Patterico's Pontifications



Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:24 pm

NEW YORK TIMES TO CORRECT ITS EDITORIAL PAGE?: It hasn’t happened yet, but the New York Times should be eating crow big-time over an editorial on Monday, in which it got the Supreme Court cross-burning decision — exactly backwards. Read David Tell’s explanation of how this happened here.


Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:19 pm

FEMALE COMBAT PILOT: Read about her here — and imagine the look on the faces of certain misogynists in the Middle East as they learn about women like her kicking the Iraqis’ butts.

SCOTT RITTER: An interview with

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:18 pm

SCOTT RITTER: An interview with Scott Ritter from two weeks ago can be read here. Notable quotes from this strange fellow — who must have been blackmailed by the Iraqis — include:

“The United States is going to leave Iraq with its tail between its legs, defeated. It is a war we can not win . . . We do not have the military means to take over Baghdad and for this reason I believe the defeat of the United States in this war is inevitable . . . Every time we confront Iraqi troops we may win some tactical battles, as we did for ten years in Vietnam, but we will not be able to win this war, which in my opinion is already lost.”

Looking forward to the next interview.


Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:27 am

HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY: To my mom, whose birthday took place while I was stomping through snow in Sequoia.

SWEET QUOTES: In any catalog

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:26 am

SWEET QUOTES: In any catalog of wonderful recent quotes belongs this one: “‘We discovered that all what the (Iraqi) information minister was saying was all lies,’ said Ali Hassan, a government employee in Cairo, Egypt. ‘Now no one believes Al-Jazeera anymore.'” From this AP story.

SADDAM: Not that it is

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:51 am

SADDAM: Not that it is necessarily that important, but where do you folks think Saddam went? Vaporized by a bunker buster? Tikrit, to prepare for a “final bloody showdown”? Syria?

I can’t recommend Tikrit. The story linked in the previous paragraph quotes a U.S. source as saying that U.S. forces “would cut off Tikrit from Baghdad and assault the city with airstrikes.” You hear that, Saddam?

ENJOY: Enjoy this last day

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:49 am

ENJOY: Enjoy this last day of positive coverage of Iraq. Tomorrow reporters will start pointing out that the U.S. has not made the country perfect in a day.

The “Not In Our Name” types will quickly follow suit. After all, they must be very embarrassed today — and must be dying to find something to pretend to be right about.


Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:48 am

MORE IRAQI JOY: There are so many stories of Iraqi joy, it’s hard to know which ones to choose. Here’s one from our local Dog Trainer. It is full of quotes like this:

“‘Victory! We are free!’ the crowds called out. ‘Thank you, President Bush!'”

HEARTBREAKING: This story in the

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:40 am

HEARTBREAKING: This story in the New York Times brings home the feelings of the Iraqis as well as anything else I have seen. It’s impossible not to be touched by this:

“A burly 39-year-old man named Qifa, assigned by Mr. Hussein’s Information Ministry to keep watch on an American reporter, paused at midmorning, outside the inferno that had been the headquarters of Iraq’s National Olympic Committee, to ask the reporter to grip his hand. The building, used to torture and kill opponents of Mr. Hussein, had been one of the most widely feared places in Iraq.

“‘Touch me, touch me, tell me that this is real, tell me that the nightmare is really over,’ the man said, tears running down his face.”

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