October 20, 2014

The Truth About Vietnam: We Won, and Congress Lost It

Watch, and never forget:

There an echo in here, and it’s getting closer.

October 16, 2014

Words Can’t Be Found …

Filed under: Taxes & Government,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 10:04 pm

… to describe how mortifying it is that Karl Rove was so disinterested in exposing Iraq’s actual possession of chemical weapons (i.e., weapons of mass destruction) that he “kept the public from learning about the chemical shells littered around the Iraqi battlefield.”

So the WMDs were there all along, just as yours truly and others have known, and insisted that everyone else know, for nine long years.

For nine long years we’ve had to listen to jerks on the left ask us why the Bush administration wasn’t claiming that WMDs were present, when anyone looking objectively at the facts knew they were.

Now we know why. Karl Rove (with Bush’s unforgivable acquiescence).

When “your side” won’t fight for the truth, they’re not really on your side. Hence the Tea Party. Hence why Karl Rove despises the Tea Party, because it wants the truth. Karl Rove obviously doesn’t.

October 15, 2014

Positivity: Father, son lead Army unit 4 decades apart

Filed under: Positivity,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Ft. Campbell, KY, a few months old but noteworthy nonetheless:

Jun. 14, 2014 11:45 AM EDT

Like many soldiers, Lt. Col. Patrick Harkins has a veteran father who knows firsthand the stress of wartime deployments. One big difference is that Harkins’ dad led the very same unit of paratroopers known as the Iron Rakkasans into combat decades earlier.

While the military has long had family legacies — and featured them prominently in Father’s Day celebrations — the Harkins’ achievements stand out. Capt. Charles Emmons, a spokesman for the brigade, said it appears to be the first time a father and son have commanded the same unit decades apart.

Patrick Harkins, 41, has led the 3rd Battalion of the 187th Infantry Regiment into combat in Iraq and Afghanistan four times since Sept. 11, 2001. His father, retired Col. Bob Harkins, led the same regiment four decades ago in Vietnam during Operation Apache Snow, more commonly known as the Battle of Hamburger Hill.

“It’s a really unique situation,” Emmons said. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

October 12, 2014

Dempsey Tells ‘This Week’ ISIS Was 25 KM From Baghdad Airport; ABC Report Buries the Lede

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey’s told Marth Raddatz on ABC’s “This Week” that ISIS fighters got to within 16 miles of Baghdad’s airport in Iraq earlier this week. Framing that distance in a way those in the nation’s out of touch Beltway political class will understand, that’s the driving distance from the U.S. Capitol Building to Tysons Corner Mall in Northern Virginia. The U.S. had to call in Apache helicopters to prevent Iraqi forces from being overrun.

ABC’s Benjamin Bell, in preparing his 12:50 p.m. report on the Dempsey interview, saved that startling piece of information for his fourth paragraph and kept it out of his headline. It’s almost as if he was hoping that no one will want to watch the report’s accompanying video, which is nowhere near as blasé about that news.

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October 8, 2014

CNN Graphic Demotes Panetta to ‘Former Aide’; Net Lets Bill Burton Smear Him

On Tuesday afternoon, a graphic at CNN described Former Obama administration Defense Secretary Leon Panetta as a “former aide.”

Tuesday evening Eastern Time, the network, in video seen after the jump also let long-time Obama loyalist Bill Burton, smear Panetta as
“sad,” “dishonorable,” and “small and petty.” Burton also came within inches of accusing Panetta of betraying his country because we are now “at a time of a lot of instabilities around the world.” It appears not to have dawned on Burton that President Obama’s policies have at a minimum created the power vacuums which have caused those “instabilities” to arise.

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October 3, 2014

Megyn Kelly Rips State’s Psaki With Panetta’s Claim That Obama Wanted Out of Iraq

On her Thursday Fox News show, Megyn Kelly interviewed the State Department’s Jen Psaki.

Psaki’s thankless and impossible task was to defend the administration against former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s assessment that U.S. troops completely left Iraq too early. Video and the damning portions of the transcript follow the jump:

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September 30, 2014

O’Reilly: Obama Resumé on Terror ‘Is About As Weak As You Can Get’

Bill O’Reilly’s opening talking points on his show tonight went after President Obama’s claim that the intelligence community underestimated and did not adequately communicate the dangers of ISIS/ISIL in Iraq and Syria with both barrels.

As documented in several NewsBusters posts in the 48-plus hours since Obama's Sunday night "60 Minutes" interview, the rest of the press has been mostly working furiously to downplay the intelligence community’s outrage at being thrown under the bus. O’Reilly’s no-holds-barred analysis assessment, as seen in the video which follows the jump, is a stark contrast to what has been seen on other broadcast networks:

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September 29, 2014

ABC’s Jonathan Karl Names Three Admin Officials Who Warned of ISIS Threat

ABC’s Jonathan Karl is on a tear — and his editorial bosses at ABC seem determined to ignore him.

As Scott Whitlock at NewsBusters noted earlier today, Karl on Friday “grilled White House press secretary Josh Earnest … about claims that al Qaeda had been ‘decimated,’” mainly because it hasn’t been. Instead, it seems like there are at least ten times as many versions. The network televised none of the exchange. Tonight, NB’s Curtis Houck wrote that ABC was among the networks which ignored how “several sources in the intelligence community disputed President Obama’s comments” about how they had supposedly underestimated the ISIS/ISIL threat. It turns out that ABC was silent even though Karl wrote a scathing column this afternoon which named specific names (bolds are mine):

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Des Moines Register Pushes ‘No WMD in Iraq’ Lie in Covering Iowa Senate Race

According to a poll which is described as the state’s “gold standard,” Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst now leads Bruce Braley, her Democratic Party opponent, in the Iowa U.S. Senate race for the seat being vacated by Democrat Tom Harkin.

The Des Moines Register’s “Iowa poll” has Ernst up by a six-point margin, 44% – 38%. That Ernst’s lead isn’t larger is apparently attributable to a statement she made to the Register’s editorial board which has been treated as a misstep, but really wasn’t. The truth is that the statement Ernst made — that she had “reason to believe there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq” — really wasn’t strong enough.

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September 28, 2014

Ron Fournier Summarizes Obama’s CBS Interview: ‘I, Me, My, It’s Their Fault’

National Journal’s Ron Fournier was apparently among those who endured President Obama's appearance on "60 Minutes" this evening.

Fournier was able to succinctly summarize the contents of Obama's interview with Steve Kroft, the network's designated softball pitcher, in a tweet appearing shortly after its conclusion (HT Twitchy):

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September 24, 2014

Politico’s Gerstein Thinks Both Obama and Bush Had ‘Zig-Zag’ Foreign Policies

The Politico’s Josh Gerstein wants readers not to have a problem with President Barack Obama singing the praises of American exceptionalism when in front of U.S. audiences but deep-sixing it when speaking at the United Nations. Though Obama has almost always avoided actually using the E-word, he has recently taken to speaking of this nation’s “unique” abilities and capabilities, and for some time has described the U.S. as “the one indispensable nation.”

But Gerstein, in his column this evening, indicated that it’s okay that “Obama watered down his noble-America rhetoric” at the U.N. today. Oh, and in the Politico reporter’s fantasy world, Obama’s back-and-forth foreign policy postures — it’s hardly accurate to call them genuine “positions” — are really no different than what we saw under George W. Bush. Excerpts follow the jump (bolds and numbered tags are mine):

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September 23, 2014

AP’s Lederman Deletes Ridiculous Tweet Hyping Obama’s Anti-ISIS Coalition (See Update)

Twitter users happening upon a Monday evening tweet by the Associated Press’s Josh Lederman can be forgiven if they thought they were visiting a parody account.

Lederman is a White House reporter for the AP. His LinkedIn profile indicates that his journalism career began about three years ago. His education, up to and including “a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism” after obtaining “a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from The George Washington University,” apparently left him woefully short of genuine knowledge of recent U.S. history, as indicated in the tweet which follows the jump (HT Twitchy):

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September 20, 2014

Will the Press Notice Panetta’s Contention That U.S. Left Iraq Too Early?

On Sunday, CBS’s “60 Minutes” will broadcast Scott Pelley’s recent interview of former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

In CBS’s promotional tease, which was broadcast on Friday, in response to Pelley’s question about whether he was confident that the U.S. troop withdrawal “was the right thing to do” at the time it was done, Panetta said, “No, I wasn’t.” That’s big news. How big? So big that, based on searches on Panetta’s last name, the Associated Press and the New York Times have yet to cover it. In other words, it’s fair to contend that these two leading icons of American journalism are waiting for an administration response before they run the story, so they can then turn it into a “White House denies” piece. The video follows the jump.

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September 19, 2014

Shepard Smith to Josh Earnest: Admin’s Anti-ISIL ‘Coalition’ Claims ‘Something of a Fantasy’

When White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest made his first Fox News appearance in that role, he may have thought that having Shepard Smith interview him would make the exercise a relative cakewalk.

It didn’t happen. Even though Smith, as Matt Sheffield observed last year at NewsBusters, is “not known as any sort of conservative,” he was clearly critical of Earnest’s breezy claims about the wondrous “coalition” allegedly being assembled to fight ISIS/ISIL without U.S. combat forces, calling it “as the president once put it, something of a fantasy.” The video and a transcript of key segments follow the jump.

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September 17, 2014

Will Media Report How Obama Now Sees America As Exceptional — Er, ‘Unique’?

President Obama cited American exceptionalism at least ten times in his speech at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa today.

Early in his administration, Obama went out of his way to downplay the nature of U.S. exceptionalism, claiming that it was really no different than how any other nation’s citizens saw their own country’s uniqueness. So his speechwriters knew better than to use that word. But Obama cited how America is “unique” (read: superior) six separate times, and told his audience — and the rest of the world — that “when the world needs help, it calls on America.” Time’s Zeke J. Miller is one of the first among many who are choosing to ignore this change in posture, choosing primarily to obsess over whether U.S. ground troops will be called upon to quash the ISIS/ISIL threat.

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