In Their Own Words

J. D. Pendry

Sometimes, there is no need for much additional commentary, but there is one thing I learned early in life.  Soldiers have no faith in leaders who have no faith in them or their mission and who clearly do not understand the enemy or the threat he is.

Let me be clear. The violence in Anbar has gone down despite the surge, not because of the surge. The inability of American Soldiers to protect these tribes from Al-Qaida said to these tribes: We have to fight Al-Qaida ourselves.”  - Sen. Charles Schumer

"I believe myself that the secretary of state, secretary of defense and — you have to make your own decisions as to what the president knows — (know) this war is lost and the surge is not accomplishing anything…”  - Senator Harry Reid

“If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans [Soldiers] had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime -- Pol Pot or others -- that had no concern for human beings.”  - Senator Dick Durbin

"There was no firefight, there was no IED that killed these innocent people. Our troops [Haditha Marines] overreacted because of the pressure on them, and they killed innocent civilians in cold blood. They actually went into the houses and killed women and children. "  - Representative John Murtha

"Shamefully we now learn that Saddam's torture chambers reopened under new management, U.S. management." – Senator Ted Kennedy

And there is no reason… that young American soldiers need to be going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children, you know, women, breaking sort of the customs of the – of – the historical customs, religious customs." – Senator John Kerry

“You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well.  If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”  – Senator John Kerry

 “I want to make it abundantly clear: if there’s anyone who believes that these youngsters want to fight, as the Pentagon and some generals have said, you can just forget about it.  No young, bright individual wants to fight just because of a bonus and just because of educational benefits.  And most all of them come from communities of very, very high unemployment.  If a young fella has an option of having a decent career or joining the army to fight in Iraq, you can bet your life that he would not be in Iraq.”  – Representative Charles Rangel

“We ended up launching a war that should have never been authorized and should have never been waged and to which we have now spent $400 billion and has seen over 3,000 lives of the bravest young Americans wasted.”  - Senator and Presidential candidate, Barack Obama

“The fact is if we are able to cut off the funding for the war, the president will not be able to conduct [win] the war." – Senator Russ Feingold

“From New Orleans to Baghdad, this administration has made ‘planning’ a dirty word and an alien concept, and the damage to the United States has been immeasurable.  Now with American lives on the line in Iraq, the least we can do is force them to draw up contingency plans to redeploy American troops in Iraq.”  Senator John Kerry [discussing his and Presidential Candidate Clinton’s demand for briefings on redeployment plans]

He has to answer for his war. He has dug a hole so deep he can't even see the light on this. It's a tragedy. It's a stark blunder. – Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi

First of all, [it is] the president's war. He's the one without a plan. – Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi

"The War on Terror is a slogan designed only for politics, not a strategy to make America safe. It's a bumper sticker, not a plan." – Former Senator, Former Vice Presidential candidate, Presidential Candidate John Edwards

September 11, 2007 is the 6th Anniversary (72 months) of the mass murder of 3000 people in an attack on free people and the sovereignty of the United States.   Our axis of idiots seems either unable or unwilling to grasp the nature of the threat.  Bin Laden (if it was indeed bin Laden) in his ramblings invited us to convert to Islam.  One of the tenets if Islam is to offer conversion or submission to the infidels before you attack them.

"To conclude, I invite you to embrace Islam, for the greatest mistake one can make in this world and one which is uncorrectable is to die while not surrendering to Allah, the Most High, in all aspects of one's life.” - Ambassador for the Religion of Peace, Osama bin Laden

It might be a good weekend to check your bunker supplies.

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