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Politics Above National Security, Power Above Patriotism

Posted by Mark on December 16, 2005

I think my link to Al Jazeera’s report of the failure of the Patriot Act should give you an indication of how I feel about it’s failure. But I could have just as easily linked the New York Times. There really is no difference between the two.

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MSM Responsibility

Posted by Mark on December 16, 2005

Reader: I have a question Mark. It may not seem to have any relevance to today but it does as you will see.

What do you think about the MSM broadcasting and publishing images of the blood, gore, death and destruction perpetrated by and against US Forces in Vietnam during the war? After thinking about that and the results that occurred as a result of that broadcasting and publishing, do you believe the media did the right thing?

I know this question was intended for Mark, but with his permission, I would like to answer…

Dear Reader,
What the MSM did then is just as wrong as it is now. In my opinion they are (consciously or unconsciously) having a similar effect and furthering a similar agenda today. It goes along with (assuming the MSM is liberally biased) a liberal NEED to micromanage. You see it every day in liberal policies. You can’t possibly take care of yourself, so we will impose healthcare on all of you, even if you don’t want it…It’s not good enough to tell you about danger, we must “evacuate” you from it…etc…et al.

When it comes to war, let the warriors do their job, they know what they are doing. Sit back and enjoy the benefits, they are given freely. But don’t, above all else, try to tell them how to do their job. They are very well trained, and don’t require outside input. It is the policy maker’s job to set the policy, and the public’s job to scrutinize that policy, but neither is qualified to carry it out as it applies to war (or defense).

Nothing is worse, from a warrior’s point of view, than being told what to do by people who do not know either all of the information, or how to apply it, or both. It’s like that annoying guy in the office that works in say accounting, that comes to your office to tell you, you need to use woodworking tools, when you’re a welder, because it will cost less. It just doesn’t make sense.

This current political push to TELL the military how to be military, and to tell them how best to do THEIR job best, is absolutely ridiculous, as is the associated public relations campaign to tell the American people how bad things are going, especially given that it is absolutely not true.

While the MSM may believe that they are trying to bring the truth to people, their own bias prevents that from happening. It may be appear to be artistic or even humanitarian, to cover the blood and guts, and the ugliness of war. It is however, unconscionable to do so in order to undermine the efforts of your own military. The same military, I may remind you, which provides your RIGHT to a free press.

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A Bold Move…

Posted by Mark on December 16, 2005

House Republicans Force Vote on Iraq Resolution

This is a very bold move by Rep. David Dreier, R-Calif., and other Republicans to try to end this divisive debate.

Republicans sought political advantage Friday by forcing a vote to put the House on record once again rejecting calls for a timetable for withdrawing U.S. forces from Iraq.

Just weeks ago, the Republican-controlled chamber voted against an immediate pullout.

Of course this very well may be more divisive at first, but I do think it needs to be said.

I did however find one thing in this article rather funny…

Some Democrats objected to the frequent use of the word victory. “What is victory? Nobody has defined what victory is,” Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., said.

This would be the very foundation of the debate; Democrats don’t know how to win, so they don’t know what Victory is… However ask any military man what victory is and they will tell you “When we achieve our stated goals” in this case “A Stable, Free, and Relatively Secure Iraq” – A very achievable goal.

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A Bold Move…

Posted by Mark on December 16, 2005

House Republicans Force Vote on Iraq Resolution

This is a very bold move by Rep. David Dreier, R-Calif., and other Republicans to try to end this divisive debate.

Republicans sought political advantage Friday by forcing a vote to put the House on record once again rejecting calls for a timetable for withdrawing U.S. forces from Iraq.

Just weeks ago, the Republican-controlled chamber voted against an immediate pullout.

Of course this very well may be more divisive at first, but I do think it needs to be said.

I did however find one thing in this article rather funny…

Some Democrats objected to the frequent use of the word victory. “What is victory? Nobody has defined what victory is,” Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., said.

This would be the very foundation of the debate; Democrats don’t know how to win, so they don’t know what Victory is… However ask any military man what victory is and they will tell you “When we achieve our stated goals” in this case “A Stable, Free, and Relatively Secure Iraq” – A very achievable goal.

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Politics Above National Security, Power Above Patriotism

Posted by Mark on December 16, 2005

I think my link to Al Jazeera’s report of the failure of the Patriot Act should give you an indication of how I feel about it’s failure. But I could have just as easily linked the New York Times. There really is no difference between the two.

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Now Here’s a Way to Get Iraq Off the Front Page

Posted by Mark on December 16, 2005

Let’s see. The New York Times has been sitting on this story, until today. So what happens today? The Patriot Act is voted on in the Senate. And that election thing happened in Iraq. Can’t have the turnout of millions on the front page now can we?

The White House asked The New York Times not to publish this article, arguing that it could jeopardize continuing investigations and alert would-be terrorists that they might be under scrutiny. After meeting with senior administration officials to hear their concerns, the newspaper delayed publication for a year to conduct additional reporting. Some information that administration officials argued could be useful to terrorists has been omitted.

The New York Times and Washington Post is continuing a fine tradition of undermining the war effort in this country. This one is right up there with Robert McCormick and the Chicago Tribune revealing we had the Japanese military codes in WWII. FDR wanted to bring him up on treason charges, but was persuaded by the State Department not to.

I think its time we had a real discussion of journalistic responsibility in war time. I’m not sure the Founding Fathers pictured a time when our MSM would be actively rooting for terrorists.

Update:
Michelle Malkin takes the story apart, including the fact that the “journalist” Risen has a book coming out in ten days.

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MSM Responsibility

Posted by zaphriel on December 16, 2005

Reader: I have a question Mark. It may not seem to have any relevance to today but it does as you will see.

What do you think about the MSM broadcasting and publishing images of the blood, gore, death and destruction perpetrated by and against US Forces in Vietnam during the war? After thinking about that and the results that occurred as a result of that broadcasting and publishing, do you believe the media did the right thing?

I know this question was intended for Mark, but with his permission, I would like to answer…

Dear Reader,
What the MSM did then is just as wrong as it is now. In my opinion they are (consciously or unconsciously) having a similar effect and furthering a similar agenda today. It goes along with (assuming the MSM is liberally biased) a liberal NEED to micromanage. You see it every day in liberal policies. You can’t possibly take care of yourself, so we will impose healthcare on all of you, even if you don�t want it…It’s not good enough to tell you about danger, we must “evacuate” you from it…etc…et al.

When it comes to war, let the warriors do their job, they know what they are doing. Sit back and enjoy the benefits, they are given freely. But don’t, above all else, try to tell them how to do their job. They are very well trained, and don’t require outside input. It is the policy maker’s job to set the policy, and the public’s job to scrutinize that policy, but neither is qualified to carry it out as it applies to war (or defense).

Nothing is worse, from a warrior’s point of view, than being told what to do by people who do not know either all of the information, or how to apply it, or both. It�s like that annoying guy in the office that works in say accounting, that comes to your office to tell you, you need to use woodworking tools, when you’re a welder, because it will cost less. It just doesn’t make sense.

This current political push to TELL the military how to be military, and to tell them how best to do THEIR job best, is absolutely ridiculous, as is the associated public relations campaign to tell the American people how bad things are going, especially given that it is absolutely not true.

While the MSM may believe that they are trying to bring the truth to people, their own bias prevents that from happening. It may be appear to be artistic or even humanitarian, to cover the blood and guts, and the ugliness of war. It is however, unconscionable to do so in order to undermine the efforts of your own military. The same military, I may remind you, which provides your RIGHT to a free press.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a Comment »

A Bold Move…

Posted by zaphriel on December 16, 2005

House Republicans Force Vote on Iraq Resolution

This is a very bold move by Rep. David Dreier, R-Calif., and other Republicans to try to end this divisive debate.

Republicans sought political advantage Friday by forcing a vote to put the House on record once again rejecting calls for a timetable for withdrawing U.S. forces from Iraq.

Just weeks ago, the Republican-controlled chamber voted against an immediate pullout.

Of course this very well may be more divisive at first, but I do think it needs to be said.

I did however find one thing in this article rather funny…

Some Democrats objected to the frequent use of the word victory. “What is victory? Nobody has defined what victory is,” Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., said.

This would be the very foundation of the debate; Democrats don’t know how to win, so they don’t know what Victory is… However ask any military man what victory is and they will tell you “When we achieve our stated goals” in this case “A Stable, Free, and Relatively Secure Iraq” – A very achievable goal.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a Comment »

Now Here’s a Way to Get Iraq Off the Front Page

Posted by Mark on December 16, 2005

Let’s see. The New York Times has been sitting on this story, until today. So what happens today? The Patriot Act is voted on in the Senate. And that election thing happened in Iraq. Can’t have the turnout of millions on the front page now can we?

The White House asked The New York Times not to publish this article, arguing that it could jeopardize continuing investigations and alert would-be terrorists that they might be under scrutiny. After meeting with senior administration officials to hear their concerns, the newspaper delayed publication for a year to conduct additional reporting. Some information that administration officials argued could be useful to terrorists has been omitted.

The New York Times and Washington Post is continuing a fine tradition of undermining the war effort in this country. This one is right up there with Robert McCormick and the Chicago Tribune revealing we had the Japanese military codes in WWII. FDR wanted to bring him up on treason charges, but was persuaded by the State Department not to.

I think its time we had a real discussion of journalistic responsibility in war time. I’m not sure the Founding Fathers pictured a time when our MSM would be actively rooting for terrorists.

Update:
Michelle Malkin takes the story apart, including the fact that the “journalist” Risen has a book coming out in ten days.

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Zaphriel – The Regret – Part 1

Posted by zaphriel on December 16, 2005

I watch as they gather.

Everyday.

Always in a different place.

I get the feeling they are trying not to attract too much attention.

I find them gathering, always at the same time every night. There’s only there of them today, but it is hard to figure out what they are up to. I have my suspicions, but all I can feel are their flashes of rage, their broken memories, and their fragmented thoughts.

Desperation…

I have been watching them for a while now, maybe a few months. It’s hard to tell, I never have been very good with time.

At first I barely noticed them. I was on my normal watch, overlooking this vast city they call the city of angels, when I first felt them. It was a normal night in this conversely named city, the usual passion, anger, frustration and despair were coursing through her like the life blood of a chaos demon. Then I felt it, a flash of rage and hatred. Oh I know there is plenty of that here in this dingy mass of humanity, but this…this was different. It was strangely familiar and eerily disturbing. The hatred had a deep seeded taste to it and the rage was manic. New and intense, but with little reasoning behind it, only an unnatural calling. I hadn’t felt this type of feeling since Dublin, over fifty years ago. This was the first time I had felt this here, so I sought out the source, and I eventually found these three.

They were unassuming, non-descript, they blended well into the crowd. Were I a mere mortal, I very well may have missed them. I may not have given them a second glance. If it weren’t for their rage I may not have noticed. I might have failed again.

How did I not see it coming? How did I not feel it? How long has it been now? A few years? When those buildings fell to the flames…Surely the work of Hela herself, or her twins, chaos demons are like that… The shockwave, however, was enormous, emotionally and physically, It escaped no one’s notice. I should have seen it coming even from here. It is one of my many regrets. Not noticing something that big is pretty unnerving for a watcher. Shameful… I can never let it happen again.

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