Telegraph Video: Taliban Ambush Goes Tragically Wrong

posted at 11:24 am on April 29, 2007 by see-dubya

It goes “tragically” wrong in the same sense that Oakland pizzeria shooting was a tragedy.

Definitely read the background here, and then head over to the video–which is a series of still photos and not a continuous stream of action, but that’s all right. It’s a forthright testament to the American way of fighting the Taliban (engage them without mercy and continue until they’re dead) versus the British way (per the video narration, “striking local ceasefires in Helmand”). From the article:

Capt Staley said he had no qualms about pressing home such attacks until no one was left standing and claimed that American pilots were more effective than their British Apache counterparts, who he said flew higher and were less ruthless in finishing off their targets. “The Brits are good but they don’t have the extreme aggression that we do.”

The article says one of the dead Taliban in the raid was bigshot Mullah Najibullah. If not a big fish on the order of Abdul Hadi al Iraqi, he’s certainly a keeper, since he was part of the original Old Skool Taliban, fighting us in November 2001. According to Robert Fisk (warning–icky Counterpunch link), he was a member of the Taliban’s Foreign Ministry–in fact the consulate general of their consulate in Peshawar.

But the absolute best part of that video is listening to the British announcer mangle the name of the American helicopters unleashing all this mayhem. I was listening and caught myself wondering, “did he just say ‘Apashay’?”. And then it’s like he makes up his mind and just goes all out with uh-PAHHH-shay, and sticks with that through the rest of the video.

If those of you in Fort Sill, Oklahoma just felt a slight tremor, it’s not the artillery firing this time. It’s just the uh-PAHHH-shay chief Geronimo, revolving in his grave.


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It’s just the uh-PAHHH-shay chief Geronimo, revolving in his grave.

Don’t you mean Chief Jhe-ro-NEE-mo?

Blacklake on April 29, 2007 at 11:31 AM

Mmmm. Sunday morning overeasy. Good job, you-ess-ay!

Stormy70 on April 29, 2007 at 11:34 AM

Heh. Why waltz when you can rock and roll?

flipflop on April 29, 2007 at 11:36 AM

Can’t really blame a Brit for not being up on the names of American Indian tribes. He obviously thought it was French, maybe like the att-AHHH-shay case?

smellthecoffee on April 29, 2007 at 11:57 AM

Ruthlessness is the key to beating the Islamofascists.

What is needed to finish them all together is to go after their safe havens in Pakistan.

georgej on April 29, 2007 at 12:05 PM

That has got to send chills down the spines of our ememies! Rinse and repeat this in Iraq and now we have something! I lo ve the part where one of them just went to their knees at the site of the gunship to pray to Allah.

Egfrow on April 29, 2007 at 12:24 PM

Who woulda thought that finding, attacking and killing the enemy (as opposed to the British method of sitting down and having strong tea with them) has a substantial effect on the war?!

Neo on April 29, 2007 at 12:40 PM

Touche Apache

sanclemman on April 29, 2007 at 12:44 PM

It was a big plane that spat smoke and soaked the ground with fire.”

For a man who couldn’t read and had never left Kandahar province in all his life, it was a chilling enough description of the Spectre, the American “bumble bee” aircraft that picks off militiamen and civilians with equal ferocity.

AC-130 Gunship … Taliban meat grinder. War is hell.

Zorro on April 29, 2007 at 1:11 PM

A very satisfying story!

Lehuster on April 29, 2007 at 1:11 PM

One of the men turned to face the helicopter and sank to his knees…….the man disappeared in a cloud of smoke and dust.

He knew his time was up.

infidel4life on April 29, 2007 at 1:41 PM

Listening to the comentary in the video clip, it sounded to me like the reporter was reporting with a slant towards the taliban.

“For now, the taliban are on the ropes. Whether or not they can find a way to deal with the gunships will play a key part in the success or failure of the coalition efforts.”

Odd, that. Well, not really, considering the poor state of what passes for news reporting these days. But it’s great to hear of the agression ramping up. Wisely targeted agression is the key to ending this conflict.

The best news in this whole report was the mentioning of the taliban’s fear of, and direct reaction to, the thwap of helicopter blades cutting air. That is EXACTLY what we’re looking for and need.

Get some, Apaches!

techno_barbarian on April 29, 2007 at 1:43 PM

ok say it with me british
JAG-UAR
Not SHAG-YOU-ARE

Defector01 on April 29, 2007 at 1:55 PM

Using its cannon and then its rockets, the Apache finished off all the Taliban fighters it could find, then launched nail-filled rockets and dropped white phosphorous to destroy the motorcycles and the machine guns. After the shooting stopped, 12 Taliban were confirmed dead.

See how evil we are, using white phosphorous? We’re as bad as HITLER! <lll>

The Monster on April 29, 2007 at 2:00 PM

Also encouraging is the report that these aggressive tactics are staving off the taliban’s much ballyhoo’d ‘spring offensive’.

Somebody should tell that traitor harry reid about that. He thinks nothing is working over there, the willfully clueless idiot.

What the hell will the dems do when the overwhelming evidence for success that the change in direction and tactics (which they defiantly keep bleating like sheep about) that General Patraeus and the Coalition Forces is having actually makes it to the American Public and the world at large?

Finger pointing. Denial. Cannibalism. Meltdown. Collapse.

Reality TV be damned. This is gonna be the real ratings magnet, when it finally happens.

I can’t friggin’ wait.

techno_barbarian on April 29, 2007 at 2:01 PM

Yeah That reporter seemed oddly sympathetic to the Taliban alright.

“14 people were killed”

not terrorists or Taliban fighters, but he wanted to make sure we knew they were people….

well if People are Taliban…..

Then it reminds me of a bumper sticker I saw: “people suck!”

-Wasteland Man.

WastelandMan on April 29, 2007 at 2:01 PM

As far as I’m concerned, this is the only way to pronounce Apache! ;)

Ed Driscoll on April 29, 2007 at 2:02 PM

He sounds amazed that at the amount of latitude that U.S. forces get. ‘What, let soldier’s think for themselves?’

This my friends is we it was a British and not an American captured by the Iranians.

- The Cat

MirCat on April 29, 2007 at 2:53 PM

Using its cannon and then its rockets, the Apache finished off all the Taliban fighters it could find, then launched nail-filled rockets and dropped white phosphorous to destroy the motorcycles and the machine guns. After the shooting stopped, 12 Taliban were confirmed dead.
See how evil we are, using white phosphorous? We’re as bad as HITLER!

The Monster on April 29, 2007 at 2:00 PM

I think it serves a purpose. One in that it shows the enemy we have the balls to get medieval on their ass and two whoever finds the bodies will be traumatised from the carnage of mangled acid burnt corpses. I just don’t know if it should be reported by a sachet wearing attache.

sonnyspats1 on April 29, 2007 at 3:38 PM

What a great and inspiring story! Brit Hume should use it tomorrow night somewhere…

canvas on April 29, 2007 at 3:39 PM

eh, you say tomaahtoe…

Mazztek on April 29, 2007 at 3:46 PM

In a British accent “Bloody crocodile tears”.

Mesa, Arizona, Boeing, makes these machines. Why make them, if not to be put to good use?

Agree with those who wrote that the reporter was ‘bloody’ sympathetic to the Taliban.

Entelechy on April 29, 2007 at 3:53 PM

I say Zermatermort

- The Cat

MirCat on April 29, 2007 at 3:55 PM

Yeah That reporter seemed oddly sympathetic to the Taliban alright.

“14 people were killed”

not terrorists or Taliban fighters, but he wanted to make sure we knew they were people….

well if People are Taliban…..

Then it reminds me of a bumper sticker I saw: “people suck!”

-Wasteland Man.

WastelandMan on April 29, 2007 at 2:01 PM

Yep, the PC Police have heavily infiltrated Great Britain as well as the US…the Brits have recently stopped calling this conflict “the war on terror” as it was deemed not PC!

What worries me the most is not that we aren’t militarily superior to our enemy, we are, but what worries me are the liberal-thumbsucking pacifists and the PC police creating a situation where our military is forced to fight our enemy with both hands tied behind our backs while at the same time playing into our enemies hands by creating divides among our population at a time when our unity is critical to defeat our enemy! A divided nation is easier to conquer and many still have their heads buried in the sand afflicted with the “Chamberlin” appeasement syndrome that allowed Nazi facsism to spread and grow stronger leading to WWII!

When will these people wake up and smell the smoke from all the books, movies, and music the Islamo-fascists are burning everyday…! Have they forgotten the lessons of the past…where they burn books soon they burn bodies?

War is not nor has it ever been PC, war is hell and you don’t win a war against a brutal enemy through appeasement, politics, or being PC! Our enemy loves it when we take the “high road” when fighting them, they continually laugh at our willingness to “negotiate” cease-fires (like the Brits did) because they know they will never abide by the agreement and are only negotiating such agreements when they are getting their asses handed to them, enabling them to take the heat off and giving them time to re-arm, re-group, and plot their next moves!

Also, notice how the insurgents killed where carrying Burkas and attempted to don them! They do so because they (as I mentioned previously) count on us to take the high road and not attack them if there is a chance they are women/innocent civilians! It’s an effective tactic because the enemy uses this as an effective propaganda tool to further incite the PC police and liberal-thumbsucking pacifists around the world to make us out as the “true terrorists” when their “innocent civilians” are killed.

I can assure you if General George S. Patton (may he re-incarnate soon to help us out!) were fighting this war this tactic our enemy employs would soon come to an end or be much less effective as Patton wouldn’t hesitate for a moment to take out anyone or any facility be it a church, Mosque, or a residential home if he or his troops came under fire…regardless of the potential for civilian deaths or casulties!

After a few of these “gloves-off” attacks the enemy would soon learn hiding behind their children, the skirts of their women, or religious houses of worship no longer guarantees their safety and this knowledge will have a significant impact on their psyche and will! This is not to say they will no longer continue the tactic of conducting military operations from within the civilian population, but taking the gloves off when our enemy decides to do so and no longer negotiating cease-fires will have a dramatic impact on our ability to erode their psyche, their will, and their strategy to our benefit.

The bottom line is when you are fighting an enemy whose tactics are brutal, and enemy that gives no-quarter, and counts on your taking the high road when fighting them you are playing into their hands…you do not give an enemy hell bent on killing you a chance to get up and finish the job, you hit them hard and you keep hitting them until they surrender or they are dead! Again, negotiating cease-fires your enemy has no intention of abiding by plays to their advantage and allows them to re-arm, re-group, and fight you another day!

To some (the PC, liberal-thumbsucking pacifist crowd) such tactics may be harsh and shakes their very core, but to continue fighting a brutal enemy with our hands tied behind our backs will only lead to failure and defeat! This new tactic needs to continue and is something that needed to be done some time ago! The Brits need to reclaim their “clankers” and get on board and stop appeasing the enemy through cease-fire agreements!

Besides, the only ones responsible for civilian deaths are those whom conduct military operations within their civilian populations…and that responsibility rests squarely on our enemies shoulders! Also, I question how truly innocent some of these civilians are, if they don’t want fleas then they shouldn’t lay down with dogs!

I say kick-ass first and take names later!

Liberty or Death on April 29, 2007 at 3:56 PM

that should have been. “I zater matermort”

Z

- The Cat

MirCat on April 29, 2007 at 3:57 PM

I didn’t find the reporter so sympathetic to the Taliban. I think he did play up the “bloodthirsty yanks” angle a bit, but he was quite clear in the video that this is effective. He said “The Taliban is on the ropes”. How often do you hear that?

I was wondering whether anyone would pick up on the WP issue, and The Monster did. That caught my eye, but then I remembered that we are allowed to use WP against materiel targets–which is what was done here. First kill the Taliban with rockets and missiles, then burn out their equipment with WP.

see-dubya on April 29, 2007 at 3:59 PM

that should have been. “I zater matermort”

Z

- The Cat

MirCat on April 29, 2007 at 3:57 PM

OK But when the MSM got ahold of this they would make a VRWCT charge of CIA covert ops. Ya know!

sonnyspats1 on April 29, 2007 at 4:06 PM

I with GW on this one I think they class as eneny combatants,not representitive of any sovierien nation. Oh we better not incite the enemy, after they might blow us up, or tourture,kill then desecrate out soldiers.>

sonnyspats1 on April 29, 2007 at 4:18 PM

I was just over on The Corner looking for a post by VDH (since seedub’s link on another thread seems to be missing the specific identifier at the end of the url), and I found this post by Cliff May, which gave me great comfort in the relative sanity of My Nation. I don’t really trust polls, but a lot of people who do might be surprised at the following results. Check it out:

Vox Populi [Cliff May]

Some interesting polling results in recent days. For example:

According to a recent USA Today/Gallup poll, 61% of Americans oppose “denying the funding needed to send any additional U.S. troops to Iraq,” and opposition is up from 58% in February. (3/23-25, 2007).

A Bloomberg poll reveals 61% of Americans believe withholding funding for the war is a bad idea, while only 28% believe it is a good idea (3/3-11, 2007).

A recent Public Opinion Strategies (POS) poll found that 56% of registered voters favor fully funding the war in Iraq, with more voters strongly favoring funding (40%) than totally opposing it (38%); (3/25-27, 2007).

POS found also that a majority of voters (54%) oppose the Democrats imposing a reduction in troops below the level military commanders requested (3/25-27, 2007).

A separate POS poll finds 57% of voters support staying in Iraq until the job is finished and “the Iraqi government can maintain control and provide security for its people.” And 59% of voters say pulling out of Iraq immediately would do more to harm America’s reputation in the world than staying until order is restored (35%); (2/5-7, 2007).

A Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll show 69% of American voters trust military commanders more than members of Congress (18%) to decide when United States troops should leave Iraq. This includes 52% of Democrats, 69% of Independents and 88% of Republicans (3/27-28, 2007).

According to a recent Pew Research survey, only 17% of Americans want an immediate withdrawal of troops (4/18-22, 2007). That same poll found a plurality of adults (45%) believe a terrorist attack against the United States is more likely if we withdraw our troops from Iraq while the “country remains unstable”

Should a date for withdrawal be set, 70% of American believe it is likely that “insurgents will increase their attacks in Iraq” starting on that day. This is supported by 85% of Republicans, 71% of Independents and 60% of Democrats. (FOX News/Opinion Dynamics, 4/17-18, 2007).

An LA Times/Bloomberg polls reveals that 50% of Americans say setting a timetable for withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq “hurts” the troops, while only 27% believe it “helps” the troops (4/5-9, 2007).

I’m sure our friend Glenn Greenwald over at Salon will be reporting all this to his readers any minute now.

04/27 01:13 PM

The dem party really is on the way to a complete meltdown, and hopefully, utter destruction.

Their leaders are demonstrably wrong and utterly out of touch with reality on every single issue, and openly siding with our enemies.

I can’t wait to see and hear Fred! Debate against these craven power-mad cowards.

Run! FRED! RUN, Damnit!

techno_barbarian on April 29, 2007 at 4:28 PM

What’s the thread, TB? I’ll try to fix that.

see-dubya on April 29, 2007 at 4:51 PM

When a group of one’s comrades-at-arms go out, are never seen again, and there’s not even one to give an account, I imagine it’s bewildering and terrifying. It’s hard to imagine a better way to end a “cycle of violence” than to kill every enemy combatant and thereby bewilder and terrify every potential combatant. Well, actually, after another moment, my mind was able to enter into an even more certain way, in principle, which would be to destroy every potential combatant, as well.

Kralizec on April 29, 2007 at 4:52 PM

Sorry see-dubya, off looking at other stuff. It’s this one:

http://hotair.com/archives/2007/04/28/tenet-takedown/

The url looks like this:
http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=NWQ2MDIwZmQzM2JjZjI2YzcwOWQ4NjYyNWIwNjI1NzY=

No identifier at the end of the query string. It brings up a blank Corner page. Ads, navigation, and content area but no content.

Thanks for fixing it. Much appreciated.

techno_barbarian on April 29, 2007 at 5:02 PM

TB–that’s Bryan’s post and I don’t have permission to edit it, but I think this is the article he meant to link.

see-dubya on April 29, 2007 at 5:07 PM

And I apologize; it was Bryan’s post, not see-dubya’s. I wanted to read Hanson’ remarks before the comments on the thread.

techno_barbarian on April 29, 2007 at 5:07 PM

Ha! You beat me to it.

Thanks see-dubya!

techno_barbarian on April 29, 2007 at 5:08 PM

As far as I’m concerned, this is the only way to pronounce Apache! ;)

Groan. For some reason I can’t see the UKtelegraph piece, but I could unfortunately watch that, and I am ashamed to admit that I watched it until the end.

Where the heck did you dredge that one up, Ed?!

Bob's Kid on April 29, 2007 at 5:26 PM

The Hanson post was originally on The Corner at the link I provided, but they moved it (without notifying anyone) to here.

Bryan on April 29, 2007 at 5:40 PM

BK,

“Where the heck did you dredge that one up, Ed?!”

I think it made the rounds last year as yet another cheesy rock video from the 1970s permanently archived on YouTube with a newly-added sheen of postmodern ironic kitsch.

Ed Driscoll on April 29, 2007 at 5:44 PM

Let me get this straight….

The Taliban ambushes some Special Forces Operators and the Telegraph expects the US to play nice?!!!!

Whatever our Apaches are doing, they should keep on doing it!

LC Jack Deth~ Imperail Trancer Tracker & Tagger.

Jack Deth on April 29, 2007 at 5:55 PM

Several times a day I would see the pairs of A-10s change off, out of Bagram Airfield. Several AC-130s there as well. Our guys did this to the Talib coming over in the Spring of 2004 as well. This is why the Talib have to go back to their Pak areas and recruit a whole new force every year. They come over, some fight, almost all die.

In the meantime, we are building up the ANA and the Afghan infrastructure. It is going to be a long fight, but ultimately a winning one, because the Afghans have had their dose of Taliban already, and almost everyone found it not to their liking…

major john on April 29, 2007 at 6:55 PM

Wait’ll the Taliban see the Nava-Joes!

Hunt ‘em.
Hit ‘em.
Fry ‘em

profitsbeard on April 29, 2007 at 6:59 PM

Apropos of nothing—-

I knew Geronimo’s grandson (Robert) when I was a kid. Pretty nice guy.

LegendHasIt on April 29, 2007 at 7:52 PM

Heh. Why waltz when you can rock and roll?

flipflop on April 29, 2007 at 11:36 AM

‘Cuz you can hold your sweetie in your arms and dance with her when you waltz, and it is more romantic.

When it comes to combat, I’ll choose Bruce Lee – Jeet Kune Do, Dirty Harry, The Terminator, or King Kong over “Dancin’ with the Stars” any day.

Kick Butt, Lee Siu Luhng!

Kick Butt USA!!!!

William

William2006 on April 29, 2007 at 7:57 PM

Hunt ‘em.
Hit ‘em.
Fry ‘em

profitsbeard on April 29, 2007 at 6:59 PM

In the very least!!!!

William

William2006 on April 29, 2007 at 7:59 PM

*no joy on the video*

Pilots’ briefing: Find ‘em. Fix ‘em. Kill ‘em. That’ll be all gentlemen.

Mojave Mark on April 29, 2007 at 8:03 PM

The wrath of allAh just came down on them. They’re all real happy to be with their virgins too. May the good marines help many many more meet those virgins.

Aylios on April 29, 2007 at 8:33 PM

their leader, the tallest man in the group, struggled to pull what appeared to be a burqa over his head.

An Apache gunship, US aircrews show Taliban no mercy
Strike force: An Apache gunship on patrol in Afghanistan

As the boat reached the shore, Captain Larry Staley tilted the nose of the lead Apache gunship downwards into a dive. One of the men turned to face the helicopter and sank to his knees. Capt Staley’s gunner pressed the trigger and the man disappeared in a cloud of smoke and dust.

The wrath of allAh, delivered by an Apache gunship. Beautiful!

The bloke tries to hide himself under women’s clothes, typical Islamist ploy. Didn’t work pal.

Exit question: will he be landed with male virgins for dressing up as a girl just before his demise?

Aylios on April 29, 2007 at 8:37 PM

Nice work boys! Now it’s Miller Time! … Uh, the non-alcoholic kind that is.

Tony737 on April 29, 2007 at 8:38 PM

disco Apache?

Anyhoo, even though I’ll probably cop it for saying it, never thought I’d see the day where an American would correct someone else on how to pronounce things. That was a whole lot of funny unto itself..

Reaps on April 29, 2007 at 8:42 PM

I wonder if the Apache pilots play ‘Open Season’ by Stuck-Mojo while they fly. I listen to it every other day. Really cheers me up. Maybe now it’ll at last be open season on those b******s. May the rest of world catch on. But let’s not forget the vipers nests breeding inside our countries —>
http://www.lauramansfield.com/j/smalltownusa.asp

Aylios on April 29, 2007 at 8:51 PM

JENGIS KHAN!

C’mon, you guys are slipping.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on April 29, 2007 at 9:52 PM

The Aaapahhshay puts Talabanis on keerrrrutches.

geoff on April 29, 2007 at 10:29 PM

I apologize in advance for this, but…

I’ve got “Apache, jump on it, jump on it” going through my head now…not the DISCO version but the dance club version.

It’s fitting tho.

“Kemosabe, jump on it, jump on it!”
God Bless our Fine, A$$-Kickin’ Troops!

tickleddragon on April 29, 2007 at 10:47 PM

Nice work boys! Now it’s Miller Time! … Uh, the non-alcoholic kind that is.

Indeed. Have to follow General Order #1 and all…

major john on April 29, 2007 at 11:21 PM

Anyhoo, even though I’ll probably cop it for saying it, never thought I’d see the day where an American would correct someone else on how to pronounce things. That was a whole lot of funny unto itself..

That British dialect of ‘Merican is too thick to understand at times.

Kristopher on April 29, 2007 at 11:32 PM

The Army captured a North Vietnamese soldier besieging Khe Sanh who had survived the B-52 raids of his position. The Army guys found that if he heard an airplane noise he would become highly agitate and look for a hole to hide in. If they clapped their hands behind his back unexpectedly, he would spontaneously defecate.

That’s what we are shooting for with the Taliban.

Tantor on April 30, 2007 at 12:18 AM

major john on April 29, 2007 at 11:21 PM

Two questions:

1. Is there such a thing as non-alcoholic Miller?

2. Why would you drink it?

Just sayin’.

thedecider on April 30, 2007 at 12:19 AM

The wrath of allAh just came down on them. They’re all real happy to be with their virgins too. May the good marines help many many more meet those virgins.

Aylios on April 29, 2007 at 8:33 PM

In Islam, men and women go to seperate heavens. What kind of virgins are they expecting?

P. James Moriarty on April 30, 2007 at 12:50 AM

Finally watched the video using the Firefox browser. The dork doing the voice-over sounds like he’s narrating a nature film. You don’t get a hint that he wants the allied forces to win. He describes the action as though a lion is taking down a gazelle, completely amoral and detached.

Mojave Mark on April 30, 2007 at 2:09 AM

I will say that the reporter’s context was quite insulting.

14 people were killed?

How about 14 terrorists?

14 guerrillas?

14 enemy combatants?

Or the one I would have gone with: “A Taliban Leader and 13 of his troops returning from an ambush of American Servicemen”

If there is one thing I learned from studying Public History… Context is everything.

Examination of context can show a reporter/historian’s biases or lack thereof.

I do not know if this reporter is intentionally biased as PRO-Terrorist/Pro Taliban/Anti-American. He may even believe that he is doing an even handed job. After all, he’s not referring to Americans as “Butchers”…

sigh.

I just… annoys me. To always be getting the shaft from the media. Even when they do a story that is Concieveably “Good” they always try to find a way to make Americans look bad.

The obvious risk of doing that is that if you (America) are constantly & wrongfully blamed and punished for doing “Bad things”

Sooner or later your attitude becomes one of “Well if I’m going to get blamed for it either way, then I’m going to get my money’s worth.”

Fools. Where’s the sense of self preservation? The Media would be the first to come under the thumb of an islamo-facist regime.

They triffle with machinations on an international scale the like of which could result in a second Dark Age… just to play their petty domestic political games and popularity contests.

The fools.

The Media is supposed to protect Liberty… the so-called fourth estate. Yet The Taliban/Al-Queda represents the opposote of liberty. The denial of all freedom.

How can they be blind to the reality of the facts?

———————–

sigh… crap like that makes me rant. and ranting makes me sleepy.

anyway, “w00t” for Apaches, Cobras, and AC-130s laying waste to terrorist-insurgent-islamo-facists.

Jones Zemkophill on April 30, 2007 at 2:27 AM

The wrath of allAh just came down on them. They’re all real happy to be with their virgins too. May the good marines help many many more meet those virgins.

Aylios on April 29, 2007 at 8:33 PM

In Islam, men and women go to seperate heavens. What kind of virgins are they expecting?

P. James Moriarty on April 30, 2007 at 12:50 AM

lol, it took me a while to figure that out, but that’s a very good point!

Professor, you have found definitive proof that all muslims are totally gay.

Aylios on April 30, 2007 at 6:35 AM

What happened to the concept that reporters were to REPORT the news instead of making commentary on it? I really don’t care what some a$$hat journalist thinks about military tactics. If I want to know that, I’ll ask some of the military folks here.

Doesn’t the phrase “Who, what, where, and why” give a journalist the guidelines to reporting?

csdeven on April 30, 2007 at 8:13 AM

I don’t object to the portrayal of American Soldiers as merciless killers. However, I do object to the portrayal of Taliban Militants as people.

BohicaTwentyTwo on April 30, 2007 at 8:38 AM

All right; since this thread has exactly zero unifying theme, I’ll just spew.

- Lib or Die: too many words.

- Ed Driscoll on April 29, 2007 at 2:02 PM: what is that video, queer camp?

- A Paaahhh Shaaay: Heh. They’re Brits; gotta let them do their thing.

- Change of Strategy vs. Taliban: Kill the Godless bastards without mercy or hesitation. Sounds like a good strategy to me, and we’re awfully good at it. God bless our boys!

Jaibones on April 30, 2007 at 9:14 AM

You know, CW, if Allah was around he’d be slapping some ass to keep this thread line neat and orderly. He doesn’t go for all this piracy, and runs a tight blog.

Just sayin’.

Jaibones on April 30, 2007 at 9:15 AM

Substitute teacher, man. Best I can do is leave a note until Mister LaPundit gets back.

Then you’ll really get it.

see-dubya on April 30, 2007 at 9:33 AM

There’s a theme; uh-Paah-shays good; Taliban good and dead. That’s a pleasant conversation to enjoy over a non-alcoholic Miller Lite.

The thread below this one descended into a discussion of bass fishing…

see-dubya on April 30, 2007 at 9:37 AM

Nice how the author uses the word nails to describe the rockets used on the Taliban. Makes it sound as bad as a suicide belt.

Turns out, we do have this type of rocket, but the key word is flechette.

WDU-4A/A: Flechette warhead; contains about 2200 20-grain (1.3 g) flechettes

BohicaTwentyTwo on April 30, 2007 at 11:22 AM

WDU-4A/A: Flechette warhead; contains about 2200 20-grain (1.3 g) flechettes

I think the WDU-4A/A is no longer in production. There is a limited production M255E1 flechette warhead available… very similar, fewer but larger projectiles.

Zorro on April 30, 2007 at 12:59 PM

Don’t you mean Chief Jhe-ro-NEE-mo?

Blacklake on April 29, 2007 at 11:31 AM

He actually means JHENG-kus KAN.

Tim Burton on April 30, 2007 at 2:08 PM

War is not nor has it ever been PC, war is hell and you don’t win a war against a brutal enemy through appeasement, politics, or being PC! Our enemy loves it when we take the “high road” when fighting them, they continually laugh at our willingness to “negotiate” cease-fires (like the Brits did) because they know they will never abide by the agreement and are only negotiating such agreements when they are getting their asses handed to them, enabling them to take the heat off and giving them time to re-arm, re-group, and plot their next moves!

The only high road I want to take is the one that allows us to shoot down at those bastards.

Tim Burton on April 30, 2007 at 3:09 PM

How about 14 terrorists?

14 guerrillas?

14 enemy combatants?

You should keep going…

14 POS?

14 Good Muslims?

14 Mudering Bastards?

14 Child Molesting Polygamists?

Tim Burton on April 30, 2007 at 3:12 PM

I feel sorry for what’s become of the UK.

The narrator sounded like he was describing the aftermath of a killer tornado. “Claimed 14 lives”

Iblis on April 30, 2007 at 3:52 PM

Does the US even have WP rockets in that size? That didn’t make any sense. I’d guess we’d use HE rounds of some sort.

The slant seemed really high on that one. Totally playing up the “bloody-thirsty americans” bit in that article.

Kai on April 30, 2007 at 4:40 PM

Well, the “nail-filled rockets” I suppose would be the 2.75″ flechette, and we do have a 2.75 WP rocket.

csdeven on May 1, 2007 at 2:20 AM

How is it that nobody has said this yet:

GIT SOME!!

I love our blood-thirsty pilots.

unamused on May 1, 2007 at 11:46 AM

Hi there. We’re from America, and we’ve brought hell with us.

Khyber Pass on May 1, 2007 at 8:51 PM

Good story…now I’ve got to get back to work—designing the next generation Apashay. We begin flight testing in 2008.

jdpaz on May 2, 2007 at 12:51 PM

JENGIS KHAN!

C’mon, you guys are slipping.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on April 29, 2007 at 9:52 PM

(Think “Mickey Mouse Club”…)

A-T-T
I-L-A
T-H-E-H-U-N!

Attila the Hun
Genghis Khan!

Good story…now I’ve got to get back to work—designing the next generation Apashay. We begin flight testing in 2008.

jdpaz on May 2, 2007 at 12:51 PM

Bloody good!

Rusty Bill on May 2, 2007 at 11:25 PM

jdpaz–please modify the design to include “Ride of the Valkyries” audio projection capability.

Because Osama don’t surf.

see-dubya on May 3, 2007 at 6:50 AM