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calendar   Tuesday - December 11, 2012

usa will recognize syrian rebels …. syrian rebels show middle finger to uncle sam

So here’s the headline and this will be fun.


US prepares to recognise Syrian opposition

The US is preparing to officially recognise the new Syrian opposition, amid reports the West is preparing to provide military training to rebels fighting Bashar al-Assad.

Officials say the administration is on track to recognise the new Syrian opposition council as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people at an international conference on the crisis in Morocco this week.

The move will pave the way for greater US support for those seeking to oust Mr Assad and follows the blacklisting of a militant Syrian rebel group with links to al-Qaeda. That step is aimed at blunting the influence of extremists amid fears that the regime may use or lose control of its stockpile of chemical weapons.

It comes amid claims that Western allies, including Britain, are examining plans that would see rebels provided with air and naval power.

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I figure if you’re interest you will catch the link above. No need to post all of it here and no need for another pissed peiper rant on the subject.

Ok, same paper but a different headline.  You’ll love this one.  Have fun taxpayers. Oh right. Me too? Hmmm. Not so funny now.


Syrian rebels defy US and pledge allegiance to jihadi group

Rebel groups across Syria are defying the United States by pledging their allegiance to a group that Washington will designate today a terrorist organization for its alleged links to al-Qaeda.

By Ruth Sherlock, Beirut

A total of 29 opposition groups, including fighting “brigades” and civilian committees, have signed a petition calling for mass demonstrations in support of Jabhat al-Nusra, an Islamist group which the White House believes is an offshoot of al-Qaeda in Iraq.

The petition is promoting the slogan “No to American intervention, for we are all Jabhat al-Nusra” and urges supporters to “raise the Jabhat al-Nusra flag” as a “thank you”.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/11/2012 at 05:35 PM   
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calendar   Saturday - December 08, 2012

the conning of the public. again. the west wants assad gone, so the big lie begins

This is pure BS people.

Assad is preparing to use chemical weapons against Syrian rebels, Hague warns as he threatens action

Foreign Secretary says he has seen intelligence that Syria has nerve gas Sarin
US sources claim Assad has aerial bombs loaded with deadly weapon
Speculation that NATO could begin airstrikes

By Steve Robson

That’s the headline. You really don’t need to see the article here and if you’re interested in it, it’s at the Daily Mail and every other warmongering newspaper in the UK and probably the USA as well.  We are being conned. Again. So what’s new?

Oh joy. Here we go again. The west is just itching to dump full force on Assad.
Now look here folks.  I know I am not the sharpest tool in the box but even I can tell when someone is being set up. Big time.  You don’t even need a brain to understand how this is playing out.

A least a month ago the mention was made of chemical weapons. Yeah right. It was made in passing but the idea was to plant the seed. You know the drill.
Any lie provided it is big enough, people will buy. It’s the tiny ones people won’t believe.

Next we heard from some head of state, could have been Obama, about a line in the sand.  If Assad using chemical weapons on his own people there will be hell to pay. OK, so O. didn’t say hell but you get the message.  Then France started talking about Assad’s possible use of chemical weapons and the Brits and last night Bankee-Moon (I don’t really care if I spelled his name rong) warned Assad not to use chemical weapons as it would be declared a crime against humanity. Right. Okay BKM, if you say so.

Meanwhile, back in Damascus, Assad is continually saying he has no intention of using chemical weapons. And the more he denies the false charge against him, the more the west keeps bringing it up and threatening his government with reprisals.
It’s a no winner for him and wool pulled over the eyes of the public in the USA and France and the UK and anyone else who has it in for Assad and an axe to grind.

It is not that I am pro Assad. I don’t care frankly. Furthermore, I do not care if he did use chemical weapons against the mob shelling his city and military installations.
Oh pardon me.  They’re all freedom fighters. I forget. The ones we no longer do business with are now tyrants and the other guys formerly a rag tag band of bandits and tribal elders getting back their own for previous insults, are now democracy loving fighters for truth and justice. Uh huh. Pull the other chain now.

Is Assad a boy scout? Prolly not but chemical weapons?  I really doubt he’s that dumb. He must know the west is just looking for any excuse to lay a serious hurt on him.  Do any of you believe he is dumb enough to shoot himself in the foot?
Again and again and again we are reminded of the kind of weapons he has in his chemical arsenal.  Mustard gas he might use say the talking heads. Biological agents that Assad “might” possess. And “might” use against innocent civilians, who just happen to be gunning for him. 

Although not my favorite journalist, Robert Fisk, who writes for a liberal leaning paper and is I believe on the left himself, reports that back in 1982 the present Assad’s father, Hafez al-Assad, in the town of Hama during the rising by Sunni muslims there, was accused of using chemical weapons on his people. Well, Fisk happened to be there on the date those weapons were reported to have been used.  Feb. of ’82.
Well folks, it didn’t happen True, his army was busy slaughtering people who were also by the way, slaughtering regime officials and their entire families.  It is pretty much how those folks wage war on one another. But there were no chemical weapons then, but now we are expected to believe there were. Cos the old story came up again and so why shouldn’t the present Assad do likewise.

Once upon a time when Saddam was our guy cos you will recall he was once fighting a war against Iran, well the US and Germany gave him components for chemical weapons.

What gets to me is all the sabre rattling and the hot air being used up again by those in power who are so clearly hoodwinking their public. It is a con people. We’re being set up along with Assad.  They are making things up and setting us up to accept their intrusion into another country’s war against itself.

Oh yeah, by the way. Would anyone happen to know which country used gas in the middle east first?  Saddam?  Nope. Bet you thought he was the first though. Huh?
Well he wasn’t.

It was the Brits under General Allenby, against the Turks in Sinai, way back in 1917.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/08/2012 at 09:24 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - November 29, 2012

He flew down the Champs-Elysees at second floor window height

I’m not sure about second floor but it couldn’t have been too high to do that.
Damn but weren’t there guys who did the derring-do things well in those days?  Of course, the opportunities presented themselves in more ways back then.
Whatever it was, many of the guys back then and most especially the flyers, even looked the part.  Like a cross between David Niven and Errol Flynn.
They fought well and for a country that years later isn’t worthy of them or their achievements.  Maybe I shouldn’t say that being a guest here. For now.

I read about these guys now and then, and have had the opportunity to actually hold in my own hands, letters from them to home or from commanding officers with sad news of loss. Then I look around and see how things are now.  Not the same sort at all.  Just sad. 


The RAF pilot who dropped the Tricolor on occupied Paris

The audacious story of how a RAF pilot flew down the Champs-Elysees to drop a French Tricolor over Nazi-occupied Paris has emerged after his medals were put up for sale.

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In a daring raid intended to boost the morale of the French, Wing Commander Ken Gatward flew just feet off the ground to put the wind up the Germans.

After dropping a huge French flag on top of the Arc de Triomphe, the British pilot headed towards the Gestapo headquarters which he raked with 20mm shells.

The attack sent the German SS troops running for their lives, to the delight of Parisians.

Wg Cdr Gatward’s antics were celebrated in British newspaper cartoons and raised the hope and morale among the British and French.

One of the cartoons depicted his aircraft doing a loop around the Eiffel Tower, with the word ‘Hope’ written in the sky using his trail smoke.

He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and after the war he was hailed a hero by the French government who presented him with a large bottle of Champagne and a Tricolor in Paris.

Wg Cdr Gatward’s medal set, that includes his DFC with bar and a Distinguished Service Order, have now been put up for auction after the recent death of his widow.

Being sold with it are the pilot’s log books and the wooden commemorative Champagne case inscribed with the words ‘In Remembrance of Your Flight Over Paris’.

A souvenir booklet featuring a sketch of the moment Wg Cdr Gatward and his observer dropped the Tricolor over the Arc de Triomphe with German army trucks on the ground is also being sold.

James Grinter, of auctioneers Reeman Dansie of Colchester, Essex, said: “Ken Gatwood’s act of bravery is a real Boy’s Own story.

“He was asked to volunteer for the ‘unsafe mission’ which was aimed at boosting the morale of the French and British people as well as undermine the Germans.

“This is June 1942 and the real dark days of war for the French and this was to demonstrate that the Germans weren’t invincible.”

Wg Cdr Gatward was chosen for the sortie as he had demonstrated a skill for accurate flying during low-level attacks on enemy positions after Dunkirk.

The British had been informed the Germans held daily parades down the Champs-Elysees and he was asked to strafe the parade.

He and his navigator, Flight Sergeant George Fern, took off from Thorny Island, near Portsmouth, on June 12.

After reaching Paris, he flew at just 30ft before Ft Sgt released the flag down the flare shute and over the Arc de Triomphe.

Mr Grinter said: “It is an amazing story - one of those that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.

“He flew down the Champs-Elysees at second floor window height. It was an incredible act of bravery and a real audacious attack.

“He attacked the Gestapo HQ and SS troops were seen to run for their lives. As he turned for home the Germans came out and shook their fists at him.

“The attack gave Parisians one of the greatest thrills of the war and had a huge effect on the morale of the French and at home.”

After returning unscathed to Britain, Wg Cdr Gatward wrote in his logbook: “Paris - no cover - 0ft. Drop tricolours on Arc Triomphe & Ministrie Marine. Shoot up German HQ. Little flak - no E.A. Bird in STBD oil radiator.

“Returned Northolt and on to command 61 photos. Heavy rain over England. France fair to light.”

The bird in question was a French crow that clattered into Wg Cdr Gatward’s Beaufighter plane as he approached Paris.

Upon his return to England, he removed the dead bird and laid it to rest at RAF Northolt.

Wg Cdr Gatward was awarded a second DFC in September 1944 for taking part in an aeriel attack on a German convoy in Norwegian waters.

He spent 30 years in the RAF before retiring. He lived in Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, with wife Pamela and died in 1998 aged 84.

His medals and other items are expected to sell for £8,000 at the auction on Friday.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 11/29/2012 at 10:15 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - October 23, 2012

on the front line with some battling brits

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No Photoshop, no makeup, no glamour runway boobs falling out or caked with makeup,
some real women and this one at least still looks damn good to these tired old eyes just as she is.

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OK .... NOW CLICK THE IMAGE FOR A LOT MORE TO SEE AND READ. MORE SEE THEN READ.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 10/23/2012 at 08:09 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - October 09, 2012

Teetering on the brink of the abyss

This way to Armageddon! Hurry, don’t be late! The ride is just about ready to start. Hold on, here we go!!!



NATO makes plans to back Turkey over Syria spillover

NATO said it had drawn up plans to defend Turkey if necessary should the war in Syria spill over their border again as dozens of people were killed across the Arab nation on Tuesday.

Fighting between Syrian rebels and government forces could be heard from this Turkish border town following on from several days of clashes in the past week. One Syrian villager said a rebel push on the town of Azmarin was expected soon.

In Damascus, rebel suicide bombers struck at an Air Force Intelligence compound used as an interrogation centre - the latest attack to bring the conflict close to President Bashar al-Assad’s power base.

“Assad...is only able to stand up with crutches,” Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan told a meeting of his ruling AK Party. “He will be finished when the crutches fall away.”

Erdogan, reacting to six consecutive days when shells fired from Syrian soil have landed on Turkish territory, has warned Ankara will not shrink from war if forced to act.

But his government has also stressed it would be reluctant to mount any big operation on Syrian soil and then only with international support.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 10/09/2012 at 06:46 PM   
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calendar   Monday - September 17, 2012

Two British soldiers and four US troops were killed by those wearing friendly uniforms

Since we’re in a situation where we really no longer can tell or trust friend from foe, either get the hell out or just kill everyone who doesn’t look like us.
Yeah, yeah a bit over the top. Or maybe .... ? 

How much longer and how many more of our people have to buy the farm. For what?  And why aren’t we carpet bombing the countries from which the enemy is getting arms? 


Six British and US troops killed in latest ‘green on blue’ attacks

Two British soldiers and four US troops were killed in separate “green on blue” attacks, the latest victims of Afghan forces turning their weapons on Nato troops.

The incidents come just two days after an attack on Camp Bastion.

The soldiers from 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment were shot dead by an Afghan policeman at a checkpoint in Helmand province, moments after they had given him medical treatment following a joint patrol.

They were named as Sergeant Gareth Thursby, 29, a married father-of-two from Skipton, North Yorkshire, and Private Thomas Wroe, 18, from Holmfirth, West Yorkshire.

An Afghan security official in Helmand told the Daily Telegraph the killer, Gul Agha, had called over the British soldiers at a checkpoint at around 2pm on Saturday and said his leg needed treatment.
The 25-year-old was a member of the Afghan Local Police programme, a government-backed local defense militia where men are paid and trained to protect their villages against the Taliban. He had joined five months earlier.

As the Britons returned to their vehicles at the checkpoint in Nahr-e Saraj, he drew a pistol and opened fire, killing two and wounding three others, before he was himself shot dead.

Lt Col Richard Parry, spokesman for British forces in Helmand, said: “I can confirm he needed some medical treatment and it was after that when he opened fire.” “We are not talking serious treatment and we don’t know if he was genuinely injured.”

Hours later, four Americans were also shot dead by one or more Afghan policemen in Zabul province, bringing the toll from such shootings to at least 51 in 2012 alone – nearly one-in-six of all Nato deaths in Afghanistan this year.

The American soldiers were shot dead at a remote checkpoint in Zabul’s Mizan district after they had answered distress calls from policemen who were under attack by Taliban fighters.

The attacks came only two days after the attack on Camp Bastion.

Details were also disclosed of the hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of damage caused during the Bastion weekend attack.

Six American AV-8B Harrier jets were destroyed and two badly damaged when around 15 attackers breached the perimeter around the camp’s airfield and began firing rockets and assault rifles at the aircraft. Three refuelling stations were also destroyed and six soft-skin hangars were damaged.

The attackers were “well equipped, trained and rehearsed,” the coalition said and had been wearing US Army uniforms to sow confusion during the attack.

British troops from 5 RAF Force Protection Wing (51 Squadron RAF), the RAF Regiment, were first on the scene and, fighting alongside US Marines, repelled the insurgents in a gun battle lasting more than five hours.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 09/17/2012 at 08:23 AM   
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an american hero, lt. commander Joe vaghi, d-day, omaha beach. rip

RIP

Lieutenant-Commander Joe Vaghi

Lieutenant-Commander Joe Vaghi, who has died aged 92, was – at 23 – the youngest beachmaster at Omaha Beach on D-Day.

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At 0735 on June 6 Vaghi landed on Easy Red section of Omaha, the easternmost American beach of the Normandy landings, abutting the British landings on Gold beach. As Vaghi reached the end of the ramp on his landing craft, he saw the man before him shot and fall dead into the water. Undeterred he strode on “as if he was running out on a field with a football under his arm”.

Vaghi was one of the elite corps of beachmasters: naval officers who patrolled between the water’s edge and first contact with the enemy, responsible for directing men and vehicles on to and off the beaches. While performing this crucial role they held command over everyone of whatever rank or Service. In the US Navy beachmasters were known as “traffic cops in hell” and said to hold a rank “just above God”.

On D-Day Vaghi established radio contact with landing craft still offshore, drove a stranded bulldozer to a safe location, and comforted an unknown dying soldier.

Survivors remember him calmly walking along the beach issuing orders through a megaphone. At one point, an Army officer asked him to give the order to “Move forward!” and as he did so he watched soldiers half-buried in the sand rise from their prone positions and charge 50 yards across the heavily mined beach towards a steep cliff.

Midway through the hectic morning, as Vaghi helped to move the dead, whose bodies were being bulldozed out of the way of new, incoming troops, the explosion of a shell knocked him out. As he came round he found his clothes ablaze, but after dousing the flames, and ignoring an injury to his knee, he unloaded fuel canisters and ammunition from a burning jeep, saving the lives of several other wounded men who lay around him.

As he recalled later: “We had trained so much that everything came quite natural, except one thing we didn’t do in training is to allow people to die.”

Very little went as planned on Omaha Beach on D-Day: many landing craft missed the beach, the Germans were well dug-in, and casualties were numerous. By the end of the day only two small isolated footholds had been gained; that the Americans had got so far was due greatly to the leadership of men like Vaghi. Three of the nine beachmasters on Omaha were among more than 4,000 Allied casualties there on D-Day.

After 23 days in Normandy, during which time he celebrated his 24th birthday, Vaghi returned to America to train more naval officers as beachmasters. He later served in the war in the Pacific, including at the landings on Okinawa, and was at sea, en route for the invasion of Japan, when he heard that atom bombs had been dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. His first thought was “I’m going to live a while longer.”

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 09/17/2012 at 08:03 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - August 28, 2012

British-born doctor was senior member of heavily-armed militant gang in syria

ok so, which group do you think will eventually take control?

Article say it was the good rebels who saved the guy. Fine. But it’s clear there are at least two different groups and I think you can bet more, who are fighting over there and soon will be shooting at each other.

Pretty scary though to think that a guy is actually a doctor working in a hospital here, when he isn’t doing his jihad thing in Syria.

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Find terrorist NHS doctor: MI6 lead hunt for extremist on sabbatical from London hospital who held British journalist captive in Syria

British-born doctor was senior member of heavily-armed militant gang that held two photographers captive at a camp in war-torn Syria
Medic told captive John Cantlie he took leave from his post at a leading London hospital to wage ‘holy war’
Extremist - who has a wife and child in Britain - intends to return to a job in the NHS when he leaves Syria

By Rebecca Evans

Intelligence services were last night trying to trace an NHS doctor who was part of a terror cell that kidnapped and shot a British photographer in Syria.

The AK-47-wielding medic is part of an extremist gang that held veteran war photographer John Cantlie and a fellow western journalist hostage for a week.

A heavily bearded Islamic fanatic, he told his prisoners he had taken a sabbatical from his NHS job to wage a ‘holy war’ in Syria.

He also told them that he was planning to return to his senior post in a South London A&E department.

Last night the General Medical Council said it would be investigating Mr Cantlie’s account.

A spokesman said: ‘Protecting patients is our priority. We are looking very closely at these allegations.’

Mr Cantlie, 41, was captured last month with Dutch colleague Jeroen Oerlemans while they were covering the civil war between President Assad’s army and rebel fighters.

As he tried to flee in a botched escape attempt, Mr Cantlie was shot in the arm but was later treated by the doctor, who was using a clearly labelled NHS medical kit.

When asked his name, he told the captives: ‘Just call me the doctor – I’m the only one here.’

The medic, who said he was 28 and had a wife and child in Britain, was also among the leaders of a group who were planning to behead ‘spies’ and was furious when the execution of two Syrians he believed to be undercover agents was halted.

It comes just days after the intelligence services warned that dozens of Britons, many thought to be of Pakistani origin, were going to Syria to wage jihad, or holy war. The concern is that they will return to the UK radicalised and pose a security problem.

Mr Cantlie told the Daily Mail of his British captor: ‘When he told me he was an NHS doctor, I thought it was weird.

‘This is a man who has taken an oath to save people and help them, and here he is walking around with a Kalashnikov and preaching sharia law. There are not any doctors who I know that do that.

‘He clearly believed in what he was doing but to follow something to that extreme is the disturbing thing. He was visibly upset when the execution was called off.’

In a macabre twist, the doctor, who spoke in a South London accent and kept his face covered with sunglasses and a scarf – said he was glad of the experience in Syria as when he returned to Britain

he wanted to specialise in trauma injuries.

Mr Cantlie added: ‘He said treating jihadists wounded in battle was good training and had a pack of gauzes, medicine, IV drips and medical gear.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 08/28/2012 at 11:10 AM   
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calendar   Monday - August 27, 2012

pygmies of politics draw a line in the sand, warn assad how to act in his own country

I heard on the radio that Obama has drawn a line in the sand (now that’s an appropriate word, sand is.) with regard to the use of chemical weapons by Assad. Then the Brit PM got into the act, not wanting to leave the bright and brave spotlight on O., and he too drew a line in the sand on the same issue.  Now France wants to flex military muscle because they are suggesting an alliance of western powers and bypassing the United Nations can you believe that?  The French suggest a limited version of a no fly zone. They want action but short of war.

As I listen to all this bloated bull shit from these political pigmies, I am left with the notion that France and the USA and the Brits, are all actually hoping like mad that Assad does use chemical weapons and thus give them the excuse they are desperate to find, to topple him. 

Another thought also comes to mind.

All that lovely technology used in the action in Libya, and it could be that the war there ended too quickly for the allies to use some other toys.
And lets face it, we do have so much unused and untested so far in actual warfare.

Oh joy.  Now here’s their chance in Syria to play with some more toys, if only Assad will co-operate and use his weapons of mass destruction.  It’s sort of like real estate with location, location, location.
But in this case with Syria and President Assad, it’s chemical weapons, chemical weapons, chemical weapons.
Never mind that so far at least, he has not issued so much as a threat to do that.
In fact, the allies have been clear that even the threat will be enough to bring them in on Syria’s civil war. 

I guess the bottom line is no surprise.
Only those govts. who have the approval of the politically correct powers that rule in the west, are allowed to defend themselves against armed insurgents hiding among civilians.  Insurgents who quickly cry democracy and call themselves freedom fighters usually get the front pages and the support they need.  The party in power almost always loses the propaganda war and the other over used cry is then heard.

Civilians are being slaughtered by their own government.  There’s mass-a- crees being committed and it’s all documented by who?
Right.  “Activists”.  Amnsty Intl., Civil Rights Watch, and a dozen other nosy do gooders who’ve no business there in the first place.

It does look very much like Assad could be ousted.  There’s talk here that Brit specialists are already there and have been. Hell, who’d know?
But I wonder what would replace him?

So do the few Christians who remain and whose questions have yet to be answered.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 08/27/2012 at 11:39 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - July 03, 2012

threats to shoot folks not seen as proper leadership skills

I guess sometimes the pressure of the job just gets to one.

Might embarrass Obama however, as this fellow is a supporter and has the job due to that support.


US envoy to Kenya resigns after ‘threatening to shoot staff in head’

The US ambassador to Kenya resigned after complaints he bullied staff and threatened to “shoot them in the head” if they did not comply with his orders, it has been alleged.

By Jon Swaine, Washington

Scott Gration, who had led the US embassy in Nairobi since February last year, stepped down late last week, citing “differences with Washington regarding my leadership style”.

It is understood that the State Department’s inspector general is preparing to release a scathing report on Mr Gration, who is a close ally of President Barack Obama.

The disclosures threaten to embarrass Mr Obama, who previously made Mr Gration his special envoy to Sudan after the veteran diplomat became an early champion of his presidential ambitions.

read source for his idea of leadership. yuk,yuk


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 07/03/2012 at 12:24 PM   
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calendar   Monday - July 02, 2012

why wait? why not leave and then nuke the bastards?

I’m really bothered by this and I’m fairly certain American troops are still targets as well.  But here is where I am and here is where I get news concerning this place and most especially what’s happening to those brave young kids in a god forsaken and worthless place populated by people we’ve not a thing in common with.  Not even our humanity.
I am of course referring to the wasted lives and wasted resources lost by the UK in Afghanistan.

As an aside.  It’s only in the past week that I have finally, after all these years, got my hands on a copy of Pat Buchanan’s book, “The Death of the West.”
It’s a chilling read and a sad one and a maddening read as well.  I don’t always agree with every single thing he may believe to be true.  But pretty much I do buy his general outlook.  And it is scary. I also think it’s all of it true.  And what Pat writes about America is equally true of Europe and the UK. 
So that beings me back to the reason for this morning’s post.

Since our Commander in Chief is a military genius and along with the Brit top man have announced the time table for withdrawal, why must we wait?
Every death is pointless. Wasted. What good are we doing?  If anyone knows, please don’t keep it a secret. Cos I very honestly do not know.
How many more time does this have to be repeated?


Three British soldiers killed by Afghan policeman after argument

Three British soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan by a local policeman following an argument, the Ministry of Defence has said.

Thomas Harding, Defence Correspondent, and Ben Farmer in Lashkar Gah
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As relations with local forces continue to deteriorate the deaths mean that a quarter of all British fatalities this year have been caused by Afghans soldiers with seven murdered at the hands of allies.
The soldiers, two from the Welsh Guards and one from the Royal Corps of Signals, are understood to have become involved in an argument with one of the Afghan policemen.
The officer opened fire, probably with an AK47 machine gun, and hit three of the soldiers. It is unclear if they were wearing body armour at check point Kamparack Pul in Nahr-e-Saraj in Helmand. A fourth British soldier was wounded but is thought to be stable.
The Afghan policeman was then shot and wounded. He is now in custody.
The deaths bring the total number of British fatalities in Afghanistan to 422.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 07/02/2012 at 10:31 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - June 19, 2012

submarine found after 94 years

Heck of a discovery and I can’t think of anything to add. Worth sharing though I hope.


First World War British submarine found 94 years after being abandoned

By David Blair
A British submarine which executed one of the most daring raids of the First World War, penetrating the Dardanelles to sink a small flotilla of Turkish warships, has been found 94 years after being abandoned.

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HMS E14 was located intact by Turkish documentary-makers on the ocean bed of the Dardanelles after a search that began in January.

In 1915, Lt-Cdr Edward Courtney Boyle was decorated with the Victoria Cross after steering E14 through these heavily defended straits at the height of the Gallipoli campaign.

Boyle sailed beneath a minefield and evaded the guns and searchlights arrayed along the Narrows. Having defeated the supposedly impregnable defences of the Dardanelles, E14 reached the open waters of the Sea of Marmara on April 27 1915.

Boyle then “cruised about at will” for the “next three weeks,” wrote Alan Moorehead in “Gallipoli”, brazenly surfacing off the Golden Horn beside Istanbul itself.
During this time, E14 sank two warships and a White Star cruise liner packed with 6,000 Turkish troops bound for Gallipoli. After inflicting more damage than any submarine commander before him, Boyle escaped through the Dardanelles, evading the minefields for a second time.

The citation for his VC praised his “conspicuous bravery” for overcoming “great navigational difficulties” and the “hourly danger of attack from the enemy”. E14’s entire crew of 30 received Distinguished Service Medals. Boyle, aged 27 at the time of his decoration, was run over by a lorry and died in 1967.

A later captain of E14, Lt-Cdr Geoffrey Saxon White, also won the VC in the Dardanelles. But he was decorated posthumously after an operation in these waters resulted in the submarine being abandoned in January 1918. Its location remained unknown until this month, when the vessel became the first “E” class submarine ever to be discovered intact.

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Posted by peiper   United States  on 06/19/2012 at 02:02 PM   
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calendar   Sunday - June 17, 2012

his war decorations to go on sale. the derring do of one battling brit

Gosh what a story. And look at the war decorations this guy earned.

I think it’s sad that his son is selling all the memorabilia.  Maybe I’m just dumb about stuff like this.

My late hero uncle (to me he was always that, even when we didn’t agree on other things) gave me a few item he flew with, including the headset he wore on missions.  Lost now in a move somehow. I can’t even find the crew photo with the plane anymore. Those little items still bother me. So it’s a sure bet I wouldn’t sell the medals if I had them.  Who knows. If I couldn’t hold onto the two I did have after 40 some years, I might have lost these also.
Anyway, this is one impressive story. He even looks the part. Have you noticed how often the guys looked like the dashing heroes they were?

Take a look.


Medals of the ace who never knew he was beaten

Squadron Leader Mike Stephens was climbing out of his burning Hurricane high above the Western Desert. He had been injured in both feet and much of his fighter’s engine and half the cockpit had been shot away by an enemy aircraft.

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Group Captain Mike Stephens’s Distinguished Service Order; Distinguished Flying Cross, with two bars; 1939-45 Star, clasp, Battle of Britain; Air Crew Europe star; Africa Star, clasp, North Africa 1942-43; Defence and war medals 1939-45; Coronation 1953 and a Malta, 50th Anniversary Medal 1942-92 Photo: BNPS

But when the Luftwaffe pilot who had attacked him flew past, Stephens climbed back into his plane and shot the enemy Messerschmitt down.
It was only then that he jumped to safety, and by that stage he was on fire himself. He beat the flames out as he parachuted to the ground, landing just 300 yards from the German front line. He hobbled towards friendly lines in the Western Desert before being picked up by Polish troops.
Stephens was awarded a Distinguished Service Order for his heroics. He was just 22 years old.

The action, in December 1941, over Acroma, Libya, was one of many acts of bravery carried out by the “ace” who shot down an estimated 22 enemy aircraft during the war.
As well as the DSO, he won the Distinguished Flying Cross with two bars.

His medals, as well as other mementoes including his log book, photographs and a flying helmet with oxygen mask are being sold by his son, and are expected to sell for £50,000 at the Dix Noonan Webb saleroom in Mayfair, London, on June 27-28.

Stephens, who went on to become a group captain, holds a special place in wartime aviation because he was admitted to three informal “clubs” for RAF pilots.
They were the Caterpillar Club, for those who bailed out with a parachute; the Goldfish Club, for those who bailed out into water; and the Flying Boot Club, for those who came down in the desert and had to walk to friendly lines.

David Erskine-Hill, of Dix Noonan Webb, said: “The remarkable wartime career of Mike Stephens epitomises the sustained gallantry displayed by the young pilots of Fighter Command.
It was a career encompassing several hundred combat sorties and the award of four decorations for gallantry – only 15 airmen received the combination of a DSO and DFC with 2 Bars in the 1939-45 war.”

Stephens graduated from RAF Cranwell, Lincs, in 1939 and was posted to France where he was quickly in the thick of the action, shooting down enemy planes.
Returning from his final sortie in France he had 6in shot off one of his propeller blades but landed the unsteady machine at the airfield.

When told that he could not take off with the propeller damage and the plane would have to be destroyed, he had 6in taken off the other end of the propeller and flew it back to Britain.

He saw service in Turkey and north Africa and, in October 1942, volunteered to go to Malta where he came close to death again, as his logbook records.
He wrote: “Squirting 109 good and proper, got him smoking when a Spit (Stead) pulled up in front of me, so had to stop. Shot the port wing off another at 7,000, then later was bounced by a 109 who damaged my engine. Flew on a little way and then had to bail out. Trouble with dinghy, picked up after 3 hours. Moral – know your dinghy drill!”

He did not add that the dinghy operation was made especially difficult by the fact that he kept his left hand in the air throughout because he was wearing a watch that his parents had bought him and he did not want to break it.

In May 1943 Stephens was awarded his third DFC and returned home and saw no further action. He retired from the RAF in 1960 and worked in the aero-engines division of Rolls-Royce in Paris.
He retired with his wife Violet to the south of France before they returned to live out their days in Britain. She died in 2000 and he died in 2004, aged 84.

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YOU NEED TO DIE SPORT BUT, IT ISN’T PERSONAL YA KNOW. JUST BUSINESS.

This is just a small portion of a news story today and if you want the rest of it, it’s at the link. Frankly, I don’t want to read the rest cos I don’t care about “those” ppl topping one another. Not my business.  But I have to say, if you were listening to the news and reading the papers as I have on this side of the Atlantic, it sounds and looks like the phoney rhetoric we heard before the bit of action in Libya last year, where we and the Brits and the French all got together and played with ourselves, militarily speaking. Bang,bang.  Oh btw and for the record, I am not sorry Gadiffi is history. Anyway, this Syria thing is sounding much the same.
SAAAAAVE THE POOOOOR CIVILIANS!!! OUTRAGE!!

Yeah right. Here we go again. Another Belgium babies fairy tale. Only this time, there has been at least one lonesome reporter who happens to be a senior foreign correspondent, has reported that he suspects the guys we’re (excluding myself of course) snuggling up to and whose cause everyone here is espousing, may have set he and his crew up for an ambush. Why? Well, he said that were he and his crew killed by Assad’s people, it would bolster the appeal of those opposed to the Assad government.
Never mind. My prediction is that again the west will get it’s new little war to test out new equipment and feel like they’ve won WW2 all over again. And how much more national treasure will that cost? Don’t ask.  Besides, it’s not the kind of thing you pay up front for. No.  It’ll be borrowed. From your grandkids and their kids. Easy. 

I can’t rule out sending our troops to Syria, warns Hague as he says country could spiral into Bosnia-style civil war

By TIM SHIPMAN
The Foreign Secretary said Britain would have to ‘greatly increase our support for the opposition’ if the current United Nations plan for a ceasefire fails, as the Foreign Office now fears.
Mr Hague repeatedly refused to rule out military action yesterday if Syria descends into ‘terrible’ sectarian violence.

HERE WE GO AGAIN?

I read this in Peter Hitchens column yesterday. It will be a lone voice I am certain.
Should Assad fall and his tribe with him, I frankly shudder to think what will replace him.
So far in Libya, we are not seeing truth and light, I don’t think. But then, I’m just an old sceptic who has little trust or faith in our side and none at all for the other.  I do have to wonder about this report because, I can not imagine an UNARMED policeman in that part of the world. Can You? So there could be less to this story then meets our eye. But ya never know.


The truth seeps out of Syria

by Peter Hitchens

I have been contacted by a group of Western women who live in Syria and who believe that most of what the world is being told about that country is false.

As far as I can discover, they are not stooges of what they agree to be a rather nasty government in Damascus, but exactly what they say they are: normal human beings caught up in a political tornado. For obvious reasons, I have promised to protect their identities.

I urge you to read what follows, because it is important, because our emotional interventions in other countries never do any good, and because it is vital that people resist attempts to drag us into Syria, too, by feeding us one-sided atrocity propaganda.

This sort of propaganda has a price. I hope you have noticed the continuing tally of deaths of selfless British soldiers in Afghanistan, in a cause long ago abandoned.

And I hope you have also noticed that Libya, ‘rescued’ by us a few months ago, is now a failed state whose main international airport was recently taken over by gangsters, and where unjustly arrested prisoners are starved and tortured in secret dungeons.

One of my informants from Syria writes of the ‘activists’ we hear so much about: ‘These protesters are not peaceful, flower-carrying people wanting freedom. No, they are weapon-toting killers who snipe, who ambush, who fire upon the army with the sole purpose of inciting riot and mayhem.’

She blames Salafis, ultra-puritan Muslims influenced by Saudi teachings, who loathe and threaten Syria’s minorities of Alawites and Christians. She says many of the ‘activists’ are foreigners, a view shared by all my informants. Many of the ‘activists’ are armed.

Armed intervention is in fact well under way, uncondemned by the UN, which readily attacks the Syrian government for defending itself. Another writes: ‘I have seen reports of opposition rallies which showed pictures of pro-government rallies, and reports purporting to be from the north Syrian countryside, where it has been an incredibly wet year, which appear to have been taken in some desert. The news being accepted as truth by BBC World News is so biased these days that I no longer believe what they say about anything any more, after more than 60 years of crediting them with the truth.’

She says she has spoken to a man who took part in a march at Hama last summer. He ‘was worried for his safety, but was given a red rose to carry and assured the whole thing would be calm and orderly, and seeing many other men from the mosque joining in with their small sons, he agreed. They walked for a very few minutes, the unarmed police watching them from the wayside, then a man next to him pulled out a gun and shot the nearest policeman dead.’

A riot followed, reported by foreign TV stations as a police attack on peaceful marchers.

I expect to have more to say on this in weeks to come.

HITCHENS

And then there is this.
Just how stupid do our masters or at least the media, think everyone is? 
Do any of you look at this photo and really believe these kids know what’s going on in their world? I mean outside of what they see. Like, do kids this young really hold “protests” or lets see. Ya think perhaps adults tell em what to do and they do as they’re told?  The caption for this bit of propaganda meant to entice us read; Boys protest against the Syrian regime yesterday after Friday prayers
Here, have a look for yourself.

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I think Assad, who I know is not our best friend in all the world, is being set up.

Channel 4 news reporter says he was ‘deliberately set up to be shot’

By DAVID WILLIAMS and RICHARD HARTLEY-PARKINSON

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At least 17 people were killed overnight in Syria as the town where the uprisings began was shelled.

Activists said 10 women were among the dead in the town of Deraa, in the south of the country.

The latest killings happened as Channel 4 News chief correspondent Alex Thomson claimed Syrian rebels tried to lead him and his colleagues into a trap so they would be killed by government forces, to discredit the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Last night Channel 4 correspondent Alex Thomson said a group from the Free Syrian Army led his team into the line of fire because ‘dead journos are bad for Damascus’.

He said his vehicle was shot at before the team managed to ‘floor it back to the road we’d been led in on’.
He wrote: ‘Suddenly four men in a black car beckon us to follow. We move out behind. We are led another route. Led in fact, straight into a free-fire zone. Told by the Free Syrian Army to follow a road that was blocked off in the middle of no-man’s land.

‘At that point there was the crack of a bullet and one of the slower three-point turns I’ve experienced. We screamed off into the nearest side-street for cover. Another dead-end. There was no option but to drive back out on to the sniping ground and floor it back to the road we’d been led in on.

‘Predictably the black car was there which had led us to the trap. They roared off as soon as we re-appeared.
‘I’m quite clear the rebels deliberately set us up to be shot by the Syrian army. Dead journos are bad for Damascus.’

His comments on the Channel 4 website came as clashes were reported near the centre of the Syrian capital, while UN monitors finally reached the hamlet of Mazraat al-Qubeir where up to 78 people, including women and children, were reportedly killed by militia loyal to Assad two days earlier.

He said his suspicions over the rebels were strengthened when, half an hour later, ‘our four friends in the same beaten-up black car suddenly pulled out of a side-street, blocking us from the UN vehicles ahead’.

He wrote: ‘In a war where they slit the throats of toddlers, what’s the big deal in sending a van full of journalists into the killing zone? It was nothing personal.’
Yesterday peace envoy and former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan met US secretary of state Hillary Clinton to discuss his plan to end more than a year of violence in the country, as Syrian troops reportedly launched a blitz on a rebel-held neighbourhood in the central city of Homs.

The developments came as a survey by YouGov showed substantial public support in Britain and the US for military action to secure a Libya-style ‘no-fly zone’ in Syria – but little backing for a ground assault.

IT’S NOT PERSONAL


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