Aleut Village Rejects Chavez Offer

Very Cool

“Despite the critical need for fuel in our region, the Unangan (Aleut) people are Americans first, and we cannot support the political agenda attached to this donation,” read a statement from Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association released late Thursday.

Send donations to the Unangan’s in care of here probably:
First Alaskans Institute
606 E Street, Suite 200
Anchorage, AK 99501

UPDATE: Conservative Mutant left a comment at Done with Mirrors with the real address. Cool.

Unangan Energy Assistance Fund
c/o Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association
201 East Third Ave.
Anchorage, Alaska 99501
Donations are tax deductible as a contribution to a 501c3 Not For Profit TIN # 92-0073013.”

The Border Fence

Varifrank says it well this morning.

Will it keep people out? If it was me on the southside of the fence wanting to go North, hell no, but thats not the point. The point of any fence isnt just to say “stay out” but also to say:



Oh, you can come over for a visit us anytime. Just use the front door. The way the new fence works is this; you knock at the front door, we answer, and if we are feeling up to company, you come on in and we have a grand old time.

Heck, just go read it. There are gems throughout. This is a step in the right direction if only to let illegals know we mean it this time. Really. Get it started and we the people will probably be more than happy to ok some easier standards to get in but get something started to close the border as is.

Just for Laughs

Musharraf says:

Pakistan’s president has warned the West would be “brought to its knees” without his country’s co-operation in the so-called war on terror.

Cigarette smoking contributes to global warming.

The UN had an “emergency session” called by Russia over Georgia and caused them to maybe express “grave concern” over recent “provocative actions” by Georgia, “leading to a further aggravation of the situation.”

Zawahiri is more insistent on martydom in spite the fact they Bush is “losing” to them.

The other side of doom and gloom


Al-Qaeda in Iraq’s leader, Abu al-Masri, has issued a call for nuclear scientists to join the jihad and urged insurgents to kidnap Westerners so they could be traded for Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, the Egyptian cleric who was convicted in 1995 of seditious conspiracy for his role in a plot to blow up five New York City landmarks.

(Though personally I think it’s a great sign that he feels the need to “advertise” for nuclear scientists. Wouldn’t they already realize their skills are valuable to Al-Qaeda?)


According to Woodward, insurgent attacks against coalition troops occur, on average, every 15 minutes, a shocking fact the administration has kept secret.

(read the rest of the post. It’s actually a good one)

The other side

Part of the American spirit is the ability to accomplish seemingly insurmountable tasks. We, as soldiers, are instruments of a national policy that seeks to bring stability and freedom to the world –a seemingly insurmountable task. The soldiers that I work with are up to the task. That fact, that we are up to the task, is what gives me confidence and optimism. Despite the news, despite the airline warnings and troubling developments abroad, America will be OK, thanks to the American fighting man.

And we thank you! (both fighting men AND women. Sorry Charlie)

Confusion in the Papers today

From the Washington Post:

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Sept. 27 — Three weeks after Pakistan’s president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, announced a peace pact with Taliban radicals in a tribal area bordering Afghanistan, recent visitors say there is now pin-drop silence in a territory that once shook with artillery and bomb blasts.

I didn’t realize that Musharraf had a pact with “Taliban radicals”, did you? From the Washington Post on the 13th:

Mr. Musharraf, whose country has been the main base for leaders of both al-Qaeda and the Taliban since 2002, last week concluded a peace deal with tribal leaders in North Waziristan, a territory near the border with Afghanistan.

It may well be semantics, but to say he’s signed a peace pact with “Taliban radicals” needs to be fact checked.

From CNN we get:

Musharraf said in his Tuesday interview, however, that Afghanistan and Pakistan were starkly different theaters in the war on terror, hence his bristling over a Bush remark that U.S. troops would enter Afghanistan if they had good intelligence bin Laden was hiding there.

I think they mean “enter Pakistan”.


JustoneMinute notes what I noted yesterday.

Having glanced through the newly-declassified portions of the NIE, I am wondering whether one needs a decoder ring to make sense of this – nowhere does this report mention the Israel/Palestine conflict as a source of tension, a motivation for jihadists, or a factor in global anti-American sentiment.

It’s still a good question.
(ht instapundit

The NIE Report

Michelle Malkin links to the Key Judgements in the report that were released yesterday. It’s only 3 1/2 pages, I suggest reading it. If not, then lucky for you I have.

First off, let me note a couple of things: After the press and Democrats about peed their pants enjoying the first conclusions and then the President released what could be, the Democrats are now requesting that the classified parts be released. From the BBC:

US Democrats have urged the Bush administration to release in full a report which finds that US involvement in Iraq has fuelled global terrorism.

What has made this assessment so important, now? That’s the question at this point. In the Washington Post this morning Karen DeYoung and Walter Pincus note:

Democratic claims of an administration coverup seemed less justified yesterday as it became apparent that the complete classified report had been made available to lawmakers within days of its completion in April.

Copies of the NIE were sent to the House and Senate intelligence, armed services and foreign affairs committees at the time, through normal electronic information channels available to all members, intelligence and congressional sources said. It arrived at the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on April 26.

Anyway on to the report: Basically it was what you would expect. I think I could have written it as a report back in high school based on common sense. Jihadists are increasing. Big surprise. Now how to fix that. Let’s look at this report from the eyes of the President’s big plan. The one that notes we don’t seem to get attacked by democratic countries/peoples.

They (the NIE)

assess that the underlying factors fueling the spread of the movement outweigh it’s vulnerabilities and are likely to do so for the duration of the timeframe of this Estimate.

Those underlying factors are
1. Entrenched grievances
2. The Iraq “Jihad”
3. The slow pace of improvements
4. Pervasive anti-US sentiment
(Please note the complete absense under underlying factors of the existence of Israel and a certain Key leader in the Middle East who questions it’s right to existence. My high school report would have added that one!)

The vulnerabilies:
1. Most Muslims don’t really like Sharia
2. Muslim clerics are stepping up and condemning violence
3. Countering the spread of the jihadist movement will require coordinated multilateral efforts that go well beyond operations to capture and kill terrorists leaders.

So Bush’s plan to spread democracy will deal not only with the underlying factors,
1) we’ll support democracy over friendly dictatorships, 2) once stable we’ll be basically out of Iraq, 3) with democracies, there is generally institutional improvements (not guaranteed I know) and 4) anti US sentiment will always be there.
Also the plan will deal with the vulnerabilties. 1) By making clear the distinction between the west and Sharia people will need to make choices 2) Terrorists are generally blowing up Muslims because they are terrorists and civilians make easier targets than military. This will bring about more Muslim cleric condemnations and 3) the WOT goes beyond just killing leaders.

As noted in many other places, the reports says that if jihadists win in Iraq they will gain ground and more terrorists. If they lose Iraq, they will lessen their influence. That’s exactly what Bush has been saying all along.

President Talibani agrees that the US should stay in Iraq.

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said that the US military presence in Iraq keeps neighbors from invading his country.

And President Karzai is appreciative of our staying in Afghanistan.

WASHINGTON – Afghan President Hamid Karzai told President George W. Bush yesterday that he appreciates what the United States has done for his country, and Bush said the United States is prepared to stay the course in Afghanistan.

Because of the mere threat of removing financing from the war in Iraq yesterday by Rep. Rangel, I am going to be voting for a representative that I can’t stand. Marilyn Musgrave. I would rather have this woman representing me badly than allow Democrats to take over and leave our new friends, the Iraqis to a worse fate.

Just linking today

The latest news around the world not involving a Clinton:

The BBC notes what’s going on in Somalia. The Islamists are threatening Ethiopia who may or may not be trying to help the recognized government.

“The incursion of Ethiopian troops into Somali territories is a declaration of war on Somalia,” said UIC national security chairman Sheik Yusuf Indahaadde.

“We call on the international community to urge Ethiopia to withdraw its troops from Somalia. If that doesn’t happen the consequences of insecurity created by Ethiopia will spread to neighbouring countries and to East Africa as a whole.”

But Somali government spokesman Abduraman Dinari denied that any Ethiopia had crossed the border and said the reports were being fabricated by the Islamists to distract attention from their advance into Kismayo.

The Adventures of Chester clarifies what’s going on in Thailand and why the King may have supported the coup. (ht Instapundit who is today’s celebrity mention. My sister may be having breakfast with him and Ace this morning.)

It seems Thailand has made two strategic errors in the past 15 years, the first of which was the dismantling of intelligence assets in the south.


In the absence of this lack of knowledge, it seems that ousted PM Thaksin made his second error: he responded to the insurgency with heavy-handed tactics, rather than classic counterinsurgency strategy. This only served to make things worse.

More on the NIE report from Powerline. This thing was written in April and leaked now. The answer to this is to open it up to scrutiny as much as possible. Daylight. Powerline has a source with some other quotes from the report that you won’t see in the NYTimes.
And of course Clinton. Varifrank has a great post reminding us of what things were like during Bush’s first 8 months which brought back memories. Newsbusters takes a peak at CBS’s Harry Smith interview.
There’s a blogswarm over this alright but it wouldn’t have occurred without “the rant”. Drudge’s headlines early this morning were awful incendiary. Sure it drew you to the story but then Secretary Rice had a nice calm reasoned response to Clinton. Not a rant. Drudge has since change his headline from “Condi calls Clinton a lyer!!” to “Condi says Clinton: Wrong!”
There’s a bit of difference there. I can’t figure out how to link to his old headlines though. Sorry.

Off to work

UPDATE: No breakfast with Glenn or Ace today. It was a signing ceremony they went to.