- James Traficant gave a speech on the House floor one
morning, during one-minute remarks, and what he said almost knocked me
off my chair. United States combat boots were being made in the Peoples
Republic of Communist China. I guess I should get one thing straight right
now: COMMUNIST CHINA IS THE ENEMY. COMMUNIST CHINA MAKES NO BONES ABOUT
DESTROYING US AND THEY ARE GIRDING FOR BATTLE RIGHT NOW. THEY HAVE DEVELOPED
A DEEP WATER NAVY, HAVE RUSSIAN SUBS ON THE WAY AND HAVE ACTUALLY MADE
SPEECHES ABOUT RULING THE WORLD, SOMETHING THEY HAVE BEEN PLANNING, SINCE,
WELL, FOREVER. THERE ISN'T A COUNTRY ON THE FACE OF THE PLANET THAT HASN'T
FELT THEIR COVERT OR AGGRESSIVE BOOT. THEY MEAN TO RULE THE WORLD ON SEVERAL
FRONTS: VIA THE WORLD ECONOMY; AS PART OF THE NEW CHRISTIAN POGROM (and
make no mistake, all religions are next!); VIA CYBERTECHNOLOGY AND FINALLY,
THROUGH MASSIVE WARFARE ON LAND, SEA, AIR AND IN SPACE.
- Army boots made in Communist China? Are we serious here?
How easily could a microchip be inserted and how easily would our troops
be monitored? Gee, do you think one of those satellites launched, compliments
Bill Clinton in the technology theft and Bernie Schwartz's LORAL Company
may be watching right now?
- And now I read that that Army topdog Shinseki wants not
only all soldiers wearing the coveted beret (mustn't offend anyone sensitivities
as he claims to want to build morale), but because of the arbitrary deadline
of well, virtually right now, those very same berets are being made by
COMMUNIST CHINA, at almost twice the price. Someone please explain this
- First: only the best got the beret. Then: "Let 'em
all wear berets" and let the Chinese Communists make them, too. Huh?
- Just where do Shinseki's loyalty lie? With his Asian
ethnicity or with the United States? I realize this is a sharp question.
I have never been accused of being overly diplomatic and that is because
I am a simple woman who has seen too many American soldiers buried. I am
looking for an answer as to why a military leader would pay to have a piece
of uniform made in the enemy country and at almost twice the cost, too.
Haven't we given the enemy enough? We have brought the Chicoms out of the
Stone Age and now we give them more? Just what is going on here?
- I was discussing this with my soldier friend and he brought
up a point that chilled my blood-(a sign I am familiar with that tells
me something true is afoot)-his point was how easy would it be for first,
everyone getting the beret, then, second, that beret turning light blue.
Reminds me of the slow heat that kills the lobster-incremental change is
less noticeable than drastic shifts and I now wonder if the United Nations
Global Army powder blue beret will be the next regulation headcover.
- When Bill Clinton bypassed the United States Constitution
and forced US Soldiers to wear the blue beret and the UN arm patch replaced
the United States Flag on the uniform that had displayed it for so long
and so proudly, no one really said much and it sure wasn't stopped. Michael
New, a soldier at that time with a sterling record, refused, for he said
he swore allegiance to the United States and not the United Nations. Michael
New was kicked out and still fights to get his good name back.
- But now Bush is the president and he and his appointees
are charged with upholding the United States Constitution, to protect and
defend against enemies foreign and domestic. So, what say you: President
Bush, Colin Powell and Donald Rumsfeld? Will you let the enemy manufacture
American uniforms? Will you allow the blue beret to replace the black,
red and green? Will the lines be blurred as to the leaders and those who
take orders on the field of battle?
- Let me set this straight: the beret is more than a way
to keep the head warm. The beret has to be earned and is an instant symbol
of excellence. It is a beacon for others who aspire. It is a tradition
and woe to those who betray us from within. To give aid and comfort to
the enemy is TREASON and this includes ex-presidents, military leaders,
cabinet officials and advisors even more so than the citizen himself.
- Can someone please explain to me how the top man in the
Army has no clue about how to repair morale? Is this another one of those
"mistakes were made" deals? Will he plead ignorance or incompetence?
And, of course, that leads me back to my original question: how did he
get the top spot if he has no clue?
- What gives here? How did he get the job?
- There is a simple fix: shitcan Shinseki. And then go
through the ranks and shitcan every damn one who will live off the largesse
of the American people without regard to the troops or the citizens who
are to be protected. I demand action and I will not rest until I am satisfied.
And I am not alone.
- This article was forwarded to me by a Warrior who wears
the beret himself and he got it the old-fashioned way: he earned it!
- FORT BENNING, Ga. (Army News Service, March 16, 2001)
- The 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Ga., announced today that it
will exchange its traditional black beret for a tan one.
- Army Chief of Staff Gen. Eric K. Shinseki approved the
regiment's request to change its beret to maintain the distinctiveness
of the unit and reflect the legacy of Ranger history. The Rangers studied
several options, officials said, before deciding on the Ranger Tan Beret.
The change was requested by a memorandum from Col. P.K. Keen, regimental
commander, in a memorandum dated March 9, 2001, to the Army chief of staff.
"The black beret has served the Rangers well and will be a symbol
of excellence and unity for the Army," Keen said. Shinseki announced
last year that the Army would issue black berets to all soldiers. That
change will take place June 14 -- the Army's Birthday. Keen said changing
to the tan beret for Rangers is not about being different from the rest
of the Army, but about a critical aspect that unifies the Army- high standards.
- "The decision to adopt the Ranger Tan Beret is based
upon maintaining a distinctive beret for our Rangers as the Army transitions
to the black beret," Keen said. Keen said the Rangers support the
Army's decision to don the black Beret and view this as another step forward
in the overall Transformation of the Army. Tan is the one universal and
unifying color that transcends all Ranger operations, officials said.
It is reminiscent of the numerous beach assaults in the European Theater
and the jungle fighting in the Pacific Theater of World War II, where Rangers
and Marauders spearheaded victory. Tan represents the khaki uniforms worn
by Korean and Vietnam War era Rangers, officials said. It is the color
of the sand in Grenada, Panama,Iraq, and Mogadishu, where modern-day Rangers
fought, died and continued to Lead the Way, they said. Tan rekindles the
legacy of Rangers from all eras, officials said, and exemplifies the unique
skills and special capabilities required of past, present, and future Rangers.
"Rangers have never been measured by what they have worn in peace
or combat, but by commitment, dedication, physical and mental toughness,
and willingness to Lead the Way - anywhere, anytime," Keen said. "The
beret has become our most visible symbol -- it will remain so.
- "The Ranger Tan Beret will represent for the Ranger
of the 21st Century what the black beret represented - a unit that 'Leads
the Way' in our conventional and special operations forces," Keen
- (Editor's note: Information taken from a 75th Ranger
Regiment news release.)
- The only time I want to see a 'tan' beret is when the
battle dust has settled on one of red, black or green. How chic the pastel
colour tan, beige - what's next powder blue?
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