They bravely turned their tails and fled….

July 31, 2008

It seems "Al Qaeda in Iraq’s" leadership has decided that discretion is the better part of valor and fled redeployed to Afghanistan and Pakistan:

The leader of the Sunni insurgent group al-Qaeda in Iraq and several of his top lieutenants have recently left Iraq for Afghanistan, according to group leaders and Iraqi intelligence officials, a possible further sign of what Iraqi and U.S. officials call growing disarray and weakness in the organization. 

U.S. officials say there are indications that al-Qaeda is diverting new recruits from going to Iraq, where its fighters have suffered dramatic setbacks, to going to Afghanistan and Pakistan, where they appear to be making gains. 

(…)

Some al-Qaeda in Iraq members blamed the group’s troubles on failed leadership by its head since 2006, an Egyptian who has used the pseudonyms Abu Hamza al-Muhajer and Abu Ayyub al-Masri. Some of the fighters said they have become so frustrated by Masri that they recently split off to form their own Sunni insurgent group. 

Abdullah al-Ansari, an al-Qaeda in Iraq leader in Fallujah, said in an interview with a Washington Post special correspondent that Masri had traveled to Afghanistan through Iran and designated Abu Khalil al-Souri, the pseudonym of another top leader of the group who came to Iraq in 2003, to run the organization in his absence. 

"It’s not known yet whether he would come back or not," he said, referring to Masri.

You can find good analysis at this Hot Air piece, so instead I want to honor the brave, brave jihadi leaders of al Qaeda with a song I think is especially fitting: 

Way to inspire the troops, O Knights of Allah. Loser


Inconvenient truth watch: about that melting polar ice

July 31, 2008

There have been breathless predictions that, by the end of summer, the ice cap at the North Pole will have melted. Curse that global warming, damn George Bush and the Deniers, save us Al Gore, and all that jazz.

Guess what? There’s plenty of ice there, and it’s going to have a darned hard time meeting that predicted disappearance. Not only that, but the Barents Sea is reporting more ice than normal for this time of year.

How inconvenient.

(hat tip: Tigerhawk)

 


An Obama cabinet

July 30, 2008

John Kerry as Secretary of State? Chuck Hagel at Defense? Aaaaaiiiiieeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now how am I supposed to sleep tonight? Worried Nailbiting

 


Did I miss inauguration day?

July 30, 2008

Really, did I sleep through the election? Or was it canceled and Barack Obama anointed World Savior US President by popular acclamation? That must be the case since, according to Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank, President Obama has already done his victory tour of D.C. (emphasis added):

Barack Obama has long been his party’s presumptive nominee. Now he’s becoming its presumptuous nominee.

Fresh from his presidential-style world tour, during which foreign leaders and American generals lined up to show him affection, Obama settled down to some presidential-style business in Washington yesterday. He ordered up a teleconference with the (current president’s) Treasury secretary, granted an audience to the Pakistani prime minister and had his staff arrange for the chairman of the Federal Reserve to give him a briefing. Then, he went up to Capitol Hill to be adored by House Democrats in a presidential-style pep rally.

Along the way, he traveled in a bubble more insulating than the actual president’s. Traffic was shut down for him as he zoomed about town in a long, presidential-style motorcade, while the public and most of the press were kept in the dark about his activities, which included a fundraiser at the Mayflower where donors paid $10,000 or more to have photos taken with him. His schedule for the day, announced Monday night, would have made Dick Cheney envious:

11:00 a.m.: En route TBA.

12:05 p.m.: En route TBA.

1:45 p.m.: En route TBA.

2:55 p.m.: En route TBA.

5:20 p.m.: En route TBA.

The 5:20 TBA turned out to be his adoration session with lawmakers in the Cannon Caucus Room, where even committee chairmen arrived early, as if for the State of the Union. Capitol Police cleared the halls — just as they do for the actual president. The Secret Service hustled him in through a side door — just as they do for the actual president.

Inside, according to a witness, he told the House members, “This is the moment . . . that the world is waiting for,” adding: “I have become a symbol of the possibility of America returning to our best traditions.”

As he marches toward Inauguration Day (Election Day is but a milestone on that path), Obama’s biggest challenger may not be Republican John McCain but rather his own hubris.

No kidding, Dana. I thought Bill Clinton kissed the mirror in the morning, but Obama can’t take his eyes off himself. It’s amazing to think that a man with such a meager record of accomplishments can so buy into his own hype. I mean, there really is nothing there behind the pressed shirt: no articles published as editor of the Harvard Law Review, a mediocre record as a community organizer, voting “present” 130 times as a state senator, and no major accomplishments in the two years he spent in the US Senate before running for president.

And for this he’s earned the right to say “I have become a symbol…?”

Typical of liberal elitists, Obama has forgotten that Americans, while we love our elites, don’t want them to act like they’re superior to the rest of us. FDR, whose blood was as blue as you can get in this country, held “fireside chats” with the nation during the depths of the Great Depression. He didn’t talk down to the people; he made them feel he was one of them, like friends talking in the living room at night, reassuring each other.

FDR became a symbol for the nation. He didn’t declare himself a symbol.

I’ve many times teased Obama about the cult of personality that’s sprung up around him from his adoring followers, calling him “the Prophet Barack” and “the Harbinger of Hope and Change.” And I knew he was somewhat vain: after all, one doesn’t run for president without having a hefty sense of self-worth.

But this is ridiculous.

There’s one thing Dana Milbank forgot to mention about Obama’s vanity: in Greek mythology, Hubris was often followed by Nemesis, the vicious goddess who punished the prideful and boastful.

Obama had better be careful, or he may well find Nemesis has set a trap for him on the way to the victory parade.

LINKS: More from Blue Crab Boulevard, Jennifer Rubin, Dean Barnett (and here, for the frantic Democratic reaction), Sister Toldjah, and Daniel Halper.

 


You’ll be happy to know

July 29, 2008

Public Secrets Imperial HQ came through today’s shaker with no problems, not even a single glass hit the floor. Normal blogging service resumes tomorrow. Peace Sign

 

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A good man

July 29, 2008

Tigerhawk has an interesting post showing why Bill Frist, who may have been a medicore Senate Majority Leader, is undoubtedly a very good man.

And, in an addendum that illustrates how one man makes a difference, he links tot he story of how Bill Frist may have saved the American war effort in Iraq.

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You’ll never do lunch in this town again, buster!

July 28, 2008

Actor Jon Voight on the Democrats and Obama:

We, as parents, are well aware of the importance of our teachers who teach and program our children. We also know how important it is for our children to play with good-thinking children growing up.

Sen. Barack Obama has grown up with the teaching of very angry, militant white and black people: the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Louis Farrakhan, William Ayers and Rev. Michael Pfleger. We cannot say we are not affected by teachers who are militant and angry. We know too well that we become like them, and Mr. Obama will run this country in their mindset.

The Democratic Party, in its quest for power, has managed a propaganda campaign with subliminal messages, creating a God-like figure in a man who falls short in every way. It seems to me that if Mr. Obama wins the presidential election, then Messrs. Farrakhan, Wright, Ayers and Pfleger will gain power for their need to demoralize this country and help create a socialist America.

The Democrats have targeted young people, knowing how easy it is to bring forth whatever is needed to program their minds. I know this process well. I was caught up in the hysteria during the Vietnam era, which was brought about through Marxist propaganda underlying the so-called peace movement. The radicals of that era were successful in giving the communists power to bring forth the killing fields and slaughter 2.5 million people in Cambodia and South Vietnam. Did they stop the war, or did they bring the war to those innocent people? In the end, they turned their backs on all the horror and suffering they helped create and walked away.

Does Angelina know? And I wonder if Hollywood has treason trials? Chicken

(hat tip: Hot Air)

 

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