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Cadet Smirk
03 May 2004 @ 03:05 pm
War Progress & Command Fitness
Although liberal talking heads would have you believe we're losing the Global War on Terror, the U.S. State Department's Patterns of Global Terrorism 2003 report tells the real story.
There were 190 acts of international terrorism in 2003, a slight decrease from the 198 attacks that occurred in 2002, and a drop of 45 percent from the level in 2001 of 346 attacks. The figure in 2003 represents the lowest annual total of international terrorist attacks since 1969.

A total of 307 persons were killed in the attacks of 2003, far fewer than the 725 killed during 2002. A total of 1,593 persons were wounded in the attacks that occurred in 2003, down from 2,013 persons wounded the year before.
Meanwhile, Marc Morano of CNSNews.com reports that hundreds of former commanders and military colleagues of presumptive Democratic nominee
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Although liberal talking heads would have you believe we're losing the <b><a href="http://www.defendamerica.mil/" target="_blank">Global War on Terror</a></b>, the <b><a href="http://www.state.gov/" target="_blank">U.S. State Department</a></b>'s <b><i><a href="http://www.state.gov/s/ct/rls/pgtrpt/2003/31569.htm" target="_blank">Patterns of Global Terrorism 2003</a></i></b> report tells the real story.
<blockquote><i>There were 190 acts of international terrorism in 2003, a slight decrease from the 198 attacks that occurred in 2002, and a drop of 45 percent from the level in 2001 of 346 attacks. The figure in 2003 represents the lowest annual total of international terrorist attacks since 1969.

A total of 307 persons were killed in the attacks of 2003, far fewer than the 725 killed during 2002. A total of 1,593 persons were wounded in the attacks that occurred in 2003, down from 2,013 persons wounded the year before.</i></blockquote>Meanwhile, Marc Morano of <b><a href="http://www.cnsnews.com/" target="_blank">CNSNews.com</b></a> reports that hundreds of former commanders and military colleagues of presumptive Democratic nominee <b><a href="http://www.johnkerry.com/ target="_blank">John Kerry</a></b> are set to declare in a signed letter that he is "unfit to be Commander-in-Chief."
<blockquote><i>"We have 19 of 23 officers who served with [Kerry]. We have every commanding officer he ever had in Vietnam. They all signed a letter that says he is unfit to be commander-in-chief," [letter coordinator John] O'Neill said.</i></blockquote>Read the <b><a href="http://www.cnsnews.com//ViewSpecialReports.asp?Page=\SpecialReports\archive\200405\SPE20040503a.html" target="_blank">full report</a></b> for more.

What's my take, the inquisitive reader might ask? Well, it's this: In my own experience, military colleagues, coworkers, and friends generally make pretty good character and competency judges. That's just the nature of life in the military, and I imagine fellow combat veterans are doubly qualified. If these sailors honestly feel he's unfit, I'm inclined to take their word for it.

Not that I didn't already think so.
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