Invested in Defeat

Interesting poll from Zogby International

In the Spring of this year, Harry Reid went before the cameras and informed the world that the surge was a complete failure. He joined Speaker Nancy Pelosi and composed a letter stating in no uncertain way that the war was a lost cause. As odd and unpatriotic as many Americans considered that posture to be, there was no doubt that they believed it, and pushed by the internut left, were determined to withdraw from Iraq, consequences be damned.

The Zogby poll shows that 2 out of 3 democrats are in sync with Reid-Pelosi in their belief that the Iraq war is a lost cause, while only one in ten Republicans share in their defeatism.

A majority of Americans – 54% – believe the United States has not lost the war in Iraq, but there is dramatic disagreement on the question between Democrats and Republicans, a new UPI/Zogby Interactive poll shows. While two in three Democrats (66%) said the war effort has already failed, just 9% of Republicans say the same.

The poll comes ahead of a September report to Congress by David Petraeus, commander of the multi-national force in Iraq, on the progress of the so-called surge in quelling attacks by insurgents and creating an atmosphere where the new Iraqi government can develop.

This was pretty interesting too…”While the President’s approval for his handling of the war showed slight gains, Congress remains stuck at just a 3% positive rating for its handling of the war, unchanged from polling last month.”

It’s a long time before election day, and a lot can and will happen. But, any conservative who writes off republican chances in ‘08 based on a lousy showing in 2006 is being just as defeatist in domestic politics as the democrats are being with regards to the war against radical islam.

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Hillary Should Return The Dirty Money

Yesterday, from Howard Wolfson, HRC spokesman: “Norman Hsu is a longtime and generous supporter of the Democratic Party and its candidates, including Sen. Clinton.” … “During Mr. Hsu’s many years of active participation in the political process, there has been no question about his integrity or his commitment to playing by the rules, and we have absolutely no reason to call his contributions into question or to return them.”

Today, from the LA Times

For the last 15 years, California authorities have been trying to figure out what happened to a businessman named Norman Hsu, who pleaded no contest to grand theft, agreed to serve up to three years in prison and then seemed to vanish.

“He is a fugitive,” Ronald Smetana, who handled the case for the state attorney general, said in an interview. “Do you know where he is?”

Since 2004, one Norman Hsu has been carving out a prominent place of honor among Democratic fundraisers. He has funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions into party coffers, much of it earmarked for presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York.

In addition to making his own contributions, Hsu has honed the practice of assembling packets of checks from contributors who bear little resemblance to the usual Democratic deep pockets: A self-described apparel executive with a variety of business interests, Hsu has focused on delivering hefty contributions from citizens who live modest lives and are neophytes in the world of campaign giving.

Hillary Clinton should return this dirty money immediately, and provide full accountability for contributions received from the Hsu network. Her campaign should act immediately to preserve all campaign donation records, and campaign email databases. The emails should be made public. If Hillary ever hopes to escape the charges corruption which have hounded her for years, she should not try to explain this away as “just another attack from the VRWC.”

This is exactly the type of situation which lends credibility to the plaintiff in the upcoming Paul v. Clinton case.

(h/t n2l)


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Mookie calls for hudna

BAGHDAD — Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has ordered a six-month suspension of activities by his Mahdi Army militia in order to reorganize the force, and it will no longer attack U.S. and coalition troops, aides said Wednesday.

The aide, Sheik Hazim al-Araji, said on Iraqi state television that the goal was to “rehabilitate” the organization, which has reportedly broken into factions, some of which the U.S. maintains are trained and supplied by Iran.

“We declare the freezing of the Mahdi Army without exception in order to rehabilitate it in a way that will safeguard its ideological image within a maximum period of six months starting from the day this statement is issued,” al-Araji said, reading from a statement by al-Sadr.

In Najaf, al-Sadr’s spokesman said the order also means the Mahdi Army will no longer launch attacks against U.S. and other coalition forces.

“It also includes suspending the taking up of arms against occupiers as well as others,” Ahmed al-Shaibani told reporters.

Asked if Mahdi militiamen would defend themselves against provocations, he replied: “We will deal with it when it happens.” source

The Mookster declaring a hudna? Interesting development. As Coalition forces press the battle against AQI, could it be that he is taking a look at the writing on the wall? I don’t know. But, I suspect his fear is that the Mahdi Army, in a head to head confrontation with the US Army, would be completely destroyed, along with his power base.

With the backdrop of political improvements announced two days ago, this comes at a good time as General Petraeus’ prepares his progress report to Congress.


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