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DEALING WITH THE MULLAHS…

By ATWadmin On June 4th, 2007 at 7:54 am

This is a very good editorial over on NRO. I think it neatly lays out what President Bush needs to with Iran in a very sensible non-provocative manner…

"He needs to give the Iranians a reason to believe that there is an expiry on diplomacy. His administration should make clear — in public and in private — that it will spend a maximum of six more months on an all-out push to ratchet up sanctions. The Security Council could shut down Iran’s economy by banning gasoline imports — something that China and Russia will never let it do. Marginally more plausible is the idea that Europe — especially France and Germany — could keep their companies from doing business with the Iranian regime (though the Germans were unwilling to restrict their commercial ties with Iran in response to the British hostage crisis earlier this year). Perhaps the most promising approach is simply a stronger unilateral American effort to undermine Iran’s economy. We could choke off a significant portion of Iran’s commercial ties if we forced companies to choose between doing business in Iran and doing business here.

But if, by the end of the year, all these efforts have failed — well, let the mullahs fill in that blank. Only once they have something to fear will they consider making a deal."

I think the "if" is a no-brainer, and that is why I urge a military strike on Iran’s nuke facilities NOW. Last year, Iran had 164 centrigues, now they have 1312, very shortly then will have enough to produce one nuclear bomb each year – do we wait until doomsday before we act? There is only one thing worse than attacking Iran, and that is NOT attacking Iran.

BUSH SEPARATES FROM HIS BASE…

By ATWadmin On June 1st, 2007 at 8:42 am

I do like Peggy Noonan, I think she is a very thoughtful conservative writer. So when she excoriates President Bush for his treatment of those many Republicans who are genuinely concerned about his Immigration plans, I think she’s well worth a listen… don’t you? 

The White House doesn’t need its traditional supporters anymore, because its problems are way beyond being solved by the base. And the people in the administration don’t even much like the base. Desperate straits have left them liberated, and they are acting out their disdain. Leading Democrats often think their base is slightly mad but at least their heart is in the right place. This White House thinks its base is stupid and that its heart is in the wrong place.

For almost three years, arguably longer, conservative Bush supporters have felt like sufferers of battered wife syndrome. You don’t like endless gushing spending, the kind that assumes a high and unstoppable affluence will always exist, and the tax receipts will always flow in? Too bad! You don’t like expanding governmental authority and power? Too bad. You think the war was wrong or is wrong? Too bad. But on immigration it has changed from "Too bad" to "You’re bad."

End Game? America Lines Up Her Ducks.

By ATWadmin On May 31st, 2007 at 12:56 am

Pat Dollard writes about America’s historic meeting with Iran:

For some reason, no one told you that just 5 days before Monday’s talks, an entire floating army, with nearly 20,000 men, comprising the world’s largest naval strike force, led by the USS Nimitz and the USS Stennis, and also comprising the largest U.S. Naval armada in the Persian Gulf since 2003, came floating up unnanounced through the Straight of Hormuz, and rested right on Iran’s back doorstep, guns pointed at them. The demonstration of leverage was clear. And it also came on the exact date of the expiration of the 60 day grace period the U.N. had granted Iran.

And it came just a few weeks after Vice President Dick Cheney had swept through the region and delivered a very clear and pointed message to the Saudi King Abdullah and others: George Bush has unequivocally decided to attack Iran’s nuclear, military and economic infrastructure if they do not abandon their drive for military nuclear capability. Plain and simple.

Via LGF.    

MORE HOT AIR…

By ATWadmin On May 29th, 2007 at 6:27 pm

Pleased to see that the United States has rejected the European Union’s ludicrous pompous all-encompassing target on reduction of carbon emissions. President Bush’s environmental adviser James Connaughton, chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, said the United States is not against setting goals but prefers to focus them on specific sectors, such as reducing dependence on gasoline and cleaner coal. "The U.S. has different sets of targets," he said.

Quite right. Naturally, Nancy Pelosi has been doing her best to undermine the position of the Bush administration on this eco-wackery. But here’s the thing, when dear Nancy had the chance to vote in FAVOUR of Kyoto, she refused to do so. What has changed? It strikes me that this is really all about the political Left (and that includes Angela Merkel by the way) adopting a de-industrialisation combined with increased government control of our lives strategy and then wrapping it in the comfort blanket drivel of "saving the planet."

Memorial Day 2007

By ATWadmin On May 28th, 2007 at 5:09 am

Remembering with gratitude
all those who served and fell
in defense of freedom.795151-841095-thumbnail.jpg 

Worth a listen

By ATWadmin On May 22nd, 2007 at 11:04 am

Hat tip to EU Referendum for flagging up this speech on the First Amendment given by the charming Michelle Malkin at Loyola Marymount, LA back in February.   (Part 1, Part 2.) 

It’s the Border, Stupid!

By ATWadmin On May 20th, 2007 at 6:13 pm

Bush, McCain and all of the other Republicans and Democrats pushing for debate and approval of the McCain-Kennedy concoction called “Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation” have it a** backwards. 

Build the wall.  Control immigration by checking and stamping passports.

THEN talk about “regularizing” the 12 million illegals already here. BTW, nobody is talking about a general round-up and deportation of illegal aliens already in the US.  This is your classic “strawman.”

And, would it be too much to close down the tunnels that pop up around San Diego?  And crack down on corruption and payola schemes flourishing in border towns because of the highly profitable drug traffic?    Please….

Before investing billions in ineffective bureaucratic efforts to regularize illegals already here????

On a more micro level, and as calmly as possible, let me say that the McCain Kennedy fiasco, in addition to substantially ignoring the porousness of the US Mexican border, will not work because it requires illegals already in the country to:

Return home for a substantial period of time
Pay a fee and back taxes
And have a job waiting for them in the states

Not. Going. To. Happen.

Imagine: You are one of Mexico’s millions – little education, rural, poor – with energy and a pretty good sense of direction.  You cross the hot treacherous desert at night to enter the US, illegally. You leave family and familiarity behind.  You obtain low-wage work cleaning houses or doing gardening work. You send most of your money home to the family you left behind.

And now, because of a promise of legality, you are going to give up your small stake in the US, return to Mexico where you have no job, and little hope of finding one, AND you are going to pay a fine and back taxes?

Only in the ivory towers of Washington DC could such idiocy be contemplated.

 

THE GREAT IMMIGRATION SELL OUT

By ATWadmin On May 19th, 2007 at 10:58 am

Well, I fully agree with Newt Gingrich who has denounced the Senate’s Immigration Bill as "a sellout of every conservative principle"  He’s right and it is another massive failure of judgement from President Bush. The Immigration issue has always been an achilles heel for W. Newt summed it up admirably last month when he wrote…   

Open borders are a grave national-security threat. Why have a multibillion-dollar ballistic-missile-defense system when a terrorist can rent a truck and drive a weapon of mass destruction across the border? Gaining control of our borders is therefore an immediate and pressing national-security requirement. The secondary effect is that it would dramatically stem the flow of illegal immigration, illegal drugs, and the human trafficking of slaves (mostly female and mostly for sexual exploitation).

And the problems do not stop there….

The longer-term threats of illegal immigration are economic and cultural.

 

Economically, in a world of vast income differences, instantaneous communications, and cheap travel (even when illegal), we cannot continue to allow a wide-open illegal employment system. The current flood of illegal migration if left unchecked for a period of decades will decisively undermine the economy in both economic and legal terms.

 

Culturally we have shifted from an integrating, English-speaking American citizenship focused model of immigration to an acceptance of foreign habits (which are going to include corruption), foreign loyalties (illustrated by the waving of foreign flags by many of the marchers, some with attitudes of contempt) and the insistence (not necessarily by immigrants) on creating non-English speaking legal and educational structures.

 

MSM favourite John McCain may line up with Edward Kennedy, and Bush may endorse that abomination which they have driven through Senate, but NONE of what has been proposed deals with the issues which Newt outlines.

My Taxes at Work

By ATWadmin On May 19th, 2007 at 5:07 am

UC Irvine stands for “University of California, Irvine.” It’s one of ten California campuses comprising the UC system, and  it is fed and watered by my state taxes.

UC Irvine has a thoroughly California-modern feel. The campus has large sprawling green lawns, 1960s futuristic buildings and the blue Pacific Ocean is only a stone-throw away.   Students ride bikes to class and usually wear casual t-shirts and flip-flops.

But UC Irvine is not all sun and books. UC Irvine is now home to a growing hate movement seeking to demonize  and destroy Israel.  This movement has taken root in the increasingly virulent and radicalized UC Irvine Muslim Student Union.  

Just this week, the MSU sponsored a program called “Israel: Apartheid Resurrected. ”  My tax dollars sponsored lectures called “Zio-Nazis” and “The UC Intifada. ”  

Red County OC Blog attended the hatefest and photographed a lecture by radical islamist Amir Abdel Malik  Ali.  In this lecture, Amir claimed, among other things, that 9/11 was an inside job by Mossad and, also, that Jews intentionally do bad things while dressed as Muslims in order to make Muslims look bad.   (It seems that Amil Abdel Malik Ali also unintentionally proved that radical islam is a mental disease, manifesting as paranoia  and persecution.)

Red County blogger was  kicked out of the lecture hall but only after he captured some of Amir’s poisonous words on tape.  You can see it here.

Charles Johnson over at Little Green Footballs frequently covers news of the UC Irvine Muslim Student Union and has  Amir Abdel Malik Ali’s speech titled “Israel, the Fourth Reich”  from last year’s hatefest here.
 

STAND BY YOUR MAN….

By ATWadmin On May 18th, 2007 at 7:53 am

Yes, I AM disappointed that World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz has decided to step down from office at the end of June. As you know, this decent and honourable man has been hounded from office by the Euro-elite and others who bitterly resented his presence at the top job in the bank.  I am even more disappointed that President Bush did not assert the US interest more strongly here, it is as if Wolfowitz has been allowed to swing. As was Rumsfeld. As was Bolton.

President Bush has been so weak in his second term on so many issues, immigration and "global warming" being examples of indecision and weak compliance. All those who hate a strong assertive US will celebrate the departure of Mr Wolfowitz and I see that Mark Malloch Brown is being talked of as a potential successor. Remember him? Yes – he was formerly Kofi "Cash for Oil" Annan’s number two, and is a protege of George Soros. THIS is the sort of person who will succeed Wolfowitz, and President Bush is letting it happen.