Some Updates On Random Matters
Michelle Malkin, among others, beat me to the blog with this, but I saw it in the paper and thought it worthy of comment. It seems that evil ol' Dubya wasn't responsible for the mess in New Orleans after all. The Army Corps of Engineers had already provided for the city's peril years ago. Imagine that. Not much on this story in the mainstream press either, from what I can tell. Tho, to be fair, the guy closest to the TV in my office likes to keep it on Fox News most of the time, so I don't get to see what the other news channels are talking about until I get home.
The "America is Always Wrong" crowd has been huffing and puffing about the use of white phosphorus (or "willy pete" as it's known by the troops) by our forces in several recent battles in Iraq. Apparently it's news to them that WP is not actually a chemical weapon and that its use is not disallowed by international treaty, except by aerial bombardment against civilian targets. Our military uses it for tracer rounds, incendiary artillery rounds (high explosive and willy-pete in combo is known as "shake and bake" to the cannon-cockers) and smoke/illumination rounds. John Pike sets the record straight on this score. I suppose next we'll be reviled for using bullets in our rifles. You'd think if people were going to get all frothy about something, they'd do a little research to find out what they were talking about.
Columnist Donald Devine over at the Washington Times points out that the Iraqi army is making progress in standing up a professional combat-ready force. This of course brings the US closer to pulling out our troops, tho without the cut-n-run so desired by certain elements in Congress. President Bush actually made a decent pitch for how we should handle the withdrawal from Iraq the other day, and if you dig a little you can see that the military is pretty much following the plan. It might be ragged and uneven, but the progress is there for those willing to see it.
And finally, in brief, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's family has publically disowned him. It's tough to be a murderous homicidal lunatic these days. Even Mom and Pop are going over to the infidels . . .
As in so many things, all that's required for Iraq to come out the way we want it to is patience. See it thru. Do what's needed rather than what's expedient or what will make political hay.
We can win this latest clash of cultures if we just keep our wits about us.