Thursday, July 17, 2008

Karl's Weekend Reading

Bret Stephens at the WSJ, on Tuesday, provides background on the planned prisoner exchange, Wednesday, between Israel and Hezbollah.

We now know that Israel turned over a living murderer, Samir Kuntar, and four other losers in exchange for two murdered Israeli soldiers, Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser.

Bret's criticism is well earned:

Israel's predicament is a self-inflicted wound.
But whatever happens, Israel has once again demonstrated to its enemies that their strategy of taking hostages works. Worse, it works even when those hostages are killed.

We still think the best solution is a million man march. Get a million Israeli solders, or as many as you can, line them up at the North border of Gaza, from the coast to the East border, then let them march South. Nothing is more frustrating than watching a nation with the means lack the will.

Commie Obama hat owner and former UN Ambassador, John R. Bolton, is as impatient as we are waiting for the military option for Iran. In his Tuesday WSJ article, Israel, Iran and the Bomb, he concludes:

hus, instead of debating how much longer to continue five years of failed diplomacy, we should be intensively considering what cooperation the U.S. will extend to Israel before, during and after a strike on Iran. We will be blamed for the strike anyway, and certainly feel whatever negative consequences result, so there is compelling logic to make it as successful as possible. At a minimum, we should place no obstacles in Israel's path, and facilitate its efforts where we can.

These subjects are decidedly unpleasant. A nuclear Iran is more so.

On the lighter side, James Taranto of the WSJ's Best of the Web series reacted to the collective fear of nearly everyone to combine humor and Obama. So, he offered some Obama jokes in his Thursday post. The first from Andy Borowitz, the rest are James'.

Barack Obama and a kangaroo pull up to a gas station. The gas station attendant takes one look at the kangaroo and says, "You know, we don't get many kangaroos here." Barack Obama replies, "At these prices, I'm not surprised. That's why we need to reduce our dependence on foreign oil."
A guy asks Barack Obama, "Who was that lady I saw you with last night?" Obama replies, "I think people should lay off my wife. The notion that you can attack my family--that's not what America is all about. It's too easy to get caught up in these distractions."
Why did the chicken cross the road? To get away from the so-called leaders of the Christian right, who have been all too eager to exploit what divides us.
And then there's the one about the definition of audacity: when a guy throws his grandparents under the bus, then pleads for mercy because his parents are orphans (or would have been had they not predeceased their own parents).