‘Mission accomplished’ redux – Obama declares ‘our combat mission in Iraq will end’

    Today, President Obama visited Camp Lejeune, N.C., to declare his scheduled end to the war in Iraq on August 31, 2010: Even though 50,000 troops will remain in Iraq, Obama claims “mission accomplished.” I know, I know; Obama didn’t actually say “mission accomplished.” But then neither did President Bush, when he declared “major combat operations in Iraq have ended” in front of that banner requested | Read More »

    Today’s Headlines — Feb. 27, 2009

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/feb/27/obama-conclude-iraq-mission-2010/ Obama to conclude Iraq mission by 2010 — http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/feb/27/americas-3-trillion-iou/ Obama proposes sweeping, $3.6 trillion budget — http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/feb/27/charity-tax-challenged-by-political-friends/ Charity tax limits upset many — http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/feb/27/obamas-intelligence-pick-linked-to-saudi-arabia/ Obama’s intelligence pick linked to Saudi Arabia — http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/feb/27/banned-firms-given-millions-despite-fraud/ Banned firms given millions despite fraud Loopholes used to gain contracts — http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/feb/27/redskins-sign-haynesworth/ Redskins sign Haynesworth — http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/feb/27/the-final-countdown-for-bowden/ Nats sources say GM’s job in jeopardy — http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/feb/27/a-winning-hand-with-conservatives/ Poker industry woos CPAC | Read More »

    How Iraq was Won

    Give ya a hint, it wasn’t all flag officers and politicians Every day, NCOs in Humvees, junior officers from Captain on down were dealing with the local police and Iraqi army units one on one. The Staff Sergeants, Gunnys, and corpsmen went face to face with local people and called them out. They coached, encouraged, and shamed when necessary. They went into dangerous areas not | Read More »

    Lazy Iraqi Police get motivational speech from U.S. Army

    I’m not sure who this Army officer is but he needs to get promoted. Better yet make him our Secretary of State and send him to talk to Kim Il Jong, Alhmadinejad and the rest of them. **Content warning** Language used is that of a military commander in a combat zone. If your favorite TV show is The View then this video represents real life | Read More »

    Love Is In The Air . . .

    In Iraq: Romance is in the air in Baghdad as war-weary Iraqis celebrate Valentine’s Day after a sharp drop in violence, allowing lovers to cautiously hold hands in parks and to buy gifts for their sweethearts. Public courtship and more daring clothing for women are increasing after years of growing intolerance, perhaps signaling the Islamic dogma and conservatism that accompanied Iraq’s slide into sectarian slaughter | Read More »

    I’m surprised that this hasn’t seen more play.

    After all, we have a Democrat as President: it’s acceptable to pretend to be for freedom and democracy again. (Via Holger Awakens, via Tennesseefree.com) Three things: 1). What do we know about this guy?  Or when it was made? 2). If we had listened to Obama in 2006, this guy would probably be dead right now. 3). Not In Your Name, antiwar movement. Not then. | Read More »

    Iraqi forces kill senior Mahdi Army operative

    www.thepoliticalclass.com Iraqi forces kill senior Mahdi Army operative – The Long War Journal Bill Roggio over at The Long War Journal reports that the Iraq police killed one of the bad guys.  Well done to them.  Story here. Iraqi police killed a senior member of the Mahdi Army during a raid in Diwaniyah province, sparking a protest from the Sadrist movement. Twenty other ” Sadr | Read More »

    In Praise Of Raymond Odierno

    This is a good inside look at the efforts that were made to bring about the surge of troops and the counterinsurgency effort that helped establish the relative peace that now reigns in Iraq–and has reigned for a while now. We have yet to hear, of course, from President Obama and Vice President Biden, who both decried and denounced the surge during their respective Presidential | Read More »

    Awesomely Awesome: US Soldier Calls Out Mahdi Sympathizers in Iraqi Police

    Over at Ace of Spades there is a video of a US Soldier threatening “to [personally] kick Mahdi army’s asses personally. He uses the Paul Anka style of leadership to awesome effect.” Hey, if the Presidential Chief-of-Staff can throw the F-Bomb and is joked about “Every week the guy takes a little time away to give back to the community. Just last week he was | Read More »

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    Gen. Zinni new ambassador to Iraq … oops never mind

    The Wash Times reports that Gen Zinni was offered the job by the Natl Security Advisor, had Hillary confirm it, started making plans, and then was told to fugeddaboudit. The Obama administration asked retired Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni to be U.S. ambassador to Iraq but abruptly withdrew the appointment without explanation, Gen. Zinni said Tuesday. Gen. Zinni, a former commander of Central Command, told The | Read More »

    Well, Well: “Polling Group Censures Iraq Death Toll Researcher”

    Do y’all recall that strange 2006 “survey” that appeared in the British medical journal The Lancet? The one that claimed that some 655,000 Iraqi civilians (that’s nearly 3% of the total population) had been killed since the 2003 invasion? And have you noticed how that absurd “study” was a scream-slogan for the unhinged for the past two years? Well, how about this – the author | Read More »

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    Not In Your Name, International ANSWER.

    Not then. Not now. Not ever. Iraqis vote in landmark elections Iraqis are electing new provincial councils in the first nationwide vote in four years, with the Sunni minority expected to turn out in strength. After a slow start, correspondents said voting was brisk, including among Sunni Muslims, who largely boycotted the last elections. The vote is seen as a test of Iraq’s stability ahead | Read More »

    Listening To The Generals And Military Experts

    Remember that George W. Bush got excoriated for this kind of thing: On Wednesday, the president met with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Michael Mullen and Central Command commander four-star Gen. David Petraeus. Gates, supported by Mullen and Petraeus, vigorously argued that the president should back away from his campaign pledge to withdraw all U.S. combat forces | Read More »

    In Iraq and Afghanistan, President Obama Should Remember Paris

    The peace we seek in the world is not the flimsy peace which is merely an interlude between wars, but a peace which can endure for generations to come. It is important that we understand both the necessity and the limitations of America’s role in maintaining that peace. Unless we in America work to preserve the peace, there will be no peace. Unless we in | Read More »

    The Legacy of George W. Bush

    Unfortunately, for years to come, George W. Bush will now be known for an economic recession and nationalizing the banking industry. While that is partly true, that is not what he will be known for in forty years. I do believe that after America has had a chance to get through this economic downturn, no matter whose fault it is, we will be able to | Read More »