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Ask a Vet - Super Tuesday
Author: TriSec    Date: 02/05/2008 11:23:32

Good Morning.

Today is our 1,784th day in Iraq.

We'll start today as we always do, with the latest casualty figures in the warron terra, courtesy of Antiwar.com:

American Deaths
Since war began (3/19/03): 3945
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 3806
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3484
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3087
Since Election (1/31/05): 2507

Other Coalition Troops: 307
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 482

We find this morning's Cost of War passing through: $491, 762, 500, 000.00

And now on to Super Tuesday.




Does your state vote today? If it does, did you?

Going into today's contest, I find myself in an unusual position. I'm still undecided. Despite everything, it turns out that those early primaries have retained their undue influence, and once again the rest of the country gets what these little, white, rural states have chosen for us.

As for me, once again I have the unpalatable choice of voting against someone. No knock on those of you that support her, but I said from the very beggining, 'I oppose anyone named Bush or Clinton winning the nomination; It's time for new blood.' As the candidates have fallen by the roadside, those that many of us could vote for have been left behind.

Hilary has been called 'the best Republican candidate' and I think a lot of us fear that she would maintain the status quo and not really change anything. As for Obama, Papa TriSec points out that he is not beholden to special interests...yet. But when they come calling with their money, that's when we could have the possibility of change, if he's strong enough to act on it.

In the end....we can go and vote and do our civic duty and hope like hell that the machine doesn't eat our votes.



In keeping with the election, we'll take a look at one more candidate's position on the Iraq war. We've seen the two Democratic front runners in recent weeks, so for comparison we'll look at the former governor of this Commonwealth today, Mitt Romney.
Confronting Radical Jihad

Jihadism – violent, radical, fundamental Islam – is this century’s nightmare. It follows the same dark path as last century’s nightmares: fascism and Soviet communism. Many still fail to comprehend the extent of the threat posed by radical Islam, specifically by those extremists who promote violent Jihad against the United States and the universal values Americans espouse. Yet, the consequences of ignoring this threat – such as a radicalized Islamic actor possessing nuclear weapons – are simply unacceptable.

CHALLENGE: Jihadism – violent, radical, fundamental Islam – is this century's nightmare. It follows the same dark path as last century’s nightmares: fascism and Soviet communism. Many still fail to comprehend the extent of the threat posed by radical Islam, specifically by those extremists who promote violent Jihad against the United States and the universal values Americans espouse. Yet the Jihad has been with us for some time.

Radical Islam has one goal: to replace all modern Islamic states with a worldwide caliphate while destroying the United States and converting all nonbelievers, forcibly if necessary, to a fundamentalist form of Islam.

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: "Today, we face a new generation of challenges, globally and here at home.We will do as Americans have always done: we will rise to the occasion.We have all that we need.We have technology, technology that would have been beyond the imagination of our grandparents.We have national wealth. And most important, we have the heart and passion of the American people - always the greatest source of our strength as a nation." (Governor Mitt Romney, Remarks At The George Herbert Walker Bush Presidential Library, 4/10/07)

*snip*



To meet today's challenges, we must mobilize and integrate all elements of national power in unstable areas where traditional civilian agencies cannot operate effectively and traditional military power alone cannot succeed.

Create A Special Partnership Force (SPF). The SPF will integrate all elements of national power under a new force with leadership drawn from a core group of our Army Special Forces trained to work with civilian governments and intelligence personnel to form a new capability that is:

* Focused on locally-targeted efforts to win support in the community while identifying, isolating and eliminating terrorist elements.
* Highly integrated and able to mobilize all elements of national power, including humanitarian and development assistance and rule of law capacity building.
* Closely coordinated in partnership with local governments.
* Intelligence driven.
* Agile and flexible in its operations.
* A sustainable effort in contested areas and sanctuaries of Jihadist groups.

Launch A New Type Of Marshall Plan Unifying Nonmilitary Sources Of Power To Support Moderate Muslims. As President, Governor Romney will call together our Middle East allies and the major nations of the developed world to establish a "Partnership for Progress and Prosperity."

This Partnership will assemble the resources of all developed nations to assure that threatened Islamic states have public schools, micro-credit and banking, the rule of law, human rights, basic health care, and competitive economic policies. Resources would be drawn from public and private institutions, and from volunteers and NGOs.

Strengthen Global Alliances. The failure of efforts such as the United Nations Human Rights Council has given multilateralism a bad name. America’s strength is amplified when it is combined with the strength of other nations.


Remember, this is what we're up against. Did I mention that you should get out and vote today?


Lastly, we veer into the personal.

Today is February 5. An ordinary day for many, but it is a date of some significance for me and my oldest friends. Back in High School, we had our own 'club' of sorts, and we tried hard to run it democratically, with elected leaders, representative government, the whole works. Well, in the winter of 1981, the group fell under despotic rule. At the time, we always sat at the same table in the cafeteria, but one day a small band of us ventured to "the other side" and hatched a plan to overthrow the despot. On Friday, February 5th, we presented the charges and literally physically removed the 'president' from the clubhouse, and went on to resurrect what we could of our little club.

Perhaps insignificant High School memories....but it is where my handle comes from. I signed the articles of overthrow as the "Tribunal Secretary", hence TriSec. As the years passed, most of my friends moved away or lost contact...I'm still in touch with two from those days, curiously enough the despotic ruler we overthrew, and the leader of the uprising. This whole period of my life has tempered a lot of mannerisms and thoughts...so you probably can understand why I'm here now.


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Comment by BobR on 02/05/2008 13:22:15
morning, folks... :coffee:

Comment by m-hadley on 02/05/2008 13:40:49
Mornin' Everybody,

I just voted and I voted for Obama and now am at work for a long day - here until 8:00pm - ugh It's pouring rain here in Tulsa this morning.

Comment by BobR on 02/05/2008 13:46:03
Quote by m-hadley: Mornin' Everybody,

I just voted and I voted for Obama and now am at work for a long day - here until 8:00pm - ugh It's pouring rain here in Tulsa this morning.


A 12 hr workday? - wow, that really sucks...

Comment by BobR on 02/05/2008 13:53:07
Hey ProducerChris



For music bumpers today, I suggest:



"Re-election Day" by Duran Duran

"I Wanna be Elected" by Alice Cooper



gang - can we come up with any others?

Comment by Raine on 02/05/2008 14:12:01
Good Morning!



I read somewhere that Hillary didn't really cry, but rather she was coughing... Sure....

Comment by Raine on 02/05/2008 14:16:33
Quote by BobR: Hey ProducerChris



For music bumpers today, I suggest:



"Re-election Day" by Duran Duran

"I Wanna be Elected" by Alice Cooper



gang - can we come up with any others?


Get up, Stand up/ Bob MArley

Comment by Raine on 02/05/2008 14:19:44
Jim just said a great thing! "Now is your time to do it" regarding who you WANT to vote for.

Comment by Grumpymann on 02/05/2008 14:23:25
Quote by Raine:
Quote by BobR: Hey ProducerChris



For music bumpers today, I suggest:



"Re-election Day" by Duran Duran

"I Wanna be Elected" by Alice Cooper



gang - can we come up with any others?


Get up, Stand up/ Bob MArley
A suggestion from the GOP regarding the Voting machines:

Domo arigato Mr. Robato/ Styx



Comment by livingonli on 02/05/2008 14:23:33
Good morning everyone. It's 47 but I'm still freezing. And we're supposed to get a nice rain event just in time for the Giants victory parade.

Comment by wickedpam on 02/05/2008 14:24:49
Morning! :hug:

Comment by livingonli on 02/05/2008 14:26:01
Morning Mala and Grump. We all joined the party at the same time.

Comment by BobR on 02/05/2008 14:26:05
Quote by Raine:

Get up, Stand up/ Bob MArley


Bob Marley / Beastie Boys mash-up:



Get up - stand up....

stand up for your right - to PARRRRRRR-TYYYY!

Comment by Raine on 02/05/2008 14:26:33
I am so excited that it's election day!!!







Comment by wickedpam on 02/05/2008 14:27:01
Quote by BobR: Hey ProducerChris



For music bumpers today, I suggest:



"Re-election Day" by Duran Duran

"I Wanna be Elected" by Alice Cooper



gang - can we come up with any others?






Love Re-Election Day, but it's by Arcadia (which is half of Duran just Simon, Nick and Roger)



Comment by Grumpymann on 02/05/2008 14:28:11
I need food and I have some stuff to do bye all

Comment by livingonli on 02/05/2008 14:28:19
Does the Weiner Savage wear a white sheet when he's on the air?

Comment by Raine on 02/05/2008 14:28:34
OOOH! I got a song!!! Minority, by Green day!

Comment by wickedpam on 02/05/2008 14:32:13
I forgot it's Mardi Gras!





Comment by Raine on 02/05/2008 14:32:21
Quote by Grumpymann: I need food and I have some stuff to do bye all


See ya later Grump!!!

Comment by livingonli on 02/05/2008 14:32:56
Mala, is your primary today?

Comment by Raine on 02/05/2008 14:33:47
Quote by wickedpam: I forgot it's Mardi Gras!



OH yeah!!!!



:boobs2:

Comment by livingonli on 02/05/2008 14:33:59
KO had a piece last night speculating whether New York/New Jersey primary voter turnout would dropoff due to the Giants parade.

Comment by livingonli on 02/05/2008 14:34:54
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam: I forgot it's Mardi Gras!



OH yeah!!!!



:boobs2:


Damn, where are the beads?

Comment by starling310 on 02/05/2008 14:35:03
Morning.

Comment by BobR on 02/05/2008 14:35:41
Quote by wickedpam:





Love Re-Election Day, but it's by Arcadia (which is half of Duran just Simon, Nick and Roger)



I thought so, but did a quick search and it came back Duran Duran... :redface:

Comment by livingonli on 02/05/2008 14:36:31
Morning to you too

Comment by m-hadley on 02/05/2008 14:38:46
I love me some Al Franken - his book Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot is one of my all time favorites, that along with Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them are both great, entertaining reads. I hope Chris is paying attention to this blog and takes some of your excellent suggestions for music this morning...;)

Comment by Raine on 02/05/2008 14:40:11
How about "Peaches" By the President's of the United States of America? :P

Comment by m-hadley on 02/05/2008 14:41:01
Laissez le Bon Temp Roulez, mon amis!!!



Comment by wickedpam on 02/05/2008 14:42:40
Quote by BobR:
Quote by wickedpam:





Love Re-Election Day, but it's by Arcadia (which is half of Duran just Simon, Nick and Roger)



I thought so, but did a quick search and it came back Duran Duran... :redface:




It's often cataloged wrong. I think cause people associate it with Meet El Presidente from the Nortorious album.



Comment by Raine on 02/05/2008 14:43:08
:rofl: I sorta miss Al Franken

Comment by livingonli on 02/05/2008 14:43:54
John McCain, how can you not throw your weight behind a half-senile war-monger who wants to continue the failed policies of the Bush Administration?

Comment by Raine on 02/05/2008 14:44:23
:star: !!!!







Comment by BobR on 02/05/2008 14:44:46
Quote by Raine: OOOH! I got a song!!! Minority, by Green day!


I think American Idiot might be better...

Comment by wickedpam on 02/05/2008 14:49:50
Quote by Raine: I sorta miss Al Franken




Al is much better in small doses though.



Comment by wickedpam on 02/05/2008 14:51:00
Potomac Primary is next tuesday and the only ad I've seen for a candidate is Obama.

Comment by Raine on 02/05/2008 14:51:31
Fight The Power! Public Enemy!

Comment by Raine on 02/05/2008 14:54:21
:puke: Guts and Fat...

Comment by livingonli on 02/05/2008 14:54:36
When Rush explodes, it won't be pretty.

Comment by Raine on 02/05/2008 14:55:30
Does Bill STILL have a radio show? I thought I heard that it was being cancelled.



Comment by Raine on 02/05/2008 14:56:29
Deep breath DEAP CLEANSING breath...

Comment by TriSec on 02/05/2008 14:58:33
Quote by livingonli: John McCain, how can you not throw your weight behind a half-senile war-monger who wants to continue the failed policies of the Bush Administration?




oh, that reminds me. I saw a disturbing ad last night.



It was all about John McCain, and how he served in war, supported Bush, etc. and so on.



But the ad closed with the tagline..."John McCain, ready to be Commander-in-Chief on day one." And the graphic at the end of the ad also read "John McCain, Commander-in-Chief".



Wasn't this election for the Presidency? Are we electing military commanders now?





Comment by BobR on 02/05/2008 15:00:57
Quote by TriSec:



oh, that reminds me. I saw a disturbing ad last night.



It was all about John McCain, and how he served in war, supported Bush, etc. and so on.



But the ad closed with the tagline..."John McCain, ready to be Commander-in-Chief on day one." And the graphic at the end of the ad also read "John McCain, Commander-in-Chief".



Wasn't this election for the Presidency? Are we electing military commanders now?





FEAR WAR KILL DEATH TERRORISM!!

Comment by BobR on 02/05/2008 15:02:09
Quote by Raine: Does Bill STILL have a radio show? I thought I heard that it was being cancelled.



He's on a 500W AM station in Sheboygan...



"And now the farm report, with Bill O'Reilly..."

Comment by livingonli on 02/05/2008 15:02:21
Quote by TriSec:
Quote by livingonli: John McCain, how can you not throw your weight behind a half-senile war-monger who wants to continue the failed policies of the Bush Administration?




oh, that reminds me. I saw a disturbing ad last night.



It was all about John McCain, and how he served in war, supported Bush, etc. and so on.



But the ad closed with the tagline..."John McCain, ready to be Commander-in-Chief on day one." And the graphic at the end of the ad also read "John McCain, Commander-in-Chief".



Wasn't this election for the Presidency? Are we electing military commanders now?





I've seen that one too. The one political ad that runs on MSG and that had to be it.



On Day One, he will be there to bomb the world into submission. I would feel safer with General Ripper from Dr. Strangelove.

Comment by Raine on 02/05/2008 15:02:34
I saw that Ad as well... HE looked SO OLD... And all pancake make-up upped...

Comment by livingonli on 02/05/2008 15:03:57
Quote by Raine: Does Bill STILL have a radio show? I thought I heard that it was being cancelled.



In right-wing talk radio, you fail upward. How many third or fourth-rate right-wingers have talk shows (Dennis Miller, anyone?)

Comment by Raine on 02/05/2008 15:06:13
Quote by BobR:
Quote by Raine: Does Bill STILL have a radio show? I thought I heard that it was being cancelled.



He's on a 500W AM station in Sheboygan...



"And now the farm report, with Bill O'Reilly..."




Comment by wickedpam on 02/05/2008 15:08:19
Quote by BobR:
Quote by Raine: Does Bill STILL have a radio show? I thought I heard that it was being cancelled.



He's on a 500W AM station in Sheboygan...



"And now the farm report, with Bill O'Reilly..."




He's not Les Nessman. Where are his Buckeye Newshawk Award and his coveted Silver Sow?



Comment by wickedpam on 02/05/2008 15:10:00
Love Holly Hunter