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A Review of the President’s Speech.

Posted by zaphriel on December 18, 2005

crossposted at Battle Born News

The President told the Nation from the Oval Office exactly what I have felt he needed to tell us for quite a while. We are winning the war in Iraq, and premature withdrawal will only lead to defeat.

He touched on many things that I want to touch on myself.

Regardless of what we thought when we invaded, it ultimately was Saddam’s choice. He had an ultimatum, and instead of complying, he played a shell game. Given the information we had at the time, that was concurrently being stoked my Saddam himself, we had to act. The war now however has transcended its original purpose. We are at war with terrorists, as we are in Afghanistan, and all over the world.

Terrorists have shown us time and again that they will not simply leave us alone if we leave them alone, no matter how badly we wish it to be true. Sticking our heads in the sand will not work. Terrorists don’t need to be provoked, and we only embolden them and strengthen them by ignoring them. Iraq, now, is part of the large Global War on Terror, and we fight the terrorists there, and elsewhere, so we do not have to fight them here. If we pullout before we have achieved victory, we only invite them to attack us at home.

This war has been difficult. Is any war easy? Just because something is difficult does not mean it is not worthy, nor does it mean we are failing at it. We must keep our sights on victory.

The President did a good job defining Victory, in terms that we all can understand. Iraq must become Secure, Democratic, and Stable. All of these things we are making great headway towards. Can a better job be done? There is always room for improvement in all we do, but being a defeatist does not help us through these difficult situations. We are winning. Early pullout would only undo all we have accomplished over the last three years, and in the end Terrorism would only be stronger and more effective. We must move on from where we are now, and I am glad the President finally said so.

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Victory or Defeat, Patience, An End to Defeatism

Posted by Mark on December 18, 2005

Did I miss anything? I don’t think so. Now, about a dozen more of these kinds of speeches over the next year and maybe, just maybe the Defeatocrats will shut up.

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People of the Year: The Iraqi People, The Lebanese People, The Ukrainian People

Posted by Mark on December 18, 2005

Freedom was on the march in 2005, and Time magazine gave person of the year to Bono, and Bill and Melinda Gates?!?!? The Ukraine threw off dictatorship, the Lebanese people stood up to the evil of Syria, and the Iraqi people voted in mass for freedom three times this year, despite terrorists and Defeatocrats. Seems these great people are far more deserving of kudos than those chosen by Time. Of course, if the people of Iraq, Lebanon and Ukraine were chosen, Time may have to give some credit where its due, to Mr. Bush and company. Can’t have that, now can we?

Looks like Michelle Malkin agrees. I would have given her a hat tip except I put up my post before I saw her post here. Of course, she had the bright idea to include pictures…darn, I wish I had thought of that!

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Wikipedia: What’s all the fuss about?

Posted by Mark on December 18, 2005

I’ve been wondering about the motivations behind the recent brouhaha in the mainstream media regarding errors in Wikipedia. The error was corrected over time, as usually happens with this amazing open source reference guide. But the smear was made,and repeated over and over again. I wonder if Wikipedia represents the blogosphere for the MSM? You could sort of here the charge, “See! See! That wikipedia was WRONG, WRONG, WRONG! Just like those evil bloggers are WRONG! WRONG! WRONG! ” Yet, the scandals within the MSM over the past two years continue to fester, as readership of MSM papers continue to decline, and as ratings for MSM networks continue to disintegrate. Could the fuss over Wikipedia be a straw man for the wider anger in the MSM about the increasing power of blogs, talk radio, and other forms of alternative media? Just wondering…

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Bush (Gasp!) Defends Wiretaps

Posted by Mark on December 18, 2005

How dare he defend himself against the attacks of the Defeatocrats. Why, even such stalwart RINOs as Arlen Specter and Lindsay Graham are apalled that the President would actively prosecute the war, up to and including looking for terrorists here in the United States! Harumph.

Now the thing that fascinates me is that the funeral director of the Senate, Harry Reid, admitted he knew about the spying months ago. He apparently chose to withhold his outrage until politically appropriate.

And, just so there are no further questions about the legality of the President’s actions, here is an analysis from Hugh Hewitt. But, what does legality mean to Defeatocrats when they have a political card to play.

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People of the Year: The Iraqi People, The Lebanese People, The Ukrainian People

Posted by Mark on December 18, 2005

Freedom was on the march in 2005, and Time magazine gave person of the year to Bono, and Bill and Melinda Gates?!?!? The Ukraine threw off dictatorship, the Lebanese people stood up to the evil of Syria, and the Iraqi people voted in mass for freedom three times this year, despite terrorists and Defeatocrats. Seems these great people are far more deserving of kudos than those chosen by Time. Of course, if the people of Iraq, Lebanon and Ukraine were chosen, Time may have to give some credit where its due, to Mr. Bush and company. Can’t have that, now can we?

Looks like Michelle Malkin agrees. I would have given her a hat tip except I put up my post before I saw her post here. Of course, she had the bright idea to include pictures…darn, I wish I had thought of that!

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Wikipedia: What’s all the fuss about?

Posted by Mark on December 18, 2005

I’ve been wondering about the motivations behind the recent brouhaha in the mainstream media regarding errors in Wikipedia. The error was corrected over time, as usually happens with this amazing open source reference guide. But the smear was made,and repeated over and over again. I wonder if Wikipedia represents the blogosphere for the MSM? You could sort of here the charge, “See! See! That wikipedia was WRONG, WRONG, WRONG! Just like those evil bloggers are WRONG! WRONG! WRONG! ” Yet, the scandals within the MSM over the past two years continue to fester, as readership of MSM papers continue to decline, and as ratings for MSM networks continue to disintegrate. Could the fuss over Wikipedia be a straw man for the wider anger in the MSM about the increasing power of blogs, talk radio, and other forms of alternative media? Just wondering…

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Bush (Gasp!) Defends Wiretaps

Posted by Mark on December 18, 2005

How dare he defend himself against the attacks of the Defeatocrats. Why, even such stalwart RINOs as Arlen Specter and Lindsay Graham are apalled that the President would actively prosecute the war, up to and including looking for terrorists here in the United States! Harumph.

Now the thing that fascinates me is that the funeral director of the Senate, Harry Reid, admitted he knew about the spying months ago. He apparently chose to withhold his outrage until politically appropriate.

And, just so there are no further questions about the legality of the President’s actions, here is an analysis from Hugh Hewitt. But, what does legality mean to Defeatocrats when they have a political card to play.

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