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  • Unnamed NRA Writer Pulls a Zumbo

    06/04/2014 10:35:55 AM PDT · by marktwain · 32 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 June,2014 | Dean Weingarten
    On May 30th, in a 1400+ word essay, an unnamed NRA-ILA writer ignited a firestorm against Second Amendment supporters in the opposition media.  In a few badly chosen words near the end of the essay, the unnamed staffer gave the opposition priceless ammunition to smear open carriers.    This should be a lesson to everyone to choose their words carefully.   I do not know if editorial control was exercised.   It is clear that the word choices were emotionally loaded and welcomed by those who desire a disarmed population. In other words, the unnamed writer pulled a Zumbo. Here are the...

    11/10/2012 6:36:08 PM PST · by military cop · 22 replies
    Blood, Sweat, Tears | 11/9/2012 | Military Cop
    This post is written in anger and frustration. Angry that we continue to follow the Republican Party’s elite ignorance. A party that continues to pull defeat from the jaws of victory characterized by pompous fools who fulfill the sterotype built by the left. Frustrated that the reality of politics is this: There will be no third party capable of competing with the coalition constructed by the dems. As a result, true conservatives MUST take steps to irradicate the ignorance of the Republican Party while still adhering to the core values of our forefathers (beliefs that I discovered are considered extreme...
  • Bin Laden's No. 2 is Al Qaeda's new chief

    06/17/2011 1:35:15 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 40 replies · 1+ views
    The LA Times ^ | June 16, 2011 | Ken Dilanian
    In July 2005, Al Qaeda second-in-command Ayman Zawahiri sent a long letter to the group's lead operative in Iraq, urging him to tone down his activities. In Iraq, Abu Musab Zarqawi had been orchestrating suicide bombings of Shiite Muslim shrines. His followers frequently videotaped the beheading of hostages. Zawahiri, an Egyptian doctor who helped organize the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the U.S. and other violence, told Zarqawi he was going too far. "We are in a media battle, in a race for the hearts and minds" of Muslims, wrote Zawahiri, who was named Thursday to succeed Osama bin Laden...
  • US forces face scepticism after taking Afghan town

    03/04/2010 3:57:52 PM PST · by myknowledge · 19 replies · 1,155+ views
    fighting in the former Taliban stronghold in Marjah has died down. US forces completed an operation to push the Taliban out of their main southern Afghanistan stronghold, but found residents there deeply sceptical of the Afghan government's promises to rebuild. US Brigadier General Lawrence Nicholson says convincing local residents they can trust the Afghan government will be a big issue for US, NATO and Afghan forces. He says in a recent meeting with elders, one self-proclaimed "Taliban leader" backed the presence of the Americans, but then turned to their Afghan government counterpart and declared: "I don't trust you." Gaining local...
  • Webb Seeks Freeze on Iraq Propaganda Effort [no information warfare in Iraq]

    10/10/2008 3:18:48 PM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies · 550+ views
    Virginian-Pilot ^ | October 10, 2008
    U.S. Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia wants the Pentagon to freeze up to $300 million in contracts with companies the military is hiring to place pro-U.S. news stories and entertainment programs in the Iraqi media . Webb wrote Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday to ask that the deals be suspended until they can be reviewed by the Senate Armed Services Committee and the next presidential administration. A freshman Democrat, Webb sits on the Armed Services panel. With the United States in "a grave economic crisis" and Iraq's government carrying a $79 billion budget surplus drawn from oil exports, "it...
  • Winning Hearts and Minds

    07/08/2008 7:57:14 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies · 155+ views
    Pajamasmedia/Faster Please ^ | July 7th, 2008 | Michael Ledeen
    Winning Hearts and Minds July 7th, 2008 Way back at the beginning of this war, and continuing through tomorrow, we have debated how to win the hearts and minds of the people of the Middle East. I have always viewed this discussion as important, but perhaps ultimately unknowable, because as Machiavelli loves to remind us, these things are all about winning and losing. The war, not the debate. During the Cold War there was an endless discussion about our enemy, just as there is today. Back then, the main question was: are we fighting a global movement (international communism), and...
  • Visionary doctor helps hundreds of Iraqis

    05/29/2008 5:01:51 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 103+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Staff Sgt. Nathan Gallahan, USAF
    /29/2008 - ALI BASE, Iraq (AFPN) -- A single doctor, a retired Air Force colonel, arrived here without much fanfare May 18 and left four days later. He left in his wake improved sight for many Iraqis and priceless training for Nasiriyah General Hospital physicians in Nasiriyah, Iraq. He traveled with a few bags and a 50-pound box containing a microscope. A specialized, portable, eye-surgery microscope he used to treat people who may not have otherwise afforded it. He also carried 200 prescription glasses and 300 sunglasses to hand out freely to those in need. He performed his wonders at...
  • Coalition Forces Bring Aid to Iraqi Village

    05/05/2008 4:11:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 95+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Daniel T. West, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELTA, Iraq, May 5, 2008 – Coalition forces conducted a medical assistance mission in Byda village, near Kut, Iraq, May 2. Capt. (Dr.) Frederico Gomez, a dentist with the Salvadoran Cuscatlan Battalion, extracts a tooth during a medical assistance mission in Byda village near Kut, Iraq, May 2, 2008. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Daniel T. West  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The mission is part of an outreach program to provide for outlying villages in Iraq’s Wasit province that have seen little or no coalition presence, said Army Lt. Col. Rob Jones, deputy team...
  • iPod Warriors: Tech Gadget Breaks Barriers for Troops (Translator)

    02/11/2008 4:35:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 211+ views
    WJXX-TV12 ^ | February 8, 2008 | Grayson Kamm
    ORLANDO, FL -- A small Florida company has turned one of the world's most popular high tech gadgets into a tool for American troops that can help save lives. "They speak with their hands -- a lot," US Army Sergeant Darren Williams said, remembering the times he worked to communicate with the local people during his year as a soldier in Iraq. "If you grab something, or if you say, 'Hold it.' Or, 'Pick it up. Pick it up.' You use that a lot, too," the Jacksonville-based Army recruiter said, waving his hands through a series of gestures. For Williams,...
  • Bush wants $400 million for Palestinians

    10/30/2007 9:02:19 PM PDT · by Enchante · 85 replies · 115+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 10/30/07 | MARK LAVIE
    JERUSALEM - The top American diplomat in Jerusalem said Monday that the Bush administration is seeking $400 million in new aid for the Palestinian Authority. .... Walles said the administration will ask Congress for $400 million, half of which would be aimed at the private sector and infrastructure. He said $150 million would be earmarked for budget support and $25 million each would go to security and refugees. The allocation would help counter a huge deficit in the Palestinian budget that followed the Western aid cutoff. Foreign aid covers about half of the Palestinian Authority's operating budget. Since 1993, when...
  • 1-15 Inf. helps Iraqis during free heath clinic

    07/30/2007 5:56:44 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 280+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Carlos J. Lazo
    COMBAT OUTPOST CLEARY — Using a school in the city of al Wahida, Soldiers from a Fort Bragg, N.C., Civil Affairs battalion attached to the 3rd Infantry Divsion set up a one-day clinic for Iocal residents July 28. Known as a cooperative medical engagement, the operation requires Coalition and Iraqi forces to come together and provide medical treatment in prescribed areas, said Staff Sgt. Patrick R. Weston, special operations medical noncommissioned officer, Civil Affairs Team Alpha 712th, Company A, 97th Civil Affairs Battalion. Physician assistants and unit medics out of COP Cleary diagnosed and provided medicine to those in need....
  • U.S. plans aid for Pakistani tribal areas

    07/15/2007 2:25:09 PM PDT · by expatguy · 35 replies · 977+ views
    IHT ^ | 15 July 2007 | Jane Perlez
    GHALANAI, Pakistan: The United States plans to pour $750 million in aid into Pakistan's tribal areas over the next five years as part of a "hearts and minds" campaign to win over the lawless region from Al Qaeda and Taliban militants.
  • First high school in Northwest geared to Muslim students to open

    04/22/2007 3:27:39 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 137 replies · 2,429+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | April 22, 2007 | Associated Press
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Mounting pressures from Muslim parents in the region have prompted the Muslim Educational Trust to open the new coeducational Oregon Islamic Academy - the first high school in the Northwest geared to Muslim students. Syed Ahmad was one of those parents. He told Wajdi Said, the trust's executive director, that he moved his family from Texas to Oregon for work and they lived in Tigard to be close to the Muslim Educational Trust's prekindergarten to eighth grade Islamic School. But he told Wajdi that he'd take his family back to Texas to attend an Islamic high...
  • All Counter-insurgency Is Local

    04/09/2007 10:36:27 PM PDT · by Valin · 4 replies · 554+ views
    Page One article in today's Wall Street Journal on how the US Army is learning to swim like fish among the people in rural Afghanistan (sub req): A year ago, U.S. commanders here would have been reluctant to insert a small force of infantrymen into a remote village. But, along the Pech River and tributaries such as the Waygal, one 750-man U.S. Army battalion is trying a risky, grueling way to isolate the insurgents and win the support of the villagers. Instead of operating out of safe rear bases and commuting to the war, for the past year the soldiers...
  • Broadcasts target Iranian youths

    11/13/2006 11:28:56 AM PST · by JZelle · 196+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 11-13-06 | Brian Westley
    A first-time listener to Radio Farda might mistake it for an eclectic pop music station that broadcasts such artists as Madonna, Shania Twain and Britney Spears. But those who continue to listen will hear a news anchor delivering reports on Iran's enrichment of uranium, the Saddam Hussein verdict and the 100th birthday of composer Dmitri Shostakovich. Since its beginning in 2002, the U.S.-funded station, which beams a 24-hour mix of pop music and news into Iran from Northern Virginia, has been criticized for playing too much music and not enough hard news.
  • A promise kept (Soldier helps Iraqi boy gain asylum after he rooted out insurgents)

    07/18/2006 7:31:32 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 4 replies · 535+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | 7-18-06 | Sarah Peasley
    The dramatic story of how Jamil fled his home, helped an American Army unit root out insurgents and eventually made his way to live in the United States, is told in Daniel Hendrex's new book (co-written with Wes Smith), A Soldier's Promise: The Heroic True Story of an American Soldier and an Iraqi Boy (Simon Spotlight Entertainment, $25). Hendrex, of Colorado Springs, will appear at local bookstores this week, in support of the release.
  • What Garbage Workers and Make-Believe Iraqis Taught Our Military

    04/21/2005 6:17:25 AM PDT · by billorites · 6 replies · 872+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 21, 2005 | Max Boot
    Despite this week's bad news, things have gotten better in Iraq. A lot of the reason has to do with the success of the Jan. 30 election and the growing competence of Iraqi security forces. But give credit where it's due: The U.S. military has stepped up its game. When the insurgency began in the summer of 2003, the U.S. armed forces were caught off guard. Most soldiers and Marines had little training for, or interest in, nation-building and counterinsurgency operations. But the U.S. military has proved that it adapts to unexpected events, learns from its mistakes and passes those...
  • Mark Steyn: The Defeaticrats - Of hearts and minds, at home and in Iraq

    12/16/2005 3:54:38 PM PST · by UnklGene · 19 replies · 1,898+ views
    The National Review ^ | December 31, 2005 | Mark Steyn
    The Defeaticrats - Of hearts and minds, at home and in Iraq MARK STEYN Hands up, everyone who thinks Iraq’s a quagmire. Not the Iraqi people: According to the latest polls, 70 percent think “life is good,” and 69 percent are optimistic that things will get even better in the year ahead. For purposes of comparison, they took a similar poll in Europe a while back: In France, 29 percent said they were optimistic about the future; in Germany, 15 percent. Sixty-three percent of Iraqis say they feel “very safe” in their own neighborhoods, which is more than the residents...
  • Infrastructure Projects Changing Minds in East Baghdad

    12/16/2005 3:42:24 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 544+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Dec 16, 2005 | Jim Garamone
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE LOYALTY, Iraq, Dec. 16, 2005 – Nothing makes Army Lt. Col. Jamie Gayton more angry than someone saying coalition projects in East Baghdad have no effect. "We are making a difference every day in the lives of average Iraqis," said Gayton, the commander of 2-3 Brigade Troops Battalion and responsible for coalition projects in East Baghdad. Sadr City is a part of the area of operations for the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, a unit of the 3rd Infantry Division. Hundreds of projects in the area of 2.6 million people have changed life in the neighborhoods. When Americans...
  • FR POLL: MSM Iraq Coverage [vs] IRAQ SURVEY: Freedom of Press in Iraq

    09/09/2005 12:07:22 PM PDT · by humint · 6 replies · 453+ views
    Almendhar ^ | 09-Sept-2005 | Almendhar-FR, compiled by humint
    Free Republic Opinion Poll: Do you approve of the way the mainstream media is handling its job of reporting on the war in Iraq? 05% - Yes93% - No02% - Abstained [vs] Survey in Babel, Iraq: Our society (Human Rights Society in Babel) has conducted a survey among Babel residents, with regard to their confidence in the freedom of press in Iraq. The sample has included 527 persons, 250 women and 277 men.  Each was asked to answer the following questions: Do you believe in the existence of freedom of press in Iraq? 53% - Yes41% - No06% -...
  • Al-Qaeda takes jihad to media four years after 9/11

    09/09/2005 7:19:49 AM PDT · by Valin · 1 replies · 140+ views
    Middle-East Online ^ | 9/9/05 | Habib Trabelsi
    Al-Qaeda fighters become producers, film directors, video cameras have become their most potent weapon. Stripped of its Afghan haven and chased across the globe, the Al-Qaeda terror network is increasingly resorting to "media jihad" four years after the September 11 attacks on the United States for which it took credit. The Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF), heir to the "Global Front for Fighting Jews and Christians" set up by Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan in 1998, presents itself as the hub for Al-Qaeda propaganda on the Internet. Its emergence is testament to the weight now being placed by Islamist militants...
  • What is This Retreat For?

    08/07/2005 5:41:16 PM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies · 491+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-7-05 | Steven Shamrak
    In order to achieve any goal it is necessary to have one in the first place. Any minute act in our life is preceded by intention to realize a goal. What is the goal of the planned Israeli withdrawal from Gaza? It would be reasonable to assume that it is objective is peace. But we have not heard of any negotiations with the Palestinian Authority. There was not even a promise of a hudna, the Arab promise of tactical ceasefire. Since the withdrawal plan was announced, we have witnessed the escalation of demands made by the PA and an increase...
  • President Bush: Quotes on Islam

    07/23/2005 9:39:33 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 142 replies · 2,883+ views
    White House ^ | 7/23/05 | White House
    In the President’s Words: Respecting Islam The United States is a nation dedicated to religious tolerance and freedom, and President Bush has acted to ensure that the world's Muslims know that America appreciates and celebrates the traditions of Islam. # "Here in the United States our Muslim citizens are making many contributions in business, science and law, medicine and education, and in other fields. Muslim members of our Armed Forces and of my administration are serving their fellow Americans with distinction, upholding our nation's ideals of liberty and justice in a world at peace." Remarks by the President on Eid...
  • US Sponsored Television in the Middle East is "Cheaper than an Invasion"

    05/23/2005 6:46:52 PM PDT · by NCjim · 273+ views
    Der Spiegel ^ | May 23, 2005 | Georg Mascolo and Bernhard Zand
    The violence -- and casualties -- in Iraq continue to mount and many in the Arab world continue to view America as an imperialist power. But the US-based television station Al-Hurra is trying to change that. After all, there is some good news in Iraq, isn't there? The scenes of destruction have become a daily staple in Iraq: car bombs exploding in Baghdad, mutilated victims, the horrified faces of the survivors. And new footage from the Iraqi capital, it seems, is constantly flickering across television screens. Recently, it was graphic pictures showing newly discovered bodies of Iraqi security personnel. They...
  • Toys for Iraqi children

    02/06/2005 3:05:23 PM PST · by FreeKeys · 32 replies · 1,824+ views
    The Henry Mark Holzer Newsletter ^ | Sun, 06 Feb 2005 | Henry Mark Holzer
    Here is an updated list of First Sergeants in country to whom toys can be sent for distribution to Iraqi children. The troops are all Vermonters out of a reserve unit. They are, among other duties, in the "hearts and minds" business. Who knows how a small toy can benefit our troops, the war effort, and the United States of America. HMH 1SG Scott Bigelow, HHC/2-172 AR, Camp Navistar TF Green Mountain, APO AE 09317 1SG Shawn Washburn, Co A/2-172 AR, Camp Navistar TF Green Mountain, APO AE 09317 1SG Steven Corliss, Co B/2-172 AR, Camp New York TF GreenMountain,...
  • Iraqi Child’s Tip Leads Multi-National Soldiers to a Large Weapons Cache, Truck Bomb

    01/05/2005 5:27:13 AM PST · by OXENinFLA · 35 replies · 1,302+ views
    Mosul, Iraq -- Multi-National Forces from 1st Brigade (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), 25th Infantry Division (Light), discovered a large cache of weapons and munitions based on a child’s tip during operations on Jan. 3 in northern Iraq. An Iraqi child led Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, to a large cache of weapons in an abandoned building during a patrol in western Mosul that consisted of 30 60 mm mortars, 21 rocket propelled grenade rounds, dynamite, various roadside bombs and components, five RPG launchers, more than 100 mortar fuses, grenades, ammunition and intelligence documents. Soldiers also discovered a stolen...
  • Kuwaiti Editor: [Bush] Supports The Freedom and Rights of the Arabs

    12/12/2004 8:12:09 AM PST · by Stultis · 9 replies · 653+ views
    Memri (traslation fr Al-Siyassah) ^ | 10 Dec 2004 (orig 15 Nov) | Ahmad Al-Jarallah (trans by Memri)
    December 10, 2004 No.826 Editor of Kuwaiti Daily: 'Arab Regimes Must Understand the U.S. Administration Supports The Freedom and Rights of the Arabs' Ahmad Al-Jarallah, editor-in-chief of the Kuwaiti daily Al-Siyassah recently wrote an editorial in support of President Bush's election victory and what it means for the Arab world. The following is the article: [1] The World Has Changed, But Not the Arabs "The world and relations between different countries have changed beyond recognition. In some cases even the countries have changed and a new order is controlling the world. What's more the United Nations is no longer able...
  • What's in their hearts and minds?

    09/05/2003 1:33:58 PM PDT · by RyaninZion · 2 replies · 171+ views
    Jerusalem Newswire ^ | Sept. 5, 2003 | Ryan Jones
    The biggest mistake of the current Road Map "peace" process is the American assumption that the majority of the Palestinian public is opposed to violence against Israel, and just wants to live normal, peaceful lives.

    03/31/2003 11:49:38 AM PST · by Argus · 10 replies · 159+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 3/31/03 | Judith Apter Klinghoffer
    Watching southern Iraqis scramble to first grab hold of a box of American rations and then shout their loyalty to Saddam made me very uncomfortable. This is a movie I have seen once too often, and it never ends well for the U.S. America tries to achieve its goals by capturing the "hearts and minds" of Arabs by showering them with goodies and promises, and once again it fails. That strategy is doomed not only because past betrayals have hardened Arab hearts, but because acting upon the heart's desires to begin with is the luxury of the strong. The weak...
  • Battle for hearts and minds at Umm Qasr (Umm Doughnuts)

    03/26/2003 4:49:22 AM PST · by Straight Vermonter · 1 replies · 66+ views
    BBC ^ | 03/26/2003 | Ryan Dilley
    Securing Umm Qasr's port is vital to the US-led forces attacking Iraq, and not only because it will allow them to land humanitarian aid. That this tiny town, barely inside Iraq, could remain hostile territory for days was a psychological setback for them. Umm Qasr is literally a stone's throw from the Kuwaiti border. From the wire fence which separates the emirate from Iraq, the lattice work of the port's cranes can be easily picked out by the naked eye. Despite this proximity, the first town inside Iraq was not the walkover for the invading US-led forces many had predicted....