Wednesday, September 20, 2006

"Or Maybe It Was Talleyrand"

This can't pass without mention, of course. Reuters:
Israel: Few months to avoid nuclear Iran

Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said on Sunday that the world may have as little as “A few months” to avoid a nuclear Iran and called for sanctions.

"The crucial moment is not the day of the bomb. The crucial moment is the day in which Iran will master the enrichment, the knowledge of enrichment," she said on CNN’s "Late Edition."

Livni, whose country is the only Middle East power possessing nuclear weapons, said she did not want to identify a point of "No return" in the controversy over Iran’s nuclear program.

The Iranians, she said, "Are trying to send a message that it’s too late, you can stop your attempts because it’s too late. It’s not too late. They have a few more months," She said.
Got that? It's the Iranians who are trying to convince the world that it's too late, according to Ms. Few Months.

Here's another knee-slapper that caught my eye. Glenn Reynolds writes:
The loss of momentum in the war reminds me of something that I believe Napoleon (or maybe it was Talleyrand) said: "You can do anything with bayonets except sit on them." Much of the problem in Iraq comes from Iran, and we seem curiously unwilling to do much about it. I wonder -- does Iran already have nuclear weapons, and are we being successfully blackmailed?
Look, it's long past time to take the kid gloves off with this crap. There's too much at stake. Some of the invective and mindless hysteria out there is on par with the likes of Chavez and Ahmadinejad in tone (but not content, of course). If government officials in the U.S. or Israel or anywhere else insist on claiming it's five minutes to midnight with Iran, they need to be called what they are: desperate, dangerous rogues. If amateurs and dilettantes from the commentariat want to make similar claims, or suggest without elaboration the possibility of nuclear blackmail, or prattle on breezily about Churchillian courage and modern-day Hitlers, they deserve relentless ridicule. Incidentally, while admittedly I don't read him often and I realize he has a large following, I've never quite "gotten" Glenn Reynolds. His blog is little more than a slapdash linkfest cobbled together by intimations ("hmmm..."), one-liners, and approving winks to others, and I've been totally unimpressed by the few longer pieces I've read. The guy seems a mile wide and an inch deep. On his bio page, Reynolds gushes that he's "interested in everything." Yep.

Expect the calling-out to pick up in this space. If that makes me seem mean-spirited, petty, or shrill, so be it.


Anonymous Small Axe said...

Give 'em hell, CR!

9/20/2006 9:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since Mr. Reynolds does not have the "capacity" for comments on his "Instapundit", I'd say an inch wide and silly little millimeter deep is about all I'd give him. That's only because I'm a generous soul.

9/20/2006 9:21 PM  
Blogger Azael said...

Oh come now. Reynolds is the future. And LGF, Malkin, Goldstein, Hewitt, Powerline... Heck, just look at the top trafficked and linked right of center (a center which somewhat to the east of Ghengis Kahn at this point) blogs.

They are the future.

9/20/2006 10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Col. Sam Gardiner has an interesting paper on why an attack on Iran is all but inevitable, and how the administration is starting to echo the Israeli hysteria (PDF):

Part of the problem is that the two countries’ red lines for Iran are not the same. Israel’s red line is enrichment. The U.S. red line used to be the development
of an Iranian nuclear weapon. But over the past six months, America’s
red line has drifted closer to Israel’s. On March 21, the president said that the United States could not allow Iran to have the knowledge to make a weapon. He repeated the phrase in August.

9/20/2006 10:25 PM  
Blogger Jimmy the Saint said...

Isn't Livni supposed to be one of the moderates in the Israeli government?

9/20/2006 10:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Shah started building a heavy water reactor. I don't know if it ever came online, but its something the Iranians had in country at some point and presumably have examined in great detail.

If you got a heavy water reactor, you don't need an "enrichment process", you just need time and raw materiels (which Iran has plenty of since the place is lousy with uranium).

[For those not familiar with reactor technology, the HW reactor directly produces plutonium as a byproduct.]

9/21/2006 12:15 AM  
Anonymous RSB said...

Glen is an under trafficked Drudge Report, its disappointing since he is clearly a smart guy, or maybe I should look past his position. Either way, I read Glen for about two weeks before realizing that he had about 2 wooden nickels to add to the debate.

And in response to Azale's comment, the future is NOW, and their time is nigh. Traffic is not always agreement, I read KOS, Malkin, Huff, and Hugh but agree with about 5% of what I read, and I doubt I am alone, especially where the A-list are concerned. Just a point.

9/21/2006 12:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

on a podium said to smell of sulphur, chavez sold noam over natan to loud applause...

9/21/2006 12:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where's God in all this mess? Doesn't any of these religious nutz believe that God has a plan for us and he'll take care of it. Maybe God's plan is for us all to be incinerated and the muslims to walk the earth as their hell.

No one has any faith anymore. I miss Jim and Tammy Baker.

9/21/2006 1:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mean-spirited and petty?!?! It's damned patriotic. I'm about ready to pull my hair out, watching the Dems mutely walking into the same damn situation they found themselves in before the Iraq disaster.
-- sglover

9/21/2006 1:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The fateful day is when they master the knowledge of enrichment.

I'm not sure how many bombs it takes to bomb away knowledge, but I bet we have enough to find out!

9/21/2006 1:54 AM  
Anonymous Mr. Hedley Bowes said...

I'm retracting my earlier posted "Hmmmm..."

9/21/2006 2:13 AM  
Blogger Spider said...

TCR, keep calling them out!!

9/21/2006 9:16 AM  
Anonymous Davebo said...

I've always found it odd that Reynolds, a law professor, never has a single opinion about the various legal issues of the day.

If you want an amateurs take on which digital camera to buy he could be useful, but other than that he's just boring.

It's like, I'm on top, why risk offering any more?

One point however is undeniable. If the man ever knew what Libertarianism stood for he's long since forgotten it.

9/21/2006 10:18 AM  
Blogger Eric said...

Expect the calling-out to pick up in this space. If that makes me seem mean-spirited, petty, or shrill, so be it.

There are larger things at stake than the inevitable charges of "mean-spirited, petty, or shrill." A small sacrifice I should think, all things considered.

9/21/2006 11:40 AM  
Blogger copy editor said...


Shrill away.

9/21/2006 12:51 PM  
Blogger Jay C said...


How about "accurate"?

Glenn Reynolds' InstaPundit certainly must be one of the most overrated blogs on the Internet - I agree with you 100%: his one great innovation in the medium has been to master the art of creative linking (mostly to other right-wing bloggers) so as to boost what little merit his own off-the-cuff opinionizing has, by letting others shoot their mouths off for him, while he comments "heh" or whatever. I used to read Instapundit regularly (it has a great blogroll), but after about the umpty-hundreth iteration of some right-wing talking point (yeah, "Libertarian" my ass!) gravely endorsed by links to some bloviating blogger or other blithely free of factual basis, I just gave up.
Oh well, just more time to read The Cunning Realist.....

9/23/2006 6:38 PM  
Anonymous jay walker said...

Look, it's long past time to take the kid gloves off with this crap.

Right. F*cking. On.


9/23/2006 9:12 PM  
Blogger 277fia said...

Heh, heh. Ever visit his "Porkbusters" website? It's just a rehash of other stories on the internet. No original thought whatsoever.

I tried to post a comment there about a little-known company, Tech Travelers, and Julie Doolittle in response to a story about her husband, Rep. John Doolittle, and was refused access.

Glenn Reynolds is a bullshit artist.

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