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i am perplexed by the americans that feel that guantanamo  bay  is the deepest scariest hell hole that we have detained prisoners of war or those that are hard to classify as the geneva convention do not apply …

and how dear leader kim jong il has two american reporters in work camps…

i wonder which is worse.  i wonder how guantanamo stacks against prisons, prisoner treatment in other countries, and the base accommodations that terrorists and enemy combatants are treated compared to 2 women that were filming on/near/across the border in north korea

i wonder if lisa ling had a choice for her sister… would she pick the north korean prison camp or guantanamo bay for her sister laura ling and euna lee.  i bet you that other than not having to server a prison term at all.. that she would pick 12 years at guantanamo bay versus any prision camp in any other country

it makes me mad that people have no perspective on the lengths that the US seems to take… even for caring for terrorists… compared to things that i have heard happening in prison camps in north korea.  rape, force abortions, real work camp in mines and deplorable conditions and sometimes death…. none of which have happened at guantanamo

the US is giving habius corpus rights to people picked up outside of the country… none citizens or residence of the country … and those that are trying to kill them.  yes mr ACLU … if they had a chance, they would kill you.

look at what they are going to do with the chinese muslims … they are looking in a south pacific for another island to hold these prisoners … because they know that they cant try them in a normal court of law.

it is great that they want to close guantanamo … but they are just going to have to rebuild something someplace else … or extend things in places like supermax in colorado .. and living in denver.. i do not want these guys anywhere near my family .. even in a supermax.  dont you guys watch prision break?  i dont want colorado to become a target .. we love being semi anonymous  and i would some other place being hit first if they decide to attack again

people may feel that guantanamo is bad …. but compared to north korean prison camps .. i would volunteer to go to guantanamo bay versus spending any time in anything that north korea will dish out.  they need to look at the scale of what they think is ‘torture’ that may be inflicted on terrorists… compared to day to day _torture_ that north koreans being caught trying to flee to china, having a bible, speaking against the government…  aside from some of the fringe people… most people understand that even if you voiced protest against obama .. you will not be ‘disappeared’ like you might in other countries.

the only saving grace for the women is that they are american and being used as pawns in the nuclear crazy dear leader death spiral game … and they will be kept relatively safe, fed, and in good condition to be presented on tv etc …

in light of my trip to korea the past week, i wanted to focus in on the sacrifice that the americans have made for my country.  we have our memorial day on june 25th, on the day the war started, but

based on a few sources, there were 33,741 combat deaths as well as 2,827 non combat deaths.

also for the ~113,000+ south korean military and ~550,000 south korean civilians.  there were ~1.3 million north koreans killed as well.  we were all koreans.  my dad had/has family up there.

so thank you for helping our country and paying the ultimate price so that we could have freedom.

we can discuss the politics of it later, but today, i just remember and honor the dead

there has been more coverage about lindsey blowhan and britney skank, the idiot helicopter pilots in arizona that crashed and burned… (note that they are also going to try to pin those deaths on the guy that caused the high speed chase … what???? ) than about the 23 koreans taken hostage that were there to volunteer medical aid… not to proselytize

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yeah.. there are now 2 dead korean men that were kidnapped in afghanistan.. and also 5 more men and 16 women… way to go taliban… what ever happened to not harming women, children, elderly… i bet you thought you were 16 virgins closer to heaven now huh.. taliban man… and i guess the whole concept of keeping your timetable for killing hostages needs a little tweaking… come on.. we are going on 2 weeks now.

yeah… me no love taliban long time

also.. taking koreans hostage is real good leverage as it just focuses the rest of the world and non extremists against you… how is

maybe the lack of coverage is cause of the virginia tech shooter… (also south korean) and americans are chink’d out for the year.

there is a call to prayer… for the safe return of the missionaries that went on a humanitarian effort… to help the people of afganistan.. be the body of christ by leaving the comforts of home and going to a country where they did not know the language or fit in society as a majority were women.

maybe they were stupid for going cause they should have known better. maybe they should have expected that showing the love of christ in a culture that has lived in the muslim faith caused tension and they should have been more sensitive to the response they were going to get… wait…. when they go on these trips.. most understand that they are not going to be allowed into the country to preach or to share the gospel… but they still go… because they care about the people on a human level.. not a theological level.

this call to prayer goes to the body of christ… it is not a call for ‘your thoughts are with them’ or ‘things will work out in the end’ ‘i will pray for them — but not’ ‘i will keep them in my thoughts’ or those that do not understand the concept of all things working out for the greater good … cause they usually leave out the ‘for those that love the lord’

unless you are expecting a miracle… don’t pray.
unless you believe that what you are asking for will come true.. don’t pray
unless you are right with those around you (like you are worthy of taking communion)… don’t pray
if you are just praying for the sake of praying… don’t pray

don’t just pray because they are being held captive.. they need and needed prayer for the work they were doing…leaving behind good paying jobs and studies to help in feeding, teaching, providing medical aid, spending time with the afghanis

some are going to say that they were trying to push religion or korean brand of christianity on the afghans… but that was not their purpose for going

i am expecting that there are going to be more deaths before this is resolved… (i don’t think korean prayer is more better than american or germans…as some koreans seem to think… who have had their people taken and killed too)

this situation just sucks… nothing we can do but pray .. hope they send in some tae kwon do ninja delta force or something to save them.. and release videos of themselves beheading the taliban… or set the stage for more and more hostages if you start to cave to their demands….

well at least karzi has asked that the women be released…

keep updated on the situation over at beauty and depravity an excellent blog by pastor eugene cho

the new movie ‘300‘ is raking in the money….

the film covers the legend of 300 spartans fending off the 100s of thousands of persians at thermopylae in the 400 bc timeframe.

the thing is… at nhcc.. we have been covering the book of judges.. and the story of gideon.. another story of 300 soldiers against huge opposition

there are some stories where people are saying the gideon story was copied from the thermoplyae story… but that is cause people are bad at math and don’t  understand the bc and ad year convention.

the book of judges took place around 1200 – 1000 bc .. which means it was 600 years prior to thermoplyae… not after…  bc runs backwards.

in general.. the numbers on the bible and ancient writings have to be taken with an understanding that even the concept of the number 0 was not there for a long time… and a few thousand was all that people could really comprehend… actually.. if you think about it.. that is what people now can truly understand without a calculator.. and even with that.. it is just routine and not understanding…

the 300 number makes sense as a normal spartan military branch called a morae was 600… and as there were 2 kings… they would have split the troops.

a lot of people are going to the movie just because it has some blood and guts and the visual styling is unique.. but they miss the point that it is a dramatization of  rea events that may or may not have been to the scaleof the legend.. but the 300 did give time for the naval fleet to prepare and eventually prevail.

it is amazing what a few can do.. when they have a true cause that they are fighting for…

florida congressman ric keller is a dumb freak … in going for a sound bite… he is feeling the crunch of all of the smarties and people that have half a brain that are offended by his body bag comment… and his stupid lawnmower analogy was one of the worst ever

here is the whole rambling bamblin retarded look at me commit political suicide speech… watch it here

mr. speaker, the iraq war is the central issue of our time. we.re spending $2 billion a week, and losing 100 american lives a month. under these conditions, i feel i owe my constituents my best judgment.

interjecting more young american troops into the cross hairs of an iraqi civil war is simply not the right approach. if the president sends these troops anyway, i will support their funding 100% so they have the bullets and equipment they need to defend themselves.

i approach this decision with a great deal of angst and humility. i.m not trying to micromanage this war. i.m just a member of congress, not a 4 star general. but i have listened to what our most well-respected 4 star generals have to say about this matter. and generals abizaid, mccaffrey, and colin powell have all said that sending more troops into baghdad is not the answer.

now, some people will say, if you.re not in favor of surging more american troops into baghdad, what are you for?

i.m for a different kind of surge.

i.m for a surge of iraqi troops to take out al-sadr and his militia, especially since the iraqi security forces outnumber the al-sadr militia by a ratio of 5 to 1. that.s 325,000 versus 60,000.

i.m for a surge in political progress by the iraqi government to finally reach a deal on the sharing of oil revenue.

i.m for a surge of action in implementing the iraq study group recommendations, which were arrived at in a bipartisan, unanimous fashion.

i.m for a surge in gratitude among the iraqi people, 61% of whom think it.s ok to kill american troops. and 79% of iraqis have a .mostly negative. view of the united states.

some argue that we should support president bush.s decision. i like and respect president bush. i want him to succeed. three years ago, i could have voted in favor of this surge. but the situation on the ground is very different than it was three years ago.

three years ago, iraq was not in a civil war. now it is.

three years ago, iraq did not have 325,000 of its own security forces to defend itself. now it does.

three years ago, we did not know whether a surge of additional american troops into baghdad would have a long-lasting impact. now we know the answer. we tried the same thing last summer. the benefits were temporary. the body bags were permanent.

we.re told that we should trust the maliki government. i.ve been down that road before.

i personally visited baghdad last summer and met with the maliki government officials. i was told that by december of 2006, they would have all the security forces they need, and we would be in a position to start bringing home our troops. now they say give us just another year.

the maliki government told our country that their troops would be right there beside us when we surged 15,000 american troops into baghdad last summer. well, the iraqi troops didn.t show up. the benefits of the surge were only temporary.

i voted in favor of authorizing the use of force back in 2002 because i did not want saddam hussein to give weapons of mass destruction to al-qaeda. now saddam hussein is dead, and there are no weapons of mass destruction in iraq.

we have remained in iraq for 4 years because we want a unified and secure iraq so it won.t become a haven for terrorists. unfortunately, it seems that the americans want a unified and secure iraq more than the iraqis do.

let me give you an analogy. imagine that you have a next door neighbor who refuses to mow his lawn, and the weeds are up to his waist. you mow his lawn for him every single week. the neighbor never says thank you, he hates you, and sometimes he takes out a gun and shoots at you.

under these circumstances, would you keep mowing his lawn forever? would you send even more of your family members over to mow his lawn? or, would you say to him, you better start mowing your own lawn or there.s going to be serious consequences for you?

mr. speaker, sending more young american troops into the middle of iraqi civil war violence is not the answer. i will support the troops. funding 100%. but we are not going to solve an iraqi political problem with an american military solution. and that.s my best judgment.

may god bless our troops, and our country.

heard this while driving home from work.. and pulled it up again to read again..

this puts to light why the actions of our congress and senate… with their stupid non-binding resolutions hurt our troops

like i wrote before… time to take the fight to the bad guys… let the ttroops do what they have to.. to stay alive and to win this fight

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Things that I am tired of in this war:

I am tired of Democrats saying they are patriotic and then insulting my commander in chief and the way he goes about his job.

I am tired of Democrats who tell me they support me, the soldier on the ground, and then tell me 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 Democrats 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 my Commander in Chief plans to do just that, they say that is the wrong plan, it won’t work, and we need a “new direction.”

I am tired of every Battalion Sergeant Major and Command Sergeant Major I see over here being more concerned about whether or not I am wearing my uniform in the “spot on,” most garrison-like manner; instead of asking me whether or not I am getting the equipment I need to win the fight, the support I need from my chain of command, or if the chow tastes good.

I am tired of junior and senior officers continually doubting the technical expertise of junior enlisted soldiers who are trained far better to do the jobs they are trained for than these officers believe.

I am tired of senior officers and commanders who fight this war with more of an eye on the media than on the enemy, who desperately needs killing.

I am tired of the decisions of Sergeants and Privates made in the heat of battle being scrutinized by lawyers who were not there and will never really know the state of mind of the young soldiers who were there and what is asked of them in order to survive.

I am tired of CNN claiming that they are showing “news,” with videotape sent to them by terrorists, of my comrades being shot at by snipers, but refusing to show what happens when we build a school, pave a road, hand out food and water to children, or open a water treatment plant.

I am tired of following the enemy with drones that have cameras, and then dropping bombs that sometimes kill civilians; because we could do a better job of killing the right people by sending a man with a high powered rifle instead.

I am tired of the thousands of people in the rear who claim that they are working hard to support me when I see them with their mochas and their PX Bags walking down the street, in the middle of the day, nowhere near their workspaces.

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 we blast, shoot and kill these animals who would seek to subdue us and destroy us.

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 soldiers do know the difference between fighting and dying for something and fighting and dying for nothing.

I am tired of hearing multiple stories from both combat theaters about snipers begging to do their jobs while commanders worry about how the media might portray the possible casualties and what might happen to their career.

I am tired of hearing that the Battalion Tactical Operations Center got a new plasma screen monitor for daily briefings, but rifle scope rings for sniper rifles, extra magazines, and necessary field gear were disapproved by the unit supply system.

I am tired of out of touch general officers, senators, congressmen and defense officials who think that giving me some more heavy body armor to wear is helping me stay alive. Speed is life in combat and wearing 55 to 90 pounds of gear for 12 to 20 hours a day puts me at a great tactical disadvantage to the idiot, mindless terrorist who is wearing no armor at all and carrying an AK-47 and a pistol.

I am tired of soldiers who are stationed in places like Kuwait and who are well away from any actual combat getting Hostile Fire/Imminent Danger Pay and the Combat Zone Tax Exclusion when they live on a base that has a McDonald’s, a Pizza Hut, a Subway, a Baskin Robbins, an internet café, 2 coffee shops and street lights.

I am tired of senior officers and commanders who take it out and “measure” every time they want to have a piece of the action with their helicopters or their artillery; instead of putting their egos aside and using their equipment to support the grunt on the ground.

I am tired of senior officers and commanders who are too afraid for their careers to tell the truth about what they need to win this war to their bosses so that the soldiers can get on with kicking the ass of these animals.

I am tired of Rules of Engagement being made by JAG lawyers and not Combat Commanders. We are not playing Hopscotch over here. There is no 2nd place trophy either. I think that if the enemy knew some rough treatment and some deprivation was at hand for them, instead of prayer rugs, special diets and free Korans; this might help get their terrorist minds “right.”

I am tired of seeing Active Duty Army and Marine units being extended past their original redeployment dates, when there are National Guard Units that have yet to deploy to a combat zone in the last 40 years.

I am tired of hearing soldiers who are stationed in safe places talk about how hard their life is.

I am tired of seeing Infantry Soldiers conducting what amounts to “SWAT” raids and performing the US Army’s version of “CSI Iraq” and doing things like filling out forms for evidence when they could be better used to hunt and kill the enemy.

I am tired of senior officers and commanders who look first in their planning for how many casualties we might take, instead of how many enemy casualties we might inflict.

I am tired of begging to be turned loose so that this war can be over.

Those of us who fight this war want to win it and go home to their families. Prolonging it with attempts to do things like collect “evidence” or present whiz bang briefings on a new plasma screen TV is wasteful and ultimately, dulls the edge of our Infantry soldiers who are trained to kill people and break things, not necessarily in that order.

We are not in Iraq and Afghanistan to build nations. We are there to kill our enemies. We make the work of the State Department easier by the results we achieve.

It is only possible to defeat an enemy who kills indiscriminately by utterly destroying him. He cannot be made to yield or surrender. He will fight to the death by the hundreds to kill only one or two of us.

And so far, all of our “games” have been “away games,” and I don’t know about the ignorant, treasonous Democrats and the completely insane radical leftists and their thoughts on the matter, but I would like to keep our road game schedule.

So let’s get it done. Until the fight is won and there is no more fight left.

-D

oorah!


there are no less than 3 non-binding resolutions floating around about the war….

why do it if it is non binding??? it is just so they can hear themselves speak… like us bloggers… we love to see our words posted for the handful of people that read to see

but in this case… by doing this… they are aiding the enemy with propaganda and showing them that since the country is divided… they just need to hold out for a little bit longer

unlike generations past… the united states seems to have lost its resolve to finish the job that it started…

what is the gain in passing a non binding resolution? just to bash bush… you have done that enough already.. and you can continue… but not in this manner. you hate the war… too bad.. we are in it.. and pulling out is not like what you think it is… the election was the referendum.. there is no need for yet another thing to say you are against the war… we know already… you have been saying it for years… it is nothing new… just that you feel you have some power, now that you are the majority party…

wait… you hate the war? you hate bush? we had no idea… really… could you tell us again. and pass some legislation that says you hate george bush…

the war is not like simcity or civilization games that work themselves out in hours or days… it is going to take a while even after the war is done to bring people home. have you thought about the logistics of moving that many people? what happens to the terrorists whenwe leave iraq? are they just going to stop fighting… or be enboldened by ‘defeating’ or making the united states ‘retreat’? and bring it here… or other places. remember.. we were not in afganistan or iraq when 9/11 happened… they came here. lived here. trained here. planned here.

look wht happened after we left iraq after gulf war 1 … we had to go back.
look at what happened in afganistan after the russians left…
look at what happened when we left somalia… after blackhawk down.
look at what happened in vietnam after we left
why do we still have a presence in german after world war II…

there is some saying about history and not learning from the past and doom or something…

it has taken this long to make sure that the germans don’t go back to the way they were… back in nazi days.

stop funding? or even talking about it? what is the message to the troops that are there… after X day.. you are out of luck.. and you will have to suck it up cause we are not sending any more money…

those opposed to the war spout the … we support the troops, but we are against the war… umm… the troops are in the war. and by yapping your gums… you are hurting morale… you are making it harder for the troops… by giving those that would kill us more recruiting tools.. show that we are not resolute in our fight with them…

if you support the troops… shut the heck up… wait till the fighting is over.. and then you can have all the yakitty yak you want to have… but let the troops do what they need to do

yeah.. you have the right to voice your opinion.. but you should not… not right now… have a little bit of patience.. and that is not in the 30 second attention span… prozac induced, adhd mentality that makes you not stay on task… and move on to the next shiny thing… or get hyperfocused on this single issue without putting everything into perspective.. first amendment.. check. patriotism… inconclusive… determination to finish what was started… no. we need a huge national dose o ritalin or something so everyone can focus on what the real issue is.

either we go and get them… or they will come here like they have numerous times already.. and harm us here.

both the democrats and republicans have failed the troops. this is not politics. this is not a game….

so you pass the resolution… does that change how fast the troops come home? does it bring back those that were lost? dos it change how the commander and chief executes the war? last i knew… congress is not in charge of running a war..

although it has been political suicide… bush et al.. are the only ones that have held a modicum of steadfastness that is a show of force and determination to the terrorists… in this.. president bush has done an excellent job. he seems stubborn and ‘staying the course’ but that is how things get done.. that is how the troops come home..

did i say shut up already… yeah… it bears repeating… shut the heck up… and let the troops do what they need to do.. support the troops.. even if you hate the war… and yeah.. shut up… and quit doing stupid stuff like the non binding resolutions

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no.. that is not my engrish …. as there are some that are royally opposed to this administration.. and specifically to president bush

as i am watching/listening to the state of the union … with the clap fest that begins with all of those in both parties waiting in the aisle that the president is going to walk through.. even if they hate him.. they want some face time on national tv…

there are a lot of us that are loyal to the united states.. but growing opposed to how the administration has executed the fight over in iraq.

the words. the lack of getting insight and ideas from outside… all are frustrating.

this was probably the best line in the whole speech… again a few years too late.

This is not the fight we entered in Iraq, but it is the fight we’re in. Every one of us wishes this war were over and won. Yet it would not be like us to leave our promises unkept, our friends abandoned, and our own security at risk. Ladies and gentlemen: On this day, at this hour, it is still within our power to shape the outcome of this battle. Let us find our resolve, and turn events toward victory. ( read the whole thing here )

although the speech as decent.. delivery was spotty at times which is paar for course for president bush…. kind of that.. dog with tail between the legs attitude. he was sheepish.. looked tired. but he should be heartened that the speech was good… and most of what was said was fair

policy wise… hate the immigration amnesty plan.. the insurance tax savings seems interesting… i loved the call out of the earmarks and fiscal irresponsibility that the congress has shown over the past few years…

i love the shout out to all the north koreans on the peninsula (love his struggle with the pronunciation) but i want nukes… so we can blow kim jong il away..

a lot of the speech should have been passed along before the elections…

i hate that people consider reintroducing 21,500 troops back into baghdad is some major undertaking… if they needed to.. they could mobilize the entire armed forces and have over 500,000 troops in play if they wanted. the troop level is the same as it was a few months ago… but this time.. there are new rules… we have gotten better at the door to door.. house to house search and destroy missions that this battle has turned into…

i just really hate the clap fest. and the akward introductions of people like mutumbo ? that was just weird. and the ny subway hero guy…

it is nice that the democrats held to some semblance of decorum and applauded the president.. but they panned to the presidential hopefuls a bit too much.. joe biden looked like he was sleeping. hillary with her smirk.. during the insurance policy statement… priceless. hillarycare is gonna be so sweet.

i will have to read the democratic response…

lets see if the presidents gets a it more time to let the plan work… or show signs of improving the situation in iraq

the doomsday clock that is maintains by the bulletin of atomic scientists is now set to 11:55 from 11:53. 5 minutes to midnight
they cite a coming second nuclear age… iran,, iraq, north korea (weird.. the axis of evil) and stephen hawkings added climate change as the greatest threat..

no matter what…. we are all closer to dying…

for a bunch of really smart people… it is such a stupid thing.  we are all gonna die. but a scientific armegeddon countdown ?  nd the weird thing is the clock changes… we can go back in time all mcfly style… a couple of minutes.. which means we are all safer.. but people are still dying.  what happens when we reach midnight.. does stephen hawkins roll up to the clock and push a button that ejects him into his space mission?

it is like the tree in the forest.  if the world ends and the doomsday clock is not set to midnight.. is it really over?

sweet dreams

do you know the names of the medal of honor winners in the past few years? why not?these the the heroes in the case of the last 2 recipients that gave their lives in a manner that showed their bravery above all others. read the stories about the 2 brave soldiers and information about their citations.


Sergeant First Class Paul Ray Smith

Sergeant Smith was leading about three dozen men who were using a courtyard next to a watchtower to build a temporary jail for captured enemy prisoners. As they were cleaning the courtyard, they were surprised by about a hundred of Saddam Hussein’s Republican Guard.

With complete disregard for his own life and under constant enemy fire, Sergeant Smith rallied his men and led a counterattack. Seeing that his wounded men were in danger of being overrun, and that enemy fire from the watchtower had pinned them down, Sergeant Smith manned a 50-caliber machine gun atop a damaged armor vehicle. From a completely exposed position, he killed as many as 50 enemy soldiers as he protected his men.

Sergeant Smith’s leadership saved the men in the courtyard, and he prevented an enemy attack on the aid station just up the road. Sergeant Smith continued to fire and took a — until he took a fatal round to the head. His actions in that courtyard saved the lives of more than 100 American soldiers.

Corporal Jason Dunham

In April 2004, during an attack near Iraq’s Syrian border, Corporal Dunham was assaulted by an insurgent who jumped out of a vehicle that was about to be searched. As Corporal Dunham wrestled the man to the ground, the insurgent rolled out a grenade he had been hiding. Corporal Dunham did not hesitate. He jumped on the grenade, using his helmet and body to absorb the blast. Although he survived the initial explosion, he did not survive his wounds. But by his selflessness, Corporal Dunham saved the lives of two of his men, and showed the world what it means to be a Marine.

there are also so many others that have received purple hearts, bronze stars, silver stars… but the medal of honor… that should be in the news… not britney spears and paris hilton out and about..

finally!!!

i know it i just to blow up some al qaida terrorists…. with all the talk about new iraqi policy… the us showed some determination .. and actually acting on actionable intelligence on where some of these terrorists were.. and sending an ac-130 spectre … a mo betta c-130 hercules and making things go boom…

i hope that this is a sign that the us is going to start doing something to end the genocide in darfur

the coolest part of the c-130 is the flare system… with the whirlwiind from the props… it makes a cool image … tell me that is not cool…

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there is news in a british fishwrap… that israel has secret plans to attack nuclear plants and other locations in iran with tactical nukes and other low-yield nuclear bunker buster bombs… uness i am in the israeli defence force (idf) or have some secret asian man clearance… um.. it is not secret anymore. and if this is not a plan.. then it gives tehran all of the extra propaganda that they want.. talking about some zionist plots to kill all muslims. this from a country that has said that sanctions will not work (hint hint .. un = worth nothing) and they are going to continue their nuclear program even when the rest of the world agreed that they needed to stop… hhmmm….. sound familiar to another country that has a name with only one letter different?

why is it that journalists today are all about the scoop.. and not about protecting their country… lettings ltimes along .. at least the fighting is done. at least until the war is over.. then publish all you want… back-bite, uncover, whatever.. but when you interfer with the wa effort, give material aid to the enemy.. then you are no better than hanoi jane… (see how jane fonda still has not lived that title down…) and at worse a traitor. common sense.. we are in a war. someone leaks information on an attack or target (first act of treason) … the reporter mulls over a pulitzer or lives .. real lives that are going to be jeopardized if the plan is let known.. and the report opts to write the story… give it to the editor and they decide to print (second act of treason… it is not about freedom of the press or first amendment… just like yelling fire in a theater is not protected.. just like inciting a riot is not protected) … you think that the 40s era press could have gotten away with releasing information about the a-bomb that ws gonna be dropped on japan… not once.. but twice. you think that those that were involved would have been lauded or bent over with a treason charge and in prision and hung?

an example is abu grabe … the stuff that was happening was gross. but by leaking to the press.. instead of letting the military courts deal with the problem .. in a time of war.. they gave fodder to the enemy that claimed torture.. and used it as recruiting material. even if you disagree with the war.. you have to see that… if you are helping provide information that is helping the enemy.. you put more lives at risk and protract the conflict… think about the 2 years since that information cam out.. once the conflict was over.. or at least not during still active fighting.. you saw that the milittary did not charge and put the lindy englands into military prison… _then_ you approach the department of defense.. then if they fail to take action.. then release the information to the public… i am not saying cover it up… but more tactfulness in handling the situation.

what happened to the concept of the greater good. what happened to self preservation
a lot of tabloid runs like this. covers splashed with… lindsey lohan goes to AA meeting! .. well.. think about what you just wrote… somebody… went to an alcoholics anonymous meeting… uhhh.. just by printing that.. you destroyed the concept of the anonymity of that person and they medical privacy.. all these people that claim to be about personal freedoms.. violate and sometimes jeopardize the medical health of people that may have been trying to go get help.. but then due to the press leaks and public displays of their attempts to go to a meeting that could save their life.. they stop going…

like my last post.. we have lost a lot of the common sense that would have been here if we had some people that had some backbone and would call out people that are hurting our country.. calling out people that hurt other countries..

[comment added — note that this is not shilling for israel… but i would support anyone taking out irans nuclear capabilities… in a strategic attack… cause even the bogus threat seems to have caused the world to take notice..]

to do or to be … evil

that is another bonhoefferism…

‘it is better to do evil than to be evil’

this was his conflict when he became a double agent.. and to a certain degree a co-conspirator in the assassination attempts on hitler. he would be involved in a murder.. but killing of a murderer…

this simple statement carries with it so many implication in life and how you live your life as a persone of faith. capital punishment, war, self defense, justifiable homicide… and so on.

and maybe some understanding of the other side of this war as well… as they see us as evil.. and they will do some evil to protect themselves and what they believe

as we come up on a new year… resolve to do some evil .. cause you know you will.. but to not be evil.

the wicked tyrant of the middle-east is dead… hung. done.

they moved a lot faster than i thought they would…

i just wonder if some will see him as a martyr of the evil george bush… some have already started saying it was an assasination of the leader of iraq… and not punishment for the butcher of iraq handed down and carried out by iraqis.

or as the dictator that tried to assassinate the evil younger bush’s dad… gave $25,000 to families of suicide bombers that killed israelis. someone that used chemical weapons on his own countrymen… and killed and really tortured anyone that opposed him.

think saddam had no links to terror? read here

in light of some more whining i am hearing from people about how long we have been in iraq… are you ready to do what it takes to win? really.. what are you willing to do?

will you drop the bomb? 2 for that matter? cause that is how world war 2 ended…

how about relaxing what our troop can do… before they can shoot back.. they have to go through some ridiculous rules or wait to be shot at directly…. it should be like gladiator.. on my word… unleash hell.

the us troops are fighting this war using the rules of war and trying their hardest not to offend anybody there… avoid certain buildings, not able to track terrorists in plain clothes… remember the viet cong and how they would wear plain civilian clothes and then attack?

if you want out so bad… are you ready to drop bombs? not even just the a-bomb but the more devistating h-bomb.. ready to blow up a mosque if you know that only terrorists are in there. shoot plain clothed civilian looking terrorists … oh yeah.. quit calling them insurgents. t. e. r. r. o. r. i. s. t. got it?

if they are not fighting by the rules.. by hiding behind civilians and using ieds … then nuke them… that way we can bring our guys home.. and that is that.

you think iran or syria will continue to be punk asses if we unleashed hell on them. you think they would act the way they are if we did…

we don’t need more troops.. we just need to let the troops there fight… it is like immigration law.. we don’t need more.. just enforce what is already in the books.

i think the rules of engagement have been met… fire away.

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