A Visit by the Beast?
When I looked again just now visits for the week were ... "666".
Freaky. Very freaky.
Anybody else getting this?
2000 is just a number. But that number is a soldier. People all around the country are trying to use this number as some sort of milestone. It just so happens that Staff Sgt. George T. Alexander Jr. (yes, “#2000″ has a name) died of a roadside bomb, something I’ve dedicated the past two years trying to keep from happening.
During their campaign in some of the Arabian nations, they would approach a city and give it a chance to surrender. If it did, it would be accepted into the Mongol empire. If it refused and resisted, then the Mongols would lay siege (using siege engines built and operated by Chinese combat engineers who accompanied the Mongols in the campaign) and once the city fell the inhabitants would be completely slaughtered. Word of this spread and surrenders became the norm, as the Mongols intended.Obviously, I've been using inferior catapults not made in China!
If this boot fits, wear it. Cmon America you have you wake up and make a difference! You are strong people, it’s inside you, it might be deep but its there. The enemy knows he can’t beat the Coalition forces here in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, he will try to beat you back in the states; Scare tactics, threats and bad propaganda are just some of his tools. You have to respect the threats but squash the bad propaganda. Im tired of being nice, I don’t have to be nice, as a matter of fact Im getting to like being mean. Its about damn time you get a big ass belly full of anti American press and put your foot down. We are America and if you want to walk up and punch us in the nose, talk trash about the umbrella that provides you security you can stand the hell by for a good ol fashioned ass whooping. That’s right America every now and then you have to “click off safe” and stand up for what you believe in and pile drive to the BS into the deck. What’s that, you’re having a bad day and you really don’t feel like going to work??? We’ll suck it up cupcake and smell freaking roses. Life isn’t fair and you need to get tuff and press on. Its important that you make a creditable contribution to society. So all you “Im going to milk mommy and Daddy for everything they have” brainyacks need to go get a freaking job! We have to fight the enemy as one team because I can tell you this, the enemy is bonded together to fight us and he is committed to winning or die trying here in Iraq and “HELLO” in the United States. That’s right there in the good ol US. (click here to read more about attacks) So all of you anti war, Dr Phil watching, tree hugin mother scratchers that want to run crying home to mommy now cause you never want anything bad to ever happen, better open your eyes and join the team against terrorism. Terrorism is real and it wants to destroy your butt and the US by attacking you in the open or through the press. So if you think the enemy have plopped out lawn chairs, lit a cigar and called it quits you are sadly mistaken. Take charge, put an American flag in your yard and remember how you felt on Sept 11th when all those Americans were murdered! Who me? I can’t make a difference………….Monkey shit! One person always makes a difference and that can start something great! We are at war are you doing all you can? Marines are conducting operations throughout Iraq conducting house to house searches disrupting, capturing and destroying the enemy. We will take the garbage out here. YOU have to take care of yourself by being discipline, get organized and work together. There is nothing more that the scumbags love seeing is us against each other. There is the Spirit and the Sword and the Spirit will always win! Semper FiCapt. B is taking care of business in Iraq, and we need to back him up here. That means NOT BEING AFRAID OF COMMIES!!!!
It is now clear that a challenge on this scale requires greater federal authority and a broader role for the armed forces -- the institution of our government most capable of massive logistical operations on a moment's notice.Uh, lets not forget that certain areas of Mississippi were wiped out, but because of responsible state and local leaders, were able to start recovery efforts immediately without waiting for the Feds to literally bail them out. Maybe challenges on this scale just need leaders who will plan ahead, and then actually implement the plans when disaster makes it necessary.
The Posse Comitatus Act (18 U.S.C. 1385) generally prohibits federal military personnel and units of the U.S. National Guard under federal authority from acting in a law enforcement capacity within the United States, except where expressly authorized by the U.S. Constitution or Congress. Enacted during Reconstruction, the purpose of the Posse Comitatus Act was to severely limit the powers of the federal government to use the military for local law enforcement. Would Americans tolerate such a gigantic leap in the federalization of law enforcement? I'm guessing the answer is yes. In the name of safety, we've undergone decades of softening up to accept just about any government edict that our predecessors would have found offensive.Even more frightening would be the possibility of abuse by a future President *shudder* Clinton. That combination of megalomania and utter contempt for the military could be catastrophic. James Carafano of the Heritage Foundation suggests some alternatives in Critics of the Hurricane Response Miss the Mark in Focusing on Posse Comitatus.
Deploying the military faster, making it a more agile and flexible instrument to respond to all kinds of domestic security needs, is a question of force structure and policy. It does not require tampering with the sovereign responsibilities outlined in the Constitution. There are better solutions.But he envisions something that I also find disquieting:
Mix National Guard and Reserve forces. The Army Reserves, like the National Guard, are citizen soldiers. However, the Reserves are federal forces, meaning that they do not belong to the states in which they are based. Since assets indispensable to disaster relief are scattered throughout the Reserve components (both the Reserves and the Guard), disaster relief efforts should integrate both components resources and clarify lines of authority in a manner that preserves states autonomy in accordance with Posse Comitatus. Rather than amend the law to expand Federal authority, Congress could consider adding a provision that would allow federal Reserve units to function under state control during a natural disaster or other emergency situation. Under such a provision, states could draft their own emergency response plans and submit them to the Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In an emergency, the DOD could then marshal the resources and logistical support necessary to support state authorities. Such an arrangement allows states to tailor plans to their individual needs, to maintain unity and continuity of command, and to allow for coordinating the needs and costs of responding to disasters and other contingencies before the event.I don't like the idea of giving someone like Kathleen Blanco or Ray Nagin the use of Army reserve units! If we have reasons to retain restraints on what the CIC can do with the troops here at home, shouldn't we have even more reason to keep State leaders hands off of them? How could we ever rest assured that some nimrod governor wouldn't abuse this new authority?
"America maintains a strong military force always ready to monkey stomp someone's ass when needed, regardless of when."Capt. B is a lot more than just a hardassed Marine. He is a thoughtful, intelligent, competent leader who can teach us all a lot.
"I don't pity the scumbags who tread our area as they will get that one-way ticket to Allah."
"Reporters countrywide saturated the area days prior to the elections to hopefully catch the US forces failing. Well too damn bad it didn't happen so pound sand!"
The room seemed to move around me and I felt unsteady even though I was sitting. I've never had low blood sugar before, and as I tried to steady myself through the vertigo with a hand on my desk, I wracked my brain. Had I skipped dinner last night as well? How long HAD it been since I'd eaten? Am I going to have to have someone drive me to the medics for an IV?B is also in Afghanistan and writes the blog Going Down Range. His writing style is very business like, doesn't say much about himself, and doesn't write nearly often enough. Lots of cool pics with every post, and each post is packed with info and other links to articles or sites.
Just then, the Operations NCO stuck his head through the door. "Sir, you can't stay in the building during an earthquake, we need to move outside."
BAQOUBA, Iraq -- Joint Iraqi and U.S. security forces foiled an attempt by terrorists to ambush a truck delivering ballots to the nearby city of Muqtadiya yesterday, one in a series of attacks ahead of tomorrow's vote on a permanent constitution.I love the pic. It shows these guys are getting better all the time at taking care of business (although the 'cover' should have been on the guy's head instead of the pavement).
A decoy convoy -- disguised to look like it was carrying ballots from the Iraqi Electoral Commission and heavily armed with Iraqi forces -- drew fire from terrorists hiding in a palm grove outside of Baqouba at midday.
Unknown to the enemy, three ordinary pickup trucks carrying the real ballots already were delivering the precious cargo to the city of Muqtadiya, an hour's drive away.
Thirty Iraqi soldiers, accompanied by a reporter-photographer for The Washington Times, were assigned to the dummy convoy. It was an all-Iraqi operation. No U.S. soldiers were present.
"This mission is dangerous. Any civilian car moving between our cars should be seen as a threat," Lt. Hayder said before the mission got under way.I think the elections are going to go well this weekend. I'm looking forward to lots of purple fingers Saturday afternoon, and lots of happy and proud military and police forces that have done a spectacular job of making the vote possible.
The attack began with the bone-jarring explosion of a roadside bomb followed by a barrage of rocket-propelled grenades and rifle fire. Within seconds, Iraqi soldiers responded with a wall of automatic-weapons fire. The terrorists ran.
Later, U.S. Kiowa helicopters arrived to escort the convoy to Muqtadiya. Back at Forward Operating Base Normandy in Muqtadiya, which U.S. Army Task Force 1-30 shares with an Iraqi unit nicknamed "Tiger Battalion." Lt. Col. Roger Cloutier reflected on the day's events.
"These [Iraqi soldiers] are ordinary guys that rose to the occasion. In their lifetime, they have never experienced freedom, and now they're defending it with their lives," said Col. Cloutier, commander of the task force.
Yet while the killers choose their victims indiscriminately, their attacks serve a clear and focused ideology, a set of beliefs and goals that are evil, but not insane.This is the strongest language he has used yet in describing the terrorists. Mr. Bush also took a swipe at his predecessor with: "They hit us, and expect us to run. They want us to repeat the sad history of Beirut in 1983, and Mogadishu in 1993 -- only this time on a larger scale, with greater consequences." I've never heard him come close to criticizing a former President like this, though he did temper it with a reference to a Reagan era bombing. I'ts about time.
Some call this evil Islamic radicalism; others, militant Jihadism; still others, Islamo-fascism. Whatever it's called, this ideology is very different from the religion of Islam. This form of radicalism exploits Islam to serve a violent, political vision: the establishment, by terrorism and subversion and insurgency, of a totalitarian empire that denies all political and religious freedom. These extremists distort the idea of jihad into a call for terrorist murder against Christians and Jews and Hindus -- and also against Muslims from other traditions, who they regard as heretics.
Al Qaeda is to terror what the mafia is to crime. But its goal is not making money; its goal is remaking the world -- and imposing its radical beliefs on people everywhere. The terrorists practice a fringe form of Islamic extremism that has been rejected by Muslim scholars and the vast majority of Muslim clerics -- a fringe movement that perverts the peaceful teachings of Islam. The terrorists' directive commands them to kill Christians and Jews, to kill all Americans, and make no distinction among military and civilians, including women and children.In his famous "Axis of Evil" speech on Jan 29, 2002:
We have seen the depth of our enemies' hatred in videos, where they laugh about the loss of innocent life. And the depth of their hatred is equaled by the madness of the destruction they design.And from a speech to the U.N. delivered Sept. 23, 2003:
...These enemies view the entire world as a battlefield, and we must pursue them wherever they are.
By the victims they choose, and by the means they use, the terrorists have clarified the struggle we are in. Those who target relief workers for death have set themselves against all humanity. Those who incite murder and celebrate suicide reveal their contempt for life, itself. They have no place in any religious faith; they have no claim on the world's sympathy; and they should have no friend in this chamber.The President and his Cabinet have also been consistent in the "how long" question. His new Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Marine General Peter Pace, gave a speech at Mount Vernon, October 11th at a ceremony to present Purple Hearts to 8 soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan:
Pace told the family and friends of those at the ceremony that there are similarities between George Washington's time and today. He said that when Washington left Mount Vernon to take command of the Continental Army in 1775, he did not know how long he would be gone or how long his task would take. "It lasted eight years," Pace said. "We don't know how long this struggle will last, but like General Washington and his soldiers, we will stay with it as long as it takes."We've only been at it for four years and the enemy we face is evil incarnate rather than true soldiers of a foreign govermnent. SecDef Rumsfeld follows on with answers to the "why" and "how" questions in a TownHall type forum at MacDill AFB this morning:
"And you can tell them something else: that America is not what's wrong with this world," he added. "What's wrong with this world are the terrorists, the 'beheaders,' the hostage-takers, the assassins -- the people our forces are fighting every day in a number of locations -- they're what's wrong with the world. And our country's finest men and women are out there meeting them every day."Rummy would have to come up as a pitbull in the dog quiz. The U.S. and Iraqi forces are on the offensive. A DefenseLINK article from Oct. 11th is astonishing in the numbers it reports. Over a three day period (Oct. 9 -11), just around Baghdad, coalition forces completed hundreds of missions that netted 98 terror suspects, killed at least two bad guys, collected thousands of rounds of ammo, bomb making materials, weapons, and certainly intel. "Iraqi soldiers and police conducted nearly 370 of the missions themselves and teamed with coalition forces on 50 others." How's that for getting the Iraqis up-to-speed? They really are taking on more and more responsibility.
Rumsfeld said it is not the mission of the U.S. military to "cower behind illusory defenses" because "defenses don't work." The only defense, he said, is to go on the offensive, to stop terrorists before they attack America.
"Your mission is to be on the offense; it's to go on the attack," he said. "And that's what our forces are doing: they're engaging the enemy where they live so that they do not attack us where we live."