A shocking “opinion piece by Michael O’Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack of the [Liberal!] Brookings Institution in today’s New York Times. They have returned from a visit to Iraq, and report that conditions there are much improved:
Here is the most important thing Americans need to understand: We are finally getting somewhere in Iraq, at least in military terms. After the furnace-like heat, the first thing you notice when you land in Baghdad is the morale of our troops. In previous trips to Iraq we often found American troops angry and frustrated — many sensed they had the wrong strategy, were using the wrong tactics and were risking their lives in pursuit of an approach that could not work.
Today, morale is high. The soldiers and marines told us they feel that they now have a superb commander in Gen. David Petraeus; they are confident in his strategy, they see real results, and they feel now they have the numbers needed to make a real difference.
Everywhere, Army and Marine units were focused on securing the Iraqi population, working with Iraqi security units, creating new political and economic arrangements at the local level and providing basic services — electricity, fuel, clean water and sanitation — to the people. Yet in each place, operations had been appropriately tailored to the specific needs of the community. As a result, civilian fatality rates are down roughly a third since the surge began — though they remain very high, underscoring how much more still needs to be done.
These are basically the same observations that most visitors to Iraq have made lately. Yet, some think this piece is significant, because of who wrote it–two liberals from Brookings–and the fact that it appeared in the Times.”
“The number of truck bombs and other large al-Qaeda-style attacks in Iraq have declined nearly 50% since the United States started increasing troop levels in Iraq about six months ago, according to the U.S. military command in Iraq.
The high-profile attacks — generally large bombs hitting markets, mosques or other “soft” targets that produce mass casualties — have dropped to about 70 in July from a high during the past year of about 130 in March, according to the Multi-National Force — Iraq.”
Watch this video of two 13 year old boys imprisoned for slapping girls on the rear end during their school’s “Slap Day” and e-mail me if you don’t consider this politically correct totalitarianism. They were shackled and frog marched before a judge in court. They were prevented from seeing their parents during their first two days in prison. They were processed and strip searched as inmates. They’re banned from returning to their school. There’s been five months of insanity by Oregon District Attorney Bradley Berry who needs to be condemned and removed from office like the felonious Mike Nyfong in North Carolina this year (Duke non-rape case).
“Out-Of-Control McMinnville Oregon District Attorney Bradley Berry Prosecuting 13 Year Old Boys For Butt Slaps, Hoping To Permanently Brand The Children As Sex Offenders”
I listened to Dennis Prager interviewing Corey Mashburn’s mother Tracey who stated that only one of the 5 girls who received “butt swats” is pressing charges, the same girl who had administered swats to the boys herself. Several of the girls have recanted their coerced testimonies. The school and the attorney’s office is awash in corruption. Tracey asserted that as a result of the crazed district attorney, her son believed he was a bad person until many people around the country sent letters affirming that the two sons are not bad boys.
Typical of liberal progressivism, genuine issues are obscured by their totalitarian reponse to any breach of political correctness.
Pray that Judge Collins dismisses the case, that Bradley Berry is convicted for abusing his office, and that all the totalitarians involved will be humiliated with national publicity.
“We’re a little late on this, but it’s well worth catching up on if, like me, you missed it the first time around. On Wednesday, Hugh Hewitt tracked down General David Petraeus in Baghdad for an extended conversation. It is an extraordinary interview, in part because Hugh has the good sense–or the skill of a good lawyer–to ask a crisp question and then get out of the way. So, instead of listening to Chris Matthews or someone of that ilk spluttering incoherently, you get to hear a brief, clear question, followed by Petraeus’s intelligent response. One might think this would be SOP in the mainstream media; unfortunately, it isn’t. Anyway, it’s extremely informative, and here it is. The interview lasts for around 35 minutes; hit the play button to hear it all”
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Watch this video of an intelligent ex-Muslim Conservative calmly dismantling the leading questions of an America-hating Liberal TV interviewer. I’m surpised the Canadian Broadcasting Company keeps this video of the TV hosting looking so foolish on their web site.
She’s an extremely powerful critic of not just the Jihadists, but of the entire Islamic religion. She represents such a tiny minority willing to confront despicable practices and beliefs within Islam.
“Not quite parody but dangerously close. How can she be so disgustingly pro-American, he wonders, and yet so stridently anti-Islamic? Doesn’t she see that Islamists and “Christianists” are two sides of the same coin?”
“WASHINGTON — Finally, after four terribly long years, we know what works. Or what can work. A year ago, a confidential Marine intelligence report declared Anbar province (which comprises about a third of Iraq’s territory) lost to al-Qaeda. Now, in what the Times’ John Burns calls an “astonishing success,” the tribal sheiks have joined our side and committed large numbers of fighters that, in concert with American and Iraqi forces, have largely driven out al-Qaeda and turned its former stronghold of Ramadi into one of most secure cities in Iraq. It began with a U.S.-led offensive that killed or wounded more than 200 enemy fighters and captured 600. Most important was the follow-up. Not a retreat back to American bases, but the setting up of small posts within the population that, together with the Iraqi national and tribal forces, have brought relative stability to Anbar.”
USS New York: Built with 24 tons of scrap steel from the World Trade Center .
It is the fifth in a new class of warship – designed for missions that include special operations against terrorists. It will carry a crew of 360 sailors and 700 combat-ready Marines to be delivered ashore by helicopters and assault craft.
Steel from the World Trade Center was melted down in a foundry in Amite , LA to cast the ship’s bow section. When it was poured into the molds on Sept 9, 2003 , “those big rough steelworkers treated it with total reverence,” recalled Navy Capt. Kevin Wensing, who was there. “It was a spiritual moment for everybody there.”
Junior Chavers, foundry operations manager, said that when the trade center steel first arrived, he touched it with his hand and the “hair on my neck stood up.” “It had a big meaning to it for all of us,” he said. “They knocked us down. They can’t keep us down. We’re going to be back.”
The ship’s motto? “Never Forget”
“The Senate is emitting an embarrassing level of emotional policy twitching on the topic of Iraq. Sen. Harry Reid can’t take the war anymore. He “knows” it is lost. Sen. Olympia Snowe has just about had it with the Iraqi government. If they don’t meet her benchmarks — that’s it. Sen. Mitch McConnell thinks “that the handwriting is on the wall that we are going in a different direction in the fall, and I expect the president to lead it.” Who authored that wall graffiti, he doesn’t say. After talking with grieving family members of one of our fallen warriors, Sen. Pete Domenici “wants a new strategy for Iraq
…None of these senators have even addressed the question of whether the United States is safer if we leave Iraq than if we stay. Isn’t that the key question? The question is not whether the Iraqi government deserves American sacrifice on their behalf. Our sons and daughters are not fighting, being grievously wounded and dying for Iraq — but for American vital interests. If this were just about Iraqi democracy, I might join the screaming for a quick exit.
But if al Qaeda can plausibly claim they drove America out of Iraq (just as they drove the Soviet Union out of Afghanistan), they will gain literally millions of new adherents in their struggle to destroy America and the West. We will then pay in blood, treasure and future wars vastly more than we are paying today to manage and eventually win our struggle in Iraq.
Our staying power, unflinching persistence in the face of adversity, muscular capacity to impose order on chaos and eventual slaughtering of terrorists who are trying to drive us out will do more to win the “hearts and minds” of potentially radical Islamists around the world than all the little sermons about our belief in Islam as the religion of peace. As bin Laden once famously observed — people follow the strong horse.
…But the worm will surely turn. And senators who today proudly call for retreat will then be hiding their faces in shame. And deservedly so. And the public will remember.”
Celebrating our unparalleled free society.
The leadership of the free world was thrust upon us two centuries ago in that little hall of Philadelphia. http://www.ushistory.org/carpentershall/
“We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth. Other means may succeed; this could not fail. The way is plain, peaceful, generous, just — a way which, if followed, the world will forever applaud, and God must forever bless.”
“We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.” (George Orwell) Despite the transnationalist pacifist progressives, America is “Home of the Free BECAUSE of the Brave”.
“It was exhilarating to watch the young guns sticking it to the pompous old bulls in the very stockyard of bovine pomposity, the United States Senate.”
On the eve of Independence Day, the people of this great republic declared their independence from the United States Senate under the stirring battle-cry, “No legislation without explanation!” The geniuses who’d cooked up the “comprehensive” immigration bill’s “grand bargain” behind the scenes in the pork-filled rooms had originally planned to ram it through in 48 hours before Memorial Day. And, right to the end, the bipartisan Emirs-for-life of Incumbistan gave the strong impression they regarded it as an affront to be required by the impertinent whippersnappers of the citizenry to address the actual content of the legislation.
Senator Lindsay Graham (R, South Carolina) dismissed critics of the bill as “racist.”
Senator George Voinovich (R, Ohio) complained that the peasants had somehow got hold of his phone number and he felt “intimidated.”
Senator Trenthorn Lotthorn (R, Lottissippi) said: who cares if they call? They could call 1-800-BLOWHARD (and leave off the “D” for “Deal’s already done”) 24 hours a day and he still wasn’t going to listen to them. “To think that you’re going to intimidate a senator,” he scoffed, “into voting one way or the other by gorging your phones with phone calls — most of whom don’t even know where Gulfport is.” ( Gulfport is a port in the Gulf emirate whose grateful people Sultan Trent has ruled o’er lo these many years.)