A Soldiers Wife

Friday, August 26, 2005

My rant on a local Bulletin board this week....

In Cindy Sheehan's opinion they are dying in vain. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Even you and me. Just because you don't agree doesn't mean you have to attack her as a person. The The President and his advisors are not our troops, and I for one will question what they do if it puts the life of someone I love in harms way. They are not dictators, they answer to us, not the other way around. As a nation we need to ensure that they are doing what is right for our country, we should be their top priority. You can support the troops and not support the Presidents decision to send them there. You speak of Russia... should we go there next? And start a war with their government until they become a democratic country. What about China, we can't go to Russia with out going to China. Oh, and then there's Africa, do we go there when we're done with Russia and China? Where does it end?Oh, I was glued to the TV on September 11th just like everyone else was. And if you think that the war in Iraq and September 11th go hand in hand... then hun, you need to do some more research. The President did lie to us about the reasons for going to war... have you read the Downing Street Memos? http://www.timesonline.co.uk/articl...1593607,00.html I agree 2inarmy, that we are there now, and we need to deal with what we created over there. But the powers that be need to be held accountable if they had anything other then honorable intentions when they sent our boys over. Every day we are there, the Iraqi people view us more and more as occupiers. Some of them will hate us no matter what we do. We turned their world upside down. I agree with you too ProudArmyMom, that the nation should come together to support the troops, but again, just cause you don't agree with the war, doesn't mean that you don't support the guys that are sent to fight it. This isn't the same as Vietnam, and I don't think we should lump the 2 stances togther. I know quite a few Soldiers that don't think we should be over there. But it's their job, thats what they signed up for, so they go and fight. We do owe our freedom to those who have died before, but that has nothing to do with this war. Our soldiers are honorably doing their duty and their job.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Military parents protest the war too...

Hinesville parents join anti-war protest at Bush ranch

Linda and Phil Waste, whose three sons have served in Iraq, join a California mother who wants the president to bring the troops home.

**SPECIAL TO THE SAVANNAH MORNING NEWS** Cindy Sheehan, right, shares a smile and hug with Philip Waste, left, of Shellman Bluff, Ga., at a roadside camp near the ranch of President Bush, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2005, in Crawford, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) TONY GUTIERREZ AP /AP


Linda and Phil Waste are doing something they never thought they would.

They're protesting the Iraq war.

Outside President Bush's Texas ranch.

The Shellman Bluff couple, who live about 25 miles south of Fort Stewart, Thursday joined a growing number of military families who are gathering there. They say they've been emboldened by the California mother who is attracting media attention by camping out in Crawford to mourn her soldier son's death in Iraq. More than 1,840 U.S. troops have died since the war began.

Cindy Sheehan has been camped along a road near Bush's ranch since Saturday, asking to talk to Bush about her son Casey and vowing to remain until the president's vacation ends later this month. Casey was killed five days after he arrived in Iraq last year. He was 24.

"She's a remarkable woman and I think she's touched a chord in this nation," Linda Waste said. "She's a great spokesperson for all of us."

By Thursday, about 50 people had joined Sheehan's cause, pitching tents in muddy, shallow ditches and hanging anti-war banners; two dozen others have sent flowers. Sheehan's name was among the most popular search topics Wednesday on Internet blogs.

"Before my son was killed, I used to think that one person could not make a difference," Sheehan said Wednesday from beneath the tent where she has slept since arriving. "But one person that is surrounded and supported by millions of people can be heard."

The Wastes weren't always against the war.

They are proud military parents.

They have three sons in the U.S. Army. One is in Iraq on his second deployment with the 3rd Infantry Division. Another leaves for his second tour in November, while the third trains National Guardsmen.

Two of their grandchildren also serve in the military.

"Our family has already given 57 months in deployments to this war," Linda Waste said. "When this war started, we supported it. And we are here to support our troops. But our feeling is our troops are in Iraq under false pretense and they need to come home."

Linda Waste said her sons are "completely supportive" of their parents' participation in the protest, organized by a group called Military Families Speak Out.

"They understand you can support the troops at the same time you oppose the war," she said.

"The whole idea that we can't have this debate; that we all have to be behind this war or else we're against the troops, is ridiculous."

President Bush said Thursday he understands and respects Sheehan's views, but said it would be a mistake to bring U.S. troops home now.

"I sympathize with Mrs. Sheehan," Bush said. "She feels strongly about her position, and she has every right in the world to say what she believes. This is America. She has a right to her position, and I thought long and hard about her position. I've heard her position from others, which is: Get out of Iraq now. And it would be a mistake for the security of this country and the ability to lay the foundations for peace in the long run if we were to do so."

Immediate withdrawal "would send a terrible signal to the enemy," the president said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. -->

To learn more about the groups organizing the protest outside President Bush's Texas ranch, visit:
Military Families Speak Out

Gold Star Families for Peace

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Thursday, August 11, 2005

What seems to be the problem?

Historical Precedent for Meeting With a Soldier’s Mother Twice - a viewpoint on the Sheehan

Soldier's mom protests near Bush's ranch - Cindy Sheehan story

Show Cindy Sheehan that you support her vigil by sending a postcardor letter of support. In your postcard/letter, you might also lether know what you would like her to tell Bush when she sees him.
Snail-mail your postcard or letter to:

Cindy Sheehan
c/o Crawford Peace House
9142 5th Street
Crawford, TX 76638-3037

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Another day in the neighborhood

I slept in a lil to late today. Kevin didn't get online and I think my brain just shuts off, and keeps me asleep cause if I'm unconscience I can't worry. It's never a good thing when he doesn't get online. It usually means that there has been a serious injury or death in their Unit. Every now and then its just the Net going down. It was weird when he first left..... I would freak out so bad when I didn't hear from him by 10 am. I got so used to him being online every morning. Our neighbor has 4 dogs, they bark like mad when there's someone they don't recognize on our street. If I heard those dogs barking, I would sit in bed scared out of my mind it was the guys in Uniform coming to give me bad news. I guess you learn to get used to things. It's crazy how our brains do that. Now I sleep in when he's not able to get online and I keep myself busy if I can so I don't think about it so much. I was on here earlier today and heard the neighbor wrestling with her lawn mower. They have demon grass and it gets really really thick if its not mowed like twice a week. We just got a riding mower (thank the lord) so I went and did her back yard for her. We owe them so much more then we could ever repay. They took care of Kevin's Dog and house while he was in Cali before we got married. 6 weeks in the dead of summer they mowed his grass. How many people have neighbors like that? I did get a lil laundry done and then went off to see a Movie... The Dukes of Hazard.... I will have to write about that one tomorrow... it's a novel in the making for sure. Came home, had some dinner and then back on here. I created a blog for my Sweet Husband on here. I put a link to it on here so people that want can check it out. Its just the letters that he's emailed to me and the rest of the family since he's been gone. I hope I can get him to use it, maybe he can vent some frustrations there. Well, off to bed with me.... till next time....

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Yoo Who Yahoo

Yahoo is a wonderful thing.... I got to IM with my sweetie from Iraq this morning. The time difference is about 8 hours, so when its time for me to get up, he's just getting off work. They have free internet access at their patrol base, but only 30 min to use it at a time and usually have to stand in line for the net and the phones. But having him wake me up with the "bling, bling, bling" of my Yahoo messenger is the highlight of my day. I was off to the Dr today for a check up. I started itching about a week after he left to go back to Iraq. He was home for 15 days the end of July. My shoulders started first. Just itching like I had dry skin, and when I scratched it, little bumps like Mosquito bites would come up. If I quit scratching the bumps would go away. The Dr. thinks it's nerves. He gave me an antihistamine and some steriods to help clear it up. Hopefully that will work. After that I was off to the PX, or Post Exchange... for a few things that I needed. I got some hose attachments and a sprinkler for our yard. Maybe its kinda mean, but we are right on the corner where the kids wait for the bus in the morning. Well, they stand in our yard and throw their trash all over while waiting for the bus. It's an aggravation I could do without, so I figure a sprinkler will keep them off my lawn at least. Then I went to the Commisary and picked up a few groceries. I forgot my list, so I will have to go back tomorrow or the next day... oh well. All and all its been a pretty good day, I can't complain. Hope to tell my sweetie all about it in the morning... till next time....

Does anyone read these?

Links to make your blood boil:

Historical Precedent for Meeting With a Soldier’s Mother Twice - a viewpoint on the Sheehan story

Soldier's mom protests near Bush's ranch - Cindy Sheehan story

Our favotite Conservatives

3-69 Soldier dies in Iraq

Excellent list of quotes from Historical people

Moral logic of common sacrifice


U.S. death toll in Iraq hits 1,500 - this is as of 3/3/2005

Close to home.... Links that affect us

Friend-or-foe frustration

It's like the Wild West

Interstate 3?

Suicide bombers target Samarra - My Husband Patrol Base was attacked

Washington Post article

AKO 3-69 page

Samarra Residents Caught Between Insurgent Strikes, US Response

Monday, August 08, 2005

The Rundown...

Ok... So here's the situation. My Sweet Sweet Husband is a Staff Sergeant stationed in Georgia... Ft. Stewart, and they left January 9th for a 12 - 18 month deployment to Iraq. He just went back about 2 weeks ago after 2 glorious weeks of R & R. I'm going a little crazy and thought this would be a good way to get my frustrations out. We are able to chat just about every day via the glorious IM. It can be a blessing and a curse. If there are any causalties or severe injuries the Net and phones are blacked out and the guys aren't able to contact home. They are hold up in an old school building in the middle of a city riddled each day by motar fire. It's Hell really.... 140 drgree temperatures, no water most days and 3 hot meals a week. I don't think most people realize what are guys are living through over there. It breaks my heart. I talked to him today and found out they haven't been able to shower for 2 weeks now. No water at their patrol base. And the bottled water they drink is getting low. They are hoping to get more tomorrow. Something he said once when he was updating the family on what had been happening lately.....

"Water for showers is still a problem. Most of the time I'm bathing with a few bottles of water and a washcloth, there's never any city water for showers... supposively the Helburiton company is supposed to be taking over the support system for hot chow, constuction, and stuff like that... since they charge $64,000 per soldier per year. I've been here nearly 2 months now and MAYBE have taken 8 showers and gotten 2 dozen hot meals.... I'll take my 64k in cash please! I don't think I'm getting my moneys worth. " Feb 27, 2005

Maybe I will post his letters in case anyone is interested. Its just sad, the corruption and lies that are going on with this Administration. I support our Troops but not this war. Till next time.....

My First Post

Wow.... amazing these days that anyone can post their thoughts and feelings for the whole world to read. I guess I figured this would be a way to try and get the word out. The real word about whats happening to my Husband and thousands of other American Soldiers just like him while they serve their country bravely in Iraq. Some of the things he tells me just make my blood boil and I thought maybe this would give me a place to vent and spread the word. Till next time.....

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