August 31, 2008

Recently we posted a video documenting Iraq war veterans Pete Hegseth and David Bellavia of Vets For Freedom visiting the “Bush Legacy Tour” bus. Inside they saw a very biased and manipulated display that lopsidedly blames Bush and all Republicans for everything bad in the world, especially the Iraq war which they characterize as a total failure. Particularly offensive to Pete and Dave was the insurgent-produced snuff film that they loop on display in a shameless attempt to manipulate emotions for political gain.

While Dave and Pete were visibly upset by the display, they didn’t get enraged or start yelling or stomp around, or act confrontational. Pete and David engaged the Soros funded curator in a very civil conversation, to try and find common ground as Americans involved in this life and death struggle.

Well….we must have hit a nerve because late last night, the curator of the Soros funded propaganda bus, a gentleman by the name of Jeremy Funk (who appears in the video) posted a comment to the original thread for this video.

The full text of his comment, and the video, are below. You will note that in the text of his comment, he refers to himself as “the loser that with the irrational rage and lack of objectivity and bottled-up anger”. I think that he is referring to comments made about him in reaction to the video. We certainly never said he was a loser. To that point, while watching this video might make you angry or upset, let’s not sink to name calling in the comments.

I’m the loser that with the irrational rage and lack of objectivity and bottled-up anger in the video. Here I thought I had I given an Iraq War Veteran the utmost respect he deserves. Here I thought I treated him like the hero he is. Here I thought I was respectful, conciliatory, humbled, and open-minded to his opinions.

But, personal stuff aside, it boils down to serious a difference of opinion. Like the majority of the American people, I don’t want to see one more of our brave men and women dying in the crosshairs of an Iraqi civil war. I don’t want to see another mother suffer, like the mother of Sgt. Patrick R. McCaffrey. Sgt. McCaffrey’s mother reached out to us with her son’s story of how the Pentagon lied to her about her son being killed by the same Iraqi forces he was training. She donated his combat boots to the Bush Legacy Bus in hopes that not another mother would feel the same pain and betrayal.

I want our troops to come home from Iraq as quickly and responsibly as possible, and I want the eye back on the ball in Afghanistan where the real threat is where the terrorists that actually attacked us on 911 are thriving once again. Even Ambassador Ryan Crocker admits that Afghanistan, not Iraq, is the central front against Al Qaeda:

We’ve heard a lot from the liberal media you folks decry so much about the so-called success of the surge. The reality is, civil strife is still flaming every day: just one example this week, a suicide bomber killed 28 police recruits in Quaragh Tappah:

But you probably didnt hear about that or any of the other deadly civil bombings this week or last or the week before. Certainly, the increased troop presence has helped decrease violence on U.S. forces, thank God, but terrible Shiite on Shiite violence continues every day, and a good deal of the overall decrease in violence is credited to a cease fire agreement, albeit a fragile one, between radical Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada Sadr and Shiite Iraq PM Maliki.

Shiite on Shiite violence has been nothing new. And, in the last several months, the U.S. government has taken one side of a bloody, religious, sectarian civil war  spending $12 billion a month and many U.S. dead and wounded in the process. That’s where Veterans for Freedom/John McCain and Americans United for Change, the American people, and the Iraqi government disagree. VFF and McCain want to keep our soldiers in harm’s way of a civil war indefinitely until they achieve some undefined, unattainable “victory” whether it takes 100 years or more. But, our troops have already done everything they’ve been asked to do and a lot more serving 2-3 or more tours. My best friend Dan Burke is in Iraq right now serving a second tour.

Now that the Iraqi parliament and PM Maliki have publicly called on us to leave and are close to a deal with the U.S. government for a timetable for withdrawal, it’s time that Vets for Freedom and John McCain of 2008 concur with the John McCain of 2004 who when asked what he would do if a sovereign Iraqi government asked us to leave said: it’s obvious that we would have to leave because if it was an elected government of Iraq, and we’ve been asked to leave other places in the world. If it were an extremist government then I think we would have other challenges, but I don’t see how we could stay when our whole emphasis and policy has been based on turning the Iraqi government over to the Iraqi people.:

Even President Bush has agreed to time horizons and his administration is reportedly set to agree to a status-of-forces agreement with Iraq that begins the safe and orderly withdrawal of most U.S. troops by the end of 2011. While stomping about the Bush Legacy Bus and complaining about our fact-based Iraq exhibit, I didn’t once hear Veterans for Freedom call President Bush a traitor or a cut and runner. Why not?

Jeremy J. Funk, Americans United for Change

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  1. shelly wagar on December 22, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    Our vets are not treated right, for all they sacrifice.

  2. Flora on December 27, 2008 at 2:39 am

    “”While stomping about the Bush Legacy Bus and complaining about our fact-based Iraq exhibit, I didn’t once hear Veterans for Freedom call President Bush a “traitor” or a “cut and runner.” Why not?”"

    I saw the clip.. didn’t see anyone “stomping around”. I did see one person sweat and stammer an awful lot.

    I suppose this doesn’t happen too frequently when your passing around the Koolaid, preaching to the choir with your fellow ‘AUFC’s’.

    But the next time you find yourself face-to-face with my fellow veterans.. you may want to keep some Kleenex for your brow, and a bottle of water handy.

    I wish you could see yourself through my eyes, but then perhaps, maybe not.


Jon David Kahn “American Heart”