By Larry Braden | Tuesday, March 21st, 2006 at 12:39 am
Dear readers, we thought you might find Senator Chambliss’ guest editorial in today’s Atlanta Journal Constitution regarding Georgia troops in Iraq of interest. Saxby Chambliss, a Republican, is Georgia’s senior U.S. senator.
48th Brigade fills Georgians with pride
By SAXBY CHAMBLISS
Published on: 03/20/06
The country owes a huge debt of gratitude to the 48th Brigade of Georgia’s National Guard currently serving in Iraq. While they have been there almost a year and are anxious to return home later this spring, they should be proud of the many things they have accomplished during the past months to make Iraq safer and more secure.
Earlier this month, I and three of my colleagues from Georgia, Sen. Johnny Isakson, Rep. John Linder and Rep. Phil Gingrey, visited with our Georgia troops at Camp Adder near Tallil and Camp Anaconda near Balad in Iraq. I can’t emphasize enough how impressed I am with these hardworking men and women.
Despite the media reports that Iraq is on the brink of civil war, we are making real and substantive progress. Having been to Iraq four times now, I have seen tremendous progress being made by our troops and Iraqi security forces. This is especially important since our goal has been to turn security over to the Iraqi people themselves….
We recommend that you read the entire article.
And here is a relevant article showcasing the skewed priorities of one of America’s revered educational institutions:
JOHN FUND ON THE TRAIL
Sayed and de Man at Yale
The campus that ran off a Nazi propagandist today welcomes one from the Taliban.
Monday, March 20, 2006 — Three weeks after the New York Times revealed that former Taliban official Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi is attending classes at Yale, many at the university still have little to say about the controversy. Meredith Startz, president of the Yale Political Union, told me “there’s more discussion of military recruiting among people at Yale than about the Taliban student.”….
Afghan exiles are appalled that Mr. Rahmatuallah was given a coveted place that could have gone to an Afghan man or woman who had been oppressed by the Taliban. Author Sebastian Junger reports from Afghanistan in the current Vanity Fair on the atrocities the Taliban are committing today. They include skinning a man alive and leaving him to die in the sun. Another man was forced to watch as his wife was gang-raped. Then his eyes were put out, so that the horrific crime would be the last image he would ever see. The relatives of U.S. soldiers killed in action in Afghanistan are likewise appalled. “It’s not like the Taliban ever signed a peace treaty,” Natalie Healy, the mother of a Navy SEAL killed by a Taliban rocket last year, told me. “They’re still killing Americans.”….
Malalai Joya, a 27-year-old member of Afghanistan’s parliament, is coming to Yale this Thursday to speak about women’s rights …. she is … appalled that many people have forgotten the crimes of the Taliban. She was surprised to hear that Mr. Rahmatullah was attending Yale. “He should apologize to my people and expose what he and others did under the Taliban,” she told me. “He knew very well what criminal acts they committed; he was not too young to know. He should give interviews so we know what he thinks now. It would be better if he faced a court of justice than be a student at Yale University.”….
Here’s hoping that Ms. Joya’s visit to Yale will touch off a full-fledged debate about the Taliban propagandist….
You can read the entire article at the WSJ Opinion Journal.
Editor’s Note: [MathMan] also has his own weblog, The Braden Files.
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