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Thursday, August 02, 2007

Boyda: Good News for Iraq is Bad News for Democrats

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We have shown examples of this, quite a bit lately, because they just keep coming.

Clayburn actually stated that Good News from Iraq is a "problem" for the Democrats and the other day I noticed something Take Our Country Back mentioned and I see more about this today.

Kansas Rep. Nancy Boyda, actually left the room when retired General , Keane, was testifying regarding progress in Iraq.

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We have a People's Rep Kansas Rep. Nancy Boyda stepping out of a hearing room last week while a retired Army general testified about U.S. progress in Iraq. And I quote;
“There was only so much that you could take until we in fact had to leave the room for a while,” Boyda said after she returned, according to a transcript of the hearing. “So I think I am back and maybe can articulate some things — after so much of the frustration of having to listen to what we listened to.”

I see another article, via RCP, about Boyda walking out of that meeting because she couldn't stand to listen to progress in Iraq.

Rep. Nancy Boyda (D-KS) walked out of a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee because she couldn't stand to listen to what retired General Jack Keane, former vice chief of staff of the Army, was saying.

"There is only so much you can take until we in fact had to leave the room for a while...after so much frustration of having to listen to what we listened to," Ms. Boyda explained to reporters later.

What did Gen. Keane say to so upset Ms. Boyda? He'd visited contested neighborhoods in Baghdad in February, and again three months later:

"What you see is a stark contrast. All the schools are open. The markets are teeming with people...There is an attempt to provide essential services to the population where in '06 there were none."

"Those kinds of comments will in fact show up in the media and further divide this country instead of saying, here's the reality of the problem," Rep. Boyda said. "And people, we have to come together and deal with the reality of this issue."

It is difficult to say which is the more remarkable: that Ms. Boyda, whose military experience is zero, imagines she knows "the reality of this issue" better than does Gen. Keane; or that she is appalled by good news from Iraq.

Not only are the Democratic politicians refusing to acknowledge the progress that has been reported, every day, from Iraq, they will not even stay to listen to the testimony of their own witnesses, nor listen to their own politicians that have just returned from Iraq and telling them there is amazing progress and successes being seen.

A more ominous shift for Democrats occurred Monday night when four bigfoot journalists with impeccable liberal credentials -- David Ignatius of the Washington Post; Michael Duffy of Time magazine; Kelly O'Donnell of NBC, and Gloria Borger of U.S. News & World Report -- all said during a discussion on Chris Matthews' MSNBC program that it would be a mistake to withdraw quickly from Iraq.

In view of the mounting evidence that the situation in Iraq is improving, Democrats in Congress would be wise to wait for Gen. Petreaus' report in September before making another attempt to force a troop withdrawal, Rep. Clyburn told the Washington Post. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Jack Murtha of Johnstown are preparing another effort to tie funding for the defense department to withdrawal from Iraq.

Like the Copperheads of 1864, Democrats today think defeatism is their ticket to political victory. Like the Copperheads after Sherman captured Atlanta, they may be in for grave disappointment.

This amazing ability the Democrats have to be able to ignore every word they don't want to hear, and assume that the American public will also ignore it, is the reason congressional approval rating on Iraq issues is down to 3%..yes that is THREE PERCENT.

By trying to appeal to their far left liberal fringe, they are forgetting they have moderates that would, indeed, love to see us succeed in Iraq, and those are the voters that are starting to finally see that success be reported in the news.

The National Republican Congressional Committee issued a statement reagrding Boyda walking out on the meeting.

The National Republican Congressional Committee issued a statement Monday criticizing Boyda for trying to ignore positive news about Iraq.

“Clearly Representative Boyda believes that only the ‘bad’ news about Iraq should be reported,” NRCC spokesman Ken Spain said.

Now, I am going to take this a step further, since Nancy Boyda was the one to say ""Those kinds of comments will in fact show up in the media and further divide this country instead of saying, here's the reality of the problem," Rep. Boyda said. "And people, we have to come together and deal with the reality of this issue."

Well, how much credibility does Nancy Boyda have to address the "reality" of the situation, in comparison to General Jack Keane?

Nancy Boyda:

Background: Boyda graduated with honors from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, where she received dual degrees in chemistry and education. She began her career in 1978 working as an analytical chemist and field inspector. Boyda grew up in a Republican family, but became a Democrat in 2003. Nancy Boyda is married to Steve Boyda, a Marine Corps veteran who grew up on his family farm in Marysville, Kansas.

hmmmmm, nope, no military experience and I can find no mention anywhere of her going to Iraq for a first hand view of it.

General Jack Keane on the other hand:

General Jack Keane served 37 years in the Army, rising to the rank of four-star General. Most recently, he held the position of the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army. During his four years in this job as Chief Operating Officer of the United States Army, he managed operations of more than 1.5 million soldiers and civilians in over 120 countries and an annual budget in excess of $110 billion dollars. Throughout his tenure in this position the Army has fought and won wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, while supporting numerous worldwide peace operation, maintaining readiness, and transforming to a faster, more deployable force.

As the Vice Chief of Staff, General Keane developed and maintained strong relationships, on behalf of the Army, with Congress, the media, opinion leaders, national security policy makers, and the American people. In doing so, he delivered over 400 speeches in four years, communicating critical Department of Defense and Army messages. He testified before Congress on 18 separate occasions on subjects as diverse as the war in Iraq, Military Health Care, the Budget, Environmental Law, Army Readiness and Army transformation.

General Keane was a career paratrooper who commanded at every level to include the 18th Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, NC; the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, KY; and the Joint Readiness Training Center. He also served as the Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the United States Atlantic Command prior to becoming the Army's Vice Chief of Staff, and was featured in Tom Clancy's book, AIRBORNE.

General Keane is a combat veteran having served as a platoon leader and company commander in Viet Nam. His units deployed to Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia and Kosovo.

General Keane graduated from Fordham University business school in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and holds a Masters of Arts Degree in Philosophy from Western Kentucky University. His military education includes the Infantry Officers Basic and Advanced Courses, the United States Army Command and General Staff College, and the United States Army War College. General Keane is the recipient of an honorary PH.D in Law from Fordham University and an honorary PH.D in Public Service from Eastern Kentucky University.

General Keane's Army awards and decorations include: two Defense Distinguished Service Medals, two Army Distinguished Service Medals, the Silver Star, five Legions of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Ranger Tab, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.

Quite a difference in those two resumes, huh?

So, who exactly would be idiotic enough to think that Nancy Boyda could possibly have any credibility about the "realities" in Iraq when she doesn't even deign to be present to hear those "realities"?

No wonder the Democratic politicians are in the panic mode.

Success in Iraq equals the destruction of their party and further proof that they are nothing more than the party of surrender, cut and run, retreat in defeat and weak on National Security.

Ms. Boyda? With the close run you had in the election, do not count on being reelected again.

Just a word of caution for you, your rhetoric has probably just ensured your political suicide.

That is the good news for America to counter your denial about the Good News in Iraq.

Here, go look at some of that good news for yourself...its there, but perhaps the "reality" of it is too much for Nancy Boyda to bear.

Related: Visit Hugh Hewitt as he tells you about his and others, meeting with the President.