Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

I believe Harry Truman said, “The only thing new is the  history you haven’t
read.”  Those who cannot remember the past are  condemned to repeat it.

Tokyo Rose, during World War II, had the best music on her station and  most
people just laughed.  The Japanese developed a way to demoralize  the
American
forces.  Psychological warfare experts developed a message  they felt would
work. They gave the script to their famous broadcaster,  “Tokyo Rose”, and
every day she would broadcast this same message, packaged in  different ways,
hoping it would have a negative impact on American GI’s  morale.  What was
that
demoralizing message?  It had three main  points:

1.  Your President is lying to you.
2.  This war is  illegal.
3.  You cannot win the war.

Does this sound familiar?  Is it because Tokyo Hillary, Tokyo  Harry, Tokyo
John, Tokyo Teddy, Tokyo Nancy, have picked up the same message and  are
broadcasting it on Tokyo CNN, Tokyo ABC, Tokyo CBS, Tokyo NBC, to our
TROOPS?  The
only difference is that they claim to support our troops  before they
demoralize them.  Come to think of it, Tokyo Rose told the  troops she was
on their
side,  too!

Four-year-old girl vows to be suicide terrorist in Hamas TV dramatization

Four-year-old girl vows to be suicide terrorist in Hamas TV dramatization

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More signs of the deep desire for peace among the “Palestinians.”

By Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook at PMW:

Hamas TV broadcast today a video dramatization of the four-year-old daughter of female suicide bomber Reem Riyashi singing to her dead mother and vowing to follow in her footsteps. The video clip ends as the little girl picks up sticks of explosives from her mother’s drawer.The Al Aqsa TV children’s program shows a child actress playing the daughter, watching Riyashi preparing the bomb and asking her mother, “Mommy, what are you carrying in your arms instead of me? A toy or a present for me?” She later sees a TV news story about her mother’s suicide mission and death, and realizes her mother had been carrying a bomb.

“Only now, I know what was more precious than us . . . ” she sings of the bomb.

Although she misses her mother, she vows to follow in her footsteps. The video ends as she opens her mother’s drawer and picks up the sticks of explosives her mother had left there.

McCain’s “Straight Talk” Only Digging Himself Deeper Hole With Conservatives (Updated with, you know, facts)

McCain’s “Straight Talk” Only Digging Himself Deeper Hole With Conservatives (Updated with, you know, facts)

by Bull Dog Pundit @ 12:16 am. Filed under Politics, War On Terror, John McCain, Economy, Environment, Health & Science
Well I’ll say this for Pat’s client, Senator John McCain, he doesn’t hold back saying what he means. And he’s not a stupid man, so he has to know that some of the things he said recently to a British newspaper are certainly not going to help him win the votes of many conservatives.

In a sign that he wants to distance himself from the president – to whom he lost in an ugly campaign in 2000 – Sen McCain outlined a series of measures to roll back Bush policies and counter the “ugly American” image.

“I would immediately close Guantanamo Bay, move all the prisoners to Fort Leavenworth (an army base in Kansas) and truly expedite the judicial proceedings in their cases,” he said. “I would reaffirm my commitment to address the issue of climate change and greenhouse gas emissions. I know how important this is in Europe in particular.”

John Weaver, Sen McCain’s chief strategist, confirmed his plans for a markedly more conciliatory foreign policy. “The next president will have to work extra hard to unite our friends and divide our foes. Sadly the opposite has occurred in recent years,” he said, as Sen McCain addressed a crowded hall in the farming community of Cedar Falls.

“John believes that you can accomplish a lot more in this world by sticking to your principles, while adopting a much more humble tone with your partners.”

Now I love John McCain’s views on the war and spending, but this kind of stuff really infuriates me – and I know I’m not the only one. 

Perhaps he needs to realize that while the “ugly American” image may be true, the problem is not with what America is doing, but how his buddies across the pond view it.  Does he really think that closing Gitmo is going to assuage the pansies and feckless Europeans?  If he does, then maybe he’s not as smart as I think. 

And what’s what this “humbleness” garbage? That’s talk straight out of the Nancy Pelosi/Harry Reid playbook.  How are we to “humble” enough to satisfy the French and Germans, who didn’t want us to go into Iraq in the first place?  The fault lies not with us, but with them. And let’s be honest here, other than the Brits what could “old Europe” really offer us militarily? A unit or two. Hell, most of the armies over their are constabulary forces at best. 

And the whole climate change talk is foolish.  If McCain was so concerned about it why didn’t he vote for Kyoto when he had the chance?  Is destroying our economy worth getting some good press in Europe?  Hey Senator, maybe you can help out Al Gore when he testifies before Congress next week on the issue. Will you be collaborating on “An Inconvenient Truth, Part Deux”?

Let me tell you why climate change is a big deal in Europe Senator. It’s because it’s the only way that they can even hope to try and be competitive with us economically. You see, they want our economy to go in the toilet so they’ll have company.  Unlike America, nations in Europe are pretty much models of socialism, and not surprisingly are stagnant and shrinking.  So like true socialists they want everyone to be equally miserable.  So while their misery is caused by foolish work rules and welfare states, they want our economy to be miserable from all the regulations and higher costs associated with “correcting” climate change.

Really Senator, you do have some conservative credentials to run on.  Remember that you’re running for the nomination of the Republican party – in America.  There’s a reason many conservatives don’t like or trust you – and by talking like this you’re not helping your cause.

Update: BDP, you know I am not where Sen. McCain is on this particular issue. And yet, I think your suggestion that the question at hand vis a vis climate change is whether we embrace Al Gore-inspired, Kyoto-style restrictions or do nothing at all is simplistic. So that we are absolutely clear about what John McCain is saying on the sump about climate change, here you go:

Again, I’m not where McCain is on the matter of climate change, but if the end result is that we build more nuke plants, I’m not exactly bothered by it.

And of course he is talking about conservative issues on the stump. Here he is talking about national security. And here he is shining the light of truth on Democratic pork in the emergency spending bill.

What is more, I’m not the only one who saw the enthusiasm for John McCain in New Hampshire this weekend.

Witness to a US soldier effigy burning

Leftists Supporting the Troops

Leftists Supporting the Troops
http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=24853_Leftists_Supporting_the_Troops&only

Discovered by a reader at Indymedia, this was the scene yesterday in Portland, Oregon, as “anti-war” demonstrators burned not only a US flag, but a US soldier in effigy.

UPDATE at 3/19/07 6:42:26 pm:

Another one from Portland:

Iran Threatens to Kidnap U.S. Soldiers

 Iran Threatens to Kidnap U.S. Soldiers

NewsMax.com
Tuesday, March 20, 2007 3:30 p.m. EDT

Iran is threatening to retaliate for what it calls the “kidnapping” of Revolutionary Guard officers by abducting Americans and feeding them to roosters.

In an article in the Revolutionary Guard’s weekly paper, Reza Faker – believed to have close links to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – warned:

“We’ve got the ability to capture a nice bunch of blue-eyed, blond-haired officers and feed them to our fighting cocks. Iran has enough people who can reach the heart of Europe and kidnap Americans and Israelis.”

The warning comes after the recent disappearance of three high-profile Iranian officers.

Earlier this month came the revelation that Ali Reza Asgari, former commander of the Revolutionary Guard’s elite Quds Force in Lebanon, had vanished, most likely during a trip to Istanbul.

Another high-ranking Revolutionary Guard officer, Colonel Amir Muhammed Shirazi, was reported missing last week, according to the Sunday Times of London.

A third Iranian, Brigadier General Muhammed Soltani, head of the Revolutionary Guard in the Persian Gulf, is also understood to be missing, although that has yet to be confirmed.

Iranians claim the officers were kidnapped, but Western sources believe they may have defected.

Other members of the Quds Force reportedly were seized by U.S. forces in northern Iraq.

Although Iran threatened to seize Americans in Europe, Iraq could be a more likely site for abductions, a Jordanian intelligence source told the Times:

“In Iraq, the Quds Force can easily get hold of American – and British – officers.”

Mike Rogers’ Office Vandalized

Mike Rogers’ Office Vandalized

Congressman Mike Rogers’ home is under police guard after his Lansing office was severely vandalized last night.The case is being handled by the FBI and the US Capitol Police, who have requested that the Lansing Police investigate the matter.

According to the Congressman’s spokesperson, the office was extensively damaged.

Two security cameras were destroyed and the building was spray painted.

The tapes from the cameras are being reviewed to see if they recorded anything before they were destroyed.

The vandals also spread red paint all over the 8th congressional district sign in front of the building, as well as on a sign that says “We Support Our Troops.”

They also put a sign on one of the buildings windows that says Congressman Rogers has “blood on his hands.”

Congressman Rogers is in Washington DC today to testify on Capitol Hill.

His Chief of Staff Andy Keiser issued a statement about the vandalism.

Keiser says:

“It is unfortunate that a few criminals decided to attack the 8th District Congressional office in the middle of the night. This is an office which provides mid-Michigan citizens with assistance regarding Social Security, Medicare, the IRS, Veterans Affairs and other federal agencies.”

“The aggressive destruction of federal property and vandalism was a callous attempt to intimidate Congressman Rogers and his staff.”

“We all are entitled to our own opinion on the situation in Iraq but we are not entitled to destruction of taxpayer property and intimidation of federal officials. With an office in Lansing, regular office hours throughout the district, rapid response to constituent concerns and a 24-hour online office, Congressman Rogers prides himself on his constituent service and ensuring all voices are heard. Despite this vicious attack last night, the office continues to serve constituents today and we encourage folks to continue calling the Congressman for assistance, appointments and other information they may need.”

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Pentagon: Children Used in Iraqi Homicide Bombing

Pentagon: Children Used in Iraqi Homicide Bombing

AP
FoxNews.com
Wednesday, March 21, 2007

WASHINGTON — 

Iraqi insurgents appear to have adopted a new tactic since the start of a security crackdown in Baghdad, using children in a suicide attack on Sunday, a senior Pentagon official said Tuesday.Maj. Gen. Michael Barbero, deputy director for regional operations on the Joint Staff, told reporters that a vehicle was waved through a U.S. military checkpoint because two children were visible in the back seat.

“Children in the back seat lowered suspicion, (so) we let it move through, they parked the vehicle, the adults run out and detonate it with the children in the back,” Barbero said.

“The brutality and ruthless nature of this enemy hasn’t changed.”

Other officials said later that three Iraqi bystanders were killed in the attack near a marketplace in the northern Baghdad neighborhood of al-Adamiyah, in addition to the two children, and seven people were injured.

The officials had no other details, including the estimated ages of the children.

Barbero said this was the first reported use of children in a homicide car bombing in Baghdad.

LA Times and Israel’s “Right to Exist”

LA Times and Israel’s “Right to Exist”
By HonestReporting.com
HonestReporting.com | March 21, 2007

So far, the international community has stood firm in demanding that any Palestinian government, be it Hamas or otherwise, recognizes Israel as a precursor to lifting financial sanctions. Questioning Israel’s very “right to exist” is a well-employed tool of Israel’s detractors to call into question the Jewish state’s legitimacy as part of an effort to undermine her. Thankfully, the mainstream media in the US, unlike in Europe, has generally managed to discern the difference between legitimate criticism of Israeli policies and actual delegitimization of the state itself. In February, HonestReporting highlighted an op-ed in the Christian Science Monitor that questioned Israel’s right to exist. Now, the Los Angeles Times follows suit, giving space to Saree Makdisi to ask “Why does The Times recognize Israel’s ‘right to exist’?”

Our colleagues at CAMERA have catalogued UCLA professor Makdisi’s numerous factual errors and opposition to the existence of Israel, while UCLAProfs.com also exposes Makdisi’s hatred and inflammatory language.

In this latest LA Times piece, Makdisi muddies the issue of “recognition” in legalistic jargon while failing to acknowledge that the issue goes deeper than this in practical terms, as Hamas not only refuses to recognize Israel but actually advocates its destruction. Like Hamas, Makdisi evidently wishes the Palestinian people to move backwards in diplomatic terms.

Makdisi asks:

which Israel, precisely, are the Palestinians being asked to “recognize?” Israel has stubbornly refused to declare its own borders. So, territorially speaking, “Israel” is an open-ended concept. Are the Palestinians to recognize the Israel that ends at the lines proposed by the 1947 U.N. Partition Plan? Or the one that extends to the 1949 Armistice Line (the de facto border that resulted from the 1948 war)? Or does Israel include the West Bank and East Jerusalem, which it has occupied in violation of international law for 40 years – and which maps in its school textbooks show as part of “Israel”?

Israel’s borders don’t need to be defined as a precondition for recognition. Israel and the Palestinians recognized each other by signing the Oslo Accords and final borders could be negotiated as part of an overall settlement.

Makdisi claims that “A just peace will require Israelis and Palestinians to reconcile and recognize each other’s rights.” Israel has consistently demonstrated its wish for peace and a recognition of Palestinian rights going back to Oslo all the way to its withdrawal from Gaza and the election of a Kadima government on the platform of bringing a two-state solution into being. Makdisi, on the other hand, espouses the language of rejectionism.

As the Palestinian leadership becomes ever more desperate to water down the demands of the international community, is this op-ed part of a broader media strategy to call into doubt the need for the Palestinians to recognize Israel? Not only does this excuse the Palestinians from moving forward on the diplomatic track but it also excuses the genocidal ideology of Hamas, which is committed to Israel’s destruction.

Send your considered comments to the LA Times – letters@latimes.com.

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Al Gore Continues to Demand Special Treatment

Al Gore Continues to Demand Special Treatment

March 20, 2007

Posted By Marc Morano – 8:08 PM ET – Marc_Morano@EPW.Senate.Gov

From behind the scenes on Capitol Hill: Former Vice President Al Gore, despite being given major preferential treatment, has violated the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee’s (EPW) hearing rules.

Gore first demanded to be granted an unprecedented 30 minute opening statement to the Senate EPW Committee for Wednesday’s (March 21) global warming hearing scheduled for 2:30 pm ET.
(See “FULL COMMITTEE: Vice President Al Gore’s Perspective on Global Warming
)

The GOP minority on the EPW committee agreed to the 30 minute opening statement.

But then Gore demanded a waiver of the EPW committee’s 48 hour rule that requires all witnesses before EPW to submit their testimony in advance. The GOP minority on the EPW committee then agreed to waive the 48 hour rule in favor of allowing Gore to submit his testimony 24 hours before the hearing.

But in a breaking news development on Capitol Hill — the former Vice President has violated the new 24 hour deadline extension by failing to submit his testimony – even with the new time extension granted to Gore.

As of 8pm ET Tuesday evening, the testimony still has not been received by EPW, a clear violation of committee rules.

The word on Capitol Hill says not to expect Gore’s testimony to the Senate EPW committee until Wednesday (March 21) — the day of the hearing.

It appears that Gore does not believe the same rules apply to him that apply to every other Senate EPW witness.

The question looms on Capitol Hill: Is Gore delaying the submission of his testimony until the very last moment because he fears it will give members of the EPW committee time to scrutinize it for accuracy?

Stay tuned…

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