War is Peace; Freedom is Slavery; Ignorance is Strength
--1984, George Orwell
[co-opted as RNC motto, 2000]
For it's one, two, three strikes, you're out,
At the old ball game
--Take Me Out to the Ball Game, Jack Norworth
From this week's The Week ("A Hot Spot that Needs No More Weapons"):
"The U.S. won’t let a pesky detail like international law get in the way of selling weapons, said Roland Heine in Berliner Zeitung. Last week, the U.S. authorized arms sales to Kosovo, the tiny nation that recently declared its independence from Serbia, even though Kosovo is still under a U.N. weapons embargo.
"President Bush claimed, preposterously, that the arming of Kosovo would 'promote world peace.' That’s easy for him to say, sitting across the ocean in the United States. Here in Europe, intelligence agencies are well aware that more than a few top officials in the Kosovar government 'double as agents of the Albanian mafia.'”
"Giving weapons to the Kosovar government, then, is tantamount to arming the drug dealers and human traffickers who have made the little Balkan nation a nexus of criminality whose tentacles can easily reach into the E.U.
"Many Europeans wondered why Bush was so insistent on recognizing the independence of Kosovo, even though the hasty move incensed Serbia and Russia and made life difficult for European diplomats. Suddenly, it’s 'not so surprising.' The American arms industry has a new client—and Europe will ultimately pay the price. "
George W. Bush is nothing if not consistent. While governor of Texas, he signed that state's first concealed carry law in 1995, saying "It will make Texas a safer place." The Washington Spectator speculated:
We can't help but wonder if the president really believes he would be safe, for example, giving a speech in an auditorium full of average people carrying guns. We'll never know, because the Secret Service wisely would never let that happen."
Doubly wise move based on his reception at the ball game.