Monday, May 22, 2006

Republican-Lite, Iraq, Afghanistan, Constitution Optional, Mad Scientist and Losing Lieberman.

In a WaPo editorial Jackson Diehl shows that he has friends in the DLC, and that he don't mind shilling for them. The DLC is the Republican-lite wing of the Democratic party. Taking their advice lost us the Congress and the White House. Imagine, trying to beat the Republicans by acting more like them.

He accuses those of us, who are left of center right, of not wanting to spread democracy and not wanting the military prepared for terrorism. Oh, and he and the DLC want to follow Bush's "stay the course" policy in Iraq. They believe it will make the public perceive the party as well hung.

If you think the only thing the Democratic party's up against is the GOP, don't forget that we're also in a fight over which direction the party is going to take. The DLC's direction is not the way I want to go.

Besides, no matter how long we stay or how much we spend, all we'll get out of it is another country with a government ran on someone's particular interpretation of the Koran.

Though you'd never know it from surfing the Internet, there exists in the
Democratic Party a substantial body of politicians and policymakers who believe
the U.S. mission in Iraq must be sustained until it succeeds; who want to
intensify American attempts to spread democracy in the greater Middle East; and
who think that the Army needs to be expanded to fight a long war against Islamic

Their problem isn't only that some people (mostly Republicans
and independents) don't believe they exist. Or that the flamers at
would expel them from the party if that were possible. They also face the
formidable task of rescuing what they believe is a quintessentially Democratic
policy agenda from the wreckage of the Bush administration, so that a future
president can do it right.

Brit Hume of FoxNews agrees.

With the exception of a few key posts, Iraq
has formed their government
. There is some concern, however, about the
ability of the government to function effectively in a country still beset by
persistent violence. Just today, a spree of bombing, mortar rounds and a
drive-by shooting killed
at least 18 Iraqis and wounded dozens

On Fox News Sunday, Brit Hume dismissed those concerns, suggesting violence
helps the Iraqis move forward politically. Hume did not elaborate.

Iraq's new Prime Minister has declared that they will use "maximum force against the terrorists", an expression I believe we've heard many times over the last few years. I think he's going to be preoccupied with just keeping his government together. Some of the Sunni's have already walked out. Remember how Bush said that things will start improving now?

BAGHDAD, May 21 -- Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki pledged "maximum force against
the terrorists" on his first full day on the job Sunday, while bombs targeting
predominantly Shiite Muslim neighborhoods of Baghdad killed at least 30 people.
Across the country, more than 40 people were killed in attacks.

A spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition forces claimed we killed 50 Taliban rebels in Afghanistan.
They neglected to mention the 500 or so we probably created by killing and wounding 50 civilians.

Another survivor from the village, Zurmina Bibi, who was cradling her wounded
8-month-old baby, said about 10 people were killed in her home, including three
or four children. "There were dead people everywhere," she said, crying.

The Bush Administration has decided that freedom of the press is no longer applicable, due to the strategic need to hide what they're up to.

Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales raised the possibility yesterday that New
York Times journalists could be prosecuted for publishing classified information
based on the outcome of the criminal investigation underway into leaks to the
Times of data about the National Security Agency's surveillance of
terrorist-related calls between the United States and abroad.

And the good news.

Climate scientist Curt Davis says the Competitive Enterprise Institute is lying about his research in the ads they've put out to put down Al Gore's movie, An Inconvenient Truth.

The reality is, there are no legitimate scientists or scientific studies that
support CEI's views on global warming. So they are forced to grossly
misrepresent scientific research. Unfortunately for them, the scientists don't
look like they are going to put up with it.

And to come full circle. DLC darling Joe Lieberman's finding out what happens when you turn your back on the people.

The darkest omens for Lieberman came near the end of the night when Southbury,
nearly the last to vote, announced it was still waiting for a response to a
winter invitation to Lieberman to meet. Until he does, Southbury cast five votes
for Lamont, three abstentions and zero for Lieberman. One of the night's loudest
cheers rang out.

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