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The Non-Exit Strategy Strategy: Damage Control Now Impossible

In Weekly Rant on 23/03/2011 at 19:59

On his way back from samba lessons in Buenos Aires Barack Obama is being greeted by a decidedly disappointed liberal media. When Jake Tapper is disappointed with a liberal president, let’s face it, damage control is pretty much impossible.

Never mind that Tapper and his cronies in the New York division of the White House press room have pimped this guy off on the American people for three years, now they want us to believe they are astonished with the result. We’ve not seen ingenuousness like this since Louie discovered gambling at Rick’s Place.

For weeks now—actually since the beginning of the year—we have been witnessing the gradual defection of the liberal media from the Obama camp, but there is a problem. They have nowhere to go.

Where is the Ted Kennedy who will challenge a president so out of his depth that the US Coast Guard couldn’t mount a rescue operation? Hillary gives no indication of running.

We are now in a de facto state of war with Libya and Obama is like a kid playing behind the wheel of Daddy’s car. He’s pushing buttons, cranking the wheel this way and that, and suddenly he finds the keys. Now the car is rolling out of the driveway.

This is not what we had in mind when we called for a no-fly zone. Charlie Wilsons War was funny; this is not. Before one wages war with even the most despicable Third World potentate, it is advisable to 1) know that one can finish the job, and 2) know that someone—preferably someone friendlier to your national interests—can fill the void once the operation is completed.

The Obama doctrine—which as near as we can determine is something akin to the Butterfly McQueen doctrine on birthing babies—it would seem does not take into consideration finite details. Get Gates on the phone; he can figure it out.

So what do we have?

What we now have is a media shooting rubber bands at each other across the press rooms of America, while a befuddled president makes yet another unfixable mess. This is no small problem for the likes of Tapper and Williams and that hoopster Harry Smith. They have to cocktail with this guy.

The question is now being asked: What if Gaddafi survives? And not a moment too soon, we might add. Because, thus far, it appears the dictator is consulting Jean Paul Gaultier on his fall line.

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Wikileaks: None Dare Call It Journalism

In Disappearing Ink, Harvard Math on 01/08/2010 at 21:34

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Back in the glory days of the CIA—that was about 15 minutes in 1948—Julian Assange would have been found face down in an ally near the Brandenburg Gate with a slit throat. That is if he were a Western traitor. Had he been a Russian turncoat in 2007, he would have been found in the selfsame “ally” in the West End of London, having died from indigestion after eating a dinner of tainted clams.

If Julian Assange were Russian, today’s blog would be an open discussion on the neato methods former KGB head Vladimir Putin uses to “disappear” Russian traitors. Gotta love that Vlad. My favorite Vlad clip was during McCartney in Red Square, when the then Russian president entered the concert to “Back in the USSR.” Paul positively gushed.

Instead we’re stuck here scratching our heads in wonder at American stupidity. Face it, anyone can convince Pat Robertson to apologize for saying that the U.S. should “take out” Hugo Chavez, has perfected stupidity to an art form. Of course we should take out the little scab, he poses a threat to U.S interests in the Western hemisphere. I realize that one cannot arrive at this conclusion with a social science degree from Dartmouth, but every big rig trucker on the I-10 between Santa Monica and Jacksonville knows it.

The U.S. has had a long history of traitors, in and out of the media. During World War I, Congress and the Wilson administration enacted the Espionage Act of 1917 to deal with, not only the medial but anyone who releases the nation’s secrets, whether during a time of war or peace. The penalties included death.

“[F]or decades, American newspapers and broadcasters have regularly censored themselves on security grounds, plucking compromising details from a story, delaying its publication or killing it entirely,” says New York Times columnist Scott Shane.  “The New York Times has withheld articles that might have jeopardized counterterrorism programs or efforts to protect vulnerable stockpiles of nuclear material.”

Oh, really? And just what level security clearance does the Times issue to Mr. Shane and his colleagues that qualifies them to make such judgments, one way or another? The arrogance of the U.S. press is beyond belief in divulging the nation’s intelligence, and it has on a number of occasions caused untold damage. This should be—and in any other country of the world is—a crime. Yet we quibble over propriety?

Let’s digress for a moment. Remember Manuel Noriega? The U.S. under George H.W. Bush went into Panama to arrest the “strongman” for narco trafficking. He was brought back to the U.S., tried and sentenced to 40 years for his crimes.

Yet over the 90-plus years since the Espionage Act was passed, we have developed such a profaned reverence for freedom of the press, that we allow the New York Times and Washington Post to place at risk the lives of tens of thousands of U.S. and allied troops, without so much as a Senate investigation.

Make no mistake: the government will investigate the Pentagon. But no one will go after the Times or anyone at Wikileaks. It is in times like these when even the most conservative American must tip his hat to Vladimir Putin.

The publication of these classified materials is treason. Julian Assange is a traitor to Australia and the editors and publishers of the New York Times are traitors to the U.S. Hundreds, if not thousands of allied soldiers, not to mention Afghanistan and Pakistani assets, will die as a result of their treason.

The issue at hand is not whether the government has lied to the American people. Suppose it has? It is not up to the Times or the Washington Post or some third-rate website to pass sentence on U.S. soldiers because perceive the government has lied to us.

There is a way for the media to deal with government wrongdoing, in the event such information comes to its attention. Tell the world they have the information, and turn it over to their favorite liberal congressman.

Over the weekend we were treated to a banquette of news magazines headlining the Wikileaks controversy with banners like: “Wikileaks: Journalism or Treason?” and “The Politics of the Leak.”

Nonsense. It is treason pure and simple. And, yes, U.S. intelligence should track down Julian Assange wherever he is in the world and whack his anti-American butt.

Then someone should pay a visit to the Times.