By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer
The US/Iranian naval tensions, related to suspected strategic arms shipments to Houthi rebels in Yemen appears to be de-escalating as the US Navy aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt and guided missile cruiser USS Normandy are being withdrawn and are now heading back to the Persian Gulf, according to Pentagon officials.
Yesterday, the nine-ship Iranian convoy, thought to be carrying arms to Yemen, contrary to UN sanctions, reversed course in the Arabian Sea.
“I know some in Washington would like us to start leaving Iraq now. To begin withdrawing before our commanders tell us we’re ready would be dangerous for Iraq, for the region and for the United States. It would mean surrendering the future of Iraq to al Qaeda. It would mean that we’d be risking mass killings on a horrific scale. It would mean we allowed the terrorists to establish a safe haven in Iraq to replace the one they lost in Afghanistan. It would mean increasing the probability that American troops would have to return at some later date to confront an enemy that is even more dangerous.”
President George W. Bush in 2007
Was then Senator Biden right about spiting the country up?
See the announcement here of the end of the War in Iraq
And there was much rejoicing!
Military advisers asked for 27,000 troops to remain in Iraq. Hillary Clinton pushed for 10,000 that the Pentagon said would be needed as the absolute lowest number to keep our troops secure. They got 3000
. It is now a pure training mission at the end of this year. After 9 years, I can’t say that I am sorry. It is their country, they need to act like it. I wish them the best.
KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi Christians on Wednesday called off Christmas festivities across the country as al Qaeda insurgents threatened more attacks on a beleaguered community still terrified from a bloody siege at a Baghdad church two months earlier.
A council representing Christian denominations across Iraq advised its followers to cancel public Christmas celebrations out of concern over new terror attacks and as a show of mourning for the victims of the church siege and other violence.
Church officials in the northern cities of Kirkuk and Mosul, the southern city of Basra and in the capital confirmed they will not put up Christmas decorations or hold evening Mass and have urged worshippers to refrain from decorating their homes. Even an appearance by Santa Claus was called off.
"Nobody can ignore the threats of al Qaeda against Iraqi Christians," said Chaldean Archbishop Read more
UPDATE: Allawi comes from behind 91 seats to 89 seats to Maliki and should get first chance to form a coalition. The likelihood is in question unless he can convince the Kurds or the Shiite led Iraqi National Alliance. Will there be a grand coalition or will there be a recount? Rumor has it that Bush and Gore are heading over to give expert advice. (Just Kidding)
An interesting note is that three of the four leading blocks are friendly to the U. S. including the current vote leader and incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. It is also interesting that former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi who is a Shiite had heavy Sunni support. The election is very close with the tie going to whomever wins the most provinces as the distribution goes not only on popular vote but provincial vote. Check back later for the results.
Pray for peace in Iraq for our sake and theirs.
The number of American combat casualties in Iraq this past month. Remember that the left said the war was lost, the surge would make it worse, and David Petraeus was General betray us. The same critics oppose him in Afgahnistan. Shouldn’t we at least give peace, freedom, and victory a chance?
I hope this premature pull out from the Iraqi cities works.
I believe that it is too early, but the Iraqis are confident. It is their country, they know it better than anyone else. I want to see the day that we can withdraw all but a base or two. Iraq needs to be run by its people and Americans need to get out of their business. On that we all agree. I want my friends home to stay.
Let’s pray that this date works. I don’t want to think about the alternative. We have paid the price of 4300 American service people plus the lives of contractors to bring this peace. The Iraqis have paid an even greater price fighting the Saddam loyalists and terrorist cells. Now we are gambling it all on a date certain. If the gamble pays off, we all may be celebrating Iraqi Sovereignty day next year.
Some things really irritate me, like the way people conveniently forget what was going on a scant 8 years ago in our nation:
Unfortunately, it’s not one sided.
The Patriot Act, and the TARP were both passed unread under Pres Bush and for the Patriot Act the R’s had the house and senate.
it’s not new, but it is getting worse.
No, the "R's" did not control the Senate when the Patriot Act flew out of there 98-1.
If you recall, in May of 2001, Senator Jim Jeffords bailed from the GOP and went Independent, giving control of the Senate to the Democrats, with Senator Tom Daschle at the helm:
On May 24, 2001, Jim Jeffords left the Republican Party, with which he had always been affiliated, and announced his new status as an independent. Jeffords discussed this decision during his announcement that he was leaving the Republican Party. "I will make this change Read more
According to Judicial Watch, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her "extended family" are enjoying the benefits of travel via Gulfstream jet on the taxpayer's dime. Here's a little preview:
The documents also detail correspondence from intermediaries for Speaker Pelosi issuing demands for certain aircraft and expressing outrage when requested military planes were not available. "It is my understanding there are no G5s available for the House during the Memorial Day recess. This is totally unacceptable...The speaker will want to know where the planes are..." wrote Kay King, Director of the House Office of Interparliamentary Affairs. In a separate email, when told a certain type of aircraft would not be available, King writes, "This is not good news, and we will have some very disappointed folks, as well as a very upset [s]peaker."....
During another email exchange DOD staff advised Kay Read more
I am happy to inform you that we had only 5 servicemembers killed in combat in Iraq. That is good news indeed though we all look forward to the day when the number is 0 killed in Action.
Does it go without saying that America’s decision not to throw away the sacrifice made by thousands of Americans and Iraqi’s is paying off. The tyrants are losing, the Iraqi people are winning. For the first time people are beginning to breath the air of liberty. It is something beautiful to behold. Great things don’t happen in the world without the iron will of determination. The easy road is the way to despair. The hard road leads to joy. It was a hard road, but we will see the wisdom of taking it.
May God bless the American Servicemember and all those in the Coalition.
15 of the 18 benchmarks are making satisfactory progress. Only two are not. One is sort of in the middle. Violence is down, American troop deployment tours are cut back to 12 months. Americans have a lot to celebrate this freedom month.
Ambassador Crocker had this observation:
"Iraq has the potential to develop into a stable, secure multiethnic, multi-sectarian democracy under the rule of law," Ryan Crocker, U.S. ambassador to Iraq said in April when he last testified before Congress. "Whether it realizes that potential is ultimately up to the Iraqi people."
Naturally, the critics seem to be unable to rejoice. One instead of acknowledging the obvious success of the Surge, said that it would have happened sooner if we pulled the troops out. It is remarks like that one which make me think there is life on Mars, because someone must have just come from there to be that out of touch.
Happy Read more
Update: http://www.americasupportsyou.mil/americasupportsyou/index.aspx Please send an encouraging note this Memorial Day to our troops.
Americans believe that Senator McCain will win the War in Iraq, but only 20% believe Senator Obama will win it. That is a significant underlying disadvantage to Senator Obama and a major hidden strength for Senator McCain. It could help explain why Senator McCain is out performing the generic Republican by 16 points or more. When John McCain says I will win this war, half of Americans believe it.
So why is Senator Obama popular and competitive? Most Americans are tired of Mr. Bush's War. A majority place a higher priority on the troops coming home than winning the war. I consider that a scary proposition. Nothing is more vital to American Security than coming home with honor. If American are perceived by the enemies of freedom to be beaten and defeated, Read more
There is a lot of good news coming from Iraq, but it seems just when we are getting hopeful that we are reminded just how fluid the situation is. 4000 American military deaths was a sad milestone. The good news is the rate has slowed dramatically. The bad news is the cease fire is beginning to fall apart between the Shia factions.
Iraq seems like a bad tire. You plug one leak and another springs up, then you plug that one and the old plug comes undone. Discouragement would be an easy course to take. I refuse to take it.
I am praying for peace in that land. Those wonderful people have been through so much over the past 40 years. We all want better for them than so called leaders hiding in Iran and trying to break up the normalcy which is beginning to return. We can expect more bumps in the road between now and October (target date for the Iraqi elections). Read more