NEW letter to America
is by far the best and most accurate commentary I have seen yet about the
attack. It was written by a retired U.S. Navy Boatswains Mate Chief.
When I opened my e-mail this morning I had about twenty forwards of the article written by Gordon Sinclair, the Canadian who so eloquently praised the United States. What most of you do not realize is that this commentary was written many years ago. Those of us in the Military Service have known about it for a long time.
Americans are flooding the net with it as if it were new. It is not. When it was
written most Americans didn't read it, because most Americans did not care. The
tragedy that befell all of us on September 11th shocked America. America no
longer feels safe.
of you have said, "The government should have known! 30 Billion Dollars is
spent on intelligence! What about the Military?"
a reminder, America: You voted our government into office. For years you allowed
some politicians and twisted media to shape your ideas about the defense of our
nation. On September 11th, America
had the exact level of protection, both militarily and intelligence, that it was
willing to pay for.
any one ever watch CSPAN? Particularly when the Heads of our Armed Services
essentially begged YOUR representatives to give the Military more money to fight
terrorism and maintain a strong defense?
you see the debates by the Heads of the Intelligence Services that terrorism was
the new threat and they did not have the money to build the necessary
intelligence networks in the areas where terrorists were being harbored? America
must have been watching one of the other 114 satellite channels.
"We need more money to maintain military readiness and Combat
"What the Military needs is Sensitivity Training! You're all sexist
homophobes! I saw it on the evening news!"
"We need money to build ships, planes, tanks, and improve our technology.
America still has credible threats throughout the world."
"You're all part of a vast right-wing conspiracy. There is no more Soviet
Threat! My Senator told me so! He/She says we do not need such a big
"We need to recruit more Americans into the military. We need to increase
"You're not taking my kids! We're going to shut down the ROTC programs at
our high schools and universities, because you discriminate against alternative
lifestyles and women!"
"We can't keep interfering in the civil wars of small insignificant
countries. It wastes our time, expends our resources, decreases training, and
demoralizes our troops. We are warriors trying to defend our nation, not the
third world's police."
"You heartless bastards! Can't you see the tear in the eye of that starving
child with the flies on his face? Get Moving! This is what you're paid to
"Why isn't America enraged over the terrorist attack on the USS Cole that
killed seventeen AMERICAN Sailors?"
"We don't have time right now! You war mongers killed the poor innocent
security guard in Puerto Rico and we're already late for the protest
America, while you sit around your office coffee pots and ask, "Why did
those terrorists kill innocent civilians? Why didn't they go after the
this: They already did and America didn't care. They realized that they needed
to kill civilians, and lots of them, before they could have their desired
reaction. Well, now they have it.
do not think this letter is meant to be insulting. Many of my comrades in Arms
have lost loved ones in New York and Washington. The plane that crashed in
Somerset County, PA was not even thirty miles from my daughter's public school
in Johnstown. We're just as angry,
we're just as determined, and we're ready to lay down our lives for the safety
of our great country and the freedoms all of us enjoy.
we are still here for you. We always have been. What many of us ask is simple:
print this letter and save it. When this war is over, take this letter out
before every election and read it, remember the way you felt on September 11th,