“You authorized a risky operation to find and kill Osama bin Laden. Following your orders, a SEAL team shot him through the eye and the chest. Imagine that your successor is an even more left-wing Democrat than you are. Or imagine that he/she is a libertarian. Either might assert that the operation violated the law in some way. Would you approve of a Justice Department investigation into the actions of the SEALs? Do you think it be okay if, under the next administration, they will be obliged to hire lawyers and worry about their own and the their families’ futures? If not, will you instruct Eric Holder to call off the dogs who are currently investigating the CIA for interrogating the terrorists who led you to Osama bin Laden?”
That would require him to have some kind of consistent set of decent personal and political principles. Of course, the thought of a Democrat more left wing than him succeeding him is kind of frightening.
Thanks to whoever bought new struts for their car, and the Wii stuff (and others) through my Amazon link. Every little bit of income helps these days.
Will they change public attitudes on global warming?
I predict no. I suspect that most people who read that kind of thing are have already drunk the koolaid. This is lunacy, really:
“A Visit from the Goon Squad,” which tells the story of people connected by the music business, bounces back and forth over time. When it flashes forward two decades, it shows a world that has been altered by climate change. Trees bloom in January. A February day hits 89 degrees.
No one is predicting those kinds of changes that fast. All this does is destroy their credibility.
Though it would be nice to get people reading this book again. Or even for the first time.
Robots evolve to protect their own.
And so it begins. And wasn’t Skynet supposed to be activated a couple weeks ago?
Yeah, let’s let these nutbags have nukes:
Close allies of Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have been accused of using supernatural powers to further his policies amid an increasingly bitter power struggle between him and the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Several people said to be close to the president and his chief of staff, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, have been arrested in recent days and charged with being “magicians” and invoking djinns (spirits).
Ahmadinejad may be a short timer, but it’s unlikely he’ll be replaced by anyone sane.
How about releasing the order to take out bin Laden?
If it exists, that is.
Also, a tale of two speeches — one from a narcissist, one from…something else.
RIP. Like other Reason devotees, I had never met him or even heard of him, though I’m sure that my friend Bob Poole, who took over from him, must have known him. As Virginia Postrel notes over at Facebook, this is probably the most coverage that the New York Times has ever given Reason magazine.
It’s always been the ISI. Letting Pakistan get nukes was a strategic blunder of the first order.
[Update early afternoon]
Mark Steyn: The wages of weakness.
It’s futile to be fighitng in Afghanistan when our enemies there are merely puppets of the real problem across the border.
It’s good to know that, amidst the TSA follies and other stupidities of the past decade, some people in the government were doing some things right.
Zarkawi has a new roommate. Iowahawk has the lurid (and profane) details. I need a category for really dark humor.