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Sunday, July 06, 2008

Yellow cake is delicious

Remember how there was no yellowcake uranium in Iraq?

Uhh...oops?

The last major remnant of Saddam Hussein’s nuclear program _ a huge stockpile of concentrated natural uranium _ reached a Canadian port Saturday to complete a secret U.S. operation that included a two-week airlift from Baghdad and a ship voyage crossing two oceans.

The removal of 550 metric tons of “yellowcake” _ the seed material for higher-grade nuclear enrichment _ was a significant step toward closing the books on Saddam’s nuclear legacy. It also brought relief to U.S. and Iraqi authorities who had worried the cache would reach insurgents or smugglers crossing to Iran to aid its nuclear ambitions.

What’s now left is the final and complicated push to clean up the remaining radioactive debris at the former Tuwaitha nuclear complex about 12 miles south of Baghdad _ using teams that include Iraqi experts recently trained in the Chernobyl fallout zone in Ukraine.

“Everyone is very happy to have this safely out of Iraq,” said a senior U.S. official who outlined the nearly three-month operation to The Associated Press. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject.

While yellowcake alone is not considered potent enough for a so-called “dirty bomb” _ a conventional explosive that disperses radioactive material _ it could stir widespread panic if incorporated in a blast. Yellowcake also can be enriched for use in reactors and, at higher levels, nuclear weapons using sophisticated equipment.

The Iraqi government sold the yellowcake to a Canadian uranium producer, Cameco Corp., in a transaction the official described as worth “tens of millions of dollars.” A Cameco spokesman, Lyle Krahn, declined to discuss the price, but said the yellowcake will be processed at facilities in Ontario for use in energy-producing reactors.

“We are pleased ... that we have taken (the yellowcake) from a volatile region into a stable area to produce clean electricity,” he said.

Huh.  That’s...odd.  Canada bought non-existent yellowcake from Iraq?  But that’s unpossible.  Bush lied.  Joe Wilson said so.  So did every human being that is to the left of Sean Hannity...which quite frankly is most of them.  I’m confused.  What did Canada pay for?  Air?  Bush’s lies?  A reacharound?

Posted by JimK at 02:14 PM on July 06, 2008
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Friday, February 29, 2008

Angelina Jolie says stay in Iraq?

Interesting.  Especially this part:

As for the question of whether the surge is working, I can only state what I witnessed: U.N. staff and those of non-governmental organizations seem to feel they have the right set of circumstances to attempt to scale up their programs. And when I asked the troops if they wanted to go home as soon as possible, they said that they miss home but feel invested in Iraq. They have lost many friends and want to be a part of the humanitarian progress they now feel is possible.

It seems to me that now is the moment to address the humanitarian side of this situation. Without the right support, we could miss an opportunity to do some of the good we always stated we intended to do.

She spends a large portion of her time on these kinds of humanitarian projects.  I mean, not just lip service, she actually does things, goes places and gathers information before she speaks.  She just came back from her second trip to Iraq in six months, having met with Petraeus and Maliki, among others.  Her chief concern at this point is the return of Iraqi refugees from other countries.  She’s dead on as far as I can see.

Read the whole thing.  Jolie is not exactly who you’d expect to be advocating this position, and she makes some sound arguments based in both humanitarian terms and in terms of security.  Maybe some of the clowns running under a (D) banner will take note.  For that matter, most of the clowns with (R) after their name could use a reminder as well.

Posted by JimK at 03:55 PM on February 29, 2008
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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

CIA waterboarding used three times

A lot of people have talked a lot of crap about waterboarding over the past couple of years.  Too bad the entire conversation was already moot.

The CIA used a widely condemned interrogation technique known as waterboarding on three suspects captured after the Sept. 11 attacks, CIA Director Michael Hayden told Congress on Tuesday.

Waterboarding has been used on only three detainees,” Hayden told the Senate Intelligence Committee. It was the first time a U.S. official publicly specified the number of people subjected to waterboarding and named them.

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Those subjected to waterboarding were suspected Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and senior al Qaeda leaders Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, Hayden said at the Senate hearing on threats to the United States.

He said waterboarding has not been used in five years.

Emphasis mine.

To all of you who have used over-the-top rhetoric to condemn your friends and family that didn’t give a shit about this issue: these are the three lowlifes over whom you were alienating your friends.  Three of the worst scum on the planet.  Random Iraqi innocents were not being scooped off the street and taken to Gitmo where they suffered daily waterboarding for the enjoyment of the staff.  Bush wasn’t personally waterboarding any swinging dick that happen to get caught in a raid, unlike the hysterical rantings of some bloggers would have you believe.

Three scumbags, back in 2001-2002 when it was actually thought there might be a ticking bomb in the form of another massive terrorist attack.  We all had to read all that hysterical nonsense over three of the worst terrorists around.

All that hysteria.  Turns out, the issue was over before it started.

Hat tip: DrewM at Ace’s, who has links to info about the three scumbags, and a commenter-inspired ironic observation:

more protesters and media members subjected themselves to waterboarding than the CIA did terrorists.

Posted by JimK at 02:45 PM on February 06, 2008
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Friday, January 11, 2008

Iraqi death toll significantly lower

Interesting.  In the fall of 2006, you couldn’t throw a rock online without hitting a politically-themed blog either discussing or trumpeting the fact that the U.S. was responsible for over 600,000 deaths in Iraq, making us worse than Saddam.

It seems that number, as was stated by many a “right-wing rethuglinazi,” was highly inflated.  I just did a date-filtered Google News search, and since January 4th, maybe a hundred news stories about this have been published.  Most of those are wire service recaps of one or two versions.

Odd, isn’t it?  This 600,000+ number was used to sweep Democrats into Congress all over the country.  Turns out it was more lie than truth.  When the news was as horrible as one could imagine, the story was A-1, above the fold, right next to the seven million stories about how we were failing, losing the war and committing atrocities on a wide scale.  Like most media corrections, however, the story now seems to be running on page D-26 , right next to the seven million stories about how the “surge” is actually working, it looks like we might achieve a real, honest-to-goodness victory of sorts and many of the atrocity stories were made up.

Oh, that liberal media

Posted by JimK at 03:34 PM on January 11, 2008
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Friday, December 28, 2007

Benazir Bhutto and the bloggers

While it is obviously not a good thing and is newsworthy that former Pakistani PM Benazir Bhutto was murdered by Islamic terrorists, I have just one thing to mention about the story.

Bloggers all over the net are blogging this story like they care and they are fully informed about Benazir Bhutto’s career and politics.  Meanwhile a search of archives at a few A-list blogs (that shall remain nameless) show not one post mentioning this woman before she was killed.

Actually, more than a few.  I checked at 12 of the blogs I think are A-listers, three of which are far left, two of which are far right.  Not a single one of them has ever mentioned this woman prior to her murder.

Remember that when you read these long diatribes about who she was and what her death means to the region, terrorism and Pakistan’s future.

Posted by JimK at 03:45 PM on December 28, 2007
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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Seven for Seven in Iraq

Doh.

Add this bogus report with the other 6 that were found out to be false and you have 7 bogus slaughter reports from Iraq in 7 weeks since October 29, 2007.
The MSM keeps it perfect.

Oh, that liberal media.

Posted by JimK at 09:45 PM on December 18, 2007
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Saturday, October 13, 2007

Media reports half of Gen. Sanchez speech

Oh, that liberal media.

Posted by JimK at 03:35 PM on October 13, 2007
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Monday, September 10, 2007

Petraeus

Is there any point to saying anything about General Petraeus’ testimony today?  He’s doing a great job in a terrible situation, and anyone who has already given up on Iraq won’t be swayed.  See also: MoveOn are scum-sucking bottom feeders.  So to sum up: No one will move one iota off their current position regardless of any facts or opinions presented.

Iraq is the new abortion.

Posted by JimK at 01:45 PM on September 10, 2007
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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Good advice

From Confederate Yankee: Choose Your Preferred Narrative, but Quit Attacking the Troops

Posted by JimK at 10:06 AM on September 05, 2007
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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Progress in Iraq?  Unpossible.

I suppose it wouldn’t hurt to hear from someone who is there and doesn’t think all is lost. Although obviously he’s a stooge for the BusHitler/PNAC/Filthy Jews cabal.

IN THE AMERICAN media, Iraq’s steady progress toward security is frequently overshadowed by news of the latest act of mass terrorism. Yet for those of us who actually live here, progress is visible to all but the most irreconcilable skeptics. Just this week, Ashraf Jehangir Qazi, the United Nations’ special representative for Iraq, announced at a news conference in Baghdad that Iraq had achieved, or at least started to achieve, 75% of the benchmarks it set for itself in the U.N.-led International Compact with Iraq.

The military force increase by the United States called “the surge” is only one element in the Iraqi and coalition strategy. The other elements are the political/diplomatic initiatives and economic progress — and the reality is that the strategy is working in spite of the monumental obstacles presented by international terrorists and difficult conditions inside Iraq.

I mean really, who are you gonna believe: someone who is there, or someone sitting at home in his underwear ranting and raving about how we’ve already lost while eating Cheetos out of the bag and downloading “Dirty Young Schoolgirls #62?”

Exactly.  Cheetoman knows what he’s talking about.

*UPDATE*

Then of course there’s the always-amazing reporting from Michael Totten, who I think spends more time in the Middle East than most reporters spend reading about the Middle East.  The words of LT Wolfe:

“Most of what we’re doing doesn’t get reported in the media,” he said. “We’re not fighting a war here anymore, not in this area. We’ve moved way beyond that stage. We built a soccer field for the kids, bought all kinds of equipment, bought them school books and even chalk. Soon we’re installing 1,500 solar street lamps so they have light at night and can take some of the load off the power grid. The media only covers the gruesome stuff. We go to the sheiks and say hey man, what kind of projects do you want in this area? They give us a list and we submit the paperwork. When the projects get approved, we give them the money and help them buy stuff.”

Oh please.  You BusHitler stooge killitary madman.  How dare you try to convince us Americans that good is being done in Iraq!  We read the New York Times, we have Nancy Pelosi to tell us the truth.

In case anyone doesn’t get it, that was extra-thick sarcasm.  Go to Totten’s site and read the story of the house “raid” for a little snapshot of how - but maybe more importantly why - things are turning around.

Posted by JimK at 02:45 PM on July 24, 2007
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