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Pretzel-Eating Schnitzel-Spine



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From the AP:

German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer said Wednesday he hoped Saddam Hussein’s government would collapse quickly, marking a stark turnaround from Germany’s previous opposition to regime change as a goal of the U.S.-led war.

“Chemical Adviser”



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From the British paper The Sun

BRITISH troops discovered an abandoned briefing room yesterday with a huge map of southern Iraq … and a chair chillingly marked “chemical adviser”.

Now, I do think this is ominous. But in all fairness, I knew a dude in college who had a chair marked “chemical adviser” too. But that’s a different story.

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“Eerily Calm”



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Inside Baghdad:


ABCNEWS’ Richard Engel, who is inside the city of Baghdad, said the situation was “eerily calm,” with no signs of movement from Iraqi troops or paramilitaries. Intermittent explosions could be heard from the direction of the airport, he said, although they were not heavy explosions.

Web Briefing: August 27, 2014

What? Is Saddam a Bad Guy or Something?



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From a BBC story:


The German Chancellor, Gerhard Schroeder, told parliament in Berlin on Thursday that his country hoped the war would end quickly with the fall of what he called the current Iraqi dictatorship.

However, he stressed that Germany remained opposed to the war, and said Iraqi resources must remain under the control of its people.


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They Agree!



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Bravo! The Washington Times gets it. Check out their new editorial on the issue of our troop strength.

Scary



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Forget John Kerry’s absurd demand for “regime change” in the United States. Take a look at the picture Drudge uses. Put this guy in one of those dark American Gothic suits and Kerry could be a character straight out of a Stephen King novel. I can almost see him knocking on the door of my Maine cottage and demanding “payment in full” — which might mean my soul, my child or my dog.

Don’t Mess With Mama!



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From the mailbag. Go, Mama, go!




“I’m writing to relay a story from my mother-in-law who lives in El Paso, Texas.  As you might know El Paso is home to Fort Bliss where some of our POW’s were stationed.  Well due to the shortage of priests at my mother-in-law’s church, the Bishop came to give the Mass.  In his homily he spoke about the evil of abortion, euthanasia and the killing of innocents.  Then he related abortion and euthanasia to our soldiers in Iraq killing innocent women and children.  He ranted for about five minutes on the evil our soldiers were committing, all the while my mother-in-law says she was so shocked and angry that tears were coming.  Finally an older lady in the first few rows, rose and pointed a finger at the bishop and told him he should be ashamed of himself.  She said her son was serving in Iraq and was not evil and said she was proud that he was sacrificing his life so that others could be free.  With that she left her pew and walked out of the church.  To my mother-in-law’s surprise and joy, parishioners started clapping as she walked out.  My mother-in-law says she clapped too.  The Bishop was so shocked that it took him a while to compose himself and when he did rambled an apology that his intention was not to offend anyone.  My mother-in-law, a devout Catholic, no longer respects her bishop.




Just wanted to relay this story to you.  Fortunately for me, my parish prays for our soldiers and we’ve been closing mass with America the Beautiful.”

New Subscriber Guys



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Here are some nice e-mails. I took out the names NOT because subscribing or giving to NR is anything to be ashamed of, but just in case people didn’t want me to use them…




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At Two Weeks



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The editors of National Review have a great piece up today about the course of the war to date. The editors refer to yet another assessment of the war, by the great military historian, John Keegan. For me, the key remark in Keegan’s analysis is his point about the troop dearth being a relatively minor problem, not only because more troops are on the way, but also because “Iraqi weakness prevents Saddam from profiting from the miscalculation.” That is why this relatively minor and correctable problem nonetheless holds an important lesson for the future. Against a more powerful enemy–say, North Korea or China–committing too few ground troops would be a far more serious error. So as NR’s editors and John Keegan say, this war is a great success. Yet the lesson is clear. In the current environment, the downsizing of our conventional forces, and especially of our ground troops, has gone too far.

Haider Beckons “Friend”



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Where Is Dear Leader?



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Kim Jong Il has not been seen in public since February. Has missed meetings
he normally attends. The Washington Times says he’s probably
channel-surfing the War. I bet that
“leadership strike” against Saddam on March 19th has given him nightmares.

Worth Remembering



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“When people see a strong horse and a weak horse, by nature, they will like
the strong horse.”—Osama bin Laden

Four Miles



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Hey, Know What Day It Is?



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Second Amendment in Iraq



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At this stage, a big factor is going to be the relative strength of the
Iraqi populace vs. the remnants of Saddam’s secret police. It’s little use
for an anti-Saddam Iraqi to know that the Coalition forces are three blocks
away if he also knows there are a couple of armed secret police in his own
apartment block, with absolutely nothing to lose. Can he do anything about
them? Only if he himself is armed. So how armed is the general Iraqi
populace? I heard a TV commentator say that everyone in Baghdad has a gun.
If that is right, it disproves the main argument in support of the Second
Amendment–that an armed populace will not endure a dictatorship. I feel
sure that in fact it cannot be right. Yesterday Iraqi TV showed some
customers happily buying weapons at a gun store in Baghdad, but goodness
knows how authentic that was, or who the customers were. Anybody got hard
facts here?

Simply Grand



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Shiite cleric urges Iraqis not to get in the way of Coalition forces.

Crossing The Euphrates



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The Shiite Strategy?



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Dwarrows



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Who knew? A lot of Corner readers apparently. It turns out that ‘dwarfs’ is the correct plural. ‘Dwarves’ is an alternative spelling coined by none other than Tolkein, author of a certain big book about little folk, which is, I understand, quite popular with some people. So back to ‘dwarfs’ it is.

“Spunk”



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