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It Ain't Necessarily So. [Army Spec Ops letter from Iraq - a must read!]
E-mail from SOCOM ~ Courtesy of Freeper Lexington Green | 01 Jul 2003 | Mark w/ Army Spec Ops

Posted on 07/21/2003 6:08:08 PM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl

Edited on 07/22/2003 1:36:26 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

Subject: Spec Opns Email from Iraq


COL ******** wrote:

Language may be a bit off color to some and it is long. However, it is well worth the read. I recommend it.

Original message, which came from e-mail thread out of SOCOM (spec. ops command) in Tampa, it is from Army spec. ops

Subject: FW: Message From Iraq

It Ain't Necessarily So.
Date: Tue, 01 Jul 2003, 11:09:09 GMT

Hey Guys, sorry it's been so long since I've sent anything but a quick note to you individually. However things have been pretty hectic since the end of hostilities and the start of the real war. Despite what the assholes in the press like to say over and over about the Ba'ath Party and Feydaheen.
2) It isn't any worse than expected;
3) Things are getting better each day, and
4) The morale of the troops is A-1, except for the normal bitching and griping.

My brief love affair with the press, especially the guys who had the cajones to be embedded with the troops during the fighting, is probably over, especially since we are back being criticized by them same RolandHeadly types that used to hang around the Palestine Hotel drinking Baghdad Bob's whiskey and parroting his ridiculous B.S.

I'm in Baghdad now, since XXXXXX relocated here from Qatar. It looks, sounds and smells about the same but at least you can get Maker's Mark at the local OC. We came up in mid-June to help set up operation Scorpion and Sidewinder. It represents a major (and long overdue) shift in tactics. Instead of being sitting ducks for the ragheads we now are going after
the worthless pieces of fecal matter. [OD NOTE: VERY understated!]

I'm no longer baby-sitting the pukes from CNN and the canned hams from the networks, but have a combat mission coordinating a bunch of A teams, seeking, finding and rooting out the mostly non-Iraqis that are well-armed, well-paid (in U.S. dollars) and always waiting to wail forthe press and then shoot some GI in the back in the midst of a crowd.

The only reason the GIs are pissed (not demoralized) is that they cannot touch, must less waste, those taunting bags of gas that scream in their faces and riot on cue when they spot a camera man from ABC, BBC, CBS, CNN or NBC. If they did, then they know the next nightly news will be about how chaotic things are and how much the Iraqi people hate us.

Some do. But the vast majority don't and more and more see that the GIs don't start anything, are by-and-large friendly, and very compassionate, especially to kids and old people. I saw a bunch of 19 year-olds fromthe 82nd Airborne not return fire coming from a mosque until they got a group of elderly civilians out of harm's way. So did the Iraqis.

A bunch of bad guys used a group of women and children as human shields.The GIs surrounded them and negotiated their surrender fifteen hours later and when they discovered a three year-old girl had been injured by the big tough guys throwing her down a flight of stairs, the GIs called in a MedVac helicopter to take her and her mother to the nearest field hospital. The Iraqis watched it all, and there hasn't been a problem inthat neighborhood since. How many such stories, and there are hundreds of them, never get reported in the fair and balanced press? You know, nada.

The civilians who have figured it out faster than anyone are the local teenagers.

They watch the GIs and try to talk to them and ask questions about America and Now wear wrap-around sunglasses, GAP T- shirts, Dockers (or even better Levis with the red tags) and Nikes (or Egyptian knock-offs, but with the "swoosh") and love to listen to AFN when the GIs play it on their radios.

They participate less and less in the demonstrations and help keep us informed when a wannabe bad-ass shows up in the neighborhood.

The younger kids are going back to school again, don't have to listen to some mullah rant about the Koran ten hours a day, and they get a hot meal.

They see the same GIs who man the corner checkpoint, helping clear the playground, install new swingsets and create soccer fields. I watched a bunch of kids playing baseball in one playground, under the supervision of a couple of GIs from Oklahoma. They weren't very good but were having fun, probably more than most Little Leaguers

The place is still a mess but most of it has been for years. But the Hospitals are open and are in the process of being brought into the 21stCentury. The MOs and visiting surgeons from home are teaching their docs new techniques and One American pharmaceutical company (you know, the kind that all the hippies like to scream about as greedy) donated enough medicine to stock 45 hospital pharmacies for a year.
> Safe water is more available.
> Electricity has been restored to pre-war levels but saboteurs keep cutting the lines. And The old Ba'ath big shots are upset because they can't get fuel for their private generators. One actually complained to General McKeirnan, who told him it was a rough world.
>
> The MPs are screening the 80,000 Iraqi police force and rehabbing the ones that weren't goons, shake-down artists or torturers like they did in East Berlin, Kosovo and Afghanistan.
> There are dual patrols of Iraqi cops and U.S./U.K./Polish MPs now in most of the larger cities.
> Basra has 3.5 million inhabitants.
> Mosul is a city of 2 million.
> Kirkuk has 1 million.
> How many and hundreds of other small towns have not had riots or shootings? The vast majority.
>
> The six U.K. cops were killed in a small Shiite town by the ex-cops they were re-habbing.
> According to a Royal Marine colonel I talked to, the town now has about twenty permanent vacancies in its police force.
> Mick, he's a big potato eater from Belfast named XXXXX and knows how to handle terrorists after twenty years fighting with the IRA. He sends his regards and says he'd love to have you here. Thinks you'd make a great police chief, even though the cops would be more frightened of you than the local hoods (then he laughed)
>
> I heard one doofus on MSNBC the other night talk about how "nearly 60" GIs have been killed since 01 May. The truth is that 21 GIs have been killed in combat, mostly from ambush, from 01 May through 30 June, Another 29 have been killed by accidents or other causes (two drowned while swimming in the Tigris).
>
> The [MSNBC turd] is the same jerk who reported on the air that "dozens of GIs" were badly burned when two RPGs hit a truck belonging to an Engineer Battalion that was parked by a construction site. The truck was hit and burned, three GIs received minor injuries (including the driver who burnt his hand) and three warriors of Allah were promptly sent to enjoy their 72 slave girls in Paradise. Hell of a way to get laid.
>
> A mosque in that shithole Fallujah blew up this morning while the local
> imam, a creep named Fahlil (who was one of the biggest local loudmouths that frequently appeared on CNN) was helping a Syrian Hamas member teach eight teenagers how to make belt bombs. Right away the local Feyhadeen propaganda group started wailing that the Americans hit it with a TOW missile (If they had there wouldn't have been any mosque left!) and the usual suspects took to the streets for CNN and BBC. One fool was dragging around a piece of tin with blood on it, claiming it was part of the missile.
>
> The cameras rolled and the idiot started repeating his story, then one of my guys asked him in Arabic where he had left the rag he usually wore around his face that made him look like a girl. He was a local leader of the Feyhadeen. We took the clown in custody and were asked rather indignantly by the twit from BBC if we were trying to shut up "the poor man who had seen his mosque and friends blown up." I told the airy-fairy who the raghead was and if he knew Arabic (which he obviously didn't) he'd know he was a Palestinian. I suggested we take him down to the local jail and we'd lock him and his cameraman in a cell with the "poor man" and they could interview him until we took him to headquarters. They declined the invitation.
> Guess what played on the Bullshit Broadcasting System that evening? Did the
> Americans blow up a mosque? See the poor man who is still in a state of shock over losing his mosque and relatives? Yep. Our friend the
> Palestinian.
>
> Our search and destroy missions are largely at night, free of reporters and
> generally terrifying to those brave warriors of Allah. The only thing that frightens them more is hearing the word "Gitmo". The word is out that a trip to Guantanimo Bay is not a Caribbean vacation and they usually start squealing like the little mice they are, when an interrogator mentions "Gitmo". No wonder the International Red Cross, the National Council of Churches and the French keep protesting about the place. They know it has proven to be very effective in keeping several hundred real fanatical psychopaths in check and very frankly would rather see them cut loose to go kill some more GIs or innocent Americans, just to make W. look bad.
>
> We have about 200 really bad guys in custody now and probably will park them in the desert behind a triple roll of razor wire, backed up by a couple of Bradleys pointed their way, if they decide to riot. Maybe a few will get to Gitmo but most are human garbage that wouldn't take on your five-year old grandson face-to-face. The more we go after them and not vice-versa I think we will see the sniper attacks go down. Yeah, they'll get lucky now and then, but it's showtime, fellows.
>
> Our first objective is to get the die-hards off the street (or make them too
> scared to come out in them) and destroy their caches of weapons (we have
> collected more than 227,000 A-47s and that is only the tip of the iceburg;
> Curly bought nearly a million of them from our pal Vladimir), then cut off
> their money supply, mostly from Syria and Lebanon. We must continue to get
> public services up and running, so the local families can get water, sewage
> and garbage service; electricity, public transportation; oil fields and
> refineries working and a dinar that won't halve in value every month.
>
> It's going to be a long haul (remember it took 10-15 years in Japan and West
> Germany) but if we don't stick with it, nobody else will, and we'll have
> some other looney running the place again.
>
> This place has greater potential than Saudi Arabia (bunch of goat-herders
> who struck black gold) or Iran (weird dudes who can't run a rug bazaar much
> less a major country).
>
> Armageddon, here we come. Remember, it's located on the outskirts of
> Jerusalem.
>
> Enough of that cheery speculation.
> The good news is that General Schoonmaker is going to appointed ChiefArmy
> and the old man is coming to Tampa to run the SpOps desk at CentComm. He's
> tops and will be getting his second star. To me it means that SpOps will be
> more predominant in future operations and after 18 years as a GB maybe I'll
> have a shot at a bird-level combat command. XXXXXXXXXX I told him after I spent four months changing the
> diapers of the media types, I wanted to go back to action. Hence, my
> current gig. As the movie quoted old General Patton, "God help me, I love
> it." I do. Nothing more satisfying than working with the BEST damn soldiers
> in the world, flushing real human poop down the drain and giving some folks
> a chance at trying freedom for a change. They may learn to like it and then
> my great-great-grandson won't have to worry about some maniac trying to
> destroy the planet.
>
> My tour is over at the end of August, and I plan to return to XXXX, brief
> the old man, then head to XXXX and see my two sweethearts. I'd like
> to visit my parents in XXXX and my brother in XXXXX, before taking on a
> trip across the country. Just like any other family. It will charge my
> batteries before I end up back in some other shit ... er, interesting and
> challenging location. I hope to see most of you and ask for some advice,
> not support. I know I've had that all along. Thanks.
>
> Now about that Maker's Mark.
> God Bless America
> Mark.
>
> "War doesn't determine who wins, war determines who is left"




De Oppresso Liber - RLTW!



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Thank you Lexington Green for sharing this amazing letter. 

1 posted on 07/21/2003 6:08:09 PM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl; HiJinx; madfly; Spiff; ArmyRet
Excuse me will you I can't finish this just now; I seem to have gotten something in my eye.

I hate it when that happens.


2 posted on 07/21/2003 6:20:19 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: Lexington Green; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Tunehead54; MEG33; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; Miss Marple; ...
FYI - our troops need our help setting the record straight - debunking the whambulance chasers in the press. Please forward this letter to friends and neighbors, friendly newsmedia and special interest groups. We can't wait until an election. Our troops need us now.

Originally posted here: US soldiers' conditions in Iraq  ^

See my homepage for more pro-Coalition news articles and source links...updated regularly.

3 posted on 07/21/2003 6:21:51 PM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl ("Stability operations are operations in unstable places." Dep.Ast SOD, Stability Ops Lt. J. Collins)
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To: SandRat
Now ya did it...sniff...
4 posted on 07/21/2003 6:24:47 PM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl ("Stability operations are operations in unstable places." Dep.Ast SOD, Stability Ops Lt. J. Collins)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
I saw a bunch of 19 year-olds fromthe 82nd Airborne not return fire coming from a mosque until they got a group of elderly civilians out of harm's way. So did the Iraqis.
We do not deserve defenders like these.

Grace or something, I think it's called.
5 posted on 07/21/2003 6:25:53 PM PDT by Asclepius (karma vigilante)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Great letter.I am so grateful for what they do.
7 posted on 07/21/2003 6:28:32 PM PDT by MEG33
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Thanks for posting this Ragtime. This letter is very similar to letters I've been receiving from one of my co-workers who has been over there since February. He says, don't believe the media, things are going fine and the people love that the US has rescued them. Of course there are "bad guys", he has been shot at repeatedly but he says it's part of the mission and what he signed up for and he's taking them out one by one. God Bless our soldiers!!
8 posted on 07/21/2003 6:29:00 PM PDT by ReaganRevolution (Don't believe the liberal media)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Uplifting. Thank you!
9 posted on 07/21/2003 6:29:59 PM PDT by bluesagewoman
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Most of the media are wartime traitors.. propagandists who are blatantly attacking the homefront's morale with a barrage of negative spin. They deserve to be shot by unnamed sources.
10 posted on 07/21/2003 6:31:47 PM PDT by Lexington Green
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl; Lexington Green
What an awesome post! Thank you both very much for sharing this with us.

I like this guy's style, colorful language and all, much better than anything I've seen on the teevee.

I would love to see him say "Gitmo" to the CNN and BBC reporters...heheh.

11 posted on 07/21/2003 6:33:49 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 ("Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." --Will Rogers)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
What a great view of the real Iraq! I wish, I wish, I wish the press would publish pieces like this instead of the stupid, whining drivel that they're so fond of.

More Americans need to see and hear things like this letter.
12 posted on 07/21/2003 6:34:09 PM PDT by livius
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13 posted on 07/21/2003 6:34:15 PM PDT by firewalk
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
bump
14 posted on 07/21/2003 6:34:27 PM PDT by lowbridge (Rob: "I see a five letter word. F-R-E-E-P. Freep." Jerry: "Freep? What's that?" - Dick Van Dyke Show)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl; Lexington Green; txradioguy; Kathy in Alaska; MoJo2001; LindaSOG; LaDivaLoca; ...
It Ain't Necessarily So. Army Spec Ops letter from Iraq - a must read! PING

Ragtime Cowgirl and Lexington Green Thanks for getting the truth out.

Also check the audio reports from active duty FReeper txradioguy.

Audio Reports
from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team

Click on the patch and you can see and hear the voice
of our own txradioguy reporting from somewhere incountry.

Thank you, John, for your service to our country.

15 posted on 07/21/2003 6:34:31 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Have you said Thank You to a service man or woman today?)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
ALL Bloggers & Web Sites:

Distribute this FREELY and WIDELY!
16 posted on 07/21/2003 6:41:59 PM PDT by steplock (www.FOCUS.GOHOTSPRINGS.com)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Inspiring and informative letter. I like his writing style. Got a kick out of his comments about the media, and a chuckle at this comment:

"...three warriors of Allah were promptly sent to enjoy their 72 slave girls in Paradise. Hell of a way to get laid."

Thanks for posting it, RC.

17 posted on 07/21/2003 6:44:24 PM PDT by arasina (Conservatives, be CONFIDENT! [My new fightin' words!] WE WILL PREVAIL!)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; txradioguy
Thank you so much txradioguy for your reports. Stay safe and thank you for your service to our country.
18 posted on 07/21/2003 6:46:54 PM PDT by Soaring Feather
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To: Lexington Green; *Bush Doctrine Unfold; *war_list; W.O.T.; Dog Gone; Grampa Dave; blam; ...
A powerful letter!

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19 posted on 07/21/2003 6:49:15 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
The only reason the GIs are pissed (not demoralized) is that they cannot touch, must less waste, those taunting bags of gas that scream in their faces and riot on cue when they spot a camera man from ABC, BBC, CBS, CNN or NBC.

Simple solution.

Yell, "GUN" ! and start blasting. Then throw a few of those 227,000 confiscated AK-47's down.

20 posted on 07/21/2003 6:50:54 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn’t be, in its eyes, a slave.)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Excellent, thanks for posting.
21 posted on 07/21/2003 6:51:13 PM PDT by ThinkDifferent
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To: Asclepius
Grace...yes.

Freep mail me anyone, for an e-mail list of friendly media sources.

22 posted on 07/21/2003 6:52:15 PM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl ("Stability operations are operations in unstable places." Dep.Ast SOD, Stability Ops Lt. J. Collins)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
marking
23 posted on 07/21/2003 6:55:15 PM PDT by djreece
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Good news travels slow. This is about the same story that I keep hearing over and over from troops returning home and from my own son. The whiners are always reported by the media while those who don't are just ignored.
24 posted on 07/21/2003 6:56:14 PM PDT by armymarinemom
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To: ReaganRevolution
he has been shot at repeatedly but he says it's part of the mission and what he signed up for and he's taking them out one by one. God Bless our soldiers!!

Wow. Thanks for sharing this. Please tell your co-worker that many folks back home are finding the 'news' and passing it on and we are so proud of the awesome work our troops are doing.

25 posted on 07/21/2003 6:56:19 PM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl ("Stability operations are operations in unstable places." Dep.Ast SOD, Stability Ops Lt. J. Collins)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Wow what a read!! Thanks so much.
26 posted on 07/21/2003 6:59:57 PM PDT by Soaring Feather
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
The morale of the troops is A-1, except for the normal bitching and griping.

WHAT! Soldiers complaining, I'm shocked. That sort of thing never happened when I was in. After work it was back to the barracks to dream about mom, baseball, and the girl we left behind.

And I have a really nice bridge I can let you have real cheap.


This is why I come here. You'd never in a million years see or read anything like this in the media. Thatr wouldn't be "balanced".
27 posted on 07/21/2003 7:00:44 PM PDT by Valin (America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.)
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To: ReaganRevolution
You should post them.
Just a suggestion.
28 posted on 07/21/2003 7:02:11 PM PDT by Valin (America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Thanks for posting this...Mike tells me the same things as this Spc does.....
29 posted on 07/21/2003 7:02:15 PM PDT by mystery-ak (The War is not over for me until my hubby's boots hit U.S. soil.)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Excellent read.
30 posted on 07/21/2003 7:04:22 PM PDT by blam
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To: Lexington Green
We can be the press, too, LG. Bloggers from Iraq are getting the news out, as well as the DoD, CENTCOM websights, military news links and letters home from the troops.

FR is a Godsend. Bypass the press, doing just what you did - sharing the letter with us. We'll pass it on...and on!

31 posted on 07/21/2003 7:05:19 PM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl ("Stability operations are operations in unstable places." Dep.Ast SOD, Stability Ops Lt. J. Collins)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
You bet Ragtime, we send emails all the time telling him we are all behind him 100 percent and that he is definately a hero.
32 posted on 07/21/2003 7:06:45 PM PDT by ReaganRevolution (Don't believe the liberal media)
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To: dixiechick2000
I would love to see him say "Gitmo" to the CNN and BBC reporters...heheh.

Lol! The bad guys quake at the mention of the word. Call Amnesty Int'l....not!

33 posted on 07/21/2003 7:07:21 PM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl ("Stability operations are operations in unstable places." Dep.Ast SOD, Stability Ops Lt. J. Collins)
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To: lowbridge; SLB; Squantos; Lion Den Dan; Wally Cleaver; Recon by Fire; Travis McGee
I'm in Baghdad now, since SpOpComm 5 relocated here from Qatar. It looks, sounds and smells about the same but at least you can get Maker's Mark at the local OC.

Color me skeptical, but it sure sounds nice.

34 posted on 07/21/2003 7:09:07 PM PDT by Fred Mertz
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
hey is that Lexington Green as in Lexington KY? I.E JoBeth, etc...???
35 posted on 07/21/2003 7:09:32 PM PDT by bethelgrad (for God and country)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
BTTT!!!!!!!!
36 posted on 07/21/2003 7:12:37 PM PDT by F.J. Mitchell
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Great post, but if you receive future correspondence please blank out the placenames. I hate to be a heavy hand, but we are still at war and the "Loose Lips" caveat still applies.

Remember, the enemy has the internet too.

37 posted on 07/21/2003 7:15:50 PM PDT by Archangelsk ("Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.")
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To: livius
More Americans need to see and hear things like this letter.

Forwarding this one to my local TV news and newspaper staffs as well.

I actually told a local news assistant last week, "Just following the BOSS's orders doesn't cut it for the press during wartime, either, son."

My mother frowned. Sigh.

38 posted on 07/21/2003 7:16:05 PM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl ("Stability operations are operations in unstable places." Dep.Ast SOD, Stability Ops Lt. J. Collins)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Great post, but if you receive future correspondence please blank out the placenames. I hate to be a heavy hand, but we are still at war and the "Loose Lips" caveat still applies.

Remember, the enemy has the internet too.

39 posted on 07/21/2003 7:16:29 PM PDT by Archangelsk ("Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.")
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Great post, but if you receive future correspondence please blank out the placenames. I hate to be a heavy hand, but we are still at war and the "Loose Lips" caveat still applies.

Remember, the enemy has the internet too.

40 posted on 07/21/2003 7:16:45 PM PDT by Archangelsk ("Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.")
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To: Archangelsk
And I curse the Internet on a nightly basis for multiple posts. :-)
41 posted on 07/21/2003 7:18:45 PM PDT by Archangelsk ("Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.")
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To: MadIvan
RAF ((Ping))........
42 posted on 07/21/2003 7:22:59 PM PDT by carl in alaska (Let's pray for the birth of democracy in Iraq.)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
While I welcome good news from the front, is this message verifiable?
43 posted on 07/21/2003 7:24:12 PM PDT by flying Elvis
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Index bump; thanks for posting.
44 posted on 07/21/2003 7:29:08 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (this space intentionally blank)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Shakespear said "First kill all the lawyers". He was wrong, first you kill all the journalists and THEN kill all the lawyers.
45 posted on 07/21/2003 7:30:42 PM PDT by McGavin999
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
There, ladies and gentlemen, is your average American fighting man, labeled...a GI. They are the best we got, the cream of our youth, they are the kids that play football and get so-so grades, they are the smart assed kids that the town folk bitch about. And, they are the smart, rich kids that go for a reason that can't be stopped by their fathers and mothers. All of these GIs are the best America has to offer, and they chose to stand in harms way for the country that they love so much. These are our John Wayne's, aren't they great? John Wayne didn't die, he just passed bravery on to another generation, and that generation passed him off to another, and this brave generation will pass them of again.

When these men come back they will have a different view of this country. These men will make the politics of the future by the leadership tried and tempered by battle and dedication to the cause of freedom and liberty. They have seen the enemy and they have defeated him. The socialists are crying in their holes at the though of brave men, tried in combat for their country, coming to fight them.

God bless and keep this young man. He reports the truth from a place that is hell on earth. He fights for a thing that has no material worth.....freedom. Freedom extended, for the American people, and freedom for people that he has never known, and have never had it.

Tell me that there are not patriots in those young ranks and I will call you a fool.

Thank you God, You have done a fine job of preserving "The Patriot".

46 posted on 07/21/2003 7:35:31 PM PDT by timydnuc (FR)
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To: Howlin; Amelia; DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet; PhiKapMom; Miss Marple
FYI.......
47 posted on 07/21/2003 7:36:32 PM PDT by deport (On a hot day don't kick a cow chip...... only democrat enablers..)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
"It represents a major (and long overdue) shift in tactics. Instead of being sitting ducks for the ragheads we now are going after the worthless pieces of fecal matter."

Thanks for the ping, I can't tell you how much the above quote eases my mind. I love each of those boys and tend to worry about every hair on their heads. What a great letter from a great soldier, so glad to see all he had to say.

48 posted on 07/21/2003 7:38:33 PM PDT by MissAmericanPie
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
Thanks Tonk...I now want to ensure my TV never receives NBC/BCS/ABC/CNN evber again. I can't believe their orchestrated efforts to erode public support. They are worse than the Fedayeen.
49 posted on 07/21/2003 7:38:59 PM PDT by Archie Bunker on steroids
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; txradioguy
Thanks, Tonkin. You are the best!

Check this out from John's 'patch' link:

Soldiers from the 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division received a surprise visit from Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz for their Sunday breakfast. Spc. John Wollaston reports...
Soldiers receive surprise visit
July 21, 2003
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Thank you for your service, txradioguy. You sound marvelous. Sec. Wolfowitz acknowledged your successes along with your sacrifices. Adding your radio link to my homepage ~ non-wanker Coalition news source links and articles filled with your successes in Iraq.

50 posted on 07/21/2003 7:42:50 PM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl ("Stability operations are operations in unstable places." Dep.Ast SOD, Stability Ops Lt. J. Collins)
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