Monthly Archives: September 2007

The self-cleansing theory of global warming

“I don’t understand how they can say there is global warming or man causes it when it’s a natural cycle of the planet,” said Russell Marshall, 34, a student from Enid, Okla., and a Republican. “It’s like the planet cleanses itself from time to time by changing temperature.”

From the Daily Local News, 9/27/07, p. A7.

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How Columbus made history

“…the admiral promulgated an act establishing that Cuba was part of Asia. The document of June 14, 1494, stated as evidence that the crew of the three ships recognized it as such. Whoever said otherwise was given thirty lashes, fined 10,000 maravedies, and had his tongue cut out.” —Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano in The Progressive, October 2007, p. 14.

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Former Dem leads charge to war on Iran


In case you thought it was just an aberrant moment of lunacy last
week when Lieberman pressed General Petraeus for an attack on Iran,
just before the weekend he introduced an amendment to the defense
bill to authorize exactly that.

No, we are not kidding. He has drafted language that any impartial
observer would interpret as a DECLARATION OF WAR against Iran, and he
is pressing for a vote as fast as possible.

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General gets it right on oil

This letter in the 9/24/07 Inquirer, though intended to bolster the Bush position, says it better in the last paragraph than even Alan Greenspan (“I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil.”). One might draw the opposite conclusion from the General’s: if oil dependency leads us to occupy foreign countries, maybe oil dependency is a bad thing.

No quick pullout

The American public is not being well served by the news media regarding the serious consequences that would follow for the United States and other Western democracies from a sudden military withdrawal from Iraq.

The media feed the public, on a daily basis, reports of car bombings and casualties and not enough on the strategic implications of our current situation. The dominant military power in the region is Iran, and it is ready to exert hegemony over there if we succumb to the desires of those who want us prematurely out of Iraq.

As long as the West is dependent on oil for the functioning of its economy, we cannot let a nation that is hostile to our interests and has significant military power dominate the region.

James C. Dever Jr.
Brigadier General USAF (Ret.)
Ocean City

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