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  • Learning To Love McCain

    02/04/2008 4:08:00 AM PST · by moderate_conservative · 54 replies · 242+ views
    Blogger News Network ^ | February 4th, 2008 | The Stiletto
    Republicans rooting for Rudy, overlooking his liberal positions on social issues and instead focusing on his national security hawkishness or his record of fiscal conservatism as Mayor of New York City, are already gravitating to John McCain based on Rudy’s say-so. It stands to reason that if these Republicans could forgive Rudy’s apostasies, they can surely overlook McCain’s. But what about those who consider McCain anathema – despite his 82 percent lifetime rating from the American Conservative Union? Why is it that the same conservatives who can forgive Mitt Romney’s flip-flopping on just about every significant issue can’t get past...
  • Bloomberg attacks Washington, raising speculation about 2008

    01/19/2008 1:30:24 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 238+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 1/19/08 | Michael R. Blood - ap
    He says he's not running for president, but New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg traveled to the delegate-rich state of California Saturday deliver a scorching attack on Washington for failing to keep up with the need for new airports, roads, water systems and bridges across America. While China and other nations are investing heavily in ports and high-speed trains "Washington doesn't have a plan" to address crumbling U.S. infrastructure, Bloomberg said. In remarks clearly aimed at a national audience, the mayor said politics trumps common sense in Congress, where pork-barrel spending takes priority. Washington "spends money to win votes," Bloomberg said....
  • Coalition, Iraqi Army Work Together to Clear Out Al-Qaida

    01/15/2008 3:38:14 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 108+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Pfc. Amanda McBride, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU Coalition forces teamed up with Iraqi Army Soldiers Jan. 10, to conduct an operation focused on securing an area south of Baghdad known as Chaka Four Region. Troops from Company C, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, and the 2nd Battalion, 4th Brigade, 8th Iraqi Army Division seized weapon caches and detained suspected al-Qaida in Iraq (AQI) members during Operation Nanos II, the first joint operation between the units. More than 50 suspects were detained, including one individual believed to be behind the assassination of prominent sheik Imad Ghurtani last November. Soldiers also discovered a bomb-making...
  • Iraqis Realize They Need Coalition to Stay, Odierno Says

    01/09/2008 3:31:15 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 167+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2008 Coalition servicemembers are making a difference in Iraq, and despite political rhetoric there, the countrys leaders realize they need coalition forces to remain, the commander of coalition ground forces said yesterday. Army Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, commander of Multinational Corps Iraq, said that when he visits battalions and companies throughout Iraq, he is struck by the way Iraqis deal with coalition forces. Its a very interesting dynamic, the general said during a conference call with military analysts from his headquarters in Baghdad. I go out about five times a week, and its clear...
  • December coalition deaths - 2nd lowest since war began

    12/31/2007 2:05:26 PM PST · by Fido969 · 27 replies · 157+ views
    As Maine Goes Blog Forum ^ | 12/31/07 | Tom C
    It's just after midnight in Bagdad, and while the final number may change, the preliminary number of coalition fatalities in Iraq for December 2007 is 22, down from 40 in November - which was itself a month hailed as unusually quiet in Iraq. While each, of course, is tragic, coalition fatalities of 22 would be the lowest monthly total since the war began.
  • Rice Rejects Huckabee Criticism--Huckster Bodyslam Alert

    12/21/2007 10:23:58 AM PST · by OCCASparky · 143 replies · 861+ views ^ | Dec 21 11:43 AM US/Eastern | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - In a brief foray into politics, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Friday denounced comments by a leading Republican presidential candidate that the Bush administration's foreign policy is arrogant and unilateral. "The idea that somehow this is a go-it-alone policy is just simply ludicrous," she said at a State Department news conference. "One would only have to be not observing the facts, let me say that, to say that this is now a go-it-alone foreign policy." Her remarks came in response to a question about criticism from former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who has surged in the...
  • Ten killed, eight detained as Coalition forces target al-Qaeda senior leaders (Samarra, Iraq)

    11/25/2007 6:09:21 PM PST · by Son House · 7 replies · 290+ views
    BAGHDAD Ten terrorists were killed and eight suspects detained during Coalition forces operations Saturday north of Samarra. During three coordinated operations early Saturday, Coalition forces targeted senior al-Qaeda in Iraq leaders and associates, killing a wanted individual, believed to be associated with the Badush prison escape in March. Reports indicate that the wanted individual had previously been imprisoned for weapons smuggling. As the ground force approached the target area, they were engaged by armed men who were then observed maneuvering into defensive positions near a reed line. Responding in self-defense, the ground force called for supporting aircraft to engage,...
  • Coalition Air Component Remains Strong, General Says

    11/04/2007 12:01:09 PM PST · by SandRat · 131+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 4, 2007 The coalition air component in Iraq remains strong, airlifting supplies and troops, providing surveillance and assisting ground forces with kinetic support, a senior air force officer in Iraq said today. During a news conference with reporters in Baghdad, Air Force Maj. Gen. David M. Edgington, director of Multinational Force Iraqs Air Component Coordination Element, referred to air lift forces as the backbone of the air component. The number of pallets that we bring into this country keep at least 100 vehicles off the roads every day that would otherwise be delivered via convoys, he said....
  • Coalition forces disrupt terrorist operations; 10 killed, three detained(Nice Reid too)

    11/02/2007 8:16:58 AM PDT · by Son House · 10 replies · 251+ views
    BAGHDAD, Iraq Coalition forces killed 10 terrorists and detained three suspects during operations Friday targeting al-Qaeda networks in central and northern Iraq. Southeast of Baghdad in Salman Pak, Coalition forces conducted an operation targeting an alleged foreign terrorist facilitator with ties to al-Qaeda in Iraq senior members operating in the Arab Jabour area. Reports indicate the individual is also associated with several foreign terrorist facilitators operating outside of Iraq, and an al-Qaeda in Iraq member who claims involvement in attacks against Coalition forces. The ground force was engaged by small arms fire as they approached the target building. Responding...
  • Coalition operations continue to degrade al-Qaeda in Iraq network

    10/24/2007 7:15:24 AM PDT · by Son House · 22 replies · 109+ views
    BAGHDAD, Iraq Coalition forces captured two wanted individuals and detained 19 suspected terrorists during operations Wednesday in central and northern parts of Iraq. Coalition forces captured a wanted individual during an operation west of Tikrit who is believed to be an associate of several terrorist leaders operating throughout the Tigris River Valley. The suspect is allegedly responsible for the movement of weapons from outside of Iraq to safe houses in the area. As Coalition forces arrived at the target area, the wanted individual surrendered to the ground force and was detained without incident. In southern Baghdad, Coalition forces captured...
  • Iraq: Coalition-caused deaths.

    10/22/2007 2:14:22 PM PDT · by avacado · 19 replies · 96+ views
    Iraq Body Count (IBC) ^ | March 18, 2007 | IBC: Iraq Body Count
    Coalition-caused deaths. Coalition forces, principally US as well as some UK, were identified to have killed at least 536 Iraqi civilians in year four (excluding a major incident in Najaf in January which is still under investigation by IBC). This compares with 370 in year three.
  • 1,200 Tarmiyah citizens vow to fight al-Qaeda

    09/22/2007 11:20:49 AM PDT · by mdittmar · 13 replies · 720+ views
    Blackanthem Military News ^ | Sep 22, 2007 | Multi-National Division - North PAO
    TAJI, Iraq - More than 1,200 Iraqi males from in and around Tarmiyah stood in line for hours to join Iraqi Security Forces, local sheiks and Coalition Forces in the fight against al-Qaeda and other insurgent militias in Tarmiyah Sept. 12. Local sheiks and CF from 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment reached out to the Iraqi people, asking the citizens of the small town of Tarmiyah to volunteer to defend their homes and neighborhoods against the terrorist insurgency in their town. This concept of the people standing against al-Qaeda and other insurgents has been dubbed an "awakening," or the mental...
  • Diggers take it to Taliban

    09/18/2007 2:00:29 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 13 replies · 307+ views
    The Australian ^ | 19th September 2007 | Mark Dodd
    AUSTRALIAN special forces in Afghanistan have struck at Taliban insurgents in their heartland in a series of secretive, brutal engagements waged across some of the most hostile terrain the commandos and Special Air Service troopers have ever fought in. The fight for south-central Oruzgan province was a pivotal battle and one with crucial security implications, the commander of Australia's special forces, Major General Mike Hindmarsh, said yesterday. In a rare interview, Major General Hindmarsh said SAS operations had thrown the Taliban "off balance", helping prevent insurgent attacks on the key provincial centres of Tarin Kowt and Kandahar. "The Taliban, they're...
  • Afghan, Coalition Forces Offer Assistance (850+ villagers & 120 animals benefit)

    08/09/2007 5:01:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 218+ views
    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, Aug. 9, 2007 Afghan National Security Forces, advised by Coalition forces brought medical, veterinary and material assistance to Afghan civilians at the Sangin District Center, Helmand Province, Aug. 1-5. The medical and veterinary assistance were made possible due to diminished Taliban enemy activity in the area. Coalition forces have put heavy pressure on insurgents in Helmand Province since spring, a strategy that disrupted the Talibans plan for a spring offensive. Most of the people who come here have problems that are preventable or easy to fix. We can make simple advice and a little bit of...
  • Iran unveils 'world's largest carpet' for UAE mosque

    08/01/2007 1:40:25 AM PDT · by familyop · 21 replies · 1,603+ views
    AFP by way of the Hindustan Times ^ | 31JUL07 | Agence France-Presse
    Iran on Tuesday unveiled what it said was the world's largest handwoven carpet, worth 5.8 million dollars and larger than a football pitch, to be laid out in a United Arab Emirates mosque. The carpet, adorned with green and cream colours, was made in 18 months from 38 tonnes of wool and cotton by 1,200 weavers in three villages in northeastern Iran, said the head of Iran's state carpet company, Jalaleddin Bassam. It is to be spread out in the mosque in UAE capital Abu Dhabi that bears the name of UAE president and founder Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahayan....
  • Coalition making a difference in Iraq: top British officer (Lieutenant General Graham Lamb)

    07/13/2007 2:11:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 473+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 7/13/07 | AFP
    LONDON (AFP) - Multi-national troops in Iraq are "making a difference" towards building a secure and successful country despite the enormous challenges, Britain's top military officer there said Friday. "This is difficult, it is damned dangerous, but I have no question in my mind that we are making a difference," Lieutenant General Graham Lamb, deputy commander of the multi-national force, told BBC radio from Baghdad. He denied the US-led troops were engaged in a lost cause. "Are we moving towards a better life for Iraq and an opportunity for this nation to succeed? I believe so and have never doubted...
  • For One Visit, Bush Will Feel Pro-U.S. Glow

    06/09/2007 12:53:44 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 21 replies · 1,242+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 06/09/2007 | Craig S. Smith
    TIRANA, Albania, The highlight of President Bushs European tour may well be his visit on Sunday to this tiny country, one of the few places left where he can bask in unabashed pro-American sentiment without a protester in sight. Americans here are greeted with a refreshing adoration that feels as though it comes from another time. Albania is for sure the most pro-American country in Europe, maybe even in the world, said Edi Rama, Tiranas mayor and leader of the opposition Socialists. Nowhere else can you find such respect and hospitality for the president of the United States. Even...
  • Euphoric Welcome Awaits Bush in Albania

    06/08/2007 10:13:08 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 31 replies · 1,810+ views
    05 06 2007 In contrast to many countries, where presidential visits are controversial, Albanians seem united in their desire to welcome the US leader, seeing him as their best ally in the world. By Besar Likmeta in Tirana Albania's capital, Tirana, is decked out in the stars and stripes of the American flag in preparation for the long-awaited visit of the US President George Bush, whom most Albanians consider their greatest friend in the world. The countdown for the June 10 visit has long started, with the government scrambling hard to complete the tight security measures needed to protect the...
  • Some Albanians insulted by Bush security measures

    06/03/2007 11:35:27 AM PDT · by joan · 28 replies · 988+ views
    AlertNet ^ | May 31, 2007
    TIRANA, May 31 (Reuters) - An Albanian government decree allowing U.S. Marines to be the only armed corps guarding President George W. Bush on a visit next week has been seen by some in Albania as an insult to their security forces. Albania has been looking forward to Bush's visit on June 10, the first by a U.S. president. He will be staying for seven hours as part of a regional tour. As part of preparations, parliament on Thursday approved an act that allows more than 500 combat-ready U.S. troops entry into the country, and sanctions their use of "force...
  • Critics pick at immigration coalition

    05/18/2007 3:17:46 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 542+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/18/07 | Julie Hirschfeld Davis - ap
    WASHINGTON - The fragile coalition that produced this week's immigration deal risks being picked apart by forces across the political spectrum as the measure begins moving through Congress. Lawmakers want to revise key elements, such as letting millions of illegal immigrants stay in the U.S., favoring skills and education over families and setting out the terms of a new temporary worker program. Any one of the changes has the potential to sink the whole measure, which was unveiled with fanfare Thursday but was still being drafted late Friday. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, who helped negotiate the compromise, called it "very...