Monday, September 20, 2004

Something to give you nightmares

The fake memo story has erupted into an orgy of blame! Everyone wants to stick this on everyone else, from Rather to Mapes to Burkett to Lockhart.

I think the REALLY REALLY SCARY thing here is this: What if Bill Burkett had had the minimal competence to order a 1972 typewriter off of eBay and proofread his forged documents? THIS STORY WOULD HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED AS FACT. There would have been no CBS investigation, no demands for retraction, the story just would have run and that would have been that. How many other stories like this have gone down that we DON'T know about?

Sunday, September 19, 2004

Brave, brave Sir Robin

I find all the cavils and caterwauling over the insurgency vastly amusing.

Just remember what people were saying 3 weeks into Afghanistan. "We have lost the initiative." "It's already a quagmire." "Soon the Pentagon will begin massaging the news." It was called a "tar-baby." Then the next week, Kabul and Mazar-i-Sharif fell to our spec-ops-backed Northen Alliance allies, embarassing the hell out of the defeatist crowd.

Let me say this very clearly: There is no militarily significant resistance in Iraq. We can crush this insurgency the minute we want to.

100,000 insurgents? So what? How many soldiers did Saddam have? They are totally outclassed.

This is a classic counter-insurgency campaign startegy for facing a militarily much weaker opponent: Give them a safe haven, let them all gather there in the illusion of safety, then crush them all at once. Additionally, we are using the time to build up Iraqi forces that can more legitimately fight the insurgents.

Every day, the Iraqi gov't forces get stronger relative to the insurgents. Every car bomb makes the Iraqi soldiers and populace that much more apt to agree the insurgents must be dealt with whatever the cost.

In three months, I think you will see the difference.

UPDATE: Was I right?

Thursday, September 16, 2004

Someone pointed out to me today that we have 24,000 injured soldiers and 1,000 killed in Iraq,

We had 50,000 injured and 3,000 killed in one day here in America. The choice is between war and something worse.

It's not a coincidence there have been no attacks here while we've been on the offensive in Iraq; the war is sucking terrorists into a kill-hole. Many go home maimed or having lost their taste for jihad.

The only way to end the threat permanently is to democratize the Middle East. You can bitch about the neocons if you want, but the fact is no one else even has a plan to end terrorism.


Since the Kinko's tapes have been seized as evidence (great job Bill at INDC) and the applicable statutes seems to indicate the forger would face prosecution, I have the following prediction:

My crystal ball says Mr. Burkett will very shortly be checking himself into some kind of psychiatric institution so he can plead the insanity defense based on his neurological illness.

Sunday, September 12, 2004

Moving On (so to speak)

I think the question is no longer whether the docs are forgeries, but how soon lawsuits will be filed and whether a crime has been committed here. Beyond the obvious civil defamation and libel lawsuit against both CBS and the source, I would imagine there are criminal penalties for forging a U.S. military document, even one as trivial as a memo to self.

Hang your hat on these three things (for now)

Another "smoking gun" issue has come up re the memos: one of the memos states Bush was leaving to work in "his dad's campaign" during a time in which Bush Sr. was actually serving in an appointed position.

I think that's right up in the indisutable proof of forgery class, along with the 13-point vertical spacing and perfect centering of a proportional font.

Expert analysis is of course a must, but remember: they have the trial lawyers on their side in this campaign -- and OJ walked despite a mountain of expert forensic evidence. The expert analysis will need to be distilled into a few key phrases that people who aren't news junkies can readily understand and accept, or they will be obfuscated by very smart people whose expertise is such deception.

Pending confirmation by experts, I think those are the three issues that can be boiled down to easily explained sound bites not susceptible to any sort of disingenuous half-denials (as with the superscript "th" and reference to General Staudt) the left is sure to make.

UPDATE: Another expert weighs in.
UPDATE: And another. CBS' supposed "unimpeachable source" for the memos looks more and more impeachable, much like their alleged "trump card" Hughes who has now disavowed the memo.
Hmmm, "unimpeachable." Interesting choice of words. Brings to mind a certain gentleman with a fondness for cigars and interns...
UPDATE: Appropriate.

Saturday, September 11, 2004

Another crack in the facade

By the AP, no less!

"If any definitive evidence to the contrary of our story is found, we will report it. So far there is none," Rather insisted.

He produced a man named Marcel Matley as the document vetter.

But Matley is primarily a handwriting expert whose expertise in document evaluation has been challenged by the head of the American Board of Forensic Document Examiners.

Having been conned in Venezuela

into endorsing fraudulent elections, Carter now brings his expertise home.

Let's hope there's an international crisis for him somewhere OUTSIDE America before he brings back 20% interest rates, 10% unemployment, "stagflation," and "malaise."

Friday, September 10, 2004

Search for The Magical Typewriter

So now Rather needs to produce a 1972 typewriter capabale of all of the following:

Proportional TNR font
Curved apostrophes
Superscript "th"
13-point vertical spacing
Perfect centering of proportional fonts

and it must be commonly available enough to have been on a Colonel's desk and all features described above convenient enough to use that a CYA memo would be typed using them.
Feel free to correct me if I missed anything or made any mistakes.

BTW, the last three appear to be impossible for a 1970s typewriter to have managed.

Thursday, September 09, 2004

New Bush NG Docs Forged??

OK, this is what we need guys:
Proof that no typewriter existed when the docs were written that had BOTH a superscipt 'th" AND proprtional fonts.
If we can rule that out, we have proved it was forged.
The MS Word is very interesting, but certainly not convincing by itself. I think what is ESPECIALLY ineteresting about this issue is that afaict ONLY THE SUPERSCRIPTED "th" DIRECTLY FOLLOWS THE NUMBER, while in all other cases there is a space separating them from the #, which is exactly what one would expect if using MS Word (you have to leave a space to avoid have MS Word auto-correct it).

Update: Bill at INDC consults an expert, who says it "just may be a forgery"

Sunday, September 05, 2004

Semi-Random Ranting: Kerry vs. The Swift Vets

Semi-Random Ramblings

There are now FIVE proven Kerry lies/fabrications/gross exaggerations/inexplicable anomalies.

1) When one of the boats in his patrol was struck by a mine, the other boats did NOT flee as Kerry claimed in his campaign speech at the DNC convention. The campaign has admitted this was untrue.

2) Kerry was NOT in Cambodia on Christmas 1968, as he has claimed a dozen times, and had said on the Senate floor was "seared into his memory." He said that after being ordered there he heard Nixon say there were no troops in Cambodia (obviously Nixon had not yet taken office and could not have made any such statement in Dec 1968) which led him to protest the war. Despite months of searching Kerry cannot find A SINGLE SWIFT VET ANYWHERE who will corroborate his EVER being in Cambodia, and every Swift Boat commander has said no Swift Boat was ever sent to Cambodia. Kerry's own journal contradicts the story, and says he was in Sa Dec, 50 miles away from Cambodia. The campaign has admitted the Christmas is Cambodia story was untrue

3) Kerry's first Purple Heart was not from enemy fire as he earlier claimed, but from a self-inflicted wound he got playing around with a grenade while no enemies were around. Kerry's campaign was FORCED to admit this because Kerry's own journal contradicts his earlier statement by noting 9 days after the incident that he "had never been under enemy fire." This was also corroborated by Adm. William Schachte (U.S. Navy, ret.), who is NOT a member of Swift Vets for Truth.

And just in the past couple days:

4) The U.S. Navy has said it was "impossible" for Kerry to be awarded the Silver Star wth Combat V because the Combat V is NEVER awarded with the Silver Star. The Navy is now investingating the incident.

5) Sec'y of the Navy John Lehman says he "has no idea how" the citation for Kerry's award came to have his signature on it. "It is a total mystery to me. I never saw it. I never signed it. I never approved it. And the additional language it contains was not written by me," he said.

94 pages of records unreleased? Reporting by the Washington Post's Michael Dobbs points out that although the Kerry campaign insists that it has released Kerry's full military records, the Post was only able to get six pages of records under its Freedom of Information Act request out of the "at least a hundred pages" a Naval Personnel Office spokesman called the "full file."

Saturday, September 04, 2004

Putin's speech is very significant

This will mark a turning point in Russian relations with the Bush admin. The presence of Arabs in this atrocity has not gone unnoted. Sooner or later everyone is going to have to admit the neocon plan to end terrorism is the only realistic one - bring freedom and democracy to the Arab countries that breed them.

If America went to war with Iran or Syria, Russia would now probably go along -- and might not only send significant numbers of halfway effective troops (something almost no other country can do), but in the wake of this atrocity might even do so with the enthusiastic support of the Russian people.