Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Middle East Wars--Continued, Sam Francis, and More

One of the most consistently useful items in "The American Conservative" is Philip Giraldi's column, "Deep Background." In the latest issue of TAC, Giraldi reports that George Bush has informed Don Rumsfeld that the principle foreign policy objectives of the second term will be regime change in Syria and Iraq. There is evidently no reasoning with these charlatans who are chastened by neither experience nor common sense. I will eagerly await the thoughtful contributions of Father Neuhaus, Michael Novak, Richard Land, James Kennedy and the rest of the colorful cast of religious flaks and flunkies who can assure this dumb Southern Baptist that such an invasion represents a just cause.

By the way, do you ever get the idea that the administration's exit strategy in Iraq is to invade Iran!

Sam Francis has departed, but his writings will live on. You can read Sam's archived "Principalities and Powers" columns from Chronicles, which were always my first stop, by visiting his website and selecting the PDF articles.

The Supreme Court overturned a California prison policy that segregates inmates based on race for a period of 60 days as a means of preventing gang violence. Who are these fools, and what have they done with the constitution? By what rationale to the black-robed divines claim the authority to regulate every prison in the sovereign state of California? Naturally, the Bush "Justice Department" sided with Garrison Johnson, a convicted murderer who has been in prison since 1987, who challenged the policy, saying the prisoner segregation was unconstitutional. This is exactly the sort of stupidity that Francis would have viciously dissected. He will be missed. Fortunately, we still have Steve Sailer around.

Corrupt...er, democracy in Detroit. In the midst of a budget crisis in Detroit, mayor Kwame Kilpatrick delivered the bad news that 700 workers would be laid off. He then promptly spent $25,000 of city to money to lease a Lincoln Navigator for his wife.

I have plenty of libertarian friends, but this kind of foolishness dissuades me from taking libertarianism too seriously. Cato Institute policy analyst Will Wilkinson says the best way to help tsunami victims is to let them live and work in the U.S. No, unfortunately, I'm not joking. Wikinson says, "A concerted effort to bring South Asian workers to the U.S. would not only provide tsunami victims with effective aid through remittances, and American employers with needed workers, but would also foster benevolent sentiments toward the United States in this largely Muslim part of the world." That there might be adverse effects on America's people, culture, and politics is a secondary to concern to ideologues like Wilkinson. When will Cato start outsourcing its work?