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Ilyn Ross (Ilyn_Ross) | 1280 comments Mod
From Reason Reigns: “For years, you worked for the cause of freedom, and then chose the business of making people happy. The noblest of undertakings! ..."

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Ilyn Ross (Ilyn_Ross) | 1280 comments Mod
From Royal Serf:

"... But first, to foreign policy: after the founding of our nation, a century of free trade liberated the world. The essence of capitalism’s foreign policy is free trade among the private citizens of all free countries dealing directly with one another, the opening of the world’s trade routes to free international exchange and competition, the abolition of trade barriers, of protective tariffs, of special privileges.

My party respects every country that respects Rights. It does not recognize any organization of nations that include dictatorships. No one, no nation, has the right to enslave or to infringe Rights. Individual rights are not subject to a public vote. The right of “the self-determination of nations” does not apply to a slave society, regardless of whether it was enslaved by force or by vote. My party advocates an economic boycott of slave pens.

I stand for a foreign policy based on individual rights and self-interest. Indeed, these are wise words: ‘Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none.’

A free nation is not obligated to liberate other nations at the price of self-sacrifice, but a free nation has the right to do it, when and if it so chooses. If ever the United States of America goes to war while I am commander-in-chief, the full might of our armed forces will be used to win within the shortest possible time, with the fewest US casualties. In such a war, the fate of civilians is the responsibility of their rulers – I will not sacrifice a single American soldier for a great number of civilians in any terrorist country.

Terrorists exist only through the sanction and support of a government. Mr. Paul Wolfowitz said it best: the United States must ‘end states that sponsor terrorism.’ I vow to secure an American’s right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness on Earth, anywhere, anytime, and regardless of the countless innocents caught in the line of fire in nations that sanction terrorism.”

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Ilyn Ross (Ilyn_Ross) | 1280 comments Mod
Common Sense: Who is Winning?
by Oliver North

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John Karr (karr) Our military doing the hard stuff regardless of political winds.
Can't help but be moved by this story of a brave GI with a live
RPG lodged in his hip, and the brave team who helped remove it.

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Ilyn Ross (Ilyn_Ross) | 1280 comments Mod
Drugs, Money and Narco-Terror
by Oliver North

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Ilyn Ross (Ilyn_Ross) | 1280 comments Mod
From Operation Paperback:

Hi Volunteers

We have had several requests lately for children's books. Several of these units want to start a "United Through Reading" program for their troops who are separated from their families. Here's a description, from one of these soldiers:

"I am writing to see if you can assist me in getting my United Through Reading program up and running!! In case you are not familiar with the program, it is one that allows soldiers to be videotaped while reading a children's book to their little ones back home, and then we ship the DVD and the book home to the child, so that they might see and read along with their parent on TV. The problem that I am having, is getting children's books that they can HAVE to send home.

Apparently since we are not an actual USO, there is not enough funding available to provide books for the soldiers. Instead, they are able to read a book from our "library," and send the DVD back home all alone. Now my soldier's are experiencing the financial burden of seeking out children's books for purchase and having to cover the shipping costs, both out of their own pockets. I was hoping to eliminate the book issue all together, by finding a charitable organization such as yours, to generously donate the books to my soldier and more importantly the children back in the states!!

We have a lot proud parents in the soldiers we serve, and of course all of them will more than willingly participate in this awesome program; all I am trying to do, is make it the most rewarding experience possible for the soldier and their families!! Any help you could provide be it by yourself/company donating any sort of new/used children's books, or by passing my letter on to someone you know who could help, would be greatly appreciated."

Volunteers, if you can help, we need "baby" books for infants and toddlers, and books for children up to 10 years old. Please write to me and let me know how many books you are able to send, and what age
group(s) they are for, and I'll send you the address(es).

THANKS SO MUCH for supporting our troops in their efforts to stay close to their families!

Andrea Hoshmand
Operation Paperback

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Ilyn Ross (Ilyn_Ross) | 1280 comments Mod
Don't Damage the First Line of Defense
by Austin Bay

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Ilyn Ross (Ilyn_Ross) | 1280 comments Mod
New strategy in Afghanistan: Protect everyone but Americans
by Diana West

It is evil to sacrifice soldiers.

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Ilyn Ross (Ilyn_Ross) | 1280 comments Mod
The Raiders
by Oliver North

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Ilyn Ross (Ilyn_Ross) | 1280 comments Mod
Mr. Obama: Winning Olympic gold for Chicago is more important than winning a war.

by Oliver North

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Ilyn Ross (Ilyn_Ross) | 1280 comments Mod
From - This is a Brave Marine

From: Richard Thompson, Thomas More Law Center

Dear Fellow Patriot,

He refused to throw his men under the bus to save his career. So the government intends to grind him up using their overwhelming resources.

He served three tours of duty in Iraq, including the Second Battle of Fallujah. He also served in Panama and in the First Persian Gulf War. He honorably served his country as a Marine officer for over 20 years.

His superiors considered him a superb leader, who demonstrated moral courage, with unlimited potential and value to the Marine Corps.

LtCol Jeffrey Chessani will face a Military Board of Inquiry (BOI) before year’s end to determine whether he should be demoted in rank as a result of the so-called “Haditha Massacre” – a massacre everyone now knows never happened. This will be the government’s last chance to punish him.

The bogus charges against LtCol Chessani were triggered by a fierce house-to-house, room-by-room combat action taken by four Marines after their convoy was ambushed by insurgents in Haditha, Iraq on November 19, 2005. The rest later.

LtCol Chessani was first criminally charged with failing to accurately report and investigate that incident. Essentially, the government said he did not file the proper paperwork. Pretty lame!

With your help, and the help of thousands of patriotic Americans, we were able to defeat the prosecution at every stage of the criminal process.

But in a BOI, the government can ignore the rules of evidence. The Board can consider files without the benefit of a cross examination; they will consider the tainted record of the Article 32 Hearing; LtCol Chessani cannot subpoena witnesses; and the government need only prove misconduct by a preponderance of the evidence (50.1%) rather than beyond a reasonable doubt.

Should they succeed this time, it will not only be a tragedy for LtCol Chessani and his family, but for all our troops placed in harm’s way.

Your generous financial support can help end this personal tragedy and injustice to Jeffrey Chessani and his family... and insure the future of America’s fighting spirit.

Remember, your contributions are tax deductible.

Now, for the rest of the story . . . .

At great risk to themselves, the four Marines stormed the two houses used by the insurgents to fire on the convoy, and in the ensuing gun battles killed at least 9 insurgents and 15 civilians.

These Marines were members of LtCol Chessani’s battalion - the 3rd Battalion, (“The Thundering Third”) 1st Marines - one of the most decorated units in the Marine Corps.

In urban combat where terrorists purposefully use civilians as human shields, civilian casualties are a tragic and unfortunate, but not uncommon occurrence. LtCol Chessani immediately reported the deaths of the 15 civilian Iraqis to his superiors.

The Pentagon had his battlefront report within 24 hours.

Not one of Jeffrey Chessani’s superiors – including top generals – learning of the 15 civilian deaths considered it unusual. Not one of them suggested an investigation. In fact, his superiors commended him for a job well done.

But an inflammatory Time Magazine news lead, instigated by an insurgent propaganda operative, accused the four Marines of massacring innocent civilians.

The leading anti-war politician, Pennsylvania Congressman John Murtha appeared on major television networks and stated there had been no firefight. He publicly accused the young enlisted Marines of “cold blooded” murder and Marine officers of a “cover-up.”

Political and media pressure caused the military to buckle. At least 65 fulltime investigators, the largest investigation in the history of the NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Services) were assigned to conduct a year-long, multi-million dollar investigation focused on LtCol Jeffrey Chessani and his four enlisted men.

Every patriotic American should be concerned with the outcome of this case because it could drastically curtail the future ability of American soldiers to defend our Nation.

For twenty years Marine Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Chessani has been defending our nation... often away from his wife and children... so that we could be safely with ours.

LtCol Chessani could be forced to retire and be demoted in rank, which could potentially cost his family hundreds of thousands of dollars in retirement benefits. For a man and family that dedicated their lives to the defense of our great nation – you and I cannot allow this to happen. It’s mind-boggling that our government is sparing no expense to exact a pound of flesh from one of the most effective combat officers in Iraq on trumped-up charges.

I am aware that these are hard economic times for many, but please consider the sacrifices that LtCol Chessani and his wife and children have made for each of us and our families, so that we may have peace at home. This is one of those times that you can show your gratitude. So please be as generous as you can.

LtCol Paul Ware, USMC, a judicial officer who heard testimony in several cases involving the November 19th Haditha incident, had this to say about the incident:

"To believe the government version of facts is to disregard clear and convincing evidence to the contrary and sets a dangerous precedent that, in my opinion, may encourage others to bear false witness against Marines as a tactic to erode public support of the Marine Corps and mission in Iraq. Even more dangerous is the potential that a Marine may hesitate at the critical moment when facing the enemy..."

Note the absurdity of it all... LtCol Chessani is charged with failing to accurately report and investigate a crime that the military now knows never happened.

With their false accusation, insurgents eliminated one of America’s most effective combat officers. They know...

“A nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten.”

Our representation of LtCol Chessani is without charge. But we need your financial support to carry on this fight.

Without our help, LtCol Chessani’s legal bills would already be astronomical — out of reach for a husband and father of six young children (the seventh on the way) surviving on military pay.

In preparing for the Board of Inquiry, TMLC lawyers will again examine thousands of pages of investigative reports and personally interview countless witnesses.

The Board of Inquiry will take place at Camp Pendleton, California. It could last several weeks. The Thomas More Law Center will bear the enormous costs associated with establishing a second office, paying hotels, and all the other expenses associated with two lawyers handling a case 2,000 miles away.

LtCol Chessani was in Iraq because his country sent him there. He willingly answered the call to serve his country in our defense. That's why he deserves the support of every patriotic American. Now is the time to show him our gratitude.

As tragic as these civilian deaths in Haditha were, it’s essential that we not shackle our combat commanders’ ability to make decisions by placing them in fear of criminal prosecution every time there are civilian casualties as a result of combat action.

LtCol Chessani has devoted his life to the defense of OUR country... NOW he needs OUR help.

I am counting on you to send the largest gift you can . . . and to rush it to me TODAY. Please click here to visit TMLC’s website to donate to this brave Marine’s cause NOW.

May God bless you, and may God continue to bless America.

Richard Thompson, Esq.
President and Chief Counsel
Thomas More Law Center

"The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive veterans of early wars were treated and appreciated by our nation."

-George Washington-

Please forward to your Family & Friends here.

Please visit TMLC's website by clicking here to subscribe to News Alerts and read more details about LtCol Chessani's case.

If you prefer to mail your donation to the Thomas More Law Center, please mail to:

Thomas More Law Center
24 Frank Lloyd Wright Drive
PO Box 364
Ann Arbor, MI 48106

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Ilyn Ross (Ilyn_Ross) | 1280 comments Mod
With all my love and respect -

Warsaw ghetto uprising leader Edelman

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Dr. Peikoff at West Point

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Ilyn Ross (Ilyn_Ross) | 1280 comments Mod
Happy Veteran's Day!

Kudos and Thank You to soldiers and their families.

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John Karr (karr) Ditto!

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Ilyn Ross (Ilyn_Ross) | 1280 comments Mod
What We Owe Our Soldiers
By Alex Epstein (November 3, 2008)

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Chamberlain's Speech to Mutineers on Road to Gettysburg: What it is to be an American

"Many came because it is the right thing to do... What we're fighting for: we're fighting for each other." - Union Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, A GREAT MAN

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