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First let me begin by *[How about, "first let me end" or "last, let me begin"?]* saying that I am sorry that you were injured in Iraq. With that out of the way *[Maybe for him; it will never be "out of the way" for me.]*, Mr. Fumento you are way off base believing we have made progress in Iraq. We, who the hell are we? We invaded a sovereign nation, one that has not known terrorism as an everyday occurrence. We have introduced this evil into the land, and we have decided that people's lives should be run the way we feel is civilized.
*[323 words omitted.] *
*Dear Rich, *
Michael Fumento *
I was deeply saddened by your misdirected response to my e-mail. It seems so many like yourself [sic] *cannot directly respond to why we are in Iraq. You asked what my point was, and I clearly stated it, but the delusional right just blames the left for not getting it. Well, why don't you read the report on the 7 marines *[sic] killed today, and listen to their words. We cannot believe that so many Iraqi's [sic] hate us. You want democracy in Iraq, well Fumano [sic], let the people vote tomorrow if they want us there. *[170 words omitted.] *
*Dear Rich: *
**From a Reader who Can't Read **
Nice article you promote anti American *[sic]* sentiments and you wouldn't know about *[the Steven Bochco TV series]* "over there *[sic]*" if it fell on you. You are little more than a turd on the road of life who* [sic]* my relatives fought for and died in WWII *[sic]*, so that you could live in the lap of luxury and bite the hand that feeds you.
If we feel what seems to be an earthquake do not be afraid, it is only those killed in our wars turning over in their graves because of festering flesh like you. *[Oy! Such a metaphor, already!] *
Sad you are in my country,
A. J. Garcia
*Dear Mr. Garcia: *
**Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire! **
the *[sic]* ratings* [for the unreality show "Over There"] *fell about 50% for episode two, so i *[sic]* suppose u *[sic]* can stop lying about the program now, since no one seems to be interested anyway!!
ted [sic] *church *[sic]
*Dear Mr. Church: *
Michael Fumento *
*[He didn't respond to my challenge but later wrote this. Insert your own sics:] *
vietnam all over again...
u ever notice.............all iraqis look a like, eh?
in fact, most arabs, whether they are "friendly" or "un-friendly" seem to resemble each other, eh?
so we are justified in killng anyone to protect ourselves, eh?
*[135 words omitted to save you the trouble of "siccing" them.] *
and u know that to be a fact, dont u?
but u just cant help lying, can u?
four more americans died today.........."mission accomplished"
*Dear Mr. Church: *
**From an "Over There" Boss Man **
Dear Mr. Fumento,
I'm writing in response to your column in the New York Post this morning.
In the future, feel free to call me if you have any questions about any programs on FX or need production notes on any of our programs. I would be happy to provide you with materials you need to write a more informed column.
It's obvious to me that you have no knowledge about the background of the military technical advisor for Over There. I think if you would have asked, you would know that he is, to use your word, a "true" military technical advisor. He is a former U.S.M.C. Staff [sic] Sergeant [sic] *and his ten years of service included an 11-month tour in Iraq where he was a Fire Power Control Team leader with an ANGLICO [Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company]* unit.* [This already makes him a loser; I reached sergeant E-5 in literally a third the time it took this guy to go one rank higher, staff sergeant E-6. Either the Corps repeatedly held him back or somewhere along the way he lost a few stripes.] *
While there have been some complaints with regard to the authenticity of the pilot (first) episode, the majority response from soldiers and military personnel was much more positive/favorable with regard to episodes two and three. Furthermore, the overwhelming majority of reviews written about Over There were good to outstanding. The only negative reviews the show received were written by critics who believed that the series should have taken a political position but did not. *[A rather bizarre claim, insofar as MY review – albeit presented in column form – did not insist it should have taken a political position, as did the handful of other reviews that didn't slobber all over the Bochco series.] *
To buttress your opinion of Over There based on one posting from an antiwar blog is pretty weak. Yes, I know, you could have found plenty more postings to support that antiwar premise. That said, I assure you that I can provide you with as many, if not more, emails/blog postings/letters/etc. from soldiers/veterans of OIF [Operation INDURING Freedom?] that have a favorable opinion of Over There.
I respect the fact that you were an embed and have personal knowledge of what it is like in Iraq. I know other journalists who were embedded in Iraq who have seen the show and happen to believe it is an accurate depiction of what soldiers face in Iraq. They recognize that the series takes dramatic license at times but they clearly understand it is not a documentary. I screened the first three episodes individually for several soldiers who had served in Iraq and they had a few criticisms, but overall they believed the show got it right. Tony Perry, the military staff writer for the Los Angeles Times who was also embedded in Iraq, screened it for a dozen Marines who had served at least one tour in Iraq, most of them had served two tours. You should read his article published in the Los Angeles Times (July 27) to see those soldiers' comments.
Finally, I respect the fact that you're entitled to your opinion and it's fine if you don't like the show. However, for you to write that the military technical advisor on Over There deserves the firing squad is reprehensible.* [He's right, something more painful like being buried up to his neck in the jungle and having honey poured over his head would have been more appropriate.] *He has served our country honorably, fought to protect our freedom and has first-hand experience of service in Iraq. If you had bothered to pick up the phone and ask a question, I can only assume that you probably would not have written such an insulting and irresponsible comment.
Please feel free to call because I really would like to discuss this with you.
Senior Vice President, Public Relations
*[phone number omitted] *
*Dear Mr. Solberg: *
Michael Fumento *
Dear Mr. Fumento,
I did read the Seattle P-I story but evidently you didn't read the LA Times story or have no desire to read anything from anyone who said positive things about the show because it doesn't fall in line with your opinion. I will stand by what I said about our technical advisor. For you to claim that he isn't a "real" soldier is offensive. You know nothing about him because you don't care to know anything about him.
Also, you shouldn't make any assumptions about my political position just because I live in LA. My father spent 26 years in the Air Force and I have always supported our military and will continue to do so.
*Dear Mr. Solberg: *
I briefly listed 14 errors in the first three episodes, some small and some stunningly huge. Your response is that of the consummate politician: "I will stand by what I said." You didn't respond because you COULDN'T respond.
**I'm a Wuss; You're a Wuss **
June 1, 2005.
Dear Mr. Fumento; *[sic] *
This notion Americans have that, if they will just restore to the Iraqis water and electricity, the Iraqis will love them is a poignant whimsy. If foreign soldiers had invaded your home city and slaughtered hundreds of people, and arrested every young man they could find who was still alive, would you forgive them if they repaired the damaged infrastructure?
Sometimes it's as if Americans don't understand that the Iraqis are human. You can't invade a foreign country for bogus reasons, engage in a mass murder of civilians, including small children, claim that the people you've killed were all "bad guys," and then expect that the survivors will think of you as liberating heroes. They will hate you, and a lot of them will become interested in only one thing: killing as many of you as they can.
Ian Coleman. *[sic] *
*Dear Mr. Coleman: *
Michael Fumento *
The problem of Iraq is exacerbated by the significant probability that U.S. forces will eventually be driven out of Iraq. Your soldiers are volunteers, half of them are married, and they know well that their same-age peers are living in peace and safety in the United States. How much longer can they hold out before they refuse to fight any more for a country whose citizens hate them? They will become exhausted and quit. That's what the Iraqi resistance is counting on, and it's a better than even bet that the American occupation cannot be sustained for another two years.
Ian Coleman.* [sic] *
*Dear Mr. Coleman: *
**Supporting Freedom for Iraqis = A Post-Election Vote for Bush **
Sounds like you want to make the war in Iraq o.k. You are just another bush-backer* [sic]* ..no [sic] *matter what.One *[sic] trip over there and you returned with a colostomy bag..were [sic] you in one of the vehicle [sic] *that would stand [sic] a nuclear explosive? my,my!!!!!!!!!! *[This is in reference to my having mentioned the armored busses that travel to and fro Baghdad Airport and can withstand major IED explosions.]
*Dear Lou: *
Such an educated answer...Somehow I'm not surprised at your infantile reply.
*[No, I didn't respond: "Takes one to know one!" or "So's your daddy!"] *
**I Don't Trust the Media – I Worship It **
My friend, one new electrical system in Iraq is not news. You and the jerk you defended *[columnist Mark Yost, who criticized journalists who insisted on presenting only bad news from Iraq] *who slimed his fellow reporters, and all other Republican/Bush cultists should really stop with the childish whining. We are getting a pretty balanced picture of Iraq from the media. We ARE being told that there are small successes...among the larger failures. What they don't dwell on – or even tell us – is about the 100,000 citizens killed by our weaponry. You are, I would venture a guess, oddly okay with that.
*My friend, why is each and every violent death in a country of 26 million people breaking news whereas a new electrical grid (necessary also for providing water, since they use a system whereby water is first electrically pumped up to the roof) is not? Do you think the Iraqis read in their newspapers every time somebody is gunned down in New York or Detroit? *
**A Fine Whine *The Talon, close-up. With these, you can yank the wires from a bomb from 2,000 meters away. It carries numerous cameras and sensors and the forward-most black thing sticking out is what pulls the wires. The EOD guys say the next model should involve clippers. */ Photo By Michael Fumento
Dear Mr. Fumento:
Your Op-ed* [sic]* piece: "Morale Good As Iraqis, Americans Fight Terrorists" was printed today in our local newspaper.
A little background information: This past Monday, June 6, 2005 I put my youngest son on an airplane that would take him back to combat. He is [name omitted] and was home on leave for two weeks after living through 5 months of war while stationed at FOB [forward operating base] Kalsu, Iraq. He returned to finish up 7 more months of his year tour. My older son, [name omitted] will finish his last 3 weeks at Ft. Meade and then will be released from his 4 years of Army service. [Her son] left for Maryland today after being home to see his brother and the rest of our family but not before reading your column that I had pointed out to him. We both laughed out loud at one point.
We both found it incredible you heard no one speak of antiwar feelings. You did not speak to my son or other soldiers we are in contact with on a regular basis in Iraq. [Her son] wrote an editorial to our local newspaper a few months ago about his feelings regarding the war and made it very clear he believes this war is despicable. He went into the Army after 9/11 with his own personal conviction that for him to live in this country he had to do his part to protect and preserve it. He did not join the Army to pre-empitively* [sic] *go to war by invading Iraq. But he had a duty to fulfill as a soldier and he is doing so honorably.
What brought us laughter was the line where you said the food was "delicious and varied." One of the things we heard *[her son] *say to people who had asked about the food was that it was actually pretty good but there was very little variety. He mentioned the lack of variety several times. He said it's pretty good for the first few weeks but after that you find out how many ways chicken can be served. I guess some might call that variety. It makes sense that you would think it to be delicious at first but then how long did you actually have to eat it? Even though he grumbled about the lack of variety he was appreciative of a hot meal and all you could eat on a regular basis.
About the hot showers, you are right that they have hot showers but the drains are so plugged that they have to wade in bacteria and fungus infested *[sic] *water while showering. We bought him sprays and creams to treat the athletes *[sic] *foot he had contracted from the "hot showers." *[Why is "hot showers" in quotes?] [Her son] *didn't complain about any of the facilities; he just answered questions from inquisitive family and friends.
*[Lots more pathetic whining omitted.] *
I was under the notion that you wrote about things that were not mainstream reporting. Your article looked like a piece of rah-rah mainstream pro-war reporting to me. I looked you up to see if you were on the Bush payroll.* [Neglecting to say she found that I wasn't.] *
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**Idiocy Incarnate **
I read your NRO* [National Review Online]* piece today and it was interesting and somewhat illuminating as well.
My question to you is this:
Are any of your children or any child of a co-worker at the Hudson Institute or any child of a writer at NRO actually serving in the military in Iraq or Afghanistan?
It is easy to talk in glowing terms about war when your kids are not spilling any blood onto the battlefields.
Director of Business Development
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Stoner, Boozer, Cocaine Feind [sic], loser til [sic] Age [sic] 40.
George W* [sic]* Bush, now a Two Term [sic, sic, sic] US President* [sic] *
**Only in Amerika! **
Dear Mr. Hughes:
I see you spell the name of our country the way Hitler, Himmler, Goebbels, and G�ring did. Why am I not surprised? You're too late to share a cell with Enron executive Kenneth Lay, but I look forward to hearing that you've inherited it.
** If it's in the Paper, It Must Be True � Even if I Don't Remember Which Paper **
===========IMAGE============ ![hatemail42.html](../hml/42/dsc01038.jpg) ===========/IMAGE=========== ===========CAPTION========== This Cougar explosive ordnance transport vehicle can (and had) run right over improvised explosive devices (IEDs), suffering naught more than a blown tire. Unfortunately, transmission problems kept this one grounded so we had to take the far less secure armored Humvees. */ Photo By Michael Fumento* ===========/CAPTION========= Mr. Fumento...
I don't know which Iraq you visited, but I can say that your observations do not square with any reports that I have read. This includes first person stories from U.S. Army personnel in last weeks [sic] NY Times. These guys have the thankless job of trying to train the "Iraqi Army". To a man, they said that the Iraqi's* [sic]* will never take over. The Iraqi's [sic] that were interviewed, agreed, and said that they are all going to quit as soon as possible. Some 300 of them, if I remember correctly.
Face it Mr. Fumoto [sic], we're buried deep in a quagmire and we can't get out. Even if we declare mission accomplished" and walk, civil war is lurking on the horizon. Just one more failed Bush administration bullsh--. *[sic] *story.
We went there under false pretenses and no matter how much you and your right wing [sic] minions try to waffle out, the truth will ultimately prevail. Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11, nor did they have WMD. One thing they did have is lots of oil.
You hardcore Bush supporters always remind me of the story of the boy digging around in a barn full of horse manure. When asked what he was doing, he said, " with all the horsesh-- in here, there must be a pony somewhere."
===========IMAGE============ ![hatemail42.html](../hml/42/dsc01035.jpg) ===========/IMAGE=========== ===========CAPTION========== The business end of an M-1 */ Photo By Michael Fumento* ===========/CAPTION========= *Dear Mr. Hayes: *
**It Was in the Washington Post; End of Argument **
my [sic] newspaper, the Ogden, Utah, Standard-examiner [sic], ran on Sunday an article you wrote about your time visiting the troops in Iraq. In that article you said you wished you had had time to visit and patrol with troops of the Iraq Defense* [sic]* forces so you could "see their mettel."* [sic] *
It is too bad you did not, but the nearest best thing is availble* [sic] since the *Washington Post just ran an excellent story [Translation: He liked the conclusion.] written by an arabic-speaking* [sic] journalist [Actually, it was co-authored by three journalists.]* who was part of a team that spent considerable time doing just what you wish you could do.
I refer you to *[the repeatedly aforementioned *Washington Post *article making the Iraqi Security Forces look ill-treated by the U.S. because they're worthless] *and suggest you ponder the implications before you write any more of those gung-ho little pieces about how well things are going.
*[omitted] *trentelman *[sic] *
*Dear Mr. Trentelman: *
**The Media Are Right because they Say So **
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According to an April 14 Washington Post *story, a Feb. 21, 2005 *Boston Globe story and an April 15 NYT story, many Fallujah residents are less than thrilled with the pace of the rebuilding.
*Yes, and how many Americans think their local new highway exchanges, airports, bridges, or other construction projects are being built as fast as they'd like? Very impressive. Further, any quote you're getting is filtered through the very media that was the subject of my writing. How do you know they didn't quote 100 people before getting the "right" words? Your faith is touching; your thinking just a bit muddled. *
**You're Just another Lousy Baiter of Jew Baiters **
I admit I haven't followed your career closely since you wrote the very commendable "Myth of Heterosexual Aids." That work was of benefit to me many times,particularly* [sic]* in getting the concerned to focus on the "gay" lobby's machinations and gay practises *[sic] *...and not to worry overly about that which shouldn't concern...
Because of my admiration for that work, I was very dissappointed [sic] *that you have taken the interventionist, neocon *[sic] position on Iraq. Your piece on [sic] FP [FrontPage Magazine] *was the first I read from you on that issue and I can tell you it clashed factually with your "Myth" work,which [sic] *was on target.
*[168 words of pabulum omitted.] *
I suggest you read Buchanan, Paul Craig Roberts.Joe [sic] *Sobran *[sic], Charlie Reece – and join "freedom fries" man himself,Congressman [sic] *Jones,in [sic] admitting this war, fomented by Israel-firsters and Big Oil,was *[sic] nefarious in design and botched in application..then [sic] call for a timetabled [interesting modifier] and swift exit.
*[And another 91 words sent off to the rendering plant.] *
*Dear Mr. Hoop: *
First let me start off by sayin [sic] that I'm an avid reader of the post* [sic]* and think they have one of best papers in New York. Yet I noticed lately since the war started that the paper seems to always make excuses for Bush. How can u [sic] possibly ask the American people to support a man who most likely cheated to get into office and on top of that he waged war on a country without giving so much as the slightest reason why. He lies about policies and while kids are over there dying he's bikng* [sic]* with Lance Armstrong on vacation. I can't remember a time when a presidents [sic] *actions were so widely criticized. I read the paper and say to myself how can so many people in our country be so blind and so stupid. *[In reading this letter, I'm wondering the same.] This man is going to bring about the end of democracy as we know it. Instead of taking steps in the right direction we seem to be taking twice as many steps backwards and now he's locking up celebrities for expressing there [sic] right to freedom of speech. AND U *[sic] *SUPPORT THIS MAN JUST BECAUSE YOU'RE IN THE MARINES. I GUESS BIRDS OF A FEATHER REALLY DO FLOCK TOGETHER
*Dear Mr. Jarrett: *
Michael Fumento *
**Apparently there's Really No Such Thing as "Self-Evident" **
In response to your Fallujah article, here is an excerpt from Kevin Drum's blog in the Atlantic Monthly.
*[313 words omitted regarding reporting by Knight Ridder's Tom Lasseter.] *
If Lasseter is right – and he obviously has the street credentials to be taken seriously on this – Anbar is about as bad now as it was before last November's offensive; no one has much hope that it can be pacified; and the troops themselves now routinely think of Iraq as another Vietnam. If this is the way the military feels, is it any wonder that reporting from Iraq has taken on a distinctly defeatist tone?
Cat In The Hat
*Dear Cat: *
Michael Fumento *
**We Must Deal With Terrorist-Supporters in a Kinder, Gentler Fashion **
I enjoy and respect your articles on medical issues, but a post hoping that someone's tongue is eaten out doesn't help your credibility.
I wouldn't even wish that on criminals like George Bush or those that support his illegal wars.
*Dear Duane: *
In Which I Keep Failing to Note what he Fabricated
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M.Fumento's [sic] *denunciation of 'US pullout' [sic]* plans for Iraq notes that the British army has 'prevailed'* [sic]* by staying in Ulster until the insurgents agreed
to lay down their arms. So also, he thinks,we *[sic] *can prevail if we don't pull out.
He doesn't note that 44% of Ulster population are [He appears to be British, so I'm letting him slide on both this and "benefitting" below] now Catholic, so those who were backing IRA now have real hope of securing their rights instead by political means. Only 20% of Iraqis are Sunnis; they are hated more and more by the Shiites (60% of Iraqis, controlling most of the oil) who will dominate the new government. Sunnis have no real hope of benefitting from politics. So the insurgents will continue their attacks; Iraq may well sink into civil war.
He also doesn't note that the Brits have been stuck in Ulster for decades, costing their government billions of dollars. Nor does he note that Brits are planning to
pull out of Iraq, despite the fact that 'their Shiite' [sic] area is getting more and more chaotic: bugout is from despair, not from hope.
US media are trumpeting hope because the Sunnis voted; but the IRA backers voted, and indeed sat in London parliament--but for decades kept right on bombing, in England and Ulster.
The Brit experience in Ulster does NOT offer hope of our 'total victory'* [sic] *in just a few years.
Dear Mr. Lyons:
Insofar as the U.S. has announced no "pullout plans" other than a small drawn-down of the pre-election build-up, I could hardly be denouncing that which isn't – or in any case that which I could hardly be in position to know. I merely tried to explain the difficulty of setting any kind of timetables and the foolishness of a quick and complete pullout. Likewise, the British have announced no plans for a withdrawal; you invented that.
With your diversionary writing about percentages, you ignore that I observed Catholics make up part of the Unionist forces that want to keep Northern Ireland permanently tethered to Great Britain. What counts is: Do people feel hopeless disenfranchised? And here you ignore the news that was coming in even before you letter went out, that Sunnis haven't just been voting but in overwhelming numbers.
Iraq sink into civil war? It seems to me I thought of that, as indicated by my having written: "It's therefore no paradox that that the same French government that vehemently opposed the US invasion now vehemently opposes American troops bidding Iraq 'Adieu!' France cites both the threat of civil war and 'a growing role of terrorism.'" Yes, even France realized that the best hope of preventing civil war is maintaining an American presence.
I used neither the terms "total victory" nor "just a few years," nor the equivalent of either. You threw those in hoping that by the time readers saw your letter they would have forgotten what I wrote. Back when I lived where you do that was called "dishonesty."
Finally, as to my allegedly not noting "that the Brits have been stuck in Ulster for decades," I said they have been there since 1969. It's now 2005. I'm sorry you can't do simple subtraction but please don't project that onto other readers.
Michael Fumento *
**Tuggle of War **
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*Dear Mr. Tuggle: *
Dear Mr. Fumento,
Very noble of you to take up for your junior, but this tirade doesn't answer any questions. No need to lecture me on Allied losses in WWII – I'm well aware of them. My point, which you continue to miss (overlook? ignore?) is that the damned fools who got us into this war declared US troops would be welcome as liberators – another lie (hallucination? desert mirage?)
BTW, going into Iraq on Hudson business doesn't qualify. We all know that just landing at the Baghdad airport is dangerous. I take that as an admission that you have "other priorities" than sacrificing yourselves in the Neocon* [sic]* war.
*BTW, it wasn't on Hudson business. I'm a columnist with Scripps Howard News Service. I paid for all of my own equipment (over $5,000), my airfare (about $2,000) and lots of medical bills that keep on coming. And insofar as no plane has had a single casualty flying into Baghdad Airport but Americans die in Al Anbar every week (including the four in the news article you cited), NO it can't be compared to "just landing at Baghdad Airport." My point, which you continue to miss (overlook? ignore?) is that whatever the reasons for getting into the war, to simply withdraw now will be waving a checkered flag to terrorists everywhere. They'll think we don't have the stomach to fight them and guess what? They'll be right. *
Michael Fumento *
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No, you're the one supporting the professional terrorists – Bush & Co. The resistance to occupation will never catch up with the blood-crazed Neocons [sic].
*Ah, so the real terrorists aren't Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi; they're George and Laura Bush and Dick and Lynn Cheney. I see where you're coming from now, thank you. *
**This "Jarhead" Really IS One **
You have some very important details wrong in your article. First of all, Lt. Chen was not in charge of the Marine EOD Platoon (company now) at 8th ESB; he was an attachment to that command. Also, the truck you mention hitting a pressure plate equipped mine/IED was a Marine EOD vehicle and it was a Marine EOD tech that was killed. The way your lead-in to the letter is worded leads the reader to think that the Navy is running the EOD at 8th ESB and that a Navy tech was killed. This is not true.
Capt.* [omitted]* Miller
*Dear Capt. Miller: *
Michael Fumento *
**There Was No Violence in Iraq until We Came Along **
*[This email was cc'd to somebody at leftopia.com and changetheworld.com.] *
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Dear Mr. Fumento,
I read "The Right Place at the Right Time" article [a letter from explosive ordnance disposal Lt. Cameron Chen upon rotating out of Iraq] with some interest. I'm not sure what you meant by "it is unlike what you're accustomed to reading in the newspapers" as the letter is filled with the usual 'gung-ho, we're doing a great job' sort of thing that is loved by the current US media. Unless, of course, you are referring to the particular paragraph below:
I firmly believe we have made some headway and added to the security of this country and ours. I am not hopelessly optimistic though. The IED incidents are symptomatic of a deeper problem. This is a culture that begets violent regime change. Until people are educated in non-violent protest, all we can do is disarm the masses which will make them inevitably vulnerable.
– Lt. Cameron Chen, USN
I think this is what you mean, as this is where Lt. Chen shows some insight and offers a solution, something which is extremely rare in the US media. It _is_ refreshing, to be sure, yet so naive to the point of embarrassment [sic]. One would find greater insight in a five-year-old. The very presence of our troops in Iraq is the greatest argument "this culture" has that the only way to gain political power is through violence. In the past three years, has the United States done _anything_ to show the Iraqis otherwise? Of course not. The United States has done every despicable act, short of genocide, one culture can do to another: torture, the murder of innocents, the bombing weddings [sic], chemical warfare, use of depleted uranium, protecting _none_ of the cultural centers and _only_ the oil fields, the list goes on. It is reasonable to assume that if the present administration felt like it _could_ get away with genocide, it would do that, too.
Is it not telling that we are recieving *[sic] *this "insight" from a _Lt._ Chen & not a _Mr._ Chen? He is in Iraq as part of the organization (the military) whose job is to kill and be killed. Their modus operandi is violence, the threat & actual use. With such an example as has been set, is it any wonder that the Iraqis, who want to control their _own_ destiny, have taken up the very same modus operandi? Of course not. You and Lt. Chen, no matter how noble your goals, have fallen prey to the same flaw which affects all of American policy: the lack of self-reflection. If you (as well as Lt. Chen) truly have a desire to change the world, your first responsibility is to look in the mirror, see what you have done to bring this situation about. Without guilt, without shame, with honesty and clarity.
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Michael Fumento *
**All We Are Saying is Give Terror a Chance **
===========IMAGE============ ===========/IMAGE=========== ===========CAPTION========== C'est moi! I was trained to do this as a combat engineer but never thought I'd have the chance to actually do so in wartime. / Photo By Michael Fumento ===========/CAPTION=========
Are "anti-war zealots" people who want Peace* [sic]? You cannot have Peace(Christ) [sic]* by making war(anti-Christ) [sic]. Come out of the darkness and join the sons of light. Peace *[sic] *
*Dear Peckerwood: *
Michael Fumento *
*Who do you believe has the larger cojones, the guy who shows up at a Peace Conference unarmed or the guy who shows up with a nuke under each arm? Peace *