Posts Tagged ‘War on Terror’

Beirut Marine Barracks Bombed 25 Years Ago Today….

October 23, 2008

October 23 1983: Islamic terrorists blew up our U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon killing 220 marines and 23 other service members. Another attack nearby killed 58 French paratroopers in their barracks.


BEIRUT BOMBING

On October 23 1983, around 6:20 am, a yellow Mercedes-Benz truck drove to Beirut International Airport, where the 1st Battalion 8th Marines, under the U.S. 2nd Marine Division of the United States Marine Corps, had set up its local headquarters. The truck had been substituted for a hijacked water delivery truck. The truck turned onto an access road leading to the Marines’ compound and circled a parking lot. The driver then accelerated and crashed through a barbed wire fence around the parking lot, passed between two sentry posts, crashed through a gate and barreled into the lobby of the Marine headquarters. The Marine sentries at the gate were operating under their rules of engagement, which made it very difficult to respond quickly to the truck. By the time the two sentries had locked, loaded, and shouldered their weapons, the truck was already inside the building’s entry way.

The suicide bomber detonated his explosives, which were equivalent to 12,000 pounds (about 5,400 kg) of TNT. The force of the explosion collapsed the four-story cinder-block building into rubble, crushing many inside.It is said to have been the largest non-nuclear blast ever (deliberately) detonated on the face of the earth. “The force of the explosion,” “initially lifted the entire four-story structure, shearing the bases of the concrete support columns, each measuring fifteen feet in circumference and reinforced by numerous one and three quarter inch steel rods. The airborne building then fell in upon itself. A massive shock wave and ball of flaming gas was hurled in all directions.”

About 20 seconds later, an identical attack occurred against the barracks of the French 3rd Company of the 6th French Parachute Infantry Regiment. Another suicide bomber drove his truck down a ramp into the building’s underground parking garage and detonated his bomb, leveling the headquarters.

See Michelle Malkin today for a wonderful and complete story and memorial.

Vets for Freedom: Finish the Job….

July 6, 2008

This is the new ad from Vets for Freedom. This is going out nationwide. You can help defray the cost here.

Surge Working, What Say You Now, Bammy?

June 2, 2008

The defeatists and white flag wavers are awfully quiet out there now that Iraqi forces (imagine that!) have pretty much subdued the militias and even taken charge in the port city of Basra. Barack “Bammy” Obama is going to have to scramble now to readjust his anti-war rhetoric t fit the new reality on the ground. The Washington Post editorializes today in an opinion piece titled “The Iraqi Upturn”:

Don’t look now, but the U.S.-backed government and army may be winning the war.

….Iraq passed a turning point last fall when the U.S. counterinsurgency campaign launched in early 2007 produced a dramatic drop in violence and quelled the incipient sectarian war between Sunnis and Shiites. Now, another tipping point may be near, one that sees the Iraqi government and army restoring order in almost all of the country, dispersing both rival militias and the Iranian-trained “special groups” that have used them as cover to wage war against Americans….the rapidly improving conditions should allow U.S. commanders to make some welcome adjustments — and it ought to mandate an already-overdue rethinking by the “this-war-is-lost” caucus in Washington, including Sen. Barack Obama.

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Tags: iraq war,war on terror,surge working,appeasers,defeatists,barack obama,bammy obama,iraqis control

Soaring Rhetoric Cannot Defeat Terrorism….

May 16, 2008

You know, I’m starting to really like this McCain fellow. Just yesterday I was mocking him as John McGreen because of his pandering to the libs and embrace of the anthropogenic global warming hoax. But today, in an address before the National Rifle Association in Kentucky John McCain stuck it big time to Barack (Zerobama*) Obama. There is no issue more important at this time in our history than the war on terror so I can, for the moment, leave aside my misgivings about McCain’s scurry to the left in search of blessings from Reagan democrats and independents. How thin skinned is this Obama fellow and his media toadies. President Bush, in his speech before the Knesset, spoke of appeasement in the modern period and could have been referring to Neville Chamberlain, Jimmy Carter or, yes, even Barack Obama. No name was singled out yet the outcry from the left and the media was instantaneous; actually laughable in it’s defensiveness. But, back to John McCain:

What John McCain said today in his NRA address will be a defining moment in this election cycle. He particularly noted Obama’s absolute lack of foreign policy credentials, his naive belief that we can sit down and chat with thugs and terrorists and expect them to come around to our point of view. Following is a portion of John McCain’s remarks:

“I have some news for Senator Obama,” McCain began, “Talking, not even with soaring rhetoric, in unconditional meetings with the man who calls Israel a stinking corpse, and arms terrorists who kill Americans will not convince Iran to give up its nuclear program.”

“It is reckless to suggest that unconditional meetings will advance our interests,” McCain said, to a round of applause at the NRA conference. “You know it would be a wonderful thing if we lived in a world where we don’t have enemies. But that’s not the world we live in. And until senator Obama understands that reality, the American people have every reason to doubt whether he has the strength, judgment and determination to keep us safe.” (emphasis added)

(Source:ABC News
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*h/t Jay Severin

On Obama’s Talking to Iran….

April 14, 2008

Today’s cartoon, third in a series by Nick Rizzuto of Conservative Punk and artist Chris Holloway. The first two graphics can be seen here and here.