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Soldiers are committed to our mission in Iraq [Iraqi Veteran & Silver Star Recipient Slams Murtha]
Buffalo News ^ | December 13, 2005 | DAVID BELLAVIA

Posted on 12/13/2005 9:28:51 AM PST by West Coast Conservative


David Bellavia, of Batavia, earned the Silver Star in Iraq and has been recommended for the Medal of Honor.

As the debris continues to settle from the explosion detonated by the defeatist comments by Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., I wonder how he expected his statements to be perceived. As an infantryman whose boots are still caked with blood and dust from Iraq, I am beyond confused by the insistence by Democratic Reps. Nancy Pelosi and Louise Slaughter that he preserve his title as a combat visionary. As rancor and hyperbole peak, we continue to be fed bastardized statistics and a complete denial that Iraq, according to al-Qaida intercepts, is indeed the front line in the war on terror.

When then-President Bill Clinton sent 15,000 troops into post-hostile Bosnia to get the job done, it was the equivalent of keeping 585,000 troops in Iraq post-invasion, when equating terrain and population. Tellingly, the silence from the left is deafening. To the leftists in America, Clinton understood war like no other: Pull out when the blood starts to flow (Somalia) and overcommit when there is no chance of loss (Kosovo and Bosnia).

I am no John Zogby, but I conclude 100 percent of Iraqis want us out - eventually. They very much want us there while Islamo-fascists continue to blow them up as they worship and apply to serve the cause of freedom. My peers are not appreciative of the elitists, like Sens. Ted Kennedy and John Kerry, who daily attempt to uncover mistakes made by this administration while my brothers under fire bleed to death thousands of miles from home.

Iraqi veterans are without apologies for not finding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Former administrations ignored the danger present in this region for years, and we in the trenches now pay the price for our past inability to confront our enemies. Each day, the enemy hopes that one more 10-plus death toll inflicted against the coalition via a roadside bomb will be the last straw of the American collective will.

Make no mistake. This is a middle- to lower-class war, fought by volunteers of the greatest generation of American warriors ever born. I have written more than 47 recommendations for Bronze Star valor awards for the members of my 34-man infantry platoon. That award, alarmingly, is growing more and more common during this fight. And yet my peers cannot use their awards as a platform to defend their noble struggle, because they are still deep in the fight.

Neither Murtha, who wears his Bronze Star as his badge of authority, nor any other congressional representative has held a position in a skirmish line under fire in Iraq, yet they pontificate to the masses from "their war" experience. Not one has borne witness to the extreme close-quarter nature of this fight or commented on the tearful thanks from a deserving and proud people who need us to stay the course.

Yet Murtha has the extreme audacity to call my peers "broken." Funny how a man like Murtha, who made his career on detailing his heroism under fire, is the first to chip away at my generation's valor.

Each day, the Iraqi war veteran grows closer to the embarrassing disrespect of the Vietnam warrior. Each day, legislators like Murtha move us closer to losing a winnable war and abandoning a worthy ally. Staying the course isn't a campaign slogan; it is a life support message to my peers. Like Vietnam, the American soldier cannot be defeated on the field of battle, only by the failure of the political class to stomach the hardships of combat.


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1 posted on 12/13/2005 9:28:52 AM PST by West Coast Conservative
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To: West Coast Conservative

John Kerry et al say that we cannot question Rep. Murtha on the War in Iraq because he was a War Hero. I was 14 years old in 1971 and I called people like Rep. Murtha "War Heroes" back then. What did John Kerry et al call him back then?


2 posted on 12/13/2005 9:32:59 AM PST by massgopguy (massgopguy)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Thank you for sending this out. I am sending it to everyone on my email distribution lists.

The story needs to get out. The white flag the Democrats are waving is not just cowardly, it is killing our troops as they fight for our security.


3 posted on 12/13/2005 9:34:52 AM PST by Paloma_55 (Which part of "Common Sense" do you not understand???)
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To: West Coast Conservative
Like Vietnam, the American soldier cannot be defeated on the field of battle, only by the failure of the political class to stomach the hardships of combat.

Well said. I stand and applaud.

4 posted on 12/13/2005 9:36:49 AM PST by SCALEMAN
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To: massgopguy

John Kerry et al say that we cannot question Rep. Murtha on the War in Iraq because he was a War Hero - what is it with these people? didn't we hear the same about Cindy Sheeain't being of absolute moral authority or some caca?


5 posted on 12/13/2005 9:36:50 AM PST by SF Republican
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To: SCALEMAN

someone has to figure out quickly, if we are fighting wars or political campaigns/media events...

this needs to be over,

if we tango with china this pc/msm c.ap will wipe us out


6 posted on 12/13/2005 9:41:27 AM PST by Flavius (Qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Whoo Hoo. Good article. I hope we see this guy in the US Senate someday.


7 posted on 12/13/2005 9:41:53 AM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: West Coast Conservative
Yet Murtha has the extreme audacity to call my peers "broken." Funny how a man like Murtha, who made his career on detailing his heroism under fire, is the first to chip away at my generation's valor.

I pray that this has been emailed to Murtha, Kerry and the rest

8 posted on 12/13/2005 9:43:10 AM PST by mylife (The roar of the masses could be farts)
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To: West Coast Conservative

BTTT


9 posted on 12/13/2005 9:45:33 AM PST by rlmorel ("Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does." Whittaker Chambers)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Great Post. Well done.


10 posted on 12/13/2005 9:46:15 AM PST by JeeperFreeper
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11 posted on 12/13/2005 9:47:08 AM PST by firewalk
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To: West Coast Conservative

Jhn Murtha is nothing but a Democrat traitor as well as a full fledged buffoon to boot. If I had the power to trade his life for one of our boys or girls that died in Iraq, I would trade him immediately. This idiot, as the entire Democrat party is guilty of treason, and should be treated accordingly!!!


12 posted on 12/13/2005 9:47:29 AM PST by JLAGRAYFOX
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To: West Coast Conservative

Wow. What an article.


13 posted on 12/13/2005 9:47:39 AM PST by p. henry
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To: West Coast Conservative
If you cannot make the correlation between the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan... with the onslaught of Islamo-fascism... then you are doomed to walk in confusion.

The Democrat party with Murtha in the lead are working for failure and hoping this pays benefits at the polls. They are placing their party above their nation. May they be damned!

14 posted on 12/13/2005 9:48:09 AM PST by johnny7 (“You have a corpse in a car, minus a head, in the garage. Take me to it.”)
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To: West Coast Conservative

bttt


15 posted on 12/13/2005 9:49:42 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: mylife

Well, with respect, stop praying an e-mail them yourself.

http://www.senate.gov

http://www.house.gov


16 posted on 12/13/2005 9:50:15 AM PST by Beckwith (The liberal press has picked sides ... and they have sided with the Islamofascists)
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To: West Coast Conservative
Well said. Thanks for getting this one out for us to see.

I would add to the argument against pulling out, the worsening situation with Iran. I believe that in the event of a U.S. withdrawal the "insurgents" would be the least of the Iraqis concerns. How long do the lefties think that it would take for a nuclear Iran to move on such an easy coup?

17 posted on 12/13/2005 9:50:55 AM PST by yooling (I don't have anything nice to say...)
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To: West Coast Conservative
Funny how a man like Murtha, who made his career on detailing his heroism under fire, is the first to chip away at my generation's valor.

How very true. This should be the official reply to Murtha's continued rhetoric. Great report.

18 posted on 12/13/2005 9:53:44 AM PST by ClancyJ (God give us the strength to fight the liberal onslaught against our President and our country.)
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To: West Coast Conservative

A real hero speaks. Murtha, Pelosi, Kerry, et al, should shut up and listen.


19 posted on 12/13/2005 9:59:22 AM PST by Rocky (Air America: Robbing the poor to feed the Left)
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To: massgopguy

It must have pained 'Pravda on the Lake' (Buffalo News) to publish this honest review of the war in Iraq.


20 posted on 12/13/2005 9:59:26 AM PST by pgobrien (82d Abn Inf pings......)
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To: mylife

It also needs to be sent to the weasley Republican members of Congress...with Graham at the top of the list. Do we have a champion for this man in the Republican Party? Sad to say, I think Lieberman would be among the first to step up.


21 posted on 12/13/2005 9:59:28 AM PST by daybreakcoming (May God bless those who enter the valley of the shadow of death so that we may see the light of day.)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Marines and soldiers are dying, and muslim sunnis and other butchers are encouraged while this United States Representative shoots off his mouth.
E-mail your congressman: it's past time to censor Representative Murtha for his perfidy.
http://www.house.gov/


22 posted on 12/13/2005 10:00:29 AM PST by tumblindice
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To: West Coast Conservative

bttt!!!


23 posted on 12/13/2005 10:00:51 AM PST by Travis McGee
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To: ClancyJ

GREAT ARTICLE! Murtha's career is about over. How old is he? The dim leadership has probably told him his legacy will be in restoring the dims to power, and he'll be remembered forever. And he's bought it. Hook, line, and stinker!


24 posted on 12/13/2005 10:03:02 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: West Coast Conservative; Mo1; MEG33; gretchen; ohioWfan; Miss Marple; MJY1288; silent_jonny; ...
BUMP!!!
25 posted on 12/13/2005 10:04:22 AM PST by txrangerette
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To: West Coast Conservative

BTTT


26 posted on 12/13/2005 10:10:48 AM PST by Logic n' Reason (Don't piss down my back and tell me it's rainin')
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Possibly - my husband thinks there is something wrong with his mind - senility or something.

But - whatever, we are not honor bound to give him a pass on traitor activities.

And, I hope the Dems rant and rave about it. Doesn't matter - that is all they do anyway - rant, rave, run and retreat - the Four R's.


27 posted on 12/13/2005 10:15:21 AM PST by ClancyJ (God give us the strength to fight the liberal onslaught against our President and our country.)
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To: txrangerette; onyx; ohioWfan; Texasforever; BigSkyFreeper; Tamzee; mrs tiggywinkle; EllaMinnow; ...
Yet Murtha has the extreme audacity to call my peers "broken." Funny how a man like Murtha, who made his career on detailing his heroism under fire, is the first to chip away at my generation's valor

Thanks for the ping, txrangerette

28 posted on 12/13/2005 10:22:37 AM PST by Mo1 (Message to Democrats .... We do not surrender and run from a fight !!)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Does Bellevia have more fellow comrades who are willing to write? They are needed to offset the Dems and leftwing MSM. More men and women like him needs to run for political office. They know who the team players are and who the traitors are. After a life and death experience, they will not tolerate political BS. They are the next great generation and they are sorely needed in government to kick out the outdated career politicians who play political games and get nothing done and reestablish leadership.


29 posted on 12/13/2005 10:22:42 AM PST by Fee (`+Great powers never let minor allies dictate who, where and when they must fight.)
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To: daybreakcoming

Let us trade Graham, Snow and McCain for Liberman.


30 posted on 12/13/2005 10:24:42 AM PST by Fee (`+Great powers never let minor allies dictate who, where and when they must fight.)
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To: Darth Reagan

ping


31 posted on 12/13/2005 10:31:10 AM PST by marblehead17 (I love it when a plan comes together.)
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To: West Coast Conservative
Funny how a man like Murtha, who made his career on detailing his heroism under fire, is the first to chip away at my generation's valor.

He is a Democrat, isn't he? As it is the nature of a snake to bite people, it is the nature of the DemocRats to hate anything that promotes freedom over totalitarianism (with the 'Rats in charge, of course).

32 posted on 12/13/2005 10:35:20 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Well just DAMN! That sucked all the marrow out of my bones and set the faucets to flowing, like BAM! God Bless this Patriot!


33 posted on 12/13/2005 10:41:26 AM PST by freema (Proud Marine Mom-What fools they are who doubt the ability of liberty to triumph over despotism)
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To: Mo1


Thank you, Mo1.


34 posted on 12/13/2005 10:41:30 AM PST by onyx ((Vicksburg, MS) North is a direction. South is a way of life.)
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To: Mo1

Great article, thanks.


35 posted on 12/13/2005 10:41:39 AM PST by prairiebreeze (I am unapologetically and enthusiastically celebrating CHRISTMAS!!)
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To: Beckwith

sALUTE TO YOU!


36 posted on 12/13/2005 10:42:26 AM PST by freema (Proud Marine Mom-What fools they are who doubt the ability of liberty to triumph over despotism)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Well stated, David Bellavia, well stated. God Bless You!


37 posted on 12/13/2005 10:58:54 AM PST by auboy
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To: West Coast Conservative

From The Army Times:

http://www.armytimes.com/print.php?f=1-comnews-984935.php

July 20, 2005

N.Y. soldier’s bravery in Iraq earns state’s highest military honor

By Carolyn Thompson
Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Staff Sgt. David Bellavia calls his Conspicuous Service Cross an “award of geography,” not valor, insisting anyone in his situation would have done what he did.

He is sincere, but given what Bellavia did — that is, kill six Iraqi insurgents during hand-to-hand combat in Fallujah last November — unconvincing.

“Had someone else stood where I stood and someone else been in that room, they would have made the exact same decision I made, which is to assault through,” Bellavia, of Batavia, said Tuesday before a ceremony marking the award of New York state’s highest military honor for veterans.

He modestly recounted how he “took out the targets” who had opened fire with AK-47s as members of his platoon hunted them inside a darkened house in the wee hours of Nov. 10, his 29th birthday. An embedded Time magazine reporter described the scene this way:

“Upstairs (Bellavia) scans the bedrooms,” wrote Michael Ware in the magazine’s Nov. 22 issue. “An insurgent jumps out of the cupboard. Bellavia falls down and fires, spraying the man with bullets. At some point another insurgent drops out of the ceiling. Yet another runs to a window and makes for the garden. Bellavia hits him in the legs and lower back as he flees. When it’s over, four insurgents are dead; another has escaped badly wounded.”
Bellavia had already killed two insurgents on the first floor.

“I think it was more the nature of killing six people, more than the fact that it was one against six,” Bellavia said Tuesday.

Bellavia’s commanding officers have submitted his name for consideration for the Army’s Distinguished Service Cross and the Medal of Honor, the military’s two highest awards.

Still, Bellavia is reluctant to stand alone in the spotlight. He said he’d rather redirect the attention toward the plight of veterans returning from the war wounded, both physically and emotionally.

“I can’t consider myself a hero when I walk on two good legs and have two working arms,” said Bellavia, whose company commander, executive officer and battalion sergeant major were among those killed in Fallujah.

“I’m not going to stand around and say I deserve this when I get the opportunity to hold my kid, I get the opportunity to tell my parents and my wife how much I love them,” the father of one said.

Bellavia talks about making it easier for veterans to receive counseling upon returning home, by making it accessible close to home rather than in faraway military hospitals, and of lobbying for improved employment opportunities for veterans, whose service to country, he said, should be at least as impressive as a college degree.

“I know that I’ve worked under the best leadership and had the greatest soldiers of a generation and I don’t need an award for that,” he said. “But I will bust my butt and help out these guys and try to use whatever light’s on me and just redirect it towards the guys that are affected for the rest of their lives because of their service.”

Bellavia, who was part of Task Force 2-2 in the 1st Infantry Division, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, is on leave until August when he retires from the Army.


38 posted on 12/13/2005 11:03:56 AM PST by cll (San Juan, PR, USA)
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To: West Coast Conservative

BUMP...let's get this out to the public!


39 posted on 12/13/2005 11:06:17 AM PST by cdbull23 ("If it's brown, drink it down. If it's black, send it back." - Homer on what's good to drink.)
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To: All

Should have pinged all to this:

From The Army Times:

http://www.armytimes.com/print.php?f=1-comnews-984935.php

July 20, 2005

N.Y. soldier’s bravery in Iraq earns state’s highest military honor

By Carolyn Thompson
Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Staff Sgt. David Bellavia calls his Conspicuous Service Cross an “award of geography,” not valor, insisting anyone in his situation would have done what he did.

He is sincere, but given what Bellavia did — that is, kill six Iraqi insurgents during hand-to-hand combat in Fallujah last November — unconvincing.

“Had someone else stood where I stood and someone else been in that room, they would have made the exact same decision I made, which is to assault through,” Bellavia, of Batavia, said Tuesday before a ceremony marking the award of New York state’s highest military honor for veterans.

He modestly recounted how he “took out the targets” who had opened fire with AK-47s as members of his platoon hunted them inside a darkened house in the wee hours of Nov. 10, his 29th birthday. An embedded Time magazine reporter described the scene this way:

“Upstairs (Bellavia) scans the bedrooms,” wrote Michael Ware in the magazine’s Nov. 22 issue. “An insurgent jumps out of the cupboard. Bellavia falls down and fires, spraying the man with bullets. At some point another insurgent drops out of the ceiling. Yet another runs to a window and makes for the garden. Bellavia hits him in the legs and lower back as he flees. When it’s over, four insurgents are dead; another has escaped badly wounded.”
Bellavia had already killed two insurgents on the first floor.

“I think it was more the nature of killing six people, more than the fact that it was one against six,” Bellavia said Tuesday.

Bellavia’s commanding officers have submitted his name for consideration for the Army’s Distinguished Service Cross and the Medal of Honor, the military’s two highest awards.

Still, Bellavia is reluctant to stand alone in the spotlight. He said he’d rather redirect the attention toward the plight of veterans returning from the war wounded, both physically and emotionally.

“I can’t consider myself a hero when I walk on two good legs and have two working arms,” said Bellavia, whose company commander, executive officer and battalion sergeant major were among those killed in Fallujah.

“I’m not going to stand around and say I deserve this when I get the opportunity to hold my kid, I get the opportunity to tell my parents and my wife how much I love them,” the father of one said.

Bellavia talks about making it easier for veterans to receive counseling upon returning home, by making it accessible close to home rather than in faraway military hospitals, and of lobbying for improved employment opportunities for veterans, whose service to country, he said, should be at least as impressive as a college degree.

“I know that I’ve worked under the best leadership and had the greatest soldiers of a generation and I don’t need an award for that,” he said. “But I will bust my butt and help out these guys and try to use whatever light’s on me and just redirect it towards the guys that are affected for the rest of their lives because of their service.”

Bellavia, who was part of Task Force 2-2 in the 1st Infantry Division, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, is on leave until August when he retires from the Army.


40 posted on 12/13/2005 11:11:15 AM PST by cll (San Juan, PR, USA)
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To: West Coast Conservative

bttt


41 posted on 12/13/2005 11:19:13 AM PST by Chuck54 (Free Scooter, Indict Joe W)
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To: cll

Can you say "Senator Bellavia?"


42 posted on 12/13/2005 11:19:43 AM PST by rightinthemiddle (I might be wrong, but I'm always right.)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Can someone read this for the congressional record?


43 posted on 12/13/2005 11:21:19 AM PST by sully777 (What Would Brian Boitano Do?)
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To: Mo1

Oh, what an excellent point that man made about Murtha's "peers".


44 posted on 12/13/2005 11:21:24 AM PST by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Thank you for posting this.

WOO-HOO!


45 posted on 12/13/2005 11:24:05 AM PST by Fudd Fan (God bless President Bush! (Proud member of the Water Bucket Brigade - MOOSEMUSS!)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Bookmark - excellent article. Prayers for this generation of soldiers. May they continue in strength and courage. What a contrast to the murtha's and kerry's.


46 posted on 12/13/2005 11:27:56 AM PST by 3dognight
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Band of Brothers ping!


47 posted on 12/13/2005 11:32:32 AM PST by cll (San Juan, PR, USA)
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To: West Coast Conservative

BRAVO!!! I thank God every day for courageous men and women like Dave Bellavia. His article hits the nail on the proverbial head. Excellent article!

Thanks for posting it, West Coast Conservative.


48 posted on 12/13/2005 11:36:07 AM PST by Chena (I'm not young enough to know everything.)
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To: West Coast Conservative

excellent post.

thanks for that


49 posted on 12/13/2005 11:37:49 AM PST by wallcrawlr (Pray for the troops [all the troops here and abroad]: Success....and nothing less!!)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Wow, this is awesome, and look at this guys face, not exactly the kind of face you'd be afraid to bump into at a bar or in some dark alley. This guy is obviously DEADLY when he needs to be.


50 posted on 12/13/2005 11:39:57 AM PST by Paradox (Time to sharpen ole Occam's Razor.)
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