Friday, December 10, 2004

Must read

A nudder.

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Liberal Logic Dualities

1.) The war in Iraq is a mess; we should bring our troops home now!
2.) There aren't enough troops to win the war, we should send more!

1.) I voted for Kerry, who votes against funding for American soldiers in Iraq.
2.) Rumsfield is ill-equipping our troops!

1.) Kerry should've been President, the man who voted down a tafillion weapons systems.
2.) Why can't our armed forces get the equipment they need?!!?

1.) Bush is making the world hate us and fostering terrorism!
2.) My man was Clinton, who did nothing to thwart terrorism's advance in eight years in the White House.

1.) There were no WMDs!
2.) Bush's military let a cache of dangerous WMDs go unchecked and unguarded in Iraq, left to fall into the hands of terrorists!

1.) There were no WMDs!
2.) Sarin, mustard gas, nerve agents, biological weapons labs, clandestine nuclear programs, deceptively "halted" chemical weapons progams don't count.

1.) There was no basis for war!
2.) Sixteen U.N. resolutions were working, or at least the next one might've, or at least sanctions might've worked, or the inspectors may have been one day allowed to return to their work.

1.) The Administration was asleep at the switch and did nothing to preemptively prevent 9/11 from happening!
2.) The Administration rushed to war with Iraq without letting the threat from Saddam fully materialize!

1.) Saddam had absolutely no connection to al Qaeda or terrorists!
2.) Giving refuge and asylum to al Zarqawi doesn't count.

1.) Saddam had absolutely no connection to al Qaeda or terrorists!
2.) Giving refuge and asylum to Abbas doesn't count.

1.) Saddam had absolutely no connection to al Qaeda or terrorists!
2.) Paying $25,000 per Palestinian suicide attack on Israel doesn't count.

1.) Saddam had absolutely no connection to al Qaeda or terrorists!
2.) Terrorists training camps don't count.

1.) We should turn over the country of Iraq to Iraqis!
2.) These elections should be delayed; there's no way they'll work!

1.) The insurgents are not terrorists.
2.) Bush's military let a cache of dangerous WMDs go unchecked and unguarded in Iraq, left to fall into the hands of terrorists!

1.) War never solved anything!
2.) Thank God the slaves were freed, Europe was liberated from Hitler, and the U.S. gained independence from England.

1.) Bush went it alone without a U.N. war resolution!
2.) I have no problem with Clinton going it along in Kosovo, without a U.N. war resolution.

1.) We are morally obligated to stop the mass genocide in Kosovo and the Sudan
2.) Saddam never did anything to precipitate war (I'm looking the other way when you show me those pictures of mass graves, by the way).

1.) You must show us WMDS!
2.) I doubt Yugoslavia ever had any WMDs.

1.) Milosivic was a madman!
2.) Saddam was framed by a lying Bush!

1.) Haliburton was given a no-bid contract in Iraq...what horror!
2.) Haliburton was given a no-bid contract in Kosovo...so what?

1.) Republicans want to impose their views on us!
2.) If you don't accept my views, you're a bigot, a homophobe and a fascist!

1.) I should move to Canada!
2.) Hell no, I'm not moving to Canada...there's nothing up there!

1.) Republicans need to be more enlightened, open-minded and accepting of other people's views.
2.) Bush is a fascist. I hate Dick Cheney. Rush Limbaugh can go to Hell. Sean Hannity needs to shup the @#$% up!

1.) Outsourcing is traitorism!
2.) Let's see...how can we bribe Toyota to build a plant in Michigan?

1.) How can we elect a draft dodging coward into the White House for TWO terms!?
2.) Oh, how I pine for the days of William Jefferson Clinton.

1.) I may not support the war, but I wholeheartedly support the troops.
2.) Pat Tillman is an idiot who got what he signed up for.

1.) I am right on this issue.
2.) [insert anything at all here]

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Thursday, December 09, 2004

Context, my friend

As always, it's important to get the WHOLE story, as opposed to the byte-sized portions spoonfed to us by the MSM. Notice how Rummy doesn't come off NEARLY as defensive or dismissive when you read the entire transcript:

Q: Yes, Mr. Secretary. My question is more logistical. We’ve had troops in Iraq for coming up on three years and we’ve always staged here out of Kuwait. Now why do we soldiers have to dig through local landfills for pieces of scrap metal and compromise ballistic glass to up-armor our vehicles and why don’t we have those resources readily available to us? [Applause]

SEC. RUMSFELD: I missed the first part of your question. And could you repeat it for me?

Q: Yes, Mr. Secretary. Our soldiers have been fighting in Iraq for coming up on three years. A lot of us are getting ready to move north relatively soon. Our vehicles are not armored. We’re digging pieces of rusted scrap metal and compromised ballistic glass that’s already been shot up, dropped, busted, picking the best out of this scrap to put on our vehicles to take into combat. We do not have proper armament vehicles to carry with us north.

SEC. RUMSFELD: I talked to the General coming out here about the pace at which the vehicles are being armored. They have been brought from all over the world, wherever they’re not needed, to a place here where they are needed. I’m told that they are being – the Army is – I think it’s something like 400 a month are being done. And it’s essentially a matter of physics. It isn’t a matter of money. It isn’t a matter on the part of the Army of desire. It’s a matter of production and capability of doing it.

As you know, you go to war with the Army you have. They’re not the Army you might want or wish to have at a later time. Since the Iraq conflict began, the Army has been pressing ahead to produce the armor necessary at a rate that they believe – it’s a greatly expanded rate from what existed previously, but a rate that they believe is the rate that is all that can be accomplished at this moment.

I can assure you that General Schoomaker and the leadership in the Army and certainly General Whitcomb are sensitive to the fact that not every vehicle has the degree of armor that would be desirable for it to have, but that they’re working at it at a good clip. It’s interesting, I’ve talked a great deal about this with a team of people who’ve been working on it hard at the Pentagon. And if you think about it, you can have all the armor in the world on a tank and a tank can be blown up. And you can have an up-armored humvee and it can be blown up. And you can go down and, the vehicle, the goal we have is to have as many of those vehicles as is humanly possible with the appropriate level of armor available for the troops. And that is what the Army has been working on.

And General Whitcomb, is there anything you’d want to add to that?

GEN. WHITCOMB: Nothing. [Laughter] Mr. Secretary, I’d be happy to. That is a focus on what we do here in Kuwait and what is done up in the theater, both in Iraq and also in Afghanistan. As the secretary has said, it’s not a matter of money or desire; it is a matter of the logistics of being able to produce it. The 699th, the team that we’ve got here in Kuwait has done [Cheers] a tremendous effort to take that steel that they have and cut it, prefab it and put it on vehicles. But there is nobody from the president on down that is not aware that this is a challenge for us and this is a desire for us to accomplish.

SEC. RUMSFELD: The other day, after there was a big threat alert in Washington, D.C. in connection with the elections, as I recall, I looked outside the Pentagon and there were six or eight up-armored humvees. They’re not there anymore. [Cheers] [Applause] They’re en route out here, I can assure you. Next. Way in the back. Yes.


Curtsy to Rich Lowery at The Corner.

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Fibs! Who knew?

So my first post in nearly a fortnight and what do I post about?

RUMMY catchin' shiite from the troops? Nope. Pundy's got that covered. (Scroll down to "Armor:")

Air America finding Funding? Nah. (I give 'em six more weeks.)

A feel-good story about a charity winning the lottery? No Sah! (Prediction: someone's gonna bitch about "not the right kinda people" winning the money ... you watch.)

Its TAMPONS! And yes #2 is unfortunate.

Hat tips all around! (Drudge, InstaPundit, Drudge, The Divine Ms. Malkin, and Lileks respectively.)

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Wednesday, December 08, 2004

The New Republic Was Right!!!

There was a Saudi plot to artificially deflate oil prices to hand Bush re-election. However, it was only put in place AFTER the election, and the deflation was due to market factors, but hey....why let the facts get in the way of a good story?

(Also, Osama is still holed up in Bush's gulag, as Bush waits for the most opportune time for us to show him to the world...perhaps during Bush's bid for a third term.)

Keep up the fine work, TNR!

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Monday, December 06, 2004

This is interesting

...to me, anyway.

I've heard a lot about His Holiness condemning the war, too. This post (at Link below) makes me wonder where I heard that.

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