Tuesday, December 05, 2006


Bill Roggio is back in Iraq and will embed with the Marines in Fallujah. You can read about his trip back to The Sandbox, and several impromptu conversations he had with soldiers, Marines, and contractors during his journey here. A common thread through the conversations he had is the military’s anger at MSM reporting from Iraq. Example:
In nearly every conversation, the soldiers, Marines and contractors expressed they were upset with the coverage of the war in Iraq in general, and the public perception of the daily situation on the ground. The felt the media was there to sensationalize the news, and several stated some reporters were only interested in “blood and guts.” They freely admitted the obstacles in front of them in Iraq. Most recognized that while we are winning the war on the battlefield, albeit with difficulties in some areas, we are losing the information war. They felt the media had abandoned them.
In this day and age the troops get the same news we do…Fox, CNN, MSNBC, et al… and they don’t like it. Come to think on it, more than a few of us don’t like it, either. I’m looking forward to reading Mr. Roggio’s reports from Fallujah.
So… It’s been more than a week since I last posted something political. I haven’t disengaged from politics completely; I’m still reading the stuff, but not nearly as obsessively or completely as in weeks past. Refraining from commenting is doing wonders for my attitude, I think. It’s hard to tell, of course, since I’m judge, jury, and…wait! Don’t finish that thought!
I am wondering, though, if my sudden disinterest in the subject is symptomatic of being on the losing side of last month’s elections. Could be. And then again, maybe not. I prefer to think it’s just a case of burn-out. The classic remedy for burn-out is time off, and once again, I prefer to think that’s what’s happening here.
Here’s a pretty cool video from a couple of guys who go by the name of Dos Gringos. Rumor has it these two guys are F-16 drivers just back from The Sandbox, but their web site is pretty thin on info. They have links to photo albums with pics taken in Iraq, and I’m surmising they are either (a) stationed at Cannon, (b) were once stationed at Cannon, or (c) flew jets assigned to Cannon…based on the “CC” fin-flash on the jets in the picture(s). A pretty cool vid, though…lots of stuff being blown up and an original soundtrack! I found these guys by following a link Lex posted to this video, which is just as good…if not better than “Gunz.”
The NYT has a pretty good, if brief, article on Turkey in today’s edition. There’s a soft spot in my heart for Turkey, and I believe the US has no better or more steadfast friend in the Middle East than Turkey. I lived in Ankara as a child from 1957 until 1959. I returned to Turkey in 1971, when I was privileged to be stationed in Beautiful Sinop by the Sea. It’s a beautiful country full of friendly people who are predisposed to like Americans. Istanbul is one of the most fascinating cities on the planet, bar none. And raki! OmiGawd…raki! A first cousin to ouzo, raki is deserving of a post unto itself. Or, perhaps the effects of drinking raki are deserving of a post…
Today’s Pic: A grey day in Prague, Part Deux, or alternately "Just Another Pic From The Great European Divorce Tour." I moseyed on over to those umbrellas immediately after snapping this pic and had a couple of Budvars while scoping out the passers-by. June, 1999.


  1. "Losing the information war".. That is sad but true. I get sick and tired of only hearing of what our troops have not been able to accomplish, when I know good and well that there are a lot of good things that have been accomplished as well. I hear it from the very veterans I serve as they come back from that "hell hole". The sad thing is most Americans choose to take the media as the gospel truth and the more slanted the media can make things, the more it sells. All they care about is the all mighty $$. Grrr.....

    Turkey...Ah..Mer haba! Nasasin? Thanks (Ta sha cura durum) for the site. Brings back fond memories for me as well. I spent just 15 months in country but I fell in love with what I was able to see and experience. I loved the coastline and the mountains of Cappadocia (sp?)Choke Emim. I loved me some Chicken Tava over some rice, with loads of eckmec! Oh yeah I miss it!

  2. Dos Gringos are pretty good; I've caught a few of their songs over at Chairforce.com (pretty funny website as well, if you haven't been over there).


    Good one about thievin' bitches stealin' all your hard earned pay while you're TDY.


    Not by Dos Gringos, but still a pretty good tune. By a band called Liquid Karma.

  3. Dammit, cut off the addys...

    Alright, first one is:

    (Put it on one line, obviously)

    Next one is:

  4. Dad,

    Dos Gringos were stationed at Cannon at one time. They were in the 524 FS. They have one of the best songs ever written (IMHO) called "I'm a pilot." We (the maintainers) used to play it alot when we were TDY to exotic locations...like Las Vegas, etc. Sarah's (you remember my old Lt, now Capt) husband's picture is on the website. She knows them. Not sure where they're at now though, although I believe one of the two is at Holloman.

    Anyway...my $ .02...


  5. It should be interesting to follow Roggio - thanks for the link.

    I love the Prague pictures!

  6. Dale: I'm guessing you were at Incirlik, given you worked on AGE? (coz Incirlik is the only "real" AFB in Turkiye, i.e., one with a flight line...) It's nice to see someone who appreciated Turkey, as well. Most of the people I met at Sinop put up their countdown calendars the day after they got there, but a few had fun.

    On another note Cappadocia is waaay-cool, ain't it? I saw it at age 12 - young enough to be awed out of my skull, yet old enough to remember the experience. I wish I had gone back while I was at Sinop. My Ol' Man was one of those guys who routinely drug us into the back-country and out of the way places at every one of our overseas assignments, and Cappadocia was one such trip. Seeing it in 1957 was interesting...we were the very first Americans in more than a few places we visited (or so the locals said). The trip to Cappadocia the Ol' Man and I took that summer was a fishing and hunting trip...the Ol' Man, me, a guy by the name of Haluk (my Dad's interpreter), and his son. Way cool.

    Mike: "Foreign Land" is great! Could have been my theme song in some respects, back in the day (as in: My Favorite Uncle paid for it ALL.) Couldn't get the vid to work, Firefox needs a plug-in, yet there is no plug in, but Firefox needs a plug-in...ad nauseum.

    Buck: "I'm a Pilot" is the Lex-link song I referenced; the song is the soundtrack for the vid, which shows some jets getting pranged, including (brief) footage of that famous Sukhoi incident at the Paris airshow...the one where the two Sov pilots kiss the runway on a low-level pass then do a damned near zero-zero eject and live...

    Lou... I have still more Prague pics, look for others soon.

  7. I tried to look at the video (Dos Gringos)finally I sent it to Jesse at work. Maybe I will make a trip to the library and use their internet.

    Your trip with "the Ol' Man" sounds very interesting - blog worthy. I would love to see more pictures of Prague - Paint worthy.

  8. I spent some time in Antalya, and Marmaris. Had the best times, ever! Chartered a 45 foot ketch for a hundred bucks worth of "Multi-Colored Beer Chits". Included all the beer we could drink, lunch and dinner!

    Prefer Turkey to Greece. Anyday.


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