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  • Wadhams: Democrats Didn't win, Republicans Lost

    06/27/2007 1:36:11 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies · 811+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | Jun 26, 2007
    Republicans themselves brought on the whipping they suffered in the 2006 elections, Colorado state GOP chairman Dick Wadahms said in appearances in Montana. "I don't think Democrats really won the 2006 elections," said Wadhams, who spoke to the Montana Republican Party convention ... "They were just standing there. We didn't deserve to win in 2006." Wadhams is a former campaign director and staff member for Conrad Burns, who represented Montana... Republicans lost in 2006 because they forfeited their claim to fiscal responsibility, "mishandled the ethical lapses" ... Wadhams, 51, has won more campaigns than he's lost, but he lost a...
  • ‘These are the times that try men’s souls’

    02/18/2007 6:49:58 AM PST · by Teófilo · 138 replies · 2,204+ views
    The Johnstown Tribune-Democrat ^ | 18 February 2007 | Pedro O. Vega
    By Pedro O. Vega As published today in the Johnstown Tribune DemocratThe situation in which we find ourselves in Iraq because of the war on terror defies my attempts at originality to describe. I find myself in need of laying hold of aphorisms and clichés said by the truly Great Ones, and some not-so-great. The first one that comes to mind is from Thomas Paine, an American Founding Father, written in 1776. It’s one I used in a previous column, one I keep returning too because of its sheer wisdom: “These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer...
  • Defeatists On Free Republic Who Are Giving Aid and Comfort to the Enemy

    01/18/2007 7:50:55 AM PST · by jveritas · 634 replies · 10,050+ views
    January 18 2007 | jveritas
    The most lasting tragedy of the Vietnam War is that it has legitimized “giving aid and comfort to the enemy”. We are seeing the giving of aid and comfort to the enemy running wild in this war on terror and sadly not only among liberals and their media but also among some conservatives who some of them are right here on this great Free Republic. When Al Qaeda terrorists, or the terrorist regimes in Iran and Syria, or the Iraqi insurgent terrorists whether they are Sunnis or Shia hear the speeches of defeatism coming from liberals and their media, or...
  • Iraq Study Group A Complete Failure - NEWS RELEASE

    12/06/2006 9:09:30 AM PST · by Impeach98 · 90 replies · 3,686+ views
    Move America Forward ^ | 10/06/2006 | Melanie Morgan
    NEWS RELEASE CONTACT:  Robert Dixon - Phone: (916) 441-6197 or Email: December 6 2006 IRAQ STUDY GROUPA COMPLETE FAILURE Report Makes Few Constructive Proposals Advocates Cooperation with Sponsors of Terrorism: Iran & Syria The Chairman of the nation’s largest grassroots pro-troop organization, Move America Forward, has issued the following statement after reviewing the Iraq Study Group’s report.  A complete analysis will soon be posted on the organization’s website ( ________________________________________ STATEMENT BY MELANIE MORGAN, CHAIR, MOVE AMERICA FORWARD: “The Iraq Study Group has failed.  With great hubris and pomposity, the Iraq Study Group released a report they wrote...
  • Witnesses Detail Iraq Burning Deaths

    11/28/2006 4:00:26 PM PST · by james500 · 20 replies · 1,085+ views
    AP via ABC News ^ | Nov 28, 2006 | STEVEN R. HURST
    The attack on the small Mustafa Sunni mosque began as worshippers were finishing Friday midday prayers. About 50 unarmed men, many in black uniforms and some wearing ski masks, walked through the district chanting "We are the Mahdi Army, shield of the Shiites." Fifteen minutes later, two white pickup trucks, a black BMW and a black Opel drove up to the marchers. The suspected Shiite militiamen took automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenade launchers from the vehicles. They then blasted open the front of the mosque, dragged six worshippers outside, doused them with kerosene and set them on fire.
  • Judge strikes president's authority to designate terrorist groups

    11/28/2006 4:32:42 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 278 replies · 9,350+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 11/28/06 | Linda Deutsch - ap
    A federal judge has ruled that a portion of a post-Sept. 11 executive order allowing President Bush to create a list of specially designated global terrorist groups is unconstitutionally vague. U.S. District Judge Audrey Collins, in a Nov. 21 ruling released Tuesday, struck down the provision and enjoined the government from blocking the assets of two foreign groups which were placed on the list. The ruling was praised by David Cole, a lawyer for the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Constitutional Rights. "This law gave the president unfettered authority to create blacklists," he said. "It was reminiscent of the McCarthy era."...
  • It's Official: Media Body Burning Story is Bogus (Shiite vs. Sunni)

    11/27/2006 3:41:07 PM PST · by lowbridge · 232 replies · 8,497+ views ^ | November 27, 2006 | Greg Sheffield
    It's Official: Media Body Burning Story is Bogus Posted by Greg Sheffield on November 27, 2006 - 13:25. The news that six Sunnis were captured by Shiites, doused with kerosine and burned alive, was too sensational to not be picked up by the mainstream media. But it turns out that the event never happened. Furthermore, the Iraqi "spokesman" relied on to give all information regarding this event is as fictional as the story itself. Jamil Hussein, the man news reports called "police Capt. Jamil Hussein," was the source for all information regarding the burning. Although he is mentioned by USA...
  • Attack Sparks Fire at Iraq Oil Facility

    11/28/2006 1:32:01 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies · 514+ views
    Forbes and the AP ( suspect source ) ^ | 11.27.06, 12:33 PM ET | SAMEER N. YACOUB
    A mortar attack ignited a huge fire Monday night at an oil facility in northern Iraq, shutting the flow of crude oil to a major refinery, and a U.S. Air Force jet with one pilot aboard crashed in Anbar province, a hotbed of the Sunni-Arab insurgency, officials said. Al-Jazeera reported that the pilot was killed.
  • Bombshell: Centcom Says AP’s Iraqi Police Source Isn’t Iraqi Police

    11/27/2006 12:44:32 PM PST · by areafiftyone · 40 replies · 813+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 11/27/06
    Bombshell: Centcom says AP’s Iraqi police source isn’t Iraqi police posted at 1:07 pm on November 27, 2006 by Allahpundit Send to a Friend | printer-friendly I laid off this post at Flopping Aces initially because I didn’t think there was anything particularly suspicious about the cop. Centcom was disputing his report of the six Sunnis burned alive by Shiites but they could have been wrong just as easily as he could. I also didn’t (and still don’t) see Curt’s point about the cop only being quoted in cases where Shiites attack Sunnis. If he’s stationed in an area where...
  • Iraq Wants U.N. Security Council Mandate ~ of the multinational force ... for another 12 months."

    11/27/2006 9:46:29 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 30 replies · 586+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | November 27, 2006 at 17:55:16 PST | EDITH M. LEDERER ASSOCIATED PRESS
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has asked the U.N. Security Council to extend the mandate of the 160,000-strong multinational force in Iraq, according to a letter circulated Monday. In the letter, al-Maliki said a top priority of his government is to assume full responsibility for security and stability but it needs more time. The United States circulated a draft resolution that would extend the mandate for one year starting on Dec. 31, with a review at the request of the Iraqi government or by June 15. The draft, obtained Monday by the Associated Press, contains the...
  • CBS's Lara Logan Declares US Defeated In Iraq; General Abizaid Disputes Claim

    11/27/2006 3:46:38 PM PST · by lowbridge · 49 replies · 2,100+ views ^ | November 27, 2006 | Michael Rule
    CBS's Lara Logan Declares US Defeated In Iraq; General Abizaid Disputes Claim Posted by Michael Rule on November 27, 2006 - 16:09. On Sunday’s "60 Minutes," CBS News Chief Foreign Correspondent Lara Logan insisted the US had been defeated in Iraq. During an interview with General John Abizaid, the top US Commander in Iraq, Logan asserted, "We hear very little about victory in Iraq these days. We hear a lot about how to manage the defeat." It appears Ms. Logan suffers from selective hearing. While many Democrats and some Republicans talk about Iraq as a lost cause, sources such as...
  • Rep. Rangel: Lack Of Options Makes Soldiers Enlist

    11/26/2006 9:43:09 PM PST · by mdittmar · 62 replies · 1,485+ views
    Mark Rodriguez, WCBSTV ^ | Nov 26, 2006 | CBS
    Congressman Charles Rangel said most enlisted soldiers join the military because they do not have the "option of having a decent career." Speaking with Fox News reporter Chris Wallace on Sunday, Representative Rangel voiced his belief that soldiers in America's armed forces join only for lack of a better choice. He said, "I want to make it abundantly clear: if there’s anyone who believes that these youngsters want to fight, as the Pentagon and some generals have said, you can just forget about it. No young, bright individual wants to fight just because of a bonus and just because of...
  • A Message to All the Cut and Run Freepers Currently Polluting Free Republic

    11/24/2006 6:46:08 PM PST · by kristinn · 2,144 replies · 32,002+ views
    Friday, November 24, 2006 | Kristinn
    I'm reading an astonishing number of comments on Free Republic these days by posters who have joined the ranks of the anti-American left in calling for an immediate withdrawal from Iraq. Some claim to have military experience, some claim to be patriotic Americans and some claim to be smarter than the rest.These posters are joining the Murtha-Rangel-McDermott treason caucus. Oh, they say they love the troops, but their decision to abandon them in the field speaks otherwise.Three years ago, the United States led an international coalition to rid the world of one of the worst regimes on the planet. Saddam...
  • Bomb Aimed at Iraqi Speaker Hits Green Zone (Green Zone attack)

    11/21/2006 12:20:54 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 42 replies · 1,051+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 21 2006 | EDWARD WONG
    A bomb intended to kill the contentious speaker of the Iraqi Parliament exploded inside one of his armored cars today while the car was rolling through the fortified Green Zone, injuring the driver and trapping members of Parliament inside the legislative building as the American military shut down the area for hours, a parliamentary aide said. Though the speaker, Mahmoud al-Mashhadani, was unscathed by the explosion, the assassination attempt was one of the most serious breaches of security in the four-square-mile Green Zone in recent memory. The Green Zone houses the seat of the Iraqi government and the American embassy,...
  • US Communists Declare Election Victory

    11/21/2006 7:06:33 AM PST · by OkeyDokeyOkie · 46 replies · 1,493+ views ^ | 11/21/2006 | Joel Wendland
    "The right-wing stranglehold on Congress has been broken," declared Joelle Fishman, chair of the Communist Party USA’s (CPUSA) political action commission, to a meeting of its 81-person National Committee this past weekend. Fishman noted, "This is a victory being celebrated around the world." Fishman delivered her report to the committee as it discussed the results of the election and prepared to move the struggle for democracy, peace, and economic justice forward in the new Congress, and to build the size and influence of the Communist Party. Overwhelmingly, the committee claimed victory for the US working class, the world, and for...
  • Six Steps to Victory The bottom-up plan to defeat the insurgency.

    11/17/2006 6:28:46 AM PST · by Valin · 68 replies · 1,145+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 11/16/06 | Eric Egland
    IN THIS POLITICAL season, the debate about Iraq has become almost completely backward looking. It has degenerated into finger pointing and partisan sniping--stuck between a false choice of "cut and run" versus "more of the same." Failure in Iraq is not an option, because it would spell disaster for U.S. national security and foreign policy credibility, not to mention military morale. Our mission in Iraq continues to move forward, and U.S. forces have successfully defeated the insurgents in several areas, yet the enemy has proven resilient and effective. Thus, we must succeed in Iraq by changing the status quo. The...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: Politics and War, Then and Now [Democrats governing; Israel; WWII]

    11/20/2006 5:45:46 AM PST · by Tolik · 15 replies · 965+ views ^ | 11/17/2006 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Is it a Roar or a Meow?Governance is not the same as easy criticism. Already the Democrats are learning, as is eternally true of our wonderful political system, that loud opposition is not the same as being responsible for governance. Suddenly the beloved press is looking again into John Murtha’s questionable ethics—and wondering whether we can really leave Iraq so easily. Nancy Pelosi was unable to see Murtha elected as majority leader, and we wonder about her political skills when it is matter of being a leader rather than a megaphone. And we still await something novel from the Democrats...
  • Will the West Stumble?

    11/19/2006 11:52:45 PM PST · by spkpls4 · 64 replies · 1,320+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 20 Nov 2006 | Victor D. Hanson
    Well beyond us now is any overarching Churchillian vision of our enemies. We lack the practical understanding of an FDR that all of these Islamists loathe us far more than they despise each other. Their infighting, after all, is like the transitory bickering of thieves over the division of loot that always pales before their shared hatred of the targeted bank owner. So we are at a crossroads of all places in Iraq. The war there has metamorphosized from a successful effort to remove a mass-murdering dictator into the frontlines of the entire struggle between Islamic radicalism and Western liberality....
  • The Real Meaning of This Election (Vanity)

    11/17/2006 11:13:00 AM PST · by Miss Marple · 217 replies · 2,558+ views
    November 17, 2006 | Miss Marple
    The disappointing results of the recent election have led to a lot of discussion about WHY this happened. In the search for the grand unifying theory of why we lost, there seems to be an inordinate amount of bitterness and recrimination.The problem is that we all are looking at this through the perspective of our own beliefs. Conservatives look at the loss of Chaffee and Northrup and think "If only we had had a real conservative in those seats." Moderates point to the loss of Hayworth and Santorum and caution about moving too far to the right. Some blacks look...
  • CUT & LOSE(Iraq war)

    11/19/2006 6:32:14 AM PST · by kellynla · 25 replies · 770+ views
    NEW YORK POST ^ | November 19, 2006 | staff
    The more Democrats insist on timetables and an early evacua tion of Iraq, the more they sow the seeds of America's defeat - with disastrous consequences for both the region and U.S. interests. Not that they seem to care. Last week, it was Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), the incoming chairman of the Armed Services Committee, calling for "a phased redeployment of our forces within four to six months." He was echoing the Senate's next majority leader, Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who says that "we need to redeploy" and that a withdrawal should start within months. Even New York's junior senator, Hillary...