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The Invasion of Iraq Has STRENGTHENED America’s World Position?!

April 28, 08

What I’ve been saying all along. I bet it also has something to do with killing more than 23,000 terrorists who went to try and screw up Iraq – terrorists who would otherwise have been blowing up cities around the world (that means where YOU and ME live) ala Bali, London Underground, Madrid etc.

Read the facts, look at the world, and admit that people in general still like the US of A… Not in spite of Iraq, but BECAUSE of Iraq!

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Excerpts from The Australian:

Esteem for US rises in Asia

THE US war in Iraq has strengthened its strategic position, especially in terms of key alliances, and the only way this could be reversed would be if it lost the will to continue the struggle and abandoned Iraq in defeat and disarray.

Mike Green holds the Japan chair at Washington’s Centre for Strategic and International Studies and was for several years the Asia director at the National Security Council. He is also one of America’s foremost experts on Japan and northeast Asia generally.

His thesis, applied strictly to the US position in Asia, is correct.

First, Green states and acknowledges the negatives. He writes: “The Iraq war has had one important, pernicious impact on US interests in Asia: it has consumed US attention.”

This has prevented the US from following up in sufficient detail on some positive developments in Asia. Green also acknowledges that the US’s reputation has taken a battering among Muslim populations in Asia.

Yet Green’s positive thesis is fascinating. The US’s three most important Asian alliances – with Australia, Japan and South Korea – have in his view been strengthened by the Iraq campaign. Each of these nations sent substantial numbers of troops to help the US in Iraq. They did this because they believed in what the US was doing in Iraq, and also because they wanted to use the Iraq campaign as an opportunity to strengthen their alliances with the US.

More generally, in a world supposedly awash in anti-US sentiment, pro-American leaders keep winning elections. Germany’s Angela Merkel is certainly more pro-American than Gerhard Schroeder, whom she replaced. The same is true of France’s Nicolas Sarkozy.

More importantly in terms of Green’s analysis, the same is also true of South Korea’s new President. Lee Myung-bak, elected in a landslide in December, is vastly more pro-American than his predecessor, Roh Moo-hyun.

Even in majority Islamic societies, their populations allegedly radicalised and polarised by Bush’s campaign in Iraq and the global war on terror more generally, election results don’t show any evidence of these trends. In the most recent local elections in Indonesia, and in national elections in Pakistan, the Islamist parties with anti-American rhetoric fared very poorly. Similarly Kevin Rudd was elected as a very pro-American Labor leader, unlike Mark Latham, with his traces of anti-Americanism, who was heavily defeated.

Even with China, the Iraq campaign was not a serious negative for the US. Beijing was far more worried by the earlier US-led NATO intervention into Kosovo because it was based purely on notions of human rights in Kosovo. Such notions could theoretically be used to justify action (not necessarily military action) against China over Taiwan and Tibet. Iraq, on the other hand, was justified on the basis of weapons of mass destruction, a justification with which the Chinese were much more comfortable.

More generally, it is American values, or more accurately the universal values of democracy to which the US adheres, that are more popular and receive greater adherence in Asia than before, in the politics and civil societies of Asian nations such as Indonesia, India, Japan and many others.

The overall picture is infinitely more complex than the anti-Bush narrative of the Iraq war would suggest.

Similarly, it seems clear that US standing in Japan declined most recently when it softened its position on North Korea, something international liberal opinion universally demanded. However, some other facts are incontrovertible. Japan in 2003 sent 600 troops to Iraq to help the Americans. The Japanese leader who did this, Junichiro Koizumi, was subsequently re-elected in a landslide.

The US’s standing there seems to bear very little relation to Iraq. However, as noted, a pro-US candidate won a record landslide in December. But even the previous president, who did deploy some anti-American rhetoric, sent 3600 troops to Iraq (more than any nation except the US and Britain) and negotiated a free trade agreement with the US. Moreover, as Green describes, there has been a big rise in the positive ratings of the US in South Korea since 2005.

The centrist Joong AngIlbo newspaper’s poll shows the US rising from being the third most popular foreign country in South Korea to becoming, by 2006, the most popular foreign country.

Green cautions that a US failure in Iraq, a retreat and leaving chaos in Iraq behind, would gravely damage US credibility in Asia.

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Michelle Malkin has this to say:

The world works as well as it does–and, granted, that’s pretty marginal–in large part because the United States guarantees the security of its allies. Places like Taiwan and South Korea churn out magic toilets and miniature automobiles knowing that the United States will respond to incursions and aggression with overwhelming and sustained force. So far, our defense of the fledgling Iraqi government has confirmed that arrangement.

America does what it says. If you have an American security guarantee–and I’m looking at you,Saudi Arabia and Pakistan–you don’t need to build a nuclear arsenal. America honors its commitments, and the world keeps ticking–well, arrhythmically stuttering, anyhow–because there are big U.S. guns ready to retaliate against aggression. No better friend. No worse enemy. If America is backing you, you’re golden.

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See also my very relevant posts on the issue of Iraq:

Hey Ignorant World – There is PEACE in Iraq! (photo proof below)

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IraqisLoveUSTroops6

More Than 23,000 Terrorists Killed

Excerpts From Michael Yon’s and Michael J. Totten’s Articles on the True Situation in Iraq (firsthand accounts)

General ‘Bringing Peace to Iraq’ Petraeus Named as Next Commander of Mideast Command

97 Pro General Petraeus, Anti Betray Us Editorial Cartoons

Excerpts From Michael Yon’s and Michael J. Totten’s Articles on the True Situation in Iraq

April 24, 08

Yeah, I love Michael Yon and Michael J. Totten’s writing styles and solid reporting on the real situation in Iraq.

Some truncated excerpts from their posts/reports:

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Michael Yon: Let’s ‘Surge’ Some More:

I may well have spent more time embedded with combat units in Iraq than any other journalist alive. I have seen this war – and our part in it – at its brutal worst. And I say the transformation over the last 14 months is little short of miraculous.

The change goes far beyond the statistical decline in casualties or incidents of violence. A young Iraqi translator, wounded in battle and fearing death, asked an American commander to bury his heart in America. Iraqi special forces units took to the streets to track down terrorists who killed American soldiers. The U.S. military is the most respected institution in Iraq, and many Iraqi boys dream of becoming American soldiers. Yes, young Iraqi boys know about “GoArmy.com.”

As the outrages of Abu Ghraib faded in memory – and paled in comparison to al Qaeda’s brutalities – and our soldiers under the Petraeus strategy got off their big bases and out of their tanks and deeper into the neighborhoods, American values began to win the war.

Iraqis came to respect American soldiers as warriors who would protect them from terror gangs. But Iraqis also discovered that these great warriors are even happier helping rebuild a clinic, school or a neighborhood. They learned that the American soldier is not only the most dangerous enemy in the world, but one of the best friends a neighborhood can have.

The huge drop in roadside bombings is also a political success – because the bombings were political events. It is not possible to bury a tank-busting 1,500-pound bomb in a neighborhood street without the neighbors noticing. Since the military cannot watch every road during every hour of the day (that would be a purely military solution), whether the bomb kills soldiers depends on whether the neighbors warn the soldiers or cover for the terrorists. Once they mostly stood silent; today they tend to pick up their cell phones and call the Americans. Even in big “kinetic” military operations like the taking of Baqubah in June 2007, politics was crucial. Casualties were a fraction of what we expected because, block-by-block, the citizens told our guys where to find the bad guys. I was there; I saw it.

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Michael Yon: Stake Through Their Hearts: Killing al Qaeda

The sun was setting over Nineveh as four terrorists driving tons of explosives closed on their targets. The terrorists drove their trucks straight into the hearts of the communities.

The shockwave from detonation far outpaced the speed of sound. Buildings and humans were ripped apart and hurled asunder, turning a wedding party into hundreds of funerals.

But the attacks were not over. Yezidi men grabbed their rifles, and while two more truck bombs rumbled toward Qahtaniya and Jazeera, a hail of Yezidi bullets met them. The defenders who fired the bullets were killed with honor while standing between evil and their people. Two other truck bombs detonated on the outskirts of the villages.

Until recently, such terror attacks inside Iraq could have coerced the village into sheltering Al Qaeda. Yet this time, the “jihadists” got an unexpected reception. Local men grabbed their rifles and poured fire on the demons, slaughtering them. Nineteen terrorists were destroyed.

Times have changed for al Qaeda here. Too many Iraqis have decided they are not going to take it anymore.

The young men come to Iraq to fight like infantry soldiers, only to find themselves terrorized into wearing suicide vests.

In 2005, I wrote about a young Libyan who was happy to have been captured by American “Deuce Four” soldiers in Nineveh because Iraqis were mistreating him and trying to force him blow up some Mosul police. Like many foreign fighters, the Libyan was not hardcore. He was so grateful to be captured that he began telling his entire sad story.

The best thing about foreign fighters is that, contrary to myth, often they do not want to die, and when they get caught, they blab everything.

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Michael Yon: Guitar Heroes

The Predator peered down on the terrorists planting the bomb. There were too many targets for one Hellfire missile, and it’s better to conserve the weapon when possible, since the Predator must fly far to reload.

A group of four Kiowa Warrior pilots were only a few minutes away from the enemy, but their helicopters were on the ground and the engines were cold, while the pilots were waiting in a building near the runway, playing Guitar Hero to pass the time.

A soldier interrupted the Guitar Hero session, telling the pilots to get in the air. Orders would come over the radio. The pilots abandoned Guitar Hero and raced out the door into the cold night to their OH-58D Kiowa Warriors, economy-sized helicopters that would make a Ford Pinto seem spacious.

Lopez and Boise could not see the enemy, but the Predator could, and so they set up for a “remote” Hellfire shot, meaning they would fire the weapon “blind” in the direction of the target, and the missile would “lock” onto the laser reflection as it approached.

The Predator was lazing the target, invisibly marking the group of six men. Boise launched the Hellfire…

VROOOSSHHHH!!!!!

The Predator was striking the gavel for the Hellfire to deliver justice, but the terrorists apparently realized the verdict a fraction of a second too late. The detonation appeared silently on the Predator thermal, while seconds later the sounds of the explosion rumbled over the base. The remains of the terrorists glowed hot on the infrared imagery.

Total time from playing Guitar Hero to getting airborne and delivering justice was an astounding twelve minutes. Apparently at least five terrorists were killed, while at least one escaped, though he probably needs new eardrums and might ask for a raise before trying that again.

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Michael Yon: The Hands of God

He was dressed as a woman as he walked down the alley toward the mosque full of worshippers. It was Friday, just before Ashura, and the air was chilled.

The bomb strapped to his body was studded with ball-bearings so that he could kill more villagers as they gathered for prayer. The detonation would eviscerate and dismember those closest, shattering bones into fragments, but the ball-bearings would ensure lethality beyond the percussive edge of the blast wave, ripping through the flesh of people who might not have been knocked down by the explosion.

There were no soldiers in his path to stop him; no police to alert to the man in women’s clothes. There were only villagers. The man dressed as a woman was to be the agent of their deaths. He kept walking down the alley toward the mosque where more than one hundred people were praying, a mass murderer masquerading in a woman’s garb.

The closer a counterfeit comes to the genuine article, the more obvious the deceit. As the murderer dressed in women’s clothes walked purposefully toward his target, there was a village man ahead.

But under the guise of a simple villager was a true Martyr, and he, too, had his target in sight. The Martyr had seen through the disguise, but he had no gun. No bomb. No rocket. No stone. No time.

The Martyr walked up to the murderer and lunged into a bear hug, on the spot where we were now standing.

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Unproven claims successfully disguised as facts in the media can be persistent obstacles to finding the truth. Once something is put in print, it becomes referenced as fact by other people who seldom check the source.

So it was for the thwarted bomb attack in this village, which quickly found its way into media reports, described as yet another incident of sectarian violence, which on some level it was.

In front of the walls pocked with craters from the ball bearings, truth was more nuanced. But apparently no journalists visited the village to find out what really happened and what it tells us about the people who live here.

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Michael J. Totten: Hope for Iraq’s Meanest City

The insurgency arose in Fallujah before spreading to the rest of the country. Perhaps it is fitting, then, that the insurgents—now on the run elsewhere in Iraq—were first beaten here in the City of Mosques.

Many Fallujans initially welcomed Zarqawi and his lieutenants as liberators from the hated American occupiers. But the jihadists did not fight for freedom. Instead, they enforced Islamic law at the point of a gun, establishing a brand of fascism even worse than Saddam’s. They murdered sheikhs who opposed them. They butchered their enemies’ families, burning women alive and slashing children’s throats with kitchen knives, and massacred other families for accepting food from Marines. City officials, tribal authorities, police officers—anyone in charge of anything was targeted for destruction.

By late 2006, Fallujans had had enough. Though they had little desire to be ruled, or even nurtured into self-rule, by Americans, the jihadist alternative was clearly worse. So Fallujah formed an alliance with its former enemies. The alliance is one of convenience, and possibly temporary, but it was forged in the crucible of the most wrenching catastrophe Fallujans have experienced in living memory.

While the Americans were lucky, in a sense, that al-Qaida so thoroughly disgusted the locals, Petraeus’s strategy shift was crucial to beating the insurgents. Before the surge, American counterinsurgency had followed a “light footprint” model: soldiers and Marines lived on large protected bases and did everything they could to avoid casualties. The thinking was that this approach not only protected the military; it also would keep Iraqis from viewing Americans as oppressive occupiers. But the light footprint model prevented the Americans from providing security to Iraqis, who began to regard their occupiers as not merely oppressive but incompetent to boot.

When Petraeus surged additional troops to Iraq in January 2007, the light footprint model was replaced with aggressive counterinsurgency operations that, perhaps counterintuitively, prioritized the protection of local civilians over American forces.

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U.S. Marines and Iraqi police have forged a straightforward agreement with civilians: we’ll keep you safe if you identify insurgents and lead us to improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and weapons caches.

The Marines’ final mission is the make-or-break mission, as all final missions must be. The third battle for Fallujah will be decisive. After the Americans leave, the city will either transform into a relatively normal backwater that nobody cares about—or tear itself apart. If Fallujah goes, Baghdad goes, and all of Iraq will follow.

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Michael J. Totten: Builders of Nations

“We’re trained as infantrymen,” Captain Stewart Glenn said. “But here we are doing civil administration and trying to get the milk factory up and running.”

“We make up all this stuff as we go,” Lieutenant Mike Barefoot added.

While most Americans go to school, work traditional day jobs, and raise their families, young American men and women like these are deployed to Iraq, Kosovo, and Afghanistan where they work seven days a week rebuilding societies torn to pieces by fascism, terrorism, ethnic cleansing, and war. It is not what they signed up to do. Some may have geeked out on nation-building video games like Civilization, but none of the enlisted men picked up any of these skills in boot camp.

Just down the street from Lieutenant Bibler’s station is a massive construction site. A local Iraqi contracting company is building a water treatment plant with American money.

Solar-powered street lights are being erected all over Fallujah to take strain off the failing electrical grid and keep the city well-lit during outages. Locals are hired to pick up trash that accumulated during the periods of heavy fighting, and new weekly garbage collection contracts are being awarded. The city government is being rebuilt from scratch. Micro loans are given to local shopkeepers to jumpstart the economy.

“We hire day laborers for twelve dollars a day to clean up certain areas,” Captain Steve Eastin said. The average monthly salary in Fallujah is around 300 dollars, so twelve dollars a day isn’t as stingy as it may sound. “We’re paying to have the mosques repaired. Iraqi Police Chief Colonel Faisal helped convince the imams to trust us. He’s well-educated and speaks the language of justice and democracy.”

Every mosque in the city was anti-American during the peak of the insurgency, but every single one has flipped in the meantime. Every day the imams exhort the people of Fallujah to support the American effort. The Marines know this because they have Arabic-speakers who sit in and listen to what gets said.

Combat operations are finished in Fallujah, but this was still a mission of war. If the Marines and city leaders cannot get Fallujah back on its feet, the city could fall again to the insurgency

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Michael J. Totten: Anbar Awakens Part I: The Battle of Ramadi

The ideology of AQI [Al Qaeda in Iraq] is to establish the Islamic Caliphate in Iraq,” he said. “In order for them to be successful they must control the Iraqi population through either support or coercion.

Al Qaeda was initially welcomed by many Iraqis in Ramadi because they said they were there to fight the Americans. The spirit of resistance against foreign occupiers was strong. But the Iraqis got a lot more in the bargain than simply resistance.

“Al Qaeda came in and just seized people’s houses,” said Army Captain Phil Messer from Nashville, Tennessee. “They said we’re taking your house to use it against the Americans. Get out.”

“Market Street [the main street downtown] was completely controlled by Al Qaeda,” Lieutenant Welch said. “They rolled down the streets, pointed guns at people, and said we are in charge. They had crazy requirements for the locals. They weren’t allowed to cut their hair. Girls were banned from going to school. They couldn’t shave or smoke. One guy defiantly lit a cigarette and they shot him four times.”

There was another soccer field north of the city in the ‘Sofia’ area,” he said, “a kids’ soccer field. It was also used as a dump site. AQI killed civilians by castrating them, stuffing their genitals in their mouths, and cutting off their heads. Al Qaeda killed a lot more civilians than they ever killed soldiers.”

Captain Jay McGee concurred. “Suicide car bombers rarely attacked the coalition,” he said, meaning Americans. “They almost always attacked Iraqi security forces and civilians. They know the U.S. will leave eventually, but AQI ultimately must fight Iraqis and destroy Iraqi institutions in order to prevail.”

“One night,” Lieutenant Markham said, “after several young people were beheaded by Al Qaeda, the mosques in the city went crazy. The imams screamed jihad from the loudspeakers. We went to the roof of the outpost and braced for a major assault. Our interpreter joined us. Hold on, he said. They aren’t screaming jihad against us. They are screaming jihad against the insurgents.”

“A massive anti-Al Qaeda convulsion ripped through the city,” said Captain McGee. “The locals rose up and began killing the terrorists on their own. They reached the tipping point where they just could not take any more. They told us where the weapon caches were. They pointed out IEDs under the road.”

“In mid-March,” Lieutenant Hightower said, “a sniper operating out of a house was shooting Americans and Iraqis. Civilians broke into his house, beat the hell out of him, and turned him over to us.”

“One day,” Lieutenant Hightower said, “some Al Qaeda guys on a bike showed up and asked where they could plant an IED against Americans. They asked a random civilian because they just assumed the city was still friendly to them. They had no idea what was happening. The random civilian held him at gunpoint and called us to come get him.”

“The mosques in Ramadi all have pro-coalition messages now,” Captain McGee said.

“How do you know this?” I said. “Do you actually attend Friday services?”

“We have relationships with the imams,” he said. “We have very good relations with all of them.”

“The Abdullah Mosque next to our outpost was hit by insurgent fire,” Captain Messer said. “The Marines are giving them money to fix it.”
 
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You don’t believe the mainstream media on local politics when they suck up to certain parties.

Why believe them on what’s really happening in Iraq when they portray only death and hatred from the Iraqis?

See also:

IraqisLoveUSTroops3

IraqisLoveUSTroops6

Hey Ignorant World – There is PEACE in Iraq!

Michael Yon’s Moment of Truth – Get Your Library to Stock It

Michael Yon’s Moment of Truth – Get Your Library to Stock It

April 15, 08

Click pic for high res PDF version. Get your schools and libraries to stock some good reading. Learn what is really happening in Iraq – not just swallow the highly-coloured artificial stuff the mainstream media feeds you.

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Every copy ordered online via this post or this link pays Michael Yon a little extra to keep up his truthful reporting on the improvign situation in Iraq.

Get me a signed copy too, would you? :)

Related to Hey Ignorant World – There is PEACE in Iraq!

Hey Ignorant World – There is PEACE in Iraq!

April 4, 08

Victory in Iraq Day! See link for how terrorist and insurgent violence has dropped to the lowest levels ever.

Bush has liberated 50 million thankful people!

See video (via Gateway Pundit) and further postings below for how violence is far, FAR below the levels that were present during Saddam Hussein’s reign.

Reporter Terry Lloyd enters Halabja, Iraq, escorted by Iranian Army officers after the poisonous gas attacks by the Saddam regime in 1988. This is actual footage of the aftermath of Halabja gas attacks back in 1988:
(Warning: Very Graphic)

How could anyone blame Bush for taking down this piece of evil crap?

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The mainstream media constantly depicts Iraq as a war-torn, terror-filled, Bush and Americans hating place.

The only news to ever come out of there are deaths of soldiers and civilians.

The narrative is that Iraq is a failed state, a quagmire, a reason to hate the imperiliast, arrogant, inhuman USA.

And you believe them.

HEEELLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO~~~~!!!

This is the MAINSTREAM MEDIA we’re talking about!

Any net-savvy, blogophilic Malaysian should know by now that the MSM cannot be trusted to tell the actual truth!

You want to know the truth? This is the truth:

  • Iraq is regaining peace.
  • The terrorists are killed and driven far away from towns and villages.
  • The economy and infrastructure is being rebuilt.
  • Schools and markets are reopening.
  • People are resuming normals lives.
  • Children play on the streets.
  • The Iraqis love the Marines and hate Al Qaeda, not the other way round.

Yes, they LOVE the Marines and US troops – I kid you not!

In fact, the whole situation is comparable to Malaya during the Malayan Communist Emergency – the British/American troops kill the Communists/terrorists, and their friendly social efforts win the support of the local Malayans/Iraqis.

You want proof?

Chicago Death Toll Double That of Iraq:

An estimated 123 people were shot and killed over the summer. That’s nearly double the number of soldiers killed in Iraq over the same time period.

87% fewer violent deaths annually in Iraq now than under Saddam Hussein:

Iraq, a country approximately the size of California, but with only 2/3rd its population, suffered more than a million violent deaths under Saddam Hussein’s regime. That would average out at about 50,000 deaths a year in a population of 25 million before the Americans got involved. In the two years since the Americans have been fighting in Iraq, 13,650 Iraqis, have been killed, many of them by terrorist attacks by their own countrymen. Others were by military action. That averages out at 6, 825 deaths per year in a population of 25 million.

Compare this list of Saddam’s atrocities that killed thousands. Tell me it was better under him. Tell it to the Iraqis.

And compare how more Iraqis died from Clinton’s sanctions than from W Bush’s war.

And read the blogs of Michael J. Totten and Michael Yon – actual journalists who actually stay in Iraq day and night, unlike the lie-beral MSM reporters (CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera etc) who fly in, do a story based on info from a terrorist conspirator, and fly out the same day.

They have excellent writing, lots of coverage of real-life battles, and tons of photos like the following of happy, cheeky children and safe villages:

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Above from Michael J. Totten: The Liberation of Karmah parts 1 & 2, and that’s just two posts!

And how about action-packed battles where market bombing, civilian targeting terrorists get smashed by superior firepower?

Read:

The Predator peered down on the terrorists planting the bomb. There were too many targets for one Hellfire missile, and it’s better to conserve the weapon when possible, since the Predator must fly far to reload.

A group of four Kiowa Warrior pilots were only a few minutes away from the enemy, but their helicopters were on the ground and the engines were cold, while the pilots were waiting in a building near the runway, playing Guitar Hero to pass the time.

A soldier interrupted the Guitar Hero session, telling the pilots to get in the air. Orders would come over the radio. The pilots abandoned Guitar Hero and raced out the door into the cold night to their OH-58D Kiowa Warriors, economy-sized helicopters that would make a Ford Pinto seem spacious.

Lopez and Boise could not see the enemy, but the Predator could, and so they set up for a “remote” Hellfire shot, meaning they would fire the weapon “blind” in the direction of the target, and the missile would “lock” onto the laser reflection as it approached.

The Predator was lazing the target, invisibly marking the group of six men. Boise launched the Hellfire…

VROOOSSHHHH!!!!!

The Predator was striking the gavel for the Hellfire to deliver justice, but the terrorists apparently realized the verdict a fraction of a second too late. The detonation appeared silently on the Predator thermal, while seconds later the sounds of the explosion rumbled over the base. The remains of the terrorists glowed hot on the infrared imagery.

Total time from playing Guitar Hero to getting airborne and delivering justice was an astounding twelve minutes. Apparently at least five terrorists were killed, while at least one escaped, though he probably needs new eardrums and might ask for a raise before trying that again.

Above from Michael Yon: Guitar Heroes.

See more excerpts at Excerpts From Michael Yon’s and Michael J. Totten’s Articles on the True Situation in Iraq.

I also recommend that you read Michael Yon: The Hands of God, where you can see the immediate contrast between those ‘Great Satan imperialist Americans’ who protect and help the Iraqi civilians, and the ‘holy and just warriors of Al Qaeda’ who intentionally target mosques where no foreign troops are even in sight.

Death, horror and misery in Iraq? YA RITE. You seriously have to be a total blindo ignoramus to ignore the evidence right before your eyes.

More proof – Check out these easy-to-understand graphs and charts with your own eyes.

Do us all a favour – forward this post to your friends and family. Let them know that Iraq is a suceeding state, better off than the past 20 years under Saddam and the Baathists.

Because if we leave it to the MSM, it will be 10 years after Iraq returns to perfect normalcy before we find out that Iraq is finally experiencing peace.

But will you speak the truth? Or are you actually like many of our local and world politicians, who have a vested interest in Iraq… And actually want to see Iraqi civilians dying, Al Qaeda winning, and peace disappearing…

Just to show up Bush and the Americans?

How selfish of them. I honestly hope you are aren’t.

Speak the truth. Spread the word. America is doing for Iraq what it did for South-East Asia during the Vietnam War years and what the Commonwealth soldiers did for Malaya during the Communist Emergency years.

Spending their own money, material and human lives to help bring peace and development to a nation while the rest of the world smears and demonizes them.

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See also:

Excerpts From Michael Yon’s and Michael J. Totten’s Articles on the True Situation in Iraq

More Than 23,000 Terrorists Killed for how America’s presence in Iraq has protected all of us from many more Bali bombings, London underground-style attacks and Thai Pattani style beheadings.

Terrorists Getting Pwned Videos, Bomblets Frag Terrorists, Spare Dog, US Forces Drop 40,000 Pounds of Doom on Iraqi Al-Qaeda and US Special Forces Night Vision Firefight for action-packed, explosive videos of terrorists being stopped from killing Iraqi civilians.

Pro General Petraeus, Anti Betray Us Editorial Cartoons for how it is not in the interests of the US Media to tell us the truth of peace in Iraq

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US Forces Drop 40,000 Pounds of Doom on Iraqi Al-Qaeda

January 11, 08

That’s about 18,000 kilograms of destruction for you metric types!

Via Moonbattery, with video at The Jawa report and also Michelle Malkin.

Gifs of pwnage screenshots made using Picasion

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Spliced together from MSNBC and MNF Iraq:

BAGHDAD - U.S. bombers and jet fighters unleashed 40,000 pounds of explosives on the southern outskirts of Baghdad within 10 minutes Thursday (10 Jan 2008)  in one of the biggest airstrikes of the war, flattening what the military called safe havens for al-Qaida in Iraq.

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More than 40 targets were hit after precision air strikes destroyed reported al-Qaeda safe havens in Arab Jabour. Thirty-eight bombs were dropped within the first 10 minutes, with a total tonnage of 40,000 pounds.
 
The precision air strikes supported Operation Phantom Phoenix, the overarching operation that includes Operation Marne Thunderbolt, an ongoing operation aimed at flushing out remaining al-Qaeda extremists operating in the southern Arab Jabour area, and to create conditions for improved security.

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The massive attack, carried out above approaching U.S. and Iraqi troops, was part of Operation Phantom Phoenix, a nationwide campaign launched Tuesday against al-Qaida in Iraq.

The air raid was followed by a ground attack that led to 12 arrests and the discovery of two houses used to torture kidnap victims, according to an Iraqi army officer. He said the troops faced no resistance.

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Two B-1 Bombers and four F-16 fighter jets, directed bombs at three large target areas. Each bomber made two passes and the F-16s followed to complete the set. Coordination between the Army and Air Force was essential in making the operation a success.

“Thirty-eight bombs were dropped within the first 10 minutes, with a total tonnage of 40,000 pounds,” the statement said.

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See also the following:

More Than 23,000 Terrorists Killed (title speaks for itself)

More Signs of Hope in Iraq – Muslims Attending Church Service at St. John’s in Baghdad (The real state of ‘quagmire, hopeless, perpetual war’ Iraq the mainstream media won’t show you)

Pro General Petraeus, Anti Betray Us Editorial Cartoons (Cartoons to do with the situation in Iraq and the lies the Liberal Democrats will tell to flush Iraq down the drain)

Terrorists Getting Pwned Videos and Bomblets Frag Terrorists, Spare Dog (More videos of terrorists getting sent to find out if they really get 72 virgins or not)

Russian Superbomb – The Father of All Bombs (For what 17,000 pounds or 7,800 kilograms in a single-bomb exploding looks like)


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