Ross Mackenzie

Brief comments on a stew of news items from abroad . . .

The latest National Intelligence Estimate concludes, contrary to what our esteemed spooks have been declaring for years, that Iran shuttered its nuclear weapons program in 2003. Whereupon the usual suspects went nuts with joy, proclaiming President Bush a liar again — as they insist he was about Saddam’s nukes and bio/chems. “See?” they said. “Iran’s mad Mahmoud Ahmadinejad isn’t a bad guy after all.”

Two points: (1) The NIE is not known for its infallibility. Saddam’s WMDs — maybe. Another was the NIE’s 1962 take on of the likelihood of the Soviets sending missiles to Fidel’s Cuban paradise. At the time the NIE ruminated and declared that Soviet missiles in Cuba “would be incompatible with Soviet practice and with Soviet policy as we presently estimate it.” (2) The National Council for Resistance in Iran, which (a) opposes the regime and (b) first disclosed Iran’s nuclear-fuel program, says the nuclear weaponization program the regime shut down in 2003 was moved and restarted a year later — and remains fully in operation.

Question: In its ecstasy over the latest from the NIE, is the nation’s left apologizing and finding justifications for jihadists, Islamofascists and other such types seeking to do us harm? Indeed, does the left regard global terror as less to be deplored — and less to be feared — than George Bush?

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How about all those elections? Recently victorious Nicholas Sarkozy restoring the shine to long-tarnished French-American relations. John Howard, Australia’s Ronald Reagan, gone after 11 years at the helm. Venezuela’s Castro comrade, Hugo Chavez, stunningly defeated at the polls in his own police state. (Why does boss Chavez draw so little global opprobrium from the sophisticates so ostentatiously outraged by Pakistan’s boss Musharraf?). Parliamentary elections a triumph for Russia’s bad Vlad Putin, with numbers recalling nothing quite so much as the bad old days of the hokeyed-up peoples democratic republics.

And in Russia, President Putin’s quick designation of his successor (Dmitry Medvedev), and Medvedev’s return of the favor with his invitation to Putin to be his prime minister. Such a development effectively would put two Russian presidents in the Kremlin, just as the election of Hillary Clinton effectively would put (with Bill) two U.S. presidents in the White House.

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Ross Mackenzie

Ross Mackenzie lives with his wife and Labrador retriever in the woods west of Richmond, Virginia. They have two grown sons, both Naval officers.

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