Thursday, April 19, 2007 12:10 AM
Thursday, April 19, 2007 12:06 AM
But not to me. The “brave” Jihadist leader ran away to Iran. What a MAN!!
“This is a guy that’s pretty difficult to understand for us,” Navy Adm. William J. Fallon told House Armed Services Committee members. “He holds, clearly, a large amount of influence within segments of the Iraqi population, but of late he has been absent.”
Absent? LOL! The coward RAN away!! Just like the Leftinistra do when confronted.
Thursday, April 19, 2007 12:00 AM
Is anyone really surprised?
Hello? NATO? Are You There?
Fallon acknowledged to the House committee that some NATO member-nations have indicated they will deploy additional troops to Afghanistan.
“The (NATO) nations have said they will provide, but as yet, there are lots of folks who have yet to appear on the ground,” the admiral said. “And, this is really important if it is going to move forward.”
Wednesday, April 18, 2007 11:52 PM
This documentary airs tomorrow evening. Read the article and tune in…if you dare.
“The War Tapes,” which made its theatrical debut last year and won the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival award for best documentary, will air tomorrow on the Military Channel, A Discovery Channel affiliate.
After “The War Tapes” was screened before an audience that included members of New Hampshire’s National Guard, a major general told May that the documentary should be required viewing for anyone who has been to war.
In making “The War Tapes,” May said the directors and producers followed one golden rule: show what it’s like to walk a mile in soldiers’ boots.
“When the soldiers saw it once they got back we asked, ‘Did we tell the story you set out to tell?’” he said. “They all agreed that that’s the unfiltered story.”
Wednesday, April 18, 2007 5:49 PM
From time to time, I write reviews for one reason or another. I keep them short and sweet. This is from last Sunday.
Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace
This part of Fox News Sunday is an interview with Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
This discussion was about the continuing congressional battle over Iraq with the two most prominent voices of that battle, Senators Levin and Graham. The discussion began over the alleged meeting this coming week where ”congressional leaders sit down with the president to discuss the war funding bill while House and Senate conferees try to work out what they’ll actually send to the president.” The discussion also included the upcoming promised veto of that spending bill.
Senator Levin was asked what the Democrats will send the president either before or after the veto. He stated, “Well, we are going to send him, first of all, hopefully, a very strong bill which would say that we’re going to begin to reduce troops in four months as a way of telling the Iraqi leadership that the open-ended commitment is over, not just rhetorically but, in fact, to try to force them to take responsibility for their own country.” He then said in so many words that they will ride out the veto and then present something that would be signed. He mentioned that they would recommend items from the Iraqi Study Group should the veto not be overridden. (Note: I have read and studied the ISG and it said several times that a timed withdrawal of troops “is not recommended.)
Sen. Graham was then asked what he thought of Senator Levin’s statements in regards to time-tabled withdrawals and benchmarked compromises. In his own words, “Well, number one, the president will veto the legislation in its current form, and he should. If you really want to support the troops, don’t cut their legs out from under them. We sent Petraeus off 81-0. He got unanimously approved by those voting in the Senate. He had specific game plan in mind. Timetables, timelines for withdrawing troops, benchmarks that give your enemy a road map of how to drive us out of Iraq are bad ideas. These are congressional micromanagement of the war that will have short and long-term effects. The president will veto this bill. He should veto it.”
The interview went back and forth with the he said they said we said rhetoric and it about made me ill. The postulating by the Senator from Michigan was sickening. The seemingly “trying to play nice” from the Senator from South Carolina was equally sickening. The first half of this interview was pretty much all I could handle.
My own take of this is skewed in many areas. First of all, I remember the speeches by the president and I also remember the “opposition” agreeing. I remember the unity this country had just a scant 5 years ago. It seems that the closer we get to an election, the more distant the two parties become, dividing the nation. I remember hearing the president telling the country – the world – Iraq – before the surge, that this was NOT an open-ended event. The “opposition” “forgot” to hear that one.
Secondly, I am a combat veteran. I have served under every President since Carter, including Carter and I distinctly remember that the Democratic Presidents and Congress were NEVER friendly towards the military and very weak on National Security. I will not trust them or adhere to their inflamed emotionality and useless rhetoric. Either support the troops or don’t. Just be honest about it.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007 4:38 PM
Wednesday, April 18, 2007 4:32 PM
Afghans Seeking Peace, Turn-In Weapons Caches
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Afghans from Pachir village, Pachir Wa Agam District, Nangarhar Province, reported the locations of two weapons caches to Afghan National Police and Coalition forces operating near the city of Jalalabad yesterday.
Munitions consisting of two artillery rounds, 37 rocket propelled grenade rounds, two RPG boosters, 54 bomblets, 300 rounds of 12.77mm machine-gun ammunition and a bag of powder explosives were recovered from the villages of Pachir and Candibagh.
The munitions recovered are commonly used by Taliban extremists and foreign fighters to build improvised explosive devices that terrorize and kill innocent Afghan civilians and government officials.
“The Afghan populace is tired of the destruction brought about by the Taliban and foreign fighter insurgents,” said Army Maj. Chris Belcher, a Combined Joint Task Force-82 spokesman. “Their continued effort to turn-in weapons caches is a significant indication that there is growing support for the Afghan Government.”
Wednesday, April 18, 2007 4:28 PM
From the guy the CONgress confirmed but don’t listen to…odd ain’t it?
Gates Describes ‘Excellent Visit’ to Jordan
One would think that The Pelosi could learn what an authorized visit entails.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007 4:24 PM
|Joint statement by Ambassador Asquith, Ambassador Crocker and Gen. Petraeus on the transfer of Maysan Province|
“…BAGHDAD – Today’s transfer of security responsibility in Maysan Province from the Multi-National Force-Iraq to the Government of Iraq and civilian-controlled Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) demonstrates another step towards a stable and secure Iraq. Maysan is the fourth of 18 provinces to be transitioned and this reflects Iraq’s continued steps toward a capability to govern and protect itself and its citizens as a sovereign nation…”
ISAF team trains ANA humanitarian de-miners
“…BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – ISAF soldiers empowered Afghans with taking care of their own security by training humanitarian de-mining teams here…”
Veterinary mission morphs into life saver
“…DIKHIL, Djibouti – With only seconds to react, U.S. military members made a daring rescue April 14,
pulling a young African man out of a raging torrent…”
Iraqi Police continue to improve safety in Baghdad neighborhood
“…BAGHDAD — Iraqi Police continue to improve security in the Al-Karkh district here Friday…”
Resignation of Iraqi Cabinet Officers Can Turn Into Positive Step
“…AMMAN, Jordan, April 17, 2007 – The resignation of six Iraqi Cabinet ministers loyal to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr can become a positive development if the country’s prime minister appoints new ministers that are more representative of the Iraqi population, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today…”