21 July 2005

Squaring Bob away

Well I made it to Kirkuk. Lots of Helicopter flights were involved, but here I am, safe and in one piece. I was catching up on the blogs and came across this courtesy of BLACKFIVE. Apparently Bob is a tad bit concerned that every member of the military is plain evil.

Well Bob, let me get my headphones on, my IPOD pumping with "Caelestis's blogging mix" and let me square you away mister. You see Bob, the military is made up of men and women that have decided to be part of something greater than themselves. Unlike many of their peers, they show discipline, service to country and selfless sacrifice as worthy attributes. Many of their peers are greedy, lazy, uncaring bastards. How do I know this bob? Well old caelestis has lived on both sides of the equation, I have served my country proudly and then left that service. I spent one year as a LFC (Lazy Frakking Civilian) before I was hired at my current job which allowed me to reensconce myself in that familiar cocoon of military life.

Bob, you seem to have some misconceptions of military life, you said

that's what the military wants. Obedient, robot-like killers. Slaves who will take it any way their superiors decide to give it to them. Go off on suicide missions, murder civilians by the hundred, even abuse and kill their own. I pity the young men who get suckered into this system. Me, I'll take my freedom. And please, don't give a bunch of crap about how the military protects my freedom.

If the military wanted robot-like killers, why train them on the rules of war or humanitarian relief? Why would robotic killer soldiers be trained to give first aid to each other or to helpless civilians? And bob, are they robot killers or slaves? Slaves means that are forced to serve against their will. Last I checked we had a volunteer Army, slaves would revolt against their masters, robots would not. So are they slaves or robots? And Bob C'mon suicide missions? That's Al Qaeda's modus operandi, not ours. How many U.S. suicide missions have there been Bob? Where can I see the Martyrs gallery of our robotic slaves that killed themselves? Also bob, when have our robotic suicide slaves killed hundreds? I have served in theater three times now and I keep talking to soldiers everyday looking for these robotic suicide slaves, so far I have not come across any robot suicide slaves with a panache for massacring hundreds of kids to gratify their overlords. You know bob, this sounds like really bad Sci-Fi, you know bob, the kind of Sci-Fi the Sci-Fi channel shows at 3 A.M. before Mansquito but after Attack of the Sabretooth. You also pity the young men and women that give you your freedom, that's your right Bob, but they don't pity you. They protect you everyday they are in Iraq. They protect you from men that would gladly saw you head off Bob, they protect you from men that would love nothing more than getting their hands on a nuclear weapon and setting it off in downtown L.A. or New York. They protect you from evils you can't even see in your nightmares. That's why they are better than you Bob, they don't sit around and pity people, they serve and protect all of us, even those of us that pity them.

If you had stopped right there, you would have just been another idiot that doesn't get it. I would have shaken my head, laughed at your ignorance and moved on. But you had to add this little gem.

And as for the "noble" quality of the US soldier, here's a website featuring testimony of Vietnam vets which hangs that myth out to dry. The American fighting man is one of the dirtiest soldiers ever sent into combat because he is trained to think and act that way by the fruitcakes in charge


Bob, the noble quality of the U.S. soldier is something a person like yourself could never understand. We save lives, our enemies take them, we greet children with candy and school supplies, our enemies bring pain and death. We try to honor the Iraqi people's customs and laws, our enemies break every law of Iraq, they destroy mosques on purpose and attack women and children and they do these things with no restraint. As for us being dirty fighters or not, it real easy to evaluate our men and women from your couch ain't it bob? They fight and they win Bob, they treat the wounded among our enemies, our enemies kill our wounded if given the chance. Our men and women try to inflict as little damage on civilians as possible, our enemies use our restraint as a weapon to kill as many innocents as possible. You know what Bob this is a pointless exercise, if you see our men and women in uniform as evil, I have nothing further to say.

P.S. Bob, the robot suicide slave soldiers are really under the control of the Greys in alliance with the Reptile Lords of Sirius. I hope your head explodes.

17 July 2005

What Sci fi character are you?

Being a Sci-Fi geek I took this test.

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?

Interestingly enough, I view myslef as Aragorn in a way. I definitely make my own rules to better the lives of everyone.

FOB Danger

Tikrit is where I'm at today, still not Kirkuk, but much closer. Tikrit looks the exact same as when I was here in 2003, the 42nd Division is in the same palace that 4th ID and 1st ID was in, maybe I'll take a few pics. Anyway, no time to expand on my thoughts, hopefully I'll be in Kirkuk in the next little while.


16 July 2005

How do you work this here interweb???

Apparently last night, I had an attack of moron disease. I was reading a quote from my wife and from the mary hunter and I clicked on the little tic tac toe symbol. POOF comments go bye bye. So I apologize, but apparently the interweb was smarter than I last night.

Mary hunter, thanks for your kinds words, it's a good feeling to know I have people like you watching my back.

Jan, you know I love you, I'll talk to you soon.

EDIT: Apparently a lot of blogs are having haloscan problems with their comments. Maybe I don't have MIUAS (Moronic Internet User Application Syndrome)

Trying for Kirkuk again

I'll be trying to get to Kirkuk again in the next few days. This time I have an alternate means of going there. Let's just say it's not my favorite way to travel.

15 July 2005

Spotlight on Denmark

I always seem to find myself taking about American military personnel, so I thought a weekly feature should be a spotlight on what our brave coalition allies are up to. A Danish poster named Tamara correctly reminded me I forgot to include Denmark in my post about our coalition versus the Islamic fundies. So for your kind words about my post Tamara, the first spotlight will be on your fellow Danes.

Denmark is a country of about 5.5 million people that is governed by a Center Right coalition between the Venstre (Liberal) party and the Det Konservative Folkeparti (Conservative People's Party). The Prime minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen supported the U.S. invasion of Iraq and according to this article the Danish people still support the mission there, even though they believe it makes them more of a target to Al Qaeda.

The Danish men and women in uniform have performed admirably, but equally important is the bravery of the Danish people. Denmark is not a large country, but the people are descendants of explorers and Viking Warriors, Danes have almost always done the "right thing". This article gives an example of Danish bravery. Also Denmark and America have deep feelings for each other, this article shows the respect Danes and Americans have for each other.

As for the Danish military, they patrol daily, arresting insurgents and seizing weapons caches. Currently, Denmark has deployed a battalion to MND (SE), operating out of Southern Iraq . The battalion comprises in total approximately 500 soldiers and consists of a Light Armoured Reconnaissance Squadron, an Armoured Infantry Company, a HQ & LOG Company, a CIMIC Detachment, a Medi­cal Platoon, a Mine Clearing and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit, a Military Police Detachment, an Engi­neering Detachment, and staff and liaison officers for the combined headquarters. In addition to the battalion, Denmark has deployed a National Support Element.
Furthermore staff personnel are embedded with the MND (CS) HQ, the MNF-I and to the Protection Teams in Baghdad and Basra . Finally Denmark also contributes to the NATO Training Mission in Iraq (NTM-I).

All I can say about this is, TAK SKAL DU HAVE DENMARK! When it was time to stand and hold the line against evil, the Danish people stood with honor and on the side of right. I salute the people of Denmark.

14 July 2005

There are no heroes among the insurgents

Among the left we often hear that the insurgents are "Arab minutemen" or they are heroes in their own right. I have a message for our friends on the left; heroes do not kill children. Heroes do not bring misery and suffering to people on purpose. Heroes act nobly, protect life, do the right thing.

Let me explain it further so that the braindead that occupy the left understand. The brave men and women of the American military go out beyond the walls everyday and one of the few things that brightens their day is interaction with Iraqi children. American soldiers everywhere have always had a soft spot for children, in Germany after World War II, our grandfathers fed children from their own rations, gave them candy if they had it, and gave whatever medical care they could. They did this for the children of our enemies, the children of the butchers of Buchenwald and Auschwitz. Why? Because they understood children are innocent, they should not have to pay for the sins of their fathers. In Korea and Vietnam, our own fathers did the same thing for the children of Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia. This is the definition of a hero; men and women who leave their family and friends far behind and serve a great and noble cause. These men and women have compassion, they have heart, THEY CARE, in my opinion, this is America's greatest gift to the world. Our people are a good and righteous people, of course we have bad apples, there is no such thing as a perfect people or a perfect nation, but we are close. Juxtapose that against the insurgents of Iraq, the animals who kill children to get at us. These are not heroes, they are not even men, these are cowards. That's right, it isn't a brave man that drives a car into a crowd of children, a brave insurgent would fight us face to face, but why should I expect men that want to enslave women to be brave.

Also overlooked by the left is that we,America, send our best and brightest to the sands of Iraq to bring peace and prosperity to a people that were physically, mentally and spiritually raped for 25 years. The insurgents send the most evil and the most twisted to this fight. They send them to kill children receiving candy, they send them to execute election workers who's only crime was helping democracy. They send the moral and religious cowards to strike terror in the hearts of good people not only in Iraq, but in Bali, New York, London, Madrid, and Moscow. Where we bring life and light, they bring darkness and death. There is no comparison in our cause versus theirs, any on the left that DARE to morally equate the two sides are as guilty as insurgents, yet their guilt is one of ignorance. Ignorance is an evil in its own right, you cannot support our troops and call the insurgents Patriots, you cannot support our troops and believe that the insurgents are minutemen. And you cannot support our troops if you want them to leave Iraq, our troops care about the men, women, and children of Iraq. You want to support them? Keep sending candy, and toys, and shoes,and school supplies. Those items will be taken by our men and women and given to the needy people of Iraq. These Suicide Cowards will not stop us from helping the Iraqi people, if anything these reprehensible acts will strengthen the bond between the Iraqi and American people.

Let me state one more time, killing children is the basest evil one can commit, children are innocent and the side that butchers them wantonly deserves whatever revenge our soldiers and the Iraqi people unleash upon them. I will not feel differently about this issue until every last suicide coward is captured, deserts Al Qaeda or is killed. My words are harsh, but what kind of society would we be if we did not take the harshest possible attitude towards the murderers of the most innocent.

Everybody's working for the weekend

And you thought your day was bad? This photo was taken today during a raging sandstorm at the Pax (passenger) terminal at BIAP (Baghdad International Airport). Anyone wanna guess if I made it to Kirkuk or not?(Here's a hint, I didn't) Looking at this picture, I can't stop thinking of that Loverboy song.

12 July 2005

Sorry not much time to post

I am getting ready for the final push up to Kirkuk and I have little time. Hopefully after I get settled in at FOB Warrior, I 'll have a lot to say.

Ben and Jerry's ain't got nothing on Baseem and Jaleel

A view from Al Faw Palace

A quiet night in Baghdad

Caelestis in Al Faw palace. This is probably the nicest place I ahve ever been in here in Iraq.

10 July 2005

Thinking of Home

Tactical chicken

Damn it's good to be a gangster

09 July 2005

My first banning

It was a position I had to debate for quite a while and I'm sure it will only give the individual more cannon fodder, but they were being disruptive. This is my house, the rules are be nice to people and don't insult the host with ad hominem arguments or strawman bullshit. We can have heated debate at anytime and people's emotions can run rampant, hell even the best of us lose our cool. But, a line is crossed when you're only reason for coming here is to insult me, or try to say that my ideals aren't real or to promote your own hate filled agenda. I abhor censorship, but I felt this was neccessary

Our Coalition versus Theirs

First of all I am in Baghdad in temporary quarters until I can get a flight up to Kirkuk. The best part is I am staying with some people I know and they have a dedicated internet connection in their set of trailers. Man I wish everyone had this! Now on to my thoughts.............

I was in the Corps DFAC this morning watching the news out of London when I looked around the DFAC and saw the most inspiring sight. In case people don't know Camp Victory is home to the MNC (Multi National Corps) Command structure, all nations of the coalition are represented here. I saw a grouping of people from the free world watching the coverage of the cowardly acts in London and there was anger on their faces. But what was truly amazing was how everyone was seated. American enlisted sat next to Polish officers, Korean NCOs and Australians sat together, Mongolians and Slovakians were together, as well as Albanians and Macedonians. I thought about last nights meal in the DFAC and I saw the same thing then too. The nations of the free world (those with the courage to stand and be counted) are so similar and so strong. Culturally we couldn't be more different, but the same ideals drive us and fill our hearts. All of us, Italian, Brit, American, Bulgarian, whatever country we are from, all of us would rather be with our families, but we are here at the front lines of freedom doing our duty. All of us have left our families to be here doing this noble thing. We are here to provide peace, and build schools, and cure children of life threatening ailments, we are here to bring justice to a people that dwelt in darkness, we are here for Iraq and for ourselves for when Iraq is free we are stronger and the terrorists are beaten. Every soldier and civilian of the Coalition is a force for good and human decency, our purpose is noble and just, compare and contrast that with the coalition of our enemies. They came to Baghdad and Kabul and London and Bali and New York they came to bring death and suffering and misery, they came to take the freedom that we have all shed blood to provide.

Their coalition is built upon the belief that all men and women are NOT created equally, that slavery is not only accepted but encouraged, especially if your slave is an infidel. Their beliefs are based on their interpretation of religious texts that they believe gives them permission to behead innocents, to kill women for the way they dress, and to attack children who receive candy from infidels. They rage against us and say we are committing holy war upon them, but which coalition quotes religion at every turn? Which coalition talks about peace and freedom and which one talks about destroying all infidels?

Our coalition values and respects life, we believe in the freedom of the individual to make his own way in life, to make mistakes and learn from them, they believe that certain mistakes must be punished by death. The Coalition of the West and its allies are a culture of life, love and freedom, the Coalition of Islamic Fascists is one of death, hate and oppression. Yet in their eyes our love of life and freedom is the very thing that makes us so hated, in their eyes our freedoms are tools of Satan, and we are the agents of Satan come to pollute the purity of what they believe Islamic culture should be. How twisted must one's mind be to believe that the freedom to make ones way in life is evil. What kind of god do they worship that believes killing innocents is acceptable and encouraged? What have they become to be so enraptured with death and hate?

In closing I want to say that the men and women of the coalition are a reflection of the free societies they represent. To the men and women of the Armed Forces

United Kingdom, Australia, Hungary, Slovakia, Estonia, Poland, Italy, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Georgia, Lithuania, Latvia, the Czech Republic, Japan, South Korea, Mongolia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Romania, El Salvador,(any country I have forgotten and of course the United States of America, you and the men and women of the Iraqi armed forces are the true face of freedom.

07 July 2005

Calling all bloggers

I am in the market for a skin for this blog, if anyone has any hints, tips, or would consider assisting me, I would be eternally grateful. Any help or guidance would be appreciated.



04 July 2005

Quick post

I have arrived in Kuwait and I am awaiting a flight to my final destination. Thank each and everyone of you for your kind comments, it fills my heart with pride to see that many of my fellow Americans understand the stakes we are playing for. I forsee no reason why I won't be able to blog from Iraq, it will just be 3 or 4 days before I can get settled into the unit and actually have something to say. I also signed up for Picassa and bloggerbot so I think I'll have a few pictures to post soon. God bless each and everyone one of you and your families.


P.S. everyone have a happy 4th.

02 July 2005

Happy 4th of July

in case I don't have a chance to say it in the blogosphere due to internet restrictions in Kuwait. Happy 4th of July! To all American military personnel, past and present, you are what makes America free. Remember that and pray for all of our military personnel in action now. I will be back on as soon as possible, probably from Iraq itself.


Today I leave for the war

Well it's time to go and do what I have been called to do. Today I head for to the war for the third time and I have some things to say. To me this is a blessing, a calling from God to do what I can to help our brave men and women in uniform. Also this post is for my family as some of them still don't understand why I am on my third trip to Iraq. First of all:

K, you have been the best sister a brother could ever have, you and I had some good fights when we were kids, but you were always there if I truly needed you. We don't see eye to eye on anything political, and you are one of those people calling for our troops to come home now. I love you, but you are wrong in this count, you have three boys and if we don't do this right, it will have to be done again and it could be your boys next time. When I'm in Iraq, I think about my three nephews and how I don't want to see them in DCU's in the next decade, I want to fight our enemies in their country until they either surrender or become so ineffective they aren't a threat to any of us. I don't want my nephews fighing a fight that I couldn't finish, I want them to go to college or play professional soccer, or be beach bums. However,if they choose to become soldiers I would be proud to be in the same chain that links all military personnel past present and future, the chain that holds America together. That being said I would prefer they not have to fight the war I have seen, I would prefer they not lose any friends like I have and I wish that they would never lose their innocence by having to kill another human being. War takes so much out of a person, it changes us in ways that are almost never positive and I would not want your boys to have to go through what I have. I hope one day you understand, that I don't do this for the money, that Bush is not Hitler, and that the people of Iraq deserve as much a chance at a better life as we were given. You and G and the boys will be on my mind the entire time I am in Kirkuk.

Mom, I was the baby of the family and I know you still view me as that little boy that wouldn't eat his green beans and only wanted peanut butter. I am still that little boy inside, but I am so much more now, I am a husband and a veteran, and now a successful man with my own family. I chose to go back to Iraq this time, because I believe in a better world. At 30 I am more of an idealist now than I was at 20, I believe one person can make a difference. I know you will worry about me the entire time I am gone, but you won't tell me how scared you are. I just wanted to say it's ok, I am on the path that brings me the greatest happiness. No matter what happens to me, I am doing what I believe is my destiny, I come from a family of warriors, your family and Dad's were all warriors, it's what they knew. I am a product of their collective service to nation, this isn't about adventure or money or some deathwish, it's about doing the right thing. The men and women and especially the children of Iraq are worth fighting for, when I see them I know that any sacrifice I can make is worth it. What kind of man would I be if I refused to help someone in need? How could I live my life knowing that someone was being tortured and I stood by and sipped my latte and refused to get off my ass? I don't know if you will ever understand what drives me Mom, just being able to help one Iraqi is worth my life. People on this planet are so hell bent on persecuting others, they are so concerned with appearing strong that they prey on the weak and the helpless. Mom, the people of Iraq were helpless and being crushed by a petty clone of Adolf Hitler, now they have hope where before they had none. Iraq is a mess, but it is a mess because freedom is messy, we had to fight a Civil War that nearly killed 500,000 of us just to make all men and women free. Iraq is already having to fight a soul searing conflict with itself to find itself. How could we abandon these people to this chaos? I will continue to support this cause until we win, we lose, or I am knocked out of commission. I cannot call myself a man and abandon the men, women and children of Iraq to brutal butchers, I've made my choice. You'll be in my heart everyday.

Dad, you are my hero, I don't know if I've ever told you that, but you are. You served in Vietnam and came back and made a life for yourself and your family. You did everything you could to provide for K and I, you worked extra hours to make sure we never went without. You never took sick time even though you were out in the elements everyday, you are the definition of what a man is, I hope one day I am half the man that you are. I think you understand what drives me and why I have to keep doing this job. When you were here in Hawaii to visit me and you told me you were proud of me was a moment I'll never forget. I can't let the people of Iraq suffer without doing something, I know I am only one person, but you were only one person and you did so many things in your life. I want to be like you, but I want to do so much more, I know I'm not going to "save the world", but everyday I can do a good deed, whether in Iraq or in Hawaii is a day that I feel like I have done my job as a man and an American. I know you understand!

Jan, my wife, my love, my life, this has got to be the hardest on you. This is the third time I have asked you to take a leap of faith and believe that no harm will come to me in Iraq. Three times I have left you and our puppies behind to pursue some quixotic belief that I can make the world a slightly better place. Three times I have left you behind to pay the bills, and manage the house and so many other things that no one should be forced to do by themselves. I have not been with you for 3 of our seven anniversary's because of my commitment to this. All I can say to you is thank you! I will always love you for your patience and your support of me and my ideals. I know that I make your life hard with these deployments, and for that I am sorry, I wish that it were easier to be away from you,but it's not. In fact, each deployment it gets harder and harder for me to say goodbye, I've lost friends now and had a few close calls myself, but I can't quit doing this. You know why, you more than anyone else understand why. You and I both believe it is our destiny to do whatever we can to make the world better. We are two tiny fish in the enormous universal ocean, but we both know one person can make a difference. When I am in Iraq I know you are in my heart at every moment and that our faith and love protects me. I firmly believe God has a plan for both of us, we are his instruments to do what we can to make the world better. So don't worry about me this time, I am doing what I was meant to do, and I have never been happier. So go and find my molly-molly and give her a scratch behind the ears.

For anyone that reads this; yes I am a 30 year old idealist, at 20 I was a cynic, but now I have a mission in life and a purpose. I found God, but I am far from a religious fanatic, I found a God that inspired me to do good deeds just for the sake of doing good. I can feel his prescence in everything around me, the sunset, the waves crashing on a Hawaiian beach and even in the evening breeze that is laced with plumeria. I would call myself a soldier of God, but not in any way that says he favors me or my cause. I am a soldier of our lord because I choose to serve the side of good, good is opening a door for a stranger, or helping your neighbor empty his trashcan, or going to Iraq because you want to help a people find their voice and feel what we feel when we think of our freedoms. The most fundamental question I ask myself everday is: If I have the chance to do good, even if there is a terrible price to pay, why wouldn't I? I wish more Americans would ask themselves this question, if you can do good, what on earth would stop you from following through?

Finally I just wanted to state one more time, Iraq is the whole bag of marbles, if our ideas win there, then militant islam will wither on the vine and eventually die. If we lose in Iraq, the world will become a much darker place where the evils of the past such as slavery and holy wars will become the norm. I ask the people of America this question; We are the last hope for this planet to realize its potential, the europeans are too weak to do it, what kind of world do we want for our children to live in? I made my choice, and now I leave to do what I believe is my duty. God bless my family, God bless our brave men and women in uniform, God bless all Americans and God bless America.


P.S. Love you my hummingbird