Thank you for visiting my blog and your kind words. When I was younger I thought being a patriot was being prepared to die for my country. As I rose in the ranks that evolved into (as quoted by GEN. George MacArthur) "Making the other Poor Bastard die for his".I was a war drum beater for Iraq when it began. I even voted for Bush twice. I believed that being a Patriot and a Republican that I was being led by those who knew the way.My tours in the Arabian Gulf, finally brought me face to face with the "Enemy". It turned out he was a simple man like me. I don’t need to explain what that means, and I must be honest and say that the change was not overnight.But as time went by and I thought "Why are we in Iraq?" I could not answer that question with sincerity. I knew how to spout Party Line and invoke the boogie man of Al Qaida (who is a threat, but was not imbedded in Iraq as we were told).I became dissatisfied with my leadership. I am a man of my Services Core Values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. It was earth shattering the day that I accepted that my Leader's Core Values were Greed, Control and Empire regardless of how he believed them righteous.I walk a fine line now between worry of treason, outrage and disobedience. I have been graced by a gift though;The gift of hope.I have pledged myself to buoy up that wave of hope, to ensure that it does not break until it has long since saturated our very pessimistic shores.I look forward to following your blog, and hope you return to mine. I had meant to send simple thanks, but find that I am too moved by this feeling to be brief. I hope that feeling does not end.
Welcome DL and thank you for this comment. I will indeed continue to visit your blog and hope you will drop by here often. It takes a lot of courage to follow truth where ever it leads. Hope helps. Best wishes to you, L.
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