October 22, 2004

The Big Move

Duty Officer says we’re relocating to a new location. For this reason, comments will be disabled for a while. If the plan works, then everything should be back to normal by Monday (hopefully sooner). You can go directly to the new site if you like. Comments will be available there. The Transfinitum address should continue to work but “junkyardblog.net” will be the preferred address.

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WOLVES

The new "Wolves" ad put out by the Bush camp is an interesting idea, especially after Kerry went to church and called the President a wolf in sheep's clothing, but I think it fell way short. The wolves weren't very vicious looking and mostly shot at a distance. Either some bared teeth or a close shot of a killer expression would have improved it. The wolves pretty much looked like nice dogs.

I'm guessing some scaredy-cats on the Bush team asked for it to be toned down as to not offend. If you going to put out an ad like this you can't do it halfway because you're afraid of the response from Democrat attack dogs.

UPDATE: A good comment by Joshua noted that focus group testing probably forced them into the exact level of danger for the voters they were targeting. I still would have cranked it up a notch, flashed a few terrorist images with the wolves in the forest, and included a line about Kerry being so misguided he thinks the President is the wolf that Americans need to guard against.

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SYRIA TAKES IRAQ'S AXIS OF EVIL SPOT

It's not official yet, but it's clear as day that Syria is becoming the new Iraq. A few headlines from just this week on Geostrategy-Direct.com:

Iraqi intelligence sheds new light on the Syrian connection


Iraqi intelligence has also obtained new information on Syria's increased support for both Sunni and Shi'ite insurgents in Iraq. The assistance has included facilitating the flow of Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah operatives from Syria into Iraq.

In Iraq, Hizbullah has been training insurgents in guerrilla warfare, including the assembly of improved explosive devices and use of rocket-propelled grenades and anti-tank missiles. Hizbullah has been bolstered with tens of millions of dollars provided by Iran.

Syria has also been helping recruit and send Palestinians into Iraq, intelligence sources said. The Palestinians, registered as residents of United Nations refugee camps in Lebanon and Syria, are attracted by excellent salaries. In addition, the Assad regime was harboring about 50 senior Saddam Hussein aides who have been financing and organizing the Sunni insurgency.

Again, the intelligence information is based on Hizbullah and Palestinian insurgents captured in Iraq during the past two months. The U.S. raid on Samara and attacks on Ramadi and Fallujah have shaken the tree a bit and captured insurgents have been talking.

Indeed, the captured detainees have asserted that Syria has gone beyond helping the insurgency in Iraq. The detainees report that Syria has also been the recruiting center for operatives to help undermine the regimes in Chechnya, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and the Balkans.


Syria seen behind series of subversive plots targeting Jordan

Jordan and Syria have agreed to delineate their mutual border in an effort to reduce tensions between the two Arab states.

Officials said Syrian military intelligence has been helping an Al Qaida-aligned campaign to undermine the Hashemite kingdom. They said the effort has including the smuggling of anti-tank and surface-to-surface missiles into Jordan in an attempt to attack Western and Jordanian targets in Amman.

Jordan has also accused Syria of harboring Al Qaida-aligned insurgents. In April 2004, Jordan captured members of a cell linked to Abu Mussib Al Zarqawi that officials said sought to launch a chemical weapons strike against the kingdom's intelligence headquarters in Amman.


Where is Saddam's money? Syria now admits to harboring assets

Syria has acknowledged that its banks have held funds for Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq.

But the regime of President Bashar Assad disputes U.S. officials who say Syria was harboring about $3 billion in Saddam funds.


You can imagine that all the Oil for Food money Syria now has will be lavished on European and UN diplomats. And if you were wondering what may become of the WMD program equipment and armaments that Saddam probably sent over the border to his fellow Baathists (along with the truckloads of gold and money) right before the war, the answer is they'll be kept with their growing stockpiles for later use.

Officials said Brussels and Damascus have agreed on a clause that addresses Syria's WMD programs. They said the clause does not stipulate that Syria must dismantle its programs, rather that Damascus would not proliferate biological, chemical or nuclear weapons.
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In September, U.S. officials said the intelligence community determined that Syria transferred chemical bombs and rockets to Sudan, Middle East Newsline reported. The officials said the Syrian nonconventional weapons appeared to have been tested in battle in the rebel-torn Darfour province.

The resolution of the dispute facilitated the conclusion of an EU association agreement with Damascus. On Tuesday, Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk A-Shaara initialed the trade and political accord in Brussels in a move meant to grant Damascus equal status to that of other members of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership.

"The European Commission and Syria today formally mark the end of negotiations for an EU-Syria Association Agreement by initialing the text," an EU statement said on Tuesday. "The agreement will now be submitted for approval to the decision-making bodies on both sides and will later be ratified by parliaments."

...They said the agreement also envisions the creation of a free trade area between the EU and Syria.

The agreement was concluded as the United States has threatened to impose additional sanctions on Damascus. The Bush administration has determined that Syria failed to fulfill U.S. demands for a military withdrawal from Lebanon and the expulsion of groups deemed terrorists.


Here we go again. Consider this EU deal a preemptive diplomatic strike at the U.S. It looks like the EU will never support taking any serious action to rid terrorist haven Syria of WMD.

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BRITISH ATTEMPT TO INFLUENCE ELECTION FALLS FLAT

The people of the great state of Ohio have stood up against the virtual British invasion Bryan posted about last week.


Yesterday, the first of about 14,000 Guardian readers' letters started arriving in the mailboxes of Clark County, Mr Harkins's home region

...all urged Clark County voters to reject Mr Bush. As he watched the reaction of friends and neighbours, Mr Harkins was delighted.

He is the chairman of the Clark County Republican Party, and his neighbours' reaction was outrage. "It's hysterical," laughed Mr Harkins, showing off sheaves of incensed e-mails and notes from local voters.

The Republicans' delight compares with the gloom among local Democrats, who fear that "foreign interference" is hurting Mr Kerry.

Terry Brown had received a letter from a Scottish Guardian reader. ...

"I feel very strongly that this was an invasion of my privacy," he said. "The right of my wife and myself to decide whom to vote for should not be affected by any other country. That was a freedom we fought for many years ago. It was 1776."


Speaking of the Revolutionary War, Jimmah Carter said recently in comparing it to Iraq that it was "unnecessary," the Brits were "misled" into war, and it was the most bloody war in our history "until recently." I don't think we'll ever be able to plumb the depths of the Iraq war delusion of the left.

UPDATE: The Brits call it quits.

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STOLEN HONOR SPECIAL TONIGHT

Here's the official list of cities and broadcast times. Might want to double check against your local listings though. Everyone needs to see it because it's yet another piece of information that a major candidate for President and his allies in the ABCBS media are petrified that you might see.


Here we are less than two weeks from the election and John Kerry is still playing "hide the ball."

...What is Kerry so afraid of? Why doesn't he want you to find out the identity of that man behind the curtain? Why doesn't he want you to read his book "The New Soldier"? Why doesn't he want you to see "Stolen Honor"? Why won't he release his medical records? Why won't he talk about his Senate record? Why won't he address specific charges about his Vietnam tour?

The answer is that without convincing millions of voters he is someone that he is not, he would suffer the biggest landslide defeat in American history – bar none. What a sad state American liberalism finds itself in when it can't tout its own candidate as a true believer. And what a sad commentary on the candidate himself that he would willingly participate in such a fundamental deception about his very essence as a human being.


Preview or watch the full documentary here for a limited time.

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GEN. TOMMY FRANKS EXPLODES KERRY'S FOREIGN POLICY

People who followed the debates should remember the cornerstone of John Kerry's foreign policy position being quarried from the caves of Tora Bora. President Bush failed to properly crack it at the time, but now Gen. Tommy Franks has now blown it to smithereens.


First, take Mr. Kerry's contention that we "had an opportunity to capture or kill Osama bin Laden" and that "we had him surrounded." We don't know to this day whether Mr. bin Laden was at Tora Bora in December 2001. Some intelligence sources said he was; others indicated he was in Pakistan at the time; still others suggested he was in Kashmir. Tora Bora was teeming with Taliban and Qaeda operatives, many of whom were killed or captured, but Mr. bin Laden was never within our grasp.

Second, we did not "outsource" military action. We did rely heavily on Afghans because they knew Tora Bora, a mountainous, geographically difficult region on the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan. It is where Afghan mujahedeen holed up for years, keeping alive their resistance to the Soviet Union. Killing and capturing Taliban and Qaeda fighters was best done by the Afghan fighters who already knew the caves and tunnels.

Third, the Afghans weren't left to do the job alone. Special forces from the United States and several other countries were there, providing tactical leadership and calling in air strikes. Pakistani troops also provided significant help - as many as 100,000 sealed the border and rounded up hundreds of Qaeda and Taliban fighters.

Contrary to Senator Kerry, President Bush never "took his eye off the ball" when it came to Osama bin Laden. The war on terrorism has a global focus. It cannot be divided into separate and unrelated wars, one in Afghanistan and another in Iraq. Both are part of the same effort to capture and kill terrorists before they are able to strike America again, potentially with weapons of mass destruction.


Real hero - 1
Fake hero - 0.

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VISUALIZE NATIONAL PEACE

In the spirit of unity and peace in the divided America that liberals profess to be so perplexed about, I ask them to meditate on this image and visualize national peace this holiday season. Starting in 2005 we can then fight the real enemy.

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PRESBYTERIANS AND TERRORISTS DISCUSS A COMMON CAUSE

The religious left and their radical Islamic brethren meet to discuss ways they can pressure those uncooperative Israeli Jews:


A delegation from the Presbyterian Church, USA, have met with a leader of the terrorist group Hezbollah in Lebanon and have demanded Israel withdraw from so-called occupied Palestinian territories.

The meeting with the terrorist – Sheikh Nabil Qauq, the leader of Hezbollah in south Lebanon – occurred Sunday during a visit by the 24-member delegation to various countries in the Middle East.

...

Leaders of the Anglican Church, which in the U.S. includes the Episcopal Church, USA, are preparing to follow in the footsteps of the Presbyterians by also divesting from Israel.

The church report recommending divestment, signed by 29 Anglican representatives who toured the Holy Land last month before reaching their decision, will be delivered at a 2005 meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council, to be held in Wales.

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ADL noted a comment made by one of the Presbyterians who took part in Sunday's meeting with the Hezbollah leader.

"As an elder of our church, I'd like to say that according to my recent experience, relations and conversations with Islamic leaders are a lot easier than dealings and dialogue with Jewish leaders," the group quotes Elder Ronald Stone as saying.

Stone of Pittsburgh, Pa., reportedly praised Hezbollah at the meeting, saying, "We treasure the precious words of Hezbollah and your expression of goodwill toward the American people."


Treasure the precious words?!? This is coming from a denomination that doesn't even consider The Bible as containing words precious enough to treasure and preserve from liberal deconstruction. I would add that any Christian who considers the word of Islamic terrorist leaders as "precious" has taken the first step toward considering their actions as just and even holy.

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October 21, 2004

WHY DO THE CLINTONS BACK KERRY?

Because if Kerry wins, Bill Clinton may become U.N. Secretary General in 2006. First things first.


Former U.S. President Bill Clinton has set his sights on becoming U.N. secretary-general. A Clinton insider and a senior U.N. source have told United Press International the 56-year-old former president would like to be named leader of the world body when Kofi Annan's term ends early in 2006.

"He definitely wants to do it," the Clinton insider said this week.

A Clinton candidacy is likely to receive overwhelming support from U.N. member states, particularly the Third World. Diplomats in Washington say Clinton would galvanize the United Nations and give an enormous boost to its prestige. But the former president's hopes hang on a crucial question that will not be addressed until after the presidential elections: can he get the support of the U.S. government -- a prerequisite for nomination?


If Kerry loses the election, Hillary will run in 2008 and Bill can then become U.N. Secretary General with her support in 2011.

So unless Kerry flip-flops, it looks like a Kerry administration may have Bill Clinton as the person directing the application of U.S. military forces around the world under U.N. control. Let's just hope he allows them to use tanks against the warlords this time.

UPDATE: Most people are speculating that Bill Clinton himself was behind this "press release." My thinking is that, besides a trial baloon to prepare us for the eventuality, it's meant to turn out the black vote since, unlike Kerry, Clinton still wildly popular in the black community. Dem internal pollsters see blacks slipping from their Democrat plantation shackles due to the Republicans' offer of political freedom, financial independence and school choice for African-Americans. Ex-Clintonite run Democrat groups first tried the most disgusting political ads since Bush was blamed for the dragging of a black man in chains behind a truck. And now the Dems are reheating the Florida 2000 racism lie. A Dem-aligned group even printed fliers showing a black man being firehosed, supposedly to keep him from voting. But I suspect blacks aren't going to "get played" so easily this time around.

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WORSE THAN FLORIDA 2000?

The Kerry campaign is saying they aren't going to repeat Al Gore's mistakes in 2000. You would think that means they learned how pointless and destructive it was to try to game the system, change the rules and force judges to stop them before they steal the election. But instead, it means they're prepared to claim the Presidency win or lose.


While the lawyers litigate, political operatives will try to shape public perception. Their goal would be to persuade voters that Kerry has the best claim to the presidency and that Republicans are trying to steal it.

Democrats are already laying the public relations groundwork by pointing to every possible voting irregularity before the Nov. 2 election and accusing Republicans of wrongdoing.

On Election Day, Whouley will head the so-called "boiler room," probably in Washington, that tracks vote counts and ensures Kerry doesn't concede too soon. Whouley was the aide who, after noticing Florida was too close to call in 2000, called Gore's team in Tennessee and told them to put the brakes on the concession speech.


The thing that's really disturbing about this isn't just how liberals have called for international election monitors as allies and are prepared to completely shred the fabric of our political society that Al Gore ripped into two. The bigger problem is that while Al Gore didn't lay any groundwork for nationwide violence prior to his election challenge, Kerry and the DNC have in 2004.

The attempt to prime the post-election atmosphere is the reason you now see escalating low-level political violence across the nation -- including violence to suppress conservative free speech that attempts to slip through the totalitarian filter of the mainstream media. The other night a theater showing of the controversial Stolen Honor movie had to be cancelled due to threats of "civil disturbances." The threats of course escalated into a clash. This has really got to stop, but unfortunately it may be too late. It goes back to how Democrats in America have sat back, and even joined in, hoping to ride Michael Moore's radicalization tiger all the way back into power. That was a very dangerous decision and we're all eventually going to pay for it.

While the violent atmosphere heats up, the few moderate Democrats left now act exactly like silent moderate Muslims who turn a blind eye to terrorism. They refuse to condemn it because they've determined that the ends justify the means. In fact, Michael Moore is now on a "Slacker Uprising" tour saying:


if Bush wins, Moore said, "I and others will call for mass nonviolent civil disobedience. I will not allow our White House to be taken from us again. The right to vote, and the right to have all the votes counted, is a precious right. It is the cornerstone of a democracy. We will not sit back this time, and I regret we did the last time."

Between you and me, Moore's use of the word "nonviolent" for now is simply a legal disclaimer. Whether or not they can pull off reigniting the revolutionary atmosphere of the 60's and 70's is an open question. But there is zero doubt now in my mind that an old-school leftist revolution is their ultimate goal if Bush is reelected and legal challenges and impeachment charges fail. Either way, I don't think Kerry will recapture his Vietnam protestor youth and lead the radicals after a defeat because he won't want to give up his lifestyle.

The best case scenario is still a Bush landslide, where the resulting mood depression leads to the Democrats' failure to convince people to reorganize and escalate the radicalization process. At that point the Democratic Party may be destroyed as a serious political force. Once this radical party bubble bursts for them it's going to be tough to come back as thoughtful, intellectually honest, serious Americans ready to fight the real enemy.

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October 20, 2004

KERRY'S WIFE NOW SLAMS OPPONENT'S FAMILY MEMBER

They just can't help themselves. Now we have every one of the Democrat candidates and wives personally involved in insulting a family member of either Bush or Cheney. We have John, Liz, John and Teresa all taking their little shots lately.

First the two men took turns in debates rhetorically outing the Cheney family lesbian (Oh she's just your daughter, not your lesbian?) as if they keep her locked in the basement closet and the world needed to be alerted. Then the candidates' tag-team of insult comic wives start shaming and patronizing the Rebublican candidates' wives for being pathetic unenlightened conservative women. Hey ladies, at least they married real men! I wonder if Kerry will now go back on his preaching tour and find a Bible verse that says, "Husbands embarass the daughters, wives insult the mothers?"

Backhanded "compliments" about your opponent's family is definitely a new level of sleazy politics.


Q: You'd be different from Laura Bush?

A: Well, you know, I don't know Laura Bush. But she seems to be calm, and she has a sparkle in her eye, which is good. But I don't know that she's ever had a real job — I mean, since she's been grown up. So her experience and her validation comes from important things, but different things. And I'm older, and my validation of what I do and what I believe and my experience is a little bit bigger — because I'm older, and I've had different experiences. And it's not a criticism of her. It's just, you know, what life is about.


A translation for those that are political-speak challenged: "The difference between her and I is that I have a life. And when I say she needs to get a life I mean no disrespect."

UPDATE: Teresa's apology had more veiled insults:


"I had forgotten that Mrs. Bush had worked as a school teacher and librarian, and there couldn't be a more important job than teaching our children. As someone who has been both a full time mom and full time in workforce, I know we all have valuable experiences that shape who we are. I appreciate and honor Mrs. Bush's service to the country as First Lady, and am sincerely sorry I had not remembered her important work in the past."

So Teresa selfishly used the "sincere" apology as a press release for herself! She prattles on about her own full time work and child-rearing and neglects to recognize and compliment Laura Bush as a full time hard-working mother. By stressing her own full time work she actually manages to leave a lingering impression that Laura only did the librarian and teacher gig part time. If that's the case, then it was certainly an intentional dig. Of course, since it was for the village children she'll reluctantly consider that as a real job on her record. But then by ending her apology with "in the past," Teresa seems to be saying that, while she appreciates that the First Lady is serving the country in some way now, she does not consider it as actual work. And, of course, whatever part time gig she claims to have had long ago, it was easily forgotten because it's such ancient history.

I'm surprised John Kerry didn't announce he has a secret plan to make his First Lady position a real job with vague better results for America when he and Teresa are in charge. In all seriousness, I would bet this latest gaffe of insulting the highly popular Laura Bush was the final straw for moderate women and mothers who were thinking about voting for Kerry. I doubt they'll want to listen to another elitist Hillary Clinton (or worse) for the next four years. Having to listen to John Kerry for four years would be torture enough.

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KERRY SAYS AMERICANS MUST ONLY FIGHT AND DIE FOR THE U.N.

The Washington Post was rumored to be on the verge of an editorial endorsing Bush, and today on their front page they just showed Kerry the door and slammed it in his face.


WHO WOULD HAVE EXPECTED the Washington Post to inflict real damage on John Kerry's faltering presidential campaign? Yet they have.

Here is the third paragraph from today's front-page article by Helen Dewar and Tom Ricks on Kerry's foreign policy record:


Kerry's belief in working with allies runs so deep that he has maintained that the loss of American life can be better justified if it occurs in the course of a mission with international support. In 1994, discussing the possibility of U.S. troops being killed in Bosnia, he said, "If you mean dying in the course of the United Nations effort, yes, it is worth that. If you mean dying American troops unilaterally going in with some false presumption that we can affect the outcome, the answer is unequivocally no."


A modern quote that echoes this quote is going to impact his chances like another boat full of SwiftVets.

“I’m an internationalist,” Kerry told The Crimson in 1970. “I’d like to see our troops dispersed through the world only at the directive of the United Nations.”

Kerry said he wanted “to almost eliminate CIA activity. The CIA is fighting its own war in Laos and nobody seems to care.”


And in 2003:

KERRY: I would go to the United Nations with a legitimate diplomatic effort, with humility, with a genuine effort to acknowledge some misjudgments, and to start -- to state clearly to the world, the way in which the world has a stake in what is happening, notwithstanding the errors of judgment that this administration has made. I would turn over to the U.N. legitimate authority for the civil reconstruction, for the humanitarian mission, and for the governance. And I would use the U.N.'s good services to help to internationalize this effort so that we reduce the sense of American occupation and the targeting of American troops.

WOODRUFF: And you would do that immediately, Senator?

KERRY: Yes, I'd do that immediately. I'd do it tomorrow morning, today. I think it's long overdue.

The president, Judy, the president has rebuffed three efforts of the United Nations to do this properly. He rebuffed it at the time of the first vote. He rebuffed it when the statue was torn down in Iraq and Kofi Annan offered the opportunity to have help. And he rebuffed it again when he went to the United Nations a few weeks ago and gave his speech.

The president needs to get off his high horse and engage in real diplomacy.


John Kerry is remarkably consistent in his core values on this subject. He passes the global test with a gold red star from Kofi Annan.

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A POLITICAL AD YOU HAVE TO FEEL

If you saw the still photo of President Bush hugging the girl who lost her mother in the Twin Towers attack and thought it was touching, you haven't felt anything yet. This is Ashley's Story come to life in an extremely well-produced ad.

View with Windows Media Player or Quicktime

While you're at it, check this one out too. And here's the lyrics for the great Johnny Cash song you'll hear.

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MICHAEL MOORE'S MOVIE IN SCHOOLS AGAIN

Unbelievable.

Good thing Moore's movie got an R-rating because, if it didn't, we would be hearing of principals calling school assemblies to screen the movie for the all the kids at once. I think if we polled all public school teachers with a secret ballot, Michael Moore would be chosen as honorary Teacher of the Year. The previous school airing is reported here.

I'd love to hear of a more rational conservative teacher showing kids the educational Fahrenhype 9/11 instead. They can then go home and educate their parents about avoiding Hollywood agitprop.

As it stands now, it looks like America's kids have been thoroughly indoctrinated by liberal teachers and the media assault on President Bush. Their poll numbers are a reverse image of where adults are on the Presidential race. We might need a "Truth for Tots" project.

UPDATE: OK, It turns out that kids who watch less TV produce a much more accurate poll. That makes sense since liberal entertainers on TV are much worse than liberals in public schools when it comes to constant Bush-bashing.

MORE: American kids are holding up under the pressure to hate that lying evil Texan Oil Monster, George Bush. They even produced a 2004 Red State/Blue State electoral map in Bush's favor. Online polls of mostly adults have shown the same thing.

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October 19, 2004

ZOOM TO SALMAN PAK

One of the things that has frustrated this blog about the Bush administration's handling of the war from start to finish is its failure to grasp the power of the visual in communicating ideas. For the majority of Americans today of all ages, nothing really exists until they see it with their own eyes. Because of that, many aspects of this war remain abstractions.

One of those abstractions is Salman Pak, the terrorist training camp south of Baghdad. Before the war, rumors swirled that Saddam's intelligence service was using that facilty to train terrorists, and conspicuously many of these non-Iraqi terrorists were trained on a Boeing fuselage in airline hijacking techniquese and tactics. The US Marines took possession of Salman Pak shortly after the invasion and found exactly what they expected to find--a clandestine training facility with a railcar setup, an obstacle course and even the airplane fuselage. But we haven't seen pictures of this or had Salman Pak put into any kind of context.

Until now. I've obtained satellite imagery of Salman Pak, and have created a movie that zooms down from space to the Salman Pak facility.

The first five images you will see are just maps to orient you to the position of Salman Pak in Iraq. Once the satellite imagery fades in, you are looking at real data from there on out. I haven't enhanced that data in any way, nor have I retouched it, airbrushed it or changed it any way. I merely nested the three photos inside one another and applied the motion to bring them closer to my virtual camera.

Hopefully, you'll find the movie striking. In the middle of nowhere, not near any airport or other launch facility of any kind, there sits a Boeing fuselage. Saddam apologists will insist that it was used in counter-terrorist training, but ask yourself this question: How many Iraqi airliners have ever been hijacked? The counter-terrorist explanation for the presence of a fuselage at Salman Pak seems unlikely, to say the least: Abu Nidal and Abu Abbas, two of the most notorious hijackers in history, both lived in Baghdad for decades at Saddam's pleasure.

Anyway, here is the movie.

Right-click, "Save Target As" and save it to your system before playing it. It's an MPEG-4 avi, so if you have any trouble playing it, update your media player. Mac users shouldn't have any trouble playing it in Windows Media Player.

HEADS UP: I'll be gone for a couple of days, so Chris will run things in my absence. We'll also be changing our site URL shortly, to www.junkyardblog.net. In fact, there's already a redirect from that address to this one, so you can go ahead and change your bookmarks and blogrolls if you're so inclined.

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SADDAM'S TERRORIST TIES

The New York Sun has a bang-up article from Laurie Mylroie outlining the many connections between Saddam and terrorists. Since that article is behind a subscription fence, I'll quote extensively.

Soon after September 11, 2001, two Iraqi defectors came forward, explaining that Iraqi intelligence had trained non-Iraqi Arab militants at itsextensive compound at Salman Pak, an area south of Baghdad. Among the skills taught there was hijacking airplanes. One defector even drew a sketch of the area, showing a passenger plane parked in the southwest corner of a large compound.

When American marines took over Salman Pak in early April 2003, they indeed
found the terrorist training camp, the airplane, and the foreign terrorists.
An American military spokesman affirmed, "The nature of the work being done
by some of those people we captured. ..gives us the impression that there is
terrorist training that was conducted at Salman Pak." The marines "inferred"
that the airplane "was used to practice hijacking," the Associated Press
reported. Saddam's apologists claim the camp was for counterterrorism
training, but that seems highly improbable.

Iraqi documents, dating from January to May 1993, suggest that Baghdad's
training of terrorists goes back over a decade - at least to the period
following Iraq's August 1990 invasion of Kuwait. That training was
interrupted by the 1991 war, but appears to have resumed not long
afterwards.

These documents, leaked by a Pentagon official to Scott Wheeler of Cybercast
News Service, are posted on its Web site. Bruce Tefft, a retired CIA
counter-terrorism official who worked on Iraq; MEMRI's Nimrod Raphaeli;
Middle East scholar Walid Phares; and this author have all expressed their
confidence in the documents' authenticity. They are on official Iraqi
letterhead and are essentially a 40-page correspondence between Iraqi
intelligence and Saddam's office.

Responding to a request from Saddam, M-14, the division of Iraqi
intelligence responsible for training and conducting special operations,
produced a report dated April 1, 1993. The seven page document lists 100
"Arab fedayeen," whom it had trained in Iraq during the fall of 1990.Their
nationalities include a wide swath of the Arab world: Palestinians, Syrians,
Lebanese, Egyptians, Moroccans, Tunisians, Sudanese, and Eritreans, who are
not usually considered Arab.

One important relationship discussed in the documents is Iraq's support for
the militant domestic opponents of the Egyptian government, a key Arab
member of the 1990-91 coalition against Iraq. Three weeks prior to the
Persian Gulf War, on December 24, 1990, Iraqi intelligence concluded an
agreement on a plan of sabotage against Cairo with a representative of the
Egyptian Islamic Group, whose leader, Shaykh Omar Abdul Rahman, was
subsequently tried and convicted for terrorism in New York. Those operations
ended with the February 28, 1991, cease-fire, according to these papers.

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An 11-page document dated January 25, 1993, lists various organizations with
which Iraqi intelligence maintained contacts. It recommends "the use of Arab
Islamic elements which were fighting in Afghanistan and now have no place to
go and who are currently in Somalia, Sudan, and Egypt." Saddam approves the
suggestion, with the order to "concentrate on Somalia."

That's probably Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda. Who else fits the description?

The document also mentions a group called Hezb-e-Islami, headed by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. Noting that Iraqi intelligence established a relationship with this party in 1989, the document states that Iraq now had a direct relationship with Hekmatyar. This man was, in turn, an important ally of Osama bin Ladin. In a terrorism case in Chicago, the U.S. Attorney's Office affirmed, "Hekmatyar was aligned with Osama bin Ladin in Afghanistan after al Qaida was formed in 1988, and indeed many of al Qaida's camps were located in territory controlled by Hekmatyar."

The report of the Iraq Survey Group presents further evidence of Iraq's
involvement in hostile activities. It includes the most comprehensive
account of the Iraqi Intelligence Service ever published in open-source
literature, depicting an organization that consisted of "over twenty
compartmentalized directorates." Section M-14 included the "Tiger Group" -
"primarily composed of suicide bombers. "It also supervised the "Challenge
Project," a highly secretive enterprise involved with explosives, about
which the Iraq Survey Group could learn little. Another section - M-21 - was
formed in 1990 to create explosive devices for Iraqi intelligence. Its
chemistry department developed explosive materials; its electronics
department prepared timers and wiring; and its mechanical department
produced igniters and designed the bombs.

This picture shows the substantial, longstanding involvement of Iraq's
intelligence services in terrorist training and support operations,
including collaboration with Islamic militants. Its activities were
infinitely more sophisticated than anything that was taught to the
mujahideen fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan. This underscores just how
odd it is that our default explanation for terrorism has now become Al
Qaida - which did not have a chemistry department, one of countless points
that distinguishes that organization from the intelligence service of a
major terrorist state.

There is no doubt in my mind--never was--that Saddam worked with, trained and used terrorists. This issue has been spun to the point of incomprehensibility, as the left has played up all doubts to the maximum anti-war effect. The Bush administration has to hammer Saddam's relationship to terrorists home with the voters, or it risks losing both the election and the war.

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NEWSFLASH: APPEASEMENT DOESN'T WORK

Spain's National Court, which is leading that country's investigation of terrorists and their plots, is the target of terrorist bombers.

MADRID, Spain (AP) - A radical Muslim cell broken up by Spanish police had been plotting to bomb the National Court, a hub of Spain's investigations of Islamic terrorism, the interior minister said Tuesday.

Seven suspects were arrested on Monday in Madrid and southern Spain, while one more was arrested Tuesday in the northern city of Pampalona, minister Jose Antonio Alonso said.

Ingrate jihadis. They just don't appreciate everything the Spanish Socialists have done for them.

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TESTAVERDE'S LAW

My new football column makes its debut over at Bronczilla.

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GETTING CLOSER?

Yes, yes, I know about the mortar attack in Iraq. It's a big deal, but strategically not that important.

More important for the long-term is understanding the insurgency and defeating it, and important to that is finding Zarqawi. There's good evidence today that we're getting closer and closer to him:

FALLUJAH, IRAQ — Several Abu Musab Al Zarqawi safe houses and weapons storage facilities in southern Fallujah were struck as part of continued operations to thwart the Zarqawi terrorist network plans to attack the Iraqi government and its people during Ramadan.

The strikes occurred between 10:55 p.m. Oct. 18 and 12:31 a.m. Oct. 19. Multiple secondary explosions indicate a significant amount of explosives or ammunition inside the houses.

Specifically reported to operate at locations in Fallujah, are Abu Musab al Zarqawi associates identified as replacements for senior leadership recently killed in Multi-National Force-Iraq strikes. The recent strikes against the Zarqawi network have changed the leadership structure of the terrorist group causing numerous reorganizations within the group.

Translation from mil-speak: We've got him on the run. We've probably penetrated his command structure. We'll get him, one way or another.

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KERRY AND THE MULLAHS

John Kerry's stance on Iran is either naive or studiously corrupt: He wants to give the mullahs nuclear fuel so that they can prove their nuclear intent is either peaceful or not. As if there was any doubt: At the same time the mullahs pursue their "peaceful" nuclear program they are keeping the IAEA's inspectors at bay, running rings around the EU-3 delegations and upgrading their ballistic missiles--all the while threatening to "crush America" and of course Israel as a bonus.

Kerry also infamously sent an email, through his campaign staff, to a state-controlled Iranian news agency a few months back pledging that US-Iranian relations will improve if he becomes president. He demanded nothing of Tehran, thus putting the blame for tensions squarely on the Bush administration, not on the mullahcracy that has menaced the Middle East for a generation.

With all of that in mind, it's not terribly surprising that Kerry has raised $500,000 in campaign funds from sources with Iranian ties. What is surprising is that his Iranian money man opposes Kerry's Iran policy:

Under oath, Sen. John Kerry's chief Iranian-American fund-raiser repudiated the presidential candidate's policy of accommodation toward Tehran, declaring the Islamic regime should not be trusted with nuclear materials.

Hassan Nemazee, 54, a New York investment banker and former board member of a pro-Tehran lobby, delivered a one-hour deposition today in New York City in a $10 million defamation lawsuit against Aryo Pirouznia, leader of the Student Movement Coordination Committee for Democracy in Iran.

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In his deposition today, Nemazee acknowledged he has raised about $500,000 for Kerry.

But he said if the Democratic nominee had asked him his view of the Iranian regime, he would have said it should be trusted with no other intention than to build nuclear weapons.

Namazee isnt' an entirely trustworthy figure--today he claims to support "regime change" in Iran and says Kerry's accomodationist policy would be a disaster, but he has previsously been part of the American-Iranian Council, which advocates the very policies Kerry supports and Namazee now says he opposes. But Namazee's current stance is the right one. Perhaps Kerry didn't get the policy change memo, and is still operating under the pro-terrorist rubric.

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CONGRATULATIONS

To Joanne Jacobs. She is getting her book published, and it's on a subject this blog finds vital and fascinating--charter schools.

(via InstaPundit)

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October 18, 2004

IRAQI TERRORIST CAMPAIGN OPERATES FROM SYRIAN HEADQUARTERS

Interesting:

A senior Baath party organiser and Saddam Hussein aide, Mohammed Younis al-Ahmed, has been named by western intelligence officials as one of the key figures directing the Sunni insurgency from his hiding-place in neighbouring Syria. Sources have told The Observer that Younis al-Ahmed - who has had a $1 million price tag placed on his head by the US - is one of between 20 and 50 senior Baath party figures based in Syria who, they believe, are involved in organising the guerrilla war against the US-led multi-national forces in Iraq and against the new Iraqi security forces.

The naming of Ahmed comes amid growing concern that hardline factions in Syria are providing protection for cells still loyal to the old Iraqi regime who were involved in organising the flow of money, people and material for fighters in Baghdad and the Sunni triangle. This is despite Syrian moves to tighten up its border with Iraq after complaints from Washington and London that arms and foreign terrorists were crossing into Iraq.

Hot pursuit of men and materiel into Syria should have been pursued a long time ago. Many, if not all, of the problems we are dealing with in Iraq now are directly attritubale to the failure to aggressively chase up the initial victory.

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NO SENSE OF DECENCY

Johns Edwards and Kerry used two debate appearances to bring up the private life of the daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney. Had Republicans ever done any such thing, the noise from the Democrats and the press would be audible on Mars. But the Republicans haven't done any such thing and won't, because they have a sense of privacy and decency--senses the modern Democrats obviously lack.

So that's the bad news: Today's Democrats respect no right of privacy. They targeted Mary Cheney, they're targeting other Republicans and if you rear your head against them they'll target you too.

Unless we voters make them pay for this one. And that's the good news--evidence is building that the calculated invasion of the Cheney family's privacy is backfiring badly on Kerry and may have cost him the election.

(thanks to Chris)

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October 17, 2004

KERRY OFFERS HOPE TO THE BAD GUYS

Direct proof that making comments in support of nefarious forces only encourages them to keep on fighting:

The commander of the UN peacekeepers in Haiti has linked a recent upsurge in violence there to comments made by the US presidential candidate, John Kerry. Earlier this year Mr Kerry said that as president he would have sent American troops to protect Jean-Bertrand Aristide who was ousted from power in February.

The Brazilian UN general, Augusto Heleno, said Mr Kerry's comments had offered "hope" to Aristide supporters. Much of the recent unrest has centred on areas loyal to Mr Aristide.

More than 50 people have died over the past fortnight.

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Eight months ago the Bush administration withdrew all support for Mr Aristide and made it clear he should leave Haiti.

John Kerry called that "short-sighted" and said he would have sent troops to protect Mr Aristide, who was an elected leader.

Now General Heleno, says those comments have offered hope to Aristide's supporters that should Mr Kerry win the US election in November the former Haitian president might be restored to power.

General Heleno said any hopes of an Aristide comeback were "completely unfounded".

Kerry decried, and Haitians died.

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IT'S NOT EVERY DAY YOU SEE AN AUTHENTIC JESUS BEEHIVE

Put whatever you're drinking beyond arm's reach before taking a look at today's "peace" movement.

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OUR FRIENDS, THE FRENCH

Are not happy that Charles Duelfer's Iraq report named names, and some of those names were French:

The US' handling this week of a report on Saddam Hussein's attempts to purchase weapons and buy influence has angered French officials and set back a year of US efforts to repair the rupture caused by the Iraq war, French and other European officials said on Friday.

The anger of France and others is focused on the assertions in the report by Charles Duelfer, the top US arms inspector in Iraq, that French companies and individuals, some with close ties to the government, enriched themselves through Iraq's huge payments to gain influence around the world in the years before the war.

And there we see the difference between the French and ourselves. The French are angry with us because we laid out their corruption for all to see. We're angry with the French because they took Saddam's oil money to stab us in the back and make the world a far more dangerous place. Priorities, priorities.

Administration spokesmen said that there was no intent in releasing the report to endorse its findings or blame France or any other country for corruption, or to link any alleged corruption to that country's subsequent opposition to the war in Iraq.

On the other hand, Vice President Dick Cheney and others in the administration are citing the Duelfer report as evidence that Saddam had sought to corrupt foreign countries in order to have sanctions on Iraq lifted. Although Cheney did not say so directly, French officials say it was obvious that he was referring to France and other countries that had opposed the war.

French officials say that the report's charges, based on documents and interviews in Iraq, have been denied in the past, but that Duelfer's report did not contain the denials. They also complain that France was not given more than one day's notice before the report was issued.

Cry me a river, Jacques. The French took hold of a potentially lucrative deal to develop Iraqi oilfields, and traded their votes on the UN Security Council for that opportunity. Their votes--bought and paid for by Saddam--would have lifted sanctions against him years ago if we hadn't stood in the way. Then French officials took vouchers from Saddam's Oil-For-Food slush fund and used their UNSC votes to block all of our attempts to avert war by forcing Saddam to straighten up. They even assured Saddam that they would block us in the UN whatever it took, thus ensuring war: Saddam had reason to believe we would never attack, so he played games up until the end.

The war was nearly as much the fault of the French, Germans, Russians and Chinese as it was Saddam's. Yet the French are upset because we didn't notify them of Duelfer's findings ahead of time. Waaaa waaaaa.

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