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  • Ross Mackenzie: Kerry Chooses Edwards – The Final Preparation for Ideological Armageddon

    07/07/2004 7:55:08 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 2 replies · 694+ views
    The Richmond [VA] Times-Dispatch ^ | July 8, 2004 | Ross Mackenzie
    John Edwards brings to the Kerry cause two principal assets: an optimism contrasting with Kerry's lugubrious pessimism, and — during the Democratic presidential primaries — a refusal to go negative on his opponents. In the retrospectives on Ronald Reagan we have just seen repeated testimonies as to the importance of optimism to political achievement — optimism President Bush possesses in abundance. And if Edwards maintains his anti-negative insistence regarding the President and his administration, his selection may herald that political rarity — a campaign based not so much on the personalities of the contenders as on the ideas they respectively...
  • On Iraq: 'Displaying a Divisiveness That Energizes Our Adversaries'

    06/26/2004 7:51:51 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 9 replies · 160+ views
    The Richmond [VA] Times-Dispatch ^ | June 27, 2004 | Ross Mackenzie
    Complaints mount about the U.S. in Iraq. They follow two principal avenues — about the war generally and about interrogation abuses specifically. On the war generally, John Kerry's latest line holds that President Bush's prosecution of the entire affair is "inept." Al Gore, Kerry's Democratic predecessor on the campaign trail and this time around a Kerry stand-in, unloaded the other day — terming Bush a congenital liar who dares not admit the truth about Iraq for political reasons. Other Democrats variously liken Bush and Republicans to the Taliban and Nazis. And the debate about details of dubious import plods on....
  • What they said then, and what they're saying now (Ronald Reagan)

    06/23/2004 10:26:45 PM PDT · by kattracks · 1 replies · 176+ views
    townhall.com ^ | 6/24/04 | Ross Mackenzie
    [snip] Tom Brokaw, reputedly the most moderate of the network anchors, got an invitation, too. And Dan Rather, in announcing Reagan's death, is said to have been close to tears. But if the two are offering themselves as Reagan disciples today, they were hardly so years ago:- Brokaw, in Mother Jones, April 1983, on Reagan's values: "Pretty simplistic. Pretty old-fashioned. And I don't think they have much application to what's currently wrong or troubling a lot of people. . . . Nor do I think he really understands the enormous difficulty a lot of people have in just getting through...
  • Ross Mackenzie: Past, Present… & Future? What They Said Then, and What They're Saying Now

    06/19/2004 8:13:10 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 3 replies · 113+ views
    The Richmond [VA] Times-Dispatch ^ | June 19, 2004 | Ross Mackenzie
    What a magnificent week wherein the nation buried Ronald Reagan. Overdone, perhaps, and too much of a muchness. Still, it was wife and choreographer Nancy's final gift to her husband — regarding whom, her beloved Ronnie, it wasn't always so. The week had unlikely people on the fringe — too often called "observers" — saying astounding things. As one watched in awe, one listened in incredulity. Many of those most fulsome in praise of Reagan now were most sneering in criticism of him then — which set the mind to comparing President Reagan's circumstances to President Bush's. Reagan viewed his...
  • Ross Mackenzie: The Three R's – Reaganomics, the Reagan Doctrine, the Reagan Revolution

    06/09/2004 4:40:12 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 6 replies · 159+ views
    The Richmond [VA] Times-Dispatch ^ | June 10, 2004 | Ross Mackenzie
    If you weren't around in 1980, or you were insufficiently sensitized to key world realities, you cannot know how bad things really were — hence the extent to which the nation required, the world required, a catalytic change artist like Ronald Reagan. Regarding Reagan, this is an hour of self-serving hagiography, of transmogrifying anthropomorphism — and comically by many in the press who spent seemingly their every waking hour ripping him and detesting everything he tried. Reagan was not a saint, not a god in human form. Nor was he the Lucifer of leftist desire. He was merely a man...
  • Will it be now, in Iraq and against terror, as then?

    06/02/2004 10:23:32 PM PDT · by kattracks · 95+ views
    townhall.com ^ | 6/03/04 | Ross Mackenzie
    Time flies - or from campus days, tempus fugit . And a lot is coming unglued. The question is: Does enough time remain to stick everything back together? Other questions, equally important - or more so: Does America have the stomach to prevail in Iraq? Indeed, will our morals allow us to win the War on Terror? Each news cycle seems to pile the worse on the bad. Nicholas Berg, bullet holes in mosques, an attack on a wedding party (wedding revelry, with children in attendance, at 3:00 a.m.?), the ransacking of the office of a member of the Iraqi...
  • Ross Mackenzie: A Diminishing Few, but Always the Greatest Americans

    05/26/2004 9:41:00 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 2 replies · 122+ views
    Town Hall ^ | May 27, 2004 | Ross Mackenzie [Tribune Media Services]
    Memorial Day, the war on terror, Bush, Kerry, a mainline press that does not so much inform as inflame: They're all intertwined, all of a piece. And the same elements, or elements like them with different names, have coalesced before. This isn't the first time. We'll come back to Memorial Day and what it means. First, recall these things: In the Afghan and Iraqi conflicts, battlefield successes cast as mistakes. Genuine mistakes — Abu Ghraib, under-manning, underestimation of Iraqi (and Afghan) readiness for self-government, insufficient rhetorical rallying of the American people — played up. Defeatism. Doubts about the mission and...
  • A Traduced Morality: Will It Be Now, in Iraq and Against Terror, as Then? (Must-read! Really!)

    05/22/2004 8:29:35 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 31 replies · 105+ views
    The Richmond [VA] Times-Dispatch ^ | May 23, 2004 | Ross Mackenzie
    Time flies — or from campus days, tempus fugit. And a lot is coming unglued. The question is: Does enough time remain to stick everything back together? Other questions, equally important — or more so: Does America have the stomach to prevail in Iraq? Indeed, will our morals allow us to win the War on Terror? Each news cycle seems to pile the worse on the bad. Nicholas Berg, bullet holes in mosques, an attack on a wedding party (wedding revelry, with children in attendance, at 3:00 a.m.?), the ransacking of the office of a member of the Iraqi provisional...
  • Apocalypse Now? John Kerry Well Could Massachusettsize the Country

    05/01/2004 8:39:02 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 20 replies · 117+ views
    The Richmond [VA] Times-Dispatch ^ | May 2, 2004 | Ross Mackenzie
    On Sunday, with his "Jobs First" bus tour of Midwestern swing states, John Kerry kicked off his general election campaign. About the same time Al Gore threw his not inconsiderable weight behind the Kerry elec- tion enterprise, in addition to $4 million left over from Gore's failed effort four years ago. So okay, the race is on. Some random thoughts as Kerry leaves the gate … . Kerry started out with talk about jobs. "This administration," he said, "is standing by while the jobs are being outsourced, the jobs are going overseas." He insistently did not say that in his...
  • The next two months could determine the next president

    04/28/2004 10:05:04 PM PDT · by kattracks · 2 replies · 115+ views
    townhall.com ^ | 4/29/04 | Ross Mackenzie
    At the two-month marker of heightened anguish over Iraq and (oddly less so) the war against terror generally, what better time for pulling off to stretch the legs and appraise the situation? Highlights: Fallujah and Najaf. Ayatollah Sistani and Islamofascist thug Muqtada al-Sadr with his "Mahdi Army" of goons. The targeting of American troops and the kidnapping of foreigners; IEDs, firefights, riots, charred American bodies. Madrid and the Zapatero tergiversation. Terrorists in Europe calling for jihad and the rule of Islam; swift rejection of the great Osama's attempted manipulation of European antiwar sentiment, wherein he offered a "truce" with European...
  • Ross Mackenzie: In Iraq and Here – The Next Two Months Could Determine the Next President

    04/28/2004 9:29:14 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 6 replies · 81+ views
    The Richmond [VA] Times-Dispatch ^ | April 29, 2004 | Ross Mackenzie
    At the two-month marker of heightened anguish over Iraq and (oddly less so) the war against terror generally, what better time for pulling off to stretch the legs and appraise the situation? Highlights and who-shot-john: Fallujah and Najaf. Ayatollah Sistani and Islamofascist thug Muqtada al-Sadr with his "Mahdi Army" of goons. The targeting of American troops and the kidnapping of foreigners; IEDs, firefights, riots, charred American bodies. Madrid and the Zapatero tergiversation. Terrorists in Europe calling for jihad and the rule of Islam; swift rejection of the great Osama's attempted manipulation of European antiwar sentiment, wherein he offered a "truce"...
  • By Leno, Tuttwak, the Cronkites, Rumsfeld, McCain, etc.

    04/22/2004 10:54:28 PM PDT · by kattracks · 1 replies · 61+ views
    townhall.com ^ | 4/23/04 | Ross Mackenzie
    Miscellaneous quotes on topics more or less in the news:JAY LENO: "John Kerry's victory over Howard Dean has completely changed the presidential race around. Now instead of the rich white guy from Yale who lives in the White House facing off against the rich white guy from Yale who lives in Vermont, he may have to face the rich white guy from Yale who lives in Massachusetts. It's a whole different game."FORMER SENATOR AND 1996 REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BOB DOLE: "On Fox News recently, my friend John Kerry stated: 'I've never made any judgments about any choice somebody made...
  • Ross Mackenzie: Better Batten Down and Head for the Hills

    03/31/2004 9:54:21 PM PST · by quidnunc · 1 replies · 63+ views
    Town Hall | April 1, 2004 | Ross Mackenzie [Tribune Media Services]
    The presidential campaign has gone full-steam. Contemplating the prospects, the mind recalls O. Henry's "It is a rat trap, and you, madam and sir and all of us, are in it — and yearns to head for the hills." Already the candidates are on the campaign trail full time, except for various medical bypasses to fix John Kerry's this and that. Already the attack ads are saturating the airwaves, with leftie lobbies (the Sierra Club, MoveOn) counterbalancing for Kerry President Bush's loping lead in campaign funds (recent headlines: (1) "Kerry Campaign Relying on Help of Groups' Ads," and (2) "Groups'...
  • Ross Mackenzie: On Terror, Hate, Humor, LOTR, Conflict, Etc.

    03/24/2004 9:29:21 PM PST · by quidnunc · 3 replies · 241+ views
    Town Hall ^ | March 25, 2004 | Ross Mackenzie [Tribune Media Services]
    Comments on items recently in the news. • Having missed Hamas' dialectician Ahmed Yassin in September, the Israelis now have picked him off — as they vowed they would. The mastermind of hundreds of attacks against Israel, resulting in the murder of at least 377, Yassin vowed in January: "We do not fear the threat of death. We will not bow to pressure, and resistance will continue until the occupation is destroyed." That Israel has killed him should come as no surprise. Nor should the double-standard outrage reserved for Israeli and American actions against terrorists. Yassin's successor, Abdel Aziz Rantisi,...
  • Ross Mackenzie: Mythical Conversation – Reconciling Kerry's Actions & Votes With Reality

    02/28/2004 9:18:43 PM PST · by quidnunc · 1 replies · 205+ views
    The Richmond [VA] Times-Dispatch ^ | February 29, 2004 | Ross Mackenzie
    Amythical conversation with John Kerry. The questions are drawn from fact. The responses are logic-based fantasy … . A Washington Post headline the other day read, "Kerry Labels Bush a 'Contradiction.'" Could an even greater contradiction be you? Of course not. I am totally consistent — always have been.How does consistency explain your votes against the 1991 Gulf War, for last year's war to remove Saddam, and against appropriating $87 billion to rebuild Iraq now? Those votes demonstrate my abiding belief in the extension of liberty and democracy, and my abiding support for American forces — my "band of brothers"...
  • Gibson's 'Passion': Speaking to Nock's 'Remnant' There in a Latter-Day Catacomb?

    02/25/2004 9:44:18 PM PST · by quidnunc · 8 replies · 137+ views
    The Richmond [VA] Times-Dispatch ^ | February 26, 2004 | Ross Mackenzie
    An old evangelistic line holds the Bible as "the greatest book ever written," though many Brits gave that kudo — in a 1997 poll — to Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Peter Jackson's movie version of Tolkien's Middle Earth epic is leaving the nation's screens, though it may get a reprise if what should happen does happen at the Oscars Sunday night. Mel Gibson's movie version of Christ's Passion opened Ash Wednesday across the land. As with Jackson's effort, so with Gibson's: The puristic and the all-knowing have nits to pick. With Jackson, the movie is not easily comprehensible —...
  • Ross Mackenzie: Dean's Scream, the Union Label, the Beeb, Church Sex, Etc.

    02/21/2004 9:29:18 PM PST · by quidnunc · 71+ views
    The Richmond [VA] Times-Dispatch ^ | February 22, 2004 | Ross Mackenzie
    Since last we met in this form, much has gone up and gone down. The most exciting, perhaps, are the romps of the twin rovers Spirit and Opportunity across the Martian landscape. Astounding stuff. Less astounding but still notable were … . • Howard Dean's implosion and his primal scream. Key pols lately have had their defining moments: Michael Dukakis in a tank, Ed Muskie in tears, Jimmy Carter and the killer rabbit, Bill Clinton and those bimbo eruptions, Teddy Kennedy and his Chappaquiddick swim. Add now Dean's post-Iowa outburst, confirming he had reached the end of the line —...
  • Ross Mackenzie: Razzle-Dazzle 'Em – The Real Deal on Massachusetts' Newest JFK

    02/18/2004 9:41:18 PM PST · by quidnunc · 4 replies · 61+ views
    The Richmond [VA] Times-Dispatch ^ | February 19, 2004 | Ross Mackenzie
    With the Democratic presidential nomination already boxed, John Kerry — or someone on his staff — is wrapping it up and topping it off with a pretty bow. His competitors and the Democrats' special-interest felines, seemingly so hard to herd, are falling in behind, as Democratic constituencies so often do so much better than their Republican counterparts. Howard Dean, an also-ran everywhere and sounding ever more desperate, at last has folded his quixotic enterprise. Clark himself has left the field, taking a seat with Richard Gephardt on the Kerry bench. Joe Lieberman is in the showers. The party's extremists and...
  • Not your basic even-handed, caring, centrist moderation

    02/11/2004 11:50:27 PM PST · by kattracks · 2 replies · 87+ views
    townhall.com ^ | 2/12/04 | Ross Mackenzie
    So here we are again, well into another calendar - and the past year's winning quotations from the media (mostly television) rated by the Media Research Council (www.mediaresearch.org). It's full of doozies.The MRC collects quotations certifying generally the idiocy of many in the mainline media, specifically the idiot leftism - even of "personalities" who seemingly will go to their graves protesting the very suggestion they are anything but even-handed, caring, centrist moderates.With that, here are samples from the MRC's "Best Notable Quotables of 2003" (Disclosure: I have judged such collections as an MRC panelist in the past, but not...
  • Ross Mackenzie: February Song – Will Another Massachusetts Pol Go Down One More Once?

    02/04/2004 9:16:51 PM PST · by quidnunc · 2 replies · 69+ views
    The Richmond [VA] Times-Dispatch ^ | February 5, 2004 | Ross Mackenzie
    With Teddy Kennedy, Paul Tsongas, and Michael Dukakis, John Kerry is the fourth Massachusetts pol to seek the presidency since 1980. Massachusetts pols have an ideological panache that wins them heart-thumping enthusiasm with the nation's leftist establishment, but tends to win them less favor with the broader electorate. Kerry will be the Democratic nominee — no doubt. Lacking any victory anywhere, Howard Dean has imploded. Wesley Clark never ignited. Richard Gephardt and Joe Lieberman have left the field. John Edwards, a trial-lawyer smoothie, has no hope of closing Kerry's widening lead. The Democratic ticket could be Kerry-Edwards, Kerry-Hillary (unlikely), or...
  • Ross Mackenzie: On WMD Intelligence – Presidents Do What They Must With Info They Have

    01/31/2004 9:38:19 PM PST · by quidnunc · 2 replies · 133+ views
    The Richmond [VA] Times-Dispatch ^ | February 1, 2004 | Ross Mackenzie
    This business of U.S. intelligence on Saddam's weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) has gotten woefully out of hand. The hostile line against the Bush administration goes like this: We haven't found any of the WMDs the administration assured us would be found — indeed, that Vice President Cheney continues to say will be found. Weapons inspector David Kay has told the Senate Armed Services Committee WMDs aren't in Iraq and we won't find them there; our intelligence was flawed. In Kay's words Wednesday, "We were almost all wrong." Told you so. President Bush knew his information was unreliable. So as...
  • After New Hampshire…: Building Toward a Clear Conservative-Liberal Fall Campaign

    01/28/2004 9:43:31 PM PST · by quidnunc · 1 replies · 58+ views
    The Richmond [VA] Times-Dispatch ^ | January 29, 2004 | Ross Mackenzie
    So now it's probably not going to be Howard Dean after all, but John Kerry. Democratic voters in Iowa and New Hampshire evidently understood that Dean had utterly no prayer of defeating President Bush, and fell in behind someone who thinks similarly but presents differently. Rationally so or not, many pols have defining moments: John Kennedy's "ask not what your country can do for you … " and Barry Goldwater's "extremism in defense of virtue is no vice." Jimmy Carter and the killer rabbit and "malaise" and lusting in his heart. Ronald Reagan's "it's my microphone, I paid for it"...
  • Ross Mackenzie: Year's End (2003 in review)

    01/27/2004 9:20:57 PM PST · by quidnunc · 133+ views
    Town Hall ^ | January 27, 2004 | Ross Mackenzie [Tribune Media Services]
    "Most of us know, now, that Rousseau was wrong: that man, when you knock his chains off, sets up death camps. Soon we shall know everything the 18th century didn't know, and nothing it did, and it will be hard to live with us." — novelist and poet Randall Jarrell. If not apocryphal, the quote of 2003 came from an unlikely Spec. 4, only 19, standing over a surrendering Saddam Hussein: "President Bush sends his regards." Iraq was so much the year's dominating story that everything else came in close to last. President Bush led the way, with key congressional...
  • The Way It Is: Not Your Basic Even-Handed Caring Centrist Moderation

    01/17/2004 9:18:24 PM PST · by quidnunc · 3 replies · 121+ views
    The Richmond [VA] Times-Dispatch ^ | January 18, 2004 | Ross Mackenzie
    So here we are again, with another calendar year checked off — and the year's winning quotations from the media (mostly television) rated by the Media Research Council (www. mediaresearch.org). It's full of doozies. The MRC collects quotations certifyng generally the idiocy of many in the mainline media, specificially the idiot leftism — even of "personalities" who seemingly will go to their graves protesting the very suggestion they are anything but even-handed caring centrist moderates. With that, here are samples from the MRC's "Best Notable Quotables of 2003" (Disclaimer: I have judged such collections as an MRC panelist in the...
  • Ever Thus: Abroad, Negativism vs. A Catalogue of Reality

    01/07/2004 9:24:40 PM PST · by quidnunc · 6 replies · 218+ views
    The Times-Dispatch [Richmond, VA] ^ | January 8, 2004 | Ross Mackenzie
    Down history's road, 2003 may shine brightly as marking a major improvement in how things are going abroad. The spring crushing of the Baathist regime and Saddam's capture a month ago were the top stories abroad. And look what has happened largely as a consequence: • Libya has announced it will scrap its nuclear program. • North Korea, with assistance from the Communist oligarchy in China, has declared it might do the same. • Our good friends the Saudis have begun to get serious about terrorism. • Russia has conditionally promised to forgive its Iraqi debt. • Israel has moved...
  • The Democrats reach back to a McGovernite past

    01/01/2004 2:08:12 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 1 replies · 211+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | Thursday, January 1, 2004 | by Ross Mackenzie
    Democrats hungering after the presidency have awakened recently to three smell-the-coffee surprises: the economic turnaround, the Gore endorsement of Howard Dean and the capture of Saddam Hussein. The turnaround, if it lasts, deprived them of one of their two major anticipated issues. Gore's endorsement of the most leftie wannabe except perhaps Dennis Kucinich or Al Sharpton reminded everyone just how ideologically extreme Gore is. Saddam's capture removed the other major anticipated arrow from the Democratic quiver - and led to renewed Democratic division that can help only the Republican enterprise next year. Even a generation ago, foreign policy was not...
  • The usual suspects were on the bandwagon all along (or - RATS words bite them in their A**)

    12/29/2003 11:29:17 PM PST · by Elkiejg · 27 replies · 506+ views
    Townhall ^ | 12/30/03 | Ross Mackenzie
    The Episcopalians are flaming out. Californians dissed their governor and now Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared an economic emergency. Rush Limbaugh broke bad. D.C.-area snipers Muhammad and Malvo have been convicted. Jacko, the self-styled King of Pop, faces trial on seven counts of child molestation. Martha Stewart is headed to trial, too. Perhaps 30,000 Iranians have died in an earthquake. It's Code Orange. And oh, yes - Saddam Hussein is cooling his heels in the slammer. Still, peacenik Howard Dean - pulling away from the pack - seems headed toward the Democratic presidential nomination. And Democrats generally, from presidential wannabes on...
  • Ross Mackenzie: Hidden Paths That Run West of the Moon, East of the Sun [LOTR]

    12/16/2003 10:31:37 PM PST · by quidnunc · 12 replies · 66+ views
    Tribune Media Services in Town Hall ^ | December 17, 2003 | Ross Mackenzie
    In monumental scope, the big screen is introducing many to J. R. R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings." The movie versions of "The Fellowship of the Ring" (vol. I) and "The Two Towers" (vol. II) were overwhelming, and generous representations of the book. As movies go, they chalked up some of the biggest global box-office sales ever. Tolkien groupies picked nits about the "Fellowship" and "The Two Towers" (as they will about vol. III "The Return of the King"), but by and large rejoice in the films. Others, some deeming the work science-fiction, won't see the Tolkien movies, let alone...
  • Al Gore 'Unplugged'? A Year From Now, It Could Be President Dean After All

    12/10/2003 9:48:15 PM PST · by quidnunc · 11 replies · 69+ views
    The Richmond [VA] Times-Dispatch ^ | December 11, 2003 | Ross Mackenzie
    All's fair in love and war — and politics. The teeming multitudes who have been dreaming about how good things would be if the 2000 presidential had gone the other way can wake up now: Al Gore is back. This is the guy who told us that he and Tipper were the prototypes for Love Story despite denials by author Erich Segal, and that he invented the Internet — remember? Currently he is trying to set up a liberal network to counter Fox News, evidently not understanding that liberalism is the ideological diet on which all the other networks feed....
  • Preemption, democracy and liberty -- the ultimate cause

    12/03/2003 11:33:09 PM PST · by kattracks · 2 replies · 63+ views
    townhall.com ^ | 12/04/03 | Ross Mackenzie
    We are thankful in this season for ... what?For love and family? For abundance? For a benevolent Lord? For life itself - particularly in the opinion of those who, having peered into the abyss, embrace life daily as distinctly preferable to the alternative?Yes, all those things - and more. But how about special thanks for a president determined to extend democracy to barren precincts of the world - notably in the Middle East?Democracy gone bananas can become ochlocratic (as, paradigmatically, in France in 1789), even anarchic. But nowhere does liberty flourish under a nondemocratic regime. It never has. And...
  • Ross Mackenzie: Dumb Dubya? Pre-emption, Democracy, and Liberty – the Ultimate Cause

    11/29/2003 9:30:23 PM PST · by quidnunc · 2 replies · 48+ views
    The Richmond [VA] Times-Dispatch ^ | November 30, 2003 | Ross Mackenzie
    We are thankful this weekend for … what? For love and family? For abundance? For a benevolent Lord? For life itself — particularly in the opinion of those who, having peered into the abyss, daily embrace life as distinctly preferable to the alternative? Yes, all those things — and more. But this weekend, this day, how about special thanks for a President determined to extend democracy to barren precincts of the world — notably in the Middle East? Democracy gone bananas can become ochlocratic (as, paradigmatically, in France in 1789), even anarchic. But nowhere does liberty flourish under a non-democratic...
  • On enemies, friends, religion, normalcy, the 43 percent, etc.

    11/26/2003 11:01:06 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 1 replies · 103+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 2003 | by Ross Mackenzie
    The going is getting tough in Iraq: two U.S. helicopters shot down and attacks on allied forces in what is turning out to be Saddam's counterattack. And the tough (the United States, Australians and Brits) are getting going. The United States has formed a covert commando force to hunt down Osama and Saddam, and its success would do more than anything to end the assaults on the forces and outposts of freedom. Get Saddam.The rest - notably some of the continental Europeans - are going wobbly and weak in the knees. Yet what sorts of allies can those Europeans really...