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  • Scott Ritter and Al-Zarqawi (Vanity/Request)

    10/28/2006 3:33:27 PM PDT · by Axhandle · 14 replies · 778+ views
    N/A ^ | 28 Oct 2006 | Me
    I recall reading a couple years ago some hit piece by Scott Ritter against the Bush Administration. The gist of it was that Zarqawi was an imagined and perhaps invented threat, that he was likely already dead, and that the Bush administration needed a nemesis around which to rally US support in Iraq, so Zarqawi was over-hyped. Does anyone have, or know of, a link to such an article? I have been googling for a while (that is a verb now, right?) and found nothing.
  • Eight fallen soldiers from Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast

    10/28/2006 12:29:52 PM PDT · by Axhandle · 2 replies · 298+ views ^ | July 04, 2006 | N/A
    Army Spec. David J. Brangman, 20, Lake Worth. Killed Feb. 13, 2005. He died in Uvanni, Iraq, when a mortar round struck his vehicle. Shaken by the Sept. 11 attacks, he entered the Army one month before the invasion of Iraq. "He wanted to do something for his country," his mother said. "And that's what he did." When Brangman called his mother from Fort Stewart, Ga., to tell her that he was leaving for Iraq, he said: "Always remember that I love you, mom, and my sister, too. If anything happens to me, I want you to know that I...
  • The Exceptional Nation

    10/22/2006 4:17:26 PM PDT · by Axhandle · 5 replies · 610+ views
    TCS Daily ^ | 20 Oct 2006 | Austin Bay
    If demography is destiny, then news of America's decline is (like Mark Twain's death) decidedly premature. Statisticians tell us Oct. 17 (at 7:46 a.m. EDT, according to the Census Bureau's estimate) was the day America's population reached, then surpassed, 300 million people. That's a three followed by eight zeroes. Unfortunately, Oct. 17 was Halloween with an extra "Boo" (B with two zeroes) for various "greens" and ecological radicals mired in Malthusian desperation and myths of looming disaster. For decades, the doomsayers have been predicting catastrophe wrought by the "population explosion" and diminishing resources. Author and columnist Mark Steyn notes in...
  • The Problem with Fourth Generation Warfare

    10/21/2006 4:35:45 PM PDT · by Axhandle · 18 replies · 960+ views
    The Information Warfare Site ^ | 17 Feb 2005 | Antulio J. Echevarria II
    For theorists of Fourth Generation War (4GW), there’s both good news and bad news. The good news is that there is only one problem with the notion of 4GW. The bad news is that the theory itself is the problem. Like the fabled emperor who had no clothes, 4GW is bereft of any intellectual garments: the concept itself is fundamentally and hopelessly flawed. It is based on poor history and only obscures what other theorists and analysts have already clarified. Although the idea of 4GW emerged in the late 1980s, it has gained considerable popularity of late, particularly as a...
  • Isle Medic Honored Posthumously

    10/14/2006 2:15:57 PM PDT · by Axhandle · 4 replies · 457+ views
    Star Bulletin ^ | May 25, 2006 | Rod Thompson
    HILO » Army medic Ray Michael Fuhrmann II was calm under fire on the day that he and a unit of friendly Iraqi commandos ran into an ambush. Fuhrmann saved six Iraqi lives in the firefight that followed on March 22, 2005. For his bravery, Fuhrmann's father was presented with the Silver Star last night in a brief ceremony at Waiakea High School in Hilo. It is the third-highest military honor that the nation bestows on its military personnel. Spc. Fuhrmann could not receive it himself. He and three other soldiers were killed when a roadside bomb destroyed their vehicle...
  • Candidate Rides Elephant Across Rio Grande with Mariachi Band Playing (No Border Security)

    10/13/2006 5:41:29 PM PDT · by Axhandle · 13 replies · 1,677+ views
    MSNBC ^ | unknown | Rita Cosby
    See the upper left corner of the page for the video of congressional candidate Raj Peter Bhakta riding an elephant across the Rio Grande with a mariachi band playing in the background. They were unchallenged by the Border Patrol, as there were no Border Patrol agents in the vicinity. The stunt was to demonstrate the lack of security on our southern border.
  • Longest Running Flame Wars (Vanity)

    10/13/2006 1:22:07 PM PDT · by Axhandle · 46 replies · 799+ views
    N/A | 13 October 2006 | Axhandle
    I was just curious, what is the longest running flame war on Free Republic (or other message boards)? Please post your link with start and end dates (approximate, if necessary).
  • Thicker Than Water? Kin Religion and Conflict in the Balkans

    10/09/2006 8:11:50 PM PDT · by Axhandle · 2 replies · 412+ views
    Parameters ^ | Winter 1998 | P. H. Liotta and Anna Simons
    Listen then, to what you do not know. The three rivers of the ancient world of the dead--the Acheron, the Phlegethon, and the Cocytus--today belong to the underworlds of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity; their flow divides the three hells--Gehenna, Hades, and the icy hell of the Mohammedans--beneath the one-time Khazar lands. And there, at the junction of these three borders, are confronted the three worlds of the dead: Satan's fiery state with the nine circles of the Christian Hades, with Lucifer's throne . . . the Moslem underworld . . . kingdom of icy torment; and Geburah's territory, to...
  • Why We Will Never See Democracy in the Middle East

    10/08/2006 7:11:46 AM PDT · by Axhandle · 94 replies · 2,703+ views
    ABC News ^ | September 11, 2006 | Steven Pressfield
    September 11, 2006— In the five years since 9/11, much looking-back has been done. The problem is we haven't looked back far enough. To understand the nature of the enemy in the Middle East and to evaluate the prospects for democracy and peace, we need to extend our gaze not five years into the past, but five hundred and even five thousand. I've spent the last four years writing two books about Alexander the Great's campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, 331-327 B.C. What has struck me in the research is the dead-ringer parallels between that ancient East-West clash and the...
  • Winning the Peace: The Need for Full Spectrum Operations

    10/07/2006 1:25:47 PM PDT · by Axhandle · 6 replies · 505+ views
    Military Review ^ | August 2005 | MG Peter Chiarelli and MAJ Patrick Michaelis
    You [military professionals] must know something about strategy and tactics and logistics, but also economics and politics and diplomacy and history. You must know everything you can know about military power, and you must also understand the limits of military power. You must understand that few of the important problems of our time have, in the final analysis, been finally solved by military power alone.—John F. Kennedy1 FOR THE LAST 3 decades serving as an Army officer, the traditional military training model prepared me to win our Nation’s wars on the plains of Europe, or the deserts of the Middle...
  • Toward a Neo-Reaganite Foreign Policy

    09/05/2006 11:34:44 AM PDT · by Axhandle · 5 replies · 571+ views
    Carnegie Endowment for International Peace ^ | July/August 1996 | William Kristol and Robert Kagan
    THE TEPID CONSENSUS IN FOREIGN policy, conservatives are adrift. They disdain the Wilsonian multilateralism of the Clinton administration; they are tempted by, but so far have resisted, the neoisolationism of Patrick Buchanan; for now, they lean uncertainly on some version of the conservative "realism" of Henry Kissinger and his disciples. Thus, in this year's election campaign, they speak vaguely of replacing Clinton's vacillation with a steady, "adult" foreign policy under Robert Dole. But Clinton has not vacillated that much recently, and Dole was reduced a few weeks ago to asserting, in what was heralded as a major address, that there...
  • Elites and the military

    09/05/2006 4:18:22 AM PDT · by Axhandle · 56 replies · 1,170+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | September 5, 2006 | Brendan Conway
    It's old news that military service has all but disappeared among the upper classes. That's why no one is surprised to hear that Harvard -- which still bans ROTC -- graduated all of nine ROTC cadets this year (MIT hosts them down the river). Not everyone suffers from outrage fatigue, though -- certainly not Kathy Roth-Douquet and Frank Schaeffer. The authors of "AWOL: The Unexcused Absence of America's Upper Classes from the Military -- and How It Hurts Our Country" are appalled at their peers' lack of knowledge, even rudimentary knowledge, of the military. Mrs. Roth-Douquet, a former Clinton Pentagon...
  • Jackson to demand proof that soldiers are alive

    09/04/2006 9:34:33 AM PDT · by Axhandle · 14 replies · 491+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | September 4, 2006 | Staff
    US civil rights activist Reverend Jesse Jackson is set to meet senior Hizbullah officials in Beirut on Monday to demand proof that the two kidnapped IDF soldiers Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev are still alive. Israel Radio reported that information on the soldiers would assist advancing a prisoner swap deal with Israel, adding that the release of a video clip would be his preferred source of information. Jackson harshly criticized US President George Bush for refusing to talk to Syria or Hizbullah.
  • Extra 38 Diggers for Iraq taskforce

    09/04/2006 9:28:30 AM PDT · by Axhandle · 2 replies · 171+ views
    The Australian ^ | September 5, 2006 | Patrick Walters
    AUSTRALIA'S military taskforce in southern Iraq will be reinforced with an extra 38 soldiers and four Bushmaster armoured transport vehicles as troops undertake more hazardous, longer-range patrols in al-Muthanna province. The reinforcements bring the number of Australian troops serving in southern Iraq to more than 500, including 30 soldiers who are training the Iraqi army. Defence Minister Brendan Nelson said yesterday Australian troops would remain in Iraq for the long haul. In Baghdad last week, Dr Nelson met Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and pledged Australia's continued support for the Government. "He said to me, 'You were there with us...
  • Freep this MSN poll on War in Iraq

    08/31/2006 12:29:05 PM PDT · by Axhandle · 42 replies · 1,128+ views
    Poll asks, "Do you agree with President Bush when he likens the struggle against Islamic fundamentalism with the fight against Nazis and communists?" and then offers 3 packaged answers.Click here
  • The Saudis and containing Iran in Lebanon

    08/29/2006 3:00:26 PM PDT · by Axhandle · 4 replies · 381+ views
    The Daily Star ^ | 30 August 2005 | Nawaf Obaid
    With the Lebanon war apparently over, the world can turn its attention to managing the aftermath. And no country in the Middle East is in a better position than Saudi Arabia to play a key role in that effort. How so? The kingdom, with its relatively close relations with Tehran and growing regional authority, can do much to influence Iran, which has armed and funded Hizbullah for years. It will use its economic clout to help finance reconstruction and the international force sent to secure the Israeli-Lebanese border. However, Saudi Arabia can achieve none of these aims if the United...
  • Fishermen Rescued After Nine Months Adrift

    08/22/2006 4:07:41 AM PDT · by Axhandle · 32 replies · 1,081+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | 22 August 2006 | N/A
    Three Mexican shark fishermen who spent nine months adrift at sea, surviving on raw fish and rain water, have finally reached dry land. They were plucked from the ocean by another fishing boat on Aug 9, but only this morning arrived at the nearest land - the remote Marshall Islands in the Pacific. There they were greeted by hordes of Mexican reporters. Salvador Ordonez, Jesus Vidana and Lucio Rendon are in good health, though their arms and legs are badly swollen from excessive exposure to sun and salt. Two of the boat party died and were thrown overboard during the...
  • The Education of Gesture

    07/26/2006 4:41:58 PM PDT · by Axhandle · 11 replies · 428+ views
    TCS Daily ^ | 25 October 2005 | Robert McHenry
    Cognitive scientists are generally agreed that one of the most important faculties of the human brain and its associated sensory apparatus is the ability to detect patterns. It is patterns that make the world intelligible, that carry meaning, that make it possible for the past to be a guide to the future. So primordial and so powerful is this faculty, however, that it brings with it also a large capacity for error, for imputing patterns where there are none, or at least none that are meaningful. It is with that in mind that I hesitate to claim that I have...
  • Stripper skips hearing over human hand, skulls

    07/26/2006 2:02:36 PM PDT · by Axhandle · 15 replies · 805+ views ^ | 26 July 2006 | Reuters
    Topless waitress refuses to say where she got hand nicknamed ‘Freddy’ NEW YORK - A stripper from New Jersey faced criminal charges Wednesday after police found a severed hand and six human skulls in her home. Linda Kay, 31, was due to be arraigned Wednesday for improper disposition of human remains. Police said she was arrested Friday. Officers responded to a report of a man wanting to kill himself with a hammer, but instead discovered a hand inside a jar filled with formaldehyde on a dresser in a bedroom. Six human skulls were found in an upstairs bedroom, South Plainfield...
  • Occupations, Cultures, and Leadership in the Army and Air Force

    07/15/2006 2:31:00 PM PDT · by Axhandle · 11 replies · 532+ views
    Parameters ^ | Winter 2005 | LTC/Dr. George R. Mastroianni
    From Parameters, Winter 2005-06, pp. 76-90. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Most discussions of culture in the military services concern the relationship between military and civilian culture. Comparatively less interest has been shown in the cultural differences among the military services themselves, although there is considerable informal and anecdotal (often humorous) discussion of such differences within the services. In his 1989 book, The Masks of War, Carl Builder focused on “personality” differences among the services, and discussed the implications of those differences for defense policy.1 C. Kenneth Allard offered an insightful look at service culture in his thorough analysis of the past and future...