Thread: Time to Wake Up

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    U.S. Navy Captain Phil Ouimette is the Executive Officer at Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida. Here is a copy of the speech he gave last month. It is an accurate account of why we are in so much trouble today and why this action is so necessary.


    That's what we think we heard on the 11th of September 2001-AD (When more than 3,000 Americans were killed) and maybe it was, but I think it should have been "Get Out of Bed!" In fact, I think the alarm clock has been buzzing since 1979 and we have continued to hit the snooze button and roll over for a few more minutes of peaceful sleep since then.

    It was a cool fall day in November 1979 in a country going through a religious and political upheaval when a group of Iranian students attacked and seized the American Embassy in Tehran. This seizure was an outright attack on American soil; it was an attack that held the world's most powerful country hostage and paralyzed a Presidency. The attack on this sovereign U.S. embassy set the stage for events to follow for the next 23 years. America was still reeling from the aftermath of the Vietnam experience and had a serious threat from the Soviet Union when then, President Carter, had to do some thing. He chose to conduct a clandestine raid in the desert. The ill-fated mission ended in ruin, but stood as a symbol of America's inability to deal with terrorism.

    America's military had been decimated and downsized/right

    sized since the end of the Vietnam War. A poorly trained, poorly equipped and poorly organized military was called on to execute a complex mission that was doomed from the start. Shortly after the Tehran experience, Americans began to be kidnapped and killed throughout the Middle East. America could do little to protect her citizens living and working abroad. The attacks against US soil continued.

    In April of 1983 a large vehicle packed with high explosives was driven into the US Embassy compound in Beirut. When it explodes, it kills 63 people. The alarm went off again and America hit the Snooze Button once more.

    Then just six short months later a large truck heavily laden down with over 2500 pounds of TNT smashed through the main gate of the US Marine Corps headquarters in Beirut and 241 US servicemen are killed. America mourns her dead and hit the Snooze Button once more.

    Two months later in December 1983, another truck loaded with explosives is driven into the US Embassy in Kuwait, and America continues her slumber.

    The following year, in September 1984, another van was driven into the gates of the US Embassy in Beirut and America slept. Soon the terrorism spreads to Europe. In April 1985 a bomb explodes in a restaurant frequented by US soldiers in Madrid. Then in August a Volkswagen loaded with explosives is driven into the main gate of the US Air Force Base at Rhein-Main, 22 are killed and the snooze alarm is buzzing louder and louder as US interests are continually attacked.

    Fifty-nine days later a cruise ship, the Achille Lauro is hijacked and we watched as an American in a wheelchair is singled out of the passenger list and executed. The terrorists then shift their tactics to bombing civilian airliners when they bomb TWA Flight 840 in April of 1986 that killed 4 and the most tragic bombing, Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988, killing 259.

    Clinton treated these terrorist acts as crimes; in fact we are still trying to bring these people to trial. These are acts of war.

    The wake up alarm is getting louder and louder. The terrorists decide to bring the fight to America. In January 1993, two CIA agents are shot and killed as they enter CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia.

    The following month, February 1993, a group of terrorists are arrested after a rented van packed with explosives is driven into the underground parking garage of the World Trade Center in New York City. Six people are killed and over 1000 are injured. Still this is a crime and not an act of war?

    The Snooze alarm is depressed again. Then in November 1995 a car bomb explodes at a US military complex in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia killing seven service men and women.

    A few months later in June of 1996, another truck bomb

    explodes only 35 yards from the US military compound in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. It destroys the Khobar Towers, a US Air Force barracks, killing 19 and injuring over 500. The terrorists are getting braver and smarter as they see that America does not respond decisively.

    They move to coordinate their attacks in a simultaneous attack on two US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. These attacks were planned with precision. They kill 224. America responds with cruise missile attacks and goes back to sleep.

    The USS Cole was docked in the port of Aden, Yemen for refueling on 12 October 2000, when a small craft pulled along side the ship and exploded killing 17 US Navy Sailors. Attacking a US War Ship is an act of war, but we sent the FBI to investigate the crime and went back to sleep.

    And of course you know the events of 11 September 2001. Most Americans think this was the first attack against US soil or in America. How wrong they are. America has been under a constant attack since 1979 and we chose to hit the snooze alarm and roll over and go back to sleep.

    In the news lately we have seen lots of finger pointing from every high official in government over what they knew and what they didn't know. But if you've read the papers and paid a little attention I think you can see exactly what they knew. You don't have to be in the FBI or CIA or on the National Security Council to see the pattern that has been developing since 1979.

    The President is right on when he says we are engaged in a

    war. I think we have been in a war for the past 23 years and it will continue until we as a people decide enough is enough.

    America needs to "Get out of Bed" and act decisively now. America has been changed forever. We have to be ready to pay the price and make the sacrifice to ensure our way of life continues. We cannot afford to keep hitting the snooze button again and again and roll over and go back to sleep.

    After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Admiral Yamamoto said " seems all we have done is awakened a sleeping giant." This is the message we need to disseminate to terrorists around the world. Support Our Troops and support President Bush for having the courage, political or militarily, to address what so many who preceded him didn't have the backbone to do both Democrat and Republican. This is not a political thing to be hashed over in an election year this is an AMERICAN thing. This is about our Freedom and the Freedom of our children in years to come.
    On a long enough time-line,
    The survival rate for everyone
    Drops to Zero!

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    I'm here just for TwistedCopper!
    I got that email the same day I got the following. I post it as an observation, and not as a political statement. It's not a bash against either party, just observations made showing both political party's involvement or lack of involvement. It's long, but a good read:

    This was written by a retired attorney, to his sons, May 19, 2004.

    Dear Tom, Kevin, Kirby and Ted,

    As your father, I believe I owe it to you to share some thoughts on the
    present world situation. We have over the years discussed a lot of important
    things, like going to college, jobs and so forth. But this really takes
    precedence over any of those discussions. I hope this might give you a
    longer term perspective that fewer and fewer of my generation are left to
    speak to. To be sure you understand that this is not politically flavored, I
    will tell you that since Franklin D. Roosevelt, who led us through pre and
    WWII (1933 - 1945) up to and including our present President, I have without
    exception, supported our presidents on all matters of international
    conflict. This would include just naming a few in addition to President
    Roosevelt - WWII: President Truman - Korean War 1950; President Kennedy -
    Bay of Pigs (1961); President Kennedy - Vietnam (1961); eight presidents (5
    Republican &4 Democrat) during the cold war (1945 - 1991); President
    Clinton's strikes on Bosnia (1995) and on Iraq (199. So be sure you read
    this as completely non-political or otherwise you will miss the point.

    Our country is now facing the most serious threat to its existence, as we
    know it, that we have faced in your lifetime and mine (which includes WWII).
    The deadly seriousness is greatly compounded by the fact that there are very
    few of us who think we can possibly lose this war and even fewer who realize
    what losing really means.

    First, let's examine a few basics:

    1. When did the threat to us start?
    Many will say September 11th, 2001. The answer as far as the United States
    is concerned is 1979, 22 years prior to September 2001, with the following
    attacks on us: Iran Embassy Hostages, 1979; Beirut, Lebanon Embassy 1983;
    Beirut, Lebanon Marine Barracks 1983; Lockerbie, Scotland Pan-Am flight to
    New York 1988; First New York World Trade Center attack 1993; Dhahran, Saudi
    Arabia Khobar Towers Military complex 1996; Nairobi, Kenya US Embassy 1998;
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania US Embassy 1998; Aden, Yemen USS Cole 2000; New York
    World Trade Center 2001; Pentagon 2001. (Note that during the period from
    1981 to 2001 there were 7,581 terrorist attacks worldwide).

    2. Why were we attacked?
    Envy of our position, our success, and our freedoms. The attacks happened
    during the administrations of Presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush 1, Clinton and
    Bush 2. We cannot fault either the Republicans or Democrats as there were no
    provocations by any of the presidents or their immediate predecessors,
    Presidents Ford or Carter.

    4. Who were the attackers?
    In each case, the attacks on the US were carried out by Muslims.

    5. What is the Muslim population of the World?

    6. Isn't the Muslim Religion peaceful?
    Hopefully, but that is really not material. There is no doubt that the
    predominately Christian population of Germany was peaceful, but under the
    dictatorial leadership of Hitler (who was also Christian), that made no
    difference. You either went along with the administration or you were
    eliminated. There were 5 to 6 million Christians killed by the Nazis for
    political reasons (including 7,000 Polish priests).
    ( ). Thus, almost the same number of
    Christians were killed by the Nazis, as the 6 million holocaust Jews who
    were killed by them, and we seldom heard of anything other than the Jewish
    atrocities. Although Hitler kept the world focused on the Jews, he had no
    hesitancy about killing anyone who got in his way of exterminating the Jews
    or of taking over the world - German, Christian or any others. Same with the
    Muslim terrorists. They focus the world on the US, but kill all in the way -
    their own people or the Spanish, French or anyone else.. [The point here is
    that just like the peaceful Germans were of no protection to anyone from the
    Nazis, no matter how many peaceful Muslims there may be, they are no
    protection for us from the terrorist Muslim leaders and what they are
    fanatically bent on doing - by their own pronouncements - killing all of us
    infidels. I don't blame the peaceful Muslims. What would you do if the
    choice was shut up or die?

    6. So who are we at war with?
    There is no way we can honestly respond that it is anyone other than the
    Muslim terrorists. Trying to be politically correct and avoid verbalizing
    this conclusion can well be fatal. There is no way to win if you don't
    clearly recognize and articulate who you are fighting.

    So with that background, now to the two major questions:
    1. Can we lose this war?
    2. What does losing really mean?

    If we are to win, we must clearly answer these two pivotal questions.

    We can definitely lose this war, and as anomalous as it may sound, the major
    reason we can lose is that so many of us simply do not fathom the answer to
    the second question - What does losing mean? It would appear that a great
    many of us think that losing the war means hanging our heads, bringing the
    troops home and going on about our business, like post Vietnam. This is as
    far from the truth as one can get. What losing really means is:

    We would no longer be the premier country in the world. The attacks will not
    subside, but rather will steadily increase. Remember, they want us dead, not
    just quiet. If they had just wanted us quiet, they would not have produced
    an increasing series of attacks against us over the past 18 years. The plan
    was clearly to terrorist attack us until we were neutered and submissive to

    We would of course have no future support from other nations for fear of
    reprisals and for the reason that they would see we are impotent and cannot
    help them.

    They will pick off the other non-Muslim nations, one at a time. It will be
    increasingly easier for them. They already hold Spain hostage. It doesn't
    matter whether it was right or wrong for Spain to withdraw its troops from
    Iraq. Spain did it because the Muslim terrorists bombed their train and told
    them to withdraw the troops. Anything else they want Spain to do, will be
    done. Spain is finished. There are 64 Muslim countries. This does not count
    countries like Spain that are controlled by the Muslim terrorists.

    The next will probably be France. Our one hope on France is that they might
    see the light and realize that if we don't win, they are finished too, in
    that they can't resist the Muslim terrorists without us. However, it may
    already be too late for France. France is already 20% Muslim and fading

    If we lose the war, our production, income, exports and way of life will all
    vanish as we know it. After losing, who would trade or deal with us if they
    were threatened by the Muslims. If we can't stop the Muslims, how could
    anyone else? The Muslims fully know what is riding on this war and therefore
    are completely committed to winning at any cost. We better know it too and
    be likewise committed to winning at any cost.

    Why do I go on at such lengths about the results of losing? Simple. Until we
    recognize the costs of losing, we cannot unite and really put 100% of our
    thoughts and efforts into winning. And it is going to take that 100% effort
    to win.

    So, how can we lose the war? Again, the answer is simple. We can lose the
    war by imploding. That is, defeating ourselves by refusing to recognize the
    enemy and their purpose and really digging in and lending full support to
    the war effort. If we are united, there is no way that we can lose. If we
    continue to be divided, there is no way that we can win.

    Let me give you a few examples of how we simply don't comprehend the life
    and death seriousness of this situation.

    - President Bush selects Norman Mineta as Secretary of Transportation.
    Although all of the terrorist attacks were committed by Muslim men between
    17 and 40 years of age, Secretary Mineta refuses to allow profiling. Does
    that sound like we are taking this thing seriously? This is war. For the
    duration we are going to have to give up some of the civil rights we have
    become accustomed to. We had better be prepared to lose some of our civil
    rights temporarily or we will most certainly lose all of them permanently.
    And don't worry that it is a slippery slope. We gave up plenty of civil
    rights during WWII and immediately restored them after the victory and in
    fact added many more since then. Do I blame President Bush or President
    Clinton before him? No, I blame us for blithely assuming we can maintain all
    of our Political Correctness and all of our civil rights during this
    conflict and have a clean, lawful, honorable war. None of those words apply
    to war. Get them out of your head.

    - Some have gone so far in their criticism of the war and/or the
    Administration that it almost seems they would literally like to see us
    lose. I hasten to add that this isn't because they are disloyal. It is
    because they just don't recognize what losing means. Nevertheless, that
    conduct gives the impression to the enemy that we are divided and weakening,
    it concerns our friends, and it does great damage to our cause.

    - Of more recent vintage, the uproar fueled by the politicians and media
    regarding the treatment of some prisoners of war perhaps exemplifies best
    what I am saying. We have recently had an issue involving the treatment of a
    few Muslim prisoners of war by a small group of our military police. These
    are the type prisoners who just a few months ago were throwing their own
    people off buildings, cutting off their hands, cutting out their tongues and
    otherwise murdering their own people just for disagreeing with Saddam
    Hussein. And just a few years ago these same type prisoners chemically
    killed 400,000 of their own people for the same reason. They are also the
    same type enemy fighters who recently were burning Americans and dragging
    their charred corpses through the streets of Iraq. And still more recently
    the same type enemy that was and is providing videos to all news sources
    internationally, of the beheading of an American prisoner they held. Compare
    this with some of our press and politicians who for several days have
    thought and talked about nothing else but the "humiliating" of some Muslim
    prisoners - not burning them, not dragging their charred corpses through the
    streets, not beheading them, but "humiliating" them. Can this be for real?
    The politicians and pundits have even talked of impeachment of the Secretary
    of Defense. If this doesn't show the complete lack of comprehension and
    understanding of the seriousness of the enemy we are fighting, the life and
    death struggle we are in and the disastrous results of losing this war,
    nothing can. To bring our country to a virtual political standstill over
    this prisoner issue makes us look like Nero playing his fiddle as Rome
    burned - totally oblivious to what is going on in the real world. Neither
    we, nor any other country, can survive this internal strife. Again I say,
    this does not mean that some of our politicians or media people are
    disloyal. It simply means that they absolutely oblivious to the magnitude of
    the situation we are in and into which the Muslim terrorists have been
    pushing us for many years. Remember, the Muslim terrorists stated goal is to
    kill all infidels. That translates into all non-Muslims - not just in the
    United States, but throughout the world. We are the last bastion of defense.

    - We have been criticized for many years as being 'arrogant'. That charge is
    valid in at least one respect. We are arrogant in that we believe that we
    are so good, powerful and smart, that we can win the hearts and minds of all
    those who attack us, and that with both hands tied behind our back, we can
    defeat anything bad in the world. We can't. If we don't recognize this, our
    nation as we know it will not survive, and no other free country in the
    World will survive if we are defeated. And finally, name any Muslim
    countries throughout the world that allow freedom of speech, freedom of
    thought, freedom of religion, freedom of the Press, equal rights for anyone
    - let alone everyone, equal status or any status for women, or that have
    been productive in one single way that contributes to the good of the World.

    This has been a long way of saying that we must be united on this war or we
    will be equated in the history books to the self-inflicted fall of the Roman
    Empire. If, that is, the Muslim leaders will allow history books to be
    written or read.

    If we don't win this war right now, keep a close eye on how the Muslims take
    over France in the next 5 years or less. They will continue to increase the
    Muslim population of France and continue to encroach little by little on the
    established French traditions. The French will be fighting among themselves
    over what should or should not be done, which will continue to weaken them
    and keep them from any united resolve. Doesn't that sound eerily familiar?

    Democracies don't have their freedoms taken away from them by some external
    military force. Instead, they give their freedoms away, politically correct
    piece by politically correct piece. And they are giving those freedoms away
    to those who have shown, worldwide, that they abhor freedom and will not
    apply it to you or even to themselves, once they are in power. They have
    universally shown that when they have taken over, they then start brutally
    killing each other over who will be the few who control the masses. Will we
    ever stop hearing from the politically correct, about the "peaceful

    I close on a hopeful note, by repeating what I said above. If we are united,
    there is no way that we can lose. I believe that after the election, the
    factions in our country will begin to focus on the critical situation we are
    in and will unite to save our country. It is your future we are talking
    about. Do whatever you can to preserve it.



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    Damn that was alot of reading. My brain hurts.

    Good stuff from both of you guys. That stuff seems so simple. It is the truth, and most all of us know it in our hearts, yet few are brave enough to risk ruining their careers by saying so in public. I for one, would applaud someone kicking PC to the side and speaking from the heart. The media and politicians will try to burn them though. and will probably succeed.

    We're a mess.

  4. I think most people today have already given in to the terrorists. They want a new American President with a softer foreign policy. One that will let country's that swear us as enemies exist until they attack us upon our soil. It's almost as if they are surrendering to the terrorists in this world, and seem afraid of them. Like they're saying "Pease! No more!"

    We lost the luxury of watching and waiting in my opinion.

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    Dual stabilizer

    all i have to say about that man's letter to his sons is....

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    I have put away my 10 foot pole.... cause I ain't touching this one.

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