News of the day

Sen Reid has declared the Iraq war as lost and offered a psychoanalysis of the President with advice to fix the problem by turning tail and letting the terrorists have their way. Here is what happened the last time we saw this sort of behavior:

The following year, after Mr. Fulbright’s political allies in Congress cut off U.S. support for South Vietnam, the government there collapsed. What followed in South Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos was catastrophic. Hundreds of thousands in South Vietnam were murdered or imprisoned in slave-labor camps, and the Khmer Rouge killed nearly 1.7 million people in Cambodia in one of the worst examples of genocide in modern times. The only thing standing between Iraq and a similar disaster today are the 150,000 U.S. troops and their coalition allies. If Mr. Reid and his allies are successful in prematurely aborting the mission in Iraq, no one should be surprised if the resulting bloodbath is much worse than what took place three decades ago in Indochina.

Harold C. Hutchison, on Strategy Page, points out how Sen Leahy and friends are supporting terror by freezing funds and otherwise obstructing anti-terror efforts – this again in Cambodia as a reminder that the cut and run efforts of the past didn’t solve much of anything.

The human rights groups and those in Congress who support their agenda have once again shown that they have more concern about terrorists and their support networks than they do about the people that FARC and ELN kill, kidnap, or maim. This is despite the fact that for years, the State Department has considered FARC and ELN terrorist groups. This means the war in Colombia will go on longer, with more casualties.

Sen. Clinton worries about things swept under the Oval Office Rug while a good rundown of things the present administration encountered there can be found in an open thread at JustOneMinute. The amount of effort involved in the last few years to replicate the problems of the previous administration has been incredible in many ways such as its vigor, its nastiness, and its lack of result.

Mark Steyn gets on the gun-o-phobia problem in False posturing and real threats

I think we have a problem in our culture not with “realistic weapons” but with being realistic about reality.

and Ms. Brazile provides a counterpoint in A real check on firearms which makes Steyn’s point about reality a bit more poignant.

Before the anti-gun-control pundits start spouting boilerplate rhetoric, know this: I am a firm believer in the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which allows us to own a firearm, but I also am a strong supporter of common-sense gun control laws that keep firearms out of the hands of minors, criminals, undocumented workers and mentally unstable persons.

That, perhaps, is why Dr. Williams thinks Using the ignorant is a problem.

So many Americans graduate high school and college having learned what to think as opposed to acquiring the tools of critical, independent thinking. Likewise, they have learned little about our nation’s history. As such, they fall prey to the rhetoric of political charlatans and quacks.

The problem, of course, is that no one thinks they are ignorant or that their opinions or perception of reality might have some problems. It is the other guy that needs an education. Maybe this is telling us something.

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