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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Using Intelligent Assets

From the way back yesterday machine,

Got Your Score Card?

“You can’t tell the players without a score card..” Old saw, right? It surely applied to this situation. “Jund as-Sama’?” New to me and I know of a lot of these little (or large) “millenarian” Muslim groups. That’s what Juan Cole calls them. That description works for me. If you go over to my other blog, “The Athenaeum” you will find an article that I recently wrote about varieties of Islamic belief and practice.

In that article you will find my view regarding the particular features of Islamic religion which make it a religion very prone to splitting into smaller and smaller consensus driven factions.

Now, I know that Judaism and Christianity (particularly Protestant Christianity) are also susceptible to such division. Nevertheless, my subject here is the easy “slide” into endless division in Islam which results in the creation of active and sometimes dangerous groups such as this one.

It was interesting yesterday to watch some of the pseudo-sophisticates “reading” the news on TV try to cope with the idea of Shia on Shia violence in the context of Ashoura:

Well I’ll keep linking to you and Juan, Mr. Lang, and maybe someday, someday…

Talking Heads

What’s next?

Prompted by a posting on a security mailing list, security experts investigated and confirmed that a computer running Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows Vista, could have system commands activated by audio files running on a Web site.

There goes the network neighborhood I hear.

In a World of Disinformation

Why aren’t robots picking up the suspicious packages in Boston for forensics, and how does one go about blowing up suspicious packages without approaching them with people or machines?

Or why do right wing ideologues wish terrible things on an American city to shut up the left, and then remain relatively free to move about the country spewing hate, and no one in the media asks them if they have no shame?

Or why is it the media doesn’t report on swimming pools in Iraq until it shows up in the British press? I mean isn’t that good news?

Or why do some people in the American hegemony fear a third rate military power like Iran, and why does the American press continue to front these propaganda campaigns?

And who cares if Venezuela becomes a socialist country, since most of Europe is too? What are the degrees of separation in state ownership between Venezuela, Poland, Great Britain, or Ukraine, and what are the the metrics used to determine when one is to be ignored and the other not, so that the the American government and media might inform the people of the underlying concerns of the state?

And does the American press accept any responsibility for the continuing decline in the peoples faith in their government, even as it reports on a strategic Chinese destabilization concept against the American leadership?

I am sure liposuction and fat injections are important to some people, but is asking to much of the media and the corporate masters to quit selling retread cartoon classics and sequels, and horizontal violence and maybe inform their audiences?

Or why is that electronic surveillance is justified and defended with the, ” if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear,” canard but never applied to our own government?

Just wondering.

Update: And am I the only one that noticed the DJIA didn’t miss a beat the whole time today? Since when did that become a serious indicator of anything remotely attached to reality?

Update2: And since when was a bomb not a suspicious bomb?

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Wrinkles In The Universe 1-29,30-2007

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Declaring Peace on the World

I don’t think anyone has any doubts about the American’s military ability to achieve the objectives they’re tasked to do, which would be a fine thing if that is all that war was. Unfortunately, as General Giap remarked, “that is irrelevant.” It is in this case as well, and so the opposition to the war is not opposition to the military, but to the political over class’s inability to achieve a political victory. I think that’s why I like the term “losing the peace,” because the military might be able to bring an armed conflict to a conclusion of an operation, it cannot remove the political and emotional impetus of the people of any nation in opposition to their continued presence, if that presence is seen as an occupation.

If we are to question the support of the troops by elements of the American people, then the blame the Democrats and MSM first crowd is going to have to come to grips with the present Administration’s lack of support for the troops after the battles are won. This was manifested in the early days after the invasion when civil order broke down and the armories and museums were looted, followed by the dismantling of the Iraqi political infrastructure, the disbanding of the Iraqi armed forces and Ba’athist party. The Democrats and MSM didn’t do those things.

The Fisher House has received over the last two weeks quite a bit of attention in the media, and deservedly so, without the question being asked why these things are being done by private corporations and individuals, and not the present US government that sent these fine men to war. There are moral and financial obligation this nation owes its’ veterans, especially those who have been wounded and maimed, and it is not doing so. This administration waves the flag, but fails to support the troops when and where it is most necessary to do so, winning the peace and care for the wounded. It wishes only to win more military battles, and at this rate will be the first administration to lose the same war twice.

One of the major fallacies of this war, that it was ever in America’s self interest to engage in it in the first place, occurred in conflating that war with the War on Terrorism, due to the narrow interests of some within the Israeli, and American states. If our leaders had had Israels’ best interest at heart they would have pursued the many frameworks for peace already on the table, because both a viable Palestinian and Israeli state are in America’s best self interests.

If there is an enemy within, it is those with these narrow self interests who have manipulated both the religious and political fringes within all three countries. These people know very well the emotional attachment of American people to the Israeli state, and how to manipulate those feelings through religion and politics. That the clergy fails to note the motivations of Constantine’s conversion to Christianity to their congregations, allows these manipulations to go on unabated in America, and so the Christian religion has been reduced to being a tool of the state, either in fact or perception, of people like bin Laden.

If I were to define a terrorist, whether of a faith or not, it would be those who have lost the jihad within themselves, and so project that failure outward in harabah, or war on society. This is not exclusive to Islam, nor is it exclusive to religious people. Those without faith or religion are just as likely to produce individuals that go to war with society for failing to believe, and live up to, their individual expectations of what society should be and believe. It is as apt to appear in any self defined group, such as Democrats and Republicans, or Christian fundamentalist and atheists, both in America, and around the world with its’ wonderful diversity of self defined groups of faiths and philosophies, up to, and including, nation states. Terrorism is not exclusive to individuals, but it is the failure of those individuals individuality. These people are those who cannot be heard within their own self identified groups, and their jihad is against their own group, although their terrorism knows no such restrictions.

Anyway that’s what I heard said,

Who’s on First, and Why is He There, This is a Football Game !!

Mahdist Cult Almost Defeated Iraqi Army at Najaf
Wave of Bombings, Mortar attacks in Baghdad

Marc Santora of NYT reveals that the Iraqi army was very nearly overwhelmed and defeated by the Army of Heaven militia of the Mahdawiya millenarian movement near Najaf on the weekend. They had to call in not only US airstrikes but also US troops to save themselves from being surrounded and killed.

The Mahdawiya is a splinter group of the Sadr movement, which broke away in the late 1990s, and was led by Ahmad al-Hassaani al-Yamani of Diwaniya. He styled himself styled himself Ali b. Ali. b. Abi Talib, that is, he was claiming to be the return of an (otherwise unknown) son of Ali (d. 661), whom Shiites believe was the true successor to the Prophet Muhammad. The Mahdawiya leader is alleged to have been killed in Sunday’s battle.

Al-Hayat’s identification of this movement with another Sadrist splinter group, that of Mahmud al-Hasani al-Sarkhi, appears to have been incorrect.

The buzz in the Right blogosphere that the Mahdawiya is somehow linked to Iran is a profound falsehood. Sadrist splinter groups in Iraq generally are Iraqi nativist and deeply distrust Iran. These cultists wanted to kill Sistani (an Iranian).

Yeah but it sells peas on the tubes, Juan.

Says it all

And here we come back to the recurring theme of the Bush presidency: the president’s perverse effort to be the beneficiary of his own incompetence and policy disasters.

But there is more;

And Iran’s power is waxing. And we’re supposed to rely on the approach of the White House, the guys who created the terrible situation in the first place, to solve the consequences of their latest screw up. It’s like a perpetual motion machine of calamity and self-justification.

Or you can pick this one as well,

Like the line says, first do no harm. And for the United States as a country, right now, that means doing everything constitutionally, legally and politically possible to limit the president’s and even more Vice President Cheney’s free hand to shape and execute American foreign policy. Sift it all out and it’s that simple. Stop them from doing any more damage. All the rest is commentary and elaboration.

What was Frost’s line? Anything more than the truth would seem to weak?

Monday, January 29, 2007

Still Slobbering Over the Spittle That Wasn’t ?

I wished I could get paid for pushing urban legends, although this; More Spittle, borders on the Tin/Aluminum Foil conspiracy theory stuff as Digsby notes.

There was some hostility in San Diego towards some of us sailors, but I only remember one instance of overt hostility, down on the pier where some of the younger dudes were hanging out, and thought that lanky SAR trainees were easy targets, oblivious to the fact that we were running miles a day and swimming nearly that much to boot, and so were in a lot better shape than they. The only other instance was at a concert, maybe Kansas, I don’t really remember the band anymore, but someone on stage said something about getting the Navy out of San Diego and that went over with a thud with the audience. There were a lot of short haired hippies in the Navy I suppose, and then there were a lot of Navy, Marine coffee drinker kids in the area too.

I would imagine if the spitting did occur, which I doubt, as the spitter would have wound up spitting out of another orifice, we would have some tangible proof along the lines of Captains Masts and broken teeth and jaws.

Even before I went in I don’t recall anyone being hostile towards individual military people, but I didn’t exactly run around with the drinking age folks either. I know of some people who were harassed in stations, but that happens to everybody in bus stations, not just the military, then and now.

I suppose that is one of the benefits of being a volunteer of the writersphere, I don’t get paid to write rumours, although I hear …

Anonymous People Want to Know

Are you this guy?

Am I?

No.

Am I tired of being Me?

No.

Is this the last reference to sonmething I heard on TV? ehh.

For those of you who didn’t see me in DC, I was late because I busy tearing out the kitchen sink to bring, and as you might guess, I couldn’t hurry the job as I needed water for the beans.

In many ways the antiwar movement losses its’ focus and impact when every social ill, or every perceived social ill gets as much if not more stage time than the issue the crowd of people have assembled for. Socialism is not going to get any traction in America, IMHO, until the dangers of capitalism have manifested themselves in more places than Lou Dobb’s book. Timing is everything, and this ain’t the timing.

As it was prior to the war, there are millions of people now who do not support a lot of the positions and issues of the speakers, and they still weren’t heard on the stage. I enjoyed the barkers and the colored balloons however. I guess that makes me a “far”out leftist. Com’on John, if panderer is the worst you’ve ever been called, (by Republicans at that,) let me know, I’ll retract.

YA I sort of apologize to the NRI five for the snark. Some of you actually make more sense to me some of the time, when your not “on.” That makes you more dangerous than when you are. just MHO. Maybe the line from the flick said it best, “I guess we all died a little in that damned war.” That is the crux of the matter though isn’t it? It may be too much to ask for Christians to wear the cross of Christ in their hearts, and not on their chains, but if not us, who? If not now, when?

As for the blogging, the youngest cat became road kill yesterday, and I was reminded that the dead no longer have a voice, or any portion under the sun anymore. She was one of the most enjoyable of kittens and young cats, but like all critters that cross the road, the learning curve is steep and unforgiving. I prefer you guys.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Yeah, But, What is the State of the Western Union?

It’s the little things.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

The SOTU

In written form is here

No cheap shots tonight.

Others May Want To Do Research as Well

National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting

The above is for intrepid journalist that want to do some digging and your not listed here.

This is for serious reporters and journalists, not for blokes like me.

Unless they’re complete morons on the Hill

all these files will have been backed up multiple times and should have had both on site and off site copies of the backups.

Federal investigators had asked nicely last spring for documents from the House Committees on Intelligence, Armed Services and Appropriations, but got nowhere. House officials moaned they might have to shut down entirely to dig up everything prosecutors wanted.

Months went by, no documents surfaced, so prosecutors sent subpoenas to the chairs of the three committees, demanding the documents.

What happened next is unclear, because those who know won’t tell. But as The Hill’s Susan Crabtree painstakingly details, it appears that GOP leaders delayed reporting the subpoenas until the House had closed up for the year, assuring that they would not become public until the new year.

Congress switched hands, and as the new Democratic majority gained many staff positions to support their leadership roles, Republicans lost many staff slots. As a result, many Republican committee aides either lost their jobs or were shuffled out to other Hill gigs.

What happens to their electronic files — even if they’ve been subpoenaed by prosecutors? It appears they are either destroyed, or given to the staffer to keep for themselves.

If this isn’t the case then the folks on the Hill aren’t qualified to be there anyway, and some procedure needs to be developed so not only are the people on the Hill protected from catastrophic network failures, but the American people as well.

After all, if a private employer actually owns the machines and data produced during work hours, then how much more so when the public is the employer?

All you need to see on the deficit

via TPM the man behind the blue smoke and mirrors.

Restoration Blues

I put the earlier posts back up, mostly for myself, as a reminder. On the other hand some of you may not know what all the blubbering was about either.

To tie things up, I wish I hadn’t included Wolf in the post in between. That too, was out of line.

Last but not least, thanks to the friends who have encouraged me to move on from the mistakes, I won’t soon forget you.

The More Things Change

The NSA, the CIA and the FBI are all trying to prove that
they are the best at apprehending criminals. The President
decides to give them a test. He releases a rabbit into a
forest and each of them has to catch it.

The NSA goes into the forest. They place animal informants
throughout the forest. They question all plant and mineral
witnesses. After three months of extensive investigations,
they conclude that rabbits do not exist.

The CIA goes in. After two weeks with no leads they burn
the forest, killing everything in it, including the rabbit
and they make no apologies. The rabbit had it coming.

The FBI goes in. They come out just two hours later with a
badly beaten bear. The bear is yelling: “Okay, okay, I’m a
rabbit, I’m a rabbit.”

via attrition 1998

I’m a little gassed, but research much be researched.

Stuff

My apologizes to one and all. That’s why there are always more horses patoots than horses.

Edited for language and non germane things.

There is an old rule on the net, never post anything up when your angry, and another old rule, never break the rules unless you have a purpose for doing so. I really blew it this morning. Again, apologies.

Security is a Myth

and Other Harmonic Vibes for the Crystalline Entity (Lucky D)

Richard Clarke has a new book out, which his publisher is advertising on all the serious sites to other serious people who may have forgotten his track record on 911, a book that has caused some glee amongst the old spelunkers who hammered his “lamer ass” being selected as the cyber security czar in the previous administration. I doubt the assertion of his lameness is still true, although I haven’t read the book yet or paid that much attention to the old spelunkers either, who I presume are busy writing Hacking Exposed books, or whatever old spelunkers do when fame pales next to fortune, federal pens, or jobs at three letter agencies.

I imagine the really good ones faded away like Bilbo, who understood the ring that unites them all as well as anyone I suppose, and was a genuinely nice person online as well, a supposition I have even though I only “met” him once at Talk City. That was back when “Mafiaboy” was still learning the ankle biting trade, Crab was working on his counter, and Maven was, well, being Maven, and I was sort of busy being in the same place from many different places at the same time. All in all there are thousands of people a lot better at that stuff than I ever was, and they got busted when they went over to the dark side. I was more of a hooverer of tools and such. One of the best as far as security through obscurity came out of Bell Labs in 95 or 96, which spoofed the signatures of other OS’s, and ran on ‘nixes.

I haven’t seen too much on the chippers in awhile, *(but I would expect that is one of the reasons I support the American semi conductor industry,) don’t you know?as opposed to off shoring it for the supply sided dysfunction of economics. Obviously computer security is bigger than software, as anyone who has had a BIOS upgrade blowup will attest, the average joe just cant pop the chip out and reset it anymore.

Anyway, long story short,(Puleease) I have linked up SoS quite a few times here, because he keeps up to date on that stuff, and it is a full time job (*like writing?) which I abhor. grc com is also an essential site if you run Windows, (IMHO,) and you might want to take his advice on assembler if your your a budding programmer. Everyone knows about /., and I can’t think of too many computer security related sites that in conjunction, these three sites haven’t linked up to. (*BTW all the old stuff from here and Bill’s, is still on the Google hegemony’s servers somewhere, use the cache link, and your heads.)

I did (most of this kinda stuff) eh? before, and between, uproars on the forums and this here bloggin thang, and some of the locals knew about the al whoda hack from Pakistan before the industrial Media Complex because I am a consummate log roller and saw his happy ass at work. The judge thought I was crazy. I still roll my logs, but I must regress, and digress. (and you do?)

One of things that I disliked the most about the current administration from the get go was they were such obviously bad hacks. I mean Cheney selecting Cheney? Puhleease. The President is probably, as reported, a nice guy, but Cheney is a social engineer like Condor, without the skills and ego. I hope the President ends up in the historical rankings above Buchanan, and winds up being the richest man in the world when he retires, just to reaffirm the Peter Principle of capitalism in all its’ ways. Someone has to be the person that couldn’t be kicked upstairs any more, and obtain to the topper most without the popper most.

One of the things the church of the sub boomers (like sub woofers?)hasn’t ever realized is what a big gapping hole in the culture the Beatles and the Stones made, and so after many many years they get Star Search muzak from the top down, so that muzak is competitive with the educational system in producing crap for elevators. ( Is this your idea of persuasive argument?) You folks need to keep your bottom up music kinda cool, if you know what I mean.

If not, let me explain. The system of education in America is designed to define not only what topics may be discussed, but the way those topics may be addressed and discussed. It is medieval Aristoteleanism with chicklet teeth. This produces many centers of the universe, some of whom can be moved a little to the side, but not much, and not often. It will always need an Elvis to do a Chuck Berry, because it doesn’t create, it absorbs.( Oh the philosopher.)

Self criticism is easy too, but there is all of you, and just so few of me.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Still Somewhat Amused

I have always been somewhat amused at the political overclass’s discovery and realization that some of us out here in Murica actually read, watch and listen to work of our political opposition. As per the previous Note, and so I think I addressed a previous sweeping generalization of the non journalist and non politician, even if his positions are over weighted on the airwaves. If I had wanted to be really snarky I would have asked him if he thought he or Wolf would be the first to interview themselves on television.

I have never been amused at anyone telling me what I should think or say, or how I ought to feel or about an issue either, from either side of the aisle. I can and will be persuaded and cajoled to modify my positions, or to reexamine them at least. I think The Anonymous Liberal’s statement on empirical evidence is about as accurate a statement on my liberalism as I’ve seen. Sort of like global warming, and I’ll stick with TWC meteorologists on this one, as opinions are subjective, but facts are not.

I have a lot of opinions, so I am open to a lot of persuasive arguments on positions that I don’t currently hold. If the conservatives, wish me to be persuaded to their positions then I would suggest they use that form of argument, otherwise they’re leaving themselves open to their own political trash talk returning with a left hook, as it has been my experiences to have had to have done in almost every situation I have encountered them. Maybe someday we can get away from that.

As for presidential politics, it’s way to early for me, so excuse my while I don’t pay attention to it on slow news days. Until then I’ll be doing a lot of Alt-F-S ing. I still think the Congress has a lot to say, and I kinda like eating peanuts in the gallery while they do.

I don’t mind if the watchers are watching too much either, so long as they know someone out here is watching the watchers back. Call it karma if you want, I call participatory democracy.

UD: I did a little deletion since I don’t want anyone getting paranoid, and I haven’t the time or inclination right now to go over ten year old infowar books.

Note to Glenn Beck

Some of us are watching you now, even as yous speak.

Talk about old school politics, sheesh. Nice snowflake tie.

UD: Don’t be so hard on yourself, man, I don’t even call it a “crappy little show”, and I have to blog from my mother’s basement. Obviously I have to break the laws of physics, but for you, I’ll be in two places at once.

In a quantum sort of way.

Safety -Two Points

Grorge Casey should not be confirmed by the senate to be Chief of Staff of the army. Such a confirmation will confirm to the generals and would be generals that it is OK to mislead the Congress of the United States, whitewash the situation to visitors and propagandize the American people on behalf of a political faction’s policy. What about the civilians? Right, but, I believe that soldiers are called to higher standards. Sorry. pl

I tend to listen to Col. Lang more than Sain’t McCain, although I would guess both of them have been wrong on occasion, one of them is a political panderer and the Col. isn’t.

Religious Fanatics?

Like in football and baseball fanatics, as opposed I suppose, to football and baseball extremists?

Would that make McViegh a libertarian with tude?

Just wondering.

McCain to Blame Casey for McCain & Bushco

Said Sen. McCain: “”I have very serious concerns about General Casey’s nomination. I’m concerned about failed leadership, the message that sends to the rest of the military.”

‘Failed leadership’ here, of course, is code for toeing the Bush line for the last two years and then resisting the new effort to dig the US even deeper into the mess of Iraq. In other words, Casey becomes the lamb in whose blood the sins of the Iraq War dead-enders (Bush, McCain, et al.) are washed clean.

For those of you who do not share in the linear historical religions, McCain is going to try and put all the karma off on Casey.

For those of you who don’t understand thinking on more than one level,(ie The King James Version of 1612 is the “original Bible”, Update: Dawkin, PZ, Duoay et al) then go ahead and support McCain’s position, I mean why not? Obviously being well informed is not your forte, so you aren’t reading this anyway, neener, neener, and the sun doesn’t rise and set either.

Updates in italics

Update2:Maybe this will help.

If you think I aggravate you, you ought to hear my cousins in Somerset, England when I get snarky with the Brits.

How big is your posterior superior temporal sulcus?

Inquiring minds want to know.

I’m In Too

I will be forming an exploratory committee to run for President too.

I’m not sure at this point which party I’ll file under, but I know it won’t be for the pot pie in every microwave oven party. I can’t even build a community, so party building isn’t a forte.

This I believe will put me in a unique political position, since I already put in a good word for Kucinick, Ron Paul is my Representative, and Richardson is the favorite son of New Mexico. I may be the first candidate to talk out three sides of my mouth, all the while with a mouthful of rubber chicken. Of course I’ll bring my own rubber biscuits to the show.

UD: I don’t in any way shape or form mean to disparage the other three hundred million other candidates for President, but I don’t think I can stuff more than two chickens, plucked not frozen, (what was that guy thinking?,) into my mouth and still get a word out edgewise. I’ll have to find one of those hot dog eating champs that wants to be VP.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Well,

at least it’s on the right track now.

Men Plan God Laughs archive

Friday, January 12, 2007

Once a Neoconpoop always a neoconpoop

Thanks to C-Span for running the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

It has occurred to me that it is impossible to offer an alternative plan for Iraq, since anything short of an all out embrace of the Inhoff/Lieberman/Graham position is a defeatist retreat from the Inhoff/Lieberman/Graham position of regaining control of the Senate, and therefore probably detrimental to the Iraqis, whom have been standing up since lord knows when, to walk away to who knows where with their cash on payday. This, as General Pace has noted is because after four years of your oversight the Iraqis don’t have banking system. I suppose Mr. Inhoff travels to Iraq with cash as well, although he has a record of being clueless so I would attribute that to a staffer rather than the Senator himself.

If the incompetents would offer a plan other than supporting the blue smoke and mirrors of the last four years, then they would probably be aware of those who have indeed offered other plans.

These guys are always talking patriotism, for political reasons one must presume, since what is good for America has been, and continues to be, covering up their massive failure of judgment on Iraq from the get go.

One does not, in a political tussle, relent and allow ones adversaries time to regroup and reassess unless one is also prepared to go beyond what has already been established as far as applying political pressure. I believe I can, and I will just as others can and will;

A JOINT RESOLUTION

PETITIONING CONGRESS TO COMMENCE THE INVESTIGATION OF AND IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS AGAINST PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH AND VICE PRESIDENT RICHARD B. CHENEY.

WHEREAS, George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney conspired with others to defraud the United States of America by intentionally misleading congress and the public regarding the threat from Iraq in order to justify a war in violation of Title 18 United States Code, Section 371; and.

I should at this time apologize to the Generals and their staffs for my previous remarks, since they are obviously constrained by duty to follow the orders and policy of the President. Unfortunately I am more concerned with maintaining an intact Army and Marine Corp than with the feelings of the General Staff, because I think the aforementioned Senators and the President have implemented a policy that will require it to contain the blow back.

3- The Political Action part of this plan is where the whole scheme is going to collapse. In “Bushworld” the Maliki “government,” sheltered behind American troops in the Green Zone is somehow the equivalent of George Washington’s “infant” first administration in that it is groping toward a consolidation of its power in the context of a true regard for the interests of the various peoples of Mesopotamia and Kurdistan. In “Bushworld” all that is needed is to be sufficiently encouraging and mentoring with Maliki and his ministers to “jump start” the functions of a federal state endowed with a reasonably strong central government. In “Realworld” Maliki is merely another Shia Arab activist seeking to consolidate Shia Arab control over as much of the old Iraq as can be managed. In “Realworld” Maliki can not suppress the Shia militia leaders because he is their brother, embarked on the same quest for Shia power. In “Bushworld” we have asked the Maliki government to participate with us in fighting, if necessary, (and it will be) the Mahdi Army of Moqtada al-Sadr. In “Realworld” Sadr is an ally from whom Maliki may not distance himself, because he and Sadr represent the same cause. Think not? Think about Saddam’s execution. Think about it. Who ran the execution? Who set the terms and circumstances? Was it Maliki?

I think it is more conducive to the interests of the United States to have an open debate about the way to proceed without the hyperbole and political posturing these three have displayed throughout the war. Although patriotism has been and remains the last refuge of scoundrels, it appears patriotism is the last thing these Senators are concerned about, unless they have mistaken read the word as parrotism and the saying as the first refuge to boot.

We’ll see.

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Thursday, January 11, 2007

With a Little Help From My Friends

Good writer on hard times. Check out his work, then send him a check, in lieu of a job offer which is to be preferred.

via Digsby

Thanks in advance, and now, returning to ether silence, adieu.

Did I mention BKL?

On January 5, 2007 – 11:48am BKL said:

Interesting post Mr. Clemons.

One of the more difficult strategic problems of the anti-war movement is it’s lack of a coherent leadership structure, which given the history of the anti anti-war movement of the sixties is not an altogether unexpected development.

I may have underestimated the usefulness of demonstrations as a legitimate outlet of public frustration with an unresponsive government to the will of the people.

I would encourage people to participate in these activities once again for that purpose, as a vent. I also concur with Mr. Raimondo’s post today calling for millions to descend on DC and make the life of our elites a little more unbearable.

It is not something the current generation of Americans are comfortable with due to the change in our culture from production to services, which leaves most of us inclined to blog, I suppose. Hardly as effective as unloading garbage trucks on Pennsylvania Avenue to be sure.

However I remain optimistic that the political leadership has got the message, although I am unconvinced that they will address it in a way that comports with the will and needs of the people, so much as it comports with their own need to maintain power.

I would encourage one and all to read Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience” prior to confronting the authorities on the streets, and to learn the lessons of the past prior to repeating them.

The only thing we need to fear is running out of cash for the bail outs. I’m sure it will more than pay for the plastic ties necessary to cuff those who show, if they do at all. Given the modern American proclivities the vendors ought to have a field day. After all vents need food and drinks. As I understand it, a declaration of sorts is all that is needed, to keep things cool. Maybe the Capitol Police could issue a statement in how to be properly arrested so as to avoid violence, and then be as peaceful as the perps. It beats levitating the White House.

Condi et al Discover People Iraq that may be detremental to US Forces

She failed to note that they were also gay speakers of Arabic and Farsi. ht TV

Loserman Still Wrong

But Lieberman, the self-described “Independent Democrat,” was having none of that. “The battlefield is in Baghdad and Al-Anbar, not in Washington,” Lieberman said. “We need to support the President as he goes forward.”

I’ll bet this a news flash too. via antiwar, that libertarian outpost of Tom Hayden.

I would surge 50 thousand William Kristol’s and Fredrick Kagans into Iraq, but one of either is almost to many.

I woke up this morning and I got myself a beer

Not really, I read Malachi 2. YMMV

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Come, Let Us Reason Sometime

The thing I love about the left, besides being ignored, is the innate understanding that whether one holds a loathing of religion/s general or specific, and the seven sisters is as obvious as the the migration of modern man in our times, and that obviously from the first valley the kids have been going over the next hill and it was inevitable that they should meet in the middle at some point. They are foremost Earthlings and citizens of the World. The religion common to me, is based on the tenant that we all are of an original source, love, and that we are all descended from Noah. Yo cuz. I to am an Earthling and citizen of the world, so no prob.

Every American today is acutely aware of the situation, and waiting to hear hear hears and jeers for the most recent most important speech ever given by a President, following in a two hundred and odd year tradition, young, next to stills and breweries. Crosby and Nash came along with the pun a lot later.

We each, I believe, have a duty to achieve our own understanding of the situation that we, as Americans are responsible for, if not to each other then to world. We must in this instance consider not only what is in our own best interests, but the worlds. We are inextricably intertwined in ways to the world today that my father’s generation was to Western Europe. There isn’t an isolationist left, unless the reference is leftist that take libertarian arguments as seriously as rightists arguments because we wish them to take ours seriously as well.

We are all Americans, and we were not born to forced. 911 changed everything but the mindset of the administration. Sometimes, you just have to do the right thing from now. What’s good for America really is good for the world * and vis a versa.

Good luck, and good day. * flash post by bad editing.

Shameless self promotion below the song. There’s your rubber biscuit.

Pitiful Word Choice Mr. Ledeen

NRO’s Ledeen: We’re losing Iraq because our troops are lazy

Note that an increase in embeds doesn’t necessarily require an increase in overall troop strength. We’ve got lots of soldiers sitting on megabases all over Iraq. They should be out and about, some of them embedded, others just moving around, tracking the terrorists, hunting them down. I don’t know how many guys and gals are sitting in air-conditioned quarters and drinking designer coffee, but it’s a substantial number. Enough of that.

You and PJ ought to start writing speeches for the President. There is nothing wrong with the troops sir. We have Generals that haven’t won a war since 1945,( my bad General Swarzkoph, (Stormin Norman – Google, duh,)) but The troops have won nearly every battle they have been tasked to do. You’re lucky your not John Kerry or Max Cleland.

Be Here Now

The Occupation Project

On February 5, 2003, Secretary of State Colin Powell delivered his infamous speech to the United Nations in which he set forth the deceptions about Iraq’s alleged weapons of mass destruction program. At the conclusion of his speech, no doubt remained: the U.S. invasion of Iraq was imminent.

On February 5, 2007, the Occupation Project will launch a campaign of sustained nonviolent civil disobedience focused upon Representatives and Senators who refuse to publicly pledge to vote against any additional funding for the Iraq war. The campaign will continue at least through the start of April. Let there be no doubt that the antiwar movement will use all means of nonviolence to end our country’s war in and occupation of Iraq.

Civil Disobedience
by Henry David Thoreau – 1849

Free Leonard Peltier

When the Truth Doesn’t Matter

“Much of the government’s behavior at the Pine Ridge Reservation and in its prosecution of Mr. Peltier is to be condemned. The government withheld evidence. It intimidated witnesses. These facts are not disputed.”

U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals

So when did America ever stand Truth, Justice and the American Way?

Update: I know this case rubs a lot of people on and off the reservation the wrong way, but a man deserves a trail in which the case is proved beyond a reasonable doubt. Personally I’d just as soon I and we didn’t interfere in the Native Americans business period.

Innovate don’t Imitate

As the President goes on TV to thwart the will of the people it may behoove one and all, not on the Faux Fringe, to not imitate them. Anyone can be repulsive, and immaturity is not a thing to emulate, unless you just have to be a David Horowitz. In which case see: Faux Fringe.

Just So There is No Misunderstanding of the Tune

Agreed. and much more.

CAMPAIGNER

I am a lonely visitor.
I came too late to cause a stir,
Though I campaigned all my life towards that goal.
I hardly slept the night you wept
Our secret’s safe and still well kept
Where even Richard Nixon has got soul.
Even Richard Nixon has got
Soul.

Traffic cops are all color blind.
People steal from their own kind.
Evening comes to early for a stroll.
Down neon streets the streaker streaks.
The speaker speaks, but the truth still leaks,
Where even Richard Nixon has got soul.
Even Richard Nixon has got it,
Soul.

The podium rocks in the crowded waves.
The speaker talks of the beautiful saves
That went down long before he played this role
For the hotel queens and the magazines,
Test tube genes and slot machines
Where even Richard Nixon got soul.
Even Richard Nixon has got it,
Soul.

Hospitals have made him cry,
But there’s always a free way in his eye,
Though his beach just got to crowded for his stroll.
Roads stretch out like healthy veins,
And wild gift horses strain the reins,
Where even Richard Nixon has got soul.
Even Richard Nixon has got
Soul.

I am a lonely visitor.
I came too late to cause a stir,
Though I campaigned all my life towards that goal.

Words and Tunesmithing by Neil Young

Updates 1 & 2 : Have you ever done the words to Willie’s Pancho and Lefty tune? Good night. See you tomorrow, God willing.

Oh yeah, this notes for you Sean.

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

So you don’t freek out

Second NORK Nuclear Test?

But, first, my favorite Clinton-era Defense Department joke:

Q. What would you do if the North Koreans tested a nuclear weapon?

A. Tell them to test the other one

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The rest of the post is interesting too. Maybe we can surge out of SK too.

Blogger being Bloggered Solved by TBogg – Sort of

Well in the comments really, but TBogg does this kind of thing all the time.

Just about every site I visit has crashed today.

He needs to talk to Condi about these things

Santorum Gets A New Job As Director Of “America’s Enemies Program” For The Ethics And Public Policy Center…

Joe Klein, Wanker Extrodinaire

Since blogger(old) is bloggered, and Atrios is unavailable.

This morning he had a link to an article by Klein, about Klein for Klein, wherein Mr Klein noticed his article about Al Gore was opposition to the war, if you really stretch the historical context of the article. Sorry Joe, the annual award has gone out, but you are still Time Magazines “You”.

Worst Blog On The Net 1-06_08-07 archive

Monday, January 8, 2007

Alternate Plan B

As Josh has pointed out, Wednesday, the President is going to come on TV to ask the American public to trust him;

But going back now some four years, who can point to even a single Bush administration decision in Iraq, either strategic or tactical, that didn’t turn out to be either a bad idea or a complete disaster? Anything? One good call?

and I suppose that at some point cows jumping over the moon will be worked into a NASA PNAC line so as to maintain a consistency with the military option he is contemplating.

I also ought to apologize to all the left of blogistan because, having read what Atrios has been saying for the last two years about Bush leaving Iraq, (no link, you go scroll through the archive,) the President is going to go on TV and announce that he ain’t leaving Iraq. What a news flash.

Like he had another option. Without a way to withdraw and not look bad, escalation was a no brainer, unless you just don’t understand the President. Obviously most of you do not.

I am going to hear the man out on Wednesday and see if I can help provide him a way out of his jam. The rest of you can elect cookie cutter Democrats and Republicans if wish, and hope that it will help end the war, and I will wish you the best of luck in the endeavor. But I intend to help end the war and remove it’s root cause, the military industrial complex. Like the man said, politics is knowing when to pull the trigger. I don’t think most of you even see the target.

The First Annual Enema of the State Award

That stuff gets old doesn’t it? I suppose you go into politics with the political culture you have, not the political culture you want. Of course that is presumably is the reason you go into politics, to change things. Somebody started the good old days as well.

Watch me steal the circus
watch me steal the show
cause there ain’t no easy money
and there ain’t no easy road.

Wishbone Ash’s first I believe, has it correctly.

Enterprise to Earth

Hailing Frequencies are open Captain!

What Atrios Says

I use naughty words in my daily life. I know few people who don’t. I’ve been in few situations when the doors were closed when people don’t use foul language, and that includes pundits, journalists, members of Congress, and, as we know, the Vice President.

I blame it on the Brits, after all, if it hadn’t been for their Anglo Saxon contribution to English we would all call Bovine Scatology Bovine Scatology which would be more pleasing to the French hating, Latin preferring, elites.

DHS Privacy Office Report on MATRIX

The report is short, and very critical of the program’s inattention to privacy and lack of transparency. That’s probably it was released to the public just before Christmas, burying it in the media.

from: Schneier on Security

He has a link to the pdf

Genralismo Keane on ABC

It will take until next election cycle to secure the Iraq.

Kucinich for President

via Antiwar

“The Administration does not have to pay any attention to Congress’ attempt to guide the administrative conduct of the war. Once Congress gave its consent for military action, it literally did not have the authority to guide the conduct of the war. At this point, the only option Congress has to guide the conduct of the war is to withdraw approval for the war through a cut off of funds. Even a substantial reduction of funds could leave open the door for a legal claim that Congress still intends to keep troops in Iraq. The Administration can rummage through the DOD budget and find money to keep its desired troop levels. Unless the Congress totally cuts off funds, it leaves itself open to an imposition of Presidential will through the Food and Forage Act of 1861 which gives the president the authority to directly spend money for troops in the field absent a congressional appropriation.”

He probably has a pretty well developed farm policy too.

Sunday, January 7, 2007

Disney Sockos Spocko

via Blognonymous

From Libby @ The Impolitic we hear about the troubles that Spocko’s Brain, a great blog that I really should read more often, is having with KSFO, Disney, and 1&1 Internet.

For those of you that haven’t been keeping up, here’s the skinny. KSFO, a San Francosco talk-radio affiliate of ABC, has some of the most offensive on-air personalities in the Bay Area–a little like Limbaugh only half as articulate and twice as offensive. Well Spocko got pissed and tried to do something about it. He ripped MP3’s of a few particularly noxious KSFO programs, posted them to Spocko’s Brain, and then called up some KSFO advertisers–companies that include Netflix, Mastercard, and Bank of America–to inquire if the station’s programming reflected their corporate values. And guess what? A bunch of those same advertisers abandoned KSFO.

But the story doesn’t end there. In steps Disney/ABC, only after the advertisers have already left, to take out their frustrations on Spocko. They file a cease and desist order, insisting that the recording be removed as a violation of their copyright, and when Spocko refuses, muscle his Internet service provider, 1&1, to pull the plug on Spocko’s Brain which 1&1 does.

Here’s the link Disney not Mickey Mousing around with Spocko

TRex has covered this Janes, so I’m late to the party. Spockos post is here.

The language gets pretty rough so YMMV on sympathy, but no one wants that anyway.

Live Blogging CSPAN-2

PJ O’Rourke is on right now, and for us older(?) guys it’s a real treat. It is impossible for me to get a phone right now, but I would tell him if I could that although I disagree with a lot of his positions and assertions, I am honored to have passed through life at the same time as he, and many other radicals of the sixties.*

I would have asked how a guy who doesn’t have a computer or use one has a website and knows about the blogs.

Anyway thanks PJ.

Update: *PJ also wrote “Trash the State” (update to this… from the jacket cover of “Age and Guile…” and so you know I have the book, pg 303 “Republicans are cheaper. We leave you alone. And when Republicans pull some sleazy thing like Whitewater at least it works. You didn’t see Michael Miliken going to jail for not selling junk bonds.”

It is interesting how I almost put him into the same mental compartmentalization as Tom Hayden, Abbie Hoffman, Justin Raimondo etc. I have never met any of them, but they were the voices of a generation that those of coming up behind listened to. One of the things we forget is how big the tent was then, when the only exclusion was being over thirty and such. I am not their age so I am sure that they see it quite differently than I do, which is one of the unintended consequences of their work I suppose, that all these disparate voices could somehow present so many divergent views that would be synthesized into my own, hopefully, unique voice.

I would think that all these people are less surprised by Jerry Rubin and David Horowitz than I am, but in the formative years the distinctions are neither looked for or noted. Wavy Gravy was right in 1967 about his gig, which probably applies as equally as well to what PJ et al were doing as well.

The point I suppose is that the other side comes from the same egg, and they are just as legitimate a voice as any other. Once and awhile you have to stop and listen to them.

Anyway I lost the phone to one teenager and the TV to another so the live blogging is over. We wouldn’t want it any other way I suppose either.

Hirabah – It’s not Just for Pat Robertson

Bridging the Religious Divide

And those other blogs think they’re bad going into LGF comments.

OK, From the Top, Yet Again.

In February we can read Martin van Creveld’s new book and learn what happened and why in Iraq: The Changing Face of War: Lessons of Combat, from the Marne to Iraq. 4/ Until then, defeat can serve to describe the War’s result as well as any other label. We have paid much and achieved nothing in Iraq that any rational person considers of value.

Huh???

Update: the above is from a four part series, of which the above is from part 2. I would hope one and all would avail themselves of the links and works of the diverse authors at the site so as to at least have an intelligent, a) understanding of the reality of the situation and b)debate about the issue not filtered through MSM and political hacks.

Bad POGO Bad POGO

Need I say more? Bad POGO

The Downside of Tamiflu Abuse

Bird flu drug carries a lethal threat

Obviously, no one is going to suggest peeing on the wall. We are after all, a civilized society.

Negroponte, the peoples friend?

Sale on Negroponte Move

“Contrary to the bland stories in The New York Times and Washington Post of Friday, Negroponte did not go voluntarily to State from his job as director of intelligence. In fact, there was tremendous administration pressure to get him out of his current job. The chief cause of the quarrel involved Negroponte’s balking at at request from Vice President Cheney to increase domestic collection by the National Security Agency on U.S. citizens.

This is post from Richard Sale at Mr. Lang’s blog.

The only purpose would be surveillances of domestic political activities, which has also been circumvented by those who are interested in harming US interests. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to go analog in a digital age.

There will be an outcome in Iraq

That is the only factual statement that can be said about the situation in Iraq.

THERE ARE NO PREDETERMINED OUTCOMES OF A WAR.( heads up to using tactical nukes on Iran)

I could write all day long about policies to come and policies to go and it will not change the above statement. All the talking heads in the world don’t know what will happen, so I would presume that they are positioning themselves for political oneupmanship when the President,

1. Announces a policy
2. Implements a policy
3. The results of the policy are known.

So far there is only yak yak about 3.

IMHO opinion the debate needs to re framed as success or failure. A successful policy would be one wherein the initial efforts produce results that allow for an adjustment of the original policy to meet the needs on the ground of the original policy.

The only way that will occur is if the political elites knock off the BS about poor me America, and start thinking of the Iraqi people as their own voiceless constituents. (like DC,) and do what is best for them. The only thing not changed by the election is American hubris.

Quit worrying about yourselves.

(fixed expletive deleted.)

Sunday Morning Comin’ Down

My Bible reading today was the first chapter of Malachi, which really brings home the point of acceptable sacrifices to God.

Having run off Atrios at this point, I would only note that the blogosphere has gone into an “Eat the Blogs” mode as the MSM, I suppose, fails to generate the needed grist for the mills. bad MSM bad MSM.

Anyway it is being reported in my head that all is well, and I will provide links at some point, which will of course be of a less temporal sort than others have trained you up to expect.

Saturday, January 6, 2007

This could be the Port Huron Statement

Why No One Likes Ike Anymore

Military-Industrial Complex Speech, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961

Public Papers of the Presidents, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1960, p. 1035- 1040

My fellow Americans:

Three days from now, after half a century in the service of our country, I shall lay down the responsibilities of office as, in traditional and solemn ceremony, the authority of the Presidency is vested in my successor.

This evening I come to you with a message of leave-taking and farewell, and to share a few final thoughts with you, my countrymen.

Like every other citizen, I wish the new President, and all who will labor with him, Godspeed. I pray that the coming years will be blessed with peace and prosperity for all.

Our people expect their President and the Congress to find essential agreement on issues of great moment, the wise resolution of which will better shape the future of the Nation.

My own relations with the Congress, which began on a remote and tenuous basis when, long ago, a member of the Senate appointed me to West Point, have since ranged to the intimate during the war and immediate post-war period, and, finally, to the mutually interdependent during these past eight years.

In this final relationship, the Congress and the Administration have, on most vital issues, cooperated well, to serve the national good rather than mere partisanship, and so have assured that the business of the Nation should go forward. So, my official relationship with the Congress ends in a feeling, on my part, of gratitude that we have been able to do so much together.

II.

We now stand ten years past the midpoint of a century that has witnessed four major wars among great nations. Three of these involved our own country. Despite these holocausts America is today the strongest, the most influential and most productive nation in the world. Understandably proud of this pre-eminence, we yet realize that America’s leadership and prestige depend, not merely upon our unmatched material progress, riches and military strength, but on how we use our power in the interests of world peace and human betterment.

III.

Throughout America’s adventure in free government, our basic purposes have been to keep the peace; to foster progress in human achievement, and to enhance liberty, dignity and integrity among people and among nations. To strive for less would be unworthy of a free and religious people. Any failure traceable to arrogance, or our lack of comprehension or readiness to sacrifice would inflict upon us grievous hurt both at home and abroad.

Progress toward these noble goals is persistently threatened by the conflict now engulfing the world. It commands our whole attention, absorbs our very beings. We face a hostile ideology — global in scope, atheistic in character, ruthless in purpose, and insidious in method. Unhappily the danger is poses promises to be of indefinite duration. To meet it successfully, there is called for, not so much the emotional and transitory sacrifices of crisis, but rather those which enable us to carry forward steadily, surely, and without complaint the burdens of a prolonged and complex struggle — with liberty the stake. Only thus shall we remain, despite every provocation, on our charted course toward permanent peace and human betterment.

Crises there will continue to be. In meeting them, whether foreign or domestic, great or small, there is a recurring temptation to feel that some spectacular and costly action could become the miraculous solution to all current difficulties. A huge increase in newer elements of our defense; development of unrealistic programs to cure every ill in agriculture; a dramatic expansion in basic and applied research — these and many other possibilities, each possibly promising in itself, may be suggested as the only way to the road we wish to travel.

But each proposal must be weighed in the light of a broader consideration: the need to maintain balance in and among national programs — balance between the private and the public economy, balance between cost and hoped for advantage — balance between the clearly necessary and the comfortably desirable; balance between our essential requirements as a nation and the duties imposed by the nation upon the individual; balance between actions of the moment and the national welfare of the future. Good judgment seeks balance and progress; lack of it eventually finds imbalance and frustration.

The record of many decades stands as proof that our people and their government have, in the main, understood these truths and have responded to them well, in the face of stress and threat. But threats, new in kind or degree, constantly arise. I mention two only.

IV.

A vital element in keeping the peace is our military establishment. Our arms must be mighty, ready for instant action, so that no potential aggressor may be tempted to risk his own destruction.

Our military organization today bears little relation to that known by any of my predecessors in peacetime, or indeed by the fighting men of World War II or Korea.

Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But now we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United States corporations.

This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the militaryindustrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades.

In this revolution, research has become central; it also becomes more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government.

Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers.

The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present

* and is gravely to be regarded.

Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientifictechnological elite.

It is the task of statesmanship to mold, to balance, and to integrate these and other forces, new and old, within the principles of our democratic system — ever aiming toward the supreme goals of our free society.

V.

Another factor in maintaining balance involves the element of time. As we peer into society’s future, we — you and I, and our government — must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering, for our own ease and convenience, the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.

VI.

Down the long lane of the history yet to be written America knows that this world of ours, ever growing smaller, must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.

Such a confederation must be one of equals. The weakest must come to the conference table with the same confidence as do we, protected as we are by our moral, economic, and military strength. That table, though scarred by many past frustrations, cannot be abandoned for the certain agony of the battlefield.

Disarmament, with mutual honor and confidence, is a continuing imperative. Together we must learn how to compose differences, not with arms, but with intellect and decent purpose. Because this need is so sharp and apparent I confess that I lay down my official responsibilities in this field with a definite sense of disappointment. As one who has witnessed the horror and the lingering sadness of war — as one who knows that another war could utterly destroy this civilization which has been so slowly and painfully built over thousands of years — I wish I could say tonight that a lasting peace is in sight.

Happily, I can say that war has been avoided. Steady progress toward our ultimate goal has been made. But, so much remains to be done. As a private citizen, I shall never cease to do what little I can to help the world advance along that road.

VII.

So — in this my last good night to you as your President — I thank you for the many opportunities you have given me for public service in war and peace. I trust that in that service you find some things worthy; as for the rest of it, I know you will find ways to improve performance in the future.

You and I — my fellow citizens — need to be strong in our faith that all nations, under God, will reach the goal of peace with justice. May we be ever unswerving in devotion to principle, confident but humble with power, diligent in pursuit of the Nation’s great goals.

To all the peoples of the world, I once more give expression to America’s prayerful and continuing aspiration:

We pray that peoples of all faiths, all races, all nations, may have their great human needs satisfied; that those now denied opportunity shall come to enjoy it to the full; that all who yearn for freedom may experience its spiritual blessings; that those who have freedom will understand, also, its heavy responsibilities; that all who are insensitive to the needs of others will learn charity; that the scourges of poverty, disease and ignorance will be made to disappear from the earth, and that, in the goodness of time, all peoples will come to live together in a peace guaranteed by the binding force of mutual respect and love.

What’s the frequency Kenneth?

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