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April 12, 2009

Somali pirates die from seasickness and SEAL Team bullets, but mostly from SEAL Team bullets

by @ 14:45. Filed under War on Terror.

(Headline courtesy EC at Ace of Spades HQ)

Hopefully you haven’t been in a cave the last 2 hours, because some very good news came across the wires in that time. Maersk Alabama captain Richard Phillips escaped his Somali pirate captors a second time, and this time, the US Navy was ready. The Navy plucked Phillips from the water unharmed, killed three of the pirates, and captured the fourth.

I personally wish they had put some lead into the fourth pirate’s last meal; piracy is not a capital offense anymore. Title 18, USC, Sec. 1651 proscribes life in prison for those convicted of piracy.

Revisions/extensions (3:46 pm 4/12/2008) – I’m listening to the Pentagon press conference with the CENTCOM naval commander, and a couple more details came out:

– The captured pirate was on the USS Bainbridge as part of the negotiations.
– The standing orders from the CINC (i.e. President Obama) were to engage only if Phillips’ life were in imminent danger.
– The commander of the Bainbridge saw that one of the three pirates remaining on the lifeboat had a weapon trained at Phillips, who was apparently still on the lifeboat tied up, determined that Phillips’ life was in imminent danger, and ordered the rescue.
– Snipers on the Bainbridge took out all 3 of the remaining pirates.

Bravo Zulu, Navy!

April 6, 2009

Obama assassination plot in Turkey broken up

by @ 13:49. Filed under Politics - National, War on Terror.

(H/T – Gateway Pundit)

Adnkronos International reports that a Syrian man disguised as an Al-Jazeera reporter plotted to assassinate President Obama during his official visit to Turkey:

As United States president Barack Obama began an official visit to Turkey on Monday, reports surfaced that a Syrian man was arrested in Istanbul in connection with a plot to kill him. The man – who sought to disguise himself as a journalist for the Arab TV network Al-Jazeera – managed to obtain press accreditation and allegedly planned to stab the US president with a knife, said Saudi daily al-Watan.

Paleo Pat over at Political Byline sums up my feelings so well, I’ll just borrow them (emphasis in the original):

As an American; I am just glad to see that the plot was exposed, because the LAST THING this Country needs is our President hurt or killed. I may not agree with Obama’s Politics, but I do not want to see the guy murdered. Anyone that would say anything any different is either crazy or just an mean spirited asshole. It is one thing to chide the President because of his politics, but it’s an entire other matter to do something like this.

Revisions/extensions (12:37 pm 4/7/2009) – The News Organization That Cannot Be Quoted™ reports (H/T – Ed Morrissey) that it was a hoax involving a “mentally-disturbed” man. Oddly, the details track quite nicely with the leftist meme that popped up when the original reports came out.

Ed, however, is puzzled why the Turks would quickly release a mentally-disturbed individual connected to an assassination plot. I seem to recall John Hinckley being declared insane.

April 2, 2009

Barack HUSSEIN Obama bows to his master

by @ 13:39. Filed under Politics - National, War on Terror.

No, that is NOT a delayed April Fool’s joke. Clarice Feldman spotted this photograph from AFP’s John Stilwell (working as the pool photographer; The News Organization That Cannot Be Quoted™ didn’t mention which part of the pool Stilwell works for) showing President Barack HUSSEIN Obama bowing to Saudi King Abdullah at the G-20 summit…

Wait; it gets better. Curt points out that Barack HUSSEIN Obama did not bow to British Queen Elizabeth II, much less from the waist, choosing instead to shake her hand. Clarice further points out that Miss Manners frowns upon Americans bowing to any foreign royalty because that act recognizes that monarch’s power over his or her subjects.

Meanwhile, Jim Hoft found video of Barack HUSSEIN Obama displaying fealty to the Custodian of the Two “Holy” Mosques in British Satellite News’ coverage of the G-20 Summit (fast-forward to the 1:37 mark).


In case you missed the effect of that, Michelle Malkin dug up the full bow courtesy Canal 24h (at the 0:54 mark)…


I believe Michelle said it best: “I will not submit!”

Revisions/extensions (12:23 pm 4/3/2009) – Just in case you missed the import of the last video, Ed Morrissey highlights it for you, and explodes the liberal meme that Obama was just picking something up off the floor. Unless he was using The Force, there’s no way he did that. Bonus item – it didn’t buy him any love from the House of Saud’s English-language mouthpiece.

September 6, 2008

McCain, Obama to jointly visit Ground Zero 9/11

by @ 17:28. Filed under War on Terror.

The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire reports that Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama, the Republican and Democratic Presidential nominees (respectively), will be making a joint visit to the World Trade Center site on September 11. They issued a historic joint statement regarding that:

On September 11, 2008, we will join together to mark the seventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks at Ground Zero.

All of us came together on 9/11 — not as Democrats or Republicans — but as Americans. In smoke-filled corridors and on the steps of the Capitol; at blood banks and at vigils — we were united as one American family. On Thursday, we will put aside politics and come together to renew that unity, to honor the memory of each and every American who died, and to grieve with the families and friends who lost loved ones. We will also give thanks for the firefighters, police, and emergency responders who set a heroic example of selfless service, and for the men and women who serve today in defense of the freedom and security that came under attack in New York City, at the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Never Forget!

July 21, 2008

Somebody get Obama a calendar

by @ 15:28. Filed under Politics - National, War on Terror.

Jim Geraghty runs the timeline that explodes the following utterance from Barack Obama to CBS News’ Lara Logan – “And first of all, if we hadn’t taken our eye off the ball, we might have caught them (Osama bin Laden, the rest of the Al Qaeda leadership, and the Taliban leadership) before they got into Pakistan and were able to reconstitute themselves.” The Cliff Notes’ version:

Late November-mid December 2001 – The leadership of Al Qaeda/Taliban make their great escape from Tora Bora under the cover of negotiations with the local tribesmen.

March 2002 – The US/UK buildup in Kuwait began.

March 2003 – The US and UK move into Iraq to overthrow Saddam Hussein.

Do read the whole thing for some bonus coverage on Obama’s acceptance of the current Bush administration policy regarding getting bin Laden and his stammering on a larger unilateral action inside Pakistan.

That “Afghan FOB nearly overrun” story is falling apart

by @ 7:25. Filed under War on Terror.

(H/T – Kat)

Stars and Stripes gets the skinny from Col. Charles Preysler, commander of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team. He corrects a couple of misconceptions:

– First, it was a temporary vehicle patrol base, not a full-up forward operating base.
– Second, while the Taliban got within hand-grenade range, and pressed very hard on a particular observation post, they didn’t get into the main position.
– Finally, it wasn’t “abandoned”; rather, it was already planned to be moved on down the line.

Also from the Stars and Stripes – a first-hand account of the battle. Go, read.

July 7, 2008

Now on the NRE menu – Crow with side of foot

by @ 15:50. Filed under War on Terror.

(H/T – Disgruntled Truck Driver)

Remember that uranium yellowcake reference in the 2003 State of the Union speech? Guess what – Iraq had a whole shitload of uranium yellowcake. Indeed, the US just got done transferring 550 metric tons found after the invasion to Canada in 110 shipping containers and 37 C-17 trips. That would be 550 metric tons not found properly disposed of by the Bumbling Twins, Hans Blix and Mohammed ElBaradei.

I seem to be out of barbecue sauce, so you liberals are going to just have to eat that crow and your feet dry.

Revisions/extensions (5:38 pm 7/7/2008) – Ed Morrissey notes that the IAEA knew about this for the last 13 years, yet all they did was put a seal (which a commenter on the Hot Air thread notes wasn’t exactly fool-proof) on it, which was left unmonitored between the tail end of 1998 and the arrival of American forces in 2003. There are also a couple of other discrepancies in the comments.

June 25, 2008

New player in the Waffle Game – Russ Feingold

(H/T – Ed Morrissey)

Wisconsin’s own embarrassment, Russ Feingold, has fully flip-flopped on filibustering the FISA compromise reached by the White House and Congress.

Feingold when the compromise was reached (via WisPolitics):

"The proposed FISA deal is not a compromise; it is a capitulation. The House and Senate should not be taking up this bill, which effectively guarantees immunity for telecom companies alleged to have participated in the President’s illegal program,….”

Feingold on Tuesday as reported by the Green Bay Press-Gazette:

Feingold said he and other Senate opponents won’t try to stop the vote, but they “won’t allow it to pass quickly.”

Instead, Feingold, D-Wis., told an audience at the New America Foundation that he plans to highlight the bill’s flaws in floor speeches.

Feingold yesterday per the Huffington Post:

“This is a deeply flawed bill, which does nothing more than offer retroactive immunity by another name. We strongly urge our colleagues to reject this so-called "˜compromise’ legislation and oppose any efforts to consider this bill in its current form. We will oppose efforts to end debate on this bill as long as it provides retroactive immunity for the telecommunications companies that may have participated in the President’s warrantless wiretapping program, and as long as it fails to protect the privacy of law-abiding Americans.” (emphasis added)

I wonder if Feingold remembers what happened to the last liberal ‘Rat who told his home-state constituents one thing and did the exact opposite. Does Tom Daschle ring a bell? Hopefully the Wisconsin GOP will finally have its act together by 2010.

June 17, 2008

Here comes the fallout from Boudemaine

by @ 19:24. Filed under Lawgivers-In-Black, War on Terror.

(H/Ts – Jim Hoft and Ace) reports that the court-appointed lawyer of “suspected” Islamokazi Omar Khadr, the sole surviving member of a group of Taliban Islamokazis who initiated a firefight with American forces in July 2002, wants Khadr released because he wasn’t read his rights.

I support his release…from an aircraft flying at 35,000 feet sans parachute and oxygen tank.

May 24, 2008

Can we try them for sedition?

by @ 12:19. Filed under Presstitute Follies, War on Terror.

Jim Hoft has the details of the AP (or if you prefer, crAP) getting caught outright lying about Ayatollah Ali Sistani issuing fatwas authorizing the use of force against Americans in Iraq. Words escape me, especially since the clock is ticking.

May 19, 2008

German special forces let another one get away

by @ 17:46. Filed under War on Terror.

(H/T – Zip)

Der Spiegel reports that the German KSK special forces assigned to capture a rather bloodthirsty Taliban commander simply let him walk away. The KSK and the Afghan troops they were working with conducted a brilliant surveillance, right down to the color of his turban. However, when it came time to take him down, they were spotted a couple hundred yards from their target. Because the KSK is under orders to not use lethal force unless fired upon, all the commander had to do was run, which he did.

The larger policy of not firing unless fired upon is causing some serious friction between the Germans and the remainder of the NATO force in Afghanistan. Quoting an unnamed British officer, “The Krauts are allowing the most dangerous people to get away and are in the process increasing the danger for the Afghans and for all foreign forces here.”

No wonder why most of the Taliban “resurgence” has happened in German-controlled areas. I wonder what the Germans would have done had the Soviets decided to charge through the Fulda Gap.

May 1, 2008

If it’s May Day,….

by @ 16:14. Filed under War on Terror.

there’s a lot of Che Guevara sightings. Do notice where Jim Hoft got his first batch of pics from – I’m shocked, SHOCKED that the Islamokazis look up to a Communist murderer.

Preview of what’s to come with a closing of Club Gitmo

by @ 15:57. Filed under War on Terror.

(H/T – JammieWearingFool, though Allahpundit has a lengthier comments thread as usual)

Who here didn’t see this headline coming – Ex-Guantanamo inmate in Iraq suicide bombing? Abdullah Saleh al-Ajmi, late of Club Gitmo and released in 2005, recently blew himself up in a suicide bombing in Mosul. His cousin, Salem al-Ajmi, is missing only a single “shocked” in his reaction – “We were shocked by the painful news we received this afternoon … through a call from one of the friend’s of martyr Abdullah in Iraq.”

Allahpundit has a bit more of the story. Once again, I am left to surmise that “peace” is really “pieces”.

April 8, 2008

Roll bloat – What you don’t get in Hillary’s world

by @ 14:50. Filed under The Blog, War on Terror.

I have to thank the blogging-again Katie Favazza (who also fits into the post below this one) for finding Having news from a bunch of groups interested in success in Iraq, like Long War Journal, Institute for the Study of War, and Foundation for Defense of Democracies, is a refreshing change of pace from the invested-in-defeat LeftStreamMedia.

March 25, 2008

Crapweasel of the day

by @ 10:22. Filed under Compassionate Lieberals, War on Terror.

Uncle Jimbo, who is on the National Heroes Tour, has found some crapweasels in the greater Twin Cities area. The oh-so-tolerant left couldn’t abide a few veterans giving the youth at Forest Lake High School some positive words about the media, so they got linguini-spined principal Steve Massey to cancel the event because it was “too political”.

Too political, Massey? As Uncle Jimbo pointed out, the only ones making this political are the Gorons who cannot abide any positive message about the military being told to the skulls full of mush. Peter notes that The Corner found out it it was the DUmmies behind this. I’m shocked, SHOCKED.

One of the commenters on Michelle Malkin’s thread notes there are schools giving students extra credit if they go to anti-war rallies. It would be very interesting to find out if Forest Lake High School is one of those; something tells me it is.

Revisions/extensions (4:30 pm 3/25/2008) – A couple of extensions. First, a tip of the cap to Cory down in the comments for Dan Riehl’s little expose on Mr. Massey’s past. While it doesn’t definitely answer my suspicions on whether the school offered extra credit for protesting the war, it does reinforce my suspicions that he is a liberal crapweasel.

Related to that, one Eric Langless, a school board member there, has promised in Dan’s comments that he will look into this.

Finally, a bit of good old-fashioned student protest against the administration, conservative edition, comes to us from Powerline via Michelle Malkindozens of students walked out of school to see the rescheduled speech at the American Legion. Student Elijah Miller summed up the actions of the school, “My brother’s in the armed forces…it’s a slap in the face for people with family members in the armed forces.”

February 13, 2008

If European newspapers can do it, so can I

by @ 13:59. Filed under War on Terror.

(H/T – Sister Toldjah)

CNN reports that, in response to the Danes’ arrest of three Islamokazis wishing to end the life of Kurt Westergaard, the creator of my favorite Mohammed cartoon, newspapers across Europe reprinted it. Since CNN is too much of a coward to do more than describe it, allow me to repost it:

ST also points to another pic from lawhawk, which I will dutifully swipe:


Revisions/extensions (3:08 pm 2/13/2008) – Michelle Malkin notes, as part of her reposting of the Mohammed cartoons, that the “human rights” complaint against Ezra Levant has been dropped.

R&E part 2 (5:00 pm 2/13/2008) – If you are away from work, and the kids are not near the computer, and you don’t mind a little raw animal humor, the Emperor has a very special pic to commemorate the occassion. I did say that the link is NSFW, didn’t I?

February 3, 2008

WWII German subs found in the Black Sea

by @ 16:11. Filed under History, War.

(H/T FReeper Stoat)

Two of the three German U-boats stranded in the Black Sea and ultimately scuttled when Romania turned against Germany in World War II were found by a Turkish team.

Those three U-boats, as well as 3 ultimately sunk by the Soviets, had a very interesting trip to the Black Sea. All 6 were part of the strangling of Britain when Hitler decided to make his fateful turn east. It was decided by the German High Command to move them to the Black Sea to attack Soviet shipping. Because Turkey, which controlled access to the Black Sea through control of the Bosporous and Daradelles straits, was neutral, and those straits were too shallow to allow submerged passage, Germany couldn’t just sail the subs into the Black Sea. Instead, Germany partially disassembled them and floated them via canals and the Elbe River from Kiel to Dresden. At that point, they trucked to Ingolstadt. There, they were floated down the Danube River to Constanta, Romania. They had some success, as they sunk over 45,000 tons of shipping.

February 1, 2008

Iraqi WMD revelation buried somewhere in the memory hole

by @ 10:59. Filed under Presstitute Follies, War on Terror.

(H/Ts – Bluto/The Jawa Report and memeorandum)

The editorial page editors at The Wall Street Journal take their makeup-and-camera counterparts at CBS‘s “60 Minutes” to task for buring a rather telling portion of Scott Pelley’s interview with George Piro, who was the one who debriefed Saddam Hussein after his capture:

Mr. Piro: “The folks that he needed to reconstitute his program are still there.”

Mr. Pelley: “And that was his intention?”

Mr. Piro: “Yes.”

Mr. Pelley: “What weapons of mass destruction did he intend to pursue again once he had the opportunity?”

Mr. Piro: “He wanted to pursue all of WMD. So he wanted to reconstitute his entire WMD program.”

Mr. Pelley: “Chemical, biological, even nuclear.”

Mr. Piro: “Yes.”

Now, why do you suppose CBS would bury evidence of Saddam Hussein’s continuing desire to get all manner of weapons of mass destruction, especially in the fall 2002-spring 2003 time frame, countries such as Russia, France and Germany were chomping at the bit to satisfy Hussein’s desire for WMDs? Could it be that it might suggest that President Bush was right in taking his regime and ultimately him down?

January 30, 2008

McCain supported “benchmarks” before he didn’t

by @ 22:56. Filed under Politics - National, War on Terror.

(H/T – Ace via Bryan)

I don’t know if the Navy taught A-4 flyers to check six back in the early 1960s, but if they did, John McCain forgot the lesson. Commit this little nugget from the Arizona Star circa January, 2007 to memory:

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., one of the most stalwart supporters of the war in Iraq, said Thursday that he might propose that the Iraqi government meet certain benchmarks for the United States to continue its engagement.

Fellow senators and independent political scientists said McCain’s thinking reflected growing concerns within the Republican Party about the course of the war, and also might mark a turning point for the likely 2008 presidential contender, whose previous unconditional backing of the war may have hurt his prospects.

McCain said Thursday that he hadn’t yet decided on precise benchmarks. "They’d have to be specific, and they (Iraqi government officials) would have to meet them," he said.

Asked what penalty would be imposed if Iraq failed to meet his benchmarks, he said: "I think everybody knows the consequences. Haven’t met the benchmarks? Obviously, then, we’re not able to complete the mission. Then you have to examine your options."

Say, wasn’t “benchmarks” the buzzword for “cut and run” at that time? Damn if my “Double Talk Express” play on McCain’s trademark phrase isn’t accurate once again.

January 25, 2008

Uncle Jimbo and Blackfive TV strike again

by @ 23:01. Filed under War on Terror.

…and again, my friends. First up on the Global Domination and World Peace video tour is a look at what Al Qaeda in Iraq does with those that can’t fight back, and what happens to them when they encounter those with superior firepower. Since UJ has asked the video to be broadcast far and wide, far be it from me to defy him….


Do note that no US troops were harmed in the making of this video, though the Jihadi quotient got decreased by a couple, which is just the way it should be. Bravo Zulu.

Next, the gang at Blackfive ask Ayman Zawahiri just what is up with the 72 goats they get when on the receiving end of various American arms like the two dead tangos ventilated above. Since there is a content warning on that, you can go to Blackfive to watch that one.

January 23, 2008

Comment of the Year nominee plus Condi going squishy on Iran?

by @ 19:34. Filed under International relations, War on Terror.

No, it’s not here, and it’s definitely not from me, but Wineaholic left this gem about Paul-Nuts on a Hot Air thread on a Condi-endorsed “grand compromise” in Iran:

Siren song? Come on, it’s not like people are going away anytime soon"¦ once the rEVOLution is over, they’ll just shift back from whence they came. Like white-power groups, the Democratic party, mental hospitals with liberal policies about internet usage. These people (and their message) are here to stay, bless their delusional little hearts.

Since this post is likely going to generate a trackback there, I may as well throw in my two cents on that “grand compromise. I wish I could believe the Iranians would be honest, but we’ve been burned before.

January 12, 2008

Free speech is dead in Canada

by @ 7:16. Filed under Politics, War on Terror.

(H/T – Jon Ham)

Mark Steyn, who himself is under attack by the Islamokazis and borderline Communists busy taking over our neighbor to the north, highlights a few of the more egregious examples of attacks on conservative speech there:

– John David Beck, who is an idiot racist, was fined CDN$6,000 for “dehumanizing” the disabled, “a particularily vulnerable group”.

– Free Dominion, Free Republic’s sister site, has moved its corporate structure to Panama. They previously had moved their servers to the US because they had already begun to see this anti-conservative wave coming in 2002.

– Ezra Levant was hauled before Alberta’s “Human Rights” Commission because he dared publish a few cartoons of Mohammed in his (now-defunct) magazine, cartoons like this one…

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No wonder why they’re doing stupid stuff like banning the use of live bait and barbed hooks in their provincial parks.

January 2, 2008

The PLAN continues to grow and modernize

by @ 15:17. Filed under International relations, War.

For those of you who haven’t been paying attention to Duncan Hunter, and to a leser extent, Fred Thompson, pay attention. Jeff Head has been tracking the growth and modernization of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (that would be the Red Chinese), and he’s come out with his beginning-of-2008 update. There are two big areas of concern from where I sit:

– The biggest is the explosive growth in the amphibious capacity. Many naval observers have said the only thing that has kept Taiwan from being absorbed by Red China has been the inability of the ChiComs to get their massive army over water; they’re rapidly rectifying that oversight.

– Almost as troubling, especially with the de-emphasis on ASW in the US Navy, is a modernization of the PLAN’s submarine fleet, both attack and missile subs. Those quieter attack subs give them the theoretical ability to make the Western Pacific a very dangerous place for the 7th Fleet, while modern missile subs give them a second-nuclear strike capability.

I’m not as concerned, at least yet, about the continuing work on the ex-Varyag. At the point the Red Chinese are in their quest to be the worldwide empire, it does not really enhance their offensive capability. However, it does in the interim give them another way to bloody the 7th Fleet and in the longer term, it gives them expertise in carrier operations that, barring another paradigm shift I can’t yet forsee, they will need to march beyond what the Japanese called the Southern Resource Area 70 years ago.

December 31, 2007

Anti-military lawyer damages Marine’s car on eve of deployment

The details are over at Blackfive. Short version:

– Sgt. Mike McNulty, who is on activation orders to go to Camp Pendelton and then Iraq on January 2, went to visit a friend in Chicago on December 1.
– Chicago lawyer Jay R. Grodner decided to key McNulty’s car, causing $2,400 worth of damage ($2,100 more than what the standard is for felony criminal damage to property in Illinois), and proceeded to verbally assault McNulty.
– In the first court appearance, Grodner tried to get off with paying McNulty’s $100 deductible, with McNulty’s insurance taking the rest of the hit. Despite “encouragement” from the Illinois States Attorneys, McNulty said, “Nuts,” and tried to push for the felony charge
– The State, saying that it wouldn’t be worth it to try to pursue felony charges because Grodner was a lawyer, countered with an offer to put Grodner on probation. Grodner rejected that, knowing the clock is ticking.

The next hearing in this case is today. Matt will be updating us with the latest developments.

Revisions/extensions (9:17 pm 12/31/2007) – Matt reports that the State will now be prosecuting Grodner to the full extent of the law. May the bastich be found guilty.

December 27, 2007

Worst. Reaction. Evah!

Bryan has the video of Ron Paul blaming America for the assassination of Benzair Bhutto and advocating the surrender of a nuclear-armed country to Al Qaeda.

The pic from Brian at Liberty Pundit says it all.

Revisions/extensions (4:11 pm 12/27/2007) – Russ el-Slimeroad (Moonbat-Al Qaeda) gives Paul-Nut a run for his batshit crazy faux money (H/T – Ace).

R&E part 2 (4:20 pm 12/27/2007) – New NRE poll; who is more batshit crazy; Ron Paul or Russ Feingold?

Who is more batshit crazy?

Up to 1 answer(s) was/were allowed

  • Russ Feingold (51%, 69 Vote(s))
  • Ron Paul (49%, 65 Vote(s))

Total Voters: 134

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R&E part 3 (6:05 pm 12/27/2007) – Yet another reason to throw Feingold into the poll – mrbillsbraindrain points out his idea on Presidential diversity.

R&E part 4 (2:35 pm 1/3/2008) – Did you Paul-Nuts really think you could spam the poll to make the head Nut look better?

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