IBD Lists 97 Reasons why Democrats Suck In Terms of National Security

October 1, 2006 at 1:24 am (Uncategorized)

A biting piece written by Investor’s Business Daily, which you can read here, lists 97 reasons why Democrats can’t be trusted on national security. Appropriately, the article starts off with a brief history of the appeasement that took place for four years under peanut-farmer-in-chief Jimmy Carter,

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EJ Dionne: Clinton’s Falsehood-Littered Blow-Up On FOXNews Was Fighting Propaganda

October 1, 2006 at 12:07 am (Liberal Lies, national security, Uncategorized)

I love to read EJ Dionne Jr., mostly because he’s a dolt who thinks he’s far more intelligent than he truly is. Also, for reasons I can’t quite determine, every time I read his latest screed I get the feeling that I’m reading one of Roger Ebert’s infamously irrelevant political opinions that periodically appear in his movie reviews. Maybe it’s because they both seem to write with this sort of bleeding-heart-father-to-son-straight-talk-on-life-lessons tone when discussing political issues, instead of utilizing things like “facts” to strengthen their opinions.

This particular column had me in stitches.  The basic thesis of these 14 paragraphs of asinine drivel is outlined here:

Bill Clinton’s eruption on “Fox News Sunday” last weekend over questions about his administration’s handling of terrorism was a long time coming and has political implications that go beyond this fall’s elections.

By choosing to intervene in the terror debate in a way that no one could miss, Clinton forced an argument about the past that had up to now been largely a one-sided propaganda war waged by the right. The conservative movement understands the political value of controlling the interpretation of history. Now its control is finally being contested.

The argument about pre-9/11 has been “largely a one-sided propaganda war waged by the right”? Just how delusional is EJ Dionne Jr.? There has been a monumental amount of misinformation spread by the Left with concern to the path to 9/11. JustOneMinute points out one instance (the alleged “Clinton war plan” to eliminate al-Qaeda handed over to the Bush administration.) Liberal revisionists have attempted to portray Clinton as a take-no-prisoners anti-terrorist, in contrast to Bush before 9/11, sometimes pointing to the thwarted Millenium bombing plot. Al Franken claimed in his latest dishonest tome that Clinton put the government on high alert and thwarted the plot, when, in fact, according to the 9/11 Commission report,  Clinton’s high alert had little-to-nothing to do with it. (To read the whole story on this controversy, with documentation, go here.)

Only two examples, you complain? Well reason number one for that: I’m tired and don’t feel like looking up anymore. Number two, compare it to the number of examples of alleged right-wing misinformation offered by Dionne? You guessed it: 0. Amazing  (except not really) that someone like Dionne can work for one of the most prestigious newspapers in the country, and yet still, get away with writing an entire column based on a thesis which he spends not one sentence confirming with any hard facts. What propaganda has the right been spreading? Are we supposed to simply take Dionne at his word, and not expect him to document his claim? The only thing even close to an example is Dionne’s mention of the recent ABC docu-drama,  The Path to 9/11. But even this can’t be considered a valid example. Dionne simply repeats common liberal wisdom that the movie, which was admittedly fictionalized, was propaganda; he never explained why a film which was admittedly dramatized was propaganda.

But most interesting is Dionne’s conclusion:

Propagandistic accounts need to be challenged, systematically and consistently. The debate needed a very hard shove. Clinton delivered it.

What Dionne doesn’t mention is that Clinton’s “shove” was its self filled with dishonest propaganda. Even if Dionne was able to formulate a somewhat substantiated argument that the right has been waging a propagand war against Clinton (something he does a dismal job at), could he justifty that Clinton responded to the propaganda with more lies?

And lie Clinton did. Lied and lied and lied again.  Read the links for a more in-depth analysis, but for one example of those many lies, Clinton repeated the mantra that Clinton left behind a “comprehensive war plan” against al-Qaeda for the Bush administration when he left office. In fact, according to both former Clinton National Security Adviser Sandy Berger and former Clinton and Bush official Dick Clarke (who Clinton cites as an authority on his terrorism record elsewhere in the interview), that isn’t true.

 Clinton:

They had eight months to try and they didn’t….. I tried. So I tried and failed. When I failed I left a comprehensive anti-terror strategy and the best guy in the country, Dick Clarke.

Berger:

But there was no war plan that we turned over to the Bush administration during the transition. And the reports of that are just incorrect.

Clarke:

[T]here was no plan on Al Qaeda that was passed from the Clinton administration to the Bush administration.

EJ Dionne Jr., like Clinton, is a part of a large and growing group of American liberals who are obsessed with expressing outrage over the right’s supposed dishonesty, yet are seemingly completely unaware that their own side is, at least, equally dishonest, and more than likely, more so. The only way to counter such thought is to continue debunking liberal myths when we catch them.

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Pervert in Congress resigns

September 29, 2006 at 8:00 pm (Uncategorized)

Congressman Mark Foley (R-FL) resigned today after “ABC News questioned him about sexually explicit internet messages with current and former congressional pages under the age of 18.” If true, and I have no reason to believe it’s not, let’s hope some of the more die-hard Republican conservatives will not irrationally rush to his defense simply because he’s a Republican.

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Fun with the NIE

September 29, 2006 at 7:51 pm (Iraq)

After the mainstream media selectively leaked portions of a National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) compiled by our intelligence agencies earlier this year which, the Times reported, claimed that the Iraq invasion is fueling the global jihadist movement, President Bush responded by declassifying the entire key judgments section. The New York Times responded by saying that “Mr. Bush decided to release this small, selected chunk of the report in reaction to an article on the intelligence assessment that appeared in The Times over the weekend.”

Apparently, the New York Times is having a hissy fit over Bush only releasing the key judgments. This is especially funny, since the original Times article provided the reader with only a few sentences, whereas Bush has provided the public with the entire key judgments of the report. As Seixon puts it, “I think the Times is jealous because Bush’s ‘chunk’ was bigger than theirs.”

With the aforementioned New York Times piece at the forefront, the MSM is in full time war mode in response to Bush’s declassification of the key judgments.  Now the MSM is running headlines that complain about Bush not releasing the entire NIE, something which the White House argues, quite reasonably, would put our intel source at risk. One commenter at at AntiMedia.us complains “Why not declassify the whole thing? Hmmm…what don’t they want us to read?” Answer: How about sensitive information about the nature of our intelligence gathering that could put our agents at risk?

Additionally, here’s an interesting portion of the NIE which hasn’t gotten much media attention (indeed, probably a fraction of the amount of attention the line about Iraq become a “cause celebre” for jihadists):

Greater pluralism and more responsive political systems in Muslim majority nations would alleviate some of the grievances jihadists exploit. Over time, such progress, together with sustained, multifaceted programs targeting the vulnerabilities of the jihadist movement and continued pressure on al-Qa’ida, could erode support for the jihadists.

Reading that without any context, one might be tempted to think that it is a quote from Bush himself outlining his Middle East philosophy. 

Also interesting to note, is that the NIE key judgments does not lay the surge in jihadism solely at the feet of the current Iraq war.  There are four underlying factors that the NIE blames, only one of which is Iraq:

(1)Entrenched grievances, such as corruption, injustice, and fear of Western domination, leading to anger, humiliation, and a sense of powerlessness; (2) the Iraq jihad;. (3) the slow pace of real and sustained economic, social, and political reforms in many Muslim majority nations; and (4) pervasive anti-US sentiment among most Muslims, all of which jihadists exploit.

Take particular note of the third point; “the slow pace of real and sustained economic, social, and political reforms in many Muslim majority nations.” Just what exactly are we working to do in Iraq? Answer: create a Western-style democracy. Needless to say, such a system should effectively address concerns over economic/social/political reforms, closing another area that, according to the NIE, jihadists are exploiting to recruit more followers.

And how many MSM reports on the declassified key judgments have mentioned those quotes?

More reading on the issue:

They Just Don’t Get It, says David Strom;

A fair and balanced look at the NIE via TCS Daily

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Before I get started here…

September 29, 2006 at 3:02 am (Uncategorized)

I thought I might post a little Q&A to give you an idea of what I’m all about and what this blog will be all about…

Q. Why “The Hippy Conservative”?

A. Because it sounds funny. And I like tie dye. And Jimi Hendrix is awesome.

Q. So… you’re a conservative, right?

A. Proudly more conservative than most Republican politicians.

Q. So let me guess… this whole website will be dedicated to sucking up to Bush and Congressional Republicans, while bashing the Dems, all aided by GOP talking points and regurgitated conservative spin?

A. No, it won’t, primarily because I’m not a huge fan of Bush, and I also respect the truth. Nothing bothers me more than people who can only repeat their party’s talking points for the day. Granted, my opinions may occasionally come off as the same as GOP talking points, but you’ll never see me regurgitating deceitful spin from the GOP.

Q. How often will you post?

A. Who can say, really? Frankly, this blog could dissapear at any time, and I won’t lose a minute of sleep over it. This blog will never become my life. So don’t let it become your’s.

Q. Are you a jerk when you debate?

A. Yes, I am. Deal with it.

Q. Any personal info you want to share?

A. Not at this point. Except I’m a male.

Q. Any goals you want you achieve through this blog?

A. Other than entertaining myself? No.

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Hello world!

September 29, 2006 at 2:07 am (Uncategorized)

Welcome to WordPress.com. This is your first post. Edit or delete it and start blogging!

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