At least 400 non-existent Borak rockets loaded with Sarin nerve gas were secretly purchased and destroyed by the CIA in 2005 and 2006, despite Saddam Hussein’s regime, as we all know, having been merely pretending to possess undeclared WMDs as a bluff.
New York Times:
The Central Intelligence Agency, working with American troops during the occupation of Iraq, repeatedly purchased nerve-agent rockets from a secretive Iraqi seller, part of a previously undisclosed effort to ensure that old chemical weapons remaining in Iraq did not fall into the hands of terrorists or militant groups, according to current and former American officials.
The extraordinary arms purchase plan, known as Operation Avarice, began in 2005 and continued into 2006, and the American military deemed it a nonproliferation success. It led to the United States’ acquiring and destroying at least 400 Borak rockets, one of the internationally condemned chemical weapons that Saddam Hussein’s Baathist government manufactured in the 1980s but that were not accounted for by United Nations inspections mandated after the 1991 Persian Gulf war.
The effort was run out of the C.I.A. station in Baghdad in collaboration with the Army’s 203rd Military Intelligence Battalion and teams of chemical-defense and explosive ordnance disposal troops, officials and veterans of the units said. Many rockets were in poor condition and some were empty or held a nonlethal liquid, the officials said. But others contained the nerve agent sarin, which analysis showed to be purer than the intelligence community had expected given the age of the stock.
The buying of nerve-agent rockets from an Iraqi seller in 2006 was the most significant recovery of chemical weapons until that point in the Iraq War.
A New York Times investigation published in October found that the military had recovered thousands of old chemical warheads and shells in Iraq and that Americans and Iraqis had been wounded by them, but the government kept much of this information secret, from the public and troops alike.
So, President Bush LIED about those WsMD* to get us into a war in the Middle East to (pick a conspiratorial answer involving oil profits and V.P. Chaney). And there was no evidence of them (except those they already found in Syria, moved across the border from Iraq) and these.
And Saddam Hussein would never have used them, especially against his own people.
*I simply refuse to write WMDs, as it’s grammatically poor. Just as as I refuse to say Favre as FAHR’VE.
I mentioned John Locke (author of The Social Contract, philosopher extraordinaire, and unwitting mentor to Thomas Jefferson) in this blog the other day.
Then, quite serendipitously, I took note on an early blog post by Joel…
I haven’t read this blog, The Art of Not Being Governed, very extensively so if it turns out to be a neonazi or everytown front, don’t blame me, okay? But so far I’m enjoying it.
It’s got a recurring feature called Statist Fallacies, basic stuff but pretty good so far. Here’s a lovely take-down on the mossy old “social contract,” which TUAK readers probably know is a particular bugaboo of mine.
Enjoy. I’m going out to play now.
I’d forgotten about Joel’s distaste for ‘the concept of The Social Contract’. So I thought WTH?
Libertarian, statist and sovereign citizen alike - what do you gentle readers think about this?
First a NEGATIVE, in part…
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States
From time to time I read about proposals for a national law requiring reciprocity of concealed carry permits between the states. The most recent example is the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, introduced by Senator John Cornyn, R-TX.
Sadly, I have some bad news about this proposal, and about a national CCW reciprocity law in general: It would be unconstitutional under the Tenth Amendment. (Fill Yer Hands)
Second, a POSITIVE response, in the comments…
Now, I’ve said before numerous times in this blog (and in real life) that I love this Nation, warts-and-all! I understand that so doing can be a complex, and sometimes confusing endeavor.
Yes, Jefferson owned slaves. And he even took Sally Hemmings to Europe. And may have fathered a child with her. (DNA evidence does not exclude his brother as the father, which was also a possibility). And yes, she was a slave – had absolutely no choice.
But, I’m not here to debate this.
Jefferson was a great mind, who coalesced theoretical ideas of John Locke (that Social Contract guy) into one of the great documents in human history – The Declaration of Independence. He and the Founding Fathers designed this Nation, and he devised the 3/5 compromise, setting the stage to grow this country as a confederacy and for freeing the slaves a couple of generations later.
Yes, he was human. A widower. And alone much of his life.
Now comes this:
The “council meeting” at Charlottesville is an example of the war strategies of the enemies of freedom and the South. It isn’t a deep, intricate strategy but it is effective. It goes something like this:
1. Call a meeting of the local governing group to ostensibly hear the “voice of the People.”
2. Make sure that the “People” who support the agenda of the governing group (or at least its majority) know that they will have free rein in that meeting no matter what “opening remarks” are made calling for civility and proper conduct.
3. Fill the audience with people for whom “civility and proper conduct” has no meaning other than the restraints under which their opponents will be held.
4. Permit the meeting to degenerate into chaos with the larger and louder group shouting down and intimidating those who have come to participate in what they thought was the democratic process; it isn’t.
5. Have the media carry the story that whatever “plan” is being considered by the “governing body” has the approval of the people and that those who objected were “racists” or in a small minority.
Result? They win (again), we lose (again) and the cultural genocide goes on. We have got to stop thinking that such spectacles as the Charlottesville “meeting” represent a condition of social anarchy and that these “meetings” simply indicate the failure of local government to control the attendees. No such thing! It is as orchestrated as a ballet with the exception that those who are not “in” on the program find themselves trying to make order out of chaos and because most of the time our side is well bred, polite and considerate, we get our collective backsides kicked from here to Sunday.
You should really go and read all of it.
That way, you can determine from where this “foul legacy” truly emanates. (Here’s a hint – It’s NOT Jefferson!)
h/t Free North Carolina
The lovely (and brilliant) Tamara says it better than I EVER could!
I’m reminded of the joke that all the people running around with “Free Tibet!” stickers on their cars would have been horrified if Dubya had woken up one morning and decided to send the 82nd Airborne to actually, you know, free Tibet. “I didn’t mean like that!“
Hashtag, smashtag – it’s great to believe an injustice is being perpetrated, and that something needs to be done. But just placing a bumper sticker or hashtagging something relevant on Twitter isn’t going to accomplish squat! (Mrs. Obama!)
ACTION is needed.
The Red Chinese aren’t going to give a hoot if some teens gather excitedly in Pittsburgh to hear Richard Gere wax eloquently regarding the poor Tibetans plight.
Frankly, I suspect even if every college student worldwide sent the Red Chinese government a letter no hoot would be given. Because the PRC knows the truth -
Power grows out of the barrel of a gun – Mao Tse Tung
And, while we’re on the subject, it’s not a hashtag, number sign or even a pound sign.
It’s an octothorpe!
The firearm blogosphere is replete with tales about armed folks taking down charging water buffalo from 100 yards, and failed suicides using .25s to the temple, which subsequently fell out of their largely undamaged head.
PawPaw’s House tells us yet another story whose lesson is USE ENOUGH GUN.
You should visit the link and read.
There’s a rule with regard to gunfighting – ‘have a gun’. Certainly, if a knife-wielding bad guy is advancing on me, or if there’s a crew of street thugs, it’s comforting to know I have something with which I can defend myself.
God made Man; Colonel Colt made them equal.
That is certainly true.
But, there is (or rather should be) an addendum to the have a gun rule.
And that should be have ENOUGH gun.
This goes back to carrying a talisman, or one of those decoy guns companies are selling now to wear as a deterrent!
There is a rumor that some of the neo-Gunsite folk have backed off of the .45 ACP/1911 meme of Jeff Cooper, since his passing, in favor of calibers such as 9mm – because it is ‘easier’ to shoot!
Have enough gun. Or at least a real gun, in a real caliber.
Street criminals might just call your bluff. And then you are stuck with an antique in VeloDog, or a worthless look-a-like.
Conservative media folk like to paint John Kerry as a defacto traitor. Or at least as a wimp. His Swift Boat companions did derail him, albeit temporarily. And now he’s out there making innocuous statements about war, terrorism and Iran. As the United States’ Secretary of State.
Speaking of who knew (this is what’s known as a segue – albeit a poor one) RINO Arizona Senator John McCain has always been a mystery to me. Sometime-Republican, sometime-conservative, sometime NOT, the man has made more waffles than the WAFFLE HOUSE!
And now THIS:
from Never Yet Melted (in part):
Rodrigo Kazuo and Meg Perret found their classroom environment at Berkeley hostile, even when their professor was lecturing on Karl Marx (!), because the Western canon is exclusively composed of works by dead, white, European males, not a single person of color or transgendered individual makes the cut.
Because a majority of founders of Western thought were gay, Black women…
BTW, have you noticed more ‘persons of color’, homosexual, transgendered or perhaps gender-confused folks in your favorite television shows of movies?
NOT THAT I CARE, PARTICULARLY.
I remember my Father (who had some bigotry issues) railing against the infusion of Black folks in 60’s and 70’s TV in much the same way. He said it was much the same in the 40’s and 50’s with Jewish people. They went from being 3% of the population, to a significant minority of those in entertainment media. (He, of course, forgot that the only work many Jewish folks could get was in the entertainment field!)
And it was much the same with Black folks. 13% of the population, but represented numerically larger in the entertainment media in the 70’s.
NOT THAT I CARE, PARTICULARLY.
My questions are these: Does the actor bring quality to the role, or further the plot? Or were they just added because of political correctness?
And now we have this infusion of gay/transgender etc. folks. Some are quite entertaining, but in my humble opinion, some are just over-the-top. And included for shock effect and/or political correctness.
Which does a disservice both to them in their sexuality or color, and to the audience by their inclusion for political reasons.
Stepin’ Fetchit meet Myra Breckenridge.
Don’t get me wrong, there are some folks I find clever, and entertaining, regardless of ethnicity or bent. Others are just plain annoying. I won’t give you specifics – you probably have your own.
A couple generations ago, Black people were largely invisible, or stereotyped, and gays (etc.) were just flamboyant characters. No mention was made of their sexuality.
But now it seems we’re out of the box, for certain.
There’s a popular cable series about polygamy.
What’s next, pedophilia and bestiality?
Where do we go from here?
We should be inclusive of different cultures and sexuality. As long as it reflects percentages and social mores.
Of course, I’m a libertarian. (Until mandated) I can always change the channel.