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PERMANENT WAR: Is This Our New Reality?

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Is America in a state of permanent war, or at least a war that will span generations? From the First Gulf War to expel Saddam Hussein from Kuwait, to the military operations to enforce sanctions on Iraq, to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and all the of terrorist attacks on us and our covert military operations in between, we’ve been at war for 20 years, and there is no end in sight. Is this our new reality?

Bob Woodward, in his new book, Obama’s Wars, quotes General David Petraeus, commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan: “You have to recognize also that I don’t think you win this war. I think you keep fighting. It is a little bit like Iraq, actually. . . Yes, there has been enormous progress in Iraq. But there are still horrific attacks in Iraq, and you have to stay vigilant. You have to stay after it. This is the kind of fight we’re in for the rest of our lives and probably our kids’ lives.” (More)

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THE 2012 ELECTION: Handicapping Sarah Palin

Republicans will do very well in the November elections. They almost certainly will take control of the House. If this is a “wave” election, they could capture the Senate as well. Control of Congress, however, is only half the battle. If Republicans want to completely blunt the Obama agenda and set the country on a different course, they must win the White House in 2012. To do that, they need the right nominee; and, like her or not, the potential Republican presidential candidate talked about more than any other is Sarah Palin.  (More)

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THE CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS: Seeing the Forest for the Trees

The Clash of Civilizations

In his 1998 book, “The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of the World Order,” political scientist Samuel P. Huntington wrote that “cultural and religious identities will be the primary source of conflict in the post-Cold War world.” Nine years after 9/11, Huntington’s thesis has become reality. The attacks on 9/11 and the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and with al-Qaeda that followed are part of a larger conflict with a growing segment of the Muslim world that adheres to cultural and religious identities that are antithetical to and threaten Western philosophy and values.  (More)

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TAIWAN VIDEO ON NYT-WSJ BATTLE

I found this video on TheBlaze. It occurred to me that this “art form” is just what the failing mainstream media needs to revive itself.

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PLAYING THE BIGOTRY CARD: The Aces Have Become Jokers

You know who they are, those Democrats who routinely play the bigotry card—accusing Republicans and conservatives of bigotry when it’s not warranted. Certainly, not all Democrats play that game, but the Democratic Party’s anti-Republican, anti-conservative narrative has become so replete with the bigotry bogeyman, both implicit and explicit, that it taints the party as a whole. Two-thousand-ten, however, may well prove to be the nadir of this tactic—at least for a while.  (More)

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