Posted by: didyouseethis | April 8, 2008


Bear with me here…I have several things that connected in my head today…..

I had a vacation day today. Sounds like fun doesn’t it? I could have done a lot of things…gone shopping, to the park, to the movies, slept in. Did I do any of those? No. I decided to clean the basement. You see, I knew I wanted to watch General Petraeus testimony today…and I knew some of the questions and attitudes were going to make my head explode. So…what better way to work off that frustration than attack a chore I’d been putting off. Michelle Malkin was live blogging the testimony, so I brought up her site, turned on the television and through the course of the day….and countless trips ups and down the stairs I watched/listened to the testimony and worked my way through several years of “stuff”.

At one point I actually sat down with a cup of coffee to catch up on the comments at MM…and was so moved when I read #162. Here it is in full.


  1. On April 8th, 2008 at 1:53 pm, UberInfidel67 said:

    OK, you have all just reminded me of all the troop bashing and such coming from OUR OWN SIDE. Please be patient and read along (from AtlasShrugs)

    “Thank you for looking after my son”
    April 8, 2008 – Builders of Nations- Michael Totten and Our Men in Iraq… hat up Pamela

    Hey America, we’ve got mail!~ One for the books, I tell ya. G-D BLESS OUR TROOPS!

    From an Australian whose son is in Iraq (hat tip Dave)


    I am an Australian and my son is an Australian – as far as we are concerned there is not place on God’s earth better than Australia , and there are no people better than Australians.

    That was until the past week or so.

    My son is in the Australian Army and he is currently on deployment in Iraq . I can not go into his duties in great depth, but shall we say that he and his fellow army buddies are on a glorified guard duty looking after the Australian Embassy. They don’t go out looking for “action”, though it is a different story in Afghanistan , there the Aussie troops chase the baddies over the hills and into the valleys..

    My son and I just ended a long ‘phone conversation and here are some of his comments, believe me this is what he said. We have all seen the bullshit emails written by some clown in his lounge room pretending to be at the coal face, but this is what was said.:

    “Before I came over here I thought we (the Australian Army) were pretty shit hot….. was I ever wrong!….The Yanks (I hope you don’t mind me using that word) are so professional from the top to the bottom that it is almost embarrassing to be in their company, and to call yourself a soldier….don’t get me wrong, we are good at what we do but the Yanks are so much better…..they are complete at what they do, how they do it and their attitude is awesome….they don’t complain they just get on with the job and they do it right…..I carry a Minimi (SAW) so I am not real worried about a confrontation but I tell you I feel safer just knowing that the US Army is close by….If we got into trouble I know that our boys would come running and we could deal with it but they would probably be passed by a load of Hummers. No questions asked, no glory sought, the Americans would just fight with us and for us because that is their nature, to protect those in need of protection…..We use the American Mess so you could say that we are fed by the Americans…..they have every right to be pissed at that but they don’t bitch about that they just make us feel as welcome as possible….what gets to me is that the Yanks don’t walk around with a “we are better than you attitude” and they could because they are, they treat us as equals and as brothers in arms. If nothing else, coming here has taught me that the Americans are a truly great Nation and a truly great bunch of people…..Let’s face it they don’t HAVE to be here, they could stay in America and beat the shit out of anyone who threatened them, BUT THEY ARE HERE because they believe they should be here, and the Iraqis would be screwed if they weren’t here…..When I come home, you and I we are going to the US, we will buy some bikes and we are going riding….”

    The reason why I am sharing this with you is because I realize that you (as a nation) must get pretty pissed with all the criticism you receive by the so-called “know it alls” who are sitting at home – safe. The reality is that they are safe, just as I am, because of America . If the world went arse up tomorrow there is f**k all we ( Australia ) could do about it, but I know that the Americans would be there putting themselves on the line for others. That to me is the sign of greatness.

    The most precious thing in my life is my son, I look at him and I thank God that I am fortunate enough to be able to spend time in his company. We laugh, we discuss, we argue, we dummy spit, we have the same blood. I am not happy that he is where he is but that is his duty. He joined the Army to protect and to defend, not to play games. I mightn’t like it but I accept it. My reasons for not liking it are selfish and self centered. I felt assured that he would be safe because he is in a well trained army with an excellent record, BUT NOW, I feel a whole lot better knowing that he is with your sons, daughters, brothers and sisters.

    Whilst he was growing up. I was always there to look after him, I would not let harm befall him and I would always put myself before him to protect him. I can’t do that now. When it comes to looking after him now he and his mates will do the job, but also THANK GOD FOR AMERICA.

    Gentlemen, I have rambled on for too long. but as I finish I say to you, as a foreigner and outsider, a nation is only a collection of its people and its attitude is the attitude of its people, collectively and as individuals. I am really glad you are here on this Earth and I respect you as a nation and as people.

    Stand up and feel proud because you deserve it, there is no one else who will do what America does without question. The next time someone howls you down, take some comfort in the fact that America is defending their right to act like an idiot.

    Finally, thank you for looking after my son.

    Peter Turner


Now all the Dem senators I heard made sure to throw in the requisite disclaimer of respect and support for the troops. But that was not attitude that came across. Back to the basement in a fury. And then I remembered what else happened today.

MA2 Michael Murphy was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

A friend said to me about the hearings, “this is… a republic at work… politics at work… diplomacy at work”. Yes it is, and the paraphrased line from General Patton, used in the Wednesday Hero posts, came to mind.

We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

And so…with my basement in order I thanked God for MA2 Murphy, and General Petraeus and all the ones who stand and defend us us. And while it may not be pretty…I thanked God for the process that makes America the country that it is.

Love, Mom



  1. Yes – connections. No ‘coincidence’ that yesterday was also Michael Monsoor’s Medal of Honour ceremony at the White House, while General Petraeus was dealing with dimtwits.

    I also received Peter Turner’s letter.. Thank YOU for posting it..and in San Francisco, FREE TIBET.

    Oh, America the BEAUTIFUL….

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