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Iraq War

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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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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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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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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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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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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Getting Their Parade in New York

February 7, 2012

The Super Bowl XLVI champion New York Giants were given a major ticker-tape parade in New York City, which is customary in the Big Apple when a local team wins a national championship.  The Giants played a great game, had a great second-half of their season, and should feel proud of their accomplishments. What bugs [...]

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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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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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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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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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Obama’s Iraq Speech

September 1, 2010

Last night, President Obama decided to give a speech on the day “Operation Iraqi Freedom” was to end.  Going forward, it will be known as “Operation New Dawn,” where we’ll train up and send small special ops forces around Iraq in training exercises and for small operations/skirmishes, respectively. I watched the speech live last night [...]

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How Much We Really Spent on Iraq

August 22, 2010

Just a few days ago the last combat troops left Iraq putting an end to that phase of the conflict.  On September 1 it even gets a new name, Operation New Dawn.  Last week I repeated an estimate which indicated that the war itself cost roughly $1 trillion to fight.  It turns out I was [...]

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US Combat Troops Leave Iraq

August 19, 2010

It’s been about seven-and-a-half years since Operation Iraqi Freedom set out to inflict “regime change” on Saddam Hussein and rebuild a war-torn Iraq into a functioning state.  Early this morning the last official combat troops entered Kuwait, leaving Iraq, ending America’s combat role. That’s not to say we’re done by any stretch.  We’re doubling the [...]

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WikiLeak’s Leftist Agenda

July 27, 2010

Yesterday came news that the leftist site WikiLeaks produced over 90,000 pages of documents allegedly blowing the whistle on “war crimes” during the Afghan War through 2009, coincidentally making sure to keep the Obama Nation clean in all of this. As many have aptly noted, the information in these leaked documents tells us nothing new:  [...]

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Petraeus Redux

June 24, 2010

As to be expected, General Stanley McChrystal was sacked yesterday as the commanding general in Afghanistan.  In his place, President Obama named Centcom Commander General David Petraeus to replace McChrystal. Petraeus is the COIN (counter insurgency) guru who was the mastermind behind the Baghdad Security Plan, better known as the Surge, in Iraq which is [...]

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The Hurt Locker Wins Best Picture

March 8, 2010

Yesterday, Iraq had another in a series of successful parliamentary elections, moving them closer to a functioning democracy which can police itself and defend it’s territorial integrity. It’s wasn’t a perfect situation, dozens were killed in attacks on election sites, but the people seem determined to take the path of democracy. In unrelated news, yesterday, [...]

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No US Combat Deaths in Iraq Last Month

January 4, 2010

That’s a pretty bold statement, but nonetheless a true one.  The US military lost zero soldiers in combat last month — an all-time low for a one-month period!  However, three soldiers did die of non-combat causes.  2009 itself was the most quiet year since 2004 on the casualty front. Some of the reasons why we’re [...]

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Obama’s Speech on Afghanistan

December 1, 2009

Here’s what I took from the President’s speech tonight on the future of the War in Afghanistan: “The common security of the world is at stake” says the President, but we’re getting out in 18 months because it’s a rather pricey endeavor.  OK, Taliban and al Qaeda types, just wait until July 2011 and start [...]

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Cheney: “Drumbeat of Defeatism” from Obama

October 21, 2009

I Heart Cheney for many reasons.  I love his unabashed defense of the Bush Administration’s Gitmo policy, the free-market, the CIA’s advanced interrogation techniques, and now his defense of what the Bush Administration left for Obama to deal with in Afghanistan.  Here’s how Fox reported Cheney’s statement’s on Special Report with Bret Baier tonight: Well, you had [...]

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Obama’s Health Care Speech Angers Vet

September 10, 2009

Imagine if you put your heart and soul into your job.  Say it’s an important job that takes you away from your family, friends, and loved ones one weekend a month and a few weeks a year.  Say, also, that this very important job took you away from your family for over a year, putting [...]

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Walter Cronkite Dies at 92

July 18, 2009

Deemed “the most trusted man in America,” CBS-TV journalist icon Walter Cronkite died yesterday at the age of 92.  His long and storied career in journalism spanned from World War II though the 1980s.  As a relatively new medium with only a few channels, Cronkite’s presence on the tube when JFK, MLK, and RFK were assassinated, after [...]

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Have We Still Lost the War, Harry?

April 20, 2009

Here’s the Senate Majority Leader roughly two years ago: What’s horrible is that his ilk is now in charge of two branches of our government!  When it was “Bush’s War” it was OK to declare defeat as such when the biggest military turnaround in American history since General Grant took over the Army of the Potomac in [...]

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Operation Iraqi Freedom — Plus Six

March 20, 2009

Six years ago, a few hours before dawn on March 20, 2003, “Operation Iraqi Freedom” officially began.  It was still March 19th here in the States, so that’s why the anniversary was noted in yesterday’s media coverage.  It took 21 days to affect regime change, and it’s taken six years to secure that nation to [...]

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A Little Hope for a Change

February 15, 2009

Though only about a month into the Obama Nation, an early political pattern may be developing:  Obama remains popular, but the Congressional Dems are slipping.  On the eve of Election Day, the generic Congressional ballot gave the Dems a six-point lead in Rasmussen’s poll.  Today they only have a one-point lead, a statistical tie and a consistent downward slide since November 4.  [...]

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Petraeus to Toss Coin at Super Bowl XLIII

January 29, 2009

Centcom Head and Iraq Redeemer David Petraeus will be part of the Super Bowl XLIII coin toss Sunday night.  Here what Petraeus had to say about it: “It is a privilege to represent our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen in the coin-toss ceremony…. And it is an honor to thank the NFL commissioner and [...]

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Giving Bush the Boot

December 14, 2008

Check out this video from President Bush’s surprise visit to Baghdad.  He was on a trip to celebrate the new Status of Forces (SOF) agreement that the Iraqi Parliament finally passed. You know Obama would have hit the deck and whimper for his guards, possibly soiling himself slightly.  Bush not only gets back up after each [...]

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Leaving Iraq by 2011

November 16, 2008

An agreement was reached in committee yesterday which spells out a timetable for US withdrawal from Iraq.  The draft will be voted on tomorrow in a special session of the Iraqi Parliament.  A new Status of Forces Agreement is necessary since our UN mandate to be in Iraq expires by the end of the year (some [...]

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