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These Do Not Exist… January 23, 2006, 8:10 pm

Posted by quintapalus in Iraq.
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From StrategyPage.com:

January 23, 2006: American troops in Iraq have run across chemical artillery shells on quite a number of occasions. There’ve never been more than a handful found in any particular cache, and all of them have been old, easily dating back to the period of the ’90-’91 war. These shells were probably stashed away for “safekeeping? and then forgotten. Apparently none of the shells are usable, and in most cases the chemicals have deteriorated or leaked away. It would be extremely unlikely that any of these shells would be of tactical use. But if someone were to use one in an IED attack, despite the fact that no one would be injured by the chemical component, the PR impact might be serious.

I acknowledge that we didn’t find the “stockpiles” of chemical weapons that everyone agreed were in Iraq, but I can’t stand it when it becomes conventional wisdom that “there were NO WMD’s in Iraq” because that just isn’t the case. So yeah, other than the occasional caches of chemical warhead artillary shells, chemical warhead rockets, 55 gallon drums of chemical and biological agent compounds, there were NO WMD’S IN IRAQ!!

There, it’s settled then. You can go back to doing whatever it was that you were doing.

I Always Said That If I Had a Few More Lives… January 15, 2006, 12:09 am

Posted by quintapalus in Iraq, Military.
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I’d want to spend one of them as an elite sniper. Maybe it is a bit creepy to say so, but there’s just something about it that is so tough, so self-sacrificing, so disciplined, yet so cool. Check this story out from StrategyPage.com:

Another Record Long Sniper Shot

January 13, 2006: A U.S. Army sniper set a new distance record (1250 meters) for a kill with a 7.62mm sniper rifle. Staff Sergeant Jim Gilliland made the shot on September 27, 2005, during fighting in Ramadi. The Leupold sight Gilliland used is only accurate out to a thousand meters, so the chest shot was partially guesswork, and luck. Gilliland aimed 12 feet high, to adjust for the drop the bullet would make over that distance. Gilliland later found out that the Iraqi he dropped had just killed a friend of his, Staff Sergeant Jason Benford.

Gilliland leads a ten man squad of snipers (the “Shadows?), that have been averaging ten kills a month in support of the infantry battalion they belong to. Some members of the team are averaging over ten kills a month. The snipers are particularly effective at night, when they often catch Iraqis trying to set up IEDs. In one case, his snipers killed ten members of an IED team. Ramadi is a Sunni Arab town, and full of Iraqis who really, really want to go back to the old days when Sunni Arabs ran the country, and a Sunni Arab dictator was in charge.

See what I mean? They even have a bad-ass name. Yeah, you’re probably right, I am kinda nuts.

Words Not Needed… December 15, 2005, 5:09 pm

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Extra! Extra! Newly kidnapped hostages’ group “Chief Brody Slaps” the US, UK! December 1, 2005, 1:40 am

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The four persons kidnapped in Iraq a few days ago belong to a group called the Christian Peacemaker Teams. I’ll leave it to other blogs to accurately describe this organization, but needless to say, they aren’t exactly apolitical and all about Jebus. They did a complete Chief Brody Slap to the United States’ and United Kingdom’s governments with their reaction to the situation:

We are angry because what has happened to our teammates is the result of the actions of the US and UK government due to the illegal attack on Iraq and the continuing occupation and oppression of its people.

Yeah, sorry to be flippant to you situation Christian Peacemaker Teams, but it’s not Tony Blair with a sword to the neck of your peeps while George Bush makes a crappy short film of it for Al-jazeera to distribute.  Of course, it starts becoming a little ironic that the only way that these guys are coming back home with their heads still attached to their bodies is if they are rescued by our blessed imperialist occupying infidel forces.