We continue to kick butt on missions and take care of each other, even though we know the American public and government DOES NOT stand behind us.
It's no wonder he sees it that way. The daily barrage of all the bad news that's fit to print coming from the mainstream media is all millions of Americans hear from Iraq. CWO Funk knows this as well:
His greatest frustration? The performance of the people who deliver the news to the American people.
From his letter:
"Hello media, do you know you indirectly kill American soldiers every day? You inspire and report the enemy's objective every day. You are the enemy's greatest weapon. The enemy cannot beat us on the battlefield so all he does is try to wreak enough havoc and have you report it every day. With you and the enemy using each other, you continually break the will of the American public and American government.
"We go out daily and bust and kill the enemy, uncover and destroy huge weapons caches and continue to establish infrastructure. So daily we put a whoopin on the enemy, but all the enemy has to do is turn on the TV and get re-inspired. He gets to see his daily roadside bomb, truck bomb, suicide bomber or mortar attack. He doesn't see any accomplishments of the U.S. military (FOX, you're not exempt, you suck also).
"We, the soldiers, keep breaking the back of the enemy. You, the media, keep rejuvenating the enemy.
"How hard would it be to contact the PAO (public affairs officer) of the 1st CAV, 36th CAB, 25th ID or the Marines and ask what did you guys accomplish today - good and bad? How about some insurgent blooper videos? Now that would be something to show on the evening news.
"Media, we know you hate the George Bush administration, but report both sides, not just your one-sided agenda. You have got to realize how you are continually motivating every extremist, jihadist and terrorist to continue their resolve to kill American soldiers."
Aiding and abetting the enemy is what I would call it. Shoddy reporting is not the only way the media support the enemy. Splashing government secrets across the front page has become a badge of honor for the country's largest and (no longer) most respected newspapers. Sickening.
Sniper One has a relevant quote:
William Tecumseh Sherman on Reporters:
I hate newspapermen. They come into camp and pick up their camp rumors and print them as facts. I regard them as spies, which, in truth, they are. If I killed them all there would be news from Hell before breakfast.
Well said, General.
With all the political maneuvering in Washington it's sometimes hard to tell fact from fiction when it comes to the War on Terror. Democrats especially (with help from some Republicans) are determined to undermine the war in Iraq in order to score political points with the far left base. Their rhetoric has reached the point of absurdity, especially with the 2008 presidential race heating up. Democratic hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama just yesterday voted against funding our troops. Clinton defended her vote with the worn out "I fully support our troops, but..." shibboleth. Obama followed the play book with "We must fund the troops, but....".
Another Democrat who wants the job of Commander-in-Chief claimed the War on Terror was just a bumper sticker slogan.
"It is now clear that George Bush's misnamed 'War on Terror' has backfired — and is now part of the problem," Edwards told the Council of Foreign Relations in New York. "The War on Terror is a slogan designed only for politics, not a strategy to make America safe. It's a bumper sticker, not a plan."
Tell that to our troops, would you Mr. Edwards? The troops you voted to send to Iraq. Add these words to those of Harry Reid, John Murtha, Nancy Pelosi, John Kerry and their puppeteers, and the scheme to bring down President Bush, at any cost, becomes clear.
There is another battle being fought and it's the battle for truth, something the anti-war propagandists don't want us to hear. But there are other voices. Vets For Freedom is one of them:
Vets for Freedom is a nonpartisan organization established by combat veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our mission is to educate the American public about the importance of achieving success in these conflicts by applying our first-hand knowlege to issues of American strategy and tactics—namely "the surge" in Iraq. We support policymakers from both sides of the aisle who have stood behind our great generation of American warriors on the battlefield, and who have put long-term national security before short-term partisan political gain.
Alabama Improper posted an email from Executive Director Pete Hegseth. It is worth your time to read and respond to. Overcoming the hostile rhetoric coming from Washington is a difficult mission at best. Those of us who believe in our troops, who believe they are fighting for a just cause, and believe they will win, can help by supporting this fine organization. Join Vets For Truth, send a donation if you can, and help spread the word.
The mission of the Vets for Freedom Action Fund is to ensure that our troops and veterans are represented in Washington by people of character who understand the stakes of our long war against Islamofascism. Steadfastness in this fight is critical to our long-term nation security, and it is the aim of our organization to stand by those in Washington who stand by our shared values as we fight our nation's Global War on Terror.
The long term goal of the Vets for Freedom Action Fund is to serve as a voice for American veterans who believe in the fight for freedom around the world, despite the hardships, sacrifices, and grim realities that are synonymous with that fight. We believe our mission is just, we will support this mission and do whatever it takes to support our the troops in the combat zone.
Here is a worthy cause that deserves our support:
This Memorial Day weekend, while most folks are heading to the beach, Operation Gratitude will be kicking off one of its biggest events of the year, what the group's founder, Carolyn Blashek, calls their "Patriotic Drive." The drive will have the group packing boxes starting this weekend and running non-stop until July 1--boxes that will be shipped to American servicemen in Iraq throughout the summer.
This is an outstanding organization, so please support them if you can. They support our military all over the world:
OPERATION GRATITUDE sends packages to members of all military branches deployed anywhere in the world. To date, packages have been sent to Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Korea, Africa, Kuwait, Bahrain, the UAE, Guantanamo Bay and onto ships in international waters.
The "Patriotic Drive" is apparently specific to Iraq so if you have a family member or friend serving there this will be a great chance to show your support.
If you have a friend or family member serving in Iraq, you can head to the website and request that the group send them a package. I'm sure they'd be extremely grateful for any donation you can make as well. And if you want to see your donation at work, Fox News will be covering the kick-off all afternoon tomorrow.
This is a grass roots effort to show our support for the troops and their families. We tried to think of
something we could send Dad or Mom that they could easily send back to their kids. This is something easy to
ship and something the kids can hang on to until Dad or Mom gets back home. Your donation will help send a tag in
the appropriate service color to an appreciative service member. There is NO charge to the service member or
his family for these tags. As of May 10th we have sent over 240,000 tags to the troops in Iraq to send home to
Be sure to check out the photo gallery and read the stories.
I also want to mention Soldiers Angels. I have adopted three soldiers through this organization and I highly recommend it. Through SA I have also had the opportunity to meet an Alabama soldier home from Iraq. He needed some help and Soldiers Angels sent a shout out to Alabama Angels and I can't believe the response. Please consider supporting this awesome organization. They have many different ways you can help. One of their programs dear to my heart (I'm an animal lover) is GASP (Guardian Angels for Soldier's Pet). Believe me, Soldiers Angels has thought of everything.
This Memorial Day week-end while we remember our fallen dead, we can honor them by supporting the troops who have followed them.
Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff warns against false comfort and exposes the foolishness of (supposed) scholar Zbigniew Brzezinski. Chertoff is responding to this nonsense written by Brzezinski last month for The Washington Post:
The "war on terror" has created a culture of fear in America. The Bush administration's elevation of these three words into a national mantra since the horrific events of 9/11 has had a pernicious impact on American democracy, on America's psyche and on U.S. standing in the world. Using this phrase has actually undermined our ability to effectively confront the real challenges we face from fanatics who may use terrorism against us.
The damage these three words have done -- a classic self-inflicted wound -- is infinitely greater than any wild dreams entertained by the fanatical perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks when they were plotting against us in distant Afghan caves. The phrase itself is meaningless. It defines neither a geographic context nor our presumed enemies. Terrorism is not an enemy but a technique of warfare -- political intimidation through the killing of unarmed non-combatants.
Chertoff's response in The Washington Post:
Brzezinski states the obvious in describing terrorism as a tactic, not an enemy. This, however, misses the point. We are at war with a distinct global movement and ideology whose members seek to advance their totalitarian aims through terrorism. Brzezinski is deeply mistaken to mock the notion that we are at war and to suggest that we should adopt "more muted reactions" to acts of terrorism.
Is this actually a war? Well, the short answer comes from our enemies. Osama bin Laden's fatwa of Feb. 23, 1998, was a declaration of war, a self-serving accusation that America had somehow declared war on Islam, followed by a "ruling" to "kill the Americans and their allies -- civilians and military . . . in any country where it is possible to do it."
Since then, bin Laden and his allies have sought to carry out acts designed to strike at our global system of security, safety and economy. I am reminded of that every day when I see threat assessments and other evidence of a militarized and networked foe.
Measured by intent, capability and consequence, fanatical Islamist ideologues have declared -- and are prosecuting -- what is, by any objective rendering, a real war.
Excellent article by a brilliant man. Read it all, please.
Please check my side-bar for links to organizations you can contact to show your support for our troops.
Since we're in the middle of American Idol, I thought this video would be appropriate. Birmingham's Taylor Hicks. One of the commenters at You Tube said Taylor dedicates this song to the men and women of our Armed Forces every time he sings it in concert.
Blackfive thinks Rambo is Someone You Should Know. His real name is Jamal Udin and he is helping our troops win the war in Afghanistan:
"Since he can't have a weapon, he found a big red pipe. So he stands there at the front gate in his US Army ACU uniform with his red pipe. If a vehicle approaches the gate too fast or fails to stop he slams his pipe down on their hood. Then once the gate is lifted the vehicle moves on the 2nd gate where the US Army MP's are. So he's like the first line of defense.
"Last Thursday at 0930 hrs a Toyota Corolla packed with explosives and some Jack Ass that thinks he has 72 Virgins waiting for him approached the gate. When he saw Rambo he must have recognized him and known the gig was up. But he needed to get to that 2nd gate to detonate and take American lives. So he slams his foot on the gas which almost causes the metal gate to go up but mostly catches on the now broken windshield. Rambo fearlessly ran to the vehicle, reached thru the window and jerked the suicide bomber out of the vehicle before he could detonate and commenced to putting some red pipe to his heathen ass.
"He detained the guy until the MP got there. The vehicle only exploded when they tried to push it off base with a robot but no one was hurt. I'm still waiting for someone to give this guy a medal or something.
"Nothing less than instant US citizenship or something. A hat was passed around and a lot of money was given to him in thanks by both soldiers and civilians that are working over here. I guess I just wanted to share this because I want people to know that it's working over here. They have tasted freedom.
"This makes it worth it to me." - JOHN W. HUNT, CPT, US ARMY (emphasis added)
Read Udin's story here. An excerpt:
His real name is Jamal Udin, born in Kabul “maybe 41 years ago,” he said, to parents who moved to the capital from northern Afghanistan.
For many Afghans, details such as years and dates aren’t all that critical.
As a teen, he said, he served as a conscript in the Afghan army, which, at the time, was under the thumb of the Russians.
After military service, Udin got a truck-driving job with the transport company. His trips took him all over the region: Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Pakistan.
It was during this time that he married his wife, Shahgull, who was a couple of years younger than he was. By Afghan standards, Udin had a good life. He had a steady job, an apartment, six children and a wife he adored.
The turning point for Udin, he said, came several years ago when a rocket-propelled grenade apparently fired by a Taliban soldier slammed into his apartment, killing his wife.
Udin remembers the time of day — 10 or 11 a.m. — but not the year. The Taliban captured Kabul in September 1996, but were beating back counterattacks for sometime afterward, so it could’ve been 1997.
“We loved each other,” Udin said of his wife, “which is why I will never remarry.”
Udin took his brood — four sons and two daughters — to Pakistan, where Shahgull has family. They remained there for about four years.
“While I was in Pakistan, I saw President Bush and his wife on TV,” Udin said. “They said: ‘We will help Afghanistan. We will rebuild Afghanistan.’ That’s why I like Americans, and why I like to work for them.”
So Udin went back to Afghanistan and has been helping the Americans ever since. Read it all. It's a great story, I'm sure one of the mainstream media outlets covered it, I must have missed it.......maybe not. (Blackfive did see a blurb at CNN.com) Miserable Donuts has a post about Udin here.
Another great story about a hero, a "true Martyr", was posted last week by Michael Yon (via Dean Barnett). It happened north of Mosul. A suicide bomber was dressed as a woman and was planning to blow up a mosque full of Friday worshippers:
The bomb strapped to his body was studded with ball-bearings so that he could kill more villagers as they gathered for prayer. The detonation would eviscerate and dismember those closest, shattering bones into fragments, but the ball-bearings would ensure lethality beyond the percussive edge of the blast wave, ripping through the flesh of people who might not have been knocked down by the explosion.
There were no soldiers in his path to stop him; no police to alert to the man in women’s clothes. There were only villagers. The man dressed as a woman was to be the agent of their deaths. He kept walking down the alley toward the mosque where more than one hundred people were praying, a mass murderer masquerading in a woman’s garb.
There were no soldiers, but there was one alert villager:
The closer a counterfeit comes to the genuine article, the more obvious the deceit. As the murderer dressed in women’s clothes walked purposefully toward his target, there was a village man ahead. But under the guise of a simple villager was a true Martyr, and he, too, had his target in sight. The Martyr had seen through the disguise, but he had no gun. No bomb. No rocket. No stone. No time.
The Martyr walked up to the murderer and lunged into a bear hug, on the spot where we were now standing.
Read the rest.
Two great stories about two great men, one in Afghanistan the other in Iraq. Two more reasons to be hopeful. The Martyr has done his job, his mission complete, Rambo the Afghan still has more to do:
“Whenever the Americans leave, I will leave,” he said. “As long as they want me to stay, I will stay.”
Here is the story of another Iraqi hero:
AN IRAQI police officer was the hero of a suicide bomb attack in a crowded market street when his brave action perhaps saved dozens of lives in the southern city of Hillah. Even so the death toll was put at 60.
Mohammed Raad and his friends, Ali and Abdullah Sami, had just left a nearby gym when the first explosion ripped through the market overturning carts and blowing out shop windows.
Over the chaos, Mr Raad clearly heard a police officer shout "suicide bomber".
He saw the officer run towards a man who had opened his jacket to reveal a belt of explosives. With a last heroic gesture, the policeman threw his arms around the bomber, shielding others with his own body from the force of the second blast, according to Mr Raad and other witnesses. "He hugged him and the explosives tore apart both bodies," Mr Raad said.
A Taliban official has confirmed a top military commander with close ties to Osama bin Laden and Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar was killed in an air strike on Dec. 19, according to a report out of Pakistan.
A top aide to anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr was killed in a raid by US troops Wednesday in the Shi'ite holy city of Najaf, an Iraqi lawmaker said.
al-Sadr should be next.
Thanksgiving. It's a day of parades, great food, family, and football. And we give thanks for those things. Americans have been especially blessed, we live in the greatest country on earth and enjoy the freedom of liberty denied to so many others. Our freedom has been won, and is protected still today, by millions of men and women willing to fight and die for it. Men and women who won't be at home today. Remember those not home with family.