Thursday, November 11, 2004

Thursday 11/11 links

London Daily Telegraph war correspondent Toby Harnden supplies tales from the front: Fallujah.

Belmont Club blogger
"Wretchard" analyzes the wider strategy of "The River War."

New York Post columnist (and former Army major) Ralph Peters: "In the Second Battle of Fallujah, military operations are ahead of schedule. Our casualties have been blessedly light. The terrorists who haven't fled are being killed by the hundreds. Our troops will soon achieve their goal of eliminating Iraq's key safe haven for terrorists. Our Marines and soldiers have carried the ball inside the 10-yard line. The media's response? Move the goalposts. The legions of pundits ('Will talk for food') now suggest that a win in Fallujah will be meaningless because we failed to kill or capture the terrorist leadership, because some of the thugs ran away and because Fallujah won't resemble Darien, Conn., by next Sunday."

Los Angeles Times columnist
Max Boot writes a eulogy for Arafat--but it will not be read at the funeral.

Captain's Quarters blogger
"Captain Ed" Morrissey suggests "Arafat as Rohrschach Test." Hint: Pres. Bush and Australian prime minister John Howard pass; Jacques Chirac fails.

New York Daily News columnist
Sidney Zion: "Blair [is] coming to Washington today to urge President Bush to push Israel around. He apparently considers this his marker for supporting us in the Iraq war. ... Bush, after all, got no more than 25% of the Jewish vote, so what does he owe Israel? I don't think he looks at it that way. This is the guy who once said, 'It doesn't matter whether the Jews vote for me, I will stick with Israel.'"

Jerusalem Post columnist
Uri Dan says that Ariel Sharon is pleased that Pres. Bush was reelected and it's "Business As Usual."

Syndicated columnist
Emmett Tyrrell: "One of the reasons I can say with the utmost confidence that the liberal Democrats are going to be out in the cold for a very long time has to do with a sociological observation. Almost no liberal Democrat knows a conservative Republican of whom he is not contemptuous."

Appearing in The American Spectator online,
Jed Babbin describes how the mainstream media are hemorrhaging ratings and circulation: "It's hard to keep your market share when you forfeit peoples' trust, when you look down on your audience, and when you hate a large number of your audience and the pols for whom they vote." (Hat tip to Glenn Reynolds/Instapundit)

Syndicated columnist
Larry Elder has a question: if Pres. Bush is such an idiot, why does he keep winning?

Syndicated columnist
Ann Coulter takes aim at MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann, who is an easy target.

Re the Van Gogh murder, National Review Online columnist
Michael Ledeen observes: "As things stand, the Europeans are so enthralled by cultural relativism and political correctness that they are totally unwilling to challenge any idea, even the jihadists' program of creating a theocratic state within Western civil society. ... The Dutch — like every other European society I know — were unwilling to recognize that they had potentially lethal enemies within, and that it was necessary to impose the rules of civil behavior on everyone within their domain. ... That's what happens when a culture is relativized to the point of suicide."

Here's a big surprise:
Mark Bauerlein, writing in The Chronicle of Higher Education, argues that campuses are left-wing havens that actively discriminate against conservatives. He has some suggestions that will be ignored. (Hat tip to Arts & Letters Daily)