Single digits here we come!
st al-Qongress' approval rating is heading to a point where the polling margins of error are soon going to set its low end at or below zero.
Keep it up, D'litigaterats. That's the way to show the people you're Getting Things Done™!
Funding our Troops? — bah. Saving Social Security? — not important. Going after terrorists who're trying to kill our children? — bumper sticker stuff.
Your top priority has been, is, and always will be Criminalize And Censure All Politics Of Opponents.
That's why your approval rating equals caca poo.
Congratulations. You're going to boldly go where no Congress has gone before.
Labels: Deranged Extremist Moonbat Obdurate Craven Retarded Appeasing Traitorous Slime (DEMOCRATS), liberals unhinged
and other "news."
In the mudslinging muddled "minds" of ever-unfair "progressives," guilt by association is just another method of assessing a candidate's qualifications. Since they now fully approve of this method, let's start using it to the hilt:
- Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama Endorse Prominent Racist and Anti-Semite
This Raising the Level of Discourse Moment™ brought to you by your unfriendly gutterhood
progressives liberals at the New Dork Chimes.
Labels: agenda driven mainstream media (BIRM), clue-challenged liberals (BIRM), dinosaur media, liberal racism, liberals unhinged, They Campaign We Decide '08
Another diplomatic solution that Bushate-blinded "progressives" are stubbornly refusing to see.
- CAMP TAJI — Sunni and Shia tribal sheiks from Iraqi villages of Aqar Qaf, Bassam, Salamiyat and Fira Shia moved closer to reconciliation Monday here during a meeting facilitated by the 1st Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment.
The sheiks put aside their differences to end violence in their villages and met to discuss ways of starting neighborhood watch programs made up of volunteers to protect their communities.
According to U.S. Army Lt. Col. Kenneth Kamper, commander of 1st Bn., 37th FA Regt., the sheiks are tired of attacks on innocent civilians and Coalition forces in their neighborhoods and want to put an end to the presence of al-Qaeda and other insurgent groups operating there.
"This is a monumental meeting," Kamper said. "This is the first time in more than three years that these tribes have sat down to talk — leaders from the west side who are Sunni and those from the east who are Shia."
In other developments throughout Iraq:
• Iraqi Soldiers and U.S. Paratroopers captured the ringleader of a cell responsible for conducting rocket attacks on the people and security forces of North Babil, Wednesday.
• Iraqi border guards led Coalition forces to two weapons stockpiles near the Iranian border, a sign they are taking steps to secure their nation.
eh. Oh, and Read The Whole Thing®.
Labels: agenda driven mainstream media (BIRM), Good News, Sealing the fate of freedom's enemies, Troop Victories, World War IV
Speaking of Executive Orders.
ODEPINKO and al-Qongressmullah Henry Wackoman (D-AQ) conspired to, in effect, provide financial, material, and logistical support for terrorists who are killing our Troops in Iraq. This according to bestselling author Lieutenant Colonel Robert "Buzz" Patterson in his book War Crimes: The Left's Campaign to Destroy Our Military and Lose the War on Terror. (As of last Tuesday, there's an Executive Order that puts a stop to such support for our enemies — PDF here; full text at end of this post.)
Blackfive recounts the specifics.
Emperor Misha I
- As for organizations, you probably know about International Answer, but did you know about Code Pink sending over $600,000 in supplies and cash to terrorists while our Marines fought with them during the Battle of Fallujah. Did you know that Congressman Henry Waxman facilitated the delivery of supplies through another country to get them into Fallujah? It is all documented in "War Crimes."
, quoting One News Now's Chad Groening
, has more.
- According to Patterson, Congressman Henry Waxman (D-California) facilitated the transaction for CODEPINK by signing a letter allowing them to get the cash and supplies into Fallujah.
FrontPageMagazine.com's Ben Johnson
reported Wackoman's letter in January 2005.
- Pillars of the Hate America Left, who have taken great pains to aid the enemy in every American military venture for 20 years, have just returned from Iraq, where they delivered more than half-a-million dollars in aid to "the other side" — with the full knowledge and consent of left-wing Congressman Henry Waxman, D-CA.
Waxman has signed a letter allowing radical leftist Medea Benjamin and a dozen of her cohorts — some of whom had lost relatives in the Iraq War — to slip the $600,000 of cash and supplies into camps housing refugees from Fallujah, with less outside scrutiny of its contents. The letter was given to Fernando Suarez del Solar, an amnestied illegal immigrant from Mexico and antiwar speaker for the leftist organization Global Exchange, who lost his son Jesus Suarez in Iraq. Fernando Suarez lives near Waxman’s congressional district....
Benjamin is best known as the founder of three of the Left's most effective activist organizations: Global Exchange, Code Pink, and International Occupation Watch....
Having natives distribute aid to a village known for its sympathy to anti-American murderers could have been the masterstroke necessary to get this aid into terrorists' hands and at last bolster the hot war against the Great Satan. Locals would be more likely to know which families had ties to terror, or which had traditional sympathies with Saddam, and could steer the aid accordingly.
Medea Benjamin has the motive, and her allies have actively comforted our enemies before. And some in her recent Iraqi caravan have personal ties to terrorism....
Waxman would love to see the president embarrassed over Iraq; the Congressman apparently did not carefully investigate his fellow travelers before vouching for their good intentions. It makes little difference: No responsible congressman would fail to investigate the backgrounds of those carrying contraband into a war zone before signing on the dotted line; and no responsible public steward would have vouched for a group of radicals whose overt goal is to see the U.S. military defeated in the Tigris-Euphrates.
PC Free Zone Gazette's Wild Thing
wrote about Wackoman's letter in January 2006.
- Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman (California) is reported to have given a letter to antiwar activists to facilitate their delivery of aid to the 'other side' in Fallujah, Iraq.
The leftist online publication Peace and Resistance, in an article published January 1 2005, said that Rep. Waxman had written a letter addressed to the American ambassador in Amman, Jordan to help ease transit through Customs of $600,000 worth of medical supplies and cash collected by the anti-American groups Code Pink and Global Exchange. According to the groups' leader, Medea Benjamin, the aid is destined for the "other side" in Fallujah.
The letter was being carried by Fernando Suarez Del Solar, an antiwar activist whose Marine son, 20-year-old Jesus A Suarez del Solar Novaro, was killed in Iraq on March 27, 2003 when he reportedly stepped on an American cluster bomb fragment.
Mr. Suarez is being accompanied on the trip by fellow parents of soldiers killed in Iraq, as well as several family members of those killed in the September 11 terrorist attacks.
One Iraqi, when informed that parents of American soldiers killed while liberating his country were giving aid to the "other side" in Fallujah, asked, "what kind of people would help those killing their own sons and daughters?"
That's a question the House Ethics Committee should be asking Rep. Waxman.
Wackoman's coconspirator Fernando Suarez del Solar publicly admitted
in December 2004, that he possessed this letter.
With the support of Los Angeles Democratic Congressman Henry Waxman, the Solars will travel to the outskirts of Iraq with two mothers who lost their sons in the conflict and a retired social worker whose son, New York firefighter Timothy Welty, died in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center....
[CityBeat:] Many of those who have brought aid to Iraq have faced fines from the U.S. government for breaking sanctions. Do you believe you will be prosecuted?
[Fernando Suarez del Solar:] No. I have a letter from Congressman Henry Waxman to the consular officer for Jordan, Daniel Goodspeed, in support of the mission. He also sent a letter to military commanders in Iraq saying we won't go into dangerous areas, only refugee camps.
Not surprisingly, Wackoman's 2004 Letter of Transit and Safe Conduct Behind Enemy Lines is nowhere to be found on
our house.gov's listing
of "Letters to and from Rep. Waxman and Administration officials, fellow Members of Congress and others." Wonder why?
It doesn't matter that President Bush issued the Executive Order below years after the Waxman Conspiracy™ set out to sabotage our war efforts, get our Troops killed, and commit outright treason. Under the laws it cites, all of which were in effect when Wackoman facilitated giving aid and comfort to our enemies, "all property and interests in property" of the traitorous al-Qongressurgent should be "blocked" and "not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in."
/ Vol. 72, No. 138 / Thursday, July 19, 2007 / Presidential Documents
Executive Order 13438 of July 17, 2007
Blocking Property of Certain Persons Who Threaten Stabilization Efforts in Iraq
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, as amended (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.)(IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.)(NEA), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code,
I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, find that, due to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by acts of violence threatening the peace and stability of Iraq and undermining efforts to promote economic reconstruction and political reform in Iraq and to provide humanitarian assistance to the Iraqi people, it is in the interests of the United States to take additional steps with respect to the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13303 of May 22, 2003, and expanded in Executive Order 13315 of August 28, 2003, and relied upon for additional steps taken in Executive Order 13350 of July 29, 2004, and Executive Order 13364 of November 29, 2004. I hereby order:
(a) Except to the extent provided in section 203(b)(1), (3), and (4) of IEEPA (50 U.S.C. 1702(b)(1), (3), and (4)), or in regulations, orders, directives, or licenses that may be issued pursuant to this order, and notwithstanding any contract entered into or any license or permit granted prior to the date of this order, all property and interests in property of the following persons, that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of United States persons, are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in: any person determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense,
(i) to have committed, or to pose a significant risk of committing, an act or acts of violence that have the purpose or effect of:
(A) threatening the peace or stability of Iraq or the Government of Iraq; or
(B) undermining efforts to promote economic reconstruction and political reform in Iraq or to provide humanitarian assistance to the Iraqi people;
(ii) to have materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, logistical, or technical support for, or goods or services in support of, such an act or acts of violence or any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order; or
(iii) to be owned or controlled by, or to have acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order.
(b) The prohibitions in subsection (a) of this section include, but are not limited to, (i) the making of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services by, to, or for the benefit of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order, and (ii) the receipt of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services from any such person.
/ Vol. 72, No. 138 / Thursday, July 19, 2007 / Presidential Documents
(a) Any transaction by a United States person or within the United States that evades or avoids, has the purpose of evading or avoiding, or attempts to violate any of the prohibitions set forth in this order is prohibited.
(b) Any conspiracy formed to violate any of the prohibitions set forth in this order is prohibited.
For purposes of this order:
(a) the term “person” means an individual or entity;
(b) the term “entity” means a partnership, association, trust, joint venture, corporation, group, subgroup, or other organization; and
(c) the term “United States person” means any United States citizen, permanent resident alien, entity organized under the laws of the United States or any jurisdiction within the United States (including foreign branches), or any person in the United States.
Sec. 4. I hereby determine that the making of donations of the type specified in section 203(b)(2) of IEEPA (50 U.S.C. 1702(b)(2)) by, to, or for the benefit of, any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order would seriously impair my ability to deal with the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13303 and expanded in Executive Order 13315, and I hereby prohibit such donations as provided by section 1 of this order.
Sec. 5. For those persons whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order who might have a constitutional presence in the United States, I find that, because of the ability to transfer funds or other assets instantaneously, prior notice to such persons of measures to be taken pursuant to this order would render these measures ineffectual. I therefore determine that for these measures to be effective in addressing the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13303 and expanded in Executive Order 13315, there need be no prior notice of a listing or determination made pursuant to section 1(a) of this order.
Sec. 6. The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense, is hereby authorized to take such actions, including the promulgation of rules and regulations, and to employ all powers granted to the President by IEEPA as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this order. The Secretary of the Treasury may redelegate any of these functions to other officers and agencies of the United States Government, consistent with applicable law. All agencies of the United States Government are hereby directed to take all appropriate measures within their authority to carry out the provisions of this order and, where appropriate, to advise the Secretary of the Treasury in a timely manner of the measures taken.
Sec. 7. Nothing in this order is intended to affect the continued effectiveness of any rules, regulations, orders, licenses, or other forms of administrative action issued, taken, or continued in effect heretofore or hereafter under 31 C.F.R. chapter V, except as expressly terminated, modified, or suspended by or pursuant to this order.
/ Vol. 72, No. 138 / Thursday, July 19, 2007 / Presidential Documents
Sec. 8. This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right, benefit, or privilege, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, instrumentalities, or entities, its officers or employees, or any other person.
THE WHITE HOUSE,
July 17, 2007.
[FR Doc. 07–3552
Filed 7–18–07; 8:57 am]
Billing code 3195–01–P
Wackoman and his fellow al-Qodepinqorats crave power so desperately they'll stop at nothing, including overtly aiding and comforting our worst foreign enemy ever who also shares that extreme craving, to effect America's fatal, monumental defeat in this World War solely because they feel they could get away with blaming such defeat on whoever opposes them and bringing those opponents down with that blame in all the public perception-shaping polls preceding the next election.
He's not just playing politics with this War. Wackoman's willing to commit extreme acts of treason if that's what it takes to help him and his party's other politicians ultimately achieve the one real goal that alone truly matters to them: Total and absolute power.
For those of us who still love our country and freedoms, our goal should be victory over these domestic enemies of America as well. They've worked hard to earn their pink jumpsuits. After our president, using his Executive Order that now better enables him to enforce our laws, blocks their property and donations, they can wear those in either the poorhouse or federal prison.
Labels: aided and comforted enemies, al-Qaeda in Iraq, al-Qaedaqratic Party, treason, World War IV
As leaked to the voices in NY Slimes editors' heads.
ick Cheney had a busy morning. During the 125 Minutes™ he acted as president while President George W. Bush was undergoing "a routine colon cancer test," he made "good" use of his time. Although he realized President Bush's incapacitation would be only temporary, Acting President Cheney knew any executive orders he might sign wouldn't.
Thus, now ensconced in one of our National Archive's Secure Rooms®, we have Executive Order A2NC1 of July 21, 2007:
- By the authority vested in me as Acting President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 3 of the Twenty Fifth Article of Amendment to the Constitution,
I, RICHARD B. CHENEY, Acting President of the United States of America, find that George W. Bush, per the oft stated consensus of
progressives liberals, all of whom stake sole claim to the Undebatable Ways of Science™, is indeed a "chimp" or "chimpanzee," and further find that the Constitution of the United States allows only a human being, not any gregarious anthropoid ape (Pan troglodytes) of tropical Africa or elsewhere, to hold the Office of President. I, therefore, hereby order:
Section 1. No future declaration or other document so reputedly signed by a chimpanzee has any force or effect whatsoever with regard to the proceedings of or transmittals from the Office of the President.
Sec. 2. In accordance with section 1 of this order, no declaration or other document hereafter signed by George W. Bush has any such force or effect, especially with regard to anything purported to be his written declaration transmitted to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives after this order goes into effect.
Sec. 3. Due to the obvious fact that, pursuant to this order, no future declaration transmitted by George W. Bush which claims he is again able to discharge the powers and duties of his office may have any force or effect whatsoever, his prior written declaration that he is unable to discharge those powers and duties will hereby stand throughout the remainder of his presidency, and I, RICHARD B. CHENEY, will continue to be Acting President of the United States of America.
Sec. 4. This order goes into effect immediately.
RICHARD B. CHENEY
THE WHITE HOUSE,
July 21, 2007
Apparently the media were wrong when they reported Acting President Cheney "was at his Maryland home on the Chesapeake Bay."
See something, say something, get sued by something.
hat "something" in the last case is Big Law, also known as the Demosuerat Party's single largest class of donors.
Anything that reduces the opportunities of lawyers to rake in big bucks from suing you and me is precisely what those lawyers have
hired contributed all that campaign money to Demolayerat Party politicians to stop.
|Democrats are trying to find any technical excuse to keep immunity out of the language of the bill to protect citizens, who in good faith, report suspicious activity to police or law enforcement. I don't see how you can have a homeland security bill without protecting people who come forward to report suspicious activity.|
|Representative Peter T. King|
Consider it mutual job security in this life for the respective occupants of the lowest and next to lowest tiers of hell in the next.
The Lawsuit Industry's wolves are licking their collective chops over the increased prospect of milking huge money settlements out of America's airlines and other transportation services while personally bankrupting their passengers if any of them so much as looks askance at someone named Mohammed. Doesn't matter how much said Mohammed willfully and intentionally went out of his way to draw such looks on behalf of his sue-happy lawyer.
Who's making sure these lawyers and their lucrative Council of Al'merican-Islamist Relations [with Terrorists] straw "men" clients can sue you and me unless we turn a blind eye to the latter's suspicious behavior? Who's making sure this will increase our ticket prices as well as decrease our security when we travel as airline after airline subtly or otherwise instructs customers to effectively remain silent so it can keep its lawsuit insurance premiums down? For anyone who thought those weren't rhetorical questions: Defensecut Party politicians, that's obviously who. It's no coincidence 117 Demolawsuit Party members in al-Qongress are attorneys — 26 in the "U.S." Senate and 89 in the House — compared to 79 Republican members (19 Senate, 59 House) who unfortunately are.
What can We the People, the sole sovereigns of our nation, do about it?
Right now let's fire (not as in Ready. Aim. ... just yet) all the lawyers from this budding field of practice, and nip it therein at the same time, by demanding that "our" Congress add the following language to the final Homeland Security bill:
- SEC. . IMMUNITY FOR REPORTS OF SUSPICIOUS BEHAVIOR AND RESPONSE.
(a) IMMUNITY FOR REPORTS OF SUSPICIOUS BEHAVIOR.—
(1) IN GENERAL.—Any person who, in good faith and based on objectively reasonable suspicion, makes, or causes to be made, a voluntary report of covered activity to an authorized official shall be immune from civil liability under Federal, State, and local law for such report.
(2) FALSE REPORTS.—Paragraph (1) shall not apply to any report that the person knew to be false at the time that person made that report.
(b) IMMUNITY FOR RESPONSE.—
(1) IN GENERAL.—Any authorized official who observes, or receives a report of, covered activity and takes reasonable action to respond to such activity shall be immune from civil liability under Federal, State, and local law for such action.
(2) SAVINGS CLAUSE.—Nothing in this subsection shall affect the ability of any authorized official to assert any defense, privilege, or immunity that would otherwise be available, and this subsection shall not be construed as affecting any such defense, privilege, or immunity.
(c) ATTORNEY FEES AND COSTS.—Any person or authorized official found to be immune from civil liability under this section shall be entitled to recover from the plaintiff all reasonable costs and attorney fees.
(d) DEFINITIONS.—In this section:
(1) AUTHORIZED OFFICIAL.—The term "authorized official" means—
(A) any employee or agent of a mass transportation system;
(B) any officer, employee, or agent of the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Transportation, or the Department of Justice;
(C) any Federal, State, or local law enforcement officer; or
(D) any transportation security officer.
(2) COVERED ACTIVITY.—The term "covered activity" means any suspicious transaction, activity, or occurrence indicating that an individual may be engaging, or preparing to engage, in—
(A) a violent act or act dangerous to human life that is a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State, or that would be such a violation if committed within the jurisdiction of the United States or any State; or
(B) an act of terrorism (as that term is defined in section 3077 of title 18, United States Code) that involves, or is directed against, a mass transportation system or vehicle or its passengers.
(3) MASS TRANSPORTATION.—The term "mass transportation"—
(A) has the meaning given to that term in section 5302(a)(7) of title 49, United States Code; and
(i) school bus, charter, or intercity bus transportation;
(ii) intercity passenger rail transportation;
(iii) sightseeing transportation;
(iv) a passenger vessel as that term is defined in section 2101(22) of title 46, United States Code;
(v) other regularly scheduled waterborne transportation service of passengers by vessel of at least 20 gross tons; and
(vi) air transportation as that term is defined in section 40102 of title 49, United States Code.
(4) MASS TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM.—The term "mass transportation system" means an entity or entities organized to provide mass transportation using vehicles, including the infrastructure used to provide such transportation.
(5) VEHICLE.—The term "vehicle" has the meaning given to that term in section 1992(16) of title 18, United States Code.
(e) EFFECTIVE DATE.—This section shall take effect on November 20, 2006, and shall apply to all activities and claims occurring on or after such date.
Contact both the House Speaker and the Senate Majority Leader and tell those employees of yours you want the above "Immunity for Reports of Suspicious Behavior and Response" provisions included in the conference report they're writing for the Homeland Security bill.
Labels: aided and comforted enemies, al-Qaedaqratic Party, Deranged Extremist Moonbat Obdurate Craven Retarded Appeasing Traitorous Slime (DEMOCRATS), robed masters in training
Either Mickey the Moorbat ate it or...
he Utopia is doing some blogroll maintenance. Gone but far from forgotten are these Web logs that have departed the stage, become characters in a different play, or uttered no lines in a very long time:
We hope all will someday once again grace that stage always brightened by their respective entrances and now left darker by their exits. We pray the latter proves only an impermanent direction in our Playwright's drama.
Gone But Not Forgotten II (Thursday, November 27, 2008, 7:07 PM)
An interim report on the surge of deodorant sales in D.C.
ur brave and competent fighting men in Iraq and our Iraqi allies racked up more successes with their Independence Day capture of key al-Qaeda leader Dawoud Mahmoud al-Mashhadani — the terrorists' "most senior Iraqi" and "intermediary between the chief of al-Qaeda-in-Iraq and the international group's top leaders, Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahri" — on top of their killing 29 enemy and capturing 23 during last week's Operation Ithaca. Well done, U.S. Central Command, Multi-National Force - Iraq, 1st Cavalry Division, 4th Infantry Division, 82nd Airborne Division, Iraq Ministry of Defense, 5th Iraqi Army Division, and every one of our Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Guardsmen, Airmen, and Multinational Force Allies winning this World War for the peoples of all peace-loving nations.
This and the other top terrorists our Freedom's Defenders have captured during the Surge are singing like canaries, providing us more information about al-Qaeda's operations and methods which has proved most valuable to our war effort and our Troop's security.
- What the U.S. military has learned from al-Mashadani and other operatives they've seized is that "there is a flow of strategic direction, of prioritization of messaging and other guidance that comes from al Qaeda senior leadership to the al Qaeda in Iraq leadership," Bergner said.
Bergner emphasizes that that there is a "clear connection between al Qaeda in Iraq and al Qaeda senior leadership outside Iraq."
Equally important, the Iraqi people are continuing to turn against such murderous rejects of the human race.
- "We had some very specific intelligence that was provided to us from the local populace," said Lt. Col. Andrew Poppas, a squadron commander with the 82nd's 73rd Cavalry Regiment.
Poppas said the tips often came in the form of handwritten notes slipped to his GIs or to soldiers with the 5th Iraqi Army Division. Unmanned aerial vehicles were used to confirm the information and then monitor the movements of the al-Qaida terrorists-turned-targets.
The Surge is clearly working.
- [Operation] Ithaca appeared to be the kind of battle that U.S. planners had in mind for the vaunted surge aimed at securing Iraq's major cities — forcing insurgents into the countryside where larger and more-mobile U.S. units could bring air power and UAV surveillance to bear.
The statement noted that no U.S. casualties were reported and the 5th Division performed well. The operation also secured the release of eight Iraqi hostages as well as the seizure of three arms caches.
Osama bin Laden, if he's really alive, has to feel the noose tightening. Our Troops are forcing him to constantly respond to his many losses that they keep handing him in Iraq and the broader Middle East, and to the increasing threat such poses to his personal safety, means of communications, and freedom of movement. While al-Qaeda is struggling just to stay alive over there it has no real hope of again rising up to plan, much less execute, any viable attacks against us here.
God bless the courageous men and women of our Armed Forces. Many, many grateful American citizens besides myself thank you and support your efforts in behalf of our freedoms.
The good news doesn't end there. We have even more reasons to thank and support those exceptional men and women in our country's all-voluntary Military:
- [T]he Army is still ahead of its year-to-date [recruiting] goal and is expected to make its year-end goal. June marked the second month in a row that the Army missed its active-duty recruiting goal, according to statistics released today by the Defense Department. The active Army, with 7,031 accessions, came up almost 1,400 recruits below its 8,400-person goal. However, officials noted that it remains 741 recruits ahead of its year-to-date goal....
The other three services met or exceeded their active-duty recruiting goals for June. The Navy recruited 3,999 sailors, 102 percent of its goal. The Marine Corps signed on 4,113 Marines, 110 percent of its goal, and the Air Force met its goal by recruiting 2,233 airmen.
Five of the six reserve components met or exceeded their June goals.
The Army Reserve and Army National Guard both came out on the plus side for June. The Army Reserve recruited 5,255 members, almost 400 troops more than its goal, and the Guard met its goal, with 5,342 recruits.
The Navy Reserve recruited 1,013 members, exceeding its goal by 8 percent. The Marine Corps Reserve signed on 1,078 members, 109 percent of its goal. The Air Force Reserve met its 597-airman goal.
Only the Air National Guard, with 779 recruits, missed its goal, by 25 percent.
Maj. Anne Edgecomb, an Army spokeswoman, expressed optimism that July, August and September will tip the scales toward the plus side for active-duty recruitment. Traditionally, these are the Army's biggest recruiting months due to the new crop of high school graduates....
In addition, she noted that retention remains high, 101 percent of the goal for the active Army, 119 percent for the Army Reserve and 107 percent for the Army National Guard.
"It's a testament to the quality of our young people that so many have already stepped forward to defend our nation and that so many servicemen and -women have chosen to continue to serve," Edgecomb said.
Even more good news on the home front: Not only has our Dow Jones Industrial Average "moved above 14,000 for the first time ever," taking "just 57 trading days to make the trip from 13,000," the Conference Board is reporting that "long-term Treasury bond yields have begun to reflect a better outlook for the U.S. economy" and nondefense "capital goods orders, a key investment indicator, have risen 20% in real terms since January." Today's low inflation rates and high employment rates are also in our positive future, according to Federal Reserve board chairman Ben Bernanke.
Although regular Americans have true cause to celebrate all this good news from the front as well as here at home, it has made Demosurrenderat Party politicians only more miserable as they contemplate yet another increase in their personal stockpiles of Speed Stick® 24/7 Anti-Perspirant Deodorant Stick, Icy Surge™ (pun very much intended).
Labels: Good News, Sealing the fate of freedom's enemies, Troop Victories, World War IV
With more Multinational Force successes in Iraq than you can shake a Ka-Bar at, al-Qaeda permanently losing its strategic stronghold just south of Baghdad helps to show how far our Freedoms' Defenders are succeeding.
l-Qaeda's defeats keep piling up faster than the bodies of its duly departed senior leaders and operational lieutenants. Here are only a few examples:
14 July 2007 – Al-Qaeda cell leader Abu Jurah killed
08 July 2007
- BAGHDAD — The top target for al Qaeda in Iraq south of Baghdad was killed July 14 in Arab Jabour by precision-guided munitions, the Excalibur.
Shortly after 12 p.m., 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, received a call that Abu Jurah and 14 anti-Iraqi forces were meeting at a house in Arab Jabour.
Abu Jurah was an AQI cell leader and was responsible for improvised explosive devices, vehicle-borne IED and indirect fire attacks on Coalition Forces in Arab Jabour.
At approximately 1:12 p.m., the house was positively identified allowing 1st Battalion, 9th Field Artillery Regiment to fire two Excalibur rounds destroying the meeting house.
An unmanned aerial vehicle observed persons leaving the house, loading injured individuals into a sedan and fleeing the scene.
An AH-64 Apache helicopter engaged the sedan destroying it.
Three people were observed running from the meeting house to a nearby house.
A U.S. Air Force F16 Fighting Falcon dropped two 500-pound GPS-guided bombs on the second house.
– Residents helping to give al-Qaeda the boot
04 July 2007
- FORWARD OPERATING BASE MURRAY, Iraq — A group of about 20 soldiers moves quietly under a starry sky toward a house about 500 meters from this small outpost less than 10 miles southeast of Baghdad.
As they file up the road, an imam begins a solemn song over a loudspeaker somewhere nearby, calling the faithful to the evening's final prayers.
The soldiers arrive at their destination in less than 10 minutes. Once inside, they separate three men from the women and children. They move throughout the house, looking for weapons and contraband.
The youngest of the men appears to be in his mid-20s. He runs a fruit stand just up the road from Murray and has been under suspicion for some time. He's pulled outside for a short interrogation. His hands are bound with plastic cuffs, and he is put under guard. The two older men are photographed and their fingerprints scanned. The information will be logged later into a nationwide database that U.S. forces in Iraq are compiling of known and suspected insurgents.
A soldier brings out two small white flags that he found atop the roof. Capt. Eric Melloh, 30, of Huntsville, Texas, is certain they've got their man.
"We think this guy is a signaler," says Melloh, commander of Company A, 1-30th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division. "We found these white flags. We think he's been using these to signal for mortar, as the insurgents try to adjust fire on the FOB. We'll take him in. We've got multiple sources corroborating his involvement."
Their suspicions about the fruit seller appear to have been right. Although two mortar rounds were fired at Murray the next day, both fell short by about 150 meters. In previous attacks, mortars had landed inside the compound, wounding at least one soldier.
The two-hour raid last week is just a small part of a massive sweep operation that U.S. forces with Task Force Marne, composed largely of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division, launched June 15 in an effort to stop the flow of insurgents, weapons and bomb-making materials into the Iraqi capital.
"Our primary task is to block the accelerance of violence into Baghdad," said Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, commander of 3rd Infantry Division and Task Force Marne.
The massive sweep was launched just two days before a similar operation in Iraq's Diyala province, northeast of the capital. Called Marne Torch, the operation is focused on a district called Arab Jabour, which begins just south of Baghdad and runs southeast along the Tigris River.
The region, which stretches 12 miles from the Tigris River in the east to the town of Mahmudiyah in the west and 35 miles south from Baghdad, has seen no sustained U.S. presence for much of the last two years. Iraqi army and police forces in the region have been nonexistent, said Col. James Adams, deputy commander of the 3rd ID's 2nd Brigade.
The region, which is also part of Iraq's notorious Triangle of Death, has become a virtual safe haven for al-Qaida and other insurgent groups. Heavily forested with date palm groves and other vegetation along the Tigris and dotted throughout with small farms and miles of cropland, the region has offered a perfect sanctuary from which to launch attacks into Baghdad.
Lynch said U.S. forces believe there are an estimated 700 insurgents active in the region. The extent of support they have from the local population is unclear. The region is about 99 percent Sunni Muslim, with a single dominant tribe, the al Jabouri.
Adams said that U.S. forces are moving slowly through the region, searching every dwelling, pushing the insurgents farther south as they go.
"It's slow and deliberate," he said. "We're in no hurry at this point."
So far, there has been very little direct enemy contact. But U.S. troops have encountered numerous roadside bombs, booby traps, homemade explosives and a number of small weapons caches.
"We've found no large stockpiles," said Adams, 44, of Middleton, Tenn. "But we've found evidence of where they used to be."
Despite the relative absence of direct contact, Lynch said U.S. forces have killed at least 50 enemy fighters, detained 200 suspected ones and have discovered 50 weapons caches since the operation began. U.S. forces have also "taken out" three of 15 "high-value" insurgent leaders who had been targeted before the operation began, he said.
Initial estimates projected that U.S. forces would suffer one soldier killed and an additional 10 wounded every day for the duration of the sweep, but so far U.S. casualties have been much lower. U.S. troops have suffered six soldiers killed and a little more than 30 wounded since Marne Torch began.
Lt. Col. Ken Adgie, commander of 1-30th Infantry, said his guidance is to clear every residence in his area of operations and to compile information on every single person they encounter.
"The key point is that this is a very slow and methodical clearing," said Adgie, 40, of National Park, N.J. "We want to find every weapons cache, every [roadside bomb], every safe house that's out there."
Adgie estimates that there are 150 insurgents active in his region. He describes them as local thugs — "Bowery Boys, who've transitioned themselves into al-Qaida."
Adgie said that U.S. forces also want to send a message that they are in Arab Jabour to stay. He said residents were reluctant to cooperate with his troops at first, but are now beginning to provide information on insurgents' activities.
"They want al-Qaida gone as much as we do," Adgie said. "I've spoken to one person who's lost 35 members of his family to al-Qaida."
He said once U.S. forces convince the locals that they are in the region to stay, the next step will be to try to win their trust and confidence.
– Operation Guardian Torch leaves al-Qaeda nowhere to hide
05 March 2007
- PATROL BASE MURRAY, Iraq — Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, in conjunction with soldiers from the Iraqi Army's 6th Division, have been hard at work in Arab Jabour, steadily clearing the area of al Qaeda and other insurgent forces.
Lt. Col. Ken Adgie, commander of the 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, from Fort Stewart, Ga., said Operation Guardian Torch succeeded in denying safety and freedom of movement to insurgents in the region.
Adgie said since Guardian Torch began, 400 buildings have been cleared, 250 people have been added to the 'wanted list', and more than 30 people have been detained.
"We are about 75 percent complete. We have a few more weeks ahead of us and the outlook is very positive," said Adgie, a native of National Park, N.J.
"With our work the Iraqi army forces here and the local leaders helping us I think Arab Jabour will be a great place to live."
Adgie said the most important accomplishment thus far is that his Soldiers and the IA soldiers here have started building a level of trust and confidence with the Iraqi people.
Though the contingent of Iraqi soldiers is small, they have been able to make a good impression on the Soldiers of Co. B, 1-30th Inf.
"They basically put an Iraqi face on every mission that we do and it shows the people that the Iraqi army cares about the government as much as we do," said 2nd Lt.James T. Reynolds, 3rd platoon leader for Co. B.
Reynolds said the IA soldiers working with him are well-trained and help them accomplish the mission.
Reynolds, a native of Gainesville Fl., said the mission is very important because it lets the residents know that they're not going to just sit back and let the terrorists take control of their country, city, or town.
In addition to providing extra boots on ground for Co. B, the Iraqi soldiers also contribute in other ways.
Pfc. Kyle Zane Rowin, an infantryman with 3rd platoon, said that they are able to break down cultural barriers that exist between U.S. Soldiers and residents of Arab Jabour.
"It's great; it goes hand in hand. They teach you about their culture and you teach them about yours," said Rowin, a native of Odessa, Texas. "You also can help them better their future and protect their country as well as their families."
One of the ways to bring normalcy to the region is to empower local residents. Adgie said that a weapons reward program has been established so residents can receive payments of up to $10,000 for information leading to the location of individuals on the wanted list and weapons caches left behind by Al Qaeda.
Adgie said that his forces will continue to provide security for the region as long as necessary to prevent terrorists from once again calling this region a safe haven.
"I think that we still have some hard work to do the rest of the summer, but we are well on our way to the return of normalcy here on the western banks of the Tigris."
– Troops further deplete al-Qaeda's ranks and liberate its hostages
- ARAB JABOUR - A coalition assessment following an air strike in Arab Jabour on Saturday led to the rescue of four Iraqi citizens and the uncovering of a terrorist weapons cache.
Four Iraqi citizens were liberated from a building near the site of the air strike, officials said. One of the hostages told military officials the terrorists holding them fled immediately after the air strike.
All four hostages were treated at the scene for various injuries. One of the hostages said he had been held captive for 50 days.
At the site of the air strike, ground forces also found remnants of an anti-aircraft heavy machine gun known as a DShK, as well as rocket-propelled grenades and grenade launchers. A DShK tripod was found dug into the ground along the Tigris River, along with spent ammunition cartridges.
Coalition forces called in the air strike after they began receiving small-arms fire from several armed men across the Tigris River and were unable to safely subdue enemy fire. Two precision-guided bombs destroyed a small structure and killed seven terrorists hiding inside.
A large secondary explosion was noted after the initial bombs were dropped on the target, officials said, indicating the presence of explosive material within the structure.
A year ago this area was "a stronghold of Sunni insurgents" in which "a senior Iraqi al-Qaida leader in a cell that 'specializes in bomb making'" had been operating. (Old War Dogs)
Now it represents yet another major defeat for al-Qaeda in Iraq.
Labels: Good News, Sealing the fate of freedom's enemies, Troop Victories, World War IV
When President Bush is right, he's exceptionally right.
ou, he, I, everyone. We all oppose war and want all of them to end now. With the exception of terrorists and extremist Bushhating "progressives" with their wobbly, escapist heads in the sand — each of whom squishily feels that America must always lose every war as an atonement to The World™ for all our "evils" — he, I, and everyone else firmly believe that we have no choice but to win this one.
Choosing surrender and retreat and pretending all would be well and diplomatically manageable and containable afterwards is national suicide. This War will end either with our country's victory or with her defeat. Only the deluded feel that anyone could ever find any middle or common ground with islamist butchers whose one unnegotiable term is the wholesale subjugation or slaughter — makes no difference to them which — of every man, woman, and child on the planet.
On the domestic-enemy front, al-Qaedaqrat Party politicians are desperately trying to force our country and allies to surrender now and lose the War because they feel that will hurt George W. Bush in the polls and thus help them win the next election. Like terrorists, power for them is to them an end that always justifies any means whatsoever, even or especially if it means the assured and resounding defeat of all our Troops whom they say they "support." So the very last thing Dhimmegalomaniac Party politicians ever want to do is work with our president to find any solution to anything, lest he should receive any of the credit. John Hinderaker sums up their unconcealable motives as well as Repollican cowardice in the face of our domestic enemies:
- [The president] said again today that he welcomes "a good, honest debate" about the war. Unfortunately, however, there is no honest debate going on. Most Democrats want to lose in Iraq so they can blame the Republicans and gain political advantage. Some Republicans care less about whether we win or lose than about their re-election next year. Neither group is in a position to tell the American people, honestly, what it wants. So President Bush is pretty much alone as a voice of reason and candor on the war.
Since the mainly Dhimmi media overwhelmingly support the al-Qaedaqrat Party with their votes
and campaign contributions
along with their unethical and unprofessional spin
, it should surprise precisely no one that the polls and surveys those very same Dhimmediacrats incessantly commission regarding the War proportionately parrot the relentlessly one-sided All Bad, All the Time® theme of their stories about it.
Al-Qaeda and other terrorist gangs in Iraq appreciate not only the extreme surplus of overly unfavorable coverage our side receives but also the constant scarcity of any unfavorable coverage at all theirs receives from "our" media. Their main sponsor Iran very much appreciates it too (NonParty Politics).
The Islamofascistic Reich of Iran and its islamoterroristic confederates also appreciate the enormous help they're all receiving from al-Qaedaqrat Party politicians ruling the al-Qongress.
First, Ninny Peloseri's House tried to set April Fools' Day as our country's Official Surrender Date™.
This week, Haji Reid's Senate will try to sneak in a series of their own Official Announcements of America's Surrender to Tryants and Terrorists in the form of amendments to our country's defense budget. Senator Joe Lieberman, who believes "these amendments regarding Iraq... are untimely, they are unwise, and they are unfair," explains their implications:
- They are untimely in the sense that they are premature and should await September, when, as ordained by this Congress itself in the supplemental appropriations bill, General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker will come back to report to us fully.
They are unwise, if ever adopted, because they would essentially represent a retreat from Iraq, a defeat for the United States and the forces of a new Iraq, a free Iraq, and a tremendous victory for Iran and al-Qaida, who are our two most significant enemies in the world today.
Offering these amendments at this time, in my opinion, is unfair: unfair, most of all, to the 160,000 Americans in uniform over there — men and women, brave, effective, in my opinion, the new greatest generation of American soldiers, committed to this fight, believing we can win it, putting their lives on the line every day. They have made tremendous progress already in the so-called surge, counteroffensive. To snipe at them from here is, in my opinion, unfair.
That is why I will oppose all the amendments I have heard about thus far....
So I appeal to my colleagues, let's not undercut our troops and legislate a defeat in Iraq where none is occurring now, where hope is strong, where the momentum is, in fact, on our side. If you question that, at least show the fairness and respect for General Petraeus, Ambassador Crocker, and all the people working for us there to wait until September, which is what we said we would do, until we take a serious look at these amendments. If we go down the path the amendments entice us toward, what awaits us is an emboldened Iran, a strengthened al-Qaida, a failed Iraq that will become not just a killing field but will destabilize the entire Middle East and also, I fear, imperil our security here at home.
Announcing, for example, a Unilateral Nonaggression Pact with Iran, whose theocratic rulers supply the weapons al-Qowarda terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan use to kill and maim our Troops, is more than unwise. It is the sort of appeasement that makes Neville Chamberlain look like a reckless warmonger. Same with announcing a Unilateral Declaration of Terrorists' Rights (a la al-Leaky & al'Specter), a Unilaterally Set Date for America's Surrender (al-Finqgold, al-loseReid, et al.), a Unilateral Cessation of Combat Operations (al'Collins & al-Nelson), a Unilaterally Imposed Expiration Date on War Authorization (al-Qlinton & al-KKK), a Unilateral Release of Terrorists from Guantanamo Bay (al-Harkin & al-Feinkenstein), and a Unilateral Downsizing of America's Wartime Military (al-Headinthe Sanders).
No victory, no peace. That should be our national chant. Not the al-Qaedaqrats' No surrender, no appeasement.
However, attempting to get stuck-on-stupolls "progressives" to feel that a change of course away from their self-serving plan of total capitulation to the enemy is what's needed here would be a bigger waste of time than scanning those pointy skulls of theirs for any detectable level of brain wave activity, as the following Senate-floor exchange between John McCain and Barbed Boxhead demonstrates.
BOXER. [BOXHEAD. . . .] I am so glad we are going to be doing the Defense authorization bill and have our opportunity to actually put our ideas into action. I will be supporting every single amendment that will result in a change of course, accountability, starting to bring the troops home.
I thank the Chair and I thank the Senator from Delaware [
The Plagiarist Biden] for allowing me to go before he goes.
I yield the floor at this time.
[Applause in the Gallery.]
The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Sergeant-at-Arms will restore order in the gallery. The expression of approval or disapproval is not permitted.
The Senator from Arizona is recognized.
- Mr. McCAIN. Madam President, I certainly appreciate the passion of the Senator from California and her concern for the men and women serving in the military and those who have sacrificed a great deal already. The fact is, according to Lee Hamilton and Henry Kissinger, General Zinni, and according to literally almost every — not all — respected national security expert in this country, it is acknowledged that we will have a lot more casualties.
The Senator's concern is emotional and well-founded and very moving. I am also moved by the fact that Henry Kissinger and Lee Hamilton say Congress should drop fixed deadlines for the withdrawal of U.S. forces. As Commander in Chief, the President needs flexibility on troop withdrawals. He will accept no bill that has a timeline or a fixed date for withdrawal. Lee Hamilton says:
The American people have the war in Iraq figured out. They know American troops cannot settle Iraq's sectarian conflict, and they want to withdraw responsibly. They do not want a messy or sudden withdrawal to prompt wider sectarian strife and an escalating humanitarian disaster.
To some degree, I have seen this movie before. I remember when the debate was going on on the floor of the Senate on our withdrawal from Cambodia on December 15, 1970. Mr. Gravel, now one of the candidates for President of the United States, said:
We come back to the argument of protecting American forces. It is simple. Take the forces out and we do not have any problem. It is simple. Do not get into Cambodia. Do not get involved. Then we do not get into anything.
Yes, there was an argument on the floor of the Senate about withdrawal. There was an argument that prohibited the United States from being involved in Cambodia. Three million people were slaughtered — one of the great acts of genocide in modern history. Yes, we cared about American casualties after Vietnam and we withdrew. The North Vietnamese attacked and millions of people got on boats, thousands were killed in reeducation camps, and thousands were executed. I have seen this movie before. I have seen this movie before from the liberal left in America, who share no responsibility for what happened in Cambodia when we said, no, as I quote Senator Gravel:
We come back to the argument of protecting American forces. It is simple. Take the forces out and we do not have any problem. It is simple. Do not get into Cambodia. Do not get involved. Then we do not get into anything.
Then a Dictatorat, not surprisingly, rudely interrupts Senator McCain.
BOXER. [BOXHEAD.] Madam President, will the Senator yield for a question?
- Mr. McCAIN. I would like to finish my comments, and then I will be glad to yield to the Senator from California.
Continuing to quote Senator Gravel:
What would happen if Cambodia fell tomorrow? It may well fall. . . . Obviously, it would become communistic. We would have some gnashing of teeth, but life would go on. We would have our traffic jams and everything else.
There were no traffic jams in Phnom Penh, Madam President, not a one. In fact, all of the people were killed or told to walk out of the city.
Life would go on. Basically, that would increase the casualties of Americans in South Vietnam. That would be the difference, except the American people are going to get up and say, "We do not want Americans getting killed at that rate."
. . . it means we are going to put more money in, and if there is a danger that Cambodia will be overrun 6 months from now, we would have to escalate to the next higher step, and they will devise some way of getting American troops in there. Or they would go the mercenary route until they butcher enough of those people.
This, to my mind, is wrong, and adds nothing to our security. Supposing South Vietnam fell, and became totally Communist tomorrow, and then Cambodia fell and became totally Communist; would that appreciably change the life of my colleague from Kansas? Would that change his life?
The debate goes on and on. It is very worthwhile reviewing the debate that went on about Cambodia and Vietnam, not to mention, as I mentioned earlier, the impact of losing a war on America, our military, and others.
The Senator from California and I am sure the Senator from Delaware will speak very movingly about the strain on the families of the men and women and the strain on our troops.
By the way, we do in this authorization bill before us increase the size of the Marine Corps and the Army, and we need to increase it even more because of the challenges around the world — something that some of us have sought to achieve for a long period of time.
But the fact is, when you lose a war, the consequences of failure are far, far more severe on the military than the strain that is put on the military when they are fighting. It is a fact. It is a fact of military history. It is a fact of the war that we lost in Vietnam, which took us well over a decade to restore any kind of efficiency in our military.
I will be glad to yield to the Senator from California.
A lesson in history from one man who most suffered its consequences.
Does the Dhimmiqrat get it? Sadly, no. She's too busy wetting her fingers and sticking them in the air.
BOXER. [BOXHEAD.] Madam President, I thank the Senator for yielding. The Senator made the point that the liberal left wants us out of Iraq. I want to make sure the Senator is aware that the latest polls show 70 percent of the American people want us to have a strategy to leave. And my question is, A, is the Senator aware of that? And, B, the followup to that question is, has the Senator read the various proposals, the Levin-Reed proposal, which I strongly support? There is no precipitous withdrawal.
I think the Senator is setting up a straw man, if you will, here. The fact is, those of us who want to leave want to do it in the right way—
Apparently the liberal mob in the peanut gallery is, not surprisingly, ignoring the rules and making rude noises — again.
- Mr. McCAIN. I ask for the regular order.
BOXER. [BOXHEAD.] And we also change the mission to continue training the troops, and so on. I want to make sure the Senator is aware of that point.
The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Senator from Arizona.
Senator McCain now tries to give the Dhimmiqrat a lesson in courageous leadership — a concept obviously completely foreign to her.
- Mr. McCAIN. Madam President, I thank the Senator from California for that thoughtful question. The fact is, I do read the polls, and if the Senator from California had paid attention to my opening statement, she would have known that I made it very clear that I understand the frustration and sorrow of the American people. I also know a lot of us are not driven by polls. A lot of us are driven by principle, and a lot of us do what we think is right no matter what the polls say.
The Dhimmiqrat is stung by this bucket full of truth and screams, "Oh! You cursed brat. Look what you've done. I'm melting! Melting! Oh, what a world! What a world! Who would have thought a good little senator like you could destroy my beautiful wickedness. Oh, I'm gone, I'm gone, I'm going. Oh. Oh."
Senator McCain continues:
So I appreciate the concern of the Senator from California about whether I read the polls. I appreciate that greatly. But I do know also that when you send a signal, and I appreciate the Senator's concern — I was talking about the liberal left addressing the war in Cambodia, is what I was speaking of. The record is clear, and I will be glad to provide other quotes of a similar nature. But I do also know that those of us who study history, those of us who spend time in Iraq, those of us who spend time with various leaders, such as General Zinni, such as General Scowcroft, such as Secretary of State Baker, such as many others, we all know what the consequences of a date for withdrawal will be. And it isn't my opinion alone. It is shared by a broad variety of national security experts in this field.
I also point out that it does have an effect on the troops in the field when they see effort after effort after effort to withdraw, to force them to be withdrawn and, obviously, a failure of their mission.
I welcome this debate, as I said earlier. I think it is important to inform the American people. I think it is important to have a respectful exchange of views. And I will continue to respect the views of the Senator from California, but I will tell her that I have seen this movie before, and I have seen what happens when we have a defeated military and we have people who assure us that a withdrawal is without consequences.
I believe, as Henry Kissinger as recently as a few days ago said:
. . . precipitate withdrawal [from Iraq] would produce a disaster. It would not end the war but shift it to other areas, like Lebanon or Jordan or Saudi Arabia. The war between the Iraqi functions would intensify. The demonstration of American impotence would embolden radical Islamism and further radicalize its disciples from Indonesia and India to the suburbs of European capitals.
Natan Sharansky says the same thing. A person who knows about oppression, who knows about freedom, who served as a beacon to me and a hero in my entire life says:
A precipitous withdrawal of U.S. forces could lead to a bloodbath that would make the current carnage pale by comparison.
All of these are statements by people for whom I have the greatest respect. I hope we will heed some of their admonitions.
Madam President, I yield the floor [after mopping it with Dhimmiqrats' treasonous little "brains"].
After calling him their "good and valuable friend," Al-Qaedaqratic politicians summarily dismissed everything Senator McCain — who's speaking from terrible first-hand experience — warned them about, and proceeded with their betrayal of our country and all her citizens.
The ones who'll benefit the most from this week's overt acts of treason are, of course, America's enemies. They could not wage their holy war against all of us with any hope of success absent the aid and comfort Dhimmiqrats continually give them.
Encouraged by these Duplicitic Party politicians' Profiles in Discouragement, Iran and its terrorist clientele are ramping up their own plans for America's defeat.
WASHINGTON - Al-Qaida is stepping up its efforts to sneak terror operatives into the United States
Why? It already has hundreds willingly helping it out in the
1st al-Qongress and "U.S." State Department.
...and has acquired most of the capabilities it needs to strike here, according to a new U.S. intelligence assessment, The Associated [with tyrants, terrorists, and traitors] Press has learned.
Capabilities beyond House and Senate bills calling for America's total surrender? Isn't that rather redundant?
The draft National Intelligence Estimate is expected to paint an increasingly worrisome portrait of al-Qaida's ability to use its base along the Pakistan-Afghan border to launch and inspire attacks, even as Bush administration officials say the U.S. is safer nearly six years into the war on terror.
"Expected" to be Bad News (© Asshaturated Press), just like al-jazeernalists gleefully "expected" President Bush to give up and outline some "'post-surge' phase," as they billed it, in his speech last Tuesday? Is anyone expected to ever trust "our" press to ever report anything truthfully anymore?
Among the key findings of the classified estimate, which is still in draft form and must be approved by all 16 U.S. spy agencies:
"Draft," translated from
Liberalese Progibberessive Speak®, means "any textual matter, scribbling, or even crayon drawing, penned on stolen agency stationary by a Democrat Party donor 'working' at that agency, which immediately afterwards was handed over, in violation of law, professional ethics, and 'solemn' oaths, to another Democrat Party donor 'working' as a reporter at any mainstream media outfit willing and eager to publish it, provided such publication either furthers in whole or part the power-grabbing agenda of the Democratic Party or hurts in any way one or more Republican office holders, or both."
That is, pure partisan propaganda.
_ Al-Qaida is probably still pursuing chemical, biological or nuclear weapons and would use them if its operatives developed sufficient capability.
Correction to the previous definition: "any textual matter, scribbling, crayon drawing, or statement of the mind-numbingly obvious, penned on stolen agency stationary by a retarded Democrat Party donor...."
_ The terror group has been able to restore three of the four key tools it would need to launch an attack on U.S. soil: a safe haven in Pakistan's tribal areas, operational lieutenants and senior leaders. It could not immediately be learned what the missing fourth element is.
That "haven" consists of exactly two or three caves shared by those lieutenants, leaders, and other flea-infested rats who are each scheduled to go on a date soon with 72
virgins raisins all draped in pigskin burqas. The fourth element is running al-Qongress. So the draft should've read "able to maintain one of the four key tools...."
_ The group will bolster its efforts to position operatives inside U.S. borders.
Al-Qaeda's trying to get more Defeatistic Party politicians elected to al-Qongress? Either that or the Iranian-supplied terrorist cabal, like its not so strange bedfellows on the left, is very dissatisfied with Peloseri's progress getting our Troops to tuck tail and run. (Camp Sheham can just smell her first international endorsement!)
In public statements, U.S. officials have expressed concern about the ease with which people can enter the United States through Europe because of a program that allows most Europeans to enter without visas.
They could do the same thing with far greater ease through Mexico. Too bad we don't hear as much concern expressed inside the
Doltway about that.
The document also discusses increasing concern about individuals already inside the United States who are adopting an extremist brand of Islam.
Democapitulatic Party politicians adopting a dhimmitudinal appeasement strategy is another example of their extremism. They're also increasingly concerned that a few individuals inside their party are still having some reservations about it. Perhaps this is what
the document Exhibit 1 in an unauthorized-disclosure prosecution is really discussing, since "an extremist brand" of The Religion of Decease is the same as saying a wetter brand of water.
National Intelligence Estimates are the most authoritative written judgments that reflect the consensus long-term thinking of senior intelligence analysts.
That is, when they aren't just drafts.
Government officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because
...disclosing classified information to any unauthorized person is a felony punishable by up to ten years in federal prison.
...the report has not been finalized,
That won't save you, Accomplices (to crime) Press. Draft or not, it's still classified information you're not authorized to have.
...described it as an expansive look at potential threats within the United States and said it required the cooperation of a number of national security agencies, including the CIA, FBI, Homeland Security Department and National Counterterrorism Center.
Is Google a banned site at AP? Did any of the ace reporters there fail to recall we already have an Office of the Director of National Intelligence
that "oversees and directs the implementation of the National Intelligence Program" and whose officials "continue to emphasize integration across the [Intelligence] Community"? Apparently that's not nuanced enough for the smartier-than-thou braindead trust cranking out these insipid
National security officials met at the White House on Thursday about the intelligence estimate and related counterterrorism issues. The tentative plan is to release a declassified version of the report and brief Congress on Tuesday, one government official said.
Another biased libstream media wishful expectation. Why don't you just hire some of those remaining al-Qaeda lieutenants as "journalists" to accept all future unauthorized disclosures? Would save the terrorists the time and trouble of having to go out and read their intellegence reports online or in a newspaper.
Ross Feinstein, spokesman for National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell, declined to discuss the document's specific contents.
Knowing that his doing so would be a felony and all.
But he said it would be consistent with statements made by senior government officials at congressional hearings and elsewhere.
Public statements, as opposed to treasonous disclosures by any of "our" federal employers more loyal to their Dhimm al'Qrat Party than to our country. Of course they wouldn't be able to commit those felonies without the help of their accomplices at AP.
The estimate echoes the findings of another analysis prepared by the National Counterterrorism Center
NCTC is under the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, by the way.
...earlier this year and disclosed publicly on Wednesday. That report — titled "Al-Qaida better positioned to strike the West" — found the terrorist group is "considerably operationally stronger than a year ago" and has "regrouped to an extent not seen since 2001," a counterterrorism official familiar with the reports findings told The Associated [with traitors] Press.
Regrouped so much that it's resorting to carbomb-driving doctors in the U.K. National Health Service. Not much operational strength was evidenced there.
But enough about al-Qaeda owing Iran's mad mullahs a refund.
Al-Qaedaqrat Party politicians have been so busy focusing on political benchmarks in Iraq they're once again completely failing to even glance in the mirror and examine some of their own in Washington:
A Tale of Two National Legislaturesby The Man Who Runs America The real debate over Iraq is between those who think the fight is lost or not worth the cost, and those who believe the fight can be won, and that as difficult as the fight is, the cost of defeat would be far higher. I believe we can succeed in Iraq, and I know we must. So we're working to defeat Al-Qaeda and other extremists, and aid the rise of an Iraqi government that can protect its people, deliver basic services, and be an ally in the war against these extremists and radicals. By doing this, we'll create the conditions that would allow our troops to begin coming home while securing our long-term national interests in Iraq and in the region. When we start drawing down our forces in Iraq, it will be because our military commanders say the conditions on the ground are right, not because pollsters say it will be good politics.
– President George W. Bush
Now, I know the benchmark news is good on the military side. On the political side — and we'll have Tony Snow here at the top of the next hour to discuss all this. But, frankly, folks, all this benchmark stuff, even with the good news on the military side, frankly, who cares? Who really cares about the benchmarks? These benchmarks were imposed by leftists in Congress....
We are in Iraq — and I've said this repeatedly — and we are there because it is in our national security interests. This is not just a stabilize-the-country mission. There is much, much more to it. Frankly, the president was great today in explaining the rationale. Our military, along with Iraqi armed forces, are making solid progress. The interim report indicates that. The Sunnis are now turning on Al-Qaeda, and that's all that matters. What we have here is we have an incompetent, obstructionist Democrat Congress which has accomplished nothing good for this country, trying to use benchmarks to tell another legislative body it's not up to standards? The Democrat Party and the Democrat-led Congress is one-for-seven in its benchmarks, and that one is a worthless minimum wage bill.
These guys have no business telling anybody else, fledgling or otherwise, how to do their jobs. It's pretty funny if you stop and think about it. Our Congress can't do anything right or well right now, despite the fact that our politicians live in luxury. They don't have to worry about getting gunned down or running into a roadside bomb on the way to work every day. They live in the lap of luxury, and he still can't get anything done. Our politicians live in a safe country. (No thanks to them, by the way.) Our Congress sets down standards for everybody else, but they can't even fund the military; they can't control taxing and spending; they can't control the border; they can't reform Social Security and Medicare, but this Congress will tell everybody else what they have to do, and that it must be done tomorrow! A bunch of incompetent boobs in the Democrat Party running this Congress can't do diddly-squat in the House or Senate, and they dare to sit and tell a fledgling little democracy like Iraq and Prime Minister Maliki, "You aren't good enough, pal. You aren't moving fast enough to meet our standards." Sorry, folks. It doesn't wash.
Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid now run Congress. They are responsible for what does or does not occur there. They keep talking about Bush this and Bush that, but they have the power of the purse. They can come up with fixes for entitlement programs. They can de-fund the war if that's really what the American people want. They can initiate tax cuts for all Americans. They can confirm solid judges. They can direct funding for border security. They can do all these things. Yet they do nothing! All they do is harass and investigate the administration and now tell the government of Iraq that it ain't good enough and it's not moving fast enough, that the benchmarks aren't being met. They probably gave them some impossible benchmarks to meet anyway. Let me suggest something. For all I know, which is a constant judgment and assessment of this Congress, the Iraqi parliament may well be more competent and more successful than our Democrat Congress. Harry Reid can only hope to be as good as Maliki. Meanwhile, Nancy Pelosi, who has nothing good to say about the Iraqi government — and this is something, folks, I want you to hear me on. This is important.
Nancy Pelosi, who has nothing good to say about the Iraqi government, an ally of the United States, slobbers all over the Iranian and Syrian terrorist regimes — and we learn in this report that the Syrians are sending "50 to 80 suicide bombers per month for al Qaeda in Iraq," and she's over there breaking bread with this little Bashar Assad? She doesn't criticize the conduct of the Syrians. She doesn't criticize the conduct of the Iranians in slaughtering American soldiers, in torturing and imprisoning dissidents, attacking Israelis and all the rest. She broke bread with the mass murderer of Syria, and he wants to go do the same thing with Mahmoud Ahmedinejad in Iran, and she was all happy about the pictures. She tried to present the pictures to the world that she runs this country, that George W. Bush doesn't, that the US Congress does. Well, she's not got much to point to in terms of her accomplishments to make the world proud of what she's doing — and yet they sit there and they demand that other legislatures, other legislative bodies do it, do it right and do it tomorrow, or receive our condemnation. Why doesn't Congress set out any benchmarks for Syria? Why doesn't Congress set any benchmarks for Iran?
They can sit there and make all these benchmarks for Iraq all day long. Well, let's set some benchmarks for the Iranian nuclear program. Let's have some benchmarks here for Syria and some of these other terrorist regimes. We are holding the Iraqi government to standards that our own Congress can't meet. Another example: We hear it said that they can't even agree on how to split up oil revenue. Yes, they're having a problem with dividing the wealth in Iraq. Of course, our people in this country and the Congress say, "Oh, that's horrible! They can't even figure out how to split up the oil revenue?" Well, our damn Congress can't even agree to open up drilling in ANWR! Our Congress can't even agree to reduce regulations to allow the construction of refineries. To tell the Iraqis where they're screwing up in their energy program? No nuclear plants are being built, no new refineries are being built. They don't do anything to get rid of the regulations that actually would help us become energy independent. We have no effective energy policy — and yet here they are pointing fingers at the Iraqi regime for not figuring out a way to share the wealth. I think we should take some of these benchmarks that I have just mentioned, the failures of the US Congress, measure our Congress against them, and give them a grade and let's see how the Democrat Congress would fare under such benchmarks....
Congress doesn't have leaders; it has politicians. Leaders lead. Politicians play politics, and today there's no connection between the two.
Where is al-Qongress' "Plan B" for meeting all its own benchmarks?
Meanwhile, Iranian aggressors observe al-Qongress' internal wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth and thinks, "Keep it up, losers, and it'll be our side that's going to win this War."
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