Saturday, October 02, 2004

Saturday 10/2 links

The Wall Street Journal online's "Best of the Web" columnist James Taranto thinks John Kerry is a "but-head," citing no fewer than nine instances during the debate where the candidate qualified seemingly sweeping assertions with the fateful preposition; such as: "I'll never give a veto to any country over our security. But . . ."

According to blogger "Beldar," aka
William J. Dyer, Kerry will be a terrible negotiator if he is elected president. Or if he isn't.

San Francisco Chronicle columnist
Debra J. Saunders concedes that Kerry argued more effectively but insists that Pres. Bush won the debate nonetheless--because he had the vastly stronger arguments. Alas, you don't win debates if you can't argue your arguments.

Weekly Standard editor
Fred Barnes does not even attempt to argue that Pres. Bush won the debate; however, he predicts that "the Kerry performance in the debate is likely to have the same effect as his speech at the Democratic convention in late July. The speech was lauded at the time as strong and persuasive--I thought so myself--but it didn't wear well."

Aussie blogger
Arthur Chrenkoff is appalled by "Kerry's UN festishism."

Chicago Sun-Times writer
Thomas Lipscomb reveals that John Kerry probably wrote the battle report for which he received the Bronze Star. How efficient. How convenient. (Hat tip to "Captain Ed" Morrissey/Captain's Quarters)

Token New York Times semi-conservative columnist
David Brooks trots out Isaiah Berlin's old hedgehog/fox analogy re Bush/Kerry (the hedgehog only knows one thing, but it is an important thing), but has the savvy to characterize it as tired. His conclusion: "Bush's language has a resonance with people who know that he is not always competent, and who know that he doesn't always dominate every argument, but who can sense a shared cast of mind."

Blogging satirist "ScrappleFace," aka
Scott Ott, reports that "Kerry Wins Debate, Appears 'Almost Senatorial.'"

Remember the so-called "Israeli spy probe" last month? The one that mentioned lots of Jewish names but fizzled from lack of evidence? Tel Aviv Ma'ariv reports that the guy responsible for that investigation may be implicated in a lawsuit by a former CIA employee claiming anti-Semitism.

The joint US-Iraqi strike in Samarra this week achieved tactical surprise and has gone very well. Belmont blogger
"Wretchard" hopes it lasts.

We're fighting the Iraq insurgency with the mindset of an Upper West Side social worker reluctantly pulling a can of mace from her purse as three urban youths approach after dark. The Weekly Standard's
Reuel Marc Gerecht urges: "Forget gradualism and Iraqification--send in the Marines."

As reported here before, anti-Semitism is mainstream, socially acceptable, and even fashionable in Europe.
Robin Shepherd's essay in the Jerusalem Post discusses what is happening in Britain. It is ugly.