Friday, December 02, 2005

Gratuitous Friday Quiz Link

Sonny Corleone
You are Sonny. Reckless, loud, and with a sense of
humor, you make everyone around you smile.
Don't flash the mouth too much, and be careful
next time you're out on the turnpike.

Which Godfather Character Are You?
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[Hat tip: Below the Beltway]

U.S. Airbases in Romania

Would you have imagined sixteen years ago that the U.S. might establish airbases in Romania someday?

I bet the Russians are not at all happy about this.

Grossly Over-rated Prospects for '08

This doesn't bode well:

Several high-profile Republicans attracting presidential buzz are scheduled to visit New Hampshire this month as a Democratic commission considers changing the 2008 primary calendar, possibly diluting the state's first-in-the-nation status.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is first, and his spokesman said the Tennessee Republican supports New Hampshire's traditional key role.

"He does not support changes to the existing calendar," Bob Stevenson said.

If ever there was a time to pull New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation status, this is it. It is unlikely that Frist (or Romney or Patacki, the other favored candidated favored in the Granite State) could win the election. In fact, given Frist's track record of managing the Senate, I have little confidence in his potential presidency.

This is exactly why I wanted Cheney off of the ticket last year. For once, I hate to have been right.

Linked to Don Surber

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Question on the Iraq War and Saddam's Trial

   Eric at Classical Values asks an interesting question in a post from yesterday about the ongoing trial of Saddam Hussein:

What I want to know is why Ramsey Clark seems to be so alone in honestly recognizing what logically flows from the antiwar position.

Quite simply, if the war was wrong, and if the U.S. occupation is wrong, then it's wrong for Saddam Hussein to be on trial. By all logic his overthrow was illegitimate and he should still be president.

Why are his supporters so silent?

The post generated some discussion over there, so I thought I would continue it here. That said, let's attempt to tighten the question just a little bit. After all, I'm pretty sure we all pretty much agree that Saddam is a bad man who would likely be found guilty of some variety of crimes against humanity. But, that's not the pertinent question.

   If the war in Iraq was illegitimate, and the occupying forces had no cause to be there, then under what sovereign authority does the new Iraqi government try Saddam? Is it any worse for someone who is guilty as sin to be tried and convicted by an arm of a government whose legitimacy is subject to question than by one whose legitimacy is not?

   Again, this is not a question about an individual's guilt, but about a state's authority (or lack thereof) to exercise power over that individual.

   I have to admit, under those assumptions, I am yet to arrive at a satisfactory answer. Any takers?

UPDATE: Eric, who started the ball rolling at his own blog, checks into the comments section to set out his position better than I can.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

I'm back

There is too much catching up to finish it all this evening, so I will be getting back in the swing over the next several days.