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Applause in the Airport? Beyond the Beer Commercial ... It Happens ... It Really Happens
Agape Press ^ | 02/10/05 | Matt Friedman, Ph.D.

Posted on 02/17/2005 4:53:37 AM PST by tsmith130

Edited on 02/17/2005 5:18:32 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

Mod note: One for the troops! Bumped to BN for more exposure.

(AgapePress) - Rick from Winona, Mississippi, called my state-wide talk radio program this week. Sometimes, you get a phone call that ought to be read in the broader market.

On the program that day we were discussing the report that some Europeans were disgusted with the Super Bowl commercial of American soldiers getting applause in an airport. The critics thought it too extreme in its patriotism and a possible incitement to further war.

At any rate, Rick (he asked us not to use his full name) called to talk about his experience coming back recently from the fields of war. His words (and they are worth your time reading, only lightly edited):

"I heard you talking about the Super Bowl commercial. I'm a Marine, a re-con Marine. I just got back from overseas, the second week of December, actually. I was injured overseas, so that's why I'm home now.

"But the whole time I was [there, in recovery] we watched the news to see what's going on. And we saw the protests, and we saw what the media was saying about what's going on, and we were worried about what we were actually going to face when we came home. We didn't know what to expect, to be honest with you. From the news media we were seeing, the whole country was basically telling us we're a bunch of jerks.

"I thank God that the troops that are there don't see the news coverage. I thank God every day, because there'd be ten times the number getting killed, just because it would so un-motivate [sic] them.

"Back to the story: there were seven other soldiers that came home with me that day. We flew into JFK, and we were talking on the way back: What's going to happen? What will we be facing? Is it going to be like the Vietnam era, are there going to be people spitting at us?

"We didn't know. We had that much trepidation about it.

"We get into JFK, we step out of the breezeway into the main terminal, and directly in front of us was an elderly gentleman carrying a bag. And he immediately stopped, set his bag down, and the first thing we all thought was, 'Oh, Lord, here we go already.' He just stopped and looked at us for a second, and then tears came to his eyes and he saluted us.

"And -- I'm breaking up now [editor's note: with tears] -- every one of us just started crying like babies. Everybody in the terminal -- I kid you not, at least two to three hundred people -- just started clapping, spontaneously. To me, it was so much worth what we were doing, to realize that people over here actually get what we were doing. We weren't over there because it's fun. We're over there doing a job.

"When I saw the Super Bowl commercial, I just started bawling like a baby again because that was something totally unexpected. We had no idea that people actually appreciated what we're doing, from what we see on the news. We thought we were going to come back and get eggs thrown at us. It was so refreshing to know that what we were seeing on the news is just a bunch of garbage that's being concocted by the media, that 99.9 percent of the country doesn't believe that way.

"I have a couple of more months of recovery. I got hit with a concussion and have some internal damage, but I'm feeling up, doing well, and hopefully I can get back over there with my boys."

It caused some tears in this talk show host's eyes to know there were tears in his. Appreciation, smiles, handclaps -- they can go a long way when a nation is at war, regardless of what the media and some Europeans might think.

Matt Friedeman (mfriedeman@wbs.edu) is a professor at Wesley Biblical Seminary. Respond to this column at his blog at "In the Fight."


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ads; anheuserbusch; commercial; heroes; marines; superbowl; superbowlads; thecommercial; troops; welcomehome
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Tissue alert!
1 posted on 02/17/2005 4:53:38 AM PST by tsmith130
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To: tsmith130

Sorry but as a former Recon Marine, this misspelling (or whatever you call it) "re-con Marine" sure is close to a subtle insult to me.

Yes I know it was done simply out of ignorance, but I do get tired of ignorance from "news" reporters.


2 posted on 02/17/2005 4:56:41 AM PST by CLS
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To: tsmith130

It has been on the Dallas NBC5i news that a group of people are at DFW to meet most of the flights - to welcome home the troops. The videos they have shown are very similar to the Super Bowl ad.


3 posted on 02/17/2005 5:02:01 AM PST by mathluv
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To: tsmith130

Misty monitor here..It really , really happens..I know they had a waiting list for volunteers who wanted to meet the troops arriving at DFW.


4 posted on 02/17/2005 5:04:02 AM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: TexKat

There is already a tissue alert on this one.


5 posted on 02/17/2005 5:04:40 AM PST by Bahbah
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To: CLS
I understand your point, but go easy on Matt. I would not be at all surprised to learn that he is a Freeper. See for yourself at inthefight.com Mash here
6 posted on 02/17/2005 5:07:02 AM PST by realpatriot (Some spelling errors may have been intentionally included)
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To: tsmith130; null and void; Mo1; PeaceBeWithYou; nicmarlo; Budge; cyborg; Borax Queen; .38sw; ...

Finally, a POSITIVE story, and very touching! Pound sand, media dinosaurs!


7 posted on 02/17/2005 5:07:09 AM PST by sweetliberty (Blind stupidity or blind loyalty is still blind.)
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To: mathluv

This is true, and it appears to be growing thanks to an effective grass roots effort...

Our priest announced two weeks ago that our church has been asked if we were interested in providing the same type of support to arriving soldiers at DFW toward the the end of the month. I plan to be there, and from what I've heard it's always crowded...

The MSM becomes more irrelevant with each passing day.


8 posted on 02/17/2005 5:11:19 AM PST by Common Sense 101
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To: tsmith130

And now I'm crying too.


9 posted on 02/17/2005 5:12:17 AM PST by OldFriend (America's glory is not dominion, but liberty.)
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To: sweetliberty
Pound sand, media dinosaurs!

bump

10 posted on 02/17/2005 5:13:24 AM PST by Aquinasfan (Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7, Mat 16:19)
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To: sweetliberty
That it really happens is why the left hated the commercial so much.

They don't like that it's happening, they are that filled with hatred.

11 posted on 02/17/2005 5:13:48 AM PST by OldFriend (America's glory is not dominion, but liberty.)
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To: tsmith130

Here's the link to "Applause"...

http://www.budweiser.com/commercials_05/select_media.html?c_id=3

Get the tissues out!


12 posted on 02/17/2005 5:14:05 AM PST by 7.62 x 51mm (• veni • vidi • vino • visa • "I came, I saw, I drank wine, I shopped")
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To: tsmith130
And we saw the protests, and we saw what the media was saying about what's going on, and we were worried about what we were actually going to face when we came home. We didn't know what to expect, to be honest with you. From the news media we were seeing, the whole country was basically telling us we're a bunch of jerks.

This is sickening. Not only because it's the perception of the troops, but because I firmly believe it is the deliberate intention of the media to discourage our military.

13 posted on 02/17/2005 5:17:42 AM PST by workerbee
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To: workerbee

I agree with you that it's sickening. But apparently, from what I read, it's 'really happening'...which means the media's efforts aren't working.


14 posted on 02/17/2005 5:20:54 AM PST by tsmith130
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To: tsmith130
"Tissue alert!"

Indeed. . .and a bump.

It took forty years for the Libs to understand how awful was their treatment of VietNam Vets when they returned. How now. . .the Vietnam era Vets are now heros - thanks to John Kerry, of course; but whatever. . .

/ / . . .and all the while, they are doing the same 'dump on' our current Military - despite their lame protestations that they 'support the troops'. . .

These wars are different; the only thing the same is the Libs hateful response to the men and women who must fight them.

15 posted on 02/17/2005 5:21:39 AM PST by cricket (Just say - NO U.N.)
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To: 7.62 x 51mm

Uh, thanks I think. I didn't see the ad until I downloaded it. I didn't heed the tissue warning, and now I'm a mess.


16 posted on 02/17/2005 5:24:05 AM PST by Explorer89 (Q.E.D. man)
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To: tsmith130

Those scumbags who spit on GIs and called them "baby killers" are quiet, for the most part, but not gone. Some are in Congress (guess which party)and countless others are lining up to begin feeding at the public trough (Social Security, Medicare, etc). Don't forget them, and don't ever let them presume to speak for the rest of us.


17 posted on 02/17/2005 5:29:15 AM PST by Feckless
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To: tsmith130
What a pleasure to read reports such as this. How glad I am that the participants in this war are received appropriately upon return. How different from the wretched Viet Nam experience. On July 3, 1970 I was one of about 200 soldiers, airmen, and Marines on a DEROS flight from TSN via Yakota to Travis AFB. Because the flight encountered headwinds on the trans-Pacific leg we had to put down at SEATAC for refueling. Once on the ground we were permitted to deplane but because we hadn't passed through customs were not allowed into the main terminal but restricted to one of the gate areas. I vividly remember a Honolulu fight loading up at the gate next to ours. The vacationers and honeymooning couples filed past staring at the group of (mostly) young men waring the green poplin jungle fatigues of that war. We were stared at in the same way people look at jail inmates being loaded on a prison bus or at cattle being put on a truck. Distaste or at most curiosity was all displayed. Not a single friendly expression or greeting.

Later that evening we pulled into Travis and I as all others went through a cursory customs inspection. The inspector asked where I was arriving from (the flight had picked up some people at Yakota). I told him Viet-Nam and he replied "Then, welcome home son." That was the extent of the welcome I got and I will always be grateful to that middle aged customs inspector.
18 posted on 02/17/2005 5:30:01 AM PST by robowombat
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To: tsmith130

Yes, I am happy to say, it really DOES happen! I volunteer at an airport USO and I've seen it happen. Often a family or friends come in to our Lounge and tell us that a soldier is about to arrive. We all stop and go out to meet him/her. I've seen people also stop and cheer when the Trooper arrives. Unfortuntely there still are the jerks who insult our Troops and spit, but it's not as bad in the VietNam era. THANK GOD and keep up your support!!


19 posted on 02/17/2005 5:30:59 AM PST by Warrior_Queen ("The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing")
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To: tsmith130


Tears of joy for our young marines!


20 posted on 02/17/2005 5:31:26 AM PST by sneakers
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To: CLS

Geez...they probabaly didn't realize some Marines could read (Big Grin)...

Former Squid....

NeverGore :^)


21 posted on 02/17/2005 5:32:32 AM PST by nevergore (“It could be that the purpose of my life is simply to serve as a warning to others.”)
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To: tsmith130; Lando Lincoln; quidnunc; .cnI redruM; Valin; yonif; SJackson; dennisw; monkeyshine; ...


Moral Clarity BUMP !

This ping list is not author-specific for articles I'd like to share. Some for perfect moral clarity, some for provocative thoughts; or simply interesting articles I'd hate to miss myself. (I don't have to agree with the author 100% to feel the need to share an article.) I will try not to abuse the ping list and not to annoy you too much, but on some days there is more of good stuff that is worthy attention. I keep separate PING lists for my favorite authors Victor Davis Hanson, Lee Harris, David Warren, Orson Scott Card. You are welcome in or out, just freepmail me (and note which PING list you are talking about).

22 posted on 02/17/2005 5:32:42 AM PST by Tolik
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To: robowombat
Great story. As an Air Force dependent, I made that same flight from Yakota to Travis in 72. We stopped in Anchorage and I vividly remember all of the soldiers on the plane from Viet Nam. Thank you for your service!

MoodyBlu

23 posted on 02/17/2005 5:33:38 AM PST by MoodyBlu
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To: wmichgrad; SheLion; Gabz; xsmommy; Mears; Conspiracy Guy; Laura Earl; Just another Joe

Blurry screen ping!


24 posted on 02/17/2005 5:33:44 AM PST by CSM ("I just started shooting," said Gloria Doster, 56. "I was trying to blow his brains out ....")
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To: robowombat

Then let me take this opportunity to applaud you, gratefully welcome you home, and sincerely thank you for your service, robowombat!


25 posted on 02/17/2005 5:34:50 AM PST by tsmith130
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To: robowombat
My friend, I was very young during VietNam. I know it's 30+ years too late but "Welcome Home" and THANK YOU!!!
26 posted on 02/17/2005 5:34:59 AM PST by Warrior_Queen ("The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing")
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To: tsmith130
but I'm feeling up

His nurses must be very understanding.

Just kidding.

CNN and the other networks should be prosecuted for sedition.

Not kidding.

27 posted on 02/17/2005 5:35:13 AM PST by katana
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To: tsmith130

I know I've applauded the troops at BWI on several occasions.


28 posted on 02/17/2005 5:37:08 AM PST by dangus
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To: tsmith130
That was my favorite Super bowl commercial. It brought tears to my eyes then and now. I am so disgusted with the MSM I don't know what to do.
29 posted on 02/17/2005 5:37:19 AM PST by SunTzuWu
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To: tsmith130
"And -- I'm breaking up now [editor's note: with tears] -- every one of us just started crying like babies. Everybody in the terminal -- I kid you not, at least two to three hundred people -- just started clapping, spontaneously. To me, it was so much worth what we were doing, to realize that people over here actually get what we were doing. We weren't over there because it's fun. We're over there doing a job.

This is wonderful and heartwarming. And damn the media for making these guys even have any question as to how they'll be greeted or how the American public preceives them.

I make a point of telling our troops how much support they have back home, and after reading this, I will step up my efforts in that category another notch.

Damn the media.

30 posted on 02/17/2005 5:39:45 AM PST by Allegra ("They Just Love to Walk in the Middle of the Road!")
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To: Warrior_Queen

I've seen (and been in) simply spontaneous applause. Just a handful of GIs going through the gate...

A little less so now, probably just because the raw emotions have subsided.


31 posted on 02/17/2005 5:39:50 AM PST by dangus
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To: dangus

BTTT


32 posted on 02/17/2005 5:45:42 AM PST by Kennesaw
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To: sweetliberty
Clap! Clap! Clap! Clap! Clap! Clap! Clap! Clap! Clap! Clap! Clap! Clap! Clap! Clap! Clap! Clap! Clap! Clap!

For the heros returning home!

33 posted on 02/17/2005 5:51:50 AM PST by Budge (<>< Sit Nomen Domini benedictum. <><)
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To: tsmith130

You better believe it happens! This past Christmas Eve my boys and I were on the way to Florida to see my parents and had a layover in Atlanta - Hartsfield. While waiting at our gate a large group of soldiers came in at the gate next to us. Pretty much everyone waiting at our gate got up and gave them a long round of applause.

The soldiers were very gracious. My boys are 9 and 7 and they were very wide eyed - this was a big deal to them. They shook hands with several of the soldiers and, of course, this was a great opportunity for Dad to reinforce the "important things in life".


34 posted on 02/17/2005 5:52:37 AM PST by day10 (Rules cannot substitute for character.)
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, I can understand that happening in an airport. If the idea of a soldier putting his LIFE on the line for you, us, does not move you (to tears), then you must be a Democrat! :-[
35 posted on 02/17/2005 5:53:12 AM PST by ElPatriota
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To: tsmith130

Patriotic bttt!


36 posted on 02/17/2005 5:53:23 AM PST by Guenevere (Sola Gratia)
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To: 7.62 x 51mm

Thanks


37 posted on 02/17/2005 5:58:32 AM PST by elfman2
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To: robowombat

I know it's overdue but..Welcome Home..Thank you for serving our country.


38 posted on 02/17/2005 5:58:43 AM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: tsmith130

My father was flying back to Kentucky last year on a business trip on a plane that was carrying eight or nine National Guardsmen returning from Iraq. One of the businessmen also on the flight offered to buy them a round of drinks, but the flight crew assured him that all of their drinks were on the house.


39 posted on 02/17/2005 6:02:18 AM PST by Stonewall Jackson (Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. - John Adams)
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To: tsmith130

BTTT


40 posted on 02/17/2005 6:02:22 AM PST by spodefly (Yo, homey ... Is that my briefcase?)
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To: day10

We're going to be doing just that tonight. I invited a buddy of mine to speak to my Cub Scouts about his time in Afghanistan. I spoke with one of the mom's last night cause her son tends to freak out easily about stuff and I wanted to assure her that he wasn't going to regale us with any gruesome war stories.

I told her that her son will have an opportunity to meet a true American hero and he's going to bring along a couple of medals that few of us will ever have the honor to see, including a shiny bronze one.

I'm looking forward to this more than the Scouts are.


41 posted on 02/17/2005 6:02:41 AM PST by cyclotic (Cub Scouts-Teach 'em young to be men, and politically incorrect in the process)
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To: tsmith130

A few months ago when I was in the Atlanta Airport I heard quite a bit of applause. When we got close enough to see what was happenening, we saw that the applause was for an arriving platoon of troops.


42 posted on 02/17/2005 6:05:10 AM PST by TennesseeProfessor (Naturally I stopped and joined in the applause)
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To: tsmith130
Or maybe it's happening because of the media. People get sick and tired of lies poring out at them and maligning the men and women who are giving their lives to save ours. Americans are nothing if not stubborn, activist rebels at heart. I truly believe that a major difference between us and Europe is that their sons and daughter with heart, soul and character long ago found their way to freedom in America. And today, we their sons and daughter, carry on their gutsy traditions.
43 posted on 02/17/2005 6:10:26 AM PST by twigs
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On an episode of "Airline", the reality show on A&E about Southwest Airlines, one of the flight attendants brother was returning from Iraq. A former Vietnam vet who works at the airport made sure he was with the sister the minute the soldier de planed to Thank him for his service (something he said no one ever did for him when he returned). They walked down the gateway, and when they entered the gate area, the Vietnam vet announce to a couple of hundred waiting passengers that "This soldier is just returning from Iraq". The entire area broke out in a round of applause!
44 posted on 02/17/2005 6:13:45 AM PST by codercpc
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To: cricket
"despite their lame protestations that they 'support the troops'. . ."

I never believed for a second that the leftist, socialist, Kerry/Demwit supporting blue staters supported our troops. I never believed them for a second that they would get all indignant about anyone "questioning THEIR" patriotism.

The statements would always be a little too loud and boisterous, like the ones they were trying to convince most of all are themselves. And they are seriously disturbed that we can see through them so easily. That we are not buying it at all.

Back around early summer I was checking out the posts on the DUmmy sight and ran across more than one thread about the magnetic yellow support our troops ribbons on cars. Before I ever saw the DUmmie reaction to them I automatically thought that even though the car doesn't have a GWB sticker, you know that most of these people support him (GWB) because Democrats don't for the most part support our troops. That goes back to the BJ Klintoon years, where it was obvious that both klintoons despised the military and the military despised both klintoons right back.

And the DUmmies didn't disappoint. They HATED those yellow ribbons on cars. The only ones that I read about that put them on their cars stated plain as day that they displayed them right next to a Kerry sticker to make other people think that more cars with ribbons only were Kerry supporters.

Sick, sick, sick, people these POS Democraps.

45 posted on 02/17/2005 6:18:45 AM PST by libs_kma (USA: The land of the Free....Because of the Brave!)
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Don’t forget that our opposition’s still strong:
http://www.nbc4i.com/news/3746350/detail.html

Decorated Soldier Reportedly Attacked At Concert
Barton Cannot Return To Iraq Due To Injuries

POSTED: 5:54 pm EDT September 20, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A local soldier back from the war in Iraq said he was beaten at an area concert because of what was printed on his T-shirt, NBC 4's Nancy Burton reported.

Foster Barton, 19, of Grove City, received a Purple Heart for his military service in Iraq. He almost lost his leg last month after a Humvee he was riding in ran over a landmine.

Barton said he was injured again Friday night in a crowded parking lot as he was leaving the Toby Keith concert at Germain Amphitheatre. The solider was injured so badly that he can't go back to Iraq as scheduled.

"I don't remember getting hit at all, really," said Barton, a member of the 1st Calvary Division. "He hit me in the back of the head. I fell and hit the ground. I was knocked unconscious and he continued to punch and kick me on the ground."

Barton and his family said he was beat up because he was wearing an Iraqi freedom T-shirt.

"It's not our fault," Barton said. "I'm just doing a job."

According to a Columbus police report, six witnesses who didn't know Barton said the person who beat him up was screaming profanities and making crude remarks about U.S. soldiers, Burton reported.

One witness, a friend of the alleged attacker, said Barton hit first. Police said they do not think that witness is credible since the six other witnesses said Barton was hit from behind.

Barton's mother said she has a message for her son's alleged attacker, who police said ran into the crowd after the incident and was not arrested.

"He needs our prayers, just like the insurgents, because he's a coward," Cindy Barton said.

After a two-week leave, Barton was supposed to return to Iraq Tuesday. But his broken nose will delay his return.

Barton is waiting for doctors to tell him when he can return to active duty. He said wants to go back as soon as possible because his unit was just attacked. Eleven soldiers were wounded and two were killed, he said.


46 posted on 02/17/2005 6:27:55 AM PST by elfman2
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To: tsmith130

bttt


47 posted on 02/17/2005 6:29:22 AM PST by kcvl
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To: katana
CNN and the other networks should be prosecuted for sedition.

AMEN!

48 posted on 02/17/2005 6:31:28 AM PST by kcvl
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To: tsmith130

AmericaSupportsYou.mil


49 posted on 02/17/2005 6:32:25 AM PST by Nick Danger (The only way out is through)
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To: sweetliberty

I'm glad they found out we love them.


50 posted on 02/17/2005 6:33:51 AM PST by cyborg (http://mentalmumblings.blogspot.com/)
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