Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Does Anybody Read The Constitution Anymore?
Not on Capitol Hill, at least not in the US Senate.
The Founders of this great nation saw fit to endow the President of the United States with the power to wage war. Article II Section 2 makes that very clear. This power is checked (slightly) by the power vested in Congress to declare war and also by the power of the purse. In short, Congress cannot tell the President how to wage war.
Several members of the United States Senate (Republicans and Democrats alike) would like you to believe otherwise. Arlen Specter (r-PA) mistakenly believes
...the president...is not the sole decider. The decider is a shared and joint responsibility.Well, Senator Specter, if you check your legal database you might be surprised to find you've already done your part as "co-decider". You see, on September 18, 2001 you authorized the President of the United States to
use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons.So, Arlen, you and your fellow "wanna-be deciders" are in a bit of a pickle. You can be like your spineless defeatist colleagues on the left (minus Old Joe, of course) - or you can "decide" to win the war.
Some Senators make the mistake of citing Congress' impressive history of cutting off funds for unpopular wars, police actions, and other conflicts. Let's review - Vietnam, Somalia, and Bosnia. Anybody care to comment about how many of those conflicts ended with a US victory?
Last among my senatorial quotes for this post is none other than the infamous Babs Boxer. Surprisingly, she says something that borders on the coherent:
Read the Constitution...Babs - heed your own counsel.
Here endeth the lesson.
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Hillary's American Idol Audition
Many politicians have learned the dangers of an open microphone. You never know when they're on nor what exactly they're recording. They pick up the damnedest things and are credited with, among other things, the inspiration for the SOTR moniker for the Vice President of the United States, Dick "Big Time" Cheney.
Well, Hillary is the latest victim of Open Mic Syndrome. She was in Iowa on her Conversation Tour when the National Anthem was played. To her credit, and our entertainment, she attempted (notice I don't use the term "succeeded") to sing along with the band.
Her singing voice, which would make Simon Cowell writhe in agony, was picked up toward the end of the clip. It is truly painful to listen to. Good thing she made such a killing in cattle futures - that means she won't have to try and make a living as a lounge singer.
Here endeth the lesson.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Why I Stand With W
I know I'm a bit late in blogging on the State of the Union, but some of us bloggers do in fact have real jobs to do on occassion.
I thought W delivered a very good speech with a lot of class. His recognition of Nancy Pelosi's historic ascent to the Speaker's Chair was an incredible demonstration of classic statesmanship. Unlike a good number of Democrats, including the man charged with giving the Democratic response, W used his time on the national stage to attempt to unify the nation. All Jim Webb could do was be condescending and arrogant. He's good at that.
W remarked on many issues facing this nation. The economy, despite whinings to the contrary by Nancy, Harry, et al, is incredibly strong. The budget needs to be balanced and can be so without having to resort the tried and failed Democratic revenue tactic of raising taxes. Social Security and Medicare need to be addressed - and fast. I could go on, but I'd prefer you bypass the MSM filter and actually read or watch the speech for yourself.
In my not so humble opinion, I believe this to be the most important statement of W's entire speech. As he finished speaking about Iraq, he stated:
This is where matters stand tonight, in the here and now. I have spoken with many of you in person. I respect you and the arguments you've made. We went into this largely united, in our assumptions and in our convictions. And whatever you voted for, you did not vote for failure. Our country is pursuing a new strategy in Iraq, and I ask you to give it a chance to work. And I ask you to support our troops in the field, and those on their way. (Emphasis Added)This is why, despite the fact I don't always see eye to eye with W, I stand with him. He isn't afraid to stand in the gap and fight the good fight. He knows this war - despite the fact its not the war we expected - must be fought and and won. Simply put - if the Islamofacist Murdering Thugs have there way and America is defeated in Iraq - it won't really matter how many jobs we create at home or what the top marginal tax rate is. Domestic politics may make the GOP unpopular. The Foreign Policy trumpeted by Dusty Harry and Company will get us killed.
It really is that simple.
For this purpose I have signed the NRSC Pledge at the behest of Blogfather Hugh. Can you hear me, Senator Warner? Not one damn dime!
Here endeth the lesson
Friday, January 19, 2007
Moqtada al-Sadr Catches A Clue
Moqtada al-Sadr Catches A Clue
Some people are just dense. The figurehead leader of the Iraq’s outlaw Mahdi Army Militia – none other than the Punkish Thug Moqtada al-Sadr – has become concerned that he might be a target of W’s surge strategy.
Regarding al-Sadr’s new found clairvoyance, I have but a one word reaction. Duh.
In the past two days some 400 of his men have been arrested and this morning Sheik Abdul-Hadi al-Darraji, al-Sadr's media director in Baghdad was picked up by US and Iraqi forces.
al-Sadr, in an interview with La Republica, said he was being “targeted”. al-Sadr is obviously a genius. He continued:
For this reason, I have moved my family to a secure location. I even have had a will drawn up, and I move continuously in a way that only few can know where I am.You can’t say he hasn’t been reading the handwriting on the wall. Every time one of his body guards starts whistling a tune, I’m sure Moqtada’s pucker factor goes up a notch or two.
Evidently the Muslim holy month of Muharram is approaching and al-Sadr has pledged not to undertake violence during this month.
Let them kill us. For a true believer there is no better moment than this to die: Heaven is ensured. After Muharram, we'll see.Memo to Moqtada: I think you’ll find the US Armed Forces very uninterested in your holy month observation practices. With all the people dropping around you, it’s only a matter of time before you screw up once too often. I like the mention of your pre-written will. Personally, I hope it gets used quickly.
Here endeth the lesson.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Jason Miller’s Self-Loathing
Normally I don’t even read the tripe which passes for commentary over at the Sludge Blog commonly known as the DailyKos. It takes a lot for me to go there, let alone link to what I’ve found. Usually I rely on Blogfather Hugh’s Dean Barnett as a filter. So, when he declared he’d found the Best Daily Kos Diary Ever, I had to see for myself.
Lo, and behold, enter Jason Miller. Miller hates football in general and the NFL specifially. He loathes the celebration of the quintessential qualities unique to America personified by the greatest game God ever saw fit to put upon His green earth – that being Football.
I love the game of football. To me there is nothing better than tearing open a bag of tortilla chips, cracking open a bottle of good salsa, and popping the top off a bottle of Stewart’s Orange Cream Soda and watching a good football game.
Side note: By “good football game” I’m referring to games akin to the 2007 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. You will not see a more exciting three minutes of football again in this decade – perhaps in this century. End of digression.
Miller criticizes everything possible about football in genera and the NFL specifically. Of course, for a liberal so far left of center he’s fallen off the edge of the political spectrum, there is a lot about the NFL to criticize. The NFL makes an absurd amount of money from a game focused on the size, speed, and skill of the lowest form of human life possible (according to the uber-feminized left’s scale) – man. Specifically “manly” men. It glamorizes all the things liberals love to hate. In football, barring really, really bad officiating, the best team always wins. There are no head starts. There are no allowances made to “level” the playing field. Eleven men on each side of the ball try and keep the other side from doing what they plan to do. One side wins. That’s life.
You don’t have to read very much into Miller’s rant. Football, and again specifically the NFL, is to blame for all that is wrong with America. Looking for a fundamental scapegoat upon which to blame the American people’s complicity in supporting W and the troops in Iraq? Miller has the answer:
Our unitary executive has run roughshod over our Constitution, caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocents, and blatantly violated the Nuremberg Principles. In his recent television address, the Decider informed us that he will defy the will of the American people by sacrificing more of our own and escalating the genocide against the Iraqi people.Yes, dear reader, the NFL and all the great American traditions it represents is responsible for all that is wrong in the world. Ban football and the world will be a better place.
And it would not be beyond our capacity to end these horrendous crimes against humanity. Without the complicity of the masses, Bush, Cheney, et al would be rendered impotent.
Yet we choose to remain transfixed by the alluring seductions of the NFL and its corporate partners.
Regrettably, it appears that many of us in the United States suffer from the delusion that the rest of the world exists to provide for our comfort, pleasure, and prosperity. (emphasis added)
I will grant Miller one point. It is, as he quoted a sociologist, a young man has a better chance of being hit by a meteorite than becoming a professional athlete. Only slightly better are his chances of playing in a major bowl game between Christmas and New Year’s Day – though with the ever expanding number of College Bowl Games to choose from, that possibility is more and more of a reality. Millions of young men hold that dream. Miller and people like him would take from young men even the remote possibility of fulfilling their dreams. Life without a dream is drudgery, Jason. Maybe you like to live in drudgery. Those of us that don’t watch football. Football, unless you’re a Cleveland Browns fan, holds the possibility of success.
Miller decries the lack of values and morals personified by the NFL. I have to disagree with him there. The NFL did have the foresight to tell Britney Spears to stay home. Gotta give credit where credit is due.
I feel sorry for Mr. Miller. Really I do. January must be a tough time for him what with Bowl Games and the NFL Playoff season kicking into high gear. Come Super Bowl Sunday I’m sure he locks himself in a soundproof padded room and plays Barry Manilow CD’ at max volume just to keep his sanity.
Jason Miller needs to get himself to a physician and have his testosterone level checked.
Here endeth the lesson.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
The Die Is Cast
Yesterday’s address from W was exactly as it was billed. W delivered a sobering view of the challenges America faces in Iraq – and more importantly the consequences of a self-inflicted failure.
His speech was long on specifics – details which normally are left to be confronted by those implementing the strategy ordered up by the Commander in Chief. It will be costly. There will be casualties. Americans – and Iraqis – will die.
In all the criticism you will hear aimed at W today by politicians and pundits from both sides of the political spectrum, I seriously doubt any detractor will dwell much on the consequence of a self-inflicted defeat of America in Iraq. The simple fact of the matter is they don’t like to consider that consequence. It doesn’t make for a good 90 second sound byte on Chris Matthew’s Whiffle Ball Show.
Reality seldom does.
If you haven’t seen W’s speech, I recommend you watch the whole thing straight from the source. Don’t settle for MSM excerpts. In the speech I noted one very important shift in strategy:
Succeeding in Iraq also requires defending its territorial integrity and stabilizing the region in the face of extremist challenges. This begins with addressing Iran and Syria. These two regimes are allowing terrorists and insurgents to use their territory to move in and out of Iraq. Iran is providing material support for attacks on American troops. We will disrupt the attacks on our forces. We'll interrupt the flow of support from Iran and Syria. And we will seek out and destroy the networks providing advanced weaponry and training to our enemies in Iraq. (Emphasis Added)The Islamofacist Murdering Thugs currently operating in Iraq get their support (man and material) from Iran and Syria. Cut the supply from both countries and the Thugocracy will wither up like ice on the shifting desert sand. Both Syria’s Assad and Iran’s Amandinijad need to ask themselves just how lucky they feel.
W also signaled his willingness to entertain alternatives and improved strategy. I noted with interest his naming of Joe Lieberman as a primary member of “a new, bipartisan working group that will help us come together across party lines to win the war on terror.” I hope there are more Joe Liebermans democrats out there than I think there are.
Can this strategy work? The best answer anyone, W included can give is “probably”. A probable victory is better than a guaranteed defeat any day.
Here endeth the lesson.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
The Only Opinion That Really Matters
Tonight at 9 PM Eastern Time the President of the United States will take to the nation’s airwaves to deliver what may just be the most important address of his presidency. W will, according to published reports, announce a surge force of some 20,000 troops whose mission it will be to secure Baghdad and the Al Anbar province.
The good news is that the troops will have better rules of engagement and they’ll be able to hunt down the militias (both Sunni and Shiite) responsible for most of the sectarian violence which has plagued the aforementioned areas. Personally, I wish all members of the US armed forces three things – good luck, Godspeed, and good hunting.
This action probably should’ve taken place a long time ago. W knows this. Perhaps the MSM apology seekers will find what they’ve been badgering W for tonight as he apologizes to the troops for not taking action sooner. Then again, until W apologizes to America for being W, the MSM headhunters will never be satisfied.
The Congressional Jackass Retreat and Defeat Caucus, represented for the media by none other than Ted “Dude, Where’s My Scotch” Kennedy, has made it clear that they will support no such surge and will indeed work to keep W from pushing his plan forward. Some part of Scotch Kennedy mistakenly believes he and his defeatist cohorts have the power and authority to dictate where and when US troops are deployed during wartime.
The power to wage war is Constitutionally vested in the Chief Executive. That person, for Scotch Kennedy and other Constitutionally challenged Members of Congress, is the President. Despite the best efforts of Cindy Sheehan, Moveon.org, and Cynthia McKinney, W still holds that office. It is he and he alone that is responsible for making the decision to put troops in harm’s way. It is most likely the most important decision any president ever makes – and not one I envy him in any way, shape, manner, or form.
Congress has but one remedy to stop a war they don’t like. They can cut funding for the troops and their combat operations. Armies live and die by the funding Congress gives them. In the history of this great nation, Congress has used the power of the purse but once to end an unpopular war. They did it in Vietnam, and we all know what a great decision that was.
Scotch Kennedy is a politically insulated dinosaur. He can afford (politically) to go before the National Press Club and demand W come grovel to his committee for “authorization” to add more troops to the Iraqi Theatre. The problem is, W doesn’t need to do that. Congress already authorized him to wage war on Iraq. Maybe Scotch doesn’t remember that. Maybe he does. Either way, it doesn’t really matter. If Scotch Kennedy wants to fulfill his re-deployment surrender fantasy, he can do it the old fashioned Vietnam way. He’ll have to stand before the American people, and the American military by proxy, and tell them he’s going to cut their troops off.
The war in Iraq must be won. Those responsible for the sectarian violence must themselves be violently dealt with. W understands this – I hope. I know the troops understand it. What remains to be seen is whether or not Congress understands it.
Here endeth the lesson.
Good Shooting Boys!
Fazul Abdullah Mohammed and a few of his closest thug buddies have learned a very painful lesson. One AC130 Gunship can ruin your whole day.
They can run, but from the Spectre they cannot hide.
Here endeth the lesson.
Friday, January 05, 2007
Dems To W – Cut And Run NOW!
With barely a calendar day under their belts as the leaders of the newly minted Democratic congress, Senate Majority Leader Dusty Harry (D-Circus Circus) and House Speaker Bella Pelosi (D-Frisco) have already begun to do what Democrats do best.
What is it Democrats do best you ask? Well, let me tell you something, that list is extremely short. Dusty Harry and Bella Pelosi have begun to complain and demand.
In a letter sent to W, Dusty Harry and Bella Pelosi have demanded a
…phased redeployment of our forces in the next four to six months, while shifting the principal mission of our forces there from combat to training, logistics, force protection and counter-terror.There are many people from which W should take counsel. Dusty Harry and Bella Pelosi should not be numbered in that group. Anybody who takes strategy lessons from Michael Moore, Rosie O’Donnell, and Kos needs to have their head examined. Said examination would reveal little gray matter.
There is no easy solution for Iraq. The one sure fire way to make the situation worse is to heed Dusty Harry, Bella Pelosi and the rest of the Cut & Run Caucus and leave Iraq to become an unchecked source of terror in the mid-east. Re-deployment is a thinly veiled codeword for surrender. The Cut & Run Caucus dreams of seeing Saigon 1975 revisited in the coming months. They want America to fail. It really is that simple.
Memo to W:
In the coming days you will face a nation whose psyche is under constant assault by defeatist liberals and their far too willing accomplices in the MSM. The American people are being conditioned to believe there is no way to win in Iraq. They are being conditioned to believe the use of the US Military has not prevented another 9/11 style attack on American soil. They are being conditioned to believe defeat is inevitable.
You have the power to change that conditioning.
The American people don’t like to lose. They don’t like losers. They don’t like seeing their sons and daughters come home wounded, or dead, for a cause they see as worthless. The circumstances surrounding the end of American involvement in Vietnam were billed as “Peace with Honor”, not as a lost war. Ask any Vietnam era veteran how he/she feels about that phrase and I’ll guarantee you they don’t feel any sense of honor about losing a war that should have been won.
“War,” as Sherman so eloquently put it, “is hell.” There is no way to sugarcoat the costs and effects of war. The left in this country, and indeed in most of the world, would have you believe there is nothing worth going to war for. They will tell you diplomacy can solve all the world’s problems. They have a naïve understanding of history and their naïveté will kill more people than any military operation ever could.
The war in which this nation finds herself is not one of our making – no matter what the Islamofascists and their propaganda departments at al Jazeera and the Council for American Islamic Relations may say. Our enemy in this war has been fighting us in one form or fashion for over thirty years. The defeatist left would have you believe this enemy can be dealt with – can be negotiated with. There is no diplomatic solution to a war of ideologies. One side wins – the other loses. This war is not one America can afford to lose.
I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know.
In the coming days you will face threats from the Democratic Congress. They will scream, yell, and hurl demands at you about Iraq, Afghanistan, and other fronts on the Global War On Terror. This is what the Congress does. Our Founders, in their wisdom, saw fit to give the right, power, and responsibility of waging war to the Chief Executive and not the Congress. No successful war strategy has ever come from Capitol Hill.
Near the end of The Untouchables, as the Irish Cop Jimmy Malone lay dying, he asks Elliot Ness a single question – “What are you prepared to do?” You are no doubt being presented with many different options where Iraq is concerned. You need to make it clear to the American people that you are prepared to do what is necessary to achieve victory in Iraq. Anything short of victory cheapens the sacrifice made by so many Americans and the families they leave behind.
It is time, Mr. President, to take the fight to those who want to lose. If Dusty Harry and Bella Pelosi really want to force a re-deployment surrender, let them introduce legislation cutting funding for the troops. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to figure out how the American people would react to that.
Take time to listen to those who have solutions for Iraq. Listen to the field commanders – give them what they need. Ask the hard questions. The American people will rally around a strategy aimed at victory. Dusty Harry and Bella Pelosi et al have no such strategy - only demands and complaints. They end their letter to you with the phrase “We appreciate you taking these views into consideration.” Take their views and give them a passing glance on the way to a three point paper basketball shot from the corner.
So, Mr. President, as one of your strongest supporters, I have to ask this question of you - What are you prepared to do?
Here endeth the lesson.