Saturday, December 10, 2005

Out of the Mouths of Babes in Arms

Sometimes the big picture is best seen by what it's made up of, lots of little pictures. The way a television picture is really the assemblage of thousands of dots of color. If those colors all shift in one direction, the big picture sways in that direction as well, it can't help it, it's inexorably linked.

Seems like the Bush Administration is trying to insist that the big picture is green, when all the little dots are really reporting red.

But lying is BOP (basic operating procedure). Of course debunking the lie is BOPD (Burned Out Paranoid Democrat).

"Before I begin, let me state that I am a soldier currently deployed in Iraq, I am not an armchair quarterback. Nor am I some politically idealistic and naïve young soldier, I am an old and seasoned Non-Commissioned Officer with nearly 20 years under my belt. Additionally, I am not just a soldier with a muds-eye view of the war, I am in Civil Affairs and as such, it is my job to be aware of all the events occurring in this country and specifically in my region.

I have come to the conclusion that we cannot win here for a number of reasons. Ideology and idealism will never trump history and reality..." More.

Also from
"Stop Loss is devastating to troop morale. Many Soldiers affected by Stop Loss have already served one or even two tours of combat duty, only to be extended when they were expecting to be finished with their service. Besides damaging troop morale, Stop Loss could possibly lead to a drop in recruitment and reenlistment rates, thus weakening our Armed Forces..." More.
How about some thoughts from an an expert on Capital Hill who's not afraid to say the truth.
"Most U.S. troops will leave Iraq within a year because the Army is "broken, worn out" and "living hand to mouth," Rep. John Murtha told a civic group."

"Murtha, the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, expressed pessimism about Iraq's stability and said the Iraqis know who the insurgents are, but don't always share that information with U.S. troops. He said a civil war is likely because of ongoing factionalism among Sunni Arabs, and Kurds and Shiites. He also said he was wrong to vote to support the war." More.
Unlike the White House, Right Wing pundits, or psuedo professionals called in to be talking heads on Fox News, Murtha gets all his information from only one place: The Military. He knows what he's talking about regardless of Bush's need to tarnish any enemy.

And to show how fair and balanced we can be, some thoughts from soldiers with a positive attitude. What's heartbreaking is hearing how they're trying to bring in a bit of Home town back yard into their hell.
"Well not much going on here. It is much colder at night and in the morning. Very much like home. There is a lot of talk about leave and it seems like every day I am taking someone to go on leave. Being shorthanded is tough being a small company but we are doing okay with it. We are still waiting for the much anticipated rainy season that so far has only given us 2 days worth not lasting more then 20 min each. When the roads get wet the vehicles like to slide as if we are on ice and that will make for some interesting challenges in the future. We are just about complete on improving our unit area. The other day we had a cookout that was nice we also invited the former B TRP guys, it was good to see a lot of them again..." More.


Anonymous peter said...

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7:45 PM, December 10, 2005  
Blogger Philip Morton said...

Peter: new rule, no more posting entire articles/essays in the comments box anymore. Post the link, summarize all you want, then link it. It overloads the comments feature unneccesarily, can lock up the page to some readers.

8:15 PM, December 10, 2005  
Blogger Philip Morton said...

peter said...

By David Bellavia

"As an infantryman whose boots are still caked with blood and dust from Iraq, I am at a loss to understand what Representative John Murtha (D-PA) was thinking when he recently delivered his defeatist comments about our military efforts..."

just another pov.

8:30 PM, December 10, 2005  
Blogger United We Lay said...

We will never win this war. We know it. The soldiers know it. Even the administration knows it. Even though it's not profitable for the country, it is profitable for Big Business. The only way to get our guys home is to have our own Regime Change.

7:48 AM, December 11, 2005  
Blogger Cranky Yankee said...

He posted the same thing over at my blog. I wonder what his original thought is like. Brrr.. nevermind.

Anyway, here was my response...

He's got a point. Not one I agree with, but a point none the less. I would have given the same speech after Desert Storm.

To compare Kosovo, Bosnia and Iceland to Iraq is not realistic.

He also seems to think someone is denigrating the Soldiers themselves, which is a bold face lie.

Hundreds of highly decorated Veterans telling the truth, seeing reality and being honest. Operation truth and Veterans for Common Sense.

5:16 PM, December 11, 2005  

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