Today, the typing-fingers [syn: talking-heads] over at Thinkprogress.org had their usual William Kristol-directed bashing-piece, the topic being troop numbers in Iraq.
Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard, opined that troop levels in Iraq would remain at 100,000+ when President George W. Bush leaves office. The TP crew was outraged, responding to a Washington Post article reporting a “bitter clash” between General David H. Petraeus, top U.S. military commander in Iraq, and Admiral William J. Fallon, head of the U.S. Central Command. Like Thinkprogess, Fallon supports a drastic troop cut in Iraq, while Petraeus has his own plans. It’s interesting for the folks at Thinkprogress to take such pride in Admiral Fallon’s judgment, given their previous claim of him being the “wrong man for the job” at CentCom. From the thread, here’s an advertisement of his judgment:
…….no background in land warfare to oversee these operations.
…….little background in the Middle East or land warfare.
Where’s the basis of his troop-cutting or troop-sustaining judgment? Given Thinkprogress.org’s original worry that Adm. Fallon may be “loyal” to the administration and advocate the “escalation” of forces in Iraq, they took to his lack experience directing ground forces. But now that his opinion has come out in their favor, they’ve allowed that to pass and have instead taken to neglecting Army Gen. Petraeus’s experience. Petraeus is an actual ground commander who has the affiliation and might to have continued the Army-Marine Corps tradition of leadership at CentCom. Since Petraeus has experience in Iraq and is currently assigned there, I wonder: whose judgment on troop numbers should be of highest consideration?
If it doesn’t fit Thinkprogress.org’s billet of leadership, then it must not be leadership at all.
The crew of “hard-hitting research and analysis” may find it in their best interests to re-search their archives every once in a while.
Chuck Hagel ends his political career, retiring from the Senate and not running for President.
“Sen. Chuck Hagel is set to announce Monday that he is retiring from the Senate and that he won’t join the race for the White House in 2008, the Omaha World-Herald newspaper reported on its Web site Friday night, citing “people close” to the Republican from Nebraska.”
Criminal Chinaman Norman Hsu has been found to have given millions of dollars in donations to Democrats, including Hillary Clinton and John Kerry. However, the nature of his source of income is still unclear. The New York Times reports,
“At the center of the ever-deepening mystery of Norman Hsu, the fugitive fund-raiser who was captured after a brief flight from the law last week, is the question of how he evolved from a bankrupt swindler in 1992 to a wealthy donor to many Democratic candidates, and a bundler of campaign contributions to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2007.”
Dr. William Dog, who first brought the new developments in this scandal to my attention, remarks,
“Hsu paid donors through his shell companies. This scandal is huge. This is only the tip of the iceberg. It is about to be blown wide open!”
Well, what else should we expect? She is a Clinton!