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  • How Desert Storm Destroyed the US Military

    04/21/2017 9:25:02 PM PDT · by pboyington · 81 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | April 21, 2017 | Ray Starmann
    The US military that won Desert Storm or Gulf War I in 1991 was a spectacular military, a gargantuan industrial age military with high tech weaponry and well trained personnel, that when called upon, achieved victory with the speed of Patton and the elan of Teddy Roosevelt. Overlooking the vast eight mile carnage on the Highway of Death in Kuwait, destruction that was caused by a US Air Force and Navy that bore almost no resemblance to the two services now, a sergeant in the 7th US Cavalry remarked, “America sure got its money’s worth from those Joes.” In 44...
  • Yes, The Iraq War and the 9/11 Attacks ARE Related

    09/11/2009 11:02:18 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 9 replies · 920+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 09-11-09 | Scott Malensek
    History-like hindsight-is supposed to be 20:20, but the deliberate partisan, political divide regarding the invasion of Iraq makes that hard. It's not a new phenomenon. Long ago it was said that the true story of a war can't be told until the last of its veterans has passed away, and only a few months ago did the last World War One veteran go to his great reward. For decades after the Civil War (and some would argue even today) the debate raged on, and the healing of Southern Reconstruction didn't really start culturally until the unity of the Spanish-American War...
  • Republic of Fear

    03/21/2006 5:03:23 PM PST · by Dog · 18 replies · 674+ views
    weeklystandard ^ | 03/21/2006 | Dan Darling
    WHEN THE IRAQI REGIME collapsed in April 2003, few observers saw reason to mourn the loss of Saddam's brutal dictatorship. While a great deal of information about the former Iraqi regime's assorted atrocities has been uncovered since the invasion, newly-released documents go even further in demonstrating its manifest depravity. One such document is CMPC-2003-012666, a letter from Qusay Hussein that directs as follows: Transfer all Kuwaiti POW's / a total of 448 captured Kuwaitis who are located at the Al-Nida Al-Agher Prison and the Intelligence / General Center and Kazema Prison in Al-Kazema, to make them human shields at all...
  • The Realist Who Got It Wrong

    10/30/2005 7:44:42 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 22 replies · 1,299+ views
    Washington Post ^ | October 30, 2005 | Charles Krauthammer
    Now that Cindy Sheehan turns out to be a disaster for the antiwar movement -- most Americans are not about to follow a left-wing radical who insists that we are in Iraq for reasons of theft, oppression and empire -- a new spokesman is needed. If I were in the opposition camp, I would want a deeply patriotic, highly intelligent, distinguished establishment figure. I would want Brent Scowcroft. Scowcroft has been obliging. In the Oct. 31 New Yorker he came out strongly against the war and the neocon sorcerers who magically foisted it upon what must have been a hypnotized...
  • Don’t Worry General, We Trust You

    05/10/2016 10:50:54 PM PDT · by pboyington · 26 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | May 11, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Six simple words, “Don’t worry General, we trust you.” During the Gulf War in 1991, General Fred Franks, VII Corps commander spoke with several soldiers in the now deactivated, but once mighty, Third Armored Division. During the conversation, Franks appeared worried and tired. One of the soldiers looked at him and said, “Don’t worry General, we trust you.” Those six words spoke volumes about the state of the military in 1991 and speak volumes about the wretched state of the military in 2016. How many soldiers or Marines today would repeat those words to someone with stars on their shoulders?...
  • Baker Hired Israeli to Collect Iraqi Debt, Evade U.S. Sanctions

    12/19/2006 4:38:15 PM PST · by Fred Nerks · 20 replies · 911+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 00:24 Dec 20, '06 / 29 Kislev 5767 | by Hana Levi Julian
    Former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker used an Israeli businessman to evade American sanctions in Iraq while collecting a debt from Saddam Hussein. According to a report by WorldNet Daily reporter Aaron Klein, Baker hired Nir Gouaz, president of Caesar Global Securities in Israel, to collect a debt from the Hussein regime in 1998. Baker is a senior partner at the Houston-based law firm, Baker Botts, which made some $30 million in fees from the deal which the Israeli businessman mediated. Gouaz said the Iraqi regime owed some $1.65 billion to the Korean Hyundai Engineering firm for a series...
  • Are "support the troops" and "thank you for your service" just empty phrases?

    11/04/2015 12:39:13 AM PST · by pboyington · 39 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | November 4, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    Since 9-11, and the beginning of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, there has been an out-pouring, almost a hemorrhaging of support for the troops. From yellow ribbon and American flag car magnets to endless media coverage of the military; the public it seems, is in love with the troops. There are endless tributes to the military at sporting events and the term, “thank you for your service” has become as common as “Merry Christmas.” But, is the public really in love with the military? Do they really support the troops? Do they even care? Is saying thank you for...
  • Saving the US Army

    10/27/2015 6:59:44 PM PDT · by pboyington · 50 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | October 23, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    The US Army is sick; sick in body, mind and spirit. No matter how many times Pentagon perfumed princes and feather merchants bedazzle us with light shows, veterans know the truth. We always know. We know that the Army is suffering from a number of ailments, that unless stemmed will destroy the institution that has been around since the Massachusetts boys went live in 1775. The first problem lies with the people at the helm of the US Army Titanic. From Secretary of the Army John McHugh down to the joint chiefs to corps and division and brigade and battalion...
  • Khobar Towers The Clinton administration left many stones unturnd.

    06/25/2006 3:28:43 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 39 replies · 1,384+ views
    OpinionJournal ^ | Sunday, June 25, 2006 | LOUIS J. FREEH
    Khobar Towers The Clinton administration left many stones unturnd. BY LOUIS J. FREEH Sunday, June 25, 2006 12:01 a.m. Ten years ago today, acting under direct orders from senior Iranian government leaders, the Saudi Hezbollah detonated a 25,000-pound TNT bomb that killed 19 U.S. airmen in their dormitory at Khobar Towers in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. The blast wave destroyed Building 131 and grievously wounded hundreds of additional Air Force personnel. It also killed an unknown number of Saudi civilians in a nearby park. The 19 Americans murdered were members of the 4,404th Wing, who were risking their lives to enforce...
  • ‘I Look Forward to Dying:’ U.S. Veteran Fights Gulf War Syndrome

    08/19/2015 8:11:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Glenn Stewart, a U.S. veteran of the first Gulf War a quarter of a century ago, has a deadly dilemma. Stewart, who served as a communication specialist in the U.S. forces tasked with taking back Kuwait from the clutches of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in 1991, wants to see his grandchildren grow. But at the same time, he also waits daily to hear the “good news” of his impending death. The 54-year-old suffers from what is commonly known as Gulf War syndrome (GWS) or Gulf War Illness (GWI), a cocktail of ailments. Its multiple symptoms are both physical and psychological...
  • Fought Vietcong,Sandinistas,Saddam,Taliban,ISIS but last Vietnam vet in uniform is retiring

    07/02/2015 4:35:31 PM PDT · by vis a vis · 11 replies
    Dailymail.com ^ | 2 Jul 2015 | Daniel Bates For Dailymail.com
    When Sergeant Major Michael Jarnevic finally retires from the Army on July 8, it will be the end of a career that began in 1973 when he enlisted as a Marine and was deployed to Vietnam. He is now nearing his 60th birthday and has spent three quarters of his life fighting for his country. In fact, Sgt Major Jarnevic appears to be the last Vietnam veteran on active duty in the whole of the Army. During his 42 years of service he has served in Honduras during the Contra wars in the 80s and Kuwait in the 90s during...
  • Liz Cheney: 'Fantasies' being spread about former VP

    05/17/2009 8:37:16 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 13 replies · 995+ views
    Politico ^ | 5-17-09
    Liz Cheney said Sunday that some of the stories in print about her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, were "fantasies" cooked up by some of his old Bush administration rivals. Responding to a question about Dick Cheney's role in pushing for aggressive interrogations, Liz Cheney pointed to Lawrence Wilkerson, the chief of staff to then-Secretary of State Colin Powell, for spreading inaccurate information about her father. Wilkerson "has made a cottage industry of fantasies about the vice president," she said on ABC's "This Week." "It's important to look at the source" of media reports, Cheney said. "Nobody talking about...
  • Always Out Front: a Photo History of an Airborne Company

    01/05/2015 7:32:10 AM PST · by TigerTale · 4 replies
    Kickstarter ^ | 01-02-15 | Jason Auld
    In August of 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait triggering a quick response from the United States. Ground troops and aircraft were rapidly deployed to protect the country of Saudi Arabia. The first boots on the ground were from the historic 82nd Airborne Division- America's Guard of Honor. Now, almost 25 years later there are very few accounts of what it was like for the soldiers on the ground. The photo book "Always Out Front: a Photo History of an Airborne Company" will tell the story of B Co 313th Military Intelligence Battalion in their own words and photos.
  • What I learned on the Highway of Death in Iraq - Allen West

    01/17/2014 8:15:25 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 18 replies
    Steadfast anbd Loyal Blog ^ | January 17, 2014 | Allen West
    Today is the 23rd anniversary of the start of the First Persian Gulf War also known as Operation Desert Storm. I was a 29-year-old Captain in the First Infantry Division, “The Big Red One” at Ft. Riley in Kansas. Angela and I just celebrated our first wedding anniversary in December 1990 and now I was deploying into combat — something she had seen her own dad do twice to Vietnam. I was the Fire Support Officer for Task Force 2-16 Infantry (call sign Ranger 14) in the 2nd Brigade (Dagger). Our mission was to be the lead task force of...
  • The Children of Hannibal (MICHAEL J. TOTTEN)

    12/17/2012 11:22:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2012 | MICHAEL J. TOTTEN
    The rich heritage of Tunisia, maybe the only place where the Arab Spring stands a chance Modern-day Tunisians, more Westernized than most Arabs, see themselves as descendants of the great Carthaginian general who invaded Italy. The Arab Spring began in Sidi Bouzid, a small Tunisian town, at the end of 2010. In a desperate protest against the corrupt and oppressive government that had made it impossible for him to earn a living, food-cart vendor Mohamed Bouazizi stood before City Hall, doused himself with gasoline, and lit a match. His suicide seeded a revolutionary storm that swept the countryside and eventually...
  • Desert Storm Victor Stormin' Norman Schwarzkopf R.I.P.

    12/28/2012 4:20:05 PM PST · by raptor22 · 10 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | December 28, 2012
    Leadership: The hero of Desert Storm gave America a taste of victory after the wasted sacrifice of Vietnam and demonstrated that only the sometimes-unwise decisions of politicians can keep us from victory over our enemies. Schwarzkopf, called "Stormin' Norman" because of his reportedly explosive temper, led America to two sorely needed military victories: a small one in Grenada in 1983 and a big one as de facto commander of allied forces in the Gulf War in 1991. Grenada was the first step in a recovery from the legacy of Vietnam, where defeat was snatched from the jaws of victory in...
  • Picture emerges of teen suicide pilot (Alexander Felos and the Tampa teen suicide pilot)

    04/05/2005 9:15:39 AM PDT · by alwaysaskingquestions · 20 replies · 1,819+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | January 8, 2002 | Curtis Krueger, Katherine Gazella, Ed Quico
    Picture Emerges of Teen Suicide Pilot CHARLES BISHOP: To some, he was a smart, humorous student, which makes his suicide flight all the more incomprehensible. By CURTIS KRUEGER, KATHERINE GAZELLA and ED QUIOCO © St. Petersburg Times published January 8, 2002 ----------- Charles Bishop was a teacher's dream. He read Shakespeare in class, pulled together a middle school literary magazine and enjoyed a good game of flag football. Friends and family members who knew him best described Charles as a patriot. The teen who flew an airplane into the Bank of America building, carrying a note sympathizing with Osama bin...
  • Veterans of the first Gulf War can't get treatment; Army admits medical records were destroyed

    05/01/2011 1:35:54 PM PDT · by Palter · 22 replies
    WTSP ^ | 15 Feb 2011 | Mike Deeson
    St. Petersburg , Florida -- Operation Desert Storm, which pushed Iraqi troops out of Kuwait but kept Saddam Hussein in power, took a huge toll on American servicemen and women. 159,705 veterans were injured or became ill, and 10,617 veterans have died of combat related injuries or illnesses since the initiation of the Gulf War during August 1990. Since the second Gulf War began, there have been another 5,884 casualties. Most of the veterans we talked to for this story say they are aware when they sign their name on the dotted line, they might not come home or could...
  • Kuwait government resigns in row over monarchy

    04/03/2011 7:30:58 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    globalpost.com ^ | April Fools' Day 2011 | unattributed
    Kuwait's government has quit en masse in a dispute over the performance of several ministers in dealing with uprising in Kuwait's neighbor, Bahrain. According to the Financial Times, lawmakers had sought to question three ministers for supposed errors in office, in particular Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammad al-Sabah, over his failure to respond to pointed criticism of the ruling al-Sabah family on Bahraini state television last week. The sectarian tensions behind Bahrain's uprising -- between the Shia majority and the Sunni royal family -- are a sensitive matter in Kuwait, which also has a Sunni monarchy... Kuwait is seen as unlikely...
  • The Gulf War Syndrome ‘Mystery’ (Looking for causes everywhere except the right place)

    04/26/2010 6:48:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies · 1,008+ views
    National Review ^ | 04/26/2010 | Michael Fumento
    Gulf War Syndrome (GWS) is back in the news, thanks to a new study released by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), and so is the persistent effort to label it a “mystery.” See, for example, the story by a HealthDay reporter headlined “Gulf War Syndrome Is Real, but Causes Unclear: Report.” Says the article, “its causes, treatment, and potential cure remain unknown.” A definite mystery, right? Well, no. There are two “causes” of GWS — the second of which is actually quite interesting, but not mysterious. The first explanation is a normal background rate of disease. That is, among the...