Thursday, March 13, 2008

He's not a conservative

Perhaps that's why he can't wait to debate taxes:

John McCain says he looks forward to debating taxes with Barack Obama, assuming the Illinois senator is the Democratic presidential nominee.
Of course even a socialist like McCain looks good compared to Obama.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Ethiopia

A few excerpts from an article about the advance of Ethiopian troops...



Six months ago, when the militia of the Islamic Courts Union seized the Somali capital of Mogadishu, it appeared that the al Qaeda-affiliated radicals were on the verge of a major triumph. The redoubtable StrategyPage declared them "unstoppable," and the usual hand wringers were urging us to negotiate with them.


All Islamic extremists are unlovely, but the Islamic Courts Union are a particularly nasty bunch. They modeled themselves on the (now deposed) Taliban in Afghanistan, and imposed their harsh version of Sharia (Islamic law) on the territory they controlled.


Movies and the playing of music were banned. So were smoking tobacco and chewing khat, a mild hallucinogen. Women were barred from beaches. People who didn't pray five times a day were threatened with beheading.


More than 20,000 Somalis fled in small boats across the Gulf of Aden to seek sanctuary in Yemen, said the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Thousands more clogged refugee camps in neighboring countries.


In November, the Islamic Courts Union began an offensive against the provincial capital of Baidoa, where the UN-recognized government of Somalia had taken refuge, and announced plans to extend its "jihad" to Ethiopia, Somalia's neighbor to the west, and Kenya, its neighbor to the south.


Notice how the Chamberlinian liberals urged us to negotiate with the "unstoppable" force.



The Islamists swiftly abandoned Mogadishu, but declared they would make a stand at the southeastern port city of Kismayo, but as Ethiopian troops approached on New Year's Eve, the Islamists fled once again without giving battle.


The Islamists hoped to flee into Kenya, but Kenyan troops barred the way. The bulk of the Islamist forces who haven't gone home are thought to be hiding in the forests west of Kismayo, doing their best to avoid the attention of Ethiopian tanks.


Ethiopia won in short order because it unapologetically used force against vicious people who understand only force. They killed the people they needed to kill without worrying overmuch about collateral damage, and not at all about world opinion. And though the Ethiopian soldiers are Christians, they were hailed as liberators in this overwhelmingly Moslem country.


The "unstoppable" force was stopped by the Ethiopian army. The Ethiopian army accomplished what US forces would have been unable to do. Why? Not because they are superior fighters or better equipped. Ethiopia won where the US would have failed because Ethiopia doesn't have Democrats. They didn't care about world opinion. They didn't care about fighting a "gentle" war. They fought a war the way our ancenters fought wars and the way our troops would like to fight wars today. Instead, Democrats (and liberals in general) put our troops in danger by forcing unrealistic rules of engagement on them and then revel in the defeat of their own military.



We've become a Gulliver bound by our own politically correct strictures. The first battle of Fallujah was called off in April of 2004 because Sunni politicians in Iraq's parliament objected. The result was a major propaganda victory for al Qaeda, and a bloodier battle in November of 2004.


When the Moqtada al Sadr, an Iranian puppet, staged an uprising to coincide with the first battle of Fallujah, he was allowed to remain free, even though he was wanted for the murder of the moderate Shia cleric Majid al Khoie, because the leading Shia cleric, the Ayatollah Ali al Sistani, reportedly insisted upon it.


Today, Sadr's death squads are responsible for most of the sectarian killings in Iraq, and Sadr is considered the most powerful figure in the country.


Our attempts to appease the appeasers has cost us victory. Being overly careful not to appear to be the occupiers that liberals unjustly labelled us as, created an image of weakness that allowed the insurgent terrorists to manipulate world opinion.


The next time we need to invade a Muslim nation we should send Ethiopian troops who aren't bound by intentionally burdensome limitations and a pathetic need to appease leftist defeatists.


 

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

VP Chenney has a blood cot

Vice President Dick Chenney has a blood clot in his leg that could be fatal if not treated.  Apparently he had discomfort in his calf, went to a doctor and was diagnosed with a deep venous thrombosis.   Doctors will likely it with anticoagulant medicine such as heparin. 


Those long trips to the Middle East apparently have taken their toll. 


 


 

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Hillary is the raw deal

Hillary Clinton demanded that Barack Obama condemn true statements made by the DreamWorks movie studio founder who told New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd in Wednesday’s editions that while ”everybody in politics lies,” the former president and his wife ”do it with such ease, it’s troubling.”  In fact, Obama has been told to give back Geffen’s $2,300 contribution.


What’s the problem?  He was just saying what everyone has been thinking.  Democrats have long admired the Clinton’s for their Clintonian distortion of the truth and Teflon armor that thwarts their detractors from holding them accountable for anything. 


She also make it clear that nobody had better mention the impeachment of her husband, Bill.  Desipite that fact that she uses him as a campaign prop and the man will presumably be part of her Whitehouse should she (shudder) be elected president.


 

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

The Lords Resistance Army

The Lords Resistance Army is a truly bizarre and blood thirsty group that has plagued southern Sudan and Uganda for years.  I've see pictures of their victims (children, parents, etc), strewn through-out their village that are simply too gruesome to reprint. 


In written testimony to the House International Relations Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights, and International Operations, Ugandan Minister of Defense Amama Mbabazi explained the terrorist threat faced by his country and its neighbors from the Lord's Resistance Army:<blockquote>"The Lords Resistance Army (LRA) is one of the most brutal terrorist organizations the world has known in recent history. Under the diabolical direction of Joseph Kony, a self-proclaimed, counterfeit Christian 'prophet' who claims allegiance to the Ten Commandments but who transgresses each one of them, this criminal group has orchestrated a terror campaign against the people of Northern Uganda for the last 19 years. Atrocities meted out by this group; large scale massacres, abductions, maiming, mutilation, looting of properties, rape and defilement of young girls caused untold human suffering.... Women and children bore the brunt of this LRA terror campaign."</blockquote>The hearing topic was "The Endangered Children of Northern Uganda."


Here's more:<blockquote>Minister Mbabazi said that the Ugandan government has responded to the threat both militarily and through humanitarian programs designed to rescue and rehabilitate the children who have been victimized by the terrorists. "Today," he said, "over 20,000 children have been rescued from the LRA by the Ugandan Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF)."


Minister Mbabazi testified that, as a result of UPDF efforts, "between August 2003 and April 2006, a total of 3,098 LRA [terrorists] have been killed, 570 captured, 2,457 surrendered, 2,830 assorted weapons captured and 5,698 abductees rescued." Due to pressure from the Ugandan defense forces, leaders of the LRA have fled across the border.


The Minister added that the Government has on several occasions initiated channels of communication with the LRA, encouraging dialogue to resolve the conflict peacefully, and has offered amnesty for those who surrender their arms and promise to reintegrate themselves constructively into society.


Noting that the conflict in northern Uganda is often characterized as "a forgotten war," the new Ugandan Ambassador to the United States, Perezi Kamunanwire, commended Subcommittee Chairman Christopher Smith "for investigating this important but often overlooked issue," adding: "Increased attention can only result in the channeling of greater resources to address the conflict and to deal with the rehabilitation of the region when the terrorist threat has been eliminated."</blockquote>

Monday, February 19, 2007

Will the GOP Stand for Life?

Although their goals for the 110th Congress make no mention of pro-life legislation, Republicans have quietly aligned themselves against the inevitable attacks on the unborn. FRC has learned that earlier this month, 36 of the Senate GOP, including every member of the minority leadership and both Republican presidential candidates, implored President Bush to lead the fight against anti-life measures in the new Congress. In a letter to the White House, the GOP requested that President Bush pledge to veto any legislation that weakens pro-life policy. The President's father, George H.W. Bush, issued a similar statement to Democrats when his party was in the minority, and voting records indicate that it significantly dampened the efforts and enthusiasm of Congress's pro-abortion faithful. We remain optimistic from the recent efforts of pro-life members that legislation to protect the unborn will continue to move forward despite its absence from the GOP's menu of priorities. Just last Friday, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and 105 cosponsors re-introduced the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act in the face of liberal opposition. The bill is a common-sense provision aimed at protecting parental rights. It would ensure that young girls cannot be taken across state lines to have abortions to avoid the parental notification laws in their home states. Together with our allies in the House, FRC will continue to press for the bill's passage. Meanwhile, in a speech on Sunday, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said, "I do not support Roe versus Wade. It should be overturned." The Senator will have another chance to show his convictions on life issues since a vote on expanding funds for embryonic stem cell research is imminent.

Source: FRC

Friday, February 2, 2007

Affirming America's Culture and Values

American values are at the heart of America's historic rise to world leadership. These include, among others, respect for hard work, sacrifice, civility, love of family respect for life, education and love of freedom. To remain a superpower in the world we must continuously and vigorously reaffirm these key components that have led to America's greatness as a country.