To Correct the Media Lies

5/11/10

This is to combat the drumbeat by the current administration, the crass mass media and liberals. Although lately the rhetoric has died down because they have "one of their own" in office - during the Bush administration - "Bush is evil, America is evil, the Iraqi's hate us" was a never-ending loop of lies.

I will go out on a limb to say, my husband, recently retired after over 32 years on the U.S. Army, happens to be an expert in the region of Iraq and Afghanistan. Not simply because he's a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, but because he has made it a point to become very informed about this area of the world due to the historical unrest and problems we've always had in this region. He has three master's degrees and another that would only be considered a masters through the Army and he has always used this area of concentration as his basis. That's also one of the reasons why he was recalled to active duty from retirement three years in a row to be deployed to Afghanistan and then Iraq.

I don't say this to brag about him. I say this as the wife of an expert - Bush lied, America is evil the Iraqi's hate is - isn't true.

I wanted to expose the lies not only of the media, but of the "peace" movement in this forum as well. I give you just one example of a letter I've received with regard to someone who with their lips told me, "Oh - I'm praying for your husband" when he deployed to Afghanistan in 2005, and then sent this anonymously to me later on (at a later date, she confessed she sent it to me to her credit). Here is her letter:

I don't know how your husband's conscience can allow him to continue to involve himself in this imperialistic war that God is so obviously punishing this country for initiating. It is most certainly not a war against terrorism like this administration would like us to believe. It was and continues to be an illegal and criminal war against another country that we had no business interferring with. 655,000 Iraqi lives so far.....and how many American boys? He should see what God was trying to do for him with his retirement. And now he's being tested and is failing once again. For what? His love of God, or his love of "country," (God didn't make countries, by the way) the Army and other earthly ways? God is peace and love, and it's about time we ignorant Christians learned that.

This is only one example of what I've received, but it's unfortunately not the only example of letters I've received from those on the left when they found out (through my public writings) that my husband was deployed. In one case, I had been internet friends for a number of years with a self-proclaimed minister (zero formal credentials from any religious organization). He was a recovering addict, felon and California drug lord who turned his personal life around after jail-time and finding God. He has tried to minister to addicts and because of his efforts and his ability to remain clean, I have - in the past - supported him.

Let me just say - because of his terrible drug addiction, the tax payers pay for him. He has physical and mental issues. He has health care as a veteran but his wife does not. Because of this, my husband agreed, that I could occasionally give him and his family money (his wife does not work either and neither does his adult slightly challenged son who lives with them). I tell you that because it's relevant to the story.

I will call him "Tim." I knew Tim to be completely liberal. A self-confessed Bush-hater which he claimed he repented from. When his weekly newsletters for his "ministry" became increasingly political once Mr. Obama was elected - I privately asked Tim to keep his politics out of his ministry emailings. This led to his trying to convince me that Mr. Obama was the next coming of Christ (practically) - and my refusal to bow to that did not sit well with him at ALL. Knowing him to be very easily "wounded" I carefully tried to keep it at, "Let's just not go there, just keep all of this out of your e-mails please because there are those, like myself, who don't agree with your political views and that's OK - so please just write about what we do agree on - the Bible."

While I honestly tried to agree to disagree politically - he took my request to keep his ministry strictly to preaching about Biblical matters and keeping politics out of it - very, very personally. He called me a racist for not "liking' President Obama. OF COURSE. And it went downhill from there.

At one point, and it was eerie - even though he does not know, has never met nor had he ever seen the short cut and paste above - he wrote something IDENTICALLY to what I have shown here. The only thing he added was his TRUE feelings of how he coveted our "station" in life (since we are not on welfare I suppose this angered him. I guess the fact my husband didn't destroy his body due to years of drug abuse allowing him to work for a living, really grated on him). He seemed to spit through his email to me I should enjoy our "blood money" and how did we "get this money?" Through the blood of tortured innocents was how (a.k.a. water boarding and the slaughter of innocent Iraqi's)! And I should choke on the money we "enjoyed so much."

Funny - he didn't feel so horrible about this "blood money" when I was freely giving it to him $100 at a time...

The other things he wrote sounded SO SO much like that letter above, it was jaw-dropping!

And this my friends, is the underbelly of the "peace movement." Tim and this woman had never met, had never spoken or interacted in any way, yet their venomous writings to me sounded as if they had collaborated in writing to me about my husband's deployment.

In another incident, while on the editorial board for the Lansing State Journal - our capital city newspaper here in Michigan - I ended up on an email list. One of the more liberal, peace activists on this board included me in a mass emailing about a peace rally that would be held. Knowing of course I was polar opposite to her beliefs. I had ignored her emails previously and just deleted. I firmly believe she sent them just to goad me.

I received her one attempt to upset me titled "until they all come home" the day my husband left for his deployment to Afghanistan (this was in 2005). I never should have engaged her at all, but I politely answered that I'd like to be taken off the list and that her efforts actually harmed the morale of our soldiers. I really only wrote about two sentences asking her to please not do this.

Mind you - the top of this mass email said "until they all home safe." But then I discovered how she REALLY felt. Again, just like the cut and paste above - it was almost identical - except for the false numbers, they differed and the country differed and it was years prior to the "love letter" sent above. This peacenik chewed me out, in a similar fashion -regarding my husband's deployment to Afghanistan. Again, the numbers differed - different country etc., but the Bush lied, no WMD's, killing innocent people by the hundreds of thousands, my husband should know better -- all of that garbage was in the email. Never let a fact get in the way of a good liberal rant. She fired her venom at me, startlingly like the basics of the rant above. Different person, all of them had never met - regarding a part of the war in a different country, but it sounded JUST like that letter above! I admit - that one shook me a bit. But knowing I had to face her in the board meetings and knowing I HAVE to forgive her as God forgives me my trespasses - I worked on it and ended up just fine. Bless her misguided heart.

Below is just one letter my husband has received. One story of one Iraqi who makes the media and the left and this administration --- liars. This is how the MAJORITY of Iraqi's feel. I know this not just because of my husband, but because of the other connections to higher ups in the U.S. Military we know. Iraqi's hated Saddam Hussein - he was a horrible monster who ruled by terror. Many lost family members due to Hussein's torture and killings. There were few families UNTOUCHED during his 40 + year regime. He did unspeakable things to human beings all in the name of his paranoia and sadism. His son's lived on islands where they repeatedly took young, VERY young virgin women - raped and tortured them for their own sick, perverse pleasures and then had them killed. They probably welcomed death those poor young children. And those are just the stories of the young women...

The letter below was sent to my husband from a U.S. Citizen, originally from Basrah, Iraq, who still has a home and family in Basrah and is now serving as an advisor in Iraq. He thanked my husband for his year-long deployment. I didn’t, and wouldn’t change a word. While I am naturally proud of my husband’s service, I was very moved by the sentiment of the letter writer and his gratitude to ALL American and allied service members who have helped his country. Praise God for men and women who are willing to risk it all for freedom and liberty.

Sir

Really I don't know what to say, the nice and great words you are writing about me making me really sad because you are leaving and because our mission really needs great people like you but I'm so happy you are going home to join you family and spending some time with new grand baby.

Sir your care and hard work will never be forgotten and probably one day will see you and your family walking freely in Baghdad and on the side of the great river of Tigress.

Sir

In near future if you decide to visit this great country, my home in Basrah always open for you and your family and we'll remember the hard time this country and U.S troops went through. Blood of both Americans and Iraqis mixes in this war and I really have faith in people of Iraq that they will not forgot the soldier who fallen to liberate this country and people of Iraq. God bless you and bless our troop, good luck and have great time with your lovely family.


This is for our U.S. Soldiers, our brave Allied Soldiers and for all who contribute to the war on the terrorists - and those bent on taking our freedom away. This is just one effort to show - your sacrifice is NOT in vain! God bless the American military and God bless the U.S.A.!!



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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

My thanks and gratitude to you and your husband for your service. The number one export of the United States is freedom.


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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA

cjv - Time and again while I was in Iraq the Local Nationals I came in contact with echoed the same sentiment of the interpreter above. It took some time but many of the hardest line Shia and Sunni came to realize we really were there to help them. It is one of the comforts of being a participant, to know no matter what any one else may say to you about the politics etc,,, We know what we did and stand proudly behind it, God Bless you and your son and your hubby!


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Cari Jean 6 years ago from Bismarck, ND

I can't imagine having a husband who does such a great service to this country and being told by so-called friends and others that he is engaging in a war that God is punishing us for, among other terrible things that they have said. Keep up the positive attitude and keep writing FOR the troops and FOR this country. We need people like you to speak the truth and to overcome the lies of the media and left-wing liberals.


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Wow,

Sounds like the old movie,"Night of The Living Dead", rearranged as "Night of The Living Obamatrons"!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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sheila b. 6 years ago

Isn't it too bad those liberals don't care about the Iraqi people, girls and women especially. Yet how could they care, when they so easily sent you such upsetting letters? I really don't understand their thinking.


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Your husband is a patriot and so are you. It is a privilege to know you are in this world and I thank both of you for the service you have given to our country.


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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Hmrjmr - you certainly know just what I'm talking/writing about - as a Veteran. It is the way you say it is across the board - but the shame of our American media - the EVIL they perpetuate - is they won't report those observations. Thanks for stopping by!


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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Thank you Nicomp! You're very kind to say so. God bless you!


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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Thank you Cari Jean. My husband is home and no one had better EVER say anything about my son like that - I'd go for their jugular...He's in Afghanistan. LOL! It's alright - they are the ones so hate-filled, so nasty - I'm just thankful I don't have to live like them - what a miserable way to live your life! Thanks for leaving your comments!


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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Tom - LOL! You're right!! SO right!!!


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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Sheila - liberals don't care about real people, they just care about their ideals and ideas and spout what they read on the Huffington Post. It's never EVER been that the Democrats in power have ever CARED about people. The Democrats just PRETEND to care about blacks, but behind their backs say racist things (The Clintons - John Edwards, John Kerry etc.) and treat blacks like servants and it's why they have always been relegated to token appointments. It's not as if the Democrats actually CARE about those without health care. The poor saps who voted for them and still defend them believe this is their actual motivation for this grab for power dressed up as a health "care" plan. They JUST care about lining their pockets!


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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Thank you Pop - thank you for saying so.


elliotm 6 years ago

cjv 123: The Democrats just PRETEND to care about blacks, but behind their backs say racist things (The Clintons - John Edwards, John Kerry etc.) and treat blacks like servants and it's why they have always been relegated to token appointments.

I agree completely cjv, the presidency is such a token appointment. I mean what are you people, allergic to facts?


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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Elliotm-when President Obama took the oath of office, he had the highest approval rating of any President at that point in time, ever in U.S. history. Yeah, we need to apologize for being a "racist" nation. Are there still racists in America? Of COURSE. They're idiots and obviously most Americans know it! But this constant running down of our country, this apologizing for the U.S. - it's disgusting and a national disgrace. Thanks for stopping by!


elliotm 6 years ago

nicomp: The number one export of the United States is freedom.

Actually on dollar basis the number one US export would be software and military weapons but I mean really, freedom and guns are pretty much the same thing eh? As a Canadian I think I can safely speak for many non Americans when I say we're sick of rednecks shouting about how America and specifically the American military is all about freedom. If you actually study the history of your nation's intervention in sovereign countries throughout the world you'd find that the primary motivation behind CIA or military actions is economically motivated. Panama 1903, Nicaragua 1909-1933 Guatemala 1954, Haiti 2000 and I can assure the list is much bigger then that but I have things to do and I can't spend all day proving you wrong. The US is not some noble nation seeking to uplift the world's downtrodden and oppressed and it is certainly not the world's freest nation.


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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

elliotm - You make very anti-U.S. statements - and don't have the "time" to back them up with facts? You're too "busy?" Well...well, how self-important you sound.

Right - WWII was all about the money. Tell the Jews liberated from death camps that one.

Desert Storm was all about the money - we were in Iraq, had all of Saddam's oil wells - what happened? They forgot to grab all that crude oil? Kuwait asked for our help after they were invaded. If it was about the money, we had our hands on it and could have kept it. We pushed them all the way back into their own country. We had the oil wells by the throat -- as it were. We didn't have them then, even though they were ours for the taking, nor do we have them now. Again - they were ours after 9/11 - for the taking.

The thousands of people lost on 9/11 caused the U.S. to start a war because the U.S. wanted money. Yeah right...

Go write an anti-U.S. Hub of your own and show the world that you're a envious Canadian, jealous of the might, power and ability of the United States of America. I don't see U.S. citizens rushing over the boarder to become Canadian. It's the other way around.

Spew your anti-American sentiments elsewhere, -- when you're not too "busy" of course. You won't have a forum here any longer. But thanks for stopping by!


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justom 6 years ago from 41042

Do you only approve those that agree with you? That's OK this hate hub is probably best left to you and yours. Peace!!


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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Justom - no - if you read my other Hubs you'll see plenty disagree. I will not - however approve any profanity or vulgarity. You used a curse word in your first comment to my Hub. You didn't with this one - so it's posted. I meant to email you about it but I got behind today.

Be respectful, civl and don't use profanity or vulgarities and you can comment here all you want.


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justom 6 years ago from 41042

Yeah right, I think it was not about that word at all. Respect and civility are a two way street and reading some of your hub answers I see little of that. You have 0 tolerance for those who do not agree with you. FYI, I served this country too, back in that fiasco we called Viet Nam.


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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

I have not used profanity nor have I used vulgarity as you did, I absolutely have dissenting points of view in the comments of my Hubs (proof is in the pages if you had actually read all comments) and if I have overstepped, I have apologized. I'm not perfect. If others have overstepped, you don't know if they've been deleted, do you now? So it would be wise not to comment on something you don't know anything about.

And frankly, it really doesn't matter what you think. I didn't ask your opinion about anything. Think what you want. It makes no difference to me. Use profanity or vulgarities or flame someone you're deleted. Remain civil - your comments can remain. Take it or leave it.

And I do thank you for serving your country in Vietnam - that was a particularly difficult time for our military.


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justom 6 years ago from 41042

I neither want or need your thanks. It's folks like you that are taking this country down. That take it or leave it sounds a lot like love it or leave it which is so absurd if you are a true American. In my America everyone gets a listen and consideration. As for profanity, that's just an excuse for not listening to the real message. War mongers always use that sort of tactic.


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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Sure justom - sure - so - if you don't like my rules - you're welcome to leave and not come back. But like it or not - those are the rules. I'll leave you with a further, more personal explanation.

Everyone has their weaknesses. For some it's alcohol - never had a problem with it, don't drink it that often. But when I do, no problems. But for an alcoholic just having an unopened bottle in the room is a terrible temptation.

I grew up in a profanity filled home. My father was a tyrant and he was abusive. He had a horrible foul mouth and he used it not only in front of me to belittle my mother. He used it to belittle me as well. There are so many things about my father I lived to become the opposite of, but that one thing stuck. I can curse like any good soldier or truck driver. I have tried all my life never, ever to curse. I do pretty well most of the time - but if I see it, as in read it, or even hear it (yes, I've had to forego many movies, too many movies even though I love them) I find in the oddest times - it will just come out of my mouth. I don't want it - can't have it - around me. So you can pretend to know my motives all you'd like. You don't know my motives at all. It's just your childish way of covering up the fact that you were rude to use the language in the first place. It's your stubborn way of avoiding saying you're sorry and acting like a civilized, decent human being capable of discourse without resorting to profanities.

You forget - you are a stranger, you are strange man and I am a woman. Do you honestly think expressing yourself to a woman you don't know and using profanity would be something welcomed? What civilized country do you NOT hail from??

You can be a jerk about it and say it's all my fault that I don't allow cursing on my Hub pages - And you can lower yourself (or is that the state you always remain in?) by name-calling - "War monger" how sweet of you --- if it makes you feel better - have at it. But the truth of the matter is - it's not because I'm holier than thou. It's like that bottle to the alcoholic. I just can't have it around me.

Now - if you wish to BECOME civil - you will have another chance at my allowing your comments. But my patience is wearing thin. But if you are profane, vulgar or resort to name-calling again - it will be your last approved comment above and I will also consider the option of reporting you to the Hubpages. Follow the rules or get out of here. No one is forcing you to stay.

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