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    05/09/2013 3:02:03 PM PDT · by shortstop · 81 replies | 05/09/13 | Bob Lonsberry
    Benghazi is not like Watergate. It’s worse. But it won’t have the same end. In Benghazi, American military specialists, hurrying to relieve other Americans under fire, were twice ordered not to. In Benghazi itself, they ignored the order and saved dozens. In Tripoli, they had to obey, and two brave former SEALS died as a result. Let me repeat. American men at arms, ready and eager to go to the aid of their countrymen, were, in two separate incidents, ordered to stand down. Two separate conscious decisions were made to let Americans die. The fundamental ethic of the American armed...
  • Who is William Arkin, and why does it matter?

    02/26/2007 5:38:10 PM PST · by Interesting Times · 37 replies · 1,133+ views
    The New Dominion ^ | Feb. 26, 2007 | Max Friedman
    As most of you have read or seen by now, a journalist and NBC/MSNBC media consultant named William “Bill” Arkin has created quite a stir by viciously insulting American soldiers in Iraq. He wrote at his Washington Post blog, “Early Warning: William M. Arkin on National and Homeland Security” column (1/30/07), that “… this NBC (Nightly News) report is just an ugly reminder of the price we pay for a mercenary - oops sorry, volunteer force that thinks it is doing the dirty work” re Iraq. The “report,” according to Arkin, featured “a number of soldiers (who) expressed frustration with...
  • The GOP Deserves to Lose

    01/24/2012 6:31:02 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 107 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Jan 24, 2012 | Bret Stephens
    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL JANUARY 24, 2012 By Bret Stephens The GOP Deserves to Lose That's what happens when you run with losers. Let's just say right now what voters will be saying in November, once Barack Obama has been re-elected: Republicans deserve to lose. It doesn't matter that Mr. Obama can't get the economy out of second gear. It doesn't matter that he cynically betrayed his core promise as a candidate to be a unifying president. It doesn't matter that he keeps blaming Bush. It doesn't matter that he thinks ATMs are weapons of employment destruction. It doesn't matter...
  • Tired of the Defeatist Attitudes Here

    03/21/2010 8:11:05 PM PDT · by NoobRep · 181 replies · 2,498+ views
    3/21/10 | self
    Seriously, I fully understand the significance of the assault on our liberties and freedoms we've just witnessed. But for the love of God, take your two seconds and get it out of your system and get ready to take back the country. It's our own damn fault we let this happen so now what are we going to do? Sit and cry like these bozos own us? They only own you if you let them. I'll say this-I don't know what all the answers are but I know it will take an incredible effort and some very brave and smart...
  • Video: Two Years Ago Today Harry Reid Declared "Iraq War is Lost".....

    04/20/2009 5:19:34 AM PDT · by JDAM2007 · 9 replies · 331+ views
  • Reid Revises And Extends His Remarks On "Lost" Iraq War

    01/04/2009 5:18:37 PM PST · by careyb · 56 replies · 3,199+ views
    Meet The Depressed ^ | 1/4/09 | David Gregory
    Watch him squirm. I almost want to like David Gregory. Almost.
  • Sorry, Senator. Let's Salvage What We Can.

    10/25/2008 9:26:36 PM PDT · by steve-b · 84 replies · 2,146+ views
    The Washington Pest ^ | 10/23/08 | David Frum
    There are many ways to lose a presidential election. John McCain is losing in a way that threatens to take the entire Republican Party down with him. A year ago, the Arizona senator's team made a crucial strategic decision. McCain would run on his (impressive) personal biography. On policy, he'd hew mostly to conservative orthodoxy, with a few deviations -- most notably, his support for legalization for illegal immigrants. But this strategy wasn't yielding results in the general election. So in August, McCain tried a bold new gambit: He would reach out to independents and women with an exciting and...
  • Democrats should apologize for blowing it on surge

    08/22/2008 4:23:22 AM PDT · by NCDragon · 7 replies · 126+ views ^ | August 21, 2008 | DEROY MURDOCK
    TEMECULA, Calif. -- As top Democrats address their national convention in Denver, they will propose "ending" Operation Iraqi Freedom, demand a speedy withdrawal of U.S. forces there, and insist that "Bush lied, and people died." What they will not do is apologize for their nearly universal failure in judgment regarding President Bush's spring 2007 Surge of 20,000 troops into Iraq. Widespread Democratic defeatism and lack of faith in our GIs' ability to win gouged a gap between their forecasts of doom yesterday and Iraq's far sunnier outlook today. With few exceptions, Democrats got this one dead wrong. "I am not...
  • Outmaneuvered?

    07/25/2008 10:33:45 AM PDT · by NCDragon · 8 replies · 86+ views
    News & ^ | July 25, 2008 | News&Observer Editorial Staff
    All along, the ideal approach toward winding down America's costly involvement in Iraq has been to leave as soon as possible, but no sooner -- meaning that the exit should be managed to avoid snatching defeat from the jaws of something that might resemble victory. When the war was nothing but a hideous hemorrhage of lives and treasure, with Iraqis killing each other by the thousands and U.S. troops caught in the middle, it seemed far-fetched to think that our continued presence could help turn the tide for the better. The loss of more than 4,000 American lives in what...
  • Obama Says He Would Still Oppose Iraq Surge Strategy if He Had it to Do Over Again - Video 7/22/08

    07/22/2008 6:39:15 AM PDT · by · 22 replies · 446+ views
    Blogs for John McCain ^ | July 22, 2008 | brianinmo
    Here is video of Barack Obama from Iraq,in an interview with ABC News, saying he would NOT support the "Surge Strategy" if he had it to do over again! This is the very "Surge Strategy" that has undeniably transformed Iraq. But Obama says he would still oppose it because . . . well, just because . . . (see video) Obama opposed the "Surge Strategy" when it was announced, and said it would make things worse . . . (see video) Obama continued to oppose the Surge Strategy, even after it was underway and said it was making things worse...
  • Obama, Democrats, and the Surge - They were against it before it worked

    07/19/2008 8:27:52 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 10 replies · 168+ views ^ | 7/28/2008 | Peter Wehner
    This is the week that the Democratic party ran up the white flag when it comes to the surge in Iraq. Leading the surrender was none other than Barack Obama, the Democratic party's presumptive nominee for president and among the most vocal critics of the counterinsurgency plan that has transformed the Iraq war from a potentially catastrophic loss to what may turn out to be a historically significant victory. On Monday, Obama wrote a New York Times op-ed in which he acknowledged the success of the surge. "In the 18 months since President Bush announced the surge," Obama wrote, "our...
  • The Party of Defeat, and Self-Defeat

    06/20/2008 5:21:43 AM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies · 226+ views
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 6-20-08 | David Horowitz
    The Party of Defeat, and Self-Defeat   By David | Friday, June 20, 2008 David Horowitz delivered the following speech at the David Horowitz Freedom Center retreat in Santa Barbara, which was held at the Four Seasons Resort May 30-June 1. -- The Editors.Evan Sayet:  It's good to see a crowd like this, as usual.  It's great that we, as conservatives, are gathering to talk about the things that are important to us and all the way across the country, the leftists are gathering to talk about what's important to them.  It's called the premiere of Sex and...
  • Great Surge, Let’s Quit

    06/16/2008 11:14:49 AM PDT · by Jbny · 17 replies · 87+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | June 16, 2008 | Abe Greenwald
    It’s official. There will be no more argument from the Democrats about the success of the troop surge. Their plan is to bury their error in judgment in a larger fabricated argument about American hegemony. Not only is Barack Obama acknowledging progress in Iraq–he’s now pleased with it. And he let Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari know as much when the two spoke by telephone earlier today. However if you’re a Democrat, a smidgen of U.S.-praise must come with a heaping pile of “but.” Here’s Obama on his talk with Zebari:
  • Party of Defeat: How Democrats and Radicals Undermined America's War on Terror Before and After 9-11

    06/08/2008 4:54:17 PM PDT · by ETL · 16 replies · 149+ views
    several sources | April 22, 2008 | several authors
    Party of Defeat: How Democrats and Radicals Undermined America's War on Terror Before and After 9-11 By David Horowitz and Ben Johnson | Friday, April 11, 2008 The following [link] is the introduction from the new book Party of Defeat by David Horowitz and Ben Johnson. The introduction lays out the book's thesis: that the opposition to the war in Iraq has crossed a troubling boundary. For the first time, a large number of national leaders have not merely opposed a war; that would be their inalienable right under the U.S. Constitution. Instead, they have actively sabotaged an ongoing...
  • Democrat Congressman: "We've taken public positions which... the surge...which is working"

    06/03/2008 4:07:05 AM PDT · by samtheman · 7 replies · 125+ views ^ | 06/02/2008 | Jeff Emanuel
    Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D-PA), who recently gained media attention for his videotaped admission that, due to "temptation to want to win back the Congress," Democrats "stretched the facts" regarding their ability to actually end the war in Iraq, appears to be back for a video encore. This time, the Democratic Congressman appears in a video making two distinct statements regarding the 'Surge' strategy that has been so effective in Iraq. The video is below; below that is a transcript.
  • Democrats and Our Enemies (Joe Lieberman Op-Ed)

    05/20/2008 9:31:32 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 52 replies · 321+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 21, 2008 | Senator Joseph Lieberman
    How did the Democratic Party get here? How did the party of Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and John F. Kennedy drift so far from the foreign policy and national security principles and policies that were at the core of its identity and its purpose? Beginning in the 1940s, the Democratic Party was forced to confront two of the most dangerous enemies our nation has ever faced: Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. In response, Democrats under Roosevelt, Truman and Kennedy forged and conducted a foreign policy that was principled, internationalist, strong and successful. This was the Democratic Party that I...
  • The Party of Defeat [Author David Horowitz: C-Span BookTV video]

    05/11/2008 2:23:49 PM PDT · by Eye On The Left · 7 replies · 213+ views
    C-Span / BookTV ^ | May 4, 2008
    "David Horowitz talked about his book Party of Defeat: How Democrats and Radicals Undermined America's War on Terror Before and After 9-11, published by Spence. In his book he criticizes members of the Democratic Party that, he says, are undermining the U.S.'s efforts in Iraq. This event was held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C."
  • David Horowitz on CSPAN2 Book TV Now

    05/04/2008 7:44:59 AM PDT · by stan_sipple · 4 replies · 114+ views
    CSPAN-2 Book TV ^ | 5-4-2008 | David Horowitz
    Party of Defeat: How Democrats and Radicals Undermined America's War on Terror Before and After 9-11 Author: David HorowitzUpcoming Schedule Sunday, May 4, at 7:00 PM About the Program David Horowitz criticizes members of the Democratic Party that, he says, are undermining the U.S.'s efforts in Iraq. Mr. Horowitz spoke about this topic at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. About the Author David Horowitz is president of the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is the author of many books, including "Radical Son: A Generational Odyssey," "Unholy Alliance: Radical Islam and the American Left," and "Left Illusions: An Intellectual...
  • Hagel says it's time to unwind from Iraq

    05/03/2008 10:09:22 AM PDT · by stan_sipple · 34 replies · 103+ views ^ | 5-2-2008 | Don Walton
    A lesson of Vietnam that applies to Iraq is “the deeper you bog down in a morass, the more difficult it is to get out,” Sen. Chuck Hagel said Friday. “The more troops you put in, saying you need another six months or another year, a surge, five more combat brigades.” All of that runs counter to the reality that “we’re going to have to unwind,” Hagel said. “No foreign policy, no war policy can be sustained without the support of the American people,” he said. “Most of them say (Iraq) was a mistake and we want out.” Hagel’s remarks...
  • Democrats embarrass themselves with their shabby treatment of Petraeus and Crocker

    04/14/2008 5:09:19 AM PDT · by Security Mom 08 · 10 replies · 109+ views ^ | April 14, 2008 | Joel Himelfarb
    They say they support the troops, but the words and actions of certain members of Congress seem to belie that idea.Read entire article
  • The Progress Made In Iraq & Gen. Petraeus Testimony

    04/07/2008 1:55:17 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies · 60+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | April 7th, 2008 | Curt
    On the heels of the testimony of Gen. Petraeus to Congress this week Senator Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman have written a editorial in the Wall Street Journal that is a must read: Al Qaeda in Iraq has been swept from its former strongholds in Anbar province and Baghdad. The liberation of these areas was made possible by the surge, which empowered Iraqi Muslims to reject the Islamist extremists who had previously terrorized them into submission. Any time Muslims take up arms against Osama bin Laden, his agents and sympathizers, the world is a safer place. In recent months, the...
  • Sen. Biden: Troop buildup is failure

    04/05/2008 8:39:50 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 50 replies · 154+ views
    Sen. Biden: Troop buildup is failure 16 minutes ago A leading Democrat on Saturday declared last year's troop buildup in Iraq a failure. Sen. Joe Biden, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the military push didn't succeed because U.S. troops remain committed there in large numbers and political reconciliation has not been achieved. "The purpose of the surge was to bring violence in Iraq down so that its leaders could come together politically," said Biden, D-Del., in this week's Democratic radio address. "Violence has come down, but the Iraqis have not come together." He later added, "There is...
  • Democrat: Report on Iraq 'too rosy' (Democrats admit they won't accept success)

    04/04/2008 1:24:49 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 27 replies · 76+ views
    cnn ^ | 4/4/2008 | Ed Henry and Ted Barrett
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Senior Democratic senators challenged a new intelligence report's assessment of President Bush's "surge" strategy Friday, saying the troop increase in Iraq has failed to achieve its strategic goals. The classified National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq, which was distributed to key lawmakers this week, sets the stage for the latest public progress report on Iraq that will be delivered Tuesday and Wednesday to congressional committees by Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, and Ambassador Ryan Crocker, the top U.S. diplomat in Baghdad. "In my judgment, it's too rosy, but there are parts of it that...
  • Criticism of Iraq running on empty

    03/24/2008 5:00:21 AM PDT · by rhema · 7 replies · 332+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | March 24, 2008 | Debra J. Saunders
    "The war in Iraq has come at significant cost to the American economy. It has led to a spike in oil prices, resulted in massive deficit spending," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi argued at a recent press conference. The surge of U.S. troops in Iraq has brought positive changes to that war-ravaged country. What are Democrats, eager to win the 2008 election, to do? Simple calculus: The price of oil is up; we're still at war. It's obvious, then: Blame the war for high gas prices. It's economic fear-mongering — with an added appeal for the anti-war crowd. In West Virginia,...
  • Caption Hillary and John Murtha (Murtha endorses Hillary)

    03/19/2008 6:06:48 AM PDT · by redstates4ever · 30 replies · 393+ views
    Yahoo! News Photos ^ | 3/19/08 | staff
    "U.S. Rep. John Murtha is seen in Washington in this March 7, 2007 file photo. Murtha, a leading congressional opponent of the war in Iraq, on Tuesday endorsed Hillary Clinton's presidential bid, saying her position on the war made her the best candidate to take over the White House."
  • Murtha superdelegate from PA endorses Hillary

    03/18/2008 6:18:31 PM PDT · by Salena Zito · 125+ views
    tribune-review ^ | salena zito

    03/18/2008 8:07:52 AM PDT · by Turret Gunner A20 · 31 replies · 983+ views
    NEALZ NUZE ^ | Tuesday, March 18, 2008 | NEAL BOORTZ
    #It is no real surprise to learn that while John McCain is visiting our troops in Iraq, Hillary Clinton is back in America declaring that Iraq is a war that "we cannot win." She says that McCain's course of action would leave us in Iraq for another 100 years, compared to Hillary's plan to get us out by 2009. On McCain and George Bush, Hillary says, "They both want to keep us tied to another country's civil war, a war we cannot win ... That in a nutshell is the Bush/McCain Iraq policy. Don't learn from your mistakes, repeat them."...
  • Patton and the 2008 vote

    03/16/2008 4:05:58 AM PDT · by MartinaMisc · 9 replies · 751+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 3/16/08 | Jeff Jacoby
    ON THE eve of the Normandy invasion in 1944, General George S. Patton, addressing the men of the US Third Army, delivered a speech that would become legendary long before George C. Scott reenacted it on a Hollywood soundstage. "Americans love a winner," Patton growled, "and will not tolerate a loser. Americans despise cowards. Americans play to win - all the time. I wouldn't give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed. . . . The very thought of losing is hateful to an American." Nowadays, the thought of losing a war isn't as hateful to...
  • 100 Terrorists Surveyed... Top Ten Answers on the Board... Here's the Question:

    03/15/2008 6:46:10 AM PDT · by jdm · 5 replies · 576+ views ^ | March 15, 2008 | Staff
    Can it be empirically proven that the Libtard Left in alliance with the Democrat Party are actually emboldening our enemies by trashing our war effort and the efforts of our soldiers? For us Poli/Sci International Relations geeks, polls and surveys and studies are something we end up immersing ourselves in somewhere after the beginning of our masters work and we emerge out of it right after our Ph. D dissertation.  We spend our time analyzing (in the abstract) things like; "whether or not post-modern Marxism contributed to the perceived downfall of the idea of useful socialism and the effect it...
  • Iraq War Leaves Democrats at a Loss

    02/29/2008 8:15:33 AM PST · by Starman417 · 9 replies · 126+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 02-29-08 | Scott Malensek
    Be careful what you wish for... Democrats wanted power in 2006, and vowed to end the war if they got it. They got power, and showed that they had no clue how to end it, and no intention of doing so in any event. There was talk of cutting funds for the war, and they could have done that, but instead chose to push their party agenda rather than make concessions needed to pass a funding cut measure in a bi-partisan way. Instead they tell their constituents that the Democratic Party needs more power. They need enough power to override...
  • The Drain of War: Dems Aim to Tie Iraq to Americans' Financial Woes

    02/26/2008 5:07:00 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 31 replies · 128+ views ^ | February 26, 2008 | Staff Writer
    WASHINGTON -- Democrats, facing rejection today of a proposal co-sponsored by Wisconsin's Sen. Russ Feingold to cut off money for the Iraq war, are planning to shift their emphasis to the war's toll on the American economy to rebuild anti-war momentum.In recent months, violence in Iraq has declined, and the Baghdad government has made small steps toward political reconciliation, including plans to hold provincial elections on Oct. 1. While Democratic voters remain largely against the war, the security improvement has helped to cool anxiety among Republicans and stave off legislation demanding that troops start coming home. The Senate was expected...
  • Krauthammer: Democrats Dug In For Retreat

    02/22/2008 2:11:02 AM PST · by Puzzleman · 45 replies · 262+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | February 22, 2008 | Charles Krauthammer
    -- snip -- Imagine the transformative effects in the region, and indeed in the entire Muslim world, of achieving a secure and stable Iraq, friendly to the United States and victorious over al-Qaeda. Are the Democrats so intent on denying George Bush retroactive vindication for a war they insist is his that they would deny their own country a now-achievable victory?
  • Clinton pins '08 hopes on Texas rebound [Shrillary on the Ropes!!]

    02/12/2008 10:22:00 PM PST · by Enchante · 260 replies · 437+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 02/12/08 | BETH FOUHY and JIM KUHNHENN
    EL PASO, Texas - Trying to overcome a string of losses and a staff shake-up, Hillary Rodham Clinton sought new energy Tuesday night from a boisterous crowd of about 12,000 in a state she hopes will provide a rebound in her quest for the Democratic presidential nomination. Clinton, whose rallies had been overshadowed by rival Barack Obama's huge crowds, arrived at the packed University of Texas at El Paso basketball arena as voters were giving Obama victories in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. But her sights were set on the March 4 Texas and Ohio primaries and on President Bush....
  • Pelosi calls Iraq a 'failure'

    02/10/2008 10:56:44 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 69 replies · 702+ views
    Pelosi calls Iraq a 'failure' By: Mike Allen February 10, 2008 01:16 PM EST House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said twice Sunday that Iraq “is a failure,” adding that President Bush’s troop surge has “not produced the desired effect.” “The purpose of the surge was to create a secure time for the government of Iraq to make the political change to bring reconciliation to Iraq,” Pelosi said on CNN’s “Late Edition.” “They have not done that.” The speaker hastened to add: “The troops have succeeded, God bless them.” Pelosi’s harsh verdict is a reminder of the dilemma for Democrats as...
  • Hillary!™ Sets Date Certain for US Defeat in Iraq

    02/06/2008 8:26:33 AM PST · by null and void · 76 replies · 37+ views
    Fox News channel | 6 Feb 08 | null and void
    I heard this with my own ears: The Hildabeast just said our troops in Iraq have until Jauary 20th 2009 and not one second longer. Am I the only one who caught that? The losers in the crowd went wild, and I'm certain every jihadist and jihadi wannabe is chilling the champagne in anticipation.
  • Rangel: Only Progress in Iraq Is to 'Get the Hell Out!'

    01/18/2008 4:44:22 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 24 replies · 60+ views
    Rangel: Only Progress in Iraq Is to 'Get the Hell Out!' By Josiah Ryan Staff Writer January 18, 2008 On the Spot ( - Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) told Cybercast News Service Thursday that he does not consider legislation passed last Saturday by the Iraqi Parliament, which permits former members of Saddam's Ba'ath Party to reclaim government jobs, a sign of political progress. "The only thing that is progress is to get the hell out of there," said Rangel. (Hear Audio) The legislation, which allows low-ranking Ba'athist Sunnis to participate in the new Shia-controlled government, has been cited by...
  • Anti-war groups retreat

    01/17/2008 5:53:16 AM PST · by Freeport · 61 replies · 127+ views ^ | Jan 17, 2008 | Ryan Grim
    After a series of legislative defeats in 2007 that saw the year end with more U.S. troops in Iraq than when it began, a coalition of anti-war groups is backing away from its multimillion-dollar drive to cut funding for the war and force Congress to pass timelines for bringing U.S. troops home. In recognition of hard political reality, the groups instead will lower their sights and push for legislation to prevent President Bush from entering into a long-term agreement with the Iraqi government that could keep significant numbers of troops in Iraq for years to come. The groups believe this...
  • Do Democrats Really Want Us to Fail in Iraq?

    12/31/2007 5:25:50 AM PST · by vietvet67 · 40 replies · 93+ views
    American Thinker ^ | December 31, 2007 | Adam G. Mersereau
    Any time our government takes us to war, there is bound to be strong disagreement, but Iraq has been particularly divisive. At times it seems as if some Americans -- certain liberal Democrats in particular -- are eager to declare or even hasten our defeat. Our missteps in Iraq have been numerous enough to discourage any patriot. Yet leading Democrats are beyond the point of discouragement. They are pessimistic; even hopeless. They have been this way for a long time. At the first sign of difficulty, they deemed the war a mistake and victory impossible. They quickly adopted the language...
  • Why trust the self-serving United States anymore?(Anti-American expat's screed)

    11/26/2007 8:02:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies · 133+ views
    The Japan Times ^ | November 11, 2007 | Roger Pulvers
    I began by asking myself the question linked inevitably to the survival of the United States as a trusted nation in the 21st century: Why can't America admit defeat? What is it in the American psyche that seems to dictate the necessity to be proven not only right, but superior in dealings with the outside world? I have lived the better part of 40 years in Japan, a country whose nationalistic ardor and patriotic zeal once easily matched that of the U.S. If the Japanese government has not sufficiently apologized for the utter brutality their nation inflicted in Asia and...
  • Ellison: “The surge mission has failed”

    10/07/2007 6:01:21 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 58 replies · 2,351+ views
    Congressman Keith Ellison ^ | Monday, 10 September 2007 | Congressman Keith Ellison
    Washington, D.C. -- Congressman Keith Ellison today called on the Bush Administration to give the American people the valid assessment of the occupation of Iraq they deserve. “The stated mission of the so-called surge was to buy needed time and space for the Iraqi government to more toward reconciliation. This has not occurred and reconciliation seems further away than ever. In fact, according to the General Accounting Office, eleven of the eighteen legislative, security and economic benchmarks set down that would define the success of the surge’s mission have not been met. Key legislation has not been passed; violence remains...
  • Meredith Vieira Sees U.S. Defeat in Afghanistan

    09/24/2007 10:18:45 AM PDT · by enough_idiocy · 68 replies · 101+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | September 24, 2007 | Geoffrey Dickens
    Vieira to Karzai: "A lot of Americans, here, are confused by this, what's going on Afghanistan. They say, 'Wait a minute, I thought we won that war, already and now the Taliban is back? What went wrong?' So I'm asking you sir-" Karzai: "We won." Vieira: "-what's gone wrong? You've won?" Karzai: "Yes, of course we won." Vieira: "What have you won?" Karzai: "The war against terrorism. The liberation of Afghanistan. These guys, the al Qaeda, Osama and their associates were running Afghanistan. Today you're talking to President Karzai, elected by the Afghan people." Vieira: "There's also killings everyday. So...
  • EDITORIAL: Out of Iraq - who will lead?

    09/23/2007 8:21:59 AM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies · 271+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/23/7 | Editor
    IN WASHINGTON, there is a stalemate about Iraq. President Bush continues to stay the course, buying time with surges and promising troop-force reductions if and when the security and political situation merit. The Democrats who control Congress lack the votes to force a withdrawal - and there is reason to wonder whether they would have the stomach to force an abrupt end to the war even if they could do it. It's defense versus defense. Neither party wants the blame for "losing Iraq." So the surge goes on. Even when it ends next summer, 130,000 U.S. troops will remain in...
  • Letter: Paul fortunately isn't like rest of Republican Party

    09/16/2007 9:53:12 PM PDT · by NapkinUser · 20 replies · 243+ views
    The Billings Gazette ^ | September 16, 2007 | Tim Shea
    The Republican Party, by almost universal disgruntled consent, is in every way a cause of concern for the limited government espoused in the articles adopted by the GOP membership. The Republican Party has become in governing what they've fear-mongered us for decades the Democratic party would be if, in fact, we elected Democrats to Washington. Let's be honest: The D.C. Republicans who've lied their way into leadership are little else than a rejected radical left wing of the Democratic party. Pre-emptive nuclear strikes? NAFTA, CAFTA? The Patriot Act? Enforcing U.N. resolutions? Lowering taxes a couple hundred dollars for the average...
  • Democrats assail Bush over troop cut plan

    09/13/2007 5:09:49 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 9 replies · 393+ views
    AFP via Yahoo! ^ | 09/13/07 | Olivier Knox
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - Opposition Democrats assailed President George W. Bush's tentative plan to withdraw up to 30,000 US troops from Iraq by next July even before he announced it Thursday. Bush will make a 15-minute, televised address on Thursday night saying he could bring force levels back to where they were in December 2006 if the conditions are right. A senior aide said that the president would closely follow the strategy laid out by the US commander in Iraq, General David Petraeus, which would end the military "surge" ordered in January. That would leave roughly 130,000 US troops in Iraq...
  • Disappointed Democrats Map Withdrawal Strategy

    09/13/2007 9:00:41 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 23 replies · 827+ views
    NY Slimes ^ | 13 Sep 07 | CARL HULSE
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 — Senate Democratic leaders on Wednesday called the administration’s plan to keep 130,000 or more troops in Iraq through mid-2008 unacceptable and promised to challenge the approach through legislation next week. Several proposals were being weighed, including one requiring the American military role to be shifted more to training and counterterrorism, in order to reduce the force by more than President Bush is expected to promise on Thursday. Another would guarantee troops longer respites from the battlefield, effectively cutting the numbers available for combat. Even if those proposals draw the 60 votes needed to overcome a Senate...
  • Democrats regroup after Petraeus report

    09/13/2007 8:26:09 AM PDT · by Turret Gunner A20 · 13 replies · 987+ views ^ | September 13, 2007 | Staff
    "I think that Democratic colleagues invested their political capital all year in failure in Iraq," said House Republican minority leader John Boehner in a conference call with reporters just after arriving in Iraq. "Now we are having success in Iraq, and hopefully continue to have success in Iraq, I don't think they have any place to go."
  • General Petraus can't even count on his own Congressman's support

    09/13/2007 9:29:42 AM PDT · by maximusaurelius · 1 replies · 330+ views
    Journal News (NY) ^ | 9/13/2007 | Glenn Blaine
    With Republicans already targeting the 19th Congressional District for 2008, Rep. John Hall can probably expect lots of criticism as the House moves through the fall session. Some of that criticism came today from one of Hall’s potential opponents, Peekskill Republican Kieran Lalor. He released a press release blasting the Democrat for not condeming an ad run by this week that attacks Gen. David Petraeus.
  • Democrats reject general's Iraq plan

    09/12/2007 6:47:20 PM PDT · by RWB Patriot · 18 replies · 482+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 9-12-07 | By ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON - A day before President Bush's war address, Senate Democrats rejected a four-star general's recommendation to keep some 130,000 troops in Iraq through next summer and sought legislation that would limit the mission of U.S. forces. Their proposal was not expected to set a deadline to end the war, as many Democrats want, but restrict troops to narrow objectives: training Iraq's military and police, protecting U.S. assets and fighting terrorists, Democratic party officials told The Associated Press. The goal is to attract enough Republicans to break the 60-vote threshold in the Senate needed to end a filibuster. Democrats have...
  • Democrats reject general's Iraq plan

    09/12/2007 5:56:43 PM PDT · by monkeycard · 23 replies · 471+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 09122007 | ANNE FLAHERTY
    WASHINGTON - A day before President Bush's war address, Senate Democrats rejected a four-star general's recommendation to keep some 130,000 troops in Iraq through next summer and sought legislation that would limit the mission of U.S. forces. Their proposal was not expected to set a deadline to end the war, as many Democrats want, but restrict troops to narrow objectives: training Iraq's military and police, protecting U.S. assets and fighting terrorists, Democratic party officials told The Associated Press ...
  • Defeatist Dems Won't Hear Of Victory In Iraq

    09/12/2007 6:00:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies · 905+ views
    IBD ^ | September 12, 2007 | Thomas Sowel
    Sometimes I feel I must be one of the few people left in America who is not a military expert. For example, all sorts of politicians have been talking about all sorts of ways we ought to "redeploy" our troops. The closest I ever came to deploying troops was marching a company of Marines to the mess hall for chow. But people who have never even put on a uniform are confident they know how our troops should be redeployed. Maybe this is one of the fruits of the "self-esteem" that is taught in our schools instead of education. The...