Michael Novak discusses the hatred of Bush by the left and their need to claim moral superiority.
Mark Byron, who actually has plenty to say about the whole Plame mess, has this as one of his suggestions:
(1) Get Novak before a grand jury. Have him reveal his source. I doubt he's going to pull a Susan McDougal.
(2) Bring the source in. Grant him immunity. Yes, give him immunity. If he was acting alone, we have a minor scandal and the schnook beats a five-year rap. If he was ordered or cajoled into leaking, then string up the guy(s) who ordered the leak. If he was put up to leaking, we want to find the [people of illegitimate birth] who put him up to it. If it was Karl Rove and Dick Cheney, get some cells ready. I doubt it went that high (it's more likely to be one guy talking out of school), but giving the leaker immunity is the best way to find out.
This is a very bad idea. One of the worst things you can do in a criminal investigation is give a witness in order to find out what they have to say. It's not likely to work, especially if the witness has any kind of loyalty towards anyone else who might be involved. Once the witness has been granted immunity it's possible he'd just take the fall knowing that nothing could happen to him. Often the threat of prison time is the best method to compel honestly.
Update - That was quick. If you'll check the comments, you'll see that just a few minutes after I posted this, Byron suggested looking for a plea-bargain instead. That makes more sense to me.
On top of that, it's a bad idea politically. After the Oliver North affair, the Democrats ought to know that. North was granted immunity by the Democrats in Congress because they just knew he was going to bring Reagan down. What happened? Not much. Was North covering for someone? Who knows. We may never know. I happen to like North and I have no reason to think he lied, but I also know that when he was given immunity prosecutors lost most of the pressure they had to bring.
Never, ever, give a witness immunity until you know what he's going to say. I guess I shouldn't say never. I'm sure there are exceptions, but I can't think of any at the moment and this sure isn't one.
In a word: No.
Allen Brill at The Right Christians is criticizing "Christian Hawks" for their response, or lack of response, in regard to the whole Plame affair. Among his criticisms, was this:
Catholic blogger Chris Burgwald writes a lot at Veritas about the alleged negative skewing of media coverage of Iraq, but as of Wednesday morning, there was not a word discussing the Plame scandal. 1
Protestant Mark Byron attacks Paul Krugman's blistering tone about Bush corruption in today's New York Times, but avoids mentioning the most recent accusations made against the administration.
This is a criticism that I have never liked. I can understand critiquing people because of what they said, but griping because they said nothing at all? That has always seemed totally bizarre to me. It's hardly a type of argument that is used exclusively on one side of the aisle, but it's certainly one I've heard from a lot of people about this Plame issue.
Let me just make some points here.
1. We are still very early on in this issue and, Brill's opinion of Novak's statements aside, there still isn't any actual evidence that a law has been broken. 2. Even if a crime has been committed, there isn't any evidence of who did it. 3. Not even professional opinion writers are required to opine about everything. Criticizing people for writing about a story this early in the cycle seems, well, ridiculous. No conclusion can be drawn about someone not writing about something. Maybe they just don't have an opinion. Maybe they don't think it's a big deal. Maybe they're still weighing the evidence. 4. There is even less obligation for a blogger to write about a story. Bloggers, with few exceptions, write pretty much for their own benefit. Telling bloggers that they have some sort of requirement to write about something just because you think an issue is important doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me, although it seems happen quite a bit.
Was that enough of a rant?
1Burgwald has now weighed in as a response to Brill's post.
Update - If you want a better discussion of this topic, check out Eugene Volokh.
Bernard Kerik is helping rebuild the Iraqi police establishment. He has some interesting insight.
But Iraq is now a different country. The rebuilding of the infrastructure has begun and the streets are full of life, with bustling markets and shops. But reconstruction isn't just about bricks and mortar: Iraq's civic structures were in tatters, too, especially its Baathist police force, an organization that had, in any case, no credibility with the Iraqi people. My job was to assist in setting up this force again, with proper training, new values, a respect for human rights. The latter phrase--"human rights"--has been absent from Iraq's vocabulary for decades. Certainly, no one has heard it uttered, until now, within the four walls of a police station. The magnitude of our task can be measured from the fact that we had to teach cops that when you pull a man suspected of a crime into the station, you can't just hang him upside-down and beat him with an iron bar.(Link via Jeff Brokaw.)
I think this highlights just how difficult this task is. It's not just about money and resources. In The Empire Strikes Back Yoda tells Luke, "You must unlearn that which you have learned." That's the situation in Iraq. One of the major tasks in Iraq is helping the Iraqi people unlearn the way of thinking Saddam has conditioned them too and learn an entire new way of thinking. That doesn't happen overnight.
... but it would be great if it were true:
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Could a smallpox shot protect you from the AIDS virus? It's a tantalizing idea that scientists at George Mason University are studying. Early findings are very preliminary and based on lab tests of a small number of blood samples. Other AIDS researchers caution against putting too much faith in such early tests, and the George Mason study has not been published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal that is standard for major medical breakthroughs.
But Ken Alibek, director of the university's National Center for Biodefense, said the early results are encouraging.
"This could result in some very important work," said Alibek, a former top scientist in the Soviet biological weapons program who came to the United States in 1992. If early results bear out, "this could be a great way to protect people," he said, because the vaccine has been safety-tested, is already in production and has been used successfully on a global scale to eradicate smallpox.
Hey, maybe it will even work.
I can't say I'm surprised:
WASHINGTON - Myanmar officials prevented diplomats from the United States and other countries from meeting with dissident leader Aung San Suu Kyi at her home over the weekend, the State Department said Monday.
Suu Kyi, who has been detained since May, went to her home late last week after being discharged from a hospital where she underwent surgery.
State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said efforts by the diplomats to visit the Nobel Peace Prize laureate were blocked. He gave no details.
Here's my question, "Are actually applying any pressure here, or just asking nicely?"
Luckily, I've been able to avoid this:
NEW YORK — The only entertainment found at most retail stores is mind-numbing Muzak and the hum of fluorescent lights.
But "shopatainment," the word one boutique owner used to describe singing and dancing at retail stores, is increasingly being used to lure in customers and sell more products.
"Retail stores have for a long time been exceedingly, exceedingly boring," said Kurt Barnard, president of Retail Forecasting LLC (search). "What you are seeing is the beginning of a move toward making shopping more interesting, more entertaining."
Cold Stone Creamery (search), a national ice-cream chain, trains employees at its "Ice Cream University" to sing songs about scooping and sprinkling — to the tune of songs like "If You're Happy and You Know It" and "The Hokey-Pokey." Ice-cream servers also regularly "bust a move" on the job.
It's official. The terrorists have won.
... that mankind might eventually leave violence in the dustbin of history.
MINNEAPOLIS Sept. 29 — A woman involved in a property dispute opened fire Monday at the county government center, wounding the woman she had quarreled with and an attorney, authorities said.
The shooting took place in an area of Hennepin County housing court commonly called "harassment court," where people often represent themselves as they seek to settle disputes, court officials said.
I don't think this is what they mean by "pro se."
Update - One of the victims has died.
... had a day where nothing you read made the slightest bit of sense?
That's pretty much what's happening to me today. I keep trying to read stuff and keep coming away thinking, "Huh?" Of course it might have something to do with the huge headache I'm having.
On the other hand, maybe it's everyone else. I like that better. Maybe my thought processes are perfectly clear and everyone else is messed up today.
That would certainly explain this. Let's see, this guy thinks that the UN is the global equivalent of Churchill's "least bad" theory of democracy, that it was terribly effective during the 90s and that its real trouble now is its refusal to stand up to President Bush, and that the real trouble with reforming the UN is the invasion of Iraq.
I'd like to think he's just having a bad day. Wishful thiniking probably.
TAVARES -- When Army Spc. Ronnie Williams left for the desert of Iraq in February, the yard at his Tavares home resembled the landscape of the country where he would spend the next seven months of his life: dirt, sand and little vegetation.
Now, thanks to his church and the generosity of area landscapers, nurseries and home-improvement stores, his yard is an "oasis."
Williams, a citizen soldier who was called to active duty in February when Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion of the 124th Infantry -- the National Guard unit from Leesburg -- got its orders for Iraq, injured his shoulder while fortifying a fighting position in Balad, Iraq, about 40 miles north of Baghdad.
The Army sent Williams to Fort Stewart, Ga., earlier this month for surgery, and now he is home on two weeks' leave.
"I couldn't believe it when I saw it," Williams said about the new grass, plants, fountain, trees and shrubbery that fill his yard on New Hampshire Avenue. "I had to come out in the yard five or six times that first day just to look at it."
Cool story. Read the rest.
I like to see this:
TIKRIT, Iraq — Sitting inside a dusty office in a shrapnel-damaged building, Gerald Fox stares intently at his laptop, juggling the cost of electrical wiring, pipes, brick and mortar.
In recent weeks, the 34-year-old U.S. Army sergeant has been working on a proposal to have nine schools rebuilt in Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, at a cost of $243,300. He has contracts for repairs to 14 other schools and has assessed 92 others.
His work is part of a project designed to repair some of the 2,000 schools in the three Iraqi provinces controlled by the U.S. Army's 4th Infantry Division. The aim is to have some schools ready by Wednesday, when students go back to class.
"Operation Pencil Box" also will help provide many of the schools with pens, notebooks and other supplies gathered during a charity drive around Fort Hood, Texas, where the 4th ID is based.
"We had an adopt-a-school program in towns surrounding Fort Hood, where soldiers help out at schools. We thought, why don't we do this here?" Maj. Josslyn Aberle said.
Why not, indeed?
Is there someone out there who could point me to a balanced account of the conflict in Chechnya? My understanding of what's going on in that area is slim and I need to understand it better for some of the posts I'm planning on writing.
Gephardt is losing it:
WASHINGTON Sept. 28 — The Howard Dean-Dick Gephardt feud intensified after the two men appeared on the Sunday talk shows, and Gephardt repeated his claim likening Dean's views to those of Democratic nemesis Newt Gingrich.
Somehow I doubt he's going to get far calling Dean a Republican. That's what you're supposed to call Wesley Clark.
I don't, as yet, have much to say about this story. However, it is important, so I want to talk about it briefly. (Link, just about everyone in the blogosphere, but this particular one was from InstaPundit.)
At CIA Director George J. Tenet's request, the Justice Department is looking into an allegation that administration officials leaked the name of an undercover CIA officer to a journalist, government sources said yesterday.
The operative's identity was published in July after her husband, former U.S. ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, publicly challenged President Bush's claim that Iraq had tried to buy "yellowcake" uranium ore from Africa for possible use in nuclear weapons. Bush later backed away from the claim.
The intentional disclosure of a covert operative's identity is a violation of federal law.
The officer's name was disclosed on July 14 in a syndicated column by Robert D. Novak, who said his sources were two senior administration officials.
I've already heard a few slightly different versions of this story. Wilson has said he wants Rove arrested, even though there doesn't appear to be any evidence that Rove was involved. I've seen people calling for blood all over the Net.
OK, everybody, let's take a nice, long breath.
At this point, there's no actual evidence that anyone did anything illegal. However, it does seem clear that someone told Novak that Wilson's wife was a CIA agent. If she is, let's remember that not even Wilson has actually confirmed this, than it seems obvious that someone blew her cover. If that somebody did it inadvertently, then they should be punished. If it was done intentionally, that person should be imprisoned.
In the meantime, we need to calm down and find out what happened.
Update - I should add that it will be tempting for the White House to try to hold things up. If they want to counter all the Democratic charges of deceit, they need to make sure everyone knows to cooperate with Justice. Further, if evidence does turn up that implicates someone in the White House, punishment needs to be swift and sure.
One of the unfortunate things about the war in Iraq is that British newspapers and politicians have attacked Tony Blair incessantly. Fortunately, he's not backing down:
"I want to carry on doing the job until the job is done," a defiant Blair said as support nose-dived over his decision to go to war against Iraq and a string of unpopular domestic reforms.
"The worst thing we could possibly do at the moment is to back off and back away," he told The Observer newspaper as the ruling Labour Party launched into its annual conference, which looks certain to be a stormy test of Blair's resolve.
I'm glad to see him standing firm, but it's got to be draining to suffer these constant attacks just because you did what you believed to be right. I imagine that it be an immense help to Blair to here from people who appreciate what he did.
That's why I was glad to find the website "Thank You Tony.Com." For anyone who would like to let the Prime Minister know how much you appreciate his actions, now would be as good a time as any.
The North Korean government says Donald Rumsfeld is a psychopath.
SEOUL -- North Korea called U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld a "psychopath" and a "stupid man" on Saturday, denouncing him for predicting that the country's isolated communist regime will one day fall.
It takes a lot of gall for anyone working for Kim Jong Il a psychopath. On the other hand, working for that maniac would have a lot of first-hand experience in the area.
Nigeria has its very own satellite:
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) - A Nigerian satellite blasted into orbit Saturday aboard a Russian rocket.
Millions of Nigerians watched the launch - at Russia's Plesetsk Cosmodrome - live on television.
"It makes me proud to be a Nigerian," said Prosper Sunday, a 27-year-old security guard in Lagos.
"It shows our nation is progressing. We've joined the space age."
The government plans to use the satellite to monitor water resources, soil-erosion, deforestation and disasters, Nigerian space agency spokesman Solomon Olaniyi said.
It will be used to watch military facilities and the country's oil pipelines and infrastructure. Nigeria is one of the world's largest exporters of oil but thieves siphon off hundreds of thousands of barrels everyday.
"It's a great feat for Nigeria," said Joseph Akinyede of the National Space Research and Development Agency, based in the capital Abuja.
"We have a footprint in space."
Of course not everyone is happy, but it's a promising sign for the future of Nigeria.
I'm not the first to bring up this idea, I'm not the only one doing it now, and I won't be the last:
So what is the solution? Doesn’t the world need United Nations? No, not in its current form and structure.
Instead there should be United Democratic Nations.
Membership of this new body should not be open to fascist, dictatorial, repressive “sovereign” states.
It should be open only to democratic states and the principle of “regime change” should replace the principle of “sovereignty” in relation to dictatorial states that violate human rights.
There should be a “human rights and democratic principles” checklist covering: human rights, free press, freedom of expression, freedom of political action and organisation, free opposition parties and freedom for women and minorities. Only the nations that pass these tests should be accepted to UDN. Other states should be considered illegal dictatorial rogue states and the principle of “regime change” should be applied to them.
Mr Blair should not make another Blairite blunder. He should be patient and careful and work towards UDN. (Link via http://www.asininity.com/weblog.php?id=P895)
Fox News is running a story about complaints that Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is too weak to of a leader.
WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans have failed to play "hardball" with Democrats over the filibuster of President Bush's judicial nominations and other issues, say critics, some of whom suggest Majority Leader Bill Frist (search) doesn't have what it takes to get the job done.
“I think Bill Frist is too weak — it may be that he is a little green as a leader — he’s not a street fighter, and that’s what the Republicans need in regards to the Democratic filibuster, a street fighter,” said Phil Kent, author and former president of the Southeastern Legal Foundation (search).
“Whatever was done or not done is because the leadership decided not to do it,” said former Georgia Republican Rep. Bob Barr, on the loss of U.S. Circuit Court nominee Miguel Estrada (search), who withdrew Sept. 4 after several months of Democratic filibuster.
I"m definitely not happy about the Republicans' lack of spine, especially in the judicial nomination realm. However, I think it's far too early to blame all the problems on Frist's leadership style.
Besides, he couldn't possibly be worse than Trent Lott.
A few days ago, I posted some thoughts about a proposal to replace the UN. Since then I've been reading the comments people have made on the proposal as well as other similar ideas other people have come up with. My hope was to begin expanding on this issue today, but I've still got some things to think through. I may put up the first post Sunday, but I may not have it done by then. If it's not up tomorrow, look for it next weekend.
In the meantime, I've got a basic outline for this subject.
1. Is it time to end the UN?
2. Assuming that the UN should be disbanded, should it be replaced?
3. If a replacement body is needed, what should be the founding principle(s) of this body.
4. What is the general structure that this body should take?
5. What powers should this body have?
What nations should be allowed to participate in the design of this body?
What process should exist for the admission of new member nations?
What, if any, process should exist for the expulsion of a member nation?
I expect that it will take several weeks, or months, to fully explore this issue. This is especially so because I don't intend to spend all my time exploring this topic. Most of these topics will probably have their own post. In fact, some topics may end up taking up more than 1 post.
If anyone can think of other topics that they believe should be addressed or has any input on a specific topic, please leave a comment.
Bruce Willis is definitely his own man:
Actor Bruce Willis has performed before US soldiers in Telafar, northern Iraq, and offered $1m (£603,000) to the man who captures Saddam Hussein. "We're here to support you," the star told troops as he sang a set of blues songs with his band, the Accelerator.
"If you catch him, just give me four seconds with Saddam Hussein," he said.
The officers seem to be glad he's there as well:
"Somebody that supports the military like he has and that comes to visit soldiers - that's important to us," said Greg Pagan, from 3rd Brigade of the 101st's Airborne Division based at Telafar.
"It's awesome," said commander Col Michael Linnington. "It's great for morale. "He's a macho actor. Soldiers identify with action movies and action actors. He's a guy's guy."
(Link via Kristin Hoppe)
Ahh, to be a kid again:
Motorola’s semiconductor unit will supply chipsets for a wireless adapter for use with Nintendo’s Game Boy Advance and Game Boy Advance SP. The 2.4 GHz radio frequency chipset will let as many as five players link up wirelessly with one another, Motorola said Friday.
When I was in highschool, Gameboys could only handle one-on-one games and I don't think we would have dreamed of being albe to do that without a cable.
I just saw this in the VOA:
Burma's democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi spent her first day since May 30 out of formal government custody, recuperating at home from surgery and under new house arrest restrictions. Both Western and Asian governments are calling on Burma's military government to take the next step and release her unconditionally.
The United States and Britain called for the 58-year-old opposition leader to be released from house arrest immediately, and expressed concern for the whereabouts of other detained members of her political party, the National League for Democracy, or NLD.
Indonesia and Thailand, fellow members with Burma in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, called Aung San Suu Kyi's move to house arrest a positive step, but also said it was not enough.
Thai Foreign Ministry spokesman Sihasak Phuangketkeow said he expects further "progress and positive developments."
"Well of course our position is the same with all the ASEAN countries. We have a position on this that we would like to see the lifting of all the restrictions on Aung San Suu Kyi as soon as possible. We see this recent development as a step in that direction," he said.
Indonesia's Foreign Ministry spokesman, Marty Natalegawa, was quoted as calling the move "not insignificant," but he expressed the hope that Aung San Suu Kyi would be released fully before the ASEAN summit, which is set to open on the Indonesian island of Bali on October 7.
I'm not holding my breath.
I've been doing Google searches trying to find what other people have to say about ideas to replace the UN. I've turned up surprisingly few specific ideas, but I've found a lot of conspiracy theories about the "New World Order."
Note:If you read this post when I first wrote it, it probably didn't make any sense. I must have been really out of it.
DNA has often been touted as a way to resolve old cases. In fact, previously convicted people have been released years later after DNA evidence cleared them. However, DNA is not the panacea it is sometimes portrayed as. The problem isn't with the science though; it's the inability of humans to properly take care of the evidence.
The latest results from a major re-examination of DNA samples from the Houston crime lab reveal a new worry: Questions in some old cases may never be resolved because evidence can deteriorate or disappear over the years.
Among the 11 results released Thursday are three cases, including a capital murder case, in which an independent lab was unable to match the Houston Police Department's original findings because the samples were insufficient. In a fourth case, the lab found no DNA on a crucial piece of evidence.
"We may get a whole string of these sorts of problems when we get to cases that have been sitting around for years,"said Assistant District Attorney Marie Munier, who oversees the review of the HPD lab's work. "We may not have the evidence, or it may not be in the condition to be tested. I am not sure what we can do then."
The Egyptians don't want a deomcracy in Iraq:
Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher urged the Bush administration Friday to back away from its goal of helping to nurture a democratic Iraq as part of broader plan to promote democracy throughout the Middle East.
"They will not be a model and no model will be imposed on them," Maher told a gathering sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations.
I'm not even sure what that last part means.
He called on the administration to "let Iraq be itself."
Isn't that what we're trying to do?
Here's the USA today headline about Colin Powell's interview with David Letterman:
Now read the first two paragraphs:
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary of State Colin Powell said the United States would like Iraqi leaders to produce a new constitution in six months, paving the way for elections perhaps six months later and a return to self-rule.
The United States wasn't setting a deadline, he stressed, saying that would imply that if it wasn't met there would be serious consequences. (Emphasis added)
The author also calls this time-table a deadline later in the story.
So lets get this straight: Powell specifically says he's not setting a deadline. USA Today then reports that he's sat a deadline. Something's not right here.
... I guess.
Instead of holding her in an undisclosed location, the government of Burman will place Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest when she's released from the hospital.
YANGON, Burma -- Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will be kept under house arrest following her release from a hospital where she underwent surgery, her personal physician said Friday.
Suu Kyi, 58, underwent what was described as a major three-hour operation Sept. 19. Her doctor, Tin Myo Win, has declined to specify the nature of the surgery, but other doctors have said it was a gynecological procedure.
"She will go home today ... at night," Tin Myo Win told diplomats and reporters outside the Asia Royal Cardiac and Medical Center.
The doctor said that while the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner would return to her lakeside villa in the Burma capital, she would be kept under house arrest.
Now if they'll just let her go, stop persecuting people, and hold free elections, we might be able to say we're getting somewhere.
The National Wildlife Federation is going to sue the Federal government:
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- The National Wildlife Federation and three other groups are going to sue the federal government to force it to protect wolves in the Northeast.
The groups say it was illegal for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to declare last spring that wolves in the Northeast did not need protection under that Endangered Species Act.
The same rule change altered the wolf's status in most of the continental United States to threatened rather than endangered.
The federation Thursday sent a 60-day notice to the Interior Department that it intends to file suit.
It's not all that surprising that environmentalist groups think they are better qualified to interpret the law than the government. Shoot, some of the time they might even be right.
Here's the kicker though:
There are no known wolf populations in the northeastern United States, but the National Wildlife Federation says there is suitable wolf habitat in Maine, New Hampshire and New York.
So, the animals they want to protect don't actually exist.
Michael left a comment on my post about a new organization to replace the UN. His remarks are rather extensive and he makes some good points. Because the post has slipped down the page, I thought it would be worthwhile to repost his comments here.
such an organization seems sensible on the outside, but the devil is in the details.
Sovereignty on the international stage is effectively limited to ones willingness and ability to stand off opponents by the use of force. We could violate Iraq's sovereignty because they could not stop us, and no one who could was willing to assist them in resisting us. International organizations which have any reasonable expectation of being meaningful in the way you want to make this one meaningful must protect and preserve the sovereignty of member states. Above all they cannot have an official policy permiting violation of one member state's sovereignty by another member state, whatever the circumstances. No government could join an organization with that policy, it must either resist to retain it's own sovereignty or loose all sovereignty, maintaining only those powers allowed by the organization over it. (See the US civil war for what happens when there is confusion on this issue. if you doubt the states have lost sovereignty, see the DEA's action against california re: medical marajuana, the state passed a law, a federal official said no, the official won, the state did not resist)
Also, any treaty which comits its members to defense or support of another member's decision to attack a country, without allowing them a voice in the decision is doomed.
One fix for the above problems would make the Assembly a smaller, slightly better focused copy of the UN among the set of countries that have the least need for another path of diplomatic communication between them. Another would make the Assembly a pseudo-world psuedo-government, much like the EU is, although they might at least have the sense to elect politicians to run the thing rather than let appointed bureaucrats try to do the job. Finally, it could be turned into a real government, which would look interesting on a map, but is not what I think you are aiming for.
I see sovereignty as the bigger of the two problems, as it would either prevent the formation of the Assembly or lead to civil war. The second would either lead to colapse, or to an external war shoring up the Assembly.
Also, such an Assembly would be not a radical revision of the UN, but instead an entirely new organization (either a country of its own, or a Transnational Organization) An appropriate revision on the UN would be to accept that it is a diplomatic organizations whose primary objective is to maintain peaceful relations among countries. And that it will only ever sanction military action as a defense against active invasion. Thus getting it off the hook for refusing to act against Iraq, as well as getting it out of the business of sponsoring the NGOs which make it a laughing stock in front of America and the world.
I should point out that I knew full well I was not proposing an actual revision of the UN. My title to that effect was strictly a play off of the remarks by Kofi Anna which I quoted in the post. As you'll note, I began the proposal by saying:
I propose a new international body: The Association of Free States. The emphasis here is squarely on the word "free." This body should be formed with the aim of protecting, preserving, and promoting freedom, liberty, and self-determination.
If I had my way, the US would leave the UN and begin to negotiate a treaty that would form the basis of a new international body with a core of allies who are all dedicated to the promotion of liberty.
I thought that this was sufficient to signal to people that I was talking about replacing not reforming the UN. I apologize for the misunderstanding.
Otherwise, Michael makes some very good points. I'm going to try to address the problems people have brought up over the weekend. If I have time, I may also try to start exploring my thoughts on this issue in greater detail.
Note: This post was modified to correct a grammatical error.
That's the drum that Tacitus has been beating.
Here's more evidence that he's right:
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon may be forced within several weeks to alert a large number of additional National Guard and Reserve troops for duty in Iraq, a senior general said Wednesday.
Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said more reservists could be called upon if other countries do not soon pledge thousands more troops to form a third multinational division in Iraq.
"We need to be making decisions about alerting reservists over the next four to six weeks," he said. "I would think that by around the end of October or the beginning of November we should be alerting those forces that may need to be called up to relieve or be prepared to relieve (troops there now) if we don't have specificity by then on a third" multinational division.
He said the Guard and Reserve troops should be notified about four months before they would need to ship out because they require some training time.
There's a fair chance that we're going to have to have a large troop level for foreign deployments for the foreseeable future. We can't keep doing it with reservists and the Guard indefinitely.