Friday, November 18, 2005

For Career and Country

Here's the best reason why President Bush's strongest supporters who are eligible to serve should enlist today: Your careers!

"I like guys who've never been there that criticize us who've been there. I like that. I like guys who got five deferments and never been there and send people to war, and then don't like to hear suggestions about what needs to be done."

-- Rep. John Murtha (D-PA), rebuking President Bush and Vice President Cheney "for their aggressive new campaign to denounce war critics."

Don't let this happen to you. Enhance your political resume and support Your President and Your Country at the same time. Report to your local Armed Forces Recruiting Station and enlist today! Show your support for the war in the most honest way you can: on the front lines.

[Hat tip to Arken]


At 18 November, 2005 10:25, Blogger Jamie said...

New York Times has an article today about how bad the recruitment levels are for our military. Bad news for the military and Pentagon but good news for OYE. Time to hit up those fine young Republicans.


At 18 November, 2005 11:08, Blogger Bella said...

A friend of mine received the following e-mail, which we are in the process of trying to debunk, as we think that it didn't come from a real solider. The man that it says that it is from, Walter Rausch, is close to someone at the American Enterprise Institute and was even featured in their magazine. Any help in debunking this e-mail would be greatly appreciated.

Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2005 09:21:10 -0500
Dear Volunteers,

This was received by me from my Armymom's group, I have gone into the Army Knowledge Online, which is the Army's official email and verified that this indeed is an active duty soldier in Iraq. I am forwarding his letter as requested, please forward out to your family and friends as it was his request to do so. I am forwarding to you as I received it.

Thank you

A friend received this email from her son yesterday and I am doing my part to spread the word as he asks. Betsy


Be my voice. I want this message heard. It is mine and my platoon's to the country. A man I know lost his legs the other night. He is in another company in our battalion. I can no longer be silent after watching the sacrifices made by Iraqis and Americans everyday.Send it to a congressman if you have to. Send it to FOX news if you have to. Let this message be heard please.

My fellow Americans, I have a task for those with the courage and fortitude to take it. I have a message that needs not fall on deaf ears. A vision the blind need to see. I am not a political man nor one with great wisdom. I am just a soldier who finds himself helping rebuild a country that he helped liberate a couple years ago.
I have watched on television how the American public questions why their mothers, fathers, brothers, and sisters are fighting and dying in a country 9000 miles away from their own soil. Take the word of a soldier, for that is all I am, that our cause is a noble one. The reason we are here is one worth fighting for. A cause that has been the most costly and sought after cause in our small span of existence on our little planet. Bought in blood and paid for by those brave enough to give the ultimate sacrifice to obtain it. A right that is given to every man, woman, and child I believe by God. I am talking of freedom.
Freedom. One word but yet countless words could never capture it's true meaning or power. "For those who have fought for it, freedom has a taste the protected will never know." I read that once and it couldn't be more true. It's not the average American's fault that he or she is "blind and deaf" to the taste of freedom. Most American's are born into their God given right so it is all they ever know. I was once one of them. I would even dare to say that it isn't surprising that they take for granted what they have had all their life. My experiences in the military however opened my eyes to the truth.
Ironically you will find the biggest outcries of opposition to our cause from those who have had no military experience and haven't had to fight for freedom. I challenge all of those who are daring enough to question such a noble cause to come here for just a month and see it first hand. I have a feeling that many voices would be silenced.
I watched Cindy Sheehan sit on the President's lawn and say that America isn't worth dying for. Later she corrected herself and said Iraq isn't worth dying for. She badmouthed all that her son had fought and died for. I bet he is rolling over in his grave.
Ladies and gentleman I ask you this. What if you lived in a country that wasn't free? What if someone told you when you could have heat, electricity, and water? What if you had no sewage systems so human waste flowed into the streets? What if someone would kill you for bad-mouthing your government? What if you weren't allowed to watch TV, connect to the internet, or have cell phones unless under extreme censorship? What if you couldn't put shoes on your child's feet?
You need not to have a great understanding of the world but rather common sense to realize that it is our duty as HUMAN BEINGS to free the oppressed. If you lived that way would you not want someone to help you????
The Iraqi's pour into the streets to wave at us and when we liberated the cities during the war they gathered in the thousands to cheer, hug and kiss us. It was what the soldier's in WW2 experienced, yet no one questioned their cause!! Saddam was no better than Hitler! He tortured and killed thousands of innocent people. We are heroes over here, yet American's badmouth our President for having us here.
Every police station here has a dozen or more memorials for officers that were murdered trying to ensure that their people live free. These are husbands, fathers, and sons killed every day. What if it were your country? What would your choice be? Everything we fight for is worth the blood that may be shed. The media never reports the true HEROISM I witness everyday in the Iraqi's. Yes there are bad one's here, but I assure you they are a minuscule percent. Yet they are a number big enough to cause worry in this country's future.
I have watched brave souls give their all and lose their lives and limbs for this cause. I will no longer stand silent and let the "deaf and blind" be the only voice shouting. Stonewall Jackson once said, "All that I have, all that I am is at the service of the country." For these brave souls who gave the ultimate sacrifice, including your son Cindy Sheehan, I will shout till I can no longer. These men and women are heroes. Their spirit lives on in their military and they will never be forgotten. They did not die in vain but rather for a cause that is larger than all of us.
My fellow countrymen and women, we are not overseas for our country alone but also another. We are here to spread democracy and freedom to those who KNOW the true taste of it because they fight for it everyday. You can see the desire in their eyes and I am honored to fight alongside them as an Infantryman in the 101st Airborne.
Freedom is not free, but yet it is everyone's right to have. Ironic isn't it? That is why we are here. Though you will always have the skeptics, I know that most of our military will agree with this message. Please, at the request of this soldier spread this message to all you know. We are in Operation Iraqi Freedom and that is our goal. It is a cause that I and thousands of others stand ready to pay the ultimate sacrifice for because, Cindy Sheehan, freedom is worth dying for, no matter what country it is! And after the world is free only then can we hope to have peace.

SGT Walter J. Rausch and
1st Platoon
Charlie Co. 2/327 Infantry Regiment
101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

At 18 November, 2005 11:20, Blogger Karl said...

Operation Yellow Elephant strongly supports U.S. success in Iraq and elsewhere.

Therefore, that's why we ask President Bush's strongest - eligible - supporters, including the College Republicans and the Young Republicans, otherwise qualified, to consider volunteering for military service.

You've read that soldier's e-mail above (whether that particular soldier exists in reality or not) and its sentiments make the case far better than anyone else can.

So, Young Republican, will you serve your country or yourself?

We report. You decide.

At 18 November, 2005 11:36, Blogger Bella said...

My friend and I are just trying to figure out if the e-mail, above, is from some sort of whisper-campaign (via e-mail) whereby chickhawks pretend to be soldiers, I mean the e-mail is pretty detached from reality.

At 18 November, 2005 11:49, Blogger Karl said...

Although I haven't closely analyzed the e-mail, I think you're right.

There's not a single typo. Who in a war zone has that kind of time or perfectionist tendencies?

At 18 November, 2005 15:43, Blogger Gyrobo said...

But if all the College Republicans enlist, they might end up hating war. Where will the Karl Roves and Dick Cheneys of the future come from then?

At 18 November, 2005 22:33, Blogger phinky said...

Bella, I looked at the article you provided the URL to and it looks outdated. Even though applications to West Point increased since 9/11 and are still higher than pre-9/11 levels. The applications for the class of 2009 dropped 8.7 percent. Also, college graduates with a bachelor's degree who enlist join the Army as a Specialist (E-4), not a Private (E-1). Plus the Army repays up to $60,000 in student loans to college grads who enlist. It looks like the article was written in 2003. It mentions the "soap opera surrounding Jessica Lynch". I believe this article is at least two years old.

At 19 November, 2005 08:26, Blogger Jack said...

A technical note,

It appears the comments for the section below, "Honoring the Dean" have been corrupted/overwritten. Perhaps due to some hacking by a dissatisfied commenter. Can they powers that be of this blog clear them up, fix them?


At 19 November, 2005 11:20, Blogger Karl said...

I think they're OK now.

At 19 November, 2005 11:21, Blogger Frederick said...

Hey Bella,

I got hit up by the chain-mail nazi, check it out:


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