The following excellent article expresses values, principles and an outlook that Modern Liberals, Leftists, so-called “Progressives”, Democrats and Democrat-voters just cannot understand. They only see the negative in everything. They only can be pessimistic. They only see wrong and evil and negative in everything about America.
Via Curt at Flopping Aces: The Committment to Build a Democracy
Excellent article in the Army Times today by a Navy lieutenant named Jason Nichols and Dave Thul, a staff sergeant. Both currently serving in Iraq:
It takes commitment to build democracy
After four years in Iraq, what have we gained?
As we enter the fifth year of this conflict, much of the talk is of loss, but it is important to understand what we’ve reaped from our efforts. We should honor the price paid by acknowledging the accomplishments and opportunities created by those who have sacrificed and suffered. These insights will encourage us to complete what was begun.
First, we have prevented a second Sept. 11-style attack. As 9/11 becomes history rather than memory for many people, they forget that nearly every terrorism and foreign policy analyst predicted another attack within a few years as a near certainty, and thought a nuclear attack very likely. Few predict that now, and it is because of our actions in Iraq. By bringing the fight to the Middle East, we’ve occupied not only al-Qaida but the funds and manpower of other extremist financiers and planners. It is much easier, and more militarily sound, to defend your country by taking the fight to the enemy than it is to turn your own society into an armed camp. Both the military and the American public can be justifiably proud of this accomplishment.
Second, and far more importantly, we’ve enacted a strategy to defeat the source of the threat. That source is Islamic fascists and their oppression of their own people through dictatorial governments. Had we stopped after Afghanistan, that source would have been untouched. Lack of freedom brings poverty, and poverty brings desperation and hate. Dictators use the West as a scapegoat, blaming us for their people’s poverty to help keep their citizens from rebelling. They warp religious teachings and combine them with this desperation to create weapons out of naive young men with no opportunities for a happy life. Iraq offers a way out for the entire region.
Democracy in Iraq will bring freedom and, in time, wealth and opportunity. Iraq’s location is strategically ideal, bordering nearly all other Middle East countries with varying degrees of dictatorship. The young people in those countries have seen the Iraqis voting, and in time they will begin to ask, “Why not us?” As Iraq’s prosperity grows, neighboring citizens will demand equal freedoms.
The extremists know this, and they fear it. They fear their own people learning that there is an alternative to poverty and dogma. Make no mistake: They have made Iraq a front line in this war because they are afraid. That is a real gain we should acknowledge and celebrate at the same time we honor any losses. Finally, while we are bringing fear to those who would use it against civilians, we are freeing our own civilians from fear. Most Americans do not feel threatened by the fascists that send young men to die here in Iraq, and that is a good thing. We should be glad that our own countrymen are so unaffected by this war that they question its necessity, because it means we’re doing the job they pay us to do on the front line.
Those of us currently serving have a duty to inform the public on what we are doing, the importance of staying until the mission is complete, and the disastrous consequences if they withdraw us prematurely. One means at our disposal is the Appeal for Courage at http://appealforcourage.org. We would ask all of you to sign it to communicate our desire to stay in Iraq until the Iraqi military and police are capable of defending their own country. At that time, there will be a free country where none has ever existed. We will be able to look at that new democracy and proudly say, “See that? Those people are free because of us. We helped create that.”
This anniversary is a time when we should recognize that we have gained much. By remaining steadfast, we will gain much more.
— Jason Nichols and Dave Thul
Nichols is a Navy lieutenant serving as an information professional with Multi-National Forces-Iraq in Baghdad. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Thul is a staff sergeant with the Minnesota National Guard; he is serving with the 34th Infantry Division, conducting convoy operations from Asad, Iraq. His e-mail address is email@example.com.
The cut n run Democrats and Republicans see none of this. Instead they see a situation that they just want to be over. It’s been six years since 9/11 and it’s now a distant memory, no more attacks against our country so why should we worry? None of these yahoo’s can see past the next day, let alone years from now. Having a friend smack dab in the middle of the enemies region is a priceless commodity. Not to mention that once a whole region understands that Democracy can work in their country then the people inside those countries will slowly demand freedom, which encourages prosperity, which will take the hatred and bomb vest off of that middle eastern young man and put a suit on him instead.
Why is it that our leaders (50 of them anyways) cannot see long term? Cannot see the good we have done. Cannot see the accomplishments we have accomplished with a lower casualty rate then I nor anyone else could of dreamed of before we invaded.
It’s all politics baby…. the security and welfare of this great country be damned.
Army Veteran Matt Burden at Blackfive solicited feedback from military members in Iraq as well as their families to find out what they thought about the Democrats’ working to push through their Surrender Bill. The results were not suprising. The Democrats have succeeded in completely emboldening our enemies and completely demoralizing our military. But of course, we shouldn’t question their patriotism, and they, of course, “support the troops!”
Via Matt at Blackfive: Troop Reaction to the Democrats
Previously, I had asked for and received a lot of email from troops around the world (but mostly in Iraq and Afghanistan) about the Democrat resolutions for retreat…especially, in the face of the surge and a new Commanding General that the Democrats unamimously approved of…
I haven’t received one troop email that supports the Democrat position of cut and run.
From a soldier just returned to Ft. Hood from Iraq:
A lot of the guys in my unit can’t stand the weak, whiny, nonsense that is comming from Congress. I know it makes me sick to think these people get… to run our great country into the ground.
And from Camp Victory, anger:
I am in Camp Victory… I was in Tallil, and Balad in ’03/’04… I am sickened by the treasonous actions of the Democrats. I believe that they should consider themselves lucky that the Armed Forces, that they so readily give up for sacrifice, don’t turn their weapons on the most dangerous of our enemies in this conflict.
As a sailor in Kuwait (it sounds weird to me too), I just want to tell you that those cowardly, greedy, short-sighted, spineless pieces of you know what that voted for this abortion of bill, should all be forced to come here for tour, just for a reality check. How can they complain about the Iraqi government not STEPPING UP, when the Congress is all but falling down! Talk about factions and greed! I can’t believe the pork in that bill. If such an arbitrary date is not harmful, and we are leaving regardless of conditions, WHY NOT cut off funding for the Iraq campaign, and have us home tomorrow? Oh, right, they would look bad. The election news wouldn’t hide it. Oh, yeah, election…….. They believe that THEY will be in charge in November….. God forbid that there are any messy international problems, especially ones that they VOTED FOR AND AUTHORIZED!
What’s worse, however, is the reaction of their parents. I’ve received a lot of email from parents who describe heart-breaking phone calls with their sons and daughters in Iraq. They are counseling these young Americans who are now questioning why they are fighting for a group of people that are duplicitous, spineless, and certainly not worthy of them. IMHO, if you want to talk about damaging morale, this could be the final straw.
Be sure to visit Victory Caucus every day over the next week. We’re working on some things and we’ll need your help to get them done.
I originally posted this on November 17, 2005.
Well, I have found the reason why most teenie-boppers today are ignorant of the TRUTH about the connections between Saddam Hussein/Iraq and Osama bin Laden/al Qaeda: they were between the ages of 7 and 12 when the media was actually reporting on these connections. And considering most get indoctrinated with liberal garbage in today’s public schools, whose teachers have probably been brainwashing them with liberal, hate-Bush garbage for the past 6 years, I suppose I should take off the label of traitor I apply to them and simply consider them ignorant fools. Ignorant because they simply do not know the truth, but fools because they seem to claim to be highly intelligent know-it-alls whenever they go around spouting off about how “Bush Lied!” and “everyone knows the Bush Administration was full of sh*t”, when in fact all they are doing is regurgitating lies spewed by the hate-Bush crowd. I guess being hateful and looking foolish is popular among the nation’s youth these days. Who knows.
All I know is that if these people were to simply go to this website, they would see that the media was reporting, with full confidence and assurance, that there was a working relationship between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda. Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourself. The same media outlets now all regurtitating the “Bush Lied’ mantra spewing out of the lying mouths of the Democrats, Liberals and idiot little teenie boppers, were all reporting the threat of the alliance between bin Laden and Saddam Hussein:
Unmentioned by ABC, how maybe the Bush administration believed there was a bin Laden-Saddam connection because they believed ABC News. In a story aired in a prime time news magazine show on Thursday, January 14, 1999, then-ABC News correspondent Sheila MacVicar reported how a few months after the embassy bombings in Africa and U.S. retaliation against Sudan, bin Laden “reaches out to his friends in Iraq and Sudan.” MacVicar trumpeted how “ABC News has learned that in December, an Iraqi intelligence chief, named Farouk Hijazi, now Iraq’s ambassador to Turkey, made a secret trip to Afghanistan to meet with bin Laden. Three intelligence agencies tell ABC News they cannot be certain what was discussed, but almost certainly, they say, bin Laden has been told he would be welcome in Baghdad.”
I tracked down that ABC News story after seeing it referred to in an excerpt from a new book by Stephen Hayes, “The Connection: How al Qaeda’s Collaboration with Saddam Hussein has Endangered America,” published in the June 7 Weekly Standard. Hayes cited similar news stories in Newsweek, the AP and NPR, in the 1998-99 range, which assumed bin Laden and Saddam Hussein were cooperative.
The Weekly Standard titled its excerpt, “The Connection: Not so long ago, the ties between Iraq and al Qaeda were conventional wisdom. The conventional wisdom was right.” In the book, Hayes recited numerous pieces of evidence of how Iraq and al-Qaeda had a mutually beneficial relationship. Here’s an excerpt from the Weekly Standard’s book excerpt in which Hayes recounted how the media assumed such a relationship, based on information provided by Clinton administration officials:
There was a time not long ago when the conventional wisdom skewed heavily toward a Saddam-al Qaeda links. In 1998 and early 1999, the Iraq-al Qaeda connection was widely reported in the American and international media. Former intelligence officers and government officials speculated about the relationship and its dangerous implications for the world. The information in the news reports came from foreign and domestic intelligence services. It was featured in mainstream media outlets including international wire services, prominent newsweeklies, and network radio and television broadcasts.
Newsweek magazine ran an article in its January 11, 1999, issue headed “Saddam Bin Laden?” “Here’s what is known so far,” it read:
“Saddam Hussein, who has a long record of supporting terrorism, is trying to rebuild his intelligence network overseas — assets that would allow him to establish a terrorism network. U.S. sources say he is reaching out to Islamic terrorists, including some who may be linked to Osama bin Laden, the wealthy Saudi exile accused of masterminding the bombing of two U.S. embassies in Africa last summer.”
….NPR reporter Mike Shuster interviewed Vincent Cannistraro, former head of the CIA’s counterterrorism center, and offered this report:
“Iraq’s contacts with bin Laden go back some years, to at least 1994, when, according to one U.S. government source, Hijazi met him when bin Laden lived in Sudan. According to Cannistraro, Iraq invited bin Laden to live in Baghdad to be nearer to potential targets of terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait….Some experts believe bin Laden might be tempted to live in Iraq because of his reported desire to obtain chemical or biological weapons. CIA Director George Tenet referred to that in recent testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee when he said bin Laden was planning additional attacks on American targets.”
By mid-February 1999, journalists did not even feel the need to qualify these claims of an Iraq-al Qaeda relationship. An Associated Press dispatch that ran in the Washington Post ended this way: “The Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has offered asylum to bin Laden, who openly supports Iraq against Western powers.”
Where did journalists get the idea that Saddam and bin Laden might be coordinating efforts? Among other places, from high-ranking Clinton administration officials.
In the spring of 1998 — well before the U.S. embassy bombings in East Africa — the Clinton administration indicted Osama bin Laden. The indictment, unsealed a few months later, prominently cited al Qaeda’s agreement to collaborate with Iraq on weapons of mass destruction. The Clinton Justice Department had been concerned about negative public reaction to its potentially capturing bin Laden without “a vehicle for extradition,” official paperwork charging him with a crime. It was “not an afterthought” to include the al Qaeda-Iraq connection in the indictment, says an official familiar with the deliberations. “It couldn’t have gotten into the indictment unless someone was willing to testify to it under oath.” The Clinton administration’s indictment read unequivocally:
“Al Qaeda reached an understanding with the government of Iraq that al Qaeda would not work against that government and that on particular projects, specifically including weapons development, al Qaeda would work cooperatively with the Government of Iraq.”
Hayes also cited a January 1999 ABC story and, utilizing the MRC video archive, I tracked it down. The above-quoted MacVicar piece aired Thursday, January 14, 1999 on the short-lived ABC prime time magazine program, Crime and Justice. This one-topic edition, which featured John Miller’s interview in Afghanistan with Osama bin Laden, carried the title, “Target America: The Terrorist War.” Anchor Cynthia McFadden’s plug for the hour predicted the danger ahead: “Tonight, an exclusive ABC News interview with the man who declared war on the United States: Terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. His loyal foot soldiers are even here in the U.S., hidden among us, awaiting his call to deadly action.”
Sheila MacVicar, who a short time later jumped to CNN, and I believe she has recently departed from CNN, provided an overview of the bin Laden-Hussein relationship:
“Saddam Hussein has a long history of harboring terrorists. Carlos the Jackal, Abu Nidal, Abu Abbas, the most notorious terrorists of their era, all found shelter and support at one time in Baghdad. Intelligence sources say bin Laden’s long relationship with the Iraqis began as he helped Sudan’s fundamentalist government in their efforts to acquire weapons of mass destruction.
“Three weeks after the bombing [by the U.S. in Sudan], on August 31, bin Laden reaches out to his friends in Iraq and Sudan. [over video of Iraqi man cheek to cheek with Sudanese men] Iraq’s Vice President arrives in Khartoum to show his support for the Sudanese after the U.S. attack. ABC News has learned that during these meetings, senior Sudanese officials, acting on behalf of bin Laden, ask if Saddam Hussein would grant him asylum.
“Iraq was, indeed, interested. ABC News has learned that in December, an Iraqi intelligence chief, named Farouk Hijazi, now Iraq’s ambassador to Turkey, made a secret trip to Afghanistan to meet with bin Laden. Three intelligence agencies tell ABC News they cannot be certain what was discussed, but almost certainly, they say, bin Laden has been told he would be welcome in Baghdad.”
*UGH* This is embarrassing, disappointing and enraging all at the same time: Anti-war activist and ‘Peace Mom’ Cindy Sheehan to speak at Purdue
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Cindy Sheehan, peace activist and the mother of a soldier who was killed in Iraq, will speak at 8 p.m. April 12 in Stewart Center’s Fowler Hall at Purdue.
“Peace activist”? HAH! She is an activist for COMMUNISM, you ignorant schmucks. Some “news service” you are. This woman has been exposed as an anti-America, pro-America’s enemies, pro-Communism moonbat for over a year now and you still describe her as “peace activist” and “peace mom”? What a crock of crap.
The event is presented by Purdue Committee on Peace Studies with additional sponsorship by the Flora F. Roberts Bequest, Department of Political Science, American Studies Program, Women’s Studies Program, the Lafayette Area Peace Coalition, Pax Christi and the Indiana Peace and Justice Network. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Here is a look at a few of the sponsors of Cindy Sheehan’s visit to Purdue University. Keep in mind, this is solely for her visit to Purdue. We all know by now (at least I hope people are aware by now) her involvement with the anti-American Commies and Marxist-Leninists with International A.N.S.W.E.R. and Pro-Castro, anti-American-military terrorist supporters at CODE PINK. [Note: I am taking a guess that “Indiana Peace and Justice Network is a part of the national United for Peace and Justice Coalition]
- Subsidiary of the Catholic peace movement Pax Christi International
- Depicts America as a nation plagued by racism, militarism, and economic injustice
- Views military action as immoral and unjustified in every circumstance
- Favors open borders; opposes efforts to curb illegal immigration
- Anti-war coalition consisting of more than 1,300 local and national groups
- Co-chaired by pro-Castro socialist Leslie Cagan
Sheehan, the mother whose vigil against the Iraq war outside President George W. Bush’s Crawford, Texas, ranch captured the nation’s attention in the summer of 2005, will talk on “Speaking Peace to Power.” A resident of Vacaville, Calif., she is the mother of Army Specialist Casey Sheehan, a soldier who was killed outside of Baghdad on April 4, 2004.
“Speaking Peace to Power”. Don’t make me barf. More like Speaking Communism to Power or Speaking Marxist-Leninism to Power or Speaking Castro to Power or Speaking the Downfall of America to Power. Cindy Sheehan’s version of “peace” is the same as the Islamic jihadists’ version of peace: there will be no “peace” until America is destroyed and Communism or Marxist-Leninism (in the Islamic jihadists’ case, it is Islamism) rules the land.
In August 2005 Sheehan announced that she would camp near Bush’s ranch until he agreed to speak with her about removing U.S. troops from Iraq and holding politicians responsible for the decisions that led to the war. Her vigil drew both protestors and counter-protestors, as well as national media coverage.
Yeah, it did until she was exposed by the Conservative Blogs and Military Blogs as being a pro-terrorist, anti-American military Communist who sides with America’s enemies such as Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez and considers President Bush the biggest terrorist in the world. Of course, the national media coverage could not find time to report THAT to the nation. I wonder why…
Since 2005 Sheehan, who has come to be called “Peace Mom,” has been leading antiwar protests around the country and internationally, and she was arrested and charged with unlawful conduct on Jan. 31, 2006, for displaying an antiwar slogan at President Bush’s State of the Union address. Those charges were dropped the next day.
Uh huh. I believe she was called “peace mom” by a fawing, Bush-hating media who loved pimping her Commie rear end all over the newscasts until she was outed as an America-hating fraud. And notice they do not mention her unlawful visit to Cuba to rip on the United States with Fidel Castro and then to Venezuela with Hugo Chavez. Oh no. No mention of that. Hmmm, I wonder why…
Sheehan is one of the nine founding members of Gold Star Families for Peace, an organization created in January 2005 that seeks to end the occupation of Iraq and provide support for families of fallen soldiers.
Yeah I am sure she cares so much for the families of fallen soldiers when she calls their sons and daughters baby-killers and murders of innocent Iraqis. I am sure that makes the families of the soldiers feel so good.
Harry Targ, coordinator of the Committee on Peace Studies, said that this lecture fits into the national public discussion about the war in Iraq.
“Purdue University has been an important site for presentations by former foreign policy decision makers, politicians, scholars and military personnel,” he said. “We have invited Cindy Sheehan to add the voice of a peacemaker to the marketplace of ideas on our campus.”
Ummm, Harry? The “peacemakers” are the United States SOLDIERS deployed over in Afghanistan, Iraq and all other parts of the world, working every day to make peace by fighting off those who would disrupt the peace by killing innocents. Cindy Sheehan is anything but a “peacemaker”. She gives aid and comfort to our enemies in the same way Jane Fonda did during Vietnam. You are either ignorant, delusional or a complete jackass. Or maybe a combination of all three. The fact that you are a coordinator of “Peace Studies” is pathetic. And worrisome if that is the drivel you are teaching to young adults at Purdue University.
The Committee on Peace Studies at Purdue offers an undergraduate interdisciplinary minor field of study and sponsors lectures and films on issues of war and peace. It is housed in the Department of Political Science.
I would be interested to find out if they offer lectures from Ayan Hirsi Ali or films such as Submission. Something tells me they do not…
Writer: Christy Jones, (765) 494-1089, firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: Harry Targ, (765) 494-4169, email@example.com
Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; firstname.lastname@example.org
Note to Journalists: To request an interview with Cindy Sheehan, contact Kerry Schutt Nason, Purdue Convocations director of marketing, at (765) 494-5045, email@example.com.
All of these people will be receiving this post from me in their e-mail boxes every single day leading up to 04/12/2007 until they respond back to me letting me know they are publishing the truth about Cindy Sheehan, and her Communist groups to which she belongs, in the Purdue News roundup and in the Purdue Exponent (school paper). I encourage you all to do the same, even though you are not alumni.
Cindy Sheehan gives the peace sign in front of the White House on Nov. 7, 2006. (Photo courtesy of Ben Schumin)
To the News Service home page
Oh gag me. I’ll be sending these schmucks some much better pictures of Ms. Sheehan from her talks at anti-military and anti-America rallies across the world. I am sure they would be interested in seeing the picture of her kissing Hugo Chavez. Actually, they probably would not be interested, but they will be receiving it from me anyway.
And isn’t this nice, the Purdue University Committee for Peace Studies has a “Cindy Sheehan Lecture Site” setup specifically for her visit!
Committee on Peace Studies
Flora F. Roberts Bequest
April 12, 2007
Free and open to the public
Cindy Sheehan captured the nation’s attention in the summer of 2005 with her vigil against the Iraq war outside President George W. Bush’s Crawford, Texas, ranch. A resident of Vacaville, Calif., she is the mother of Army Specialist Casey Sheehan, a war casualty who was killed outside of Baghdad on April 4, 2004.
In August 2005 Sheehan announced that she would camp near Bush’s ranch until he agreed to speak with her about removing U.S. troops from Iraq and holding politicians responsible for the decisions that led to the war. Her vigil drew both protestors and counter- protestors, as well as national media coverage.
Since 2005 Sheehan, who has come to be called “Peace Mom,” has been leading anti-war protests around the country and internationally, and she was arrested and charged with unlawful conduct on Jan. 31, 2006, for displaying an anti-war slogan at President Bush’s State of the Union address. Those charges were dropped the next day.
Sheehan is one of the nine founding members of Gold Star Families for Peace, an organization created in January 2005 that seeks to end the occupation of Iraq and provide support for families of fallen soldiers.
What a joke. And this is what they provide for “Background Information”:
Again, I say, what a crock of crap. Purdue University will be receiving some proper background information on Ms. Cindy Sheehan very soon from a very pissed-off alumnus.
I have been reading LT SMASH’s reports (thanks to him providing updates via MilBlogs) from his experience infiltrating the “anti-war” protest on March 17th, 2007 in Washington, D.C. and have been looking forward to his latest report telling of how the “March to the Pentagon” went. It is definitely a must-read. It had me laughing on numerous occassions. The title of his post alone had me smiling and laughing right off the bat: Part IV: A Tsunami of Stupid
Check out all four of his reports here (thanks to Gathering of Eagles website for posting links to them all):
Posted: 23 Mar 2007 08:23 AM CDT
LT Smash infiltrated the March on the Pentagon. This is one of the funniest accounts I’ve read yet of the schizophrenic peace movement. No doubt this inside scoop will wound tender Moonbat Pride.