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It’s Time to Withdraw…
July 17th, 2007 1:37 pm

…from Chicago?

Rob highlights an interesting quote from Barack Obama yesterday:

“Nearly three dozen Chicago students have been killed this year, according to Chicago Public Schools. Obama said that figure is higher than the number of Illinois serviceman who’ve died in Iraq in 2007.”

As Rob points out, “And Iraq is a war zone. Chicago Public Schools is just…high school. Kind of puts the war in perspective, no?

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…apparently they don’t pay them anyway.

War tax resistance, popularized by Henry David Thoreau in the 19th century and by singer Joan Baez and others during the Vietnam War, is gaining renewed interest among peace activists upset over the Iraq war.

“Clearly this year we definitely had more people calling, sending e-mails about how they decided to start resisting,” said Ruth Benn, coordinator of the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee in New York.

Based on the committee’s mailing list and reports from numerous groups it works with around the country, Benn estimates 8,000 to 10,000 Americans refuse to pay some or all of their federal taxes over war objections. Internal Revenue Service officials say they don’t have figures for that specific category, but earlier this year reported an overall noncompliance rate of 16.3 percent and estimated the annual tax gap at about $345 billion.

Leave it to liberals to protest the government funding those who protect Americans from criminals who target innocent victims, while fully supporting government-funded killing of innocent lives.

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Here’s a report from ABCNews on the connection between Iraq and al-Qaida…


Oh, by the way… this report was from 1999.

Maybe they became interested in this story after the Clinton Justice Department reached the same conclusions

Additionally, the indictment states that Al Qaeda reached an agreement with Iraq not to work against the regime of Saddam Hussein and that they would work cooperatively with Iraq, particularly in weapons development.

Or maybe their source was Richard Clarke, Clinton’s National Coordinator of Counterterrorism and Computer Security Programs, who said this in 1999:

Clarke did provide new information in defense of Clinton’s decision to fire Tomahawk cruise missiles at the El Shifa pharmaceutical plant in Khartoum, Sudan, in retaliation for bin Laden’s role in the Aug. 7 embassy bombings.

While U.S. intelligence officials disclosed shortly after the missile attack that they had obtained a soil sample from the El Shifa site that contained a precursor of VX nerve gas, Clarke said that the U.S. government is “sure” that Iraqi nerve gas experts actually produced a powdered VX-like substance at the plant that, when mixed with bleach and water, would have become fully active VX nerve gas.

Clarke said U.S. intelligence does not know how much of the substance was produced at El Shifa or what happened to it. But he said that intelligence exists linking bin Laden to El Shifa’s current and past operators, the Iraqi nerve gas experts and the National Islamic Front in Sudan.

Given the evidence presented to the White House before the airstrike, Clarke said, the president “would have been derelict in his duties if he didn’t blow up the facility.”

George W. Bush sure put forth a lot of effort in the years he was Governor of Texas to concoct the tie between the two in order to launch a war when he became President…

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Al-Qaida’s Newest Target
April 4th, 2007 9:48 am

Has he deployed troops to Iraq? Has he detained Muslims in a military prison? Has he occupied Islamic land? No, the Dalai Lama is now a target because… are you ready for this?

Because he’s not Muslim.

SECURITY surrounding the Dalai Lama has been tightened after reports of an attempt by the al-Qa’ida-linked terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Toiba to assassinate the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader.
[…]
In a recent document, Osama bin Laden denounced “pagan Buddhism” as part of his general attack on anything not Islamic.

The assassination threat picked up by Indian authorities is thought to be based on bin Laden’s denunciation and the extremist jihadi movement’s hatred for anything and anyone that is not Muslim.

But wait… I thought it was cowboy Bush and his Halliburton foreign policy in Iraq that made the terrorists want to attack us.

Religion o’ “peace” strikes again.

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Democrats are finally admitting what their actions have been telling us… they don’t believe we’re involved in a global war on terror.

The House Armed Services Committee is banishing the global war on terror from the 2008 defense budget.

This is not because the war has been won, lost or even called off, but because the committee’s Democratic leadership doesn’t like the phrase.

Of course they don’t. It’s a politically damaging phrase for those who want to cut and run.

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The Senate Democrats (and a couple of antiwar Republicans) voted today to “tie the hands of the Commander-in-Chief by imposing an arbitrary timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq, thereby undermining the position of American Armed Forces and jeopardizing the successful conclusion of Operation Iraqi Freedom.”

This is what could be heard in chambers after the vote:

They’ll probably follow today’s vote up with another bill to redesign Old Glory… by removing the red and blue.

UPDATE:
So Democrats support an arbitrary timetable for withdrawal of our troops? Interesting, considering this is what some of these same Democrats had to say about such arbitrary timetables not so long ago (hat tip: RedState and GatewayPundit):

Senator Jim Webb in September, 2006:

Anyone who tells you we can set a timetable for withdrawal doesn’t understand war. And anyone who says that nothing can be done to speed a secure peace doesn’t understand America.”

Webb voted today to support the troop withdrawal timetable in the bill.

Senator Ben Nelson on March 8, 2007:

Nelson said while he doesn’t back President Bush’s troop surge or having “U.S. troops in the cross hairs of a civil war,” he also doesn’t believe Congress should put a timetable on troop withdrawal.

Nelson voted today to support the troop withdrawal timetable in the bill.

Senator Evan Bayh on March 12, 2007:

“I, for example, am not in support of circling a date on a calendar and saying, ‘no matter what, we’re out on that date.’ ”

Bayh voted today to support the troop withdrawal timetable in the bill.

Senator Harry Reid in 2005:

“As far as setting a timeline … That’s not a wise decision, because it only empowers those who don’t want us there.”

Reid voted today to support the troop withdrawal timetable in the bill.

Senator Hillary Clinton in 2005:

I don’t believe it’s smart to set a date for withdrawal. I don’t think you should ever telegraph your intentions to the enemy so they can await you.”

Clinton voted today to support the troop withdrawal timetable in the bill.

Senator Joe Biden in 2005

“A deadline for pulling out … will only encourage our enemies to wait us out” … it would be “a Lebanon in 1985. And God knows where it goes from there.”

Biden voted today to support the troop withdrawal timetable in the bill.

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Following on the heals of the House, it appears the Senate thinks adding pork to legislation will help fight muslim terrorists.

Here is what our United States Senate deems “emergency needs” for inclusion in a bill designed to appropriate funds for the war against terrorists:

$100,000,000 for the 2008 political party conventions.

$95,000,000 for dairy producers.

$24,000,000 for sugar beets growers.

$20,000,000 for, in part, insect infestation control in Nevada, thanks to Majority Leader Harry Reid.

$13,000,000 for “ewe replacement and retention”.

$3,500,000 for the Capitol’s guided–tour program.

There’s also funds for a tree assistance program, including, specifically, Christmas trees.

Senator Craig Thomas (R-WY) offered an Amendmentto prevent the adding of extraneous earmarks to an emergency war supplemental” and it was voted down faster than a hairlip on American Idol. 49 of the 59 voting against the Amendment were Democrats (including Lieberman and Sanders).

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Here’s the text of the House Surrender Bill that just passed.

It includes:

$140,000,000 to pay farmers for livestock and fruit destroyed in Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

$120,000,000 to research “the consequences of Hurricane Katrina on the shrimp and menhaden fishing industries.”

$25,000,000 to “growers and first handlers, as defined by the Secretary, of fresh spinach that were unable to market spinach crops as a result of the Food and Drug Administration Public Health Advisory issued on September 14, 2006.

$74,000,000 for “the payment of storage, handling, and other associated costs for the 2007 crop of peanuts.”

$400,000,000 for domestic “wildland fire suppression activities.”

$200,000,000 for “low-income home energy assistance.”

…and a provision to raise the minimum wage to $7.25.

I get it now, the Democrats’ war plan is to create so much pork, the muslim terrorists will be forced to leave us alone. It’s the perfect plan!

UPDATE:
Rep. Mike Spence sums it up well: “Spinach, shrimp, peanuts and shellfish? That’s not a war funding bill, that’s the salad bar at Denny’s.” (hat tip: Michelle)

UPDATE 2:
Bush respondsI’m glad to see the President Bush I voted for finally showing back up

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And the funny thing… he was ratted out by a fellow terrorist.

The leader of the al-Qaida-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq was captured Friday in a raid west of Baghdad — his identity revealed by a fellow insurgent detained with him, an Iraqi military spokesman said.

So who is he?

Al-Baghdadi has been identified in statements posted on Islamic extremist Web sites as the head of the Islamic State, which was proclaimed last year after the death of the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

Al-Baghdadi was said to have headed the Mujahedeen Shura Council, an alliance of al-Qaida and other jihadist organizations, which was set up last year to downplay the role of foreigners in the Iraqi insurgency. The name first surfaced after al-Zarqawi’s death, when the Mujahedeen Shura Council posted a condolence message on a militant Web site.

It’s as if Allah had e.s.p.:

True or not, they’re continuing to roll up other Sunni jihadis. This morning we got “the Butcher,” whoever the hell he is, and an Al Qaeda “media emir” a.k.a. courier north of Mosul. It’d be sweet if one of them ratted Baghdadi out.

Sweet, it is.

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Democrats realize that bringing those gun-toting, baby-killing mercenaries back to U.S. soil will enable them better protection and perhaps allow them to get out from under the war-mongering stranglehold of the Bush administration.

Key House Democrats plan to insist the Pentagon shut down the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and are contemplating the relocation of many of the 385 or so remaining terrorist suspects to military brigs along the East Coast — including Quantico, Va., and Charleston, S.C.

Well, at least it makes their call for bringing the troops home look more warranted.

Why contribute to global warming by flying military equipment and troops halfway around the world, when we can just bring the troops AND the terrorists to our own little neck of the woods?

What could possibly go wrong?

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