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Ten Years Ago Today

By lex, on October 12th, 2010

The first salvo was fired on what would become the Global War on Terror, before that in turn morphed into a Pretty Serious Campaign Against Man-Caused Disasters. Seventeen US sailors aboard the USS Cole died almost immediately when a two-man al Qaeda suicide cell drove a skiff loaded with explosives along side and detonated it, holing the hull. Another 39 were injured.

The survivors struggled heroically for three days in suffocating conditions without much in the way of hot food or cold water and mostly without power to keep the ship dewatered and afloat – it was a very near run thing. At one point, with water coming in and the ship’s only generator off line, sailors formed a bucket brigade to save the ship.

When the ship was towed out of port 19 days later, someone slipped Kid Rock’s “American Bad Ass” into a rotation of patriotic songs playing on the ship’s loudspeaker system.

Navy took a hit in 2000, as required by the rules of engagement then in place.

The rules have changed since then. A lot of things have.

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Hope for the Best

By lex, on September 27th, 2010

I don’t know what’s more troubling in this excerpt from Bob Woodward’s new book “Obama’s Wars”: The fact that a novice executive stoutly refused to take the considered advice of his senior military advisers, or the fact that the country’s subordinated military essentially refused to be boxed into what they must have known was a losing strategy:

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The Horror

By lex, on September 27th, 2010

To the long list of indignities visited upon America’s guests in the tropical paradise squalid hell hole known as Guantanamo Bay, add this: The terror detainees are afforded only one serving of ice cream per day.

Detainees’ diets at Guantanamo Bay have been a controversial issue for some time and now the U.S. prison is said to be rationing ice cream.

The frozen dessert is allegedly being tightly measured, with only one ice cream allowed for each of its 147 detainees.

Journalist for The Miami Herald, Carol Rosenberg, photographed a refrigerator at Guantanamo, with two signs reading ‘DETAINEE FOOD ONLY’ and ‘Only 1 Ice Cream For each detainee!’

Journalist Danny Pearl, CPT Brian Freeman and 1LT Jacob Fritz could not be reached for comment.

 

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To Honor Their Memory…

Boston Strong
Boston Marathon Victims

Officer Sean Collier MIT Police EOW 4/18/2013 Fallen in the line of duty

Officer Sean Collier MIT Police EOW 4/18/2013
Fallen in the line of duty

There are no words. Just the memory of what could have been a lovely week.
And the memory of four lovely young people who will not have the chance to grow old.

Prayers for those they left behind.
Prayers for the injured.

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One Down…

Ding dong! One of the twitchy bitches is dead and the other is in custody.  My beloved city of Boston can sleep easy once again.

We listened to the action live thru a police scanner streaming online.  It was exciting and terrifying.  Thinking of the neighborhood being evacuated, the fear of the homeowner who called police about suspicious activity at their boat; and then learning that the murdering terrorist was hiding in their own backyard.  And had probably been in the neighborhood all day long.

The moment the scanner announced “Suspect in Custody” was some of the best words we’ve heard in a very long time.  Thankfully we went to bed before P.BO gave his speech; just don’t think we could have dealt with listening to him say “I” and “me” more than giving credit where it is due.

379959_620268484653661_766260184_nTo the LEOs of Boston, Watertown, Cambridge, the State Police and the FBI.  Those men & women likely didn’t get any rest or sleep from Monday afternoon until sometime today.  Tirelessly working to bring these monsters to justice.

And I find it very interesting that, once the suspect was in custody, he was given the best medical care possible – from the very people he and his brother killed, the first responders.

That’s what being American is all about.  An ideal that clearly escaped these terrorists.

Of course I am under no illusion that this is “over”; they didn’t act alone.  Someone was their puppetmaster who viewed them as expendable from the start.  These 2 had no escape plan; hell one of them was partying with his college friends 2 days after the bombing.  The plot is always thick; it will be interesting to see just how thick in the coming weeks.

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The Long War

Overwatch in Afghanistan

By some accounts, the Vietnam War began for the U.S. on 1 November, 1955. It ended with the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975. 20 years and six months exactly. A very long war.

Now we are engaged in a new long war. A war which could result in the destruction of our civilization and the loss of all we hold dear. For that is what’s at stake. Make no mistake about that.

I personally consider this war to have begun on 23 October 1983, with the bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. Now it is September of 2012. Nearly 29 years later. The Long War continues.

This new Long War has been ongoing, with many fits and starts. I think we, in the West, don’t see it this way. We have seen what seem to be disparate events, which don’t seem to make up part of any whole. Perhaps this is the fault of the Main Stream Media (MSM) with their concentration on the here and now. Perhaps it is our own fault. Many of us only pay attention to events which impact us directly. Otherwise it’s just something on the news. To be replaced by a different story tomorrow.

Unless it’s an event like 9/11. That was so big as to get everyone’s attention. All of us felt like this was an event which had impacted us directly. This was not, to many people, “just another news story”. Many of us remember exactly where we were and what we were doing when the events of 9/11 unfolded. Some have likened this to an earlier generation’s memories of Pearl Harbor.

Unlike an earlier generation, many of our generation have gotten on with life. It’s only a very few who serve in Harm’s Way. There is no mobilization of the Nation to support our troops. Life for most of us goes on much as it did before the Twin Towers came down, before the Pentagon was hit, before United Airlines Flight 93 slammed into a field in Pennsylvania. Yes, for some, life goes on as if that day never happened.

But the attacks continue. They’re not caused by an obscure video. They’re caused by a group of people who stopped progressing sometime during the Middle Ages. They’re caused by so-called religious leaders inciting uneducated young men with lots of time on their hands to kill themselves while taking the lives of as many “infidels” as possible. These attacks are caused by pure, unmitigated evil. This enemy wants to kill us. This enemy celebrates the deaths of Americans. This enemy deserves no pity. This enemy must be destroyed.

And at this critical moment in American history, no even more, at this critical moment in the history of Western Civilization, what do we have leading this great nation? A group of unqualified, inept, inefficient self-serving idiots. Community organizers and others of that ilk.

The leader of this pack of fools, our President, travels the globe apologizing for us. Apologizing for what? Apologizing for our service men and women spilling the blood which has soaked the ground of places from Normandy to Khe Sanh? From Iwo Jima to Fallujah? What the hell do we have to apologize for?

I am sick of it. Sick to my stomach.

We are approaching a critical point in this coming election. Will this be a turning point, where we return to the ideals and hard work with which our forefathers built this great nation? Or will we continue as we have, take the hand-outs, the freebies and the “bread and circuses”? In my book, that way leads to a descent into a new darkness.

The enemy is at the gates. This new wave of barbarians will overwhelm us unless we make some changes and make them soon.

Where is the outrage? Where is the disgust with the direction we seem to be taking? WHERE ARE THE MEN AND WOMEN WILLING TO TAKE A STAND?

Where will YOU stand this November?

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The World Around Us

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The person in the foreground, she represents a lot of people in this country now-a-days. She’s just going about her business, blithely unaware of her surroundings. The sun is shining, everything is good.

Now that lion in the background? That lion represents a lot of people “out there”. Both within this country and especially beyond our borders. A predator sensing an easy kill, confident that the target is paying no attention whatsoever, confident that there will be no retaliation, confident that no danger will come to them.

Most predators will not go after their prey if they sense there is the possibility that they could somehow be injured or even killed in making an attack. The price of the meal isn’t worth the risk.

Right now, our freedom, our way of life and our belief systems are under attack. The predators can sense weakness, they sense that there is no risk to themselves at all. American citizens and interests can be attacked at will.

Recent events seem to bear this out. The enemy senses that they can attack us at will and that our government will do little, if anything, to retaliate. In essence, we have given them free reign.

What we need to do is make it clear, both in words and especially in deeds, that if you mess with the United States, if you kill or harm American citizens, then there will be a horrible price to pay. You will be made to pay and you will be made to pay dearly.

We need a return to the days when the following held true:

“I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”

Right now we stumble from one crisis to the next. No one takes the U.S. that seriously anymore. We need to change that and we need to change it NOW!

The following should be our motto as regards the way the rest of the world sees us:

“No better friend, no worse enemy”

Mess with us at your peril but if you stand with us, we’ve got your back.

Cross posted at http://oldafsarge.blogspot.com/

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