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  • 'A new chapter': US officially ends Iraq war

    12/15/2011 6:42:25 AM PST · by NakedRampage · 23 replies · 1+ views
    msnbc.com ^ | 12/15/11 | NBC News, msnbc.com staff and news services
    BAGHDAD -- Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta marked the end of the U.S. war in Iraq at a highly symbolic ceremony Thursday. U.S. soldiers rolled up the flag for American forces in Iraq and slipped it into a camouflage-colored sleeve, formally "casing" it, according to Army tradition. Panetta said veterans of the nearly nine-year conflict can be "secure in knowing that your sacrifice has helped the Iraqi people to cast tyranny aside." Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and President Jalal Talabani were invited to the ceremony but did not attend.
  • Cheney Vs. Biden

    02/16/2010 4:25:27 PM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies · 739+ views
    Investors.com ^ | February 16, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Politics: A battle ensues between one vice president who defended freedom well and another who sorely needs his boss's teleprompter. Biden accuses Cheney of rewriting history while claiming that Iraq is this administration's victory. Maybe Vice President Joe Biden should think about writing talking points on his hand as his rhetoric reaches levels of absurdity where no politician has gone before. After last weekend's round of competitive gabfests, one would expect to see a billboard of former Vice President Dick Cheney with a caption, "Miss me yet?" We do, sir, we do. After yeoman service helping President Bush fight the...
  • An Unrepentant Proud American

    07/04/2008 10:15:51 PM PDT · by MsUnderestimated · 34 replies · 182+ views
    http://MsUnderestimated.com | 7/4/2008 | MsUnderestimated
    http://msunderestimated.com/2008/07/05/an-unrepentant-proud-american/
  • Democrats, Iraq: Psychelelic Defeatist Mystery WarTour

    06/05/2008 1:00:00 PM PDT · by mondoreb · 3 replies · 98+ views
    DBKP ^ | June 5, 2008 | Nancy Morgan
    The Democrat's Magical Thinking by Nancy Morgan Right Bias Something very strange is happening in the hallowed halls of the old media. From the Washington Post to the New York Times, articles are starting to appear actually acknowledging that the Iraq war may be, gasp, winnable. Even the United Nations went on record, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon saying Iraq has made "notable progress" in the security, political and economic fields. This recent acknowledgment of the obvious has yet to extend to the Democrat Party. Despite the recent CIA assessment that portrayed al-Qaeda as essentially defeated in Iraq and Saudi Arabia,...
  • Win the War? Yes, We Can!

    05/31/2008 10:35:22 AM PDT · by The_Republican · 8 replies · 89+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | May 31st, 2008 | Matthew Continetti
    Don't look now, but evidence of progress in the war on terror is just about everywhere. Last week CIA director Michael Hayden noted some U.S. accomplishments for the Washington Post: "Near strategic defeat of al-Qaeda in Iraq. Near strategic defeat for al-Qaeda in Saudi Arabia. Significant setbacks for al-Qaeda globally." USA Today: Attacks in Iraq are "down 70 percent since President Bush ordered a U.S. troop increase, or 'surge,' early last year." The New Yorker's Lawrence Wright devoted a long essay to Sayyid Imam al-Sharif, onetime mentor to Ayman al Zawahiri, who now criticizes his former protégé and Osama bin...
  • Iraq: Will We Ever Get Out?

    05/10/2008 11:47:43 AM PDT · by The_Republican · 16 replies · 94+ views
    nybooks.com ^ | May 10th, 2008 | Thomas Powers
    There is a working assumption among the American people that a new president enters the White House free of responsibility for the errors of the past, free to set a new course in any program or policy, and therefore free—at the very least in constitutional theory, and perhaps even really and truly free—to call off a war begun by a predecessor. No one would expect something so dramatic on the first day of a new administration but it remains a fact that the president is the commander in chief of the armed forces, and the power that allowed one president...
  • Lawrence Kaplan - 'I Don't See Anything Good That Has Come from this War'

    05/08/2008 5:10:02 PM PDT · by The_Republican · 13 replies · 83+ views
    Der Spiegel ^ | May 8th, 2008 | Lawrence Kaplan
    SPIEGEL ONLINE: Mr. Kaplan, in a recent publication, the US National Defense University described the Iraq War as a "major debacle." According to the latest statistics, 500 insurgent attacks are still taking place each week. Still, you are convinced that there is a "learning curve" for the US Army in Iraq. What exactly has been learned? Kaplan: One attack is one too many. But a while ago there were 500 attacks a day. So empirically, the situation has improved -- whether measured in terms of Iraqi cilivans killed or American soldiers attacked, insurgents captured or the number of intelligence tip-offs....
  • We're in a war - where are the media?

    05/04/2008 11:45:49 AM PDT · by The_Republican · 1 replies · 66+ views
    Boston.Com ^ | May 4th, 2008 | Joan Vennochi
    THE REAL NEWS of April played second fiddle to the presidential campaign, the pope's visit to America, and the Texas polygamy case. more stories like thisThe death toll for the US military in Iraq hit 49 in April, making it the deadliest month since September, according to the Associated Press. Around Iraq, at least 1,080 Iraqi civilians and security personnel were killed last month, an average of 36 a day, according to the AP tally. While that's down from March's total of 1,269, or an average of 41 per day, those casualties certainly don't add up to a stable Iraq....
  • Studies: Iraq costs US $12B per month

    03/09/2008 9:26:15 PM PDT · by steelboy · 24 replies · 766+ views
    AP ^ | 3/10/2008 | CHARLES J. HANLEY
    The flow of blood may be ebbing, but the flood of money into the Iraq war is steadily rising, new analyses show. In 2008, its sixth year, the war will cost approximately $12 billion a month, triple the "burn" rate of its earliest years, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz and co-author Linda J. Bilmes report in a new book.
  • Old Warrior, Go Home

    01/17/2008 8:47:45 AM PST · by Catphish · 46 replies · 119+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle. ^ | 1/17/2008 | Debra Saunders
    Their McCain pile-on would not be so egregious if only the White House -- and the perks of politics -- were at stake. With 165,000 troops serving in Iraq and 26,000 serving in Afghanistan, Republican voters must guard more than their party purity. They have to vote -- and at times hold their tongues -- with an eye on what is most important: Iraq. As public support for the war has eroded, it has been disheartening to watch Democrats, who once supported the war, drop the ball on Iraq. Now, to watch Republicans bloody McCain, when they should be concentrating...
  • Pelosi Says She Miscalculated GOP Determination on Iraq

    12/18/2007 9:32:04 AM PST · by george76 · 138 replies · 2,205+ views
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi , D-Calif., admitted Thursday that she had underestimated the willingness of Republicans to stand behind President Bush’s Iraq policy despite the drubbing the GOP took in the polls in 2006. “The assumption I made was that the Republicans would soon see the light,” she said. Instead, the minority stuck to the president’s war policy in the face of unrelenting pressure from congressional Democrats and powerful lobbying campaigns by anti-war groups. Bush has consistently refused to accept any limitations on his authority to direct military operations in Iraq, or on funds destined for the war effort. Democrats...
  • Deconstructing Bill(Again)

    11/28/2007 8:37:47 AM PST · by the Real fifi · 31 replies · 47+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 11/27/07 | Clarice Feldman
    Yesterday, Bill Clinton stated he's always opposed the war in Iraq, which if true would have placed him at odds with his position in 1998 when he bombed an aspirin factory just as he was about to be impeached, and -- more significantly -- with his wife's position when she voted to authorize the war. Don Surber shows that it's also at odds with Clinton's stated position during the war:
  • At war with reality

    11/12/2007 9:00:20 AM PST · by Signalman · 1 replies · 36+ views
    NY Dailey News ^ | November 12, 2007 | Unk.
    Editorial House Speaker Nancy Pelosi miscalculated once more - failing, apparently, even to glance at the calendar, and thus seeking to ram through another pull-out-of-Iraq bill on Veterans Day weekend yet. Very bad appearances there, and Pelosi rescheduled the vote for later on. Nor did Pelosi appear to note that word has come in from Baghdad that U.S. commanders are happy about the greatly improved security situation in most quarters of town. A top American commander, in fact, told The New York Times the military has routed Al Qaeda forces from Baghdad, putting U.S. brass in position to withdraw surge...
  • Ron Paul, Democrats demand an end to Iraq war

    10/17/2007 10:00:28 AM PDT · by sdnet · 19 replies · 172+ views
    SmallGovTimes.com ^ | October 17th, 2007 | SGT News, SmallGovTimes.com
    Texas Representative Ron Paul, along with several other Democrats, told Bush that the War in Iraq will end once enough Democrats and Republicans stop bending over backwards to every financial whim of the Bush administration over the war's continued escalation. These words were penned in a letter to Bush this week and signed by 88 Democratic representatives, along with Ron Paul, the sole Republican on the list of endorsers. The letter states that the signers will only support further funding on the War in Iraq for the eventual pullout of troops from the area in a safe manner before Bush's...
  • Helen Thomas: Democrats play into Bush's hands

    10/04/2007 2:32:28 PM PDT · by Baladas · 35 replies · 1,293+ views
    Hearst Newspapers ^ | 10/03/2007 | Helen Thomas
    WASHINGTON -President Bush has no better friends than the spineless Democratic congressional leadership and the party's leading presidential candidates when it comes to his failing Iraq policy . These Democrats seem to have forgotten that the American people want U.S. troops out of Iraq, especially since Bush still cannot give a credible reason for attacking Iraq after nearly five years of war. Last week, at a debate in Hanover, N.H., the leading Democratic presidential candidates sang from the same songbook: Sens. Hillary Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois, along with former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, refused...
  • Six Years On: America's progress report in the War on Terrorism

    09/12/2007 1:29:03 PM PDT · by tang0r · 1 replies · 124+ views
    The Prometheus Institute ^ | 9/12/2007 | M. Harrison
    America's existing law enforcement and intelligence services had the necessary cumulative (but unshared) information to thwart the 9/11 attacks and prosecute the plotters as criminals. But instead of giving these agencies the tools to effectively fight subsequent terrorist threats, the Bush Administration has created entirely new separate agencies, bringing the grand total to 16 (!), while still leaving American intelligence in a overall state of perpetual ignorance.
  • One year to go: DNC will focus on Iraq in '08, Dean says in Denver

    08/23/2007 6:29:35 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies · 505+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | August 22, 2007 | Stuart Steers
    The war in Iraq will be a major issue during the Democratic National Convention in Denver, DNC chairman Howard Dean told several hundred people at the west entrance to the Pepsi Center this afternoon. "Every single one of the Republicans running for president thinks we ought to stay in Iraq, maybe for as long as 50 years," said Dean. "Every Democrat thinks we ought not to be there." The gathering was held to mark the one-year countdown to the 2008 convention.
  • Reid: GOP Playing Games

    07/22/2007 4:30:53 PM PDT · by Baladas · 43 replies · 1,302+ views
    The Post Chronicle ^ | Jul 22, 2007 | Staff
    The U.S. Senate majority leader says Republicans engaged in gamesmanship when voting on the withdrawal of the U.S. soldiers from Iraq. Also during CBS' "Face the Nation," Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., also praised Republicans who have broken ranks with the Bush administration regarding the war. Reid sought to recast the perception that Democrats are blocking Republican-back proposals after the Senate GOP stymied a vote on troop withdrawal from Iraq. Breaking News Published: Jul 22, 2007 Email This | Print | Share | Related | Send A Tip Reid: GOP Playing Games by Staff The U.S. Senate majority leader says Republicans...
  • Pelosi Says President is Out of Line

    07/22/2007 3:43:57 PM PDT · by Baladas · 42 replies · 1,048+ views
    KCBS ^ | 21 July 2007 | KCBS
    SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is sharply critical of President Bush's call for Democrats in Congress to "rise above partisanship" over Iraq. Bush has accused Democrats of wanting a political debate instead of giving the troops what they need to carry out their mission, but Pelosi calls those comments out of line. "I'm sad about what the president said. It's beneath the dignity of the debate on a war that has taken over 3,600 lives, injured tens of thousands of our young people, some of them permanently," she said. Pelosi said the president is out of touch,...
  • Obama Says Iraq Has 'Distracted' Us

    07/20/2007 2:27:21 PM PDT · by Baladas · 23 replies · 493+ views
    Time Magazine ^ | Jul. 20, 2007 | JAY NEWTON-SMALL
    Senator Barack Obama, campaigning in New Hampshire Thursday and Friday, latched onto the recently released National Intelligence Estimate as proof that Afghanistan and Pakistan, rather than Iraq, should be the priority for U.S. forces abroad. "Al-Qaeda has regrouped, we are less safe than we were before," Obama told 600 people who came to a "Meet the Candidate" event at an elementary school in Hampton. "As President I will spend all my time trying to figure out how to keep you safe... And I would fight on the right fronts."
  • Reid Reaches Out to GOP Defectors to Vote for Change in Iraq

    07/10/2007 5:19:50 AM PDT · by Baladas · 22 replies · 649+ views
    ABC NEWS ^ | July 9, 2007 | MATT JAFFE
    Buoyed by the defections of senior Senate Republicans from the president's war strategy, Majority Leader Harry Reid today reached out to his colleagues across the aisle to put votes behind their rhetoric and change course on Iraq. Reid was referring, of course, to the change of stance of GOP Sens. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., Richard Lugar, R-Ind., and George Voinovich, R-Ohio, all once supporters of the president's Iraq policy who have recently called for a change of course. "We invite them to come with us. We put our arms around them. We do not push them away. We believe that there's...
  • Support America Petition

    04/02/2007 8:26:36 PM PDT · by Lady J USA 1981 · 4 replies · 437+ views
    gopetition.com ^ | March 21, 2007 | Families United
    Support America Petition 982 Signatures Created by familiesunited on Mar 21, 2007 Category: Military Region: United States of America Target: Proud Americans Web-site: http://www.familiesunitedmission.com Description/History: Families United for Our Troops and Their Mission and like minded organizations believe all Americans should be united in our gratitude and appreciation to our military men and women for the risks and sacrifices they endure in the protection of our liberty and unalienable rights. We stand with our men and women in the military to ensure that they and their families receive the support and respect they deserve here at home, and furthermore we...
  • Hope Rides Alone (words from one of our Troops)

    03/23/2007 8:09:13 AM PDT · by do the dhue · 10 replies · 514+ views
    email ^ | 3/23/7 | Eddie Jeffers
    Hope Rides Alone By Eddie Jeffers I stare out into the darkness from my post, and I watch the city burn to the ground. I smell the familiar smells, I walk through the familiar rubble, and I look at the frightened faces that watch me pass down the streets of their neighborhoods. My nerves hardly rest; my hands are steady on a device that has been given to me from my government for the purpose of taking the lives of others. I sweat, and I am tired. My back aches from the loads I carry. Young American boys look to...
  • Obama: Wasting His Own Breath

    02/14/2007 9:53:12 AM PST · by alloysteel · 27 replies · 1,221+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | Feb 14, 2007 | Michelle Malkin
    I have good news for everyone offended by the description of Sen. Barack Obama as "articulate." He has quickly shed any claim to that label. Indeed, Obama's remarks this week about American troops killed in Iraq were a bumbling, incoherent mess. You may now refer to him officially as the Inarticulate Barack Obama. (As for judging his current level of cleanliness and brightness, you know that's Joe Biden's milieu.) At one of his opening presidential campaign events on the Iowa State University campus this weekend, Obama pandered energetically to the anti-war crowd. With his smooth voice rising and thousands of...
  • Overdue Beginning for Counterinsurgency

    01/12/2007 3:43:17 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 7 replies · 712+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 12, 2007 | Daniel Henninger
    Immediately after the president's speech, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said, "I heard nothing new." Nothing? When Gen. David Petraeus takes command of U.S. forces in Iraq, it will mark the start of an historic turn in military strategy in Iraq and perhaps in U.S. war-fighting doctrine. The U.S.'s primary problem in Iraq, manifest across 2006, has been an urban insurgency in a 30-mile radius around Baghdad and in Anbar province. The Petraeus command is the overdue beginning of the counterinsurgency. This isn't a one-off effort as at Fallujah, but counterinsurgency as daily U.S. military policy. It is the product...
  • From Metternich to Jim Baker (The high price of restoring the ancien régime)

    12/05/2006 10:39:47 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 12 replies · 656+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | December 11, 2006 | Ralph Peters
    THE SUPERANNUATED membership of the Iraq Study Group shepherded by former secretary of state James Baker conjures a line from the film The Sixth Sense: "I see dead people." Two centuries ago, Europeans dreaming of reform and freedom must have felt just as crestfallen as they watched their continent's ghoulish elder statesmen gather for the Congress of Vienna. Both assemblies symbolize a victory for the ancien régime, the bloody-minded refusal to accept that the world has changed profoundly and will continue to change.If the Baker commission is the K-Mart version of the Congress of Vienna, its influence may prove no...
  • Algeria was worse than Iraq – so far

    11/29/2006 2:14:14 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 10 replies · 625+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | November 29, 2006 | John Keegan
    Sir Alistair Horne, the great historian of modern war, believes that the war in Iraq most resembles the Algerian war against the French of 1954-62, of which he wrote a celebrated history, just reissued. Certainly there are resemblances. The Algerian war, launched by ferocious nationalists, many of whom had served as soldiers in the French Algerian regiments against Germany in the concluding years of the second world war, was as bitter and cruel as Iraq has become. As the Algerian war did, the Iraq war has spilt over into the homelands of the Western armies fighting it, leading to terrorism...
  • Next move in Iraq? (Wesley Clark Alert)

    11/21/2006 12:51:03 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 9 replies · 556+ views
    USA Today | November 21, 2006 | Wesley Clark
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  • How did I get so out of whack?

    11/02/2006 6:47:34 PM PST · by Scott Moon · 14 replies · 409+ views
    November 2, 2006 | Scott Moon
    I am someone that usually finds himself with the majority. My reactions are generally the response of most people. I have always had a good sense of politics based on this theory, I figured if I thought or felt something it was a good chance most people did. And for a long time I was pretty accurate. Now I am trying to figure out how I got so out of whack? Yes I was one of those not entirely thrilled with spending, immigration and a host of other issues in Washington. In fact in normal times I might have been...
  • Those "No Ties" Lies: A Five Part Series - Part 5 The Real Ties and Truth About the Lies

    09/30/2006 5:37:28 AM PDT · by Blackrain4xmas · 4 replies · 721+ views
    The New Media Journal ^ | September 28, 2006 | Scott Malensek
    We’ve all waited 4 years to see a good report on what happened to Saddam’s WMD and September 8, 2006 the last investigative report was released by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. The only problem is…I searched the entire 400 pages of this “Phase II report” (or rather both reports that make up the Phase II report) and I couldn’t find those two words: “Bush lied.” I can’t even find, “Bush mislead” in those 400 pages. What I did find was 400 pages of evidence showing that the intelligence community used small amounts of weak intelligence from a decrepit...
  • Independent Rebuttal Report re Sen Intel Com claims of NO TIES between AQ and Saddams Regime

    09/21/2006 4:57:05 AM PDT · by Blackrain4xmas · 33 replies · 1,768+ views
    Independent ^ | 092006 | Scott Malensek
    This is my line in the sand. This is where I have decided that I will no longer allow lies about the war in Iraq, the global war on terror, or the decay of America's intelligence services. I will make my stand here, now, on this issue. No more will their lies go unchecked. The Senate Phase II report has been marketed as some sort of evidence that Al Queda and Iraq are not related. They are. I examined the report, stomached it's political lies (lies it admits to having within its own text!), and I have taken my action....
  • Remember Our Unsung Heroes

    09/11/2006 10:03:35 AM PDT · by poisonivy27 · 3 replies · 432+ views
    Human Events ^ | 9/11/2006 | James C. Roberts
    Do you know who John Chapman is? How about Brian Chontosh? Leigh Ann Hester? The answer is almost certainly no. The three are all highly decorated veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the liberation of Afghanistan. In World War II, heroes of their caliber would have been celebrated in the press and their names would have been known to the public. As we enter what some call the Third World War—the war against terrorism—this war’s heroes are obscure figures, largely unknown and uncelebrated. Unlike during World War II, the national media have been reluctant to tell their stories. A Sergeant's...
  • The Battle of Baghdad

    08/22/2006 10:05:32 PM PDT · by Reagan Man · 11 replies · 630+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | AUGUST 23, 2006 | Zalmay Khalizad, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq
    BAGHDAD--Although there has been much good news to report about security progress in Iraq this summer--the killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the handover of security responsibility for Muthanna province, the fifth of 10 Iraqi Army Division Headquarters to assume the lead in its area of responsibility--Iraq faces an urgent crisis in securing its capital, Baghdad. Although Iraqi leaders and the Coalition have a sound strategy to turn the situation around, it is vital that Iraqis control sectarian violence and come together against the terrorists and outside powers that are fomenting the violence. In July, there were 558 violent incidents in...
  • Stats don't lie

    08/13/2006 5:47:25 AM PDT · by BigAlPro · 1 replies · 325+ views
    Helvitorial.com ^ | August 13, 2006 | Alan Helvig
    Every day, the press focuses on the death toll in Iraq. Not only do they point out the total number of deaths, but they draw special attention to the number of Americans killed in Iraq. The liberals in the media want everyone to hear and see the negative side of this war and they will do whatever it takes to make things seem as bad as possible. What they won't do is give you comparisons to other death toll statistics so that you can judge for yourself, just how bad things really are. The anti-war protestors feed on these media...
  • Krauthammer: Democrats as Myopic Doves, Again

    08/11/2006 2:48:03 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 26 replies · 1,566+ views
    Washington Post Writers Group ^ | August 11, 2006 | Charles Krauthammer
    WASHINGTON -- With the defeat of Joe Lieberman in the Democratic primary in Connecticut, anti-war forces are poised for a takeover of the Democratic Party. Tuesday's exhilarating victory, and the elan and electoral legitimacy gained, may carry the newly energized Democratic left to considerable success in November. But for the Democratic Party it will be an expensive and short-lived indulgence. The Iraq War will end, as will the Bush presidency. But the larger conflict that defines our times -- war on Islamic radicalism, more politely known as the war on terror -- will continue, as the just-foiled London airliner plot...
  • What the West still needs to learn about fighting Islamic terrorism

    08/03/2006 6:56:27 AM PDT · by tang0r · 2 replies · 230+ views
    The Prometheus Institute ^ | 8/3/2006 | M. Harrison
    For obvious reasons, the current terrorist threat is like no other the West has ever faced. Yet too often, commentators and politicians propose strategies applicable only to 20th century warfare. The recent conflicts between Israel and Hezbollah and for the US in Iraq have exposed underreported realities of fighting Islamic terrorism that must be fully recognized if the West is to achieve any long-term success in the war on terrorism.
  • Lubbock family mourns the loss of a second son

    07/26/2006 9:36:57 AM PDT · by WestTexasWend · 100 replies · 2,205+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Wednesday, July 26, 2006 | Betsy Blaney
    LUBBOCK -- Less than two years ago, Roy Velez got the worst news a father could get: His oldest son was dead, killed during combat in Iraq. This week, his pain only deepened with news that his youngest son had died in Afghanistan. Military officials notified the Velez family Tuesday of the death of Army Pfc. Andrew Velez, 22. His brother, Army Spc. Jose A. Velez, 23, died in November 2004 in Fallujah when his unit came under fire while clearing an enemy stronghold. "I can't be angry. I feel like my heart's been pulled out," Roy Velez said Tuesday....
  • Letter from a Marine in Iraq

    07/18/2006 5:54:22 AM PDT · by NEMDF · 65 replies · 1,468+ views
    Parent of Marine in Iraq | 7/14/2006 | Anonymous
    <p>"As I come closer to the halfway point in my second combat tour, I have been reflecting on the events dating from 9/11 to today. Watching the nation's perspective change from an incredible level of patriotism to the lackluster, complacent attitude I see now, is sickening. I ask myself what has changed since 9/11. Does it take a horrific tragedy to open the eyes of the public and motivate them to stand behind our nation's principles? "For those who have forgotten, we were sent here to defeat tyranny and fight terrorism. Tyranny has been abolished and we are now in the process of ridding this country from terror. Our fight is not over, we still have a mission to accomplish, and we still need the support of our country: not support for the troops but support for the war on terror. "Hearing people say, 'I support the troops, but I don't support the war,' is hypocrisy that astounds and annoys me every time I hear it. Saying you don't support the war is telling me that you don't support my beliefs, my right to fight for freedom, and my choice to be over here away from my family to be a part of something I believe in. I'll tell you what I don't support: I don't support Americans cowering behind the wall of freedom that we provide and then criticize the way we provide it. Stand behind us. Stand behind what we've volunteered to do. "Over the past month we have made incredible progress in our war effort. We are working hand-in-hand with the Iraqi army, and with their help we have successfully broken apart several terrorist cells in our area. We have seen more success at this point in the war than eight months of fighting in OIF I and II. And yet our nation supports us less now than before . . . what is the explanation? "Don't let the events in Abu Ghraib and Haditha alter your perspective of the Marine Corps. A week ago today two Iraqi children were brought to our traffic control point. The children were sheep herders, and as they were walking, one of their sheep stepped on a pressure-plated IED. The IED was not meant for coalition forces. It was placed by an insurgent whose intent was to harm any Iraqi civilian. The IED blew one of the children's lower mandible off and left severe shrapnel wounds in the upper leg of the second child. Both of these children survived the IED because their parents brought them to us. They knew that the Marines would care for them. The Marines would save their children when a terrorist attacked his own people. The Marines and Navy corpsmen of Alpha Company of the 3rd LAR have saved the lives of numerous innocent Iraqi civilians and have developed a relationship with the Iraqi Army to the point that I can call them brothers-in-arms. A language, religion, and culture barrier separates us, and yet one common factor allows us to unite and fight side by side. The fight for freedom—to liberate a country. "I will spend my Independence Day fighting for the freedom of a country that has been oppressed for over 54 years. For those of you who say, "Let them fight their own war," or "Pull the troops out now—it's not our fight," remember how our country came to be and the sacrifices that have been made to build our nation. "For those of you who remain supportive, I thank you with all my heart. I wish I could portray to you the joy and exhilaration I experience every time we help the Iraqi people. Your support keeps us driving, and without it this fight would be unwinnable. To the families of all the military personnel overseas, you are heroes to us . . . your ability to support our being away for months at a time requires more courage than any situation we encounter. The support of my wife, family, and friends has taken me through almost two combat deployments. Realize that our families have it harder than us. Respect and support them as you do the Marines and sailors. Semper Fi"</p>
  • Is Defeat Now an Option? (Pat Buchanan Alert)

    06/27/2006 12:21:38 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 44 replies · 1,318+ views
    Creator's Syndicate ^ | June 27, 2006 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    "There is an awful feeling that everything is lurching downward," the Western diplomat told The Washington Post."Nearly five years on, there is no rule of law. ... The Afghans know it is all a charade, and they see us as not only complicit, but actively involved. You cannot fight a terror war and build a weak state at the same time, and it was a terrible mistake to think we could." What that disconsolate diplomat is saying is that America is losing the Afghan war.According to the Post report, President Hamid Karzai is losing the confidence of his people and...
  • Army wives get phone death threats from Iraq

    06/26/2006 1:25:35 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 36 replies · 1,593+ views
    Sunday Telegraph ^ | June 25, 2006 | Sean Rayment
    Wives and family members of soldiers fighting in Iraq have received telephone calls, believed to include death threats, from insurgents, according to military documents seen by The Sunday Telegraph. The "nuisance" calls have been made with increasing frequency over the past few weeks after insurgents managed to obtain home numbers from soldiers' mobile telephones. The growing number of calls has led to an investigation by the Royal Military Police, which has issued a warning to all soldiers in Iraq to take great care when using mobile telephones to call home. document issued to soldiers of the London Regiment, a Territorial...
  • Saddam's WMD (Op-Ed by Rick Santorum and Peter Hoekstra)

    06/26/2006 12:38:33 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 24 replies · 1,100+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 26, 2006 | Senator Rick Santorum and Representative Peter Hoekstra
    On Wednesday, at our request, the director of national intelligence declassified six "key points" from a National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC) report on the recovery of chemical munitions in Iraq. The summary was only a small snapshot of the entire report, but even so, it brings new information to the American people. "Since 2003," the summary states, "Coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent," which remains "hazardous and potentially lethal." So there are WMDs in Iraq, and they could kill Americans there or all over the world. This latest information should...
  • Making Victory Rhyme with Defeat (The four media myths of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi)

    06/20/2006 3:07:31 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 9 replies · 772+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | June 20, 2006 | Richard Miniter & Daveed Gartenstein-Ross
    FROM NEWSWEEK to the New York Daily News, nearly every major media outlet has fallen for at least one of the three major myths concerning Abu Musab al-Zarqawi: that he was an "American creation"; that he was not a unique warlord but was easily replaceable; or that American soldiers allegedly committed atrocities against a dying Zarqawi. These myths should be destroyed before they take root.(1) The U.S. "created" Zarqawi by giving him prominence in public pronouncements. The day after Zarqawi's death, London's Daily Mail noted: "The great irony of the rise of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is that it was the...
  • Do we still have to 'honor' Murtha's service?

    06/19/2006 6:56:26 AM PDT · by connell · 13 replies · 311+ views
    ModernConservative.com ^ | Christopher Cook
    Those of us who have not served in the United States' armed forces are always wary of criticizing the actions of those who have. At very least, we usually make an effort also to honor their service in some way, or to restrain ourselves from taking the criticism beyond a certain point. This is as it should be. However, this caution can also be taken too far. Earlier service in the military is not complete inoculation from opprobrium. There are plenty of people who, in the years following their service, take stupid positions, do stupid things, etc. We honor their...
  • U.S. IDs al-Qaida in Iraq Boss, Launches Raids

    06/15/2006 12:44:27 PM PDT · by StJacques · 14 replies · 630+ views
    MSNBC.com ^ | June 15, 2006 | Associated Press
    U.S. ID's al-Qaida in Iraq boss, launches raids Iraq also reports 'huge treasure' of data seized from al-Zarqawi hideout BAGHDAD, Iraq - The U.S. military said on Thursday it believes the real name of al-Qaida in Iraq's new leader is Abu Ayyub al-Masri. "We think that Abu Ayyub al-Masri is in fact, probably, Abu Hamza al-Muhajir. They are probably one and the same," Major General William Caldwell, the spokesman for the U.S. military in Iraq, told a news conference. Al-Qaida named Muhajir the successor to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who was killed last week in a U.S. air strike. Meantime, American...
  • Music video about Marine sparks anger

    06/13/2006 12:08:43 PM PDT · by Defiant · 64 replies · 2,796+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 13, 2006 | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    WASHINGTON - A music video posted to the Internet, telling a tale about a U.S. Marine killing members of an Iraqi family, is being condemned by an Islamic group and investigated by the Marine Corps. The four-minute video, called "Hadji Girl," appears to be sung by a Marine in front of a cheering audience. The lyrics talk about the Marine gunning down members of an Iraqi woman's family after they confront him with automatic weapons. Lt. Col. Scott Fazekas, a spokesman for the Marines, said Tuesday that the Marines were aware of a video posted on the Internet that "purports...
  • Haditha:When A Picture Cannot Tell The Whole Story

    06/13/2006 6:58:10 AM PDT · by the Real fifi · 31 replies · 1,073+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 6/13/06 | Clarice Feldman
    I have no inside knowledge of what happened in Haditha, of course, but I can examine media stories for sourcing and quality of reporting. When the reports in Time Magazine and others are subjected to close scrutiny, there is much less solid evidence than one would expect a major media enterprise would require before making sensational charges against our military in wartime. All the more reason to presume the Marines’ innocence until proven guilty, and to read with suspicion reports that condemn Kilo Company’s actions in Haditha.
  • Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey...

    06/08/2006 8:42:50 AM PDT · by connell · 17 replies · 816+ views
    Everyone's doing brilliant analysis (except the embittered KosKids, of course), so we figured we'd do pictures instead... Okay, well just one bit of analysis. I watched a little bit of television news this morning (something I only do when something big like this happens). I flipped between FOX News, CNN, MSNBC, and CNN Headline News. FOX News was showing video of people celebrating, pictures of the blast site, and they were providing decent analysis. CNN, MSNBC, and CNN Headline News were throwing the word "Haditha" into every third sentence and generally trying to find anything they could to tamp down...
  • Haditha, Iraq: What it should mean.

    06/02/2006 8:17:29 AM PDT · by Jeff Head · 116 replies · 3,535+ views
    JEFFHEAD.COM ^ | June 2, 2006 | Jeff Head
    I have listened to the debates, pontificating, accusations and opinions regarding the incident with US Marines at Haditha, Iraq where Iraqi civilians died for the last weeks. At home, from local radio, from national radio, from the news, from politicians, from co-workers and from family. I decided today to weigh in with my own thoughts: The investigation is not complete. These soldiers are at war, they must be granted the same presumption of innocence that any of us should be afforded. Any thought of prosecuting, lamblasting, talking down to them, or making serious allegations and presumptions regarding them should wait...
  • '$45m paid to Iraq kidnappers'

    05/21/2006 10:02:43 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 24 replies · 1,287+ views
    AFP ^ | May 22 2006
    France, Germany and Italy paid about $45 million to obtain the release of hostages kidnapped in Iraq, despite denying it in public, a British newspaper reports. Britain has not handed out any money to kidnap gangs, the paper said on Monday, basing its report on "documents seen by The Times". The list of payments has also been seen by Western diplomats, who are angered at the behaviour of the three governments. France, Italy and Germany have all publicly denied paying any ransom money. "But according to the documents, held by security officials in Baghdad who have played a crucial role...
  • The Real Dem Agenda: Cut And Run (Dem Leader John Murtha: U.S. Troops Killing "In Cold Blood")

    05/18/2006 5:53:03 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 58 replies · 1,903+ views
       REAL DEM AGENDA: CUT AND RUN Dem Leader John Murtha (D-PA): U.S. Troops Killing "In Cold Blood" _____________________________________________________________Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) Joins Growing Dem Chorus Critical Of U.S. Troops; Claims Troops Killing "Innocent Civilians In Cold Blood":   Rep. John Murtha (D-PA): "Our troops overreacted because of the pressure on them and they killed innocent civilians in cold blood." ("Marines Killed Iraqi Civilians 'In Cold Blood: US Lawmaker,'" Agence France Presse, 5/18/06) Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL): "We are an irritant. And we help spur the insurgency, even as we are defending a fledgling Iraqi government against that insurgency."  (NBC's "Meet...