Tuesday, February 18, 2020

The More You Sweat in Peace, the Less You Bleed in War

From Adam McKay at HUFFPO:

Dear Adam,

My cousin John was in Iraq for a year, in combat near Baghdad. He didn't win the Congressional Medal of Honor or anything (though he did get promoted twice, and ended up a Sgt.). He's been meeting with congress people and the like because he became an anti-war activist when he came back. Just to give you an idea:

The other day I found a news story on a suburban news website. It was about the Bucks County (Pa.) Democratic headquarters. They have a sign in the window that says "We honor our fallen heroes". Beneath it is a running count of the Iraq war death toll. The Young Republicans of Bucks County (I feel queasy just typing that phrase), are protesting the sign, trying to get them to take it down. No, seriously.

The president of the organization was quoted in the article. Don something. I emailed the story to John, because I knew it would interest him. The next day he called Don on the phone, and followed up with this email:

Letter to chairman of Bucks County Young Republicans.

From the Comment section: False Patriotism? Try False Everything. Republican "warriors" have always sent others to die for their causes. Their SOP is to socialize costs while privatizing benefits. In the case of war, promoters are usually the beneficiaries while others pay the true costs. I wonder how many of those Young Republicans even visit the permanently maimed soldiers that lay in beds at the VA hospitals. Very few, I expect.

Letter to chairman of Bucks County Young Republicans.

I called you to get some sort of understanding on the reason why you were upset that the Bucks County Democratic Headquarters has posted the death count of US Troops in Iraq outside their office. You had explained to me that you feel the local Democrats are trying to play politics on the issue of the Iraq war. They say they are just trying to honor our fallen troops.

I agree with you that Democrats voted right along side of Republicans to give President Bush the authority to invade Iraq. That is an undisputed fact. But in the end it was the decision of the President to
take us to war. As a veteran of that war I don't feel that it is wrong to let the public know that troops are dying every day in Iraq. It's not politics it's just plain reality.

This morning you told me that out of your whole organization (Bucks County Young Republicans) only two or three members plan to pursue military service. And at the same time you told me that your

This morning you told me that out of your whole organization (Bucks County Young Republicans) only two or three members plan to pursue military service. And at the same time you told me that your
organization supports the war in Iraq. If your organization is so supportive of the war maybe more than two or three of your members should volunteer for military service. Believe me those troops in Iraq
could use a little extra help. We have soldiers right now that are on their third tour of duty.

When I got home from Iraq after a year long combat tour I attended a Kerry/Edwards rally in Kansas City. At the rally I was confronted by a group of able-bodied males carrying signs that said "Students For Bush." They called me a traitor, a disgrace, and they told me to move to France. They said this because I was going to vote for Senator Kerry. They claim to be so supportive of the troops, but they were not at all supportive of me. I guess that only applies to troops who share their political ideas. I just returned home from a war that they support, but obviously don't have the courage to fight. If they did
they would be fighting it. It is much easier to support a war from your office, classroom, or from your cozy living room than from the actual battlefield.

I served with plenty of troops who are pro-Bush and pro-Iraq war. For the most part they were the majority. I had respect for them despiteour disagreements because those troops put their money where their mouth is. They have definitely earned their right to an opinion. Just as I have earned mine.

About a year ago I contacted an old friend of mine who belongs to the Philadelphia Young Republicans. I asked him how many in his group had served. He replied that he thinks that one of them served in Kosovo back in the late 90s. It seems like there is a lot of "false patriotism" going around these days. The hefty amount of "flag waving" and "chest beating" is not balancing out the low recruitment levels.

The purpose of this email is not to be confrontational or attack the Republican Party. I don't want people to misunderstand me. My motives are to try and educate as many people as I can about the reality of the situation in Iraq.

I am a strong supporter and advocate of Congressman John Murtha's resolution. My experience in Iraq has made me a critic of the war. At this point in time I feel that the US Military has done everything that
can possibly be done in Iraq. The time has come to bring our troops home. Especially now that it has been established that every reason we went there never existed. And the Bush administration now concedes that as well. So why should more troops continue to die? I can't think of
one logical answer or reason.


John Bruhns
Iraq War Veteran

Now that the police have apologized, still I wonder. How was Ms. Sheehan's actions, even at Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, disrespectful and criminal? As a commenter named Lori says in BradBlog's comment section below: "What is inappropriate about a mother whose son died in Iraq, quietly honoring and remembering our loved ones killed in the US/Iraq War, during the President's State of the Union address? Isn't the U.S. Capitol, paid for by our tax dollars, in fact, the best arena and time to honor those whose lives were lost through their patriotic duty? What is criminal about honoring the dead who gave their lives in the name of this country - who gave their lives for a noble cause, according to our president, so that others will know and share in this same cherished state of democracy and freedom as we, in these United States, are so fortunate to know.

I would think if one does not have the noblest cause for engaging our men and women in war, then one would feel desperately threatened by such emotional "branding", so to speak, and would perhaps, "legally" restrain one from such display. And you did just that, Mr. Bush and Co., with your overt contempt and disdain for the citizens of this country by the removal of Ms Sheehan from your State of the Union address.


  1. Anyone ever wonder why the first time in US history we used electronic voting, the President who ordered it, also happened to be running in the race?

    And anyone ever wonder why, the first time in US history we used electronic voting, the President who ordered it, also ordered that there be no paper trail?

    And anyone ever wonder how easy it would be for some low level network admin, to drop in a virus or worm that would change every other Democrat vote to a Republican vote?

    Ever just say, hmmmmm.....?

    Well, maybe the people of the US will finally get some answers to these questions.

    Questions we have been asking for over 2 years now.

  2. Anonymous6:37 PM

    Wow - just read the articles at Brad Blog. We have to get the mainstream media to wake up! But how? Fox is the propaganda network, how is this even legal? Does anybody think O'Reilly will last forever or ever be replaced?

  3. For some reason his show is is supposedly the number one rated news show (if you can call an hour of opinion a news show, least Jon Stewart calls his a comedy show),
    on cable television.

    I imagine it is displayed on the screens of 13 inch televisions in practically every mobile home throughout the country.

  4. Another scandal on the horizon? Perhaps.

    Of course, these scandals often take forever to reach any sort of critical mass in terms of media interest and coverage. We certainly saw that with the Valerie Plame case, we've seen it with the Downing Street memo case, we seem to be seeing it with the Able Danger case, and the Diebold case may be the same. You just hope that these issues don't get swept under the rug of public disinterest before information is uncovered and any responsible parties are held accountable for possible wrongdoing.

    There do appear to be some disturbing aspects to the Diebold case. A compromised voting mechanism is a big problem in any democracy, but it's a really big problem if it happens in the U.S. It would undermine everything we supposedly stand for. Hopefully the media will give this some attention. It deserves it!

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  6. Anonymous4:59 AM

    Lydia: Excellent heading! This has balance to it and I fully agree.

    Johnny moo moo

  7. Anonymous2:07 PM

    CHEERS to the brave men and women of "FLIGHT 93". Seen the documentary last Sunday and it actually made my daughter cry.

    I really hope these courageous individuals made it into the cockpit and, ripped these terrorists, silly little turbans, something fierce.

    Also, no matter how bad Ann Coulter is, she must be allowed to speak her views. I completely agree with Worfeus when he called the students "stupid". A system without views chills me to the bone.

    Johnny moo moo
    war historian
    80's child