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Ledeen On German/French Obstacles



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Look What The Marines Found



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New Front!



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CNN: About 1,000 U.S. paratroopers parachute into Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq, seize airfield

Web Briefing: September 2, 2014

Do I Sense Condescension?



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“The coalition is the Bush administration’s term for the United States, Britain and the other minor contributors to the invasion of Iraq they launched last week.”

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Reading Is Believing



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Amnesty International is way more interested in our knocking Saddam TV off the air for a few hours than Iraq’s despicable war crimes.

Terrible News



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Daniel Patrick Moynihan died today. He wasn’t always a great Senator from a conservative point of view, but he was a great statesman and an exemplary American and intellectual.

I Have a Debka-Feeling About This



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But I pass it on: more chemical-weapons reports, unconfirmed.

Regime’s Men Stop Aid



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Help—Risk Rule



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If you have any expert thoughts on the lifting of the “risk rule” that allowed someone like Shoshana Johnson to be put in a position of jeopardy, I’d love to hear from you.

Pow’S—a Blast From The Past



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Here’s how the Clinton administration dealt with a POW situation in Somalia. It sent Ambassador Robert Oakley to urge Aideed’s forces to release the captured pilot—or else. “The minute the guns start again,” Oakley said, “all restraint on the U.S. side goes. Just look at the stuff coming in here now. An aircraft carrier, tanks, gunships… The works. Once the fighting starts, all this pent-up anger is going to be released. This whole part of the city will be destroyed, men, women, children, camels, cats, dogs, goats, donkeys, everything. . . . That would be really tragic for all of us, but that’s what will happen.” We got the pilot back. I’m not endorsing making similar threats now (one of our great assets is how humanely we’ve conducted this war—and, besides, who would want to so threaten Iraqi camels and goats?), but I’ve just been thinking of the Oakley episode over the last couple of days. It deserves a special spot in the annals of American bluster.

Iraqi Media



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Roger on Jonah’s remark about taking out Iraqi newspapers. **ALL** their
media should be taken out. TV, radio, newspapers, server farms–lets smash
’em all up.

Move Over, Rumsfeld



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Check this one out: “A bunch of my girlfriends and I get together via the internet (I’m in Germany and they’re in the States and Australia)almost every day to discuss how hot Ari Fleischer is and how good he looked at the latest briefing. I have to wonder if he has any idea of how large a female fan club he has? We love the guy. We’re also pretty enamored of Gen. John Abizaid as well. “

White Anglo-Saxon Invasion



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Is how Mohammed Aldouri just described the war. Hasn’t he talked to Charlie Rangel? He’s against the war because the army isn’t white enough.

The “Emergency” Mtg



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Those fighting the Americans are “honorable”….heroes…I have heard two sentences of Mohammed Al-Douri at the U.N. and I already can’t take it…

Toughest Battle So Far



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1,000 Iraqis killed so far.

Gird Your Loins New Yorkers



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Civilians



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From a variety of people (commentators and such) today I have heard vociferous denials that the U.S. was responsible for the civilian deaths at the open-air market in Baghdad we’ve been hearing about. Now, I support our mission in Iraq. I support our troops. I am sick of the U.N., the Arab media, and some U.S. media’s moral equivalence. But, I don’t think our first instinct, when we see footage from Arab TV of some sort of what are purported to be civilian casualties, should be to deny it. It could be true. It could be false. People died–that’s horrible, however it happened. If one of missiles went astray, we have the deepest regret. The fact, of course, remains, though, that this is likely as humane a war as can be waged in terms of precision and compassion. But I think those of us who get the war should be careful of turning people who would otherwise support us off.

Germany Restricts Game It Says Glorifies War



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“Another Setback”



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From a reader:

Jonah:

MSNBC was reporting about the group of Iraqi armored vehicles leaving Basra about a half and hour ago. The anchor (whoever it was), reported that these vehicles had “escaped” Basra and that this was “another setback for the coalition forces”.

How is it a setback for the Iraqi armored vehicles to come out from behind civilians? Not to mention that this may mean that the Basra Uprising seems to be working!! I say LET THEM ALL COME OUT.

Foxnews.com is now reporting that the Brits are all over ‘em now.

Peace Activists Planning to Disrupt Manhattan



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