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Saturday, October 14, 2006

A Couple Quick Topics Before The Day Really Gets Rolling

First up, a a late tip from Hugh Hewitt about the collapse of Claire McCaskill. Gateway Pundit has uncovered an extremely disingenuous and dishonest ad that had been run by the McCaskill campaign against Jim Talent. (Contribute here, folks; we're coming into the stretch run, and Jim Talent needs our help.)

The ad was devastating, as Gateway Pundit points out. It was, perhaps, one of the single most crippling ads against a Republican this year. The McCaskill campaign was forced to pull the ad because of the allegations made within it, and the fact that it couldn't be proven. See, they took an Iraq War vet, Josh Lansdale, who was a medic over there and put him in the ad. He stated, for the record, that "I returned from Iraq with a busted ankle and post-traumatic stress. It was six months before I could see a doctor."

The VA was contacted by Gateway Pundit, and denied any such allegations. They stated that Iraq and Afghanistan troops not only have up to two years woirth of coverage by them (and at the end of the two years, they're not just dumped), but that every man and woman returning from Iraq are at the top of the priority list, and get into to see the necessary doctors within 30 days of being back home. KMBC calls the ad "problematic." Yeah, it's a problem when Democrats lie, and get caught in it.

I'm not saying that Josh Lansdale is a part of this. It's a distinct--and quite plausible idea--that the McCaskill campaign manipulated this young man. His statements regarding his treatment--his treatment for the PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)--gave nothing but praise to the help he received when contacted by KMBC. He complained about his ankle, which had been broken, but praised the docotrs who helped him.

In short, Claire McCaskill got caught in a lie. No she's backpeddling. Don't let her. Hit her with everything you've got (that's for those in Missouri), and send a message to the Democrats that there are two things real Americans don't like. Politicians who play politics with the troops, and politicians who do nothing but openly rip into the president, day in and day out, whiole this nation is at war.

The next news story is one of heroism in the midst of war. Michael Monsoor, a US Navy SEAL in Iraq committed the ultimate act of sacrifice when he dove on a live grenade to save the life of his comrades:

Positioned by the only door to a sniper hideout in Ramadi, west of Baghdad, Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael A. Monsoor could have saved himself when insurgents lobbed a fragmentation grenade into the rooftop structure.

The grenade hit him in the chest and bounced to the floor. Instead of running for cover, the 25-year-old gunner dropped onto the explosive and used his body to shield three fellow Navy SEALs in the room with him. He probably saved their lives, but he lost his own.

Monsoor became the second SEAL to die in Iraq when he was killed Sept.29. Two SEALs next to Monsoor were injured, and a fourth, who was 10 to 15 feet from the blast, was unhurt. The four-man team was working with Iraqi soldiers providing sniper security while U.S and Iraqi forces conducted missions in the area.

"He never took his eye off the grenade; his only movement was down toward it," said a 28-year-old lieutenant who sustained shrapnel wounds to both legs that day. "He undoubtedly saved mine and the other SEALs lives, and we owe him."

Four SEALs spoke to The Associated Press this week at the special force's West Coast headquarters in Coronado on condition of anonymity because their work requires their identities to remain secret. ...

... Prior to his death, Monsoor had already demonstrated courage under fire. On May9 in Ramadi, the Garden Grove native and another SEAL pulled a wounded team member to safety while bullets pinged off the ground around them. For his actions, Monsoor was posthumously awarded the Silver Star.

Monsoor's funeral was held Thursday at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego. He has also been nominated for an award for his actions the day he died.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family he has. This man didn't think about himself. He acted as any SEAL would have, and that was that the team came first. The safety and well-being of the team was put ahead of himself. And that's why the SEALs are the best of the best. These guys don't do the dangerous stuff for the money. They don't do it for the glory. They do it because it needs doing. And Petty Officer Monsoor gave all and more by saving the lives of his teammates. While it's tragic to lose such a fine soldier, an outstanding SEAL, and a fine human being, his gallantry and bravery in the face of danger is unsurpassed.

Publius II


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