The Washington Post Goes in the Tank for Obama
The media have already picked their winner. My colleagues Pejman Yousefzedeh and Bob Hahn have pointed to a Rassmussen poll that indicates 49% of sentient Americans believe the media is in the tank for Barack Obama Today on the front page of the Washington Post two reporters, with a thrill running up their collective leg, demonstrate the veracity of this poll by engaging in blatant, | Read More »
Obama Still Doesn’t Support The Surge
Now that Obama has finally made his so-called fact-finding trip to Iraq, we find that it was too audacious to expect the antiwar champion of the liberal/progressive left to keep an open mind. Obama’s closed-minded opposition to the surge and support for a firm an arbitrary time table for the withdrawal of troops hasn’t changed. When asked if knowing what he knows now, he would | Read More »
Peter Wehner For McCain Ad-Man
This is an excellent refutation to the Obama campaign’s arguments concerning Iraq policy. The McCain campaign would be wise to incorporate it into its stump speech. Pronto.
Listening To The Military
Why doesn’t Barack Obama take the advice of military experts when it comes to crafting his Iraq policy? President George W. Bush’s top military adviser said on Sunday setting an unconditional two-year timetable for getting U.S. troops out of Iraq in two years would be dangerous. But Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he would be able to recommend more | Read More »
Filthy Hippies Spitting on Veterans
Yeah, the left supports the (Rapist) troops all right. They also support (Fascist) America, and George W. (Hang Him) Bush. If you can muscle through and keep lunch down, the last minute will make you feel better. H/T Wolking’s World, Ace, and Hot Air. Also find Bill Dupray at The Patriot Room
Are We There Yet? Victory in Iraq and the 2008 Election
“Events, dear boy, events.” –Former British PM Harold Macmillan on the greatest threat to any government’s plans. “In chaos there is opportunity” –Variously attributed. It’s time for Republicans to decide: are we willing to stake the election on the proposition that we have won the war in Iraq?
What the Democrats and Obama said about the surge strategy
Let’s be clear about this. When Democrats (and a few Republicans) said they opposed the surge in troops, they also opposed the strategy. Why? Because to execute the strategy, more troops were needed. We couldn’t go on moving troops around to handle hot spots. Baghdad desperately needed more security, and moving troops to Baghdad from Anbar or Diyala or other provinces would not solve the | Read More »
Slow Down There, Marc Ambinder
Three days and three translations later, the shock waves from the alleged Nuri al-Maliki “endorsement” of Sen. Barack Obama’s timeline for withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq have been tempered by a statement from the Prime Minister’s office making clear that the German magazine Der Spiegel got it all wrong. In their rapture at the thought that their golden boy had conquered Sen. John McCain | Read More »
Don’t Know Much About Arabic
Lots and lots of people have noted this but it is worth emphasizing anew that Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki did not say what a lot of people gleefully report him as having said: A German magazine quoted Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki as saying that he backed a proposal by presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq within | Read More »
Obama’s Magical Mystery Tour
After a week of intense media foreplay, Obama has finally embarked on his magical mystery tour. As he boarded the plane that took him on the first leg of his anxiously awaited Middle East and European tour, a pair of uniformed Air Force officers saluted simultaneously, as they do each time President Bush boards Air Force One. As the media-anointed President in waiting, Obama is | Read More »
Maliki denies Der Spiegel claim [Updated]
Nouri al-Maliki had best watch out for Obamabus, because it hungers, and my first question just got answered: Maliki denies the report from Der Spiegel, saying that his words were “misunderstood, mistranslated and not conveyed accurately,” according to CNN. Maliki became a quick friend to Obama as soon as that report came out, but now will he, too, go under the bus along with grandma? | Read More »
On Political Progress In Iraq And The Destruction Of Yet Another Meme
Remaining arguments against the proposition that the surge and the counterinsurgency strategy implemented in Iraq have been successful revolve around the contention that there has been no political reconciliation in the country. Such claims are harder to make these days: Iraq’s largest Sunni Arab political bloc returned to the government fold Saturday after calling off a nearly one-year boycott of the Shiite-dominated leadership–another critical stride | Read More »
Remember All Of The Looting Of Archaeological Sites In Iraq?
It got reported ad nauseam and was held up as an example of all of the poor planning the United States had engaged in while preparing for the aftermath of the fall of the Ba’athist regime. And here’s the thing: It didn’t happen. A recent mission to Iraq headed by top archaeologists from the U.S. and U.K. who specialize in Mesopotamia found that, contrary to | Read More »
War and Politics
As a military veteran of the Vietnam war and a deeply-patriotic American, I will tell you that there is nothing that will raise my blood pressure more, raise my decible level more, or ignite my fiery passions more than those to attempt to diminish the courage, valor, and achievements of our men and women in uniform – or those who choose to exploit the tragic | Read More »
A question for Barack Obama
Prime Minister Maliki has spoke positively of the surge since it started, crediting it for averting civil war in his country. Now that Maliki and President Bush are talking about using the success of the surge and General Petraeus’s new strategy in order to pull our troops out earlier, will you admit you were wrong and Bush was right about the surge?