They Have Names, Barak Obama Loses His Mind, And Hillary
For example, see the stories on SPC Graves, and SGT Holtom. SGT Holtom was one of the Soldiers killed on 08 FEB 07, just about the same time I left Ramadi.
Jen and I have both written about the depersonalization of Soldiers by both the Left and the Right in this country, and I think that this website is a good step towards addressing that issue.
For the next story, h/t to Dadmanly, who dissected the speech in more detail than I care to.
Meanwhile, Obama made a speech in which he announced that his security strategy would be:
"When I am President, we will wage the war that has to be won, with a comprehensive strategy with five elements: getting out of Iraq and on to the right battlefield in Afghanistan and Pakistan; developing the capabilities and partnerships we need to take out the terrorists and the world's most deadly weapons; engaging the world to dry up support for terror and extremism; restoring our values; and securing a more resilient homeland."
I might be confused, but I'm sure he just suggested invading Pakistan.
"I understand that President Musharraf has his own challenges. But let me make this clear. There are terrorists holed up in those mountains who murdered 3,000 Americans. They are plotting to strike again. It was a terrible mistake to fail to act when we had a chance to take out an al Qaeda leadership meeting in 2005. If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf won't act, we will."
Oh, yeah. That's a call to invade Pakistan.
Population - 27,499,638
Inhabited mostly by Arabs and (friendly) Kurds.
Population - 124,741,924
Inhabited by Punjabis, Pakhtuns, Sindhis, Seraikis, etc.
HAS NUCLEAR BOMBS
OK, if you are running for President of the United States and you cannot keep in your head a list of the declared nuclear powers on this planet, you are too ignorant for the position you wish to fill.
If you are running for President of the United States and you make invading a declared nuclear power a cornerstone of your flippin' security strategy, you are too stupid for the position you wish to fill.
He wishes to give up fighting a counter-insurgency that we are winning in favor of invading a nation with four times the population, worse terrain, and considerably more martial inhabitants?
I understand he's on the campaign trail, and therefore he is going to talk out both sides of his mouth, but could he keep from making contradictory statements in the same paragraph?
Pakistan's value as an ally and commitment to the War on Terror (a phrase Obama studiously avoids using) is questionable. I have questioned it many times in the past, especially in relation to the Waziristan problem. My favored solution is to tie military aid and other aid to demonstrated progress towards fighting al-Qaeda. You know, using that whole "engaging the world" thing that Obama claims to favor?
So let me see if I understand his position correctly:
Obama would let al-Qaeda have Iraq.
Obama would "engage" with Syria, Iran, and other sponsors of state terror.
Obama would invade a declared nuclear power which is a wavering ally of the United States.
Obama would use meaningless phrases strung together to make Americans feel good while offering no actual concrete actions other than those listed above.
Yeah. I can so TOTALLY get behind that platform.
I love how the Left, including Obama, loves reminding us that "Most Muslims" are nice people who would never blow themselves up in a shopping center. This may be true--although you really have a hard time proving it based on the actual behavior of any Muslim government or group. EDIT: By the term "group" I mean specifically politically-oriented organizations, especially those intended to influence the West. In other words, every time I see a CAIR spokesman on the TV, I know that some Muslim has killed some non-Muslim, not that a Muslim has done something beneficial to society. /Edit
It is, as a short blurb on Gathering of Eagles reminds us, utterly irrelevant.
“Very few people were true Nazis,” he said, “but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.”
"Communist Russia comprised Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majorities were irrelevant. China’s huge population, was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people."
"The average Japanese individual prior to World War 2 was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel and bayonet."Meanwhile, Mike Yon's still writing about the war that the Media is ignoring. Yeah, for all the coverage that you might be seeing on network news, there are few journalists out there in real combat zones. Generally, you get some Arab stringer who goes out and shoots some "B-roll" which gets sent back to the journalists in a hotel in Baghdad, where they do a voice-over by reading the latest AP reports or paraphrasing a military press release, followed by some snarky commentary as if any reporter over there has the expertise to provide commentary. Of course most journalists are Democrats, and actually reporting positive news (regardless of the truth) is ideologically incorrect as long as Bush is in office.
Meanwhile, we got a better look at Hillary's mind than I wanted. Ewwww.
And finally, I leave you with a cartoon. . .