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Joel Stein…Blue Pill Person

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

Joel Stein’s editorial in the LA Times was something I tried to read but the ignorance and self righteous drivel smelled to bad. I got the point quickly. He’s another one of those folks who doesn’t even consider the US Military useful. He would probably be in favor of severe cuts in DoD funding like a certain Georgia peanut farmer. I pretty much ignored the drivel as just that drivel.

Today, while scanning Memeorandum, I saw the maelstrom that was created by his bit of “writing” and checked out some links. For starters, he was interviewed by Hugh Hewitt and Radioblogger has an MP3 as well as the transcript. Just reading the transcript isn’t good enough…you REALLY need to hear the interview to get a handle on the job Hewitt did on this guy. Mr. Stein, here’s your lunch, hat, and ass back.

And then, as if Hewitt didn’t disassemble Mr. Stein already, The American Thinker has a letter from LTC Steve Russell, Commander Task Force 1/22nd Infantry (the folks that dragged Hussein from his hole). Normally I would just leave the link and be done with it but the good Colonel’s letter is SO dead on I’m going to post the whole thing.

Mr. Stein’s commentary on soldier support is remarkable because it reflects more than just his opinion. It may even express a viewpoint.

While most of Mr. Stein’s commentary is indicative of a man who has enjoyed our freedoms with none of the responsibility (by his own admission), he has at least one point of merit. He does not conceal his true conviction. When one considers those that say they support the troops but not the war, it is hard to distinguish which is more harmful to the soldier.

Mr. Stein alludes to this as trying to have it both ways and implies this is a moral cop out. He may be right. It can also be viewed as similar to telling the trash man, “Thanks.” It is seldom sincere. It is just so the trash will keep being taken away by someone willing to do it so one does not have to get his hands dirty.

Mr. Stein’s tragedy is not his clear conviction but rather that he steals freedom from his sacrificing countrymen. He sees no moral dilemma with that—which is indicative of an attitude prevalent among some self-proclaimed, high-browed, educated types that believe there is somehow a moral superiority in non-involvement. To defend his position, Mr. Stein is critical of what he calls ‘American imperialism.’ To borrow what he surely intended as a denigrating analogy, we can indeed see parallels in attitude if not government and conquest.

Rome had its internal critics. So did Greece. But when the vast majority of Romans began to view the finer points of life as morally superior to the lower points of necessity, Roman youth lost their appreciation for what held Rome together in the first place. Soon, hired or conquered levies replaced Romans in the ranks. Why should Romans fight wars that they could not see any reason for fighting? After all, what impact did they have in Rome?

Eventually, the theory of a moral superiority in non-involvement met the cold steel of non-theoretically superior sword thrusts from Vandals and Huns that replaced Romans in the Roman empire.

I take exception to Mr. Stein’s comment about soldiers ignoring their morality. And as a soldier that has served in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq, none of those experiences ever made me feel ‘lucky.’ The noble ‘wars’ and ‘fights’ are seldom noble for the soldier. They involve pain and human suffering on a grand scale. Mr. Stein I am quite certain has never killed a man and is proud of that. I have had to kill several men in desperate, close combat while I watched my opponents facial expressions change as life ebbed out of them. I am quite certain that I am not proud of that.

But what separates him from me is certainly not education. Nor is it conviction of purpose. It is indeed morality. But of a nobler kind. No greater love has a man, than he lay down his life for his friends—even when they act and write unfriendly.

As an American, I no longer draw a distinction of who qualifies to be one or is best suited to appreciate democracy. After serving nine years overseas and on multiple continents, I do not see white or black or Hispanic or Indian or oriental or educated or simple-minded Americans. I only see Americans. Even the unfriendly kind. And when I am old, I will be able to look in the mirror and know that I acted on my convictions to preserve what others will not. Cannot. Do not. And what I will see is a man with a clear conscience and a moral sense of purpose.

I am thankful I do not have to look into Mr. Stein’s mirror.

LTC Steve Russell

And, on Hewitt’s blog he posts a note from a member of our military.

Hugh, Only one word can describe how I feel after reading the editorial by Mr. Stein – sadness. Sadness that such ingorance is still so prevalent in such an educated (at least I want to believe we are educated) society. I am on my 3rd year of active duty deployment since 11 Sep 01. I served 9 years in the Navy during the Cold War, both in Desert Shield and Desert Storm. My son Adam, who graduated high school in 2004, is currently stationed near An Najaf, and, by the way, reenlisted for 5 years while in country. He had other alternatives and opportunities and I even tried to steer him in a different direction. Yet, he joined and serves willingly, as do I. By the way, Hugh, lest folks like Mr. Stein think we soldiers are an ignorant lot, I happen to have a bachelors degree in computer science from the esteemed Chapman University of Orange California. I worked 10 years as a software engineer for various companies such as Rockwell, The Soma Group, DCA Services Inc., COM2001, etc. I am working on my masters in homeland security/information security. One of the sergeants in the battalion I previously served with had his doctorate in education. Most soldiers are working on higher education even as they serve in the combat zone. Some of the brightest, best thinkers I have met have been in the military. Ignorant? Stupid? Duped? Foolish? Hardly. I can tell you this, Hugh, we serve because we understand the world around us, we understand reality, and we understand that the best defense is a darn good offense. Hugh, thanks for the interview with Mr. Stein – you certainly laid bare his depth of knowledge and understanding of not only the military, but the realities of the world in general. And should he care to experience some military training first hand, he can contact me at the below numbers or this email. We have a lot of infantry field training coming up this year and we can certainly find a place for him for a couple of days, and I will personally serve as his escort if he agrees. Consider it an open invitation. Best Regards, SSG A. B.

Hewitt says that if Mr. Stein is interested, he will facilitate the meeting. You might want to drop Mr. Stein a note, care of the LA Times, and encourage him to participate.

NYTimes earning plunge? SHOCKED!

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

Fancy that, the NYCrimes earnings have plummeted. I bet they are scratching their little empty heads about that one. “Gee, we attacked the troops at every turn!” they whine. “We even distort their final letters home when they are killed by the ‘dissidents’ in Iraq!” they cry. “We have made every effort to undermine the country!” they stammer. “Why oh WHY are we slowly going under?”. **sigh** Perhaps this is why.

But, what can you expect from this treasonous fishwrap. If their readership continues to drop along with their profits they will begin paying US advertising dollars to line our bird cages with their despicable rag.

Now we got’m, now we don’t.

Saturday, January 14th, 2006

Well shoot. What happened in Pakistan early friday morning is a perfect of example of going from Hero to Goat in the span of a few hours.

The Pakistani’s and our own barbarian supporters will be screaming their typical rants of:

  • “Targeting civilians!”
  • “Bush can’t run this war!”
  • “US Military are baby killers!”

I’m not thrilled with the prospect of killing innocents in this attack. It saddens me but I have to realize that terrible things happen in war. Any number of things could have happened here. Perhaps we were given bad intel on purpose. Maybe Zawahiri **WAS** there but had left before the attack was launched. Maybe someone mis-identified someone as Zawahiri(as a CIO of a certain education organization accused me the other day, “they all look like”. Yeah, MP, I’m alittle pissed about that). Who knows what happened to cause this but the bottom line is we killed 15 or so people, including children, in a military strike against a legitimate target but our intelligence was wrong. Terribly sad but it happens in War. It’s the nature of War.

I’m just wondering when Al-Kennedy or Al-Pelosi will crawl out from under their rock and demand an investigation into why the Administration targeted these civilians for attack.

Counterterrorism Blog has the complete round up.

SMASH, the verb?

Thursday, January 12th, 2006

Yeah, I’m thinking so. SMASH has now “smashed” two Congressmen with the question of Victory or Defeat in Iraq with very different results. First it was
California Congressmen Filner in a live setting. Filner’s response was…well…somewhat difficult to understand:

FILNER: Well, I mean, first of all, let me say I don’t, I don’t want to be seen as a defender of the previous regime, but that was, I think, the previous regime.

(nervous laughter)

FILNER: Why did we go in? You know, that’s what Saddam claimed to have, right? You’ve got to add some human rights to that, so…

SMASH: Sure, yeah, representative —

FILNER: No, see, you, what you have done, is what I just talked about. That, how the President has gotten away with framing the issue. You framed the issue as “success or failure.” And obviously, if you’re “failure,” you’re a — you’re a jerk, right?

So, can anyone explain to me what he said here? Perhaps it’s different in the audio. Nope. Like a deer caught in headlights, he is rhetorically stunned and unable to form a coherent thought.

This unresponsive response shows either a) he wasn’t expecting this kind of question or b) he hadn’t thought through his Pro-Terrorist message poorly wrapped in an Anti-Bush rant.

Now then, for the second example of our new verb, Smash “smashed” Georgia Congressman Kingston. This time it was via teleconference. Okay, so it wasn’t planned but like any good Squid Smash was quick on his sea legs and hit Congressmen Kingston with the same question he asked Filner.

KINGSTON: Oh, well listen — I am absolutely behind the military in Iraq. I was there a month ago. Early, early yesterday morning — 3 a.m. — I greeted about 250 troops, who were returning to Hunter Army Air Field in Savannah, including the general of the Third Infantry, General Webster.

And, you know, when you talk to these soldiers in person, and when you go to Iraq in person — and I don’t know if Filner has, or not — it’s just a totally different story than what you see on CNN. There’s great military progress, that we’ve made. Sixty percent of Iraq, right now, is under Iraqi Security Forces control. There’s 216 thousand soldiers in their troops, and every day there’s more.

Ya gotta read the rest. Here’s a man who didn’t “hmmm” and “haw” all over himself. He stated his answer clearly and logically.

I’ll be looking to put the same question to my Congressional representatives and Senators at the first opportunity and I suggest you do the same. Go here to find your Congressional folks’ contact information. Track them down and ask them this question. Let’s “smash” them all so we have a clear tally, unobstructed by cameras and peer pressure politics(like the Murtha vote in the house soon after he made his first remarks).

Speaking truth to power

Sunday, January 8th, 2006

Veterans are stepping up because their Congressional Delegations wont. It’s a sad fact of 2006 America that those we elect to REPRESENT US in DC and at the state level stay strangely silent when our military is attacked.

Over the past couple days I’ve read about Sgt Mark Seavey and General Wagner wanting some answers from Representatives Murtha and Moran and dressing them down in the process. Now I read about Smash taking on Representative Bob Filner. Can’t wait to see the video or the rest of the transcript(HINT SMASH!!)

Meanwhile REAL military supporters in the House and Senate stay strangely silent. Is it because there ARE NO REAL MILITARY SUPPORTERS in Congress? I seriously doubt that. Why is it then that our military folks are having to take up this fight? One thing is certain. Our military folks will win this fight like they have won every other fight they have taken on. Congress be damned.

Joint Chiefs Chairman on Murtha

Thursday, January 5th, 2006

Marine General Peter Pace commented on Murtha’s comments today at a presser and he isn’t pleased.

On Murtha’s comments about joining the military today if he could General Pace said:

“That’s damaging to recruiting,” Pace said. “It’s damaging to morale of the troops who are deployed, and it’s damaging to the morale of their families who believe in what they are doing to serve this country.”

and went on to say:

“When a respected leader like Mr. Murtha, who has spent 37 extremely honorable years as a Marine, fought in two wars, has served the country extremely well in the Congress of the United States _ when a respected individual like that says what he said, and 18- and 19-year- olds look to their leadership to determine how they are expected to act, they can get the wrong message,”

It’s a shame that this Marine had to speak up like this. Murtha’s peers in the House should have already been all over this but instead we hear crickets.

Maybe this Abramoff mess will clean out Congress and we can start over with people who are willing to call other members to the carpet when they get out of line. Congressman Murtha has every right to hold whatever opinions he wishes. He can believe our military isn’t worth his time. For him to SPEAK IT in time of war is irresponsible, reckless, and dangerous.

Murtha wouldn’t join Military now…

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006

On the ABC program “Nightline” Murtha was asked if he would join the military today.

“Would you join (the military) today?,” he was asked in an interview taped on Friday.

“No,” replied Murtha of Pennsylvania, the top Democrat on the House of Representatives subcommittee that oversees defense spending and one of his party’s leading spokesmen on military issues.

“And I think you’re saying the average guy out there who’s considering recruitment is justified in saying ‘I don’t want to serve’,” the interviewer continued.

“Exactly right,” said Murtha, who drew White House ire in November after becoming the first ranking Democrat to push for a pullout of U.S. forces from Iraq as soon as it could be done safely.

Ya know, I used to give this guy alittle room rhetorically speaking. He served in a time when Al-Kerry accused him of war crimes. But now… no. He’s free to have the opinion but I happen to think he’s dead wrong…again.

Actually he isn’t saying anything over the edge here. What irritates me is the implication that serving your country today is somehow the “wrong” thing to do.

Bite me Congressman. There are far better men than you who are willing to die for your right to hold uninformed opinions.

tracking with:
Gateway Pundit Tammy Bruce

Stethem killer paroled by Germany

Tuesday, December 20th, 2005

AP Reports:

BERLIN – German authorities have paroled convicted terrorist Mohammed Ali Hamadi after he served 19 years of a life sentence for the 1985 hijacking of a TWA jetliner and the killing of a U.S. Navy diver, a law enforcement official said Tuesday.

I sincerely hope that the USS Stethem, named in honor of the sailor killed by this slime, is on it’s way to the southern coast of Italy to toss a few tomahawks toward Berlin for this bit of ignorance. Perhaps the GSG-9 is now following Mr. Hamadi just waiting for him to hookup with his ideological brethren.

One can hope.

Army Knowledge Online issues

Tuesday, December 13th, 2005

Yesterday Blackfive posted an article about the AKO phishing site. It seems that the enemy has taken down the malicious content and replaced it with a redirect to the official AKO site.

This causes a couple of interesting new problems. With the help of Milblogs everyone is scared to death to go to the link provided in the email they receive from the bad guys. But now, the link provided in the email resolves to the CORRECT AKO site. Looks like it’s forwarding/redirecting to the actual site now.

So, we have a site that is impersonating another site for the purposes of credential theft. Once the impersonating site is compromised the bad guys just redirect to the REAL site. So what happens in 6 weeks or so when the hype is slowed down and b0b.org turns off their redirect? Same code will do the same thing, same warnings go out saying the same thing, and we run the very serious risk of boy crying wolf or the appearance there of.

Army folks, you stay vigilant out there. This domain is owned by an individual in Canada and, one would assume, is in control of his website. The individual seems to be a respected developer, having had contributed content to CPAN. I would hate to see a solid Perl developer run out of town because he’s secretly scamming folks.

So…if the individual in question would like to clear his name, here’s the opportunity. Is this person running a site attempting to defraud members of the United States Army of their credentials? I somehow doubt it but would LOVE to hear it straight from him.

UPDATED: I heard from him and he did the right thing. He’s just a reseller so he’s not directly at fault here. Again, he did the right thing and that’s all I’m prepared to say publically.

War on DeanCo widens

Thursday, December 8th, 2005

Ladies and Gentlemen, this is the image of our enemy:

Surrender Dean

This is the man that would have us up and quit in Iraq leaving the innocent citizens to the whims of the barbarians. This is the man that is helping to destroy the once great Democratic Party in America. Robert Kennedy, John Kennedy, Scoop Jackson, Lyndon Johnson, and Harry Truman must be spinning in their graves. This is not the party of those men. Oh…by the way two of those men are single handedly responsible for Vietnam.

I’m with North Dakota Democrat Rep. Earl Pomeroy when he says:

“My words to Howard Dean are simple – shut up,” Pomeroy told WDAY Radio in North Dakota on Thursday.

Congressman Pomeroy goes on to say the rhetoric on both sides has fallen short of what our military men and women deserve. That’s a true statement as well I’m sure but I have yet to hear any Republican talk our military down like we hear from Senator Al-Durbin, Al-Kennedy and the other members of the DeanCo militia.

Lt. Cmdr Smash has declared war on Dean, Pelosi, et al

Wednesday, December 7th, 2005

I’ve been waiting for this to finally take root. It’s time to use any legal means possible to protect our military from the only force on the planet that can stop them…Congress.

We have watched with “Shock and Awe”(tm) as congressional Republicans have lost their spine over and over and over again. It’s time to remind them who put them there and encourage them to stand to and protect the mission in Iraq from the most serious enemy our country has ever faced, the modern democrat party.

Go to Smash’s place to get your orders…

Thankful

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

Tonight while making another “last trip” to the grocery I ran into a couple representin’ the honored 101st ABN with jackets and caps. I had to ask…

“Excuse me, did you serve?”

“Yeah, I was a door gunner and now our son is in Iraq.” He said as his wife was selecting spices from the rack. Before I could thank him he continued. “He was shot yesterday but he’s going to be fine.”

His wife turned away from the rack and I could see the redness in here eyes. I was speechless. I shook the proud father’s hand and thanked him for his service and sacrifice. Looked again to the scared mother and simply said God Bless you.

I bet this Thanksgiving is one that family will never forget.

What am I thankful for? Obviously my family and extended family. Like Blackfive, I’m also thankful for the troops. Today, however, I am especially thankful for loving parents of boys and girls who stand ready to do violence on our behalf. The sacrifice these parents make, the tears of worry they shed, the holes in the heart created by two men in Dress Uniforms paying an unwelcome visit have to be as cruel as any battlefield. There are no ribbons for their personal war. No embedded reporters and for damn sure there isn’t a “time table for withdrawal”.

Thank you military Moms and Dads. It’s because of you we have the kind of soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines that we have. God Bless you all.

Senator Kerry gets verbed…

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

John O’Neill has a way of climbing out of his law office at just the right times. Yesterday he appeared in the New York Sun with a scathing article on John Kerry’s comments related to the Murtha comments.

Senator Kerry, supposedly defending Rep. John Murtha, said, “I won’t stand for the Swift-Boating of Jack Murtha!” As one of the 254 members of Mr. Kerry’s unit in Vietnam who belonged to Swift Boat Veterans and POWs for Truth, I found Mr. Kerry’s comments most ironic.

To us, Mr. Kerry’s comments meant that no one should do to Mr. Murtha that which Mr. Kerry did to all of us and our fellow Vietnam veterans, living and dead. Mr. Kerry’s disgraceful comments on many occasions in 1971 (while we were locked in combat), claiming falsely that we were “murdering” hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese and committing rape and mayhem on a daily basis, are a part of the public record for which he has never apologized. This might be called “Kerrying” our soldiers.

In his own strange way, in his recent comments, Mr. Kerry was trying by implication to compare himself to Mr. Murtha – the gravest of insults to Mr. Murtha, who was given a standing ovation by the House of Representatives (which then properly buried his immediate pullout suggestion 403-3). Mr. Murtha’s long military record stands in stark contrast with Mr. Kerry’s continuous self-promotion of his short and controversial service in our unit. More importantly, Mr. Murtha has never compared our troops in the field – now or then – to the “Army of Genghis Khan” or claimed our adversaries, whether the bloody communists and Khmer Rouge or the butchers of Al Qaeda, were simply democratic reformers. Can anyone – even in the cocoon of Washington or the incestuous world of Mainstream Media – imagine either side of the aisle spontaneously rising to clap for anything that Mr. Kerry ever did or said?

Excellent points as usual from Mr. O’Neill. Go read the whole thing…NOW!

UPDATE: This is what I get for trying to blog at work. I tracked Brainster’s definition of “Kerry” here and completely lost track of myself and didn’t include the link here! Apologies sir and thanks for the OUTSTANDING definition. 😉

One good stunt deserves another

Saturday, November 19th, 2005

Yesterday House Republicans called Congressman Murtha on his bluff. The clear intent of Murtha’s statement the other day was to retreat from Iraq as quickly as possible and stating anything else would be intellectually dishonest. Duncan Hunter(R-CA) entered the “Sense of Congress” resolution that simply read:

It is the sense of the House of Representatives that the deployment of United States forces in Iraq be terminated immediately.

Yeah, it was over the top. Yeah, they rushed it. Yeah, it was a stunt. But wasn’t it great? The “loyal” opposition has been calling for surrender since almost before the invasion of Iraq started. Now they had their opportunity to vote for it and they run from it like scalded dogs.

What is it boys and girls? Or are YOU the one’s playing politics with this war on terror while your sons and daughters are over there trying to kill the enemy before they lop off our heads?

And BIGTIME KUDOS to Congresswoman Jean Schmidt from Ohio for reading the words of her constituent to the House. No one called Murtha a coward and no one should. That was one Marine talking to another Marine and doing what Marines do…given an arse kicking when one is needed to bring a fellow Marine into line. Murtha knows better than to beg surrender.