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A Marine Returns from Iraq (Braying)
self | 11/27/07 | bray

Posted on 11/27/2007 8:12:06 AM PST by bray

Today I had the rare privilege of talking to my neighbor Marine Lance Corporal Justin, who has just returned from Ramadi Iraq. He joined last year though his Mom was terrified, he was looking to serve his Country as well as an adventure. Guess having bullets shot at you as well as driving unstable explosives around in a truck could be called an adventure. This boy who I’ve watched since he was 4, has grown to become one of the most heroic young men I know.

He explained that AQ infested Ramadi was one of the first places the successful Surge strategies were used. The night he arrived he was shaken by an explosion 5 miles away that rocked their 5 ton truck. They were the first to clear and keep the neighborhoods that they were assigned to protect. These Marines used American ingenuity, working 22 hour days to earn the trust of the locals. He said that the militias that were fighting them turned in their weapons and decided they didn’t want to die, but would rather watch their families grow. That was a major turning point in their campaign. Now the locals are openly supporting our troops and pointing out the terrorists.

He told of how the locals can walk down the street and point out Syrians, Iranians or Saudis like we can point out Mexicans. They all look & speak distinctly different to each other and stick out in the local hoods. The insurgents have run out of places to hide and are being pushed further and further into the sands waiting for their ultimate demise.

Roughly the way it works is, the Marines clear the streets of the city and then tell the Iraqi Police where to set up their stations. They co-patrol the streets as the IP not only can spot the terrorists but have family connections inside the area to get intel on where the terrorists are. This has become very effective and is being repeated throughout Iraq.

The fighting has stopped, to the point that the Marines are doing patrols in shirt sleeves w/o their body armor and helmets to mingle with the Iraqis. Their company of 95 came back with no casualties and only one wound from a stray bullet in a soccer celebration. They are rebuilding the infrastructure from the roofs to the sewers. He said they don’t do the actual work but deliver the supplies and have the locals install it and do a very good job. This gives the Iraqis a sense of pride as well as money when it is contracted to them. The people have accepted the Americans and are happy they are there.

The troops are aware of PravdABDNCBS. They read the news and when they see articles about their company or city they cut them out for the dart board to laugh at and make fun. He talked of two reporters they like, Sanchez and Yon. He met both men and was impressed how they wrote the actual truth as well as using the guys’ pics.

Justin told about other reporters who didn’t get it. He spoke of a gal who was working for a far Left Snoozepaper and was totally anti-war. After riding with them for a week and watching how they interacted and helped these people she started to get it. The people’s enthusiastic interaction and caring got her to the point of realizing the Iraqis needed the Americans. When she wrote her story for her Left-wing rag explaining her change of heart, that we needed to stay and we were doing good, for which she was immediately fired from the paper. So much for a Free Press. She later wrote to the Marines, thanking them for opening her eyes and how she realized she needed to work for a more open minded paper.

He was thrilled when he got back to the States that the Vietnam Vets were there to meet them. He spoke sadly of how the Vets wanted to make sure that they didn’t have to return in disgrace as they had. He understands the link between the two wars. He realizes that the same tactics are being used against him that shamed the Nam Vets. He spoke of how we never lost a battle in Nam yet we lost the war. He said he hopes the same thing doesn’t happen to him. I explained to him this is really the final battle of Vietnam. Never Forget, Never Forgive Hanoi Jane or Peace with disHonor.

These Troops understand that they are writing History in Iraq. They understand that they have freed a Country and Victory is at hand. They know that they represent their American military Brethren throughout histoir. They know that they have beaten one of the most difficult enemies that we have ever faced and are on the verge of complete victory. Although they know this may be the biggest triumph since WWII, like all humble heroes, they just feel they are just doing their job.

How empty must it be for Do Nothing Nancy and her fellow thugs on the Left to be rooting against Justin and his compatriots? How must it feel to go through life wanting the Iraqi people to be sent back to being tortured and enslaved by another Dictator. She knows the truth of the rape rooms and plastic shredders people were fed into, so to maybe improve her Party’s chances in the ‘08 elections, she roots for Justin’s defeat and the destruction of Iraq. If that is her definition of Victory, I will thank God every day I left that heartless Party and became a supporter of Our Troops. How does Do Nothing Nancy and her minions get up in the morning and avoid all those Mirrors??

Pray for W and Our Ramadi Marines


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Enough braying
1 posted on 11/27/2007 8:12:09 AM PST by bray
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To: cake_crumb; fight_truth_decay; RottiBiz; auboy; GeorgiaYankee; TomasUSMC; Capt.YankeeMike; ...

Enough braying about Victory in Iraq

Pray for W and Our Marines


2 posted on 11/27/2007 8:13:30 AM PST by bray (Let's Bring Christ Back to Christmas)
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To: bray

Praise God for our heroes!


3 posted on 11/27/2007 8:16:32 AM PST by tioga (Dear Santa..........I can explain....)
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To: bray

Thank you for sharing this.


4 posted on 11/27/2007 8:17:40 AM PST by 4integrity
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To: bray

BUMP !


5 posted on 11/27/2007 8:18:01 AM PST by 4integrity
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To: bray

Thanks for the ping Bray.


6 posted on 11/27/2007 8:19:29 AM PST by Chuck54
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To: bray

This country can never have enough “braying” about Victory in Iraq. The more “braying” about our successes, the better we can shut up the idiot liberals.


7 posted on 11/27/2007 8:20:39 AM PST by SoldierDad (Proud Dad of a 2nd BCT 10th Mountain Soldier home after 15 months in the Triagle of death)
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To: bray

Yet another example of how untrustworthy liars the Left and the MSM are. We all knew that they rewrote, or refused to print stories from reporters who actually told the truth..
and now another clear example that reporters who report the truth, instead of the Defeatoganda of the LeftiPervs..get FIRED.


8 posted on 11/27/2007 8:21:15 AM PST by DGHoodini (The Dems no longer have the humanity to grasp that there are things worth dying for.)
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To: bray

Excellent read!


9 posted on 11/27/2007 8:24:44 AM PST by avacado
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To: bray; potlatch; devolve; ntnychik; MeekOneGOP; dixiechick2000; gonzo; Grampa Dave; ALOHA RONNIE; ...

10 posted on 11/27/2007 8:26:44 AM PST by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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To: bray

Excellent report. Buy the guy a beer for me, will ya?


11 posted on 11/27/2007 8:27:22 AM PST by cll (Carthage must be destroyed)
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To: bray
She later wrote to the Marines, thanking them for opening her eyes

Hope some of them good old boys may have helped her in more ways than one.

LOL, Way to go Marines!

12 posted on 11/27/2007 8:27:26 AM PST by org.whodat (What's the difference between a Democrat and a republican????)
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To: bray

Please tell this young hero and his mother that two grateful counties thank them for their service and sacrifice. And please give him a hearty “welcome home and well done.”


13 posted on 11/27/2007 8:34:27 AM PST by Hoffer Rand
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To: bray

WONDERFUL. THANKS.


14 posted on 11/27/2007 8:35:36 AM PST by Quix (GOD ALONE IS GOD; WORTHY; PAID THE PRICE; IS COMING AGAIN; KNOWS ALL; IS LOVING; IS ALTOGETHER GOOD)
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To: bray

OOHRAH!


15 posted on 11/27/2007 8:35:58 AM PST by Jimmy Valentine's brother (Democrat, a synonym for Traitor)
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To: bray; PhilDragoo

Great piece, Bray! Thanks for writing and posting and thanks for the ping, Phil.

Pelosi, Reid and Murtha are deeply disturbed.


16 posted on 11/27/2007 8:38:01 AM PST by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.com)
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To: cll

He may not be old enough to drink yet. Old enough to be a hero and a patriot, though...these kids just make me proud.

Colonel, USAFR


17 posted on 11/27/2007 8:42:28 AM PST by jagusafr ("Bugs, Mr. Rico! Zillions of 'em!" - Robert Heinlein)
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To: cll
Buy the guy a beer for me, will ya?

Ha! That's very liberal of you... :)
( The guy deserves a beer, YOU buy it for him... )

18 posted on 11/27/2007 8:45:02 AM PST by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: bray
Nay (neigh?), if you are going to bray like that, bray on!!!
19 posted on 11/27/2007 8:45:04 AM PST by NonValueAdded (Fred Dalton Thompson for President)
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To: bray

bray somemore


20 posted on 11/27/2007 8:48:32 AM PST by prognostigaator
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To: bray
Great Report!!

He said that the militias that were fighting them turned in their weapons and decided they didn’t want to die, but would rather watch their families grow.

That reason alone, my friend, is how this war will end.
They see that there is HOPE to watch "their families grow".
Before, this hope of a future in Iraq, any future anywhere was not in place.

21 posted on 11/27/2007 8:54:54 AM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: bray

Thanks for the “braying”. Enjoyed the post.
Please give your neighbor our thanks!

It would be great if the reporter mentioned in the post would come forward and tell her story to a news outlet that would publicize it. Unbelievable (not!) that she would be fired for telling the TRUTH!

Also - can’t help but point out that it was John McCain’s strategy that is working in Iraq! Let’s get him nominated & elected! I know you might not agree with him on EVERYTHING, but is there a perfect candidate?? I apologize for mentioning politics under this post, but every time I hear about the successes in Iraq, I am reminded of McCain’s correctness in this endeavor - hope y’all are too!


22 posted on 11/27/2007 9:01:04 AM PST by mossyoaks (Victory for W!!)
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To: bray
GREAT article! Thanks for writing this.

Our good fighters up around Ramadi and Fallujah are getting mighty bored these days. ;-)

23 posted on 11/27/2007 9:02:32 AM PST by Allegra (Greetings from a kinder, gentler Iraq. God bless US and Coalition Forces.)
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To: bray

Amen to VICTORY.


24 posted on 11/27/2007 9:07:11 AM PST by jveritas (God bless our brave troops and President Bush)
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To: bray

News you will NEVER, EVER see on an American News Network
(Until the day HILLARY! takes over that is...)


25 posted on 11/27/2007 9:08:20 AM PST by tcrlaf (You can lead a Liberal to LOGIC, but you can't make it THINK)
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To: bray

Welcome Home Marine Lance Corporal Justin

Thank You For Serving Our Country

26 posted on 11/27/2007 9:12:28 AM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: bray

Thanks for sharing this wonderful story.


27 posted on 11/27/2007 9:14:16 AM PST by monkeycard (There is no such thing as too much ammo.)
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To: bray
I explained to him this is really the final battle of Vietnam.

Exactly.

If we win the WOT, Vietnam will dump its last vestiges of communism and come fully into the free world.

If we lose, nothing else will matter.

28 posted on 11/27/2007 9:16:17 AM PST by onedoug
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To: bray; SandRat; ConorMacNessa; Dubya; The Mayor; Diver Dave

Great story of our Marines in Ramadi.


29 posted on 11/27/2007 9:22:42 AM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: bray

bray, THIS IS AN AWESOME account. GREAT job...

I share the feelings and concerns of this young Marine. I saw what my generation did to returning Vietnam Vets, and I said nothing, did nothing. Many years ago, I resolved that if given as similar situation, I would not sit idly by and let it happen again...thankfully, as the GOE last March showed, there are a lot of Americans who feel the same way.

God Bless and protect these men and women serving, and let us make them proud of what they are doing and have done, as they rightfully should be.

This was a GREAT thread you posted!


30 posted on 11/27/2007 9:24:49 AM PST by rlmorel (Liberals: If the Truth would help them, they would use it.)
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To: rlmorel

Amen!


31 posted on 11/27/2007 9:29:19 AM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: tioga

Thank God for the truth.


32 posted on 11/27/2007 9:32:37 AM PST by ExTexasRedhead
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To: bray

Thanks for posting this!


33 posted on 11/27/2007 9:34:01 AM PST by Aria (NO RAPIST ENABLER FOR PRESIDENT!!!)
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To: bray

You should send this to Glenn Beck.


34 posted on 11/27/2007 9:38:20 AM PST by waimea.man
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To: bray

Do the Iraqi police and soldiers still wear face masks? It really annoys me that the media have opted out of reporting the war.


35 posted on 11/27/2007 9:39:38 AM PST by antinomian (Show me a robber baron and I'll show you a pocket full of senators.)
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To: bray; StarCMC
He was thrilled when he got back to the States that the Vietnam Vets were there to meet them. He spoke sadly of how the Vets wanted to make sure that they didn’t have to return in disgrace as they had. He understands the link between the two wars. He realizes that the same tactics are being used against him that shamed the Nam Vets. He spoke of how we never lost a battle in Nam yet we lost the war. He said he hopes the same thing doesn’t happen to him. I explained to him this is really the final battle of Vietnam. Never Forget, Never Forgive Hanoi Jane or Peace with disHonor.

We will NOT let that happen again....EVER!
36 posted on 11/27/2007 9:47:32 AM PST by rottndog (FreeRepublic....not just a website....a way of life!!)
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To: rottndog
They are TRYING to deny that a victory is occurring. But I agree -- NEVER AGAIN!

"You defeated us! We knew it, and we thought you knew it. But we were elated to notice your media were definitely helping us. They were causing more disruption in America than we could in the battlefields." ~ Gen. Giap, NVA referring to the Tet Offensive, 1968

37 posted on 11/27/2007 9:51:58 AM PST by StarCMC (http://cannoneerno4.wordpress.com; http://starcmc.wordpress.com/ - The Enemedia is inside the gates.)
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To: prognostigaator

Parlez-vous Alton? (semi-obscure cookery reference)


38 posted on 11/27/2007 9:55:23 AM PST by Tenniel2 ("After a glimpse of Democrats in power, Republicans don't look so bad" -- Jack Kelly)
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To: rottndog
"I explained to him this is really the final battle of Vietnam."

I have always though that that is what really scares the left most of all. They are afraid that if we win in Iraq questions will be reopened about the Vietnam war. They are right to be afraid.

39 posted on 11/27/2007 10:27:14 AM PST by antinomian (Show me a robber baron and I'll show you a pocket full of senators.)
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To: rottndog
"I explained to him this is really the final battle of Vietnam."

I have always though that that is what really scares the left most of all. They are afraid that if we win in Iraq questions will be reopened about the Vietnam war. They are right to be afraid.

40 posted on 11/27/2007 10:27:48 AM PST by antinomian (Show me a robber baron and I'll show you a pocket full of senators.)
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To: bray
When she wrote her story for her Left-wing rag explaining her change of heart, that we needed to stay and we were doing good, for which she was immediately fired from the paper. So much for a Free Press. She later wrote to the Marines, thanking them for opening her eyes and how she realized she needed to work for a more open minded paper.

Beautiful story. Can't thank you enough.

41 posted on 11/27/2007 10:29:37 AM PST by BOBTHENAILER (One by one, in small groups or in whole armies, we don't care how we do it, but we're gonna getcha)
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To: bray
Enough braying

Not near enough -- kinda made my day.
42 posted on 11/27/2007 10:37:09 AM PST by Beckwith (dhimmicrats and the liberal media have chosen sides -- Islamofascism)
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To: bray; MEG33
Enough braying about Victory in Iraq

Have to disagree ... There will never be enough braying for our Troops.

Seems that in most any neighborhood, we can find these heroes. Let's not be too "busy" to seek them out, engage in conversation and above all else, tell 'em "Thank You!"

43 posted on 11/27/2007 11:00:20 AM PST by Diver Dave
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To: bray

Bump


44 posted on 11/27/2007 11:03:26 AM PST by JPJones
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To: Diver Dave

I know you do just that,Dave...and I know they appreciate it so much.


45 posted on 11/27/2007 11:06:34 AM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: bray

Excellent story.


46 posted on 11/27/2007 11:09:57 AM PST by ohioman
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To: StarCMC

We were never defeated and our Kids and Grandkids have not been defeated, I have a feeling that the socialist trash will have to answer to them in the political arena.


47 posted on 11/27/2007 11:55:50 AM PST by Little Bill (Welcome to the Newly Socialist State of New Hampshire)
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To: bray
Eeeeh-aaaw.....eeeeh-aaaw.......eeeeh-aaaw.......Keep On Trucking Braying!

:}

48 posted on 11/27/2007 12:15:18 PM PST by AwesomePossum
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To: MEG33; bray; yorkie; trooprally; freema; Marine_Uncle

Wow... The Real Story from The Real Deal


49 posted on 11/27/2007 12:32:10 PM PST by La Enchiladita
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To: La Enchiladita

Isn’t it great!


50 posted on 11/27/2007 12:40:33 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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