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To rise high and roll onward


Fri, Jan 12th, 2007
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Surge, they are calling it.

Insert more than 20,000 troops into Iraq, deploy them in Baghdad, take control of security, stay a short time and get the hell out.

A linguist I heard on the radio analyzed surge as being a wave of energy and a possible antithesis to the word insurgent. It also has the connotation of being a short lived event.

Get it? Fight the insurgency with surge.

Insurgents were our big problem in Iraq until civil war replaced it. Remember Al Qaeda? They've been replaced by people like Muqtada Al Sadr, a cleric war-lord with his own personal militia, as Shiites kill Sunnis and vice versa.

The linguist concluded by saying that surge comes across as a generally positive word, a lot better than, say, stay the course; surge is short, like a shot of espresso, while stay the course, like the President has defined it, is like forever and a day.

Surge is also a better word than escalation, which is stay the course plus 20,000 more troops and, oh, so, reminiscent of what happened in Vietnam.

According to the President, after the surge of troops, the plan calls for training Iraqi's to take control of their own country, which is a problem because all Iraqis are either Kurds, Sunnis or Shiites first before they are Iraqis. So, we can train them till the cows come home and Iraqi soldiers are always going to be ethnic cleansers before they are nationalist healers. Some people thought that we had been training Iraqis the past couple years, but apparently not. By the way, I think we are supposed to be doing this training thing hyper-fast. I think the word used was accelerate.

The big question is how effective surge and accelerate will be in a civil war situation. The Iraqi Health Ministry reports that in 2006, 23,000 Iraqi people were killed in the war. In the first six months, 5,640 died; in the last six months, as sectarian violence rose out of control, 17,310 people died. This is no longer an insurgency; remember when the Administration denied that a civil war was going on in Iraq?

One war critic, a former general, likened intervening in the Iraq civil war to trying to intervene between the Russians and Germans at the Siege of Stalingrad. Are we sure we want to put another 20,000 troops right in the middle of two warring sides?

Mr. Bush has put a couple of months between himself and the Iraq Study Group's recommendations, which called for diplomacy and a phase .....
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The Swamp

Fri, Dec 22nd, 2006
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Democrat Nancy Pelosi, the House speaker to be, promised to "drain the swamp" of ethical corruption if the Democrats captured control. They did and the back tracking by the old bulls of the party has started all ready.

Here are some quotes pu ..... 
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White Christmas

Fri, Dec 8th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

The Iraq Study Group has issued its report, instilling some well-needed reality to the debate on Iraq.

The greatest accomplishment of the study group, given the political weight of its members, is truly a political one - changing the level ..... 
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Shop Fillmore First

Fri, Dec 1st, 2006
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Twenty years ago you used to be able to buy jewelry and clothes and shoes in our small towns in Fillmore County. For the most part, you can't anymore, those specialty stores are gone. You feel fortunate if your town has a grocery store, a hardware s ..... 
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So, what exactly is the problem?

Fri, Dec 1st, 2006
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Ho-hum. Another dire warning about the impending crises and calamities to be visited on us because of "overpopulation." Let's see, how many unfulfilled warnings does that make in the past century or two? I would guess that Herb Panko's makes somewhe ..... 
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Election hangover: Bipartisanship

Fri, Nov 24th, 2006
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"Bipartisanship is another name for date rape" Grover Norquist

For those who are not news and political junkies, Grover Norquist is a Republican guru and activist. His statement above, quoted in the Denver Post, is likely to be taken literall ..... 
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The U.S. impending population crisis

Fri, Nov 17th, 2006
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Recently we were informed that the U.S. population had just reached the 300 million mark. The announcement was made by most media outlets with little detectable alarm. It was stated as a matter-of-fact occurrence and supplemented with various popula ..... 
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Coup d' etat

Fri, Nov 10th, 2006
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When the people are afraid of the government, that's tyranny. But when the government is afraid of the people, that's liberty. Thomas Jefferson

One warm, sunny, tropical morning in December 1989, I stood in a refugee camp in the Phili ..... 
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"Stay-the-course" is no longer official line on Iraq

Fri, Oct 27th, 2006
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A few short weeks before Americans go to the polls, the administration is making a significant policy change on Iraq: the president will no longer use the words stay-the-course.

For several months, the President has used stay-the-course to ..... 
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