October 2006

24 Oct 2006 07:29 pm


Spc. Eric Leon, from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, provides overwatch security for Iraqi soldiers who are searching homes in Diwaniyah for weapons and terrorists.

It’s not surprising that CNN ran the tape last week showing American soldiers being picked off by an insurgent sniper because that’s what CNN does.

That’s what CNN did in Somalia in 1993, the year my eyes were opened to them.

Never having watched the channel much at all, I started watching it after my husband called me from Somalia, upset by the things he had witnessed CNN reporters doing. I’ve blogged about it before here.

While my husband was stationed in Somalia he witnessed firsthand, CNN officials providing hand made signs (written in English by someone who was literate) to Somalis who were (supposedly) protesting the presence of American troops in Somalia.

My husband was appalled by the made-for-tv rally. He watched as each Somali was directed where to stand during the anti-American protest. The CNN officials knew that American military officers and troops were watching what they were doing. They simply didn’t care. This was before the internet and cell phones were as popular as they are now.

The protests my husband witnessed in Somalia and Americans in the states watched on television believing it to be the sentiments of the Somali people, was truly an anti-American rally because the officials at CNN who produced the protests were anti-American, plain and simple. But they were also deceitful and cunning.

Then there was Blackhawk Down. I was in the hospital during that time frame and made the mistake of turning the channel to CNN. When I saw the image of the soldier’s body being dragged through the streets I had to call for a nurse. My husband’s battalion was still in Somalia and I was horrified by the images I was witnessing. But that was exactly what CNN and their friends on the left wanted.

Leftists have always despised the American military and wanted to see it beaten and humiliated. But those of us who were in or around the military were angry at the senseless deaths of the American soldiers on the streets of Mogadishu and we knew who should have been held accountable.

Bill Clinton turned down the generals’ request for armor for the troops in Somalia. High ranking officers that we knew personally were ordered to keep quiet about Clinton’s orders. The bigwigs of CNN never wondered about that. They were too busy arranging protests.

So it’s no surprise that CNN is still, like a dog, returning to its vomit. The Eason Jordans of the world are still embedded in CNN….. from the lowest gofer to the loony Ted Turner. They’ve never met a terrorist they didn’t want to appease. It’s a sickness really.

It’s hard to imagine how any CNN official, with nary a sting of conscience, could have made arrangements to obtain the video of American troops being killed. Even more incredible is the fact that someone at CNN gave the go-ahead for the video to air. What kind of person could do something like that? Do they ever find themselves taking ten showers a day? Are there no sore places in their hearts?

What excitement he, she or they must have had (all the way up the ranks) seeing the propaganda tape broadcast days away from the November election they were hoping to affect. Apparently no one in their ranks had one iota of guilt about the shock and grief it would cause the mothers and fathers already heartsick at losing their sons. Why is that anyway?

A new Hollywood movie about the battle of Iwo Jima opened last week right about the time CNN began airing footage it obtained from terrorists showing U.S. soldiers being killed with sniper fire. It is a fitting contrast. The movie tells the story of the three surviving GIs who were immortalized on film raising the flag over Mt. Suribachi. The CNN tape shows the exact opposite: Instead of heroism, we see unsuspecting American soldiers being dropped one by one. No flag raising, no glory; just another dead U.S. soldier.

UPDATE: This morning’s read of The American Spectator’s The Prowler provides more shocking details about the anti-Americanism of CNN………

Attempts to get a copy of the email were unsuccessful. But one CNN source familiar with the techniques employed by network producers to get the Islamic extremist perspective says that it’s common for producers to use Iraqi or Muslim contract employees to get information and access to the terrorists, and they do so by claiming sympathy or support for what the terrorists are doing.

“Anti-Americanism pays off for us over there, no doubt about it,” says the CNN employee. “Questions were raised about this video and the way we got it. Once it was confirmed that it was real, the next question was how did we get it. And the answer was, we promised to give the terrorists a fair shake. I know that we are saying there was soul-searching here about running the tape. But I didn’t see much of that. There were somber people here, but there was also a segment of people on staff, once the tape had run and created a firestorm, that celebrated. They thought they were so courageous.”

A former CNN news employee says that at that network there is a decidedly anti-war approach to what they do. “It might not be so clear from some of our anchors, but there are people here who direct the news operation who are very comfortable giving aide and comfort to the enemy. They wouldn’t call it that, but I would.”

Hat tip: Lucianne

23 Oct 2006 08:37 pm

A U.S. soldier went missing today in Baghdad. What does CNN know about this? They seem to be really tuned into the terrorist network so there could be a possibility that someone at CNN knows where the soldier is or who could be holding him.

Do they already have the videotape?

A U.S. soldier was reported missing in Baghdad on Monday, the military said.

The soldier, part of a multi-national division in the Iraqi capital, went missing at about 7:30 p.m. local time, the U.S. military said in a statement.

“Coalition and Iraqi Security Forces immediately responded to attempt to locate the soldier, the search is ongoing,” the statement said.

The U.S. military said last week it was reviewing strategy in Baghdad, where U.S. reinforcements have failed to halt spiraling violence, and expressed grave concern about mounting troop deaths.

U.S. Maj. Gen. William Caldwell has said the number of attacks targeting security forces in Baghdad had risen since U.S. troops launched a crackdown designed to end sectarian violence killing dozens of people every day.

October looks set to become the deadliest month for U.S. troops in Iraq this year.

Welcome Lorie Byrd at Wizbang and Blue Star Chronicles readers

23 Oct 2006 07:27 am

Michael Smerconish writes about his recent experience with the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference which resulted in a new found appreciation for U.S. soldiers. As an Army wife I had the blessed opportunity to live around and with the military for thirty years. Michael learned what I have known (and all America needs to know) during his week long immersion into what he calls an extreme form of military tourism.

The men and women of the U.S. military are the best of all of us.

THE PENTAGON CALLS it the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference (JCOC), a military immersion conducted for hand-picked civilians on 72 different occasions since 1947.

I think of it as an extreme form of military tourism. I know: I just did it.

That’s why today I am exhausted, and $3,000 in travel expenses in the red. In the midst of Ramadan, I have just traveled 15,000 miles and visited four countries inside of one week.

Along the way, I was briefed by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld at the Pentagon, boarded the USS Iwo Jima by helicopter in the Persian Gulf, fired the best of the Army’s weaponry in the Kuwait desert (just 10 miles from Iraq), drove an 11-kilometer Humvee obstacle course designed to protect against IEDs, boarded the Air Force’s most sophisticated surveillance aircraft in Qatar, and even took a tour of a military humanitarian outpost in the Horn of Africa.

Well said Michael. There’s more.

23 Oct 2006 12:02 am


The Goethals Monument

Very exciting news. Publius Pundit is thrilled and has a very detailed report about the success of the great Panamanian referendum to expand the Panama Canal. As an American who lived in Panama with my family for two years in the early nineties (and loved every minute of it) I am very thrilled for all of Panama.

I’ve always thought that if the Panamanians wanted to they could turn their gorgeous paradise into a very rich and gorgeous paradise.

Nearly EIGHTY FREAKING PERCENT OF PANAMANIANS HAVE APPROVED THE CANAL EXPANSION, a higher margin than even the biggest poll numbers indictated. FREE TRADE RULES IN PANAMA!!!!!!

Hat tip: Instapundit

22 Oct 2006 04:06 pm


Captain is looking for Sabby. He’s searched everywhere around the house (except for the Charlotte Wing where Amos and Asta reside) and Sabby is nowhere to be found.

Sabby is doing well in his isolation at the Radio-Iodine Treatment Center but we miss him. He won’t be able to come home for six more days and has to be kept apart for a few weeks after that.

20 Oct 2006 11:14 pm



Photograph by William E. Thompson

The Crossing

Sgt. Derek Pellitier of Boston Mass., an engineer from B Company, 11th Engineer Battalion, waves thousands of combat vehicles through the berm separating Iraq from Kuwait Friday March 21st morning, as America begins its attack on Saddam’s regime in Iraq. Pellitier’s unit worked though the night to reduce the berm before combat units could begin their attack.


President Bush met with Gen. John Abizaid, the top U.S. commander in the Middle East, at the White House for a half-hour Friday afternoon.

President Bush conceded Friday that “right now it’s tough” for American forces in Iraq, but the White House said he would not change U.S. strategy in the face of pre-election polls that show voters are upset.

With Republicans anxious about the potential loss of Congress — and with conditions seemingly deteriorating in Iraq — Bush addressed the question of whether he would alter his policies.

“We are constantly adjusting our tactics so that we achieve the objective, and right now it’s tough, it’s tough,” Bush said in an Associated Press interview.

Nothing worthwhile is ever easy. In war combatants find every battle a possible crossroad. Perseverance in the face of constant denunciation by political enemies tells us all we need to know about President Bush’s character and that of our troops.

19 Oct 2006 11:37 pm


They are not.

Why would I sit out the vote this November?

I can’t think of any reason whatsoever.

My son and brother just deployed to Iraq. Their deployments will last one year. Now, more than ever, President Bush and the U.S. military need a strong Congress to support them in their mission. Why would I sit at home pouting because the Republican Congress let me down on some issues?

Any Republican or conservative who could even contemplate sitting out Novembers election during a time of war (knowing it could result in a Democrat takeover) cannot be thinking clearly.

Up til now the Democrats have done their best but have only been able to hurt the troops by their words. If they win the House of Representatives in November they will do everything in their power to pull the troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan. In essence, Democrats want to take us back to the pre-911 Paper Tiger State Osama bin Laden found so compellingly weak.

I don’t want to even imagine what would happen in Iraq.

Everything is at risk if Democrats take back the Congress. Our courts, the War on Terror and even the economy. Just in case anyone reading this post doesn’t know, the Dow just passed a record high of 12,000 today. Median incomes are doing great.

I am one of the so-called “evangelicals” the Democrats and their media minions have been trying hard to convince that the Republican Party is the party of corruption and closeted gays.

Fat chance.

If the Republican Party was composed completely of fat, geeky, short, frumpy, hypocritical, bad dressers, I would still vote for them over the Democrats, as long as they support President Bush and the War on Terror.

Welcome Instapundit Readers!

19 Oct 2006 09:11 pm


Sabby and his best friend

Our twelve year old cat, Sebastian (we call him Sabby) was diagnosed with a thyroid tumor last Friday. His doctor is hesitant to perform surgery to remove the tumor however, because Sabby also has some heart problems which are probably related to the tumor.

Tomorrow we’re taking Sabby to the only center in Arkansas which treats cats with Feline Hyperthyroidism using Radio-Iodine.

Sabby’s doctor graduated from Annapolis but we won’t hold that against him.

19 Oct 2006 04:19 pm


I decorated the windows of the artroom with papercuttings.


It was cloudy all day until the very last class came in.

After the class started and the kids were at work the sun came out and the shadow witch appeared in the windows. Some of the kids gasped when they noticed it.

18 Oct 2006 06:47 am


My great grandparents, Frank O’Dell and Kathryn Ford Mackey on their wedding day.

When Frank wanted to go with his brother to the Northwest Territories Kate responded, “You’re not taking my babies to such a lonesome place.” so he didn’t go. They stayed in America. So have their many descendants.

The U.S. population is now officially three hundred million. When Frank and Kathryn were young the population was one hundred million.

Tim Blair has a photo tribute. Hat tip: Michelle Malkin

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