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A Bad Day to be on the Side of the Enemy…

Posted by Mark on September 10, 2007

Politico has the full transcript of both General Petraeus and Amb. Crocker, with the slides the General used. Nothing says it like Powerpoint

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An Important Editorial…

Posted by Mark on September 10, 2007

from John McCain and Joe Lieberman:

Whatever the shortcomings of our friends in Iraq, they are no excuse for us to retreat from our enemies like al Qaeda and Iran, who pose a mortal threat to our vital national interests. We must understand that today in Iraq we are fighting and defeating the same terrorist network that attacked on 9/11. As al Qaeda in Iraq continues to be hunted down and rooted out, and the Iraqi Army continues to improve, the U.S. footprint will no doubt adjust. But these adjustments should be left to the discretion of Gen. Petraeus, not forced on our troops by politicians in Washington with a 6,000-mile congressional screwdriver, and, perhaps, an eye on the 2008 election.

Interesting, in light of Rahm Emmanuel’s statement today:

“We don’t need a report that wins the Nobel Prize for creative statistics or the Pulitzer for fiction,” said Emanuel. “Americans are demanding the facts, an end to this open-ended commitment, a surge on the political and diplomatic front.”

“In short, the American people want a new direction in Iraq,” said Emanuel.

Nice to see Clinton’s former hit man isn’t prejudging the report…

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For A Presidential Debate- Press One for English…

Posted by Mark on September 10, 2007

Oh brother. I knew it was just a matter of time. Habla Espanol?

The first presidential forum to be conducted in Spanish placed a couple of the Democratic participants in an uncomfortable position Sunday night: answering tough questions while simultaneously fiddling to make sure their earpieces didn’t fall out and they could the hear the translation of the next question.

Those questions dealt with a range of issues of interest to Latino voters, from health-care policy to relations with Latin America.

The most remarkable part of the 90-minute forum, held at the University of Miami, proved to be not the responses but the format: Questions were posed in Spanish by two moderators from the Spanish-language television network Univision, which broadcast the event nationally; interpreters immediately translated the questions into English for the candidates, while a written English translation was beamed onto a screen in the arena for the crowd of more than 3,000.

It’s too bad the audience and viewers weren’t forced to wear earpieces. That way…they could’ve used the forum as AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN ENGLISH!

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