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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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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

NASA Rushes, Throws Caution to the Wind and the Possibility of British Army Elements Being Involved in London BombingsPosted by Picasa
Hello, once again, to all those reading this blog. This is an unusual double-posting, but I had to put my thoughts down concerning two points of interest: (1) tomorrow's hare-brained (in my estimation) "rush-launch" of Space Shuttle 'Discovery'/STS-114 along with her brave crew of seven astronauts (http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/shuttle/) and (2) tracking down the killers/perpetrators responsible for the wanton destruction caused by the London bombings of 7 July 2005. First, the space shuttle. Bottom line, as far as I'm concerned, is that this is a reckless attempt by NASA (www.nasa.gov) to regain its "juice" without first doing everything necessary to exponentially increase the safety parameters one would expect of America's premier space agency. Folks, in a nutshell, NASA is rushing... they're rushing to get back into space whatever the cost (materiel, human life, whatever) and just about everyone recognizes this to be the case (http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/12035214.htm). In fact, I just heard a CNN and BBC newsflash (please tell me it's not true) that one of the cockpit window protectors fell out and crashed into the tail of the space shuttle, damaging some of the protective tiles (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4677495.stm). Come on man...this is egregious people...just totally and completely unsatisfactory. Listen, I know "going throttle up", escaping Earth's gravity and attaining orbit is the "muscle-flexing", "high-octane", "beefy", "steely-eyed missile man" stuff NASA just loves and lives for (you know, just like in the Marine Corps it's all about the infantry, in the Navy it's all about surface warfare, in the Air Force it's all about the fighter jocks, etc., etc.). In other words, at NASA you better believe they love their solar sails (http://solarsails.jpl.nasa.gov/) and slamming space machinery into comets (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/4672157.stm), but in it's "heart and soul" NASA is all about going "go for launch", "lighting the candle" and putting heroically brave men and women into space to explore the cosmos a la the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs of the space administration's heyday. Let me be clear, we've got seven super-bright, super-intelligent Americans (http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/shuttle/) who are willing to put their lives on the line in the name of America, in the name of science and in the name of idealizing and personifying the hopes and dreams of how space exploration can benefit all of mankind. NASA should not put these good people in harm's way simply to "save face" and because NASA can't wait to get back into space. Look, chances are space isn't going anywhere soon...why not take the time to cross-all-the-"t's" and dot-all-the-"i's"...I mean, what's the rush NASA? Don't we owe these brave astronauts as well as the American people as a whole that much in terms of safety and precautions?!? I mean, I understand space travel is inherently dangerous, but gee whiz, we've got window protectors falling out of cockpits and damaging protective tiles less than 24 hours before launch...is that the soul of caution? Is that wise? Let me say this: I think it is too early to return to manned space flight, I think NASA is jumping the gun and recklessly throwing caution to the wind in the name of "face saving" and glory seeking (and now that I think about it, probably because it also has alot of corporate contracts in regards to sending stuff into space and placing things in orbit that are just collecting dust on the proverbial shelf, i.e., companies like Raytheon saying "...hey we paid you all 'x' amount of dollars to put 'x' amount of things into space, so you all at NASA better hurry up, pull your heads out of your a**es and get your ships back up into space ASAP...". Corporate capitalism once again rearing its ugly head at the potential cost of human life). Even with all of that said about NASA's brass and their recklessness (or, perhaps in spite of it), I still say good luck and godspeed to Discovery and to the brave crew of STS-114! Second thing I want to address is the London bombings and its aftermath (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/7_July_2005_London_bombings). Quite frankly, I'm really concerned this terrorist operation included elements of the British Army (http://www.army.mod.uk/) who have served in Iraq, returned to the U.K. and either: (1) have "gone native", or (2) are irate with the policies of the Blair Administration and are resorting to terrrorism/violence, or (3) both (http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2005/s1411075.htm); or, perhaps it's a situation where elements within the British Army provided "indirect" assistance to the terrorists by serving as advisors (i.e., technical assistance, providing bomb-making material, providing tactical knowledge, etc.) . The latest reports are that the bombs were lightweight and yet packed a devastating wallop in terms of their explosive power which equals explosive devices that are more along the lines of military explosives moreso than simple homespun, homemade devices (http://www.iht.com/articles/2005/07/12/news/london.php). Heard reports today stating most or all of the bombers were suicide bombers killed in the blasts(http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/4677509.stm), but I don't believe it. In fact, I spoke with a Marine officer buddy of mine this afternoon and he doesn't buy that explanation either. We both believe those devices were timed to detonate and the perpetrators were long gone and out of harm's way when the bombs exploded, wounding upwards of 700 civilians and killing more than 35 (http://i-newswire.com/pr35445.html). As I've already stated, it is my opinion we are dealing with (quite possibly) elements of the British Army (again, British soldiers who have served in Iraq, much like Timothy McVeigh having served in the U.S. Army during Gulf War I only to come home and blow up the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City) who are now sympathetic/leaning towards the philosophy of al-Qeda/al-Qeda sympathizers and are using their battle skills to wreak havoc and advance the terrorist philosophies of al-Qeda vis-a-vis terrorism in the capital of their country as well as (more than likely) beyond the confines of London. I also spoke with a close and dear friend today who is a British citizen who believes (as I do) that the perpetrators have NOT fled the country and are (in fact) still in-country and planning more attacks in a campaign of terror to be waged across northern and southern England. Also, the Administration's recent decision to ban American troops from visiting London was chickenshit (http://www.rte.ie/news/2005/0712/london.html) ...THIS IS NOT how you support your friends and allies during a time of crisis. Hell, when Hitler was bombing the stuffing out of London in 1940 during the Battle of Britain, what if FDR had said no American service people can go into London? Yeah, Churchill would have really loved that one. Alright, end of unusual evening post. Take care and Semper Fidelis


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