As promised, our full video report on The Gathering of Eagles:
Many highlights there, but take special note of the face-off at the 6:00 minute mark. As you can see, we spent most of the day covering the march on the Eagles’ side of the fence. Why? Because almost all of the news camera crews we spotted–the ones that bothered to show up, that is–gathered around Cindy Sheehan and the anti-war freak show and then left. We didn’t see any of them covering the long lines of Eagles waiting to get through security to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Didn’t see them covering the speeches and performances by the vets and pro-military activists. Reporters mingled comfortably on the moonbat side, except to shoot drive-by photos casting pro-troops counterprotesters in a negative light. Bloggers continue to rip old media whitewashing of the historic event:
This may mark the beginning of the end of mainstream America’s complacency in the face of a vastly outnumbered but vocal (and overreported) antiwar movement whose platform spells disaster for the United States and Iraq.
Never again will America’s brave warriors and their cause be abandoned and the people our country has pledged to liberate be left to perish at the hands of tyrants. Those days are most definitely over.
Bloggers also continue to report on the ugly behavior and background of the surrender lobbyists:
Don’t miss Tantor’s four-part series–including a description of what happened when a woman in a “Viva The Reagan Revolution” T-shirt jumped in the middle of a gaggle of socialists, waving an American flag and holding a sign: “Win the War or lose to Jihad!”
And check out A Soldier’s Perspective.
More: Jack Langer reports on an anarchist flag-burning that didn’t make the Washington Post’s photo gallery.
Christopher Cook chronicled the Leftist/reconquista protesters marching under the anti-war banner in Los Angeles.
We ventured into the ANSWER/Soros crowd when they started their march to the Pentagon. This was the view from the anti-war side of the fence. The horses are turned the right way:
A counterprotester in San Francisco stands up:
One of the most chuckle-worthy signs from the port-a-potty line at the Eagles event (via Sniper One):
FReeper/Gathering of Eagles organizer Kristinn Taylor appeared on Fox News this morning to talk about the event. Video here. He took Fox News to task for their weak coverage. Megyn Kendall pointed out that they did cover the protest/counterprotest. But it was superficial and concentrated mostly on the anti-war freaks. I regret to say that Kristinn was absolutely right: It was a missed opportunity for Fox.
Related good read: Michael Barone on the Blame-America-First crowd.
Noon update: President Bush speaks…
With Democrats pushing for an end to the
Iraq war now entering its fifth year,
President Bush pleaded for more patience Monday, saying success is possible but “will take months, not days or weeks.”
The war has stretched longer, with higher costs, than the White House ever predicted. On the fourth anniversary of the day Bush directed the invasion to begin, the president made a televised statement from the White House Roosevelt Room to defend continued U.S. involvement.
He said his plan to send 21,500 additional U.S. troops to secure Baghdad and Iraq’s troubled Anbar Province “will need more time to take effect,” especially since fewer than half of the troop reinforcements have yet arrived in the capital. Bush added: “There will be good days and bad days ahead as the security plan unfolds.”
Democrats are bringing up this week in the House a war spending bill that would effectively require the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq by the fall of 2008, on top of providing funding for the wars in Iraq and
Afghanistan for the year. The White House has been pushing aggressively against this legislation, and Bush did so again on Monday.
“It can be tempting to look at the challenges in Iraq and conclude our best option is to pack up and go home,” he said. “That may be satisfying in the short run. But I believe the consequences for America’s security would be devastating.”
He said he had received news of positive signs during a morning briefing on the war with his National Security Council, and during a closed-circuit television conference call with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki from Baghdad.
Bush ridiculed House Democrats’ legislation to remove troops, a measure he has promised to veto because it contains a timeline. He called it an abdication of U.S. commitments to Iraqis.
“There’s a lot more work to be done and Iraq’s leaders must continue to work to meet the benchmarks they have set forward,” he said. “As Iraqis work to meet their commitments, we have important commitments of our own.”
Don’t forget: Appeal for Courage.