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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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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

The Pain and Sacrifice of War, But the Band Plays On... Posted by Hello
Morning to all. Can someone please help me understand where the country is going? Above is a photo of another parent having to cope with the loss of a beloved child and another brother/sister having to cope with the loss of another brother/sister (http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2003/iraq/forces/casualties/). What is happening here? Why are good Americans allowing this to continue? How many professional military people (http://www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20030421&s=klare) will it take to explain to the American people that this military campaign in Iraq is as bankrupt as they come? How many generals, experts in the art of war and warfare prosecution, will it take? Officers with "Ph.D's in warfare and warfighting", so to speak. General officers, such as Generals Clark, Shalikashvili, Shinseki, McPeak, McCaffrey, Trainor, Conway, et.al. have all expressed their concerns over the fundamental flaws they see (these are military professionals, GENERAL OFFICERS mind you!) in this warped campaign of oil lust, global hegemony, and empire-quest all wrapped in the illusion of "seeking Iraqi democracy". Is there any sensitivity or historical and cultural understanding within the halls of the Bush II's White House that western-style democracy is an anathema to Islam? In other words, you can't do "cookie-cutter democracy" all over the world, our western version of democracy isn't something you can just transplant; and you certainly cannot transplant the American form of democracy in the Middle East. Even General Powell has hinted that he has serious misgivings concerning the execution of the Iraqi campaign (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3596033.stm). This "don't-worry-be-happy" b.s. philosophy the GOoPers love to relish in just won't cut it! People are dying! Troops are coming home with amputations (http://msnbc.msn.com/id/4478134/) ...maimed for life! Scarred emotionally (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/heart/), as well as physically! And for what? Are we REALLY winning (http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2005/s1354279.htm)? Does it really look like we're winning (http://independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=1501)? Look, I think the general consensus is that this war in Iraq is a foreign policy blunder of epic proportions, with the good warriors on the ground (the ones actually in the AO, or Area of Operations) trying to fix a problem that was busted from the get-go. Folks, this will probably go down in the annals of military history as one the largest military blunders in the history of this country. Something to think about. Semper Fidelis


Blogger cookie jill said...

They will continue to send folks to their death simply because they refuse to admit they lied and made a mistake.

They themselves did not have to serve but find it OK to play wargames with other's lives so casually.

While they forbid the media to show images of those coming back from war in coffins or maimed and broken...they have the gall to rally around a braindead women in Florida for political exposure and claim they are the party of "life"...

they are the party of death.

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