In his first major interview after his loss, Rick Santorum tells the Pittsburgh Tribune Review’s Salena Zito that he will not stop talking about the “greatest problem” confronting this country.
Both Syria and Iran have been making overtures towards the new Iraqi government of late. The Heritage Foundation’s Peter Brookes tells us exactly what they are up to:
It’s clear that both Iran and Syria are trying to co-opt Iraq into their sphere on influence. Of course, the first thing Tehran and Damascus will try to get their new Iraqi friends to do is to pull the plug on the U.S. presence there. From Tehran’s and Damascus’ perspective, the fewer Americans in the region to check their plans for hegemony, the better.
But they also intend to use promises of peace and stability in Iraq as a bargaining chip in advancing other aspects of their agendas as well.
Iran wants to use Iraq as leverage to get the U.N. to back off pressuring Tehran over its nuclear (weapons) program. Tehran’s message to the U.S. and other nuclear busybodies: If you want peace and stability in Iraq, don’t push us on our nuclear program.
Syria will also try to leverage peace and stability in Iraq for an end to the U.N.’s investigation into the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Damascus would also like a green light to re-establish its influence in Lebanon, and, perhaps, even try to get the U.S. to pressure Israel to reopen negotiations over the Golan Heights.
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Last week author Robert Spencer was a guest speaker at the Heritage Foundation. The topic of Spencer’s speech was, “The Truth about Muhammed.”
The speech was interrupted towards the end by followers Lyndon LaRouche. An entire account of the interruption can be found here.
A young woman wearing a hat, named Megan (”from Boston”), brought up the subject of child marriage, which Spencer had mentioned when talking about the bad example Muhammad has given to his followers to this day. She asked him if “Republican Congressman Mark Foley was perhaps under the influence of the evil teachings of Muhammad.” Spencer laughed at the question, and bluntly said “No.” Members of the audience also laughed at her question, most likely because of its sheer absurdity. Spencer expanded on his answer, and said, “I never said that child molestation or pedophilia or anything of the kind was exclusively the province of Muslims…. I disapprove of it [this kind of conduct] from Mark Foley or anyone else”…
…Following the applause, people started to file out of the large auditorium at the Heritage Foundation. The man who had been complaining continued to shout, and as I made my way out to the lobby outside the auditorium to get my copies of Spencer’s books signed, I started to hear singing. It sounded like some kind of protest song/jingle. I didn’t really know what they were singing about at the time, but upon the reviewing the streaming video at the link above (starting at the 1:02:00 mark), the words were something like “Mr. Cheney, something something World War Three, one hundred thousand something die, that’s like Nazi genocide.” The song, of course, continued.) Between the Foley question and the jingle singers, it became pretty obvious that there were a handful of leftists that were bent on causing some kind of disruption at the lecture.
The video can be found here…scroll to the 58 minute mark and watch from there.
Victor Davis Hanson is a MUST-READ today. I won’t even bother lifting any of the text…his column which asks, “Will the West stumble” must be consumed in its entirety. Read the whole thing, understand the stakes.
Here is a must read piece in today’s Washington Post:
FORWARD OPERATING BASE SYKES, Iraq, Nov. 5 — For the U.S. troops fighting in Iraq, the war is alternately violent and hopeful, sometimes very hot and sometimes very cold. It is dusty and muddy, calm and chaotic, deafeningly loud and eerily quiet.
The one thing the war is not, however, is finished, dozens of soldiers across the country said in interviews. And leaving Iraq now would have devastating consequences, they said.
With a potentially historic U.S. midterm election on Tuesday and the war in Iraq a major issue at the polls, many soldiers said the United States should not abandon its effort here. Such a move, enlisted soldiers and officers said, would set Iraq on a path to civil war, give new life to the insurgency and create the possibility of a failed state after nearly four years of fighting to implant democracy.
Need more reasons not to abandon the job before it is done? James Carafano gives you five.
The New York Times:
Democratic leaders and candidates are virtually unanimous in opposing the president’s conduct of the war, and most advocate American disengagement — either quickly or slowly. But most are not calling for an immediate withdrawal of American forces or offering a vision of what postwar Iraq should look like. They say they stand for change, but the variety of formulations is dizzying.
Nineteen House members sponsored a bill to cut off funds for the war. The Democratic Senate candidate in Pennsylvania opposes a deadline for ending American involvement in Iraq. The Democratic candidate for Senate in Ohio wants all the troops out within two years. Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the current minority leader who is likely to be the next speaker of the House if Democrats win back the chamber, is calling for immediate steps to begin to remove American forces, with all of them out of Iraq by the end of 2007.
The Islamo-fascist segment of Islam was quick to call for the death of the Pope after his remarks about Islam. Very few high profile moderates within the Islamic faith condemned the radicals.
Now, a new movie, Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West, takes us behind the curtain and into the belly of the beast. The bloodthirsty death-loving nature of the fundamentalists is laid bare, providing yet another opportunity for repudiation of the Jihadists by Islamic clerics.
From the movie’s website:
Using images from Arab TV, rarely seen in the West, Obsession reveals an ‘insider’s view’ of the hatred the Radicals are teaching, their incitement of global jihad, and their goal of world domination. With the help of experts, including first-hand accounts from a former PLO terrorist, a Nazi youth commander, and the daughter of a martyred guerilla leader, the film shows, clearly, that the threat is real.
A peaceful religion is being hijacked by a dangerous foe, who seeks to destroy the shared values we stand for. The world should be very concerned.
Incidentally, this movie is having a hard time finding a distributor. Shocking…
Below is a trailer…much more here.