Since Sep 30, 2003
By order of Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm, U.S. flags on all campuses of Western Michigan University and throughout Michigan will be lowered for one day, Tuesday, Aug. 22, in honor of Army 1st Sgt. Aaron D. Jagger, who died Aug. 9 while on active duty in Iraq.
Sgt. Jagger, age 43, of Hillsdale, Mich., was killed when an improvised explosive device detonated near his armored vehicle during combat operations in Ar Ramadi, Iraq. He had previously served in the first Gulf War and in Bosnia and was assigned to the Army's 1st Battalion, 37th Armor Regiment, 1st Armor Division, Friedberg, Germany.
I had the priviledge of being (then) SFC Jagger's Platoon Leader in Bosnia (1-35AR, 1AD) in 1998. 1SG Jagger was a good friend and mentor for a hot-blooded young LT like me. The world is at a great loss with his passing. Please forgive my feeble words as they can in no way fully detail the respect I have, and always will have, for 1SG Jagger.
My deepest sympathies to his family in thier time of mourning and my vow to all to continue the fight until the world is free from the terrorist menace. Until those who wish to be dictators no longer threaten. Until we can all come home as victors.
US Army Officer
The unfortunate thing about 1st hand experience: It must be experienced 1st hand.
Wisdom is gained by experience. Surviving the experience takes wisdom.
Proven Daily: Modern "progressive" liberalism is just National Socialism without the "twisted cross"-M1tanker. I came to this conclusion after much thought and research, so to any trolls from the DU, Move-On, Indymedia, ANSWER or any other leftist/terrorist group, don't even try to debate it, but please look at yourselves and see why your misguided, destructive political/social views are so wrong. Though I doubt any leftist even has enough independent thought capacity left to question anything their masters in the DNC and media tell them. Then again, with leftists openly calling for armed revolution, calling for attacks on US Military bases and service members' families, and increasingly violent attacks on conservatives, I fear for the future of this country.
For an update, I went to the DNC hompage and looked up their platform and then looked up the National Socialist Worker's Party Platform, Green's, and then the CPA's platform (and then fumigated my computer). Here they are in no particular order. Can anyone tell the difference?
I see little difference between them.
In addition, I have just a few samples of the left (this time from Indymedia) either rejoycing in US soldiers dying (the SGT Hassan Ackbar act of treason), "protest" signs calling for the death of US Soldiers, or detailed threats against soldiers and our families.
Or this one from Indymedia in 2004. This was an actual article at thier site. This seems to be the dominate face of the modern "progessive" left. Text included below:
"Military Targets in the USA must be Attacked
by al-masakin Thursday, May. 06, 2004 at 7:13 PM
The torture of Muslim prisoners in Iraq in the rape rooms at the American Abu Ghraib prison confirms that the so-called American war on terror is really a war on Islam. George Bush has created a global gulag network of extra-legal and secret US prisons with thousands of inmates. This Gulag stretches from Afghanistan to Iraq, to Guantanamo and secret CIA prisons around the world. This Gulag exclusively holds Muslim prisoners.
In light of these revelations, Al-Masakin would like to take this opportunity to remind the American Muslim Mujahedin, and our allies in the revolutionary and anti-Imperialist left, that ROTC buildings, armed service recruiting centers, individual military personnel, and police officers are military targets. These institutions must be violently and covertly attacked.
In fact, there are thousands of unarmed military targets walking around all over the United States. Outraged American citizens and American Muslims should have little difficulty making violent contact with recruits, cadets, marines, etc.
We strongly recommend that such contact be made with a very sharp knife, pepper spray, brass knuckles, baseball bats, firearms, explosives, or the bumper of a full sized automobile, truck or SUV."
Link: Link to Indybay
This idiot above caused enough of a concern for US troops and our families that it made the Ft. Benning news.
That is the murderous, seditious face the left seems to show.. over and over again....
And now for some quotes:
"Pacifism is objectively pro-fascist. This is elementary common sense. If you hamper the war effort of one side, you automatically help out that of the other. Nor is there any real way of remaining outside such a war as the present one. In practice, 'he that is not with me is against me." -- George Orwell
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while Daring Greatly so that his place shall never be with those timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.
- Theodore Roosevelt
If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how, the very best I can, and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me won't amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.
- Abraham Lincoln
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
- Mark Twain
After the cheers have died down and the stadium is empty, after the headlines have been written and after you are back in the quiet of your room and the championship ring has been placed on the dresser and all the pomp and fanfare has faded, the enduring things that are left are: The dedication to excellence, The dedication to victory, And the dedication to doing with our lives the very best we can to make the world a better place in which to live.
- Vince Lombardi
"To be under pressure is inescapable. Pressure takes place through all the world: war, seige, the worries of state. We all know men who grumble under these pressures and complain. They are cowards. They lack splendor. But there is another sort of man who is under the same pressure but does not complain, for it is the friction which polishes him. It is pressure which refines and makes him noble."
- St Augustine
It is the Soldier, not the reporter who has given us freedom of press
It is the Soldier, not the poet who has given us freedom of speech
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer who gives us freedom to demonstrate
It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
who serves beneath the flag,
and whose coffin is draped by the flag,
who allows the protester to burn the flag.
-Father Dennis Edward O'Brien
If a man empties his purse into his head no one can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
Dogs - even mad dogs - fight, and the losing dog, if he can, runs away.
But no wolf runs.
For a wolf wins every fight but one, and in that one he dies.
-Gordon R. Dickson
The Cycle of Civilization
Man begins his existence in bondage, and rises:
from bondage through spiritual faith,
from spiritual faith to courage,
from courage to liberty,
from liberty to abundance,
from abundance to selfishness,
from selfishness to complacency,
from complacency to apathy,
from apathy to dependency,
from dependency back into bondage.
-Clarence Manion, dean of Nortre Dame law school (1941-1952) as quoted in "In whom do you trust?"
The soldier is a man, he expects to be treated as an adult, not a schoolboy. He has rights; they must be made known to him and thereafter respected. He has ambition; it must be stirred. He has belief in fair play; it must be honored. He has a need for comradeship; it must be supplied. He has imagination; it must be stimulated. He has a sense of personal dignity; it must be sustained. He has pride; it can be satisfied and made the bedrock of character once he has been assured that he is playing a useful and respected role. To give a man this is the acme of inspired leadership. He has become loyal because loyalty has been give to him.
-George C. Marshall, 1944
War's very object is victory, not prolonged indecision.
-Gen Douglas MacArthur, Address to Congress, 19 Apr '51
An educated guess is just as accurate and far faster than compiled errors.
-Gen George S. Patton, Jr, 1942
Do not repeat the tactics that have gained you one victory, but let your methods be regulated by the infinite variety of circumstances.
Don't ignore the yesterdays of war in your study of today and tomorrow.
-Douglas Southall Freeman, Historian
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
-George Santayana, The Life of reason, 1906
Bureaucracies are inherently less creative than individuals
-Toni Mack, 2 Oct 97 issue of Forbes
We trained hard. But, it seemed every time we were beginning to form up into teams, we would be reorganized. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing; and, what a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress, while producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralization.
-Petronius Arbiter; Centurion, Legions of Rome; 210 B.C.
War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling, which thinks nothing is worth a war, is worse. a man who has nothing which he cares more about than his safety is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
-John Stuart Mill
Nobody dislikes war more than warriors, but we value the causes of peace so highly that we will not duck a war in an effort to get a lasting peace.
-Gen Daniel "Chappie" James (USAF), 1977
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.
One of the results of reversionism is neglect of the military. As always, when war comes, it is the Regular Army and its officers who hold the line and are sacrificed until new men can be trained.
-R.B. Thieme, Jr
Ian looked down at him. And it seemed to Tyburn that the Dorsai face had gone away from him, somehow become as remote and stony as a face carved high up on some icy mountain's top.
"But I'm not just a man of the military," Ian said. "That was the mistake Kenebuck made, too. That was why he thought that stripped of military elements, I'd be easy to kill."
Tyburn looked up at him, felt a chill run down his spine as icy as wind off a glacier.
"Then, in heaven's name," cried Tyburn. "What are you?"
Ian looked from his far distance down into Tyburn's eyes and the sadness rang as clear in his voice finally, as iron-shod heels on barren rock.
"I am a man of war," said Ian, softly.
-from "Warrior", by Gordon R. Dickson
The U.S Army Military Intelligence Corps finds as many of the Godless anti-American bastards & their subhuman cohorts as possible and determines what these slimy creeps are up to, in order to facilitate their absolute defeat in the quickest manner possible with the least expenditure of sacred American lives.
-Seen somewhere at Ft Huachuca
War is tough. It's tougher if you're stupid. - John Wayne
There is one unalterable difference between a soldier and a civilian: the civilian never does more than he is paid to do.
The greatest happiness is to vanquish your enemy: to chase him before you; to see his cities reduced to ashes; to rob him of his wealth; to see those dear to him bathed in tears; to clasp to your bosom his wives and daughters.
-Ghengis Khan, 1226.
Mission of the U.S Army (pre-1989)
To kill as many of the Godless communist bastards and their subhuman cohorts as possible, with the least expenditure of munitions, and to restore cave dwelling as a way of life in the former communist region.
"The conqueror is always a lover of peace; he would prefer to take over our country unopposed."
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