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November 14, 2007

US Army making a difference

I know war is a horribly ugly and terrible thing. I also know what I read, and what are true, are not always the same things. I’ll accept the fact that the Middle East is a horrible place right now, but along with that I’ll accept the fact that we are making a difference. I received this via email, and thought I would share it with those that visit along with another heartfelt thank you to all the men and women that serve.

John Gebhardt’s wife, Mindy, said that this little girl’s entire family was executed. The insurgents intended to execute the little girl also, and shot her in the head…but they failed to kill her. She was cared for in John’s hospital and is healing up, but continues to cry and moan. The nurses said John is the only one who seems to calm her down, so John has spent the last four nights holding her while they both slept in that chair. The girl is coming along with her healing.

He is a real Star of the war, and represents what America is trying to do.This, my friends, is worth sharing with the WORLD! Go for it!! You’ll never see things like this in the news. Please keep this going. Nothing will happen if you don’t, but the American public needs to see pictures like this and needs to realize that what we’re doing over there is making a difference. Even if it is just one little girl at a time.

James Gates U. S. Navy

40 Comments leave one →
  1. mmapes permalink
    November 14, 2007 9:06 am

    what a touching story, I am speechless and horrified at the same time. Really puts things into perspective.

  2. cmatera permalink
    November 14, 2007 9:40 am

    Amen…

    Years from now the US and the world will look back and see that America did indeed make a difference in Iraq and Afghanistan. As long as we persevere we’ll do just fine…

    Thanks for sharing

  3. kahomono permalink
    November 14, 2007 9:40 am

    Great pitcher.

    Political thinker… not so much.

  4. November 14, 2007 10:35 am

    So, we invade a country with complete indifference to what happens in the aftermath; unsurprisingly, chaos leads not to democracy, but to lots of deaths; and then we try to ameliorate the chaos we’ve unleashed.

    Super.

    God bless John Gebhardt. And I don’t doubt that 99 percent of our men and women over there are working as hard as they can to do good things.

    But our respect and admiration for our troops doesn’t mean that our policy makes any goshdarn sense, or that we’re accomplishing whatever our stated rationale-of-the-day is. (“WMD!” “Democracy!” “Stabilization!” “Surge to allow political progress!” “Surge to not see political progress!”).

    So far, we’ve “made a difference” in Iraq by making the whole world hate us, and unleashing chaos that’s killed maybe a million civilians. That’s not good.

  5. coachrick permalink
    November 14, 2007 10:47 am

    True Class Curt, and I appreciate this posting. There is an accompanying picture that I had found on Snopes.com, here is the link: http://www.snopes.com/photos/military/gebhardt.asp

    A true American Hero indeed….Thanks…

    Rick

  6. terry312 permalink
    November 14, 2007 10:47 am

    Curt, would this girl’s family have been executed by insurgents had we not gone in there? They seem to be killing Iraqis these days only because those Iraqis are trying to work with the U.S. You are right to congratulate the heroes, who are doing a fantastic job, but the problem is the war itself. We need to get out of there.

  7. November 14, 2007 10:59 am

    There’s a lot of great reporting being done in the Middle East that you just won’t get from Big Media.

  8. winslow1191 permalink
    November 14, 2007 11:37 am

    You are deluded, Curt. How about if we had not invaded Iraq that little girl’s family, and thousands of other families, would be alive today? 3600 American soldiers would be alive today and 60,000 wouldn’t be crippled and maimed. al Queda wouldn’t be flourishing in Iraq today. And we wouldn’t be 1.5 TRILLION dollars in the hole for this war today.

    But unfortunately you and others who support this disasterous adventure don’t think that way. You just follow the party line — right to the brink of disaster. You are deluded, Curt.

  9. November 14, 2007 12:42 pm

    Great news, Curt, but could you format it for us?

  10. airbornejake permalink
    November 14, 2007 1:43 pm

    Mr. Shilling, thank you for sharing that story with us. I was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division and was surrounded by the ghosts and artifacts of a proud liberating fighting force. I have always enjoyed the fact that my favorite ball player is an avid historian of our miltary. As you know the All Americans fought so that others could be free on D-Day in WWII and along the Euphrates River to liberate Iraq. It is important that people can hear what’s really going on over there. I know many people oppose this war. CNN and the other liberal media do not want US citizens to be able to asses the situation themselves. They have an evil agenda to keep us all in the dark. Most of you anti-American bloggers on this site are the same moonbats who would have opposed WWII or the CIvil War as well. I think it would be insane if citizens of a democratic nation did not question the government at all times. But look at our nations great history. I still believe the United States of America will always try to do the right thing. That is why I am proud.
    Thank you Veterans and thank you Curt Shilling.

  11. megankelsey permalink
    November 14, 2007 2:20 pm

    I don’t get it … do people actually think that if we hadn’t gone into Iraq things like this wouldn’t be happening under Saddam’s reign ???

    He was a monster, a killer, pure & simple.

    Thank you Curt for sharing this picture, and it is true, the main media is not interested in posting things like this.

    Thank you to all of our troops, for all you do, each & every day.

  12. November 14, 2007 2:43 pm

    “You are deluded, Curt. How about if we had not invaded Iraq that little girl’s family, and thousands of other families, would be alive today?”

    Well, I suppose that depends on whether the little girl was Sunni, yes? Because I seem to recall something about mass graves, chemical weapons being used to wipe out entire Kurdish populations, and hundreds of thousands of Shi’a killed in systematic repression of Iraq’s population. Perhaps she WAS a Sunni girl, in which case, maybe she’d only have had to deal with Uday Hussein killing her father, raping her mother and then having her tossed off a roof when she protested.

    “al Queda wouldn’t be flourishing in Iraq today.”

    It’s not. Al Quaeda in Iraq (AQI) has been nearly entirely destroyed in Iraq, mostly by Iraq’s indigenous population working in conjuction with American armed forces. AQI has no safe haven left in Iraq at this point, a primary reason why violence in that country has declined so sharply since the “surge” (which I’m sure you’d also decry).

    “And we wouldn’t be 1.5 TRILLION dollars in the hole for this war today.”

    World War II cost this country much more, in terms of real dollars, than our war in Iraq. Should we have not fought to liberate Europe?

    It’s funny. Adults of the 40′s experienced rationing of basic goods and an unfathomable cost in human life to prosecute a war on foreign soil, yet I don’t see any articles from the NYT back then sputtering about dollars.

    The shame of Iraq isn’t that we went in and toppled Saddam’s regime, it’s that we didn’t do the job right when we should have, back in 1991. If we had, many more little girls like the one pictured might be alive today, along with hundreds of thousands more like her, and the children that they might have had in turn. Entire genetic futures snuffed out because Saddam would brook no protest to his tyranny.

    See how easily your tepid argument can be turned around?

  13. badger99 permalink
    November 14, 2007 3:32 pm

    Some of the comments here are simply unbelievable and a sign of exactly the kind of attitude that should be avoided. Quite simply – there is a time and a place for everything. this is neither the time nor the place for commentary about America, the war in general, George Bush or whatever other political axe you want to grind.

    An innocent girl had a tragedy befall her and one person – though his kindness and compassion – is helping her back. It is touching, it is needed, it should be lauded.

    But that doesn’t mean that the terry’s, winslow’s, and elvis’ of the world won’t use this one selfless act to jump up on their own cowardly soapbox. Worse yet are the true idiots of the world – the kahomono’s. They can’t even discuss things intellectually – they are the true ‘haters’ of the world.

    But at least these people seem to generally be confined to the Internet – the lurkers and troglodytes.

    I, for one, love stories of people selflessly helping others – and I am thankful that the majority of those that selflessly volunteer for the military and put themselves in harm’s way for the sake of others are good people who want to make a difference in the world. I know this to be true no matter how many troglodytes believe that “the world hates us” because some stuffed shirt told them so or worse yet, because they *want* to believe it.

    Again, there is a time and a place for political discourse and I am not at all advocating some sort of blind follower stance — but why can’t people understand that this kind of story should not be met with a “well – yeah – but it is all based on a lie!!!”.

  14. rebels88 permalink
    November 14, 2007 3:45 pm

    It’s great that you’re sharing the good that’s happening in an incredibly difficult situation when the majority of our press and entertainment industry would rather politicize it and focus on the bad.

    For your consideration I would suggest an independent person who has, on his own, been reporting from Iraq.

    His name is Michael Yon (http://www.michaelyon-online.com/).

  15. November 14, 2007 4:47 pm

    I saw this email a little while back, it circulated through the base. These are the things that they won’t show on CNN, or the New York Times. The media is the shepherd – and the public is just a bunch of confused lambs, no? ;)

    Anyway…. so, heard you on WEEI this a.m.
    Wow, were they drilling about the weight issue or what? Jeesh, you’d have thought they were just waiting for you to drop a crazy high number like 40+ or something in the ol’ weight conversation. Jeesh.

    Happy Birthday, and hope you and your family have a wonderful evening together.

    PS: Are you a sushi fan? Sushi’s great for when you’re working out hard, but trying to stay lean. Esp. if you do brown rice sushi. I’m sure you’ve got the best for that kind of trainer around you for that stuff, I couldn’t resist passing on the tip. It’s addictive though!!! :)

  16. markys permalink
    November 14, 2007 5:27 pm

    Thank you for sharing this moving story with us. Why don’t we hear similar accounts in regular news outlets? Some day, hopefully, the world will know the wonderful and harrowing work our armed forces are peforming overseas. Thank you, Curt.

  17. oldbittercraig permalink
    November 14, 2007 5:38 pm

    for those asking what would have happened to her family had we not gone in, perhaps you should read up on Saddam Hussein and his sons some. it wasn’t exactly disneyland over there prior to 2003.

    the “let’s leave the mustachioed dictator bent on utilizing the secret police to crush political opposition and terrorize the populace while perpetrating acts of genocide, defying international peace treaties and invading their neighbors” gameplan worked out so well for Europe in the 1930′s, didn’t it?

    perhaps instead of just looking at the cost of American involvement, you should also look at the cost of America (or other world powers) sitting on the sideline and doing nothing.

    perhaps you can just take some time to visit the next Holocaust vigil and listen to the reading of 6,000,000+ names to see what happens when we – and other nations – do nothing.

    because all the peaceful protests and colored ribbons are really making a difference in the Darfur, right?

    but i guess genocide, suffering, rape, torture, torment, etc are all well and good so long as we’re not involved, right?

    (steps off the soapbox)

    thanks for the story, Curt!

  18. jacksonguitars38 permalink
    November 14, 2007 6:25 pm

    Happy Birthday curt!

  19. supersapperwife permalink
    November 14, 2007 7:10 pm

    Mr. Schilling,

    Thank you for your support of our troops. My husband is a soldier that has done 2 tours now and he was out in the thick of it on a daily basis so he certainly knows what is really going on over there and let’s just say the big media outlets either get it wrong and/or don’t show all sides of the stories.

    If you don’t already know about Michael Yon’s blog please check it out. He’s a former soldier that tells the unbiased truth. You will find no slant or political agenda there.

    Husband and I are looking forward to seeing you pitch for the Sox next year. Have a great offseason but we can’t wait for Spring Training & Opening Day =)

  20. papifan permalink
    November 14, 2007 7:38 pm

    Curt, thank you for relaying the story. Unfortunately positive stories are not worth telling in the media’s mind. And like most people in the military, John is an another fine example of a selfless person who is sacrifices his safety for the benefit of his country.

    I certainly understand your point about stability in the region being of utmost importance, but it is tough because so many of our troops have sacrificed so much already, that it is starting to become unfair in my mind, what is being asked of them as far as tour of duties. The honorable Senator Webb has made this point. I have a client (who I do tax returns for) who was back from Iraq, because his tour of duty was up and he was trying to get back to Iraq as soon as possible. I was quite surprised and asked him why? He said because he knew they were making a difference over there and wanted to be their side by side with his fellow soldiers in his unit, who he considered to be like family for him. It certainly opened my eyes even moreso then before of how brave and selfless the US military personnel are. I was just happy to thank him personally for everything he was doing and hope to see him again safe and sound. Guys like him would be willing to stay there for 10 years or more if he had to for this country, I just question whether it should be even asked of them considering what they have already done for this country. And these guys don’t get paid enough! I am not a big fan of taxes, but if it means our soldiers getting much better pay and getting the most protective military gear or equipment possible, I would pay higher taxes without any thought.

    With that being said, please keep relaying any messages any US soldiers would like to pass on. I think a majority of us, would love hearing their perspectives as well as hearing some of the positive things going on, which the media ignores.

  21. November 14, 2007 8:17 pm

    Curt, thank you so much for posting this. It’s so, so nice to see people who have a bi-partisan audience supporting our troops and really, truly understanding what is at stake and the difference that our troops are making overseas. With an astronomically high rate of troops re-enlisting to return to the Middle East, they know and see the importance of what they’re doing first hand. It’s wonderful that people like you feel the need to share what the mainstream media won’t.

    Thanks again Curt. You’re a class act and this post made me emotional! :)

  22. suesunswim permalink
    November 14, 2007 9:54 pm

    Dear Curt, PLEASE RUN FOR OFFICE HERE when you are done with baseball. If AHHNOLD can win, why couldn’t you? You have the courage of your convictions no matter what.

    I would vote for you in a Boston minute.

    Susan

  23. nate7zulu permalink
    November 14, 2007 10:07 pm

    Yes, we should all hear what we want to hear. Isn’t that what’s important? Anecdotes like these mean the larger war is justified. This soldier’s love extends to all of us and excuses our complacency and complicity. I want to hear heart warming stories like this all the time. Why is everyone so negative about the war? They all act like it’s not going well. I don’t want to hear that. I want to hear about good people doing good things and good things happening. I don’t want to hear that that maybe we were wrong. How could we have been wrong? They wouldn’t lie to us. This soldier is a great example of what war is! If he is this loving then our military is this loving and if our military is this loving then the war is this loving, therefore the war was the right decision. How can this kind of love be the wrong decision? How could this have all been a mistake? Why don’t we hear more stories about the love? THAT’S WHAT I WANT TO HEAR.

    Maybe the mainstream media just hates love.

  24. November 14, 2007 11:43 pm

    Thank you, Curt Schilling, for sharing the good things that our troops are doing in the Middle East and for appreciating what Americans across our country are doing to show their support of our troops.
    No matter what we all may feel about the war, we must remember the sacrifices the troops and their families are making everyday.
    Our military members are serving because of their love of our country and the desire to help other nations enjoy the freedoms that we have. This is what America has been doing for generations.
    As Red Sox fans, we are very proud of you for your amazing skill, but after meeting you on November 12th when you presented my children, Brittany and Robbie Bergquist of Cell Phones for Soldiers: http://www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com
    with the Microsoft/USO Youth Award, I see a family man, proud of his country; a man of integrity who is unafraid to share his beliefs.
    You have made a lasting impression on our family.
    May God Bless You and Yours.

  25. john15 permalink
    November 15, 2007 9:54 am

    You see, Hussein was killing innocent people. We went in there and killed bad guys. Now they are killing each other. It’s not our fault. We did all we could.

  26. vasoxfan1976 permalink
    November 15, 2007 10:47 am

    Curt, thank you so much for showing your consistent, and undeniable, support of myself and the rest of my military family. What I don’t understand is why some people even bother replying to your blog. Your views should be crystal clear by now…do people just like to reply to spite you?! Obviously I am in the military, and have been for nearly ten years now. I don’t know why, but I’m still surprised by some of my fellow Americans and our wonderful big media outlets. The Communist News Network, excuse me, I mean CNN, never reports what we, as servicemembers, see on a day-to-day basis. The sacrifices that we have endured are presented by people such as yourself on a pretty consistent basis, but what everyone fails to see, unless they have been there, is how this war is affecting our military members on an emotional and psychological level. I’ve seen some of the strongest people that I could ever meet break down emotionally on numerous occasions. Still, when push comes to shove, we’re such a strong unit that we’re able to pull ourselves together and get the job done. That’s what makes us soldiers and allows us to persevere.

    When I returned to the States after my most recent deployment, in August, I took my wife and seven-year-old daughter to Washington D.C. for the first time. I wanted my daughter to get a grasp of why Daddy had to leave her occasionally to keep the world safe “from the bad guys”, as well as to take her to her first Red Sox game before I exited the service in April. (in Baltimore) :-) What I saw while we were in D.C. sickened me and I had everything that I could do to stop from telling these protesters exactly how I felt. I know, I know, they have every right to protest. After all, that is part of what makes this country the greatest in the world, and is partially what we are fighting for. With that being said, everyone says that they support the military, but not the war. Well folks, when you have an anti-war rally you are essentially spitting in the face of the military members who are fighting that “wrong” war. I’m sure that that isn’t the intent of the protesters, but take it from someone who knows many military personnel, that is how WE interpret their protests. We’re defending freedom and democracy around the globe so that they can hold protests against what we are doing…how does that make sense?

    Not everyone supports the war. I get it! Not everyone supports our military. I get that too! Just don’t try and tell me that things are not inherently better in Iraq now…compared to two-three years ago. That’s an insane statement. Yes, there are insurgents, but there are no more genocides to speak of. Insurgents are scary as Hell and I have nightmares to this day, but I would much rather be part of a “wrong” war and deal with insurgents, then I would be a wallflower to anymore genocides! If you were to ask any participants of the World Wars, I believe that the only regret that they would have is that we didn’t get involved earlier. Imagine how many innocent lives could have been saved if we had stopped Hitler sooner, or if we had been on a higher alert in Pearl Harbor.

    Political agendas be damned, just support the troops and stop with the incessant second-guessing. Maybe some decisions were wrong, but Saddam had to be stopped before he built up the arsenal to attempt to do what Hitler did. Otherwise, there stands a chance that all the war-bashers wouldn’t have the rights that they do now and would be murdered for speaking out against their government. It seems to me that the only way that Americans are all on the same page is when something happens on our home soil. After 9/11 everyone was united. My only hope is that it doesn’t take another tragedy like 9/11 to solidify our nation!

  27. tabqwer permalink
    November 15, 2007 2:05 pm

    Politics aside, soldiers like this one who display real compassion should be given a medal. Is there a medal in the US military for things like this?

  28. flogbishop permalink
    November 15, 2007 3:57 pm

    I horrified how this amazing story is turned into a political issue by losers who support losers and consistently act like losers… so I say, to you losers. keep it up. You do change minds only its not in the direction you want.

  29. soxfanatic2538 permalink
    November 15, 2007 6:09 pm

    Hey Curt!

    Thanks for sharing this. The thickheaded people in this country really need to get their heads our of their asses and realize that American soldiers are not the cold blooded killers that the media portrays them as. I know the war has been long, but we need to stay in there and get what needs to be done, done. I really appreciate what the soldiers are doing for us. I really think that once you retire from baseball, you should get into politics. You’re the only guy that makes sense in this wacko liberal state. I admire how you always speak what you think, and not what they pay you to think. Enjoy the off-season! Best wishes to you and your family!

    -Viki

  30. November 16, 2007 5:58 pm

    Hi curt,
    I am a veteran, I was a member of the 82nd airbourn. It is refreshing to read articials that people like you write. We need more patriots like you in this country. the country is being divided and weakened by all the hatered going on. congradulations on the world series win. I hope the sox sign Lowell, give him 4yrs. even if he has to coach the fourth year. I think he would be worth it to keep him at third and yuke can stay at first.
    mickmck707.wordpress.com

  31. ds4king permalink
    November 16, 2007 9:36 pm

    First off, thank you Curt for sharing what our news leaders do think worthy of sharing. Unfortuntely in our global world, many media organizations are owned and operate by the same group of people which limits what can be broadcast. Also, if the media loves the President and his administration, then you only hear good about him. Take Clinton, the media would have you believe that Americans love him. However, if you actually poll Americans, and I had on my own blog, not even 1 / 4 out of them like him or agreed with him. He didn’t take action and defended our country which is the only power granted to the president that our founding founders gave. Regardless if you like Bush or agree with his administration, you have to realize that this war was inevitable. The extremist will always come after everyone. They are content sitting in their own backyard. If anyone forgot, they attacked us on 9/11. And they will again, have tried on numberous occassions. Believe me, this war was going to happen, I don’t care who was president. People should put their political beliefs aside and realized that the information the media is giving us is not 100% the truth and they dont have 100% of the information. Sadaam said, more than once, that the so called WMD was a hoax because he was afraid of Iran. If Iran bought it, Clinton bought it, Bush the first and Reagon, not to mention of countries, even his own people bought it, then you cannot blame Bush for not finding them. The information we had was wrong but that was because Sadaam lied, not Bush.
    The service men and woman deserve our respect and gradtitude, they do not want to die for you or me but they will because that is their job. They knew that before signing up. No matter how you feel about this war, do not disrespect our military because what they do, you could never do.

  32. gradyc11 permalink
    November 18, 2007 12:41 am

    i think its awesome to see all the support for our country and our troops after reading all these posts. its truly disappointing that some people take for granted all the brave men and women who left their families, their jobs and their whole lives behind to put themselves in the most dangerous part of the earth to fight for our country and keep us safe. hopefully those people who are sitting at home and criticizing stories like these and running out of support for our troops, will realize that we are there to help all the innocent people over there also.

  33. mcksoxfan permalink
    November 19, 2007 4:15 pm

    Whenever my resolve begins to weaken I remind myself of the full page message that Osama Bin Laden left for us after 9/11 when he said that his ultimate goal is that all be converted to Islam. Seeing what he is willing to do to bring this to fruition and taking him at his word quickly renews my resolve.

    I have two children, both are currently in the military and both will likely see time in Iraq. For the record, my wife and I encouraged them to go to college…also for the record, we are very proud of both of them.

  34. steve74 permalink
    November 20, 2007 4:29 am

    winslow1191: it doesn’t make us liberals look good to tell people they are “deluded” when they differ on the War in Iraq, or other matters. It’s better IMO to simply provide data and arguments that back up your POV. In the end, we all have to make up our own minds, and people will never completely agree. The way to change the policy is to convince enough people that you’re right that ultimately you win the next election and the new president changes course.

    airbornejake (and a couple others): you shouldn’t be so quick to denounce your fellow Americans across the partisan isle as having an evil agenda or not loving freedom. My father is a liberal who served in the military. Harry Truman was president during WWII and Korea and he was probably the most liberal president we ever had (Hillary would get killed if she proposed half the stuff he did). And I think that even if one supports this war, it’s a bit much to compare it to WWII or the Civil War, and suggest that those who oppose Iraq would have opposed them as well.

    As for Iraq….I just think it’s a waste of a war. This isn’t a pacifist thing, really. I mean, why not take all that money and use it to pay for the million things that are going to need to be worked out in order to disentangle the Israelis and Palestinians? Or use it to finance a more effective operation in Afghanastan?

    Besides, you can’t make people like each other. The Sunnis and Shiites don’t want to stop fighting. They want to kill each other until they have established the upper hand. They are not going to stop. We gave the Iraqis their freedom, and the first thing they did was use it to hurt one another. They (the Shiite Majority) didn’t have to draft a constitution like the one they did, which we’re now desperately trying to change. That wasn’t an honest mistake. They wanted to set up the country to be run for their benefit, and the Sunnis “punishment.” The Sunnis fought back. And I don’t see either side ending the fight any time soon.

    I’m still not sure how invading Iraq punished Osama. If we wanted to send a message about the evils of radical Islam, then it didn’t make much sense IMO to topple a secular, socialist government. Say what you will about Saddam….he was not exactly a rabid Muslim fundamentalist. A sociopath to be sure, but not an al Qaida man, and thoroughly contained IMO. By the end Saddam’s military wasn’t threatenting….it was pathetic.

    Awesome blog you’ve got here, Curt!

    Steve

  35. November 20, 2007 8:37 am

    Great post Curt, I’ve seen this floating around and am glad to see it here!

  36. rlgdguy permalink
    November 20, 2007 12:56 pm

    Bless John for his act of kidness to this child and to Curt for posting this! People are people no matter where they live or under whatever circumstances they do.

  37. gymneye permalink
    November 20, 2007 1:53 pm

    ok ok this is a nice photo that shows true humanity but at the same time for those he keep harping on Saddam being an evil man, monster, whatever and killing his own people………please answer me this ,there are many government factions with so called evil men in power in Africa that are doing and still doing what Saddam has done yet we have not gone into these countries and done a thing…….why is that? Saddams army was rendered hapless in the first persian gulf conflict and the bush administration knew this. He had no power except in central Iraq. So how powerful was in reality. Its Arrogance, greed, and the quest for power that fuels this war in Iraq plain and simple. The soldiers have my support but not this war because it was creating based on untruths, which seems to be the norm for this administration. I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW WHY OSAMA HAS NOT BEEN CAUGHT? If my memory serves me correct..did not Mr. Bush say they were Going after Bin Laden, who by the way was responsible for 9/11 not Saddam….. yet he remains a free man to this day. This is the real insult to the families that lost loved ones in the collapse of the world trade centers.

  38. buzzo permalink
    November 20, 2007 7:49 pm

    Hey Curt,
    You have been a great pitcher, but by supporting Bush you have caused me to lose most of my previous zest for you. Bush seems to be someone who has few of the Christ-like virtues Christians strive for (check out the short shrift he gave the late Karla Fay Tucker, for example). As to the child in the arms of the wonderful American: none of the brutality that has befallen her would have happened if we had not been taken into this war FOR NO GOOD REASON. Period.

  39. November 21, 2007 3:38 pm

    Curt, its great that you are sharing the good side of the war effort. Yes some things are messed up but hopefully these good stories will keep appearing.

  40. mcjstn permalink
    February 9, 2008 3:01 am

    I think your heart is in the right place, don’t let these wannabe politic junkies get to you. everyone just wants to say something they think is clever. We are making a difference, war is ugly and thats the easiest thing for the media to prey on. The horror stories are much more influential on tv. Its all ratings and something for people who are to lazy to try to make a difference to gripe about to make themselves feel good.

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