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"Stay-the-course" is no longer official line on Iraq

Fri, Oct 27th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

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 show his administration's resolve against those doomsayers and cowards that would have us cut 'n run in Iraq.

"America will never cut 'n run," the president was oft to say in response to criticism that our efforts in Iraq were going nowhere. He won't say that anymore.

He will now say that we have a flexible plan that will allow us to adjust our tactics.

He will also say that we have now given the Iraqi government a timetable to end sectarian conflict and stabilize their nation. This includes getting the private militias to end their ethnic cleansing and put down their arms.

General George Casey Jr., the American Military Commander in Iraq, said that if this occurs, in 12 to 18 months, the Iraqi security forces will be the dominant force in the country. He later qualified this by saying that this won't happen unless there is political progress.

That said, it is almost as if the administration's new motto on Iraq has become wishful-thinking.

So, our wishful-thinking on Iraq is that the ethnic groups will stop killing themselves, that the government can provide their own security, and that the US forces can begin to leave the country.

The reality in Iraq is that we are looking for an exit strategy where we can get our troops out without the country collapsing on itself, period. There is no winning to be done, no introducing democracy to be completed. Iraq is lost; it is a quagmire and we don't know how to get out.

Donald Rumsfield, Dick Cheney and George Bush are still in charge, nothing has changed.

We just won't say stay-the-course anymore. Be warned that the words civil war, quagmire, torture and secret prisons are next.

As of this writing, 96 American soldiers have been killed in Iraq during the month of October.

Gil's running on empty

Fri, Oct 20th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

If you take Gil Gutknecht's latest campaign ad at face value, immigration is the most important issue facing America on November 7. And Gil wants you to believe that Seor Tim Walz is muy soft on border issues and illegal immigrants.

One wou ..... 
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"PIG" as a basis for campaigning

Fri, Oct 13th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

It occurs to me that almost all incumbents rely on "pig". It stands for Pork, Incumbency, and Greed in my political lexicon. When I hear an incumbent running on these "principles" it turns me off quickly. This is true whether it is a local, state, o ..... 
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Bush the Elder

Fri, Sep 22nd, 2006
Posted in Commentary

George Walker Bush, also known as Bush the Younger, Bush the Lesser and Bush the Minor, a Texas cowboy who likes to speak to a "higher father," should not be confused with his real-life dad, George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president.

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It's time to clean house

Fri, Aug 25th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

Regime change begins at home, I say. That's why I am not voting for Gil Gutknecht or Mark Kennedy in November. I'll vote for Donald Duck, the town drunk, my dead uncle, or T.C. the Twins mascot before I will vote for either of these incumbents. I mi ..... 
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The earth is burning up and we don't seem to care

Fri, Aug 11th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

Anyone who still scoffs when the global warming subject is brought up must either have his or her head stuck quite deeply into the sand or slept through the past month. In all of my 50-plus years, I cannot remember a spell when it has stayed as hot ..... 
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An immediate cease fire is needed in Lebanon

Wed, Aug 2nd, 2006
Posted in Commentary

"You see the irony is what they need to do is get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this s--t and it's all over."

George Bush to Tony Blair at the St. Petersburg G8 Summit, referring to the conflict in Lebanon.

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Why not offer a smoke-free night?

Fri, Jul 28th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

"Just try it. You might find that you like it."

I really don't know how many times I've utilized that sage line of thinking when trying to encourage our daughter to give a healthy entre a try. Usually, the eatable item is a vegetable. I'm s ..... 
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Administrative Law Judge will decide Spring Valley Ponds case

Fri, Jul 21st, 2006
Posted in Commentary

The July 17 article by John Bondhus in the Fillmore County Journal, "Misinformation threatens Spring Valley Ponds" hardly is worth the effort to respond to. But a few points where he has committed slander against Jeff Broberg and me need to be corre ..... 
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