Posts Tagged ‘Operation Iraqi Freedom’

Moammar Gadhafi’s Family Flees Libya for Algeria

Monday, August 29th, 2011

I think this is a pretty big indication that Moammar won’t be sending out Muharram postcards from Tripoli this year. Gadhafi himself still seems to be playing the title role in Where’s Waldo, but him sending his family out of the country would tend to indicates that his prospects for regaining power are (thankfully) bleak.

Unless a hard-core Jihadi government takes over in Libya (possible, but it seems unlikely), the fall of Gadhafi must rank as good news for America, for the Libyan people, and, yes, President Obama. Putting aside questions of whether Gadhafi could have been toppled earlier (quite likely), whether Libya was the worst remaining Arab dictatorship (it wasn’t; Iran and Syria (clearly), as well as Saudi Arabia (arguably) are worse troublemakers and oppressors of their own people), and whether toppling Middle East dictatorships is a proper use of American power (there were many justifications of America’s invasion of Iraq in 2003 that weren’t applicable to Libya, but I can think of none that would apply to Libya that would not equally apply to Iraq), having Gadhafi gone is good news for everyone involved except the dictators own corrupt cronies (and the businessmen who profited from dealing with them), and there’s a significant chance that he wouldn’t have been toppled without the judicious application of American air power that Obama approved. It would be nice to see Gadhafi hung from a pole, or put on trial for crimes against his own people, but even having him merely deposed is a significant victory. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

Memorial Day LinkSwarm for May 30, 2011

Monday, May 30th, 2011

Here are a few links for Memorial Day, some specific to the occasion:

  • Let’s not forget this Memorial Day that Iraq was an important victory:

    America’s victory in Iraq broke the back of Al-Qaeda and left Osama bin Laden’s dream in ruins. He died a defeated fanatic in his Abbotabad hideaway; his dream was crushed in the Mesopotamian flatlands where he swore it would win…The tragedies of Iraq are real and well known. The victory is equally real—but the politically fastidious don’t want to look. The minimum we owe our lost and wounded warriors is to tell the story of what they so gloriously achieved.

  • I walk my dog in the local park, and last year on Veteran’s Day I came across this memorial bench for Cpl. Chad Eric Oligschlaeger, which I had seen before, but which this time was festooned for the occasion:

    Here’s a closeup of the plaque on the bench:

    I thought doing a post on the late Cpl. Oligschlaeger might provide a somber but uplifting story for Memorial Day, but in researching him, I found his story was a lot sadder than most. He didn’t die in combat (despite doing two tours in Iraq), but died due to “accidental death due to multiple drug toxicity,” the drugs in question being various prescription drugs he was taking to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder while waiting (over half a year) for a spot to open up in a PTSD treatment center.

  • A list of Texas casualties from Operation Iraqi Freedom can be found here.
  • A list of Texas soldiers killed in Afghanistan can be found here.
  • A list of Texas Medal of Honor winners.
  • One Texas Medal of Honor recipient who died recently was David H. McNerney, who died October 10, 2010. His citation reads:

    Rank and organization: First Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company A, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division. place and date: polei Doc, Republic of Vietnam, 22 March 1967. Entered service at: Fort Bliss, Tex. Born: 2 June 1931, Lowell, Mass. Citation: 1st Sgt. McNerney distinguished himself when his unit was attacked by a North Vietnamese battalion near polei Doc. Running through the hail of enemy fire to the area of heaviest contact, he was assisting in the development of a defensive perimeter when he encountered several enemy at close range. He killed the enemy but was painfully injured when blown from his feet by a grenade. In spite of this injury, he assaulted and destroyed an enemy machinegun position that had pinned down 5 of his comrades beyond the defensive line. Upon learning his commander and artillery forward observer had been killed, he assumed command of the company. He adjusted artillery fire to within 20 meters of the position in a daring measure to repulse ??enemy assaults. When the smoke grenades used to mark the position were gone, he moved into a nearby clearing to designate the location to friendly aircraft. In spite of enemy fire he remained exposed until he was certain the position was spotted and then climbed into a tree and tied the identification panel to its highest branches. Then he moved among his men readjusting their position, encouraging the defenders and checking the wounded. As the hostile assaults slackened, he began clearing a helicopter landing site to evacuate the wounded. When explosives were needed to remove large trees, he crawled outside the relative safety of his perimeter to collect demolition material from abandoned rucksacks. Moving through a fusillade of fire he returned with the explosives that were vital to the clearing of the landing zone. Disregarding the pain of his injury and refusing medical evacuation 1st Sgt. McNerney remained with his unit until the next day when the new commander arrived. First Sgt. McNerney’s outstanding heroism and leadership were inspirational to his comrades. His actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Army and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.

  • Via Ace of Spades comes this moving Ernie Pyle piece on the death of Capt. Henry T. Waskow, of Belton, Texas, killed in Italy in December, 1943.
  • Long, interesting story about an operation on the Afghan-Pakistan border.
  • Texas house and Senate pass a biannual budget with significant cuts.
  • Not news: Students cheating. News: New York City principals instructing their teachers to help students cheat. “Our mandated passing rate is 60 percent.”
  • WMD Found in Iraq

    Sunday, October 24th, 2010

    According to the latest batch of Wikileak documents. In particular, coalition troops kept coming across numerous artillery shells filled with mustard gas.

    Remember the terms of Section 8 of UN resolution 687 that ended the first Gulf War:

    Iraq shall unconditionally accept the destruction, removal, or rendering harmless, under international supervision, of:

    (a) All chemical and biological weapons and all stocks of agents and all related subsystems and components and all research, development, support and manufacturing facilities

    Thus the instance of a single chemical weapon in Iraq violates the terms that ended the Gulf War, and thus the decision by George W. Bush to carry out the liberation of Iraq in 2003 was both legal and justifiable. (This is in addition to the other numerous instances of jus ad bellum cited by Bush in his speech on that reasons behind that decision.)

    Liberals, look at yourself in the nearest mirror and repeat after me: “George W. Bush was right and I was wrong. George W. Bush was right and I was wrong.”