As the Title suggests I am a vet, and proud of it, and proud of all those that wear the uniform of the United States of America. You name it we'll talk about it. Politics, sports and much more. However, I am also very interested in what is happening to this great country of ours, politically and socially...So SOUND OFF PRIVATE!!!

The Stars and Stripes

The Stars and Stripes
Respect Her, Defend Her, and Cherish what she stands for.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

How Dare You Disturb My Demonstration!!!

OK, now I have heard everything. If you people think that we have it bad with our demonstrators, and wanting to stop some of them; just be glad that you don't live in TURKEY. This story was posted on Fox's Brit Humes "Grapevine", Fri., Feb 17, 2006. Now remember, this happened during a protest over the "cartoons"; who was disturbing the peace?

Stoned in Turkey

A female Turkish reporter was stoned for what fundamentalists considered "sexually provocative" behavior while covering a protest of those controversial cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad... but she is the one who could now face three years in jail for disturbing the peace.

Aliye Cetinkaya was struck in the head with stones and shoes after a group of protesters took offense to her lack of a traditional head-scarf and shouted at her to come down from her vantage point because her way of sitting was "inappropriate" while the Koran was being read.

The reporter was rescued by her colleagues and two men were charged with stoning. But an Islamist group has since filed charges accusing her of disturbing the demonstration — an offense that carries up to three years in prison.

KFC displays "Hillary Special"

ya gotta appreciate this one....If someone told you this, you might not believe it. ACTUAL KFC SIGN IN NEW YORK

Received this in an email from a relative. Thought I would throw it out there just for laughs, to lighten up the usual blogging atmosphere.

Friday, February 17, 2006

A Fair Comparison?

BUSH vs PUTIN: What a Difference - Feb. 1, 2006

Now I am not trying to stir anything up but maybe there is more here than meets the eye.

Just how does Russia, a "partner" in the war on terrorism actually look at the United States? Considering the fact that the United States was the first to come to the aide of the Russians after the fall of the USSR, one might be surprised at what they think. Even with Pres. Putin standing side by side with America after 9/11 and "promising" their support on the war on terror, the views are changing dramatically. The following is an article which appeared in the PRAVDA back around the first part of February. (thanks go out to

After reading the ARTICLE, one might be of the opinion that those in Russia have forgotten their "lavished" background on human rights, freedom of speech, freedom of the press and their direct attacks on other countries in the last century. This might also explain the secretiveness of Russia building certain missiles over the last few years. What are they planning to do with them, since they are now a "free society"? It is quite possible that this is just one article, on one day, in one year and doesn't necessarily express the views of all. But I bet it is pretty close to what the "government" is thinking.

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Thursday, February 16, 2006

Just A Thought

With all the hub bub over these cartoons in the Middle East causing riots and the such, has the Muslim World ever thought that, in part, these cartoons were brought upon them by the actions of their fellow Muslims? You know, the extremists. The ones that go around beheading folks simply because they are not, or in some cases are, Muslims and don't follow their personal hatreds for mankind. The same ones that are willing to kill innocent civilians to try and get their way. The ones that preach death to all infidels, and whose sole purpose in life is to overthrow the world.

Now please don't get me wrong. I don't for moment think that all Muslims are this way. In fact the Muslims that I know are quite generous, and, very much so, peace loving. However, there are those few that are willing to give the rest of the Muslim world a black eye. Yet, when one is to depict these extremists how are they to do it? In my opinion, having not seem any pictorial runs of Mohamed, have no idea what he would look like. So, are we therefore not to have any caricatures of the Muslim world?

I have yet to hear an outcry from the Muslims, when 9/11 occurred there were many depictions in praise of the killing of Americans. Yet, though "denounced" by some in the Muslim world, the overwhelming majority praised the actions of these terrorists; and we are suppose fall over back wards apologizing for some cartoons drawn by an lone editorial cartoonist in Denmark? The majority of this "irritation" is coming from the Imams in certain countries. Imams that would love to see the overthrow of western civilization. Get over it, just like we had to get over the outrageous caricaturization of Christ, or God. Just like we are suppose to get over being called infidels by the Muslim world. That is "FREEDOM OF SPEECH". We are Americans, hated as we may be, we are still the best country in the world to live in and we are the leading country in the world in the freedoms of speech and religion. Otherwise so many Arabs or people of Middle Eastern decent wouldn't be trying to get into the United States, to attend our colleges and further their educations. As for me, I do not apologize for having seen these cartoons (I didn't draw them). Nor do I accept any of those that do apologize for us. What was done is wrong, but definitely not worth destroying private property, or rioting over.

When and if the Muslim world decides to change some of their fellow Muslims, and have them display a little more respect for the "freedoms" that they want to enjoy, will the view of the "western" world change. Threatening us will only inflame the situation, but we will not appease terrorists to calm the Muslim world (not even Iran).


Amazing, absolutely amazing. Seems now, at least according to the MSM, that every Republican is now under the deepest of suspicion when it comes to"lobbyists". Where are the same stories pertaining to the Democrats. Are we to believe that they are squeeky clean? One would find that hard to swallow. OOPS, sorry that would take the spotlight off of Bush and his "corrupt" administration. It is simply amazing how the blind eye is being turned. The headlines in most papers would lead you to believe that Republicans are the only one the lobbyists are trying to get to.

Sen. Specter Denies Improper Lobbying Ties

Sen. Arlen Specter on Thursday denied any connection between special projects he gained for his state and a Washington lobbyist whose wife works in Specter's office.

The Pennsylvania Republican lawmaker's statement was in response to a USA Today report published Thursday which said Specter had succeeded 13 times over the past four years in securing $48.7 million worth of defense projects for six clients represented by a lobbying firm co-founded by Michael Herson.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2006


February 15, 2006

Iraqi Army, U.S. Special Forces detain 102, discover weapons during raid

BALAD, Iraq – The 2nd Battalion 2nd Brigade 5th Iraqi Army Division, advised by U.S. Army Special Forces Soldiers, conducted assaults on two targets Feb. 12 in Diyala Province, detaining 102 persons of interest, killing two insurgents and discovering a large weapons cache.
The assaults were combined cordon and search missions designed to capture key insurgents and to disrupt multiple insurgent cell operations – especially improvised explosive device production.

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When was the last time you read something like this in the paper or heard it on the TV? This is just another small sample of the improvements taking place on the ground in Iraq.

Word from Iraq: More local troops take lead
Iraqis’ ability to control own battle space improving

By Lisa Burgess, Stars and Stripes
Mideast edition, Wednesday, February 15, 2006

ARLINGTON, Va. — Iraq’s combat troops are starting to step up to the line faster and faster in the fight against insurgents, with 43 out of 102 combat battalions now “controlling their own battle space,” according to Lt. Col. Michael Negard, spokesman for the Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq.

That means that 40 percent of the country’s combat units are now taking a lead role against insurgents, a statistic first reported Tuesday by USA Today.

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Afghans deliver blankets, clothes to displaced citizens

By Army Sgt. Benjamin T. Donde, 117th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

KABUL, Afghanistan — On the surface, it appeared to be an act of good will and charity to a people who need it the most, during a season when it’s needed the most. But under the surface, much more was going on. The new government was taking vital first steps to assure its people that they will be there for them, an idea that has always been foreign here.

“Afghan people helping Afghan people is the theme,” said Army Lt. Col. Robert Roseman, of the Political Military Integration’s ministry engagement team.

With the Afghan flag design, 7,000 blankets and several boxes of clothing were distributed by the Ministry of Refugee and Repatriation on Monday to 3,000 Afghan families displaced to a village on the outskirts of Kabul.

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I couldn't have put it better myself. The following was posted on the American Thinker. It is a direct shot at most of todays media. Especially those on the left coast. Give it a read, I think it is worth the time.

Ignore the Useful Idiots: We are Winning in Iraq

February 15th, 2006

Americans increasingly lack patience and perspective. A pastor I know used to call this a “microwave mentality.” We think everything should be as easy as heating a burrito in a convenience store. Push a couple of buttons and two minutes later, lunch is ready.

This form of luxury, as great as it is and as thankful as I am for it, spoils a free people and gets them accustomed to living in a life of comfort and expediency. So, if I can order a pizza and have a guy five miles away have it at my front door in thirty minutes, shouldn’t this “Iraq thing” be stable in the same amount of time

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The State of MASSconfusion Strikes Again

Well, it seems that the "wants" of a few are over turning the "rights" of the corporate world. Trust me folks this is just the beginning. Where will it stop and how much more undermining will take place before the courts stand up and just say enough. Do you notice the pattern here? Look at the states that are giving in to these activists. Trust me I am not a spokes person for Walmart, I rarely go there for pesonal reasons. But, that being said, this is definitely wrong. It continues the push by these "left wing" groups to impose their "desires" over the rest of us.

Wal-Mart Ordered to Stock Emergency Contraception

BOSTON — The state pharmacy board ordered Wal-Mart on Tuesday to stock emergency contraception pills at its stores in Massachusetts. Massachusetts becomes second state to require the world's largest retailer to carry the morning-after pill.
A Wal-Mart spokesman said the company would comply with the directive by the Massachusetts Board of Pharmacy and is reviewing its nationwide policy on the drug.

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  • What Will ABC's Tapes Show?

    Saddam on Tape: Terrorists Will Attack D.C.

    Five years before Osama bin Laden attacked the World Trade Center and Pentagon, Saddam Hussein predicted that Washington, D.C. would be struck by terrorists, according to audiotapes set for broadcast tonight on ABC's "Nightline."
    In an ABC Radio report to promote the show, the network's lead investigative reporter, Brian Ross, revealed that the FBI translator who leaked the tapes said they contained "damning evidence that the world should know."

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    Tuesday, February 14, 2006

    Would the Real Truth Please Stand Up

    JERUSALEM — Hamas derided the United States and Israel on Tuesday following reports they were exploring ways to topple the militants' incoming government.

    Israeli security officials said they were looking at ways to force Hamas from power, and were focusing on an economic squeeze that would prompt Palestinians to clamor for the return of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas' ousted Fatah Party. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter with the media.

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    A Hunger Strike

    I guess there is some reason we should be alarmed about this. Don't know what it is though. If he don't want to eat...well more money saved.

    BAGHDAD, Iraq — Saddam Hussein told the court during the latest session of his trial Tuesday that he was on hunger strike to protest tough stances by the chief judge.
    The former Iraqi leader shouted his support for Iraqi insurgents, yelling "Long live the mujahedeen," as he entered the courtroom and immediately began a heated exchange with judge Raouf Abdel-Rahman.

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  • A Tribute to...

    I am A Soldier

    I was there in Lexington,
    When the “shot was heard around the world.”
    I was there on Bunker Hill,
    waiting for my enemies to kill.
    I was there at Valley Forge,
    With the winter dark and cold.
    With Washington on the Delaware,
    With our nations flag unfurled.
    Again at Yorktown, I was there,
    when Cornwallis gave up the fight.
    I was there at Philadelphia,
    When the bells rang out that night.

    In the War between the States,
    Our country’s unity was at stake.
    In the battle of the blue and the gray
    We were a country divided,
    Is what they came to say.
    I was there with Lee,
    At the first Battle of Bull Run.
    I was there with McClellan
    At the Battle of Antietam.
    I fought with Grant at Gettysburg,
    Where blood covered the fields.
    Where my brothers lie wounded or dead,
    Among the Lilies of the field.

    I was there in WWI,
    The war to end all wars.
    I fought across Flanders Field
    On my way to fight the Hun.
    We moved from trench to trench,
    With bombs bursting all around.
    The smell of death and gun fires haze,
    Laid upon the ground.
    Till finally we could say,
    the battles done over there.
    And again I can say,
    Yes, I was there.

    War broke out one more time,
    In the lands across the seas.
    WWII had begun,
    Thanks to the Japanese.
    I was there at Pearl Harbor,
    On the day that they attacked.
    I watched the Arizona sink,
    Battleship Row was sacked.
    There came the cries and the mercy pleas,
    From the men below the sea.
    But the one thing you don’t understand,
    These cries came from me.

    But I fought in another land,
    Another one far away.
    I started out in England,
    One dark and stormy day.
    Back to the shores of Normandy,
    To Flanders Field I came.
    On Omaha, Sword, Utah and Juno,
    We landed on that day.
    We came across the ocean,
    To a place called Normandy.
    I fought with Patton, Bradley,
    And of course Montgomery.
    We fought across France,
    Freed Paris on the way.
    Pushing the Germans back,
    With blood we paved our way.

    I fought with Patton in the Battle of the Bulge,
    I saved my fellow troops in a place called Bastogne.
    I took a town they call Cologne,
    Near a river the Germans call home.
    I entered into Germany,
    Made some discoveries along the way.
    Places like Buchenwald, Auschwitz, Belsen,
    And Dachau were their names.
    We marched into Berlin to claim our victory.
    Once again I celebrated,
    This time VE Day.

    I fought the Battle of Midway,
    From Tarawa to Guam.
    In hot jungles of the Isles,
    On Iwo and Guadalcanal.
    I was there with McArthur,
    on his return to the Philippines,
    Yes I was there with the Navy and Marines.
    I was on the Missouri,
    over in Tokyo Bay.
    When the Japanese surrendered,
    I celebrated VJ Day.

    Once again I heard the call,
    My country needed me.
    To a small country called Vietnam
    To save the Vietnamese.
    I fought at places with strange names,
    Like Phuoc Long, Khe Sanh, and Da Nang.
    I fought against the Viet Cong,
    And an army that was insane.
    In bloody rice paddies I watched my soldiers die,
    But we fought on with determination in our eye.
    Back at home things were out of hand,
    Our fellow Americans were protesting Vietnam.
    They marched in the streets all across this land,
    Yelling and screaming and signs in their hands.
    They called me a murderer, a baby killer too,
    They called me a war monger,
    And say I tortured a few.

    When I came home,
    They spat upon my face.
    Called me names,
    And said I was a disgrace.
    My uniform I wore with pride,
    And medals upon my chest.
    But hate, and disgust are what I really met,
    For someone that had done their best.
    We lost that one I am ashamed to say,
    To politicians not Communism and treachery.
    For many years I hung my head low,
    My colors I was afraid to show.

    Now here I am in another foreign land,
    A place with trees and burning desert sand.
    I helped to take out a tyrant, they say.
    Liberated a people, and land,
    For democracy.
    The war was swift and clean.
    With modern weapons, tanks and machines.
    We fought against evil Saddam,
    Thinking back on Vietnam.

    Now I am writing home,
    Telling of the things I’ve done.
    New schools, new streets and friends that I‘ve made.
    Of children no longer filled with hate.
    An election they’ve just held,
    A new government as well.
    But again back home I hear a roar,
    I hear the ranting come once more.
    Protesting, hatred, and the signs,
    Against this government of mine.

    They say I torture, kill and rape,
    They say this war was a mistake.
    They say democracy can not last,
    Bring our boys home,
    And do it fast.
    For me I say, you’re the disgrace,
    You’ve no idea about this place.
    The changes that I’ve made,
    Are for the good, for freedom sake.
    But I will do as I am told,
    Just like I’ve done in days of old.
    When my country calls,
    I will again enter hells dark halls.

    But you see,
    I have lasted long.
    Spreading democracy
    and freedom abroad.
    From Valley Forge to Tokyo Bay,
    From Vietnam to Baghdad‘s graves.
    I am a soldier, that’s all I am.
    I stand tall and I fear no man.
    For your rights I fight today,
    To keep you safe from enemies
    Far away.
    All the freedoms I keep for you,
    Freedom of speech and the right to choose.

    I still stand before my flag,
    With honor I salute and brag.
    For no other country can honestly say,
    They stand for freedom and democracy.
    Won’t you join me in my salute,
    After all, I have done it all for you.

    Monday, February 13, 2006

    Election Certified, Bombs Disarmed

    Iraqs elections were certified and things are moving forward. The Iraqi people can now stand up to the world and say we are for real. In a country that was held hostage by a vicious dictator for thirty years, they are now living in a fledgling democracy. The people of Iraq have spoken. Now isn't it time that the rest of the world (and those defeatist in America) to cheerfully acknowledge this new democracy. Although it is true that they are just starting their journey, they have taken a major step in joining the rest of the free world as an equal. More and more of the everyday patrols are being undertaken by the Iraqi soldiers and although American deaths still occur, their numbers are down.

    No matter how you look at it Iraq's star is starting to shine. More and more Iraqi's are assisting Iraqi soldiers and Coalition soldiers in tracking down the insurgents as are discribed in this story. This and the previous story posted here are definite signs that they (the Iraqi's) and Coalition forces are having a lot of success. Now if we can just stop armaments from IRAN from getting into Iraq the insurgents will have less and less to terrorize with.


    Yes, Vice President Chaney was involved in a hunting accident. Yes, they waited to report it. Yes, the injured hunter will be alright. Now let's slide back in time to 1969. A prominent Senator was involved in an automobile accident. His car went off a bridge. There was a young lady traveling with him at the time. The Senator managed to get out, alive I might add. However, the young lady traveling with him was left in the car to drown. The Senator did not try to help her out the same way he got out. He wondered around seeking help, for himself. Ten hours later he decides to report it to the police (after he received medical attention).

    Isn't it just amazing how the press doesn't or didn't ask the same questions then or now. They only jump on people that are connected to the White House. Yet this person, whom we all know as "Senator Ted Kennedy" was elected to the Senate time and time again after committing what most considered murder or manslaughter. The moral to this post is, the lawyer lived because medical attention was given almost immediately, and still considers himself a friend to Chaney, while the girl died to cover up Teddy's drunkeness. Where's the humanity.

    More Good News From Iraq

    The following is proof positive that things aren't a dark and gloomy as the MSM wants us to think. This letter was posted on "American Thinker"

    Iraqi mayor thanks American troops

    The following comes from Col. Ren Hart. We know this is happening – we just don’t hear it enough.

    John B. Dwyer

    As I’m sure you know, the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment has been serving in Iraq (its second deployment there) for the past year.

    As the regiment prepares to come home, it has received the letter pasted below. I believe many of you will find it an interestingcounterpoise to much of what we read in the press.

    From: Mayor of Tall ‘Afar, Ninewa, Iraq

    In the Name of God the Compassionate and Merciful
    To the Courageous Men and Women of the 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment, who have changed the city of Tall’ Afar from a ghost town, in which terrorists spread death and destruction, to a secure city flourishing with life.

    To the lion-hearts who liberated our city from the grasp of terrorists who were beheading men, women and children in the streets for many months.

    To those who spread smiles on the faces of our children, and gave us restored hope, through their personal sacrifice and brave fighting, and gave new life to the city after hopelessness darkened our days, and stole our confidence in our ability to reestablish our city.

    Our city was the main base of operations for Abu Mousab Al Zarqawi. The city was completely held hostage in the hands of his henchmen. Our schools, governmental services, businesses and offices were closed. Our streets were silent, and no one dared to walk them. Our people were barricaded in their homes out of fear; death awaited them around every corner. Terrorists occupied and controlled the only hospital in the city. Their savagery reached such a level that they stuffed the corpses of children with explosives and tossed them into the streets in order to kill grieving parents attempting to retrieve the bodies of their young. This was the situation of our city until God prepared and delivered unto them the courageous soldiers of the 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment, who liberated this city, ridding it of Zarqawi’s followers after harsh fighting, killing many terrorists, and forcing the remaining butchers to flee the city like rats to the surrounding areas, where the bravery of other 3d ACR soldiers in Sinjar, Rabiah, Zuma and Avgani finally destroyed them.

    I have met many soldiers of the 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment; they are not only courageous men and women, but avenging angels sent by The God Himself to fight the evil of terrorism.
    The leaders of this Regiment; COL McMaster, COL Armstrong, LTC Hickey, LTC Gibson, and LTC Reilly embody courage, strength, vision and wisdom.

    Officers and soldiers alike bristle with the confidence and character of knights in a bygone era. The mission they have accomplished, by means of a unique military operation, stands among the finest military feats to date in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and truly deserves to be studied in military science. This military operation was clean, with little collateral damage, despite the ferocity of the enemy. With the skill and precision of surgeons they dealt with the terrorist cancers in the city without causing unnecessary damage.

    God bless this brave Regiment; God bless the families who dedicated these brave men and women. From the bottom of our hearts we thank the families. They have given us something we will never forget. To the families of those who have given their holy blood for our land, we all bow to you in reverence and to the souls of your loved ones. Their sacrifice was not in vain. They are not dead, but alive, and their souls hovering around us every second of every minute. They will never be forgotten for giving their precious lives. They have sacrificed that which is most valuable. We see them in the smile of every child, and inevery flower growing in this land. Let America, their families, and the world be proud of their sacrifice for humanity and life.

    Finally, no matter how much I write or speak about this brave Regiment, I haven’t the words to describe the courage of its officers and soldiers. I pray to God to grant happiness and health to these legendary heroes and their brave families.

    Mayor of Tall ‘Afar,
    Ninewa, Iraq

    Sunday, February 12, 2006

    Would the Democrats care to Explain...

    In an article published in the NRO financial section, it would appear that the "Bush-Haters" and the Democrats have some explaining to do. The article centers around the unemployment rate among blacks amiss the charges that Bush is making it better for the "rich" and the "poor get poorer". Unfortunately, with the national unemployment rate, the lowest it has been in four years, and this article by a Jerry Bowyer, adviser to Independence Portfolio Partners, bursts the doom and gloom cries from the Democrats that Republicans are not a party that looks out for the minorities. Check it out.


    Iran Minister: We're Committed to Nuke Treaty
    Sunday, February 12, 2006
    Fox News

    TEHRAN, Iran — Iran reaffirmed its commitment to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty on Sunday, a day after its hard-line president implied Tehran was considering withdrawing from the pact after being reported to the U.N. Security Council.

    The declaration by the Iranian Foreign Ministry came as inspectors from the U.N. nuclear watchdog arrived in the Islamic republic over the weekend to evaluate what controls remained on nuclear sites and equipment after Tehran reduced the agency's monitoring power to a minimum, diplomats said.

    A diplomat told The Associated Press Saturday that some seals and cameras had been removed within the last few days, suggesting that happened without IAEA supervision. But others familiar with the probe said Sunday they doubted the Iranians would make such a move before the arrival of the inspectors.

    The diplomats spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak on the issue.
    Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi urged a peaceful solution to the dispute over his country's nuclear program.

    "We are still committed to the provisions of the NPT. But we can't accept its use as a (political) instrument. We will cooperate in the treaty and the safeguards' framework," Asefi said at a weekly news conference.

    On Saturday, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rejected U.S. and European pressure to freeze the country's nuclear program and hinted that Iran might withdraw from the treaty.

    "The nuclear policy of the Islamic Republic so far has been peaceful. Until now, we have worked inside the agency (IAEA) and the NPT regulations," he said in a speech before tens of thousands of Iranians marking the 27th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.

    "If we see you want to violate the right of the Iranian people by using those regulations (against us), you should know that the Iranian people will revise its policies," he said.
    He did not specify what changes Tehran envisioned, but it was believed to be a threat to withdraw from the NPT and the IAEA.

    Tehran repeatedly has stressed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty allows it to pursue a nuclear program for peaceful purposes and it has said it will never give up the right to enrich uranium to produce nuclear fuel.

    The U.S. and its European allies believe Iran is seeking to develop atomic weapons. The IAEA reported Tehran to the Security Council, which has the power to impose sanctions, earlier this month after talks failed between the Iranians and European negotiators.

    Uranium enriched to a low degree can be used for nuclear reactors, while highly enriched uranium is suitable for warheads.

    The foreign ministry spokesman urged the IAEA and Europeans to keep open diplomatic channels.
    "The agency and other parties should not block roads to Islamic Republic of Iran and should solve the case in the framework of the regulations," Asefi said.

    He rejected comments by British Foreign Minister Jack Straw, who said last week that there was no proof but "very high level of suspicion" that Iran was trying to build a nuclear weapon.
    "How do you apply a policy of non-trust toward Iran when there is no proof that Iran is trying to divert its nuclear program toward a weapon?" Asefi asked. Tensions escalated last month after Iran removed U.N. seals and began nuclear research, including small-scale uranium enrichment at its plant in Natanz, central Iran.

    In Vienna, Austria, diplomats told AP that the IAEA still has some seals and equipment at Natanz and Isfahan, where Iran is converting raw uranium into the feedstock gas for enrichment. The seals and cameras were allowed under basic agreements linked to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, which Iran has signed.

    Still, with those agreements only meant to monitor Iran's declared and existing nuclear stocks, they are considered inadequate in the agency's ongoing efforts to establish whether the country has tried to develop a nuclear weapons program at undeclared facilities.

    Tehran had asked for a removal of all surveillance and monitoring equipment linked that went beyond its basic obligations as a signatory of the NPT in a letter a week ago to IAEA head Mohamed ElBaradei.

    Iranian officials had repeatedly warned they would stop honoring the so-called "Additional Protocol" to the treaty — which gave the agency the power to conduct inspections on short notice of suspect areas and programs — if the IAEA board referred their country to the council.
    North Korea — the world's other major proliferation concern — quit the Nonproliferation Treaty in January 2003, just a few months before U.S. officials announced that Pyongyang had told them it had nuclear weapons and may test, export or use them depending on U.S. actions.

    Yes we are...No we're not...yes we we're not...Somehow this has all the rattlings of Iraq before Operation Iraqi Freedom.

    Oh, You Terrible Bloggers, Shame on You!!!

    Mary Mapes Blames 'Vicious' Bloggers
    Sunday, Feb. 12, 2006 3:55 p.m. EST

    Isn't it amazing how some things just won't go away!

    Fired CBS "60 Minutes" producer Mary Mapes is still blaming the internet for ending her media career prematurely - or more precisely; the "vicious" bloggers who discovered that documents she unearthed in a bid to trash President Bush's National Guard service were forgeries.
    "The criticism that was launched at us initially really came from the very conservative blogosphere, folks who are on these very conservative web sites," Mapes complained Friday on WVMT Vermont's "Charlie & Ernie" radio show.

    "This was really a terribly vicious attack they launched on CBS," she insisted, before lamenting: "Politics is not necessarily the way it was when we all grew up, where you might disagree on something but you wouldn't eviscerate someone." (now isn't this the pot calling the kettle black? After all what was her intent in launching this BS story of FORGED documents. Was it not to totally discredit President Bush, to keep him from getting re-elected?)

    Mapes says that she was a victim of a new standard in journalism where "the truth doesn't matter" but instead it's "the perception of truth that matters."
    (I am sorry but the truth did MATTER. In fact, her contribution as well as that of Mr. Rather, helped to get Bush re-elected. I guess the truth (under their guise) is what they want it to be, damn the public for wanting the real thing)

    "What happened to me, I think, and to all of us at CBS, was that the perception of truth became that these documents were not real; that there were flaws in the typeface and all kinds of sort of dry and extremely dull details about proportional spacing and superscript and all that." (So Mary these flaws "shouldn't" be taken into account, considering the era in which they were suppose to be written in. If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, it must be a duck. I guess one could say that it was your perception that made them the truth, right?)

    Mapes said that she still believes the documents cited in the "60 Minutes II" broadcast by her boss, Dan Rather, were authentic, saying; "I feel that if they had been forged there would have been a flaw. And I have not been able to find the flaw." (amazing!!! She just described, in the above statement, what flaws were there and still insists there weren't any.)

    She also noted that CBS's own internal investigation "could not prove that the documents were false." (now isn't this like saying to a corrupt police department to investigate itself? Of course they couldn't find anything, they already had enough egg on their face and just wanted the story to go away.)

    Oh the Anguish

    On Feb 8, 2006, I placed on my Blog a very similar post regarding the "Muslim Uprising". Now William Kristol, well known writer for the Weekly Standard, has written something that I think is very intersesting. Where do we go from here?

    Oh, the Anguish!
    The cartoon jihad is phony.
    by William Kristol

    "U.N., E.U. and Muslims link in call to curb protests," read the Financial Times headline last week. A "U.N.-brokered statement," the paper reported, was issued "in an effort to curb days of protests, some violent some peaceful, at the publication and republication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. 'The anguish in the Muslim world at the publication of the offensive caricatures is shared by all individuals and communities who recognise the sensitivity of deeply held religious belief,'" the statement said.

    Oh, the anguish! And why not? You remember--don't you?--the wave of bloody pogroms against Muslims living in Denmark following the Jyllands-Posten's publication, on September 30, 2005, of 12 cartoons depicting (in most cases) the prophet Muhammad. (The newspaper was testing freedom of speech in Denmark, and challenging "the self-censorship which rules large parts of the Western world.")

    Then, on October 17, some of these Danish cartoons were reprinted on the front page of a major Egyptian paper, Al Fagr. And you surely must remember the anguish that provoked. Tens of millions of Egyptians were so tormented they could barely refrain from attacking Israel, slaughtering all foreign businessmen, and destroying the pagan Sphinx. So anguished was President Mubarak that he announced he would return his $2 billion in "infidel U.S. foreign aid." For his part, the chief Islamist televangelist on Al Jazeera, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, was so anguished he repudiated the financing his branch of the Muslim Brotherhood receives from the "hatemongering European Union." Meanwhile in Iran, the nuclear program ground to a halt, as
    anguished engineers found they could no longer in good conscience consult technical manuals produced by Zionist and Crusader scientists.

    None of these anguished reactions actually occurred, of course--no pogroms, no renunciation of U.S. and E.U. aid, no hiccup in the Iranian nuclear program. Because there was no real "anguish." In truth, by December nothing much had happened because of the cartoons.
    So a group of Danish imams took off for the Middle East to try to cause trouble. To do this, they added three cartoons to their roadshow that they seem to have ginned up--crude propaganda pieces that would be guaranteed to stir a mob, just in case the original illustrations didn't produce the effect they were after.

    The militants' trip was a success. Various extremist groups and terror-connected Islamists decided to use the cartoons as yet another weapon in the radical Islamist attempt to intimidate the West, and various Arab dictatorships saw a political opportunity in starting some anti-European riots.

    And you can understand their calculation. Since 9/11, the West has gone on offense against radical Islamists and Middle Eastern dictatorships. That assault has apparently been more threatening to them than many of us realized. From Iraq to Palestine to Iran, from Islamist enemies of liberty to dictatorial opponents of democracy, those who are threatened by our effort to help liberalize and civilize the Middle East are fighting back with whatever weapons are at hand, and with whatever invented excuses and propaganda ploys they can discover. As Olivier Guitta reports elsewhere in these pages, "The actions of Islamist agitators and financiers have deliberately drummed up rage among far-flung extremists otherwise entirely ignorant of the Danish press. The usual suspects--the regimes in Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Iran--have profited from the spread of the disorders."

    This is a moment of truth in the global struggle against Islamic extremism. Will Hamas succeed in creating a terror state on the West Bank? Will a terror-sponsoring Iranian regime succeed in its quest for nuclear weapons? Will Danish imams succeed in intimidating Europe--or the free world as a whole? With respect to Hamas, Iran, and the cartoons, the response of Western leaders hasn't been particularly encouraging--with the notable exception of Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen of Denmark.

    Robert Frost said of liberals that they're incapable of taking their own side in a fight. We will see how deeply a degenerate form of liberalism has penetrated our souls. Will we anguish? Or will we fight?