Skip to comments.Eagles Muster - Eagles Up!/GOE Rally and March (MAF Blogger Danny)
Posted on 03/16/2008 5:36:32 PM PDT by Syncro
|Eagles Muster - Eagles Up!/GOE Rally and March|
|Written by MAF Blogger Danny|
|Sunday, 16 March 2008|
Just hours ago, I, along with Melanie Morgan, Cat Moy, Mary Pearson and the rest of the Move America Forward team, attended the Eagles Up!/GOE Eagles Muster rally. Move America Forward was honored to assist Eagles Up and (Ed: Dr. Zoo made this hot link ------>) Free Republic in organizing todays events.
Walking through the lawn up to the Washington Monument, at the bottom of which everyone was assembled, I felt way more comfortable surrounded by Veterans and military families than I did yesterday when we had those insurgents at our press conference. At the press conference I was literally shaking because I did not know what to expect from the large group of Code Pink activists, and I guess we saw what their intentions were. Well it was clear there would be none of that today!
Our MC for the day, Lawrence Hoffa or GUNNY as we call him, introduced Col. Harry Riley who spoke very eloquently about why we are here and what we are doing with this rally here today.
Eagles Muster he explained, is the anniversary rally to last years March 17th Rally where it was estimated that several thousand patriots braved sleet, wind and ice to rally on the capitol mall and send a message to the moon bat fringe-left: Were Coming For You!
A year later we return to reflect back upon the years worth of events and what has happened since March of 2007. Back then, General David Petraeus had only recently fully taken the reigns in prosecuting the Iraq war; the Troop Surge was in its early stages and still had many critics and skeptics on both sides of the fence. Anti war groups were vehemently opposed to this new strategy, saying that more troops in Iraq would only escalate into more violence, and their efforts to rally, march, and protest all over the country to stop The Surge from happening were in full force.
We have seen the situation on the ground change dramatically. In Iraq we have seen incredible success come from the surge. Violence is down drastically all over Baghdad thanks to our troops restoring order and working with Iraqi security forces and Iraqi Army to maintain it. Shiite militias like the Madhi Army have called a truce and pledged to work with Coalition Forces (and many have owned up to that promise) and Sunni terrorist groups, mainly Al Qaeda, have been kicked out of their stronghold neighborhoods of Baghdad, retreating to the far flung outskirts of Iraq where they stand broken, on the brink of utter destruction, hanging on by a finger nail while United States, Coalition, and Iraqi forces are breathing down their necks.
Similar to Al Qaeda, the anti-war groups have also been knocked down and bloodied (but they are not down for the count yet!). Their efforts to get Washington to listen to their rantings about peace, love and ganja have failed. In the battle for the hearts and minds of Americans, they have also failed, with support for the War actually increasing in recent months. As evidence of these facts, one only needs to look at their change of tactics, these groups have gone local and are now attacking recruiting centers often violently, displaying the wide-eyed ferocity of a group that knows they have lost and are desperately lashing out and frantically trying to hurt or bring down anyone they can.
This desperation is why we see Al Qaeda now resorting to using the mentally challenged and physically disabled as suicide bombers to carry out their attacks. It is also why groups like A.N.S.W.E.R, World Cant Wait, SDS, Code Pink, United for Peace and Justice and others have resorted to attacks and harassment of Military Recruiting Centers.
Melanie said that we cannot afford to let up the pressure on these anti-war groups, that we must continue to hold our rallies and spread our message, continue to counter them at whatever they do, keep the pressure on, chase THEM to the far reaches of the battlefield and smoke them out of their caves!
Melanie brought Debbie Lee up to the podium to talk about her experiences.
Most of us have heard her story, and her son Marcs story before, which is a testament to the commitment of Debbie Lee to carry her sons story on and use her voice to send his message of hope and sacrifice all over the country.
Marc, a US Navy SEAL, stood up in the line of fire 3 times in the same day during fighting in Fallujah. He did it to save his buddy Ryans life. Ryan had been hit by shrapnel and the seal team was pinned on a rooftop by snipers on another building. Marc stood up 3 times and put himself in the line of fire to provide the cover fire necessary to get the SEALS off the roof. Because of that Ryan is still alive today.
Later that day Marc and his buddies volunteered to go out and fight again to root out those insurgents, and it was then that Marc was shot by a sniper and gave his life for his nation. Debbie has told this story a thousand times to thousands of people and every time I watch her and watch the crowd as she is talking, I am still gripped at the emotion I see in peoples faces, and the emotions it continues to stir in my own heart.
Mel then introduced a good friend of hers Ron Winter who talked about what was going on yesterday with the IVAW Winters Soldier testimony. Its interesting to note how the Winter Soldiers get their name.
According to the American Thinker blog in thier post about IVAW and Winters Soldier it seems most likely that they are trying to frame themselves as the bravest, and those doing the right thing.
They say a summer soldier is someone who only supports the troops and makes sacrifices when the odds are in our favor. A winter soldier is someone willing to fight when the chips are down. Thus it is with incredible self importance and arrogance that the 1971 group, and the IVAW group are calling themselves winter soldiers.
In my opinion, and this is also what Ron Winters spoke to at the rally, these IVAW guys are really the summer soldiers, they are making these allegations and atrocities so that they can benefit either personally, or their ideology will benefit politically (ie. Democrats win) by their actions and at the expense and defaming of their fellow soldiers. Disgraceful!
Continued at MelanieMorgan.Com
Here's a couple of pictures from the event that Danny posted.
Thanks for the BUMP to this thread, Dave.