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  • THE 'GENERAL (David Reinhard)

    09/30/2007 9:14:13 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies · 141+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | September 30, 2007 | David Reinhard
    Sunday, September 30, 2007 It's hard to tell what's more depressing. Is it the fact that MoveOn.org puts a full-page ad in The New York Times essentially calling a distinguished U.S. general a traitor? Or is it the fact that Democrats like Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Earl Blumenauer cannot rise above the muck to condemn this vile attack on a uniformed officer? After all, it's one thing for a left-wing outfit like MoveOn.org to accuse Gen. David Petraeus of "cooking the books for the White House" in assessing the success of the surge in Iraq. It's one thing...
  • AHMADINEJAD AT COLUMBIA (Reinhard)

    09/27/2007 10:42:33 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies · 302+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | September 27, 2007 | David Reinhard
    Thursday, September 27, 2007 Someday, I fear, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Monday appearance at Columbia University will be more than a quickly forgotten item in our 24-hour news cycle. Someday, I fear, history may mark his visit the way it now marks a long-ago debate on another campus. The year was 1933, and the Oxford Union debated one of its most famous motions: "This House will under no circumstances fight for King and Country." Weary and cynical, the Oxford Union passed the motion, 275-153. Winston Churchill railed against "this ever shameful motion." And Adolf Hitler? Some say it helped prompt...
  • THE PETRAEUS (PROGRESS) REPORT (Reinhard)

    09/13/2007 9:12:01 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies · 554+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | September 13, 2007 | David Reinhard
    Thursday, September 13, 2007 Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker spent Monday and Tuesday briefing Congress on developments in Iraq since the start of the surge. The hearings took place over two long days before four congressional committees. Members had the chance to ask questions, real and rhetorical, and to instruct Petraeus and Crocker on how things are going. Lots of questions and non-questions. Lots of answers -- often to the same questions asked over and over. Because most Americans have actual lives and cannot spend their days taking in multiple hearings -- or don't have the stomach to...
  • A SURGE OF GOOD SENSE (Reinhard on Baird)

    08/23/2007 8:22:27 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies · 565+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | August 23, 2007 | David Reinhard
    Thursday, August 23, 2007 Last time I wrote on the Iraq war I used the term "defeatocrats," and some readers and an editor at the almost-highest levels of The Oregonian thought this was name-calling. That certainly wasn't my intent. I was simply describing those Americans who have decided that Gen. David Petraeus' troop surge and counterinsurgency strategy cannot or will not -- or should not -- work. They're intellectually or politically invested in defeat in Iraq. I employed "defeatocrat" as a synonym for defeatist, and I now regret it. I used lower-case "defeatocrat" rather than upper-case "Defeatocrat." But "defeatocrat" is...
  • THE G-MAN AND THE MOSQUE PRESIDENT (Reinhard)

    07/29/2007 8:22:43 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies · 723+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | July 29, 2007 | David Reinhard
    Sunday, July 29, 2007 FBI agents and other federal, state and local law enforcement officials gathered this past week to mark the end of Robert Jordan's 27-year career in the FBI. Since 2003, he's been the special agent in charge of the FBI's Portland office. It's not an easy job in the best circumstances, and post-9/11 Portland is not the best of circumstances. By almost all accounts, however, Jordan handled the post with exceptional skill, commitment and success. But that certainly wasn't the view of one individual whose parting shot at Jordan received far more notice than Jordan's retirement-lunch testimonials....
  • AL-QAIDA IN IRAQ (David Reinhard)

    07/26/2007 9:52:53 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies · 459+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | July 26, 2007 | David Reinhard
    Thursday, July 26, 2007 The "third world war is raging in Iraq," President Bush said in a South Carolina speech this week. "The war is for you or for us to win. If we win it, it means your defeat and disgrace forever." As the military surge advances in Baghdad, the president has commenced a public-relations campaign to challenge Capitol Hill defeatocrats who've already decided that Gen. David Petraeus' troop surge and counter-insurgency strategy won't work. Tuesday's speech was only the start of the White House's "surge of information," but the rhetoric above wasn't Bush's. He was simply quoting Osama...
  • THE ART OF WAR (David Reihard)

    07/22/2007 9:08:07 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies · 802+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | July 22, 2007 | David Reinhard
    Sunday, July 22, 2007 Behold, "In God We Trust." Note first the white crosses along the black edge of the artist's work. Turn next to the two crossed military assault rifles. Inevitably the eye is drawn to the red, white and blue, star-spangled likeness of a skull above. A semblance of the American flag inside a semblance of a skull, but there's still more. The red-and-white stripes and what resembles the blue-on-white field of stars runs vertically, suggesting something's askew in the artist's nation under God, but again there's more. Instead of stars there are white dollar signs. The skull's...
  • THE SHAM(E) OF THE SENATE (Reinhard)

    07/19/2007 8:49:45 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies · 1,212+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | July 19, 2007 | David Reinhard
    Thursday, July 19, 2007 Where do we find these men? And women. Never mind the conditions our soldiers slept through, or fought through, Tuesday night in Baghdad or Diyala or any of Iraq's other hells. Where do we find senators who are willing to sleep on cots made up by attentive staffers? Where do we find senators who are ready to toil through Capitol Hill's air-conditioned night in "Casual Friday" togs, eating nothing but takeout pizza? Where do we find men and women who accept no substitute for victory in their effort to mandate U.S. defeat in Iraq? In Senate...
  • Facts, not myths, from an Oregonian who knows what's really going on at . . . (Reinhard)

    07/15/2007 9:28:16 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies · 983+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | July 15, 2007 | David Reinhard
    GuantanamoSunday, July 15, 2007 One of the first things you learn talking to Oregonian Cameron Crawford is that men held at Guantanamo are not "prisoners" or "prisoners of war." The Guantanamo Detention Operations' deputy commander says they're "detainees" and "enemy combatants." It's easy to see why. There's a huge difference between "enemy combatants" and "prisoners of war," and "detainees" and "prisoners" under international law. It's a distinction the Bush administration has insisted on since shortly after 9/11. Detainees don't have the same protections as prisoners of war who are protected under the laws of war. The United States has no...
  • A SURGE TOWARD DEFEAT (Reinhard)

    07/12/2007 1:02:38 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies · 1,268+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | July 12, 2007 | David Reinhard
    Thursday, July 12, 2007 You cannot make this stuff up. All the troops for Gen. David Petraeus' surge have been in place for only a few short weeks . . . almost everyone admits the upshot of U.S. failure will be bloody and far-reaching . . . Petraeus is set to provide an early progress report in mid-September . . . even The New York Times and the BBC are reporting tangible signs of military progress on the ground . . . and a new clutch of panicked Republicans join anti-war, anti-Bush Democrats in saying we need a new strategy....
  • BACK TO BROWN (Reinhard)

    07/01/2007 8:31:45 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies · 1,009+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | July 1, 2007 | David Reinhard
    Sunday, July 01, 2007 The school districts told American children they could not attend certain public schools because of the color of their skin. Those are the essentials at the core of the Seattle and Louisville race cases the U.S. Supreme Court decided last week. Those school districts were not discriminating on the basis of race in order to remedy the effects of past segregation. The Supreme Court allows such racial sorting if it's narrowly tailored and the only desegregation option. But Seattle never had segregated public schools, and Louisville came out from under a court-ordered desegregation decree in 2000....
  • So is this what you call compassion? (Reinhard)

    06/24/2007 10:34:48 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies · 1,353+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | June 24, 2007 | David Reinhard
    Sunday, June 24, 2007 It will make your blood boil. Read the search-warrant affidavit that federal law-enforcement officials presented to U.S. Magistrate John Jelderks before the Fresh Del Monte raid. Your blood will boil. Not for one reason, and clearly not for the reason of the raid itself or the likely deportation of the illegal workers. But for many reasons. Fresh Del Monte is shaping up to be a case study of our broken system. Our border- and workplace enforcement has done manifold damage -- to the rule of law, to U.S. citizens and, yes, to illegal workers themselves. The...
  • (OR)THE DEL MONTE RAID (Reinhard)

    06/14/2007 2:37:50 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies · 804+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | June 14, 2007 | David Reinhard
    Thursday, June 14, 2007 "I am angered by this morning's arrest by federal officers of approximately 150 Portland residents who were working at a local produce company." Oh, poor Tom Potter. Portland's mayor is angry. Federal law enforcement officials were out doing their jobs -- actually rounding up people who were working here illegally and using Social Security numbers belonging to others, actually arresting people who allegedly helped Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. hire the illegal workers, and otherwise enforcing U.S. immigration laws -- and Mayor Potter is angry. Too bad. You might think Potter has enough to do these...
  • BIG OIL VS. LITTLE SCOOTER (Reinhard)

    06/10/2007 9:49:18 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 69 replies · 1,476+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | June 10, 2007 | David Reinhard
    Sunday, June 10, 2007 Peter J. Robertson had no idea what he was walking into Tuesday morning. The vice chairman of Chevron Corp's board of directors was visiting The Oregonian's editorial board, and I had just filled up at the gas station. Like many Oregonians, I was not a happy. I had just spent $3.29 for a gallon of gas. Admittedly, my TNG Milano 49 only needed a gallon for a week of commuting, but this cheapskate didn't join Scooter Nation to watch Big Oil gobble up my gas savings. I wanted answers, and I wanted them now. More to...
  • BETTER FRED THAN DEAD (Reinhard)

    06/07/2007 9:04:58 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 39 replies · 1,608+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | June 7, 2007 | David Reinhard
    Thursday, June 07, 2007 Here's one thing I love about Fred Thompson's evolving candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination: Tuesday night CNN sponsored a two-hour GOP presidential debate. The three major candidates -- Rudy Giuliani, John McCain and Mitt Romney -- were in New Hampshire with the whole gaggle of second-tier blokes. (Don't make me name them.) Giuliani was strong on the terror war and the tax-and-spend issues. McCain was strong on the war and even on the sad-sack immigration bill that most Republicans oppose. And Romney was strong on everything. Nothing earthshaking except that lightning struck as Giuliani tried...
  • NORTHWEST FLIGHT 327 (Reinhard)

    06/03/2007 8:00:58 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 56 replies · 2,206+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | June 3, 2007 | David Reinhard
    Sunday, June 03, 2007 Here's what we know happened on Northwest Flight 327 back on June 29, 2004: Thirteen Middle Eastern men -- 12 from Syria, one a permanent U.S. resident from Lebanon -- had one-way tickets for the weekday nonstop from Detroit to Los Angeles. The men, a musical group and their U.S. promoter, took seats all over the plane. Takeoff was delayed when one man with a limp refused to move from an emergency row, pretending he did not understand English. In flight, one or two of the men walked the aisle, seeming to count passengers. One rushed...
  • America's Gathering Energy Crisis (Reinhard)

    05/31/2007 8:56:42 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies · 820+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | May 31, 2007 | David Reinhard
    Thursday, May 31, 2007 WASHINGTON, D.C. I t's hard to say who's more admirable in this tale of common sense and bipartisanship -- Rep. John Peterson or Rep. Neil Abercrombie. The conservative Pennsylvania Republican who made a compelling argument on a critical national issue or the liberal Hawaii Democrat who didn't get caught up in cliches and saw the wisdom of his argument. A few years back, Peterson was making the case for ending the congressional ban on natural gas exploration in the Outer Continental Shelf. Congress has passed the ban each year since 1981, and he was working in...
  • THE IMMIGRATION DEAL AND JOHN McCAIN

    05/24/2007 10:11:04 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies · 984+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | May 14, 2007 | David Reinhard
    Thursday, May 24, 2007 I can get wound up about lots of things, but the immigration issue is, alas, not one. It's not that I don't care. I do. Or that I don't have firm views on the subject. I have plenty. I just don't come to the topic with hot blood and fire. No, the presence of tens of millions of illegal immigrants doesn't drive me to distraction. I'm not opposed to normalizing most of them after, and only after we've taken steps -- security fences, ID cards, guest-worker programs, enhanced enforcement at our borders and job sites --...
  • 'THE SHAKESPEARE PRINCIPLE' (Reinhard)

    05/10/2007 9:28:15 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies · 688+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | May 10, 2007 | David Reinhard
    Thursday, May 10, 2007 U. S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia visited Portland last month, giving an incandescent keynote speech on the religion clauses and constitutional jurisprudence at the University of Portland and landing a strapping wild salmon on the Clackamas River. Both speech and fish generated press notices -- tellingly, the pathetic "controversy" over the fish photo gained more attention than his thoughts on judging. But I didn't want his visit to pass by without highlighting something he said -- something that might qualify as "words to live by." At both the kick-off for the Garaventa Center's conference on...
  • (OR)DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIPS (Reinhard)

    05/06/2007 8:38:06 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies · 677+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | May 6, 2007 | David Reinhard
    Sunday, May 06, 2007 Oregon's war over gay marriage ended this week, not with a bang but a whimper. The Senate passed not a bill establishing homosexual marriage or civil unions but one establishing domestic partnerships -- a legal contract giving gay and lesbian couples some of the benefits of marriage. The bang came in 2004. Oregon voters rejected homosexual marriage and passed a constitutional amendment making plain that "marriage" here is between one man and one woman. The vote wasn't even close, despite the fierce opposition of the state's smart set. A full 57 percent voted to etch the...
  • DRUGS, GUNS AND STUDENTS (Reinhard)

    04/29/2007 10:11:09 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies · 981+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | April 29, 2007 | David Reinhard
    Sunday, April 29, 2007 You're a high school principal, and two of your students just pleaded guilty to drug trafficking that resulted in the death of another student. They're on their way to jail after graduation, and the district attorney has just told you the case raises "disturbing questions about the level of drug activity and the adequacy of measures against such activity." Do you let those students attend their senior prom? If your answer is a brusque "no, never, no way," the recent goings-on at Portland's Lincoln High School leave you baffled and distressed. Not only did one of...
  • IRAQ WAR POLITICS (Reinhard)

    04/26/2007 7:54:35 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 244+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | April 26, 2007 | David Reinhard
    Thursday, April 26, 2007 Nobody should ever again question Harry Reid's unwavering commitment to . . . losing the Iraq war. The Senate majority leader has made clear he's determined to see this fight through to defeat. He'll let nothing get in his way -- not concern for our troops' morale, not their generals' guardedly optimistic reports, not changing facts on the ground. No, he'll see failure where there's success and, if need be, defeat where there's victory. "I believe . . . this war is lost, and this surge is not accomplishing anything," Reid said last Thursday. The Nevada...
  • THE PARTIAL-BIRTH ABORTION RULING (Reinhard)

    04/22/2007 9:33:49 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies · 981+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | April 22, 2007 | David Reinhard
    Sunday, April 22, 2007 Here's what the Supreme Court said Congress could prohibit in last week's Gonzales v. Carhart decision. Here's what the Supreme Court said is not included in a woman's constitutional right to an abortion: A abortion doctor extracts a baby, feet first, from a mother's womb down through the birth canal until only its head remains inside. The abortion doctor plunges the tips of his surgical scissors into the back of the still-living baby's skull, inserts a suction device into the opening and vacuums out the baby's brains. The abortion doctor then proceeds to completely remove the...
  • Resist temptation and find religion with Scalia (Reinhard)

    04/15/2007 9:48:45 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies · 492+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | April 15, 2007 | David Reinhard
    Under this veteran justice's notion of jurisprudence, courts should look to the Constitution and tradition Sunday, April 15, 2007 "Some men see things as they are and say, why; I dream things that never were and say, why not." N ot Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. At least, not when he's at his day job deciding cases. Dreaming things that never were and saying "why not" is for lawmakers -- presidents and congressmen -- fantasists and, regrettably, too many of Scalia's Supreme Court colleagues who practice "What the hey" judicial activism. Scalia kicked off the University of Portland Garaventa Center's...
  • ENGLAND AND RADICAL ISLAM (Reinhard)

    04/08/2007 8:53:30 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 32 replies · 1,251+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | April 8, 2007 | David Reinhard
    Sunday, April 8, 2007 "Peace in our time." Neville Chamberlain's umbrella. The British prime minister's appeasement of evil at Munich in 1938. It all came rushing back this past week, but before Iran and Great Britain worked up the return British sailors and marines taken hostage and humiliated by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's government. No, the appeasement in the service of peaceful relations is happening on the home front in Great Britain. Last Monday brought word that a new government-backed study found British schools are dropping the Holocaust from history lessons for fear of riling up Muslim students. That's right, teachers...
  • IRAQ WAR (DE)FUNDING (Reinhard)

    03/22/2007 8:10:28 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies · 599+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | March 22, 2007 | David Reinhard
    O K, what'll it take? The House Democrats would very much like to pass an Iraq funding bill that not only would end the war next year but also force the withdrawal of U.S. troops this year if certain benchmarks are unmet. Never mind that President Bush promises to veto any congressional measure that intrudes on the commander in chief's wartime powers. A lot of House Democrats have a problem with their leaders' approach to funding or defunding the war. The "Out Now" folks want to bring U.S. forces home immediately and aren't all that interested in staged withdrawals and...
  • THE IRAQ WAR (David Reinhard)

    03/18/2007 9:08:22 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies · 427+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | March 18, 2007 | David Reinhard
    Sunday, March 18, 2007 Four years. Yes, it's a longer conflict than Iraq war supporters anticipated, and it's not over yet. More difficult, too. The administration made its share of mistakes. Too few troops, faulty rules of engagement, leadership problems in Baghdad and Washington, foul-ups in Iraq's restructuring and reconstruction after Saddam Hussein's fall. The list is long and each item controversial. And the enemy, in and out of Iraq, proved more vicious as it murdered innocents at mosques, markets, soccer fields. Yet, four years later, where does this leave us? Like the endless and equally contested debate over the...
  • TOLERANCE OR APPROVAL? (Reinhard)

    03/15/2007 8:25:35 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies · 585+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | March 15, 2007 | David Reinhard
    Poor Peter Pace. The Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman probably thinks the Iraq war is brutal and inside-the-Pentagon politics cutthroat. The Marine general ain't seen nothin' yet. In a Monday interview with the Chicago Tribune, Pace said he believes homosexuality is "immoral" -- and all secular hell broke loose. Press releases were issued, an apology demanded and throat-clearing words from Capitol Hill flashed across the land. Now, the Joint Chiefs chairman wasn't just popping off on moral issues. He was responding to a question about the military's "don't-ask, don't tell" policy. (He supports the policy, which he says allows homosexuals...
  • THE GIULIANI TEMPTATION (Reinhard)

    03/11/2007 10:46:27 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 52 replies · 763+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | Marc 11, 2007 | David Reinhard
    Sunday, March 11, 2007 I 'll confess, like many conservatives, I'm charmed by Rudy Giuliani. "America's mayor" is not my kind of Republican presidential candidate. He's pro gay rights and not pro-life; he has an exceedingly messy, and public, private life that poses moral as well as political problems. But, then again, Americans don't elect presidents on paper. There is the Rudy the U.S. attorney who decimated the Mafia. There is the Rudy who turned New York City around with tax cuts, welfare reform, tough-on-crime action and zero tolerance for politically correct cant. There's Rudy 9/11, the mensch of Manhattan...
  • THE CLINTON SEDUCTION (Reinhard)

    03/01/2007 8:43:32 AM PST · by jazusamo · 14 replies · 643+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | March 1, 2007 | David Reinhard
    Many GOP operatives get down on their knees each night and pray that Democrats will make Hillary Clinton their 2008 nominee. It's an understandable wish. The New York senator is a polarizing figure with her own high negatives in the polls and none of hubby Bill's moonshine magic. But members of Hillary's "vast right-wing conspiracy" should appeal to what Lincoln called "the better angels of our nature" -- and to Democrats. They should pray a different prayer: Lead us not into temptation, dear Democrats, and deliver us from another round of the Clintons. Yes, this would require that the vast...
  • HANG UP AND DRIVE (Reinhard)

    02/25/2007 8:36:32 AM PST · by jazusamo · 71 replies · 990+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | February 25, 2007 | David Reinhard
    Sunday, February 25, 2007I yield to no man in my devotion to multitasking or my aversion to government poking its nanny-state snout into my business, OK? So if I could do something to keep the butt-inski state out of my life, I'd be right there -- especially if I could accomplish another task or two at the same time. But this conservative favors the proposed ban now before the Legislature on using cell phones while driving. I have come to understand the wisdom in Petrula Betsis' definition of multitasking: "screwing up a lot of things all at once." Silly me,...
  • (EXPLETIVE DELETED) CATHOLIC BASHING (Reinhard)

    02/15/2007 9:04:00 AM PST · by jazusamo · 18 replies · 990+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | February 15, 2007 | David Reinhard
    Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, it's time to play that favorite game of conservatives and Republicans -- "What if . . ." Today we have a special "twofer" edition of the game that asks: "What would happen if a Republican tried something like this?" Pay attention, double-standard mavens, because this is a multipronged question today: What if . . . . . . a Republican presidential candidate hired a blogmaster whose writings featured vile attacks on other religions and expletive-laced rants against those who disagreed with her? . . . the same Republican also hired another blogger whose writings featured similar...
  • THE DISAPPEARING BUDGET DEFICIT (Reinhard)

    02/08/2007 8:16:57 AM PST · by jazusamo · 29 replies · 1,060+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | February 8, 2007 | David Reinhard
    How can this be? President Bush has pushed through several rounds of tax cuts and he's spending boat loads of baksheesh on the Iraq war. Republicans and Democrats alike tell us federal spending is out of control, and the media focus largely on the economy's negatives: housing and gasoline prices. Yet there Bush was this week submitting a budget with deficits that go down until there is, voila, a budget surplus? How is this happening? Heck, is it even happening? After all, Bush is the only one talking up the fact that the federal deficit is going down, so can...
  • CONGRESS' NONBINDING IRRESOLUTION (Reinhard on Hagel)

    02/01/2007 10:03:50 AM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies · 540+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | February 1, 2007 | David Reinhard
    It's hard to say what's worse -- that members of Congress are laboring on a passel of nonbinding resolutions opposing President Bush's "surge" strategy or that some think they're being constructive and even courageous. Oh, the resolutions opposing Bush's new plan will do something, all right. As Lt. Gen. David Petraeus, now the U.S. commander in Iraq, told the Senate Armed Services Committee last week, they'll demoralize our troops and embolden our enemies by exposing divisions in the American public. That's damage enough. It also should be reason enough to skip the nonbinding resolutions and get back to declaring National...
  • THE WAR AT HOME (Reinhard)

    01/28/2007 9:34:16 AM PST · by jazusamo · 2 replies · 470+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | January 28, 2007 | David Reinhard
    The State of the Union featured a president greeting "Madame Speaker," and this history-making moment was undeniably neat. But another historic moment -- perhaps a more significant one -- came later last Tuesday evening. President Bush had turned to Iraq. "On this day, at this hour, it is still within our power to shape the outcome of this battle," he said. "Let us find our resolve, and turn events toward victory." What Bush said wasn't especially significant. What members of Congress did most certainly was. At the call for "victory," Republicans and a handful of Democrats stood and cheered. The...
  • THE WAY WE FIGHT (Reinhard)

    01/18/2007 2:39:08 PM PST · by jazusamo · 6 replies · 409+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | January 18, 2007 | David Reinhard
    Barbara Boxer and Jason Dunham -- it's a mark of our tarnished age that you're far more likely to know about her than him, especially after last Thursday. Boxer is, after all, a U.S. senator. Dunham was a soldier in the war that the California Democrat opposes. Even if you're not up on senators' names, Boxer is the one who gained notoriety last week for the low-rent grilling she gave Condoleezza Rice on President Bush's new Iraq war strategy. "Who pays the price?" Boxer asked the secretary of state at a Foreign Relations Committee hearing. "I'm not going to pay...
  • With soldiers' lives depending on it, give us substance, not symbolism (Reinhard)

    01/14/2007 1:23:00 PM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies · 439+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | January 14, 2007 | David Reinhard
    Many Americans opposed the Iraq war from the very beginning. It's an honorable position. Many other Americans were all for the war when it was going well but have now concluded the war is lost. It is, at least, an understandable position. President Bush wasn't really speaking to either group Wednesday night. These Americans have already made up their minds, and nothing Bush said -- no new strategy -- would ever convince them that victory in Iraq was possible. But those in Congress who opposed the war from the start or now think all is lost have a duty to...