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    Lt. Col. Horne's response to Bush's radio address about the new military funding bill

    This is the text of retired Lt. Col. Andrew Horne's response to Pres. Bush's radio address for the Democratic Party:

    "Good Morning.

    "I’m Andrew Horne, coming to you from Louisville, Ky. I served in the United States Marine Corps for 27 years, including time in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm, and then again in 2004 and 2005 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. I am proud of my service, and very proud of those men and women currently in harm’s way who are doing their best in a terribly difficult situation.

    "When I deployed to Iraq, I believed what the President and his advisors said about the necessity of the war. I believed that the decision-makers in Washington would make sure we had everything we needed to get the job done, and we wouldn’t be there any longer than we absolutely had to. What I saw there changed my mind.

    "I saw troops riding in Humvees without the proper armor and units dangerously undermanned for the mission they were asked to accomplish. Most importantly, I saw that while we won every battle, there was little good we could do militarily unless the Iraqis took responsibility for resolving their political differences. Yet no one in Washington offered benchmarks for success that would motivate the Iraqis to resolve their differences and lead us home.

    "In short, the Commander-in-Chief has failed to properly lead the troops, and previous Congresses didn’t ask the tough questions, or demand accountability. The result is the mess we are in today.

    "This week, the majority in Congress has taken the lead in providing for our troops. Supplemental spending bills passed by the House and Senate provide a much-needed change in the President’s Iraq policy. This legislation also provides billions for our troops, giving them the proper protection and training they need to survive in Iraq, as well as funds to fix Walter Reed, provide health care to our troops and veterans, and research and heal traumatic brain injuries that many troops suffered.

    "Some of the top generals who served this nation with honor have endorsed what the House and Senate passed. The bills closely mirror what was proposed by the non-partisan Iraq Study Group that was appointed by President Bush. I know my fellow troops are eager to get what the bills provide.

    "At the same time, these bills both demand something that previous Congresses did not – accountability from the administration. Both bills demand that the President continue to verify that we are moving Iraq towards stability, and that we are on track to disengage our combat troops from the Iraqi Civil War by 2008.

    "Accountability is something this administration has demanded of everyone else. Go to the website of the White House, and put in a search for the word “accountability.” What comes up is a list of nearly 2,000 pages on the site that mention the word.

    "Right there in the President’s first major policy proposal, the first bullet point in the brief on the No Child Left Behind Act reads: “Increase Accountability for Student Performance: States, districts and schools that improve achievement will be rewarded. Failure will be sanctioned.”

    "It's ironic that an administration that has touted its commitment to tying accountability to funding for things like schools or social programs is so opposed to any performance evaluation itself, especially with American lives on the line.

    "Both Houses of Congress have done their jobs and will soon finish a bill that will provide for the troops. When they’re done, the only person who could keep funds from reaching troops would be the President. If the President vetoes this bill because he doesn’t want to formally demonstrate progress in Iraq, never in the history of war would there be a more blatant example of a Commander-in-Chief undermining the troops. There is absolutely no excuse for the President to withhold funding for the troops, and if he does exercise a veto, Congress must side with the troops and override it.

    "As a loyal Marine who loves my country and my fellow troops and veterans, I ask you, Mr. President, please do not withhold funding from our troops because you are afraid to change course and show progress in Iraq.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cr726
    ...the Iraqis took responsibility for resolving their political differences.


    I think he means Religious differences. And Iraqis solve their Religious differences by torturing and murdering each other.

    Women, kids, elderly. Doesn't matter to the Islamic animals.

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    Hey wanna be killer, why don't you enlist?


    Quote Originally Posted by AlbanyJet


    I think he means Religious differences. And Iraqis solve their Religious differences by torturing and murdering each other.

    Women, kids, elderly. Doesn't matter to the Islamic animals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlbanyJet
    Women, kids, elderly.


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    Quote Originally Posted by cr726
    Hey wanna be killer, why don't you enlist?
    Hey, traitor, why dont you emigrate to Iran where you belong?

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    I would love to be introduced to you.


    Quote Originally Posted by flushingjet
    Hey, traitor, why dont you emigrate to Iran where you belong?

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    mr. internet tough guy strikes again....

    Quote Originally Posted by cr726
    I would love to be introduced to you.
    watch out flushingjet- he may drop a bar of soap in front of you then ask you to pick it up....

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    Quote Originally Posted by cr726
    I would love to be introduced to you.
    wow. you scare me to death...not
    the feeling isnt mutual

    lately, when boxed in, youve been
    a little too much of a belligerent tool-
    you can disagree, but calling someone
    a d!ckhead, suggesting they enlist
    if they want a decisive end to
    ME wars etc is over the top

    it would be great if you pointed
    your belligerence towards our
    enemies instead-if you knew
    who an enemy or friend was

    im too damn old to enlist, but if i had to
    support a war effort in some way
    besides paying taxes i sure as hell
    would.

    others in my family are serving proudly NOW-
    i have several nephews/cousins there-
    one of em (wont say his name)
    is in this group-
    http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?storyID=123043371

    BS, politically motivated articles like your original post just
    serve to undermine his mission-not support it
    Last edited by flushingjet; 04-01-2007 at 01:54 PM.

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    Are you that insecure you automatically assume it would be a fight?
    You are using a Official Air Force website, wow a over the top positive article, never would of thought the Air Force would do something like that?

    You scream kill em all and that's it, hey it doesn't work.

    It is over the top to tell someone to enlist? You are a joke.


    Quote Originally Posted by flushingjet
    wow. you scare me to death...not
    the feeling isnt mutual

    lately, when boxed in, youve been
    a little too much of a belligerent tool-
    you can disagree, but calling someone
    a d!ckhead, suggesting they enlist
    if they want a decisive end to
    ME wars etc is over the top

    it would be great if you pointed
    your belligerence towards our
    enemies instead-if you knew
    who an enemy or friend was

    im too damn old to enlist, but if i had to
    support a war effort in some way
    besides paying taxes i sure as hell
    would.

    others in my family is serving proudly NOW-
    i have several nephews/cousins there-
    one of em (wont say his name)
    is in this group-
    http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?storyID=123043371

    BS, politically motivated articles like your original post just
    serve to undermine his mission-not support it

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    Quote Originally Posted by cr726
    Are you that insecure you automatically assume it would be a fight?
    You are using a Official Air Force website, wow a over the top positive article, never would of thought the Air Force would do something like that?

    You scream kill em all and that's it, hey it doesn't work.

    It is over the top to tell someone to enlist? You are a joke.
    No, you're the freakin' bad joke.

    So, now you're diminishing what someone in
    my family is doing on everyone's behalf-nice

    I didnt say kill em all.
    Someone else did, they can say that-their opinion

    I said and say destroy Irans military & nuclear capability.
    That will work wonders.

    In response to what someone says who is pro-war in stating
    that they should enlist, is very childish & over the top.
    No knowledge or commitment to fighting fires, police
    work, or medicine is necessary when you
    need the firemen, police or a doctor-like the
    vast majority of us arent

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    Quote Originally Posted by flushingjet

    I said and say destroy Irans military & nuclear capability.
    That will work wonders.
    You mean, like it has in Iraq?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kennyo7
    You mean, like it has in Iraq?
    ok, general,
    where do all the munitions in iraq come from
    especially the iranians and their materiel

    oh yeah the usa

    go home, i hear your imam-y calling you

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    Quote Originally Posted by flushingjet
    ok, general,
    where do all the munitions in iraq come from
    especially the iranians and their materiel

    oh yeah the usa

    go home, i hear your imam-y calling you
    Ok boy wonder.
    Lets fgure this out together.

    Some Shia deathsquads get there minitions from Iran
    Some Sunni insurgents get there munitions from Saudi Arabia, Syria, Gulf Nations and the very few foreign based insurgents get there munitions from Pakistan and Afghanistan.

    Again, i stand by my statement. You want to destroy Irans military & nuclear capability because it will work wonders the way it has in Iraq????

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    Quote Originally Posted by flushingjet

    go home, i hear your imam-y calling you
    Thats ok, you continue supporting our troops by sending them to die in an impossible mission.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kennyo7
    Thats ok, you continue supporting our troops by sending them to die in an impossible mission.
    and you continue to support the nation by justifying and standing by the islamofacists in iran...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Come Back to NY
    and you continue to support the nation by justifying and standing by the islamofacists in iran...
    I have never stood by Iran.
    I stand by justice, regardless of the nation

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    Quote Originally Posted by kennyo7
    I have never stood by Iran.
    I stand by justice, regardless of the nation
    justice...only if the ones being "persecuted" knee towards mecca five times a day....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Come Back to NY
    justice...only if the ones being "persecuted" knee towards mecca five times a day....
    yeah ok , GI Joe
    My great grandparents were persecuted by those who kneel towards mecca five times a day, why would i go out of my way to defend them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kennyo7
    Ok boy wonder.
    Lets fgure this out together.

    Some Shia deathsquads get there minitions from Iran
    Some Sunni insurgents get there munitions from Saudi Arabia, Syria, Gulf Nations and the very few foreign based insurgents get there munitions from Pakistan and Afghanistan.

    Again, i stand by my statement. You want to destroy Irans military & nuclear capability because it will work wonders the way it has in Iraq????
    sure doc.

    keep parsing the enemy out into handy slots that fit
    your mind's definition of them

    me, I listen to what the Islamo-kooks tell us themselves,
    just recently, Ayatollah Khatami, to the london islamofascist rag
    Al-Quds Al-Arabi, 3/30/07:

    "Iran's relations with Hamas and Hizbullah are eternal"

    Now by your logic, why would a Shia (Iran) help a Sunni (Hamas) ?
    To spread peace?

    i looked up the definition of "useful idiot"
    your picture was next to it
    just like "traitor", "stooge" and "lackey"

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    Quote Originally Posted by flushingjet
    sure doc.

    keep parsing the enemy out into handy slots that fit
    your mind's definition of them

    me, I listen to what the Islamo-kooks tell us themselves,
    just recently, Ayatollah Khatami, to the london islamofascist rag
    Al-Quds Al-Arabi, 3/30/07:

    "Iran's relations with Hamas and Hizbullah are eternal"

    Now by your logic, why would a Shia (Iran) help a Sunni (Hamas) ?
    To spread peace?

    i looked up the definition of "useful idiot"
    your picture was next to it
    just like "traitor", "stooge" and "lackey"

    What does this have to do with your original ridiculously stupid quote

    I said and say destroy Irans military & nuclear capability.
    That will work wonders.
    To which i pointed out clearly would work wonders as it has in Iraq

    Listen, i know in your simple Romper-Room way of thinking, Islam is evil and we must destroy all muslims, but in the real grown up world, that simply does not cut it.

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