Anyone Know If This Is One Of Chief Wiggles’ Generals?

U.S., Iraq Generals Reach Deal

FALLUJAH, Iraq – U.S. Marines negotiated a plan Thursday to pull back forces from Fallujah, a move that could lift a nearly month long siege and allow an Iraqi force led by a former Saddam Hussein-era general to handle security. Fresh clashes broke out despite news of the proposal, and U.S. warplanes dropped bombs on insurgent targets.

Before he moved to Baghdad, Chief Wiggles was working interrogating a group of high ranking Iraqi Officers. He found that many hated Saddam and had held back fighting our forces. He thought that some of them would be an asset to our occupation. Does anyone know if this Iraqi General is one of them?

Far Left Judge Releases Serial Rapist

Oregon fights overturned sentence for serial rapist

Oregon Attorney General Hardy Myers on Thursday filed an appeal of a federal magistrate’s ruling that a convicted rapist be released from prison or be retried because he had inadequate legal assistance.

Ronald Ray Weaver, one of Oregon’s most notorious serial rapists, was linked to more than two dozen attacks in the early 1980s. He was sentenced in 1983 to 70 years in prison for rapes in Multnomah and Clackamas counties.

Last year, U.S. Magistrate Janice Stewart overturned his conviction, citing the quality of Weaver’s legal representation, among other factors.

Judge Stewart has a history of far left activism from the Federal bench. She has been a reliable ally for various “environmental groups” ordering the listing of the coho salmon as “endangered”. She also refused extradition to Canada of an Indian “activist” who was involved in an armed standoff with Canadian authorities writing, “Although Canada seeks (the) defendant’s return only for a parole violation, this court concludes that (the) defendant’s crimes for which he was convicted and later paroled were ‘of a political character’ and therefore may not provide the basis for extradition of (the) defendant to Canada”and had ordered the release of one of the Portland Seven who were later convicted of trying to aid al Qaeda in their war against the U.S.

Now she has taken it upon herself to release a convicted serial rapist back into the general population on, as near as I can figure, the grounds that his attorney allowed him to be convicted.

Bush 9/11 Testimony Of No Interest To Democrats

Bush, Cheney Take 9/11 Questions for 3+ Hours

The commission of five Republicans and five Democrats issued a statement saying Bush and Cheney had been “forthcoming and candid” and their input would be of great assistance as it looks to complete a final report by July 26.

Two Democrats on the panel, Vice Chairman Lee Hamilton and former U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey of Nebraska, left the session about an hour early. Hamilton, a former congressman from Indiana, was said to have had a prior commitment to introduce visiting Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin at a lunch.

NYT Spins Wildly To Discredit CIA Analysts

Washington > How Pair’s Finding on Terror Led to Clash on Shaping Intelligence” href=”http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/28/politics/28INTE.html?hp”>How Pair’s Finding on Terror Led to Clash on Shaping Intelligence

WASHINGTON, April 27 — Soon after the Sept. 11 attacks, a two-man intelligence team set up shop in a windowless, cipher-locked room at the Pentagon, searching for evidence of links between terrorist groups and host countries.

The men culled classified material, much of it uncorroborated data from the C.I.A. “We discovered tons of raw intelligence,” said Michael Maloof, one of the pair. “We were stunned that we couldn’t find any mention of it in the C.I.A.’s finished reports.”

They recorded and annotated their evidence on butcher paper hung like a mural around their small office. By the end of the year, as the rubble was being cleared from the World Trade Center and United States forces were fighting in Afghanistan, the men had constructed a startling new picture of global terrorism.

Old ethnic, religious and political divides between terrorist groups were breaking down, the two men warned, posing an ominous new threat. They saw alliances among a wide range of Islamic terrorists, and theorized about a convergence of Sunni and Shiite extremist groups and secular Arab governments. Their conclusions, delivered to senior Bush administration officials, connected Iraq and Al Qaeda, Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden.

The problem, as the NYT sees it, is that these analysts came to conclusions different from the Times. The NYT has a lot invested in their world view and will allow no challenges to it.

Some intelligence experts charge that the unit had a secret agenda to justify a war with Iraq and was staffed with people who were handpicked by conservative Pentagon policy makers to arrive at preordained conclusions about Iraq and Al Qaeda.

“I don’t have any problem with them bringing in a couple of people to take another look at the intelligence and challenge the assessments,” said Patrick Lang, a former Middle East analyst for the D.I.A. “But the problem is that they brought in people who were not intelligence professionals, people brought in because they thought like them. They knew what answers they were going to get.”

I see, they were not members of the Brotherhood of Intelligence Professionals, Local 345, and they dared to contradict good Union brothers, Is that it?

They also committed one of the most grievous crimes possible in a bureaucracy. They thought “outside the box”. This has the potential of making some career intelligence bureaucrats look bad.

The man making these charges has been out of the intelligence business for over ten years. I can’t seem to find his exact dates of service, all the news stories just say 80’s and early nineties.

Well, I was in the Army from 1967 to 1989 and I wouldn’t dream of characterizing myself as an expert on todays military. This guy have been out of his business almost as long, plus he is hearing the story from the “good old boy” network that is going to spin things to make themselves look as good as possible.

I googled his name with DIA and found 564 hits. They all seem to be since 9/11 and all criticizing Bush. Why wasn’t he an “expert” before that?

“Nightline” Tries To Create A Tet Offensive Moment

Business > Media & Advertising > ‘Nightline’ to Read Off Iraq War Dead” href=”http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/28/business/media/28TUBE-LONG.html”>’Nightline’ to Read Off Iraq War Dead

In a conscious echo of a famous, Vietnam War-era issue of Life magazine, the ABC News program “Nightline” will broadcast Friday night the names and faces of every soldier killed by hostile fire since the start of the war in Iraq.

Ted Koppel, the program’s anchor, will deliver a brief introduction before reading the more than 530 names, as photographs and captions with the ages and hometowns of the dead appear on the screen. “Nightline” will not include those who died by accident and other causes because of time constraints; Mr. Koppel will barely have two seconds for each name.

“I have always felt, and I said it when I was in Iraq last year, that the most important thing a journalist can do is remind people of the cost of war,” Mr. Koppel said in a telephone interview yesterday.

Ted Koppel hopes to use his show to try to create the impression of defeat in spite of military successes.

He hopes to take the mantle of Walter Cronkite, who famously declared the “Tet Offensive” in 1968 as a defeat for the Americans and South Vietnamese although the Communist forces were largely wiped out during the offensive.

Mr. Koppel, by running this program, hopes to force the American people to realize that it is not worth the life of one American to protect a bunch of ragheads.

If thing go the way he wants, the U.S. will simply withdraw, leaving the Iraqis to the mercies of the Ba’athists and Jihadis. There would, of course, be mass executions, but, as long as the Americans were not involved, it would not be considered newsworthy.

After a dictatorship or a “Islamic Republic” is created and becomes a sponsor of anti-American terrorist groups, Koppel can then use his program to urge the American government to “do something.”

All this will result in the actual goal of Mr. Koppel, in that it will increase his stature at cocktail parties and increase his ratings.

After all, what is more important than that

Vicious Thai Military Slaughters Peaceful Muslim Attackers

Over 100 Killed in Thailand Clashes (washingtonpost.com)

Police gunned down machete-wielding militants who stormed security outposts in Thailand’s Muslim-dominated south Wednesday, killing at least 112 people in one of the bloodiest days in the Southeast Asian kingdom.

The attackers were mostly teenagers — some wearing red head bands — and were intent on stealing weapons. They were poorly armed and apparently unaware that police had been tipped off in advance and were lying in wait for them.

The military also crushed pro-democracy uprisings in 1973, 1976 and 1991, killing dozens.

The AP gives the impression of Thai blame in all this. After all, they did “gun down” youths who were only carrying machetes and they had to work in the “crushing of pro-democracy” line. Do they consider the Muslim attackers somehow equivalent to the pro-democracy protesters of the 70’s?

I’m sure they will find that George W. Bush is somehow to blame

Look For A Movement To Pull Out Of North Carolina

FOXNews.com – Top Stories – Fort Bragg Chopper Found; Three GIs Killed

FLORENCE, S.C. — An Army helicopter that vanished during a training flight was found Tuesday night on a river bank after it was spotted by a trucker, and searchers recovered the bodies of three soldiers who were aboard, Army officials said.

The wreckage of the UH-60 Black Hawk was found near a bridge off Interstate 95, about 100 miles northeast of Columbia, said Maj. Rich Patterson, a Fort Bragg spokesman at the command post here.

This Was Predictable.

Kerry Demands Bush Prove Guard Service

WHEELING, W.Va. – John Kerry, a decorated Navy veteran criticized by Republicans for his anti-war activities during the Vietnam era, lashed out at President Bush on Monday for failing to prove whether he fulfilled his commitment to the National Guard during the same period.

Kerry was embarrassed on GMA yesterday and is desperately trying to change the subject.

Uhhh….Kerry; Bush has released ALL his military records, including his dental records. How about you release all of yours, including your medical records and the citation writeups for your medals.

Just to satisfy the curiosity of those veterans who were busy committing war crimes.

Conversations With My Neighbor

Today I was talking over the fence with my neighbor. He is a foreman for a construction company. We somehow got on to the Presidential race. He told me that his Union is going all out for Kerry. He said “All I know is that when a Democrat is in the White House, I have work, and when a Republican is in there, I don’t. That’s all I care about.”

I don’t know how we got on the subject. I don’t usually discuss politics with neighbors. That’s a good way to cause some friction, and I try to get along with my neighbors.

I was surprised because Don had complimented me on some of the letters I wrote to the local newspaper.

It seems to me to be quite a narrow viewpoint and I can see that trying to bring him to the dark side would cause too many problems.

I think we’ll just discuss lawn care from now on.

So, What’s New?

Kerry in Vietnam Medal Flap

In 1971 Kerry said he threw his medals away during an anti-war demonstration. But 30 years later, the medals are framed in his Capitol office.

Why does anyone think there is anything strange going on here? In 1971, Kerry said and did what was most politically expedient, in 2004, Kerry is still saying and doing whatever is politically expedient.

Kerry has been consistent in his beliefs that whatever he says or does should be whatever gets him the most favorable media coverage.

Move along, Nothing to see here.

By the way, did you know Kerry served 1/3 of a tour in Vietnam?