Well, at least someone agrees with The Skipper. Yesterday, I called it and now Newt agrees. The storm clouds are brewing and it’s time to start planning where we want to be and what we want to do when the fertilizer hits the ventilator. Several of our readers here made comments yesterday about possible consequences and scenarios as this plays out.
All I know is it’s going to get real ugly real quick. As someone here noted, even the other Arab nations are staying awfully quiet on this. They are meeting in Egypt this weekend but so far they have not strongly condemned Israel - just made a few remarks to the press, probably just to keep their base happy. It’s beginning to look like Syria and Iran may be on their own here, in spite of what Ahmawhackjob says. Even Al-Jizz is quiet.
If there is an innocent victim in all this it is Lebanon. The government there has absolutely no control whatsoever over the large Hezbullah “refugee” camps in the southern part of that country. The Lebanese military and police don’t even bother to try to police the radical terrorists on Israel’s border. Syria is interfering by supplying arms to these asshats and Iran is now funneling arms and soldiers into the conflict.
Israel issued a 72-hour ultimatum to Syria yesterday evening and I expect that to be the tripwire. Syria will not back down because Assad is just as insane as the Mad Mullahs in Iran. Prediction: Israel will launch a pre-emptive strike into Syria and then the war will escalate, Damascus will be bombed and Iran will attempt to jump in on Syria’s side. If North Korea has sneaked nuclear weapons into Iran this could get really ugly. The first mushroom cloud will not be the last. Count on it.
Suggestion For President Bush: you better deploy the Sixth Fleet to the Eastern Mediterranean and while you’re at it, you probably need to forward deploy some serious airpower in Iraq. Oh ... and you might want to ask “Pooty-Poot” if he wants in on this to help us or does he want to stay quiet on the sidelines. There is no other option.
Gingrich Says It’s World War III
July 16, 2006 12:54 PM
Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich says America is in World War III and President Bush should say so. In an interview in Bellevue this morning Gingrich said Bush should call a joint session of Congress the first week of September and talk about global military conflicts in much starker terms than have been heard from the president.
“We need to have the militancy that says ‘We’re not going to lose a city,’ “ Gingrich said. He talks about the need to recognize World War III as important for military strategy and political strategy.
Gingrich said he is “very worried” about Republican’s facing fall elections and says the party must have the “nerve” to nationalize the elections and make the 2006 campaigns about a liberal Democratic agenda rather than about President Bush’s record. Gingrich says that as of now Republicans “are sailing into the wind” in congressional campaigns. He said that’s in part because of the Iraq war, adding, “Iraq is hard and painful and we do not explain it very well.”
But some of it is due to Republicans’ congressional agenda. He said House and Senate Republicans “forgot the core principle” of the party and embraced Congressional pork. “Some of the guys,” he said, have come down with a case of “incumbentitis.” Gingrich said in the coming days he plans to speak out publicly, and to the Administration, about the need to recognize that America is in World War III.
He lists wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, this week’s bomb attacks in India, North Korean nuclear threats, terrorist arrests and investigations in Florida, Canada and Britain, and violence in Israel and Lebanon as evidence of World War III. He said Bush needs to deliver a speech to Congress and “connect all the dots” for Americans.
He said the reluctance to put those pieces together and see one global conflict is hurting America’s interests. He said people, including some in the Bush Administration, who urge a restrained response from Israel are wrong “because they haven’t crossed the bridge of realizing this is a war.”
“This is World War III,” Gingrich said. And once that’s accepted, he said calls for restraint would fall away:
“Israel wouldn’t leave southern Lebanon as long as there was a single missile there. I would go in and clean them all out and I would announce that any Iranian airplane trying to bring missiles to re-supply them would be shot down. This idea that we have this one-sided war where the other team gets to plan how to kill us and we get to talk, is nuts.”
- More from Newt at the Seattle Times ...
It is past time that Gingrich got himself back on the front lines. His descent from Speaker of the House was a needless affair at best.
And he is especially correct about the need for a number of House and Senate Republicans to grow backbones. They could and should have long ago slapped down the donks like the impertinent jackanapes and guttersnipes that most of them are. Not to mention our external enemies.