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John Edwards Can’t Hide Behind His Wife This Time

Posted by Mike on August 6, 2008

Do you ever get the feeling that John “Polly Prissy Pants” Edwards is Ann Coulter’s favorite target? I don’t if that has anything to do with the fact that the former Democrat Vice Presidential nominee is also one of the easiest targets out there, but she sure does seem to enjoy herself when he is the topic.

Today’s Coulter column is of course about the mainstream media’s silence over the story about John Edwards cheating on his cancer-stricken wife compared to their reactions to conservative scandals. According to Annie C., the media’s burning to desire to cover for the Silkster has caused them to refrain from reporting anything about the possible future Cabinet member. She even goes as far to proclaim:

Do you know what this means? At this precise moment in time, I could call Edwards a name that would send me to rehab, and the media wouldn’t be able to report it!

This woman is a genius. On the one hand, the media can’t report anything about Edwards because that would make him newsworthy again, thereby making it more difficult for them to ignore the obvious. On the other hand, here they have Ann Coulter hurling a politically incorrect insult at one of their favorite politicians. Now there’s a dilemma that won’t send a thrill up Chris Matthews’ leg.

This isn’t the first time Ann Coulter has battled John Edwards, but something tells me John won’t be able to hide behind his wife this time.

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Moqtada al Sadr Ready to Stand Down

Posted by Ryan on August 6, 2008

Little “Mullah Atari” himself, Moqtada al Sadr, has signaled that the various factions of Sadr’s Madhi Army will put down their guns and become glorified “community organizers” who will help rebuild Iraq when (or if) he issues his dictates this Friday.

Something that the above article brings home is the flood of good news out of Iraq lately:  most senior AQI (al Qaeda in Iraq) members have fled to Pakistan, US troop casualties dropped to the lowest level of the war last month, troop deployments have shrank from 15 to 12 months, Iran’s influence in the South is diminishing, and we’ll get a SOF (status-of-forces) agreement before Bush leaves office.  Add the collapse of AQI across Iraq this year and now the potential capitulation of Sadr’s Mahdi Army and at this moment the US, Iraqi Army and Coalition Forces “no longer faces any significant organized military foe in [Iraq].”

It could all change tomorrow, but for now it seems like victory is no longer an illusion, but a certainty in due course.  When looked at another point of view, the Surge has brought about the speediest and most significant tide-turning of any major military conflict since American entry into World War I ninety years ago. 

AP photo.

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Gitmo Conviction

Posted by Ryan on August 6, 2008

Weeping as the verdict was read, Bin Laden’s old driver Salim Hamdan was found guilty of terrorism, not conspiracy, by a six-member military tribunal.  Since he was only convicted on the first count, he’ll probably just have his stay at Gitmo extended for the rest of his life. 

US troops found him in a car in Afghanistan in November 2001 with two SAMs (surface-to-air missiles) in his car… but he claimed only to be a simple mechanic.  Perhaps a jury in LA would have bought that, but not this tribunal.  Wait, that could be sooner than later!

The MSM is all about the “split” nature of this decision and not the progress of having the trial produce a conviction in the first place.  Granted one only needs a majority of the tribunal to bring a conviction, but it’s a good start!  Despite the spin, I think this decision is great.  I think that bringing these trials earlier would also have had the effect of keeping terrorism in the news, while quieting the critics.

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