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June 25, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Some things to ponder

So I was looking at Hot Air and found the following stories:

Barack Obama & 9/11– nice editorial about the mind set of Obama when it comes to the war on terror!

Quotes of the day June 19th– very interesting to hear the Obama is going to go back on his word about sing public financing for the election, but then again does it surprise me? Nope not onebit, imagine 4 years of that!

Then I read this from Pajamas Media– McCain and Liberman could be the Just the ticket, story his here

More to come later

June 20, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

McCain’s first hand story of being a POW and some of my rants

Ok so I found this at Little Green Footballs:

Its a first hand account of John McCain’s time spent as a POW in Vietnam. I have always known he was s POW but I never knew the actual story behind his time. If you are a McCain supporter, or if you aren’t go read this story. I have taken the liberty of clipping some of the text out of the story, due to the fact a lot of what McCain said then is very relevant today. So we will start here and move forward. The italics is what McCain had to say, and my comments will be in green:

As you may know, back in 1954, the North Vietnamese had a big hand in toppling the French Government in Paris because the French voters had no more stomach for the Vietnam war their Government was waging at the time. That was the way the North Vietnamese won in 1954—they didn’t win in Vietnam.

The French agreed to pull out of Indo-China with no questions asked when they signed the agreement. As a result, they got back just one third of their POW’s.

I’m convinced that Hanoi hoped to win in our case by undermining morale among the people at home in America. They had to marshal world opinion on their side. I remember in 1968 or ’69 [North Vietnam Premier] Pham Van Dong’s speech to the National Assembly, because we were blasted with these things on the loud-speakers. The title of his address was, “The Whole World Supports Us,” not, “We Have Defeated the U. S. Aggressors,” or anything like that.

Now granted there aren’t a large amount of missing or POW troops in Iraq or Afgan, in fact I believe the only missing Solider Staff Sgt. Keith M. “Matt” Maupin has been found . Now I could be wrong on that statement, but lets move forward. If you read McCain’s words from 1973 you will see that the French “lost” the war because the French people got tired of the war. Now this was most likely brought on by anti-war protesters all of the country. Being as that was in 1954, and here we are in 2008 and the same thing is going on here. Anti-war groups are popping up everywhere spreading lies about the war and what is going on over there.

All through this period, the “gooks” were bombarding us with antiwar quotes from people in high places back in Washington. This was the most effective propaganda they had to use against us—speeches and statements by men who were generally respected in the United States. They used Senator Fulbright a great deal, and Senator Brooke. Ted Kennedy was quoted again and again, as was Averell Harriman. Clark Clifford was another favorite, right after he had been Secretary of Defense under President Johnson.

I find it amazing that in the 60’s during the Vietnam war, Senators were speaking out against it like it would not hurt those serving overseas. When the reality was that there words were actually doing the opposite, it was hurting those that were in the POW camps. And the fact that you have Ted Kennedy back then running his mouth against that war and here he is 40 years later doing again. (see my story about term limits, this is a prime example of why we need them!!). The soldiers in Iraq are hearing the same thing today, on a daily basis from the main stream media, from Senators and Congressmen, and even from a Presidential candidate that won’t even go to Iraq to visit the troops and see that the surge is working!!

The only reason why the North Vietnamese began negotiating in October, 1972, was because they could read the polls as well as you and I can, and they knew that Nixon was going to have an overwhelming victory in his re-election bid. So they wanted to negotiate a cease-fire before the elections.

Granted we are not fighting an enemy like the NVA, but the terrorists pay close attention to polls and to stories coming out of the U.S about the was in Iraq. And when they see and hear stories about the surge isn’t working, and there is a candidate that wants to pull the troops out as soon as he gets into office, this makes their will stronger to keep fighting. The AQI want nothing more then for Obama to win in November. With his win they will be able to wait for the troops to be pulled out and sit back and claim defeat against the strongest military in the world. This would not only be a blow to those serving in uniform but it would be a blow to the United States all over the world.

I admire President Nixon’s courage. There may be criticism of him in certain areas—Watergate, for example. But he had to take the most unpopular decisions that I could imagine—the mining, the blockade, the bombing. I know it was very, very difficult for him to do that, but that was the thing that ended the war. I think the reason he understood this is that he has a long background in dealing with these people. He knows how to use the carrot and the stick. Obviously, his trip to China and the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty with Russia were based on the fact that we’re stronger than the Communists, so they were willing to negotiate. Force is what they understand. And that’s why it is difficult for me to understand now, when everybody knows that the bombing finally got a cease-fire agreement, why people are still criticizing his foreign policy—for example, the bombing in Cambodia.


The fact in 1969 Nixon was willing to stand up against the left, to stand up against the anti-war folks, and to see that the war in Vietnam would end the way it should have ended, is an inspiration that the next President needs to have. The fact that McCain in 1973 saw that what Nixon did help with the end of that war, leads me to believe he knows what is best for the course of actions in Iraq. The fact that the left has a candidate that doesn’t understand the military, doesn’t understand that history has a way or repeating itself if not learned, has way to many “friends” that are against this country scares the crap out of me!!

At this particular juncture, after Tet in 1968, they thought they had the war won. They had gotten General Westmoreland [commander of U.S. forces in South Vietnam] fired. They were convinced that they had wrecked Johnson’s chances for re-election. And they thought that they had the majority of the American people on their side. That’s why these guys were speaking very freely as to what their ambitions were. They were speaking prematurely, because they just misjudged the caliber of President Nixon.

Imagine if you will, AQI had not been almost totally destroyed with the surge last year. With that victory and the fact that there was an election happening the following year, and the main Anti-war candidate looked like a shoe in for the President would AQI not be doing the same thing? They would be all over the internet and the main stream media telling each and every one of us that they were winning that the great United States has been defeated, and now that we control Iraq it is time to move towards destroying Israel!!!!

I have heard there was one B-52 pilot who refused to fly the missions during the Christmas bombing. You always run into that kind. When the going gets tough, they find out their conscience is bothering them. I want to say this to anybody in the military: If you don’t know what your country is doing, find out. And if you find you don’t like what your country is doing, get out before the chips are down.

Now a lot of you out there on the left have had your panties all in a bunch about the war, and the fact there is a group IAVW that has certain people in that would rather desert their posts and not follow the commands they took an oath to follow scare the living shit out of me. The fact that McCain who was beaten on almost a daily basis had the courage to stand up for what was right, the courage to realize that he made the choice to fight (granted a lot of folks during Vietnam were drafted, McCain wasn’t nor are anybody that has served or is serving in the military now) . For those soldiers that say the war is wrong, that they “saw” war crimes, or heard about war crimes, or that they aren’t going to go back to Iraq,well here is my question to you: Why the fuck did you join the military? I mean did you think you were going to boy scout camp an get to march around with guns and sing camp fire songs?? I mean give me a break, I joined in 1997, there wasn’t a threat of war then, but I knew that when I signed my name, raised my hand and took the oath that there could be a war at anytime. The world changes to fast for there not to be. Hell there was a war 6 years prior to me enlisting!! So any of you morons at IVAW think that you have ground to stand on, have another thing coming for you. Because if you “saw” these crimes, or you took part in them you time is coming. If you didn’t report them you time is coming. If you are making false accusations to members of congress your time is coming. But what am I kidding non of you are brave enough to stand up, take the stand in a court room or Senate committee room, raise your right hand and take an oath to tell the truth and nothing but the truth!!

Remember, a handful of turncoats after the Korean War made a great majority of Americans think that most of the POW’s in conflict were traitors.

This last passage goes to all of the anti-war troops out there spreading false stories, telling lies about things that supposedly happened! Because of you, because of groups like IVAW you are making those of us that are proud of our service, that went and fought for their country with honor and same gave their lives to insure that the freedoms of this country would live on forever. you are making all of us look like a bunch of renegades, blood thirsty, and willing to do whatever we want as long as we got home. Whenever you decide to speak and if I am around I will make sure to bring my Bull Shit Card to throw out! If you want to make a difference then do it under oath, bring evidence to the table, give names and locations, and dates the things you speak about happened. Until then crawl back under the rocks you came out from, enjoy the college education your country can and will provide for you, and let it go. So you had a rough year in Iraq or you had to do more then one tour, suck it up. The military isn’t a fucking cake walk, and neither is war!!!

June 9, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

WTF!@!!

Well I really need to do a post about Vets on the Hill, but I am to pissed off right now. There are a couple of things that have sent me over the edge:

1.Are people really that stupid that when there here a true American hero say that his kids will grow up to know heroes like McCain and not Tiger woods that he was a. being racist, and b. he was talking about Obama?? Come on people get a fucking life!! Not everything people say deal with race, fucking read a book, get an education and grow the fuck up!

2. My piss ass company are about to lay some more people off, we all know it, but they are to chickshit to tell us it is coming. it would be nice to get prepared and get my shit together just in case. Isn’t it nice how your employer expects a 2 week notice when you quit, but they can let you go with out warning?? Am I the only one that sees the problem with this???

When I finally calm down and have some time i will get on my reports about Vets on the Hill

April 11, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Election 2008

Well it has been awhile since I last posted so I figured it is time to let some ideas flow. Being as we are being slammed with election coverage already for, with little over a year to go for the actual elections. I thought i would talk about it like everyone else.

Now to give you some background on my political beliefs. I am a Republican. Every election since I turned 18 (1996), I have voted Republican. that goes for not only the presidential elections but for every local and state elections as well. As I look into the field of potential candidates for the Republicans my eyes get drawn to 3 gentlemen. Those 3 would be, in no particular order, Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, and Fred Thompson.

Now in 2000 I was a John McCain supporter, until Bush won the nomination. Again in 2004, I was a John McCain supporter, until again Bush one. But now in late 2007 I am torn among 3 gentlemen I think would be good for the job. If I had to narrow it down to one it would be very hard for me to do that.

I voted for Fred Thompson twice while I lived in TN, I voted for John McCain twice in the primaries for TN. I have never voted for Rudy Giuliani, being as I have never lived in New York. Now with that said does that mean I favor Thompson or McCain over Giuliani? No, because I would think if I lived in New York I would have voted for him as well. So onto the juicy part, what I think of each of these 3.

Lets Start with Rudy. “America’s Mayor” did some great things while Mayor of New York City. being able to bring crime down, keep taxes low, and run a city of that size is amazing in my eyes. then to lead the city out of turmoil on 9/11, showed me that capacity of leadership he has and his ability to work under tremendous amounts of stress. Now does him being the mayor of a large city, and being the the leader he was in New York on 9/11 make him the candidate for President, I am not so sure about that.

Now onto Fred. Sen, Thompson from the state on TN was an excellent Senator, and excellent actor, and an excellent lawyer. Now I am not going to lie, I do not know much about his voting record or what he has done as a lawyer, except that he was a lawyer during the Watergate Scandal. But when I see Thompson and I hear him speak, he fits the “picture” of a president. No does that qualify him to be president, I am not sure about that.

Now onto John. Sen McCain from the state of Arizona, a U.S.Nave fighter pilot in Vietnam, a POW in Vietnam. Spent 4 years in the “Hanoi Hilton”, being tortured on a daily basis, not knowing if he will ever see his home again. A man who fought for tougher restrictions for campaign financing, a man who has gone out on a limb backing the President on the war in Iraq, more then any other candidate. now some might think I am biased to him being I am a military man myself, and i would have to agree with that. In my eyes not only should the President be able to make decisions about domestic items like health care, I feel the President should be able o make decisions based on the military because he/she served. There is nothing I hate more then arm chair generals. So do I think based on John McCain’s military background and his view on issues that effect everybody in this great nation make him qualified for president, I would have to say..Yes.

John McCain is not only the person right for the job, I think he should have been the person for the job 8 years ago. Do I think we would be in Iraq right now if McCain was president I would have to say yes, because he along with Bush saw the threat that Saddam was and both of them realized that we should have finished the job in 1991. Now not everyone will agree with me, hell my own wife thinks I am crazy (she is some what leaning towards Giuliani), but I think McCain is the only candidate qualified to run against the likes of Clinton or Obama and actually have a chance to win. Now we will get a better chance to find out soon with the primaries coming up as quickly as they are. And i am looking forward to see who the people in Iowa and New Hampshire think is the best qualified Republican for the job. Stay tuned for more fun talks about the elections, things are only getting started and should only get better as we go.

October 19, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment