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Where Have All the Right Wing War Bloggers Gone?

They used to write about the progress in Iraq on a regular basis. It seemed like every time a damn phone booth was installed in Baghdad conservative bloggers would write about it - seeking to turn some minor insignificant event like that into some drum-pounding, flag-waving star-spangled victory.

And now... now that we see actual examples of real progress, the right wing self-proclaimed 'fighting keyboardists' are sucking their thumbs like the rest of the Republican leadership.

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The head of U.S. Central Command said Sunday that Al Qaeda is no longer operating in Afghanistan, with its senior leadership having moved to the western region of Pakistan.

Gen. David Petraeus said affiliated groups have "enclaves and sanctuaries" in Afghanistan and that "tentacles of Al Qaeda" have touched countries throughout the Middle East and northern Africa. But he said the terrorist group has suffered" very significant losses" in recent months, and agreed with Afghan President Hamid Karzai's recent assessment that there is no Al Qaeda based in his country.

Democrats = real results - unlike Republican "Mission Accomplished" bullshit.

But the extent to which that the war blogging right have fallen silent as real progress is made underlines the hypocrisy of the Republican Party.


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Comments (10)

Tim:

What? There's progress in Iraq? I had no idea. I though the war was lost. John Kerry said so. So did John Murtha. And Harry Reid. And Nancy Pelosi. Anyway, I thought we had left Iraq already. After all, Barack Obama said we were going to. If you can't trust his word, who's word can you trust?

Mac Lorry:

The premise of your story is that "Right Wing War Bloggers" have stopped writing about progress in Iraq. Well, with the ratification of the forces agreement by Iraq, Bush was finally able to claim "Mission Accomplished". All that's left for Obama is the mop up work. Not much to write about.

The head of U.S. Central Command said Sunday that Al Qaeda is no longer operating in Afghanistan, with its senior leadership having moved to the western region of Pakistan.

A farmer was asking his hired hand how he go the fox out of the cattle yard. The hand answered, that was easy, I just left the chicken coup door open.

Why would Al Qaeda hide in remote regions of Afghanistan where the U.S. still bombs them when they can move into the western region of Pakistan where they are safe from U.S. bombs and much closer to nuclear weapons. Nothing to worry about Lee, the fox isn't scaring the cattle anymore, it's been forced into the chicken coup.

Paul Hooson:

Mr. Obama had a great deal of success getting both Pakistan and Afghanistan more on board earlier this week fighting the Taliban and Al Qaeda. However, collateral damage incidents in both nations resulted is some setbacks later in the week. Yet the strategy is more aggressive than the Bush strategy by far and has achieved more success in a shorter time span, although the ultimate prognosis for victory over an elusive enemy like Al Qaeda remains difficult.

Mac Lorry:
Gen. David Petraeus, who oversees the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, said in an interview that Pakistan has become the nerve center of al Qaeda's global operations, allowing the terror group to re-establish its organizational structure and build stronger ties to al Qaeda offshoots in Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, North Africa and parts of Europe.

Under Bush the fox was in the cattle yard, under Obama the fox is in the chicken coup. Such a failure and in just 110 days.

Lee Ward:

Nobody said the job was done.

Petreaus cites "very significant losses" and the right wing quickly hides their eyes, looking for some excuse for their 7 years of support for an administration that phonied up a "war on terror" in order to protect oil interests in Iraq -- while ignoring the prosecution of al Qaeda.

and now that Afghanistan has been rid of al Qaeda they've been chased out of the caves and into the sun, and out of the frying pan and into the fire:

The head of U.S. Central Command, speaking on "FOX News Sunday," warned of the severe threat extremist groups now pose to Pakistan but praised the U.S. ally for what he described as a coordinated campaign to beat back an uprising of Taliban forces.

He said that the Taliban's effort to extend their territory beyond the northern Swat valley seems to have "galvanized all of Pakistan" against the group.

"There is a degree of unanimity that there must be swift and effective action taken against the Taliban in Pakistan," Petraeus said, warning of the dire consequences of a Pakistan defeat.

"This is not a U.S. fight that Pakistan is carrying out at this point ... This is a Pakistani fight, a Pakistani battle, with elements that as we've mentioned threaten the very existence of the Pakistani state."

Republican chicken shit not withstanding, progress continues to be made. Chasing AQ out of the strongholds of 7 years and out into the open is the first phase.

What a coup if the Obama administration succeeds in rallying Pakistan to fight back. Clinton has been working this angle for a couple for weeks, knowing Petreus would be succeed in driving AQ out of their hiding places in the caves. Just a few months ago the Taliban was running Pakistan, now both sides are engaged.

More progress has been made in the last 110 days than we've seen in 7 years under Bush. What a difference 110 days make.

Mac Lorry:
Republican chicken shit not withstanding, progress continues to be made. Chasing AQ out of the strongholds of 7 years and out into the open is the first phase.

Nice pipedream you have there Lee, but the reality is that Al Qaeda was attracted out of Afghanistan by the Taliban gaining control of the Swat valley where they are entirely beyond the reach of U.S. forces. As a result, Gen. David Petraeus said Al Qaeda has now been able to "re-establish its organizational structure", something Bush kept them from doing for 7 years. Obama has let the fox into the chicken coup and the left is shoveling chicken shit trying to hide this stunning failure.

"This is not a U.S. fight that Pakistan is carrying out at this point ... This is a Pakistani fight, a Pakistani battle, with elements that as we've mentioned threaten the very existence of the Pakistani state."

So Al Qaeda is threaten the very existence of the Pakistani state and control of it's nuclear weapons, but not to worry, it's not a U.S. fight. Well, not until one of those warheads is detonated in a U.S. City.

Just a few months ago the Taliban was running Pakistan, now both sides are engaged.

Wrong. Just a few months ago the Taliban was restricted to a small area of eastern Pakistan, but they have been gaining ground. Yes, the Pakistan military can push the Taliban back, but without competent leadership the Pakistani forces then leave and let the Taliban come back. They are on their third cycle and there's no indication that Pakistani forces will stay in areas they push the Taliban from this time.

To be fair to Obama, he's in a bad situation because Pakistan won't allow U.S. forces to join the fight. Obama may have to put forces on the ground in Pakistan against the will of the civilian government. Question is, will the left support Obama when U.S. troops start coming home in caskets?

Lee Ward:

Pakistan is taking the fight to the Taliban, and despite Republicans like our resident troll Mac rooting on the Taliban - Pakistani forces are overcoming the forces of evil and victory is at hand.

The army offensive has garnered praise from U.S. officials, who want Pakistan to root out havens on its soil where Taliban militants can plan attacks on American and North Atlantic Treaty Organization forces across the border in Afghanistan. In an interview aired Sunday, Pakistan's president urged international support for the fight and insisted that the army had enough troops in the northwest to handle the threat.

Republicans hoping the Taliban will win -- all because they hate Obama sooo much.

Why is that not surprising?

Mac Lorry:
...Republicans like our resident troll Mac rooting on the Taliban...

While it's an honor to be labeled a resident troll by you, I in no way am "rooting on the Taliban".

Unlike you, I don't consider the rise of the Taliban to the point of threatening the very existence of Pakistan as any kind of success for Obama. It has more to do with incompetent leadership within Pakistan, leadership that's seeking much more American aid to retain it's support with the Pakistani people. Without the Taliban threat there would be little reason to give such aid, which might be why the Pakistani military is reluctant to finish off the Taliban.

Pakistani leaders won't tell the U.S. where their nuclear warheads are located, so we have little idea just how safe they are, nor do we know when it might be prudent to intervene militarily to "rescue" those weapons. Pointing out that this is a dangerous situation is not "rooting on the Taliban".

Tim:

Mac, U.S. aid wouldn't be the only reason the Pakistani military can't finish off the Taliban. So far, the performance of the army has been far from impressive. They appear to have the same problems that manifest in Arab armies. They seem more designed to oppress the population as opposed to actually prosecuting a war. It's like a giant police force. Then you have to take into account that the ISI is riddled with Taliban supporters. That was probably Musharaf's number one problem. He had to tread carefully when it came to the ISI, and balance his interests closely. Frankly, I'm surprised he made it out alive.

Chad:

It's kind of funny that Lee is touting the great success of President Obama in the war on terror when all Obama has done is continue the policies of President Bush. The only thing he's done differently is beg Nato for more troops (Which they won't give us, and who mostly will be told to avoid fights), and to have a sit down with Pakistan (which also occurred during President Bush's terms). Letting Al Quaeda and the Talibanis hide over the border is a serious mistake, we need to aggressively hunt them down. Pakistan (no insult meant, just a reflection on capabilities) can't do it. They don't have the training (see police force comments above), the gear (they mostly buy old soviet/russian gear which is not as good as what our guys have), or the political willpower to do the job. When upper echelon generals are involved in terrorist attacks on a neighboring country, you know you have infiltration issues. (See Mumbai India) Yes, we should be working with Pakistan on this, but if they are "harboring" the enemy by intent, or are unable to eject them, then we need to be allowed to strike over the border. They're terrorists, murderers, drug gangs, and bandits. You'd think they'd be happy that we want to help lance a malignant boil like the Swat Valley.


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