Monday, May 14, 2007


You know, I'm tired of the Rethugs equating an antiwar stance with somehow dissing the troops. Lindsey Graham was on this weekend pushing this same line. Fortunately, Barbara Boxer was on to counter him (there's something, an actual Dem on a Sunday talk show).


BOXER: Excuse me. He never said our troops are losers. Now, Lindsey, just be careful what you say. The bottom line here is, the losers are the ones who have, you know, engineered this war, made a huge mistake, Dick Cheney, we're in the last throes, the war will last six months, and all of you who have supported this escalation and have turned us away from fighting al Qaida into putting us in the middle of a civil war.

Boxer: "The loser is the Commander in Chief who has not lead our country well."


That's correct. We're it not for the Chimp, we wouldn't be in Iraq, wouldn't be having this discussion. And he wouldn't have been elected to a second term.

Speaking of Iraq, the enemy is becoming bolder, ambushing our patrols. Not just making the road blow up underneath 'em, but actually engaging and taking prisoners.

Seven U.S. soldiers and an Iraqi army interpreter came under attack Saturday morning during a patrol in a Sunni insurgent stronghold south of Baghdad, leaving five dead and three missing, the military said.


I thought the idea behind this 'surge' was to beat down the insurgency, not give the enemy more targets from which to choose. Seems the patrol was undermanned too, each vehicle a troop short. Maybe that's why 'commanders on the ground' are calling for more troops, even beyond the units involved in the 'surge'.

Note to Rethugs: Don't you think the American people know the war in Iraq is lost? You can call Harry Reid names all day. You can point fingers and whine like little kids as you recite the same tired old talking points 'the Dems don't support the troops', 'the Dems hate America', but it's 6 years past 9/11 and people realize it's all bullshit.

The evening news looks the same as it did 40 years ago, when I'd come home from school and see the casualty reports on Huntley/Brinkley, and those of my age and older remember that. Close to 30,000 troops died from the time Johnson knew Vietnam was lost in '68, and they know a lot more will die since they finally got their minds around the fact this war was lost last year. We've been down this road before.

Time to pack it up and leave.


Our pal Scout Prime looks at the spin of the weekend on the righty blogs. Why anyone listens to them anymore is beyond me too. I guess those 28 percenters are beyond hope.

Off to work ...

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