It has been a tough news weekend for the United States.
I've been blocking out news coverage today and cringing every time I hear a partisan or pundit prognosticate about the decline of America, or our supposed shuffle closer to doomsday.
My heart breaks hard every time I think about the selfless men and women we lost in Afghanistan this weekend. Brothers and sisters alike, it seems almost trivial to sit here tonight and type--a freedom they have won for me--while so many are facing grim realities and long, tense moments of combat half a world away.
Submitted by fake consultant on Thu, 09/09/2010 - 5:17am
You know, it seems like every time I write a letter I have to begin by apologizing for not having written in so long, and that’s the case again today.
We only get a few days of real summer up here every year, and I was out having fun at golf tournaments and doing a bit of climbing around the local hills—and you know, I do love doing a bit of nothing at all from time to time—but while I was away, things have gotten even crazier than usual around here...and I’m sorry to say, you’ve been on the pointy end of the crazy stick, which is something that never should have happened.
Things have been so nutty that you’re probably thinking America has something against Islam—in fact, you might be wondering if we have something against our own Constitution.
Well, we don’t, most of us, and I’ll take a few minutes today to help y’all understand just what is going on in this country.
Submitted by Savannah on Fri, 03/23/2007 - 10:54am
Thought you all might be interested in this duo of sites I found. www.SorryAboutOurPresident.com almost has a thousand "apologies" and is full of both American and international opinion, some of which is really well written, some of which is just plain funny. There is a link on that site to www.NotSorryAboutOurPresident.com, the counterpart for those NOT sorry (obviously) and wishing to express that. Both of these are a revealing cross-section of the American state. Check them out if you have a sec, and add to either if you feel so inclined.
Submitted by BrendaFayBowers on Mon, 02/19/2007 - 1:51pm
(Dear Reader, this is not my story. I am merely passing it on and proud to do so. Brenda)
Bringing a Soldier Home
Last week, while traveling to Chicago on business, I noticed a Marine sergeant traveling with a folded flag, but did not put two and two together. After we boarded our flight, I turned to the sergeant, who'd been invited to sit in First Class (across from me), and inquired if he was heading home.
No, he responded.
Heading out I asked?
No. I'm escorting a soldier home.
Going to pick him up?
No. He is with me right now. He was killed in Iraq . I'm taking him home to his family.
The realization of what he had been asked to do hit me like a punch to the gut. It was an honor for him. He told me that, although he didn't know the soldier, he had delivered the news of his passing to the soldier's family and felt as if he knew them after many conversations in so few days. I turned back to him, extended my hand, and said, Thank you. Thank you for doing what you do so my family and I can do what we do.
Submitted by Marshall Adame on Thu, 02/01/2007 - 2:49pm
America Can Stand Down in Iraq and Win
January 31, 2007
By Marshall Adame
In a recent water cooler discussion about Iraq, I suggested that America needs to remove the primary combat forces from Iraq and concentrate on training, government capacity building and providing logistical support and material capacity to the Iraqi Provincial Governments and certain commercial enterprises which contribute to the nations commerce and infrastructure i.e., railroads, airports, ports, electricity, etc.
The provincial governments in Iraq, however married to tribal and religious traditions, are the real governments in Iraq. The central government in Baghdad is paralyzed by sectarian bickering, graft, corruption, absence of its elected members (many have left the country), infighting and strife. The welfare of the country, as a whole, is far removed from any real debates occurring at the central government level. My suggestion, that we could remove our troops, was met by what seems the standard reply to remarks like the ones I had just made. “Man, do you have any idea how much blood will be spilled if we pulled out our combat troops?” A legitimate question from anyone who does not understand the Arab mindset. My answer being “Not as much blood as is being spilled today”.
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