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The Surge is Working Better all the Time by American Elephant

U.S. Army Spc. Roosevelt Geeslin, a medic with 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, takes the blood pressure of a Qadisiyah resident during a humanitarian mission in the Baghdad neighborhood, May 15, 2007

More good news from Iraq:

US military deaths in Iraq lowest in 14 months

US military losses in Iraq for September stood at 70 on Sunday, the lowest monthly figure since July last year, according to an AFP tally based on Pentagon figures.

The figure also marks the fourth consecutive drop in the monthly death toll following a high of 121 in May. June saw 93 deaths, July 82 and August 79. The monthly toll in July 2006 was 53. [read more]

May next month be even better.

Impeach Cindy! by Emerald City Elephant

Cindy Sheehan

After all, she’s broken the law far more than President Bush ever has:

Judge Issues Bench Warrant for Cindy Sheehan

A bench warrant was issued Thursday for antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan, who did not appear for arraignment Thursday in a Washington, D.C., courtroom to face charges related to her Sept. 10 disorderly conduct arrest on Capitol Hill.

District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Michael McCarthy issued the order to Sheehan around noon, a court spokeswoman said. The warrant says she is to be arrested and brought before the court. She also faces one count of unlawful assembly. [read more]

That she isn’t impeachable shouldn’t matter much — it’s not as if those calling for Bush’s impeachment understand or even care about either the constitution or basic civics to begin with.

Sorry Lefties, get it through your tinfoil covered empty heads: Democrats aren’t going to pull out either by American Elephant

Democrats Backtrack

Just a few short weeks ago the Democratic presidential candidates were falling over one another to be the one to pledge to pull the troops out of Iraq soonest.

How quickly the spineless, poll-driven weasels change their spots!

Now, just days after polls show the American people gave great credence to General Petraeus’ report and overwhelmingly disapproved of MoveOn’s sleazy gutter politics, all the front-runners are refusing to commit to pulling out the troops even by the end of their potential first terms, in 2013!

The leading Democratic White House hopefuls conceded Wednesday night they cannot guarantee to pull all U.S. combat troops from Iraq by the end of the next presidential term in 2013.

“I think it’s hard to project four years from now,” said Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois in the opening moments of a campaign debate in the nation’s first primary state.

“It is very difficult to know what we’re going to be inheriting,” added Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York.

“I cannot make that commitment,” said former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina.

Yet another flip in a long, well-documented line of flops.

Better start looking for a third party candidate lefties! Because any candidate with any semblance of responsibility is going to do just exactly what Bush has already laid out as United States policy in Iraq. And even Democrats, who have shown they have no sense of responsibility whatsoever, aren’t going to pull out of Iraq, out of sheer self-interest, lest they be forever associated with defeat.

Paper: Saddam valued WMD more than he valued his own life by Emerald City Elephant

Saddam Hussein

In a classic case of “burying the lede” to push a political agenda, the British website, ThisisLondon reports on a supposed transcript of a meeting between president Bush and then Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar published yesterday in the Spanish newspaper, El Pais.

The website blares the headline, “Saddam asked Bush for $1bn to go into exile,” and then spends the greater bulk of the article insinuating that the whole war could have been avoided if President Bush only had paid Saddam off.

It’s not until the 9th paragraph that they print the quote in which we find that President Bush actually said,

“The Egyptians are speaking to Saddam Hussein,” said Mr Bush.

“It seems he’s indicated he would be prepared to go into exile if he’s allowed to take $1billion and all the information he wants about weapons of mass destruction.” [emphasis added]

Which is an entirely different matter altogether.

Not only is it an obviously unacceptable offer, but rather than proving how supposedly unnecessary the war was, if anything, it proves the exact opposite by showing how completely obsessed with WMD Saddam Hussein was. So obsessed that he was only willing to negotiate his own freedom if he were able to take, “all the information he wants about weapons of mass destruction,” with him.

At the very least that means that, even in exile, Saddam wanted to keep secret what his WMD capabilities were and were not, and more likely, all the information necessary to produce WMD.

That is not an agreement any responsible leader could accept. That is a man obsessed with retaining WMD knowledge and capability, and that is not a man any responsible leader could leave in power.

But the left have been supplied with their talking point. The web is already bursting with new claims that, “we didn’t have to go to war!” The facts are of absolutely no concern to them.

Katie Couric: Press Overwhelmingly Liberal, Biased and Ignorant by American Elephant

Katie Couric

In a rare moment of accidental honesty from the mainstream press, the anchor of the third largest network news broadcast admitted Tuesday that the mainstream news media are overwhelmingly liberal, uniformly biased and incredibly misinformed.

Addressing the National Press Club, Katie Couric made the astonishing admission that, “Everyone in this room would agree that people in this country were misled in terms of the rationale of this war.”

First of all, the National Press Club is one of the largest press organizations in the country — certainly a veritable who’s who of beltway journalism. If you report on Washington, you’re undoubtedly in the club.

With such a large and diverse membership, reporting to news audiences from sea to shining sea, one would theoretically expect their viewpoints to be as vastly diverse as those of the Americans they report to.

Theoretically. But we know better.

Couric not only freely admitted that every one of the hundreds of journalists at the luncheon held exactly the same viewpoint, but that it was common knowledge and so uncontroversial that it could be openly addressed:

Everyone in this room would agree…,”she said.

But not only did Couric admit that they all held the same opinion, she confessed what that opinion is:

“…that people in this country were misled in terms of the rationale of this war.”

And in doing so admitted that the press is overwhelmingly ignorant because that opinion is flatly, demonstrably, 100% contradicted by the facts.

There have now been three separate bi-partisan and non-partisan investigations that have looked at Iraq intelligence: the Senate Select Intelligence Committee Report on Pre-War Intelligence, the Robb-Silbermann Commission and the Dulfer Report (as well as the Lord Butler Report in the United Kingdom) — which interviewed everyone at every level of intelligence, from gathering, to interpreting to disseminating — all of which unanimously concluded that no one lied, no one misled, no one pressured, and no one “cooked the books.”

No, I take that back, the bi-partisan Senate report unanimously concluded that Joe Wilson is a bald-faced liar, but other than him, they all concluded that the intelligence and the processes may have been faulty, but that NO one lied.

And yet here we have Katie Couric brazenly admitting that everyone in the media believes otherwise. Are you beginning to see why Americans are so misinformed?

Furthermore, Couric claimed that among, “accepted truths,” was that the Bush administration erred by“disbanding the Iraq military.”

I’m sorry to break it to you Katie, but that’s not the “accepted truth” by a long shot.

We now know that the Iraqi police force — which never was disbanded — is so riddled with corruption that experts now argue the only chance we have to fix the police is to scrap them completely, i.e. disband them, and start from scratch. So the idea that disbanding the Iraqi army was a mistake is “accepted truth” only by liberals intent on criticizing President Bush without any regard for the facts.

And how can anyone expect the public to be accurately informed when the people disseminating the news are so woefully and willfully misinformed themselves?

The Death of the “Creative Homosexual” by American Elephant
September 25, 2007, 9:36 pm
Filed under: Pop Culture | Tags: , , , ,

This would be offensive, as it was obviously intended to be, if it weren’t so childish, cliche and completely unimaginative. (click image for unobscured pic)

Gays Embarass Themselves

Oooh, a religious image portrayed in a sexual manner! Yes, we get it, left wing homos hate Christianity. Excuse me while I yawn!

Other than being a terribly sad testament to their own lives, it’s thoroughly uninspired. It was old when Madonna did it for the 40th time ten years ago.

But what can be expected from people whose lives so revolve around sex that they actually attend sex-themed fairs? It’s tragic really that these people are so wrapped up in their hate and so obsessed with finding meaning in their sexuality, that they lash out at the one thing that offers more true meaning than anything else.

And no doubt, just as when they tried to ram gay-marriage down America’s throat without any consideration for Americans — if Christians react to this mind-numbingly unoriginal poster at all, it will be they who are labeled as divisive and hateful.

How embarrassing.

“In Iran we don’t have homosexuals” by American Elephant
September 25, 2007, 1:56 pm
Filed under: Foreign Policy | Tags: , , ,

You’ve got to be kidding me, did he really say that? I’m sorry, but listening to the pathetic, dissembling response by Iranian terrorist, Mahmoud Amadinejad, to the in-your-face questions by Columbia University students in New York yesterday, I couldn’t help but be reminded of how another well-known figure might have handled the same situation:

Nathan ThurnAhmadinejad: In Iran we don’t have homosexuals like in your country. In Iran we do not have this phenomenon, I don’t know who has told you that we have it.

Student: Pardon me for saying this, but you seem defensive.

Ahmadinejad: I’m not being defensive! You’re the one who’s being defensive! Why is always the other person who’s being defensive? Have you ever asked yourself that? Why don’t you ask yourself that?

Student: Sir, this photograph was taken in Iran…

Ahmadinejad: I know that! Why wouldn’t I know that? It’s my country, I’m quite aware of that! [ looks at the camera ] Is it me? It’s him, right?

Student: Well, let me finish, this photograph shows two homosexual young Iranian men hanging from the gallows in Tehran…

Ahmadinejad: So, what are you saying?

Student: I’m saying you executed these young men simply because they were homosexual.

Ahmadinejad: Don’t you have capital punishment in the United States? You do too. In Iran there is capital punishment.

The man would be a joke if he weren’t so dangerous. God help the gays that are in Iran.

Daily Kos nuts simply giddy over Ahmadinejad! by Emerald City Elephant


Not everyone objected to the Iranian terrorists appearance yesterday. In fact, as Little Green Footballs points out, it sounds as though “the new mainstream voice of the Democrat party, Daily Kos,” are positively in love:

I know I’m a Jewish lesbian and he’d probably have me killed. But still, the guy speaks some blunt truths about the Bush Administration that make me swoon…

Okay, I admit it. Part of it is that he just looks cuddly. Possibly cuddly enough to turn me straight. I think he kind of looks like Kermit the Frog. Sort of. With smaller eyes. But that’s not all…

I want to be very clear. There are certainly many things about Ahmadinejad that I abhor — locking up dissidents, executing of gay folks, denying the fact of the Holocaust, potentially adding another dangerous nuclear power to the world and, in general, stifling democracy. Even still, I can’t help but be turned on by his frank rhetoric calling out the horrors of the Bush Administration and, for that matter, generations of US foreign policy preceding.

Her feelings are apparently shared by a large percentage of the kosacks, as they call themselves:


More gushing sentiments from the Kos crowd:

No wonder those that are beating the war drums against Iran didn’t want Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to speak any place American might hear him. Thanks to Columbia University and CPAN he was heard by many. He sounds entirely to reasonable. Hearing his own word doesn’t help the cause of demonizing him as a madman and the most recent Hitler. This is someone we definitely should be talking to. so in the interest of promoting peace and knowledge, I present these short excerpts from his talk at Columbia University today.

Naturally, the Daily Kooks are terribly ashamed of how the terrorist was treated. The America-loathing lefties who have taken bile-spewing to henceforth unimagined new lows, suddenly decry the practice:

Why is it that we can’t host him in our country and allow him to be interviewed without having the press sounding even more like agents of the White House than Bush himself (see Sunday’s 60 minutes)? Why can’t our press and for that matter the President of Columbia, ask the hard questions that Iranian President Ahmadinejad needs to answer on his statements and most importantly on the actions of his government without spewing bile?

Ahmadinejab, like Bush, will be judged by the world on his words and actions.

It would have been preferable to demonstrate our free press and independent academia by properly hosting and interviewing him. Ask him the tough questions in a respectful manner and share the facts we have in the areas we are concerned about. He will present himself for what he is. Our citizens and those of the world could have made their own minds up as to which people had the better approach, system and leadership.

I have no doubt that some of his statements would have been seen for what they were: the statements of a politician with an extreme constituency back home. Who does that sound like on the world stage?

What are we afraid of and what are media reporters afraid of if they host a professional interview? All in all I ashamed at how we have comported ourselves and what we have shown ourselves to be.

Again, a BIG hat tip to the folks over at Little Green Footballs who compiled all these posts from different sources, for reading the Daily Kos so that we don’t have to!

And in case you needed a reminder, here are the Democrat presidential candidates sucking-up to the America-loathing stalinists:

Yearly kos

Romney’s Last Pitch by American Elephant
September 23, 2007, 7:52 am
Filed under: Domestic Policy, Politics | Tags: , , ,

Mitt Romney With Bill And Hillary Clinton

“He reminds me of a used-car salesman.”

I can’t say how many times I’ve heard people use that phrase to describe the erstwhile Massachusetts Governor.

Willard Mitt Romney, used-car salesman.

I’ve thought the same thing — just about every time I’ve heard him speak. Sure, his suit is undoubtedly more expensive, but aside from that, the comparison is spot-on:

A big smile you never feel is quite sincere, year-round tan, slicked back brylcreem hair, and a hearty, enthusiastic pitch for his product. He seems friendly enough, and he sure says just about all the right things, but in the end you’re left with the distinct impression that he doesn’t believe a word of what he’s just told you — he just wants to sell you a car.

I’ve been wrestling with that impression as the campaign’s progressed. I’ve tried to be open-minded and listen to his pitch, but no matter how many times he tries to show me the car from a new angle, it’s as if some kid were there on the lot, playing with all the horns.

Mitt shows us how the model has a gun rack, and mentions he’s always been a big advocate for the second amendment. HONK!

He tells us this model doesn’t come with insurance, and that drivers should be free to choose the insurance plan thats right for them. HONK! (Didn’t he sign off on socialist health care?)

He says he’s pro-life. HONK! Pro-gay rights! HONK! Or was that anti-gay rights? HONK! Tough on spending! HONK! Will enforce immigration laws! HONK!

And now he tells us this model is just the change we need. HONK! HONK! HONK!

The ever-evolving Mitt has apparently decided, in his latest pitch, that the way to ingratiate himself to Republican buyers is to haul off and smack them in the face with some of his competitor’s false advertising and tell us everything wrong with the auto industry is our fault…

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is scolding his party in a nationally broadcast ad Sunday and in an open letter to party leaders that asserts that the blame for Washington’s dysfunction does not rest just with Democrats.

…In the ad and in the letter, Romney wags his finger at the party, portraying Washington Republicans as riddled by scandal and profligate spending. Without naming them, he also distinguishes himself from President Bush and two of his main rivals on the subject of immigration.

“Washington is busy pointing fingers, assigning blame, and spending too much money. There is too much talk and too little action,” he writes in his letter, which will appear in full page ads Monday in New Hampshire’s Manchester Union-Leader and the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call.

“The blame, we must admit, does not belong to just one party. If we’re going to change Washington, Republicans have to put our own house in order.”

That’s it! Forget it! …I’m not buying! Mitt Romney is a lemon!

Yes, Republicans spent too much. But they’ve already been thoroughly excoriated by the base for it. Mitt may not have noticed, but there’s been an election since then in which a great many Republicans lost their seats, and the remaining Republicans lost their majority. Not because Americans were so enthralled with Democrats, but because a great many disenchanted Republican voters stayed home.

And yes, there were a few Republican scandals — a few — which Democrats and their propaganda department, the mainstream media, managed to smear the entire party with — but I might remind Mr. Romney that Republicans have kicked those members out (with the exception of Larry Craig, who is being shown the door).

Meanwhile, Democrats have not only fought to spend vastly more than their GOP counterparts on every single issue facing congress since 2000, but they’ve been trying their hardest to raise taxes and increase spending ever since they took control.

Where is that commercial?

They’ve also had a whole slew of scandals that have gotten nowhere near the same amount of attention. Real scandals, not toe-tapping, but war-profiteering, destruction of top-secret materials, embezzlement, corrupt land deals, and major fund-raising scandals just to name a few. Yet not one of them has been kicked out of the Democrat party, or even suffered so much as an uncomfortable question from the press. Indeed one of them is well on her way to coronation at the Democrat National Convention.

“Thou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Republican.”

~ Ronald Reagan’s Eleventh Commandment

If Mr. Olympics thinks the way to win is to bash President Bush and pig pile on Republicans with the media and Democrats — eager to rehash the 2006 election instead of fighting the 2008 election — then its past time for him to go.

Republicans are tired of being attacked and tired of leaders that don’t stand up to Democrats’ lies and false accusations. More than tired, we’re sick to death of it. We’ll take our lumps when we deserve them, but we’ve been absolutely bludgeoned with a seemingly endless string of phony charges and trumped-up scandals. And its time for someone besides the little guys to do something about it.

The point is this: We can tolerate differing opinions, the Republican party is a big tent, and the debate is healthy. But there is an enormous difference between disagreement, or criticism — and disloyal opportunism. Mitt Romney has shown an enormous lack of character in employing the latter, and we shouldn’t tolerate it.

The last thing Republicans need or want is this self-serving, flip-flopping, used-car salesman bashing our President and our Party in order to promote himself. There’s plenty of that to be had on the other side.

It’s time to kick Mitt Romney, and the lemon he’s selling, to the curb.

Hillarycare Preview: Dying cancer patient waits 8 months to see doctor by Emerald City Elephant

Hillarycare v.2

By the time he actually was seen, the doctors informed him the colon cancer had spread to both lungs and his liver.

But never fear! the government made everything right…

They apologized to his widow.

But hey, at least it was “free.”

Environmentalists: loving Nature to death by The Elephant's Child

Baby Orangutan and Baby Tiger Rescued in Indonesia

Al Gore has managed to scare the bureaucrats with his global warming hysteria. Ordinary people are a bit more dubious — with good reason. Legislators, city councilmen, members of congress are rushing to be seen as leaders in the fight to stop global warming. Aside from changing their light bulbs, recycling, and perhaps buying a Prius (just wait til they find out how much those new batteries cost) what can an individual do?

If you are a bureaucrat, and there’s a good fad handy, you regulate it.

According to the European Union’s climate change goals, two percent of all diesel must be vegetable oil, rising to 5.7% in 2010 and 10 percent by 2020. This makes the demand for palm oil, which is used in bio-diesel, guaranteed to increase.

This demand is met to a great extent by clear-cutting rain forests in Indonesia, to make way for palm oil plantations. As the rainforests disappear, the great apes — the orangutan — starve. They are hunted, burnt, and mutilated by workers trying to protect their crops. A charity, Borneo Orangutan Survival, now has more than 600 mostly orphaned orangutan babies. The center director estimates that they are rescuing only one-fifth of the apes. (Remember, conversely, the reason for not drilling in ANWR is supposedly to avoid annoying the caribou.)

In Europe, due to poor planning, there seems to be a shortage in the years’ grain crop. Last years’ was sold off, and land that was expected to be available has been turned over to production of bio-diesel and other industrial uses. Prices are soaring.

The fact is that there is not enough farmland in cultivation to fill both the world’s stomachs and the world’s gas tanks. There are dreams and there are pipe-dreams. It’s not always easy to tell the difference.

The EU has announced a tax of more than $70 for each return trip airfare, a tax on jet fuel for flights within the EU — doubling the cost of many budget airline flights in the belief that aviation is the fastest growing source for “greenhouse gasses.”

Naturally, all this is happening just as the case for man-made global warming is beginning to crumble. Can we regain a little common sense before environmentalists have destroyed too much woodland and wildlife?

How Liberals get their tiny little brains so packed full of lies… by American Elephant

President Bush, Vice President Cheney and Former Federal Reserve Chairman, Alan Greenspan.

Greenspan Corrects Record, Slams Democrats

Two days ago, it was reported that Alan Greenspan said in his new book that, “the Iraq War is largely about oil.” Within hours the story had been picked up by news and bloggers around the world. Liberal websites were beside themselves with glee! “See! Greenspan says Bush went to war for oil!…Its all for oil!”

By Wednesday, a Google search returned 1,310,000 hits on the story.

Now we find out that Greenspan’s views were misrepresented:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Clarifying a controversial comment in his new memoir, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said he told the White House before the Iraq war that removing Saddam Hussein was “essential” to secure world oil supplies, according to an interview published on Monday.

Greenspan, who wrote in his memoir that “the Iraq War is largely about oil,” said in a Washington Post interview that while securing global oil supplies was “not the administration’s motive,” he had presented the White House before the 2003 invasion with the case for why removing the then-Iraqi leader was important for the global economy.

“I was not saying that that’s the administration’s motive,” Greenspan said in the interview conducted on Saturday. “I’m just saying that if somebody asked me, Are we fortunate in taking out Saddam?’ I would say it was essential.” [read more]

But the damage is done. Liberals have their “narrative,” and no amount of facts will ever convince them that Alan Greenspan didn’t say Bush went to war for oil. They’ll never even see this story. Even if they see it, they wont read it.

Similarly, Liberals still believe the “Haditha Massacre” is proof that the military and Bush are war criminals, despite the fact that it never happened, that the entire story was based on nothing but enemy propaganda and that almost all the charges have now been dropped.

They also still believe that Scott Beauchamp was relating truthful stories about war crimes committed by American troops in his columns for the disgraced New Republic despite the fact that he has been thoroughly exposed as a fraud. They believe that the abuses at Abu Gharib were directed from the White House even though the only officer charged was just acquitted of all charges because he had no idea it was even going on.

They believe that Joe Wilson was telling the truth even though a bipartisan investigation consisting of equal numbers of Democrats and Republicans concluded unanimously that he lied. They think Valerie Plame was covert even though the man who outed her was never arrested.

They still believe that soldiers at Guantanamo were desecrating Qurans by flushing them down the toilet, even though that story was proven to be another lie, and they still believe President Bush lied us into war despite the unanimous findings of four bipartisan and nonpartisan investigations that all unanimously find that no one lied, no one misled, and no one was pressured to deliver anything but the best intelligence (and a UK report that came to the same conclusion.)

Nor will they ever hear that Alan Greenspan really said that it was NOT the Bush administrations motive to go to war in Iraq for oil. Nor that Greenspan himself told Bush it was “essential” to remove Saddam for the security of the global economy.

Nor will Liberals ever hear that Greenspan believed that Saddam had WMD and that Saddam was intent on controlling the straights of Hormuz.

Greenspan slams Democrats

Likewise, the news traveled around the globe that Greenspan criticized Republicans’ spending. But lefties will never hear or read that Greenspan said, “the Democratic Party … has moved … very significantly in the wrong direction.”

And even if they do see it, what Greenspan has to say now, suddenly won’t be that meaningful to them as it was.

And so it has gone as long as this war has been on. Liberals are so eager to believe the absolute worst about their country, our military and our president that they don’t even stop to notice the propaganda they are swallowing whole is written, produced and directed by al Qaeda Productions Incorporated. And they certainly aren’t going to hang around long enough to risk hearing otherwise.

And so we have it, that Liberals tiny little walnut sized brains are full to overflowing with enemy propaganda and lies. But don’t even bother trying to correct them…they aren’t interested in the truth. Not even if it concerns matters of life and death, war and peace or the security of our very nation.

Nurturing their obsessive hatred for George W. Bush is all that matters to them, and they will nurture it at the expense of anything and everything else.

Lord, help us!

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