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User currently offlineFalcon84 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1803 times:

Anyone want any more proof that the support for the war is losing steam? After thousands came out to protest the war in DC earlyer in the week, only a few hundred came out to counter-protest.

http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/09/25/war.rally.ap/index.html

A few thoughts about what the pro-war had to say:

"No matter what your ideals are, our sons and daughters are fighting for our freedom," said Marilyn Faatz, who drove from New Jersey to attend the rally. "We are making a mockery out of this. And we need to stand united, but we are not."

Excuse me? They are NOT fighting for MY freedom. No American soldier has gone to war, legitimately, for the freedom of the U.S. since the Second World War. They are not fighting for my freedom: they're fighting to save George Bush's ass now, because he sent them there on an ill-defined, ill-conceived mission, that still has no signs of being successful.

They're fighting for a debt of honor to the Iraqi people, to make their lives as decent as possible, after we invaded their nations without just cause. That's what we're fighting for, Ms. Faatz.

Oh-and the President has made the mockery, not those that oppose the war.

Many demonstrators focused their ire at Cindy Sheehan, the California woman whose protest near President Bush's Texas home last summer galvanized the anti-war movement.

Big deal. Focus on one woman. It's not getting you anywhere, people, except more scorn for you than she has recieved.

Oh, btw, before the conservative Sheehan-bashers go on board,she's increasingly going after Democrats, and, more and more, Hillary Clinton

http://www.villagevoice.com/news/0538,lombardiweb,68015,2.html

Here's a little snippet of Sheehen, towards Mrs. Clinton, from "Meet The Press" today.

Mr. Russert: "Before she came to Washington, Knight Ridder reports this. "En route to Washington for the rally, anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan protested outside [Sen. Hillary] Clinton's New York office. `She knows that the war is a lie, but she is waiting for the right time to say it,' Sheehan told about 500 cheering supporters. `You say it or you are losing your job.'"

This is Cindy Sheehan to Hillary Rodham Clinton who very well may be the Democratic nominee in 2008."



(Link is to the MTP transcript. The above quote is about 3/4 the way down.)


"The group who spoke here the other day did not represent the American ideals of freedom, liberty and spreading that around the world," Sen. Jeff Sessions, an Alabama Republican, told the crowd. "I frankly don't know what they represent, other than to blame America first."

A few points, Senator:

1. Those who spoke there the other day REPRESENT THE VERY ESSENCE OF WHAT AMERICIA IS ABOUT! Unless your idea, Senator, is to walk, goose-step with George Bush, those who speak their mind, freely, are the epitomy of what the United States of Amercia is about.

2. On this issue, Jeffy, America IS TO BLAME. We started the war; we bullied the UN and our our allies to accept it, then spit on them when they didn't go along. We ARE AT FAULT.

One sign on the mall read "Cindy Sheehan doesn't speak for me" and another "Arrest the traitors"; it listed Sheehan's name first among several people who have spoken against the war.

First one doesn't bother me in the least, but after hearing Jeffords damn those against the war for daring to speak their minds, one of the supporters of the war calls those of us who are against it "traitors"? To them I say: go to hell, hateful person. You don't understand America if you REALLY believe people against the war deserved to be arrested and labled traitors.

How many of the very vociferous on this forum believe this? If you do, be honest, put on your flame-retardant suit and say it. At least we'll know where you stand.

Melody Vigna, 44, of Linden, California, said she wants nothing to do with Sheehan and others at nearby Camp Casey, an anti-war site set up to honor her son, Casey, who was killed in Iraq.

"Our troops are over there fighting for our rights, and if she was in one of those countries she would not be able to do that," Vigna said.


EXACTLY, lady! That's what makes American the beacon it has been for two centuries-you ARE ABLE speak your mind, protest your government, oppose policy-AND NOT GET ARRESTED. Thank you for hitting the First Amendment right on the head. I know, missy, you didn't mean it that way, but, in your ignorance, you hit a home run FOR those of us against this war.

Unfortunately, I'm one of those who are a more of a realist about this war than some others, I know we can't leave know-you know, that debt of honor to the people of Iraq and all. But that doesn't mean I will EVER come out in support of it, or will welcome it in any way. It has damanged our good name and reputation, and made us the brunt of jokes worldwide. And I should be PROUD of this?

Flame suit on. Already wearing the Obsession, Captoveur. Fire away. I don't give a rats' ass.

[Edited 2005-09-26 03:51:27]

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User currently offlineLogan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1782 times:

A couple of points:

I support the troops, but not the adminstration.

This war is about finishing Bush41s failings and control of the oil fields.

The troops, if they are indeed fighting for our freedoms, as Ms. Faatz proclaims, are fighting for our right to oppose this war. So go screw off, Ms. Fat.

Those numbnuts don't get this.

Tell me one thing: How has toppling Saddam Hussein made us more secure? How?

Another question: How has alienating worldwide Islam against us made us more secure? How?


User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13113 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1766 times:

The hurricanes have overwhelmed the recent protests (as well as the war in Iraq) in the 'So Called Liberal' mainstream media for understandable reasons, and to the advantage of the Bush Administration. The problems as to the Hurricanes have also demostrated the lack of emergency planning done to evacuate cities and critical areas of the country (like the oil refineries, ports damaged or disrupted in the Gulf of Mexico) that may be subject to terror attack. It also demostared huge weakesses and limitations as to leadership in the Federal, state and local governments. The hurricanes have also causing more people to reject a continued war in Iraq as we have more important and immediate problems here in the USA, including the insufficient size of the domestic National Guard units in the affected area, along with equipment that was badly needed for these and other potential disasters or a terror attack in Iraq and not here.

I didn't support the decision to go into Iraq and would say that the policy chosen was horrible. We should have encouraged a tighting noose of restrictions on the government (but not the people) especialy as to the 'food for oil' program and to halt the illegal sales of oil by Saddam via Syria and Jordan. It is well understood that the support of the war was built on lies of people in or from Iraq looking to become the new leaders if they could get Saddam out. Those lies were repeated and with a key vote to go to war only a month before Congressional (and some Senate) elections, and with the general public buying those lies and putting pressure on many Democrats to vote in support of war or fear the wrath of the Republicans in the campaigns. So Senators like Clinton and Schumer from NY State, had tremendous pressure from the absolutist Jewish/pro-Israel types as well as a desire by many Americans who wanted revenge against someone, anyone in the Middle east to pay for 9/11. Saddam was convenient enemy due to the well document past crimes of his rule.
Entering the war, we didn't have strong support of allies, inadquate planning, not enough troops, we let the burearucracy be destroyed there (except for the oil ministry). We don't really give a damm about 'freedom' for the Iraquis. We (along with the UK) never have cared about it for 60 years, so long those countries kept doing business with the USA and our oil co's, didn't get friendly with the USSR or now Russia or China and kept the oil flowing. For over 50 years, we turned a blind eye toward the inhumae conditoins of the people in that part of the world (most notabley Saudi Arabia!). We are there to control the access to middle eastern oil, and in particluar the 2nd largest reserves of oil in the world iin Iraq, for the USA and key allies in Europe and Japan - and away from China and India. That's it.
As to the protests, I do have my issues with some of the protestors due to their views of issues other than their objections to the war in Iraq. Ms. Sheehan's obsession and some of her off the wall remarks have turned many Americans from her cause and the 'so called liberal media' in the USA. This president will not and cannot admit he and staff made a huge mistake. Worse, to withdraw now will make our withdrawal in Vietnam seem trival in comparison and appear to be a surrender to the terroist sub-groups in the Islamic world by what is supposed to be the 'only world superpower' wounding itself badly.
Let the arguements continue.


User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1723 times:

I'm not going to get drawn into an anti-war protest thread . . . especially with three posters I respect . . Falcon, Logan and LTBEWR . . .

I'll say this . . what I thought ironically funny was the photo in the Anchorage Daily News this morning . ..

"Cindy Sheehan and her Security Detail "

Proof positive she's been whored out to what ver cause will give her ear.

That's likely all for me in this thread. . . . .

[Edited 2005-09-26 05:36:58]

User currently offlineLogan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1708 times:

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 3):
"Cindy Sheehan and her Securit Detail "

Proof positive she's been whored out to what ver cause will give her ear.

Agreed, totally. Now, tell me with a straight face that this guy isn't a whore to his cause too:




User currently offlineGuitrThree From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2049 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1695 times:

Quoting Falcon84 (Thread starter):
Oh, btw, before the conservative Sheehan-bashers go on board,she's increasingly going after Democrats, and, more and more, Hillary Clinton

Yea, the SAME Cindy Sheehan that said:

"George Bush needs to stop talking, admit the mistakes of his all around failed administration, pull our troops out of occupied New Orleans and Iraq, and excuse his self from power."

If that's not enough to discredit this 70's remake, I don't know what is.
I, like ANC am not going to get drawn into this either.

What I will say, however, two things. One, this anti-war movement is nothing more than the same old, green haired, tree-hugging, pot-smoking, orgy loving lefties that have had nothing to do since the early 1970's.

And two, why were there no more "pro-war" people there? I don't know, but I feel that it probably has something to do with the fact that they have jobs to go to, and just can't travel around the country on some Partridge Family bus tour.

Enough said. I will not discuss this lame Anti-American again. You can if you want, but for someone that says he "doesn't" lick the ba**s of Michael Moore, well, go read his web site and see who his featured "Blogger" is.



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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20632 posts, RR: 62
Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1690 times:

Quoting GuitrThree (Reply 5):
why were there no more "pro-war" people there? I don't know, but I feel that it probably has something to do with the fact that they have jobs to go to

Yups, Wal-Mart lays on extra staff on the weekends.

(Which makes just about as much sense as your explanation.)



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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29799 posts, RR: 58
Reply 7, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1681 times:

Quoting GuitrThree (Reply 5):
What I will say, however, two things. One, this anti-war movement is nothing more than the same old, green haired, tree-hugging, pot-smoking, orgy loving lefties that have had nothing to do since the early 1970's.

It is sad really.

You have the so called "Greatest Generation" which freed people on two different continents.

You have the Generation X and Y's who have freed at last count 3 different countries, and sent themselves to places like Somolia, The Balkans, and Haiti in the attempt to make the word a better place.

And in the middle you have the Baby Boomers, who's biggest accomplishment is crashing the gates of a rock concert in New York and getting stoned on pot and acid.

It really is quite pathetic these hop-heads are still continuting their ill-suited ways.



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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20632 posts, RR: 62
Reply 8, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1673 times:

Quoting L-188 (Reply 7):
And in the middle you have the Baby Boomers, who's biggest accomplishment is crashing the gates of a rock concert in New York and getting stoned on pot and acid.

That's true only if your atlas doesn't list places like Vietnam.



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User currently offlineTexan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4278 posts, RR: 52
Reply 9, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1664 times:

Quote:
"No matter what your ideals are, our sons and daughters are fighting for our freedom," said Marilyn Faatz, who drove from New Jersey to attend the rally. "We are making a mockery out of this. And we need to stand united, but we are not."



Quote:
"The group who spoke here the other day did not represent the American ideals of freedom, liberty and spreading that around the world," Sen. Jeff Sessions, an Alabama Republican, told the crowd. "I frankly don't know what they represent, other than to blame America first."

 redflag  So because I disagree with the war, believe we were lied to in order for W to prove to the world that he has a big dick and can stay in there the entire time and finish the job after papa failed to do so, and am pissed at the blatant cover up by the media and the politicians that the original intent of the war was based upon a fabrication known about at the highest levels of our government I am anti-American? Because I actually question what the scum in Washington tell me to believe I am bringing about the downfall of society? Excuse me, but when you stop questioning the government and follow the leaders blindly, you are helping transform this nation from a Republic/representative democracy into an oligarchy or dictatorship.

Quote:
"Our troops are over there fighting for our rights, and if she was in one of those countries she would not be able to do that," Vigna said.

I still fail to see how curtailing the First and Fourth Amendments here while completely destroying another nation is fighting for our rights. If the war was truly about that, I would be able to support it. In case y'all forgot, this war was initiated to find the missing WMDs. Which, by the way, are still missing since Iraq did not have them. The only ones they ever possessed were the ones Reagan gave to Hussein to fight Iran.

Quote:
"I want him to know and I want his unit to know that America is behind them; Cindy doesn't speak for us, and that we believe in what they are doing."

Ok, so you do not want to know why we are in a war with no end in sight that is costing billions upon billions of dollars, thousands of American lives, tens of thousands of Iraqi lives, and caused the ire of a large portion of the world, fine. You don't have to know. Just because you choose to be ignorant does not mean that the rest of us cannot find out the truth. And if I am wrong, which I sincerely hope I am, I have no problem coming back and telling that to every single person with whom I have ever spoken about this issue. If I am right, then the President should be imprisoned for betraying the country's trust and killing more than 1,500 Americans and 25,000 Iraqis.

I support the troops. I have many friends in Iraq. Just because I disagree with the war does not make me anti-American. And just because you support the war does not make you a "true" American or a patriot.

Texan



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User currently offlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17491 posts, RR: 45
Reply 10, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1645 times:

So let's say the anti-war protesters are right, and "we end the war".

How do we "end the war"...and what happens to Iraq?



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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29799 posts, RR: 58
Reply 11, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1625 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 8):
That's true only if your atlas doesn't list places like Vietnam.

Well there are exceptions to every generalization. There where boys that went over and tried to prevent a country from falling into a communist prison state, where opponents to the state where forced to flee, sent to "reeducation camps" or killed.

Unfortunately they couldn't do that because of the hippies back home. The sad part is that those same hippies are trying to make Iraq into another Vietnam by failing to support the troops and failing to give them the materials and the support they need.

How many troops will Cindy Sheehan kill because they won't have the ammo, or the equipment or the support they need?



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User currently offlineAvObserver From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 2472 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1622 times:

"What I will say, however, two things. One, this anti-war movement is nothing more than the same old, green haired, tree-hugging, pot-smoking, orgy loving lefties that have had nothing to do since the early 1970's.

And two, why were there no more "pro-war" people there? I don't know, but I feel that it probably has something to do with the fact that they have jobs to go to, and just can't travel around the country on some Partridge Family bus tour.

Enough said. I will not discuss this lame Anti-American again"

GuitrThree, you and L-188 seem to imply BOTH this war AND the Vietnam conflict were noble causes and take a bunch of cheap shots at the lifestyles of those who tried and are trying to bring those pointless abuses of foreign policy to a halt. Vietnam and Iraq aren't the same but similar flawed philosophies for global intervention underlie both campaigns. You can't make a noble cause out of an effort that accomplishes nothing, as the Vietnam debacle showed and as the current Iraq mess seems to be showing. In the earlier supposed crusade against "communism", and the Korean one before it, the government essentially asked our soldiers to fight with one hand tied behind our backs. Even if suppressing the Red North was laudible, NOT giving our forces the proper resources to decisively win such a war was criminal. Our troops in Iraq are similarly deprived, even if the nature of the wars and the strategies used to fight them differ. To simply sling mud at vocal 'hippie' liberals doesn't address the main issue that fighting certain wars makes no sense. Korea and Vietnam certainly made no sense; both U.S. campaigns failed. And with the current Administration's stated reason for invading Iraq being subsequently debunked, even later by the President's own commission, it seems ludicrous to accept Bush's unwavering position that it does make sense. How is merely opposing a questionable war 'Anti-American'? Making this a 'conservative vs. liberal' thing is petty and also misplaced, insomuch as L.B.J., the Vietnam war's biggest booster, was a "tax-and-spend" democrat.

Another stellar post from you, Falcon84. At this point, a good number of conservatives are also jumping off of the 'Bush Knows All' ship of shame and boarding the ship of common sense, free of pathetic partisan infighting.


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20632 posts, RR: 62
Reply 13, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1621 times:

Quoting L-188 (Reply 11):
How many troops will Cindy Sheehan kill because they won't have the ammo, or the equipment or the support they need?

I don't equate "end the war" with "don't support the troops", and don't believe Cindy Sheehan has proposed that either. Maybe you could offer some of her positions on where she's stated that the troops shouldn't have ammo, equipment or other support. I looked ... couldn't find any.



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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1610 times:

Quoting L-188 (Reply 11):
Unfortunately they couldn't do that because of the hippies back home. The sad part is that those same hippies are trying to make Iraq into another Vietnam by failing to support the troops and failing to give them the materials and the support they need.

The anti-war rally in D.C. on Saturday was closely linked to the the Impeach Bush people. This rally was more of an indictment of the President and his Administration more than of the war itself. And where was Dubya at during this? In Texas trying to make himself look like he's in charge with the the Hurricane Rita recovery efforts by being there as the storm was hitting the state. Had it been hitting anywhere other than Texas, he probably still would have been in Texas hanging out at the ranch.

To say that folks who are against the war don't support our troops is dead wrong. They support the troops, just not their Commander In Chief. The nearly 2000 US troops that have been killed in Iraq is that many too many. Much like in Vietnam, our forces were committed based on lies. While in Vietnam we had a small number of troops serving in an advisory role, it took a supposed "incident" to cause LBJ to send hundreds of thousands of troops over there, killing over 50,000 of them. And when South Vietnam fell in 1975, it wasn't the end of the world, the domino theory proved incorrect. When we were in Vietnam, that country was in the middle of a civil war. In Iraq, we're the ones who have started a civil war in the country. As proven by the various factions in the gov't in Iraq, it's only a matter of time before the country erupts in civil war. The insurgency in Iraq is really the precursor to civil war.

Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 10):
How do we "end the war"...and what happens to Iraq?

Unfortunately, there is no way to end the war without looking like we did after Vietnam. There is no graceful way to exit Iraq. Iraq is a powder keg, and to give Saddam Hussein some credit, he managed to keep the factions at bay, while not through the most convential and honorable means, but he kept them under his thumb. Much like Yugoslavia in the Post-Tito era, there is a power vacuum in Iraq and eventually this will led to all out civil war.


User currently offlineFalcon84 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1594 times:

Reading the same tired, lame, stale drivel from L-188 and CatGut3, I'm comforted by one fact: their blind allegiance to the war and Mr. Bush are making them minorities in the country now, out of step with what Americans are thinking, and out of step with what Americans want.

It really makes them a sad sight. Like I said, I don't agree that we need to get out, but I also find it appalling, disgusting and so removed from reality that anyone who disagrees with the war, or who wants to pull out the troops, are labled "anti-American", by the likes of GuitrThree, or "traitors" by these war love-in protesters. Neither is true. They're the big lie, and speak with complete dishonor. I don't get angry at them for that-I pity them.


User currently offlineSoyuzavia From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 594 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1563 times:
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Quoting L-188 (Reply 11):
Unfortunately they couldn't do that because of the hippies back home. The sad part is that those same hippies are trying to make Iraq into another Vietnam by failing to support the troops and failing to give them the materials and the support they need.

Riiiiiight. Blame the hippies. The funny thing is Vietnam and Iraq are identical. And it isn't the hippies who made it that way, but it was the US government. Both Vietnam and Iraq are places that the US had no right to be in the first place without general UN membership concensus, and because the US was itching to pick a fight, both wars were started based on outright lies.

And you know the worst part? That my own country sent our citizens to die because your government can't mind its own f'ing business.

I "pray" for the day that we in this country get a government, which when asked to send our citizens off to a country where we have no right to be, tells the US, uncategorically, to go fuck itself.

Unfortunately, we had this opportunity last year, and only now is the public seeing what could (and should) have been.

So don't blame the hippies -- blame the self righteous arseholes in Washington for what is happening -- it's their fuck up and they hold 110% responsibility.


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20632 posts, RR: 62
Reply 17, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1557 times:

Quoting Soyuzavia (Reply 16):
Both Vietnam and Iraq are places that the US had no right to be in the first place without general UN membership concensus

You really should read your history there, bud. The U.S. was invited into Vietnam by Ho Chi Minh himself after WWII, to help fend off recolonization by the French, but we changed sides when he developed communist leanings, then the French up and left town after Dien Bien Phu, leaving a mess behind for everyone else to clean up.

There's certainly a lot more to the story, but it's not like the U.S. just decided to sail over and start aiming mortars at Hanoi.



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User currently offlineFalcon84 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1554 times:

Quoting Soyuzavia (Reply 16):
The funny thing is Vietnam and Iraq are identical.

They're not identical at all. The U.S. entered a conflict in Vietnam that had been going on, literally, since the end of WWII. The war, in case you forgot or didn't know, was started by France, and not the U.S. We entered it during the period where we felt we needed to "contain" communism.

So they're not alike in how they started or in how they were prosecuted. The COULD end up being alike in the political fallout that happens during and afterwards. But the wars themselves have little in common.

Quoting Soyuzavia (Reply 16):
Both Vietnam and Iraq are places that the US had no right to be in the first place without general UN membership concensus

The U.S. does NOT have to rely on the UN. In Iraq, it would have been far, far better only to go to war with UN backing, and you are correct, Bush was just itching to start a fight in Iraq. Well, he got more than he bargained for. But the U.S., as a soverign power, does not have to get UN permission, technically speaking, for anything.

Quoting Soyuzavia (Reply 16):
So don't blame the hippies -- blame the self righteous arseholes in Washington for what is happening -- it's their fuck up and they hold 110% responsibility.

On that line, we're in agreement. L-188 is still stuck in the 60's when it comes to his view on government and those who dissent with it on war policy. Too bad for him.


User currently offlineJaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1522 times:

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 3):
"Cindy Sheehan and her Security Detail "

Given the vitriol that I heard being spewed at her, and several attempts by those on the loony right to physically attack and intimidate her in public (and private), I suspect she needs it. In any case, from what I saw this weekend, her "security detail" consisted of 2 female friends and one burly man (also apparently a friend).

Which makes me wonder. Where were all the A.net right wing supporters of this war?

I guess they were busy supporting the troops while watching Saturday morning cartoons.

Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 10):
How do we "end the war"...and what happens to Iraq?

I thought the war ended when Bush said "Mission Accomplished?"
But since even an uber Bush lover like you has accepted the truth that it isn't over, Bush must be fumbling for some new version of reality (but isn't he always?). Well, the truth is that we can't end this war now. We're stuck there for a very long time, irrespective of who wins in 2006 or 2008. In any case, since you are so concerned about what will happen to Iraq, I do hope that ou will sign up for active duty there. Beats what you do now, right?

Quoting GuitrThree (Reply 5):
What I will say, however, two things. One, this anti-war movement is nothing more than the same old, green haired, tree-hugging, pot-smoking, orgy loving lefties that have had nothing to do since the early 1970's.

LOL.
Now since there over 75% of the American populace is against the war, I guess that's about 220 million people.

Quoting GuitrThree (Reply 5):
And two, why were there no more "pro-war" people there? I don't know, but I feel that it probably has something to do with the fact that they have jobs to go to, and just can't travel around the country on some Partridge Family bus tour.

On a Saturday and Sunday? LOL.

I think it just goes to show that the "pro-war" people couldn't basically care less as long as someone else is getting killed. Or, perhaps, they don't make enough money to afford the air fare to DC; or that the price of gas is so high that driving a pickup truck with a gunrack to DC is a very expensive proposition.

Or maybe, just maybe...there just aren't that many out there who give a damn.


User currently offlineTexan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4278 posts, RR: 52
Reply 20, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1521 times:

Quoting L-188 (Reply 11):
How many troops will Cindy Sheehan kill because they won't have the ammo, or the equipment or the support they need?

I was wondering why the troops didn't have enough ammo and armor! Thanks for the info, L-188. I'll make sure to write a letter to Sheehan and tell her to get the US Congress to appropriate enough funds to adequately supply our soldiers, since apparently she is the one in charge of doing that. Good to know...

Texan



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User currently offlineFalcon84 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1518 times:

So, now, according to L-188, Cindy Sheehan is at fault for the lack of equipment our troops have? ARE YOU KIDDING ME????

Just another fob to let George W. Bush off the hook. Now I've heard it all. What a pathetic excuse that is, L-188. I didn't know Mrs. Sheehan held the purse strings to the Pentagon. Our bad.

Unbelievable.


User currently offlineJaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1512 times:

Quoting L-188 (Reply 11):
How many troops will Cindy Sheehan kill because they won't have the ammo, or the equipment or the support they need?

I thought those were Rummy's failings.
You know, the Sec of Defense, that same guy who thought we could win this war in 4 days with a small group of soldiers...

What else will you be blaming on Cindy Sheehan? Our federal deficit? The price of gas? The lame federal response by Bush's goons to Katrina?

I guess the day's of blaming Clinton's bj's are over. The right has found its new punching bag.


User currently offlineUAL777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1556 posts, RR: 5
Reply 23, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1508 times:

Why does everyone get so worked up over this? The war is what it is and it will run its course by 2008. Everyone looks at it differently. All I will say is this, as a former serviceman who has seen his friends go to places like Fallujah, Ramali, and Baghdad, I will say this....go talk to someone who has actually been there to find out what is going on in Iraq.

It is really easy for everyone to say, oh our troops don't have this, oh our troops don't have that and it's Bush's fault. NO IT IS NOT. It is the fault of Clinton, and the American public. Clinton GUTTED the military in the 1990's to the point of it making my stomach sick. I am politically neutral, but I to this day fail to understand why democratic presidents think they can gut the U.S. military, then send an unsupported force into hostile territory and win....Iran-failure, Somalia-failure.....the list goes on and on.....

In order to win a war you need 3 things. 1. Air power 2. better equipent and training. 3. Fortitude.

If we left now, what have the 1,900 servicemen and women died for? What about the appx. 10,000 that are missing legs or arms or have nerve damage? What will YOU say to THEM. "Im sorry you had your leg blown off, and your wife was too horrified by your appearance so she left you when you came back....and BTW your sacrifice was for NOTHING?"

At least a murderer is gone, at least the spark of change has the chance to take hold in one of the most brutal regions of the world. These are things worth fighting for.

Sheehan is dishonoring her son with what she is doing. If I was ever killed in combat, I would never forgive my mother for being so stupid.

In closing....do I like GW, no. He is out of touch. Do I support the war in Iraq? Kind-of... Do I think we should pull out now and let it digress to its former state thus negating the sacrifices and deaths of thousands? No....and while this may seem harsh, in my mind, anyone who thinks that we should IS not supportive of our troops and obviously doesn't know anything about the battlefield.



It is always darkest before the sun comes up.
User currently offlineFalcon84 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1499 times:

Quoting UAL777 (Reply 23):
Why does everyone get so worked up over this?

Gee, I don't know: 2000 Americans, having died for absolutely nothing will make some feel that way. Way to downplay their deaths, dude.

Quoting UAL777 (Reply 23):
The war is what it is and it will run its course by 2008

And you have some kind of insider information on that? Here's the problem: Bush has said our troops stay their till the job is done. If he pulls them out before the '08 election, to score points at home, and Iraq ends up in a civil war, then is it just another lie by him? He's put it on record: we stay till Iraq can take care of itself. If he pulls them out beforehand, and Iraq goes to pieces, he's cutting his party's political throat.

Quoting UAL777 (Reply 23):
It is really easy for everyone to say, oh our troops don't have this, oh our troops don't have that and it's Bush's fault.

It is his fault. He started the war. Why can't YOU see that?

Quoting UAL777 (Reply 23):
Clinton GUTTED the military in the 1990's to the point of it making my stomach sick

Ah, I knew we'd get around to blaming Clinton. It's the only game in town for the GOP. Clinton hasn't been in office for over 4 years. Time to stick the bottom line with the man in the Oval Office now, not the one who was there 4 years ago. You're just another Bush apologist.

Quoting UAL777 (Reply 23):
I am politically neutral,

Pardon me while I laugh my ass off at that one.

Quoting UAL777 (Reply 23):
At least a murderer is gone

Not what the war was about, bucko. It was about weapons that didn't exist, and close to 2000 Americans have died over that falsehood.

Quoting UAL777 (Reply 23):
These are things worth fighting for.

No, it's not-IT'S NOT OUR FUCKING BUSINESS WHAT KIND OF GOVERNEMENT ANY OTHER NATIONS HAS, EXCEPT OUR OWN! It's not WORTH 2000 young Americans dying, so we can force down the throats of someone else OUR IDEALS. We have NO RIGHT to do that. This war isn't about my freedoms, and so it isn't worth the price, although, now, stay we must.

When Iraq invaded Kuwait, that's one thing-a friend asked for our help to throw out an aggressor. We did that, honorably. But this? Started under false pretenses; started by shitting on the rest of the world because they didn't agree with us; then our president calling it OVER on the deck of an Aircraft carrier 2 years ago. Support THAT? Never.

We do NOT have the right to tell others how to live, UAL777. Just as we would resent others doing that to us. What part of that do you not get?

Quoting UAL777 (Reply 23):
Sheehan is dishonoring her son with what she is doing.

That's not for you to decide. And you say you're neutral. Grow a pair, and admit the truth. She's doing, whether you, or anyone else likes it or not, what she thinks is best to honor her son. You can STFU and not speak for her, my friend.

Quoting UAL777 (Reply 23):
If I was ever killed in combat, I would never forgive my mother for being so stupid.

How nice of you. Stick to speaking for your parents' then, not someone else's.


25 Jaysit : LOL. Now, I've really heard it all. Hon, it was Bill Clinton's toned down military that thrashed the Serbians and then thrashed the Taliban in 2001 (
26 Jaysit : Actually, some of us did our time when he had to (15 years ago), and we too have friends who got stuck in places like Fallujah and Ramallah, and the
27 11Bravo : You couldn't be more wrong about that. I can tell you from my personal experiences in Panama and the Gulf War that the “view from the front” is v
28 Post contains images Halls120 : Even the Washington Post has editorialized that to do what the protestors call for - immediate return of the troops - would be a very bad idea. Ah, g
29 Post contains images MaverickM11 : Wow it's been almost 15 minutes since you last said that. Since you can't post one word without making it personal....   So what are the anti-war pr
30 OttoPylit : Probably because people will show up in thousands to demonstrate against something that is ongoing, whereas few show up to support it, because the fac
31 Soyuzavia : I know my Vietnamese/Indochina history quite well. The only time that the US supported HCM and the Viet Minh (which he was the leader) was during WWI
32 Post contains images Texan : I did. He talked about it as Governor of Texas, he talked about it when he was a candidate, and he has always acted in an aggressive manner. The medi
33 AeroWesty : Yeah, you did okay. But you left out the involvement of the PRC in Vietnam, making this a completely one-sided affair. Well done you.
34 Falcon84 : WHOOSH! Right over your head. As I said, when we are ASKED to assist, as in those instances, as in '90/91 when Iraq invaded Kuwait, that's one thing.
35 MaverickM11 : Similar to the WTO and World Bank protests all over the world...
36 Falcon84 : You're the fool, friend. You play the blame game and lay the blame everywhere but where it belongs, on the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
37 AeroWesty : Just as a point of clarity here, you're arguing what Clinton did to the armed forces first hand as a former Marine, but you're in the 16-20 age group
38 Post contains images Falcon84 : AeroWesty, I seldom check the information on a member, but maybe our "Marine" would care to explain his illegal enlistment at the age of 10 when Clint
39 Halls120 : LOL, I understood your point quite clearly. That you missed mine - or more probably avoided it - speaks volumes. So, witnessing genocide, we stand as
40 Superfly : Do people actually show up to protest protesters? What a bunch of loosers! Did faux news exaggerate the amount of war mongers that showed up?
41 Falcon84 : Should I bring up half of Africa to your attention, Halls? 'Nuff said.
42 UAL777 : For the record. I enlisted when I was 17 and was medically discharged in March. However, if any of you actually studied what happened, many fine offi
43 Falcon84 : Dude, why does your profile say you're 16-20? Didn't graduate or something? You will automatically, and rightfully, get suspicion, like B744F does, wh
44 Post contains images Superfly : Glad to hear that. Keep in mind, Senator Clinton is considered a moderate based on he voting record. Glad to hear that she could attract a swing vote
45 UAL777 : I am 19 and 6 months now. I did graduate, got a 30 on my ACT, a 97 on my ASFAB, and am currently completing my bachelor's at ERAU. You should learn t
46 Post contains images AGM114L : I disagree. Combat pay, housing allowance (and not having a place in the States), no opportunity to spend ANY money, and ALL this while paying ZERO t
47 UAL777 : I have been watching her closely, but I have a natural distrust of all politicians. I am just going to wait until the primaries and see whos out and
48 AeroWesty : So for the record, your knowledge of what Clinton did to the armed forces came from hearsay and "reports" you've read along the way, not from first h
49 Falcon84 : Not a matter of addition, Marine-your profile states your age between 16-20. Maybe update it, and you'll get no further grief from me. Actually you d
50 UAL777 : When I say "reports" I am refering to essays and to procurement and budget figures. If you pull them up, you can see that they match with what I am s
51 Slider : If that were the case, oil wouldn't be at the price it is. This war is a lot of things, but a war for oil it is not. I agree- we're past the point of
52 UAL777 : That is the thing though, the Iraqi population has had FAR more deaths as a result of terror attacks from terrorists from Syria, Jordan, and other co
53 Falcon84 : Yes, but what unleashed the terrorism? Our invasion.
54 UAL777 : True, but that is like saying that gun manufacterers should be held responsible for gang violence.
55 Superfly : DITTO!
56 AeroWesty : Yes, I have in the past. The Berlin Wall fell in 1989. Clinton came into office in January 1993. We were no longer fighting the Cold War, and the mac
57 Halls120 : If you'd been reading accurately, I included Africa in my examples of should we ignore genocide just because we haven't been invited. Mind you, I'm n
58 11Bravo : ...and the US military has all of those things in spades. Your list here is missing the most important component, and that is competent leadership th
59 MidnightMike : Falcon There is an old saying: Liberals/Democrats protest, Conservatives/Republicans write letters. Liberal causes will always outdraw most conservat
60 Post contains images AeroWesty : That would be all the pro-life demonstrators popping up everywhere, right?
61 MidnightMike : Oh lord, don't get me started with those freaks, they are rabib protesters......
62 Post contains links Goose : I have some of that answer; Aside from a very, very few groups like ProtestWarrior, the Pro-War folks have little that resembles the effective, exper
63 Falcon84 : Quoting GuitrThree (Reply 5): And two, why were there no more "pro-war" people there? I don't know, but I feel that it probably has something to do wi
64 B744F : I don't know why you're making that a valid argument. In the 1920s how many KKK members marched to support their cause? And how many people could you
65 Post contains images GuitrThree : Wow. That's easy.. All those evil republicans in their offices doing nothing but cooking the books lends plenty of extra time to listen to Rush!
66 Post contains images Falcon84 : Now, that was funny, dude! Hahaha!
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