Gotta love the Marines!!
The Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant
in the picture is Michael Burghardt, known as "Iron Mike" or
just "Gunny." He is on his third tour in
Iraq. He had become a legend in the bomb disposal world after winning
the Bronze Star for disabling 64 IEDs and destroying 1,548 pieces of
ordnance during his second tour. Then, on September 19, he got blown
up. He had arrived at a chaotic scene after a bomb had killed four
US soldiers. He chose not to wear the bulky bomb protection suit. "You can't react to any sniper fire and you get
tunnel-vision," he explains. So, protected by just a helmet and standard-issue
flak jacket, he began what bomb disposal officers term "the longest walk",
stepping gingerly into a 5ft deep and 8ft wide crater. The earth shifted
slightly and he saw a Senao base station with a wire leading from it.
He cut the wire and used his 7in knife to probe the ground. "I found
a piece of red detonating cord between my legs," he says. "That's when
I knew I was screwed."
Realizing he had been sucked into a trap, Sgt Burghardt, 35, yelled at
everyone to stay back. At that moment, an insurgent, probably watching
through binoculars, pressed a button on his mobile phone to detonate
the secondary device below the sergeant's feet. "A chill went up the
back of my neck and then the bomb exploded," he recalls. "As I was in
the air I remember thinking, 'I don't believe they got me.' I was just
ticked off they were able to do it. Then I was lying on the road, not
able to feel anything from the waist down."
His colleagues cut off his trousers to see how badly he was hurt. None
could believe his legs were still there. "My dad's a Vietnam vet who's
paralyzed from the waist down," says Sgt Burghardt. "I was lying there
thinking I didn't want to be in a wheelchair next to my dad and for him
to see me like that. They started to cut away my pants and I felt a real
sharp pain and blood trickling down. Then I wiggled my toes and I thought,
'Good, I'm in business.' “As a stretcher was brought over, adrenaline
and anger kicked in. "I decided to walk to the helicopter. I wasn't going
to let my team-mates see me being carried away on a stretcher." He stood
and gave the insurgents who had blown him up a one-fingered salute. "I
flipped them one. It was like, 'OK, I lost that round but I'll be back
Copies of a photograph depicting his defiance, taken by Jeff Bundy for
the Omaha World-Herald, adorn the walls of homes across America and that
of Col John Gronski, the brigade commander in Ramadi, who has hailed
the image as an exemplar of the warrior spirit. Burghardt,
35, wouldn't accept painkillers when he was brought back to camp by the
medics. He knew he might need them later.
And he's not looking to leave Ramadi for five more months. Sgt
Burghardt's injuries - burns and wounds to his legs and buttocks - kept
him off duty for nearly a month and could have earned him a ticket home.
But, like his father - who was awarded a Bronze Star and three Purple
Hearts for being wounded in action in Vietnam - he stayed in Ramadi to
engage in the battle against insurgents who are forever coming up with
more ingenious ways of killing Americans. "I
don't want a ticket out," he
said. "I want to stay here so we can take as many people home as possible."
News From The Front in Iraq
By A Marine Stationed Near The Syrian Border
Subject: News from the front.
From: Cliver Jeff G Contr AFFTC/JT
Date: December 28, 2005 10:03:46 AM MST
Things are going real well over here. We
had a fantastic turnout for the elections a couple of days ago. I
should preface that by telling a story of a couple of nights ago. On
the night of the 13th, I was up at one of our satellite bases on the
Syrian border in the city of Husaybah. The Company Commander for
the area was having a sit down with some tribal sheiks that evening and
he asked me to go along. Our entire area is Sunni for the most
part. We have had very little participation in this area during
previous elections and the area was largely anti- Coalition Forces. The
Company Commander wanted to have a sit down with this sheiks to talk
to them about the upcoming election and to urge them to talk to their
followers about voting on election day.
We went to the
house of the sheik around 7:30 at night. We rolled
up with armored humvees and 2 dozen Marines who cordoned off the house. It
was a real big, stone house with a walled off yard in front, which is
common for many of the homes in this area. We went inside the
house, took off our shoes and were ushered into the dining room. They
do not eat at tables or use chairs here. Instead, they lay down
a blanket on the floor and sit cross legged. Also, all meals are
communal and family style, rather than having individual plates and meals. In
the middle of this room, there was a giant metal dish, approximately
3 feet in diameter. The plate was piled with rice, nuts, dates
and grilled mutton. They have large circular flat bread, looks
like a cross between an Indian Nan and a giant wheat tortilla, that are
about 1 foot and a half across. You sit cross legged around the
metal dish and tear the bread into pieces. Then, no forks or utensils,
you use the bread as a tool to pick up the food off the plate and eat
it. It was really good and a very interesting experience. Of
course, being that America is everywhere, we washed it all down with
an RC Cola.
After the dinner, we retired to the edges of the room. The sides
of the room were surrounded with pillows lining the walls in a U shape. The
pillows looked and felt similar to couch cushions. The younger
men of the tribe, probably teenagers, swept away the meal and the elders
took their places against the wall. The chief sheik sat at the
curve of the U, like being at the head of the table. This guy was
the top sheik for the entire tribe in the country of Iraq. He was
an older man, probably 70, had a white mustache, headress and robes with
golden trim. There was small talk around the room (difficult because
everything was being done through interpreters) while the young men of
the tribe served chai tea and fresh fruit. Suddenly, the chief
sheik called everyone in the room to quiet and gave a long speech to
the Captain who is the Company Commander.
The Sheik said that the Sunnis understood that democracy is the only
option for Iraq. He said that in the past, they had boycotted the
election process. This was completely true for our area. Last
January, when the elections for the transitional government took place,
our area did not have 1 single voter. Not 1 vote. In October,
when the constitutional referendum election was held out here we had
a few hundred voters. This was a big success in our minds, because
we had been told that no one was going to vote, but still not the turnout
that one would hope for. The sheik explained that they knew that
these boycotts of the process had only hurt the Sunnis because they were
not able to get their agenda and their representatives into the process
to help form the new government. The sheik further stated that
before, the insurgents had told the people that if they voted they would
be killed. He said this scared many Sunnis away from the polls
who might have otherwise wanted to vote. Now, though, he said that
things have changed. He claimed that because of our two operations,
Steel Curtain and Iron Fist, and because of the Coalition presence in
the area, the people felt safer and more secure. They felt that
the insurgents had been largely neutered in the area and they wanted
to participate in the process. He also said that they wanted to
get involved to ensure that they had representatives in the new Parliament.
Well, when the elections came about on the 15th, we had 20,000 voters
show up to cast ballots in our area alone. From 0 one year ago
to 20,000 for this election. The lines were a half mile long and
people waited for hours to get inside the several polling places out
here. That was close to 60% of the entire eligible voter pool. A
pretty amazing turnaround in less than a year's time. Things are
getting better out here.
Not that you will hear about it on tv. I watched CNN last night
while I was eating dinner. They ran a story about my battalion
that was originally run 5 weeks ago when we were in the middle of combat
operations in the area. It was a story about a family that was
killed by American bombing runs in the city of Husaybah. The family
had been kidnapped by insurgents and held inside their house while the
insurgents shot at Marines. Air strikes were called in and the
family was killed inside the home when the bombs dropped. The video
showed people wailing and crying and talked about how Americans had caused
the deaths of the family. This story was 5 weeks old. When
we were doing offensive operations out here, we had 25 plus reporters
from CNN, USA Today, the NY Times, Time Magazine, among others.
Now that the bombs aren't dropping and the cities have been stabilized...
we had 1 reporter here for the elections. She is from the Christian
Science Monitor. Not exactly the most widely read publication in
the U.S. of A. So, instead of CNN coming out here to report on
the current situation and the success of the elections, they ran a 5
week old story showing wailing and crying and dead children. CNN
has it out so bad for George Bush, that they cannot even bring themselves
to accurately report the gains that are being made by us out here. They
are complete misinformation artists - and I have seen first hand how
they warp and manipulate the "truth" to fit their agenda. I have
been on the scene and witnessed a situation with my own 2 eyes, while
CNN was standing right next to me (Arwa Damon and Jennifer Eccelston
have been our 2 offenders by the way). Then, the story that I read
on their website or saw on CNN International did not even remotely resemble
the actual scene. The video had been altered, edited out of order,
and the narration used in such a way to warp the situation and twist
it into what they wanted it to be. It is amazing and despicable.
a Marine stationed near the Syrian border
This poster kind says it all, doesn't
Poster is courtesy of technochitlins.com
A Story From Iraq
as told by a
U.S. Marine Sergeant.
As you know, I asked
for toys for the Iraqi children over here, and they've come over by
the box. On each patrol we take through the city, we take as many of
these toys as we can fit in our pockets and hand them out as we can.
The kids take the toys and run to show them off as if they are worth
a million bucks. We are as friendly as we can be to everyone we see,
but especially so with the kids. Most of them don't have any idea what
is going on and are completely innocent in all of this.
On one such patrol, our lead security vehicle
stopped in the middle of the street. This is not normal and is very
unsafe, so the following vehicles began to inquire over the radio.
The lead vehicle reported that a little girl was sitting in the road
and she just wouldn't budge. The command vehicle told the lead to simply
go around her and to be kind as they did. The street was wide enough
to allow this maneuver and everyone waved to her as they drove around.
I soon saw her sitting there, and in her arms
was a little toy bear that we had given her a few patrols back. Feeling
an immediate connection to the girl, I radioed that we were going to
stop. The rest of the convoy paused, and I got out to make sure she
was okay. The little girl looked scared and concerned, but there was
a warmth in her eyes toward me. As I knelt down to talk to her, she
moved over and pointed.
There was a land mine in the road.
Immediately, a cordon was set as the Marine
convoy assumed a defensive posture around the site. The mine was destroyed
It was the heart of an American that
sent that toy. It was the heart of an American that gave that toy to
the little girl. It was the heart of an American that protected our convoy
from that mine. Sure, she was a little Iraqi girl, and she had no knowledge
of purple mountain's majesty or fruited plains. It was the heart of acceptance,
of tolerance, of peace and grace - even through the inconveniences of
conflict - that saved our convoy from hitting that mine. Those attributes
are what keep Americans' hearts beating. She may have no affiliation
at all with the United States, but she knows what it is to be brave
and, if we can continue to support her and her new government, she will
know what it is to be free. Isn't that what Americans are, the
free and the brave?
If you sent over a toy, you took part in this. You
are a reason that? Iraq has to believe in a better future. Thank you
so much for supporting us, and for supporting our cause over here.
Mark J. Francis
What Went Wrong?
Honest Muslim Tells it Like it Is
By: Dr Farrukh Saleem
The combined annual GDP of 57 Muslim countries remains under $2 trillion.
America, just by herself, produces goods and services worth $10.4 trillion;
China $5.7 trillion, Japan $3.5 trillion and Germany $2.1 trillion.
Even India's GDP is estimated at over $3 trillion (purchasing power
Oil rich Saudi Arabia, U.A.E., Kuwait and Qatar collectively produce
goods and services (mostly oil) worth $430 billion; Netherlands alone
has a higher annual GDP while Buddhist Thailand produces goods and
services worth $429 billion.
Muslims are 22 percent of the world population and produce less than
five percent of global GDP. Even more worrying is that the Muslim countries'
GDP as a percent of the global GDP is going down over time. The Arabs,
it seems, are particularly worse off. According to the United Nations'
Arab Development Report: "Half of Arab women cannot read; One in five
Arabs live on less than $2 per day; Only 1 percent of the Arab population
has a personal computer, and only half of 1 percent use the Internet;
Fifteen percent of the Arab workforce is unemployed, and this number
could double by 2010; The average growth rate of the per capita income
during the preceding 20 years in the Arab world was only one-half of
1 percent per annum, worse than anywhere but sub-Saharan Africa."
The planet's poorest countries include Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan,
Cambodia, Somalia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Mozambique. At least six of
the poorest of the poor are countries with a Muslim majority.
Conclusion: Muslims of the world are among the poorest of the poor.
Fifty-seven Muslim majority countries have an average of ten universities
each for a total of less than 600 universities for 1.4 billion people;
India has 8,407 universities, the U.S. has 5,758. From within 1.4 billion
Muslims Abdus Salam and Ahmed Zewail are the only two Muslim men who
won a Nobel Prize in physics and chemistry (Salam pursued his scientific
work in Italy and the UK, Zewail at California Institute of Technology).
Dr Salam in his home country is not even considered a Muslim.
Over the past 105 years, 1.4 billion Muslims have produced eight Nobel
Laureates while a mere 14 million Jews have produced 167 Nobel Laureates.
Of the 1.4 billion Muslims less than 300,000 qualify as 'scientists',
and that converts to a ratio of 230 scientists per one million Muslims.
The United States of America has 1.1 million scientists (4,099 per
million); Japan has 700,000 (5,095 per million).
Fact: Of the 1.4 billion Muslims 800 million are illiterate (6 out
of 10 Muslims cannot read). In Christendom, adult literacy rate stands
at 78 percent.
Consider, for instance, that Muslims constitute 22 percent of world
population with a 1 percent share of Nobel Prizes. Jews constitute
0.23 percent of world population with a 22 percent share of Nobel Prizes.
What really went wrong? Muslims are poor, illiterate and weak. What
went wrong? Arriving at the right diagnosis is extremely critical because
the prescription depends on it. Consider this:
Diagnosis 1: Muslims are poor, illiterate and weak because they have
'abandoned the divine heritage of Islam'. Prescription: We must return
to our real or imagined past.
Diagnosis 2: Muslims are poor, illiterate and weak because we have
refused to change with time.
Keep pace with time -- al Quran
The writer is an Islamabad-based freelance columnist
New Modern Age
A viewer, after viewing "My
Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys," sent me
a photo of what depicts the new cowboy hero (see below). He goes on to
state in his email, this new cowboy "is the baddest cowboy
in the alley." I concur - insurgents BEWARE.
Old Cowboy Hero
New Cowboy Hero
There's A New Marshall In Town
This article is a somewhat old, but
is still relevant and needs to be sent to all members of Congress
. . . . WebMaster
By Rush Limbaugh
I think the vast differences in compensation
between victims of the September 11 casualty and those who die serving
our country in uniform are profound. No one is really talking about it
either, because you just don't criticize anything having to do with September
11. Well, I can't let the numbers pass by because it says something really
disturbing about the entitlement mentality of this country. If you lost
a family member in the September 11 attack, you're going to get an average
of $1,185,000. The range is a minimum guarantee of $250,000, all the
way up to $4.7 million.
If you are a surviving family member of an American soldier killed in
action, the first check you get is a $6,000 direct death benefit, half
of which is taxable. Next, you get $1,750 for burial costs. If you are
the surviving spouse, you get $833 a month until you remarry. And there's
a payment of $211 per month for each child under 18. When the child hits
18, those payments come to a screeching halt. Keep in mind that some
of the people who are getting an average of $1.185 million up to $4.7
million are complaining that it's not enough. Their deaths were tragic,
but for most, they were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Soldiers put themselves in harms way FOR ALL OF US, and
they and their families know the dangers. We also learned over the weekend
that some of the victims from the Oklahoma City bombing have started
an organization asking for the same deal that the September 11 families
are getting. In addition to that, some of the families of those bombed
in the embassies are now asking for compensation as well.
You see where this is going, don't you? Folks, this is part and parcel
of over 50 years of entitlement politics in this country. It's just really
sad. Every time a pay raise comes up for the military, they usually receive
next to nothing of a raise. Now the green machine is in combat in the
Middle East while their families have to survive on food stamps and live
in low-rent housing. Make sense?
However, our own U.S. Congress voted themselves a raise. Many of you
don't know that they only have to be in Congress one time to receive
a pension that is more than $15,000 per month. And most are now equal
to being millionaires plus. They do not receive Social Security on retirement
because they didn't have to pay into the system.
If some of the military people stay in for 20 years and get out as an
E-7, they may receive a pension of $1,000 per month, and the very people
who placed them in harm's way receives a pension of $15,000 per month.
I would like to see our elected officials pick up a weapon and join ranks
before they start cutting out benefits and lowering pay for our sons
and daughters who are now fighting.
Ditto . . . .WebMaster
Urges Fragging of U.S. Officers
When Rebecca Beach, a freshman at Warren Community College in New Jersey
e-mailed faculty announcing a campus program yesterday featuring decorated
Iraq war hero Lt. Col. Scott Rutter, the response she got from one English
professor took her aback.
English professor John Daly replied: "Real freedom
will come when soldiers in Iraq turn their guns on their superiors."
A Grim Milestone
Say it isn't so!
The war in France is rapidly nearing a grim milestone.
The car deaths are now closing in on the magic number of 10,000.
How much longer can this quagmire go on?
How much longer before the
French admit defeat and pull out?
Where's the United Nations?
time for a Security Council resolution and a peacekeeping force?
But as we all know,
it is Bush's fault: Bush lied, cars fried.
With a nod to Joseph Farah at World Net Daily
Jacques and his frères are surely weeping
immigrès have caught them sleeping,
Paysans revolt, their emotions
What’s that odeur? Is Paris burning?
Within the banlieues there’s
Among les jeunes who are sans emplois
What, take a job? Not the way to
We’d rather riot, torch your Peugeot.
Ah, Mother France you took us in,
Then left us with no
way to win.
We’re not ègal, not garçons blanc,
real chance to earn a franc.
No, what we are, we’re useful fools,
For leftist dreams, just brown-skinned
So the Rèpublique’s butt is in a crack,
Give your merci to
We’ll breed you into minority,
Till only mullahs
hear your plea,
And Shari’a rules throughout your land,
A Frenchman steals, he’ll
lose his hand.
Your licentious lifestyle, long extolled,
Will leave your women stoned,
But everything will turn out fine,
In the Muslim Republic of Paristine.
From A Marine In
As Told To His Father
I received this from a friend.
He received it from a friend of a retired Marine, now a UAL pilot on
the East Coast. He's describing Intel brought home by his son (Jordan),
a Marine currently between assignments in Iraq......WebMaster
Hello to all my fellow gunners, military
buffs, veterans and interested guys. A couple of weekends ago I got to spend time with my son
Jordan, who was on his first leave since returning from Iraq. He
is well (a little thin), and already bored. He will be returning
to Iraq for a second tour in early '06 and has already re-enlisted
early for 4 more years. He loves the Marine Corps and is
actually looking forward to returning to Iraq.
Jordan spent 7 months at "Camp Blue Diamond" in Ramadi. Aka:
Fort Apache. He saw and did a lot and the following is what he told
me about weapons, equipment, tactics and other miscellaneous info which
may be of interest to you. Nothing is by any means classified. No
politics here, just a Marine with a bird's eye view's opinions:
1) The M-16 rifle
: Thumbs down. Chronic
jamming problems with the talcum powder like sand over there. The
sand is everywhere. Jordan says you feel filthy 2 minutes after
coming out of the shower. The M-4 carbine version is more popular
because it's lighter and shorter, but it has jamming problems also. They
like the ability to mount the various optical gunsights and weapons
lights on the picattiny rails, but the weapon itself is not great in
a desert environment. They all hate the 5.56mm (.223)
penetration on the cinderblock structure common over there and even
torso hits cant be reliably counted on to put the enemy down.
fact: Random autopsies on dead insurgents shows a high level
of opiate use.
2) The M243 SAW (squad assault weapon): .223
cal. Drum fed light machine gun. Big
thumbs down. Universally considered
a piece of shit. Chronic jamming problems, most of which require
partial disassembly. (that's fun in the middle of a firefight).
3) The M9
Beretta 9mm: Mixed
bag. Good gun, performs
well in desert environment; but they all hate the 9mm cartridge. The
use of handguns for self-defense is actually fairly common. Same
old story on the 9mm: Bad guys hit multiple times and still in
4) Mossberg 12ga. Military shotgun: Works
well, used frequently
for clearing houses to good effect.
5) The M240 Machine Gun: 7.62 Nato (.308) cal. belt fed
machine gun, developed to replace the old M-60 (what a beautiful weapon
that was!!). Thumbs up. Accurate,
reliable, and the 7.62 round puts 'em down. Originally developed as
a vehicle mounted weapon, more and more are being dismounted and taken
into the field by infantry. The
7.62 round chews up the structure over there.
6) The M2 .50 cal heavy machine gun: Thumbs
way, way up. "Ma deuce" is still worth her considerable
weight in gold. The
ultimate fight stopper, puts their dicks in the dirt every time. The
most coveted weapon in-theater.
7) The .45 pistol: Thumbs
up. Still the best pistol
round out there. Everybody authorized to carry a sidearm is trying
to get their hands on one. With few exceptions, can reliably be expected
to put 'em down with a torso hit. The special ops guys (who are
doing most of the pistol work) use the HK military model and supposedly
love it. The old government model .45's are being re-issued en
8) The M-14: Thumbs up. They
are being re-issued in bulk, mostly in a modified version to special
ops guys. Modifications
include lightweight Kevlar stocks and low power red dot or ACOG sights. Very
reliable in the sandy environment, and they love the 7.62 round.
9) The Barrett .50 cal sniper rifle: Thumbs
way up. Spectacular
range and accuracy and hits like a freight train. Used frequently
to take out vehicle suicide bombers (we actually stop a lot of them)
and barricaded enemy. Definitely here to stay.
10) The M24 sniper rifle: Thumbs
up. Mostly in
.308 but some in 300 win mag. Heavily modified Remington 700's. Great
performance. Snipers have been used heavily to great effect. Rumor
has it that a marine sniper on his third tour in Anbar province has
actually exceeded Carlos Hathcock's record for confirmed kills with
11) The new body armor: Thumbs up. Relatively
light at approx. 6 lbs. and can reliably be expected to soak up small
shrapnel and even will stop an AK-47 round.
bad news: Hot
as shit to wear, almost unbearable in the summer heat (which averages
over 120 degrees). Also, the enemy now goes for head shots whenever
possible. All the bullshit about the "old" body armor
making our guys vulnerable to the IED's was a non-starter. The
IED explosions are enormous and body armor doesn't make any difference
at all in most cases.
12) Night Vision and Infrared Equipment: Thumbs
way up. Spectacular
performance. Our guys see in the dark and own the night, period. Very
little enemy action after evening prayers. More and more enemy
being whacked at night during movement by our hunter-killer teams. We've
all seen the videos.
13) Lights: Thumbs
up. Most of the weapon mounted
and personal lights are Surefire's, and the troops love 'em. Invaluable
for night urban operations. Jordan carried a $34 Surefire G2 on a neck
lanyard and loved it.
I can't help but notice that most of the good fighting weapons and
ordnance are 50 or more years old!!! With all our
technology, it's the WWII and Vietnam era weapons that everybody wants!!!
The infantry fighting is frequent, up close and brutal. No quarter
is given or shown.
Bad guy weapons:
1) Mostly AK47's: The entire country is an arsenal. Works
better in the desert than the M16 and the .308 Russian round
kills reliably. PKM belt fed light machine guns are also common
and effective. Luckily, the enemy mostly shoots like shit. Undisciplined "spray
and pray" type fire. However, they are seeing more and more precision
weapons, especially sniper rifles. (Iran, again).
Fun fact: Captured
enemy have apparently marveled at the marksmanship of our guys and
how hard they fight. They are apparently told in Jihad school
that the Americans rely solely on technology, and can be easily beaten
in close quarters combat for their lack of toughness. Let's
just say they know better now.
2) The RPG: Probably the infantry
weapon most feared by our guys. Simple, reliable and as
common as dogshit. The
enemy responded to our up-armored humvees by aiming at the windshields,
often at point blank range. Still killing a lot of our guys.
3) The IED: The biggest killer
of all. Can be anything
from old Soviet anti-armor mines to jury rigged artillery shells. A
lot found in Jordan's area were in abandoned cars. The enemy
would take 2 or 3 155mm artillery shells and wire them together. Most
were detonated by cell phone, and the explosions are enormous. You're
not safe in any vehicle, even an M1 tank. Driving is by far the most
dangerous thing our guys do over there. Lately, they are much
more sophisticated "shape charges" (Iranian) specifically
designed to penetrate armor.
Fact: Most of the ready made
IED's are supplied by Iran, who is also providing terrorists (Hezbollah
types) to train the insurgents in their use and tactics. That's
why the attacks have been so deadly lately. Their concealment
methods are ingenious, the latest being shape charges in Styrofoam
containers spray painted to look like the cinderblocks that litter
all Iraqi roads. We find about 40% before they detonate, and
the bomb disposal guys are unsung heroes of this war.
4) Mortars and rockets: Very
soviet era 122mm rockets (with an 18km range) are becoming more prevalent. One
of Jordan's NCO's lost a leg to one. These weapons cause a lot
of damage "inside the wire". Jordan's base was hit almost daily his
entire time there by mortar and rocket fire, often at night to disrupt
sleep patterns and cause fatigue (It did). More of a psychological
weapon than anything else. The enemy mortar teams would jump
out of vehicles, fire a few rounds, and then haul ass in a matter of
5) Bad guy technology: Simple yet
communication is by cell and satellite phones, and also by email on
laptops. They use handheld GPS units for
navigation and "Google
earth" for overhead views of our positions. Their weapons are
good, if not fancy, and prevalent. Their explosives and bomb
technology is TOP OF THE LINE. Night vision is rare. They are
very careless with their equipment and the captured GPS units and laptops
are treasure troves of Intel when captured.
Who are the bad guys?:
Most of the carnage is caused by the Zarqawi Al Qaeda group. They
operate mostly in Anbar province (Fallujah and Ramadi). These
are mostly "foreigners", non-Iraqi Sunni Arab Jihadists from all over
the Muslim world (and Europe). Most enter Iraq through Syria
(with, of course, the knowledge and complicity of the Syrian govt.)
, and then travel down the "rat line" which is the trail of towns
along the Euphrates River that we've been hitting hard for the last
few months. Some are virtually untrained young Jihadists that
often end up as suicide bombers or in "sacrifice squads". Most, however,
are hard core terrorists from all the usual suspects (Al Qaeda, Hezbollah,
Hamas etc.) These are the guys running around murdering civilians
en masse and cutting heads off. The Chechens (many of whom are
Caucasian), are supposedly the most ruthless and the best fighters.
(they have been fighting the Russians for years). In the Baghdad
area and south, most of the insurgents are Iranian inspired (and led)
Iraqi Shiites. The Iranian Shiia have been very adept at infiltrating
the Iraqi local govt.'s, the police forces and the Army. The
have had a massive spy and agitator network there since the Iran-Iraq
war in the early 80's. Most of the Saddam loyalists were
killed, captured or gave up long ago.
Bad Guy Tactics:
When they are engaged on an infantry level they get their asses kicked
every time. Brave, but stupid. Suicidal Banzai-type charges
were very common earlier in the war and still occur. They will
literally sacrifice 8-10 man teams in suicide squads by sending them
screaming and firing Ak's and RPG's directly at our bases just to probe
the defenses. They get mowed down like grass every time. (see
the M2 and M240 above). Jordan's base was hit like this often. When
engaged, they have a tendency to flee to the same
building, probably for what they think will be a glorious last stand.
Instead, we call in air and that's the end of that more often than
These hole-ups are referred to as Alpha Whiskey Romeo's (Allah's Waiting
Room). We have the laser guided ground-air thing down to a science. The
fast mover's, mostly Marine F-18's, are taking an ever increasing toll
on the enemy. When caught out in the open, the helicopter gunships
and AC-130 Spectre gunships cut them to ribbons with cannon and rocket
fire, especially at night. Interestingly, artillery is hardly
used at all.
Fun fact: The enemy death toll is supposedly
between 45-50 thousand. That is why we're seeing less and less
infantry attacks and more IED, suicide bomber shit. The new strategy
is simple: attrition.
The insurgent tactic most frustrating
is their use of civilian non-combatants as cover. They know we
do all we can to avoid civilian casualties and therefore schools,
hospitals and (especially) Mosques are locations where they meet, stage
for attacks, cache weapons and ammo and flee to when engaged. They
have absolutely no regard whatsoever for civilian casualties. They
will terrorize locals and murder without hesitation anyone believed
to be sympathetic to the Americans or the new Iraqi gov't. Kidnapping
of family members (especially children) is common to influence people
they are trying to influence but can't reach, such as local gov't.
officials, clerics, tribal leaders, etc.).
The first thing our guys are told is "don't
get captured". They
know that if captured they will be tortured and beheaded on the internet. Zarqawi
openly offers bounties for anyone who brings him a live American serviceman.
This motivates the criminal element who otherwise don't give a shit
about the war. A lot of the beheading victims were actually kidnapped
by common criminals and sold to Zarqawi. As such, for our guys,
every fight is to the death. Surrender is not an option.
The Iraqi's are a mixed bag. Some fight well, others aren't worth
a shit. Most do okay with American support. Finding leaders is
hard, but they are getting better. It
is widely viewed that Zarqawi's use of suicide bombers, en masse, against
the civilian population was a serious tactical mistake. Many Iraqi's were galvanized and the caliber
of recruits in the Army and the police forces went up, along with their
motivation. It also led to an exponential increase in good intel
because the Iraqi's are sick of the insurgent attacks against civilians. The
Kurds are solidly pro-American and fearless fighters.
According to Jordan, morale among our guys is
very high. They
not only believe they are winning, but that they are winning decisively. They
are stunned and dismayed by what they see in the American press, whom
they almost universally view as against them. The
embedded reporters are despised and distrusted. They are inflicting casualties at
a rate of 20-1 and then see shit like "Are we losing in Iraq" on TV
and the print media. For the most part, they are satisfied with their
equipment, food and leadership. Bottom
line though, and they all say this, there are not enough guys there
to drive the final stake through the heart of the insurgency, primarily
because there aren't enough troops in-theater to shut down the borders
with Iran and Syria. The
Iranians and the Syrians just can't stand the thought of Iraq being
an American ally (with, of course, permanent US bases there).
Marines Block Commercial Email Sites
Stars and Stripes -
October 19, 2005
Hotmail account not working? Or Yahoo!?
It’s not a glitch with the computer connection.
On Tuesday, October 18, the U.S. Navy and Marine
Corps blocked all access to commercial e-mail services, such as
Yahoo!, Hotmail, America Online and Google, from overseas government
And not just at office workstations.
The block includes access to e-mail services from computers at base
libraries and liberty centers that are connected to an official government
“This concerns us, because so many of our patrons won’t
be able to access their e-mail, and many come to the library to do just
that,” said Ciro Giordano, supervisory librarian at Naval Support
Activity Naples, Italy.
But access to such services leaves the unclassified government network
too susceptible to hackers and computer viruses, said Neal Miller, a
senior plans and policy manager with Naval Network Warfare Command in
“By going through some of the commercial Web-based e-mail accounts,
it opens up vulnerabilities to government-run networks and presents too
high [of a] risk to be acceptable,” Miller said.
The policy covers sailors, Marines and DOD employees and contractors
using Navy Department computers, and applies to those downrange who operate
on Navy computer systems.
Navy and Marine Corps personnel attached
to Army, Air Force or
joint combatant commands fall under those services’ policies.
Margaret McBride, spokeswoman for the Army’s
Chief Information Officer, said the Army has no similar restrictions
on commercial e-mail access and no current plans to block those sites.
The Air Force did not respond in time for this edition.
The policy blocks viewers from accessing commercial e-mail accounts
while using a government computer, but does not prevent them from using
their .mil accounts to send e-mail to, or receive e-mail from, those
who use commercial e-mail accounts.
People still can take care of personal business using their unclassified
work e-mail accounts, within reason, and only if work schedules permit.
The Navy assigns all sailors and Marines an official, unclassified e-mail
address, which they can use to communicate with family and friends.
“There’s no substitute for sound judgment,” Miller
The block will not stop users from using commercial search engines,
People can still pay car insurance, order contact
lenses, or e-mail mom and dad from government computers — which are subject to monitoring — but
they cannot visit hate group Web sites, view pornography, or run their
own business, he said citing a few examples.
The block was effective Oct. 12 for computers on ships and most of the
computers using the Navy-Marine Corps intranet servers in the United
There are some Navy and Marine Corps bases where
Morale, Welfare and Recreation operates its own servers or networks
and won’t be affected
by the blockage, Miller said.
Other bases — such as Naples — don’t
have that luxury.
While MWR is looking for options, such as its
own network, until Tuesday it was the library’s government-connected
network that provided a crucial service for those without private access
to computers, such as the single sailors living in the barracks or
those in transit and staying at base hotels, librarian Lucinda Simpson
And it includes dependents like Patricia Rovito, 40, who after 10 months
in Italy only recently got her home telephone turned on, let alone having
“This is the only way I can check my e-mail,” she said,
sitting at a library computer. “This is going to be a pretty sizable
hit to morale. I understand the Navy has its concerns, but this is not
going to be favorably accepted.”
Common Sense -
by Col. Oliver North for FOX News
October 28, 2005
Washington, D.C. — In the movie "For the Love of the Game," actor Kevin Costner plays a major league pitcher nearing the end of his career. A lady friend who is unfamiliar with the nuances of the sport asks him why a particular obscure statistic is kept. "This is baseball," Costner's character answers, "we count everything!"
So do journalists. With ceaseless
polling, they gauge the public's opinion on everything from the president's
job approval ratings to his favorite vegetable. Newspaper editors live
and die by the number of column inches they have for a story. From baseball
scores to inflation figures, journalists are nearly lost without statistics
that help them put their slant on the news.
of the mainstream media have been opposed to the war in Iraq from the
beginning and have expressed
that opposition in numbers. They've told us how many bombings have occurred
in a particular week or month, how many days the war has lasted, how
many "leading experts" are also opposed, and the number of ways Iraq compares to Vietnam.
This week, with the 2,000th American
casualty in Iraq, they were provided the opportunity to quantify their
outrage yet again. The story was given ample coverage on the nightly
network news programs, while the official results of the Iraqi constitution,
which passed overwhelmingly, were barely mentioned. Perhaps that's because
the New York Times, from which the networks take their cue, called it
a "deeply flawed and divisive document."
The Seattle Post Intelligencer said
the deaths in Iraq are being met by the American people with "anger, regret and uncertainty about the future." Writing in the Los Angeles Times, John Mueller, a professor at Ohio State University, claimed that "casualty tolerance in Iraq is clearly much lower than it was in Vietnam." He repeated the media's mantra for the past year -- that support for the war "is eroding," and the people are "[losing] their stomach for war," a conflict which, referring to President George W. Bush, Mueller called "his war."
Mueller did get one thing right. In
the media, there is a "steady drumbeat of carnage" that focuses on the horrors of war. Last week in this column, I cited a report from the Media Research Center showing that the
nightly network news programs have overwhelmingly portrayed the war in
a negative light. They've given very little network time to stories of bravery, heroism and sacrifice that occur on a daily basis.
Even a cartoonist joined the protest
of the war dead. Mike Luckovich, who draws for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
sketched a cartoon that asked "WHY?," wherein the block letters W-H-Y contained the names of the 2,000 U.S. casualties. Luckovich explained that he "was trying to think of a way to make the point that this whole war is such a waste. But I also wanted to honor the troops I believe our government wrongly sent to Iraq."
One way to honor the troops is to
stop spreading the idea that they died for a mistake or that they were "wrongly sent to Iraq."
It's a protest that Democrats were
eager to join. The Democrat National Committee (DNC) had a news release
pre-written, all ready to go, once the word came forth from the Pentagon
that the target had been hit. "The U.S. military today," the release said, "crossed a tragic, painful milestone in the war in Iraq." Then DNC chairman Howard Dean chastised the President's speech at Bolling Air Force Base saying the President "failed to mention the mounting death toll." That omission, Dean said, "is not the type of leadership that the brave men and women serving in Iraq and their loved ones here at home expect or deserve from the commander-in-chief."
Listen Howie, the
president doesn't need lessons in leadership from the “Screaming Wonder.” He
meets with the families of fallen military personnel. He visits the
wounded in the hospitals. He has cried with them. He has prayed with
On Capitol Hill, Senators observed
a moment of silence to commemorate the 2,000th casualty. (The moment
passed before John Kerry could make up his mind whether to be for it
or against it.) But one thing Kerry does favor is pulling American troops
out of Iraq.
"The insurgency will not be defeated unless our troop levels are drawn down," Kerry inexplicably told a group at Georgetown University. Senator Russ Feingold used the occasion of the 2,000th casualty to renew his call for an artificial deadline and said the U.S. has "created a breeding ground for terrorism in Iraq."
The loss of every life in Iraq is
heartbreaking. But the number 2,000 is not, as Lieutenant Colonel Steve
Boylan said, "a milestone." Frustrated by the media's anticipation of the 2,000th casualty, and the planning of anti-war protests to commemorate it, Boylan called it what it is - an "artificial mark on the wall set by individuals or groups with specific agendas and ulterior motives."
What is truly worth noting is the
number of young men and women who are willing to serve their country
in an age of such cynicism. Amen! . . . . Web Master
IRAQI VOTE VICTORY
By RALPH PETERS
Washington Post, 18 October 2005
RISKING death, Iraqis of every background came out to vote on Saturday.
Terrorists proved powerless to halt the country's progress. The final
count isn't in, but the people appear to have approved a new constitution.
in the Arab world have a country's citizens been permitted to vote
on the laws that would govern them. Even had the draft constitution
been rejected, this would have been a historic moment in the Middle East
response? The vote doesn't matter. The constitution's flawed.
Iraq's Sunni Arabs will resort to civil war. Enormous problems remain.
Well, big problems do remain in Iraq. There's certainly a potential
for more internal strife. The constitution isn't perfect.
But to suggest that at least 9 million Iraqis casting peaceful ballots
don't matter is just sour grapes on the part of those journalists and
editors who've have been relentless in predicting failure in Iraq — and
who've been wrong every single time.
If the day comes when the last U.S. troops leave a peaceful, democratic,
prosperous Iraq, the headlines will read: "FAILURE IN IRAQ: THREE SUNNIS
STILL UNHAPPY. "
Iraq may yet fail as a unified state. Violence will continue. But what's
frustrating is the determination of so many in our media to convince
the American people that Iraq's a hopeless mess. It's an example of vanity,
selfishness and spite virtually without precedent in the history of journalism.
The greatest tragedy imaginable for our "mainstream
media" would be to
have to admit that President Bush was right about Iraq.
A startling number of editors and opinion columnists have been wrong
about every development in Iraq (and Afghanistan). First, they predicted
a bloody, protracted war against Saddam's military. Then they predicted
civil war. They insisted that Iraq's first elections would fail amid
a bloodbath. Then they declared that Iraq's elected delegates would not
be able to agree on a draft constitution. Next, they thundered that Iraq's
Sunni Arabs wouldn't vote.
Most recently, the sages of the opinion pages declared that the proposed
constitution would be defeated at the polls by the Sunni Arabs. All along
they've displayed a breathtaking empathy with the Islamist terrorists
who slaughter the innocent, giving Abu Musab al-Zarqawi a pass while
attacking our president and mocking the achievements of our troops.
A herd mentality has taken over the editorial boards. Ignoring all evidence
to the contrary, columnists write about our inevitable "retreat" from
Iraq, declaring that "everyone knows" our policies have no chance of
That isn't journalism. It's
wishful thinking on the part of those who need Iraq to fail to preserve
We are dealing with parasitical creatures who, never having done anything
practical themselves, insist that the bravery and sacrifice of others
has no meaning. Their egos have grown so enormous
that they would sacrifice the future of Iraq's 26 million human beings
just so they could write "I
told you so." And, of course, the greatest military experts are those
who never served a day in uniform.
The mission we've set for ourselves in Iraq is a tough one. Mistakes
made it even harder. But any man or woman of integrity would have to
admit that our troops have performed with remarkable
skill and tenacity — and
that the Iraqi people have displayed confounding courage in their efforts
to build a just government for themselves.
There are two things the "mainstream media" are simply unwilling to
face regarding Iraq. First, the stakes are immensely high and the premature
withdrawal demanded by the pundits would fatally increase the power and
allure of Islamist terrorists. Second, we're not only asking a major
state to change its form of government — we're asking people to
fundamentally alter a failed civilization.
Such a goal cannot be accomplished overnight. Or even in the course
of a single administration. Iraq is about the greater fate of the realm
of lethal failure stretching from Gibraltar to the Indus.
But we won't see a rational discussion of the roots of the Middle East's
cultural collapse — such honesty is taboo. Instead, we'll just
hear more about our own "failure" in Iraq, no matter how many successes
there are on the ground. Our columnists and editors resemble those diehard
communists who kept on praising Stalin right through the purges, the
Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and the revelations about the Gulag.
We'll hear that
Iraq's new constitution is flawed (so is ours — that's
why we have amendments). We'll be told that the Sunni Arabs are dissatisfied
(so are many American Democrats). Allegations of electoral fraud will
never go away (sound familiar?). And political partisans will continue
to claim that our military efforts are useless (as demagogues have claimed
since the Civil War).
Despite the attacks by international terrorists and the media, Iraq
continues to move forward. The process is imperfect, as are all things
on this earth. But the bravery and determination
that Iraqis displayed at the polls again last weekend deserve better
analysis than smug pundits' party-line declarations of failure.
Ralph Peters' lastest book is "New Glory: Expanding America's Global
F-15 Midair--One Wing
F15 Landing w/o Wing
A simulated dogfight
training took place between two F-15D's and four A-4N. Skyhawks over
the skies of the Negev, Israel..."At some point I
collided with one of the Skyhawks, at first I didn't realize it. I felt
a big strike, and I thought we passed through the jet stream of one of
the other aircraft. Before I could react, I saw the big fire ball created
by the explosion of
the Skyhawk. The radio started to deliver calls saying that the Skyhawk
pilot has ejected, and I understood that the fireball was the Skyhawk
that exploded, and the pilot was ejected automatically.There was a tremendous
fuel stream going out of my wing, and I understood it was badly damaged.
aircraft flew without control in a strange piral. I reconnected the electric
control to the control surfaces, and slowly gained control of the aircraft
until I was straight and level again. It was clear to me that I had to
eject. When I gained control I said: "Hey, wait, don't eject yet!" No
warning light was on and the navigation computer worked as usual; (I just
needed a warning light in my panel to indicate that I missed a wing...)." My
instructor pilot ordered me to eject. The wing is a fuel tank, and the
fuel indicator showed 0.000 so I assumed that the jet stream sucked all
out of the other tanks. However, I remembered that the valves operate only
in one direction, so that I might have enough fuel to get to the nearest
airfield and land. I worked like a machine, I wasn't scared and didn't
worry. All I knew was as long as the sucker flies, I'm gonna stay
started to decrease the airspeed, but at that point one wing was not enough.
So I went into a spin down and to the right. A second before I decided
to eject, I pushed the throttle and lit the afterburner. I gained speed
and thus got control of the aircraft again.
Next thing I did was lower the arresting hook. A few seconds later I touched
the runway at 260 knots, about twice the recommended speed, and called
the tower to erect the emergency recovery net. The hook was torn away from
fuselage because of the high speed, but I managed to stop 10 meters before
the net. I turned back to shake the hand of my instructor, who had urged
to eject, and then I saw it for the first time - no wing!"
Pilot and author unknown
Bird Strike & Aircraft Crash
Click on the below link to see
Head-up-Display [HUD] video, intercom chatter and radio transmissions
following a bird being injested into the engine which failed with no
option but for the pilots to eject and make a Silk Let Down.
The film begins on take-off roll.
Just after lift-off near the end of the runway you will see
a hawk pass from the top of the screen to the lower left-hand side
of the HUD display.
After impact, you can hear one of the
pilots rapidly sucking oxygen into his face mask as the adrenalin kicks
into high and his breathing accelerates accordingly.
The pilots are unable to restart the engine, notify
the tower that they are ejecting – after which the HUD display
goes SPLAT when the aircraft hits the ground.
These Low level ejections
and mid-air collisions with birds and other aircraft can spoil
one’s entire day.
You may want to turn off the background music first - go to top of page
and locate flashing speaker and click on "OFF"
THE NEXT 9/11 STARTS TODAY !!!
Ramadan Offensive” from October 4 – November 4,
With Attacks on the U. S., Netherlands, Italy, Australia, and Russia,
Will be More Spectacular than September 11 !!
Joseph Farah on WorldNetDaily.com reports
that terrorism expert Yossef Bodansky, who was director of the Congressional
Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare for over ten years,
discovered a letter from Abu Musab Zarqawi to Osama bin Laden describing
Ramadan attacks on the U. S., Europe and Russia as a “fateful
confrontation” with the U. S. and Israel. Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama’s
second-in-command, has warned of “horrific attacks” against
U. S. cities. He has also said that Osama has acquired thirty suitcase
nuclear bombs from the former Soviet Union.
Dr. Paul Williams, author of Osama’s
Revenge: the Next 9/11 and The Al Qaeda Connection, says that Osama has
already smuggled seven to ten suitcase nuclear
bombs into the U. S. through
the Mexican border. In addition, 8,000 illegals from terror-suspect countries
such as Yemen, Sudan, Iran, Syria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Egypt have
come across the Mexican border into the U. S. in the past six months.
And, most alarming of all, Adnan el-Shukrijumah and Amer el-Maati, Osama’s
ringleaders of his “American Horishima” Project, where he
plans to blow up seven to ten American cities with nukes, have now entered
the U. S. through Mexico! The American Hiroshima starts now!
So what can people do? Our only hope
is to put the faces of el-Shukrijumah and el-Maati, the "Mohamed Attas" of
Osama's "American Hiroshima", on America's Most Wanted TV Show. The FBI
has been looking for these two without success for 2 years. 300 million
Americans could find them in 2 weeks! If we don't do this, we are doomed!
At this late date, since our government has failed to do the things necessary
to stop Osama, about the only other thing people can do is to get out
of the cities Osama has targeted – New York, Boston, Los Angeles,
Philadelphia, Miami, Chicago, Washington, Houston, Las Vegas, and Valdez,
Alaska, where oil tankers are filled from the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.
After seven to ten of our cities, or
more, are destroyed by nuclear blasts from terrorists in the next few
days (if frightened by publicity, the terrorists may hold off until the
last two weeks of November, the Mahdi’s birthday), months, or years,
what can we do?
We can bomb and destroy the headquarters of the
ruling regimes such as Iran and Syria that sponsor terror.
We can go into Pakistan and get Osama bin Laden.
We can build a 50-foot wall, if need be, across
the Mexican border to prevent terrorist illegals from coming in.
We can provide funding to make available the radiation
sickness medicine, Neumune, that cuts the death rate of people exposed
to radiation from 50% to 10%.
We can send in 150,000 more troops into Iraq and
win the war in Iraq.
We can cut off all funding to the Palestinian
Authority until they stop all terror attacks on Israel.
And we can deport every Wahhabi cleric that spouts
violence against the U. S.
Only then can we possibly live in safety.
If we fight, we will survive. If we
do not fight, we will die.
Those who espouse pacifism will be overcome
by the Islamo-terrorists. Being nice to the terrorists will no more ensure
our safety then giving Czechoslovakia to Hitler stopped him from invading
Europe in World War II.
Those who would pull out of Iraq, consider
this: if we didn’t like al Qaeda in Afghanistan, just think about
al Qaeda taking over Iraq, with 10 billion dollars of Iraqi oil money
per year to fund their worldwide war of terror!
The way to survival is clear, America.
Fight or die!
Source: From a link on NewsMax.com.
You can read more about Al Qaeda's
nuclear weapons ambitions, and an even scarier terrorist weapon scenerio
of possible use of the Bird Flu as a Bio-Tech weapon, at usawakeup.org.
What To Wear When
Sen. Kennedy Gives A Speech
Bill Moyer, 73, wears a "Bullshit Protector" flap
over his ear
while Senator Ted Kennedy addresses the Veterans
of Foreign Wars.