Over a year ago, I volunteered to escort the remains of Marines killed in Iraq should the need arise. The military provides a uniformed escort for all casualties to ensure they are delivered safely to the next of kin and are treated with dignity and respect along the way.
Thankfully, I hadnâ€™t been called on to be an escort since Operation Iraqi Freedom began. The first few weeks of April, however, had been a tough month for the Marines. On the Monday after Easter I was reviewing Department of Defense press releases when I saw that a Private First Class Chance Phelps was killed in action outside of Baghdad. The press release listed his hometownâ€”the same town Iâ€™m from. I notified our Battalion adjutant and told him that, should the duty to escort PFC Phelps fall to our Battalion, I would take him.
Four years ago, Blackfive posted Marine Lt. Colonel Strobl’s accountof his accompanying the remains of a Marine Lance Corporal, LCpl. Chance Phelps, from Dover AFB to Phelps’ home town. It’s an incredibly moving account of the final honor accorded to our bravest and finest that die in service of our country and I found myself getting choked up at several points in reading Lt. Col. Strobl’s story.
Well, HBO has decided to make a film about Strobl and Phelps entitled Taking Chance. It stars Kevin Bacon as Strobl and is due to air February 21st. Here’s the trailer:
Looks like a must-watch. I get choked up watching the trailer too. God bless our men and women in uniform.
I was going to refrain from posting today, out of respect for the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and those that died that day, but I simply can’t let the disgraceful vandalization of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the eve of 9/11 go unremarked upon.
I do believe that, should the perpetrators be caught, the Inverse Golden Rule ought to be applied: they should be slathered in an unidentified staining agent and left for the public to mock and ridicule, perhaps even in stocks on the Mall in D.C. I can’t even describe how disgusted I am that one of my fellow countrymen (or women) would stoop so low as to desecrate a memorial dedicated to those willing to give their lives in defense of our country.
It’s that time again — time to free myself of a bit of mental clutter expressly for your edification. That’s a win/win situation if I’ve ever heard of one.
Chinese-manufactured sedans: deathtraps on wheels and headed to a dealer near you, ‘twould seem.
It seems as though prior to the British-hostage-sailors incident, the Iranians tried it once before on some Australians. It seems the Aussies reacted a bit differently:
The BBC has been told the Australians re-boarded the vessel they had just searched, aimed their machine guns at the approaching Iranians and warned them to back off, using what was said to be â€œhighly colourful languageâ€.
ABC News is carrying a report from Baghdad that has more candy and kites than I’ve seen since Fahrenheit 9/11. We will obviously need sustained coverage on these developments in order for the general public to start realizing that Iraq is headed in the right direction, but every little bit counts.
Now if only more news organs would begin referring to Ahmadinejad as a figurehead for the mad mullahs, we’d really be getting somewhere…
I turned the ripe old age of 29 today, meaning that in a little less than 366 days, I will officially be 30, a fact that makes me Officially Old, the import of which my blushing bride has reminded me of several times throughout the course of the day.
That’s not what makes me feel the oldest, though. I found out today that one of the kids placed in my charge while I was a counselor at Camp Brookwoods just got back from a tour of duty in Iraq. He joined the service and ended up in the Rangers and was finishing up his first tour a couple of weeks ago. According to second-hand information, on the second-to-last day of his tour, his convoy was hit by an IED. He was first on the scene to the Hummer struck by the blast and thus was first to see that he had lost three of his buddies to the explosion.
I can’t even comprehend what that does to a person; nearest I can figure it, to see comrades and friends die must age one significantly in a mere instant. My heart goes out to the families of those three brave soldiers. And Stu, if you ever read this, know that I’m about as proud a counselor as any could ever possibly be. You’re a certified hero and there’s no way for those of us that remain Stateside to truly signify our thanks.
CNN disgusts me. Their sickening justification for posting blatant jihadi propaganda snuff films of snipers shooting American troops in Iraq is simply appalling. “We know it’s propaganda, but, well, it serves our political ends of making the war in Iraq seem bloody, senseless and hopeless. Anything to drop the Rethuglicans a few more points before Election Day!”
I wonder, would CNN be so blithe about the “public’s right to know” if the insurgents decided to provide the US military with footage of snipers targeting reporters with the intention of the military broadcasting the footage world-wide?
A pox upon the House of Turner. Blackfive and Confederate Yankee have further thoughts.
Critics of Israel’s tactics in South Lebanon have been railing against their “inability” to destroy Hizb’allah’s military might. While this might be true, al Bawaba points out that the military “destruction” of the Hizbies might not actually be the end goal of Israel. Instead, they are simultaneously striking at The Party of Allah’s social services infrastructure, virtually ensuring that they will be unable to participate in the eventual rebuilding of Lebanon to any meaningful extent. Israel is seeking to cut the Shiia support base that Hizb’allah has bought with medicine, television, food and other social services right out from under the Islamist nutjobs.
By Jove, that’s a great tactic! It’ll be interesting to see whether it works or whether Iran is willing to pony up the billions of dollars that would be required to return Hizb’allah’s previous social capabilities to working order.