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The World Upside Down


Pope John Paul II has endorsed the antiwar movement — and he did so in a message to Roman Catholic military chaplains! I can only imagine what those brave Catholic chaplains I spoke to on the eve of battle will think when they hear this news. Who would have thought that Karol Wojtyla would have thrown in with the communists of International ANSWER? Who would have thought that the hero of the Cold War would have turned into Jimmy Carter? St. Catherine of Siena, ora pro nobis.

Our Morale Matters Too



Whoa!!: Nro & Basra


Bear in mind what Rick had to say about Debka last night. Now: listen to what the site currently says:

Basra Shiites riot against Iraqi regime and army Tuesday afternoon. Shiite militias backed by British and American warplanes and helicopters in armed clashes with Iraqi units in city.

DEBKAfile intelligence sources: Majid Khoei, son of legendary Iraqi Ayatollah at head of 3,000-man US-backed Shiite militia is leading Basra unrest to stir up Shiite anti-Saddam uprising

Majid Khoei wrote this piece–”Freedom: What Iraqis Want”–not too long ago for NRO. How’s that for a small world? I still need to confirm; whoever is leading or will lead revolt against Saddam’s brutality, and every resident vulnerable to the regime: God bless them.
Update: I have some decent, but raw and preliminary information (though unconfirmed by any official source) that he is probably involved.

Web Briefing: August 28, 2014

Portland Caves


Autoresponses from Portland below:

Just a quick note to let you know that we got your message. We learned about the order from the paper, and rescinded it as soon as possible. We think that it is entirely appropriate for firefighters to have American flags on their vehicles. Nobody should question the patriotism of the Fire Bureau. This was simply a mistake. The flags will stay on the trucks.

Rich Rodgers

Assistant to Erik Sten


Dear Mr. XXX

The decision to remove American flags from Portland Fire Bureau vehicles was originally made by the bureau’s command personnel. Since I do not supervise the Fire Bureau, my staff and I also learned of the original decision through the media. Early this morning I directed my staff to determine how and why this decision was made.

I have been informed by the commissioner in charge of the Fire Bureau, Erik Sten, that the order has been reversed. Although he also was unaware of the original order, I will let him know of your concerns.

With warm regards,
Vera Katz




Folks, could you stop sending me the responses from Portland? I appreciate it, but they are all the exact same response and my email box is clogging with dozens of more or less the exact same email. Thanks.

Need Another Picture of Evil?


FNC is reporting that senior defense officials are saying that Iraqi troops dressed as Coalition troops are taking the surrenders of other Iraqi troops. The ones who are surrendering are being executed.

America to Canada: We Are Not Amused


Fine and Dandy


From Fox News:

“I think the deaths of Americans gives us more incentive to fight,” said Lance Cpl. Chad Borgmann, 23, of Sidney, Neb., with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Force. “Freeing Iraq is all fine and dandy … but this gives us a personal motivation to fight.”

Not a Parody


Akbar murdered his comrade because of racism.

Portland’s Mayor




FNC is reporting “an Iraqi minister” is denying the Basra uprising. Have they acknowledged we’re in Umm Qasar yet?

Gloom and Doom by Headline


From a reader:

Thought you might be interested to see the some of the headlines on the war on Mostly gloom and doom (see some of the headlines below), and nothing about the uprising in Basra:

• Sandswept
Sandstorms Force Coalition Forces Into Holding Pattern

• Glorious Fight
Some Arabs Feel Pride Over Saddam’s Successes Against United States

• Keeping a Promise
As U.S.-led Forces Roll Across Iraq, Iraqis Wonder, ‘Where Is the Aid?’

• War’s Economic Impact
The Prospect of a Long War Threatens the Economy’s Health

• F-16 Fires on Patriot Missile Battery

• Bush Won’t Predict Duration of Iraq War

• 11 Marines From N.C. Base Killed in Iraq

• General: No Banned Weapons Yet Found in Iraq

• Urban Warfare in Baghdad Promises Peril

• Guerrilla Fighting Persists in S. Iraq

• Coalition Troops Wonder Who Is Enemy

Re: More Iraqi Perfidy


From a reader:

I saw the report about the hospital in Nasiriya being used as a weapons (& biochem suit!!!) storage site at least twice before you blogged it.

It wasn’t until you blogged it that it occurred to me I was supposed to react to the idea of a hospital being used as an Iraqi military facility. I think my perfidy threshold is rising. Let me know if they find boobytrapped orphans at the next hospital.

At least once the Baathists started using women and children as literal shields in Basra, the Basrans started resisting.

And some people say hell is empty.

I Do Not Like This...


I do not like it one bit. In Portland, Oregon firemen are being told to take down their American flags because, in the words of an official, “We do not want extremists attacking our apparatus or our personnel.”

Now, I don’t mean to be over-dramatic, but there are men and women fighting and dying under that banner. They wouldn’t take down the American flag in the face of intimidation and even death. But our firemen who, we are constantly told, are the frontline soldiers in the war on terror are expected to voluntarily take down Old Glory in the face of intimidation by some coffee house revolutionaries in the pacific northwest? Give the firemen guns or clubs or let them use their firehoses if they’re afraid of attacks from protestors. But, I’m sorry, if these colors don’t run in Basrah and Kandahar, they sure as hell shouldn’t be running in Portland. Let the flags fly!

By the way: If ever there was a cause for conservative talk radio, email campaigns and angry phone calls, I think this is it.

More Dissing of Saddam


Take It Where You Can Get It Dept.


From a reader in Switzerland:

Dear Jonah,

I’m a Swiss liberal, a leftie, a RAT (as a Freeper would put it) – and a regular reader of NRO and fan of your very entertaining column. And I happen to totally agree with your last piece, “Antiwar Shame”.

I just wanted to tell you that there are Europeans who are for this war. Although I have to admit, they are few and they are even fewer on my side of the political spectrum (almost non existent, in fact). I’m not switching sides, though. Back then, in Florida, I was hoping the chads would produce another result, and I still hope that 2004 will see the end of George W. Bush’s political career. But nevertheless I think your administration is absolutely right on this one. And I’m looking forward to some long faces over here after Iraq will be liberated.

Rest assured: There are Europeans who hope that there will be many more scenes like the ones at Safwan. And don’t worry, I won’t let the other ones forget “that they never believed these things would be worth it if the price was letting America have its way”. I think it was even worth to let Dubya have his way.

More Iraqi Perfidy


BBC reports Iraqis using a hospital to store weapons:

Thousands of US troops advance through the town of Nasiriya, about 370 km (230 miles) south-east of Baghdad, following protracted clashes with Iraqi forces; a BBC correspondent travelling with them visits a hospital in Nasiriya that appears to have been used by Iraqi forces to store weapons.



SECDEF just diplomatically dissed McCaffrey.

Turning Point


The significance of the uprising in Basrah and the subsequent Baathist assault on Iraqi citizens could be staggering. It sounds like the British are doing exactly the right thing by wheeling around our artillery fire on Baathist positions. Indeed, this — finally — allows us to talk about “Baathists” instead of Iraqis.

Animal Allies: Surrender Monkeys No More!


Some monkeys are looking to help. But I hope we don’t take them up on the offer.


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