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Blogging from Baghdad

The best International Publication in Texas -- The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford -- has a new feature: Blogging from Baghdad.

Jane Stillwater, my new hero, is staying in the Emerald City, blogging regularly on The Iconoclast's Web site.

You are MISSING OUT if you're not reading her every single day.

Her latest report is about Senator John McCain's visit. An excerpt ...

What did I say to Sen. McCain? I gave him my famous "Light Brigade" speech. "I have been so completely impressed," I began, "by the quality, training, competence and skill of our troops here. They represent yet another generation in a long line of competent and capable Americans." McCain smiled and nodded his head, thinking I had finished my speech. Not.


"But," I continued, just getting warmed up, "our troops are also like the heroes of Lord Tennyson's poem, 'The Charge of the Light Brigade.' They are fighting bravely and well in a situation caused by a blunder. So why should we senselessly continue to put our troops in harm's way for a mistake?" Or in order to appease some greedy, immature Lord Nelson wannabe. It doesn't make sense to destroy a whole generation of American soldiers just to support Bush and Cheney.


Then I got down to the heart of my question. Giving McCain that special look that us moms usually reserve for recalcitrant children, I said, "And after this terrible blunder in Iraq, are you then going to go ahead and make that same horrible mistake in Iran?"


McCain's answer was brief. "No comment."

Hell of a Zinger, Jane. Keep it up.

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