Paul Bremer’s Revelation

Ambassador L. Paul Bremer yesterday ‘revealed’ at the 91st annual Insurance Leadership Forum that “…the United States paid a price for not having enough troops in place to secure the country following the brief war.”

Apparently, Mr. Bremer thought his comments would be off-the-record. Most Americans, I believe, concluded a long time ago that we didn’t have enough troops in Iraq to stabilize the country after the war.

We had a force strong enough to win the war, but a force insufficient to secure the country after major fighting had been concluded. I believe we should have gone in with overwhelming forces as Colin Powell did during the first Gulf war. If we had done so, then we could have deposed Saddam Hussein; wiped out any guerrilla forces; rebuilt Iraq’s infrastructure; installed a respectable government; packed our bags and gone home.

Iraq is a mess today, everyone knows it, but we must win this fight and terror mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi knows it. If the United States succeeds in Iraq, then Zarqawi knows that we will take them down “one country at a time.”

If the Unites States fails, Zarqawi’s brand of radical Islam will spread throughout the world and there will be no stopping it.

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“The end of the Beginning?”

I pray this is the spark to bring some sort of peace, and the freeing of Palestinian hearts and minds…

As Churchill said after the British defeated the German ‘Afrika Korps’ in Egypt: Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

Read the full story at Wizbang!

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Protecting Arafat

WorldNetDaily is reporting that the FBI is refusing to return files to former NSA analyst James J. Welsh. Welsh has said he intercepted a transmission from Arafat ordering the execution of two US diplomats and one Belgian in Sudan during 1973.

It is beyond understanding why the United States continues to protect “select” individuals engaged in terrorism and even less understandable is why the United States continues to give political asylum to Chechen terrorists.

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Greek plane diverted to London

MSNBC is reporting that a New York bound Olympic Airlines jet was diverted to an airport outside London after a “security alert.” Incident is over.

DEBKA is reporting that the pilot of flight 411 suspected an onboard bomb.

I’ll post more details as they come available.

Update:

DEBKA is now reporting that an alert was called in to the Athens daily Ethnos:

Anonymous alert of “bomb for Iraq” phoned into Athens daily Ethnos was relayed to pilot of Athens-New York Olympic Airlines flight 41 who diverted to Britain. RAF Tornado jets scrambled to escort plane to Stansted airport under emergency conditions.

ABC news has some terrific follow up on this story.

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