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  • It is time for the Tea Party to become a political party

    09/05/2013 8:41:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 115 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 4, 2013 | Judson Phillips
    It is time for the Tea Party to divorce the Republican Party and start its own political party. Nature abhors a vacuum, and the Tea Party swept into the political vacuum left by the Republican Party in 2009. There was no voice for conservatives. The GOP had surrendered to its big government wing. And because of that, the GOP had been shellacked in 2006 and 2008. The GOP would not stand up for conservative principles and the Tea Party was born. In 2010, the Tea Party swept the Republicans into power in the House of Representatives. What does the Tea...
  • Obama, Democrats, and the Surge - They were against it before it worked

    07/19/2008 8:27:52 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 10 replies · 168+ views
    weeklystandard.com ^ | 7/28/2008 | Peter Wehner
    This is the week that the Democratic party ran up the white flag when it comes to the surge in Iraq. Leading the surrender was none other than Barack Obama, the Democratic party's presumptive nominee for president and among the most vocal critics of the counterinsurgency plan that has transformed the Iraq war from a potentially catastrophic loss to what may turn out to be a historically significant victory. On Monday, Obama wrote a New York Times op-ed in which he acknowledged the success of the surge. "In the 18 months since President Bush announced the surge," Obama wrote, "our...
  • Lawrence Kaplan - 'I Don't See Anything Good That Has Come from this War'

    05/08/2008 5:10:02 PM PDT · by The_Republican · 13 replies · 83+ views
    Der Spiegel ^ | May 8th, 2008 | Lawrence Kaplan
    SPIEGEL ONLINE: Mr. Kaplan, in a recent publication, the US National Defense University described the Iraq War as a "major debacle." According to the latest statistics, 500 insurgent attacks are still taking place each week. Still, you are convinced that there is a "learning curve" for the US Army in Iraq. What exactly has been learned? Kaplan: One attack is one too many. But a while ago there were 500 attacks a day. So empirically, the situation has improved -- whether measured in terms of Iraqi cilivans killed or American soldiers attacked, insurgents captured or the number of intelligence tip-offs....
  • What Will Critics Of Iraq Say Now That Reconciliation Is Under Way?

    02/21/2008 5:57:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies · 129+ views
    IBD ^ | February 21, 2008 | Charles Krauthammer
    "No one can spend some 10 days visiting the battlefields in Iraq without seeing major progress in every area. ... If the U.S. provides sustained support to the Iraqi government — in security, governance and development — there is now a very real chance that Iraq will emerge as a secure and stable state."—Anthony Cordesman, "The Situation in Iraq: A Briefing From the Battlefield," Feb. 13, 2008This from a man who was a severe critic of the postwar occupation of Iraq and who, as author Peter Wehner points out, is no wide-eyed optimist. In fact, in May 2006, Cordesman wrote...
  • Democrats make pre-emptive strike on Iraq reports (General Petraeus)

    09/09/2007 5:15:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies · 703+ views
    The International Herald Tribune ^ | September 9, 2007 | Brian Knowlton
    Leading Democrats on Sunday preemptively assailed the expected findings on Iraq due this week from the top U.S. general in Iraq as "dead, flat wrong" and said that President George W. Bush's calls for continued patience there would simply extend an "unconscionable" and "completely unacceptable" policy. The pointed comments from the Democrats, including Senator Joseph Biden of Delaware, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee and a presidential hopeful, and Senator Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, seemed designed to undercut the impact of the much-awaited reports from General David Petraeus and Ryan Crocker, the U.S. ambassador in Baghdad. "This president has no...
  • Bush's Iraq swagger a distant memory

    09/06/2007 12:31:57 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 22 replies · 602+ views
    AFP (C'est 'AP' en Franais!) ^ | 09/06/07 | Jitendra Joshi
    In the heady days when US Marines toppled a huge statue of Saddam Hussein in central Baghdad, President George W. Bush was riding high on his mission to remake Iraq as a beacon of democracy. ADVERTISEMENT Now, the lights have dimmed on that adventure -- and not just because of the power blackouts that still plague Iraq four and a half years after the deceptively easy US-led invasion. Back then, Bush rode roughshod over widespread global opinion that the war would be a disaster. Six weeks after the March 2003 invasion, he appeared on an aircraft carrier under the banner...
  • Bush gets in first shot -- Iraq trip preempts Democrat attack

    09/04/2007 7:52:25 AM PDT · by SmithL · 22 replies · 1,059+ views
    AL-ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq -- With Democratic leaders returning to Washington today to begin a new assault on his Iraq strategy, President Bush launched a sneak attack on Monday. Making a surprise trip to Iraq, he touted progress in al-Anbar province as a sign that his military surge is working. And, he hinted that he might be able to withdraw some troops if the security gains continue. "When we begin to draw down troops from Iraq, it will be from a position of strength and success, not from a position of fear and failure," Bush told several hundred Marines assembled...
  • Reid: NIE Highlights Need For Urgent Change In Iraq Policy

    08/23/2007 10:51:28 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 28 replies · 791+ views
    Reid: NIE Highlights Need For Urgent Change In Iraq Policy Washington, DCSenate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today, following the release of the National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq: Todays National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq confirms what most Americans already know: Our troops are mired in an Iraqi civil war and the Presidents escalation strategy has failed to produce the political results he promised to our troops and the American people. Our troops have done everything asked of them and more. Unfortunately Iraqs leaders have not. And as todays NIE makes clear, a political solution is extremely unlikely...
  • Hopelessly Devoted to Failure .... (The Left today -Thomas Sowell)

    08/21/2007 8:20:57 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 19 replies · 1,319+ views
    National Review ^ | August 21, 2007 | Thomas Sowell
    It is not just in Iraq that the political Left has an investment in failure. Domestically as well as internationally, the Left has long had a vested interest in poverty and social malaise. The old advertising slogan, Progress is our most important product, has never applied to the Left. Whether it is successful black schools in the United States or third-world countries where millions of people have been rising out of poverty in recent years, the left has shown little interest. Progress in general seems to hold little interest for people who call themselves progressives. What arouses them are denunciations...
  • The War as We Saw It (a pessimistic view from Iraq)

    08/19/2007 3:38:06 PM PDT · by TSchmereL · 62 replies · 3,013+ views
    The New York Times ^ | August 19, 2007 | BUDDHIKA JAYAMAHA, et. al.
    The claim that we are increasingly in control of the battlefields in Iraq is an assessment arrived at through a flawed, American-centered framework . . . While we have the will and the resources to fight in this context, we are effectively hamstrung because realities on the ground require measures we will always refuse namely, the widespread use of lethal and brutal force.
  • Has America Lost The Will To Win?

    08/18/2007 4:41:05 PM PDT · by DakotaRed · 107 replies · 1,816+ views
    The Sunday Times UK ^ | July 15, 2007 | Sarah Baxter and David Cracknell
    "Even if the war is still winnable in Iraq, it is now being lost at home. Even some Republican senators are calling for troops to be withdrawn." From the middle of the article; Even if the war is still winnable in Iraq, it is now being lost at home. Roughly half of Republican senators whisper privately that they have given up on Iraq, while a growing number are in open revolt. Bushs own officials are expressing doubts about sustaining a war that will cost $135 billion this year. A record 71% of Americans want most troops out of Iraq by...
  • Dems Discredit the Troop Surge Report Before It Appears

    08/17/2007 2:09:37 PM PDT · by ulm1 · 32 replies · 1,208+ views
    Democrats are questioning the truthfulness of an upcoming report from Gen. David Petraeus on the progress of President Bush's troop-surge strategy in Iraq. "For a long time the Administration has hidden behind the name of General David Petraeus, saying the September report will be his. We all knew this would be the President's report," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a news release on Thursday. Pelosi was reacting to press reports that the Bush administration plans to write the Petraeus report itself -- and may restrict Petraeus's testimony before Congress to a closed session. A column in Thursday's Washington Post...
  • Dems Discredit Iraq Report Before It Appears ...(MSM vs White House Con Job)

    08/17/2007 9:01:43 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 47 replies · 1,492+ views
    Newsmax ^ | Susan Jones
    Democrats are questioning the truthfulness of an upcoming report from Gen. David Petraeus on the progress of President Bush's troop-surge strategy in Iraq. "For a long time the Administration has hidden behind the name of General David Petraeus, saying the September report will be his. We all knew this would be the President's report," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a news release on Thursday. Pelosi was reacting to press reports that the Bush administration plans to write the Petraeus report itself -- and may restrict Petraeus's testimony before Congress to a closed session. A column in Thursday's Washington Post...
  • Why Do Liberals Hate Good News? (more hate mail from the media)

    08/02/2007 12:25:34 PM PDT · by nancyvideo · 58 replies · 1,967+ views
    RightBias News ^ | 8-2-07 | Nancy Morgan
    It's amazing how a little good news stirs up the left. I recently reported on the extreme reaction from media types to my newsletter outlining all the good news from Iraq. A writer from South Carolina's largest newspaper, The State, replied: "i hae you. take me off your mailing list. The other overlooked good news.....this administration is imploding." It hasn't ended there. My latest newsletter reported on the surprising editorial published in the New York Times that actually acknowledged progress in Iraq. This bit of good news has stirred up a hornets nest. To wit: Read about the real situation...
  • Poor Mouthing Prosperity

    09/22/2006 7:46:09 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 8 replies · 661+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 9/21/06 | Brink Lindsey
    Out of the stagflation and malaise of the 1970s emerged a new and improved American economic system -- less regulated and unionized, more globalized and entrepreneurial than the old triumvirate of Big Government, Big Business and Big Labor that preceded it. And ever since, a considerable portion of the political left's intellectual energy has been spent in poor-mouthing the ensuing prosperity. Complaints about increasing inequality and a supposedly declining middle class have formed a familiar litany since the days of Ronald Reagan. Now Jacob Hacker, a political science professor at Yale, seeks to call attention to another alleged failing of...
  • Outsourcing saves less than claimed

    04/13/2006 10:53:57 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 58 replies · 1,397+ views
    Reuters ^ | 04/13/06
    Outsourcing saves less than claimed Thu Apr 13, 4:32 AM ET Outsourcing of information technology and business services delivers average cost savings of 15 percent, a survey found on Thursday, disproving market claims that outsourcing can reduce costs by over 60 percent. After professional fees, severance pay and governance costs, savings range between 10 percent and 39 percent, with the average level at 15 percent when contracts are first let, according to outsourcing advisory firm TPI. "This research proves that the promise of massive operational savings is unrealistic when you take into account the costs of procurement and ongoing contract...
  • "Looks like the No-It-Alls were wrong again" CARTOON featuring the No-It-All Dem Donkey...

    12/16/2005 7:32:40 AM PST · by IPWGOP · 16 replies · 1,919+ views
    IowaPresidentialWatch.com ^ | 12/16/2005 | IPWGOP
    The No-It-All's were wrong again... Wanna see each it REALLY large? CLICK HERE This cartoon is free to use for anything non-commercial... blogs, forums, emails, etc... :) Linda Eddy
  • The Medias Top 10 Economic Myths of 2005

    12/16/2005 5:42:36 AM PST · by .cnI redruM · 10 replies · 940+ views
    Free Market Project ^ | December 16, 2005 | Unsigned
    So people at home right now are saying, Economic slowdown? How slow is it going to go? Are we headed for another recession? Anchor John Roberts, CBS Evening News, April 15, 2005 The Gallup Poll reported in September that half of Americans say they trust the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly. Those three words fully, accurately, fairly each communicate different ways the media can distort the news. They can leave out pertinent information; they can report false information; and they can tilt coverage toward one side or the other. Coverage of Hurricane...
  • Dems Assail White House on Katrina Effort

    09/07/2005 11:17:46 AM PDT · by TexasGreg · 39 replies · 1,140+ views
    Breitbart.com - Just The News ^ | September 7, 2005 | JENNIFER LOVEN and DAVID ESPO
    WASHINGTON Congress' top two Democrats furiously criticized the administration's response to Hurricane Katrina on Wednesday, with Sen. Harry Reid demanding to know whether President Bush's Texas vacation impeded relief efforts and Rep. Nancy Pelosi assailing the chief executive as "oblivious, in denial" about the difficulties.
  • Left Is Stuck On Negatives Of War In Iraq

    08/11/2005 2:28:27 AM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 2 replies · 432+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | August 12, 2005 | Alan Nathan
    The Left's hunger for genuinely progressive principles is rivaled only by Paris Hilton's craving for privacy both are appetites less than ravenous. They reveal this by demonstrating a double-standard tolerance for the intolerance of Islamic extremists and their apologist governments in the Middle East.
  • Repost of "Written on the Wind" - Iraqi Use of WMD in the Present Conflict (Includes both parts)

    08/01/2005 12:51:19 PM PDT · by genefromjersey · 17 replies · 940+ views
    08/01/05 | vanity
    WRITTEN ON THE WIND WMD USE IN IRAQ (Two Parts Combined) Dedicated to the Bush-Lied-People-Died Crowd : Greg Palast, Michael Moore ,Gerald Pressler, Mark Yannone,ANSWER,and MoveON. Before the dust of battle settled in Baghdad ; while lovable Baghdad Bob was still telling rapt BBC reporters Saddam was in control of the situation,a chant began to rise-here and abroad. Where are the Weapons of Mass Destruction ? Show us the WMDs ! For all their self-proclaimed intelligence, they were asking the wrong question: the right one being Where is the rest of Saddam Husseins ammunition ? (The answer ...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: The Naysayers - Todays variety sound wearyingly familiar

    06/10/2005 6:35:13 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 27 replies · 841+ views
    National Review ^ | March 28, 2005 | Victor Davis Hanson
    For nearly three years we have witnessed a steady stream of invective that American policy in the Middle East is amoral, impractical, or doomed to failure. The recent democratic aftershocks in Lebanon, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia, which followed from the elections in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Palestinian territories, have sent formerly critical pundits and diplomats scrambling for cover. As interesting as the about-faces of the New York Times et al. are, we should not forget that the domestic criticism of American efforts has long roots in our past, but little to do with the historic developments on the ground in...
  • The Wrong Army - (for liberals, the American military can never get it right)

    03/27/2005 2:00:34 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 32 replies · 1,939+ views
    MILITARY.COM ^ | MARCH 14, 2005 | JEFF EDWARDS
    America's military can win wars. We've done it in the past, and I have absolute confidence that we'll continue to do it in the future. We've won fights in which we possessed overwhelming technological superiority (Desert Storm), as well as conflicts in which we were the technical underdogs (the American Revolution). We've crossed swords with numerically superior foes, and with militaries a fraction of the size of our own. We've battled on our own soil, and on the soil of foreign lands -- on the sea, under the sea, and in the skies. We've even engaged in a bit of...
  • What They Said About The Gettysburg Address (A Rush Perspective On Nay-sayers Then And Now)

    01/21/2005 3:31:21 PM PST · by goldstategop · 20 replies · 2,318+ views
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 01/21/05 | Rush Limbaugh
    Ladies and gentlemen, I want to read the Gettysburg Address to you. November 19th, 1863, Abraham Lincoln delivered this speech on the battlefield, and I want to read to you after I read it -- and it's very short and it's recognized now as one of the greatest presidential speeches in history; one of the greatest speeches in history, period -- and I want to read to you the reaction to the Gettysburg address from the Harrisburg Patriot and Union, the Chicago Times, the Springfield Republican, and the Harrisburg Patriot and Union again. But first, here's the Gettysburg Address. "Four...
  • Time capsule for Iraq sucess naysayings

    10/09/2004 7:38:39 PM PDT · by Acrobat · 43 replies · 604+ views
    Vanity | 10/9/04 | Acrobat
    Can we get store somewhere all the pathetic predictions of doom by the media, pundits and politicians of surrender so we can openly ridicule them when Iraq succeeds? It is so very irritating to hear them attempt to pass themselves off as worthy of consideration when they've been wrong in such serious matters.... What do you think?
  • What Do we Expect Of Our Troops, Vanity

    09/22/2004 2:13:29 PM PDT · by Little Bill · 2 replies · 142+ views
    self | Self
    What do we expect of our Sons, Daughters, in this in day and age? Have we sunk to the level of that which was was expected of us is to high a standard of what is expected of our kids. These kids today are much better trained than those of my Generation, VN, ever were. Those on the nay saying side say that these fine young men and women cannot win with out the help of a few French and Germans, ignoring the ouststanding proformance of the Limeys, Ozites, and Poles among others. This whole bashing of US through our...
  • Nattering Nabobs

    07/02/2004 1:49:46 PM PDT · by Veritas_est · 3 replies · 233+ views
    The GeorgiaVine ^ | July 2, 2004
    Nattering Nabobs "In the United States today, we have more than our share of the nattering nabobs of negativism. They have formed their own 4-H Club ... the "hopeless, hysterical hypochondriacs of history.", Vice President Spiro T. Agnew Never has this been so true. As our nation prepared for war with Iraq the left's battle cry could be heard across the nation: "This is going to be bad", quickly followed by nay-sayers predicting: A long, bloody ground war against the infamous "Republican Guard" When Iraqi military units were either destroyed or dissolved and we entered Baghdad, the nay-sayers began predicting:...
  • Amid Liberal Screams, Iraqi Democracy Gleams

    06/03/2004 1:45:57 PM PDT · by Reagan Man · 9 replies · 146+ views
    Intellectual Conservative ^ | June.3,2004 | Isaiah Z. Sterrett
    Whether Ahmed Chalabi or Iyad Alawi emerged as the interim Prime Minister of Iraq, liberals were going to be unhappy. Until the home of Iraqi National Congress director Ahmed Chalabi was raided by U.S. soldiers and Iraqi police, liberals hated him. They said he was a puppet of the Pentagon, that he fed the United States bad intelligence in order to promote war in Iraq, and that he was one of those dreaded neocons we keep hearing about. Neocon pundits, wrote David Olive in the Toronto Star, see Ahmed Chalabi as America's best hope in post-war Iraq. But to many...
  • Why we will fail in Iraq

    05/03/2004 7:20:10 AM PDT · by SpinyNorman · 92 replies · 289+ views
    The Massachusetts Daily Collegian ^ | 4/15/04 | Rene Gonzales (yes, THAT one)
    The debate on Iraq continues to obscure and ignore the obvious - no country can colonize another without resistance. And by resistance, I mean violent resistance. Nobody should be surprised by a regular civilian mob brutally lynching four American mercenaries working for Blackwater USA. Frantz Fanon (in The Wretched of the Earth) taught us that the psychology of the colonized would force them to manifest their anger and humiliation in violent ways. What occurred in Fallujah was the logical outcome of a people oppressed, angered, humiliated and feeling powerless to evict the foreign interlopers in their midst. Would we act...
  • Covering the "Quagmire": Are war correspondents betting on failure in Iraq?

    04/29/2004 6:18:51 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 7 replies · 147+ views
    Slate ^ | April 29, 2004 | Christopher Hitchens
    I am not a war correspondent, though I have put in some time at the Europa Hotel in Belfast, the Commodore in Beirut, and other places of journalistic legend such as Meikles in Harare and the Sarajevo Holiday Inn. In any case, the emergence of a consensus among a press corps is something one can witness without having to duck the occasional incoming projectile. It was widely agreed in the Manchester, N.H., Sheraton in the early weeks of 1992 that Bill Clinton was a "new Democrat" and the presumptive nominee. There were very few if any Milosevic sympathizers among the...
  • Quest to bring democracy to Iraq nears failure (Left is encouraging terrorists)

    04/10/2004 2:28:02 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies · 82+ views
    Duluth News Tribune ^ | April 10, 2004 | WARREN P. STROBEL
    WASHINGTON - President Bush invaded Iraq hoping to spread democracy across the Middle East, but after the worst week of violence since Saddam Hussein was overthrown, he's now struggling to avoid a costly, humiliating defeat. "It was going to transform the Middle East, remember? Now all we want to do is save our butts," said former U.S. ambassador David Mack, vice president of the Washington-based Middle East Institute, a nonpartisan research center that concentrates on Arab states. The president, like many of his predecessors in the White House, faces competing pressures over the course of a war. Polls show that...
  • Ralph Peters: Striking First (Doomsayers snatch defeat from the jaws of victory)

    03/18/2004 11:04:51 PM PST · by quidnunc · 8 replies · 122+ views
    The New York Post ^ | March 19, 2003 | Ralph Peters
    Among those Americans anxious to declare defeat in the face of victory, a current mantra holds that the idea of preemptive war is dead, killed by the results in Iraq. Absolute nonsense. Preemptive war, which simply prevents an avowed enemy from killing Americans or other innocents, is alive and kicking as a useful concept. We should all be glad of it: If you know an enemy means you harm, why wait for the knife to fall? Extremists at both ends of the political spectrum try to destroy ideas they don't like by over-simplifying them until they sound dangerous and absurd....
  • Prodi says Madrid attacks show failure of Iraq war

    03/15/2004 1:07:27 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 56 replies · 254+ views
    AFP ^ | 03/15/04
    The Madrid attacks demonstrated that the US-led war in Iraq had failed in its objectives because the terrorism it was meant to eradicate had become even more powerful, European Commission President Romano Prodi said in an interview published here Monday. "Whether in Iraq or outside Iraq -- in Istanbul, Moscow, Madrid -- the terrorism that should have been stemmed by this war is infinitely more powerful today than it was a year ago," Prodi told the Turin daily La Stampa in a scathing assessment of US President George W. Bush's war on terrorism. "It is clear that the war on...
  • Japanese Join American Nay-Sayers in Protesting Enola Gay Exhibit

    12/11/2003 6:51:57 AM PST · by microgood · 40 replies · 373+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | Dec 11, 2003 | Susan Jones
    CNSNews.com) - Survivors of the U.S. atomic bomb attack on Japan plan to protest the Smithsonian Institution's new aircraft museum in suburban Virginia, because the exhibit includes the Enola Gay -- the plane that dropped the first atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima. The Japanese will be joined by Americans who strongly oppose the Bush administration's nuclear policies. The Smithsonian Institution's new Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center - an annex of the Air and Space Museum -- is scheduled to open on Monday in a huge new building near Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Va. In anticipation of that event,...
  • Bleak Outlook for U.S. in Iraq Says Blix

    11/21/2003 9:37:24 AM PST · by Hal1950 · 17 replies · 93+ views
    STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - "There's a hatred against the United States and you have 130,000 American troops sitting there as a big target," said Hans Blix as he leaned forward to make his point about the future of Iraq and its military occupation. "The borders, although guarded, are not watertight. Weapons of mass destruction may not be there but conventional weapons are and the U.S. does not have the capacity to guard it all," Blix added. "The outlook is bad." His time over as chief U.N. weapons inspector, he has a bone to pick with those who took the United States...
  • History will prove Bush, Blair naysayers wrong

    11/18/2003 6:18:14 AM PST · by veronica · 18 replies · 159+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | November 18, 2003 | Editorial
    If leadership meant just doing whatever is easy or most popular, nobody would lead. Policy would consist of those non-actions that upset the fewest, and the nation would drift until events overtook it. Luckily, that is not the case, and in the face of global Islamist terrorism, George Bush and his British partner Tony Blair have taken, not the easy or popular route, but a dynamic path whose end is not yet in sight. Bush is on his way to Britain today for a long-planned state visit. No doubt both men would rather it be otherwise. Blair faces a firestorm...
  • Foreign Aid's Surprise Parties: foreign assistance-Republicans trying; Democrats naysayers

    11/03/2003 5:00:10 PM PST · by SJackson · 1 replies · 151+ views
    TCS ^ | 11/03/2003 | TODD MOSS
    The message on foreign assistance is clear: the Republicans are trying; the Democrats are naysayers. Lately, the debate over foreign aid in Washington seems to have flipped upside down. Democrats are supposed to care about foreign aid and Republicans are supposed think aid is a waste of taxpayers' money, right? Maybe, but these days the parties seem to have switched personalities. It's the Republicans making the case that fighting global poverty serves our national interests and proposing bold ideas for providing assistance. President George W. Bush - who as a candidate scoffed at nation building and derided foreign aid -...
  • Growth Surges, But For Whom? [ Recoveries Are Good... Just Not This One.]

    10/31/2003 3:10:38 AM PST · by johnny7 · 17 replies · 79+ views
    The Hartford Courant ^ | October 31, 2003 | DAN HAAR
    <p>In a year when Connecticut and the rest of the nation continue to lose jobs, only the most optimistic watchers of the climate for prosperity expected Thursday's report that the U.S. economy surged ahead by 7.2 percent over the summer. The boost, the biggest three-month hike since 1984, was led by consumer spending, to no one's surprise. Outlays for cars and other big-ticket items jumped by 27 percent. But businesses also did their part, increasing spending by 15 percent on equipment and software.</p>
  • Multilateral at last: But Bush critics still complain

    10/20/2003 6:56:03 AM PDT · by kattracks · 4 replies · 132+ views
    Union Leader ^ | 10/20/03
    PRESIDENT BUSH scored a significant diplomatic victory last week when the United Nations Security Council unanimously approved a resolution condoning the nation-building and security activities of the American-led "multinational force" in Iraq. But Bush's critics can't admit it. After months of whining that the United States did not have "international support" for its presence in Iraq, critics moved the goal posts last week after the U.N. resolution passed. Now, they say, the real test of international support is the dedication of foreign troops to Iraq. They probably didn't read that the resolution "URGES member states to contribute assistance under this...
  • Critics Of Efforts In Iraq Need Perspective

    10/05/2003 2:15:21 PM PDT · by Ex-Dem · 3 replies · 200+ views
    Herald-Tribune ^ | October 5, 2003 | Washington Post Writers Group
    <p>On the reconstruction of Iraq, everybody is a genius. Every pundit, every ex-official and, of course, every Democrat knows exactly how it should have been done. Everybody would have had Iraq up and running by now, and as safe as downtown Singapore. Everybody, that is, except the Bush administration which, in its arrogance and stupidity, has so botched the occupation that it is "in danger of losing the peace" -- so sayeth John Kerry, echoing Howard Dean, Ted Kennedy and many others down the Democratic food chain.</p>
  • Post-War Iraq Planning Was 'Perfect Storm' of Mistakes and Bad Luck

    09/28/2003 6:16:56 PM PDT · by Brian S · 39 replies · 467+ views
    PRESS RELEASE... Post-War Iraq Planning Was 'Perfect Storm' of Mistakes and Bad Luck: Weak Intelligence, Wrong Assumptions, Blinders, Poor Coordination Sunday September 28, 10:49 am ET Infighting at State Dept. and Pentagon Prevented U.S. From Taking Control Of A Bad Situation at the Outset NEW YORK, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Newsweek interviews with top government officials involved in the planning and execution of the reconstruction of Iraq point to a "perfect storm" of mistakes and bad luck: wrongheaded assumptions, ideological blinders, weak intelligence and poor coordination by White House national security adviser Condoleezza Rice. Much of the damage was done...
  • Nagging Democratic naysayers.

    09/26/2003 7:00:43 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 2 replies · 206+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 26 Sep 03 | By Barry Casselma
    <p>The details of nominating a president of the United States have evolved constantly in the nation's history, determined by changing communications technology, demographics, political circumstances and, most recently, a trendy clacque of expensive political operatives known euphemistically as "consultants."</p> <p>The election of 2004, particularly on the Democratic side, is heading toward an apotheosis of this process, composed on a monotonal theme on the word "no." There are two kinds of presidential aspirants. First, there are the "anointed" figures, chosen by party leaders and the media, whose names are increasingly tossed about in speculation, one or two of whom are depicted as frontrunners. Second, there are those who usually hold public office, but who are not nationally well-known.</p>
  • Nagging Democratic naysayers

    09/25/2003 11:44:13 PM PDT · by kattracks · 3 replies · 147+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 9/26/03 | Barry Casselma
    <p>The details of nominating a president of the United States have evolved constantly in the nation's history, determined by changing communications technology, demographics, political circumstances and, most recently, a trendy clacque of expensive political operatives known euphemistically as "consultants."</p> <p>The election of 2004, particularly on the Democratic side, is heading toward an apotheosis of this process, composed on a monotonal theme on the word "no." There are two kinds of presidential aspirants. First, there are the "anointed" figures, chosen by party leaders and the media, whose names are increasingly tossed about in speculation, one or two of whom are depicted as frontrunners. Second, there are those who usually hold public office, but who are not nationally well-known.</p>
  • US unable in running Iraq: Safavi [Iran]

    08/09/2003 8:13:48 AM PDT · by Ranger · 5 replies · 165+ views
    Iribnews ^ | 2003/08/09
    Tehran, Aug 9 - Commander of the Islamic Revolution's Guard Corps (IRGC) Major General Yahya Rahim-Safavi said here Friday that the growing insecurity in iraq simply proves that the assumption that countries can be occupied easily is fast losing ground . He made the remark during a closing speech at a gathering called by the Supreme Leader's Representative Office in universities. Pointing to the growing evidence of the inability of the US-led occupying forces to run the affairs in Iraq, particularly their inability to meet the needs of the people, Safavi cited insecurity, theft, starvation and lack of sanitation and...
  • Saunders: WMD -- Relic of a quagmire

    06/10/2003 9:17:01 PM PDT · by cgk · 134+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 6-11-03 | Debra Saunders
    WMD -- Relic of a quagmireDebra Saunders (archive) June 11, 2003 | Print | SendFirst there was the "quagmire," as U.S. troops prepared to enter Baghdad. TV critics bemoaned the poor planning that, they said, had sabotaged the war strategy and could lead to bloody urban fighting and a prolonged conflict. Then there was the victory. Then there was the scandal of the stolen artifacts, as the director of Iraq's National Museum of Antiquities, Donny George, bemoaned the loss of as many as 170,000 relics, characterizing the looting of the museum as "the rape of civilization." Bush-haters jumped on the...
  • Whose sorry now? Not war protesters (Pulitzer Prize Winner Raspberry - Pbbbbbbt!)

    04/14/2003 4:08:45 PM PDT · by weegee · 18 replies · 391+ views
    Washington Post via the Houston Chronicle ^ | April 13, 2003, 5:52PM | By WILLIAM RASPBERRY
    Now that the battle for Baghdad is all but won, it may be time to clear up a few things. First: Those who thought it a bad idea for America to launch what was the moral equivalent of unilateral war on Iraq have nothing to apologize for. It's necessary to say this because the polls -- in America and elsewhere -- have been showing more and more support for the American effort. Are all these people changing their minds about the rightness of the war? Some of them, no doubt. But what seems a more reasonable conclusion is not that...
  • Naysayers Exposed

    04/11/2003 5:54:56 AM PDT · by benjaminthomas · 7 replies · 237+ views
    Townhall ^ | 4/11/03 | Rich Lowry
    Naysayers exposed Rich Lowry April 11, 2003 The eternal frustration of political debate is that big, complicated issues take so long to play out that it's difficult to tell who was right and who was wrong. Not so in the war in Iraq. Much remains unknown about the ultimate fate of the U.S. intervention: Will we find weapons of mass destruction? Manage to form a decent post-Saddam Hussein government? But we already know whether the invasion was a military disaster, and whether the Iraqis cheered our arrival. On these two counts, the level of sheer, cussed wrongness among journalists and...
  • Bush frustrated by war doubts, vows total victory [Quagmire flashback]

    04/04/2003 5:18:07 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 11 replies · 179+ views
    AP | March 28, 2003 | By Adam Entous
    WASHINGTON, March 28 (Reuters) - President George W. Bush braced Americans on Friday for more casualties ahead of the looming battle for Baghdad, but vowed to accept no less than complete victory. Despite mounting questions about U.S. military strategy in the face of stiffer-than-expected resistance in the south, Bush said U.S.-led forces were steadily taking control of the country and advancing on the capital. White House officials denied that war planners were caught off guard by Iraqi resistance and said second-guessing by news media and others was frustrating the American president who believed the war was progressing "on track." "We're...
  • CNN STRIKES AGAIN And Strikes Out

    03/22/2003 7:40:09 AM PST · by EveningStar · 67 replies · 519+ views
    BlueStarBase.org ^ | March 21, 2003 | Barbara Stanley
    Here I am, on pins and needles, candles lit and prayers a constant to bring our troops home safely after liberating the oppressed Iraqis and I find myself channel surfing to see what program has the least bottom scroll and best reporting. Having just switched from Foxnews, where the official comment was so far the war is going well, very well, as our forces move into Iraq, soften Baghdad for the big blitz (Shock and Awe). But then I move to WABC, and Peter Jennings is so-o-o- bummed-out and depressed I just cant watch much and switch next to CNN,...
  • The face of leadership (Bush rose to the challenge in Afghanistan and he will do the same in Iraq)

    01/29/2003 2:32:13 PM PST · by knighthawk · 16 replies · 494+ views
    National Post ^ | January 29 2003
    "The qualities of courage and compassion that we strive for in America also determine our conduct abroad. The American flag stands for more than our power and our interests. Our Founders dedicated this country to the cause of human dignity -- the rights of every person and the possibilities of every life. This conviction leads us into the world to help the afflicted, and defend the peace, and confound the designs of evil men." -- U.S. President George W. Bush, Jan. 28, 2003. - - - When it comes to true leadership, Canadians sometimes have a hard time recognizing it...