Archive for February, 2008

Enemedia exposed

Media & ‘Nam: Lessons For Iraq

Aside from those who served there, few now know what the Marines accomplished at Hue. After 40 years, it’s time to set the record straight.

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Above all, the Marines suffered from strict rules of engagement that excluded the use of heavy artillery and air strikes within the bounds of the historic city until the very end. Apart from a handful of tanks, Marines had to retake Hue with the weapons they could carry on their backs.

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By Feb. 24, the Marines had regained almost all of Hue, even as the NVA was throwing in the towel and withdrawing its last troops. On the 25th, Marine Capt. James Coolican led soldiers from ARVN’s elite Black Panthers in storming the last NVA stronghold, the Imperial Palace.

The city was declared secure after 147 Americans had been killed in action and 857 wounded, and more than 5,000 enemy had died.

For many, the sight of an American flag flying over the provincial administration building on Hue’s Le Loi Street was as inspiring as when it flew over Mount Suribachi during the 1945 battle of Iwo Jima.

But Americans at home learned nothing about it. The media was so set on painting Tet as a US defeat that they largely ignored how the Marines at Hue had achieved a stupendous victory. They also ignored the discovery of bodies of 5,000 civilians who’d been ruthlessly murdered by Viet Cong death squads: teachers, doctors, nurses, businessmen, students.

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Forty years later, we still need to confront the powerful lessons of Hue. The defeatist narrative put out by today’s media may yet undermine military success in Iraq; it is certainly cheating our servicemen and -women of the recognition they deserve for their sacrifice.

What did the US media cover instead of the American victory at Hue? Among other things, the massacre at My Lai. Little has changed: In Fallujah in April 2004, US Marines armed only with rifles, pistols, hand grenades, and knives took on al Qaeda fighters room by room more than 200 times – and were totally ignored by a media obsessed by Abu Graib.

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If our country continues to fail them in that, why think anyone is going to risk the same sacrifice for us again?

And it’s no mistake that the story prominently features a photo of Uncle Walter with this caption: “Cronkite: His misreporting cost lives.” This as the left is set to give us
Winter Soldier II. Will we ever learn?

More bad news for the enemedia

Yahoo reports that Gannett’s operating revenue falls.

Total newspaper advertising sales fell 9.2 percent to $371.4 million. Classified ad sales slid 16.1 percent, with real estate down 25.3 percent and employment revenue off 19.1 percent. National ad revenue climbed 5.9 percent to $62.5 million.

Broadcasting revenue slipped 6 percent to $57.2 million. Television revenue slid 5.9 percent for the month on declines in local and national revenue. The company said increased political advertising was offset by weaker economic conditions and the absence of Super Bowl-related ad demand for CBS affiliates. The Super Bowl aired on Fox this year.

Nah. Your anti-American agenda has nothing to do with it.

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NY Slimes blogs Iraq?

The Slimes has opened up a new Blog that’s supposedly going to show us Iraq from the inside. Why do I have a hard time thinking we’ll get the straight story? It bears watching. Personally, I’ll take LT Nixon or Blackfive or Michael Yon or any of the other real milblogs to get the Truth.

And by the way- I wonder what Helen Thomas would have to say to these “professional” journalists?

Moonbats on parade

From the USA Today in an article titled “Army, citing strain, calls for reduced combat tour” we get these terrific statements from the moonbats…

Anti-war activists say they believe Americans are increasingly aware of the economic burden that the Iraq war has caused. This election season, they say, voters will blame Republicans for supporting the war at a time of rising health care and college costs and in the midst of a mortgage foreclosure crisis.

Uh yeah. So…you’re mad ’cause our country has prioritized the welfare and lives of millions of people over your desire to sit on your butt “studying” in college while getting free health care and not contributing (except in methane production I suppose) to our society? Get a job, pay some taxes, contribute, and then we’ll talk.

“Leaders who do not recognize this connection will be at a disadvantage come election day,” said Jeff Blum, director of USAction, which plans to spend $10 million this year on organizing a grass-roots effort against Republican candidates.

MoveOn.org, another anti-war group, says it will spend at least $5 million targeting congressional seats, including Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, John Sununu of New Hampshire, Norm Coleman of Minnesota and McConnell of Kentucky.

Brad Woodhouse, head of Americans United for Change, estimates his group will spend about $8.5 million, focusing primarily on political advertisements.

Yeah – this Brad Woodhouse is the idiot whose organization planned to spend 8.5 mil against President Bush to “make sure President Bush’s public approval doesn’t improve as his days in the White House come to an end.” Michelle Malkin has the dirt on these playas. What a bunch of whiners.

Orchestral maneuvers

NY Philharmonic Orchestra performs in Pyongyang. Why does Rush’s term “Gorbasm” come to mind? Still, this quote I thought may have some merit:

Before the concert, Maazel said the orchestra has been a force for change in the past, noting that its 1959 performance in the Soviet Union was part of that country’s opening up to the outside world that eventually resulted in the downfall of the regime.

“The Soviets didn’t realize that it was a two-edged sword, because by doing so they allowed people from outside the country to interact with their own people, and to have an influence,” he told journalists in Pyongyang. “It was so long-lasting that eventually the people in power found themselves out of power.”

Winter Soldier II – SSDD

Chickenhawk Express has a repost of a letter to the Senate Armed Services Committee Regarding Winter Soldier II. The bottom line:

I (we) request that the members of the Senate Armed Services Committee not allow what happened to a previous generation of veterans be allowed to happen to another and even be aided, as it was then, by the United States Senate.

To sign the form, go to Chickenhawk Express then follow his links. Hat tip to LT Nixon’s Tuezdaze Bloggin’ Roundup of Iraq for the bread crumb trail.

Winter Soldier = liar

New info is out. Somehow I always knew it would be, but now FrontPage Magazine has it in an article by Scott Swett titled Newly Discovered Army Reports Discredit “Winter Soldier” Claims.

From March 13-16, 2008, members of the antiwar group Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) will gather in Washington, DC to “testify” against the US military at a protest event called Winter Soldier: Iraq & Afghanistan. The name “Winter Soldier” is taken from the infamous 1971 event at which members of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) related gruesome stories of crimes they claimed to have participated in or witnessed. The VVAW insisted that rape, torture and murder were standard practices for the US military in Vietnam. Organizers of the new IVAW tribunal, which is supported by several former VVAW leaders, say the 1971 conference was where “a courageous group of veterans exposed the criminal nature of the Vietnam War.” In reality, it was part of a sophisticated, vicious propaganda effort designed to poison public opinion against the US military. Newly discovered records now reveal what happened when Army investigators asked VVAW activists for evidence of the hundreds of crimes they claimed to have seen.

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Members of the military with actual knowledge of crimes committed by US troops in Iraq or Afghanistan have a legal and moral obligation to report them to military authorities. The activists who will claim in Washington that they saw or participated in such crimes presumably failed to do this. What are we to make of “witnesses” who ignore crimes while in the field, but later make allegations in a venue designed to smear the military and its mission? Add the near-certainty that the charges themselves will be vague, lacking the specific details and supporting evidence that real investigations require. Perhaps this time we should assume that the troops who defend us are innocent when they are accused of unsubstantiated “crimes” by a radical movement with a long history of deceit.

Wondering how long it’s gonna be before the Enemedia picks this up.

*crickets*

Oh – I forgot – doesn’t fit the “Troops are maniac-psycho-baby-killers” agenda they have going.

Time to act

You Tube hosts videos of our guys getting gunned down.

Newspapers post lie upon lie about our fighting men and women.

I’m tired of just taking it. It’s time to get up off my butt and join the fight. I hope I see you in the foxhole. We need you.

NIU Shooter and Jihad?

So most everyone’s heard about the shooting at NIU. (Well, everyone except the idiots Glenn Beck gets on the battle of the nitwits or whatever he calls it!) A friend at FR pointed me to this article in which it revealed that the shooter had done extensive research on Hamas for a paper in a class at NIU. Curious that this has not been mentioned anywhere else. Could it be that he took his research a bit too seriously? Is this a case of jihad on American soil?

Some great Americans are declaring war on the jihadis. You are invited to join the fight…we need a 100 good men and women who are ready to battle. Are you in?

Regarding Iran…

Negotiations are likely the only way we can confront this threat before it’s too late.

Huh? Well, that’s what REUEL MARC GERECHT thinks anyway.

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