Archive for November, 2007

Murtha = Traitor

Just when you think he can’t stick his leg further down his throat….

House Democrats’ point man in the war-funding showdown with the White House today dismissed U.S. military gains in Iraq and vowed to tighten the purse strings until President Bush accepts a pullout plan.

“Look at all the people that have been displaced, all the [lost] oil production, unemployment, all those type of things,” said Rep. John P. Murtha, chairman of House Appropriations defense subcommittee. “We can’t win militarily

There’s more at the link if you can stomach it.

This morning on the radio…

I was listening to my favorite local conservative talk station, KTFK and the local guys, Allman and Crane interviewed a MNF’s PAO Officer, CPT Victor Beck. One of the things he said (paraphrased because I was driving and couldn’t get it written down) was that their job was not as hard as the job of the guys getting shot at, but they had to get a story our as soon as possible after any conflict or the enemy would make up stuff about all the non-existant women and children we would have killed, etc, etc. My response back to CPT Beck is that his job is pretty darn hard, considering the uphill battle he has getting the Enemedia to pick up the true stories vs. Al Jazeera’s version.

US Military vs. AP Photographer

One to watch…

NEW YORK (AP) – The U.S. military plans to seek a criminal case in an Iraqi court against an award-winning Associated Press photographer but is refusing to disclose what evidence or accusations would be presented.

An AP attorney on Monday strongly protested the decision, calling the U.S. military plans a “sham of due process.” The journalist, Bilal Hussein, has already been imprisoned without charges for more than 19 months.

I’m sure you’re as shocked as I am that the AP says the guy is wrongly accused. (Yes – that’s sarcasm.) Think I’ll wait to hear more about this before I buy what they’re selling.

Breibart link

Real dollars in the defense budget — 2008 = 1988

Interesting commentary at Real Clear Politics about the Defense budget…did you know this? I didn’t.

If Rip Van Winkle had fallen asleep in the Pentagon’s budgeting office 20 years ago and awoke today, his first reaction would be that nothing had changed. President George W. Bush has asked for $505 billion for the peacetime U.S. military establishment in 2008 — almost exactly the amount, in real dollars, that President Ronald Reagan sought in 1988.

Hey Harry, do you Reid the NY Times?

Apparently not, or he’d see this…

November 19, 2007
U.S. Says Attacks in Iraq Fell to Feb. 2006 Level

BAGHDAD, Nov. 18 — The American military said Sunday that the weekly number of attacks in Iraq had fallen to the lowest level since just before the February 2006 bombing of the Shiite shrine in Samarra, an event commonly used as a benchmark for the country’s worst spasm of bloodletting after the American invasion nearly five years ago.

Data released at a news conference in Baghdad showed that attacks had declined to the lowest level since January 2006. It is the third week in a row that attacks have been at this reduced level.

More at the link.

Por que no te callas?

Barry Casselman at
Real Clear Politics has an excellent piece explaining the import of the Spanish Head of State, King Juan Carlos’ words to Chavez. “Por que no te callas?” — translated — “Why don’t you shut up?” In the article he points out the media’s bias in these two paragraphs:

After the king’s retort to Mr. Chavez, some Spanish commentators suggested it was not dignified for the king to speak in this way, as if he was making it into a street fight. Numerous British left-wing media and other continental commentators actually took Chavez’s side. (This should be no surprise, considering the venomous hatred of the U.S. in European media circles,) There has been very limited coverage of this story in American mainstream media.

But almost everywhere else, the king’s rebuke has become a new rallying cry. In Venzuela, the oppositiion to Mr. Chavez has adopted “Por que no te callas?” as its slogan. A reggae ballad has already been composed, and along with videos of the incident, is available world wide on You Tube and its equivalents.

I had heard a little bit about the exchange, but not much. I guess it’s sort of like World Cup Soccer. People around the world live and die by those matches, and I’m pretty oblivious to them.

“Just how stupid IS Harry Reid?” you ask

Pretty darn stupid, if you ask me.

Quoted in Review,

Reid maintained the Bush “surge” strategy of flowing thousands of additional troops to Iraq has not brought about political improvements in the country and needs to be scrapped. He said the Democrats’ offer was reasonable.

“The president and his enablers in Congress are so afraid of being held accountable for this disastrous war policy that they would rather leave our men and women in uniform empty-handed than work to change course in Iraq,” he said after the votes.

*cough* Hey Harry – you lying piece of excrement – here’s the truth. The surge worked so well, we’re actually bringing troops home. They did their job in an exemplary fashion and completed their tasks. Someone please send Harry a link to SandRat’s FR War News….

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