Filtered news 7/28

"Alberto Gonzales is saying, basically, there are problems of which he cannot speak, for which he is responsible yet not to blame, and that he is the only one who can clean up the mess that he can neither confirm or deny exists. Let me try to put this in schoolyard terms, if I may: He has smelt it, and while he cannot confirm that he in fact also dealt it, he refuses to deny it on the grounds that it might incriminate him for supplying it."  ---Jon Stewart

"Sean Hannity knows that there is no greater threat to America today than Bill Clinton 15 years ago." ---Stephen Colbert

"The doctors [who gave President Bush a colonoscopy] found five polyps. And I was thinking: well, hell, maybe we should send these guys out to find bin Laden." ---David Letterman

"I finally saw 'Sicko.' But enough about Michael Vick..." --Jay Leno 

"A Christian group that claims it can cure homosexuality is starting to help gay Broadway stars become straight. The program is called, A Total Waste of Time." --Conan O'Brien

Bill O'Reilly: [Daily Kos is] like the Ku Klux Klan. It's like the Nazi party.
Stephen Colbert: Exactly! The Ku Klux Klan and the Nazis were both notorious for allowing people to express unpopular views in an open and free forum. --The Colbert Report

Owwwww! The stupidity -- it hurts so bad!!!  A couple of days ago, Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, raised a few eyebrows when his intention to review confirmation-hearing testimony from Supreme Court Justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito.

Specter said he wants to "determine if their reversal of several long-standing opinions conflicts with promises they made to senators to win confirmation." The implication wasn't subtle -- the Republican senator was suggesting that the justices were less than candid so they could dupe senators into supporting their confirmation.

In a similar vein, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), also a Judiciary Committee member, said yesterday that he wants lawmakers to be , should Bush have another chance to nominate a high court justice.

"We should reverse the presumption of confirmation," Schumer told the American Constitution Society convention in Washington. "The Supreme Court is dangerously out of balance. We cannot afford to see Justice Stevens replaced by another Roberts, or Justice Ginsburg by another Alito." [...]

Senators were too quick to accept the nominees' word that they would respect legal precedents, and "too easily impressed with the charm of Roberts and the erudition of Alito," Schumer said.

"There is no doubt that we were hoodwinked," said Schumer, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee and heads the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

One can certainly debate whether Schumer and other Democratic senators were aggressive enough with Roberts and Alito, but given recent history, Schumer's approach hardly seems radical. He wants to reverse the burden of proof on an untrustworthy White House -- instead of starting with an assumption that the nominee deserves to be confirmed, Schumer is recommending a more intense skepticism.

John Hinderaker that Democrats are engaged in an "unconstitutional usurpation of power." Schumer, Hinderaker adds, is advocating a "coup" and a "change in the Constitution."   Alas, he did not appear to be kidding.

Weep for Exxon ExxonMobil was able to post second-quarter profits of only .  In response, their stock price fell.  Even worse, their executives' golf scores rose.

Retroactive cheers to Bill Clinton.  Addressing a veterans convention in New Orleans on today's date in 1996, he called on Congress to pass expanded anti-terrorism measures.  It was a more innocent time back then, and today the 'Mom, Dad, I'm Moving Back In With You Act' seems rather quaint.

Party of personal destruction.  I was going to write about all the individual scandals plaguing Republicans these days, but my brain cells were bursting from keeping track of 'em all.  So let's make it easy:  Those of you associated with the Republic party who are not currently under suspicion, subpoena, investigation, indictment, incarceration, a prostitute at the Ritz, or in danger of being tossed on your ass by voters next year, please take one step forward.  Ladies and gentleman, please say hi to Woody, the RNC janitor.

Fetishizinng the troops No one than Digby.

I hear so much from the right about how they love the troops. But they don't seem to love the actual human beings who wear the uniform, they love those little GI Joe Dolls they played with as children they could dress up in little costumes and contort into pretzels for their fun and amusement. If they loved the actual troops they wouldn't require them to be like two dimensional John Waynes, withholding their real experiences and feelings for fear that a virtual armchair lynch mob would come after them.

Thank God Joseph Heller and James Jones and Erich Maria Remarque and countless others aren't trying to write their books today. They'd be burned as heretics by a bunch of nasty boys and girls who have fetishized "the troops" into a strange form of Boy Band eroticism --- the empty, nonthreatening form of masculinity that the tweens use to bridge the scary gap between puberty and adolescence. Private Peter Pan reporting for duty.

The real men for them are the civilians on 24 torturing suspected terrorists for an hour each week, keeping the Lil'est Tough guys safe from harm with hard sadism and easy answers. That's where this wingnut war is really being fought. With popcorn.

A better way to run the V.A.  A presidential commission has issued a new set of recommendations for :

Immediately create comprehensive recovery plans to provide the right care and support at the right time in the right place.

Completely restructure the disability determination and compensation systems.

Aggressively prevent and treat post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.

Significantly strengthen support for families.

Rapidly transfer patient information between the Department of Defense and the Veterans Affairs Department.

Strongly support Walter Reed Army Medical Center by recruiting and retaining first-rate professionals through 2011, when it will close.

Bush calls the proposed changes "very interesting" and says he wants the plan implemented.  But only when he's convinced his "Colonics and Advil Surge" has failed.  Six months from now.  Eight hundred tops.

"Whenever you read 'nonprofit,' 
   think 'liberal' nine times out of ten." 
    -- Rush, mocking charities  (Actually, I think it says something good about both non-proft orgs and liberals --Russ)

You did not see what you thought you saw.  You did not hear what you thought you heard.  And 1+1=3 for reasonably large values of 1.

Alberto Gonzales?  .

The White House offered a vigorous defense of Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales today, insisting that he had not given misleading testimony to Congress, but that national security factors prevented further clarification for now.

While you might have thought you heard Gonzales contradict his own previous testimony, this did not occur.

"He has testified truthfully and tried to be very accurate," the chief White House spokesman, Tony Snow, said of Mr. Gonzales’s testimony this week before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

You may have thought you heard FBI director Robert Mueller a section of Gonzales' testimony.  This did not happen.

Mr. Snow said repeatedly that Mr. Gonzales had not been contradicted by Robert S. Mueller III, the F.B.I. director, as has been widely reported, on whether there were serious disagreements within the Bush administration on its secret surveillance program.

The White House could tell you what you actually heard, but then they would have to kill you.

In insisting that there was no real contradiction between the officials' accounts, Mr. Snow said Mr. Gonzales was just not able to explain further "because to do so would compromise American security."

That is all.

Be afraid!  CNN says Bush mentioned, "Al Qaeda" 95 times in his speech Wednesday.  He's doing everything he can to scare people, but the boy cried "Wolf!" a few hundred times too often so nobody believes a word he says now.

Wasn't Dubya gonna restore honor to the White House?  On Thursday, Michael Moore announced that the Bush administration had issued him a subpoena for his trip to Cuba to help sick 9/11 rescue workers receive free medical care. Noting that many celebrities visit Cuba with no repercussions, Moore noted, “. … I was there to help them.” In a briefing yesterday, White House spokesman Dana Perino responded to Moore’s tan comment by mocking his appearance: “.”  (Huh.  Might be worth a laugh over a beer, but it's way too childish for the Official Mouth. --Russ)

"What you have right now is partisanship on Capitol Hill that quite often boils down to insults,
insinuations, inquisitions and investigations rather than pursuing the normal business of trying 
to pass major pieces of legislation, such as appropriations bills, and to try to work in such a way 
as to demonstrate to the American people that Congress and the White House can work together." 
     -- Tony Snow, explaining why Republicans spent $100M groping inside Clinton's zipper,  

The loveliest phrase in the English language.  No, not "Lieberman caught with hooker"...not "Sam Brownback wins 100% of GOP primary vote"...not "Stem cells rally in D.C. for stem cell research."  No, the loveliest phrase in the English language is "Rove subpoenaed".  Joe at Americablog is right that "Bush's brain" will extend his middle finger to the Senate Judiciary Committee.  And when he does, :

"Play hard ball: cut his salary from the budget, take away his security clearance, make him pay.  The guiding principle for Senate Democrats should be: what would Rove do?"

Absolutely.  (But I think we can agree to skip the nightly koala-bear sacrifice ritual.)  (Also: To the person who came up with the spelling of subpoenaed: what the heck were you smoking?)

Can't blame him

Watch , showing the largest Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office (DRMO) junkyard in Iraq.  While the video was no doubt produced with Pentagon approval and with the intent of showing operations in Iraq in a positive light, what is being said between the lines is more than a little di

Another deadly surge for the poor Iraqi civilians. :

Iraq’s environment minister blamed Monday the use of weapons by U.S. forces during the 2003 Operation Shock and Awe for the current surge in cancer cases across the country.

As a result of “at least 350 sites in Iraq being contaminated during bombing” with depleted uranium (DU) weapons, Nermin Othman said, the nation is facing about 140,000 cases of cancer, with 7,000 to 8,000 new ones registered each year.

Speaking at a ministerial meeting of the Arab League, she also complained that many chemical plants and oil facilities had been destroyed during the two military campaigns since the 1990s, but the ecological consequences remain unclear.

BillO's checklist  In case you're keeping score, here's the Bill O'Reilly "Daily Kos is just like..." checklist.

Nice list.  And it's highly convenient that rather than having to rummage through the cesspool of BillO's officially unmonitored web site, he provides the hate speech straight from his own snarling lips.    However, the fact that O'Reilly has had to dip into the Nazi well three times, shows that his repertoire of nastiness is sadly limited.  Having used up the KKK, World War II opponents, and dead Italians, Bill risks being a monotonous blowhard who just repeats the same mindless crap evening after evening without the slightest bit of thought or originality.  And gee, who would watch that?

Doing home improvement? Watch where you shop  A reader emailed Lowes about their ads on O'Reilly's show. They got this response:

Replied On 07/27/07 15:41:09

Dear Lowe's Customer,

Thank you for your comments regarding the program, The O'Reilly Factor.

Lowe's has strict guidelines that govern the placement of our advertising. Our company advertises primarily in national, network prime-time television programs and on a variety of cable outlets.

Lowe's constantly reviews advertising buys to make certain they are consistent with its policy guidelines.  The O'Reilly Factor does not meet Lowe's advertising guidelines, and the company's advertising will no longer appear during the program.

We are dedicated to providing the best service, products, and shopping environment in the home improvement industry.  All three of these are very important to our business, and our customers will always be our number one priority.

We appreciate your contacting us, and hope this information addresses your concerns.

Thank you,

Lowe's Customer Care

Emphasis was mine.

"What if I were to say to you: 'Those are Michael Vick's dogs, and that was
  his property, and whatever he wants to do with them is his choice.'
    -- Rush (I'd say something I can't print here.  And then I'd invite you into the dog fight pen , just the two of us. Real cozy like.  --Russ)

What moved Lowe's to from the Bill O'Reilly hate-fest? Could it be that targeting Home Depot for its support of the FOX Nutwork's coordinated campaign against science raised some eyebrows?  Even as Home Depot is hoping to score P.R. points with its own program of environmental friendliness, it's supporting the FOX Nutwork campaign to undermine its own work. Now it seems that a number of callers to Home Depot who had signed the were told, "where are you going to shop instead of us - Lowe's? They advertise on Fox too." Well, now there's some daylight between 'em. And by the way, what made Home Depot sensitive enough to , but not sensitive enough to pull them from FOX? Maybe you'd like to ask.

Ron Jarvis, Vice President of Environmental Innovation

Frank Blake, Chief Executive Officer

Carol Tome, Chief Financial Officer

Remember to be polite when emailing. If your email looks anything like the winger hate mail I'm getting, it won't be effective at all.  News Hounds has a . Remember, we didn't start this battle. Bill O'Reilly, going after JetBlue, did. But they aren't the only people who can play this game anymore.  Interested in joining an organized group of FOX hunters?

  Have his past brushes with the site have left him scarred? EC has them all.

  Have his past brushes with the site have left him scarred? EC has them all.

  The Bush Administration's nominee to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is raising "serious concerns."

Stampeding elephants in retreat  Team Romney why their candidate won't attend a nationally-televised debate in arguably the nation's biggest swing state, sponsored by the Republican Party of Florida:

Mr. Madden said the Romney campaign's decision not to participate was "not a question of format, it's a question of our travel schedule."  Still, Mr. Madden said, "a lot of Americans would wonder whether we should be answering questions from a cartoon."

That's persuasive, isn't it? The YouTube format is irrelevant, and by the way, we find the format offensive and frivolous. The fun part now is trying to figure out what these Republican presidential hopefuls are so afraid of. There are a variety of competing theories.

* The Bubble must be protected -- Josh if "the current Bush Republican party is so beholden to a worldview based on denial and suppression of evidence that exposure to unpredictable questions presents too great a danger."

* The GOP base is scary, even to the GOP -- that the Dems' debate featured questions from the liberal base, but the far-right base is much scarier. "The idea of stringing up liberals, war critics, apostate Republicans as traitors seeps into every forum. They love torture, they hate civil rights and long ago the right's mainstream leaders declared the entire religion of Islam a free-fire zone. Better still, six years of holding government in a headlock has left these guys with a sense that they're entitled to say all this without apology or self-consciousness." If they're asking the questions, maybe the candidates don't want to be there to hear them.

* Democracy, schmocracy -- that the GOP is "a party uncomfortable with the culture and uncomfortable with democracy," so a debate with questions from regular people doesn't suit the party's worldview.

* Shameless elitism -- that the GOP wants to avoid the riff-raff. "The questioners in the Democratic YouTube debate were sometimes a bit insolent and not always properly groomed. A true modern Republican leader can't tolerate being sassed at by a person like that; it would be like the Generalissimo of a banana republic allowing a peasant to mock his epaulets and riding crop. Giuliani and Romney, in particular, are trying to project an aura of contempt for the scum who disagree with them."

For what it's worth, several prominent Republican bloggers have started , hoping to persuade the party's candidates to participate in the event. Of course, if the presidential hopefuls are anxious to avoid questions from regular folks, it stands to reason they won't much care about a petition drive, either.

Fear of YouTube It's important to remember who aimed this line at the Dems. : "It’s a TV show. If you can’t handle TV questions, how are you going to stand up to Iran, and North Korea, and the rest of the world?"  Will Russert express similar sentiments about the Republican fear of people in ur internetz?

Smearing all of us Are conservatives really gearing up to do the same thing to "progressive" that they've spent the last few decades doing to "liberal"? Over at The Corner,

Progressivism, after all, has a very mixed history in American politics, which takes in not only efforts to reform labor laws, bust trusts, and create national parks but also some serious doses of racism, social Darwinism, eugenics, and a very strange mix of authoritarianism and out of control populism....Ross [Douthat] suggests it is no coincidence that the growing preference for the term "progressive" comes at a time when a new eugenics is rearing its head, and when the left is increasingly emphasizing its self-identification as the party of science.

Lovely, no? Did you know before now that a "new eugenics" was rearing its head? Did you even know there was a new eugenics? And that apparently us progressive types endorse it? And furthermore that if we call ourselves progressives we're implicitly endorsing every odious view of every person who's ever called himself a progressive? Good gravy. These guys really don't know when to quit, do they?

Can't... do... the... right.... thing...  Hindu organizations are the protestors who disrupted the first ever Hindu opening prayer that was delivered in the senate earlier this month.  If you don't remember, it was .

Duel at dawn Biden whips out white glove, challenges Rudy to a debate over his "Dems are the party of losers" comment. That and other political news of the day in today's .

Obama and us vs Hillary  Don't tell Mark Penn or the national press corps, but it seems ( Andrew Sullivan) that the public on the question of meetings. As some people have pointed out, it's a little bit unclear what, exactly, the policy disagreement here amounts to. The political disagreement, though, is pretty clear. Clinton is making the same kind of calculation that led people to think Democrats needed to authorize the war in 2002, or keep quiet about the NSA surveillance program in 2005, or posture as "tough" on Iran in 2006, etc., etc., etc. Those kind of political calculations, however, have implications for governing. First John Edwards by taking on the "war on terror" construct, and now Obama by challenging the Very Serious People on the subject of meetings are starting to edge toward a new Democratic approach -- one that involves actually challenging the post-9/11 miasma into which the national conversation about foreign policy has landed -- while Clinton is still fully inside the defensive crouch.

When the data get tough, the tough stop gathering data... or.... er.... uh....  Today we learn that the Bush administration has stopped informing Congress on a in Baghdad:

U.S. drops Baghdad electricity reports

WASHINGTON -- As the Bush administration struggles to convince lawmakers that its Iraq war strategy is working, it has stopped reporting to Congress a key quality-of-life indicator in Baghdad: how long the power stays on....

But that piece of data has not been sent to lawmakers for months because the State Department, which prepares a weekly "status report" for Congress on conditions in Iraq, stopped estimating in May how many hours of electricity Baghdad residents typically receive each day.

Those pesky facts, messing up a perfectly good propaganda campaign full of turned corners, painted schools and bustling marketplaces. Kind of reminds you of those inconvenient , doesn’t it?

Military officials say they do not have precise figures or even estimates of the number of noncombatant Iraqis killed and wounded by American-led forces in Iraq.

"We don't keep a list," said a Pentagon spokeswoman, Lt. Cmdr. Jane Campbell. "It's just not policy."

It’s just not this administration’s policy to keep track of unpleasant realities in many areas, is it? Like ... oh, say ... :

NASA shelves climate satellites

Environmental science may suffer

By Beth Daley, Globe Staff  |  June 9, 2006

NASA is canceling or delaying a number of satellites designed to give scientists critical information on the earth's changing climate and environment.

The space agency has shelved a $200 million satellite mission headed by a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor that was designed to measure soil moisture -- a key factor in helping scientists understand the impact of global warming and predict droughts and floods. The Deep Space Climate Observatory, intended to observe climate factors such as solar radiation, ozone, clouds, and water vapor more comprehensively than existing satellites, also has been canceled.

Sheesh. The last thing we want is "critical information" about the climate crisis, the infrastructure in post-surge Baghdad or how many innocent people we’re liberating from life in Iraq. If you don’t measure it, it doesn’t exist in the faith-based governing model we now live under.

Fool Repug smear of expert backfires Center for American Progress military expert testified before the House Armed Services Committee this morning, challenging escalation proponents to have the and call for a if they would like the surge to continue indefinitely. One right-wing Ohio Congressman, , desperately tried to smear Korb during his question and answer period. Turner started off his smear attacks against Korb by questioning his credentials to speak before the panel:

TURNER: I was looking at your bio…that incorrectly I believe referred to you as Doctor Korb. And you do not have a PhD.

KORB: I do.

TURNER: You do have a PhD?

After humiliating himself once, Turner next turned his guns on Korb’s . “I’ve not seen citations like this before the committee,” Turner said, noting that Korb referenced research sources in his statement. Korb said he provided the citations for the lawmakers as a reference point for more information. He noted that Gen. Jack Keane, a co-panelist, “did not have any footnotes. His were all opinions.”

After falling flat in his numerous stabs at Korb, Turner moved onto the next smear. Taking a comment made by Korb completely out of context, Turner asserted that you’ve told us “you’re not a military expert.” Korb responded:

I’ll put my record in terms of scholarship, in terms of analysis of war in terms of military issues up against anybody.

After propagating his false smears, Turner refused to allow Korb time to answer and attempted to flee the committee room quickly. Chairman Ike Skelton (D-MO) told Turner to sit down and listen to Korb’s response. ThinkProgress contacted Turner’s office for comment on the incident. Andy Bloom, communications director for Turner, told us that Turner has never served in the military and has no substantive military experience. Asked if Turner was participating in a coordinated effort to smear Korb, Bloom said, “I can’t be certain.” Turner is a classic “,” a term used to refer to strident war proponents who have never personally experienced war. Korb, on the other hand, is a . He has served in the Pentagon, taught at the Naval War College and Coast Guard Academy, and has twice traveled to Iraq. He recently returned from a 10-day visit to Baghdad (see his dispatch ).  If you wish to contact Turner’s office, you can do so .  (Note: “A chickenhawk is someone who -3967549">ascribes the bravery of soldiers in wartime to themselves because they take a pro-war position.”)

Terror Thursday!  A strange envelope containing a strange white powder shows up at ABC News!  The building is evacuated, but it may be too late!  The powder is analyzed and identified as...[Shriek!!!] ... .  I guess the White House should've heeded the latest PDB: "Bin Laden Determined to Thin Americans' Blood."

   During testimony before the House Armed Services Committee today, the Center for American Progress’ military expert and co-author of , Lawrence Korb, challenged Congress to address the growing crisis of troop morale and readiness in the U.S. forces as a result of the Bush administration’s failures in Iraq. Korb argued the Army is “” and in need of immediate repair:

I say to those people who want to keep up this surge indefinitely, if you have the courage of your convictions, then call for reinstatement of the draft. Because our volunteer Army was not designed, as Gen. Abizaid said, for the long war.

Escalation architect ret. Gen. and Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) tag-teamed in an effort to downplay the diminished strength of the military. Keane said calling the Army “is one of the most offensive statements we can make.”  Hunter, ignorant of the views of numerous national security experts, said to Korb, “I don’t think that any of those people you’ve quoted — did Gen. McCaffrey ever say, ‘the Army is broken?’” Korb responded, “I will give you the exact quote, ‘The ground combat capability of the U.S. Army forces is shot.’”

Keane and Hunter are not only callously ignorant of the reality of the situation in Iraq and the condition of U.S. forces fighting there, but are also ignorant of the judgments of other military experts:

- Gen. Colin Powell: The “active Army is about broken,” Powell said. Even beyond Iraq, the Army and Marines have to “grow in size, in my military judgment,” he said, adding that Congress must provide significant additional funding to sustain them. []

- Lt. Gen. James R. “Ron” Helmly: In a “memo to other military leaders [Helmly expressed] “deepening concern” about the continued readiness of his troops, who have been used heavily in Iraq and Afghanistan, and warning that his branch of 200,000 soldiers “is rapidly degenerating into a ‘broken’ force.”" []

- Former Defense Secretary William Perry: The Bush administration has “failed adequately to assess the size of force and equipment needed in post-invasion Iraq, creating “a real risk of ‘breaking the force’.” []

- Chief Of Staff Gen. Peter Schoomaker: “Over the last five years, the sustained strategic demand … is placing a strain on the Army’s all-volunteer force,” Schoomaker told the commission in a Capitol Hill hearing. “At his pace … we will break the active component” unless reserves can be called up more to help, Schoomaker said. []

Time to come clean on Tillman's death  Jon Soltz, chairman of and veteran of the Iraq war.  The worst way you can further exacerbate the pain survivors of a fallen soldier feel, is to keep them wondering why and how their loved one died. Now past three years since former NFL star Pat Tillman died in Afghanistan, his mother, Mary Tillman, and her family do not have answers. Unfortunately, documents meant to put the investigation into his death to rest are only bringing up , rather than calming them. What’s worse is that the case could start to have serious repercussions with internal confidence in the Armed Forces.

Yesterday, the Associated Press reported that among the files on the case that the news agency obtained were details of Army medical examiners being unable to convince the military to look into whether Tillman was intentionally killed. According to the documents, the wounds they found were inconsistent with the government’s original official story that Tillman was cut down by Afghan fighters and looked more like he was killed by an American M-16 just a mere 10 yards away.

After an investigation, the government changed the story — that , an honest mistake, because he was mistaken for the enemy. The recent revelations now cast this conclusion into serious doubt. You don’t mistake someone from 10 yards away. But, was it murder or negligence? Was this a deliberate homicide?

President Bush is not helping at all. With these new details, and his in the Tillman investigation, the President is certainly sending the signal that he has something to hide.

It is inevitable, then, that unless the President comes clean, rumors about Tillman’s death will take hold. By stonewalling, there is no way to stop people from wondering, “Was the man the White House used to promote the war ordered to be killed because he was becoming increasingly critical of the war in Iraq?” It was well known that Tillman was critical of the decision to go to war, and had often read and quoted Noam Chomsky. I don’t personally believe such a conspiracy to be the case, but until the President comes clean, rumors like that will continue to grow. Every officer knows that if a soldier in their command is killed they must write the family and tell them the truth, for exactly that reason. Why can’t the man who sent Pat Tillman to war, and used his death for political gain, have the courage to tell a family what happened to their son? 

Ultimately, besides causing unfair pain to the Tillman family, the President is perilously close to doing severe damage to the military with his bullheadedness. If America looks at the Tillman case and concludes that the military cannot be trusted to tell the truth and take care of its own, and that the White House is an enabler of that behavior, public confidence in our fine military will wane.

Recruiters rely on the family members like mothers and fathers to allow their 18-year olds to sign up. The longer this festers and the longer questions linger, these families and our young people will lose their will to serve our country. Who gives their child to country who doesn’t honor their sacrifice? We don’t need new hurdles to recruiting like that, at a time when we desperately need to increase the size of our active duty component. Additionally, those already in the military will lose faith that the leadership actually gives a damn about them, as the Tillman case becomes a hot topic in chow halls. Morale and confidence in the institution will crumble.

In the Army, we have a saying: Good units have problems, but great units fix them. In other words, we’re largely judged in the military by how we are able to step up, accept responsibility, and correct problems, because problems that are allowed to fester are unacceptable. Unfortunately, the Tillman case just extends the pattern from this President of being unwilling or unable to step up and fix problems.

In that sense, this President, everyday, firms up his legacy as the worst Commander-in-Chief this nation has ever seen.

   Last week, Fox News’ for working with “the radical left” by sponsoring the upcoming YearlyKos convention, eventually forcing the company to from the convention’s website. Yesterday, Public Citizen’s revealed that JetBlue founder David Neeleman is for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. He on Romney’s Connecticut statewide finance committee.


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