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U.S. Military recognizes that in the end 'soft power' wins…..Not guns and missiles…..

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Wednesday that victory in Iraq and Afghanistan won\’t come in one glorious battle.

Instead, Adm. Mike Mullen told a Kansas State University audience, success in the long wars will be determined by use of military and diplomatic powers, along with support from U.S. allies.

Mullen said there won’t be a day when commanders ”stand up and say ‘That’s it, it’s over. We won.”’

”We will win, but we will do so only over time and only after near-constant reassessment and readjustment,” Mullen said. ”Quite frankly, it will feel a lot less like a knockout punch and a lot more like recovering from a long illness.”

Mullen said the outcome of Sunday’s elections in Iraq will indicate how well the United States is doing there. He said in recent visits to Basra and Anbar Province that Iraqis were more concerned about economics and politics than security issues leading up to the vote, which he called ”a good sign.”

He said the U.S. intends to abide by its security agreement with Iraq and reduce the level of troops there by half to about 50,000 by August.

”There’s every indication that an awful lot of Iraqis are going to vote,” Mullen said. ”I think what is next is dependent on the new Iraqi government.”

Mullen, speaking as part of Kansas State’s Landon Lecture series, said the use of military power should never be the last option, but potentially the best first option when paired with other means of national and international power.

He also noted ongoing operations in Afghanistan, where U.S. and Afghan forces have been embroiled in an offensive near Marjah to reclaim the area from Taliban fighters.

Mullen said commanders were taking a deliberate approach to minimize civilian casualties in an area considered the hub of Taliban activity, rather than using carpet bombing or missile strikes.

”Frankly, the battlefield isn’t a field anymore,” Mullen said. ”It’s in the minds of the people. It’s what they believe to be true that matters.”

He said there was no ”American way” to fighting wars and that history shows the nation’s enemies will adapt to U.S. strategy. Mullen said the U.S. will reassess its Afghanistan strategy in December and adapt accordingly.

”Trying everything else is not weakness,” he said. ”It means we don’t give up. It means we never stop learning.”

Mullen’s lecture struck a tone similar to that of Defense Secretary Robert Gates when he was on the same Kansas State stage in November 2007. Both men said the United States must do more to encourage the use of ”soft power” to resolve conflicts.

Amen……


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March 3, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Home, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , , , | 2 Comments

U.S. Military recognizes that in the end ‘soft power’ wins…..Not guns and missiles…..

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Wednesday that victory in Iraq and Afghanistan won\’t come in one glorious battle.

Instead, Adm. Mike Mullen told a Kansas State University audience, success in the long wars will be determined by use of military and diplomatic powers, along with support from U.S. allies.

Mullen said there won’t be a day when commanders ”stand up and say ‘That’s it, it’s over. We won.”’

”We will win, but we will do so only over time and only after near-constant reassessment and readjustment,” Mullen said. ”Quite frankly, it will feel a lot less like a knockout punch and a lot more like recovering from a long illness.”

Mullen said the outcome of Sunday’s elections in Iraq will indicate how well the United States is doing there. He said in recent visits to Basra and Anbar Province that Iraqis were more concerned about economics and politics than security issues leading up to the vote, which he called ”a good sign.”

He said the U.S. intends to abide by its security agreement with Iraq and reduce the level of troops there by half to about 50,000 by August.

”There’s every indication that an awful lot of Iraqis are going to vote,” Mullen said. ”I think what is next is dependent on the new Iraqi government.”

Mullen, speaking as part of Kansas State’s Landon Lecture series, said the use of military power should never be the last option, but potentially the best first option when paired with other means of national and international power.

He also noted ongoing operations in Afghanistan, where U.S. and Afghan forces have been embroiled in an offensive near Marjah to reclaim the area from Taliban fighters.

Mullen said commanders were taking a deliberate approach to minimize civilian casualties in an area considered the hub of Taliban activity, rather than using carpet bombing or missile strikes.

”Frankly, the battlefield isn’t a field anymore,” Mullen said. ”It’s in the minds of the people. It’s what they believe to be true that matters.”

He said there was no ”American way” to fighting wars and that history shows the nation’s enemies will adapt to U.S. strategy. Mullen said the U.S. will reassess its Afghanistan strategy in December and adapt accordingly.

”Trying everything else is not weakness,” he said. ”It means we don’t give up. It means we never stop learning.”

Mullen’s lecture struck a tone similar to that of Defense Secretary Robert Gates when he was on the same Kansas State stage in November 2007. Both men said the United States must do more to encourage the use of ”soft power” to resolve conflicts.

Amen……


March 3, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Home, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , , , | 2 Comments

They want David Paterson gone………

The New York Times and others…are smelling blood and want New York Governor David Paterson’s hide…….

Most New Yorks agree that the nearly blind Governor is in over his head…..that’s obvious…but it appears that the mob…led by the Times want’s more…….

The State Commission on Public Integrity has turned it’s information over to ‘prosecutors’ (which one’s? )…..

While most of Paterson’s trouble are of a civil nature…the notion that the Commission would want to go after the Governor criminally for baseball ticket’s seems to be a first…….

As a matter of fact in the New York Times piece….it ends with this……

The commission also compared the check with the handwriting of Mr. Paterson’s signatures on annual disclosure forms submitted by the governor to the commission and concluded that while the check was eventually sent to the Yankees, it was not signed by Mr. Paterson. Moreover, Mr. Paterson could not explain why the check was dated Oct. 27, the day before the game, when he testified that he had written it out the morning of the game.

Other e-mail messages obtained by the commission suggested that administration officials had solicited free tickets to sporting events on other occasions.

“Yankees the only sports franchise that gives us problems,” Mr. Johnson wrote to the governor’s scheduler, Matthew Nelson, two days before the game.

In a statement, Alice McGillion, a spokeswoman for the Yankees, said the team had cooperated fully with the investigation.

Mr. Paterson has had a contentious relationship with the Commission on Public Integrity; he sought to abolish it, and early last year called on its members to step down after a critical report by Inspector General Joseph Fisch.

Efforts to scrap the commission have stalled in the Legislature, but last May, the governor appointed a new chairman, Michael G. Cherkasky. The governor later clashed with him too over whether the commission needed to be overhauled.

Seats at sporting events have long been a temptation for public officials. As the new Yankee Stadium was being built, the Bloomberg administration pushed for a free luxury suite. And when Rudolph W. Giuliani was mayor, he regularly attended Yankees games, sitting in box seats but paying only occasionally.

People in this state have gone batshit crazy……Blood is in the water…it’s everywhere…and the sharks are biting at everything…The Governor is now being dragged through the mud by an agency he tried to get rid of, and is headed by someone he appointed, and has an axe to grind against his boss……..New York just got rid of a Governor for having sex with someone other than his wife…..and she has now forgiven him…..now this?

This is just stupid and embarrassing for the state…..

Lets leave the guy alone for five minutes and let him finish his term…….

And get rid of the Commission on Public Integrity…..and give their job up to the local DA’s and the state’s Attorney General…..

March 3, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , | 6 Comments

From CD……Texas Railroad Commission primary seat upset…..

In a Republican primary upset Tuesday, an unknown accountant from Giddings defeated the chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission, the state agency that regulates oil and gas pumping and pipelines.

David Porter, who moved to Giddings after building a business in Midland, ousted Victor Carrillo, the highest-ranking nonjudge Latino in Texas government, in an election some said was determined by ethnicity.

Carrillo, who was appointed to the panel in 2003 before winning election a year later, had the support of top Republicans and vastly more money, according to campaign filings. Through Feb. 20, Carrillo had $322,601 on hand; Porter had $11,251.

Porter, who said he spent about $50,000 on his campaign, played up his lack of political credentials in his campaign, and he credited his outsider status for the victory. “People are tired with professional politicians, and looking for a change,” he said Tuesday night.

But Carrillo’s camp thought his biggest problem might have been his last name.

“We’ve got the problem of an Anglo surname versus an Hispanic,” said campaign consultant Susan Lilly, who said Carrillo’s campaign had spent at least $600,000. Candidates with any kind of unusual name are at a disadvantage, she said.

The suggestion that he won because of Carrillo’s name was “absurd,” Porter said. “He was the incumbent, and people knew who he was.” In November, Porter will face Jeff Weems, a Houston attorney who was unopposed in the Democratic primary.

The Porter victory was the biggest surprise in down-ticket statewide primary races.

Ok CD?…..

March 3, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, CD @ PolitcalDog, Media, Men, Politics, Updates | , | 2 Comments

From Daniel G…… Final Unofficial Election Night Results 100 % of Precincts reported…..

Hello Dog!

As promised this morning here are the Final Unofficial Election Night Results for two Governor Primaries:

Republican Primary

8,236 of 8,236 Precincts reported = 100 %

Incumbent Governor Rick Perry  758,222 Votes = 51,08 %
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison  450,196 Votes =  30,33 %
Tea Party Activist Debra Medina  275,693 Votes = 18,57 %

Democratic Primary

8,236 of 8,236 Precincts reported = 100 %

Bill White  516,621 Votes = 75,98 %
Farouk Shami  87,268 Votes = 12,83 %
Felix Alvarado  33,708 Votes =  4,95 %
Alma Ludivina Aguado  19,556 Votes = 2,87 %
Clement E. Glenn  9,852 Votes = 1,44 %
Bill Dear 6,574 Votes = 0,96 %
Star Locke 6,298 Votes = 0,92 %

Source: Texas Secretary of State

Daniel G.

Update…..

Texas Republican Gubernatorial Election Results by County

March 3, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

From Daniel G….. U. S. Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY 29) WON'T SEEK REELECTION…..

Hello Dog!

Once again BREAKING NEWS out of your Home State of New York:

Politico as well as the New York Daily News reporting that U. S. Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY 29) WON’T RUN for Reelection this Fall.

Massa’s Decision maybe health related though.

http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2010/03/source-massa-wont-run.html

From Politico:

BREAKING – The New York Daily News reports Rep. Eric Massa, a freshman Democrat from New York’s 29th Congressional District, will not run for reelection in 2010. The paper quotes a source suggesting that Massa’s decision may be “health related” and repeating a warning from the congressman that the source might soon be “hearing things that aren’t true” about Massa.

Daniel G.

March 3, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , , | 4 Comments

From Daniel G….. U. S. Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY 29) WON’T SEEK REELECTION…..

Hello Dog!

Once again BREAKING NEWS out of your Home State of New York:

Politico as well as the New York Daily News reporting that U. S. Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY 29) WON’T RUN for Reelection this Fall.

Massa’s Decision maybe health related though.

http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2010/03/source-massa-wont-run.html

From Politico:

BREAKING – The New York Daily News reports Rep. Eric Massa, a freshman Democrat from New York’s 29th Congressional District, will not run for reelection in 2010. The paper quotes a source suggesting that Massa’s decision may be “health related” and repeating a warning from the congressman that the source might soon be “hearing things that aren’t true” about Massa.

Daniel G.

March 3, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , , | 4 Comments

Healthcare Bill in two weeks?

This from PolitcalWire…..

Two Weeks for Health Care

This afternoon, President Obama will outline the “next steps” for passing a comprehensive health care reform bill.

Mike Allen: “The president won’t mention dates, but the Speaker and the White House want this done in TWO WEEKS — ahead of the President’s March 18 departure for Indonesia and Australia. Hill aides tell us this is physically possible, although some doubt that it’s psychically possible. The backstop is the Easter break, which would provide a week-and-a-half cushion. Then, the White House finally gets to make its big pivot to 2010 messaging.”

First Read: “The new deadline to get this done — have the House pass the Senate bill plus the fixes to that legislation, and then have the Senate pass the fixes via reconciliation — is Easter (or even the day the president leaves for Indonesia on March 18). If Democrats can’t get a vote in the House by then, we’ll know if this last

Get the darn thing done already…and move on……

March 3, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Up 4 Discussion | , , , | 16 Comments

From Daniel G….. PPP finds different Results in the Governor Race; Confirms RAS claim that Isakson maybe vulnerable…..

Hello Dog!

A new Statewide Survey in Georgia from Public Policy Polling finds entirely different Results compared to the RAS Poll from last week. However in the Senate Race PPP confirms RAS claim that Isakson might be vulnerable.

Public Policy Polling Survey

Georgia Governor 2010

[ Barnes, Deal and Oxendine]
Former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes (D)  43 %
U. S. Rep. Nathan Deal (R)  38 %
Undecided  19 %

Former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes (D)  41 %
Former Secretary of State Karen Handel (R)  36 %
Undecided  23 %

Former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes (D)  40 %
State Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine (R)  39 %
Undecided  21 %

U. S. Rep. Nathan Deal (R)  40 %
State Attorney General Thurbert Baker (D)  30 %
Undecided  30 %

Former Secretary of State Karen Handel (R)  40 %
State Attorney General Thurbert Baker (D)  33 %
Undecided  27 %

State Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine (R)  42 %
State Attorney General Thurbert Baker (D)  33 %
Undecided  25 %

Georgia Senate 2010

Incumbent Senator Johnny Isakson (R)  46 %
Generic Democratic Candidate (D)  37 %
Undecided  17 %

Incumbent Senator Johnny Isakson (R)  49 %
State Attorney General Thurbert Baker (D)  31 %
Undecided  20 %

Incumbent Senator Johnny Isakson (R)  47 %
’08 Democratic Nominee Jim Martin (D)  35 %
Undecided  18 %

Note: A Rasmussen Poll last week also showed Isakson might be vulnerable leading Generic Dem only 49-36.

Job Approvals

President Barack Obama (D)

Approve  43 %
Disapprove  54 %
Not Sure  3 %

Governor Sonny Perdue (R)

Approve  29 %
Disapprove  52 %
Not Sure  19 %

Senator Saxby Chambliss (R)

Approve  38 %
Disapprove  43 %
Not Sure  18 %

Senator Johnny Isakson (R)

Approve  36 %
Disapprove  38 %
Not Sure  26 %

Full Results can be found at http://publicpolicypolling.blogspot.com

The Results are very interesting for both Races.

Daniel G.

March 3, 2010 Posted by | Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , | 1 Comment

From Daniel G……BREAKING NEWS; Announcement: Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) WON'T RUN for Senate in North Dakota…

Hello Dog!

We have BREAKING NEWS out of North Dakota. Democrats have lost their Top Recruit for the North Dakota Senate Race.

Congressional Quarterly (CQ) reported just moments ago that former 2-Term Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) won’t run for Senate against Governor John Hoeven (R-ND)

http://blogs.cqpolitics.com/eyeon2010/2010/03/heitkamp-wont-run-for-north-da.html

I predicted this very early in January. I was right. Heitkamp will probably give it another try at the Governor Race in two years time.

Daniel G.

Kudo’s to you

March 3, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Other Things, Politics, Updates, Women | , | 9 Comments