Archive for March, 2006

They are referring to the posting of thousands of previously unseen documents captured during the Iraqi invasion. (The documents are available here)

I’m short on time and won’t offer an opinion at length, at least not now, but this is certainly true:

Given that track record, some intelligence analysts are horrified at exactly the idea that excites Mr. Hoekstra and the bloggers: that anyone will now be able to interpret the documents.

“There’s no quality control,” said Michael Scheuer, a former Central Intelligence Agency specialist on terrorism. “You’ll have guys out there with a smattering of Arabic drawing all kinds of crazy conclusions. Rush Limbaugh will cherry-pick from the right, and Al Franken will cherry-pick from the left.”

Cherry picking isn’t the point. By releasing them it gives thousands of eyes a chance to look for what has been missed til now.No matter what side of the issue you’re on it’s important to know the truth behind one of the most brutal dictators of the last 30 years.

Obviously those of a certain political bent will pick and choose what supports “their side,” but those guys “with a smattering of Arabic drawing all kinds of crazy conclusions” just might point the way to more important matters.

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Via Insta-P:

When it came time for Jake Dove, a senior at the U.S. Naval Academy, to decide how he would fulfill his required military duty after graduation, there was no question about it: Marine Corps all the way.

“In my eyes it’s a perfect community,” said Dove, an Annapolis High School graduate. “The idea of being a platoon leader in charge of guys that have done two, three tours in Iraq already, when I haven’t been over there – that’s an awesome responsibility. I’m eager to take it on.”

Despite a war that has entered its fourth year with mounting casualties and waning public support, more and more midshipmen at the Annapolis military college are volunteering for the Marines when asked to choose how they will fulfill the five-year commitment required of all academy graduates.

When the assignments were made official last month for the 992 members of the class of 2006, 209 were placed as officers with the Corps – the most in the school’s 161-year history. . . . Having a surplus of mids who want to be Marines has been a change from the Vietnam era. In 1968, the Marine Corps failed to meet its quota for the first time in academy history.

Funny how that works isn’t it? Kinda puts Rep. Murtha’s Bullshit about the troops all wanting to come home from Iraq into perspective.

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“Galloping” From CNN

Gallup, CNN and USA TODAY have been polling partners since 1992. Fourteen years seems to be enough for the polling organization Gallup, they are splitting from their longtime partner.

n a memo dated Wednesday, March 15, CEO Jim Clifton wrote: “We have chosen not to renew our contract with CNN. We have had a great relationship with CNN, but it is not the right alignment for our future.”

“CNN has far fewer viewers than it did in the past, and we feel that our brand was getting lost and diluted,” Clifton continued. “…We have only about 200,000 viewers during our CNN segments.”

Funny that. Maybe I was correct and the acronym “CNN” is outdated.

As expected a CNN bobblehead has fired back and disputes the reason for Gallup leaving.

Jim Walton actually spoke with Jim Clifton, CEO of The Gallup Poll, and was told by Mr. Clifton that the reason that Gallup wanted to end their partnership was that the CNN brand was so dominant that Gallup wasn’t getting the attention for the polls that they wanted.

We want to make it clear that the decision to not renew our polling arrangement had to do with Gallup’s desire to produce their own broadcasts and not about CNN viewership figures. In fact, Gallup had negotiated with us for four months in an effort to extend the partnership.

“So dominate?” Where would that be? Damn sure isn’t reflected in these figures from Sunday’s viewership. CNN got smoked by Fox in the important 25-54 demographic in every time slot and in many cases by twice the number of viewers.

So much for being “dominate.”

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Rep. John Murtha decided to let his “Peacenik Hair” down on Sunday’s edition of Meet the Press. Once again more hot air was expended than fact. Remember this guy is a former decorated Marine and yet he has found it all to easy to, in so many words, call the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff a liar.

A few points from Murtha’s interview.

He claimed Iraq has a sixty percent unemployment rate. A patent lie, it’s closer to 18%-20%.

Water production, only 30% of people are getting water according to Murtha. On it’s very face it’s an absurd remark and if true, they would be DEAD! USAID has restored water treatment to 4 million urban Iraqis and sewage treatment to 4.4 million.

(I really love this one) We’ve lost almost 20,000 people in this war, if you count the casualties and the people who’ve been killed in the three years. How in the freakin’ hell do you count those that are wounded as “lost?”

To suggest that everyone who has been wounded, no matter how slightly, is “lost” is both false and should be insulting to anyone with common sense. These numbers show only half of those wounded are even evacuated from Iraq, and two-thirds of those evacuated are accidental injuries. And once again Murtha proves to be a liar of the first order.

About Murtha’s “civil war,” Here is the Brookings Report (pdf file) for February, Murtha’s “civil war month.” In February, US soldiers killed in action or wounded has gone down for the 4th straight month in a row The number of Iraqi Policemen killed dropped in February as did the number of civilians killed. “Dude, where’s my civil war?”

I’m trying. I’ve been trying all week. The other day, I drove another 30 miles or so on the streets and alleys of Baghdad. I’m looking for the civil war that The New York Times declared. And I just can’t find it.

Maybe actually being on the ground in Iraq prevents me from seeing it. Perhaps the view’s clearer from Manhattan.[…]

All day – and it was a long day – we drove through Shia and Sunni neighborhoods. Everywhere, the reception was warm. No violence. None.

And no hostility toward our troops. Iraqis went out of their way to tell us we were welcome.

He continues to use these numbers long after they have been debunked: ‘Eighty percent of the Iraqis want us out of there,” claims the poll. Some have suggested we read those in country to get the “real facts” on the ground in Iraq. Here is what Iraq the Model said of this poll:

I will personally ignore the results as a whole as I think it cannot add anything of value to a view of the situation here in Iraq, which is a shame, as it might have done so, had they framed the questions in a more scientific manner. I tend to recommend that you not take it seriously as well for these reasons.

This poll is bogus. There was never any information given on sampling and methodology:

-the number of people polled.
-the time of the day the polling was done.
-what areas the polling was conducted.
-the dates the polling was conducted.
-the exact questions asked.

The closest I’ve seen to Murtha’s numbers is the World Public Opinion survey, done in late January, that is reported on here. The survey says 35% of Iraqis say they want the U.S. to withdraw within six months, and 35% “gradually over the next two years.” (29% want U.S. troop reductions only as warranted by the security situation.) So Murtha’s figure is ridiculous unless “wanting us out of there” means wanting us to withdraw over the next couple of years.

While all you people point and scream, “liar, liar pants on fire, at the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff I would suggest he is far and away more reliable than who he was responding to.

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Here is the 1000 ton elephant in the room. Arab media sources in virtually every case are controlled by a country’s government. Their citizens are held hostage to hate, mis-information and outright lies. Here are a few examples of thousands:

Al-Jazeera TV, Qatar – “I say to you, oh criminal Bush … You committed the worst massacres known to human history … Allah’s curse upon you, and upon whoever supports you.” —Saleh Al-‘Armuti, Chairman of Jordanian Lawyers Association.

IRINN TV, Iran – “Allow me to say a word to the man [Bush] who won his elections by spending billions of dollars and by a court order, thus becoming a leader of a large country.” —Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of Iran.

The Frontier Post, Pakistan – “The tone of Hamas is perceptibly soft, and could ameliorate further if encouraged. If pushed into a tight corner, however, it could hit back, as the weak often do.”

Qatar TV (Sheik Yousef Al-Qaradhawi Explains Why Muslim Anger is Justified, February 3, 00:05:24) – “It is told that Imam Al-Shafi’ said: ‘Whoever was angered and did not rage is a jackass.’ We are not a nation of jackasses. We are not jackasses for riding, but lions that roar. We are lions that zealously protect their dens, and avenge affronts to their sanctities.”

And finally, and only because the examples are in the tens of thousands, this editorial in the Le Matin of Morroco. It is included not for the hate it might propagate, (it makes some reasonable arguments) but shows the utter hypocrisy of the Arab world.

In plain view for all the protesters, jihadists and Islamofacists to see are the “disputed cartoons.”

Where is the outrage? The burning of foreign embassies in Morocco?

There are none, wonder why?

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