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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...
  • Cheney confident on Iraq future

    12/05/2007 5:14:20 PM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies · 82+ views
    The Politico ^ | December 5, 2007 | Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei and John F. Harris
    December 5, 2007 08:04 PM EST Vice President Cheney warned in an interview Wednesday that a premature withdrawal from Iraq would invite “further attacks” against the United States and said he has been surprised by the weakness of the Democratic Congress. Most striking were his virtually taunting remarks of two men he described as friends from his own days in the House: Democratic Reps. John Dingell (Mich.) and John P. Murtha (Pa.). In a 40-minute interview with Politico, he scoffed at the idea of two men who spent years accruing power showing so much deference to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi...
  • More "Defeats" For George Bush

    12/03/2007 10:44:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies · 443+ views
    Townhall ^ | December 3, 2007 | Rich Galen, Sr. Advisor to Fred Thompson
    As we've discussed before, everything that happens, anywhere in the world is now being described a "a defeat for George Bush." Two such "defeats for George Bush" came to light this past week - and I'm not even counting West Virginia's loss to Pittsburgh which helped vault LSU and Ohio State into the BCS title game in January. First came the news that John Murtha (D-Pa) who has been mentor to, and ally of, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca) had changed his mind on Iraq. For years Murtha has been among the most outspoken critics of the war in Iraq. According...
  • Bush Urges Congress to Approve Funds for Troops in Combat

    12/02/2007 3:11:01 PM PST · by mdittmar · 14 replies · 82+ views
    DoD ^ | Dec. 2, 2007 | Carmen L. Gleason American Forces Press Service
    President Bush said Congress must act quickly to approve a bill to fund troops in combat before members break for the holidays. “Congress’ first priority should be to provide the funds and flexibility to keep our troops safe and help them protect our nation,” Bush said during his weekly radio address yesterday. The president said he has submitted detailed requests to fund operations in the war on terror beginning in February, and he noted that troops have been waiting on the needed funds for months. “The funds include money to carry out combat operations against the enemy in Afghanistan and...
  • John Edwards Talks Tough on Clinton, Limbaugh, Big Oil

    11/28/2007 9:13:00 PM PST · by writer33 · 137 replies · 226+ views
    The National Ledger ^ | 11/28/07 | Chris Davis
    Bow, NH—No longer satisfied with having an upbeat tone, John Edwards is ready to draw blood on the campaign trail, flogging any opponent that gets in his way. During his campaign, he plans to punch harder, especially when addressing Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, talk show radio host Rush Limbaugh, and big oil. "Hillary continues to defend a system that does not work, that is broken, that is rigged, and is corrupt," Edwards said. “And if you think I’m going to let an emasculating woman become President of the United States, then you’re out of your mind." Critics say that he...
  • The Democrats' Quagmire (Al Qaedacrats Bogged Down In The Swamps Of Defeat Alert)

    11/26/2007 8:47:24 AM PST · by goldstategop · 9 replies · 124+ views
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 11/26/2007 | Kenneth Timmerman
    Democrats in Washington just can't seem to help it. Even when great opportunities arise that would allow them to look like patriots, they sponsor yet another bill to cut off funds for our troops in Iraq. Last week, Democrats in the House of Representatives voted yet again to fix a firm deadline to begin withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq. It was their 40th such vote. Luckily, their motion died in the Senate, where the Party of Surrender failed to muster enough votes to survive a presidential veto. Also last week, House Democrats passed a measure, inappropriately titled the RESTORE Act...
  • We can't wait for Hillary (to deal with Iran)

    11/23/2007 12:22:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies · 176+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | November 6, 2007 | Jonathan Tobin
    This past summer during one of the last episodes of HBO's mega-hit "The Sopranos," A.J., the whiny suicidal son of the show's mafia boss anti-hero, was heard to worry about what he saw as the certain bombing of Iran by President Bush. "You don't know that," his mafia princess sister responded. Though this stray snippet, which was widely noted in reviews of the show, did not offer any clues as to the fate of the fictional leaders of the North Jersey mafia, it may have heralded the beginning of a new twist on what it means to be "anti-war" in...
  • The Democrats Ethical Midgets (Democrat President Candidates Don't Appreciate The Troops Alert)

    11/22/2007 10:22:22 PM PST · by goldstategop · 11 replies · 213+ views
    Worldnetdaily.com ^ | 11/23/2007 | Melanie Morgan
    The Democratic presidential candidates had the perfect opportunity this week to demonstrate sincerity in their "we really do support the troops, we just want them to Columnlose" positioning. It would of course be more appropriate to say you support the troops and therefore want them to achieve success in their missions, but these are Democrats we're talking about – and remember they weren't too supportive of victory for the U.S. military during the Cold War or Vietnam War, either. In Cambridge, Mass., city officials banned the Boy Scouts from conducting a troop care package drive – they went so far...
  • Senate Votes to Block Iraq War Money

    11/16/2007 7:58:00 AM PST · by rightinthemiddle · 157 replies · 249+ views
    AP ^ | By ANNE FLAHERTY
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Friday blocked a Republican proposal to pay $70 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan without strings attached. The 53-45 vote was 15 votes short of the 60 needed to advance. The measure was aimed at countering Democratic legislation that also would bankroll the operations, but would additionally require that troops start coming home in 30 days. The Democratic bill, passed by the House on Wednesday, set a goal of ending combat by December 2008. "We need to get the funds to the troops and we need to do it now," said Senate...
  • Could the next President be even scarier?Think the world will be safer with George Bush gone?(Barf)

    11/15/2007 10:17:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 213+ views
    Chowk Blog ^ | October 31, 2007 | Luiza Savage
    As part of her job at an influential national security think tank, Julianne Smith brings politicians and senior policy-makers from all over Europe to Washington for candid closed-door meetings with the policy advisers to the candidates vying to replace President George W. Bush. The Europeans usually arrive eager to discuss the coming era that some are dubbing "AB" — "After Bush." That is the highly anticipated period beginning on Jan. 20, 2009, in which a newly sworn-in American president, chastened by the troubles in Iraq and by the scorn of allies who say the Bush White House flouted international law,...
  • Anti-war movement weakens over time (Puff Piece Alert)

    11/15/2007 2:54:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 354+ views
    The Long Beach Press-Telegram ^ | November 11, 2007 | Tony Castro
    ANALYSIS: Protesters took to the streets in past conflicts; today their presence may be strongest online. In May, saddened that she had failed to stop the war in Iraq that took her son's life and made her the face of opposition, Cindy Sheehan tearfully quit the anti-war movement. She had concluded that her son Casey, a 24-year-old Army specialist killed in an April 2004 battle in Baghdad, had "died for nothing." "Casey died for a country which cares more about who will be the next 'American Idol' than how many people will be killed in the next few months," Sheehan...
  • Senate Dem leaders float plan for forced filibuster

    11/13/2007 6:51:04 PM PST · by Jean S · 34 replies · 191+ views
    The Hill ^ | 11/14/07 | Manu Raju and Mike Soraghan
    Senate Democrats might force Republicans to wage a filibuster if the GOP wants to block the latest Iraq withdrawal bill, aides and senators said Tuesday. That could set the stage for a dramatic end-of-the-year partisan showdown, which Democrats hope will help them turn voter frustration with Congress and the stalemate over Iraq into anger with the Republican Party. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.), the number two Democrat in the chamber, said a forced filibuster is “possible” and would “generate attention.” “We want to go to the bill, and [Republicans] have to decide initially whether they want us to go...
  • Democrats remain stalled on Iraq debate(0 FOR 40 (!) ON STOPPING IRAQ WAR)

    11/13/2007 8:52:40 AM PST · by cool2007 · 6 replies · 149+ views
    As the congressional session lurches toward a close, Democrats are confronting some demoralizing arithmetic on Iraq. The numbers tell a story of political and substantive paralysis more starkly than most members are willing to acknowledge publicly, or perhaps even to themselves. Since taking the majority, they have forced 40 votes on bills limiting President Bush’s war policy. Only one of those has passed both chambers, even though both are run by Democrats. That one was vetoed by Bush.
  • Bunker Hillary: Clinton's strategy for crushing the media.(BDS Alert)

    11/12/2007 12:36:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies · 548+ views
    The New Republic ^ | November 12, 2007 | Michael Crowley
    On June 1, The New York Times published a front-page article titled, ONE PLACE WHERE OBAMA GOES ELBOW TO ELBOW. The feature detailed Barack Obama's love for pickup basketball, his jersey-tugging style, even the time he hit a long game-winning shot after getting fouled. The Obama camp clearly welcomed the humanizing glimpse at Obama's life; his rivals, probably not so much. In an ordinary campaign, that might have been it. But this is no ordinary campaign--not when Hillary Clinton is a candidate. And so, the Clinton team let Times reporter Patrick Healy, who covers the Hillary beat, know about their...
  • The Coup at Home (BARF Alert)

    11/11/2007 11:11:21 AM PST · by Starman417 · 40 replies · 184+ views
    New York Times ^ | 11-11-07 | Frank Rich
    To believe that this corruption will simply evaporate when the Bush presidency is done is to underestimate the permanent erosion inflicted over the past six years. What was once shocking and unacceptable in America has now been internalized as the new normal. This is most apparent in the Republican presidential race, where most of the candidates seem to be running for dictator and make no apologies for it. They’re falling over each other to expand Gitmo, see who can promise the most torture and abridge the largest number of constitutional rights.
  • HILL GETS CORN-FED QUESTION

    11/10/2007 7:02:01 AM PST · by Liz · 84 replies · 536+ views
    NY POST ^ | November 10, 2007 | GEOFF EARLE, Post Correspondent
    DES MOINES.....a Grinnell College student, Muriel Gallo-Chasanoff, said a Clinton aide told her to ask Hillary a scripted question about global warming at a bio-diesel plant event.... "They were canned," according to The Scarlet & Black student newspaper. Before the event, Clinton's staff member got Gallo-Chasanoff to ask the after Clinton's speech. "One of the senior staffers told me what [to ask]," she said. When Gallo-Chasanoff asked about global-warming, Clinton replied that young people often ask her that question.
  • [Fred Thompson White Paper:]Israel

    11/10/2007 9:26:19 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies · 878+ views
    Fred08 ^ | November 10, 2007 | Fred Thompson & Staff
    The United States is committed to the security of Israel and the safety of the Israeli people. The historical, familial and cultural ties of our peoples are the basis of this commitment. It is strengthened by the shared values and shared interests of our nations. Our mutual goal is an economically and militarily strong Israel at peace with its neighbors. We must exercise our traditional leadership role in the region and continue our longstanding support to Israel to achieve this vision. Key Issues Security Cooperation. Security assistance to Israel is a key pillar of U.S. foreign policy and provides a...
  • Dems question latest anti-war strategy

    11/09/2007 12:43:30 PM PST · by neverdem · 41 replies · 112+ views
    San Luis Obispo Tribune ^ | Nov. 09, 2007 | ANNE FLAHERTY
    Associated Press Rank-and-file Democrats expressed dismay on Friday over their party's latest anti-war strategy, with some members reluctant to vote to bring troops home around Veterans Day. The House was on track to consider legislation next week that would give President Bush $50 billion for operations Iraq and Afghanistan but insist that he begin withdrawing troops. The measure identifies a goal of ending combat by December 2008, leaving only enough soldiers and Marines behind to fight terrorists, train Iraqi security forces and protect U.S. assets. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushed off plans for a Friday vote after caucus members told...
  • THE TICKING TIME BOMB TEST (Reinhard)

    11/08/2007 10:06:27 AM PST · by jazusamo · 5 replies · 77+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | November 8, 2007 | David Reinhard
    Thursday, November 08, 2007 Voting, or the prospect of voting, clarifies things. The questions aren't so theoretical. The stakes are higher. We see where politicos really stand on the day's issues. Take the upcoming Senate vote on Michael Mukasey's nomination as attorney general, or the not unrelated, upcoming vote to pick the 2008 Democratic presidential nominee. We've learned a lot, it seems, about where Democrats and Republicans stand on what's clearly not an academic or theoretical issue in the middle of a war on Islamic terrorism. "I think there are probably very few people in this room or in America...
  • AP BREAKING: PELOSI ANNOUNCES NEW VOTE TO FORCE TROOPS HOME

    11/08/2007 8:21:14 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 185 replies · 335+ views
    ASSOCIATED PRESS | 11/8/07
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the House will vote as early as Friday on legislation that would pay $50 billion for the war in Iraq but require that President Bush start bringing troops home.
  • GOP Forces Debate on Cheney Impeachment

    11/06/2007 1:19:35 PM PST · by SmithL · 63 replies · 192+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 11/6/7 | JIM ABRAMS, Associated Press Writer
    House Republicans, changing course midway through a vote, tried to force Democrats into a debate on a resolution to impeach Vice President Dick Cheney on the grounds he purposely led the country into war against Iraq. The GOP tactics reversed what had been expected to an overwhelming vote to table, or kill, the resolution by longshot Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich. Midway through the vote, with instructions from the GOP leadership, Republicans one by one changed their votes from yes — to kill the resolution — to no, trying to force the chamber into a debate and an up-or-down vote...
  • Kucinich plans to force vote on Cheney impeachment

    11/05/2007 9:43:32 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies · 287+ views
    The Hill ^ | November 05, 2007 | Mike Soraghan
    Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), a long-shot presidential candidate, plans to force the House to vote this week on whether to impeach Vice President Dick Cheney. If he pulls it off, it could make for an uncomfortable situation for Democratic leaders and centrist Democrats. Liberal activists are pushing for impeachment, while leaders worry such a move could turn off independent voters. They have made it clear that impeachment of Cheney or President Bush is off the table. Kucinich says he will offer a privileged resolution on Tuesday requiring House members to vote on what to do with the impeachment measure, which...
  • Clinton Dons a 1960s-Era Anti-War Cloak

    11/03/2007 2:57:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies · 136+ views
    The New York Sun ^ | November 2, 2007 | Seth Gitell
    WELLESLEY, Mass. — Senator Clinton is describing her opposition to the war in Iraq as an extension of Eugene McCarthy's position in the 1960s movement against the war in Vietnam. Mrs. Clinton's comments came at an energy-charged rally yesterday at her alma mater, Wellesley College. Her visit, the ostensible purpose of which was to announce a new Web site aimed at younger voters, hillblazers.com, created palpable excitement on campus. Hundreds of students lined up amid Wellesley's autumnal splendor for a chance to hear the speech of the 1969 graduate and then moved and bopped to the strands of Smash Mouth's...
  • Obama: Cheney "The crazy uncle in the attic"

    11/03/2007 10:05:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 107 replies · 157+ views
    CNN Politics ^ | November 3, 2007 | Peter Hamby
    SPARTANBURG, South Carolina (CNN)–At a campaign event saturday, Sen. Barack Obama called his distant cousin, Vice President Dick Cheney, "the crazy uncle in the attic." Obama was referencing the recent revelation by the Vice President's wife, Lynne Cheney, that he and the vice president are distantly related. "For the first time in a long time, the name George Bush will not appear on the ballot," he told the crowd of about 500 at Converse College in Spartanburg. "The name Dick Cheney, my cousin, will not appear on the ballot. We tried to hide the cousin thing. Everybody has a black...
  • Zogby: Majority Favor Strikes on Iran

    10/31/2007 1:45:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies · 105+ views
    Newsmax ^ | October 29, 2007
    A majority of likely voters - 52 percent - would support a U.S. military strike to prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon, and 53 percent believe it is likely that the U.S. will be involved in a military strike against Iran before the next presidential election, a new Zogby America telephone poll shows. The survey results come at a time of increasing U.S. scrutiny of Iran. According to reports from the Associated Press, earlier this month Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice accused Iran of "lying" about the aim of its nuclear program and Vice President Dick Cheney has raised...
  • "Peace" Movement Passe?

    10/30/2007 10:41:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies · 380+ views
    Townhall ^ | October 31, 2007 | Brent Bozell III
    If the "peace" movement holds a protest and no one in the press covers it, does it still exist? If Americans are sick of the war, they're also sick of the "antiwar." Even the media have grown antiwar-weary. Rallies on Oct. 27 drew only perfunctory news mentions. The peaceniks have become a bipartisan political problem, now that the Democrats who control Congress haven't dared to placate the radicals by cutting off money for the troops. Cindy Sheehan is threatening to run against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. But suddenly -- surprise, surprise -- the media aren't interested in Sheehan's new crusade....
  • John Kerry's time is coming — again (Projectile hurl alert)

    10/16/2007 5:54:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies · 286+ views
    The Politico ^ | October 16, 2007 | Elizabeth Wilner
    Here’s a burning question no one is asking: Whither John F. Kerry? He is his party’s most recent presidential nominee. He came tantalizingly close to winning. And yet no one is looking for him to put his stamp on the 2008 Democratic primary or wondering aloud who he’ll endorse — even though Al Gore campaign manager Donna Brazile says that in the early-state contests, “most of the voters would be thrilled to know who Kerry would back and why.” But the lack of an audible clamor for an endorsement by Kerry is more than a bit deceiving, as is the...
  • Democrats split on genocide resolution

    10/16/2007 1:49:26 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 103 replies · 114+ views
    The Hill ^ | October 16, 2007 | Jim Snyder
    October 16, 2007 Democrats are split on the value of bringing a controversial Armenian genocide resolution to a floor vote. Five House Democrats plan to hold a news conference Wednesday to urge their leadership not to bring the resolution to the floor, although the measure passed the House Foreign Affairs Committee last week with strong Democratic support. Reps. Alcee Hastings of Florida, John Murtha of Pennsylvania, Robert Wexler of Florida and Steve Cohen and John Tanner, both of Tennessee, will participate in the news conference. They plan to urge House leadership to “reconsider its decision” to bring the Armenian genocide...
  • Sabotage in Wartime (Thomas Sowell)

    10/15/2007 6:32:40 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 44 replies · 1,331+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | October 15, 2007 | Thomas Sowell
    Monday, October 15, 2007 With all the problems facing this country, both in Iraq and at home, why is Congress spending time trying to pass a resolution condemning the massacre of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire nearly a century ago? Make no mistake about it, that massacre of hundreds of thousands -- perhaps a million or more -- Armenians was one of the worst atrocities in all of history. As with the later Holocaust against the Jews, it was not considered sufficient to kill innocent victims. They were first put through soul-scarring dehumanization in whatever sadistic ways occurred to those...
  • A Counterattack Against The Disease of Anti-Americanism

    10/12/2007 10:52:58 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies · 649+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | October 12, 2007 | Herb Denenberg
    We're in a war for our very survival against Islamofascists who have murdered thousands of Americans in our homeland and abroad and who are now plotting and planning for more slaughter of more Americans every day. Yet we are met on that battlefield by an onslaught of defeatism and anti-Americanism on a scale never before seen in modern American history and certainly not during wartime. Consider this montage of Democrat Party leaders speaking, put together by radio talk show host Sean Hannity for his television program: "We've got to get the job done there, and that requires us to have...
  • Jackie Mason Defends Fred Thompson

    10/11/2007 7:32:24 PM PDT · by Josh Painter · 52 replies · 1,399+ views
    The American Mind ^ | October 11, 2007 | Jackie Mason
    According to Jackie Mason, anyone who watched Tuesday’s debate and didn’t think Fred Thompson won doesn’t know what they’re talking about. Watch Jackie's video here.