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January 30, 2006

Who is most equiped to understand the suicide bomber?

Who claims to understand the suicide bomber? Ralph Peters' The Counterrevolution in Military Affairs in The Weekly Standard offers a direct, blunt challenge.

Living in unprecedented safety within our borders and lacking firsthand knowledge of the decay beyond, honorable men and women have convinced themselves that Osama bin Laden's professed goals of driving the United States from the Middle East and removing corrupt regional governments are what global terror is all about. They gloss over his ambition of reestablishing the caliphate and his calls for the destruction of Israel as rhetorical effects--when they address them at all. Yet, Islamist fanatics are more deeply committed to their maximalist goals than to their lesser ones--and their unspoken ambitions soar beyond logic's realm. Religious terrorists are committed to an apocalypse they sense within striking distance. Their longing for union with god is inseparable from their impulse toward annihilation. They seek their god in carnage, and will go on slaughtering until he appears to pat them on the back.

A dangerous asymmetry exists in the type of minds working the problem of Islamist terrorism in our government and society. On average, the "experts" to whom we are conditioned to listen have a secular mentality (even if they go to church or synagogue from habit). And it is a very rare secular mind that can comprehend religious passion--it's like asking a blind man to describe the colors of fire. One suspects that our own fiercest believers are best equipped to penetrate the mentality--the souls--of our Islamist enemies, although those believers may not be as articulate as the secular intellectuals who anxiously dismiss all possibilities that lie outside their theoretical constructs.

When a commenter at The Belmont Club offered up Mr. Peters' fantastic piece, Wretchard astutely noted a recollection Mary Mapes shared in her book version of Rathergate.

In Mary Mape's account of Rathergate, a visitor from the East Coast comes to Texas and while at a private home glimpses some people on their knees "mumbling". The visitor asks Mapes what those people were doing. Mapes explained that they were praying.

If that visitor were ignorant of [t]hat, what understanding might such a person have of Islam?

Calling Larry Kudlow: Peters on Iranian Oil and Currency Dangers

There is very real cause for economic concern regarding Iran, and it has less to do with the availability of their oil than most would think.

Did you miss the latest from Alan Peters: Can The USA Avoid Attacking Iran? Can We Attack Successfully?

In this, he posits the dangers of not simply access to Iran's oil, but the currency the world currently uses as the basis for global oil transactions...US Dollars. His scenario is worthy of attention, especially noting that Iran has already changed the currency they use away from dollars. His scenario, in part:

One of the major uses for the Dollar is to pay for oil, which is still bought and sold in Dollars and all other currencies are converted at the ongoing rate of exchange into dollars to finalize payments of transactions. For instance German Deutschmarks have to "become Dollars" to pay for oil, which gives the Dollar a reason to exist as the primary currency of the world.

For example, suddenly, because of Iran's Oil Bourse (and as previously intended by Iraq and some OPEC countries plus Russia), sale of oil is no longer in Dollars but in "pesos", even tiddlywinks, or anything but dollars, then the dollar has less and less reason to be an important currency. Pesos or tiddlywinks rapidly become the prime "form of payment". The world will need tiddlywinks more than dollars and will start buying and using those and sell off the now less useful or even useless dollar.

The drop of the Dollar as a value pulls down all other currencies - far beyond the ability of any country or group of countries or central banks to intervene and prop it up.

All the "useless" dollars crammed inside the banks plummet in value and one country, bank, business after another will discard them ASAP, putting them up for sale and creating a glut of dollars being sold with the consequent drop in value -- simply to try to salvage anything before the value goes so low as to be almost nothing. Again SUPPLY AND DEMAND considerations - not oil, not Euros.

Where is Larry Kudlow?

2006: The Year of Clarity

2006 may eventually be remembered as the year the world was forced to see itself (and its various actors) as it truly existed, The Year of Clarity: Iran seen as truly the world's foremost State Sponsor of Terrorism (and not just as a catchy, underappreciated geopolitcal phrase) with a lust for nukes, and Hamas and Hezbollah as terrorist organizations, pure and simple. Forgive the lengthy quote below (this is RapidRecon, after all), but this from Mark Stein's 'At least Hamas is open about its evil intentions' demands the full space.

The Palestinian elections were similarly clarifying. The old guard -- Yasser Arafat's Fatah cronies -- had their own take on the "But some of my best friends are Jewish" routine. For years they insisted, at least in the presence of Americans and Europeans, that they were in favor of a "two-state solution" -- Israel and Palestine living side by side -- at the same time as they supported and glorified and financially subsidized suicide bombers and other terrorists. Insofar as their enthusiasm for a two-state solution was genuine, it was as an intermediate stage en route to a one-state solution.

Hamas, by contrast, takes a Joel Stein view: Why the hell should we have to go tippy-toeing around some sissy phrase we don't really mean? Hamas doesn't support a two-state solution, it supports the liquidation of one state and its replacement by other, and they don't see why they should have to pretend otherwise. And in last week's elections for the Palestinian Authority they romped home. It was a landslide.

As is the way, many in the West rushed to rationalize the victory. The media have long been reluctant to damn the excitable lads as terrorists. In 2002 the New York Times published a photograph of Palestinian suicide bombers all dressed up and ready to blow, and captioned it "Hamas activists." Take my advice and try not to be standing too near the Hamas activist when he activates himself.

January 27, 2006

Iran's Gaza Front:The NY Sun on the New Iranian Annex

For another compelling source speaking to Iran's increasing role in controling events in and actions by Palestinian groups, see Iran's Gaza Front in today's New York Sun.

In its continuing efforts to infiltrate and carry out terror attacks in Israel, Hezbollah created "Unit 1800," a secret wing of the organization that has recruited Palestinians to collect intelligence information. The unit is reportedly taking control over Hamas, Fatah, and other Palestinian terror groups. Most recently Hezbollah has established a "forward command" post in Gaza that serves as a link between terrorists in the West Bank and Hezbollah's leadership in Lebanon.

Although Iran's war against Israel started 27 years ago, its efforts over the past several years indicate stepped up attempts to take over Palestinian organizations that are directly involved in the conflict. Through its investments in the activities of various Palestinian terror organizations, Iran seeks to increase its legitimacy among Palestinians. From there it hopes to gain an increasing foothold within the Palestinian Authority, and ultimately take control from within.

Again, the West Bank and Gaza now combine to form the New Iranian Annex.

Hamas (PA) Will Not Recognize Israel

Some debate is sparked over whether or not the PA will continue to receive funding from the US and others. Many argue that Hamas should be recognized as the justly elected political power in the Palestinian Territories, which they are. But they are also a major terrorist organization. All Hamas has to do, in the eyes of some (including President Bush in comments yesterday), is remove the part of their charter that calls for the destruction of Israel. If they will just make this clerical change, all will be good going forward and funding will apparently flow. This sounds simple enough.

Consider the following from another leader: Mahmoud Zahar: No Hamas plans to recognize Israel

Who will charitably fund a dependent government with this foreign policy stance? The concept of the 'New Iranian Annex' looks more realistic with every instance of language like this.

This is what the Palestinians chose. Freely.

This morning, while listening to a radio news report on the situation, someone commented, "See, democracy fixed everything."

The problem was not democracy. The solution was not democracy, either.

Democracy is simply the process that enables a society to offer up options and freely choose to do the right thing...or...not.

Many suggest that there were only poor choices for the Palestinians, between bad and worse. Fair enough, but this is to ignore the front end of the democratic process, which is to produce the solutions from which to choose. The Palestinian society failed to produce a tenable solution, leaving them with a dead-end choice. They will suffer the consequences, as freedom cannot exist without both responsibility and consequences.

At some point in time, if the consequences are recognized as painful, the Palestinians will craft an option to vote for that is not a painful solution. This is what is meant when the term 'maturing democracy' is bandied about by pundits. Harnessing democracy is more than carting out plastic storage boxes and filling them with ballots. It's about more than just 'the vote'.

Democracy is first about setting the table from which the choice is made.

To use an old computer programming term, "Garbage in, Garbage out."

Riots in Gaza as Fatah laments 'The Big Punishment'

The Jerusalem Post takes a look at the current mindset among the stunned Fatah leaders in an article titled "Fatah leaders reeling from 'the big punishment'". The leaders should not be stunned.

There are news reports currently on the cable networks of riots in Gaza, including angry mobs outside Mahmoud Abbas' (Abu Mazen) home demanding that he resign. The crowd has now dispersed from around Abbas' home and seem to be making their way towards the Palestinian Leadership Council headquarters, where cars are already burning in the streets.

There have also been reports of armed clashes already between Fatah and Hamas.

If Fatah leaders think the election results amounts to 'The Big Punishment', they have short-ranged vision. The Big Punishment will come in the form of reaction to a PA led by a terrorist organization like Hamas. They have yet to feel the punishment that awaits the first Hamas-sponsored act of terrorism.

January 26, 2006

The 'domino effect' in reverse?

That's what Syria's Expatriates Minister, Bouthaina Shaaban, claims in a column that Beirut's Daily Star published today, timed to coincide with the Hamas victory in the Palestinian polls. Anyone who calls the 'election' of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela 'real democracy' should be read with a shaker of salt handy...especially coming from a representative of a violent dictatorship like the Ba'athist Assad regime in Syria.

Three years of occupation and bloodshed later, the American-exported democracy in Iraq is nothing more than ethnic and sectarian division and hostility to neighboring Arab states. The democratic leader turned out to be no one other than the American ambassador, and the interests of the people proved only subservient to American national interests. A similar democracy is now being sought in Lebanon, inaugurated with political assassinations.

This does not necessarily contradict with the domino theory. The effect, however, went in the reverse direction. In another part of the world, Che Guevara, Allende, the small island of Cuba, and Hugo Chavez have proven that even small weak countries can stand up to the hegemony of powerful ones.

The domino effect in Latin America has returned Venezuela's natural resources to its national control. It made Evo Morales, an indigenous citizen, win the elections in Bolivia. It brought Michele Bachelet to presidency in Chile. The domino effect has ended decades of military dictatorship and foreign hegemony, and reinstituted real democracy and freedom.

Real democracy and freedom...like that in Syria, to be sure.

Syria the Model?

This, of course, is the same Bouthaina Shaaban who said in late December 2005:

He [Syrian President Bashar Assad] is the first democratic, humble, young, hopeful leader for his country. I think the West doesn't know him, doesn't know what kind of man he is. If they know him, and they know what kind of person he is, and if they truly want democracy and freedom in our region, this is also a very important question. If they truly want peace in our region, they couldn't have a better partner than President Bashar.

Forgive us, Ms. Shaaban, but we know Bashar. He's is a partner in democracy as clouds are a partner to sunlight.

January 25, 2006

So...Is the Army Broken?

For an intelligent take on the defense/media question of the day, read Jason at Countercolumn, as he confronts the issue: Is the Army Broken?

[Note: The direct link to the Countercolumn post referenced here is broken, so simply scroll down to the post by the same title...at time of this pub, the second entry down.]

Jason says that the author of the recent original Pentagon study on the issue, Andrew Krepinovich, "is legit, though not infallible." Among several well-reasoned points offered for consideration is this no-nonsense observation:

But if the Army's really under strain, it would show up first in spare parts budgets and NCOES and ranger school training slots and ammo budgets for training purposes stateside. To get perspective, talk to some chief warrant officers. I suspect they'd tell you that things are pretty tough. But they appear worse than they are because Congress didn't get its budget out on schedule, and there's a lot of money out there still uncommitted, but programmed against pending orders.

That's not a war issue. That's a bureaucratic and fiscal management issue.

January 24, 2006

Welcome Dan Darling

ThreatsWatch has added a new member to our team. Dan Darling, has written extensively at Regnum Crucis, Winds of Change.NET, and for the Weekly Standard. Now he will bring his enthusiasm, depth of insight and extensive resources to TW readers. We are excited to have Dan aboard and hope that you'll garner as much from his efforts as we do.

Join us in welcoming him, and read his first contribution to TW - Full Text and Analysis of bin Laden's Audiotape. And if you've not read it, don't miss Dan's latest in the Weekly Standard.

January 23, 2006

Osthoff found with her own ransom money?

The story of the German archaeologist, Susan Osthoff, taken hostage in Iraq always had an odd smell about it. It was long suggested that Germany paid ransom for her release. Though Germany never confirmed this directly, the news that she had in her possession some of her own ransom money after being released at least confirms this, as well as add another layer of stench to the whole ordeal.

Susanne Osthoff, 43, was released after a month in captivity on Dec 18. While she took a shower in Germany's embassy in Baghdad, officers from the BND, its intelligence service, found "several thousand dollars" fastened with rubber bands in her clothes, according to one of the investigators. Their serial numbers matched those on notes paid to secure her release.

The stench?

Yesterday's newspapers wondered whether she was given the money by her kidnappers because she co-operated with them or was involved in her own kidnapping to secure money for humanitarian projects. Alternatively, it was suggested that, as she is reported to have told investigators, she received the money as part-compensation for money the kidnappers stole from her when she was seized.

So the world is now to believe that the same groups infamous for hacking away and beheading westerners with Gerber hunting knives are now in the practice of compensating former captives for their inconvenience?

Just for effect, one last quote from the article:

Politicians and the public were yesterday asking new questions about her ordeal. Many have lost patience with Miss Osthoff, a convert to Islam, since she declared her intention to return to Iraq and failed to thank them for their efforts to free her.

Consider also that Osthoff told al-Jazeera that she "was so happy to know that I had not fallen into the hands of criminals." Apparently bilking a government of $3 million is not criminal. Germany's payment of ransom only gives credit to the enterprise as a profitable endeavor. The whole ordeal makes the stomach turn. The Belmont Club has more.

January 20, 2006

German Government Refuses to 'fan anti-Americanism'

The German government has refused to open up a parliamentary investigation into the role played by two German BND agents in Baghdad at the time of the US invasion of Iraq, saying that such an investigation would only 'fan anti-Americanism'. This is a welcome sign of sobriety long missing from German politics.

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Baghdad-based agents of the BND intelligence service had stuck to clear instructions not to pass on operational military information to the Americans at the start of the U.S. invasion in 2003.

The role of the two agents has become a hot political topic since media reports this month alleged they gathered information for Washington on bombing targets in Baghdad and acted as scouts for an air raid intended to kill then-president Saddam Hussein.

Did the German agents assist with targeting in Baghdad? Almost certainly, regardless of claims.

But this quiet assistance to the US, whether or not it was carried out with the knowledge of the then-Schroeder government, presents not a problem of outrage internally as much as a simple problem of principle: The contrast between outspoken and energetic denunciation of the US invasion by the head of a government while potentially providing tangible support for it behind the scenes. As Sir Walter Scott says,

Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive.

Nuance is overrated.

January 16, 2006

The Absence of Consequences Drives Iran

Judith Klinghoffer makes an astute observation over the continuing war of words over Iran's race to nuclear weapons: Ahmadinejad is winning due to the lack of any substantive consequence.

”US Backtracks Earlier Threats” is the headline describing Secretary Rice’s announcement that no one is looking for immediate UN sanctions against Iran. Just as good were the accompanying news that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has not yet even “made any decision to hold an emergency meeting to consider Iran's nuclear program.“ Preacher Khattami, indeed, has good reasons to tell his followers that all the Western noise “is just a psychological war.” If the Iranians seem to coalesce around their reckless president, it is because he seems to be winning.

He is winning because no one threatened to do anything which would affect the life of the Iranian ruling class. The life of those Iranians will not be affected by the bombing of Bushir or other sites dedicated to nuclear development. It would be affected by a threat to deny visas to Iranians (including family members) connected in any shape or form to the government who wish to travel or do business abroad. Just tell Iranian parents and children that the West is about to be close to them and note the response.

January 14, 2006

European media Understands Ahmadinejad

In an article that seems to parallel ThreatsWatch's own November PrincipalAnalysis: Understanding Ahmadinejad, Britain's Daily Telegraph published today 'Divine mission' driving Iran's new leader.

In November, the country was startled by a video showing Mr Ahmadinejad telling a cleric that he had felt the hand of God entrancing world leaders as he delivered a speech to the UN General Assembly last September.

When an aircraft crashed in Teheran last month, killing 108 people, Mr Ahmadinejad promised an investigation. But he also thanked the dead, saying: "What is important is that they have shown the way to martyrdom which we must follow."

The most remarkable aspect of Mr Ahmadinejad's piety is his devotion to the Hidden Imam, the Messiah-like figure of Shia Islam, and the president's belief that his government must prepare the country for his return.

More than the American media, the European media seems to acknowledge the importance of the public's understanding Ahmadinejad and his leadership's effect on the velocity of the encroaching conflict (in its variety of forms) with Iran.

Two key IAEA flaws that led to North Korean nukes

While observing the current Iranian nuclear crisis, many look back with doubts to the IAEA dealings with North Korea that failed. Former International Atomic Energy Agency Deputy Director General Pierre Goldschmidt has written The Urgent Need to Strengthen the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime (pdf), published by The Carnegie Endowment, in which he highlights the two fatal flaws in the Agreed Framework that lead to North Korea's current nuclear state.

First, it contained a clause that was interpreted by North Korea as limiting the IAEA’s inspection rights under the CSA until such time as a significant portion of the LWR project was completed. Only then would the IAEA be allowed to take all the steps deemed necessary to verify “the accuracy and completeness of the DPRK’s initial report on all nuclear material in the DPRK.” Such limitation was clearly inconsistent with the lessons learned in Iraq during the first Gulf War, which demonstrated that the IAEA needed greater access rights than those under the CSA and not the fewer rights embodied in the Agreed Framework.

The second flaw of the Agreed Framework was that it allowed North Korea to retain in storage all of its spent fuel (SF) containing weapons-grade plutonium and to maintain a reprocessing facility in a state of readiness so that North Korea could restart operation at any time. Only after completion of the LWR project would these facilities have to be dismantled. The U.S. negotiators and others recognized this flaw but could not persuade North Korea to remove it.

And, so rather than stand firm, the signatories signed a knowingly and fatally flawed document that would prove to not serve its sole purpose. North Korea was found by the IAEA to be in non-compliance for ten straight years without consequence before North Korea, in 2003, simply scrapped the paper it signed. In 2004, they declared nuclear weapons possession.

Iran, Meet John Bolton

Stumbled onto a fresh young blog called Vital Perspective that I found interesting. Confession: There is much of it that I have yet to read, but a blog that displays "Real Democracy in Iran" and "Free Lebanon" graphics in the sidebar at least has its compass calibrated properly. For instance, I cherry-picked this notable bit from the latest post:

One more thing they forget: it just so happens that Iran might face Security Council action in February, the very month John Bolton, U.S. Ambassador to the UN, assumes the Council's Presidency.

From the "About Us" page: "Vital Perspective is operated by two foreign policy specialists focused on the Middle East. Though we come from different political backgrounds and have worked on competing political campaigns, the bloggers of Vital Perspective share deep concerns over the growing threat of Islamic extremism to the U.S. and our allies."

If there were just a hint more thinking like this in Washington, prosecuting and decisively winning the War on Terror would not be the 'contoversy' some choose to make it...at the cost of National Security.

January 12, 2006

Sino-Russian Demarche

The American Thinker's James Lewis has his finger squarely on why Russia and China have suddenly become 'helpful' (relative term) to the West regarding Iran's nuclear program.

Jack Kelly is inclined to agree and prefers captured Iraqi documents be more swiftly made available to the public.

January 11, 2006

Roggio on the Radio

Bill will be on the radio tonight with Rob Breakenridge, host of The World Tonight, at 10:00 PM Eastern. To listen online visit AM 770 CHQR and click LISTEN LIVE.

What you should know about Bolivia

The Counterterrorism Blog's Robert Charles explains how Bolivia is Tottering and what it means to you.

What does the rise of Evo Morales as president of Bolivia mean for the average American? More than you might think. Less than you might be inclined to have nightmares about. Here are the core facts.

With Bolivia having just elected a coca 'farmer' as president, Morales completes the friendly South American trio along with Cuba's Castro and Venezuela's Hugo Chavez. Read Robert Charles' excellent primer. He is also a former Assistant Secretary of State.

January 9, 2006

Despite Rhetoric, Did Germany Pay Ransom to Iraqi Terrorists?

Do you remember the stern words of new German Chancellor Angela Merkel after Susanne Osthoff was kidnapped in Iraq?

"This government, this parliament, will not let ourselves be blackmailed."

The Transatlantic Intelligencer does, and quotes German media reports that Merkel's government indeed paid ransom for Osthoff in a 'parcel of considerable weight' and now wonders aloud: Still More Euros for Terror?

John Rosenthal compares the open admission of such tactics by France to the open denial ahead of those same tactics by Germany.

The latter, after each seizure of French hostages in Iraq over the last year and a half, have quickly let it be known they were in negotiations with the hostage-takers - euphemistically referred to as "political dialogue" by former French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier - even though there was evidently nothing to negotiate but a price.

Despite the difference in rhetoric, however, evidence emerging in the German media suggests that the outcome was the same: i.e. more euros for terror.

Looking Outward from Events: OBL in Context

The first lesson in security is Situational Awareness. This requires that one look outward from events rather than inward. For example, when there is a bomb blast, while the first instinct may be to look towards the blast, those responsible for security must immediately look outward in observation of surroundings, establish a perimeter and be prepared for another attack in order to prevent it.

Michael Ledeen's latest is a perfect example of this in an article that will surely be widely read for his revelation that his trusted sources tell him the Osama bin Laden has died of kidney failure in Iran. But it should be noted that he mentions this in only glancing fashion as he instinctively looks outward from the event and makes the broader analysis of events in context.

In short, both demography and geopolitics make this an age of revolution, as President Bush seems to have understood. Rarely have there been so many opportunities for the advance of freedom, and rarely have the hard facts of life and death been so favorable to the spread of democratic revolution.

The architect of 9/11 and the creator of Palestinian terrorism are gone. The guiding lights of our terrorist enemies are sitting on cracking thrones, challenged by young men and women who look to us for support. Not just words, and, above all, not promises that the war against the terror masters will soon end with a premature abandonment of what was always a miserably limited battlefield. This should be our moment.

Faster. Please?

Michael Ledeen offers a brilliant lesson in Situational Awareness. Read it all.

Welcome to 2006: The Iranian Year

Be sure to read Target Iran by Arnaud de Bourchgrave today. He begins with instructive words of clarity as he introduces readers to 2006, what could become known as 'The Iranian Year' in international security circles.

If anyone has any doubt about the kind of nuclear work Iran has been doing for the past 18 years, it must be a case of naivete compounded by gullibility.

Nor should there be any uncertainty about what Iran's mullahocracy would do with a nuclear weapon. All of Iran's leaders since the Ayatollah Rohollah Khomeini replaced the shah in February 1979 have made it clear the objective is Israel's destruction.

On Saddam's Terror Camps

Did you read Stephen Hayes' report, Saddam's Terror Training Camps?

Andrew Cochran has, and he weighs in with the following:

So many experts will be very reluctant to reconsider and concur that Saddam may have developed a "breeding ground" long before American forces set foot into the country. For instance, Peter Bergen, certainly one of the best and most respected experts in the world, said 18 months ago in a debate with Hayes that the evidence of a strong al-Qaida-Iraqi connection is "rather thin" and a strong connection would have been unearthed by now. You can tell from the silence of many experts that they simply don't want to hear about new evidence unearthed in the files that might prove them wrong.

Andrew's right on the money here. I have always been nothing short of amazed at how so little was ever made of the airliner fusilage at Salman Pak. Are we to believe that it was an optical illusion or, alternatively, that Saddam was training counter-terrorism forces to serve as air marshals on the never-hijacked Iraqi state-run airline?

Add to that the passenger train cars, urban assault course and the obstacle course at Salman Pak...

January 8, 2006

Sharon Suddenly Peacemaker?

After a career, nay a lifetime, of being branded as a warmonger and a war criminal, it appears that Ariel Sharon is now being seen as a peacemaker. Consider, from the New York Times: With Sharon Ill, Palestinians Face Own Travails.

The article looks at the dire state of the Palestinian Authority, itself a very grave concern going forward. But what stands out is that Sharon is, seemingly only now, being given credit without sideswipes for handing over Gaza unilaterally in an attempt, as seen by some, to foster the growth and emergence of Palestinian leaders. Where was this praise without the backhand months ago?

The Belmont Club takes a closer look at this.

January 6, 2006

Jordanian Views on Terrorism

Consider the results of a CSS study regarding how Jordanians now think about terrorism, and you will see a marked shift since the attacks on the Jordanian hotels recently. But to see that as the sole mover is to fail to recognize the admirable and courageous leadership of Jordan's King Abdullah.

I have never been fond of kings and monarchies, but King Abdullah is a courageous man. Not only has an unelected king begun the process and conversation of democratic reform within his own country, but he has boldly taken on terrorism in his country and throughout the region...largely alone. This cannot be done in the absence of an uncommon measure of courage and moral conviction.

January 3, 2006

Embedded Bias?

Bill's latest on the Washington Post's attempt to portray him as a pawn in the military's information warfare campaign is available at the National Review Online.

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