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Greetings. After this weekend, this Take Our Country Back Blog will be moving to the new web site. Too many conservatives are getting zapped by the intolerant dweebs of the Obama Goons and seeing that this editing platform is a free site, Blogger can do pretty much what it feels like doing. Hence, I now have a paid site and will be migrating the last 1400+ posts shortly.

So, one day, you just may click this page somewhere and it will show up as "private". It has been fun but the intolerant Czarbie Goon Squads are brain dead idiots. They can come play at the new site which I OWN outright.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Advocating The Overthrow of the United States

Martin Lewis and the Huffington Post has crossed The Line. Not only has "mister" Lewis crossed The Line, he has absolutely ZERO understanding of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Neither does Dishonorable Representative Murtha but that is yet another issue.

The ill-educated and self-anointed judge, jury and executioner of GWB, out of the symptomatic manifestations of the BDS psychotic break-down, has no idea that there are consequences to one's words...especially in print.

The defective slog has taken bits and pieces of a document and order of orders out of context and has applied them to his dementia. There is no distinction between the role of the Presidency and the role of the President as CIC. Relieving the President of the United States as CIC is the same thing as relieving the President of the Presidency. Naturally, this is what the Moonbat Fruit Loop Brigades desire and there is nothing of substance and legal precedence to substantiate the ignorant desire.

I am no attorney nor do I claim any such stature. However, I can read and I do know the UCMJ inside out and backwards. The poor ill-informed "mister" Lewis, on the other hand, does not. He should become familiar with the following:

§ 2385. Advocating overthrow of Government
Whoever knowingly or willfully advocates, abets, advises, or teaches the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying the government of the United States or the government of any State, Territory, District or Possession thereof, or the government of any political subdivision therein, by force or violence, or by the assassination of any officer of any such government; or

Whoever, with intent to cause the overthrow or destruction of any such government, prints, publishes, edits, issues, circulates, sells, distributes, or publicly displays any written or printed matter advocating, advising, or teaching the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying any government in the United States by force or violence, or attempts to do so; or

Whoever organizes or helps or attempts to organize any society, group, or assembly of persons who teach, advocate, or encourage the overthrow or destruction of any such government by force or violence; or becomes or is a member of, or affiliates with, any such society, group, or assembly of persons, knowing the purposes thereof—

Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.

If two or more persons conspire to commit any offense named in this section, each shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.

As used in this section, the terms “organizes” and “organize”, with respect to any society, group, or assembly of persons, include the recruiting of new members, the forming of new units, and the regrouping or expansion of existing clubs, classes, and other units of such society, group, or assembly of persons.
Dissent is one thing. Disagreeing is one thing. An attempt to call upon the military for an organized and methodical decapitation of the Head of State is something else.

From the Sage of The Captain's Quarters:
Lewis quotes extensively from the Uniform Code of Military Justice, but clearly his scholarship does not extend to the Constitution. The command of the armed forces follows from the president's election to office, and cannot be separated from the office itself. Bush isn't C-in-C because he got appointed to that position, but because the American electorate voted him into that role. In other words, the military cannot arrest the C-in-C but leave the President in power, and to argue otherwise is to demonstrate complete ignorance.
Dale Franks from Q and O:
Lewis then goes on to expound the most outrageously stupid legal theory, based on the Uniform Code of Military Justice, that would authorize such a move.

It's difficult to know where to begin to even address this kind of neutron star density of stupidity.

First, the president is not subject to the authority of the UCMJ, since the president is an elected civilian official, not a military member in any sense. Indeed, the Constitution prohibits any military member from holding any other Federal office or position of trust. Only uniformed military members are subject to the UCMJ, so none of its articles apply to any civilian, including the president. As such an court-martial convened to try the president would be invalid and unconstitutional on its face.
Wake Up America states:
Ok, fit of laughter over.

Let's be clear about something here.

The President is the top of the chain of command for ALL branches of the military.

HE'S STILL A CIVILIAN!

The President is not SUBJECT to UCMJ (for those of you who don't know because you haven't been in the military or just don't know because, well, you just don't know, that stands for Uniform Code of Military Justice).

Let me say this one more time, and I want it to be put forth as matter of public record MY OWN response to Martin Lewis' suggestion.

Here it is.

Ready?

HAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHA!!!!!!!

Ok, I'm out of breath...

Someone notify the Centers for Disease Control before this virus reaches pandemic proportions?

Once and Always, an American Fighting Man

(oh my stars and garters that's just funny)
From the Daily Pundit:

What follows is a tramp through the lower fever swamps of the leftist mind not seen since Seven Days In May. At least in that movie, the coup was being plotted by evil military wingnuts. This dumbass leftard Martin Lewis has decided that the coup should come from the left, because the president won’t listen to his generals.

Lewis shows he is effectively ignorant of how the constitution works, but that doesn’t stop his little jerk-off fantasy. He seriously believes that Gen. Pace actually has an obligation to save the nation by “relieving” the president of his “command.” Of course, being a nutsack, Lewis doesn’t consider the practical angle of first having the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff going completely insane. Or the rest of the Chiefs tying him to his chair after relieving him of his command. Or, if it actually got down to it, the rather large phalanx of humorless Secret Service agents just itching to protect the president from a military take over of the United States.

I just love it when the left puts it’s neofascist wet dreams on record.

From Blue Crab Boulevard:

I guess we shouldn't be too hard on Lewis. After all, it isn't as if Brits are up to speed on the whole written Constitution thing. But what is HuffPo's excuse?

There is more over at memorandum.

As I have stated over and over on this blog and in many forums, dissent is one thing. Disagreeing is one thing. An attempt to call upon the military for an organized and methodical decapitation of the Head of State is altogether something else entirely.

Perhaps the idiots over at the sad excuse for journalism Huff and Puff Ariana The Plane Was Going That Way Anyway Post should instruct their contributing dunder-dolts in American Law:

United States Code
TITLE 18 - CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
PART I - CRIMES
CHAPTER 115 - TREASON, SEDITION, AND SUBVERSIVE ACTIVITIES

Section 2382. Misprision of treason

Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States and having knowledge of the commission of any treason against them, conceals and does not, as soon as may be, disclose and make known the same to the President or to some judge of the United States, or to the governor or to some judge or justice of a particular State, is guilty of misprision of treason and shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than seven years, or both.

Section 2388. Activities affecting armed forces during war

(a) Whoever, when the United States is at war, willfully makes or conveys false reports or false statements with intent to interfere with the operation or success of the military or naval forces of the United States or to promote the success of its enemies; or Whoever, when the United States is at war, willfully causes or attempts to cause insubordination, disloyalty, mutiny, or refusal of duty, in the military or naval forces of the United States, or willfully obstructs the recruiting or enlistment service of the United States, to the injury of the service or the United States, or attempts to do so - Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.

(b) If two or more persons conspire to violate subsection (a) of this section and one or more such persons do any act to effect the object of the conspiracy, each of the parties to such conspiracy shall be punished as provided in said subsection (a).

(c) Whoever harbors or conceals any person who he knows, or has reasonable grounds to believe or suspect, has committed, or is about to commit, an offense under this section, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.

(d) This section shall apply within the admiralty and maritime jurisdiction of the United States, and on the high seas, as well as within the United States.


I love the domino affect the Victory At Hand in the War In Iraq is having on the Leftinistra. The opening to the Abyss of Obscurity for the Leftinistra is growing wider and wider day by day.




Today In History

AP Highlight in History:
On Aug. 25, 1944, Paris was liberated by Allied forces after four years of Nazi occupation.
AP Photo


1916The National Park Service was established within the Department of the Interior.

1921The United States signed a peace treaty with Germany.

1943 U.S. forces overran New Georgia in the Solomon Islands during World War II.

1950 President Harry S. Truman ordered the Army to seize control of the nation's railroads to avert a strike.

The Sky Is Falling, The Sky Is Falling

Cross posted from Right In A Left World

August 25, 2007

As small children, all of us heard or read the fable of Chicken Little who believed the sky was falling after an acorn fell and hit her on the head and subsequently scared other animals into believing the sky was falling and putting all in the forest in danger.

As the fable brings out, the sky cannot fall and the story of “The Sky Is Falling” has become synonymous with alarmists spreading false alarms. Some now refer to it as “fear mongering.”

Pacifists, anti-war leftists, Democrat Party leaders, RINO’s and other moonbats, including members of the lamestream media, use this fable today to point out that western civilization is in no danger from radical Jihadists and those of us who see the looming menace of radical Islamists are little more than Chicken Little ourselves, spreading word of false dangers.

With expectations of the congressionally mandated Petraeus Report on Iraq and the effectiveness of the Presidents Troop Reinforcement, pre-emptive measures are being taken to counter any anticipated good news reported. As I previously posted, even though some prominent Democrats are admitting the reinforcement is showing progress, party leadership has Continued to Strategize for Defeat.

To counter President Bush’s invoking the abandonment of the struggling country of South Viet Nam, we find claims of It Didn’t Happen concerning the bloodbath that history has recorded in Viet Nam, Cambodia and Laos, after our ignominious abandonment of the people of South Viet Nam. Even though this claim was first made prior to Bush’s speech before members of the VFW in Kansas City, Missouri, the implication is clear that history must be revised to hide the senseless slaughter that occurred after we were forced into abandoning the Vietnamese as the same abandonment is being advocated for the Iraqi people today.

Not content with revising history that claims the well documented bloodbath did indeed happen, we have Newsweek’s leftist editor, Michael Hirsch telling us, Why America's Pullout From Vietnam Worked, based upon a visit made long after the reeducation camps, the boat people and the persecution of the Montagnard indigenous people of Viet Nam’s Central Highlands happened.

Hirsch glosses over the time from the fall of Saigon in April 1975 to his 1991 visit with the flippant “Yes, a lot of Vietnamese boat people died on the high seas” while ignoring that even senior Communist leaders, such as Colonel Bui Tin, became disillusioned with the Communist Revolution and defected to the west. One Vietnamese lady my wife and I know, who escaped as one of the “Boat People,” only calls this time “a very bad time.” Her husband, who fought with the ARVN, refuses to even return for a visit, fearing for his safety.

Hirsch also seems to have never read the words of the now anti-war Democrat Senator from Virginia, James Webb, in his 1995 article The Triumph of Intellectual Dishonesty. Instead, we read the praises of today’s Viet Nam as they move away from oppressive Communism and towards the Capitalism they were building before we abandoned them. In this regard, Hirsch assures us, “If we leave, Al Qaeda will rant triumphantly on the Web sites and perhaps win more adherents, but that won’t get them any closer to ‘victory’ over us than they are now.”

Similarly, then anti-war activist and now junior Senator John ‘F’in Kerry assured us in his 1971 “testimony” before the Fulbright Commission, “yes, there will be some recrimination but far, far less than the 200,000 a year who are murdered by the United States of America…” while stating he felt only four to five thousand might be killed on the 1971 Dick Cavett Show where he and John O’Neill debated.

History records an astronomically higher number.

Also in their preemptive efforts at discounting General Petraeus’s Report, the Washington Post’s Michael Abramowitz published an article, “Iraq report unlikely to move Bush” where mentions of the progress noted even by some Democrats is barely mentioned and then deep in the article. I see the headline as attempting to paint a picture of Bush ignoring expected bad news, when most familiar with events expect mixed but positive results in progress and implementation of the Troop Reinforcement.

Never one to miss an opportunity to attack the President or the Iraq Theater of the War on Terror, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said through a spokesman, "Further pursuit of the administration's flawed escalation strategy is not in our nation's best interests.”

In a reluctant admission that the reinforcement policy has had success, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi joins Reid in saying, "Whatever improvements in security that may have resulted from the efforts of our troops since the surge began, Iraqi leaders have not done the hard political work on which the future of their country depends. And therefore, the purpose of the surge - to enable the Iraqis to produce political reconciliation - has not been accomplished."

In further efforts of denigrating expected good news from General Petraeus, we see Senators Clinton and Durbin calling for the ouster of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, joining Pelosi in shifting the focus to the Iraqi government not meeting the expectations of the U.S. Congress in the scant few months of time they allotted for unattainable improvements. How can they demand political reconciliation in such a short time in Iraq when, in over 200 years, we in America haven’t successfully achieved it? Granted, we aren’t shooting each other yet, but the Political Divide within the country today is as great as it has ever been and just as hotly debated.

But, it does allow them to continue the effort at creating a failure in Iraq while looking like they praise the efforts of the Troops.

Much like The Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing, leftists try to lull the populace into a false sense of security by advocating appeasement of our enemies and demonizing those of us who see the dangers facing Western Civilization from the radical Jihadist movement spreading across the globe.

History is ignored or revised as leftists claim that even if the reinforcement policy is working, it is years too late. How can it ever be too late to support an ally and prevent more bloodbaths?

Since the Iranian Hostage Crisis in 1979, radical Jihadists have attacked American interests no less than 15 times, twice upon our own soil. Their war on us was brought home to us on September 11, 2001. Terrorists have no intention of withdrawing from the battlefield. Three decades of inaction and soft responses to terrorist attacks have emboldened radical Jihadists to hit us harder each time. It is never too late for them to hit us again even harder. It is no longer a matter of ‘if,’ but a matter of ‘when.’

In the same speech where she declares it is too late and the best way to honor our Troops is to bring them home, Presidential hopeful, Hillary Clinton also speaks of preparing for The New War.

Wouldn’t we do better speaking of winning this war?

Lew

UPDATE: Published in today's Sunday Times (UK), an eyewitness to much of the horror of our leaving Viet Nam speaks out. Abandon Iraq and see a Vietnam horror show. Of particular note, he was opposed to America's mission in Viet Nam then, but now says, "I have always thought that those of us who opposed the American war in Indochina should be extremely humble in the face of the appalling aftermath."

The Not So Distant Drum Beat Of Obscurity

Not too long ago, Syria declared the United States to be a viper-like fascist state, and the Syrian government daily Teshreen called U.S. leaders "terrorists" and 'serial killers" who are perpetrating genocide among the nations of the world on a daily basis, and who should be called before a war crimes tribunal.

Also, not too long ago, SoH Nancy Pelosi visited Syria in a clear violation of The Logan Act. The policy, as set by the sitting Administration is to isolate Syria as being one of those States that promotes and encourages terrorism as an end to its means. Nancy strutted off in an effort to undermine the sitting Administration in a political gamut that has evidently and apparently failed...just like everything else the SoH has tried.

Shortly thereafter, Syria and Iran suggested that the world give peace a chance.


Ya. Sure.

Seeing that Nancy has a history of "failed policies" time and time again, should she, utilizing her own rhetoric, resign?

Members of the Quit Iraq Caucus are jumping ship, except for, naturally, those suffering from the lethality of Ostrich Syndrome.

Ralph Peters once wrote that the mantra of the Quit Caucus die hards is constantly sending the message to the enemy, "Don't lose heart, we'll save you!" The American People are waking up to the fact that the Leftinistra do not have the long-term best interests of the American People in mind as they strut around in conquest of political power.

A while back, it was written how the team of Pelosi-Reid were leading the charge to end the War In Iraq when the tide was beginning to turn...in the favor of Victory for the US in the War In Iraq.

I often wonder why more people don't recognize the fact that the Leftinistra "blink" on a regular basis when confronted with fact after fact and the terrorists laugh every time they hear that our own politicians, unwittingly, hopefully, support the terrorists and their "plight".

Recently, we on the Right, have found it quite comical and all too predictable that the Moonbat Fruit Loop Brigades have begun eating their own and have splintered off into their tiny little insignificant pity-party and woe-is-me sects. There is even a call or a plea for the "progressives to unite".

The idiot Martin Lewis is calling for a General to arrest GWB.

I am reveling in the splintering and the fractioning of the Moonbat Fruit Loop Brigades. They cannot help it and FINALLY, all of the pandering and catering the Leftinistra have worked on for years is caving in all around their tiny useless feet. That is what happens when one tries to appease each and every tiny group, lying to them all the while.

Obscurity. It can be painful at times.

Irrelevant. This is worse than obscurity. Obscurity is more or less vanishing while being irrelevant is more painful...you mean very little to nothing. Such are the Leftinistra becoming.

Insignificant. Recently, Reid has determined, in the face of directly conflicting facts of Victory in the War In Iraq at hand, to continue with his insignificant mentality. The man is senile.

The American People have had enough of the lies, deceit and the blatantly obvious unAmerican activities of the current leadership of the Democratic Party and the RINOs. Pack your bags folks and plan on retiring soon. We don't need your kind.

HUGE HT to Norm of the Patriots For Conservative Values Group for this one:

Further Evidence of Rampant Illiteracy in Congress


This post enhances mine or mine enhances the other. Makes no difference to me. We are on the same page.

More evidence of obscurity here

sillygisms here

blatant stupidity here

DNC death wishes here









Friday, August 24, 2007

What Will Cindy Do If This Is True?

OH MY GOD!!! Somebody call 911!!! Cindy will have a stroke!

OH! WAIT!! Belay that! Disregard last transmission!!

Could it be? Fidel has departed this earth?

BUSH DID IT!!

Or, have we been manipulated...again?

whatsup?

Apparently, Cindy and Glover can rest easy.

Czarina Issues An Utterance

Why would a Presidential aspirant "udder" such a politically motivated statement as the one Czarina "uddered". What was the point? Towards which target or targets was she directing the "charge"? Has she sided with the Conspiracy Loons that 91101 was an inside job? Could it be that the GOP is going to orchestrate a terrorist attack to bolster their own power bid? Is she hedging her bets that if there "IS" another terrorist attack in the CONUS, she can say, "See? What did I tell y'all?" Could it be that SHE is planning an attack just so she can say, "See? What did I tell y'all?"

Czarina, Madame Hillary The Rodham "My Documents Are Invisible" Clinton, has just been elevated to a new low. She should be proud to associate herself with Cindy "I'm In A Jihad" Sheehan. Allah hu Chavez!

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- She says she is the Democrat best equipped to fight terrorists, but White House hopeful Sen. Hillary Clinton told New Hampshire voters Thursday that another attack on the United States would likely help Republican candidates at the polls.

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Sen. Hillary Clinton said the Republicans would benefit politically if a terrorist attack occurred before the '08 vote.

Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Connecticut, who is also competing for the Democratic nomination, issued a statement Friday afternoon calling Clinton's remark "tasteless."

"Frankly, I find it tasteless to discuss political implications when talking about a potential terrorist attack on the United States," he said.

"It's a horrible prospect to ask yourself, 'What if? What if?' " Clinton, a New York Democrat, told a house party in Concord, according to the New York Post and The Associated Press and confirmed by her campaign.

"But, if certain things happen between now and the election, particularly with respect to terrorism, that will automatically give the Republicans an advantage again, no matter how badly they have mishandled it, no matter how much more dangerous they have made the world."

Clinton added that if such a scenario occurred, she is the best Democratic presidential candidate "to deal with that."

Clinton was in the crucial early voting state Thursday to unveil her health care plan.

A Clinton spokesman, Isaac Baker, told CNN "Sen. Clinton was making clear that she has the strength and experience to keep the country safe."


So, if she is "the best to handle that situation", as she has so claimed, how can she justify that rhetoric having issued such an ill-spoken statement as a terrorist attack would help the GOP? As a matter of fact, her statement is well beyond "ill-spoken". It could very well be the singularly most ignorant statement she has ever made in her life, let alone her political campaign.

And she dares whine about the GOP politicizing the GWOT? Is she daft? Don't answer that. I already know the answer.


catch the rave



Today In History

BUSH DID IT!! DAMN!!



AP Highlight in History:
On Aug. 24, 1992, Hurricane Andrew smashed into Florida, causing record damage; 55 deaths in Florida, Louisiana and the Bahamas were blamed on the storm.
AP Photo/Lynn Sladky

79- Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in volcanic ash. An estimated 20,000 people died.

1814-British forces invaded Washington, D.C., and set fire to the Capitol and the White House.

1949-The North Atlantic Treaty went into effect.

1954-The Communist Control Act went into effect, virtually outlawing the Communist Party in the United States.

Has the Communist Control Act been abolished?


1959 -Three days after Hawaiian statehood, Hiram L. Fong was sworn in as the first Chinese-American U.S. senator, while Daniel K. Inouye was sworn in as the first Japanese-American U.S. representative.

1970 -A bomb planted by anti-war extremists exploded at the University of Wisconsin's Army Math Research Center in Madison, killing a researcher.

I remember this incident and I also remember these same ass-lickers chanting, :Why should we kill people to prove to people that killing people is wrong?" Odd, isn't it?


2004-Chechen separatists set off bombs aboard two Russian airliners that crashed after taking off from the same Moscow airport, killing 90 people.

2006 -The International Astronomical Union declared that Pluto was no longer a planet, demoting it to the status of a "dwarf planet."

God will get them for that.

Iraq Vets Respond ... to the New York Times seven






I received the following in my email:



Iraq Vets Respond ... to the New York Times seven

Op-Ed written by: David Bellavia, Pete Hegseth, Michael Baumann, Carl Hartmann, David Thul, Knox Nunnally and Joe Worley

August 24, 2007

ON SUNDAY, seven soldiers from the 2nd Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division stationed in Iraq penned a passionate opinion piece in the New York Times that further illustrates the complexity of what is "really" happening in Iraq. Of the almost 3,000 soldiers from the Army's storied 82nd Airborne Division currently serving in the hottest of Iraqi neighborhoods, seven felt confident enough in their misgivings to sign an opinion piece. They should not be surprised that many of their comrades--including the seven undersigned here--find their work to be misguided.

The 2nd Brigade is responsible for two dangerous areas of Baghdad: Adihamiyah and Sadr City. Airborne troopers there have seen the worst al Qaeda and the Mahdi Army can throw at them and the Iraqi people. But the whole story is that the Iraqis and soldiers in their sector have not yet been fully affected by the surge of troops and operations, which have barely been in place two months.

Currently, American and Iraqi Forces are clearing sections of southern Baghdad before turning north to the 82nd Airborne's neighborhoods. As such, the portrait these soldiers painted, while surely accurate and honest, is more representative of pre-surge Baghdad: sectarian strife, lawlessness, and indiscriminate slaughter.

This is not, however, the picture elsewhere in Iraq, or even most of Baghdad. Additional American combat brigades first surged to the outlying areas around the capital, disrupting the flow of suicide bombers and car bombs and denying haven to al Qaeda.

The result? Attacks against civilians are at a six-month low and large al Qaeda-style truck and suicide bombings have dropped 50 percent in Baghdad. With additional troops and a sound strategy, the same results can occur in even the worst areas of Baghdad, including the 82nd Airborne's sector.

Take Anbar Province. In 2006, al Qaeda controlled the capital of Ramadi and Marine intelligence officers declared the province effectively lost. A leaked Marine Corps report concluded, "the prospects for securing western Anbar province are dim and there is almost nothing the U.S. military can do to improve the political and social situation there."

Today Ramadi is peaceful and Anbar no longer a haven for al Qaeda. The tribal awakening that brought about political reconciliation and stability in Ramadi and Anbar primarily resulted from an improved security environment provided by American forces. Americans not only cleared Ramadi, they also held it by occupying over 65 outposts.

This security environment allowed local tribal leaders to stand up to their former al Qaeda occupiers, and now American and Iraqi forces are improving security beyond Anbar in places like Diyala and Babil Provinces.

The 82nd Airborne soldiers quoted an Iraqi saying, "We need security, not free food." We could not agree more, and what American and Iraqi forces are doing now--for the first time in this war--is providing lasting security at the neighborhood level after driving insurgents out.

It's true that political reconciliation has not suited so-called "benchmarks," but political progress will only happen when the battlefield and political realities are congruent. We know that street level security is a necessary precondition for real political progress, and as such, the preconditions are finally being fulfilled. And as we've seen, Iraqi leaders--whether Sunni or Shia--will stand up for moderation and stability only when provided with a secure environment in which to do so.

We understand the frustration our fellow soldiers feel. All of us were in Iraq before the "surge" and lament never seeing a coherent, security-based counterinsurgency strategy. In truth, we were only clearing--not holding.

But we also know what's possible when even small portions of counterinsurgency strategy are applied. Insurgents are exposed, leaders stand up, and stability occurs. General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker understand the principles of counterinsurgency and are applying them up and down the chain of command. It's unfortunate that soldiers in the 82nd Airborne have not yet benefited from the new strategy, but it will ensure that their actions, and those of their fallen brethren, will not have been in vain.

Meanwhile, we applaud our brothers in the 82nd Airborne for their courage under fire, thank them for their commitment to our nation, and pray for the recovery of their injured co-author.

Note: David Bellavia, Pete Hegseth, Michael Baumann, Carl Hartmann, David Thul, Knox Nunnally, and Joe Dan Worley all served with either the Army or Marine Corps in Iraq, and are all members of Vets for Freedom. This Op-Ed was originally submitted to the New York Times, which declined to publish it.

Click here for more information on Vets for Freedom.












HEY! Murtha! Where's That Apology?

Dear Dishonorable Representative Murtha,

Your Marines are getting off, one by one, due to LACK OF EVIDENCE supporting YOUR ignorant, pompous lying ass claim to dishonor.

Resign, "mister" Murtha.

You have earned it.

May you rot wherever you spend your eternity.


Haditha Investigator Urges Dropping of Marine's Case
Bad news for military-hating mediots and far lefties alike
Only liberals seem to be shocked that when you fire at a Marine they fire back,
Murtha’s shame - Marines recommended to drop more charges in Haditha farce
Another Haditha Marine Cleared

memeorandum

Tracked back by Wake up America: Haditha Investigator:Drop Marine murder case

Sorry folks. My warrior's blood is boiling and I cannot be nice to this Turd of a useless and pathetic man.

Jon Soltz Has The Wrong Title For His "Piece"

Here is the title and link for his embarrassingly inane ramblings:

What if 1,000 Armored Vehicles Didn't Get to Troops and No One Cared


The true title should be as follows:


What If I Was A 4-Month In-Country Loser and People Found Out About It and That I Am A John Effing Kerry Wanna Be?

That is what the title should be.

War News

US CENTCOM Latest News Feed


RCP Clears Roads Around Blessing.aspx

Posted: 24 Aug 2007 06:10 AM CDT

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - The first U.S. casualty from an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan was Army Sgt. Jay Blessing, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Nov. 14, 2003. Blessing was in a convoy that was attacked just seven miles from camp in Afghanistan’s Kunar province.

Americans, Iraqis interact at historical monument.aspx

Posted: 24 Aug 2007 05:53 AM CDT

ALI BASE, Iraq (AFPN) -- Approximately 80 Iraqis from the city of An Nasiriyah interacted for the first time with Airmen and Soldiers at the Ziggurat historical monument Aug. 21 at Ali Base.

International armed forces engineers work together in Afghanistan.aspx

Posted: 24 Aug 2007 05:30 AM CDT

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SHARANA, Afghanistan- Afghans and Multi-national forces are currently working hand-in-hand on a variety of expansion construction projects here.

BAQOUBA BANK RECEIVES CASH DELIVERY, PAYS SALARIES AND PENSIONS

Posted: 23 Aug 2007 10:59 AM CDT

BAQOUBA BANK RECEIVES CASH DELIVERY, PAYS SALARIES AND PENSIONS

OPERATION LIGHTNING HAMMER DISRUPTS AL-QAEDA IN DIYALA

Posted: 23 Aug 2007 10:25 AM CDT

OPERATION LIGHTNING HAMMER DISRUPTS AL-QAEDA IN DIYALA

CIVILIAN VOLUNTEER SECURITY FORCE RECEIVES POLICE TRAINING

Posted: 23 Aug 2007 09:21 AM CDT

CIVILIAN VOLUNTEER SECURITY FORCE RECEIVES POLICE TRAINING

ONE TERRORIST KILLED, 10 SUSPECTS DETAINED IN COALITION OPERATIONS

Posted: 23 Aug 2007 08:17 AM CDT

ONE TERRORIST KILLED, 10 SUSPECTS DETAINED IN COALITION OPERATIONS

IRAQI SECURITY FORCES, U.S. SPECIAL FORCES CAPTURE HIGH-LEVEL TERRORIST IN MOSUL

Posted: 23 Aug 2007 08:08 AM CDT

IRAQI SECURITY FORCES, U.S. SPECIAL FORCES CAPTURE HIGH-LEVEL TERRORIST IN MOSUL

AL QAEDA ATTACKS COALITION OUTPOST IN NORTHERN BAGDAD

Posted: 23 Aug 2007 08:07 AM CDT

AL QAEDA ATTACKS COALITION OUTPOST IN NORTHERN BAGDAD

TASK FORCE ON THE FUTURE ON MILITARY HEALTH CARE VISITS 28TH COMBAT SUPPORT HOSPITAL

Posted: 23 Aug 2007 08:05 AM CDT

TASK FORCE ON THE FUTURE ON MILITARY HEALTH CARE VISITS 28TH COMBAT SUPPORT HOSPITAL

BAQOUBA TAKES MAJOR STEP FORWARD, FLOUR MILL REOPENS

Posted: 23 Aug 2007 08:03 AM CDT

BAQOUBA TAKES MAJOR STEP FORWARD, FLOUR MILL REOPENS

INSURGENTS TARGET COALITION, BUT KILL CIVILIANS

Posted: 23 Aug 2007 08:01 AM CDT

INSURGENTS TARGET COALITION, BUT KILL CIVILIANS

The Losers Are Squirming As Worms Do





This here be a Texican's round up of losers and what they yammer on about so in the face of facts. Facts that escape the theoretical learned amongst us.

My Dad used to say, "At ease, disease! There's fungus among us!"

Just thought I'd throw that one in.

Al-Maliki: Flawed, but he was elected.

Al-Maliki: Flawed, but he was elected.

Iraq's Diem

By INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY

War On Terror: Democrats arrogantly tell Iraq's elected government to oust Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, but those poised to replace him are worse. Imagine a Mideast version of the disastrous 1963 U.S.-backed coup against Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem. READ MORE





Sen. Obama Vs. Gen. Petraeus
By INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY
Politics Of War:
Barack Obama tells the VFW there's no military solution in Iraq while Gen. David Petraeus proves him wrong. Petraeus is scheduled to report to Congress on Sept. 15. We'd prefer Sept. 11. READ MORE

Going, Going, Gone
By INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY
Budget:
It's no longer any surprise that the budget deficit is plunging, just as President Bush predicted. What's surprising is those who most criticized Bush for the recession-driven deficits are about to send them soaring again. READ MORE


Support the Iraq War with Higher Taxes and a Draft?

President Bush's speech before a gathering of Veterans of Foreign Wars drew attention with his provocative comparison to Vietnam, in which he reminded Americans that the U.S. pullout from Vietnam led to millions being killed in Asia. The media jumped on Bush for alleged hypocrisy in comparing the situation in Iraq with Vietnam, even though the liberal press itself has long invoked the failure of Vietnam when discussing Iraq.

9-11 Failures: Blaming Bush's Neo-Cons, Ignoring Clinton's Exaggerations

Thursday's lead editorial, "The C.I.A. Report," took a jaundiced anti-Bush look at the C.I.A.'s assessment of pre-9-11 intelligence failures, written in 2005 and finally released yesterday.

Predictably, the editorial focused on what it obviously considered the most important part of the story, blaming Bush for inaction -- specifically, for distracting C.I.A. director George Tenet through its "neo-conservative agenda." In the Times vision of the world, again Bill Clinton completely escapes blame and is credited for things he did not do.

From The Hill:

Sen. Warner advocates troop drawdown - By Klaus Marre

In an effort to get Iraqi leaders to take action to quell the violence in their country, President Bush should authorize the withdrawal of U.S. troops next month, Sen. John Warner (R-Va.) said Thursday.

“Take into consideration the need to send a sharp and clear message throughout the region, to the United States, and one that people can understand,” Warner recommended. He added that such a move would send a message to Iraq’s government and the region that the U.S. commitment is not open-ended and that political progress must be made."

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Several points here. First of all, that last quote is really creepy. The thought of a massacre on American soil seems to leave Dukakis unmoved, except that he worries it might be harmful to his party's political prospects. But this is of a piece with his insouciant attitude toward the depredations of Willie Horton (a murderer who brutalized a Maryland couple after his release on a Dukakis-approved prison furlough program) and a hypothetical question in a 1988 debate about how he would feel if his own wife were raped and murdered. An important reason Dukakis lost is that he comes across as freakishly bloodless, unable to convey the normal range of human emotion.


Taking a -Stan for Democracy
Yesterday we noted that blogger Josh Marshall is denying that President Bush has ever had an agenda to promote democracy--even though the same Josh Marshall claimed, 4 1/2 years ago, to have uncovered Bush's dark plot to promote democracy. Reader Mark Conversino takes issue with the 2007 Marshall:

Networks Declare Bush's Vietnam Lesson Hypocritical and Invalid

MSNBC's Barnicle Blurts: 'Has Bush Ever Read a Book on Vietnam?'

Tancredo: GOP hopefuls sound like me on immigration - By Klaus Marre

Presidential candidate and immigration hawk Rep. Tom Tancredo (Colo.) said Wednesday that his fellow GOP White House hopefuls are increasingly sounding like him on the issue of immigration.

"I'm happy now that almost every one of my colleagues, standing up there on the stage, running for the Republican nomination, is sounding like Tom Tancredo when it comes to illegal immigration," the lawmaker said.

> Read More


Don't Look Now
We begin today with a public service announcement from the Federal Bureau of Investigation:

The Seattle FBI and the Washington Joint Analytical Center (WAJAC) are requesting the public's assistance in identifying the two individuals pictured below. These men have been seen aboard Washington State Ferries on several occasions and have exhibited unusual behavior, which was reported by passengers. While this behavior may have been innocuous, the FBI and WAJAC would like to resolve these reports.

If you can identify these individuals, or know their whereabouts, please call: 206 622-0460

The Seattle FBI and the Washington Joint Analytical Center (WAJAC) are requesting the public's assistance in identifying the two individuals pictured [nearby]. These men have been seen aboard Washington State Ferries on several occasions and have exhibited unusual behavior, which was reported by passengers. While this behavior may have been innocuous, the FBI and WAJAC would like to resolve these reports.

You can click on the photos above or the link atop this column to go to the press release, which has the full pictures.


‘Fox News Wants War With Iran,’ Liberal Activist Insists
(CNSNews.com)
- Filmmaker and liberal political activist Robert Greenwald is taking another shot at Fox News Channel, accusing the cable network of “continued warmongering.” “Fox wants war with Iran,” Greenwald says on his Web site. In a backhanded compliment to Fox News, he’s urging other, larger news networks “not to follow Fox down the road to war again.”

Pro-Chavez Lawmakers Give Nod to Radical Constitutional Changes
(CNSNews.com)
– In a “unanimous” decision, Venezuela’s National Assembly has given initial approval to constitutional changes being pushed by President Hugo Chavez that will, among other things, allow him to extend his tenure in office indefinitely...

Gun Control Groups Prepare for ‘National Day of Protest’
(CNSNews.com)
– Gun control activists have declared Tuesday, Aug. 28, a “national day of protest to focus attention on the scourge of illegal gun trafficking.” The Brady Campaign, along with its Million Mom March chapters, said it will join the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Operation PUSH Coalition at demonstrations in cities across America...


Libya, Iran, Cuba Leading Preparations for UN Racism Conference
(CNSNews.com)
– With Libya at the helm, and Iran, Cuba and Pakistan among the 20 nations participating, a United Nations-convened meeting in Geneva next week will begin to lay the groundwork for a global conference on racism in 2009...

Iran Still Evading UN Sanctions, Says Policy Expert
(CNSNews.com)
- The largest branch of Iran’s military, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, is violating United Nations sanctions against nuclear weapons proliferation, according to a policy expert on Iran, who also said the group should be deemed a terrorist organization...

1,964 Missiles Fired From Gaza in Last Two Years
Jerusalem (CNSNews.com)
– The Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades, part of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah faction, is still operating in Hamas-controlled Gaza. On Wednesday, the group claimed responsibility for firing mortars into Israel...

In Wake of Massacre of Yazidis: Iraqi Kurdish Liberal Hussein Sinjari on Minorities in Iraq and Middle East

To view this Special Dispatch in HTML, visit:
MEMRI


The August 14, 2007 terror attack on the Yazidi community in the Sinjar region of Iraqi Kurdistan has provoked a great deal of commentary in the Iraqi and Arab press, due both to the death toll, high even by Iraqi standards, and to the fact that the Yazidis are a unique religious minority. The attack was widely condemned, including in a statement by 60 Muslim clerics from various countries and of various sects, as well as in a separate statement by the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood.(1)


Lebanese Shi'ite Scholar Muhammad Ali Al-Husseini Slams Syria, Iran, Hizbullah; Declares Support for Saudi Efforts in Middle East


The following is an interview with Lebanese Sh'iite scholar Muhammad Ali Al-Husseini, which aired on TeleLiban TV on August 18, 2007.

To view this clip, visit:

"The Role that [the Saudi] Kingdom Has Played and is Still Playing in Lebanon and in the Arab World is One of Reconciliation and Unification"

Muhammad Ali Al-Husseini: "Everybody, near and far, friend and foe, realizes that the role of the Saudi kingdom – the kingdom of Arabism, of Islam, and of humanism... The role that this kingdom has played and is still playing in Lebanon and in the Arab world is one of reconciliation and unification. It tries to extinguish civil strife and bring brothers together. This role began with Palestine, when Saudi King Abdullah bin Abd Al-Aziz took pains to convene brother Mahmoud Abbas and the brothers from Hamas, Khaled Mash'al and others. The agreement was reached on the purest and best land, in Holy Mecca, under the assumption that this was a brotherly agreement, but along came those who wanted to tarnish its purity. The Syrian regime..."



And that right there is a very small collection of items and pieces that I have read and not blogged upon all of them...yet.