Posted by Ryan on September 3, 2008
David Petraeus indicated today that a pullout of MNF (Multi-National Forces) around the Baghdad area is probably possible by next summer due to conditions on the ground. He also said that the area is “‘spiraling upwards’ towards normal conditions” and “it gives Iraq new hope.” What great news from a straight-shooter and American hero who’s shown he would not deceive us for political reasons!
Before the Palin pick, General Petraeus and the increasing dividends of the successful “Surge” strategy were McCain’s best-friend and an issue I hope they return to in earnest once the Convention fever wears out sometime late next week.
Both O’Biden and Obama were dead wrong on this issue. And will someone in the McCain campaign please bring up O’Biden’s advocacy of the worst-thought-out foreign policy concept in a generation: splitting Iraq into a weak confederacy of three weak parts? It wouldn’t take five minutes for civil war, regional conflict with the Kurds, Iran, and al Qaeda to plunge the region into an apocalyptic scorched-earth dead zone. It would have truly been war without end. Luckily, Biden wasn’t in a position to see his plan work. Let’s keep it that way.
Posted in Election 2008, International Relations, Media Bias, Politics, The Iraq Front, War on Terror | Tagged: Al Qaeda, Baghdad, Barack Obama, David Petraeus, Iran, Joe Biden, John McCain, Kurdistan, Sarah Palin, The Surge | 1 Comment »
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.
Posted in International Relations, Media Bias, Politics, The Iraq Front | Tagged: Al Qaeda in Iraq, Iran, Iraqi Army, Mahdi Army, Moqtada al Sadr, Mullah Atari, Pakistan, President Bush, The Surge, World War I | 3 Comments »
Posted by Ryan on May 15, 2008
President Bush was giving a speech to the Israeli Knesset commemorating the 60th birthday of Israel. One of the most traumatic events in the history of the Jews and an integral part of the history of the state of Israel was the Holocaust, which only happened because of the horrors of World War II. That war began as a result of years of appeasement towards Hitler and the Nazis. “Never again” has been the mantra from the Israelis and Jews all over the world ever since.
So, Bush brought up this concept in his speech today, especially in lieu of the modern dangers of Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah, and al Qaeda on Israel:
“Some seem to believe we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along. We have heard this foolish delusion before. As Nazi tanks crossed into Poland in 1939, an American senator declared: ‘Lord, if only I could have talked to Hitler, all of this might have been avoided.’ We have an obligation to call this what it is — the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history.”
Somehow, Obama thought this was a swipe at Obama.
The campaign and the national Dems subsequently flipped out in an amazing knee-jerk fashion: calling these remarks a “false political attack,” (Obama), “bullsh*t” (from the intellectual Joe Biden), an “embarrassment to our country” (Dean), “outrageous and offensive” (She Who Must Not Be Named), and that “serious” people would distance themselves from the remarks (Pelosi), and so forth.
Jumping on the Dems’ knee-jerk reaction, here’s how McCain responded:
“I think Barack Obama needs to sit down and explain why he wants to talk with a man who is the head of a government that is a state sponsor of terror, that is responsible for the killing of brave young Americans, who wants to wipe Israel off the map, denies the Holocaust. That is what I think that Senator Obama ought to explain to the American people….
“It is a serious error on the part of Senator Obama that shows naiveté and inexperience and lack of judgment to say that he wants to sit down across the table from an individual who leads a country who says that Israel is a stinking corpse, that is dedicated to the extinction of Israel. My question is what does he want to talk about?”
Here’s the catch, though, which makes McCain’s point. This is quoted directly from Obama’s website under the section “Renewing American Diplomacy”:
“Talk to our Foes and Friends: Obama is willing to meet with the leaders of all nations, friend and foe. He will do the careful preparation necessary, but will signal that America is ready to come to the table, and that he is willing to lead. And if America is willing to come to the table, the world will be more willing to rally behind American leadership to deal with challenges like terrorism, and Iran and North Korea’s nuclear programs.”
Um. Right. That’s modern appeasement and naivete articulated perfectly. As if talking to radical jihadists will get them to suddenly stop hating Jews, they’d take off the suicide belt, and they’d stop planning to annihilate Israel in the name of Allah. Wow! That was easy!
Now I get it — the Dems are scared to death that people are going to pay attention to an actual policy position Obama has, couching it in “President Bush is bad and McCain should condemn him,” even though the real story here is not Bush (as the Dems would like), it’s Obama’s knee-jerk reaction which seems to have hit a nerve!
Hat tip Drudge.
Posted in Blogroll, Election 2008, Politics, War on Terror | Tagged: Al Qaeda, appeasement, Biden, Bush, Dean, Hamas, Hezbollah, Hitler, Holocaust, Iran, Israel, Knesset, McCain, Nazi, Obama, Pelosi, She Who Must Not Be Named, World War II | 6 Comments »
Posted by Mike on March 11, 2008
When Jimmy Carter and other like-minded liberals fantasized about closer relations between America and France, I don’t think they were talking about the two countries seeing eye-to-eye on Israel and the Iranian threat. Fortunately for the civilized world, Nicolas Sarkozy is not your typical French President or incompetent American one.
During Shimon Peres’ recent visit to Paris, Sarkozy reiterated his affection for Israel and commitment to their security, especially as far as Iran is concerned.
“Not from time to time, Mr. President — always,” said Sarkozy. “And those who call in a scandalous, scandalous way for the destruction of Israel will always find France in front of them to block their route.”
I have been impressed with Sarkozy ever since I first learned that he was a candidate for the French Presidency, but his treatment of Shimon Peres is especially commendable. France is infamous for its embarrassingly large anti-Semitic minority, a minority that which can be quite disruptive when angered. Lining the Champs-Elysees with Israeli and French flags despite this sad fact took guts. Maybe Old Europe can become new again.
Posted in Europe, Politics | Tagged: anti-semitism, France, Iran, Israel, Nicolas Sarkozy, Old Europe, Shimon Peres | 1 Comment »