You ain't gonna hear it in the Lib MSM....

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  1. Alpha1

    Alpha1 NAVY

    Jun 3, 2007
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    Friday Mornings at the Pentagon
    By JOSEPH L. GALLOWAY McClatchy Newspapers

    Over the last 12 months, 1,042 soldiers, Marines, sailors and Air Force personnel have given
    their lives in the terrible duty that is war. Thousands more have come home on stretchers,
    horribly wounded and facing months or years in military hospitals.

    This week, I'm turning my space over to a good friend and former roommate,
    Army Lt. Col. Robert Bateman, who recently completed a yearlong tour of duty in Iraq and
    is now back at the Pentagon.

    Here's Lt. Col. Bateman's account of a little-known ceremony that fills the halls of the Army corridor of the Pentagon with cheers, applause and many tears every Friday morning. It first appeared on May 17 on the Weblog of media critic and pundit Eric Alterman at the Media
    Matters for America Website.

    "It is 110 yards from the "E" ring to the "A" ring of the Pentagon. This section of the Pentagon
    is newly renovated; the floors shine, the hallway is broad, and the lighting is bright. At this
    instant the entire length of the corridor is packed with officers, a few sergeants and some
    civilians, all crammed tightly three and four deep against the walls. There are thousands here.

    This hallway, more than any other, is the `Army' hallway. The G3 offices line one side, G2
    the other, G8 is around the corner. All Army. Moderate conversations flow in a low buzz.
    Friends who may not have seen each other for a few weeks, or a few years, spot each other,
    cross the way and renew.

    Everyone shifts to ensure an open path remains down the center. The air conditioning system
    was not designed for this press of bodies in this area.

    The temperature is rising already. Nobody cares. " 10:36 hours: The clapping starts at the
    E-Ring. That is the outermost of the five rings of the Pentagon and it is closest to the entrance
    to the building. This clapping is low, sustained, hearty. It is applause with a deep emotion
    behind it as It moves forward in a wave down the length of the hallway.

    "A steady rolling wave of sound it is, moving at the pace of the soldier in the wheelchair
    who marks the forward edge with his presence. He is the first. He is missing the greater
    part of one leg, and some of his wounds are still suppurating. By his age I expect that he
    is a private, or perhaps a private first class.

    "Captains, majors, lieutenant colonels and colonels meet his gaze and nod as they applaud, soldier to soldier. Three years ago when I described one of these events, those lining the
    hallways were somewhat different. The applause was a little wilder, perhaps in private
    guilt for not having shared in the burden ... yet.

    "Now almost everyone lining the hallway is, like the man in the wheelchair, also a combat veteran. This steadies the applause, but I think deepens the sentiment. We have all been
    there now. The soldier's chair is pushed by, I believe, a full Colonel.

    "Behind him, and stretching the length from Rings E to A, come more of his peers, each
    private, corporal, or sergeant assisted as need be by a field grade officer.

    " 11:00 hours: Twenty-four minutes of steady applause. My hands hurt, and I laugh to myself
    at how stupid that sounds in my own head. My hands hurt. Please! Shut up and clap.
    For twenty-four minutes, soldier after soldier has come down this hallway - 20, 25, 30.
    Fifty-three legs come with them, and perhaps only 52 hands or arms, but down this hall
    came 30 solid hearts.

    They pass down this corridor of officers and applause, and then meet for a private lunch,
    at which they are the guests of honor, hosted by the generals. Some are wheeled along.
    Some insist upon getting out of their chairs, to march as best they can with their chin held up, down this hallway, through this most unique audience. Some are catching handshakes and smiling like a politician at a Fourth of July parade. More than a couple of them seem amazed
    and are smiling shyly.

    "There are families with them as well: the 18-year-old war-bride pushing her 19-year-old
    husband's wheelchair and not quite understanding why her husband is so affected by this,
    the boy she grew up with, now a man, who had never shed a tear is crying; the older
    immigrant Latino parents who have, perhaps more than their wounded mid-20s son, an appreciation for the emotion given on their son's behalf. No man in that hallway, walking
    or clapping, is ashamed of the silent tears on more than a few cheeks. An Airborne Ranger
    wipes his eyes only to see better. A couple of the officers in this crowd have themselves
    been a part of this parade in the past.

    These are our men, broken in body they may be, but they are our brothers, and we welcome
    them home. This parade has gone on, every single Friday, all year long, for more than four

    "Did you know that?

    The media hasn't yet told the story." In God We Trust.
  2. nibor

    nibor Senior Member

    Apr 11, 2006
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    But how many missed the parade.................................AND FOR WHAT??????????:(
  3. midcan5

    midcan5 liberal / progressive

    Jun 4, 2007
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    The tragedy and sadness of that piece has nothing to do with MSM even though Alpha dishonors it but bringing politics into it. The tragedy of that is that it happened at all and was done by men who were too cowardly to serve themselves.
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  4. Larkinn

    Larkinn Senior Member

    Jun 25, 2007
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    Nope...the liberals would never report something like this. So its good that we have bastions of conservative thought like Media Matters to report these things.
  5. Gurdari

    Gurdari Egaliterra

    Feb 2, 2007
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    The liberal media (if I understand the term correctly) would be running stories about US terror and violations of human rights on the front page - with follow up information about the pattern of similar military involvement in other nations over many years - all for similar reasons. Which MSM paper has that story?

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