Archive for 15 Dec 2006

Kofi and U.N. ‘Ideals’

Posted: 15 Dec 2006 in Politics
Rwanda, Darfur, Iraq and Oil for Food.


Thursday, December 14, 2006 12:01 a.m. EST

Sixty years ago, at
the invitation of President Harry Truman, Winston Churchill delivered
his historic Iron Curtain address in Fulton, Missouri, to warn
Americans of the menace they faced in the Soviet Union. On Monday, U.N.
Secretary General Kofi Annan gave his valedictory speech at the Truman
Library in Independence to instruct Americans about the principles of
global leadership and their need for the United Nations. The comparison
says a lot about Mr. Annan’s legacy and the current state of the U.N.

America, Mr. Annan said, “has
historically been at the vanguard of the global human rights
movements. When it appears to abandon its own ideals and objects,
its friends abroad are naturally troubled and confused.” That was a
slap at the Bush Administration, which must be wondering what it got
from Mr. Annan after coming to his political rescue last year amid Paul
Volcker’s Oil for Food revelations. But leaving aside this foray into
U.S. politics, how have Mr. Annan and the U.N. met their own “ideals
and objects”?

When Mr. Annan was named Secretary
General 10 years ago, he did so as the U.S.-backed candidate of reform.
Jesse Helms, then-chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,
told Mr. Annan that “if you choose to be an agent of real and
deep-seated change, you will find many supporters–and even
allies–here in the U.S. Congress.”

Senator Helms’s expectations were
not met. Seven years later–thanks to U.S. military action that Mr.
Annan did everything in his power to prevent–we learned that he had
presided over the greatest bribery scheme in history, known as Oil for
Food. We learned that Benon Sevan, Mr. Annan’s trusted confidant in
charge of administering the program, had himself been a beneficiary of
Iraqi kickbacks to the tune of $160,000. We learned that Mr. Annan’s
chief of staff, Iqbal Riza, had ordered potentially incriminating
documents to be destroyed. We learned that Mr. Annan and his deputy,
Louise Frechette, were both aware of the kickback scheme but failed to
report it to the Security Council, as their fiduciary duties required.
However, we haven’t yet learned whether the senior Annan illegally
helped his son Kojo obtain a discounted Mercedes, an issue on which the
Secretary General has stonewalled reporters.

The UN is a waste of time and money.
They have been useless since 1953.
Kick them out of this country and stop funding that useless organization.
Let them set up shop in Africa, or the Middle East.

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Panned in Baghdad

Posted: 15 Dec 2006 in Politics
James Baker and company are idiots.

Iraqis reject the Baker-Hamilton report.

Friday, December 15, 2006 12:01 a.m. EST

Iraq
Study Group Chairmen Jim Baker and Lee Hamilton have spent the past
week defending their report against withering criticism here in the
U.S. But the more revealing reaction has been from Iraq itself:
“Unrealistic,” “inappropriate” and “very dangerous” are among the
kinder words used by Iraq’s leaders to describe the ISG’s work.

Consider
Jalal Talabani. A secular-minded Kurd who has probably done more than
any other leader to reach out across the country’s sectarian divides,
Iraq’s President is no doubt sympathetic to the report’s calls for
“national reconciliation.” But he reacted strongly to the ISG’s
suggestion that American support for his democratically elected
government be conditioned on its meeting U.S.-determined “milestones”
toward that goal. That, he said, was an “insult to the people of Iraq.”

Mr.
Talabani was also critical of the ISG’s specific ideas for achieving
reconciliation. Having helped bring such Sunni leaders as Adnan Dulaimi
into the political process, he clearly understands the importance of
giving the Sunnis a fair deal. But he bristled at the report’s idea
that reconciliation should be achieved through concessions to members
of Saddam’s Baath Party and other Sunni rejectionists. Fellow Kurdish
leader Massoud Barzani echoed that criticism, saying the ISG wanted to
reward “those who are against the political process and have conducted
acts of violence.”

Finish the job.

Let the troops kill the fucking insurgents and let them restore order to that fucking hell hole and be done with it.

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This has gone way too far.
Yet, parents keep buying this garbage and then wonder why their “little girls” dress like sluts at the age of 12.
Just can’t fix stupid.

HO’, HO’, HO’: DOLLS TO MAKE YOU CRY
By KIRSTEN POWERS

December 14, 2006 — WHEN did the doll section turn into a porn shop?

I’d gone to FAO Schwarz with a friend and her three small children;
while they shopped for stuffed animals, I wandered over to recapture
some of the innocence of my childhood. What a mistake.

Just
feet from the Etch-A-Sketches and paint-by-numbers were dolls dressed
in garter belts, bustiers, fishnet stockings and high heels. “Ella” was
in a teddy; “Justine” in an evening gown with her breasts overflowing.
Cleavage and lingerie were the order of the day.

As small
children filed by, I felt myself panicking, wanting to cover their eyes
or steer them away, as if they were going to be exposed to something
they weren’t meant to see. Never mind that they were the target
audience for these hyper-sexualized dolls. I was, after all, in a toy
store.

A 4-year-old girl was mesmerized by one of the dolls
with the flowing cleavage. Next to her was another doll wearing just a
black bra and panties, set on a mini sofa, with legs splayed. The
girl’s father mindlessly pulled her away, seemingly unconcerned.

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