Via Matt Burden at Blackfive: Paratroopers Fighting in Afghanistan Need to Hear from You!
A recent article by Elizabeth Rubin in the New York Times painted one Platoon of this Brigade in a less than favorable light. The article sensationalized the facts in a negative way, which served only to cause undue stress on the Soldiers and family members. The author failed to mention successes within the Brigade such as substantial humanitarian aid (tons of food and clothes) delivered to local villages, medical care for local children and adults, road projects, clean water projects, training of Afghan National Army personnel, distribution of school supplies, etc. [Don’t worry, friends, Deebow is preparing a more detailed take down of Elizabeth Rubin. Stay tuned for that.]
Historically, spring is a time of heavy fighting in this region as the terrorists and insurgents emerge from their caves after the harsh winter temperatures and snows. Let’s show these Soldiers how much support they have from home to help them through the spring and the remainder of this long and dangerous deployment.
America’s troopers are in the fight of their lives and they need to hear that America loves them.
Please send an email of support to firstname.lastname@example.org
Or you can mail cards to:
P O Box 100
Cordova, TN 38088
Due to security reasons in Afghanistan please do not put addresses or phone numbers on any correspondence. All emails will be printed out here in the US and mailed to Afghanistan as they do not have the resources to receive a large number of emails. All letters and emails will be vetted to make sure there are no negative comments. These are letters of support, so please keep them positive and uplifting.
A Huge THANK YOU to the proponents of (and the leaders of) this effort – Tanker Babe and Mrs. Diva!
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Mrs. Greyhawk at Mudville Gazette has done an amazing job with her DAWN PATROLs, as has David M with his Web Reconnaissance at The Thunder Run. I wanted to do something similar, but not steal the titles of their efforts; not ‘steal their thunder’, so to speak. So this is what I came up with for my efforts to link to military blogs that I read, and that I encourage you to read as well.
Mrs. Greyhawk at Mudville Gazette: DAWN PATROL – 27 FEB 2008
“Welcome to the Dawn Patrol, our daily roundup of information on the War on Terror and other topics – from the MilBlogs and other sources around the world. If you’re a blogger, you can join the conversation. If you link to any of these stories, add a link to the Dawn Patrol too and your trackback will be added to the list. Hat Tips to the Dawn Patrol are greatly appreciated.”
David M at The Thunder Run: From the Front: 02/27/2008
“News and Personal dispatches from the front lines. …”
Greyhawk at Mudville Gazette: What if, what was, what now, what next…
“… To engage in this discussion is to enter into a game of “what if?”. Let’s indulge those who’ve chosen to do so – I’m assuming they’ve thought it through beyond the bumper-sticker/sound bite level and are eager to flesh out their position. So here are a few follow-up questions:
Would you have sent all the troops who went to Iraq into Afghanistan? If not, how many?
Is there any limit to the amount of troops or time you would devote to the hunt for Osama bin Laden? If so, what is that limit? What percentage of troops in Afghanistan would be assigned to other tasks?
Would the al Qaeda recruits (or “foreign fighters”) who went to Iraq since 2003 have gone to Afghanistan instead? The Soviet experience in Afghanistan certainly indicates that’s likely.
Would Saddam Hussein have assisted that effort? If so, how would you respond?
From 1991-2003 tens of thousands of American troops served in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey enforcing U.N. sanctions against Iraq. (Remember the “no fly zones” and the near-daily attacks on Iraq radar sites and anti-aircraft positions?) Would you have left these troops in place? (Hint: they aren’t there any more…) Consider also that Osama bin Laden cited the presence of these troops as the fundamental basis of his jihad against America, culminating in the 9/11 attacks.
There are countless follow-up questions – but that’s enough “what if?” for now. The more important question is “what now?” – and any candidate’s answers to the “what ifs” or complaints about “what was” matter only insofar as they illuminate that persons view of “what next”.
So on to the questions that matter: …”
Greyhawk at Mudville Gazette: The Free and the Brave (VIDEO)
“I sang this thing out loud without musical accompanyment every day while I was in Iraq, …
The Free and the Brave
Over in America, home of the free
Land of unlimited opportunity
People in the streets protest whatever they can
While over in Iraq and Afghanistan
The brave, far from home, are standing tall
and toeing the line, so they can have it all
Some try to complicate it but it’s simple to me
They’re making noise, we’re making history
Osama’d like to think that we can’t get it done
And some would like to tell you it’s time to cut and run
Me I like to finish something once I’ve begun
And I don’t think I’m the only one
Here making history, hearing the noise
of things that divide and things that destroy
Things you’d never ever want to see on your street
Things you might call the price of defeat
So excuse me if I come home a little annoyed
If while I was making history, you were making noise
We’re making history
They’re making noise
We’re facing the fire
They’re playing with toys
Nobody ever said
That it would be easy
They’re making noise
We’re making history
– Iraq, May, 2007”
Curt at Flopping Aces: Iran’s Ahmadinejad to Visit Baghdad Mar2
“I’m sure it’s not the way they hoped the news would be reported, but US and Iraqi forces captured one of the leaders of the insurgency who has been using Iranian armor-piercing EFP (explosively formed projectiles) to kill Americans. Looks like he’s a member of Iran’s Special Forces (or at the very least working with them).
On that same day, Iranian diplomats confirmed that their President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is personally coming to Baghdad. …”
ChrisG at Flopping Aces: US Military Commanders Bemoan Lack of Concern About Terror Threat
“These retired and still active senior officer’s views are pretty much mine also. I will just post the article and let these people’s words speak for themselves.”
Uncle Jimbo at Blackfive: One Shot, One Squirrel
“Bill Ardolino continues his excellent series on Iraqi politics at the Long War Journal.
Pete Hegseth discusses the waning media coverage in Iraq
Otto discusses an NYT piece on out of control soldiers in Afghanistan here.
Megan Ortagus meets up with a Private Ryan in Kuwait on her way to Iraq.
1LT Fishman sends the weekly good news wrap up after the jump …“
That is what we are always told when we warn about the threat of Islamic Totalitarianism.
Abe Greenwald puts a number to these “tiny minority of extremists”: Muslim Survey “Challenges” West
A new Gallup poll is being touted as a “challenge” to western misperceptions of Islam. The survey was done on three continents and took six years to complete, and as the French news agency AFP reports, we’ve all been a little alarmist over here: “About 93 percent of the world’s 1.3 billion Muslims are moderates and only seven percent are politically radical, according to the poll, based on more than 50,000 interviews.”
Seven percent of 1.3 billion leaves us with . . . 91 million radical Islamists. And to think we were concerned! That piddling handful is nothing that can’t be taken care of with a little dialogue, a few billion in American aid, and some proper education. I’m feeling audaciously hopeful.
But, wait, what’s this? “The radicals are better educated, have better jobs, and are more hopeful with regard to the future than mainstream Muslims,” said John Esposito, who authored the book Who Speaks for Islam.
One shouldn’t cherry-pick facts to fit an agenda. The study does say that radicals “believe in democracy even more than many of the mainstream moderates do.” But does anyone really think we’re operating with a consistent definition of democracy here? The Muslim Brotherhood, for example, makes claims to be democratic, yet its leaders-for-life are not elected, the organization boasts a doctrine of female subordination, and it calls for the death of apostates. Kind of a big-government democracy, I suppose. …
Nah, nothing to worry about at all. Move along. Nothing to see here. BusHitler, the “neocons”, Republicans, the American military, “Christianists”, Pro-Lifers and the Jooooos are the real evil in this world, which must be stopped.
Meanwhile, the Left here in America – Barack Obama included – continues to support “Palestine”, which teaches this to their children: Video: Jew-Eating Rabbit Threatens Denmark
Yeah, but it is America and Israel who are evil and must be “wiped off the map”.
Oh, and if you thought there was some hope for our side, remember that our enemies have propaganda outlets with half of our government, have our entire mass media, including the International media AND they have Hollywood on their side as well, putting out movie after movie of anti-America and anti-American military propaganda and also sporting solidarity pins at their award shows.
But hey, no worries, we have HOPE that things will CHANGE.