Syria on Deck, Roberts=Breyer, and Things You Can't Say
The top U.S. diplomat in Iraq said Syria has become a hub for terrorists and that U.S. "patience is running out," but he refused to specify what consequences Damascus might face.
The U.S. warning comes as thousands of U.S. and Iraqi forces continued a major assault in the town of TalAfar near the Syrian border, that has left up to 200 insurgents dead.
Speaking to reporters at the State Department, U.S. ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad said: "Our patience is running out, the patience of Iraqis are running out. The time for decision ... has arrived for Damascus."
Khalilzad refused to rule out either a military strike on Syria or an attempt to further punish Syria through the United Nations Security Council.
According to Joe Farah, we aren't getting another David Souter in the person of Judge Roberts, we're actually getting Steven Breyer. At today's hearings, Roberts proved himself an artful dodger. However, when asked about Planned Parenthood v. Casey, Roberts said the Court emphasized principles that had been settled for years. "It's entitled to respect under those principles," Roberts said. It is time for social conservatives to wake up to the fact that their "leaders" have no interest whatsoever in overturning Roe v. Wade. And the corruption goes all the way to the top.
I haven't commented on the mess in New Orleans, and probably won't. Why cover ground already heavily trod? But for a few interesting theological considerations, here is a terrific post by Sam Storms on common grace. Mohler takes on the naturalism of Niall Ferguson, the God-diminishing theology of Tony Campolo, and a slew of jokers who claim to have a pipeline to the Almighty and are willing to helpfully hurl judgment at their neighbors.
Hey, you can't say THAT! Or that! That either. Oh, and please keep that to yourself, too.
According to a recent Newsweek poll, 40% of Americans think we are making progress in Iraq and 49% think that the effort is going south. Incredibly, 68% of white evangelicals--my people--still think invading Iraq was "the right thing to do." What shall we say of these followers of the Prince of Peace? Do they have an Internet connection so that they can access news other than propaganda spewed by Hannity, Limbaugh, and Faux News? Or do they just not care that wanton and unwarranted destruction has been visited on a people who in no way threatened Americans? Do they not care that every explanation for war provided by the administration has been false? In short, are they ignorant, lawless, or both?