Who needs Legolas when you have a Marine?

November 24, 2008

One Marine sharpshooter = 20 dead Taliban.

During the battle, the designated marksman single handedly thwarted a company-sized enemy RPG and machinegun ambush by reportedly killing 20 enemy fighters with his devastatingly accurate precision fire. He selflessly exposed himself time and again to intense enemy fire during a critical point in the eight-hour battle for Shewan in order to kill any enemy combatants who attempted to engage or maneuver on the Marines in the kill zone. What made his actions even more impressive was the fact that he didn’t miss any shots, despite the enemies’ rounds impacting within a foot of his fighting position.

“I was in my own little world,” the young corporal said. “I wasn’t even aware of a lot of the rounds impacting near my position, because I was concentrating so hard on making sure my rounds were on target.”

It was 250 Taliban against 30 Marines, and it was the brave, brave jihadis who broke and ran.


(via Michael Ledeen)

UPDATE: From the comments section of the linked article, the Marine marksman has been nominated for a Silver Star. Well done! Flag


Chemical warfare in Florida!

November 24, 2008

Florida student arrested for breaking wind in class.

Let’s hope he wasn’t eating broccoli. Sick

(hat tip: Baseball Crank)


Not the change Progressives were seeking?

November 24, 2008

I’ve often said that an Obama administration would be the second term of Jimmy Carter (or maybe the first term of Henry Wallace), but, as far as foreign affairs goes, I may be wrong. Ed Morrissey looks at the people Obama is likely to appoint and sees continuity with George Bush — Bush the Elder, that is:

However, I see [Bush the Elder’s National Security Advisor Brent] Scowcroft as a huge improvement over Susan Rice, Robert Malley, and Samantha Power.  The Scowcroftian school at least still understood the advantages of Israel as an ally.  It also viewed American power as essential for a globalized economy, and its projection as a necessity, although in much less Wilsonian terms than Bush 43.

Based on his campaign rhetoric, Obama appeared to have adopted the Jimmy Carter/Zbigniew Brzezinksi foreign policy.  I’ll take Brent Scowcroft any day of the week over the Carter/Brzezinski model.

Obama’s likely national security appointments include people like current Defense Secretary Gates, Council on Foreign Relations head Richard Haass, both Scowcroft protégés, and Indiana Senator Richard Lugar, who is also a member of the Realist school that Scowcroft follows.

I was an ardent Realist myself, until September 11th brought home to me the fatal flaws of such a cynical approach. Since then I’ve drifted somewhat toward neoconservative or Wilsonian views on foreign affairs, believing that America is best served and protected by the expansion of democratic governments around the world. We should also be wary of international organizations dominated by those who don’t have our best interests at heart, contrary to the faith placed in such organizations by liberal internationalists, and be willing to act, on our own if need be, in defense of those interests. That doesn’t mean running off at every opportunity to, paraphrasing Wilson, "teach the world to elect good men," but we should be wiling to use force when necessary, and should press for the advancement of free societies at all times.

So, while I’m not thrilled at the apparent resurgence of the Realists, like Ed, I think it’s darned preferable to a return to Carterism. Whew


Hell on Earth

November 24, 2008

Since Robert Mugabe came to power in Zimbabwe in the early 1980s, the average lifespan in that miserable country has fallen from 67 to 37 years.

Thirty-seven. Surprise

And America’s worst ex-president, Jimmy Carter, played a major role in bringing the tyrant to power.


So, who really did kill JFK?

November 24, 2008

Silly question. Everyone knows it was the Jews:

In the 1960s, President John Kennedy decided to establish governmental banks to protect the dollar, in which the gold that was pouring into America would be deposited. What became of Kennedy? He was killed by the Zionist lobby. This is a fact that nobody is aware of – but a fact it is. That was the reason Kennedy was killed.

–Syrian economist Muhammad Sharif Mazloum, on Al-Kawthar TV, 10/10/2008

Transcript here, video link here.

And yet we wonder why Middle Eastern society is so screwed up. I dont know

(hat tip: Jihad Watch)