Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Suicide Bombers, The CIA Leak, Elections, and Judith Miller

Terrorists targeting citizens of "the West" exploded bombs at three hotels in Jordan tonight, killing 67 people.
Suicide bombers attacked three hotels frequented by Westerners in the Jordanian capital Wednesday night, and at least 67 people were killed and more than 150 wounded in the near-simultaneous explosions, CNN quoted a top government official as saying.

Deputy Prime Minister Marwan Muasher also said a car packed with explosives approached one of the hotels attacked in the heart of the capital. He said there was no claim of responsibility, but Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Jordanian-born leader of al-Qaida in Iraq terrorist group, was a "prime suspect."
The bombings were described as trademark al-Qaida style, further implicating al-Zarqaqi as a culprit in the bombings.

These attacks mark the third major instance of radical Islamic violence in little over a week. First came the riots in Paris, then the weapons threat in Australia last night, and today the bombing in Jordan. This string of attacks illustrates how fierce and ruthless in nature radical Islamic fundamentalists have become, and provides plain reasons as to why national securtiy must be considered our nation's number one priority.

The president and his administration know this fact, and so does the rest of the GOP. The Howard Deans, Michael Moores, and John Kerrys of the United States do not, and this is a prime reason for them not to be trusted in running our country. Bringing troops home prematurely, re-opening an investigation into "what we knew" before the war, or attempting to limit the authorities of the Patriot Act are all wrong approaches to fighting terrorism. They are the Democrats' approaches, and they will get us killed.

GOP Congressman are finally pursuing an investigation into CIA-leaks published in the Washington Post.
WASHINGTON — With pressure mounting on the Bush administration over its detainee policies, Republican House and Senate leaders asked Tuesday for an investigation into who leaked information to the Washington Post about CIA-run secret prisons abroad.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) requested that the Senate and House intelligence committees "immediately initiate a joint investigation into the possible release of classified information to the media" about the existence of the prisons.

"Such an egregious disclosure could have long-term and far-reaching damaging and dangerous consequences," the pair said in a letter to Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich.) and Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), chairmen of the House and Senate intelligence committees.
The call for this investigation should have happened a long time ago, but Republicans in Congress are finally back on the right track. The public needs to see the CIA's war on the president for what it is, a cheap, illegitimate partisan attack.

Democrats weren't silent about the Republicans' announcement today either. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid claimed the GOP's call to investigate the leak was "only a play to the press."

If anyone should knokw how to play to the press, it's Sen. Reid and his Democrat colleagues. They have the privilege of "playing to the press" everyday they go to work. But just because the Dems take every opportunity they get behind a mic or in front of a camera to feed the MSM, it doesn't mean that's how Republicans go about their business.

Maybe Sen. Reid is nervous that the investigation will yield something he doesn't like. If it does (and it probably will), how will he make the Dems' anti-Bush case to the press with a straight face, especially in the shadow of a mountain of evidence against him?

Captain's Quarters considers the CIA-leak situation at length, and provides a truthful account of what is really going on.

Yesterday boasted elections in three states: California, Virginia, and New Jersey. The elections in California were arguably the most important ones of the day, where citizens considered eight widely debated propositions, including one that would force minors to notify their parents about getting an abortion.

However, all eight propositions were defeated. It was not a good day for Governor Schwarzenegger, who saw voters reject all four of the propositions he backed. The terminator did not heavily campaign for these propositions, and it appears that in hindsight this might have been a good idea. The failure of his four big propositions is an obvious setback, and it seems Arnold is in for a political battle.

Hugh Hewitt has some choice words for the governor.

The gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia both saw victories for the Democratic candidates.

Finally, Judith Miller has "retired" from the New York Times. I find this hard to believe, as does Spectator Blog, who offers this: (HT: Instapundit)
Judy Miller has been fired from the New York Times, and one of the Times's crack pavement-pounding reporters writes that "Ms. Miller could not be reached for comment."

What, they lost her phone number? And couldn't walk down the hall to the desk she was cleaning out?
For the Times to say that Miller "retired" is to just plain lie. I guess the NY Times has the same requirements for pieces about its own affairs that it does for everything else that it reports.