Vote to repeal 2002 Iraq war authorization coming up

 

 

GOP Hawks Warn against Repealing Iraq War Resolution ahead of Vote | National Review

So goes the headline:

In a little-noticed development on Friday, a House panel scheduled a vote to repeal the Congressional resolution that authorized the Iraq war.

National Review has learned that the House Foreign Affairs Committee will vote next Thursday on a measure to repeal the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against Iraq. This resolution to eliminate the Iraq War AUMF is expected to pass, likely with the support of all of the panel’s Democrats and Representative Peter Meijer (R., Mich.).

Repealing the 2002 AUMF and the 2001 AUMF that authorized force against those responsible for the 9/11 attacks has gained widespread popularity in both parties, as a war-weary public and top politicians have called for an end to the “forever wars” in Iraq and Afghanistan. But ahead of the vote on repealing the 2002 measure, some Republicans say they aren’t convinced, warning of ongoing threats from Iran, which backs proxies and operates in Iraq.

 

Flashback:  Here is what happened when it was feared that Trump was causing a “premature withdrawal” from Afghanistan:

Speaking on the Senate floor, McConnell warned against a potentially “humiliating” withdrawal that threatens to undo Trump’s “tremendous” work in the region. The GOP leader said a “premature exit” would be reminiscent of the U.S. departure from Saigon in 1975. Leaving Afghanistan now “would be broadcast around the world as a symbol of U.S. defeat and humiliation and a victory for Islamic extremism,” McConnell said.

 

 

Our man Mustang responds to the upcoming vote on the war resolution:.

The problem with open ended congressional authorizations are several.  The power to declare war is constitutionally within the purview of the Congress; we seem not to do “declarations of war” anymore – and the reason, I suppose, is to prevent “war” affecting the way citizens behave.  A declaration of war doesn’t just put our troops in a war situation, it places the entire nation in a war situation, and could even result in government imposed rationing – of petroleum products, for example.  And once “war” affects the people in a negative way, they become unhappy voters, which is a seat-threatening situation for presidents and members of congress.

I think the AUMF should expire.  We’ve been in the sandbox for far too long and beyond the horrendous expenditures, in terms of money, material, and human lives, have achieved next to nothing.  In fact, going to Iraq made Iran the regional king pin – which if nothing else, tells us what a bunch of nitwits we have running the show inside the beltway.

I’m a professional officer.  I have no objection to whacking the bad guys.  The problem is that the nitwits send us out to face dangerous enemies in pursuit of poorly contrived objectives.  No one tells us what our national interests were/are in Afghanistan or Iraq.  I suspect that’s because there are no national interests, beyond whacking Saddam Hussein, who tried to have Bush the Elder assassinated.  The US military shouldn’t be carrying out personal vendettas.

Still, a president has the authority to conduct limited military operations without a declaration of war – for up to sixty days before having to obtain congressional authority (in reality, a spending authorization).  I’m fine with that, but if congress does “authorize” operations beyond sixty days, there should be a specified “end date” and a specific, clearly defined “national interest.”  In both instances, war planners know what they are trying to accomplish, why, and they know that it has to be accomplished within a specific time frame. 

And if I could have my way, not only would the president have a specified end date to non-declared wars/conflicts, but he would also have to commit to asking congress for a formal declaration of war if the time frame was inadequate to achieving the national interests/objectives.  That way, it wouldn’t only be the troops who go to war while the rest of the country goes to the mall – it would be a national effort to win.

War is a terrible event.  We should not be involved in them unless every other possible effort has failed.  War is a “failure in diplomacy” … and there are times when diplomacy must fail (mostly on account of the fact that the US has the world’s worst-diplomats).  When that happens, the US should, as a nation, with clearly defined national objectives, go to war; the US should then be committed to beating the living crap out of everyone on the other side (men, women, children, their armies, their leaders, their infrastructure, their economy) and do that in the most conspicuous way possible.  Two clearly discernible results will present themselves: we defeat a nationally declared enemy, and we send an important message to all others – do not mess with the USA.  Fewer major wars is better that dozens of smaller ones.

I will conclude by observing that none of this matters when the purpose of the US military is social engineering.  Not sure a “Tranny Brigade” would accomplish much that make the enemy fall down laughing.  The other day, the SecDef (Austin) publicly announced to North Korea that we could go to war with them “tonight.”  I understand General Austin (who could be a moron) caused much levity in the North Korean Officer’s Club.

 

Mustang also blogs at Fix Bayonets and Thoughts From Afar

Deserter Bergdahl served with ‘distinction’ according to Susan Rice

 

I caught an interview with Jake Tapper, now with CNN. He reported that in discussions with soldiers who served with this deserter, that Bergdahl took a knife and a compass when walking off in civilian clothes. In addition, at least six soldiers were killed while attempting to find him after he deserted. This does not even address what his father had to say in support of the Taliban.

This traitor should be tried for desertion, and certain not a hero deserving a parade. Now it is open season on kidnapping for trade. Good work.  Our Secretary of Defense is even more clueless. Just when one thought it could not get any worse. Tapper will have more with those who served with this fine fellow at 5:00 pm Eastern time on CNN. Might be worth the watch.

 

Nicholas J Alden murdered by a Terrorist Muslim in Germany

Air Force Senior Airman Nicholas J. Alden, 25, of Williamston, S.C., died March 2 as a result of a shooting at Frankfurt Airport, Germany, while en route to Afghanistan. He was assigned to 48th Security Forces Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom.

Air Force Senior Airman Nicholas J. Alden, 25, of Williamston, S.C., died March 2 as a result of a shooting at Frankfurt Airport, Germany, while en route to Afghanistan. He was assigned to 48th Security Forces Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom.

Sad Update:  Tragedy struck Trish Alden once more as her 2-year-old son died in an accident Saturday.

Alden’s husband and the boy’s father, Senior Airman Nick Alden of Williamston, was killed in a terrorist attack at a Frankfurt, Germany, airport in March 2011.

Alden and her family were preparing Saturday to leave for a vacation in Georgia, said Don McCown, deputy Anderson County coroner.

“They were trying to get away for a while,” he said.

It would have been the first time they had taken a vacation since Alden was shot and killed by a recently convicted terrorist.

William John Alden was trying to reach something on the top of a dresser in the family’s Anderson home, McCown said. The boy ended up pinned by the dresser drawers and died of asphyxiation, he said. Independen Mail

 

UPDATE:

The state court in Frankfurt convicted 22-year-old Arid Uka of two counts of murder. It also found him guilty of three counts of attempted murder and serious bodily harm for wounding two other servicemen and taking aim at a third before his 9 mm pistol jammed.

That means he won’t immediately be eligible for parole after 15 years as is usual in Germany.
Uka smiled and chatted with his lawyers before and after the sentence was announced, then sat with his eyes closed and his head downturned as the judge detailed his reasoning.

Read more: More at Fox News

Air Force Senior Airman Nicholas J. Alden

Died March 02, 2011 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom

25, of Williamston, S.C.; assigned to 48th Security Forces Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom; died March 2 as a result of a shooting at Frankfurt Airport, Germany, while en route to Afghanistan.

Air Force named airmen killed by Frankfurt gunman. CBS News Arid Uka, a 21-year-old ethnic Albanian from Kosovo who was raised in Germany, has confessed to the shooting, authorities said

That’s it??

German officials are investigating whether the fatal shooting could be considered an act of Islamic terrorism. Keep thinking,… I hope you can figure it out. As well as Zero.

Uka, a devout Muslim nicknamed Abu Reyann, reportedly yelled “God is great” in Arabic as he boarded and opened fire on a bus loaded with U.S. airmen Wednesday on their way from their base in England to serve in Afghanistan, said Marine Col. Dave Lapan, a Pentagon spokesman.


The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Air Force says that the two airmen killed March 2 at a German airport were from South Carolina and Virginia.

The Air Force identified the victims as 25-year-old Senior Airman Nicholas J. Alden of Williamston, S.C., and Airman 1st Class Zachary R. Cuddeback of Stanardsville, Va.

Alden was assigned to the 48th Security Forces Squadron at RAF Lakenheath in England. Cuddeback was assigned to the 86th Vehicle Readiness Squadron at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

German officials say a 21-year-old temporary letter sorter has admitted targeting Americans when he opened fire with a handgun on a busload of U.S. airmen at Frankfurt’s airport, killing two and wounding two others. The airmen were on their way to deployment in Afghanistan. Military Times

Here is our link to Zachary Cuddeback: Here More here at: AOL News

You are welcome to leave your comments. This was the best that A.P. could do?

November 2010 Was Deadliest November for U.S. Forces In 9-Year Afghan War

At least 45 U.S. troops were killed in Afghanistan last month–more than two-and-a-half times the 17 U.S. casualties in Afghanistan in November 2009–making November 2010 the deadliest November since the war began more than nine years ago, according to CNSNews.com’s database of U.S. casualties in Afghanistan.

So far this year, 452 U.S. troops have been killed in Afghanistan. That is more than was killed in any previous year of the war, and approximately 35 percent of all U.S. casualties since the war started. There have now been 1,304 total U.S. casualties in Afghanistan since October 2001.

More CNS News

 Thanks to Honor the Fallen : Here are just a few of those who gave their lives last week. While we were enjoying our Thanksgiving, these brave men gave it all. We are at war. And we must win it, or get out. This story barely made the news.

 

Army Pvt. Devon J. Harris

November 27, 2010
24, of Mesquite, Tex.; assigned to Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 10th Mountain Division, at Ft. Polk, La.; died Nov. 27 in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with a rocket-propelled…   [Read More

Marine Lance Cpl. Arden J. Buenagua

Died November 24, 2010 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom 19, of San Jose, Calif.; assigned to the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died Nov. 24 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations.

Army Spc. William K. Middleton

Died November 22, 2010 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom

26, of Norfolk, Va.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; died Nov. 22 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. Also killed was Army Staff Sgt. Sean M. Flannery.

Army Staff Sgt. Sean M. Flannery

Died November 22, 2010 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom

29, of Wyomissing, Pa.; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; died Nov. 22 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. Also killed was Army Spc. William K. Middleton.

Army Sgt. David J. Luff Jr.

Died November 21, 2010 serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom

29, of Hamilton, Ohio; was assigned to 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; died Nov. 21 in Tikrit, Iraq, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small-arms fire.

U.S. Withdraws “Pain Ray” from Afghan War

Why?? If it saves One Life! What kind of war is this.

A ‘pain ray’ that blasts the enemy with unbearable heat waves has been pulled out of Afghanistan by the US military.

The Active Denial System (ADS), which cost about £42 million to develop, was on the brink of being deployed to disperse members of the Taliban as they attacked US forces.

The weapon, which causes immense pain to subjects but no lasting physical damage, was pulled from the war zone last week but US army chiefs in Afghanistan have stayed silent about the reason for the U-turn.

The ADS, which has been in development for almost 20 years, works by firing a beam of high-frequency waves at the speed of light.

The beam can cover a person’s entire body, causing agonising pain as it heats water and fat molecules beneath the skin’s surface.

The beam can hit someone up to a third of a mile away, and they are only relieved of the pain when they move out of the way.

A spokesperson from the American Department of Defence said: ‘The decision to recall the weapons back to the US was made by commanders on the ground in Afghanistan.

More at Daily Mail UK

H/T Weasel Zippers  Here

McCrystal: Obama’s Operation Smokescreen

As with all things Obama only a swift move to another crisis can halt the daily media drone about what his administration is not doing in the Gulf.  In essence,  McCrystal handed Obama a gift.

The gift of a fresh news cycle where Obama can puff up his chest in indignation.  And most importantly turn heads away from the gush in Gulf.

Don’t think he didn’t see this for what it is.  An opportunity to “manage”  the news cycle and a person to pin the mismanagement and failures in Afghanistan on.

McCrystal’s “On the Cover of the Rolling Stone” motives aren’t quite clear.  But for someone with his background and strict adherence to military hierarchy, he had to know what he was doing.  You can’t tell me that he didn’t know exactly what his soldiers were saying and the consequences of hitting the hornets nest so publicly.   Nothing but excessive frustration could be the reason.

Finally, as a recent Tweet spells it out…Only the left  could think a general with 30 yrs of service is an idiot and  a 3 year community organizer is a military genius.

Treason! Who Said U.S to Expand Secret Military Acts in Mideast Region?

Let’s put this in the idiot WH column. “Secret, Clandestine.” Yes let’s  tell everyone that our brave men and women who are being asked to step up and do these “secret acts”  are coming your way. Treason. That is what the New York Times has done. Oh, so Obama needed to reveal he is “on the job.” And of course, their weapons will have to be “on amber”–as disclosed yesterday, forces cannot have a chambered bullet when out on patrol

“The Defense Department can’t be caught flat-footed,” said one Pentagon official with knowledge of General Petraeus’s order. And what about our CIA? Why are we throwing them under the bus? Why are we using our military?

The secret directive, signed in September by Gen. David H. Petraeus, authorizes the sending of American Special Operations troops to both friendly and hostile nations in the Middle East, Central Asia and the Horn of Africa to gather intelligence and build ties with local forces. Officials said the order also permits reconnaissance that could pave the way for possible military strikes in Iran if tensions over its nuclear ambitions escalate.

While the Bush administration had approved some clandestine military activities far from designated war zones, the new order is intended to make such efforts more systematic and long term, officials said. Its goals are to build networks that could “penetrate, disrupt, defeat or destroy” Al Qaeda and other militant groups, as well as to “prepare the environment” for future attacks by American or local military forces, the document said. The order, however, does not appear to authorize offensive strikes in any specific countries. More at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/25/world/25military.html?ref=todayspaper

American Soldiers in Afghanistan Ordered to Patrol With Their Weapons Unloaded?

Beyond belief–

Human Events reported:

Commanders have ordered a U.S. military unit in Afghanistan to patrol with unloaded weapons, according to a source in Afghanistan.

American soldiers in at least one unit have been ordered to conduct patrols without a round chambered in their weapons, an anonymous source stationed at a forward operating base in Afghanistan said in an interview. The source was unsure where the order originated or how many other units were affected.

“The idea that any combat unit would conduct any operation, including patrolling and even manning a security post—in which direct action may or may not take place—and not having weapons loaded, borders on being criminally negligent in my opinion,” says Lt. Col. W. Thomas Smith Jr., a recognized expert on terrorism and military issues. “This is nothing more than infusing politically correct restrictions into already overly restrictive rules of engagement. And this PC nonsense is going to get people killed.”

When a weapon has a loaded magazine, but the safety is on and no round is chambered, the military refers to this condition as “amber status.” Weapons on “red status” are ready to fire—they have a round in the chamber and the safety is off.

The source stated that he had been stationed at the base for only a month, but the amber weapons order was in place since before he arrived. A NATO spokesman could not confirm the information, stating that levels of force are classified.

“Our overall aim is to defeat the insurgency which means we must gain and then maintain the support of the Afghan population,” said Lieutenant Commander Iain Baxter, a spokesman for NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in a statement to HUMAN EVENTS. “This must be the objective of every action taken by ISAF service members, and it calls for responses that de-escalate situations where the use of deadly force may not be necessary. In doing this, leaders at all levels make enormous efforts to ensure that troops balance their own protection with the protection of the Afghan population.”

Hat tip: Bluegrasspundit http://www.bluegrasspundit.com/2010/05/american-soldiers-in-afghanistan.html

Sad Milestone: 1,000 Americans Dead in Afghanistan

Let us remember our military and especially the fallen and wounded who fight to keep the world free. On the right side of our page is a link to “Fallen Warriors” with a list of names and pictures of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice

On Tuesday, the toll of American dead in Afghanistan passed 1,000, after a suicide bomb in Kabul killed at least five United States service members. Having taken nearly seven years to reach the first 500 dead, the war killed the second 500 in fewer than two. A resurgent Taliban active in almost every province, a weak central government incapable of protecting its people and a larger number of American troops in harm’s way all contributed to the accelerating pace of death.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/19/us/19dead.html?partner=MYWAY&ei=5065

Obama ‘We Don’t Quit’ War Whopper?

It was the Faux leather jacket that Obama wore that was the tipping point for me with this Military visit this weekend. POTUS, Playing soldier.

“The United States of America does not quit once it starts on something.  You don’t quit, the American armed services does not quit.  We keep at it.  We persevere.” — Pres. Obama to US troops in Afghanistan, March 28, 2010

“Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is calling for the immediate withdrawal of all U.S. combat brigades from Iraq, with the pullout being completed by the end of next year. ‘Let me be clear: There is no military solution in Iraq and there never was,’ Obama said.” — Obama calls for immediate withdrawal from Iraq, AP, Sep. 12, 2007 [emphasis added]

“there’s no daylight when it comes to support for all of you.  There’s no daylight when it comes to supporting our troops.”

  • John Kerry accused US troops of “terrorizing” women and children in Iraq.
  • John Murtha accused US Marines of killing innocent Iraqi civilians “in cold blood.”
  • Dick Durbin accused US troops at Guantanamo of acting like “Nazis

Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/mark-finkelstein/2010/03/29/will-msm-let-obama-get-away-we-dont-quit-war-whopper#ixzz0jZVfod1h

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