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‘Just the Average Savage’

By ATWadmin On December 13th, 2006 at 1:38 pm

america in iraq.jpegI’d like to direct your attention to a posting from the American MilBlogger known as Blackfive, in which he highlights the thoughts, actions and worries of an Infantry Regular as he goes through his days in the maelstrom which is Baghdad!


He talks about the frustrations of operating under Rules of Engagement which seem to have been designed by a company of lawyers acting FOR lawyers, and unfortunately have the effect of making sure that soldiers are thoroughly confused when attempting to carry out their duties!

He asks if America, (and of course through our own involvement, Britain) is ready to give the word? There is of course a choice of words, and those are again, simple; one is LEAVE, and the other is FIGHT! I know which of the two I would choose, what would your choice be?




By ATWadmin On December 13th, 2006 at 7:23 am

jimmy_carter_turkey.jpgYes, I know I posted about Jimmy Carter the other day, but I was most impressed with Rich Lowry’s take on Carter’s recent musings…

Jimmy Carter brings a Christian perspective to the Israeli-Palestinian dispute. Unfortunately, it is the same Christian perspective as a drunken Mel Gibson, obsessed with heaping blame on the Jews…

The book marks Carter’s further disgraceful descent from ineffectual president and international do-gooder to apologist for the worst Arab tendencies. “It is imperative,” Carter writes, “that the general Arab community and all significant Palestinian groups make it clear that they will end the suicide bombings and other acts of terrorism when international laws and the ultimate goals of the Roadmap for Peace are accepted by Israel.” In the meantime, presumably, the slaughter of Jews can continue.

Israel can’t be so blithe about the murder of its citizens, which is why it built the security fence. Carter calls it an “imprisonment wall,” but it has been effective in preventing Palestinian terrorists from blowing people to bits — the kind of attacks Carter characterizes as “(unfortunate) for the peace process.” Twice recently, Israel has vacated occupied land, in Southern Lebanon and Gaza, only to see attacks against it launched from those same territories. But Carter always finds a way to point a finger at Israel…


I was trying to decide who is America’s leading anti-Semite, genial Jimmy Carter or wise James "F*** the Jews" Baker. Both men seem to have had a resurgence in popularity with the MSM recently…a worrying portent of things to come???


By ATWadmin On December 9th, 2006 at 9:53 am

then and now.gifI didn’t get a chance to comment on the fact that December 7th was the 65th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour. But this cartoon from Cox and Forkum sums up the difference in attitude then and now. We’ve moved on a lot, haven’t we?  


By ATWadmin On December 6th, 2006 at 7:02 pm

Well, I listened to the liberal media going into predictable hyperdrive this evening, expounding the collective wisdom of the Iraq Surrender Study Group. Part of the Fabulous Baker Boy’s report cravenly urges engagement with Iran, as heavily leaked in recent days. Rather than me comment on Baker’s odious report, maybe all those appeasers out there should reflect on Ahmadinejad’s most recent words. 

Talking of Iran’s enemies (The US and Israel in particular) he says… 

They are angry with our nation. But we tell them ‘so be it and die from this anger’. Rest assured that if you do not respond to the divine call, you will die soon and vanish from the face of the earth. Thank to God’s help, we have gone all the way and are only one step away from the zenith. We hope to have the big nuclear celebration by the end of the year (March 2007),"

Good luck with the dialogue James, it’s 1938 all over again.

persona..s non grata

By ATWadmin On December 4th, 2006 at 5:09 pm

I thought this was an interesting write up on the Kendal Myers episode last week. I admit my initial reaction was to question why such outspoken and self important remarks hadn’t been made of say France re Iraq. If he wanted to have France et al in thrall of their decision(s) and increase a cynical attitude to the US overall then he was certainly going the right way about it.

Mr Myers was "ill-informed", "plain wrong", "not authorised" and the US government wanted to "repudiate and disassociate" itself from what he said. No need to read between the lines there. This was about as blistering a dressing down as a diplomat would ever deliver. It seems probable that Mr Myers will be asked to resign and if he declines to so will be fired.

Officials in Britain were livid.

But I particularly agreed with these sentiments:

“I received an email (subject line: APPALLED) from a former long-time US intelligence official that read in part: "I hope that some still know there are other Americans who understand that what Brits and Europeans generally have bequeathed to us in the New World is a civilization and way of life that is worth defending against the challenges that face us all today.

"These aren’t just lofty words for many of us: we know they have real life consequences in blood and treasure – but the failure to live up to them will have consequences, too, in more terrorist attacks and dead civilians being pulled out of the rubble of blown-up buildings and train cars."

I’d also add that with regards to the security resources he mentions, the share and the exchange – we give as much as we get – and that also includes soldiers lives. Flippant comments that Im glad to see were treated with the contempt they merited. And no Gwyneth Paltow’s silly outburst isn’t a fair exchange!


By ATWadmin On December 4th, 2006 at 3:49 pm

Did you see that the Mad Mullahs in Iran have been quick off the mark to welcome the re-election of Venezuelan thug Hugo Chavez? All around the world, those who hate the United States as the global guarantor of freedom, have great reason to celebrate. Party on….?


By ATWadmin On December 4th, 2006 at 3:30 pm

Like many others who have resolutely supported the Bush Doctrine, it has been a difficult time over recent years watching W reverse his own philosophy. Driven on by a hostile media, and accelerated by a poor grasp of who his real friends are, it has been sad to watch George W. revert to the uninspired mediocrity of his father, George Herbert Bush.

john-bolton-un-bg.jpgSo the news that John Bolton has followed Rummy into the great political departure lounge is not a surprise. John Bolton was a great guy, full of the right stuff. Now he’s been stuffed. That’s the way it is with the Bush administration these days as the appeasers gain the upper hand, and the likes of James “F*** the Jews” Baker and Condi “Islam is the religion of peace AND love” Rice dictate direction. Cut and run it is going to be, and there’s little point in us denying the obvious u-turn being executed by Bush and his dhimmified associates.

That’s fine. I’m sure that in the god-forsaken caves where eyes once glowed with pleasure as the twin towers fell, such eyes glow again. I wonder what their next target will be? Bin Laden believed that the USA lacked the resolve to tackle a resurgent Islamic movement. These days, who thinks he was wrong in this assumption?

Ars Gratia Artis

By ATWadmin On December 2nd, 2006 at 12:48 pm

saying_grace.jpgHe ranks as my number one painter of all times.  So I was delighted to read that another (doubtless) masterpiece by the American painter Norman Rockwell has just been sold at auction in New York for an impressive $15.4 million.  The picture inset – also by Rockwell -is entitled ‘Saying Grace’ and this also ranks as my all-time favourite painting.  On display at the Atwater Kent Museum in Philadelphia, it portrays two members of the Amish community saying their prayers at what is believed to have been the Horn and Hardart restaurant on the city’s Chestnut Street.  I have a large print copy above my fireplace and I never cease to be amazed by the sheer detail.  Even the print on the newspaper is clear.

Rockwell completed over 4,000 works during his lifetime.  His unadulterated passion for his country led to works with a very rose-tinted view of America and American life.  Still, what’s wrong with that?  Compare some of Rockwell’s exhibits to the rubbish that passes for modern art and therein you will see how art has mimicked the overall decline in standards and quality.  It is to be hoped the anonymous buyer of Breaking Home Ties gets as much satisfaction from this man’s legacy as I have.


By ATWadmin On December 1st, 2006 at 9:26 am

Can’t say that I am surprised to read that Keith Ellison, the first member of the US Congress to be a Muslim, has made it clear he will take his oath of office on the Bible, but on the bible of Islam, the Koran. I agree with Dennis Prager that he should NOT be allowed to do so – because the very act Ellison contemplates undermines American civilization.

Consider this. What Ellison and his Muslim and leftist supporters are saying is that it is of no consequence what America holds as its holiest book; all that matters is what any individual holds to be his holiest book. This is indeed multiculti triumphalism and America should not permit it. Jews and Securalists have taken their oaths on the Bible, showing their respect to the American tradition. Of course Islam holds NO such respect and Ellison is merely a trojan horse from which the ROP can demonstrate that its will can prevail – even at the home of the Great Satan.  By bowing the knee to the Muslim supremacy Ellison represents, the US builds up even greater troubles for itself. There is no reason to make an exception for Keith Ellison – unless we are so scared of what the Religion of Peace might do were its first Congressman confronted rather than accommodated!


By ATWadmin On November 26th, 2006 at 11:02 am

Interesting to read that "Shakedown" expert Jesse Jackson has declared that he is working to prohibit the use of the word "nigger."  This is partly in response to Michael Richards’ recent rant. He adds that he wants it to be legally defined as "hate language" and therefore anyone who uses it would be liable to prosecution. Now, I agree that this word, along with several others, is offensive but it strikes me that good ol’ Jesse is going to have his work cut out stopping black American rap-stars, for instance, from using the term. They tend to populate every song they write with repeated references to the word. Should they then be prosecuted? Also, if we accept that ONE word can be banned as "hate language", I wonder what other words Jesse might be able to come up with?

I do not agree that words should be banned, but it is the driving desire of leftists like Jackson to control every aspect of our lives, including the very words we may use.