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  1. Wake up America

    U.S. Navy Capt. Ouimette is the XO at NAS, Pensacola. 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. AMERICA NEEDS TO WAKE UP! That's what we think we heard on the 11th of September 2001 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 snoozebutton 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 onAmerican 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 something. 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 spreadsto 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. America wants to treat 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 "...it 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.
  2. first set of crampons

  3. Building climber does it again!!

    does it really matter if it was 10 or 59 stories w/o pro? you're dead either way. Yeah, I think it matters. It's a lot harder to stay focused for 59 stories than 10 and a big difference in physical effort. On a sidenote. You've got a way of talking over the internet that makes me think you really think you're the heat. So are you?
  4. This one is for Dave Schuldtz

    Valium. Long nappie. You'll feel better.
  5. Ever get that feeling you're being followed?

  6. Guns and Liquor do mix

    Kalashnikov vodka It's about time!
  7. Poll: Would you rat on a Wilderness Power Driller?

    They're afraid of me. They know I be packing heat. FS don't have a SWAT team so no worries here. Next poach will be Sahale Arm.
  8. This one is for Dave Schuldtz

    If I was president I would draft liberals and sons of money, and ship their asses to Fallujah as part of the reconstituted Fallujah brigade.
  9. Caption

    This is a picture of Keith Idema. An American mercenary who was recently convicted in Afghanistan of torturing and detaining suspected Taliban prisoners without proper authorization. He is the co author of 'The Hunt for Osama Bin Laden'. Keith and his cohorts received a total of 28 years between the three of them in a shithole Afghani prison. This was taken during the trial. I particularly like the look of alarm on the co-defendents face on his left.
  10. Important Cascade Climbers event

    Yanni KeyArena Seattle, WA Sun, 11/21/04 On Sale Sun, 09/19/04
  11. Who's your father?

  12. Important Cascade Climbers event

    Looks like he probably plays skin flute too...
  13. Important Cascade Climbers event

    Nope, I'll be in the southland at that time. You should make sure you make it though David.
  14. Cubicle monkey poll.

    Here's my cube sucker... Need RealTime. A day at the office
  15. Ski noob seeks advice

    Skiing sux Skiing is for those who are too weak or fat to ice-climb. You just don't know how to ski Dru. Sucker! Ice climbing is good. Sometimes you have to climb ice to get to the skiing, but the skiing is always better.
  16. One crazy tool

    I saw the headline "One Crazy Tool" and I thought they were talking about you RBW1966...maybe next time.
  17. INTEL - things not going well in Iraq

    Kimmo, No. Like a lot of people I did not really see the connection between 9/11 and the invasion of Iraq. I understand the strategic initiative and the compelling financial reasons behind it. Do I think it's been worth even one American's life? No. Was Saddam a threat? Maybe..who knows...did WMD exist? Probably, but the UN made it too easy for them to be disposed of before we could get our hands on them. I went to Iraq because it was the right thing to do. I'm glad that I went there. I lost some friends there. Will I be going back at this point? I don't think so.
  18. INTEL - things not going well in Iraq

    Yeah OK, I got your fucking point OK? Maybe if some of the lame asses around here spent more time in Iraq and less time trying to understand it over the internet they would understand it better huh?
  19. INTEL - things not going well in Iraq

    Hartunon, I wasn't referring to the masses of Bush supporters on this side of the big water. However, I understand your implication. There is no doubt in my head that a number of people are seriously deluded about the conditions that exist in Iraq and unfortunately our President elect is one of them. I prefer to let my actions state my position rather than my words, but as usual I come here seeking some sort of balance in the opinions of those that do not hold my views. I am moderate compared to a lot of my friends. In fact I would be considered liberal compared to some people I know. The fact is that the war in Iraq cannot be won at this point by continuing down the path we are taking. I have heard some better men than myself claim otherwise, but in the end I think they are wrong and events will show that.
  20. Feeling insecure?

    I think the earthy crunchy stereotype of people who drive large vehicles (trucks in particular) is kind of worn out don't you think? I mean not every earthy crunchy underemployed math teacher drives a volkswagon or a subaru now do they?
  21. INTEL - things not going well in Iraq

    Sorry JJD. Didn't mean to trash you like that. My bad.
  22. INTEL - things not going well in Iraq

    I'm working on it OK? I HIGHLY doubt there is anyone who would make that comment to my face. Not even in my business, in which people kill other people, has anyone ever disrespected me the way people do here. Forgive me if I have a problem with that. After 5 years, and I don't think you were here back then mod-man, it's still pretty hard to be thick skinned about this kind of shit alright?
  23. INTEL - things not going well in Iraq

    Whatever. I'm oughtta here today. I don't appreciate being called a knuckledragger JJD.
  24. INTEL - things not going well in Iraq

    If we end up controlling the oil, defeating the insurgency and bringing Americans back home there will be a victory. People asked for the way out and this is it. Total victory. If you think your politically correct ass has the answer why don't YOU go over THERE and take a good hard look at conditions on the ground and let me know what you think afterwards.
  25. Cubicle monkey poll.

    My boss is a dick...oh wait I'm my own boss.