September 10, 2005

Iraq and Afghanistan Progress Reports and Remembering Nine Eleven

Yes, this is a few hours early but thank GOD, and thanks to all the brave men and women of our military, I will have the freedom and privilege to go to Sunday School and to Mass tomorrow morning.

While everyone else is blogging today on "Remembering 9/11" I want to bring to you the good news and progress being made in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some would say that the war in Iraq is an unjustified war, that it had no bearing on 9/11, I say horseshit. After we were attacked on that day I remember watching the President from his ranch telling the American people that terrorism will not be tolerated by us, that whoever feeds, aids, or harbors a terrorist will pay. The war in Iraq is justified to me with his words. WMDs or no WMDs, call it an oil raid, you can say it's another Vietnam if ya want, again I say horseshit. But I digress.

From Afghanistan:

Progress and Accomplishments
And then there is the progress for the Ministry of Finance in Afghanistan and it includes some cool before and after pictures of it's building.

This is a good read, Coalition, NATO forces take pride in Afghanistan's progress. (19 hours from this post) Here's an excerpt:

Two or three years ago, General Foglesong said he drove through the Afghan capital of Kabul and saw groups of older men on street corners, but not much else. Six months later, young men began appearing, many of them opening up shops and bringing their families along, he said. A year later, young women and children -- long hidden from view under the Taliban regime -- began walking around.

"You could feel the town come alive. It's vibrant now," the general said. "It's a refresher course for me in national enthusiasm to see what has happened in Afghanistan over the last two or three years."

General Foglesong said he is convinced the Afghans never want to return to the days of oppression when the Taliban ruled with an iron fist and terrorists operated freely.

"They have this taste of freedom now, and I don't think they'll ever go back," he said. [...more...]

And check this out from a former police chief from the U.S., Greg Hostettler, who took leave to go over to Afghanistan and help train their police staff. (7 hours reported from this posting)

Hostettler also said he witnessed the presidential elections, and was impressed. "Despite threats from the Taliban, especially to the women, not to vote, they came out in droves.
"The Taliban would come at night and post notes on their door saying, 'If you go out and vote, you're dead,'" he continued. "They still went out and voted. [...more...]

Here is a wonderful article from Voices of America titled, Afghan Women Running For Office - dated September 9, 2005. No excerpts, just go read the article, it's not that long but it's full of good news.

From Iraq:

Baghdad — The Iraqi prime minister sealed the northern border crossing into Syria on Saturday after complaints the neighbouring country was not doing enough to stop crossings by foreign fighters, and he imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew in the area near the Rabiaa frontier post.

The order went out as Iraqi forces, backed by American soldiers, swept into Tal Afar, an insurgent stronghold about 95 kilometres to the east, conducting house-to-house searches and battering down walls with armoured vehicles in a second bid to clean the city of militant fighters.

The order by Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari was read on Iraqi television by Interior Minister Bayan Jabr. The decree closed the border to all transportation, including the railroad, except for vehicles with special permission from the Interior Ministry. [...more from the Globe and Mail...]

The above article was found via The Iraqi News website.

Ask Questions A new public bridge to the media.

Submit your questions to the War and Peace section of the site regarding the war in Iraq.

From the Digital Freedom Network comes an open letter from Ray Reynolds, a medic in the Iowa Army National Guard, serving in Iraq. It's dated December 3, 2004, some of you may have already seen this.

Yes, remember September 11, 2001. We must never forget. But I would also like to add one of my favorite quotes,

"Lord, teach us to laugh again but don't ever let us forget that we cried."


Do me a favor and light a candle today and pray.

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This nation is peaceful, but fierce when stirred to anger. This conflict was begun on the timing and terms of others; it will end in a way and at an hour of our choosing.
~~ President George W. Bush, 14 Sep 2001, Prayer service at the Washington National Cathedral.

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{UPDATE} - Just throwing up some links and names so I can do trackbacks this morning.

And for other blogging Memoriams check out My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy and Jo's Cafe.

By the way, welcome My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy readers. I've seen you trickling in from previous trackbacks. COOL! Now if I can only get some of Jo's Cafe regulars over that would be dandy!

Will the Cotillion being doing a "remembering Nine Eleven post? I surely hope so, one would think they would. Check back with them later, I am sure they will have something up for you soon.

Conservative Thinking has every single victims' names on his blog, now let's see ya'll do that! It also looks like he is doing a timeline of September 11th, 2001 as it happened.

Of course, I almost forgot, basil's blog is remembering too. Forgive me basil!

On a different note, Michelle Malkin will get your blood boiling with the new Flight 93 memorial; the crescent of embrace.

Yes, I have had to come in and edit this entry to include everyone's name and permalinks due to their trackback "policies". If you want to do a trackback here to this little ole site, well then, just do it.

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Blogger De.vile said...

From whatever part of the world are you? Fairyland where Bush and his brigade of merchants are the fairy godmothers? I refrain from foul language but come on! Wake up! Iraq aiding terroists? Do you know the Pakistan harbours so MANY of them 'terrorists'? Why doesnt Pakistan get grilled? Because they are allies? Because they provide as harbours for american navy and army, going to Iraq and other oil-rich countries?
Because they have NO oil?

I would think you would know better, since its your money that Bush so happily spends.

9/10/2005 09:52:00 PM

Blogger Ranger Tom said...

I agree with you Gray Tie... But what pisses me off more than anything is that we Americans have to short of a memory...

Me, I'll NEVER forget.

9/11/2005 04:39:00 AM

Blogger The Gray Tie said...

de.vile - thanks for sharing and keep coming back.

RT- I know what you mean.

9/11/2005 05:13:00 AM

Blogger My Kid's Mom said...

Thanks for an excellent post. Stacy told me where I could find you - I'm happy to read you again.

We don't hear about the progress being made, thanks to the MSM. One thing I constantly keep in mind is the fact that Hussein was the worst WMD known to mankind - but again, that fact is overlooked by the MSM as well.

9/11 will always be remembered in this household.

9/11/2005 09:56:00 AM

Blogger MerryMadMonk said...

Great post, Gray Tie! God Bless America!

9/11/2005 12:43:00 PM

Blogger hbl said...

de.vile: "horse hockey."

Dang, got the wrong retort link with the reference to Col. Potter.

Looks like you attracted a Leftie Moonbat. Congratulations.

9/11/2005 06:50:00 PM


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