Friday, May 07, 2004

So Mr. Moore, what is the real story?

(Via CNS)

Moore accused of publicity stunt over Disney 'ban'

So he's known for a year that Disney wasn't going to distribute his tripe? And then he lies about it and gets caught. Try to find this part f the story in the mainstream media in the US. Ain't happenin'. I had to do some serious searching to find a link outside of other blogs.

So I wonder if Al Franken *spit* will add Michael Moore *spit again* to his "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them"--yeah right!

If you don't like America

Then I think you're perfectly welcome to take your illegal alien self and cross back over the border.

Via WorldNet Daily: Protest targets new BMV policy

The unmitigated gall of some people. Load 'em up and ship 'em out.

See what stupidity gets you?

(via WorldNet Daily)

It really jerks my chain. The war in Iraq was going fairly well, all in all. (Not handled the way I would have liked, but it did look like progress was slowly being made. Then we have a bunch of REMFs who just have to go get stupid and abuse the prisoners in their charge.

The reaction from Arab and Islamist extremists has been predictably over-the-top, as you may note in this article. They are calling for the mutilation of any American prisoners taken, and I suspect they'll do it.

So now, as well as tarnishing the reputation of their unit, their service and their country, this bunch of ill-trained and ill-disciplined fools are going to have the blood of their fellows on their hands. Out-freaking-standing.

Oh, and the chick in the picture with the article...I'm sure you've made your family real proud of you, sweetheart.

Thursday, May 06, 2004

The human side of the President

(Via WorldNet Daily)

Bush Pauses To Comfort Teen

Nothing more needs to be said.

(And for those of you who want to be cynical and say this is just a political ploy, please accept this 5' timber rattler as a token of my esteem.)

Stay Tuned

What went wrong in the Iraq war and who is to blame?
The military historian in me answers, "Stay tuned." In about 100 years, we experts will have it all figured out.

The problem with judging military setbacks in the very short term is that even eventually successful wars seldom go smoothly. Wars are not won by infallible leaders with picture-perfect plans. The victors are those who candidly admit mistakes, abandon failing strategies and recast war plans to fit new circumstances.

With that opening, David Perlmutter injects some thoughtfulness into the discussion of the Iraq war. An excellent read.

Wednesday, May 05, 2004

The gungrabbers are at it again

Once again, the gungrabbers prove that they will stoop to any lengths to take away your rights. Rep. James P. Moran, a Democrat from Virginia (now why am I not surprised) has introduced a bill to ban .50 caliber "sniper" rifles.

Mr. Moran said the weapons, which are sold legally to hunters and sportsmen for shooting competitions, should only be for military use.

I think his name is misspelled, myself.

Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Well, we can get it right

All is not lost--at least we got this one right, even if belatedly and not completely (Saleh should go completely).

Who's minding the store?

I've been waiting to comment on the Iraqi "torture scandal" until I could get access to enough hard information to be able to make some sense of it. Thanks to MSNBC's posting of the full US Army report, I feel ready to say a few things.

First, the 800th MP Brigade is a disgrace to the uniform. I know that it's only a small number of soldiers who are going to be guilty of this idiocy, but they have stained the entire unit's reputation and their county's reputation as well. I sincerely hope the promised heads roll, and very publicly.

The report makes note of insufficient training, and that's a good point, at least in terms of keeping this from happening again. However, as I was taught in the Army, the effective range of an excuse is zero. Besides, I have to think that any reasonalbe person, in uniform or not, would know that this kind of behavior was wrong.

I'd also like to make note of some media reports I've heard in which some of the accused claim that they were ordered or encouraged to "soften the prisoners up" for interrogation. I seem to remember a class that I had in basic which lasted nearly an entire day on the rules of war and a soldier's right and duty to refuse to obey an illegal order. If they were indeed ordered or encouraged to commit these actions, let me note something for them--"I was just following orders" went out with the Nuremburg trials.

At the end of the day, it appears to me that what we have here is a poorly trained and led US Army Reserve unit that was put in a the position of performing duties outside it's normal mission profile. I suspect that this is a symptom of the long-standing secondary status of the Reserve and National Guard when it comes to resources and the lack of a large enough military, thanks to the phony "peace dividend" cuts of the 90s.

The entire report makes interesting if depressing reading.

Given our less than stellar performance in the last 2 months or so, you have to wonder if anyone planned for what would happen after we won the shooting war. We started planning for the occupation of Germany and Japan 2 years before we won WWII. I guess we missed that little step this time--and it should be to our shame.

However, we're there, and we're going to have to clean up our mess. We also need to stop making stupid mistakes, like sending mixed messages such as the on again, off again attack on Fallujah and abusing the locals. So let's get it figured out and get it done in an orderly and proficient military manner.