Baghdad spending budget surplus

    Baghdad seeks to buy arms from Europe LONDON, Oct 1 (KUNA) — The Iraqi government has begun talks with European allies about arms purchases as it rebuilds its military in a drive towards independence from US forces, it was reported here Wednesday.Iraqi representatives have visited UK defence officials in recent months as part of a series of “fact-finding” missions in Europe, according to people close | Read More »

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    War Effort Blamed for EMS Crashes

    As casualities continue to drop in Iraq, as pointed out here by the Chicago Daily Observer, the media seems to find stranger and stranger angles to blame the war for death and hardship. Headline from my Feedreader…… War hogs night vision goggles; EMS pilots crashCNN.comToday at 1:53 PM Actual Headline after you click through to CNN’s site…….Board: Lives lost ‘needlessly’ in medical helicopter crashes The night vision googles | Read More »

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    Coalition, Iraqi Forces Continue Pressure on Insurgents

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2008 – Coalition and Iraqi forces continue their relentless assault on al-Qaida in Iraq and “special groups” criminals with targeted raids that get these terrorists off the streets. Even as violence trends downward – Iraq has the fewest violent incidents since early 2004 – coalition and Iraqi forces are keeping the pressure on insurgent groups. Operations this weekend targeted terrorists in the | Read More »

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    Difference beween Petraeus-McCain victory in Iraq

    This morning in Meet the Press a question was presentedto suggest that Gen. Petraeus in a BBC interview saidit is not possible to talk about victory in Iraq, whereasMcCain was still using the word!A proper answer to this is to state that the word “victory”has a very well defined meaning in military terms, meaningvictory in a battle or war. What McCain means by the wordvictory | Read More »

    Media Fail to Correct Obama’s Claim of No Al-Qaeda in Iraq Before Invasion

    Since Friday’s presidential debate, all three major broadcast networks have highlighted one of Barack Obama’s more commanding moments when he charged that John McCain was wrong in some of his pre-Iraq war predictions, but the media have so far ignored Obama’s incorrect assertion that “there was no Al-Qaeda” presence in Iraq before America’s invasion in 2003. Before the 2003 invasion, various news sources – some | Read More »

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    INTOLERANCE FOR IGNORANCE

    INTOLERANCE FOR IGNORANCEIRAN NOT IRAQ: Our younger generations today are held captive in their ignorance of American history. Imprisoned with the bars of their parents who participated in ‘the sixties’. Most citizens do NOT realize that the Students For A Democratic Society (SDS) and the ‘Underground’ helped us lose the war in Vietnam! Furthermore, neither do young people today know that the United States was | Read More »

    Blaming Dems Won’t Save McCain

    This may get me declared a “troll” but I don’t care, it is still the truth. In the financial crisis meltdown and scandal, based on talk radio and the conservative blogs, it is all the Democrats’ fault. Start with ACORN, which Obama is a major player in. Move on to measures passed – at the behest of activists like ACORN – during the Clinton administration. | Read More »

    Grant, Patton, MacArthur, Ike…

    From today’s New York Times.By way of introduction, the article, on page 1 of the World section, is written by Dexter Filkins. Mr. Filkins is no novice to Iraq, he actually lived there for three years after Saddam went away so he knows from whence he speakith. And please, read the whole article. It’s a fairly long read, but you’ll savor every second of it.

    The New York Times notices that, hey, Iraq’s improving.

    This article by Dexter Filkins nuances the situation to a fare-the-well, of course – but that’s the Old Grey Lady for you. I’m tempted to unload on the author for being quite so surprised at the notion that possibly, possibly things weren’t quite as doomed as he thought, but like Allahpundit I’m going to nobly restrain myself. Back in Iraq, Jarred by the Calm BAGHDAD | Read More »

    DoD give this Marine the Benefit of the Doubt

    I read an article in the San Diego paper about the DoD denying a Congressional Medal of Honor for Sgt. Rafael Peralta because they question the accounts or Marines who were there.Story“I feel like the Navy Cross is a cop-out,” said Reynolds, 31, of Ritzville, Wash. “I was 5 meters away. I saw what happened. I feel like they’re calling me a liar.” No one | Read More »

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    If You Want American Troops To Get Out Of Iraq Early . . .

    You probably should not count on Barack Obama’s help.I am not excerpting any of this. The column is long but immensely useful. Go forth and read.

    OBAMA TRIED TO STALL IRAQ WITHDRAWAL

    I have not seen this on Fox TV, but did see it on their website?It seems like such a significant story too? Instead they’re talking about troopergate, and BS like that? WHILE campaigning in public for a speedy withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, Sen. Barack Obama has tried in private to persuade Iraqi leaders to delay an agreement on a draw-down of the American | Read More »

    Obama: No, I Didn’t Interfere With That Agreement, I Interfered With a Different One

    Amir Taheri broke the news the other day that Senator Obama tried to delay an agreement on the troop levels in Iraq. This brought up the question of “Did Obama violate the Logan Act?”. As I stated the other day, Obama’s clearest defense of the Logan Act would be to claim that he was under the authority of the State Department (a highly dubious outcome). | Read More »

    John McCain; Egregiously Telling the Truth

    The issue of Barack Obama’s tendency to tell voters one thing on foreign policy while telling actual foreign governments something else initially gained currency during The Ohio Democratic Primary. He told a debate audience he would renegotiate NAFTA. He had warned Canada already not to worry about what he had to tell the rubes in order to win. He was against; before he was for | Read More »

    Obama to McCain: Hey, we violated the Logan Act *completely differently* than the way you said!

    Come, I will hide nothing from you: I raised an eyebrow at Amir Taheri’s allegation that Obama violated the Logan Act.It’s certainly a juicy allegation – that the then-presumptive Democratic candidate for President went behind the backs of both the current legal government of the USA, and his own partisan supporters, to try to influence foreign affairs for his own benefit – but like Ed | Read More »