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Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Naught’s Solved by War?

A flickering dawn lights Islam’s hills
A faint emerging light.
Can the torch of Lady Liberty
Flare away Medieval night?

How fitting our bold symbol
Of all that’s good and right
Eyewitness to the Jihad’s wrath,
Stands forefront in this fight.

Her torch is not mere sculpted bronze,
To those in Mullahs’ chain’s;
But a lamp held high against the sky
Showing them that hope remains.

Their feudal sheiks view us with scorn,
So obsessed with earthly pleasure;
But one thing they fear that we hold dear,
Is that Bill of Rights we treasure.

We drove a tyrant from his throne,
Brought his people free election.
Think it concerns them overmuch,
WMD’s escaped detection?

Just behold those blue-stained fingers,
Like the Lady’s torch, held high,
So proud of their brave turnout,
Putting Liberals to the lie.

How say you now nay Sayers?
What of your dire predictions?
Like fools you swore naught’s solved by war,
Another of your Liberal fictions.

But now you face a hard clear truth:
A truth that you forswore:
This aborning Bush Democracy
Was midwifed by his war.

Within the womb of Islam,
Freedom’s heart so feebly beats.
Is it up us to make it thrive,
To birth it their streets?

What say you disbelieving Libs,
How now shall this thing go?
Shall we execute your exit plan,
Or stay and help it grow?

Russ Vaughn

Our Hero...

This is a picture of My husband and father of Jonathan, Christopher, Ashlie and Samantha who is serving in Iraq at the moment. We pray that they all come home soon to their families.

Honey, Daddy we love you very much..Come home soon..

Our Hero...

Sgt. S--- is with ---------- out of Fort Carson, Colorado. Sgt. S----- and his family were able to relocate to Fort Carson after a voluntary deployment to Saudi Arabia for a year while they were stationed at Fort Drum, NY. Sgt. S----- has been deployed to the first Gulf War, Macedonia, Kosovo, Saudi Arabia, and now back into Iraq. His family has chosen to relocate to their home state of Maine while he is away this time. Their son, Robert, just enlisted in the Army Reserves and will attend basic training in June. The girls, 8 & 7, are looking forward to experiencing "small town" life after only knowing life on a military base. Thank you Soldier's Angels for all your help in making our move back home a reality!

Good luck with the move, all of you, and Sgt. S - take care, stay safe, and we hope you'll be home safe soon!

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Welcome Home.....

to my friend the Cav Scout.

Knowing you has made me a better American - a better person. Thank you for all that you do for all of us.

Welcome home, and Job Well Done to all of the 1st Cavalry Division's returning Heroes. Words cannot express our thanks. We will never forget the fallen.

DEPLOYMENT — Tugboats assist the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge as it departs from Naval Station Norfolk, March 25, 2005, on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the global war on terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Timothy Bensken

In Today's News - Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Quote of the Day
"The meaning of America is not to be found in a life without toil. Freedom is not only bought with a great price; it is maintained by unremitting effort".
-- Calvin Coolidge Associated Press
Iraq lawmakers fail to agree on speaker
Annan criticized in oil-for-food report

Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq
Karami said likely to quit Lebanon gov't
Jewish settlers warn of violence

Ananova: War In Iraq
Man remanded on terror charge

The US News: Iraq News
Sunnis the Focus of Negotiations in Iraq
Amman hosts Iraqi reconstruction show
Official cites security improvement
Army wife fights to defer debt
U.S. names 6 Soldiers, 1 Marine, killed Easter Saturday in Afghanistan, Iraq
Iraqi Youth Adopt Western Ways
UAE glassmaker to take part in Iraq exhibition
Philippine government claims no evidence of Filipino rebels in Iraq >
Iraq May Be Secure in 18 Months
FREE PRESS: Navy SEALs Sue The Associated Press Over Iraq Prisoner Photos
Sunni Leader Vows Support for Insurgents

Yahoo! News: War with Iraq
Iraqi PM Walks Out of Parliament Meeting
Iraqi lawmakers hold assembly meeting
3 Romanian Journalists Kidnapped in Iraq
Iraqi troop training: signs of progress
Key Oil, Food Probe Focuses on Annan and His Son

Bush welcomes Iraqi voters to White House Iraq & Terror

Laura Bush making quick trip to Afghanistan
Reporters kicked out, video feed cut at Iraqi assembly
Source: Oil-for-food report to be difficult for Annan
5-foot-thick layer of Nazi camp ashes to be buried

Fox News
Oil-for-Food Report to Criticize Kofi Annan
Settlers Warn on Gaza Pullout
Kyrgyz Parliament Fight Ends

Department of Defense
Myers Discusses Leadership, Terror War — Story
Federal Law Helps Troops Deal With Creditors — Story
President, Family Visit Fort Hood Troops — Story
Soldier Reflects on Advance to Baghdad — Story

School Doors Open Again for Iraqi Children — Story
Engineers Work to Improve Power Production — Story
Coalition Efforts Benefit Kuchi Students — Story
Afghan National Army Joins Information Age — Story

Troops Give Four-Star Rating to Movie Armory
Soldiers Provide Aid to Chubaka Citizens
Texas Soldiers ‘Ride Shotgun’ to Protect Convoys
Buffalo Joins Brigade Combat Team Arsenal

U.S. Forces Aid Afghan Flood Victims Photos
Coalition Medics Treat Young Burn Victims
U.S., NATO Troops View Potential Team Site
Corps of Engineers Awards Bridge Contract

Aircrew Training, Diversion Saves Soldier

Bugling Paratrooper in Iraq Carries on Family Tradition — Story

USS Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group Heads Home
Rhode Island Artillerymen Return Home
Photos: 272nd MP Company Returns from Iraq
Photos: New Hampshire Guard Brigade Returns

Maine Group Greets Troops — Story
McDonald’s Supports Troop Effort — Story
City Plans Troop Support Rally

Two Years in Iraq
'Gitmo' Detainee Camp

Iraqi Raid Nets TNT, Suspects
Abizaid: Foreign Fighters Increase
Iraqi Police Take Screening Tests
Iraqis Build New Army Base
Soldiers Kill Seven Terrorists
Tip Leads to Bombing Arrest
Success in Iraq - DoD Fact Sheet
Year in Review 2004 Fact Sheets (pdf)
Iraq Daily Update
Iraq Reconstruction
Weekly Progress Report (pdf)

Afghan Academy Opens Gates
Commander Pledges Continuity
Officer Candidates Finish Training
Missing Aircraft Search Continues
Defense Leaders' Views on Afghanistan
Enduring Freedom Marks 3 Years
Afghanistan Daily Update

Bush: Must Remember Troops
U.S. Troop Role in Djibouti Vital
Army Chief Talks Transformation
Myers Outlines WMD Threat
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

Course Prepares Deploying Troops
Troops Get Available Protection
Deployed Troop Morale High
Unit Gets Presidential Unit Citation
Health Plan Benefits Some Troops
'Faces of Fallen' Exhibit Opens
National Guard, Reserve Update

Today in History
1461 - Edward IV secures his claim to the English thrown, defeating Henry VI at the battle of Towdon.
1638 - A permanent European colony is established in what is now Delaware.
1644 - At the Battle of Alresford, Parlimentatians secure a victory during the English Civil War.
1847 - U.S. troops under General Winfield Scott seize the Mexican stronghold at Vera Cruz.
1867 - The United States purchases Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million.
1879 - British troops of the 90th Light Infantry Regiment repulse 20,000 Zulu tribesmen in northwest Zululand in the Battle of Kambula.
1884 - At the Battle of El Teb, the British defeat Osman Digna's Mahdists in a non-stop five hour battle.
1913 - The German government announces it is increasing taxes in order to finance the new military budget.
1916 - The Italians scrap the fifth attack on Isonzo.
1936 - Italy firebombs Harar, in Ethiopia.
1941 - The British sink five Italian warships in the Mediterranean.
1951 - The Chinese reject Gen. Douglas MacArthur's offer for a truce in Korea.
1952 - President Harry Truman removes himself from the presidential race.
1961 - The 23rd amendment, which allows Washington, D.C. residents to vote for president, is ratified.
1962 - Cuba opens the trial of the Bay of Pigs invaders.
1966 - Leonid Brezhenev becomes First Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party, denouncing what he calls the US policy of agression in Vietnam.
1967 - France launches its first nuclear submarine.
1971 - Lt. William L. Calley Jr. is found guilty for his actions in the My Lai massacre.
1973 - The last U.S. troops withdraw from South Vietnam.
1975 - Egyptian president Anwar Sadat declares that the Suez Canal will reopen on June 5, 1975.
1976 - Eight Ohio National Guardsmen are indicted for shooting four Kent State students during an anti-war protest on May 4, 1970.

1790 - John Tyler, 10th President of the United States.
1875 - Lou Henry Hoover, first lady to President Herbert Hoover.
1916 - Eugene McCarthy, U.S. Senator / presidential candidate.