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“Kiss In” in Times Square

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

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NEW YORK — Americans will gather for a group “kiss-in” in Times Square and buglers across the country will play the military funeral tune “Taps” on Saturday in the first national day of remembrance for the World War Two generation.
U.S. to commemorate WWII with “kiss-in”
The celebration was immortalized in Alfred Eisenstaedt’s photograph of an unidentified sailor kissing nurse Edith Shain in Times Square. A group “kiss-in” recreating the moment is scheduled to take place beside a 25-foot (7.5-meter) statue of the couple.

“It really became Edith’s mission in life that there would be this national day, that every day someone thought about that day in August when a girl was kissed in Times Square, that people would think about it more deeply,” ..

“She said we should have a day for all the ordinary men and women of that generation who did so many remarkable things and never were really recognized for that: The people who endured the Great Depression, saved Western democracy, and then went on and rebuilt the world,” ..

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A 26-feet-tall statute was installed on 44th Street and Broadway.
It is a recreation of the famous Life Magazine photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt which eventually became a symbol of the celebration of the end of World War II.

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Hundreds of couples showed up… donning sailor hats and nurse’s caps and smooched in Times Square yesterday to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II.

Many World War II veterans and their children showed up to remind the younger generation of the sacrifices of those who fought in the War.

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August 14, 1945 – a crowd of 750,000 people, buzzing with hope and excitement, had gathered in Times Square, eyes fixed on the Times Tower. At 7:03pm, the words finally blazed across the news zipper:

“OFFICIAL – TRUMAN ANNOUNCES JAPANESE SURRENDER.”

Times Square exploded in a collective cry of joy and relief.

By 10pm, the crowd had swelled to more than 2 million, as New Yorkers flooded the Square, a generation uniting to celebrate the conclusion of the 20th Century’s most devastating conflict and express their love of life and belief in the future.

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Times Square has filled a communal need as a place to share in national celebrations, remember historical events, and watch the news of the world unfold in real time.

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Hey..It’s not too late Y’all.
Anybody up for some patriot pecks?kiss11ani

Grab your loved one and let the smooching begin~!kissani

And speakin of kissin……….

Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.
Albert Einstein

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Kissing is a means of getting two people so close together that they can’t see anything wrong with each other.
Rene Yasenek

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One more reason to head to NYC eh.

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Petty Officer Julio Huertas found Not Guilty

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

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Petty Officer Julio Huertas, 28, was found not guilty of dereliction of duty and attempting to influence the testimony of another service member.
A US military jury has cleared a US Navy officer of helping to cover up an attack on an Iraqi suspected of killing four Blackwater guards in 2004.

US officer cleared over attack on ‘Blackwater killer’

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Three of our precious Navy SEALS were facing what was tantamount to courts-martial to warm the non-existent hearts of terrorists worldwide.

In fact , these SEALS deserve the highest medals possible.

Petty Officer Julio Huertas was a member of a team that captured Ahmed Hashim Abed, the filthy suspected mastermind of the heinous and barbaric murders of four U.S. contractors in Fallujah in 2004.

Oh. you may not recall the actions of good ole Ahhhhhhhhhmed.

He was responsible for mutilating the soldiers bodies, then dragging them through the streets, burned and unrecognizable.

He then suspended their corpses from a bridge above the Euphrates River

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Typical Muzlim stuff.muzlimma

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So the world yawned.yawn

In case you forgot what our extraordinary Seals did..
Seals Matthew McCabe, Jonathan Keefe and Julio Huertas captured Ahhhmed in a stunning, military operation. Not a shot was fired, despite the fact that this filth he was armed with a pistol.

Ahhhmed the terrorist later claims that one of the Seals had “hit him” after he was a prisoner.
HIT him?
Did ya hear that?

Because clearly the Military can no longer even place a finger on an armed terrorist who butchered American soldiers and strung their burnt bodies up for all the world to see.

That’s right. Your brand new America hating gov’ernment cares more for the enemy then your own blessed soldiers.

Mass murderer Muzlim terrorists get multi million dollar trials in the USA with fawning liberal media behind them but our boys in uniform get to be tried far away in a hostile country in the dark.
Thanks HUSSEIN Obama.
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What a politically correct driven farce of a trial.

God bless the Seals, our Navy’s elite special forces unit.

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Frankly the haters who opened the “official investigation” of this “matter” don’t even deserve to breathe the same air that these heroes breathe.

Marine Gunnery Sgt. Robert L. Gilbert

Friday, March 26th, 2010

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The letter sat on the dresser for four years.

Robert Gilbert never opened it. He only touched the envelope when he needed to dust around it. He wanted to give it back to his son unopened.

Every time his Marine son was deployed, his son would ask, “You still got my letter?”

His dad never wanted to read what was inside an envelope marked: “Dad, open this if I am wounded. Love, Robert.”

The call to open it came March 8.

“Is Robert Gilbert there?” a voice from Marine headquarters in Quantico, Va., said.

“Junior or Senior?” Robert said.

“Senior.”

The father felt his stomach drop even before he heard the words: “Your son has been injured in Afghanistan.”

Robert Gilbert and his son Marine Gunnery Sgt. Robert L. Gilbert were more than dad and son. They were best friends…

I believe in sacrificing for freedom and I love America.

The 27-year-old Marine looked his 56-year-old dad in the eye and said, “If I’m incapacitated, don’t keep me on life support. If we can’t smoke cigars, drink a beer and ride motorcycles, let me go.”

Last Sunday, the father kept his promise. He held his son’s head as doctors removed the ventilator. But his son’s heart wouldn’t give up. There was one last moment to share.

His birthday.

Marines filled pill container cups with Jack Daniels and sang Happy Birthday. Robert rubbed a drop of whiskey on his son’s mouth, just like he had done 27 years ago when his boy was teething. Then each Marine kissed his son’s forehead goodbye.

Robert told his son, “I love you. Thank you for being my son.” He placed his right hand on his son’s heart and felt the last beat March 16th, the day he first felt it beat.

A father’s promise, a son’s sacrifice for his country

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Every single generation has those that comprise the “GREATEST Generation”.

We salute you Marine Gunnery Sgt. Robert Gilbert for your ultimate sacrifice. mc-flag
It is men like you, at the tender age of 28, who inspire the best in all of us.

To his loving father, family and friends:

May your Hero son be cradled in the good Lord’s gentle arms and know peace forever.

The very peace he fought so valiantly for…… not for himself , but for us.

His selfless sacrifice is the purest form of love.

I pray that in your profound sorrow, Marine Gunnery Sgt. Robert Gilbert’s loved ones – you feel also the great pride of knowing that your child stood for Freedom in all lands, defending his country, and standing up for the rights of others.

There remains no higher calling and yet……… there was no greater price.

Marine Gunnery Sgt. Robert L. Gilbert.
May his beautiful memory live on.

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Robert, no doubt has now reported to his new duty station …. as the last verse of the Marine Corps Hymn says…he is now “Guarding The Streets of Heaven”.

May the good Lord bless this precious, young man’s family and friends and may they always know that his and their sacrifice – were not in vain.

“Lest I keep my complacent way I must remember somewhere out there a person died for me today. As long as there must be war, I ask and I must answer was I worth dying for?”
Eleanor Roosevelt

Semper Fi, Marine.
Rest easy, sweet, young man.

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Dogs of War

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Up to 70 bomb-sniffing dogs are now on operation in southern Afghanistan.

For the US Marines patrolling the dusty footpaths of southern Afghanistan, a bomb-sniffing black Labrador can mean the difference between life and death.
Dogs of war’ saving lives in Afghanistan

These “dogs of war” have saved countless lives and their record for finding hidden explosives has won them a loyal following.

Trained to detect five kinds of threat, from military grade C-4 plastic explosive to common chemicals used by the Taliban to make improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the dogs play a vital role alongside their human comrades.

They begin training when they are puppies, and by the time they reach two and half years old, are ready to be deployed.

The dogs also provide an emotional crutch for young Marines facing death every day. They crowd around the dogs and play with them inside the camp. There are frequent questions about adopting them after the Labradors end their tour.

Dogs have been serving us for decades sweet friends.

The Army Quartermaster Corps began the U.S. Armed Forces first war dog training during WWII. By 1945 they had trained almost 10,000 war dogs for the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.

Fifteen War Dog platoons served overseas in World War II. Seven saw service in Europe and eight in the Pacific. In 1951 the responsibility for training military dogs was given to the Military Police Corps. Dogs continued to serve the armed forces with distinction in Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Afghanistan and Iraq and many recent contingency operations.

War Dogs

Merely baring their teeth, they can cow a crowd. Commanded to strike, they can easily flatten a big man with one leap, flying like a 50-pound sand bag tossed from a truck.

Smart and strong Malinois and shepherds predominate, but other breeds are trained too. Even small dogs, like beagles or poodles, are occasionally taught to detect explosives in submarines and other close quarters.

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Soldiers find loyal comrades in war dogs
Military canines provide protection, love during and after service.

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Regardless of the dangers, the dogs are fearless. For them, checking a road for bombs means a fun walk, their handlers say. “They like what they do”…

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Ah..Woof Woof…… The unsung heroes of war.

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“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”
Roger Caras

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“If it wasn’t for dogs, some people would never go for a walk.”

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“Scratch a dog and you’ll find a permanent job.”
Franklin P. Jones

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“If your dog doesn’t like someone, you probably shouldn’t either”.doglickani

I’ll second that emotion~!..Heh.

What say Y’all sweet friends? Favorite dog story to share?

Christmas and Hanukkah for our Troops

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

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Listen listen. Heh.
[audio:Aaron Neville - Please Come Home For Christmas.mp3]

“I’ll be home for Christmas, you can count on me.
I’ll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams.”

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“Support out Troops” is more than just a bumper sticker sweet friends.

It’s cool to stick a yellow ribbon on the back of your car, but it’s quite another thing to actually visit a care facility and spend some time with some precious veterans.

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If ya can’t..the next best thing is to send a card or gift.
Heck, make one by hand. Those are even more beautiful.

Please visit :AnySoldier and just do it.

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P.S. Speaking of Peace and the famous Religion of Peace..ha..bombaniqq
Some ahem..”Muslim” countries (like our pals the Saudis) actually have laws against displaying Christian symbols.

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So bear that in mind when you send cards and letters to the Persian Gulf. No envelopes with Christmas decorations on them. Wouldn’t want to “offend” them and customs may refuse to allow them to enter the country.

Oh yea and Sh(r)eik Yuuusuf Al-Qaradhawi-shwabi says: Celebrating Christmas in Muslim Countries Is Prohibited.

Nice eh?

But don’t think about that this Holiday Season.
Think about TRUE Peace and Love.
Not the mass media manufactured one eh.

Sit around one evening with nothing but Menorah or tree lights on, and remember sweet friends…….. Your blessings outnumber the lights.
May God bless our beloved Troops.

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Don’t forget our Jewish brothers and sisters overseas.
Visit:
Support Jews in the Military

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And the amazing soldiers over at:
Jews in Green

Give them some good ole American Love. Yea.soldiersani1

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Holiday Hugs and Kisses to y’all sweet friends.kissani-1

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US Soldier Demands Apology From Senator Claire McCaskill

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

I THINK I’M IN LOVE!..again. Ha.love-inloveani

I know. I know. It’s another video.

US Soldier Demands Apology From Senator Claire McCaskill at Town Hall

But trust me friends.
This is a ‘MUST SEE’!

Booyah!

McCaskill luvs Hussein Obama

McCaskill spent her early childhood in the small Missouri town of Houston, later moving to Lebanon…

In January 2008, Claire McCaskill decided to endorse Senator Barack Obama in his campaign for the Democratic nomination for the presidential elections of 2008, making her one of the first senators to do so

Bout says it all eh?

It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you. Dick Cheney

Our soldiers:
Gotta luv em.

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No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another. Thank you.

Memorial Day

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

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Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.
From a headstone in Ireland

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A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.
Joseph Campbell

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The story of America’s quest for freedom is inscribed on her history in the blood of her patriots.
Randy Vader

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Our precious soldiers died for liberty,
They died for us, sweet friends.

Bless them and bless you all.

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With Honor: Army Spec. Alex Jimenez, Pvt. Byron Fouty

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008

The discovery of a U.S. soldier’s remains in Iraq spelled heartache last night for a Queens mother, who had prayed for more than a year that her son would return to her alive.

Maria del Rosario Duran’s hope dissolved into pain when military brass broke the news to her Thursday that her son, Army Spec. Alex Jimenez, would be coming home in a coffin.

Queens mother’s hope gone as G.I. son’s remains found in Iraq

Jimenez, 25, a member of the New York-based 10th Mountain Division, had been listed as missing in action since his Humvee unit was ambushed May 12, 2007, in Iraq’s infamous “Triangle of Death.”

Insurgents launched a hellish attack on the unit with rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire, killing five U.S. soldiers and taking three, including Jimenez, captive.

The body of one of the missing soldiers, Pfc. Joseph Anzack, 20, of Torrance, Calif., was pulled from the Euphrates River about a week after the attack.

Military officials told Duran that the badly decomposed remains of her son and of Pvt. Byron Fouty, 19, of Waterford, Mich., were discovered in May near where they were ambushed.

After tests in Iraq, the soldiers’ remains were positively identified this week.

I was blessed and honored to attend the services for Army Sgt. Alex Jimenez and met his sweet mother, fiercely loving brothers, along with Pvt. Byron Fouty’s warm, step father.

Mourners swept through the streets of Queens, NY. Flags lined the streets, guiding mourners all along the route.
His parents, his widow and hundreds of friends and neighbors walked in the milelong procession.

Army Sgt. Alex Jimenez was captured in May of 2007 and had been missing for 14 long months.
424 days.

For all of those 14 months, his loving family, brothers, cousins and friends united in prayer and support, hoping that Staff Sgt. Alex Jimenez would one day return home alive.

Army Sgt. Alex Jimenez’s family had been agonizing over his possible fate, while the Army searched relentlessly for him and Fouty.

The bodies of Army Sgt. Jimenez and Specialist Byron J. Fouty were found on July 8.

The family’s hopes were now dashed when they learned that their remains had been found.

To the loving parents and family:

May your Hero sons be cradled in the good Lord’s gentle arms and know peace forever.

The very peace they fought so valiantly for…… not for themselves, but for us.

Their selfless sacrifice is the purest form of love.

I pray that in your profound sorrow, Alex, Joseph and Byron’s loved ones – you feel also the great pride of knowing that your child stood for Freedom in all lands, defending their country, and standing up for the rights of others.

There remains no higher calling and yet……… there was no greater price.

I have nothing but respect and gratitude that you raised sons so moral and strong. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your lives.

Army Specialist Ross McGinnis

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

Family To Receive Hero’s Medal

Army Specialist Ross McGinnis died shielding his fellow soldiers from an exploding grenade. Now, his family will accept the Medal of Honor in his name.

In his loving memory, friends, I impore upon you to take a few moments and please watch:

Spc. McGinnis’ dedication to duty and love for his fellow Soldiers were embodied in a statement issued by his parents shortly after his death:

“Ross did not become our hero by dying to save his fellow Soldiers from a grenade. He was a hero to us long before he died, because he was willing to risk his life to protect the ideals of freedom and justice that America represents.

According to the official report, on the afternoon of Dec. 4, 2006, McGinnis’ platoon was on mounted patrol in Adhamiyah to restrict enemy movement and quell sectarian violence.

PFC Ross A. McGinnis
1st Platoon, C Company, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division

During the course of the patrol, an unidentified insurgent positioned on a rooftop nearby threw a fragmentation grenade into the Humvee.

Without hesitation or regard for his own life, McGinnis threw his back over the grenade, pinning it between his body and the Humvee’s radio mount. McGinnis absorbed all lethal fragments and the concussive effects of the grenade with his own body.

McGinnis, who was a private first class at the time, was posthumously promoted to specialist.

We salute you Army Specialist Ross McGinnis for your ultimate sacrifice.
It is men like you, at the tender age of 19, who inspire the best in all of us.

Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis. Te decet hymnus Deus, in Sion, et tibi reddetur votum in Ierusalem. Exaudi orationem meam; ad te omnis caro veniet. Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis.

“Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. A hymn becomes you, O God, in Zion, and to you shall a vow be repaid in Jerusalem. Hear my prayer; to you shall all flesh come. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.”

Spc. Ross McGinnis…May your beautiful memory live on.

We, but stand in the considerable shadow of your sacrifice, profoundly humbled.

May the good Lord bless this precious, young man’s family and friends and may they always know that his and their sacrifice – were not in vain.

Rest easy, sweet, young man.

The Final Inspection

The soldier stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

“Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?”

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
“No, Lord, I guess I ain’t.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can’t always be a saint.

I’ve had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I’ve been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn’t mine to keep…
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I’ve wept unmanly tears.

I know I don’t deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.

If you’ve a place for me here, Lord,
It needn’t be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don’t, I’ll understand.”

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

“Step forward now, you soldier,
You’ve borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven’s streets,
You’ve done your time in Hell.”

Defeating an Insurgency? Heck Yea

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

For the week of May 16-23, there were 300 “violent incidents” in Iraq. That’s down from 1,600 last June and the lowest recorded since March 2004. Al Qaeda has been crushed by a combination of U.S. arms and Sunni tribal resistance. On the Shiite side, Moqtada al Sadr’s Mahdi Army was routed by Iraqi troops in Basra and later crumbled in its Sadr City stronghold.

All this is good news in its own right. Better yet, it explodes the mindless shibboleth that there is “no military solution” when it comes to dealing with insurgencies. On the contrary, it turns out that the best way to end an insurgency is, quite simply, to beat it.
There Is a Military Solution to Terror

Why was this not obvious before? When military strategies fail – as they did in Vietnam while the U.S. pursued the tactics of attrition, or in Iraq prior to the surge – the idea that there can be no military solution has a way of taking hold with civilians and generals eager to deflect blame. This is how we arrived at the notion that “political reconciliation” is a precondition of military success, not a result of it.

There’s also a tendency to misjudge the aims and ambitions of the insurgents: To think they can be mollified via one political concession or another.

The deeper problem here is the belief that the best way to deal with insurgents is to address the “root causes” of the grievance that purportedly prompted them to take up arms. But what most of these insurgencies seek isn’t social or moral redress: It’s absolute power. Like other “liberation movements” (the PLO comes to mind)……..

Among other things, beating an insurgency allows a genuine process of reconciliation and redress to take place, and in a spirit of malice toward none.

But those are words best spoken after the terrible swift sword has done its work.

Indeed.

Smack the enemy and smack them hard.

Congress along with its newly elected dhimmcrats fought our President on every single funding request he presented for this War on Terror.
Yes. PC whiners, I said it: WAR ON TERROR.

They were busy writing bill after bill with ahem…”withdrawal” deadlines.
They came up with spiffy phrases such as “dwell time”: The period during which a dynamic process remains halted in order that another process may occur.

What “that other process” would be, they never did get around to outlining…Other than shmoozing with maniacal tyrants, munching on hummus, and wearing heejabs.

The apologist Libs can’t seem to grasp the strategy that has guided nearly all successful military operations: the idea of an unapologetic, striking strategy, not riding the waves of offendedness of your enemy, whether it be about shooting K–orans or handing out Christian coins in a foreign land.

Despite the war being grossly underfunded, our Military has shown tremendous, UNreported gains and progress.

We may never be able to impose a fully-fledged Western democracy in any Muzlim society, true.

But this does not mean that our primary projects should be to the win over the hearts and minds of our enemies along with the Lib haters in the free world.

We should instead be promoting, military, security solutions so that when one of our forces have cleared an area, the IzlamoNazi Al Qa-eda’s can’t ever “slip back in”.

Beating an insurgency is possible, most certainly, if and only if we are willing to adopt an unconventional war strategy, and forgo the “PC sensitivy training.”

We are in the midst of a global war of IzlamoNazi intimidation. Cowering is not in our National best interest.

Insurgents use and abuse the local population to hide them. How, you ask?…Oh..by that word the NY Times doesn’t want you to use: Terror.

They use exemplary torture and murder to ensure that the civilians are compliant. Our troops doling out Koo-rans, and candy aint going to change this one lick.

Instead of worrying about international “reaction” or putting a “Muzlim face” on our efforts to bring democracy to a country seeped in tyranny, we should be backing up the efforts of our Troops in which our entire country (outside of the lefty Libs) rightly takes such pride.

What’s the dirty little secret?

Does our military really wish to make their “subjugated population” behave more like its conquerors?

If it means putting an end to torture, rape rooms, honor killings, beheadings, cutting off fingers and toes, institutionalized misogynism, female genital mutilation, intolerance for any other faiths, and a quest for world domination……

Then: In a word: YES. You bet your free lil tuchus we do.

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