A failure of execution

The military is most unimpressed with neocon strategery:

The U.S. mission in Iraq is a “nightmare with no end in sight” because of political misjudgments after the fall of Saddam Hussein that continue today, a former chief of U.S.-led forces said Friday.

Retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, who commanded coalition troops for a year beginning June 2003, cast a wide net of blame for both political and military shortcomings in Iraq that helped open the way for the insurgency — such as disbanding the Saddam-era military and failing to cement ties with tribal leaders and quickly establish civilian government after Saddam was toppled.

He called current strategies — including the deployment of 30,000 additional forces earlier this year — a “desperate attempt” to make up for years of misguided policies in Iraq.

I noticed that there was what appeared to be a strategic flaw back in April 2004, before I’d figured out that the broken ceasefire agreement which justified the war was, in fact, not even an agreement to which the USA was a party.

“Still, the defeat of two minor military powers by the greatest military machine history has ever known does not make George Bush a great wartime president. Indeed, the jury is far from in on the question of whether he can even be considered successful at this juncture. It is even possible that he will come to be judged a complete failure in the execution, just as Bill Clinton failed at the preparation.

The primary reason for my concern about the conduct of this so-called war – still undeclared – stems from this quote from Clausewitz, the military theorist:

Our position, then, is that a theater of war, be it large or small, and the forces stationed there, no matter what their size, represent the sort of unity in which a single center of gravity can be identified. That is the place where the decision should be reached; a victory at that point is in its fullest sense identical with the defense of the theater of operations.

Feigned outrage

Ann Coulter doesn’t even have to try to offend those who are eager to pretend to be shocked. Apparently Deutsch hasn’t been paying much attention for, oh, the last two thousand years or so:

Slash-and-burn columnist Ann Coulter shocked a cable TV talk-show audience Monday when she declared that Jews need to be “perfected” by becoming Christians, and that America would be better off if everyone were Christian.

Coulter made the remarkable statements during an often heated appearance to promote her new book on advertising guru Donny Deutsch’s CNBC show “The Big Idea.”

In response to a question from Deutsch asking Coulter if “it would be better if we were all Christian,” the controversial columnist responded: “Yes.”

“We should all be Christian?” Deutsch repeated.

“Yes,” Coulter responded, asking Deutsch, who is Jewish, if he would like to “come to church with me.”

Deutsch, pressing Coulter further, asked, “We should just throw Judaism away and we should all be Christians?” She responded: “Yeah.”

Coulter deflected Deutsch’s assertion that her comments were anti-Semitic, matter-of-factly telling the show’s obviously upset host, “That is what Christians consider themselves: perfected Jews.”

I’ll go Ann one better. Not only would it be better if we were all Christians, it WILL be better WHEN we are all Christians – or at least, acknowledging Jesus Christ. Because every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

The only question is whether you do it now or later.

Behind the Anglican split

Rod Dreher explains that there’s more to the staunch African Christian stance against homosexuality than is generally understood:

The Muslim context helps explain the sensitivity of gay issues in one other key respect. In the region later known as Uganda, Christianity first arrived in the 1870s, when the area was already under Muslim influence and a hunting ground for Arab slave-raiders. The king of Buganda had adopted Arab customs of pederasty, and he expected the young men of his court to submit to his demands. But a growing number of Christian courtiers and pages refused to participate, despite his threats, and an enraged king launched a persecution that resulted in hundreds of martyrdoms: On a single day, some 30 Bugandans were burned alive. Yet the area’s churches flourished, and, eventually, the British expelled the Arab slavers. That foundation story remains well-known in the region, and it intertwines Christianity with resistance to tyranny and Muslim imperialism–both symbolized by sexual deviance.

Christians under attack from Muslims, tyrants and homosexuals… plus ça change, plus c’est la meme chose.

And before the gay apologists bring up the ubiquitous and demonstrably false claim that pederasty has no connection with homosexuality, the Department of Justice statistics indicate that a gay man is approximately 11.5x more likely to abuse a male child than a normally oriented man is to abuse a female one.

The end of night life

The very occasional cigar aside, I’m not a smoker, but I absolutely hate smoke-free bars. And not only on libertarian principle, I simply dislike both smoke-free bars as well as the sort of people who won’t go to smoke-filled bars.

The Fraters Libertas explain how the neo-puritans are killing off the night life in Minnesota and around the world:

I spoke with the bar manager of a local VFW last Saturday about the smoking ban (quick aside: why does the state have to run TV ads now rubbing our loss of freedom in our faces?) and she is convinced it will lead to the closing of the establishment.

She said that yes, the mythical people who say “Now that the bars are smoke free I am going to go out more” are actually coming out (mind you, this one only one week after the ban, FWIW) but here’s the problem: they don’t drink! They drink soda, or ask for water. A bar doesn’t make any money on a soda someone sips on for an hour….

So basically all these years the smokers (also known as the people who buy alcoholic beverages at bars) were the ones footing the bill for the pop drinkers. They were the reason you could go see a band for no cover and have a good time with your 7-Up….

Who knew that smoking and drinking went hand-in-hand?

If you don’t have the freedom to smoke and drink whatever you want, you aren’t free. So, congratulations, those of you who craved your own enslavement.

The real Queen of the South

I wonder if Reverte’s novel of Spanish drug-running was inspired by this woman?

A woman who succeeds in a field dominated by men is always intriguing to the public, but when that field happens to be big-time cocaine trafficking, and the woman is graced with both charm and beauty, a criminal celebrity is born. Ever since her arrest last month, Sandra Ávila Beltrán, better known as the Queen of the Pacific, has been getting the kind of press here that would have made Jesse James envious.

The Nobel Peace prank

First Yassir Arafat, now Al Gore:

Former Vice President Al Gore and the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Friday for their efforts to spread awareness of man-made climate change and lay the foundations for counteracting it.

It seems the Nobel committee believes things nonexistent really do cause war. This is yet another clue indicating that “global warming” is nothing less than another line of attack in the attempt to establish global governance.

You know, the one world government that will bring peace on earth and goodwill to men.

And no, this doesn’t mean that Gore will run for president. There’s no chance that he will. Few understand better than Mr. Gore the benefits of working in coordination with, rather than against, Team Clinton.