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Why Cannonette Blogs

We all have our reasons.  Some need to get the word out, some need to hear that their views are shared by others, some just need to hear their own voice.  Some people just love to talk, but I blog because someone I care about can’t.  I really don’t like to blog because I feel that my skills are sorely lacking, and who in the world wants to hear another voice that is only sharing her opinion?  I blog for my Darling Husband, (that embarrasses him when the world knows my pet names for him) he is such a talented writer, (I’ve been reading his stuff for years),  he writes so vividly, he has had short stories written,  news letters and all kinds of Blogs and articles.   He is just very talented.  He and my children are very verbal and,  well,  lets just put it simply:  they’re “Shit-house Lawyers.”  I’m sure many of you out there have one of those at home.   Lucky me,  I married one then bred 4 more just like him.  Me, I can’t argue myself out of a wet paper bag.   Hell,  my Dog (Ivan the Terrier, a ratty) argues with me and wins, so you can see why I ask the question “who is going to listen to what I have to say?”

Well Cannoneer No. 4 wants me to go the MilBlog Conference.  I’m going,  but I’m going for him and a chance to see DC in the spring,  too.  I am not comfortable speaking to large groups.   Oh I can talk to a group of 10 or 15 but anything larger and I start to hyperventilate.  But I do feel the need to share my feelings; on how I feel the war is going and how it breaks my heart that so many people just don’t seem to care that our troops there need everyone’s support and how the MSM is so Bush-deranged they can’t see the forest for the trees.  Maybe while there I can learn how others are dealing with this and see if I can pick up some ways to help with the situation.  I just know that if we the unwashed masses don’t get it together we are going to lose this war.   Not on the ground but in the newspapers and TV because these people are really that mean and hateful when it comes to anything Bush does or says.

It’s so important that “WE” the people, counter all the negative information that  The Taliban, Al Queada and the MSM are putting out there.  We have to let our fellow countrymen know that all that they read and see on TV  is not necessarily true.

How can we do this?  By talking to people, Blogging, by finding stories that the bad guys are putting out and proving them false.  We can do this!  Our military can’t.   It’s against the law (Smith-Mundt Act of 1948 ) for our military to conduct counter – propaganda here in the States. 

This war is fought on so many levels.  We can help our troops my waging our own counter-propaganda here in the states.  Smith-Mundt doesn’t apply to us.  Democrat Senators can’t deny us promotion.  The House Armed Services Committtee can’t defund our program.   We’re irregulars, and we do this on our own time, for free.

We just need to get the truth out there so the people can judge for themselves.    If we don’t help solve this problem the bad guys are going to win. 

Cannonette

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Another Enemy Perception Management Success

 People who wish to see American power in the world reduced are working together to bring that about.  From Strategy Page  —  When Realities Collide:

March 22, 2007: The U.S. Marine Corps exceeded its recruiting goals by six percent last month, but sees problems with expanding its strength from 175,000 to 202,000 over the next five years. The marines want to maintain high recruiting standards, but are faced with possibly wearing out troops because of too many tours   in combat zones. There’s also the relentless defeatism of the American media. This merely perplexes marines, but it is discouraging more and more potential recruits.

Young marines, who are often the best recruiters, are increasingly encountering civilian friends and acquaintances who have a completely unrealistic idea of what’s going on over in Iraq. The marines try to explain that the enemy is real, and evil, and that for the many Iraqis, who are victims of the Islamic terrorism, what the marines do is very much appreciated. But the U.S. media has created a mythical Iraq, where U.S. troops are unwelcome interlopers, and valiant Iraqi freedom fighters sacrifice themselves to expel the foreign invaders. What the marines see is that 97 percent of the people getting killed over there are Iraqis, and most of those are victims of terrorist attacks. The marines also come across things like most of the terrorists getting paid for their work. That buys people willing to kill women and children, and destroy schools, Mosques and hospitals.

Potential recruits are confused, as are their parents. Recruiters are increasingly losing good prospects because of the confusion. At least that’s what marines, and soldiers,  report. Officially, the Marine Corps simply foresees difficulty in expanding the force.


This is what happens when a government permits the enemy unrestricted access to the nation’s media, fails to recognize and punish sedition, and outlaws any effort by regularly constituted information operators to mitigate the damage done to the morale and objective reasoning of the American domestic target audience.  The enemy’s propaganda MUST  be countered somehow, or America will not be able to recruit and maintain the military force we need to fight the war in Mesopotamia instead of in Manhattan.  This successful psychological preparation of the battlefield will reduce our options in responding kinetically to future threats, which is exactly what al Qaeda, Baathist loyalists,  the Mahdi army, Syria, Iran, North Korea, Sudan,  Hezbollah, the Taliban, ANSWER,  the Left, and a significant part of the majority party in Congress all want.
I propose that amateur, unpaid, volunteer, citizen information operators take up the task of domestic counter propaganda.  If we don’t, who will?Cannoneer No4

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Someone You Should Know

Stars and Stripes ^ | March 18, 2007 | Sandra Jontz

During four tours in four years, Capt Zeb Philpott has seen just about everything

“In 2003, we came in[to towns and villages} and people were real emotional, real appreciative. In some places we went through, we were like rock stars”

CAMP TAQADDUM, Iraq

Capt. Zeb Philpott has spent the past four years of his six-year Marine Corps career fighting in Iraq.

The nation plagued by a war now entering its fifth year is as good as home to him.

He’s witnessed change here — from a country whose people once greeted U.S. troops as rock stars, he said, to one ravaged by sectarian violence and an insurgency that has befuddled the most experienced of war commanders.

For this fourth tour, Philpott serves as the anti-terrorism/force-protection officer for the 2nd Marine Logistics Group, headquartered at this outpost in western Anbar province. And he’s prepared to come back for even more deployments.

But he awaits the day when he can travel to Iraq, a country he has grown to love and admire, with a passport and visa instead of military combat orders.

“I’d love to come back and visit,” he said in a recent interview. “This country is absolutely beautiful. Its beauty is stark, raw. It has a raw beauty about it.”

One day, he says.

Philpott, 30, was part of the initial push into Iraq in March 2003. He served as a platoon commander with the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion and crossed the berm from Kuwait into Iraq as part of Task Force Tripoli in the war’s early hours.

His unit pushed from Kuwait through Nasiriyah, Kut and up and around to Tikrit.

“I had 28 Marines up in Iraq, in an unknown combat environment. There was excitement and anticipation there,” said Philpott, from Missoula, Mont.

The platoon encountered less resistance than anticipated, from both Iraq’s army and the local population.

“In 2003, we came in [to towns and villages] and people were real emotional, real appreciative,” Philpott said. “In some places we went through, we were like rock stars.”

Maybe it was time, or war, or death, or poverty, or unemployment, or rage, or exasperation, or a combination that warped the welcome-wagon sentiment.

He noticed the stark difference between his 2004 and 2005 deployments.

“There are times, there are places, where the people just stare at you. At first, I was really taken aback. Kids in some places don’t come running out to us. They’re not engaged. That was surprising,” he said.

Some memories resonate more than others.

Like an elderly man who exited the voting polls in Fallujah in December of 2005.

“He came out, inky fingers, came out and hugs one of my sergeants,” he recalled. “It was so unexpected. He’d said in his entire life, this was the first time he felt part of the country. ‘Now I’ve left my mark on this country,’” Philpott repeated the man’s words.

“That was such an emotional time. I felt like we were part of a watershed event, part of a bigger picture.”

Some memories aren’t so blissful. He doesn’t talk about those.

“Let’s say that working with the Marines that I do, the discipline and experience of the good Marines here, makes those moments fade a bit.”

Some of his experiences he can laugh at — now that he’s on a base with access to a good dining facility, gyms, cardio classes, martial arts lessons, an Internet cafe, phone bank — all the comforts of home, albeit set up in tents and plywood shacks.

There was a point just after the push into Iraq in 2003 in which he and his crew hadn’t showered for 42 days.

“We were living inside the same set of cammies. One of my corporals finally lost it one day and comes on the radio: ‘Sir, you stink,’ and clicks off.

“You get pretty ripe.”

In the early days, they’d stand in ammunition cans, “bare to the world,” and bathe as best as they could. They would launder their clothing, dump the grimy water and call for the next guy.

Now living at TQ, as it’s often called, where one can shower six times a day if work schedules permit, makes the memory a laughable one, he said.

“This is my fourth time back, and it’s almost comfortable,” he said, referring to living conditions

Cannoneer No4

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