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January 2007

..I told you so (Pt II)

Michelle Malkin writes this morning about hero Joshua Sparling and his spitting encounter during this weekend's march in Washington.

Michelle writes:

Shame on the spitter. May you rot in hell.

I couldn't have said it more succinctly.  I write this because in my entry below, a troll countered that according to Wikipedia, no troop was ever spat at and that it was an urban myth.

Grassroots (my ass) and urban myth (my ass) as well.

More here....

UPDATE:  Some have asked to have a link to the Wikipedia article:

Widipedia- The Spitting Image


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Sandy Berger covering Clintonian asses

Sandy Berger knew there were documents in the National Archives that showed the Clinton administration failed to do what it should have about al Qaeda and terrorism and he stole them and destroyed them. I don't see how any other conclusion is possible.

I wouldn't even be surprised if one of the memos had a note on it saying "Enough of this bin Laden BS, the Clenis wants some legacy stuff done, call Arafat again". It is shameful how the entire matter was swept under the carpet while the press was in full spin mode ensuring us that Berger had access only to copies of documents. Wrong, and wrong was the wrist slap that would even allow Berger to regain his security clearance. If I had done what Berger did, I would be busy making little rocks out of big ones at Leavenworth.

Clinton fiddled while bin Laden was burning our embassies and one of his henchmen just waltzed right in and stole the proof, lovely. Given the ridiculous amount of coverage of the Libby non-leak this ought to be Watergate level, but somehow no. Hmmm.

Karbala- Iranians or Iraqis?

Yesterday I stated that I thought it fairly certain Iran was behind the kidnapping and murders at Karbala. There were 4 arrests, it appears soon after the attack, and we should soon find out exactly who we are dealing with. It is possible that the Iranians sent their own Qods troops but I think it is more likely that those conducting the assault were Iraqi citizens.

There are a number of scenarios where this makes sense. The Iranians have been recruiting and infiltrating agents into Iraq for many decades. This predates all of our recent actions there, although the pace of this activity has certainly increased significantly since we invaded. It is possible that training and rehearsals for this could have been conducted in Iraq, but it would have been easier to do it in Iran and the re-infiltrate the agents across the porous border. These could be long term assets that were activated for this mission or recent recruits, but I think the former more likely as the skills involved seem to indicate more than a crash course.

It is possible that the actors were Iranian, either Qods or perhaps other intel types, but that would be a significant escalation by Teheran. There would be little intel a Civil Affairs unit would have to warrant the risk, and obviously kidnapping US troops tends to rile us up, so I don't see a good reason for Iran to go that far. It makes much more sense and it fits their track record to use proxies. The question is can we track their proxies back to the Mullahs.

Sadly Pundit Review Radio tonight has been bumped for a Celtics game, blasphemy I say.

Iran's latest attack in our 30 year war

We are closing in on 30 years since the Islamic Republic of Iran invaded the United States of America in the opening skirmish of a war that continues today. Matt notes Bill Roggio's excellent reporting and analysis on their recent act of war in Kerbala and I am hard-pressed to find anything to disagree with.

The Embassy invasion and seizing of hostages was a direct act by Iran against us, but mostly they have relied on their many proxies to act against us. This has been changing recently as evidenced by their actions against Israel as their proxy Hizbollah attacked Israel and Iran had some of their Spec Ops troops on the ground in Lebanon. It is highly likely that an Iranian team operated the missile that sunk the Israeli boat and they were operating in many locations with Nasrallah's killers. Much of the planning and most of the equipment Hizbollah employed was Iranian supplied and it showed in the placement of all the military weaponry installed in civilian buildings ensuring that outrage would ensue once Israel joined battle. Predictably the world community was outraged just not at the Iranians or Hizbollah and the UN clamped down on this blatant act of aggression, well no. Actually when UN troops got around to doing anything it was for the French to threaten to shoot at Israeli planes that were overflying as the Iranians resupplied Hizbollah with plenty more rockets to launch at civilians.

The one positive was the reaction of many Gulf States to the Iranian/Syrian proxy war. They seemed to see this as a Shiite push to dominate the region and consequently were somewhat OK with Israel laying some pain on them. Sadly Israel responded with what may be their weakest military effort ever. They did destroy a bunch of rockets and other gear, and they killed a bunch of bad guys. But they captured or killed no leaders of Hizbollah and did not manage to gain any type of military or political victory.

The recent operation in Kerbala had all the trappings of a Spec Ops raid. There were special vehicles doctored to resemble those used by US troops, uniforms, identification, and radios. They acted swiftly and decisively in a well-rehearsed operation and escaped with 4 US prisoners and no casualties themselves. They later executed the prisoners and likely exfilled back to Iran to tell the tale to Ahmadinejad.

There have been no operations anywhere in the same ballpark with this one in our entire time in Iraq. The Sunni insurgents are mostly Baathist party members and most of those with real military skills have already tried them and failed against our forces. Their tactics have not increased in complexity or difficulty, they have increased in ruthlessness since they could do no real damage. The only real upgrade to their tactics is due to better bomb-making gear supplied by the Iranians to both Sunni and Shia.

The Shiite death squads have minimal military ability and are basically pickup loads full of clowns waving AKs. Al Qaeda in Iraq has always been just a facilitator for suicide bombers and has never shown the stones to fight openly.

None of these collections of bloodthirsty savages have shown the ability to do much more than push a detonator button, and it is almost certain none of them did this. The location of the target, the sophistication of the operation, the lack of beheading, all point to a precision raid by highly-trained regular military forces. Iran did this.

We can discuss why tomorrow.

Jon Carry Not a Traitor...

...he's just a huge asshole.  Huge.

Hot Air has the details and video of that sonofabitch getting cozy with one of the most evil people on the @#$%ing planet.

“So we have a crisis of confidence in the Middle East — in the world, really. I’ve never seen our country as isolated, as much as a sort of international pariah for a number of reasons as it is today.”…

Kerry criticized what he called the “unfortunate habit” of Americans to see the world “exclusively through an American lens.”

He said this while seated next to the former CEO of one of the world’s foremost terrorist states, which as we speak is working on building nuclear weapons, bankrolling Hezbollah’s efforts to foment civil war in Lebanon and Hamas’s exterminationist jihad against Israel, and supplying Shiite militias with IEDs to kill American soldiers in Iraq. Whose current leadership, lest we forget, Kerry has previously signaled a desire to meet with. Note the bolded bit in the quote, too: given a direct choice between defending the president or siding with the Iranian government circa 2003 — whose nominal leader was, of course, Khatami himself — Lurch essentially chose the latter...

And see the post below as the Iranians most likely executed our soldiers in Iraq.  But he's friendly with them because we're the @#$%ing pariah?!




My anger.

Right now.

I hate to say I told you so..

Antiwar_protest Back in November, I posted a small piece about the coming change in what we will be seeing on our news, in our neighborhoods, and in the MSM; that change paralleling the anti-war Viet Nam playbook tactics.   Well, it seems as if it kicks off this weekend.  You can bet that all of this will culminate with the Democratic Convention right here in Denver.  I am SO looking forward to the freak show...

The United For Peace and Justice coalition (UFPJ) and their slimy Hollyweird ilk are staging a protest in Washington, complete with 'stars', Communist Party members, and other associated fringers this weekend, to be followed by a march on the Capitol on Monday.  Must be a great weekend to be in DC...

In case any of you haven't done so, I suggest you take a look at the organizations associated with these groups, and one Leslie Cagan...

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Greyhawk on coverage of Iraq parliamentary debate:

If you want an excellent example of how a newspaper can shape the news, read Mohammed's account of the televised parliamentary debate in Iraq, then try the New York Times report of the same.

The difference? One is straightforward news, a presentation of facts, and the other is an opinion piece masked as news. In defense of the Times effort, it does relieve the reader of the burden of thinking for themselves.

And check out all the other coverage of the anti-war protest in DC, SecDef Gates on Iraq, etc.

JR Salzman's Blog of War

When I first talked with JR Salzman, I didn't know that he had a copy of The Blog of War with him in Iraq.  He sent these photos a few days ago - proof of what happens when your copy of The Blog of War is in your humvee when it is hit by an IED:



And I've seen the humvee after the IED.  It's a wonder that everyone survived.  Here's a recent picture of JR trying out a prosthetic:


Be sure to visit JR's blog and leave him a note of support.  If you'd like to contribute to help JR, here's his fund information:

JR Salzman Fund
Associated Bank
PO Box 636
10526 Main
Hayward, WI 54843

Simon & Schuster, the publisher of The Blog of War, are going to send some books for the soldiers at WRAMC, too.

Radio, Radio

Noted loudmouth me will be flexing my gums tonight and again Sunday on the radidio.

Tonight at 10 pm Eastern time I will be on The Front Line radio show with with the lovely and lively Kit Jarrell from Euphoric Reality who will also have CJ Grisham on.

Sun. 9:20 PM Eastern time I will be filling in for Matty O' on Pundit Review radio on WRKO Boston with Kevin & Gregg, you can listen live here.