Reports of the death (by peaceful means) of Saddam's former right-hand thug Izzat Ibrahim al-Duri are still unconfirmed. If al-Duri is dead, it would be a terrific blow against the terrorist insurgency in Iraq. While we remain focused on Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the top al-Queda man in Iraq, al-Duri was (is?) one of the primary commanders of the Sunni insurgents. If he's dead, that's big time good news.
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The President brought his A game today. Finally, after months of suffering the most outrageous slanders his political opponents could dish out, the Commander in Chief answered the bell and came out swinging.
The weak response from the likes of Ted Kennedy and John Kerry only shows how devoid of honor and dignity the Democrats truly are. The President had finally had enough of their lies. And this President has finally learned that these are not his friends, nor are they reasonable people with whom one can find some common ground. Howard Dean, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and the rest seem so small and shrill and insignificant in the wake of the President's thunder.
Earlier this afternoon, I had a very unpleasant conversation with Mr. Larry Johnson, a former CIA officer who is now out and about defending Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame. Johnson, in my interview with him, confirmed some things, left some open, but revealed something startling: the defense of Joe Wilson is apparently being run from inside the CIA.
Johnson came up on the scope when he accused Gens. Paul Vallely and Tom McInerny of falsely attacking Wilson. Vallely, you may recall, said last week on John Batchelor's ABC radio show that Wilson -- husband of CIA employee Valerie Plame -- had told Vallely (a year before Robert Novak outed Plame) that Plame was a CIA employee. I asked Johnson about several points regarding his defense of Wilson and attack on Vallely. Johnson was very specific about certain things.
The White House needs to go on the offensive here in a big way -- and Bush needs to be very plain that this is all about Democratic politicans pandering to the antiwar base, that it's deeply dishonest, and that it hurts our troops abroad.
And yes, he should question their patriotism. Because they're acting unpatriotically.
UPDATE: Reader Kathleen Boerger emails: "Could you do me a favor and define 'patriotism' please?"
I think it starts with not uttering falsehoods that damage the country in time of war, simply because your donor base wants to hear them.
Today, as we remember all those who have served in America's fights for freedom -- especially those who gave their lives -- we should take the opportunity to do something for those who are now on active duty. If you, your family, your business or your community group wants to do something for the troops, AmericaSupportsYou is the website to visit. Through it, you can get messages and gifts straight through the pipe to those in harm's way. Bless 'em all.
FINALLY, the White House is starting to fight back against the Dems' false attack on pre-war intelligence. From his speech this morning:
Funny, a lot of conservatives and industry folks whom Santorum has been hitting up to save his hiney from Bob Casey, Jr., would say Santorum hasn't been showing up for them on the floor of the Senate for months. When you're a conservative and Arlen Specter is one of the few people who can say nice things about you, you know you're in trouble. Santorum shouldn't blame Bush for his problems. He should look in a mirror.