Ho! Ha-ha! Guard! Turn! Parry! Dodge! Spin! Ha! Thrust!

I don’t link to too many CNN stories mostly because they don’t have the kind of news gathering apparatus they used to have. While the network has become more talking heads then news and the web site relies too heavily on the wire services rather then its own reporters. Then today we get this, White House: Bush’s new Iraq policy largely decided

President Bush on Tuesday put off until early next month announcing a new approach to the Iraq war, and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Bush should take whatever time necessary to decide his next steps.

The White House initially indicated that Bush might deliver the speech before Christmas.

While administration officials said Bush had largely decided on where he wants to go in terms of a new policy, he gave no public hint of his plan at a meeting with the country’s Sunni vice president.

“Our objective is to help the Iraqi government deal with the extremists and the killers, and support the vast majority of Iraqis who are reasonable, who want peace,” Bush said after an Oval Office meeting Tuesday with Tariq al-Hashemi.

He’s decided?

“The president’s goal and indeed his responsibility is to do precisely what he said he would do,” Rice said. She said that was to present to the American people “a new way forward.” (Watch how Americans are increasingly supporting a withdrawal from Iraq Video)

“It only makes sense for the president to take whatever time he needs to have confidence in the course that he will put forward before the American people,” she said.

The Decider seems to be in a muddle. While he muddles about deciding people are dying. Not a perfect analogy as far as events on the ground, but as far as double-talk and leading the American people around by the nose Bush and Rice remind me of Nixon and Kissinger. There is nothing wrong with the substance of this statement, “Our objective is to help the Iraqi government deal with the extremists and the killers, and support the vast majority of Iraqis who are reasonable, who want peace”; the problem is that BushCO has had over three years to formulate a plan to accomplish that objective and have been tragically lacking in the ability to move forward on that objective. The Pentagon might just be tipping us off about where things are headed, Army, Marine Corps To Ask for More Troops

The Army and Marine Corps are planning to ask incoming Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Congress to approve permanent increases in personnel, as senior officials in both services assert that the nation’s global military strategy has outstripped their resources.

In addition, the Army will press hard for “full access” to the 346,000-strong Army National Guard and the 196,000-strong Army Reserves by asking Gates to take the politically sensitive step of easing the Pentagon restrictions on the frequency and duration of involuntary call-ups for reservists, according to two senior Army officials.

Lifestyles of the Rich and FascistThe decadent whims of the world’s wackiest despots

Group seeks probe of evangelical military video

A watchdog group that promotes religious freedom in the U.S. military accused senior officers on Monday using their rank and influence to coerce soldiers and airmen into adopting evangelical Christianity.

Such proselytizing, according to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, has created a core of “radical” Christians within the U.S. armed forces and Pentagon who punish those who do not accept evangelical beliefs by stalling their careers.

“It’s egregious beyond the pale,” said Mikey Weinstein, president and founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. “We apparently have a radicalized, evangelical Christian Pentagon within the rest of the Pentagon.”

The group asked the Pentagon’s inspector general to investigate a video in which some Army and Air Force officers discuss their faith while in uniform.

According to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, the video played for reporters was a promotional tool for Christian Embassy, a group that describes itself as a ministry helping national and international leaders blend faith and work.

Certainly ironic that we’re supposedly fighting al-Queda like religious zealots and yet have our own brand of zealots here who don’t care about anyone’s religious freedom but theirs. When some group thinks they have the right to shove their religion down your throat its not about helping you anymore it’s about controlling you. TGW has more Praying in the Pentagon

“Ho! Ha-ha! Guard! Turn! Parry! Dodge! Spin! Ha! Thrust!” – Daffy Duck