Archive for May, 2007

Crossposted from Hang Right Politics 

Since the old Media rarely reports on anything positive in Iraq, when they do they should get the appropriate kudo’s… Here is one Associated Press Headline.

Iraq Residents Rise Up Against al-Qaida  

A battle raged in west Baghdad on Thursday after residents rose up against al-Qaida and called for U.S. military help to end random gunfire that forced people to huddle indoors and threats that kept students from final exams, a member of the district council said.

but that is where the report on any positive developments in Iraq ends.. The rest of the article is dedicated to accomplishments of Al qaeda and Islamic militants against our forces..

Here are a few other articles that the AP either didn’t think was news worthy, or they couldn’t couple them with similar insurgent accomplishments…

Iraqis Taking the Security Lead

U.S. soldiers maintain a quieter role at Al Suleikh Joint Security StationCapt. James Peay was starting to feel like a third wheel.

Peay, a battery commander with the 82nd Airborne Division from Nashville, Tenn., was accompanying the Iraqi police chief, Lt. Col. Ahmed Abdullah, on a combined engagement patrol through the east Baghdad neighborhood of Suleikh. Whenever they stopped to speak with people on the street, Ahmed did most of the talking. Peay stood off to the side, listening as his interpreter translated. His comments were mostly limited to hellos, goodbyes, and thank yous.

This was Ahmed’s show, and Peay was more than happy to give him the spotlight. It’s not that he is shy, Peay said later, it’s that, ultimately, stability in Iraq depends on the Iraqi security forces – and people like Lt. Col. Ahmed – taking the lead.

Successfully negotiating that difficult transition has become one of the major focuses of the entire war effort, especially since the kick-off of the new security plan for Baghdad, which has placed thousands of additional U.S. and Iraqi forces in Baghdad communities, often living together in the same compounds.

The Marines are busy in the Al Anbar province as well, but since the operation resulted only in the detention of terrorists and no casualties to either the Marines or civilian population the AP doesn’t feel the story is newsworthy.

Operation Scimitar cuts down insurgent activity

During the operation two detainees were brought in for questioning and there were no combat related injuries, so it was a success, added Impagliazzo.

“It was a very organized operation and the Marines and sailors performed excellently,” said Impagliazzo. “I wished more bad guys would’ve been caught, but as far as the operation went, all of us went out there and did exactly what we were supposed to do. There’s no way to even show on paper what a show of force does for a unit and the area and what operations like this do for the Iraqi people.”

Or this Press release that the Press will likely not publish

THREE SUSPECTED TERRORISTS CAPTURED

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Iraqi and Coalition Forces detained three suspected terrorists during operations in central and eastern Iraq Thursday morning.

Iraqi and Coalition Forces detained two individuals in Sadr City during the first raid.  They are believed to be members of the secret cell terrorist network known for facilitating the transport of weapons and explosively formed penetrators, or EFPs, from Iran to Iraq, as well as bringing militants from Iraq to Iran for terrorist training.

Intelligence reports indicate one of the targeted individuals detained during the operation is suspected of providing facilitation and logistic support for trafficking weapons used in operations against Coalition Forces.

In a separate raid in Khanaqin, Coalition Forces captured a suspected liaison to al-Qaeda in Iraq senior leaders, who assists in the movement of information and documents from al-Qaeda in Iraq leadership in Baghdad to al-Qaeda senior leaders in Iran.

“We’re methodically disrupting terrorist networks in Iraq, and will continue to break down these networks so Iraqis can secure their own future,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, MNF-I spokesperson.  

Note the bold text.. Al Qaeda in Iraq getting support and direction from Al Qaeda senior leadership in IRAN…

Corporal Jason Dunham received the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously this year.  Two years ago, he bravely fell on a grenade dropped by insurgents to protect his fellow marines that were rushing to his aid.

Why do we only know of him through blogs, and as of late, the Wall Street Journal?

On April 14, 2004, 3 days after Easter Sunday, Corporal Dunham was manning a checkpoint in Karabilah, Iraq, when an insurgent leapt from his car and began choking Corporal Dunham. A scuffle ensued as two Marines approached to help. Reportedly, the last words from Corporal Dunham were, “No, No. Watch his hand.” Suddenly, the insurgent dropped a grenade. Corporal Dunham took off his Kevlar helmet, dropped to the ground, and covered the explosive as best he could.

The blast seriously wounded all 3 Marines. Eight days later, Corporal Jason L. Dunham died at Bethesda Naval Hospital from wounds he received in the incident. He was 22.

Corporal Dunham made the ultimate sacrifice, and in doing so saved the lives of his fellow Marines. Due to his actions on that fateful day, Corporal Dunham has been awarded the Medal of Honor.

The Journal published an editorial basically asking; why don’t we know the heroes?  Cpl. Dunham died the same day as Pat Tillman.  While what happened to Tillman is tragic, the media has used Tillman as the poster child for everything that could possibly be wrong with the Military. 

How many stories have you read about Pat Tillman?  How many have you read about Jason Dunham?

To the point, when Cpl. Dunham was awarded the Medal of Honor in April, the NY Times carried the story on the 3rd page of SECTION B.

Not to focus just on the current conflict, there has been a steady lack of interest in CMOH recipients since after World War II.

Do you know who Audie Murphy was?

Do you know who Jason Dunham was?

We impoverish ourselves by shunting these heroes and their experiences to the back pages of our national consciousness. Their stories are not just boys’ adventure tales writ large. They are a kind of moral instruction. They remind of something we’ve heard many times before but is worth repeating on a wartime Memorial Day when we’re uncertain about what we celebrate. We’re the land of the free for one reason only: We’re also the home of the brave.

To learn more of Cpl Dunham, a website in his honor is established here.

 

An American member of Al Qaeda has threatened that if the US does not leave the Middle East, an attack greater than 9/11 and Virginia Tech will occur.

Seems this guy is taking over where Cindy Sheehan left off.

Fox is carrying the story.

“Your failure to heed our demands … means that you and your people will … experience things which will make you forget all about the horrors of September 11th, Afghanistan, Iraq and Virginia Tech.”

Afghanistan?  He must have the US confused with the Russians.

When did it become more important to put the agenda of the party BEFORE funding the troops?

This political wrangling that has been going on for the past few months should enlighten voters that the intent of the Democratic party is to throw the Country and the troops under a bus if it will further their agenda.

Moveon.org stated it would not support anyone that voted for the funding bill.  To that end, Hillary, Obama and Dodd voted against it.  When leftist loon groups such as moveon.org gain political importance, this country will be under the bus.

The Wall Street Journal posted an editorial on May 26th that discussed the political jockeying that took several months, included the vetoed timeframes for withdrawal and the pork barrell spending and not surprisingly, the funding legislation PASSED BY A LARGE MAJORITY, but of course included the pork.  David Obay, the Democratic chairman of the House Appropriations Committee is even quoted as saying “There has never been a chance of snowball in hell that Congress would cut off funding to the troops in the field.”

So what’s with the gamesmanship?  The only ones losing are the ones that have our backs.  The military should not suffer for the sake of a political agenda.

Say what you will about President Bush, but he has NEVER turned his back on the troops.

They tried mandatory deadlines and “benchmarks,” a do-over of the October 2002 war resolution that most of them voted for, a “slow-bleed” gradual reduction in war funds, and stuffing the bill with $17 billion in domestic spending to attract antiwar Members. Four months and a Presidential veto later, they abandoned everything except the $17 billion in pork. As the Democratic Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, David Obey, put it this week, “There has never been a chance of snowball in hell that Congress would cut off funding to the troops in the field.”

So all of the Iraq maneuvering was merely for show to appease the antiwar left that elected Democrats. Ms. Pelosi couldn’t even deliver a majority of her own Members for the war spending bill, and she voted “no” herself. Thus she can claim to oppose the war but also sleep easily knowing that others voted to fund it. The troops will be funded because 194 Republicans joined 86 Democrats to support it. Two Republicans and 140 Democrats opposed it.

At least Majority Leader Reid voted for the bill, which passed 80-14 in the Senate. To his credit, so did Joe Biden. But the main story in that body was the “no” votes by Presidential candidates Chris Dodd, Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton. The vote won them praise from the likes of MoveOn.org, which threatened not to support anyone who voted for the bill. “Senators Obama, Clinton and Dodd stood up and did the right thing — voting down the President’s war policy,” said Eli Pariser, MoveOn’s executive director. “They’re showing real leadership toward ending the war, and MoveOn’s members are grateful. This bold stand . . . won’t soon be forgotten.”

We hope he’s right about that last part. Here are three politicians bidding to be Commander in Chief, and they vote to undermine U.S. troops in the middle of a difficult mission, albeit knowing like Ms. Pelosi that their vote won’t determine policy. Mr. Dodd and Mrs. Clinton both voted for the Iraq War resolution in October 2002, which means that they were for the war when it was popular but are against it now that public opinion has changed.

For those of you who have been wondering about my absence here, I have joined the team at Hang Right Politics. I certainly hope I can live up to the high standards that Kathy and the others there have established. Picking up the slack here is someone who has already contributed greatly to the content of this blog… My Better Half…

Welcome Tantheblackhearted, dont let the name scare you, she is really a sweetie 🙂

With today being Memorial Day, one thinks about the sacrifices of those that put their lives on the line for us daily, and for those that gave all.

Unfortunately, in Washington State, the actions demonstrated can really make you sick.  You see, certain dirtbags decided to desecrate the graves of fallen soldiers by BURNING American flags and replacing them with swastika flags, not once, BUT TWICE.

One has to wonder, is there any respect left out there?

American flags burned at cemetery, replaced with swastika flags

Vandals burned dozens of small American flags that had been placed to decorate veterans’ gravesites at a cemetery on this island off Washington state’s northwest coast and replaced them with hand-drawn swastika flags, authorities said Monday.

Members of the American Legion on Orcas Island replaced the burned flags Sunday afternoon. Woodlawn Cemetery had a caretaker monitor the gravesites overnight, but the vandals returned and repeated the stunt on Monday, which was Memorial Day in the United States, after the guard left at dawn, the San Juan County sheriff’s office said.

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God Bless our Military, and stop and give a moment’s thought to those that gave it all.

In Flanders Fields
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army
IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

I would Bet that CAIR and the ACLU will be claiming these six wannabe terrorists were unjustly profiled and singled out, and that they are the real “victims”.  

From the Star Ledger  

Federal investigators last night arrested six men who were planning a heavily-armed armed attack against soldiers at Fort Dix as part of a jihad against America, according to two law enforcement sources.

The men had conducted surveillance of the Army base and were caught allegedly attempting to purchase AK-47s to carry out their plan, one of the sources said.

The bust came after several of them were lured to a meeting with an arms-seller who turned out to be a secret FBI informant, said both sources, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about the arrests.

The would-be attackers, ethnic Albanians who had been under surveillance by the FBI for months, practiced by shooting paintball guns and real weapons in a rural area of the Poconos, one source said. They also allegedly watched jihadist videos in which Osama bin Laden urged them toward martyrdom.

“They were prepared to die,” said the law enforcement source. “We became increasingly convinced this was for real and these guys were ready to roll.”

The FBI had the group under surveillance for more than a year, the source said. The men had scouted out Dover Air Force Base and Fort Monmouth before settling on Fort Dix, a base that is used to mobilize troops to Iraq, said the source.

The men – several of whom were in the same family – had videotaped their practice sessions in the Poconos, the source said. That videotape, in which they railed against America, led to their arrests.

The men made the mistake of bringing it to a retail store, seeking to get a copy burned to a DVD, according to one of the sources. A store employee who later watched the tape called the FBI who began immediately investigating.

It has been a while since I blogged anything…

The news has been nothing but a source of frustration and anger for me the last few weeks, with Nancy Stretch Pelosi and Ringside Harry Reid leading the Surrendercrats on a course of Failure for America and failure for the cause of freedom and democracy world wide. 

Iraq is merely one battlefield in the War on Terror, but it is a battlefield that we can not afford to abdicate to Islamic extremists.  It is time for a course change in congress.  It’s Time for Democrats and Republicans to put aside politics and focus on what we need to do to win in Iraq.  For Democrats and the Democratic leadership in congress that means passing a spending bill without the micromanagement strings and timelines, that provides our troops deployed there the resources that they need to win this war.  For Republicans and the Administration that means providing our forces the Rules of Engagement that are necessary for us to win the war.  Rules that allow our forces the ability to not only go after the armed combatants they encounter but also the support networks they have established.  We need the commitment to wage this war as a war… no half assed approach is going to work here.  War is brutal. we need to ensure that our enemies and those who support them know full well just how brutal it is. Our military superiority is unquestioned, what is questioned is the will of politicians to use that force to its full capability.