Saturday, June 03, 2006

O Canada! (Do You Get It Now??)

Good work by our cousins north of the border. It looks like they forestalled some truly nasty operations.

Note the following, gleaned from the article linked above:

1. They had more ANFO than McVeigh and Nichols used to blow up the federal building in OKC.
2. They were "mainly Canadian citizens".
3. They were targeting sites in Ontario.
4. They appeared to have been inspired by Al-Qaeda but have no direct links to it.

I'm very glad that the Mounties and the CSIS nipped these idiots in the bud, and I hope this serves as a wake-up call to our great neighbors to the north.

Which brings me to my next point. I would gladly welcome greater military participation in the war by Canadian forces. They're good; small, but high quality. We tend to think of Canada as a nation as being peacenik-y, which is true to an extent. But their forces are on the same level as ours, the British and the Australians. For a very good look at Canada's best and brightest in Afghanistan, go see this post on Michael Yon's site. It's an eye-opener. Yes, as the one soldier says, they do have a long warrior tradition. (See here for more evidence. And don't forget about McBride; he knew all about Canada's fighting potential.) I look forward to the day when I can say to a Canadian soldier, "Welcome aboard. What took you so long?"


Friday, June 02, 2006

VMI Alumnus in Iraq to American Public: "Don't Give UP"

Go to Op-For for a post by yours truly and a link to a great commentary article by a good man in Iraq. John Phillips knows all about the Tenth Step. He lives it every day.


Monday, May 29, 2006

Violence in DC

UPDATE: Apparently what the National Mall needs is a few good men patrolling the grounds, minding their own business! That ought to clean the place up. (HT to Blackfive.)

Unpleasant events on the National Mall of late.

This sort of thing ought not be happening in gun-free DC!

But it does.

And here's why. When you prevent the law-abiding citizen from seeing to his own defense, you invite crime. You leave him and his family defense-less.


Memorial Day 2006

Pause for a moment today to remember those who have gone forth to do battle for this country, and for those of them that didn't come back.

Magnificent tributes here, here and here.


ps: photo courtesy of arlington cemetery website