Thursday, June 23, 2005
Pelosi Declares Afghan War Over
Thanks. Now we can go home. Moron.
Read story here
Folks, the war in Afghanistan is not over. We are making significant progress, but there is still work to be done. Like in Iraq, an elected parliament must be seated. That vote will take place Sept 18. We must also ensure that Afghanistan has a capable Army and Police Force, as well as a judicial and corrections system. Finally, the Afghan Government must extend its reach beyond Kabul. That is all happening, despite Taliban efforts to derail the process.
This new government is starting from scratch, its gonna take time. The war is not over.
It's not Osama, but this guy was trying to occupy my property:
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
He's Still an Ass, But He Did Apologize....
From the Chicago Tribune...
Durbin yields to onslaught, apologizes in full
By Jill Zuckman and Gary Washburn, Tribune staff reporters. Jill Zuckman reported from Washington and Gary Washburn from ChicagoPublished June 22, 2005
WASHINGTON -- His voice choking, Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois took to the Senate floor Tuesday and explicitly offered "heartfelt apologies" for comparing America's treatment of prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay detention center to the atrocities of the Nazis, Soviets and other murderous regimes.The apology came after a week of drumbeat criticism against Durbin, the assistant Democratic leader, from the White House, from Republican senators, from conservative activists and, finally, from Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, a fellow Democrat.And Durbin's own halting efforts at contrition had seemed to only stoke more criticism until his mea culpa Tuesday."I'm sorry if anything that I said caused any offense or pain to those who have such bitter memories of the Holocaust, the greatest moral tragedy of our time," Durbin said as his voice trembled. "Nothing, nothing should ever be said to demean or diminish that moral tragedy. I'm also sorry if anything I said in any way cast a negative light on our fine men and women in the military."Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War, also took to the floor, accepting Durbin's offering."All of us, I believe, who have had the opportunity to serve in public life from time to time have said things that we deeply regret," McCain said. "I know that I have. ... I would like to say to the senator from Illinois, he did the right thing, the courageous thing and I believe we can put this issue behind us."Earlier in the day, however, Daley came down hard on his friend."I think it is a disgrace," the mayor declared when asked about Durbin's comments last week. "He is a good friend of mine, but I think it is a disgrace to say that any man or woman in the military acts like that."Daley's son, Patrick, recently enlisted in the U.S. Army and now is in training."I believe our men and women in the military have a lot of common sense and passion and heart," the mayor said.`So disrespectful'"Read the history of the Holocaust," Daley said. "Nothing can compare with the Holocaust. . . . It is so disrespectful for all the victims of the Holocaust. You are talking about 6 million people intentionally killed. . . ."How many did [Stalin] kill?" Daley asked rhetorically. "Twenty-two million. Then you take what took place in Cambodia, and we are trying to [compare] incidents in Guantanamo Bay, where nobody has been killed, no one has been seriously injured, to that?"The controversy began June 14 with a lengthy floor speech by Durbin criticizing the Bush administration's policy on the U.S. prison at the Guantanamo Bay base in Cuba. Durbin read aloud from an FBI agent's e-mail describing the treatment of prisoners."If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags or some mad regime--Pol Pot or others--that had no concern for human beings," Durbin said.The next day, Republican senators, including the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, scalded Durbin with criticism. Durbin, however, initially refused to back down, arguing on the floor with Sens. John Warner (R-Va.), Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) about the propriety of how the U.S. treats its prisoners.By Friday, however, Durbin sought to quell the fury, issuing a statement of regret in which he tried to clarify his remarks but insisted he would continue to denounce the administration when he believed it was wrong. That prompted additional criticism over the weekend from Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.By Tuesday, Durbin said he had come to understand that his comparison of the interrogations at Guantanamo to the tactics of murderous regimes "was a very poor choice of words."Interrupting a Senate debate on energy legislation, Durbin announced that a senator lives by his words. "Words are the coin of the realm in our profession," he said. "Occasionally words will fail us, and occasionally we will fail words."Durbin said he was especially pained to think that he had let down the soldiers he had visited in Iraq a few months ago.
`They are the best'"When you look at the eyes of the soldiers, you see your son and daughter. They are the best," he said. "I never, ever intended any disrespect for them. Some may believe that my remarks crossed a line. To them, I extend my heartfelt apologies."This was not the first time a senator has had to issue multiple explanations and apologies to tamp down angry denunciations. In 2002, then-Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) enthusiastically praised Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.) at his 100th birthday party, citing his 1948 candidacy for president as a segregationist."I want to say this about my state: When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him," Lott said. "We're proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn't have had all these problems over all these years, either."Lott spent weeks trying to explain what he meant and trying to apologize before his Republican colleagues forced him from his leadership post.Durbin is unlikely to face a similar consequence. His remarks were immediately greeted by McCain and a handful of Democrats on the floor.`Let this be the end'"It takes a big person to apologize to the Senate," said Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.). "He has done it. I appeal to everyone to move on. Let this be the end of this."Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said she was taken by the emotion behind Durbin's remarks."We know Dick Durbin. We know he is patriotic. We know he cares about the men and women serving and we know he would do nothing, nothing, to ever mean anything to the contrary," said Feinstein, adding, "Let this be the end of it."In a statement, Frist appeared to signal that the end had, in fact, arrived."Sen. Durbin's apology was a necessary and appropriate step in repairing the harm his earlier remarks have had on the image of the millions of fine men and women serving in America's military," Frist said. "As members of Congress we must always be sensitive to the fact that it is their struggles and sacrifices that keep us safe in the war on terror."
Thursday, June 16, 2005
Dick Durbin Compares Troops to Nazis
I compare him to an ass.....
BY JAMES TARANTO Wednesday, June 15, 2005 4:11 p.m. EDT
Durbin Supports the TroopsSen. Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, took the Senate floor yesterday and likened American servicemen to Nazis (link in PDF):
When you read some of the graphic descriptions of what has occurred here [at Guantanamo Bay]--I almost hesitate to put them in the [Congressional] Record, and yet they have to be added to this debate. Let me read to you what one FBI agent saw. And I quote from his report:
On a couple of occasions, I entered interview rooms to find a detainee chained hand and foot in a fetal position to the floor, with no chair, food or water. Most times they urinated or defecated on themselves, and had been left there for 18-24 hours or more. On one occasion, the air conditioning had been turned down so far and the temperature was so cold in the room, that the barefooted detainee was shaking with cold. . . . On another occasion, the [air conditioner] had been turned off, making the temperature in the unventilated room well over 100 degrees. The detainee was almost unconscious on the floor, with a pile of hair next to him. He had apparently been literally pulling his hair out throughout the night. On another occasion, not only was the temperature unbearably hot, but extremely loud rap music was being played in the room, and had been since the day before, with the detainee chained hand and foot in the fetal position on the tile floor.
If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime--Pol Pot or others--that had no concern for human beings. Sadly, that is not the case. This was the action of Americans in the treatment of their prisoners.
We are fighting an enemy that murdered 3,000 innocent people on American soil 3 1/2 years ago and would murder millions more if given the chance--and according to Dick Durbin, our soldiers are the Nazis.
I am not there and have not been involved in the interrogation of Enemy Combatants held at military detention facilities, so I will not engage in Monday Morning Quarterbacking of how we handle our detainees. I will say, however, that compared to what the Nazis, the Vietnamese, the Japanese, and the Insurgents in Iraq treated their prisoners, we show incredible restraint and respect for our prisoners. Remember, in the hours leading up to their capture, these people were trying to kill our soldiers. They know who their leaders are, and where they hide. Using techniques to extract that information is keeping our soldiers alive. Let's not forget that. I don't know what else to do, sit down and have tea during interrogation? What is being done to detainees is designed to make them feel uncomfortable to get them to talk. But don't call it torture, and certainly don't compare our methods to those of the Nazis. Last time I checked, there are no ovens at our detention centers with corpses stacked in them.
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Stop the Insanity
Common Sense Has Left the Building:
This UPI story left me scratching my head. Who would say something like this, and why UPI felt it needed to be published...A former economist for the Bush Administration suggests the WTC was brought down by controlled demolition and was part of some scheme. WTF??
Read this gem from the UPI: Sheesh.
A former Bush team member during his first administration is now voicing serious doubts about the collapse of the World Trade Center on 9-11. Former chief economist for the Department of Labor during President George W. Bush's first term Morgan Reynolds comments that the official story about the collapse of the WTC is "bogus" and that it is more likely that a controlled demolition destroyed the Twin Towers and adjacent Building No. 7. Reynolds, who also served as director of the Criminal Justice Center at the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas and is now professor emeritus at Texas A&M University said, "If demolition destroyed three steel skyscrapers at the World Trade Center on 9/11, then the case for an 'inside job' and a government attack on America would be compelling." Reynolds commented from his Texas A&M office, "It is hard to exaggerate the importance of a scientific debate over the cause of the collapse of the twin towers and building 7. If the official wisdom on the collapses is wrong, as I believe it is, then policy based on such erroneous engineering analysis is not likely to be correct either. The government's collapse theory is highly vulnerable on its own terms. Only professional demolition appears to account for the full range of facts associated with the collapse of the three buildings."
Thursday, June 09, 2005
A Personal Story
Michelle Malkin writes about the redesign of the site of the World Trade Center here:
I want to offer my opinion on what should be done at "Ground Zero" it's really simple, yet powerful. Are you ready, I am going to yell:
REBUILD THE WORLD TRADE CENTER EXACTLY LIKE IT WAS!!! As for a memorial, do something in the courtyard, or in the lobby, but the buildings need to be just as they were. The terrorists of 9/11 defaced the city of New York. They knocked down something that was as much a part of the sky line as the Empire State building. To put anything other than what was there is a slap in the face to those who died there, and to the City and this country. No self-flagellating memorial, no whailing wall. Just rebuild the buildings.
Look, my Dad worked in the towers just after they were built. How cool is that for a kid? Your Dad works in the TALLEST BUILDING IN THE WORLD? It was a source of pride for me. On the day they fell, I was pissed off. Later I went to the site. I thought I would be sad, but no, I was even madder at those responsible. If we don't rebuild the towers as they were, Osama and his boys win. They made us feel bad about ourselves and what we believe in. No the only proper response is to build the towers just like they were. It goes back to the playground....someone knocks over your sand castle, you rebuild it just like it was. Think about it....