28 May 2005

They sacrifice so we can be free Posted by Hello

26 May 2005

This former soldier has something in his eye

Excuse me while I wipe some liquid from my eyes.

For Love and Country

25 May 2005

June 25th

Well that's the day I leave for a little bit of CRC training. And then I'll be celebrating Independence Day in the Middle East, how appropriate. From then on this blog will be titled The Makaha Surf Report (Forward Deployed). Until then I'll be posting about anything I think of, after that date, I'll be focusing directly on events directly related to the AOR.

Congress to let military do its job

Well, well, well, it seems those good idea fairies that masquerade as our legislative branch finally got one right. The GOP-controlled House decided Wednesday to let the Pentagon continue deciding military jobs for women, as long as defense officials give Congress advance word on any changes.

Now I'm a die hard conservative, but I was furious that Congress was going to butt in and decide what jobs women could and could not do. I was worried for a split second that the GOP had given in to reverse feminism, in other words that Republicans had decided to ignore the sacrifices of thousands of young women in our armed forces. I'm probably one of the few veterans that favor women being able to be on the front lines, and my reason has nothing to do with feminism or some asinine liberal PC scheme. I have been to Iraq twice, I have been fired at by insurgents and I have seen men and women equally perform above and beyond their rank, age or gender. How dare Congress try and tell the military where it can and can't assign its people. Last time I checked Congress was not in charge of the day to day functions of the United States military nor was Congress in charge of PERSCOM. I think women in our armed forces have earned the right to man a .50 cal on a convoy or be a combat medic on a patrol and anyone that disagrees needs to pick up a rifle and take their place.

Don't get me wrong, I was in the Army and I don't believe the military should be used as a laboratory for social engineering on gender equality, but at the same time I don't believe that the sacrifices made in war should only be made by those with a Y chromosome. Our nation is 229 year old this July, what better gift can we give to ourselves than a country where both the men and women are not only willing but ABLE to shed blood in the defense of freedom and the pursuit of the American ideal of Liberty and Justice for all.

24 May 2005

Sorry for the lack of posts

This prep for my deployment to Iraq is taking up almost all my time. As soon as it's done I hope to have a normal scheldule again

20 May 2005

Howard Dean on Russert on Sunday

Howard Dean is going to be on Meet the Press Sunday. Can the Democratic party sink any lower than they have with this buffoon? In case you forgot, here is his greatest hit.

Dean Scream (remix)

17 May 2005

A Picture is worth a Thousand Words

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This is the Girls Softball team in Baghdad celebrating their victory over a team from Diwaniay. The sacrifices of American soldiers and families in partnership with the Iraqi people made this possible. These girls can celebrate a softball game today instead of hoping Uday or Qusay Hussein don't spot them on the street and decide to rape them or kill them. These girls aren't wear burqa's, they are wearing uniforms of a game they obviously enjoy playing, a game Saddam outlawed as an American Imperialist tool. For me this one picture speaks volumes about the good that has been done in Iraq. It's such a small thing, girls playing softball, but to me it means hope. Tell everyone you know about this, pictures like this are being kept from the American people by a media establishment that seeks to denigrate everything we have sacrificed in Iraq and everything good and decent we stand for.

Hat Tip to Ferid the Great

According to my IPOD

The top 25 songs I have listened to this month are the following:

25. Bizarre Love Triangle by New Order
24. Chop suey by System of a Down
23. In the Burning by Something Like Silas
22. Breathe by Re:Zound
21. Sueno by Shakira
20. Hands Down by Dashboard Confessional
19. Temptation by New Order
18. Ya Shosla S Uma by T.A.t.u.
17. Enjoy the Silence by Depeche Mode
16. Yay by Nancy Ajram (Lebanese singer)
15. The Quiet Things no one ever knows by Brand New
14. Phoenix with a Heartache by Kids in the Way
13. The Canyon Behind her by Dredg
12. Crawling by Linkin Park
11. Bloodflowers by The Cure
10. Shadow on Me by Project 86
09. From Within by The Chemistry
08. Paperthin Hymn by Anberlin
07. The Story of Our Lives by The Echoing Green
06. Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo`ole
05. Bug Eyes by Dredg
04. Breakaway by Kelly Clarkson (Bite me if you are laughing)
03. Hero by Superchick
02. Under Pressure by My Chemical Romance (Queen Remake)
01. I'll tell the World by Ever Stays Red

Yeah I know

I'm not getting as much posting done as I would like, but to quote my man G.W., getting ready to deploy to Iraq is hard work. Hopefully I'll have more time when all this paperwork and other crap is done.

13 May 2005

Deploying as a Contractor

Since I am leaving for Iraq in less than 60 days, I thought I'd talk about what it takes for a contractor to deploy. In a lot of ways it's like a SRP for soldiers, plus some added benefits and challenges. First of all, since I am not in the military I need a Visa for the country I am flying into before I stay in Iraq. In this case I need a Kuwaiti visa, so off my passport goes to the Kuwaiti embassy in D.C. Then I need to draw any needed gear from CIF (Central Issuance Facility) on whatever post I am working on. Usually we get brand new stuff straight out of the plastic. In one way it's ironic that when I was a soldier I got the oldest rattiest TA-50 known to man, but now as a contractor I get brand new stuff. Definitely a lesson in there about priorities of some people in the military hierarchy. I get a full draw of equipment, sleeping bag, Rucksack, JLIST suits, E-Tool, you name it they give it to us, and we also get a few extras. The best or worst part depending on your feelings about military spending are I get to keep a lot of this stuff. I've been to Iraq twice and I own 3 rucksacks, a full sleeping bag kit, an e-tool, and some other things I'd rather not mention on the net. (Let's just say I can see in the dark, I tried to return the item, but was told it was to be kept in case I went back) I get everything except for Body Armor which I get from my company and then a set of military issue when I get to Kuwait, it looks a little something like this.

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Anyway back to predeployment, I then get to receive a bunch of vaccinations, that's right I keep a shot record just like a military person does. Hep A, Hep B, Smallpox, Anthrax (when they were giving it) you name it, I get it. I go to an SRP just like the soldiers do, I get a power of attorney, I can make a will, I get shot and bloodwork, and then I get to begin packing my gear. We don't wear uniforms in Iraq, we wear civilian clothes, so choosing th right wardrobe is quite a task. Do I pack music group tshirts and jeans, or do I go with straight white cotton T's and khakis. Well here are two examples of the way I dress in Iraq. Here I am in one of Saddam's palace in Tikrit

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and here I am pimping with two of my friends in the Kuwaiti desert before our convoy north into Iraq.

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So I start packing and then I ask my company for a cash advance, mostly this is used to buy things that are desperately needed in Iraq such as laptops, MP3 players and anything else to fight off the boredom that comes with living on a FOB. So by now my passport has returned with the Kuwaiti visa in it and it's time to leave.

Say goodbye to my wife at the airport and then begin the 24 hour saga of trying to get from the U.s. to Kuwait. I board the plane and I wake up at Camp wolf or Camp wolverine or whatever the hell mammalian name they are calling it these days. I get picked up by my company's site lead in Kuwait, and taken to a luxury apartment the company rents until I can catch a C-130 from the APOD into Baghdad or Kirkuk or Balad or wherever. The apartment looks like this

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So now I get my promask from Camp Doha, pick up any last minute hajivision movies in town and then it's time to get onto that steel bird to take me to freakytown for 3 months. And that's how a contractor deploys. As I get closer to my deployment date, I'll tell you about what I do once I get to the FOB.

11 May 2005

My take on Iraq

As many of you may or may not know, I am a former Intelligence Analyst for the Army. I never really thought to actually give my analysis because it seems so many people out there are already giving theirs. After some thinking, I decided to throw my hat in the ring and offer my analysis on current hot spots in the world. No one can toot your horn better than you can yourself, so without further ado.

Since January 30th and the historic election in Iraq, the insurgency seems to have split into three groups all with different ideas of how to achieve success at the tactical and strategic level.

The first group is made up former Baathists and officers from Saddam's Republican guard forces. I'm not sure what to make of these people, it seems that since the election they have taken a wait and see attitude with regards to continuing their fight with Coalition forces. Their main operating bases seem to be north of Baghdad, mainly in the Taji, Baqubah, Tikrit triangle. Their main weapon was the IED and they rarely attacked Iraqi civilians or Iraqi security forces, it seems that American military forces were their main target. However, the election seems to have taken the wind out of their sails as attacks in the before mentioned area are down noticeably since the elections. If I ventured a guess, I would say these guys are waiting to see how the new Government decides to treat former Baathists and Middle Ranking Republican guard officers. If the Jafaari Government is lenient towards these individuals, I expect they will lay down their arms and side with the new govt. In fact I would say they would be very effective at countering Zarqawi's forces.

The second group is made up of common criminals, gangsters, and other nihilistic types in Iraqi society. These are the people doing most of the kidnappings that don't result in loss of head from body. They are in it for the money, or the violence, or the power, take your pick, they truly are not much better than gang bangers here in the states. They see an opportunity and they take it, they'll attack us, Iraqi forces or Iraqi civilians, to them it doesn't matter what anyone is fighting for or against, as long as they are getting paid or they get street cred, they could care less. Unfortunately they are also the most irritating to fight against as one day they are giving you tips on some real dirtbags Al Qaeda types and the next day they are shooting 82mm into your FOB because the said Al Qaeda dirtbags gave them 50 bucks and some smokes. Truly these guys piss me off, but they will exist long after we leave, the trick is to learn when to pay attention to them and when to ignore them.

Finally we come to the real scum of humanity in Iraq, the Zarqawi network, foreign jihadis, and other assorted trash that kills "supposedly" in the name of God. These are who we are most commonly engaging, especially in Al anbar province, Baghdad, and Mosul. These are the foot soldiers of Zarqawi, they attack who he tells them to, when he tells them to. These are the ones massacring Iraqi soldiers on leave, the ones blowing up women and children when they come out to visit American soldiers on patrol, and the ones that videotaped the beheading of Nick Berg and others. These men are evil, there are no two ways about it, they commit murder because they delusionally think God tells them it is ok. Originally it was ok to kill infidels, and then it changed to collaborators, and recently apparently anyone that believes in a free Iraq is a target to these dirtbags. When these clowns are chased out of Iraq, Al Qaeda will be finished, let me explain why.

It appears that recent Coalition operations are aimed at strangling the Euphrates river valley supply network that has been keeping the insurgency alive and kicking. The Marines actions in western Iraq are aimed at denying supply, rest and refitting bases to the insurgents. In the past, after a battle like Fallujah the insurgents could retreat to Al Qaim or Husaybah or even cross over into Syria and rest reorganize and even recruit new members. Operation Matador seems intent on denying them this while at the same time inflicting as many casualties as possible on the insurgent forces. The joint Army/Marine operation appears to be rolling up the Euphrates valley that the insurgents have been using as a highway, it also appears to be convincing the insurgents to meet us force on force where they are sure to lose and lose big. So far it appears that at the loss of less than 10 Marines, over 150 insurgents have been killed and dozens more captured. The two questions that I will look forward to answering a few weeks from now are: Did this operation put a serious stranglehold on Zarqawi's forces and their ability to operate in Western Iraq? and Does the Iraqi public in Al Anbar province take this as further proof that we are there as protectors and rebuilders and Zarqawi's people are there only to destroy and cause misery?

I for one hope that the answers are yes, time will tell the tale.

DU says Al Qaeda does not exist.

Good afternoon loyal readers, my latest expedition to Democratic Underground has uncovered the greatest conspiracy theory of all time. And that conspiracy is Al Qaeda does not exist! That's right folks, Al Qaeda is not real, they are a Bush/Rovian concoction they do not exist. The paranoid moonbats over at DU have outdone themselves this time, I mean this one takes the cake. The world's most dangerous terrorist organization is not real in the minds of the fevered leftists that call that site their home. Think about what that means, apparently 9/11 was staged by someone other than Al Qaeda since Al Qaeda does not exist, apparently Zarqawi is not real since he is part of a terror group that is pure fiction. And apparently Osama bin Laden is really a kindly old grandfather that is a scapegoat for imperialist American foreign policy. I have only one thing to say about all of that. Holy Freaking Shit Batman, how many bong hits do you have to take to come to the conclusion Al Qaeda is not real? How insane and demented do you to have to be to come to these conclusions? . On the other hand, these are the same people that think Bush stole the election, that the very French looking John Kerry is a war hero and that Bill Clinton did not stain the Oval Office with his shenanigans. So you think old Caelestis is lying to you? Well go read this if you think I'm pulling your leg.

A lot of times when I'm cleaning off the slime and muck from my visit to DU, I take the time to actually reread the comments that come out of their mouths. It provides for an interesting experience in altered states of reality, I mean how crazy do you have to be to be happy that Pat Tilman died, or to actually rationally conclude Al Qaeda is a myth? Ponder that question for a minute while you check out these quotes:

ElsewheresDaughter:(Al Qaeda is) on the bushco payroll

dbeach: All CIA Duh..thanx for polling 9/11/01 to 4/11/04 = 911 days, its all black ops so the Nazis could slowly rise to power and complete the coup which began 11/22/63 and on to 11/00 to 9/11/01 to 11/02/04 to 5/10/05 when Real IDs passed..the US Constitution and Bill of Rights are gone..

Fredrik: Yes, the "terror cells"... That was always complete bullshit. Be afraid, very afraid

oblivious: It's an administrative convenience

carnie_sf : A republican front that's trotted out whenever the administration needs to scare the populace into submission

Jara sang: CIA no question about it.

yella_dawg: A real terrorist organization that was organized, trained, and funded by the US with the original goal of sabotaging the Russian effort in Afghanistan, and later used to execute "constructive" violence in the Mid East. Osama met with CIA higher-ups only a few months prior to 9-11. A documented cash transfer, in the same time frame, from CIA to the terrorists, via Pakistani intelligence emphasizes this connection. Al CIA-da is the more proper spelling.

sloppyliberal : Al Qaeda - Allegedly involved in US embassy attacks in 1998. Allegedly involved in the attack on the USS Cole. Alleged to have carried out group of hijackings 9/11. No claims of responsibility. Its just simply not the MO of a terrorist organization.

So from the mouths of idiots we get that Bush is behind Al Qaeda, when I go to DU, I never know whether to laugh at the level of insanity that passes for rational thought there, or whether to cry that so many of my fellow Americans are so deluded and so hateful towards their own country. It's really tragic that so many people hate our soldiers, hate our President and hate our country. I hope one day they understand that America is the good guy. I sincerely hope they realize that most basic of truths.

07 May 2005

Once more unto the breach

Well, apparently "ask and you shall receive" means God is listening to me. On Thursday night my wife and I went out to a dinner party with some friends and on the drive home I was talking about my hopes for the Iraqi people. My wife asked me if I would ever want to return ( FYI: I have been to Iraq twice for my job as a defense contractor), I told her yes, and she asked me why. Why would I want to go back somewhere fraught with so much danger and uncertainty?

Well probably because I believe in the mission that we are committed to over there. I believe an Iraqi has just as much right to a better life as I do. I believe as an American it is my duty to help others whenever I can. That doesn't mean we as a nation should go forth and "slay every monster" that exists in the world, but if we can do something why shouldn't we? I post on a lot of forums including Sean Hannity's website and Protest Warrior and I get into a lot of arguments with my fellow conservatives, usually libertarians, about the role the United States should play in the world. Many libertarians are isolationists or at best non-interventionists, while I definitely fall into the Neoconservative camp, needless to say we cannot stand each other and arguments are always breaking out at these forums.

I was there in 2003 for the invasion of Iraq, I was attached to the 4th Infantry Division as an ASAS contractor. The ASAS is a product that the company I work for supports. In the garrison enviroment we work with the soldiers on a daily basis, in essence we become an extra member of the S-2 section, we go with them to the field, we attend NTC and JRTC rotations and provide around the clock technical support. In a wartime enviroment, we deploy directly with them, we are issued all of the basic load that a soldier has, except we wear no uniforms. We are not armed due to our Geneva convention status, but we do have all the protective gear to include body armor (the new stuff is fantastic) and Pro-mask. Anyway I deployed with 4th ID to Iraq and spent several months in Tikrit, Iraq doing my job. It was a very worthwhile mission and it made me proud to be an American. The Iraqi people are beautiful and are worthy of our friendship and our aid.

I returned to Iraq in March of 2004, this time to Ramadi Iraq to support the 1st Brigade of the 1st Infantry Division that was working at supressing the insurgency in Al anbar province in joint operations with the 1st MARDIV. The second trip was definitely a different animal than the first trip over, daily indirect fire attacks combined with the huge insurgent offensive in early april made for a few sphincter clenching moments. A few of those mortar and rocket shots landed closeby, with once even hitting the building I was living in. Needless to say Al anbar was a mess. I returned from there last summer and I asked my company to transfer me from Texas to Hawaii. I got the transfer and now my wife and I have settled into our life here in Hawaii. Until Friday morning that is.

My boss called me friday morning and said he needed someone to go to Iraq in 60 days. I asked where and he said Kirkuk, supporting the 116th Armored Brigade, a National Guard formation out of Idaho. I didn't hesitate to say yes, I would go. Imagine that, the night before, I was telling my wife I wanted to go back and friday morning I got my wish. I'll say one thing for God, for some reason he listens to what I have to say. I'm not so sure if that is good or bad. Anyway, I got home and told my wife yesterday I was going back in July. She was upset, but he is also an Army veteran, so she knows the score. She did ask me why, and this is what I told her:

I'm going back because I believe in the mission, it is my duty as an American to do what little I can to make the world a better place. I'm not doing it for the extra money, although that does help, I'm not doing it because I love war, in fact I hate war. It kills too many of the best and innocent, but it is a neccessary evil. I'm willing to go back, because I think the children of Iraq deserve the same chance at a better life that I was given. I know that mistakes have been made and that we as Americans have accidentally killed innocents, but I also know that the Iraqi people are better off than they were under Saddam. I have seen that country with my own eyes on two seperate occasions exactly one year apart, I saw destruction and fear the first time, optimism and hope the second time. I can't wait to see what is going on this time.

I also believe it my duty as a Christian to do what I can to change the world for the better. Christian, Muslim, Jew, it doesn't matter to me, we are all God's children and he loves each and everyone one of us equally. I don't want to be 40 and realize I did nothing with my life to make a difference. This is my chance to say I stood up to be counted, I defended the freedom of my country and helped the establishment of it in another country. The people of the middle east deserve freedom, all of them, I am willing to help them achieve it. I have lost friends in this war and seen people I know die right in front of me and I still think this war is worth it.

So in July, I will return for a third time and do my duty. I intend to blog from Kirkuk and give the ground truth that is coming from that area. Anyway that's all for now.

03 May 2005

Waves of change part 1

There are those who think Iraq and Afghanistan are worse off now than before their totalitarian governments were overthrown by U.S. and Coalition forces. To these doubting liberals I offer the following stories: I will look to post a list like this about once a week or once every two weeks at the latest. So grab a drink, relax in your chair and check out these waves brah.


Afghan religious leaders call for end to ethnic strife

HERAT, April 9 (Pajhwok Afghan News) -- Following three days of discussions, some 150 provincial Ulema Council leaders or Islamic Religious scholars, agreed to put an end to racial, tribal and factional discriminations, which were the root causes of many of the factional fighting under the leadership of the Taliban and the Mujahideen, officials said at a seminar.

Afghan girls do it for the kicks

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – From the corner of a Kabul basement, next door to a barber shop, come high-pitched and most unusual sounds. A small posse of Afghan girls shout "heey-ya!" as they practice karate jabs, kicks, and punches.
The eldest of the bunch, Nargas Rahimi, returned to her Afghan homeland last year after growing up in Iran. "I saw that Afghan women didn't have the faintest idea about exercise. So I came here to act as an example for Afghan girls and to help them take part in Afghan society," she says.

In Afghanistan, comedians joke their way to civic renewal

KHOST, AFGHANISTAN – Mubariz Bidar would give Robin Williams a run for his money. He's an Afghan comic who has this city - once ruled by severe Taliban - howling at their former oppressors.
His spot-on impressions of everyone from a Taliban soldier to an Afghan drug addict would have even Mullah Omar giggling into his turban.

Burqa no barrier for women in Taliban heartland

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - She can’t leave the house without an all-covering blue burqa, many of her relatives are scandalised, but Shahida Hussain is preparing to stand for parliament anyway.
The 50-year-old women’s rights activist who lives in the Taleban spiritual heartland of Afghanistan is one of at least two women in the southern city of Kandahar who are preparing to stand for elections in Afghanistan’s parliamentary polls on September 18.

Persian New Year puts aside differences

MAZAR-E SHARIF, Afghanistan -- "Looking at the audience, I see that you are all Kandaharis," the singer said into the microphone as he surveyed a sea of heads sporting the sparkly caps and long-tailed turbans common to that southern city. "But my Pashto is not strong, so I hope you will enjoy our music in Dari." The tourists crowded into the Ahmadi Supermarket and Restaurant applauded encouragingly.This northern city might seem an odd destination for travelers from Kandahar, which, after all, is the ethnic Pashtun stronghold where the repressive Taliban movement originated. Mazar-e Sharif, a city dominated by ethnic Uzbeks and Tajiks, was one of the last holdouts against the Taliban.

Karzai seeks ban on forced marriages

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday called on the country’s Islamic clerics to help stop forced marriages of young girls. At a religious gathering in Kabul, Karzai urged Afghan scholars to follow the lead of Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Abdullah al-Sheikh, who earlier this month termed forced marriages un-Islamic and said violators should be jailed.

That's all for now, next week we shall check out the waves from Iraq, I bet those buggahs will be huge.

Who Knew May 10th was betray your oath to the Constitution Day?

Well who was responsible for sending out the invitations to this event. I didn't get one, does this mean I can't crap all over my sacred duty and cross over into treasonous behavior?

Aidan Delgado speaks the Gospel according to Sean Penn

By now many of us know who Aidan Delgado is, he is an Army reservist that is telling people ( Most especially the New York Times) that American soldiers in Iraq are barbarians. He accuses them of doing all sorts of banal things to poor Iraqi civilians. The story comes to us from here that bastion of truth and decency the New York Times.

BTW what the hell is up with people named Delgado anyway? I mean first there was Carlos Delgado and his refusal to stand for God Bless America and now this. Back to the point,Aidan Delgado had the following to say about our brave men and women in uniform.

Guys in my unit, particularly the younger guys, would drive by in their Humvee and shatter bottles over the heads of Iraqi civilians passing by. They'd keep a bunch of empty Coke bottles in the Humvee to break over people's heads."

He said he had confronted guys who were his friends about this practice. "I said to them: 'What the hell are you doing? Like, what does this accomplish?' And they responded just completely openly. They said: 'Look, I hate being in Iraq. I hate being stuck here. And I hate being surrounded by hajis.' "

Wow Aidan, it really sounds like you have done your homework on how the left is trying to color the war. Shatter bottles on people's heads? Give me a freaking break, there are two problems with that Aidan, first when were you ever going slow enough in a neighborhood to break the bottle over someone's head. I've been to Iraq and most of the time we were doing 40-60 miles per hour, not going 5MPH so that we could break a bottle on a kid's head. IED's and ambushes kind of dull the enthusiasm for pranks of this sort, you know that whole death thing kind of makes you focus on survival, not a game of "Bean the Iraqi". The second problem with your story is that NCO's and Officers if they are worth their weight would have put a stop to this the very first time it happened. Lack of discipline in the ranks not only hurts morale, it gets people killed. And I can tell you from my own experiences in leadership positions that the last thing a leader wants to do is write a letter home to PFC Snuffy's family because their son was killed while playing a game of grab ass.

Now if you had stopped there Aidan, I might have just believed you were a disgruntled troop, but you had to add this gem:

Mr. Delgado, who eventually got conscientious objector status and was honorably discharged last January, recalled a disturbance that occurred while he was working in the Abu Ghraib motor pool. Detainees who had been demonstrating over a variety of grievances began throwing rocks at the guards. As the disturbance grew, the Army authorized lethal force. Four detainees were shot to death.

Mr. Delgado confronted a sergeant who, he said, had fired on the detainees. "I asked him," said Mr. Delgado, "if he was proud that he had shot unarmed men behind barbed wire for throwing stones. He didn't get mad at all. He was, like, 'Well, I saw them bloody my buddy's nose, so I knelt down. I said a prayer. I stood up, and I shot them down.' "

I'm going to ignore the whole aspect of the Times trying to bash religion and save that for another day, but basically Aidan, you just equated someone following the rules of engagement with murder. In case you were asleep that day at the pre-deployment training, it goes a little something like this. When lethal force is ordered it means do what is neccessary to end the situation up to and including killing those that seek to do you harm. A riot could quickly spiral out of control, and American soldiers could be hurt or killed if they did not resort to lethal force. So basically you are outraged that an fellow soldier killed a rioting prisoner when those orders were given. Orders, by the way, that were given to protect your life and the lives of the other American soldiers at the prison. You know Aidan, you really don't know how to thank a guy for doing something that might have saved your life. Next time instead of going the Jane Fonda route and asking a soldier "are you proud that you're a killer" why not just say "thanks brother, you just did something that was hard and unpleasant, but I am eternally thankful that you did your job." Imagine that Aidan, thanking him instead of trying to play on his emotions for having to take a life, what a quaint concept, no wonder the left doesn't understand this war.

God Bless Texas

It seems the media has been having a field day recently documenting the woes of the National Guard and Reserves even coming close to meeting their recruitment goals. Well I have one word to shut up the mealy mouthed liberals that try to pass themselves off as objective journalists: TEXAS. It seems Texas exceeded its quota for recruits for this past year, in fact it exceeded the quota more than any other state in the country. Don't believe me? Then go check it out and see for yourself.

Why has this happened? Well as a native Texan I can tell you, some of the most intensely patriotic people I have ever met come from my home state. America has patriots everywhere, but in Texas and the South in general I usually find it more prevelant and more vocal. I remember sitting around the table at my Grandma's house and listening to my dad tell his stories about Vietnam, my Uncle Jimmy would talk about his service at NATO command in the 60's when it was still in France, and they would all tell me about my Dad's cousin Frank who spent 18 months in a North Korean Prisoner of War camp and most especially my Grandfather who had fought in the First World War in the trenches of France and had been wounded twice. I remember those stories and the effect they had on me, I joined the Army myself and spent several years there until I got out for personal reasons. I found a way to still serve though, I am currently a defense contractor with two tours of Iraq under my belt and I don't know if I will ever truly be happy in a job that isn't involved with the military.

So back to my original point, to those in the media who take joy in seeing the military have troubles in recruiting, I submit this as exhibit A, in Texas the fires of liberty still burn brightly in our sons and daughters. And as long as some are still willing to serve, our nation will be great.

God bless the brave men and women who serve in our armed forces no matter what state they are from, but to my fellow Texans in uniform, you have never made me more proud and I am proud to stand with you.

01 May 2005

I've got some DU on my shoe

In the dark corners of the internet there are fevered swamps full of conspiracy theories, where George W. Bush is the ultimate evil, and the men and women serving in Iraq are paid killers that hate all brown skinned people. Most of the realms of the deranged are leftwing in thought and deed. Among the worst is Democratic Underground; a pit of delusion and deception where any moonbat-far-left-wing theory is considered the truth, a sacred gospel according to Michael Moore or Sean Penn. Every week I make it a personal misson (or supreme sacrifice depending on your point of view) to mount an expedition into the native denizens in their enviroment of hatred and lunacy. After visiting this place I usually need a long hot shower, and some disinfectant. Afterwards I am forced to burn the clothes I wore out of fear of lethal contamination from the diseases of moonbat syndrome . My proverbial mud-wading boots are fouled with a filth created out of left-wing sympathy for terrorists and their hatred of America. It's quite an unnerving experience and few believe my tales of insanity. So as a public service I have decided to post the findings of my various expeditions into the heart of liberal darkness.


Today I attempted to delve deeply into the latest breaking news biome, and my findings were shocking. Recently Sergeant Hasan Akbar was sentenced to death for murdering fellow American soldiers in cold blood before the invasion of Iraq. You would think everyone with a sense of justice would applaud the sentence handed down to the man that betrayed his fellow soldiers. Well DU found reason to take exception to his sentence, just follow me down the rabbit hole and see how mad they truly are. To be fair, there are a number of people applauding this death sentence, but it is the ones outraged by it that demonstrate the overall moral deficiency Democratic Underground is famous for. Here are a few of the more choice comments with a rebuttal by me afterwards:

  • shadowknows69: I think his color and heritage totally have to do with it.
    I don't see them executing Private Jones or Baker.

  • caelestis: Right, because Private Jones and Baker tried to kill their chain of command...... The point is, Sgt. Akbar went after his fellow men in uniform in a calculated manner. Ethnicity and religion have nothing to do with this, several white service members have been court martialed and given serious punishments for their actions. But only those on the left would try and make Sgt. Akbar a poster child of racism, much like their failed attempt with Mumia Abu Jamal

  • LynntheDem: And when they murder Iraqis (or Canadian troops), they get a slap on the
    wrist. Oh that's right; Americans = uber menschen

  • Caelestis: Lynn you are my favorite specimen on DU, you claim to be the wife of a military officer, yet every chance you get, you call American soldiers war mongers, murderers, war criminals, and the deviants of society. If you are the wife of an American Army officer, I pray to God everyday that I was not forced to serve with your husband as you say your theories all come from him. But what's more important, Lynn, is that American Air Force pilots were punished for killing those Canadians and several American have been punished for killing Iraqi's. You who are suppose to embody the virtues of a military spouse failing to see that an American soldier killing his brothers is not more heinous than the aforementioned cases frightens me. It required a stronger punishment because it is a worse crime, the incident with the Canadians was an accident, the various Americans convicted of crimes in Iraq were in many cases misunderstandings of the rules of engagement, this is cold blooded murder Lynn, an American NCO set out to kill as many of his fellow soldiers as possible. That is worse, far worse than any other crime that has been commited by American military personnel whether purposeful or accidental. God help the men that serve with your husband if these views are truly his as you claim.

  • Dangerman: OK, let me get this straight...A bunch of guys got cleared for murdering innocent IRAQI civilians, yet this guy got the DP for murdering AMERICAN soldiers?This doesn't make sense.

  • Caelestis: Which American guys set out to murder Iraqis premeditativly and got away with it? Can you enlighten me to these stories? Any help would be appreciated as I have failed to find an instance where an American soldier or marine set out to kill as any Iraqis as he could. I guess I missed the court martial and the media firestorm from the premeditated act of barbarism, could you help a brother out?

So, there you have it, some of the more exotic creatures at DU are actually upset that Sgt Akbar got the death penalty for murdering his fellow soldiers. That's it folks, I need a hot shower, reading that tripe makes me feel so dirty. I really am speechless after I leave that place, especially when I see people siding with a man that murdered his brothers in arms. Sometimes I have to turn off the computer and remember that even psychotic moonbats that hate their country deserve free speech. They do deserve it, but sometimes I have to wonder if they realize how lucky they are to live in the land of free and the home of the brave. Until the next expedition, I'll be in the shower with a scrub brush and some clorox.

Back from the weekend

Living one block from the beach here in Hawaii makes it hard to blog on the weekends.
But I'm back.