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September 2008

I got Moonbats

Wintersoldiersign Madison is basically a free-range moonbat sanctuary so I run into them fairly regularly. Well they are planning a Madison Winter Soldier fiasco for this Saturday and were out at the University pimping it. I stopped to chat, and well you know what comes next. This kid was particularly clueless so he becomes the star as he beclowns himself. Oh and of course I will attend their farce.

It's 10:00pm, do you know where your children are?


Remember that old PSA from the day?

Well with the advantage of new technology, I can tell you mine is on his way to Normany DZ, Fort Bragg.  Estimated TOT 2350.

It'll be a long night, many of us have been there, but it will be another night that makes a protector of this country a better man.  And if nothing else keeps his young ass from prowling the netherworld for a night.

That always makes me sleep better.

A letter from Afghanistan, from a hero

How do we really know what is going on in Iraq or Afghanistan?  This solder gives his thoughts, in a letter that was recently published in the Crescent City (California) Triplicate, and I quote:

Letter from Afghanistan
Published: September 22, 2008
Editor's note: This is the unedited version of the letter emailed to Triplicate reporter Adam Madison on Sept. 11 from Afghanistan by Capt. Bruno de Solenni of Crescent City.
Hi Adam, my name is Capt. Bruno de Solenni and I am writing you in regards to your article that I finally was able to read online.
I really wasn't sure what to expect, especially nowadays with some of the crap that you read in the news. I will say that I was surprised and pleased that it wasn't over-sensationalized and you kept a good theme on the topic.

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Murtha gets a Lummox Lawsuit

Few people have turned on their former brothers in arms more egregiously than the Lummox Murtha. His behavior in throwing the Marines accused of a massacre in Haditha straight to the jackals of the press was shameful and disgraceful. It even led me to resurrect and redirect an old William F. Buckley Jr. group to form "The National Committee to Horsewhip John Murtha". Well payback time is now.

Dennis B. Roddy, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Former Marine Lance Cpl. Justin Sharratt, 24, of Canonsburg, will file a civil lawsuit against U.S. Rep. John P. Murtha, D-Johnstown, who was widely quoted two years ago saying that eight Marines carried out a cold-blooded killing of 24 civilians in the Iraqi town on Nov. 19, 2005.

My podcast on this and the transcript are here.

Beautiful Day for Iraqi Election Law

Today is as beautiful a day as anyone has a right to ask for. If Wisconsin was a woman, she'd be Sarah Palin and yes I would. I am taking full advantage of my outside office on the roof at  Monona Terrace and life is good. Man I have a cool office, electricity, broadband internets, shade, Capitol to my right Lake Monona to my left, this is livin'. (pics taken at tables 10 feet apart).

Ujoutdooroffice Terracechill

In the midst of all the "sky-is-falling" financial BS some very important news was missed. The Iraqis passed a Provincial elections law and this time pretty much everybody will play as they know the game is really theirs. They actually have oil money to split up and spoils to distribute, and that is much more fun than blowing each other up. My thoughts on how hot Sarah Palin Wisconsin is and the Iraqi Elections. 

We love you too

From an open-minded, tolerant lefty on Gov. Palin

From:    "yani" <[email protected]
Subject:    Hey Tio Bimbo
To:    [email protected]

Since when is birthing a retard a qualification to run the country in decline?

What will she do a White House meetings, put on a french maids dress and serve coffee?

Douche! Although maybe the French maid thing for a meeting with Ahm-a-nuttah-job. It would make his tiny little brain explode.

Iraq War strategy- Don't blame me

I was pro-put-a-bullet-in-Saddam's-head all along.

Mac Owens has an interesting piece in the WSJ today. I agree with the point he makes about a flawed idea of who was advocating what policy regarding condiuct of the Iraq War.

The dominant media storyline about the Iraq war holds that the decisions about how to conduct it pitted ignorant civilians -- especially the president and secretary of defense -- against the uniformed military, whose wise and sober advice was cavalierly ignored. The Bush administration's cardinal sin was interference in predominantly military affairs, starting with overruling the military on the size of the force that invaded Iraq in March 2003.....

The plausibility of the narrative rests on two questionable principles. The first is that soldiers have the right to a voice in making policy regarding the use of the military instrument -- that indeed they have the right to insist that their views be adopted. The second is that the judgment of soldiers is inherently superior to that of civilians when it comes to military affairs. Both of these principles are at odds with the American practice of civil-military relations, and with the historical record.

But I disagree with the two principles he uses to make that point.

He makes the first point to support an argument that the uniformed leaders were attempting to demand that their methods be adopted. Actually several courses of action were presented and eventually the top-down, nation-building approach was chosen. This was after both military and civilian leaders had a chance to evaluate other options as well. There was no monolithic bloc at the Pentagon supporting one strategy, as usual different groups developed different options for the command structure to choose from.

The second principle is stealing a bit of a march. By making the statement that the judgment of soldiers is "inherently" superior to civilians on military affairs he adds an absolute that games the question. A truer statement would say the judgment of soldiers on military affairs is usually superior to civilians.

But back to whose fault our choice of the wrong strategy to start with was and who to blame for the failure to change it after several years of simply staying the course. My natural instinct is blame Al Gore, but this time it was Rumsfeld. He was the driving force behind a plan to invade, depose Saddam, and then turn the keys over to the first puppet strong man he could stand up. It tied in with his overall desire for a smaller, more efficient military and his transformation plans. The uniformed leaders may have supported this as well, but Rummy was the puppet master as far as the initial invasion and transfer of authority plans.

On the second matter of why we floundered following the Thunder run, there are many who contributed poorly, but in the end it is the President's job. No buck-passing allowed and he stuck with Rumsfeld, Abizaid & Casey too long. When counter-insurgency began getting mentioned in 2006, I couldn't believe it hadn't been our main strategy from the start of trouble on the Sunni provinces. It is proper to allow a course of action a reasonable amount of time to come to fruition, but the nation-building plan was supposed to be a fast in, fast out. When that didn't happen President Bush had an obligation to look for other answers and he didn't. Loyalty to subordinates is desirable in a leader, but the true loyalty is to the country and the troops.

In the Crosshairs- Media on Palin's Foreign Policy Experience

I recorded a podcast last night after watching the circus all day about Sarah Palin meeting with some furriners. The press manages to treat her as a neophyte, but the Obama has no more experience than she does. About the only foreign policy decision he's ever had to make was whether to support the troops in Iraq and he got that one wrong every time it came up.

In the Crosshairs- The Media on Foreign Policy Experience