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We Agree: Iraq IS a Quagmire

Posted by Mark on November 19, 2007

As this, from Jack Kelly, so clearly states:

We’re floundering in a quagmire in Iraq. Our strategy is flawed, and it’s too late to change it. Our resources have been squandered, our best people killed, we’re hated by the natives and our reputation around the world is circling the drain. We must withdraw.

No, I’m not channeling Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. I’m channeling Osama bin Laden, for whom the war in Iraq has been a catastrophe. Al-Qaida had little presence in Iraq during the regime of Saddam Hussein. But once he was toppled, al-Qaida’s chieftains decided to make Iraq the central front in the global jihad against the Great Satan.

And that central front has decidedly turned against Al-Qaida:

Jihadis, money and weapons were poured into Iraq. All for naught. Al-Qaida has been driven from every neighborhood in Baghdad, Maj. Gen. Joseph Fil, the U.S. commander there, said Nov. 7. This follows the expulsion of al-Qaida from two previous “capitals” of its Islamic Republic of Iraq, Ramadi and Baquba.

Al-Qaida is evacuating populated areas and is trying to establish hideouts in the Hamrin mountains in northern Iraq, with U.S. and Iraqi security forces, and former insurgent allies who have turned on them, in hot pursuit. Forty-five al-Qaida leaders were killed or captured in October alone.

Al-Qaida’s support in the Muslim world has plummeted, partly because of the terror group’s lack of success in Iraq, more because al-Qaida’s attacks have mostly killed Muslim civilians.

“Iraq has proved to be the graveyard, not just of many al-Qaida operatives, but of the organization’s reputation as a defender of Islam,” said StrategyPage.

Canadian columnist David Warren speculated some years ago that enticing al-Qaida to fight there was one of the reasons why President Bush decided to invade Iraq. The administration has made so many egregious mistakes that I doubt the “flypaper” strategy was deliberate. But it has worked out that way. It may have been a mistake for the United States to go to war in Iraq. But it’s pretty clear now it was a blunder for al-Qaida to have done so.

But, wait. I thought we were losing, that we couldn’t win. That’s the media talking. That’s the Democrats talking. Both have much to lose should the American people come to believe the Iraqi front of World War IV is a success. If you’re reading as this and consider yourself a liberal, I would ask you to examine your emotional first reactions. Your first thought was that this can’t be true. Your second thought was probably that someone is believing propaganda.

I would agree with you on the second thought. The question you must ask yourself is, which of us is buying propaganda, me…or you?

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Is T. Boone Picken’ on Kerry?

Posted by Mark on November 19, 2007

Now this is GRAND THEATRE!

Evidently, T. Boone Pickens has challenged John Kerry to the absolute truth. Yah…that’s a comedy huh?

Sen. John Kerry, whose 2004 presidential campaign was torpedoed by critics of his Vietnam War record, said Friday he has personally accepted a Texas oilman’s offer to pay $1 million to anyone who can disprove even a single charge of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.

In a letter to T. Boone Pickens, the Massachusetts Democrat wrote: “While I am prepared to show they lied on allegation after allegation, you have generously offered to pay one million dollars for just one thing that can be proven false. I am prepared to prove the lie beyond any reasonable doubt.”

Hmmmm…….let’s look at that last statement, shall we? IF you are/were innocent, why wouldn’t you PROVE it the first time around? Why not bring the irrefutable evidence forward- at the time of the accusation? Heck, it’s been almost 4 years- we’re still waiting.

But if you look at the wording carefully, Kerry will attempt to disprove only a SINGLE allegation. Which by omission, leaves all of the other allegations as FACTUAL.

This story has the smell of compost clinging all over it. My B.S. meter is screaming like a tachometer at a drag race.

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