7.18.2005

Actions Speak Much Louder than Words

With all the commentary, protests and Monday morning quarter-backing taking place on a daily basis regarding the Iraq war, I was struck by a USA Today report about the Army's re-enlistment rates.

It turns out that soldier re-enlistment rates are one-third higher than the Army's target. The report attributes the increased numbers to better monetary bonuses and to "a renewed sense of purpose in fighting terrorism."

I'm curious how much air time this particular report will receive in the mainstream media today and this week. "The biggest thing is that soldiers believe in what they are doing," said. Col. Debbra Head, who monitors Army retention at the Pentagon. Perhaps there will be some discussion of the distinction between terrorism and Iraq. Or, maybe they'll be some debate over military funding. How many media outlets, besides Fox News Channel, will actually discuss the man-on-the-ground's perspective of this sense of purpose.

We, myself included, can analyze strategy, motivation and consequences of the war in Iraq and the larger war on terror. But, none of our comfortable commentary says more than a man or woman coming back from the battlefield to re-enlist.

If there's any picture of actions speaking louder than words, that is it.

38 Comments:

At 7/18/2005 09:03:00 PM, Anonymous Clayton Bell said...

It is always interesting to see the truth compared to the voices. As much as statistics can be twisted to say virtually everything, I highly doubt that people who hate what they are doing and think that we are incompetent and out of line in fighting this war would re-up simply because of a higher salary. Don't they know how good Bush's economy is?:-) It stands that the people who have more direct access to the events in Iraq are going back. Can't be too unworthy of a cause...

 
At 7/18/2005 09:39:00 PM, Blogger Lucy's Capers said...

Heard about you on Shawn's show...love the blog! Rachel

 
At 7/18/2005 09:40:00 PM, Blogger RFTR said...

Heard you on Hannity... Welcome to the community, and get ready for a blogswarm to hit you after handing out that address...

 
At 7/18/2005 09:41:00 PM, Blogger John Brown said...

Just heard you on Hannity. Way to go. Keep it up.

 
At 7/18/2005 09:42:00 PM, Blogger Jerry Stevens said...

Hey, you're famous. Way to go.

 
At 7/18/2005 09:42:00 PM, Anonymous EJ said...

You're going to get crushed after mentioning your blog on Hannity!

Keep up the good fight, though...

Screw that loser from Philly, BTW.

 
At 7/18/2005 09:43:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are going to get SO MANY COMMENTS after what you just said on Hannity's show.

 
At 7/18/2005 09:44:00 PM, Blogger John Brown said...

I decided to blogroll you, so I will be reading your blog on a regular basis.

 
At 7/18/2005 09:44:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 7/18/2005 09:44:00 PM, Blogger xiomegaadam said...

Just heard about you on the Sean Hannity show! good stuff, Keep it upt!

Adam

 
At 7/18/2005 09:44:00 PM, Blogger -JIM said...

Hey, darlin, just heard about your blog on Hannity's show! :-) Keep rockin'!

Jim from WV

 
At 7/18/2005 09:47:00 PM, Anonymous Brent Colbert said...

Heard you on Hannity as well great points and will definatly be back to read more keep up the good work. Brent from Canada

www.brentcolbert.com/blog

 
At 7/18/2005 09:49:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Heard you on Shawn's show. I disagree with monday morning quaterbacking on the Iraq war as well.

My dad and I started a business to support our troops at www.supportandhome.com

We make peace magnets and donate 50 cents of every magnet to wounded troops and families of those that were killed in action. We project to donate 35,000 to the troops this year. We also support putting pressure on an exit strategy from Iraq and to help those express themselves in a non anti American fashion about the Iraq war. Good luck with your blog and I hope we can support together. Let me know if you have ideas how we can both voice our message of peace.
Jacob
www.supportandhome.com
www.supportandstop.com

 
At 7/18/2005 09:49:00 PM, Blogger Publius said...

you're darn right it's a worthy cause. i have a friend who escaped from iraq when he was 13. his stories were enough to convince me. welcome to the political blogworld. come check out and join the exchange at totherepublic.blogspot.com.

 
At 7/18/2005 09:49:00 PM, Anonymous David said...

What a coup! Good luck.

 
At 7/18/2005 09:49:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do Republicans think that they get to claim the military as their own little baby? Just because people think that this President has us in the wrong war it doesn’t mean they don’t like the military. I wish Bush would have spent the wasted time in Iraq fighting terrorism instead.

It’s a shame that Republicans seem to have hijacked the military and patriotism as their own.

/shakes his head and walks away.

 
At 7/18/2005 09:51:00 PM, Blogger Chris @ Small Biz Links said...

Heard you on Hannity! Keep up the great blog! Hope the big Hannity audience doesn't slow your blog! :-)

Chris Mork
smallbizlinks.blogspot.com
chrismork.blogspot.com

 
At 7/18/2005 09:53:00 PM, Anonymous Len said...

Just heard you on the Sean Hannity show. Keep up the good work. I'm Len and live right up the coast from you in Ventura. I'm ALSO a beach lover

 
At 7/18/2005 09:53:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heard you on Sean, this is a nice blog to combat all the cookey liberal ones on this blog server. Got any friends of the same political persuasion? Sign them up to make more conservative blogs.
BTW you presented your self well to earn an internet Sean-Bomb.

 
At 7/18/2005 09:56:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate to tell you this, but you have misinformed millions of people on the air today, and in your blog. According to the article the re-enlistment rates are 6% above target, and have been that way for the last three years. “Thirty-five percent of Army re-enlistments have come in combat zones”, that is 35% of the 6%, not 35% above target as implied by you.

 
At 7/18/2005 09:58:00 PM, Blogger Brooklyn Blowhard said...

Keep Shawn on his toes, keep on calling in.

 
At 7/18/2005 09:58:00 PM, Blogger kyperman said...

Hold on, you are in for it now!!! You are gonna get a million hits!!!! You had some good points, welcome to Blogspot. Check my Blog out !!1

 
At 7/18/2005 10:13:00 PM, Anonymous AJ (training for Beijing 2008) said...

Another voice of reason for all in the world to hear. Congratulations on getting started and continued success and great writing! I'll re-post some of your best stuff on other sites to get the word out.

 
At 7/18/2005 10:26:00 PM, Blogger Maryanne said...

I didn't see anywhere in her original post that said the re-enlistment was "35% above target" she just said that it was one third higher than The Army's target.

It is only implied by yourself that 35% number.

Just as well, 6% above target is nice to hear isn't it? If it is so pedestrian an issue, I wonder why it's making headlines?

Wouldn't like to see you misleading anyone.

 
At 7/18/2005 10:36:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find it amazing that you people continue to look through your rose colored glasses when it comes to your support for Bush and his unjust war in Iraq. You're so dazed and confused that you actually think that Fox News is fair and unbalanced. I'd post my identity here, but for fear of receiving hundreds of taunts from you Bush-loving lunatics, I choose not to. You people need a life.

 
At 7/18/2005 10:37:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, that was obviously a Freudian slip. I meant to say, in the above posting, 'fair and balanced'.

 
At 7/18/2005 10:38:00 PM, Anonymous T. Pro Harrison said...

Hi, you make me want to Blog too. But you probably make a more concise point than I would. I agree with you, BTW.

 
At 7/18/2005 10:45:00 PM, Blogger Jared said...

Man! You are smart, what a great way to increase traffic on your site. I work at a radio station in Phoenix, 550 KFYI, and I was the one responsible for playing Hannity in that market when you plugged your blog. Maybe I'll call into Rush tomorrow...

 
At 7/18/2005 10:55:00 PM, Blogger Maryanne said...

Anonymous,

What is unjust about taking a murdering maniac out at the knees?

A murdering maniac that would certainly enjoy watching more of it go on when and if he chose to.

How is it unjust to fight terrorists on their own turf?

Would you rather be speaking German, Japanese or would you prefer decorating a room as a lampshade?

How's your Farsi?

Your attempt at anonymity does not fall to blind eyes. We know who you are.

 
At 7/18/2005 11:02:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow Maryanne, you seem just a bit paranoid. My French and Spanish is much better than my Farsi. What language(s) do you know other than redneck?

 
At 7/18/2005 11:13:00 PM, Blogger Maryanne said...

There you go!

I told you we knew who you are. And your ilk.

Don't answer a single logical question, go straight to the ad hominem attack.

Don't back yourself up.

My redneck is pretty good, my English quite fluent I've forgotten more French than I'd like and my spanish is pitiful. I feel good in my own skin. I'm not paranoid; in fact, I don't wet the bed or wring my hands either. I also don't hide.

 
At 7/18/2005 11:33:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't it odd then that you are pretty much anonymous as well? Click on 'Maryanne' and you go to a new page.

Your redneck is outstanding. I'm very happy that you don't suffer from bladder or nervous tendencies. I truly am happy that you feel good in your own skin. Fat girls need to.

 
At 7/18/2005 11:34:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where's your two cents at Maryanne? Did you forget to take the Pepsi bottles to the store for the refund money?

 
At 7/19/2005 12:04:00 AM, Blogger Lucy's Capers said...

Hey, nasty anonymous posters...we will listen to what you have to say as soon as you put your name behind it! :)

Rachel
lucyally.blogspot.com

 
At 7/19/2005 01:18:00 AM, Blogger Mark said...

Hi. I am a humble uneducated blogger. I started my blog to get some things off my chest, primarily. It is a mystery to me why some people doubt that I sincerely believ what I write about.


Someone asked me today, "Do you really believe all the things you write about in your blog?" I had to stop and give it some thought.

So, I thought back, to a 7th grade classroom and the intercom crackling to life with the news that the President had just been shot. The ultimate disrespect for the office of President.

Then I thought back 5 years later and the bullets of the false revenge struck again. Twice.

And I think about all the rights that we were supposed to be guaranteed to us by the constitution, the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And how they are being continually and methodically stripped away.

A court case decided that a woman has the right to kill her baby. It was called Roe vs. Wade.

I remember how my belief in the integrity of the senate was drowned in the murky waters of Chappaquidick.

And the images of soldiers returning from Viet Nam being spat upon and called "baby killers" by the people with whom I had once identified. And the way they were reviled by the very government that should have thanked them for their service.

Murderers and child molesters being freed by technicalities and "race cards". And innocent people being persecuted for their faith in a God whom the founders of our country based our system of government on.

I can think of cases where children are being suspended and expelled from public schools for writing essays on Jesus, the Bible, or their personal belief in God. And being sent home for wearing T shirts that proclaim "Jesus loves you" while other students are allowed to wear T shirts with the images of Marilyn Manson,Godsmack, and other "death metal, Satanic Bands, and pentagrams.

I remember Dr. Jack Kevorkian and his commitment to legalize murder of the elderly and infirmed.

I think of how the Supreme Court keeps ordering the removal of the ten commandments, the very rule of law our system of justice is based on.

Hate speech by politicians, news media organizations, and radical associations.

Then I remember the pain and anger I felt when terrorists flew jet airliners into the world trade center towers and pentagon. And then there were people who blamed the attacks on our own government and those who support it.

Muslim extremists terrorists sawing off the heads of innocent civilians, some of who were in their country to help them.

Then there was the starving to death of a young comatose woman in Florida, not just a mercy killing, but a long agonizing death, and the numbers of people that think it is ok to do that to someone.

And now, My President is being called a liar and a loser and a murderer by politicians and news media who want to undermine him and his efforts to create a better world for our children

And on, and on, and on, and on.

So, Whenever someone asks me, "Do you really believe the things you write about in your blog?" I smile, and wink, and say, "Hell no, but the money's good."

For what else could I say to such a question?


The preceding post was my July 2nd post on my blog.

 
At 7/19/2005 01:39:00 AM, Anonymous Clayton Bell said...

Man, all that antiwar stuff sure doesn't make you calm...

Why can't we ever just have an honest discussion without mudslinging? Can't intellegent, well meaning people just simply disagree and not to have to call each other rednecks and bed-wetting liberals? And can't we say who we are without being anonomous? All that tolerance gone to waste...

 
At 7/19/2005 02:02:00 AM, Blogger Lores Rizkalla said...

I appreciate all who have shown such support of my blog. But, thank you for those who have maintain a level of respect and civility in this discussion.

My desire is that we can discuss the issues that matter in ways that would dignify and and not defile one another.

 
At 7/19/2005 02:06:00 AM, Anonymous Perkins said...

Very well put. I have a friend who's just come back from spending some time as a contractor in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and he says that the conditions over there are nothing like the media portrays them. The standard of living is going up, and the terrorists are being slowly but steadily exterminated. I don't think he would lie about that kind of thing, and he definitely wouldn't lie to me about it.

Mr. Bell, you raise an interesting point. Sadly I have noticed that most liberals feel the need to post anonymously on this kind of page to "avoid scathing personal attacks and namecalling." They naturally assume that we would resort to such tactics because they're the kind of tactics that they use when pressed. Just look at any liberal blog and you'll see what I mean.

As for having an "honest discussion" with one, well, there are some liberals who you can discuss things with without them simply resorting to calling you a liar and disbelieving everything you say that they don't agree with, but sadly they seem to be few and far between. My personal theory on the matter is that the logic from the discussions eventually permeates to the core of their brains and they cease to be liberals... This is, as yet, unproven however... If there are any liberals out there who are willing to engage in an honest discussion, I would be more than interested in hearing from them.

 

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