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Winter Soldier?

This image is making the rounds on the blogosphere today.  And rightly so.

Powerline and Hottalk have the story and quotes from a soldier in Iraq.

Here’s the accompanying photo.

Perhaps the “blame American first”, “we can’t win”, “pull out the troops” crowd will understand the plain message of this photo, even though there is no “nuance” involved.

God Bless the troops and their families.

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Bush is back!

I’ve been a little disappointed in President Bush lately, I don’t mind telling you.  I think he’s most effective when he is laying things on the line with the press, the politicians and the American people.  He’s been unwilling to do that for a long while now.  As a result, I think that things have spiraled downward when they did not have to do so.  But today, I do believe that President Bush is back.  His speach at the American Legion National Convention was absolutely right.  See the entire speech here.

A few snippets picked from throughout the speech follow:

When you see innocent civilians ripped apart by suicide bombs, or families buried inside their homes, the world can seem engulfed in purposeless violence. The truth is there is violence, but those who cause it have a clear purpose. When terrorists murder at the World Trade Center, or car bombers strike in Baghdad, or hijackers plot to blow up planes over the Atlantic, or terrorist militias shoot rockets at Israeli towns, they are all pursuing the same objective — to turn back the advance of freedom, and impose a dark vision of tyranny and terror across the world.

Despite their differences, these groups from — form the outlines of a single movement, a worldwide network of radicals that use terror to kill those who stand in the way of their totalitarian ideology. And the unifying feature of this movement, the link that spans sectarian divisions and local grievances, is the rigid conviction that free societies are a threat to their twisted view of Islam.

The war we fight today is more than a military conflict; it is the decisive ideological struggle of the 21st century. (Applause.) On one side are those who believe in the values of freedom and moderation — the right of all people to speak, and worship, and live in liberty. And on the other side are those driven by the values of tyranny and extremism — the right of a self-appointed few to impose their fanatical views on all the rest. As veterans, you have seen this kind of enemy before. They’re successors to Fascists, to Nazis, to Communists, and other totalitarians of the 20th century. And history shows what the outcome will be: This war will be difficult; this war will be long; and this war will end in the defeat of the terrorists and totalitarians, and a victory for the cause of freedom and liberty.

In the space of a single morning, it became clear that the calm we saw in the Middle East was only a mirage. We realized that years of pursuing stability to promote peace had left us with neither. Instead, the lack of freedom in the Middle East made the region an incubator for terrorist movements.

Here at home we have a choice to make about Iraq. Some politicians look at our efforts in Iraq and see a diversion from the war on terror. That would come as news to Osama bin Laden, who proclaimed that the “third world war is raging” in Iraq. It would come as news to the number two man of al Qaeda, Zawahiri, who has called the struggle in Iraq, quote, “the place for the greatest battle.” It would come as news to the terrorists from Syria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and other countries, who have to come to Iraq to fight the rise of democracy.

We can decide to stop fighting the terrorists in Iraq and other parts of the world, but they will not decide to stop fighting us. General John Abizaid, our top commander in the Middle East region, recently put it this way: “If we leave, they will follow us.” And he is right. The security of the civilized world depends on victory in the war on terror, and that depends on victory in Iraq. So the United States of America will not leave until victory is achieved.

Victory in Iraq will be difficult and it will require more sacrifice. The fighting there can be as fierce as it was at Omaha Beach or Guadalcanal. And victory is as important as it was in those earlier battles.

For all that is new about this war, one thing has not changed: Victory still depends on the courage and the patience and the resolve of the American people. Above all, it depends on patriots who are willing to fight for freedom.

God Bless him, I love when the politician in him goes away and the Texan in him comes out.

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Hezbollah says “We want Ariel Sharon back!”

Hezbollah says Israeli Response a Surprise

By SCHEHEREZADE FARAMARZI
Associated Press Writer

BEIRUT, Lebanon

A senior Hezbollah official said Tuesday the guerrilla group did not expect Israel to react so strongly to its capture of two Israeli soldiers. Mahmoud Komati, deputy chief of Hezbollah’s political arm, also told The Associated Press in an interview that his group will not lay down arms. “The truth is _ let me say this clearly _ we didn’t even expect (this) response…. that (Israel) would exploit this operation for this big war against us,” said Komati.He said Hezbollah had expected “the usual, limited response” from Israel to the July 12 cross-border raid, in which three Israelis were killed.

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Oh, by the way. Catching up #1

So I missed commenting on Zarqawi’s death about a month ago.  I will do that now.

Zarqawi Dead…Good!
Zarqawi Dead

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Things get chilly in the gaggle

Tony Snow

I love Tony Snow.

I loved him on Fox News, I loved him on Fox Radio, I loved him when he would fill in for Rush Limbaugh. I was sorry when he announced he had cancer, I was glad when he returned to work, and I was concerned at how thin he looked.

When I heard he was being considered for (and considering) the position of Press Secretary for President Bush, I hoped it wouldn't happen.

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