Let us not take our eye off the 800 lb nuclear elephant in the room, despite the LLL media's inability to see it. Make no mistake about it, The New York Times achieved it's goal the day after the Iraqi elections with it's manufactured "eavesdrop" story. They managed to undermine renewal of the Patriot act and change the national dialog in one fell swoop. We went from watching breathtaking historic events of monumental proportion, the incredible birth of democracy in what was once part of the oppressive, despotic successor to the Ottoman Empire, to the shrieking of a thumbsucker's puerile temper tantrum.
If that weren't bad enough we now have Barbara Boxer calling for national hearings, that much beloved leftard tool. These hearings accomplish nothing but give otherwise impossible-to-get huge chunks of airtime for the Boxer (and her ilk) burlesque show of flailing arms, graphs, whining, preening, self congratulating delusions and base gutless stupidity (not to mention mendacity of the most irrational). I certainly won't hold my breath waiting for the left to call for hearings to investigate the leak at the NSA or CIA or FBI to determine who committed the act of treason. NO PLAME immediacy here, now that was a text book example of a manufactured distraction ploy.
Even that 9/11 commission was utter bullshit. Handling Reno like some Blanche DuBois inspired mental patient while attempting to publicly flog Rice. Ridiculous in its narcissism and impotency. Republican bashing galore and not a word about ABLE DANGER? yeah ok.
Unwarranted Outrage The Times blew our cover (hat tip never Forget)
Anyway, reader Marc sent me this from Heritage and I think it's a damn fine plan (see his comment here). Get out your pens, cursors, or homing pigeons and start writing those pompous asses in DC;
Here is a summary of the five steps proposed in the Heritage plan:
Recommendation #1: Push the IAEA to Refer Iran’s Violations of Its Nuclear Safeguard Agreements to the U.N. Security Council at the IAEA Board of Governors’ Next Meeting
Recommendation #2: Forge a Coalition to Impose Targeted Economic Sanctions on Iran
Recommendation #3: Rally International Support for Iran’s Democratic Opposition
Recommendation #4: Mount a Public Diplomacy Campaign to Explain to the Iranian People How the Regime’s Hard-line Policies Hurt Their Economic and National Interests
Recommendation #5: Mobilize Allies to Contain and Deter Iran
Recommendation #6: Prepare for the Last Resort
I’d like to think that there will actually be support in the U.S. government for steps #3 to #6 in the near future, but I doubt it. In the meantime, readers may want to check out step #2, which describes a way to take some possibly effective action through lobbying the U.S. Congress: “Although Iran is one of the world’s leading oil exporters, it is also an importer of gasoline due to mismanagement and inadequate investment in its refinery infrastructure. Representatives Mark Kirk (R–IL) and Robert Andrews (D–NJ), the leaders of the House Iran Working Group, have proposed a ban on gasoline exports to Iran. International support for such sanctions, particularly if supported by the Arab states of the Persian Gulf, would drive up the prices of Iranian gasoline and underscore to the Iranian people the shortsightedness of Iran’s ruling regime”.
I intend to email my congressman tonight to ask that he support the Kirk/Andrews proposal. I will cc my friends and hope that Atlas Shrugs readers will consider doing the same.
On a related topic, Blert on Monday, December 19, 2005 at 04:02 AM,may well be correct that the U.S. is at greater risk than Israel from Iranian WMDs. I’ve seen several reports in the media indicating that Israel has significantly better customs and border security than the U.S. (no real surprise there). Based on those reports, I’d guess it would be easier for the Iranians to sneak a WMD in a container into a U.S. harbor than into Haifa harbor.