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Portside Assault On The USS Iowa
GOP USA ^ | 08-30-05 | Lisa Fabrizio

Posted on 08/29/2005 8:22:51 PM PDT by smoothsailing

Portside Assault On The USS Iowa

By Lisa Fabrizio

August 30, 2005

For years, those on the far left have repeatedly maintained that they support the U.S. military while, in reality, they oppose nearly every incidence of its deployment. Now it seems their animosity is not just reserved for our most recent forays, but apparently the Iraq War has soured them retrospectively on earlier battles for freedom.

No greater proof of this is there than the recent debacle involving the Board of Governors of liberal bastion San Francisco and its rejection (web site) of the retired WWII battleship, USS Iowa. Though some seek to frame this as a military gay-rights (web site) issue, the primary objections are clear.

After their congressional delegation--led by Barbara Boxer, Diane Feinstein and Nancy Pelosi--succeeded in 1999 in securing a three million dollar grant from Congress to transport her from Rhode Island to Suisan Bay in California, it seemed the Iowa was well on its way to a permanent berth in the city by the bay.

Led by the Historic Ship Memorial at Pacific Square group, the city had, since 1993 lobbied to gain the ship, known as the 'Big Stick', whose history spans fifty years of valiant service. After winning nine battle stars during the Second World War and two during the Korean War, a controversial accident on one of her gun turrets killed 47 crewmen in 1989 and she was decommissioned a year later.

For the record, (web site) the Iowa was commissioned in February, 1943 and participated in many WWII battles including Guam, Okinawa, Leyte Gulf and Wake Island. She also returned President Roosevelt from the 1943 Teheran Conference of allied powers and was Admiral Halsey's flagship for the surrender ceremony of Japan in September, 1945.

But the sacrifices of the thousands who served aboard the Iowa and the millions who defended this country before and after her final voyage have been damned by association with a U.S. military who, in the minds of the far left, stands for cruel repression and conquest.

Without waiting for the bones of the 'greatest generation' to grow cold, some liberals are already showing their gratitude. As one leftist writes in a letter (web site) in reference to Frisco's attempts to gain the Iowa, "The days of military glorification and addiction are over. We need hopeful symbols, not more war toys. We didn't want the Mighty Mo (USS Missouri) home-ported here way back when, and we don't want it now, even as a relic."

San Francisco Supervisor Chris Daly, who voted against the resolution to acquire the Iowa, also spoke out; (web site) "I am sad to say I am not proud of the history of the United States of America since the 1940s.'' Which is strange to hear from the lips of a liberal, considering that their stranglehold on the culture of America began its ascendancy around that time, sprouting inward from the east and west coasts.

But we know what Mr. Daly really means. He means he's not proud of the U.S. military's history during and after the Cold War when, thanks to the indomitable spirit of her fighting men and women and the determination of a few Commanders in Chief, millions of human beings were delivered from the bondage of Communism and totalitarianism.

Eight of Mr. Daly's eleven colleagues concurred with his opinion. Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi said quizzically, "If I was going to commit any kind of money in recognition of war, then it should be toward peace, given what our war is in Iraq right now."

Sadly, Mr. Mirkarimi, like most leftists, fails to realize that with tyrants and terrorists, peace is often only the result of victorious war. This lesson should have been obvious to students of WWII in particular, and ships like the USS Iowa should be venerated as illustrations of that fact.

Only six years (web site) ago, the city seemed ready to accept the Iowa as a tribute to its long national service and as a floating tourist attraction. Even anti-war (web site) congresswoman Lynn Woolsey was ready to welcome the 'Big Stick': "Unless there is some unforeseen circumstance...San Francisco will soon have a new museum dedicated to those who served in our Navy."

So what caused the shift in opinion? Could it be that the "unforeseen circumstance" that's driven a wedge between troop-loving liberals and the supposed object of that affection is that the military has actually been called by its Congress and commander to the purpose for which it exists?

It is an absurdity to say that you can support our soldiers but not the military they make up; that you can support the troops if you don't support the mission. Soldiers fight wars and battles, that's what they now volunteer to do. And they do it for all of us, without regard to political affiliation.

In a city celebrated for its tolerance, you'd think that a portion of that compassion might be summoned up for those who love and respect the heritage of this country and most importantly, for those who defended it.

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Lisa Fabrizio is a columnist who hails from Connecticut. You may write her at mailbox@lisafab.com.

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Note -- The opinions expressed in this column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions, views, and/or philosophy of GOPUSA.


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections; US: Iowa
KEYWORDS: leftistagenda; leftistsedition; leftisttreason

1 posted on 08/29/2005 8:22:52 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
"In a city celebrated for its tolerance"

It's a big lie!

2 posted on 08/29/2005 8:26:28 PM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: smoothsailing
In a city celebrated for its tolerance...

...of everything perverse, immoral and anti-American only.

Leftists only pay lip service to "diversity" and "tolerance." Anyone who doesn't share their warped views is immediately demonized.

3 posted on 08/29/2005 8:42:01 PM PDT by Prime Choice (E=mc^3. Don't drink and derive.)
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To: smoothsailing


Try puttin' flowers in them guns!
4 posted on 08/29/2005 8:46:01 PM PDT by rottndog (WOOF!)
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To: smoothsailing

"San Francisco Supervisor Chris Daly, who voted against the resolution to acquire the Iowa, also spoke out; (web site) "I am sad to say I am not proud of the history of the United States of America since the 1940s.''

There are many hellholes around the world that this punk could move to.
Sudan, North Korea, etc....
Why don't they just pack up and go?


5 posted on 08/29/2005 8:47:13 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (The Democrat party is the official party of the Morlocks.)
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To: rottndog

Awesome pic!


6 posted on 08/29/2005 8:48:52 PM PDT by sit-rep (If you acquire, hit it again to verify...)
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To: smoothsailing

bump


7 posted on 08/29/2005 8:55:15 PM PDT by kimosabe31
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To: sit-rep

Too bad it's not shelling San Francisco.


8 posted on 08/29/2005 9:08:18 PM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: HereInTheHeartland

"There are many hellholes around the world that this punk could move to.
Sudan, North Korea, etc.... "

That's it! This anti-American disgrace of a man could pick up and move to a remaining communist utopia like Cuba or North Korea. Yet he chooses to stay and dump on the country where he's found success as a government official. Let's call it like it is--the Iowa is too damn good for San Francisco, and it's a blessing that it probably won't wind up in the town known as much for leftist, sodomite militancy as cable cars.


9 posted on 08/29/2005 9:11:31 PM PDT by clearlight
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To: rottndog
Great graphic,dog!

I had the unforgettable experience of seeing the USS New Jersey in action in the South China Sea in the late 60's.

I remember being told at the time that those big guns could fire a projectile the size of a VW beetle 26 miles inland and have it impact within 100 ft.of it's target.

I'm glad the Frisco limp-wrists aren't getting the Iowa,it deserves a better home.

10 posted on 08/29/2005 9:11:44 PM PDT by smoothsailing (Qui Nhon Turtle Co.)
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To: smoothsailing
I was in Pearl Harbor for the 50th anniversary of the Japanese attack. The Missouri was in port for the festivities berthed across the harbor from sub base, where I was. Even from across the harbor, that grand ship dwarfed anything and everything on and in the water that day. These are absolutely magnificent ships.

Iowa and all who served aboard her deserve much better than having her final resting place in San Francisco.
11 posted on 08/29/2005 9:22:51 PM PDT by rottndog (WOOF!)
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To: ncountylee; smoothsailing
"In a city celebrated for its tolerance deviance"
12 posted on 08/29/2005 9:29:03 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Atheist and Fool are synonyms; Evolution is where fools hide from the sunrise)
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To: smoothsailing
After their congressional delegation--led by Barbara Boxer, Diane Feinstein and Nancy Pelosi--succeeded in 1999 in securing a three million dollar grant from Congress to transport her from Rhode Island to Suisan Bay in California, it seemed the Iowa was well on its way to a permanent berth in the city by the bay.

fine...give the money back !
13 posted on 08/29/2005 9:33:53 PM PDT by stylin19a (In golf, some are long, I'm "Lama Long")
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To: smoothsailing
a controversial accident on one of her gun turrets killed 47 crewmen in 1989 and she was decommissioned a year later.

It would be difficult to visit the Iowa without thinking of this sad incident and the fact that the Navy apologized to the family of a sailor who was falsely accused of responsibility. Kind of depressing to be a tourist attraction.

Apparently San Francisco had a lot of Navy activity during WWII including the base on Treasure Island and shipbuilding at Hunter's Point but most of that is gone now.

14 posted on 08/29/2005 9:34:58 PM PDT by wideminded
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To: smoothsailing
It's San Francisco -- what do you expect?

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http://www.glaad.org/media/archive_detail.php?id=304

GLAAD Asks Navy Apology for USS Iowa Slur

In May 1989, "unnamed sources" within the Naval Investigative Services (NIS) leaked to NBC correspondent Fred Francis claims that there was evidence of a murder/ suicide involving a "homosexual relationship" between Gunner's Mate Clayton Hartwig (who was killed in the blast) and Gunner's Mate Kendall Truitt (who survived). In June, Francis reported that Navy investigators were "convinced" that Hartwig was a "troubled homosexual" who was suicidal because other sailors had rejected his advances. In both cases the national media picked up the story, with attribution to NBC. In October 1989, the Navy claimed that the blast was "most probably" intentionally caused by Hartwig.


15 posted on 08/29/2005 9:35:15 PM PDT by TXnMA (Iraq & Afghanistan: Bush's "Bug-Zappers"...)
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To: smoothsailing
I remember being told at the time that those big guns could fire a projectile the size of a VW beetle 26 miles inland and have it impact within 100 ft.of it's target.

I quoted this same fact once and was corrected by some people who told me that the projectile was the same weight as a VW beetle.

16 posted on 08/29/2005 9:37:40 PM PDT by wideminded
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To: smoothsailing

The lefties of America truly are the scum of the earth. They have absolutely no respect decency or morals. They should all be forced to rot in the communist hells around the world that they so desperately want the US to be. Pathetic!


17 posted on 08/29/2005 9:41:00 PM PDT by vpintheak (Liberal = The antithesis of Freedom and Patriotism)
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To: TXnMA
In October 1989, the Navy claimed that the blast was "most probably" intentionally caused by Hartwig.

You left out the part about how overzealous Navy investigators concocted "evidence" to fit this theory, but that it eventually fell apart and the Navy issued a public apology to Hartwig's family.

18 posted on 08/29/2005 9:44:28 PM PDT by wideminded
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To: rottndog

Rule Number 1: Be armed.


19 posted on 08/29/2005 9:45:41 PM PDT by neodad (I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast, for I intend to go in harm's way)
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To: wideminded
LOL! I've heard that now and then.

Think of it as a compacted VW beetle.

You know how it is,some people just like to pick nits! ;)

20 posted on 08/29/2005 9:47:44 PM PDT by smoothsailing (Qui Nhon Turtle Co.)
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To: vpintheak
Why don't they just blow up one of those huge helium filled gigantic penis's they carry around in their gay day parades and park it in the slip reserved for the USS IOWA.

That IS the San Fran peace symbol...or at least a very revered symbol there...and that way...they could see their favorite object on display everyday, allowing them to see a more postitive, sexually free, anything goes, everything should be tolerated (except rememberances of the wars brave Americans fought to allow these creeps to spew their venom) America.

The USS IOWA should NEVER be doomed to a location where the elite there believe she is an object that reminds them of a big, bad America at war.

I am revolted by these jerks.

21 posted on 08/29/2005 9:51:26 PM PDT by Republic (Michael Schiavo comes to mind...ulitimate control is never relinquished with ease)
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To: HereInTheHeartland
There are many hellholes around the world that this punk could move to.

Comeon! The guy lives in San Francisco! Next to Berkley you are in the American Hell-hole of Calcutta!

22 posted on 08/29/2005 10:53:59 PM PDT by Bommer
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To: rottndog

I WANT ONE OF THOSE!


23 posted on 08/29/2005 11:14:22 PM PDT by spinestein (The facts fairly and honestly presented, truth will take care of itself.)
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To: LisaFab; All
absolutely "fabulous" LisaFab bump!!!!

FYI..the author is Freeperette LisaFab...

24 posted on 08/30/2005 3:38:48 AM PDT by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have children ASAP to pass on her gene pool....any volunteers?)
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To: smoothsailing

I was in Hawaii this past Christmas. At Pearl, the tour is now better than ever. Not only do you tour the Arizona Memorial, but they have a small sub which you can tour and the Mighty Mo. The grandkids loved it! Any warship is too good for San Fran.


25 posted on 08/30/2005 3:46:41 AM PDT by 7thson (I've got a seat at the big conference table! I'm gonna paint my logo on it!)
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To: PzLdr
Ditto!

Zero in on city hall!

26 posted on 08/30/2005 3:49:32 AM PDT by reg45
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To: smoothsailing

Big deal. If they don't want her, then let her find a better home.


27 posted on 08/30/2005 3:51:04 AM PDT by killjoy (Real Men Love Bush)
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To: smoothsailing
For years, those on the far left have repeatedly maintained that they support the U.S. military while, in reality, they oppose nearly every incidence of its deployment.

They learned their lesson from the old days when they encouraged hatred and disgust for US Military personnel - and that has now backfired on them. Now, that part of their agenda is covert – but still there in full force.

Soldiers fight wars and battles, that's what they now volunteer to do. And they do it for all of us, without regard to political affiliation.

For many on the left, the proper use of our military is to hand out relief supplies, aid in disaster recovery and act as police officers – very gentle police officers.
28 posted on 08/30/2005 3:56:24 AM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink.)
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To: rottndog

A truly awesome sight!


29 posted on 08/30/2005 3:57:46 AM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink.)
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To: HereInTheHeartland
"I am sad to say I am not proud of the history of the United States of America since the 1940s."

I am sad to say I am not proud of the history of the Liberal bastion of the Left coast since forever
30 posted on 08/30/2005 4:15:16 AM PDT by wolfcreek
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To: smoothsailing
Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi said quizzically, "If I was going to commit any kind of money in recognition of war, then it should be toward peace, given what our war is in Iraq right now."

Meaning, this vote is a typical petty slap by the Left at President Bush. If John Kerry had won the election, the Board of Supervisors would be happy to approve the Iowa - and the tourist dollars that will come with it.

Never underestimate a Leftist's ability to cut his own throat when swinging a knife at you. ;)

31 posted on 08/30/2005 5:18:06 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ("Violence never settles anything." Genghis Khan, 1162-1227)
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To: ncountylee


For years, those on the far left have repeatedly maintained that they support the U.S. military while, in reality, they oppose nearly every incidence of its deployment. Now it seems their animosity is not just reserved for our most recent forays, but apparently the Iraq War has soured them retrospectively on earlier battles for freedom.

No greater proof of this is there than the recent debacle involving the Board of Governors of liberal bastion San Francisco and its rejection (web site) of the retired WWII battleship, USS Iowa. Though some seek to frame this as a military gay-rights (web site) issue, the primary objections are clear.

These people are not patriots. They are not people who just disagree on how to keep America safe.
They are quislings, bent on our distruction as surely as the guys who are shooting at our war fighters and trying to blow us up.
Everything else is just details.


32 posted on 08/30/2005 5:18:31 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (The quisling ratmedia: always eager to remind us of why we hate them.)
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To: wideminded
You left out the part about ...

You had just mentioned that part in the post preceding mine.

I merely documented your statement -- and pointed out exactly why the Iowa might still be a sore subject with many San Franciscans.

One can only surmise that their "tolerance" doesn't extend to forgiving people who had already apologized...or tolerating inanimate objects that remind them of a "special and personal" unpleasantness.

IMHO, it was not the Iowa's warrior status that offended the San Francisco "community" -- it was because it was the scene of an (unforgivable) assault on the lascivious "lifestyle" that is the center of their existence. And, before you ask: No, I am not tolerant of those who would intrude their perverted immorality into our lives -- even to the extent of publicly dishonoring an Americon icon of heroism.

Of course, that makes me definitely not "wideminded"...

33 posted on 08/30/2005 6:26:08 AM PDT by TXnMA (Iraq & Afghanistan: Bush's "Bug-Zappers"...)
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