Jets Insider VIP JetsInsider.com Legend Charter JI Member
The parents of fallen hero's the liberal media won't cover for two seconds...
....while they fawn over cindy sheehan...
[QUOTE][B]Parents of fallen troops in surprise visit to Iraq-
Secretly arrive in country to offer support to military, rebut John Kerry[/B]
Justin Johnson, who died in Iraq, is one of the soldiers being remembered in a visit to the Middle East nation by his parents and other Gold Star families.
Parents of U.S. troops who died in Iraq have quietly slipped in to the Middle East nation to offer support to its people and to American servicemen and women.
Coming on the heels of Sen. John Kerry's widely publicized comment suggesting military service is a refuge of the lazy and uneducated, the parents say they also want to rebut the Massachusetts Democrat.
"I am spitting mad at John Kerry for insulting our troops. Duck and run was his specialty in Vietnam," said Gold Star mother Debra Argel.
Organizer Move America Forward said, to its knowledge, no other such trip to Iraq by families of fallen troops had ever taken place.
Joe and Jan Johnson, whose son Justin died in Sadr City, also expressed anger at Kerry. The family's story is featured in the newly released book "American Mourning", which recounts how Joe Johnson, himself, joined the military to serve in Iraq.
"These were grown adults we are talking about, not kids who didn't know what they were doing," said the couple's statement. "Contrary to Kerry's belief, they made an 'educated' decision to join the military, most of them after 9/11, so they knew the possibilities of going to war were pretty good and they chose to serve anyway."
"American Mourning" – which contrasts the Johnsons with the family of Justin's war buddy, Casey Sheehan – tells how Kerry tried to recruit the Johnsons at their sons' funeral to speak out against President Bush and his Iraq policy.
The Gold Star parents want to see the newly liberated Iraq for which their children gave their lives, Move America Forward said, pointing out most of the country's provinces are without the violence shown daily by international media.
The family members will meet with U.S. troops and hope to meet with Iraqi citizens and their government leaders.
Move America Forward said it is providing updated accounts of the trip, with photographs, audio and video on its website.
The trip, planned for more than a year, is being financed by the contributions of thousands of Americans, the group said. No government money has been used.
Family members have issued the following statements to explain why they are in Iraq.
I want to see for myself what America has been able to accomplish to help the Iraqis help themselves. I will be asking the Iraqis what message do they want me to give for them to the people back in America. Finally, I came because I wanted to experience the same feelings that my son experienced when he was preparing to go to Iraq, sort of like walking in his shoes.
I want to carry a message of love, support and hope to our troops. I want them to know that despite the negative media and despite our loss, we are there for them with all of our hearts. I hope to take some pictures with some of the troops and send pictures and cards to their families when I get home. These cards will help their families know that someone cared to spend a little time with their soldier.
This trip is something that I will gain additional closure from. Losing my only son, namesake, and first born, has been the toughest thing in my entire life. I continue to gain strength from Mike Jr. When they say Marines are a different breed, they are right – this kid was as tough as nails and a force to be reckoned with. I want tell anybody that will listen, the good that we have done and are currently doing. We cannot find security by turning a blind eye or thinking that "if we leave them alone, they'll leave us alone." That's utterly ridiculous.
I am proud of my son and his service to this nation. He made the ultimate sacrifice so that each of us may live in peace, blessed with freedom. America has carried the torch for freedom, fighting for individual liberties against communism, fascism, totalitarianism and now once more against terrorism. If we cut and run from Iraq, that will deal a devastating blow in the war against terrorism. Will any terrorist group ever fear us again, or will they know that they need only outlast us? We must stand by our heroic military men and women in Iraq and the mission they are serving there.
"I'm anxious but excited ... after all, it is still a war zone over there. I want to go see for myself what is going on over there. I have heard from a lot of people, both ways, and I want to be able to say I personally have been there and saw it first hand.
I want to be able to tell the troops that there are Americans who still believe we are doing the right thing by being there. We want them to know that there are people back here who are supporting and praying for them daily.
Jets Insider VIP JetsInsider.com Legend Charter JI Member
interesting in that an international media outlet gives the story some coverage...
[QUOTE][B]Parents of fallen U.S. troops visit northern Iraq
04 Nov 2006 23:10:34 GMT[/B]
LOS ANGELES, Nov 4 (Reuters) - Seven parents of U.S. servicemen killed in Iraq arrived in northern Iraq on Saturday on what organizers called an unprecedented visit to see what their children died for.
With public support for the war slumping in the United States, the five men and two women flew into Irbil for a seven-day visit during which they hoped to meet U.S. troops, Iraqis and government leaders, Move America Forward said.
"No other such coordinated trip to Iraq by families of fallen troops has ever taken place," said the California-based group, a grass-roots, pro-troop organization founded in 2004.
"The American people are shown a skewed picture of the situation in Iraq day after day by the international news media. We felt it was time to allow the families of U.S. troops who died in Iraq to see the progress being made in Iraq," said Melanie Morgan, a conservative talk radio host and chairman of Move America Forward.
There are currently no U.S. troops based in Irbil, which is in Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq and one of the safer parts of the country.
Some of the parents said they hoped for closure after the deaths of their sons. Others said in statements made before they left the United States that they wanted to carry messages of support to U.S. troops.
"I want to see for myself what America has been able to accomplish to help the Iraqis help themselves," said John Holley, of San Diego, whose son, Matthew, 21, was killed by a roadside bomb in November 2005.
Holley said he also wanted to "experience the same feelings that my son experienced ... sort of like walking in his shoes."
Move America Forward said the trip had been planned for a year and was financed entirely by contributions from members and supporters.
Spokesman John Ubaldi said Irbil was relatively stable and that most of the violence in Iraq was taking place in four or five of the nation's 18 provinces.
"There are good things happening (in Iraq) but you never hear about them," Ubaldi told Reuters. "These families want to see what their sons went through and the progress they know is being made."
why doesn't Susan Sarandon travel with these people? Doesn't she care about the families of deceased soldiers first and foremost? Why doesn't Charlie Gibson do a story about this on World News Tonight?