2007-10-25

Morning Report: October 25, 2007

Tough talk - and action - from Washington against an arch-enemy; the tension along a Middle Eastern border continues; and a liberal magazine digs itself in deeper. All in another day of Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week.

Rice: Iran may be single greatest threat. AFP: 'Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice singled out Iran Wednesday as "perhaps the single greatest challenge" to US security but stressed that diplomacy was the preferred way to end its nuclear drive. ... In testimony to Congress, Rice said "serious consequences" would include a third round of sanctions from the United Nations Security Council to punish Iran's refusal to renounce uranium enrichment. "We are of course very concerned that the policies of Iran constitute perhaps the single greatest challenge for American security interests in the Middle East and possibly around the world," she said. "The combination of Iranian terrorism, Iranian repression at home and the pursuit of nuclear weapons technology... is a very dangerous mix."'

US urges Iraq to crack down on Kurdish rebels. VOA: 'U.S. officials are calling on Turkey and Iraq to exercise restraint, amid Turkish shelling of rebel bases inside Iraq. Turkish officials say the attacks are retaliation for a rebel ambush on Sunday that killed 12 Turkish soldiers. VOA's Cindy Saine reports from Washington, the U.S. is also calling on Iraq's Kurdish leaders to crack down on the rebels hiding in northern Iraq. Turkish military and civilian leaders met Wednesday to discuss possible further action against rebels of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK.'

Documents show TNR's Beauchamp stories were fabrications - and Foer knew. The once-repubable liberal magazine The New Republic saw the last vestiges of its credibility crumble with the appearance of some damning documents on the internet. Here's The Standard:
The Drudge Report has posted a a series of documents [now available here - aa] that reveal the lengths to which the New Republic’s editors, specifically Frank Foer and Peter Scoblic, went to cover up the truth about the Scott Beauchamp stories. This is the end of the road, and a long road it's been.

When we started looking into Beauchamp's stories back in July, we believed that the New Republic had simply been taken in by a huckster--that despite being over-eager to publish a story that cast our troops in a negative light, TNR's editors had done so good faith, believing the stories to be true. So we emailed Frank Foer, who agreed to provide us with some of the corroborating details in order to demonstrate his author's credibility.

Foer told us that the incident with the disfigured woman had taken place at FOB Falcon and that the "Saddam-era dumping ground" was located a few miles south of Baghdad International Airport. With that information, we asked our milblogger friends to help us confirm the details of the story. It quickly became clear that no one at Falcon had ever seen this woman, that no "Saddam-era dumping ground" had ever been discovered, and that the Bradley Fighting Vehicle was not capable of dissecting stray dogs with the precision described by Beauchamp.

Nevertheless, the editors at TNR insisted in their first official statement that they had "much to corroborate" the soldiers account. ...

The documents posted by Drudge reveal that the New Republic’s editors have known for several weeks that the central anecdote of the story was untrue, that the other anecdotes were deeply suspect, and that the author was no longer standing by his work. And yet they remained publicly silent even though they had long ago promised to be open and forthcoming on the matter. Worse still, they asked Beauchamp to cancel pending interviews with the Washington Post and Newsweek, lest their complicity in Beauchamp's slanders come to light.

Michelle Malkin has what may be the definitive roundup on this - go to her post for all the latest.

"Pictures of Syrian nuke reactor bombed by Israel." That's the post title at Israel Matzav, and it just goes to show how dangerous a few pictures can be. Those Israelis don't mess around. Anyway, I'm going out on a limb here and linking to the pictures, but if you hear Israeli planes overhead, please close your browser window immediately. More to the point, here's a clip from Carl's analysis:
Israel's assessment from the outset was that Syria would not respond. Syria has no air force of which to speak (recall that last summer, Israel's air force buzzed Assad's summer palace with impunity). Israel knew going in that it could neutralize the Pantsyr missile system. Even if it was wrong in its assessment that it could neutralize the Pantsyr, Israel believed that Syria would shoot down the bombers and be done at that. Iran is not ready to go to war now; it does not want to give Israel or the US an excuse to attack its uncompleted nuclear plants. In sum, the risk of war with Syria and Iran as a result of the Israeli action was judged to be tolerable.

Go read the whole thing at the link.

Leftists raise awareness about Islamo-fascism at Emory. David Horowitz was scheduled to give a talk on islamo-fascism at Emory University, but was upstaged by leftists and islamists who preferred to provide a first-hand demonstration of islamo-fascism in action. Here's Incorrect University:
... the real rage was inside the auditorium. It was amazing to watch. The crowd of Leftists, and Muslims and Students were determined not to let David Horowitz speak. Afterwards, many, many of the students said they were ashamed of the way the mob acted. But, they certainly didn’t try to stop it.

The Left’s favorite chant- “Racist, Sexist, Antigay, David Horowitz go away!” Is David Horowitz antigay? Is that why he asked Tammy Bruce to speak at Pepperdine? The Leftists and Muslims both joined to harass David Horowitz. Both Leftists and Muslims were standing with their backs to Horowitz until the talk was cancelled. This is Emory University.

The Emory College Republicans issued a statement published at FrontPage:
On Wednesday evening, the Emory University Chapter of the College Republicans hosted acclaimed author and activist David Horowitz for a lecture on radical Islam as part of Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week. From the beginning of Horowitz's speech, rowdy protesters continually interrupted him and less than half an hour into the event, the crowd became so disruptive that police were called in and Horowitz had to be escorted off stage.

Over 300 people – a cross-section of students, professors, and Atlanta community members – packed into White Hall where the event was held. The audience included a wide range of Leftists from Amnesty International, Veterans for Peace, and Students for Justice in Palestine, as well as Muslim groups such as the Muslim Student Association. In addition, members of "National Project to Defend Dissent & Critical Thinking in Academia," an organization dedicated to opposing Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week events throughout the country, participated in the protests dressed in orange attire as a reference to Guantanamo Bay. There was also a sizable group of men and women dressed in traditional Muslim garb as well as students wearing Kafiyehs, a symbol of Arab solidarity.

"I've spoken at Emory University several times and I've never seen it this bad," said Horowitz responding to the crowd as they shouted and jeered. "This is exactly what the fascists did in Germany in the 1930s." Protesters began their efforts as soon as Horowitz was introduced with boos and chants of "Heil Hitler." Despite the people who stood with their backs to Horowitz and the shouting of obscenities and other remarks from audience members, Horowitz attempted to deliver his speech that covered academic freedom and radical Islam. The loud chants, sign-waving, and disruptive gestures continued to escalate from audience members until the atmosphere was so chaotic that even the police present were unable to subdue the crowd. Horowitz was led off stage and left the campus under tight security, and the event came to an abrupt end. ...

Go to the link for the rest, and be sure to follow IFAW-related developments at Incorrect U.

New Iran sanctions from US. The Telegraph: 'The US has announced sweeping sanctions against Iran designed to punish the regime for its nuclear programme and support for terrorists. The measures are the harshest imposed on Teheran since 1979, and mark a new phase in the international campaign against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's regime. The British Government immediately gave its backing to the US action, and pledged to lead the campaign for new EU and UN sanctions.' Counterterrorism Blog:
Today, the State Department designated the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL) for their proliferation activities. The Treasury Department also designated numerous Iranian parties for proliferation concerns: nine IRGC-affiliated entities and five IRGC-affiliated individuals; two state-owned banks, Bank Melli (its biggest) and Bank Mellat; and three individuals affiliated with Iran's Aerospace Industries Organization (AIO). The Treasury Department also designated the IRGC-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) under for providing material support to the Taliban in Afghanistan and other terrorist organizations, and also designated Iran's state-owned Bank Saderat as a terrorist financier. Moreover, elements of the IRGC and MODAFL were listed in the Annexes to U.N. Security Council Resolutions 1737 and 1747, which leads to a freeze on their assets by all member nations.'

Go to the post to find out why Cochran considers this a "decisive" move.

More on Syria. CTB covers Syria's nuclear program. ThreatsWatch discusses Israsl's new Syria strategy.

Commentary. At the risk of being tedious, I'll just note again that the Emory students who "were ashamed of how the mob acted" probably learned more about islamo-fascism than Horowitz could have taught them. Let's hope they study this lesson.

Lots more I'd like to post, but I'm out of time this morning.