What an appropriate title for a blog that supports our troops (This Ain’t Hell, But You can See it From Here). John posted pictures and videos from an amazing event from today.
Beforehand they enjoyed breakfast with the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Richard Myers, and then headed to Capitol Hill for the bi-partisan press conference with two-dozen members of Congress, including Senators John McCain, Joe Lieberman, and Lindsay Graham.
They numbered over 500 veterans who gathered today in Washington D.C.; in what John described as the polar opposite of the anti-war moonbattery John witnessed at the “Winter Soldier II Investigation” a few weeks ago. These men gathered respectfully outside the Senate Office building in support of General Petreaus’ testimony.
They stood on the grass in 45 degree temperatures, in sand-colored polo shirts. Emblazoned across their broad chests were the words “Vets for Freedom”.[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuTN2_y3MZE%5D
In this video, the very handsome and well-spoken Peter Hegseth addresses the crowd.
Senators and veterans came up to speak at the podium, including GOP presidential hopeful John McCain and even– Senator Lieberman.
Also, see this post at Vets for Freedom. Make sure you read the “Stupid Things People Say to Military Wives”
And check out this book: Adjust Fire
Transforming to Win in Iraq
by Lt. Col. Michael A. Baumann (USA, Ret.)
* sees the origins of present conflict in mistakes of the earliest counterinsurgent years
* illustrates U.S. military commanders struggling to meet political goals of the Bush Administration
* examines how counterinsurgent warfare in Iraq has forced the Army to transform
* gives background to tactical and political decisions occurring in Iraq right now
* answers the burning political question about the war in Iraq: “What now?”
* addresses leadership, culture, training, honor and emotional hardships of soldiers
* helps lay readers understand what it’s like to be in a military commander’s boots
* makes the military world comprehensible and the war in Iraq less convoluted
* answers questions politicians and pundits are unable to provide the American electorate
* helps reader see inside the Army to better understand the complexity and difficulty of this war
* shows how bottom-up democratic process has the best chance for success in Iraq
* shows how and why Gen. Petraeus has begun to turn the tide in favor of the U.S.
* provides clear cut examples of how the Army can change its methods to realize a more capable force
* provides roadmap against terrorist-based conflicts that loom ahead in the future
* 484 pages; 56 illustrations; $25; to purchase this book with a credit card, click here
That is all. For now.