on.


Posted by larry_naselli at 10:18 AM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, April 7, 2004 2:22 PM CDT
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Changing The Tone

Ted Kennedy spoke at the Brookings Institute this week and claimed that President Bush has created the biggest credibility gap in American government since Richard Nixon. Among other things, this observation confirms speculation that Senator Kennedy was indeed in a drunken stupor throughout the 1990's, and therefore missed the Clintonian philisophical ponderings of the meaning of "is."

Moreover, President Bush polls quite well on credibility, especially for a man who has been continuously subjected to the most virulent vituperation and invective from the mainstream of the oppossing Party since -- well, since Richard Nixon.

Kennedy went on to compare our liberation of Iraq to the Vietnam War, and to lament the lost respect of unidentified allies (i.e. France and Germany), concluding that President Bush is himself America's problem.

Kennedy stands beside John Kerry, Al Gore, Howard Dean and Terry McAuliff, as mainstream Democrat leaders who have leveled the most extreme charges at the President: Crooked, Lying, Betrayal, Knew about 9/11 in advance, AWOL.

All this is further evidence that George W. Bush has succeeded in his goal of Changing The Tone in Washington. Since Bush was elected, the Democrats have changed their tone from vicious to rabid.

Posted by larry_naselli at 7:39 AM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, April 7, 2004 10:01 AM CDT
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Monday, April 5, 2004
Disappointed Durbin

This weekend Illinois Senator, Dick Durbin, bewailing the price of gasoline in the United States, complained, " there has been no `oil dividend' " from the Iraq War. Now, who ever said there would be an "oil dividend"?

Durbin was one of a handful of Democrats who voted "No" on the Senate War Resolution in October 2002, setting himself against the Liberation of the oppressed People of Iraq, against a preemptive strategy in the War On Terror, and on the side of the Leftist "No Blood For Oil" career-protester bunch, who accused the United States of going to war to transform Iraq into an American Oil Colony.

Now that the United States has demonstrated that our intentions in Iraq had nothing to do with laying our hands on Middle East Oil supplies, Dick Durbin is disappointed that we didn't.


Posted by larry_naselli at 5:39 PM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, April 6, 2004 7:43 AM CDT
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Thursday, April 1, 2004
Embarrassed By America

John Kerry's MTV appearance yielded an insight that tells Americans all they need to know to realize that Kerry is not the right man for President. The most telling moment came when a questioner asked Kerry to identify contemporary Americans to whom young people can look for inspiration, as Kerry looked to John F. Kennedy when he was young. Kerry drew a blank.

What more needs to be said about Kerry's view of America? In a nation of victims and oppressors, as Kerry sees America, inspirational figures are so rare that he can't name one. In a nation of free men and women, pursuing their dreams, risking, sacrificing, doing good, the challenge is to narrow down the list of inspirational characters to fit the limited time allotment of the format.

What of our fighting men in the Armed Forces? What of the firefighters and police who gave their lives at the WTC to save the victims of the 9/11 attacks? What of the thousands of entrepreneurs who are taking risks, driving economic growth, and creating new wealth and a better standard of living? What about the Doctors and Nurses who help people and save lives every day? What about Fathers and Mothers who train their children to live upright lives and serve their fellow man? What of ministers who lead people away from sin and toward God? What of Joe Blow in Anytown USA, who brings blankets to the homeless every Winter? or Sally Sweet, the retired school teacher who tutors inner-city children in reading? or Bubba Bruiser the ghetto-kid who earned a zillion dollars in professional sports and now gives private high school scholarships to low-income students? There are thousands of inspirational stories like this, and anyone who wants to be President of the United States should know the American People well enough to seek out these tales and tell them.

The MTV question would have been a hanging curve ball for George W. Bush to knock into the bleachers, but that's because George W. Bush believes in America. President Bush believes that America is a great country, because it is a country of Free People, pursuing the gifts God has given them. George W. Bush is enthusiastic about America. John Kerry is embarrassed by America. Always has been, always will be; and that above all the other good reasons is the biggest reason that John Kerry is the wrong man for President.

Posted by larry_naselli at 10:24 AM CST
Updated: Saturday, April 3, 2004 2:51 PM CST
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Monday, March 29, 2004
Kerry's Resume

Considering the emphasis the John Kerry campaign is placing on his four months tour of duty in Vietnam, you might think he was running for the Presidency of the VFW, rather than President of the United States.

Honorable military service is an adequate resume for a first-time candidate for State Representative, but should occupy little more than a footnote to the three-decade political career of a Presidential Candidate. Instead of telling the American People why he is the best choice for President of the United States, Kerry has offered the Voters his credentials for promotion to Captain.

Posted by larry_naselli at 11:34 AM CST
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Democrats Take Pre-Emptive Action

"Why won't Condoleeza Rice testify under oath?" The question is bellowed and echoed by partisan politicians and pundits who know perfectly well the legitimate reason why not, but who are betting that the Public doesn't know.

Simply put, the 9/11 Commission is a creation of the U.S. Congress. Dr. Rice is an Adviser to the President, and as such is not subject to Congressional oversight. In their wisdom, the framers of our Constitution hedged against despotism by separating the powers of government among three branches. The Legislative Branch has checks and balances on the Executive Branch, which are spelled out in the Constitution;* it is a matter of settled law that these do not include compelling the President (or by extension, his National Security Adviser) to testify before Legislative Branch tribunals.

Dr. Rice already has testified before the 9/11 Commission in private session, and has openly expressed her willingness to do so again, as much as the Commission wants; so, what makes people who know better demand that she testify publicly? There are several possible, non-conflicting explanations:

1. The 9/11 Commission is comprised mostly of politicians -- make that has-been politicians -- and their lust for Television "face-time" may exceed the limits of their self-control. Since most of the commissioners are retired from politics, they have no "handlers" to keep them on a short leash, which spells a near certainty of grandstanding.

2. Democrat partisans on the Commission, in the active-duty segment of the Party, and in the Media are hungry for an opportunity to embarrass President Bush, turning the hot lights and rubber hose on his National Security Adviser will yield grist for the anit-Bush propaganda mills at the DNC, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, NPR, NYT, AP, etc...

This will be so, even if Dr. Rice gives brilliant and unimpeachable testimony. Media expertise at presenting news in a way that suits their favored viewpoint is legendary. I have experienced first-hand the skill of Network TV News editors at couching a soundbyte here and a soundbyte there within narration to completely mis-represent what I said. Fortunately, they were not hostile toward me personally, as they are toward Condoleeza Rice. Relatively few Americans will watch or listen to the actual testimony, so Dr. Rice's testimony will be whatever the News Media says it was.

3. If Dr. Rice stands on the principle of the Separation of Powers and refuses to testify publicly, the Democrats get a free "Aha!" By charging that "she must have something to hide." For the President's opponents it seems like a no-lose situation. However, this tactic may bite back, if the hysteria of the demands for public testimony actually capture the interest of the Public, and large numbers of Americans see or hear Dr. Rice's testimony for themselves. Hostile Commissioners, unfiltered by sympathetic news editors, will not look good compared to the wise, forthright, honest, well-spoken and intellectually brilliant woman (unfiltered by hostile news editors) who they hope to undo. In fact, Democrats who are insisting that Dr. Rice testify publicly may help realize the very fears that compose their next reason for demanding that she do so.

4. Condoleeza Rice is the Democrats' worst nightmare. She is an African-American woman, who used to be a Democrat. Without the benefit of affirmative action or independent wealth she has become highly educated, accomplished, and extremely successful, thanks to her own abilities and initiative. She is positive, optimistic, attractive, articulate and moral. She is one of the most powerful and influential Blacks in America, and one of the most powerful and influential women in the World. She is a loyal member of a Republican administration, and her name is frequently mentioned in the same breath with Vice President Cheney's heart condition.

The Democrat Party styles itself the savior of African Americans, yet African Americans are still complaining of the same woes that afflicted them in the 1960's when they first lashed themselves to the mast of the Democrat ship, and those Blacks who have risen to the top in national Democrat politics are hustlers and buffoons like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and Maxine Waters.**

The vision offered by the Democrat Party to African Americans is "follow us and you can be an angry, embittered and alienated carnival act." Condoleeza Rice, as a Republican candidate for Vice President, would say to African Americans, "America is The Land of Opportunity, and its promise is available to every American willing to pursue it, irrespective of race, gender or background, and the Republican Party is the Party that believes in those promises."

Condoleeza Rice is therefore a dangerous woman. Dangerous to the future of the Democrat Plantation. That is why Democrats are now intent on destroying her credibility. The truth is on Dr. Rice's side, pray the God of Justice that her enemies fall into the pit they are digging for her.




*On a side note, it is a fascinating irony that some in the Legislative Branch are so anxious to encroach upon the Executive's Constitutional powers, yet do not show the least inclination to resist the plundering of Legislative Branch powers by the Judicial Branch.

**yes, yes, and Bill Clinton, the first Black President.

Posted by larry_naselli at 9:44 AM CST
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Friday, March 26, 2004
None-such

Oxymoron: "Kerry Enthusiast"

Posted by larry_naselli at 5:07 PM CST
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Credulity Test

You might just be a Kerry supporter if . . . you believe that the President of the United States took America to war in Iraq in order to enrich Halliburton, but you consider it unthinkable that Richard Clarke might have a financial motive for authoring a book maligning the Bush Administration's national security policy, just in time for the 9/11 Commission hearings.


Posted by larry_naselli at 1:51 PM CST
Updated: Tuesday, April 6, 2004 7:45 AM CDT
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3 Minute Rice

The accompanying audio link is the last three minutes of an interview of Condoleeza Rice, conducted on October 4, 2000 by David Newman for WJR AM Radio in Detroit. At the time, Dr. Rice was campaigning for Governor George W. Bush, and her comments about Osama Bin Laden are quite enlightening, especially in the wake of Richard Clarke's assertion that during a briefing by Clarke in early 2001 National Security Adviser Rice's facial expressions reflected her ignorance about Al Quaeda.

If you have watched or listened to Mr. Clarke's 9/11 Commission testimony or his Book-hawking on TV, you already know -- irrespective of your thoughts about the merits of his criticisms -- that Clarke has a sanctimonious and self-important manner. Listen to the audio clip of Condoleeza Rice and draw your own conclusions about what Dr. Rice's facial expressions may have indicated.

To listen to the interview, click the link to the left of this post, or copy and paste the address below into your internet browser.

http://www.wjr.net/article.asp?pt=Past+Interviews&id=18733

Posted by larry_naselli at 11:44 AM CST
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Top Priority?

Perhaps the most audacious claim made by former Counter-terrorism staffer, Richard Clarke, is that Bill Clinton made combatting terrorism his top priority.

Reasonable people might wonder, if fighting terrorism was President Clinton's top priority, why from 1993 through 2000, when the United States suffered terrorist attacks at The World Trade Center, at our military barracks in Saudi Arabia, at two African embassies, and against the U.S.S. Cole, did Clinton take no effective action against terrorists? President Clinton did, on the other hand, send United States armed forces to fight in Bosnia and Kosovo, and to deliver humanitarian aid in Haiti.

He also pursued an aggressive, if unambitious, domestic agenda which, after the failure of his 1993 Universal Healthcare legislation to pass a Democrat House and Democrat Senate, consisted of scores of small initiatives to touch up The New Deal and The Great Society. And it's no secret that President Clinton found plenty of time for (ahem) other activities, not to be found in the Presidential job description.

What makes Clarke's assertion interesting is that it may be partially accurate. Bill Clinton may well have announced, "my top priority is fighting terrorism." That's because no President (or non-President, for that matter) has ever had so many "top" priorities as Bill Clinton did. Sometimes during his eight years Clinton would announce two differing "top" priorities within the space of a single week. Clinton's self-proclaimed "top" priorities ranged from Universal Healthcare to Regime Change in Iraq, and from "saving" Social Security to forcing insurance carriers to pay for breast-cancer screening.

How could one President have dozens of "top" priorities? Presumably, that would depend on what the definition of "top" is, or perhaps the definition of "priority." Who knows? Who even cares? The relevant point is that, over the course of eight years in office, Bill Clinton's actions to combat terrorism, when weighed in the balances, have been found wanting. So if Clinton would like to accept Mr. Clarke's compliment, Clinton will have to acknowledge that his presidency failed utterly in its own top priority.

Posted by larry_naselli at 10:25 AM CST
Updated: Friday, March 26, 2004 11:49 AM CST
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Tuesday, March 23, 2004
Kerry Could Give America Another First

Rebuffed by African American leaders in his bid to become The Second "Black" President, John Kerry can at least take solace in the assurance that, if he is elected, he will be America's First European President.

Posted by larry_naselli at 2:17 PM CST
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Thursday, March 18, 2004
The Bonaparte Theory

A friend and I have developed a new theory to explain John Kerry's claim to the secret endoresment of anonymous foreign leaders. See if this sounds plausible.

As is well known, Democrats - caring and compassionate lot that they are - are very concerned with the issues surrounding our nation's growing mental health crisis. And in their concern, Democrats running for office sometimes pay goodwill visits to mental health care facilities, where they discuss the important "kitchen table" issues like Social Security, healthcare, unemployment and the Kyoto Treaty, with the residents of those facilities.

It must have been during one of these campaign stops that John Kerry was approached by Napoleon Bonaparte, and assured of the little corporal's fervent support in the upcoming presidential contest. It is still unclear whether the Senator acceded to Napoleon's request that, should he unseat President Bush this November, Kerry would intercede in favor of an International Criminal Court pardon for the former French leader.

Posted by larry_naselli at 2:13 PM CST
Updated: Friday, March 19, 2004 5:26 PM CST
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Wednesday, March 17, 2004
Of Kerry's Conversations With Foreign Leaders

John Kerry is taking a lot of heat over his claims that he talked with foreign leaders who told him of their fervent hope that Kerry would defeat President Bush in November. Kerry's refusal to identify these foreign leaders makes his story seem akin to Dick Gephardt's imaginary billionaire friend, Bob Toricelli's in-utero recollections of the McCarthy hearings, and Al Gore's fancy that Erich Segal's "Love Story" was based on Tipper and himself. But these comparisons probably miss what is really going on with Senator Kerry.

To understand Kerry's remark, we should recall that certain prominent Democrats have admitted to the habit of communing with the dead. Perhaps Hillary Clinton prevailed upon Elanor Roosevelt to introduce Senator Kerry to Joseph Stalin; or Vietnam War Protestor Kerry could surely have obtained an interview with the late Ho Chi Mihn, even without an intermediary.

Let's give Kerry the benefit of the doubt on this one; if you had been hob-nobbing with the deceased, you too would be reluctant to name names; but admitting that the foreign leaders endorsing him are dead Communists would really be a tough sell, especially in the South, where the Confederate-Flag-on-the-pick-up-truck crowd just doesn't understand Kerry's "nuanced" approach to politics. So, rather than describing his seances with foreign leaders, it might be less harmful over all for Kerry to say that he lied.

Posted by larry_naselli at 11:08 AM CST
Updated: Friday, March 19, 2004 5:21 PM CST
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Tuesday, March 16, 2004
Traces of Fun
In Chicago last night, Winter made a curtain call. The snowfall didn't live up to the forecast of five inches, but the coverage was enough to make our wooded backyard picturesque this morning. I took a long, pleasurable look out the window, and noted the non-chalant acceptance of the situation by birds, who had recently returned to these parts with the expectation of prevailing Spring weather.

Our children will finish their school work in a few hours, then plunge into our backyard for an afternoon of tree climbing, playing soldiers, and collecting firewood for Dad, so that by the time I return home this evening the landscape will bear a quite different aspect from its present pristine beauty, the contemplation of which led me to pen the following verses.

Though few sights are so lovely as a coverlet of white,
so cold, so crisp and perfect, newly fallen from the heights,
the undisturb-ed beauty of that peaceful winter's yield,
that ornaments each tree and bush, and carpets silent fields,

there is one alteration which improves on such perfection,
that far excels the pleasure of this natural collection,
the evident fulfillment of divine intentions done,
found in little footprint traces of our children having fun.



Copyright 2004 by Larry Naselli

Posted by larry_naselli at 7:39 AM CST
Updated: Wednesday, March 17, 2004 12:43 PM CST
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Monday, March 15, 2004
Liberals forget to be Concerned

One of the favorite charges leveled at Conservative appointments for the federal courts and cabinet is the claim by Liberal Democrat Senators that because the "laws" [read: the decrees of courts] about abortion conflict with the nominee's personal beliefs, they cannot be trusted to enforce the laws. John Ashcroft, David Pryor, Priscilla Owen and others have been subjected to these accusations, notwithstanding that no evidence for the charge exists in any of their public records.

So, why do Liberals think that Conservatives will disregard the rule of law and use offices of trust to foist their own opinions upon an unwilling public? One explanation is that Liberals don't believe it, but the charge comprises an effective slander and excuse for blocking the nominations of Conservatives. The other explanation is that Liberals assume that Conservatives are just like them. For half a century Liberal judges - and most recently Liberal elected executive officials - have been ignoring the laws enacted by the People's elected representatives to force unpopular changes to society, such as legalizing abortion, purging prayer from the schools, forced busing, racial quotas, taxpayer funding of illegal immigrants' health and education, and lately same-sex marriage.

Now that a procession of mayors, county clerks and state courts are flouting the duly enacted laws of several states to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples, it is interesting, though not surprising, that there is no outcry from the Liberal groups and their Senate Judiciary Committee Democrat lap-dogs who supposedly wring their hands over the prospect of a public official disdaining the laws in deference to contrary personal beliefs.


Posted by larry_naselli at 10:14 AM CST
Updated: Friday, March 19, 2004 5:28 PM CST
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