Pussyfooting It With Iran
The US Government, in yet another display of strength and foreign policy know-how, told Iran how it really feels:
The United States said it was concerned by suggestions that Iran is involved in deadly unrest in Iraq's Shiite holy city of Najaf and maintained it was not in Tehran's interest to foment instability in its neighbor.
"We have expressed our concern regarding this issue," deputy State Department spokesman Adam Ereli said when asked by reporters about Iraqi Defence Minister Hazem Shaalan claim that militiamen loyal to radical cleric Moqtada Sadr are receiving weapons from Iran.
"Our position is that Iran has an interest in a stable and peaceful Iraq, as do the other states of the region," he said.
"As a neighbor of Iraq, it is our view that Iran should use its influence toward that objective and not to take any actions that would be destabilizing or otherwise contribute to elements that are not working for unity in Iraq," Ereli said.
We'd really like for you to stop arming and fomenting unrest in Iraq. We know that you really don't mean it when you call us imperialists and infidels - you really like us, and we know that you'd never imagine copying your own bloody, theocratic state in Iraq. You really believe in a separation of church and state like us (oh wait, that's not what the President thinks - hmmmm?). We're not going to like, do anything to you, but please stop it, will ya. After all, you guys are the "Religion of Peace", right!
God, somebody find me a politician with some acumen, or maybe just a pair of balls.
POSTED BY THE GENERAL AT 1:45 AM
Beating the EPA to It's Own Punch
It's bad enough that we are victimized by the regulations of the EPA, but now Missouri's Attorney General is suing the EPA, not because its regulations violate individual rights, but because it isn't violating those rights effectively enough.
ST. LOUIS - Missouri's attorney general sued the federal environmental agency on Friday, saying it is behind on testing the state's air for lead as required by law.
State attorney general Jay Nixon said in a news release the federal lawsuit seeks to force the Environmental Protection Agency (news - web sites) to comply with the Clean Air Act by conducting the air quality test.
He said a review is required every five years but one has not been done since December 1990.
"Although the adverse effects of lead on human health are well-known, the EPA has been derelict in its duty to review the air quality standard for lead and protect Missouri families," Nixon said.
Somebody give this guy an award! Great job nudging the government the minute it forgets to stand on someone's back.
POSTED BY THE GENERAL AT 1:34 AM
Leonard Peikoff's Pick for the 2004 Election
Leonard Peikoff has a 19 minute statement on the 2004 election available on his website
POSTED BY THE GENERAL AT 2:24 AM
If we're unwilling to pay the butcher's bill up front, we'll pay it with compound interest in the end
Thanks to Charles at LGF
for calling my attention to this concise and prescient piece on the war in Iraq. Ralph Peters is one of the few calling for precisely the right military posture. Here's a small sampling...
Much has been made of the belligerence of the Pentagon's "chicken hawks," the neoconservatives who instigate wars so avidly, but dismiss the complexity and cost of restoring peace. Yet the most noteworthy aspect of the neocons' performance was how quickly they turned into little Bill Clintons (minus the charm) when the going got tough.
POSTED BY THE GENERAL AT 1:40 AM