“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Khatami coming to America where Nothing is Real

and nothing to get hung about. What is this? The Strawberry fields? Too many Chesterfields? Are we living in an alternate or parallel reality?

Tiger at Observanda says:
"Khatami is allowed in the country by Condi Rice and George Bush and We are Supposed to Believe We're Fighting A WAR? Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be here soon. APPARENTLY, WE ARE NOT FIGHTING A WAR ON TERROR - WE ARE ENGAGED IN A "PC ACTION". He says You think those other two (Khatami and Ahmadinejad) are the problem? Iran is run by a religious Cleric, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei," who he identifies as the "Head of the Snake."

Tiger is an old Airborne man. He understands that Islamofascists want to kill us. In his world, when you get too bellicose and threatening he won't allow you get too close and if you somehow manage to cold-cock or ambush him, "dialogue" can only happen much, much later. Long after the proverbial "can" has been opened.

I'm guessing he never had anger management classes.


  1. Hello whit, thanks for stepping up. I am hoping some of the others wish to join the team of posters.As you know it is a different feeling to initiate the post. Glad to see teresita joined us. She has some tough bark on her and we all respect that. I just got of the French TGV train from Paris in Montpellier France. Serious jet lag but I am going to take a stroll and visit some art galleries.

    Au revoir.

  2. Today WJS On the Editorial Page BY PAUL A. GIGOT clearly states that Bush personally signed off the Khatami visit. Interesting.

    Does anybody know why comments are disabled at BC?

  3. Thanks Whit for some great material this morning.

  4. Only the Shadow knows.

    It just ain't a War we are engaged in. Said so over a year ago, Mr Bush's actions continue to confirm it.

    Was visting with Colonel Happerset yesterday when some Army Rangers stopped by to see him. These old line Army officers were of a mind.
    Time to leave Iraq to Iraqis, they said.
    Only the Iraqi would be willing to kill other Iraqi in the numbers required, to end what they called a "Civil War".
    They used Saddam as an example of the type of "Ruler" the Iraqi will require, for stability and security.

  5. Luc, 10:01:43 AM - It was that scathing critique and repetition of my foul language last week.
    Could happen here too, so watch your step.
    Whit don't want Teresita to get her ears singed.
    Fragile Flower.

  6. Habu,
    Yeah, but if you graduate from there, at least your family knows they have a good chance of dying if it ever comes to a choice between a terrorists well-being and their lives.
    The lack of response to Rufus and I on that one is deafening.

  7. Luc--good link to a great Gigot article. Wrote a comment on it, which they posted.

  8. The next comment is a sure winner, Bud!
    Rove must be writing up plans for it as we speak!

  9. The State Department is embarrassed and CAIR is not pleased.

    A Side of Court Summons With Your Halal Entrée

    Families Of Kidnapped Persian Jews Sue Khatami In US Court

    “On Friday evening copies of the complaint and summons were served on Khatami at a reception in Arlington, Virginia hosted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations.”

    “The Plaintiffs allege that Khatami has singled out the Jewish community and authorized the policy of secretly imprisoning the Jews indefinitely.”

    “Over the years, the Jewish families have received reports from other former prisoners and guards that the missing Jews are alive and being held in different prisons.”

    "’It is shocking that the State Department would grant this anti-Semitic criminal a travel visa instead of joining with the families in the struggle to bring him to justice.’”

    Oh, and President George W. Bush personally signed off on Khatami’s travel visa.

    Speaking of the administration’s sense of priorities and sensitivity:

    Huge Shipment of Hatred Headed for U.S.

    “15,000 young peaceful religionists raised on the most virulently anti-infidel form of Islam are about to be sent to our universities by the Saudi government.”

    “Thousands of students from Saudi Arabia are enrolling on college campuses across the United States this semester under a new educational exchange program brokered by President Bush and Saudi King Abdullah.”

    “The U.S. State Department sees the exchange as a way to build ties with future Saudi leaders and young scholars…”

    “Meanwhile back in Muhammadland, there's still a bit to worry about regarding the curriculum that these kids are graduating from. ‘Saudi schoolbooks still in dispute five years after 9/11.’”

  10. Last night, my wife watched the HBO production “Baghdad ER.” I did not join her. Purely by chance, the death of a life-long family friend was covered. On the eve of 911, I am reminded why we fight and a letter written for publication:

    “On 6 June 2005, the sixty-first anniversary of D-Day, Brian died while serving his country.

    “Today, my wife is taking Brian home. She promised his family that she would keep an eye on their boy. Over the months, she and Brian kept up a steady stream of e-mail. She would ask about his condition and he would ask her to take care of his injured first sergeant when he arrived at LRMC. Two days before his death, they corresponded. She asked if he or his pals needed anything. He said no, all was well, but he was really looking forward to R&R.

    “Today, she met him on the tarmac at Ramstein. As promised, she will do her best to take care of Brian. She will see him home.

    “He was a beautiful boy: proud, well mannered, optimistic, and (as is the wont of twenty year old young men) full of himself. I mean no disrespect to his valor; I speak as an old man saddened by the loss of one so young.

    “I have one question: When will we honor him, and all those killed and wounded in Iraq, with victory? As we honor those who made victory in Europe possible on that blustery day sixty-one years ago, can we do less for Brian? Another Illinoisan spoke for Brian and all those who have and will make the supreme sacrifice: ‘It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us-that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion-that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain-that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom-and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.’”