The silence is deafening.

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  1. TxPhantom

    TxPhantom Active Member

    Apr 5, 2008
    Frisco, Texas
    President Bush may have made some mistakes but as a respected Commander In Chief of the military he was top notch. Love him or hate him, someday we will probably look back on the Bush years as the "good old days"!

    YouTube - Different Presidents, A Different Corps

  2. TxEMTP69

    TxEMTP69 TGT Addict TGT Supporter

    Feb 17, 2009
    I love those vids
  3. Big country

    Big country TGT Addict

    Mar 6, 2009
    Cedar Park,TX
    Yep! You can see who the real commander and chief is just by that. Obama may get the respect brought by the title but G.W got the respect that came with the title and the respect that you can only get by keeping your word to those men and women that fight and die based on the orders and decisions of the President of the United States of America. You cant get that respect from a teleprompter.
  4. TxEMTP69

    TxEMTP69 TGT Addict TGT Supporter

    Feb 17, 2009
    I recently saw a behind the scense of Air Force 1, and what it took for GW to make an "unscheduled" stop in Iraq to serve Thanksgiving dinner to the troops. That was pretty cool
  5. navyguy

    navyguy TGT Addict

    Oct 22, 2008
    DFW Keller
    I keep this because I though it was very moving. Everyone's probably seen it, but worth another read. For some reason, I just can't see Obama received this way.


    An Email from a Captain in Iraq

    We knew there was a dinner planned with ambassador Bremer and LTG Sanchez.
    There were 600 seats available and all the units in the division were tasked with
    filling a few tables. Naturally, the 501st MI battalion got our table. Soldiers were
    grumbling about having to sit through another dog-and-pony show, so we had to
    pick soldiers to attend. I chose not to go.

    But, about 1500 the G2, LTC Devan, came up to me and with a smile, asked me to
    come to dinner with him, to meet him in his office at 1600 and bring a camera. I
    didn’t really care about getting a picture with Sanchez or Bremer, but when the
    division’s senior intelligence officer asks you to go, you go. We were seated in the
    chow hall, fully decorated for thanksgiving when aaaaallllll kinds of secret service guys
    showed up.

    That was my first clue, because Bremer’s been here before and his personal security
    detachment is not that big. Then BG Dempsey got up to speak, and he welcomed
    ambassador Bremer and LTG Sanchez. Bremer thanked us all and pulled out a piece
    of paper as if to give a speech. He mentioned that the President had given him this
    thanksgiving speech to give to the troops. He then paused and said that the senior
    man present should be the one to give it. He then looked at Sanchez, who just

    Bremer then said that we should probably get someone more senior to read the
    speech. Then, from behind the camouflage netting, the President of the United States
    came around. The mess hall actually erupted with hollering. Troops bounded to their
    feet with shocked smiles and just began cheering with all their hearts. The building
    actually shook. It was just unreal. I was absolutely stunned. Not only for the obvious,
    but also because I was only two tables away from the podium. There he stood, less
    than thirty feet away from me! The cheering went on and on and on.
    Soldiers were hollering, cheering, and a lot of them were crying. There was not a dry
    eye at my table. When he stepped up to the cheering, I could clearly see tears
    running down his cheeks. It was the most surreal moment I’ve had in years. Not
    since my wedding and Aaron being born. Here was this man, our President, came all
    the way around the world, spending 17 hours on an airplane and landing in the most
    dangerous airport in the world, where a plane was shot out of the sky not six days

    Just to spend two hours with his troops. Only to get on a plane and spend another
    17 hours flying back. It was a great moment, and I will never forget it. He delivered
    his speech, which we all loved, when he looked right at me and held his eyes on me.
    Then he stepped down and was just mobbed by the soldiers. He slowly worked his
    way all the way around the chow hall and shook every last hand extended. Every
    soldier who wanted a photo with the President got one. I made my way through the
    line, got dinner, then wolfed it down as he was still working the room.

    You could tell he was really enjoying himself. It wasn’t just a photo opportunity. This
    man was actually enjoying himself! He worked his way over the course of about
    90 minutes towards my side of the room. Meanwhile, I took the opportunity to shake
    a few hands. I got a picture with Ambassador Bremer, Talabani (acting Iraqi
    president) and Achmed Chalabi (another member of the ruling council) and
    Condaleeza Rice, who was there with him.

    I felt like I was drunk. He was getting closer to my table so I went back over to my
    seat. As he passed and posed for photos, he looked my in the eye and “How you
    doin’, captain.” I smiled and said “God bless you, sir.” To which he responded “I’m
    proud of what you do, captain.” Then moved on.
  6. slammr

    slammr Member

    Jul 26, 2009
    Plano, Tx
    Yeah, right "Mission Accomplished", huh. Well, here we are 8 years later, and probably close to a trillion dollars down the toilet....; nothing accomplished, except about 5000 dead American soldiers and more hatred than ever against the U.S. The only reason I feel safer is I got a .40 cal and a carry license; no thanks to GW.
  7. Texas1911

    Texas1911 TGT Addict

    May 29, 2017
    Austin, TX
    It's easy to be a critic when it's only one side in hindsight. Who knows how many lives, dollars, and events would have passed if we didn't deploy.

    Iraq and Afghanistan were set forth to disrupt the extremists and offer them a closer alternative to kill Americans. Rather than killing unarmed and unaware civilians they instead would have to fight against a very aware and very capable fighting unit.

    Funny how every year of the war in Iraq there was another conspiracy theory about why we went to war. It changed like the wind, but I can tell you one thing with absolute fact ...

    We've not had another 9/11 to add to our calenders since we sent the war over there. That, is Mission Accomplished, and that is why our troops haven't died for "nothing".
  8. dee

    dee Well-Known

    Nov 22, 2008
    Red River Way
    I agree totally there is only a couple of things that bother me about the war.
    1. people who say there were never any WMD's there were Sadam used nerve gas on the Kurds thats a fact and that doesn't count what the Reagan Administration sould Iraq. just cause they haven't been found mean that they aren't in Pakistan or Iran hiding out.
    2. The fact that our soldiers are dying becouse we are fighting by UN standards when the sorry bastards we are fighting are sneaky as hell. This war would be over real fast if our guys were turned loose and let them fight back the way they are getting fought.
  9. navyguy

    navyguy TGT Addict

    Oct 22, 2008
    DFW Keller
    Your analysis is right on. I'm not saying we should not be in Afghanistan, but we should be really trying to win that war. The death toll continues at a pace higher than Iraq. Where the F is Cindy Sheehan with her outrage? Why isn't she camped out protesting?
  10. Big country

    Big country TGT Addict

    Mar 6, 2009
    Cedar Park,TX
    I don't know what to say to this leftist psychobabble. think no more for you. I guess that G.W blew up the world trade center buildings to. ???????? :banghead:


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