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  • On the Fifth Anniversary of Katrina, Displacement Continues [Women, Minorities Hardest Hit]

    08/29/2010 11:57:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The New York Indypendent ^ | August 29, 2010 | Jordan Flaherty
    Poet Sunni Patterson is one of New Orleans’ most beloved artists. She has performed in nearly every venue in the city, toured the US, and frequently appears on television and radio, from Democracy Now to Def Poetry Jam. When she performs her poems in local venues, half the crowd recites the words along with her. But, like many who grew up here, she was forced to move away from the city she loves. She left as part of a wave of displacement that began with Katrina and still continues to this day. While hers is just one story, it is...
  • How to mark Benedict's fifth anniversary (Latin Mass in DC)

    02/24/2010 10:01:23 AM PST · by NYer · 1 replies · 163+ views
    NCR ^ | February 24, 2010 | Dennis Coday
    Latin Mass at the National Shrine in April First such Mass at the shrine in nearly 45 years If you haven't yet settled on a way to mark the fifth anniversary of the pontificate Benedict XVI, and if you're in the Washington, D.C., area, you may want to check this out. The Paulus Institute, whose raison d'ętre is "for the propagation of sacred liturgy," announced today "the fifth anniversary of inauguration of Pope Benedict XVI will be commemorated in the Great Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington D.C. by a Pontifical Solemn...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 09-22-09 (Fifth Anniversary Special Edition: Return to Rathergate)

    09/22/2009 10:33:51 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 96 replies · 1,935+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | September 22, 2009 | DUmmies, Li'l Beaver, and Charles Henrickson
    Li'l Beaver sez: "Today is the DUmmie FUnnies' FIFTH ANNIVERSARY! Ask me anything!" Yes, boys and girls, it was five years ago TODAY that PJ-Comix started the DUmmie FUnnies as its own stand-alone feature on Free Republic! Since then, the DUFUs have grown to amass the LARGEST ping list on FR--1,037 pingees!--and have spawned a DUmmie FUnnies blog on Blogspot. And what a FUn ride it's been! We started by satirizing just the DUmmies of Democratic Underground, but PJ has expanded our horizons to take in the KOmmies of Daily Kos and the HUffies of Huffington Post. The Looney Left...
  • Iowahawk...Where the Hell Have I Been?

    12/18/2008 5:10:33 PM PST · by bloodmeridian · 3 replies · 490+ views
    Feed Your ADHD ^ | 12/18/2008 | Dr. Dave
    I guess I’ve been stuck inside the government’s ass for 5 years and just fell out because, before today, I’d never heard of Iowahawk. Then this popped into my e-mail inbox (without attribution, of course): "It's in the way you dress. The way you boogie down. The way you sign your unemployment check. You're a man who likes to do things your own way. And on those special odd-numbered Saturdays when driving is permitted, you want it in your car. It's that special feeling of a zero-emissions wind at your back and a road ahead meandering with possibilities. The kind...
  • Bush's Mission Accomplished

    07/19/2008 5:59:39 AM PDT · by vietvet67 · 19 replies · 201+ views
    American Thinker ^ | July 19, 2008 | Paul Kengor
    It was a little over five years ago, on May 1, 2003, that President George W. Bush was set to speak aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln. It was assumed the president would arrive on the aircraft carrier in the way a president arrives on an aircraft carrier -- via helicopter. Instead, the president of the United States, who in the 1970s flew fighter planes in the Texas Air Guard, entered via an SB-3B Viking, which he flew with two other pilots, leaving the landing -- one of the most dangerous feats in aviation, akin to parking a car at a...
  • 5 years on, Iraq as an ally?

    05/17/2008 4:58:27 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies · 120+ views
    Blackfive ^ | 3/19/08 | Uncle Jimbo
    5 years on, Iraq as an ally?Posted By Uncle Jimbo One of the themes that Pete Hegseth has been pointing out is that while Iraqis have killed many US service members, Iraq is not our enemy. As a matter of fact we need to start looking at them as a developing ally. The left, and far too many who have drunk the poison being published and broadcast, focus on the casualties in Iraq and the fact that we have been there for 5 years as the salient facts. Sadly no, those factors certainly matter but they fail to take a...
  • THUNDER RUN: The 5th Anniversary of the armored strike to capture Baghdad...

    04/10/2008 1:54:41 PM PDT · by ken5050 · 10 replies · 115+ views
    one man's opinion... | ken5050
    It's just a few days past the fifth anniversary of one of the most magnificent accomplishments of combat arms ever in the history of the US military. Yet I could not find one mention of it anywheres in the media, focused as they were on the antics of Hillary, Obama, and the rest of the Dems failing in their attempts to pose one semi-intelligent question to Gen. Petreus, or shedding crocodile tears over the 4000+ American heroes who have made the supremee sacrifice in Iraq. I have excerpted for you below a few paragraphs from the great book by David...
  • Iraq 'war' no longer a war: Matt Sanchez tallies successes of U.S. military effort

    03/29/2008 2:49:18 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 7 replies · 588+ views ^ | 3/29/08 | Matt Sanchez
    Five years after the initial invasion of Iraq, Americans wonder where we are. Iraq is like no other conflict in American history. It is arguably no longer a war, but a low-level insurgency. We are not fighting a country, but a transnational conspiracy that operates more like an international fast-food franchise than a military force. In this conflict, there will be no "D" Day or signing of a peace treaty. What is victory? It is easy to take for granted the fact that there has not been another attack on American soil since 9/11 – how do you show progress...
  • How did I get the Iraq war so wrong? I didn't

    03/28/2008 1:38:06 PM PDT · by K-oneTexas · 15 replies · 911+ views
    Australian ^ | March 20, 2008 | Christopher Hitchens
    How did I get the Iraq war so wrong? I didn't Christopher Hitchens | March 20, 2008 [Snip} AN anniversary of a war is in many ways the least useful occasion on which to take stock of something like the Anglo-American intervention in Iraq, if only because any such formal observance involves the assumption that a) this is, in fact, a war and b) it is by that definition an exception from the rest of our engagement with that country and that region. We were never, if we are honest with ourselves, "lied into war". We became steadily more aware...
  • Kirkuk Airmen commemorate 5-year OIF anniversary (Mat cause Blurry Screen)

    03/24/2008 4:48:11 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 239+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Senior Airman Eric Schloeffel, USAF
    3/24/2008 - KIRKUK AIR BASE, Iraq (AFPN) -- Hundreds of Kirkuk Air Base Airmen commemorated the fifth year anniversary of Operation Iraqi Freedom by honoring the 42 Airmen who gave their lives supporting the war on terrorism March 20 here. The ceremony included a 21-gun salute, a flag-folding ceremony performed by the base honor guard, and ended with a bag pipe performance of taps and "Amazing Grace." Members of the 727th Expeditionary Air Control Squadron also set up a memorial in-front of the formation to honor the sacrifices of two Airmen from the 727th EACS who died during combat operations...
  • Bush Committed to Iraq Success (unlike Rats and MSM who are committed to failure)

    03/24/2008 8:53:36 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 8 replies · 214+ views
    AP ^ | 3/24/2008 | BEN FELLER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Monday it was "a sober moment" as the U.S. death toll in Iraq climbed to 4,000. President Bush received a lengthy update on the war and aides said he was likely to embrace recommendations for a pause in troop withdrawals beyond those already scheduled. Bush was to participate in a two-hour conference by secure video hookup with Gen. David Petraeus, the top commander in Iraq, and Ryan Crocker, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq. Petraeus and Crocker are due to testify on Capitol Hill on April 8-9. Patraeus is expected recommend no additional troop...
  • David Frum on the 5-year anniversary of the Iraq war: Success finally seems possible

    03/22/2008 12:51:24 PM PDT · by Clive · 9 replies · 403+ views
    National Post ^ | 2008-03-20 | David Frum
    For the first time in a long time, success looks like a realistic goal Five years later, the debate over the Iraq war rages as hot as when it began. We have never ceased looking over our shoulders. We have attempted to fight our way forward with our eyes fixed backward. Mired in these old arguments, it becomes impossible to see anything new. Just last week for example, the Pentagon released a study of 600,000 captured Iraqi documents. These documents detailed Saddam Hussein’s long history of support for Islamic terrorist groups, including Egyptian Islamic Jihad — which merged into al-Qaeda...
  • Happy Liberation Day, Iraq (from Melanie Morgan)

    03/21/2008 9:11:00 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 9 replies · 636+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 3-21-08 | Melanie Morgan-Commentary
    Friday, March 21, 2008 Happy Liberation Day, Iraq Exclusive: Melanie Morgan pounds 'peace' protesters whose violence knows no end By Melanie Morgan I headed to Berkeley first thing Wednesday morning. Thousands of anti-war agitators promised to shut down cities on this anniversary of America's campaign to liberate Iraq and fight radical Muslims who want to cut our throats here at home. I was pleased to see a strong presence of Berkeley police standing in front of the Marine recruiting center that "peace" activists have attacked at the urging of the Berkeley City Council. I would have been happier if U.S....
  • Mar 21, 2003: First strike on Baghdad

    03/21/2008 1:52:48 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies · 216+ views
    The Australian ^ | March 19, 2008 | Roy Eccleston
    THE US opened its war on Iraq with a pre-dawn missile barrage at the Iraqi leadership yesterday but apparently failed to kill Saddam Hussein, whose image later appeared on television to accuse President George W. Bush of a "shameful crime". It was not clear if the less-than-10-minute address broadcast by his son Uday's Youth television was live or pre-recorded. The assassination attacks in Baghdad, targeting Hussein and his sons, Uday and Qusay, signalled the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom, described by Mr Bush in a televised address from the Oval Office as a "broad and concerted campaign". As Iraq claimed...
  • Iraq Five Years On

    03/21/2008 11:57:30 AM PDT · by K-oneTexas · 1 replies · 171+ views
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | March 21, 2008 | Nile Gardiner
    Iraq Five Years On   By Nile Gardiner The Heritage Foundation | Friday, March 21, 2008 On the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, the United States has proved its critics wrong--again. The U.S.-led surge has been a remarkable success, and the fledgling democracy is no longer on the path to civil war. The ballot box and the rule of law are now replacing terrorism, fear, and intimidation as the norm. For historians looking for evidence of American decline, this progress in Iraq must be a huge disappointment. The world needs stronger U.S. leadership and is a far...

    03/21/2008 5:44:43 AM PDT · by OESY · 7 replies · 374+ views
    New York Post ^ | March 21, 2008 | Amir Taheri
    Judging by the way much of the Western media is dealing with the Iraq War's fifth anniversary, we're still fighting the acrimonious debates of 2002 and early 2003. Focusing on the past, however, may prevent us from understanding what's happening in Iraq today and its effect on the broader region. The war had three objectives: * To dismantle the regime of terror created by Saddam Hussein and his Tikriti clan. * To restore to the Iraqi people the power that the Tikritis had usurped. * To help Iraqis build a new system that might, in time, become a model for...
  • President Bush Discusses Global War On Terror

    03/20/2008 7:55:37 PM PDT · by ConservativeStLouisGuy · 5 replies · 386+ views
    White House Website ^ | March 19, 2008 | President George W. Bush
    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all. Deputy Secretary England, thanks for the introduction. One boss may not be here, but the other one is. (Laughter.) I appreciate your kind words. I'm pleased to be back here with the men and women of the Defense Department. On this day in 2003, the United States began Operation Iraqi Freedom. As the campaign unfolded, tens and thousands of our troops poured across the Iraqi border to liberate the Iraqi people and remove a regime that threatened free nations. Five years into this battle, there is an understandable debate over whether the war was worth...
  • Sadr admits failure in Iraq

    03/20/2008 6:42:56 PM PDT · by jdm · 26 replies · 1,361+ views
    Hot Air ^ | March 20, 2008 | by Ed Morrissey
    When Moqtada al-Sadr extended his cease-fire in Iraq last month, many wondered what he had in mind. Did he intend to bide his time, purge his movement of dissenters, or simply withdraw from public life to study Islam in Iran? Almost two weeks ago, Sadr himself provided an answer. He failed: “I have failed to liberate Iraq, and transform its society into an Islamic society.” – Moqtada al-Sadr, Asharq Al Awsat newspaper, March 8, 2008Moqtada al-Sadr — the radical cleric dubbed “The Most Dangerous Man in Iraq” by a Newsweek cover story in December 2006 — has just unilaterally extended...

    03/20/2008 7:24:49 AM PDT · by Delacon · 84 replies · 1,412+ views
    New York Post ^ | March 20, 2008 | RALPH PETERS
    ON the fifth anniversary of our cam paign to remove Saddam Hussein's monstrous regime from power, it's hard not to despair - not because of the situation in Iraq, which has improved remarkably, but because so few American politicians in either party appear to have drawn the right lessons from our experience. For the record, I still believe that deposing Saddam was justified and useful. He was a Hitler, and he was our enemy. But I'm still reeling from the snotty incompetence with which the Bush administration acted. Above all, I'm ashamed that I trusted President Bush and his circle...
  • VIDEO: Local (Everett) Iraqis Support War, Hope For Iraq

    03/20/2008 12:47:23 AM PDT · by USMC Brat · 34 replies · 1,378+ views ^ | 3/19/08 | KIRO 7 Eyewitness News
    VIDEO: Local (Everett) Iraqis Support War, Hope For IraqIraqis living in Everett see the five-year anniversary of the war as a time to celebrate the future of their country. Related Video: EXTENDED INTERVIEW: Local Iraqi man Ali Al-Faham explains support
  • FOUAD AJAMI: No Surrender

    03/19/2008 7:30:55 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 742+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 19, 2008 | FOUAD AJAMI
    "I am the same man and do not alter, it is you who change, since in fact you took my advice while unhurt, and waited for misfortune to repent of it . . . But you must not be seduced by citizens like these nor be angry with me -- who, if I voted for war, only did as you did yourselves." -- Pericles's funeral oration, "The Peloponnesian War" by Thucydides Wars have never been easy to defend. Even in "heroic" cultures, men and women applauded wars then grew weary of them. This Iraq war, too, was once a popular...
  • Iraq, Five Years On

    03/19/2008 7:05:11 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies · 329+ views
    IBD ^ | March 19, 2009
    The Anniversary: Five years after the start of the war in Iraq, it's become common wisdom — among mainstream media and Beltway pundits, anyway — that it's all been a failure. They couldn't be more wrong.The U.S. war in Iraq — and by extension, President Bush — started coming under withering criticism not too long after it started in March 2003. Quickly forgotten were these salient quotes, made just the year before: "We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction." — Sen. Ted Kennedy, on Sept. 27, 2002. "It is clear...
  • A day in the life of President Bush (photos) 3-19-2008

    03/19/2008 6:02:05 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies · 761+ views
    President Bush spoke this morning at the Pentagon today on the fifth anniversary of the start of the Iraq war, that liberated Iraq from it’s ruthless dictator and evil regime Later on, he met in the Oval Office with Georgia's President Mikhail SaakashviliEnoy your visit to Sanity Island
  • Five Years Past, Iraq Shows More Hope Than Ever Before

    03/19/2008 5:27:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 283+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Cpl. Nicholas J. Lienemann, USMC
    FALLUJAH, Iraq (March 19, 2008) -- March 20, 2003, televisions glowed in living rooms across America. Families glued to the screens, watching Coalition troops brave austere desert conditions and cross the threshold, invading the hostile nation of Iraq. Advances in the media’s technology gave unprecedented coverage of troops, humvees, and armored vehicles rolling across desolate stretches of sand. For the first time, Americans and people around the world were able to witness two nations wage war on live television; capturing step by step, the reality of combat and the raw emotion of American sons and daughters. In April 2003, the...
  • Americans Must Be Committed to Defeating Terrorist Enemy, England Says

    03/19/2008 4:51:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 343+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 19, 2008 – Americans must be as committed to defeating the terrorist enemy as that enemy is to defeating the United States and all that for which the nation stands, Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England said today at the Navy League’s Sea, Air, Space Expo here. The deputy secretary spoke before an overflow crowd at the Expo on the fifth anniversary of the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He said the war on terror will be a long war more analogous to the Cold War than a war with a definite beginning and end. He cited similarities between...
  • Obama and McCain in crossfire over Iraq

    03/19/2008 2:26:14 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 9 replies · 444+ views
    YAHOO NEWS ^ | 19 MARCH 2008 | AP
    FAYETTEVILLE, North Carolina (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama criticized Republican John McCain on Wednesday for misidentifying Iraqi extremists, saying he fails to understand the war has emboldened U.S. enemies. ADVERTISEMENT On the fifth anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, the war took center stage on the U.S. campaign trail. Obama attacked both McCain and his Democratic opponent, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, as representing conventional thinking in Washington that needs to be changed in the November election. McCain and Clinton backed a 2002 resolution supporting U.S. military action against Iraq. Clinton's campaign spokesman Phil Singer accused Obama...
  • Bin Laden issuing new message soon

    03/19/2008 1:47:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 61 replies · 1,266+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/19/08 | AP
    CAIRO, Egypt - Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden will be issuing a new message timed to the fifth anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, a militant Web site with close connections to the group said Wednesday. "Urgent, very soon by the will of God," read the announcement of the new message "the response is what you see and not what you hear, by the warrior sheik, Osama bin Laden." Iraq marked the fifth anniversary of the war on Wednesday. The announcement was text only and showed no pictures of the elusive militant leader. The message would be bin Laden's...
  • Pres Bush Remarks on 5th Anniv of Iraq (Live)

    03/19/2008 7:01:35 AM PDT · by PurpleMan · 7 replies · 365+ views
    President George W. Bush will deliver remarks on the Global War on Terror on Wednesday, March 19, 2008, at 10 a.m. EDT, in the Pentagon Auditorium.
  • Bush speech to mark 5 years of Iraq war (Rats and MSM's been lying about financial cost of war)

    03/19/2008 6:17:20 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 15 replies · 550+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 3/19/2007 | JENNIFER LOVEN, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON - Five years after launching the U.S. invasion of Iraq, President Bush is making some of his most expansive claims of success in the fighting there. Bush said last year's troop buildup has turned Iraq around and produced "the first large-scale Arab uprising against Osama bin Laden." Massive anti-war demonstrations were planned in downtown Washington to mark Wednesday's anniversary of the war, which has claimed the lives of nearly 4,000 U.S. troops. Across the river at the Pentagon, Bush was to give a speech to warn that backsliding in recent progress fueled by the increase of 30,000 troops he...
  • Bush to hail prospect of Iraq "strategic victory"

    03/19/2008 4:47:09 AM PDT · by gondramB · 8 replies · 485+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tue Mar 18, 2008 9:56pm EDT | Matt Spetalnick
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush will acknowledge on Wednesday the Iraq war has been fought at a high cost but will insist a U.S. troop buildup has opened the door to a "major strategic victory" against Islamic militants. "The successes we are seeing in Iraq are undeniable," Bush will say in an upbeat assessment of the U.S.-led campaign in a speech marking the fifth anniversary of the war, according to excerpts released on Tuesday. With less than 11 months left in office and his approval ratings near the lows of his presidency, Bush is trying to shore up...
  • Realism In Iraq

    03/18/2008 8:21:02 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 3 replies · 381+ views
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 3-18-08 | Editorial
    Realism In Iraq By INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY Tuesday, March 18, 2008 .... As John McCain and Dick Cheney observe progress of the surge in person, new revelations show how important Iraq is to al-Qaida. Electing a Democrat president would squander our gains. Top Democrats are so committed to the position that liberating Iraq will go down as a monumental blunder that the most powerful tsunami of facts will not change their minds. Meeting this week with top Iraqi politicians as well as with Gen. David Petraeus, Sen. McCain, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, provided a strong dose of realism about...
  • Stratfor's War: Five Years Later ( Bush, FDR, JFK Lied To Effect Foreign Policy )

    03/18/2008 7:22:56 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 33 replies · 899+ views
    Stratfor ^ | March 18, 2008 | 1855 GMT | By George Friedman
    Five years have now passed since the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Vice President Dick Cheney, in Iraq with Sen. John McCain — the presumptive Republican nominee for president — summarized the five years by saying, “If you reflect back on those five years, it’s been a difficult, challenging, but nonetheless successful endeavor. We’ve come a long way in five years, and it’s been well worth the effort.” Democratic presidential aspirant Sen. Hillary Clinton called the war a failure. The invasion of Iraq probably was a mistake, and certainly its execution was disastrous. But a unilateral and precipitous withdrawal by the...
  • U.S. Will Complete Mission, Cheney Tells Troops in Iraq

    03/18/2008 5:59:09 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 191+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 18, 2008 – The United States intends to complete the mission in Iraq, Vice President Richard B. Cheney told troops there today, on the eve of Operation Iraqi Freedom’s fifth anniversary. On the second day of a 10-day surprise visit to Iraq, the vice president vowed commitment to what he characterized as an ideological fight against violent extremists who prefer tyranny to democracy. “Understanding all the dangers of this new era, we have no intention of abandoning our friends, or allowing this country of 170,000 square miles to become a staging area for further attacks against Americans,”...
  • In Iraq, a "Surge" Of Success

    03/18/2008 6:38:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies · 552+ views ^ | March 18, 2008 | Ed Feulner
    Are we succeeding in Iraq? Look no further than the front page of your daily newspaper. What had been a steady barrage of bad news has now slowed to a trickle. Our military’s success on the ground is changing public expectations as well. A recent survey by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press found that most Americans (53 percent) now think “the U.S. will ultimately succeed in achieving its goals” in Iraq. That’s up from 42 percent in the fall of 2007. Why the improvement? We can thank the “surge.” A little more than a year...
  • Rally, Vigils, Protests to Mark 5 Years of U.S. in Iraq (Life in a Sanctuary City)

    03/18/2008 7:15:35 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 7 replies · 215+ views ^ | March 17, 2008 | Bill Novak
    Believe it or not, "shock and awe" is five years old Wednesday. The fifth anniversary of the start of the Iraq occupation by the United States and its allies will be marked by scores of protests, prayer vigils and marches across the country Wednesday, including a half-dozen events in Madison. The centerpiece of local activity is a rally and vigil on the Capitol Square at State Street, beginning at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Hundreds of participants are expected, with a five-minute silent vigil at 11:55 a.m., followed by the peace train parade around the square. "Wear black and bring a candle...
  • Wear Red, White and Blue this Wed., March 19 to Support Our Troops and Their Mission!

    03/17/2008 9:02:58 PM PDT · by kristinn · 16 replies · 1,442+ views
    Monday, March 17, 2008 | Kristinn
    Patriotic Americans are being urged to wear red, white and blue clothing this Wednesday, March 19, 2008, to show support for our troops and their mission on the fifth anniversary of the liberation of Iraq from the terrorist regime of Saddam Hussein.Anything from scarves and ties to a full blown Uncle Sam suit will do. When someone compliments you on your patriotic attire, take the opportunity to explain to them why you're wearing the red, white and blue on Wednesday.The anti-American left will be out in the streets across the country that day protesting and rioting. Most of us will...
  • How Did I Get Iraq Wrong? I didn't

    03/17/2008 12:42:22 PM PDT · by rellimpank · 5 replies · 1,170+ views
    Slate ^ | 17 mar 08 | Christopher Hitchens
    An "anniversary" of a "war" is in many ways the least useful occasion on which to take stock of something like the Anglo-American intervention in Iraq, if only because any such formal observance involves the assumption that a) this is, in fact, a war and b) it is by that definition an exception from the rest of our engagement with that country and that region. I am one of those who, for example, believes that the global conflict that began in August 1914 did not conclusively end, despite a series of "fragile truces," until the fall of the Berlin Wall...
  • Gunsmoke - Why is the Bush administration silent on the new Pentagon report?

    03/16/2008 7:25:18 AM PDT · by ricks_place · 53 replies · 1,837+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 03/24/2008 | William Kristol
    Late last week, the Defense Department released an analysis of 600,000 documents captured in Iraq prepared by the Institute for Defense Analyses, a federally funded think tank. Here's the attention-grabbing sentence from the report's executive summary: "This study found no 'smoking gun' (i.e. direct connection) between Saddam's Iraq and al Qaeda." Relying on a leak of the executive summary, ABC News reported that the study was "the first official acknowledgment from the U.S. military that there is no evidence Saddam had ties to Al Qaeda." There followed a brief item in the Washington Post that ran under the headline "Study...
  • Surge to Nowhere

    01/21/2008 7:26:59 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 52 replies · 18,945+ views
    Washington Post ^ | January 20, 2008 | Andrew J. Bacevich
    As the fifth anniversary of Operation Iraqi Freedom nears, the fabulists are again trying to weave their own version of the war. The latest myth is that the "surge" is working. In President Bush's pithy formulation, the United States is now "kicking ass" in Iraq. The gallant Gen. David Petraeus, having been given the right tools, has performed miracles, redeeming a situation that once appeared hopeless. Sen. John McCain has gone so far as to declare that "we are winning in Iraq." While few others express themselves quite so categorically, McCain's remark captures the essence of the emerging story line:...
  • Iraq al-Qaida Says Pope, West Are Doomed

    09/18/2006 10:54:20 PM PDT · by XR7 · 74 replies · 3,780+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/19/06 | Anna Johnson
    An al-Qaida-linked extremist group warned Pope Benedict XVI on Monday that he and the West were "doomed," as protesters raged across the Muslim world to demand more of an apology from the pontiff for his remarks about Islam and violence. The Mujahedeen Shura Council, an umbrella organization of Sunni Arab extremist groups that includes al-Qaida in Iraq, issued a statement on a Web forum vowing to continue its holy war against the West. The authenticity of the statement could not be independently verified. The group said Muslims would be victorious and addressed the pope as "the worshipper of the cross"...
  • Canada cannot be America's B team (Anti-American MEGA BARF ALERT!!!!!)

    09/17/2006 9:49:26 AM PDT · by Heartofsong83 · 45 replies · 1,134+ views
    Toronto (Red) Star ^ | 09/17/06 | Haroon Siddiqui
    Canada cannot be America's B team That's the historic mistake Harper is making, argues Haroon Siddiqui Sep. 17, 2006. 01:00 AM HAROON SIDDIQUI -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Y ou didn't have to go any further than the blanket coverage of the fifth anniversary of Sept. 11 to know the great divide between the United States and the rest of the world, and also between those Americans and Canadians, like Stephen Harper, who support George W. Bush's geopolitics and those who don't, namely, the majority of Americans and Canadians. While each of the 2,973 victims of 9/11 needs to be remembered, no less worthy...
  • Egyptian Gama'a al-Islamiyya's Public Relations Campaign

    09/12/2006 6:25:48 PM PDT · by ProudRedSoxFan · 15 replies · 517+ views
    Jamestown Foundation Terrorism Focus Journal ^ | September 12, 2006 | Chris Zambelis
    Egyptian Gama'a al-Islamiyya's Public Relations Campaign By Chris Zambelis In a recent interview conducted by the Dubai-based al-Arabiya news network, Dr. Nageh Ibrahim, senior leader and chief ideological theorist of the Egyptian Gama'a al-Islamiyya (EIG, Egyptian Islamic Group), reiterated the movement's pledge to renounce violence. He also reconfirmed EIG's commitment toward pursuing a peaceful and flexible agenda and its rejection of extremist positions it previously held toward the Egyptian government, Christians and theological interpretations of key aspects of Islam. Ibrahim claims that his decision to speak out publicly on these issues is meant to refute an August videotaped statement by...
  • Goodwill, unity, money have been squandered since Sept. 11 (JESSE JAGMO ALERT)

    09/12/2006 10:58:27 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 3 replies · 465+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | September 12, 2006 | JESSE JACKSON
    Five years later, Sept. 11 still is etched in our minds. The terrorist threat it revealed is a real and present danger. It is not the worst threat we face. Catastrophic climate change has already wreaked more economic damage. Global pandemics will take more victims. Unsustainable U.S. trade deficits pose a greater threat to Americans' economic security. But the horrors of Sept. 11 supersede those rational calculations. The grotesque horror of the act of terror; the innocent victims jumping to their deaths; the heroism of those who came to rescue -- they will remain a source of agony and of...
  • Plane Crashes into World Trade Center

    09/11/2001 5:56:49 AM PDT · by hellinahandcart · 976 replies · 91,202+ views
    NewYork1 | 9/11/01
    Just in. I am looking at a picture of the WTC with smoke pouring out of the western tower. Looks like a huge amount of damage. Debris raining down on people in the street.
  • Keith Olberman in the Twilight Zone

    09/11/2006 6:04:57 PM PDT · by milwguy · 16 replies · 725+ views
    msnbc | 09/11/2006 | milwguy
    Did anyone catch Keith O's rant just now on PMSNBC? He was asking the citizens to forgive the President for all his malicous and cynical use of the 9//11 tragedy. He pretty much said the President and his men were behind the 'bald faced lies' of the ABC documdrama amd that the president lied us into the war with Iraq. Pretty much the usual DNC talking points, but to see Olberman recite them with such passion and quote from Rod Serling;s 'The Twilight Zone' was pretty amusing. No wonder nobody watches the fool, he comes off like a pretty boy...
  • 'A struggle for civilization'

    09/12/2006 12:36:38 AM PDT · by John Carey · 4 replies · 374+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | September 12, 2006 | Joseph Curl
    President Bush yesterday led the nation in silent remembrances for the almost 3,000 victims of the September 11 attacks, hugging family members and standing solemnly for each moment of silence at the three sites where terrorists crashed four hijacked planes that sunny Tuesday morning five years ago. After the stops in New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia, the president addressed the nation last night, reminding Americans that ever since the worst terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, the United States has been at war in "a struggle for civilization." "America did not ask for this war, and every American wishes it were...
  • In Prime-Time Address, Bush Says Safety of U.S. Hinges on Iraq

    09/12/2006 12:25:30 AM PDT · by John Carey · 11 replies · 502+ views
    The New York Times ^ | September 12, 2006 | JIM RUTENBERG and SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
    President Bush used the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on Monday to tell Americans that they were engaged in “a struggle for civilization” that would be determined in part by the course of the war in Iraq. “The safety of America depends on the outcome of the battle in the streets of Baghdad,” Mr. Bush said. In a prime-time speech from the Oval Office, delivered after a day of solemn ceremonies, Mr. Bush sought to place the war in Iraq in the context of an epic battle between tyranny and freedom, saying the campaign against global terrorism was...
  • Age of terror, age of illusions

    09/11/2006 11:44:36 PM PDT · by TheMole · 19 replies · 1,400+ views
    The Ottawa Citizen ^ | Saturday, September 09, 2006 | Robert Sibley
    Part One: I remember the anger I felt watching the endlessly repeated images of the towers collapsing. But there's another kind of anger -- a more cerebral one toward the intellectuals of our time who contributed to all that destruction through their hostility toward the mores and traditions of western civilization.Robert Sibley, The Ottawa Citizen Published: Saturday, September 09, 2006 NEW YORK - I still see bodies falling. Standing at my hotel window, overlooking Ground Zero, it's not hard to visualize the flaming towers and the bird-like figures of human bodies plummeting through the air. I especially remember a couple...
  • Ex-Taliban chief details Massood killing

    09/09/2006 10:20:39 PM PDT · by John Carey · 41 replies · 1,160+ views
    Yahoo News (AP) ^ | September 10, 2006 | MATTHEW PENNINGTON,
    The beat-up video camera was delivered to Afghanistan in a box, and picked up by two clean-shaven Arabs posing as journalists. They met with Osama bin Laden before leaving on their mission — to kill mujahedeen hero Ahmad Shah Massood. Five years after the Taliban opponent was slain by a bomb hidden in the camera, a former Taliban official on Saturday described how al-Qaida staged the killing — two days before the Sept. 11 attack on America — hoping to strike a fatal blow to the pro-U.S. Northern Alliance. Waheed Mozhdah, director of the then-Taliban Foreign Ministry's Middle East and...
  • 9/11's 'astonishing unity' has given way to bitter partisanship

    09/11/2006 10:30:52 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 35 replies · 972+ views ^ | 12 September 2006
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lawmakers stood side by side on the steps of the Capitol and belted out an impromptu rendition of "God Bless America" after the terrorist attacks five years ago. Democrats and Republicans pulled together, as did the country at large. "We had an astonishing moment of unity," former President Clinton said Monday. But now, the two political parties couldn't be further apart. On the fifth anniversary of the terror attacks, Democrats and Republicans struggled for the upper hand on what has become the main issue of the midterm campaigns -- the war in Iraq and its relationship with...