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"Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard." — Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956)

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Don't think of a pale horse

This is an unusual bit of advice from the folks who have responsibility for our security:

FBI sees 'no plot' in school buses
By Jerry Seper and Matthew Cella
March 17, 2007

Members of suspected extremist groups have signed up to drive school buses nationwide, federal authorities said yesterday in a law-enforcement bulletin, but the FBI said there was no reason for parents or children to be concerned.

Imagine that. Just try not to think of a rider on a pale horse, once you know that murderous moslems may be seeking jobs (or even holding jobs) as school bus drivers.


Sunday, March 11, 2007

Is "the surge" working?

Time may be running out for the Democrats in their effort to surge toward defeat in Iraq.

Via Power Line: Robert Kagan's Washington Post column provides some food for thought:

Leading journalists have been reporting for some time that the war was hopeless, a fiasco that could not be salvaged by more troops and a new counterinsurgency strategy. The conventional wisdom in December held that sending more troops was politically impossible after the antiwar tenor of the midterm elections. It was practically impossible because the extra troops didn't exist. Even if the troops did exist, they could not make a difference.

Four months later, the once insurmountable political opposition has been surmounted. The nonexistent troops are flowing into Iraq. And though it is still early and horrible acts of violence continue, there is substantial evidence that the new counterinsurgency strategy, backed by the infusion of new forces, is having a significant effect.

And, Kagan gives news reporters something to ponder as well:

No one is asking American journalists to start emphasizing the "good" news. All they have to do is report what is occurring, though it may conflict with their previous judgments. Some are still selling books based on the premise that the war is lost, end of story. But what if there is a new chapter in the story?

The terrorists can certainly blow people and things up in various places, but there is reason for us and the Iraqis to hope that the reign of terror in Iraq will dwindle as time goes by.

Can the Democrats find a way to keep this effort from continuing and turn things back to hell on earth for the Iraqis -- and later for us, too? They will certainly try.