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The Iraq Front

Baffling: Bush Admin Covers Up WMDs in Iraq

October 17, 2014

The old WMD story has recently resurfaced and if what I’ve read is true, I’m beyond outraged. The back story:  Back in 2006 the Pentagon feared that the insurgents (particularly Al Qaeda in Iraq, now ISIS) would use remnants of Saddam’s chemical weapon stockpile against US troops particularly for use in IEDs. Of course, that [...]

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Back in Iraq

August 10, 2014

Iraq is a mess. Unfortunately that line could have been described Iraq at any time since 1980.  Like Tito in Yugoslavia, Saddam was able to keep all the various factions in line, usually with brute force.  Remove Saddam from the mix and without proper planning and support, a mess could ensue.  And it did. After [...]

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Mike Rogers on ISIS

June 26, 2014

Michigan Congressman Mike Rogers has some insight into why ISIS and al Qaeda have had issues, and note that while the intelligence community was well aware of the growing threat from ISIS, watching them gain power and influence over the past three years, the administration largely ignored the threat.  Here’s a brief clip of Rogers [...]

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Iraq Descends into Chaos

June 14, 2014

Iraq is descending into chaos as a terrorist militant group called ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria/Levant) has seized the second largest city in Iraq, Mosul, and have stampeded across Anbar province to within 50 miles of Baghdad. A number of factors are in play:  the fact that the US never renewed the SOFA [...]

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Movie Review — Lone Survivor

January 25, 2014

I vaguely remember a story back in 2005 about this Navy SEAL in Afghanistan who was the only one who survived an attack by dozens of Taliban, who managing to crawl to an Afghan village, and somehow got rescued.  This Iraq War vet (OIF 1), after recovering from his wounds volunteered to go back to [...]

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Boehner on Board with Obama on Syria Means War

September 3, 2013

House Speaker John Boehner had a meeting with Obama today and the usual happened — Boehner caved to Obama’s wishes, this time on the issue of military action in Syria: Later, John Kerry, Chuck Hagel, General Dempsey and others attended a picnic Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing where they tried to make the case for [...]

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Anti-War Crowd Rather Subdued on Syria

August 31, 2013

In politics and life, I respect consistency.  For instance, Dennis Kucinich and I have starkly different philosophies, but at least he’s consistent in his views, especially about war. So President Obama, a Progressive Liberal Democrat is on the verge of going to war with Syria: without a broad international coalition of any kind possibly without [...]

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Fort Hood Shooter Gets Date with Allah

August 28, 2013

Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan was sentenced to death by a military jury for killing 13 people and wounding dozens of others on November 5, 2009.  Hasan represented himself and chose not to do much in his own defense, admitting to the crime, and giving no closing statement.  The jury spent about two hours deliberating [...]

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Happy Memorial Day

May 27, 2013

Today we honor and remember those who lost their lives in defense of this nation.  We honor the war dead, those who gave that “last full measure of devotion,” as well as their families and friends.  In the recent wars America has fought: Iraq:  (2003-2011) a total of 4,486 Americans were lost with 32,223 wounded. [...]

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The Iraq War 10 Years Later

March 20, 2013

On March 20, 2003, Operation Iraqi Freedom began.  The United States and Coalition forces sought to remove Saddam Hussein from power for (among other things) being in material breech of UN Security Council Resolution 1441.  Twenty-one days later Baghdad was taken and the regime was on the run.  Approximately eight years, eight months and three [...]

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Rand Paul’s Filibuster

March 6, 2013

As of this writing, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (R) is in the seventh hour of an old-school filibuster of President Obama’s nominee to head the CIA, John Brennan.  While saying that he has nothing personal against Brennan, Attorney General Holder and President Obama’s view on potential drone strikes in America against American citizens warranted this [...]

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Hagel Hearing Debacle

January 31, 2013

In the spirit of full disclosure, we here at AOR have a history of not liking Chuck Hagel.  Mike even wrote this in September 2007: As Chris Wallace once pointed out, the man’s [Hagel] worldview on national security was closer to John Kerry’s than to the mainstream of the Republican Party. That was then.  In [...]

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Women on the Front Lines

January 24, 2013

Word came out today that outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is paving the way for women to be on the front line of combat by 2016. While I agree in principle with the policy change, I have a feeling that this opportunity for women is done in-hand with civilian political calculations — another “first” [...]

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Norman Schwarzkopf Dies at 78

December 28, 2012

Commanding General of Operation Desert Storm Norman Schwarzkopf died yesterday in Tampa due to complications from pneumonia.  He was 78 years old. “Stormin’ Norman’s” leadership produced a quick and decisive victory pushing back Saddam’s invasion of Kuwait in 1991.  After bombing for a month and with about 100 hours on the ground, the Gulf War [...]

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Petraeus Resigns Over Affair

November 9, 2012

Earlier today, CIA director General David Petraeus resigned his post because of an extra-marital affair with his biographer which was uncovered by the FBI.  Such a revelation becomes a national security threat since foreign nations or internal malcontents could use such information to blackmail the CIA chief.  The affair is unacceptable and deplorable behavior on [...]

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RNC Speeches Day 3: Smitten by Mitt

August 31, 2012

The final evening of speeches at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa capped a solid three days of a pro-American, pro-free market, pro-opportunity political festival.  Hurricane Isaac forced the convention into a three-day affair, but in truth packing all the speeches and events into three days instead of four allowed the message to come [...]

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RNC Speeches Day 2: Rice and Ryan Rock the Hall

August 30, 2012

After many solid speeches throughout Day 1 of the convention, I was interested to see if the message would shift on Day 2.  It did.  Yesterday the was time to take it directly to Obama (finally).  The specific criticism missing from Chris Christie’s speech was on full display in prime time last night! The warm-up [...]

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Boston Flight School Exposes TSA’s Pre-9/11 Mindset

July 19, 2012

News came today that a Boston-area flight school owned by an illegal alien had 25 illegal aliens learning to fly planes, six of whom got a pilot’s license.  The most disturbing development, however, was that the GAO indicated that this flight training was actually approved of by the TSA! What are we paying these government [...]

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Data: The Road to Recovery Begins with Electing Republicans

July 9, 2012

New unemployment data analysis indicates that all 17 states which elected a Republican governor in 2010 have seen a drop in that state’s unemployment rate, while all eight states who elected Democrats saw slower drops or actual increases in the unemployment rate since January 2011.  These GOP governors have had to make hard (and often [...]

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Happy Memorial Day

May 28, 2012

Today we honor the remembrance of those who lost their lives in defense of this nation.  We honor the war dead, those who gave that “last full measure of devotion,” and their families and friends.  In the recent wars America has fought: Iraq:  (2003-2011) a total of 4,486 Americans were lost with 32,223 wounded. Afghanistan:  [...]

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St. Louis Has First Major Parade for Iraq War Vets

January 29, 2012

Organizers in St. Louis decided that since no one had yet scheduled a major parade for returning Iraq War veterans, that they would try to put one on.  With no serious objections they did.  Here’s a video: While some of the parade’s participants will be redeployed to Afghanistan sooner or later, it speaks volumes about [...]

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The Iraq War Ends

December 15, 2011

Today, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was present in Baghdad for the official ceremony which served to formally end the Iraq War.  The secretary noted that we’re leaving with our “chins held high” and gave respectful deference to the sacrifices of the soldiers and their loved ones during this conflict.  We leave only two small bases [...]

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Happy Veterans Day!

November 11, 2011

We here at Axis of Right would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to all the brave men and women in our armed forces who have been put in harms way throughout the years to defend our country and our way of life. Thank you!

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Sunsetting the Iraq War

October 22, 2011

The final Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) with Iraq indicated that we would be leaving on December 31, 2011.  While this agreement was arranged in November 2008 with the outgoing Bush Administration, apparently the Obama Administration just read the memo and took little time to brag about how the final withdrawal of forces in Iraq [...]

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War #4: Uganda?

October 14, 2011

With Iraq and Libya winding down as Afghanistan is heating up, the President decided to choose a Friday afternoon document-dump to inform the nation that he will suddenly enforce a two-year-old resolution passed by Congress to send troops into Uganda deal with some insurgents.  While only deploying about 100 special forces to help the Ugandan [...]

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A Decade Since 9/11

September 11, 2011

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.  It was one of those terrible “where were you?” moments those who remember Pearl Harbor or the Kennedy assassination can empathize with.  We share our stories when the opportunity arises.  We still remember those who’ve given their lives in the War on Terror, especially those whose [...]

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Memorial Day 2011

May 30, 2011

Amidst the beach, beer, and barbecue this weekend, we need to take a moment to honor those who’ve paid the ultimate sacrifice so that our republic can enjoy the freedoms we have the way we do. Currently we are involved in three major conflicts.  While there haven’t been any military deaths in our confused (and [...]

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Air Strikes Against Libya

March 20, 2011

About a month after the slaughter began in Libya by dictator Muammar Qaddafi against anti-government factions, the UN finally decided to take some meaningful action last Thursday evening allowing a no-fly zone to be put into place.  So, yesterday American and British forces shot 114 tomahawk missiles at strategic locations in Libya in order to [...]

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Egypt’s “Mission Accomplished” Moment

February 11, 2011

A new day dawns in Egypt.  Mubarak’s out but the military is still in charge over in Egypt. Listening to Beck on my Sirius/XM radio today I heard about one particular sign the protesters held up: I remember that it was May 1, 2003, when Dubya landed a plane on that carrier and declared major [...]

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“Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” Repeal Passes Congress

December 18, 2010

Just a few hours ago, the Senate passed the House repeal of the 1993 “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” (DADT) law enacted by the Clinton Administration.  President Obama is likely to sign the repeal next week, making it law.  Six RINOs voted with the Dems. So, who cares?  Gays serving openly in the military — what’s [...]

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