Really? Is that what he really thinks or he is too typically French to have balls enough to do some heavy lifting? Or maybe he's on the take from Tehran like he was from Saddam and Oil-For-Food?
I say bring on Sarkozy.
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“I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” he said. “I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”On John Edwards:But—and the “but” was clearly inevitable—he doubts whether American voters are going to elect “a one-term, a guy who has served for four years in the Senate,” and added: “I don’t recall hearing a word from Barack about a plan or a tactic.”
On Hillary:“I don’t think John Edwards knows what the heck he is talking about,” Mr. Biden said, when asked about Mr. Edwards’ advocacy of the immediate withdrawal of about 40,000 American troops from Iraq.“John Edwards wants you and all the Democrats to think, ‘I want us out of there,’ but when you come back and you say, ‘O.K., John’”—here, the word “John” became an accusatory, mocking refrain—“‘what about the chaos that will ensue? Do we have any interest, John, left in the region?’ Well, John will have to answer yes or no. If he says yes, what are they? What are those interests, John? How do you protect those interests, John, if you are completely withdrawn? Are you withdrawn from the region, John? Are you withdrawn from Iraq, John? In what period? So all this stuff is like so much Fluffernutter out there. So for me, what I think you have to do is have a strategic notion. And they may have it—they are just smart enough not to enunciate it.”
Great stuff. Love that guy.“From the part of Hillary’s proposal, the part that really baffles me is, ‘We’re going to teach the Iraqis a lesson.’ We’re not going to equip them? O.K. Cap our troops and withdraw support from the Iraqis? That’s a real good idea.”The result of Mrs. Clinton’s position on Iraq, Mr. Biden says, would be “nothing but disaster.”Most early polls show Mrs. Clinton as the party’s clear front-runner. Mr. Biden, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is firmly in the thick of a pack of third-tier candidates. Still, he thinks that at such a precarious point in the nation’s history, voters are seeking someone with his level of experience to take the helm.“Are they going to turn to Hillary Clinton?” Biden asked, lowering his voice to a hush to explain why Mrs. Clinton won’t win the election.“Everyone in the world knows her,” he said. “Her husband has used every single legitimate tool in his behalf to lock people in, shut people down. Legitimate. And she can’t break out of 30 percent for a choice for Democrats? Where do you want to be? Do you want to be in a place where 100 percent of the Democrats know you? They’ve looked at you for the last three years. And four out of 10 is the max you can get?”
I don't really agree with these ideas, but at least Biden has a concrete plan and I respect him for it. That's more than I can say about the rest of the Democrats."The Iraq he envisions has three ethnically homogenous enclaves, with a central government responsible for securing the country’s international borders and distributing oil revenues."He’d put the Shiite majority in the south, limiting their geographic control but keeping them from being drawn into a wider Sunni-Shiite conflict."He’d move the Sunni majority into the oil-poor Anbar province in the West, but they would be guaranteed a cut of oil revenues worth billions of dollars. Mr. Biden’s hope is that the oil money and relative calm would drain the loyal Baathist insurgency of support while simultaneously making the province less amenable to Al Qaeda provocateurs."
"New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin often complains about how slowly his city gets federal hurricane recovery money, but a state official said Thursday that nearly $600 million is available - if only Nagin would request it.Nagin's probably just busy doing what he was doing in the days and weeks immediately after Katrina.
"New Orleans and the city’s agencies have received nearly $300 million of the recovery money promised by FEMA - 96 percent of the $311 million that the city has formally requested since Hurricane Katrina struck 16 months ago, according to data released by the state homeland security office, which distributes the money.
"That leaves more than $595 million in federal money that is available to the city but has not been requested, said Col. Jeff Smith, chief of the homeland security office. Once the proper documentation is submitted, the money is available for replacing city property and structures damaged or ruined in Katrina and its aftermath, such as police cars and buses, the city jail, roads, and the sewer and water systems."
The raid on Sunday in date-palm orchards on the city's outskirts was aimed against a group called the Jund al-Samaa, or Soldiers of Heaven, which appeared to have had links to Saddam Hussein loyalists and foreign fighters. Officials said the cult was hoping the violence it planned would force the return of the "hidden imam," a 9th-century Shiite saint who Shiites believe will come again to bring peace and justice to the world.President Bush, on NPR:
"My first reaction to this report from the battlefield is that the Iraqis are beginning to show me something."This is great news.
"Has the American reaction to the attacks in fact been a massive overreaction? Is the widespread belief that 9/11 plunged us into one of the deadliest struggles of our time simply wrong? If we did overreact, why did we do so? Does history provide any insight?HELLO? Terrorists are entirely capable of threatening the existence of the United States and our allies. That point isn't debatable. It's not even up for discussion.
"Certainly, if we look at nothing but our enemies' objectives, it is hard to see any indication of an overreaction. The people who attacked us in 2001 are indeed hate-filled fanatics who would like nothing better than to destroy this country. But desire is not the same thing as capacity, and although Islamist extremists can certainly do huge amounts of harm around the world, it is quite different to suggest that they can threaten the existence of the United States."
"Feel free to treat everyone like scum, for if they desire something from you, they'll just have to put up with it, and should they rise to wealth and power, any past civility shown toward them will either be forgotten, or remembered as some aberrant and contemptible display of weakness."
--- David Mamet, from his new book "Bambi vs. Godzilla," on Hollywood's version of the 'golden rule.'
"We come out of the meeting with a greater understanding of the other's point of view," said Pelosi.Wait a minute. 'A greater understanding'? As in 'I haven't really been paying that much attention to what the Bush Administration has been saying about Iraq before now'? And the troops are in Iraq doing their job, they aren't being patriotic by being in Iraq. That's a very important distinction.
[Pelosi] said the delegation also came "to convey to our troops the appreciation of the American people for what they're doing, to applaud their patriotism."
"We believe we can solve our problems with Iran diplomatically," said Bush. "It makes sense that if somebody is trying to harm our troops, or stop us from achieving our goal, or killing innocent citizens in Iraq, that we will stop them."There are reports that 'Monkey Boy,' as I call Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has been snubbed by the Ayatollah Khamenei, who is regarded as the guardian of the Islamic Revolution. Ahmadinejad, who until now has briefed Khamenei regularly on international and domestic politics, was refused a meeting earlier this month.
"George is a huge supporter and fan of Barack, as well as a friend," said Clooney's publicist, Stan Rosenfield. He stressed that Clooney is unlikely to campaign for Obama, though, because the actor feels support from Liberal Hollywood can be a detriment to the candidate. "You lose the heartland," Rosenfield said.Sir Richard Branson, the mogul behind the Virgin empire, is branching out into biotech and stem cells.
"Unless the president demonstrates very quickly that he is unlikely to continue down the road he's on, (with regard to the troop surge) this will be only the first step. ... I will be introducing ... constitutionally legitimate, binding pieces of legislation. We will bring them up," Biden said."The president has made his decision. We need to get the job done," said Vice President Dick Cheney.
"Many in this chamber understand that America must not fail in Iraq, because you understand that the consequences of failure would be grievous and far-reaching.Total silence from the Democrats. Obviously, they wish not to be united with Bush on the goal of victory. In fact, they have gone to the trouble to craft non-binding legislation opposing the 20,000 + troop surge to Iraq. This type of opposition from the Democrats has been described by General David Petraeus as 'encouraging the enemy.'
"The war on terror we fight today is a generational struggle that will continue long after you and I have turned our duties over to others. And that's why it's important to work together so our nation can see this great effort through. Both parties and both branches should work in close consultation. We will share ideas for how to position America to meet every challenge that confronts us. We'll show our enemies abroad that we are united in the goal of victory."
Yet another amazing speech in a long line of amazing speeches given by a very courageous man.
"If American forces step back before Baghdad is secure, the Iraqi government would be overrun by extremists on all sides. We could expect an epic battle between Shia extremists backed by Iran, and Sunni extremists aided by al Qaeda and supporters of the old regime. A contagion of violence could spill out across the country -- and in time, the entire region could be drawn into the conflict.
"For America, this is a nightmare scenario. For the enemy, this is the objective. Chaos is the greatest ally -- their greatest ally in this struggle. And out of chaos in Iraq would emerge an emboldened enemy with new safe havens, new recruits, new resources, and an even greater determination to harm America. To allow this to happen would be to ignore the lessons of September the 11th and invite tragedy. Ladies and gentlemen, nothing is more important at this moment in our history than for America to succeed in the Middle East, to succeed in Iraq and to spare the American people from this danger.
"This is where matters stand tonight, in the here and now. I have spoken with many of you in person. I respect you and the arguments you've made. We went into this largely united, in our assumptions and in our convictions. And whatever you voted for, you did not vote for failure. Our country is pursuing a new strategy in Iraq, and I ask you to give it a chance to work. And I ask you to support our troops in the field, and those on their way."
"My fellow Americans,
The Battle of Baghdad will be won because I have instructed our commanders in the field to use whatever force they deem necessary to secure the peace and to eradicate the enemy. I remain convinced, now more than ever, that a safe, peaceful and democratic Iraq will not only greatly benefit the broader Middle East, and all other free nations. It will also make the State of our Union stronger.
(Applause & standing ovation from the Republicans, audible boos from the Democrats)
By Executive Order, I have instructed the National Guard to take up strategic positions along both the northern and southern borders of the United States. Anyone seeking entry into America must have valid identification. Those caught attempting to sneak into the country illegally will be taken to prison. Preventing illegal immigration will strengthen the State of our Union.
(Wild applause & standing ovation from the Republicans, boos from the Democrats)
These things, we will do, because they are the wise, correct things to do on behalf of the American people.
(Continued wild applause)
Never before in American history, has the State of our Economy been stronger. In spite of the Global War on Terror, our economy is strong, and the deficit continues to fall because of the ingenuity and the hard work of the American people. This is also the direct result of my decision to cut your taxes. Lower taxes spur investment, growth and opportunity for all Americans who pay taxes. Keeping taxes low and allowing people to keep more of their hard-earned money is the smart and correct thing to do, and we will continue to do so, as long as I am the President.
(Wild applause & standing ovation, by the Republicans, hissing by the Democrats)
Indeed, there are always tough choices yet to make. I'd like to outline two of those issues tonight.
One of those is the controversial issue of stem cell research. My opponents tend to forget, or gloss over, the fact that I am the first President to provide federal funding for stem cell research and I am constantly attacked for obstructing science. This couldn't be further from the truth. I favor a cautious approach, rather than a reckless one because I believe life must be protected at all costs.
(Standing ovation by the Republicans, more hissing by the Democrats)
Agree or disagree, debate on stem cell research is good for our Republic. I have sided with science, and have made decisions that square with my faith and my pro-life beliefs. I am comfortable with my decisions.
The use of America's own natural resources is controversial as well. Unfortunately, we can no longer afford to pretend that we are invulnerable to our enemies because we are dependent on their number one import: Oil. We can wait no longer utilize our own natural resources to our own benefit.
That is why I have signed an Executive Order authorizing the immediate drilling of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
(Loud ovation, boos)
No longer -- no longer -- will we be -- can we be -- more concerned with the rights of soul-less creatures than we are with the advancement and convenience of good people everywhere. Reducing America's dependence on foreign sources of oil is a central component to the National Security of the United States, my primary duty as your President.
(Ovation, boos and hissing)
I look forward to the spirited debate we will have with the American people in the weeks and months ahead. A healthy democracy is made even healthier with respectful, passionate discourse. Let us remember that an all mighty God has charged us at this time with defending our Liberty here at home, protecting our allies and our interests abroad and extending the reach of freedom to people everywhere.
May He continue to bless you and may He continue to bless the United States of America. Thank you."
"This appears to be the first hard evidence al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) was trying to attack us here at home," said ABC News consultant Richard Clarke, former chief counterterrorism adviser on the U.S. National Security Council.Ten to twenty foreign students were to use student visas to slip into the country to carry out terrorist attacks modeled after the 9/11 hijackers.
"In a Jan. 16 letter to UNDP Associate Administrator Ad Melkert, Ambassador Mark Wallace of the U.S. Mission to the U.N. lays out what American digging has found so far: The UNDP's program in the Democratic People's Republic "has for years operated in blatant violation of U.N. rules, served as a steady and large source of hard currency and other resources for the DPRK government with minimal or no assurance that UNDP funds and resources are utilized for legitimate development activities."What's next? The US, Canada, Japan, Belgium and Serbia will ask for a deferral of the program until a full accounting can be made. Yeah, that'll happen.
"The stakes are nonetheless very high because, unlike Saddam's Iraq, North Korea has already succeeded in testing its nuclear bomb. The hard currency supplied by the UNDP almost certainly goes into one big pot marked "Dear Leader," which Kim can use for whatever he wants, including his weapons programs. This may not violate the letter of Security Council Resolution 1718, which restricts trade in anything having to do with North Korea's nuclear or missile programs, but it certainly violates its spirit."
"(War critics) point to America's historical support of Saddam Hussein, sighting it as hypocritical that we would now vilify him as a thug and a tyrant. Upon explaining that we did so to ward off the fiercely Islamist Iran, which was correctly identified as the greater threat at the time, eyes are rolled and hypocrisy is declared. Forgetting that America sided with Stalin to defeat Hitler, who was promptly confronted once the Nazis were destroyed, America's initial engagement with Saddam and other regional actors is identified as the ultimate argument against America's moral crusade. And maybe it is. Maybe the reality of politics makes all political action inherently crude and immoral. Or maybe it is these adventures in philosophical masturbation that prevent people from ever taking any kind of effective action against men like Saddam Hussein."
"One thing is for certain, as disagreeable or as confusing as my decision to enter the fray may be, consider what peace vigils against genocide have accomplished lately. Consider that there are 19 year old soldiers from the Midwest who have never touched a college campus or a protest who have done more to uphold the universal legitimacy of representative government and individual rights by placing themselves between Iraqi voting lines and homicidal religious fanatics. Often times it is less about how clean your actions are and more about how pure your intentions are. So that is why I joined."
"If we attend the game in its entirety, we would miss one of our five daily prayers," said Amir Siddiqui, president of the Muslim cultural Student Association. "I can leave the game early, come later, or pray somewhere in the stadium on dirty floors with lots of noise and lots of people around, which isn't a huge problem. But we'd love to have a small area."Um, separation of church and state, anyone?
“We wanted to make a statement that the Marines were sick and tired of being bombed and stuff,” Cpl.Thomas said.After failing to find the subject later that evening Thomas, Cpl. Marshall L. Magincalda and Lance Cpl. Robert B. Pennington pulled Hashim Ibrahim Awad from his home. As they led him away Awad allegedly asked “Why, mister, why?”
"Al Gore is traveling around the world telling us how we must fundamentally change our civilization due to the threat of global warming. Today he is in Denmark to disseminate this message. But if we are to embark on the costliest political project ever, maybe we should make sure it rests on solid ground. It should be based on the best facts, not just the convenient ones. This was the background for the biggest Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, to set up an investigative interview with Mr. Gore. And for this, the paper thought it would be obvious to team up with Bjorn Lomborg, author of "The Skeptical Environmentalist," who has provided one of the clearest counterpoints to Mr. Gore's tune."Gore can't argue facts and he can't defend his 'beliefs' about global warming, so he hides from confrontation. He's both a liar and a coward.
"The interview had been scheduled for months. Mr. Gore's agent yesterday thought Gore-meets-Lomborg would be great. Yet an hour later, he came back to tell us that Bjorn Lomborg should be excluded from the interview because he's been very critical of Mr. Gore's message about global warming and has questioned Mr. Gore's evenhandedness. According to the agent, Mr. Gore only wanted to have questions about his book and documentary, and only asked by a reporter. These conditions were immediately accepted by Jyllands-Posten. Yet an hour later we received an email from the agent saying that the interview was now cancelled. What happened?"
"The myth persists in some media circles that the federal budget deficit is "surging" or ballooning or something terrible -- all of which is served up as ammunition for those in Congress who want a tax increase. At the risk of being drummed out of the guild, we thought you'd rather have the real story.This is stuff you won't hear from the Bush-hating MSM.
"The deficit has in fact declined by some $165 billion over the past two fiscal years, and according to the most recent data has continued to fall in the first quarter of fiscal 2007. The latest Treasury estimates for January show that tax receipts in December were $18 billion higher than a year earlier, helping to boost the budget surplus for the month to $40 billion, up from $11 billion a year ago. December is typically a good month for revenues due to year-end tax payments.
"Meanwhile, for the first three months of fiscal 2007 through December, revenues climbed 8.1%, building on double-digit revenue increases in the previous two years. Corporate income taxes were up a remarkable 22.2% in the first fiscal quarter, showing that the government continues to grab a nice chunk of the rising business profits that so many of our politicians like to deplore. Individual income taxes rose 8.8%, thanks to strong wage and salary growth. Much of this revenue comes from "the rich," believe it or not.
"In the most surprising budget news, federal spending was nearly flat in the first fiscal quarter. This was despite a 22.1% increase in Medicare spending due largely to the new prescription drug benefit, and a 10.7% increase in defense. Those increases were offset by lower spending for flood insurance and disaster assistance compared with the peak of post-Katrina payments a year ago. So the first quarter deficit was $85 billion, down sharply from $119 billion a year earlier.
"All in all, despite huge outlays for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the nation's fiscal picture is brightening. We hate to ruin the press corps's day with such cheerful news, but there it is."
"We should probably name it the committee on world travel and junkets," said Dingell, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which overseas the Clean Air Act and the Environmental Protection Agency.I can't believe I actually agree with John Dingell on something.
"We're just empowering a bunch of enthusiastic amateurs to go around and make speeches and make commitments that will be very difficult to honor," said Dingell, a champion of the auto industry, which could be required to producing cleaner-burning and more fuel efficient vehicles.
"We have supplied the modern short-range anti-aircraft systems TOR-M1 in accordance with our contracts," Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov told reporters. "Iran is not under sanctions and if it wants to buy defensive equipment for its armed forces then why not?"Actually, Iran is, and has been, under UN sanctions restricting their trade in sensitive nuclear materials and technology since last year, an effort put into place to hinder their nuclear ambitions. Russia even joined in approval of those sanctions, although now Ivanov is claiming the missile sale isn't covered by the sanctions because of the defensive nature of the weaponry.
Pelosi is always talking about how much time she used to spend in the kitchen. Hey Nancy! Go make me a sandwich.
"The bill would leave American Samoa as the only territory not covered by the $7.25 rate, and because Samoa is represented by a Democrat, Del. Eni F.H. Faleomavaega, Republicans cried foul."
"Faleomavaega's campaign coffers have been well stocked by the tuna industry that dominates his island economy, but Republicans picked up on another issue: StarKist owns one of the largest canneries on the island, and Del Monte Foods, StarKist's parent company, is based in San Francisco, which Pelosi represents."
"Bill Clinton obviously has great sensitivity to his place in history and to accusations that he did too little to respond to al-Qaeda, that he is to some degree responsible for failing to prevent 9/11's tragedy. That is why he and his lieutenants made reckless and baseless accusations against the current Bush administration, attempting to portray them as having dropped the baton handed off by ever-vigilant Clintonistas (who, according to John Ashcroft's testimony, withheld the MAAAR, the Millennium Alert After Action Report, and its warnings about al-Qaeda's operations in the US from the Bush transition team)."
"But maybe there is more to the story. Maybe there is something far worse than we can imagine that is worth having his chief security aide risk his reputation, his career, and his liberty to cover up."
"American officers cite several factors they believe will lend impetus to the new offensive. The five additional brigades of American troops committed by President Bush — approximately 21,500 American soldiers, about 80 percent of them to be deployed in Baghdad — will roughly triple the numbers of American soldiers available for ground operations, as a relatively small proportion of the new troop strength will be needed for “force protection,” the military term for troops who safeguard bases and ensure the safety of other soldiers."Think the MSM will report about the success once Baghdad is secure? No way. They'll glom onto violence elsewhere in the country as evidence of Bush's military incompetence.
"Another positive cited by the officers is the appointment by President Bush of Lt. Gen. David H. Petraeus as the new overall American commander in Iraq, succeeding Gen. George W. Casey Jr., who will leave next month after more 30 months in command of the war. General Petraeus, who has already completed two 12-month tours in Iraq, has a reputation among officers who have served under him as an imaginative commander who enlists strong loyalties among his troops."
"If you think the world hated America for going into Iraq, imagine how the world will look at an America that flees an imploding nation. The world won't see an America -- as war opponents like to see themselves -- that is virtuous and realistic. They will see wholesale bloodshed, an ally that cannot be trusted and an army that doesn't know how to win."
"Last year, the House and Senate worked an average of about two days a week for their salary of $162,500. Nice work if you can find it. Responding to well-deserved criticisms, the new House majority leader, Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), with great fanfare, promised a five-day work week. But that was just talk. When it was the Republicans who were scheduling the eight-day month, Hoyer was outraged. But now that the Democrats control the calendar, he considers a football game to be a legitimate excuse for a vacation day."The next time you hear a politician talking about 'working families,' remember Congress won't be working a five day work week this month, either. The Martin Luther King holiday is next week and then, after that, both political parties are hosting their respective retreats.
"This is hardly a new idea. It’s been proposed for years and makes sense. We’ve seen how little policing of lobbyists has been done — witness Jack Abramoff and his cohorts. Requiring hearings is just another stalling tactic. And, in any event, Reid is the last person who should be in charge of designing the self-policing of lobbyists. For years, his three sons and son-in-law made millions by lobbying for Nevada interests — often working out of his Senate office. Only when the press called attention to the practice did Reid bar the boys. Talk about the goats guarding the garbage!"Reid never did return that $60,000 he got from Abramoff, did he?
"Our past efforts to secure Baghdad failed for two principal reasons: There were not enough Iraqi and American troops to secure neighborhoods that had been cleared of terrorists and insurgents. And there were too many restrictions on the troops we did have. Our military commanders reviewed the new Iraqi plan to ensure that it addressed these mistakes. They report that it does. They also report that this plan can work…and Prime Minister Maliki has pledged that political or sectarian interference will not be tolerated."
"The challenge playing out across the broader Middle East is more than a military conflict. It is the decisive ideological struggle of our time…In the long run, the most realistic way to protect the American people is to provide a hopeful alternative to the hateful ideology of the enemy – by advancing liberty across a troubled region."
"The changes I have outlined tonight are aimed at ensuring the survival of a young democracy that is fighting for its life in a part of the world of enormous importance to American security…The question is whether our new strategy will bring us closer to success. I believe that it will…Victory will not look like the ones our fathers and grandfathers achieved. There will be no surrender ceremony on the deck of a battleship…A democratic Iraq will not be perfect. But it will be a country that fights terrorists instead of harboring them – and it will help bring a future of peace and security for our children and grandchildren."Read the roundup of Tony Snow's blogger conference call @ Powerline.
Industry executives and competitors say that Apple has developed the first of the next generation of devices that are closer to personal computers in pocket form, meaning that they will easily handle music, entertainment, productivity tasks and communications on cellular and other wireless networks.
"In a signal that he could be open to working more closely with congressional Democrats rather than stonewalling, President Bush plans to name the widely respected Republican lawyer Fre..."
"Even among those who opposed the Iraq war from the start, there was always hope that bringing Saddam Hussein to justice would be a saving grace of the entire misbegotten enterprise. Now it seems that even this comfort will be denied. Far from healing old wounds, as some suggested it would, his conviction by the Iraqi special tribunal has exerted little effect on the deepening civil conflict between Shiites and Sunnis. The often circuslike atmosphere of the trial, as well as the murder of three defense lawyers, led groups like Human Rights Watch to condemn the tribunal as flawed and illegitimate. And the charge for which Saddam Hussein received the death penalty did not include his most heinous acts. His execution must still remind the world of the horror of the atrocities he committed while in power. But unfortunately, the disarray of the legal process calls greater attention to the failings of the United States, the Iraqis and the international community in dealing with all that has come after."Hussein committed multiple acts of killing, mass murder and genocide. Stipulation, anyone?
I'm scratching my head here. How could a victory in Iraq be described as 'no strategic gain'?
"Adding more combat troops will only endanger more Americans and stretch our military to the breaking point for no strategic gain.""Rather than deploy additional forces to Iraq, we believe the way forward is to begin the phased redeployment of our forces in the next four to six months, while shifting the principal mission of our forces there from combat to training, logistics, force protection and counter-terror."