The Handwriting on the Wall . . .
Vol: 30 Issue: 29 Monday, March 29, 2004
The latest target in the game of ‘Gotcha’ being played out under the guise of an impartial, bi-partisan investigative panel involves pretending National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice is hiding relevant information by refusing to testify before the panel under oath.
It is a skillfully woven trap, designed, not to obtain any new testimony, but to make political hay for the Democrats. This is another one of those times when partisan politics trumps patriotism. To prove it, I am going to ask you to take off whatever partisan hat you are wearing and look at the unvarnished facts. Facts are funny things — no matter how you twist them, when you let go, they spring back into their orginal shape just like a pair of those expensive glasses I see on TV.
To begin with, let’s look at the political firestorm. John Kerry thundered that if “Condoleeza Rice has time to go on (CBS) “Sixty Minutes”, then she has sixty minutes to testify under oath before the American people.”
Don’t you love the ironic twist here? Kerry is using September 11th as a political football, despite many sincere promises to the contrary. Then he hides behind the ‘American people’ — as if the ‘American people’ are also poring over the reams of secret, classified intelligence information, instead of the Commission.
The facts are these. First, she’s already ‘testified before the American people’ all she is likely to, on pretty much every news program that has more than 16 viewers. Secondly, Dr. Rice testified already, in secret session, to the 9/11 Commission, for more than four hours.
When the facts spring back into their original shape, one wonders what Kerry is talking about. Clearly, the 9/11 Commissioners are comparing what Dr. Rice said on TV to what she told them in secret session. If there was a discrepancy, you can bet the Democrats on the Committee would ensure John Kerry knew exactly what it was five seconds after it was discovered.
So what is the big deal about demanding she testify again in open session? She is unlikely to reveal any classified portions in open session, and it is equally unlikely her public testimony will differ from either her in-camera portion during her last appearance, or from her public statements before the TV talking heads.
Does anybody really believe a second appearance in public before the 9/11 Commission will make her so nervous she will forget her story? Make no mistake about it, Dr. Rice’s story has been rehearsed so often she would answer the same questions the same way in her sleep. That is a given.
The Democrats are demanding that Dr. Rice not only re-appear before the Committee, but also that she testify under oath. Why is that? Do they truly believe that by being sworn, Dr. Rice will suddenly confess that she personally ordered the strike on 9/11 or something? This is real-life, not Perry Mason.
A false statement by Dr. Rice would be every bit as damaging if it were not under oath. Lying under oath was already established to be no big thing during the previous administration. There are literally thousands of pages of written arguments defending Bill Clinton’s perjury while under oath. Since the Democrats already agree that lying under oath is no worse than lying to the ‘American people’ from a podium, why even bark up this tree?
The Left is demanding Dr. Rice’s sworn testimony before the Commission for only one reason. They know she CAN’T comply. But they don’t want the ‘American people’ to know that they know that — they want the ‘American people’ to think she won’t appear because she has something to hide.
One can find the reason Dr. Rice CAN’T comply by reading the Clinton administration’s legal briefs that resulted in National Security Advisor Sandy Berger claiming something called ‘Executive Privilege’. Berger didn’t invent it, neither did Clinton. But they claimed it, and their claims were upheld. ‘Executive Privilege’ was invented by the Founding Fathers and written into the Constitution.
The strategy of the Left is to manuever Dr. Rice into the kind of situation where no matter what she does, she looks guilty of something. Sort of like compelling an answer to the question, “Sooo, do you still beat your wife?” Implicit in the question is an admission of guilt, no matter how it is answered.
I am not mounting a partisan defense of the Bush administration, I am untwisting the Democratic offense to show what is behind the smoke and mirrors. Nothing.
Compelling Dr. Rice to testify under oath violates the Constitutional Separation of Powers and John Kerry and his machine know that. That’s why they are adding the ‘oath’ part.
It is the same tactic used by Yasser Arafat during the peace negotiations. Each time Israel was about to concede something, Arafat would up the ante, adding something that they knew Israel would refuse. When he won the West Bank, he demanded Jerusalem, knowing Israel would refuse.
When, in 1998, to his astonishment, Barak was prepared to hand him a state PLUS share Jerusalem, Arafat added the ‘Right of Return’ because HE KNEW ISRAEL WOULD NOT AGREE and he could continue his war while making it Israel’s fault.
Sound familiar? A lie is a lie, no matter who is spinning it — once you slow down the spin long enough to see the facts, you see the agenda. The ‘American people’ are being lied to — but by the ones running a campaign, so far as I can tell, based entirely on accusations.
I was watching one of those Fox ‘debates’ — the ones where both sides spin the facts so fast all you can hear are the accusations but no responses? — and I heard a Democratic operative make an admission so startling it actually shut him up — when he realized what he had said.
The topic was Richard Clarke, and the Dem’s flack was supposed to defend his credibility. He was confronted with Clarke’s recent statement that now he is out of government, he no longer has to spin the facts. When his opponent asked whether that meant Clarke was lying then, or if it meant he was lying now, the Dem admitted that “maybe Clarke had credibility ‘issues’.”
Astonishingly, he remembered his mission and dismissed Clarke’s credibility ‘issues’ by saying, “But that doesn’t affect what he is saying now.”
His opponent pointed out that one can’t admit somebody is a liar in one breath, and then point to his present statements as the truth, just because he agrees with them. Despite being exposed, he brushed it all aside and ran down his ‘talking points.’
The 9/11 Commission’s charter created the panel to examine what went wrong prior to 9/11 and make recommendations that would prevent future attacks. The only thing it has accomplished was to supply ammunition for politically motivated, partisan attacks with no thought to the consequences.
It is naive in the extreme to believe John Kerry doesn’t know that al-Qaeda is watching C-SPAN as hard as any American political junkie. Open hearings provide them with a wealth of counter-intelligence information useful to them in avoiding detection and arrest.
During the Battle of Tora Bora, US intelligence pinpointed Osama bin-Laden’s whereabouts by tracking his satellite phone. Senator Arlen Specter blurted that tidbit of information out on CNN, and Osama gave his satellite phone to some unlucky soldier, sent him in the opposite direction, and told him to give him a call when he got there.
We got the satellite phone — and the useful idiot talking on it –but Osama was on his way to Pakistan.
Putting Dr. Rice under oath in public testimony would be of a lot more use to al-Qaeda than it would the ‘American people’ — especially those who might die as a consequence of what al-Qaeda might learn. But partisanship trumps patriotism, and those who want to seize power can’t see anything else.
It’s not about getting Osama bin-Laden, or getting the economy moving again, or getting Iraq settled on the road to democracy or even about getting the answers to what went wrong with the intelligence community that allowed the 9/11 strike in the first place.
Its about getting George Bush, even if it means giving al-Qaeda’s recruiters all the propaganda necessary to prove America is the Great Satan. Read the newspapers and what you find is story after story about the alleged (and so far, unproved) corruption of the Bush administration.
They are all liars, they are only interested in accumulating wealth, they are thieves who are only after Iraqi oil, and they can’t be trusted. That is now a standardized political stump speech, giving it the credibility of truth. What is that based on?
The snowball effect that was caused when the Democrats began charging that the administration misled the country into believing there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. When none were found, they found the chink in Bush’s armor — which unfortunately, became the chink in America’s armor. But who cares? It is working.
A new fact to untwist arises. In a year, nobody has found weapons of mass destruction, so ‘Bush lied’. What if next year, we DO find them buried in a hole somewhere in the desert? Or in Syria, where a convoy of tankers was detected entering the country as the first bombs began to fall on Iraq? Or in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley in the hands of the Syrian-backed Hezbollah guerillas?
Then it would mean Bush DIDN’T lie, wouldn’t it? Isn’t it at least POSSIBLE that weapons will be found? Nobody is saying it is absolutely IMPOSSIBLE that I’ve heard speak. Saddam DID have them. He used them. More than once. Where did they go?
The point here is to look at the cost of the partisan war and to see how it started and who started it. Who and how is fairly obvious. The Democrats have made September 11th their main campaign issue, while denying they are the ones politicizing the murders of 3000 Americans as a springboard to power.
The cost to the ‘American people’ John Kerry thunders about is incalculable. How much damage DOES one do when handing an enemy one propaganda victory after another? In 1998, Bill Clinton was quoted as saying, “You can’t say you love your country and then say you hate your government.” While Clinton was fending off the backlash resulting from being exposed as a serial liar, nonetheless, what he said was true.
The left is adding a new twist to its usual exploitation of class warfare, creating the illusion of a disconnect between the ‘American people’ and their government. The result is a bonanza of intelligence and propaganda material to aid the enemy’s logistical planning and shore up his morale.
Not to mention global anti-American demonstrations supported entirely by the weight of unproved, partisan accusations. But they don’t care. All they want to do is get George Bush. No matter what the cost to the country.
The Bible says that in the last days, the world would be divided into four general spheres of power. The Bible lists the Gog-Magog Alliance, the Kings of the East, the Kings of the South and the revived Roman Empire as the major players in the last days. That covers the Organization of African States, the ASEAN nations, the Russian Federation, and Europe.
There is no mention of a fifth, overarching super power of any kind, let alone something resembling America. But there is what appears to be a description of America’s social structure, written by the Apostle Paul to the Church, represented by Timothy, a young pastor whom Paul was mentoring.
Paul opened his description, saying, “This know also, that in the LAST DAYS perilous times shall come.” (2nd Timothy 3:1)
Paul goes on to describe, without exception, the elements evident in America’s ongoing culture war. Read them with me. If you can remember America two decades ago, see if the shoe fit as comfortably then as now.
“For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;” (2nd Timothy 3:2-4)
Paul’s description is dead on the money. Much of America is steadily removing God from society, sees killing the unborn as a woman’s ‘choice’; supports alternative education, denies God’s existence, wants to ignore promises made to the Iraqis, feels no sense of responsibility for making America the most hated nation on earth, sees Christianity as a hateful religion, views the Bible as promoting hatred against gays, and puts partisanship ahead of the national good.
He describes society has “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof:” (v.5) and even describes the rampant immorality that has become no barrier to public service, if you belong to the correct political party. (Indeed, perjury, if it is about sex, isn’t even really a lie.)
“For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (v.6-7)
As the remaining salt and light, it is our duty to remain watchmen on the wall, giving the warning. The handwriting is clearly on the wall for America, just as it was for Belshazzar’s kingdom.
“And this is the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN. This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it. TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting. PERES; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.” (Daniel 5:25-28)
America makes no appearance in Bible prophecy during the Tribulation. It has been a mystery to Bible scholars ever since America assumed her role of superpower with the beginning of the Cold War in 1948. How could such a great nation simply vanish from the prophetic record?
It isn’t quite as mysterious now as it was only a few years ago. Not if one reads the signs all around us. Because the King is coming. And He is coming soon!
Tell your friends.