He who studies history shall know the future for all things come full circle.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

The amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) pulls away from her berth at Naval Station Norfolk. Iwo Jima and three other Hampton Roads-based amphibious ships got underway today to head to areas off the Gulf Coast as part of the Hurricane Katrina relief effort. The four ships bring with them six Disaster Relief Teams (DRTs) that include amphibious construction equipment, medical personnel and associated supplies to assist with the relief effort. www.navy.mil

GOES-12 Satellite image provided by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Monterey, Calif., showing the status of Hurricane Katrina, at 2245Z or just before 6pm EST. The storm crossed South Florida Thursday and headed back to sea in the Gulf of Mexico. The storm's wind is now in excess of 160 mph, a category 5 storm. Only three Category 5 hurricanes the highest on the Saffir-Simpson scale have hit the United States since record keeping began. The last was 1992's Hurricane Andrew, which leveled parts of South Florida, killed 43 people and caused $31 billion in damage. The other two were the 1935 Labor Day hurricane that hit the Florida Keys and killed 600 people and Hurricane Camille, which devastated the Mississippi coast in 1969, killing 256. www.navy.mil

Katrina: Wrath of God

What conclusion are we to come too? Hurricane Katrina is the worst natural disaster to hit the United States and only now are we beginning to see the reprecussions this will bring not to just America but to the world.

The environmentalist says its because of global warming. The liberal says its because of President George Bush. War came to our shores in 2001 and now natural disaster has visited us. What next? Epidemic? Economic decline?

These woes are simply wake-up calls like labor pains warning us that more trouble is ahead. America has hardened their hearts to the mind of Christ and no longer can we endure sound doctrine. I pray the Church wake up from its stupor and put on the whole armor of God so that we may battle more effectively for the soul of this nation.

Monday, August 29, 2005

A B-2 Spirit taxis down the flightline. B-2 Spirits and 270 Airmen from the 393rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., are here as part of Pacific Command's continuous bomber presence in the Asia-Pacific region. www.af.mil

The dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) and the amphibious transport dock USS Cleveland (LPD 7) trail the amphibious assault ship USS Tarawa (LHA 1) prior to a connected replenishment at sea. Tarawa is the flagship for Expeditionary Strike Group One (ESG-1), currently on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

A U.S. Marine Corps amphibious assault vehicle travels through the Pacific Ocean after departing the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5). www.defenselink.mil

An F-15 Eagle patrols the skies over Washington D.C. on July 1, 2005. The combat air patrol mission, flown by pilots from the 94th Fighter Squadron at Langley Air Force Base, Va., is in support of Operation Noble Eagle, part of the overall plan to protect North America from airborne attack. www.defenselink.mil

The Other Side

Why is the Left so bent on hatred of authority? Why won't they fight the Global War on Terror? Didn't they witness the destruction of the World Trade Center and weren't they just as outraged as us on the right by this fool-hardy and arrogant attempt at international brinkmanship? Why have they focused their anger on one man, President George W. Bush? It pains me to see the divisive nature of the Left and how poisonous their attitude and condescension for this country and for our allies in this war. How many more New Yorkers and other Americans must die from Islamic Terrorism before they change their stance on this war?

This war is not Viet Nam. Everything about it so much more different and the stakes so much higher that to invoke the war in Southeast Asia is simplistic at best and reckless at worst. The only similarity to Viet Nam would be the media coverage of the war. The Democrat Party is trying to revive an anti-war feeling by calling this "George Bush's Vietnam War" in a sick attempt at taking back the Legislative and Executive branches of this government at the expense of our troops in the field. Now, Jane Fonda and Martin Sheen are in on the act.

The Left says they are against "war" as if they live in a vaccuum with no external enemies. How tragic that the Left who has given us such giants as Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt would exchange common sense for a fool's hope in someone like Cindy Sheehan. What shall we do if attacked? Lie still and not move? Maybe the bear will just sniff us and move on? Who shall defend America?

The Left by in large are socialists. They love socialism and they love men who are dedicated Marxists that enable government to control the lives of people from the cradle to the coffin. But most of all, they love socialists that are anti-American. Hence, the Left embraces a Castro or a Chavez or a Shroeder and will reject a Blair or a Koizumi. The hatred eminating from the Left has destroyed their sense of history and instead of embracing the ideals of America they have become inconoclastic to all things traditionally American and in so doing have chosen to be the dim-witted stooges of Al Qaida and the Axis of Evil.

Friday, August 26, 2005

U.S. Army soldiers with 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry , travel through the desert in their Stryker vehicle during a patrol near the Syrian border on Aug. 10, 2005.

U.S. Army Capt. James Hayes, commander of C Troop, 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry, checks the route on a map while on patrol near the Syrian border on Aug. 10, 2005.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Able Danger: Courage to Believe

The recent revelation from military officers, both from the Army and Navy, that military intelligence had identified at least 4 of the 9/11 hijackers in 2000 is rather explosive, if I may be so bold. I find it interesting that the 9/11 Commision immediately dismissed this report and then after much coverage from the New Media, the Commission recanted their denial and said indeed they were informed of this development.

As I have written before, it is my contention that the first terror attack on the World Trade Center was the actual beginning of the Jihadi War on America and because of the weakness of Bill Clinton, both in foreign and domestic affairs, a rather pitiful defensive policy decision was made to suppress any information or connections to Islamic Terrorism that would have amplified Jihadi terror if the United States had acknowledged in public that we were in a shooting/bombing war. The President was weak and completely outmanuevered in the poltical arena, you may remember Kosovo was a political disaster for Clinton since Congress activated the War Powers Act against Clinton's will and forced his hand in the Balkans in the late 90's. On every foreign policy issue, Clinton struck-out from Somalia to Kosovo to Palestine.

If Able Danger did indeed identify Mohammed Atta and three other hijackers while Clinton was in office this also might go far to explain Sandy Burger's thievery and destruction of critical documents related to 9/11 perhaps even related to Able Danger itself. The connection between Muhammed Atta and Iraq is also identified by Able Danger and confirmed by Czech Intelligence when they sifted through documents in the Iraqi Embassy after the fall of the Baathist regime.

Edward Morrissey writing in the The Daily Standard traces the steps that brought Mohammed Atta to Czechoslavakia in 2000 to escape the dragnet setup when Iraqi secret agents were captured in Germany:

Al-Watan al-Arabi (Paris) reports that two Iraqis were arrested in Germany, charged with spying for Baghdad. The arrests came in the wake of reports that Iraq was reorganizing the external branches of its intelligence service and that it had drawn up a plan to strike at US interests around the world through a network of alliances with extremist fundamentalist parties.

The most serious report contained information that Iraq and Osama bin Ladin were working together. German authorities were surprised by the arrest of the two Iraqi agents and the discovery of Iraqi intelligence activities in several German cities. German authorities, acting on CIA recommendations, had been focused on monitoring the activities of Islamic groups linked to bin Ladin.

They discovered the two Iraqi agents by chance and uncovered what they considered to be serious indications of cooperation between Iraq and bin Ladin. The matter was considered so important that a special team of CIA and FBI agents was sent to Germany to interrogate the two Iraqi spies.

Is the 9/11 Commission making a good faith effort to discover the weaknesses in the American Government that ultimately led to the greatest sneak attack on American soil since 1812? Or is the 9/11 Commission simply sweeping things under the rug in an effort to "preserve" Bill Clinton's "legacy"? With Arlen Specter leading the effort to pursue the Able Danger revelation, Specter voted to acquit Clinton during Impeachment, only tends to worry me that indeed things are being swept under in a rash attempt at damage-control rather than for enlightened interest for posterity to absorb and understand.

Time is slowly exposing Saddam Hussein's involvement in Terror during the entire interregnum between Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom and I suspect more information will slowly come to light as the Global Jihad claims more lives in their vain attempt at creating a new Caliphate in the 21st Century.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Twelve F/A-18F Super Hornet's, assigned to the "Diamondbacks" of Strike Fighter Squadron One Zero Two (VFA-102), perform a formation fly-by after completing their deployment aboard the conventionally powered aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). Kitty Hawk and embarked Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) are currently returning to their homeport after a scheduled deployment in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility. www.navy.mil

Saturday, August 20, 2005

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Mathew G. Schultz assists Lance Cpl. Hakeem L. Pinkston, with firing a M-240G medium machine gun at the Mariam Range in Djibouti. Marines of the 26th MEU (SOC) are assisting the Combined Joint Task Force, Horn of Africa, by providing humanitarian aid and training to the people susceptible to transnational terrorist influence. www.navy.mil

An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the "Golden Dragons" of Strike Fighter Squadron One Nine Two (VFA-192), conducts a maneuver, causes vapor to form, near the conventionally powered aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). Kitty Hawk and embarked Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) are currently returning to their homeport after a scheduled deployment in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility. www.navy.mil

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Red-Star Mother

The sedition of Cindy Sheehan. What are we to make of it? The Old Media are at it again, trying to demoralize the nation in a time of war. This time, they have a fanatical left-wing activist who lost her son, Casey Sheehan, while serving in uniform in Iraq as their scud-missle of propaganda. The anti-American crowd have dubbed her a "Gold-Star Mother", a title for a mother whose son has died in combat, however in this case, Cindy has used the untimely demise of her son as a means and vehicle for her exploitation of the Left's anti-American, anti-War and anti-Bush tirades. This in turn has flowered, if I may be so bold, into something more sinister.

Cindy has used her position and willingly given her time and effort to support the global aim of Islamic Terrorism: to defeat America. Her left-wing diatribes harken back to the heady days of the 60's where their generation was called to fight another terror, that is, International Communism. Then, the Left were the willing dupes for Moscow's designs and completely supported the defeat of the United States in South-East Asia. The rebellious and seditious activities then emboldened the communists from Moscow to Beijing to Hanoi. By the efforts of the American Left, communism prevailed against South Vietnam and ultimately led to this current state of affairs we find ourselves in. When the Mohammedans saw that we were politically weak and divided, in spite of our military strength, they themselves were emboldened for their own war against us. As a result, the first shot across our bow was the Arab-Oil Embargo against the United States in October of '73 in conjuction with the Yom Kippur War waged against Israel, not but 8 months after we left Saigon with our tails between our legs. Less than 30 years later, 9/11 was the culmination of their terror-war against us.

Cindy Sheehan is a loser. Nothing more and nothing less. She has lost everything, her son, her marriage and her mind. Her son proudly served in the glorious armed forces of the United States and did not die in-vain for a soldier never dies needlessly when defending the USA. Someone must defend us, and someone must don the uniform of the American GI and fight under the banner of Liberty. Clearly, the American Left has seen fit to throw a snare in our path to victory that someday will come to be seen as a liablity that the American People will no longer suffer.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Two Air Force F-15 Eagles fly in formation over the Atlantic Ocean on June 24, 2005. The Eagle is all-weather tactical fighter designed to gain and maintain air supremacy over the battlefield. These Eagles are operating from Langley Air Force Base, Va. -DefenseLINK

A BQM-74E remote-controlled drone takes off from the flight deck of USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) during a live fire exercise in the Caribbean Sea. -DefenseLINK

An AV-8B Harrier from 1st Marine Air Wing descends for a landing on the flight deck aboard USS Boxer (LHD 4). www.navy.mil


Islam often makes the claim that they are the heirs of the Jew and Christian. That their religion is the true religion because the Jew and Christian have deceived themselves and fallen away from God's true path. Thus, the Moslems feel compelled to judge the Jew and Christian and to become the instrument of God's wrath against them. They claim to worship the same God as the Jew and Christian and their book, the Koran, has replaced the Talmud, Old and New Testament of the Bible. However, after a closer look we can honestly say they have no connection to the God of the Jew and Christian.

In spite of popular opinion that Israel deserves to be cursed and destroyed, the Jew is indeed still in God's plan and has a future that will put it in a place of great importance that only God himself could do. From the Book of Romans as written by the Apostle Paul:

1I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. 2God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew. Don't you know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah—how he appealed to God against Israel: 3"Lord, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars; I am the only one left, and they are trying to kill me"[a]? 4And what was God's answer to him? "I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal."[b] 5So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace. 6And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.[c] Romans 11:1-6

11Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious. 12But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their fullness bring! Romans 11:11-12

25I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. 26And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: "The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob. 27And this is[
f] my covenant with them when I take away their sins."[g] Romans 11:25-27

1Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved. 2For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. 3Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness. 4Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes. Romans 10:1-4

Both the Jew and Christian is united by Jesus Christ in spite of the obvious rejection of Christ by Israel. But as you know, there were still many Jews who believed in Christ for it was in Israel that Christianity began, a mystery age not seen by the ancient Jewish prophets in which they could only see the Return of Christ as their King and the establishment of Israel by Messiah himself.

For the Church is the virgin bride of Christ, while Israel is the adulterous wife. However, both are united by the imputed righteousness of God with Christ as the cornerstone that joins both families together.

11As the Scripture says, "Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame."[e] 12For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13for, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."[f] Romans 10:11-13

Islam however, rejects the Old and New Testaments. They have rejected the Mosaic Law. They have rejected Jesus Christ himself and have demoted him to prophet, disavowing his Diety entirely.

20But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.[d] 21I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth. 22Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist—he denies the Father and the Son. 23No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also. 1 John 2:20-23

1Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. 2This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. 3This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, 4for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 5Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. 1 John 5:1-5

10Anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his heart. Anyone who does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because he has not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. 11And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 1 John 5:10-12

Islam hates the Jew and hates the Church. They do so in complete defiance to the will of God. God judges those who judge Israel and will bless those who bless Israel. Israel will witness the return of their Messiah for it will be Christ himself, the same Christ 2000 years ago that Israel rejected and had crucified but now lives:

And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son. Zech 12:10

Monday, August 15, 2005

The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), the guided missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54), the guided missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), the guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), and USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) underway during a formation exercise with Destroyer Squadron Fifteen. The Kitty Hawk Carrier Strike Group is participating in the 3rd annual Joint Air and Sea Exercise (JASEX) with the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps in the Western Pacific. JASEX focuses on integrated joint training proficiency in detecting, locating, tracking and engaging units at sea, in the air, and on land, in response to a range of mission areas. www.navy.mil

A 120mm mortar round sails out of the tube of a Stryker MCV-B manned by Soldiers from the 1st Bn., 23rd Inf. during new equipment training at the Yakima Training Center. www.army.mil

A U.S. Navy S-3B Viking makes its approach for an arrested landing over the wake of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) on Aug. 9, 2005. www.navy.mil

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

A waist catapult operator runs out after the launch of an F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the "Diamondbacks" of Strike Fighter Squadron One Zero Two (VFA-102), to ready catapult number three for aircraft recovery during flight operations aboard the conventionally powered aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). The Kitty Hawk Carrier Strike Group and the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) are participating in the third annual Joint Air and Sea Exercise (JASEX) with the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps in the Western Pacific.

9/11 or Bust

Why haven't they attacked since 9/11? Why haven't we seen another terror attack in the United States since the World Trade Center and Pentagon were hit almost 4 years ago? It is my contention that Al Qaida is biding their time for a more "spectacular" attack that will be witnessed by all the world via live coverage of that event.

As I blogged before, I believe the American government has successfully suppressed information that we have been in a terror war since 1993. If there was an attack, for example an airplane mysteriously falls from the sky or a building in Oklahoma is destroyed, the United States government in the name of National Security would suppress any information in the media pointing to international Islamic terrorism. This was done explicitly not to "conspire" to withold the "truth" from the citizens of America but take the wind out of the sails of terrorists by denying them the media coverage that justified and amplified their terrorist activity. Thus, if there was no admission that terror occured, it was/is believed, that terroristic activity would be diluted by a lack of media coverage. With no media coverage then no terror to be propagated.

Therefore, international Islamic terrorists will resort to bigger and larger type of attacks in the United States so that there can be no sucessful information suppression by the American government nor will the media be able to ignore such an attack as the terror attack on September 11th, 2001 showed. The second attack on the World Trade Center therefore is the prototype by which the terror networks sponsored by Middle Eastern states such as Syria, Iran and Pakistan have emmulated. A simple car-bomb attack or shooting at an airport in the United States will no longer do. It must be big or nothing.

I believe as most pundits do that we are headed for another 9/11 terror strike. Where and when is anyone's guess but it will be big and it must either equal the terror of the WTC destruction or do "better". Homeland Security definately has their hands full but they are not alone. Many organizations from military to counter-intelligence are working overtime to reveal the Islamic Conspiracy for what it is but time is running out.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Launch coordinators give a thumbs up as two EA-6B's assigned to the "Yellowjackets" of Electronic Attack Squadron One Three Eight (VAQ-138) from the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). www.navy.mil

Army engineers from Alaska-based Company C, 864th Engineer Combat Battalion, level a portion of the nearly completed 117-kilometer TK Road, stretching from Kandahar to Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan. The road will link vast, difficult-to-access portions of the country, fostering commerce and facilitating travel to election polling sites next month. www.army.mil

Spirit of the Times

Certain elements in our society compare America's bombing of German and Japanese cities during the Second World War as an atrocity on par with that of the German solution for the Jewish Race and the Japanese "rape" of Nanking in Northern China in the 1930's and 1940's, however, what is often left out of their equation was the manifest belief during World War II that there was no God.

Communism, Fascism, and National Socialism were all political movements that preached the superiority of man over God, atheism was supreme. Even in Japan, the Emporer was considered a deity and therefore, any action was deemed appropriate if done in the name of the Chrysanthium Throne. Even in FDR's America, a nation founded by Christians, the move towards a more socialistic system of government reaped its deadly crop of political/military doctrines of total war without due regard to "collateral damage".

So when war broke out on September 1st, 1939, the German-Polish War would become World War II and as each terrible year passed by so would the ferocity of the conflict increase not just between armies but between whole multitudes of people and death reigned triumphant upon the inhabitants of cities.

The nuclear bombing of Japan ended the Second World War. Their detonations were but the exclamation points on what was otherwise a terrible and vicious "conventional" war. The total disregard for life was evident in the political doctrines that guided the nations of the world and culminated in the death chambers of Aushwitz and Sobibor to the fiery bombings of Dresden and Tokyo. From the warmongers of Hitler and Stalin to the appeasers of Chamberlain and Roosevelt the world suffered the plague of war and conquest. Japanese aggression in China during the '30's was not answered effectively and America's steel and oil sanctions was simply too little, too late to change the calculous that brought Japan to America at Pearl Harbor.

It cannot be said that Allied aerial bombing of German and Japanese cities therefore were just as "evil" because the Axis mentality and modus operandi demanded that civilians of other nations were to be "exterminated" for the greater glory of the state in which the heads of those states, Germany and Japan, were considered by like God (Hitler) and to be God (Hirohito). Yes, the Allies targeted "cities" but they did not target "civilians". Yes, civilians live in cities and will perish if they do not flee or run for cover, however when the cities are an intergral part of a war-machine they become the target for war. Unlike the Axis, however, though they too bombed cities that were opposed to them and once they occupied certain areas of the world, they unleashed their armies to slaughter en masse whole populations that had no connection to the war-machine of that country. Therefore, that does make them more evil than the Anglo-Americans.

The spectre of World War II haunts us even now in the 21st Century with the advent of Islamic Terrorism. They have simply borrowed and brought forward the notion that civilians are a legitimate target for attack and thus are not spared the misfortune of war. It should not be discounted the love affair that Islam has of the Nazi and their doctrines of racial superiority. Once again we have the deification of the state, in this case Sharia Law in which Mosque is married to State and its government considered "divine", and thus the ghosts and spirits of World War II now stalk the planet. How shall we meet this new menace and with what means will we vanquish our enemy are the questions that must be answered.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Marine Lance Cpl. Gary R. Nichols fires an AT-4 light anti-armor weapon at an old tank during fire and maneuver training near Camp Bucca, Iraq, on July 18, 2005. Nichols and his fellow Marines of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) are operating out of Camp Bucca to conduct various force protection missions.
- DefenseLINK

Lance Cpl. Anthony M. Madonia emerges from the water during the swimming portion of the triathlon. Marines and Sailors of Marine Security Company and the Naval Support Facility in Thurmont, Md., participated in the Catoctin Mountain Triathlon, July 20. www.usmc.mil

Germany Ascendant

An interesting article form Deutsche Welle showcases perhaps a sea-change in Germany come this September. It appears that Germany's current leader, Chancellor Shroeder, may be headed for defeat. This in turn could mean a new German-American relationship to shape Europe in this decade towards a more unified front in the War On Terror. Which in turn could bring terror to the German state by Islamic Terrorists if the Germans vote for Angela Merkel who would no doubt support more vigoriously the Anglo-American war against terrorism in the Middle East.

From Deutsche Welle:

The CDU's Wolfgang Schäuble went to the US to lay out the basis of his party's foreign policy in the case of a conservative election victory and got a welcome surprise -- 45 minutes with the man himself, President Bush.

Originally, Schäuble was scheduled to meet solely with US national security adviser Stephen Hadley. But, in a sign that Washington is interested in improving US-German relations should the conservatives sweep September's election as many predict, Schäuble got the red carpet treatment -- an unscheduled 45-minute meeting with President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Speaking at a press conference in Hamburg on his return, Schäuble described the atmosphere at the meeting as "very direct." The president is "a man with whom you can speak very openly," Schäuble said.

This would be a welcome sign that the French have lost the momentum in their opposition to the Anglo-American campaign in the Middle East and a direct repudiation by the German people of Jacque Chirac and his position to frame the world simply in the prism of a Franco-German axis.

Aside from the state of US-German relations, other topics on the table included Iran's nuclear program. Schäuble said the president assured the Europeans of continued support from the US in their negotiations with Tehran.

There was a difference of opinion on Turkey's prospective membership in the EU, however, as Schäuble made clear that Merkel's party remains opposed to full membership, preferring instead to pursue a "privileged partnership" -- something that is "not quite the position of Washington." The US has said it would like to see Turkey become a member of the EU.

Fortunately for Schäuble, the issue of Iraq did not arise. Merkel has already said she does not intend to deploy German soldiers there if she is elected.

If the German polls show them voting Merkel in and Shroeder out, we may very well see a push by Islamic Terrorists to bomb targets in Berlin in an attempt to pull a "Madrid" out their hat before that would ever happen. Will Germany ascede to the terror-masters of Islam? Only time will tell.