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April 10, 2006
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*Saddam and suicide attacks on America: Ed Morrissey connects the dots. Disbelieve if you like, but another must-read for anyone interested in getting to the bottom of Saddam's regime's multifaceted terrorist ties and ambitions rather than continuing to hide behind the same old talking points. I remain skeptical that Saddam's regime was actually involved in the September 11 attacks - I think it more likely than not that the Iraqis' ties to Al Qaeda didn't run quite that deep - but a prudent person would not rule that possibility entirely out, either, and the fact that there wasn't immediate evidence pointing in that direction is no reason for investigative reporters, bloggers and historians to stop looking. Kudos to Captain Ed for doing the legwork of hiring his own translators to vet this particular document.

*John Hawkins interviews Mike Huckabee, Republican governor of Arkansas and a possible dark horse candidate for the 2008 nomination. Huckabee is defensive on taxes, but perhaps reasonably. But consider this answer:

John Hawkins: Let me ask you one more question here. If someone came up to you and said, "Mike Huckabee, pick any three pieces of legislation you'd want to see passed nationally, and we'll tell you they'll definitely make it through, what three would you pick? Take your time. I understand this is a tough thing to pull off the top of your head.

Mike Huckabee: Yes, it's one thing to think about it at the state level which is the water I've swam in for all these years versus suddenly throwing me into the nation... I think, you know -- the three, ..again, this is sort of off the cuff -- and tomorrow I might have a different answer, but one of them would be that we would create more incentives for companies to encourage healthy behavior, not just to provide health care because, again, I think it's the wrong answer. That encourages people to be unhealthy, but that would mean that you'd empower citizens to handle their own health and give them financial incentives for doing a better job of it. It's a combination not just of health savings accounts which are a good thing, but even health savings accounts, you have to have some, you know, some capital to start with, to make it where it's worthwhile. So overhauling that system is one thing.

Secondly, I think I would create a system where people who wanted to further their education could offer volunteer services as young people either in the military like they have with the GI Bill -- or in some other form of volunteerism, because there really is a sense of which a lot of Americans do not appreciate their freedom. They do not really recognize just how good they've got it. This would give them an opportunity to give something back in exchange so that they wouldn't have to go to college and incur a huge level of debt in order to further their education. The reason that education is important is because without higher levels of education than a high school diploma, they're not going to be able to be competitive enough in the marketplace.

A third thing...I think I'd also pass legislation that would insure that the federal government had to live within its budget, a balanced budget amendment and that it could not balance its budget by simply passing costs on to states or local governments.

If I had to pick two words to describe a platform built around these three ideas, it would be "New Democrat."

*Vodkapundit on what victory in Iraq is, and what it isn't. This is, of course, a subject I've addressed at greater length before.

*Hey, illegal aliens - vote Democrat!

*I'm sorry, but I'm just not buying this story. You can't make me believe it.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 6:27 PM | Blog 2006-14 | Comments (8) | TrackBack (0)

Of course I buy the last item you mentioned. What I don't understand is why that can't solve the problem. Just go to the local church, see Brother Maynard, and get the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch.

Posted by: Daryl Rosenblatt at April 11, 2006 12:25 AM

Two comments, unrelated:

1. Victory in Iraq? That's a moot point, isn't it? I remember our Commander-in-Chief prancing around on a flight deck, wearing sock-stuffed flightsuit, with the sign, "Mission Accomplished" behind him. I'm not imagining this, am I?

Those damn America haters, they'll stop at nothing to drag our nation's fine name through the mud.

Victory? Happened 3 years ago. Yeeeeeee-haw, it's on to Eye-Ran, baby.

2. Giant rabbit, huh? Can't decide if that story makes me think more about the Loch Ness Monster or the Killer Rabbit from Holy Grail. Both from Great Britain, both fictional, both a source of endless fascination for geeky Yanks.

Like me.

Posted by: Mike at April 11, 2006 9:47 AM


Not sure if it happens to anyone else, but I'm only able to read the comments here after two or more are posted.

And I see that I'm not the only geeky NY professional up on the Monty P. connection.

Posted by: Mike at April 11, 2006 9:49 AM

Mike, It happens to me to but if you go up to the start of where the comments would be if they appeared and you drag click to highlight the area they show up. Weird.

Posted by: jim at April 11, 2006 10:44 AM

As more and more evidance is released the case for going to Iraq gets better. The problem is that our country as a whole is ADHD and can not focus for a long enough time span to see.

Posted by: maddirishman at April 11, 2006 10:57 AM


I must have ADHD, cause I can't follow your post. As time goes on, the case for "going to" *Iraq* gets better?

{Pssst} We *already* invaded Iraq. The case their drumming up for now is invading "Iran*.

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Facetiousness aside, what is this new evidence you're referring to? And if it's such strong evidence, why didn't the Administration reveal it three years ago, when they made the original case for war? Or are you admitting that the "evidence" of 2003 was wrong/incomplete/a lie/a misdirection, and this new evidence is, shall we say, retrospective?

Posted by: Mike at April 11, 2006 11:13 AM


It works! Thanks.

Posted by: Mike at April 11, 2006 11:14 AM

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