Paul Craig Roberts is mad. He writes that, "Bush's reelection has ended forever respect for America." That might be a bit strong. Indeed, the European critics of Bush, if anything, helped to solidify his support among Americans who don't really care what Euro elites think. We can only hope that Bush has learned something from the Iraq debacle, but we shouldn't be holding our breath.
Current estimates indicate that as many as 100,000 civilians have died in Iraq since the U. S. invasion. Meanwhile, the propagandists at Amnesty International have released a report indicating that, lo and behold, Saddam Hussein didn't actually kill hundreds of thousdands of Iraqis. The last report I saw indicated that 5,000 bodies had been found in "mass graves" in Iraq to date. Perhaps all those missing bodies were shipped to Syria! And next week, now that the election is over, we are likely to see a full-scale invasion of Fallujah. As Paul Weyrich asked, "Are we going to continue on the offense, where we make more enemies than we can defeat? Or are we going to return to the traditional foreign policy that we do not attack unless attacked?"
Arlen Specter, likely the next Republican to head the Judiciary Committee, issued a blunt warning to the President. Specter said, "When you talk about judges who would change the right of a woman to choose, overturn Roe v. Wade, I think that is unlikely." As I wrote previously, Specter will be in a position to thwart any and all judicial nominations brought before his committee. What makes the outrage worse is that the Bush campaigned for Specter against an anti-abortion challenger in the Republican primary.
One good piece of news from the election was the passage of Proposition 200 in Arizona. Once again we see that when confronted directly with the immigration issue, voters are to the right of both political parties. Ridiculously, this proposition must be blessed by the Justice Department before it can become law. Of course, it will likely then face a court challenge. We are living in sorry times when our political and cultural elites are devoted to the destruction of the country. More bad news from the exit polls on the immigration front, too. Apparently, Bush won 44% of the Hispanic vote, a 9% increase from 2000. This may yet convince the Brahmins in the Stupid Party that they can out-pander Democrats and eventually win the Hispanic vote.
Freedom, democracy, and lots of opium in Afghanistan.