Friday, June 18, 2004
DAILY 7: MCCAIN SUPPORTS BUSH; KURDS WANT CHEMICAL ALI; HUGH HEWITT ON SLY BLOGS; JOHN KERRY & RELIGION; AL QAEDA & IRAQ; MARK STEYN; CHICAGO CUBS
Bush gets support from Kerry's first choice for V.P.
MCCAIN APPEARS WITH BUSH; THEY SPEAK TO TROOPS AT FORT LEWIS
McCain, a popular Republican senator who rejected calls to join Kerry's campaign on a unity ticket, praised Bush's efforts in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. "You will not yield," McCain told the troops, "and neither will he." Bush, in turn, praised McCain's work in the Senate and as a Navy pilot. "It is a privilege to be introduced to the men in uniform by a man who brought credit to the uniform," Bush said.
KURDISH TOWN WANTS TO TRY 'CHEMICAL ALI'
Some 5,000 people - more than half of them children - were doomed to die in Halabja on that warm Wednesday morning on March 16, 1988. On that day, Saddam Hussein's air force was nothing if not thorough. The chemical attack on Halabja, which stands as one of the great horrors in modern warfare, was a principal reason the U.S. administration cited for going to war in Iraq. The massacre is sure to be one of the charges the former dictator will face when he comes before the Iraqi Special Tribunal.
HUGH HEWITT: BLACK BLOG OPS Blogs are popular and influential, but could they be used for political dirty tricks? Or worse?
Similarly, the inevitable backstab blog has to be on some political consultant's mind. Get it started and growing as a pro candidate X blog. Build an audience via tried and true techniques --including the purchase of blog-ads-- and then, late in a campaign, have the blog turn on candidate X. If any of the high profile lefties at work today--the Daily Kos or Atrios, for example--were to suddenly turn on Kerry, citing implausibility fatigue, for example--that would be news and a blow to Kerry. Could Kos really be working for Rove? The costs of starting a blog are so low that the mischief potential is quite high.
LOSING HIS RELIGION: KERRY ADVISERS TELL HIM TO "KEEP COOL" ON RELIGION
The Rev. Robert Drinan, a Jesuit priest who served in Congress during the 1970s, says he has advised the campaign to clamp down on religious rhetoric and "keep cool on the Communion thing" after four Catholic bishops either barred Mr. Kerry by name from taking Communion in their dioceses or said pro-choice Catholics should be denied the sacrament.
JOEL MOWBRAY: OSAMA-SADDAM & THE NEW YORK TIMES
The lead of the Times' Page One story reads like a John Kerry press release: "The staff of the commission investigating the 9/11 attacks sharply contradicted one of President Bush's central justifications for the Iraq war, reporting on Wednesday that there did not appear to have been a 'collaborative relationship' between Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein." What the Times neglected to mention was that the commission wrote that bin Laden personally had met with a senior Iraqi intelligence officer in Sudan in 1994. Hardly an insignificant detail, particularly when it's all in the same paragraph of the commission report. The Washington Post was only slightly better: Its lead sentence announced that the report's single paragraph on Iraq "challeng[ed] one of the Bush administration's main justifications for the war in Iraq." Except that, as already noted, Bush didn't use Saddam's role in 9/11 as a "justification" for the war. What Bush did do was, correctly, argue that Saddam's ongoing contacts with al Qaeda posed an unacceptable threat.
MARK STEYN: THE HAPPY WARRIOR REAGAN WON THE COLD WAR
I can pinpoint the exact moment I knew the jig was up. It wasn't Reykjavik or the fall of the Wall. It was when Gennadi Gerasimov, spokesman for President Gorbachev, appeared on TV and, seeking to explain the Soviet Union's loosened grip on its Eastern European satellites, inaugurated an all-new Warsaw Pact: "The Brezhnev Doctrine is dead," he declared. "We now have the Sinatra Doctrine: You do it your way."
CHICAGO CUBS: THE CUBBIES FIRST FOUR-GAME SWEEP OF THE HOUSTON ASTROS SINCE 1967
UPDATE: For more interesting discussion on these topics, see... Inoperable Terran on Mark Steyn, The Corner, Cassandra on Joel Mowbray, Grouchy Old Cripple and Betsy Newmark on Kerry's religion, Political Wire, Roger Simon, and Pedrof disuss Hugh Hewitt. But, Joe Carter has an extensive and quality-driven piece based on what Hugh Hewitt had to say.