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War Crimes: The Left's Campaign to Destroy Our Military and Lose the War on Terrorby Robert "Buzz" Patterson
Synopses & Reviews
The Unholy Alliance
Whereof what's past is prologue, what to come
In yours and my discharge.
-William Shakespeare, The Tempest
On January 30, 2005, the face of the Middle East changed forever. In the cradle of civilization, whose people had never known self- determination, 8.4 million Iraqis braved attacks by Islamofascist terrorists and chose freedom. Sixty percent of eligible Iraqi voters turned out that day, closely approximating participation in the American presidential election three months earlier (where obstacles were significantly more pedestrian). Only through the noble efforts of the U.S. military, not American politicians, did such a moment occur.
U.S. Air Force major Eric Egland was an eyewitness to this birth of independence. A member of the elite U.S. Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Task Force, Egland and his team of soldiers patrolled the many voting sites around Baghdad in anticipation of the first-ever democratic elections in Iraq. At 8 a.m., just as the voting began, Egland's group heard an explosion in the area of a polling site they’d visited the night before. A suicide bomber had detonated himself, killing two others in the process.
Egland's unit responded expecting to find that the terrorists had achieved their desired result: potential voters dispersed and retreating to the safety of their homes. As they arrived at the scene, though, the soldiers witnessed the true nature of freedom and democracy.
The lines of Iraqis waiting to cast their first meaningful votes were not at all diminished by the terror; serpentine queues stretched around the block far beyond the soldiers' field of vision. The Iraqis were resolute in their will to vote, Egland recalled when I interviewed him in Iraq a few months later. And we watched them file past the remains of the terrorist] toward the polling booths, some even taking time to loudly curse and spit on the murderer. The significance of the moment was not lost on Egland, who was serving his country thousands of miles removed from his newlywed and his family. I will put my faith in a people who, when attacked by a suicide bomber, not only do not run away but gather and stand to face the danger in order to have a say in their future, he concluded.
U.S. Army sergeant Joe Skelly of the 411th Civil Affairs Battalion, from Danbury, Connecticut, patrolled the city of Baquba, Iraq, that day. Sergeant Skelly is the American fighting man personified-the citizen soldier that Thomas Jefferson envisioned. He was a professor of history at New York's College of Mount Saint Vincent, and joined the military after the attacks of 9/11 when he realized his country was at war.
In Baquba, terrorists launched mortars and rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) in an attempt to shatter the will of the Iraqi and American people. Skelly noticed, though, that the Iraqi security forces guarding the election sites had assumed a new posture; they were more engaged, con
dent, and alert. They had ownership, he realized. They knew “what's at stake.”
“In a neighborhood called Al-Huwaydir, near the Diyala River, Skelly told me, I saw an elderly Iraqi dressed in his finest suit of clothes proudly walking past us to vote. He was strutting, his head held high, he was so proud, he was going to vote. His quiet dignity was moving. That's what it’s al
A military expert and author of Dereliction of Duty argues that liberals, lacking an understanding of the U.S. military and its mission, are sabotaging American campaigns against global extremism, explaining how politicians use obscure environmental laws to prevent military exercises, the media offers misleading images of the American military, and more. 50,000 first printing.
Conservative pundit Patterson (USAF, Ret.) lays bare the Left's campaign against their own nation's armed forces, revealing: the roots of liberal enmity toward our military; the five liberal lies about the war on terror; how the mainstream media, Hollywood, and academia perpetuate these myths; how liberal politicians engage in seditious acts for political gain, and what the costs of these acts are; how America can and must defeat the liberal assault on America's ability to defend itself against its enemies. Interviews with hundreds of soldiers, sailors, and airmen--including many on the ground in Iraq--reveal the alarming degree to which their burden is increased by second-guessing, pessimism, and outright revulsion for their mission on the part of the people they are fighting for.--From
About the Author
A former military aide to President Clinton, Lt. Col. ROBERT “BUZZ” PATTERSON, U.S. Air Force (Ret.) lives near Atlanta.
Table of Contents
The unholy alliance — The war within — The left's madrassas — Stealing their honor — Star wars — The dhimmicrats — The Wahhabi lobby — The measure of a nation — Appendix : why we fight.
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