Robert Kaplan has written an exceptional (of course) piece of so much of what has been on my mind about the dumbing down and victimization of our military by the media and sooo many politicians, sadly, from both sides of the aisle.
The best quote from the article:
“Has anyone noticed that we now have a volunteer Army? I’m a warrior. It’s my job to fight.”
And this jsut makes my blood boil:
“The first Medal of Honor in the global war on terror was awarded posthumously to Army Sgt. First Class Paul Ray Smith of Tampa, Fla., who was killed under withering gunfire protecting his wounded comrades outside Baghdad airport in April 2003. According to LexisNexis, by June 2005, two months after his posthumous award, his stirring story had drawn only 90 media mentions, compared with 4,677 for the supposed Quran abuse at Guantanamo Bay, and 5,159 for the court-martialed Abu Ghraib guard Lynndie England. While the exposure of wrongdoing by American troops is of the highest importance, it can become a tyranny of its own when taken to an extreme.” (emphsis mine)
Go here to read the rest.
(h/t to Jules Crittenden)
If I die before you wake…
Back home now I know you’re probably sleepin’
Over here it’s the middle of the day
I finally found the time to write a letter
Sittin’ here a half a world away
I heard about all them folks protestin’
As if I really want this war
But that don’t stop me from believin’
There’s just some things worth fightin’ for
And if I die before you wake,
I pray the world will take
A good look at what God’s given us
That we could only understand,
everything is in his hands
All we need is a little faith and trust
I want you to know it ain’t too high a price to pay
If I die before you wake
Tell everybody that I miss them
And I can’t wait to get back home
But until then I’ll serve my country
And be proud to wear this uniform
No it ain’t too high a price to pay
If I die before you wake
Written by Dustin Evans, Rick Tiger and Dave Brainard
Performed by Dustin Evans and The Goodtimes Band
I received this in an email from Brat at Tanker Brothers.
Now watch this:
This phrase came to my mind as I was commenting in the post I did honoring SFC Matthew Blaskowski.
I couldn’t remember which war it had come from, so I googled it and found this article that Joe Galloway had written in 2004. I do believe I posted it on my other blog but sadly, the editor I was using fried my data base and I lost 2 years of posts. (side note: Can anyone tell me how to back up blogs??!!)
But with all the disrespectful treatment of our troops going on in this country and in Congress, I felt I needed to post it again. You see, the troops on watch tonight, all over the world, not just in Iraq, are not just “numbers” or “body counts” or fake crosses in a field or on a beach in CA. They are our flesh and blood, doing a job not many can or will do.
Disrespect is not an option here.
June 23, 2004
WASHINGTON – The Internet, which fills our inboxes with spam and scams every day and keeps our delete keys shiny, occasionally delivers a real keeper, such as the words below, which were written by a graduate of West Point, Class of 2003, who’s now at war in Iraq.
We tracked down the author, who gave us permission to quote from his letter so long as we didn’t reveal his name.
Old soldiers in the Civil War coined a phrase for green troops who survived their first taste of battle: “He has seen the elephant.” This Army lieutenant sums up the combat experience better than many a grizzled veteran:
“Well, I’m here in Iraq, and I’ve seen it, and done it. I’ve seen everything you’ve ever seen in a war movie. I’ve seen cowardice; I’ve seen heroism; I’ve seen fear; and I’ve seen relief. I’ve seen blood and brains all over the back of a vehicle, and I’ve seen men bleed to death surrounded by their comrades. I’ve seen people throw up when it’s all over, and I’ve seen the same shell-shocked look in 35-year-old experienced sergeants as in 19-year-old privates.
“I’ve heard the screams – ‘Medic! Medic!’ I’ve hauled dead civilians out of cars, and I’ve looked down at my hands and seen them covered in blood after putting some poor Iraqi civilian in the wrong place at the wrong time into a helicopter. I’ve seen kids with gunshot wounds, and I’ve seen kids who’ve tried to kill me.
“I’ve seen men tell lies to save lives: ‘What happened to Sergeant A.?’ The reply: ‘C’mon man, he’s all right – he’s wondering if you’ll be OK – he said y’all will have a beer together when you get to Germany.’ SFC A. was lying 15 feet away on the other side of the bunker with two medics over him desperately trying to get either a pulse or a breath. The man who asked after SFC A. was himself bleeding from two gut wounds and rasping as he tried to talk with a collapsed lung. One of them made it; one did not.
“I’ve run for cover as fast as I’ve ever run – I’ll hear the bass percussion thump of mortar rounds and rockets exploding as long as I live. I’ve heard the shrapnel as it shredded through the trailers my men live in and over my head. I’ve stood, gasping for breath, as I helped drag into a bunker a man so pale and badly bloodied I didn’t even recognize him as a soldier I’ve known for months. I’ve run across open ground to find my soldiers and make sure I had everyone.
“I’ve raided houses, and shot off locks, and broken in windows. I’ve grabbed prisoners, and guarded them. I’ve looked into the faces of men who would have killed me if I’d driven past their IED (improvised explosive device) an hour later. I’ve looked at men who’ve killed two people I knew, and saw fear.
“I’ve seen that, sadly, that men who try to kill other men aren’t monsters, and most of them aren’t even brave – they aren’t defiant to the last – they’re ordinary people. Men are men, and that’s it. I’ve prayed for a man to make a move toward the wire, so I could flip my weapon off safe and put two rounds in his chest – if I could beat my platoon sergeant’s shotgun to the punch. I’ve been wanted dead, and I’ve wanted to kill.
“I’ve sworn at the radio when I heard one of my classmate’s platoon sergeants call over the radio: ‘Contact! Contact! IED, small arms, mortars! One KIA, three WIA!’ Then a burst of staccato gunfire and a frantic cry: ‘Red 1, where are you? Where are you?’ as we raced to the scene…knowing full well we were too late for at least one of our comrades.
“I’ve seen a man without the back of his head and still done what I’ve been trained to do – ‘medic!’ I’ve cleaned up blood and brains so my soldiers wouldn’t see it – taken pictures to document the scene, like I’m in some sort of bizarre cop show on TV.
“I’ve heard gunfire and hit the ground, heard it and closed my Humvee door, and heard it and just looked and figured it was too far off to worry about. I’ve seen men stacked up outside a house, ready to enter – some as scared as they could be, and some as calm as if they were picking up lunch from McDonald’s. I’ve laughed at dead men, and watched a sergeant on the ground, laughing so hard he was crying, because my boots were stuck in a muddy field, all the while an Iraqi corpse was not five feet from him.
“I’ve heard men worry about civilians, and I’ve heard men shrug and sum up their viewpoint in two words – ‘F— ’em.’ I’ve seen people shoot when they shouldn’t have, and I’ve seen my soldiers take an extra second or two, think about it, and spare somebody’s life.
“I’ve bought drinks from Iraqis while new units watched in wonder from their trucks, pointing weapons in every direction, including the Iraqis my men were buying a Pepsi from. I’ve patrolled roads for eight hours at a time that combat support units spend days preparing to travel 10 miles on. I’ve laughed as other units sit terrified in traffic, fingers nervously on triggers, while my soldiers and I deftly whip around, drive on the wrong side of the road, and wave to Iraqis as we pass. I can recognize a Sadiqqi (Arabic for friend) from a Haji (Arabic word for someone who has made the pilgrimage to Mecca, but our word for a bad guy); I know who to point my weapons at, and who to let pass.
“I’ve come in from my third 18-hour patrol in as many days with a full beard and stared at a major in a pressed uniform who hasn’t left the wire since we’ve been here, daring him to tell me to shave. He looked at me, looked at the dust and sweat and dirt on my uniform, and went back to typing at his computer.
“I’ve stood with my men in the mess hall, surrounded by people whose idea of a bad day in Iraq is a six-hour shift manning a radio, and watched them give us a wide berth as we swagger in, dirty, smelly, tired, but sure in our knowledge that we pull the triggers, and we do what the Army does, and they, with their clean uniforms and weapons that have never fired, support us.
“I’ve given a kid water and Gatorade and made a friend for life. I’ve let them look through my sunglasses – no one wears them in this country but us – and watched them pretend to be an American soldier – a swaggering invincible machine, secure behind his sunglasses, only because the Iraqis can’t see the fear in his eyes.
“I’ve said it a thousand times – ‘God, I hate this country.’ I’ve heard it a million times more – ‘This place sucks.’ In quieter moments, I’ve heard more profound things: ‘Sir, this is a thousand times worse than I ever thought it would be.’ Or, ‘My wife and Sgt. B’s wife were good friends – I hope she’s taking it well.’
“They say they’re scared, and say they won’t do this or that, but when it comes time to do it they can’t let their buddies down, can’t let their friends go outside the wire without them, because they know it isn’t right for the team to go into the ballgame at any less than 100 percent.
“That’s combat, I guess, and there’s no way you can be ready for it. It just is what it is, and everybody’s experience is different. Just thought you might want to know what it’s really like.”
Only one who has seen the elephant can speak of it in all sincerity, but rarely does to those who have not.
I thought I would start the week off with an assortment of good news stories. Refresh our batteries, so to speak. I have the impression that things are going to get a bit uglier as the debate in Iraq continues, the anti-war groups ramp up their nonsense as more good news comes out of Iraq and Afghanistan and the presidential candidates try to draw blood as we get closer to the primaries.
But today, let’s give a look at how our troops are doing in other places besides Iraq:
Surgical team members Maj. (Dr.) Christopher Dress, Maj. (Dr.) Dmitry Tuder and Airman 1st Class Angelia Sneed perform a free-flap operation on a 9-year-old girl suffering from a badly mangled leg.
Hospitalman Brian Robinson removes a blood pressure cuff from a local resident at Modilon General Hospital.
OZA, Solomon Islands (Aug. 23, 2007) – Lt. Tracy Branch of the United States Public Health Services (USPHS) comforts a local child before examining him during a medical screening at Voza Medical Clinic in support of Pacific Partnership. During Pacific Partnership, USPHS works with the Solomon Islands and non-governmental organizations to provide medical programs demonstrating commitment to the health and stability of the Pacific region. U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Patrick M. Kearney (RELEASED)
Students from Cape Verdenan orphanages and other guests listen to USS Doyle Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Michael Elliot. (Department of Defense photo by Ensign Jason Bilbro)
- USS Doyle, Senegal, France partner for trilateral Search and Rescue Exercise
- USS Doyle is Primed for Praia
- USS Doyle Advances Maritime Partnership with Cape Verde
Army Maj. Lisa Dewitt instructs students during medical military-to-military training in Uganda. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John Osborne)
Yep, “baby-killers” and terrorizing “warmongers”, one and all….NOT!!!
I just found out that my daughter is going to reenlist in the Army. That will mean 3 more years of active duty. Being that she is in the Veterinary Corps, there’s less chance of her being deployed to the Middle East. But as those of you who have family members in the military know, things can change in an instant. So I live with the gnawing in my gut of potential deployment. I am fortunate that it’s just that so far. I’ve talked to many parents not so fortunate but who live 24/7 with the reality of their children in combat, many for multiple deployments. Most all of whom I’ve talked to handle it with grace and courage. They understand that their child is a Soldier, Marine, Sailor or Airman, voluntarily so. They understand what that means.
But that does not mean it’s easy, in any way, shape or form.
Cavmom has an exceptional and very personal post up that answers the question she gets from many first deployment parents:
Everyone should read it, not just military parents. Your neighbor might just be one such parent. Or the clerk at your grocery store. Your mailperson. Your car mechanic. Your doctor. Your insurance agent. Your child’s teacher.
The non-military folks in this country are so detached from our military at this time, that most don’t have a clue as to what having a child in the military during wartime means.
As one soldier wrote on a wooden board:
“We’re at war. America is at the mall”.
It would behoove everyone to know that there are parents sitting up at night in the kitchen wondering if their child is in harm’s way – after all, they haven’t heard from him or her in a couple of weeks. (Military parents’ mantra is “No news is good news”.) There are parents sleeping with their cellphone under their pillow. Parents who every day, check their driveway for an official looking car as they come up their street after work. Parents who put on that smile in public even though they just heard on the radio that another US soldier has been killed, not knowing if it’s their soldier. They go to school functions for their other kids. They go to church on Sunday. They do the grocery shopping, pay the bills, send off care packages, and hold conversations with people who are totally insensitive and blast them with their political views.
So please read Cavmom’s post and send it on to as many people as you know. She’s been through it more than once.
Then when you notice a military decal on a car, a Blue star banner in a window, a military flag in their front yard, say a prayer, not only for the soldier but also for his or her loved ones here at home who wait and pray 24/7.
And help them keep laughing.
Our kids are.
text of Rep Ted Poe’s statement on the floor of the House on 20 September 2007
HON. TED POE OF TEXAS
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Madam Speaker, “I do not believe that the men who served in uniform in Vietnam have been given the credit they deserve. It was a difficult war against an unorthodox enemy.”
These are the words of General Westmoreland in the war where “all gave some and some gave all.” But the disrespect continues. Now, despicable vandals have desecrated the sacred black granite Vietnam Wall. An oily, slimy, greasy substance was smeared over the Wall and the walkway. The Park Service is attempting to remove the damage, but the monument desecraters run free.
This monument bears the name of 56,000 warriors. They answered the call for America and they died in their youth. I grew up with friends whose names are on that wall.
The unpatriotic, cowardly, abusing criminals should be tracked down, prosecuted, and put in jail somewhere off the shores of America, maybe Guantanamo Bay.
It has been said that “Vietnam was a war that asked everything of a few and nothing of most in America.” Now America must be resolved to capture these outlaws and restore dignity to those who died for the rest of us.
And that’s just the way it is.
TX Rep John Carter (R-Tx):
1ST SESSION H. RES.
Condemning the actions of September 7, 2007, resulting in damage to the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Mr. CARTER submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the
Committee on ……
Condemning the actions of 7 September 2007, resulting in damage to the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial.
Whereas the Vietnam Veterans Memorial serves as a memorial to the 2,700,000 men and women in the United
States Armed Forces who served in the designated war zone during the Vietnam Era;
Whereas 58,256 men and women died while serving in South East Asia or as a result of their wounds or a service-connected disability;
Whereas on Friday evening, September 7, 2007, the United States Park Police reported being notified of a light, oily,
and unidentified substance that was spilled over portions of some of the names, panels, and paving stones of the
Vietnam Veterans Memorial;
Whereas at least 14 of the 140 inscribed panels of the Memorial Wall were damaged; and
Whereas the National Park Service has determined that the damage was the result of an act of vandalism:
Now, therefore, be it Resolved,
That the House of Representatives condemns all attacks upon the memory of veterans and their service to the United States, as exemplified by the incident of vandalism of 7 September 2007.
I just got back from the POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony, eyes swollen from big tears falling and I open my email and find two links to posts that had me crying again.
(Note to self ~ buy more tissues…)
From Patriot at A Soldier’s Perspective:
From Terri at A Soldier’s Mind:
Just thought I’d share ~ so go now and listen. Bring tissues. Lots of tissues. And share…
UPDATE: Cornyn Amendment (see below)
Hugh Hewitt has an excellent column on this and has the roll call on the vote.
It boils down to 72 – 25 for the amendment and General Petraeus.
Here are the names of those who voted in MoveOn.org’s favor:
Akaka (D-HI), Nay Bingaman (D-NM), Nay Boxer (D-CA), Nay
Brown (D-OH), Nay Byrd (D-WV), Nay Clinton (D-NY), Nay
Dodd (D-CT), Nay Durbin (D-IL), Nay Feingold (D-WI), Nay
Harkin (D-IA), Nay Inouye (D-HI), Nay Kennedy (D-MA), Nay
Kerry (D-MA), Nay Lautenberg (D-NJ), Nay Levin (D-MI), Nay
Menendez (D-NJ), Nay Murray (D-WA), Nay Reed (D-RI), Nay
Reid (D-NV), Nay Rockefeller (D-WV), Nay Sanders (I-VT), Nay
Schumer (D-NY), Nay Stabenow (D-MI), Nay Whitehouse (D-RI), Nay
Wyden (D-OR), Nay
The Three not voting:
Biden (D-DE), Not Voting
Cantwell (D-WA), Not Voting
Obama (D-IL), Not Voting
Well, now you know the Senators who are truly owned by MoveOn.org. I hope you noticed the presidential candidates in the list above.
I have been angry at our politicians many times before but never to this extent and never have I been so ashamed of their actions.
I was raised with the adage “consider the source” when confronted with something said that confused, bemused or angered me. This led me to becoming really good at researching something or someone. I never take anything written or anyone at face value. I look at what’s ‘behind the curtain’ in most everything that affects me or my family ~ I hate surprises.
So with that in mind, Brat from Tanker Brothers sent me this little tidbit from the WorldNetDaily:
Muslim terrorist leaders are “thankful” for the efforts of activist and congressional candidate Cindy Sheehan, stating in a new book Sheehan’s anti-Iraq war activities and her statements against President Bush “give us hope” the U.S. will change its Mideast policies.
“You [Sheehan] give us hope and you show us that there are different Americans than those whom we know,” stated Ramadan Adassi, chief of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terror group in the West Bank’s Anskar Refugee Camp.
Click on the title to read the rest and find out just who these wonderful folks are who are singing her praises. Not surprising that folks such as these would be so enamored with the likes of that woman. Now, I came to the conclusion a long time ago that if it makes the terrorists happy, it’s bad for my country. (Just wish more politicians would come to the same conclusion. But then, apparently most don’t read anything but the NYT.) The woman who will not be named is making the terrorists happy. Hence, she is not good for my country. As are all the ones who stand with her.
I really need to open my email later in the morning. I did not have enough coffee yet for the likes of that…
From Newsbusters: Just so you know the truth ~
Fools Rush In
Following obviously superficial scans of former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspans new book, the mainstream media fell all over themselves trying to make Bush look bad. The lead example? That Greenspan said we went to war for oil. The truth was a little different. MRC analysts reported that in the Washington Post and on the Today show Monday, Greenspan said oil was “not the administration’s motive” and in fact that his Today show interview made abundantly clear the inaccuracy of the implication that Greenspan was somehow endorsing a left-wing conspiracy theory about how George W. Bush went to war to financially benefit Dick Cheney’s oil industry friends.
Read the rest and follow the links.
People everywhere confuse what they read in newspapers with news.
A. J. Liebling (1904 – 1963)
Wounded Warrior Project’s After Action Report, hosted by actor Matthew Modine, tells the stories of the men and women of our nation’s Armed Forces and the extraordinary sacrifices they have made. In this video, you’ll meet seven wounded warriors and learn about the defining traits that led them to serve their country.
Go here to see the first two episodes.
HBO Features Alive Day
WWP board of directors member Dawn Halfaker will be profiled in HBO’s new documentary, “Alive Day Memories,” produced by “The Sopranos” star James Gandolfini. Tune in to HBO this fall for Dawn’s story, as well as the stories of nine other wounded warriors, including several WWP Alumni. Learn more.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007 5:41 PM
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — Charges have been dropped against a captain who was accused of failing to investigate the deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians in the town of Haditha, the Marine Corps said Tuesday.
Capt. Lucas M. McConnell of Napa was granted immunity and ordered to cooperate with officials looking into the November 2005 killings, the Marines said in a press release….
This sort of nonsense has to stop:
Green Berets Face Hearing on Killing of Suspect in Afghan Village
By PAUL von ZIELBAUER
Published: September 18, 2007
FORT BRAGG, N.C., Sept. 17 — From his position about 100 yards away,
Master Sgt. Troy Anderson had a clear shot at the Afghan man standing
outside a residential compound in a village near the Pakistan border last
October. When Capt. Dave Staffel, the Special Forces officer in charge,
gave the order to shoot, Sergeant Anderson fired a bullet into the man’s
head, killing him.
In June, Captain Staffel and Sergeant Anderson were charged with
WE are at war. We have an enemy that doesn’t play by the rules. Our troops know the rules and carry them out, often to their own endangerment. Too much politics and PC BS going on here.
And then there’s more from MoveOn.org:
By Susan Jones
CNSNews.com Senior Editor
September 20, 2007
(CNSNews.com) – MoveOn.org has released the latest ad in its controversial “betrayal series” — this one, criticizing Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and his fellow Republicans for a “betrayal of trust.”
A week after calling Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, “General Betray Us,” the liberal advocacy group is blasting Republicans for undermining U.S. troops by denying them “a reasonable time to spend with their families before returning to war.”
Click on title for the rest of the article.
Dems Cast Republicans as Callous Toward US Troops
By Susan Jones
CNSNews.com Senior Editor
September 20, 2007
(CNSNews.com) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is accusing Republicans of ignoring the wishes of the American people — and the welfare of U.S. troops — by defeating an amendment that would have restricted U.S. troop rotations.
The Senate on Wednesday mustered only 56 votes — four votes short of the 60 votes necessary to bring up the amendment for consideration.(A similiar amendment failed by the same margin in July.)
Click on the title to read the rest.
Sen John Cornyn is reintroducing his resolution:
The now-infamous Moveon.org ad — “General Petraeus or General Betray Us” — marks a potential watershed in U.S. political discourse. A radical-left interest group has undertaken to accuse our military leadership of treason for working towards victory in the war against Islamic terrorists. The open question now is — will the majority Congressional party continue to tacitly endorse this scurrilous tactic by its most activist supporters, or will this defamation be repudiated? We are about to find out.
The ad in the New York Times defamed a highly respected, highly decorated four star General who has dedicated his life to serving our country. The assault had a specific purpose. It was designed to discredit Gen. David Petraeus in advance of a congressionally ordered report on the situation in Iraq. Gen. Petraeus, while stressing that much work remains, delivered good news about the progress we’re making in the war against Islamic terrorists and rooting out al Qaeda.
I can’t find the text for the Boxer amendment at the moment. They’re voting on it now.
I’ll post it when I find it.
Help us, Lord, help us…
Lots to do!! I am absolutely thrilled that there are so many folks and organizations out there that are taking on the politicians, the PC police, the anti-America crowds and the selling out of this country. Because, Houston, we have a problem!!
First, the Democrats can go to Hell! Unfortunately, I do not see this happening any time soon. So in the meantime, write them, call them, fax them and let them know how you feel about their comments (ON THE FLOOR!!) about our troops and their mission. You may agree with them ~ if so, the rest of this post is going to piss you off, so you might as well just scat.
Friday, September 7, 2007
Washington, DC— As we approach the sixth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Democratic Senators Robert Menendez and Bob Casey joined Matt Bennett of Third Way at a press conference today to discuss Democrats’ efforts to help make America more secure and how President Bush’s flawed strategy in Iraq is distracting us from targeting a resurgent Al Qaeda. Far from keeping Osama bin Laden on the run, as President Bush promised in 2001, he is building up his terrorist network and now plans to release a videotape ahead of next week’s anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Read the rest here.
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to Gen. James Jones’s report:
“Gen. Jones’s report today, like all other objective assessments before it, unfortunately tells us more of the same: that the President’s strategy brings us no closer to the necessary political reconciliation and it is past time to change course in Iraq. It is discouraging that the President stubbornly claims his failed policy is working even as this latest report describe many Iraqi security forces as focused more on fostering civil war than on suppressing it.
“Democrats will continue to push for a new strategy because only by changing course can we best protect our troops and make America secure.”
Contact info here.
You are just a lying, traitorous believer of your own PR. You are a disgrace to this country and need to go.
“And let me be clear: the violence in Anbar has gone down despite the surge, not because of the surge.
The lack of protection for these tribes from al Qaeda made it clear to these tribes, “We have to fight al Qaeda ourselves.”
“Are we placing our faith in the future of Iraq, in the hands of some warlords? Some tribal leaders who at the moment dislike al Qaeda more than they dislike us? Make no mistake about it, they’re no friends of Americans,” Schumer said. “Is this the vaunted, clarion cry for democracy in the Middle East that the President announced when he started the build-up in Iraq? Obviously not. This is a policy of last resort. This is a policy of desperation.”
“Anbar is a mirage of calm amid a desert of chaos,” Schumer later added.
The full text of Schumer’s remarks is produced below.
REMARKS BY SENATOR CHARLES E. SCHUMER
September 5, 2007
“Thank you, Mr. President. I rise today to discuss the situation in Iraq and the continuing efforts of this administration to paint a rosy picture and cling to straws when the situation on the ground and common sense suggest just the opposite…
Read the rest here.
Contact info here.
I can’t begin to find the words to express my disgust with you and the backstabbing, demoralizing language you have the audacity to spout. You no longer have the right to have the words ‘US Soldier or Marine’ in your mouth!
The war in Iraq is, tragically, a very different war. A mistaken war, sold with fear and misleading and manipulated intelligence that has taken the lives of 3,760 of our troops and more than 27,000 of America’s sons and daughters maimed and wounded, with broken bodies and shattered spirits, and killed tens of thousands – maybe hundreds of thousands — of innocent Iraqi men, women and children.and
Now, despite the growing list of independent reports and military experts who say he is dead wrong, President Bush is preparing to tell the nation, once again, that his strategy in Iraq is succeeding.
We know what the Bush-Petraeus report will say: The surge is working. Be patient.
The surge is not working
The reality is: Despite heroic efforts by US troops, the Bush surge is not working.
The surge has stretched our military to the breaking point, yet violence in Iraq has increased, and political progress in Iraq has come to a standstill.
Tragically, Iraqis are failing to use the “breathing space” created with the lives of our sons and daughters to work for reconciliation and lasting security.
By carefully manipulating the statistics, the Bush-Petraeus report will try to persuade us that violence in Iraq is decreasing and thus the surge is working.
Even if the figures were right, the conclusion is wrong.
Go here to read the rest if you can stomach it.
Contact info here.
Your sleep must be racked with such doom and gloom nightmares ~ or do you spend the dark hours thinking up ways to find defeat in everything our troops do. Do you have a voodoo doll of President Bush that you gleefully stick pins in?
And if that isn’t enough to get your hackles up, there’s this:
NO!! NO!! NO!! NO!!! WRONG!! WRONG!! WRONG!!
The popular all-American comic-book military man and action figure dating back to the 1940s is undergoing a significant transformation for the Paramount Pictures-distributed “G.I. Joe” film, which begins production in February and is scheduled for release in summer 2009.
No longer will G.I. Joe be a U.S. Special Forces soldier, the “Real American Hero” who, in his glory days, single-handedly won World War II.
In the politically correct new millennium, G.I. Joe bears no resemblance to the original.
Paramount has confirmed that in the movie, the name G.I. Joe will become an acronym for “Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity” — an international, coed task force charged with defeating bad guys. It will no longer stand for government issued, as in issued by the American government. (ARRRRGGGGGHHHH!!!!)
Read the rest here. And weep…then dry your eyes and write the SOBs!!!!
Paramount Studios: 5555 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Now go over to Mudville Gazette and read what’s really going on from the Boots on the Ground. You’ll feel ever so much better. Plus, you’ll have the ammunition of Truth when some liberal friend of your husband visits and starts with the myths the media would have you believe. (I speak of this from personal experience of just this last couple of days.)
I am so not done here…there is too much going on and so much to get out to everyone.
More tomorrow ~ ~ ~
The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is:
that one often comes from a strong will,
and the other from a strong won’t.
Henry Ward Beecher
You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.
And this was in April!
Rock Of the Marne!!!