Like Instapundit says, this is a real winner: "McCain for President. Or we’re really screwed." Nuff said.
Arizona Sen. John McCain’s post-vote speech last night hit all the points intended to mollify his party critics. It could be the start of a reconciliation that stops the rather-sit-home whining before it gets out of hand. As he said: "We are the captains of our fate. We can overcome any challenge as long as we keep our courage and stand by our principles. I intend to make my stand on those principles, and trust in the judgment of the American people I serve." It’s been said that after eight years of one party, voters normally want another in the White House. But the times are unusual, and the Long War continues, and it may be that people won’t want its stewards to change–particularly when the only choice is the controversial husband-wife team of the pre-war administration. We’re going to find out.
UPDATE: Hugh Hewitt, who kept me sane in 2004 by never doubting that Bush would win re-election, has the right idea: "There are seven reasons for anyone to support the eventual nominee no matter who it is: The war and six Supreme Court justices over the age of 68."
I confess I didn’t pay much attention to the NYTimes’ latest smear on combat veterans–implying without context (statistical or otherwise) that the sometimes dubious violent crimes of 121 returned Afghanistan and Iraq veterans are connected to their combat experiences. The Democrat house organ helped invent the slur on Vietnam combat veterans as "ticking time bombs," making us the forerunners of the actual Muslim suicide bomber. But Ralph Peters doesn’t overlook such things, even if they aren’t news. In "The New Lepers," he describes the latest smear as "an artful example of hate-speech disguised as a public service."
MORE: Beware the brutal veteran journalist, with actual incidents. Humor from Iowahawk. You might need to worry, because a lot of them are going to be laid off in the near future.
The concept car is ugly. It has no headroom and looks like a mashed can. But if Chevy can really pull off this flex-fuel, hybrid electric car by 2010, it could be the start of something good for the Long War and the economy. Too many of our pols seem to have their pockets lined with Saudi dollars for them to make a serious effort away from the Middle East oil funding the terrorists. But the automobile industry might be able to do it for them. Although as the driver of a Honda rice-burner, I’ll grant the Audi-driving Seablogger his take on the usual American car: "…it’s overpowered; it steers like a truck; and it feels as though it wants to go airborne every time it rounds a corner.”
They are the best memorial of that terrible time six years ago today: They continue to join the military, particularly the Army and Marines, despite the rigors of repeated deployments and the probability of combat. Thus the two services met or exceeded their recruitment goals again last month.
On this wet and dreary Fourth of July, we couldn’t get up the energy to attend the annual neighborhood parade led by Mr. Boy’s cub scout pack. So he missed seeing his chums and we missed seeing their parents. But there’s still plenty of time for fried chicken, potato salad, apple pie and iced tea, on this, the country’s 231st birthday. It’s too wet for fireworks, even for the sparklers we planned, so we’ll watch them on television. An old Army friend recently wrote that he thought the country and the Army were in peril, in this age of Islamic terrorism. Perhaps. But I have always thought that the nation was too tough, too resilient to be imperiled for long, and I believe that the Long War will be no exception. If you’re an American, I know you will understand my sentiment. If you’re not, as seablogger Alan Sullivan says, you have my condolences.
The Dems decide to make war on the names of the war. Nevermind the Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal soldiers now receive or the Long War, as it is called in the Pentagon. All future references (in Congress, at least, that notorious den of obfuscation) must be specific to the campaign in question, as in the war in Iraq, etc., according to the House Armed Services Committee. I’m surprised they didn’t just go where they really want to and dub it Bush’s War, but I guess that would be too specific.