October 26, 2006

Web Reconnaissance for 10/26/2006

A short recon of what’s out there that might draw your attention.

In the News: (Registration may be required to read some stories)
Bush backs setting 'benchmarks' in Iraq “President Bush yesterday firmly supported setting ‘benchmarks’ in Iraq to move toward stability and security in the war-torn country, and warned Iraqi leaders that the United States has ‘got patience, but not unlimited patience.’” (READ MORE)

S. Korea official quits over North policy “South Korea's unification minister resigned yesterday, the highest-profile casualty yet in a battle over the government's North Korea policy after an Oct. 9 nuclear test by Pyongyang.” (READ MORE)

News From the Front:
IRAQI FORCES DISRUPT MURDER, KIDNAPPING CELL OPERATIONS “Special Iraqi Police forces conducted an early morning raid Oct. 25 in the al Hillah area to capture members of a murder and kidnapping cell wanted by the Ministry of the Interior. Iraqi forces, with Coalition advisers, arrived at the objective and gained entry to several locations where 11 suspected members of the cell were found and detained.” (READ MORE)

IRAQI FORCES RAID ILLEGAL ARMED GROUP IN DIYALA PROVINCE “Iraqi Army forces conducted an early morning raid Oct. 25 in Khalis in eastern Diyala Province to capture the leadership of an illegal armed group responsible for attacks against Iraqi forces. Iraqi forces, with Coalition advisors, arrived at the objective and gained entry where they were met with small arms fire from a member of the illegal armed group. Iraqi forces returned fire and killed the group member.” (READ MORE)

LOCALS IN DUR BABA GET MEDICAL ATTENTION “The U.S. Bagram Civil Military Action Team, in conjunction with Nangarhar civic leaders, traveled to Dur Baba District in Nangarhar Province to conduct a Medical Civil Action Program, Oct. 17 through Oct. 20. The team, comprised of eight medics, nine interpreters and one veterinarian, treated more than 1,900 locals and over 650 animals in just three days.” (READ MORE)

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Chuc Choi Earns Citizenship While Serving Country in Iraq “Lance Cpl. Chuc Choi has wanted to say “I’m an American” for almost 20 years. Now, the 21 year-old from Yakima, Wash., finally can. Choi, a food service specialist assigned to the Hawaii-based 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, known as “America’s Battalion,” became an American citizen during a citizenship ceremony Aug. 29, 2006, at Balad Air Force base in Iraq. Choi returned to Haditha the same day he became a citizen to finish the final leg of his seven-month long deployment with his fellow Marines in 3rd Battalion, whom he deployed with to Afghanistan last year.” (READ MORE)

On the Web:
What's at stake in Iraq “President Bush yesterday offered a thoughtful, compelling analysis of the war effort in Iraq and its importance to the larger war against Islamofascism. Noting that Iraq is now the ‘central front’ in the war, Mr. Bush defined victory there as building a country ‘that can govern itself, sustain itself and defend itself and serves as an ally in the war on terror.’ He emphasized that U.S. military forces would remain in Iraq for as long as necessary to train Iraqis to defend their country.” (READ MORE)

Secretary of State ElBaradei “Mohamed ElBaradei, the director general of the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency, is supposed to be the Jack Webb of the nuclear nonproliferation scene, a ‘just the facts’ man who reports his findings to his political superiors in the U.N. Security Council. Lately, however, he's been sounding more like the real life Jimmy Carter than the fictional TV detective.” (READ MORE)

Kobayashi Maru writes The Unknowableness of Global Climate “Months ago I began a post (still in draft form) on how secular belief systems, e.g., faith in global climate change, are virtually indistinguishable in character from religious ones. The more I mull the subject, the more I conclude that the reason the post is still a draft is not that its premise is untrue but that, properly treated, it would easily balloon into a multi-volume treatise. So in the meantime, I note this piece in today's Christian Science Monitor delving into the many complex and still poorly understood variables behind one small aspect of global climate: the summertime interaction between dust blowing off the Sahara and hurricane formation in the Eastern Atlantic.” (READ MORE)

Ian of HotAir writes Audio: ‘Optimistic’ Rove Challenges Bias of NPR Correspondent “NPR’s Robert Siegel spoke with White House political strategist Karl Rove earlier this week on the state of the upcoming mid-term elections. When Siegel said Rove was the ‘optimistic end of realism’, the President’s aide sarcastically remarked that he was not ‘exhibiting bias’ with a made up comment. Full transcript of the exchange below:” (READ MORE)

Jay Tea writes Let's give them a fair trial, then hang 'em “Yesterday was a bad day to be a liberal. First up, it was revealed that the outing (and resignation) of former congressman Mark Foley (R-FL) was done at the hands of a staffer for the "Human Rights Campaign" (one of the George Soros-backed groups with lofty names that keep springing up like cockroaches, and that will be struggling for a purpose to exist once George Bush leaves office), who had done the outing while on the clock at HRC, and apparently used HRC computers and other resources to take down the incumbent sleazeball.” (READ MORE)

William Teach writes Hastert On Illegals: Dems Love Them! “Denny Hastert spoke yesterday on President Bush and his signing of the fence bill today: ‘Our borders constitute the first line of defense in protecting the American people from terrorists. Last July I met with border security agents and other federal and local officials during my visit to the border, and I promised them we would address this national security crisis. The Republican Congress has responded to the American people's demand for a secure border by increasing the physical barriers and infrastructure along the border and by providing state of the art monitoring technology. I look forward to the President signing the Secure Fence Act tomorrow.’” (READ MORE)

Captain Ed writes Is It Time For A Moon Shot On Energy? “On May 25th, 1961, President John Kennedy told the nation that America would go to the moon. The Soviet Union had beaten the US to space, launching its Sputnik satellite in 1957 and stunning Americans, who thought of the USSR as a backwards Asian nation. One month before this joint session of Congress, the Soviets beat us again, sending Yuri Gagarin into orbit in April as the first man in space and the first to orbit the earth. Alan Shepard only made it to suborbital space three weeks before this speech, a sterling achievement but a disappointment after Gagarin's mission. Kennedy faced an anxious Congress and made his bold statement:” (READ MORE)

Neptunus Lex writes Boots on the ground “Here’s another view on the war in Iraq, written by a guy who has a bit more credibility than one of those Green Zone reporters Michael Fumento goes on about - a US Army intel sergeant with dusty boots, operating outside the wire in the thick of the fray responds to James Taranto’s column yesterday, a column in which Taranto unrepentantly repeats his support for the war in Iraq - it might just be the most authentic thing I’ve read this year:” (READ MORE)

John Hawkins writes Muslim "Leaders" In Australia: Wear A Sleeveless Dress And You Deserve To Be Raped “I hate to say it, but unfortunately, this sort of grotesque mentality is all too common in many parts of the Islamic world. Why are women forced to wear burqas and veils? So they won't "tempt" men into raping them. In fact, if you look at Sharia law, it requires 4 male witnesses to any rape, which in effect, makes rape an ‘unprosecutable’ crime. Show me someone who's pro-Sharia and I will show you someone who believes men should be able to get away with raping women.” (READ MORE)

Mel who is guest blogging for Master Gunner writes Just a Thought.... “For once I have chosen to stay quiet on the subject of blogs vs security concerns. To be honest, I don't believe I am knowledgeable enough in this area to comment. However, I will share my opinion on what I believe to be the possible social and emotional ramifications of this decision.” (READ MORE)

Wretchard of The Belmont Club writes Showing his colors “Maliki rejects American pressure to shut down Shi'ite militias: The Iraqi PM publicly denounced American calls for a timetable to shutdown militias and decried US operations against death squads, including operations against Sadr City. ‘We expected it,’ US officials said.” (READ MORE)

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