Wednesday, June 21, 2006

good afternoon blogland....i hope everyone is doing well... i'm ALOT on the sleepy side and just flat wore out! i want to write about a issue today that everyone has a diffrent opinion on and i know some will not agree with me but as dh eric says "i'm gonna be on the emotional side of me now." (WARNING if you don't want to see or talk about the war in iraq please click off this blog NOW)

as many of you know my husband eric is a United States Marine, and i have never felt such a pride in saying that. eric gives up alot, and family time, and in 2003 he gave up the whole year to serve his country. i am very proud of him and any other person in the military and the sacrifices them and their families make. BUT... (you knew that word was coming) while in the beginning i thought i agreed with the war and that we were going to save and help hundreds of thousands of people who needed our help. i mean we are the United States Of America - the richest, most educated, and blessed people on the planet. stop and think about it, my views that i'm about to express, in some countries i could be killed for saying what i think and feel, or as a woman not even be educated enough to speak my mind. so with that said...
the war to me is a very sad thing and on august 1 - 2005 the war became very personal for me. we lost a husband, a father, a son, a friend, and a fellow Marine that i knew (not that baby graham's(nickname)death is more important than any other soldier who has died for our freedom, but i knew him there for a little more painful and personal) i since the beginning of this war watched over 2500 men and women loose their lives for what? i wonder some days... do you? here is what really gets me lately... we have Marines, Navy and Army personal who are being brought up on murder charges for being in a hostile enviroment and doing their job. the Marine Corps has an ol saying "shoot first ask question later" (to some i know not funny)but do you want to be there amoung people who hate you and don't want you there. i know the news feeds off the bad and that somedays that's all we see, i know there is some good going on there. but really in the latest stories of bringing military personal up on charges.. give me a d*** break. for that i want to know who killed my friend, my friends husband who is now raising two boys all by herself. i want to know, we have been there while they get their new government in order, and yet they stand by and do nothing to those who claim to be responsable for these actions against our soldiers while defending their iraqi country, and rebuilding it with my tax dollars. even as i write this i'm crying, i'm mad, sad and angry all in the same emotion. we let groups over there go un punished for burning civilian contractors alive. UNPUNISHED! the most recent story of PFC Menchaca and PFC Tucker being kidnapped and tortured and killed. an isurgent group claimed doing this, do we know where they are? is the city or area that they are in be that big? i don't know. but i think we should make an effort to find out and bring them to justice. is there justice in this war? for me no. i think we are over there wasting our tax payers dollars, rebuilding a country that in my eyes does not deserve our help. they burn our flag, spit on our soliders, and most don't even want us there. now the human side of me feels for the women and children that we are helping, but if we end this war on the same note that we ended the last war on. all we're doing is breeding more anger, because the men we are killing over there today, their children will grow up and be the next terrorist. is this war gaining anything? i know i'm not the most educated person on the planet, but i have a voice and i have a mind and i wanted to share. i pray daily for the soldiers who now in my mind fighting a war that will never end, and in that process we will loose more American Soldiers. is it worth it? we are loosing men and women in iraq that will never see their children again, walk their daughters down the isle to be married, high school graduations. and the spouses that are left behind, there is no words that could express what they go through everyday alone, raising their children. and longing for their loved one. i think it's time we send some of our congress, senators, vice president, and yes even the presidents children over there. i know some things would be taken a little more serious and personal if one of their children were ingured or even killed. we are not a military who discriminates, women can go to war to. (refering to the bush twins) instead they are hear getting an education and living the fine life. (please don't think i'm singling out the presdients daughters - i'm not) now i can hear some of you saying well they signed up to be in the military, those soldiers knew what they could get themselves into inlisting. yes, and i'm sure 90% of them would sign again, but do they deserve to set in jail, be charged with murder, possiably being dishonorably discharged from whatever branch of service they are in... for doing their job. i say no. what about you... do they deserve to be in iraq wondering what they are fighting for.
again i know opnions vary on this subject, but this is my uneducated, emotional take on the war. tonight when you set down to eat your dinner, know that there is a solider who may not have ate today at all or is eating an MRE. when you lay your children down to sleep tonight, know there is a soldier who has not seen his children in month's or maybe a year. when you lay down tonight in your air conditioned home and you are settling in to be comfortable, know there is a soldier who is trying to get 3or 4 hours of sleep in 110 or higher degree weather. get back out of bed go and pray for those soliders, who are fighting and some dying to bless you with those freedoms. thank-you
le anne bull
proud wife to a United States Marine
and proud to be an American


shawnda said...

Le you have made me stop and remember all that I take for granted on a daily basis. I will pray for our troops and I do agree that it is time to send our troops home.

Monica said...

Le, my brother in law is Arabic and was raised in the middle East. He has been so afraid from day one. The people over there are so brain washed and hate Americans so much that he truely felt there were better ways to deal with this. People just don't understand that they think differently than us and have had limited information about anything other than what their leaders want them to hear. We are now trying to force our ideas and ways on a culture that is not ready for it, and our soldiers are paying the price. All I know to do is pray.

Julie said...

I love you LeAnne. I just love you.

Janna said...

wowee leanne very well said... my bro serves in the military here at home (canadian forces) and just got back from afghanistan to meet his newborn son. we've had loss close to home too and i've found my opinions on war are not neccesarily as black and white as they used to be. i must admit i feel a lot like you... when will it end? what will it take and will it solve the problem? but what ever is or was the right answer? i don't know. one thing is for sure... we do take SO MUCH for granted in so many aspects of our lives.

God bless,


stephfreeman said...

I think we need to stay until we finish the job we are trying to do. Otherwise, what have all of these deaths been for? If we pull out before it is over like we did with the last war... we'll be going back again in a few years and starting all over from the beginning just like we have this time. Granted, if my DH was there - I would want him home. No doubt about it. I wouldn't want him to go. I wouldn't go. I am just so proud to live in a country where we have soldiers that are willing and BRAVE enough to step up and go to the front lines to defend our nation when there are so many people who think what they are doing is wrong. And I think to punish them for the actions they take being in such a hostile environment is BULLSH*T. They are just doing their jobs and if they lose it a little and make a bad decision - with all of the pressures of THEIR jobs... can you blame them really? There are times I lose it and my stress doesn't compare. I think they are the ones in that situation and it is awfully easy to be the Monday morning quarterback who looks at the entire situation after the fact. They are right in the middle and have to make a snap decision without all of the information they need. If they make a wrong decision occasionally - all I can say is they are doing their best and it is a HELL of a lot more than most. So I think the media and the congressmen looking to win another election need to just back off and be GRATEFUL that they have the right to criticize these men for the job they are doing.

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