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“Iraqi Citizens You Claim to Be Liberating”



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Gotta love the press (ITV news guy).

Former Clinton Admin Official Asks The First Question



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at the first Centcom briefing. Whatever you think about George Stephanopoulos, that’s actually kinda cool when you think about it…what a country.

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Chickenstars



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Never mind “chickenhawks,” I’m tallying “chickenstars”–big-name Hollywood
types who are scared to show up for the Oscars. Definite chickenstars so
far (according to the NY Post)
include Will Smith, Cate Blanchett, Angelina Jolie, Peter Jackson (LOTR
director), and Tom Hanks. Tom Hanks! Say it ain’t so, Tom. Still
wavering: Harrison Ford, Cameron Diaz, Renee Zellweger, Meryl Streep,
Nicole Kidman. Not afraid to run a microscopic risk in return for a zillion
dollars a year of our money: Halle Berry, who has said that she will wear a
costume that “reflects homage to the troops.” I forgive Halle for that
stupid weepy speech last time, I forgive her everything.

Web Briefing: December 20, 2014

Whether We Stay or Run Away



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This reminded me of a passage in “Historical Records,” the great historical tome of ancient China, written by Sima Qian. “the Chinese Herodotus.” In the time of the second Qin emperor, a force of 900 men was forcibly conscripted to garrison
a town some miles away. They started out, but heavy rains made the road
impassable. This meant they would be late–an offense punishable by death.
Writes the historian: “Chen She and Wu Guang accordingly began to plot
together. ‘As things stand, we face death whether we stay or run away,’
they said, ‘while if we were to start a revolt we would likewise face death.
Since we must die in any case, would it not be better to die fighting for
our country?’….” That is how discipline collapses in an army–or a
country–run by fear.

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Al Qaeda in Iraq?!



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U.N., R.I.P.



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Richard Perle, a.ka. the Jew who started the war, bids farewell–and good riddance–to the United Nations.

Iran Says We Violated Their Airspace



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Boys of The Old Brigade



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Didja ever wonder where Saddam Hussein got the idea for that dorky beret?
Wonder no more.

Suicide Attack



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I hope our guys are being v-e-r-y careful with surrendering Iraqis. 99.9
percent of these poor slobs just want to get home to Mom & Dad & the 14
siblings, but the other 0.1 percent are Islamofanatic wackos seeking a
coupon for those 72 white raisins. Make ‘em strip!

Suicide Attack in Halabja



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MSNBC reporting. This is the Kurdish region. And reportedly a Western journalist was killed, as well as two Kurds.

The Nro Birthday Bleg Continues



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It is written in our contracts here at NRO that on our birthday’s we must ask our beloved readers to subscribe to the paper sister (mother? father?) of NRO, NRODT (National Review on Dead Tree). We should just call this birthday-bonanza week. If you didn’t subscribe on Jonah’s birthday, there is still time. Today marks the day one K-Lo was born, an Andrew Stuttaford, and, well, William Shatner. Between the three of us, one of us must make you want to subscribe to NRODT (and if you find these–or over-posting me–annoying, rest assured you might at least get these pitches to stop one day when we are confident NRODT has conquered the world of magazine readers). In fact, if we get enough subscriptions today so I can earn my NRODT patch already, I might even consider lifting the Star Trek ban (that, my gift to Andrew and to Jonah belatedly). Maybe. If you have already subscribed, always feel free to donate to this webzine you’re tuned into. Enough of those and we might start being able to offer Bee Gees CDs with your contributions.

Coolidge Defense



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I don’t know where he gets “stupid” from–Andrew Mellon, “under whom three
presidents served,” was one of the smartest public officials of the 20th
century. I’ll grant “unattractive,” though. With the exception of Charles
Dawes–who, among other things, won the Nobel Peace Prize and wrote the tune
to the song “It’s All in the Gam,” and who cut quite a figure–they were a
stiff crowd.

Basra Freed



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Air Attacks Seem to Resume in Baghdad



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And another town–Nassaria (phonetic)–is in Coalition hands.

Another Great Image



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Heartwarming



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Greg Kelly, with another infantry rolling through Iraq is telling FNC homebase that when they encounter Iraqis, the scene looks the welcoming of a liberating army. “We look them in the eye and they are smiling.” Some soldiers, he says, are handing out candy to the children. Even if you support the war, and were confident this would likely be the case, it’s comforting to know it to be true at last.

Scott Speicher



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A special unit has been formed by the Defense department and intel to go into Iraq and search for MIA/possible POW Capt. Michael Scott Speicher. Earlier this month, there were unconfirmed intelligence reports that he was alive and moved into Baghdad.

Welcoming



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Rick Leventhal (1st Marine, 3rd Lar) is reporting on FOX Iraqis cheering them on as they move through the Iraqi desert. He also reports seeing lots of oil fires still.

3,000 Sorties Flown



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Safe Havens



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