Uh-Oh! Somebody is starting to sound like Rumsfeld!

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Jan 272007

Where the Democrats bamboozled?

Did President Bush pull a fast one on the Libs?

Now comes word that Robert Gates says that the Iraq resolution ’emboldens’ enemy!

It’s pretty clear that a resolution that in effect says that the general going out to take command of the arena shouldn’t have the resources he thinks he needs to be successful certainly emboldens the enemy and our adversaries,” Gates said Friday.

“I think it’s hard to measure that with any precision, but it seems pretty straightforward that any indication of flagging will in the United States gives encouragement to those folks,” Gates said, referring to the anti-government forces in Baghdad. He added that he was certain this was not the intent of those who support the congressional resolution, “but that’s the effect.”

Something Smells Fishy

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Jan 132007

Shock!… Pelosi’s ‘hypocrisy’ on wage bill.

There is something fishy going on with the minimum-wage increase.

House Republicans yesterday declared “something fishy” about the major tuna company in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco district being exempted from the minimum-wage increase that Democrats approved this week.

“I am shocked,” said Rep. Eric Cantor, Virginia Republican and his party’s chief deputy whip, noting that Mrs. Pelosi campaigned heavily on promises of honest government. “Now we find out that she is exempting hometown companies from minimum wage. This is exactly the hypocrisy and double talk that we have come to expect from the Democrats.”

It seems that Nancy Pelosi’s husband Paul Pelosi is a primary Del Monte investor, with $17 million in shares.

Gateway Pundit has more on this story,

Reid and Pelosi Call for Pull Out

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Jan 062007

Reid, Pelosi: Pull Troops From Iraq Within Six Months

It’s too bad Harry Reid’s and Nancy Pelosi’s fathers didn’t pull out when they should have!

In a letter sent to Bush on Friday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged him to begin pulling troops out of Iraq in four to six months. They also asked the president to begin shifting the mission of U.S. forces there from combat to training and logistical support of the Iraqis.

“We are well past the point of more troops for Iraq,” Pelosi, D-Calif., and Reid, D-Nev., wrote a day after their party took control of Capitol Hill.

Update on Saddam’s Execution

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Jan 012007

This adds more to my thoughts that this was more of a hit than an execution.

The cacophony from those gathered before the gallows included a shout of “Go to hell!” as the former ruler stood with the noose around his neck in the final moments, and his riposte, barely audible above the bedlam, which included the words “gallows of shame.” It continued despite appeals from an official-sounding voice, possibly Munir Haddad, the judge who presided at the hanging, saying, “Please no! The man is about to die.”

The Shiites who predominated at the hanging began a refrain at one point of “Moktada! Moktada! Moktada!”— the name of a volatile cleric whose private militia has spawned death squads that have made an indiscriminate industry of killing Sunnis — appending it to a Muslim imprecation for blessings on the Prophet Muhammad. “Moktada,” Mr. Hussein replied, smiling contemptuously. “Is this how real men behave?”

American officials in Iraq have been reluctant to say much publicly about the pell-mell nature of the hanging, apparently fearful of provoking recriminations in Washington, where the Bush administration adopted a hands-off posture, saying the timing of the execution was Iraq’s to decide.

While privately incensed at the dead-of-night rush to the gallows, the Americans here have been caught in the double bind that has ensnared them over much else about the Maliki government — frustrated at what they call the government’s failure to recognize its destructive behavior, but reluctant to speak out, or sometimes to act, for fear of undermining Mr. Maliki and worsening the situation.