The Frontlines Weekly Update Brief (April 18-24, 2011)

LIBYA & SYRIA VIOLENCE CONTINUES
The coalition continued its efforts to support the rebels in Libya, with some western countries sending ground troops to advise the rebels. Callas have been made to provide more direct assistance to the rebels in order to topple Qaddafi. Meanwhile the protests in Syria have continued, where the Assad government claims that the rising violence is the result of Western influence and extreme Islamists. In Homs, loyal security forces killed more than 15 people who were protesting.

THE FRONTLINES OF AFGHANISTAN

Insurgents dug a long narrow tunnel and helped 475 prisoners escape Sarposa prison in the southern city of Kandahar. The prison was the site of an earlier mass breakout by insurgents over a year ago. The insurgents also conducted several attacks using suicide bombers against ISAF forces throughout the country and used snipers to mortally kill an American nurse assisting local nationals near Kabul.

Since our last report 17 more American have died in Operation Enduring Freedom. The war in Afghanistan has claimed 105 American lives thus far in 2011, and the total for the war is now 1,551 (www.icasualties.org).

THE FRONTLINES OF IRAQ

Iraqi security officials clashed with civilians protesting any extension of American troops in Iraq beyond the end of the year. Insurgents continued to conduct kidnappings and targeted killings throughout the region. On April 22nd insurgents using IEds attacked an American unit, fatally killing another American soldier.

Since our last report 3 more American soldiers were killed in Iraq. The death toll for service members killed in 2011 is 20 and an overall death total of 4,450 (www.icasualties.org).

If you have a different opinion or want to read the full brief please visit The Frontlines. Thank you.

very respectfully,

The “Warrant”

References

The Economist. (2011). April 2011 Issue.

iCasualties. (2011). Coalition Casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan. Retrieved from www.icasualties.org.

 

Morning Reference for the MilBloggies

Just wanted to post this link from Ace of Spades so all the folks at the MilBlog Convention have a better understanding of their condition this morning…one of these days I’m going to that thing…have a few for me!

The Race Card

So Whoopi Goldberg decided she’d play the race card (again).  Well, Whoopti-Doo!  Whoopi, honey, it’s been over-played.  By you, by Janeane Garafolo, by Chris “Tingles” Matthews and by every other liberal that can’t defend the President’s actions and policies with facts or logic.

Stop calling me racist.  It’s old, and it’s trite.  Stop trying to tell me that I don’t know what it’s like to be discriminated against because of my race.  I’ve been discriminated against not only because of my race (both of them) but because of my gender as well.  Piss off, liberals.  You’ve discriminated more against me than any WASP, then turn around and tell me I’m the racist because I abhor the direction the President is taking the country.  You’re going to have to collectively find a new rebuttal.

Today is Diversity Thursday over at CDR Salamander’s place, so I thought I’d join in some of his fun.  I’m half Caucasian and half Filipino.  I was adopted and raised by Mk 1 Mod 0 white parents.  In the course of my life I’ve been referred to as “the Chinaman” and “Ho Chi Minh” by white and black peers, ostracized by Filipino shipmates for being mixed race, and even told that I wasn’t a “real part of the family” by a cousin.  When I was in college, I spent a few years in AFROTC.   A female Captain, who happened to be OSI by trade, made some inquiries after asking me why I hadn’t applied for a scholarship when, in her view, I would have been a shoe-in for one (at first she didn’t believe me when I told her I had).  She later informed me that I hadn’t received one because “you aren’t a black female”.  Evidently, being an Eagle Scout that graduated in the top ten percent of his high school class while taking honors courses and scoring a 32 on the ACT didn’t stand up to the qualifications of having been born with breasts, a vagina, and darker skin.  I’m guessing that’s what happened to the NROTC scholly I applied for, as well.  I’m not touting myself as the reincarnation of Georgie Patton here, but when we select people for leadership and advancement based on “diversity” criteria and not actual ability we have no reason to wonder why things are screwed up.

Let me leave you with one thought to ponder: if the President was Herman Cain or Allen West, what would you hear from the left? They’re already saying it…UNCLE TOM!

But we’re the racists. Liberals, you can kiss my (half) brown…

Obama is my Ex-Wife

The other day I was contemplating our national state of affairs while sipping a beer at my local VFW. Somewhere amidst the swirling smoke emanating from cigarettes and the hamburgers sizzling on the grill it occurred to me that our President and my ex-wife have a lot in common.

Promises made but not kept - Too many to mention here, but here’s a good one: “Forsaking all others”. Remember that line from traditional marriage vows? Yeah, three months after she uttered that line she was screwing a guy in her squadron behind my back. Sort of like Obama and the union bosses/far left activists/Democratic party leadership cavorting behind closed doors after promising “the most transparent administration” ever.

Complete lack of fiscal responsibility – I paid off approximately $5000 in credit card bills in a year. All hers (I didn’t have a credit card then, and still don’t). Debt that I did not accrue. And I did it with my own money, not hers. What was my thanks? She kept piling on debt, expecting me to pay for it. Sound familiar, America?

It’s someone else’s fault – My ex actually thought that I would buy into the idea that her wanting a divorce was my fault with no actual logic provided. She couldn’t tell me why it was my fault, she could only tell me that it was my fault (while denying that she was having an affair). Sounds like a certain President we all know who keeps telling us it’s all Bush’s fault (while satisfying the needs of the unions).

Excuses, excuses - “I can’t make height/weight because I’ve had two kids.” No, you couldn’t make height/weight because you don’t do an iota of PT and eat large quantities of fatty foods. Sort of like, “We can’t cut the deficit because the mean Republicans want to kill old people and starve children.” No, we can’t cut the deficit because you are beholden to the entitlement class and special interests that put you in office.

Which brings to the one that irks me to no end:

“It’s for the children” – At one point, I had purchased one of those large assortments of frozen meat from the guys that roll around with a chest freezer in the back of their truck. You know, a few hundred pounds of pork, chicken, seafood, and steak. Again, paid for out of my account, not hers, although she certainly didn’t mind noshing on it. When I moved out, I took the prime cuts of beef that were still left and a few other odds and ends. I left the things like the chicken strips, chicken breasts, hamburgers and shrimp. My ex had a fit, accusing me of taking food from the mouths of her children. Sorry, lady, but the last time I checked their 6- and 8-year old palates hadn’t developed a taste for filet mignon. Not to mention I was CONUS taking care of them while she was deployed and screwing around. Evidently I’m some kind of child abuser because I needed food for my new apartment and took what I bought and knew the kids wouldn’t eat. Likewise, every time I hear anyone in this administration try to justify some asinine expenditure because “it’s for the children” I want to scream. No, it’s not “for the children” and we all know it. It’s to satisfy the pockets of the teacher’s unions and special interest groups, just like my ex wanted those filet mignons for her own fat ass.

Hopefully 2012 will give us the divorce we so desperately need.

Returning Soon

Hello readers! I will be back to posting soon, hopefully with a new post by the end of the week…Sorry for the delay, but sometimes life gets in the way. I’m looking forward contributing to Military Pundits again.

The Frontlines Weekly Update Brief (March 28-April 3, 2011)

THE FRONTLINES OF AFGHANISTAN

Taliban insurgents have led several attacks against Americans and Allied forces in retaliation for an American priest who burned the Koran as a media stunt for his declining church. The stunt angered many in the Islamic world and was deplored as an act of selfish stupidity by top American officials.  Norwegian embassy workers were also killed in attacks by insurgents. Street protests were rampant as the Afghan population reacted to the news of the Koran building and an Afghan police offiers killed two Americans in retribution for the priest’s act of intolerance. Since our last report 19 more American have died in Operation Enduring Freedom. The war in Afghanistan has claimed 78 American lives thus far in 2011, and the total for the war is now 1,524 (www.icasualties.org).

THE FRONTLINES OF IRAQ

“Sticky Bombs” attached to a police vehicle detonated, wounding several Iraqis near Ramadi. Indirect fire attacks near Kirkuk and several Iranian border guards were killed in a grenade attack on their post. Two American soldiers died in Iraq since our last update due to an indirect fire attack on their base.  American soldiers killed in 2011 is 13 and an overall death total of 4,443 (www.icasualties.org).

If you have a different opinion or comment please post it here, or to read the full brief visit The Frontlines. Thank you.

very respectfully,

The “Warrant”

References

The Economist. (2011). February 12-18th, 2011 Issue.

iCasualties. (2011). Coalition Casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan. Retrieved from www.icasualties.org.

 

 

Weekly Update From The Frontlines (MAR 21-27, 2011)

THE FRONTLINES OF AFGHANISTAN

Taliban insurgents kidnapped 50 Afghan police officers in an ambush in northeastern Afghanistan. Insurgent forces in the Helmand province attacked an American unit with small arms fire, killing SPC. Justin Ross of Wisconsin. Other ISAF members were killed in separate attacks using IEDs and small arms fire. Since our last report nine more American have died in Operation Enduring Freedom. The war in Afghanistan has claimed 59 American lives thus far in 2011, and the total for the war is now 1,514 (www.icasualties.org).

THE FRONTLINES OF IRAQ

Several attacks by gunmen occured throughout the country, and insurgent used bombs to kill contractors, police, and civilians. Gunmen using silenceers killed a police colonel in his house in Ramadi and a roadside bomb was used against a food distribution center in Baghdad. One American soldier died in Iraq since our last update.  American soldiers killed in 2011 is eleven and an overall death total of 4,441 (www.icasualties.org).

If you have a different opinion please email me at askthewarrant@thefrontlines.com. Or to learn more visit The Frontlines. Thank you.

very respectfully,

The Warrant

 

References

The Economist, March 26-April 1, 2011

The Frontlines Weekly Update Brief thefrontlines.com/the-frontlines-weekly-update-brief-march-21-27-2011

iCasualties. (2011). Coalition Casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan. Retrieved from www.icasualties.org

 

Update Brief From The Frontlines (March 14-20, 2011)

THE FRONTLINES OF AFGHANISTAN

Pakistan pulled out of talks with the U.S. on the future of Afghanistan in protest over repeated U.S. drone attacks into their country. Relations between Pakistan and the U.S. have been strained. Several American soldiers have been killed in fighting in the Helmland Province, as Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) continue to wreak havoc on ISAF forces. The U.S. terminated a contract with an international accounting firm that was providing technical advice to the beleaguered Kabul Bank. No update on the $900 million missing from the Bank. Since our last report six more American have died in Operation Enduring Freedom. The war in Afghanistan has claimed 59 American lives thus far in 2011, and the total for the war is now 1,505 (www.icasualties.org).

 

THE FRONTLINES OF IRAQ

Several roadside bombs were used throughout the country, killing numerous civilians. Gunmen in speeding cars killed a lawyer near Kirkuk, and a construction worker near Mosul. Gunmen also stormed a house killing two brothers belonging to the government backed Sunni Sahwa militia.  One American soldier died in a non-combat death in Iraq since our last update. However, American soldiers killed in 2011 is eleven and an overall death total of 4,440 (www.icasualties.org).

If you have a different opinion or comment please post it here, or email me at askthewarrant@thefrontlines.com, or to read the full update go to The Frontlines. Thank you.

very respectfully,

The Warrant

References

The Economist. (2011). March 19-25th, 2011 Issue.

iCasualties. (2011). Coalition Casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan. Retrieved from www.icasualties.org

 

 

Top 10 list of names for Libya operation

H/T to my friend SK for this very funny list

Apparently the White House tossed out a number of perfectly good names before arriving at “Operation Odyssey Dawn”:

10.Operation Nine Months In The Senate Didn’t Prepare Me For This
9. Operation Organizing for Libya
8. Operation Double Standard
7. Operation FINE! I’ll Do Something
6. Operation Enduring Narcissism
5. Operation So That’s What the Red Button Does
4. Operation France Backed Me Into A Corner
3. Operation Start Without Me
2. Operation Unlike Bush Wars This One Is Justified Because… Hey Look A Squirrel
1. Operation Aimless Fury

DoD: No Spousal Benefits for Gay Partners

Regardless of the Obama administration’s decision not to defend the law defining marriage as a heterosexual union, the U.S. military won’t be extending spousal benefits to same sex couples. The federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) remains on the books and the military will continue to follow it after repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is fully implemented. Signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996, the DOMA strictly defines “marriage: as a union between a man and woman. The law has often been cited by opponents of federal spousal rights for homosexual couples. To read this article in full, please go to: http://www.military.com/news/article/dod-no-spousal-benefits-for-gay-partners.html?