Archive for March, 2007

Britain deals with devil

Saturday, March 31st, 2007

This is depressing. I really thought the Brits would have the stones to deal with this the proper way which is try some diplomatic approaches, then set a time when the captured sailors and Marines should be released and announce that bad things will happen if such time passes and said sailors and Marines are not released. That is the proper way to deal with this. As I’ve said in the blog before, they only understand Pride and Power. Weakness is an invitation to their power.

If this plan unfolds we’ll see a more strident Iran in southern Iraq. They know the Brits are leaving and they know they will not exercise their power. Therefore, Iran being full of Pride, will use it’s Power.

Expect to see much more Iranian influence in the south in the form of Mahdi Army folks slaughtering the Sunni population en mass. IA folks will attempt to respond followed by American folks. In the end, there will be a major fight for Basra and the port cities in the south.

In Iraq, he who controls the Oil controls the Country. With the British pullout from a, until now, peaceful southern Iraq combined with this deal with the devil they are basically handing control of the Iraqi oil fields to the proxy of Iran, the Mahdi Army.

Here’s hoping I’m way off base here.

Great Britain should act like GREAT FRIGGIN BRITAIN

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

Mark Steyn writes about this mess with Iran today and includes an interview Hugh Hewitt did with Newt recently where Newt says:

But frankly, if you’d prefer to show the planet that you’re tiny and we’re not, we’re prepared to simply cut off your economy, and allow you to go back to walking and using oxen to pull carts, because you will have no gasoline left.

Steyn says “A great power is as great as its credibility” and that is very very true. Credibility is all about making the other guy know you are going to follow through with something. Whether that follow through is a good thing or a bad thing is immaterial. They simply must know that you are willing to do what you say you will do…and sometimes do what you never even implied you would do. Credibility in the affairs of state is roughly the equivalent of stark terror in the alley behind the biker bar. Your enemies will run over you if they think they can. If they FEAR YOU or RESPECT YOU or see your country as “credible”, then your enemies are less likely to do anything to you, your toys, or your people on those toys. Smash and many other American Sailors have spent a good amount of time around the waters where the British Sailors were captured. Not once have we heard of an American being captured by the Iranian “navy”. Why? Because the Mullahs and Imanutjob over there know full well it wouldn’t end well for them. The Brits have become weak in the eyes of the barbarians. Imanutjob and the Mullahs…(sounds like a band name)…do not fear the British Navy like they should.

Meanwhile, Blair trots off to the UN with his hat in his hand hoping that they are going to issue a grand statement of…what was the word…oh yes…”condemnation”. The UN weenies will trot that off to the Iranian delegation and the Iranian delegation will wipe their butts with it.

I understand that, in these days, you have to waste your time at the UN in times such as these. If you don’t your action will be declared “illegal” and you will get your own bit of UN imprinted toilet paper. Seeing that for what it is, I have to ask “Why?”. Iran has committed an act of War that has been recognized as such since Navies have been around. A great power is as great as its credibility. Greatness comes from actions. Blair has to act on this and I don’t mean pushing paper around a desk with the pedophile and rapist protectors at the UN.

In the larger view, we(the civilized nations of the world) continue to treat the barbarians as rationale people and they simply are not. The only thing they understand is Pride and Power. Hurt their pride and they respond with power. Crush their power and they scream out in pride. That’s all they understand. Going to the UN, working with a certain “scandinavian” country to serve as intermediary, and calling for direct “talks” to recover these sailors is a sign of weakness to the barbarians. Show them weakness…they show us power. Blair called for the UN to condemn these actions…Imanutjob calls off releasing the female sailor. Drop in a few Royal Commandos to take out their Gasoline refinery as Newt suggests and they will scream out in pride something like, “What that? It’s a fleshwound! come back and I’ll bite your legs off!”. I’ll take listening to their pride. It’s getting harder and harder to stomach the power that we FREELY and seemingly EAGERLY give them.

I am John Doe

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

I would add only one thing to this and it’s noted below in the quote..

Dear Muslim Terrorist Plotter/Planner/Funder/Enabler/Apologist,

You do not know me. But I am on the lookout for you. You are my enemy. And I am yours.

I am John Doe.

I am traveling on your plane. I am riding on your train. I am at your bus stop. I am on your street. I am in your subway car. I am on your lift.

I am your neighbor. I am your customer. I am your classmate. I am your boss.

I am John Doe.

I will never forget the example of the passengers of American Airlines Flight 93 who refused to sit back on 9/11 and let themselves be murdered in the name of Islam without a fight.

I will never forget the passengers and crew members who tackled al Qaeda shoe-bomber Richard Reid on American Airlines Flight 63 before he had a chance to blow up the plane over the Atlantic Ocean.

I will never forget the alertness of actor James Woods, who notified a stewardess that several Arab men sitting in his first-class cabin on an August 2001 flight were behaving strangely. The men turned out to be 9/11 hijackers on a test run.

I will act when homeland security officials ask me to “report suspicious activity.”

I will embrace my local police department’s admonition: “If you see something, say something.”

I am John Doe.

I will protest your Jew-hating, America-bashing “scholars.”

I will petition against your hate-mongering mosque leaders.

I will raise my voice against your subjugation of women and religious minorities.

I will challenge your attempts to indoctrinate my children in our schools.

I will monitor your websites, track your DNS records, seek out steganography in your images and videos, and do everything I can to disrupt your communication channels.

I will combat your violent propaganda on the Internet.

I am John Doe.

I will support law enforcement initiatives to spy on your operatives, cut off your funding, and disrupt your murderous conspiracies.

I will oppose all attempts to undermine our borders and immigration laws.

I will resist the imposition of sharia principles and sharia law in my taxi cab, my restaurant, my community pool, the halls of Congress, our national monuments, the radio and television airwaves, and all public spaces.

I will not be censored in the name of tolerance.

I will not be cowed by your Beltway lobbying groups in moderate clothing. I will not cringe when you shriek about “profiling” or “Islamophobia.”

I will put my family’s safety above sensitivity. I will put my country above multiculturalism.

I will not submit to your will. I will not be intimidated.

I am John Doe.

HT: HotAir and Michelle Malkin

Thank you Mike Inman

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

In Saturday’s Lexington fishwrap Mike Inman dropped a bit of a bombshell on Governor Fletcher and the folks at COT. Colonel Inman drops two bombs of note. First, let’s look at the email review thing:

Part-way through his tenure, Inman learned that the state had a written policy outlining procedures for properly reviewing employee’s e-mails — “a policy that, as soon as I read it, I realized it was regularly violated,” he said.

Officials were required to fill out a form to view subordinates’ messages.

“I would often find out about this when Mark Rutledge would brag to me about something he found in somebody’s e-mail,” Inman said, noting that often, no forms approving such searches were submitted.

There is no presumption of privacy in any business. Government is different in only one way, that is the Government cannot discipline strictly based on political content. That is the definition of Censorship. If there was no official request from an agency and no Court Ordered review, then what is Mr. Rutledge doing perusing email accounts? If he was perusing email accounts, who’s email accounts was he looking at and why? Talk about a chilling effect on government and it’s employees!

Now, let’s have a look at the whole blog blocking thing…

Last summer, the administration blocked state workers from viewing that blog and others, prompting Nickolas to file a federal lawsuit.

Inman said he first heard about the move when Rutledge bragged to him, “Well, we finally blocked bluegrassreport.org.”

“He said, ‘It’s perfectly legal.’ He got defensive about it, and said, ‘Well they wouldn’t ever know we did it because we hid it in a bunch of other stuff,'” Inman recalled Rutledge saying. “I said, ‘There will be a lawsuit about this.'”

Inman said he later told Farris about his concern about a lawsuit.

“We’ll probably win because you can do this, but I will tell you what you’re doing is wrong politically and will hurt the governor,” Inman said he told Farris.

I was made aware that this blog was blocked shortly before 8am on June 21, 2006. I had posted five articles critical of Kentucky Republicans and the Fletcher administration at that time. With the comments from Colonel Inman I have to wonder if my blog as blocked due to political content like Mark. What a friggin mess…

“That’s fact, and I’ll raise my hand and swear to that under oath,” Inman said.

You got that right Colonel. It was wrong politically and it did hurt the Governor. The reasons put forth by COT staff was woefully in adequate in this case which made THEM look bad as well. The rank and file at COT are great folks who do an incredible job for far less pay than they could otherwise make in the private sector. For them to be used in this manner is shameful. If Colonel Inman is telling the truth, Mr. Rutledge should have some serious questions put to him and the Governor should be impeached with malice and much fanfare.

Original posting on this issue here.

Pat Dollard gets it

Saturday, March 24th, 2007

Pat Dollard speaks truth to power in his latest missive.

Folks like Olberman and Matthews(the rest of the list is too long to mention here) are DEFINITELY contributing to our own dead and wounded. THEY are absolutely partly responsible for the continuing attacks on our men and women in uniform. For every tick of their beloved Butcher’s Bill another drop of American blood splashes on their well worn treasonous hands. How they sleep at night amazes me. Well, no it doesn’t. They are in league with the barbarians. They are the leaders of the American Dimam. They actively work toward the deaths of the American Soldier.

Tubby who?

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

I really don’t care about Mr. Smith or where he chooses to ply his trade. I’m sure Wildcat Nation will cheer his departure and expect immediate undefeated seasons from his successor. If there’s a successor…but that’s a bit much to hope for I guess.

Take that McCain-Feingold

Monday, March 19th, 2007

I love this. Not necessarily the content but the idea. Some body with a talent for video editing has whipped out a nice looking ad stating their opinion on a particular candidate. I have no doubt that my candidate will be next and that’s beautiful. Wild and outrageous things will be said that I will find incredibly offensive…but they will be said and that’s what we are all about.

So take that Senators McCain and Feingold. You can’t stop the people from stating their opinion…however outrageous.

Host based IDS for your browser?

Saturday, March 10th, 2007

OH Yeah BABY! You may be thinking, “Well, I have Prevx so my machine is protected” or “Well, I run teatimer with SpyBot so my machine is protected” or “Well, I have {insert fave toy here} so my machine is protected”…all of those toys may well protect you from known bad actors. Firekeeper will allow you to develop your own signatures, ala Snort, that will prevent certain things from taking place in your browser. NICE! This empowers us to be as proactive as we want to be rather than the traditional approach to host defense which is to say REACTIVE.

You can keep up with their development efforts at their blog and even test your installation against their test page. (not linked but is available from their main page…install the plugin first).

The enemy is in our backyard

Thursday, March 8th, 2007

This seems like small potatoes on the surface. An enlisted squid sending some classified “secret” information across the wires to the barbarians. It’s not UBL and it’s not AQI related. In fact, this article is probably the last we’ll hear about it.

But…

It shouldn’t be that way. The public needs to understand why this is such a threat and I fear they won’t because Mr. Abujihaad isn’t a drug soaked, washed up, tramp who has no idea who the father of her children are. No…Mr. Abujihaad is a former member of our Armed Forces who is lending direct support to the barbarians. Here’s hoping he’s still in the reserves or something so the UCMJ might be used. Bust his butt.

Habeas Corpus remains overrated

WP Upgrade

Sunday, March 4th, 2007

Okay…so I’ve upgraded my WP install and it took some of my customizations with it. Oopsy. Don’t really wanna go back so it might take a bit to get it all sorted out.

Ah well.

Democracy NOW with Gen. Wesley Clark

Saturday, March 3rd, 2007

Before I get to the article, I have to say this isn’t exact new.  This information comes from Woodward’s book _Plan of Attack_.

The Bush Administration was convinced they were going to play hardball with Hussein’s regime from the day they set foot in the office. The President was not at all pleased with the constant flaunting of the various UN Resolutions and wanted to turn up the heat. This is about the early timeframe according to Woodward:

11/21/01 President called Rumsfeld aside and asked about the Iraq warplan Op1003.
12/01 early in the month timeframe Rumsfeld asked Franks to start taking a new look at the Iraq warplan Op1003

This book has been out since 2004.

And now the article itself…Couple snippets that intriqued me:

On or about 9/20/01:
Gen. Clark: “I went downstairs just to say hello to some of the people on the Joint Staff who used to work for me, and one of the generals called me in”

He goes on to talk about how this General told him about how we were already going to war with Iraq and later he talked about a plan to take down a bunch of countries in 5 years.

Woodward doesn’t mention any of this from the top folks so I’m left to wonder if one of Gen. Clark’s staff was caught in the ever present and powerful rumor mill that is the Pentagon. Who knows really. I’m not denying that the unnamed General said this. If Gen. Franks is calling for a complete overview of Op1003 and that’s trickling through the ranks it would make sense that the story would grow among the more junior Flag ranks.

One bit from the article I completely agree with is:

But they’re[Iran] building up their own network of influence, and to cement it, they occasionally give some military assistance and training and advice, either directly or indirectly, to both the insurgents and to the militias. And in that sense, it’s not exactly parallel, because there has been, I believe, continuous Iranian engagement, some of it legitimate, some of it illegitimate. I mean, you can hardly fault Iran because they’re offering to do eye operations for Iraqis who need medical attention. That’s not an offense that you can go to war over, perhaps. But it is an effort to gain influence.

There is no disputing that Iran has been active in Iraq for quite a while and as Gen. Clark says, some of that assistance is legitimate. Just like UBL building roads and schools in Afghanistan and Somalia. That’s how you get cred in the country you are trying to take over.

and then there’s this bit:

The real danger is, and one of the reasons this is so complicated is because — let’s say we did follow the desires of some people who say, “Just pull out, and pull out now.” Well, yeah. We could mechanically do that. It would be ugly, and it might take three or four months, but you could line up the battalions on the road one by one, and you could put the gunners in the Humvees and load and cock their weapons and shoot their way out of Iraq. You’d have a few roadside bombs. But if you line everybody up there won’t be any roadside bombs. Maybe some sniping. You can fly helicopters over, do your air cover. You’d probably get safely out of there. But when you leave, the Saudis have got to find someone to fight the Shias. Who are they going to find? Al-Qaeda, because the groups of Sunnis who would be extremists and willing to fight would probably be the groups connected to al-Qaeda. So one of the weird inconsistencies in this is that were we to get out early, we’d be intensifying the threat against us of a super powerful Sunni extremist group, which was now legitimated by overt Saudi funding in an effort to hang onto a toehold inside Iraq and block Iranian expansionism.

He says this immediately after the statement “We haven’t exactly proved our competence in Iraq.” which isn’t some thing I necessarily agree with but…blind squirrels and all like that, he hits a homerun with the above paragraph. Withdrawing from Iraq suddenly would likely bring about exactly what he says here. If the Sunnis line up behind the Saudis in the aftermath of the US withdrawal I would bet that Iran will line up behind the Shia. Then you have an overt regional war which would most likely drag Israel in…skipping and jumping rather than kicking and screaming…and that would put us right back in the middle of it again. So…let’s just stay and finish the job.

On the question about Generals retiring should we decide to move on Iran, Gen Clark goes into a slight rant about the Haiti operation in 1994. Shalikashvili was CJC at the time and he had just returned from the meeting with President Clinton.

He looked at me, and he said, “Wes,” he said, “this is no drill.” He said, “I’m not authorized to tell you this. But,” he said “the decision has been made, and the United States will invade Haiti. The date is the 20th” — I think it was this date — “of the 20th of September. And the planning must be done, and it must be done now. And if any of you have reservations about this, this is the time to leave.” So I looked at Jack, and I looked at Walt. They looked at me. I mean, we kind of shrugged our shoulders and said, “OK, if you want to invade Haiti, I mean, it’s not illegal. It’s not the country we’d most like to invade. The opposition there consists of five armored vehicles. But sure, I mean, if the President says to do it, yeah, we’re not going resign over it.” And so, we didn’t resign. Nobody resigned.

I’m not sure why he tossed in the “its not illegal” comment. Haiti had not attacked the US so under the current thought any move on Haiti WOULD be illegal. That aside, the Generals and staffers around that desk made the right decision. They serve under the Commander in Chief and if he says go here and break something…you go there and break something. If we were to decide to move on Iran, I don’t think many, if any at all, Generals would resign in protest. But I don’t think we are there yet. I’d almost guarantee we have people inside Iran right now. There have been a lot of “bandits” doing things in Iran lately and I just don’t think this would be happening if those “bandits” didn’t have some level of support for an “outside” influence…ahem.

The rest of the interview is all over the board. His discussion on some of the targeting decisions in the Balkan fight was interesting. I’m not sure that’s what Ms. Goodman wanted to hear but it was the truth. I’m sorta surprised one of them didn’t tie this in with the GWoT…but I guess I shouldn’t be.

Good link and an interesting read. I still think Gen. Clark could have been Gen. McClellan in 1864 however.