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James Q. Wilson crafts the speech George W. Bush should deliver:

My fellow Americans: We are winning, and winning decisively, in Iraq and the Middle East. We defeated Saddam Hussein’s army in just a few weeks. None of the disasters that many feared would follow our invasion occurred. Our troops did not have to fight door to door to take Baghdad. The Iraqi oil fields were not set on fire. There was no civil war between the Sunnis and the Shiites. There was no grave humanitarian crisis.

Saddam Hussein was captured and is awaiting trial. His two murderous sons are dead. Most of the leading members of Saddam’s regime have been captured or killed. After our easy military victory, we found ourselves inadequately prepared to defeat the terrorist insurgents, but now we are prevailing.

U.S. Navy construction apprentice Nick Fotoples might second that view:

He supports the war declaring Iraqi freedom, and said the media is distorting events to carry out an agenda. He described a situation where Iraqis working in the PX appear happy to have freedom for the first time, water for those who wouldn’t otherwise have it and 16 new schools as examples of what the U.S. military has accomplished in the country …

He said he hears the war is in vain, and he disagrees. He emphasized the point by recounting the rape and murder of an Iraqi family. The terrorists raped the wife in front of the husband, then killed him and his child. The wife survived at the mercy of the terrorists only so she could tell the story.

“If that happened in the states, we’d be all over it, but if it happens somewhere else it’s OK. That’s bullshit in my book,” Nick said.

Fotoples’ father doesn’t support the war, which he believes was based on lies; nevertheless, he’s with his son so far as the press is concerned:

“He’s surrounded by military guys, and he’s hearing a lot about the liberal media. They’re real sore about the successes that they’re having over there not being told,” Bob said. “My mom and my sister tell me this all the time; they say the media isn’t reporting the good stuff; they’re only reporting the bad stuff.”

Posted by Tim B. on 11/28/2005 at 02:39 AM
    1. Throughout the cold war the “progressives” actively sought out institutions that could be used to spread propaganda and mould young minds.
      Communism is dead but the dreamers and schemers infest the organs they were after.
      ABC, Check
      Teachers, Check
      Film funding, Check
      Most unions and proffesional associations, Check.
      There is no way on gods green earth that Bob Clown is important enough to merit a quote on every opinion under the sun.
      Being involved in the detention centres during the main riots and crap was a real eye opener as far as the ABC went. Black became white.
      The fact we swore at detainees during riots apparently “shamed” Australia.
      Should be a lot more “Stuck on stupid” moments with the asshats in the media.

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2005 11 28 at 04:02 AM • permalink


    1. So Tim Blair does exist.  I was beginning to doubt it.

      Posted by Fleety on 2005 11 28 at 04:17 AM • permalink


    1. Hear hear to Mr Wilson. As much respect as I have for Bush why oh why are they not giving this type of speech? Meeting the quagmire claim head on, fullpage adverts in newspapers detailing off on the ground achievement after achievement.
      I am delighted to see signs that they are finally coming off the benches especially Cheney on these short memoried Democrats but that really is a side issue. Time to fix bayonets and get stuck in

      Posted by the nailgun on 2005 11 28 at 04:28 AM • permalink


    1. We know, unfortunately, that Iraq is as much about perceptions as it is about facts.  Vietnam taught us that the press can win or lose a war. The White House has been like a guy taking shots to the head and can’t land one in return.
      It is important that the peaceniks (who think peace is the tolerance of others’ violence) don’t go unanswered but the MSM have done incredibly well – especially when you consider that there has been no draft –  despite all they have said would happen and has not, all that has happened that they refuse to report and everything else that they have misrepresented.

      One of the differences this time is the net.  More and more people are opting not to be told what to think and are finding out for themselves.

      Great to see Cheney taking it to the revisionists and appeasers but events will be the judge of this finally and the peaceniks are getting concerned.

      Posted by Inurbanus on 2005 11 28 at 05:08 AM • permalink


    1. The power to list what will be reported on is more important than sway over the manner in which things are reported.
      ABC and SBS seem to have mastered this.
      Just look at the stories which get a run day after day, on all news & current affairs spots.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2005 11 28 at 05:55 AM • permalink


    1. We await breathlessly the report by the msm on the fraudulence of the Iraq civilian death count.
      So many dead adult males – could it be that they were killed while fighting?

      Posted by blogstrop on 2005 11 28 at 06:02 AM • permalink


    1. The media has an agenda?  I didn’t know they were so organised.

      Only reporting the bad stuff?  Now there’s a newsflash!

      Posted by slammer on 2005 11 28 at 08:41 AM • permalink


    1. Fotoples father is right, the war was based on lies – Saddam’s lies!

      Posted by Abu Qa’Qa on 2005 11 28 at 10:46 AM • permalink


    1. Of course, what galls the left is the recent report that 70% of the American people believe the Democrats are protesting the war and its conduct for political advantage, in whole or in part.

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 11 28 at 11:26 AM • permalink


    1. #5, blogstrop has a point.  It isn’t only war reportage where the MSM has failed us.  I’ve begun to question all news broadcast stories.  Thank you, Dan Rather, for this new look at MSM reportage.

      Nearly every story leaves out certain facts, or presents the facts in such a way as to lead to a foregone conclusion.  I’ve watched them attack the pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, the economy, doctors, teachers, schools, the list is endless, and with oh so fine a razor.  Not that I haven’t had complaints or questions myself, but now I realize how so many of my opinions were shaped.  It’s a chilling realization.

      That said, we still need them.  It’s just that now, we need to take control and force them to practice journalism as it’s meant to be practiced:  with the facts, leaving conclusions to ourselves.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2005 11 28 at 11:27 AM • permalink


    1. This is exactly WHY the Chrenchoff Book, No Encyclopedia NEEDS to be published.

      someone rescue the Archives and get a publisher on board NOW before its too late/

      Posted by knuckleheadwatch on 2005 11 28 at 07:54 PM • permalink


    1. Inurbanus,

      Your remark should be a bumper sticker:

      “PEACE is the tolerance of violence towards other people”

      I’d put one on my own car but the Peace crowd would then key my paint job and snap off the antenna.

      Posted by JDB on 2005 11 28 at 08:32 PM • permalink


    1. Meanwhile,  The Independent reports from Iraq kidnapping of a 74-year-old Briton, a “quiet pacifist who felt drawn to war zone.”

      Posted by tmciolek on 2005 11 28 at 10:52 PM • permalink


    1. “he had gone to Iraq to set up a Muslim Peacemakers’ Association..”

      Posted by crash on 2005 11 29 at 05:20 AM • permalink


    1. tmciolek & crash

      Mr Kember is a guy who felt so strongly about Iraq that he had to go there.  That’s gutsy.

      The poor bugger.  I doubt, depending on the price, that their feelings about the American ‘occupation’ will be as strong as his.

      Posted by Inurbanus on 2005 11 29 at 09:33 AM • permalink


      I think I love Joe Lieberman – what an honest accounting of progress and compelling case for staying the course in Iraq and the Middle East as a whole.  The first Democrat I could consider voting for – what a straight shooter.
      …even if he forgot to remind us that Chimpy McHalliburtonhitler lied, millions died, and Dick Cheney = Darth Vader.
      But you already knew that. : )

      Cheers – DC

      Posted by dc981924 on 2005 11 29 at 02:55 PM • permalink


    1. Now we have more Human Shields in Iraq, 4 Christian pacifists, captured while trying to tell the world how horrible the invasion was.
      Captured by extremist Moslems, probably, who may make another ‘example’ of them because as spies for their religion, so they are just proving that ideology IS the problem!

      I wonder how much ‘Christian pacifist reporting’ they could have done under Saddam?
      Sad, unrealistic dupes.

      Posted by Barrie on 2005 11 29 at 08:34 PM • permalink


  1. Ah #17, times have changed. onsider these ringing words:

    War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.

    John Stuart Mill (1806 – 1873)

    It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace—but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death! So sayeth Patrick Henry on March 23, 1775

    Now consider the ringing slogan of the British and American Left first enunciated by Bertrand Russell : BETTER RED THAN DEAD.

    These jackasses, less Christain than P. Henry, et al, holier than thou but on the Devil’s mission, putting soldiers at risk who are obliged to try to rescue them, have been fed on the B. Russell and French defeatism (better Vichy wine than no wine at all)along twith their British and American copies, the cut and run up the white flag Democrats. May God save us from such Christains

    Posted by stats on 2005 11 30 at 07:25 PM • permalink