Assumption of Command

18 March 2005

Operation Truth & Operation Thank You

This weekend is the Second Anniversary of the War in Iraq. In honor (or lack there of) many anti war groups are planning protest of the war. They have strong feelings that the war is wrong and should end. Although I don't agree with them in principle, I am proud that I live in a country where they can express their opinions.

Here is the problem, instead of protesting in a place where the elected officials of this country can hear what they have to say, they are protesting in front of some of the most prominent military bases. They are trying to trying to convince the service members that the war is wrong, and in turn trying to hurt morale. Besides possible being treasonous, this tactic won't work. At least it doesn't for me. It actually makes me more vigilant in my beliefs. I am a fairly stubborn person. (No Way, right!)

I wish I could have said it like this:

"The decision makers are not at Fort Bragg, they are in Washington. Rallying against the war by marching at Fort Bragg is like protesting the cows if you don't like McDonalds," said Paul Rieckhoff, executive director of Operation Truth."
"The anti-war protesters say they support the troops. They can say it until they are blue in the face, but that's a hollow sentiment when they're protesting the busloads of troops coming and going from Bragg to Iraq every day," Operation Truth's Rieckhoff said.

Thank you Mr. Rieckhoff.

I am glad to report that there will be plenty of REAL Support the Troops Rallys to counter the Anti-War protests led by an OIF Vet, and fellow mil blogger: Citizen Smash. (check his site for more updates)

San Diego Protest Warrior Launches “Operation Thank You”:

Last March, motivated mainly by curiosity, Koenig attended an anti-war rally in Balboa Park. He expected to find many demonstrators who were passionately opposed to the war in Iraq on moral grounds, and others who generally disapproved of the Bush Administration's aggressive foreign policy.

What he didn't expect to find, however, were open expressions of support for the enemy. But when one of the speakers proposed that the anti-war movement align itself with the "Iraqi Resistance," Koenig decided that he'd heard enough.

He later wrote about the incident in his weblog, under the pen name "Citizen Smash."


They won't be difficult to find, he says—“Just look for the American flags.”

Thank you Citizen Smash!

When you see all of the news of the Anti-War protests, just remember that their tactics are dirty. They are not aiming at the policy makers but they are targeting the Troops!

Update: BlackFive has some thoughts on this weekends protests as well:

They Hate America:
Next, there's going to be protests at Camp Pendleton and Ft. Bragg this weekend, you can honor the troops by peacefully demonstrating your support. I thought about heading to Bragg to visit some friends this weekend and join the protest warriors, but I'm on my way to Tampa.