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Howling and Screeching


Dear Rick,

If the terrorists of 9/11 had been "better equipped," they would have obliterated N.Y.C . . . If our intelligence had been better and if we had possessed a stronger will when addressing this type of deadly issue, we probably would have prevented 9/11 and then some.

Today, our all volunteer military has a small portion of itself deployed directly in the middle of our sworn enemies, just as it is designed to do, is funded to do, and historically speaking, has done successfully not only for our own benefits but to the well being and safety of tens of millions of others around the globe.

Our people in the field are doing the nasty, heavy lifting which protects us all. At the very least, they are setting up networks and gathering huge amounts of information and intelligence about our sworn enemies in the region. In other words, they are serving where they are meant to be versus sitting in Fort Drum polishing the jeeps as some would suggest.

Having served on a frontline for a year, I have some sense of what howling and screeching may mean. But this howling and screeching about our military being deployed in Iraq defies logic and history, as does the notion that somehow our recent presence in the area is responsible for the actions of fanatical Islamic terrorists and their leadership, who in an organized manner, have been viciously killing and maiming around the world for decades.

One could guess that such noise is brought to you by the same types of people whose attitudes and judgment have brought us the deplorable results from our public education systems, particularly, those of the inner cities schools.

Please be careful of what you wish for in November.

PAUL BABCOCK
October 17, 2006

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