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  • Another reason Obama will lose in November: He's losing the war in Afghanistan

    03/14/2012 9:25:26 PM PDT · by I miss W · 14 replies
    Washington Post and others ^ | 3/15/2012 | I miss W
    The Post’s View Obama’s troubled handling of Afghanistan
  • Taliban leaders held at Guantánamo Bay to be released in peace talks deal

    01/03/2012 3:14:04 PM PST · by ColdOne · 39 replies
    guardian.co.uk ^ | 1/3/12 | Julian Borger, and Jon Boone
    The US has agreed in principle to release high-ranking Taliban officials from Guantánamo Bay in return for the Afghan insurgents' agreement to open a political office for peace negotiations in Qatar, the Guardian has learned. According to sources familiar with the talks in the US and in Afghanistan, the handful of Taliban figures will include Mullah Khair Khowa, a former interior minister, and Noorullah Noori, a former governor in northern Afghanistan. More controversially, the Taliban are demanding the release of the former army commander Mullah Fazl Akhund. Washington is reported to be considering formally handing him over to the custody...
  • Relative peace in Baghdad remains fragile as troops carry out counterinsurgency plan

    06/29/2008 3:06:13 PM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 6 replies · 269+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 6/29/2008 | Bill Murray
    Click to view images froma patrol in Northeast Baghdad. Photos by Bill Murray. BAGHDAD, IRAQ: It’s near noon on a Friday in Northeast Baghdad and the neighborhoods the U.S. military calls Muhallahs 535 and 734 are quiet. It’s the weekend, and many adults are at the local mosques for worship, leaving the streets filled with dozens of adolescent boys, yelling, kicking and raising minor havoc on bicycles, soccer balls and the unlucky stray dog. As U.S. Army Specialist Luis Garza and 2nd Lieutenant Jonathon Logan patrol the neighborhoods, they remember these streets during a less docile time. Both men...
  • Obama advisers say bin Laden can appeal to U.S. courts: YOU HAVE TO BE KIDDING!?!

    06/18/2008 6:21:12 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 176 replies · 331+ views
    Examiner ^ | 2008-06-18 07:00:00.0 | Bill Sammon, The Examiner
    Obama advisers say bin Laden can appeal to U.S. civilian courts Barack Obama has expressed support for the Supreme Court’s decision in favor of civilian prosecution of terrorism suspects, and his advisers said Tuesday that if Osama bin Laden were captured, he too should face civilian prosecution. – AP Bill Sammon, The Examiner 2008-06-18 07:00:00.0 Current rank: # 13 of 6,452 WASHINGTON - Barack Obama’s foreign policy advisers said Tuesday that Osama bin Laden, if captured, should be allowed to appeal his case to U.S. civilian courts, a privilege opposed by John McCain. Responding to questions from The Examiner, Sen....
  • Kerry Responds to Supreme Court Decision on Habeas Corpus

    06/12/2008 9:42:56 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 36 replies · 101+ views
    Senator John Kerry ^ | une 12, 2008 | Senator John Kerry
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. John Kerry today made the follow statement in response to the Supreme Court’s recent decision that foreign detainees held at Guantanamo Bay may challenge their detention in U.S. courts: “Today, the Supreme Court affirmed what almost everyone but the Administration and their defenders in Congress always knew. The Constitution and the rule of law bind all of us even in extraordinary times of war. No one is above the Constitution. The historic writ of habeas corpus endures. This is a major rebuke of the Administration’s post-9/11 policies that have divided us at home, alienated and isolated...
  • Democrats Try to Make Military Press Conferences Illegal

    06/11/2008 9:54:40 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 82 replies · 293+ views
    Publius' Forum ^ | 6/11/08 | Warner Todd Huston
    -By Warner Todd Huston Congressional Democrats announced early in May that they wanted to make "military propaganda" illegal. To achieve this goal they passed new legislation that strengthened previous legislation that is supposed to ban the Pentagon from indulging in "propaganda" for the military. This bill is supposed to stop the military from sending "any form of communication in support of national objectives designed to influence the opinions, emotions, attitudes or behavior of the people of the United States in order to benefit the sponsor, either directly or indirectly." In other words, the military is not allowed to talk to...
  • Heroes and Horoscopes (Oliver North)

    04/10/2008 3:23:33 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies · 192+ views
    Fox News ^ | April 10, 2008 | Col. Oliver North
    Five years ago this week, American soldiers and Marines liberated Baghdad from Saddam Hussein’s Republican Guards and the foreign "fedayeen" who had flooded into the despot’s capital. For those of us who were there, it was an unforgettable event. But, as Ambassador Ryan Crocker so cogently noted this week while he and General David Petraeus were testifying before Congress, "the euphoria of that moment evaporated long ago." The assembled lawmakers, perched on their raised daises, barely noted the anniversary, while subjecting the warrior and the diplomat to a 16-hour-long spectacle. For the general and the ambassador, it had to be...
  • THE IRAQ PROGRESS REPORT, TAKE 2 (Reinhard)

    04/10/2008 9:08:29 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies · 94+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | David Reinhard
    Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker trooped up to Capitol Hill this week to deliver their second Iraq progress report. It was all fascinating -- encouraging, really, if you're not invested intellectually or politically in American defeat there -- but you have to wonder why certain lawmakers bothered showing up. "Iraq progress report," for them, appears to be a contradiction in terms. There can be no progress there because (a) we've already lost or (b) they're convinced we can never succeed. Poor Petraeus and Crocker. They come all the way from Baghdad to appear at congressional hearings that they...
  • Caption This: The 3 Scrooges (Clinton, Obama, McCain...)

    04/08/2008 12:44:35 PM PDT · by weegee · 57 replies · 67+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Tue Apr 8, 3:24 PM ET | various as noted
    US Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) listens to US Commander in Iraq General David Petraeus and US Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker testify about the state of the war in Iraq before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington April 8, 2008. REUTERS/Jim Bourg (UNITED STATES) Commander in Iraq General David Petraeus and Democratic presidential candidate Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) speak before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 8, 2008. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) US Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton (C) speaks with Commander in Iraq General David Petraeus...
  • Iraq Violence Peaked Just Before U.S. Election, Data Shows

    04/08/2008 5:39:08 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 16 replies · 301+ views
    CNS News ^ | 8 April 08 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Data from the Defense Intelligence Agency indicates that enemy-initiated attacks on U.S. troops, Iraqi security forces and Iraqi civilians peaked in October 2006, the month leading up to the U.S. midterm elections. At the time, Vice President Dick Cheney said the insurgents were "very sensitive to the fact that we've got an election scheduled" and were trying to "break the will of the American people." Democrats, who cast the 2006 midterm election as a referendum on Iraq, ended up taking control of both the House and the Senate. The DIA data shows that between November 2006 and May 2007, attacks...
  • Dems regroup on Iraq plans

    04/02/2008 10:15:47 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies · 47+ views
    Politico ^ | April 2, 2008 | Ryan Grim
    With Army Gen. David Petraeus set to return to Washington next week, congressional Democrats are rethinking their so far unsuccessful strategy of pushing for a timeline for troop withdrawals. Instead, party leaders may opt to focus on politically safer diplomatic alternatives and “troop-friendly” initiatives such as improved education benefits and more time for training and time at home between overseas tours. Iraq policy remains a point of friction within the party. The Democrats’ ultimate direction on the war remains an open question that will be decided by some familiar voices in Congress — and some hoping to get there. A...
  • Negative U.S. Media Linked To Increased Insurgent Attacks (Harvard U: MSM Is Emboldening Insurgents

    03/24/2008 6:24:16 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 57 replies · 1,187+ views
    Washington Times ^ | March 24, 2008 | Shawn Waterman
    Researchers at Harvard say that publicly voiced doubts about the U.S. occupation of Iraq have a "measureable effect" on insurgents there. Periods of intense news media coverage in the United States of criticism about the war, or of polling about public opinions on the conflict, are followed by a small but quantifiable increases in the number of attacks on civilians and U.S. forces in Iraq... The increase in attacks is more pronounced in areas of Iraq that have better access to international news media, the authors conclude in a report titled "Is There an 'Emboldenment' Effect? Evidence from the Insurgency...
  • THIS, THAT AND THE OTHER THING (Reinhard)

    02/21/2008 9:25:08 AM PST · by jazusamo · 38+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | February 21, 2008 | David Reinhard
    Barack Obama sure can talk. No, I'm not going to weigh in on the plagiarism charges now hurled at the orator/senator. Our first topic today is transparency in government. He's all for it. Indeed, he says he has the ability to work across party lines "on opening up and creating more transparency in government" so government spending is "posted on a searchable database" for all to see. Sounds nifty. Even if you favor congressional earmarks (funding items not requested by the president but written into spending bills by lawmakers), it's hard to oppose letting the public know what earmarks they've...
  • Will Vietnam Cost the Democrats the White House — Again?

    02/04/2008 8:59:21 AM PST · by jazusamo · 30 replies · 49+ views
    NRO ^ | February 4, 2008 | Fred Schwarz
    A year after the American troop surge in Iraq began, its success is clear, even to Newsweek, the Washington Post, and Rep. John Murtha. As Wesley Morgan details in the current issue of National Review, violence is way down, American troop levels are decreasing, tribal leaders are casting their lot with America, and a tattered al-Qaeda is on the run. Yet most leading Democrats sound like they haven’t heard the news. On the anniversary of the surge, Harry Reid wrote that “as President Bush continues to cling stubbornly to his flawed strategy, Al Qaeda only grows stronger.” After Bush’s State...
  • Dems opposition reduced to whimpering (J.C. Watts)

    01/28/2008 11:01:57 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies · 358+ views
    The Pahrump Valley Times ^ | January 25, 2008 | J.C. Watts
    It seems like only yesterday. In 1990, I first entered politics in Oklahoma. I ran for a seat on the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, the agency tasked with regulating public utilities and our oil and gas industry. The nine-year incumbent against whom I was running gave me an issue that was like a gift from Santa Claus. One of our major utilities had overcharged ratepayers to the tune of almost $30 million, and he had voted to let the offending public utility keep the windfall to upgrade its infrastructure. I felt the ratepayers deserved their money back, whether it was $50...
  • A Provocation By Iran Could Have A Major Influence On Our Election

    01/16/2008 12:54:23 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies · 376+ views
    The Day ^ | January 16, 2008 | Bridget Johnson
    IIn the movie “Die Hard 2,” a terrorist is laying out his nefarious plans to the air-traffic control chief — played by one Sen. Fred Thompson — at Dulles International Airport. “Dammit, you can't do this!” an aghast Thompson tells the terrorist character. “I am doing this!” snarls the terrorist. With similar melodramatic aplomb, the Iranians played a potentially deadly game of chicken just as all eyes were fixated on Thompson and the rest of the New Hampshire hopefuls. As Iranian speedboats confronted U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf, a radio transmission intoned in the speaker's best Darth Vader English,...
  • Election '08 (Barf Alert!)

    12/21/2007 9:34:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies · 98+ views
    The Nation ^ | December 20, 2007 | The Editors
    It has been more than a year since the first group of Democratic hopefuls announced their candidacy for President of the United States. Seventeen debates or forums have been staged, and more than $150 million has been spent on advertising, polling and other campaign expenses. Pundits have pronounced their conventional wisdom, so easily reversed, on who is most "electable," "presidential" or "inevitable." Celebrities and surrogates have rung their appeals, and the deforming machinery of electoral money and math has whirled into place. And yet despite all this, something remarkable, almost magical in its resilience, will take place on January 3....
  • [Cindy]Sheehan among guests at Muslim conference in Newark

    12/13/2007 6:37:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies · 1,029+ views
    The Oakland Tribune ^ | December 10, 2007 | Jamaal Johnson
    NEWARK — The fourth annual American Muslim Voice peace convention brought many speakers of various backgrounds to provide a blueprint for protecting civil rights in the post-Sept. 11, 2001, era. Visitors at the Chandni Restaurant in Newark on Sunday evening cheered and listened to guest speakers, such as anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, Muslim convert Brandon Mayfield and Ron Takaki, an ethnic studies professor at University of California,Berkeley. The conventions theme was building a beloved community, which included topics such as Fighting for the American Constitution and America, One Nation under God? These topics were discussed by a group of panelists...
  • Murtha admits positives in Iraq, will others?

    12/08/2007 6:35:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies · 953+ views
    The Grand Island Independent ^ | December 8, 2007 | Brian Bresnahan
    I had to look up the word "conniption." I wasn't sure how to spell it, but I'm sure that the likes of Code Pink, MoveOn, and other far left anti-war groups had a collective conniption fit last week. One of their poster boys, John Murtha, quit toeing their line. Surely what followed were the same fits of rage I've seen them have before. In September at a Washington D.C. rally as Senator Joe Lieberman began to address a group of pro-mission vets and Gold Star Families, several members of the anti-war groups charged toward the stage with seemingly unrestricted fury,...
  • Olmert Attempts to Bring Presidential Candidates Into Peace Process

    12/06/2007 4:46:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies · 232+ views
    The Jewish Daily Forward ^ | December 6, 2007 | Nathan Guttman
    Washington - Looking to the post-Bush era in American politics, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is attempting to enlist leading presidential candidates to support his renewed push for a settlement with the Palestinians. When Olmert was in the United States for the Annapolis, Md., peace summit, he took the opportunity to call each of the leading presidential candidates to brief them on the plans for engaging in final-status talks with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. “I found that all the candidates had a lot of good will toward Israel,” Olmert said later in a press briefing. “They were all very friendly...