I don’t care what you think about his politics, I think it is pretty damn cool that Gary Hart has a weblog. HE should have named it the ‘Monkey Business,’ so then we wouldn’t even have to deal with the issue when some arsehole reporter tries to make a big deal of it- that story just isn’t going to have legs in the post-Clinton world, but you know some jerk will bring it up.
Archives for March 2003
Atrios and Digby are upset that some Iraqi unlawful combatants might get sent to Guantanamo Bay, where they will be showered, fed, provided with clothing and safety, and perhaps questioned. In other news:
Three US troops were wounded , one seriously, after Iraqi soldiers used a Red Crescent ambulance to stage an attack in southern Iraq, an AFP correspondent reported.
What is riskier than a war to the DNC? Why, tax cuts, of course:
Senate Democrats won a huge victory for working families this week, winning a crucial vote to cut by more than half President Bush’s latest scheme to give an enormous tax cut to the wealthiest sliver of Americans.
Every Democrat in the Senate chamber voted to slash Bush’s tax giveaway from $726 billion to $350 billion, protecting the future of all Americans by dedicating the savings to protecting Social Security!
… But Now Bush Is Using the War to Justify Risky Tax Scheme
But this fight is far from over. The White House proved it will say anything to pass its enormous tax scheme, even using the military conflict in Iraq to find an advantage.
White House spokesman Ari Fleischer told reporters that we need the Bush tax scheme “so that when our men and women in the military return home, they’ll have jobs to come home to.”
Not only is this a shameful political exploitation of the men and women who are putting their lives in danger, but it’s also misleading.
Under a 1994 law passed by the Democratic Congress and President Clinton, employers must reinstate reservists who return from active service.
Yawn. A pox on Ari Fleischer for stupid remarks (although in the abstract, accurate), a pox on the DNC for trying to get mileage out of this.
From “Jim and Lisa” “yuor a fucking traitor” Thanks for all the great comments, and don’t forget to check out the amazon wish list down on the right, paypal is nice, too.
“yuor a fucking traitor”
Thanks for all the great comments, and don’t forget to check out the amazon wish list down on the right, paypal is nice, too.
according to the left, Scott Ritter, and the Jordan Times– the cartoon I posted here is an accurate portrayal of the media disinformation campaign mounted by the opponents of the war. I am surprised all of our troops have not thrown down their weapons and run from the battlefield, since they “are achieving small victories at a very high price”
and they are “now seen by ordinary Iraqis as having made victims of those they say they want to liberate.” See for your self- the Iraqis are clearly terrified:
Private First Class Joseph DeWitt, 26, from Suffolk County, N.Y., carries a young Iraqi boy who was injured during a heavy battle between the U.S. Army’s 7th Cavalry Regiment and Iraqi forces Tuesday near the village of Al Faysaliyah, Iraq.
An Iraqi child gestures to an American as other children look on, at a water distribution point in Umm Qasr, Iraq, Wednesday.
Except all of this is nonsense. No one thought this war would be over in 5 days. No one thought that there would be no casualties. No one knows what is going to happen in the next week. What we do know is what we have seen on the ground, and that seems to be that we have blanketed the majority of the nation with coalition troops, with little or no opposition.
There are sporadic engagements and harassment from militia, but there has yet to be a single large-scale battle. Before someone protests that if it is going so well, why the casualties- count the casualties, and then count how many have been killed by accidents, a wrong turn, and Iraqi execution of surrrendering soldiers (and this is in no way intended to diminish the sacrifice of those brave men). Some degree of realism is required when evaluating the progress of the war. Coalition warplanes are enjoying a shooting gallery in their kill boxes, and the Brits are essentially engaging in target practice in southern Iraq. Yes there has been resistance, and yes, this is going to get tougher, and yes, at points the resistance has been tougher than expected, but by no stretch of the imagination are we losing. By no stretch of the imagination are we (qualitatively) outmanned, out-equipped, or out-prepared. Yes, the civilian population of Iraq has been slow to fight back at the numerous Hussein lyalists wreaking havoc in the southern cities, continuing to oppress the people. Stories like this may explain why:
The Marine general said that what has surprised him most about the first week of fighting is the extent of war crimes carried out by the Iraqi regime. In addition to the execution of POWs, he said, Iraqis have used civilians as human shields, stored weapons in schools, set up command posts in hospitals and pretended to surrender only to open fire.
In one case, an Iraqi woman was hanged after she waved to coalition forces, Pace said.
“I’ve never seen anything like this,” he said. “To do it so blatantly so early, not only is it a surprise, but to me it’s disgusting.”
And it is intentional, and it is an attempt to keep control. They are suppressing the population with fear- they are going to have to be confident we are coming to their rescue this time- we let them down once before. But fine, you don’t trust me- how about our troops on the ground- everyone supports our troops, even when they don’t. Listen to their interviews on CNN and MSNBC.
This story may also help to explain Iraqi hesitation:
The last time the colonel saw Baghdad in flames and American tanks rolling across the southern Iraqi desert, he was sure Saddam Hussein’s time had come. Feeling that the hated regime was crumbling and encouraged by Washington to rise up, he picked up his Kalashnikov and went into the streets of Baghdad to help make it happen.
Twelve years later, as he flicks through TV channels at a friend’s house, the former Iraqi army colonel is seeing the same panorama again. But he also remembers what followed the 1991 uprising:
Washington’s sudden cease-fire and the regime’s bloody crackdown on the rebels. Sharing a prison cell with rats for a year. The face of his beautiful wife when she told him that the government had forced her to file for divorce. Getting the confiscation papers for his house in the northern city of Mosul. Being kicked out of Iraq into the semi-autonomous Kurdish area of Iraq. (Hat Tip: The Command Post).
The intent of this is not to persuade you that this is going to be easy. It isn’t. But you have to recognize that there are a signficant number of people who have a vested interest in calling this war a failure, no matter how successful it is. I’ll let you figure out who they are- but it is clear, every time they open their mouths. To many of the sewer trout out there, this war is nothing more than aplatform to re-fight the 2000 election and to set the stage for 2004. This is not about WMD to them. This is not about liberating Iraq. This is about their visceral hatred and mistrust of ‘Shrub’ and ‘Rummy’ and the ‘neo-con cabal.’ Remember that, please.
From the NY Times:
Former Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a New York City shoe shine boy who became an iconoclastic scholar-politician and served four terms in the Senate, died Wednesday. He was 76.
The New York Democrat and former U.N. ambassador had been in ill health. He was hospitalized in January for an intestinal disorder, and again soon after for a back injury. His latest setback was an infection after an emergency appendectomy on March 11 at the Washington Hospital Center.
Sen. Moynihan was a decent, honorable man who thought before he spoke, said what he thought, and meant what he said. He will be sorely missed.
I was just watching MSNBC interview the parents of POW Jessica Lynch, a native West Virginian, and something her dad said made me very proud to be a Mountaineer. When asked if he had any messages for his daughter, he stated:
“Keep being tough.”
*** Update ***
This was not Jessica’s parents who said that. I still like the message, and I will try to find out whose father said this.
Check out the latest NYT/CBS Poll regarding the war in Iraq. Here are two graphics from the CBS website that I thought you might find interesting.
Notice anything weird? Look again. Notice anything funny in the graph in the second image? The size of the bar for 63% compared to the size of the bar for 66%?
Yep- typical for the NY Times, typical for the Dan Rather crowd. When the numbers don’t go your way- just make it look like they are going your way. We know you don’t want this war guys (not that anyone really does), but try to shoot straight with us. Pretty Please?
Lazy, incompetent hacks. They really do think no one is paying attention. And before 9 million people write to say this is not bias, I will agree with you it may not be intentional bias- but it is most certainly misleading and biased- and why does it never happen in the other direction? How many coincidences like this do we have to point out before people will finally question whether there may be an agenda?
While you are at it, go check out the NYT Op-Ed about the poll numbers:
While 82 percent of whites said the United States should take military action to oust Mr. Hussein, just 44 percent of blacks said they supported that approach. In addition, 71 percent of whites said they were proud of what the United States was doing in Iraq, compared with 33 percent of blacks.
*** Update ***
According to Mike at Cold Fury, the website has made the correction, and didn’t bother to tell anyone or explain why it had been wrong in the first place.
Am I the only one who finds it moderately amusing that the most partisan of Democrat webloggers are claiming a major victory when only half of the President’s tax cut passes the Senate ($350 billion over 10 years). My, how the landscape has changed. Yes guys,- half a tax cut is quite a spanking. A Whopping defeat. Snicker.
Now if you damned Republicans would cut spending.
Once again, with the French, it is all about the oil:
Worried it could be shut out of business deals in postwar Iraq (news – web sites), France is drawing up plans to win French companies access to lucrative oil and reconstruction contracts, officials said Tuesday.
The government is determined that French companies will be part of rebuilding Iraq, despite President Jacques Chirac’s vigorous opposition to the war, a Finance Ministry official said.
When hell freezes over.
Chirac has warned that France would vote against any U.N. Security Council resolution that would give “the American and British belligerents the right to administer Iraq.”
How do you say “Who cares what you think, asshole?” in French?
Here are some pictures of my secretary’s older brother, SSG Beerbower, who is currently fighting the war on terror in Afghanistan as a member of the 82nd Airborne.
Three Amigos (SSG Beerbower is in the center)
Manning the Hummer
A Different Hummer (this has a Cal .50 mounted)
Her other brother is in the Marines, fighting his way across Iraq.