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How to Win in Iraq…

Posted by Mark on March 30, 2007

and how to lose. An excellent column from OpinionJournal.

It is indeed striking that war critics like Sens. Harry Reid and Joseph Biden, who in 2005 were calling on the Pentagon to mount a proper counterinsurgency campaign in Iraq, and to send enough troops to make it happen, should now be seeking ways to revoke legislative authority for that very operation. Exactly why they should have changed their minds on the issue is not obvious, although they and their colleagues do claim to be expressing not only their own judgment but the opinions and sentiments of the American people at large. If recent polls are to be trusted, however, these politicians may well turn out be wrong about popular sentiment. And if past history and our current experience in Iraq are any guide, they are certainly wrong about the war on the ground. 

In fact, the historical record is clear. The roots of failure in fighting insurgencies like the one in Iraq are not military. To the contrary, Western militaries have shown remarkable skill in learning and relearning the crucial lessons of how to prevail against unconventional foes, and tremendous bravery in fighting difficult and unfamiliar battles. If Iraq fails, the cause will have to be sought elsewhere.  

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Are You A Liberal?…Great!…Hey, Could You Bail Me Out PLEASE?

Posted by Mark on March 30, 2007

So….here’s the scenario….you’ve married the woman (or man) of your dreams. You’ve likely made the single biggest decision of your life. Unfortunately, a few years into your union…for some reason, the marriage gets off track, and then just as suddenly- it gets unhinged, and you’re headed for divorce. Yah..big trouble lies ahead….but seriously, would you call the government to fix your marriage?

No….you wouldn’t. Of course not! So, then….how about the second or third biggest decision you ever make?

Borrowers, don’t hold your breath for a bailout.

As mortgage delinquencies soar, many consumer advocates and political leaders are calling on government to help what may ultimately be millions of homeowners facing foreclosure.But the modest federal and state aid proposals advanced so far suggest that most people struggling with onerous loan payments are unlikely to get government assistance.

The Bush administration has ruled out a blanket program to help homeowners stave off foreclosure, reasoning that it’s “not an appropriate role for the federal government,” White House spokesman Tony Fratto said.

Of course it’s NOT APPROPRIATE!

“Borrowers don’t hold your breath.”

Why is this even being ASKED OR DISCUSSED? You got yourself into the house…you signed the damn documents! Why in the name of Katrina would you expect the government to bail you out?

God…I loathe liberals. Someone get me some Prozac.

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Video Friday

Posted by zaphriel on March 30, 2007

Why We Fight

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Yearning for Reagan, Kennedy

Posted by zaphriel on March 29, 2007

reagan and Kennedy
William Krystol looks at the coming race and the general yearning from both sides for a hero re-incarnate.

“The past is never dead; it’s not even past.” —Gavin Stevens, in William Faulkner’s Requiem for a Nun

For major political parties, which outlive their individual leaders and partisans, the past is never dead. It’s not even past. That’s especially evident when those parties look to the future. As Republicans and Democrats focus on November 2008, it’s clear each of them yearns to nominate a second coming of its beau ideal, the figure it has most admired in recent decades. For Republicans, that’s Ronald Reagan. For Democrats, it’s Robert Kennedy.

Reagan is the more obvious case. In the pantheon of modern Republican heroes, he stands alone. The G.O.P. has produced seven Presidents in the past 70 years. But I’d bet that in the stump speeches of today’s G.O.P. contenders, Reagan is cited, invoked and appealed to more than the other six combined. As he should be. As President (so Republicans tell it), he got the economy going again, restored American confidence and won the cold war. As a Republican, he both sharpened the party’s message and broadened its appeal. He won two landslide elections and then — a unique achievement in the past hundred years — was sufficiently popular at the end of his term that his Vice President was elected to succeed him.

I admit that I am one of those yearning for a hero. Yearning for a stand up guy that unites and stands up for what is right. Someone with a good moral compass and a SPINE. I look at Krytol’s examples and hope that those are truly each sides goal. We would do well with a new JFK/RFK and Reagan incarnate. It’s what this country needs now.

We need some unity and some healing, something that most of the candidates (in my opinion especially on the left) lack. The “push back” has been more divisive thank unifying. We are weaker now, not because of our military actions but in spite of them. The partisan power play is sickening. So let’s look at our options. And boy do we have some good ones.

On the GOP side we have Giuliani, a unifier for sure, but a divorcee, with a troubled son. Not exactly a socially conservative poster child. The only candidate that has actually had to lead anything, and we know how he does in a crisis. Socially moderate, maybe too moderate to get the GOP nod.

Mitt Romney, who will do well in conservative circles, may be too conservative to either unify, or win.

Gingrich has a good name from a good era, but not exactly known for reaching across the aisle. He has a backbone and may be closer to actually being Reaganesqe than anyone else, but I think his electability is shoddy at best.

And then there is Fred Thompson. He’s popular and threatening to the establishment. He hasn’t even declared and he’s already being assassinated from the “religious right” for his personal habits with James Dobson doubting his Christianity. In reference to him I have heard the newest of terms “CHINO” (Christian in Name Only) being used. I don’t think it will catch on though, as few of us pick our president solely by his religious affiliation. His preference in women may hurt him a bit, but he is popular star of big and small screens, and as many have said in private “it didn’t turn out so bad last time we elected and actor to office.” Highly Electable (for now).

What of the Democrats… Who has the qualities of the Kennedys?
Hillary Clinton? NO, Most Americans find her “Scarey”.
Barack Hussein Obama? Maybe. He has the charisma of RFK, and on the surface he seems OK. He’s young looking and popular, and would make history just by being elected. He hates Hillary as much as the rest of us, and if he’s able to keep his terror affiliations under wraps long enough, he has a good shot. People may just follow him for a while, but I am not sure it would last two terms.

So who else is running, does anyone even know. The food fight on the Democratic side has been mainly between those two, and the GOP has a long line of hopefuls. Do any of them live up to our party’s idols? I am afraid not. Thompson Comes close, but few people know anything about him, and Gingrich has the model right, but probably not the momentum. Obama has the charisma, but not much else, and just about everyone else with a brain gags at the prospect of Billary in office.

So we are left, still yearning; waiting for a hero. In the mean time, while I wait, I’m going to live my life. I will ask not what my country can do for me, but ask what I can do for my country 1. I will be an example to my kid, try to be her hero. I will help a neighbor. I will give to and volunteer for a charity, and listen to my own moral compass. Then hopefully one day I will not hear the most dreaded of phrases “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help”2.

1And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country. Inaugural Address by John F. Kennedy – January 20th 1961

2It was Ronald Reagan who famously said that the most terrifying words in the English language are: “I’m from the government and I am here to help.”

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Fred Factor

Posted by Mark on March 29, 2007

A new face has appeared on the horizon for the 2008 presidential race. And it’s a well recognized face at that. He’s been lurking on the sidelines and is now thinking of strapping on his helmet…and getting into the game. His name is Fred Thompson.

“Law & Order” star and former U.S. senator Fred Dalton Thompson is considering a bid for the White House that would test whether Hollywood can once again launch a Republican to the world’s premier political stage.

His interest, confirmed in a brief interview this week, is generating buzz in Washington. He was third among Republican-leaning voters in a recent Gallup-USA Today survey, behind Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) and former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and ahead of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.

Hmmm…this could be good news for the Republicans. They could use another Hollywood actor running for president. But I don’t know his views or his opinions. And until I can get a good read on him….he can get in line with the rest of ’em.

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UK Marines Crisis Escalates

Posted by Mark on March 28, 2007

Yah…seems the Brits weren’t in Iranian waters afterall. No…they were OVER a mile away. Uh…gee, I’m shocked.

Satellite tracking data shows that a group of 15 British military personnel captured by Iran last Friday never strayed outside Iraqi waters, according to Britain’s Ministry of Defence.

British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett also announced Wednesday that Britain would freeze all bilateral business with Iran until the 15 personnel were released. “We are now in a new phase of diplomatic activity,” Beckett told members of parliament.

Earlier, British Vice Admiral Charles Style said the global positioning system proves the boat carrying the Britons was “clearly” 3.1 kilometers (1.7 nautical miles) inside Iraqi waters and that they were “ambushed” by the Iranian forces.

I’ll tell you what that NEW phase of diplomatic activity should be- uh Mr. Almondflavoredjihad you have 24 hours to return the British hostages, if you don’t, we will bomb you back into the Stone Age….the same age your religion so desperately wants to enjoy.

Sounds simple to me.

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A modicum of Reason : Iraq Pull-out should be SECRET

Posted by zaphriel on March 27, 2007


At least Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) has a brain. Don’t tell our enemies exactly what they want to know.

Democrat Proposes Making Withdrawal Date Secret

In one of the more unusual proposals to emerge in the Senate debate on Iraq withdrawal, Sen. Mark Pryor wants to keep any plans for bringing troops home a secret.

The Arkansas Democrat is a key holdout on his party’s proposal to approve $122 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan while setting a goal of March 31, 2008, for winding up military operations in Iraq. Unlike the plan’s Republican opponents, Pryor wants a withdrawal deadline of some kind. He just doesn’t want anyone outside the White House, Congress and the Iraqi government to know what it is.

I still disagree with him, but at least his proposal is moderately palatable.

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Posted by zaphriel on March 27, 2007

It’s all we have, really. Most of us don’t actually own anything; it’s mortgaged or has a lien against it, or is bought on credit. Even those things that we actually own, they can break, burn, or disappear in an instant. All we have is our integrity and credibility. Everything else is fleeting. This is especially true about large corporations, and more to the point, leviathan news outlets. In an Article on Fox Rick Leventhal breaks apart the New York Times greatest asset. Many of us already knew they were non-credible, but now their gall is getting the better of them. They have really bared their butts on this one.

Major Mistakes in New York Times Story About Rape in Military

We all make mistakes, right? And when we do, we have several options: we can hope no one notices; try and fix it before anyone notices; or apologize, and do our best to make it right. …
On Sunday, The New York Times admitted it made a mistake. Actually, there were multiple “corrections” on page A2, including a pet food recall that was not expanded, and providing the right telephone number for a cabaret that was reviewed.

But the biggest correction, under the heading “Editor’s Note,” wasn’t your garden variety misprint.

The Times admitted it distributed an article in the March 18 edition of its Sunday Magazine, while knowing the story contained some glaring inaccuracies. The article was about women who served in Iraq, the sexual abuse some say they endured, and their struggles in reclaiming their pre-war lives. But one of the women profiled, who said she’d been raped twice and suffered brain damage when a roadside bomb exploded next to her Humvee, was never actually IN Iraq. She lied. And, there was no roadside bomb. Readers were left to wonder if there’d been any sexual assaults.

This info was easily verifiable, a simple records review would have caught it, but in having an alterior motive, they were blinded by the “sensational story”.

“Boy will this sell papers, who cares who it hurts.” “Oh…Oops. Sorry.”

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Striking Out

Posted by Mark on March 27, 2007

Evidently, a grocery strike is looming AGAIN in Southern California. Yep. Three years ago, the parasites hit Ralph’s first. This time, the ignorant sycophants will be trying to bust Albertsons.

Union negotiators will head back into contract talks with Southern California’s largest supermarket chains this week armed with new leverage — the permission of Albertsons workers to call a strike.

We needed to send a message to Albertsons,” said Suzanne Castro, a clerk at a store in Oceanside. Castro said she was frustrated by the slow pace of talks.

And why do I consider unions the Anti-Christ? Here’s all you need to know:

The union said it chose Albertsons over Ralphs and Vons as the first target of a strike vote because it believes that the chain would be the least likely of the three to withstand a costly work stoppage.

In another words- Albertsons is the most vulnerable. They are the most likely food chain to CAPITULATE to the unions.

A______…every one of ’em.

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Gorebal Warming: Michael Barone

Posted by Mark on March 26, 2007

Great piece by Michael Barone. Put a fork in Algore. He’s toast…as is his unscientific pronouncements.

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