October 26, 2005
U.S. Army Lt. Col. Steve Boylan, director of the armed force's combined press center, is requesting that the media show some restraint for the sake of the families of the men and women currently serving in Iraq. He reminds them that "The 2,000 service members killed in Iraq supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom is not a milestone. It is an artificial mark on the wall set by individuals or groups with specific agendas and ulterior motives."
Malkin weighes in:
Indeed. These are people, remember, who liken Iraqi terrorists to America's Minutemen during the Revolutionary War.These people are disgusting. Trapped in some kind of Vietnam-era time warp, these people live every day hoping and praying for failure and death so they can make political hay.
Who oppose not only the war in Iraq, but also the invasion of Afghanistan after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Who believe the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and at Shanksville, Pa., were a Bush conspiracy with Israel and/or Saudi Arabia.
Who applaud when left-wing professor Ward Churchill gloats about "chickens coming home to roost" and suggests that the peace movement should support the fragging of American troops.
Who use the names and images of dead American soldiers against their families' wishes to propagate anti-Bush hatred.
Who believe Saddam Hussein should be freed and Guantanamo Bay emptied.
Who carry around banners that proclaim "WE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS WHEN THEY SHOOT THEIR OFFICERS."
There's your "peace" movement.
God bless the troops, fighting for the freedoms of their fellow Americans - even these selfish, ungrateful pricks. "Peace, Love, Dope"...you douchebags.
October 25, 2005
"And in the end, an armed insurgency ended up watching helplessly as millions of Iraqis repudiated them and marched bravely to the polling stations to take ownership of their own government. That is the largest victory of all, and the kind that will win the war on terror in the long run."Amen.
October 18, 2005
The greatest tragedy imaginable for our "mainstream media" would be to have to admit that President Bush was right about Iraq.I wonder how this current generation of "journalists" would have viewed the prospect of invading Nazi-occupied France and liberating Europe. But then, since no one will ever refer to them as the "greatest generation" why should anyone expect them to behave as one deserving of such praise?
A startling number of editors and opinion columnists have been wrong about every development in Iraq (and Afghanistan). First, they predicted a bloody, protracted war against Saddam's military. Then they predicted civil war. They insisted that Iraq's first elections would fail amid a bloodbath. Then they declared that Iraq's elected delegates would not be able to agree on a draft constitution. Next, they thundered that Iraq's Sunni Arabs wouldn't vote.
Most recently, the sages of the opinion pages declared that the proposed constitution would be defeated at the polls by the Sunni Arabs. All along they've displayed a breathtaking empathy with the Islamist terrorists who slaughter the innocent, giving Abu Musab al-Zarqawi a pass while attacking our president and mocking the achievements of our troops.
A herd mentality has taken over the editorial boards. Ignoring all evidence to the contrary, columnists write about our inevitable "retreat" from Iraq, declaring that "everyone knows" our policies have no chance of success.
That isn't journalism. It's wishful thinking on the part of those who need Iraq to fail to preserve their credibility.
October 17, 2005
Or do you crumple it up and throw it away because you're embarrassed that you took a few minutes out of your day to exercise a right that millions of men and women died for; embarrassed to have people know that you actually care enough to vote for someone, because you think they might snicker or roll their eyes at you because it's not "hip" to vote? Maybe you just don't want people to ask you who you voted for because you don't feel like getting into an argument.
Well, for the second time this year, Iraqi citzens got their unique tell-tale proof that they voted - an ink-stained finger. And they're proud to show you, even at the risk of being killed by those who desperately want to stop it.
It speaks volumes that even those Iraqis who opposed the proposed Constitution did so by voting "no" rather than blowing up a polling place. This, my friends, is democracy. It's not as "democratic" as the kind we enjoy here in America - which itself is far from perfect - but it's light-years ahead of where any of the biggest cynics thought Iraq would be at this point.
In most of Iraq, polling centers hosted a steady stream of voters throughout the day. But the vote appeared split along sectarian lines. In Sunni neighborhoods of Baghdad, Baquba, and the northern city of Mosul, a wide majority of Sunnis said they voted "no." In the Shiite neighborhoods of the same cities, the opposite was true.There will be many Sunni Arabs unhappy with the result, but can they act any worse than Democrats do when they lose elections?
"Of course I voted yes,'' says Aisha Mohammed, a Shiite woman emerging from the polling place in Baquba. "This is our future - and I think it will start to bring peace." She contrasted Iraq's last referendum - an Oct. 15, 2001, vote for president in which Hussein received 100 percent of the vote - with this one. "No more fake elections - real elections have to be good for Iraq."
"I came here to challenge the force of evil," says Abu Ali Shawkat Kadhim in Baghdad, a Shiite laborer whose brother, nephew, and cousins were killed under Hussein's regime. "Please do not say Sunni refuse and Shiites agree. Say the forces of evil refuse and the forces of good say yes."
Democracy is hard. Most worthwhile things are. And once freedom is embraced it's pretty hard to let go - as demonstrated here by celebrating Iraqis, brought to you by "Iraq The Model".
October 16, 2005
Turnout was 61% with Sunnis voting in surprisingly high numbers. Though this Sunni turnout could make the result close, it's largely expected that Iraq's new Constitution will be ratified. Final vote count should come in a couple of days.
Roger L. Simon provides some important perspective:
Because the mainstream media has done its best to hypnotize the public into believing the "failure" of the American democracy project in Iraq, it is worth comparing some dates:Despite all the doom and gloom pushed by the MSM and the naysayers, the success of these small but deliberate steps toward democratizing Iraq - and the region - are mighty blows against the terrorists. What must be going through Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's mind at this point? This is his worst nightmare.
Operation Iraqi Freedom - began March 19, 2003
Election to ratify constitution for a democratic Iraq - October 14, 2005
That's two years and seven months.
US Declaration of Independence - July 4, 1776
Completion of US Constitution - September 17, 1787 (took effect 1789)
That's eleven years and two months. (I could have begun with the Boston Tea Party which would have added another three years.)
Anybody want to take a bet about how history will regard Operation Iraqi Freedom? No wonder the New York Times is singing a (relatively) different tune this morning.
h/t: Michelle Malkin
October 15, 2005
BareKnucklePolitics is live blogging the referendum.
October 13, 2005
Amid these lamentations, however, one area emerges about which the terror commander exudes great confidence: the media. The lesson he learned from Vietnam is that "more than half of the battle is taking place on the battlefield of the media." He clearly wants to use the media, in the U.S. and in the Arab world, to induce the U.S. to pull out of Iraq and default a position of strength to al Qaeda.The U.S. media never seem to get that they are playing the role of useful idiots in a game of psychological warfare.
He actually worries about the possibility that Zarqawi will blow victory on the media battlefield: Toward this end, he gently urges Zarqawi to discontinue his habit of beheading hostages, suggesting that perhaps instead he could just shoot them. "We are in a media race for . . . hearts and minds," he writes.
The long Zawahiri letter is a rough roadmap of the strategic vision for al Qaeda's intentions in Iraq and the global jihad. If it has a familiar ring, that's because George Bush has been warning the world about it for several years.
October 12, 2005
It's a long document, provided in .pdf format by Foxnews here. Once you filter through all the "Allah be praised/the prophet/the Caliphate/blessing on top of blessings" gobbledigook, there are some interesting nuggets of information here.
First, an acknowledgement of failure in Afghanistan:
"The Summer started hot with operations escalating in Afghanistan. The enemy struck a blow against us with the arrest of Abu al-Faraj, may God break his bonds. However, no Arab brother was arrested because of him. The brothers tried-and were successful to a great degree-to contain the fall of Abu al-Faraj as much as they could.How's that for damage control, huh? This guy's spinning is a match for most American political handlers. more...
However, the real danger comes from the agent Pakistani army that is carrying out operations in the tribal areas looking for mujahedeen"
October 01, 2005
These men and women deserve to be remembered as heroes. No idiotic crescent of red trees could honor them nearly as appropriately as what already stands on that hallowed ground.
The report is well-documented with photos, accompanied by his narrative.
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