Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 83 Astral Silver 280 SL
Location: Planet Houston
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RE: Taking shrapnel for bush's war
My condolences. My nephew was over there, and we had a situation like that that put my sister-in-law thru hell, so I know how you feel, altho her's was more a typical military screw up. She receives a message saying her son had got a "spinal injury" during "combat operations". That's it, and no word at all for a week, during which time the women was a basket case. We are all expecting a kid to come home a quadraplegic for life. People in my family were going berserk. Turns out the kid sprained his back jumping from a truck that came under fire, spent two days of bed rest and was fine, no big deal, but when we talk to the kid he starts telling us about only having a flak jacket for armor, and being in a unarmored truck and seeing a guy take one in the chest in the passenger seat. All of this happened about the same time the soldier who called out Rumsfeld on the lack of armor publically hit the news. Our entire family, from New Hampshire to Texas, went nuts, screaming at congressmen and anybody else who deserved it, along with 140,000 other pissed off families. All of those "un-American complainers" probably saved your kid's life. I really went after a military guy on it at MB shop forum, who told about his dad, some pogue-ass colonel, "agnozied over more armor or more pressing military needs". I still steam when I think of that asshole - the combination of the horseshit and the situation with my nephew caused me to post the angriest stuff I've ever put on the Internet. I can't think of a more pressing military need than making sure one of our kids doesn't die. Gee, its either that 2,000 lb guided bomb we need to take out the elementary school playground in Fallujah, or an armored humvee. Oh, the agony!
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address