December 28, 2006

Web Reconnaissance for 12/28/2006

A short recon of what’s out there that might draw your attention.

In the News: (Registration may be required to read some stories)
Ford's Integrity Praised “President Bush and other lawmakers paid their respects to Gerald R. Ford yesterday, as plans were completed for several days of funeral services and memorials, which will include the late president's body lying in state at the U.S. Capitol.” (READ MORE)

Islamic Militias 'On Run' Near Mogadishu “Somali and Ethiopian troops drove Islamic fighters out of the last major town before Mogadishu yesterday, and the government predicted that the capital and stronghold of the radical Islamists would fall without a fight.” (READ MORE)

Populist Edwards Unveils Bid “Presidential hopeful uses New Orleans as backdrop to illustrate his two Americas theme.” (READ MORE)

Sadr Adviser Dies in Najaf Raid “Death of top deputy sparks protests, complicates tense relationship with powerful Shiite cleric.” (READ MORE)

Opponents of Islamists Seize Somali Capital “Troops from the transitional government, along with Ethiopian soldiers who had been backing them up, poured into Mogadishu from the outskirts of the city.” (READ MORE)

News From the Front:
Mohammed of Iraq the Model writes It's in our interest to make them understand... “’Oh Iraqis, just listen to what your American enemies are saying these days and you'll know that victory is close…’ this is a slogan among many others we hear everyday on one of the terrorists' mouthpieces.” (READ MORE)

Bill Roggio writes The Fall of the Islamic Courts “Nine days after the onset of open warfare between the al-Qaeda backed Islamic Courts and the Ethiopian backed Transitional Federal Government, the Islamic Courts have surrendered.” (READ MORE)

Michael J. Totten writes Hezbollah's Putsch - Day One “I returned to Beirut after eight months and a hot summer war and found that the city had little changed, at least on the surface. My old neighborhood in West Beirut was intact. Civil war reconstruction continued downtown. More restaurants and pubs had opened close-in on the east side of the city.” (READ MORE)

On the Web:
Larry Elder writing at writes You've Got Mail! “Oprah Winfrey recently spoke about a pre-Iraq invasion show, in which her guests questioned the war's wisdom and validity.” (READ MORE)

Victor Davis Hanson writing at writes Iran’s Ahmadinejad Far Weaker Than He Lets On “The Iraq Study Group, prominent U.S. Senators and realist diplomats all want America to hold formal talks with the government of Iran.” (READ MORE)

Michael McBride writing at writes Winning the Information War in Iraq “Part of the problem is that the military doesn’t get that trying to deal with the MSM as partners will not work.” (READ MORE)

Thomas Sowell writing at writes A Dangerous Obsession: Part III “People in the media, in academia and among the intelligentsia in general who are obsessed with ‘disparities’ in income and wealth usually show not the slightest interest in how that income and wealth were produced in the first place.” (READ MORE)

Jules Crittenden writes Woodward Chants Up a Ford Zombie “Last night we saw that Wonkette couldn't wait for the funeral to start bashing Gerald Ford. Here comes Bob Woodward, who can't wait until Ford is cold to start using him to bash Bush. Very nice.” (READ MORE)

The Wall Street Journal Opinion Journal has President Ford “The abiding cliché about Gerald Ford--who died Tuesday at age 93--is that he was a decent man who steadied the country but held the White House too briefly to leave a major imprint. We've always thought that view of his Presidency is too diminishing, not least because he led the nation at a dangerous time and resisted political furies that could have done the U.S. far more harm.” (READ MORE)

Hugh Hewitt writes Mitt Romney On The Blogs And New Media “The Governor Romney's response to Robert Bluey's question on blogs and new media: ‘I think that the opinion leaders in the country, particularly those in primaries, are people who are very involved on the Internet and are watching the blogs and seeing what’s being said.’” (READ MORE)

Kim Priestap writing at Wizbang writes Harry Reid is Simply Too Busy to be Bothered with President Ford's Funeral “Incoming Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senators Dick Durbin, Kent Conrad, Judd Gregg, Robert Bennett, and Ken Salazar are going on a junket to South America and just can't reschedule to attend former President Ford's state funeral on Friday.” (READ MORE)

Dafydd writes Careful What You Threaten; You Might Have to Deliver “Muqtada Sadr's faction in Iraq is up in arms -- not quite literally yet -- because we killed a top Sadr aide who was also an ‘improvised explosive device facilitator’ and ‘implicated in a bomb attack on a police chief in October.’” (READ MORE)

Froggy writing at Blackfive writes Lessons Learned “When you decide to go to war, make sure you go ball’s deep. In my segment on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show yesterday, I focused on the frustrations that I hear from milblogs to MSM reports to reports from my own sources that the ROEs have devolved to the point of absurdity and our forces are more fearful of UCMJ violations than they are of enemy insurgents.” (READ MORE)

Captain Ed writes Ford On Iraq “The blogosphere is abuzz today about the Bob Woodward interview that took place in July 2004 with now-deceased former President Gerald Ford about Iraq and other topics. In the interview, Ford criticized the Iraq invasion, opposing the decision and claiming that he would have looked harder for other options:” (READ MORE)

John Hawkins writes It's Not Over Until It's Over On Illegal Immigration “Many people are presuming that an amnesty bill is good as through Congress now that the Democrats have taken over. They may be right. After all, the average Democrat is as bad on the issue as the worst offenders on the right, like George Bush and John McCain. However, it's not over until it's over and there are a few reasons to think that amnesty isn't a forgone conclusion.” (READ MORE)

Right Wing Nut House writes THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY “It says a lot about the
character of the new Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that he would blow off the state funeral of Gerald Ford, the least partisan of our most recent presidents, in order to get in a little holiday sight seeing and engage in some hobnobbing with South American leftists.” (READ MORE)

Curt of Flopping Aces writes Latest On The Jamil Hussein Saga “Barry Caro, a sophomore at Princeton, penned a great article a few weeks ago in the college paper about the Jamil Hussein story: ‘The most explosive and far-reaching news story of the year has nothing to do with underage pages and a certain Republican ex-Congressman. This story involves ignition in the streets of Baghdad and six immolations that probably never occurred.’” (READ MORE)

Michele of Reformed Chicks Blabbing writes Gerald Ford's pardon of Nixon lead to the war in Iraq “It's amazing how all roads lead to George W. Bush in the minds of some on the left. I'm not sure that when I heard about the death of Ford that my mind would ever have gone where Sheehan's mind took her.” (READ MORE)

Dan Riehl writes Compassionate Islamists Abandon Mogadishu, Liberals Lament “Ethiopian and Somalian government forces have closed on the capitol of Mogadishu, while Islamists have fled south toward the seaport of Kismayo. Unfortunately, some former Islamist supporters simply went back to their tribal leanings, changed clothes and began looting buildings formerly held by the Islamists.” (READ MORE)

Right Wing Guy writes A Decision That’s Right “There are those who state that you cannot talk about the military, the actions taken or about to be taken about the military unless you have served in said military in some fashion and of course we know which side of the line tends to use this argument.” (READ MORE)

Blonde Sagacity writes Einstein Would Have Fit Right in at Berkeley... “’Patriotic women should be sent to the front in the next war.’ -Albert Einstein. Someone that claimed to be "a U.S. Army Sergeant with 18 months of trigger time in Iraq" sent me an email saying this was the quote that came to mind when they read my blog. I couldn't get the quote out of my head after I read it..” (READ MORE)

Wretchard of The Belmont Club writes The Blogosphere at War “I wrote this paper as an attempt to describe how the blogosphere works; to situate it vis-a-vis the mainstream media and to indicate some of the ways it can be used as a weapon of information warfare.” (READ MORE)

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