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9/11/12 Reflections: 11 years later

September 10th, 2012 21 comments

Each of us remembers 9-11 in our own way.  It has been 11 years.  In many ways, on this day we are stuck in a time warp of disbelief and will forever visualize those planes hitting the buildings, the falling bodies, the crumpling buildings and that huge cloud of poisonous debris hurling forward at those trying to escape its fury.  When do we move on from those horrible visuals to a quieter more reflective mood?

It’s another clear, cripsy fall Tuesday in September, just like 9/11/01.  I am going to try to start today.  I may not make it.  Feel free to share your 9/11 thoughts.

 

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Colonel Morris Davis: 9/11 at 11: the lost United States of 10 September 2001

September 10th, 2012 14 comments

Guest Post:  Colonel Morris Davis

Disclaimer: All guest posts are the opinion of the poster and do not necessarily represent the views of moonhowlings.net administration.

M-H

9/11 at 11: the lost United States of 10 September 2001

September 11, 2001 is a milestone date in history that nearly everyone living at the time will recall in detail for the rest of their lives. I will always remember sitting at my desk in my office at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, eyes fixed on the television in the credenza sitting on the other side of the room. I recall watching the towers fall and wondering how it would change America.

Like this 10 September, 10 September 2001 was a Monday. The only reason I know that is because it was the day before an enormous tragedy that is permanently etched into my mind, and that happened on a Tuesday. I went to the same office and sat at the same desk on Monday as I did on Tuesday, but I have no recollection of one day and a vivid recollection of the other. Even though I do not recall any of the details of Monday 10 September, sometimes I think about how America might be different if we could turn back the clock.

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Morris Davis: The controversy surrounding the book on the Bin Laden raid

September 5th, 2012 19 comments

Moe explains the process that one goes through upon exiting the military as far as what you are and are not able to do.  He says there is no time limit on classified information.

Matt Bissonnette is a former navy seal who claims the book, “No Easy Day,” is not political.  Moe Davis says the author clearly knew he was violating the exit terms of agreement–regulations he signed.    Davis also states that the book is clearly political.

[Correction:  The book will be released 9/11/12.  It is a best seller on Amazon in pre-sales].

The book has been released and is already a best seller on Amazon.  It was not vetted.  It needed to be.   It is undetermined if Bissonnette will be prosecuted.  Should he be punished?  Is he a traitor or a hero?  Did he leak classified information?  This issue will probably be argued for a decade.

Meanwhile, Colonel Davis sees the book as a lose/lose situation for the Obama administration.

 

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Colonel Morris Davis: War crimes and torture

October 31st, 2011 7 comments

The following is the opinion of the poster and does not necessarily represent the views of moonhowlings.net administration.

 

M-H

I was amused last week as I heard one of our bloggers accuse Moe Davis of being an ‘Obama Boy.’ I would say he fits in no one’s niche.   He is his own man.  I don’t agree totally with Moe but I respect his opinion and willingly accept that he was there and I wasn’t. He also knows the law a little better than I do. 

The final analysis must come from Mark Twain:

It is difference of opinion that makes horse races.

Will anyone ever be tried for war crimes?  Is the USA duplicitous or hypocritical?

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The Killing of Gaddafi

October 24th, 2011 30 comments

I really haven’t minded killing terrorists.  I think that is why we have spent about 10 years at war, ringing up billions of tax dollars belonging to the American people–to rid of  world of terrorists.  Gaddafi was  a terrorist.  He has been a terrorist my entire adult life.  Just because the United States eased up on him a little makes him no less a terrorist and I truly believe he had a paw print on the Lockabie terrorist attack.

Now, having said all that, no, I don’t mind that he was killed and no I don’t mind that he met the business end of one of our drones.  I don’t believe that  us being involved made droning him  a political assassination. 

 I do believe what I saw on TV was wrong.   I know when I first started watching the video clip, he was alive.  Words were coming out of his mouth.  I don’t know what they meant but they were his words.  Then I saw his assassination and his body desecrated.  I saw him kicked and spat on in death.  That is taking it too far.  Is that was all this war was about?  It appears to me that we have gone from bad to worse.  Those killers were animals.  Have we turned over an entire country to people who behave like this and defile others in death?  Might as well have kept Gaddafi.  At least he pretended to have a modicum of civility.   The Libyans we saw on TV finishing off their leader for decades represent an evil side of mankind.  If that is sharia law, let’s just stick with anarchy or dictators.

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To Release or Not to Release

May 3rd, 2011 34 comments

Much has been said since the death of Bin Laden about how the aftermath was handled.  And yes, there are already conspiracy theorists popping up.  Are they the deathers–the ones who don’t believe he is really dead?

Currently the debate is whether to release the photos of  dead Osama Bin Laden.  Are the pictures too gross?  Will his followers get them and martyr him even further?  Or is it just in bad taste?  According to CNN, 56% of Americans want to see the pictures of him dead.  

What do you think?

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Osama Bin Laden has been killed

May 1st, 2011 65 comments

Deader than a Doornail

Just released:  Osama Bin Laden has been killed in a CIA operation.  US ground forces were involved.  The USA is in possession of his body.  DNA testing was be done. 

 The President is due to speak soon.  Updates to this post will be supplied as information becomes available.

The impact on the troops will be tremendous, according to military spokespersons.

The man-hunt is over but we must continue to be vigilent.  We can never let our guard down.  The war against Al Qada is not over.

 The President’s Speech:

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Nah, Pakistan knew nothing. NOT!!

May 1st, 2011 9 comments

Liar liar pants on fire, Pakistan.  How could they miss THIS?

The compound is only 8 times bitter than anything else out there.  I am curious.  Did our guys land inside or outside the walls?

If I were a betting woman, I would say Pakistan has known where Bin Laden was been all along.  The compound is new as of 2006.  Mystery palace? 

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We are Virginia Tech–4th Anniversary

April 15th, 2011 11 comments

 

Today, April 16, 2011, marks the 4th anniversary  of the Virginia Tech massacre.

 

 

Nikki Giovanni at the Memorial Service–We are Virginia Tech

President Bush spoke to the Tech Students.  So did Governor Tim Kaine:

 

A Moral Dilemma

December 27th, 2010 9 comments

From Yahoo News:

An Iraqi man killed his 19-year-old daughter after he discovered al-Qaida had recruited her as a suicide bomber in an area north of Baghdad, a police spokesman said on Friday.

Al-Qaida has been recruiting women for suicide attacks because they can pass police checkpoints easier than men by concealing explosives under an abaya, a loose, black cloak that conservative Muslim women wear. Suicide bombers have been al-Qaida’s most lethal weapon in Iraq, killing hundreds of civilians and members of Iraq’s security forces.

The killing of the young woman was discovered when security forces, searching for her on suspicion she had ties to al-Qaida, raided her father’s home Thursday outside the former Sunni-insurgent stronghold of Baqouba, 35 miles (60 kilometers) northeast of Baghdad, said Maj. Ghalib al-Karkhi, a police spokesman in Diyala province.

The father, Najim al-Anbaky, was detained in the raid. During questioning he told police he had killed his daughter, Shahlaa, a month earlier because he found out she intended to blow herself up in a suicide attack for al-Qaida, al-Karkhi told The Associated Press.

Al-Anbaky showed police what he said was the woman’s grave, al-Karkhi said. The father remains in custody and is under investgiation, but no charges have been made yet.

A police official at the interior ministry in Baghdad confirmed the killing. He spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

A female suicide bomber was behind one of the deadliest attack this year in Iraq, after she blew herself up among Shiite pilgrims Baghdad in February, killing 54 people.

 

So….is this murder?  Is this like killing Hitler rather than waiting to send him to trial?  Is the father wrong and should he be prosecuted?  Could he have saved hundreds, maybe thousands of lives?  While we often hear  rhetoric demanding that Muslims denounce terrorists, we need to think about several of the parents who have come forward and warned about their children being agents of terrorists. (underpants bomber for example).

 

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