A Liberal Marines Progressive Perspective

Marines are defenders of the republic and the Constitution. That is our oath, that is our purpose, that is our calling. Many are Democrats. This is the journal of one such Marine. This leatherneck's progressive perspective is as follows...

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U.S. Marine,0300 MOS,eight years in,honorably discharged,college-educated. To all the damned trolls, you better believe there are liberal Marines. Read "War Is A Racket" by 2-time Medal of Honor recipient Maj.Gen.S.D.Butler, plus Lewis B. Puller, Jr.'s "Fortunate Son" and maybe then you'll understand. Semper Fi!

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Thursday, February 17, 2005

You Go Rep. Langevin!!! Jim Langevin for U.S. Senate Posted by Hello
Once again, a good morning to all of you that are kind enough to view my blog. I got out early this morning and had a good PT run. I'm listening to the Rolling Stones now ("Jumping Jack Flash"), getting ready for the days activities and feeling really good; alot of it has to do with the news I heard this morning about how Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R-RI) is fading when pitted against Rep. Jim Langevin in terms of the 2006 U.S. Senate race. This is based on a poll conducted by Brown University, link is as follows: http://www.insidepolitics.org/polls/REL205.html. In fact, to take a snippet from the link, the poll "...finds Representative James Langevin would lead Senator Lincoln Chafee in a U.S. Senate race". I guess you might be wondering why I'm interested in a race that is taking place so far away in the northeastern region of the United States? Well, the reason is simple and its two fold. First, at this point in the game ALL elections are critical, and all Democrats should have an integral interest in all races that have overarching national implications, i.e., governors races, House races, Senate races, etc. This is crunch time people, and any race that has an impact on the composition of the United States Senate (in relation to anything that can advance Democratic numbers in that representative body) is of paramount importance. Heck, I was on the edge of my seat for Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) down in Louisiana when she was up against it with that Republican hack, Suzanne Haik Terrell (Landrieu won by the way,...that was a nail-biter), and was on the edge of it again when Gov. Kathleen Blanco (D-LA) beat Bobby Jindal to win the Louisiana governors mansion. Moreover, I was jumping up and down for joy when Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) beat that GOP clown Alan Keyes and won that senate seat this past election cycle up in Illinois; and I'm not a resident of any of those states mentioned. But, these fights had national implications thus I (and others like me) were intersted. Secondly, I've always liked and admired James Langevin from afar, especially after I read his touching, personal story of surviving an accidental firearms discharge that left him paralyzed in a wheelchair at a very young age. His is a story of overcoming overwhelming odds or, to paraphrase Richard Nixon, "...being in the deepest valley and then knowing what it is to be on the highest mountain". Check out his website for his biography, http://www.house.gov/langevin/about.html. Rep. Langevin's story is an American story, a story that any and all Americans can appreciate and admire, regardless if they are one of his constituents or not. I want to see this man win. Now, the current senator Lincoln Chaffe is the son of the late Sen. John Chafee, a fellow U.S. Marine and war hero that served in both World War II (served in the battles at Guadalcanal and Okinawa) and Korea. John Chafee was a Marine officer of a fine and sterling character. Nevertheless, the son is not the father and that is why I'm totally behind Rep. Jim Langevin. He is an individual of character and he can "bring the thunder" in ways this country is aching for, when it comes to telling truth to power and looking out for those that cannot fend for themselves. In short, I'd follow him into battle (and that's the highest accolade a Marine can give anyone). SIDENOTE: just heard on the boob tube, that President Bush has nominated John Negroponte, the current U.S. ambassador to Iraq, as National Intelligence Director. Now, am I the only one that finds this odd? Negroponte was just appointed to the Iraqi ambassadorship in June of last year (I believe), with the mission being to essentially square-away the American embassy and other investitures concerning Iraq. John Negroponte? Why? You don't understand the concern? Read this summary of John Negroponte, courtesy of Wikipedia,


"...From 1981 to 1985 Negroponte was US ambassador to Honduras. During his tenure, he oversaw the growth of military aid to Honduras from $4 million to $77.4 million a year. At the time, Honduras was ruled by an elected but heavily militarily-influenced government. According to The New York Times, Negroponte was responsible for "carrying out the covert strategy of the Reagan administration to crush the Sandinistas government in Nicaragua." Critics say that during his ambassadorship, human rights violations in Honduras became systematic..."

What's interesting about this new National Intelligence Director position is that the CIA director was actually charged with that very same mission (head coordinator of all the nations intelligence services...hence the word "central" in the name) over 50 years ago under the National Security Act of 1947, http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ho/time/cwr/17603.htm.

Now the question begs, who's going to replace Negroponte as ambassador to Iraq? That, too, is an important position, isn't it? Are we witnessing an inept Administration (feeling the heat to fill the position, especially after yesterdays Senate Intelligence Committee hearings) "robbing Peter to pay Paul" in some kind of crazy bureaucratic Hollywood-shuffle? Oh well, Bush is a smart guy, he knows what he's doing...right? Semper Fidelis


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