Daily Archives: March 21, 2011

Inconvenient Truth: Bush Had Twice As Many Coalition Partners As Obama Has

Yes, Bush’s Iraq coalition had double what Obama’s Libya “war that’s not a war” has.  But to put that in perspective, the Iraq thing was not approved by the U.N. like the Libya thing is, plus many of those coalition members didn’t contribute a whole lot or got out pretty quickly.  But still, it’s kinda funny hearing liberals, who huffed and puffed over Bush’s “unilateral invasion,” suddenly supporting a military offensive that is perhaps more unilateral than Bush’s.

The proof, below the fold:

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So, How’s That Nuclear Meltdown Goin’?

Remember last week, before the Libya bombings?  Weren’t we talking about an imminent nuclear meltdown in Japan?

Hmm. I wonder what happened with that:

Amazing, isn’t it, what a little light military intervention can do to a nuclear crisis?

One minute, the world is facing nuclear meltdown armageddon to rank with – ooh, Three Mile Island at the very least, and quite possibly Chernobyl. A few (shockingly expensive) missile strikes over Benghazi and Tripoli later, though, and the Japanese nuclear crisis has all but vanished from the face of the earth.

Maybe we should start small wars more often. Or maybe – even better – the MSM could learn to start reporting on nuclear incidents like journalists instead of activists from Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth.

That’s from James Delingpole, one of the guys that I’ve been trusting on this Japanese nuclear issue.  He is exactly right about the media, which have, for the most part, alarmed people about the threat of a nuclear meltdown.  I can understand why some Japanese might be concerned, but when Californians are rushing en masse to buy iodide pills, something must be wrong.

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Around the World in 80 Words: 3/21/11

Gaddafi’s momentum has been stopped in Libya.  Now what? Will we capture or kill the bastard? Probably not.

Fox News correspondent Jennifer Griffin is reporting that Libyans used a CNN crew as a human shield.  CNN’s Nic Roberts responded by comparing Griffin to Gaddafi!

The cute German polar bear Knut, who captured the hearts of millions, has died.  He collapsed in front of 600 people.

And in Japan, the survivors don’t have time to plan funerals for all the dead.

Bonus video of the Libyan air strikes, below the fold:

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Short Takes: 3/21/11

A union mob, on strike from Pocono Medical Center, stormed into a Northeastern PA bank, demanding to meet with the bank’s CEO, who also happens to be the hospital’s chairman of the board.  I’m surprised they were so uncivil. Not.

Ralph Nader thinks Obama should be impeached for war crimes.  Silly me, thinking Obama wasn’t aggressive enough in taking military action. Personally, I wish Obama was committing more “war crimes.” By the way, why are radical lefties the only people worried about so-called war crimes? Because they invented the loaded term, those pinko bastards!  (I’m being facetious. Okay, only a little facetious.)

Sarah Palin, while visiting New Delhi (she heard they had good salami), claimed the Republican ticket in 08 would have done better if she was on top instead of McCain.  I’m pretty sure she was joking, but for some reason the people that never take her seriously have suddenly decided to take her seriously, suggesting that she was taking a dig at John McCain.

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What’s the Goal in Libya?

The international community authorized military action against Libya, and now leaders all over the world are speaking out against it.  Socialist South Americans Daniel Ortega, Evo Morales, and Hugo Chavez have condemned the bombings, suggesting that Western nations just want Libya’s oil (the “war for oil” argument is getting tired).  Wannabe Soviet strongman Vladamir Putin, never one to mince words when it comes to anti-Americanism, said the Libya intervention resembles the Crusades.

Of course, these people are anti-American, which is why they are coming out against the bombing of Libya by the U.S. Military.  But patriotic Americans are also coming out against the Libya campaign, although with more reasoned analysis. Retired Lt. General Tom McInerney, who now works as a military analyst for Fox News, believes that America has been “snookered” into fighting a war in Libya.  You can view the video of his appearance on “America’s Newsroom” here.

And Mr. McInerney is not alone.  Many are questioning America’s role in the Libya mission, codenamed “Operation Odyssey Dawn,” as well as our goal.  Are we going to take out Gaddafi?  The U.N. Charter makes it clear that U.N. military operations are not allowed to take people out of power, just stop them from committing atrocities.  That doesn’t mean Gaddafi won’t pay for his sins, just that the military operation cannot have the goal of installing a new leader.

Anyway, a lot of people are wondering what the goal is.  No one seems to know.  The only answers you get are statements that mean nothing.  The Washington Post has a good story that reflects this:

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