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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Waiting for your Direction

Waiting for your Direction

Supposing to be Zarqawi’s latest audio post to bin Laden, (this past Sunday,) within it were some tid-bits of possible info that troubles me. Here is a part of it…. “Our beloved prince, the enemy is proceeding as envisioned and we are close to tightening the noose around his neck and if the plan goes ahead as prepared, its results will please all Muslims and harm every infidel and hypocrite. I believe the plan we prepared has either reached you or is on its way to you. The enemy today is living out his worst days in Iraq.” The voice went on to say, “We are waiting for your directions and orders.”

What the heck does all of that suppose to mean??? Is all those BAD WEAPONS we’ve been hearing about for the last few years finally fixing to come out? Is this the permission Zarqawi is asking for???
Open to your opinions…..

AubreyJ...........................................................

"DEEP THROAT" identifies himself

W. Mark Felt, who is now 91 years old and in ailing health, retired some years back from the FBI and at the time was in the 2nd most senior position there. He now has identified himself to Vanity Fair Magizine as "Deep Throat," the source quoted by The Washington Post to break the Watergate scandal that led to President Nixon's resignation.

New Topic... Operation Lighting

"Operation Lighting"
Iraqi troops are sealing off Baghdad to search for and hunt down insurgents responsible for the killing of hundreds of Iraqis in recent weeks. This is the Iraqi troops largest such operation since the fall of Saddam Hussein. Operation Lighting involves over 40,000 Iraqi troops and police who are being supported by another 10,000 U.S. forces. They began the operation this Sunday by setting up the first of several hundred checkpoints in and around Baghdad. The Insurgents didn't sit back but instead they hit back in a series of attacks, including an assault on a facility where militants were detained and a car bombing that killed two guards at the Ministry of Oil. In the town of Hilla, about 60 miles south of Baghdad, a pair of suicide bombers wearing vests packed with explosives detonated themselves killing at least 27 people, many of them being police and wounding another 118. More to come on this, this week, I'm sure.......

Monday, May 30, 2005

Possible Zarqawi Audio Statement

Around mid afternoon my time, several of the Cable News Networks reported that Zarqawi had posted an audio address on the Internet to bin Laden, assuring him that he had not been wounded as bad as had been reported over the last few days. He also went on to say that he was now doing well and back on the job. At this time, no confirmation of this being the true voice of al-Zarqawi has been verified one way or the other.
I'm sorry but I for one cannot take this latest report at face value. It being his voice, more than likely but the rest of his statement I can not go along with. I still think he is in much worse shape than he is leading us on to believe.
More to come............................

Possible Zarqawi Audio Statement has been posted

I said in an Earlier Post: "If Zarqawi is doing so well I believe he would have posted a voice recording of himself by now and that would be that." Well it seems that this afternoon he may have done just that. It's to early to make heads or tails on this latest news so I'll give it some time to work its self out. More to come soon...........................

National Moment of Remembrance

The National Moment of Remembrance, established by Congress, asks Americans wherever they are at 3 p.m., local time, on Memorial Day, May 30, 2005 to pause in an act of national unity, (duration- one minute.) The time 3 p.m. was chosen because it is the time when most Americans are enjoying their freedoms on the national holiday. The Moment does not replace traditional Memorial Day events; rather it is an act of national unity in which all Americans, alone or with family and friends, honor those who died for our freedom.

The idea for the Moment was born when children touring the Nation’s Capital were asked by the Commission’s Director what Memorial Day means. They responded, “That’s the day the pool opens.” A Gallup Poll revealed that only 28% of Americans know the meaning of this noble holiday. This fact is truly a sad one.
Info taken from: "White House Commission on Remembrance."

Have a safe Memorial Day everyone...
But most of all, take the moment to remember...
AubreyJ......................................................................

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Myers: 'Trend Lines Up in Iraq'

WASHINGTON, May 29, 2005
Despite being plagued with ongoing violence that is killing scores of American troops and hundreds of Iraqi civilians, Iraq is making real progress on the path toward democracy and self-rule, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Air Force Gen. Richard Myers said today.
Myers spoke about Iraq on two televised news broadcasts: "Fox News Sunday," with Chris Wallace, and CBS's "Face the Nation," with Bob Schieffer. "I think a lot of aspects in Iraq are getting better. ... I think the trend lines are up," Myers said.
The insurgents -- whether they're with terrorist ringleader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, al Qaeda, or former Sunni regime elements -- have tried and failed to undermine Iraq's key "centers of gravity," he observed.
According to Myers, the first center of gravity is the coalition, which has remained firm and steadfast; the Iraqi security forces, which have grown, both in size and capability, are the second; and Iraqi civilians who support the move to democracy make up the third.
"A recent (May 2005) poll says that 85 percent of Iraqis are going to vote for the new constitution," Myers said. "Iraqi civilians are signing up for the army and the police in record numbers. And, of course, we have more recruits than we -- actually Iraq -- can handle."
The terrorists have tried to undermine Iraq's key centers of gravity, Myers said, and "nothing is working. I think that means our strategy is working."
In 14 of 18 provinces, he observed, "there is very, very little violence." Moreover, attacks are down 25 percent from what they were last fall and winter when Iraqis celebrated Ramadan and went to the polls to elect an interim government.
"We've got about 100 Iraqi security force battalions that are equipped and trained," Myers said. "About 25 percent of them can do independent operations -- or operations with little help from coalition forces. But every week that number changes and goes up."
Some 40,000 Iraqi troops are now participating in "Operation Lightning," which is designed to root out terrorists and insurgents in Baghdad. Myers said the operation breaks new ground in that Iraq's Interior and Defense ministries are working together to coordinate an operation.
Meanwhile, he noted, coalition forces have 35 major operations now under way. Thirty of these operations are led by joint Iraqi and coalition forces working in tandem; five are led by Iraqi security forces.
"What we want to have happen in Iraq," Myers said, "is Iraqi security forces take charge of their own security; and every day they're more and more able to do that."
As for terrorist ringleader Zarqawi, Myers said that the Pentagon is inclined to believe that he is, in fact, injured, as has been alleged on Zarqawi's own Web site. But, he added, "people need to understand that we're going after Zarqawi, his lieutenants, his organization on a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week basis, and we're getting much, much better at this work."
According to Myers, coalition forces have killed about 250 and captured more than 400 of Zarqawi's closest lieutenants.
Myers noted that Iraq also has made strong progress on the path toward political reform: drafting a constitution, holding elections, and establishing an effective, representative government.
"It wasn't too long ago that people said, 'Well, you can't have an interim government,'" he said. "Well, an interim government has stood up; and now we have a transitional government. ... We've got some good ministers that are working the problem really, really hard trying to accommodate the Sunnis who did not vote in the election (and trying to involve them in the) constitutional process."
For these reasons, Myers dismissed the prospect of a civil war in Iraq.
"I don't think we're close to a civil war at this point," he said. "All the indications are that the religious leaders -- particularly the Shiia religious leaders, (who are) the majority in the country, are very moderate" when it comes to the political process and political involvement.
Myers did acknowledge that progress in Iraq has been slower than the Pentagon had initially expected.
"I think what we underestimated was the devastation of the human spirit of the Iraqi people," he said. "For decades they suffered under Saddam Hussein and his regime. And if you were somebody that was innovative or entrepreneurial and stuck your hand up, it was likely they were going to either chop the hand off or deal with your family in some way that would cause you to go back to ground. And that was true for their infrastructure as well."
In light of this deeply ingrained mindset, Iraq "wasn't just going to naturally blossom" once it had the opportunity for freedom and self-rule, Myers said. "But they've pulled themselves up by their bootstraps. ... And it's up to the international community, and (it's) up to us to help nurture this, to keep this spirit."


By Petty Officer 3rd Class John R. Guardiano,
USNAmerican Forces Press Service

Myers says they believe it to be true

Today on "FOX News Sunday," General Richard Myers said U.S. officials now believe the recent postings on a Al Qaeda Website stating that al-Zarqawi had been wounded are true, but didn't know if he was seriously wounded. "We tend to believe what was said on the Web site, that is that he's been injured. We'll have to wait and see," Myers went on to say.
("Fox News Sunday" will rebroadcast the entire interview today at 5:00 pm est.)

Saturday, May 28, 2005

Nothing new today on al-Zarqawi

Nothing new about al-Zarqawi has popped up on the Web today. This will be the last post on this subject until I can find something that will be more concrete as to where Zarqawi is and what his latest up to date condition really is. (Deader than “you know what” I HOPE!!!!)

Friday, May 27, 2005

al-Zarqawi, Now What???

Here we go again... During the afternoon, my time this Friday, a possible spokesman for the Zarqawi's group said in a posting on a website, "Our sheikh is in good health and is running the jihad himself and has been overseeing the details of operations up to the time this statement was prepared." Now if you can go by what this latest statement is saying, this network of fighters and Zarqawi do not seem to be experiencing any problems at all.

I'm sorry but I cannot go along with that line of thought. If Zarqawi is doing so well I believe he would have posted a voice recording of himself by now and that would be that. Yet he has not... I still say that this all can only mean but one thing. That there is now much confusion and an on going power struggle within Zarqawi's terror group. That he is either wounded or dead, and that this is nothing more than great news for us and bad, BAD news for Zarqawi and his followers.

Prosecution and Defense Rest

Late this afternoon the Prosecution and Defense in the Michael Jackson Case both Rested. There is a God in Heaven!!! (This is my first and last post on this subject...)

UPDATE- Abu Musab al-Zarqawi wounded

Nothing has changed since Tuesday's Internet announcement that Abu Maysara al-Iraqi had been wounded. The announcement said al-Zarqawi had been wounded and that Muslims should pray for him.

Replacement of the Jordanian-born militant as leader of the group is becoming a hot topic as to whether the terrorist is dead or alive. On Thursday a Web statement said a Saudi Arabian militant known as Abu Hafs al-Gerni had been made the group's replacement, "Deputy of the Holy Warriors," until al-Zarqawi recovered. It was just a short time later that a rival statement appeared on the Web rebutting suggestions that a replacement had been chosen. U.S. officials still say they could not confirm reports of al-Zarqawi's death or wounding one way or the other.

Bottom-line is this… With all the widespread speculation about Zarqawi's fate and conflicting claims about who is running al-Qaida in Iraq can only suggest but one thing... Much confusion and an on going power struggle within Iraq's most lethal terror group is now well on its way. This is great news for us and bad, BAD news for Zarqawi's followers.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

George W Bush On Social Security

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GW Bush on SS......
A must see Slideshow.
(Not an Ad or Commerial)

Iraq's Interior Minister says Reports are true

Iraq's Interior Minister, Bayan Jabr, told a news conference on Thursday that reports of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi being wounded are true but can not say if he is dead. At this time it is not clear as to what evidence Jabr was basing his statement on. Given the shadowy nature of Zarqawi's al-Qaeda organisation and the fact that Zarqawi has a $25 million bounty on his head, details on his whereabouts and his present health are hard to come by. Bottom line on all of this is that most of Zarqawi's followers now seem convinced that he is seriously wounded and may soon die. (We can only Pray that this is so.)

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

UPDATE- Abu Musab al-Zarqawi wounded

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi wounded
More Websites stating more claims this Wednesday that Abu-Musab al-Zarqawi has fled to a neighboring country where doctors are treating him for a gunshot wound that penetrated his right lung. It is said that al-Zarqawi was now in stable condition. (Lots of PRAYERS are going out for him alright but I would think not for his fast recovery.) Make note that no one could independently verify any of these reports one way or the other.

OPERATION SQUEEZE PLAY NETS 285 SUSPECTS

NEWS RELEASE
HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND
7115 South Boundary BoulevardMacDill AFB, Fla. 33621-5101
Phone: (813) 827-5894; FAX: (813) 827-2211; DSN 651-5894

May 23, 2005 Release Number: 05-05-31
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OPERATION SQUEEZE PLAY NETS 285 SUSPECTS ON FIRST DAYBAGHDAD, Iraq —

Coalition Forces, in conjunction with the Iraqi Army and Ministry of Interior Forces, have detained 285 suspected terrorists in the western Baghdad district of Abu Ghraib in less than 24 hours.The massive joint-combat operation involves two battalions from the 3rd Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, two battalions from the 1st Brigade, 1st Iraqi Intervention Force, three battalions from the 2nd Brigade Special Police Commandos, and Soldiers from Task Force 2-14, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.Task Force Baghdad officials said the purpose of the operation is to hunt down, kill or capture terrorists who have been staging attacks in the Iraqi capital. “This is the largest combined operation with Iraqi security forces to date,” said Lt. Col. Clifford Kent, a Task Force Baghdad spokesperson. “The Iraqi Security Forces have the lead in this operation while we perform shaping and supporting roles.” The operation is still underway.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONCERNING THIS RELEASE, CONTACT THE TASK FORCE BAGHDAD PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE AT: TaskForceBaghdadPAO@id3.army.mil.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi wounded

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi
The Jordanian born insurgent leader in Iraq, has been wounded. At least this is what several Islamist militant Web sites have reported. Some have said he was possibly wounded in the stomach. At this time, the message could not be independently verified, one way or the other…
Read more at Times Online.com

Sunday, May 22, 2005

My Views -- (Welcome to my first Post)

No better way to start off than with a quote...

"In time, perhaps, we will mark the memory of September 11 in stone and metal. Something we can show to our children as yet unborn to help them understand what happened on this minute and on this day. But for those of us who lived through these events, the only marker we'll ever need is the tick of a clock at the 46th minute of the eighth hour of the 11th day...”
President George W. Bush
December 11, 2001

My answer to this is from my remarks on the homepage of my website at AubreyJ.org. It goes as follows: No matter what your political views might be... One thing is for certain. In these days of fast news and even faster life styles, we all seem to have forgotten those moments in history that so abruptly and tragically changed this beloved Country of ours.
911- How soon we forget.

Now don’t get me wrong… I know all of us have not forgotten 9-11. Yet I do feel that most of us have forgotten the magnitude of the day and the repercussions that soon followed afterwards. Even to this day the repercussions can still be felt.

I came to this conclusion back in July, 2004 during the time when all the hype on the Presidential election was in full swing. My god… All of the crap that was going on during this time was just beyond belief.

You remember??? All the mean hearted ads that were coming out one behind the other. All the one sided columnist and most of the news media, negatively hammering away at anything and everything the President had done or was trying to do. They never once mentioned any of the good things GW had achieved during his first 4 years in office. Made one think we were back in the old Vietnam days again. At least that’s where all the ads and news rhetoric was trying to take us.

My first thought on this was, “Hello out there… Has everyone forgotten the horrors of 9-11?” Seemed to me they had. Think about it. All events, the economy, jobs +/-, (and the list goes on,) all come back to this one day in history. You can spin it anyway you would like but it will always come back to 9-11, one way or the other.

Another thought that came to mind was, “what in the world did Vietnam have to do with anything that was going on, at this moment, on this day?” NOTHING!!! It surely had nothing to do with 9-11 or with any of the mess that followed afterwards. It had nothing to do with the war on terror, the economy, job gains, Social Security, Medicaid or even with Welfare.

The way I saw it, the Bush Administration performed very well considering all the abnormal circumstances that so abruptly fell into their laps after 9-11. By itself, just trying to keep this country heading forward and staying on the right path would have been a hard enough task for any administration. Yet Bush did it well and with the backing of most Americans too.

Were there mistakes made during Bush’s first 4 years? Of course there were. Our great country had never been put into a situation like the one 9-11 brought onto us. NEVER!!! It was the first time in our history that I think we ever had to, “learn as you go.” And we had to learn at a very rapid pace at that… But if you were to listen to all those Left Wing folks out there, they seemed to have forgotten all of that. All they wanted to do was to give you a mile long list of spin on all the wrong doings they thought the Bush Administration had done.

Just another case of Monday morning quarterbacking. They couldn’t help it. They couldn’t come up with a better plan for nothing. Unless you think going back to the old days of thinking, as it was before 9-11, was a good plan. NOT!!!

Anyway... As you can tell by now, I had no likings for John Kerry or his Party. Well… We’ll just say for the way his Party had become. It’s not my fault. The Democratic Party did at least once stand for something. But not now a day. All they stand for now, as before the election, is a bunch of rhetoric and who can hate President Bush the most. Maybe they can get their act together over the next year or two. This country and the war on terror would surely run a lot smoother by them doing so. But if they don’t, we’re going to take a lot of them out of office in the 2006 elections and god help them in 2008. Time will tell I guess.

Oh well… The bottom line for me is my man won. Right man for the right job, George W Bush. And yes, I truly do believe that history will soon enough prove this fact out...

AubreyJ