Video: How to Win in Al-Anbar

February 5, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Thanks HamNation

Mystery post of William Arkin

February 2, 2007 by · 2 Comments
Filed under: Are you kidding me?, Media, Politics, War 

Where did that come from?

The Arrogant and Intolerant Speak Out
A Note to My Readers on Supporting the Troops
New Middle East Commander Correctly Stays in His Lane

See that post tucked in the middle – it wasn’t there yesterday. In fact, The Arrogant and Intolerant Speak Out, only appeared on his side bar on the front page for a short time yesterday and the post itself was on the front page for a very short time.

I popped over there today and see the Arrogant post along with this new mystery post A Note to my Readers on Supporting the Troops. And the timestamps make it VERY interesting.

Arrogant timestamp: Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 02/ 1/2007
Note to my Readers timestamp: Posted at 05:31 AM ET, 02/ 1/2007

First comment under Note to my Readers:

You’re a jerk, Arkin.

Posted by: Matt | February 1, 2007 05:47 PM

First comment under Arrogant:

Being subjected to such things isn’t fun, is it?…

{snipped}

…Keep in mind how all your words affect them, not just the ones you direct at them.

Posted by: Matt | February 1, 2007 04:08 PM

Now, it’s not so much that the timestamp of the comment on Arrogant comes before that of the Note to my Readers first comment – it’s the question of where are all the comments that were there before 4:08 PM yesterday for Arrogant and why were they removed? Is it because they want us to think that the “apologetic” Note to my Readers came first?

Leaning Straight Up analyzes the apology more closely.

Poetry at Michelle Malkin’s blog.

Is CBS gettting video from the same source as Al Qaeda?

January 31, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Or is it possible that Lara Logan of CBS got the video from and actual Al Qaeda member?

The following was just posted by Bryan at Hot Air:

This story bears a little more fleshing out than we were able to do in Vent. If you’re not familiar with it, here’s the gist: CBS News reporter Lara Logan, currently the network’s correspondent in Baghdad, used clips in a story about fighting on Haifa Street in Baghdad that apparently came from a video that Al Qaeda’s media arm also used. In her story she didn’t attribute the video to Al Qaeda, but described it as “gruesome pictures obtained by CBS.” They’re gruesome indeed, depicting slain Iraqi Army soldiers after the battle, and showing people walking around the room where the dead men are laying and even apparently picking through their uniforms. In looking at both the Logan report and the video that Al Qaeda released after the January 7 battle, I’ve come to the conclusion that not only did Logan use the same video that Al Qaeda used, but that she worked from the same source tape as well. That means that in all likelihood her source and the source from which Al Qaeda obtained the video (which may be someone actually in AQ or merely connected to it) are one and the same. Background on all this here and here and here. You can download the Al Qaeda video here, but be forewarned–it takes forever even on a cable hookup. And it’s very graphic. Logan’s CBS report is here. She has made a big deal out of CBS only putting it on the web and not broadcasting it on CBS News. It’s her “call for help” to her friends in the media to pressure CBS into broadcasting the story that made this whole thing gain some traction, though it’s going in a direction now that she probably didn’t anticipate.

More here – including video comparisons.

Lara Logan is on a campaign of her own to get “her” video on CBS Evening News with “Katty” Couric:

From: lara logan
Subject: help

The story below only appeared on our CBS website and was not aired on CBS. It is a story that is largely being ignored, even though this istakingplace verysingle day in central Baghdad, two blocks from where our office is located.

Our crew had to be pulled out because we got a call saying they were about to be killed, and on their way out, a civilian man was shot dead in front of them as they ran.

I would be very grateful if any of you have a chance to watch this story and pass the link on to as many people you know as possible. It should be seen. And people should know about this.

If anyone has time to send a comment to CBS – about the story – not about my request, then that would help highlight that people are interested and this is not too gruesome to air, but rather too important to ignore.

Many, many thanks.

Media Channel and IraqSlogger among other blogs are trying to come to her rescue, but please go to HotAir, or one of the other blogs linked to in the quoted paragraph above for more accurate details of this story.

Michelle Malkin is looking for answers from CBS.

They support the troops with graffitti, spit, and threats

January 29, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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You probably have already heard that the moonbats – those wonderful activists that work for the betterment of the world, have left their mark on the Capitol steps.

Graffiti:

Anti-war protesters were allowed to spray paint on part of the west front steps of the United States Capitol building after police wereordered to break their security line by their leadership, two sources toldThe Hill.

According to the sources, police officers were livid when theywere told to fall back by U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) Chief Phillip Morse andDeputy Chief Daniel Nichols. “They were the commanders on the scene,” one source said,who requested anonymity. “It was disgusting.”

After police ceded the stairs, located on the lower west front of the Capitol, the building was locked down, the source added.

A second source who witnessed the incident said that the policehad the crowd stopped at Third Street, but were told to bring the police line in front of the Capitol.

Approximately 300 protesters were allowed to take the steps and began to spray paint “anarchist symbols” and phrase such as “Our capitol building” and “you can’t stop us” around the area, the source said.

Spit:

There were a few tense moments, however, including an encounter involving Joshua Sparling, 25, who was on crutches and who said he was a corporal with the 82nd Airborne Division and lost his right leg below the knee in Ramadi, Iraq. Mr. Sparling spoke at a smaller rally held earlier in the day at the United States Navy Memorial, and voiced his support for the administration’s policies in Iraq.

Later, as antiwar protesters passed where he and his group were standing, words were exchanged and one of the antiwar protestors spit at the ground near Mr. Sparling; he spit back.

Threats:

protest.jpg

Photo links to moonbat protester photo page.

And finally…

Puke

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeIFHXDVHsU]

Some lively quotes from the pukey video of Jane:

…I haven’t spoken at an antiwar rally in 34 years because I’ve been afraid that because of the lies that have been and continue to be spread about me and that war, that they would be used to hurt this new anti-war movement. But silence is no longer an option. {enthusiastic nostalgic applause}

I’m so sad that we still have to do this – that we did not learn the lessons from the Viet Nam War. {Yes Jane – you did not learn the lessons did you? What about that apology?} That we’ve made the same mistakes, blindness to the realities on the ground, hubris and arrogance in dealing with a people and culture far older than we are and that we understand so little. {A people and culture far older than we are? What are you saying here Jane? We’re not being understanding enough of a group of misogynistic people who would have no problem beheading you after humiliating you in the worst possible physical ways?}

update.png This montage shows the protestors getting past the barricade and going up the Capitol steps

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tg7XMlPOrhE]

More from HotAir.com , Michelle Malkin, and Captain’s Quarters

Nurse Debra Muhl's story – Deployed then Fired!

January 24, 2007 by · 2 Comments
Filed under: Are you kidding me?, Heroes 

Michelle Malkin has this story:

Debra Muhl, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, is a military nurse who has served in combat zones for 30 years. She works for Sutter Health, a health care provider in the Bay Area, as administrative director of the joint cardiac program

Or rather, she used to work for Sutter Health.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, she was fired last June just two days after letting her supervisor know that she was being sent to Iraq. Now, she has filed a federal lawsuit and it promises to be a very interesting case.

Malkin refers to other similar stories too. Take a look.

Can you crochet a baby blanket?

January 22, 2007 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: Donate to a Cause, Heroes 

I’ll probably get all of the logistics wrong for this new and wonderful charity – so I’ll give a short sweet explanation and then send you elsewhere for the indepth info.

Okay, I stumbled upon MarineCorpsMoms.com via a blogroll link. The first post on the site this morning was Operation Marine Corps Kids

A dear friend of mine who has long been involved in charity works has volunteered to head up an effort designed to support the quiet heroines of this war and the littlest heroes – the kids that miss their daddy but know that he is helping protect them against some very bad people. Operation Marine Corps Kids will launch soon. We’ll send care packages to the families of deployed troops when babies are born while the dad is deployed. The packages will include a hand crocheted baby afghan, perhaps a tiny cover (bonnet), or combat booties. With sufficient resources, we’ll be able to include a handmade toy for other kids in the family. It’s a small, but significant, gesture of love and support for those who keep the home fires burning alone.

Of course there are more details at MarineCorpsMoms.com, so please follow the link and check out the full details and participate if possible. Even if you can’t crochet, they are looking for donations of other children’s items and you can even help them by voting for MarineCorpsMoms.com as favorite MilBlog allowing them to win up to $3000 which they will put towards this new effort.

Take a moment for Mark Daily

January 19, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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I learned about 2nd LT Mark Daily this morning from Michelle Malkin’s blog. He was killed in Mosul this past week in an IED attack. Take a moment to learn about him, pray for him, and thank him.

An excerpt from his MySpace, WHY I JOINED:

I joined the fight because it occurred to me that many modern day “humanists” who claim to possess a genuine concern for human beings throughout the world are in fact quite content to allow their fellow “global citizens” to suffer under the most hideous state apparatuses and conditions. Their excuses used to be my excuses. When asked why we shouldn’t confront the Ba’ath party, the Taliban or the various other tyrannies throughout this world, my answers would allude to vague notions of cultural tolerance (forcing women to wear a veil and stay indoors is such a quaint cultural tradition), the sanctity of national sovereignty (how eager we internationalists are to throw up borders to defend dictatorships!) or even a creeping suspicion of America’s intentions. When all else failed, I would retreat to my fragile moral ecosystem that years of living in peace and liberty had provided me. I would write off war because civilian casualties were guaranteed, or temporary alliances with illiberal forces would be made, or tank fuel was toxic for the environment. My fellow “humanists” and I would relish contently in our self righteous declaration of opposition against all military campaigns against dictatorships, congratulating one another for refusing to taint that aforementioned fragile moral ecosystem that many still cradle with all the revolutionary tenacity of the members of Rage Against the Machine and Greenday. Others would point to America’s historical support of Saddam Hussein, sighting it as hypocritical that we would now vilify him as a thug and a tyrant. Upon explaining that we did so to ward off the fiercely Islamist Iran, which was correctly identified as the greater threat at the time, eyes are rolled and hypocrisy is declared. Forgetting that America sided with Stalin to defeat Hitler, who was promptly confronted once the Nazis were destroyed, America’s initial engagement with Saddam and other regional actors is identified as the ultimate argument against America’s moral crusade.

And maybe it is. Maybe the reality of politics makes all political action inherently crude and immoral. Or maybe it is these adventures in philosophical masturbation that prevent people from ever taking any kind of effective action against men like Saddam Hussein. One thing is for certain, as disagreeable or as confusing as my decision to enter the fray may be, consider what peace vigils against genocide have accomplished lately. Consider that there are 19 year old soldiers from the Midwest who have never touched a college campus or a protest who have done more to uphold the universal legitimacy of representative government and individual rights by placing themselves between Iraqi voting lines and homicidal religious fanatics. Often times it is less about how clean your actions are and more about how pure your intentions are.

That was just a small bit from the middle of his explanation. Please read it for yourself at the MySpace link above.

In the Interests section under movies, he wrote this:

If you really want to understand me, watch Schindler’s List followed by Saving Private Ryan.

Peace be with you Mark Daily.

Pelosi won't block funds for surge – DU feels betrayed

January 19, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Why was this announcement an ABC/Diane Sawyer exclusive? Was she afraid to announce this among her peers?

Exclusive: Pelosi Won’t Block Funding to Stop Iraq Troop Surge, Even Though Situation Is a ‘Tragedy’

Nancy Pelosi Tells ABC News’ Diane Sawyer Bush “Has to Answer for This War”

Jan. 19, 2007 — There may be a growing battle between Congress and the president over the Iraq War strategy, but new House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said she won’t block funding for additional troops.

Pelosi’s position, revealed in an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Diane Sawyer, came days after a group of senators announced a bipartisan resolution condemning the Bush administration’s plan to increase U.S. forces in Iraq by more than 20,000 troops.

While the Senate resolution would be non-binding, it would send a message to the president, and at least a dozen Republican senators have already offered their support.

In an interview with Sawyer, Pelosi said Democrats in Congress would not be held responsible for putting the soldiers in the troop surge in additional harm’s way by blocking funds, but also called the situation in Iraq a “tragedy” and a “stark blunder.”

I did a little DUmpster diving (Democratic Underground) and it seems that the DUers are feeling unraveled and a bit betrayed by Ms. Pelosi and her party:

Its called “Being betrayed by your Democratic Leadership”…

And thats exactly what is happening.The people voted Democratic because that seemed the only way to express disapproval of the course the country is on.It was the only alternative available.It will do no good because,just like the Republicans,the Dems represent the interests of big business/finance that want this war.These people,these CORPORATE DEMOCRATS,serve the interests of big business.Lieberman,Clinton,Pelosi are of the same ilk.They do not,they will not serve the interests of the people,they do not respond to or respect the will of the people.Maybe Obama…maybe Obama…

So it seems that Barack Obama is the new savior of the Democrat party. Maybe Obama indeed…

Video at HotAir.com from Face the Nation

I urge you to take a look at Michelle Malkin’s Baghdad Photo Album!

January 18, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Head on over to Michelle Malkin’s blog and check out her photos from Iraq. They’re fantastic.

Update: I liked this perspective from Riehl World View:

Differing Views On Iraq

Hillary goes to Iraq and comes back proposing war limits.

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 — Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday called President Bush’s plan to send more troops to Iraq “a losing strategy” and proposed placing new limits on the White House’s conduct of the war.

Bryan and Michelle visit Iraq and come back with several images …. and thoughts on how we can win.

The question is, who do you believe? And why, or why not?

Personally, I’d believe Bryan and Michelle as they have a better history of telling the truth.

Michelle Malkin is back from Baghdad

January 17, 2007 by · 2 Comments
Filed under: News, Politics 

Michelle Malkin and colleague, Bryan Preston, are back after embedding with U.S. Army troops at Forward Operating Base Justice in northern Baghdad. I’m glad to hear that Michelle plans an exclusive to the New York Post on the not so stellar reporting by the AP and today’s blog entry will be followed up with more of her adventures in Baghdad.

MichelleMalkin.com

Bryan Preston’s account at HotAir.com

Video at HotAir

Update: Audio Interview of Michelle Malkin by Laura Ingraham via HotAir.com

More from Bryan

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