Sunday, August 8, 2010

America Under Attack Since 1979

This speech was given by US Navy Captain Dan Ouimette, the Executive Officer, Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida back in Fenruary 2003:

"America WAKE UP!

That's what we think we heard on the 11th of September 2001 and maybe it was, but I think it should have been "Get Out of Bed!" In fact, I think the alarm clock has been buzzing since 1979 and we have continued to hit the snooze button and roll over for a few more minutes of peaceful sleep since then.

It was a cool fall day in November 1979 in a country going through a religious and political upheaval when a group of Iranian students attacked and seized the American Embassy in Tehran. This seizure was an outright attack on American soil; it was an attack that held the world's most powerful country hostage and paralyzed a Presidency. The attack on this sovereign US embassy set the stage for the events to follow for the next 23 years.

America was still reeling from the aftermath of the Viet Nam experience and had a serious threat from the Soviet Union when then, President Carter, had to do something. He chose to conduct a clandestine raid in the desert. The ill-fated mission ended in ruin, but stood as a symbol of America's inability to deal with terrorism. America's military had been decimated and downsized / right sized since the end of the Viet Nam war. A poorly trained, poorly equipped and poorly organized military was called on to execute a complex mission that was doomed from the start.

Shortly after the Tehran experience, Americans began to be kidnapped and killed throughout the Middle East. America could do little to protect her citizens living and working abroad. The attacks against US soil continued. In April of 1983 a large vehicle packed with high explosives was driven into the US Embassy compound in Beirut. When it explodes, it kills 63 people. The alarm went off again and America hit the Snooze Button once more. Then just six short months later a large truck heavily laden down with over 2500 pounds of TNT smashed through the main gate of the US Marine Corps headquarters in Beirut. 241 US servicemen are killed. America mourns her dead and hit the Snooze Button once more. Two months later in December 1983, another truck loaded with explosives is driven into the US Embassy in Kuwait, and America continues her slumber. The following year, in September 1984, another van was driven into the gates of the US Embassy in Beirut and America slept.

Soon the terrorism spreads to Europe. In April 1985 a bomb explodes in a restaurant frequented by US soldiers in Madrid. Then in August a Volkswagen loaded with explosives is driven into the main gate of the US Air Force Base at Rhein-Main, 22 are killed and the Snooze Alarm is buzzing louder and louder as US soil is continually attacked. Fifty-nine days later a cruise ship, the Achille Lauro is hijacked and we watched as an American in a wheelchair is singled out of the passenger list and executed. The terrorists then shift their tactics to bombing civilian airliners when they bomb TWA Flight 840 in April of 1986 that killed 4 and the most tragic bombing, Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988, killing 259. America wants to treat these terrorist acts as crimes; in fact we are still trying to bring these people to trial. These are acts of war...the Wake Up alarm is louder and louder.

The terrorists decide to bring the fight to America. In January 1993, two CIA agents are shot and killed as they enter CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. The following month, February 1993, a group of terrorists are arrested after a rented van packed with explosives is driven into the underground parking garage of the World Trade Center in New York City. Six people are killed and over 1000 are injured. Still this is a crime and not an act of war? The Snooze alarm is depressed again.

Then in November 1995 a car bomb explodes at a US military complex in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia killing seven service men and women. A few months later in June of 1996, another truck bomb explodes only 35 yards from the US military compound in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. It destroys the Khobar Towers, a US Air Force barracks, killing 19 and injuring over 500.

The terrorists are getting braver and smarter as they see that America does not respond decisively. They move to coordinate their attacks in a simultaneous attack on two US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. These attacks were planned with precision, they kill 224. America responds with cruise missile attacks and goes back to sleep.

The USS Cole was docked in the port of Aden, Yemen for refueling on 12 October 2000, when a small craft pulled along side the ship and exploded killing 17 US Navy Sailors. Attacking a US War Ship is an act of war, but we sent the FBI to investigate the crime and went back to sleep.

And of course you know the events of 11 September 2001. Most Americans think this was the first attack against US soil or in America. How wrong they are. America has been under a constant attack since 1979 and we chose to hit the snooze alarm and roll over and go back to sleep.

In the news lately we have seen lots of finger pointing from every high official in government over what they knew and what they didn't know. But if you've read the papers and paid a little attention I think you can see exactly what they knew. You don't have to be in the FBI or CIA or on the National Security Council to see the pattern that has been developing since 1979. The President is right on when he says we are engaged in a war. I think we have been in a war for the past 23 years and it will continue until we as a people decide enough is enough.

America has to "Get out of Bed" and act decisively now. America has changed forever. We have to be ready to pay the price and make the sacrifice to ensure our way of life continues. We cannot afford to hit the Snooze Button again and roll over and go back to sleep. We have to make the terrorists know that in the words of Admiral Yamamoto after the attack on Pearl Harbor "that all they have done is to awaken a sleeping giant.

Thank you very much."

Dan Ouimette
Pensacola Civitan
19 Feb 2003

We are still snoozing but surely should not be. We need to be ready for this to get worse before it gets better and to realize the enemy does not care about us or our way of life but only wants to conquer and convert or kill us. In order for us to defeat our enemy - we need to first an foremost be united in our recognition of our enemy. If we cannot do that, across all divisive lines such as political, ethical, racial, ethnic, sexual preference, education level, wealth status, and so on, then we are doomed. How dare our politicians ask us to diversify further and how dare thye play one group against another as we face this threat for our very existance. We are already a nation of diverse peoples, cultures, languages, religions and have always been such. Until recent years we have always stood united, regardless of our diversity. Our unity, instead of trying to play one diverse group against another, has always been the true strength of the United States of America. Unite or die!

All the best,
Glenn B

Today In History - An Honorable Man Winds Up Disgraced

On August 8, 1974, Richard M. Nixon announces to the nation, on the nightly news, that he will resign as the President of the United States of America. He resigns officially on the very next day, thus making him the first and only president to have done so in the history of our nation. I call him an honorable man because all of his intentions for America, such as ending Kennedy's war in Vietnam, his entering into diplomacy with China, his efforts in the Cold War, were all honorable because he loved America and her people dearly and sought the best for them during very hard times. I say he wound up disgraced because that is just how he felt about himself after Watergate and after he resigned the presidency on August 9, 1974. He never allowed himself to live it down.

Did he do something wrong with the Watergate scandal, yes he most definitely did so. Did he do any good for America - yes he also most definitely did so. One of the things by which he did good was to finally accept responsibility for his wrong actions and to disgrace and humiliate himself by way of his resignation so that our nation could move on. Can you imagine that any one of the presidents since him would have done so even in the face of as much overwhelming as was piled up against Nixon if any of them had been implicated in a criminal act. Ford - maybe, Carter - no way since he cannot even admit he is an asshole his own incompetence, Reagan - maybe, even probably had he really done something he believed was illegal outside of something to protect National Security, George H.W. Bush - I doubt it, William J. Clinton - if you think he would have resigned in the face of such evidence whom are you trying to kid - he was and remains (in my opinion) one of the most dishonest presidents we have ever elected and in fact repeatedly lied under oath about his affair with Monica Lewinsky, George W. Bush - maybe if his mommy and daddy spanked him first for being a bad boy but I doubt even then that he would have had the courage to do so, Barack H. Obama - In my opinion, I can see no possible way that he would do the right thing and resign even if faced with having been convicted of a crime. That is just the presidents. Just look at folks like Charlie Rangel - I think he probably should have resigned years ago and maybe even turned himself into authorities with a confession that was signed, sealed and delivered.

Yes, Richard Nixon, even though probably guilty of a criminal offense, was an honorable man in that he did the honorable thing. There are not many men or women willing to admit there faults and then take the responsibility for them as he took it for his own misdeeds.

All the best,
Glenn B

You Have Got To Love Be Wary Of Modern Technology

At least, when I point one of my guns somewhere, then pull the trigger, I can be fairly certain the bullet will go where I aimed it and there will not be an accident. That is because I use my brain to help me follow rules of firearms' safety. Thank goodness, unlike the motorcyclist in the video, I do not have to depend upon a technologically advanced electronic computerized super-duper heads up my ass display instead of using common sense and making sure I do it safely. As for motorcycle riding, nah, not for me with or without the computerized display and even though I still would have been smart enough to look both ways before darting out onto a roadway. Of course, this video could be theatrical in nature and not show a real life event at all, but my point is still valid: Be careful out there.

All the best,
Glenn B

Interesting & Powerful Stuff - Makes Me Want To See The Movie

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Glenn B
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