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  1. What we are seeing over there is a mix of insurgency and classic guerrilla warfare. There is also a certain amount of criminal behavior that is exasperated by the amount of heavy weapons still in the hands of the average Iraqi. As a comparison, the North Hollywood bank robbers did more damage than the average raid or sabotage attempt by an Iraqi insurgent.


    If you know history, there are many accounts of countries under foreign military occupation. One of the most recent and telling was the German occupation of France during the 2nd World War. Despite a heavy troop presence (Over 1,000,000 German troops in France and Belgium) and a light handed approach to occupation, a determined and effective resistance sprang up. Retribution was swift and massive where partisan raids and damage were conducted. Estimates put it at about 30,000 French executed for being members of the French resistance. Some 650,000 French were forced to work in labor camps under Teutonic eyes.


    This was by no means as heavy handed as the retribution on the Eastern Front (Russia) where whole towns and populations were razed to the ground. An est. 20 million Russians perished on the Eastern Front. This was 1/3 of the number that Stalin killed after the war.


    You see similar tactics used by the Israelis who often target the close associates and living quarters of Palestinians associated with Hamas bombings. The message is clear. Associate with members of the resistance who are killing us, and we will also target you as a result.


    In Iraq the tactics are nowhere near as profound, nor is the resistance as effective. There are approx. 130,000 US troops in an area the size of Morrocco, and slightly bigger than the entire land mass of Japan.


    The coalition purposely maintains a low presence in many areas so as to not disrupt the local populations daily lives. I have flown over huge tracts of Iraq and never once seen a US patrol or a military presence whatsoever. There are certain hotspots such as Fallujah where the military patrols aggressively, and they should. ROE's are restrictive (Rules of Engagement) and limit the amount and type of response a soldier can use for a certain type of event.


    The allegations of indiscriminate killings are unfounded. I see GI's everyday interacting with the locals and building relationships. If some elements want to come out and bang heads, well then, they get what's coming to them. Militarily we cannot be fu<#ed with. You would be amazed, as some of the Somalia veterans can attest to, how many people will come out to see the big gunfight and get pasted for their overt interest. Most sane people would run and hide in a deep dark hole, but not these guys. It's like going to the 4th of July show.


    Retribution is not a tactic the US is using. Instead it seems, we prefer to lay low and let them come to us. Some units, such as CAG (Combined Arms Group/DELTA/SEAL DEV GROUP/CIA/FBI HRT) have very specific mission parameters which allow them to actively hunt certain targets based on valid intel. I am not aware that their ROE allows them to kill if they can capture their targets live. We are just not as insidious as some of the lefties on this board like to promote. You should feel ashamed for being so judgemental of something you really know nothing about. However, I understand there is a media gap between the microscopic facts, and the details put out by jounalists who rarely venture outside of the safety of the Al Rasheed hotel.


    Well, I hope that clears some things up for you. If you have any questions feel free to ask.



  2. Kerry actually had a pretty questionable military record, but at least he went to Vietnam.


    I think I mentioned earlier in another thread that it wasn't a strike during Kerry's tenure (assuming) I would predict, but a strike following his tenure after years of appeasement, and buildup by anti American elements. I am non-partisan (right leaning) when it comes to politics. Each side has some good people in their corners.


    If evidence of WMD activity in Iraq *suddenly* pops up on the radar preceding the election I wouldn't be too surprised.

  3. MXC

    They are racing tricycles on MXC AND I am surfing CC.com. I have no ability to think for myself any longer. I hate off days...

  4. If the events of 9/11 had occurred during Clinton's tenure you would all be hiding under your desks right now waiting for the next one. If Kerry get's into office the next one will be very bad. More than likely multiple strikes. Clarke is an opportunist and should have been fired 25 years ago.

  5. tele nut is on the right track. the best way to not get shot is to shoot first. there are some companies that make really light firearms suitable for alpine climbing gang fights. boxing_smiley.gif


    cantfocus.gif I carry sometimes when I am skiing alone or with my small dog in certain areas around the pass. I have twice been stalked by a cougar, and several times found evidence of them close by where I have been. Other times I have come across some pretty bizarre shit out there. There was a body in a trash barrel out on Garcia road not too long ago. It might have been a difficult case to crack if it weren't for the fact that the husband discarded his wife's body in the neighbors trash receptacle with their address stenciled on the side.


    Sorry for the thread drift pyscho Greg wave.gif

  6. Volken suggests this as a ski, were/are the conditions favorable for that?


    If another storm rolls in you would find good conditions if you were say...walking up the chute as the snow is starting to fall...by the time you get to the logical ski turn around point there should be enough soft snow to make it a cruiser. Anything more than that and you are in an avvy trap and waiting for the next cycle.

  7. I've been mounting alpine touring bindings on tele skis and I find that they work fine. I mounted a pair of 2003/2004 Work Stinx with a Fritschi. I had the idea, and then Hattrup said that he thought it would be a pretty cool setup so I decided to become guinea pig for the experiment. The skis chatter a bit and certainly aren't my Triple XXX's, but they are a little bit lighter on the approaches. They are nimble and quick to change edges which was a huge change from the freight train feel of the XXX's.


    Yesterday I purchased a pair of Rossi B2's and mounted Dynafit comforts on them. I only got one quick tour on them after wasting time finding out that I am pretty Dynafit dumb. I used to laugh at the tiny little metal things on people skis, but I had to take issue after realizing that there are some tough hombres out there who feel fine with them. You really have to crank on those bad boys to lock them down in tour mode don't you? I thought I was going to break them at first. 4 clicks and you're good.


    They tour nicely with a good footprint. I skied off a 300 ft 45 degree knob to get a feel for them in deep afternoon slush and paid the price for having skied softer skis this winter. Stiff and rigid with plenty of dive factor. I moved over to some consolidated and found they were also pretty rigid on the corn. It took alot more muscle to arc turns. I expected snappy response, but found I had to get burly with them. First impressions are usually pretty right on, so now it a matter of changing styles to adapt. At least I only paid about 325 for the planks.

  8. Yeah, Bush's "War on Terror" is looking a lot more like a war on peace and civility. This guy and his administration full of repressed-anger hate-mongers is a train wreck in process, and the whole world is on board.


    Everyone needs to vote this Fall. And everyone needs to make sure their friends vote.






    War on peace and civility? That's a mighty rosy tint to your shades. What peace and civility are you smoking?

  9. Unless you are REALLY into it you can skip the lower portion of the trail and drive higher by going up Garcia Road off exit 38. The road will come across where the upper portion of the trail begins. Should have brought your planks.


    Don't bother bringing your GAT Homeslice, cause YO, the Forest Service closed all the shooting areas there finally.


    Alex that was probably a good move on your part. There have been some fatalities in the upper portion of that chute.

  10. A husband and wife were at the hospital, awaiting the

    birth of their child.


    The doctor told them she had an experimental machine

    that could transfer some of the pain of childbirth from the mother to the father. The couple decided to give it a try.


    As the wife went into labor, the doctor set the machine

    at 10% explaining that the man would probably feel

    more pain than he had ever known.


    To everyone's surprise, he felt no pain at all. The doctor slowly increased the percentage. The man still felt fine, and at last he asked to have all of the pain. The amazed doctor honored his request, and the new mother concluded her delivery virtually pain free.


    Afterward, the couple returned home with their new baby. As they pulled in the driveway, they saw their mailman-dead on the sidewalk.

  11. You're right, Josh. You are clearly no lawyer. I'm going to have to guess you're not even all that tuned in, mentally speaking, to actually try to defend Bush and his cronies in the face of this shit. C'mon, man. They're destroying the Republican party and everything it stands for through their wanton deficit spending, their brutally irresponsible fiscal policies, and the total ineptitude of their whole draft-dodging, sons-of-privilege foreign policy group. What happened to the party that stood for freedom, individual rights, and opportunity? Bush has destroyed it, the economy, and our standing as the greatest country in the world.


    Also, your quasi-racist statements about Islam aren't helping. Attitudes like that are part of the reason alot of the world hates us, and that hatred is the reason alot of the world supports terrorist acts against us. I can only assume you have NEVER been in an Islamic country. If you had, you would simply be unable to make the baseless, ignorant statements you're making.


    Good luck, Josh. I hope you and people with attitudes like yours start critically thinking about your political views, those of the rest of the world, and the disastrous consequences of perpetuating your kind of ignorance.


    P.S. I'm not trying to insult you personally. If you're going to make statements that belie a profound ignorance, though, you got it coming.


    bigdrink.gif I don't think anything I said was really defending Bush and I have mentioned before that I am not a big fan of Bush either. Most of what you said is true. He is the son of privelege.


    Quasi racist? Hey you're right, what do I know? I just spend about 90% of my time in the middle east so I guess I'm pretty ignorant as you seem compelled to point out.


    When was the last time you were over there? Let me see I was there about 2 weeks ago. It's getting up in the nineties again. Last summer was pretty hot even for that area. Had many many nice talks with members of Islam from about 6 or 7 Islamic countries. Dined at the KDP (Kurdish Democratic Party) guesthouse for a nice snow storm in February. Kurdistan is beautiful that time of the year.


    Once I get my website up and running you can come check it out. I'll post the link before I go back here in a few weeks. I'll include some avi video of a raid I participated in South of Baghdad.


    Hey thanks for stopping by for your one post of the month and enlightening me. Maybe you can school me some more later?


    Bye. yelrotflmao.gif


    Yep. Total dumbass.


    Notice that this man worked as an analyst for 6 years, and THEN quit shortly AFTER Bush took office. The majority of these scathing reports were going to the top of...CLINTON'S ADVISORY COMMITTEES.


    I would think that during the first year in office it is going to be difficult to affect change in every direction. It must be a whirlwind and difficult to figure out where to prioritize. I don't really like Bush and I am not making excuses, but you have to put it into perspective. The economy was still the biggest issue as it had been failing during the last few years of Clinton's presidency. I remember that most of the news was about Greenspan and interest rates right up to the events of 9/11. It caught everyone sleeping. At any rate, His info was being shunted for 5 years by a previous failed presidency and administration.


    Way to square peg that one into a round hole ShuldtZ.