Thursday, August 14, 2008

Its open season

Just because it has been a while since this got the the play it still deserves.

Just because CAIR is still a protected criminal organization.

Just because ...

Russians move 2 SS-21 Medium Range Ballistic Missile Launchers into South Ossetia

Muslims with chemical weapons in the US, Soviets with nukes in Georgia. Is the West going to be destroyed in the next couple of years?

Does this that it could be too late for NATO to interfere? Like they could anyway. If Russia has short range nukes in Georgia then the EU will sell out the remainder of that poor country so that they can feel less threatened. Peace at all costs. Sieg heil, Herr Commisar.

Russians move 2 SS-21 Medium Range Ballistic Missile Launchers into South Ossetia « Free & Independent: "Col. Sam Gardiner notes, in an interview with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now, Russia has deployed tactical nuclear weapons to South Ossetia. The SS-21 Missile launchers are relatively weak compared to bombs that have already been used against Georgia by the Russian air force. However, this move does indicate Russia is potentially upping the game from a conventional weapons war to a tactical nuclear weapons war. Gardiner notes that at a news conference on Sunday, the US Deputy National Security advisor has noted these weapons arriving in South Ossetia.

Business Wire confirms the subject matter of the news briefing in Beijing. Link"

Sister: Man found dead at Burnsley Hotel 'not a terrorist'

He is a member of the Religion of Peace and would never harm anyone. He was just trying to commit suicide. Honest. With a full pound of cyanide. He is a peaceful man. His family is normal and peaceful.

Those insane authorities are making a big deal about nothing. Lots of people, especially Peaceful Muslims, like to travel with massive amounts of poisons or explosives. Anyone who thinks this is dangerous is a racist and Islamophobe.

Too much sarcasm?

Go to:

Sister: Man found dead at Burnsley Hotel 'not a terrorist' : Local News : The Rocky Mountain News: "The Canadian man found dead next to a jar of cyanide in a Denver hotel room had schizophrenia, his family says, lending credence to the theory that he may have died of suicide.

The FBI and haz-mat teams got involved in the incident because cyanide can be used to make chemical weapons, and the foreign national had arrived in Denver shortly before the start of the Democratic National Convention.

Saleman Abdirahman Dirie's body was found on Monday in his room on the fourth floor of the Burnsley Hotel at 1000 Grant St.

'He was not a terrorist,' Dirie's sister told CanWest News Service on Wednesday from the family home in Ottawa. 'We don't want to hear that word. It is against our religion.'

Sodium chloride is an ideal ingredient for making a chemical weapon but also is found in rat poison and such things as gold-plated watches.

The tell-tale odor of almonds indicated to investigators that Dirie may have died from exposure to cyanide.

Investigators still want to know why so much of it — about a pound in crystal form — was found in the room.

Meanwhile, the Denver medical examiner is awaiting results of lab tests before announcing an official cause of death."

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Russian troops roll into key city despite truce

Why would the Soviets break a treaty like this? How shocking.

It might be that they are very rarely expected to stick to a treaty and are never punished for breaking them.... Nah!

Where are the peaceniks? We need to send planes full of hippies to protest this naked aggression. Scare them into submission!

Russian troops roll into key city despite truce: "Russian troops and paramilitaries rolled into the strategic Georgian city of Gori on Wednesday, apparently violating a truce designed to end the six-day conflict that has uprooted tens of thousands and scarred the Georgian landscape.

Georgian officials said Gori, a central hub on Georgia's main east-west highway, was being looted and bombed by the Russians.

Moscow denied the claim, but it appeared to be on a technicality: a BBC reporter in Gori reported that Russians tanks were in the streets as their South Ossetian separatist allies seized Georgian cars, looted Georgian homes and then set some homes ablaze.

"Russia has treacherously broken its word," Georgia's Security Council chief Alexander Lomaia said Wednesday in Tbilisi, the capital.

To the west, Russian-backed Abkhazian separatists pushed Georgian troops out of Abkhazia and even moved into Georgian territory itself, defiantly planting a flag over the Inguri River and laughing that retreating Georgians had received "American training in running away."

The twin developments came less than 12 hours after Georgia's president said he accepted a cease-fire plan brokered by France. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Tuesday that Russia was halting military action because Georgia had paid enough for its attack last Thursday on South Ossetia.

In Washington, President Bush announced that a massive U.S. humanitarian effort was already in progress, and would involve U.S. aircraft as well as naval forces. A U.S. C-17 military cargo plane loaded with supplies is already on the way, and Bush said that Russia must ensure that "all lines of communication and transport, including seaports, roads and airports," remain open to let deliveries and civilians through.

"To begin to repair the damage to its relations with the United States, Europe and other nations and to begin restoring its place in the world, Russia must keep its word and act to end this crisis," Bush said. "

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

iowahawk: Diplomatic Breakthru in Georgia: Red-Faced Russian Party Crashers Retreat

The Hawk takes on the Russians and wins! If you laugh at this snippet, go read the rest while sitting near the toilet so that it minimizes the mess you might make.

iowahawk: Diplomatic Breakthru in Georgia: Red-Faced Russian Party Crashers Retreat: "Bowing to a withering barrage of pointed criticisms and strongly-worded letters of reprimand from the international diplomatic community, an embarrassed Russian military today abandoned its attack on the former Soviet republic of Georgia late this afternoon and retreated sheepishly over the Caucasus.

'Look, I don't really know what to say - other than, 'hey, our bad,'' said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in an awkward, shoe-gazing statement to the United Nations. 'Seriously, dude, it just totally wasn't like us to lash out like that. We've been having a couple of bad decades, and I guess we just sort of snapped.'

According to Moscow newspaper Pravda, Lavrov and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin left several messages on the voice mail machine of Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili offering apologies and help cleaning up the damage from the weekend invasion. Sources say an angry Saakashvili was in no mood for forgiveness.

'Haven't you done enough damage already?' asked a testy Saakashvili, according to a U.S. State Department official. 'Just get out. Come on dude, leave.'"

Palestinian Militias Recruit Kids In Summer Camps

Palestinian Militias Recruit Kids In Summer Camps - MiddleEastNewsline: "The Hamas regime and its militia allies have been recruiting children in summer camps.
Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other militias have established summer camps in the central Gaza Strip for paramilitary training. Palestinian sources said the training included Islamic combat indoctrination, rudiments of light weapons, reconnaissance and sabotage.
'There is no real military training here,' an organizer of one of the camps said. 'But we do form a strong connection with the best of the campers so that they could join us at a later stage.'"

CPUSA Online - Editorial: Eye on the Prize

The Commies have endorsed the commie. what a shock.

CPUSA Online - Editorial: Eye on the Prize: "Barack Obama is not a left candidate. This fact has seemingly surprised a number of progressive people who are bemoaning Obama’s “shift to the center.” (Right-wingers are happy to join them, suggesting Obama is a “flip-flopper.”) It’s sad that some who seek progressive change are missing the forest for the trees. But they will not dampen the wide and deep enthusiasm for blocking a third Bush term represented by John McCain, or for bringing Obama by a landslide into the White House with a large Democratic congressional majority.

A broad multiclass, multiracial movement is converging around Obama’s “Hope, change and unity” campaign because they see in it the thrilling opportunity to end 30 years of ultra-right rule and move our nation forward with a broadly progressive agenda.

This diverse movement combines a variety of political currents and aims in a working coalition that is crucial to social progress at this point. At the core are America’s working families, of all hues and ethnicities, whose determination to move forward does not depend on, and will not be diverted by, the daily twists and turns of this watershed presidential campaign. They are taking the long view.

Notably, the labor movement has stepped up its independent mobilization for this election. It is leading an unprec"

Man Dead, Large Amount Of Possible Cyanide Found

Scary stuff! How much crud was this guy carrying and what was he planning on doing with it? SO many questions!

How did he get this over the border? If he didn't bring it over the border then where did he get it? Border security needs to be tightened up North since the dangerous people seem to be traveling over that border since the Southern border is getting so much scrutiny. Not enough, but it does tend to get more of a look than Canada.

Of course, the people who were threatened by this were the ones who insist that the security is too tight. And they are willing to die for their Right to no security. Someone should let who ever was behind this finish the job, just to make the Dems happy. - Man Dead, Large Amount Of Possible Cyanide Found: " It has the makings of international intrigue. Less than two weeks before the Democratic National Convention a man has been found dead in a Denver hotel room with a container of what authorities initially suspect to be the deadly poison cyanide.

Adding to the intrigue is that the dead man, Saleman Abdirahman Dirie, 29, appears to be from outside the U.S. No passport was found on Dirie, who is believed to have entered the country from Canada.

A large container of a white powdery substance was found in the man's room on the fourth floor of The Burnsley hotel at 10th and Grant.

Tests are now being done by the Denver Police Crime Lab to determine exactly what the substance is. The tests could take days.

It's believed Dirie died from something other than the substance that was in the container.

Denver police are leading the investigation of the man's death. The FBI and other governmental agencies, including the Joint Terrorism Task Force, are assisting in the probe. Hazardous materials assistance has included the Colorado State Patrol and the Colorado National Guard.

"Our Joint Terrorism Task Force is involved in this simply because the victim here is from another country and it just kind of makes sense that our terrorism guys would take a look a look at this," FBI Special Agent in Charge James Davis said.

Davis told CBS 4 that nothing so far has been found to link the case to terrorism or the coming convention.

Authorities said The Burnsley hotel is safe and is open for business.

Cyanide can be made from plants in very small amounts. It can be a gas, liquid or powder. It prevents the body from using oxygen and therefore is more harmful to the heart and brain than other organs.

"It was used in concentration camps in World War II and by Saddam Hussein against the Kurds in the 1990s," CBD4 Medical Editor Dr. Dave Hnida said. "And put it in a little capsule, it is in fact used as a suicide pill just like you see in the movies."

Officials said cyanide can be used as a terrorist weapon if it is dumped in water put in food, sprayed as a gas, or many other methods.

Russia 'annexes' a fifth of Georgia

Should we call this the Occupied Territories? What is the proper terms for a post-Soviet occupation?

What good is a treaty with the Soviets? The Russians have always been horrible at keeping treaties and I do not think having Georgia sign a treaty with them is going to change anything. If the Russians want a 'buffer zone' then the Russian troops have to also be included. Take all the Russians out of the area, too.

How long until the Russians conquer the rest of the territory?

Russia 'annexes' a fifth of Georgia - Telegraph: "President Dmitry Medvedev of Russia declared a ceasefire and agreed six principles for peace during a meeting in Moscow with President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, which currently holds the presidency of the European Union. Under these proposals, all forces must return to their positions at the outset of the war on August 7 and allow full access for humanitarian aid.

But Russia's foreign ministry had additional demands.

The Kremlin wants a buffer zone around South Ossetia and Abkhazia, from which all Georgian forces would be excluded. Russia also seeks a treaty guarantee that Georgia will never use force to recapture them.

These demands would safeguard what amounts to Moscow's de facto annexation of the two enclaves.

After the mauling suffered by his army during five days of fighting, President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia may have little choice but to agree.

Mr Sarkozy flew from Moscow to Georgia's capital, Tbilisi last night. He was expected to present his six points and Russia's additional demands to Mr Saakashvili. For his part, Georgia's leader declared a unilateral ceasefire on Sunday.

Mr Medvedev halted operations after Russia's army achieved its primary aim - controlling Abkhazia and South Ossetia and inflicting severe damage on Georgia's forces. Moscow says its army acted only after Georgian forces struck inside South Ossetia and killed "thousands" of Russian citizens. Mr Saakashvili did send his army into the enclave last Thursday - although Georgia denies any atrocities."

Secret work of SAS in Iraq exposed

I am glad that these guys are getting some recognition. They are in a field that is rarely acknowledged for its hard work keeping us safe. Thanks for the protection, lads!

Secret work of SAS in Iraq exposed - Telegraph: "Quoting the Special Air Service motto 'Who Dares Wins' the general said there had been numerous successes on many 'very important operations'.

'They have exceptional initiative, exceptional skill, exceptional courage and, I think, exceptional savvy. I can't say enough about how impressive they are in thinking on their feet,' said Gen Petraeus, the main architect of 'surge' strategy that has seen a substantial decrease in violence with the influx of extra American troops.

The SAS, working alongside MI6, the Special Reconnaissance Regiment and the Special Forces Support Group, are based in The Station, a high security area in Baghdad's Green Zone.

SAS snipers have been extremely successful shooting dead suicide bombers about to detonate their devices and troopers have called in clinical air strikes to kill terror chiefs known as 'high value targets'.

Officers have said Baghdad is one of the 'most challenging' environments the unit has ever faced in the world.

It is thought the troops have killed hundreds of insurgents both in Baghdad and when they have been called down to Basra to assist regular British troops.

But British special forces have paid a high price for their success in Iraq with 10 killed and scores seriously wounded, with some losing limbs."

Israeli Military Sales To Georgia Continue

Money, money, money.

Good for Israel for continuing to aid the Georgians. When will NATO aid this poor country?

Murphy's Law: Israeli Military Sales To Georgia Continue: "Israel considered halting arms sales and services to Georgia, until the war with Russia stops. It's the Israeli Foreign Ministry that is pushing for the cut-off, in an effort to improve relations with the Russians. Currently, the Israelis are trying to persuade the Russians to cut back on arms sales to Iran and Syria (which buys stuff with Iranian money, as Iran is prohibited by UN sanctions from buying many weapons directly). The Russians need all the sales they can get in order to rebuild their decrepit, Cold War era arms industries. But the Israelis have maintained communications with the Russian government on arms industry issues, and doesn't want to lose ground.

Georgia is a significant (about $100 million a year), but not major, military sales customer for Israel. Most Israelis want to help the Georgians. There are about 80,000 Georgian Jews, which also registers with the Israeli voter.

However, politics won out over diplomacy, and the government decided to keep shipping. Most of what the Georgians are getting are training and technical services, and low end military equipment. But the diplomats were able to go to the Russians and point out that, as long as the Russian navy controlled Georgia's coastline, and the Russian air force controlled the skies, no Israeli military goods were getting in. So everyone is satisfied, sort of. "

Special Operations: The Pakistani Specials

Training the Pakistanis to fight the Taliban will take years, just as in Iraq and Afghanistan. I hope they can last that long without needing US regular forces to back them up.

Special Operations: The Pakistani Specials: "Pakistani troops has been having a difficult time going after Islamic terrorists in the tribal areas along the Afghan border. Part of the problem is lack of counter-terror training, and part has been divided loyalties. It works like this. The Pakistani army has been trained largely to fight Indian troops in a conventional war. Counter-terrorist operations against tribal warriors requires a very different skill set. Then there are loyalty issues. About twenty percent of military personnel are from the tribal areas. Being a soldier is considered a worthy career for tribal men, but they have decidedly mixed feelings about fighting their own people.

Well aware of this situation, the U.S. convinced Pakistan to allow the creation of a counter-terror unit trained by American Army Special Forces . The Pakistani military tends to have a favorable attitude towards these Special Forces, and allowed the recruiting and training troops for a special team to go after al Qaeda and Taliban leaders in the tribal areas.

This was not an entirely new undertaking. Half a century ago, U.S. Special Forces helped Pakistan create its first commando unit, the SSG (Special Service Group). But these troops, like the rest of the Pakistani armed forces, have been preparing for another war with India. Unofficially, the Pakistani Special Forces has a strength of about 3,000 troops, and in the last twenty years, they have been involved aiding foreign and Afghan Islamic radicals fighting Russians in Afghanistan, and aiding similar groups fighting in Kashmir. Thus many of the SSG operators feel a close affinity with Islamic radical warriors and terrorists. Despite that, they have followed orders and successfully undertaken operations against Islamic radicals. This led to SSG members being targeted after the SSG led the assault on the Red Mosque in the Summer of 2007. This appears to have created some bad feelings between SSG and their former Islamic radical comrades.

Now there is a section of the Pakistani Special Service Group that specializes in U.S. counter-terrorism methods. Exactly how they will operate, how many of them there are and how they will work with foreign counter-terror operators, is all classified. But they are out there now, doing something. "

Senior al Qaeda commander Abu Mustafa al-Yazid reported killed in Pakistan

Another happy Muslim! After years of killing infidel children this pig can rut in Paradise with his brown eyed boys.

DEBKAfile - Senior al Qaeda commander Abu Mustafa al-Yazid reported killed in Pakistan: "According to a Pakistani security official, Al Yazid, known also as Abu Saeed al Masri, died in recent clashes with Pakistani forces in the Bajaur tribal region near the Afghan border. Nearly 160 people have been killed in those clashes since last Wednesday.

He is described as commander of al Qaeda operations in Afghanistan and the most senior a Qaeda operative to be killed since the death of al Qaeda’s bomb and chemical weapons expert Abu Khabab al-Masri last month.

The unverified claim of his death comes a day after the Al Qaeda number two Ayman al Zawahri broadcast a video – speaking in English for the first time – in which he repeatedly criticised Pakistan's president, Pervez Musharraf, and said the country was 'virtually ruled by the American embassy'.

Musharraf is fighting against the government parties’ bid to unseat him by impeachment.

An Egyptian, al-Yazid served time in jail with Zawahri after the assassination of Egyptian president Anwar Sadat in 1981.

He was named in the 9/11 Commission as the operation's paymaster"

Russians Ceasefire, But Troops Remain in Georgia

This invasion is so obviously preplanned that only a commie could ignore the facts. This is just a way for Russia to take back part of Georgia. At least part. All hail Putin, the new Stalin.

Russians Ceasefire, But Troops Remain in Georgia - News Briefs - Arutz Sheva: "Although Russian President Dimitri Medvedev announced Tuesday that he had ordered his troops to ceasefire, he did not withdraw the soldiers from Georgia.

By late afternoon, Russian troops were still authorized to fire at Georgian soldiers in the contested separatist region of South Ossetia, despite Medvedev’s earlier statement."

Monday, August 11, 2008

Three major US naval strike forces due this week in Persian Gulf

This is a lot of fire power! If the US is really deploying this much strength to the Gulf, then something is in the air. Hopefully missiles. Headed for the nuclear installations and the Iranian Republican Guard bases. The moved bases, since anyone who reads my blog regularly knows that Iran emptied their Guard bases and transfered the personnel to other bases in small groups.

Time to drop some bombs to force the Iranians to negotiate instead of just laughing at the West's attempts to talk.

DEBKAfile - Three major US naval strike forces due this week in Persian Gulf: "... military sources note that the arrival of the three new American flotillas will raise to five the number of US strike forces in Middle East waters – an unprecedented build-up since the crisis erupted over Iran’s nuclear program.

This vast naval and air strength consists of more than 40 carriers, warships and submarines, some of the last nuclear-armed, opposite the Islamic Republic, a concentration last seen just before the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Our military sources postulate five objects of this show of American muscle:

1. The US, aided also by France, Britain and Canada, is finalizing preparations for a partial naval blockade to deny Iran imports of benzene and other refined oil products. This action would indicate that the Bush administration had thrown in the towel on stiff United Nations sanctions and decided to take matters in its own hands.

2. Iran, which imports 40 percent of its refined fuel products from Gulf neighbors, will retaliate for the embargo by shutting the Strait of Hormuz oil route chokepoint, in which case the US naval and air force stand ready to reopen the Strait and fight back any Iranian attempt to break through the blockade.

3. Washington is deploying forces as back-up for a possible Israeli military attack on Iran’s nuclear installations.

4. A potential rush of events in which a US-led blockade, Israeli attack and Iranian reprisals pile up in a very short time and precipitate a major military crisis.

5. While a massive deployment of this nature calls for long planning, its occurrence at this time cannot be divorced from the flare-up of the Caucasian war between Russia and Georgia. While Russia has strengthened its stake in Caspian oil resources by its overwhelming military intervention against Georgia, the Americans are investing might in defending the primary Persian Gulf oil sources of the West and the Far East.

DEBKAfile’s military sources name the three US strike forces en route to the Gulf as the USS Theodore Roosevelt , the USS Ronald Reagan and the USS Iwo Jima . Already in place are the USS Abraham Lincoln in the Arabian Sea opposite Iranian shores and the USS Peleliu which is cruising in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden."

Sunday, August 10, 2008

olympics schedule

Olympic Medal winners at NBC!

Georgia informs Russian it will halt military action in South Ossetia

DEBKAfile - Georgia informs Russian it will halt military action in South Ossetia: "The message handed to the Russian embassy in Tbilisi Sunday afternoon, Aug. 10, is the first sign of a crack in the Georgian military front against Russia in the breakaway South Osssetia province. Earlier, Russian forces were reported to be heading to invade the Georgian town of Gori. This was not confirmed by Russian sources.

During the day, Russian soldiers and marines entered Abkhazia, Georgia's second breakaway province, by land and from Russian Black Sea naval vessels, which were ordered to block Georgian ports against arms delivery by sea. This opened a third front in Russia’s war with Georgia on Day Three of the armed conflict.

At midday, Ukrainian military circles indicated the possibility of closing Russia’s main Black Sea base of Sevastopol to naval ships on their way back from blockading Georgian ports.

The US has drafted a resolution condemning Russia in third UN Security Council session later Sunday.

In the face of President George W. Bush’s demand for an immediate withdrawal of Russian troops and support for international mediation, Moscow poured an additional 10,000 men and armor into South Ossetia Sunday as well - and Russian jets bombed a military airfield outside the Georgian capital of Tbilisi.

Under heavy fire, Georgia “temporarily” pulled its soldiers from the South Ossetian capital of Tskhinvali, but stayed in the region and denied it was surrendering. President Mikhail Saakashvili asked the United States to act as mediator with Moscow and appealed to the Russians to stop “this madness.”

Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin, for his part, accused Georgia of ethnic cleansing. As disputed casualty figures climbed, civilians were increasingly bearing the brunt of the bloodshed and hardship.

Two Georgian towns, Gori and the Black Sea naval, military and oil port of Poti, also took casualties and heavy damage from Russian air strikes. A third town, Zugdidi on Abkhazian border, was targeted Sunday.

DEBKAfile’s military analysts: By flouting US demands to accept mediation, Moscow highlights America’s lack of leverage for helping its embattled Georgian ally. The Bush administration has trapped itself in its foreign policy commitment to dialogue and international diplomacy for solving world disputes but is short of willing opposite numbers.

Russia is following Iran’s example in exploiting Washington's inhibition to advance its goals by force. Therefore, the Caucasian standoff has profound ramifications for the Middle East and Persian Gulf. Moscow’s disdain for Washington’s lack of muscle will further encourage Tehran and its terrorist proxies to defy the international community and the United States in particular.

DEBKAfile’s military analysts reported Saturday: Tiny Georgia with an army of less than 18,000, having been roundly defeated in South Ossetia, cannot hope to withstand the mighty Russian army in Abkhazia.Therefore, President Saakashvili, who had bid to join NATO, must consider both breakaway regions lost to Georgia and gained by Russia.

This is Moscow's payback for the US-NATO success in detaching Kosovo from Serbia and approving its independence. It is also a warning to Ukraine, the Caucasus and Central Asia against joining up with the United States and the NATO bloc in areas which Moscow deems part of its strategic sphere of influence

After seizing South Ossetia and Abkhazia from Georgia, four follow-up Russian steps may be postulated:

1. The two separatist provinces will proclaim their independence, just like Kosovo.

2. Russia will continue to exercise its overwhelming military and air might to force the pro-American Saakashvili’s capitulation.

3. The Georgian president will not survive in office long after losing two regions of his country and national humiliation. Moscow aims to make Washington swallow a pro-Russian successor.

4. Moscow’s trampling of Georgia will serve as an object lesson for Russia’s own secessionist provinces such as Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushettia not to risk defying Russian armed might."

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