Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Abandoned Gothic

You are tired of the war in Iraq?

From Black Five:

Things that I am tired of in this war:

I am tired of Democrats saying they are patriotic and then insulting my
commander in chief and the way he goes about his job.

I am tired of Democrats who tell me they support me, the soldier on the
ground, and then tell me the best plan to win this war is with a “phased
redeployment” (liberal-speak for retreat) out of the combat zone to someplace
like Okinawa.

I am tired of the Democrats whining for months on T.V., in the New York
Times, and in the House and Senate that we need more troops to win the war in
Iraq, and then when my Commander in Chief plans to do just that, they say that
is the wrong plan, it won’t work, and we need a “new direction.”

I am tired of every Battalion Sergeant Major and Command Sergeant Major I
see over here being more concerned about whether or not I am wearing my uniform
in the “spot on,” most garrison-like manner; instead of asking me whether or not
I am getting the equipment I need to win the fight, the support I need from my
chain of command, or if the chow tastes good.

I am tired of junior and senior officers continually doubting the technical
expertise of junior enlisted soldiers who are trained far better to do the jobs
they are trained for than these officers believe.

I am tired of senior officers and commanders who fight this war with more
of an eye on the media than on the enemy, who desperately needs killing.

I am tired of the decisions of Sergeants and Privates made in the heat of
battle being scrutinized by lawyers who were not there and will never really
know the state of mind of the young soldiers who were there and what is asked of
them in order to survive.

I am tired of CNN claiming that they are showing “news,” with videotape
sent to them by terrorists, of my comrades being shot at by snipers, but
refusing to show what happens when we build a school, pave a road, hand out food
and water to children, or open a water treatment plant.I am tired of following
the enemy with drones that have cameras, and then dropping bombs that sometimes kill civilians; because we could do a better job of killing the right people by sending a man with a high powered rifle instead

I am tired of Democrats who tell me they support me, the soldier on the
ground, and then tell me the best plan to win this war is with a “phased
redeployment” (liberal-speak for retreat) out of the combat zone to someplace
like Okinawa.

Go read the rest.

flip floppers - Kerry, Biden, Reid and Hagel

We have a bunch of flip floppers. Could it be integrity instead of political hackery? Remember, they all love the troops. Yeah, right.

The effrontery of their lies is mind boggling.

In 2004, he told NBC's Tim Russert some things
he believes "very deeply." "Number one, we cannot fail," Mr. Kerry said. "I've
said that many times. And if it requires more troops in order to create the
stability that eliminates the chaos, that can provide the groundwork for other
countries, that's what we have to do."

"We don't have enough troops in
Iraq," Sen. John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, said in 2005.

In June 2005, he said, "There's not enough
force on the ground now to mount a real counterinsurgency." "They're going to
need a surge of forces," he said in another interview.

By last week, Mr. Biden had reversed his war strategy. "The president and
others who support the surge have it exactly backwards," he told reporters.

"If it is for a surge -- that is, two or three
months and it's part of a program to get us out of there as indicated by this
time next year -- then sure I'll go along with it," said the Nevada Democrat who
voted for the war in 2002. "If the commanders on the ground said this was just
for a short period of time, we'll go along with that."

After Mr. Bush laid out his plan to increase troops, the Democratic leader
flatly rejected it. "The surge is a bad idea," Mr. Reid said on CNN's "Late

A veteran of the Vietnam War, he
also warned his colleagues that an Iraq war would be a long, tough slog. "This
is just the beginning," he said. "The risks should not be understated, miscast
or misunderstood. Ours is a path of both peril and opportunity with many detours
and no shortcuts."

And Mr. Hagel warned them against sowing seeds of division with hot

"America -- including the Congress -- and the world, must speak with one
voice about Iraqi disarmament, as it must continue to do so in the war on
terrorism," he said. "Because the stakes are so high, America must be careful
with her rhetoric and mindful of how others perceive her intentions."

Mr. Hagel co-authored the resolution with Mr. Biden rebuking Mr. Bush and
his "escalation" plan.

January 31

1971 - The Winter Soldier Investigation, organized by the Vietnam Veterans Against the War to publicize war crimes and atrocities by Americans and allies in Vietnam, begin in Detroit, Michigan.

January 30

Communist forces in South Vietnam begin the Tet Offensive by launching surprise attacks against South Vietnamese provincial capitals. 1968