08 December 2005

Democrats ready to surrender

At least that's what the new republican attack ad will say according to the Drudge Report.

IMHO it's about time someone nailed the Dems to the wall with their constant schizo games of "we support the troops while we try to ensure their defeat."

Today's Democratic party wants us to lose in Iraq and elsewhere as they hope it will win them midterm elections. There I said it, they are the defeatist party that would sacrifice our military for elected office.

Now some troll make a comment about Bush lying about the war, or I'm a simpleton or some other nonsense. I'm not the one on the side of the people pulling for a terrorist win.

Home and ready to reflect.

I've been back from Iraq for a little bit now and I have finally caught up on house issues, spent some quality time with the Missus, and had time to reflect on what my third tour in Iraq taught me. You see each time I go "over there" life teaches me a lesson that I think makes me a better human being. I learned two things this time in Iraq that I want to share.

I was on a Blackhawk flying from Kirkuk to Sulaymaniya and then down to Tikrit and I remember the feeling of freedom that comes with flying in a vehicle with no doors 100 feet off the ground at 150 miles per hour. You are so completely vulnerable at that time and have no control over your life until you regain the ground. But I realized that you have no control of your life under normal circumstances. Sure you can decide what to wear to work, or what to eat at lunch or even if you read this blog or not, you can even decide to take a sick day for no reason and go to the beach instead, but in the end we aren't in control. God is in control of our lives, he knows the hour of our birth and the time of our death, it is his will as to how long we live in this earthly realm. In that moment I realized that no amount of fear, no amount of bargaining, and even no amount of prayer would save me if an insurgent took that helicopter out. Some people would be given to thoughts of despair or despondency, but I was happy. In fact, I was giddy like a kid in grade school, I had accepted a universal truth of life in a place where death stalked you every day. I remember the freedom I had in the rest of my tour in Iraq, that feeling that I was free to do all that I could to make things in Iraq better and that come what may I knew that I had no control of it. That giving up of control to something greater than yourself can also be found in members of the military. To my colleagues on the left they see spirit crushing militarism when they look at the Armed Forces, I see redemptive freedom, the freedom to exist in the moment to be part of a noble endeavor where everyone struggles together to make something better than it was, or to preserve it for what it is. Many people say the military is the repository of a nation's moral values. I agree to a point with that statement, but I also believe that the military of the U.S. is the spirit of our country reaching for a better world or as Ronald Reagan put it, that shining city upon the hill. In that moment on that Blackhawk, I realized that I wasn't a contractor trying to survive a helicopter flight, I was an American and moreso a Christian experiencing the freedom that comes with acceptance of God's will over my life.

The second thing I learned I already knew it, but I forgot it. You see, Iraq is clarity, clarity in a way that someone that has never been there can never ever experience. Everything about Iraq comes through to a person so much more forcefully than in the world of home. Iraq is like a whole different world, things seem more real than they do now that I'm back. I have seen other bloggers talk about it before and they are correct, Iraq heightens your senses and expands your consciousness. Look at me, I sound like Timothy O'Leary talking about a good LSD trip, but it's true. Only in Iraq have I experienced sheer terror while laughing my ass off in rapturous delight. Only in Iraq have I felt like I wanted to cry out of loneliness, but felt so overwhelmed with pride at serving my country. Only in Iraq have I actually had to confront my own mortality head on, to live in that moment knowing that the next moment I could be dead. Some people might think that living in that moment is impossible with the Sword of Damocles we call death hanging over us at all times. But those of you that haven't been to Iraq can't understand, again I'm going to use that word freedom, the freedom you have when you accept that your fate is not yours to decide is intoxicating. I went on several more missions outside the wire than my wife us aware of, not because I had a death wish or that I was some "gung-ho" fool. No I did it because it was the right thing to do, doing the right thing matters more when it might be the last thing you ever do. But more importantly, I might never be back in this place at this hour doing these things, so if I don't experience it now, I never will. The experiences one goes through in a war zone are unable to be duplicated back in the "real world", and as a result when you leave you crave it a little bit. Iraq is almost like a drug in that regard, I have been home now a little while and I would be lying if I said I didn't have small pangs of wanting to be there right now. Even with the heat, the crappy food, the dangers of indirect fire, IED's and the death of friends, part of me wants to be there right now. I suspect part of me will always want to be there. Some might call me insane, I know my wife thinks I'm a little bonkers for wanting that, but there are reasons. That clarity I talked about earlier when you feel so free and you feel so "GOOD" is absent in this world. By good, I mean that feeling that you are on the side of right, that you are righteous and that your cause is the cause of justice for humanity. In the U.S. sure I can volunteer for charity groups, and sure I can donate to worthwhile causes, but most of those deeds pale in comparison to the conviction that your work has led to a people becoming free. To know that you destroyed a tyrant and his regime is a feeling that is impossible to recreate in this world. That doesn't mean you shouldn't do good things here, but it does mean that they might not be as satisfying as bringing freedom to the lost who have lived their entire lives without it.

I learned a few other things in Iraq, but I haven't formulated my thoughts yet on those issues. I need time to reflect and digest what I went through to make it coherent to people. That having been said I must conclude with this; I am a student of history, (I'm no genius, but I know a thing or two) I have never seen nor read, nor heard of any nation's military at any time in the world's history whose members believed they were fighting for a better world. American armies have always fought for geopolitics, or resources, or even idealism, but this is relatively new. The military of today believes it is not only righteous, but just to bring freedom to oppressed people. The torch of liberty has been passed to a new "Great Generation" that believes it is their destiny to accept the mission of bringing freedom and light to the darkest corners of oppression. I pray our media and certain members of our nation let them finish the mission they have been inspired to begin.


As always linked over at Mudville Gazette.

Let's use hate speech to protest what we think is hate speech

You have to hand it to liberals, their logic train left the station long ago and they still expect to be taken seriously. Ann Coulter (who I have several disagreements with, but also agree with on certain other issues) was giving a speech at UCONN and the campus whackadoo left came out to protest her. No problem using freedom of speech to tell someone you don't like their ideas, but there's a problem with the following from the article;

Just before the event, Students Against Hate held an alternative event focusing on discrimination at UConn and intended to provide "balance" to the Coulter talk. During the talk several students from various racial groups and of various sexual orientations spoke about how harsh words have wounded them.


That by itself would have been fine, but during the speech the following resulted;

After waiting with her bodyguard on stage for several minutes for the music to stop while a section of the audience chanted "You suck, you suck," an irritated Coulter said she would not finish her speech.

So let's have a session where we talk about how harsh words have wounded us and then let's go engage in harsh words to hurt another. WOW!!!!! Only a leftist would see this as fair and balanced, let's console each other and then go bash someone we hate.

Also from this article I have learned the term Asian chick is no longer appropriate to be used in casual conversation.

Hana Kim, 20, of Stamford, cried as she recalled her experience hearing two young men express shock and disapproval in a loud conversation that a friend was dating an "Asian chick."


I don't think Ms. Kim is going to enjoy the real world very much. Imagine her encountering the following things.

Census forms

How would she identify herself, is female ok, is person of Far Eastern Hemispheric descent ok?

Restaurants

Would she refuse to eat at a restaurant that was Chinese or Persian? What if the restaurant was titled "Food made from items and recipes found in the eastern hemisphere of planet earth where people of a Sino ethnic group live"

Grocery stores

Could she handle going into an Asian market? Or a Greek Deli? Would she fight to have them called Market of food for people that come from the region known as the far east or a Deli with food from people who developed Western Civilization? And what the hell would she do if she thought Western Civilization was evil and it's name offended her.

The point is the whackadoo left is so bizarrely insane that they see the terms Asian chick as hurtful and they see Ann Coulter as hateful so any insanity they resort to in the fight against such things is justified.

And they wonder why we on the right are always laughing at them as we win election after election.

07 December 2005

Love us as we love you

I found this poem over at Blackfive and wanted to share it with anyone that might not have seen it. The more cynical among you might laugh at the hokeyness or cheesiness of this poem. Some of my left wing readers might laugh at what they see as a simplisitic emotional mess. Well go screw yourself, this poem puts into words what I believe is happening in this war, why these brilliant young men and women fight so hard.

It's a shame we have so many on the left that claim to love the soldiers and then act in direct opposition to those soldiers.


A DIFFERENT CHRISTMAS POEM


The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,

I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.

My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,

My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.



Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,

transforming the yard to a winter delight.

The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,

completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.



My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,

Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.

In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,

So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.



The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,

But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.

Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know,

Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.



My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,

And I crept to the door just to see who was near.

Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,

a lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.



A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,

Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.

Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,

standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.



"What are you doing?" I asked without fear,

"Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!

Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,

You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"



For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,

Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts..

To the window that danced with a warm fire's light.

Then he sighed and he said "Its really all right,

I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night."



"It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,

That separates you from the darkest of times.

No one had to ask or beg or implore me,

I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.



My Gramps died at 'Pearl on a day in December,"

Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers."

My dad stood his watch in the jungles of 'Nam,'

And now it is my turn and so, here I am.

I've not seen my own son in more than a while,

But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile.



Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,

The red, white, and blue... an American flag.



"I can live through the cold and the being alone,

Away from my family, my house and my home.

I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,

I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.

I can carry the weight of killing another,

Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..

Who stand at the front against any and all,

To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall."



"So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright,

Your family is waiting and I'll be all right."

"But isn't there something I can do, at the least,

"Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast?"

It seems all too little for all that you've done,

For being away from your wife and your son."



Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,

"Just tell us you love us, and never forget.

To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,

To stand your own watch, no matter how long.

For when we come home, either standing or dead,

To know you remember we fought and we bled.

Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,

That we mattered to you as you mattered to us.

05 December 2005

We're from the government, and

we're here to help you, all 8,000 of us. Am I the only person that finds 8,000 bureaucrats meeting in Montreal funny? There are 8,000 of them wasting God knows how much energy, telling us that the U.S. is the only problem enviromentally.

This stuff writes itself.

To answer a critic

Here at TMSR I rarely indulge my critics with a response. But since this person acted like an adult to a degree, I feel obliged to answer their charges.

The following quotes in italics and bolded are from a person named REALITYPLEASE that posted in my comments section.


Hey! I know. Lets not talk about the enormous cluster that is Bush/Cheney's Iraq debacle. Dont talk about firing your own generals and going w/ your own "plan". 2100+ dead solders. $6 Billion a month. Instead, lets throw mud at a women who has the audacity to speak out againt the war after losing her son. Here's a couple of other items to discuss.

Dear realityplease, what enormous cluster? I've actually been to Iraq 3 times and see success after success after success. That doesn't mean Iraq is the land of Rainbow wishes and chocolate dreams, but it's better than it was under Saddam Hussein. Millions of Iraqis voting for freedom don't lie, tens of thousands of brave Iraqis standing up to fight terrorists are not an illusion, and democracy in the Middle East is happening despite the naysaying of you, members of my family, the treasonous media or the Judas, Cindy Sheehan. Make no mistake she is a Judas, she cares not for the troops at all, most communists see the military as a tool of the petty bourgeois class structure. Where did I find such a quote? From the very website of Cindy's buddies in San Francisco, the revolutionary communist party. It's funny that someone that gnashes her teeth and wails about the "poor soldiers" would involve herself with those who hate the very idea of the American military. But your feeble mind can't see past your own hatred of the president to see the greater truth; Cindy Sheehan actions have disgraced her dead son. No matter the son's political views, I'm sure he is revolted by her siding with Maoists, the greatest murderers of the 20th century.

Let's dissect your other arguments, shall we? Generals are relieved if they shame themselves, the military, or the nation. We have a civilian command structure for a reason. Bush going with his "own plan" is what a president does. He outlines the overall strategy for victory and then has the military fill in the details and make it happen. It has always been thus, who are you to criticize the very successful American way of war that has dominated for 200+ years? As for the combat losses, each one is a tragedy that I would not wish upon anyone, but they were soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines. Their sole job is to be that thin line that protects us all from peril. That means fighting and fighting means killing and both sides lose people in war. No one was drafted against their will, and if you look at the year, it's 2005, almost 2006, you might learn something from the following. Most enlistments are 4 year ones, it has been nearly 4.5 years since 9/11, and it has been nearly 3 years since we invaded Iraq. The forces we put in the field now are made up of a majority of people that want to fight this war. The reenlistment numbers bear this out quite well. In a 4 year period nearly anyone who wanted out of the military could get out, and yet we are experiencing record reenlistment rates. Here's one quote from the article Every one of the Army's 10 divisions — its key combat organizations — has exceeded its re-enlistment goal for the year to date. Those with the most intense experience in Iraq have the best rates. The 1st Cavalry Division is at 136 percent of its target, the 3rd Infantry Division at 117 percent.

That must stick in your craw that a defeatist like you can't stand that the soldiers are voting with their feet to fight this war and to win it. You address cost, 6 billion a month you say, to that I respond with this; Who is the grotesque one here? You who are willing to put a prictagge on freedom, or me who knows that true freedom has no price that isn't worth paying. So yes I'll continue to "throw mud" aCindydSheehanan or anyone else who claims to have the best interests of soldiers in mind, when their actions betray their true hatred for those same soldiers.

So now on to your other its of wisdom you wanted to share with me.



Bogus aluminum tubes, remote winged aircraft, mobile chem labs


Ramped up pre-war bombing

Diverting of funds from Afganinstan to Iraq


Forgive me if I take them a few at a time, I have a sensitive stomach that doesn't handle trash very well.

Bogus aluminum tubes???? As someone that has spent nearly 1/3 of my life dealing with intel, let me say this; We get bad info all the time, you act on what you have, sometimes you are right, sometimes you geembarrasseded. I'd rather bembarrasseded and have acted than not acted and pay a terrible price later.

Ramped up pre-war bombing? As someone who was in those invasion columns that rode into Iraq, let me say this loud and clear. GOD BLESS THE AIR FORCE!!! They took out large chunks of the Iraqi army in that pre war bombing. It ensured I and many thousands of other ground troops survived. I doubt you find many American military members that are upset about the bombing campaign. Our job is to kill the enemy anyway we can and I have no feelings of shame about killing them before a Congressional vote. Killing is never a good thing, but if the choice is premetpive bombing to protect American lives or no bombing that leads to more American casualties, what do you think the American people would prefer?

Diverting of funds? Well, we have ten times the number of troops in Iraq versus Afghanistan, so diverting of funds sounds like a damn smart idea to me. The more funds we can get into Iraq the better. Afghanistan is doing much better overall than Iraq, so why would you object to sending money to where it is needed more?

Pat Tilman

Jessica Lynch

Gonzolez memos labelling quaint & not
applicable the Geneva Convention guidelines for prisoner treatment.

Abu Grape


Pat Tillman died an American hero and was killed in a tragic accident. There is this thing called the fog of war, sometimes we know exactly how someone died, sometimes we get it wrong and we tell an inaccurate story of a person's death. Usually after time we get it right. Cmon, don't tell me that Pat Tillman's death is Bush's fault? More logic from the Cindy Sheehan school of blaming Republicans.

Ditto for Jessica Lynch, she was captured, she survived, we got part of her story wrong, as more evidence came out, the PENTAGON revised it's version of events. Don't tell me you're one of those people who watch a war movie on TV and think it's really easy to follow the action in actual combat.

Gonzalez memos.......... too touchy feely for me and most military members I know. If we are going to hurt people, let's do it the right way, and take what information they give us and use it.

Abu Ghraib, well let's see, those who tortured were punished, and new guidelines were put in place to prevent a repeat performance? What else is there to say?


Using the troops in staged "news" events

Joe Wilson smear

Valerie Plame outing

Libby indictment


Exactly how are the troops used in staged events? Bush travels to military bases to hear from the troops and to encourage them. It is a war, should he act differently?

Joe Wilson is a coward who is using his partisan beliefs to smear a President, you got the smear part right, but the wrong target.

Valerie Plame was not a covert agent anymore. Again as a former intel person, I know the rules on this one. If someone has not been at a foreign station for five years, they are no longer a covert agent. Here let me help you see the light, get it through your noggin, she was not a covert agent, if this case ever goes to trial it will likely be thrown out once we get down to the brass tacks of the matter.

As for Libby, poor Scooter, it looks like he lied and if convicted he must pay. I have no sympathy for him, he probably did something wrong, he got caught and that's the end of the story. Not like a certain former president who was charged with perjury and obstruction ojusticece and kept his job. Libby, if guilty will pay and that's that.



CIA secret prisons - E.U. warning that any E.U. country discovered to have hosted CIA prisons will face "serious consequences," including losing its E.U. voting rights.

Fake & restricted town hall meetings

Bush speaking to captive audiences only

Promising to fire anyone involved in the CIA leak


My wife and I had this very talk the other night, CIA secret prisons make me feel warm all over. Unlike you, I have seen the actions of these animals firsthand. Were I the leader of America, secret prisons would be the nicest thing these assholes received. You see the difference is, in Iraq and Afghanistan, the terrorists plan whole missions dedicated to killing innocent civilians. We, accidentally kill innocents and then do what we can for surviving family members. If I had it my way, these bastards would not be drawing breath any longer than their useful intelligence value required them to.

Fake and restricted town hall meetings? I have yet to see a fake one, I'm sure on your feverish leftwing site you have found something you have latched onto to. As for restricted meetings, does not the President have the carte blanche to speak to whom he wants? He holds press conferences, he speaks to congress at least once a year and goes on numerouforeigngn policy trips, don't get your panties in a twist if he doesn't speak to "Democrats Committed to Imprisoning Bush" whenever you guys want to throw feces at him.

Captive audiences you say? What branch of the Federal govt. is holding the people at gunpoint forcing them to listen to W's drawl? If you know what branch, can you tell me, I'd like to hold people hostage and make them read Greek and Roman classics and I could use a little Federal muscle to make it happen.

Finally, you said promising to fire anyone involved in the CIA leak. Well how can you fire a guy if he resigns, so far Scooter Libby is the only person implicated and indicted. He resigned, but in your little world, you just know Karl Rove and Cheney are involved, no matter that Pat Fitzgerald has said nothing about either one. Try living in the reality based world instead of your little dementia, oops I mean dimension.


One note: I did delete a few more quotes from REALITYPLEASE, but they involved the usual tin foil hat nuttery of "Bush served plastic turkey to the troops", and the "downing street" memos which have been discredited by anyone with a 3rd grade reading level.

Linked as always over at Mudville Gazette

03 December 2005

Army/Navy GAME THREAD

10:53 LOCAL

NAVY LEADS 14-10

ARMY TRIES TO DRAW THEM OFFSIDE ON A 4TH AND 1 AND NAVY DOESN'T BITE

ARMY PUNTS AND NAVY SETS UP SHOP AT THEIR OWN 34 YARD LINE

NAVY COMPLETION FOR 17 YARD GAIN

10:55

NAVY DRIVING WITH 40 SECONDS LEFT IN THE HALF

10:57


NAVY WITH A FIRST AND GOAL AT THE ARMY 8


11:00

NAVY SCORES THE TOUCHDOWN WITH A 2 YARD RUN
THEY GO INTO HALFTIME LEADING ARMY 21-10

HALFTIME

ON AN UNRELATED NOTE MY TEXAS LONGHORNS ARE WHIPPING THE EVERLOVING CRAP OUT OF COLORADO 70-3 GOING INTO THE 4TH QUARTER

GETTING READY FOR THE SECOND HALF

11:25

FIRST HALF RECAP

AM I THE ONLY ONE THAT IS REALLY REALLY HAPPY WATCHING THIS GAME. SO MUCH OF THE LIVES OF OFFICERS AND OFFICERS IN TRAINING IS FOCUSED ON SERIOUS THINGS. WATCHING THEM JUST BE FOOTBALL FANS MAKES ME FEEL GOOD.


KICKOFF TO ARMY FIRST AND TEN ON THE ARMY 19

11:28

9 YARD GAIN BY THE FULLBACK ON A PASS RECEPTION

3RD DOWN AND 1 AND NO GAIN

BLACK KNIGHTS WILL PUNT

NAVY IN BUSINESS 1ST AND 10 AT THEIR OWN 25 YARD LINE

11:35

UGH HUGE GAIN BY NAVY 25 YARD GAIN 1ST AND 10 AT THE ARMY 40

11:37

NAVY JUST MISSES A TOUCHDOWN SCORE

SCRATCH THAT TOUCHDOWN NAVY 28-10

COULD SOMEONE PLEASE TACKLE THE NAVY RUNNING BACK.

11:46

NAVY GETS THE BALL BACK, ARMY IS STARTING TO STINK UP THE JOINT A LITTLE

11:52

NAVY IN THE RED ZONE AGAIN MAN THIS IS GETTING UGLY

11:56

Navy Scores 35-10

12:05

HOLY JEEBUS, ARMY SCORES A TOUCHDOWN ON A BUSTED PLAY

35-17

12:11

CRAP NAVY LONG RUN FOR A TOUCHDOWN
HEY BLACK KNIGHTS, THE GUY IN WHITE IS THE BAD GUY, TACKLE HIM. SHEESH!!!!!!!!

NAVY 42-17


12:28

Looking like this game is about decided. Navy is settling for keeping Army bottled up.

Still 42-17

12:45

Army driving, now inside the red zone 1:36 left in the game, it's about over, but Army could recover some honor by scoring a touchdown.

12:48

Army scores a touchdown

42-23

Game ends 42-23Good luck next year Black Knights