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Is Abu Khabab A Shish Kabob?

Posted by Thunder Pig on July 28, 2008

A Pakistani intelligence official claimed al Qaeda weapons expert Midhat Mursi al Sayyid Umar, better known as Abu Khabab, was killed in this morning’s airstrike in South Waziristan.

“We believe he was killed in this strike,” a senior intelligence official told AFP on condition of anonymity. “It was his hide-out and information that has been shared with us says he was targeted in this strike.”

Six Pakistanis, including three foreigner terrorists, were reported killed in the airstrike, which hit either a madrassa or a home next to a mosque.

Abu Khabab and four other senior al Qaeda commanders were reported to have been killed in an airstrike in the town of Damadola in the Bajaur tribal agency in January 2006. The US military believed the safehouse in Bajaur, which was run by Taliban chieftain Faqir Mohammed, was sheltering Ayman al Zawahiri, al Qaeda’s second in command. Khabab and the other commanders were later found to be still alive.

The US Rewards for Justice Program has a $5 million bounty out for the capture of Khabab.

Khabab has a long history of working with al Qaeda’s secretive weapons of mass destruction program, which is known as al Zabadi, or “curdled milk.” Project al Zabadi is al weapons of mass destruction program.

Source: The Long War Journal

Commentary

I hope this is true. Read the links included in the story at Long War Journal to see what kind of a monster we hope to have killed.

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Mudville Gazette Launches MilBlog TV

Posted by Thunder Pig on July 28, 2008

Greyhawk continues to be a leader in reporting the news of our efforts in World War IV when the anti-American Legacy Media types won’t.
 

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Report Says Bush Backs Israeli Plan To Strike Iran, Part LXIV

Posted by Thunder Pig on July 13, 2008

I think I have heard this report at least 100 times since the summer of 2003:

President George W Bush has told the Israeli government that he may be prepared to approve a future military strike on Iranian nuclear facilities if negotiations with Tehran break down, according to a senior Pentagon official.Despite the opposition of his own generals and widespread scepticism that America is ready to risk the military, political and economic consequences of an airborne strike on Iran, the president has given an “amber light” to an Israeli plan to attack Iran’s main nuclear sites with long-range bombing sorties, the official told The Sunday Times.“Amber means get on with your preparations, stand by for immediate attack and tell us when you’re ready,” the official said. But the Israelis have also been told that they can expect no help from American forces and will not be able to use US military bases in Iraq for logistical support.Nor is it certain that Bush’s amber light would ever turn to green without irrefutable evidence of lethal Iranian hostility. Tehran’s test launches of medium-range ballistic missiles last week were seen in Washington as provocative and poorly judged, but both the Pentagon and the CIA concluded that they did not represent an immediate threat of attack against Israeli or US targets.

Source: Times Online
Commentary
I should hope he backs a plan to strike Iran!!!
I support a strike on Iran, and am confident that we and/or Israel will strike when the time is right, and in a way which will minimize our casualties and civilian casualties in Iran. Iran, however, will not. They will seek to kill as many innocent people as possible in a reverse human shield scenario ala the Scud Attacks on Israel in Desert Storm.

Having worked in the field in the past, I believe that part of what is taking us so long in striking Iran is the rolling up of Iranian supported terror cells in the USA like we did in 1990-91 prior to striking Iraq. Someday, these stories will be told. The Democrats, Progressives, and other anti-war types will be exposed for being completely clueless about the threat posed by these groups. My only regret is that it will be decades before they will be declassified.
What will be hard is locating the “leaderless resistance” type of cells formed by Muslim volunteers that operate completely offline from the internet and do not use telephones or mail, only person to person contact.
I expect that the first 24 hours after the strike, the anti-American war protesters will go nuts…and there will be a very short-lived hiccup in the supply chain in America.
I would advise everyone to keep your larder stocked and keep your fuel tanks topped off, and only if you can store fuel safely…a week’s worth of fuel for your automobiles and other needs if you have power generators. Although I only expect a 24 to 72 Hour disruption (if at all), I live by the credo of preparation overkill as taught to me by my mother and father.
If you are interested in being prepared, I can suggest the following Websites:
Survival Blog (also on my right-hand sidebar)

Ready.gov

It never hurts to be prepared. And with Hurricane season upon us, being prepared may help you coast through the supply chain hiccup and brief uptick in fuel prices.

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U.S. 4th Fleet Officially Re-established

Posted by Thunder Pig on July 12, 2008

MAYPORT, Fla. (NNS) — Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead officially re-established U.S. 4th Fleet and named Rear Adm. Joseph D. Kernan as its commander during a ceremony at Naval Station Mayport July 12.

The ceremony followed the U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (NAVSO) change of command, during which Kernan relieved Rear Adm. James W. Stevenson Jr.

Kernan, the dual-hatted NAVSO and 4th Fleet commander, is responsible for U.S. Navy ships, aircraft and submarines assigned from east and west coast fleets to operate in the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) area of focus, which encompasses the Caribbean, Central and South America and surrounding waters.

“Re-establishing the Fourth Fleet affirms our support for, and our desire to, enhance cooperative relationships with the navies and maritime services in the Caribbean and Central and South America. It recognizes the immense importance of maritime security in the region,” said Roughead.

“Our maritime strategy raises the importance of forming global maritime partnerships by working with international partners as the basis for global maritime security. Re-establishing Fourth Fleet allows us to more effectively employ naval forces to build confidence and trust among nations through collective maritime security efforts that focus on mutual interests.”

Fourth Fleet was first established in 1943 as one of the original numbered fleets. During World War II, the United States needed a command in charge of protecting against raiders, blockade runners and enemy submarines in the South Atlantic. Fourth Fleet fulfilled that mission until it was disestablished in 1950, and U.S. 2nd Fleet took over its responsibilities.

Source: U.S. Navy
Related: Community Participation
Related: Wikipedia
FAS: Numbered Fleets
BBC: Chavez Warns of Invasion

Commentary

My guess is that this fleet will be doing a lot a drug interdiction work, and will be keeping an eye on Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, and incursions by Eastern Hemisphere Navies.

The fleet will be headquarters at the Mayport Naval Station in Jacksonville, Florida.

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Wednesday Hero ~ LCpl Julie Martinez

Posted by Thunder Pig on July 2, 2008

Lance Cpl. Julie Martinez

Lance Cpl. Julie Martinez, a radio operator with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, checks the communication capabilities during a backload of Marines from Combat Logistics Regiment 3 to the USS Essex June 9.

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives
so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday.
For that, I am proud to call them Hero.

We Have Every Right To Dream Heroic Dreams.
Those Who Say That We’re In A Time When There Are No Heroes,
Just Don’t Know Where To Look

This post is part of the Wednesday Hero Blogroll. For more information about Wednesday Hero, or if you would like to post it on your site, you can go here.

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35 Years of a Volunteer Force

Posted by Thunder Pig on July 1, 2008

July 1, 1973 the United States Military became an all volunteer force. Gone were the days of the conscription 0r ‘The Draft’. For 35 years, through much of the Cold War, Panama, Greneda, Bosnia, Kosovo, Desert Storm, Somalia, and the Great War on Terror, every member of the military has been a volunteer. They stood up and said “Take Me.” They raised their hands to take the oath and said “I mean it.”

I remember July 1, 1973 vividly. There were many celebrations by the anti-war crowds, just as there were celebrations by the military crowds, though for quite different reasons. What started as a political victory for the anti Vietnam war crowd, has become the backbone and strength of our current military. I remember people believing that an all volunteer force would cause the disappearance of the military. What has happened has been quite different. It has created a strength of people that begins with them wanting to be where they are, united for a common goal. It has created a higher rate of re-enlistments and career soldiers.

Source: Gazing At The Flag (Go read the whole thing)


Commentary

Well, since this was a liberal attempt to destroy the military of the United States by Liberals, it failed…as dictated by Quinn’s Fist Law:

“Liberalism always generates the exact opposite of its stated intent. “

And I cannot help but notice that the Liberals have noticed their mistake, and are trying to correct that by bringing back the draft. They will, of course, fail in that effort because Americans have seen how successful an all-volunteer force is, and the high caliber of people it attracts.

I salute the young men and women who volunteer for national service, and serve our nation in the military. These men and women leave the service with a great love for our nation, and pass it along to their children, and they add so much to our communities by their fine example.

The very existence of an all volunteer force has transformed this nation into something even greater than it has been. At the end of the Battle of Viet Nam…our morale was low, and the evil forces of Socialism were on the march everywhere. We appeared to be in decline. Then, the draft was removed…and the Citizen-Soldier was reborn…like the Minute Men of Old.

Our national fortunes changed. By the time Reagan became President…he had something to work with, and he was able to win the Cold War [World War III] using the professional military force as part of his toolkit.

And now, 35 years later, our military has achieved some of the most breath-taking military victories in the history of the world, among the latest was the Desert Shield/Desert Storm Operations which liberated a nation (which is what we do best, as Americans) and were in the process of removing the dictator responsible when (like in Viet Nam) the political leadership halted the advance…and allowed evil to live to fight another day.

Now, our all volunteer force have liberated two nations (Afghanistan and Iraq), and are working on a third (the Philippines) as we fight a Global War on Terrorism (World War IV) against those Islamists who would establish a Global Caliphate, and plunge the world into a truly Dark Age.

Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few
–Winston Churchill

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Move America Forward Webathon Raises More Than $1 Million For Care Packages!

Posted by Thunder Pig on June 27, 2008

The leftist rabble are once again licking their wounds as the patriots of America delivered a rousing, unambiguous show of support for our troops prosecuting the missions in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Although they entered the night with a goal of $500,000, they had that cleared by 9 PM Eastern. At the end of the day, MAF collected over $1 Million to supply our troops with care packages.

Source: A Newt One

I’d like to thank everyone who participated in the event and contributed to purchase care packages for the troops. Callers raised $1,055,719 to purchase care packages for our troops.

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(LIVE EVENT) From The Frontlines Webathon 4 PM to Midnight Eastern Time

Posted by Thunder Pig on June 26, 2008

This post is sticky, and will remain on top for the remainder of the day, visit WNC Citizens Blog for today’s posts.
I have decided to post the player in my header so that you might enjoy the chatroom as well during the show.

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This webathon has the purpose of getting as many people as possible to call in and pledge to contribute to sending care packages to our troops serving overseas.

**update** 2.03pm A Newt One will have an hour long pre-show broadcast beginning at 3pm:

Chat Room

Make Your Pledge Here
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The grand finale to this effort will be a Jerry Lewis style 8-hour Internet Telethon (“From the Frontlines“) on June 26th (from 4:00pm – Midnight – Eastern). This cutting edge production “From The Frontlines” will be broadcast live by UStream.tv and hosted by Melanie Morgan & Michelle Malkin. Live and taped reports will be broadcast from our troops serving in Iraq & Afghanistan during the historic 8-hour event. We are also deeply honored that Former First Lady Nancy Reagan has also signed on to support the “Candy Diplomacy” portion of this effort!

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Wednesday Hero ~ SSG Jude Voss

Posted by Thunder Pig on June 25, 2008


Staff Sgt. Jude Voss
1st Battalion, 3d Special Forces Group (Airborne)
U.S. Army

His courage illustrates a combat truth to these veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam: Soldiers arent thinking about glory or ideals in the midst of a battle. They fight for the men to the left and right of them.

And that’s just what SSgt. Jude Voss did in September of 2006 when, without consideration to his safety, SSgt. Voss ran through enemy fire and the burning, smoking debris of a truck to rescue Sgt. 1st Class Greg Stube. Sgt. Stube was in a bad way. Uniform burning and legs busted, but because of the actions of SSgt. Voss he is alive today.

Because of his actions that day, SSgt. Voss was nominated for and received the Silver Star Medal for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action. “I did what everybody out there would do” Voss said. “I was just the closest guy.”

You can read SSgt. Voss’s story here.

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives
so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday.
For that, I am proud to call them Hero.

We Have Every Right To Dream Heroic Dreams.
Those Who Say That We’re In A Time When There Are No Heroes,
They Just Don’t Know Where To Look

This post is part of the Wednesday Hero Blogroll. For more information about Wednesday Hero, or if you would like to post it on your site, you can go here.

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Less Than 48 Hours Until "From The Frontlines" Telethon

Posted by Thunder Pig on June 24, 2008

What do all these people have in common?

Former First Lady, Nancy Reagan

The Office of General David Petraeus

Former US Ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton

Rush Limbaugh

Ann Coulter

Sean Hannity

Dr. Laura Schlessinger

Lt Col Oliver North (Ret.)

Actor Kelsey Grammer

Comedian Jackie Mason

Singer John Ondrasik (Five for Fighting)

Laura Ingraham

Mark Levin

Monica Crowley

Mike Gallagher

Rich Lowry – National Review

Kathryn Lopez – NationalReviewOnline

Jed Babbin – Human Events

Joseph Farah – WorldNetDaily

Matt Lewis – TownHall.com

Ron Kessler – Newsmax

Kyle-Anne Shiver – American Thinker

Navy Cross Recipient Marcus Luttrell

NBC’s America’s Favorite Mom – Patti Patton-Bader (of Soldier’s Angels)

Cliff May – Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Larry Bailey, Chairman of Gathering of Eagles

Julie DeMaria, Operation Care & Comfort

Iraq War Veteran – Pete Hegseth, Vets For Freedom

Gold Star Mother, Debbie Lee

Gold Star Father, Mike Anderson

Gold Star Father, Mark Crowley

Gold Star/Blue Star Parents Joe & Jan Johnson

Bev Perlson, Band of Mothers

MilBlogger Matt Sanchez

Vietnam War Veteran & Author, Ron Winter

Brian Sussman – KSFO, San Francisco

Michael Graham – WTKK, Boston

Mark Williams – WROW, Albany

Roger Hedgecock – KOGO, San Diego

Martha Zoller – WDUN, Gainesville/Atlanta

Kylie Williams, Miss Florida 2007

Radio Talk Show Host, G. Gordon Liddy

They will be featured on From The Frontlines, a telethon which will be streamed live on the internet from 4pm to midnight Thursday (I will be streaming it here).

The goal of the telethon?

Sending the single largest shipment of care packages in U.S. history to our American fighting forces in war zones thousands of miles away –Iraq and Afghanistan–with the help of an All-Star line-up.

For more information, visit Move America Forward, or Melanie Morgan’s website.

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