Saturday, December 03, 2005

Taking Down Al-Qaida

A missile strike by the CIA has killed al-Qaida's third in command:
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The operational commander of al-Qaida and possibly the No. 3 official in the terrorist organization, Hamza Rabia, was killed early Thursday morning by a CIA missile attack on a safehouse in Pakistan, officials told NBC News.

Pakistan's president later confirmed the militant leader's death.

“Yes indeed, 200 percent. I think he was killed the day before yesterday if I’m not wrong,” President Pervez Musharraf told reporters as he arrived in Kuwait on an official visit on Saturday.

Rabia's death puts us one step closer to cutting out al-Qaida's resources and catching Osama Bin Laden. The more of al-Qaida's senior commanders that die, the more Osama will have to get involved in order to get things done. And the more that Osama has to do things himself to accomplish his agenda, the more opportunities the the military will have to capture and/or kill him.

In other words, killing Rabia is a huge success for the United States.

Also, the fact that the killing of Rabia was a highly specific, coordinated strike by the CIA means that we got extremely good and accurate intelligence. It's simply another sign that the war on terror is gradually being won, and that we are making progress every day.

Friday, December 02, 2005

The Marines in Fallujah

A roadside bomb killed 10 Marines and wounded 11 others near Fallujah yesterday.

The ambush was against Marines from the Regimental Combat Team 8, based at Camp Lejeune, N.C. It was the deadliest attack against U.S. troops in four months.

Please pray for the families of these soldiers, and for all of those who continue to fight in Iraq.

Also, this site lists the names of and commemorates all of the Marines who have died in Iraq. (HT: Hugh Hewitt)

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Avian Flu Goes Domestic

A weak strain of the Avian Flu has been discovered in California:
Japanese quails suffering from a low pathogenic strain of bird flu were discovered in a Sun Valley quail farm.

The Bureau of Humane Law Enforcement, a non-governmental, nonprofit organization devoted to defending animals, began investigating conditions at the now-defunct L.A. Quail Farm earlier this year.

"Wait, I Changed My Mind."

Red State reports that Nancy Pelosi has pulled a 180 on her vote against immediate withdrawal in the House last week:
Just 12 days after, she and 402 other House members voted against an immediate withdrawal in Iraq. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi endorsed the Democratic proposal for immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops in Iraq.

According to Reuters, Pelosi now supports Congressman Murtha's call for an immediate withdrawal from Iraq. As if Pelosi's Kerry-like flip flopping on the war in Iraq was not bad enough, the leader of the House Democrats said she believes a majority of House Democrats "clearly supports Mr. Murtha."

No wonder a majority of the public believes the Democrats' criticism of the war is motivated by partisan politics, not because they believe the criticism will help the war effort.
Personally, I think that Pelosi has been for immediate withdrawal all along, she just didn't have the gumption to stand up for her opinion when the debate actually came to the floor. It's much easier to defend your position if it's not questioned and you don't have to debate it.

Rep. Murtha illustrates this with his latest false characterizations of the Army in yet another plea for immediate withdrawal.

The Porous Harry Reid

Sen. Harry Reid is back to his usual shenanigans. Here are the Senator's most recent nonsensical comments:
Speaking Wednesday on News 4's Nevada News Makers, Reid says he was informed today that Bin Laden may have died in the October temblor.

"I heard today that he may have died in the earthquake that they had in Pakistan, seriously." Reid says that if that is the case, "that's good for the world."
John Fund points out the problem with such a statement:
Intelligence analysts tell me that the only proper action by a top U.S. Senate leader who has been given such information is radio silence. If the report is true, such information is best released at a moment of the U.S. government's choosing. For one thing, as long as the information is tightly held, it can be used to sift out electronic intercepts that might lead to other Al Qaeda leaders. On the other hand, if Mr. Reid's public speculation proves groundless, it only embarrasses the U.S. and contributes to enemy morale. Here's hoping Al Qaeda figures aren't soon appearing on Al Jazeera television chortling about the clueless Mr. Reid.
Either Sen. Reid is leaking classified infromation before U.S. intelligence agencies report anything, or he is spreading hearsay and false information. Does either of these options have any redeeming quality to it? Of course not.

Hat tip to the guys over at Power Line for following up on this story. They've got background information here. And the latest developments and considerations here.

About Those Levees

Wonder what ever happened with the investigation of the levee failures in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina? The MSM sure isn't reporting it. Maybe that's because it turns out that the levee breaches couldn't be blamed on President Bush. Michelle Malkin reports:
According to records cited by Marshall, the Army Corps of Engineers reviewed and approved the flawed design plans.

In the immediate aftermath of Katrina, some liberals blamed levee failures on budget cuts supposedly pushed through by George W. Bush. But according to the Washington Post, reports of levee problems began to surface in the mid-1990s, before the floodwalls were even completed. The timeline is sketchy, but it looks like the flawed design plans were approved about two decades ago.

For the mathematically-challenged, that's more than 10 years before Dubya was elected President.
But wait, there's more:
In a separate article published November 19, Marshall reported that levee leaks were reported to the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board a year ago. City officials neither took action nor bothered to report the leaks to the Army Corps of Engineers.
Oh. Really. Does anybody have anything to say for themselves? Governor Blanco? Mayor Nagin? Perhaps you can explain why nothing was done about the levees?

Jury Duty

Remember the story from last week about John Kerry serving as the foreman on a jury?

Well, apparently President Bush has just joined the list of public officials summoned for jury duty.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

"Bush Isn't Backing Down. Not. One. Inch."

These are the words from Citizen Smash's post on President Bush's speech today. (HT: Hugh Hewitt) Here are Smash's closing graphs:

We went to Iraq with a list of concrete objectives:
Remove Saddam from power: Done.
Dismantle WMD programs: Done.
Help Iraqis establish a representative government: Nearing completion.
Establish and train Iraqi security forces: In progress.
Saddam is now on trial for his crimes against the Iraqi people. His weapons programs, while not nearly as advanced as we once feared, have been dismantled. The Iraqi people have drafted and approved their own constitution which, while flawed, guarantees a representative form of government. They will hold their first nationwide parliamentary elections under that new constitution in two weeks.

The final task is to help the Iraqis establish military and police forces, so that they can ensure the security of their own nation against both internal and external forces. To succeed, we don't have to capture or kill every last terrorist and Baathist holdout in Iraq; we only need to train and sustain the Iraqis as they take over this responsibility.

Once this final objective is achieved, our mission in Iraq will be over.

But not one day sooner.

Serve that up to your lefty friends if they start asking questions. Most likely it will leave them completely speechless.

The Strategy for Victory in Iraq

After the president's speech at the naval academy today, the White House released its strategy for victory in Iraq.

It is a good presentation of the key facts and how the U.S. plans on winning the war. It essentially outlines what the conservative blogosphere has been advocating for a long time.

MoveOn Supports the Troops? Yeah, Right.

Watch MoveOn.org's latest anti-war propaganda.

Like most of what MoveOn puts out, it is a Bush-bashing ad that pretends to be arguing for American soldiers and their families, but really argues against them. The add points out that the soldiers will miss the holidays because of the war and it shows a turkey dinner and crying wives and blames Bush for it all.

But in typical fashion, the radical leftists over at MoveOn got so caught up in displaying their anti-war message that they neglected to realize obvious facts. The pictures of American soliders that MoveOn used are actually not even of U.S. Troops, they are instead photos of British troops.

In the video, MoveOn's soldier picture depicts one of the soldiers wearing shorts, which are not a part of the any normal American uniform. Furthermore, the pants the other soldiers are wearing are British pattern fatigues, not American. The bottom line is that the clowns over at MoveOn purport to be in support of the troops when they don't even know what an American solider looks like.

But it gets worse.

The photo on MoveOn's webpage of their ad is different from what is actually seen in the ad. The lefties at MoveOn had the nerve to photoshop the still shot of the British soldiers to make it look as if they were American troops, putting pants on the soldier who was originally wearing shorts in the ad.

It isn't enough that they get the facts completely wrong, but then they go ahead and try to cover it all up. Unfortunately for the MoveOn crowd, they've been caught in yet another lie about essential facts.

I wonder, given its blatant disregard for detail, how can anyone see MoveOn as a credible source of information?


For more on the idiocy of MoveOn, Michelle Malkin has a good roundup of links, including pictures.

UPDATE:
MoveOn has pulled the absurd anti-war ad from its website.
(CNSNews.com) - The liberal political group MoveOn.org has yanked a video ad from its website after being criticized for using images of British soldiers to represent Americans in Iraq.

The 30-second ad, which also began running on CNN and cable stations during the Thanksgiving weekend, stated that "150,000 American men and women are stuck in Iraq" this holiday season.

But the ad showed soldiers who were "not wearing U.S. uniforms," according to a Pentagon spokesman who was interviewed by Cybercast News Service Wednesday, approximately two hours before the Internet version of the ad was pulled from the MoveOn.org website.
I guess the best way to avoid criticism for putting out 1) an ad that falsely represents American soldiers, and 2) then doctoring photos to cover up the fact that you falsely represented them, is to pretend the ad and the cover-up never existed.

UPDATE #2:
It turns out that the video ad is still on the MoveOn.org website, but only the doctored photo has been pulled. Apparently this particular anti-war message was just too important to pull, despite its obvious disregard for the truth.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Trouble in Canada

Canadians have voted to thow out their government:
TORONTO (AP) - Canadian politicians will hit the campaign trail this holiday season after opposition parties seized upon a corruption scandal to bring down the minority government of Prime Minister Paul Martin in a vote of no confidence.

Monday's loss means an election for all 308 seats in the lower House of Commons, likely on Jan. 23. Martin and his Cabinet will continue to govern until then.

The Conservative Party teamed up with the New Democratic and Bloc Quebecois parties to bring down the government, claiming the ruling Liberal Party had lost its moral authority. Recent polls have given the Liberals a slight lead over the Conservatives, with the New Democrats in third place.
The Democratic system is at work indeed. I wonder if this news makes any of the cronies in Congress nervous? Perhaps the GOP Senators specifically should be alarmed by the story. They haven't exactly been making headway with the Republican base lately (remember: collapsing on ANWR drilling, rebuking the President for his Iraq strategy, not confirming conservative judges).


Another note on Canada: it appears as though Captain Ed's blogging work deserves some credit in the overthrow of Martin's government. Here's Captain Ed on the collapse of the Canadian liberals.

A New Abortion Case in the SCOTUS

The Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments tomorrow on a New Hampshire law requiring parental notification before a minor has an abortion.

Hopefully the court will seize the opportunity to chip away at the precedent set by Roe. If anything, declaring the New Hampshire law to be constitutional would make a later decision to overturn Roe much easier.

Monday, November 28, 2005

President Bush on Immigration

The president gave speeches in Arizona and Texas today proposing a new strategy for immigration. President Bush used the mic time to push his new "Dual Immigration Plan":
TUCSON, Ariz. - President Bush said Monday he wants to crack down on those who enter the country illegally but also give out more visas to foreigners with jobs, a dual plan he hopes will appease the social conservatives and business leaders who are his core supporters.

"The American people should not have to choose between a welcoming society and a lawful society," Bush said from the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base about an hour from the Mexican border. "We can have both at the same time."
Congress has debated the issue of temporary worker visas, but there is certainly no consensus about whether or not such a policy should be implemented. Instead, the idea has been quite a divisive one.

The president, on the other hand, sees the issue positively. He has said that he does not support amnesty for illegal immigrants, but that he does want to grant workers a way to earn a living doing the jobs that other Americans won't take. Hence he has been pushing his Dual Immigration Plan.

Under Bush's plan, undocumented immigrants would be allowed to get 3 year work visas. The visas could be extended to 6 years, at which point the worker would either have to return to their home country or seek permanent resident status via a green card.

Michelle Malkin live-blogged the speech. Her reactions are here.

Kathryn Lopez offers her take on amnesty over at National Review's The Corner, and she doesn't seem too supportive.

China Reports Avian Flu Mutating

Via Breitbart:
The H5N1 strain of bird flu seen in human cases in China has mutated as compared with strains found in human cases in Vietnam.

Chinese labs have found that the genetic order of the H5N1 virus seen in humans infected in China is different from that found in humans in Vietnam, Xinhua news agency reported Monday.

In China's human cases, the virus has mutated "to a certain degree," health ministry spokesman Mao Qun'an was quoted as saying.

"But the mutation cannot cause human-to-human transmission of the avian flu," he noted.
If the virus can mutate to the extent that it could be easily transmitted from human-to-human, health officials fear that a global pandemic could result.