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Cyanide & Mustard Agents



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Found in Euphrates. Bob Arnot reporting on MSNBC.

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“Unconventional Action”



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Info minister just made that threat.

Web Briefing: September 18, 2014

Do The Right Thing



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No part of this nation has a better understanding of honor than the South. Natalie Maines has impugned the honor of our president, and of our nation–and done so in front of strangers. That hurts more than her antiwar stance itself. Worse than all that, Natalie Maines has messed with Texas–a big mistake, especially for a Texan. Doesn’t she understand that her remarks, although certainly political, have gone beyond politics to touch and harm something deeper. I would like her to try to make things right. But first she needs to understand what she’s done. If Natalie Maines is really a chick from Dixie, she’ll do the right thing.

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Pro-Boss



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Lead Dixie Chick Natalie Maines is apparently a bit embarrassed about being from the south. She spent some time in Boston, at the Berklee School of Music, and somehow seems to want to prove her “enlightened” southerner credentials to the folks up north (and apparently, to the Europeans as well). She attacked Toby Keith’s, “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue” (with its kick Osama’s butt line) as an embarrassment to country music (“it makes country music seem ignorant”), and deliberately praised Bruce Springsteen’s take on 9/11 as preferable. (I took the opposite approach.)

Ashamed?



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What troubles me is that Natalie Maines said she was ashamed to be from the same state as President Bush. That is disturbing, for a number of reasons. It ought to be possible to maintain minimum respect for a president during wartime, even if you disagree with his policies. To heap scorn upon your president in front of foreign nationals is egregious. But that’s not the end of it. For all the changes since the civil-rights struggle, I think the south is still burdened with a bit of an inferiority complex. The idea that someone would be ashamed of being from Texas, because of something all Texans can be deservedly proud of–that the president is from their state–is an insult to Texas, and an insult to the south. (I’m nothing but a Yankee, but you can feel the insult to the south.)

I Like The Chicks



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What is going on with the Dixie Chicks? I know they’re lefties, but I like their music. I wish they’d do something to allow me to feel better about them. But lead singer Natalie Maines seems unable and unwilling to make a real apology for her terrible remarks. Last night, Travis Tritt had to make excuses for Maines on O’Reilly, since she herself refused to show up. As I see it, this is not primarily a question of opposition to the war. I could certainly forgive the Chicks for that, although I disagree with them. No, something more unsettling is going on here.

Bugle Boys On The Tv



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Neat



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Jim Axelrod from CBS is reporting live (on cNN) from the Tarmac of Baghdad international.

Snotty Anti-Rumsfeld Syndrome



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I-Read-Faster-than-the-Corner-Guy points out Mark Steyn’s latest:

Another great article from the Master is up on National Post of Canada. Here is a quote: “If the media’s version of SARS — Snotty Anti-Rumsfeld Syndrome — has any merit, it ought surely to be of universal application. When the last five Baathists have fled Iraq and are living on welfare in Sarnia, Eric Margolis will still be assuring us that it’s all part of a brilliant Saddamite strategy that has exposed the allied victory for the sham it is. Would it not be possible to apply this “healthy skepticism” towards officialdom a little more broadly? Right now the Anglo-American war’s going brilliantly, the Canadian home front’s a disaster: Toronto’s hospitals are more overstretched than Baghdad’s, and our national carrier is in worse shape than the Iraqi Air Force. Yet mysteriously the Canadian media insist it’s the U.S. Government that’s complacent and inept.”

Where’s The Enemy?



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Ms. On The Battlefield



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In case you missed it, an afternoon piece from Ramesh questions the women-essentially-in-combat reality provided by the Pfc. Lynch ordeal. Some, as Ramesh notes, have been complaining that reporters are calling her “Jessie” and inundating her case with coverage in ways they would never a male. The military is protecting her privacy in ways they would never a man. But then, she was probably tortured in ways a man would not be. The instinct to want to shield and protect a 19-year-old girl is a good one.A former military undersecretary on CNN last night (debating Elaine Donnelly) said that men are getting used to women in war situations, fighting beside them. They’re loosing their instinct to save the dame. And that would be a good thing? Kate O’Beirne writes more about the topic in the new issue of the DeadTree edition, asking what kind of country sends its mothers and teenage girls to war. (GOT NRODT? Subscribe, guys!) That we want to call her Jessie may just mean there’s still time to fix things—at least to debate it, as David Frum implores today.

“The Gateway to The Future of Iraq”



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What Brig. Gen. Brooks just referred to the new Baghdad International Airport as (aka Iraqi Freedom International).

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One of The Good Guys



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Another piece on the Iraqi lawyer who tipped-off our guys about Pfc. Lynch, at great risk.

Airport



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Could be used as a super-base.

White Powder



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CNN just reported a colonel from the third infantry saying that troops have discovered nerve-gas antidotes, white powder, c-w intructions, and other such suspicious items just south of Baghdad.

Breaking News



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AP NEWS ALERT 6:43 AM:

NEAR BAGHDAD, Iraq – U.S. troops find “suspicious site” with thousands of boxes of white powder, chemical warfare documents and nerve agent antidote south of Baghdad, U.S. officer says.

Another Homicide/Suicide



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Car explosion kills three Coalition troops, driver, pregnant woman–at a checkpoint in western Iraq.

2500 Republican Guard Surrenders



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CNN/Confirmed by CENTCOM

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