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Obama’s Media Darlings to Follow Him on Trip

Posted by Ryan on July 18, 2008

As if there was any doubt about the MSM’s Big Three network’s bias towards Barack Obama, this removes all suggestion to the contrary.  Charlie Gibson, Brian Williams, and Katie Couric are all going along on the trip!  John McCain’s been to Iraq three times since campaigning began last year (that sound you hear is crickets), and eight times total since the war began.  The MSM isn’t even trying to hide the bias anymore!

Yet, Obama hasn’t been to Iraq since January 2006 and has never visited the “real war” in Afghanistan, so all Big Three anchors will follow their clinically narcissistic and vain Good Shepherd around Europe and the Mideast, drooling, fawning, basking.  I guess that it should be big news that Obama was guilted and cornered into taking this trip… by John McCain of all people!  No mention of that in front of the Savior.  In fact, some in the MSM are blaming the McCain camp for making this a bigger story than it otherwise would have been!  So, McCain controls the media now?  Hmm.

This trip will strain one’s objective credulity worse than Greta Van Susteran’s hanging out in Aruba for months looking for Natalee Holloway — what a hard assignment that must have been: very few breaks in the story but lots and lots of sunshine!  It’ll be like watching the Big Three have spontaneous orgasms every night on TV, as they swoon over their chosen savior.  Get your V-Chips ready!  Good thing I don’t watch those networks.  I honestly don’t know anyone under 50 who does watch them more than once a week.  I’ll hear what’s going on when Brit Hume lets me know. 

What makes this whole affair worse is that Obama’s trip to Europe, Iraq and Afghanistan will probably be paid for by the taxpayers since the trip is being billed as a “fact-finding mission.”  Belonging to a Union I know what it feels like to have your money going to a campaign of someone you do not like and would never vote for.  I hope people take notice of this:  that, in the words of Rush fill-in Jed Babbin, the MSM has become a very large and very powerful “527” in Obama’s favor.

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Finishing the “Real War” in Iraq

Posted by Ryan on July 17, 2008

There’s this story going around the AP this morning which indicates that some soldiers are longing to go to the “real war” in Afghanistan, as Iraq is becoming the more quiet of the two battlefields lately.  With violence against Coalition troops in Iraq on pace to be the lowest in years and the Dems even having to accept the Surge’s success, this story reveals two major points in my opinion: 

1.  Our soldiers are awesome, ready for a fight wherever they happen to be sent, even longing for a chance to kill the bad guys.  As professional soldiers, soldiering is their job, so I’m very glad they take pride and have enthusiasm for their work. 

2.  The AP and the MSM are essentially embracing the Democrat’s position on Iraq, that the “real” bad guys are in Afghanistan and that the fight there should be escalated quickly.  This has been their narrative for five years, stating that Iraq was a distraction from the real War on Terror, even though Bin Laden himself believes that Iraq was the central front in the War on Terror.  What does he know, right?  Nonetheless, it’s a position designed to attack Bush and the Republicans on their strongest electoral issue historically, dealing with terrorism, and it’s obviously transparent and won’t work with flip-flop Obama as their spokesman.

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Obama Rewrites Iraq and Gets Stuck

Posted by Ryan on July 15, 2008

On the same day that Barack Obama wants to rewrite his Iraq War position while continuing to insist that his position has never fundamentally changed, the McCain campaign seized on the recurrent flip-flop issue by noticing Obama’s changing website, which has suddenly brightened up the picture in Iraq

Well, updating one’s website is normal, but updating the basic premise of an issue that garnered countless thousands of kook-fringe voters in the primaries is another thing altogether!  Obama is both insulting the rubes that voted for him, while giving McCain an opening to legitimately harp on the flip-flop motif of which the Republicans have been trying to tag Obama this last month to great effect: abortion, faith-based initiatives, Iraq itself, gun rights, etc. are all part of the evidence!

Furthermore, Obama’s people are making a really dumb political move by allowing this speech without protest.  Insisting that he give an Iraq/Afghanistan speech before he visits the region traps him in a very high-profile political way, making his trip just a lens to justify his preconceptions, not the other way around which would give more political cover to take the exact same positions he lays out today but with more legitimacy.  It’s a ridiculous move and McCain’s already hitting him on it!  Even Christopher Hitchens, a super duper uber leftist, believes that Obama’s “zero-sum” attitude towards the two theaters is unfounded and small-minded. 

CNN photo from Fact Check.

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Bush Push on Oil Drilling

Posted by Ryan on July 14, 2008

President Bush announced today that he is rescinding his father’s Executive Order which banned off-shore oil drilling.  And it’s about time in my opinion!  What’s interesting about this development is that Congress imposed it’s own separate ban, meaning that if off-shore drilling were to take place, both branches would have to agree.  Now, it’s solely in the hands of Congress.

Come to think of it, President Bush is really gaining a number of important victories over the Dems ever since they took over Congress:  Bush stopped the Dems from cutting-and-running in Iraq, securing Bush’s policy through the end of his term — a huge meaningful victory on the Homefront; Bush got his FISA bill through a hostile Congress with nearly all of his proposals in tact — not an easy task for any lame-duck; and now Bush has successfully outflanked the Dems by taking the drilling issue and put it on the laps of Pelosi and Reid! 

Brilliant maneuvering from an “idiot” who still has the capacity to outflank his opponents on important issues during the last year of his tenure.  This will expose the Dems’ weak and complex rhetoric about how the oil companies “can already drill”, or the mantra “we can’t drill our way out of this” nonsense.  They can try to blame Bush policies, but they will confuse the public who understands that gas comes from oil and securing domestic oil is a security issue.  Bush has set things up for the Republicans to pound the message home.  Will they take it?

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One Look at the Bush Legacy

Posted by Ryan on June 22, 2008

Finally a journalist who has some sense of historical perspective beyond the contemporary headlines!  Andrew Roberts wrote this article* comparing George W. Bush to another heavily maligned US president in his day, Harry S Truman.

I think the comparison may stand in historical perspective.  Harry Truman was deeply disliked by the American people in 1952, blamed for an unpopular war, and navigating through a tough economic transition after World War II.  Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Truman was still viewed poorly: aside from the disastrous Korean stalemate, his “Fair Deal” fell flat, Congress kept flipping from Dem to Republican on him, Truman’s administration was constantly dogged for having real communist spies all over it, etc.  But no one remembers much of that through the lens of history, since the basic tenants of Truman’s Cold War policies were used by all subsequent administrations in a truly effective way until 1991.

Today, he’s viewed by members of both parties as a model President, even in the top five to some experts and certainly in the top 10 to others!  Even She Who Must Not Be Named once said that we need another Harry Truman — one who will make good decisions in the face of tough choices or being unpopular. 

In a sense, we do in George W. Bush.  As Roberts’ article explains, a President is usually remembered in history for one or two things.  In 2030, Bush will not be remembered for Valerie Plame or Katrina or the “recession.”  Once the contemporary politics has moved on, he’ll most likely be remembered for Iraq, Afghanistan, and for keeping America safe for the last 7 1/2 years of his Administration following 9/11.  Or at least Bush hopes so.

Pic from MIT.

* — Roberts, writing for a British paper, mixes up Warren Harding with Herbert Hoover initially.  As an historian this kind of bothers me, but his larger point still stands (plus he’s quoting from a left-wing news source, and you know loosely the Left uses history!)

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The Fifth Anniversary of the Fall of Baghdad

Posted by Ryan on April 9, 2008

Five years ago, the wall-to-wall Iraq War coverage had a breaking news bulletin where cameras showed us the sights from Baghdad. 

I was at lunch duty at school (that’s when teachers watch students eat and confiscate cell phones) when pictures of US Marines in the center of Baghdad wrapped a US flag over the head of a Saddam statue.  While I had no problem with that, they promptly took it down and set up a crane to help knock down Saddam’s statue.

I remember that day well.  Only 21 days at war and the regime ran into hiding, Iraqi’s were in the streets celebrating with American troops.  Good times for America, Iraq, and the region! 

Then, you know, stuff happened and things got complicated and messy fast.  But April 9, 2003, was still a great and historic day.

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Special Ops Video from Iraq

Posted by Ryan on April 5, 2008

Check out this ass-kicking video from our brave soldiers making incursions into Mahdi-filled Sadr City in Baghdad:

Hat Tip Malkin.

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McCain on Letterman, Imus

Posted by Ryan on April 2, 2008

John McCain appeared on the “Late Show with David Letterman” last night, being the last of the three candidates still in this race to appear on the show.  McCain is also the most readily available to the media, by the way.  McCain wasn’t bad for a politician and actually got off the stage when the skit was finished! 

Here’s a clip:

So, I awoke with good-vibes about McCain.  Then I got in my car to go to work.  I love 77 WABC, which has Don Imus on during my commute.  Imus had McCain on this morning and everything was going well — the Dems, the Veep-stakes, etc., until Imus asked McCain if McCain thought the Iraq War “was worth it.”  McCain got two full uninterrupted minutes and managed to dodge a direct answer, talking about mismanagement and such, rather than the long-term strategy or sacrifices of the soldiers and stuff that we expect from McCain.  This was not a good development in my book.  Ugh.

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Osama Has Bin Relevant, Not So Much Anymore

Posted by Mike on March 19, 2008

How the mighty have fallen. In 2001, Osama Bin Laden actively and openly led a sophisticated international terrorist network that was disciplined, organized, well-financed, supported by evil regimes, and successful in carrying out terrorist attacks on American soil. After President Bush responded to the September 11 attack with a multi-pronged strategy including two wars, international law enforcement cooperation, and the freezing of terrorist financial assets, Osama Bin Laden became less relevant with every passing day.

Back in 2001, Bin Laden was undoubtedly shocked when the nation he viewed as a paper tiger actually followed through on its rhetoric for the first time in about eight years. Fortunately for the civilized world, the War on Terror forced Bin Laden to abandon his active leadership role in Al Qaeda so he could hide under a rock somewhere. Unfortunately for the civilized world, he never assumed room temperature and always managed to stay on message when he found a way to release his words to the public. Sure, his days of successful planning were over, but his terrorist pep talks were always relevant, focusing on topics such as Iraq, Madrid, or London. These days, the messages are less frequent, more irrelevant, and simply bizarre.

Today, on the fifth anniversary of the opening of the War on Terror’s Iraq front, Bin Laden revealed just how pathetic his existence has become. Seven years ago, Bin Laden actively led a terrorist organization that successfully planned and funded an attack on American soil that killed 3,000 innocent people and destroyed two of the tallest buildings in the world. Today, he can barely peak out of his cave and when he finally does, the best he can do is to whine about the Pope and demand better cartoons.

I pray that the civilized world keeps up with its progress in the War on Terror because although Bin Laden is marginalized like never before, he is like a dangerous cockroach who will always be a threat until vaporized. May Bin Laden’s next message be his last will and testament.

UPDATE: I should have read Ace of Spades before posting today. He thinks “today’s” message was Bin Laden’s last will and testament, and has 80s music for your enjoyment.

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Operation Iraqi Freedom, Plus Five

Posted by Ryan on March 19, 2008

The Iraq War turns five today.  On the evening of March 19, 2003, President Bush notified the American people that Saddam’s regime was about to face American/Coalition might after repeated human rights violations and ignoring 17 UN Resolutions — in a post-9/11 world America was not going to ignore gathering threats like we did back in the 1990s.  It was already March 20 in Baghdad when the war started, so I’m wearing my patriotic gear tomorrow. 

“Operation Iraq Freedom” began that day and in 21 days, on the afternoon of April 9, 2003, Baghdad was liberated from Saddam’s grasp, ending the regime of that vicious dictator for good.  I was proctoring lunch duty at work when live pictures and video came in on TV of the toppling of Saddam’s statue.  I told all the students watching with me to remember that moment and those pictures of Iraqi children stamping their shoes against the head of Saddam’s statue.  It was a proud moment of accomplishment for America.

Yet, we soon learned a tough lesson:  just because we’re great at winning war, doesn’t mean we’re great at winning peace.  We’re still paying a high price for underestimating the scope of what needed to be done immediately to assuage the Iraqi people after their government collapsed. 

Yet, there was no need for shouting like the Libs quickly engaged in.  Rather, reasoned determination for a victory that all sides would have lived with, along with a plan that everyone could agree upon should have been exercised.  Alas, cooler heads did not prevail, the old maxim that “partisanship ends at the water’s edge” didn’t seem to count this time on the Left, and thusly the partisan/political split began: those who though American needed patience to win, and those who thought we should pick up the ball and go home. 

Hence, the last five years.  In the midst, the CPA handed over power, a new constitution and government is in place, my brother was sent over for a tour of duty around Taji and Al Asad for a year (January 2005 to April 2006), and the Sunni Awakening coupled with the Surge have given us hope that a page has been turned.

Like the President, I believe that General David Petraeus’ Surge strategy will ultimately see us through to victory in stabilizing Iraq — not even the Dems are saying the troops are coming home next year anymore.  It’s going to continue to be a tough slog and a commitment to the Mideast region which we can no longer afford to ignore.  Democratization of the Mideast is a bold proposal; some say ridiculous.  If it pans out, Bush will be seen as a unique visionary with the forethought and gumption to have taken a chance on an area of the world left out of globalization, democracy, and basic human rights.  If it doesn’t pan out, then Bush will be the misguided, dangerous, mistake-ridden dunce that the Left paints him out to be nowadays.  “Panning out” could take a while, though. 

So, as I see it today and tomorrow are not days of celebration, but of contemplation.  I also believe that the most important question to contemplate is this:  was nearly 4000 KIA and over 20,000 wounded worth the struggle?  I believe that history will vindiate America in the eyes of the region and the world for what we are trying to accomplish. 

Plus, I believe America is always at its best when we are trying to allow the oppressed to share in the freedoms we take for granted every day.

AP photos.

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