Monday, June 30, 2008

Iranian Nightmare Pic Of The Day

The real reason Iranian commanders can't sleep at night. The Revolutionary Guard will bite off more than it can chew.


Iran Says Gulf Oil Route at Risk if Attacked

Talk about whistling in the dark, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard made their usual threats about shutting down the straits of Hormuz. This follows Saturday’s report of their digging of 320,000 graves for the crusaders and Zionist if they attack. I guess they forgot what happened in 1988.

The Iranian bluster might sound good on the Arab street, but the reality of having to deal with two or three carrier battle groups, plus whatever the USAF brings to bear has to make any real Iranian armed forces general officer pause in thinking how the graves being dug will be for his own force. The capability that we can bring to bear in 2008 is many times greater than what we could achieve in 1988.

Idiots, if push comes to shove the Iranians who must import refined gasoline would have their main facilities at Karg Island destroyed and their one refinery in ruins, chaos and anarchy would rule the day.

Check out the piece written by Dr. David F. Winkler is a historian with the Naval Historical Foundation.

During the Spring of 1988, the U.S. Navy was engaged in Operation Earnest Will, which had as an objective to maintain freedom of navigation in the Persian Gulf as Iraq and Iran continued to fight a seemingly endless war. On 14 April 1988, lookouts on the Perry-class frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts spotted three mines ahead in waters northeast of Qatar. Immediately the frigate's skipper, Cdr. Paul Rinn, sent the crew to General Quarters. Unfortunately, in backing down the frigate hit a fourth mine, which blew a 21-foot hole in the port side, cracking the hull, and injuring ten Sailors. The damage control efforts of the crew have become legendary as they welded cable to the hull to keep the ship from breaking in half. Within a few days, allied minesweepers combed the area and found more freshly laid mines. Judging from the markings, Iran was the clear culprit. In Washington, President Ronald Reagan met with his national security team. Adm. William J. Crowe, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, wanted to go after Iranian warships. Reagan instead favored the less militarily confrontational approach of going after Iranian oil platforms that had been used for command and control purposes. However, Crowe did convince the president to allow for "a very good set of rules of engagement" that would permit the Middle East Force commander to engage Iranian warships should they challenge the American operation. Crowe hoped that the notorious Iranian patrol frigate Sabalan, a warship that had mercilessly attacked many merchant ships and massacred numerous unarmed sailors, would be drawn into the fray. The action was code-named Operation Praying Mantis.
Under the command of Rear Adm. Anthony A. Less, three surface action groups of three ships each went into battle on 18 April, with two going after the oil platforms and a third seeking out the Sabalan. Overhead, aircraft from the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise provided cover. Iranians stationed on both platforms resisted, but were overpowered by naval and helicopter gunfire. Marines and SEALs captured the two rigs, set demolition charges, and departed unscathed.
The Wainwright's surface warriors had no time to celebrate. With an Iranian F-4 tighter quickly closing, the Wainwright's, skipper ordered Standard missiles to the rail and away. Two birds streaked towards the jet, apparently causing damage as the plane rapidly fell before returning to Bandar Abbas.
To avenge the morning actions against their two oil platforms, the Iranians sent the Sahand, sister ship of the Sabalan, across the Gulf to attack oil platforms of the United Arab Emirates. An A-6E Intruder aircraft from the Enterprise responded to surface-to-air missile launches from the Sahand by firing two Harpoons and four laser-guided bombs. The guided-missile destroyer USS Joseph Strauss fired another Harpoon into what became a burning hulk.
Finally at 1700, the scorned Sabalan cleared Bandar Abbas harbor and fired three missiles at a passing A-6E aircraft. Avoiding the missiles, one of the American planes turned and dropped a single 500-pound laser-guided bomb down the Sabalan's stack, ripping apart the engineering spaces. Less requested permission to finish off the ship. However, in Washington, Crowe turned to Secretary of Defense Frank Carlucci and said, "We've shed enough blood today," and called off any further action.
For Iran, 18 April was a disastrous day. Besides losing a large portion of its navy, the Iranians suffered setbacks on land as an Iraqi assault reclaimed the Al Faw peninsula. For Iran, the situation only worsened over the next few months. Eight years and hundreds of thousands of war dead drained the revolutionary zeal of the Iranian people, Calls to raise a 100,000-man "Mohammed Corps" went unheeded. Iranian leaders began to consider the reality of ending the war with a non-military solution

Friday, June 27, 2008

More Under The Bus For Obama

I had to laugh after the Supreme Court ruling confirmed the individual right in the second amendment and struck down the D.C. gun laws yesterday. I knew that the Obama campaign would flop around and they did.
Check out NRO online for some good information on the not moderate gun control man but the man who supports with previous positions a total ban on handguns. Click the post title for the link.

Pic Of The Day

The Obama Bus Rolls on, hilarious. With his constant left leaning pandering on oil drilling, the 2nd amendment today and endless other subjects Mr Hope and Change show he is just another Chicago politician. As people get to know the real privately financed Soro's led Obama, his poll numbers will drop. I wonder how many Democrats have buyers remorse?

(Credit Fasternu426)

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Obama. What Energy Plan?

Yesterday in Nevada the presumptive Democrat part nominee, Obama showed us once again that he has no clue on a comprehensive energy plan and in fact only supports what the Democrats have done for years, no exploration, no nuclear and how about a new tax on the evil oil companies.
First he criticized the nuclear plan
“"It doesn't make sense for America," Obama said. "In fact, it makes about as much sense as his proposal to build 45 new nuclear reactors without a plan to store the waste some place other than right here at Yucca Mountain," he also said I don't think it's our optimal energy source because we haven't figured out how to
store the waste safely or recycle the waste."

Fist off, Yucca Mountain is the most geologically studied piece of earth in the world and is idea for long turn waste storage. It sure is hell is a lot better than the currant plan, which is storing the waste in pools around the country at various power plant sites. As far as recycle talk to the French who have been using breeder reactors for years to do this process. We could to if it wasn’t for former President Carter getting a ban in place.

In dealing with offshore drilling Obama has the audacity to say, “any new supply would only lower prices a few cents.”
This too is complete nonsense, any drilling would have immediate effect on futures contracts and even more so once the oil started to flow into the system. Our own drilling and production of oil shale would have major impact on the worlds oil supply. These resources plus the new Brazilian field will help rest power from OPEC

Obama has also publicly stated that he would windfall tax the oil companies and use the money to provide relief to families paying their energy bills. More liberal Marxist B.S., we the working men and women will pay for any tax because what business does is pass it on.

The daily spin by the MSM sputtering the DNC talking points and making Obama sound like he has a clue will lead us to ruin if more people don’t wake up and see that what we have is a classic Marxist disguised as a progressive Democrat. I just don’t understand how the mainstream Democrat party leader can look themselves in the mirror every morning and think that this man a man who has accomplished very little in his life with a resume as thin as onion paper, who evidently is not the sharpest tool in the shed, who can’t speak without a teleprompter is in a position to be elected President of this great nation.
They must truly hate this country in their quest for power. With an empty suit like BHO they will play him like a puppet if he wins in November

Al Qaeda’s Mosul Leader Killed by TF 88 Troops

Another great job by U.S. Special operations personnel.

Hat Tip, Bill Roggio and his Long War Journal. Click the post title for a redirect to his fine site.

US special operations forces scored a major victory in Mosul today. US forces killed al Qaeda’s emir or leader of the northern Iraqi city during a raid on a safe house.
The emir, who has not been named, was killed after a special operations forces team from Task Force 88, the hunter-killer teams assigned to take down terrorists in Iraq, stormed a building in Mosul. The commandos opened fire after one of the terrorists attempted to detonate his suicide vest was shot and another reached for a pistol. A woman with the group attempted to detonate the vest on the dead al Qaeda operative.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Zimbabwe's Shot To Hell

Just when I thought there was hope for the population of Zimbabwe, the former breadbasket of Africa according to the BBC all hope is lost. It was announced over the weekend that the opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai said Sunday that he is pulling out of Friday's presidential run-off and essentially handing victory to tyrant Robert Mugabe. Mugabe who is now 84 tears old was quoted “Only God, who appointed me, will remove me, not the M.D.C., not the British, Only God will remove me!”
The left should be pleased in this country because once again a murdering Marxist has managed to beat back another free election, I wonder if that a**hat Jimmy Carter was available for comment.
It’s really too bad the the Selous Scouts never caught up with Robert during the brush war. I can only think of the thousands of lives that could have been saved if they had.
(Pics Morgan Tsvangirai, and Selous Scout badge)

ANWR Reality

Obama and his minions have been truly clues the last few days about drilling and what it can do for the price of oil. Anybody with a slight grasp of economics realizes that this is classic supply and demand. Here are a few quotes from the last few days about ANWR and the energy situation in general. Thanks democrat every time you fill up with 4.00 plus gas.

Hat Tip, Gateway Pundit
Rep Devin Nunes (R-CA) was quoted after his recent trip to ANWR

"If the Arctic National Wildlife Area was a football field, the (area to be developed for oil) would be like a postage stamp on that football field... So it is totally outrageous what they say. What Americans forget too, is that the Republican Congress opened up ANWR every single year that we were in power. But, what happened was in the Senate, the democrats killed it every year in the senate."

"So, you had Clinton veto it in 1995, and then every single year after that you had the democrats kill it in the US Senate."

George Will also commented
Well, people are against that (drilling in America) because I believe that on the Left in this country what they want is a manufactured scarcity so that government can have the rationale to ration which gives the government what the Left wants, an ever more minute supervision of our daily choices... There's a fear that someone somewhere may make a profit... In terms of profit in terms of total income Coca-Cola made more money. So I want to hear first a windfall tax on Coca-Cola”
The reality is that the Democrat part has opposed drilling and increasing refining and Nuclear power for the last 30 years. Why? The only explanation is they do not want America to continue to grow and be the worlds only Superpower. If this is not traitorous activity I ‘d hate to see what is.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Pic Of The Day

An F-22 Raptor flies with the Red Arrows the RAF's aerobatic team,

(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Samuel Rogers)

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Just Beacuse Murtha (D-Ohio) Is Still A Dirt Bag

Seventh Haditha Marine Innocent

The seventh U.S Marine had his charges dismissed on Tuesday. Murtha (D-Ohio) is still a dirtbag who should resign immediate only after he publicly apologizes to these Marines for saying they killed in cold blood. We must not also not forget that the Democrat Presidential candidate Obama sided with his fellow antiwar Democratic colleague Murtha on Hannity and Colmes in June 2006

Colmes: Did Murtha say that in the right way?

Obama: "You know, I don't have the exact quotes in front of me. What I know is here is a guy who served our country. I would never second guess John Murtha... I think he's somebody who knows of which he speaks"
Both of these men are A**hats and are an embarrassment to all real Americans.

From Mark Walker, North County Times

Military Judge Col. Steven Folsom dropped all charges against Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani, who was accused of violating a lawful order and dereliction of duty, at a hearing at the Camp Pendleton Marine base in Southern California.
Folsom threw out the charges against Chessani, a 44-year-old Colorado native, after finding that a four-star general who oversaw the case could have been influenced by an investigator who later became his adviser.
The dismissal of charges against Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani came after a finding that then-Lt. Gen. James Mattis was unlawfully influenced by a Marine attorney who participated in an investigation of the killings and then became the general's top legal adviser.

The ruling by Col. Steven Folsom, the judge presiding over Chessani's case, was a major blow to the government, which has seen charges against seven of the eight men accused with criminal wrongdoing in the 2005 killings dismissed or withdrawn. Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich is for now the lone Haditha defendant.

Folsom ruled the participation of Col. John Ewers as an investigator and report writer in the Haditha killings and his later appointment as Mattis' top legal aide constituted unlawful command influence.

Ewers' depth of involvement, he said, "tainted" the charges against Chessani beyond repair.

"Unlawful command influence is the mortal enemy of military justice," Folsom said. "The appearance of unlawful command influence is as devastating as actual manipulation of a trial."

A dismissal, he said, was necessary to maintain public confidence in the military justice system.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

New Chief Of Staff

The Secretary of Defense announced last week that he would recommend Gen. Norton Schwartz to serve as chief of staff. I’ve done some checking and this I feel will be a great choice of a new leader for the Air Force. The bottom line is that General Schwartz is neither a bomber nor fighter pilot; his background is in airlifters and Special Operations, perfect for the ongoing war on terror.
His nomination is great since finally the fighter pilot mafia that has been in charge seemingly forever and during the curent disastrous draw down and sacrifice of the force for the Raptor and other pet systems should come to an end. His appointment should allow the Air Staff to get back to fundamentals that have been pushed off the table. Items like decent electronic warfare, improved airlift and an increase in the size and scope of our special operations forces. Hopefully there will be an increase in accountability so the boys in the flying club mentality that has so permeated the upper echelons of Air Force leadership can be washed away.
I wish General Schwartz good luck and smooth air as he takes over an organization that needs a shot of real leadership.

Pic Of The Day

One of the few things in recent years that was done right, the bringing back of the aggressor squadrons can only help mold future pilots air to air skills in case it is ever needed again. This is an F-15C from the 65th Aggressor Squadron.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald)

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Happy Birthday U.S. Army

The Army celebrates its 233 birthday today June 14. It has and will continue to serve this nation with honor and bravery.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stacy L. Pearsall)

The New House Numbers, Approval Rate Down To 13%

San Fran Nan the biggest joke in the history of the House Speakers seat, the women that would lower the price of gas, who praises the Iranians and oh what’s the use I can go on and on. Her House is now down to a historically low 13% approval rating. Way to go Democrats, I wonder if this the change the Obama messiah was talking about.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

RAF Tornado

I’ve always thought the Tornado was a good jet. When I was stationed in the UK I lived in a market town called Swaffham, about five miles from RAF Marham. I used to see these guys low leveling all the time.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Oil And Gas Prices The Real Story

Great post by CDR Salamander, it says it all.

Congressman Roy Blunt put together these data to highlight the differences between House Republicans and House Democrats on energy policy:
ANWR Exploration House Republicans: 91% Supported House Democrats: 86% Opposed
House Republicans: 97% Supported
House Democrats: 78% Opposed
Oil Shale Exploration
House Republicans: 90% Supported
House Democrats: 86% Opposed
Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Exploration
House Republicans: 81% Supported
House Democrats: 83% Opposed
Refinery Increased Capacity
House Republicans: 97% Supported
House Democrats: 96% Opposed
91% of House Republicans have historically voted to increase the production of American-made oil and gas.
86% of House Democrats have historically voted against increasing the production of American-made oil and gas

Saturday, June 7, 2008

We Have The Oil, Lets Drill And Mine

With Gas going up another quarter here locally thanks to the insane over 10 dollar jump in crude Friday, I thought you would like to see and article that was out a moth or so ago that received almost no airplay. Apparently the MSM doesn’t want you to know that we could be energy (oil) independent. It doesn’t fit with their far left agenda.


America is sitting on top of a super massive 200 billion barrel Oil Field that could potentially make America Energy Independent and until now has largely gone unnoticed. Thanks to new technology the Bakken Formation in North Dakota could boost America’s Oil reserves by an incredible 10 times, giving western economies the trump card against OPEC’s short squeeze on oil supply and making Iranian and Venezuelan threats of disrupted supply irrelevant.
In the next 30 days the USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) will release a new report giving an accurate resource assessment of the Bakken Oil Formation that covers North Dakota and portions of South Dakota and Montana. With new horizontal drilling technology it is believed that from 175 to 500 billion barrels of recoverable oil are held in this 200,000 square mile reserve that was initially discovered in 1951. The USGS did an initial study back in 1999 that estimated 400 billion recoverable barrels were present but with prices bottoming out at $10 a barrel back then the report was dismissed because of the higher cost of horizontal drilling techniques that would be needed, estimated at $20-$40 a barrel.
It was not until 2007, when EOG Resources of Texas started a frenzy when they drilled a single well in Parshal N.D. that is expected to yield 700,000 barrels of oil that real excitement and money started to flow in North Dakota. Marathon Oil is investing $1.5 billion and drilling 300 new wells in what is expected to be one of the greatest booms in Oil discovery since Oil was discovered in Saudi Arabia in 1938.
The US imported about 14 million barrels of Oil per day in 2007 , which means US consumers sent about $340 Billion Dollars over seas building palaces in Dubai and propping up unfriendly regimes around the World, if 200 billion barrels of oil at $90 a barrel are recovered in the high plains the added wealth to the US economy would be $18 Trillion Dollars which would go a long way in stabilizing the US trade deficit and could cut the cost of oil in half in the long run.

Friday, June 6, 2008


Today is the sixty-fourth anniversary of the day that allied forces swept unto the coast of France at Normandy and started the final liberation of Europe from Hitler’s Nazi’s
Thank God for the greatest generation that simply got the job done

Thursday, June 5, 2008

1st Lieutenant Andrew Grayson Acquitted On All Haditha Charges

This make 6 of the 8 Haditha Marines who have had their charges either dismissed out right prior to court martial or who have been cleared. Jack Murtha (D) Ohio is still a jackass and should resign immediately. Former Marine my aching ass. Click the title for the story link.

Semper FI

Raptor In The High Desert

An F-22 Raptor flown by Col. Jeff Harrigian arrives June 2 at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., June 2. Back in the mid 90’s Col Harrigian flew with us in 1st FS at Tyndall when he was a Captain, one of the good guys as I remember. I wish him luck with his new aircraft. From what I’m hearing through the grapevine he will need it.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Anthony Nelson, and Airmen First Class Rachel A. Kocin),

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

American Hero PFC Ross A McGinnis

God bless him and his family. He laid down his own life to save his team members.

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, March 3,1863, has awarded in the name of Congress the Medal of Honor to

Private First Class Ross A. McGinnis
United States Army

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty:
Private First Class Ross A. McGinnis distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving as an M2 .50-caliber Machine Gunner, 1st Platoon, C Company, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, in connection with combat operations against an armed enemy in Adhamiyah, Northeast Baghdad, Iraq, on 4 December 2006.
That afternoon his platoon was conducting combat control operations in an effort to reduce and control sectarian violence in the area. While Private McGinnis was manning the M2 .50-caliber Machine Gun, a fragmentation grenade thrown by an insurgent fell through the gunner's hatch into the vehicle. Reacting quickly, he yelled "grenade," allowing all four members of his crew to prepare for the grenade's blast. Then, rather than leaping from the gunner's hatch to safety, Private McGinnis made the courageous decision to protect his crew. In a selfless act of bravery, in which he was mortally wounded, Private McGinnis covered the live grenade, pinning it between his body and the vehicle and absorbing most of the explosion.
Private McGinnis' gallant action directly saved four men from certain serious injury or death. Private First Class McGinnis' extraordinary heroism and selflessness at the cost of his own life, above and beyond the call of duty, are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.