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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Update from the Front Lines - Ramadan

Here's an update from the Front Lines in the War On Terror. As I've posted recently, my Brother-In-Law will be heading back to the States shortly. One of his best friends has also been serving in Iraq (for quite some time) as an MP.

Our unit chaplain put this information out. I thought I'd share it with you all so you can learn a little about the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

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Still waiting to see what one or two of my additional duties will be here in [Iraq]. In the mean time, we've been working hard setting up our headquarters, offices and living space.

I've attached some pictures of our hard work over here. We had to build the office space ourselves.

I was watching "Meet The Press" this morning while I was getting ready for work. Tim Russert was interviewing a couple of congressmen, one from each party. The democrat of course was discussing how poor the strategy is in Iraq and how bad the president's team is handling things. He said the democrats have a plan to make things better over here. It including establishing a standard to test and certify the Iraqi Security forces in order to gage when they're more capable of assuming the mission over here. I think that's a grand idea. One of the reasons I'm in favor of such a strategy is because my Military Police Battalion has been doing that already for at least the last 9 months with the Iraqi Highway Patrol and Iraqi Police departments, trainees, districts, etc. that we're responsible for monitoring and training. I wish that congressman actually knew what was going on over here instead of derailing the president and our efforts here.

Let me just say that it is difficult to understand the strategy of "stay the course". Our strategy hasn't changed, we're working with the Iraqis to build their security capabilities. It is difficult to see and hear that American Soldiers are dying over here and all we hear is "stay the course". I occasionally hear on the news that the president has to deliver speeches to bolster support and how challenging that is because every day, there is news of terrorist attacks over here, but there isn't someone on the news everyday pointing out the gains that we're making.

Last week I watched Bill O'Reilly interview (or argue?) with Phil Donahue while we were eating lunch. Donahue makes the very good argument that this war is unjust because politicians' children aren't in the Army. I'm quite certain that if Jenna and Barbara Bush enlisted in the Army tomorrow, Phil Donohue would suddenly support the war...actually, no, I think he would find another reason to dislike what I'm doing over here.

Don't even get me started on Cindy Sheehan...or the ACLU's recent "victory" forcing the government to release even MORE pictures of prisoner abuse. The judge dismissed claims that these pictures would incite further violence against Americans. As for the ACLU, I found this quote from Roger Baldwin, one of their co-founders, you decide who you want to side with: "I am for socialism, disarmament, and, ultimately, for abolishing the state itself... I seek the social ownership of property, the abolition of the propertied class, and the sole control of those who produce wealth. Communism is the goal."

I'm sorry, in case you couldn't tell, some of these events have gotten me wound up and I dare not voice these opinions in front of my soldiers, where I try to remain neutral.

In other news, Armed Forces television will be broadcasting the baseball playoffs so I'll get to see the Braves march to another World eries championship! (I'm thinking positive here. :-)

Take care everyone, can't wait to see most of you this winter.

After reading this, can someone seriously argue that the criticisms from the Left don't have an impact on the morale of our soldiers?

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler