Monthly Archives: May 2006

Jack and Linda

Jack Murtha, ex-Marine ‘rat politician, and Linda S. Heard, Brit expat Arabist Jihadi mouthpiece, having abandoned the Tet template for Iraq, are now collaborating on a remake of My Lai, with the objective of demonizing the United States Marine Corps, horrifying the American people, inciting the Muslims to riot, and forcing premature withdrawal from Iraq.

According to Joint Publication 3-13, psychological operations are planned operations to convey selected information and indicators to foreign audiences to influence their emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of foreign governments, organizations, groups and individuals. The purpose of psychological operations is to induce or reinforce foreign attitudes and behavior favorable to the originator’s objectives.

To Linda Heard, a subject of the Queen, Americans are a foreign target audience.  I had never heard of Heard until this post on FR, where she refers to the US military as “more like Barbarian hordes than a well-trained army.”  Turns out she has made a career as a pro-Palestinian polemicist and Jihadi apologist, churning out execrable dreck for English-language Middle East outlets like al Jazeera.  Being noticed on FR likely got her more attention than she’s used to, and now she’s whining how shameful it all is.

Murtha aids and abets this enemy information operator.  The Mohammed Cartoon Riots have petered out.  The Haditha Riots are being fomented now.

At this point, I don’t know much about what happened at Haditha.  The people who really know aren’t talking, and the people doing the most talking are preparing the IO battlespace for My Lai Redux.  Some of what the talkers say may be true but I’ll need corroboration before I believe it.  I’m not taking Jack and Linda’s word for it. 

RULE 303 is a defense I hope not to see attempted at any courts martial arising out of Haditha.

Cori Dauber has Linda pegged in So, Haditha:

The propagandists will say, “we always told you the Americans were really heartless killers, and now you have your proof.”

And we will say, “that was one small group under bad leaders, and two incidents thirty years apart.”

And they will say, “it could happen again at any moment because Haditha was when their true nature was revealed.” (If we’re lucky. If we aren’t they’ll just gin up more examples.)

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A War To Be Proud Of, Warts And All

Victor Davis Hanson:

And here at home? There are few Ernie Pyles in Iraq to record the heroism of our soldiers; no John Fords to film their valor — but legions to write ad nauseam of Abu Ghraib, and to make up stories of flushed Korans and Americans terrorizing Iraqi women and children.

The Haditha courts-martial is out in the Gulf, gathering strength.  It has the potential to be an order of magnitude worse than Abu Ghraib.  It will make land fall in about two weeks, and it will be a Category 5 shitstorm.

IF atrocities have been committed, they are indefensible, but I don’t see how we can remain silent while the usual suspects use Haditha to break the will of the people and force an ignominious and disastrous premature withdrawal.  We can not sit on our hands while the other side slanders the entire Marine Corps and Operation Iraqi Freedom.  We cannot give the anti-war Left unopposed and unrebutted license to dominate the debate. 

Fill your sandbags, board your windows, bone up on the UCMJ and the Manual of Courts Martial, bookmark Good News From Iraq stories and prepare yourself to defend the honor of the Corps. 

Those people on the other side will attempt to convince the uninformed that whatever happened at Haditha was a common practice, that all our warfighters are war criminals who just haven’t been caught yet, that OIF itself was illegal, yada yada etc. etc.   Not much different from what they have being trying to sell all along, but this time they will have more buyers, especially when the pictures are published. 

We can’t defend the indefensible, but we can patiently explain, over and over again, even to the willfully obtuse, that Operation Iraqi Freedom is a noble endeavor, that our Marines and soldiers are honorable warriors who do not tolerate dishonorable acts from within their own ranks, and that the evil done by the few does not negate the accomplishments of the proud.

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Memorial Day 3-Day Weekend vs Nuremberg Rallies

Just finished reading Confront your shame, and honor the heroes over at Tigerhawk. (h/t: Iowahawk Eric @ Grim’s Hall) and it got me to thinking, “Why, in a country at war, is Memorial Day not a bigger deal?”  Then I answered my own question.  Hop over to  read Tigerhawk, and come back so what I am about to say makes sense. 

What should we be doing on Memorial Day?   Here’s a radical idea:  we should go to work Monday morning just like it was a regular Monday, and get off at lunch time for the afternoon to participate in commemoration ceremonies.  If you don’t have a ceremony to attend, stay at work. 

What kind of ceremonies?  Depends on the community.  I know what I’d like to attend, and later on I’ll tell you why such events meet with such resistance.

Imagine you and your kids have the afternoon off, with the expection of your employer and their school that you’re going to be attending The Ceremony.  You all drive down to the biggest football stadium in your town.  Traffic control on the public street provided by the Police Reserve, Sheriff’s Posse, and Law Enforcement Explorers.  Traffic control in the parking area provided by Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, Civil Air Patrol, and State Guard/Defense Force.  As you and the kids walk from the car to the stadium, you run a gauntlet of military vehicles and artillery pieces on static display, both current issue and antique, cleaned up, with signs describing what they are and what they do, and a real National Guardsman or living historian in the appropriate uniform on hand to answer questions.  Near the entrance, a platoon of blue-belly Yankees are drilling.  In the tunnel  are  posters with  the names of every soldier from your town to die in a war, and which war.

The event would start with the National Anthem of course, and a huge flag being raised, and patriotic songs, recruits taking the oath of enlistment, fly overs of classic warbirds or whatever the Air Guard, Air Force, Navy or Marines could put up, marching bands, drill teams,  speechifying by the oldest veteran in town who can still speak coherently, and a special reviewing stand for the Gold Star mothers.

It would end with cannons firing a 21-gun salute, followed by a real bugler with a real bugle playing Taps.

Events such as this would stir hearts.  Events such as this would reinforce resolve.  Events such as this would be bitterly excoriated as Bushitler propaganda. 

I’ve been to Nuernberg.   I’ve been to Zeppelin Field.  2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment called it Soldier’s Field.  The Nazi eagle was blasted off in 1945.  It is because of what happened there that Americans have to go fishing all weekend instead of remembering the sacrifices that have been made for them and contemplating whether they are worthy of such.

See also Go and Find a Soldier’s Grave (H/t: Greyhawk)

Meaning Of Memorial Day from chcknhawk at No End But Victory.

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Hutch Has Their Number

Massive Misreporting in the Media Ignored

@ The memos from Saddam’s regime.

@ Guantanamo Bay and the detainees.

@ The American efforts in the Horn of Africa.

@ The intelligence efforts that have meant no large-scale attacks have hit the United States since September 11, 2001.

@ Contributions of various allies to the war on terror.

@ Al Qaeda’s media-based strategy.

@ The true level of progress in Iraq

@ Afghanistan.

This is no coincidence.  This is why we blog.

Media Prolonging War – Causing Casualties by Scott Kirwin at Dean’s World.

The terrorist goal of winning through the media has worked

Cracked Bells

Is the honorable patriotism of Edward R. Murrow truly dead in American journalism?

Which side is the national media on?

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Bing West writing for Slate

U.S. and Iraqi Soldiers on Patrol

In Fallujah, Resistance Is Futile

“IED Dead Ahead!”

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Cry Havoc

Marie Brenner, a writer-at-large for Vanity Fair magazine whose reporting career began against the backdrop of the Watergate era, said Saturday that war is being waged against this nation’s press and journalists must stand together to turn back assaults on their freedoms.

 Schadenfreude ist gut, kameraden. 

“The atmosphere against the press right now is as onerous as I can ever remember it,” Brenner said after her speech.

At the same time, she said, newspapers are facing declining readership, and all members of the mainstream media are seeing their credibility attacked on Web logs, or “blogs.”

“This many-headed ombudsman” can serve a useful purpose by acting as a rapid-response fact-check team and demanding accountability from the press, Brenner said. But bloggers often put forth the news with a partisan slant, she said, and “more and more Americans now receive their news through these partisan channels.”

My heart pumps piss, Marie.

At my signal, unleash Hell.

hotel tango: RayChuang88

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The Milblogger Manifesto

Deep thoughts, from Steve Schippert @ MILBLOGS:

The American Political War on Terror

Something has happened to this country that my grandfathers would scarcely recognize and certainly struggle to fathom. That this requires discussion disgusts me daily.

While it can be traced back to before the 60’s (though blossoming then), what really happened was the galvanization of self-loathing using Vietnam as a social catalyst. But the face of this nation changed most significantly when the election of the greatest true conservative leader on a chilly 1980 November evening forced a barely contained media into open rooting for a specific political party. The degeneration of policy discussion and political leadership since has been palpable, fueled by the successes of anti-military media coverage developed during the Vietnam era and skillfully maintained and nearly perfected since then.

And such is the nature of the degeneration of American politics. That this repulsive decay also consumes the very defense of the world’s one true beacon of freedom causes true physical discomfort. For we do not own that freedom but are tasked with her defense and care by default.

That we must defend her from ourselves is heartbreaking. That we dare not pause to rest lest we lose her from within is enraging.

And so it is with this ever-present disgust that I read Restarting the Clock of History from Wretchard at Belmont Club, as he paints the portrait of our own mindless internal struggle while the wolves circle, darting between trees and shadows, laughing as we argue amongst ourselves in self-defeat over whether the wolves’ teeth or our own defense against them are the greater threat.

The West was supposed to die; slowly and comfortably but ineluctably. And we were supposed to buy off the Islamists until we could finish the job ourselves. Bush declaring his intention to fight for the survival of the West was just as logical as Chomsky’s pilgrimage to Hezbollah and just as infuriating to his enemies.Until September 11 it was possible for the more “enlightened” segments of society to regard patriotism, religion and similar sentiments with the kind of amused tolerance that one might reserve for simpletons. Nothing that a little institutionalization and spare change couldn’t straighten out. The problem for the Democratic Party is that the Great Polite Silence is over. People like Chomsky and President Bush have stopped being hypothetical and become all too real. Bring it on.

United we stood. At least for a few days, as the union was fleeting and superficial. The union was little more than an uncharacteristic measure of quiet among those who merely waited patiently to finally cry out “Not in our name!”

Why is the defense of this nation a political issue at all? There are those who will argue that it is the manner in which we defend ourselves that is at issue.

That, my friends, is a convoluted disingenuous sheen of reason upon the unreasonable.

A former Attorney General currently vociferously defends a mass murdering dictator deposed by our own forces. An icon of the self-loathing anti-American academic Left, Noam Chomsky, embraces Hizballah, the chief beneficiary of Iran’s terror export, and condemns the War on Terror as bigotry wrapped in fiction. A former Vice President travels to the home of fifteen 9/11 hijackers and professes that Arabs had been “indiscriminately rounded up” by America and its sitting president and held in “unforgivable” conditions.

These are not arguments of the manner in which to defend America. These are sycophantic rantings of whether to defend her. The flood of emotions in disbelieving reaction range from anger and rage to depression and grief.

We dare not rest as the most important front of the War on Terror and for the very survival of Western Civilization lies not upon the sands of distant shores, but in our own common discourse. The most important battlegrounds are around our dinner tables and in intelligent and persuasive common sense discussion among our peers, seeking the discomfort of battle and the very defense of defense rather than the comfort and unproductive endeavor of agreement among friends.

The line has been clearly drawn. Tire not. Engage.

This goes to the heart of why blogs are necessary.  It explains why the active duty Information Operations and Public Affairs people are hamstrung.  Half their political masters are Democrats. 

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