Tuesday, May 22, 2007


Cool article from AF Link about Gary Sinise and the work he does for the troops with his "Lieutenant Dan Band."
"Filming "CSI: NY" keeps Mr. Sinise busy limiting his opportunity to go on a tour and visit with troops.

"Sometimes, I wish I could do more because I'm on "CSI: NY" six months out of the year and I can't make overseas tours during the season. But I'll get out on a plane Saturday morning and fly out to a base and play a concert Saturday night then fly home on Sunday," he said. "It's just a way that I can continue to participate in trying to help support the troops while I'm still trying to do my job, working and be a dad.""

(Emphasis mine.) Look at that again. Work all week then get on a plane to fly out during your weekend, your time off, to entertain the troops. Nice to see an entertainer who actually gets it. Next thing you know there might be a Democrat who gets it...speaking of which...

(CMH winner) Bob Kerrey:
"American liberals need to face these truths: The demand for self-government was and remains strong in Iraq despite all our mistakes and the violent efforts of al Qaeda, Sunni insurgents and Shiite militias to disrupt it. Al Qaeda in particular has targeted for abduction and murder those who are essential to a functioning democracy: school teachers, aid workers, private contractors working to rebuild Iraq's infrastructure, police officers and anyone who cooperates with the Iraqi government. Much of Iraq's middle class has fled the country in fear.

With these facts on the scales, what does your conscience tell you to do? If the answer is nothing, that it is not our responsibility or that this is all about oil, then no wonder today we Democrats are not trusted with the reins of power. American lawmakers who are watching public opinion tell them to move away from Iraq as quickly as possible should remember this: Concessions will not work with either al Qaeda or other foreign fighters who will not rest until they have killed or driven into exile the last remaining Iraqi who favors democracy."

I disagree with former Sen. Kerrey on many most things. However, one thing we can agree on is that victory for the U.S. is better than defeat. It's a sad reflection on our political culture when this point is even in question. Once upon a time politics stopped at the water's edge. Debate health care, social security, taxes, budgets, pork, abortion, etc. with your opposition to your heart's content, but when it came to foreign policy you were an American first and a politician second. People from different parties may disagree on how best to prosecute the war, but they should at least believe in victory as an end goal.

Something is very wrong with this country.