Al-Qaida, U.S., Flagpole, After School.

An American Al-Qaida member is the star of a new video tape threatening the United States with attacks far worse then 9/11.

Article:

Wearing a white robe and a turban, Adam Yehiye Gadahn, who also goes by the name Azzam al-Amriki, said al-Qaida would not negotiate on its demands.

“Your failure to heed our demands … means that you and your people will … experience things which will make you forget all about the horrors of September 11th, Afghanistan and Iraq and Virginia Tech,” he said in the seven-minute video.

Ben Venzke from IntelCenter says:

‘the group likely did not believe any of its demands would be met.’

Obviously this is the point. Al-Qaida knows we don’t and won’t negotiate with terrorists. Therefore, this is just an excuse to justify attacks on the U.S. A way to say, ‘hey, we told you, now you will pay.’

So should we be worried? I’ll tell you what, this is all eerily familiar.

The fact that I live in Germany right now and we are under a “Heightened Alert” and the tapes. Well…if anything, keep your eyes open.

As you may or may not recall, around July 23rd of 2001 warnings came out about an attack overseas. I remember the night I read the article (which, by the way, I have searched the Internet far and wide for such an article..nothing seems to go back far enough). I was working at our Command Post, a graveyard shift and was reading the news on MSNBC.com. I read the article, found it so interesting I forwarded it to my Parents, Sister and friends. And we know what happened after that.

Remember, it only takes one guy to cause harm. One. One Psycho, One Terrorist.

It doesn’t matter how smart or stupid these cells are, it doesn’t take brains to pull a trigger or push a detonator. 

Whenever someone threatens you, you should take it seriously. No matter what. If your family or children were threatened, you would take it seriously. So take this seriously. It’s the same exact thing on a much bigger scale. Don’t be afraid, just be vigilant, observant.

Also recognize that these terrorists know exactly how to get to us..mentally. Before Iraq, they were telling us we needed to convert, drop our support for Israel. Using Iraq as leverage and knowing how torn our Country is, they tell us we must leave the Middle East or face devastation.

All our lefties out there will use this as an excuse for why we shouldn’t be involved in Iraq. And that’s called waiving a white flag.

The fact of the matter is, no matter what we do, they will hate us. If we pulled out of Iraq, then we would have to stop supporting Israel or face attacks. If we stopped supporting Israel then we would all have to convert to Islam. If we did that we’d have to give up or Western ways.

 Their demands are ENDLESS.

 If it looks suspicious, feels suspicious, it probably is suspicious. Let’s take care of each other out there. This is our Country, Defend it anyway you can, even if it’s just with your eyes and voice.

Johnny Be Rude

Yesterday was Memorial Day and I decided to stick with my Memorial Day post and not talk of politics. But today is a new day.

John Edwards….hum drum, small town boy, “I’ll save the poor”, “I love America”, “I support the Troops” Johnny….this guy, has really taken the cake this last week.

So what Cake did he take?

His stance on Memorial Day and the activities we should take part in.

Now..this is from his site :

As citizens, we honor and support our troops for their service and sacrifice.

As Americans, we are blessed by that sacrifice and support, which keeps us safe and keeps us strong.

As patriots, we call on our government to support our troops in the most important way it can – by ending this war and bringing them home.

This Memorial Day weekend, we will all take responsibility for the country we love and the men and women who protect it. We will volunteer, we will pray, and we will speak out. In the days leading up to Memorial Day, we will take action to support our troops, end the war, and bring them home to the heroes’ welcome they deserve. And on Memorial Day, we will honor and remember all those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

Each of us has a responsibility to act, a duty to our troops and to each other. Support the troops. End the war.

Then he goes on to tell you things you can do on Memorial Day.

For example:

Get local, get active, and get outdoors. Walk the streets of your neighborhood. Get everyone you know to sign a petition to your local government body—for instance, your town or city council or neighborhood association—to pass a resolution requesting that Congress use its funding authority to support our troops and end the war. Bring the petition to the next meeting. Share your plans here.

Gather in public. On Memorial Day weekend, get your friends, kids, co-workers, neighbors, aunts, uncles, grandfathers, grandmothers, and anyone and everyone you know together to publicly support the troops and end the war. If you hold an event on Memorial Day itself, please make sure that everyone you gather knows it is a day for honoring the fallen only. Be sure to check with your local authority for any permits you need for public gatherings. Contact local media to publicize your event. Before you get started, please take a moment of silence to honor the fallen. And during your event, make sure you conduct yourself respectfully—both for those serving in Iraq and the memory of the brave servicemen and women that Memorial Day honors. Share your plans here.

Get vocal. Buy a bunch of poster-board and markers. At a picnic or with family and friends, make signs that say “SUPPORT THE TROOPS – END THE WAR.” Bring them to your local Memorial Day parade. Many parades are held on Saturday or Sunday. If your parade is on Monday, however, we ask that you choose another action to honor the fallen. Then take a digital photo of yourself and your family or friends holding up the poster and tell us about it. We’ll include it in a “Democracy Photo Album” on our site.

He also has other options inbetween these.

A few examples:

Send our troops a taste of home. Go shopping with your kids, your friends, your neighbors, and buy a whole bunch of stuff that would make a soldier happy to receive (check for restrictions). Then go through a site like Anysoldier.com, OpGratitude.com, or TroopCarePackage.com to send your package to a soldier in Iraq. Take photos and tell us about it.

Pray. Organize a prayer vigil for our troops at your house of worship. Honor the fallen. Tell us about it.

Greet a vet. Before Memorial Day Weekend gets started, get in touch with the Yellow Ribbon Fundand volunteer to provide welcome-back services and mentorships to injured soldiers returning home. Tell us about it.

Nice safety feature don’t you think?

My problem with all of this? It’s a mixed message.

Go out and shake the hand of a Vet and then go take your “end the war” sign to a Memorial Day Parade.

Have we forgotten that War(s) and the Sacrifice of the Men and Women involved in those Wars has lead to the Free and Democratic nation we live in today?

I know that people think talking works, that reasoning can work…understanding; Have we not learned?

The problem is, talking and reasoning only work with people who are willing to talk and reason. If talking and reasoning worked, we would never have war…Never. But we do, why? Because we all have different opinions. We all think we know what’s best.

I’m going to digress for a moment and tell you a story.

In the summer of 2001, July to be exact, my best friend Michelle and I took leave and drove from Dover AFB, to my hometown of Colorado Springs, CO.

One particular evening we decided to head downtown to a bar/restaurant and have a beer and some pizza. Once there, a couple of young college boys invited us to their table. Small talk ensued until they asked us if we were “College” Girls or not. We stated that we weren’t and told them the true nature of our professions…that we were in the Air Force. If we would of known a debate was about to follow we might not have said anything but we did and so came the debate. They questioned our morals, they questioned the Military in general. They asked us why we even needed a Military. To this Michelle and I came screaming to the defense of our Military and told them that there would always be enemies and that’s why we needed the Military. And this is the point in the story to take note of…To that answer they replied and I quote, “We have no enemies, Who are our enemies? The U.S. will never get attacked, mark my words.”

Flabbergasted, we started naming enemies.. “China, North Korea, The Middle East…”

We were so worked up, we threw down money and walked out. We were insulted and couldn’t believe people were so naive. Almost 3 months to the day, we were attacked on 9/11.

After 9/11 there was unabated support for War. Let me say that again, unabated SUPPORT for us going to war. We didn’t wait for anyone to tell us different, we just went to kick some ass. To DEFEND our Nation.

Now Iraq, I realize is a different situation….to a point. They were talking of Regime change  well before Bush took office. After 9/11, truthfully, it just gave us more of an excuse to go in. Nevertheless, Bush still went to the U.N. which, as usual, shuffled their feet and shuffled their feet. The infamous 1441 resolution never held water because the U.N. never stood behind it. They wrote it, then discarded it and ignored it. Meanwhile Saddam was sitting there laughing his Dictatoring fat ass off.

Despite what we knew or didn’t know, Congress passed the “Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002“.

The Senate Voted on October 11, 2002, by a vote of 77-23. John Edwards was one of those “Yes” votes.

The point is, a majority of the House, Senate and American People agreed to the war in Iraq at the time, based on the intelligence we had.

But some of those reasons were found to be untrue. And it is those reasons that have torn this Country apart.

Now we hear the phrase, “I support the troops, I don’t support the war”. How exactly do you accomplish that? Do you send little “Thank You” notes for defending this country and respectfully ask them not to do their job? Do you shake their hand as they walk through the airport and tell them you don’t believe in what they do or stand for but you support them nonetheless?

What a Crock of Bull.

And then you have Edwards, a Presidential Candidate, who sucks the milk from this great land, spits it out and has the audacity to call himself Humble.

He tells American’s, on a day when we remember why we are here and the people who sacrificed for us to get here, ‘ehhh….go on Children, write your signs to end this war and go make your voice heard at a Military Dedicated Parade.’ And Vote for Me..Vote for Me!!!

You never had my vote Edwards, in fact..you’re on the same list John Kerry is on, the “kitty” list.

The same people who preach about destitute parts of the world have no problem signing a death warrant for the Iraqi People. Hypocrites all of you!

“Support Your Troops” doesn’t mean typing it out or saying it. That has no validity.

If you say you support the troops and don’t support this war, I’d like to know what steps you take to support them? And I don’t mean asking everyone and their brother to bring them home. That’s not support…just ask the troops. We know that troops would much rather be home then fighting a war, but what you are asking them to do is against everything they joined and trained for. They want to succeed! Why do so many want them to fail???

Why do we want to “Save Dafur” but not “Iraq”? The list of hypocrisies is so long..it’s tiring and gives me a headache.

It doesn’t matter that Edwards said it, he isn’t going to be President and we all know that.

It’s the fact that the message is being said at all. Whatever happened to American Pride? Lots worry of what the world thinks of us? WHY DO YOU CARE? Do you think if they liked us they might help us? lol Too funny. The fact of the matter is, we have never been liked and yet it’s America, the most hated Nation in the World who comes to the rescue of our enemies.

We are a Great Nation, We are a Generous Nation but if you Mess with us, You pay the Price. That is what I love about America, that is why I support the troops and the mission they are doing. That is why no kitty boy will ever get elected.

No one makes this Country great but ourselves. We need to remember that. It’s the foundation our Founding Father’s laid down for us.

A Day to Reflect and Remember

This weekend Families will be traveling, friends will get together, smoke will be rising from backyards, neighborhoods will smell of foods and ring with laughter, kids will be waving flags at parades, Bands will play, Veterans will wave.

All the while, others will be far from home, far from family, far from friends, far from the comfort of someone’s inviting backyard.

Most of us have a long weekend. We plan our trips, set aside gas money to get down to the beach or whatever destination fancies you.

What I hope, is that you take a moment to look around you and appreciate the things you have, the connections you make everyday, the good times that make life what it is.

Maybe you’re a person on the go…. never stopping to smell the roses, forgetting about the wonderful things that await you if you would just pause for a moment and notice.

Memorial Day means stopping and recognizing what others have given so you can have days like today. Many Americans have left behind the comforts of home and sacrificed everything they had and were, so that we could build and live in the Greatest Country in the world, America.

Take some time today and reflect. Think of the past, think of the future.
Think of the lives given and saved. Think of your family and friends, close and far away. Think of the Men and Women who keep you safe and who keep you Free.

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The below is a collage of pictures I have from when I was deployed and from troops involved with Operation Freedom Smoke. (The site is going thru an overhaul so please don’t mind the mess)

Enjoy your Memorial Day.

Ding Dong the Witch is Dead

Why CWonder, that’s not very nice!!!

Yes I know..but I don’t care 🙂

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So after Thursday’s Kitty fight between Elizabeth and Rosie, Rosie calls it quits.

Hmmm, how interesting? Don’t you think?

Rosie the dragon spewing, psycho babbling, conspiracy theory’ing, leftist freakazoid couldn’t hang when the going got tough.

You want me to tell you how I really feel? (grin)

I used to like Rosie, in fact, I loved her. I watched all her movies, her show. I thought she was hysterical but this extreme lefty disease got a hold of her, choked her and she submitted to the extreme.

Watching the debates between Rosie and Elizabeth was like watching regular America. That was the only plus side. There are just as many people out there who clap for Rosie as they do for Elizabeth. People actually believe what comes out of her pie hole.

The debates turned argument, turned emotional, turned personal. And let’s be real here, Rosie did most of the attacking.

When it wasn’t an answer she liked, she took that sharp little knife out and poked it a little deeper.

Elizabeth jabbed back…finally got a good one in and…POOF!!! Rosie’s gone.

Considering her attitude on the show and the “My way is the only way” line of thinking; not to mention the total disregard for the Country she lives in; she copped out.

 It seems every time Rosie comes out in public she causes controversy. We forget about her and back again she comes.

Her comments literally make me sick. Shame on you Rosie. 

Someone get a pail of water so we can be done with this nonsense.

Missing Soldiers, Subconscious Mourning

This morning I was watching Fox & Friends on Fox News  and they were interviewing Debbie Anzack, Aunt of PFC Joseph Anzack who is one of  three soldiers feared captured by Al-Qaida 5 days ago.

As I watched Debbie talk of her Nephew, how lovable and handsome, kind and gentle; tears forming in her eyes; it occurred to me how she was talking of him. I’m sure she didn’t  realize, but she kept using the word “was” not “is”.

Past Tense.

In a situation such as this, I imagine it’s a comfort system that kicks in, and we have no control. It’s much easier to imagine they aren’t suffering anymore then to imagine the possibilities of what these young American men are going through.

I was neither offended or shocked by her choice of words because again, I’m quite positive she didn’t realize she was using them.

An update on their search here.

I can’t imagine what the families are going through but they are in my thoughts…and I hope yours as well.

Military and the “Human” Factor

“I support the troops, I don’t support the war” has become an all too common montage.

Unfortunately, you can’t have one without the other. It’s such an oxymoron and yet understandable. But truthfully, I only say that to seem reasonable. Inside, I’d like to tear those two phrases apart.

Internet, 24 hour News stations…we have an inside look at the war. Yet, this hasn’t seemed to change the attitude, except for the ones reporting it and the people who have supported the effort all along.

Jeff Emanuel has a piece in The American Spectator.com today about the “PR war in Iraq”.

Journalists embedded with combat units is a product of this war.

Tom Gjelten of NPR said

“We were offered an irresistible opportunity: free transportation to the front line of the war, dramatic pictures, dramatic sounds, great quotes, Who can pass that up?”

But the real prize ended up being an acknowledgement of the “Human” Factor.

Journalists aren’t just reporting, they are getting to know the sons and daughters of America’s military.

 When you watch TV, you see uniforms, maybe a name tape and just maybe you can distinguish which service they are in. You have no idea that, like you, they have son’s or daughter’s too, a wife or husband, Mom’s and Dad’s worried sick, EVERY SINGLE DAY.

But unlike you, their job is their life. A soldier, Airman, Seaman or Marine is not just a job title. It’s everything they are; 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Many journalists have come away with a completely different view then before they embedded.

While I was at the Combined Press Information Center (CPIC) in Baghdad on my recent trip to Iraq, a pair of Spanish journalists — a newspaper reporter and a photojournalist — walked in, fresh from their embed with the 1-4 Cavalry of the 1st Infantry Division (the unit with which I embedded only days later). They had spent two weeks amongst the troops there, living and going on missions with them, including house-to-house searches and seizures, and their impressions of these soldiers were extremely clear.

“Absolutely amazing,” said David Beriain, the reporter (and the one who spoke English), said of the young Cavalry troops. “In Spain, it is embarrassing — our soldiers are ashamed to be in the army. These young men — and they seem so young! — are so proud of what they do, and do it so well, even though it is dangerous and they could very easily be killed.” Beriain explained that the company he had been embedded with had lost three men in the span of six days while he was there — one to a sniper and two to Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), both of which had blown armored Humvees into the air and flipped them onto their roofs. Despite this, he said, and despite some of the things which they might have said in the heat of the moment after seeing another comrade die, the soldiers’ resolve and morale was unshaken in the long term, and they remained committed to carrying out their mission to the best of their ability for the duration of their tours in Iraq.

Berain goes on to say :

“I love those guys,” Beriain said, looking wistfully out the window of the media cloister in the Green Zone that is CPIC. “From the first time you go kick a door with them, they accept you — you’re one of them. I’ve even got a ‘family photo’ with them” to remember them by. “I really hated to leave.”

Fascinating that such a transformation can happen isn’t it?

Maybe you don’t agree with the war and there are troops that feel the same way.

But there are many more who believe in what they are doing.

Because I’m stationed in Germany, I see a lot of troops coming and going from Iraq and Afghanistan. When they are wounded, they usually head to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, about 20 klicks from my front door. AAFES provides $250 clothing vouchers to every troop who comes in. Most only have the clothes on their back and their ID. I have personally, while working at AAFES, helped well over 200 troops with their vouchers. This is a small number relative to the amount of troops serving. But I can tell you that I asked every single one the same question, “Do you want to go back?” 1 out of 10 said No.

Their reasons may not always be the “effort”, it may be the men they left behind. Nevertheless, go back, is what they want to do.

Read the article. And before judging everything that’s going on, listen to the guys who are over there. Get a well rounded view of what they are really trying to do.

I want us to succeed. I want us to help fix a broken country. What’s wrong with that?

Forget the reasons we said we went in, We are there now..you can’t change the past. You have to look forward, learn and teach.

There are a lot more positive outcomes then negative if we Win.

The Troops.

Aim High? Or Putter Out?

Anyone who’s been in the military, working as a maintainer, knows how old the aircraft/equipment is.

We also know that the older they are; the more they break, the more time it takes to fix it, the more maintainers you need.

It’s an endless cycle but nothing new.

On May 8th, USA Today had a story on our wearing Aircraft in the good ole Air Force. As a prior Jet engine mechanic, I can say I have firsthand experience with our aging Fleet. I worked on TF-39’s, the C-5 Galaxy Engine.

This story features A-10’s or Tank Buster’s.

Compared to 1996, the Air Force now spends 87% more on maintenance for a warplane fleet that is less ready to fly, Air Force records show.

And the maintainers feel it! Believe me!

Gen. Ronald Key’s comments:

“I don’t want to write a letter, or have my successor write a letter, ‘Dear Mr. and Mrs. Smith, your son or daughter are dead because the wing fell off on takeoff. We knew it was going to fall off, we just didn’t know when.’ That’s kind of what we’re getting down to,” Keys said.

What he’s saying is, ‘Give us more money for Aircraft and better Parts!’

The average age of a U.S. Warplane is 23.5 years old. In Aircraft term..that’s old. Think in dog years.

Then there’s this guy :

Aircraft age is misleading, said Christopher Bolkcom, a national security analyst at the Congressional Research Service. Some aircraft may have been lightly used for years and have safe flying hours left. Maintaining old planes may be expensive but often cheaper than buying a new aircraft, he said.

“Chronological age is only one measure of aircraft health,” Bolkcom said. “Age is not a safety issue.”

Lightly used for years??? Where the hell has this guy been???  Three well known wars, who knows how many “incidents” not to mention Humanitarian Missions.

The keyword with this guy is “Analyst”. That means he’s looking at numbers and not at aircraft. He’s not talking to the people working and trying to fix these planes everyday.  

What it all comes down to is cost…at-least Politically.  Right now the military has been downsizing, specifically the AF. That means less people to do the job. When you have ACFT breaking constantly and only two guys to do the job instead of four, you’ve got a problem. It’s a lot more then money. You got guys working 12 hour shifts 6 days a week. Mistakes can be made and mistakes cost a lot of money. When you downsize manpower and expect everyone to be on their toes with less people and more to do…it’s a recipe for disaster.