I was horrified when I first heard that John Edwards was asking everyone to demonstrate against the war on Memorial Day.
It seemed nothing more than a cheap political stunt to me. But even if I give him the benefit of the doubt, I'm still left with his incredible ignorance of what the day means to those who have lost loved ones in the service of their country.
Clark says it best......
So, there's a big battle going on in Washington over the Iraq Supplemental. And although I'm for any bill that brings home our troops sooner, what I'd like to know is this. Where does the money go once it's approved? Does it go to the young men and woman who have been torn from there families two, three, sometimes four times in a row. Does it go to the soldiers who can't get the body armor or the equipment they need? Does it go to those who are increasingly being used as cannon fodder......sacrificed on the alter of lies, incompetence and yes, war profiteering?
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Wes Clark said those words on the campaign trail in 2003. He was talking about the outsourcing of some combat operations to private companies.
It struck a cord with me but didn't get a lot of press. The CorpPress were in "ignore stance" as far as a the Clark campaign was concerned, but more than that, I don't think they saw a problem with outsourcing any government function. They bought into the whole right wing meme that private enterprise does a better job.
Since then, the Press have had a rude awakening. It looks like they finally got it with the Walter Reed scandal, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. The whole idea of replacing government functions with private companies, which has been the GOP's raison d’être from the beginning, has proven to be disastrous. And may I say, it comes a no surprise to most of us.
Private companies have a whole different mission from government. Their bottom line is to make a profit......service be damned.
But back to what Clark was talking about.........combat troops
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So says Arianna Huffington.
She bumped into him at the brunch preceding Nancy Pelosi's formal swearing in and said he was "steamed" at this article by Arnaud De Borchgrave, UPI Editor at Large......
...de Borchgrave details Bibi Netanyahu leading the charge to lobby the Bush administration to take out Iran's nuclear facilities, and paints U.S. air strikes against Iran in 2007/08 as all-but-a-done deal.
Wes Clark believes in speaking out and holding those in power accountable. From his testimony
before House Armed Services Committee before the invasion of Iraq, to his recent Judgment on Iraq
, and A US plan for Darfur
, the consistent theme as been not just to criticize but to offer alternative solutions. (Yes, MSM....Democrats do have plans) Agree with them or not, you know that they come from his vast experience and intellect, not political expediency
In an article in the Newsweek International Edition due out Oct. 2nd, Clark tackles another quagmire, Afghanistan....
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Prize winning author, Bernie Quigley
has some thoughts on......
Old Dems, New Dems and Fighting Dems
When Tammy Duckworth won her Illinois primary last month it made headlines at the Daily Kos and at WesPAC, General Wesley Clark's web site, but there was otherwise sparse recognition of the brave army officer who lost both her legs in a Blackhawk helicopter in Iraq.
The next day comprehensive articles began to appear and in one article in The New York Times, Major Duckworth was named. The article said the success of women in the recent primaries was an important indicator of how Senator Clinton of New York would fare in 2008 in her Presidential race.
It was a startling piece of reportage. All roads lead to Hillary,...
Wes Clark was in Iowa over the weekend campaigning for local candidates.
David Yepsen of the Des Moines Register covered his visit, and had this to say:
The nation is bogged down in a war. There seems to be no way out. A president's job-approval rating tanks.
Iraq, 2006? Yes. It's also Korea, 1952. And in 1952, a war-weary nation grew tired of its president and turned to a retired general to be the next chief executive - giving him the mission of getting the country out of the conflict.
This presidential cycle, retired Gen. Wesley Clark is showing up in Iowa, hoping to repeat something of the same feat Dwight Eisenhower accomplished when he succeeded Harry Truman in 1952.
Blair refuses to back Iran strike
BRIAN BRADY WESTMINSTER EDITOR
TONY Blair has told George Bush that Britain cannot offer military support to any strike on Iran, regardless of whether the move wins the backing of the international community, government sources claimed yesterday.
Amid increasing tension over Tehran's attempts to develop a military nuclear capacity, the Prime Minister has laid bare the limits of his support for President Bush, who is believed to be considering an assault on Iran, Foreign Office sources revealed. ...
According to the The Scotsman
This is the best news I've heard all week. Thank God for Tony. He finally stands up to dumbya and does something right.
Wes Clark and John Prendergast have an important Op Ed in the Boston Globe today about our failures in Dafur, and what we need to do to help end the suffering.
For nearly three years, President Bush has watched from the sidelines while senior officials in his administration have searched for solutions to the catastrophe in Darfur. So the president took a lot of people by surprise -- especially members of his own foreign policy team -- when he recently called for NATO to help protect civilians and stabilize the security situation there. But Bush's unscripted remarks on Darfur are consistent with his erratically implied policy of siding with oppressed people against their oppressors.
His administration has yet to form a united front on Darfur because of competing interests at the State Department, the Pentagon, and the CIA. Bush needs to pull together these disparate players and create a real policy to end atrocities, punish human rights violators, and create sustainable peace.
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Schultz is steaming-apparently Sherrod Brown's campaign started a whisper campaign saying that Hackett committed war crimes. Schultz has called on Brown to disavow this. In other words, the DEMS swift boated Hackett. He ripped Schumer and Waxman, too.
Paul will be on his show later.
If any of this is true, I'm through with the Dems....to hell with them!
MISSISSIPPI'S INVISIBLE COAST
As Aug. 29 recedes into the conscious time of many Americans, the great storm that devastated 70 miles of Mississippi's Coast, destroying the homes and lives of hundreds of thousands, fades into a black hole of media obscurity.
The depth of the suffering and the height of the courage of South Mississippians is an incredible story that the American people must know. But, in the shadows of the New Orleans story, the Mississippi Coast has become invisible and forgotten to most Americans.