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Joe the Biden Follies

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Joe the Biden – the gift that keeps on giving. He asks what a Romney Justice department might look like, and implies it's something we should fear. Well, it probably won't look like this:

 Sell guns to Mexican drug lords in order to pretend there is a gun problem in the States.

 Ignore voter intimidation by thugs at the polling place.

 Rail against voter ID laws in venues that require ID to enter.

 Incite race animosity.

 Ignore leaks from the EXOP on National Security.

 Sue states trying to protect their borders from illegal immigration.

 Try enemy terrorists in court as if they were American citizens.

 I'm probably missing something, but I'll take a Romney Justice Department over this record any day.

 

Iowa?

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OK. I’m a conservative. I tend to vote Republican because that is the pragmatic choice for us conservatives.

However, I am a little irked by the attention paid to the Iowa straw poll. I mean, why does that matter more than any other state? Do Iowa conservatives really speak for the country?

Just askin …

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August 13, 2011 at 12:31 am

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Shame on You Scotland, Shame!

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Scotland should be ashamed of itself. I am personally embarrassed about my own Scottish heritage – through which I trace my lineage to some fairly illustrious historical figures. But today I am ashamed of my Scottish blood for the first time in my life.

Scottish citizens might not be able to purchase English translations of Israeli masterpieces such as “A tale of love and darkness” by Amos Oz and “Someone to run with” by David Grossman, due to a boycott on Israeli books.

Two and a half years ago, shortly after Operation Cast Lead, the West Dunbartonshire Regional Council, located west of Glasgow, approved a bill that called to boycott goods produced in Israel.

According to the law, the council and all public bodies under its jurisdiction are forbidden to sell goods that originated from Israel.

Despicable. The full article is here. But for the first time, Scotland displays an anti-semitism of the sort which is more properly confined to Nazi Germany.

Shame on you Scotland. And until my Scottish cousins cease to support murdering terrorists because they are against the Jews, I will not buy another bottle of Scotch. I urge all of my readers to do the same.

Scotland wants to boycott Israeli goods? Then let the Scots feel the pain themselves. I will buy no more Scottish goods and I call for a boycott until they cease their despicable anti-semitism.

Update: While I’m at it, I’ll supplement my purchase of non-Scottish brown liquors with a search of some of these Israeli books that have Scotland so spooked. I hear some of them are pretty good novels.

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May 28, 2011 at 11:48 pm

We Got Him!

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I hope.

Fox News is reporting that Osama bin Laden is dead, apparently killed by US bombs a week ago. We have the body (very important). President Obama will be speaking about this shortly.

It appears that this is part of the surge as lead by General Petraeus, copied from Iraq, and championed by President Bush. Both these men deserve some credit.

But so does President Obama for bucking his leftist constituency, staying the course in Afghanistan, and approving the surge there.

Osama now goes straight to hell, where I’m sure he will enjoy his seventy-two raisins. Thanks and kudos to the US military personnel who delivered this evil man to his just desserts.

Update: It looks like he was killed in Pakistan. It may not have been a bomb, but a ground operation. I hope so. I would much rather he saw it coming and knew the end was at hand.

Update II: As of 11:35 EST, President Obama is addressing the nation, and confirming that Osama bin Laden is dead. Hooray!

Update III: The President has confirmed that it was a ground operation, carried out by American forces. Good.

Update IV: Obama is here at his best. He took some credit – as he should – but he also mentioned President Bush positively, our military, our allies, and all those who have helped bring this evil man to justice. The President has affirmed that we will not be attacked with impunity and will be relentless, and I applaud him for it. He has also asked that God bless the USA. Thank you Mr. President.

Update V: An important lesson for those who would declare war on the United States as bin Laden did is that it does not matter that you outlast one of our presidents. Certainly, President Bush would have liked to have this happen on his watch, but he has already issued a statement that he is delighted it has happened. President Obama – who has frankly grown in the national security aspects of his office – has recognized that this is bigger than he is. Mess with the US, and don’t expect that all you need to do is outlast the guy presently in office. In one way, it’s good that this happened under Obama – a president who has apologized for the US, who has been less than jingoistic to put it mildly, and who’s own wife has admitted that she was not proud of her country prior to her husband’s nomination. President Obama has now demonstrated that our enemies cannot count on weakness on our part. Mess with the US, and you mess with the whole country for good and for all. There is no statute of limitations.

Update VI: It appears that the mission went down not last week, but just this weekend. The Navy SEALs carried it out and the self-proclaimed “strong horse” cowered behind one of his wives, using her as a human shield. It also appears that this day was long in the planning, at least back to 2007, a tribute to the military and intelligence professionals who spanned two administrations to bring this man to justice.

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May 1, 2011 at 11:00 pm

TSA Follies

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One more post about the TSA. On my return trip, I passed through security, jacket off, shoes off, belt off, laptop out, small containers of toiletries in a ziploc bag out, and at the same time wondering about my colleague who had been whisked behind closed doors for special screening. Then I saw this:

I have to give the TSA credit – they at least saw the humor in the fact that they had clearly discombobulated us.

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January 23, 2011 at 10:13 pm

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TSA Passes, Sorta

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As in, they made no pass. Or what might have been had they done it. Which they didn’t.

In short, I flew out of Boston today, and passed through security ungroped, unx-rayed, and apparently undangerous.

I’m almost disappointed …

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January 18, 2011 at 1:26 am

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TSA Perverts

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Well it has really hit the fan now. After enduring eight years of liberal friends telling me how George W. Bush ‘shredded the Constitution’ we see that it’s the liberals who have really done it. Talk about unreasonable searches. Government sanctioned perverts are now either looking at our genitalia or groping the same.

So, if you try to fly, you might be subjected to a full body scan with an x-ray device that the government assures us is safe. Of course, the last time I had a medical x-ray they provided a lead shield for my genitalia. In this case, the government does no such thing since they are principally interested in viewing our genitalia.

But you can opt out. In which case, after the standard metal detectors (which have exactly the same capacity to detect illicit weaponry as the body scanners), one is subject to a ‘pat down.’ This pat down by all accounts will be more than sufficient to determine if a man is circumcised, if a woman is a virgin, and just what breast size she might have. They do everything but peek up one’s butt with a flashlight.

We are told by Janet Napolitano (has she undergone this procedure?) that this is necessary to keep us safe. Presumably because nearly a year ago a terrorist tried to blow up his underwear. Not that Napolitano nor any other liberal pinhead has ever noticed that the passengers of that aircraft were the first line of defense and that the TSA would have let this guy through, but it has been nearly a year. Are they really saying it took them a year to come up with this policy that is basically ineffective and manages to sexually harass airline passengers at the same time? I mean, Clarence Thomas was nearly kept off the supreme court on mere allegations of less than this. At this very moment there are wanted posters in my neighborhood for the arrest of a guy who has done less, and if you tried this with children as the TSA has done as a Catholic priest the lawsuit would run into millions.

This is the way liberals – read Barack Obama – keep us safe. By groping Americans. Oh, and CAIR, that wonderfully moderate muslim organization that would never consider discretion to be the better part of safety is contemplating suing to have muslim women excepted. I would weep if that weren’t so predictable. And our super-PC TSA perverts will no doubt jump through hoops to comply. I feel much safer flying El-Al, which I have done, than any domestic airline. I wonder why that is?

This absurd policy needs to go. The ridiculous attempt by liberals to defend us needs to be stopped by the grownups. Perhaps, with the Republican takeover of the house we’ll see some adult supervision. In the meantime, I urge you all to opt out of the body scanners (for health reasons if nothing else), and when they grab your junk, ask then either for their phone number of if they’ve read the constitution. What astonishes me is there is no outcry among liberals who were so concerned during the Bush years. They wept crocodile tears over the supposed loss of civil liberties for terrorists. They were outraged at the notion that the government might listen in on terrorist telephone conversations, and they were convinced that Bush would act unilaterally to trample their right to privacy. None of that ever happened, and yet in airports across the country, it is happening now courtesy of their man Obama.

Where is the liberal outrage?

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November 18, 2010 at 1:44 am

Democrats and Ground Zero

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This one has been hard for my liberal friends. They simply don’t get it. It certainly won’t help their understanding when cogent analysis of Bill Clinton’s views weigh in:

Bill Clinton is beneath contempt. He was in Egypt and said in defense of the ground zero mosque, that it should be built and dedicated to the 60 muslim victims of 9/11. What about the non-muslim victims? What a disgusting display of pandering. I’m so sick of our political leaders excessive pandering to muslims. If they are going to speak before muslim audiences, why not at least have the courage to condemn the oppression and violence in the name of islam? Why couldn’t Clinton have condemned the persecution of Coptic Christians in Egypt while he was there?

MartiniPundit fully associates himself with this notion, and wonders the same about Bill Clinton. I’d also like to add my amazement that the Dems continue to control the voting of American Jews despite their manifest anti-Semitism.

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October 6, 2010 at 1:46 am

Can I?

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I have a question for my friends on the Left. Most of you are for building the mosque at Ground Zero. Most of you do not understand why most Americans oppose this. A really large number of you are atheists so I don’t even get your interest.

(I stipulate that they have the right to build the mosque.)

So here’s my question: Can I build a Catholic church in Mecca?

Can I?

But let me turn it around. Had twenty Catholic terrorists been behind the events of 9/11, would those of you on the Left be defending the building of a Basilica on Ground Zero?

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September 12, 2010 at 12:21 am

September 11th + 9

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We are approaching a milestone of sorts. It is but one year until a decade has passed since the 9/11 attacks. Here is what I wrote in 2004.

What a difference a presidency makes. Since George Bush left office, we are less safe – at least three attacks on US soil: three more than occurred under Bush post 9/11. A president who seems more concerned with what the world thinks than keeping America safe. A president more inclined to apologize for America than defend it.

It is also a time to reflect. Nine years still sees Ground Zero empty. It see a debate over whether a mosque should be built near the site and in a building upon which debris rained.

It is a time in which I have to wonder has the nation forgotten the attacks or does the nation want to ignore them. That we want to move beyond is normal and natural. That we seem to want to do so before the job of defeating terrorism is done is shameful and cowardly. I grew up with the twin towers. I miss them. And I still want justice for those who died in them.

Remember September 11th!

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September 11, 2010 at 2:13 am

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General Petraeus Errs

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Let me start by saying I’m a fan of David Petraeus. He’s clearly the most consequential American general since Norman Schwarzkopf and thus in the top commanders of the past thirty years. It goes without saying that I would not second-guess his battlefield acumen – I obviously wouldn’t know what I was talking about.

So, all that being said, I think General Petraeus was wrong to comment on the wacko Florida pastor’s plan to burn the Koran. He has given far too much weight to a buffoon.

I’m no fan of Islam. I was first exposed to it as a teenager when I worked with a black muslim who was a follower of Warith Dean Mohammed. I still have the Koran that co-worker gave me. I also have another one I purchased on my own (Everyman). And yes, I have read the Koran cover to cover. I remain unconvinced and unimpressed.

And yet – burn a book? Is that the right call Reverend Hitler? My personal library is over 3000 volumes and contains the aforementioned two Korans. I would no sooner burn them than I would burn my oldest book published in 1568 (not kidding). Reverend Whoever down there in Florida is obviously a little man and has nothing to contribute to the discussion of religion in the Public Square. He ought to be ignored.

This brings me to my issue with General Petraeus. I understand that in Afghanistan there have been riots over the FL buffoon. However, when a man of General Petraeus’s stature deigns to notice such a buffoon, then the buffoon has won. Yes, the buffoon has the right to burn the Koran under our system, but like the mosque near Ground Zero, which has the right to be built, it shouldn’t. The right and the right thing to do are here identical.

I encourage thinking Christians and Jews to read the Koran as I have done. I’ll bet that the vast majority of those who do so will see it for what it is – bad poetry and worse theology. But even the risk that some may be convinced, can never justify the burning of such a book. For to do so lends it a mystique, nay a majesty, it simply does not deserve. Books – be they the Koran or the Bible or pulp fiction – should stand on their own. To say they must be burned gives them persuasion without the necessity of reading them. And General Petraeus, great man though I believe him to be, should not lower himself to comment on a so-called Christian who would stoop to book-burning.

Update: Michael Zebulon over at American Thinker agrees.

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September 8, 2010 at 1:53 am

Time Surrenders

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Time Magazine has surrendered. Apparently, it can no longer keep up the pretense that it’s an objective, professional reporter of the news. Time Magazine, once respected, is just a hack – at best.

But not just any kind of hack – a hack who has made common cause with the enemies of freedom. I thought it was bad enough a couple of weeks ago to see this cover slandering the American people:

But then this week, there was this anti-Semitic trash:

Sure, one cover is posed as a question and the other has flowers, which makes them oh so reasonable. Right? Who can object to an innocent question? No one, unless the questions are loaded to start. Americans are racists and Israelis are warmongers. One can’t even call that the subtext – that’s the lead. I can only conclude that Time has surrendered, and no longer has any pretense of objectivity. Time is on the side of the Islamofascists and just ought to admit it. Certainly there’s no reason to actually read this rag anymore.

Update: Henry Oliner over at American Thinker has more.

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September 7, 2010 at 12:44 am

So That’s What They Mean by Patriotism …

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Liberals or progressives or whatever we’re supposed to call them today always get incensed at the notion that someone, somewhere has ‘questioned their patriotism.’ Never mind that the person they are accusing of this heinous offense has never (as in never) done anything of the sort.

I’ll do it though. I’ll come right out and say it. President Obama is unpatriotic.

I’ll wait for the crowd to calm down (assuming it doesn’t tar and feather me).

Okay. Why do I say this? Because of the despicable notion that members of our military should  be billed for medical care for injuries sustained in the course of carrying out their military service.

The Obama administration is considering making veterans use private insurance to pay for treatment of combat and service-related injuries. The plan would be an about-face on what veterans believe is a long-standing pledge to pay for health care costs that result from their military service.

But in a White House meeting Monday, veterans groups apparently failed to persuade President Obama to take the plan off the table.

I call that unpatriotic. Shame on Obama.

Universal health care for all except our brave fighting men and women? The man is unfit to be Commander-in-Chief.

A glass raised to Ned Rice at Breitbart.

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March 17, 2009 at 5:50 pm

That Didn’t Take Long

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Michelle Malkin posts that gunmen have fired at the US embassy in Yemen.

Gee, Obama’s been in office less than a week. But I suppose it’s somehow still Bush’s fault. 

One of the reasons that I cannot pull the lever for a democrat for president – indeed the single most important reason – is their fecklessness on matters of national security. Do you think the hot air coming out of Washington about Gitmo might have something to do with this? All of a sudden, our enemies around the world great and small (and these guys in Yemen do seem to fall into that latter group) know they’ve got a neophyte to deal with. Worse, a neophyte who doesn’t actually take terrorism seriously. After all, they’re talking about turning back the clock and making it a law enforcement matter. Because that worked so well under the Clintons. 1930s economic policies and 1990s terrorism policies. This is not ‘change’ we can believe in, unless Tinkerbell is somehow involved.

Carter Redux – we’re on our way. Elections have consequences folks. They’re just beginning to roost.

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January 26, 2009 at 6:22 pm

Feeling Silly on 9/11 + 6

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I spent most of today high up in Boston’s Prudential Tower, and I felt a strange foreboding. Odd, since I haven’t felt that on any other post 9/11/01 anniversary, but perhaps my cousin’s recent death is a contributing factor.

It’s not that I really thought anything would happen — I don’t believe the terrorists will successfully hijack planes in the west again — but I couldn’t shake the gloom today.

However, thanks to George W. Bush, we’ve had no more attacks on our soil. Unless we’re smart enough to elect someone like Condi Rice, or perhaps Rudy Guiliani, in 2008, I’m not sure we’ll be able to keep on saying that.

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September 11, 2007 at 8:07 pm

Operation Iraqi Children

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I recently heard about an effort by actor Gary Sinise called Operation Iraqi Children. The idea is to send school supplies – which are in very short supply in many parts of Iraq – and have them distributed by our troops. Winning hearts and minds by giving kids the tools to gain an education. Nothing wrong with candy, but I think this is a great idea and worthy of support.

And kudos to Gary Sinise – I always like seeing a member of the Hollywood establishment do the right thing for a change. The website again is here.

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October 12, 2006 at 9:47 am

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Vote Lieberman

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I did not vote for the Gore – Lieberman team in 2000 which should come as no surprise. I’ve known since the days of Jimmy Carter that Democrats cannot be trusted with national security, and since that’s one of the primary reasons I vote for Federal office, I simply cannot pull the lever for a Democrat. Even the rare exceptions – Democrats who get national security, and Joe Lieberman is one – are typically overshadowed on that and other issues by the Republican in the race.

Not this time.

Yesterday, the Democratic party in Connecticut had a defining moment. They chose Ned Lamont to be their candidate for United States senator over the incumbant Lieberman. Lamont represents all that is wrong about Democrats and national security. He’s the candidate of the far Left, the Cindy Sheehans, the Kossacks, and the other moonbats. Far from even thinking we’re fighting a war against terrorism, the Ned Lamonts want to sit down with terrorists and talk it out. Israel should immediately stop defending itself and pull back. The United States should never use military force anywhere for any reason. Except to do the bidding of the United Nations. I cannot take such a party seriously on this issue and I doubt very much the majority of Americans do.

However, in Connecticut, things are a little different as they are in all of New England. This is not exactly George Bush country, and that’s why Lieberman lost yesterday – he supported the President too much. Come the general election in November, Lieberman plans to run as an independent though many of his senate colleagues are asking he not do that. Yet Lamont only beat him among Democrats by 4 points – 52 to 48. Connecticut went for Kerry in 2004, but Bush garnered 44% of the vote. While it’s possible the Republican candidate Alan Schlesinger can win in November, I think it far more likely that Lieberman will win a three-way race. Lieberman has already proven he’ll stand by the President on the most important issue we face today. Current polls tend to support the view that Lieberman can win in the general election, and if he does, he’ll have no reason to thank his Democrat colleagues who’ve failed to support him in this time. He might even choose to caucus with the Republicans, though that’s not important.

For this reason, MartiniPundit endorses Joe Lieberman for senator from Connecticut, and I urge all my Republican (and Democrat) readers who live in Connecticut to vote for him in November.

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August 9, 2006 at 10:02 am

Zarqawi Dead

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The Al Qaeda leader and savage Abu Musab Zarqawi has kept a long-overdue appointment with a pair of 500 lb. bombs. Some have qualms over this – I do not. His death is a good thing, and will lower the overall death toll in the long run. The terrorists are losing, and though they aren’t yet giving up, the end result is clear so long as the US maintains its resolve.

I have no doubt there will be some ‘reprisal’ attacks, that some other strongman will emerge to take Zarqawi’s place, but the fact remains that organizations like Al Qaeda don’t have a very deep bench. They can’t due to political infighting where strong and ambitious men vie for position. Smart leaders in organizations like that eliminate potential rivals, and those they don’t, we do. Whoever replaces Zarqawi won’t be as dangerous, but that’s no reason for us to drop our guard. For today however, we can be glad that one savage has been brought to justice.

Some good background here.

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June 8, 2006 at 10:38 am

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Meanwhile, the Guardian Tries …

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… to scare us.

And yet, in doing so makes the case for dealing with Iran sooner, not later.

(And I love the conceit that Hillary will be president after running against McCain. You do know that in my view, John McCain has less chance of being the Republican nominee than I do? However, if he is, he wins against Hillary in a rout.)

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April 20, 2006 at 9:54 am

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Is Iran Run by Pathological Liars?

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The other day I was watching an interview with the Iranian Foreign Minister, and had to shake my head in disbelief. There the man sat, speaking with the female western journalist, and expounded at length on Iran’s ‘right’ to peaceful nuclear power. He accused the United States of employing a “double-standard” in Iran’s case for no good reason. My first thought was that I could think of 444 good reasons right off the bat, but when a war has been going on for a quarter century and only one side knows it, something is wrong. Duplicitous, one might say. After all, this was a Foreign Minister attempting to be eminently reasonable, while presenting the US as eminently unreasonable at the same time his loon of a president is talking about death and annihilation for the US and Israel. Doesn’t sound like a peaceful approach to me. But then, it is clear they’re trying to play a double-game, like always.

This brings me to Iran’s latest wonder weapons. It seems rather funny that a nation that has trouble keeping its air force aloft yet manages to produce “super-weapons” among other things. (Let’s be clear that the technical issues in completing a nuclear weapon are not that high – it is, after all, technology that dates back to the 1940s.) With the thought in mind that much of the Iranian ‘advances’ are actually repackaging old technology, I couldn’t help but be amused at this analysis of Iran’s so-called “super-cavitating torpedo” which is actually a thirty-year old Russian weapon.

[O]bserving the errors of fact and occasional tone nearing hysteria in some media lately, I feel compelled to first address an — enemy” weapon and put it in its proper place. This weapon has been called in print — hellacious.” It’s been described as a — quantum leap” in the nature of naval warfare from this day forth — a disruptive technology for which America is woefully unprepared. It’s even been said that there’s no physically possible friendly defense against it, and the target won’t even realize the weapon is coming until it impacts and the target’s crew are dead. Paints a scary picture, doesn’t it? Yet none of these statements are true. 

The article is well-worth reading, and indirectly shows that what Iran is really up to here is not ‘super’ weapons, but a psychological operation aimed directly at the western media and and Leftists. Duplicity is just the heavy artillery in that fight, and much of the target is soft already.

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April 20, 2006 at 9:32 am

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