October 27, 2004

Trying to Reason With the Unreasonable...

The mother of three Marines recently discovered how hard it is to carry on a conversation with the Moonbat Brigade. At a lefty blog I've heard of before but won't mention for this lady's sake, she made the mistake of saying (and maintaining in the face of some fairly snarky responses) that:

1) Serving in the military was an honorable thing;
2) Voluntary (her sons did it because they wanted to, not because they had to--the Michael Moore Theorem again shown to be without merit or basis in fact), and;
3) This commitment and sacrifice is the source of great good in a world full of wolves.

After scrolling through the comment section, I thought this woman needed to hear an encouraging word about both her and her sons. Here's my email to her:


Thank you from a grateful nation. You supported your sons as they went off to do something very scary, hard...and noble.

NO war ever goes as planned. Mistakes have been made, but the present commander-in-chief has the respect and admiration of over 7 out of 10 people in the military. They trust him, not for his judgmental infallibility, but for his clarity of vision, determination and a feeling that he really cares about them as a commander that is almost palpable. I invite you to read Victor Davis Hanson's "Ripples of Battle" and visit his website for a historical analysis on warfare that puts all this in a quite different perspective. As a veteran, I thoroughly enjoy them for the insight they bring to why, and how, literally, we as Westerners (and Americans) fight.

Your experience with Pandagon was doomed from the start...like the Michael Moores on the Left and the Michael Savages on the Right, the chat room there is for the true believers on one side of the spectrum. Just nod your head and smile, finish your drink and quietly leave, as it were. To do otherwise is a waste of time, air and calories.

I joined the military when they were still spitting on guys returning from Vietnam. I spent 26 years flying fighters and have been amused at the attitudes that these kids reflect. It's part of the game--just ask your kids. Maybe they'll win. And maybe they won't. [Note: I was referring to the Moonbats, not the Marines. The former hope they don't, the latter feel they are--I think the Marines will be proven right, especially if Bush is reelected.] Regardless, we did...and your sons do...our and their duty.

I'm retired now, but I ache for the chance at being above your boys with a full gun and wall-to-wall air-to-surface missiles to vaporize anyone dumb enough to shoot at them.

Alas, they won't take me back--too many youngsters who want to fly and fight for a cause that's liberated 50 million--50 frickin' MILLION--people.

Today, no more women are filmed being shot in the back of the head with an AK-47 in the middle of a soccer stadium in Kabul. Today, no more men are being tied to telephone poles in the town square in Mosul and having their tongues cut out.

Why? Because of your brave sons and the man who sent them.

May God continue to bless you and your boys with health, wealth, strength and honor.

Kindest Regards,

Here's her response:

What a wonderful surprise to get to work this morning and find your email. It truly brought me to tears.

Yes, it was clearly a mistake to try to have a "conversation" with the people on that board. It would be interesting to know their ages. It sounds like they are young with few life experiences...just ideals.

For the past two years I have had at least one of my children in Iraq. It has been rough. I would cringe every time I saw car lights turn into my driveway for fear it was uniformed officers coming to tell me the ultimate bad news. I have stayed glued to the news and the telephone in case I got one of those wonderful but rare ten minute phone calls. I sent care packages and I started an online group of parents. Unfortunately some of these parents were not as lucky as I was and they lost their sons. I supported them and still stay in touch with whatever support I can give them. I don't think anyone understand unless they have lived through it. Not once did any one of my sons express to me they were dissatisfied with what they were doing. It was just the opposite. My oldest son is the most verbal and he will stand before a crowd and tell them just how important what we are doing is. He will tell them about an Iraqi man that works for the coalition forces who was in prison under Saddam. Each day for three years a noose was placed around his neck and he was hoisted to the rafters. He was left there until close to death and then dropped to the floor. The next day the same thing would happen...for THREE YEARS. He considered himself lucky because he is alive. He is scarred from his ear to his shoulder but alive. He said there was not one family he could name that did not have a family member that was either killed or tortured under Saddam. The people there DO support us but they are still afraid. I can understand that. If they dance in the streets and praise the coalition forces for liberating them...they will be killed by the insurgents.

My twins had a TERRIBLE deployment. They experienced things that will stay with them for their entire lives. They lost dear friends and they were in danger 24 hours a day. IF you ask them...they will tell you they would go back. Most of our military there will tell you the same thing. They are there and they know it is a good thing we are doing. IT really doesn't matter how it started or if there are WMD or not....we are there now and there is a chance for these people to know true freedom but we have to finish the job.

I can say Bush has never wavered from his belief that this is worth the effort and he BELIEVES in what we are accomplishing. I honestly can't tell you what Kerry believes. I have tried to listen to him and understand but he is never clear. I'm not sure he knows himself what he believes and that is frightening.

I didn't mean to write you a BOOK but it all started pouring out.

Thank you again for your email. It truly meant a lot to me....and thank you for YOUR service.

Proud Mom of:
Spc J
Cpl M
Cpl T


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Comments on Trying to Reason With the Unreasonable...
pam briefed on October 27, 2004 08:47 AM

Thank God for mothers like this wonderful woman who raise responsible, honorable children like her sons... without whom we would be lost.

An inspiring read this morning, when the idiot donks have started suing before the elections! Thanks for posting it! :)

AFSister briefed on October 27, 2004 09:11 AM

My thanks go out to BOTH of you- not only for being a dedicated Marine Mom and retired pilot, but for realizing and acknowledging the importance of the work our military carries out. It really doesn't matter to me why Bush made the decision to oust Saddam- the fact is WE ARE THERE AND HE IS GONE. Now we just have to get Bush re-elected so that he can continue working with our military to get the new Iraqi government in place.

Every day I thank God for the blessing of freedom brought to us by our military, and pray they can bring freedom to Iraq without much more loss of lives or horrible injuries. Today I thank God for Marine Mom, for having the courage to send three sons to war. Thank you!!

Flea briefed on October 27, 2004 09:34 AM

Thank you.

Beck briefed on October 27, 2004 10:26 AM

You might want to edit the name of the liberal blog out of the posted sentmail.

Rusty Shackleford briefed on October 27, 2004 11:50 AM

You did a great service to this lady.

Dan Patterson briefed on October 28, 2004 09:28 AM

The letters speak to the heart of honor and service. My thanks and prayers go to all involved. Everyone.

Can you send along my thanks as well?

Dan Patterson
Winston-Salem, NC

cw4billt briefed on October 29, 2004 11:26 AM

"Mother of three Marines"? Silly me--I thought that "SPC" was an Army-specific rank...

Nonetheless, this is one brave lady--and it's obvious that courage is a family trait. The Lord's own blessing on you, "Proud Mom," and may His hand ever lift lightly upward on your sons' rucksacks.

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