Why the desire to pull the troops out of Iraq in the first place?


*posted first on Friday Feb. 10, here*

In the Australian today:

NO sooner did President Barack Obama welcome home American troops from Iraq and laud that country’s stability and democracy than an unprecedented wave of violence across Baghdad and elsewhere revealed the severity of Iraq’s political crisis.

Unfortunate, yet hardly surprising, even to the most casual of observers.

And whilst I can understand (yet not agree with) the Left’s position not to send troops into Iraq in the first place – an argument, largely moot, for another day – what I don’t understand is their fervish desire to pull the troops out.

It always smacked of idealism, ideology, rather than hard-nosed practicality.

After all, what was so bad with having a US troop presence there to help maintain Iraq’s fragile democratic stability?

One could argue that I am biased because a) I am centre-right politically and b) because I live in South Korea, a nation that has had a US troop presence – some 37,000  28,000 or so currently – since the armistice between North and South Korea and have seen what a permanent US troop presence looks like.

I am happy to accept those labels and can gladly tell you that such a presence ain’t that bad.

By and large,  US bases in Korea – and Japan for that matter – haven’t been a problem.

Sure, issues pop up from time to time, but if one looks at the big picture, then a strong US presence here can only be seen as a good thing, a safe option, a pretty darn good insurance policy against North Korea trying anything major on.

Almost 60 years we’ve had US troops over here without any major problems. In fact, many major problems (a full-scale Nork attack comes to mind) have arguably been averted thanks to this presence.

So, why the rush to leave Iraq essentially free of any US military  before even a decade is up and before, as is clear now, the job is done?

OK, so perhaps it’s a bit like comparing apples and oranges. US troops in Korea, aside from those stationed at the DMZ, aren’t on active duty as they were in Iraq.

However, it’s not a completely dissimilar situation. Perhaps a good analogy would be to compare mandarins and oranges.

US troops not only provided safety and stability in the fledgling democracy that is Iraq – a country still steeped with sectarian and tribal rivalries – but surely they also provided a deterrence to anybody or any groups who want to destabilise the nation.

What takes years to build can take mere seconds to destroy, and I fear a lot of hard work is being undone on the whim of a flawed, feel-good, ideology.

So why?

The only practical reason that I can see for Obama pulling his troops out of Iraq is that with an Iranian confrontation looming which includes action needed in Syria, Iraq frankly isn’t important enough any more or at best, an impractical option for a potentially over-stretched military.

Of course, Obama – a man of the progressive Left – can’t actually come out and say that but it is reasonably well-known to those who don’t just get their news from the MSM that Obama is actually more of a war-time president than Bush was, having committed more troops to both Iraq and Afghanistan, and for a longer period of time.

So whilst the MSM might play along with the “bringing the troops home” narrative, the evidence indicates this simply isn’t the case.

Some 20,000 marines, seamen and air crews from half a dozen countries, a US nuclear aircraft carrier strike group and three US Marine gunship carriers are practicing an attack on a fictitious mechanized enemy division which has invaded its neighbor. It is the largest amphibian exercise seen in the West for a decade, staged to simulate a potential Iranian invasion of an allied Persian Gulf country and a marine landing on the Iranian coast. Based largely on US personnel and hardware, French, British, Italian, Dutch, Australian* and New Zealand military elements are integrated in the drill.
Bold Alligator went into its operational phase Monday, Feb. 6, the same day as a large-scale exercise began in southern Iran opposite the Strait of Hormuz. This simultaneity attests to the preparations for a US-Iranian showdown involving Israel behind the words on Feb. 5 of US President Barack Obama (“I don’t think Israel has decided whether to attack Iran”) and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Feb. 3 (“The war itself will be ten times as detrimental to the US.”).

(*BTW, I don’t recall Aussie PM Gillard highlighting that one.)

And this:

As the US and Israel carried on bickering over the right time to strike Iran’s nuclear sites, their war preparations continued apace. debkafile’s military sources report that flight after flight of US warplanes and transports were to be seen this week cutting eastward through the skies of Sinai on their way to Gulf destinations, presumably Saudi Arabia, at a frequency not seen in the Middle East for many years.

Add into this mix reports that China will reportedly help Saudi Arabia build a nuclear bomb, and that both China and India have started paying Iran for its oil in gold thus helping thwart current US/UN sanctions (more of which were recently thwarted by Russia and China), then we see a stage set for a showdown and we see the reality that rhetoric aside, Obama won’t be bringing many troops home at all.

To someone who doesn’t know any better, it’s as if Russia, India, and China – all wannabe first chickens to the trough – are ganging up on America.**

PS Who wouldn’t love to be a fly on the wall listening in to what the US is really saying about China? Their ever-expanding use of soft power is in many ways, stuffing it all up for America. China must surely be becoming an ever-increasing pain in the neck.

This leaves Australia in an interesting position. Our main export partner is China. Our main ally is the US. We send China our goodies to help them get rich and rival America. We practice shooting our guns with America to help keep America on top.

And yet China and America are also so deep in each other’s pockets. America buys China’s goods. China buys America’s debt.

Fun times.

** I highly recommend reading The Lucifer Principle by Howard Bloom. Part of the book talks about the pecking order of nations.

It’s not Godwin’s unless it’s an *inappropriate* analogy


At Andrew Bolt’s, but bears re-blogging:

I’m sorry, but the fascist analogy must now be drawn

Bolt comments: [all links added by me for the benefit of those not familiar with these themes]

I never dreamed I’d live in a country in which Jewish businesses were boycotted and blockaded.

The shame. The utter shame.

But then I’d never dreamed, either, that I’d be taken to court for expressing my opinion. Or that a news organisation would be denied a government contact for being political unsympathetic. Or that news outlets would be banned by government ministers for asking basic questions. Or that academics could protest against free speech.

What the hell is happening here?

UPDATE: Flashback to Melbourne 2009 (via Nilk) … it’s not like they’re being subtle, people:  “Nazis Needed”

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Israel’s shame


Go here to register your complaint against the Jewish state.

H/T Bolta

Meanwhile, gay Spaniards prefer terrorists over homosexuals.

UPDATE

And it looks like hardly any aid was on that flotilla to Gaza to begin with, and none was on the Mavi Mamara. Conspicuously absent was medical aid – what Gaza really needs.

H/T Aussie Dave

*cross-posted

Ahmadinejad, Chaves “together to the end”


One can only hope, when it comes to them, it’s soon.

Stupefying WTF: Ahmadinejad is Jewish!


In what has to be the Mother of All WTF Moments, it has now been revealed that – this really is beyond comprehension – Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was Born a Jew!

“A photograph of the Iranian president holding up his identity card during elections in March 2008 clearly shows his family has Jewish roots.

A close-up of the document reveals he was previously known as Sabourjian – a Jewish name meaning cloth weaver.

The short note scrawled on the card suggests his family changed its name to Ahmadinejad when they converted to embrace Islam after his birth.”

Wow.

UPDATE: My instincts were right, it seems, but I gave in to the sensationalism: It was just too freaky to be true.

That actually makes my frame of reference for reality a more secure thing. LOL!

Will Israel attack Iran soon?


Well, not so much ‘attack’ as take out their nukes and some other military targets.

Lubos Motl’s post, here, suggests that it’s highly likely (probably shortly after the latest UN junket) and ‘kind of a good idea’…

Agreed. Especially after Ahmadinnerjacket’s disgusting rant at the UN.

H/T Breitbart and TT over at Blair’s.

Jakarta blasts, the unhinged attack…


As most people are probably aware a number of blasts and deaths have been reported in Indonesia due to a terrorist attack.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/07/18/2629576.htm

I was going to post on the attacks but many others are doing a much better job, instead I thought to myself “Hmmm what if i put the search termsjakarta blast mossadin my google search engine.

 

There’s some sad shits on the Internet, here’s a sample.

Mossad Bombs explode at 2 hotels in Indonesian capital; four killed

http://top-secret-at.blogspot.com/2009/07/mossad-bombs-explode-at-2-hotels-in.html

Zionist spreading the War on Terra to another Muslim Country… No Jewish victims reported

Quite apart from appalling illiteracy, this post just makes the assertion because no-one Jewish was killed, it must have been a Jewish plot….

Another?

Check the first 2 comments on this thread

http://www.islamonline.net/discussione/thread.jspa?messageID=179743

NO Muslim could do such a thing.  It must be George Bush, the CIA and mossad since they have the most to gain.  Obama knew about it and approved it.   Think about it…

 

Why are people so strange?

Cant we just waterboard these people with their own urine till they grow a brain?

Iranian bastards!


Not the people, the bloody government, if this report is true where does the governments legitimacy come from?

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1246296541275&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

As the Iranian authorities warned the opposition on Tuesday that they would tolerate no further protests over the disputed June 12 presidential elections, a report emerged of the hangings of six supporters of defeated candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi.

Not one of this six, no this lady was hung for killing a man trying to rape her.

Not one of this six, no this lady was hung for killing a man trying to rape her.

More below the fold.
Hat tip to Atlas Shrugged

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Obama warms relationship with Chavez


Yep. Diplomatic ties are set to be reinstated.

Meanwhile, in Venezuela itself

And all the while, he, er, talks tough on Iran.

H/T Paco

PS Maybe someone should tell the dickheads they’ve spray-painted Buddhist swastika’s on the Jewish governor’s house.

Obama Says Iran has a Right to go Nuclear: Good Luck New York


So, our president – who, as is becoming increasingly clear, lives in a fantasy world – says Iran has a right to have nuclear reactors.

“LONDON — President Barack Obama reiterated that Iran may have some right to nuclear energy _ provided it takes steps to prove its aspirations are peaceful…

Iran has insisted its nuclear program is aimed at generating electricity. But the U.S. and other Western governments accuse Tehran of seeking atomic weapons.

“Without going into specifics, what I do believe is that Iran has legitimate energy concerns, legitimate aspirations. On the other hand, the international community has a very real interest in preventing a nuclear arms race in the region,” Obama said.”

Yo, Obi-One, no nation that has leaders who proclaim that they want to wipe Israel off the map, and that also has ICBM’s that can reach New York City, has any right to anything nuclear. In fact, sanctions forever are all Iran deserves.

Picture 1

Hey New Yorkers, how does this make you feel? If you thought 09/11 was bad, imagine what NYC would look like today if 09/11 had been a nuclear attack instead of just a couple of airliners laden with jet fuel. It’s not hard.

hiroshima_aftermath.jpg

Good night. Sleep tight.

Hate speech laws are bad.


First off a disclaimer, Most of what I know about Mr Toben comes from newspapers, and a look at some unsavoury websites that think hes great.

 

Hes the sort of bloke Id be inclined to spit on if he started his anti Semitic crap to my face, and didn’t stop when asked to. Hes lower than a snakes ballbag, so slimy slugs pour salt on him, a tosspot of the first order.

Hitler called, hed like his clown shoes back.

Hitler called, hed like his clown shoes back.

However this is wrong.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/05/13/2569170.htmJail

A Holocaust denier living in Adelaide has been sentenced to three months in jail after being found guilty of 24 charges of contempt.

More under the fold.

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Lataard


Man, this guy is sick.

Did it ever occur to you, Damian, that the world’s most enlightened nations aren’t attending this conference because it’s nothing more than a bash-the-West -fest? You know, freedom of speech, personal liberty, democracy et. al.

How to boycott Israel… properly


Ever wanted to give Israel the shaft but just can’t work out the most effective way to do it? Well, easy solutions are at hand.

H/T Geoff of the West over at Bolt’s palace.

Meanwhile, speaking of bashing Israel, Bolt’s asks, “Why are we going to this hate-fest?”

What hate-fest? The United Nations Durban Review Conference to be held in Geneva, but of course. The last one in Durban turned out to be little more than an attack on Israel and her allies.

So, yeah, why go? Oh. For that non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council and we need the anti-Zionist vote to nail it. Rudd has sunk to a new low.

Click the above link for a more detailed analysis.

More related shennanigans is here in case you missed it.


The United Nations will be introducing a totalitarian piece of authoritarianism as a binding resolution in March 2009 in an attempt to force if possible and influence where force is not possible member nations to do away with freedom of speech regarding religion.

They have already passed a non-binding resolution, introduced by the 57-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference which has a permanent place in the United Nations, titled “Combating the Defamation of Religion” which seeks to influence all member nations to pass laws to criminalize freedom of speech regarding religion.

The upcoming proposed binding resolution will be an attempt by the 57-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference and their sympathesizers to force all member nations, including all free western democracies, to criminalize freedom of speech regarding religion, with prejudice toward Islam, effectively shredding the Constitution and first amendment in this country and ending freedom of speech regarding religion in democracies around the world effectively seeking to usher in a new dark ages with a single U.N. binding resolution. – Lou Dobbs

Nyeh, you’re First Ammendment was getting boring anyway, Yanks.

Rant while you can, folks (although it’d be astounding if any of the garbage mentioned in this post were actually adopted).

UPDATE

Andrew Bolt calls for an all-out boycott of the United Nations Durban Review Conference.

UPDATE II

No worries, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon thinks the Yanks are deadbeats anyway. Gotta love that appreciation. Something about dogs, hands, and biting in there somewhere.

Worlds worst* Genocide


There genociding like rabbits in Gaza, according to figures released today.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/02/16/2492071.htm

Gaza census shows population explosion

must…resist….Gaza…..explosion…..pun…..

 

 

A census of Gaza published today shows that the population in the Palestinian territory has risen by almost 40 per cent in the past 10 years, one of the highest growth rates in the world.

Not that a little detail like that will stop the rabid moonbats claiming genocide as per usual…

Gaza city street.

With its population estimated to double in the next 20 years, Gaza’s economy is hopelessly unfit to provide employment for its residents.

Somehow this is completely divorced from decisions made by Gazans themselves?

Many factors are responsible for Gaza’s impoverishment but the freezing of international funds since Hamas won the 2006 Palestinian elections and then the following year seized full control of Gaza, has worsened the situation.

Then why mention only the issue which the “international community” has “guilt” for, except for the usual reasons of trying to turn the funding back on? Why no mention of “despite launching rockets daily at Israel, having a public platform of killing/expelling all Jews, and acts of thuggery on their own people???”

Fat chance, Ahmadinejad


From the Times Online.

Iran’s hardline president appeared to hint at a softening of relations towards the US today, claiming he was “ready for dialogue” if President Obama changed American policy.

And just kind of changes is he looking for?

“It is clear that the change [by Obama] must be fundamental and not tactical,” the Iranian leader said.

Fundamental, eh? Don’t think so, pal.

Following those comments, Mr Ahmadinejad set tough conditions for any breakthrough, demanding that Washington withdraws its troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, and that it apologises for what he said were decades of US “crimes” against Iran.

Tell him he’s dreamin’.

How about this one, Iran? Quit your nuke program. Like the hand Obama is extending to you, do the same towards Israel. Voila, you might get your ‘breakthough’. Hardly likely, though, with Israel’s Likud party as front-runner for the elections today and with Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni heading ‘number two’ party, Kadima. Well, we’ll see. She does favour a two-state solution to the Israel/Palestine conundrum.

Oh, and Jules Crittenden, in an Obama wrap up of sorts, notes the POTUS isn’t unaware of Iran’s support for Hamas and Hezbollah, either.

Did the president of the United States actually intend in his first press conference to kiss mullah ass? To his credit, Obama managed to summon up a mention of Iran’s support for terrorism and its pursuit of nuclear weapons. He specifically indicated that Iran’s support for Hezbollah and Hamas is not appreciated, a not insignificant observation. He said that when his administration holds face-to-face talks with the murderous, terrorism-supporting, nuke-seeking mullahs, who desire to dominate the region, he’ll let them know that support for terrorism and pursuit of nukes are not acceptable. Unclear about the regional domination part. I’m sure the mullahs, when they have their big primetime moment on equal terms with the Great Satan, will be very impressed, but will have their own thoughts about all that. Obama didn’t indicate how he intends to impress the unacceptability on them, though he said the United States must use all the tools at its disposal, including diplomacy. That may suggest the soft talk comes with a big stick, though a big stick you don’t care to use is basically kindling.

Methinks the mullahs ain’t gonna be happy. But at least the media will probably be onside this time ’round.

Gang of no appearance?


Gang ransacks oldest Venezuelan synagogue

A gang of armed men has broken into the oldest synagogue in the Venezuelan capital Caracas and ransacked the building.

About 15 men tied up security guards and occupied the synagogue for five hours, desecrating scriptures and daubing slogans on the walls.

 

Hmm got me stumped who it could have been, maybe a bunch of Millitant Mormons, Savage Salvation Army troops or even Bloodthirsty Bhuddists. Read the rest of this entry »

Gaza Rally In Melbourne, Sunday, 18th Jan.


Salaam All,

Please attend in large numbers.

GAZA RALLY

Sunday 18 January 2009

2.00pm

“bring flags, banners and placards and tell your family and friends to come”

State Library of Victoria

Swanston Street, Melbourne City

then marching to Federation Square

We had 3000 people last time, lets make it even bigger this time!

Well, I guess since I’m childfree this sunday arvo, I might just head on down and lend my support.

To Israel.

Now, I missed the one back on sunday before last; these are not my photos. A friend of mine who supports Israel went to the pro and anti-Israel demos took them and I’m posting them for him.

If anyone wishes to join me in showing support for Israel just by being there, drop me a line.

Hamas update: Now they’re hiding out in hospital basements


Yep.

After a day in which “only” 22 rockets were fired into Israel, the IDF stated that there has been a dramatic reduction in Hamas’ ability to launch rockets, with the launches having dropped by 50% compared to the start of the operation.

What hasn’t reduced is the cowardice of Hamas leaders, and desire to endanger the lives of their citizens, with reports that senior Hamasholes are hiding out in the basements of the Shifa Hospital complex in Gaza.

The UN’s call for a ceasefire is an utter joke. No wonder the US abstained.

Don’t wanna disappoint


In the spirit of living up to our reputation as a hate blog, may I present to you fun little time muncher Raid Gaza.

H/T Margos.

Meanwhile, Hamas continues to spread the love.

hamas

H/T Tim Blair who is requesting we spread the love for Zoe Brain.

Meanwhile, CNN reports itself into irrelevance.

UPDATE

Barack still thinks he can talk to these people. I’m happy to be proved wrong but quite frankly, Obama is seeing pixies.

Hot Israeli Army Chicks


Here.

And a teaser…

Go fuck yourselves, Hamas. These girls are on our side.

Go fuck youselves, Hamas. These girls are on our side.

Ron Paul Fucks Up


The Palestinians are in like a concentration camp. They have a few small missiles, but it’s so minor compared to the firepower of Israel, who has nuclear weapons. And they can turn off all the food and all the water….And yet we are going to have to accept some of the moral responsibility for this.

Hooray we are a hate site!!


Im so happy! To be called a hate site by ani-Semetic tools is a dream come true!

Mulga Mumblebrain :

31 Dec 2008 3:49:33pm

Let’s see if this gets through, as most of my posts are being censored. No surprise from John Howard’s ABC…

 

“epikouros :

02 Jan 2009 4:56:49pm

 

…Reading your posts during the past year has been a great antidote to the inevitable “anomie” of existence in our wonderful world with its values and “civilised way of life”… Don’t be discouraged by the censorship or by the hate bloggs like the Tizona Group’s site. …”

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McCain’s Perfect Choice for a Running Mate: Governor Sarah Palin


While most of the pedantic, two-dimensional, inside-the-box-thinking, conservative political hacks are touting Tom Ridge for the slot (Not a bad guy, but…), David Freddoso notes a far superior choice has been proposed: The Republican Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin.

I believe this is a truly inspired idea. Gov. Palin ran as an anti-corruption outsider, and handily defeated a corrupt and entrenched Republican political machine. Plus, at 44, she would almost totally wipe the “age issue” McCain has off the slate, and since Obama is only two years her senior, there is no way they could attack her for her youth and inexperience: She has much more executive experience than Senator Obama has.

Not to mention the fact that, she’s a gorgeous woman who exudes mass quantities of charisma…

sarah_palin_01.jpg

and has a super-solid family life.

sarah_palin_02.jpg

Dibs on the eldest daughter! LOL!

This inspired choice would allow McCain to actually capitalize on his “maverick” persona, as Gov. Palin shook Alaska politics to the core: She’s a charming, charismatic woman, but she can also play with the big boys and kick ass.

What say ye?

UPDATE: Things are looking optimistic!

UPDATE II: Welcome to all 4500 8000 40,000 in the past few hours (so far!) people visiting us from Google. We’re a fairly opinionated right-wing blog, and you might like to take a look at our “About” page. You might also be interested in our other coverage of Sarah Palin and whether she becomes a prospective Vice President of the United States. You can find this coverage here and here. Personally, I hope she does, but you can feel free to debate the idea in comments below. All first comments are moderated, but unless you either insult or use severe profanity (and I mean severe by my standards, which generally only means the C U Next Tuesday word or the implication that someone has had a rather enjoyable erotic experience with someone who has borne a child), however if you come up with a new one, I may simply delete your comment. I, and all other contributors to this blog are more than fair in what we permit.

UPDATE III: Nayr Drahcir, don’t bother even trying. You will not be published.

UPDATE IV: A lot of people must like Palin.

UPDATE V: More coverage of Governor Sarah Palin and a theme song here.

UPDATE VI: Funniest observation on the announcement yet: “Put Obama and Palin on a basketball court one on one. Winner takes all!”

UPDATE VII: [spot_the_dog] No, we do not have any pictures of “Sarah Palin + Naked,” nor do we have any of “Sarah Palin + Swimsuit.” In the past 24 hours, there have been 157 separate searches on this site for “Sarah Palin Swimsuit,” and 161 separate searches for “Sarah Palin Naked.” I repeat, we have no bathing suit, swim suit, bikini, or naked pictures of Sarah Palin. What kind of people do you think we are, anyway? ;-)

UPDATE VIIa: [spot_the_dog] Ace has noticed a similar search phenomenon on his blog and has a theory…

UPDATE VIII: A well-rounded view of the selection of Sarah Palin for the Vice President Nomination can be found here.

UPDATE IX:  We got it!  YES!  Nude photo of Sarah Palin right here!  (C’mon.  You know you want to click.)

UPDATE X: Feel free to visit our main page and read the latest posts we’ve written.

The failure of US-inspired Capitalism


Today, over at Bolt’s, Paul of Hervey Bay finally let the cat out of the bag and proclaimed, “In my opinion the US political system sucks.”

Three posts down (a screenshot may magically appear later).

Rudd hopes for the end of nasty “extreme capitalism”.

Democrats cheer.

Yep it really sucks. Check this:

BTW. Enjoy your holiday, Barack. Perhaps Grandma will finally read to you the story of the Hare and the Tortoise.

Summer holiday fun in the sun; Gaza style


It’s that time of year again: school’s out, the kids are under your feet, and, much as you love the little brats, you find your patience being tested. Eventually, after clearing yet another dirty plate, or tripping over a discarded sneaker, you give them a well-deserved piece of your mind: “Why don’t you get out of the house and do something useful, like memorize the Koran or learn how to fire a shoulder-launched rocket?”

People are dreaming if they think there’s any room for negotiation with these guys.

“Some people just want to watch the world burn,” Arthur in The Dark Knight.

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