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A Soldier's Father Speaks Out
E-mail w/ link, NewsMax ^ | May 10, 2004

Posted on 05/10/2004 6:10:58 AM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl

 
 
May 10, 2004

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A Soldier's Father Speaks Out

A gentleman from Virginia, proud parent of a decorated Army officer serving in Iraq, writes to us, "I am so fed up with the anti-American propaganda coming from some Americans that I wrote the open letter below. I will appreciate it very much if you include it": [text of letter follows]

An open letter to some political partisans, especially certain politicians and people in the media: I have a son who is an American soldier in Iraq.

I care very much about what affects him and his comrades in arms.

I am not fooled, when you partisans spew propaganda that helps our enemies and harms our soldiers, then tell us you support our troops.

I am not fooled, when you focus on, highlight, and exaggerate the negative things that happen in Iraq, while ignoring our positive accomplishments, then tell us you support our troops.

I am not fooled, when you focus attention on American soldiers killed and wounded in Iraq, to use these brave patriots as an anti-Iraq-war political football, then tell us you support our troops.

I am not fooled, when you keep criticizing why and how we invaded Iraq - that is done; our troops are there - then tell us you support our troops.

I am not fooled, when you engage in constant, carping criticism of what the U.S. has done and is doing in Iraq, then tell us you support our troops.

I am not fooled, when you search for and trumpet to the world anything that will diminish respect for our soldiers and their leaders - even when it endangers greatly their lives, then tell us you support our troops.

I am not fooled, when you tell our soldiers and the rest of us that they are stuck in a "quagmire" and will suffer a Vietnam-type defeat, then tell us you support our troops.

I am not fooled, when you spout propaganda that undermines the morale of our soldiers and the American public and boosts the morale of our enemies, then tell us you support our troops.

You are giving aid and comfort to our nation's deadly enemies! They know they cannot defeat us militarily in Iraq. However, you cause them to think they can win here politically by breaking our will, if they kill and wound enough of our soldiers.

You despicable partisans! You are stimulating our enemies to attack our soldiers and the people working with them. The blood of many Americans and Iraqis is already on your hands. And your hands collect more blood every day!

You are determined to regain the political power you have lost, and you believe your presidential candidate and congressional candidates will win, if the U.S. fails in Iraq.

If your anti-American propaganda contributes to the deaths of many Americans and Iraqis, that is a price you are willing to make them pay. You are pathetic and dangerous!

I am not fooled, when you contemptible politicians and other political partisans, including many in the media, tell us you support our troops. I know that is a lie!

I am not fooled, when you claim spreading your pernicious, divisive, anti-American venom makes you patriotic. I know it does not - and I know you are not!


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: gnfi; iraq; militaryfamilies; soldiers; supportourtroops
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1 posted on 05/10/2004 6:10:59 AM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
How true, every word... God bless him and our troops.
2 posted on 05/10/2004 6:16:42 AM PDT by just me
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
It is too bad that those politicans don't pay any attention to letters like this. Our great Senator Harkin is among those of whom this letter speaks.
3 posted on 05/10/2004 6:18:11 AM PDT by Piquaboy
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Very insightful and well stated.
4 posted on 05/10/2004 6:19:49 AM PDT by tdadams (If there were no problems, politicians would have to invent them... wait, they already do.)
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To: MJY1288; xzins; Calpernia; TEXOKIE; Alamo-Girl; windchime; Grampa Dave; anniegetyourgun; ...
A father angry at America's pundits and pols who misreport the war, misrepresent our entire honorable military - further endanger his courageous, beloved son - daily.


An open letter to some political partisans, especially certain politicians and people in the media: I have a son who is an American soldier in Iraq.

I care very much about what affects him and his comrades in arms.

I am not fooled, when you partisans spew propaganda that helps our enemies and harms our soldiers, then tell us you support our troops.

5 posted on 05/10/2004 6:21:39 AM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl
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To: Piquaboy
Maybe if some of our more vocal dim congress critters got enough copies of this letter they might have to read it. I'm talking actual snail mail, not e-mails.
6 posted on 05/10/2004 6:23:08 AM PDT by WVNan (Be faithful in little things, for in them our strength lies. (Mother Teresa))
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
I agree 100% with this person. I understand that the right of free speech is important in a free country, but one cannot yell "Fire" in a crowded theater.

Many of the politicians that oppose President Bush are giving aid and comfort to the enemy. By their speech (and in some cases their actions) they are directly encouraging the enemy to kill American service personnel.

They are also encouraging the enemy to hang on at any cost - at least until the election.

They also encourage the enemy with the idea that they may be able to commit some horrible terrorist act which will sway the US election (think Spain here).

I think that the Department of Justice should prosecute when appropriate.

7 posted on 05/10/2004 6:26:51 AM PDT by Citizen Tom Paine (May they receive an appropriate reward now and in the afterlife.)
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To: Piquaboy
I find that reporters and politicians sometimes 'listen' to us when they see names of their opposition peers in the "To:" box, and are informed that we are sharing the news with neighbors and friends. (^:

Press e-mail addresses.

Cut and paste, may have to break into smaller groups - depending on your e-mail settings.

Most are active.

8 posted on 05/10/2004 6:28:32 AM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl
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To: PsyOps
ping
10 posted on 05/10/2004 6:34:15 AM PDT by Cannoneer No. 4 (I've lost turret power; I have my nods and my .50. Hooah. I will stay until relieved. White 2 out.)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
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For...


...We Were Soldiers Once and Young


http://www.lzxray.com/guyer_set1.htm
(Photos)

.
11 posted on 05/10/2004 6:34:51 AM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.LZXRAY.com)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Wow, what a great letter. Democrats get so defensive and mad when their patriotism is questioned. Democrats somehow confuse criticsim with 'censorship'. Certainly Democrats are free to spew their anti-American rhetoric, but be expected to get called on it. Afterall, this is America and we are free to speak also.
12 posted on 05/10/2004 6:40:05 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: Always Right
...this is America and we are free to speak also.

Amen.

13 posted on 05/10/2004 6:43:48 AM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
I love this letter because it reflects my feelings. I'm also saddened that it needs to be said. I've been having fits over the diminished sense of true patriotism in our country. Thanks for the post.
14 posted on 05/10/2004 6:49:42 AM PDT by no more apples (God Bless our troops)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Send this important letter via e-mail to Senator John Warner:

(fill out the requested please and freep this office)

Senator Warner
Address:
225 Russell Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Telephone:
(202) 224-2023
(202) 224-6295 FAX

Here is the full membership of the Committee on Armed Services - Let Byrd, Clinton, Kennedy etc. know that Americans know they are supporting and aiding the enemy with their partisian battle for the White House. They should leave this committee to others who will support our Troops and our President in a time of War.

(members)

Freep the Heck out of them and let them know we've had it with their reckless, rabid anti-American rhetoric. That Secretary of Defense Don Rumsfeld, unlike them, is a straight shooter and a man of integrity who is watching out for America and Americans, militarily and otherwise.

15 posted on 05/10/2004 6:56:31 AM PDT by yoe
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
And many of the rest of us will add a hearty AMEN to that. We're all sick of this! I wish to God that the liberal media would fall into a sink hole somewhere and disappear!
16 posted on 05/10/2004 6:56:42 AM PDT by Shery (S. H. in APOland)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Well written, thoughts that this father of two military twins mirrors. Everytime I hear one of these partisans in Washington say "I support the troops" I cringe by their actions. I guess mothers of democrats never told them when they were kids that 'actions speek louder than words!"

God bless our troops!!
17 posted on 05/10/2004 7:01:53 AM PDT by AgThorn (Go go Bush!! But don't turn your back on America with "immigrant amnesty")
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To: Piquaboy
It is too bad that those politicans don't pay any attention to letters like this. Our great Senator Harkin is among those of whom this letter speaks.

Very true. I keep prying that harkin will be voted out of office but it never happens. I do not like having him as a senator.
18 posted on 05/10/2004 7:16:43 AM PDT by armyboy (Posting from Sustainer Army Airfield Balad, Iraq. All Gave Some...Some Gave All.)
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To: Piquaboy
It is too bad that those politicans don't pay any attention to letters like this. Our great Senator Harkin is among those of whom this letter speaks.

Very true. I keep prying that harkin will be voted out of office but it never happens. I do not like having him as a senator.
19 posted on 05/10/2004 7:16:54 AM PDT by armyboy (Posting from Sustainer Army Airfield Balad, Iraq. All Gave Some...Some Gave All.)
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To: AgThorn
Please thank your sons from a grateful civilian, and let them know we are working to get the truth out - about their courage, and their mission in Iraq.
21 posted on 05/10/2004 7:29:10 AM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl
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To: AgThorn
...or daughters. (^:

(Good job, dad.)

22 posted on 05/10/2004 7:30:23 AM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Excellent!! BTTT
23 posted on 05/10/2004 7:39:16 AM PDT by bluewater bird
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
My daughter is in Iraq right now and is sick of what is being reported and not reported.

The dumbest line she hears in the media is "Why are we in Iraq?"

She knows why she's in Iraq. It's better to be fighting the battles over there than in the streets of Manhattan.

24 posted on 05/10/2004 7:45:46 AM PDT by CharacterCounts
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Excellent, this should be published in the Washington Times. I'd love to have this shoved in the faces of those pols.
25 posted on 05/10/2004 7:57:05 AM PDT by McGavin999 (If Kerry can't deal with the "Republican Attack Machine" how is he going to deal with Al Qaeda)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Amen, brothers and sisters.
26 posted on 05/10/2004 7:58:34 AM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Wow...what a letter. This man is not fooled, but he sure knows fools in congress & the media when he sees 'em.
27 posted on 05/10/2004 7:59:02 AM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
son's both, but if daughters I would be just as proud. God bless our soldiers still over there!!
28 posted on 05/10/2004 7:59:42 AM PDT by AgThorn (Go go Bush!! But don't turn your back on America with "immigrant amnesty")
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To: just me
Are the Democrats and the world socialist-liberals going to force the US to cut and run from Iraq, just like they did in the first Gulf War?
29 posted on 05/10/2004 7:59:43 AM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: zip; Ragtime Cowgirl
Ping! RC saved me the trouble!
Thanks RC - Zip and I were looking for the original to post! Bump for the truth. :-)
30 posted on 05/10/2004 8:04:20 AM PDT by Tunehead54 (Have a nice day or else!)
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To: Ciexyz
I hope not, it could cost the President votes.
Here is an interesting link to an good article. and could explain some of our problems over there.

http://atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FE08Ak01.html

31 posted on 05/10/2004 8:16:43 AM PDT by just me
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To: just me
I'm not looking forward to all these televised court martial proceedings. It's like the Kobe Bryant trial -- it will live forever on every network.
32 posted on 05/10/2004 8:22:34 AM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: Always Right
Democrats somehow confuse criticsim with 'censorship'. And Republicans somehow confuse it with disloyalty.
33 posted on 05/10/2004 8:23:59 AM PDT by Redpower (Come the rapture, we'll have the earth to ourselves!)
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To: Ciexyz
You have mail
34 posted on 05/10/2004 8:30:14 AM PDT by just me
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Roger That ~ Bump!

We are winning ~ the bad guys are losing ~ trolls, terrorists, democrats and the mainstream media are sad ~ very sad!

~~ Bush/Cheney 2004 ~~

35 posted on 05/10/2004 8:51:48 AM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
A letter from an informed, concerned patriot. The only way to stop this vile rethoric from lying phonies like Byrd, Kennedy, Kerry, Rooney, and all the other Demoncraps & RINOs is to force them to step down as politicians.
36 posted on 05/10/2004 8:53:50 AM PDT by Chinese_American_Patriot (9/11/01 - Never Forget, NEVER Forgive!!!! Al-Fallujah, Iraq. The home of savage Islamofacists!!!!)
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To: AgThorn
AgThorn, I thank you and I thank your sons. They have been added to my prayer list; please tell them America is not what the media would have us believe, that many of us write, phone, fax and e-mail daily to remind those anti-Americans that their hate-America hypocritical rhetoric is aiding the enemy, not their country. We support our Troops and our President and our country.

God Bless you and yours.

37 posted on 05/10/2004 8:54:16 AM PDT by yoe (Senators Kennedy, Byrd and Clinton: unpardonable, unprincipled, unqualified and totally unpatriotic!)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Bump

Check out this link for some more photos! It's worth the wait for the download.

38 posted on 05/10/2004 8:55:52 AM PDT by B-Cause
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To: WVNan
I was thinking the same thing.

However, I think we need to focus on ONE congress critter at a time each day and direct ALL our e-mails with the same type of comment: You are hurting our troops!

Or maybe pick CBS and have a daily e-mail in about their GHOUL TV reports. CBS abviously hates our troops.

39 posted on 05/10/2004 8:56:50 AM PDT by BushisTheMan
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To: Anubus
Followed by a nice firing squad made up of MARINES!

I admire all jar-heads, but this old ARMY infantryman would like to be included.

40 posted on 05/10/2004 8:59:38 AM PDT by 11Bush
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To: Redpower
And Republicans somehow confuse it with disloyalty.

When the speech aids and abets the enemy, what are you suppose to call it? The rhetoric from the left, is the exact same as what our enemies are spouting. The rhetoric from the left is lifting up our spirit of our enemy and giving them hope and motivation to fight. Just calling a spade a spade, or does that offend you? I know we should just roll over and take it when the left calls our leaders liars and murderers and the terrorist just innocent victims of western oppression....

41 posted on 05/10/2004 9:00:28 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Unfortunately the Partisans on the left Don't Get It!


42 posted on 05/10/2004 5:55:55 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Powerful letter! This father has stated my feelings exactly.

The pain felt by parents of our soldiers at the statements of politicians this father addresses is part of their terrible injury to our country.
43 posted on 05/10/2004 10:46:48 PM PDT by windchime (Podesta about Bush: "He's got four years to try to undo all the stuff we've done." (TIME-1/22/01))
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To: armyboy
I gave Bill Salier my support when he was running against Harkin but to no avail. Bill was a real conservative.
44 posted on 05/11/2004 6:30:46 AM PDT by Piquaboy
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To: Tunehead54; Ragtime Cowgirl; Mrs Zip; BOBWADE
Thanks for the ping. I was overjoyed seeing this posted. Thanks also to you for searching for the article.

RC, thanks for posting a great "open letter".

45 posted on 05/11/2004 1:02:35 PM PDT by zip (Remember: DimocRat lies told often enough became truth to 42% of americans)
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To: CharacterCounts
Bless your daughter, CharacterCounts!

The press ignores our voice, too...but Americans who were awake on 911 understand why your daughter is in Iraq, and we love our troops and civilians who are courageous enough to face this enemy there, so that we are left with fewer of them to battle here.

Please let her know she has an army of support on the homefront.

46 posted on 05/11/2004 2:17:35 PM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl (The world needs to pull itself together. - Conde Rice)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
BUMP!

Wednesday May 11, 2004

Please keep this letter on the Front Page until all here have a chance to copy it and send it to their elected, expecially the Armed Services Committee. This paragraph should be sent to Ted Kennedy, Robert Byrd and John McCain for his pitiful, spineless approach to the enemy.

You despicable partisans! You are stimulating our enemies to attack our soldiers and the people working with them. The blood of many Americans and Iraqis is already on your hands. And your hands collect more blood every day!

47 posted on 05/12/2004 9:02:47 AM PDT by yoe (Senators Kennedy, Byrd and Clinton: unpardonable, unprincipled, unqualified and totally unpatriotic!)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
BUMP! Keep this letter on the Front Page.

ALL send an e-mail to Kennedy's office now.
(kennedy e-mail)

48 posted on 05/12/2004 9:20:16 AM PDT by yoe (Senators Kennedy, Byrd and Clinton: unpardonable, unprincipled, unqualified and totally unpatriotic!)
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To: TexKat
Great letter.
49 posted on 05/12/2004 7:03:02 PM PDT by MEG33 (John Kerry's been AWOL for two decades on issues of National Security!)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl; Colt .45
Ping
50 posted on 05/12/2004 7:07:57 PM PDT by zip (Remember: DimocRat lies told often enough became truth to 42% of americans)
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