The Washington Post reports on Saddam Hussein's revelation shortly before his execution that he intimated that he possessed weapons of mass destruction as a show of bravado against possible attack from Iran. Moreover, Hussein made clear his distaste for Osama bin Laden and the al-Qaeda terrorist organization, referring to bin Laden as a "zealot." This, despite the pretexts we were offered for invasion of Iraq:
Former president George W. Bush ordered the invasion of Iraq six years ago on the grounds that Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction and posed a threat to international security. Administration officials at the time also strongly suggested Iraq had significant links to al-Qaeda, which carried out the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.
Perhaps most interesting, however, is the story's conclusion:
When [the interviewer] noted that there were reasons why Hussein and al-Qaeda should have cooperated -- they had the same enemies in the United States and Saudi Arabia -- Hussein replied that the United States was not Iraq's enemy, and that he simply opposed its policies.
50,000 Hondurans rally in support of their government's actions.
Many people have failed to realize the importance of the events of the last few days and only the Wall Street Journal has managed to get it right. To be clear on the facts (in brief):
Manuel Zelaya was elected as a center-right candidate of the Liberal Party of Honduras. He immediately renounced his campaign and aligned himself with Hugo Chavez's Bolivarian Revolution.
He spent most of the last three years organizing a populist "democratic" uprising among the poor in hopes of using direct action to overcome Constitutional impediments to extending his power.
This culminated with calling a referendum vote (direct democracy) to ask if he could rewrite the Constitution (now that he's organized the underclass) to usher in a socialist utopia with him as president for life. This is the exact strategy, using democracy to subvert democracy, which was developed by Chavez and used to great effect in Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador.
The Honduran Constitution has eight provisions which are duradero: they cannot be amended, removed or changed in any way. All are designed to preserve rights and prevent dictators. One duradera disposición restricts all presidents to a single, four-year term.
The Supreme Court ruled the referendum illegal. Zelaya pushed forward and ordered the military to provide logistics for the vote. They refused and Zelaya fired the chief of the armed forces. The Supreme Court ordered him re-instated and reaffirmed their earlier decision. Zelaya decided to run the poll himself with ballots and boxes flown in on Venezuelan military planes. The Supreme Court ordered the military to confiscate the materials. Zelaya led a mob to the base and re-acquired them.
The Supreme Court then ruled that Zelaya was committing "acts of treason against the Constitution" and, acting with their Constitutional authority, they ordered the military to terminate Zelaya's presidency with a legal succession to follow.
The military complied and the congress, dominated by Zelaya's party, voted 104-4 to affirm the court's decision and the Speaker of the Senate, Roberto Micheletti, became, by order of succession, the new president.
Tomorrow I'll look at the response of the Obama administration, foreign governments, and the media and ask the question, "Why should I care?" Hint: You should.
NC Republican Congressman Walter Jones has been, more or less, left off the table for discussion amongst fellow Republicans in the country; however, why has the liberty movement not rallied behind the message of non-interventionism portrayed by good ol' "Freedom Fries" Jones? He is, truly, amongst the most staunch opponents of foreign war and the r3VOLution could certainly use another Republican on our side on this issue of not only economic importance, but also of pure intrinsic human value.
In a recent interview with Adam Kokesh, Congressman Jones talks about his transformation from voting for the Iraq war, to voting against every piece of war-funding legislation since.
Your work, Congressman Jones, will no longer go unnoticed.
Judge Andrew Napolitano's show "Freedom Watch" had it's 19th episode yesterday! As usual, the guest lineup was great. Guests included Congressman Ron Paul, Peter Schiff, Dr. Yaron Brook, Lew Rockwell, Thomas Woods, Mike German, and John Poppas. Do you enjoy Freedom Watch? Email email@example.com to get the show on TV!
Or we could just switch our emphasis from Iraq to Afghanistan, and then maybe to North Korea, Pakistan, or Iran, depending on which one acts up the most. Novelty is always appealing. So this sounds like a plan, right?
The @TAC blog links today to a New York Timesarticle on Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's recent speech which he declared his support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. So far, so good, right?
Well, kind of.
In his article for the Daily Times, Brian Cloughley argues that the sanctions the US uses to try to put an end to nuclear ambitions of “rogue” nations succeeds only in punishing the already destitute civilian population of the targeted country. Meanwhile, the leaders of those countries continue to ride high with lifestyles MTV Cribs should consider for their next episode:
[Sanctions] penalise the poor, and not their leaders.
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President Obama's new focus on Afghanistan promises to keep American involvement in that country going for a long time, reports AntiWar.com.
As the small and poor communist nation continues to make its way toward developing a nuclear arsenal, State Department nominees and officials have clearly stated their absolute intolerance of such a situation:
Speaking at his Senate confirmation hearing Kurt Campbell, the administration’s nominee for Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian affairs, declared that if confirmed he would “make