Cut And Run—Almost A Year Later

November 3rd, 2006

It was about a year ago that John Murtha offered his now infamous cut and run proposal on Iraq.

We now know from the NIE, that cutting and running would further embolden the jihadists to wage war against the West.

The party of cut and run may win the House of Representatives and the Senate.

And if they cut, that will only encourage the jihadists to make another run at large scale attacks on America.

What War? Part 3 of 3

November 2nd, 2006

It’s been an interesting war.
Too bad you missed it.

The legacy media has persuaded 54% of the American people that the overthrow of Saddam Hussein was not worth the effort – i.e., that he should have been allowed to ignore the treaties that ended the Operation Desert Storm, and to rearm. 

The ascendant Democratic Party will soon attempt to translate its “concept” of “Strategic Redeployment” into plain English, i.e., “cut and run.”

Do you doubt it?  Stop listening to Democrat Senators on “Meet the Press.”  Attend any Democratic Party mass rally and look at the signs.

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Who is Responsible For Deaths of Iraqis?

November 1st, 2006

“U.S. compliance with noncombatant immunity in Iraq is relatively high by historical standards…”

Writing the latest edition of Foreign Affairs Colin Kahl examined deaths in Iraq from American Forces, indigenous forces and terrorists and has concluded that U.S. forces show great restraint and take care to follow the laws of war.

Kahl has determined that U.S. forces are responsible for 3,582 civilian deaths since the end of major combat operations.

The terrorists, criminals and various sectarian wanabe warlords are responsible for killing 32,603 civillians.

Kahl points out an inconvinient truth for the left–that the real terrorists are, uh, terrorists.

The Deadliest Month in Two Years

October 31st, 2006

“The pace of U.S. deaths could make October the deadliest month is two years,” reported the AP on October 23rd.  The headline was duly repeated by countless broadcasters and commentators,

But this proved untrue.  The 107 troop death toll of January 2005 was higher. By Monday, October 30, a corrected assessment clogged the airwaves:  October 2006 was “the fourth deadliest month for U.S. troops since the March 2003 U.S.-led invasion.” (Reuters, Oct 30).

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News and Not News

October 30th, 2006

NOT NEWS

NOT NEWS

NEWS

Taking Stock In Iraq – Part 2 of 3

October 27th, 2006

by Richard Nadler
(The second of three pre-election valedictories)

By a margin of two-to-one, Americas believe our war effort is failing in Iraq.  But it is not.  Our arms and diplomacy are succeeding in standing up an anti-terrorist democracy.  Whether one looks at Iraqi security, politics, or economics, the important trends are positive.

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Taking Stock In Iraq – Part 1 of 3

October 25th, 2006

by Richard Nadler
(The first of three pre-election valedictories)

Democratizing the Middle East, starting with Afghanistan and Iraq, is the policy of the administration of President George Bush.  Its humanitarian rationale should be obvious to residents of the West.  But as American foreign policy, it must stand or fall on national security.

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Media War

October 24th, 2006

Michael Yon’s recent article in the American Standard is worth serious contemplation.

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NIE Again

October 24th, 2006

Via the Barone Blog:

“Committee Chairman Pete Hoekstra last week suspended and denied classified information to the unnamed staffer. According to Republican Rep. Ray LaHood, the staffer requested a copy of the April NIE three days before part of its contents appeared in the New York Times.”

So, we have probable leaker.

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Mordant Observations

October 23rd, 2006

It’s frustrating to discipline your home-boys.  Iraq Body Count – IBC – is the gold standard of anti-war research.  Its careful compilations of military, civilian, and contractor casualties in Iraq are used by anti-war activists the world over.

We at DD use them too – not because we agree with their looney-left politics, but because their methodology is honest and consistent.  It can therefore be used to attack their politics.

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