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» Blackfive's Rebuttal To The NYT's from Flopping Aces
Grim at Blackfive answered the 82nd Airborne soldiers who wrote an editorial in today's NYT's so well I am just going to tell you to go read it. No way I can parse through his excellent analysis. Take the 10... [Read More]

» Some 82nd Airborne NCO's Critique Iraq War in the NY Times from Cop The Truth
The NY Times today published this op-ed piece, apparently written by seven junior Army NCO's in the 82nd Airborne Division who are completing a fifteen-month tour of duty in Iraq. Since the piece was posted in the NYT, your assumption [Read More]

» 2007.08.19 Politics and National Defense Roundup from Bill's Bites
Fundamentally FlawedJohn Hinderaker On Tuesday evening, CNN will debut a three-part series called God's Warriors. The series, devoted to an examination of religious fundamentalism, is created and hosted by Christiane Amanpour; the first segment, to be ... [Read More]

» Monday Link Blitz: Iraq and the Surge from Neocon News
Some dueling polls out last week: Poll: Petraeus more reliable than any politician (QandO) Poll: Majority mistrustful of upcoming Iraq report (CNN) Err so which is it? If Petraeus is more reliable than all the other politicians, how can the Am... [Read More]

» http://instapundit.com/archives2/008521.php from Instapundit.com (v.2)
A READER EMAILS: "I'm curious why you didn't mention the NYT Op-Ed written by seven American foot soldiers (not officers, mind you) about their recent experiences in and perspective on Iraq. I realize you don't like to link to stories... [Read More]

» View from the Tunnel from MilBlogs
This NY Times Op/Ed from a group of 82d Airborne NCOs is well written, thought provoking, and worthy of more than a quick read. While I disagree with many of their conclusions, the facts they present in support are indeed... [Read More]

» Can They Say That? from SWJ Blog
Originally published in the Media Matters blog Altercations, the author has been kind enough to grant SWJ permission repost his view on the recent New York Times op-ed [Read More]

» Iraq: What Will We Leave Behind? from The Fighting GOP
While there is no doubt as to my full support of the Iraqi War, I also have to face the very real fact that there may be a premature withdrawal, at the Democrats behest. First let me say that we tried and tried to find Iraqis who would step up ... [Read More]

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