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May 15, 2004

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Wahabism Delenda Est!

What happened of interest in history today...

Of interest to me, that is. Your mileage may vary...

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1215 King John of England "agrees" to Magna Carta. The first step in a long series of limits on the powers of the monarch that lead to the US Constitution. In retrospect, a sad day for leftists the world over. Pointlessly proud to be descended from a member of the petite nobility present that day. Probably one who wanted something specifc and selfish, but, hey, it's not like you choose your ancestors! I had the chance while in England last fall to view one of the extant copies that is held at Salisbury Cathedral. Very interesting to see what they thought important. You can read the text here.

Magna Carta is often thought of as the corner-stone of liberty and the chief defence against arbitrary and unjust rule in England. In fact it contains few sweeping statements of principle, but is a series of concessions wrung from the unwilling King John by his rebellious barons in 1215. However, Magna Carta established for the first time a very significant constitutional principle, namely that the power of the king could be limited by a written grant.

1479 -BC-- Battle of Megiddo: Thutmose III defeats the King of Kadesh. The location of the first recorded battle in history - and according to Revelations, will be the site of the Last Battle of history.

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1862 Ben Butler issues his famous "Woman Order" That Ben! Whatta card!

1948 Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, & Saudi-Arabia attack Israel - get butts kicked. Not for the last time, either.

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Hat tip: Strategy Page


May 14, 2004

How sad.

Welcome to the al-Zarqawi fan club.

I guess it's supposed to make us think or something. Okay. I think the site-builder has a pathetic world view and is a serious loser.

And hasn't got a clue. I just added a new person to the list of people (very short) that if I see them laying on the side of the road with their legs cut off and bleeding out, I'll kneel down, show them my cell phone and say, "Tough noogies, asshole." And look 'em in the eye 'til they die.


Then get up and call the call the morgue for a pickup.

From Smash, via Tammi.

by John on May 14, 2004 | Global War on Terror (GWOT)
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This soldier sacrificed his honor...

...but he at least knows some shame, and that's the first step to regaining his honor.

SPC Jeremy Sivits will plead guilty.


U.S. Soldier Details Iraq Abuse, to Plead Guilty
May 14, 1:47 AM (ET)

...The paper said that Spc. Jeremy Sivits, the first soldier to face a court-martial in the abuse scandal, has told investigators "a harrowing tale" of how guards led by Spc. Charles Graner abused the detainees during nightly rounds.

The Times said that according to documents it had obtained, Sivits claimed Graner was always "joking, laughing ... acting like he was enjoying it."

Sivits, one of seven military police officers facing charges in the case, will plead guilty at a court-martial proceeding next week, the Washington Post reported on Friday.

I'm pretty sure how the barking moonbats are going to spin this.

Sivits, 24, of Hyndman, Pa., admitted in a sworn statement that he photographed the abuse but never reported it, according to the newspaper.

His offer to plead guilty was accepted by the staff judge advocate overseeing his court-martial, according to a memo reviewed by The Washington Post and lawyers representing others charged in the case, the newspaper said. But the paper said it could not be determined to which charge he would plead guilty.

The Times also reported that Sivits' statement implicates five of the other six soldiers accused of abusing detainees at the prison outside Baghdad.

Wait for it.

According to the Times, Sivits said all of the abuse was done without the knowledge of their superiors in the Army chain of command. "Our command would have slammed us," he said, according to documents quoted by the paper.

"They believe in doing the right thing. If they saw what was going on, there would be hell to pay." He said Graner warned him not to say anything, telling him: "You did not see (this)."

Here's going to be the Moonbat spin. "He's lying. He's just saying this to get a light sentence, and he's been coached threatened to do so if he doesn't. It's all lies. Rumsfeld ordered it, and it was taped for George's personal viewing pleasure, just like Hitler watching the films of the July Plot conspirators being hanged and beheaded."

More reasonable people will be certainly able to argue that he's doing what he can to save his butt some pain. But I (of course) tend to accept what he says. Still plenty of blame and NCO and Officer bodies to stand up in front of the wall of professional ruin over this.

Graner's attorney, Houston lawyer Guy Womack, was not immediately available for comment but has said, according to the Times, that Graner and other soldiers were under pressure by military interrogators to "soften up" the detainees to get intelligence.

This isn't over, not by a long shot. It's entirely possible that the MI people did recommend that the soldiers do that - soften up the prisoners. If they did, it was also incumbent upon them to supervise the process. Which they either did not - or they didn't look very closely, deliberately, or otherwise.

Which means there are a few more heads waiting for pikes. For either gross dereliction, or criminal conduct.

Because even if these soldiers did this as an extracurricular activity, twisting their instructions to their own sadistic pleasure - the Chain of Command is still responsible, both the direct chain up the MP side, and the MI chain on the interrogator side.

Sorry, BG Karpinski - nothing I've seen yet relieves you and your prison commander of responsiblity here. The only question for me from evidence thus far is whether it's dereliction, gross dereliction, or criminal. I lean towards gross dereliction for the prison commander and simple dereliction for the BG. Recognizing I haven't heard the whole story - but caveating that nothing Karpinski has said changes my mind.

The whole article is here.

Another busy little day in history.

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1804 My 2nd cousin, 6 times removed Meriwether Lewis & William Clark set out from St Louis for the Pacific Coast. Hey, don't have many famous family members, gotta point out the few I know of - and won't mention the horse thieves.

1845 USS Constitution lands Marines at Danang, Indochina. They'll be back in 120 years.

1856 Shipment of camels for the US Army arrives at Indianola, Texas. Yep. Camels.

1940 Nazis bomb Rotterdam, rumor has it that 30,000 die (actually
600-900)

1940 The Netherlands surrender to Germany With the crossings of the Meuse at Sedan complete, Rommel is poised for his dash to the sea and the beginning of the end for the Allies defense of France opens.

1948 Israel declares independence. Arabs immediately invade. Get butts kicked. Not for the last time.

1955 Warsaw Pact formed. Guaranteeing me a job 25 years later.

1975 Unsuccessful US raid to free the Cambodian-held ship Mayaguez.

Hat tip: Strategy Page

May 13, 2004

Some more perspective on Iraq.

I'm as guilty as anyone. It's hard to find the good news about Iraq when it's mostly on blogs. Blogs are *not* an efficient way to get your news... if a lot more fun. And all the talking heads, even on Fox, just annoy me. I can't stand 'sound-bite' news. So I have to wade through the print media (electronically) and that takes time I have little of - as I must fulfill my obligation to my lefty redistributionist friends to make much money so they can take it from me and give it to people more deserving of it than I.

Y'know, you redistributionists - between taxes and my own charitable giving, I've got less than half of my money to pay bills with and do other stuff. Mebbe it's time for a paypal button to finance expansion of the arsenal's holdings... I've been putting off that Brown Bess and Hotchkiss mg for years now.

Oh. Perspective. Sorry. Got distracted there.

But nothing going on in Iraq is quite as alarming as the panic of our political class about it. We have been there a year, really no time at all. Local elections have been held, a free and vigorous press has been established, and the infrastructure has been greatly improved. This is not nothing. There are still encouraging signs on the ground. Protests against Moqtada al-Sadr in the south have been growing, demonstrating that most Shiites reject his radicalism and oppose Iranian influence in the country. Two issues ago, NR argued that we needed to lower expectations in Iraq — to accept that a truly liberal democracy is not in the offing, at least not anytime soon. But since then expectations have plummeted beyond all reason. Even stalwart hawks such as Andrew Sullivan are in a panic. The emerging conventional wisdom is that Iraq is an unrecoverable disaster. Make no mistake: Iraq still may become that, but we need to muster all our resources and shrewdness to try to avoid it.

Like I said, I'm as guilty as anyone in the first sentence.

Whole thing is here.

Now to get some headgear for our furry soldiers.

Meet Kastor, and get a dog's eye view of his partner, SGT Darrin Smith. Arab bad guys (criminal and political) are targeting the four-footed-freedom-fighters because they are very good at their jobs. Too good. Plus, arabs don't care much for dogs. Another strike against the Wahabists in my book.

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Oh, have I mentioned today...

Wahabism Delenda Est!

My "MA" just got fired.

About the only thing left that has been fighting for the US longer than the B-52 is on the short road to retirement.

The MA-Deuce. M2 .50 Cal machinegun. My mostest favoritist firearm in the whooooole world.

She's being retired in favor of the XM312. Which is, I admit, pretty cool-looking. But she'd better be as reliable as my MA! I still have my headspace and timing gauges I carried for 24 years.

More info is available here.

Purty though, ain't she? A little lighter, too.

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General Dynamics Photo.

Hat tip to Strategy Page.

by John on May 13, 2004 | Machine Guns
» There's One, Only! links with: This is how you DONT do it

Interesting day in history.

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1110 Crusaders capture Beirut amid great slaughter - Some of you are thinking this way right now.

1846 US declares war on Mexico, two months after fighting begins. Oops.

1940 Churchill promises "blood, toil, tears, and sweat."

1943 Axis troops in Tunisia, North Africa, surrender.

1946 US sentences 58 Mauthausen concentration camp guards to death - some on the left would do this to Rumsfeld over Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo - they ARE the same thing, right?

1981 Pope John Paul II wounded by assailant in St Peter's Square

1985 Philadelphia police bomb a house held by group "Move", 11 die.

Yep. Busy day.

May 12, 2004

Here's a thought for you commenters and emailers...

...who have been saying, "If we just stayed out of other people's affairs, these things wouldn't happen!"

We tried that, remember? Oh, probably not. Especially if you've been getting taught history lately.

In 1917 we found ourselves in France. And after the war we got so disgusted with the Versailles process (exacerbated by Wilson's damnable ego) that we withdrew from that process. That worked! Boy, did it!

How about it caused us to have to visit Europe again. This time visiting via the beaches of Morocco, and Sicily, and Anzio, and Normandy, to name a few - and not to mention the ones in the Pacific.

Do you really think that isolationism works?

It hasn't worked since 1898. And the world is a whole lot smaller now than it was then.

Think about it.

We effectively ignored them over the Marine Barracks. Khobar Towers. East African Embassies. USS Cole. Mogadishu. We see how much of a reduction in 'terrorism' the LE approach got us.

9/11.

Update: An observation from David Frum -

The Arab Middle East has spawned murderous ideologies that threaten the peace and security of the whole world. You can’t “withdraw” from the Middle East: not when millions of Middle Easterners live in the West, not when the Middle East produces one-third of the world’s oil, and not when you can get from Riyadh or Baghdad to Boise, Idaho, in less than 24 hours.

The kicker:

So our options resolve themselves to basically four:

1) Try to find some way to calm the extremists down. This was the policy the US followed in the 1990s – it was the ultimate justification for Clinton’s Palestinian diplomacy. By now it should be obvious that the people we are concerned about won’t be calmed. The appeasement option isn’t an option: It’s a wish.

2) The Bush approach – try to deal with the sources of extremism by promoting democratic change in the region. By curbing tyrannies that foment extremism to justify their hold on power – like Iraq’s, like Saudi Arabia’s – the US and its allies can promote what the president calls “the peaceful pursuit of a better life.”

3) But let’s suppose that the Bush policy fails too. Let’s suppose policy-makers decide that the Middle East cannot be changed any more than it can be calmed. What then? Then I’m afraid we are going to see the emergence of a harsh new pseudo-realism that will in effect try to seal the Middle East off from the rest of the world. Hire new dictators to police the region, lock the people in, and “let them kill each other” as they say in the line at my supermarket.

4) But any policy so self-consciously dismissive will be anathema to the soft spirit of American liberalism. And so the likeliest consequence of a Bush defeat and a turn away from his policies will be: nothing at all. We’ll end up averting our eyes, telling ourselves that we can protect ourselves by chasing down al Qaeda fugitives, and basically forgetting about the whole problem – until of course it strikes again.

From an email.

Discuss amongst yourselves.

John - read your entry today. I think it hardly qualifies as a rant. Interesting to read the various comments - can't say that anyone was put off by what you said. To me, it begs the question of, "where are all the human rights activists,now?" As a matter of fact, unless it's the USA, where are they ever. Where were they 12 years ago when Saddam Hussein (through his Republican Guard) was beheading women, slitting them from navel to throat and nailing them to apartment building walls (personally testify to this at end of Desert Storm)? Where were they when Daniel Perlman (sic) was beheaded? Where were they last month when Muslim militants in Nigeria killed 8 Christian pastors and 1500 worshippers - breaking into 173 churches, forcing the inhabitants to lie face down in surrender, and then hacking them to death with machetes and axes? As our friend, B***, says, race and ethnicity are benign - culture is not. We have indeed entered into an uninvited, unwanted Jihad. President Bush was correct when he "mistakenly" referred to the battle ahead as a crusade. One has to wonder - will this latest atrocity wake the sleeping giant? Probably not. We will sleep until a couple of those lost brief-case nukes find their way into Philadelphia or Chicago, and then we'll wonder how it happened. I believe that we (America) are different, because we act differently from the barbarians we fight. I agree with Billy Graham, who said that, "America is great only because America is good. When she ceases to be good, she shall cease to be great." That being said, I also believe it's time to re-assess how we treat this cancerous growth called militant Islam. Chemo-therapy has not worked - it's time for DRASTIC eradication - cut it out!!

I owe ya something good.

...though I would appreciate it if some of my Army readers were to provide a little balance here. I love all America's warriors, but I'm starting to feel like a USMC cheerleading squad here... so pony up!

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I've already posted about 1LT Brian Chontosh.

Allow me to add:

Lance Corporal Joseph Perez
Lance Corporal Armand McCormick
Lance Corporal Robert Kerman

...to the list of heroes.

Read about it here.

And, as Puddle Pirate notes, let us not forget SGT Marcos Martinez.

Adobe Acrobat® or Acrobat Reader® required (sorry Trit).

Oh, and one last thing, dammit.

Let's quit calling it beheading. Let's call it "sawing the head off while the victim is fully aware."

Beheading is what the executioners do with sword, axe, or guillotine. It's moderately quick unless the wielder is a drunken sot. It may be moderately (certainly comparatively) painless. It's over a hell of a lot quicker and less painfully than having your neck sawn through with a knife while hogtied and being sat on by a chickenshit coward wearing a ski-mask yelling "Allahu Akhbar!" All the while you're aware of what's happening, how it's going to end, and powerless to do anything to help it along, to the blackness of peace and release.

God is great, indeed. And I'm sure those are proud moments for the deity.

When animals dance around the bonfire of their vanity, chanting His name, waving a dripping head, eyes still blinking, while the body twitches on the ground, blood still pumping, spreading, smelling all coppery, bowels voiding, bladder emptying. It's bad enough in war. I know. It's bad enough done in the heat of battle. But it's worse done this way. Coldly. Calculatingly.

Of course, I doubt He noticed. He was too busy welcoming Nick home.

Whether they had crosses on their surcoats, or were just wearing ski-masks and tennis shoes, animals are animals. We kill stray dogs with more consideration. And these people believe they should rule the world. And that we should welcome them. Not until you climb out of the cesspit of the 7th Century.

Until then, you're targets.

Update: If you'd like a one-stop shop for all "sawing off heads all the time," I recommend (in a good way) Jeff Quinton's round-up linkfest.


by John on May 12, 2004 | Global War on Terror (GWOT)
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Wahabism Delenda Est.

I will take this time to thank Al-Qaeda.

For snapping me out of most of my funk.

What follows is, for me, a rant. You want more subtlety, nuance, and no ugly pictures, go read Michele. We both reach the same conclusion, however.

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DUBAI (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's leader in Iraq beheaded an American civilian and vowed more killings in revenge for the "Satanic degradation" of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. soldiers, an Islamist Web site said on Tuesday.

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Us, on a bad day.

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Them, apparently on what they see as a good day.

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Wahabism Delenda Est.

Nick Berg is not the first. He won't be the last.

Contrary to the videotaped boasts of his killers, the gruesome beheading of 26-year-old Nicholas Berg had nothing to do with the Abu Ghraib prison scandal and everything to do with the barbaric, pathologically anti-Western nature of militant Islam...

...And what about the countless beheadings perpetrated by the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group on non-Muslims over the past several years in the Philippines? The murders of American citizens Guillermo Sobrero (who was beheaded) and Martin Burnham in 2001 and 2002, respectively, by Abu Sayyaf guerillas were committed well before the U.S. invasion of Iraq last March.

There are also the scores of maimings and dismemberments — many of which are readily accessible for Internet viewing — that have been administered by Chechen Islamists on Russian troops in the course of their ongoing battles during the past decade. A good number of these atrocities took place when Abu Ghraib was still supervised by Saddam Hussein's Baathists (who, judging by recent media accounts, must have run a sandy social club compared to the hellhole overseen by the ruthless Americans).

Erick Stackelbeck, National Review Online.


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Wahabism Delenda Est.

Mr. President - when are you going to ask us to do this?

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Wahabism Delenda Est.

These people, the leaders, just need killin'.

"Civilize 'em with a Krag."

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Let's help make the fertile crescent fertile again. Make Wahabists fertilizer.

Not Muslims. Not Sh'ia, or Sunni - just the Wahabist strain.

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Root and branch.

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Twig and leaf.

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This isn't hate. It isn't a call to genocide. It isn't a call to convert to another religion. It is, however, a call to extirpate the cancer of Wahabism. Just as the Christian church tamed the Inquisition, so too should the Muslim world tame Wahabism.

Wahabism Delenda Est.

Berg's murder plainly illustrates the most salient distinction between the Coalition and the terrorists. The outrages at Abu Ghraib were not sanctioned by higher authorities, and were halted when they were discovered. An investigation followed, and those who committed the acts may be facing jail time — a court will determine that. The terrorists on the other hand killed Nicholas Berg while executing their official policy. They justified the ritualistic slaughter of an innocent man as an act of revenge. We consider the humiliation of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib shocking; the terrorists consider sawing off the head of a helpless, innocent man an act that bestows glory unto their god and their people.
James Robbins, National Review Online.

Wahabism Delenda Est.

And if they won't, let's do it for them. It's what they intend to do to us. Convert us, or kill us. Fuck 'em. I ain't signing up for that.

Wahabism Delenda Est.

Forgiveness is God's job. Let's arrange the meeting.

Wahabism Delenda Est.


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I'm still crabby and still too busy.

But there's always time for a Moment of Zen.

by John on May 12, 2004 | Machine Guns

May 11, 2004

I'm so tired of this crap, I'm about ready to let the liberals have it all.

The Republicans don't seem to get it. The Democrats play politics to the knife. The Republicans generally play by the rules, inasmuch as any politician can. So the Dems roll the Republicans whether they have the White House or Majority status, or not. I'm beginning to wonder why I bother.

After fully sifting through the taxes, I realize the lefties are right. I am allowed to keep way too much money. %57 when it's all said and done. They're right, they're entitled to it, it is theirs after all, so I guess I should just roll over and let them have it.

Of course, I'm not a Republican, either. I realize that I really don't fit anywhere.

Fuck 'em all. Fuck the lefties the most, but fuck 'em all.

Morale is low at Castle Argghhh! No, I don't want to be bucked up. No, I don't want any fuckwit comments from leftist dickheads, either. (No, not *all* leftists are dickheads). So I've turned off the comments. I'm just going to sit in the funk-state I'm in and wait for Arne to send the jackbooted thugs in white jackets to save me from myself, the smug, self-satisfied twit. (Boudicca - sorry for the rant, I've just had it this week).

I want to go live where this guy lives(below, not Arne). There are plenty of ass-covering politicians in this realm, but they're all term-limited in some fashion.

Maybe you’d like to hear about something other than idiot Reservists and naked Iraqis.

Maybe you’d like to hear about a real American, somebody who honored the uniform he wears.

Meet Brian Chontosh.

Churchville-Chili Central School class of 1991. Proud graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology. Husband and about-to-be father. First Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.

And a genuine hero.

The Secretary of the Navy said so yesterday.

At 29 Palms in California Brian Chontosh was presented with the Navy Cross, the second highest award for combat bravery the United States can
bestow.

That’s a big deal.

But you won’t see it on the network news tonight, and all you read in
Brian’s hometown newspaper was two paragraphs of nothing. Instead, it was more blather about some mental defective MPs who acted like animals.

The odd fact about the American media in this war is that it’s not covering the American military. The most plugged-in nation in the world is receiving virtually no true information about what its warriors are doing.

Oh, sure, there’s a body count. We know how many Americans have fallen. And we see those same casket pictures day in and day out. And we’re almost on a first-name basis with the pukes who abused the Iraqi prisoners. And we know all about improvised explosive devices and how we lost Fallujah and what Arab public-opinion polls say about us and how the world hates us.

We get a non-stop feed of gloom and doom.

But we don’t hear about the heroes.

The incredibly brave GIs who honorably do their duty. The ones our grandparents would have carried on their shoulders down Fifth Avenue.

The ones we completely ignore.

Like Brian Chontosh.

It was a year ago on the march into Baghdad. Brian Chontosh was a
platoon leader rolling up Highway 1 in a humvee.

When all hell broke loose.

Ambush city.

The young Marines were being cut to ribbons. Mortars, machine guns,
rocket propelled grenades. And the kid out of Churchville was in charge. It was do or die and it was up to him.

So he moved to the side of his column, looking for a way to lead his men to safety. As he tried to poke a hole through the Iraqi line his humvee came under direct enemy machine gun fire.

It was fish in a barrel and the Marines were the fish.

And Brian Chontosh gave the order to attack. He told his driver to floor the humvee directly at the machine gun emplacement that was firing at them. And he had the guy on top with the .50 cal unload on them.

Within moments there were Iraqis slumped across the machine gun and Chontosh was still advancing, ordering his driver now to take the humvee directly into the Iraqi trench that was attacking his Marines. Over into the battlement the humvee went and out the door Brian Chontosh bailed, carrying
an M16 and a Beretta and 228 years of Marine Corps pride.

And he ran down the trench.

With its mortars and riflemen, machineguns and grenadiers.

And he killed them all.

He fought with the M16 until it was out of ammo. Then he fought with the Beretta until it was out of ammo. Then he picked up a dead man’s AK47 and fought with that until it was out of ammo. Then he picked up another dead man’s AK47 and fought with that until it was out of ammo.

At one point he even fired a discarded Iraqi RPG into an enemy cluster, sending attackers flying with its grenade explosion.

When he was done Brian Chontosh had cleared 200 yards of entrenched Iraqis from his platoon’s flank. He had killed more than 20 and wounded at least as many more.

But that’s probably not how he would tell it.

He would probably merely say that his Marines were in trouble, and he
got them out of trouble. Hoo-ah, and drive on.

“By his outstanding display of decisive leadership, unlimited courage in the face of heavy enemy fire, and utmost devotion to duty, 1st Lt. Chontosh reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.”

That’s what the citation says.

And that’s what nobody will hear.

That’s what doesn’t seem to be making the evening news. Accounts of American valor are dismissed by the press as propaganda, yet accounts of American difficulties are heralded as objectivity. It makes you wonder if the role of the media is to inform, or to depress – to report or to deride. To tell the truth, or to feed us lies.

But I guess it doesn’t matter.

We’re going to turn out all right.

As long as men like Brian Chontosh wear our uniform.

Bob Lonsberry © 2004

May 10, 2004

Today in history...

The Battle of Dong Ap Bia begins.

Better known to most of us as... Hamburger Hill.

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The fight is portrayed in the movie of the same name. One of the better movies that goes into "Why men fight." The answer is, once the bullets start to fly, for each other.



May 09, 2004

In the Spirit of Spirit of America

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Perhaps some of my readers are members of service organizations, like Rotary, Lions, Optimists, Kiwanis, etc. Or any group of people who are into performing acts of public service and mercy.

My Rotary Club sponsors a school in Mosul. We raise money and buy supplies to keep it running and expand their ability to teach. This effort is funneled directly through a US Army unit that one of our member's son serves with, though we have established a process to continue the work after that unit cycles.

Here's another worthy project service organizations could use as an expansion of their work.

Go visit Frank at Cool Blue and check out what the Golden Dragons of the 1st Herd, 14th Infantry Regiment, 25th (Tropic Lightning) Infantry Division are up to.

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Excellent Idea shamelessly copied from Dean Esmay.

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1) She was born in St. Louis, Missouri. sometime in the latter half of the 20th Century.

2) She collects Christmas Santas.

3) She collects frogs. Or rather, she has a large collection of frogs her husband used as bribes to get back in the house after traveling for bidniz. Oddly, they don't sell frogs in Kuwait. Or Bolivia. Though you can get reproduction pornographic Incan oil lamps in Bolivia - which she loves.

4) She's an avid consumer of heroic fantasy - and has a slight preference for female authors vice male.

5) She was named for a character in Little Women.

Read the rest in the extended post.

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by John on May 09, 2004 | Observations on things Military
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