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May 29, 2005

A Little Perspective

Memo to Ted Kennedy, American media:

The next time you OD on lurid photos of Abu Ghuraib and feel the need to issue another asshatted blanket indictment of the US military like this one:

"Shamefully we now learn that Saddam's torture chambers reopened under new management, U.S. management."

Take two of these and call me in the morning:

"February 19, 2004 Iraq

Dear Mom & Dad, . . . . We were stopped in the desert outside of Fallujah. We had 3 detainees under our control that were captured in the act of [attacking our] Marines. Because we were in the open without any facilities around, the detainees were temporarily being held under the stars.

"Around 3:00 a.m., the wind started blowing hard and a sandstorm hit . . . . the sky opened and the flying sand was joined by a downpour of rain. . . . . In the back of a truck, 4 Marines were trying to stay dry and get some sleep. The lieutenant who was in charge of providing security for the detainees approached this truck and opened up the back hatch. He ordered the Marines out . . . . The Marines asked why and he explained to them that he had to put the detainees in the back of the truck to protect them from the rain and sandstorm.

"Word of this spread quickly and everyone was livid. We couldn't believe that our Marines were being kicked into the sandstorm/rainstorm so these detainees could stay dry. The next day I was still angry and everyone was still talking about what had happened that night. Later in the day, after having time to cool down and think about the situation, I switched from being angry to being proud. . . . I love you and miss you lots.

"Your son, Josh"

(Cpl. Joshua A. Mandel)

Posted by Cassandra at May 29, 2005 10:50 AM

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THANKS, Cass! That's going on the air, by golly!
Props also, to Cpl. Mandel for setting his pouty, sniveling inner child straight & telling him to "Get Over it!". heh! (~;

Perhaps we could fold several copies of that story up into little tiny wads of paper we could freeze in Teddy K's ice cubes for his scotch.

Posted by: CKCat at May 29, 2005 02:57 PM

Or his crotch. I hope John hears this and puts it up on his site as well. We are so nice...

Posted by: Cricket at May 29, 2005 04:43 PM

I can think of several men I'd like to administer a few ice cubes to, Cat... is it just a male thing, or do all men produce a constant stream of piggish commentary when their wives are trying to garden?

Posted by: Cassandra at May 29, 2005 05:43 PM

Cricket...(LOL) you are a MESS! (~;

Arrrggg! I did about 500 takes trying to cut that on air bit down to size, INCLUDING prefacing w/ the "A quote from a Massachusetts Senator....meanwhile....." (and into the gist of Mr. Schaeffers article)
I couldn't get it under 2:30, but what the heck, dang it!!

I sent the WAPO link AND the VC link to Greyhawk and B5, Cass....just in case they weren't aware of it and would be interested in it....whether or not they're out for the Memorial Day weekend.[they've had their Memorial Day stuff already up, so I'm assuming..)

It's an anytime usable piece. Neil Cavutos sweet salute to the soldier is the same. (I just about didn't make it through reading that one [on air] without "losing it". It's a keeper.

Frank Schaeffers heartfelt "musings" are most definitely solid food for thought for the media "priviliged" of which he's admittedly *one*. Perhaps some of them will have come closer to actually "getting it"!

Posted by: CKCat at May 29, 2005 07:20 PM

You realize, of course, that the Ted Kennedys of this world will never "get it"...

Posted by: camojack at May 30, 2005 04:18 PM

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