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Ron Paul Says Surge Failed, & We Lost In Southern Iraq

Posted by Casey on November 29, 2007

Scroll Down For Updates … I Have The Video Of Paul Endorsing Sadr, Saying The Surge Failed, & We Lost …

This guy is becoming even more of an idiot than I thought. It’s ok to want out of Iraq, but it’s another thing to lie about it in order to get votes.

He was properly smacked by McCain for his comments. To which Ron Paul supporters tried to boo McCain, but were drowned out with cheers for McCain as McCain schooled Paul on the facts of Vietnam.

I will post video as soon as I have it, and the latest numbers of a decline in violence in Iraq. Which Paul says is because the Brits are pulling out of Basra. Problem is that the violence in Basra declined 80% WHILE the Brits were there. They are pulling out because there is no more need for them there.

Update:

Here is a graph that shows the decline in violence in Iraq since the surge.

H/T: Gateway Pundit

  • Violence in Iraq is down by 50%.
  • Civilian casualties in Iraq are down by 60%.
  • Baghdad casualties are down by 75%.
  • Basra violence is down by 90%.
  • Terrorist attacks in Iraq are down by 80%.
  • IED attacks down by 55%.
  • Average daily attacks down by 42%.

The numbers were taken from Aljazeera, DefenseLink, and Investor’s Business Daily.

Here is a link to confirm those numbers further, and below is a video from the Pentagon Channel (courtesy of Amy Proctor).

Let’s not forget that Iraq has just asked us to stay indefinitely while kicking the UN to the curb. This happened just days after AQI’s last stronghold in Iraq was taken by the coalition.

As AQI is running for their lives … 6000 Sunnis just signed up with the coalition to cut off their escape routes.

I’ve been telling you for a while now about the progress in Iraq before, and since, the surge.

It’s bad enough that Ron Paul believes in conspiracies, opposed Amber Alert, thinks it’s ok for minor children to be taken out of state to get abortions without the parents knowing, is a huge porker, and don’t even get me started on his views of the CIA and FBI. He’s got to tone down the lies about Iraq, and focus on potential conflicts in the future.

As soon as I can find video of Ron Paul saying we lost … I’ll post it.

Update 2:

Here is the transcript for the debate when Ron Paul said the surge failed.

“Already, part of their country has been taken back. In the south, they claim the surge has worked, but the surge really hasn’t worked. There’s less violence, but al-Sadr has essentially won in the south.

The British are leaving. The brigade of Al Sadr now is in charge, so they are getting their country back. They’re in charge up north — the Shia — the people in the north are in charge, as well, and there’s no violence up there or nearly as much.”

I’ve seen a few people post my story in full around the net (please provide a link back to me), and I’ve been reading comments from RP supporters saying how violence went down because the Brits left. Not so, and here’s the proof.

As you can see, when the Brits initially pulled back violence went up. What Paul and his supporters keep neglecting to tell you is that we only maintain control of Iraqi territory until the Iraqis can take over security there. This is hardly an empirical strategy Rep. Paul.

I outlined how much of Iraq is being turned over to Iraqi forces here.

The Brits pulled back because Basra was always a relatively safe place in Iraq due to the low diversity level, and the Iraqis were ready to take control there. So they did, and they kicked the crap out of the Shiite militia to restore order. That’s the template for Iraq. Once the Iraqis are ready … let them do the work, but they have to be ready. If we pull back when they aren’t ready … the results will be disastrous.

Paul also said that Sadr won in souther Iraq. This shows a complete lack of knowledge on Paul’s part. Not only has Sadr not won … his forces are in shambles.

After Sadr went into hiding shortly before the surge, his forces split into rival factions. He would later reemerge to attempt to reunite his militia, but a particularly nasty battle for Sadre’s forces in Karbala forced him to call for a 6 month cessation of hostilities so he could repair the damage done to his organization.

Hardly the actions of someone who was victorious.

Finally, I found the video from the debate where Ron Paul says the surge failed, we lost, and seemed to endorse a Sadr victory in Basra as a good thing.

Oh, and Rep. Paul, those people in the north are called the Kurds. They want us to stay, and it isn’t a good sign to have a presidential candidate that can’t identify who the Kurds are. Especially with the issues between Kurds and Turkey.

Here’s another video where Ron Paul talks about his $4.3 million raised on Guy Fawkes day. The question and answer start at 1:38 into the vid.

Paul forgot to mention that a decent chunk of that money came from Stormfront, a white supremacist group, and whether or not he’s returned any of the racist’s money. Since he cited the full $4.3 million … I doubt he’s refunded anything.

Here’s a link about the Paul/Stormfront connection.

Another.

Here’s a vid with Stormfront radio.

You get the idea.

I am in no way saying that Paul is a racist, but racists have latched onto his campaign, and he is not preventing their support from reaching his campaign funds. Nor is he denouncing them.

It is also important to note that while the honcho at Stormfront only donated $500 … he and other racist groups lobbied for Paul in mass for the 5th of November fundraiser.

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US Army Releases List Of Offensive Words. Guess What Word Is Left Off The List.

Posted by Casey on November 29, 2007

H/T: MM



Obviously, there is a major problem with many of these terms being “offensive”, and there is great concern in reading this list as a former grunt myself. If you are in the Army, but aren’t allowed to say you were a guinea pig … there is a problem.

It isn’t the ridiculous things that have been deemed offensive by the Army that I’d like to focus on here, but the lack of one particular derogatory slur.

There are a couple of words and phrases referring to homosexuals … except for THAT one … fagot.

Sorry John Edwards … looks like you are still fair game according to the Army. They don’t include the f word in their list of offensive terms.

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Iraq Asks The US To Stay In Iraq Indefinitely

Posted by Casey on November 26, 2007

Uh oh … spaghetti oh!

Just days after al Qaeda’s last stronghold in Iraq fell to the coalition … Iraq has offered a deal to the US to stay in Iraq for the long haul.

Fox News:

Iraq’s government, seeking protection against foreign threats and internal coups, will offer the U.S. a long-term troop presence in Iraq in return for U.S. security guarantees as part of a strategic partnership, two Iraqi officials said Monday.

As part of the package, the Iraqis want an end to the current U.N.-mandated multinational forces mission, and also an end to all U.N.-ordered restrictions on Iraq’s sovereignty.

In a televised address Monday, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said his government will ask the U.N. to renew the mandate for the multinational force for one final time, with its authorization to end in 2008.

Yep, Iraq wants the UN out and the US in.

The US will also get some economic benefits from the deal as well.

The Americans appeared generally favorable subject to negotiations on the details, which include preferential treatment for American investments, according to the Iraqi officials involved in the discussions.

The two Iraqi officials, who are from two different political parties, spoke on condition of anonymity because the subject is sensitive. Members of parliament were briefed on the plan during a three-hour closed-door meeting Sunday, during which lawmakers loyal to radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr objected to the formula.

Preferential treatment for U.S. investors could provide a huge windfall if Iraq can achieve enough stability to exploit its vast oil resources. Such a deal would also enable the United States to maintain leverage against Iranian expansion at a time of growing fears about Tehran’s nuclear aspirations.

It is important to note that this is not a treaty, and further negotiations will continue throughout 2008.

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Breaking News: Vice President Cheney In Hospital For Irregular Heart Beat

Posted by Casey on November 26, 2007

I’m watching Fox News right now and they just broke in that Cheney is in the hospital for an irregular heart beat involving the upper chambers of the heart. He was admitted because of a lingering cough from a cold.

They will try a form of treatment in which they will shock Cheney’s heart. This will stop his heart temporarily, and hopefully his heart will restart and beat normally.

It won’t be long now before the liberal sites start hoping that his heart doesn’t restart again.

Best wishes to Cheney and his family.

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Let’s Face It, Hillary Will Struggle As President Because She Is A Woman

Posted by Casey on November 26, 2007


Before I start getting the obligatory hate mail stating that I am a misogynist, I must clarify that I am ok with a woman as president. While there are numerous reasons to not support Hillary, we should not kid ourselves that her gender will inhibit her ability to lead as president.

Last week on my show, my co-host and I were railing Hillary for playing the gender card, and then denying doing so. I have no problem with the gender card being played, but I would like her to admit that she’s doing it.

We began to give reasons why Hillary’s sex is important to her ability to lead should she win. My co-host, a woman, stated that she wouldn’t vote for Hillary because she is a woman … even if she did like her politics. Simply because of the global situation the US is in right now. Whether you like it or not … Middle Eastern nations will not respect a woman, even if she is president of the United States.

A young woman called to say that she didn’t care what other countries thought of Hillary. She would not allow another country’s opinion of Hillary to sway her vote.

On the surface this sounds like the proper attitude in selecting a leader. I immediately reminded her that the Democrats have made it a part of their official platform to attack President Bush because of what other nations think of him … especially Hillary.

The notion that we should elect a president based on whether they are popular in other nations is laughable. That is what Bush supporters have been saying for years now. However, the Democrats have said the exact opposite. They believe that we should elect a president that is popular in other countries because they feel that will ease relations. The problems is that Hillary is not popular in the most important, and volatile, part of the world that she will deal with as president … the Middle East.

It is one thing to have the Middle East not like a US president because they are tough. There is at least the possibility of respect if our leader is a man. A woman is not afforded that courtesy. Not only will Hillary be unpopular in the Middle East, but she will have no respect … simply because she is a woman. Which means she may not be an effective leader for our country when it comes to that part of the world. That could be dangerous.

I cited Condaleeza Rice as an example. Condi is infinitely more intelligent, articulate, experienced, and likable compared to Hillary. Yet she struggles in the Middle East, and you’d be foolish to think her sex has nothing to do with it.

Now this doesn’t mean that no woman can be effective in the Middle East as president, but you owe it to yourself, the country, and the world to find out if Hillary is that woman. So far, no one has asked the questions that will allow the voters to determine if Hillary can be effective with her Middle East policy.

So far, all we know about Hillary’s Middle East policy is that she would talk to Iran without conditions. She also said she would leave US troops in Iraq, but allow ethnic cleansing without US interference.

What else do we really know about Hillary’s Middle East policy? How will she deal with those countries we are not at war with? Can she warm relations with those countries, and how will she do it? How will she stick up for human rights in those countries … especially women’s rights?

While none of those questions have been answered, or asked for that matter, the last one about women’s rights could easily have been addressed by Hillary during the last debate here in Las Vegas.

The current situation in Saudi Arabia provided Hillary the opportunity to shine, and show the American people that she will stick up for women’s rights … even if it meant going against an ally.

A woman in Saudi Arabia was kidnapped, and gang raped by seven men. She was originally sentenced to receive 90 lashes from a whip because the man she was with before they were kidnapped was not her husband. Apparently, her family attempted to bring the media into the case. As a result of this effort, the court increased her sentence to 200 lashes and six months in jail. Though people have survived 200 lashes in the past … they have also died from it. The family said they will appeal the ruling, but have been told by the Saudi court that if she loses the appeal, the sentence will increase yet again.

Now why didn’t anyone at the debate ask Hillary (or the other candidates) how they would handle the incident? Oh yeah, I forgot everyone who asked a question was a plant.

Let’s not forget that Hillary labels herself a champion of women’s rights. What’s wrong with asking her to address the current situation in Saudi Arabia? It has everything she would need to prove that she can be a strong leader in dealing with that part of the world. She can prove that she will stick up for women’s rights against an ally, and that she has that extra toughness required of a woman to have influence in that region.

She also had the opportunity to criticize the Bush administration for its weak stance on the matter. Yet she is silent … why?

It is possible she doesn’t even know it is happening. She wouldn’t be the first candidate to forget about reading the news while campaigning. She may not really care about the woman, and the situation surrounding her. Perhaps she doesn’t want to anger a critical US ally in the Middle East … which warrants criticism. Then there is the possibility that she doesn’t want to expose the Middle East’s lack of reception to her leadership. All are plausible, and all are very concerning to prospective voters.

We can no longer ignore the fact that Hillary is different from the other candidates, and her gender will provide unique challenges never before encountered by a US president. The American voter needs to assess whether or not Hillary has what it takes to address the challenges we face in the Middle East today. Yet we continue to refuse to ask those all important questions of the defacto next president.

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Various Air Show Photos

Posted by Casey on November 13, 2007

To see photos and video of specific aircraft go to the homepage and scroll down, or click the links below.

A-10 Thunderbolt II

USAF Thunderbirds

F-22 Raptor

Here are some various photos from Aviation Nation at Nellis AFB in Las Vegas, NV on November 10, 2007


Very cool formation towards the end of the show with a Mustang, Phantom, Warthog, & Raptor flying together.


AD-1 Skyraider painted camo.


My grandpa’s personal favorite, the F-86 Sabre. It was right next to the Mig-15 also. We got some good shots of the two of them together, but we need to fix the levels. The sun was bouncing off of all the planes at that time of day.


And finally, me with an F-5B Tiger … one of my favorite aircraft.

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The F-22 Raptor – Kick Ass!

Posted by Casey on November 13, 2007


Without a doubt, that shot was the photo of the day. If you could see this at full resolution you’d die. That’s how sexy this plane is.

I’ve read all the performance stats, and heard the stories of a single F-22 taking on multiple F-16s and F-15s and winning. However, you just can not appreciate how kick ass this plane really is until you see it in person. Shanna got some magnificent shots, and I got some great video of the maneuvers this plane can do, but it will not do it justice.


The following set of pictures is great because of what Shanna captured. Not all of the photos are in the best light, but that’s not why I’m showing them to you. Shanna caught the F-22 with its bay doors opened, and she also caught a sequence of photos showing the bay doors closing. We didn’t realize she had these shots until we got home.


Below is the video of the F-22’s flight demonstration. There was an interesting experience with our cameras at the show. The stealth aircraft wouldn’t stay in focus a lot of the time … weird.

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The USAF Thunderbirds

Posted by Casey on November 13, 2007


The Thunderbirds put on one hell of a show. They were performing as we got to Aviation Nation. Shanna got some great pics of the Thunderbirds, and I figured I would share a couple with you. Just keep in mind that these photos are compressed for the internet … you should see the originals!





While the photos are fantastic … my favorite part is in the video below. After performing, the Thunderbirds did a “drive by” right where we were. They paraded themselves a mere few feet away, and allowed us to get great shots and video … enjoy.

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The A-10 Thunderbolt II (Warthog)

Posted by Casey on November 13, 2007

Please keep in mind that the quality of the photos below are at a low resolution to be posted on the web. The true photos are phenomenal!


This particular plane is sentimental to me. Not only did I grow up a big fan of this aircraft, but later in life it was the A-10 that we used to call for close air support when I was a grunt.



There is a false cockpit painted on the bottom of the aircraft. This next photo perfectly displays why that would be confusing to the enemy.


Here’s the video I recorded at the air show of the A-10. Please keep in mind I am on crutches looking up, and trying to get the aircraft in frame.

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US Air Power On Display

Posted by Casey on November 13, 2007

My wife and I went to the Aviation Nation air show this last weekend to celebrate Veteran’s Day, and the birthdays of the Air Force and Marine Corps.

I will be uploading pictures and video for you to enjoy. Some of the vids are great, but there are moments when you can tell I’m trying to film while on crutches looking up. The photos were taken by my wife Shanna. Any use of the photos requires her permission, and you are welcome to inquire about purchasing some of the shots from her if you’d like. You’ll understand why you may want to buy them when I get them up on the site.

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