War and peace
.Number of U.S. soldiers who have died in combat or noncombat situations while on duty since 2001: 9,185
Number who died on duty during the Clinton years: 7,500
— Harper's Index, July 2007
"Screaming like two ex-wives rolled into one."
That was radio host Rush Limbaugh.
CNN's Lou Dobbs, the club's luncheon guest speaker, he skewered the amnesty bill being pushed by President Bush and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. He characterized as "shameful" the Senate's rush to pass legislation that many senators have not even read and for which not one single public hearing has been held. "You cannot control immigration in this country unless you control our ports and borders first," Mr. Dobbs, sounding at times like an independent candidate for president, said bluntly.
The outspoken television commentator was equally critical of the two major political parties, which he described as "branding organizations," and the national media which, he said, aids and abets the parties' elitist agendas. Urging all those present to register as political independents, he added, "Don't let them take you for granted."
We got a peek at this evening's guest list celebrating the 10th anniversary of America's Promise Alliance, previously headed by former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell.
While the venue is the Four Seasons Restaurant in New York City, we find a mainly Inside the Beltway crowd RSVP'ing. In addition to Mr. Powell and his wife, Alma, George Bush, Barbara Bush, Bill Clinton, George E. Pataki, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., Mort Zuckerman, Charlie Rose, Tim Russert, Barbara Walters, Oscar de la Renta, Vernon E. Jordan Jr., Theodore J. Forstmann, and Morton Marguerite Kondracke are all on the guest list.
Mr. and Mrs. Powell this evening will announce the first-ever recipient of the Colin and Alma Powell Legacy Award, presented to a school, facility or program that embodies the ideals and work of the alliance.
And the winner is: The Vito Marcantonio School (PS 50) in East Harlem, New York. The principal of PS 50 is Rebekah Marler Mitchell.
'Giant in history'
He might not be the most popular politician in Britain's history, but Tony Blair is certainly popular on this side of the Atlantic. A resolution passed by Congress praises Mr. Blair for standing "side-by-side with the United States during conflicts in Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq."
Furthermore, "Mr. Blair showed British solidarity with the United States after the 9/11 terrorist attacks by being the first foreign leader to visit Ground Zero and attending President Bush.
Britain is a steadfast ally to the United States in the war on terrorism, and is the second-largest contributor of coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"So, this is a moment where it's seldom that we see giants in history, and it's important, I think, that we not wait 50 or 100 years or several centuries to acknowledge them, but to acknowledge them in their own time as being prophets with honor," commented Rep Peter T. King.
In 2003, Mr. Blair was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award that can be bestowed by Congress.