April 15, 2008

Web Reconnaissance for 04/15/2008

A short recon of what’s out there that might draw your attention, updated throughout the day...so check back often.

In the News: (Registration may be required to read some stories)
Obama values 'great favor' - Sen. Barack Obama yesterday said his Democratic rival, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, has previewed every attack Republicans can use against him in the fall general election — and Sen. John McCain's comments proved him right. (READ MORE)

Iraq doles out $350 million to 3 'hot spots' - The Iraqi government is pumping $350 million into three of the war-torn nation's most embattled areas in an effort to stem violence by producing jobs and reinvigorating social programs, as U.S. lawmakers are pushing for the oil-rich country to pick up its reconstruction tab. (READ MORE)

Chinese citizens organize boycott of French goods - Angry Chinese citizens are turning the tables on global protesters against the Beijing Olympics, organizing an online campaign to boycott luxury French brands in retaliation for last week's Olympic torch-relay protests in Paris. (READ MORE)

S&P gauges bailout of Wall Street firms - The potential cost to U.S. taxpayers of bailing out Wall Street firms stricken by the credit crisis could grow to as much as $400 billion in a deep and prolonged recession, Standard & Poor's estimated yesterday. (READ MORE)

McCain Proposes Break in Gas Taxes - PITTSBURGH (AP) -- John McCain wants the federal government to free people from paying gasoline taxes this summer and ensure that college students can secure loans this fall, a pair of proposals aimed at stemming pain from the country's troubled economy. (READ MORE)

France Takes Up Body Image Law - PARIS (AP) -- The French parliament's lower house adopted a groundbreaking bill Tuesday that would make it illegal for anyone - including fashion magazines, advertisers and Web sites - to publicly incite extreme thinness. (READ MORE)

The Loophole Factory - "People say all the time: 'We can't pick winners and losers.' Well then fine. Take every single dollar of subsidy out of the federal tax code. Get rid of it all. . . . Let's have a real level playing field where nobody gets a penny in subsidy." – Hillary Clinton, quoted in USA Today, April 5, 2008 Now, there's a capital idea – and just in time for April 15. The simplest, fairest and most economically efficient tax code would end all special interest tax advantages and flatten tax rates. (READ MORE)

Democrats for Colombia - If nothing else, Speaker Nancy Pelosi's ploy last week to change House rules in order to kill the Colombia Free Trade Agreement is exposing how extreme her protectionism is. Yesterday, 35 former senior officials in Democratic Administrations and Democratic Members of Congress signed an open letter urging Congress to pass the Colombia pact. (READ MORE)

Bush and Iran, Again - The Bush Administration is once again pointing to Iran as the source of trouble in Iraq, and rightly so judging by all the evidence. Note to the White House: The Iranians aren't likely to stop unless the U.S. starts doing something about it. Iran has long funneled men and materiel to insurgents and provided safe havens across the border. But now the Administration is saying that Tehran's "malign" influence has reached a new level. (READ MORE)

Delta, Northwest Agree to Merger - Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines last night announced a proposed merger that would create the world's largest carrier and possibly spur an industry-wide round of restructuring that could vastly change air travel for millions of Americans. (READ MORE)

Collectors Cost IRS More Than They Raise - The Internal Revenue Service expects to lose more than $37 million by using private debt collectors to pursue tax scofflaws through a program that has outraged consumers and led to charges on Capitol Hill that the agency is wasting money for work that IRS agents could do more effectively. (READ MORE)

Economists Debate Link Between War, Credit Crisis - For House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the connection between the Iraq conflict and the U.S. economic downturn is simple: "The president has taken us into a failed war," the California Democrat said recently. "He's taken us deeply into debt, and that debt is taking us into recession." (READ MORE)

Lawmakers Want FBI Access to Data Curbed - Bipartisan groups in Congress are pressing to place new controls on the FBI's ability to demand troves of sensitive personal information from telephone providers and credit card companies, over the opposition of agency officials who say they deserve more time to clean up past abuses. (READ MORE)

Chinese Relentlessly Patrol A Subdued but Jittery Lhasa - LHASA, China -- Two elderly Tibetan women lay prostrate before the Potala Palace on a recent day, venerating the 1,000-room hilltop monument that was once the seat of an independent Tibetan government and the Dalai Lama's winter residence. (READ MORE)

On the Web:
George Will: Barack Obama's Bitter Liberalism - WASHINGTON -- Barack Obama may be exactly what his supporters suppose him to be. Not, however, for reasons most Americans will celebrate. Obama may be the fulfillment of modern liberalism. Explaining why many working class voters are "bitter," he said they "cling" to guns, religion and "antipathy to people who aren't like them" because of "frustrations." His implication was that their primitivism, superstition and bigotry are balm for resentments they feel because of America's grinding injustice. (READ MORE)

Thomas Sowell: A Living Lie - An e-mail from a reader said that, while Hillary Clinton tells lies, Barack Obama is himself a lie. That is becoming painfully apparent with each new revelation of how drastically his carefully crafted image this election year contrasts with what he has actually been saying and doing for many years. Senator Obama's election year image is that of a man who can bring the country together, overcoming differences of party or race, as well as solving our international problems by talking with Iran and other countries with which we are at odds, and performing other miscellaneous miracles as needed. (READ MORE)

Cal Thomas: Obama's Audacity - We've heard about Barack Obama's hope from his bestselling book "The Audacity of Hope." Now we are getting a glimpse of his audacity. As the Christian Broadcasting Network's David Brody first reported on Friday, Obama has decided to go after two constituencies that have mostly voted Republican in recent years - Roman Catholics and Protestant Evangelicals - and take up an issue that the GOP and conservative Christians have owned in recent election cycles - pro-life. (READ MORE)

Dennis Prager: How Liberals Lost a Liberal - The Democratic Party's preoccupation with the question of when America will leave Iraq rather than with how America will win in Iraq reminds me of how and why this nearly lifelong liberal and Democrat became identified as a conservative and Republican activist. I have identified as liberal all my life. How could I not? I was raised a Jew in New York City, where I did graduate work in the social sciences at Columbia University. It is almost redundant to call a New York Jewish intellectual a liberal. In fact, I never voted for a Republican candidate for president until Ronald Reagan in 1980. But I have not voted for a Democrat since 1980. (READ MORE)

Chuck Norris: Terminating Teenage Violent Crime - Who wasn't disgusted this past week by the senseless beating of a Florida teenage girl by six other teenage girls? Or disgusted by a polygamist compound's mistreatment of young girls in western Texas? And dismayed by the Baltimore teacher who was knocked to the ground and beaten by a student while a fellow classmate videotaped the episode on her cell phone and others cheered? Just as I was turning away (again) in disgust from America's awry juvenile daily news, I found myself a constituent of it, when two New Jersey teens were arrested after a teacher found a hit list that contained my name. (READ MORE)

Patrick J. Buchanan: In Darkest Pennsylvania - It was said behind closed doors to the chablis-and-brie set of San Francisco, in response to a question as to why he was not doing better in that benighted and barbarous land they call Pennsylvania. Like Dr. Schweitzer, home from Africa to address the Royal Society on the customs of the upper Zambezi, Barack described Pennsylvanians in their native habitats of Atloona, Alquippa, Johnstown and McKeesport. "You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and ... the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them..." (READ MORE)

William Rusher: Bet on the Homeschoolers - The California Court of Appeals judge who ruled recently that parents "do not have a constitutional right to home-school their children" probably thought the point was obvious. He lives in California, where liberalism is still a flourishing belief system, and where parents are widely regarded as simply the mechanism whereby new generations of youngsters are created and turned over to the state for polishing. But he is a loser nonetheless, as he will discover when his ruling is overturned on appeal or, failing that, struck down by the legislature or, if necessary, by an amendment to the state constitution. (READ MORE)

Rich Galen: Summer Soldiers and Sunshine Patriots - For everyone who thinks the US foreign policy has had no effect, consider this: In the summer of 2003, prior to my posting to Iraq, I went to Kuwait to cover its national elections. The shorthand as I wrote on July 4, 2003, was this: There are about 2.1 million people here, of whom about 1 million are citizens but only about 120,000 of those are permitted to vote. No women are among them. Got that? 2003. 2.1 million people. No women could vote. Pretty typical of the Persian Gulf States back in the day. (READ MORE)

This Ain't Hell: AP swipes at McCain as “conservative” - While the New York Times has failed to land a blow on John McCain, and while the two Democrat candidates for president swing wildly at each other, the Associated Press has decided to chip away at McCain surging popularity by declaring that he’s more conservative than we might think. They drag out stunning revelations that *gasp* he’s against abortion, that he thinks *gasp* states should make their own decisions about gay marriage. He also *gasp* voted against the ban of semi-automatic weapons. He also has voted to *gasp* support the President in the war against terror. Here’s a note to the Associated Press; those are minimum requirements for being in the Republican party. (READ MORE)

Meryl Yourish: Jimmy Carter: Senile or just plain stupid? - Jimmy Carter was interviewed by Ha’aretz on Sunday, Carter uttered what may be the stupidest thing I have ever seen from a world leader: “In a democracy, I realize that you don’t need to talk to the top leader to know how the country feels. When I go to a dictatorship, I only have to talk to one person and that’s the dictator, because he speaks for all the people. But in a democracy like Israel, there is a wide range of opinions and that counterbalances the disappointment that I have in not meeting with the people shaping Israeli power now in the government.” Did he really just say that he doesn’t have to talk to people in a dictatorship because their opinions don’t count? (READ MORE)

Soccerdad: New anti-israel group has trouble raising funds – “A new survey conducted by a Washington DC-based evangelical organization among American Christians has found that 82% of them believe they have a moral obligation to support the Jews and Israel. The poll, conducted among Catholics and Protestants alike, tested their stance on Jerusalem’s future and ways to deal with the Iranian nuclear threat.” The poll reveals a number of other common sense findings. By 32 to 24 percent those surveyed figure that a Palestinian state will be a terrorist state. 65 percent of those surveyed believe that Iran is developing nuclear weapons with which to attack Israel. And by 45 to 9 percent those surveyed said that they wouldn’t support a President who pressured Israel to concede issues that endangered its security. (READ MORE)

Jay Tea: How About "All Of The Above?" - Well, former president Jimmy Carter is shoving his nose into international affairs yet again. He's meeting with Hamas. Hamas, you may recall, is both the duly elected government of the Palestinian Authority and an officially declared terrorist organization. Carter (who will be a "superdelegate" at this summer's Democratic National Convention by virtue of winning a single election 32 years ago) says he's doing it in the interests of "peace." Oddly enough, hardly no one else (well, no one else who's sane, and quite a few I thought were nuts) thinks this is a good idea. (READ MORE)

The Midnight Sun: Those bastard Christian crusaders, no wait.. - FOX News - A sermon last Friday by a prominent Muslim cleric and Hamas member of the Palestinian parliament openly declared that “the capital of the Catholics, or the Crusader capital,” would soon be conquered by Islam. The fiery sermon, delivered by Yunis al-Astal and aired on Hamas’ Al-Aqsa TV, predicted that Rome would become “an advanced post for the Islamic conquests, which will spread though Europe in its entirety, and then will turn to the two Americas, even Eastern Europe.” “Allah has chosen you for Himself and for His religion,” al-Astal preached, “so that you will serve as the engine pulling this nation to the phase of succession, security and consolidation of power, and even to conquests through da’wa and military conquests of the capitals of the entire world. (READ MORE)

Cassy Fiano: Hillary in hot water with the FEC... again - Well, sort of. Just consider that my MSM misleading headline of the day, phrased specifically just to get your attention. What's actually happened is that Judicial Watch has filed a complaint with the FEC about Elton John's fundraiser for her. Uh, sorry, Hill, that's a no-no. “Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it filed a formal complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) related to a fundraising concert by musician Sir Elton John on behalf of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. Elton John, a foreign national, is prohibited by federal law, from making any contribution to a federal, state or local election campaign.” (READ MORE)

Ron Winter: Hillary Does Shots! Obama in the Gutter? Arm Wrestling Next? - I don't know about the rest of you but I am of the opinion that the Democratic primary race has finally found its groove. Way to go Pennsylvania! In their efforts to appeal to the "common man" both Democratic candidates, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, have been out in blue collar country, which bears little if any resemblance to blue state country, trying to mix and mingle as if Saturday night honky-tonkin' comes as naturally to them as Brie. Neither has really hit the bulls eye, but in my entirely informal and unscientific method of measurement the former First Lady and New York State Senator is way ahead of the Illinois Senator in this area. (READ MORE)

Winds of Change: Hope for Iraq's Meanest City - Fallujah is strange, sullen, wild-eyed, badass, and just plain mean,” writes Bing West in his 2005 war chronicle No True Glory. “Fallujans don’t like strangers, which includes anyone not homebred. Wear lipstick or Western-style long hair, sip a beer or listen to an American CD, and you risk the whip or a beating.” Fallujah has been Iraq’s bad-boy city since at least the time of the British in Mesopotamia; even then, travelers were warned to stay out. More recently, Saddam Hussein recruited some of his regime’s most ruthless officers from Fallujah. Even though it was a quieter city than most in Iraq after the American invasion in 2003, with less looting than in Baghdad and a staunchly pro-American mayor, the Americans should have known that Fallujah was trouble. (READ MORE)

Cassandra: Politicizing The Medal of Honor? - Interesting charge: “I have to agree, this was not the Bush administration's finest hour. Say it after me: Thou shalt not exploit the granting of a Medal of Honor for political advantage. That said, our lame-duck President is not out for partisan advantage so much as political capital to defend a policy that he genuinely believes to be in the national interest. But still.” Michael Monsoor was, above all, a warrior. Yet it seems we are to condemn his Commander in Chief for furthering the cause for which he unhesitatingly gave his life. It seems to have become fashionable among the smart set to criticize that which they little understand. To hear these critics, the White House can never do enough to counter the 24/7 antiwar barrage from the media; yet if they do take proactive steps to counter it (or even to recognize the heroic acts of our military) they are immediately accused, on no evidence that I am able to discern, of exploiting the sacrifices of our armed forces. (READ MORE)

The Tygrrrr Express: The CNN Compassion Forum - There were two problems with the CNN Compassion Forum. First of all, short of Campbell Brown frolicking on stage in her underclothing, there really is no reason to watch CNN. They have not had intelligent debate questions since the respected Bernard Shaw retired. Second of all, even if Campbell Brown were to do her best Eva Longoria imitation, it would pale compared to the real thing. Desperate Housewives was back on television with new episodes. Even Sean Hannity and his Hannity’s America program had to be put on the back burner. Of course, had it been football season, none of the non-Eva stuff would have mattered anyway. Nevertheless, thanks to tivo, I was able to watch the democrats fake compassion. (READ MORE)

Mark Steyn: POP REVOLUTION - There was a sad little interview in The New York Times the other day. Carmen Peláez is a playwright and, therefore, a liberal, but she's also a Cuban-American, and she was a little disappointed in her ideological soulmates' reaction to her latest play. Rum & Coke examines in part the west's cultural fascination with Castro and the revolution that time forgot. You know the sort of thing - the Che posters decorating the Obama campaign offices in Houston; Michael Moore's paean to Cuban health care, though it doesn't seem to have worked out so great for Fidel. The enduring sheen of revolutionary chic is in forlorn contrast to the decrepitude of the real thing. "When I started writing the play, I thought people just didn't know what was happening in Cuba," Miss Peláez told the Times. "But the longer I live here, the more I realized, they don't care...” (READ MORE)

Melanie Phillips Blog: The weakest link - In Londonistan, the appeasement of radical Islamism is lurching ever more giddily into the realm of the surreal. Hard on the heels of the Appeal Court ruling that abu Qatada, bin Laden’s right hand man and the most important al Qaeda operative in Europe, cannot be deported to Jordan under human rights law because witnesses in any future prosecution of him might themselves have been tortured by the Jordanians, the Sunday Times reported yesterday: “The Royal Navy, once the scourge of brigands on the high seas, has been told by the Foreign Office not to detain pirates because doing so may breach their human rights. Warships patrolling pirate-infested waters, such as those off Somalia, have been warned that there is also a risk that captured pirates could claim asylum in Britain.” (READ MORE)

Socrates' Academy: The Great Divider - We quasi-conservative, sorta Republican types make the mistake of thinking that Democrats are all liberal atheists who are afraid of guns and want illegal immigration. It's not so. There are lots of Democrats who are gun totin', church goin', law-abidin' citizens who will be insulted by Obama's elitism almost as much as we are. Or maybe more, because he assumes they're in the bag for him, and they're explicitly who he's talking about. “OBAMA: So, it depends on where you are, but I think it’s fair to say that the places where we are going to have to do the most work are the places where people are most cynical about government. The people are mis-appre…they’re misunderstanding why the demographics in our, in this contest have broken out as they are. Because everybody just ascribes it to ‘white working-class don’t wanna work — don’t wanna vote for the black guy.’” (READ MORE)

ShrinkWrapped: Bad Therapists and Failures of Empathy - Among the many reasons that a Psychoanalyst undergoes his own Psychoanalysis is to be able to identify as clearly as possible his own emotional reactions so as to differentiate them as much as possible from his patient's emotional reactions. In other words, if an analyst does not understand and appreciate that based on his own history he has unresolved bitterness toward his mother, he may be too ready to see and interpret bitterness toward his patient's mother, when the patient is actually feeling disappointment or frustration. While there are commonalities to the feelings, the differences are crucial in understanding what is going on in the patient's therapy. When a therapist misses an interpretation of his patient's emotional state, ie interpreting bitterness when disappointment is closer to the patient's experience, it is referred to as a "failure of empathy." The therapist thought he knew what the patient was feeling and was wrong. (READ MORE)

Right Truth: What are you 'bitter' about? - It's been four days now since Barack Obama said " economic problems had led voters in some small towns to become "bitter" and "cling to guns or religion." We are religious people, we own guns, we're not hicks or hillbillies and we do not 'cling' to these things, we use our God-given right to these things. Here's what hubby says: “Well tax time has come and gone for me. I am feeling bitter now so I guess I'll go cling to my guns and God. Not only do us self employed folks have to pay the piper on April 15, but we also have to pay the first installment on estimated taxes on the same day, so we get to feel the force of the double whammy, and then then just a short 2 months later we get to pay our friendly second installment.” (READ MORE)

Dan Riehl: Would Obama Get "Crushed?" - Via The Politico, allegedly Hillary told someone she thinks Obama will get "crushed" in the Fall against McCain: “Here is why: She and Bill Clinton both devoutly believe that Obama’s likely victory is a disaster-in-waiting. Naive Democrats just don’t see it. And a timid, pro-Obama press corps, in their view, won’t tell the story.” But Hillary Clinton won’t tell it, either. It is beginning to look that way, what with him supposedly dropping big in PA before the pending primary, though I would take the ARG Poll with a big grain of salt. Putting aside the race issue, Obama has several problems. He's young, inexperienced, and far better working with a teleprompter, than working on his feet. McCain is somewhat the opposite of that. (READ MORE)

Ray Robison: Saddam and terrorism - So anyway, I am glad to be back blogging. I think the break was good for me. Since my domain went down we had a lot of talk about Saddam and terrorism. I put together an essay on that. Better late than never I guess. Here it is: One of the most interesting inclusions in the new Institute for Defense Analysis report (Saddam and Terrorism: Emerging Insights from Captured Iraqi Documents Volume 1) is a set of documents revealed by Cybercast News Service. It is interesting because these documents were dismissed by the media as fakes several years ago. A few conservative commentators such as Deroy Murdock at NRO picked up the story of these documents and their importance. But the vast majority of the media ignored them. (READ MORE)

McQ: The Great Global Warming Sell-out is near - Or at least that is what the Washington Times is claiming the Bush administration is poised to do: “‘This is an attempt to move the administration and the party closer to the center on global warming. With these steps, it is hoped that the debate over this is over, and it is time to do something,’ said an administration source close to the White House who is familiar with the planning and who said to expect an announcement this week.” Good grief, just when the debate is actually beginning, these yahoos are ready to throw in the towel and commit this nation to something which may, in fact, be the biggest scam ever foisted upon the world. (READ MORE)

Pros and Cons: Two more reasons to vote against Obama - Senator Obama is condescending to the non-acadmented, at least when letting loose with his inner Michael Dukakis about ignorant Pennsylvanian hick types who lash out in alarum against immigrants, trade, guns, gay marriage and so forth. James Taranto adds an excellent close textual analysis in unpacking the relevant “Pennsylvania observations” (here’s another from an actual professor), which, believe it or not, I have only excerpted below the fold. It ends with the observation that Senator Obama condescends even to those within his own church. The ever so enlightened Junior Senator from Illinois doesn’t take what he considers their backwards hatefullness (how else could they disagree with him or gay marriage - I recall a shocked co-worker telling me, “I’ve never heard a reasoned argument against it before”) seriously. (READ MORE)

Douglas V. Gibbs: The Unseen Hand of Globalism and Islamism - What you see is what you get. Or is it? Traditional explanations do not always explain history, the economy, or political agendas. It is difficult for the casual observer to recognize the complexity of the political realm, therefore more often than not the average citizen places their faith on sources of information they have come to trust over the years. But what does a person do when those sources, it turns out, are not trustworthy? This is where thought, and I mean Serious Thought, comes into the equation. (READ MORE)

neo-neocon: They don’t call him “Dhimmi Carter” for nothing, but perhaps they should call him Neville - Jimmy Carter is planning a dialogue with Hamas. And he’s remarkably unapologetic about it, despite requests from both Washington and Israel to cease and desist: Former President Carter said he feels “quite at ease” about meeting Hamas militants over the objections of Washington because the Palestinian group is essential to a future peace with Israel. Carter seems never to have heard of William Lloyd Garrison’s handy guide to the art of negotiation: With reasonable men I will reason; with humane men I will plead; but to tyrants I will give no quarter…” (READ MORE)

Jules Crittenden: Gun-Toting Churchgoer’s Gaffe Welcomed - I actually have no idea if Rep. Geoff Davis, R-Ky., is a guntoter or a churchgoer, but in the spirit of the 2008 Democratic presidential campaign, I’ll assume that to be the case. We’ll leave out bitter because he’s grinning in most of the pictures I saw, and as a sitting congressman, he’s probably getting by. Not knowing Davis from a hole in the wall, I have no idea whether he meant “that boy” in the derogatory sense the word was historically used to refer to blacks, or if it was an exceedingly poorly chosen colloquialism meant to disparage an inexperienced candidate’s credentials or lack thereof, regardless of race. The former would be reprehensible. (READ MORE)

Euphoric Reality: NCIS At It Again: Fallujah Marine Charged as a Civilian For Military Actions - Unless we hold the government responsible, these cases will never stop. The government is making up law as they go, putting these honorable men in prison, charging them with crimes that never happened. It’s disgusting and it’s a travesty of justice. Now, another Marine is charged with murder…this time as a civilian, for killing the enemy during the bloody Battle of Fallujah. With only mixed success prosecuting U.S. soldiers for alleged atrocities in Iraq, the U.S. government is now turning to a novel legal approach to try military veterans in U.S. civilian courts. The first target is Jose L. Nazario, a former Marine named as the defendant in the case United States of America v. Jose Luis Nazario. (READ MORE)

Democracy Project: Murtha’s Office Calls Cops On Iraq Vet’s Mom - On April 8, the Vets For Freedom, over 450 Iraq and Afghan war veterans, blanketed Capital Hill to meet with Congressmen and Senators. Senators McCain, Lieberman, Graham, Inhofe and Bond, along with Congressmen Marshall and Johnson greeted them on the lawn and spoke of the importance of our mission. (See great photos here.) LtCol William Russell, challenger to Murtha’s seat in Congress issued a challenge for a debate in Pennsylvania to Rep Murtha. Then, the vets went inside. They passed Bev Perlson, in front of the Cannon Building. Bev is the founder of Band of Mothers, an organization of moms of service members. She was spending one of the three days she had a permit to stand there with signs in support of General Petraeus and our troops. (READ MORE)

A Soldier's Mind: Rising From The Mud To Fly Proudly - Remember this picture? It’s a photo that many of us will have a hard time forgetting, due to the outrage we felt when we first saw this. Back in February, I shared with our readers, about a Dan Turner in Georgia, who found a flag lying in the mud, picked it up and mailed it to a friend who is currently serving in Iraq. That flag has now completed it’s journey to Iraq and been returned to the United States. In what has been dubbed, “Operation Restore Honor” the flag was raised in a ceremony at FOB Delta in Iraq, aimed at restoring dignity to the flag that Turner found lying in the mud, in front of an apartment complex in Conyers, Georgia. About 170 Soldiers and civilians at FOB Delta, braved the 100 degree heat and risked enemy fire, to attend the ceremony. (READ MORE)

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