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What happened to Marine deserter Wassef Ali Hassoun? by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2014 Ten years ago this month, U.S. Marine Wassef Ali Hassoun disappeared from Camp Fallujah in Iraq. After a five-month military investigation, he was charged with desertion and theft, brought back to Virginia's Quantico Marine base and then transferred to North... Read More
Wishing you all a joy-filled Christmas 2011! Isaiah 9:2-7 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness— on them light has shined. You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as... Read More
Scroll for update... Barack Obama, 2002: Barack Obama, 2010: In a radio interview with CBS News, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said President Obama will emphasize that "We are putting the Iraqis in control of their history and their future. They'll have responsibility for security and responsibility for providing for the citizens of that... Read More
Vice President Joe Biden credits his boss -- the poster child of the post-achievement era -- with securing Iraq and calls it "one of the great achievements of this administration." Not the soldiers, not the architects of the surge that the commander-in-chief opposes, not the Bush administration that listened to surge advocates and changed course.... Read More
Major Chris Galloway, 36, was a writer at group blog Flopping Aces. He served in Iraq and Afghanistan. In June, he took his own life. His devastated fellow writers at Flopping Aces have a moving group tribute to their friend. Please read it. A tragic loss. A lasting legacy. Service to this country that won't... Read More
CBS News reports: R.I.P. We never forgot. We'll never forget.
There's more on "Rick Duncan/" Rick Strandlof, the fake Marine anti-war activist who managed to dupe Colorado politicians, leftists, and the local media for years. First, "Duncan's" veterans' group has disbanded. Next, the Denver Post, which had quoted him extensively, now jumps on public officials who happily pimped "Duncan"/Strandlof: Dems red-faced over veteran imposter Democrats... Read More
The shooter in the Monday attack at Camp Liberty's combat stress clinic outside Baghdad has been identified. He's Sgt. John M. Russell of the 54th Engineer Battalion. He was on his third tour of duty. For the past 24 hours, the MSM has set a narrative suggesting that the shooter was under combat stress himself.... Read More
My Christmas Eve column today brings together several unforgettable stories over the past year that will be familiar to readers of this blog. It's enriching, inspiring stories like these that keep me going when Washington politics wears me down -- and remind me of how truly blessed we are. *** God's Gifts by Michelle Malkin... Read More
Christmas cheer.
Photo via Soldier's Angels Germany Finally, some good news to report. Earlier this month, I noted the awful plight of Linda Ferrara, the soldier's mom whose blankets for the troops and tons of other homemade charitable items were stolen by soulless jerks. The update on an outpouring of good will and donations: Update: Donations for... Read More
An unhinged Iraqi journalist fulfills the dream of every MSNBC anchor and NYTimes editorial columnist by throwing his shoes at President Bush during an impromptu news conference in Baghdad. Watch. Thankfully, President Bush was not hurt. *** Snort. Patterico writes: "I think I heard that Iraqi journalist scream 'Don't tase me, bro!' as he got... Read More
Master Sgt. Anthony Davis, R.I.P.
As Thanksgiving weekend draws to an end, please say a prayer for the family of Master Sgt. Anthony Davis and find a way to show lasting gratitude to him -- and all those who have sacrificed for our freedom. Davis was killed while delivering humanitarian supplies in Biaj, Iraq. He had served in the Army... Read More
Ok, here is my birthday plea: Please help out PFC Hunter Levine. My friend Debra Burlingame sends word that his friends, family, and fellow soldiers are asking for support. Read: I know a young man who is in desperate need of help. His name is PFC Hunter Levine. He is 20 years old and hails... Read More
Everyone: Please read this. And spread it far and wide. It's your spirit-lifter and perspective-keeper of the day. Of the year. God bless you, Army Specialist Stephen Fortunato. R.I.P. We are eternally grateful. Via the Boston Globe: The following is a blog entry written on Aug. 30, 2008, by Army Specialist Stephen Fortunato, who was... Read More
I mentioned this in my liveblog and wrap-up posts: Barack Obama's cringe-inducing "Me, too" moment with his troop bracelet --given to him by the mother of a soldier whose name he can't remember without having to look down and read it. The name of the soldier is Ryan David Jopek. Here's the video: Remember how... Read More
Each of the vice presidential candidates in this race has a son headed to Iraq. We will be hearing a lot about both of them as we head toward the debates. But Track Palin and Beau Biden are not alone. Click here for a reminder that while election-mania soaks up most of the airwaves, America's... Read More
This won't be on the front page of the NYTimes. Justice for former US Marine Jose Luis Nazario. More at Defend Our Marines and Blackfive.
“I was near where a shot landed.”
Hillary had her Great Bosnia Snipergate caper. Joe Biden had his own, too. Another stellar example of his foreign policy and military cred. This is a photoshop contest waiting to happen. Flashback August 2007: Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.) — whose garrulous ways have led to a number of verbal gaffes over the years — has... Read More
"[W]rong way to go."
I noted this in my year-end essay last December on the surge, the military, and the media. Worth noting again as the Obama camp hypes Joe Biden's great foreign policy and strategic expertise. They were both wrong. Phenomenally wrong.
Here. (Hat tip - John at Castle Argghhh!)
Boots on the ground.
Vets for Freedom chairman Pete Hegseth makes the case in the WSJ today. A snippet: Will Obama go? I doubt it. Obama can't afford to risk any exposure to the inconve
"They...told him since he was a Marine and didn't have any money he didn't deserve to live."
Lance Cpl. Robert Crutchfield, R.I.P.: On leave from the violence he had survived in the war in Iraq, a young Marine was so wary of crime on the streets of his own home town that he carried only $8 to avoid becoming a robbery target. Despite his caution, Lance Cpl. Robert Crutchfield, 21, was shot... Read More
In case you haven't yet seen the latest powerful ad from Vets for Freedom: And now, wonder of wonders, Barack Obama is "considering" a trip to Iraq after scoffing at John McCain's suggestion that they travel to the frontlines together. Vets for Freedom is effective. The Left doesn't like effective, independent voices in the political... Read More
Smile (hat tip - Pat Dollard via Newsbusters):
Scroll down for updates...GOP abandons fiscal conservatism in droves, domestic spending bill lard-up passes 75-22, roll call vote below...McCain AWOL... It's high noon and the Senate is voting a domestic spending amendment to the emergency Iraq war supplemental bill that stuffs $10 billion more in non-war-related spending into the package passed by the House. The... Read More
Marine Cpl. Justin Cooper, R.I.P.
This fallen hero deserves his nation's thanks, praise, and eternal remembrance (hat tip - reader Lynne):
Walking the talk.
Meet Leigh Wolf.
"The stacatto thrum of Apache attack helicopters sounded overhead.."
Read Bill's on-the-ground report. Keep scrolling for more dispatches.
Many veterans and bloggers are e-mailing about the DNC's latest anti-war ad against McCain, which features a scene with two soldiers standing in the foreground as an IED goes off. The ad implies that they are US soldiers in Iraq. The ad is featured right now on the front page of in a splashy... Read More
"Our nation will never forget."
At the end of March, I blogged about the discovery of missing Staff Sgt. Matt Maupin's body in Iraq. This weekend, thousands upon thousands of mourners turned out in Cincinnati to pay tribute to the fallen soldier: Yes, there were many tears at Great American Ball Park on Sunday afternoon and later at Gate of... Read More
Coming home.
Last month, the bodies of kidnapped American contractors Ronald J. Withrow of Roaring Springs, Tex., and John Roy Young of Kansas City, Mo., were found in Iraq. Yesterday, the family of fellow American contractor Jonathon Cote learned that his body has been identified: Cote was a 25-year-old Army veteran who had served in both Iraq... Read More
"The best man for the job."
Big news on the war front this morning: Gen. Petraeus has been tapped as the next commander of U.S. Central Command. Reuters: "U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Wednesday will recommend the top U.S. commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, to lead Central Command, the military command responsible for Middle East operations. Gates' recommendation must... Read More
"Turning Defeat and Disaster into Victory and Hope."
Longtime readers of this blog have long been moved and enriched by the work of independent milblogger, photojournalist, and essayist Michael Yon. Many of you pitched in to help Michael buy one of the cameras he used to take his phenomenal pictures, including the iconic photo on the cover of the book. His new book... Read More
The helping hand of Haditha Marines.
An inspiring story from Charleston, SC and Haditha, Iraq: Five-year-old Ammar Muhammed fell asleep, curled on his father's lap. The blue tint of his skin matched his tiny patient gown. His father, Ammad Muhammed, carried his son all the way from Haditha, Iraq, for a lifesaving heart surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina.... Read More
"By his undaunted courage, fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of certain death..."
I noted the ceremony this morning. Allah's got the video. Blackfive notes that the NYTimes remains AWOL. The Navy's tribute is here. President Bush's remarks today: THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, and welcome. The Medal of Honor is America's highest decoration for military valor. Over the years, many who have received the medal have given their... Read More
Scroll down for updates/liveblogging of hearing...2:45pm Eastern. I'm adding some of the key slides Gen. Petraeus used in his testimony (thanks to Jack Holt). Click to enlarge: *** *** Want to send a thank-you card to Gen. Petraeus? Click on the envelope to sign:
"Matt is coming home. He's completed his mission."
Keep the Maupin family in your thoughts and prayers tonight: Sgt. Matt Maupin is dead, the parents of the missing Clermont County soldier said today. Maupin's remain were found in Iraq, nearly four years after he was captured by insurgents, his parents said. An Army general visited them today and gave them the news, they... Read More
Straight talk.
Get your news about the war from sources who will tell it to you straight about the complex battlespace in Iraq: Michael Yon speaks to Glenn Reynolds about the latest developments in Iraq. Mohammed Fadhil in Iraq goes behind the bloodshed in Basra. It's all about Iran. Max Boot on Maliki and Badr vs. Sadr.
Counterinsurgency alert!
Folks in the Twin Cities are fighting back against the Democratic Underground instigators who succeeded in getting the Vets for Freedom disinvited from a National Heroes Tour at Forest Lake High School in Minneapolis, which I noted this morning. John Hinderaker reports on students who took off from school to see VFF members speak at... Read More
Ronald J. Withrow and John Roy Young, RIP.
Terrible news. Please keep the families of Ronald J. Withrow of Roaring Springs, Tex., and John Roy Young of Kansas City, Mo., in your thoughts and prayers tonight: Please also remember the other civilian contractors still missing who were seized with Young and whose fingers were also sent to military officials: Paul Reuben of Minne
Danger Close.
Milblogger/documentarian J.D. Johannes and producer David Chavarria have produced new DVDs in their excellent Outside The Wire series on the war in Iraq. J.D. writes: One year ago today, I took a back pack and two boxes full of spare TV gear to Iraq. I had no idea what I would see, only where I... Read More
Remembering J.T.
A father journeys to the spot in Ramadi, Iraq, where a jihadi sniper killed his son. John Walter Wroblewski said his heart beat faster as the Humvee turned right into a narrow alley in Ramadi, Iraq. He got out of the vehicle and noticed rooftops that looked like a good spot for snipers. A Marine... Read More
Let's roll.
The anti-war vandals had their day in the sun. Now, let's turn to the patriots. The Vets for Freedom has launched a National Heroes Tour--make sure you check to see when they'll be rolling through your town. Today they are in Austin, Texas. VFF reports: Jim Hanson's got vid of the kickoff.
"These pilots are fighting every day."
Read Michael Yon's latest breathtaking dispatch from Mosul, Iraq.
Scroll down for updates...Honolulu Advertiser reports on YouTube vid investigation by Marines...possible ID on Marine... *** Tons of left-wing Digg users today sent me the video Allahpundit posted at Hot Air of a soldier Marine(?) allegedly throwing a puppy over a cliff in Afghanistan Iraq?. Watch the clip closely. The puppy doesn't move. It's clear... Read More
Citizen journalists report.
Two good reads for you this morning from independent citizen journalists: 1) A tell-it-like-is report from blogger Michael Totten in Al Anbar searching for IEDs and weapons caches with American troops. Look for the Geraldo Rivera joke. 2) An in-depth, four-part series inside Iraqi politics from blogger Bill Ardolino. Part I examines the executive branch... Read More
"I don't know what to say. I'm shaking."
For those of you who had a crappy Valentine's Day yesterday, I have just the thing to lift your spirits. The best Valentine's Day gift ever: She hadn't expected him home until April, but last night, Elizabeth Penn cried tears of joy as she embraced her father, David Penn, a New Hampshire Army National Guard... Read More
A milblogger returns to Iraq.
Milblogger Teflon Don is headed back to Iraq--this time as an independent civilian photojournalist. Check his site for reports you won't see in the MSM. From his announcement post: I learned some things the last time I was in Iraq- I learned of courage, and brotherhood. I learned that there is no glory in war-... Read More
Those of you who have been blogosphere readers for a while will be familiar with the name Arthur Chrenkoff. Between May 2004 and September 2005, he was a dogged chronicler of Good News From Iraq and a chief counterbalancing force on the Internet facing the "grim death toll" media. He's back from a break in... Read More
Giving credit when it's due.
I linked the other day to photos of actress Scarlett Johansson's visit with the troops in Kuwait. Reader Ann passed along this video of the USO event courtesy of DVIDS. Enjoy and give credit when it's due:
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