American Elephants

An appropriate movie trailer? by The Elephant's Child
February 10, 2009, 8:52 pm
Filed under: Domestic Policy, Economy, Politics

The non-stimulating Stimulus Bill has passed the Senate and will move on to the reconciliation battle, where everyone tries to get what was eliminated previously, put back in.  Well, shucks.  Mark Hemingway at National Review suggests this movie (which I have never seen) which may be appropriate to rent.  Here’s the trailer:

(h/t) Mark Hemingway, the Corner NRO

A Letter from General John Kelly, from Iraq. by The Elephant's Child

Michael Ledeen posted a letter, at National Review, from Marine General John Kelly which was sent to Blackfive after the recent Iraqi elections.

This is what everyone should see, and what President Obama should be celebrating — the incredible American victory in Iraq.  Kelly writes of Anbar Province, as Michael Ledeen says, “once the most dangerous province in the country, and now the most peaceful, thanks to the Marine Corps, the Army, and a lot of brave Iraqis.”General Kelly said:

I don’t suppose this will get much coverage in the States as the news is so good.  No, the news is unbelievable.

Something didn’t happen in Al Anbar Province, Iraq, today.  Once the most violent and most dangerous places on earth, no suicide vest bomber detonated killing dozens of voters.  No suicide truck bomber drove into a polling place collapsing the building and killing and injuring over 100.  No Marine was in a firefight engaging an Al Qaida terrorist trying to disrupt democracy.

What did happen was the Anbar Sunnis came out in their tens of thousands to vote in the first free election of their lives.

Read the rest of the letter here.  It’s not long, but oh my, it is heartwarming.

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