As The Iraqis Stand Up, We’ll Stand Down

15 Brigades Would Gradually Stand Down Under Plan – New York Times

Haven’t I heard something like this before?

They threw some “redeployment” in there to assuage Murtha and the rest of the Democrats are still demanding deadlines for declaring defeat and heading for the exit. That’s sure to impress others who are or are considering allying themselves with us. They might want to consider whether they want to join the parade of people abandoned by America since the end of WWII, the last war we actually won.

Dictators and tyrants can heave a sigh of relief. Since many have decided that Saddam was undeserving of being overthrown despite his record of murder and repression against his own people and the attacks on his neighbors there is no longer anything that they could do that would bring outside interference. They can merrily massacre their political opponents and various and sundry others without a care. “Never again” has become “Well, maybe they had it coming.” and stability is the name of the game. If it is achieved by mass murder? Well, eggs and omelets you know. Exactly how this is going to keep America safe is not clear to me. Weakness invites attack. We’ll be viewed as a wounded gazelle by the jackals of the world, and while they might not have the strength necessary to attack us directly they have seen how we can be brought down by PC handwringers and handmaidens in the news media.

After Vietnam is was revealed that some of the locals that were “helping out” the news media were actually North Vietnamese plants. They made sure our reporters talked to the people that the VC wanted them to and got the stories that put the South Vietnamese and the Americans in the worst light. No direct leading, just nudging them in the direction they wanted them to go. And go they did.

It appears that the same thing is happening in Iraq as well as other Middle Eastern locations. Our fearless news reporters, when they venture forth from their hotels in the Green Zone, are taken where they will get the stories that the “insurgents” want them to have, and given people to interview that are presented as credible sources. The problem is, how does an American reporter know that the Iraqi he was talking to is actually who he says he is? Not a problem I guess. If he says something bad about how the war is going, that is credibility enough. So the reporter scurries back to the Green Zone and files a breathless story of mass executions and rising violence that serves to weaken American and Iraqi resolve even further. Again, no outright lies, though there does seem to be a problem, but a definite nudge in the direction that will serve the purposes of the Jihadis and “insurgents”.

Panel Considering Surrender Talks

Panel to Weigh Overture by U.S. to Iran and Syria – New York Times

WASHINGTON, Nov. 26 — A draft report on strategies for Iraq, which will be debated here by a bipartisan commission beginning Monday, urges an aggressive regional diplomatic initiative that includes direct talks with Iran and Syria but sets no timetables for a military withdrawal, according to officials who have seen all or parts of the document.

That’s the ticket. Let’s see what conditions they demand for our surrender.

They won’t call it that of course. But that’s what it would be and that is how it would be seen by everyone in the world.

I think that President Amagaddadavida already gave an answer on that several months ago when he called for Americans to convert to Islam. That might not be too far fetched considering the rush to grovel before CAIR in the case of the Minnesota Imams.

Tell Me Something I Didn’t Know

The Wars of Perception – New York Times

Finally, the American news media painted a picture of disaster in Vietnam. Even though communist forces incurred enormous losses, reporters often lauded their performance. As the Times war correspondent Peter Braestrup put it, “To have portrayed such a setback for one side as a defeat for the other — in a major crisis abroad — cannot be counted as a triumph for American journalism.”

The most important thing for the media in Vietnam was to create the conditions for an American defeat. It is the same in Iraq. If not for Iraq it would be the same in Afghanistan.

The news media has an almost slavish devotion to the Democratic Party and most of them will not hesitate to use their news reporting to insure that the Democrats win control of the government. If that means engineering an American defeat, they will do so.

Our enemies know that we cannot be defeated militarily. We are much too skilled and strong to be defeated by force of arms. But evidently our enemies, the Iranians, the “insurgents”, al Qaeda and others have read their Sun Tzu and paid attention. There are many facets of war and military force is but one of them.

If your enemy is secure at all points, be prepared for him. If he is in superior strength, evade him. If your opponent is temperamental, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant. If he is taking his ease, give him no rest. If his forces are united, separate them. If sovereign and subject are in accord, put division between them. Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected.

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So in war, the way is to avoid what is strong and to strike at what is weak.
un Tzu, the Art of War

They know they cannot defeat us on the ground. What they can do is to constantly make small attacks that are reported by the news media. This makes us look weak because we cannot prevent the attacks. This by itself would not be enough if we presented a united front. But the Democrats would rather beat George Bush than the enemy. The news media reports the stories of violence, leaving out information that might put it in context, and credulously report every story fed to them that reflects badly on the soldiers and the war, without examining the source too close. To do that would be to defeat the purpose of the reporting.

Since Vietnam, our enemies know that while we cannot be defeated militarily, we can be beaten by breaking our will to fight. All without “fighting” other than comparatively minor raids and by inflicting a relatively low number of casualties that are then magnified by the reporting. This was the way that lead to an American defeat in Vietnam and this is what they have in story for this war also.

The military and President Bush has been criticized for not handling the PR aspects better. But if you look you will see that Centcom and the White House have put out many stories, but the news media is not taking. Instead they allow themselves to be lead around by the nose by people who may very well be allied with our enemies. That information they will report as if the gospel, but information from the military is treated as suspect.

The latest is Patterico’s examination of a story of an American air strike killing a bunch of civilians. When the sourcing is examined there is much less than it first appears. The U.S Military denies that any airstrike happened, but the LA Times decided that that fact was not worthy of inclusion in the story. It might give the wrong impression you know.

Then Flopping Aces gets on the trail of Iraqi Police Captain Jamil Hussein and the case of the burned worshippers. It seems that Capt Hussein always seems to show up reporting attacks on Sunnis, but the IP denies that they have anyone by that name working where he is supposed to be.

The AP stands by their story. Both on the reliability of Capt Hussein and the story of the Sunni worshipers being burned alive by Shia attackers. They claim that they sent some unnamed reporters to the neighborhood who talked to some unnamed witnesses that verified the story. Though without knowing who the reporters are or who they talked to it is impossible for anyone to judge the truth of the story. We could just go on their previous record but there have been many stories that were reported by main stream reporters that later turned out to be bogus. So that’s not going to support them.

They think that a defeat in Iraq would be confined to Iraq alone. But they are kidding themselves. A defeat in Iraq will be a defeat everywhere. Iran will develop their nuclear weapons and will dominate the vacuum left by the collapse of American power. It will be like the retreat of the LAPD from Florence and Normandy in 1992. NATO and the UN without American power backing them will be nothing more that bureaucracies without a purpose. They will provide a lot of jobs and titles to otherwise insignificant government workers but that is all.

Iran will dominate the Middle East and exert more and more influence into Europe. China will be the big dog in the Far East. Chaos will rule in the less developed parts of the world as the moderating influence of the U.S. disappears. The United States will take its place in the world that is envisioned by our betters in the Democrat Party. Somewhere between Tonga and Uzbekistan in influence. This will free them from doing the hard work and allow them to concentrate on looting the Federal Treasury and handing out goodies to their friends and supporters.

Sounds Like A Dispatcher Problem To Me.

Officials admit mistakes after 911 call goes unanswered

A 14-year-old girl calls 911. She’s home alone, in a desperate situation. But no one ever shows up to help.

It began at 10 p.m. Sunday night, November 5th. The 911 tapes tell the story. When the operator asks what her emergency is, Jana Kansanback answers, “Hi, I think there’s someone outside my house.” Jana is alone at her rural, Silvana home. A masked man has just slammed into her back door.

The 911 operator asks, “Did they knock on your door?”

You can hear Jana’s desperation, “No they like slammed up against my……”

“What I’m going to do is go ahead and notify the sheriff’s department of this okay?” the operator tells Jana. Help – is on the way.
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But, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s office was not on the way.
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Although 911 operators clearly knew Jana’s situation, SnoPac Operations Manager Dave Ripley confirms, “we did not verbally advise them,” the Sheriff’s Office, “that it was a 14 year old home alone.” Also, for 23 minutes, they didn’t tell deputies there was a prowler outside the house.

Sheriff Rick Bart tells me they’ve had problems with SnoPac dispatchers before, but admits his office deserves part of the blame. “I think the deputy, no matter what, should have gotten out of the car, walked up to the door and knocked on the door,” says Sheriff Bart, “and told them, we’re here, we looked, we’ve seen nothing, everything’s okay.”

What we have here, is a failure, to communicate.

The dispatchers are definitely at fault here. They did not communicate all the facts to the deputy responding.

As for the “masked man”, I seriously doubt there was anyone there. If there had been a “masked man” intent on breaking in, he would have. The fact that he didn’t, leads me to believe that he was probably the figment of the girl’s overactive imagination.

I have probably handled hundreds of calls very similar to this. I can count the number of times that there was actually someone there on one hand. Most of the time the callers are young girls or women who are home alone.

But that’s no excuse for not responding as if it were real. You have no way of knowing what is going on until you get someone from your office there. People call up and tell us all kinds of things, but what the Deputies find when they arrive is almost invariably different from what we were told. It appears that the newspaper just took the girl’s word that there was a “masked man”. Since the deputy just did a drive by there is no way of knowing if there were signs of attempted entry.

I don’t think the girl was ever in any danger. But there is no doubt that the call was mishandled.

The Military Is For Losers

This is the attitude of the Democratic Party.

At least if you listen to John Kerry and Charlie Rangal it seems to be.

Of course, they claim to “support the troops”.

I think we should call them on it. Every appointment, every new hire by members of the Democrat Party should be examined to insure that they are veterans. I don’t see why some namby-pamby pantywaist that let someone else to the heavy lifting and may have actually protested against the military should be rewarded with a cushy job in Washington.

An American Fatwa

The Blog | Tony Hendra: A Thanksgiving Prayer for Dick Cheney’s Heart — and a Few Other Favorite Things | The Huffington Post

The Jihadist war against the west has had many effects. One of which seems to be that certain segments of the political spectrum has adopted the traits of the terrorists.

Read follow the link and tell me how the column varies in substance from the raving that come out of the caves of Pakistan and the fever swamps of extremist mosques in the Middle East. They are even imitating the rhetoric.

Not that surprising considering the source.

Flattering if you’re a Jihadi, but disturbing for civilized people.

Severe Corporal Punishment Would Be Appropriate

Boy makes 49 calls to 911 from Texas school

ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) – Police in this Austin suburb were stumped for hours by the 49 emergency calls that kept coming in from an unregistered cell phone. The caller would say nothing before hanging up, sometimes after a brief giggle. Eventually, though, police found their man, er child: a 7-year-old calling from his elementary school classroom just for kicks.

This is a constant problem for us. Having the deactivated phones be able to call 911 was a nice idea, but there are unintended consequences. We’ve had the problem with the kids calling several times. Several years ago we had someone calling from a deactivated phone saying that they had been kidnapped and were locked in a car trunk.

Now we have the capability of locating most cell phones. The older ones will only give us the location of the cell towers, but the newer ones will give us a location within 50 feet.

That’s nice when it works but as we found out while looking for some lost girls in the woods up by the Pacific Crest Trail, that doesn’t always work. Their location showed as being about 10 miles west of their true location.

Unfortunately, most of the deactivated phones are the older models that don’t give the location. The Center for Rape and Domestic Violence collects them to give out to women. Then they let their kids play with them, s we get a lot of infants and small children. If we can’t locate them we try to get them to put an adult on the phone. If they’re young enough they will often give the phone to mommy if you ask them to. Other than that all we can do is try to scare them. That works sometimes but not with the older kids that are doing ti for kicks.

When I was a kid, doing something like this would have earned a “trip to the boiler room” with the school principal. He had a paddle that he would apply to seat of the problem. Then you could look forward to the same when you got home.

No more though. Now if he gets more than a talking to by someone who tries to get him to “understand”, I’d be very surprised.

The down side of this story is that now that it’s been on TV, a whole bunch of other kids know how it works and how hard it is to track, and if you don’t think that the little darlings will put that knowledge to use, you need to get out more. Children are barbarians. The job of parents and schools is to civilize them. But many are unable or unwilling to do it.

Happy Freaking Thanksgiving

Just had the third fatal accident in the past three days. One on Tuesday on Hwy 34 , one on Peoria Rd off Hwy 34 yesterday, one on I5 at milepost 244, and now we have one on Hwy 34 near I5. It looks like it may be a double.

Yep, confirmed double.

My first caller didn’t speak English very well and couldn’t tell me where he was, other than on Hwy 34 somewhere. Thankfully I got a location off his cell phone. We got only one other call after that. Technology can be wonderful.

Over The River And Through The Woods

Might be the best way to get to Grandma’s house. I-5 is officially a parking lot both north and southbound. Probably due to George Bush’s ineffective highway policies. And the fact that Congress likes to spend highway funds on bike paths and railway stations instead of, you know, highways.

One thing I know is that you can’t get to Grandma’s house by train. Unless Grandma lives in a locker at the train depot.

But The Dixie Chicks Are Oppressed. Right?

The American press should count its blessings

Give thanks we don’t live in Bangladesh, where you can be put on trial for writing columns supporting Israel and condemning Muslim violence.
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Give thanks we don’t live in Egypt, where bloggers have been detained by the government for criticizing Islam and exposing the apathy of Cairo police to sexual harassment of women.
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Give thanks we don’t live in Sudan, where editors can lose their heads for not kowtowing to the government line.
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Give thanks we don’t live in China, the world’s leading jailer of journalists and Internet critics.
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Give thanks we don’t live in Lebanon, where outspoken writers pay with their lives.
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Give thanks we don’t live in Russia, where investigative journalists routinely wind up dead.
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Give thanks we don’t live in Denmark, where the cartoonists who dared to caricature Mohammed and challenge creeping sharia are still in hiding, in fear for their lives
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Give thanks we don’t live in Italy, where a spineless judge bowed to jihadists and put famed war journalist Oriana Fallaci on trial for her sharp-tongued critiques of Islam.

But we live in America where wealthy celebrity entertainers are considered “oppressed” because people who disagree with their views refuse to buy their products.

The horror.