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Tuesday

Not enough time in the world

There are so many news stories being discussed this week, that I just don’t have time to cover them all. There are, however, three main stories that I want to comment on, but I just don’t have enough time to dedicate an individual blog entry to each one. So, I’m gonna hit ‘em hard and hit ‘em fast in one single blog. Here we go:

1. General Sanchez. General Ricardo Sanchez, the former top commander in Iraq, made a speech last Friday to a group of journalists. Among the topics he discussed, he blasted the Bush Administration’s handling of the war and called it “a nightmare with no end in sight.” The General was also quoted as saying, “There has been a glaring and unfortunate display of incompetent strategic leadership within our national leaders.”

Not surprisingly, all of this harsh criticism of the Bush Administration was quickly picked up by the mainstream media. The major networks lead with this story on their nightly newscasts, and the New York Times made it a front page story.

Oddly though, the media completely ignored the main point that General Sanchez was trying to make. His speech was to a group of journalists. He directly addressed the media saying:

“Over the course of this war, tactically insignificant events have become strategic defeats for America because of the tremendous power and impact of the media and by extension you the journalist. In many cases the media has unjustly destroyed the individual reputations and careers of those involved

You are perpetuating the corrosive partisan politics that is destroying our country and killing our service members who are at war

For some of you, just like some of our politicians, the truth is of little to no value if it does not fit your own pre-conceived notions, biases and agendas.”

He blasted the media for their unbalanced presentation of the facts of the war. He said that their biased reporting put our soldiers at greater risk. Yet, not one of the major media outlets (other then Fox News) covered this portion of the General’s speech.

The media completely ignored it. Kinda proved the General’s point, didn’t they?

2. The Armenian Resolution. Recently, our Congress decided that they could no longer avoid one of the most pressing issues of our time. They could no longer put off a massively important resolution that had been on the books for almost 25 years. The Democrat-controlled Congress has finally decided that this measure is too imperative.

They will finally pass the Armenian-genocide resolution which will officially label the atrocities committed by the Ottoman Empire against the Armenians 90 years ago as “genocide.” That’s right. They are finally going to label these actions as “genocide.”

It certainly sounds like a pressing issue that must get top priority from our Congress, doesn’t it? Regardless of whether or not this resolution is even necessary, the main problem with the passage of this resolution is the timing.

You see, the former Ottoman Empire, the entity we would be denouncing, is modern-day Turkey, our ally in the War against Islamic Terrorism. We are using their airstrips and airspace. Now that our Congress is denouncing them, Turkey is reconsidering their status as our ally. Not good.

But, why are Nancy Pelosi and the Democrat Congress pushing this so hard right now…in the middle of a war? Their actions could put our soldiers at greater risk and greatly reduce our effectiveness in the war. Could this be their motivation? Could this be a covert sabotage of the war effort? It has become increasingly clear that the left is invested in defeat in this war. Our success in the war is very bad news for them. I’m not saying this…they are. So, are they using this resolution to intentionally weaken our military? This is not an indictment. But, the situation is very suspect.

3. Randi Rhodes. Randi Rhodes is a left-wing talk radio host on the bankrupt Air America. If you’ve never heard her show, don’t worry. I have, and you aren’t missing much. But, it has been reported that she was attacked on Sunday night. According to Jon Elliott, another Air America personality, Rhodes was mugged Sunday night while walking her dog in New York City. Apparently, she suffered some sever injuries, including having a couple of teeth knocked out.

When I first heard about this, I was saddened. Even though I disagree adamantly with her views, I don’t want to see harm come to her. I pray that she has a speedy recovery.

Of course, when the left-wing blogs heard about this, their first thoughts were…to blame Conservatives. Message boards and comment boards started popping up claiming that this was a hit by the “right wing hate machine.” Do they have any evidence to support these claims? Of course not.

It is interesting to note, however, that Randi Rhodes, herself, never claimed that she was mugged. The New York Daily News is reporting that no mugging actually took place. Apparently, Rhodes suffered a very bad fall. Jon Elliott simply announced that she was attacked, and the rumors snowballed from there. This was NOT an attack by the “right wing hate machine.” This wasn’t an attack at all. It was an unfortunate accident, nothing more.

I still pray that Randi has a speedy recovery.

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