Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun, who has been declared a deserter on two separate occasions a decade ago, has turned himself in to U.S. custody and will face charges, the Marines confirmed. The 34-year-old arrived in Norfolk, Va., on Sunday and is scheduled to go Monday to Camp Lejeune, N.C., where his case will be adjudicated, according to a Marine spokesman. He had been in the Middle East, the spokesman said. I must say summer is a crazy time of year. Bring one home and another wants to come back. Should he be found guilty, he faces a maximum penalty […]
Well we’re acting in Iraq, indirectly it seems.
Why should we act in Iraq? Please read Slater’s post before reading this one. Here is another article on ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant). The discovery of chemical munitions being captured by the Islamist ISIS adds a number of variables to the equation. Next to nukes, chemical munitions are the most desired weapons sought by Islamist terrorists. History tells us that some of those weapons will find their way to Hamas and Hezbollah for use against Israel. In the main Islamists murder their co-religionists with an alarming regularity. These weapons will be used against Assad and his Ba’athist regime. […]
Won’t W be surprised! Since these WMD never existed, according to certain people, where did this all come from. Darth Cheney is truly a Dark Master for pulling this off with his neo-con minions! 17.09 Chemical weapons produced at the Al Muthanna facility, which Isis today seized, are believed to have included mustard gas, Sarin, Tabun, and VX. Here is the CIA’s file on the complex. Stockpiles of chemical munitions are still stored there. The most dangerous ones have been declared to the UN and are sealed in bunkers. Although declared, the bunkers contents have yet to be confirmed. These […]
I grew up in the background of the Iraq War. Many people said then that it was the wrong war. Truly it was the wrong war if we were going in there to take chemical weapons from a dictator. The truth of the matter was that Saddam had nothing to do with Al-Qaeda and it’s attack on us. Some said Bush wanted take out a man that had put a price on his father’s head. Our aims under George W. Bush were quite different. What I think his vision for Iraq was very clear. It was to establish a “City […]
As a kid living on West Point in 1981, the newly-released Marines and other Embassy personnel held hostage in Tehran for 444 days were brought into the cafeteria of the old Elementary School building. They were outwardly calm, but had eyes as big as saucers. Looking back, I question the judgement of exposing those men to a crowd of any type and size so soon after release. What was apparent then to my friends and me then was that those men were in shock. Since pulling Iran out of poverty as a British and Soviet piss pot, Iran and America were good […]
I didn’t think there was much to laugh at here, but I’ll be damned if DuffelBlog didn’t hit the X ring. At the end of the Iraq War — in a gesture of revenge — the U.S. abandoned thousands of Humvees in Iraq, an act compared to the Soviets seeding millions of land mines in Afghanistan, and with similar results once the Iraqis began to drive them. The Humvees were captured by ISIS on Tuesday after being abandoned by Iraqi soldiers unable to locate the vehicles’ keys, which they claimed the U.S. advisers who alerted them to this feature had never provided. Although […]
“Now the pretense is becoming increasingly difficult to sustain.” No kidding. “Pretense,” being closely related to “lie,” or “falsehood.” We did not end “the war,” with the withdrawal of US forces– we ended a named operation. The War continues. The War predates OIF, 9/11, Desert Storm, the founding of the State of Israel, European, colonialism, the fall of the Ottoman Empire, the Barbary Wars, in fact the founding of these United States. The War does not end just because we say it does.
This NYT article certainly paints a grim picture. So does this article. What does it mean for the United States and what should we, or must we do about it? What, indeed can we do about it? For all of us who have served there, and especially those who did tour after tour, this is an awful thing to watch. Is it a preview for the upcoming attraction in Afghanistan? Update. Just saw this (with accompanying link), written by a man called, “SLAB,” whom many of you will remember well: I’m starting to gain some appreciation for how Vietnam veterans […]
Written several days ago but oddly appropriate today– http://time.com/109981/general-wars-afghanistan-iraq-why-we-lost/