I came in at the tail end of this discussion but something comes to mind.
What do we REALLY know about what is going on in Afghanistan or Iraq or
anywhere other than our own back yard. We cannot believe the media, they slant,
evade, shade and at times block the truth in so many situations. The media
takes on a life of its own and becomes its own news often with blatant
disregard for the facts. Focus is on speculation, interest groups, sensationalism and
Having said that, how can we really evaluate our success or failure in these
countries where we have invested our soldiers, money and safety. Toby Keith
said something on Glenn Beck tonight that hit me, "if you are going to base
your opinion about who to vote for on a singer then shame on you" my
Last night he said how can we judge what is going on in these countries, it
is the military that is the best judge of what is going on. First of all why
are these reservists redeploying for two and three tours when they could make
a whole lot more money at home at their careers. They are seeing results of
their sacrifice, not all of them are involuntary redeployments.
I hate war, as most of us do, soldiers most of all. Our military is doing
much more than war over in these countries, they are involved in all kinds of
works of compassion, education, training, intelligence etc.
I would have liked it better if Congress had declared war, as the
constitution stipulates as far as my understanding goes. I would have liked it better
if George Sr had finshed off Sadaam Hussain the first time. I would also
have liked it better if we would have gone after Saudi Arabia where 11 of the
Hijackers were from and where Osama Bin Laden is from. I do believe that Yemen
needs to be dealt with too, since women are dying over there because of
crimes against humanity, such as being killed by their own brothers due to loss
of honor after being raped. Any country who sews up women's body parts and
commits inhumane crimes against a people group like in Sudan needs to be set
free from the evil government.
There is a lot we could be doing but we cannot save the world, we have a
huge deficit and we are in debt to countries we don't need to be in debt too, we
should be lenders not debtors, that is going to cost us our freedom after we
have spent all this time and money trying to help others achieve freedom.
I think there is a balance here, either extreme view is not going to solve
anything. I just watched a very long commercial about saving the polar bear
because of global warming, asking for money. Yet we are killing babies like
crazy every day.
We are a society full of contradictions.
One thing I do want to say is that I don't think it is proper for anyone to
start posting what you shared with someone in private communication. Those
phone calls were private and should stay private.
I personally do NOT agree with everything Sue says, but what I do respect is
that she is willing to listen, take phone calls with all her physical
challenges, her work load and she is not afraid to let controversial subjects go
through as a moderator. I think it is ok to disagree but Sue as well as all of
us should be respectful, and keep the dialogue friendly. We all have
political ideals some of which get shattered at different points in life, but I
think we all love our country, that is one thing I see in this industry is a lot
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