January 2007


31 Jan 2007 12:10 pm

An email from Iraq……

NBC NEWS confirms a secret U.S. military report that says ‘Iranian Agents’ may be behind a deadly ambush in Karbala, Iraq that left five American soldiers dead. The report also claims the Iranian revolutionary guard is providing intelligence on U.S. and Iraqi military to Shiite extremists, in addition to sophisticated weaponry. Developing…

Did you see this on the Drudge report? I
thought people knew this stuff like a year ago.

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Bill Roggio writes….

IRGC’s Qods Force is the prime suspect in the Karbala attack which killed 5 soldiers; we broke story on Friday, January 26.

On Friday, we reported that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps’ Qods Force was very likely behind the attack on the Provincial Joint Coordination Center in Karbala, which resulted in the kidnapping and execution of four U.S. soldiers. Five soldiers total were killed in the operation, and three others wounded.

We noted, based on multiple sources in the military and intelligence community, that the attack was far too sophisticated for Shia militias (particularly the Mahdi Army) and it was unlikely al-Qaeda in Iraq carried out the operation. We also noted the attack and kidnapping may have been revenge for the Baghdad and Irbil raids on Iranian diplomatic missions. Today, CNN is reporting the Pentagon is seriously investigating Iran’s involvement in the attack, and the Irbil raid was likely a motive for the Qods Force operation:

Michelle Malkin has more….

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And there’s this….

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A plan by the Bush administration to release detailed and possibly damning specific evidence linking the Iranian government to efforts to destabilize Iraq have been put on hold, U.S. officials told FOX News.

Officials had said a “dossier” against Iran compiled by the U.S. likely would be made public at a press conference this week in Baghdad, and that the evidence would contain specifics including shipping documents, serial numbers, maps and other evidence which officials say would irrefutably link Iran to weapons shipments to Iraq.

Now, U.S. military officials say the decision to go public with the findings has been put on hold for several reasons, including concerns over the reaction from Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad — as well as inevitable follow-up questions that would be raised over what the U.S. should do about it.

U.S. reaction to continued Iranian meddling in Iraq also was the subject Tuesday of a Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing for John Negroponte, in line to become the nation’s No. 2 diplomat.

During pointed questioning, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., told Negroponte, “What I think many of us are concerned about is that we stumble into active hostilities with Iran without having aggressively pursued diplomatic approaches, without the American people understanding exactly what’s taking place.”

Two of the five soldiers killed were West Point grads……

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20 January 2007 – CPT Brian S. Freeman, 31, (Class of 1999) of Temecula, CA, died on 20 January 2007 in Karbala, Iraq, of wounds suffered when a meeting he was attending came under attack by mortar and small arms fire. Captain Freeman was assigned to the 412th Civil Affairs Battalion, Whitehall, Ohio

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20 January 2007 – 1LT Jacob N. Fritz, 25, (Class of 2005) of Verdon, NE, died on 20 January 2007 in Karbala, Iraq, from wounds sustained when his patrol was ambushed while conducting dismounted operations. Lieutenant Fritz was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska.

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This was an act of war on the part of Iran. Barack Obama and his fellow Democrat candidates for president are calling for President Bush to cut and run and take a diplomatic approach with Iran. They already want to surrender when we are losing these fine young men? Barack Obama knows nothing about Duty, Honor, Country. Unbelievable.

Hot Air has more.

30 Jan 2007 10:27 pm

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The Arch of Titus

The Arch of Titus is a Pentelic marble triumphal arch with a single arched opening, located on the Via Sacra just to the south-east of the Forum in Rome. It was constructed by the emperor Domitian shortly after the death of his brother Titus (born AD 41, emperor 79-81), commemorating the capture and sack of Jerusalem in 70, which effectively terminated the Jewish War begun in 66 (although the Romans did not achieve complete victory until the fall of Masada in 73).

My husband and I just finished watching Ancient Rome: The Caesars & the Arch of Titus on History International, and it was excellent. Dave Stotts, the host gave a great history lesson (and quite politically incorrect) about the Roman Emperor,Titus and his ferocious attack on Judea and the Jews and sack of Jerusalem which inevitably led to Judea being renamed Syria-Palestina.

It took the Romans eight years before they achieved a complete victory over Judea with the fall of Masada in 73. The Democrats must not have voted for a non-binding resolution against the Roman War on Judea nor did they cut off funding.

In a later era, The Arch of Titus was the place of a yearly oath of loyalty, forced by the Pope on the Jews of the Roman Ghetto.

Due to the depiction of the destruction of Jerusalem and the desecration of the Temple, many Jews refuse to walk underneath the arch to this very day (though the passageway is generally closed to the public in any case). A notable exception occurred in 1948 at the founding of Israel, when a large contingent from the Roman Jewish community walked through the arch in the opposite direction from the original Ancient Roman triumphal march.

There is much in this History International Series that connects the past to the present.

In this host-driven series that presents history in a thoroughly entertaining and thoughtfully engaging manner, Dave Stotts travels around the world for a fast-paced encounter with the people, places, and events that have shaped the world as we know it today. Our host in the driver’s seat, Dave Stotts, is a guy who knows not to take himself too seriously as he humorously interacts with different people, cultures…and cars of our world. He’ll drive you down roads less traveled to bring you face to face with history like you’ve never seen it before. In the first episode, we begin our look at the history of Western Civilization with an exploration of the ancient Roman Empire. From its early legendary beginnings, to the glory days of the Roman Republic, to the rise of the Caesars, we’ll overview the establishment of the greatest Empire the world has ever known.

I highly recommend it.

30 Jan 2007 09:42 pm

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The 875th’s Buffalo, an armored mine-disposal vehicle. Its articulating arm is folded back over itself.

NPR visited with the 875th Engineer Batallion recently in the largest military supply center at Anaconda, fifty miles north of Baghdad. The reporter, John McChesney, tells a back story of our conflict in Iraq, the engineers daily battle to keep IEDs from killing our troops.

Fifty miles north of Baghdad sprawls the largest U.S. military supply center in Iraq. It’s called Anaconda, and from here the things that keep an army going flow out to much of Iraq.

But those supplies must come to Anaconda by truck — all the way up from Kuwait on a road the Army calls Tampa, or Highway 1. It’s the job of the 875th Engineering Battalion of the Arkansas National Guard to keep a long section of this road clear of insurgents and their roadside bombs, so the big convoys can get through safely. But the 875th’s section of the road is increasingly coming under attack.

There is much more.

God bless the Buffalo and keep our soldiers safe.

30 Jan 2007 07:48 am

Waking up every morning it’s getting more difficult to read the news and discover more people have caught the Surrender Flu. This malady appears to be extremely contagious, especially in the halls of Congress. As the surge continues to progress in Iraq, the surrender flu spreads, infecting even Republican leaders in the House.

Symptoms seem to be an initial reticence to speak boldly in support of President Bush’s new strategy, followed by a feverish need to propose a non-binding resolution to enforce benchmarks. (as if a war could ever be successfully fought in paint by numbers tactics )

Symptom number three invariably results in the victim of Surrender Flu holding a news conference to announce that in order to help our efforts in Iraq we must tell the Iraqis that this is their last chance. The chief symptom of Surrender Flu seems to be the loss of logic and backbone in the “victim.”

Election season seems to bring a much more virulent epidemic infecting high-risk politicians: those who are up for re-election or running for President.

Some of the Surrender Flu victims claim that they can sleep well at night while others become quite irritable and resentful.

There are known carriers of the Surrender Flu.

Most patients develop a severe hatred of President Bush.

Wesley Pruden writes about these mad and treacherous times……..

John Warner called in an impressionable young reporter for The Post to boast, despite “the guilt he still carries because of the Vietnam War,” of how he had “grown” into someone mellow enough to sleep better than a man in his ninth decade should expect to (though he didn’t say he could still sleep through the whole night).

“I gotta tell you,” he told his interviewer, “I’ve gotten to that wonderful age in life — I don’t worry. If you do what in your heart you feel is right, go to sleep. Don’t worry. I go to sleep and I don’t worry.”

It’s nice not to worry, and nice to see an old man’s guilt finally assuaged, but it’s not so nice to think of how guilt is assuaged by the blood of young men abandoned to a whim of the transient opinion of a fickle public. It’s a Washington thing.

Welcome Hugh Hewitt readers!

Welcome Tom Delay readers!

UPDATE: BizzyBlog has some benchmarks for Boehner. Hat tip: Instapundit

29 Jan 2007 06:23 pm

John Boehner, the House Minority leader, just put Hugh Hewitt down while being interviewed on Hugh’s show. Hugh tried to reason with Boehner, reminding him that both General Petraeus and Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates have warned that any resolution put out by the Congress would embolden the enemy but Boehner, who apparently thinks he is a military genius, said he didn’t believe it would.

Hugh told Boehner that his resolution outlining benchmarks for the Bush administration on the war is just flat wrong. Boehner pulled rank on Hugh, reminding Hugh that he, Boehner is the minority leader and Hugh is a talk show host.

Boehner believes the plan will help the Bush administration succeed in Iraq. I believe Boehner is full of horse s**t.

This is really discouraging. Have the Republicans morphed into a bunch of weanies? I met Boehner once in the late nineties at the Capital Club in D.C. and was not impressed with him at all. Something about the Republicans hurry to get a resolution against the war (no matter how they want to sell it) smells.

Dean Barnett called into Hugh’s show for the very first time. He is also aghast at the behavior of the Republican leadership in Congress.

29 Jan 2007 01:01 pm

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Hillary Clinton was caught singing on an open mic. Warning. This will hurt your ears.

She can’t sing. She can’t dance. It’s doubtful that she has a creative bone in her body. I can’t imagine this woman ever singing a lullaby to her child or any grandchildren. She couldn’t sing any notes on key and didn’t seem to get the rhythm either.

It’s true, presidents aren’t required to be at all musical but they do need to have a clue about the important fundamental issues of our nation’s national security. Instead, Hillary wants President Bush to get the war done and over before she enters the White House.

The president has said this is going to be left to his successor,” the New York senator said during a jammed rally in a fairground exhibit hall in Davenport as she concluded a two-day campaign swing in the state that kicks off the 2008 presidential campaign.

“I think it’s the height of irresponsibility and I really resent it,” she said. “This was his decision to go to war, he went with an ill-conceived plan, an incompetently executed strategy and we should expect him to extricate our country from this before he leaves office.”

Almost gives the troops a reason to put off the victory just to keep her out of Washington D.C.

Hillary also implied this weekend while in Iowa that she is qualified to deal with evil and bad men.

Clinton also chided journalists for repeatedly bringing up her response to a question at the rally about how she would deal with all the evil male leaders in the world.

“What in my background qualifies me to deal with evil and bad men?” she had asked at the rally, rephrasing the question and then pausing before she and the crowd broke into laughter. She ultimately gave a serious answer about building diplomacy.

In all her years as a cheated-on-wife Hillary never did anything to the husband who did her wrong, but went after the women with whom he was involved. As for any other male leaders in the world with whom she may have dealt, there is no evidence of anything she may have done overtly. But there were all those FBI files in the White House.

27 Jan 2007 01:11 pm

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Paratroopers from C Company, 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, sharpen their skills in Kuwait in preparation for possible deployment to Iraq. Defense Department official photo.

My husband, being a poetic soul at heart, has a real problem with those in the Congress who have taken an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; and yet are turning in to the very enemies they swore to defend against. He’s expressed his opinion in the following poetic words.

Freedom’s Stand

What cost does freedom really bring, when life is high and full of spring.

What courage is to count the cost, when neither time nor youth is lost?

It lies within a time gone by when those who stood knew some would die.

What cost does freedom really bring, it lies upon those souls who sing.

What song is that which sears the soul? That keeps the flame of freedom whole?

The song comes from the ones who stand and keep us all in God’s own hand.

For those who stand will count the cost but some will not and they are lost.

For those who do not stand today will not live on, will fade away.

To stand is not to be before, it does not mean to block the door.

To stand is simply to be there, to find the strength of those who care.

To do what others will not do, to help us all to see things through.

Defend that which we cannot see, find the strength to keep us free.

The strength we need is near at hand, it comes from those who made the stand.

But some cannot abide the light that comes to those who share this sight.

They will not see the need so dear, for some are blinded by their fear.

Some will only live in greed and only think of what they need.

Some will only join the fight for the power of the night.

And when the land is torn apart, these will fade into the dark.

For if we do not make this stand, we lose the power of this land.

We lose it for eternity, the gift of light that makes us free.

The strength that feeds this fabled light lies consistent in God’s sight.

It does not peak, it does not fall, it simply stands to strengthen all.

But it requires comforts denied, the pain of choice, not those who hide.

A strength of hope that does not die, but lives to fill the land and sky.

What cost does freedom really bring, it lies not in the breath of spring,

It rests instead in each one’s stand, to strengthen hope, defend our land.

It grows when those stand free and clear to help us in this time of fear.

To drown the hate that comes our way to stand despite what others say.

Be careful those who guard this light, for it can vanish in the night.

It will be lost when those who care forget the darkness always there.

And give to those who have their say, a simple lie, the easy way.

A simple choice to turn from light, abandon those so far from sight.

Now hear me all who stood before, we need you now, do not ignore

Remember those who through our past stood straight and tall and to the last.

Stand with us now, despite the cost, we cannot see our freedom lost

Despite the time and evil’s force, find the strength to stay the course.

For freedom’s fight is never done, it will not end with setting sun.

The price we give is never clear, but know that cost is always dear.

The song we sing to save the light comes from within to banish night.

Who brings this music to our land? Only those who make the stand!

COL (ret) Robert R. Donoho

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We’ve taken the pledge and will never give another dime to the NRSC if they continue to support Republicans who have turned against our troops and our President for their own selfish political reasons.

26 Jan 2007 11:57 pm

Peggy Noonan, who was there at the Revolution, don’t cha know, evidently wants to be there at the submission. Her new hero? Chuck Hagel. Yes, Chuck Hagel. The Republican in name only “maverick” who has had a love affair with the drive-by media since 2002.

I’ve suspected for quite some time that Noonan was moving leftward. That Noonan finds the words of Chuck Hagel courageous is, sadly, all the evidence I need to assign her to the likes of Andrew Sullivan and his fickle ilk.

Mr. Hagel has shown courage for a long time. He voted for the war resolution in 2002 but soon after began to question how it was being waged. This was before everyone did. He also stood against the war when that was a lonely place to be. Senate Democrats sat back and watched: If the war worked, they’d change the subject; and if it didn’t, they’d hang it on President Bush. Republicans did their version of inaction; they supported the president until he was unpopular, and then peeled off. This is almost not to be criticized. It’s what politicians do. But it’s not what Mr. Hagel did. He had guts.

Real gutsy, Peggy, to follow the conventional wisdom which is Blame Bush. Were you getting lonely? Need some party invitations? I wondered what Noonan would have to say about President Bush’s State of the Union address. She phoned in a before the state of the union address but has had nothing to say about the actual event. She’s into Hagel now. Hedging her bets I suppose.

26 Jan 2007 08:18 am

An email from Iraq……

I don’t get this resolution stuff to try to block Bush sending additional
troops. Either they should find a way to get everyone out completely or give the commander in charge the ability to do everything to try and win, one way or another. I mean if it is believed that things will be more stable by bringing in more troops then why not support it if we aren’t leaving altogether?

Makes no sense.

It’ll be an inconvenience as we’ll be crowded but it could also give more US coverage of areas, clamping down on some hot spots. It’s like they want us out of here but since they can’t do that then they want to make sure we lose. Leave it up to the commander here, that’s what should be done, period. The government of Iraq said give us more guns and you can go home.

Hmmm, that’s dangerous.

Can you imagine what would have happened if after the Ardennes offensive during WW2 if Congress had told FDR he had to pull troops out and keep Patton’s 3d from relieving 101st?

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If the Republicans in the Senate thinks they are doing anything to help the morale of the troops by signing non-binding resolutions against the surge they are delusional.

Lorie Byrd writes that it’s time to ask some hard questions of the Democrats.

Over the past months and years, those on the left have gone to great effort to paint the mission in Iraq as “failed,” “doomed” and a “disaster.” They have failed to acknowledge the accomplishments of the U.S. military in Iraq, but have been quick to talk about those in our armed forces as child victims of a failed policy or (worse) as bloodthirsty thugs engaging in torture and terror.

It is certainly not a pleasant thing to accuse fellow Americans, particularly ones entrusted by the citizenry with the nation’s well being, of playing politics with American lives or of providing moral support to her enemies, but I think it is time to ask some hard questions.

I signed the pledge and now there are up to 17,760 signatures.

If the United States Senate passes a resolution, non-binding or otherwise, that criticizes the commitment of additional troops to Iraq that General Petraeus has asked for and that the president has pledged, and if the Senate does so after the testimony of General Petraeus on January 23 that such a resolution will be an encouragement to the enemy, I will not contribute to any Republican senator who voted for the resolution. Further, if any Republican senator who votes for such a resolution is a candidate for re-election in 2008, I will not contribute to the National Republican Senatorial Committee unless the Chairman of that Committee, Senator Ensign, commits in writing that none of the funds of the NRSC will go to support the re-election of any senator supporting the non-binding resolution.

I think in addition to the pledge, we need to start a white feather campaign because it’s becoming quite apparent that we have a multitude of Cut and Runners in our Congress. The book and movie, The Four Feathers tells a story of cowardice and redemption. I see nothing but cowardice so far in many Democrats and Republicans in the Senate and House but for the sake of our troops and our country I’m hoping that at least some Republicans redeem themselves.

I’m not holding my breath.

UPDATE: I am furious and I don’t like being furious on Friday but that’s the way it is. Even though both General Petraeus and The Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates have warned the Congress that any anti-surge resolution emboldens the enemy. Still, Senator John McCain (McCain??!!!) and (maybe even) Republic minority leader Senator Mitch McConnell don’t seem to care that what they are doing will get our troops killed.

Trying to keep from typing dammit but couldn’t stop my fingers.

UPDATE: Here it is April 26th, three months after I wrote this post and nothing much has changed. The White Feathers need to start flying towards every defeatocrat and their Republican enablers who have voted against our troops in Iraq. Make no mistake. That is what they are doing. Welcome Michelle Malkin readers. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Our military is doing an incredible job in Iraq. They deserve full support from the congress. Nothing less.

25 Jan 2007 11:25 am

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When I heard the report on the radio yesterday that John Kerry will not be running for president in 2008 they played his announcement, voice cracking, and I almost expected him to collapse completely. Botched joke = botched presidential plans. The man will never admit it but it’s true. The moment he said the troops were uneducated boobs was the moment John Kerry lost forever any hope of ever being elected President of the United States. Every candidate for president in 2008 in both parties better beware of crossing the Kerry Rubicon.

Dean Barnett made the following observation and I agree completely……

John Kerry was crying for himself and the dashing of those ambitions. What a pathetic display. As this sad man ended his national political career, he wallowed in self-pity because he wasn’t going to get what he wanted.

What kind of President would John F. Kerry have been?

Thankfully, we will never know.

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