The Deployment Diary

Monday, September 26, 2005

Waiting For My Order to Arrive...

Well, for the first time, I ordered some things from Amazon.com last week. I'm hoping the items will arrive today or tomorrow.

I was channel surfing one day last week and ran across Oprah. I've never been big on talk shows, so I rarely ever watch them. Once in a while Montel will have something on that I want to see, but other than that, I'm not a huge fan of the format.

When I flipped to Oprah, she was talking about surprising a woman in the audience. It looked interesting, so I continued to watch. Turns out, Oprah was introducing her latest choice of reading for her book club. She described a book that kept her up two nights in a row because she couldn't put it down. She said the staff would come in and ask what page each were on so they could discuss what they'd read. She made this book out to sound really incredible. The fact the book was non-fiction and about the author's own experiences added to my interest. And, the woman in the audience Oprah was surprising? It turned out to be the mother of the author of the book.

I was sold. I would join millions of others going out to buy a book because Oprah said so lol.

I went to search for the book on Amazon and quickly found it. I was pretty surprised to learn what exactly the author's experiences involved; what the book was about. It just didn't "fit" my idea of a book that would interest Oprah, much less her demographic.

I ordered A Million Little Pieces. While there, I decided to search for a CD I've been wanting, but never can find in any music stores. I found it and also ordered Mahalia Jackson's CD - 16 Most Requested Songs.

If you've never heard Mahalia Jackson, you're missing out. You don't have to be a huge Gospel fan to enjoy her music. She really just touches your soul and it's rare for people to hear her music and not get goose bumps - she's that talented.

So, that's the story for today. Just looking forward to my new CD and the book to arrive...

And if anyone else is planning on reading the book and would like to discuss it between blogs - let me know! It might be fun...

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Saturday, September 24, 2005

Grisly discovery gives Stuttgart students

a lesson on the Holocaust:
The discovery was made Monday by contractors hired by the 6th Area Support Group, which manages the airfield property. They were digging in the area as part of renovation to the base’s main security gate.

Five skeletal remains were found Monday, and 29 more on Tuesday. They were found in shallow graves side by side. German police said there was evidence some had been buried alive by the positions of their bodies.


Further Reading:
Jewish groups debate fate of possible remains of Holocaust victims

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Daily Reads

It's been a while since I updated the links in "My Favorites" on the right side. Since husband is watching Penn State play, I thought it was the perfect time to do some updating around here ;). Instead of just linking on the right, I'm going to list the new additions here and explain what I like about each.

This isn't a new addition, but always worth mentioning. Each weekday morning when I get online, after I check my email, my first stop without fail is Neal Boortz's Nealz Nuze. It's my absolute favorite site. Not only is his commentary worth-while reading, but his "Reading Assignments" are always full of interesting news articles and editorials. Definitely a good place to start each morning to see what is happening in our country and around the world.

After I read Boortz, my next stop is my new favorite blog Grouchy Old Cripple in Atlanta. His take on current events is straight forward and he calls it like he sees it. Not only are his blog entries great, but I enjoy reading the comments on each post too. If a troll dares to put in his/her two cents, the readers of GOC's blog generally take care of it. GOC himself also lets the trolls know of their stupidity in no uncertain terms.

Now, each Saturday he does an entry called "Saturday Boobage." I guess it's a guy thing and since I'm not a guy, it doesn't interest me in the least. Other than that though, I find the rest of GOC's blog entertaining and great reading.

I've ran across several blogs in the past few weeks that I've found to be consistently good reading. Regular updates, great links, good commentary etc. So, I'm adding them to my favorites and listing them here with a small description from their blog.

Reaganites Unite
A place on the web holding to the ideals of the most effective conservative of our lives, with news, commentary, satire, and links to the greater blogosphere.

Noble Eagle
Views on life, culture, politics, national security and such.

Radio Blogger
What is the radio blogger, you ask? On the air, I'm known as Generalissimo Duane, the producer of the nationally syndicated Hugh Hewitt Show, which is heard in more than seventy markets on the Salem Radio Network. This site is going to be a little different than Mr. Hewitt's, however. There are a lot of times when things happen during the course of a radio show that don't get aired. Blogging allows me to let all of you take a look behind the curtain and read a little about what goes on behind the scenes. There will be some snide and sarcastic commentary when appropriate, a little jousting from some of our blogger friends...

The Counterterrorism Blog
The first multi-expert blog dedicated solely to counterterrorism issues, serving as a gateway to the community for policymakers and serious researchers. Designed to provide realtime information about terrorism cases and policy developments.

I have several more, but I've ran out of time. I'll try to get them added tonight or tomorrow though. Hope you enjoy these...

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Friday, September 23, 2005

Politics Test...

I ran across this tonight and thought it was an interesting test. If you decide to take it, be sure to add a link to your blog in the comments so we can see your results too!

You are a

Social Moderate
(50% permissive)

and an...

Economic Conservative
(80% permissive)

You are best described as a:

Capitalist




Link: The Politics Test on OkCupid Free Online Dating

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Sunday, September 18, 2005

Sheehan's True Colors Shining Through

Drudge linked the following headline:
CINDY SHEEHAN CALLS FOR U.S TO 'PULL OUR TROOPS OUT OF OCCUPIED NEW ORLEANS'


Within, he quotes Sheehan's latest moonbat diatribe she'd made at the Huffington Post and on Michael Moore's website.

I decide to following the link to Huffington's site. I'd read a post of Sheehan's at the site a few weeks ago. I was pretty disgusted to see, at that time, the majority of people were falling all over themselves to call Sheehan a "hero" and tell her how wonderful she is.

I was pretty surprised today to read the comments on Sheehan's post A Bright Spot in Bush World Amid the Miserable Failures on the Same Planet. Seems that today, more people are seeing Sheehan for what she really is - and calling her on it. Two pages of comments to this post and well worth the read....

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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

"Freedom Fighters" - Yeah. Right.

Yeah, these "freedom fighters" are so admirable...
A U.S. Army commander said Tuesday that extremist fighters battling for control of Tal Afar in northern Iraq had committed atrocities against civilians, including beheadings, torture and the booby-trapping of a murdered child's body.

"The enemy here did just the most horrible things you can imagine — in one case murdering a child, placing a booby trap within the child's body and waiting for the parent to come recover the body of their child and exploding it to kill the parents; beheadings and so forth," Col. H.R. McMaster, commander of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, said in an interview from Tal Afar with reporters at the Pentagon.


Just keep reminding yourself that our press and liberal friends don't consider these pigs TERRORISTS. No, they are militants and FREEDOM fighters don't ya know...

U.S. Raids Militant Stronghold in Iraq

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Thursday, September 01, 2005

Sheehan and her Ilk - Why They Want a Vietnam Part II

I feel sorry for her son. If he were to know how she is acting and the lying, treasonous, leftist talking points she is spewing, I'm sure (from what I've read about the young man) he'd be heartbroken, angry and most likely, feel betrayed. However, what can we expect from a woman who tried to talk her soldier son into fleeing to Canada to avoid his responsibilities to his country and just as importantly, his responsibilities to his fellow soldiers? It's not as though our country drafted a pacifist here. This young man did honorably volunteer.

Sheehan seems to forget that her son CHOSE to not only join the Army, but to reenlist. Apparently, he enjoyed the Army or he would have gotten out - not re-upped. The Army was lucky to have a man like him among its ranks! It is young men like him coming in the military today with his drive, his patriotism, his morals, his ability to see right and wrong (and many other positive attributes) that is not only the future of the US Army, but the future of our great nation.

It is men of bravery like SPC Casey Sheehan who will be the great leaders of tomorrow. It is people like his mother who use lies, half-truths and distortions to get their 15 minutes of fame. They prove by their actions they are spineless and have no empathy for other human beings (especially brutalized people suffering under a dictator). Cindy Sheehan is just a 2005 version of people like Jane Fonda who betrayed the men dying for their country in Vietnam. She is just another John Kerry with the lies and half-truths he spewed before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 22, 1971.

SPC Sheehan paid the ultimate price. His sacrifice deserves this nation's utmost respect and gratitude. How does his own mother show the respect she has for her son? She says the terrorists are "freedom fighters" and:
...[U.S. troops] have created more terrorism by going to an Islamic country," Sheehan complained to CBS Newsman Mark Knoller.


I read that today and it sickened me. Apparently, Sheehan has had her head stuck in the proverbial sand and has no knowledge of Iraq's terrorism ties...ties the country had long before we toppled the murderous dictator who had tortured his own people for decades. Nah, he never paid the families of suicide bombers in Palestine. There wasn't a fuselage in the middle of the desert in Iraq to train terrorists how to hijack airplanes. Nope, Saddam never allowed an injured terrorist into Iraq for medical care and allowed him to stay. And of course, there are NO reports of terrorists meeting with some of Saddam's henchmen...terrorists that were involved in September 11th.

Vietnam Part II
It's no secret that anti-war demonstrators during the Vietnam War directly led to more American deaths. A former NVA officer wrote a book some years back stating that the NVA leadership knew that they could never win on the battlefield. However, if they held on long enough, America would lose the war at home and be forced to withdraw. I've searched for the NVA Officer's name and the title of the book, but failed to find it - and for the life of me, I cannot remember it. If anyone knows, please post it in the comments and I'll update this post.

Sheehan and ilk like her, compare Iraq to Vietnam because they want Operation Iraqi Freedom to become another Vietnam. These protestors, once again, are being supported and funded by anti-American groups that prefer another form of government to capitalism and democracy (such as communism or socialism for example). Just as these types of groups cared nothing about the Vietnamese people, they don't really care about Iraq, dead soldiers and Marines - or Iraqi civilians being killed daily by terrorists. Despite what they say, the only thing they really care about is their own agenda.

Their objective? To repeat history. These traitors dream of thousands and thousands with their same sickening view of America, marching on Washington, chanting idiotic slogans, signs that read as though their Al Qaeda friends had written them themselves - and forcing Bush to crumble under anti-war pressure and withdraw our troops.

They hope that our current pitiful excuse for a media will play along for this generation as well as they did for the peaceniks of the late 60s. Thus far, the press seems all too willing to go along. PFC Lyndie England is a perfect example. Poll Americans and I'm sure the majority will know her name and what the low-life did to become so "famous." The MSM sure covered this story. Boy, did they ever cover this story. On the flip side of this coin, poll them about SFC Paul Smith. I doubt most will know who he is and what a hero he was - much less that he is the first servicemember to be awarded the Medal of Honor in Operation Iraqi Freedom. I guess this story, the MSM didn't see fit to cover. Want to see for yourself? Do a quick google search for PFC Lyndie England. Notice within the first ten results, you'll find a story about her from not only usatoday.com, but also cbsnews.com. Now, do a google search for SFC Paul Smith. Notice not one MSM article can be found in the first ten results? Now, please tell me the MSM does a good job of being fair and balanced not only towards Operation Iraqi Freedom, but towards our military.

Sheehan and her ilk dream of another Tet, where a popular journalist (such as Cronkite was in his day), announces to the country that we have lost this war...despite the fact that Tet was a horrible defeat for the enemy on the battlefield. In this anti-war type of reality, an American success on the battlefield is reported as an utter failure and the enemy wins despite the facts or the truth...

These anti-war ilk scream they can, "support our troops while not supporting this war."

No. You cannot.

Why?

It only takes a little knowledge of history, with a dash of common sense to know. You cannot support our troops AND protest the war without encouraging our enemies - and discouraging every-day Iraqis. How many Iraqis are going to assist coalition troops in pointing out the terrorists if they fear (due to "all" the anti-war demonstrations or the same ones covered over and over again thanks to the MSM) we are going to pull out and leave them at the mercy of terrorists?

Unlike Sheehan and her fellow ilk, our terrorist enemies DO KNOW HISTORY - especially our history. They know what happened in Vietnam. They know the large part the anti-war movement played in our abandoning the South Vietnamese, not to mention breaking our promise of continued support monetarily and militarily with arms and ammunition after we pulled our troops out.

Just as the anti-war crowd hopes to end a war with protests (not victories on the battlefield of course), our terrorist enemies most likely watch the news coverage after every one of their attacks. Their goal is to keep killing long enough that the protestors will grow in numbers after each terror attack. These terrorists believe as the North Vietnamese believed in their time: "We don't need to win military victories, we only need to hit them until they give up and get out."

Again, these enemies understand history and hope to repeat it. And since both the protestors and the terrorists are striving to achieve the same goal, they both can be considered enemies of America in my opinion. As the protesters try to gain more coverage and make more noise, the terrorists will strive to add more fuel to the fire in the form of more deaths of U.S. soldiers. Each time Cindy gets a mic in her hand, she is helping take another son or daughter from their mother. If that Mother doesn't agree with Cindy? Well, according to Cindy herself,
How can these moms who still support George Bush and his insane war in Iraq want more innocent blood shed just because their sons or daughters have been killed' I don't understand it. I don't understand how any mother could want another mother to feel the pain we feel. I am starting to lose a little compassion for them. I know they have been as brainwashed as the rest of America, but they know the pain and heartache and they should not wish it on another. However, I still feel their pain so acutely and pray for these 'continue the murder and mayhem' moms to see the light.


There you have it. Although Cindy is encouraging the terrorists to kill more soldiers and Marines, she calls these grieving Mothers "Murder and Mayhem" moms. Truly sickening.

She goes on to say
In taking Camp Casey to Congress we are creating problems for the very people who voted to give George the authority to invade an innocent country and cause the deaths of so many people.

Invade an innocent country...

Even France and Russia (with their hands in the Oil for Food cookie jar) didn't consider Iraq an innocent country. She forgets that we were enforcing a no-fly zone prior to this war and this innocent country tried to shoot down our planes daily. I'll politely remind Cindy that these planes are flown by someone's son or daughter. I'm sure, somehow, us enforcing the UN mandated no-fly zones and putting pilots' lives on the line was Bush's fault too, even though it was started long before Bush or even Clinton took office. Nah, it's probably America's fault. Cindy and her ilk believe everything is America's and/or Bush's fault.

The Aftermath
So, what happens if the current anti-war protesters get their way as their late '60s counterparts did in Vietnam? What happens if we pull out of Iraq and leave the Iraqi people to fight the terrorists themselves with no American assistance?

Once again, we need to look no further than history to gain some insight into these questions.

On January 27, 1973, the US and North Vietnam signed a peace agreement. In two years, the North would invade South Vietnam. In 55 days, the south would fall to the communist north.

End of story, right?

Maybe the end to some - like our noble, "stop the slaughter" anti-war protesters. However, it was just the beginning "of the slaughter" for those in the South who had fought so hard to defend their freedom and democracy - those who had fought along side Americans.

Even after our troop withdrawal in 1973, Jane Fonda and her ilk kept the pressure on Congress in the form of the Indochina Peace Coalition. Nixon had promised continued support for the South. In the event the North broke the peace agreement, Nixon promised the US would come to their assistance. Unfortunately, Congress voted against further funding and our South Vietnamese friends were left to fight alone, with little ammunition. I cannot begin to imagine the terror these people felt knowing they were on their own and now at the mercy of the communist North.

James Webb gives us a glimpse into the reality of the South Vietnamese during this time in this 2003 article, (emphasis mine)Sleeping With the Enemy:
On the battlefields of Vietnam the elimination of all U.S. logistical support was stunning and unanticipated news. South Vietnamese commanders had been assured of material support as the American military withdrew—the same sort of aid the U.S. routinely provided allies from South Korea to West Germany—and of renewed U.S. air strikes if the North attacked the South in violation of the 1973 Paris Peace Accords. Now they were staring at a terrifyingly uncertain future, even as the Soviets continued to assist the Communist North.

As the shocked and demoralized South Vietnamese military sought to readjust its forces to cope with serious shortages, the newly refurbished North Vietnamese immediately launched a major offensive. Catching many units out of position, the North rolled down the countryside over a 55-day period. In the ensuing years I have interviewed South Vietnamese survivors of these battles, many of whom spent ten years and more in Communist concentration camps after the war. The litany is continuous: "I had no ammunition." "I was down to three artillery rounds per tube per day." "I had nothing to give my soldiers." "I had to turn off my radio because I could no longer bear to hear their calls for help."


These people were slaughtered. The attitude of the anti-war left?
The rhetoric of the antiwar Left during these debates was filled with condemnation of America’s war-torn allies, and promises of a better life for them under the Communism that was sure to follow. Then-Congressman Christopher Dodd typified the hopeless naiveté of his peers when he intoned that "calling the Lon Nol regime an ally is to debase the word.... The greatest gift our country can give to the Cambodian people is peace, not guns. And the best way to accomplish that goal is by ending military aid now." Tom Downey, having become a foreign policy expert in the two months since being freed from his mother’s apron strings, pooh-poohed the coming Cambodian holocaust that would kill more than one-third of the country’s population, saying, "The administration has warned that if we leave there will be a bloodbath. But to warn of a new bloodbath is no justification for extending the current bloodbath."


A better life under communist rule? I guess today's anti-war left feels the Iraqis would be better off under "insurgents" (remembering we cannot call them terrorists) rule. Makes as much sense now as it did then... It's just unbelievable that these people who enjoy freedom every day of their lives would support the denying of freedom to others!!

And, to top it all off, what was their reaction when the North invaded South Vietnam?
For those who had evaded the war and come of age believing our country was somehow evil, even as they romanticized the intentions of the Communists, these few weeks brought denials of their own responsibility in the debacle, armchair criticisms of the South Vietnamese military, or open celebrations. At the Georgetown University Law Center where I was a student, the North’s blatant discarding of the promises of peace and elections contained in the 1973 Paris Accords, followed by the rumbling of North Vietnamese tanks through the streets of Saigon, was treated by many as a cause for actual rejoicing.


Open celebrations? People are massacred, tortured and put in concentration camps and they celebrate? If that doesn't tell you everything you need to know about the type of people who are anti-war protesters...

And of those anti-war idiots, if they thought communism was so wonderful and peaceful and America so evil, why did they not MOVE to North Vietnam or another communist nation?

Another common factor for leftist anti-war ilk? It's always someone else's fault. No one has any responsibility for their own actions. No, it is ALWAYS another's doing. Notice this line from above? "these few weeks brought denials of their own responsibility in the debacle, armchair criticisms of the South Vietnamese military...."

Conclusion
This turned into a "three days of writing" entry and I apologize for the length. However, I felt a deep look into history and those who hope to repeat it was needed. I needed to get all this off my chest and from within my heart.

Sheehan and those with her want us to pull out our troops TODAY. Gee, that sounds so groovy ya know, but what of the Iraqis? Do they not care that history is in the making for Iraq? A constitution, free elections, FREEDOM without fear of disappearing in the night only for your family to find your head hanging from a gate in your front yard the next morning? They just don't care about the Iraqis? They aren't worth the fight?

History shows us that we're looking at a massacre of innocent men, women and children if we abandon them. Anyone who worked with the coalition - even if it was disposing of trash, the police and military, election workers and all of their families - they all will most likely be killed.

And what happens to us? These "pull out our troops today" anti-war ilk do realize that if we leave Iraq before it can protect itself, it will become another Taliban-like state where terrorists will be able to train and recruit freely. Oh, and they'll be sitting on millions of dollars of oil to fund their terror attacks. How long before we're digging our friends and families out of the rubble of malls? How long until Sarin gas is released in our subways - or in our schools? We already know that terrorists have no problem shooting CHILDREN in the back as they run for their lives!

Yeah, keep demonstrating...but consider, just for a moment in between your ranting and chanting, what the ramifications of repeating history will do.

Communists didn't follow us home to kill us all or convert us. Terrorists will....

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