First Cup September 15th

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 In Iraq: 

An al-Qaida front group warned it will hunt down and kill Sunni Arab tribal leaders who cooperate with the U.S. and its Iraqi partners, saying the assassination of the leader of the revolt against the terror movement was just a beginning.

In a separate statement, the Islamic State of Iraq announced a new offensive in Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting that began this week. The statement said the offensive was in honor of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the founder of al-Qaida in Iraq who was killed by a U.S. airstrike in June 2006.

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Democrats and the Anti-War crowd continue to insist that our mission in Iraq is a failure and point to the the lack of political progress in Iraq as evidence of that assertion.  Progress in the political arena can only be accomplished when security for the political leaders and the populace is attained. We have made significant progress to achieving that security but still have more work to do .  The undermining of our mission in Iraq by Democrats some Republicans is a disgrace and does nothing but prolong the conflict.  It is putting our forces at greater risk and jeopardizing our national security.  If the Democrats would put as much effort into accomplishing our goals in Iraq as they have in undermining our mission there, we would be far closer to completing that mission and bringing our troops home.

German Terror Plot:

American assistance in uncovering the terrorist plot last week to attack U.S. and German targets in Germany was “vital,” according to a German official familiar with the investigation. It was National Security Agency surveillance of communications between Germany and Pakistan, along with some help from Pakistani intelligence, that first uncovered the plot last October and “set the ball rolling,” the German official told TIME. The investigation culminated last week in the arrests in central Germany of three ringleaders, two German nationals and a Turk, and the revelation that the cell was plotting a “massive” attack, possibly on U.S. targets in Germany. “U.S. intelligence was of utmost importance,” said the official, who asked not to be named. “The U.S. was even more prominent in this than they appear to be.”

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It is a good thing that the New York Times didn’t find out about the US Involvement first. If they had I am sure they would have run a front page story describing the operation in enough detail to allow the terrorists to escape capture. The ACLU likely would have filed a lawsuit to prohibit the NSA or other US Intel agencies from infringing on the rights of terrorists to attack American or other western targets.

Illegal Immigrant Amnesty Drive:

Months after the collapse of a sweeping immigration overhaul, a top Senate Democrat plans to push for a smaller measure that could give tens of thousands of undocumented high school and college students a shot at legalization.

The legislation, known as the Dream Act, could give students who were brought to the United States before they were 16 a chance for residency if they graduate high school, stay out of trouble and complete at least two years of college or enlist in the military.

Immigration advocates say the legislation, which Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., hopes to introduce as soon as next week, is the best chance for students like brothers Juan and Alex Gomez, who came to the United States as infants, were educated in Miami-Dade public schools and are now fighting orders of deportation to Colombia.

But opponents already are gearing up, hoping to torpedo the measure, which they consider “piecemeal amnesty.”

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., who who helped derail the immigration bill, this week sent out a letter to his colleagues, warning that ”a conservative estimate suggests that at least one million illegal aliens will qualify” for the provision.

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“Little Dick Durban” intends to attach his nightmare act to a  Defense bill, hoping to get votes from Senators who would not want to be labled as “Soft on Defense” by thier Liberal colleagues and the media. If Durban and Kennedy honestly think this bill is good for our country then why not let it stand on its own merits…   

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