If a US Representative or Senator voted for the Iraq War in 2002, and then voted against the war in 2007, it's pretty easy to figure out that they sent thousands of servicemembers to war, dooming over 3000 of them to their deaths, and many more thousands of them to catastrophic injury, in a war that they believed didn't need to be won, against an enemy that didn't need to be defeated. Is that how they "support the troops"; sending them off on a whim? What was the thought process that Senator Clinton and other Dems used back in 2002? "I don't believe in this war, but right now the polls are running in favor of the war, so I'd rather have tens of thousands of soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines killed and injured rather than risk my re-election."? What else could it be? If Hillary wins the presidency, or any Democrat wins the presidency, how will she/he be able to send troops anywhere if they believe that Congress has the same power as Commander in Chief? Will the Pentagon balk at supporting the CinC when they know that the CinC or Congress will only allow the war to be prosecuted as long as the war polls above 50%? Will they balk when they know that Congress will be setting all military strategy? Don't the Democrats in Congress understand this? I'm pretty sure I could never support a war against any enemy of the US if I know it will only be prosecuted based on polls. Right now, that's the way the Democrats believe wars should be fought. That's what they are saying with the vote in the House and Senate. I think wars should only be fought against enemies that need to be defeated, and wars should only be fought until the enemy is defeated. Period. The Leftie media harped on low enlistment rates a few years back, ignoring the rise in re-enlistment rates of real Iraq War veterans because they believed in their mission. Expect to see both rates drop precariously now that the Dems in Congress have told military members that they suck, and that their mission was bullshit. Expect to see them drop even lower if a Democrat wins the presidency. I will discourage all of my children from serving in the military if I know that their Commander in Chief relies on polls to make military decisions. I can't stop my children from joining the service any more than my uber-Lefty parents could stop me from joining, but I will discourage them to the best of my ability if a coward is in office as CinC or cowards control Congress. That is truly when servicemembers lives are wasted.
Good news. Iran has said they'd release the female sailor they kidnapped. And they are also floating the idea that the British boats crossed into Iranian waters accidentally.
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki discounted the
possibility of an escalation in the crisis, suggesting the British
vessels may have made a mistake.
"This is a violation that just happened. It could be natural. They did not resist," he told The Associated Press.
Like I said yesterday, the Iranians would never admit that they went into Iraqi water to capture the Brits, but they might be willing to say the Brits accidentally sailed into Iranian water if the Iranians are looking for a way out of this "crisis" without losing face. Unless the Iranian Supreme Leader steps in, expect all the other sailors to be released soon.
House 1: The 4,000-square-foot house is a model of environmental rectitude.
Geothermal heat pumps located in a central closet circulate water through pipes buried 300 feet deep in the ground where the temperature is a constant 67 degrees; the water heats the house in the winter and cools it in the summer. Systems such as the one in this "eco-friendly" dwelling use about 25% of the electricity that traditional heating and cooling systems utilize.
A 25,000-gallon underground cistern collects rainwater gathered from roof runs; wastewater from sinks, toilets and showers goes into underground purifying tanks and is also funneled into the cistern. The water from the cistern is used to irrigate the landscaping surrounding the four-bedroom home. Plants and flowers native to the high prairie area blend the structure into the surrounding ecosystem.
No, this is not the home of some eccentrically wealthy eco-freak trying to shame his fellow citizens into following the pristineness of his self-righteous example. And no, it is not the wilderness retreat of the Sierra Club or the Natural Resources Defense Council, a haven where tree-huggers plot political strategy.
According to David Heymann, the house's architect and associate dean of the University of Texas architecture department, Heymann designed the house so that "every room has a relationship with something in the landscape that's different from the room next door. Each of the rooms feels like a slightly different place."
In a USA Today interview, Heymann said, "There's a great grove of oak trees to the west that protects it from the late afternoon sun. Then there is a view out to the north looking at hills, and to the east out over a lake, and the view to the south . . . out to beautiful hills."
House 2: This 20-room, 8-bathroom house consumes more electricity every month than the average American household uses in an entire year. The average household in America consumes 10,656 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year, according to the Department of Energy. In 2006, this house devoured nearly 221,000 kWh, more than 20 times the national average. Last August alone, the house burned through 22,619 kWh, guzzling more than twice the electricity in one month than an average American family uses in an entire year. As a result of this energy consumption, the average monthly electric bill topped $1,359. Also, natural gas bills for this house and guest house averaged $1,080 per month last year. In total, this house had nearly $30,000 in combined electricity and natural gas bills for 2006. (Source: just about anywhere in the news last month online and on talk radio, but barely on TV.)
Here's a hint. House 1 is in Crawford, Texas. House 2 is in the wealthy Belle Meade area of Nashville, Tennessee.
As I mentioned earlier, Bush keeps the Democrats sniffing around a red herring like Gonzales, throws in some red meat like refusing to let Rove give sworn testimony, giving the surge time to work, and suddenly the news will be about how people are seeing improvement in Iraq. Which will put the Dems a pace or two behind the public, and make their quick resolution to surrender to al Queda look all that more cowardly. Yep, that Rove is a genius. Or the Dems are cowardly morons. You choose.
I know logic is not something that Lefties use often, if ever. But for a Leftie to believe the statement by many of the Democratic Party candidates that they were "mislead" by President Bush into voting for the Iraq War, the Lefties have to logically believe that their candidate didn't take the vote serious enough to do any independent research. That they failed to ask one of the several hundred staff members that work at their beck and call, to look into the evidence that the Bush Administration was presenting. That they are so stupid, they were easily fooled into voting yes on something of extreme importance, like the country going to war. Lefties believe that there were hundreds, perhaps thousands, of CIA agents, British MI5 agents, reporters, diplomats-at-large like Joe "blowhard" Wilson, and child molesters like Scott Ritter, who all knew that Iraq didn't have any WMDs. So they have to believe that their candidate didn't bother to check into a single one of these sources...they simply, foolishly, blindly, committed hundreds of thousands of US servicemembers, and billions of dollars of US treasure to a war without a second thought. And now these easily fooled Congressmen and women want to be President.
The British servicemen captured by Iran are now being interrogated. If the interrogation "reveals" that the boats crossed into Iranian waters by mistake, then the Iranians are looking for a way out of this latest crisis, and the Brits will be released. If the interrogation "reveals" that the boats crossed into Iranian waters on purpose, then the Iranians are looking to raise the stakes concerning the Iranians now being held by US forces in Iraq, and the Brits are in for a long delay in being released. The interrogation will not reveal that the boats were in Iraqi waters when the Brits were captured. Blair needs to remember that Ahmendinjad was a member of the "students" who captured the US Embassy in Teheran, and thanks to the worst president in the 20th century, Jimmuh Carter, he learned that there is very little downside to taking hostages from Western powers. Great Britain used to be a world power, and a sea-faring power at that. This capture of British servicemen should shake that country to the bone. We'll now see how much the appeasement Left in Britain have affected the government and Prime Minister's ability to confront evil.