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Author: yankeemom  //  Category: Iraq, PTSD, Veterans

Iraq PTSD

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The Kirkuk Wall ~

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: Iraq

There’s a special wall in Kirkuk that is 280 feet long and is covered with 4336 names ~ Names of our Fallen.  A Memorial to those who raised their right hand and took an oath.  Created with love and honor by Brothers-In-Arms.

The wall is in danger of being painted over as the bases close and our Troops leave Iraq.

Names erased and forgotten.

The North Carolina Rolling Thunder Chapters 7 and 4 have stepped up to try and save this Memorial by packing it up and bringing it to the US.

Go here for more information on their efforts to make this happen and see photos of the wall.

And please sign the petition too!

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How Many Years Has It Been…?

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: Iraq

…and they still don’t have a clue:

Lawmakers warn administration of cuts in Iraq aid

(AP) – 19 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration needs to make a compelling case for investing billions more taxpayer dollars in Iraq as the nearly 8-year-old conflict recedes from the public’s mind and the remaining 50,000 U.S. troops leave by year’s end, top Senate Republicans and Democrats warned military and diplomatic officials on Thursday.

Amid fresh Republican promises to slash spending, members of the Senate Armed Services Committee cautioned U.S. Ambassador to Iraq James Jeffrey and Gen. Lloyd Austin, commander of the U.S. military in Iraq, of the intense pressure to cut dollars for Iraq.

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These lawyers Guvmint critters are so good at cutting off our Troops’ noses to spite their own faces.

God forbid they even think about cutting a penny from all those deadbeat generational welfare entitlement programs.  Hell no!

They whine talk about how long the “War On Terror” has been and how much money and treasure it has cost with hours of debating on the floor and lies told to further political agendas.

What about the “War On Poverty”?  Going on 50 years and how is that working out?  What, we’re into trillions spent now and we have more “poor” people than before it started?   I don’t hear anyone bleating about that money and treasure being spent in this losing war.  Of course, supporting the military isn’t nearly as sexy as fighting hunger and victimhood, nor does it bring in Democrat campaign donations.

(Of course, we never hear about all the Military families on foodstamps…because our Military gets paid SQUAT.)

And just what are our Troops doing in Iraq?

Tankers train Iraqi soldiers at Al Asad

AL ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq – The Soldiers of Company D, 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, recently moved to Al Asad Air Base to join Task Force Blackjack, 4th Squadron., 10th Calvary Regiment, to begin its mission of advising, training, and assisting the 7th Iraqi Army Division.

Read it all here.

(Thanks brat!)

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US writers, poets hold anti-war vigil

American writers and poets have held a gathering outside the White House to express their opposition to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.The White House vigil on Thursday was sponsored by the Institute for Policy Studies and Split This Rock and included 16 minutes of silence in representation of every year of war in Afghanistan and Iraq, Press TV correspondent reported.

“We are here as poets and writers to speak out against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the US occupation of those two countries and to call for self-determination for the people of Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Sarah Browning, Director of Split This Rock.

“We feel bound, as Americans in particular, to speak out for the people of Iraq and throughout the world to know that we oppose our government’s position,” she added.

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I can’t stand these people.  If you won’t do any research to find out the facts, then maybe you shouldn’t be protesting something you apparently know very little about.

Just makes you look stoopid.  And pathetic.

i wont back down

They didn’t back down.

Can’t say the same for the Suits on The Hill.

Maybe it’s time to just bring everyone home and let the Mideast fight it out amongst themselves.   I’m tired of the US being a Mommy and Daddy to a world that just doesn’t want to grow up.  We have enough problems right now with an out-of-control Nanny State and a clueless Administration and Congress.

Besides, if the Military were here at home, they just might have a better chance at being able to actually vote in the elections.

Gahhh!!!

We are so not pleased.

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The Speech ~ Rewritten

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: Iraq

Well, in my last post about this I said I didn’t want to take on Mr. I Won’s speech of Tuesday night, but I have to tell you, it continues to rankle.  I’m not at all surprised by what he said ~ and didn’t say.  He was just being his usual progressive li’l self and, as he has proven time and time again, he is most certainly not able to be anything else.

Above all else, it establishes his distaste for foreign policy except, of course, when he feels the need to apologize to our mad dog adversaries for the evil United States, his dislike of the Military and his inability to ever admit that he was wrong.

Yes, he “praised” the Troops for all their sacrifice and hard work, but no mention of all the good they did: schools built, neighborhoods reclaimed, businesses able to reopen, water and electricity availability, breathing room for a new government to form, no more rape and torture rooms, children getting medical treatment for the first time ever and the caches of weapons found that will no longer will be used against the Iraqi people.

Nope.  That would be just too much for the Grand Narcissus.

After all, it was just a “dumb war”.

How the Iraqis feel about all this.

But pay that no mind, Obama said he would get the Troops out and by gum, he did, no matter how many innocent people that may affect.

Premature End to U.S. Combat Operations in Iraq?

Well, over at the War on Terror News, the editor has rewritten the speech and a fine job he has done.  Go over and read it and see if that isn’t the speech you would have preferred to hear from this CinC:

Obama Speech on Iraq, Rewritten

My Dear Americans, I have chosen this moment to declare the “combat mission” in Iraq is over.  Our Troops will still be in harm’s way and there will still be shots fired by and at them, but I made a campaign promise to “end the war” and have ALL Troops out within 16 months, without precondition.  This speech is designed to claim my promise fulfilled, though I did nothing to achieve the current successes in Iraq, nor to overcome the challenges that persist there.  In fact, the current Troop levels were not my doing either.  I inherited that from President Bush, just as I did the decreased violence there.

Read the rest here.

Couldn’t have done a better job myself.

And ~ I have this to say to all news talking (stupidly) heads:

Stop asking if the Iraq War was worth it!!  Did you think for one minute how trying to get someone to invalidate the effort there, to say that our Fallen and Wounded Warriors’ sacrifices in service to our country were in vain, makes a Gold Star parent or spouse of a Fallen Warrior feel?!   Try talking to the Troops about the pride they feel for a job well done in spite of your negative blabbering and KIA counts.  Those KIA numbers that you spout, damn near gleefully, were the Troops buddies, brothers and sisters-in-arms.  How dare you be so small-minded and contemptible in your reporting?

Was War With Iraq Worth It? (go to 5:00)

IRAQ WAR: WAS IT WORTH IT? PT. 1 OF 2


IRAQ WAR: WAS IT WORTH IT? PT. 2 OF 2

They deserve so much more than any of you have ever given.  And that should make you hang your heads in shame.  But I know it won’t since none of you appear to have any sort of conscience.

Unlike our Finest.

Thank you!!!

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It’s Hard to Praise Those You So Dislike ~

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: Iraq

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Ummm…the memorization and sincerity are just overwhelming.

This is just embarrassingly pathetic.

Remarks by the President During Fort Bliss Army Base Visit

10:54 A.M. MDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, everybody.  (Applause.)  Everybody have a seat.  Well, listen, (uh oh – when a politician says “listen”, what follows is usually BS) I am extraordinarily honored to be with all of you today, and I want to thank General Pittard, I want to thank Command Sergeant Major Dave Davenport, who have shown such extraordinary leadership here.

I wanted to come down to Fort Bliss mainly to say thank you and to say welcome home.

I’m going to make a speech to the nation tonight.  It’s not going to be a victory lap.  It’s not going to be self-congratulatory.  (The fact that he felt he had to say that shows that that is exactly what he’d like to do.) There’s still a lot of work that we’ve got to do to make sure that Iraq is an effective partner with us.  But the fact of the matter is that because of the extraordinary service that all of you have done, and so many people here at Fort Bliss have done, Iraq has an opportunity to create a better future for itself, and America is more secure.  (It’s a wonder he didn’t choke as he said that.)

Now, I just met with some Gold Star families, and yesterday I was at Walter Reed. (His second visit since becoming their C in C.  They don’t have golf at WR, I guess) And there are no moments when I feel more keenly and more deeply my responsibilities as Commander-in-Chief than during those moments.  I know we lost 51 fellow soldiers from here in Fort Bliss.  (“We”?  “We”?? Did you even know any  of the Fallen?) A lot more than that were injured, some of them very severely.  A million men and women in uniform have now served in Iraq.  And this has been one of our longest wars.  (Like they didn’t know that…?  Oh. I guess he was talking to the cameras.)

But the fact of the matter is that there has not been a single mission that has been assigned to all of you in which you have not performed with gallantry, with courage, with excellence.  And that is something that the entire country understands.  (Well, not the entire country – as anyone who reads the comments on the troops at sites such as Media Matters, Huffington Post and Daily Kos can attest to…)

There are times where, in our country, we’ve got political disagreements. (Yeah, like the whole time President Bush was in office – you all on the left cut him no slack, ever, whether it made sense or not.) And appropriately we have big debates about war and peace.  But the one thing we don’t argue about is the fact that we’ve got the finest fighting force in the history of the world.  (Applause.)  (No thanks to you and those on your side of the political spectrum.)

And the reason we have it is because of the men and women in uniform, in every branch of service, who make so many sacrifices, and their families make those sacrifices alongside them.  (Gee, I bet they didn’t know that at all.  Good thing he was there to tell them!)

And so the main message I have tonight and the main message I have to you is congratulations on a job well done.  The country appreciates you.  I appreciate you.  (Boy, that was hard for him to get out out of his mouth.) And the most pride I take in my job is being your Commander-in-Chief.  (Except for the irritating distraction it is from his “transforming America”.)

It also means that as we transition in Iraq, that the one thing I will insist upon for however long I remain President of the United States is that we serve you and your families as well as you served us.  (Uh huh…you might want to remind the Progressive Caucus of that.  Just sayin’.)

So we spent a lot of time over the last couple of years making sure that we’re increasing our support of veterans:  that we are making sure that our wounded warriors are cared for; that some of the signature injuries of our war, like post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, (I bet they were so glad to be informed what those are.  Though I’m sure that they all know someone experiencing those.) that we are devoting special services there; that we’ve got a post-9/11 GI bill that ensures that you and your family members are able to come back and fully contribute and participate in our economy; that our veterans are constantly getting the care and honor that they have earned.

So that’s part of my message to the country.  And one of the great things about the last several years has been to see how unified the country is around support of our veterans and of our men and women who are currently serving.  (Yes, there are quite a few who don’t believe that our Troops are baby-killers, murderers and/or psychopaths “just kicking in doors and terrorizing the Iraqi people”.)

Now, I know that, as I said at the beginning, our task in Iraq is not yet completed.  Our combat phase is over, but we’ve worked too hard to neglect the continuing work that has to be done by our civilians and by those transitional forces, including some folks who are going to be deploying I understand today.  And I’m going to be talking to them later.    (There’s that “we” thing again.  How long has he been C in C?  Well, I guess he could consider continually fighting against the Iraq war as Senator as “working hard”.)

The work that continues is absolutely critical: providing training and assistance to Iraqi security forces because there’s still violence in Iraq, and they’re still learning how to secure their country the way they need to.  And they’ve made enormous strides thanks to the training that they’ve already received.  But there’s still more work to do there.  (Umm…he just said that.  Maybe he needs to remind himself.)

We’re going to have to protect our civilians, our aid workers and our diplomats who are over there, (“Have to”? I should hope that was a given.) who are still trying to expand and help what’s going to be a long road ahead for the Iraqi people in terms of rebuilding their country.

We’re still going to be going after terrorists in those areas.  And so our counterterrorism operations are still going to be conducted jointly.  But the bottom line is, is that our combat phase is now over.  We are in transition.  And that could not have been accomplished had it not been for the men and women here at Fort Bliss and across the country.  (I do believe they know that, Mr. C in C.)

The other thing that I’m going to talk about this evening is the fact that we obviously still have a very tough fight in Afghanistan.  And a lot of families have been touched by the way in Iraq.  A lot of families are now being touched in Afghanistan.  We’ve seen casualties go up because we’re taking the fight to al Qaeda and the Taliban and their allies.  (Is this all news to him? Maybe he should start reading more Milblogs and less Huffington Post.)

It is going to be a tough slog, (By takeing time away from your golfing and vacations, maybe?) but what I know is that after 9/11, this country was unified in saying we are not going to let something like that happen again. (Well, for about 3 months, until the Dems decided to politicize it all.) And we are going to go after those who perpetrated that crime, and we are going to make sure that they do not have safe haven.  (“Crime”?  You mean that Act of War against this country that killed near 3000 innocent people and destroyed quite a few buildings?)

And now under the command of General Petraeus, we have the troops who are there in a position to start taking the fight to the terrorists.  And that’s going to mean some casualties and it’s going to mean some heartbreak. (Ah. Another little known fact, esp. for all those in uniform.  Oh, it’s just grand to have someone so knowledgeable to keep us all so informed.) But the one thing that I know from all of you is that when we put our minds to it, we get things done.  (By hook or by crook – just ask Nancy!) And we’re willing to make some sacrifices on behalf of our security here at home.  (How often has he been to Iraq or Afghanistan…?)

So to all of you, and to your families, I want to express my deepest gratitude, the gratitude of Michelle, the First Lady, (like they didn’t know who Michelle was – sheesh!  Oh that’s right.  Our troops are only in the military cuz they’re stoopid.) and our entire family.  But also I just want to say thank you on behalf of the country, because without you we couldn’t enjoy the freedoms and the security that are so precious. (Nevermind that he’s doing his best to destroy those very freedoms.  No. No. Pay no attention.) And all of you represent that long line of heroes that have served us so well generation after generation.

You know, when I was talking to the Gold Star families there, there were some widows dating back to World War II, and then there was a young woman who had just had a baby and had just lost her husband.  And that describes the arc of heroism and sacrifice that’s been made by the men and women in uniform for so many generations.  You’re part of that line, part of that tradition, part of that heroism.  (Good grief, does he really believe he needed to tell all that to this group of people?  He really has absolutely no connection to the men and women who make up the Military, does he?)

So what I’d like to do is just to come around and shake all of your hands personally, to say thank you to all of you, to say thank you for a job well done, and to know that you are welcome home with open arms from every corner of this country.  People could not be prouder of you, and we are grateful.  (Be sure to watch this part on the video.  It was so not easy for him to get that out.)

Thank you very much, everybody.  (Applause.)  (Tepid, at best, to say the least.)

I just love this video:

Go here for another flash from the past:

Video: Bush addresses the troops in Baghdad

I don’t even want to rehash the oh, so lacking campaign speech from the Oval office last night.  I’ll fall asleep while doing so, I swear.

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“Honor In Iraq”

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: Iraq

This is :

Humility and Guts ~

Knowing who the actual enemy is….

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This is Not:

What is this “we” you speak of, kemosabi?

It’s all about ME!!

(What is it with his mouth? Rather distracting…)

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“New Dawn”

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: Iraq

Do you want to know what the media didn’t tell us about Fallujah?

Richard Lowry’s book, New Dawn, tells the story:

“…Lowry (Marines in the Garden of Eden) spent years researching and writing his new campaign history. In addition to archival research, New Dawn is based upon the personal recollections of nearly 200 soldiers and Marines who participated in the battles for Fallujah, from the commanding generals who planned the operations to the privates who kicked in the doors. The result is a gripping, page-turning narrative of individual sacrifice and valor that also documents the battles for future military historians….”

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Richard S. Lowry is the award-wining author of “The Gulf War Chronicles” and “Marines in the Garden of Eden.” He served in the U.S. Navy Submarine Service from 1967-1975 and spent the time from 1975 to 2002 designing sophisticated integrated circuits for everything from aircraft avionics to home computers. He is currently working on his next book, “New Dawn,” which will tell of the fight to free Fallujah.


Richard Lowry will be on BookTV on Saturday, July 10, at 3PM eastern time –

Book TV

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Surprise!

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: Iraq

For a lot of us who pay attention ~ not so much.

A Master Terrorist’s First Days in Baghdad

BY Thomas Joscelyn
April 19, 2010 9:45 PM

The U.S. military has confirmed that the two most senior members of al Qaeda in Iraq were killed in a joint raid conducted with Iraqi forces Sunday morning. The two terrorists killed in the raid are: Abu Ayyub al Masri (aka Abu Hamzah al-Muhajir, the military leader of al Qaeda in Iraq) and Hamid Dawud Muhammad Khalil al Zawi (aka Abu Umar al-Baghdadi, the overall leader of AQI).

“The death of these terrorists is potentially the most significant blow to al-Qaeda in Iraq since the beginning of the insurgency,” General Ray Odierno said in a statement on the official web site for U.S. Forces in Iraq.

Indeed, this is big news. But here is one fact the press is not likely to trumpet: Abu Ayyub al Masri set up shop in Saddam’s Iraq roughly ten months prior to the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. His presence there was tracked by the CIA. The agency was even concerned that al Masri and his al Qaeda compatriots might be planning terrorist attacks outside of Iraq from Baghdad.

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Read it all.  But not right before bed…

Makes you  wonder what the hell else is going on that is being kept in the backrooms.  Especially with this, the “most transparent admin in history”.



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Report: Navy SEALs ~

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: Iraq, media bias, Politics, Supporting the troops

Case against 3 SEALs weakens

Hitting captive to be denied

Cracks are beginning to appear in the military’s prosecution of three Navy SEALs accused of striking a most-wanted terrorism suspect they had captured in Iraq.

Maj. Gen. Charles Cleveland last week signed grants of immunity for five Navy colleagues of the accused.

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Petty Officer McCabe says that statement is true. At a rally Saturday in Scottsdale, Ariz., to raise legal funds, he announced that he had passed an independent lie-detector test on the question, “Did you strike Abed?”

A statement on Mr. Puckett’s Web site says, “These terrorists are trained to claim abuse despite no physical evidence of such. More importantly, they know the powerful influence of our mainstream media and legal system and are using these facets as tools against us. This tactic with resulting media attention is effective in causing our heroes to question their training and decisions, placing their missions, lives and our security in jeopardy.”

Read it all here.

Our Troops should NOT have to second guess themselves when confronting this enemy whose handbook tells them to lie and report abuse when captured because of a media that tends to report the (alleged) worst actions by our Troops, whether factual or not, or lawyers looking to make a name for themselves.

By all means, investigate and discipline those very few real offenses, but do not be judge, jury and executioner before the facts are even known, or for political gains or to appease certain Muslim sensibilities.

Too many of our warriors are sitting in prison now because of just such nonsense.

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From The Generals ~

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: Afghanistan, Iraq

Gen. Petraeus on deployment

I have to say (and I do ~ a lot) that it is disgraceful that there are still Military members who don’t know how much they are appreciated by so many of us here at home.  (Thanks for nothing, MSM).  I still hear this way too much.

Gen. Casey on Soldiers’ deployments

We can hope.

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