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VETERANS DAY: Support our military

Letter by Ray Orlowski, Lacey on Nov. 11, 2010 at 1:51 pm with 18 Comments »
November 11, 2010 1:51 pm

I want to take this moment to honor our military both active and retired. I especially want to thank those who fought in World War II, the “Greatest Generation,” and those who are currently defending our freedom.

I spent 25 years in the Air Force, and many of the veterans of World War II were still on active duty. Every time I had a chance I thanked them for their service. I do the same for those who are currently serving.

The difference is that our current military forces are serving under the worst conditions possible. Their enemy does not wear a uniform and hide in civilian communities and often use innocent people as shields. The enemy could be a woman or child strapped with explosives, someone who our soldier may have shared a meal or candy bar with.

In addition, our soldiers are fighting under a stupid “Rules of Engagement” policy that states that ours soldiers can’t fire at a suspected terrorist until the terrorist aims their gun at them. What kind of insane policy is that? Would we have won World War II with a policy like that?

If we let our military do their job using all of their resources, this conflict wouldn’t last long. Otherwise, we should leave because if you aren’t going to war to win, why go there?

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  1. bobcat1a says:

    If we truly care about our soldiers we would bring them home.

  2. Ray, you are living in the past and in a world that even then did not exist. It is called fantasy.
    The very best way to avoid the kinds of things about which you are concerned is to avoid war until there is no other choice. That did not happen under the G.W. Bush administration and we will be paying for it for a long time.

  3. Roncella says:

    Ray, Thanks for your service.

    Publico, George Bush did not go to War alone. He had full approval from the congress. I am tired of repeating what lead up to the war in Iraq.

    George Bush has not been President for about two years now. Your new President is President Obama.

    He said he had all the answers to ending the war in Iraq and Afg. both as he ran for president

    He also said he would close Quantanamo (its not closed yet), he also said he would get the economy moving, ( not done yet), he also said he would work on job creation (not done yet).

    What Obama has done is spend more money than all the Presidents from Geroge Washington to Ronald Reagan in less than two years.

  4. bobbysangelwife says:

    Amen Roncella, amen.

    Mr Orlowski, thank you for the many years you dedicated your life for selfless service to our country. Well done. :)

  5. Nothing quite using Veteran’s Day to criticize the current Commander in Chief and the top Brass of the military……really honors the veterans.

    On a Veteran related note: Only Only 8% of the general population can claim veteran status, but nearly one-fifth of the homeless population are veterans and 20% of American suicides are by Veterans.

    ron, publico, and ray – nothing you have written really deals with the harsh reality that, aside from Veterans Day blah, blah, blah……are military men and women are used up and tossed aside. Veterans Day was once known as Armistice Day but, given the militaristic adventurism of America, a day celebrating the end of war doesn’t exactly fit the National “defense” agenda. To truly be honest Veterans Day should be re-termed “Cannon Fodder Day”.

  6. “our” not “are”

  7. Other than yet another comment criticizing a letter writer – do you have a point that actually connects to the topic the article addressed?

  8. Mr. Orlowski used the phrase, “stupid Rules of Engagement” in his letter. That opinion has nothing to do with honoring veterans of which I am one who served in combat for 248 missions. We had stupid rules of engagement too and I suspect that every war ever fought had rules of engagement that someone thought were stupid.
    I’ll say it again, the best way to avoid things you don’t like about war is to not have wars because every war will generate the sadness and sorrow and inhumanity we read about every day.
    When war is necessary, it really should be very necessary and not simply a convenient whim. That’s where rules of engagement come from. Another name for it is nation building.

  9. Sorry Mr. Publico. It was directed toward the post above mine.

  10. I fought in Viet Nam as an infantryman. We had to observe rules of war. We fought an enemy, who did not wear a uniform as well as NVA in uniform. What we did not have was cell phones, digital cameras and helmet cameras to enable somebody to second guess what happened in the field. We also did not have news camera crews ‘embedded’ with us to slice and dice the video tape to sell as story. The news guys stayed in Saigon drinking booze and waiting for the military press briefing as to how well the war effort was going.

    Beerboy is correct is stating the guys that are wounded, physically and mentally, are quickly forgotten once out of uniform, except for November 11th. Unless one has a member of his or her family in harms way, the war is a non issue. I’d like to see how many taxpayers are willing to pay a tax surcharge to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Please write your congressional delegation and demand a tax surcharge to pay for these wars so our children and grandchildren to not have to pay until they retire at the age of 85.

  11. Sumner401 says:

    What Obama has done is spend more money than all the Presidents from Geroge Washington to Ronald Reagan in less than two years.

    That is an absolute lie.

  12. Sumner401 says:

    I am tired of repeating what lead up to the war in Iraq.

    I would be tired of telling the same lies too roncella, there might be hope for you yet.

  13. A321196
    “The news guys stayed in Saigon drinking booze and waiting for the military press briefing as to how well the war effort was going. ”

    I don’t know what war you were fighting, but the news guys were out in the bush and showing Americans just how bloody and frustrating the conflict in Nam was. Dan Rather is just one name that pops out of my memory but there were many many more with whom America shared their dinners at 6 pm over the last 40 years who were in country and reporting from the front lines which included Saigon. Nam was a front line and the only time you didn’t have to look over your shoulder was if you were on China Beach and facing inland.

  14. Roncella says:

    I have nothing but respect for the Military fighting in both Iraq. and Afg..

    We have a commander in chief who refuses to call Muslim terrorists, Muslim Terrorists.

    We have had many close calls recently the Plane with the crotch bomber, and the times square bomber, and the Muslim American murderer in Ft. Hood tex who killed 13 and wounded 32 and called to alla while he pulled the trigger.

    Our Military is fighting an enemy that is blended in many countries including America. The politically correct politicans and the Lame stream media keep making their job more difficult and dangerous.

    O’rielly’s appearence on the view caused discussion about how the far left liberals will defend the Muslims Terrorist and actually get very angry if anything is say about them at all.

    I would give alot to see Woopie Goldberg and Joy Bayhard living under sheria law with nothing but there eyes showiing, and thier mouths taped shut.

  15. And he won’t define what jihad means either. Maybe that’s “above his pay-grade” too.

  16. Sumner401 says:

    We have a commander in chief who refuses to call Muslim terrorists, Muslim Terrorists

    Another out right lie, have you no shame at all roncella?

  17. villager98 says:

    Is ‘roncella’ George Bush’s nom de guerre? Many similarities in memory and belief.

  18. ijwhoo – it seems you were able to find that information even though I cited Countdown…..

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