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  • Michelle Obama's "All this for a damn flag" shown at three different speeds

    07/09/2012 4:59:37 PM PDT · by Mechanicos · 56 replies
    You Tube ^ | Oct 1 2011 | Thedrrjp
    Yes, folks, that is what she said, according to an instructor at a School for the Deaf and Blind who watched the video. The video is shown at normal speed, 3/4 speed, and 1/2 speed with no banners obstructing her lips.
  • Teen suspended for criticizing Muslim student

    08/31/2009 10:55:35 AM PDT · by floridaguy81 · 33 replies · 1,558+ views
    ABC Action News ^ | 8/29/2009 | FloridaGuy81
    SPRING HILL, FL -- While showing off her JROTC uniform, 16-year-old Heather Lawrence told us joining the Army is her next big goal, to follow in the footsteps of her father and grandfather. "Our flag represents everything that our country is," she said. The teen says an issue over the American flag is why she was written up and handed a five-day suspension from Springstead High School this week for criticizing a Muslim student. Heather says the other girl was sitting down during the Pledge of Allegiance.
  • Boehner Gets Emotional Over Iraq Issue.

    05/24/2007 6:25:46 PM PDT · by jamndad5 · 23 replies · 1,431+ views
    Drudge ^ | 5/24/07 | Rep. John Boehner
    Boehner asks, "when will we stand up to this enemy?"
  • Perdue to war critics: 'Keep your mouth shut'

    05/13/2007 3:59:49 AM PDT · by deaconjim · 50 replies · 1,196+ views
    The Macon Telegraph ^ | May. 12, 2007
    ATLANTA --Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue has a message for critics of the war in Iraq: "Keep your mouth shut." The Republican governor made the remark Friday during a talk-radio session at the state Capitol with Bill Bennett, former U.S. secretary of education. On his "Morning in America" show, broadcast on Atlanta radio station WGKA, Bennett noted Perdue has been mentioned as vice-presidential material in 2008. He asked if Perdue agreed with some who say Republican candidates should distance themselves from President Bush on the topic of Iraq. Perdue said no, then added: "We have everyone that wants to talk about...
  • US Iraq troops 'condone torture' (widespread = most don't)

    05/04/2007 8:55:15 PM PDT · by james500 · 16 replies · 526+ views
    BBC News ^ | Friday, 4 May 2007, 20:59 GMT 21:59 UK | Humphrey Hawksley
    A US survey of battlefield ethics among troops in Iraq has found widespread tolerance for torture in certain circumstances and problems with morale. [snip] More than a third believed that torture was acceptable if it helped save the life of a fellow soldier or if it helped get information about the insurgents. About 10% of those surveyed said they had actually mistreated Iraqi civilians by hitting or kicking them, or had damaged their property when it was not necessary to do so.
  • What the President Actually Said on May 1, 2003

    04/28/2007 5:25:47 PM PDT · by r-q-tek86 · 29 replies · 1,166+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | April 28, 2007 | Ken Shepherd
    Although a quick search of the Web draws up the speech, available here (with video and audio links), rare is the online news service that links to President Bush's remarks on May 1, 2003, aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln. Notice, for example, no link to the speech in this story at CBSNews.com that follows Sen. Hillary Clinton's (D-N.Y.) latest swipe at the Iraq war. (see related post here) Since the media don't reprint excerpts of the speech nor give readers the links to the original source material, here are some comments from May 1, 2003, that point to President Bush...
  • Oliver Stone to create anti-Iraq war TV spot [for the campaign by MoveOn.org and VoteVets.org]

    04/21/2007 9:25:35 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 17 replies · 548+ views
    Oliver Stone to create anti-Iraq war TV spot Last Updated: Saturday, April 21, 2007 | 11:30 AM ET CBC Arts Director Oliver Stone, who won Oscars for Born on the Fourth of July and Platoon, will produce a television commercial urging the U.S. to bring American troops back from Iraq. Stone, who is also a Vietnam vet, is directing a 30-second spot for the campaign by MoveOn.org and VoteVets.org. It's slated to air in late May. "We have leaders in Washington who say they're 'supporting our troops' — but the people who suffer most from their policies are the troops...
  • Anti-war ads target 6 in GOP for defeat

    04/20/2007 4:23:51 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies · 491+ views
    Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, IN ^ | April 20, 2007 | Combined news services
    WASHINGTON – It’s 19 months until the next congressional elections, but the anti-war folks are getting an early jump on the opposition. Americans United for Change – a Democratic-leaning umbrella group – is airing television ads this week targeting six House Republicans whom the group sees as vulnerable because they are not voting with Democrats on the Iraq war. Those under siege are Mary Bono of California, Dean Heller of Nevada, Timothy Johnson of Illinois, Randy Kuhl and Jim Walsh, both of New York, and Heather Wilson of New Mexico. “These guys have a choice whether to break with the...
  • IMPEACH! Spell It Out April 28, 2007

    04/10/2007 2:50:11 AM PDT · by Citizen SMASH · 42 replies · 2,124+ views
    A28.org ^ | 4/9/2007 | A28
    George Bush and Dick Cheney have lied the nation into a war of aggression, are spying in open violation of the law, and have sanctioned the use of torture. These are high crimes and misdemeanors that demand accountability through the Constitutional mechanism of impeachment. Since Congress doesn't seem to get it, we're calling on all Americans who stand for truth, freedom, and justice to join us on April 28 and spell it out for them: IMPEACH! Let's put the word IMPEACH! everywhere on April 28. If you're in Miami you'll be able to voice your opinion directly to George Bush...
  • Demographic changes fuel racial tension in L.A. (CNN VIDEO)

    01/13/2007 7:18:32 PM PST · by VU4G10 · 18 replies · 1,393+ views
    news.yahoo.com ^ | 01.14.07 | CNN
    An increased Latino population in Southern California leads to racial tension, CNN's Ted Rowlands reports. http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/scp_v3/viewer/index.php?pid=16598&rn=49750&cl=1661696&ch=49799&src=news 
  • Clinton Doubts Iraqis Can Pacify Baghdad

    01/14/2007 12:08:11 AM PST · by XR7 · 86 replies · 2,214+ views
    ABCNews ^ | 1/14/07
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton expressed doubt Saturday that Iraq's government would follow through with its promises to secure Baghdad as she met with top Iraqi officials and American commanders. It was the third trip to Iraq for Clinton, a Democrat from New York who is considering running for president, and comes amid opposition from the Democratic-controlled Congress to President Bush's plans to send in 21,500 more troops to stop the rampant violence. "I don't know that the American people or the Congress at this point believe this mission can work," she told ABC News in Baghdad....
  • Ornstein on Surge Decision: 'George Bush Believes He's Answering To A Higher Authority'

    01/08/2007 5:50:07 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 22 replies · 710+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    George W. Bush is less overtly religious in his public pronouncements than many of his presidential predecessors. Yet his critics often portray him as some kind of zealot who sees himself on a mission from God. Pundit Norm Ornstein perpetuated the stereotype on this morning's "Good Morning America". ABC senior national correspondent Jake Tapper narrated a segment on Pres. Bush's impending announcement of a surge of troops into Iraq. The thrust was that W is making his decision despite bi-partisan opposition. Not only are virtually all Dems opposed, but, as Tapper put it, "even some Republicans are expressing serious doubts...
  • Pelosi threatens to reject funds for troop surge

    01/07/2007 10:40:31 PM PST · by jdm · 22 replies · 985+ views
    Wash Times ^ | Jan 8, 2007 | Eric Pfeiffer
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats yesterday said their party might deny funding for President Bush's expected call this week for a troop surge in Iraq if he doesn't meet their demands for detailed consultations and congressional debate on military strategy. "If the president chooses to escalate the war, in his budget request we want to see a distinction between what is there to support the troops who are there now. The American people and the Congress support those troops. We will not abandon them," the California Democrat said during an appearance on CBS' "Face the Nation." "But...
  • Barf Alert - Peter Schrag: A 'vast carelessness' -- the president's and ours

    12/27/2006 9:22:57 AM PST · by pf flyers · 1 replies · 354+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | December 27, 2006 | Peter Schrag
    The year-end debate about the Iraq Study Group's unequivocal diagnosis of failure and its grim list of uncertain remedies is the real measure of the hopelessness of the mess America made. The ISG's 79 recommendations -- some wise, some impolitic, some impossible -- is itself a confession that all the choices are bad. That's not the commission's fault: No one else has a persuasive idea either, least of all the president -- the self-proclaimed decider -- who started and ran this misbegotten war. As Nick Carraway says about the privileged and insouciant Tom and Daisy at the end of "The...
  • US forces stretched thin worldwide

    11/19/2006 12:25:57 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 66 replies · 1,376+ views
    ISN Security Watch ^ | November 16, 2006 | Carmen Gentile
    The continuing deployment of US troops to Iraq and Afghanistan has diluted the pool of soldiers stationed throughout the world to dangerously thin proportions in some areas, according to experts, also resulting in a chronic dearth of military equipment both on the home front and at overseas posts. The 140,000-plus US troops in Iraq and 30,000 or more stationed in Afghanistan have caused a drain on other long-time US military obligations abroad, such as South Korea, Japan and Germany, notes one military analyst. Others point out that a systematic redeployment of US troops from the Korean Peninsula's Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)...
  • Bloggers proliferate on campaign payrolls

    11/01/2006 6:10:09 AM PST · by mrsmith · 7 replies · 246+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Oct. 31, 2006 | K. Daniel Glover
    Bloggers paid by campaigns were a rarity two years ago -- so rare that their work and their ethics, whether for Republicans or Democrats, became fodder for controversy. Bloggers on the campaign dime (and off) have been even more controversial this year, but that is at least in part because there are so many more of them. With increasing frequency, candidates across the country are paying bloggers to write, develop Web sites, connect with energetic allies on the Internet, respond to online critics, and advise their employers about how to behave in the blogosphere.
  • Jane, We Hardly Knew Ye Died (U.S. female military fatalities in Iraq, Afghanistan & Middle East)

    09/24/2006 3:28:12 PM PDT · by neverdem · 50 replies · 2,072+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 24, 2006 | LIZETTE ALVAREZ
    LT. EMILY J. T. PEREZ, 23, a West Point graduate who outran many men, directed a gospel choir and read the Bible every day, was at the head of a weekly convoy as it rolled down roads pocked with bombs and bullets near Najaf. As platoon leader, she insisted on leading her troops from the front. Two weeks ago, one of those bombs tripped her up, detonating near her Humvee in Kifl, south of Baghdad. She died Sept. 12, the 64th woman from the United States military to be killed in Iraq or Afghanistan. Eight died in Vietnam. Despite longstanding...
  • No Fear

    09/13/2006 11:12:47 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies · 619+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 9/14/2006 | Christopher Orlet
    If the latest polls are to be trusted, the Democrats will take back the House and will fall just shy of retaking the Senate. If so, they have only the perseverance of the indefatigable insurgents to thank. Certainly an uncharacteristic outbreak of peace and normalcy among the Arab tribes of upper Mesopotamia would send Mr. Bush's popularity soaring, but as long as Sunnis and Shias regularly butcher one another and plant ample bombs on Babylon's byways it promises to be a prosperous fall for the opposition. True, the Democrats will likely benefit from the automatic boost the minority gets in...
  • Cheney: War criticism 'validates the strategy of the terrorists'

    09/11/2006 10:34:58 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies · 874+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | Sunday, September 10, 2006 10:58 PM CDT | MICHAEL ABRAMOWITZ / The Washington Post
    WASHINGTON – Vice President Dick Cheney offered a veiled attack Sunday on critics of the administration's Iraq policy, saying the domestic debate over the war is emboldening adversaries who believe they can undermine the resolve of the American people. "They can't beat us in a stand-up fight – they never have – but they're absolutely convinced they can break our will, that the American people don't have the stomach for the fight," Mr. Cheney said on NBC's Meet the Press. The vice president said U.S. allies in Afghanistan and Iraq have doubts that America will finish the job there. "And...
  • Did Bush Overreach?

    07/26/2006 9:28:59 AM PDT · by Reagan Man · 15 replies · 767+ views
    American Spectator ^ | July 26 2006 | Robert T. McLean
    It is common now to charge that the invasion of Iraq was a moment where America's ambitions surpassed its abilities. Various articles have surfaced of late declaring that even President George W. Bush may be grasping the folly of his ways. A great deal of attention earlier this month focused on a Time magazine cover story declaring "The End of Cowboy Diplomacy." The July/August issue of Foreign Affairs contains a piece entitled "The End of the Bush Revolution," as well as an essay by Joseph Nye proclaiming that the Bush Administration's transformational foreign policy is unlikely to survive. But has...
  • Democratic senators say Iraq is close to civil war (Biden and Reed)

    07/12/2006 9:41:02 AM PDT · by dead · 45 replies · 935+ views
    CAPITOL HILL (AP) Democratic Senators Joseph Biden of Delaware and Jack Reed of Rhode Island say the sectarian violence in Iraq is reaching a critical phase. Biden, who has visited Iraq seven times, says Baghdad is "a city in tatters." The ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee cites Sunday's killings of some 40 Sunni Arabs by Shiite gunmen "in broad daylight" as an indication of what he calls "a nascent civil war." Reed, just back from his eighth visit to Iraq, says the Iraqi leadership and U-S forces need to address the problems with the country's emerging government,...
  • US 'finds Iraq killing failings'

    07/08/2006 9:38:03 PM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 6 replies · 628+ views
    news.bbc.co.uk ^ | Last Updated: Saturday, 8 July 2006 | bbc
    US marine officers at all levels failed to investigate conflicting reports of killings in the Iraqi town of Haditha, a report quoted by US media says. *Snip* Gen Chiarelli's inquiry looked into how the military handled the killings on 19 November. According to US media reports, Gen Chiarelli has found that senior officers failed to investigate inconsistencies in the initial reports, which suggested the civilians were victims of a roadside bombing. *Snip* He added: "What some of these people did wrong is certainly not illegal or criminal, but administratively their actions are something that Gen Chiarelli wants to look at."
  • The Left supports Murtha

    06/29/2006 9:48:41 AM PDT · by digitaldisaster77 · 11 replies · 610+ views
    peace moon beam ^ | June 29, 2006 | Peace moon Beam
    Well, finally we Democrats have found a strong voice to help lead us to victory surrender retreat an honorable exit from the hopeless quagmire that is Iraq. That voice is of course John Murtha, esteemed Democrat Representative from the great State of Pennsylvania.
  • Susan Estrich(Republicans turned lemons into lemonade ..HOW ?, Democrats are divided..WHY ? )

    06/22/2006 8:52:40 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 47 replies · 1,782+ views
    YahooNews ^ | Wed Jun 21, 6:50 AM ET | Susan Estrich
    Why is it that Republicans are united in their support of an unpopular war and Democrats are divided in their opposition? How is it that, speaking purely politically, the war right now seems to be working better as an issue for Republicans, who are forced to support the unpopular president and his ill-begotten war, than the Democrats, who are free to oppose it? Is it a question of leadership? Of competence? Can the Democrats simply not get their act together? That is certainly how it looked last week in the House, when the relieved Republicans -- relieved because they finally...
  • US braced for Haditha effect

    06/20/2006 9:19:26 PM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 85 replies · 2,286+ views
    BBC ^ | June 20, 2006 | John Simpson
    The lawyer for one of the marines accused of the massacre has told the BBC that criminal charges will probably be brought soon. And we have found that the marines were operating under some very disturbing conditions. The accusation is that after a US marine lance corporal died in a roadside bombing in Haditha last November, his fellow marines went on a killing spree. Twenty-four people died in the attack, including seven women and three children. A 12-year-old girl who survived says the Americans killed them indiscriminately. The marines said they had came under fire from the houses where the...
  • The GOP base is mad. The anger won't be assuaged by pathetic gestures to appease the Left

    05/15/2006 5:59:30 AM PDT · by radar101 · 133 replies · 2,947+ views
    JewishWorldReview ^ | May 15, 2006 | Jack Kelly
    You've got to hand it to President Bush. For a pretty decent, straightforward guy, he sure has a knack for making enemies. The economy is booming. There has been no successful terrorist attack in the United States since Sept. 11, 2001. Al-Qaida officials acknowledge we're winning the war in Iraq. Yet in the history of polling, only three presidents have had job approval ratings as low or lower than President Bush does now. The president's popularity problem isn't one problem, but three. Nearly all Democrats, most independents and a third of Republicans now disapprove of the job President Bush is...
  • The Most Powerless Man in the World (Barf Alert)

    05/08/2006 5:53:51 PM PDT · by NCjim · 19 replies · 570+ views
    Der Spiegel ^ | May 8, 2006 | Claus Christian Malzahn
    US President George W. Bush isn't known for his willingness for giving interviews, but he recently sat down with German TV presenter Sabine Christiansen for 30 minutes. He answered her questions readily -- but also showed that he's become little more than a spectator of his own political decline. A man and a woman sit in front of an unlit fireplace in the White House. The woman is Germany's most well known TV presenter. The man is the most powerful man in the world -- or at least that's how he's introduced before the interview begins. And yet what we're...
  • Can Bush lighten up and smile a little bit?

    05/07/2006 2:53:36 PM PDT · by redgirlinabluestate · 73 replies · 1,318+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | May 7, 2006 | Bill Whalen
    If there's an unintended consequence of lousy poll numbers, as President Bush is fast discovering, it's that sagging fortunes beget plenty of unsolicited advice, in this instance, how to put President Humpty Dumpty back together. The Washington Post, a reliable Bush critic, suggests that the president rebound by taking on climate change and lobbying reform, and "fess up to detainee atrocities." Fred Barnes, a Bush devotee and executive editor of the conservative Weekly Standard, has suggested a White House shakeup of 1906 proportions: elevate Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to vice president; shift Dick Cheney to the Pentagon after bidding...
  • The Manchurian Presidency (Niman Returns!)

    05/04/2006 9:10:55 AM PDT · by Houmatt · 8 replies · 357+ views
    artvoice.com ^ | 5-4-06 | Michael I. Niman
    What if we had a real bona fide chimpanzee for a president? You know, a little hairy ape like the ones in the zoo. Would he or she do a better job than George W. Bush? Sure, the chimp would soil the Oval Office. We all know the primate house isn’t a pretty place. But would the chimp have been smart enough to find and soil the US Constitution? Would the chimp have surrounded itself with larger, aggressive primates such as Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld? No crony chimps Would it have had the intelligence to poop its mark on...
  • Dems: GOP turning 'blind eye' to oil cos.

    04/29/2006 9:50:24 AM PDT · by sirchtruth · 23 replies · 541+ views
    AP ^ | 4/29/2006 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats on Saturday accused the Republican-led Congress of providing tax cuts to oil companies at a time when the industry enjoys record profits and many motorists struggle to deal with rising gasoline prices. In his party's weekly radio address, Rep. Bart Stupak of Michigan said "gas prices keep skyrocketing, and in Washington, Republicans continue to turn a blind eye to the oil industry's activities."
  • FRONTLINE: The Iraqi Insurgency

    04/25/2006 6:47:20 PM PDT · by 68skylark · 8 replies · 407+ views
    pbs.org ^ | Frontline
    Is anyone familiar with the "Frontline" episode on the Iraqi insurgency? (It's on right now on my PBS station.) It's mostly a recruiting ad for the glorious "resistance."
  • Different country, same propaganda-US public being prepped for another ill-fated war

    04/24/2006 5:27:27 AM PDT · by SJackson · 15 replies · 568+ views
    Al Ahram ^ | 4-24-06 | Emad Mekay
    The US public is being prepped for war on Iran in ways that echo to ill-fated war on Iraq, writes Emad Mekay -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The sabre rattling has started and the players look frighteningly similar to those who beat the drums of the ill- fated Iraq war. On Tuesday, US President George W Bush refused to rule out the use of force against Iran in order to prevent Tehran becoming a nuclear force. "All options are on the table," Bush said, even though earlier he had painted US news reports that Washington was contemplating the use of nuclear weapons against Iran...
  • Many in GOP Will Sit Out Bush Talk (Grassroots Angry Over Amnesty)

    04/23/2006 5:27:56 AM PDT · by nj26 · 252 replies · 3,422+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 23, 2006 | Christopher Goffard and Jean Pasco
    When President Bush arrives in Irvine on Monday morning to pitch his immigration reform plan, one of his party's best-known local standard-bearers will be maintaining a respectful — and politically careful — distance. Dana Rohrabacher, the nine-term Republican congressman from Huntington Beach, generally supports the president, but disagrees with his immigration policies. So Rohrabacher plans to sit out Bush's speech to the Orange County Business Council. "I don't want to be behind him looking glum and not applauding," Rohrabacher said. "So as not to be rude to the president — which I think is inexcusable — I think I'll just...
  • Bush's Disapproval Rating Hits 60 Percent, Worst of Any President! (“You coulda had McCain” thread)

    04/11/2006 8:25:17 AM PDT · by meandog · 304 replies · 6,025+ views
    4/11/06 | POLLS
    President Bush has reached the lowest approval rating of any president as his disapproval rating is averaging almost 60 percent among Americans. Immigration issues, the war in Iraq, rising gasoline prices, a growing dissatisfaction among his base are all said to be factors in the dismal figures.
  • "Heading to 10": Matthews Claims Bush Leak Allegations Top Seriousness Scale

    04/07/2006 5:20:39 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 76 replies · 2,394+ views
    Today Show/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein April 7, 2006 That didn't take long! Back in the MSM's Watergate heyday, it took a while for a steady drumbeat of revelations, stories and allegations to gather sufficient momentum. The pace has apparently quickened in the modern liberal-media world. On this morning's Today show, Matt Lauer, speaking of the allegation that President Bush authorized the disclosure of information by Scooter Libby, asked Chris Matthews: "scale of 1 to 10, [where] 10 is a deal-ender, where does this fall?" Matthews didn't hesitate: "heading to 10." Even Lauer seemed taken aback: "Really, that big?" For good measure, Matthews...
  • If only Clinton had been a Republican

    04/04/2006 6:09:20 AM PDT · by 13Sisters76 · 7 replies · 569+ views
    Townhall ^ | Apr. 4, 2006 | Burt Prelutsky
    If only Clinton had been a Republican By Burt Prelutsky Apr 4, 2006 The way that so many people, especially politicians, went nuts over the ports deal reminded me once again what a difference party designation makes. One only has to compare how harshly Sam Alito was treated during his confirmation hearings with the way that the ACLU’s chief counsel, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, sailed through hers. Getting back to the matter of the ports, I’m still not sure if it was a good idea or a bad one to allow the United Arab Emirates to manage those installations on the...
  • Rumsfeld Grades U.S. Poor in Global Debate

    03/27/2006 10:45:02 AM PST · by mathprof · 25 replies · 654+ views
    ap ^ | 3/27/06
    The United States is faring poorly in its effort to counter ideological support for terrorism, in part because the government does not communicate effectively, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Monday. Rumsfeld made the remark in response to a question from a member of his audience at the Army War College, where he delivered a speech on the challenges facing the country in fighting a global war on terrorism. ''If I were grading I would say we probably deserve a `D' or a `D-plus' as a country as to how well we're doing in the battle of ideas that's taking...
  • Communication Breakdown(Bush Administration & the war)

    03/24/2006 3:54:11 PM PST · by kellynla · 12 replies · 466+ views
    WASHINGTONPOST.COM ^ | March 24, 2006; | David Ignatius
    Now it gets painful for George W. Bush. Iraq is wrapped around his presidency as tightly as Vietnam was around Lyndon Johnson's. Bush keeps telling the country he has a plan for victory, but the polls suggest the public doesn't believe it. Those big "Plan for Victory" signs at his rally in Wheeling, W.Va., this week read more like an exhortation than a statement of fact. Bush has lacked the tragic sensibility found in many of our great presidents. He works so hard at his show of easy informality that you rarely sense the inner man and the anguish that...
  • Deficit Demagogues

    03/21/2006 2:52:42 PM PST · by Crackingham · 14 replies · 449+ views
    NY Times ^ | 3/21/6
    Less than a week after he denounced the "wayward path" of deficit spending to a gathering of 2,000 Republican Party stalwarts, Senator Bill Frist, the Senate majority leader and would-be president, was busy presiding over business as usual in the Senate. Last Thursday, Mr. Frist, 49 of his fellow Republican senators and one Democrat approved a $2.8 trillion budget for 2007. The budget vote came just hours after Mr. Frist and 51 other Republicans voted to raise the nation's debt limit for the fourth time in five years — this time by $781 billion, to nearly $9 trillion. All of...
  • Separating From Bush

    03/20/2006 8:48:09 AM PST · by Reagan Man · 21 replies · 648+ views
    Human Events ^ | March 20 2006 | Robert Novak
    "Presidents come and go," Rep. Jerry Lewis told the House Rules Committee last Wednesday. That was a reason Lewis gave, as chairman of the Appropriations Committee, for opposing President Bush's proposed line-item veto. But the broader meaning of what he said suggested the congressional Republican majority's mindset: George W. Bush's presence is evanescent and not to be equated with the permanence of legislators. Lewis is no bomb-throwing rookie congressman. He is a 71-year-old 14-termer who has been in public office continuously for 38 years and is known as a dependable Republican regular. It is not in character for Lewis to...
  • To leave Iraq with honor

    03/18/2006 10:24:04 PM PST · by NorthEasterner · 7 replies · 415+ views
    Tribune-Review ^ | March 19, 2006 | Salena Zito
    To leave Iraq with honor By Salena Zito TRIBUNE-REVIEW Sunday, March 19, 2006 How do you rebuild Iraq while dodging improvised explosive devices? Very carefully. But also very resolutely.
  • Why Iran Wants The Bomb (It's Bush's fault)

    03/17/2006 6:34:13 PM PST · by nuconvert · 33 replies · 831+ views
    YahooNews ^ | Mar.17, 2006
    WHY IRAN WANTS THE BOMB By Richard Reeves LOS ANGELES -- Let me ask you a question: If you were running Iran, would you try to develop nuclear weapons? I would. Apparently the editors of the Los Angeles Times would also answer "Yes." The lead editorial in Friday's Times was comment on the release of the U.S. government's latest "National Security Strategy." That's the one in which President Bush's introduction begins, "America is at war," and then goes on to specifically name Iran as an enemy of the United States. The document also reiterates the U.S. commitment to pre-emptive or...
  • Reed warns Iraq is nearing civil war

    03/04/2006 9:47:04 AM PST · by jmc1969 · 30 replies · 873+ views
    AP ^ | March 4 2006
    One of the Democratic party's leading voices on Iraq warns the strife-torn country is on the verge of civil war. His remarks tonight came during a foreign policy address at Brown University. The senator said the conflict in Iraq is more a political and economic battle than a military one. He faulted the Bush administration for failing to better develop Iraq's infrastructure, economy and government institutions.
  • Dubai & Dubya in dash for lifeboat

    03/04/2006 5:53:40 AM PST · by prairiebreeze · 26 replies · 729+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | March 4, 2006 | THOMAS T. DeFRANK and KENNETH R. BAZINET
    WASHINGTON - The White House is quietly pushing a Dubai company to "significantly restructure" and partner up with a U.S. outfit to keep the port deal from sinking, sources told the Daily News yesterday. "It's in the hands of the company now. ... They're going to have to significantly restructure," said a Republican source familiar with White House expectations. A revamped deal to allow Dubai Ports World to take over six major U.S. ports - including Manhattan's cruise ship terminal and Newark's container depot - would have to be something along the lines of the Marine One contract. British- and...
  • News Analysis: Bush's zippy India visit comes with Texas ties

    02/26/2006 8:39:11 PM PST · by indcons · 27 replies · 953+ views
    New York Times via International Herald Tribune ^ | February 26, 2006 | Elisabeth Bumiller
    President George W. Bush is planning a two-day wind sprint across India this week, when he will meet with political leaders, chat up high-technology millionaires and give a speech at a 16th-century fort. But to the consternation of many Indians, he will not see the country's most famous monument, the Taj Mahal, a decision Bush blamed last week on an omnipotent scheduler. "Look, if I were the scheduler, perhaps I'd be doing things differently," Bush said when he was asked in an interview with Indian reporters at the White House why he was skipping the Taj. "I'll be the president,...
  • Violence Strains U.S. Strategy and Imperils Pullout Plans

    02/23/2006 7:47:15 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 16 replies · 362+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 23 2006 | STEVEN R. WEISMAN, ROBERT F. WORTH
    The violence in Iraq after the bombing of a Shiite mosque this week has abruptly thrown the Bush administration on the defensive, and there were signs on Thursday that American officials recognized new perils to their plans to withdraw troops this year. The American enterprise in Iraq seemed beleaguered on two fronts, political and military. The American ambassador, Zalmay Khalilzad, has reached out to Sunnis, pushing to include them in the government and pressing Shiite leaders hard to keep politicians with ties to Shiite militias out of sensitive security posts. Sunnis have accused these Shiite leaders of running death squads....
  • Foes and even friends in Mideast say 'America is to blame'

    02/23/2006 4:34:50 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 17 replies · 518+ views
    AP ^ | February 23 2006 | Sally Buzbee
    It may seem bewildering to Americans who see themselves as helping Iraq. The rush to blame the United States for the shrine bombing is a sign not only of the deteriorating situation in Iraq, but the tense state of West-Mideast relations overall. From riots over the prophet drawings to the United Arab Emirates ports dispute to Hamas' election win, little is going right for the United States across the Arab world. Even a supposed friend – a top Iraqi Shiite leader, Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, who President Bush once praised at the White House – took a poke after Wednesday's attack on...
  • Savage Live and on Fire

    02/22/2006 4:41:32 PM PST · by stand4somethin · 132 replies · 2,745+ views
    Right now Savage is on the ports issue... and is in agreement with Freepers' Poll on the subject. This is in contrast to the radio hosts that never asks questions of the administration. Savage says Bush is 100% wrong. He is about to have Congressman Peter King on who says he has the votes to override Presidential veto. Listen Live here: http://www.760kfmb.com/index.php
  • The Imperial (Vice) Presidency (Evil Cheney Alert)

    02/21/2006 6:21:33 AM PST · by teddyballgame · 26 replies · 779+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 2/21/06 | Jonathan Alter
    Cheney has simultaneously expanded the power of the vice presidency and reduced its accountability. Because his health made him the first veep since ancient Alben Barkley (under Harry Truman) with no realistic chance of moving up, he felt he could change the rules. Fears of terrorism made his decision to go to an "undisclosed location" understandable, but he has taken secrecy about his whereabouts to inexplicable lengths. News organizations went along with this partly to save money by not sending reporters to cover his trips. They rationalized it by explaining that Cheney never said anything to reporters anyway.
  • Bush's Chat With Novelist Alarms Environmentalists [Michael Crichton]

    02/18/2006 9:03:04 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 119 replies · 3,844+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 19, 2006 | MICHAEL JANOFSKY
    One of the perquisites of being president is the ability to have the author of a book you enjoyed pop into the White House for a chat. Over the years, a number of writers have visited President Bush, including Natan Sharansky, Bernard Lewis and John Lewis Gaddis. And while the meetings are usually private, they rarely ruffle feathers. Now, one has. In his new book about Mr. Bush, "Rebel in Chief: Inside the Bold and Controversial Presidency of George W. Bush," Fred Barnes recalls a visit to the White House last year by Michael Crichton, whose 2004 best-selling novel, "State...