Posted by Ryan on September 3, 2008
David Petraeus indicated today that a pullout of MNF (Multi-National Forces) around the Baghdad area is probably possible by next summer due to conditions on the ground. He also said that the area is “‘spiraling upwards’ towards normal conditions” and “it gives Iraq new hope.” What great news from a straight-shooter and American hero who’s shown he would not deceive us for political reasons!
Before the Palin pick, General Petraeus and the increasing dividends of the successful “Surge” strategy were McCain’s best-friend and an issue I hope they return to in earnest once the Convention fever wears out sometime late next week.
Both O’Biden and Obama were dead wrong on this issue. And will someone in the McCain campaign please bring up O’Biden’s advocacy of the worst-thought-out foreign policy concept in a generation: splitting Iraq into a weak confederacy of three weak parts? It wouldn’t take five minutes for civil war, regional conflict with the Kurds, Iran, and al Qaeda to plunge the region into an apocalyptic scorched-earth dead zone. It would have truly been war without end. Luckily, Biden wasn’t in a position to see his plan work. Let’s keep it that way.
Posted in Election 2008, International Relations, Media Bias, Politics, The Iraq Front, War on Terror | Tagged: Al Qaeda, Baghdad, Barack Obama, David Petraeus, Iran, Joe Biden, John McCain, Kurdistan, Sarah Palin, The Surge | 1 Comment »
Posted by Ryan on July 9, 2008
The US Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, was attacked today by four men in what the American and Turkish authorities are calling an act of terrorism. Three of the attackers were killed, but not before taking out three policemen, one point blank to the head. The fourth attacker unfortunately got away in a speeding car, as Turkish authorities are frantically looking for him and are currently reviewing video tape to help.
No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, but this has put everyone in Turkey on high alert, especially Americans in Turkey. Aside from incursions into Iraqi Kurdistan, one hasn’t heard much from the War on Terror in Turkey — it’s been pretty quiet so to speak. The attack was small, probably cellular. That could mean the beginning of a new series of attacks, or that this attack was the best they could pull off. I hope it’s the latter.
The US Consulate was refitted after al Qaeda’s 2003 bombing of the British Consulate, bank and two synagogues. Yet, our rules of engagement forbid Americans to fire back at anyone outside the compound, hence, they ducked for cover rather than take out the assailants early. I think those rules needs to be renegotiated.
Posted in Blogroll, Europe, International Relations, The Iraq Front, War on Terror | Tagged: Al Qaeda, American Consulate, British Consulate, Kurdistan, Terrorism, Turkey | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Ryan on June 25, 2008
The Supreme Court is getting out of control and the libs on the Court are certainly not making many friends lately. What’s next I wonder?
In the wake of pronouncing that al Qaeda has more rights than Nazis did, and with 42 states having passed anti-Kelo laws, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 that the death penalty is off-limits for child rapists, unless of course, the child’s death results. I’ll let you guess who voted to uphold Louisiana’s law allowing the death penalty for child rapists in this blatant act of judicial legislation.
All the Eighth Amendment “cruel and unusual” banter from Justice Kennedy (alas, a Reagan appointee gone loopy), doesn’t really take into account the effects on the victim. Here’s what Justice Alito had to say about this ruling in his dissent:
“[Alito] lament[ed] that the majority had ruled out executing someone for raping a child ‘no matter how young the child, no matter how many times the child is raped, no matter how many children the perpetrator rapes, no matter how sadistic the crime, no matter how much physical or psychological trauma is inflicted, and no matter how heinous the perpetrator’s prior criminal record may be.’”
Maybe Justice Kennedy thought that the perp, Patrick Kennedy (no joke), was a relative or someone he knew. Who knows? Liberals on the court since the 1950s have seen the perps as the one’s potentially hurt by laws, not their victims so much. I’m just waiting for the political branches of our government to assert themselves against the poorly devised judicial dictates from this court over the last few years.
Posted in Blogroll, Culture, Election 2008, Judicial Watch, Politics, War on Terror | Tagged: Al Qaeda, Anthony Kennedy, Eighth Amendment, Kelo, Nazi, Patrick Kennedy, Reagan, Samuel Alito, SCOTUS, Supreme Court | 7 Comments »
Posted by Ryan on June 1, 2008
As the headline indicates, May 2008 saw the lowest monthly death toll for US troops in Iraq since March 2003 when the war began. Nineteen soldiers lost their lives last month. We hadn’t seen numbers that low since 21 soldiers died in the month of February 2004. This is a testament to the successes we’ve been seeing over the last year as the enemy gets weaker, the Iraqi Military gets stronger, and our role slowly changes from security to maintenance and rebuilding efforts.
Conditions on the ground are also improving such that Australia is safely removing their last 500 troops from Iraq and the British footprint around Basra has been seriously reduced.
Our CIA indicated that al Qaeda in Iraq is at its weakest point since they became our primary enemy in Iraq, so much so that the bounty on AQI’s leader was reduced last month down to $100,000! International al Qaeda itself is facing a crisis since apparently more and more jihadist women want the privilege of blowing themselves up! Apparently the male jihadists just aren’t cutting it lately.
If things keep going in this direction, the Fall election may have quite a different complexion.
Posted in Australia, Election 2008, Politics, The Iraq Front, UK Politics | Tagged: Al Qaeda, Al Qaeda in Iraq, Aussie Troops, Basra, bounty, British troops, CIA, jihadist | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Ryan on May 15, 2008
President Bush was giving a speech to the Israeli Knesset commemorating the 60th birthday of Israel. One of the most traumatic events in the history of the Jews and an integral part of the history of the state of Israel was the Holocaust, which only happened because of the horrors of World War II. That war began as a result of years of appeasement towards Hitler and the Nazis. “Never again” has been the mantra from the Israelis and Jews all over the world ever since.
So, Bush brought up this concept in his speech today, especially in lieu of the modern dangers of Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah, and al Qaeda on Israel:
“Some seem to believe we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along. We have heard this foolish delusion before. As Nazi tanks crossed into Poland in 1939, an American senator declared: ‘Lord, if only I could have talked to Hitler, all of this might have been avoided.’ We have an obligation to call this what it is — the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history.”
Somehow, Obama thought this was a swipe at Obama.
The campaign and the national Dems subsequently flipped out in an amazing knee-jerk fashion: calling these remarks a “false political attack,” (Obama), “bullsh*t” (from the intellectual Joe Biden), an “embarrassment to our country” (Dean), “outrageous and offensive” (She Who Must Not Be Named), and that “serious” people would distance themselves from the remarks (Pelosi), and so forth.
Jumping on the Dems’ knee-jerk reaction, here’s how McCain responded:
“I think Barack Obama needs to sit down and explain why he wants to talk with a man who is the head of a government that is a state sponsor of terror, that is responsible for the killing of brave young Americans, who wants to wipe Israel off the map, denies the Holocaust. That is what I think that Senator Obama ought to explain to the American people….
“It is a serious error on the part of Senator Obama that shows naiveté and inexperience and lack of judgment to say that he wants to sit down across the table from an individual who leads a country who says that Israel is a stinking corpse, that is dedicated to the extinction of Israel. My question is what does he want to talk about?”
Here’s the catch, though, which makes McCain’s point. This is quoted directly from Obama’s website under the section “Renewing American Diplomacy”:
“Talk to our Foes and Friends: Obama is willing to meet with the leaders of all nations, friend and foe. He will do the careful preparation necessary, but will signal that America is ready to come to the table, and that he is willing to lead. And if America is willing to come to the table, the world will be more willing to rally behind American leadership to deal with challenges like terrorism, and Iran and North Korea’s nuclear programs.”
Um. Right. That’s modern appeasement and naivete articulated perfectly. As if talking to radical jihadists will get them to suddenly stop hating Jews, they’d take off the suicide belt, and they’d stop planning to annihilate Israel in the name of Allah. Wow! That was easy!
Now I get it — the Dems are scared to death that people are going to pay attention to an actual policy position Obama has, couching it in “President Bush is bad and McCain should condemn him,” even though the real story here is not Bush (as the Dems would like), it’s Obama’s knee-jerk reaction which seems to have hit a nerve!
Hat tip Drudge.
Posted in Blogroll, Election 2008, Politics, War on Terror | Tagged: Al Qaeda, appeasement, Biden, Bush, Dean, Hamas, Hezbollah, Hitler, Holocaust, Iran, Israel, Knesset, McCain, Nazi, Obama, Pelosi, She Who Must Not Be Named, World War II | 6 Comments »