Thursday, December 30, 2010

[The following, by Adam Levick, is crossposted from CiF Watch.]

H/T Pretzelberg

Imagine you're a comedian, and you want to tell a political joke. But, as politics is such a sensitive topic, you want to take care not to alienate your fans. What do you do? Well, you'll likely decide to use, as the object of your mockery, a safe target - someone beyond the pale, like a totalitarian dictator or egotistical tyrant. Kim Jong-il, Omar al-Bashir, and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad come to mind.

The Guardian's Culture Guide, on Dec. 18, which contained celebrity end-of-year lists, included this one, on "Reasons to be cheerful" by British comedian Mark Steel, who wrote his as a poem. The last zinger included this gem:

A single malt's aroma,
An 'Mmm donuts' from Homer,
Ariel Sharon still in a coma

Continue reading "UK comedian's observations in the Guardian reveal more than his style of humor"

NY City Workers Planned Their Slow Response to Record Snowfall As a Protest to Budget Cuts - '...Selfish Sanitation Department bosses from the snow-slammed outer boroughs ordered their drivers to snarl the blizzard cleanup to protest budget cuts -- a disastrous move that turned streets into a minefield for emergency-services vehicles, The Post has learned. Miles of roads stretching from as north as Whitestone, Queens, to the south shore of Staten Island still remained treacherously unplowed last night because of the shameless job action, several sources and a city lawmaker said, which was over a raft of demotions, attrition and budget cuts...' [Bust the union.] | # | (0) | Share

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

No Time for Israel: An Honest Reporting In-Depth Analysis - 'When Time magazine published its September cover story, "Why Israel Doesn't Care About Peace,"we were stunned by the bias of the article and its fundamental misrepresentation of Israeli attitudes. We wondered whether that article was a one-time failure of objectivity or if it represented a prevalent bias in Time's reporting on Israel. So we reviewed Time's reporting on Israel over an entire year November 2009 -November 2010, 73 articles, photo galleries, and quotes of the day. We found that while the cover story may have generated the most outrage from those who care about Israel, it was entirely consistent with the way Time interprets and reports on the conflict. Time's dismissive attitude towards Israel's peace efforts was just one example of an editorial bias that runs deep...' | # | (0) | Share

Uh oh:

"Burqa woman, with your sexy feet", croons the male singer, to the unforgettable tune of Roy Orbison's "Pretty Woman". The video parody is a YouTube hit, but has earned the comedian some hate mail from angry Islamists.

The song's cheeky lyrics tell the story of Pakistani comedian Saad Haroon's chaste romance with a burqa-clad woman, describing his hilarious efforts at wooing his "sexy ninja". "Burqa woman, my love for you grows, every time I see your toes", he sings, adding that he will "practice flirting with his living-room curtain".

The clip has divided its YouTube audience since it was uploaded on December 9. Some viewers criticised Haroon for giving the West a chance to laugh at Islam, while more radical comments called on the comedian to be "stoned to death"...

I agree with the stoning, if only because he has butchered a perfectly good song.

[h/t: Nappy]

[The following, by Vic Rosenthal, is crossposted from FresnoZionism.]

I have a problem with this.

Gil Troy denounces what he calls "Zionist racism": a strange perversion whereby victims of a smear absorb some characteristics bigots attribute to them, an ugly strain of Israeli racism is festering, threatening to delegitimize Zionism from within. Silent centrists must not stand by, idly watching racist rabbis in Tsfat ban selling houses to Arabs, young Jewish hooligans in Jerusalem beat Arabs, and loud bigots rally against Arabs and immigrants in Bat Yam and Tel Aviv. Zionists must reject these immoral and outrageous acts as unwelcome in our otherwise big broad Zionist tent devoted to building a thriving, democratic Jewish state in the Jewish people's traditional homeland.

Jewish racists betray Judaism and Jewish history. Having taught the world how humane and open religion can be, we must never forget Judaism's sensitivity to others. Having suffered from discrimination, we must never practice it.

Similarly, Zionist racists betray Zionism and the Zionist mission. Zionism's rise is intertwined with liberal democratic nationalism, mixing ethnic and civic nationalism. And Zionism's mandate to end anti-Semitism must never degenerate into discrimination against others.

First of all, I want to say that Troy is a Zionist and I often entirely agree with him. But this is unhelpful.

I really don't want to get too deeply into a dissection of the concept of 'racism', but there is one thing that is essential to it: it is dislike or maltreatment of an 'other' simply because he is an other. And that's not what's going on here.

Continue reading "Should we have stayed in Egypt?"

Egypt: Pilgrims greeted with 'death to the Jews' signs - 'Hebrew signs reading "death to the Jews" greeted Israeli pilgrims who came to the Egyptian Nile Delta village of Damtu to commemorate the annual anniversary of death of a 19th-century rabbi, The Media Line reports. And It's not the first time there has been trouble at the Abu-Hatzeira shrine...' | # | (0) | Share

Interesting article at The New York Times on the rise of the ethnic museum and how they may have a tendency to stretch or twist honesty to fit a certain narrative: To Each His Own Museum, as Identity Goes on Display. Two examples:

...The President's House site is where the nation's executive mansion stood from 1790 to 1800. And a display there could have provided some unusual insight into the American past, because not only did George Washington, as he shaped the institution of the presidency, sleep there, so did nine of his slaves. On Independence Mall in Philadelphia, which is devoted to ideas of American liberty, it would have made sense for this site to explore the conjunction of these two incompatible ideas -- slavery and liberty -- particularly as both were knit into the nation's founding.

Instead, during eight years of controversy, protests and confrontations, the project (costing nearly $12 million) was turned into something else. Black advocacy groups pressed the National Park Service and the city to create an exhibition that focused on enslavement...

Continue reading "Revising History to Make You Feel Good"

[The following, by Daniel Greenfield, is crossposted from Sultan Knish.]

Haven't you heard, Israeli democracy is in danger. That's the latest media talking point on Israel. And where is the threat to Israeli democracy coming from? From its democracy. Confused? That's probably because you think that the word 'democracy' has something to do with the popular vote and the right of every person, irrespective of their religion, country of origin or accent to vote for the party of their choice. As misguided as the vote may be. When it actually means the right of media pundits, academics and elitist judges to dictate how the country is run based on the values of a entitled upper class scrambling to hold on to power.

Out of their concern for Israeli democracy, the American media and the Obama Administration have been pressuring Netanyahu to "broaden" his coalition by replacing the Shas party of Middle Eastern Jews and the Israel is Our Home party of Russian immigrants, with the Kadima party. Traditionally calls for a broader coalition usually mean one that represents more of the country. But due to their fear for "Israeli democracy", this is actually a call for a coalition that represents fewer sectors of the country. Continue reading "Who's Afraid of Israeli Democracy?"

[The following, by Barry Rubin, is crossposted from The Rubin Report.]

The Egyptian government so arranged the parliamentary elections that the share of seats held by the opposition declined from 20 percent for Muslim Brotherhood supporters alone to only 3 percent for all of the half-dozen opposition parties put together. In other words, the regime didn't just steal the election--which it does regularly--it over-stole the balloting. One can sympathize with the idea of the current government of President Husni Mubarak not wanting the revolutionary Islamists from taking power, and one can understand how the regime wants a nice stable situation for the succession next year presumably to Husni's son Gamal.

But they overdid it.

What is worrisome here is that by showing the Muslim Brotherhood that even if it bows its head to repression (with 1,000 members arrested in the days leading up to the election) it won't even get the tiniest crumbs from the government. And that seems to mean--judging from Supreme Guide Muhammad Badi's hardline statements even earlier (see here and here)--that the group may step up efforts to overthrow the regime. There's no question of violence in the near-term, but what about four or six or eight years down the road, especially if Gamal falters as president or the ruling elite splits in factional disputes.

Continue reading "Things You Need To Know About the Middle East, December 2010"

Israel says London home to Hamas hub - 'Israel's defence ministry accused a London-based Palestinian centre on Tuesday of "terror-affiliated activities" and being the organisational arm of the militant Islamic Hamas movement in Europe. Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip and advocates violent opposition to the Jewish state, is designated by the European Union as a terrorist organisation. An Israeli defence ministry statement said that the Palestinian Return Centre organises conferences in Europe at which it plays taped speeches by Hamas leaders who are banned from entering the EU...' | # | (0) | Share

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A reader sent this in as a suggestion and I thought, hey, why not? These are not necessarily Hasbara videos, just fun stuff (OK, some "hasbara," or at least useful in that direction, is still in there). Here are ten. Email or comment to suggest others. Maybe I'll set up a poll, or maybe we'll just forget the competition part and enjoy the videos again:

Sexy beach dancers flash mob in Tel Aviv, Israel:

We Con the World:

Rock the Casbah, Hebron:

Continue reading "Top Ten Jewish and Israeli Viral Videos of 2010"

The enemy within: Islamic Movement uses questionable tactics to retake possession of sacred sites

Jerusalem municipality employees could not believe their eyes when they arrived one early morning, about two months ago, to the ancient Muslim cemetery in the capital's Independence Park.

A few days earlier, city officials in coordination with local Muslim leadership decided to fence the vicinity in order to make it easier to restore the site, which was neglected and rundown.

However, the employees were stunned to discover 250 new tombstones scattered among the old graves - some dating back to the Crusaders and ancient Muslim periods.

"The tombstones are identical in size and shape, and are easily distinguishable," said Dimitry, who works in the area.

Municipality employees removed 150 of the fictitious tombstones, most of which had nothing underneath them but weeds and dirt.

However, when representatives of the Islamic Movement learned that the tombstones were being removed, they appealed to the court and requested an injunction against their removal, claiming it was a sacred site.

The court rejected the appeal twice. At the third hearing, hundreds of Muslims showed up at the courtroom.

"The atmosphere was quite scary," one of the participants said. "Eventually, the judge suspended the removal of the tombstones until a final verdict is issued. We're still waiting for the verdict. This issue is as explosive as dynamite."

"Placing the tombstones there is part of the Islamic Movement's attempt to take over the state-owned land," said Israel Land Administration Spokeswoman Ortal Tzabar in an official statement...

This isn't the only spot where this is going on.

Useful idiots, PBS Edition - 'One would have thought we were beyond the day when the the folks at PBS would be shilling for Castro and Communism, but one would be wrong. Mary Anastasia O'Grady brings us a remarkable example of Castroite stupefaction in her Wall Street Journal column "A Cuban fairy tale from PBS," noted here by NewsBusters. O'Grady finds PBS NewsHour reporter Ray Suarez declaring the glories of Cuban health care in a three-part series last week...' [Some day we will look back on these Cuba puff-pieces with the same disgust we look back upon the work of Walter Duranty.] | # | (0) | Share
Wikileaks document alleges Syrian government role in 2006 cartoon riots, embassy attacks - 'The latest Wikileaks document from American diplomatic files may not embarrass the US government nearly as much as it might the Assad regime in Syria. In February 2006, enraged Muslims took to the streets of Damascus in protest over the publication of editorial cartoons that depicted Mohammed, and put the Danish and Norwegian embassies to the torch. The newly-released document relayed intelligence back to Washington that not only had the Assad regime condoned the attacks on the embassies, they purposefully incited the riots -- and cracked down when the wrong embassy was in danger of attack...' [One of those "Everyone knew that" Wikileaks "revelations".] | # | (0) | Share

[The following, by Vic Rosenthal, is crossposted from FresnoZionism.]

News item:


Avigdor Lieberman

In the harshest public words by an Israeli minister toward Turkey in months, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Sunday that Ankara's demand for an apology over the Mavi Marmara incident is "beyond chutzpa."

"There will be no apologies, and if so, we're waiting for one from Turkey," Lieberman said at an annual gathering of Israel's ambassadors and counsel-generals at the Foreign Ministry. Ankara needed to apologize for its cooperation with terrorists, such as the IHH - which organized the violent incident aboard the Mavi Marmara - Hamas and Hizbullah, he said...

Continue reading "Avigdor Lieberman is Right Again"

PA lightens ban on working in settlements to ease Palestinian unemployment - 'The Palestinian Authority has reconsidered a proposal that would have barred Palestinian laborers from working in West Bank Jewish settlements. Although several PA officials, notably Economy Minister Hassan Abu Libdeh and Prime Minister Salad Fayyad, came out in favor of such a move at the beginning of the year, it appears the PA has decided not to push for legislation on the issue because it is unable to offer the workers alternative employment...' | # | (0) | Share
David Harris: "How Can You Defend Israel?" - '..."That good liberal boy hasn't changed his view. Israel is a liberal cause, and I am proud to speak up for it." Yes, I'm proud to speak up for Israel. A recent trip once again reminded me why. Sometimes, it's the seemingly small things, the things that many may not even notice, or just take for granted, or perhaps deliberately ignore, lest it spoil their airtight thinking...' | # | (0) | Share
Islamists Slaughter Christians, and Jews Are Blamed - 'The recent wave of deadly attacks on Iraqi Christians must have cast a pall over Christmas celebrations worldwide this year. But one can't help wondering whether it also prompted any soul-searching at the Vatican. After all, it was just two months ago that a synod of Middle East bishops proclaimed Israel the main source of Middle East Christians' woes...' | # | (1) | Share

Monday, December 27, 2010

The false framework of the Gaza war - 'Today is the second anniversary of the beginning of Operation Cast Lead - but it is not the anniversary of the beginning of the Gaza War...all but ignored by the media (but that I had mentioned earlier): Hamas declared war on Israel on December 24th, a full three days before Cast Lead...' | # | (0) | Share

"Where Do You Get Off"

With all the solicitations for funding I'm sure we're all receiving this time of year, it seems particularly timely.

[h/t: Nappy]

Nigerian Muslims Drag Christian Pastor Into Street & Shoot Him Dead - 38 Christians Slaughtered - 'At least 38 people have been killed since Christmas Eve in attacks across Nigeria, including assaults against two churches...' | # | (0) | Share
Mapping the Organizational Sources of the Global Delegitimization Campaign against Israel in the UK [PDF] - 'In mid-December 2009, Member of Knesset Tzipi Livni, Israel's former foreign minister, was due to arrive in London and make a speech at a Jewish National Fund (JNF) event, held at the Hendon Hall Hotel in London. Having had a warrant issued for her to be arrested for alleged war crimes while serving as a minister during the Second Lebanon War and Operation Cast Lead, Livni canceled her plans and never came to Britain. A clip, still available on YouTube,1 shows two and a half minutes of a demonstration held in front of the hotel. This is a rather small demonstration; the few dozen protesters chant slogans such as "Zionists are terrorists" and "Free Palestine." They are holding signboards referring to "Apartheid in Palestine," and calling to bring "war criminals" to justice and to boycott Israeli goods. A closer look reveals that these signboards either carry the logo of the British Muslim Initiative (BMI), a main Muslim Brotherhood front in Britain, or of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) and its Boycott Israeli Goods (BIG) Campaign. Despite the small number of participants, top UK Brotherhood (Hamas's parent movement) figures are featured...' | # | (0) | Share

[The following, by Eamonn McDonagh, is crossposted from Z Word.]

Hamas would not rest until Israel was ousted from Palestine, said Ahmed al-Jabari, leader of the Izz a-din al-Qassam Brigades, adding that Israel had two options - to leave Palestinian territories or face death. He said that Hamas resistance would continue as long as Zionists remained in Palestine.

I wonder how the Good and ASHamed Jews and their fellow travelers are going to spin this one? A cry for help from a socially progressive liberation moment cruelly ignored by the world? A natural response to the pretension of Jews to have their own country? A generous peace offer sickeningly manipulated and distorted by the Zio-Nazi propaganda machine?

Read the full story here.

Roger L. Simon: Durban III: Time for the U.S. To Defund the UN? - 'When I was a kid, I thought the United Nations was the most righteous and positively idealistic organization in the world. It was the hope of humanity and I worshipped it. (My father -- a doctor -- volunteered for WHO and I would accompany him to the New York headquarters about once a month, gawking at the colorful Third World costumes and wishing I could speak French, la langue diplomatique.) Man, times have changed. I now regard the UN as a kind of global racket with three principal, often related, areas of, in Mafia style, special interest: propaganda for totalitarian countries, massive corruption (e.g. Oil-for-Food) and spying...' | # | (0) | Share
The Spanish Ham Lawsuit and Other Muslim Problems Hitting Iberia - 'A high school teacher in southern Spain is being sued for child abuse by the parents of a Muslim student who claims that the teacher "defamed Islam" by talking about Spanish ham in class. The case is one of a growing list of recent controversies that illustrate the increasing assertiveness of Muslims in Spain at a time when Spaniards are slowly waking up to the integration challenges posed by uncontrolled immigration from Muslim countries. Although Spanish legal scholars are divided over whether the lawsuit has real merit, nearly everyone agrees that the case has potentially major implications for free speech in Spain...' | # | (0) | Share

[The following, by Barry Rubin, is crossposted from The Rubin Report.]

Some of my readers are always bothered when I say that mistakes in Western Middle East policy are caused by stupidity and ignorance--abetted by ideology--and want to argue that the shortcomings are due to deliberate sabotage or evil intentions (often against Israel).

I can certainly understand why people think such things. But almost forty years of studying the Middle East and Western policy toward it have shown me hundreds of times that foolishness, misunderstanding, wishful thinking, and naivete are powerful forces in international affairs. As the great statesman Charles Maurice de Talleyrand put it almost two centuries ago, "This is worse than a crime, it's a blunder."

Remember that we are dealing here with people (policymakers, journalists, academics) trying to function across cultural, experiential, historical, linguistic, and usually religious lines. And what is their biggest handicap at present? Why, the very denial that such lines exist! Once you accept the assumption that everyone is basically alike in their thoughts, dreams, goals, and world view, you have no hope whatsoever of understanding anyone who has a different standpoint.

Continue reading ""This is worse than a crime, it's a blunder": Understanding Incompetent Western Policies"

[By Ira Sharkansky, via email]

Mahmoud Abbas has marked the Christmas season by proclaiming once again that he will permit no Israelis in his State of Palestine. In an earlier version he said that he would permit no Jews, but handlers had him revise his comments in a direction thought to be politically correct.

The recognition of his state is not sweeping the world, but is moving across South America. Ecuador has joined Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Bolivia in recognizing a Palestinian state with the borders of 1967 and its capital in Jerusalem.

So far there are no reports of frock-clothed ambassadors wandering the streets of this city with credentials in hand, looking for the Palestinian Presidential Mansion, or a place to establish an embassy.

The Palestinian who serves as the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, the head of the Roman Catholic Church in the Holy Land, called for understanding between Jews and Muslims, as well as a spirit of peace between the faithful of all the monotheistic religions.

One of the Patriarch's monsignors should whisper to Mahmoud Abbas that he is not serving the aspirations of the Church by comments about expelling Jews or Israelis.

Abbas' handlers might also advise him that talking about a Palestine that is Judenrein is not the way to calm Israeli Arabs who worry about Jewish politicians who would transfer them and their towns to Palestine.

Continue reading "In the Spirit of Christmas"

Khaled Abu Toameh: Abbas vows: No room for Israelis in Palestinian state - 'Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced on Saturday that when a Palestinian state is established, it will have no Israelis in it. "We have frankly said, and always will say: If there is an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, we won't agree to the presence of one Israeli in it," Abbas told reporters in Ramallah...' | # | (0) | Share

[The following, by Vic Rosenthal, is crossposted from FresnoZionism.]


There's lots more, too. The story of the Palestinian 'Jesus' is here, and more examples of invented history are here,  as recorded from the official Palestinian Authority (PA) TV station by Palestinian Media Watch.

Continue reading "Moty and Udi: Moty watches Palestinian TV"

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Friday, December 24, 2010

Have a lovely evening! We hit the Chinese buffet when they opened at 11:30am and tanked up. Now everything is in place, beer is popped, feet are up...

Hope you get some good stuff!

(Now it's time for some Battlefield: BC Vietnam.)

[The following, by Vic Rosenthal, is crossposted from FresnoZionism.]


News item:

The Palestinian Authority on Thursday informed the US and EU of its intention to request a UN Security Council resolution that condemns construction in West Bank settlements and east Jerusalem.

The announcement was made during separate meetings held by Chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat with US Consul-General Daniel Rubenstein and EU representative to the Palestinian territories Christian Berger.

Erekat said that the PA was hoping that the resolution would condemn the construction as illegal and in violation of international law.

There are good arguments that the settlements are quite legal in international law. In any event, such a decision could not be made by a political body, like the Security Council. It would require an impartial court to consider the legal issues, which of course doesn't exist.

Maybe it is finally time for Israel to consider leaving the UN.

Continue reading "Western Democracies: End the UN"

Britain: Palestine Solidarity Campaign frontman arrested outside Ahava. - 'One of the main campaigners for the Palestine Solidarity Campaign was arrested outside Ahava last night. After being taken to Holborn police station it was decided that no further action would be taken against him...' | # | (0) | Share

[The following, by Vic Rosenthal, is crossposted from FresnoZionism.]

There is a guy named Dan Friedman who sends me (and numerous others) several e-mails a day. He is very, very right-wing, in his American politics and his views on Israel. I'm sure a lot of people dislike him, but he's got a great sense of what's important.

He often spots interesting things, like this Newsweek interview with Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman -- another smart guy that a lot of people dislike -- in which Lieberman talks about land swaps:

Continue reading "Why Arabs Hate Land Swaps"

[The following, by Barry Rubin, is crossposted from The Rubin Report.]

If I had to pick one sentence to show what's profoundly wrong with Middle East coverage in the Western mass media, this is the one I'd choose. It's in a New York Times article entitled, "Israel: Tensions Rise Along Gaza Border" by Isabel Kershner. I'll put the sentence in bold:

"A rocket fired from Gaza fell close to a kindergarten in an Israeli village on Tuesday morning. Earlier, the Israeli Air Force struck several targets in Gaza in retaliation for a recent increase in rocket and mortar shell fire. Small groups appear to be behind the fire, but Israel says it holds Hamas, the Islamist organization that governs Gaza, responsible."

Why does this bother me so much? Because it seems to symbolize how the West--oh so well-educated, sophisticated people--fall for every trick, no matter how simple, of the terrorists and totalitarians of the world and do their propaganda work for them.

Continue reading "How Western Institutions' Naivete (Or Incompetence or Ideology) Helps Terrorists"

First, the United Nations didn't "create" Israel -- sovereignty was asserted by its provisional government at the termination of British authority in the territory... - '...this idea suffers from the flawed tendency to believe that creating a Palestinian state will produce peace. Yet no perusal of Palestinian sermons, statements or publications suggests that Palestinians accept the idea of a peaceful state alongside Israel. If a Palestinian state won't bring peace, why create it?...' | # | (0) | Share

[The following, by Daniel Greenfield, is crossposted from Sultan Knish.]

It wasn't long after Obama's victory that liberals began trying on patriotism like an old ill-fitting coat, admiring themselves in the mirror, and even denouncing conservatives as unamerican (yes it happened). Caught in the afterglow of their win, basking in the radiance of their man addressing the country, beaming down from the carefully arranged set pieces and choreographed events, guzzling the myth like hopeandchangey brew-- they could almost believe that the great clock of history had wound back to the Kennedy Administration. Before the Vietnam War or the shot in Memphis that killed Martin Luther King. That golden moment between FDR and LBJ, only briefly broken by McCarthyism and Ike, when hating your country hadn't yet become the mandatory liberal position. When it was still possible to look up admiringly at the flag and be a liberal, even if Phil Ochs and the SDS might mock them for it. When America to them was still the hope of the world, not the shame of the world.

More than anything else, the rise of Obama offered them that. A return to loving their country and being loved by it. Of course some things would have to go. Many things. But there could be a reconciliation of some kind. A new unity after the 'nightmare years' of the Bush Administration when the local Borders could never keep enough Bushisms books in stock, for reasons that they were sure had something to do with the Patriot Act, and their European friends didn't like them anymore. The new golden moment was here. Obama was the new JFK. And this time he wouldn't be shot and no one would have to be drafted to go to Vietnam. Altamont would end peacefully. Jimmy Hendrix would never die. Neither would Jim Morrison. All the culture clashes and racial hatreds would be reconciled. And all the national traumas would be healed again. Continue reading "The Left Drinks Itself to Death. Again"

"A Rough Version of Mr. Bush's Dream May Yet Come True" - '...Four years ago this month may have been the low-water mark in Iraq, with the nation gripped by a low-grade but escalating civil war. The American public strongly opposed the war. Almost every Democratic lawmaker in Congress, with the honorable exception of Senator Joseph Lieberman, was in fierce opposition to both the war and what later became known as the "surge." Republican lawmakers were losing their nerve as well. Three months earlier, in September 2006, Senator Mitch McConnell had asked for, and received, a private meeting with President Bush. Senator McConnell's message was a simple one: the Iraq war's unpopularity was going to cost the GOP control of Congress. "Mr. President," McConnell said, "bring some troops home from Iraq." President Bush, to his everlasting credit, not only refused to bend; he increased the American commitment to Iraq and changed our counterinsurgency strategy...' | # | (0) | Share

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