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Won't I ever get tired of it?
Nope, don't think so...
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz is requiring most airmen to wear their blue uniforms every Monday beginning Sept. 8, according to a Sept. 4 memo he sent to all service members.The nation is at war, the Air Force is at the Mall, shopping for spiffy new uniforms.
The current practice of airmen wearing ABUs and BDUs almost all the time originated under Gen. John Jumper, the chief of staff at the time of the 2001 terrorist attacks. Then, in summer 2003, Jumper directed that airmen begin to return to blues as the uniform of the day. But Gen. T. Michael Moseley reversed that decision when he became chief of staff in late 2005, arguing that the nation was still at war and that airmen should dress like it.
He said at the time that his decision was closely related to his effort to instill a “war-fighting ethos” in Air Force culture, one of his main priorities as chief.
In short: "Senator Obama, withdraw your troop withdrawal".
Interesting - coming on the day of the foreign policy/national security debate.
Not to be a complete wet blanket, but lest anyone get their hopes up I would note that the simple presence of a large number of US forces on the ground doesn't automatically promote political reconciliation or facilitate a functioning government without some willing cooperation (or "buy-in") by key players. Basically, the local elected officials have to want to make progress before progress can be made. Case in point: the United States. I'm not sure the US Government can reach Iraq-level results this weekend, but I am certain beyond any doubt there is no military solution to the problem.
THE WHITE HOUSE
Gold Star Mother's Day, 2008
by the President of the United States of America, A Proclamation
Throughout our history, the men and women of the Armed Forces have put our Nation's security before their own, doing their duty in the face of grave danger.
On Gold Star Mother's Day, we pay solemn tribute to the mothers of the patriots lost serving this great Nation.
Gold Star Mothers inspire our Nation with their deep devotion to family and country. These extraordinary women serve their communities, dedicate their time to helping members of our Armed Forces and veterans, and bring comfort and hope to families whose loved ones laid down their lives in the defense of our liberty. Nothing can compensate for their sacrifice and loss, yet Gold Star Mothers demonstrate tremendous courage and resolve while working to preserve the memory and legacy of all our fallen heroes.
On this day, we honor our country's Gold Star Mothers and remember their sons' and daughters' noble service and great sacrifice. We offer them our deepest gratitude and our most profound respect, and we ask for God's blessings to be upon them and their families.
The Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 115 of June 23, 1936 (49 Stat. 1895 as amended), has designated the last Sunday in September as "Gold Star Mother's Day" and has authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation in its observance.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Sunday, September 28, 2008, as Gold Star Mother's Day. I call upon all Government officials to display the flag of the United States over Government buildings on this special day. I also encourage the American people to display the flag and hold appropriate ceremonies as a public expression of our Nation's sympathy and respect for our Gold Star Mothers.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-fourth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand eight, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.
/s/ GEORGE W. BUSH
God Bless Our Gold Star Mothers... and the families of those who have perished in the service of our country.
x-posted at Some Soldier's Mom
Asks Sen. Obama (D-IL) to do the same.
Democrat Barack Obama continues to argue that only the systematic withdrawal of U.S. combat units will force Iraqi leaders to compromise. Yet the empirical evidence of the past year suggests the opposite: that only the greater security produced and guaranteed by American troops allows a political environment in which legislative deals and free elections are feasible.I'll would accept their surrender to the pro-victory team; but I would rather they give it to Gen. Petraeus or Gen. Mattis.
Senator; over to you.
There's a very detailed and very creepy description of how returning veterans should be rounded up into gulags to be "re-educated" in the comments section of an AZ Central article on the Natl Guard. The super-secret and anonymous "Code Monkey" sent me the details. People often talk about the poor treatment of Vietnam vets being a big myth...good thing the internet is around today to document all the nonsense out there today.
One of the Marines cleared in the killings of Iraqi civilians in the town of Haditha plans to sue his congressman today for statements he says defamed him and other members of his squad.More here, including a review (based on Bing West's and Bob Woodward's newly published accounts) of Murtha '06, some classic video, and a look at his opponent ("A man who is himself a decorated Iraq war veteran. A man who was in the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. A man who has spent nearly 3 decades serving his country in uniform. Lt. Col. William Russell (USAR ret.)") this November.
Former Marine Lance Cpl. Justin Sharratt, 24, of Canonsburg, will file a civil lawsuit against U.S. Rep. John P. Murtha, D-Johnstown, who was widely quoted two years ago saying that eight Marines carried out a cold-blooded killing of 24 civilians in the Iraqi town on Nov. 19, 2005.
Charges were later dropped against all but one of the Marines, with a military prosecutor calling allegations against Mr. Sharratt "incredible."
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