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A Sobering Thought and Hope for the Future
My Brother | October 3, 2001 | Brian Shul

Posted on 01/15/2002 5:09:42 AM PST by captnorb

Subject: A Sobering Thought and hope for the Future

Brian Shul is a Vietnam era USAF fighter pilot with 212 combat missions. He was shot down near the end of the war and was so badly burned that he was given next to no chance to live. He did live, went on to fly SR-71s and completed a 20 year career in the Air Force. Has written four books on aviation and runs a photo studio. This is a speech he made in Chico California in the aftermath of the September 11th attack on the U.S.

"Thank you for the opportunity to address this rally today. It is not often that a fighter pilot is asked to be the keynote speaker. There is a rumor that they are unable to put two sentences together coherently. I'd like to dispel that rumor today by saying that I can do that, and in fact that I have written several books. I always wanted to be an author, and I ARE one now. I'm a pretty lucky person really. I'm like the little boy who tells his father that when he grows up he wants to be a jet pilot, and his father replies, "Sorry son, you can't do both." I made that choice a long time ago and flew the jets. I was fortunate to live my dream, and then some. I survived something I shouldn't have, and today, tell people that I am 28 years old, as it has been that long since I was released from the hospital. It was like I received a second life, and in the past 28 years, I have gotten to see and do much, so much that I would not have thought possible. Returning to fly jets in the Air Force, flying the SR-71 on spy missions, spending a year with the Blue Angels, running my own photo studio ... and so much more. And now, seeing our country attacked in such a heinous way. Some of you here today have heard me speak before, and know that I enjoy sharing my aviation slide show. I have brought no slides to show you, as I feel compelled today, to address different issues concerning this very difficult time in our nation's history. I stand before you today, not as some famous person, or war hero. I am far from that. You know, they say a good landing is one you can walk away from, and a really great one is when you can use the airplane again. Well, I did neither...and I speak to you to today as simply a fellow American citizen. Like you, I was horrified at the events of September 11th. But I was not totally surprised that such a thing could happen, or that there were people in the world who would perpetrate such deeds, willingly, against us. Having sat through many classified briefings while in the Air Force, I was all too aware of the threat, and I can assure you, it has always been there in one form or another. And those of you who have served in the defense of this nation, know all too well the response that is needed. In every fighter squadron I was in, there was a saying that we knew to be true, that said, when there was a true enemy, you negotiate with that enemy with your knee in his chest and your knife at his throat.

Many people are unfamiliar with this way of thinking, and shrink from its ramifications. War is such a messy business, and there are many who want no part of it, but rush to bask in the security blanket of its victory.

I spent an entire military career fighting Communism, and was very proud to do so. We won that war, we beat one of the worst scourges to humankind the world has known. But it took a great effort, over many years of sustained vigilance and much sacrifice by so many whose names you will never know. And perhaps our nation, so weary from so long a cold war, relaxed too much and felt the world was a safer place with the demise of the Soviet Union. We indulged ourselves in our own lives, and gave little thought to the threats to our national security.

You know, normally my talks are laced with numerous jokes as I share my stories, but I have very few jokes to tell this afternoon. These murdering fanatics came into our land, lived amongst our people, flew on our planes, crashed them into our buildings, and killed thousands of our citizens. And nowhere along their gruesome path were they questioned or stopped. The joke is on us. We allowed this country to become soft.

We shouldn't really be too surprised that this could happen. Did we really think that we could keep electing officials who put self above nation and this would make us stronger? Did we really think that a strong economy adequately replaced a strong intelligence community? Did we imagine that a President who practically gave away the store on his watch, was insuring national security? While our country was mired in the wasted excess of a White House sex scandal, the drums of war beat loudly in foreign lands, and we were deaf. Our response was to give the man two terms in office, and even then barely half the American public exercised their right to vote. We have only ourselves to blame. Our elected officials are merely a reflection of our own values and what we deem important.

Did we not realize that America had become a laughing stock around the world? We had lost credibility, even amongst our allies. To our enemies we had no resolve. We made a lot of money, watched a lot of TV, and understood little about what was happening beyond our shores. We were, simply, an easy target.

But we are a country awakened now. We have been attacked in our homeland. We have now felt the reality of what an unstable and dangerous world it truly is. And still, in the face of this unprecedented carnage in our most prominent city, there are those who choose to take this opportunity to protest, and even burn the flag. If I were the regents or alumni of certain large universities in this country, I would be embarrassed to be producing students of such ignorance and naive notions. Like mindless sheep, they march with painted faces and trite sayings on signs, blissfully ignorant of the world they live in, and the system that protects them, hoping maybe to make the evening news. Perhaps if they had spent more time in class they would have learned that those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it. They might have learned that all it takes for evil to succeed in the world, is for good people to stand by and do nothing. If they had simply gone back in history as recently as the Viet Nam War, they would have learned that an enemy that knows it can never defeat us militarily, will persist as long as there is dissension and disruption in our land. Their ignorance can be understood, as their young empty minds have been filled with the rewritten history tripe that tenured leftist professors can spew out with no fear of removal. But the unwitting aid they provide the enemy, in disrupting the national resolve, is unforgivable.

I think this is a wonderful country, though, that gives everyone their voice of dissension. I am all for people expressing their views publicly because it makes it much easier for us to identify the truly foolish, and to know who cannot be counted on in times of crisis. These are the weak and cowardly who, when the enemy is crashing through the front door, will cower in the back room, counting on better men than themselves to make and keep them free.

Well, the enemy is at our front door, and isn't it interesting those who cry loudest and most often for their rights, are usually those least willing to defend it. I heard a student on TV the other day say that this war just wasn't in his plans and he would simply head to Canada if a draft occurred. Just wasn't in his plans.

I wonder what plans the young men at the beaches of Normandy had that they never got to live. I wonder if it was in the plans of 19-year-old boys in Viet Nam to lie dying in a jungle far from home. I guess the men and women at Pearl Harbor one morning had their plans slightly rearranged too. Gee, I hope we haven't inconvenienced this student. Those people in the World Trade Center have no more plans. It is up to us to have a plan now. And it isn't going to be easy. Who ever said it would? Just what part of our history spoke of how easy it was to form a free nation? It has never been easy and has always required vigilance and sacrifice, and sometimes war, to preserved this union. If it were easy, everyone would have done it. But no one else has, and we stand alone as the most unique country on earth. And isn't it amazing that we have spent a generation stamping God out of our schools and government, and now as a nation, have collectively turned to God in memorial services, prayer vigils and churches around this country.

I am also very disturbed to hear that there are people in this country, at this particular time, who feel it inappropriate to wear the flag on their lapel because they are on the news or in a public job, and school officials who want to remove pro-American stickers so as not to offend foreign students. Well I am offended that these people call themselves Americans. I am offended that innocent people were killed in a mass attack of unthinkable proportions. And I am offended at listening to TV broadcasters speak to me condescendingly, with a bias that screams of their drowning in a cesspool of political correctness. I pity the person who thinks they are going to remove this flag from my lapel. This flag of ours is the symbol of all that is good about this country. America is an idea. It is an idea lived, and fought for, by a people. We are America, and this is our symbol. We are imperfect in many ways, but we continue to strive toward the ideal our forefathers laid down for us over 225 years ago. I could never imagine desecrating that symbol. Perhaps there are many people in this nation who have never been abroad, or in harms way, and seen the flag upon their return. Those poor souls can never know the deep pride and honor one feels to see it wave, to know that there is still a good ol' USA. With all our warts, we are still the greatest nation on earth, and the flag is the most powerful symbol of that greatness. When I was in grade school, we used to say the Pledge of Allegiance every morning. It is something I never forgot. I wonder how many children even know that pledge today. This flag is our history, our dreams, our accomplishments, indelibly expressed in bright red, white, and blue. This flag was carried in our Revolutionary War, although it had many less stars. But it persevered and evolved throughout a war we had no right to believe we could win. But we did, and built a country around it. This flag, tattered and battle worn, waved proudly from the mast, as John Paul Jones showed the enemy what true resolve was. This banner was raised by the hands of brave men on a godforsaken island called Iwo Jima, and became a part of the most famous photo of the 20th Century. Those men are all dead now, but their legacy lives on in the MarineMemorial in Washington, DC.

Those of you who have seen it will recall that inscribed within the stone monument are the words -- When Uncommon Valor, Was A Common Virtue --- I don't believe you'll see the words, "it was easy," anywhere on it. This flag has even been to the moon, planted there for all time by men with a vision, and the courage to see it through. I personally know what it is to see the flag, and feel something deep inside that makes you feel you are a part of something much bigger than yourself. Laying in a hospital bed, I can vividly recall looking out the only window in the room and on Sundays, seeing that big garrison flag flying proudly in the breeze It filled the entire window, and filled my heart with a motivation that helped me leave that bed, and enabled me to be standing here today. And many years later, while fighting another terrorist over Libya, my backseater and I outraced Khaddafi's missiles in our SR-71 as we headed for the Mediterranean, and I can still clearly see that American flag patch on the shoulder of my space suit, staring at me in the rear view mirror as we headed west, and it was a good feeling. Now don't ask me why we had rear view mirrors in the world's fastest jet. I can assure you, no one was gaining on us that day. I am so happy to see so many flags out here today. Long may it wave. History will judge us. How we confront this chapter of American history will be important for the future of this great nation. This will be a war like none other we have endured. The combatants will not just be the soldier on the battlefront, but will be fought by us, the citizens. We are on the battlefield now; the war has been brought to us. We will determine the outcome of this war by how well we remain vigilant, how patient we are with tightened security, how well we support the economy, and most importantly, in the resolve we show the enemy. There are some things worth fighting for, and this country is one of them.

I pray for our leaders at this time. In the Pacific, during WW II, Admiral Bull Halsey said, "There are no great men, just great circumstances, and how they handle those circumstances will determine the outcome of history." Our future and the future of coming generations are in our hands. Wars are not won just on military fronts, but by the resolve of the people. We must remain tenaciously strong in the pursuit of this enemy that threatens free people everywhere.

I am encouraged that we will win this war. Even before the first shot was finished being fired, there were brave Americans on Flight 93, fighting back. These people were the first true heroes of this conflict, and gave their lives to save their fellow countrymen.

This nation, this melting pot of humanity, this free republic, must be preserved. This idea that is America is important enough to be defended. Fought for. Even die for. The enemy fears what you have, for if their people ever become liberated into a free society, tyrannical dictatorships will cease and he will lose power. How can they ever understand this country of ours, so self-indulgent and diverse, yet when attacked, so united in the defense of its principals? This is the greatest country in the world because brave people sacrificed to make it that way. We are a collective mix of greatness and greed, hi-tech and heartland. We are the country of Mickey Mouse and Mickey Mantle; from John Smith and Pocahontas to John Glenn and an Atlas booster; from Charles Lindbergh to Charley Brown; from Moby Dick to Microsoft; we are a nation that went from Kitty Hawk to Tranquility Base in less than 70 years; we are rock and roll, and the Bill of Rights; we are where everyone else wants to be, the greatest nation in the world. The enemy does not understand the dichotomy of our society, but they should understand this; we will bandage our wounds, we will bury our dead; and then we will come for you...and we will destroy you and all you stand for.

I read this quote recently and would like to share it with you:

"We are pressed on every side, but not crushed, Perplexed, but not in despair, Persecuted, but not abandoned, Struck down, but not destroyed."

That is from II Corinthians. Not too long ago it would have been politically incorrect to quote from the Bible. I am so happy to be politically INCORRECT. And I am so proud to be an American. Thank you all for coming out today and showing your support for your government, and your nation. You are the true patriots, you are the soldiers of this war, you are the strength of America.

Brian Shul, Chico, CA October 3, 2001


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While reading this, goose bumps and a lump in my throat brought back memories of time on a DE and the pride of the crew...Freepers, can anyone get this distributed to media types that actually care and would discuss and possibly promote this article...Hopefully interview Mr. Shul. Also you VFW, MIA-POW, etc., groups need to distribute this...
1 posted on 01/15/2002 5:09:42 AM PST by captnorb
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To: captnorb
Thank you so much for this post. JL bttt
2 posted on 01/15/2002 5:58:09 AM PST by lodwick
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To: captnorb
Bumped on the USO Canteen FReeper Style for 01-15-02...
3 posted on 01/15/2002 6:07:32 AM PST by HiJinx
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To: HiJinx
Thanks for the BUMP. Hopefully others will do the same..
4 posted on 01/15/2002 6:35:16 AM PST by captnorb
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To: captnorb;ThanksBTTT!
Just what part of our history spoke of how easy it was to form a free nation? It has never been easy and has always required vigilance and sacrifice, and sometimes war, to preserved this union. If it were easy, everyone would have done it. But no one else has, and we stand alone as the most unique country on earth.

An excellent post. Thank you, captnorb!

5 posted on 01/15/2002 8:42:46 AM PST by SusanUSA
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To: captnorb
Excellent read.

Indeed this is a war in which every American who wants to fight for freedom can participate. HOW?

If not enlisted and on the frontlines in the war - one can fight here at home for: TRUTH / and END TO CORRUPTION / and VOTING INTEGRITY - ending MASSIVE VOTER FRAUD that almost brought this country into dissolution in 2000.

We could not have stood another four years of Clinton/Gore corruption and crimes. I am convinced that had Gore won, our nation would be ended - as we have known it.

That can still occur.

AMERICA'S ENEMIES ARE NOT JUST OVER IN THE CAVES OF AFGHANISTAN OR HIDING IN THE BUNKERS IN IRAQ OR IRAN!

Our enemies, the people who want to see America FALL - are right here in this country - and they are led by the Hillary/Bill/Clinton/McCauliffe Demarxocratic Party.

Every single person who cooperates with that entity - is corrupted - and adds to the downfall attempts made against this country.

Join the people figihting to save America - get OUT of the RAT party - add your integrity, truth, honesty, and fight to the Republican party - AND FIGHT IN YOUR LOCAL PRECINCT ON YOUR LOCAL LEVEL FOR TRUTH AND AN END TO THE MASSIVE VOTER FRAUD THAT WILL UNDO US IF LEFT UNCHALLENGED!

sorry - end of screaming fit.

6 posted on 01/15/2002 8:59:16 AM PST by Freedom'sWorthIt
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To: captnorb;HiJinx;B4Ranch;68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Thank you for this . This is a very important message for all to read and take to heart too.

Thank you sooooo much for this!!!!!

7 posted on 01/15/2002 9:40:39 AM PST by Snow Bunny
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To: captnorb,Jim Robinson,Billie,Snow Bunny,FallGuy,JohnHuang2,Mama_Bear,Victoria Delsoul,daisyscarle
I personally recommend reading this article.

If you would like to be added OR removed from my ping list
please send me a FReep e-mail and I will edit my list upon receipt. Thank You.







8 posted on 01/15/2002 10:30:20 AM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Bump.
9 posted on 01/15/2002 10:35:54 AM PST by headsonpikes
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To: captnorb; Ron Dog
Thanks for posting this incredible post!

I think, that I will bookmark it. When those who hate America, post their hate America bs, I will post it as the other side of the story! God Bless Mr Shul and thanks sir for what you have done for this country and my family!

10 posted on 01/15/2002 10:42:59 AM PST by Grampa Dave
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To: Grampa Dave
bumpity bump
11 posted on 01/15/2002 10:56:49 AM PST by ValerieUSA
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To: captnorb; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; Snow Bunny; Alamo-Girl; Republican Wildcat; Howlin...
A Sobering Thought and Hope for the Future

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I am also very disturbed to hear that there are people in this country, at this particular time, who feel it inappropriate to wear the flag on their lapel because they are on the news or in a public job, and school officials who want to remove pro-American stickers so as not to offend foreign students. Well I am offended that these people call themselves Americans. I am offended that innocent people were killed in a mass attack of unthinkable proportions. And I am offended at listening to TV broadcasters speak to me condescendingly, with a bias that screams of their drowning in a cesspool of political correctness. I pity the person who thinks they are going to remove this flag from my lapel. This flag of ours is the symbol of all that is good about this country. America is an idea. It is an idea lived, and fought for, by a people. We are America, and this is our symbol. We are imperfect in many ways, but we continue to strive toward the ideal our forefathers laid down for us over 225 years ago. I could never imagine desecrating that symbol. Perhaps there are many people in this nation who have never been abroad, or in harms way, and seen the flag upon their return. Those poor souls can never know the deep pride and honor one feels to see it wave, to know that there is still a good ol' USA. With all our warts, we are still the greatest nation on earth, and the flag is the most powerful symbol of that greatness. When I was in grade school, we used to say the Pledge of Allegiance every morning. It is something I never forgot. I wonder how many children even know that pledge today. This flag is our history, our dreams, our accomplishments, indelibly expressed in bright red, white, and blue. This flag was carried in our Revolutionary War, although it had many less stars. But it persevered and evolved throughout a war we had no right to believe we could win. But we did, and built a country around it. This flag, tattered and battle worn, waved proudly from the mast, as John Paul Jones showed the enemy what true resolve was. This banner was raised by the hands of brave men on a godforsaken island called Iwo Jima, and became a part of the most famous photo of the 20th Century. Those men are all dead now, but their legacy lives on in the MarineMemorial in Washington, DC.


Good article. If you don't have time to read it now, you might want to save this and read it when you do have the time. . .
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12 posted on 01/15/2002 10:58:16 AM PST by MeekOneGOP
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub;CaptNorb;Snow Bunny
BRAVO to Mr. SHul and thanks for the headsup!

Excellent post, CaptNorb. Thanks for finding it.

Hi, Chrissie, thanks for starting the pinging...

13 posted on 01/15/2002 10:58:59 AM PST by dcwusmc
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Bump for a great speech. I am copying it and sending it to my nephew at the Air Force Academy. Thanks for the ping.
14 posted on 01/15/2002 11:12:53 AM PST by Scott from the Left Coast
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To: captnorb
Great post.
15 posted on 01/15/2002 11:16:53 AM PST by kassie
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To: captnorb
This is a great speech. Need to copy this one and spread it around.
16 posted on 01/15/2002 11:18:42 AM PST by Billy_bob_bob
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To: MeeknMing; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Thanks for the heads ups!
17 posted on 01/15/2002 11:23:16 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
"Wars are not won just on military fronts, but by the resolve of the people. We must remain tenaciously strong in the pursuit of this enemy that threatens free people everywhere."

Thanks fer the bump, Tonkin...great read!!

FReegards...MUD

18 posted on 01/15/2002 11:27:25 AM PST by Mudboy Slim
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To: Scott from the Left Coast
"I am copying it and sending it to my nephew at the Air Force Academy."

Please tell him that an old tin can sailor said:
"Thank You for your service to our country."
19 posted on 01/15/2002 11:34:13 AM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Awesome article. Thanks, Tonk, for the ping.
20 posted on 01/15/2002 11:38:02 AM PST by Jen
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To: captnorb
"...can anyone get this distributed to media types that actually care and would discuss and possibly promote this article..."

Next step is to alert those Media folks who might be supportive of our Cause...feel free to add to this list in subsequent posts.

Once again, put "Dear Media" in the TO ADDRESS field, have it routed to yourself in your address book for a file copy. Then paste the following list into the BCC ADDRESS field and each recipient will be unaware that you have blanketed them all.

speaker@aim.org, takeaction@americasvoice.com, pat@theamericancause.org, cbnonline@cbn.org, viewer@c-span.org, cato@free-market.net, drudge@drudgereport.com, comment@foxnews.com, letter@globe.com, insight@wt.infi.net, jwatch@erols.com, imus@msnbc.com, hq@lp.org, marklevin@aol.com, jacolumn@toto.net, feedback@usatoday.com, editor@dolphin.gulf.net, rush@eibnet.com

That's just a start...

FReegards...MUD

21 posted on 01/15/2002 11:40:39 AM PST by Mudboy Slim
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To: captnorb
but they should understand this; we will bandage our wounds, we will bury our dead; and then we will come for you...and we will destroy you and all you stand for.

Yes SIR! "and then we will come for you" should be carved in stone as the surest words anybody ever heard. I'd go on that trip myself if they would let me. And furthermore,let EVERY terrorist on the face of the earth understand these words,too. You do NOT want to come to MY country to cause trouble and put yourself in a situation where I can get my hands on you. I will teach you a thing or two about terror.

22 posted on 01/15/2002 11:58:45 AM PST by sneakypete
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To: Grampa Dave
I think, that I will bookmark it.

Ok,so while you are at it,how about tell me how to bookmark threads now? I don't see any way to do this.

23 posted on 01/15/2002 12:01:05 PM PST by sneakypete
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To: captnorb; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
I have copied this and made an e-mail out of it. I will be sending it out to at least 95 people.

This was an awesome.. intelligent speech. Brian Schul is uniquely qualified to speak on this subject. He can speak for this house any day!!

The more we get this one out.. the more we enhance the collective intelligence of this Nation as a whole!!!

God Bless our troops and all agents who are in harms way to preserve our freedoms and safety!! God Bless all who are serving!!!

24 posted on 01/15/2002 12:12:15 PM PST by Vets_Husband_and_Wife
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Please tell him that an old tin can sailor said: "Thank You for your service to our country."

Thanks. He'll be glad to hear it.

25 posted on 01/15/2002 12:12:20 PM PST by Scott from the Left Coast
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To: sneakypete; all
Actually now, I just save it as an email sent to myself from me. Then I save it as a Works or Word file!

I haven't been able to bookmark for quite awhile. So my bookmark is c&ping and then saving it in my files! I will be glad to be able to bookmark again on FR!

If someone can help Pete and I to bookmark with the current program, please show us how!

26 posted on 01/15/2002 12:18:11 PM PST by Grampa Dave
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
These murdering fanatics came into our land, lived amongst our people, flew on our planes, crashed them into our buildings, and killed thousands of our citizens. And nowhere along their gruesome path were they questioned or stopped. The joke is on us. We allowed this country to become soft.

We shouldn't really be too surprised that this could happen. Did we really think that we could keep electing officials who put self above nation and this would make us stronger? Did we really think that a strong economy adequately replaced a strong intelligence community? Did we imagine that a President who practically gave away the store on his watch, was insuring national security? While our country was mired in the wasted excess of a White House sex scandal, the drums of war beat loudly in foreign lands, and we were deaf. Our response was to give the man two terms in office, and even then barely half the American public exercised their right to vote. We have only ourselves to blame. Our elected officials are merely a reflection of our own values and what we deem important.

Great article. Thanks so much for the flag.

27 posted on 01/15/2002 12:20:15 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Thanks for the heads up. I have read this before but it never fails to move me.
28 posted on 01/15/2002 12:30:45 PM PST by RangerVetNam
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To: Grampa Dave,sneakypete,All
"If someone can help Pete and I to bookmark with the current program, please show us how!"

Link to add bookmarks. Just copy the FR URL and title of the thread you want to save.
29 posted on 01/15/2002 12:54:16 PM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: Grampa Dave; sneakypete
bookmark is right at the end of the article, before post # 1, on the top of this page.

excellent article... it's going out in mass email to the friends and family.

30 posted on 01/15/2002 12:57:54 PM PST by glock rocks
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
thanks for the ping, tonkin.

btw, take a look at #30. (john robinson snuck it in there.)

31 posted on 01/15/2002 1:00:43 PM PST by glock rocks
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
bump
32 posted on 01/15/2002 1:11:34 PM PST by razorback-bert
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To: AuntB; nunya bidness; GrandmaC; Washington_minuteman; tex-oma; buffyt; Grampa Dave...
I NEVER ping a list of people.. but this one is such an important read. One of the best posts ever on FR!!! IMHO

Please pass this on through e-mails etc.

Thanks!!!

33 posted on 01/15/2002 1:16:20 PM PST by Vets_Husband_and_Wife
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To: sneakypete; BobbyK; Travis McGee; RenoBuster; Mama_Bear; lager; Syncro; Dr. Zoo; Mediaqueen...
I NEVER ping a list of people.. but this one is such an important read. One of the best posts ever on FR!!! IMHO

Please pass this on through e-mails etc. Give it a bump too please!!

Thanks!!!

34 posted on 01/15/2002 1:18:32 PM PST by Vets_Husband_and_Wife
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To: EternalVigilance; Friedrich Hayek; maica; kayak; mtngrl@vrwc; KSApplePie; lawgirl; mombonn...
Pinging a HUGE list.. cause this is such an awesome read IMHO

Please BUMP this..and then pass it on in e-mails etc.

Thanks all!!!

35 posted on 01/15/2002 1:21:57 PM PST by Vets_Husband_and_Wife
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To: captnorb
But we are a country awakened now.

When illegal immigration is stopped in it's tracks, our military built up instead of deminished, our civil rights strengthened not infringed and our self-determination protected, not relinquished, I'll buy into this sentence.

The snooze alarm has gone off. Unfortunately we hit the button for ten more minutes...

36 posted on 01/15/2002 1:29:20 PM PST by DoughtyOne
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Rebump!
37 posted on 01/15/2002 1:29:44 PM PST by headsonpikes
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To: captnorb
Bump for pseudo bookmark.
38 posted on 01/15/2002 1:32:31 PM PST by facedown
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To: glock rocks
Thanks for the help. John keeps sneaking these great things in on us! Of course that means I would have to read the "Instructions!". Being an American Male, that is against my genetic code!
39 posted on 01/15/2002 1:33:36 PM PST by Grampa Dave
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To: headsonpikes
BUMP!
40 posted on 01/15/2002 1:41:25 PM PST by SAMWolf
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To: Vets_Husband_and_Wife
bump!
41 posted on 01/15/2002 1:49:44 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Vets_Husband_and_Wife
It is a good article thanks for the ping to it.
42 posted on 01/15/2002 1:51:47 PM PST by cva66snipe
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To: cva66snipe
Your welcome friend.
43 posted on 01/15/2002 1:54:50 PM PST by Vets_Husband_and_Wife
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To: captnorb
GREAT read, thank you for posting this.......

This American Hero hits the nail on the head, SQUARELY......

44 posted on 01/15/2002 1:55:51 PM PST by 4TheFlag
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To: Alamo-Girl
Thanks for the bump, I knew I could count on you!!
45 posted on 01/15/2002 1:56:22 PM PST by Vets_Husband_and_Wife
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To: Vets_Husband_and_Wife
Thank you for the ping...I wouldn't have wanted to miss this post.

BUMP!

46 posted on 01/15/2002 1:59:06 PM PST by Mama_Bear
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub;MeeknMing;Vets_Husband_and_Wife
War is such a messy business, and there are many who want no part of it, but rush to bask in the security blanket of its victory.

isn't it interesting those who cry loudest and most often for their rights, are usually those least willing to defend it.

Thank you all for the pings. I read it this morning but here's another BTTT!

47 posted on 01/15/2002 2:01:41 PM PST by SusanUSA
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To: Vets_Husband_and_Wife
Thanks for the ping.
48 posted on 01/15/2002 2:41:13 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: Snow Bunny
Thanks Snow Bunny
49 posted on 01/15/2002 2:55:14 PM PST by B4Ranch
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To: Vets_Husband_and_Wife
Bumped BIGTIME!!..and flagged for reading again and again...Thank you!
50 posted on 01/15/2002 2:55:54 PM PST by EternalVigilance
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