Tuesday, January 01, 2008

2007: Looking Back At America and Iraq

January 1, 2008

The fireworks are done, the parties are over and as usual, we begin to look back at how the year measured up for the world and us. Politicians made promises and we are still at war, in spite of a major power shift in Washington D.C.

2007 began with the swearing in of the newly elected Democrat majority in the House of Representatives and the Senate. America saw its first female Speaker of the House installed as Nancy Pelosi, wealthy San Francisco Congresswoman took the reigns. We now hear that she Faced A Tough Year in 2007 due to her inability to “stop the war in Iraq.”

Winning the war never seemed to be on her or the Democrat Party’s minds, just “ending it.”

After winning the election in November 2006, Democrats wasted little time vowing an array of investigations and once installed in January 2007, implemented several hearings and investigations, all designed to undermine the current administration and weaken his power as president. One report says that 300 Investigations In 100 Days were launched.

President Bush remains in office while Congressional Approval Ratings Hit An All-Time Low. In their review of the year, Fox News tells us,

“President Bush and loyal Republicans did their best to ruin [the Democrats] victory every chance they got.”

2007 also saw a major shift in the ongoing War on Terror in Iraq as a new Commander, Gen. David Petraeus was installed as the 3rd U.S. commander in Iraq. He was to lead a major change in policy towards the war as President Bush announced and implemented a reinforcement of Troops fighting in Iraq, more popularly known as “the Troop Surge,” and with much Bipartisan Opposition.

In spite of the dire warnings of the “surge” being “too late” and “not having a chance to work,” reports from September showed remarkable success, bringing out the angst of opposers to the policy, who shifted their call to needing improvements in “political reconciliation” over Military Security. Seeing the heavy bi-partisanship of our own politicians, they must have missed that even America hasn’t attained reconciliation in our own 230-year existence.

Taking shots at Petraeus’s credibility and attacking him through the media backfired on opposers as the partisan line was crossed, seeing the Senate vote to condemn the denigrating ad.

In Iraq, we saw a large improvement as local Iraqis shifted their stance to supporting American Troops fighting the insurgents. As the violence ebbed, we saw a significant number of Iraqis Returning to Baghdad and surrounding areas, bringing about warnings and threats from the still elusive leadership of the terrorist movement.

Even with the lessening of violence and other improvements noted, we still hear that 2007 was the deadliest year for the U.S. in Iraq, as 899 of our brave troops paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Not that we need reminded, but we are also told it was a Deadly year in Afghanistan as well.

Ensuring Americans hear as much bad news as possible, we were told Iraq's displaced struggle to restart their lives as well as Iraqi refugees turn to sex trade in Syria, making me question the region’s treatment of young women even more.

We were even told once, As violence falls in Iraq, cemetery workers feel the pinch.

On the home front, we are deeply embroiled in another campaign season with Democrat and Republican candidates treating us to their ever verbose words of how much better they are than the other candidates. From the Democrat camp, I have received emails begging donations with words like,
“the Republicans will spend to spin their untruths and distortions,” “Only by expanding our Majority in Congress and putting a Democrat in the White House can we repair our tarnished reputation and reclaim America's rightful position as a source of hope and inspiration around the world,” “the only way to ensure lasting change is that when President Bush leaves office, the Republicans in Congress who made his disastrous policies possible are right behind him” and “let's resolve to run a certain b-rate cowboy and all of his rubber stamp friends in Congress right out of Washington and introduce them to the joys of retirement.”

From the Republicans, I receive,
“no one should let party lines be a barrier to choosing the person we believe is best qualified to lead our nation forward,” “We need strong leaders who recognize that cutting and running is not the answer,” “There are many reasons to elect a person president, but none more important than their ability to be commander in chief on the day they are sworn in to office,” “Your continuing commitment to the RNC is critical to keeping the White House in Republican hands and regaining our majorities” and “It is critical Republicans lay the foundation for victory in 2008 now.”

And to think, we have nearly a year of this left to endure.

Former Vice-President, Al Gore, received the Nobel Peace Prize for his alarmism on Global Warming.

Anti-war protesters are meeting opposition at their protests, finding out that they aren’t the only ones with a view.

The new congressional majority has failed to keep many promises, blaming Republicans for their failure to keep promises made.

In all, it was another year with our Troops fighting our enemies while politicians vie for more power in Washington D.C. I can only think it fitting that the year closed with the announcement by the FBI of rekindling interest in the unsolved, 36 year-old D.B. Cooper Highjacking.

It is my hope that American support of our Troops grows and the ongoing silliness of politicians attacking each other instead of standing on their record encourages voters to get behind those who do stand on their record.

I pray that in 2008, the War on Terror in Iraq and Afghanistan keeps showing signs of improving and that we can not only bring most of our Troops home victorious, but that we will see our efforts have gained us two allies in the fight against terror.

Happy New Year everyone, Let’s make it one together.



Rightwingsnarkle said...

My goodness, it's like you live in a parallel universe.

LewWaters said...

Nope, just one being taken over by idiots who hate their countryy.

Rightwingsnarkle said...

"idiots who hate their countryy."

My goodness, you actually believe that?!? Someone who disagrees with your point of view, someone who is critical of the Cheney admin's actions and policies, someone who supports a particular political candidate or former office-holder, someone who promotes actions or policies that you don't like "hates" their country?

That's a totally fucked-up way to see things, dude. It would almost be funny if it wasn't so pathetic.

I guess, to carry your thinking along, if you happened to be living in Lexington or Concord back in 1775, you'd have denounced the area militias as terrorists and traitors. You'd have been right, in that case, since they took up arms against their King's army, and they mostly shot from behind trees, rocks, and houses.

LewWaters said...

LOL, snarkle. If you can't see how many around you desire to bring America down, you are blind.

Allow me to ofer you a little education, son.

There is no "Cheney administration." He is only the Vice-President. It is the "Bush Administartion" and very hated.

Disagreeing is aceptable and expected. Outright undermining, especially when at war, is not.

Playing with our Troops lives by emboldening an enemy and holdign up needed funding to feed and support them.... again... is totally unacceptable to me.

Currently, moves are underfoot from the left to make saying anything against Islam, which would include the radical Jihadists, a "hate crime."

You are totally wrong about me if I had been at Lexington or Concord. I am against oppression of the masses, which is why I oppose the leftists that seem to desire a Societ Union style of governance in America.

You are losing liberties and money all the time today, but not because of the Patriot Act. The left in America slowly imposes restrictive laws on us that takes actual freedoms away and ones like you support them, as long as they claim it is for "the common good."

Read the Communist Manifesto sometimes and you will discover that they too claimed they are imposing for "the common good."

Right in a Left World: The Late Great United States?

Right in a Left World: The Sky Is Falling, The Sky Is Falling

Right in a Left World: L'union d'Etats socialistes d'Amérique*

Rightwingsnarkle said...

I hope you don't mind if I pass on the chance to read your own little manifestos, but I can hear that same stuff anytime from the guy down on the corner.

You know the one - he's out there standing on a wooden crate waving his arms at the moon. He smells like urine and stale cigarettes.

LewWaters said...

he's out there standing on a wooden crate waving his arms at the moon. He smells like urine and stale cigarettes

Sounds like the protestors that were burning a soldier in effigy and took a dump on a burning American Flag in Portland this last March.

You have some strange friends, snarkle.

Rightwingsnarkle said...

"You have some strange friends, snarkle."

Crazy Louie isn't a friend, he's just a guy who went off the deep end some time back, and now needs a little help and kindness.

His rants are generally harmless (at least those parts of them that aren't pure gibberish), and are mostly about things like fluoride in the water and commies under the bed and Jewish bankers taking over the world.

I think the two of you have a lot in common.

LewWaters said...

That just shows how little you know about me, snarkle.

Rightwingsnarkle said...

"That just shows how little you know about me, snarkle."

All I know about you is what I read in this blog and in your comments, just as with the case of Crazy Louie (though in his case, it's what I hear when I walk past his soapbox).

You probably have a higher annual income than he does.

But, overall, I see many similarities.

LewWaters said...

I share similarities with lots of people, just as you do. Some, you might not be too proud of.