Friday, June 01, 2007

Wonders Never Cease

There's enough info on your blog to ID you. Once it's done I'll forward it to your PAO and let your chain of command take care of this.

For the rest of you, if you are in or came out of the military as a liberal, it's a shame you didn't learn anything while enlisted. It would have been better had you died in uniform, because at least people could have looked back at your life and knew it served some useful purpose.

This little piece of blowhard skwawking is the reason I am up at four thirty in the morning, nursing a cup of tea. Milo called me first thing to ask me to take care of it (time difference be damned). He's far too busy working hard at doing his job this weekend to handle this kind of garbage himself.

My first response to the good "Colnel's" words was to simply delete them. Anybody who would wish death upon my husband over a blog post doesn't deserve to have his voice heard on this site. Nevertheless, I am always hesitant to censor others, regardless of my feelings about their commentary. The more I thought about it, I realized that deleting was not the best option. I prefer to drag this little rat out into the daylight for all to see clearly.

Milo will never say this, but I will. He is a damned fine soldier. Milo is intelligent, respectful, responsible, and capable. Despite his feelings about why he's there and his difficulties with a few of his less-enlightened battle buddies, Milo works hard and gives his best every day. The nature of his job puts the safety of his fellow soldiers in his hands, and he takes that responsibility seriously-- more seriously than some of his young counterparts.

Unfortunately, none of that matters to people like "Col. Scott C. Smith, USMC (ret.)." (I don't think I could roll my eyes hard enough right here to convey my exasparation.) All that matters to him is that Milo is silenced, and fast. This man would rather disrupt military operations than allow him to speak his mind and work in peace. He wants to hassle the Public Affairs Office and guarantee that every member of Milo's already overburdened chain of command has to take time out of their busy day to deal with a stinking blog. These guys work hard day in and day out, and every minute spent on this garbage is a minute not spent on the mission. Take Milo out of the motor pool, and another overworked soldier will have to take on his duties. That crap risks LIVES, because people get sloppy when they have too much work and not enough time to do it. All that because one person doesn't like what Milo has to say.

I sure hope the "Col" is proud of himself. What kind of patriot wishes death on his fellow soldier? What kind of patriot would rather see his brothers in arms dead than holding political beliefs he disagrees with? What kind of patriot would rather disrupt military operations and put lives at risk than allow a soldier to utilize the rights he's supposedly defending? What kind of patriot wishes death on somebody who stares death in the face every single day?

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I am proud as hell of Milo. He does a hard job and faces things that I can't even stand to think about. The fact that he doesn't drink the koolaid doesn't detract from what he does, but adds to it. This is a man who disagrees with virtually the entire premise of the conflict he's been ordered into...but he's still out there, working hard to bring his whole unit home safe.

For those who would like Milo to "shut up and do his job," know this-- he's doing his job, and he's doing it well, but he is never going to shut up and I wouldn't have it any other way.




Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Anne, that was a very courteous put down where most of us would have used a bulldozer and a flamethrower to be sure the point came across.

All that Scott C. Smith demonstrated with his comment is that he learned nothing of value from his service time, assuming he isn't really just a 13 year old pimply brat with some spare time. I suspect he really is just 13, but he may not have pimples.

6:54 AM  
Blogger Seven of Six said...

Yeah, I was wondering when Milo would be affected by this directive. I had asked earlier, I guess it's coming to a head now.

I can't believe the threats however. Is this something the Milo's AG needs to know about?

I guess he can track all us Liberals who love to read Milo's words.
Amazing, wasting time over words being written. Such a dangerous thing.

I guess you have be straight in your politics as well as in your sex life.

7:02 AM  
Blogger Binh said...

Retired lifers are all scum, from Colin Powell on down. The only general I can respect is Smedley Butler.

7:23 AM  
Blogger Chuck said...

Perfect response to BS that doesn't really deserve one.

You guys keep on.

7:24 AM  
Blogger toadman said...

Anne, Milo, I hope this doesn't affect anything here. I want Milo to continue to be able to speak his mind, and do his job. I cannot believe that there could be such a bigoted idiot who would wish death on his fellow soldier because he "didn't learn anything while enlisted." What a load of bullshit. Apparantly "Col. Scott C. Smith, USMC (ret.)." believes the military is some sort of ultra conservative finishing school. Either that, or he is an enormous prick.

I dare the US government to do something about my reading of Milo's words. I double dog dare them...nay, triple dog dare them, to even ATTEMPT to take away any more of my freedom, or that of Milo's. Nothing Milo has said would give away his position to the enemy, or anything of the like.

I am incensed.. can you tell? Give 'em hell Anne and Milo.

7:56 AM  
Anonymous Anne said...

Yanno the best part about the recent blogging/email directive? There's not a single soul in the DOD willing to enforce it. The whole thing is just so much smoke. I had to hear about it on the news, because I haven't heard a peep regarding it from any one of our three chains of command. That's right, nothing from his commander, nothing from DOD, and nothing from our FRG. We all know it's just one more tool to be used in prosecuting OPSEC violators.

And as the disclaimer at the top reads, all OPSEC related details are modified here. Milo has also made a real point of stating that his opinions do not in any way represent the position of the US Army or DOD. He has violated nothing but an unenforceable directive that nobody cares about.

I think the PAO and Milo's COC have bigger things to deal with.

8:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Milo ia an AMERICAN

*the right to free speech*

remember that little part Col. Scott?

11:19 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Don't worry about "Colonel Slaughter" and his types. Just Keep Milo talking and doing what he's doing. He's doing the right thing.

2:48 PM  
Blogger snark said...

I concur with the sentiments expressed by others. The perfect response to a hateful assault filled with bloodlust and anti-American sentiment.

Peace to you.

2:48 PM  
Anonymous I SUPPORT MY TROOPS! said...

Anne? I'm very proud of YOU as well.

4:04 PM  
Anonymous Andi said...

Anne - do we know if Colonel Smith is legit and has Milo's Chain been contacted?

4:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you both for everything you do.

I'm new to your blog but will now be a regular reader. God bless you and may this travesty end soon.

4:39 PM  
Blogger Hayden said...

Beautifully done, Anne. Engaging flame-throwers on their own level isn't effective. The single thing that people like him have never defeated is the steady determination to maintain true freedom.

We need Milo, we need his viewpoint, we need his words. America deserves better than the lies coming from the likes of the col. Its those lies, and the failure to publically dissent, that got us into Iraq.

4:49 PM  
Anonymous Matt in Texas said...

Annie and Milo,

I just now stumbled onto your blog, and am adding it to my favorites. God bless both of you. Keep on keepin' on, 'cause the world needs to see more Americans that disagree with this administration.

5:13 PM  
Blogger JTapp said...

It seems that in pretty much every conflict there are crimes committed in which soldiers on the ground are eventually faulted by a court for not doing or saying what was "right" instead of doing what they were ordered to do. It's the soldiers who shut up and blindly follow orders that end up being courtmartialed.

So, I admire your husband in sticking to his convictions and saying what he feels is right and trust that he will be better off for it in the end.

5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know, there is nothing worse than a retiree who can't let go. Living in an area that is plagued with these people, it really is shocking how many of them still WISH and WANT to have their military power back.

LET IT GO SIR. YOU ARE NOT ACTIVE DUTY ANYMORE. If this is all you have to do with your life is to "report" soldiers who are trying to stay alive over there and then wish death on them...then you sir are a disgusting pig not fit to wear the uniform you CLAIM to have worn. Your nasty attitude is probably one of the reasons you didn't make GENERAL. Stay off the internet and go play bingo.

I wouldn't worry about this at all. There is a war going on and every "patriotic" repuke out there trying to censor people like Milo are doing their best to stop the REAL information from coming out. Luckily, as you said Anne, the PAO and Commanders have better things to do.

Stay strong Anne and Milo. WE are proud of you both.

5:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Milo is a true HERO & PATRIOT. Remember a true patriot is always ready to defend the country he loves even if against his own government. I wish more military would speak up about the fascist pigs that have taken control.

5:28 PM  
Blogger iamcoyote said...

I agree with everyone here - excellent post, Anne, it's sad that it needed to be said. Too many people seem to think freedom is only available to those in lock-step with the war-mongers and deluded Fox "patriots." Apparently the freedoms Milo's supposedly fighting for aren't for him. Insane. Keep up the good work, both of you - we're behind you all the way!

5:45 PM  
Anonymous Big Super said...

Milo & Anne,

The big bad Col. probably saw this blog, and being bored (retired), decided to go do his duty for king & country by lobbing a threat over. Its not the noisy ones you have to worry about, I suppose, its the quiet ones.

Regardless, I hope that this is just a rambling from a die-hard blowhard, and doesn't affect either you or Milo. I can read that both of you are that rare breed - intelligent, articulate people who have the ability to actually to do what so many others cannot - state your beliefs, stand up for them, and back them up with logic and rational thought.

Here's to many more posts from you and Milo - blowhards be damned. To paraphrase: "Damn the blowhards! Full blogging ahead!"

Cheers from San Diego.

Big Super AKA Stephen

5:47 PM  
Anonymous delia443 said...

I love you guys and I think about you both all the time. These are such things as books are written of.

Who was it? John Adams. He said many wise things. Several of them are as follows:

"Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write."

“Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.”

"The jaws of power are always open to devour, and her arm is always stretched out, if possible, to destroy the freedom of thinking, speaking, and writing”

"Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war."


Sinclair Lewis tops it off, though:

"When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross."

Keep on keeping on Milo, Anne. We're rooting for you!


6:01 PM  
Blogger Thomas said...

My foot and this guy's ass needs to have a meeting...

The TB

6:13 PM  
Blogger Human said...

Peace to You and Yours.

Anne, you "ask how"? and "why"?.

It's because the Coln. as most Bushusefools tend to be, is a Violent Extremist. Or Wannabes.

Thanks for keeping this blog and Thanks to Milo for speaking out. Know that there are many like myself who work everyday to end this Sick War and stop the Carnage. We did it before and We can do it again.


6:14 PM  
Blogger Lurch said...

Thanks, Anne, for this post. I'm sorry to see such attitudes expressed by anyone, but especially by someone professing to be a retired officer. I served in the Army, but understand about officers: the successful officer is loyal to the troops. Soldiers are like your rifle (or tools for the mechanic.) If you take care of them they take care of you.

This creature would obviously be much happier with the "Islamofascists" where I understand they kill dissenters.

6:30 PM  
Anonymous betsy said...

as a vetran and mother to two soldiers over there, I cherish our right to free speech. I have my own mind and speak it, so do my sons. They are professional as I once was. I wouldn't want it any other way. keep it up.

8:22 PM  
Anonymous Anne said...

Thanks so much everyone for your support. For the record, nothing has come of this recent threat and hopefully nothing will. If anything does come up, you know I'll be here raising hell.

You can expect Milo to be busy for an indeterminate amount of time, but please don't take any pause in his writing as a sign of the worst. He's just busy doing what he does!

Thanks again, and blessings to all.

8:40 PM  
Blogger The Hackademician said...

Don't believe a word that this phony "Colonel" spouts:

"Retired Colonel" is one of the tells of a military impersonator.

The NPRC can verify this person's service record should he prove to be a persistent troll.

If you need to pursue this and need advice on how to find this person's real identity and get them exposed and listed as a military impersonator, my Dissertation Chair has written about impersonators and knows a lot of people who track them down for the VA and others. In many cases these impersonators are breaking laws by making false claims of service, rank, or honors and there are lots of vets who are happy to see that they are punished for their lies. -- Nous

8:46 PM  
Blogger cinnabari said...

Good grief. I second Nous--this guy's an impersonator. Colonels are not, in general, enlisted, unless it's a prior. Colonels know this. Dipshit internet trolls often do not. the daughter of a retired "lifer" officer who is still a retired officer won't talk that way in public (wish death on a soldier for being liberal? What?). And they certainly won't waste their retirement years trolling blogs to dress down members of other services who are IN theatre and performing missions.

You should be proud of Milo. Milo should be proud of himself. And I think you rock. Military spouse/family is, I think, even tougher than being deployed, especially when it's into a combat sitch.

Best wishes, as ever, to both of you.

9:03 PM  
Blogger Seven of Six said...

I might have found out where this bonehead came from. Information Clearing House posted your article "If the shoe fits", Milo.
Of course there are plenty of doubters of your service. For some reason they didn't read the part where your just a soldier in Iraq, and not really "one Milo Freeman".

11:29 PM  
Anonymous Bob said...

Anne and Milo,

Truth be told, we are in different places about the situation in Iraq. However, for someone to threaten an active-duty soldier for exercising a 1st Amendment right under these circumstances seems to require the threatener to have forgotten real basic values that define this country. I hope that nothing comes of this for either of you, and that both of you will continue to speak your mind. From honest disagreement and discussion comes good things. Nothing of lasting value comes from attempts to intimidate in such circumstances. Milo, stay sharp!!

1:33 AM  
Anonymous Kenny said...

Keep up the writing you two.....never let it rest. What does this "retiree" think we are over for, duh.....freedom!!! You post what I know my son feels and can't say.....God bless and keep you safe.

2:47 AM  
Anonymous mamaworecombatboots said...

Welcome to fame and fortune in the land of well known bloggers. Trolls and moonbats seem to love to have their say.

I have a feeling this “colonel” is either a phony or a relic. What makes him think 1) there is a PAO within 100 miles of Milo or 2)that PAO would give a rat’s patootie about what some (alleged) retired colonel has to say, assuming 3) said alleged colonel would have any way in the wide world to find out who that PAO might be. Forget him!

It takes real guts to lay it all out there as Milo does and it is plain from what he writes he is a fine man and a fine soldier. (Besides, anyone who loves his wife as much as he does is a champ in my book ;). I hope this will not deter Milo from his writing—he has a great gift and one day when this war is over it will make a great portfolio. Who knows, Milo may write the next “My War” or “Blog of War.”

Good on you, Anne, for a thoughtful and well reasoned response. I wish we had more of it. Ranting and raving gets old quick, whichever side it comes from.

2:50 AM  
Blogger Hutch said...

Thank you Anne and Milo for sharing all of this with us. It's the idiocy displayed by this alleged Col. that are part of the reason I'm separating. May you both be kept safe.

7:38 AM  
Blogger Ronn said...

Some retired LIFER (lazy incompetent fuckups expecting retirement) don't realize they can continue to serve their country by simply thinking before they speak or, in this case, type something publicly.

I run the site and try to be quick to respond to servicemembers flexing their First Amendment Rights.

In the meantime, the good Colonel earned my first Soldier Voices "Enemy of Freedom of Speech for Servicemembers" certificate! :D

If you need ANYTHING, you let me know. I've learned first hand how much influence ONE servicemember can have over policy.

Ronn Cantu

3:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Proud as hell of Milo"

And so you should be, as I'm sure he is of you.

I sincearly hope the words that appear on this blog never disappear. More so I hope that more words will continue to appear.


5:56 PM  
Blogger Laura Linger said...

My brother was a liberal.

He was serving over in Baghdad on his second tour of duty.

And Col. Smith got his wish. Andy was killed by an IED on May 3, 2007.

Col. Smith, you are the very definition of disgusting. I am glad that you said what you did, because I plan on sending your name and other identifying details to every decent enlisted person and officer that I know. Dirtbags like you give the good people in the Army a bad name. Surely there is some disciplinary action that can be taken against you for making death wishes against our current soldiers.

Laura Linger

6:23 AM  
Blogger liberal army wife said...

Anne - from one Army Wife to another - Col. whatsis is an ass. pure and simple. Milo - my DH is over there with you, and you guys don't need to worry about jackasses like him.

I consider the source - Retired Marine Colonel. Hell, I know one just like him... I usually ask him where HIS son is (safe home, couldn't hack Basic) they think Rash Lamebrain is a great Amurrrrrricn .. hmmm. Col was enlisted...Let me do some looking...


9:01 PM  
Blogger Dusty said...

Wotta punk the retired Col is.

4:21 AM  

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