American Elephants

About Guantanamo. by The Elephant's Child
September 1, 2008, 7:59 pm
Filed under: Iraq, Media Bias, Military, Politics, Terrorism, The Constitution, Uncategorized | Tags: , , ,

Claims about the horrors of the mistreatment of the prisoners at Guantanamo continue to feature prominently in Democrat speeches.  The Landmark Legal Foundation fought to force the Pentagon to release the daily briefs of activities at the prison. Cassandra at Villainous Company has posted a typical one of the daily briefs as an example:

We had 3 significant activities last night; 691 balled up feces and threw it at the guard hitting him in the chest saying next time he would hit him in the mouth.  Next, as 155 was being taken to rec, he bit a guard on the arm until it bled….

Do read the whole thing. Landmark President Mark Levin points out why some access to the daily briefs is valuable:

Lawyers for the detainees have done a great job painting their clients as innocent victims of U.S. abuse when the fact is that these detainees, as a group, are barbaric and extremely dangerous, They are using their terrorist training on the battlefield to abuse our guards and manipulate our Congress and our court system.

Visitors to Guantanamo have consistently been amazed at the careful treatment of detainees, the  respect for the Muslim religion and the prison meals, far more interesting than the MREs eaten by the troops.  But those who desperately want to believe the worst will not be swayed. The Heritage Foundation took apart the claims of the UN Commission on Human Rights quite effectively.

It is always fascinating to behold the vast sympathy for the detainees at Guantanamo contrasted with the lack of sympathy for their victims, but there’s no accounting for the American media.

Just a little war far, far away, or… by The Elephant's Child

The crisis in far off Georgia is worrying. Georgia, a former Soviet state, if you look at a map, sits just outside the bear’s den, right on Russia’s border. South Ossetia, a breakaway province of Georgia, wanted to become independent. Georgia reasserted her authority. Russia, massing on the border in the role of “peacekeeper” crossed the border with an additional 10.000 soldiers, and many tanks into South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Russian aircraft bombed a military airfield near Tbilisi. Russia also sent ships to the coast of the Black Sea with reinforcements.

Reports say that Russia attacked not only targets in South Ossetia, but also targeted the major Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) gas and oil pipeline. The pipeline, in which British Petroleum is the lead partner, is important strategically, for it is the only outlet for countries in the region to get their oil to the international market without relying on Russia.

Russia has been what can be charitably described as a bully with their oil and gas, which supplies over a quarter of Europe’s needs. A gas pipeline called the South Caucasus pipeline is being built next to the oil pipeline. It is important to all the states in the region, including Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan. Russia has steadfastly opposed its construction.

Another part of the story has been Georgia’s desire to join NATO, and seek protection from the West. NATO’s refusal to date suggests weakness to the Russians, who keep track of that sort of thing.

Russia has not made much of a secret at her anger over the dissolution of the Soviet Union and loss of Superpower status. With oil funds flowing into a now state-controlled oil industry, the West must take notice. It is reported that Russia has just nationalized half of its wheat crop.

The European Union made bland protests, apparently shocked, shocked, that Russia didn’t realize that we had entered a new era when we solved problems by talking. The United Nations did what they do best, they had a meeting.

John McCain said that “Tensions and hostilities between Georgians and Ossetians are in no way justification for Russian troops crossing an internationally recognized border.” He also called on “Russia to immediately and unconditionally withdraw its forces from the territory of Georgia.”

Barack Obama called for “talks among all sides and said the United States, the UN. Security Council and other parties should try to help bring about a peaceful resolution.” Obama looked forward to an international peacekeeping force under an appropriate UN mandate.” Appropriately wimpy.

Georgia has pulled out of South Ossetia. Russia is in control. Georgia has ordered a cease fire and called for talks. A little war. Lots of dead.

Do you suppose that these events will arouse a slumbering Europe into a realization of the true nature of the world, or will they go on dreaming of a world without conflict? Of armies that are unneeded and unfunded?

Will Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid understand that drilling for our own oil is also a national security issue? That the Strategic Reserve is a – strategic – reserve. Or will they go on making up stories about greedy oil companies, evil speculators, and threatened species (that are multiplying nicely) and, oh yes, the need to save the planet, rising seas, disastrous storms and droughts and all those other mythical results from a one degree warming that stopped ten years ago.

Well, no, probably not.

El Baradei Will Resign if Iran Attacked. Oh, and By the Way, Iran Could have Nukes in 6 Months by American Elephant

You may have seen the news on Friday that the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mohamad ElBaradei, warned that he will resign if Iran is attacked. (This is supposed to be a deterrent?)

One teeny tiny little detail the mainstream media neglected to report, however, is that ElBaradei also said Iran could have a nuclear weapon in as little as 6 months. (h/t lgf)

Most people, I think, would consider the latter ever so slightly more newsworthy than the former. Call me crazy.

Then there’s the New York Times ongoing effort to reveal every national security secret they possibly can.

Both of which beg the question, how far does the media have to go before bias becomes duplicity, subversion and treason?

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