Friday, April 04, 2003

skippy can be reached at skippy the bush kangaroo. the old skipperooo has been giving me a hard time about not having a comments section as well as references to other blogs. expect to work everything out shortly.
Just one other matter today, having to do with my good friend (good friend only in terms of the venacular, as I have never truely met a kangaroo) skippy the bush kangaroo. I read his blog daily. He (I assume the roo is a he) views the world somewhat differently than this old dog but he is always generous in sharing his thoughts in a sociable manner. He can be reached xnerg.blogspot.com. By the way as I post more often, I will learn the tricks of the trades.
I am trying to post weekly to this blog and was going to speak about V.D. Hanson and Josh Marshall. But just heard that Michael Kelly, Washington Post columnist and Atlantic Monthly editor was killed, along with a U.S. soldier, in a Humvee accident today in Iraq. His family is in our prayers.

I've always enjoyed Kelly and his observations. He was serious in his understanding of commitment as well as the perils of not defending liberty. Unlike many conservative columnists, he addressed both with interesting twists and turns, always revealing sometimes making one uncomfortable. A voice always worth listening to. He will be missed.

Friday, March 28, 2003

According to the Times (all references to the Times in this blog, refer to the Washington Times), Feminist Martha Burk, who has led the campaign to force Augusta National Golf Club to admit at least one wealthy woman into its ranks, says the club's policy is "an insult to the 250,000 women serving in the United States military." Mrs. Burk added: "It's appalling that the women who are willing to lay down their lives for democratic ideals should be shut out of this club."

This dog agrees with Mrs. Burk. In fact Hootie, you should require military service for any women nominated for club membership.

Tuesday, March 18, 2003

Senator Daschle’s comments about diplomacy are reminiscent of the question, “Who Lost China”’? The fact of the matter is that diplomacy ended on 7 December 2002 when Saddam did not reply to UN Resolution 1441. The Security Counsel’s response was eerily silent and the parties moved to four different strategies in the disarmament exercise.

Rope-a-Dope
Silver Bullet
Holiday Inn Estates on Saint Helena
Force of Arms

1.Rope-a-Dope—France, Russia and China pursued a short-term strategy of containment of Iraq and frustration of all Anglo-American initiatives. Long-term strategy was to: declare victory, end the embargo and leave Saddam in charge.


2.Silver Bullet(s)—we don’t know who pursued this exercise, if anyone, but everyone was barracking for it.


3.Holiday Inn Estates on Saint Helena—Arab League and nonaligned members of the Security Counsel were vigorously pursuing it. This exercise also provided an added benefit of being a future home site for many of its supporters.


4.Force of Arms—an Anglo-American initiative to facilitate Saddam’s exit preferably, by # 2 or 3 or ultimately by armed conflict.

Mr. Daschle tyrants don’t respond to diplomacy. Sometime they respond to global opinion and embargoes but usually they respond to force (internally or externally applied). Saddam has 31 hours to avoid a war.

Monday, February 24, 2003

I struggled with Mr. DeBray’s op-ed piece (I really didn’t struggle, I just reverted to some of the current ad hominems about the French). But with DeBray’s emerging background (hard-line communist revolutionary) one can begin to readily decompose his piece. The portions of the last two paragraphs are the most revealing.

"Old Europe" has already paid the price. It now knows that the planet is too complex, too definitively plural to suffer insertion into a monotheistic binary logic: white or black, good or evil, friend or enemy.”

Apparently DeBray believes, that western values (human dignity, individual liberty, property rights et al) have no place outside of Europe and North America. We must consider the “greater good” and place no priority in those values. A common refrain since the end of the last world war and the start of the Cold War; Germans and Japanese were not capable of democracy, Eastern Europeans have no concept of liberty, the concept of individual human dignity is foreign to our black, brown and yellow brothers.

If Mr. Debray took the opportunity to visit the streets of New York City or any other city of size in the US, the hunger for human dignity and freedom is omnipresent. The streets are full of those who wish to work and enjoy the freedoms of their labor.

“Whence this paradox: the new world of President Bush, postmodern in its technology, seems premodern in its values. In its principles of action, America is two or three centuries behind "old Europe." Since our countries did not enter history at the same time, the gap should not surprise us.”

Debray is correct in that our (US) values continue to reside in a constitution enacted over two hundred years ago. It is a commitment by the American people to cherish those values, which we find inherent in our relationship with God as free men. We have been lax in the equal application of those values to all of our people but we remain engaged in that pursuit.

We are not surprised that Europe’s moral superiority is premised upon a secular vision of moral equivalence resting upon the legality of the state. It is the underlying value which has dictated Europe’s action for almost 200 hundred years.

I suspect that DeBray was very disheartened when the Berlin Wall came down. I remember growing up with people who suffered under that despotism and who warmly cheered for the people of Eastern Europe and their newfound opportunity for liberty.

Friday, February 21, 2003

Just before dawn and diving west towards Denver, you would often hear the early morning rumblings of the Kansas plain (the Morning Thunder). The sun would rise behind you and you’d realize how insignificant your presence was.