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Pictures from Fallujah
Associated Press ^ | 11/14/04

Posted on 11/14/2004 9:13:12 AM PST by saquin


U.S. Marine Maj. Gen. Richard Natonski stands at the bridge in the western part of Fallujah, Iraq, where the bodies of two American contractors killed by militants were strung up in March, sparking the earlier U.S. siege, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2004. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)


A US Marine of the 1st Division writes the words 'Dark Horse' on a beam of the bridge western Fallujah, Iraq, where the bodies of two American contractors killed by militants were strung up in March, sparking the earlier U.S. siege, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2004. An earlier message left by soldiers reads: 'This is for the Americans of Blackwater that were murdered here in 2004, Semper Fidelis 3/5.' (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: fallujah; iraq; pictures

1 posted on 11/14/2004 9:13:13 AM PST by saquin
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To: saquin

Semper Fi


2 posted on 11/14/2004 9:14:46 AM PST by oh8eleven
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To: saquin
U.S. Marine Maj. Gen. Richard Natonski stands at the bridge in the western part of Fallujah, Iraq, where the bodies of two American contractors killed by militants (by seditionists, domestic and otherwise) were strung up in March, ..
3 posted on 11/14/2004 9:16:20 AM PST by TeleStraightShooter (The illogical Left in our country wants to do for Iraq what the USA did for Liberia: FORGET IT!)
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To: saquin
Notice the chains are still dangling from the framework?
4 posted on 11/14/2004 9:19:22 AM PST by TeleStraightShooter (The illogical Left in our country wants to do for Iraq what the USA did for Liberia: FORGET IT!)
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To: TeleStraightShooter

I wish they'd destroy that bridge.


5 posted on 11/14/2004 9:26:07 AM PST by bushfamfan
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To: bushfamfan
I'm with you, except ...
Fallujah needs that bridge.

The US Army needs that bridge.

The bitches that disgraced fallujah and that bridge are long gone.

6 posted on 11/14/2004 9:29:56 AM PST by TeleStraightShooter (The illogical Left in our country wants to do for Iraq what the USA did for Liberia: FORGET IT!)
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To: saquin

7 posted on 11/14/2004 9:34:15 AM PST by Psycho_Bunny (I know a great deal about the Middle East because Ive been raising Arabian horses" Patrick Swazey)
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To: Psycho_Bunny

OH, YEAH! Cruel and approriate control methods!


8 posted on 11/14/2004 9:47:43 AM PST by Ramonan (Honor does not go out of style.)
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To: bushfamfan

I wish they'd destroy that bridge.


I feel the same way, but then they'd have to re-build it, and there are bigger things to take care of right now. God Bless our TROOPS!


9 posted on 11/14/2004 9:48:11 AM PST by Just Lori (Before you can win the peace, you have to win the WAR!!!)
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To: saquin

Thanks for the photos.


10 posted on 11/14/2004 9:55:25 AM PST by jigsaw (God Bless Our Troops.)
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To: saquin

Marlboro marine

11 posted on 11/14/2004 10:10:47 AM PST by UnklGene
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To: UnklGene
What is it about that Marine's face? I cannot quit looking at it. All the colors, the battle worn helmet and jacket and his eyes. In life he is so young, but the Marine in the picture looks so timeless. It is as though he is the American Hero, American Patriot, he carries us in him everywhere. The Kerry supporter pukes are not worth the ashes that fall from his cigarette.
12 posted on 11/14/2004 10:22:03 AM PST by A knight without armor
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To: saquin
Walk Like An Egyptian
13 posted on 11/14/2004 10:33:26 AM PST by Grim
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To: A knight without armor

You said it very well, what I've felt looking at that picture. He's only 20 yrs old, but he's older, wiser and more experienced now. He's hardened, grown, yet seems so calm.

And I love the fact that women all around what to know who he is, that tells me one very important thing....Men are Back! I'm sure the NOW gang and other groups are spinning like tops over that fact.


14 posted on 11/14/2004 10:46:19 AM PST by TexasTaysor
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To: TexasTaysor

15 posted on 11/14/2004 10:48:00 AM PST by No Blue States
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To: TexasTaysor

Yeah, but smoking is bad for you (sarcasm).


16 posted on 11/14/2004 11:05:30 AM PST by eddiebear (O tyrant, tremble at the mere mention of my name!)
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To: saquin

amazing. I'm surprised that the bridge still exists.
If I had anything to do with it - it might NOT.

Glad to see no more "smiling, cheering faces" at that
bridge, just the Marine in that photo.


17 posted on 11/14/2004 11:07:02 AM PST by the_gospel_of_thomas (Know your Enemy and Know yourself)
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To: UnklGene

This Marlboro Marine James Miller is going to be a very busy guy when he gets home doing interviews I'll bet. Semper Fi.


18 posted on 11/14/2004 11:13:07 AM PST by BillyCrockett
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To: UnklGene
"Marlboro marine"

This is Lance Cpl. James Blake Miller
C Company , 1st Batt. 8th Marine Reg.
hailing from the great state of Kentucky.
19 posted on 11/14/2004 11:17:22 AM PST by injin
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To: UnklGene

This is the image that will be burned into the memory when all others are forgotten.


20 posted on 11/14/2004 12:11:38 PM PST by Free Vulcan
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To: A knight without armor; All

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1279861/posts


21 posted on 11/14/2004 1:15:19 PM PST by lizol
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To: A knight without armor
What is it about that Marine's face? I cannot quit looking at it.

I have his beautiful face as my monitor wallpaper. And there he will stay until I know he's home, back in Kentucky, smokin' a Marlboro on his family farm. *SMOOCH* Well done, Troops! Smoke Break!

22 posted on 11/14/2004 1:25:26 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: UnklGene
What is supposed to be so great or noble about a guy smoking a cigarette?
23 posted on 11/14/2004 2:14:15 PM PST by solitas
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To: solitas

If you have to ask about the appeal of the pic, then you're either being facetious or you're clueless...


24 posted on 11/14/2004 2:28:31 PM PST by Axenolith (This space for rent.)
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To: Axenolith
Color me clueless then. Is it just that people can't properly conceptualize anything about the war without needing some kind of celebrity or trademark?

It's only a guy smoking a cigarette (and probably a set-shot) - what can possibly be so brave or noble about it that people latch-onto it like some kind of talisman or swoon over it?

IMO: promoting shots of Servicemen working with the civilians better-exemplify what's happening over there than someone sucking on a smoke.

25 posted on 11/14/2004 2:46:56 PM PST by solitas
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To: solitas
In the past, close to or greater than 50% of adult Americans smoked, particularly in the south and west. The composite of ruggedness and independance that conceptualized the the American ideal often included the figure smoking. That's why the "Marlborough Man" became such an advertising success.

This conceptualization of the American ideal has taken a beating in the last 20 years in the MSM and in areas dominated by the leftist intelligentsia. Not just the smoking aspect, but the the other charachteristics that have defined Americans as a group. Getting insurmountable tasks done, setting and completing herculean goals, staying out of others business unless they need help, sacrificing all to provide that help when needed, standing alone against many and prevailing, right down to simply raising a well centered family that provides more of the same. The strange and wonderful thing about America is that we could, and can still, readily find real examples of Joseph Campbells archtypical "Hero with a Thousand Faces" living and walking among us.

The reason that picture evokes such awe lies in the fact that it thrashes 20 years of do gooder hand wringing. The fact that what he is doing is "bad for you" is irrelevant, particularly to him after wading through the hell of battle.

IMO: promoting shots of Servicemen working with the civilians better-exemplify what's happening over there than someone sucking on a smoke.

And therin lies the crux of your conundrum. You look for a produced shot. There are a million examples of servicemen bequething mercies to civilians and children in all of our wars but you have to wait for it to come along here, in this battle. At that point in time, during battle, that is the shot. That is todays special manifestation of the American Hero. That is the spark that fires the breast of the homefront. It is his, and the people stirred by his photo, hour. Let them have it.

26 posted on 11/14/2004 4:51:27 PM PST by Axenolith (This space for rent.)
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To: Psycho_Bunny
lol, is that what he said...:)
27 posted on 11/14/2004 5:00:25 PM PST by Recon by Fire
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To: saquin
An earlier message left by soldiers reads: 'This is for the Americans of Blackwater that were murdered here in 2004, Semper Fidelis 3/5.'

Now may the souls of the Blackwater men rest in peace.

28 posted on 11/14/2004 5:02:45 PM PST by McGavin999 (George Soros just learned a very expensive lesson-America can't be bought.)
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To: No Blue States

Love it!!


29 posted on 11/14/2004 5:09:25 PM PST by monkeywrench
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To: Axenolith

You keep your space no need to rent it.


30 posted on 11/14/2004 5:17:29 PM PST by nomorelurker (wetraginhell)
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