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I read this opinion piece that appeared in the Air Force Times. It’s written by Jeff Slocum, an Air Force Chief Master Sergeant. I’m adding it top this blog since it deals with the war in Iraq and Daniel and his callers talk about the war every Saturday.

How do I serve the military and my nation with integrity as both an active-duty airman and an American citizen? Are they mutually exclusive endeavors? I don’t think so.

My moral and ethical conscience and obligations are guiding me in speaking out. They are also guiding me in faithfully and proudly serving my country and my Air Force. I’m proud of my service and fully support the Air Force mission. I’m also a big proponent of “Let’s wrap it up in Iraq — as in, ‘the sooner, the better.’”

That’s why I support the Appeal for Redress, which calls on Congress to bring a prompt ending to the war in Iraq. Some people surely think I’ve lost my mind. But here’s where I’m coming from: I’ve never believed that the conventional military admonition to “do as we say or get out of the way” is always the answer. That line of thinking can get us into a big jam and keep us floundering around in a mess, like Iraq.

Appealing to Congress for withdrawal from Iraq doesn’t mean I don’t believe in our mission as an Air Force to support the war. As a total military team of soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines, we have a huge responsibility to each other in a variety of missions. I’m deeply committed and dedicated to our Air Force and our people. That’s why I’m speaking out while on active duty and not running for cover into retirement.

I’m also troubled by the generic “support the troops” mantra. It often seems like a cheerleading campaign that does nothing to actually support them, such as making sure those who get the crap knocked out of them over there are truly well cared for. And the ultimate support is to get them home and out of harm’s way as soon as possible. For the sake of their families, we should move even more quickly to get out of Iraq.

The human costs of the Iraq conflict continue to mount to a staggering level of tragedy and grief. I cannot quietly watch as things drag on and deteriorate indefinitely, and more people die or are maimed for life. We need more than car magnets or dutiful silence.

Those service members who have signed the Appeal for Redress (http://www.appealforredress.org) have struggled with a serious and troubling patriotic dilemma. These people have been to Iraq multiple times. They know the real deal. They are compelled by their moral and ethical convictions to exercise their rights as service members and American citizens.

Yet, ironically, those who are active participants in the defense of our democracy may also find themselves taking friendly fire from those who don’t know the truth and have misinterpreted this noble act of patriotism.

— Jeff Slocum

The writer is an Air Force chief master sergeant with 21 years on active duty. He’s served in Texas, Arizona, Montana, Florida, Korea, Europe, Southwest Asia and Honduras, and is stationed in Fayetteville, N.C.

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Daniel made several references on Saturday to Osama still being alive all these years after 9-11. I have to disagree with Daniel on this one. I do not believe the guy is alive anymore. If he is, he’s seriously ill. For many years, Osama has used his audio and video propaganda to try and promote his cause. We haven’t heard from this guy in a long, long time. I don’t think it has anything to do with his fear of being caught. I think he’s dead already.

So all these people that say we should be going after him, I agree, we should. However, until we get some confirmation that he’s even breathing anymore, we should continue going about the business of infiltrating and destroying the terrorists we know are still alive.

What do you think? Do you think he’s alive or dead?

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Call of the weak 2/17/07

This week’s call of the weak is from Marian in Tampa. She started off pleasant enough (although waited until getting on the air before telling her husband what station she was calling). Unfortunately, she quickly showed that she simply doesn’t have a clue and someone must have implanted an organism in her that’s now eating her brain. The call centers around the war in Iraq and what signal the non-binding resolution sends. I really can’t believe Daniel kept her on the line as long as he did. And it’s even more incredible, this lying idiot called back a second time, and Daniel really gave it to her.

This is a clip of the two calls along with Daniel’s response.
Click here to listen to her first call
Click here to listen to her second call

And believe it or not, she actually called back yet again on 10 March and commented that she was hung up on the last two times she called. Daniel remembered her and you have to listed to the clip to hear what happened on the third call.
Click here to listen to her third call on 10 March

Disclaimer: I’m not trying to break any copyright laws here Clear Channel or 970 WFLA. Just want people to hear the call to better help explain this post.

My comments to Marian regarding this call

Marian, first of all, why didn’t you tell your husband the station number anytime during the 10-15 minutes you were sitting on hold before you went live on the air? Next, opposite day? I agree, it’s opposite day. You’re a smart, well informed caller who really knows what’s been going on since the Iraq war started.

The non-binding resolution was the biggest act of cowardice in the history of the U.S.? Are you kidding me? It’s called learning from past mistakes. Besides it’s NON-BINDING!!! So you say 70% of the democrats voted for the war, and when the going gets tough as you call it, they want to cut and run. You say that’s not how to fight a war. Marianne, accepting and understanding that mistakes were made and making changes to prevent even more mistakes from occurring, that’s NOT cut and run. It’s called learning. It would be stupid for us to continue the same war path we have taken for the last 5+ years and just hope we will have a different result. It’s like a person who walks into a door. How many times do they walk into the door before the learn that they must open the door in order to get through it? You call it cut and run…I call it not repeating the same mistakes again and again.

You asked what is the democrats plan for victory? I don’t believe democrats need a plan. Why? First of all, this is not a democrat or republican issue, it’s an issue for the whole country. Second, the office holder with the ultimate power over the military is the Commander in Chief. That’s why I don’t believe democrats need a plan. A democrat is not the Commander in Chief. What is the current administration’s plan? To keep walking into that door again and again and hope to get a different result? From what Ive heard in the news, the democrat plan is to say you know what Iraqis, we got rid of your tyrannical leader, it’s now time for you to step up and either start running your own country or continue this civil war you’re in. Either way, don’t expect the U.S. to continue sending troops over there to die in your civil war.

Who says we lose the war if we leave now or “cut and run” as you call it. Will this war ever be won? What’s your definition of winning? When all the big bad terrorists in the world are caught or captured? Do you really think that will ever happen, when we’ve caught them all? Who cares if the war rages on after we leave. I really don’t care. They can fight and continue their civil war until they’re all dead for all I care. When the U.S. had it’s civil war, did any of the world’s super powers at the time get involved and try and stop our civil war? No, they let us fight among ourselves until we decided enough was enough. So why should be stay there right in the middle of their civil war?

This is a war of will Marianne? Let’s look at one of the definitions of will – purpose or determination, often hearty or stubborn determination; willfulness: to have the will to succeed. What would you consider success Marianne? Short of dropping nuclear bombs all over that country, the Sunni’s and Shiites will continue hating and fighting each other no matter what we do. Just as they have been doing for the thousands of years before we arrived. You think we’re going to change that?

We liberated 25 million people? We brought Saddam to justice? We established a democracy? They’ve had 3 elections. Are you kidding me Marianne? Do you really believe what’s going on over there is liberty, justice, and democracy? Things are worse over there than before we arrived. That’s not what I call improvement. As Daniel said, voting is not the same thing as democracy.

You said the terrorists goal was to start a civil war. So what. So what if that was their goal. Why should I give a damn if they fight each other? Do you care? Do you really care about the Iraqis? If so, you should be more vocal about the thousands of them who have died since this war started. I don’t believe the democrats are on the side of the terrorists as you say. I see them being on the side of changing a policy that doesn’t seem to have worked very well so far. Why do we need to fight in Iraq’s civil war?

Your definition of winning is when we can leave the country with a stable democracy. You said you want to give the President “another chance” as you called it. Just how many “chances” are you asking for? Wasn’t a chance already given when we were told there were “weapons of mass destruction”. For whatever reason, it turned out to not be true. It’s like betting on a roulette wheel and losing. Then telling the dealer, I know I lost and I know I have no more money, but you need to give me another chance.

A blood bath if we abandon Iraq? It’s already a blood bath you idiot. How much worse can it get Marianne? What’s worse than the blood bath that’s already occurring over there now? Just because people voted, that does not mean their on “our side”. If they’re on our side, they need to do more than vote. They need to step up and stop the fighting within their own country and stop fighting and killing U.S. troops.

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Rich in Valrico called in on 2/10/07 .

His call centered around this question – What would happen if everyone in the military, who disagreed with the war in Iraq, just refused and said I’m not going, they can’t arrest everybody. That’s true, but it wouldn’t be a military either. Daniel’s thought was that it would be a recipe for disaster since the military is all about order and discipline and that would cease to exist when you have the option to opt-out. This would cause anarchy and would not be a healthy thing for the military.

That’s an interesting thought Rich but in reality, it probably wouldn’t have the impact you might think. As an active duty member, I can tell you that although I’m not happy with the way this war has gone or the circumstances leading up to it, there is no way I would sacrifice my 18-year career or abandon my fellow Airmen just for my personal beliefs. You see, I voluntarily joined and agreed to do certain things and one of them is to obey the orders of the President of the United States. The actual oath of enlistment is:

“I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

Believe me, I disagree with many of the policies of President Bush and this whole Iraq mess, however, I did go to Iraq when I was ordered to. If I want the option to refuse to go to war, I need to find another career because this is the whole purpose of a military. To fight and win, not to elect to fight, when I want to.

Here’s an easy way to understand what it means to be a military member. Ask anyone in the military and ask them what they do. Don’t ask what their particular job is, just ask what they do or who they work for. Almost everyone will say something like “I’m in the military”. Not, I work for the Department of Defense, I work for Uncle Sam, or I work for the government. They are in the military. And it’s not for the money either. Military members don’t get paid very well considering what they have to do and the fact they’re on duty 24/7. Now switch that around and ask a non-military person what they do. Are they in IBM? Are they in Wal-Mart? Are they in McDonalds? No, they just work for those companies.

There’s the difference. Military members are “IN” the military. It’s more than just a job for most of us.

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