Flight Suit George

Originally posted 2009-03-18 12:10:31 -0500. Bumped by carol

The revisionist are out in force in an attempt to rewrite history regarding the rein of George W. Bush as President of the United States. But fortunately, the internet is brutally tenacious in recording how the vast majority of Americans really feel about this eminently corrupt and incompetent abomination of American governance. So let us set the record straight--not for vengeance, but for posterity:

Oh, Sweet patriot, square of jaw, and demeanor of great command, you fearlessly stand in defense of America, and the savior of all God’s chosen men. Anointed by God as his personal envoy to all men, corrupt and blind, and charged with the swift and brutal destruction of heathens of other kind.

You stand vigilant against all our enemies, both foreign and imagined within; you vigorously guard against all that is evil, and all that you see as sin. You define God’s needs and precious values, in the most unambiguous tones, and never once have you erred on behalf of truth, to reveal “God’s values” as indeed your own.

You lead our troops in fearless glory, challenging Death to “Bring it on. ” Never thrusting your sword on the field of battle, fearlessly leading the charge by phone.

Oh, Sweet patriot, square of jaw, and demeanor of great command, how selfless your will to guard America . . .

While hating the pillars upon which it stands.

Eric L. Wattree, Sr. Wattree.blogspot.com

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Have an amazing way with words.

Thank you, man 1,

 

But old George is so easy to drag through the mud, on so many levels, that I almost feel like a bully--emphasizing "almost."  But this man has brought so much pain and devastation to America and the word that his infamy should be celebrated for years to come in order to make absolutely sure that we never forget. 

Eric L. Wattree
wattree.blogspot.com

Religious bigotry: It's not that I hate everybody who doesn't look, think, and act like me - it's just that God does.

In Iraq, a boy named 'War' turns 6

 

BAGHDAD — Iman Kadhim felt the contractions at 2 a.m. on March 20, 2003. The streets of Baghdad were deserted; people cowered in their homes awaiting the threatened U.S. invasion. But the baby wasn't going to wait.

 

A neighbor with a car gave Iman and her husband a ride to the hospital from their southern Baghdad neighborhood.

 

Nothing was easy that night. Kadhim heard the baby's first cry before dawn and held him in her arms. Then they heard the first explosions that heralded the arrival of the U.S. military.

 

She named him Harb, Arabic for war. His full name, Harb Zaid, translates as Zaid's War.

 

Neighbors joked that the child named War would only bring damar, or destruction. She worried about him, the boy with a difficult name and an uncertain future.

 

"I was scared. We didn't know how our life would go forward," she said in her small home in New Baghdad. "We didn't know the future."

 

War's six years have been scarred by violence — bombings in marketplaces, a foreign occupation, roadside bombs, sectarian killings, massive displacement and flight and a new — and often broken — political system.

 

"The wise man points to the stars and the fool sees only the finger - and discusses it 24/7 on cable."

"Packing Inferno"

 

For nearly a decade, both wars have largely been reported by the media and explained to the public by lawmakers in statistical terms; thousands of U.S. soldiers killed in combat, hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis dead, and three-quarters of a million veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress.

 

Until recently, the press has been prohibited from photographing veterans returning from combat in flag-draped coffins, and funerals for the fallen were likewise off-limits.

 

But by relying heavily on numbers and press releases as a way of covering both conflicts, the public has been rendered incapable of experiencing or feeling any dramatic element associated with the devastation. It’s a sad truth that the average person is unable to accurately say how many U.S. soldiers have been killed and wounded since the wars began (4,257 dead, more than 31,000 wounded, 320,000 diagnosed with brain injuries).

 

Tyler E. Boudreau's book: "Packing Inferno: The Unmaking of a Marine"

"The wise man points to the stars and the fool sees only the finger - and discusses it 24/7 on cable."

That is so true.  But regarding the title of the book--you can never "unmake" a Marine.  I too am a Marine (there also no such thing as a former Marine), and I still fight alongside my brothers.  We were taught to never leave a fellow Marine behind on the battlefield, but we've allow the Bush administration to do just that.  That is what my personal war is all about.  I'm still determined rescue my brothers.  I no longer have an M16, but now a pen is my weapon of choice--which the Marine Corps also placed in my hand.

I'll never forget how upset I was with Top White, an old First Sergeant from  Kentucky, when he forced me into the Army/Navy Academy to get my high diploma ("Dummies kill good Marines").  I was convinced that he was being a racist--until he got the Battalion Commander to order the entire battalion out in dress uniform just to watch me receive my diploma. 

Once at Camp Pendleton, I went to work for the Battalian.  All I did was wrote reports for his signature.  Then after a while the colonel bagan asking me, what do you think of this officer or that officer.  Then before long we started sitting around discussing the various officers and he have me write their fitness reports for his review and signature.  It was one of the worst kept secrets in the Marine Corps.  So I ended up a corporal with lieutenants, captains and majors kissing my natural ass.

Then one day Top White pulled me to the side (he was about 60 years old at the time, but you could only tell by his haggled, battle-worn face, if you saw him in his uniform from the neck down, you'd think he was about 26 years old).  He said something that cracked me up at the time, but I'll never forget it.  He said, "My boss told me that my fittness report was going to based on his.  Now, let me tell you something, son.  I know I'm gettin' a little long of tooth--I've been through two wars.  But if my fitness report don't say I'm the best damn Marine that ever shit in the woods for the Corps, I'm sure I got enough grunt left in me to kick your young ass.  Do you get my point, Marine?  Now, let me buy you a drink."

Later, I got into a brawl with the MPs for hitting me with a baton for no reason. When I got out of the Top came and got me out of the brig the next morning.  I just knew I was in big trouble, and quite likely facing a bad discharge. So I was trying to get my story together before I went before the Colonel.  But when I got there, he just asked me one question--"Who won?"  And when I told him I did, he said, "You damn right, you did!"  Then he called the Provost Marrshal and told him, " Major, your people sprayed my Marine with mace after they had him handcuffed, that was chicken shit, and unprofessional.  But I'm not gonna take any action this time. We can just bury this and mark it up to a family squabble, " and the entire incident just disappeared. 

By the way, I won't mention the Colonel's name because some of his actions weren't altogether sop, but many years later he ended up becoming the Commandant of the Marine Corps. 

So I owe the Marine Corps a huge debt of gratitude, because they taught me in no uncertain terms, that knowledge is power.  And there's one other thing, both Top, and the colonel, were rabid conservative hawks.  Perhaps it's that fact colored this piece.

Eric L. Wattree
wattree.blogspot.com

Religious bigotry: It's not that I hate everybody who doesn't look, think, and act like me - it's just that God does.

Karzai: Additional U.S. Troops 'Seven Years Too Late'

 

In an interview with Margaret Warner, Afghan President Hamid Karzai welcomed additional U.S. troops, but said they were "seven years too late." He also endorsed reaching out to members of the Taliban who embraced the Afghan constitution.

 

Streaming Video Link, which you can also find, along with audio and transcript at top site link.

 

"The wise man points to the stars and the fool sees only the finger - and discusses it 24/7 on cable."