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They were the largest class of ship built world wide. They helped win WWII, served in Korea and in the Cold War and shaped the modern world. And all in the name of Liberty.
Apparently, the Iraqi National Police Failed to get the "All is Lost Talking Points" memo....
CBNNews.com - Iraqi police celebrated Saturday after approximately 600 anti-tank land mines were seized in a raid in the Baghdad suburb of Sadr City.
The mines were put on display at the Iraqi Police 8th Division's headquarters.
Suicide bombers struck in force across Iraq on Saturday, killing at least 46 people and wounding scores in an explosion of street violence after days of relative calm.Not all their efforts were so successful:
In the deadliest attack, a man driving a truck with explosives hidden under bricks detonated his bomb at a police station under construction in the south Baghdad neighborhood of Dora, a Sunni insurgent stronghold.
Police said at least 20 people were killed and 26 injured.
A group calling itself the Islamic State of Iraq, which is made up of Al Qaeda in Iraq and other insurgent fighters, claimed responsibility on its website for the Dora police station bombing.
South of the capital, near Hillah, a second truck bomb exploded near a Shiite mosque that houses a political office of radical cleric Muqtada Sadr, killing 10 people and injuring more than 30. The blast severely damaged the building.
Another suicide bomber detonated his explosives in a candy store in the northwestern city of Tall Afar, killing 10. Three more struck checkpoints and a police station in the northwest, along the border with Syria, killing six.
In other violence in Baghdad, four people were killed by mortar shelling in a poor Shiite neighborhood in the eastern part of the city, and two civilians were killed in crossfire between insurgents and the Iraqi army in the city's center. Police reported finding the bodies of 10 men in Baghdad who had been shot to death.
Iraqi troops in the western city of Fallouja found the bodies of 10 men killed execution-style.
RAMADI, IRAQ – Iraqi Police apprehended a suicide truck bomber and captured his vehicle, containing a large quantity of chlorine and explosives, when it failed to detonate in Ramadi March 23.
At approximately 1:30 p.m., a white cargo truck came to a halt near the entrance to the Jezeera police station, located about 150 meters from a water treatment plant. The police approached the truck for further investigation and detained the driver when they discovered the truck was rigged with explosives and the driver was attempting to detonate the vehicle.
Upon further investigation, the truck contained an unknown number of 55-gallon drums, which were used to camouflage five 1000-gallon barrels filled with chlorine and more than two tons of explosives.
...and almost anything else I've ever written.All done!
Even if one were to (foolishly) ignore the points you've made the fundamental story presented by the Times is a pale attempt at spin. Pretend presidential candidate Scott Ott saw through it:
Army Desertions Rise to Near All-Time AverageBut you can bet the spun version will take a few more twists, then be woven forever into the fabric of make-believe Iraq - the one it's so easy to hate.
The Pentagon today admitted that, due to the Bush administration’s hugely unpopular war in Iraq, desertions from the Army have increased in each of the last two years, reaching almost 75 percent of pre-war levels.
Join Hard Rock Cafe along with a host of special guests including Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, Mick Foley of the WWE, and DC101’s Donielle Flynn for a night of Rock-n-Roll in support of our US Armed Forces.Specifically, a fundraiser for the much appreciated, ever dedicated USO.
I wasn't surprised to see Jeff Baxter's name associated with this project. Those of us of a certain age who were plugged into the music scene in our teens and early twenties would recognize the name - others would certainly recognize the names of the bands in which Baxter was an integral part - notably The Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan.
Like these videos, we were all a bit fuzzier back then:
The Doobies - Neil's Fandango and Take me in your Arms
Steely Dan's Reelin' in the Years:
But I'm not surprised at Baxter's participation in the fundraiser because a few years ago I had been surprised to learn of Baxter's more recent activities. Some details from Wikipedia :
Baxter fell into his second profession almost by accident. In the mid-1980s, Baxter's interest in music recording technology led him to wonder about hardware and software that was originally developed for military use, i.e. data-compression algorithms and large-capacity storage devices. As it happened, his next-door neighbor was a retired engineer who had worked on the Sidewinder missile program. This neighbor bought Baxter a subscription to an aviation magazine, provoking his interest in addtional military-oriented publications and missile defense systems in particular. He became self-taught in this area, and at one point he wrote a five-page paper that proposed converting the ship-based anti-aircraft Aegis missile into a rudimentary missile defense system. He gave the paper to California congressman Dana Rohrabacher, and his career as a defense consultant began.
Backed by several influential Capitol Hill lawmakers, Baxter received a series of classified security clearances. In 1995, Pennsylvania congressman Curt Weldon, then the chairman of the House Military Research and Development Subcommittee, nominated Baxter to chair the Civilian Advisory Board for Ballistic Missile Defense.
Baxter's work with that panel led to consulting contracts with the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. He now consults to the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. intelligence community, as well as for defense-oriented manufacturers including Science Applications International Corporation ("SAIC"), Northrop Grumman Corp. and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. He has been quoted as saying his unconventional approach to thinking about terrorism, tied to his interest in technology, is a major reason he became sought after by the government.
"We thought turntables were for playing records until rappers began to use them as instruments, and we thought airplanes were for carrying passengers until terrorists realized they could be used as missiles," he has said. "My big thing is to look at existing technologies and try to see other ways they can be used, which happens in music all the time and happens to be what terrorists are incredibly good at."
Baxter has also appeared in public debates and as a guest on CNN and Fox News Channel advocating missile defense. He served as a national spokesman for Americans for Missile Defense, a coalition of conservative organizations devoted to the issue.
In April 2005, he joined the NASA Exploration Systems Advisory Committee (ESAC).
All while not abandoning music completely:
Despite his defense-related work, Baxter has not abandoned his music career. He continues accepting studio work; his most recent such work involved tribute albums to Pink Floyd and Aerosmith. He also occasionally plays in The Coalition of the Willing, a band comprising Andras Simonyi, Hungarian Ambassador to the United States; Alexander Vershbow, US Ambassador to South Korea; Daniel B. Poneman, formerly of the United States National Security Council and now of The Scowcroft Group; and Lincoln Bloomfield, former United States Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs.Here he is backing former CIA director James Woolsey (you've got to get past some others first) - in Little Feat's Dixie Chicken and Jimmy Buffet's A Pirate looks at 40:
Okay - can't leave you with that, here are a few more blasts from the past to get you reelin' in the years:
Steely Dan, Do it Again:
The Doobies, Listen to the Music:
Th (Michael McDonald-era) Doobies - Takin' it to the streets:
This story on NYT hit on Friday about the Army revising slightly upward its numbers for desertions.
As with most things NYT, they simply get the basics wrong:
Some Army officers link the recent uptick in annual desertion rates to the toll of wartime deployments and point to the increasing percentage of troops who are on their second or third tours in Iraq or Afghanistan.
I don't doubt that those the NYT talked to think that. Pity it's wrong.
My installation serves as one of two main collection centers for AWOL returnees and deserters. What this means is that if you go AWOL and are dropped from the rolls as a deserter, you eventually will come to my installation when you're returned to military control. On top of that, I am the trial counsel for that portion of the installation, so I get to advise the command on what to do with these returnees.
That VAST majority of these people aren't grizzled veterans coming off their second or third deployments. They are not combat veterans who, because of BushHitlerHalliburtonCo's (tm) incompetence just can't handle the strain anymore. Quite the contrary, the majority of deserters are kids that enlisted within the past 2 years, have just recently completed basic training and AIT, and have only been with their units for a short time.
Most have not deployed. When they are returned to military control, they routinely give reasons for their AWOL as being "my mom got sick" or "my wife had problems with the kids." The horrors of war are conspicuously absent from the personal statements or enlisted record briefs (ERBs) of these returnees.
But hey, I'm just "some Army officer."
A recent unattributed conversation
Yeah, but what exactly do you call a guy that drives a truck filled with explosives into a crowded market. I understand the theory, and agree intellectually, but murderer or even mass murderer does quite cut it. Like I said, I'm split on this one.
A “drug crazed barbaric thug”.
Do you think the looney left thought up all on its own in ’68 that US Soldiers were Drug Addicted Baby Killers? Or more recently that “Bush is a Criminal”
Nope. They got that out of a book. A section of which deals with how to delegitamize a group or organization (propaganda). A very old book that was plagerized by Mao...
The "Drug Addicted Baby Killers" meme played really well.
A small fraction of Soldiers will self medicate....this has been true for thousands of years.
In war...innocents will die...this has also been true for thousands of years.
The skilled propagandist will relate the two.
After having been discharged from my service to the nation in 1981...I was involved in a motorcycle wreck. (Always the case...survive a year in a dangerous place and get broadsided in the good old safe USA...but I digress)
I layed in a Hospital bed for a few weeks...Mr Very Influential Main Stream Media friend of the family comes to visit.
One would think they aren't dumbass(sorry Mrs G) lemmings. But Mr Very Influential Main Stream Media offers to fetch me some heroin. I didn't even partake in the demon Rum. But ya know...I had been in the military..so I must have been a drug crazed baby killer...because some very skilled propagandist in Hanoi told him so.
But then we look at the Jihadi clowns....to suspend self preservation(an extremely strong human instinct)...one must either have enormous self control or be drugged. Human beings are also preprogrammed to protect chldren. Absent some sort f out of control rage...one needs to be drugged to kill children.
So now we have a bunch of people "reliving the glory" of having been manipulated by a very skilled propagnist.
Drug Crazed Baby Killers are in reality blowing up children in Baghdad...they don't wear US Military Uniforms.
Updated...cause I'm on a rant
it is unbelievabley easy to manipulate the MSM. It just is. They went after that firing a few political appointees story with full zest....while Madame Chairman bribed congressman on a matter of "War and Peace". The print press caught iit.....not the evening news.