—Pete Buttigieg has been accused of sexual assault. Of course he has. No white male will be allowed to threaten the presumed right of a woman—some female Democrat to try to accomplish what Hillary could not. When did I first point this out? It was a long time ago. #MeToo is now a political weapon that has less to do with exposing sexual assault and harassment than it does with giving women and progressives a way to destroy anyone they need to.
—More on the Facebook wars….This morning I wrote about my infuriating back and forth with Facebook SJWs who claimed that the President calling Robert E. Lee a “great general” was a white supremacy dog whistle. Others have joined in, citing the fact that 31 states have statutes honoring Lee as “proof” that the only purpose of the honors were to “intimidate blacks.” “Why not just the Confederate states?” they asked. Why? Because Lee isn’t just important because he was a Confederate general, that’s why. He was an important figure in American history, ethics, education, and military innovation.
Until Lee was targeted by the Left, he was nearly universally regarded as a complex, perhaps tragic, major American force and role model for since 1865. I’m not a Lee fan, but he deserves to be honored if for no other reason than because he personally vetoed the plan to take the war into the hills, and use guerilla tactics to make defeating the Confederacy too long a process for the North to sustain. His noble acceptance of full responsibility for the defeat of Pickett’s Charge, exonerating his men (“It was all my fault!”) is a military and American leadership cornerstone, emulated by General Eisenhower in his note, never used, accepting full responsibility for the Allies defeat at D-Day.
—-But here, as they say, is the beauty part. At the same time, elsewhere on Facebook, I was chastising a friend who said that he couldn’t support Biden until he publicly apologized to Anita Hill. Of course, nobody should apologize to Hill, who engineered a despicable ambush designed to run the career and reputation of her long-time patron, Clarence Thomas, because he dared to be a conservative jurist. To make my friend’s statement even more ridiculous, while there was never any confirmation of Hill’s allegations of sexual harassment, Biden has been blithely going through life, harassing one woman after another, but meaning well. But I digress.
The beauty part is this little historical footnote flagged by the Daily Caller’s Mike Brest today: Biden, as a Senator in the 94th Congress, joined overwhelming majority that voted to restore Robert E. Lee’s citizenship. in 1975.
I can’t wait to inform my Facebook friends
—This is an ethics mess:
- U.S. student Otto Warmbier is rendered comatose by cruel treatment by the North Koreans.
- The Trump administration gets North Korea to release him, where upon he quickly dies of his injuries.
- The Washington Post reported that North Korea demanded that the U.S. pay a $2 million “hospital bill” for Warmbier as a condition of his release.
- President Trump called it “fake news,” and saying, “We did not pay money for our great Otto. There was no money paid. We don’t pay money for hostages. The Otto case was a very unusual case but I just want to let you know, no money was paid for Otto.”
- Yesterday on Fox Sunday, National Security Adviser John Bolton confirmed to Cris Wallace that the U.S. indeed did sign a document agreeing to pay the 2 million….
- …BUT the U.S. has not paid, and will not pay. “That’s the key point,” said Bolton.
- Law professor Jonathan Turley objects: “I am not sure many citizens would agree. The U.S. still promised to pay money to get our citizen back. The fact that we apparently broke our promise does not improve the matter in my view. The U.S. should not make agreements with other countries unless it is prepared to meet those obligations. In this case, it is an obligation that should never have been made in the first place. It is true that “we don’t pay money for hostages” but that is precisely what we agreed to do. Moreover, Trump himself acknowledged that such a payment would be paying for a hostage.”
- That’s funny: I’m not certain many citizens would agree with Turley. A rogue nation abuses an American student to the edge of death, it extorts a promise under duress from the U.S. to pay an exorbitant “bill” to allow him to return home, the young man is so badly hurt that he quickly dies, and the U.S. disputes the “bill.”
- I’m not sure I agree with Turley either. If the payment was the hospital bill that North Korea claimed it was, the U.S. was within its rights to say, “That’s some hospital care you have there. We won’t pay the bill. Sue us.” If we paid what we knew was a phony hospital bill, that would be ransom.
- The Post story, however, was true. This was one more stupid Presidential lie.