To Correct the Media Lies
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.
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.
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.!!