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Spy Swap

July 9, 2010 Comments off

Russia gets 10 spies returned (including the hot one) and we get 4 back? That sounds like the one-sided Jimmy Johnson’s Herschel Walker/Vikings trade of the early nineties. Did DOJ even bother to interrogate them before shipping them off so quickly?

Where’s “Jimmy Jumpup” when you need him?

Obama’s Gattaca

March 14, 2010 Comments off

“The nation’s chief executive extols the virtues of mandatory DNA testing of Americans upon arrest, even absent charges or a conviction. Obama said, “It’s the right thing to do” to “tighten the grip around folks” who commit crime…

(Obama) supported the federal government, as well as the 18 states that have varying laws requiring compulsory DNA sampling of individuals upon an arrest for crimes ranging from misdemeanors to felonies.” – WIRED

Absent charges or a conviction? If proven innocent, how does one get one’s DNA back from the government? And how can we confident that DNA samples won’t be improperly used by overzealous officials with malevolent or politically motivated intentions?

There’s no way the civil rights happy left can logically defend Obama’s frightening position on DNA testing but this is where we are headed; terrorists can get subsidized access to the justice system even though they are foreign combatants and Americans would subjected to invasive, unreasonable search and seizures for even the smallest infraction.

DNA testing is the ultimate slippery slope. If Obama’s threshold is a simple misdemeanor then why stop there? Don’t be surprised if some day if you want to use air travel you have surrender a DNA sample for archiving. Or perhaps your place of work is ordered to maintain a database of their employees’ DNA. Better yet, in order to qualify for a loan you have to pony up some DNA to make sure that you’re free of any medical conditions that would make re-payment unlikely.

The possibilities for civil rights abuse are enormous. Yet Obama causally suggests the issue is the “right thing to do,” ignoring the gargantuan privacy issues surrounding the topic. I’m stunned that he appears to be so cavalier about it all.

“President Obama backs DNA test in arrests” – Politico

The Grudge Forgotten

March 10, 2010 Comments off

Unbelievable hypocrisy. Friedman is not the only one who’s grudgingly acknowledging President Bush was right to pursue democracy for Iraq. Biden has been making subtle hints so his boss can take credit in Iraq’s success.

Thomas Friedman today: “Former President George W. Bush’s gut instinct that this region craved and needed democracy was always right. It should have and could have been pursued with much better planning and execution. This war has been extraordinarily painful and costly. But democracy was never going to have a virgin birth in a place like Iraq, which has never known any such thing.”

Thomas Friedman in 2006: “It is now obvious that we are not midwifing democracy in Iraq. We are baby-sitting a civil war.”

Update: Saddam Hussein weighed nuclear ‘package’ deal in 1990, documents show, “As troops massed on his border near the start of the Persian Gulf War, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein weighed the purchase of a $150 million nuclear “package” deal that included not only weapons designs but also production plants and foreign experts to supervise the building of a nuclear bomb, according to documents uncovered by a former U.N. weapons inspector.” – Washington Post

Nah, Saddam had no nuclear ambitions whatsoever. I wonder how President Bush feels now that all this truth telling is finally getting out?

Hat Tip: Kathryn Jean Lopez, NRO

‘Rebirth of a Nation’

March 3, 2010 Comments off

“Bush’s rhetoric about democracy came to sound as bitterly ironic as his pumped-up appearance on an aircraft carrier a few months earlier, in front of an enormous banner that declared MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. And yet it has to be said and it should be understood—now, almost seven hellish years later—that something that looks mighty like democracy is emerging in Iraq. And while it may not be a beacon of inspiration to the region, it most certainly is a watershed event that could come to represent a whole new era in the history of the massively undemocratic Middle East.” – Newsweek

Imagine how much quicker democracy would have taken root and many lives would have been saved if the Democrats hadn’t demagogued the war on terror for petty political gains. Newsweek finally is admitting to what conservatives knew all along about Iraq – it was a worthy cause.