I know that the President is under a tremendous strain. I mean...who wouldn't be under these trying times. I will just say one thing. It takes an extraordinary amount of courage to do what's right for the country.
God bless you, Mr. President.
CarolComment Posted By Carol Johnson On 12.01.2007 @ 13:21
If this is an idiotic suggestion, feel free to ignore it. I was thinking about all you have written. Have you taken stock of how much of it there is? Is there any possibility of putting together a collection of Rick Moran's writings? I think that finding a publisher should not be that big a hassle (what do I know) and I believe that a new "kid on the block" would be a welcome change from some of the stuff out there that makes my head hurt.
The beauty of it is that you probably won't have to add much new stuff, instead just editing and refining the GREAT stuff you've already written. Something to think about. Meantime, I would be glad to help in a small way...as a matter of fact, I have been thinking that if I took all the money I have "wasted" on newsprint (including that fish wrapper they call a newspaper around here) and spent it on my favorite blogs instead, I and they would be much better off and I wouldn't have worry about recycling them or running over them in the driveway. Pretty miserable when you only buy them for the funnies and the want ads anyway! LOL.
My 2 cents.
CarolComment Posted By Carol Johnson On 4.01.2007 @ 09:46
"Unless it is the fact that heâ€™s an officer, I canâ€™t see this prosecution as anything except an effort by the army to make an example of him."
BINGO! Officers are given a special responsibility and honor to command others. This is never something that should be taken lightly or without deadly serious commitment. Ask what kind of message we are sending those cadets who are still at West Point. Honor means something.
Kick him out, fine...but accord him all the shame and dishonor that he has called upon himself by stripping him of his vaunted status and any future benefits he may have had. It's just a pity they didn't find out about this guy while he was still a cadet. There are other peoples lives on the line now and we simply cannot afford it.
George Bush is just ONE Commander-in-Chief. They're were others before him and there will be others after him. Respect for the "office" of CIC by those in service is something that should never change with whose in office.
CarolComment Posted By Carol Johnson On 29.12.2006 @ 10:56
I DO think he has a right to speak out...HOWEVER, when he uses his status as an officer in the Army to promote his political causes, he begins to fall into the category of someone like Kerry who DID THE SAME DAMN THING! The only difference is that no one even tried to stop Kerry while he was still wearing the uniform of the United States. Morality is a double-edged thing. When you are an officer you are responsible for people other than yourself. Their very lives depend on what you do and say. When someone takes an "oath of office" or is "sworn in" whether that be for President, Senator, Commissioned Officer, or Enlisted...you also VOLUNTARILY take on that morality too, otherwise they're empty words that mean nothing.
However, I DO think that a less-than-honorable discharge should be sufficient in this case. Sending him to Afganistan would be unaccetable to the men and women under his command. You think having 600 or so Congressmen conducting our wars and foreign policy is bad. Try that with every officer and elisted man who decides that he doesn't like his job!
Sorry...my two cents.
CarolComment Posted By Carol Johnson On 29.12.2006 @ 10:22
I fully agree with you. There is only one thing I can add...President and Mrs. Ford DESERVE the respect of all and no matter how this is "smoothed" over it will remain what it is...an insult to someone who has served his country well and a cold hard slap in the face to someone who is hurting. My heart goes out to Betty Ford.
CarolComment Posted By Carol Johnson On 28.12.2006 @ 08:53
"Minter speculated on air today that one of the documents removed and destroyed by Berger was a 1995 letter from Bashir to Clinton offering to hand Osama Bin Laden over to us. What would the 9/11 Commission have had to say about this? Would it have altered their final report?"
What would 9/11 Commission co-chairman, Lee Hamilton have to say about a letter that he received from Sudan in April 1997 asking the Clinton White House to allow the FBI counter-terrorism units into Sudan to look at intelligence of Al Qaeda and bin Laden activities? It seems like Sudan was trying to convince SOMEONE in the Clinton Administration to come and check it out. It is my understanding that this letter is a matter of the Congressional Record.
In April 1997, there was another invitation, once again inviting the Clinton Administration to send FBI counter-terrorism units to Sudan to verify any information they may have had about terrorism. The letter was addressed to Representative Lee Hamilton, the then chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and is part of the Congressional Record. (13) This offer was eventually turned down four months later.
13- 'Perspective on Terrorism - Olive Branch Ignored', The Los Angeles Times, 30 September 1998.
CarolComment Posted By Carol Johnson On 25.12.2006 @ 21:27
Hugh Hewitt links to you this morning with a suggestion that the Daily Herald hire you as blogger/writer. What a GREAT idea. They could pump up that 770K circulation very nicely!
Sent you an e-mail this morning. Again congrats!
Carol JohnsonComment Posted By Carol Johnson On 15.10.2006 @ 17:10
Thank you Michael. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Carol JohnsonComment Posted By Carol Johnson On 15.10.2006 @ 08:36
USN 1967-70 1973-79
â€œA Day of Mass Resistance.â€?
Yeah...too bad Abbie's not around anymore. We could levitate the Pentagon again. feh. Been there...done that. Don't have the tee shirt anymore. Now WHERE did I put those love beads?
CarolComment Posted By Carol Johnson On 5.10.2006 @ 08:48
You know...I'm just going to leave this. Food for thought and discussion:
I found this little gem in response to the â€œclaimâ€ by Clinton, in the interview with Wallace on Fox, that no one knew much about bin Laden at that point or suspected his complicity when the black hawk down incident occured in Somalia. Not a soul, he said! Bull shit!
But, according to a detailed account of the operational planning of that attack in Yossef Bodanskyâ€™s â€œBin Laden: The Man Who Declared War on America,â€ the massacre was actually the result of a well-planned, well-executed ambush by terrorist forces overseen by Osama bin Laden and supported by the governments of Sudan, Iraq and Iranâ€¦
[btw, anyone want to convince me that Saddam and bin Laden had no relationship? See above paragraph and more below. Remember, this was TEN YEARS before the Iraq war]
â€¦On Oct. 3, 1993, U.S.-U.N. forces learned about the presence of two of Aididâ€™s senior foreign policy advisers, Osman Salah and Muhammad Hassan Awali, at the Olympic Hotel. Quickly, a helicopter assault of 100 American troops was under way. The two were captured, as well as 22 other Aidid supporters.
But as the U.S. troops prepared to leave, they were caught in a well-organized ambush by more than 1,000 guerrillas. Two helicopters were shot down and a third crash-landed at Mogadishuâ€™s airport. The U.S. troops established a perimeter around the crash site, but found themselves surrounded and under heavy fire for 11 hours.
In that firefight, 18 American troops were killed, 78 were wounded and one helicopter pilot was captured.
The next day, the guerrillas celebrated a great victory over America â€“ dragging the bodies of the U.S. servicemen through the streets of Mogadishu.
But it was hardly a force of rag-tag Somalian rebels that had trapped the Americans. The intelligence tip received by U.S. forces about the presence of Aididâ€™s men was the setting of a trap by a combination of Islamicist forces directed by bin Laden and his top lieutenant, Ayman al-Zawahiri. The ensuing ambush was conducted by hard-core battle-hardened Arab â€œAfghansâ€ and Iraqis. The main strike force consisted of troops trained by Iran and Iraq. Aididâ€™s forces were introduced later in large numbers to create the appearance of an enraged mob of Somalians taking revenge on U.S. forces.
Like I said, Bull Shit!!!
CarolComment Posted By Carol Johnson On 25.09.2006 @ 13:19