14 May 2008
Chavez, who rejects traditional U.S. influence in Latin America and has called the U.S. president 'the devil,' denied OPEC-member Venezuela represented a danger to Washington.
"Whoever the next president is and whatever party they are from, we aspire, we are anxious, that 2009 start with a new level of relations," Chavez said from an oilfield close to the Orinoco River.With concrete evidence of his "relations" to FARC, the only improved ties the United States should establish is adding Venezuela to the list of countries that sponsor terrorism.
More on what the FARC computers contained can be found here.
12 May 2008
Because we're supposed to fight wars without letting soldiers get hurt I guess. As a disabled veteran (non-combat related), it's blindingly obvious to me that soldiers are going to get injured, especially when we're at war. The more injured you have, the more it costs to take care of them. Most of us accept that as the cost of preventing civilian casualties here at home, that's why we were in the military in the first place.
Worse wounds. More disabilities. More vets aware of the benefits and quicker to file for them.
Also, ironically, advanced medical care. Troops come home with devastating injuries that might well have killed them in earlier wars.more...
10 May 2008
"People walk past and say, 'I'm glad you're doing something,' " said Marty O'Malley, a Forest Hills council member who has attended more than 100 anti-Iraq war events, as he stood in front of Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle's Downtown office last week with the small gathering of activists.
"I want to shake them and say, 'Why aren't you doing something!?' "Right back atcha Marty. There were only three of you and nobody remembered to bring the petition? FAIL!
That should tell him that the war is going very well thank you. If it wasn't, the media wouldn't let 30 seconds go by without saying something about it.
Two leading clerics retorted that Ahmadinejad would be better off concentrating on Iran's social problems -- most notably its double-digit inflation -- than indulging in such mystical rhetoric.
"If Ahmadinejad wants to say that the hidden imam is supporting the decisions of the government, it is not true," sniped Gholam Reza Mesbahi Moghadam, the spokesman of the conservative Association of Combatant Clerics.
"For sure, the hidden imam does not approve of inflation of 20 percent, the high cost of living and numerous other errors," he said, according to the Kargozaran daily.
Ali Asghari, a member of the conservative Hezbollah faction in parliament, told the president not to link the management of the country to the imam.
"Ahmadinejad would do better to worry about social problems like inflation ... and other terrestrial affairs," Etemad Melli daily quoted him as saying.
08 May 2008
"I was told today that the recidivism rate ... those who return to the battlefield, is probably somewhere between 5 and 10 percent -- maybe 6, 7 percent, something like that," Gates said.
"We don't have a lot of specific cases. We're talking about one, two, three dozen that we have data on," he told reporters at the.
"We do as careful a vetting job as we possibly can before releasing these people," he said.I think the numbers are much higher if you count planning and facilitating. These numbers only include those who have been captured, killed, or announced themselves in the media (yeah, it's happened).
04 May 2008
03 May 2008
Let me tell you, not getting mail when you're deployed sucks. Even when you've got other things that can take up your free time, getting mail always raises your spirits. Even if you only send one letter, you've done something special that will get talked about a dozen times after they get home.
Incredible story that everyone should read. Talk about the real deal! Even 60 Minutes covered it. If the MSM doesn't ignore military heroism, you know it's something very special.
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