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Who Cares? (Oliver North)
GOPUSA ^ | January 26, 2007 | Oliver North

Posted on 01/25/2007 9:18:22 PM PST by jazusamo

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- The Marines and their families here at this sprawling base on the Carolina coast didn't have much to say about the president's State of the Union address. For many of them, his address the week before had been more important. It was then that they learned many more of them would be heading for Iraq -- and that the tour of duty for those already there would be extended. But amazingly enough, not one of them, despite Democrat bombast and mainstream media remonstrations to the contrary, expressed any anger at the commander in chief for the added sacrifice.

Camp Lejeune is the home base for the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, the unit our FOX News "War Stories" team was embedded with in Iraq for much of last month. For them, Al Anbar Province, Iraq is the "frontline." For most of their families, Camp Lejeune is the "homefront." We returned here to interview them, and several of the wounded, recuperating in the Wounded Warrior Barracks. Their elan and perseverance give new meaning to the president's words on Tuesday night: "In such courage and compassion ... we see the spirit and character of America -- and these qualities are not in short supply."

Despite having spent most of my life in, and with, the armed forces and their families, it was personally moving to hear these young wives and mothers describe with grace and dignity -- devoid of resentment -- how they were dealing with the news of their husbands' delayed return. Equally compelling were the comments of the Marines themselves. None of them expressed anger or frustration with President Bush or their leaders. Several noted that they had volunteered to go back to Iraq -- some for a third trip to the war. Two of the wounded warriors baldly stated that despite their injuries, they were looking forward to getting back to "finish the fight."

In the aftermath of the president's State of the Union address, Democrats claimed that "the majority of the nation no longer supports the way this war is being fought, nor does the majority of our military." Regrettably, no one in the so-called mainstream has bothered to challenge this unsubstantiated allegation about the members of our armed forces. There certainly isn't a shred of evidence to validate that sentiment here -- or with any of the scores of soldiers, sailors, airmen, Guardsmen or Marines with whom I stay in contact from my eight trips to the war. To the extent that there is discontent in our military, it is aimed at the way the war has been misreported by my "colleagues" in the media and how it is being depicted by politicians in Washington.

In the days since the president's address it's clear that the media's fixation on failure and the politicos' penchant for posturing on the war is unabated. Though Bush has repeatedly made it clear that "the consequences of failure would be grievous and far reaching," there is little indication that the potentates on the Potomac really care for anything except reaping political advantage. Nurtured by a media that is unwilling as ever to ignore successes, the solons of the Senate followed up the State of the Union address with a bevy of draft resolutions rebuking the commander in chief for sending additional troops to the war zone.

The political posturing doesn't stop with attacks on the White House. When Lt. Gen. David Petraeus, the new U.S. commander in Iraq, was asked by members of the Senate Armed Services Committee if such a non-binding measure would have the effect of aiding and abetting the enemy, he replied, "Yes, sir." For his straightforward, common sense response, he was admonished by an erstwhile Republican to avoid being "too political." This "gentleman of the Senate," fond of referring to himself as his state's "senior senator," has of course introduced his own pet resolution disputing the president's claim to be commander in chief.

A few hours after this odious exchange, an officer with whom I had spent many months in Iraq called me. "Do these people know what they are doing?" he inquired, clearly agitated.

"Which people?" I asked.

"These politicians who think we can win a war by committee. Do they even know that in the last two weeks we have set AQI (Al Qaeda in Iraq) and the Mahdi Army both back on their heels?" he answered. I was silent, so he continued, "Is there anyone in Washington who understands what this means? AQI terrorists are running like rats out of Ramadi. And the Mahdi Army is being cleaned out of Baghdad. Do they know how much harder all this rhetoric makes our job?"

My response was equivocal. "It's hard to tell what a member of Congress knows," I replied. Having just returned from visiting wounded troops anxious to return to their units and the families of those who have been extended in Iraq, I didn't have the heart to say that the more important question is: "Does anyone in Congress care?"

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Oliver North is the host of "War Stories" on the FOX News Channel.


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Excellent article by Oliver North.
1 posted on 01/25/2007 9:18:23 PM PST by jazusamo
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To: cgk; Just A Nobody; freema

Ping - Oliver North


2 posted on 01/25/2007 9:20:00 PM PST by jazusamo (http://warchronicle.com/TheyAreNotKillers/DefendOurMarines.htm)
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To: jazusamo

Ollie is one of the good guys.


3 posted on 01/25/2007 9:20:21 PM PST by pissant
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To: jazusamo

unlike peggy Noonan, I might add.


4 posted on 01/25/2007 9:21:03 PM PST by pissant
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To: jazusamo

The political posturing doesn't stop with attacks on the White House. When Lt. Gen. David Petraeus, the new U.S. commander in Iraq, was asked by members of the Senate Armed Services Committee if such a non-binding measure would have the effect of aiding and abetting the enemy, he replied, "Yes, sir." For his straightforward, common sense response, he was admonished by an erstwhile Republican to avoid being "too political." This "gentleman of the Senate," fond of referring to himself as his state's "senior senator," has of course introduced his own pet resolution disputing the president's claim to be commander in chief.

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Gen. Petraeus, meet Sen. Betrayus.


5 posted on 01/25/2007 9:21:23 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...... California 2007,, Where's a script re-write guy when ya need 'em?)
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To: pissant

Ollie is presidential timber


6 posted on 01/25/2007 9:24:03 PM PST by advertising guy (If computer skills named us, I'd be back-space delete.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Exactly! Col. North was too much of a gentleman to mention it was Warner.


7 posted on 01/25/2007 9:25:10 PM PST by jazusamo (http://warchronicle.com/TheyAreNotKillers/DefendOurMarines.htm)
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To: jazusamo

God Bless Oliver North. He is the best.


8 posted on 01/25/2007 9:25:40 PM PST by Irish Eyes
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To: pissant

Noonan wouldn't make...Oh forget it.


9 posted on 01/25/2007 9:26:21 PM PST by jazusamo (http://warchronicle.com/TheyAreNotKillers/DefendOurMarines.htm)
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To: jazusamo

Ping for later


10 posted on 01/25/2007 9:26:45 PM PST by GulfBreeze (Proverbs-"A fool says in his heart, there is no God."-Meaning: God doesn't believe atheists exist.)
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To: advertising guy

Not sure about that, but Sec of State or Defense works...


11 posted on 01/25/2007 9:26:48 PM PST by pissant
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To: NormsRevenge
He should have told the Senator where to go. Politics is the Senator's realm, not the purview of someone responsible for the lives of our soldiers.
12 posted on 01/25/2007 9:27:36 PM PST by Hoosier-Daddy (It's a fight to the death with Democrats.)
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To: advertising guy
Ollie is presidential timber

I still have my Ollie For President T-Shirt. Maybe I will start wearing it again :)

13 posted on 01/25/2007 9:27:52 PM PST by Irish Eyes
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To: advertising guy
"Ollie is presidential timber"

I was thinking the same.

14 posted on 01/25/2007 9:27:57 PM PST by KoRn
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To: pissant

Actually, I like Olle right where he is...he can speak his mind, and get a WIDE viewership!


15 posted on 01/25/2007 9:28:17 PM PST by MagUSNRET (Duncan Hunter '08!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Can someone post a picture of a RINO without a backbone?


16 posted on 01/25/2007 9:28:39 PM PST by Hoosier-Daddy (It's a fight to the death with Democrats.)
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To: MagUSNRET

Excellent point.


17 posted on 01/25/2007 9:28:49 PM PST by pissant
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To: jazusamo

BTTT


18 posted on 01/25/2007 9:29:26 PM PST by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: pissant

his domestic approach is perfect.I listened in detail to his daily radio show in the day............"and Betsy,I'm comin' home...'cause I love ya".......that was Ollie's sign off line.


19 posted on 01/25/2007 9:30:17 PM PST by advertising guy (If computer skills named us, I'd be back-space delete.)
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To: jazusamo
When Lt. Gen. David Petraeus, the new U.S. commander in Iraq, was asked by members of the Senate Armed Services Committee if such a non-binding measure would have the effect of aiding and abetting the enemy, he replied, "Yes, sir."

Sure wish I could have seen the faces on that one. I shall mark well who votes for such a disgraceful thing, but I'll have to admit it answers the question "Whose side are you on, anyway?"

20 posted on 01/25/2007 9:31:36 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: advertising guy

I remember as well.


21 posted on 01/25/2007 9:31:43 PM PST by pissant
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To: MagUSNRET

You're right, plus I don't know how he would like being a politician, probably not much.


22 posted on 01/25/2007 9:31:49 PM PST by jazusamo (http://warchronicle.com/TheyAreNotKillers/DefendOurMarines.htm)
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To: MagUSNRET

Ollie only preaches to the choir from a FOX platform.


23 posted on 01/25/2007 9:32:05 PM PST by advertising guy (If computer skills named us, I'd be back-space delete.)
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To: jazusamo

Warner really said that to the General? What a fool!


24 posted on 01/25/2007 9:32:21 PM PST by neverhillorat (IF THE RATS WIN, WE ALL LOSE)
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To: advertising guy
Ollie is presidential timber

You said it. We may have to draft him.

25 posted on 01/25/2007 9:34:30 PM PST by JennysCool (Blink 182 isn't just a band, it's Nancy Pelosi's per-minute average.)
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To: advertising guy

Actually, Ollie also speaks as a former Marine, and that has a wider viewership than FOX :-)


26 posted on 01/25/2007 9:34:56 PM PST by MagUSNRET (Duncan Hunter '08!)
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To: neverhillorat

Yes he did and yes he is. That's inexcusable.


27 posted on 01/25/2007 9:36:37 PM PST by jazusamo (http://warchronicle.com/TheyAreNotKillers/DefendOurMarines.htm)
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To: jazusamo

BUMP Ollie - - definitely one of the good guys.


28 posted on 01/25/2007 9:37:50 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: jazusamo
Alabama Army Guard 2nd In Nation In Sending Troops To Combat
29 posted on 01/25/2007 9:37:59 PM PST by blam
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To: jazusamo

YOu all should have seen it live...it was an abomination when they effectively TOLD the General to review what he said, thoroughly, so he would not make the same mistake again........I guess they cant stand when a General tells a bunch of washed up old bastards how to win a war.
I tell ya, it is enough to make ya weep!


30 posted on 01/25/2007 9:38:42 PM PST by MagUSNRET (Duncan Hunter '08!)
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To: jazusamo

It is an excellent article!

I wonder how history will reflect the role most of the MSM has played in public opinion and giving aid to our enemy, or the role our "esteemed" lawmakers have played in demoralizing our troops and aiding the enemy. I, for one, will long remember.


31 posted on 01/25/2007 9:39:14 PM PST by Theresawithanh (Growing old isn't so bad, especially when you consider the alternative!)
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To: blam

Thanks for the link, blam. The Army Guard has carried a heavy load and our country owes them much.


32 posted on 01/25/2007 9:43:53 PM PST by jazusamo (http://warchronicle.com/TheyAreNotKillers/DefendOurMarines.htm)
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To: Theresawithanh
I, for one, will long remember.

I believe there are many that will long remember but the enemedia will do there best to help people forget.

33 posted on 01/25/2007 9:47:02 PM PST by jazusamo (http://warchronicle.com/TheyAreNotKillers/DefendOurMarines.htm)
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To: advertising guy
Ollie only preaches to the choir from a FOX platform.

You know, I could use a little preaching to the choir these days, cause the choirs been getting mighty thin.

My favorite part of this article is that he put "colleagues" in quotes. Bwahaha. I love Ollie and always have.

34 posted on 01/25/2007 9:55:53 PM PST by pollyannaish
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To: jazusamo


Excellent. Thanks for providing the link to this thread.


35 posted on 01/25/2007 9:56:48 PM PST by onyx (DEFEAT Hillary Clinton, Marxist, student of Saul Alinsky & ally and beneficiary of Soros.)
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To: MagUSNRET
I tell ya, it is enough to make ya weep!

I have...a couple of times. I can barely stand watching those....well, I'd better not finish that sentence.

36 posted on 01/25/2007 9:57:32 PM PST by pollyannaish
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To: jazusamo
Congress should be put on a 747 to Baghdad, then bussed to and dumped off in Al-Anbar.
37 posted on 01/25/2007 9:58:09 PM PST by DTogo (I haven't left the GOP, the GOP left me.)
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To: jazusamo
"When Lt. Gen. David Petraeus, the new U.S. commander in Iraq, was asked by members of the Senate Armed Services Committee if such a non-binding measure would have the effect of aiding and abetting the enemy, he replied, "Yes, sir."

Says it all.

Thank you, Ollie.

38 posted on 01/25/2007 10:20:28 PM PST by Eagles6 (Dig deeper, more ammo.)
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To: pissant
unlike peggy Noonan, I might add.

Someone said the other night, about Ms. Noonan (paraphrasing): "Either she will hate the speech, because she didn't write it, or if she did write it, she'll love it, but hate the delivery."

39 posted on 01/25/2007 10:47:07 PM PST by Christian4Bush (Too bad these leftist advocates for abortion didn't practice what they preach on themselves.)
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To: jazusamo
Several noted that they had volunteered to go back to Iraq ... Two of the wounded warriors baldly stated that despite their injuries, they were looking forward to getting back to "finish the fight."

Yep!!! Hear those same words all the time. They are America's finest.

God Bless them all! And Ollie, too.

Thanks for the ping.

40 posted on 01/25/2007 10:50:50 PM PST by Just A Nobody (I - LOVE - my attitude problem! NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: jazusamo
I KNEW it was my senior wind bag! Made calls to his office a couple of days this week just to let them know how much I despise him.

an erstwhile Republican

I prefer insidious bast-rd!

41 posted on 01/25/2007 10:56:26 PM PST by Just A Nobody (I - LOVE - my attitude problem! NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: kristinn; Jim Robinson; Allegra

Ping for Ollie's report from Camp Lejeune!


42 posted on 01/25/2007 10:57:57 PM PST by Just A Nobody (I - LOVE - my attitude problem! NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: NormsRevenge

NormsRevenge wrote: "Gen. Petraeus, meet Sen. Betrayus."

Love it! It absolutely infuriates me when I hear people talk about how we are losing the war. We are NOT losing--at least not militarily.

I have to assume Senator Betrayus is just plain stupid. If he's intelligent, then he MUST know any resolution against the "surge" and any talk of withdrawal only aids the enemy. If he indeed knows and gives comfort to our enemies, then he's a traitor. No, I have to assume he's as dumb as a brick.


43 posted on 01/25/2007 11:09:45 PM PST by CitizenUSA
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To: StarFan; Dutchy; Timesink; VPMWife78; phantomworker; ajolympian2004; Gracey; Alamo-Girl; ...
FoxFan ping! (Col. Ollie North)

Please FReepmail me if you want on or off my FoxFan list. *Warning: This can be a high-volume ping list at times.

44 posted on 01/25/2007 11:11:28 PM PST by nutmeg ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." - Hillary Clinton 6/28/04)
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Excellent article by Col. Oliver North.

Please FReepmail me if you want on or off my ‘miscellaneous’ ping list.

45 posted on 01/25/2007 11:13:17 PM PST by nutmeg ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." - Hillary Clinton 6/28/04)
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To: jazusamo
Exactly! Col. North was too much of a gentleman to mention it was Warner.

And Ollie's still to loyal to his Annapolis classmate to say that it was Senator Webb who cited the bogus poll on servicemember's opinion of the war - referring instead to the generic 'Democrats'.

Regards,

TS

46 posted on 01/25/2007 11:20:24 PM PST by The Shrew (www.swiftvets.com & www.wintersoldier.com - The Truth Shall Set YOU Free!)
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To: jazusamo

six years later we really mean it

really, really mean it

really

we're gonna fight the enemy this time

we really, really mean it

really

series


47 posted on 01/25/2007 11:23:12 PM PST by Enduring Freedom (President Bush - Your Public Relations Team Sucks!)
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To: The Shrew
Senator Webb who cited the bogus poll on servicemember's opinion of the war - referring instead to the generic 'Democrats'.

Good point and thanks for mentioning it.

48 posted on 01/25/2007 11:30:21 PM PST by jazusamo (http://warchronicle.com/TheyAreNotKillers/DefendOurMarines.htm)
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To: jazusamo
Why can't we have someone like this pop up and run for President?
49 posted on 01/26/2007 1:08:30 AM PST by garylmoore (Faith is the assurance of things unseen.)
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To: garylmoore

Ping


50 posted on 01/26/2007 1:58:12 AM PST by TYVets (God so loved the world he didn't send a committee)
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