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This is powerful…
To The American People
By Deborah Johns
February 26, 2007
Editor’s Note: Deborah Johns is the mother of Marine Sgt. William Johns, USMC, who is serving his third tour of duty in Iraq.
I am sick and tired. Sick and tired of how some in this country are turning their backs on our troops at a time when they need our support the most!
This is why I am taking action to speak up, and in particular, why I am helping to lead the “THESE COLORS DON’T RUN” national pro-troop/patriotic caravan being organized by Move America Forward.
This is my letter to you, the American people.
Semper Fidelis: These are not just mere words, they have a meaning greater than their literal definition in a dictionary. They mean “Always Faithful.”
Not only is this the motto of the United States Marines, but also of their families, and it has spilled over into the hearts and souls of all those who serve in every branch of our military and their families as well.
Always Faithful to God. Always Faithful to your brother (or sister) who serves along side you. Always Faithful to your Country… Always Faithful to your Family… Always Faithful to your Commander in Chief.
People ask me every day, “how do you get through the days with a son serving in Iraq?”
Well, the answer is an obvious one. Always Faithful to God, Always Faithful to the heroic men and women of the U.S. military who serve along side my son. Always Faithful to the Commander in Chief, Always Faithful to my Country.
However, it does not seem that our political leaders and media representatives have remained Always Faithful
I have traveled across this country and I have listened to the American people. I have heard the support that is expressed for our military and I know that the American people do support the war on terror. They just want communication. They just want to know what the goals and objectives are.
I understand that the American people wanted change in leadership in the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. I understand the American people want things to go better in Iraq so our troops can come home. However, none of this can be accomplished because of the partisan politics that are taking place, which is ultimately hurting our military. You can’t imagine how much it sickens me to see our troops used as little more than pawns in a chess game where some politicians care more about putting our President in “checkmate” than they do in winning the war our sons and daughters are bravely fighting.
I am tired of those defeat & retreat politicians who say they are patriotic, and then insult the Commander in Chief at a time when we have boots on the ground in war zones.
I am tired of the politicians who want us to wave the white flag of surrender, but who then tell me how much they “support our troops.” As a military mom I can tell you that no soldier, Marine, sailor, airmen or Guardsmen wants to risk his or her life in a military mission, only to have political leaders denouncing the validity and morality of the missions that these troops are serving in. That is NOT supporting our troops.
Can you imagine being over in Iraq or Afghanistan, facing Islamic terrorists hell-bent on killing you, and returning to your base to hear that the best plan to win this war is with a “phased redeployment” (liberal-speak for retreat) out of the combat zone to someplace like Okinawa?
I am tired of the anti-war politicians whining for months on T.V., in the New York Times, and in the House and Senate that we need more troops to win the war in Iraq, and then when the President plans to do just that, they say that this is the wrong plan, it won’t work, and we need a “new direction.” Yet they don’t offer any new direction or a better plan.
I am tired of the decisions of Sergeants and Privates made in the heat of battle being scrutinized by lawyers and political commentators who were not there. Those who snub their nose at the military, and who look down at the men and women who serve in the Armed Forces, will never really know the state of mind of the young Marines or soldiers who were there and what is asked of them in order to survive.
I am tired of certain media outlets like CNN claiming that they are showing “news,” with anti-American propaganda videotapes sent to them by terrorists that show Marines and Soldiers being shot at by snipers—but then refusing to show what happens when our military builds a new school, paves a road, hands out food and water to children, opens a water treatment plant, provides much needed medical supplies to children in an orphanage.
I am tired of the politicians who act as Monday morning armchair generals, second-guessing the war effort and our military men and women. If you cannot stand behind our military and support them, go stand in front of them. Far better you stand in front of them than their parents, because they have to follow the Rules of Engagement and we don’t!
I am tired of the thousands of people in the rear who claim that they are working hard to support the troops and their way of supporting them is to bring them home. When was the last time any of you who made this statement went out to the airport to greet our troops during their redeployments back home? When was the last time any of you who say you “oppose the war, but support the troops” ever helped out a grieving widow or mother? When was the last time any of you provided help at the facilities for the wounded? When was the last time any of you sent Christmas Cards, or a care package to our troops?
I am tired of politicians who are running for office suddenly showing up at the opening of rehab facilities for our wounded for their photo opportunities as if they had really been supporting our troops all along.
I am tired of Code Pink, Daily Kos, Al-Jazzera, CNN, Reuters, the Associated Press, ABC, NBC, CBS, the ACLU, and CAIR thinking that they somehow get to have a vote in how our troops on the ground blast, shoot and kill these terrorist who have no regard for human life and who would seek to subdue and destroy us every chance they get.
I am sick and tired of people like Cindy Sheehan who not only go around the United States bashing our military, our President, but goes around the world and hugs thugs like Hugo Chavez, as if he has been her best friend her entire life. Cindy Sheehan: “You Don’t Speak for Me” and it’s time for you to zip your lip, go back home to your family and stop playing the role as this generation’s “Tokyo Rose.”
I am sick and tired of the politicians and their whining about this war, because it is this constant whining that is emboldening the terrorists to continue to kill and injure our troops and kill innocent civilians in Iraq. Can’t you give up even for a little while, your pathetic desire to get time in front of the TV cameras by doing the politically correct thing of denouncing the war effort? Could you please shelve your personal and political ambition, take your unhelpful bickering behind close doors and put your self-glorification aside for the good of our troops and this nation?
I am tired of people like Meredith Vieria from NBC asking oxygen thieves like Senator Chuck Hagel questions like “Senator, at this point, do you think we are fighting and dying for nothing?” Meredith might not get it, but Marines and soldiers do know the difference between fighting and dying for something and fighting and dying for nothing.
I am tired of journalists like William Arkin who say: “So, we pay the soldiers a decent wage, take care of their families, provide them with housing and medical care and vast social support systems and ship obscene amenities into the war zone for them, we support them in every possible way, and their attitude is that we should in addition roll over and play dead, defer to the military and the generals and let them fight their war, and give up our rights and responsibilities to speak up because they are above society?”
Please tell me what a decent wage looks like for them Mr. Arkin? You need to meet Cindy Sheehan at the closest airport and fly back home with her and stop insulting the men and women of our military.
I am tired of people whining about how costly this war is when they hear of a casualty. You have no idea what we as families go through when we hear 12 Marines killed; 8 Soldiers killed. You cannot even imagine the pain and difficulty we experience with the instantaneous news in our face on a daily basis. We grieve for the loss of a hero, we grieve for their families and we feel tremendous guilt when we feel relieved that it was not us who received that knock at the door.
But we stand in solidarity with our troops overseas. We become even more committed to rallying support for them and their missions. So, could you please stop trying to undo that by voicing opposition to what our troops are doing in Iraq and Afghanistan? If you are so upset with the news of U.S. casualties in these areas, then do what you can to help our troops achieve VICTORY and SUCCESS so they can come home as soon as their missions are completed.
I am tired of Rules of Engagement being made by JAG lawyers and not Combat Commanders; and politicians who have never served in the military second-guessing everything after the fact. Our military is not playing Hopscotch over there. There is no 2nd place trophy either. I think that if the enemy knew some rough treatment was at hand for them, instead of prayer rugs, special diets and free Korans; this might help send a message to the terrorists that this nation means business.
I am tired of hearing people say to me I am glad it is your son and not mine. Well you know what me too, because I would not want your coward of a son serving next to mine because it might be him and his lack of back bone that would cost my son his life. So you just let your kid go to an anti-war rally on a college campus, or attend the next MoveOn.org organizational meeting and be a wimp, while mine defends this great nation with Honor, Courage, and Commitment.
I am tired of hearing that my son has to stand down when being shot at by terrorists from inside of a Mosque, or terrorists inside a home with women and children when they are used as human shields—like the first battle in Fallujah. No, that’s not the key to victory… instead let us turn loose our troops to do what they must to defeat, kill and annihilate enemy combatants so that this war can be over and our military men and women can finally come home.
We are in Iraq and Afghanistan to kill our enemies. It is that simple.
It is only possible to defeat an enemy who kills indiscriminately by utterly destroying him. He cannot be made to yield or surrender or sit down and talk nicely about the situation. This is not Barney “I Love You, You Love Me and we are one big happy family.” These terrorists will fight to the death by the thousands to kill the infidels who do not believe in their way of life and that means you and me and our Marines and Soldiers serving in Iraq.
As the President asked in his recent speech to the Nation: Please all of you put down your own selfish agendas. Take a good long look at what you are doing. Because I am telling you your actions, the mud slinging you all have going on against one another is hurting and hindering our military men and women and their families.
All of you politicians had access to the same intelligence the President had when you voted for this war. You all had a similar view of Saddam Hussein, and you all knew that Iraq was a state sponsor of Islamic terrorist groups. The fact is that we are in Iraq and Afghanistan, and our troops need our support to get the job done so they can come home, and all of you politicians need to stop acting like a bunch of whining 2 year-olds who are not getting your way. I am telling you if you cut the funding to our military and do not provide them with the manpower and equipment they need to get this job done, you are no better than the terrorists who shot at them and try to kill them.
I know the American People want change in Iraq, our military wants change and so do their families. The change we want is for everyone to stop undermining the war effort and support our troops so that they may achieve a complete military victory in Iraq and Afghanistan alike.
Please, as a Mother of a Marine serving his third tour of duty, on his behalf, on the behalf of his brothers serving along side him, our troops, and their families, lay down your anger towards one another and do what is right and in the best interests of our Military.
God Bless them until they come home, God Bless those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, God Bless their families who are Always Faithful and God Bless this Country.
Please join us for the “THESE COLORS DON’T RUN” national caravan hosted by Move America Forward and the “Gathering of Eagles” event in Washington, D.C. on March 17th.
Deborah K. Johns
Very Proud Marine Mom of SGT William Johns, USMC
3rd Tour of Duty in Iraq
Note—The opinions expressed in this column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions, views, and/or philosophy of GOPUSA. 7 years ago
During NBC’s Nightly News, soldiers expressed frustration with
opposition back home—most notably those who say they support
the troops, but not the war. NBC war analyst and Washington
Post.com reporter William Arkin shot back, scolding the troops.
“We pay the soldiers a decent wage, take care of their families,
provide them with housing and medical care and vast social support
systems and ship obscene amenities into the war zone for them,
we support them in every possible way, and their attitude is
that we should in addition roll over and play dead, defer to
the military and the generals and let them fight their war,
and give up our rights and responsibilities to speak up because
they are above society?”
I could respond, but I’ll defer to Specialist Tyler Johnson,
who is serving his first tour in Iraq. “You may support or
say we support the troops, but, so you’re not supporting what
they do, what they’re here sweating for, what we bleed for,
what we die for. It just don’t make sense to me.”
It doesn’t make sense to me either, Tyler.
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This is an article written by Brannon Howse sent to me by ChristianWorldviewNetwork.com. If this is true, it is absolutely appalling, and our legislators need to hear from us all asap!
New Political Meddling Could Make Iraq Our Next Vietnam
By Brannon Howse
Imagine this not-so-unimaginable scenario: A police officer pulls up to a house where a domestic disturbance has been reported. As the officer approaches the house, a man wielding a gun bursts out the front door, aims his weapon at the officer, and screams, “I’m going to kill you!” The officer has no place to take cover. What would a reasonable law enforcement official do in such a situation?
Any officer will tell you that if a man is pointing a gun at him and yelling that he is going to shoot the officer, the policeman is well within his legal rights to shoot first in self defense. All that is required to justify lethal force is that the officer fears for his life. He does not have to wait for the gunman to fire before the policeman can shoot at the attacker.
But imagine how different—and tragic—the outcome of this scenario could be if the Attorney General of the United States, the highest ranking law enforcement official in the country, had declared a new policy that no sheriff, deputy, police officer, FBI agent, U.S. Marshall, or Secret Service agent could fire their gun at someone unless the assailant fired first. Any law enforcement official that shot before being shot at would be prosecuted. Under this policy law enforcement officials would be wholly justified in resigning immediately and getting another job. Criminals would have a heyday if they knew they had one free shot before being in danger themselves. Obviously absurd, right?
Unless you happen to be politicians overseeing the war in Iraq.
That’s right! We have received e-mails from the family members of military personal fighting in Iraq telling us that the military has politically coerced, non-sensical “rules of engagement.” It has been reported that our men and women fighting in Iraq do not have the right to shoot at the enemy until the enemy shoots at them first. I recently heard a well-documented report in which an enemy terrorist was observed pointing a rocket launcher at American troops, clearly preparing to fire at the watching soldiers. Yet our servicemen were not able to take him out before he fired. Only after the enemy fired his rocket, killing several U. S. soldiers, were the remaining troops allowed to destroy the enemy. The Americans involved in the incident were all too aware that any solider who fires a weapon before being fired upon can face a court-martial.
Depriving our soldiers of their Biblical and Constitutional right of self-defense is inexcusable. (Exodus 22:2)
Think about this for a minute. Troops have to wait until their fellow soldiers are killed before they can defend themselves by shooting back. But wait, it gets worse. If a solider does shoot at the enemy, they have to fill out a stack of paper work that would make any Washington bureaucrat proud.
Why would we ever give our soldiers an order not to fire until fired upon? Wars are won by killing the other guy first, not by waiting to see what he’ll do. We already know the enemy wants to kill us. That’s why we get into wars to begin with.
I doubt any father or mother would encourage a son or daughter to join the military knowing what I have just reported, and I dare say this deadly policy was not presented to recruits before they joined the military. Since our government has changed the assumptions upon which someone signs up to fight, then we should give the soldiers the option to stay and fight or to catch the first flight home, now that they know what the new rules are.
And what do our rules signal to the enemy? The foes we face are shrewd, vicious people who know these “rules of engagement” and will use them to their advantage—and to the destruction of our men in uniform. Can we win this war with such an irresponsible, politically correct policy? Did we win in Vietnam with politicians micromanaging the war? These sickening rules of engagement must be changed now, or our soldiers need to come home before any more die from our national leaders’ love of politically correct fighting.
Military family members have told me that soldiers are afraid to speak out about these foolish and deadly “rules of engagement” because they fear retaliation that will damage their military careers. Please contact your members of Congress and the White House and ask them to change these deadly and politically correct “rules of engagement”.
I contacted a good friend of mine that is a well-known national talk-show host and he tells me that he has also received credible reports confirming these deadly “rules of engagement”.
Adding 20,000, 30,000 or 100,000 new troops will not change the outcome of this war unless the politicians stop managing the war like a bunch of politically correct, liberals.
Although I don’t have a son in Iraq, our nation has thousands of sons and daughters serving there, and we at home owe it to them to speak up since they can’t. If we expect to continue being served by an all voluntary military, our politicians had better untie the hands of our soldiers so they can defend themselves, win this war, and come home alive! We owe nothing less to our great American soldiers and their families.
Distributed by www.ChristianWorldviewNetwork.com 7 years ago
Dedicated To All Military Troops Everywhere
THE SANDS OF CHRISTMAS
I had no Christmas spirit
when I breathed a weary sigh,
And looked across the table
where the bills were piled too high.
The laundry wasn’t finished
and the car I had to fix,
My stocks were down another point,
the Chargers lost by six.
And so with only minutes
till my son got home from school
I gave up on the drudgery
and grabbed a wooden stool.
The burdens that I carried
were about all I could take,
And so I flipped the TV on
to catch a little break.
I came upon a desert scene
in shades of tan and rust,
No snowflakes hung upon the wind,
just clouds of swirling dust.
And where the reindeer should have stood
before a laden sleigh,
Eight Humvees ran a column
right behind an M1A.
A group of boys walked past the tank,
not one was past his teens
Their eyes were hard as polished flint,
their faces drawn and lean.
They walked the street in armor
with their rifles shouldered tight,
Their dearest wish for Christmas,
just to have a silent night.
Other soldiers gathered,
hunkered down against the wind,
To share a scrap of mail
and dreams of going home again.
There wasn’t much at all
to put their lonely hearts at ease,
They had no Christmas turkey,
just a pack of MREs.
They didn’t have a garland
or a stocking I could see,
They didn’t need an ornament –
they lacked a Christmas tree.
They didn’t have a present
even though it was tradition,
The only boxes I could see
were labeled “ammunition. “
I felt a little tug
and found my son now by my side,
He asked me what it was I feared,
and why it was I cried.
I swept him up into my arms
and held him oh so near
And kissed him on the forehead
as I whispered in his ear.
“There’s nothing wrong, my little son,
for safe we sleep tonight
Our heroes stand on foreign land
to give us all the right.
To worry on the things in life
that mean nothing at all,
Instead of wondering if we
will be the next to fall.”
He looked at me as children do
and said, “it’s always right,
To thank the ones who help us
and perhaps that we should write.”
And so we pushed aside the bills
and sat to draft a note,
To thank the many far from home,
and this is what we wrote:
“God bless you all and keep you safe,
and speed your way back home.
Remember that we love you so,
and that you’re not alone.
The gift you give you share with all,
a present every day,
You give the gift of liberty
and that we can’t repay.”
~ Michael Marks ~
Merry Christmas and a safe New Year
to all troops so far from home!
May God bless and keep you safe.
Author Unknown 7 years ago
I would personally like to Thank You and the others for putting your life on the line for my freedom. Being in the military sometimes is a thankless job. But I appreciate you and the other military personnel who are fighting for my freedom and for the ablitiy to have a great country like the USA we live in. I might not agree with everything that our goverment does. but I do Thank you from my heart and from my family for being in the Military and fighting for our freedom. Today we remember those who fought and died for the freedom. The freedom to speak our minds, The freedom to have food, homes, and be able to vote and say we like this and we do not like that.
I Thank You.
We pray for your safety and for your safe return.
. 7 years ago
This was a GOP News Update from June 22, 2006. Did you hear anything about this in the news?
Oh Where, Oh Where is the WMD Coverage?
Posted by Bobby Eberle
June 22, 2006 at 7:14 am
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On Wednesday, Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), quoting from a Pentagon report, announced that since 2003, over 500 weapons of mass destruction have been found in Iraq. According to Santorum, these sarin- and mustard-filled projectiles prove that “weapons of mass destruction are, in fact, in Iraq.” With news this important, one would expect wide-spread coverage, right? Wrong. The so-called main stream media is silent on this discovery, instead painting their own view of Iraq.
At the press conference, Santorum along with Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) said, “It is essential for the American people to understand that these weapons are in Iraq. I will continue to advocate for the complete declassification of this report so we can more fully understand the complete WMD picture inside Iraq.”
Santorum noted that the six key findings from the Pentagon report are as follows:
Since 2003 Coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent.
Despite many efforts to locate and destroy Iraq’s pre-Gulf War chemical munitions, filled and unfilled pre-Gulf War chemical munitions are assessed to still exist.
Pre-Gulf War Iraqi chemical weapons could be sold on the black market. Use of these weapons by terrorists or insurgent groups would have implications for Coalition forces in Iraq. The possibility of use outside Iraq cannot be ruled out.
The most likely munitions remaining are sarin and mustard-filled projectiles.
The purity of the agent inside the munitions depends on many factors, including the manufacturing process, potential additives, and environmental storage conditions. While agents degrade over time, chemical warfare agents remain hazardous and potentially lethal.
It has been reported in open press that insurgents and Iraqi groups desire to acquire and use chemical weapons.
It’s quite interesting and disappointing to see how this news has been bypassed by almost all of the major media outlets. This morning, there was not a single mention of the story on the CNN web site. Instead, the main headlines listed under “Latest News” (in addition to prime space for coverage of Western wildfires) where:
4 U.S. soldiers die in Afghan battle
Al Qaeda’s No. 2 releases new video
Attacks kill 5 U.S. service members in Iraq
Debate over Iraq heats up in Senate
Marines, corpsman face murder charges
On the ABC News web site, the lead story is “Seven Marines and One Sailor Charged With Murder.” Also listed on the main page under “Headlines” are the following stories:
U.S. Troops Killed: 4 in Iraq | 4 in Afghanistan
Ariz. Wildfires Dangerously Close to Homes, Park
Calif. May Soon Face ‘Big One’
Japan Ships to Monitor N. Korea’s Missile Tests
The CBS News web site focuses on the wildfires as the lead story. Other main headlines include:
Duke Mom Wants Son ‘To Have Life Back’
Al Qaeda Tape Urges Afghans To Rise Up
Updated: 5 U.S. Troops Killed In Iraq
Times Have Changed In Germany
Dark Days For Bureau Of Indian Affairs
This morning, the FOX News web site had the WMD story on their main page, and it is now found in their political section. The main page of the New York Times’ web site makes no mention of the WMD story, but rather runs as their lead: “G.O.P. Decides to Embrace War as Issue.”
With all the one-sided reporting, is it any wonder that public support for action in Iraq will go down over time? So much was made of Abu Ghraib, yet where is the wide-spread reporting and outrage over what was done to two of America’s soldiers who were captured by Iraqi insurgents?
There is progress being made in Iraq, and the American people deserve honest, fair reporting on both the good and the bad. Their selective coverage does nothing to build a full story of what is happening in Iraq, but instead, is used to promote a left-wing agenda. That is not the role of the media, and hopefully, more and more Americans will see through their attempts to twist the news.
http://www.gopusa.com/theloft/?p=316 7 years ago
This comes from the Center for Individual Freedom, just in time for Memorial Day.
Throughout the year, the Center for Individual Freedom sends you updates, commentary, news alerts and calls to action on many important issues that affect your individual freedom. We are grateful for your dedication and willingness to engage and speak out, without which CFIF could not be successful.
But all of the freedoms that we collectively fight to keep and restore would not be possible without the brave men and women in uniform who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our great nation.
This Memorial Day, all Americans should pause to recognize the hard work and just cause of our brave soldiers fighting for freedom in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere around the world. And we should reflect on the sacrifices of all who fought before them in defense of America and the ideals for which it stands.
This Memorial Day weekend, we call on all CFIF activists
- and all Americans - to take time out of their busy travel schedules to honor the fallen men and women of America’s armed services and recognize those who continue to unselfishly sacrifice in the defense of freedom by doing the following things:
Take a few minutes to visit CFIF’s Thank Our Troops Message Board online to post a message of thanks and appreciation to America’s brave men and women in uniform. Let them know that they have our support, respect and gratitude as they carry out their missions. [Simply visit the Thank Our Troops Message Board and click on the “post reply” button to post your message of thanks.]
Prominently display the American Flag outside of your home or business. Please be sure to display the flag using proper etiquette which can be found here.
Thank a Soldier! This Memorial Day weekend, if you see a soldier, sailor, airman or marine on the street, in an airport or at your local shopping mall, stop to thank her or him for their service, sacrifice and hard work.
Post your message of thanks to America’s brave men and women in uniform now.
That’s all there is to it: choose your soldier, or let us choose one for you, go shopping, create a personal message to go with your gift if you choose, and we do the rest. It only takes a few minutes to Foster-A-Soldier, send a package, and make a soldier smile.
Every package is carefully packed in our secure fulfillment center, the proper paperwork is completed, and then the package is shipped according to all USPS and military regulations.
We include a thank you note the soldier can complete and return in every package, as well as registration cards so soldiers can encourage their friends to register.
For security reasons, thank you notes and e-mails come back to Treats for Troops; the note or message is then forwarded to the person who sent the package.
Soldiers register themselves, or are registered by family members, so everyone in our Foster-A-Soldier™ Program is hoping to receive a package from home. You can choose a soldier to sponsor by gender, branch of service of home state. Or you can let the program choose the soldier who’s been waiting the longest to receive a package from home.
Visit Treats for Troops Now. Won’t you take a few minutes to visit www.treatsfortroops.com and consider sending a soldier a package through our Foster-A-Soldier™ Program? If you let the system choose for you, you’ll be sure your package is going to the soldier who has been waiting the longest to receive a package.
On behalf of all the men and women serving our country all over the world,
President, Treats for Troops
P.S. Please forward this to anyone else you think might be interested in sending care packages to our troops, or anyone with friends or family in the military who would like to register their loved one. 7 years ago
Just received this email from newsmax.com and The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes.
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I received this email and thought I’d share it here…
When my son, Michael, left for Iraq, America was united in our determination to defeat the terrorists. We all supported the mission.
Sadly, some Americans – fueled by a steady diet of media negativism – seem to have lost our resolve.
Michael died on January 24, 2005 fighting for a cause he believed in. I know for a fact that he believed the cause was honorable because he told me so when he wrote a personal credo that explained,
“I want to carve out a niche for myself in the history books. I want to be remembered for the things I accomplished. I sometimes dream of being a soldier in a war. In this war I am helping to liberate people from oppression. In the end there is a big parade and a monument to immortalize us in stone. Other times I envision being a man you see out of the corner of your eye, dressed in black fatigues, entering a building full of terrorists. After everything is completed I slip out the back only to repeat this the next time that I am called. I might not be remembered in that scenario, but I will have helped people.”
The mainstream media may have lost faith in the mission, but I haven’t forgotten that Michael – who’s friends called him Shrek – died to “liberate people from oppression.”
I am hopeful that the media will use Iraqi Liberation Day on April 9th to remember all of the good things Michael and our troops have done in Iraq. You can also help going to www.FamiliesUnitedMission.com/letter and signing a letter encouraging the media to remember this historic milestone.
I believe that if enough of us join together and speak out we can make sure that our servicemen and women abroad today know just how much we support them and their mission. Please visit www.FamiliesUnitedMission.com/letter and forward this letter to your friends; April 9th is just around the corner, so please act now.
Merrilee Carlson, Shrek’s Mom
Gold Star Mother and Chair of Minnesota Families United
St. Paul, Minnesota 8 years ago
Major Terror Plot Against U.S. Ignored
Thursday, Jan. 5, 2006 10:08 a.m. EST
The mainstream U.S. media outlets have failed to report a major terrorist plot against the U.S. – because it would tend to support President Bush’s use of NSA domestic surveillance, according to media watchdog groups.
News of a planned attack masterminded by three Algerians operating out of Italy was widely reported outside the U.S., but went virtually unreported in the American media.
Italian authorities recently announced that they had used wiretaps to uncover the conspiracy to conduct a series of major attacks inside the U.S.
Italian Interior Minister Giuseppe Pisanu said the planned attacks would have targeted stadiums, ships and railway stations, and the terrorists’ goal, he said, was to exceed the devastation caused by 9/11.
Italian authorities stepped up their internal surveillance programs after July’s terrorist bombings in London. Their domestic wiretaps picked up phone conversations by Algerian Yamine Bouhrama that discussed terrorist attacks in Italy and abroad.
Italian authorities arrested Bouhrama on November 15 and he remains in prison. Authorities later arrested two other men, Achour Rabah and Tartaq Sami, who are believed to be Bouhrama’s chief aides in planning the attacks.
The arrests were a major coup for Italian anti-terror forces, and the story was carried in most major newspapers from Europe to China.
“U.S. terror attacks foiled,” read the headline in England’s Sunday Times. In France, a headline from Agence France Presse proclaimed, “Three Algerians arrested in Italy over plot targeting U.S.”
Curiously, what was deemed worthy of a worldwide media blitz abroad was virtually ignored by the U.S. media, and conservative media watchdog groups are saying that is no accident.
“My impression is that the major media want to use the NSA story to try and impeach the president,” says Cliff Kincaid, editor of the Accuracy in Media Report published by the grassroots Accuracy in Media organization.
“If you remind people that terrorists actually are planning to kill us, that tends to support the case made by President Bush. They will ignore any issue that shows that this kind of [wiretapping] tactic can work in the war on terror.”
“The mainstream media have framed the story as one of the nefarious President Bush ‘spying on U.S. citizens,’ where the average American is a victim not a beneficiary,” commented Brent Baker, vice president of the Media Research Center, a Washington, D.C.-based organization dedicated to encouraging balanced news coverage, “so journalists have little interest in any evidence that the program has helped save lives by uncovering terrorist plans.”
The Associated Press version of the story did not disclose that the men planned to target the U.S. Nor did it report that the evidence against the suspects was gathered via a wiretapping surveillance operation.
Furthermore, only one American newspaper, the Philadelphia Inquirer, is known to have published the story that the AP distributed. It ran on page A-6 under the headline “Italy Charges 3 Algerians.” The Inquirer report also made no mention of the plot to target the U.S. – although foreign publications included this information in the headlines and lead sentences of their stories. Nor did it advise readers that domestic wiretaps played a key role in nabbing the suspected terrorists.
One obvious question media critics are now raising: Did the American media intentionally ignore an important story because it didn’t fit into their agenda of attacking President George Bush for using wiretapping to spy on potential terrorists in the U.S.?
“It’s clear to me,” says AIM’s Kincaid, “that they’re trying their best to make this NSA program to be an impeachable offense, saying it is directed at ordinary Americans. That’s why they keep referring to this as a ‘program of spying on Americans’ – whereas the president keeps pointing out it’s a program designed to uncover al-Qaida operations on American soil.”
A few days ago I received an email update (from Grassfire.org)that included a letter from a U.S. soldier who is now serving in Afghanistan. I thought I’d share it here.
“… I am a reservist out of Dallas, Texas, who is currently deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. I also was deployed to Iraq for one year in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. I was part of the initial invasion into Iraq. During my first deployment to Iraq, my MP unit was called up. I volunteered for this deployment because I felt I had more to give my country and felt it was the right thing to do. I would like to comment on the article you wrote in reference to the Code Pink group at Walter Reed Medical Center. I first saw your article on the Sean Hannity website and then listened to Marc Morano’s interview with Mr. Hannity via-pod cast from here in Afghanistan. (‘Anti-War Protests Target Wounded at Army Hospital,’ August 25)
When I read the article I was assuming that the group was just close to the Medical Center. But when I listened to your interview with Mr. Hannity and your confrontation of the Code Pink lady, it became a lot clearer. I was taken aback by her and her group’s arrogance to what they are really doing there and who they are actually hurting. To carry the signs, heckle the troops and to have mock caskets with an American flag over them is beyond protest. It is downright harassment of my brothers and sisters of the United States military who have been injured.
By the end of the interview I was shaking and was even in tears for my fellow brave soldiers who not only have to endure the loss of a limb(s), loss of sight, or even worse – the loss of a battle buddy (fellow soldier serving with your team). I know the guilt that soldiers feel when they are not taken or injured but someone else is. I feel guilt now that I made it through Iraq and now half way through my tour in Afghanistan and yet I am fine. Over 2,000 of my fellow soldiers have not made it. I can only imagine what my fellow injured soldiers are feeling as they look out that window and see the Code Pink group. I then went from thinking of my fellow soldiers to thinking about my family and what they would have to go through if I were injured and the emotional stress and guilt they would feel that they were unable to protect their 34-year-old son, even though I made a decision to protect my family and country. …
Even though I disagree with what all of these groups such as Code Pink, Moveon.org and anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan stand for, my fellow soldiers and I have fought, died, been injured and are still fighting for their right to protest and speak their mind. But what angers and hurts me as a soldier is that they parade their anti-war views in the face of my brothers and sisters who are recovering from the same battlefield that I fought on and am still fighting on as I type this e-mail. Is there no honor or dignity left in the anti-war movement? Do they have no shame? Do they have no integrity? Do they have no heart? Do they have no soul? I can answer that with a simple no! How can they say they support the troops but protest where they try to recover from war? You interviewed one gentleman, and I use that term loosely, who stated ‘If I was injured I would want someone to speak for me like this.’ Well let me tell him something, we do not want you to speak for us and we do not need you to speak for us! …
In closing, I would like to thank you for bringing their conduct to the public eye, not only in your article, but on ‘The Sean Hannity Show.’ I actually began to have some faith in the media again when I heard Morano stand up for us soldiers like he did. I wish there was something that I could do to personally thank him for your actions. But I am going to ask that you please do not stop speaking of these actions at Walter Reed. Please find a way to help stop the protesting at Walter Reed. Please write more articles, ask why they were granted permission, get public officials to speak out on the record and petition people to withdraw their right to protest within a certain distance from a military hospital. It scares me that next will be a fellow soldier’s funeral. That is the next step! Please, I ask that you continue to investigate this protest and their rights to be there! Not to stop people’s freedom of speech, but protect and respect my fellow soldiers.”
Sgt. Mark Leach, U.S. Army
Afghanistan 8 years ago
Today is Veteran’s Day.
Let us all take time today, to reflect upon the bravery, selflessness, and quiet dignity of all those courageous men and women who have felt the call to protect and preserve our nation both in times of war, and in times of peace.
And to those who have served our nation, may God truly bless you for your sacrifice. You are true heros. 8 years ago
If anyone has any suggestions about ways to support our troops (organizations that are collecting supplies, praying, writing letters to individual troops, etc.) please feel free to share those ideas and information about how others can get involved! 8 years ago
My parents told me today that my uncle should be in Kuwait by now. I’m praying for his safety, as well as for all of those who are serving with him. 8 years ago
Although saying thank you is such a small thing in comparison to the sacrifices our military has made, I still would like to say it. I can not even imagine what your life is like, but your bravery and service are not going unnoticed. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you again for all that you’ve done for me and for our nation. You truly are heroes! 8 years ago