Saturday, October 6, 2007

The occasional pony

You know, Dear Gentle Reader(s), the old story which has the punchline, "with all this horseshit, there must be a pony!" It seems there is a pony over in, occasionally. Diana West, identified only as an author, writes a column every two or three weeks, and on Friday (10/5/07) she published a wonderful piece on the very strange machinations over at the White House relative to the Decider's position on Islam (favorite quote: ("I am astonished by President Bush when he claims there is nothing in the Koran that justifies jihad violence in the name of Islam," Abu Qatada said about six years ago. "Is he some kind of Islamic scholar? Has he ever actually read the Koran?"). As we all know, or not, depending, the Islamic world is celebrating Ramadan. It seems the White House has a dinner celebrating Iftaar (Iftar). Ms West has given us a run down on part of past invitation lists, Guess Who Came to Iftar for Dinner? My, My. It seems the man who has trumpeted a strong fight in the "ideological struggle" of the century has broken bread with supporters of Sharia and possibly with supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood--some bad guys, folks. Ms West ends with this paragraph: I hereby pledge to vote for the presidential candidate who promises to stop submitting to Sharia suppers at Ramadan -- even though that means I'll have to think of something else to write about. That just about precludes a vote for a Republican, we'll see if a Democrat will see the problem. In any event, let me celebrate the discovery of a pony in the horseshit filled Sadly, there doesn't seem to be any reason for celebration about the White House's guest lists.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

The National Guard Isn't in Kansas Anymore

The governor of Kansas was on the tube yesterday stating a couple of disconcerting facts--all of which involve the state's national guard and the war effort in Iraq. The State of Kansas was unable to respond effectively to the tornado in Greensburg, Kansas, because too much of its equipment and manpower is on duty in Iraq. Further, studies indicate the state's guard will not return to "strength" until some four or five years from now. The guard manpower and equipment problem is not limited to Kansas. Problems are arising in other states. The question, then, is to the administration (and supporters of the administration's specific plans for this battlefront in the "ideological struggle" of the century): how much longer are you going to ask to country to fight this war against Islamist extremism without total commitment? What happens to the next national guard effort at sustaining a major public crisis in states such as Kansas, or Louisiana, in the aftermath of a natural disaster? This "war" has been a combat success, but it is an occupational disaster--with no end in sight. Waiting for September is like waiting for Godot. Metaphorically, it will never arrive.