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The New York Times mentioned in a story June 21 that Mosul, Iraq's third largest city, was "in the midst of a major security operation."  So what happened? Marie Colvin of the Times of London had an answer Sunday: "American and Iraqi forces are driving al Qaeda in Iraq out of its last redoubt in the north of the country in the culmination of one of the most spectacular victories of the war on terror." Al Qaeda was making its "last stand" in Mosul, and now is done, finished, kaput, said Ms. Colvin, who was embedded with the 2nd Iraqi Division for Operation Lion's Roar.  The victory is so complete that Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki said Saturday (7/05) his government has defeated the terrorists in Iraq.  Defeated.  Past tense. Not a word about this "spectacular victory" appeared in the Washington Post or the New York Times Sunday, or on the evening network newscasts of ABC, NBC, CBS, or CNN.   Well, the New York Times did run a story on the front page Monday about an "epic battle," but it was about a tennis match at Wimbledon.



In Moslem culture, during the Daheyah (Sacrifice) feast, Moslems bring a lamb into the home for a ritual slaughter accompanied by the invocation Allahu Akbar, “God is great,” in the presence of the family and the children. Now we see the Daheyah of radical Islam to be Jews such as Nick Berg and Daniel Pearl, who were beheaded with no mercy, accompanied by the same pious invocation. This is a perversion of Islam, but don’t expect an apology. To expect the Arab and Moslem leadership to apologize for the barbaric murder of Nick Berg is a reflection of the West’s naive and wrong expectations of Arab culture. In the Arab world to take responsibility and say “sorry” is taken as an unmanly sign of weakness that may get one into more trouble.


Freedom Fighters and the New Republic

Last month, in the August 18/25 issue, The New Republic (TNR) magazine ran a cover story which focused on my role in creating the Reagan Doctrine, which contributed to the downfall of the Soviet Union. While not critical of me directly, the article criticizes the leaders of the anti-Soviet freedom fighter movements the Reagan Doctrine supported.  This is supposed to serve as a warning to the Bush White House regarding putative support for anti-radical movements within the Moslem world.  Here is my response.  We'll see what TNR does with it.



There hasn't been a terrorist attack on American soil since Sept. 11, 2001.  The number of experts who, on Sept. 12, 2001, would have predicted this happy state of affairs is precisely zero.  The principal reason why we've been safe at home these last seven years has been the war in Iraq. Sen. Obama describes the war in Iraq as a "distraction" from the war on terror.  But that's not how al Qaeda saw it. In a 2005 letter to Abu Musab al Zarqawi, al Qaeda's number two, Ayman al Zawahiri, described Iraq as "the place for the greatest battle of Islam in this era." A few months earlier (December, 2004), Osama bin Laden himself said in an audiotape: "The whole world is watching this war and the two adversaries; the Islamic nation on the one hand, and the United States and its allies on the other. It is either victory and glory or misery and humiliation." For al Qaeda, Iraq has turned out to be misery and humiliation.  To the great disappointment of Democrats.



This is the transcribed text of a speech Newt gave to a private meeting of conservative leaders I attended in Washington last week. --JW Thank you very much. This is a very important group which is a big part of how we ended up beginning to be - I emphasize beginning to be - the natural governing majority of the country and so it’s a thrill for me to be here.I want to give you a very brief outline and then I’m going to take questions for most of my time because just looking around the room I know how many interesting personalities are sitting out here. It’ll be more fun to interact with all of you.Here’s my outline. I have a book that’ll be coming out next month called Winning the Future: A 21st Century Contract with America It makes the following core argument: that we are entering the fourth cycle of a growing conservative movement. The first cycle was Reagan defining the majority. The second cycle was the Contract With America creating the majority. The third cycle was President George W. Bush deepening and reaffirming the majority. The challenge now is to have this fourth phase growing the majority out so it becomes a more natural governing majority.



It's a good thing many of Barack Hussein Obama's supporters don't care much about issues, because their candidate has been changing his position on them with dizzying speed. "Barack Obama aligned himself with welfare reform on Monday, launching a television ad which touts the way the overhaul 'slashed rolls by 80 percent'," ABC News reported July 1.  "Obama leaves out, however, that he was against the 1996 federal legislation which precipitated the caseload reduction." When the Supreme Court overturned the District of Columbia's ban on handgun ownership June 26, Sen. Obama said he supported the decision of the 5-4 majority.  But last November he told the Chicago Tribune he thought the DC handgun ban was constitutional.  While in the state legislature, he proposed legislation that would, in effect, have banned handguns in Illinois. There are a lot more examples.  As a flip-flopper, Obama leaves John Kerry in the dust.  He's such a "master of the U-turn" that an Obama political U-turn should be called an O-turn.


The Religion of Environmentalism

I have been asked to talk about what I consider the most important challenge facing mankind, and I have a fundamental answer. The greatest challenge facing mankind is the challenge of distinguishing reality from fantasy, truth from propaganda. Perceiving the truth has always been a challenge to mankind, but in the information age (or as I think of it, the disinformation age) it takes on a special urgency and importance…


The Road Map and the Garden Path

To be "led down the garden path" is to be lured by subterfuge into a garden of seduction. The metaphor is of modern origin, with the OED (Oxford English Dictionary) revealing its first use in the 1920s. It denotes being misled, deceived, conned, seduced, hoodwinked. This is why the so-called Road Map for Arab-Israeli Peace should be called the Garden Path instead.George Bush has been led down the Garden Path by the State Department. The entire "Road Map" enterprise is an ego-trip by Foggy Bottom bureaucrats in the obsessively pro-Arab Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (BNEA). Led by Assistant Secretary William Burns, the BNEA guys feel they have been shown-up and humiliated by Rumsfeld's Pentagon. They look upon the military victory in Iraq as their diplomatic failure. They are determined to have the geopolitical spotlight taken off Rummy and shine instead on whom it rightfully belongs: them.



You've probably heard the permanent ice cap in the Arctic has receded considerably, because the people who are worried about global warming talk about it all the time.  You may not know ice in Antarctica is growing. This is an awkward topic for global warming alarmists, because if global warming were, ah, global, this shouldn't be happening. So how could ice be melting at the north pole while it's building up at the south?  There's a good reason, but as it's natural and not man-made, glowarming alarmists and their journalistic cheerleaders are paying no attention to it.