Friday, June 30, 2006

Bonus Post ...

as we head into the 4th of July weekend. Query: Have you ever seen a soccer player do this?

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Two Years of Clearing Ideological Landing Zones

Daisy Cutter turns two today. I think back to remember that it all began with this humble, giddy little post.

Two years is a while in the blogging world. A lot happens in a year, even though I don't post every day.

You'll remember that last year, I looked back with this post.

This year, I thought I might just pass on a retrospective. But I went through the archives and changed my mind.

What is this place? What has happened here for the last year? A lot.
The most significant thing was the passing of Nickie Goomba. Looking back over the archives, I was struck all over again by how much fun we had and also how much Nick contributed here and to the blogosphere in general. I miss Nickie.

And as we said when he passed on, the world continued to turn. And he would have wanted us to keep up the fight and the fun. And so, I have pressed on, through wind and rain. And, in the spirit of Goomba, our CNN (Cutter Network News) staffers turned up a gem when they learned of CIA operatives posing as Iraqis that were taunting MSM reporters.

Immigration has been and remains a hot topic, in the nation and here. I've told you my thoughts on how, in this regard, some things are not negotiable, and that U.S. citizenship is the international gold standard.

Daisy Cutter touches on matters of faith, and yes, I do note the irony. I will continue to tell the truth about Militant Islam. I have and will talk about my faith, too, and let me just say that they still haven't found the body.

There's has been a fair amount of armchair philosophy around here, too, as we have probed the great mysteries of life, such as just what is a leftist, any way? And ... will the first person to find the penumbra in the Constitution please clue the rest of us mortals in.

I mean, I understand what a nation is, but penumbras?

And maybe because I understand what a nation is, I also understand the evil that is a political prosecution.

And speaking of philosophy, I was touched that a Ranger contacted me to let me know he appreciated my argument debunking leftist's We support the troops but not the war" nonsense.

Still, I think the most significant contribution of the blogosphere in the last year was in bringing to light the disaster of the Supreme Court nomination that would have been: Harriet Miers. Hugh Hewitt liked and linked this post. But Hugh and the other Miers supporters didn't like the myriad on-point arguments that were eventually made that Miers should withdraw. I am proud to have been part of the crowd who got this one right, although I don't know how I became an East Coast elitist in the process. Not only were the Miers supporters wrong that the sky didn't fall, but we got a real conservative on the Court in Sam Alito. He has been and is going to be fantastic.

Since the MSM doesn't and can't understand what smart guys like Alito are talking about, we discussed here what his abortion-related opinions really mean. They mean that Alito is pro-life and he is pro-Constituion. He'll be great.

My prediction (or was it a mere hope?) that Edith Jones would be Pres. Bush's pick for the first S.C. vacancy was wrong, but I was thrilled with the prospects of a Chief Justice Roberts, even before his appointment to succeed the late William Rehnquist.

So, let's see ... We've done war, law, philosophy, faith, what else?

Oh, yeah. Sports. The universe returned to its normal order, and the Longhorns smote the evil and haughty Southern Californians in their back yard. And ... the universe arrived at an order never-before seen, as the Astros persevered and ultimately got up off the deck to to make it to their first World Series. Unfortunately, they were broomed by the Sox in a series of excruciating, narrow losses.

And I ran a vicious hit piece on soccer, exposing it as a non-sport. Mark, who observed that "Any nation that has soccer as its national sport is doomed to failure" and "The only kids who go out for the soccer team got cut from the football team" was promoted to Daisy Cutter Sports Editor, with the proviso that he not use his post to promote his Buckeyes at the expense of my (and the Lord's) Longhorns.

Yes, we have had and will continue to have some fun around here, especially if some unsuspecting libs will wander inside the wire. We have some great commenter-regulars, and I would be remiss to not thank Rhod, Mark, and KHix, especially. Recall our first and last comment-of-the-year contest. Too much work. But I continue to note and appreciate all of your tremendous commentary and contributions to this blog. As I have said before, a lot of the great stuff that happens here happens "below the fold". Never underestimate your contributions.

So, thank you all for your time and attention. The most precious resource that any person has is his or her time. If you have any questions for me, you can send 'em in or wait until the next presser.

More than your contributions here, I appreciate the love of this land of this site's regular readers. You have put it on the line personally, both on the field of battle and in many other ways, and now your children are doing the same. You will always have my deepest appreciation, and respect. I hope both my children and I follow your example.

And on that note, I was reminded again recently about some of the great things that have happened in the last two years. I received an email from a long-ago election season reader and fellow blogger, Gaye Hager, this week. Like Rhod's boys, Gaye's son is off to Iraq. He again leaves behind a wife and two children. It is his second tour there. Godspeed, young man. I am praying for you, Rhod's sons, and every American troop everywhere. You are the best, and we love you.

Here, we will always remember that, as Zell Miller said, we are free not because of the journalist, but because of the soldier.

And I will continue to remember the special gift, that precious endowment from our Creator, that is American independence.

And this reminds me ... See you on Independence Day, for a stemwinder of a sermon, er speech, er post.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Question(s) for the NY Times: When is a Secret a Good Secret? And Who Decides?

Programming Note: As I was gliding a smooth landing in celebration of two years of manning this "post", so to speak, I was summoned for one more pre-anniversary post to address the hypocrisy that is the NY Times, and by extension, the rest of the anti-American MSM.

Of course, I am speaking about the Times' extraordinary actions over the weekend.

Here is what we know about the Times' latest foray into the War on Militant Islam: 1) As it did in exposing the NSA phone-surveillance program in December, the Times ran a story on Friday that exposed an American program monitoring international money transfers routed through the Brussels-based Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication; 2) the transfers have been monitored by the CIA, with oversight from the Treasury Department; 3) an independent auditing firm is also involved to ensure that only jihadi-related transfers are targeted; 4) congressional officials have been briefed about the program; 5) the program has worked, leading to the capture of the 2002 Bali bombing mastermind and the conviction of one individual for laundering a $200,000 payment to al-Qaeda in Pakistan; 6) the program is lawful; and 7) the President asked the Times, as he had done with the NSA surveillance program, not to run the story.

In response to the firestorm of criticism since Friday, NY Times Editor Bill Keller offered this weak response.

Quite a bit of excellent commentary on this issue is coming from the pro-America blogosphere (there's a better name than center-right, I think). I particularly liked Michael Barone's column where he asked, "Why do they hate us?" Why does the NY Times hate us (America), that is.

The law school profs are weighing in, too, and the reviews of the Times' latest pro-jihadi conduct is not good: Here is Glenn Reynolds' take. Hugh Hewitt carves up Keller's explanation line by line.

As for me, I was particularly struck by the following comment by Keller:
Most Americans seem to support extraordinary measures in defense against this extraordinary threat, but some officials who have been involved in these programs have spoken to the Times about their discomfort over the legality of the government's actions and over the adequacy of oversight. (emphasis added)
It appears clear that the NY Times would quite comfortably determine for all of us which secrets are good ones. That is, the NY Times will decide what gets to be kept quiet. Note that it won't say who "some officials" are. These people will remain secret, of course. That's an important secret, you see.

And these backstabbers will remain secret because the Times deems their secrecy important, for some reason, perhaps for the protection of the Times peculiar view of "freedom of the press". Perhaps the Times think "some officials" should remain secret in order to protect the Times power and influence. Perhaps the Times wants to just help the enemy with impunity. We are left only to speculate as to the reasons.

In any event, purposes don't matter here. The Times has what we lawyers call "unclean hands". That is, it seeks to complain about and expose secrets, but it insists on doing so in secret. It complains about a secretive Administration that is spying on America's enemies, but it thinks it fine to keep secret the identities of those in our ranks who would undermine the Administration's conduct of war.

Now that the cat is out of the bag, I think the people have the right to know. Don't you? So, how about the Times telling us who these traitors are?

As Glenn Reynolds notes, the freedom of the press belongs to the people, not to the NY Times. And the people have elected a commander-in-chief, and we also have enacted laws, such as the Espionage Act.

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y. advocates prosecuting the NY Times under the Espionage Act. I think the better approach would be to take the one advocated by Barone: Prosecute those who are leaking this information, and put the reporters in jail who won't cooperate with the investigation.

The debate that would swirl around those prosecutions would be healthy for the nation and a good one to have in an election season.

I think this might be an appropriate time to say, "Bring it on."

Friday, June 23, 2006

Confessions of an American Heathen: Soccer is Not a Sport

Quick programming note: Next post will be next Wednesday (6/28), when this blog turns 2, as in two-years-old. Then, I am saving my energy for my July 4 stem-winder. Now, back to soccer.

Lots of interesting things happening in the world, i.e., a terror ring busted in Miami, another senior jihadi nabbed in Iraq (good thing there are no jihadis there), the House okays the line-item veto, the Demos in '06 have found their theme: Run on Cut-n-Run, evidence found of WMD in Iraq (good thing there were none of those, either), etc.

But let's talk about something really important -- soccer. Why talk about a game? Well, dear reader, this is not a game. It's a religion. And I take great personal risk by criticizing it.

Let's be honest. After all, if you can not tell when something is ever going to end (does the game clock mean nothing? Who mercifully calls the game "over"?), if there is no scoring, and if only the faithful understand the majesty and mystery of the enterprise while the majority looks on in disbelief and complete befuddlement, then what you have is much more akin to a bad sermon than a sport.

Let me just say that I always pull for our American teams, and I certainly wasn't hoping for the U.S. to get eliminated from the World Cup by Ghana ... GHANA!!! How does America lose in anything to Ghana?!! Ah, more proof that soccer is not a real sport. If it's a real sport, America cares enough about it to win. And we never lose to Ghana.

Take curling for example. Now that is a sport -- clearly-defined objective, easily understood, scoring occurs, and Americans are good at it. The Canadians are tough, but there is nothing like watching a pair of husky Minnesota girls work those brooms at 90 mph. At any rate, as you can tell, I am a big curling afficionado, and I digress. My apologies ...

The silver lining in the American elimination from the World Cup is that perhaps we will get less soccer evangelism here now. We can only hope.

I know I have breathed heresy on this blog now -- finally -- by daring to criticize soccer. I know that my simpleton American mind doesn't get the beauty of a bunch of foreigners running/jogging (it's great exercise, you know, and you couldn't do it, anyway ... try getting banged on the dome with a soccer ball) all over a large green field and occasionally kicking/running into a ball. WILL SOME ONE GRAB THAT BALL, AND RUN OVER THE GOALIE AND SCORE?!! AT LEAST DRAW A FOUL!!! DO SOMETHING!!!!!). Why does the goalie get to wear whatever he wants, any way? And then ... all of this aimless running around is on rare occasions interrupted (once a game, if you're lucky) by some one knocking the ball into the net. (This, too, apparently happens on accident with some frequency.)

And then some foreigner rips his shirt off and runs around the field screaming. I don't get it. I know, it's a beatiful mystery and I am an obtuse lout.

I don't understand the beauty of the insurmountable 1-0 lead.

I don't understand the passion that necessitates the throwing of blood and urine bombs at soccer "matches". There's another strike against soccer. It's a "match", not a game.

I don't understand a sport where you knock some one over and they give you a "card". I mean, in a real sport, you take out one of our players and you get hit in the coconut with the ball, taken to the deck, or taken out of the game.

I don't understand soccer hooligans. In soccer, the baddest guys don't even play. Is it the "passion"? No, just more insanity associated with soccer. But I am still interested in who will take the "Hoolicup". At least the hooligans have the sense to interrupt a soccer MATCH with some excitement.

I don't understand why soccer people can't just let this baseball/football/basketball fan be. I love a football field. It's marked in yards. And a baseball diamond ... it's marked in feet.

I'm wondering ... Are these soccer people the same ones that were peddling the metric system in America, telling us that we would be left in the Dark Ages if we didn't imitate Europe and the rest of the "civilized" world?

I don't understand why all those soccer people feel the need to schedule their religious services (er, matches) on Sunday mornings. Never mind.

I don't understand how you can't express dissent about soccer without getting some version of soccer evangelism shoved at you. I mean, if you don't like baseball or football, I know something is wrong with you. I don't need to tell you about it. Just like if you are soccer fanatic, you have told me enough. Say no more. Stop preaching and show me some of that European-like relativism.

I think these soccer people like soccer because America is not good at soccer.

But that's okay. I just think the fact that we're not good at it and the nation shrugs when we get eliminated from the World Cup shows ...

Soccer doesn't matter.

But I am just an American heathen.

Photo courtesy of World Magazine.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Time and MSM cut U.S. slack for killing women and children in Zarq strike

You know, Time magazine has been rushing to the head of the line to accuse U.S. Marines of a civilian "massacre" in Haditha. So, I was wondering last week about the questions that might be coming when it was learned that a woman and child exited the earth with Zarqawi.

But apparently the MSM is willing to let bygones be bygones and forgive the U.S. military for killing a 16-year-old girl and an 18-month-old baby boy in the June 8 airstrike.

I am sure you noticed that there was hardly a peep about this. And why?

Because the 16-year-old girl was Zarqawi's wife of three, yes three, years and the 18-month-old boy was Zarqawi's son by his child bride. Sweetness & Light was talking up the Time cover story a week ago and noting that Zarqawi the holy warrior was also Zarqawi the child-molester.

Why are we not told such things by Time and their ilk? And when the MSM does mention them, why are they mentioned in passing, or outright buried?

Perhaps Time worries that its readers might be less-inclined to view the jihadis as "freedom fighters" or "minutemen" if more people knew who we were dealing with?

Why doesn't Time and the rest of the MSM just be honest and tell its readers that the Zarqawis, bin Ladens, and the rest of the jihadis of the world are just trying to emulate Mohammed? This is, in fact, what the jihadis claim. Why not investigate and let people decide?

We need to understand the enemy. Does the MSM not understand this? I think they do, but for some reason (maybe they can explain), they don't give us the information necessary to "connect the dots", so to speak, to understand and accordingly prepare for the moves of our Militant Islamist enemies.

Like I said, the jihadis' claimed philosophy is pretty simple: Imitate Mohammed. For example, Mohammed killed infidels and sought to establish Islamic law by force. Modern-day jihadis kill infidels and seek to establish Islamic law by force. Mohammed liked to behead infidels. Modern-day jihadis, too. Mohammed had a child bride. Zarqawi, too. Etc., etc.

Robert Spencer ties all this together:
So, to clarify: I am not in the least interested in discrediting Muhammad and Islam as an end in itself. Nor do I think that such a discrediting would be of much use in anti-terror efforts. The importance of critical examination of Muhammad and Islam comes from the fact that jihad terrorists around the world -- from Osama bin Laden to Omar Bakri in England and Abu Bakar Bashir in Indonesia and everywhere in between -- invoke Muhammad and Islam to explain their goals and justify their actions, as well as to win recruits among Muslims. When they do that, it becomes important for non-Muslims, and in particular those in government and law enforcement positions, to know how they do it, so that such efforts to invigorate and expand the jihadist ranks can be effectively countered. In that case, a refusal to acknowledge these unpleasant elements of Islam becomes a hindrance to anti-terror and human rights efforts.

To wit: I would never have thought it a matter of importance to non-Muslims that Muhammad took a 9-year-old bride at the age of 52 (see Sahih Bukhari, vol. 5, bk. 58, no. 236) were it not for the fact that child marriage is rampant in the Islamic world, and that that is a public health and human rights issue. To combat it effectively, there must be an honest appraisal by Muslims of the influence of Muhammad's example here, and a forthright willingness to stand up and say that his example in this must not be followed today. Whether or not there is any hope that Muslims will actually do that in any significant group is another question, but if it is not done, it is certain that the problem will continue.
Bottom line: When Militant Islamists wage war in the name of Islam and claim to be following the example of Mohammed, it behooves the civilized world to shed some light on Islam and Mohammed. The truth is on our side in this effort. In taking up this battle, we gain key high ground in the information war.

So I guess this answers why we can expect no help from the MSM in this battle.

Monday, June 19, 2006

As last week ended, we reflected on a good week ...

... and then came news of scattered attacks in and around Baghdad.

I was, like most every one else, particularly troubled to see that two of our soldiers are missing after an apparent ambush in Youssifiyah. An Iraqi man reported that two soldiers were taken prisoner. My thoughts and prayers remain with those soldiers and their families.

In the wake of this incident, I saw and was reminded of several things.

First, conflicts ebb and flow. The nature of conflict, particularly when the stakes are high, is to take casualties. During WWII, we lost many thousands upon thousands after D-Day in Europe and Iwo Jima in the Pacific. A nation must look forward and keep its focus, while remembering the lessons of history. Even a mortally-wounded snake is dangerous. We should continue to expect difficulties in Iraq and elsewhere in the struggle against Militant Islam. But we should also continue to believe that we will continue to have success.

Also, I was reminded this weekend of the imporance of the information war, and by extension the political war. I noted how anxious the MSM seemed to be to report how the violence in Iraq was a "serious blow" to the Iraq PM Nouri al-Maliki. Did AP mean to report the continuing violence in Iraq by saying that "We hope it is a serious blow" to Maliki's government?

If we keep the hearts and minds of Americans, the nation will do what is necessary to defeat the jihadis. It's just that simple. Our military will always get the job done. That is not in question. The question that remains is: Will we at home remain true to our ideals and identities as Americans? If so, the enemy can not win.

I know, some of you think this is Polyanna, pie-in-the-sky stuff. Perhaps if I were steeped in a bit more of that relativistic bravo sierra, that all nations and ideals are equally good, then I would feel the same way. Ah, but some ideals -- and, yes, some nations -- are better than others. There is history, experience ... and yes, truth, after all.

All men are created equal, but all nations and ways of life are not.

In the wake of the news of the two missing soldiers, some commentators around the blogosphere appeared a little shaken to me. I was concerned, but I was not frightened. The incident reminded me of this image of a Japanese soldier beheading an Australian soldier in WWII.

And what good did such conduct by the Japanese accomplish? It helped to galvanize public opinion in the free world around the idea that the Japanese totalitarians must be defeated. Any mistreatement of our soldiers would almost certainly have the same result.

That is, the American military will strike back and with a vengeance. And the parpetrators will go the way of Zarqawi, he who once prided himself on his ability to commit heinous crimes against the defenseless.

Finally, this weekend's events remind me that the Zarqs of the world and their jihadi followers don't understand the mystery that is a free America. They don't understand those who live in freedom. Their dark view of mankind leads them to underestimate those who seek to live in freedom rather than under the Global Caliphate.

The totalitarian seeks to grasp all power, and ultimately to confine all people and thought in order to rule, but this is a task as impossible as repealing the law of gravity. So ultimately, the totalitarian can cause casualties, but he can not prevail. He can not rule the human spirit.

We Americans are as much an ideal -- all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights -- as we are a nation. The totalitarian equates mystery with disorder and falsehood. Yet, much of the great truths of life are bundled up with its great mysteries.

And the American ideal is true. Remaining true to it, we will prevail.

Friday, June 16, 2006

A good week comes to an end ...

Ah, to be busy in these days. So much to write, so little time. But I will slog on.

For your weekending reading, as we continue to appreciate the successes of this past week (and the ongoing secondary explosions throughout the jihadi/"insurgency" ranks in Iraq), take a look at this seized document from the Al Q "treasure trove" in Iraq, "Document 2322":
From the desk of Abu Yassin al-Noobei, Al Qaeda #1 in Iraq as of 11:17 AM this morning.

Greetings in these trying times. Thank you for the many encouragements and gifts, especially the box of delicious dates, although I must note that one of the dates has been beeping softly since I opened the package. If this is some manner of insect, I request that you refrain in the future from –

Tarry a moment; there’s a plane overhead; wonder if it’s a

(Rest of document is burned)

(Captured document #2323J)

From under the desk of Abu Hamza al-Muhajer, Al Qaeda’s #1 man in Iraq as of 14:41 this afternoon

In the name of Allah the merciful and peaceful, I bring you news of pitiless vengeance. Victory is near! Thanks to the bombs of the Crusaders – Satan curse their on-board guidance systems - Zarqawi has been delivered to heaven, after a brief detour through a window frame. I know all the joyous martyrdoms have made for a hectic week. Personally, my face aches from smiling and my teeth hurt from all the cake, and I have a cramp in my hand from all the paperwork. (On behalf of HR, I would request that you cut down on the number of wives, as it makes pension disbursement rather complicated.) At the risk of dampening your commendable ardor, however, I would request that everyone refrain from glorious dying for a few weeks while we regroup.

This does not mean we are not winning. Some people look at a man who has been gravely wounded and see him as half defeated; I look at him and say he is half martyred.

Nevertheless, there are issues that need to be addressed.

The Crusaders have made several dozen raids since Zarqawi’s release from mortal concerns, and each raid leads to more. I must repeat: stop printing out Google Maps and leaving them around. At least clear your browser history, brothers.

You may have read reports that Al-Zarkawi had in his position a tiger-skinned negligee at the time of his glorious. This is Infidel propaganda. He was a man of highest moral standards. The suggestion that he made his bride, whom he nobly made full with child when she was 14, wear such a sinful garment is meant to weaken your spirit, and make you think of slim dark-eyed ripe women draped in the clothing of wild beasts, lips parted, exhaling the softest perfume of –

All warriors must take three cold showers a day, not two.

Making a whistling sound with a descending pitch in my presence was funny the first time. We all had a good laugh. It is hereby forbidden.

Our attempts to win the hearts and minds of impoverished Iraqis are not helped when you buy the extended warranty on a car you intend to explode.

Finally, patience is our ally. We need not defeat the Americans, only outlast them. Have they not abandoned every battlefield they ever entered? Besides Germany, Japan, Korea, Kosovo and Afghanistan, of course. But just as they left Somalia when their “Democrats” took power, so will they leave Iraq when the criminal Zionist Bush regime is replaced by a slightly less criminal, albeit equally Zionist, Democratic regime. The Democrats wish to quit the war and return to their important issues, such as permitting men to marry, have a child with the cloning of cells, and then abort it. Such a people cannot fight; they can only beseech the United Nations to send Danes to frown from great distances. And I need not remind you that no one was ever killed by a 226 kilogram laser-guided Dane.

Patience, my brothers. All we need to do is saw off enough heads, and they will lose theirs without the blade touching their tender throats. Now if you will excuse me, I need to speak with my bodyguards. One of them is making that whistling sound again. If I told them once, I told them

(document ends)
Thanks to Hugh Hewitt for finding this "treasure trove".

Have a good weekend, all.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Okay, so maybe I'll go out of town more often ...

Man, I leave town and Darth Rove is cleared, the president is in Baghdad, CU recommends that Ward Churchill be fired, a major offensive in Baghdad is announced, tax revenues are way up, showing that the Bush strategy on the economy is working ...

Well, I mean, just because I was gone doesn't mean that I made all of these things happen, or even most.

But I want to confirm that I had nothing to do with one of the very best things I saw that was revealed yesterday: The Iraqi Defense Minister hates CNN.

Monday, June 12, 2006

"Evidence accumulates of a hoax in Haditha."

The chilling title of this post is the opening sentence in an excellent column that I learned about via Rush on Friday.

I have held my fire on what actually happened in Haditha thus far, principally for a couple of reasons: 1) I have confidence that the Marine Corps will get it right; and 2) even if Marines made tragic errors, my basic views on the war in Iraq and against jihadis in general remains the same.

I must say, though, that I have had my doubts about this story from the outset. And now it looks to be unraveling. In taking a look at the American Thinker piece, I was struck with how much the allegations of wrongdoing by the Marines hinges upon the testimony of Sunnis in Haditha. This is like expecting George Soros to give a fair accounting of the Bush Administration.

There's a reason that Zarqawi's hideout that we knocked in on him was located in the heart of the Sunni Triangle. And there's a reason that a Sunni claimed that Zarqawi was "beaten to death" after the bombing. And the MSM dutifully reported this accusation, without even identifying the obvious reasons to distrust the source ... or how about even identifying the source?! Do we see a pattern here?

Maybe some of the Marines are guilty of exceeding their rules of engagement. Frankly, based upon what I have read thus far, I have a hard time believing this.

Clarice Feldman's piece in The American Thinker compiles information provided by Sweetness & Light, which has done a superb in tracking the Haditha story. Sweetness is a fantastic blog, and I will be checking in regularly over there.

Also, my ol' pal Dan Riehl is doing yeoman's work on this issue, as well.

If the MSM, in particular Time, has gotten this story wrong, they need to be held accountable. These Marines aren't public figures.

How much does Hell charge, any way? Because some reporters may have to pay it.

Friday, June 09, 2006

CIA Operatives Posing as Iraqis Taunt Reporters

CIA operatives posing as Iraqi policemen fake a rally after the strike that killed Zarqawi on Wednesday night. To the left, one non-CIA-plant Iraqi can be seen raising his hand to question the timing of the raid by the Bush White House. Time magazine reporters uncovered the staged rally after they heard the "Iraqi policemen" chanting "It sucks to be Democrat. It sucks to be Democrat ..." in broken English.

In a related story, Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., said that since the US military was "broken" long ago, he personally doubted whether Zarqawi was even killed. Developing ...

Photo courtesy of AFP and via Powerline.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

What does Zarqawi's exit mean?

Well, nothing good for the bad guys, that's for sure. Note how the Demos and their more honest lefty friends are behaving in the wake of this unabashedly good news and remember ... remember ... that they must never, never be allowed to have power as long as America is threatened.

So, what does Zarqawi getting nailed mean? The president said this a.m. that it "may signal that the tide has turned" in Iraq.

As for me, I think what all of this means is that the tide turned in Iraq some time ago. This explains the ferocity of the media pressure to "redeploy" from Iraq, before the evidence of victory became plain.

The WH is smart to play down events and to note that we will face continuing battles in Iraq, but make no mistake: The tide has turned.

U.S. casualties have been falling for some time. Foreign intelligence agencies (including Jordan's) have been helping us with Zarqawi and his jihadi allies. Iraqis have been providing more intel. An Iraqi government is now fully in place. Attacks by the enemy have been increasingly focused on Iraqis, and on civilians, as opposed to the military and police.

All of this indicates progress. And a lot of this progress helped pave the way for Zarqawi's demise, which is a huge, crippling blow to the jihadis in Iraq. Without free-thinking westerners in their ranks, jihadis don't adapt well to losses up the chain of command.

This is one reason why they strap the suicide belts on the snuffies.

There are many people to thank and credit for the Zarqawi strike. But make no mistake: Ultimately, Americans made this happen. More specifically, our military and intelligence people did it. They are the finest in the world, indeed, the finest of all time.

It's a great day.

The tide turned, some time back, on some day that we couldn't fully identify or comprehend. I guess it's hard to do so when the MSM/Demos/Left/same thing is wailing every day about how awful everything is in Iraq.

But the tide nonetheless turned, some time back.

Today, we see clear evidence of it.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Democrat Invasion Repelled ...

At least the first wave was. Bilbray defeats Demo "you don't need papers" Busby. This is good news. I'll have some more thoughts later, work and life permitting.

What do you think?

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Say, it's 6-6, right?

That's right. To much of the world, it's hype about 6-6-6 or a chance to launch a movie or book. To me, it's D-Day.

There are many D-Days, and important ones for sure. But this is the D-Day. I remember. Today we remember that 62 years ago, the largest seaborne invasion in history was underway. People rightfully recall this day as the beginning of the end for the Third Reich, and it surely was.

But it was also the beginning of a long, hard fight for us. Indeed, it was the end for many were ending the enemy's conquest of Europe. It is always this way, and much, yes most, of the record of this steely heroism is washed away like the blood from the beaches of Normandy.

Last year, I recounted such a hero who landed a few days after the initial invasion and fought in the Battle of the Hedgerows.

Such stories go on and on ... and on. We need to tell them, and we need to hear from our veterans. Reality endures, but memories fade.

What I love about remembering D-Day is that America and her allies saddled up and rode to the battle ... to play offense, if you will. And America did so in overwhelming fashion. We played to win.

This we know from looking at the history of the world: All free nations will play defense in war. All of them.

Some free nations will play offense. D-Day was offense. Offense has risks, but the risks of not playing offense are far greater. You have to play offense to win wars.

And winning wars is required to stay free. This is still so. Memories fade, but reality endures.

D-Day reminds us to do what's necessary to stay free.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Congressional D-Day

I want to draw your attention to an important ... indeed, a very important ... congressional race.

On Tuesday, Republican Brian Bilbray is running to fill the seat vacated by Randy "Duke" Cunningham in California's 50th District. Check out the link to his site and you'll see why I think he deserves the unqualified support from all Americans who care about securing our border.

His opponent is a liberal Democrat who thinks McCain's immigration bill in the Senate is a "tough, comprehensive plan".

If that isn't enough, about all you need to know here is that McCain cancelled an appearance with Bilbray last week over immigration differences.

This race, which polls show is very tight, could very well set the tone for the immigration debate for the rest of the year and leading into the fall elections. It will also determine if the Democrats gain any momentum in taking over Congress, surrendering to the jihadis, turning you upside down and shaking every last coin out of your pocket, trying Pres. Bush for high crimes, etc.

It's very important, and I think Brian Bilbray is a worthy candidate to get behind. So, check him out and send some money, if you are so inclined. I did.

See you Tuesday.

Update: Mark pointed this out in the comments and I later saw the news story ... Incredibly, Busby, Bilbray's Demo opponent, told a town hall meeting jammed with Latinos that "You don't need papers to vote", proving again the existence of God and the true identity of the Demos. Their blind lust for power that will lead them to do anything, virtually anything to get and retain power.

And oh ... oh ... (remember Horshack, this is kinda the feeling I am having now), Busby was campaiging on an ethics theme, and now we find out she's advocating, as Bilbray said, "at worst illegals voting, and at best illegals helping in her campaign." Very nice.

Thank God for letting us get a glimpse of her. And the gem is on tape, too, as apparently a Minuteman was in the crowd and has now slipped the tape to talk radio. This is too beautiful. So, as I said above, Brian Bilbray deserves the support of voters in this crucial election. Busby just reminded us why.