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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

A War News Update


As we all know, the Leftinistra have been trying to lose this war we have been fighting ever since it became politically expedient to do so. It didn't or, still doesn't matter to them how many are KIA, WIA or MIA on either side or where in the war it takes place. As long as they get to wrestle into Higher Authority positions, nothing else matters. Nothing. And I repeat...as long as they get to wrestle into Higher Authority positions, nothing else matters. Nothing.

Barack Obama has stated that he will bomb - at that time - an ally of ours, a nuclear armed ally of ours, Pakistan. He then denied it. And when he was reminded of it, he called it a personal attack. That's what one of many things is wrong with the Democrat leaders...they cannot accept personal responsibility and Obama isn't the only one. Many before him have taught him well.

In a previous post, I mentioned that Jihad Watch reported that the Taliban were going to step up attacks and a lot of those attacks are going to be carried out by their women folk. In one way, that is a good thing...the breeding factories of the "other" culture of death will no longer be spitting out little rug rat rug monkeys. Oh. Wait. They don't have rugs...they have mats. Whatever.

In the beginning days of the War, we watched, as I have said countless times, the terrorists flee Afghanistan. They fled to Pakistan, Tajikistan, Iran and Iraq with the bulk heading to Iraq because they never thought for a micro-second that the USA would re-enter Iraq. They thought we didn't have what it took. The last laugh is ours. The terrorists have been thoroughly whooped in Iraq. First, Al Anbar Province with Ramadi as Caliphate HQ was going to be the capital of the New Caliphate. That didn't work out so well. Next, the New Caliphate was going to be in Diyala Province with its base in Baquba. We all know how that all worked out much to the chagrin of our very own Leftinistra back here at home.

Then came the mopping up features which still amounted to heavy fighting which my son was involved in. The Sadrites were the last hold outs and they have since disbanded all together or have shrunk to an embarrassing number of hit and run cowards and Jihadi (Haji) scum. Remember Basra? Remember how the British did not engage in Basra until AFTER the fighting was nearly complete? I remember that. As American and Coalition Forces began the mop up stages in Iraq with the majority of the hold-outs up in Mosul and surrounding areas, the once mighty and self-vaunted hard-liner AQI are a mere shadow of their former selves. What remains have fled back into Afghanistan and Pakistan. As we watched them flee from Afghanistan trying to convince the world that "they have us where they want us", the shoe is now squarely on the other foot. They have fled Iraq for Afghanistan - right where we want them; out of Iraq. (photo courtesy DBKP)

If one doubts the successes in Iraq and why there is more fighting in Afghanistan, all one has to do is pay attention. From the NYT:
American military successes in Iraq have prompted growing numbers of well-trained “foreign fighters” to join the insurgency in Afghanistan instead, the Afghan defense minister said on Tuesday.

The minister, Gen. Abdul Rahim Wardak, told a news conference that the increased flow of insurgents from outside Afghanistan had contributed to the increased intensity of the fighting here this year, which he described as the “worst” since the toppling of the Taliban government by American-led forces in 2001. American commanders have said that overall violence here has increased by 30 per cent in the past year and have called for more troops.

The general said that “the success of coalition forces in Iraq” had combined with developments in countries neighboring Afghanistan to cause “a major increase in the number of foreign fighters” coming to Afghanistan. In addition, he said: “There is no doubt that they are better equipped than before. They are well trained, more sophisticated, and their coordination is much better.”

His reference to neighboring countries appeared to point to Pakistan, where Islamic militants with bases in tribal areas along the border have intensified their operations, both inside Pakistan and in support of the insurgency in Afghanistan. American commanders have said that most of the foreign fighters operating in Afghanistan are Pakistanis, Arabs, or from Muslim countries and communities in Central Asia and the Caucasus, including Chechens. But the great majority of the insurgents here are Afghans..

Please recall if you will as previously mentioned on this blog and a host of others that Barack had said that he would be meeting with no preconditions with our enemies. He tried to wiggle out of that and called upon Henry Kissingers' name in vain and was quickly mocked and humiliated first by John McCain and then Henry Kissinger. Now we have the Little Man from Iran saying that he will meet with the next American President WITH preconditions. JPA Live thinks that is quite comical and he has a special video supporting his chuckle-chuckle snort-snort. Others commenting on this issue are; Spree, wondering if Obama will meet the demands to dump Israel as one of those precondition; Wizbang, noting that Iran knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that Obama is just as weak or even weaker that Jimmy Carter; (photo courtesy Anti-Mullah)

I mentioned the British before for a reason. Behold:
BRITISH troops are no longer needed for the security of Iraq and should go home, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has told a British newspaper.

"We thank them for the role they have played, but I think that their stay is not necessary for maintaining security and control," Mr Maliki told the Times.

"There might be a need for their experience in training and some technological issues, but as a fighting force, I don't think that is necessary."

Mr Maliki criticised the decision by Britain earlier this year to move its troops from a palace in Basra, which came under British responsibility after the 2003 US-led invasion, to their base at the airport.

"At the time Basra was not under control of the local government, but in the hands of the gangs and militias.... (British forces) stayed away from the confrontation, which gave the gangs and the militias the chance to control the city," he said.

"The situation deteriorated so badly that corrupted youths were carrying swords and cutting the throats of women and children. The citizens of Basra called out for our help... and we moved to regain the city."

Asked by the newspaper whether he thought Britain's move had been premature, he said: "Very."

The Prime Minister also criticised Britain's deal with Moqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army, Iraq's largest Shi'ite militia, to stop mortar and rocket attacks.

"Of course we were not comfortable and we conveyed our discomfort and regarded it as the beginning of a disaster," he said. [...]
That is quite an indictment towards the British forces and stems from British action or inaction in Basra. More on this later because the same British crap is being practiced in Afghanistan.

While we are at it, let's share some additional Good News that makes the skin of the Leftinistra crawl. Iraqi forces have moved into Mosul area to protect and/or save Iraqi Christians. Imagine that? The Christians there are entirely more brave than the wimpified Christians of the West. I wonder how many would be willing to die for their Faith as these Iraqi Christians are willing to do.

In other War News Updates, Jihad Watch brings us news that is troubling. It seems that AQ is trying to control traffic in the Red Sea. They are part of the "Water Jihad" and this is just crazy:
More indication that the Somali pirate raids are part of the jihad. Increased popularity for the water jihad may have to do with the fact that, according to most jurists, the jihadist who dies fighting at sea receives double the "reward" of the one who dies on land. [...]
So, now their hazard duty pay is 144 virgins. I hope they have some ExtenZe.

COB6 at Blackfive is asking if the recent mystery death ship of Iranian origin recently released by the terrorist pirates that they hijacked some weeks ago was actually enroute to Israel with a dirty bomb.
Remember that Iranian ship that the Somali pirates seized? Yeah the same one where the pirates suddenly started experiencing blisters, hair loss and even death.

I speculated earlier that the reported symptoms were dangerously close to what one would expect from severe radiation poisoning. Apparently others are thinking the same thing:
Russian sources are making that very assertion and like Blackfive states, if this is true, it an act of war and a nuclear one at that. I also wrote of this a few days ago. Continuing on with BF:
[...] The article implies that the cargo was rigged with massive explosives. If true, that is an act of war. Whether intended for Israel is irrelevant. It was intended for someone and that is an act of war.

Currently, the Americans, French and Russians are watching this ship and trying to figure out what to do.

Here's an idea. Tow it back to Iran under guard of a massive armada of warships. Dock it in Bandar Abbas (where all of Iran's refining capabilities are). Then inform "I'm a dinner jacket" that he has three days to unload the cargo. Failure to do so wwill result in a massive bombardment of the ship (on a particularly windy day).

That ought to kick the any hill a bit! [END]
Aye, Cap'n! Aye! The last piece is brought to us by the never ending and ever vigilant Herschel Smith writing about how we cannot negotiate with the Taliban. Many times on this blog, others I contribute to and on my BTR channel, I have stated countless times that terrorists cannot be negotiated with. Why? Because they don't want to. They consider it a sign of weakness and will push and push until their agenda is fulfilled, no matter how long it takes and no matter how many have to die in order to make it so.
[...] The Taliban are persuaded to fight for other reasons, there is insufficient force projection in Afghanistan, and Rosie is right. Calls for negotiations are not new, and in fact, negotiations themselves are not new, if you count negotiations as effeminate pleading by Hamid Karzai. Just as there have been “talks” with the Iranians for 25 years (contrary to the claims of the surrender-ists), there have been pleas by Hamid Karzai and his ilk for several years for the Taliban to end the violence. They have declined and will continue to do so. [END]
And that wraps up one more War News Update. In the Herschel Smith piece, he mentions a British Commander that did a pretty good impersonation of Harry Reid. You will have to read it to understand and it is why that Commander isn't in charge in Afghanistan and someone that knows what the deal is, is.