Saturday, July 16, 2005

China Reaffirms Intention to Nuke America

As I expected, now that Karl Rove is not the ‘leak’ in the case of the ‘Plame Game’, the story is well off of the front page. This gives us a chance to do a rundown of the important things we have missed in the last four days. One last note: I wonder if the Press will pursue this so ruthlessly if it turns out that Colin Powell was the leak.

China refused to retract statements made by a leading general that it would use nuclear weapons to repulse US military intervention over Taiwan despite Washington's criticism of the remarks.

China refuses to back down on general's nuclear threat over Taiwan

"We will never tolerate 'Taiwan Independence', neither will we allow anybody with any means to separate Taiwan from the motherland," a foreign ministry spokesman told AFP.

The spokesman was commenting on statements made this week by General Zhu Chenghu, dean of China's National Defense University, who said China could launch a nuclear attack on "hundreds" of US cities if Washington interfered militarily in the Taiwan issue.

"We ... will prepare ourselves for the destruction of all of the cities east of Xian. Of course the Americans will have to be prepared that hundreds ... of cities will be destroyed by the Chinese."

I would like to take this time to thank the Clinton Administration for selling the multi-stage and MIRVing capability that China needed to accomplish such a feat.

Senate shuns attempt to add agents

The Senate voted yesterday against fulfilling its pledge from last year to hire 2,000 more Border Patrol agents and fund 8,000 new detention beds for illegal aliens in fiscal 2006, as some potential presidential candidates weighed in on border security and illegal immigration.

The intelligence overhaul bill that Congress passed and President Bush signed into law in December called for 2,000 new agents and 8,000 new detention beds every year for the next five years in order to meet a threat posed by illegal aliens.

Yesterday's votes were on amendments to the Department of Homeland Security spending bill, which funds only 1,000 more agents and 2,240 more detention beds in fiscal 2006.

But Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, said the amendments would sap funds from local law enforcement.

"That's the problem here. It's not in strengthening the borders. It's in taking away money from the people every day who defend us and, since 9/11, have new duties," he said.

Perhaps if we stopped them at the border, we wouldn’t need local law enforcement to act as our immigration police.

And Finally:

Court Win For Bush On Detainees

A federal appeals court put the Bush administration's military commissions for terrorist suspects back on track Friday, saying a detainee at the Guantanamo Bay prison who once was Osama bin-Laden's driver can stand trial.

Well, for all of you Al Qaeda apologists, here come your tribunals.

The protections of the 1949 Geneva Convention do not apply to al Qaeda and its members, so Hamdan does not have a right to enforce its provisions in court, the appeals judges said.

I’m sure you all will be able to find something else to outrage you soon enough, so keep your chin up and your protest signs at the ready.

I normally do not post old News, but I feel that some very important events occurred this week and were completely overshadowed by the MSM's need to burn Karl Rove.

In Sports:

Nats 5, Brewers 3 (Finally)
Hail to the Chief
(Save #32)

Braves 3, Mets 0