Al Qaeda on the Run. Fascinating inside information that’s available almost nowhere.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2007/09/a_quiet_triumph_may_be_brewing.html

“There are signs that the global Islamic jihad movement is splitting apart, in what would be a tremendous achievement for American strategy. The center of the action is in Pakistan and Afghanistan, the very territory which is thought to harbor Usama, and from which Al Qaeda was able to launch 9/11. Capitalizing on existing splits, a trap was set and closed, and the benefits have only begun to be evident.”

Senators Who Voted No To An Amendment Condemning the Personal Attacks, e.g. MoveOn.org, on General Petreaus’ Honor and Integrity (all Democrats and one Socialist)

“It’s a particularly sad commentary on the Democratic Party that they cannot bring themselves to support the very commander they sent to lead American troops in battle by a unanimous vote. It’s not a case of a few fringe politicians like Bernie Sanders or Barbara Boxer, either. The Majority Leader, Harry Reid, and his chief deputy, Dick Durbin, refused to condemn the smear on Petraeus’ honor. Hillary Clinton and Chris Dodd, both of whom want to become Commander in Chief over the military, chose to endorse MoveOn’s smear campaign against a man who has dedicated his life to defending this nation and serving presidents in a nonpartisan manner.”

MoveOn has the right to free speech. Congress has the responsibility to defend the honor of the man they unanimously endorsed for the difficult task of bringing security to Iraq. Almost half of the Democratic caucus would rather participate in a smear campaign against the commander than stand up to MoveOn. It’s a pathetic, embarrassing, and ultimately revealing moment.

UPDATE: Mitt Romney’s response sums it up:

“Hillary Clinton had a choice. She could stand with our troop commander in Iraq, or she could stand with the libelous left wing of her party. She chose the latter. The idea that she would be a credible commander-in-chief of our armed forces requires the willing suspension of disbelief.” “

http://www.captainsquartersblog.com/mt/archives/013457.php

Akaka (D-HI)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Byrd (D-WV)
Clinton (D-NY)
Dodd (D-CT)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feingold (D-WI)
Harkin (D-IA)
Inouye (D-HI)
Kennedy (D-MA)
Kerry (D-MA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Levin (D-MI)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Murray (D-WA)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schumer (D-NY)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wyden (D-OR)

http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=1&vote=00344

“The best way to fight them is somewhere else, and for whatever reason they want to destroy our way of life I thank God we still have enough, just enough, young people in American today willing to take up the fight and defend us all.”

http://www.sdmac.org/NewsDownload.aspx?id=114

http://www.blackfive.net/main/2007/09/marine-general-.html

Amazing and uplifting speech.

“Since our Declaration of Independence 42 million Americans have claimed the honor of having served the nation in its military forces. Since that time over a million have lost their lives serving the colors, with millions more wounded. Since George Washington first took command of the Continentals besieging Boston, America’s warriors have stepped forward and endured horrors unimaginable to most Americans, and saw it all with their young eyes so those safe at home would never have to. With all this service and loss of life, we as Americans can be proud of the kind of people we are as we have never retained a square foot of any country we have defeated. We possess no empire. No man or woman call us master, as we have never subjugated any society. On the contrary, billions across the planet -and billions more yet unborn-are today free and increasingly prosperous because America took a stand; but it has always fallen on the shoulders of our soldiers, sailors, airmen Coast Guardsmen, and Marines that the task fell to…and they have never wavered. Never, with the exception of World War II, has it been particularly crowded at the recruiting offices, and in recent years it’s an increasingly slim slice of the American public who believe in this country enough to put life and limb on the line particularly in the Army and Marine Corps to serve without qualification, and without personal gain. Yet still for whatever reason they come-even though there is great pressure from our society to sit it out and not get involved.

The reality was that when many in this room grew up, and I know I am showing my age here, we were surrounded by men, real men, who had gladly worn the country’s cloth in wars against fascism and communism. The earliest memories we had as kids back then were of comic books and paper backs that honored the sacrifices of the super heroes of those conflicts. It was a time when little boys could play guns, and weren’t considered at risk to be psychopaths. To stand up when the national anthem was played or say the pledge of allegiance and a prayer to any God you worshiped before school, wasn’t considered offensive to the sensitivities of the nation’s selfproclaimed intellectual elite. Places like Guadalcanal, Coral Sea, Normandy, Iwo Jima, the Chosin Reservoir, and Hue City, were real to us then, and we knew without thinking that we owed the nation a debt.

We live in a very different world today, and we have indeed lost something of quality over the years. We don’t always see that same selfless devotion to something bigger than self, which the lucky among us learned from past generations. Today, unfortunately, to most it’s about quick gratification, and what’s in it for me. Memorial and Veteran’s Day are more about a day off to take advantage of the big sales at the malls, or fighting the traffic to get a long weekend at the seashore. But we should not forget that as we stand here today we are at war, and a new Greatest Generation is fighting a merciless enemy on our behalf in the terrible heat of Iraq, and mountains of Afghanistan. Like it or not America is engaged in – and winning – a war today against an enemy that is savage, offers no quarter, whose only objectives are to either kill every one of us here in our homeland, or enslave us with a sick form of extremism that serves no God or purpose that rational men and women can ever understand. Given the opportunity to do another 9/11, our vicious enemy would do it today, tomorrow, and everyday thereafter. In addition to killing thousands of innocent victims that day, they also killed hundreds of heroes: police, firefighters, and first responders of every sort that were not victims in their deaths, but the first fallen warriors of this generation’s war. Given nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons-and the experts bet they will get them-these extremists would use these terror weapons against our cities, and smile. I don’t know why they hate us, and I frankly don’t care and they can all go to hell, but they do hate us and they are driven irrationally to our destruction. The best way to fight them is somewhere else, and for whatever reason they want to destroy our way of life I thank God we still have enough, just enough, young people in American today willing to take up the fight and defend us all. “

When are Progressives going to react to the threat the way the passengers did on Flight 93?

When are the Democrats (and their Moveon.org supporters) going to comprehend what is at stake in Iraq and the miraculous progress there?  

See the truth in graphic form at:

 http://www.defenselink.mil/pubs/pdfs/Petraeus-Testimony-Slides20070910.pdf

Multi-National Force-Iraq  10-11 September 2007

Charts to Accompany the Testimony of  GEN David H. Petraeus

Click on chart below.

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bin Laden’s talk is a pastiche of liberal cliches and conspiracy theories

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2007/09/018399.php

“The transcript of Osama bin Laden’s newest video, in which he speaks directly to American listeners, is available here. It is intensely interesting, for a number of reasons.

First, the subject matter is Iraq, almost exclusively. Bin Laden and other al Qaeda leaders have said that Iraq is the main front in their global war against us. That sentiment is repeated in the video. Bin Laden begins by saying that he will “[discuss] the war that is between us,” and that discussion is entirely about Iraq. Later, he says it is “our duty” to “escalate the killing and fighting against you” in Iraq, and that “our brothers are carrying it out.” It has never been plausible to suggest that the war in Iraq is anything other than fundamental to our conflict with al Qaeda and related groups; after this video, any such suggestion is impossible.

Second, the affinity between Muslim extremism and Western leftism has never been so clearly displayed. Bin Laden sounds for all the world like a Marxist. He praises Noam Chomsky as one of the “most capable” of American war opponents. Over and over, he attributes American foreign policy to “the owners of the major corporations.” In bin Laden’s view, “[t]hose with real power and influence are those with the most capital,” and “the essence of man-made positive laws is that they serve the interests of those with capital and thus make the rich richer and the poor poorer.”

Third, bin Laden’s disappointment in the Democrats is palpable:

The vast majority of you [Americans] want [the Iraq war] stopped. Thus, you elected the Democratic Party for this purpose….

Let’s pause there. Remember the video that bin Laden released just before the 2004 election? It was virtually a campaign commercial for John Kerry. When the Democrats finally won in 2006, bin Laden must have thought victory was at hand. But no:

…but the Democrats haven’t made a move worth mentioning.

He’s right about that. Bin Laden offers the Marxist explanation that our government is controlled by big corporations, so the Democrats are powerless.”

E-mail to Senator Schumer at http://www.senate.gov/~schumer/SchumerWebsite/contact/webform.cfm

E-mail Senator Charles Schumer at

http://www.senate.gov/~schumer/

SchumerWebsite/contact/webform.cfm. 

Senator Schumer, I challenge you to provide me one piece of evidence that the “War Lords” as you describe them, have been more effective than our troops at minimizing Al Qaeda’s violence in Anbar Province.

Your flagrant, opportunistic lie on September 5, saying that our troops are not the major reason for the increased stability in Anbar Province, and undermining our improving war effort, and aiding and abetting the militant jihadists, proves that you are completely unqualified for any elected office and that you are a major cause for the extremely low regard in which most Americans hold the Senate.