Posts Tagged ‘Iraq’

WMD: The Murderous Reign of Saddam Hussein

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

At over 1-1/2 hours long, WMD : The Murderous Reign of Saddam Hussein is not your typical YouTube video.  It is however, a great reminder of how we got into Iraq and why.  With our current administration apologizing to the world for our presence in the middle east I think it is vitally important to remember what really went on over the last several decades in Iraq.

I recommend grabbing a cup of coffee and watching something that you probably don’t ever remember seeing in the mainstream media.

Lock him up!

Monday, September 15th, 2008

If this is factual then it is time for Barack Obama to withdraw his candidacy and resign his Senate seat, because this anti-US behavior is so atrociously treasonous that it makes Jim McDermott look like a patriot whose image should adorn a coin or a rock face.

WHILE campaigning in public for a speedy withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, Sen. Barack Obama has tried in private to persuade Iraqi leaders to delay an agreement on a draw-down of the American military presence.

According to Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, Obama made his demand for delay a key theme of his discussions with Iraqi leaders in Baghdad in July.

“He asked why we were not prepared to delay an agreement until after the US elections and the formation of a new administration in Washington,” Zebari said in an interview.

Obama insisted that Congress should be involved in negotiations on the status of US troops – and that it was in the interests of both sides not to have an agreement negotiated by the Bush administration in its “state of weakness and political confusion.”

While in Iraq, Obama also tried to persuade the US commanders, including Gen. David Petraeus, to suggest a “realistic withdrawal date.” They declined.

Obama has given Iraqis the impression that he doesn’t want Iraq to appear anything like a success, let alone a victory, for America. The reason? He fears that the perception of US victory there might revive the Bush Doctrine of “pre-emptive” war – that is, removing a threat before it strikes at America.

NY Post: Obama tried to stall GI’s Iraq withdrawal

Senator Obama attempting to coerce US commanders for his own political gain?  Attempting to negotiate troop activity directly with a foreign power and behind the back of our Commander in Chief?  No part of this situation sounds legal nor ethical; in fact it sounds downright treasonous.  Was this Hillary Clinton’s October surprise come early?

After reading this, and again assuming it is factual, I not only don’t want Sen. Obama for president, I want to see him locked up.  NObama!

Parkenfarker Group: NEWS FROM THE FRONTLINES

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

Parkenfarker Group’s foreign policy contributor GK has written a great post surrounding news from Iraq that is sadly lacking in media. I point this post out because how, when, how much and how far we leave Iraq is an election issue for many.

Today we conducted our second Reconciliation Gathering and this was even more successful than the initial one with 42 terrorists coming forward to lay their arms down and join the peace process. We expect this number to continue to grow exponentially as the Government of Iraq informally approves of this path to peace. We will continue to pursue every avenue possible through lethal actions against our enemies or by making offerings for amnesty to those deserving.

Many of you are probably either not believing what we are achieving or are in disbelief because of what the media reports. I cannot tell you the media misleads anyone because we have less of a perspective of the comprehensive situation in Iraq than you probably do. But we can speak for the Area of Operations Summit in which we are responsible.

There are three primary reasons for the success we’ve achieved. First, our lethal targeting has evolved to PhD level effectiveness. Our Soldiers are capturing their intended targets every single day with a level of success no one could have asked for. Secondly, the formation of the Awakening or Concerned Local Citizens within AO Summit has emplaced over 6,000 Iraqi partners in our AO. This required tremendous effort and hard work from your loved ones. But it’s paid off in lives saved, terrorists captured, IED’s discovered and caches turned in on a daily basis. There is literally no where for the enemy to hide right now.

Ron Paul supporters are for a non-intervention policy, George Bush/John McCain supporters such as myself feel that we are generally on the right path, and Barack Obama supporters seem to be gathering behind his “change” plan which if you read the fine print looks a lot like the current George Bush plan. So as you are forming your opinion, please consider News from the Frontlines and the countless others like it available on the internet. And lastly, when you look at a candidate for president, really study the plan they are proposing for Iraq.

Two things that stink

Friday, October 13th, 2006

First, here is a link (old stuff there was a link) to all the letters l wrote the city council about the Troops Home Resolution. Too bad 90% are not part of the public record, so when this bites the council in the you know what, we can’t open the record and say we told you so. Odd that none of my material was included in the 10-9-06 meeting packet when additional public comment was taken and the follow up agenda for the 9-25-06 meeting said:

NEXT CITY COUNCIL MEETING
MONDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2006;
DEADLINE TO SUBMIT MATERIAL FOR THE AGENDA PACKET:
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2006; 10 AM

Follow Up Agenda for September 25, 2006

Secondly, what about the new study showing 655,000 dead in Iraq due to the US? Many new sources call the study controversial. While I won’t be exhaustive, I can throw a few darts at the the validity of the number and usefulness the study.

With any look at polls and studies I think it is important that it you comment on the actual study. Don’t comment on someone else’s comment on the study. Here is my list to think about when I see a study or poll?

  • I ask myself are the results hard to believe? People are intelligent. Gut instinct is worth exploring. Some call this the smell test.
  • Are they consistent with other information you received? Goes hand in hand with the first, but look at results from other studies or documents on subject
  • What is the purpose of the study? People want to be successful. If the study has a goal/agenda, then results will tend to be slanted towards it.
  • Who funded the study? People don’t pay money for a study unless they think it will benefit them.
  • What assumptions are made in in the premise?
  • Sound math
  • Access to actual data.

So here is what a quick pass at this yields:

  • Yes this is hard to believe because it is way way above any number I’ve heard. This smells bad.
  • No it is not consistent with other information I have heard in the press. Lately I’ve been hearing how we at an unprecedented 3000 dead Iraqis per month which comes out to about 125,000 dead when the study claims 655,000. And where are all the bodies? You’d think others would have noticed and there would be corroborating data.
  • Purpose and funding are too big for me to tackle now and I’ve got to go to work soon. The major funding came from MIT, but ground work was done by Al Mustansiriya University, a prestigious Sunni institution. I would question the motive and validity of Sunni collected data. Not that they are dishonest, but that they are the most vocal and anti-US faction in Iraq.
  • The study assumed a mortality rate of 5.5 per 1000 people before the US invasion. Whatcom mortality rates for the year 1999 were 7.5 per 1000. Was Iraq that peaceful? What about all the mass graves?
  • Sound math? Number of of deaths was extrapolated from about 600 to over 600,000. I see that garbage multiplied by 1000 is lot’s of garbage.
  • Access to data. Not to bad. I found it in 5-10 minutes even on my slow dialup connection

So there it is. Smells awfully stinky to me, but I have to go now.