"Two arguments in favor of the whole bird," we wrote back in November of 2004, the first anniversary of the MSMs faux plastic turkey debacle: 1) the wishbone itself, together with 2) an hours-long-in-the-making culinary joy, turkey stew from homemade post-Thanksgiving stock and fixin's. (Turkey wishbone 2004 simmering in broth, above)
"The Iraqis (or Indians) working in the mess hall in Iraq seem to take more pride in helping to support our troops than our own representatives in the House and Senate," writes Laura Lee, sharing with her readers this poignant report from her own soldier at the front, who emails:
I went to eat tonight at the mess hall and I had been going to the sandwich bar the last few days trying to see if they had any turkey, but the guy there didn’t have any, so the last couple days it’s been either salami or ham.
Tonight I saw they had turkey and I guess the guy knew who I was (not sure if he’s Iraqi or what, probably from India) anyway, he seemed pretty happy that this time when I asked for turkey he could say, “Yes I have turkey.” So I said, “Great. I’ll take a turkey sub”, but he said, “No. I will make two turkey sandwiches for the big strong Captain.”
The other guy that works there counted the slices and he put like ten on each sandwich, then he laughed and said, “You are an Army Captain and I am the Sandwich Bar Captain.”
Here's the broken wishbone that sticks in Laura's craw:
Shame on John Warner, Gordon Smith, Susan Collins, Chuck Hagel, Olympia Snow, Norm Coleman, and Sam Brownback, Republicans all, who are revealing themselves to be no different than the Cut and Run crowd with their pathetic flirtations/efforts to come up with nonbinding resolutions against President Bush’s decision to send more troops into Iraq.
I do not expect anything of the Democrats of course, except for Independent Democrat, Joe Lieberman. But these Republicans in name only are despicable turncoats and not worth one slice of turkey placed on any soldier’s bread.
Pouring on a little gravy, here's what we wrote in Laura Lee's comments:
Warner and Coleman are the biggest disappointments . . . I had foolishly looked to them as wiser heads . . . The story from your young man at the front, as usual, brings tears of sorrow and hope to these tired old eyes . . . Have you seen Fox News' bold new self promotions, two that I've noticed in the last 24 hours?
1. America has problems. America is not the problem.
2. Fox News . . . The only cable network where you won't find left-wing bias . . .
We shall overcome!
When the MSM Captains decided a few weeks back that "stay the course" was a no-no, their typing- and talking-head troops marched in lockstep -- to the delight of the enemy -- spreading the plastic-turkey word that we couldn't -- shouldn't? -- win this war. Fortunately, those on the front and those like Laura Lee and ourselves and our fellow homefire burners in the blogosphere, on talk radio and on Fox News have gathered together to ask the Lord's blessing and aren't buying. Abraham Lincoln's words at Gettysburg resonate:
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
Surges and escalations notwithstanding, GW is sending in reinforcements. Stand and fight!