“In the weeks prior to the war to liberate Afghanistan, a good friend of mine would ask me almost every day, “Why aren’t we killing people yet?” And I never had a good answer for him. Because one of the most important and vital things the United States could do after 9/11 was to kill people. Call it a “forceful response,” “decisive action” — whatever. Those are all nice euphemisms for killing people. And the world is a better place because America saw the necessity of putting steel beneath the velvet of those euphemisms.”
— Jonah Goldberg
I think that war with Iraq is necessary to save lives in the long run. I think that those who are opposed to toppling Saddam are risking American (and Arab and Israeli) lives too.
Soldiers will die in any war, that’s why they call it war.
— Jonah Goldberg
As for why my sorry a** isn’t in the kill zone, lots of people think this is a searingly pertinent question. No answer I could give — I’m 35 years old, my family couldn’t afford the lost income, I have a baby daughter, my a** is, er, sorry, are a few — ever seem to suffice.
— Jonah Goldberg
- Specialist Lyle Rymer the second of Roland was killed last Friday by a sniper as he helped secure an area in Baghdad for the Iraqi elections. He’s survived by his wife LaTisha, 3-year-old son Sean and 10-month-old daughter Jasmine.
- Sergeant Andrew Farrar Jr., a Weymouth native, was killed in Iraq Friday, when he was electrocuted by a live wire during a night raid. It was his 31st birthday. On his second tour of duty, he was scheduled to come home in three weeks. […] “He was a deeply loving family man,” Farrar said, and spent as much time as he could with his wife Melissa, and two sons, Tyler, 6, and Liam, 2.
- Naval Reserve Lt. Cmdr. Keith Edward Taylor, 47, was among those killed last weekend in a rocket attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. Taylor had five weeks left on a six-month deployment and is survived by a wife and three young daughters.
- Kimble, 30, a 13-year Marine veteran, was among the 31 troops who died when the CH-53E Super Stallion they were in went down near Ar Rutbah, about 200 miles west of Baghdad.[…]Over the weekend, family members gathered once again at the Kimbles’ home, in a quiet neighborhood just north of Temecula. This time it was to comfort his wife, Dawanna, and the couple’s four young children after the family received news last week that Dexter Kimble had been killed Jan. 26 when his helicopter crashed in Iraq.
- Flight Lt. Paul Pardoel, 35, a father of three from Victoria state who had joint British and Australian citizenship, died Sunday when the Hercules C-130 cargo plane crashed 18 miles northwest of Baghdad. […] Pardoel his wife and young son and daughters had been living in England for the past three years.
- Mack, 36, was killed Jan. 13 in Mosul when he was hit by shrapnel from a roadside bomb. He was standing in a hatch of his Stryker armored vehicle, officials said.[…]Mack’s widow, Lisa, and their daughter Ashley, 17, held one another tight and cried together throughout the ceremony at the main post chapel. The family is from DuPont. “I know how much he loved you and cared about you,” Decker told them. “He talked about you often.”
- As the plane taxied near the hangar at about 12:45 p.m., some family members closed their eyes. Others sobbed silently. As the tail of the plane came into sight, Tiffiny Comeaux, wife of Sgt. 1st Class Kurt Comeaux, began shaking uncontrollably, pulling her son toward her.[…]Comeaux’s casket was the first to be carried down the ramp. As the soldiers slowly stepped down the ramp, another one of his sons buried his face into his mother’s chest. Comeaux, 34, died in Baghdad, Iraq when an improvised explosive device struck his Bradley fighting vehicle.
- Army Staff Sgt. Steven H. Bridges, 33, among three Stryker brigade soldiers from Fort Lewis who died Monday in Iraq, was torn between staying home to care for his wife and four kids, and going to Iraq to care for his squad of soldiers, his wife said yesterday.
- Staff Sgt. Todd D. Olson, 36, died Dec. 27 in the 67th Combat Support Hospital in Tikrit, Iraq, from wounds he received in Samarra on Dec. 26 when a improvised explosive device detonated, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. He was a member of Detachment 1, Company C, of the Wisconsin National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 128th Infantry.[…]”The Loyal community took down all the Christmas decorations and put up all the flags,” said Nancy Olson, Todd’s wife. Among Todd’s survivors are his parents, Donald and Shirley Olson of Loyal, and his four children, Trevor, 17, Jesse, 16, Cody, 13, and Kasey, 5.
“As for why my sorry a** isn’t in the kill zone”…[…]“my a** is, er, sorry….”
At least that part is true.
LATER….I’ve got to add this excerpt from YankeeDoodle’s essay on Killer Goldberg:
In addition to his NRO and TownHall.com scribblings, fat-assed Little Jonah regularly appears on CNN, shooting off his cake-hole in support of Lieutenant AWOL, Bush’s War, torture policies, and the Republican Party, activities for which he is presumably rewarded handsomely by his conservative sponsors, despite the fact that he is a fool. Professor Cole recently cleaned Little Jonah’s clock over the miserable wretch’s cheerleading on Bush’s War, but Jonah, like most conservatives, remains proudly ignorant.
Now comes the quote above from Little Jonah. The cowardly little worm loves war, as long as somebody else does the fighting. He truly believes his precious ass is too valuable to risk. He’s got a baby daughter, his family might starve on Army pay and he’s an elderly 35 years old. Boo-fucking-hoo. Break out the Kleenex for another conservative chickenhawk’s sob story.