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  • Cop Out: Why Afghanistan Has No Police

    07/10/2006 11:55:14 AM PDT · by Axhandle · 14 replies · 886+ views
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | 10 July 2006 | Vance Serchuk
    When rioting suddenly broke out in Kabul in May, sparked by a fatal traffic accident involving the U.S. military, most in the city were taken by surprise. Less shocking, alas, was the response of the Afghan National Police, or ANP, to the unrest. Rather than dispersing the mobs and restoring order, Kabul's cops were reported fleeing their posts and, in some cases, joining the looters. "The reaction of our police was really shameful," acknowledged Jawed Ludin, chief of staff to President Hamid Karzai. Unfortunately, the sorry performance of the ANP was not an isolated event, but a reflection of a...
  • It's the Terrorism, Stupid

    06/30/2006 5:14:46 PM PDT · by Axhandle · 10 replies · 812+ views
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | June 30, 2006 | Michael A. Ledeen
    This in from al-Reuters: Iraqi and U.S. troops battled Shi’ite militiamen in a village northeast of Baghdad on Thursday...Iraqi security officials said IRANIAN FIGHTERS HAD BEEN CAPTURED IN THE FIGHTING (emphasis added)...The U.S. military had no immediate comment. In recent days there have been several stories further documenting the Iranian role in the terror war in Iraq, especially in the south, where Tehran has been working assiduously for several years to create a regional Islamic republic. So the al-Reuters report should not be a surprise. But it gives us the opportunity to reflect on three serious questions, none of which...
  • Batiste Needs a New Mirror

    05/29/2006 9:24:37 PM PDT · by Axhandle · 6 replies · 1,576+ views ^ | May 15, 2006 | Timothy Mathews
    Commanding the 1st Infantry Division in Iraq may have been the first endeavor that Major General John Batiste (U.S. Army, Retired) ever undertook in which he was not, in his mind, wildly successful. It seems that he does not know how to cope with this. Rather than looking in the mirror in search of someone to blame, General Batiste continues to make headlines by publicly calling for the resignation of Secretary Rumsfeld. Most recently his face graced the front page of The Wall Street Journal in an article titled The Two-Star Rebel. The article recounts the moral soul searching that...
  • Little Sophie critical in new crash tragedy

    05/07/2006 6:30:19 PM PDT · by Axhandle · 6 replies · 514+ views
    The Australian ^ | 06 May 2006 | D.D. McNicoll and Peter Kogoy
    SOPHIE Delezio, the brave little girl who survived horrific burns after being trapped under a car that crashed into her Sydney childcare centre two years ago, has again suffered serious injuries after being struck by a car on a pedestrian crossing near her home. Sophie, who suffered chest and leg injuries in the latest accident, was on life support last night in the Prince of Wales Children's Hospital at Randwick, in the city's east. She was in a critical but stable condition and doctors, who said her injuries were not as severe as first thought, expect her to pull through...
  • It's Not About the Latino Vote

    04/26/2006 7:49:00 PM PDT · by Axhandle · 77 replies · 1,310+ views
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | 26 April 2006 | Jose Enrique Idler
    The immigration rallies across America showed that restrictionists aren't the only ones with strong views. But beyond podium pounding, compelling arguments are also necessary. As the Senate goes back this week to the task of crafting an immigration bill, it is crucial to focus on the right reasons for creating a guest-worker program and legalizing 12 million illegal immigrants. The case for immigration doesn't have to do as much with the Latino vote or civil rights. It should center instead on America's growth, competitiveness and dynamism. This month's rallies of thousands of people in many major cities raised the importance...
  • Worth the Sacrifice

    03/16/2006 7:57:34 PM PST · by Axhandle · 13 replies · 600+ views
    Citizen Magazine ^ | March 2006 | Karl Zinmeister
    Why fight in Iraq? The answer is in the faces of Iraq’s children. By Karl Zinsmeister, reporting from Baghdad America is deep into the cynical stage when it comes to the Iraq war. We hear that it has been too costly in both money and lives. That they don’t appreciate us. That they don’t really want democracy. It is said they may not even deserve it. These reactions are not surprising—much good-intentioned effort has been thrown back in our faces in Iraq. One U.S. military commander I know paid a Baghdad contractor $6,000 a few months ago to clear and...
  • The Moses Complex

    02/28/2006 5:58:28 PM PST · by Axhandle · 3 replies · 243+ views
    TCS Daily ^ | 28 FEB 2006 | Arnold Kling
    For a worker to go home at the end of the day without a sufficient amount of money to live to the next day is, I think, a violation of Jewish law and government should be modeling that standard," [Rabbi Jack] Moline said in an interview last week, explaining why he backs the living wage campaign. -- Washington Jewish Week, February 2, 2006 Apparently, I am not a good Jew. I take the libertarian position that when a worker and an employer come to terms on a wage, then there is no need for government to interfere. Or perhaps I...
  • The American Social Model

    02/07/2006 8:09:36 PM PST · by Axhandle · 2 replies · 347+ views
    TCS Daily ^ | 07 FEB 2006 | Tim Worstall
    American capitalism really is a harsh taskmaster, isn't it? Those excessively long hours that everyone works, so different from the ease and leisure that applies in Europe along with our whiskey fountains, lakes of stew and the big rock candy mountain. That last being a product of a misdirected sugar beet subsidy of course. Indeed, there are those who insist that the US should regulate working hours, insist upon a reduction, as a way to bring some of this Euro-nirvana to the west coast of the Atlantic. There's only one small problem with this idea. It turns out not to...
  • Eurabian Fights

    11/07/2005 5:40:59 PM PST · by Axhandle · 8 replies · 699+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 07 November 2005 | Nidra Poller
    PARIS -- As the Eurabian Nights' dream starts exploding in the face of France, mainstream media are counting the number of torched cars and explaining that the rioters suffer from poverty and discrimination. It would seem that Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy ignited this unprecedented wave of violence by calling the rioters "la racaille" and promising to clean up the lost territories of the Republic. "Racaille" (pronounced rack-eye'-eh) is almost too good to translate. It means everything from bully to two-bit Mafioso, with connotations of thuggery, thievery, racketeering, and sleaze. La racaille is a gangsta class of knife-wielding bad guys who...
  • "Red Belt" Riots

    11/07/2005 2:48:38 AM PST · by Axhandle · 16 replies · 839+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 07 November 2005 | Stephen Schwartz
    In December 1979, at 31, I first went to Europe. I was then an anti-Stalinist, revolutionary communist. I flew to London and after a boat-train trip to Paris, was met by comrades in the small movement to which I belonged, centered in France and Spain. The young people who greeted me took me to an Arab café where elderly men sat on the floor at long tables, eating Moroccan couscous while smoking waterpipes and listening to North African music. My leftist associates included some who were Arab themselves. One, Saleh, was an Algerian immigrant who worked as a night watchman....
  • Soldiers Thwart Attack

    11/04/2005 8:11:31 PM PST · by Axhandle · 6 replies · 339+ views
    Black Anthem ^ | 04 November 2005 | 101st Airborne PAO
    Task Force Band of Brothers Soldiers stopped a gun battle between rival tribes in Samarra Thursday afternoon. Soldiers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, were manning an observation point in the city when they saw two gunmen open fire on a group of citizens. The Soldiers quickly engaged the gunmen, forcing them to leave the area. As the original gunmen fled, another hidden group opened fire on the Soldiers and then withdrew. Thirty minutes later, as the Soldiers were checking the home of the intended victim, five men arrived, including the original gunmen, and once again attacked...
  • 21st Century Bank Run: Watching a $4 billion company fall apart in a week

    10/23/2005 5:39:12 PM PDT · by Axhandle · 26 replies · 1,584+ views ^ | 17 October 2005 | Daniel Gross
    If you want to know what a modern bank run looks like, consider the case of the giant commodity trading firm Refco. It went public in mid-August, but in the course of the past week it has gone from $4 billion stock-market darling to carcass. The proximate cause of the meltdown was the surprise disclosure on Monday, Oct. 10, that an entity controlled by CEO Phillip Bennett had owed $430 million to the company. A week later, trading of the stock has been halted and vultures are picking over Refco the way hyenas gnaw on the remains of wildebeest. Refco...
  • Colonel's Toughest Duty

    10/20/2005 3:22:11 PM PDT · by Axhandle · 8 replies · 644+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 14 October 2005 | Anna Badkhen
    Tikrit, Iraq -- Nebras Khalid Nasser understood this much: Insurgents often killed people in Beiji, a northern Iraqi town where he lived with his pregnant wife and their year-old son. He needed to move his family to Tikrit, a safer city about 40 miles to the south. He helped his wife, Zahoya, into his brother-in-law's beat-up Toyota sedan. They started driving south. They saw a U.S. military convoy. A shot rang out. Blood poured from Zahoya's head. Then she died. Standing on the blue concrete floor of his brother's compound Thursday, Nasser wiped his tears with the collar of his...
  • We Won... Again!

    10/16/2005 11:46:05 PM PDT · by Axhandle · 33 replies · 1,396+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 17 October 2005 | Stephen Schwartz
    We won again! For a second time, the Iraqi people proved the Western mainstream media, Islamist radicals, self-righteous and nihilistic war protestors, disaffected Democrats, and neo-isolationists wrong: the referendum on the new constitution was successful. The Sunni minority participated in the polling and those among them voting "no" were swamped by the positive outcome. Iraq will have its new constitution. The transforming intervention led by President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair will succeed. The global sweep of bourgeois revolution will continue, centering on Iraq's neighbors: monarchical Saudi Arabia, statist Syria, and theocratic Iran. But how long will...
  • Fissures Among the Fanatics

    10/15/2005 1:19:12 AM PDT · by Axhandle · 7 replies · 407+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 14 October 2005 | Austin Bay
    Perhaps senior Bush administration officials thought establishing a democratic Iraq would be quick work. In an essay I wrote for the Dec. 9, 2002, issue of The Weekly Standard, I described what I thought a very difficult path to peace: "Pity Gen. Tommy Franks or, for that matter, any American military commander tasked with overseeing a post-Saddam Baghdad. For in that amorphous, dicey phase the Pentagon calls 'war termination' ... U.S. and allied forces liberating Iraq will attempt -- more or less simultaneously -- to end combat operations, cork public passions, disarm Iraqi battalions, bury the dead, generate electricity, pump...
  • Brining Economic Stability to Iraq

    10/13/2005 12:13:23 AM PDT · by Axhandle · 2 replies · 271+ views
    Christian Broadcasting Network ^ | 12 October 2005 | Chuck Holton – TIKRIT, Iraq - Let's begin in Tikrit, the city best known as the birthplace of Saddam Hussein. We spent some time here on Forward Operating Base Danger, a sprawling compound of 68 palaces that Hussein built for his family. This island used to belong to Saddam's sons. But today, this area is a training center for new Iraqi security forces, which has graduated more than 1,500 new Iraqi soldiers and policemen. The palace is now the headquarters for the 42nd Infantry Brigade, which is comprised of 23,000 active duty, guard, and reserve soldiers from 29 states. Its commander,...
  • The Spirit of St Louis: Labor Rising in America

    10/01/2005 8:43:38 PM PDT · by Axhandle · 5 replies · 391+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 30 September 2005 | Bryan O'Keefe
    We can bring to birth a new world from the ashes of the old" -- "Solidarity Forever" Famous Union Song ST. LOUIS -- Anybody who thought that organized labor is dead in America should have attended this week's "Change to Win" inaugural convention in St. Louis. The one-day event marked the official launch of a new labor federation comprised primarily of unions that disaffiliated from the AFL-CIO over the past few months -- the Service Employees International Union, the Teamsters, United Food and Commercial Workers, and UNITE HERE. Also joining Change to Win were the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, which...
  • The War Against Radical Islam: A Clash of Good versus Evil

    09/30/2005 11:06:42 PM PDT · by Axhandle · 33 replies · 795+ views
    Airborne Hog Society ^ | 01 October 2005 | Pig Pen
    When discussing foreign relations, many cite Samuel Huntington’s well-known work The Clash of Civilizations and The Remaking of World Order. It began as an essay published in Foreign Affairs and the response to it was so dramatic that Huntington later dedicated an entire book to the topic, to discuss his view in greater detail. The essence of Huntington’s Clash of Civilizations hypothesis is that differences between civilizations, rather than ideological differences, will dictate future conflicts. This view, which resonated so dramatically with the most astute foreign policy thinkers of the early 1990s, has now slowly made its way into the...
  • Four Years After September 11th: The Media Failure

    09/28/2005 10:21:03 PM PDT · by Axhandle · 16 replies · 1,373+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 9/11/2005 | Stephen Schwartz
    We have reached the fourth anniversary of the terrible attacks of September 11, 2001. I am sorry to say that, in my view, the U.S. and Western media have completely failed to meet the challenge of reporting on Islam, in the four succeeding years since then, or in reaction to the atrocities that followed, including the extremist violence in Iraq, which I would not dignify with the titles "insurgency" or "resistance," the Madrid metro and London underground bombings, and the terror assaults in Indonesia, Morocco, Turkey, and elsewhere. On September 12, 2001, it was as if two civilizations, the Judeo-Christian...
  • The Future of Army Professionalism: A Need for Renewal and Redefinition

    09/21/2005 6:27:48 PM PDT · by Axhandle · 8 replies · 666+ views
    Parameters ^ | August 2000 | DON M. SNIDER and GAYLE L. WATKINS
    The Army that won the battles of the Gulf War in 1991 was one of the most professional ever fielded by America. As General Schwarzkopf commented, "We could have traded equipment with the Iraqis and still won."[1] And when that Army returned home, it was welcomed by a supportive, even adoring, public. Now, almost one decade later, the situation has changed dramatically. During the past nine years, the US Army has undergone radical changes--major force and budget reductions, revised modernization programs, and successive base realignments and closures. All were intended by design to adapt the institution to the post-Cold War...