MrSpkr's random thoughts . . .
Saturday, March 29, 2003
Today Rumsfeld announced that the Syrians and Iraqis had best not send weapons, munitions, supplies, troops, or intelligence agents into the war zone.
Why do people think this is controversial?
Wednesday, March 26, 2003
Words cannot describe my disgust at the latest Iraqi atrocities.
I suspect we will learn that they raped the female prisoners as well.
I fear conditions will be so horrible in Iraq that, like it has done with the Holocaust, the Arab media will deny anything that bad ever happened.
I just hope our soldiers don't lose their humanity in all this. Can you imagine an 18 or 19 year old kid having to process the fact that his friend was executed or worse after having surrendered?
Any more demonstrators against this war are, as far as I am concerned, supporting the Iraqis.
And now, they are supporting execution of our soldiers.
CNN is now reporting a second death from the fragging incident last week.
Hanging is too good for this scumbag.
Bring back the rack.
Tuesday, March 25, 2003
Just a quick question here -- why is it okay for the media to print malicious gossip and rude speculation about a Republican's family members, but it is not okay for a reporter to do an unflattering interview with a member of a celebrity's family?
I have decided to keep a log of the American combat deaths in Operation Iraqi Freedom. I have looked around the web for a list fo these soldiers, but have yet to stumble across any comprehensive list. I think it is something worth doing, and certainly the least I can do for these brave young men and women.
Once I get the hang of this blogging format, I'll set up the casualty list so that it is always on top or at least easily accessible.
I have received a question about including Capt. Christopher Scott Seifert on this list. Capt. Siefert was killed by an American, Sgt. Asan Akbar in a grenade attack in Camp Pennsylvania. Kuwait. Given Akbar's statements about the conflict, I don't regard him as a criminal or mental case -- I regard him as an enemy. If found guilty, I hope the Army gives him a punishment that it hasn't handed down in over forty years -- the death penalty.
If killing a fellow soldier asleep in his cot isn't worthy of the death penalty, what is?
03/26/03 Update: Another American, Maj. Gregory Stone, has died from Akbar's attack.
Saturday, March 22, 2003
American combat deaths in Operation Iraqi Freedom:
USArmy - Sgt. Jacob L. Butler, 24, Wellsville, Kan.
USArmy - Spc. Brandon J. Rowe, 20, Roscoe, Ill.
USMC - Capt. Aaron J. Contreras, 31, Sherwood, Ore.
USMC - Cpl. Robert M. Rodriguez, 21, Queens, N.Y.
USMC - Lance Cpl. Patrick R. Nixon, 21, Nashville, Tenn.
USMC - Staff Sgt. James W. Cawley, 41, Roy, Utah.
USMC - Staff Sgt. Donald C. May, Jr., 31, Richmond, Va.
USMC - Lance Cpl. Patrick T. O'Day, 20, Sonoma, Calif.
USMC - Pfc. Francisco A. MartinezFlores, 21, Los Angeles, Calif.
USArmy - Pfc. Michael Russell Creighton Weldon, 20, Conyers, Ga.
USArmy - Spc. Michael Edward Curtin, 23, South Plains, N.J.
USArmy - Pfc. Diego Fernando Rincon, 19, Conyers, Ga.
USArmy - Sgt. Eugene Williams, 24, Highland, N.Y.
USMC - Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Menusa, 33, San Jose, Calif.
USMC - Lance Cpl. Jesus A. Suarez Del Solar, 20, Escondido, Calif.
USMC - Lance Cpl. Thomas A. Blair, 24, Wagoner, Okla.
USMC - Lance Cpl. Michael J. Williams, 31, Yuma, Ariz.
USMC - Sgt. Bradley S. Korthaus, 28, Scott, Iowa.
USMC - Cpl. Evan T. James, 20, Hancock, Ill.
USN - Hosp. Corpsman 3d Class Michael Vann Johnson, Jr., 25, Little Rock, Ark.
USArmy - Spc. Jamaal R. Addison, 22, Roswell, Ga.
USArmy - Pfc. Howard Johnson II, 21, Mobile, Ala.
Air NG - Maj. Gregory Stone, 40, Boise, Idaho.
USArmy - Spc. Gregory P. Sanders, 19, Indiana.
USMC - Lance Corporal Brian Rory Buesing, 20, Cedar Key, FL.
USMC - Corporal Randal Kent Rosacker, 21, San Diego, CA.
USMC - Sgt. Michael E. Bitz, 31, Ventura, Calif.
USMC - Lance Cpl. David K. Fribley, 26, Lee, Fla.
USMC - Cpl. Jose A. Garibay, 21, Orange, Calif.
USMC - Cpl. Jorge A. Gonzalez, 20, Los Angeles, Calif.
USMC - Staff Sgt. Phillip A. Jordan, 42, Brazoria, Texas.
USMC - 2nd Lt. Frederick E. Pokorney Jr., 31, Nye, Nev.
USMC - Lance Cpl. Thomas J. Slocum, age unknown, Adams, Colo.
USArmy - Capt. Christopher Scott Seifert, 27, Easton, Penn.
USN - Lt. Thomas Mullen Adams, 27, La Mesa, Calif.
USMC - Maj. Jay Thomas Aubin, 36, Waterville, Maine
USMC - Capt. Ryan Anthony Beaupre, 30, Bloomington, Ill.
USMC - Cpl. Brian Matthew Kennedy, 25, Houston, Texas
USMC - Staff Sgt. Kendall Damon Watersbey, 29, Baltimore, Md.
USMC - 2nd Lt. Therrel S. Childers, 30, Harrison County, Miss.
USMC - Lance Cpl. Jose Gutierrez, 22, Los Angeles, Calif.
Thank you for your service, gentlemen. May you rest in peace.
Friday, March 21, 2003
I can only hope this is accurate.
Democrats are in a no-win situation come elections, if the Republicans can keep the issue of national security on the burner. To satisfy their base, Democrats must move to the left and be anti-war; however, a majority of the American people support the current war and will probably look dimly upon Democrats critical of the President's handling of foreign policy and security issues.
The problem the Democrats face is not unlike the problems they faced in the Cold War. From 1952 through 1991, Democrats only won three presidential elections, and none of which were of landsilde proportions. JFK barely won in 1960; Johnson pulled a decent victory over a divided Republican party in 1964, and Carter barely squeezed a victory out over Gerald Ford, despite having Watergate, the fall of Saigon, poor economic conditions, and Ford's recent pardon of Richard Nixon working in his favor. Americans see the Democrats as largely weak on defense and national security. Democrats had hoped Clinton's elections marked a time when foreign policy and particularly national security were not as important as economic security and handouts. Unfortunately for them, they appear to have been wrong.
This is not to say George W. Bush will have an easy election in 2004. Frankly, expect the Democrats to continue blocking measures that could restore the economy and to then harp on how poorly the economy is doing. The old Clinton slogan, 'its the economy, stupid' is likely to make a comeback.
But it may not help, if foreign policy remains a primary issue. Reagan's election in 1984 is proof of that.
Or so I keep telling myself.
Thursday, March 20, 2003
Well, Vicente Fox has really made me mad now. President Bush has gone out of his way to emphasize a special relationship with Mexico, has even discussed a general amnesty for illegal Mexican immigrants in the United States (something deeply unpopular amongst Americans in general, not to mention many Americans otherwise supportive of President Bush, and now Vicente Fox has essentially spat in President Bush's face over the war in Iraq.
Now, I am not saying that Vicente Fox should not represent his country's interests or the interests of his people, but this was simply unacceptable. If he did not support U.S. action, then he could have refrained from saying he is against the war and just said he regrets any loss of life -- a statement bland enough for any politician to turn to his own advantage.
Instead, Mr. Fox says he is against the war on Iraq, but hopes this will not damage Mexico's relations with the United States.