I think the term the new realism in American foreign policy hit the ground running with Senator John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign. Whether it originated with the net roots or the the small cadre of progressive newspaper pundits I don’t know, but a realistic view of of American foreign policy with modest incremental goals rather then the neocon’s twisted dreams of something akin to an extended American empire that could be implemented at the end of a gun in one fell swoop of shock and awe is certainly over. Iraq is in the middle of a civil war and American troops are in the middle trying to play police and national nanny. When 3000 Iraqis die a month that is not 3000 singular tragedies it is also a legacy of the mothers, cousins and brothers that then have a blood grudge against someone, thus guaranteeing the continuing of the violence to get revenge for the last wave. Each wave begets the next wave. Dodging bullets isn’t the only thing, American troops and Iraqi civilians have to face the prospect of approximately 2900 IED’s (improvished explosive devices) a month. Watching your step can mean life and death. If conservatives think that Democrats are defeatists then what do you call the three million plus Iraqis that either no longer have a place to live or have fled to Syria or Jordan or anyplace else they can make their way to. A functioning government is one that can provide basic services – electricity, police protection, medical evacuation and care, get oil out of the ground, sell and transport it – none of these things can be done by a government that exists for all practical purposes in name only and only then in the heavily guarded Green Zone. So if there is one thing that the netroots and Democrats in general should learn to adjust to is that America will be in Iraq for the reminder of Bush-The Commander Guy’s term plus at least the first year of the next president’s is a continued presense in Iraq. Commanders in Iraq See ‘Surge’ Into ’08 – Pentagon to Deploy 35,000 Replacement Troops
The Pentagon announced yesterday that 35,000 soldiers in 10 Army combat brigades will begin deploying to Iraq in August as replacements, making it possible to sustain the increase of U.S. troops there until at least the end of this year.
U.S. commanders in Iraq are increasingly convinced that heightened troop levels, announced by President Bush in January, will need to last into the spring of 2008. The military has said it would assess in September how well its counterinsurgency strategy, intended to pacify Baghdad and other parts of Iraq, is working.
“The surge needs to go through the beginning of next year for sure,” said Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the day-to-day commander for U.S. military operations in Iraq. The new requirement of up to 15-month tours for active-duty soldiers will allow the troop increase to last until spring, said Odierno, who favors keeping experienced forces in place for now.
The Carpetbagger Report has already made the same observations I would have made about the Fort Dix assclowns that were plotting and armed assault, The plot at Fort Dix
First, it’s worth noting that today’s success was due to intelligence gathering and law-enforcement efforts — the very techniques the Bush White House has consistently ridiculed as ineffective in counterterrorism. For that matter, as Steve M. noted, “[A]pparently no warrantless wiretapping led to these arrests, no torture of suspects in overseas prisons, nothing liberals have objected to in the Patriot Act. Remember that when you’re told that these arrests prove that we can’t trust liberals and Democrats.”
The Chicken Little Brigade of right-wing bloggers and spin miesters are as one could easily predict claiming ya see the islamo-fascist are out to get us and we’re all going to have our throats slit while we’re sleeping if we don’t all panic along with them.
Rep. Poe Quotes Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard On House Floor which Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) claims he was only making the comparison in an historical context and of course Conservatives like Kaptian Ed can always be counted on to come to the defence of the KKK or the confederacy. Only next week or the week after Ed will also claim to be part of the party of Lincoln – the Right’s bizarre relationship with issues and events surrounding the Civil War have one consistent quality – they tend to wallow in the mud of moral and ideological relativity. I’m not just making up a a clever insult we already have a confession by the Right that explicitly states that their position is based on shaky relative grounds – Some hot air from where else, but the Republican Hot Air Nutroots overcome by the vapors after GOP congressman quotes KKK founder, posted at 5:10 pm on May 8, 2007 by Allahpundit
(If you’ve seen Ken Burns’s documentary on the Civil War, you’ll remember Shelby Foote talking about him.) “Git thar fustest with the mostest” is his most famous military aphorism. Ted Poe, the congressman, was quoting him on a basic point of strategy, not a point of morals.(my emphasis)
So according to Rep. Poe’s ideological comrades at the right-wing’s net version of Pravda, Poe’s point had no “moral” “point”. He was just nawing over a point of history and couldn’t get the quote straight anyway. Poe could have used Washington, Patton, Douglas MaCarthur or dozens of other brilliant strategists but choose a KKK leader. But you know what, surprise surprise its all liberals fault that Rep. Poe identifies with a scumbag – more from the unhinged Hot Air,
This is a useful example of why it’s pointless to engage the left. Not only do they act in bad faith, they justify it by attributing bad faith to their target.
America’s patriot’s have no powers that I’m aware of to control Rep. Poe, George Allen, or Republican Trent Lott. They say the things they believe in and they believe in those morally aberrant things because that is who and what they are. There is nothing subconscious about it, no bad faith need be spun out of thin air.
Disasters and response. Conservatives have racked up an impressive record: warned that al-Queda might attack the Bush administartion puts counter-terrorism priorites below that of catching pimps, attacked by al-Queda in Afghanistan they can’t wait to attck Iraq, Katrina hits and they talk fashion ( On August 29, the day of the storm, Brown exchanged e-mails about his attire with Taylor, Melancon said. She told him, “You look fabulous,” and Brown replied, “I got it at Nordstroms. … Are you proud of me?”) and disaster hits Kansas and they blame the governor, commander guy’s spokesliar blames another and Snow, Sebelius and Just one thing about that federal declaration for Kansas
Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such a purpose – and you allow him to make war at pleasure. – Abraham Lincoln