Friday, June 20, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Leaving tomorrow for yearly camping trip, but this year we're staying a week (come back in on the 26th), so I need some posts from the co-bloggers if possible (doing great court).
I hope everyone has a great weekend / week and I'll see you soon.
Pakistan's #1 Taliban fan is Baitullah Mehsud.
Playing Pakistan's newly elected gov for igmo shorties and victims, Baitullah's posse Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan is a fanclub miltia of outlaws, smugglers, slavers and time traveling intolerants that routinely bring battle from Talibanistan to insurge chaos into neighboring Afghanistan.
What does it mean? Prime Minister Hamid shares what it means (The vid is awesome - way better than the quote)
"This means that Afghanistan has the right of self defense. When they cross
the territory from Pakistan to come and kill Afghans and kill coalition troops,
it exactly gives us the right to go back and do the same. Therefore, Baitullah
Mehsud should know that we will go after him now and hit him in his
Baitullah's house has been converted into a missile impact area. Freshly visited by Great Satan.
This is significant. Great Satan has been launching attacks into Pakistan all year long.
Rand Corps "Counter Insurgency in Afghanistan" makes a great case that til Pakistan's lawless regions settle down - trouble with Taliban will continue. And The Land of The Pure's pussyfooting about with intolerants is fueling more instability.
Essentially, security in Afghanistan has gotten about as good as it gets.
Until those Federated No Go Zones across the border are magically transformed into combat zones with a surge on the ground - regardless or inspite of any 'negotiations' and dialogue with killers who've killed nearly 300 ppl in Pakistan since those contacts have fickled and fizziled.
Baitullah wasn't at home when the missiles hit.
Pakistan's politicians are put on the spot after assuring sovereign neighbors that having a border with Pakistan is safe as milk.(After all - since this cat claims he wacked beautiful Benazir - he might very well wack recently elected politicians).
The state must maintain the monopoly of violence. Playing politics while shielding militant intolerants while preaching to sovereign neighbors not to act out in righteousness on a prob that the Land of the Pure's pure unsovereignity can't seem to get a grip on is totally retarded.
Baitullah's house may very well be the destination that Great Britain's new surge in Afghanistan is all about.
Blitzing no go zones on foot is a "...different but very serious challenge..."
"The Taliban's campaign is now limited to intimidating Afghan communities,
coercing the vulnerable into becoming suicide bombers and carrying out brutal
and indiscriminate attacks on the International Community and above all the
Afghans themselves – men, women and children.
As their conventional attacks have failed we have seen their tactics shift
to mines, roadside bombs and suicide vests. These tactics run deeply counter to
the Afghan culture. As does the Taliban's reliance on paid foreign fighters –
the so called 'ten dollar Talibs' who now make up the majority of those doing
the fighting for them.
Taliban's new tactics pose a different but very serious challenge, both to
our forces and to the local people.
A guestimated 1/2K Taliban fanboys busted out of jail in a 'complex' attack and took over turf near Kandahar. Afghani, NATO and Great Satan have trekked and killed 27 Talibani and recaptured 20.
Taliban fanboys are now combatant bullet magnets.
The quiz is - will they break back to Pakistan for R and R or will they make a last stand in the fruit orchards of Khandahar province?
In the essential "America's Victories" (Sentinel Press, 1st Edition in black and desert sage with gold gilt) Dr Larry Schweikart preaches how Great Satan has always been unique in war - many times launching raids to free and return with American POW's.
Yankee General Stoneman's raid to Macon to free Union prisoners failed - yet a century later Colonel Mucci freed American GI's from certain death in the Philippines in the 'Great Raid."
"In our more than 200 year history, not one of our opponents - not even the
British - conducted a raid, or made any attempt whatsoever to free their own
prisoners. That is an astounding comment on the American way of war."
Taliban's jailbreak is also a comment on a move that proves that either Taliban is adapting Great Satan's 'leave no comrade behind' edict, or is running awful shy on volitguers, or is getting semi pro military advice from Pakistan sympathizers launching a diversion to catch some breathing space after NATO attacks into Pakistan's magical no go zones.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
I received this,and found it interesting, and most likely accurate. It alludes to the reductionist errors our courts and lawmakers make, while they profess to work for the American people. I cannot fathom why our Supreme Court is allowed to continue to make the absurd decisions they make, many of which ignore the goals of our Constitution.Read the rest from WM; very good piece on what the American people need to think about.The Democrat Party has become the Lawyers' Party. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are lawyers. Bill Clinton and Michelle Obama are lawyers. John Edwards, the other former Democrat candidate for president, is a lawyer, and so is his wife, Elizabeth. Every Democrat nominee since 1984 went to law school (although Gore did not graduate). Every Democrat vice presidential nominee since 1976, except for Lloyd Bentsen, went to law school. Look at the Democrat Party in Congress: the Majority Leader in each house is a lawyer.
The Republican Party is different. President Bush and Vice President Cheney were not lawyers, but businesspersons. The leaders of the Republican Revolution were not lawyers. Newt Gingrich was a history professor; Tom Delay was an exterminator; and, Dick Armey was an economist. House Minority Leader Boehner was a plastic manufacturer, not a lawyer. The former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is a heart surgeon.
Military experts call it the tipping point. This does not mean that all fighting suddenly comes to a halt. Nor does it mean that the loser would necessarily throw in the towel. What it means is that after the “tipping point”, the loser has no prospect of restoring the balance of power without which no war continues for long.
In Algeria, the tipping point came in 1995 with its first free multi-candidate presidential election.
The tipping point Iraq, too, came with the election, that produced the country’s first freely chosen government under Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari. All terrorist and reactionary forces had pooled their resources to make sure those elections won’t happen. The courage of the Iraqi people proved stronger.
Now that the Bush presidency moves towards its close, many opponents of new Iraq, especially in the West and Arab countries, are beginning to admit that new Iraq is not failing.
Some are even expressing joy about the fact that Al Qaeda and Jaish al-Mahdi and other terror gangs have been defeated.
As long as Bush doesn’t get the credit, all is OK. Maybe President Barack Obama will end up claiming credit for the success in a speech in Baghdad, ending with a phrase in Arabic: I am a Baghdadi! Since Obama sees himself as a new John F Kennedy, he would have no qualms about imitating JFK who ended a speech in Berlin with the famous phrase: Ich bin ein Berliner!
Anyway, what matters is that today even the most determined critics of the war are beginning to admit, albeit grudgingly, that Iraq might not be the quagmire they have claimed it was since 2003.
Even Obama now admits that although there are not “many good options” in Iraq, there may be some!
One such good option, of course, is to remain committed until new Iraq’s institutions are solidified, its security fully assured, and its economy put back on track.
All that is the good news.
Now for the bad news; yes, as always and everywhere, there is some.
The elections that gave the new system legitimacy, thus helping bring about the tipping point, is beginning to fade in Iraqi memories. In a democracy, mandates need to be renewed, sometimes faster than the governing elite hopes. The “one man, one vote, once “scheme has no place in democracy.
The Iraqi parliament and government are fast approaching their sell-by date. (Many believe they have passed it).
This should not be taken as a criticism of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki whom history is likely to remember as a courageous leader in a difficult time. However, successful or unsuccessful, the incumbents need to be put to the test of popular will again and soon.
There are several reasons for this.
First, the last two elections were, in fact, census operations on a national scale. They were designed to reveal the relative strength of the ethnic and religious communities that together make up the Iraqi nation. The system of voting for lists of candidates was inevitable in a country that had never had free elections and had lived under the most brutal dictatorship since 1958. People could not know individual candidates because Saddam Hussein had not allowed anyone to acquire a political profile.
Now, however, political parties of all description, from monarchist to communist and passing by nationalist, liberal, conservative, Islamist and socialist, have had five years in which to make themselves known and build a support base. In Iraq today, it is possible to vote for party programmes rather than bloc lists of ethnic and/or religious identity.
Second, the list of candidates fielded last time included a disproportionate number of former exiles. That, too, was inevitable because outsiders had had more opportunities to make a name than those inside Iraq. Now, however, a new generation of politicians, homegrown, younger and closer to the reality on the ground is available, and keen, to play a bigger role.
Third, the system of proportional representation used in the previous elections is no longer suitable.
What Iraq needs is a new system under which voters could have a direct relationship with their representatives. This means a system of single, or multi-member constituencies, so that people know whom they are electing.
In proportional representation, party bosses decide who should stand and who should not. This encourages loyalty to the party, rather than the country. The system, which excludes non-party independents, is even bad for parties because it helps promote “yes-men” rather than those who favour debate and dissent.
Fourth, new elections are needed to cut out some of the deadwood in the political elite.
This elite includes some truly embarrassing figures. There are members of parliament who hardly attended a session, content to pocket the fat salary, get hold of the bulletproof limousine, and secure lucrative posts for nephews and cousins. Some spend more time in London and Paris than Baghdad.
Since Iraq is preparing for municipal elections, it could broaden the exercise by including a general election for a new parliament. The ideal time would be at the end of this year or in the fist week of January while George W Bush is still in office and the US commitment beyond question. Even if John McCain succeeds Bush, the Senate and the Congress are likely to be dominated by Democrats, a party whose engine right now is the anti-war network dedicated to snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in Iraq.
With a new parliament and government in place in Baghdad, backed by a new and stronger popular mandate, the passionate seekers of defeat in the US would find it harder to impose their weird obsession on the new president in Washington.
submitted by AmIr
Monday, June 16, 2008
Read the whole thing; from money to honesty, it covers everything. Then read the comments and spot the lefties having a fit.
George Orwell once wrote that politics was closely related to social identity. 'One sometimes gets the impression,' he wrote in The Road To Wigan Pier, 'that the mere words socialism and communism draw towards them with magnetic force every fruit-juice drinker, nudist, sandal-wearer, sex-maniac, Quaker, nature-cure quack, pacifist and feminist in England'.
Orwell was making an observation. But today a whole body of academic research shows he was correct: your politics influence the manner in which you live your life. And the news is not so good for those on the political Left.
There is plenty of data that shows that Right-wingers are happier, more generous to charities, less likely to commit suicide - and even hug their children more than those on the Left.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Something to pass the time:
Great read about a possible help to the oil problem in this country.
In a previous post we talked about the need to drill here drill now to help overcome our oil supply issues which is really driving up the price of oil and putting pressure on the economy. There have been reports of a lot of oil still left in the United States either in Alaska or off the Atlantic coast. There is Oil in these locations but there is a lot more in the form of what is termed Shale Oil. There is a lot more of this Oil in deposits through out the US. A lot of this is in the State of Utah.
Utah has many times been referred to as the gold mine of the United States because of the rich concentration of all type of minerals found in the State. The majority of the copper available in the US comes from Utah as well as Silver and lot of other minerals. Well it has shale oil too and a company is working on a plan to extract that oil and use it for the United States.
The enemies of Iraq and America now cling desperately to their last bastions, while the political process builds momentum.
These tremendous gains remain fragile and could be lost to skillful enemy action, or errors in Baghdad or Washington. But where the U.S. was unequivocally losing in Iraq at the end of 2006, we are just as unequivocally winning today.
By February 2008, America and its partners accomplished a series of tasks thought to be impossible. The Sunni Arab insurgency and al Qaeda in Iraq were defeated in Anbar, Diyala and Baghdad provinces, and the remaining leaders and fighters clung to their last urban outpost in Mosul.
The Iraqi government passed all but one of the "benchmark" laws (the hydrocarbon law being the exception, but its purpose is now largely accomplished through the budget) and was integrating grass-roots reconciliation with central political progress. The sectarian civil war had ended.
Meanwhile, the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), swelled by 100,000 new recruits in 2007, was fighting hard and skillfully throughout Iraq. The Shiite-led government was showing an increasing willingness to use its forces even against Shiite militias. The announcement that provincial elections would be held by year's end galvanized political movements across the country, focusing Iraq's leaders on the need to get more votes rather than more guns.
Three main challenges to security and political progress remained: clearing al Qaeda out of Mosul; bringing Basra under the Iraqi government's control; and eliminating the Special Groups safe havens in Sadr City. It seemed then that these tasks would require enormous effort, entail great loss of life, and take the rest of the year or more. Instead, the Iraqi government accomplished them within a few months.
The war is not over. Enemy groups are reforming, rearming and preparing new attacks. Al Qaeda in Iraq will conduct spectacular attacks in 2008 wherever it can. Special Groups and their JAM affiliates will probably reconstitute within a few months and launch new offensives timed to influence both the American and Iraqi elections in the fall.
And for all its progress and success, the ISF is not yet able to stand on its own. Coalition forces continue to play key support roles, maintaining stability and security in cleared but threatened areas, and serving as impartial and honest brokers between Iraqi groups working toward reconciliation.
But success is in sight. Compared with the seemingly insurmountable obstacles already overcome, the remaining challenges in Iraq are eminently solvable – if we continue to pursue a determined strategy that builds on success rather than throwing our accomplishments away.
No one in December 2006 could have imagined how far we would have come in 18 months. Having come this far, we must see this critical effort through to the end.
submitted by KiMbErLy
Look for Kimberly's new book ""The Surge: A Military History," forthcoming from Encounter Books.