Iraqi Sunnis ( al-Queda is primarily Sunni) insurgents have recieved money and weapons from,
a) U.S. allies Saudi Arabia
b) U.S. allies Jordan
c) the primarily Sunni Syria
a,b and c are correct. Why does that matter? Because Bush and his supporters are using the issue of weapons purportedly from Iran as reason to trumpet Iran as a special danger to U.S. troops. That any outside players are sending money and arms into Iraq is cause for legitimate concern. The issue is one of how to deal with those countries or outside factions.
Pravda Whitehouse propaganda minister and ex-Foxster Tony Snow has the answer,
…the president is very honest with people with whom he does diplomacy; but on the other hand, while it might make for sort of good PR, you don’t always call your allies out in public. Sometimes, you’re much more effective dealing privately with them. And the Saudis and the Jordanians and others have a—have been and continue to be and we assume will continue to be, very helpful in trying to fight against these forces of terror.
And we will pursue nations that provide aid or safe haven to terrorism. Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.
Diplomacy with the guys that call Bush Bandar Bush, but threats for Iran. For a movement that claims to stand for clarity and resolve they sure do make up a lot of stuff as they go along.
Democrats, despite what the media is peddling have proposed nothing what so ever that is a “slow bleed” plan, CNN onscreen text: ” ‘Slow Bleed’ Strategy? Iraq Funding Debate”. Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich) stated what at this point is the Democratic position and its so simple that even Wolf Blitzer should be able to understand it, Congressional Democrats look to limit troops in Iraq
Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told “Fox News Sunday” that a bipartisan Senate proposal is in the works to “modify” the “wide-open” 2002 congressional resolution authorizing President Bush to use military force against Iraq. Such a modification, Levin added, could stop the president from continuing on a “failing course.”
“We will be looking at a modification of that authorization in order to limit the mission of American troops to a support mission instead of a combat mission, and that is very different from cutting off funds,” Levin said.
The proposal under consideration would change the U.S. role from an “unlimited mission” to “an anti-terrorist mission to go after al-Qaida in Iraq, to support and train the Iraqi army, to protect our own diplomatic personnel and other personnel in Iraq,” Levin said.
Which is what the majority of the American people want,
An Associated Press-Ipsos poll last week showed 63 percent of adults opposed to sending more troops to Iraq, but 68 percent also opposing efforts by Congress to cut all war funding.
No major voice in the Senate or House has proposed just completely cutting off funding for either Iraq or Afghanistan. Why the media can’t wrap their minds around that simple fact is a little strange. Unless they have an agenda like create a controversy that makes Democrats out to be the bad guys that have some off the wall plan to leave the troops stranded out in the Iraqi desert. One should expect this kind of bizarre false argument from the Right who have proved themselves incapable of having an adult argument on the issues, but the media is supposed to be guardians of the truth, public watch dogs that keep the facts straight.
On Sunday night, Sean Hannity will unveil his latest smear campaign against Al Gore. Hoping to portray the Oscar and Nobel-nominated Gore as a “Gulfstream Liberal,” the Hannity’s America hit segment will try to paint the former Vice President as a private jet flying, carbon-burning, global warming machine.
And Sean Hannity should know. After all, when it comes to hypocrisy over extravagant travel on private aircraft, Hannity is the master of hot air.
In 2004, Hannity racked up the private jet frequent flyer miles during his journeys shilling on behalf of President Bush and the GOP. An October 20, 2004 Hannity face-off against Michael Moore cost Utah Valley State College almost $50,000 in travel expenses for the Fox New host, including $35,000 for the private Hawker jet service.
The whole point for Hannity is not to make a point, but to grab at any gotcha he can get. The entire conservative movement would sink without its ship of hypocrisy so rather then engage in real solutions they sling mud. Which come to think of it is the only job that Hannity has ever held. People that actually work for a living find the Hannitys, O’Reillys etc good for a laugh when they try to portray themselves as just plain working folks.
“Misdirection is the key element. We can create a space where we give them something to look at to take their mind away from what they really should be seeing.”- Chris Conti
“For globalization to work for America, it must work for working people. We should measure the success of our economy by the breadth of our middle class, and the scope of opportunity offered to the poorest child to climb into that middle class.” – John J. Sweeney
updated 02-20-07 corrected first line, al-Queda is primarily a Sunni organization though certainly not supported by all Sunnis.