Kosovo II?

November 18, 2007

It seems that little war that Bill Clinton launched against Serbia is coming back to bite the U.S.

Kosovo set for independence

Pristina – Parliamentary elections in the Serbian province of Kosovo have passed off without incidents. Turnout stayed below 45 percent, the lowest figure since the end of the war in 1999. First results are expected shortly.

It is virtually certain that the new government will proclaim independence. Nearly all parties representing the ethnic Albanian majority are in favour of independence.

The government in Belgrade had urged all Serbs to boycott the ballot. Polling stations remained closed in Serb regions in the north. OSCE observers set up mobile polling booths.

Western countries are keen to round off talks on the province’s future. The negotiations are, however, deadlocked as Serbia, with Russian backing, rejects any form of independence.

Meanwhile, a site is demanding that the U.S. stop Kosovo independence.

From SaveKosovo.com

Since the 1999 war against Serbia, the province of Kosovo has been under United Nations administration and NATO military control. Seven years later, Kosovo is just as lawless and unstable as it was when the international administration began. Criminal and jihad terrorist elements of the supposedly disbanded “Kosovo Liberation Army” (KLA) dominate the province’s civil administration (under U.N. authority) and maintain a reign of terror over Kosovo’s still-dwindling Christian Serb population. Churches and monasteries that have not already been desecrated, blown up, or burned by mobs of Muslim Albanians exist under tenuous protection from NATO. Kosovo remains Europe’s black hole of organized crime activities – drugs (heroin derived from Afghan opium), sex slaves, weapons – and the criminal gateway to the rest of the continent. Even more dangerously, of major KLA figures have documented links to of jihad terrorist sponsors such as the government of Iran and al-Qaeda – including to Osama bin Laden personally. Personnel, money, and explosives tied to terrorist actions in Europe have been traced back to Kosovo.

I was in high school during the Kosovo War and actually thought it was a worthy cause at the time. Obviously it was just a way for Clinton to keep his personal activities out of the headlines at the time

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Ron Paul in 1999

What about the unintended consequence of supporting the KLA who are supported by Osama Bin Laden? How absurd can it get? Osama Bin Laden was our good friend because he was a freedom fighter in Afghanistan and we gave him our weapons and supported him. But then we found out he was not quite so friendly, so we captured a few of his men and he retaliated by bombing our embassies. Of course, we retaliated by bombing innocent chemical plants as well as people in Afghanistan that had nothing to do with it. So where are we now? We are back to supporting and working hard and just deliberating over whether we should give weapons to the KLA. I mean, the whole thing is absurd.

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NATO’s war against Serbia left the Congress and the American people in a quandary, and no wonder. The official excuse for NATO’s bombing war is that Milosevic would not sign a treaty drawn up by NATO, which would have taken Kosovo away from the Serbs after the KLA demanded independence from Serbia. This war is immoral because Serbia did not commit aggression against us. We were not attacked and there has been no threat to our national security. This war is illegal. It is undeclared. There has been no congressional authorization and no money has been appropriated for it. The war is pursued by the U.S. under NATO’s terms, yet it is illegal even according to NATO’s treaty as well as the U.N. charter. The internationalists do not even follow their own laws and do not care about the U.S. Constitution.

The humanitarian excuse for the war is suspect. Economic interests are involved, as they so often are in most armed conflicts. NATO’s vaguely stated goals have not been achieved. For the most part, the opposite has. Let me give my colleagues a few examples.

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Original Thought of the Day: GOP nominee should encourage anti-war voters to goto Ron Paul

November 8, 2007

Conventional wisdom says that a Ron Paul Independent-Libertarian Party campaign in the 2008 general election would hurt the GOP and allow Hillary to win the White House.

I think that’s far too simplistic.

As someone who is right with the Congressman on domestic issues, downsizing of government, and most of his trade policies; and as someone who will argue the difference between isolationism and non-interventionism, he does lose me on the national defense issues.

With that said, I would suggest that the best way to keep Hillary out of the White House is for the eventual GOP nominee (whether it be Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, or Mike Huckabee) to actively and aggressively promote Ron Paul as the “true anti-war candidate.”

The leftist anti-war crowd clearly does not trust Hillary to get the U.S. out of Iraq. It is likely that in addition to naturally uniting of the Libertarian and Buchananite wings of the GOP, Ron Paul will also naturally attract the Kucinich/Gravel wing of the Democratic Party.

However, an active promotion of Ron Paul as the “true anti-war candidate” may push the more quote “moderate” Democrats that are pro-Hillary but plug their noses for her Iraq waffling.

Driving these anti-war “moderate” Democrats away from Hillary and towards Ron Paul might just be the strategy for the GOP to adopt to keep Hillary out of the While House.

At least in theory.


Coburn: Deficit spending is bigger moral issue than abortion

November 2, 2007

From The Hill 

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said Congress’s deficit spending has become a moral issue surpassing abortion because it saddles future generations with massive debt before they’re born.

“The greatest moral issue of our time isn’t abortion, it’s robbing our next generation of opportunity,” Coburn told reporters at a breakfast meeting Thursday at the National Press Club. “You’re going to save a child from being aborted so they can be born into a debtor’s prison?”

The conservative Republican also criticized his own party, saying voters bounced the GOP from office for their hypocrisy. “It’s not a bad thing power changed last year,” said Coburn, who also criticized President Bush for not doing enough to curb spending.

“He hasn’t been the ideal president when it comes to limited federal spending,” Coburn said.