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The Daily Kos crowd attempts to debunk the letter from the mayor of Tall Afar to the 3rd ACR.
They pretend to be (or are) confused by the fact that there were two letters - one to the 3rd ACR and the other to General Casey. Beyond that, their argument boils down to "everyone who says it's authentic is a liar."
Don't take my word for it - read it.
Col McMaster's wife is singled out in particular for scorn:
"This letter is not a fake it was given to my husband [CF Comment: Given to him BY WHOM] the commander of the Third Armored Cavalry Regiment. This is the second letter written .The first was written to GWB and Gen Casey asking if the 3ACR could stay and finish what they started."Later, in comments:
Hmmm, sounds like a typical Cal Thomas sourcing job. HAH!
"This letter is not a fake "That's about the strongest evidence they have to offer.
That's the biggest clue - this letter is a fake.
But they ignore the statements in published news stories confirming the letter. And beyond the first comments the thread quickly degenerates into accusations of atrocities committed by US troops in Iraq - rape, murder, use of chemical weapons against civilians - accusations that the Daily Kos crowd is eager to accept on faith.
As noted in our original post, you can't reason someone out of an opinion they were never reasoned into. But if you ever had any doubt, witness the American toilet Left at it's lowest. This isn't about the President, "the administration", or the DoD. These people hate and despise US soldiers to the point they can not accept the possibility that Americans are seen as liberators by even one man in one city in Iraq. The Kos entry is not an attempt to determine whether the letter is real; they want so badly to believe that US troops are thugs, rapists and murderers that they go to great lengths to attempt to discredit any evidence to the contrary.
Again, don't take my word for this - read it. Get to know who these people are.
And then (more importantly) read this - and get to know these people too.
Update: Meanwhile, in Tall Afar, demonstrations break out following the Shrine bombing:
We had what was referred to as a "peaceful demonstration" the other day. I drove past, and it looked to me like maybe 150-200 adult males standing around in a line. Plus groups of them sitting down. Don't know what they were doing, but there was no dancing around, waving arms, burning anything, they didn't even appear to be chanting or anything. One guy was reading something off a paper, possibly out loud since there was a group of people that seemed to be paying attention to him. But it really didn't impress me as impending civil war.
I'm going to be sorry I went there aren't I?Posted by David M at March 2, 2006 06:39 PM
There were two letters. The first, asking General Casy if the 3rd ACR could be extended, the second, thanking the 3rd ACR for their service.
The first letter being official referenced
Gen Alston -
"I'd like to take an opportunity to share with you a letter we received this week from the mayor of Tall Afar, Mayor Najim Abdullah al Jabouri. The letter addressed to General Casey expresses his desire for the men and women of the 3rd ACR to remain in the city until it is fully recovered. We have copies of the letter available after the press conference, but I'd like to highlight a couple of excerpts"
The second letter referenced in a Feb 20rd MNF-I Article -
“To the Courageous Men and Women of the 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment, who have changed the city of Tall Afar from a ghost town, in which terrorists spread death and destruction, to a secure city flourishing with life,” wrote Mayor Najim Abdullah Abid Al-Jibouri. “No matter how much I write or speak about this brave Regiment, I haven’t the words to describe the courage of its officers and soldiers. I pray to God to grant happiness and health to these legendary heroes and their brave families.”Posted by Soldier's Dad at March 2, 2006 06:41 PM
You can take it Dave.Posted by Greyhawk at March 2, 2006 06:51 PM
no, you dont really need to go there. the mighty Hawk has described the place very well as a toilet of left wing madness and hatred of anything in an American military uniform, from any era.
stay away from that site unless you really want to be repulsed.Posted by cwb at March 2, 2006 11:31 PM
The Daily Kos is worth visiting, just to see how sick the extreme left wing has become. And the sad thing is, the Democrat Party is using them as a resource. The Dems go down that road and they'll be permanently the minority party, while the Reps get more ingrained in the status quo, corrupt and ever farther from what brought them to power.Posted by Mike O at March 3, 2006 02:16 AM
I don't need to go to the Daily Kos.
I've lived thru the(4 times) mad at the world of rantings of adolescents. Pretty impressive...Kos had managed to attract a bunch of 13 year olds to his cause.
Fagan managed that 150 years ago.
Must be a real accomplishment to be a character in a Dicken's novel.
Personally, I would be ashamed.Posted by Soldier's Dad at March 3, 2006 04:27 AM Hide Comments | Show/Add Comments in Popup Window(6) | (Note: You must refresh main page to view newly posted comments here)