A Letter From Iraq

Michael Yon has a letter from a CSM in Iraq. For you who don’t know he is “the troops“. he talks about the support that is needed and how the enemy cannot win unless we quit. And he’s afraid that we might.

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Most Americans say, “I support the troops.” “Supporting the troops” is far more than sending a care package, or shaking a service member’s hand, or tying a ribbon on their lapel. Supporting the troops should also be backing our mission.

People back home may not realize how effective this enemy is using the media as a weapon. Every time some talking head gets on the TV and shouts anything negative about this war, it motivates our enemy, who interprets dissent as weakness and who uses our free press against us. That is exactly how “the terrorists” win. For the Terrorist does not have to defeat us, he just has to outlast us.

Where Was The Concern With Hypocrisy Then?

Democrats like to throw charges of hypocrisy around vigorously. But this one is a little more obtuse than usual

Why Have So Many U.S. Attorneys Been Fired? It Looks a Lot Like Politics – New York Times

The Justice Department is claiming that Ms. Lam and other well-regarded prosecutors like John McKay of Seattle, David Iglesias of New Mexico, Daniel Bogden of Nevada and Paul Charlton of Arizona — who all received strong job evaluations — performed inadequately.

It is hard to call what’s happening anything other than a political purge. And it’s another shameful example of how in the Bush administration, everything — from rebuilding a hurricane-ravaged city to allocating homeland security dollars to invading Iraq — is sacrificed to partisan politics and winning elections.

Hmm, remember when the newly elected Clinton Administration asked for the resignation from every Justice Department attorney? Recall that the new attorneys were scrupulously examined for political loyalty? Remember when the Clinton administration removed the Hatch Act which banned government employees from engaging in partisan political activity?

Did those things seem political? Probably not, they were all supported by Democrats.

It’s hard to see this column as anything other than a politically inspired hit piece by a loyal party functionary. Especially at a time when the Democrats are planning to raise money by selling access to their Committee chairs.

Doing All You Can To Fight “Global Warming”

Al Gore collected an Oscar from the gullible rubes in Hollywood last night. You know the “Gulfstream environmentalists” who insist that their staff do everything possible to reduce energy use as long as it doesn’t result in any inconvenience for them.

Through the efforts of the “Tennessee Center for Policy Research” using the internet that Al invented, we now know that, not only does Al fly much more than other people, he uses far more electricity than most people.

Al Gore’s Personal Energy Use Is His Own “Inconvenient Truth”

Last night, Al Gore’s global-warming documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, collected an Oscar for best documentary feature, but the Tennessee Center for Policy Research has found that Gore deserves a gold statue for hypocrisy.

Gore’s mansion, located in the posh Belle Meade area of Nashville, consumes more electricity every month than the average American household uses in an entire year, according to the Nashville Electric Service (NES).

In his documentary, the former Vice President calls on Americans to conserve energy by reducing electricity consumption at home.

The average household in America consumes 10,656 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year, according to the Department of Energy. In 2006, Gore devoured nearly 221,000 kWh—more than 20 times the national average.

Last August alone, Gore burned through 22,619 kWh—guzzling more than twice the electricity in one month than an average American family uses in an entire year. As a result of his energy consumption, Gore’s average monthly electric bill topped $1,359.

So if you care about the environment you should be pleased to know that you are making a difference, but Al is burning up all the progress you made.

Don’t worry though. Al is serious about fighting “Global Climate Change”. He will continue with his work no matter what the cost to you. He will fight to your last dollar.

The War Without America

There are conflicts all involving Muslims happening all over the world. The reason for this, we’re being told by our elites is because of lack of tolerance on the part of the West, especially America.

But in Southern Thailand the conflict doesn’t involve America, Australia or any other western power. It involves Muslims and Buddhists who have lived side by side for years. Buddhists don’t kill people over religious differences. They are unique in that regard. While they’ll kill you for other reasons, religion doesn’t appear to have ever been a factor.

Which leads me to wonder, if Islam is the “religion of peace” that we have been told it is, and the Buddhists have a long history (they have been around longer than either Islam or Christianity) of not killing people over religion, who exactly is causing the problems in this case?

Thais Struggle With Violent Insurgency – New York Times

Now the insurgents seem to be taking their war to a new stage, pitting local Buddhists against Muslims by attacking symbols of Buddhism with flamboyant brutality.

The two religions had coexisted through the years here, often in separate villages. That mutual tolerance is breaking down now, and there are fears of a sectarian conflict that could flare out of control.

“Buddhist monks, temples, novices,” said Sunai Phasuk, a political analyst with the monitoring group Human Rights Watch. “Buddhist monks have been hacked to death, clubbed to death, bombed and burned to death. This has never happened before. This is a new aspect of violence in the south.”

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Some Buddhist and Muslim villages have begun sealing themselves off from one another, and people in both the region’s towns and villages say old friendships and patterns of cooperation are being undermined by mistrust.

Entire Buddhist communities have also fled in a “de facto ethnic cleansing,” said Zachary Abuza, the author of “Militant Islam in Southeast Asia,” in a report published last month. “The social fabric of the south has been irreparably damaged.”

The Thais originally tried getting tough with the “insurgents” and the violence increased. Now they have tried being conciliatory…and the violence increased. They have wanted to open talks with the “insurgents” but there doesn’t seem to be anyone to talk to. So, what’s next?

Withdrawal will leave a vacuum that will be filled by terrorists that have lost their sanctuary in other places. This would result in a terrorist controlled state that is ideally placed to threaten the sea lanes of the South China Sea. There doesn’t seem to be an acceptable solution. When that happens the results are usually bloody and unsatisfying.

But one thing that is most noticeable is that all this is happening below the radar of the Americans and Australians. How are they going to blame it on us? I’m sure they’ll find a way.

Mark Steyn Wonders Where “Yankee Ingenuity” Went?

Patent case of no Yankee ingenuity

America is now five years on from an even more extraordinary event. How have the private and public sectors responded? With longer lines at the airport and the cutting-edge technological innovation of making you bend down and remove your shoes (and even your gel-filled bra) while bored officials wander up the line barking incomprehensible lists of prohibited fluids: that would be a state-of-the-art system for boarding the Mayflower. The government failures of 9/11? They’ve taken the Department of Bureaucratic Timeservers and renamed it the Agency of Homeland Patriotic Vigilance: same great service, new hat. The continuing torpor of State, the dysfunctions of the CIA are unthreatened by anything beyond the merest cosmetic reform. Minor border security changes such as requiring passports for travel to and from Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean take the best part of a decade to introduce; meaningful border security is scheduled for mid-century, though they won’t say which one

Everything Old Is New Again

During the Clinton administration the Democrats sold access to the President and Vice-President in return for campaign contributions at White House “Coffees”. This practice, along with doing favors for big donors by allowing them to stay in the Lincoln Bedroom, arranging pardons and , in the case of China, arranging the sale of previously denied technology.

Then came the Republicans, who, although they preached the gospel of smaller government, increase spending dramatically.

In the 2006 election the Democrats squeaked out narrow majorities in the House and Senate largely on their furious condemnation of “corruption”.

That was then, but this is now. The new-found enthusiasm for clean government lasted just as long as the news cycle…about 24 hours.

Democrats Offer Up Chairmen For Donors – washingtonpost.com

Eager to shore up their fragile House and Senate majorities, congressional Democrats have enlisted their committee chairmen in an early blitz to bring millions of dollars into the party’s coffers, culminating in a late-March event featuring House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and 10 of the powerful panel chairs.

In the next 10 days alone, Democratic fundraisers will feature the chairmen of the House’s financial services panel and the House and Senate tax-writing committees. Senate Democrats also plan a fundraising reception during a major gathering of Native Americans in the capital Tuesday evening, an event hosted by lobbyists and the political action committee for tribal casinos, including those Jack Abramoff was paid to represent.

Oscar Would Be For Politics, Not Movie

The fact that Gore’s “global warming” propaganda film is favored to win an Oscar says more about the academy than it does about Gore’s film making ability.

BREITBART.COM – Gore Film Odds-On Favorite to Win Oscar

NEW YORK (AP) — Forget about sharing the stage with fellow Democrats on cable TV. Al Gore goes prime time, red carpet Sunday night at the Academy Awards before tens of millions, reviving talk of a possible presidential run.

“An Inconvenient Truth,” the documentary about the former vice president’s crusade against global warming, is the odds-on favorite to win an Oscar. Gore plans to attend the ceremony as well as the glitzy before and after parties.

After Jimmy Carter receiving a Nobel Peace Prize because that academy wanted to give a slap to George Bush; Michale Moore getting an Oscar for his propaganda film “Fahrenheit 911” and the Dixie Chicks getting a Grammy for criticizing the President, it is no surprise that Gore would be receiving an Oscar. But let’s not pretend that it has anything to do with the movie. It is a political statement, more indicative of BDS than any genuine merit. As such, it is essentially meaningless.

Paying Big For Western Guilt

China, India Smile as West Overpays for Climate

The improvement that can be obtained by spending just $31 million on incinerators could cost developed nations as much as 750 million euros ($986 million) through the elaborate trading mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol, and even then only two-thirds of the problem would go away, Wara estimates.

China and India are getting a prize for producing lots of hydrofluorocarbon-23, one of the six greenhouse gases under the Kyoto Protocol. One ton of it is considered the equivalent of 11,700 tons of carbon dioxide.

Six Chinese companies have consented to be paid to destroy this toxic byproduct of a gas used as a common refrigerant and a Teflon feedstock. Their total commitment is more than 43 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per annum. India, with two registered projects, is second with about 7 million tons. Thus, barely eight chemical plants in China and India control about 44 percent of the existing annual supply of emission credits.

That’s a very high level of concentration, considering there are 506 projects in more than 40 nations that are currently registered under the Kyoto Protocol’s trading system, known as the Clean Development Mechanism.

The Chinese and the Indians have been accused of a lot of things, but being stupid in not one of them. They will comply with any environmental regulation that guilt-ridden Westerner’s are willing to pay for.

They’re not greedy, exactly. But if we’re willing to give them free money, they’re willing to take it. But I’m willing to bet that they’ll draw the line at destroying their own economies.

The Jihad In Southern Thailand. A New Waziristan?

An assessment of the current situation facing the government in Southern Thailand.

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