North Korea, ignoring the threats from the USA, fired a variety of troublesome missiles on the 4th of July setting off more fireworks than the on again, off again, space shuttle Discovery; and a lot less than the rockets-red-glare in American backyards. Kim Jong IL had a temper tantrum because Iran was getting all the appeasing attention and THEY don't even have the BOMB (yet). (ROTF) Look at me!!
Let's take that look..shall we? The N.Korean's most advanced missile capable of delivering a nuclear payload to the USA, the Taepodong-2 was airborne for about 35 seconds and then blew up..it was a dud. Seeing the best N.Korea can do should be a relief and suggest this conclusion...it'll be awhile before N.Korea is an imminent threat..if ever.
IL is an erratic egomaniac that starves his own people in order to build up his Military Force and Nuclear deterrence and fails at both? Millions starve to death every year. His long range missiles plunge into the Sea of Japan. Will his people support him? Will his soldiers fight for HIM? I wonder?
Supremes Close Gitmo
Another example of the dimwitted media reporters was the breathless announcement of the Supreme Court decision, Hamdan v. Rumsfeld/USA. At first we heard loud and clear that SCOTUS reigned in Bush & his Executive Power (Slam Dunk?) & Bush's War policies were repudiated by SCOTUS signaling the end of Gitmo. All wrong. Watching the gleeful hysteria as the talking air heads delivered what they thought was Bad News for GW Bush made me recall my daddy's wise words: "Empty tin cans make the most noise."
What the Decision did not do: Gitmo can remain open until the end of hostilities. Inmates can be held at Gitmo without any trial of any kind..indefinitely. If Bush chooses to use Military Tribunals, tweaked or the same as they are, he can go to Congress and have revised legislation enacted.
The decision doesn't change anything the President, acting as Commander in Chief in time of War, has been doing all along. Justice Scalia's dissent focuses on Jurisdiction...The three Conservative Justices agreed that they never should've taken the case..Roberts had recused himself because he had the Hamdan case in Appeals Ct. and sided with the government.
Once the correct interpretation of the Decision sunk in, the media went silent (as usual) and sniffed around for something more damaging to the Administration.
Senator Joe Lieberman has a primary challenge instigated by the anti-war radicals in the Dem Party. The disloyalty act was joined by Gore and Hillary who both said they'd support who ever wins the CT Primary...tepid support for a man who was almost VP to one and gave moral legitimacy to the other.
Liberals have stacked the deck against Lieberman by running the well funded millionaire Ned Lamont and unleashing rabbid Internet Bloggers who are not so nuanced about their rejection of Lieberman's pro-Iraq stance. Although Lamont is running a distant second, Lieberman has started collecting signatures in case he has to run as an Independent.
Dems can't be so stupid as to drive a Statesman like Joe Lieberman out of the Democratic Party...especially for standing up for what he believes in...trying to persuade the anti-war types that part of their obsession with manufactured diversity is accepting different views within the Party...Atleast welcome a few token hawks and pro-lifers..maybe even a few Evangelicals? Democrats can't all be Liberals, can they?