Originally Posted by tony hipchest
since the topic of our recent "war" has been a hot topic, and since we DO have a large contingincy of posters out in the sandbox i will take this opportunity to show them support.
i believe it was stlrs4life who brought up reagan and the H-bomb. it made me smile. it reminded me how we dropped a few daisy cutters in afghanistan and immediately had a news release stating and clarifying that this indeed was NOT a nuclear weapon. shortly after that, america unveiled the MOAB testing (our new 20,000 pound bomb Mother Of All Bombs that was tested in alabama i believe). along with word that a 25,000 version was in the works. then the miniature nuclear bunker busters.
i have met several of the generals of HAFB (home of the stealths) including the current secretary of defense brig. general larson. their stay at the base is often short as they are often given a star promoted to washington. i have had my photo taken with a stealth (8" by 10") for an official community partners appreciation function. i have touched the case holding the 1st americain flag to be flown over baghdad, dropping the 1st bomb in the 1st war in the gulf (feb. 18 1991 was the date i believe) i have talked to stealth pilots what it looks like flying through the tracer fire. i went to the welcome home parade for spc. joseph hudson (one of the rescued p.o.w's who was shown waving the american flag out of the top of the c-130 upon his return to the states)
of all of these things i am extremely proud- especially of being a american civilian. but i am much more proud of the troops who are serving. i sponsored a party for my brother in law and his transportation division before their 2nd deployment. escorting convoys is a very dangerous job over their. if you know what an i.e.d. is and the term ambush im sure you know this. i have sent him care packages along with sporting news papers to pass around to fellow troops. i have sent toys and soccer cards (like baseball cards) and candy to pass out to the kids who would approach their perimeter when he was on guard duty). i have heard 1st hand stories of r.p.g's whizzing over head in his base at mosul. him providing medical attn and trying to save the life of his fallen commrad and him taking a life. not quite what you imagine when you join the airforce and get thrust into an army battalion.
i applied to the air force academy, and for a rotc scholarship to pitt and carnegie mellon to become a field surgeon. i am a registered and active voting democrat.
this being said i have earned the right to say i disapprove of g. bush and our current role in iraq. you dont have to support the civilian president to support the troops. voicing displeasure is not un american, nor is it turning our backs on the troops.
i could be wrong about this but the day president bush had that horse and pony show on the aircraft carrier and prematurely declared an end to the war (and major military operations) about 3 years ago he denied all current troops veteran of foreign war status and the benefits and prestige that go along with it. i do not approve of this.
as previously stated the country is clearly divided in half amongst party lines. at a time when we need unity the right and left wing extremests act like we are shiites and zunis. this is not good. it is not a black and white issue.
thank you troops and God bless those who died and their families.
this is why i rarely engage in debates in such matters cause some people can only see one side of the argument rather than seeing both sides of the issues. and i hate being pigeonholed into one category or another. the world is just not that simple.
Excellent, excellent post. I actually think it was me who said Reagan would have found a peice of Arab desert and dropped an H-Bomb on 9/12 as a warning. You are so right.
Even moreso because of the questionablr nature of this war, I admire so much the men and women who serve our country. They deserve all our praise, free education and free housing when they get back home for all they have done and all that they risk. You can love and support these people while not supporting the leaders who make such bonehead, or in some cases, immoral decisions. the govenment hides behind them. And it always disturbed me how George Bush seized on 9/11 to win re-election, as if supporting Kerry meant you "have forgotten 9/11". this was NY. Im sure a few Democrats were in those towers, George. Im sick of the black and white thinking on this. I fully supported this President when he stood up in Congress and said that any nation that harbored terrorists would be treated as terrorist nation. I thought he was serious. I supported the invasion of Afganistan. And then something happened. Bush went back on his word. He looked the other way when it came to Saudi Arabia, N.Korea, Iran, Syria etc etc. Why? He didnt close the borders. Why? He didnt protect the ports. why? So dont call it "Bush-bashing".
I just listed all the times i supported him. I didnt turn my back on him, he turned his back on me. And then he wins an election by using 9/11. And hiding behind "the troops" His policies are killing troops. So Iraq can have good schools.