Archive for the ‘Iraq’ Category

A Losing Strategy

January 21, 2007

A Losing Strategy

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A Must See Vent

January 19, 2007

Michelle Malkin speaks directly with Iraqi’s who support the goals of freedom and democracy in Iraq in a must see edition of Vent. It’s funny, the MSM has been there for years now and hasn’t been able to find one of these people, Michelle spends a week there and opens up a new perspective the MSM is covering up.

Unfortunately, the faces you see in this video are the same faces we will most likely be abandoning because our politicians lack a backbone, and our people lack a will.

EU To Step Up Anti-Death Penalty Campaign

January 16, 2007

Where does the EU get off assuming it can interject itself into the justice systems of other UN member states and set the standard for just punishment?

This from Deutsche Welle:

 The European Union has vowed to  step up efforts aimed at a global ban of the death penalty in the wake of the recent executions of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and two of his aides

German Justice Minister Brigitte Zypries said on Tuesday the bloc was planning to submit a resolution to the United Nations to put the moratorium on the agenda of the UN General Assembly.

 

 

“We all believe that the death penalty is something that should be rejected,” her colleague, German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, told reporters after informal talks with his and Zypries’ EU counterparts in the eastern German city of Dresden.

 

I find it funny that what spurred the EU’s most recent zeal for it’s anti-death penalty crusade was the hanging of Saddam Hussein and his two henchmen, as if the deaths of three war criminals illustrated the injustice of capital punishment.

 

And for to love of God can we please stop referring to the accidental beheading of Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti as a “botched execution“? Your death is instant weather your neck snaps or you are decapitated by the rope…just ask Saddam. A “botched execution” would be if someone’s head caught on fire while being electrocuted, missing the vein in a lethal injection or requiring a second stroke in a beheading.

 

For the sake of clarity, I oppose the death penalty domestically. However, I believe exceptions should be made for convicted war criminals and dictators.

Disarm, or Die

January 10, 2007

This is the message the US military should be armed with in Iraq:

Message

Mark Levin Responds to Kennedy

January 10, 2007

Hot Air has posted Levin’s response to Kennedy’s Vietnam comments.

I think it’s safe to say that our country is now split into two camps in our Vietnam-comparison obsession; those who learned from everything up to the Tet offensive and those who’ve learned from everything up to and including the slaughter that followed our exit from the country.

Teddy Kennedy Goes on the Offensive

January 10, 2007

KennedyThe video can be found at Hot Air, but the operative statement is “Iraq is George Bush’s Vietnam”.

It’s sad to see how far the Kennedy clan has fallen, but if Teddy wants to make the Vietnam argument, then let’s have at it. I’m going to bury your fat Alcoholism ravaged face into the ground.

Lets just see what your brother had to say about surrendering a war to the enemy in the face of escalating violence:

These people who say we aught to withdraw from Vietnam are wholly wrong because if we withdrew the Communists would control Vietnam and pretty soon Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Malasia would go and all of Southeast Asia would be under the control of the Communists and under the domination of the Chinese.

Do you see the similarity Teddy? Surrendering Iraq to radical Islamic elements would have a similar effect in the Middle East as losing Vietnam to the Communists had.

Your name is the only thing you share with your brother Teddy. He’d be rolling in his grave if he  knew how you’ve sold out this country. As he said in his inaugural address in 1961:

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty. This much we pledge—and more.

Shi’ite / Sunni Shouting Match on al-Jazeera

January 8, 2007

Hat tip to the boys at Hot Air for this little piece of wonderful. They get into it over Saddam’s hanging; one is a Sunni stooge the other is a Shi’ite stooge. 

Viewer discression is advised at about 2:24 seconds when the Sunni gentleman calls the Shi’ite gentleman a “Persian Shoe”. With insults like that being thrown around without caution, it’s no wonder they’re killing each other.

Enjoy!

Dennis Miller: Real Free Speech

January 6, 2007

I believe Dennis Miller has truly found a home with his segment on Hannity and Colmes. This week he focuses on the hanging of Saddam Hussein. It can be found here.

My favorite moment comes when Miller says that Wolf Blitzer is “on shore leave while they retro fit the Red October.” Brilliant.

The New Man in Charge

January 6, 2007

petraeus.jpgWho is General David H. Petraeus? Not just another pretty face.

Ralph Peters has an excellent write up in The New York Post as does Michael Gordon of The New York Times.

Petraeus seems like a positive choice to replace General Casey and has a successfull track record in the pacified Kurdish north of Iraq and as father of Iraq’s reconstituted security forces. God speed General.

Iran’s Post-Modern Proxy War Against the US

January 3, 2007

This is a new age in the proxy war in which Iran is pitting both sides against one another and the US.

This from the New York Sun:

Iran is supporting both Sunni and Shiite terrorists in the Iraqi civil war, according to secret Iranian documents captured by Americans in Iraq. 

The news that American forces had captured Iranians in Iraq was widely reported last month, but less well known is that the Iranians were carrying documents that offered Americans insight into Iranian activities in Iraq

An American intelligence official said the new material, which has been authenticated within the intelligence community, confirms “that Iran is working closely with both the Shiite militias and Sunni Jihadist groups.” The source was careful to stress that the Iranian plans do not extend to cooperation with Baathist groups fighting the government in Baghdad and said the documents rather show how the Quds Force — the arm of Iran’s revolutionary guard that supports Shiite Hezbollah, Sunni Hamas, and Shiite death squads — is working with individuals affiliated with al Qaeda in Iraq and Ansar al-Sunna.

This puts to bed any notion that the Sunni/ Shiite divide acts a sort of waters edge when it comes to supporting terror.  

This news also shines a light on Iran’s intentions in Iraq. While it was clear that they were supporting the violence, it was assumed that they were throwing their weight behind the Shiites and that that support was (at least in part) ideologically motivated. These documents show us that Iran is more interested in maintaining and controlling the chaos than it is in any ideological end.

This leads us to the logical conclusion that perhaps the Persian/ Arab divide is what really drives Iranian/ Iraqi relations.

Exit question: can this new information be used to drive a wedge between Muqtada al-Sadr and his Iranian sponsors?