George A. Sprecace M.D.,
J.D., F.A.C.P. and Allergy Associates of New London,
RESPONSE (Archives)...Daily Commentary on News of the Day
This is a new section. It will offer fresh,
quick reactions by myself to news and events of the day, day by day, in
this rapid-fire world of ours. Of course, as in military campaigns,
a rapid response in one direction may occasionally have to be followed
by a "strategic withdrawal" in another direction. Charge that to
"the fog of war", and to the necessary flexibility any mental or military
campaign must maintain to be effective. But the mission will always
be the same: common sense, based upon facts and "real politick", supported
by a visceral sense of Justice and a commitment to be pro-active.
That's all I promise.
to return to the current Rapid Response list
SUNDAY through TUESDAY, November
28 through 30, 2004
More regarding Ukraine. President Putin has shown in many
ways during the last year that he longs for the bad ol' days of the Soviet
Union. Commentators now are suggesting that he is determined to keep
Ukraine "within the Russian sphere of influence". Does this remind
anyone besides me of that day in 1946 when Winston Churchill announced
to the world that "an Iron Curtain" had descended over most of Europe.
must not be allowed to happen again.
Meanwhile, our military has begun to prepare for the next war, instead
of the last one. For the first time since the 1930's, when the U.S.
Marines "Small Wars Manual" was published, a new "Counter-Insurgency
Operations" manual was published and distributed to our forces last
month. On a macro scale, two other sources of prognostication are
very worthwhile reading to enable all of us to prepare for a dangerous
future: 1) "The Pentagon's New Map; War And Peace In The Twenty-First
Century", by Thomas P.M. Barnett, G.P.Putnam's Sons, 2004); and "America's
Assignment", by Henry Kissinger, Newsweek, November 8, 2004, Special
The American Economy...Watch Out. Americans' personal indebtedness
is the highest ever. Americans' savings are the lowest ever.
We may be playing the dangerous dollar deflation game too well, considering
that this country depends on foreigners to finance our debt. Our
source of economic life-blood, oil, is by no means secure.
And our infra-structure (ie. Social Security, Health Care) has developed
serious cracks. Democrats may disagree (they are still drawing wrong
conclusions from the recent election results), but the strong leadership
of a determined President who doesn't have to play the re-election game
again may be just the strong medicine this country needs in the next few
years. See "Validation By Defeat", by George Will (Newsweek,
Nov. 22, 2004, p86); and "Why Bush Has No Fear", by Charles Krauthammer,
Time, Nov. 2;9, 2004, p156). Let's hope....
On the local scene; (New London, Ct.) the continuing saga of the NLDC
and the City Council is well summarized in today's editorial in The
Day (theday.com): "An Important Milestone", Opinion, pC2.
Lord knows, I've tried to help. Having mediated New London teacher-board
disputes in the late 1960's, adaptive reuse vs. wrecking ball, police union
vs. city, firefighters vs volunteers, and business groups vs. preservationist
disputes in the 1970's, and shoreline open space efforts in the 1980's,
I tried some private dutch uncle "shuttle diplomacy" during the last year
between the NLDC and the City Council. This time I have not been
too successful...at least so far. But I've got a simple mantra:"Never
SATURDAY, November 27, 2004
Let's see if President Bush can avoid making two serious mistakes.
In Iraq, any delay in holding the nation-wide election on January
30, 2005 would be a victory for the terrorists and the Sunnis and a gross
insult the the 1000 dead and 10,000 wounded American soldiers in that country.
The election will be valid whether or not the Sunnis participate.
Nobody is required to vote to make an election valid. And the Kurds
are probably "supporting" a delay to increase their bargaining position
regarding substantial Kurdish autonomy that they want - and should have.
And we still read in the liberal press that whatever happens in Iraq is
entirely America's responsibility. NOT! The Iraqi people
will have freedom and democracy...if they earn it. They will have
a civil war...if they want it. They will have another tyranny...if
they deserve it. At great expense to us, and also for our own self-defense,
we have given them a choice.
The other possible serious mistake concerns Ukraine. President
Putin should be allowed no illusion regarding the stakes there: an immediate
return to the Cold War, and another successful effort to bankrupt and isolate
his nation. Let's watch these unfolding events closely.
Last night's two hour special on the 40 year public career of Tom Brokaw
was very well done...and painful to watch. It was hard to have lived
through some of nation's wounds once, without having vivid reminders.
Indeed, the tone of the piece was generally melancholy. Tom, let's
look at it this way: WE SURVIVED!. The philosopher Nietsche said:
experience that you survive is worthwhile". And Americans are
FRIDAY, November 26, 2004
Still digesting from yesterday's Bacchanalia? Digest this!
Several reports, to be found on this web site under The
Involved Citlzen - Miscellaneous, need no comment from me. They
address Michael Scheuer's book about the CIA, Tom Friedman on Iraq today,
our challenge with North Korea, and the needs of our Military.
If that is not enough, keep a close eye on what is going on in Ukraine.
Very important, and hopefully not another Prague - which would revive the
Cold War in a heartbeat. President Putin may be about
to remove his disguise. The U.S. and the Western world should now
make painfully clear to him what he and Russia have at risk in this high-stakes
THURSDAY, November 25, 2004
I personally have many things to be thankful for, as most of us do.
Among them are the facts that: my maternal grandmother, at age 18, married
my grandfather on condition that he take her immediately to America from
Italy; my father came here at age 19, right out of the Italian Army in
1919; my wife's maternal grandfather and grandmother came to America as
young adults from Ukraine; her paternal grandparents came here from Poland.
That's how I come to have so many things to be thankful for. And
that brings us again to the issue of immgrants. Whether we
can trace our American roots to the DAR and SAR, to Irish and Chinese workers
on the Transcontinental Railroad in the 1860's, to the melting pots of
our great cities at the turn of the 20th century, or to the Korea-towns
and barrios of California today...America is a country of immigrants.
And it should continue that way. See the article by Rupert Murdoch
in yesterday's WSJ entitled: "Let Us Give Thanks To Our Immigrants"
MONDAY through WEDNESDAY, November
22 through 24, 2004
Still more on the pharmaceutical industry...it's that important.
See the article in the November 2004 issue of AARP Bulletin, entitled "Fighting
Back: Three insiders speak out on how the drug industry really works",
p10. It's always good to get an inside look.
More on immigration. The Far Right is too rigid on this one.
And its substantial political capital earned in the recent election will
not be enough to counter the business realities on the ground, the issue
of fairness, and the political counter-weight of being able to earn the
Hispanic vote for Republicans. It has already been estimated the
the President's share of the Latino vote in the recent election was 45%.
See "Ignore the Anti-Immigrant Right. Bush Did", by Jason
L. Riley (WSJ, Monday, Nov. 22, 2004, Opinion, pA15).
Want to know more about your President? Read the insightful
article in yesterday's WSJ entitled "Bush The Insurgent", by Fred
Barnes (Opinion, pA18). It's about "a president who won't kowtow
to D.C.'s Establishment". Very reassuring. One example: "Mr.
Bush did make one bow to the establishment last week. He showed up
in a tuxedo at the British embassy for a party honoring Ms. Rice.
'One tux a term', a White House official said. 'That's our idea of
outreach to the Washington community'".
One part of the recent election should not be over. This
country dodged a bullet, despite McCain - Feingold...or because of
it, that threatened to make us look like a third-world country needing
help from the U.N. and from Jimmy Carter. This has been addressed
earlier in this section; but the NYTimes addressed one aspect of the multiple
problems in its editorial on Sunday, November 21, 2004: "Improving Provisional
Ballots" (Wk p12). Election reform is just about as important to
us today as is home-land security. Anybody listening?
Health Insurance. Daily, more Americans lose and/or are without
this basic requirement of economic and personal health. One very
important solution, as stated ad nauseum in this section and on
this web site, is the use of Health Savings Accounts.
It's an uphill battle, fought for about 20 years against the health insurance
industry, and for other reasons described in a recent article in the WSJ,
addressing "Why Employers Are Slow To Try HSA's" (Wednesday, Nov.
3, 2004, Personal Journal, pD1). But it's worth the struggle.
Try Fortis Insurance Company, and also check with your State Department
of Insurance and with you Congressman or Senator regarding the relevant
provisions of the Medicare Reform Act of 2002.
Here's a bright note for the day...something for which to give thanks
on Thanksgiving. "Congress Acts To Recoup Diplomatic Parking
Fines", very recently voting "to cut aid to their countries by about the
sum they owe in unpaid parking tickets in the United States...New York
City, which houses the United Nations, would stand to recover about
$195 million from about 200 countries, New York's senators said." (Reuters,
today). Could that be the first step to an eviction????
SATURDAY and SUNDAY, November 20
and 21, 2004
More on the pharmaceutical industry and the FDA. An extensive
book review of several works on the subject is a must-read for everyone
of us taking and paying for multiple medications ("The Drug Lords",
by Stephen S. Hall, NYTimes Book Review, Sunday, November 14, 2004, p8).
Because, as (Marcia) Angell notes, 'a perfect storm' of indignation - on
the part of consumers, regulators, and even doctors - may be developing
around the pharmaceutical business". Doctors have long been critical
of the fact that much more is spent by the industry on marketing than on
research, that marketing directly to the public has circumvented the useful
mechanism of "the learned intermediary" between the industry and the public,
and that many more "new" medicines are just more pretty faces than useful
developments. Can something be done? Of course...but only if
there is a massive public outcry against current abuses, and the laws that
have made them possible.
Here's a case of poetic injustice. The Daily News reports
today that Columbia University has become the site of "Poison Ivy", hyperbolic
and hate speech by some professors of the university against Israel and
its right to exist. Remember the many reports in recent years of
the liberal intolerance on campuses throughout the U.S. for any conservative
thought. All this is despite the claims of academia regarding the
importance of a free flow of ideas in places of higher learning.
But Freedom of Speech never includes "the right to cry 'Fire' in
a crowded theatre. Is there any common sense out there?
Iraq. What a mess. And its architect keeps his job.
Secretary Rumsfeld even had to be convinced out of his original idea that
30,000 or 40,000 troops would be sufficient to conduct the war itself.
And today we read that "Child malnutrition in Iraq nearly doubled since
U.S.Invasion" (The Day, World, pA2). All because we did not -
and do not - have enough troops to establish security and to do the intended
job there...despite the gross abuse of our regular military and especially
of our Reserves and National Guard. President Bush, the election
is over. No more excuses. Do the right things now!
FRIDAY, November 19, 2004
This could be a Jeopardy puzzler: Answer, Prince Charles.
Question, Who has just become the "White Man's Bill Cosby"?
We learn from the WSJ today (Opinion, pA16) that the heir to the British
throne is taking a great deal of flak for writing in a private memo the
following: "What's wrong with everyone nowadays? What is it that makes
everyone seem to think they are qualified to do things far beyond their
technical capabilities? This is all to do with the learning culture in
schools. It is a consequence of a child-centered systrem which admits
no failure and tells people they can all be pop stars, high court judges,
brilliant TV personalities...without ever putting in the necessary effort
or having natural abilities." You see, "we are not alone".
While you are at it, please read the article by Daniel Henninger,
same newspaper, same page, entitled "Troops in Fallujah Are the Best
Since World War II". Amen to that. They are all heroes.
Let's not forget that, this time, when they come back.
Regular readers of this section may recall my concern, expressed earlier,
regarding whether the FDA had joined several other U.S. regulatory
agencies playing "fox in the chicken coop". Stay tuned: it
doesn't look good...and this is IMPORTANT.
THURSDAY, November 18, 2004
Elderly drivers. The source of the greatest number of auto
accidents, after teen age boys. A difficult problem, since the independent
living of a senior citizen often depends on his or her ability to drive.
But the elderly are a special class with special risks insofar as driving
is concerned. They should be subject to periodic mandatory physical
and visual exams, certified by their physicians who would be required to
report substantial relevant impairments. And they should be required
to take periodic driving tests, which at the very least would be refresher
courses. With every right comes responsibility. This important
social issue should be resolved by reason and not by emotion.
And while we're at it, DWI convictions require tougher penalties
than are now meted out. A second conviction should carry jail time
and a one year license suspension. A third conviction should carry
jail time and permanent license revocation. Any DWI driving without
a valid license should be jailed for at least one year, that number doubled
with every repeated instance. Tough but fair.
The saga of Tom Delay and yesterday's Republican caucus action.
An indictment is not a conviction, and is not enough to thwart the will
of those who elected such an individual.
The U.N. "Oil for Food" scandal gets worse and worse. No way
that Kofi Annan could not have known about it, and about our European perpetrators.
"Is Wal-Mart Good for America?" That was the subject of an
important report aired this week on PBS. Think about it: Wal-Mart
has such a vast consumer following that it can dictate prices that manufacturers
charge to it; thus, some U.S. manufacturers go bankrupt, and many others
go to China for their production, in either case eliminating jobs for Americans,
the same Americans whose buying binges keep Wal-Mart in that cat-bird seat;
but wait...Americans are buying on credit, just as our government is buying
on credit, the creditors being the rest of the world that buys our national
(and personal) debt while we buy their foreign goods; but wait...the
worst thing that could happen to the world economy would be for Americans
to buy less and save more - that would produce a world-wide depression,
according to experts. Sounds like a massive Ponzi scheme to me.
But, whatever you do, "don't look back...somebody may be gaining on you",
like a tsunami! "Stop the world. I want to get off!"
MONDAY through WEDNESDAY, November
15 through 17, 2004
Chirac and Blair Meet in London. Oh, to be a fly on the wall
at those meetings. Chirac is a 19th century Frenchman in a 21st century
business suit. He insists on a "constant pie" distribution between
an rising Europe (read "France") and a decline of the U.S. The right
man for the wrong times.
We continue to be treated to a siren song by those who say and write that
we should primarily be concerned with what "the Arab street" thinks
about us - whether they "hate"us or not. That would not even
be true if the man in the Arab street were thinking at all, instead of
reacting viscerally to the poison fed him daily by his Arab press.
The Arab world entirely missed the leavening and civilizing effects of
the Renaissance; they are stuck in their own Dark Ages. All America
can hope for in the short run is a fearful and grudging respect as we show
them what a force for good can do - with or without their help - in an
area of the world also vital to us.
The losers in the last election continue to groan and moan over
all the media. Get over it...and let's get to work together.
Should a non-native-born citizen have the right to seek the U.S. Presidency?
Why not? This country and its Constitution have always given
special status to aliens, to say nothing of naturalized citizens.
Or do we have to wax poetic about how much this nation has always owed
to people of other countries who decide to share their talents and fortunes
with us who were born in America.
SUNDAY, November 14, 2004
A lot of responses to today's news.
Having reported the recent experience of Colorado Republicans (in
a recent RR), now comes another cautionary tale - from Montana.
The Governor, as well as both their State houses went Democratic.
Looks like not only Democrats have to do some agonizing reappraisals. That
great sea of red on the national map may be in jeapordy of being repainted.
That's rich...Frank Rich, that is. Forget that the election
is over; he's still fulminating from his perch on the NYTimes.
(See today's column). He's going to need some heavy duty physical
therapy to get himself untwisted and un-spun. And am I wrong, or
is the NYTimes Editorial today not giving credence to a 2004 edition of
election conspiracy theory? That's what happens with self-inflicted
Another player who is starting to "lose it" is the esteemed (or just plain
"steamed") Kofi Annan. See "U.S. and U.N. Are Once Again
the Odd Couple Over Iraq", by Warren Hoge, NYTimes, today, International,
pA12. Who said that the U.N. is becoming irrelevant? And we'll
have to wait until 2006 for a change in leadership there. I nominate
Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi.
We now read that 6.5 million blacks voted for President Bush.
So there is hope for that long-embattled section of the American mosaic.
All they have to do is to dump their national leadership and listen to
We read that retirement in the future may be a whole lot different
from what this senior generation is experiencing. Good. Given
increasing longevity and increasing worries about personal, national and
world economies, the word "retirement" should be forgotten in favor of
"career change", if anything. Even now, people who have retired are
returning to the work force, out of boredom and/or necessity. And
it's much healthier than retirement in the usual sense. Consider
the following facts, derived from the actuaries of Metlife and reported
recently in the WSJ.
"Life is Long.
Don't underestimate your chances of living to a very old age.
*A person who reaches 65 has a life expectancy of 85. What
are the odds he/she will live beyond 85? Answer:
* Consider a 65-year-old-couple. What's the likelihood that
one or both will live to age 97? Answer 25%"
Now, there's some food for thought...and planning.
Finally, Yasir Arafat. If there ever was a life of unfulfilled expectations....
Two articles in today's newspapers provide sturdy bookends for the library
of material yet to be written on the subject of Israel and Palestine.
See "The Arafat Voids", by Thomas L. Friedman, NYTimes today, Op-Ed, pWk
11; see also "How To Get A War-Torn Region To 'Shalom'", by George and
Cynthia Willauer, The Day today, Voices and Views, pC3. If President
Bush has indeed decided to spend his hard-earned political capital, this
would be a great place to start.
FRIDAY and SATURDAY, November 12
and 13, 2004
That story "with legs" is walking. Mourning Democrats are
trying to clothe themselves in a mantle of morality, trying to "out-Christian"
the Christian Right...as they call it. Even Al Sharpton is developing
a "Faith and Values Coalition". Good. But first, check out
the agenda items offered in the recent "rapid response". You can't
just "talk the talk".
"My country...may it always be right..." but if it is wrong, I'll say so!
The Government has been patently wrong about the "Gulf War Syndrome"
from the outset, attributing the serious multi-system symptoms experienced
by many thousands of Gulf War veterans to "their nerves". Finally,
they are willing to admit that something else may be involved...like poison
gas, the likely culprit. Amid the patriotic fervor quite appropriate
for a nation at war, remember the three categories of liars: Liars; Damned
Liars; and The Government.
Among the goals of the second Bush administration will be to extend
Patriot Act, about which John Ashcroft's recent article was recently
referred to in this section. Now comes a useful article by an honest,
knowledgeable authority on the subject: "Patriot Fixes", by Bob
Barr, WSJ, Friday, Nov. 12, 2004, Opinion, A12. It should be read
to facilitate the coming continued debate between the need for national
security in these dangerous times...and our need for security from our
government. Once again, this highlights the importance of getting
our information from multiple sources in view of the shameless political
"yellow journalism" with which we were bombarded during the recent election.
THURSDAY, November 11, 2004
Veterans Day. My father and his generation called it " Armistice
Day", referring to the end of WW l, in which he fought. It was a
very important day for him. And it should be for us, too, with our
men in the field. Even more important since they are doing heroic
work in the face of another grievous error by our political - military
leadership...this time in the form of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
He has been dead wrong, right from the beginning, about the troop strength
we needed and need in Iraq to establish basic security. Let's cut
our losses now, before we have to look forward years from now to his belated
"mea culpa", in the pattern of Robert MacNamara regarding Viet Nam. Mr.
Rumsfeld should resign or should be fired.
Here's a story which "will have legs". We read today that "Liberal
Christians Challenge The Idea The 'Values Vote' Belongs Only To The
Right", (The Day, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2004, Nation, pA4). They
maintain that "the moral values held by most Americans are much broader
than the handful of issues emphasized by religious conservatives in the
2004 presidential campaign". That's right...and at least they changed
their tone from that of calling them "zealots" or just plain nuts.
Perhaps we can engage in a broader dialogue, as soon as they admit that
a fetus, at any stage of development, is a human being; that partial birth
abortion is murder; that the institution of Marriage is between a man and
a woman; that embryonic stem cell research is abortion with a friendly
face; that the concept of "value neutrality" is immoral; that the U.S.
Constitution guarantees "Freedom of Religion"...not freedom from religion;
that we can "know obscenity when we see it". There: we already have
an agenda for our first meeting. I'll look forward to it.
TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY, November
9 and 10, 2004
I must admit: there is less "fire in the belly" now that the election
is over. But there is still plenty to comment on. So, fear
not. We're here to stay, if for no other reason than to anticipate
Clinton running in 2008!
One last comment - I promise - on the recent election. The
moaning and groaning...a lot of it vicious...from the blue "Blues" is well
exemplified in the recent column of Maureen Dowd, entitied "The Red
Zone Of Fear, Intolerance" (The Day, Saturday, November 6, 2004, Commentary,
pA7). Get over it!
U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, about to retire, has served
his country well in very difficult times...pushing the envelope and testing
the limits of legal propriety. Read about it in his own words: "The
Patriot Act: Wise Beyond Its Years" (WSJ, Tuesday, October 26, 2004,
The advice on how to conduct American foreign policy is coming in
from all sides: the usual suspects from Old Europe; the U.N.... And
in USA Today, today, we have a report by Youssef M. Ibrahim: "Arab Winds
Blowing Against America" (The Forum, 13A). It would be well here
to present a quotation from Ron Chernow's Alexander Hamilton, commenting
on Hamilton's role in the formulation of President Washington's Proclamation
of Neutrality over 200 years ago: "With the Neutrality Proclamation,
Hamilton continued to define his views on American foreign policy: that
it should be based on self-interest, not emotional attachment; that the
supposed altruism of nations often masked baser motives; that individuals
sometimes acted benevolently, but nations seldom did." Nothing
much has changed, despite the broad reading that 20th century America at
times gave to that "self-interest". Nor should it.
MONDAY, November 8, 2004
For more on this subject of "advice" and prospects, see "Hot Issues
In The Next Four Years," in USA Today, Friday, Nov. 5, Washington,
p4A) "And away we go..."
Yasir Arafat. Talk about unrealized potential for the benefit
of his Palestinians and for Mid-East peace. And now I suspect that
he is the latter day "El Cid". Remember that movie?
After the election, there is also no lack of advice for Republicans.
The most humorous comes from some Democrats: "after winning, big, now follow
our policies"...or something to that effect. Sure. Here's some
advice from me, in addition to what's already on this site:
Don't give up on urban centers. Both the Hispanic and the
"youth" vote are attainable with attention and reasoned positions; Blacks
are another matter, unless or until they realize how little they have gained
from the Democratic plantation mentality, from race-baiting and from class
Jobs: the key here for many is to RE-TRAIN!
Health Care: Health Savings Accounts (HSA's) are the way to go,
with financial help for the truly needy.
Environment: do everything possible towards energy independence,
including another look at the nuclear industry...this time without the
Defense: consider a fair and universal draft, to meet our national
needs and to expand the availability of the military experience (a positive
one) to many more young people. Continue pre-emptive self-defense,
with coalitions of the willing. Foreign cynics, hypocrites and frauds
need not apply.
Social Issues: Abortion...No, especially "partial birth abortion";
Cell Research...see my commentary on this web site under "Abortion";
Marriage...no, but "civil unions" yes; Education...two monopolies
(insurance and baseball) are too much; bring the teachers' unions to heel,
and promote choice; Parents...demand responsibility - children are
in trust to parents, with the "Parens Patriae" looking on.
SUNDAY, November 7, 2004
There has been no lack of consultative opinions regarding the malady
affecting the Democratic Party. Two excellent diagnoses and treatment
plans are provided by Maura Casey in today's The Day (theday.com) and by
George Will in the same newspaper. Meanwhile, the Democratic response
has varied from depression, to denial, to truculence. Get over it,
folks. Your four-year delusion about the "illegitimacy" of the Bush
W. presidency is shattered. Discard your ultra-liberal flotsam
and jetsam...as I did ten years ago after having been a Democrat for
30 years...and you'll do just fine. For tomorrow, some words of advice
for our fellow Republicans.
SATURDAY, October 25 through November 6, 2004
"Guilty...with an explanation." This long interruption
in the flow of "Rapid Response" was the result of our desire to get
"down and dirty" in the election process. Our son David, a tax
attorney in Denver, Colorado, was running for the Colorado House of Representatives
from a combined Denver - Arapahoe district (District 3). We spent
the last week in Denver, sending out thousands of mailings, making hundreds
of phone calls, walking miles to make neighborhood literature drops, and
sometimes freezing on busy street corners to "troop the colors"; ie. wave
David's campaign signs. (During two days there we had 8 inches of
snow and below-20 degree wind-chill temperatures). Result: the short
version is that he lost. The more complete version is that, while
the rest of the country provided the Republicans with the Presidency and
with a stronger hold on both houses of Congress, the Colorado Republican
Party sustained its worst loss ever since 1960, losing both houses of the
Colorado Legislature. "Why", you say? Dave had complained throughout
the compaign that he and other candidates were getting little or no support
from the State Party. It now appears clear that the Colorado State
Republican leadership was "out to lunch". And so, they may be had
for lunch in the coming months. Meanwhile, Dave did better as a Republican
in Arapahoe county than nearly all the other Republican candidates (except
President Bush), even better than the losing U.S. Senatorial candidate,
Pete Coors. Win or lose, great experience. You should try
it sometime, especially running for office at least once. I ran four
times, and served three times.
The national election results were gratifying, and a great relief.
Lots of thoughts...but they must wait for another day, after I catch up
with my real life.
But there is one thing that can't wait. After presiding
over one of the greatest frauds in world history, the U.N. "Oil for Food
Program", Secretary-General Kofi Annan had the gall yesterday to
suggest to leaders Bush, Blair and Allawi that an attack on Fallujah -
that den of domestic and foreign vipers - would diminish the legitimacy
of the coming Iraqi elections in January. (See "Saddam's U.N.
Payroll", WSJ Editorial Thursday, Oct. 28, 2004, pA14). Mr.
Annan, Please Shut Up! In fact, now is about the time
for the U.S. to deport the entire United Nations from our shores
to Old Europe, a venue much more suited to its members' gross hypocracy,
cynicism and impotence.