Biden: The Surge is a Failure, No Wait! It’s a Success thanks to me!

Oh, settle down will you? lol Just because I am not writing my own original thoughts these days (but ‘normal’ brat service will be resumed shortly. The brat brain is still, does not mean I am not reading. Found the following two posts over at Knee Deep in the Hooah!

Read on:

Joe Biden Takes Credit For Iraq Success
By Rob on September 8, 2008 at 09:27 pm


Faced with having been wrong about Iraq in train wreck proportions the Democrats have some serious spinning to do. But I’m not sure the public is going to buy their attempts to take credit the success we’re now seeing in Iraq.

That’s not stopping Joe Biden, though. Here’s what Biden had to say about the surge earlier this year in April:

WASHINGTON — A leading Democrat on Saturday declared last year’s troop buildup in Iraq a failure. Sen. Joe Biden, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the military push didn’t succeed because U.S. troops remain committed there in large numbers and political reconciliation has not been achieved. . .”


Now flash forward several months (and one VP nomination) and here’s what Biden had to say about Iraq just yesterday on Meet The Press:

SEN. BIDEN: No. The surge helped make that–what made is possible in Anbar province is they did what I’d suggested two and a half years ago: gave local control….

Go read the rest of this one here.

*cross-posted in all the usual places*

I bet you didn’t know

Most of my regular readers are all too well aware of ramp ceremonies. Kentucky Woman (another of KDIH writers,) shares something SHE found. I agree with her that EVERY American should read this – be aware of. Read on:

I’ve come across something in my daily stroll through the milblog world that needs to be read by every red blooded American. Now that I have access to a bigger audience than over at my ‘lil blog, I’m going to put it up here as well.

I found this on one of the milblogs I have kept up with for over a year. LTC Rich Phillips was deployed to Afghanistan last year. He spent his time at FOB Salerno. He redeployed home this past April. I left a comment on LTC Phillips blog “Richard’s Deployment to Afghanistan”, requesting permission to re post. Within minutes, I received a reply to “Post away”.

‘OUR Guys’ and the honoring of Our Fallen.

Date: 10:21 AM 7/20/2008Subject:
An observation after a sad day in Afghanistan

I hope this e-mail finds each of you and your families well.

Here in southern Afghanistan it has been a sober day. We had a really bad fire fight. At this point I am not allowed to say much but our team had 18 guys vs 175-200 bad guys. They scored once; we scored many, many more. Yeah for the good guys.

Unfortunately, we held the first of several hero ceremonies, which occurs every time they move a body from one location to another. At each ceremony, every available service member will stand at attention and line the road, starting at our small morgue and eventually ending with his final flight home.

I am not sure folks back home know what happens at a small Forward Operations Base when a US kid dies in battle…

There is more. Go here.

*cross-posted in all the usual places*

Myth vs Fact

Myth Fact
Islam: Religion of peace. Sahih Muslim Book 020, Number 4662:

It has been narrated on the authority of Abu Huraira that the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: No two such persons shall be together in Hell as if one of them is such that his presence hurts the other. It was asked: Messenger of Allah, who are they? He said: A believer who killed a disbeliever and (then) kept to the right path.”