Keepin’ It Real

June 19, 2007

The Battle Has Begun

Filed under: War in Iraq — mary @ 1:45 pm

Today, Michael Yon relased a dispatch from his embedded position in Iraq. The battle has begun and our brave men will fight Al Qaeda. Here is a short excerpt of his dispatch:

Be Not Afraid

You shall cross the barren desert, but you shall not die of thirst. You shall wander far in safety though you do not know the way. You shall speak your words in foreign lands and all will understand. You shall see the face of God and live.

Be not afraid.
I go before you always;
Come follow me, and I will give you rest.

[From a prayer card I found on a base in Anbar Province, Iraq.]

Thoughts flow on the eve of a great battle. By the time these words are released, we will be in combat.

This is a must-read. Read the remaining dispatch here.

Keep our brave soldiers in your prayers as the battle rages. Al Qaeda is a brutal enemy, and our men need God’s strength as they meet them in battle. Our troops will prevail in this hard fight.

And, I close with one of my favorite quotes from Shakespeare’s Henry V:

This day is called the feast of Crispian:
He that outlives this day and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when this day is named,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say, ‘To-morrow is Saint Crispian:’
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
And say, ‘These wounds I had on Crispin’s day.’
Old men forget: yet all shall be forgot,
But he’ll remember with advantages
What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
Familiar in his mouth as household words,
Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester,
Be in their flowing cups freshly remembered.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be rememberèd;
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile
This day shall gentle his condition:
And gentlemen in England, now a-bed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.

Godspeed, brave soldiers.

April 26, 2007

Hillary: Hawkish on Iran, but Why Believe Her?

Filed under: Hillary!,Politics,War in Iraq — mary @ 9:38 am

According to today’s Jerualem Post:

Democratic presidential candidate and New York Senator Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that it might be necessary for America to confront Iran militarily, addressing that possibility more directly than any of the other presidential candidates who spoke this week to the National Jewish Democratic Council.

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1177514487245&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

One has to wonder whether Mrs. Clinton is simply pandering to her audience.

Or, does she really think that as President she will possibly invade Iran? And, if she does send troops into Iran, will she immediately pull out if the going gets rough (and Code Pink screams loud enough), leaving a further destabilized region?

After all, isn’t that exactly what she has done in Iraq? In her Senate speech explaining her vote to authorize force in Iraq, Mrs. Clinton was resolute:

And perhaps my decision is influenced by my eight years of experience on the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue in the White House watching my husband deal with serious challenges to our nation. I want this President, or any future President, to be in the strongest possible position to lead our country in the United Nations or in war. Secondly, I want to insure that Saddam Hussein makes no mistake about our national unity and for our support for the President’s efforts to wage America’s war against terrorists and weapons of mass destruction. And thirdly, I want the men and women in our Armed Forces to know that if they should be called upon to act against Iraq, our country will stand resolutely behind them.

http://clinton.senate.gov/speeches/iraq_101002.html

But, of course, in Mrs. Clinton’s mind, standing resolutely behind the troops will only last until some woman in a pink t-shirt starts complaining. Once the old gals with the bullhorns start appearing at her public appearances, it’s time to turn tail and run.

After all, in the case of Iraq, Mrs. Clinton changed from a position of resolution to defeatism once the criticism started.

In a Saturday, February 17, 2007 Reuters article:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the early front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, has called for a 90-day deadline to start pulling American troops from Iraq.

Clinton, the wife of former President Bill Clinton, has been criticized by some Democrats for supporting authorization of the war in 2002 and for not renouncing her vote as she seeks the U.S. presidency in next year’s election.

Now it’s time to say the redeployment should start in 90 days or the Congress will revoke authorization for this war,” the New York senator said in a video on her campaign Web site, repeating a point included in a bill she introduced on Friday.

http://today.reuters.com/news/articlenews.aspx?type=politicsNews&storyid=2007-02-18T033144Z_01_N17363761_RTRUKOC_0_US-IRAQ-USA-CLINTON.xml

What will a Clinton presidency mean to the armed forces? Would you be willing to risk your life for your country knowing full well that at some point your Commander in Chief will thrust you into a war but will not support you once the political winds start to shift?

Hurray for Australian PM John Howard!

Filed under: War in Iraq — mary @ 9:15 am

On Tuesday, April 24, 2007, Prime Minister John Howard resolutely vowed to continue Australia’s participation in the War in Iraq:

CANBERRA – Prime Minister John Howard says one reason he won’t withdraw Australian troops from Iraq is because it would humiliate the United States.

Two Australian soldiers were injured in southern Iraq yesterday when a roadside bomb exploded as their light armoured vehicle passed by.

Mr Howard did not comment on the incident today.

But he said America’s power and support was important for Australian security and he would not support a policy that weakened it.

It would be a “colossal blow to American prestige in the Middle East and around the world” if the coalition pulled out of Iraq and appeared to have lost the war, he said.

And further:

“I’m simply not going to support a policy that leads the humiliation, the withdrawal and the weakening of American power and prestige around the world,” he said.

“That would give great power to terrorists.”

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/category/story.cfm?c_id=359&objectid=10435894

Seems Prime Minister Howard is more concerned about American power and prestige than our own members of Congress.

April 14, 2007

Hillary: “I thought I was voting to send in UN Inspectors”

Filed under: Hillary!,Politics,War in Iraq — mary @ 9:33 pm

According to ABC News’ reporter Eloise Harper on the ABC Political Radar Blog, Hillary Clinton was heckled today during a campaign stop in Hampton, New Hampshire. Hecklers are not unusual on the campaign trail, so this is not surprising. Hillary’s weak-kneed and dishonest response to the hecking, however, is.

From the ABC Political Radar Blog:

April 14, 2007

ABCNews’ Eloise Harper reports: After fielding many questions ranging from mental health care to veteran affairs at a Town Hall Meeting in Hampton, NH, Senator Hillary Clinton received a heated question about Iraq. A woman who had traveled from New York asked Sen. Clinton if she had read the report given to her in 2002 on intelligence and the Iraq war.

Clinton said she had been briefed on the report, and the woman screamed back, “Did you read it?!” Notably uncomfortable, the Senator repeated that she had been briefed. This exchange went back and forth about three times.

The woman sat down and Clinton explained, “If I had known then what I know now, I never would have voted to give this President the authority.” Clinton also said she believed she was giving the President the authority to send U.N. inspectors to Iraq. (emphasis added)
http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/2007/04/heated_meeting_.html

Seems Ms. Clinton forgot the title of the Resolution on which she voted:

S.J. Res. 45, A Resolution to Authorize the Use of
United States Armed Forces Against Iraq

She also seems to forget the speech she made on the Senate floor explaining her vote in favor of this resolution:

October 10, 2002

Floor Speech of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton
on S.J. Res. 45, A Resolution to Authorize the Use of
United States Armed Forces Against Iraq
As Delivered

Today we are asked whether to give the President of the United States authority to use force in Iraq should diplomatic efforts fail to dismantle Saddam Hussein’s chemical and biological weapons and his nuclear program

snip

And perhaps my decision is influenced by my eight years of experience on the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue in the White House watching my husband deal with serious challenges to our nation. I want this President, or any future President, to be in the strongest possible position to lead our country in the United Nations or in war. Secondly, I want to insure that Saddam Hussein makes no mistake about our national unity and for our support for the President’s efforts to wage America’s war against terrorists and weapons of mass destruction. And thirdly, I want the men and women in our Armed Forces to know that if they should be called upon to act against Iraq, our country will stand resolutely behind them

snip

So it is with conviction that I support this resolution as being in the best interests of our nation. A vote for it is not a vote to rush to war; it is a vote that puts awesome responsibility in the hands of our President and we say to him – use these powers wisely and as a last resort. And it is a vote that says clearly to Saddam Hussein – this is your last chance – disarm or be disarmed.

The entire speech is here: http://clinton.senate.gov/speeches/iraq_101002.html

I have a problem with this disingenuousness: Either you are playing the dumb blonde who cannot remember an incredibly important vote, nor an incredibly important speech that you made, or you are totally dishonest because you don’t want to stand tall and live with a vote you made that has turned out not to be as popular as you thought it would be. Either way you wish to play this game, these are not qualities I want to see in the next President of the United States.

I now wait for more fudging along the lines of these famous words: “That depends on what the definition of is is.”

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