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Islam: Religion of peace. 2:244 And fight in the Way of Allâh and know that Allâh is All-Hearer, All-Knower.
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June 19, 2007 Posted by | GWOT, Terrorists | Leave a comment

I Voted For Christian


You can vote for whomever you choose to. Just vote.

Energizer battery is having some sort of competition and this soldier, was chosen as a contender! When Bush visited him at Walter Reade W promised Christian he’d go running with him once he was able and back in 2006 they did! Christian is a purple heart recipient and has lost both his legs in Iraq.

Christian Bagge, a Purple Heart recipient who lost both of his legs while serving in Iraq, was chosen for his enduring spirit, Energizer spokesperson Jeff Bachmann said.

like the saying goes; vote early vote often! 🙂

Hat Tip to GL of NYC for the email!

June 19, 2007 Posted by | USAF, USArmy, USCG, USMC, USN, Veteran Affairs, Victory | 6 Comments

Teaching Employers to Defraud Americans and Hire Immigrants


A MAJOR Hat Tip to Gull at Perish the Thought!  This is just too much!!

So, employers are taught the ins and outs of defrauding the American People and  our government is in on it.  Imagine that.  I am now thoroughly convinced that the New Voter Base is essential for the socialist take-over of the United States.

June 19, 2007 Posted by | Illegal Immigration | 9 Comments

Iraq Embeds:Risking Life and Limb to Bring Us Truth


In a followup to Snoopers original piece “Michael Yon’s…Be Not Afraid, here are few more thoughts and articles.

Snooper has already mentioned Michael Yon’s latest piece in the previous post and as usual, he points to someone that is risking his life for no other reason than to bring us the truth here at home.

After following links from all over I am looking at 14 tabs in the mozilla/firefox browser, all discussing Iraq and the latest offensive the U.S. forces and the coalition and Iraqi army have begun against al-Qaeda.

Starting where the Previous post “Be Not Afraid” leaves off, we return to Michael Yon.

For those familiar with Yon’s work, it is understood that he doesn’t pull any punches in discussing the mistakes that have been made in Iraq by our administration, he bings us the bad news as well as the good news from Iraq and his analysis have been on target in a consistent manner.

This campaign is actually a series of carefully orchestrated battalion and brigade sized battles. Collectively, it is probably the largest battle since “major hostilities” ended more than four years ago. Even the media here on the ground do not seem to have sensed its scale.

Al Qaeda and associates had little or no presence in Iraq before the current war. But we made huge mistakes early on and are pumping blood and gold into the region to pay for those blunders. When we failed to secure the streets and to restore the stability needed to get Iraq on its feet, we sowed doubt and mistrust. When we disbanded the government and the army, and tolerated corruption and ineptitude in reconstruction, we created a vacuum and filled the ranks of an insurgency-hydra with mostly local talent. But when we flattened parts of Fallujah not once, but twice, primarily in response to the murders of four of our people, we helped create a spectacle of injustice and chaos, the very conditions in which Al Qaeda thrives.

He also shows us that al-Qaeda in Iraq is strong but they have alienated the Iraqi people by raping their women and beheading innocent civilians, alienated them to the point where the iraqi Tribal leaders are working to expel al-Qaeda.

Today Al Qaeda (AQ) is strong, but their welcome is tenuous in some regions as many Iraqis grow weary enough of the violence that trails them to forcibly evict AQ from some areas they’d begun to feel at home in. Meanwhile, our military, having adapted from eager fire-starting to more measured firefighting, after coming in so ham-fisted early on, has found agility in the new face of this war. Not lost on the locals was the fact that the Coalition wasn’t alone in failing to keep the faith of its promises to Iraqis.

Whereas we failed with the restoration of services and government, AQ has raped too many women and boys in Anbar Province, and cut-off too many heads everywhere else for anyone here to believe their claims of moral superiority. And they don’t even try to get the power going or keep the markets open or build schools, playgrounds and clinics for the children. In addition to destroying all of these resources, and murdering the Iraqis who work at or patronize them, AQ attacks people in mosques and churches, too. Thus, to those listening into the wind, an otherwise imperceptible tang in the atmosphere signals the time for change is at hand.

Yon then goes on to discuss General Petraeus as well as admitting how close he has come to joining the “Out of Iraq” faction of our country. He also considers General Petraeus as the only “doctor” that he believes can save the “patient” (Iraq).

Throughout 2006, my belief grew that Petraeus should be running this war. And though I had reached my own conclusions, others thought the same. I had seen and written about much progress during 2005, but had repeatedly written that the Civil War could undermine the effort. During 2006, people finally began to admit that there was Civil War in Iraq, and that it was growing, but as 2006 drifted into 2007 without any measurable response to increasingly untenable conditions on the ground, my confidence was eroding rapidly. At the rate things were going, I figured I might soon be standing shoulder-to-shoulder with deeply and richly experienced people like Joe Galloway, who thinks we should be out of Iraq yesterday.

The Turnaround:

But today, based on what I know first hand about this war, I respectfully disagree with Joe and the crowd of people who share his view that this war cannot be won. On this one point, because I just happen to be a person who has seen this doctor operate on a part of this patient, and I was able to see first hand that the work he did in 2003/4 is still holding today, I think we don’t call the code unless and until Petraeus says so.

n the short time since Petraeus took charge here, Anbar Province – “Anbar the Impossible” – seems to have made a remarkable turnaround. I just spent about a month out there and saw no combat. I have never gone that long in Iraq without seeing combat. Clearly, some areas of Anbar remain dangerous—there is fighting in Fallujah today—but there is also something in Anbar today that hasn’t been seen in recent memory: possibilities. There are also larger realities lurking up on the Turkish borders, but the reality today is that the patient called Iraq will die and become a home for Al Qaeda if we leave now.

You need to read his whole piece, I have only shown you portions, he discusses the political, the negative, the positive and the ramifications of a premature withdrawal.

The thing I notice about Yon and others that embed, such as Bill Roggio from the Fourth Rail, is they do not sit comfortably in the Green Zone and rely on stringers to get their information as our media outlets do, they are there, where the fighting is, where the bombs go off and they are giving us a firsthand look into the battle that rages around them.

Why would they do this?

To bring us, here at home, the truth. Bad and Good. Failures and Successes.

When you are done reading Michael Yon’s piece, then head on over to Bill Roggio’s site because, he too, is telling us what is happening in front of his eyes.

With the last U.S. combat brigade to hit the ground over the last two weeks as part of the surge, Multinational Forces Iraq has declared the beginning of “major combat operations” in the belts regions surrounding Baghdad. The Baghdad Belts, which included Eastern Anbar, northern Babil, and southern Salahadin and Diyala provinces, has long been a staging area for al Qaeda and insurgent operations into Baghdad, and a key part of the Baghdad Security Plan is denying these regions to the enemy.

In the June 16 briefing given by Defense Robert Gates, General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker, General Petraeus explained that the past four months have set the stage for the “large, coordinated offensive operations” which kicked off over the weekend. The combat, logistics and intelligence pieces have been “put in place over the past several months,” while a clear intelligence picture was developed of the regions surrounding Baghdad. “We have been doing what we might call shaping operations in a lot of these different areas [in the belts], feeling the edges, conducting intelligence gathering, putting in special operators.”

The picture on the Battle of the Belts is still developing. Based on the available open source information, current operations are ongoing to the north, west and south of Baghdad. Multiple U.S. and Iraqi units are operating at the brigade and division level.

He then goes on to give us specifics about the operations North, South and West of Baghdad as well as what he calls the “Endgame Baghdad”.

These two men are must reads if one wants to know exactly what is happening in the battle zones of Iraq, for those that want all the information instead of just the death tolls.

Over the last couple of months we have seen some of our politicians claim that “the surge isn’t working” they do this with complete intellectual dishonesty because they fully know that the last of the troops that are part of the surge, JUST ARRIVED THIS WEEK and as Yon and Roggio have told us, they immediately started their major offensive.

Even Wapo and NYT, the dueling duo that has participated in that intellectual dishonesty of reporting failures of a surge that hadn’t begun operations because the full contingent hadn’t arrived yet, is NOW admitting that the “Major Offensive” is just beginning.

Wapo:

BAGHDAD, June 19 — U.S. troops backed by helicopters and Bradley Fighting Vehicles launched a major offensive Tuesday to clear the Sunni extremist group al-Qaeda in Iraq from its new stronghold in Diyala province north of the capital, the U.S. military said in a statement.

[…]

The Diyala offensive involves about 10,000 U.S. soldiers, making it one of the largest military operations since the Iraq war began more than four years ago. The operation, code-named Arrowhead Ripper, is focused in the area around Baqubah, the capital of Diyala, a mixed Shiite-Sunni area that in recent months has become one of the most violent regions in Iraq.

The offensive began under cover of darkness “with a quick-strike nighttime air assault” by the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, the military statement said. “By daylight, attack helicopters and ground forces had engaged and killed 22 anti-Iraqi forces in and around Baqubah,” it said.

There were no reports of U.S. casualties.

The statement said that the operation was “a large scale effort to eliminate al-Qaeda in Iraq terrorists operating in Baqubah and its surrounding areas.”

“The end state is to destroy the al-Qaeda influences in this province and eliminate their threat against the people,” Brig. Gen. John M. “Mick” Bednarek, deputy commanding general of the 25th Infantry Division, was quoted as saying. “That is the number one, bottom-line, up-front, in-your-face, task and purpose.”

NYT:

The explosion came on the second day of a major offensive against Sunni insurgents in and around Baghdad. More than 10,000 coalition troops pushed their way through Diyala province and thousands more engaged in operations near the capital.

I have to wonder sometimes if the editors of those two rags get their emails asking them how they could report, on a consistent basis, that the surge was not working, when they had the knowledge that the full amount of troops hadn’t even arrived yet and the major operations for the surge hadn’t even begun.

I would like out Democratic politicians to answer that same question.

It is time, well past time, that we force our MSM to start reporting objectively and to live up to the standards that our embedded journalists, Michael Yon and Bill Roggio have set.

It is also well past the time that we hold the Democratic politicians, like Baghdad Reid, accountable for their public words meant to deliberately encourage our enemies and demoralize our troops.

We are a nation at war…. perhaps it is time to declare to the world as one, that we will not surrender and we did not start this war, but we sure as hell intend to win it.

That is a message I have not heard from one Democratic politician, even those with presidential aspirations.

Who on earth would vote for someone to become President of the United States of America if they were proposing to surrender to the enemy as their first presidential act?

The Telegraph and Operation Iraqi Freedom are reporting on the major offensive also.

Other bloggers giving analysis of the new offensive:

Flopping Aces, Neptunus Lex, Captain’s Quarters, QandO, Confederate Yankee, Black Five, Jules Crittenden, Macsmind, Michael P.F. van der Galiën and Mudville Gazette.

A Shot in the Dark doesn’t give commentary but does suggest that Michael Yon’s report get mailed to Harry “Bagdad” Reid…. DAMN good suggestion.

Here is Baghdad Reid’s contact form.

Once again, I would like to thank Snooper for allowing me to post my thoughts, opinions and feelings to his readers.

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June 19, 2007 Posted by | GWOT, Iraq | 9 Comments

Our Troops Are Busy


God Bless Them All…AMEN?

US CENTCOM Latest News Feed

 

1132nd Well Drillers increasing Camp Lemonier Water supply.aspx

Posted: 19 Jun 2007 05:53 AM CDT

CAMP LEMONIER, Djibouti – In preparation for the increase in personnel arriving to Camp Lemonier, the 1132nd Well Drillers of the North Carolina National Guard are hard at work improving the amount of water available for camp operations.

Battle Company Makes Presence Known.aspx

Posted: 19 Jun 2007 05:29 AM CDT

KORENGAL VALLEY, Afghanistan — The paratroopers were keen for the mission despite their rough conditions. The difference between a tan line and dirty skin has long since passed. Bites from sand fleas and mosquitoes just add to the problem. Electricity, toilets and running water (a 45 minute patrol away) are long forgotten conveniences.

Mission Success Relies on Maintenance Troops.aspx

Posted: 19 Jun 2007 05:18 AM CDT

FOB KALSU, Iraq — “In order to have combat power you need to shoot, move and communicate. “We are the move part,” said an auto mechanic with 2nd Brigade Combat Team out of Fort Stewart, Ga.

TASK FORCE LIGHTNING STRIKES AL-QAEDA

Posted: 19 Jun 2007 03:27 AM GMT-06:00

TASK FORCE LIGHTNING STRIKES AL-QAEDA

COALITION FORCES MEET WITH LOCAL OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS PAKTIKA AIR STRIKE

Posted: 19 Jun 2007 03:21 AM GMT-06:00

COALITION FORCES MEET WITH LOCAL OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS PAKTIKA AIR STRIKE

NATIONAL POLICE AND MND-B TROOPS RESPOND TO CAR BOMB ATTACKS IN SOUTHERN BAGHDAD

Posted: 18 Jun 2007 02:46 PM GMT-06:00

NATIONAL POLICE AND MND-B TROOPS RESPOND TO CAR BOMB ATTACKS IN SOUTHERN BAGHDAD

SOLDIERS AID IRAQI MAN AFTER IED BLAST NEAR AL SUMALAT

Posted: 18 Jun 2007 02:44 PM GMT-06:00

SOLDIERS AID IRAQI MAN AFTER IED BLAST NEAR AL SUMALAT

‘GARRYOWEN’ TROOPS DETAIN SUSPECTED ROADSIDE BOMBERS

Posted: 18 Jun 2007 02:42 PM GMT-06:00

‘GARRYOWEN’ TROOPS DETAIN SUSPECTED ROADSIDE BOMBERS

SUSPECTS SEIZED IN CORDON, SEARCH OPERATION IN ABU SAIDA

Posted: 18 Jun 2007 02:37 PM GMT-06:00

SUSPECTS SEIZED IN CORDON, SEARCH OPERATION IN ABU SAIDA

IRAQI SECURITY FORCES DETAIN FOUR SUSPECTED TERRORISTS DURING RAID IN SAMARRA

Posted: 18 Jun 2007 02:28 PM GMT-06:00

IRAQI SECURITY FORCES DETAIN FOUR SUSPECTED TERRORISTS DURING RAID IN SAMARRA

IRAQI FORCES DETAIN TERRORIST FACILITATOR IN KIRKUK

Posted: 18 Jun 2007 02:25 PM GMT-06:00

IRAQI FORCES DETAIN TERRORIST FACILITATOR IN KIRKUK

IP DETAIN FOUR INSURGENTS WOUNDED AFTER EMPLACING IED

Posted: 18 Jun 2007 02:23 PM GMT-06:00

IP DETAIN FOUR INSURGENTS WOUNDED AFTER EMPLACING IED

MARNE TORCH COMMENCES IN AREAS SOUTH OF BAGHDAD

Posted: 18 Jun 2007 02:21 PM GMT-06:00

MARNE TORCH COMMENCES IN AREAS SOUTH OF BAGHDAD

June 19, 2007 Posted by | CENTCOM | 2 Comments

CBS Still Lost In Space


One of these days, the Communist Broadcasting Services will shut their doors and the Nation will applaud.  The outlet remains lost in space.

Behold:

With the collapse of Fatah forces in Gaza, however, that horizon seems more distant than ever. Hamastan appears to describe the reality there now, making questions about permanent status or concessions to refugees largely irrelevant for the time being. We should not yet give up on the idea of brokering a comprehensive ceasefire between the Israelis and Palestinians, but the focus now must shift to the competition between Fatah and Hamas.

This outfit STILL espouses “talking with” and negotiating with” an organization; an ideal; a culture that considers such acts a sign of weakness.  Islam is diametrically opposed to Judaism.  There can be no peace between the two.

The rest of the article should be used as toilet paper.

June 19, 2007 Posted by | Lame Stream Media | 2 Comments

Michael Yon…Death Or Glory Part 4


As Michael has said to us in previous emails, he has completed his “tour” with the British contingent and as I write this and others read it, he is in The Mix.

Death Or Glory: Part IV of IV

Approaching a Bedouin: a young British Officer wears no Helmet and carryies no rifle. This war cannot be won by mere force. We did not come here to fight every Iraqi—or Bedouin—or whatever they might be. This Bedouin is no threat to our national security, or interests. He can, however, influence both, in his small way.

Few things are as reliably deceptive as appearance. If one of our jet pilots must eject, he might land out here among someone’s camels. I recall an officer talking about one of our helicopters crashing in Mosul, where local Iraqis were the first to the scene, and tried to help our people. Of course, sometimes the opposite occurs. The point is these people who live different lives and have different religions are not all out here plotting ways to kill us.

June 19, 2007 Posted by | Yon | Leave a comment

CENTCOM Briefs


US CENTCOM Press Releases

 

 

DRAGON SOLDIERS FIND CACHES, DEFEAT ATTACKERS

Posted: 18 Jun 2007 05:51 AM CDT

DRAGON SOLDIERS FIND CACHES, DEFEAT ATTACKERS

AMBASSADOR NEGROPONTE ENGAGES NINEWA LEADERS MULTI-NATIONAL DIVISION – NORTH PAO

Posted: 18 Jun 2007 05:48 AM CDT

AMBASSADOR NEGROPONTE ENGAGES NINEWA LEADERS MULTI-NATIONAL DIVISION – NORTH PAO

HELICOPTERS KILL INSURGENTS DURING JOINT IA

Posted: 18 Jun 2007 05:45 AM CDT

HELICOPTERS KILL INSURGENTS DURING JOINT IA

ISF CONTINUE STRING OF SUCCESSES WITH SMUGGLER’S HAUL; CACHE FIND

Posted: 18 Jun 2007 05:41 AM CDT

ISF CONTINUE STRING OF SUCCESSES WITH SMUGGLER’S HAUL; CACHE FIND

RASHID SHEIKS MEET TO DISCUSS PEACE, PROGRESS

Posted: 18 Jun 2007 05:33 AM CDT

RASHID SHEIKS MEET TO DISCUSS PEACE, PROGRESS

JOINT OPERATION ARDENNES DETAINS 2

Posted: 18 Jun 2007 05:28 AM CDT

JOINT OPERATION ARDENNES DETAINS 2

AIRSTRIKE IN PAKTIKA

Posted: 18 Jun 2007 05:10 AM CDT

AIRSTRIKE IN PAKTIKA

CHILDREN SAY THEY WERE FORCED TO STAY INSIDE

Posted: 18 Jun 2007 05:02 AM CDT

CHILDREN SAY THEY WERE FORCED TO STAY INSIDE

 

Engineers Conduct Officer Professional Development, in Theater Operations.aspx

Posted: 18 Jun 2007 05:50 AM CDT

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Combat Engineer officers conducted a professional development exercise to enhance their knowledge of Afghanistan’s and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s histories.

Historic Abu Nuwas Street Revitalization Center Opens.aspx

Posted: 18 Jun 2007 04:53 AM CDT

FORWARD OPERATING BASE LOYALTY, Iraq — The rebuilding of the famous market in eastern Baghdad is making progress with the opening of the Abu Nuwas Revitalization Center June 9.

 

June 19, 2007 Posted by | CENTCOM | Leave a comment

Michael Yon…Be Not Afraid


Michael Yon is in the mix…

Be Not Afraid

Be Not Afraid:You shall cross the barren desert, but you shall not die of thirst. You shall wander far in safety though you do not know the way. You shall speak your words in foreign lands and all will understand. You shall see the face of God and live.

Be not afraid.
I go before you always;
Come follow me, and I will give you rest.

[From a prayer card I found on a base in Anbar Province, Iraq.]

Thoughts flow on the eve of a great battle. By the time these words are released, we will be in combat. Few ears have heard even rumors of this battle, and fewer still are the eyes that will see its full scope. Even now—the battle has already begun for some—practically no news about it is flowing home. I’ve known of the secret plans for about a month, but have remained silent.

God be with you and our Troops, Michael!

June 19, 2007 Posted by | Yon | 2 Comments

72 Virgins…


Coming to your video store…as soon as National Lampoon makes it, that is.

Ask National Lampoon to go for it.

Hat Tip to contributing author Ben and Little Green Footballs.

June 19, 2007 Posted by | Jihadists, Spoofs | 3 Comments

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