More Of The Same From Democrats

Senate Democrats and so called fearless leader, Harry Reid, called for Republicans to get out of lockstep with the Bush Administration. In an effort to attract Republican votes, a new war bill has essentially become retarded, with no stipulations for withdrawal.

Their proposal was not expected to set a deadline to end the war, as many Democrats want, but restrict troops to narrow objectives: training Iraq’s military and police, protecting U.S. assets and fighting terrorists, Democratic party officials told The Associated Press

Peeing in the wind still has the same result as peeing in your pants.

Posted by Dave

Russia’s Super New Weapon!

via: Reuters

By Dmitry Solovyov

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia has tested the world’s most powerful vacuum bomb, which unleashes a destructive shockwave with the power of a nuclear blast, the military said on Tuesday, dubbing it the “father of all bombs”.

Two other sources to read about this weapon are here and here.
Apparently this bomb ISN’T a nuclear bomb so it doesn’t fall under the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty. Oh yay…
(I edited out my personal comment. OK, I was just mad.)

Just added: Video of Reuters

Purge of Voter Rolls Ordered

via: Raw Story

Using statistics and methodology that some voting experts are calling “flawed,” the Justice Department’s Voting Section is telling 10 US states to purge voter rolls which allegedly show more registered voters than are eligible–a house-cleaning effort AlterNet’s Steven Rosenfeld says could swing the 2008 election.

Let the political shenanigans begin…

Words from Connecticut’s Sane Senator

Democratic presidential (forlorn) hopeful Chris Dodd takes on opponents Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton:

I was disappointed that Senator Obama’s thoughts on Iraq today didn’t include a firm, enforceable deadline for redeployment, and dismayed that neither he nor Senator Clinton will give an unequivocal answer on whether they would support a measure if it didn’t have such an enforceable deadline.

The Daily Show – “Iraq Me Dave Petraeus”

via: Crooks and Liars

Jon Stewart has fun with the report yesterday with General Petraeus. Frankly, nobody does this better. Jon’s gift for stating the obvious just can’t be beat (though Olbermann comes pretty darn close!)
Why can’t the MSM and the ‘real’ news people point out the obvious like this?? OMG!

Video can be seen here.

Bold and Beautiful

Ghislaine de Féligonde, a French girl, ventured, where no man dared to go. She searched the battlefields of World War I for her missing husband. And the brave girl found him, wounded, and brought him safely home in a wheelbarrow. This touching legend led me to grown this lovely rose, which carries the name of this courageous girl, in my garden.

Two of the Soldiers in Op-Ed Piece Killed in Iraq

via: Talking Points Memo
by Greg Sargent

It appears that two of the soldiers who helped co-write a riveting New York Times Op-ed last month criticizing U.S. war strategy in Iraq have now died.

The two soldiers are Staff Sergeant Yance Gray and Sergeant Omar Mora. Those are the names of two of seven soldiers who co-wrote the Op-ed, which described the political debate in Washington as “surreal,” opining that “to believe that Americans, with an occupying force that long ago outlived its reluctant welcome, can win over a recalcitrant local population and win this counterinsurgency is far-fetched.”

The op-ed piece was called “The War As We Saw It“. It can also be found at Truthout.org

What Are You Saying General Petraeus?

The surge has worked how?

In an exchange  between Senator Warner and the General:

WARNER: I hope in the recesses of your heart that you know that strategy will continue the casualties, stress on our forces, stress on military families, stress on all Americans. Are you able to say at this time, if we continue what you have laid before the Congress, this strategy, that if you continue, you are making America safer?

PETRAEUS: Sir, I believe that this is indeed the best course of action to achieve our objections in Iraq.

WARNER: Does that make America safer?

PETRAEUS: Sir, I don’t know actually. I have not sat down and sorted out in my own mind. What I have focused on and been riveted on is how to accomplish the mission of the Multinational Force in Iraq.

He expressed this same sentiment both days of the hearings so he obviously did not misspeak.  So General, we’re not fighting them there so we don’t have to fight them here?  

Well General has the surge made our troops safer?  Apparently not.  Check this chartof Iraq Casualties.

According to Senator Chris Dodd: “Are the 30,000 additional American troops helping clear some insurgent-run neighborhoods in Iraq? Absolutely. But these insurgents just move elsewhere in the country. As one soldier told me at Walter Reed after the surge began an hour-and-a-half after our soldiers leave following a month’s work, the insurgents return. In an interview on CNN this summer, General Petraeus also confirmed that American forces had to return to some neighborhoods that had already been cleared. Little wonder one opinion poll conducted jointly by the BBC, ABC News and NHK of Iraqis revealed that approximately 70% of Iraqis believe security has actually deteriorated in the area covered by the US military surge of the past six months. This “whack-a-mole” strategy has led to the bloodiest summer of the war.”

“General Petraeus said at the outset of the “surge” that the point was to allow the Iraqi government some breathing room to come to some sort of political reconciliation. But this hasn’t happened – as many as 7 in 10 Iraqis believe the surge has made political accommodation more difficult.”

So there are more American casualties, the Iraqis don’t feel more secure and they don’t believe political reconciliation is likely to be accomplished. 

But General you insist the surge has worked at the same time you suggest drawing the troops down to pre-surge levels.  And when is that going to happen?  Oh right before the next general election, interesting.

Via: The Huffington Post

“Swear Him In”

Retired CIA agent and political activist Ray McGovern has an editorial over at Truthout discussing the fact that he was thrown out of the Petraeus hearing yesterday, simply because he spoke the words, “Swear him in.”

Would any of us have done anything different, once we realized the Committee had failed to swear in General Petraeus?  What’s the point of having a hearing where you don’t swear in the witness.  Call me a cynic, but I don’t have confidence that anyone involved with this administration will tell the truth when not sworn in.
Check it out.