Monday, June 12, 2006

Al-Zarqawi House -- Shoot Here

THE TARGET: The house, made of cinder blocks and reinforced concrete, was set back in a grove of date palms, about 1.25 miles (2 km) northeast of the village of Hibhib. On the roof is printed in large red block letters: AL-ZARQAWI HOUSE -- SHOOT HERE. (Thanks Col. Dave for the tongue-in-cheek picture)

THE GROUND TEAM: A small Delta Force team of perhaps half a dozen, together with a handful of Iraqi security personnel, watches the house and confirms that al-Zarqawi and Sheik Abdul-Rahman, his adviser, are inside. With darkness approaching and lacking enough forces to storm the house, the surveillance team calls for an air strike. Two Air Force F-16 fighters respond. A spotter on the ground illuminates the target with a laser.

THE AIR TEAM: The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a compact, light and versatile fighter jet. It is highly maneuverable and able to perform in both air-to-air and air-to-surface combat.

THE BOMBS: The first bomb is a GBU-12, a 500-lb smart bomb that follows the laser signal to its target. A guidance system in the nose of the bomb detects that spot and controls the movements of the airfoils in the rear to steer the bomb toward the target. The second bomb is a GBU-38 similar in weight to its counterpart, this one finds its target using GPS coordinates and satellite guidance. Nice touch, don't you think?

A Time Magazine story tells the inside story of how al-Qaeda informants turned on Abu Mousab al-Zarqawi, led U.S. forces to the terrorist's lair and ended a frustrating hunt for Iraq's most wanted man. What al-Zarqawi could not have known was that U.S. and Jordanian intelligence officials had been tracking the movements of Abdul-Rahman for weeks. The net around al-Zarqawi tightened significantly in the weeks leading up to the strike, boosted by the cooperation of al-Qaeda informants willing to betray their leader.

The U.S. scored the war's biggest triumph since catching Saddam Hussein thanks to the determination of a small group of American hunters and to a Jordanian King's desire to avenge the November 2005 suicide attacks on three hotels in Amman, Jordan which killed 60 people.

The violence is not only al-Qaeda, said a Jordanian security official. But this weakens one important link. It's a warning to all these groups that they are not immune. If we can get Zarqawi, we can get you too.

Well done!!

And the Democrat's response?

This is just to cover Bush's (rear) so he doesn't have to answer questions about things in Iraq, said Rep. Pete Stark, second ranking Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee. This insurgency is such a confused mess that one person, dead or alive at this point, is hardly significant today, said Rep. Jim McDermott, formerly the lead Democrat on the House ethics committee. The deceased, said Rep. Dennis Kucinich, a candidate for the 2004 presidential nomination, was a small part of a growing anti-American insurgency.

Michael Barone writes: The Stark-McDermott-Kucinich reaction, echoed and amplified, often scatologically, by dozens of commenters on the popular and left-wing websites, tells us something disturbing about the Democratic Party. It comes down to this: A substantial part of the Democratic Party, some of its politicians and many of its loudest supporters, do not want America to succeed in Iraq.

We are in an asymmetrical struggle with vicious enemies who slaughter civilians and bystanders and journalists without any regard for the laws of war. But too often we and our enemies are portrayed as moral equivalents. One or two instances of American misconduct are found equal in the balance to a consistent and premeditated campaign of barbarism.

All of this does not go unnoticed by America's voters.


Blogger gary daily said...

Zarqawi Is Dead--Denial Lives

Zarqawi is dead.

At Camp David with the boys, Bush is probably strutting his Banty rooster walk. “We got him. We got the S.O.B..” He’ll try to rein himself in from crowing “Mission Accomplished” again. Maybe not. He is George Bush. He thinks with his mouth and it sounds like it.

Zarqawi is dead. And so are how many more Iraqis, ages unknown--lives, beliefs and dreams a mystery to Americans?

Zarqawi is dead. And so are Gary T. Rovinski, 44, Chief Petty Officer First Class, Navy, from Roseville, Illinois and Michael D. Stover, 43, Major, Marines, from Mansfield, Ohio. Two Americans in the prime of life. They died bravely doing their duty. They are deaths 2,471 and 2,472 since the start of the Iraq war.

Zarqawi is dead. The war goes on. On the home front, we honor the dead with a brief nod and go on with our lives. Most of us have not been asked to sacrifice a thing in support of this ill conceived and ineptly conducted war.

Zarqawi is dead. The Iraqi people live within a nightmare. The American people live in denial.

And with Zaraqawi and Rovinski and Stover and all of those many, many unknown Iraqis dead, David Brooks (NYT, June 8, 2006) writes this:

“One of the paradoxes of this war is that when U.S. forces commit atrocities, we regard it as a defeat for us because we have betrayed our ideals. When insurgents commit atrocities, it is also a defeat for us because of our ineffectiveness in the face of the enemy. Either way, morale suffers and the fighting spirit withers away.”

This is not a paradox. Hopefully “our ideals” have not been defeated though they most certainly have been betrayed. “Our ideals” are not about war and mechanized violence in service to false and deluded goals–-preemption, regime change, unilateral arrogance, oil, democratization delivered out of the barrel of a gun. And insurgent atrocities do not represent defeats or the cold “ineffectiveness” Brooks laments. They represent the fruits of a failed, ideologically driven policy. The U.S. moves in and Zarqawi and his bloodthirsty henchman follow our folly.

Brooks should review the meanings of paradox. [see “liar paradox”]

David Brooks wants us to see paradox in the atrocities, theirs and ours, in Iraq. He is hiding behind a falsity in his supposed paradox; he too is in denial as to what we have created in Iraq and how it is playing out.

5:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!" Well, we've heard this before. Firstly, AMZ was a bad guy and it is a good thing that he is dead. Secondly, let's not forget that Al Qaeda in Iraq only comprises at most 10% of the insurgency. Unfortunately Bill and the rest of the wingnuts bought the propaganda that AMZ was the face of the Iraq resistance. It's fascinating how the conservatives can so easily be manipulated! We should acknowledge that Iraq will be better off without AMZ, but we said the same thing about Saddam, and look what that's accomplished! We stirred up a hornet's nest at a cost of $1 trillion and 2500 of our finest so we can gloat when a 2-bit Jordanian loser bites the dust! Please, there are far more serious problems to tackle in Iraq. Trust me Bill, the voters are fully aware of the mess Bush has made of Iraq. People are starting to catch, no thanks to you, and hopefully we will have a more responsible leadership in Congress this fall. Great post though! You may want to consider going into domestic psyops to whip up the troops so you can buy a new Porsche!

6:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, war is a bummer to be sure. Many innocents lose their lives -- all due to tyrants, dictators, terrorists -- those humans who desire to control, to deny freedom, to live in ease, to have unlimited power, etc., etc. I hate war. I know that at least for now, it's a necessary evil. There's no room for compromise in the eyes of evil humans -- it's their way or the highway, so to speak. I don't want it their way, I like my freedom too much. And I am not so foolish to believe that if we leave them alone they will not dare to attack the U.S.A. 9/11 proved that.

We did not create anything in Iraq or anywhere else in the world that wasn't already there; we're not THAT powerful. It's just an easy thing to say from the comforts of home.

Gosh, I wish those who live here in the U.S.A. and despise our policy would just cross the border...any border and go to where they may be happier. Perhaps they'd like living in a third world country or a country that is not a super power. They don't leave because they LOVE IT HERE. They love the freedoms that men like Gary Rovinski and Michael Stover defend with their lives.

Dori Medina

10:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I served in Iraq and saw first hand how we created a terrible situation. We have killed thousands of Iraqis, including children. Not all Iraqis are evil, and just for your info, Zarqawi is not Iraqi, he's a Jordanian. I agree that there are evil people in the world who we should kill. But killing pregnant women on the way to the hospital does not win us any friends. Killing innocents in Iraq does not protect your freedom. Your arrogance is indicative of why people hate us so much. Why don't you go to Iraq and see for yourself.

11:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Yes, war is a bummer to be sure"

Thanks for the info. It's really does get tiresome to have watch all that violence and stuff on TV.

1:02 PM  

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