Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Warriors One and All

I was watching Trinity Broadcasting Network. There was a nice Christian guy talking about how fun paintball was for everyone from Christian youth groups to Young Republicans. But there was a danger too. According to the church guy Jihadists are using paintball games to practice their jihadist ways. Behind the church-guy were a bunch of white Christian guys in white t-shirts and face masks shooting at each other with paint guns. I found this a little blindly hypocritical.

Here you have a bunch of religious fundamentalists practising shooting at each other with paintballs. How is this different? Oh yes, these are "our" fundamentalists. But it gets better and far more murky...

I am very much of an anti-war person. As far as fighting wars that we don't actually have to fight. I am all for getting the SOB's that want to attack us. That is cool. But Iraq is not the way to go about it. Anyway here is the murky part. After watching this hypocracy on the church channel I take my computer over to my brothers house and hook into a LAN game of Battlefield 2. Here we spend hours battling muslim armies and chinese armies killing as many of the badguys as we can.

The point is that these games are popular for all sorts of people. So is paintball. There are probably just as many liberal paintballers as righties. The desire to fight is part of the human condition. It is always lurking beneath our superfical civility. All little boys, big boys, and many girls, like playing WAR. There are some who question the ethics of people who like games like paintball or BF2. Does this predispose people to violence? Probably. My testosterone goes up when playing such games.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Major General Batiste

"We certainly had the troops necessary to win the fight to take down Saddam Hussein, but we in no way considered the hard work to win the peace. There was 10 years of good, deliberate war planning by U.S. Central Command that was essentially ignored."

"We went to war with a flawed plan that didn't account for the hard work to build the peace after we took down the regime. We also served under a secretary of Defense who didn't understand leadership, who was abusive, who was arrogant, who didn't build a strong team."

Thursday, September 21, 2006

We are so F#$%'d and so are the poor Iraqi's

The Washington Post reported today on the Iraq Study Group and its recomendations about what we should be doing in Iraq: (It isn't good, not even a little bit, not even a tiny weeny bit)

Go to :
If you want to read the whole article

The synopsis goes something like this:

James Baker and Lee Hamilton represent the Iraq Study Group. A bunch of old politicians who want to help the US in its war in Iraq. They havebeen working diligently since March 15th of this year. So today that had a press conference

Q: Can the war in Iraq be won?

A: We're not going to make any assessments today about what we think the status of the situation is in Iraq

Q: Could they at least explain their definitions of success and failure in Iraq?

A: Baker -We're not going to get into that today
A: Hamilton -We've made no judgment of any kind at this point about any aspect of policy with regard to Iraq

Q: When will you report?

A: After the midterm elections

Q: Shouldn't the urgency be propelled by developments in Iraq rather than the calendar here?

A: We think it's more important, frankly, to make sure whatever we bring forward is taken, to the extent that we can take it, out of domestic politics

Q: How much were you able to leave the Green Zone while you were in Baghdad?

A: It was recommended to us that it would probably be something that we ought not to do but they were willing for us to do it if we insisted

Q: you think Iraq is still winnable in any substantive sense, or is the issue for your panel now minimizing the scale of U.S. loss and the suffering the U.S. may have going forward?

A: Secretary Baker and I simply are not able at this point even to give you a good idea of where the study group exists with regard to recommendations

Q: Can you at least explain certain definitions?

A: That's the very question that Mr. Hamilton just said we're not going to get into

At the end of this total farce Lee Hamilton said, "The people of Iraq have the right to expect immediate action,"

Washingtons Swamp gass has killed off all the brain cells of our leaders. We are so F'd

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

"Hey you! Yes you. Stop screwing around."

All of you are saved. I did this. You should really stop making life hell for yourselves and love each other. What gives? What will it take for you to catch a clue? A big miracle? Well you are a living miracle. You developed from hydrocarbons over billions of years on a little dirt clod in the midst of empty space to become self aware. You have the ability to change and have a moral compass should you chose to pay attention to it. For My sake mankind, get with the program. Remember you can be in Heaven or hell. Currently you are in the later. Though only by your own wishes. I am still confident that you will be with me. Not because you are particularly swift but since I am God and can pretty much save everybody I want to and I chose to save you.

Have a nice day


Monday, September 11, 2006

September 11, 2006

Our response to 9/11 has been to make matters much much worse. Negotiating with terrorists, putting them in power, selling them f-16's, inviting them to your house fo dinner, and letting them have billions of taxpayer dollars is no way to defeat them. All of this Bush has allowed. How in the hell can we trust this incompitent President to lead us to awywhere but disaster?

Prince Abdula of Saudi Arabia - gives lots of money to terorrists and like to visit Bush
We sold f-16's to Pakistan, a country that is admitting it gives safe haven to Taliban
We helped DAWA (hezbulha creator) and SCIRI (created by Iran) to get into power in Iraq
We have given billions into the hands of people in Iraq who simply take the money and vanish.

The best way to start to win this war is to fire the morons who are trying to prosecute it.

The Bush league is the problem.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Yellow Jackets

Today a 3rd grader at my daughters school decided he had had enough of the honets coming in and out of a little hole in the ground. So he took a pine cone and shoved it in the hole. This accomplished the following as related by KGW NEWS :

Eighteen youths and two adults were stung by wasps at an elementary school in Boring on Friday morning. The Boring Fire Department responded to a two-alarm medical call to Naas Elementary School, located just north of Highway 212. A group of 1st through 3rd graders were out at recess when the attack took place. Some children were stung multiple times. Two adults were stung while coming to the aid of the children.


Okay here is another news line. See if you can figure out the parrelells? Come is back in session:

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Thirteen people, including a U.S. soldier, were killed over a 24-hour period in scattered attacks across Iraq, and 14 bodies showing signs of torture were found around the capital. A roadside bomb exploded Friday in central Baghdad, killing three people, including a mother and child, and wounding six, three of them police officers, Iraqi emergency police said. The attack appeared to target a police commander's convoy, a police official said. The American soldier died when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb while traveling south of Baghdad.

The number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq stands at 2,660 since the 2003 invasion. Seven American civilian contractors of the military also have died in the conflict.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

The evil doer terrorilists are like Attila

And now a word from President Attila the Hun:

As of today AD 446 things look great. We are on our way to a new Hun Century. Our way of life is spreading like wildfire, and just about as destructively. So we can look forward to a new mellenium of Hun prosperity. No one will get in our way now. The world is our oyster. We can pretty much do whatever we want. I am sure that our continued greatness will go on and on....

AD 453: Attila is dead, his empire dies with him. The Huns settle down in eastern Europe though many go back eatward. So much for the New Hun Century.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Enough of lackluster non-leadership

The situation: global jihadist movement, that has the suicidal desire to inflict carnage on western nations, is at war with America.

This should be something that right and left can agree on.

Current Reaction: US needs to hit the enemy hard and where it counts. Unlike wars of the past that required massive engagements with land armies, navys, and massive air power, this war will only be won by winning small "quiet" battles. The right has a problem with law enforcement measures but this is really the only way these groups are stopped. In order to do this correctly civil liberties need to be realistic. We cannot stop jihadists without surveillance, and that has to be a series of nets going from broad nets to smaller nets. Filteration. Liberals hate this. So our war fighting capability is hamstrung by the right and left. The unfortunates caught taking up the slack is the foot soldier. The soldier, who may indeed by needed for small quite fights, is now over extended. Meanwhile the national threats still exist that would actually require large armed reponse. The Tiwan straight is still a potential flash point as is North Korea and even a neo-dictatorship in Russia. Large force deterance is at an all time low now since large potential national adversaries see us as bogged down in Iraq.

Path forward: Disengagement in Iraq is important for the afore mentioned reasons. However quick withdral is impossible and dangerous. An Afghanistan in the middle of the middle east is not a good thing. Even a totalitarian regime in Iraq would, in the short run, be better than anarchy. The best way to avoid this is to partner with neighboring states but this is problematice since they are dictatorships and theocracies. A large Egyptian/Turkish/Jordanian force would be more help. Such a force needs to be assembled under the auspices of the UN.

Intel gathering needs to be explained to the US citizen so they understand the scope, neccessity, and limits of what the government has to do. They also need to be given an end-game view so they know how the war is progressing. It must be unbiased and non-partisan. The American people are highly resilient and would be very willing to help their government if they thought they could trust it. Liberal and Conservative voices, and actions, have done nothing but destroy the citizens view of their national government.

More to come