Senator Leahy fails our troops, again (From a Democrat)
Every time the going gets tough in overseas military operations, Democratic leaders, including Senator Leahy, get nervous, cave to their political base, and publicly communicate doom and gloom conclusions that have risk of causing a self-fulfilling prophecies.
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Afghanistan secure supply route plan
Secure border for a supply route – 19 kilometres or 12 miles wide Secure supply route border defences plan diagram (large – 960 x 1374 pixels) As can be seen in the diagram, the border perimeter defences are much the same whether you are securing a railway or a road. Diagram features. Explained for secure Afghanistan supply routes. Dangerous ground Enemy forces such as the | Read More »
Cross-posted at the updated: TobyToons.com
I forsee, that in the same manor as all other promises by candidate and president Obama, the idea that we will be surging and then retreating in Afghanistan will take the same ‘low road’. During his campain, candidate Obama promised a more open and transparent administration. The first 11 months of his career has shown otherwise. During his campain, candidate Obama promised to reach across | Read More »
DiFi calls for more troops in Afghanistan
I certainly didn’t see this coming. The article has more from Levin than from DiFi, but it also tosses in McGrahamCain to balance it out. Below are the parts with DiFi and Levin quotes. This seems like a big deal to me, as until now there has been zero comment from any influential Dems saying we need more troops there. Ike Skelton has taken McChrystal’s | Read More »
Q: When is a surge not a surge?
A: When Obama forces it to be a Marine version of community policing. Thousands of U.S. Marines descended upon the volatile Helmand River valley in helicopters and armored convoys early Thursday, mounting an operation that represents the first large-scale test of the U.S. military’s new counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan. The operation will involve about 4,000 troops from the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, which was dispatched | Read More »
Christian Brose: Obama should have thanked Bush for the surge.
(Via Hot Air Headlines) This is in the context of mentioning President Obama’s recent military speech, and in the context of discussing the fairly obvious – to people with functioning neural tissue, at least – points that the President is coasting on Bush’s successful surge strategy; and that our failure to actually have an ambassador to Iraq at the moment is, put simply, dumb. With | Read More »
And The Netroots Will Explode In 5, 4, 3, 2 . . .
1. Of course, I have to believe that if Barack Obama did not actually believe that the surge overseen by Secretary Gates really has been successful, he would not have consented to keep the Secretary on. By agreeing to retain Secretary Gates at the Pentagon, the President-elect has not-too-subtly endorsed the very surge and counterinsurgency efforts he spent time denouncing on the campaign trail. One | Read More »
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One last chance for McCain/Palin 2 win …
The fine military site Small Wars Journal today has an outstanding article by LtCol. Dale Kuehl titled Inside the Surge: 1-5 Cavalry in Ameriyah. The two central issues of this election are the war and the economy. As LtCol. Kuehl’s article makes clear, the too-simple ideology of the left and the too-simple ideology of the right are both utterly useless when it comes to actually | Read More »
MI Senate: Hoogendyk debates Carl Levin and Conservatives Win!
Cross-posted on Right Michigan at www.RightMichigan.com. What exactly HAS the senior senator from Michigan done for us in the last three decades? That was Jack Hoogendyk’s question of Carl Levin during last night’s US Senate debate televised statewide on public television. And if you missed it you missed out. (And the AP has a recap for you.) Jack is in an interesting position. No one | Read More »
Change is Inevitable
##It appears that Sarah Palin is just the breath of life John McCain’s campaign needs. After an early summer push by McCain, polls had recently begun to suggest Barack Obama’s attack ads linking President George W. Bush and McCain were beginning to work. So how has Obama responded to the new found excitement in the Republican party? Part sarcasm, part bitterness, and what seems to | Read More »
Change is Inevitable
It appears that Sarah Palin is just the breath of life John McCain’s campaign needs. After an early summer push by McCain, polls had recently begun to suggest Barack Obama’s attack ads linking President George W. Bush and McCain were beginning to work. So how has Obama responded to the new found excitement in the Republican party? Part sarcasm, part bitterness, and what seems to | Read More »
Joe Biden – Man Of Mystery – Undercover Director Of The Surge
Just when you think you’ve heard and seen enough for one election cycle, POOF, Joe Biden decides to spice things up a little. SEN. BIDEN: No. The surge helped make that–what made is possible in Anbar province is they did what I’d suggested two and a half years ago: gave local control. They turned over and they said to the Sunnis in Anbar province, “We | Read More »
The Phoenix Rises: McCain Surges Past Obama
John McCain has surged past Obama in the most recent USA/Today Poll, opening a massive lead of 54-44. It marks the first time either of the two candidates have garnered so much support nationwide. Though the results of the poll are probably a bit extreme, the conclusion is not. Taking into account the Poll of Polls, which shows McCain with a lead over Obama, the | Read More »