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Stars and Stripes reporters overseas will be collecting reaction from troops (including those in Iraq) on the election and putting them up ASAP on their site.
U.S. Troops Cautious About Obama Victory
Iraq Troops React To Election
UPDATE: Here are some MilBlog reactions:
[Bounammer - Scott Kesterson: - in Afghansitan ]: “The guys have their opinions. It’s definitely interesting.” He smiled and then chuckled.
“And what about you? How are you feeling about the election?”
“The media seems to be focusing on the fact that he is a black President. It has never been about race for me.”
He continued, “I looked at each candidate for what I thought would be best for the country. I felt Obama had a better approach for the country and what we are facing. Black candidates of the past have had black agendas. I felt Obama was speaking to all of America.”
The Staff Sergeant’s focus then shifted, “People get wrapped around the person who is President. But he can only do so much. We need to be focusing on the legislation that comes from the Democrats and Republicans we elect to Congress. They affect America more. Obama can come in and push an agenda, but if the Congress doesn’t buy off on it, nothing will happen.”
As we talked I asked the Staff Sergeant about some of the discussions that had been happening throughout the day.
[Fobbits need ice cream too - in Iraq]: Welp, new president-elect. First African-American president and all that shit, I suppose. I don't buy into that whatever-American shit though. You're an American or you're not. My grandparents immigrated from Norway after WW I, but I don't call myself a Norwegian-American. Black people over here have to wear body armor and get shot at just as much as us white guys; ethnicity really means nothing in the Army.
[S4 at War - in Iraq ]: Things have picked up here a bit so I haven’t had much time to create my typical brilliance. But I have been asked quite a bit what the military’s reaction to the election is. Now, I wouldn’t presume to ask any of my non-military friends what the civilian world’s reaction to the election is but I’ll do my part nonetheless. Here are a few overheards from today:
“He’ll close Guantanamo. That will be his big military move. For the rest of us motherfuckers up in here it’ll be the same old shit.”
“People are captivated when he talks.” “They cry and shit like he’s Michael Jackson.”
“He’s got Oprah, you don’t need shit else.”
“I’ll tell you this, if he gets me out of here I’ll vote for him again.”
I was watching the news with some of the civilians who work here and was surprised at how much more intense they were on their views.
[Bad Dogs and Such - in Iraq]: So...about that election - Well. That was a little more...definite than I had thought it would be.
I spent most of the morning in a room full of Sons of Iraq leadership, watching Al Arabia's coverage of said election. Explaining the electoral college through an interpreter is, in case you've never done it, kind of an adventure.
[CDR Salamander]: We are us and they are them. Also, we should all bask in the glory that to much of the Muslim world that knows their Sharia - we just elected and apostate to Islam as our President. That should twist the knickers of a few folks out there. In summary; the Republic will survive, do not despair - for the wheel will turn.
...Now, clear the cheese cloth from our eyes and lets take a sober look at what decision the American voters have made. We now have waiting for us in the new year the most Leftist government this nation has seen arguably in 70 years or 40 years depending on what formula you want to use. You can also argue that the potential exists for this to be the most Left - only time will tell
[Maj Z ]: I realized something today, as I watched our next batch of leaders take a PT test:
We're going to be okay. More than that, we are going to be a stronger nation.
We are a resilient country.
...Barack Obama is the new President. Support him until 2012. He is OUR President. He deserves OUR respect to do otherwise makes US the moonbats. Now is the time for us to show the world that we are not a nation divided. Our strength is in our unity.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying you have to love or even like Barack Obama, but respect the office. I've had several bosses in the Army that I hated, both personally and professionally. They were still the boss, and they still got my respect, because they were in charge.
[This Ain't Hell]: I dispute this whole “historical” thing - I have these thoughts zooming around in my head and find it hard to work without writing them down.
I think it’s absolutely unAmerican to think of this as an historical moment in our nation’s long journey. It’s unConservative - and that’s been our whole problem with minorities, but it comes with the ideological territory.
In our Declaration of Independence, it’s written that “…all Men are created equal….” It doesn’t make a racial distinction.
[No Angst zone]: I must respectfully disagree. President-elect Obama shares absolutely none of the heritage of racial repression that has darkened this country's history. A man who has formative ties to Kansas, Hawaii, Kenya, and Indonesia does not know what it is like to have a father who can remember being fire-hosed and attacked with dogs while marching for civil rights. A man who attended Harvard does not know what it is like to work a job while attending night classes to become the first college graduate in his family.
The day we elect a person who grew up in a small town in Mississippi (or Alabama, or Louisiana, or Georgia), who attended a small state college, and who can trace their lineage back to a sharecropper and, before that, a slave, THAT will be a historic day for America.
[The War on Big Tobacco - in Iraq ]: There Were No Tanks in the Street - Mainly because all the tanks are over here in Iraq. But seriously, folks…
I’m smoking a Hecho a Mano Primo in celebration because when you think about it, it’s a victory no matter who won.
To 44 peaceful transfers of power...
G-d bless America.
[A Soldier's Perspective]: The fact of the matter is that whether we like it or not, Barack Hussein Obama will be this nation's 44th President of the United States. Like Bush before him, he deserves the respect that the office commands. The fact that Obama has won an office that only 43 people before him have ever held is an achievement that we must recognize.
[The Armorer]: But, now that there's going to be a Democrat in the White House, patriotism will be in again - so maybe the movies will be a little less dreadful, though they'll be no less preachy.
Does the election of a black man to the Presidency of the United States mean we can finally give Europe the finger? Seeing as how those hosers have never elected anything but a pasty-white European to high elective office?
[Illini6. - formerly known as Miserable Donuts ]: ...I'm afraid that this president is an unknown factor as far as defense and he will be pushed, just to see what he will do. I think this is similar to Kennedy and Khrushchev with the Cuban Missile Crisis. This is why I say, "Calm down." Let's see what the man does when his back is against it.
This election may have made some of our friends friendlier, but remember, regardless of the outcome of this election, America still has people who hate us and I think the world has just gotten a little less safe.
[Neptunus Lex]: There’s always change. ...We can also say farewell to the legions of homeless, at least for a while. That’s been solved. And all of those loons on stilt puppets. Farewell to all that.
Sometimes you’ve got to find the pony in the pile of shit.
Which is not to say that we give our new political class a pass. We should watch them like hawks, compare their policies to our preferences, hold them accountable, safeguard the Constitution.
[The Sniper]: I don’t like you because I don’t trust you. I think you’re a socialist, I think you’re a media whore, I think you’re a flash in the pan… but you won. So congratulations… you now own the most powerful office in the world. Everyone in the world is looking at you as an example of America and more importantly, an example of an African-American. Little black kids across America are lloking up to you. Try not to eff it up.
[Matt - BlackFive]: I do worry about nationalized healthcare from the standpoint of innovation, quality and access. First, what large system has the federal government ever taken over and made better? Second, if the government could get military healthcare to work well, maybe, just maybe, I'd buy into the idea.
I am concerned about defense spending - military innovations and technology, pay, equipment, etc.
[Deebow - BlackFive]: Now is not the time to shirk our duties as men and women who are used to fighting. Now is the time to gird our loins, sharpen our axes, gather our allies and make our stand based upon our beliefs and fight tooth and nail for all that we have; never yielding or giving an inch on our beliefs.
We will DEMAND that President Obama not cut and run from Iraq or Afghanistan.
We will DEMAND ...
[Grim - BlackFive]: I see that John McCain has called Senator Obama -- now President-elect Obama -- to concede defeat. Our country has made a horrible mistake; that much is clear. We will raise taxes in a recession, and cut military spending during a war.
[Bouhammer]: Audio Blog: Post Election comments - This Audio blog is my personal opinion and political rant of this Presidential Election and what it means to this country….in my humble opinion.
[CounterColumn]: Ok, now, as a uniformed service member (part time), I need to start to figure out how to run a blog when I am not likely to be very supportive of the liberal-in-chief's policies - if not outright contemptuous. Now, I hope I am pleasantly surprised by the future Obama administration, but it seems pretty clear to me that the man is part and parcel of the worst that Chicago machine politics has to offer.
Think about that for a second. Of all the machines Obama could have come from, he had to come from the single most corrupt machine in the country (with the possible exception of Hawaii's Democratic machine). And then ...
UPDATE: LT Nixon has more
bunch of morons
who after 6 years leave us a divided country in Iraq and Taliban on march in Afghanistan
and can only repeat lies about socialismPosted by nick at November 5, 2008 09:27 PM
obama will retreat from iraq.
iraq might destabilize - causing a l,oss of all hard won gains.
this will be a morale killer.
recruitment will suffer.
obama will start a draft.
draft will be ameliorated by offering option: military or civilian service.
this is how he will start his civilian defense corps/brownshirts...Posted by reliapundit at November 5, 2008 09:37 PM
Here's your assignment for this evening:
Pretend you're a normal person, go back and read your atrociously spelled and disjointed post, and then tell us who's the "moron."Posted by MarkJ at November 5, 2008 10:45 PM
I used to think of America as the shining city on the hill - no more, you have fallen to the depths of the rest of the crappy world. I guess the great experiment of the 18th century is over. Hail to an endless supply of dictatorsPosted by matt tirebiter at November 5, 2008 11:00 PM
Can any military folks reassure me that if Obama orders the military to seize private citizens firearms that the military will refuse to obey an un-Constitutional order like that?
chicopantherPosted by chicopanther at November 6, 2008 02:46 PM
Welcome to four years of Socialist America.
The rest is here:
I concur with realpundit; that is, a draft is coming. My son is 13 years old; well on the way to achieving his Eagle Scout by age 15.
Prior to the election he and I discussed how an Obama win could result in the return of the draft.
I feel that today's US military is the most formidable force the world has ever known. They are battle hardened by Iraq and Afganistan and no despot in his right mind would mess with us. Now that we have a Commander in Chief who very likely will undermine morale in many ways, I would expect to enlistment and re-enlistment drop like a rock. I pray that despite all this, enough of you veterans stay to train/mentor and watch over new volunteers and draftees. My son will need you (if he volunteers or is drafted). The war against radical islam will transcend the Obama administration. It is war for the future of civilization; God bless you all, I'll keep you in my prayers.
Seriously? Sour grapes much, gentlemen? I'm disappointed that so many on the right seem to think so little of both the American people and her democratic practices. Obama was elected by a majority of the American voters. They made their choice and I for one, respect it.
Do I think the election of Barack Obama means that in 2012 we'll all be living on collective farms and forced into gay marriages as some seem to suggest? Um, not so much. America has gone through 43 presidents (good, bad and downright awful), two world wars, economic depressions and so on. 4-8 years of an Obama administration will not be the death of the Republic. Stop whining.
You want your guys to win elections? Pick better candidates, run better races and actually get off your asses and vote. The Grand Old Party failed on all three counts this time so there's no one to blame but themselves.
And to those of you deployed with me in Iraq (and those in Afghanistan too), God bless and stay safe.Posted by SSG D. at November 6, 2008 08:43 PM
Hey SSG D:
Newsflash: I get off my ass and vote in EVERY election. As far as thinking "so little of both the American people and her democratic practices", I hold a very dim view of the 52% who voted for that socialist charlatan. They have signed over the security and safety of America to a human buglight for terrorists, despots, and Islamic thugs. Brace yourself. If you think Bubba Clinton gave the green light to al Qaeda because of his non-reponses to the terrorist attacks on his watch, Obama will be in the air traffic control tower giving the ok for takeoff.
You go right on ahead and support this disaster of a 'president'. Just don't expect the rest of us to follow suit.
US ARMY (RET)
IRAQ WAR VETERAN
First off, thank you for your service. As someone who served honorably and retired you know that you don't get to pick your commanders. Obama is the President-elect of the United States and as such is entitled to the same respect accorded to all who hold the office, regardless of political persuasion. I'm inclined to judge him off of his performance in the office rather than prejudge him based off of smears, rumor and innuendo but obviously that's just me.
Mainly I am amused by the immediate histrionics of those on the far right (and left)when their choice doesn't win. The selection of Obama doesn't mean that you'll lose your guns or that our kids will be forced into a madrasah to study the Koran. Just like we didn't wind up in some sort of 1984 style Big Brother nightmare under Bush as those on the far left claimed we would. Why? Because the American people will only stand for just so much bullshit before they rise up and reject the silliness. Then we go back to our X-boxes and let the process begin again. Lather, rinse, repeat.
I applaud you for doing your part and voting but my point still stands. The Republican party once again picked a candidate because it was "his turn" (see Dole, Bob) who then proceeded to run an awful campaign that pandered to the "base", many of whom stayed home, and didn't attract anyone from the center. So, feel free to enjoy your ideological purity while your party continues to lose elections. You know, just saying. :-)Posted by SSG D. at November 7, 2008 05:52 PM
Point by point:
"Obama is the President-elect of the United States and as such is entitled to the same respect accorded to all who hold the office, regardless of political persuasion. I'm inclined to judge him off of his performance in the office rather than prejudge him based off of smears, rumor and innuendo but obviously that's just me."
I judge a candidate by their character, beleifs, associations, documented record, and stated objectives. Every one of those aspects, when appied to Obama, raises a gigantic red flag.
He launched his career from the home of two domestic terrorists William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, and collaborates with radical groups like ACORN under the guise of "community organizing". He sat in a church for over 20 years listening to the sermons of a rabid moonbat who "god-damned" America and railed against "whitey" and Jews.
Some of the world's worst dictators and Islamic goons are head over heels for his election. He's also accumulated Hugo Chavez, Mahmoud Amahdinejad, Louis Farrakhan, Daniel Ortega, Jeremiah Wright, and Hamas among his associates, admirers, and supporters. Considering his record and his proclivities, I will give as much respect as he derseves, "Office" notwithstanding". But, that's just me.
"......the American people will only stand for just so much bullshit before they rise up and reject the silliness. Then we go back to our X-boxes and let the process begin again. Lather, rinse, repeat."
We'll see how much bullshit they'll take from Mr. HopeyChangytude and his socialist policies, before they realize they may have to make another change sooner than they thought before he brings this country to its knees; economically, and militarily.
"I applaud you for doing your part and voting but my point still stands. The Republican party once again picked a candidate because it was "his turn" (see Dole, Bob) who then proceeded to run an awful campaign that pandered to the "base", many of whom stayed home, and didn't attract anyone from the center. So, feel free to enjoy your ideological purity while your party continues to lose elections. You know, just saying."
I agree about McCain. The GOP picked a lackluster guy who's lousy on illegal immigration, who failed to communicate a strong message, and who essentially abandoned his base. MY ideological purity is comprised of patriotism, protection of America and our Constitution, a strong military, facilitation of free enterprise, guarding America's interests home and abroad, and swift retribution against our enemies.
None of which is in the platform of the coming Obama regime.
Just saying.Posted by sfcmac at November 9, 2008 04:20 PM Hide Comments | Show/Add Comments in Popup Window(11) | (Note: You must refresh main page to view newly posted comments here)