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Thanksgiving and the Troops

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There are lots of troops on lots of bases who would love a turkey dinner this Thanksgiving, and will gladly accept an invitation to your table. And a lot of families who could use some help in putting on their own dinner.

Call the chaplain’s office on any base and they will let you know how to help.

A friend of mine at Camp Pendleton tells me there are a number of Marine families that could use a turkey etc. You can call John at 760-725-4001 if you’d like to donate a T-Day basket.

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The Roll Call in the Senate: The Rollout of Vietnam Syndrome 2.0

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Here’s the roll call on the Warner amendment that in effect rebukes the president for the conduct of the war, demanding information that has often been supplied and a transition that will be forthcoming if it makes sense, and won’t be if it doesn’t.

(BTW: Here’s the headline in the Washington Post: “Senate Rebukes Bush on Iraq Policy. Bill Passed Demands Updates on Conflict and Codifies Treatment of Detainees”)

Note the “nays” are comprised of both the most clear-eyed concerning the stakes in Iraq and the most relentless of the president’s critics, including Senators Chambliss, Kyl, DeMint, Sessions, Coburn (and McCain,) and Byrd, Kennedy Kerry and Leahy, respectively.


“Bill Frist is dead to me.” One blogger’s reaction. I doubt very much if he is alone.


Varifrank weighs in.

Here’s what Kos is saying

GOP steals Dem plan on Iraq
by kos
Mon Nov 14, 2005 at 11:35:38 PM PDT
See, this is what plagiarism is all about. From the Nitpicker:

Mr. Warner said he decided to take the Democratic proposal and edit it to his satisfaction in an effort to find common ground between the parties on the issue.

Of course, when a Democrat takes the freely offered talking points of an ally and uses them in a letter, it’s called plagiarism. When a Republican just edits a Democratic plan and presents it as a Republican plan, then that’s a “grand vision.” Right, Glenn?

The good news — Republicans are finally starting to come around on Iraq, making noise about applying some accountability to the war effort.

And more good news — Republicans are proving that Democrats are, in fact, the party of ideas and they are, in fact, bereft of them. Otherwise, they wouldn’t be stealing our ideas.

The Senate GOP Caves

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The Senate GOP ran from the fight today, passing a resolution that John Kerry immediately branded evidence of crumbling support for the Iraq war, and which the Washington Post described this way:

The Senate-approved Iraq policy proposal calls for _ but does not require _ the Bush administration to “explain to Congress and the American people its strategy for the successful completion of the mission in Iraq” and to provide reports on U.S. foreign policy and military operations in Iraq every three months until all U.S. combat brigades have been withdrawn.

Kerry’s e-mail list got this message:

You can feel the ice breaking. For far too long, Republican leaders have refused to challenge the aimless Bush “stay as long as it takes” approach to Iraq. But now, their unwillingness to act has started to crumble.

Today in the Senate, facing a Democratic resolution on Iraq, the Republicans offered their own call for President Bush to come up with a plan. They didn’t go nearly far enough, but clearly our call for a concrete plan is gaining momentum.

I will devote most of today’s show to this fiasco, but the president is now on notice that his “allies” in the Senate are about as reliable as France.

UPDATE: The New York Times understands the score as well:

The Senate signaled its growing unease with the war in Iraq today, voting overwhelmingly to demand regular reports from the White House on the course of the conflict and on the progress that Iraqi forces are making in securing their own country.

The vote, 79 to 19, came on an amendment to a spending bill that ultimately passed without opposition. The bipartisan support for the amendment sponsored by Senator John W. Warner, the Virginia Republican who heads the Armed Services Committee, reflected anxiety among Republicans as well as Democrats.

And Secretary Rumsfeld remarks on the call for “reports”:

On the matter of keeping Congress informed, the secretary said that the “Department of Defense and the Department of State send literally dozens of Iraqi-related reports to Congress each year already” and that the Pentagon alone sends Congress “I don’t know, it’s something over 900 reports total every year” on an array of subjects.

“I hope someone reads them,” Mr. Rumsfeld said.


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