Month: May 2007

In Iraq for decades to come

US looking to long-term presence in Iraq: Gates US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday the United States is looking to a long-term military presence in Iraq under a mutually agreed arrangement similar to that it has long had with South Korea. I continue to think that we’re going to have several brigades and some […]


Axe has two posts up on the CIWS Phalanx-based C-RAM (Counter Rocket, Mortars, and Artillery) over at Danger Room: Top War Tech Reader Suggestion #1: C-RAM which includes a note from the C-RAM executive officer on a base in Iraq. Mortar-Zapping Gun in Action which includes a video. The system has been noted previously on […]

Memorial Day 2007

Made a pit stop last night on the way back from Indy, so haven’t had a chance to put together much of a Memorial Day post this time around. Here’s a photo from the Grand Rapids Veteran’s Home Cemetery after Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Girl Scouts planted flags last Wednesday: Do not forget those […]

Headed to Indy

Thanks to the generosity of some friends, Murdoc, Mrs. Murdoc, and another couple are headed down to Gasoline Alley this weekend for the Indianapolis 500. Hopefully the rain holds off, as we cannot stay if the race gets pushed back to Monday.

More heat on Sadr

U.S. troops raid al-Sadr’s Baghdad stronghold A day after radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr resurfaced to end nearly four months in hiding and demand U.S. troops leave Iraq, American forces raided his Sadr City stronghold and killed five suspected militia fighters in air strikes Saturday. U.S. and Iraqi forces called in the air strikes after […]

First Geocache Find

Did something I’ve meant to do for several years tonight: Took the family geocaching. Pulled up a nearby one on and went for it. Took a few minutes to find it once we made it to the coordinates. I finally spotted it, and we signed the logbook and took a little sea shell. As […]

Serendipitous Timing

Reuters: Fiery Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr appeared in public for the first time in months on Friday to renew his opposition to U.S. forces in Iraq and paint himself as a leader for all Iraqis. About the time he was delivering a sermon at Friday prayers in the holy city of Kufa, Iraqi special forces […]