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Cowlesy
09-19-2007, 08:25 PM
Every American should be required to watch this program on HBO (on now on regular HBO).

People get too detached from the war. Regular folks are over there fighting, and watching these videos of young folks like me who have physically and mentally been ripped to shreds by bullets/shrapnel, almost makes me want to vomit. I want to yack due to the lifelong sacrifice these folks made, for what??

People having their legs blown off, taking two bullets in the head and now in a wheelchair being able to speak....for what?? In one year, the Iraqi people are going to love us?

I'm really angry right now. I get pissed off when I bang my arm on something and get a black and blue mark.

Whenever you think your life sucks, watch this show on HBO---get angry, and work harder for Ron Paul.

Cowlesy
09-19-2007, 08:30 PM
The percentage of Amputees returning home is the highest since the American Civil War.

ItsTime
09-19-2007, 08:38 PM
The percentage of Amputees returning home is the highest since the American Civil War.

well the sad truth with that number is because there are more alive. I have two friends who have done time, one cant sleep and the other is back over there. My fiance knows two who have been killed. It is time to get out and stop paying in lives and printed money for someone else's war.


I have not watched any of the Alive Days yet. I thought it would be pro war propaganda I guess I am wrong?

ctb619
09-19-2007, 08:47 PM
I wish I had HBO. Shows like this really need to reach a wider audience. People need to understand the human toll of this disaster.

The newer body armor and the advances in combat trauma medical care are keeping people alive that otherwise would have died in the field. So the fatality to injured ratio is very high.

jcbraithwaite7
09-19-2007, 08:50 PM
I had 4 brother-in-laws escorting convoys in Iraq for over a year. Thank God they all made it home alive. However, the divorce rate for their unit is through the roof. The Army is even sending them to marriage retreats because it has gotten so bad. One more casualty of war. Not to mention the stress of wondering when they are going to have to go back. My brother-in-law watched the beheading on the internet several times just to remind him how brutal these people are. You don't know who to trust and the crap they saw could screw anyone up. It makes it hard to let your guard down after you see that stuff.

Cowlesy
09-19-2007, 08:59 PM
I wish I had HBO. Shows like this really need to reach a wider audience. People need to understand the human toll of this disaster.

The newer body armor and the advances in combat trauma medical care are keeping people alive that otherwise would have died in the field. So the fatality to injured ratio is very high.


Maybe people shouldn't watch it, it metaphorically ripped my guts out---seeing nice, regular folk have their lives changed forever by a decision made by Bush.

I've repented before for voting for him but after that I'm going to do it over every Sunday.

RockEnds
09-19-2007, 09:05 PM
My son just got home a few days ago. I can't tell you what a big relief it was. He's alive, well, and all in one piece. He spent most of his time in Qatar, but he flew in and out of Iraq and Afghanistan. While the Prez was sneaking into Anbar province, my kid was ducking mortar in Ballad. It's really completely sickening to watch all of the political posturing knowing that you could get a knock on the door at any moment.

Every now and then my dad would say something totally ignorant like, "Oh, we're so lucky to live in a country where we have the opportunity to die for freedom." Dad was drafted and sent to Korea. I respect what he believes he did, but I completely disagree with his opinion. I said some horribly ugly things to my loving daddy while my son was gone. I'm sure it broke every rule of political correctness and campaign technique. But maybe, just maybe, he has a newfound patriotic respect for dissent against the war.

Now all I have to worry about is how long my son will be home before he goes back again.

ctb619
09-19-2007, 09:09 PM
My son just got home a few days ago. I can't tell you what a big relief it was. He's alive, well, and all in one piece. He spent most of his time in Qatar, but he flew in and out of Iraq and Afghanistan. While the Prez was sneaking into Anbar province, my kid was ducking mortar in Ballad. It's really completely sickening to watch all of the political posturing knowing that you could get a knock on the door at any moment.

Every now and then my dad would say something totally ignorant like, "Oh, we're so lucky to live in a country where we have the opportunity to die for freedom." Dad was drafted and sent to Korea. I respect what he believes he did, but I completely disagree with his opinion. I said some horribly ugly things to my loving daddy while my son was gone. I'm sure it broke every rule of political correctness and campaign technique. But maybe, just maybe, he has a newfound patriotic respect for dissent against the war.

Now all I have to worry about is how long my son will be home before he goes back again.

What does your son think about RP?

Cowlesy
09-19-2007, 09:12 PM
My son just got home a few days ago. I can't tell you what a big relief it was. He's alive, well, and all in one piece. He spent most of his time in Qatar, but he flew in and out of Iraq and Afghanistan. While the Prez was sneaking into Anbar province, my kid was ducking mortar in Ballad. It's really completely sickening to watch all of the political posturing knowing that you could get a knock on the door at any moment.

Every now and then my dad would say something totally ignorant like, "Oh, we're so lucky to live in a country where we have the opportunity to die for freedom." Dad was drafted and sent to Korea. I respect what he believes he did, but I completely disagree with his opinion. I said some horribly ugly things to my loving daddy while my son was gone. I'm sure it broke every rule of political correctness and campaign technique. But maybe, just maybe, he has a newfound patriotic respect for dissent against the war.

Now all I have to worry about is how long my son will be home before he goes back again.

Rock - I know where you are coming from. My dad was in Vietnam, and does not like talk about the war. He is more receptive because I was initially for the war, but after learning about Ron Paul and why we shouldn't be there---I've made a case why the war is wrong.

I tell him that the American People didn't decide to go to Iraq, a bunch of wonk policymakers decided to. I told him how they said it'd be a cakewalk, they'd (Iraqi folks) greet us with flowers and that oil would pay for it...and how the same people say that we need to stay or else they'll kill us here. ---Basically a play on Ron Paul's statement at the NH Fox debate. He was somewhat receptive, so it's a start.

That HBO Special is just so impactful. Lots of us complain about a rough day at work, or how the campaign doesn't get back to us as fast as we'd wish or that they accidentally put onions on our cheeseburger when we asked for "no onions".

I imagine the next 60-70 years of your life missing half your face, having a glass eye and no eye in the other socket, and missing your legs----to me that puts it all into perspective.

RockEnds
09-19-2007, 09:15 PM
What does your son think about RP?

My son is totally for Ron Paul and did his best to spread the word while he was over there. Now he's planning to get in touch with the Tucson meet-up group as soon as he finishes his in-processing.

RockEnds
09-19-2007, 09:22 PM
Rock - I know where you are coming from. My dad was in Vietnam, and does not like talk about the war. He is more receptive because I was initially for the war, but after learning about Ron Paul and why we shouldn't be there---I've made a case why the war is wrong.

I tell him that the American People didn't decide to go to Iraq, a bunch of wonk policymakers decided to. I told him how they said it'd be a cakewalk, they'd (Iraqi folks) greet us with flowers and that oil would pay for it...and how the same people say that we need to stay or else they'll kill us here. ---Basically a play on Ron Paul's statement at the NH Fox debate. He was somewhat receptive, so it's a start.


My dad's a Republican. When I say that, I really, really mean that. His loyalties are to the party. He will vote Republican always, period. If Clinton had gone into Iraq, he'd oppose the war. Since Bush is a Republican, the war is completely justified, and anyone who doesn't agree should be sent to Russia.

I tried the kind and gentle approach at first, but then he caught me on a bad day! He really needed to hear what I told him. I thought it might take him a few days to even call back, but we were speaking again the next day. He just doesn't want to face what's happened and why. That's really all there is to it. He was the one who raised me to believe in small government that minds its own business. He just needed a reminder.

ctb619
09-19-2007, 09:26 PM
My son is totally for Ron Paul and did his best to spread the word while he was over there. Now he's planning to get in touch with the Tucson meet-up group as soon as he finishes his in-processing.

glad to hear it