"Goodnight, Chesty"

I had never heard of "Chesty Puller" until reading this piece just now, but it sounds like a film needs to be made, here:Enlisting in the Marine Corps in 1918 he would serve until 1955, rising in rank from private to lieutenant general. Throughout his career he led from the front, never asking his men to go where he would not go. For his courage he was five times awarded the navy cross, a silver star, a distinguished service cross, and a bronze star with a v for valor, along with … [Read more...]

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Lib Blog: Afghan support was a political tactic

It's refreshing to hear the truth, even if the truth is a shameful one that played with the lives of our service people while politicians and pundits postured.An astonishingly honest assessment — one that I fear is accurate — from the lefty blog Hullabaloo:Escalation is a bad idea. The Democrats backed themselves into defending the idea of Afghanistan being The Good War because they felt they needed to prove their macho bonafides they called for withdrawal from Iraq. Nobody asked too many que … [Read more...]

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"They're my nukes…" Let's eat cake.

Remember the Irishman in Braveheart who declared that Ireland, "is my island!"Seems President Obama thinks our nuclear arsenal is his weaponry.Thank Ace for the boldface:Obama has rejected the Pentagon's first draft of the "nuclear posture review" as being too timid, and has called for a range of more far-reaching options consistent with his goal of eventually abolishing nuclear weapons altogether, according to European officials. ... The review is due to be completed by the end of this … [Read more...]

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Go ahead, impeach Bush; try him

So, Dennis Kucinich has introduced articles of Impeachment against President Bush.I think he tried this once before, didn't he? (Ah, I see that was about Cheney.)The blogs are ablaze with it, of course, Fausta may have been first out of the gate, and both Thomas Lifson and Rick Moran are looking closely at Obama's remarks about trying people for "war crimes."I sort of knew this was where it was all heading two weeks ago when Couric, Gibson and Williams got together for an early … [Read more...]

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Pat Conroy proves my father right

When I was a little girl, the nightly news was full of young men dying in Vietnam and other young men (usually bearded, long haired "counter-culturalists" wearing the latest trendy "counter-cultural" clothes and listening to the permitted "counter-cultural" music) who were burning their draft cards and chanting "hell no, we won't go," into the cameras for the 6 O' Clock News.I asked my birth-father, a WWII draftee who had served in Okinawa, what the long-haired students were all about, and … [Read more...]

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189 Investigations? And???

Betsy Newmark points to this Karl Zinsmeister piece in the American Enterprise Magazine, and it's worth reading.As the Wall Street Journal noted the day after July’s London bombings, the West’s “resolve continues to fade along with public memories of 9/11. For months the debate in Washington hasn’t been over how best to fight terrorists but how harshly we treat them. Rather than strengthen the Patriot Act, Congress wants to weaken it…. The press corps has wallowed in Abu Ghraib as the defining … [Read more...]

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I thought Bill Clinton was in charge of this!

UPDATE: As a few kind commenters pointed out, I was quite remiss in not saying straight off that this charge being made is nothing more - at this point - than a charge that bears heavy investigating. That's quite true. As such, take the whole thing with a grain of salt, but bear in mind that if it's true - if the tsunami money is being misrouted into terrorist hands - then there has to be some accountability for that. And if anyone but Bill Clinton were involved, most folks would completely … [Read more...]

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Iraq War Reportage vs Blogs

It's no secret that the MSM's reportage of the War in Iraq is heavily focused on negatives, with little-to-no coverage of positive stories. Part of that, of course, is due to the very nature of the press - "if it bleeds, it leads."Part of it, alas, seems to be simply a refusal on the part of the MSM to give any positive notice on the off chance that doing so might - gasp - reflect well on George W. Bush, our troops or - egad - the whole concept of war as being a necessary evil.Mark Yost … [Read more...]

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Pulling out of Germany, sixty years on

Varifrank has one of the best and most insightful pieces I have yet read on the whole idea of pulling out of Iraq, and the fact that we are finally "pulling out" of Germany....At this point the story of the end of World War II would end the way a thousand other wars had ended. But something happened at the end of this tale, something no one would have guessed, and it was something wonderful that should give us all hope.People in America could see that the people of Germany weren’t superman, a … [Read more...]

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Could 7/7 have been prevented?

I recall a lot of indignation last week from the leftist blogs because one of the suspected bombers had not been charged by the Justice Department in 2002.Now, it seems the UK would not allow the US to arrest a terrorist who came back and bit them.Haroon Rashid Aswat, 30, of Indian heritage, is currently in custody in Zambia, U.S. and Zambian officials told CNN.U.S. authorities wanted to capture Aswat, who was then in South Africa, and question him about a 1999 plot to establish a "jihad … [Read more...]

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