- The Washington Times - Friday, August 11, 2006

The purge

“Last fall, the far-left Nation magazine declared a purge — an exercise at which the Left excels — against any Democrat unwilling to cut-and-run:

“‘The Nation therefore takes the following stand: We will not support any candidate for national office who does not make a speedy end to the war in Iraq a major issue of his or her campaign. We urge all voters to join us in adopting this position. Many worry that the aftermath of withdrawal will be ugly, but we can now see that the consequences of staying will be uglier still.’

“Cindy Sheehan and Code Pink agreed, with Sheehan threatening to run against Dianne Feinstein. She vowed, ‘I’m not going to support another pro-war Democrat,’ and targeted Hillary Clinton, telling New Yorkers only to support her ‘if the senator will start speaking out against the war and calling for withdrawal of troops.’

“Hillary is likely to hold on, in part because most Americans realize the Saul Alinsky disciple is much further Left than she is letting on. Joe Lieberman steadfastly stood for American victory, and as a result he became the first victim of the purges.”

—Ben Johnson, writing on “The Shadow Party Defeats Lieberman,” Wednesday in Front Page Magazine at www.frontpagemag.com

Medicaid genocide

“The first cabinet members to support domestic birth-control funding in the [Lyndon B.] Johnson administration were Willard Wirtz, the secretary of labor, and Stewart Udall, secretary of the interior. … The Native American population was quickly subjected to a sterilization campaign that must be described, given the breathtaking percentage of Native American women of childbearing age involved, as effectively genocidal. These sterilizations were frequently performed, without adequate informed consent, in federally funded Indian Health Services [IHS] hospitals. The large number of sterilizations began in earnest in 1966 when Medicaid came into existence and funded the operation for low-income people, and in 1976 the General Accounting Office … revealed that 3,406 Native American women … were sterilized from 1973 to 1976. … Constance Redbird Uri estimated that up to one-quarter of Indian women of childbearing age had been sterilized by 1977. … She also gathered evidence that all the pureblood women of the Kaw tribe in Oklahoma were sterilized in the 1970s — a truly genocidal process.”

—Angela Franks, from her new book, “Margaret Sanger’s Eugenic Legacy

Zarqawi’s fate

“When the U.S. government toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003, it thought regime change would help bring democracy to Iraq, and then to the rest of the region. …

“Rather than viewing the fall of Saddam as an occasion to create a liberal democracy, most Iraqis saw it as an opportunity to redress injustices in the distribution of power among the country’s major ethnic and religious groups.

“Hence, while Bush administration officials were celebrating the killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the head of al Qaeda in Iraq, and spinning it as another ‘turning point’ in the ‘War on Terror,’ the elimination of Zarqawi was seen in Iraq as another victory for the Shi’ites and their current Kurdish allies as they try to contain an insurgency led by various Sunni groups, such as former members of the Ba’ath regime and Islamist guerrillas, including foreign recruits such as the Jordanian Zarqawi (and, apparently, his Egyptian successor). In fact, some analysts have speculated that Zarqawi was betrayed by rival Sunni insurgents.”

—Leon T. Hadar, writing on “After Zarqawi,” in the August issue of Chronicles

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