"I don't believe in journalists having 'responsibility.'"
-Seth Lipsky, October 16, 2003

Seth Lipsky and Ira Stoll demanded on August 20, 2003, that Washington "finish the war" against "the Arabs."

Seth Lipsky and Ira Stoll assembled their staff for a Champagne toast to mass death on the commencement of hostilities against Iraq. Stoll called it "my war." CNN maintains a running update here of Americans killed in Ira's war.

On February 6, 2003, Seth Lipsky and Ira Stoll wrote, in all seriousness, of a pending anti-war demonstration that the "the New York City police could do worse, in the end, than to allow the protest and send two witnesses along for each participant, with an eye toward preserving at least the possibility of an eventual treason prosecution."

The June 9, 1995 Wall Street Journal quoted an SEC complaint against New York Sun backer Bruce Kovner as saying Kovner had "altered and destroyed" subpoenaed evidence. We wish you'd do the same to the daily print run of your God-awful newspaper, Bruce.

Also, Professor G. Harlan Reynolds alleged on August 27, 2002 - when the Sun was several months in publication - that Seth Lipsky and Ira Stoll had not yet paid him for a piece authored for their inaugural issue.

Friday, September 26, 2003
"Andrew Wolf Defends the Teachers Union, Page 8," blares the overline atop today's Sun.

The eager reader, turning to page 8, will notice that Andrew Wolf's column is on page 9.

WETS, oh God, WETS?

Thursday, September 25, 2003
In his column today, Emmett Tyrrell writes of Wesley Clark, “On cable news the other day one of New York magazine’s taste potentates confided that one of General Clark’s imperishable political assets is that in ‘small groups’ he is ‘funny.’ It is an indication of the essential frivolousness of the Kultursmog that its intellectualoids recommend a general who is “funny” for the presidency. Did anyone ever say General Grant was funny, or General Eisenhauer [sic, sic, sic], who, by the way, was the rare general who proved to be a tolerably good politician?”

Well, Em, you got us there. But I don’t think anyone ever referred to either Grant or “Eisenhauer” as “drop-dead beautiful” either. Because today, Em refers to, I swear to God, “the drop-dead beautiful General Clark.”

I report, you decide.
Well, she ain’t exactly Manicure Bill Mauldin in the crime department, but Anna is showing that she’s no slouch when it comes to breaking the rules of polite society. . .

Tuesday, September 23, 2003
Ira Stool - embedded and indebted - sat down with the plainly piratical Dr. Ahmad al-Harami for supper last night. We know this because he tells us so. Twice.

Dinner conversation was "wide-ranging," progressing from the wonders of the no-bid contract to the present right - originally granted by Yahweh himself but suspended for some years by Saddam - of 100 percent foreign ownership of any non-oil venture in Iraq. That Ira - instructed by Seth to root for the unelected Bushite junta and its mugging of the poor for the benefit of the rich - supports this lunacy is a given. But for Chalabi, who despite his long history of "liberating" other people's money nonetheless depicts himself as an Iraqi, to cheer the plunder of his nominal/notional homeland is astounding.

Big C is no doubt biding his time until his unelected posting to the unelected governing council expires, and positioning himself favorably amongst the looters he's assembling. But The Pirate may find himself hoist with his own petard. After all the Bushites are known for their redistributive magic, and the 'grab' is precisely what makes the smash-and-grab so worthwhile. Why share with a discredited laughing stock taken seriously only by SethAndIra?

R.I.P., Gordon Jump.
The latest chapters in SethAndIra’s new book, “Yes Mr. President: Ahmad Chalabi’s Glorious Presidency of Iraq (September 1-September 31, 2003),” appear today, in a front page press release carrying Ira’s byline (it’s true, everything Ira writes is worthy of the front page), with an accompanying idiotorial.

During “a wide-ranging discussion at a dinner with editors of The New York Sun in advance of his scheduled October 2 speech to the United Nations General Assembly,” or two days after he leaves office, Chalabi “compared the current situation in Iraq to that in Afghanistan, where, within three months after the war, there was an Afghan government.” Chalabi the Generous even told Ira, “We can have a loya jirga too if they want,” although it isn’t made clear who “we” or “they” are.

Ahmad also “aired a dispute between Iraq and Jordan, which he said had passed a royal decree April 21 seizing $350 million in Iraqi funds. ‘It’s Iraqi government money they took,’ he said. ‘We complained to them.’ Mr. Chalabi said the deposits came from violations of the U.N. oil-for-food program that was in place before Saddam Hussein was overthrown in the American-led war. Of the funds, $130 million were in the Jordan National Bank, which is owned by a first cousin of Jordan’s foreign minister Marwan Muasher. Had the deposits been withdrawn entirely, the bank would have collapsed, Mr. Chalabi said. ‘There is universal hostility to Jordan in Iraq,’ Mr. Chalabi said.”

Elsewhere, Chalabi “spoke proudly about the new economic rules passed by the 25-member governing council of Iraq that is working with the American military and civilian administration there. . . One rule allows foreign direct investment, up to 100% ownership, in all Iraqi industries except oil. Another sets a ceiling of 15% on income taxes and 5% on import customs. Another rule encourages international banks to open branches or subsidiaries in Iraq.. . . ‘Iraqis are adapting to the new situation with great speed and confidence,’ Mr. Chalabi said.”

No word on what Mr. Chalabi had for dinner.

As for the aforementioned accompanying idiotorial, after the de rigeur attack on those who would point out that Chalabi is utterly untrustworthy and likely fed the US misinformation to serve his own ends, SethAndIra trot out the usual fluff supporting the Iraqi Commander in Thief. They laud his “enthusiasm,” his “extraordinary knowledge,” his “bulging package.” (OK, I made up that last part; the piece wasn’t written by Emmett Tyrrell, after all.) But they also note that Chalabi “is recommending against intermediate steps involving the United Nations. He [sic] position is at odds with that of the Bush administration at the moment, but he is not anti-American.” Well, we can be thankful that he not that.


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