February 14, 2007

Web Reconnaissance for 02/15/2007

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

(Ed Note: I'm not sure what was going on in my head when I started this post, but for some reason I had the 15th in my head when I set this post. In an effort to not destroy any trackbacks, I'm leaving the title as is. *SIGH* I'll get it right tomorrow. )

Happy Valentine’s Day! Today's Web Recon is going to be a little slow in coming around today....power was out for a few hours this morning and I see the boys outside playing still, and I'll be heading back out to finish my driveway. So bear with me and have a great day.

In the News: (Registration may be required to read some stories)
Deal to halt N. Korea nukes OK'd “The next 60 days will determine whether the new document to halt and eventually eliminate North Korea's nuclear programs will create the momentum to ease tensions in Northeast Asia.” (READ MORE)

Bolton hits agreement as 'bad signal' to Iran “The deal reached in Beijing on North Korea's nuclear program is being criticized for making too many concessions to the hard-line government that violated a past accord, and gives up key U.S. leverage that blocked illicit financial activities by Pyongyang.” (READ MORE)

NFL rejects Border Patrol ad “The National Football League refused to run a recruitment ad for the U.S. Border Patrol in last week's Super Bowl program, saying it was "controversial" because it mentioned duties such as fighting terrorism and stopping drugs and illegal aliens...” (READ MORE)

Iraq to seal borders with Syria and Iran “The Iraqi commander of the Baghdad security crackdown announced yesterday that Iraq will close its borders with Syria and Iran for 72 hours as part of the drive to end the violence that has threatened to divide the capital along sectarian lines.” (READ MORE)

U.S. Flexibility Credited in Nuclear Deal With N. Korea “The six-nation deal to shut down North Korea's nuclear facility, four months after Pyongyang conducted its first nuclear test, was reached yesterday largely because President Bush was willing to give U.S. negotiators new flexibility to reach an agreement, U.S. officials and Asian diplomats said yesterday....” (READ MORE)

Bill Would Restore Detainees' Rights, Define 'Combatant' “A group of Senate Democrats introduced legislation yesterday that would restore habeas corpus rights to all detainees in U.S. custody and would narrowly define what it means to be an "enemy combatant" against the United States, a measure designed to challenge laws ushered in by the...” (READ MORE)

For the GOP, Taking the War Out of the War Debate “Rep. Adam Putnam of Florida, the man in charge of Republican strategy in this week's great debate on Iraq, was a study in nervous energy as he waited to speak on the House floor yesterday.” (READ MORE)

Former Top CIA Official Indicted “The CIA's former executive director and a defense contractor were indicted yesterday by a San Diego grand jury for allegedly corrupting the intelligence agency's contracts, marking one of the first criminal cases to reach into the CIA's clandestine operations in Europe and the Middle East.” (READ MORE)

From the Front:
Just A Decurion: Not in Ramadi “Well, I'm at a lovely dump called 'TQ', or al-Taqqadum (I think that's how we transliterate it) Air Base. It's not Ramadi. This is a huge plus. I got out of there last night before 2200, on US Army CH-47s. I might leave for Kuwait tonight, or I might not and there is now way of telling before about midnight or so. :)” (READ MORE)

Bill Roggio: The war in the shadows against Iran & Sadr “A bomb killed 18 IRGC soldiers in Iran, Mahdi Army continues to be targeted - While the U.S. military and intelligence proceeds cautiously on exposing Iran's involvement in Iraq's insurgency, and treads carefully on Muqtada al-Sadr's backing of the Shia death squads, a war is being fought in the shadows - a war which we only see glimpses of.” (READ MORE)

Bill Roggio: Muqtada al-Sadr left Iraq, in Iran “Under pressure, the leader of the Mahdi Army fled to Iran - Muqtada al-Sadr, the radical Iranian backed leader of the Jaish al-Mahdi, or Mahdi Army, left Iraq several weeks ago and is staying with 'family' inside Iran, according to an ABC News report.” (READ MORE)

Badger 6: Badgers Down: Starting to Move Forward “If February 8, 2007 was the worst day of my life, this was certainly one of if not the most emotionally draining days I have ever had.” (READ MORE)

On the Web:
Thomas Sowell: Global Hot Air: Part II “Propaganda campaigns often acquire a life of their own. Politicians who have hitched their wagons to the star of "global warming" cannot admit any doubts on their part, or permit any doubts by others from becoming part of a public debate.” (READ MORE)

Michelle Malkin: Obama: Wasting His Own Breath “I have good news for everyone offended by the description of Sen. Barack Obama as "articulate." He has quickly shed any claim to that label.” (READ MORE)

Austin Bay: Time to Fix the Great American Failure “The Washington press corps has discovered the war -- the self-defeating tug of war between the Pentagon and virtually every other Washington government agency.” (READ MORE)

Brent Bozell III: John Edwards Maligns Faith “In every electoral cycle, the liberal media inform us that the Democratic Party will fight fiercely for the votes of religious Americans and refute the ugly, even slanderous caricature that the Democrats are the party that mocks God, prayer and everything most Americans hold dear.” (READ MORE)

Terence Jeffrey: Are Iraqi "Moderates" Killing Americans? “So now that U.S. forces in Iraq must defend themselves against not only Sunni insurgents and al-Qaida in Iraq, but also Iranian-armed Shiites, the question is which Iranian-armed Shiites pose the greatest threat: the extremists or the moderates?” (READ MORE)

Kat in MO: Moqtada Sadr and Osama: Wishful Thinking On Literal and Figurative Demise “I hate to go against the great blogs of our side of the war or even speak in pessimistic tones while all are hopeful that the first signs of the successes of the "final battle" are apparent in these two items at Captain's Quarters, but I must respectfully disagree with the analysis.” (READ MORE)

Jules Crittenden: Osama Gone? “Funny, I’d been thinking the same thing. Stratfor wonders why the radio silence out of Osama, who doesn’t even rate a mention in the Ay-man’s latest Cave Retort. Is it possible he won’t be down for felafel, or is he just moaning on his pallet in the back of the cave?” (READ MORE)

Good Lt.: Another Troop-Hating Liberal Professor “These moonbat dunces are parodies of themselves nowadays. Here's a "teacher" who can't get over the fact that her hyperleftist "truth" isn't going to make the "war criminal" Marines in her classes turn their guns on George W. Bush.” (READ MORE)

Jay Tea: Sir Moqtada bravely ran away “For the most part, I've tried to avoid discussing the day-to-day, finer points of the war in Iraq. My reasons are simple: for one, I don't feel even remotely qualified to discuss the minutiae of the struggle. For another, the situation is so fluid that making predictions on single events is risky at best. For yet another, this -- as Bush said from the outset -- is a very long-term project, and it will most likely be years before we can gain a proper perspective on the outcome.” (READ MORE)

Iraq War News: My Two Cents: The Gathering Storm “I find myself looking at the news these days with a darkened spirit. The transient in the city streets, holding a sign that says "The End is Near" has become somewhat of an American colloquialism. Now, it's as if I'm suddenly seeing him before me, but he isn't talking about the end of the world...he's talking about the end of the America I know and love.” (READ MORE)

Kobayashi Maru: Privacy Is Essential!... Except When We're In Power “Last time I checked, Democrats were concerned that NSA wiretaps of incoming overseas phone calls from known terrorists were a violation of privacy. It seems that they're much less concerned when the privacy issue in play is about protecting the bullying potential of a group that's kept them in power (unions).” (READ MORE)

Captain Ed: It Was The One-Armed Arms Dealer “The capture of more than a hundred sniper rifles in Iraq that had previously been sold to Iranian police agencies had the manufacturer backpedaling yesterday. The London Telegraph reports that the Austrian government and the Steyr corporation both denied any responsibility or knowledge of an arms transfer from Teheran to Iraqi insurgents:” (READ MORE)

Bill Ardolino: The Fallujah Police Transition Team Mission “I arrived in Fallujah just as the bulk of American troops were pulled out of barracks in the city and back to the heavily fortified Camp Fallujah on the outskirts of town. There remain exceptions, however: the Military and Police Transition Team advisors to the Iraqi Army and police continued to operate and live in the city proper, embedded with the Iraqi units recently charged with taking primary responsibility for security.” (READ MORE)

Neptunus Lex: Troop surge - another politician votes “No” “Congress may amuse itself by fiddling with non-binding resolutions and “symbolic” votes, but at least one politician has bestirred himself to take action: Muqtada Sadr voted with his feet:” (READ MORE)

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