Friday, August 19, 2005

Iraq worries continued...

That growing sentiment that I talked about earlier isn't just a figment of my adled-liberal mind. Indeed the GOP is probably going to be running scared from the war in the 2006 elections. GOP candidates are no longer towing the administrations line and are straying from the talking points on Iraq in an attempt to save their electoral hides.

From Wednesday's New York Times,

A stream of bad news out of Iraq, echoed at home by polls that show growing impatience with the war and rising disapproval of President Bush's Iraq policies, is stirring political concern in Republican circles, party officials said Wednesday...

..."There is just no enthusiasm for this war," said Representative John J. Duncan Jr., a Tennessee Republican who opposes the war. "Nobody is happy about it. It certainly is not going to help Republican candidates, I can tell you that much."

Representative Wayne T. Gilchrest, a Maryland Republican who originally supported the war but has since turned against it, said he had encountered "a lot of Republicans grousing about the situation as a whole and how they have to respond to a lot of questions back home."

"I have been to a lot of funerals," Mr. Gilchrest said.


At 2:49 PM, Blogger GOP Christian said...

Don't worry about the stream of bad news about Iraq, just listen to the truth instead:

01/31/2006 : Cartoonist Helps Troops, Fisher House
WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2006 – Award-winning satirist Garry Trudeau of "Doonesbury" fame visited the Pentagon today to meet with troops wounded in the war on terror and present them autographed copies of his book featuring the healing process of a comic character he said they inspired.

01/31/2006 : Bosnian Soldiers Unite, Help Iraqis
WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2006 – For four years, Col. Robert Susac of the Bosnia and Herzegovina army fought a bloody war inside the borders of his own country. Today, those he fought against serve alongside him.

01/31/2006 : Military Medical Services Give Troops Confidence, General Says
WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2006 – U.S. military medics and corpsmen are on the front lines with troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the troops have confidence in their abilities and in the standard of care throughout the entire military medical system, a top U.S. general said here today.

01/31/2006 : Iraqis Take Control South of Mosul; Operations Net Weapons, Suspects
WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2006 – An Iraqi unit has taken control of an operational area, and Iraqi and coalition forces have seized more weapons and detained terrorism suspects, military officials in Baghdad reported.

01/30/2006 : Military Health Transformation Will Improve Care, Official Says
WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2006 – The military health system is on the edge of a transformation that will create challenges, but will improve health care for the military and set standards for the entire country, a Defense Department official said here today.

01/30/2006 : Military 'Stars' Thrilled By Role in New DoD Documentary
WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2006 – Eleven servicemembers featured in a new documentary about opportunities in the military said they were overwhelmed by its message and honored to represent the men and women of the armed forces.

01/30/2006 : New Documentary Showcases Unique Military Career Opportunities
WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2006 – A new documentary launched today will help to educate the American public about military service and clear up misconceptions, the Defense Department's top personnel official said.

01/30/2006 : Military Health System Headed To Joint Future
WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2006 – "Jointness" is an inescapable reality for future military operations, and the military health care system will be no different, two Defense Department officials said here today.

01/30/2006 : Air Force Staff Restructures to Improve Joint Ops, Communication
WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2006 – The Air Force will begin retagging its staff directorates throughout the service this week to bring them more on line with those of the other military services and joint commands so it can operate more effectively with them to support warfighters.

01/30/2006 : Transformed Battlefield Medical Care Saves Lives
WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2006 – The military health system has revolutionized battlefield medical care in the past four years, reducing fatalities and raising the quality of care to all-time high levels, two Defense Department officials said here today.

01/30/2006 : Bush: Iran Cannot Gain Nuclear Weapons
WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2006 – The world cannot allow Iran to gain nuclear weapons, President Bush said on CBS's "Face the Nation" program yesterday. He also discussed coalition efforts in Iraq and the terrorist surveillance program.

01/30/2006 : Blast Kills 10 Civilians; Troops Nab Suspects, Find Weapons
WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2006 – A bombing near a candy store in Iraq and the capture of suspected terrorists and weapons top news reported today by military officials in Baghdad.

01/30/2006 : Army to Test Future Combat Systems at Fort Bliss
WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2006 – To further the development of the Future Combat Systems program, the Army is designating a combat unit to evaluate and test cutting-edge technology.

01/30/2006 : America Supports You: Louisiana Citizen-Soldiers Treated Right
WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2006 – Employees at the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections feel their employer treats them right when they're called to active duty in the National Guard and Reserve.

01/29/2006 : Coalition's Newest Democracies Helping Fledgling Democracies
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., Jan. 29, 2006 – Many former foes are now allies, with troops serving in international coalitions fighting terror in Iraq and Afghanistan.

01/29/2006 : Iraqi, American Soldiers Engage Terrorists
WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2006 – Iraqi and American soldiers successfully engaged terrorists and other anti-Iraqi forces in a series of recent operations, U.S. military officials reported.

01/29/2006 : Two Soldiers, One Marine Killed; Officials Identify Previous Casualties
WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2006 – Two soldiers were killed yesterday and one Marine was killed Jan. 27 in three separate incidents in Iraq.
01/29/2006 : ABC News Crew Injured in IED Attack

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2006 – Two members of an ABC news crew embedded with the 4th Infantry Division were injured today when an improvised explosive device struck their armored personnel carrier north of Taji, Iraq, during a combined operation of Iraqi army and coalition forces.
01/27/2006 : Rumsfeld, Military Leaders Thank Civilian Leaders for Troop Support

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2006 – Defense leaders took time today to thank civilian leaders who have demonstrated solid support for men and women in uniform.

01/27/2006 : Army Divorce Rates Drop as Marriage Programs Gain Momentum
WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2006 – Soldiers and their spouses are flocking to new and beefed-up programs to help them strengthen their marriages, and a dip in divorce rates appears to show it's having a positive effect, Army officials told American Forces Press Service.

01/27/2006 : QDR Provides Vectors for Defense Transformation
WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2006 – Plans for transforming the defense structure for the future aren't based on numbers, but rather, capabilities, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told civilian leaders who visited the Pentagon today to hear about the status of the U.S. military and ongoing operations.

01/27/2006 : Iraqi Soldiers Seek Captive U.S. Journalist
WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2006 – Iraqi soldiers and police are conducting a house-to-house search for American freelance journalist Jill Carroll, who was taken hostage in the Baghdad area Jan. 7, a senior Iraqi military officer said on U.S. television today.

01/27/2006 : Quadrennial Review a 'Snapshot,' Not a Revelation
WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2006 – The Quadrennial Defense Review being released Feb. 6 is not some new revelation. Rather it is a snapshot of where the Defense Department is as it transforms to meet new threats, officials said recently.

01/27/2006 : U.S. Navy, Coast Guard on Lookout for Piracy
WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2006 – Pirates are not a thing of the past. They are alive and well, and roaming the seas in search of booty. And U.S. Navy and Coast Guard officials are determined to stop them from threatening Americans and American interests.

01/27/2006 : DoD to Build Upon Existing Counter-WMD Capabilities
WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2006 – The Defense Department is taking more steps to address the threat that terrorists are seeking weapons of mass destruction to use against U.S. forces and the homeland, a senior DoD official told reporters here today.

01/27/2006 : Tal Afar Has Restored Hope, Life, Commander Says
WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2006 – The efforts of the U.S. military and Iraqi security forces in Tal Afar, Iraq, have transformed the region from an insurgent hotbed to an area of life and hope with restored security, a U.S. military commander in the area said today.

01/27/2006 : Strong International Coalition Heads Into Fifth Year
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., Jan. 27, 2006 – Just one day after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, nations around the world mobilized and formed a military coalition. Their goal: to combat global terrorism.This year marks the fifth anniversary of the coalition, which is headquartered at U.S. Central Command headquarters in Tampa, Fla. Today, CENTCOM officials said, 63 nations are supporting the global war on terror.

01/27/2006 : Suspected Terrorists Detained; Tips Lead to Weapons Caches
WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2006 – Coalition and Iraqi forces captured several weapons caches and suspected terrorists in operations throughout Iraq over the past few days, officials reported.

01/27/2006 : Iraqi Army Division Takes Security Lead in Two Provinces
WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2006 – The 8th Iraqi Army Division now has responsibility for military operations across two large provinces, a senior U.S. military officer told reporters in Baghdad yesterday.

01/27/2006 : America Supports You: Fund Helps Families' Comeback from War
WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2006 – Operation Family Fund provides grants with no strings attached to the families of servicemembers who have been killed or severely wounded. In the past six months, the eight volunteers of "Operation Family Fund" have given $300,000 in grants to military families in need.

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