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GOP platform: War without end
by Pat Buchanan
Mar 01, 2015 | 32 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
If the sadists of ISIS are seeking – with their mass executions, child rapes, immolations, and beheadings of Christians – to stampede us into a new war in the Middle East, they are succeeding. Repeatedly snapping the blood-red cape of terrorist atrocities in our faces has the Yankee bull snorting, pawing the ground, ready to charge again. "Nearly three-quarters of Republicans now favor sending ground troops into combat against the Islamic State," says a CBS News poll. The poll was cited in a New York Times story about how the voice of the hawk is ascendant again in the GOP. In April or May 2015, said a Pentagon briefer last week, the Iraqi Army will march north to recapture Mosul from the Islamic State. On to Mosul! On to Raqqa! Yet, who, exactly, will be taking Mosul? According to Rowan Scarborough of The Washington Times, the U.S. general who trained the Iraqi army says Mosul is a mined, booby-trapped city, infested with thousands of suicide fighters. Any Iraqi army attack this spring would be "doomed." Translation: Either U.S. troops lead, or Mosul remains in ISIS' hands. Yet taking Mosul is only the beginning. Scores of thousands of troops will be needed to defeat and destroy ISIS in Syria. And eradicating ISIS is but the first of the wars Republicans have in mind. This coming week, at the invitation of Speaker John Boehner, Bibi Netanyahu will address a joint session of Congress. His message: Obama and John Kerry are bringing back a rotten deal that will ensure Iran acquires nuclear weapons and becomes an existential threat to Israel. Congress must repudiate Obama's deal, impose new sanctions on Iran and terminate the appeasement talks. Should Bibi and his Republican allies succeed in closing the ramp to a diplomatic solution, we will be on the road to war. Which is where Bibi wants us. To him, Iran is the Nazi Germany of the 21st century, hell-bent on a new Holocaust. A U.S. war that does to the Ayatollah's Iran what a U.S. war did to Hitler's Germany would put Bibi in the history books as the Israeli Churchill. But if Republicans scuttle the Iranian negotiations by voting new sanctions, Iran will take back the concessions it has made, and we are indeed headed for war. Which is where Sen. Lindsey Graham, too, now toying with a presidential bid, wants us to be. In 2010, Sen. Graham declared: "Instead of a surgical strike on [Iran's] nuclear infrastructure ... we're to the point now that you have to really neuter the regime's ability to wage war against us and our allies. ... [We must] destroy the ability of the regime to strike back." If Congress scuttles the nuclear talks, look for Congress to next write an authorization for the use of military force – on Iran. Today, the entire Shiite Crescent – Iran, Iraq, Bashar Assad's Syria, Hezbollah – is fighting ISIS. All these Shiites are de facto allies in any war against ISIS. But should we attack Iran, they will become enemies. And what would war with Iran mean for U.S. interests? With its anti-ship missiles and hundreds of missile boats, Iran could imperil our fleet in the Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea. The Gulf could be closed to commercial shipping by a sinking or two. Hezbollah could go after the U.S. embassy in Beirut. The Green Zone in Baghdad could come under attack by Shiite militia loyal to Iran. Would Assad's army join Iran's fight against America? It surely would if America listened to those Republicans who now say we must bring down Assad to convince Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Arabs to join the fight against ISIS. By clashing with Iran, we would make enemies of Damascus and Baghdad and the Shiite militias in Iraq and Beirut battling ISIS today – in the hope that, tomorrow, the conscientious objectors of the Sunni world – Turks, Saudis, Gulf Arabs – might come and fight beside us. Listen for long to GOP foreign policy voices, and you can hear calls for war on ISIS, al-Qaida, Boko Haram, the Houthi rebels, the Assad regime, the Islamic Republic of Iran, to name but a few. Are we to fight them all? How many U.S. troops will be needed? How long will all these wars take? What will the Middle East look like after we crush them all? Who will fill the vacuum if we go? Or must we stay forever? Nor does this exhaust the GOP war menu. Enraged by Vladimir Putin's defiance, Republicans are calling for U.S. weapons, trainers, even troops, to be sent to Ukraine and Moldova. Says John Bolton, himself looking at a presidential run, "Most of the Republican candidates or prospective candidates are heading in the right direction; there's one who's headed in the wrong direction." That would be Rand Paul, who prefers "Arab boots on the ground." (Daily Corinthian columnist Pat Buchanan is an American conservative political commentator, author, syndicated columnist, politician and broadcaster.)
A shameful climate witch hunt
by Rich Lowry
Mar 01, 2015 | 2 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Let the climate inquisition begin. The ranking Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee, Raul Grijalva of Arizona, has written to seven universities about seven researchers who harbor impure thoughts about climate change. One of the targets is Steven Hayward, an author and academic now at Pepperdine University. As Hayward puts it, the spirit of the inquiry is, "Are you now or have you ever been a climate skeptic?" Grijalva's letters were prompted by the revelation that Wei-Hock Soon, a scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and a skeptic, didn't adequately disclose support for his research from energy interests. Soon's lapse aside, the assumption of Grijalva's fishing expedition is that anyone who questions global-warming orthodoxy is a greedy tool of Big Oil and must be harried in the name of planetary justice and survival. Science as an enterprise usually doesn't need political enforcers. But proponents of a climate alarmism demanding immediate action to avert worldwide catastrophe won't and can't simply let the science speak for itself. In fact, for people who claim to champion science, they have the least scientific temperament imaginable. Their attitude owes more to Trofim Lysenko, the high priest of the Soviet Union's politicized science, than, say, to Gregor Mendel, the founder of modern genetics whose work was shunned by Lysenko for ideological reasons. Consider the plight of Roger Pielke Jr. of the University of Colorado, Boulder, who has done work on extreme weather. He, too, is on the receiving end of one of Grijalva's letters. At first blush, Pielke seems a most unlikely target. It's not that he doubts climate change or that it could be harmful. His offense is merely pointing to data showing that extreme weather events like hurricanes, tornadoes and droughts haven't yet been affected by climate change, and this is enough to enrage advocates who need immediate disasters as a handy political cudgel. It can't be Apocalypse 100 Years From Now; it has to be Apocalypse Now. Eager to blame the ongoing California drought on climate change, John Holdren, President Barack Obama's science czar, challenged Pielke on droughts, citing various research showing that they may be getting worse. But the bible of the climate "consensus," the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, says that "there is not enough evidence at present to suggest more than low confidence in a global-scale observed trend in drought or dryness (lack of rainfall) since the middle of the 20th century." Even Holdren's long written response to Pielke is full of stipulations of uncertainty. To move a political debate this simply is not good enough. It is impossible to scare people with a long list of methodological imponderables and projections showing far-off harms, should the modeling hold up over eight decades. The imperative is to show that, in Holdren's words, "climate change is an urgent public health, safety, national security, and environmental imperative" (emphasis added). It has to be counted a small victory in this project that Pielke will no longer be an obstacle. Citing his harassment, Pielke has sworn off academic work on climate issues. And so the alarmists have hounded a serious researcher out of the climate business. All hail science! The other day, the head of the IPCC, Rajendra Pachauri, quit amid a sexual-harassment scandal and noted in his letter of resignation: "For me the protection of Planet Earth, the survival of all species and sustainability of our ecosystems is more than a mission. It is my religion." Is it too much to ask that the man in charge of a project supposedly marshaling the best scientific evidence for the objective consideration of a highly complex and contested phenomenon not feel that he has a religious commitment to a certain outcome? Why, yes it is. The kind of people who run inquisitions may lack for perspective and careful respect for the facts and evidence. But they never lack for zeal. (Daily Corinthian columnist Rich Lowry can be reached via e-mail: comments.lowry@nationalreview.com.)
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Warriors punch ticket to state
by H. Lee Smith II
Feb 28, 2015 | 3 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Corinth Warriors were the lone local survivor on Saturday. While the Kossuth Lady Aggies will have to wait until Monday to decide their fate, Corinth returned to the State Tournament for the third time in four years with a 73-51 win at Rosa Fort on Saturday. Corinth (24-7) will open its 17th State Tournament on Friday at 4 p.m. against Newton County (18-12) at Jackson State University. Newton County knocked off Division 6 champion Florence by a count of 49-47. Byhalia, Gentry and New Albany are the other North teams in the bracket, and will play the same day against South foes. Corinth trailed by one point for two short periods, once in the first quarter and once in the second. The Warriors led by as many as 11 points in the opening half, at 34-23 on a Trae Burcham 3-pointer off a second-chance opportunity. CHS got 24 second-chance points off 23 rebounds and were a plus-four on the glass on their end of the court. Antares Gwyn scored eight points in the first quarter as Corinth led 15-13 at the first horn. Rosa Fort (23-7) stayed in the game by getting to the line and making all eight tries in the opening eight minutes. Corinth avoided trouble when Kendall Stafford went to the bench after picking up his second foul with 7:33 left in the half. The Warriors would close the half on an 18-10 advantage without their leading scorer and went to the break with a 34-25 lead. The Warriors broke open the game with 11 straight points in the third, scoring on all five possessions. Gwyn, who had 24 points and 15 rebounds, scored six of those as the lead swelled to 20 at 45-25. After Rosa Fort reeled off five straight points of its own, Stafford took over. The senior, who tallied 21, scored four straight points and finished with 12 of his team’s 22 in the quarter. Five Warriors accounted for six field goals in a 17-point fourth. Javen Morrison’s drive gave CHS its biggest lead of the night at 67-42 (B) Corinth 73, Rosa Fort 51 Corinth 15 19 22 17 -- 73 Rosa Fort 13 12 13 13 -- 51 CORINTH (73): Antares Gwyn 24, Kendall Stafford 21, Trae Burcham 10, Quentin Patterson 6, Hack Smith 6, Javen Morrison 4, Dee Brown 2. ROSA FORT (51): Jitarrious Gordan 16, Frank Jones 9, Ledarius Woods 8, Elbert Watson 5, Dallas Daner 4, Tarquise Harris 4, Atrez Harris 3, Luelen Crawford 2 3-Pointers: (C) Stafford 3, Burcham 2, Gwyn. (RF) Jones 3, A. Harris. Records: Corinth 24-7, Rosa Fort 23-7
Trio exits one win short of Jackson
by H. Lee Smith II
Feb 28, 2015 | 0 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The final day of February wasn’t kind to the Biggersville and Corinth girls, as well as, the Kossuth boys. The trio exited the state playoffs in the second round, one win shy of reaching the newly-formatted, eight-team State Tournament. The Lady Lions (18-13) dropped a heartbreaker to Ashland, falling 41-39 in the Class 1A Girls’ bracket. Biggersville fell behind 14-2 after one, but battled back. The two were tied at 33-all with just under three minutes left in the state qualifier. Camee Faulkner, who led all scorers with 17, came up with two huge buckets down the stretch to punch the Lady Devils’ ticket to the Capital City. Biggersville had the ball for a potential game-tying shot, but were left two points short of advancing. The Lady Lions cut the halftime deficit to 20-12 with Elly Nash supplying six of her team’s points on a perfect showing from the charity stripe. Six points by Nash and five by Jada Tubbs accounted for all of the host club’s points in the third. BHS took two more points of the Ashland lead to pull to within 29-23 heading to the final eight minutes. Faulker was the lone Lady Devil in double figures. Nash and Tubbs paced the Lady Lions with 14 points each. • At Holly Springs, Kossuth fell in a 23-7 hole after one period and never recovered in second-round Class 3A Boys’ play. The Aggies (18-14) pulled to within 38-27 at the break and got to within seven at the 5:46 mark of the third before the Hawks (19-9) pushed out to a 19-point lead after three. Holly Springs followed a 26-point third with a 26-point fourth in advancing to the State Tournament. Kennedy Dye paced Kossuth with 17. • At New Albany, the host Lady Bulldogs scored 42 points in the opening half and cruised past Corinth 72-45 in the second round of the Class 4A Girls’ playoffs. New Albany (19-9) earned a berth in the State Tournament, while Corinth saw one of its most successful seasons end at 16-15. The Lady Warriors finished fourth in the Division 1-4A Tournament, and knocked off Division 4 champion Leake Central by 20 on Friday. Two of the three North teams -- Shannon and Itawamba AHS -- are headed to Jackson, while Pontotoc plays Monday for the fourth and final bid. Aundrea Adams led Corinth with 14 points. Samantha Bridges was one of four New Albany players in double figures with a game-high 18. (G) Ashland 41, Biggersville 39 Ashland 14 6 9 12 -- 41 Biggersville 2 10 11 16 -- 39 ASHLAND (41): Camee Faulker 17, Dametris Anderson 9, J’niya Tallie 8, Jaliyah Godwin 5, Dorilyah Clardy 2. BIGGERSVILLE (39): Elly Nash 14, Jada Tubbs 14, Tyler Shelley 5, Alexis Shumpert 4, Savannah Davis 2. 3-Pointers: (A) Faulkner 3, Tallie, Godwin. (B) Shelley. Records: Ashland 18-13, Biggersville 18-13. (B) Holly Springs 90, Kossuth 57 Kossuth 7 20 18 12 -- 57 H. Springs 23 15 26 26 -- 90 KOSSUTH (57): Kennedy Dye 17, Matthew Stewart 11, Rick Hodum 10, Jacob Wilcher 9, Nik Wilcher 5, Beau Lee 3, Evan Cooper 2. HOLLY SPRINGS (90): Smith 23, Freeman 17, Crumb 14, Taylor 10, Poole 9, Johnson 8, Finley 5, Vaughan 4. 3-Pointers: (K) Dye 2, Hodum 2, Stewart, J. Wilcher, N. Wilcher. (HS) Smith 5, Freeman 2, Poole. Records: Kossuth 18-14, Holly Springs 19-9 (G) New Albany 72, Corinth 47 Corinth 9 14 9 15 -- 47 N.Albany 16 26 14 16 -- 72 CORINTH (47): Aundrea Adams 14, Teosha Boyd 11, Jamia Kirk 10, Che Curlee 4, Parker Peterson 3, Madelynn Lynch 2, Arika Payne 2, Tyesha Gunn 1. NEW ALBANY (72): Samantha Bridges 18, Jazzmine McWilliams 15, Tashanda Caviness 15, Anna Frances Stroud 10, Emma Wilson 8, Grace Thompson 5, Drusilla Crockett 1. 3-Pointers: (C) Kirk 2. (NA) Bridges. Records: Corinth 16-15, New Albany 22-8
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