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"I Ask That the American People Be Brave"
Amy Ridenour's National Center Blog | 5/12/04 | Amy Ridenour

Posted on 05/12/2004 8:09:16 AM PDT by Valin

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To: Valin
Brave?! It's so easy to be brave this far from the combat zone. What I feel after reading this is....humbled by these patriots that fight in my name.

Dear God, please bless and protect every single one of our troops who bleed and die for my freedom. In Your name I pray. Amen.
51 posted on 05/12/2004 9:50:48 AM PDT by airborne (lead by example)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
You know the media should show every terrorist atrocity that has been committed from Munich in 1972 until Nick Berg. It is a damn shame that those in the political party of appeasement just don't believe in defending this nation. The left just wants us to bend over and take it up the civil union. Ted Kennedy Saddam torture chambers have been reopened under US management. Oh yea that was good for the enemy by the way. What a bunch of jerks on capital hill, all this political hearing during a time of war. If it was like this during WW2 we would all be speaking German.
52 posted on 05/12/2004 9:51:45 AM PDT by Warrior Nurse (Black & white liberals practice intellectual apartheid when in comes to black conservatives!)
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To: Valin; MeekOneGOP; TexasCowboy; Darksheare; JustAmy; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Thanks, Valin!

thanks for the ping Tonkin!

Pinging a few of my FRiends.

Meekie,Cobby,Darks,and Amy, can y'all ping others on your threads to this for me?

53 posted on 05/12/2004 9:55:49 AM PDT by Pippin (Bush/Cheney 2004)
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To: airborne
Yeah, it's a weird feeling.
A soldier in a combat zone requests that we be brave.
As you said, that's easy for us being back here away from the action.

Seconded, and bump!
54 posted on 05/12/2004 10:00:41 AM PDT by Darksheare (I am Darksheare, I find weird threads!)
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To: Pippin
And bump again.
55 posted on 05/12/2004 10:00:52 AM PDT by Darksheare (I am Darksheare, I find weird threads!)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
BTTT!!!!!!
56 posted on 05/12/2004 10:04:57 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: Valin
BTTT for later. THANK YOU for this post.
57 posted on 05/12/2004 10:06:03 AM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Take THAT Kerry and Hitlery! FREEPERS ROCK!!!!)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
We are winning ~ the bad guys are losing ~ trolls, terrorists, democrats and the mainstream media are sad ~ very sad!

~~ Bush/Cheney 2004 ~~

58 posted on 05/12/2004 10:08:40 AM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: Valin
Thank You Valin.
59 posted on 05/12/2004 10:10:37 AM PDT by Soaring Feather (~The Dragon Flies' Lair~ Poetry and Prose~)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
bump
60 posted on 05/12/2004 10:11:27 AM PDT by Soaring Feather (~The Dragon Flies' Lair~ Poetry and Prose~)
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To: Valin
Thanks for posting this dose of reality from of our warriors who is there.

Maybe all of this phoney outrage by our lunatic left is an outrageous attempt by them to prevent this POS Muqtada Al-Sadr from facing the same fate as $oddomite's two murdering sons.
61 posted on 05/12/2004 10:11:33 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (ABCNNBC BS = FRAUDCASTERS)
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To: Valin
I wanted to write to the American people about why our fight w/ Sadr is going so well and why they should not be seduced by the media/press image that this is somehow a disaster.

Thank you for your brave service.

62 posted on 05/12/2004 10:11:59 AM PDT by af_vet_1981
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To: Warrior Nurse
"You know the media should show every terrorist atrocity that has been committed from Munich in 1972 until Nick Berg"

The big 5 media would rather give free air time to the traitors like Hanoi Kerry and Ted Kenndey
FOX, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC would rather cover up Hanoi Kerry's past.
They would rather show Rumsfeld and Bush take the heat and slant the upcoming election.
And the same media choose not to cover Hanoi Kerry's Swift Boat Veterans Press Conference live.
They make me sick!
And bottom line they make your job, and service man and woman's job harder.
63 posted on 05/12/2004 10:14:18 AM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (FOX, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC The alphabet liberal media.)
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To: Valin
Bookmarking. Thanks! and BTTT.
64 posted on 05/12/2004 10:14:22 AM PDT by Diva Betsy Ross (Every heart beats true for the red,white and blue)
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To: Warrior Nurse
And bottom line they make your job, and every service man and woman's job harder.
65 posted on 05/12/2004 10:17:22 AM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (FOX, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC The alphabet liberal media.)
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To: Valin
btt
66 posted on 05/12/2004 10:17:33 AM PDT by drq
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To: Valin
God Bless every single one of these soldiers!!!
67 posted on 05/12/2004 10:20:49 AM PDT by smiley
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To: Steve_Seattle; Valin; ASA Vet; Travis McGee; Squantos
"Very interesting; the media critics had assured us that Sadr's actions had taken our military completely by surprise, that we had never even heard of him. Apparently the facts are otherwise.'

The same thing happened in Nam with the TET Offensive.

Our field commanders were pre warned about the impending TET offensive, those who listened and acted to protect their troops decimated the Charlies in the Tet offensive. Those who didn't allowed some minor victories for Charlie in TET.

Yet the lying mediots made the huge losses suffered by the North Charlies in TET appear to be a massive victory for their side.

It wasn't.

In Iraq like in Nam we have not lost a major battle inspite of what ABCNNBC BS = THE FRAUDCASTERS try to spin 24/7. In Nam our left wing politicians turn our victory in to defeat, and they are trying again with the help of their co traitors, ABCNNBC BS = FRAUDCASTERS.
68 posted on 05/12/2004 10:23:22 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (ABCNNBC BS = FRAUDCASTERS)
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To: Valin; Cannoneer No. 4; Lil'freeper; hellinahandcart; NYC GOP Chick; cyborg; kristinn; Angelwood; ..
Stunning post.
69 posted on 05/12/2004 10:30:32 AM PDT by sauropod ("I am Locutus of Borg. Resistance is futile. You will service US.")
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; Valin
...First goal was to isolate Sadr. Second was to exile him from his power-base in Baghdad. Third was to contain his uprising from spreading beyond his militias. And the last goal was to get both his hard-line supporters to abandon him, and to do encourage moderates to break from him. This has been done brilliantly, and now we are on the march in a way that just months ago seemed impossible to do. Sadr is losing everything.

Take that, losers in the so-called news media!

70 posted on 05/12/2004 10:32:54 AM PDT by ride the whirlwind (And we will defend the peace that makes all progress possible. - George W. Bush)
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To: Grampa Dave
those who listened and acted to protect their troops decimated the Charlies

We did a lot better than 10%.
Tet effectively wiped out the VC as a combat force.

71 posted on 05/12/2004 10:33:08 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Our grandchildren will be forced to decide which culture will survive.)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; qam1; Travis McGee; archy; Grampa Dave; Squantos; ALOHA RONNIE; ...
Tonk, our generations have a clarion call: defend America, its innocent and freedom-loving civilians, and western civilization to the death.

I'm sick of media baby boomer useful idiots like Tim Russert on Charlie Rose talking about their "brave parents." They fought and died on the sands of Iwo Jima, Tarawa, and Normandy. They died in the air over Tokyo, Ploesti, and London. But more of them lived to kill the enemy by the hundreds of thousands. They didn't equivocate; they just won the war at all costs.

And now? Our former enemies are our friends and economic competitors.
The demands placed on us now are no less. Do you understand what I mean? It is our turn. We must not look back, for the fires of hell are in front of us, and until we go through them together, we will lose everything that Greatest Generation earned.

It's time we stopped living in the shadow of those great people and create our own legends. St. Catharine showed Joan of Arc where to find the sword of heaven hefted by Charles Martel hundreds of years before. It's time for us to find ours.
72 posted on 05/12/2004 10:34:54 AM PDT by risk
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To: ASA Vet
"Tet effectively wiped out the VC as a combat force."

Yet the mediots and their heros al Querry and Fonda made our troops losers and the bad guys in the eyes of many Americans.

73 posted on 05/12/2004 10:37:05 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (ABCNNBC BS = FRAUDCASTERS)
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To: Grampa Dave
I will use the FRAUDCASTERS description at next year's White House Correspondence Dinner FReep.
74 posted on 05/12/2004 10:38:28 AM PDT by sauropod ("I am Locutus of Borg. Resistance is futile. You will service US.")
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To: Valin
HUGE BUMP!

Thank you so much for posting.
75 posted on 05/12/2004 10:40:34 AM PDT by k2blader
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To: Pippin; Valin
Thanks, Pip!

Great read, Valin!

The media's presentation of this war reminds me of a football game in which you're only allowed to see the tackles and interceptions of the opposing team, yet your team is ahead by 21 points!

76 posted on 05/12/2004 10:41:13 AM PDT by TexasCowboy (COB1)
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To: sauropod
Yes, it is stunning. Thank you!
77 posted on 05/12/2004 10:41:31 AM PDT by NYC GOP Chick ("If I could shoot like that, I would still be in the NBA" -- Bill Clinton, circa 1995)
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To: Valin
Bremmer and Gen. Abizaid stunned the overall Shia community by negotiating a calm in Fallujah. That has tail-spinned Sadr and his efforts to intimidate Iraq's Shia leaders. They see the US hand is strong, and that therefore they are making a mistake in kowtowing to Sadr's terror and violence.

So much for our 'ignominious retreat' from Fallujah!

78 posted on 05/12/2004 10:44:04 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: sauropod; Wright is right!
Michael of "wright is right" is the one to give credit to.

I'm just borrowing it to use during this time of their latest mass electronic fraud.

I would love to see thousands of Freepers use it whenever the liars ABCNNBC BS = FRAUDCASTERS start spreading their bs.

It would make a great bumper sticker. One could only imagine hundreds of thousands of vehicles with this reality statement: ABCNNBC BS = FRAUDCASTERS
79 posted on 05/12/2004 10:44:22 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (ABCNNBC BS = FRAUDCASTERS)
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To: risk
It is time for us to change our approach to these barbarians.

I had written on another thread (several now, actually) in response to AuntB's post of: "It's time to cut to the chase here and fight this thing like a war. It's time for a Harry Truman moment. Screw the attorneys, politicians, peacenicks, Geneva Convention and the rest. Give the collateral damage 24 hours notice to enter camps. Then go in to the cities, bomb, shoot, run over any thing else that moves. Then give them their God forsaken piece of sand back and LEAVE."

I was totally with her, up until she said we should then leave. The following is an option we must now consider:

If we are going to do it this way, we ought to make the determination to make this a COLONY of the US. If we are going to do this, we ought to plant one of the MOST FORMIDIBLE MILITARY BASEs there that has ever been constructed in history, replete with all the most advanced weaponry. We take advantage of all that sand and virtually uninhabitable terrain to conduct very visible weapons testing. We use this as a base of operations to conduct all our future purgings of Islamofacist behavior. If we need more room, we take that, too. Any Islamic country who objects, we take them and their resources, too - we'll need them. If we are going to do this, we MAKE it FOR THE OIL and other resources, and take full advantage of that oil - every last drop of it. God knows we are more adept at utilizing the resources of this planet in a more productive manner than anyone else is - especially the Islamofacists - so we would be honoring the planet by doing so. Those in countries we occupy will get rich, too. There are a whole slew of African and Pacific rim countries that are crying for development of resources.

They say we are an "Imperial Power" ... let's make it so.

It is also time to do as stboz says: "Folks, it's time to start showing up outside mosques in this country. No violence....but, put them on the spot. Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists." "Moderate Islam" better show up and learn to get with us - for real - and pronto.

It is time to start letting the world know there are other methods of utilizing massive force than the way the US has been inclined to over the past century.

CUT AND RUN IS NOT THE BEST WAY TO DO THIS.

Perhaps it is time to consider that the Romans knew best the way to pacify a world...
80 posted on 05/12/2004 10:54:24 AM PDT by AFPhys ((.Praying for President Bush, our troops, their families, and all my American neighbors..))
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To: Grampa Dave

I would love to see thousands of Freepers use it whenever the liars
ABCNNBC BS = FRAUDCASTERS start spreading their bs.

It would make a great bumper sticker.

Perhaps a small addition: "Old Media Fraudcasters" ???
81 posted on 05/12/2004 10:56:23 AM PDT by AFPhys ((.Praying for President Bush, our troops, their families, and all my American neighbors..))
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To: Valin; Pippin; Alamo-Girl; onyx; ALOHA RONNIE; SpookBrat; Republican Wildcat; Howlin; ...
Thanks for the post and pings, folks.

"I Ask That the American People Be Brave"

Excerpt:

A New E-Mail from the Front in Iraq: "I Ask That the American People Be Brave" I have just received an e-mail from Army Spc. Joe Roche, who was briefly able to take a break from the thick of the fighting against Al-Sadr's forces in Iraq to tell us what he is seeing and experiencing.


Please let me know if you want ON or OFF my General Interest ping list!. . .don't be shy.


82 posted on 05/12/2004 10:57:11 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (There is ONLY ONE good Democrat: one that has just been voted OUT of POWER ! Straight ticket GOP!)
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83 posted on 05/12/2004 11:00:03 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (There is ONLY ONE good Democrat: one that has just been voted OUT of POWER ! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: nicollo
ping
84 posted on 05/12/2004 11:01:23 AM PDT by BufordP (I'm Jimmy Valentine's Brother's brother)
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To: MeekOneGOP
It's a bird!

It's a plane!

NO!

It's

MEEKIE MOUSE!!!!


85 posted on 05/12/2004 11:01:31 AM PDT by Pippin (Bush/Cheney 2004)
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To: sauropod
Thanks for the ping, 'pod.
86 posted on 05/12/2004 11:02:15 AM PDT by BufordP (I'm Jimmy Valentine's Brother's brother)
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To: Valin; 1Mike; 3catsanadog; ~Vor~; ~Kim4VRWC's~; A CA Guy; A Citizen Reporter; abner; Aeronaut; ...
We all need to read this today.

Thanks, Valin, for posting this.

And thanks to AFPhys for the alert.
87 posted on 05/12/2004 11:04:07 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: Valin
Thank you, Valin, for posting this outstanding message.

Thank you, Army Spc. Joe Roche and your battalion, for your service and your sacrifice.

Godspeed in your mission and God bless you all. My prayers are with you.
88 posted on 05/12/2004 11:05:33 AM PDT by RottiBiz (Help end Freepathons -- become a Monthly Donor.)
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To: AFPhys
The problem with bumper stickers is the limited space and the need for immediate mental impact with a few words.

I vaguely remember reading years ago that once you got past 3 words, each 4-5 letter word added to a bumper sticker reduced the impact by about 20%.
89 posted on 05/12/2004 11:05:43 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (ABCNNBC BS = FRAUDCASTERS)
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To: JasonC
Thats how I read it too... fills in a missing piece of the puzzle that obviously cannot be publicized without effecting the planned end-state... This young soldier is one very sharp man (or woman?). Stands head and shoulders above many political "leaders" in this country.
90 posted on 05/12/2004 11:08:41 AM PDT by RedEyeJack
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To: Valin
Good post Valin.
91 posted on 05/12/2004 11:11:21 AM PDT by Aeronaut (How many times can a flip-flop flip before a flip-flop becomes a flop?)
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To: Valin
The basis of our evaluation over a year ago was that Sadr presented a formidable and possibly impossible threat.

Huh?

Thanks for the post. All America should read this and keep the faith.

92 posted on 05/12/2004 11:14:38 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn't be, in its eyes, a slave.)
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To: Valin
How can you not be proud of these young people. They see their mission clearly, they know what is at stake. If we had a decent media we'd all know about this instead of just a few who read this forum.
93 posted on 05/12/2004 11:15:47 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: WhiskeyPapa
News from the front Walt, that sure dosen't jive with the Walter Cronkite/Dan Rather ("Is it Vietnam yet"?) school of propaganda journalism we are seeing from our Copperhead media here.
94 posted on 05/12/2004 11:22:13 AM PDT by Ditto ( No trees were killed in sending this message, but billions of electrons were inconvenienced.)
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To: Howlin; sultan88; Mudboy Slim; Corin Stormhands; jla; Flora McDonald; AdSimp; ...
Thanks Howlin.

Richmond ping - just in case you all missed this one.
It's worth the read.
95 posted on 05/12/2004 11:23:16 AM PDT by iceskater (No nation or state ever taxed itself into prosperity.)
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To: AFPhys
I read on a post somewhere recently (sorry, I am unable to remember the thread), that one of these sorry Islamofascists said that jihad was their way of life. To which someone noted, that the Crusades are our history/culture.

I think it's time we started thinking of this as the Crusades of the 21st Century and stop apologizing for it!
96 posted on 05/12/2004 11:26:07 AM PDT by iceskater (No nation or state ever taxed itself into prosperity.)
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To: iceskater
"The commitment of our Fathers is now the calling of our time."

That'd make a good tagline...MUD

97 posted on 05/12/2004 11:27:04 AM PDT by Mudboy Slim (RE-IMPEACH Osama bil Clinton!!)
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To: Valin
The pessimists would have you believe this is a disaster. Don't listen to them. I think some of them feel that their reputations require our failure because they have been so negative all along, so they are jumping at every opportunity to sensationalize what is happening here as a disaster.

This has to be done, and we are doing it.

Don't be seduced by those who would rather that we sit back and just enjoy the freedoms past generations of Americans have sacrificed to gain for us. This is our time to earn it. I remember President Bush saying after the September 11th attacks: "The commitment of our Fathers is now the calling of our time."

The first thing I thought as an American and Vet was I feel secure and proud when I read his words. Watching what is happening with Sadr, you can just see what he is talking about taking place. All the naysayers are so wrong! Our troops are brilliant and awesome! We need to be patient. After all, they are the ones eating sand while we are living here in the comfort of our homes watching this on tv!

I wish there was a way for him to know that a TON of us know the media are pessimists with a liberal agenda.

As Vets who lived through Vietnam we worry that these young men and women will think Americans have abandoned them. We can't let that happen. We just can't.

We need to start a flag campaign somehow. Like the one after 9-11. A real "visual" show of support.

In this house, we have never abandoned them. We know they are doing a great job. We WILL win this and we've never lagged in our support. NEVER. It has never wavered .. not once!

God Bless our troops! God Bless President Bush and his administration!

98 posted on 05/12/2004 11:30:03 AM PDT by Vets_Husband_and_Wife
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To: Howlin
I ask that the American people be brave. Don't fall for the spin by the weak and timid amongst you that are portraying this battle as a disaster

I haven't gone anywhere ... I have full faith in our brave military and the leadership

God Bless Them All

99 posted on 05/12/2004 11:30:49 AM PDT by Mo1 (Make Michael Moore cry.... DONATE MONTHLY!!!)
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To: MeekOneGOP
Just posted to it..AWESOME!
100 posted on 05/12/2004 11:32:42 AM PDT by Vets_Husband_and_Wife
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