Perspectives on Croatian War of Independence

I found this interesting nugget on the Croatian War of Independence at Wikipedia:

Croatian War of Independence

The USA was among the more conservative forces in the west, like the United Kingdom (with John Major as Prime Minister) in insisting for non-intervention at first. The administration was led by George Bush as President until end-1992. Matters changed with Bill Clinton, who took a more aggressive stance on the issue and played a more forceful intervention role. In 1995 the US, using the latest Predator and other tracking devices, thoroughly observed the movements or the Croat Army and Gotovina’s forces in preparation for Operation Storm.

On the Slovenia scene, we read in Rick Steves’ Croatia & Slovenia 2007 that told of a HUGE turn-out for Bill Clinton when he visited Ljubljana, Slovenia, yet hardly anyone showed up for King George II’s visit.

Somewhat related, check out the following cartoon from Cartoonstock on the differences between Yugoslavia and Iraq in their post-dictatorship histories:

Similar but Different

Is a united Iraq the right approach? Can it exist without a ruthless dictator like Saddam Hussein holding together the various factions making up that part of the world?

Darrel Austin on the Iraq War as a Software Project

Funny stuff:

If the Iraq War were a design firm/software vendor project:

Strategery Consulting Inc: You need to hire us to build you a web site.

People LLC: Oh. Really? Why?

SC: Well, our research has shown that your main competitor, Widgets Inc., is about to release a new killer app!

PL: Umm…our main competitor is Doodads And More.

SC: Whatever…that’s not important. What’s important is that you hire us.

PL: Well, OK. How much is it going to cost?

SC: It’s too risky to the project to specify any cost, but it shouldn’t cost more than 5 figures.

PL: How long will it take?

SC: A week? Maybe a month? We doubt more than 2 months.

And on it on it goes. Classic.

Military Recruiters Missing from GOP Conference

Mike Stark is doing some great work covering the CPAC conference. Speakers include war mongers, Dick Cheney, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, and Michelle Malkin, yet strangely, there are no military recruiters on hand to welcome attending college republicans with open arms after listening to the flag waving speeches:

Mike Stark: What Is Missing at CPAC? | The Huffington Post

Oh… but there’s one notable – striking, even – absence.

There are no military recruiters here. No United States Marine Corps. No Army, no Navy, no Air Force or National Guard – hell, not even the Coast Guard is here. Thousands and thousands of College Republicans, but not a single recruiter in sight…

Why?

Well, I have a theory or two (Michelle Malkin doesn’t agree with me, but more on that later).

Let’s try this: CPAC didn’t want to be embarrassed when pictures were released that showed recruiters standing around looking lonely. Similarly, recruiters know it’s a better investment of their time to troll “the other malls” rather than to recruit these nice white college boys.

Talking the talk, but not walking the walk. No surprise.

Baghdad Green Zone

I was watching this incredible video about media reporting on the war in Iraq when at around 10 minutes into the video, the reporter mentioned that the Green Zone is Baghdad is approximately 4.5 square miles. How big is that? For comparison, here is an approximately 4.5 square mile area of the Minneapolis lakes:

Minneapolis Lakes Green Zone

Here’s the same area from the perspective of the Twin Cities:

Minneapolis Green Zone

To check out the Green Zone on a Google Map, click here. Here’s a close-up with some helicopters.

I’ve heard that the traveling from the airport to the Green Zone is extraordinarily dangerous. Here’s a link to a map showing how far apart the two areas are. It looks closer than MSP to Uptown to me.

George W. Bush started this war four years ago next month.

Support Our Troops Conservative-Style

Nothing beats blind faith when it comes to war:

Ten Ways You Can Support Our Troops

Don’t Criticize War. Anyone who speaks out against war is putting our troops at risk. There might have been a time and place for dissenting viewpoints, but those days are long gone. Don’t worry about how much the rest of the world hates the United States. We’re a super power and we can do whatever the hell we want.

Don’t Criticize the President. Anyone who criticizes the President is against the troops. It is NEVER right to criticize a President (except for Bill Clinton who is a lying rapist and a murdering pothead).

Katherine Kersten: War Protestor

It’s great to hear that Star Tribune columnist Katherine Kersten once protested against an unjustifiable war. My only hope is that they returns to the frame of mind that she possessed as a freshman at Carleton College in the early 1970’s:

The Rake: Features : The One-Woman Solution

“You can imagine what Carleton was like at that time,” she says. “It was certainly a political hotbed. There was a moratorium, as you might remember, which was observed across the country when the Kent State and Cambodia-related issues kind of came to the fore in the spring semester. There was a great length of period when there were no classes at all. Classes were just suspended, and people met to talk politics on [the Carleton commons].

“Paul Wellstone was a relatively new faculty member. But he of course was very, very prominent in all this.”
Being an eighteen-year-old at this point, she says, she wasn’t thinking of herself as deeply political, and certainly not as the free-market capitalist and purveyor of conservative social nostrums she would eventually become.

“Oh no. In fact, I remember writing home from Carleton,” she says, “asking that my parents send up some of my hard-earned waitress dollars so I could put it into an account for people who might need to raise bail after civil-disobedience actions. And I remember marching by the governor’s mansion.

Winning the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People?

One bumper at a time.

If driving the Crosstown in Minneapolis during rush hour has taught me anything it’s that people LOVE it when you honk and honk and honk, then bump into their cars because you’re so damn important:

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This is how America is being represented on the streets of Iraq. Wow.

What are you going to do about this, Mr. Commander in Chief?

Bush Lied about Size of Escalation

Via AMERICAblog.

This is news in the sense that more troops than expected will be going to Iraq, more money will be thrown at the effort, and more people will likely end up dead or injured. It’s NOT exactly news that Bush has lied about his plans for increasing the size of his disaster:

President Bush and his new military chiefs have been saying for nearly a month that they would “surge” an additional 21,500 troops to Iraq, in a last, grand push to quell the violence in Baghdad and in Anbar Province. But a new study by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office says the real troop increase could be as high as 48,000 — more than double the number the President initially said.

Defense Tech: Breaking: Double the Troops in “Surge” (Updated)

President Bush and his new military chiefs have been saying for nearly a month that they would “surge” an additional 21,500 troops to Iraq, in a last, grand push to quell the violence in Baghdad and in Anbar Province. But a new study by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office says the real troop increase could be as high as 48,000 — more than double the number the President initially said.