Thursday, December 08, 2005

Assorted Ramblings

Pat Buchanan cuts to chase and answers the question, "Why Did Japan Attack Us?"

Srdja Trifkovic wonders if there was conspiracy involved at Pearl Harbor. For more, check out this article and interview with Robert Stinnett. You can also read John Flynn's take from 1945.

Doug Olsen says that the president is a liar and should be impeached. Oh, he's talking about FDR.

William Lind has a good piece on the "National Strategy for Victory in Iraq." He shows that the core assumptions made, which by definition drive the policy, are laughable.

Does Pat Buchanan read his own magazine? In his latest column, Pat attacks Howard Dean, John Kerry, and Jack Murtha for telling some hard truths about the situation in Iraq. Pat says, "Democrats are again courting a perception that they are not really a loyal opposition at all, but a party of defeat and retreat, whose worst nightmare would be to see George Bush emerge as a victorious president in a war they said we could not win." "Whatever one thinks of the war," says Pat, "the party is revealing itself to be so steeped in pessimism that it is unfit to lead the nation. Who could vote for such a party?" As far back as May, 2004, "The American Conservative," then edited by Pat, published an article by Christopher Layne with a headline screaming, "The No-Win War." Layne, in the opening paragraph, writes, "The administration’s Iraq policy is in shambles. Iraq has become a geopolitical humpty-dumpty that America cannot put back together, and the time has come for the United States to withdraw." How is this different from Howard Dean's statements, or the Murtha proposal? In the aftermath of the 2000 election, Lew Rockwell said that one reason for Buchanan's failure was his ideological incoherence. I pointed to the same flaw in my review of "Where the Right Went Wrong," and here we see the confusion in spades. Which is it Pat? Do we stay or do we go?

Showing his penchant for Christian discourse and higher learning, the president calls the Constitution a "goddamned piece of paper."

Getting friendly in the Episcopal "Church." The Episcopal Bishop of Massachusetts, Bishop Thomas Shaw, presided over a "nuptial mass" for a homosexual couple immediately after their "wedding." According the "wedding announcement" in (you guessed it) the New York Times, the "couple" had their first date in a monastery. Isn't that romantic?

National Review founder William F. Buckley turned 80 recently. Last month, the magazine he founded, National Review, turned 50. According to George Will, 1955 represented dark times. In Will's fairytale, "Buckley's country is significantly different, and better, because of him." Yes, 2005 is soooo much better than 1955.


Anonymous mskee said...

You actually put your finger directly on the problem with Pat Buchanan. At base, I theorize that there seems to be a twisted sense of patriotism or American loyalty that keeps him from siding fully with the truth.

Concerning that "g-d piece of paper," do you think our president really said that? I copied that article to my pastor; I think his reaction was typical for someone whom I believe to be not fully awake to the depths of depravity in our public officials..."I don't believe it. Sounds to me like something the liberals made up." and this... "In my mind it is at best speculation. Obviously, this guy has an axe to grind with all branches of the government. While I wouldn't stand in line to commend the way things are going in the government, it seems
that he is not showing the due respect that we ought to have for those that God has put in authority over us."

To which I responded: "Yes, I agree with your analysis of his attitude. I also agree with your analysis of his bias.

I still think he may be telling the truth."

10:52 PM  
Blogger Darrell said...

Pat never psychologically left the GOP, which is one reason he ran an ineffective campaign in 2000. He sees politics primarily as something tribal--and his allegiance is still to the GOP.

I have no reason to doubt Thompson's account of Bush's statements vis a vis the Constitution. It makes perfect sense when you consider their actions over the last 5 years.

2:58 PM  
Anonymous mskee said...

Pearl Harbor---

There are two questions I'd like to get an answer to concerning Pearl Harbor, 911, Kennedy assasination, etc.

1. Since there appear to be mountains of evidence for the existence of "conspiracy" in all the aforementioned, why are people so apathetic, even hostile to the idea that these things may be true?

2. What is the underlying dogma/motivation that causes the commission of these crimes, and why do these actions and dogma span generations?


11:20 AM  
Blogger Darrell said...

These are good questions to which I need to give some thought.

It seems to me that often with cataclysmic events there is a division within the establishment and a battle among competing elites. For example, it seems to me that "big oil" wasn't particularly enthusiastic about the Iraq war, though the industry has an interest in maintaining an American presence in the region. Likewise, parts of the establishment, represented by the likes of Scowcroft and Zbigniew Brzezinski, were vocally opposed to the war. Nonetheless, the neocons managed to manipulate us into the conflict--again, largely with the complicity of "liberal" elites in the media. Both the NY Times and the Washington Post provided substantial cover for the administration leading up to the war.

The public is not interested in these questions because they are far more interested in simply living their lives. Moreover, elites generally have longer time-horizons, so they are always looking toward the future.

In any case, these sorts of questions need to be examined more carefully. A Calvinist like myself, however, must also be cognizant of God's continuing hand and sovereignty in the affairs of men. That there are "conspiracies" is undeniable if we hold an orthodox view of The Fall and sin. Nevertheless, our doctrine of providence must give us comfort that ultimately all things will work to the glory of God.

12:36 PM  

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