Friday, February 10

Today. . .In Perspective

There were 62 combat related killings in Iraq in January, 2006.
In the fair city of Detroit there were 35 murders in the
month of January.That's just one American City,
About as deadly as the entire war-torn country of Iraq.


When some claim that President Bush shouldn't
have started this war, state the following:

a. FDR led us into World War II.
b. Germany never attacked us; Japan did.

From 1941-1945, 450,000 lives were lost ...an average of 112,500 per year.

c. Truman finished that war and started one in Korea.
North Korea never attacked us.

From 1950-1953, 55,000 lives were lost ...an average of 18,334 per year.

d John F. Kennedy started the Vietnam conflict in 1962.
Vietnam never attacked us.

e. Johnson turned Vietnam into a quagmire.

From 1965-1975, 58,000 lives were lost ..an average of 5,800 per year.

f. Clinton went to war in Bosnia without UN or French consent.
Bosnia never attacked us.
He was offered Osama bin Laden's head on a platter three times by Sudan and did nothing. Osama has attacked us on multiple occasions.

g. In the years since terrorists attacked us, President Bush has liberated two countries, crushed the Taliban, crippled al-Qaida, put nuclear inspectors in Libya, Iran, and North Korea without firing a shot, and captured a terrorist who
slaughtered 300,000 of his own people.

The Democrats are complaining about how long the war is taking.
But.
It took less time to take Iraq than it took Janet Reno to take the Branch Davidian compound. That was a 51-day operation.

We've been looking for evidence for chemical weapons in Iraq for less time than it took Hillary Clinton to find the Rose Law Firm billing records.

It took less time for the 3rd Infantry Division and the Marines to destroy the Medina Republican Guard than it took Ted Kennedy to call the police after his
Oldsmobile sank at Chappaquiddick

It took less time to take Iraq than it took to count the votes in Florida!!!!

Our Commander-In-Chief is doing a GREAT JOB! The Military morale is high!

The biased media hopes we are too ignorant to realize the facts.

But Wait . there's more!


JOHN GLENN (ON THE SENATE FLOOR)
Mon, 26 Jan 2004 11:13

Some people still don't understand why military personnel do what they do for a living. This exchange between Senators John Glenn and Senator Howard Metzenbaum
is worth reading. Not only is it a pretty impressive impromptu speech, but it's also a good example of one man's explanation of why men and women in the armed
services do what they do for a living.

This IS a typical, though sad, example of what some who have never served think of the military.

Senator Metzenbaum (speaking to Senator Glenn):
"How can you run for Senate when you've never held a real job?"

Senator Glenn (D-Ohio):
"I served 23 years in the United States Marine Corps. I served through two wars. I flew 149 missions. My plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire on 12 different occasions. I was in the space program. It wasn't my checkbook, Howard; it was my life on the line. It was not a nine-to-five job, where I took time off to take the
daily cash receipts to the bank."

"I ask you to go with me ... as I went the other day...to a veteran's hospital and look those men ...with their mangled bodies ... in the eye, and tell THEM
they didn't hold a job!

You go with me to the Space Program at NASA and go, as I have gone, to the widows and orphans of Ed White, Gus Grissom and Roger Chaffee... and you look those kids in the eye and tell them that their DADS didn't hold a job.

You go with me on Memorial Day and you stand in Arlington National Cemetery, where I have more friends buried than I'd like to remember, and you watch
those waving flags...

You stand there, and you think about this nation, and you tell ME that those people didn't have a job?

What about you?"

For those who don't remember .. During W.W.II, Howard Metzenbaum was an attorney
representing the Communist Party in the USA.

Now he's a Senator!

If you can read this, thank a teacher.
If you are reading it in English thank a Veteran.

1 comment:

Para Bellum said...

a-b) You forget that Japan was among the Axis powers and aligned with Germany during WWII. The only reason they weren't fighting on the same battlefield was because they were half a world apart. Besides, I'm sure you aren't complaining that we fought the Nazis.

c) You must remember the Cold War mentality, the fear of Communism spreading. Attacking Korea seemed like about as much of a good idea as attacking Iraq did when we first started the campaign. In both cases, we found that there wasn't a threat after all and didn't really accomplish anything except losing more lives.

d) See c above, with name substitutions as necessary.

e) This is what happens when you try to politicize war instead of letting the generals do their jobs. Johnson was an idiot.

f) This is why I didn't like Clinton any more than I like Bush now (well, maybe a little more since Clinton didn't dump the economy in the toilet or try to impose his religious morals on the country). Seriously, when Clinton had aircraft with hellfire rockets pointed straight at Bin-Laden's head, he should have taken the shot. He shouldn't have gone into Bosnia, he shouldn't have bombed Yugoslavia (or rather, the numerous countries that once made up Yugoslavia). Just like Bush shouldn't have gone into Iraq.

g) I wouldn't call total annihilation of a country, providing a breeding ground for terrorism, and putting an already unstable region on the brink of war liberation, but maybe it's just me. Yes, we crushed the Taliban, but Al-Qaeda is far from over. If anything, we helped them out by destabilizing the region. He put those inspectors there, then ignored their findings to re-start war fever for the upcoming War in Iran. Sure, we've got Hussein, and we've got a country that's now a hornet's nest of terrorists that couldn't operate under Hussein but are free now that he's gone. Free, that is, to kill more Americans.

I'd say that our military is doing a good job, in spite of the impossible task set before them by our Commander-In-Chief. That is, to prevent a civil war in Iraq and bring stability to the region. Best-case scenario right now is that Iraq becomes a theocracy, which will probably be just as oppresive as Hussein but will at least keep the country relatively intact. Worst-case is that the civil war cripples Iraq, and Iran takes over, and from there starts getting some real ambitions. But hey, at least then there'll be a reason to go to war that didn't come from the Administration's collective imagination!

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