Mood: Disgusted, frustrated  

curious082385 32F
4230 posts
7/20/2006 12:49 am

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7/27/2006 11:54 am

Mood: Disgusted, frustrated

Just got the news tonight that several more of my friends from Florida will be deploying to Iraq within the next few days, while three others are on standby in the Middle East should ground force support be needed in Israel and the surrounding areas.

I support our troops.
I support the hunt for Osama and his terrorists--after standing at Ground Zero it's hard not to.
I support Israel defending themselves against attack.
But not the way that any of it is being done.

This is the first trip to Iraq for one of the young men. There is a collection that we are all donating to...all of his squadron members and friends. Know what it is for?

To buy him body armor.

Because what I can buy on the civilian market is of better quality then what the military has to give him. And all the other team members? Yep, we bought their armor for them too.

Did any of you see the audit that came out today that analyzed the spending of the Department of Homeland Security?
One of the instances of questionable spending?
Several thousand dollars worth of unused dog boots.

They can justify that purchase, but not the purchase of better body armor and upgraded, reinforced vehicles for the troops that are
"defending America's freedom".

And then they have the nerve to call us unpatriotic when we don't support this war.

I'm spending my own money to buy for my friend what should have already been issued to him while high and mighty politicians sit in fancy offices, spouting "support our troops" rhetoric...and buying dog boots.

Seriously_Real 49M

7/20/2006 3:07 am

This is why I love the bumper sticker on My Imaginary's car:

"If you are not outraged, you are not paying attention."


curious082385 replies on 7/20/2006 12:03 pm:
I've got that one on my car too! It's a good one.
The other one that I saw the other day....
"Would someone please give him a blowjob already so we can impeach him?"

papyrina 52F
21133 posts
7/20/2006 5:23 am

smiles atr seriuos comment

good for you hun.every litle bit of help that can be given should be,but all those goverment dollars and companies that are profiting from this and every other war really pisses me off

I'm a

i'm here to stay

curious082385 replies on 7/20/2006 12:08 pm:
It is absolutely sickening and infuriating to see, especially since I have so many friends in the military. Makes you feel so helpless to watch them go and know you can't really do anything for them...

rm_kneel_be4me 50M
457 posts
7/20/2006 5:45 am

I have one friend that is on her second tour in Iraq, and her step dad is on his third tour. They both left in April and are in different devissions so they wont see eachother the whole time they are deployed. They are both apart of incurion teams... Him as a point man, and her as a medic.

curious082385 replies on 7/20/2006 12:11 pm:
That is so sad about them not seeing each other for so long. The strain this is putting on families is huge. We can't even say that our father/mother/brother/sister/friend is fighting for a noble cause.
I'll pray for a safe and happy reunion for them soon.

seek_u_topia 52M

7/20/2006 8:06 am

this is truly a tragedy...on so many levels. Our foreign policy is one thing...but our execution on it yet another. Such a shame when human life is subjected to a cost/benefit analysis, and acceptable risks are tolerated.

I'm glad you're doing what you're doing, and like you, I support our troops. They are our friends, daughters and sons, our brothers and sisters. How could any American not support them? (I hate the right wing rhetoric that openly states that if one doesn't support the war efforts, one doesn't support the troops. It's just plain incorrect.)

But then again, in an administration that lacks a clear vision, and is seaching for some cause, any cause, to grab on to and associate with, why am I not surprised that I'm so disgusted? Our President disappoints, on many levels too. Not only do I believe his many policy choices are inconsistent and flawed, but more importantly he is openly against the very ideas of critical thought and questioning of our leaders that our founding fathers believed in and instilled in our three branches of government. And I so wanted to like Condi...from my alma mater, a woman with so much seemingly going for her, but she too is a disappointment.

Ok...sorry...i'm running on...

curious082385 replies on 7/20/2006 12:13 pm: aren't running on, you are absolutely dead on correct. I hate the fact that so many people believe that supporting the war, the fight on terror (different from the war), the President and the troops are all the same thing. That is just bullshit and gives them an easy way to discredit any who protest.

marywannado 44F

7/20/2006 2:02 pm

I wish there was no such things as war and terrorists... it's just not right...

curious082385 replies on 7/21/2006 12:04 am:
*sigh* I know, same here. Is it really so hard for people to just get along?

rm_1hotwahine 64F
21091 posts
7/20/2006 3:41 pm

I try to avoid being political on the blogs (don't know why; I'm political in R but have gotta say - the only way to change things this time around is to stand up to the conservative strong hold and make a SUBSTANTIAL change the next time around.

I know you know that - am just thinking out loud. Or via my fingertips, as it is.

My heart goes out to you. It's hard enough to wrap around sending loved ones off into harm's way for nobel reasons. This, however, sucks. I know, cause I had to do the same thing, about 30+ years ago.

Keep in touch with them - it'll mean a lot.

Yeah, I'm still [blog 1hotwahine]

curious082385 replies on 7/21/2006 12:06 am:
Yep, I understand exactly what you are saying and I'm in full agreement with you on this.
We do keep in touch with them...I know the care package lists by heart of what they always need/want. We send silly little cards and interesting newspaper clippings on local stories, goofy letters, candy, chapstick, socks.... *sigh*...I'm sick of this.

rm_1hotwahine 64F
21091 posts
7/20/2006 3:42 pm

nobel? noble? yeah, that one. sorry.

Yeah, I'm still [blog 1hotwahine]

curious082385 replies on 7/21/2006 12:12 am:'s ok...I'm pretty fluent in Wahine-ese so I figured out what you meant!

elysianpleasure 48M

7/20/2006 9:18 pm

Good cause, good post, good heart...

curious082385 replies on 7/21/2006 12:12 am:
I just wish it weren't needed...

tootsiedippin 54M/54F
1078 posts
7/20/2006 10:07 pm

I know a welder that went over there. Spent his dayz welding in amour plats into HumVee's. They scrap damaged vehicals for the steel to beef up the protection.

I think that if you are going to be deciding on the Military buget you have to have served in a combat zone and had your head a target. Would change the way they budget I think.

Dippin < --- Smurf at Large and proud of it

curious082385 replies on 7/21/2006 12:14 am:
Yep...anything they can salvage goes on to the outsides of their vehicles. When my ex was over there he was sending back pictures of Humvees with pieces of metel tied to the outside with twine and wire.

curious082385 replies on 7/21/2006 12:15 am:
Your proposed budget plan is great!!! I don't think they would go for it though.

toothysmile 51M
16517 posts
7/20/2006 11:20 pm

what you are doing is admirable; and please let me know where i can send a check too. i am never political and always try to focus on the human aspect of things.
i am NOT making a statement about this war, it isn't my place and i don't have enough information to judge anyway. politically, i would probably agree with you. however we must remember that freedom is earned with blood and that's the sacrifice we have to make so that our children will hopefully live in a better world.

my kisses to you.

curious082385 replies on 7/27/2006 3:26 am:
Fighting for true freedom like the Revolutionary War? Admirable, honorable.
Fighting to remove someone like Hitler? Justified and righteous.

But sending innocent men and women who don't want a part of it into a fight for no other reason then political bullshit.....immoral, corrupt and wrong.

funintheday2006 57M
9659 posts
7/21/2006 12:53 am

I rarely enter political debate on this site but, the lack of accountability and the apparent cavalier way some individuals make decisions on the lives of others nauseate me.
Not supporting the war is not unpatriotic its called common sense.
Temper that with being prepared to spend their own money for the safety of those that are, literally, in the firing line, shows a deep commitment to people as well as your country.
Isn't that why we are here?

curious082385 replies on 7/27/2006 3:27 am:
"Not supporting the war is not unpatriotic its called common sense."

I like you!

HBowt2 60F

7/21/2006 3:45 pm

not wanting to express an opinion on the rights and wrongs of this action....but i will say that if you are sending someone to do your work for you the least you can do it equip them to the highest some respect for them...

curious082385 replies on 7/27/2006 3:28 am:
Yep...that's pretty much what we thought too...but according to the government, us normal civilian folk aren't qualified to make that decision.

bardicman 51M

7/22/2006 11:16 am

I know so many people that have been over there. Several more on their second tour. The Gaurd in my home town (the 875th) just shipped out yesterday. The thing that amazes me the most... almost everyone of them believe in what they are doing. We need to believe in them too.

I am not dead yet

curious082385 replies on 7/27/2006 3:29 am:
I do believe in them. Every single one of them.
The dishonor and lies that surround the war have no bearing on the honor of their bravery and loyalty.

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