Archive for July, 2005

Letter of Apology

For good and ill, the Iraqi prisoner abuse mess will remain an issue. On the one hand, right thinking Americans will abhor the stupidity of the actions while on the other hand, political glee will take control and fashion this minor event into some modern day My Lai massacre.

I heard some Arabs are asking for an apology. I humbly offer mine here:

I am sorry that the last seven times we Americans took up arms and sacrificed the blood of our youth, it was in the defense of Muslims (Bosnia, Kosovo, Gulf War 1, Kuwait, etc.).

I am sorry that no such call for an apology, upon the extremists, came after 9/11.

I am sorry that all of the murderers on 9/11 were Arabs.

I am sorry that Arabs have to live in squalor under savage dictatorships. I am sorry that their leaders squander their wealth.

I am sorry that their governments breed hate for the US in their religious schools.

I am sorry that Yassir Arafat was kicked out of every Arab country and hijacked the Palestinian “cause.”

I am sorry that no other Arab country will take in, or offer more than a token amount of financial help, to those same Palestinians.

I am sorry that the USA has to step in and be the biggest financial supporter of poverty stricken Arabs while the insanely wealthy Arabs blame the USA.

I am sorry that our own left wing elite and our media can’t understand any of this.

I am sorry the United Nations scammed the poor people of Iraq out of the “food for oil” money so they could get rich while the common folk suffered.

I am sorry that some Arab governments pay the families of homicide bombers upon their death.

I am sorry that the homicide bombers think children and babies are a legitimate target.

I am sorry that our troops died to free more Arabs.

I am sorry that our troops show so much restraint when their brothers in arms are killed.

I am sorry that Muslim extremists have killed more Arabs than any other group.

I am sorry that foreign trained terrorists are trying to seize control of Iraq and return it to a terrorist state.

I am sorry we don’t drop a few dozen “Daisy Cutters” on Fallujah.

I am sorry every time terrorists hide they find a convenient “Holy Site”.

I am sorry they didn’t apologize for driving a jet into the World Trade Center that collapsed and severely damaged Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church – one of our Holy Sites.

I am sorry they didn’t apologize for flights 93 and 175, the USS Cole, the embassy bombings, etc.

I am sorry Michael Moore is American; he could feed a medium sized village in Africa.

I am sorry the French are french.


America will get past this latest absurdity. We will punish those responsible because that is what we do. We hang out our dirty laundry for all the world to see. We move on. That’s one of the reasons we are hated so much. We don’t hide this stuff like all those Arab countries that are now demanding an apology.

Deep down inside, when most Americans saw this reported in the news, we were like – so what? We lost hundreds and made fun of a few prisoners. Sure, it was wrong, sure, it dramatically hurts our cause, but until captured we were trying to kill these same prisoners. Now we’re supposed to wring our hands because a few were humiliated? Our compassion is tempered with the vivid memories of our own people killed, mutilated and burnt amongst a joyous crowd of celebrating Fallujans.

If you want an apology from this American, you’re going to have a long wait. You have a better chance of finding those 72 virgins.


Chuck Pitman Lieutenant General US Marine Corps (Retired)

Semper Fi

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The loss of 2 great men.

I found out this morning, that 2 great Pilots were killed in Canada over the weekend.  Jimmy Franklin and Bobby Younkin were killed when Jimmy’s Jet Waco Biplane and Bobby’s twin beach collided in midair.  Both pilots were killed instantly.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of these 2 great men.

I had the pleasure of meeting the both of them last year at the Quad Cities Air Show.  I was blown away by their abilities in the sky, and was blow away by them as individuals on the ground.

They will both be missed in the Airshow community, and both men will be missed by their families.

I’m very thankful I had the chance to meet both of them, shake their hands, and watch them fly.

“Good night, sweet prince,
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.”

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