Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Yankee Soldiers Without a Song in Their Heart

Dear Readers, do you recall this tune?

'Over there, over there,

Send the word,sent the word over there,

That the Yanks are coming,

the Yanks are coming,

During WWI, George M Cohan wrote this song in 1917 to encourage enlistment. Interestingly enough, the most popular song of 1915 was "I didn't raise my boy to be a soldier". President Woodrow Wilson made campaign promises to keep the United States out of the war. World War I and WWII, were going to be the "war to end all wars."

People never want war-it is always the politicians lying their country into it. A politician taking advantage of a soldiers patriotism and love of country.

The Unknown Soldier

There's a graveyard near the White House where the Unknown Soldier lies,

And the flowers there are sprinkled, with the tears from Mother's eyes,

I stood there not so long ago, With roses for the brave,

And suddenly I heard a voice speak from the grave,

"I am the Unknown Soldier," the spirit voice began, And I think I have the right

To ask some questions man to man.

Are my buddies taken care of? Was their victory so sweet?

Is that big reward you offered, selling pencils in the street?

Did they really win the freedom, they battled to achieve?

Do you still respect that Croix de Guerre, above that empty sleeve?

Does a Gold Star in the window, now mean anything at all? I wonder how my old girl feels, When she hears a bugle call...

And that baby who sang "Hello, Central, give me no man's land'- Can they replace her Daddy, with a military band?

"I wonder if the profiteers, Have satisfied their greed? I wonder if a soldiers Mother, Ever is in need?

I wonder if the kings, who planned it all, Are really satisfied? They played their game of checkers, And eleven million died.

I am the Unknown Soldier, And maybe I died in vain, But if I were alive and my country called, I'd do it all over again."

- Billy Rose, 1921 (Excerpts from A Patriot's Handbook, Selected and Introduced by Caroline Kennedy)

Little has changed, we still have greedy old men taking advantage of patriotic young soldiers. Only difference today, we let our daughters fight and die too.

Dick Cheney should be kicked out today! Jailed, nursing home, whatever...he should not be let out to continue his attempts to justify his war.

Prissy says they only thing that ole liar should be attempting to justify is the cost of his health care to this nation. If Dick was on the dole with his "condition", he would already be dead.

He is a very rich man and we taxpayers should not have to pay his healthcare bill. Dick has his own team of doctors traveling with him! If a true "life assessment" was done on Dick, Prissy bets he'd get cut from the list quickly. Far too costly for the ole boy's life expectancy based on age... And besides, how do we know that it wasn't Dicks "lifestyle choices" which caused his four heart attacks?

As for those of us fortunate enough to have health insurance, see below:

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UPDATE: news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051122/NEWS01/511220352 Schmidt in war of words Rookie lawmaker's 'coward' remarks ricochet

Via RAW on Bloomberg-Iraqi Leaders Urge a Timetable for Eventual Troop Withdrawal www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=aDLgOBgqARvw&refer=top_world_news <P>Nov. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Iraqi leaders, meeting at a reconciliation conference in Cairo, urged an end to violence in the country and demanded a timetable for the withdrawal of coalition troops from Iraq.

In a final statement, read by Arab League chief Amre Moussa, host of the three-day summit, they called for ``the withdrawal of foreign troops according to a timetable, through putting in place an immediate national program to rebuild the armed forces.'' No date was specified.

Legitimate Right -The final statement also stated that ``resistance is a legitimate right for all people.'' The conference almost collapsed earlier today when Sunni leaders objected to the definition of ``resistance,'' al-Jazeera said.

Someone tell Dick and Dubya they think it is OK for locals to shoot at our troops. Does Dubya think military families will back down before he does? Not hardly-we have a lot more to lose...Readers, this is about the 100th time the Iraqi government have "asked" us to leave. From June 20, 2005:

Iraqi Lawmakers Call for Foreign Troops to Withdraw By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, BAGHDAD

Iraqi lawmakers from across the political spectrum called for the withdrawal of foreign forces from their country in a letter released to the media June 19.

The move comes as U.S. President George W. Bush is under increasing domestic pressure to set a timetable for the pullout of American forces in the face of an increasing death toll at the hands of insurgents.

Eighty-two Shiite, Kurdish, Sunni Arab, Christian and communist deputies made the call in a letter sent by Falah Hassan Shanshal of the United Iraqi Alliance (UIA), the largest group in parliament, to speaker Hajem al-Hassani.

Some of those who signed urged that a detailed timetable be established for the withdrawal.

There are currently about 160,000 foreign troops in Iraq, including a 138,000-strong U.S. force, which has borne the brunt of attacks against coalition forces.

In the letter, Shanshal said the 275-member parliament was the Iraqi people’s legitimate representative and guardian of their interests.

”We have asked in several sessions for occupation troops to withdraw,” the letter said. “Our request was ignored.”

”It is dangerous that the Iraqi government has asked the U.N. Security Council to prolong the stay of occupation forces without consulting representatives of the people who have the mandate for such a decision.

”Therefore we must reject the occupation’s legitimacy and renew our demand for these forces to withdraw,” the letter added.

The U.N. Security Council agreed on May 31 to extend the mandate of multinational forces in Iraq “until the completion of the political process” following a request from the Iraqi government.

”Iraqi security forces have managed to break the back of terrorist groups and maintain security in the streets of Iraq, and have gained the trust of Iraqi citizens to arrive at their final goal, total sovereignty for Iraq."

Telegraph Flashback - US 'aiming at Syria regime change' 5/10/05www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;jsessionid=THGW01Z0RC5C3QFIQMFCFGGAVCBQYIV0?xml=/news/2005/10/05/wsyria05.xml

Israel predicted yesterday that America would impose fresh sanctions on Syria in an attempt to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.

NOTE: The wording of this article was changed-from war to sanctions shortly after posting. Next time we shall get a screen shot-as this has happened before... Excuse me-who runs this country? Israel predicted more war? Why? Who would benefit?

Did anyone tell them the military cannot do this, short of a draft? Try that here folks and you will have suburban parents rioting on Capital Hill. They realize, looking at their 17 year-old children, their own could be sitting in a war zone in two years or less...

The anger is rapidly rising in these areas...educated taxpayers who normally do not pay attention to anything except their investments are waking up. (Their investments were not doing so well, you see) Why? Let us tell them to read Prissy's lips, " It's the war, stupids..." Prissy enjoys seeing them get angry-it's about time.

More proof they are indeed insane and incompetent...news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20051122/pl_afp/qatarusbritainmediajazeera_051122144116;_ylt=AmwZCZZPBX8tTGmuf.qBmKGs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA3OXIzMDMzBHNlYwM3MDM- Bush plotted to bomb al-Jazeera

The Mirror quoted an unnamed British government official as saying Bush's threat was "humorous, not serious".

Al-Jazeera's perspectives on the war in Iraq have drawn criticism from Washington since the US-led March 2003 invasion.

The station has broadcast messages from Al-Qaeda terror network chief Osama bin Laden and the beheadings of Western hostages by insurgents in Iraq, as well as footage of dead coalition servicemen and Iraqi civilians killed in fighting.

A source told the Mirror: "The memo is explosive and hugely damaging to Bush.

"He made clear he wanted to bomb al-Jazeera in Qatar and elsewhere. Blair replied that would cause a big problem.

"There's no doubt what Bush wanted to do -- and no doubt Blair didn't want him to do it."

Another source said: "Bush was deadly serious, as was Blair. That much is absolutely clear from the language used by both men.

This is the poll Ed Schultz couldn't find-when Prissy called in to let him know where it came from, Ed said he thought it was a poll from last year. No Ed, it isn't-so please do not spread any misinformation. We have plenty going around as it is... telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/10/23/wirq23.xml&sSheet=/portal/2005/10/23/ixportaltop.html

Telegraph-Secret MoD poll: Iraqis support attacks on British troops 10/23/05

The Sunday Telegraph disclosed last month that a plan for an early withdrawal of British troops had been shelved because of the failing security situation, sparking claims that Iraq was rapidly becoming "Britain's own Vietnam".

The survey was conducted by an Iraqi university research team that, for security reasons, was not told the data it compiled would be used by coalition forces. It reveals:

• Forty-five per cent of Iraqis believe attacks against British and American troops are justified - rising to 65 per cent in the British-controlled Maysan province;

• 82 per cent are "strongly opposed" to the presence of coalition troops;

• less than one per cent of the population believes coalition forces are responsible for any improvement in security;

• 67 per cent of Iraqis feel less secure because of the occupation;

• 43 per cent of Iraqis believe conditions for peace and stability have worsened;

• 72 per cent do not have confidence in the multi-national forces.

The opinion poll, carried out in August, also debunks claims by both the US and British governments that the general well-being of the average Iraqi is improving in post-Saddam Iraq.

The findings differ markedly from a survey carried out by the BBC in March 2004 in which the overwhelming consensus among the 2,500 Iraqis questioned was that life was good. More of those questioned supported the war than opposed it.

Original found at www.villagevoice.com/news/0547,cartoons,70202,9.html

Sutton Impact: Bush and Cheney Answer Critics 'Majority of Americans are un-American' by Ward Sutton

The Prissy Patriot will be reporting Wednesday with an update from our Crawford, Texas correspondant- Mona, a member of Military Families Speak Out.