McHenry set to attack Iran

Insists we wait until 2008 to evaluate surge in Iraq

North Carolina's 10th District Congressman Pat McHenry told Hardball's Chris Matthews today that he supports a military strike in Iran "to eliminate their nuclear capability." Matthews confirmed with this question: "You believe the possession of a nuclear weapon is itself justification for a US air attack?" McHenry replied, "I believe so."

My Vets blog

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Hello,

I am a proud Navy Vet. I served 22 years in the Navy before retiring. I was a leader, follower, technician, teacher, sportsman, father, arbiter, mentor, royal pain in the rump to many folks. I am fairly positive that I had a positive impact to many people in and out of the Navy.

I was an ambassador for the United States on many continents of the world. I served in 4 ships, (John F. Kennedy CV-67, Nimitz CVN-68, Josephus Daniels CG-27 and Caron DD-970). I taught young sailors the intricacies of computers that todays computer schools would not dare try to teach. I was a Sailor 24 hours a day for those 22 years. I protected many of you and enabled many of you the ability to pursue your dreams and desires. I did this because I wanted to. My father served 20 years in the Air Force and my grandfather also served 20+ years in the Army Air Corps. My brothers (3 of em) all have retired or soon will. My oldest brother is about to go to Iraq for the second time.

Better late than never . . .

Dole: Navy must withdraw recommendation for Washington County OLF

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole today sent a letter to the Secretary of the Navy opposing the Navy’s proposal to build an outlying landing field in Washington County and calling on the service to withdraw its recommendation for an OLF at that site.

“I appreciate the extensive discussions that we and our staffs have had over the last several weeks regarding the Navy’s proposal for an outlying landing field in North Carolina,” Dole wrote to Navy Secretary Donald Winter. “As I have conveyed to you, the Navy’s proposal to build an OLF in Washington County is simply not feasible.

As a former Marine

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As a former Marine (of 8 ½ years) and current Department of Defense employee, others expect that I support the Bush Administration, from top to bottom and bow to stern. While that expectation is supported by aspects of my daily job in that I provide support to military families, I do not support the Bush Administration.

The biggest boost to my political ideology came last year when the II Marine Expeditionary Force (II MEF) designated a “Wounded Warriors Program” and installed them into the building I worked (we've since been relocated).

Every day I saw the results of the disastrous policy in Iraq. I saw Marines with bandaged arms and legs and Marines in wheelchairs or on crutches. They would all go back to Iraq if they were ordered - it's their duty, after all. But most would volunteer to go back and some have. I've asked a few of them why and the answers are almost all the same: Revenge. That's not to say that America's military forces are full of revenge-minded thugs. That’s completely not the case.

We did what we were asked to do...

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A recent college graduate and newly minted ROTC 2nd LT in January, 1965, I reported to Ft. Bliss Texas and joined about 50 others to start my Officers Basic Class in Air Defense Artillery (ADA). A few months later I was assigned to a STRAC (Strategic Army Corp - combat groups designated to be ready to go anywhere in the world in 72hrs) HAWK missile battalion at Ft. Bliss. The next month or so was intense. We lived in the desert...moving, setting up, and running ORE's. (Operational Readiness Evaluations). Sleeping in the desert in a bag on the sand is a treat...snakes, bugs, and cold...not to mention the blowing, stinging, sand.

What's in a word?

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Veteran. It’s such a weird word, implying all sorts of common ground in terms of experience and patriotism. And yet we are as varied as our fingerprints. For my part, I have struggled with my identity as a veteran for many of my 56 years, a love-hate roller-coaster that continues to this very day.

FHBlack: I hate war

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(lifted from fhblack comments and front-paged by Anglico)

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I hate war, I hate talking about war, and I hate writing about it almost as much. I was raised in an Army family but believe me that for me made me hate it even more. My Grandfather and father were both in WWII, my Grandfather as a sergeant and my Dad as a lieutenant. When the war was over, Granddad returned to the railroad and Dad decided to stay in as a regular Army officer because he believed that the US would honor its promise of equality.

Open thread: BlueNC Veterans Day Edition

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Good morning everyone.

As many of you know, we have a boatload of Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine veterans who are regulars here at BlueNC. Today we've invited any and all of them to tell their stories or share their ideas. I'll be around all day to front-page them and add our handy-dandy seal to their posts. We'll keep other business going as usual, which means the front page is wide open for whatever comes along, not just veteran posts.

Thank you to all our veterans for their service, and for honoring us with their presence here at BlueNC.

On Fighting A War, Or, The Best Christmas Ever

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Lots of people enlist in the military, many more marry into it.
Others are born into it.

I’m one of those.

I was literally born into the Navy. So literally that my place of birth is the Portsmouth Naval Hospital.

Before I was nine, I was stationed at Portsmouth, Virginia, Jacksonville, Florida, and Hunter’s Point Naval Shipyard, San Francisco. That’s where my Dad was transferred to a destroyer being converted from an older design, the USS Somers (DDG 34).

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