Thursday, August 19, 2004

Stay Tuned

Amendment I
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

story developing...

188 comments:

Balder said...

Oh ohhhh....
Usually when someone has to pull out the First Admendment its beacuse someones rights are being trampled.

I hope it's not your rights being trampled.

I wish you (and everyone else over there fighting for us) the best of luck.

TReich said...

Uh-oh. I've got a feeling the Army is coming down on you and is trying to stop your blog.

Which would be a great loss to history.

Hope that's not what's happening.

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~Jen~ said...

Aw hell. This sounds....bad.

Russell said...

Get-r-done! We'll be waiting!
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tarzan said...

*stays tuned*

American Soldier said...

CB,

You know despite your BC telling you that you needed to have supervised postings. You need to understand that the last thing you need is to be look upon as a liability. Just be careful, I'm playing the devils advocate, however make no mistake about it, I will be the first to tell you that I wouldn't give a fuck about what someone says about my blog. As long as I'm not given out Intel or hurting anyone, fuck em!

strykeraunt said...

Glad to see that you resurfaced. I had faith that you were okay, but when the experienced military commenters started pacing I got a little nervous. After a year and a half of stressing out and panicing about my nehpews, I have really learned to be more patient in awaiting word from Iraq. You know that this little tease is going to set off a frenzy of comments from people who think they know what you are going to say. It will be interesting but I am hoping the comments don't get too ugly (especially before the blog is fully developed and posted). Personally, I am going to just wait it out and see what the story is really all about.

Take care and stay safe.

Raptor22b said...

Why are people posting such HUGE, and sometimes very biased, comments on CB's site. Post them on your own and provide a link so that CB and the rest of us can decide if we want to read them out.

I'll stay tuned CB...

XXXXX said...

CB,

I for one (among many) would hate to see you stop blogging. Unfortunately there is no such thing as freedom of speech in the military. Every man and woman in the military gives up many rights which most civilians take for granted. Kind of ironic, but that's the way it has to be.

Take care and thank you for sharing what you have with us. I'll be looking for your book one of these days.

jerseycityjoan said...

Will wait patiently -- with fingers crossed.

all others we monitor said...

Sorry for the repeat posts. First time blogger, obviously.

I'm hitting the delete button, but can't seem to delete the duplicates. Network issues or password issues. I'll keep trying.

MF

all others we monitor said...

Shit.

We all feared this was coming. We'll keep checking to see what your next post will tell us, but if it's over, you have our eternal gratitude.

I spent the last year of my life on active duty in Washington, hunting al Qaida and those who aid and abet them, and providing necessary information to servicemembers such as you who march to the tip of the spear to do put it to good use. It was deeply rewarding to support those who "go some place and do something," as you so memorably put it.

I joined the ranks of those who became addicted to your blog, and have checked it daily to get another dose of the real world, as seen through the eyes of a thoughtful, engaged, and eloquent observer.

For me, your words have been a window into the experiences of my friends and colleagues who either won't or can't express themselves as well as you.

For others, you are their only friend in harm's way. You have created a personal connection to this war for many who, in the age of the all-volunteer military, have lost any ties to those who protect us. In so doing, you have truly served with with distinction and honor, in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States military.

I'll echo many others - if your posting is done, keep writing, save your notes, and share your insights with us when you come home. We'll be waiting. And we'll be thinking of you. Keep your head down, and come home in one piece.

v/r
MF

ch said...

stay frosty and so will we

Captain Holly said...

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the military indeed has the authority to suspend the constitutional rights of soldiers. When you sign on the dotted line, your ass belongs to them. They can pretty much tell you what and how you can write, or even what type of religious clothing you can wear, or when you can go to church. The courts have granted them alot of discretion if they can demonstrate a tactical necessity.

That said, it would suck mightily if CB is going to be "shut down". IF that happens (and we don't know yet) I doubt that it is his battalion CO who is responsible. More likely his blog came to the attention of someone higher up the chain of command, some paper-pushing colonel type who doesn't want any negative publicity to threaten his promotion to general. As anyone who has been in the military knows, the more detached a senior officer is from the troops, the bigger a prick he is.

strykeraunt said...

all others we monitor,
I have also discovered that you have to be real patient when publishing and deleting comments :D Just hit the button once, then when the blog reappears, hit the refresh button until you post appears.

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D.Mc. said...

CB,

Good to hear from you again, even if it seems to not be good news.

Hate to say this beacuse I enjoy reading some of them, but you might consider disabling comments on the blog. I don't see much that controversial in your blog postings, but I can certainly see the powers that be not being happy about some of the rants in the comments.

I'll miss everyone else's opinion, but first and foremost I come here to read what you have to say.

Robre said...

The first amendment limits the actions of the congres. You do not have a first amendment as a member of the armed forces, but you do have The Uniform Code of Military Justice which you will have to answer to if you try to disobey orders from someone that has the authority to issue them. This is one of those sad but true situations.

It is hard for me to read the Iraqi constitution because it basically abandons social contract theory and grants the people of Iraq rights as privledges that can be taken away by law. The idea of a constitution is that it is supposed to be the contract between the citizens of a nation and its government. The Iraqi constitution totally abandons this when every clause of its "bill of rights" is ended with the phrase "under law." The people have the right to peaceably assemble "under law." Well then, they don't really have the right to peaceably assemble at all then, do they?

And we wonder why they fight... Maybe it's because they were removed from slavery to their government under Saddam into slavery under yet another government. I wonder if the Iraqi people will ever have a government that doesn't lay claim to their lives and gives them true soverignity.

Belle said...

hmm...maybe your, uh, wife could start a blog and keep us abreast of your life. You can write to her, right? We could teach her how to copy/paste.

Dunerati said...

Don't feel too bad CB, US Virgin Islanders don't even have the Constitution to protect our rights. We have this document called the Organic Act which gives us most of the same rights as Iraqis 'under law' except one: we can die for our country but not even vote for president.

Adapt and overcome!

Cigarette Smoking Man from the X-Files said...

CPT Holly, "the military indeed has the authority to suspend the constitutional rights of soldiers. When you sign on the dotted line, your ass belongs to them."

The only extent to which soldiers' rights are limited is the degree necessary to maintain good order and discipline, and operational victory. The UCMJ, rather than supercede the Bill of Rights, INCORPORATES those rights into it, and only provides exceptions required for battlefield success.

There is nothing in any of CB's posts that would amount to battlefield loss, or loss of discipline among the troops. I think if the UCMJ itself is twisted in such a way as to directly censor CB (beyond just what it takes to maintain good OPSEC--which doesn't require very far-reaching censorship at all), then Robre's rants, and possibly even some of what Alvaro spews, will end up taking on far more credibility than they would normally deserve.

ProudCavMom said...

CRAP!!!
The war has taught me to curse and CB, you have helped me refine the skill!

If any Col., Maj., Gen., etc with any pull read this site... PLEASE let CB keep posting (preferrably without censorship) Those of us stateside with family serving in the Middle East need sites like this for sanity purposes.

and in return... I will try to refine my speech, curbing the use of profanities... Dad, if you read the comments today... I was just kidding about the use of"CRAP"

RJ said...

I have consumed everything in your blog like it was candy. If there is any way we can show support, or a letter we can write (be it your CO or my congressman), please let us know. Thank you so much for everything you have done.

coffeenogrumpy said...

keep writing.
every day.
but keep it private not public.
then when you are not in the service anymore.
switch to public.

mentalmom said...

Man, I wish my pre-synaptic neurons had a better firing pattern, cause I can't remember shit. Did anyone see a post in the last few days, anywhere in the blogshere, concerning a contest being ran by one of the newspapers. I can't remember what paper, or where I saw the article,(It was on one of the big blogs) but, there is a contest concerning the best blog on the sphere. The article asked readers to submit the web address of their favorite blog and the paper would judge the entries and write a story about some of them and I believe,highlight some entries in the paper. I thought about submitting CB's bolg for it but didn't.

I was just wondering if someone else, or lots of someones, possibly did this and it brought a lot of attention? Ya think?

Mark Buehner said...

Well, this is not unexpected. No matter how into the new media and receptive of the idea 9 out of 10 commanders might be, it only takes one in the chain of command who disagrees to shut down the production. I wouldnt judge too harshly, these guys are responsible for the lives of those soldiers. Having an open pipeline of information like this is scary, no matter how well meaning you know your guys to be. Think about the mail getting censored in WW2, and that took weeks to deliver. I'm not saying I agree, but I understand the counterargument, and i'm not the one with the lives in my hands.

venom8514 said...

Another blogger had the same problem as you and ended up taking his blog down, but sending out updates via e-mail.

aprildawn said...

i heartily agree that the comments should be disabled...i'm sure that they are causing the problems. even though, i enjoy reading some of them, and some of them turn my stomach (or cause my "panties to get into a bunch", as one commenter so lovingly put it)...i'd rather just read his post, on their own.

but...que sera sera.

has anyone noticed the name of the blog is changed?? i guess "fear and loathing" isn't the view of the war that the "higher ups" wanted the american people to have...
good dose of healthy censorship: hunter would be proud.

chin up cb...you'll be home soon.
aprildawn

Mike M. said...

I noticed your "about me" was changed to HELL ON EARTH - damn, CB, I hate that for ya - I, as well as many others have really come think of you as family - I just hope for the best for you, and keep all of you guys in my prayers.

Cannoneer No. 4 said...

While all us common tators speculate, how's this for a plausible scenario:
CB has been operating, day and night for the better part of the last week, gets back to camp and tries to write something, and his editor wants something changed that he doesn't think needs changing. Both author and editor are a wee bit cranky and somebody lacked tact. Showers and rack time will eventually soften opposing positions, compromises will be made, and the words will once again flow.

this we'll defend said...

Yayy, you are ok!

Everybody else, just stay tuned and stop the "Army won't let him speak" talk. If the Army won't let him speak there is a good reason for it. He might not like it, he might not even agree with it, but there are good reasons for it or his superiors would allow it. As I said in another post, the needs of the unit must come first before CB's needs, and especially before the wishes of those of us safe in blogland that read for entertainment value. But don't jump to conclusions and stay tuned.

And I always hear about "paper-pushing colonels" but all the colonels I knew in the Army were ranger-tabbed studpuppet combat types who would have given up their colonel's eagles to be a captain or lieutenant with the troops again in a hot minute. Like his BDE commander, Col. Mike Rounds. He was never afraid to hear soldiers talk honestly.

So relax and stand by people.

Kat said...

Yeah...I think we need to wait to see what happens. I did notice the title. I think hell on earth might mean that our boy is being selected to do something he doesn't want to.

He's a bit of a rebel with just enough anti-authority in him to not like it when somebody higher up actually wants him to do something that he likes. Now it's somebody else's idea.

I don't blame him, I get that way sometimes.

The Kali-Man said...

Hmmmmmm

Can't wait...

Take care in the meantime.

redleg said...

Sorry to hear you're having problems.

From the stories I've read on your blog, I think that any potential OPSEC problems could be solved by simply posting your articles about a week or two after the fact.

Looking at it from your leaders' perspective, if I were in your chain of command I would be shitting bricks. In their eyes, it's hard enough making life-or-death decisions without having bloggers throughout the world second guessing their actions. Granted, most readers don't know the specific people referred to in your blogs, but those in your chain of command probably do now.

The sad thing is, most, if not all, of the people in your CoC probably agree with your comments, but they're afraid of what the next guy(s) up the chain will think.

That being said, as a lowly blog reader (and retired Army guy), I really enjoy reading your articles. Too bad you couldn't have remained anonymous. It's stories like yours that make us appreciate what you guys are going through. We tend to forget how much it sucks over there, but you do a great job of describing it.

The Army's Public Affairs Office ought to be hiring guys like you. You do more for Army PR than any of those bozos. I'd take your blog over a Rumsfeld briefing any day of the week.

Good luck and save your notes!

Chris said...

CBFTW

Please hang in there. I find your blog and others from soldiers like you the most informative means of learning what it means to serve in the military beyond what I get from the biased press. I thank you and every other soldier for your service to the United States.

Ass-uh-9 said...

CBFTW,

Thanks for being one of the "Rough Men". You've given me a new quote to use!

lonelyshade said...

To CB , please just drop the politics , and continue posting about what a soldier thinks.
Maybe if you haven´t noticed a lot of soldiers are influenced by what you write or can recollect it in different view.
You uniek talent is that beside doing your job.
You can tell it in unbiased way .
I really hate to see that go , and yes the captian is unfortunatly right , welcome to the army .

To Army Intelligence .
You can´t deny that this post and his bloq is a moral booster , for home as well as abroad,while it attract loads of different views.
Once people stops having a liberty to post ,there own journal there is something wrong .
Well edit our comments if neccessary to reflect your view.
Or remove the comments , but let somebody in the field continue posting that war is not about good or evil .
But more about the people involved there .
And that soldiers are not mindless brainwashed machines, without emotions but still will do there duty.

Smooth23 said...

I just found this blog yesterday and have read everything you've posted. If you are forced to disconinue posting on your blog keep writing down your stories and I'm sure once you get out you can find someone to publish a book. I for one will gladly buy it.

ArmyRetired said...

I love the site. I'm sitting right across the camp from CB. Wish I knew who he was I'd love to talk to him. CB come by and call home you can use my phone.

Steve said...

Keeping an open mind here, CB. Keep the faith.

Brian H said...

Lotta conclusion jumping going on here. He didn't say he was being censored or cut back. Maybe some other abridgement of rights! Anyway, there's a story to come, let's wait for it.

this we'll defend said...

lonelyshade: you must have missed my earlier post about military intelligence. It is a common misperception that intelligence guys run the Army (or the military). Nope. Army intelligence doesn't decide if CB can post, his chain of command does. There isn't an MI officer in that chain. From platoon to company to battalion to brigade they are all infantry officers, and above that they are general officers with no specific kind of speciality (which is why they are "general" officers) but probably from an infantry, armor, or aviation background there as well. No MI in the chain.

Military intelligence (MI) can't and never would tell an infantryman what to do (and smart ones - they do tend to be smart- would never want to try). Only an infantryman's commander can tell an infantryman what to do. If an MI colonel told CB's brigade commander that CB should stop, the brigade commander (or battalion or whatever level) decides if the MI guy is right or not. If they don't agree with MI then CB posts all day long. It is not and never has been up to intelligence guys. And combat guys often disagree with MI assessments. MI works for and supports the combat guys (and for the most part does a good job) but the combat guys don't work for MI.

In short: combat guys run the military and support, well, supports.

There are two kinds of men in the world - infantrymen and those that wish they could be. Hooah!

ALa said...

I have to second all that was written by D.MC, TWD, Kat and RedLeg...
For the readers:
We don't know what's going on so let's wait and see with no left or right wing shit that may nake the situation worse.
For CB:
You already know we all love you so maybe taking the 'comment option' away would be a good thing.
For White House/Pentagon/Military Brass leaders:
CB is the best PR you guys have -hell, I am a 30-something mother of two and his posts make me want to jump on a plane and fight right beside him!

firstbrokenangel said...

Stay Tuned
Amendment I
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

CBFTW Location:hell on earth, Iraq

Balder
Oh ohhhh....
Usually when someone has to pull out the First Admendment its beacuse someones rights are being trampled.
I hope it's not your rights being trampled THEY WERE, THAT'S WHY HE DIDN'T POST FOR OVER A WEEK LAST TIME. HE EVEN WAS CONSIDERING CLOSING HIS BLOG DUE TO THE COMMENTS AND ALL THE ROTTEN EMAILS HE WAS GETTING.

TReich said...
Uh-oh. I've got a feeling the Army is coming down on you and is trying to stop your blog.
Which would be a great loss to history.
Hope that's not what's happening.

American Soldier said...
CB,
You know despite your BC telling you that you needed to have supervised postings. You need to understand that the last thing you need is to be look upon as a liability. Just be careful, I'm playing the devils advocate, however make no mistake about it, I will be the first to tell you that I wouldn't give a fuck about what someone says about my blog. As long as I'm not given out Intel or hurting anyone, fuck em! LISTEN TO HIM CB!!! HEY, AMERICAN SOLDIER, YOU MAY NOT HAVE POSTED ON YOUR SITE IN SOME TIME, SO I'M GLAD TO HEAR FROM YOU AND THAT YOU ALSO, ARE DOING OKAY.

all others we monitor said...
I'm hitting the delete button, but can't seem to delete the duplicates. Network issues or password issues. I'll keep trying.

TO: ALL OTHERS WE MONITOR: after posting and publishing your post - you can delete anything you say at any time. When you look at the comments section, every post you've made has a "trash barrel" just past the ending of your post. If you click on that, your post will then be removed - anyone who does that has this reply "Post removed by author." Hit refresh to see it, then delete, hit refresh again and you'll see it's gone.

all others we monitor said...
I joined the ranks of those who became addicted to your blog, and have checked it daily to get another dose of the real world, as seen through the eyes of a thoughtful, engaged, and eloquent observer.
For others, you are their only friend in harm's way. You have created a personal connection to this war for many who, in the age of the all-volunteer military, have lost any ties to those who protect us. In so doing, you have truly served with with distinction and honor, in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States military.
I'll echo many others - if your posting is done, keep writing, save your notes, and share your insights with us when you come home. We'll be waiting. And we'll be thinking of you. Keep your head down, and come home in one piece. AMEN TO THAT.

D.Mc said...
Hate to say this beacuse I enjoy reading some of them, but you might consider disabling comments on the blog. I DIDN'T SAY TO DISABLE THE COMMENTS BECAUSE THEY'RE REALLY COOL - WHAT I DID SAY WAS FOR CB NOT TO READ THE COMMENTS, SO THEY DON'T UPSET HIM AND BESIDES IT'S BETTER IF HE JUST POSTS WHAT HE CAN, WHEN HE CAN AND NOT TO LET THE COMMENTS GET UNDER HIS SKIN. NEVER DID I SAY TO DISABLE THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE PRECIOUS. I JUST SAID FOR CBFTW NOT TO READ THEM.
I'll miss everyone else's opinion, but first and foremost I come here to read what you have to say. EXACTLY.

Robre said...
And we wonder why they fight... Maybe it's because they were removed from slavery to their government under Saddam into slavery under yet another government. I wonder if the Iraqi people will ever have a government that doesn't lay claim to their lives and gives them true soverignity. ARGH!!! YOU'RE STILL AN IDIOT.

Valerie said...
hmm...maybe your, uh, wife could start a blog and keep us abreast of your life. You can write to her, right? We could teach her how to copy/paste. HEY, EVEN I OFFERED TO HOST HIS SITE.

Cigarette Smoking Man from the X-Filessaid...
There is nothing in any of CB's posts that would amount to battlefield loss, or loss of discipline among the troops. I think if the UCMJ itself is twisted in such a way as to directly censor CB (beyond just what it takes to maintain good OPSEC--which doesn't require very far-reaching censorship at all), then Robre's rants, and possibly even some of what Alvaro spews, will end up taking on far more credibility than they would normally deserve. GLAD WE THINK ALONG THE SAME LINES CSMX-FILES - IT'S ROBRE, ALVARO AND STEVE. CB HAS NEVER SAID OR DONE ANYTHING THAT WOULD PUT HIM, HIS UNIT OR THE FOB IN ANY DANGER; ALL HE HAS DONE WAS INVITE US INTO HIS EXPERIENCE AND WE, FOR THE MOST PART, HAVE BEEN VERY SUPPORTIVE OF HIM ALL THE WAY.

ProudCavMomsaid...
CRAP!!!
The war has taught me to curse and CB, you have helped me refine the skill! HAHAHA ME TOO
If any Col., Maj., Gen., etc with any pull read this site... PLEASE let CB keep posting (preferrably without censorship) Those of us stateside with family serving in the Middle East need sites like this for sanity purposes. HOPE YOUR MESSAGE GETS THROUGH. MILITARY INTELLIGENCE (MI) DOES CHECK HIS POSTS ON A DAILY BASIS AND THAT INTRUDES ON HIS PRIVACY RIGHTS.WE DON'T EVEN KNOW HIS REAL NAME.

RJ said...
I have consumed everything in your blog like it was candy. If there is any way we can show support, or a letter we can write (be it your CO or my congressman), please let us know. Thank you so much for everything you have done. WELL SAID. IT'S WHAT I KEEP SAYING BUT I GUESS PEOPLE DON'T REALLY READ ALL THE COMMENTS. AND WE DEFINITELY SHOULD THANK HIM. CB, THESE GUYS WHO ARGUE THIS WAR PARTISANLY AREN'T BLAMING YOU PERSONALLY, SO DON'T TAKE IT PERSONALLY. BUT THIS BLOG IS SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT YOU AND SUPPORTING YOU IN ANY WAY. THANKS FOR SAYING IT AGAIN RJ.

aprildawn said...
i heartily agree that the comments should be disabled...i'm sure that they are causing the problems. even though, i enjoy reading some of them, and some of them turn my stomach (or cause my "panties to get into a bunch", THAT WAS ME!! as one commenter so lovingly put it)...i'd rather just read his post, on their own. MAYBE THAT'S WHAT WE SHOULD DO BUT NORMALLY, FROM THE VERY BEGINNING, THOSE OF US WHO HAVE BEEN WITH CB FROM THE BEGINNING ARE VERY PROTECTIVE OF HIM, HIS PAIN, HIS ANGUISH AND WE THANK HIM SINCERELY FOR DOING WHAT HE IS DOING AND SHARING HIS LIFE WITH US. WE ARE VERY GRATEFUL. LIKE I SAID, THE COMMENTS BOTHER HIM, THE EMAIL HE GETS BOTHERS HIM. I DID NOT SAY TO DISABLED THE COMMENTS, I JUST SAID THAT MAYBE HE SHOULD JUST NOT READ THEM RIGHT NOW, BUT TO CONTINUE POSTING SO WE KNOW HE'S OKAY AND TELL US WHAT HE CAN.

Mike M. said...
I noticed your "about me" was changed to HELL ON EARTH - damn, CB, I hate that for ya - I, as well as many others have really come think of you as family - AYUP!!!! THAT AREA OF THE WORLD WAS SAID IN "NAVY SEALS" BY CHARLIE SHEEN'S CHARACTER - HE CALLED IT "THE ARMPIT OF MISERY."
I just hope for the best for you, and keep all of you guys in my prayers. MOST OF US DO.

Cannoneer No. 4 said...
While all us common tators speculate, how's this for a plausible scenario:
CB has been operating, day and night for the better part of the last week, gets back to camp and tries to write something, and his editor wants something changed that he doesn't think needs changing. Both author and editor are a wee bit cranky and somebody lacked tact. Showers and rack time will eventually soften opposing positions, compromises will be made, and the words will once again flow. SURE HOPE SO; I BELIEVE AMERICAN SOLDIER HAS TOLD HIM THAT ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS.

redleg said...
That being said, as a lowly blog reader (and retired Army guy), I really enjoy reading your articles. Too bad you couldn't have remained anonymous. It's stories like yours that make us appreciate what you guys are going through. We tend to forget how much it sucks over there, but you do a great job of describing it. THAT HE DOES.

Chris said...
CBFTW
Please hang in there. I find your blog and others from soldiers like you the most informative means of learning what it means to serve in the military beyond what I get from the biased press. I thank you and every other soldier for your service to the United States. AMEN

ArmyRetired said...
I love the site. I'm sitting right across the camp from CB. Wish I knew who he was I'd love to talk to him. CB come by and call home you can use my phone. THAT IS SO COOL - I'M SURE YOU CAN FIND HIM THERE AT THE BASE. HIS ROOM IS OPPOSITE OF THE NEW GYM PUT IT AND RIGHT BESIDE HIS DOOR IS THE FREE SNACK MACHINE. IF YOU'RE THERE IN THE SAME FOB, YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO FIND HIM FAIRLY EASY.

And if anyone thinks THIS post is too LONG - too bad.
Glad you're back, CB. As I told you a long time ago, even if you write something, even "tired today, will talk later" is better than NOT posting at all.
May God Bless You and Yours and May he hold you in the palm of his hand safely until your return from Iraq. As Always, I will be checking in on you several times a day. Im glad American Soldier posted because now I know he's okay too.
Stay Safe!
Hugs,
~C

Bryce said...

I hope you can come to a compromise with the COC. Even though you are there defending our Constitution and the rights it applies to us; you don't enjoy them as a member of the Armed service. Just how it is.

We will keep our eye on your blog. Write what you can when you can and we will be satified with that. Bryce

firstbrokenangel said...

I'm actually glad so many read the posts in completion. I NEVER SAID TO DISABLE OR CLOSE THE COMMENTS SECTION. What I did say was - due to prior posts and knowledge of CB, THAT HE NOT READ THE COMMENTS NOW - BUT MAYBE WHEN HE GETS BACK HOME AND I ASKED POLITELY THAT PEOPLE STOP SENDING HIM HATE MAIL, NASTY EMAILS, POLITICAL EMAILS BECAUSE THEY UPSET HIM. His journal was not meant for that.

So please, give the guy a break and just let him post and post more when he feels more comfortable. And CB if you are reading this, listen to AMERICAN SOLDIER who is on his way over there soon and heed his advice.

Those of us who have been with you since the beginning understand more than you'll ever realize. We care about you, we worry about you and we do need to hear from you. You have become an integral part of our lives and our concern for you is real.

I know I didn't post much from the beginning, now I can't seem to shut up, because I have to fight these morons and MOORE-ONS in defense for you. And I will continue to do that but mostly I will continue to pray for you, your wife, your family, your comrades who are fighting this war for our continued freedom.

The reason I wrote about my husband, hon, was to show you the difference between soldiers of yesteryear and soldiers today. I also hoped it explained to you about your father, too. I'm also the one who brought up "the book!" something that everyone jumped on, which is cool actually but they sure don't mind putting me down if I say anything else. I am willing to host your site and any others because even though you changed the name, your IPO is the same.

We love you and hopefully all our love and prayers and concern will keep you safe and sound till you are back on American soil. Let us also pray for our troops in Najaf, they sure need it.
Hugs,
~C

CindyG said...

Since this war began I have been searching for a soldiers point of view. I found your blog thru Ernie's house of whoop ass. I spent hours reading every word you wrote. It's like a book I couldnt put down. That was just last Monday. In the days since then I have checked for new postings from you several times a day. I have been keeping up with the news to see if there have been any trouble in Mosul. If this is your last post we will surely miss you. Please be safe. I pray for all the service men and women fighting for our country. Your friend, Cindy

Charlie said...

CB,
I look forward to hearing more from you, even if it is in edited form. To me, you epitomize the American warrior, you always do your duty and accomplish the mission, and you are unafraid to speak your mind. Whether you stay in the Army or get out, and I strongly suspect that you will opt out, you are a great American who will do great things wherever you may be. If we don't hear from you again, stay safe over there and I pray that you make it home to your wife alive and in one piece.

Can Do said...

BOHICA

TTboyArDee said...

righty-o, man. don't take any guff from those swine!

Some Soldier's Mom said...

CB, Just do what ya gotta do. God keep you safe.

this we'll defend said...

BOHICA - LOL. For those who don't know, that is "Bend over here it comes again."

Can do - were you 1/5 IN by any chance?

And how the F does MI reading CB's blog infringe in his privacy any more than us reading it? Some of you people have very, very strange ideas of what MI does.

Keep up the good work MI - grunts appreciate it when you get it right, and always have somebody to blame when you fuck it up. Drive on!

kenseica said...

Perhaps CB is "going somewhere and doing something" that the powers that be might not want to "share" at this time. Obviously, CB disagrees with a almost full news black-out. Disagreeable orders from on high are the stuff of any military organization.

All we can do is wait & keep faith until he surfaces. "Watch the war" and stay safe.

Shar said...

You know the only thing he posted was the first ammendment. He didn't go into any kind of details on why he posted it, he just did. There are alot of reasons he might have and speculation doesn't really "figure it out".
Isn't it just enough to know that hey, hes alright, nothing terrible has happened since the last time he posted, which is what I think is the most important thing of all.

TheRevRioSoave said...

Looks like ALL milbloggers have been shut down. News on Najaf seems to be pretty slim too. Somewhere somebody is doing something methinks.

Feenyx said...

Hey CB, Smash sent me. It's been a pleasure. Keep yourself safe. Will look forward to hearing from you soon.

Alvaro Frota said...

CB:

First of all, it's fine you are alive. Second of all, well, it's just second. Don't worry about the second. Time never stops.

That's life. The guys of morondom sees you as the biggest support of this fucking war, and the brasses keep you from they...

What a desappointment! Someone DO has to be guilt. Who? Some commentors, of course, who didn't buy the morondom ideas. Then, I learned here, after reading lines and lines and lines and more and more lines, there are comments and e-mails that upset you at the point you is endangering yourself in the "hell on earth" just by being upseted...

You have just a couple of months in this hell. Be patient and stand up. Life is life. The second is the second. The book will be your revenge.

"Já dizia Galileu da Galiléia,
Malandro que é malandro não bobéia.
Se malandro soubesse como é bom ser honesto,
Seria honesto só por malandragem, caramba!"

And aquele abraço!

Álvaro Frota
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PS: Backing home, Rio de Janeiro perhaps will be a good idea for vacations.

Frank S. said...

CB - Glad to hear from you. I think we all we're getting worried that something might have happened. As many of the others have posted, I thought you might have been "restricted" in your activities. Hope that isn't the case. Look forward to more REAL information from Iraq.

Stay safe!

Kevin said...

BOHICA is well known in the Infantry. My friend who was in the Marines and is now enlisted in the US Army taught me what BOHICA stood for. LOL. If you're a grunt or a former grunt, you know that acronym is SOOOOOO true.

Capt America said...

Me suspects you are fishing the soldier who has filed suit over stop loss order...me thinks

vrangel said...

You mentioned earlier that some people from Pentagon as well as White House aids are reading this blog.

I wonder whether they can pick up their phones and perhaps fix any problems your blogging might have encountered...

Of course it would be helpful if good people in position to help knew exactly what the problem is.

Post it like it is as always ... Just a suggestion.

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strykeraunt said...

All of these comments totally crack me up!!! Thanks for the BOHICA definition (This We'll Defend), I fiured it was a military thing just didn't know what it means. Also, thanks for clarifying that THERE SHOULD BE NO EXPECTATIONS OF PRIVACY WHEN YOU POST ON THE WORLD WIDE WEB!

All of these comments remind of a blog I went to a couple of weeks ago that starts a story with a paragraph, then all of the commenters add a paragraph (or more) to eventually finish the story. Its all real interesting, but I think I will wait for the real thing :D

Alvaro Frota said...

Who believes in Papai Noel?
---------------------------

1.) White House is desperately rushing the informational blocade about the bombing of an-Najaf.

2.) CB got censored.

And:

3.) Nobody here is capable to link the two points...

"Goods first made mad whom they want to destroy"

vrangel said...

Alvaro descending into madness, LOL

:)

DirtCrashr said...

Keep posting, whether it's gibberish or not. Don't let the bastards get you down, in or out of the circle.

popeyemoon said...

As a soldier I have sworn to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. What do I do when those enemies are my leaders? A cut and paste from someone else but says it all! come home

Robre said...

There is no reason why CB should be forced to surrender his life and liberty to the morbid curiousity of strangers and to demand that he does is extremely selfish.

Even though he SHOULD be able to post to a blog he did not enter into this action with the intent of entering into a drawn out legal battle to prove that he can. If he has been issued a command to stop blogging fighting it would create no new military legal precedence that wasn't already set by conscientious objectors during the Vietnam War who printed and distributed anti-military publications and were successfully defended in court.

this we'll defend said...

If Men in Black was changed by CB it didn't change the flow of the story - but it is an example of how seemingly innocent things can benefit the enemy. If they know what he was going for when he went for it they would get an advantage every time a crew member dismounted and didn't immediately seek cover. Think about it dumbass.

How about you delete your quote from the original Men in Black, please? Now? Right Fing now?

Paul Edwards said...

Robre, "It is hard for me to read the Iraqi constitution because it basically abandons social contract theory and grants the people of Iraq rights as privledges that can be taken away by law."

So you mean Iraq is the same as every other country in the world (including Australia), with the sole exception of the US? As an Australian, let me assure you that you are completely correct. I quake with fear every time I step outside, knowing that my fascist government is about to take away all my rights, and there's nothing I can do about it. If you ever visit Australia, you'll feel the fear the moment you step off the plane. In fact, you'll be so scared yourself that you end up hopping straight back on the plane to the good old US of A, the only country in the world where the only thing stopping 14 year old girls from being hit by sniper fire is, well, nothing really. Anyway, you keep doing things your (correct) way, and we, and the Iraqis, will continue to suffer under our oppressive fascist governments. Of course, if we ever wanted to do things your way, all we need is a referendum to get passed with a 50% majority. But the people here have all been brainwashed so much that we actually enjoy being oppressed. We've heard about the wonderful freedom that the Americans have, and sometimes we wonder if we should probably have a constitution just like yours, so that we too can be totally free. But most of us do nothing about it, since we all assume that it's someone else's job to worry about how to overthrow the fascist Australian constitution and replace it with the a glorious revolutionary US-style constitution. You'll probably understand it better if you come and visit. You'd be amazed. When you go to order a beer, you have to look under the counter to place your order, because the bartender is invariably cowering under the counter, hiding from his fascist government. It's an amazing place. Seeing is believing.

Alvaro Frota said...

The trully mad man is whom isn't capable to think about his madness.

Robre said...

"It shall be lawful for the Queen, with the advice of the Privy Council, to declare by proclamation that, on and after a day therein appointed, not being later that one year after the passing of this Act, the people of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, and Tasmania, and also, if Her Majesty is satisfied that the people of Western Australia have agreed thereto, of Western Australia, shall be united in a Federal Commonwealth under the name of the Commonwealth of Australia. But the Queen may, at any time after the proclamation, appoint a Governor-General for the Commonwealth."

God save the Queen.

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Alvaro Frota said...

To all:

If one wants to debate this fucking war, I think here isn't the right place. Then, I invite all who knows that debate is not a exchange of insults to read and comment something that I write in my blog:

http://www.alvarofrota.blogspot.com

Aquele abraço!

AF

Cannoneer No. 4 said...

CB -- Set up your PayPal account, you have hit the blogosphere jackpot. You have been blogrolledby Blogger 6 and have an Instalanche going. Congratulations.

Cannoneer No. 4 said...

CB -- As I was on the blog roll. My mistake. You're Instalanche is still underway. Your hit numbers are going to go through the roof.

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lonelyshade said...

Well defend , i give you right in most comments.
And as well defined it may be .
Unfortunatly the higher you get up in command .
The more you have to deal with politics.

Well his BC can offcourse stick out his neck for him.
But that wouldn´t look good on annual reviews.
Sorry MI does have a big influence in the military.
And ussually if push comes to shove , most prefer to choose there eggs over there bacons.

Now you can debate long and hard but thats reality.
The higher you go up in command the more you have to worry about your own ass in the dirty arena of politics.

Sorry CB from the first post he did this bloq
To tell the truth some good some bad .
And not some Hooah we are in the Army and everything is great.

nygal said...

CB - whatever happens, please know you have touched many lives, given encouragement to many military families, and have found places in so many hearts and homes around the world. Don't fight the Army - its will not be a pleasant battle. They will find ways to screw with you down the road. Your mission is to come home safe.

redleg said...

There is another redleg here, which is good because I like company

I am with TWD on this one. Wait to see what is going on before spouting off with the latest diatribe. CB is dealing with events we cannot even conceptualize right now, and so is his chain of command. I have been part of the chain of command so try giving them the benefit of the doubt until the facts are in. CB's battalion commander sounds like a stud who has done the right things, and will continue to do the right things. I guarantee CB's unit is worried about more than the vaunted right of free speech. You can worry about free speech in a coffee shop back home, not when you are manning a 240B on the back of an armored vehicle trying to avoid getting your ass shot off. Trust CB and trust his unit. They have done nothing not to deserve that trust and you are not there.

Steve said...

They have the FBI and Homeland Security knocking on the doors of protesters in the U.S. You think they're going to let soldiers in the field tell it like it is? They have a propaganda campaign to conduct.
I recommend you take your blog entries and whatever else and write a book. Don't sell the rights off to anyone and good luck.

Paul Edwards said...

Robre, "God save the Queen"

In the year 2000, Australia had a referendum, to replace the Queen with a president. I voted in favour of doing that. Although a majority of Australians wanted a republic, they couldn't agree that the model being put forward was the one that they wanted. So it was voted down (basically out of spite). But I'll be voting down their alternative (because their model sucks).

However, had Australia got the 50%, the Queen would be history. You know it. I know it. And the Queen knows it. In fact, the British offered no opinion on the subject at all. They all said "If I were an Australian, I would offer an opinion".

As such, if you think that America has more freedom than Australia, based on the fact that we have a ceremonial Queen, you are lying to yourself, and it is nothing more than the same cultural bigotry that makes Europeans walk around with their nose in the air with regards to Americans.

You know it. I know it. And the Queen knows it. But keep repeating your folklore if it makes you feel superior. Personally, my heart goes out to the 14 year old American girls who have to face snipers just walking to the local shop. But whatever rocks your boat. You have a democracy too, and I know as well as you do that if you want to make 14 year old girls safe from firearms, it is in your power to do so. As such, since it is your democratic choice, go for it. Although with so much indoctrination on the matter, it is probably hard for you to ever make a sensible choice. But regardless, the freedom of speech and freedom of thought are available to Americans. If you can't get over your neurosis, that's just bad luck for 14 year old girls.

lonelyshade said...

To steve cut the gossips and do some research .
Cause with bunch of crazy unemployed lawyers .
Sues going to be high if the Fed did that without prior records or events.

To Redleg
Normally i would agree i didn´t want to post this .
But sorry with a 4 star general saying on CNN.
Redeployment of troops and bases is good ?!! ,
For who him ? he doesn´t get half his salary cut , well those who are shipped back home do !
I can´t help to imagine the thine line between politics
and armed forces has been severly crossed.
While i agree with freedom of speech NOT in active services, but there is a different between freedom of mind and opnion , without that what seperates US soldiers from the extremelist they are fighting .
Just as long you can perfrom your job ,in your r&r time you can think whatever you want .
And CB Bloq represented this , note to CB i wont hold a grudge if you remove more pages and stuff .
None taken do whatever you have to do , to get out of that mess .

Can Do said...

this we'll defend - was in 3/15 IN 3rd ID.

CB keep your head down and don't let anyone get you
Lima Lima Mike Foxtrot out there....

Robre said...

You think that Britain can't apply any pressure on Australia, but all you need to do is look at WW1 and WW2 propaghanda posters and see that it has happened in the past only 60 years ago.

http://www.artsnotdead.com/propjpgs/together.jpg
http://www.firstworldwar.com/posters/australia.htm
http://www.joseflebovicgallery.com/Catalogue/Archive/Cat-98-2002/Pages/pg01.html

A colonial constitution for a colonial nation in both Iraq and Australia.

Polk Brat said...

Man that just sucks. It was great hearing about true life uncensored reports. You guys are doing such a tough job and doing it well. I can't help but wonder if Michael Moore's film caused someone to get paranoid about an open info source. I realize you guys are fighting a physical war but the terrorists are using the theater of media to promote their cause. There's definitely been a plan to control what gets to the media like using the embeds, chasing them out of Najaf and tossing al gizzera (sic) for a month.

Stay safe and keep a journal. God bless you and all your fellow soldiers.

Paul Edwards said...

Robre, "You think that Britain can't apply any pressure on Australia, but all you need to do is look at WW1 and WW2 propaghanda posters and see that it has happened in the past only 60 years ago."

Do you have any idea at all as to why Australia is part of the coalition in OIF? If you go to www.newspoll.com.au and search for Iraq, you can see at the time of war, public opinion reached 57% in favour of going to war, 36% against.

Any idea at all? Is it because Australia is a colony of America? Is it because Australia was pressured by the US? Is it because we were fishing for a Free Trade Agreement? Is it because we were scared that if we didn't do something, we'd be attacked?

The main reason Australia goes into these things, is a feeling of solidarity with the rest of the free world. That is why we turned up to help Britain in 1939 while you were hiding under your bed. That is why we turned up to Vietnam when Britain was hiding under the bed. It's not that we're after anything in return. It's because we are the epitome of freedom. And anyone who touches another free country has to do it over us. An attack on one is an attack on all. The smarmy Chinese dictators who massacred those children in Tianamen Square were OUR DAMN CHILDREN. That is why our Australian PM at the time, who incidentally is an atheist, literally cried in parliament.

So, if you want to treat Britain as some sort of imperial arsehole who you look down on your nose at, go right ahead. To us, they're part of the free world, and damned if they're going to be bombed by Nazi Germany. And recently, Australia has spent a LOT of effort trying to get to the top of Osama Bin Laden's hit-list. Quite frankly, I'd rather he attacked us than you.

But if you don't have a feeling of solidarity in return, don't worry about it. It's presumably a concept unique to Australia. If you think we get "pressured" by Britain or the Queen, just go right ahead. We do it out of a spirit that is obviously alien to you. No problem. You want to look down on us as a colony, go right ahead. You'll probably find surprised looks if you actually ask any Australian how they feel about being "pressured" to obey the British though, being a colony and all. ROFL!

BTW, this action was responsible for the forces of freedom creating a whole damn country (Israel):

http://www.ezydvd.com.au/item.zml/3671

Most Australians haven't even read our bloody constitution, and are blissfully unaware that according to whacky American folklore, we are allegedly inferior. What a joke. Have you ever actually personally met any of these inferior Australians?

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Robre said...

Congradulations,
most Australians haven't read their constitution. This makes anything it contains a "myth" even though it is THE document that defines a nation's system of government.

So you're saying it really doesn't matter if a government violates the principles of a social contract because no one cares about a constitution. Everybody should just drink and be friends and have "solidarity" and everything will work out in the end because you, Australia, will always be able to tell the right side of any conflict even if the right side always ends up being the British side. There is no need for silly things like laws and proceedures to evaluate the governments chosen course of action. I mean look, you were responsible for the formation if the state of Israel! That has worked out so well for the world. Why should a government ever be held responsible for its actions to the will of the people?

You should realize that I am not speaking of American ideas. Please read this:
http://etext.library.adelaide.edu.au/r/r864s/

Also, speaking of American "myths" about Australia, how is the Dingo fence holding up?

all others we monitor said...

Take it easy, Mr. Edwards. We appreciate you, we really do.

There are many Americans who hold our Australian friends in the highest regard. One of my former commanding officers was stationed in Oz early in his career (near Alice Springs - plenty of time to get to know your friends, with not much else to do). And at every formal dinner he has attended since, he has raised his glass and offered a toast to the only ally who has stood at our side in every conflict since that nation's founding: Australia. When I first heard him offer the toast, I was proud to see that the "hear hears" were louder for that one than for any other save the toast to the U.S. Navy itself.

Australia has been and remains our most steadfast ally, and we are deeply appreciative of your courage, your honor, and our mutual sacrifices.

That said, I have many Australian friends who would respectfully, but strongly, disagree with your benign view of the Queen's authority. Many remain outraged at Governor-General Sir John Kerr's 1975 sacking of the Labour Prime Minister on behalf of London -- and they were barely old enough to remember it at the time. They are staunch republicans (that's with a small "r" -- we Americans shouldn't confuse them with the party of GWB) today.

Respectfully,

MF

Paul Edwards said...

"That said, I have many Australian friends who would respectfully, but strongly, disagree with your benign view of the Queen's authority. Many remain outraged at Governor-General Sir John Kerr's 1975 sacking of the Labour Prime Minister on behalf of London -- and they were barely old enough to remember it at the time."

This is rubbish. The Governor General sacked Whitlam before he got sacked himself. And the reason for the sacking was because supply was being blocked because Labor controlled the lower house, and the Liberals controlled the upper house. You know like those government shutdowns you have over there sometimes? Well, in that situation, it's the GG's job to dissolve both houses of parliament and call fresh elections. Which is exactly what was done. I'm not sure what you wanted done instead.

Just because some Australians have heard some left-wing spin, what's that got to do with anything? In actual fact, these same left-wing people even go so far as to blame the CIA!!! Because the CIA asked Britain to do something about it. So if you really want to go down the left-wing route, Australia is a defacto colony of Britain, and Britain is a defacto colony of America.

Personally, I consider it to be insulting to all 3 countries to say things like this. Trust me, we're not controlled by Britain, and no-one here gives the Queen a second thought. If a policy is not the way we want it to be, we know damn well that it's the arsehole sitting in the next cubicle who is responsible, so we'll vent our anger on them for being such dickheads. The Queen never enters the thought process. Nor does retaliation from the US, or the CIA, or anything like that. It's purely a debate amongst the population as to what is the best course of action, mainly from a moral point of view.

Unfortunately there are idiots in Australia who consider the UN to be some sort of "moral arbiter", and there was about 20% extra support waiting for UN approval for OIF. No attempt was made to explain to these people why the UN is a morally bankrupt organization, because the PM doesn't need public support to actually go to war. Nor does he need the GG's approval or the Queen's approval. However, this year the PM gets to pay the price for that decision. And the really big problem is that the Iraqi people weren't grateful enough for being liberated. I was expecting something like 90% to be overjoyed. It didn't happen. It is a bit of a shock to the pro-war side that people could not appreciate their freedom.

I wonder if it's because it isn't "true freedom", ie where the constitution doesn't have "under law" that is upsetting the Iraqis so much? Maybe if we got rid of those clauses, to be the same as the US, the Iraqis would suddenly start being happy? Worth a shot?

Paul Edwards said...

"most Australians haven't read their constitution. This makes anything it contains a "myth" even though it is THE document that defines a nation's system of government."

It's not a myth, it's just not important to us. In actual fact, if they hadn't gone to a lot of effort to tell us the name of our first Prime Minister during our centenary year (2001), no-one would even know that either. What matters is our freedom, not some complicated fine print/theory that they teach in America (and that you posted a link to). That freedom is not threatened by our government, nor is it threatened by the US. Our freedom, or that of our allies (basically we don't really draw a distinction), was threatened by Germany, by USSR and now by various Arabs/Muslims. There is no concept of a threat from our own government, and even if there was, the Army would not stand for it. There is no concept of requiring arms to defend against our government. Which incidentally is just more US folklore. Modern wars are won in the air. If the US army ever goes up against the US population, it is the US army that will win. Exactly the same as happened in Iraq in 1991. The peashooters they allow the public can't actually penetrate a tank. And that glorious revolution against the British is more folklore. It is more like the Northern Alliance having a victory against the Taliban. The French heavy-lifting in the revolution was as important as the US air support in Afghanistan. Even the numbers are similar, the Northern Alliance being a MINORITY.

"So you're saying it really doesn't matter if a government violates the principles of a social contract because no one cares about a constitution."

Britain and New Zealand don't even have constitutions. They're not as important as you think. We've got one, but no-one cares about it. We simply vote for whoever we want. And if neither party is suitable, we simply start a new party up. It's not that complicated. That's all that's required for freedom. You get a chance to kick them out every 3 years. What more do you want? The solution to any complaint is "go and start your own party if you don't like it". Everything is changable.

"Everybody should just drink and be friends and have "solidarity" and everything will work out in the end because you, Australia, will always be able to tell the right side of any conflict even if the right side always ends up being the British side."

Britain chose the wrong side in Vietnam. They chose neutrality. We didn't. We independently decide what is right ourselves. We've never been wrong yet. Not once. We've always been on the side of freedom. It comes naturally to us. Or at least, a majority of us. We've been afflicted by the same Soviet psyop you were afflicted by:

http://www.thinktam.com/askiraq/viewtopic.php?t=330

which has poisoned the left-wing. The left-wing never used to be like it is now (ie like Michael Moore). The poll numbers don't look good. We've got an election this year, and the left-wing are leading. I hope that Iraq is peaceful before then, so that Howard can crow about how morally bankrupt the left-wing was for wanting to leave these people in state-slavery. But at the moment, the left-wing are able to crow about how these people have their own distinct slavery-loving culture.

Ad Astra said...

I have been reading your blog for a couple months now and was finally inspired to post a comment because i was able to figure out how to work HTML and put a link to you on my blog.

But anyway, as you now seem to be between a rock and a hard place i wish you the best of luck.

Paradislemoko said...

CB,
I only discovered your blog last night through a link from the Instapundit blog. I've been up all night (it's now 9:30 a.m.) reading your posts. I just couldn't stop. Everything you've written brings right through to the reader the vivid, heightened adrenhalin rush reality you're experiencing during firefights, as well as the almost elongated sense of time created by the boredom of the nothing happening at all/when will something happen periods. Your writing is so immediate, so close up, that after a night of reading you I feel so immersed in your experiences that your reality is almost more real to me than my own.
Thank you for letting me inside your head - this is the first, and almost only "reality" of this war, and of what is really happening in Iraq, that I've encountered. The news media are beyond useless, they're dangerous. If I had my way, I'd sell off the New York Times, the Washington Post, the LA Times for scrap. Then, I'd buy you the biggest sattelite dish on the planet, and ask you to kindly broadcast your blog through the wonders of technology into every home in America. Why not every home everywhere?!
Words can never be enough to thank you and your fellow soldiers for all you do, for all you go through, for all of us all comfy here at home.
If the Department of Defense really has the brains that Secretary Rumsfeld is credited for, they'll get you your own shiny new computer (ask for a Mac) and sattelite dish (until my mega dish arrives) and let you go to town with the blog.
Whatever the reason for your last "stay tuned" post, I wish you all good things, safe completion of your tour in Iraq, and a happy return home to your wife and family. I look forward to reading all you have to recount. (Don't let the academics get you. Maybe the Iowa Writers Workshop a little, not too much. You've got the gift! More, please!)
Best always,
Madeleine

Robre said...

Okay, really I doubt London could force anything onto Australia but Australia and G.B. do have a very close relationship.

However my comment about Iraq was made about a brand new nation. I think the intentions of a nation's establishing force can be easily determined by the constitution they develop. The truth is that no one in Iraq really cares about the constitution legally right now at all, but the language of the constitution seems to show that the intention of the occupation and its government is not to provide liberty and soverignity to the people of Iraq. Because there are problems in the language of the law it is indicative of a larger problem of intentions.

Australia was founded as a colony so it has a colonial constitution. This is historical fact.

Iraq was not founded as a colony. We claim that we are staying in Iraq to give them liberty and soverignity. Are we really?

"The United States goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is a well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. If the United States took up all foreign affairs, it would become entangled in all the wars of interest and intrigue, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom. She might become the dictatress of the world. She would be no longer the ruler of her own soul."
President John Quincy Adams

This is what I am afraid of.

Basileena said...

Sometimes others get jealous for the praise and honesty that others tell. Keep telling your story. All the others who are tring to negatively intervene need to get a life!

strykeraunt said...

Robre and Paul Edwards,

I have an idea!! How about you both get together and start another blog site to continue this discussion?!? This way, all of the other viewers who really care about what you are saying can add it to their favorites and come join the fun. I believe this would be a win, win situation for everyone.

Byron said...

"The military is where they take away all your God-given rights, and dole them back to you one by one as privelidges." -Anon.

Hang in there, your blog is great. As an ex-soldier and a journalist, I'm behind you 100%. If this gets nasty, call a jag and we can set up a legal defense fund for you.

You're fighting for our freedom, we'll fight for yours.

Robre said...

Every republican government has a constitution, even New Zealand and Britain. How would a government function without developing a method of governing?

The collected works of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Thomas Hobbes, and John Locke are not "complicated fine print/theory that they teach in America." If you think this then I guess your country was struck by "soviet psyops" more than you think you kook. "john kerry was a soviet agent" I don't even know what to say to that.

Lugnut said...

Please do as others suggested, if they're trying to stick a boot on your neck regarding content, write two blogs, one public, one private (for later publication). You'll regret it later if you don't.

Keep your knees loose ,your ass low, and your ammo dry

Lugnut

Desultory Girl said...

CB, Glad to see you posted again. Hope you spirits are high and wish you well.

Paul Edwards said...

Robre, "Okay, really I doubt London could force anything onto Australia but Australia and G.B. do have a very close relationship."

Actually, we have a closer relationship with the US. We also have a defence treaty, ANZUS. We have no such treaty with Britain. Although there is that embarassing Commonwealth thing where theoretically we're meant to care about a whole lot of tinpot African countries. We don't.

"Iraq was not founded as a colony. We claim that we are staying in Iraq to give them liberty and soverignity. Are we really?"

Yes. They have it already right now. It doesn't get any freer, legally, than Iraq right now. They don't even have speed limits on the roads, unlike Australia. No restrictions on pornography, unlike Australia. These are the only two unfree things I can think of about Australia. For the US, I would add prostitution is illegal, unlike in Iraq.

"The United States goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy."

Australia does not have this nihilistic hangup. We're quite used to traipsing around the world telling people what they can and can't do.

"This is what I am afraid of."

Nothing to be afraid of here. To fight a war properly, you need to do it globally. Your enemy certainly will. If you want to look for some US mistakes, take a look at Egypt. Britain and France, members of the free world, had taken it over. The US chased them away. How was this repaid? Nasser the Nazi aligned with the USSR, turned Egyptians into racist Arabs and bigotted Muslims, incensed them with the supposed Israeli and US crimes, frustrated them with dictatorships so that they couldn't express their desire to wreak havoc, and so they instead turned to terrorism, and you got 9/11.

In hindsight, that territory (Egypt) should not have been effectively handed over the the USSR in the middle of the Cold War. It is US's obsession with independence that hurt everyone basically. In fact, it was the thought that the US might have been an imperial power in Vietnam that made the US abandon South Vietnamese allies, frogmarching them off to communist gulags against their will.

The US started its democracy by only allowing nominally educated people to vote. As did Britain. When you allow uneducated people to vote, they vote for communists, because they don't understand modern economic theory. Most of these nasty dictators would have been better off as colonies. They were let loose too soon. If you speak to educated Indians, they realise this too. They wish Britain had delayed independence.

The US is currently taking a gamble by allowing a politically immature Iraq, just finished 35 years of indoctrination of lies, to take a step into the abyss. My peronal opinion is that the Iraqis are sufficiently educated to at least be able to tell the difference between a moderate and a demagogue, which will give the breathing space required for modern education, and freedom of speech to have its effect. But it really is a gamble. Of course, there's always the fallback of simply reinvading. But I don't think the US has the political will to do this. Japan was done in 7 years. Germany in 5. Iraq is being compressed into 2. My guess is that circumstances are so different post-Cold-War that it is going to work anyway. Certainly interesting times!

Dunerati said...

psssst.... you are not alone

http://rots22.blogspot.com/

Dunerati

ps you ever see american flyer and he gets the Tshirt that says "nos Fidelis..something or other" that they translate to mean, 'when you get it up, keep it up'.

Keep it up my friend!

Mouthpiece of Disinformation! said...

Anyone got any theories as to why this blog is simply 'my war' and no longer 'my war - fear and loathing in Iraq'?

91ghost said...

I'm with This We'll Defend and Redleg. In all seriousness, fuck the blog for now if it is going to cause you more trouble than you need. It's indeed more important that you get home alive, that your platoon mates get home alive, that your missions are effectively accomplished and that you keep your nose clean and not get into shit so deep you need a crane to get out of it. The world can wait for you--and your book--anyways, any mickeymouse shit you might be contending with right now will only make it all the sweeter and more poignant once you are in a place where the words can flow. Just get the fuck home alive. Reading some of the comments here it seems as if some would have you be the puppet for their own agenda. You have made your mark with a stunning precision and power---we can all patiently and gratefully standby and wait for the literary barrage to come.

Alvaro Frota said...

Democracy? For who?
-------------------

It is simple like that:

1.) If there are a pro-US man in Iraq, a Negroponte's puppet, and the oil turns a private business of US companhy, then, he will be a democratic one.

2.) If no, if iraqi people choose a man that demands the re-nationalisation of the oil and the withdraw of the occupiers, then, he will be a dictator.

In clever words: Alawi will be a democratic one and Moqtada will be a dictator. Period.

As Lula is a democratic one in Brazil and Chaves is a dictator in Venezuela.

And if one demands to debate this, he is a terrorist, an enemy that must be killed. End of discution.

Aquele abraço!
--------------
AF - From Rio de Janeiro.

spaceCADETzoom said...

Alvaro, I'm not sure if it's the language barrier...but boy, you're getting nuttier and nuttier. It's like you're in the back of the room trying to get everyoone's attention...everyone else is posting about encouraging CB or debating freedoms...you, I don't know waht you're trying to do. hehehe. Vrangel above was right.

spaceCADETzoom said...

Paul Edwards,
That is a very interesting viewpoint about our penchant to Liberalism and our (US) "obsession with independence that hurt everyone basically." I think that's the crux of the controversy, though, no? We Americans tend to be deeply enamored with John Locke and ascribe to *ideals*. Such is the case with our "silly" private gun ownership. Truly, Americans are indeed swinging towards the direction you espouse...the last defenders of that "silly" 2nd amendment of ours are idealists willing to accept our gun realted crimes for liberty.

Maybe it does hurt us in the end...and from many outsiders (and indeed, many Americans), we ouught to give up the ghost and go completely into an ends-means game. To many, we sould adopt the complete utilitarian route that shuns "outdated" notions of liberty for the sake of security.

It's a valid argument. I accept the point of view...I don't necesarilly agree with it, but it is supportable.

I too share a certain fear of things that you don't have. You've enumerated them...our government, or in RObre's John Quincy Adams example, the US getting "entangled in all the wars of interest and intrigue, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom." You value more tangible aspects like security rather than ideals like "liberty".

I don't mean to make it a loaded equation...I truly accept your point of view. I'm often on the fence about this myself.

BUt I think that's where the divide lies. We should simply accept the different points of view...I don't think it would benefit anyone much more to make the case for either direction.

(by the way, to American readers, by Liberalism I mean it in the classical sense...not the social-Democrat sorta sense that we tend to call "liberal" today)

(oh, and to the person who suggested to make a new blog for this robre/paul edwards discussion: that's what comments and blogging is all about. an exchange of ideas...they've been largely civil, and CB's post stimulated debate. Maybe I've been spoiled by academia, but we should always encourage thinking, wouldn't you agree? or maybe you want the "comments" section to be merely pats on the back for the poster?)

rastoboy said...

Hey CB,

I sincerely hate to break it to you, but the first amendment only prohibits Congress from passing laws. That's about it. We don't have a generalized right to speech in all situations, although I know it does suck.

My point is only--don't get yourself in trouble. This cyber world is not as important as your real one.

Peace,
Lee

Lee

firstbrokenangel said...

"Álvaro Frota said...
To all:

If one wants to debate this fucking war, I think here isn't the right place. Then, I invite all who knows that debate is not a exchange of insults to read and comment something that I write in my blog:

http://www.alvarofrota.blogspot.com

Aquele abraço!"

Now didn't I say that already?? BTW, look at the right side where CB describes the reason for his blog and let's try to accept that as it is. Thank you.

Vadergrrrl said...

Stay strong. Keep writing and reading.

I look forward to the upcomming story.


we love you!
xxxooooo

Keystone said...

I will be waiting to hear what you have to say before I jump to any conclusions.

Hope to "see" you back soon!

Mike M. said...

Well Folks, according to an army info officer in iraq, all blogging has been ended due to some newpaper article quoting a certain blog, trying to say it is risking security.... it doesn't look good for CB...

Derek said...
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Captain Holly said...

Hmmm. IF that's true (and we don't know that yet) then it would validate my original theory: CB's blog wasn't shut down by his BnCO, but by someone higher up the chain of command.

It may have been for legitimate OPSEC reasons.

Or it may have been that the Army didn't like "unofficial" accounts of battles getting so much attention.

I wonder if this had anything to do with CB's recent Instalanche.

We'll have to see...

Pat in NC said...

CB, It is obvious--you are greatly loved. Take care and may God watch over you.

rainydaymeg said...

Im sorry CB, I've loved reading your accounts of your battles. Now I feel it's time for me to speak up. I speak now as the proud mother of a soldier and a marine, Shut the fuck up and cover your ass. Your too valuable to be wasted. I've read all the rhetoric and that,s just what it is. Take care of yours and stay safe.

Paul Edwards said...

SpaceCadetZoom, "You value more tangible aspects like security rather than ideals like "liberty"."

This is not true. I want the security to safeguard my liberties. And the only liberties I feel I don't have in Australia are:

1. Some restrictions on pornography. These can be bypassed via the internet, but I am really pissed off that we have a Censorship Board, where some people basically can watch anything they want, while I am basically told that I am intellectually inferior to them and they need to protect me from seeing various things for my own good. Yeah, right. But once again, I can scrap this board, if only I can get 50% of the Australian public to agree.

2. Speed limits are set at values that have no scientific basis. Instead of being able to drive at a speed I consider to be suitable for the conditions, exactly like happens when it is raining (ie speed limits are ignored as way too high for conditions), arbitrary values have been set.

In America, prostitution is illegal. But I have that liberty here. Again, the government telling two adults what they can get up to consentually is a gross infringement on liberty, and against separation of church and state.

There is nothing magical about Australia's constitution that gave us legalized prostitution, but the US doesn't. I would not say that we have a constitution that gives true liberty, while yours doesn't. I noticed that some US state was banning sex toys too. Another gross violation of liberty.

As for the gun laws, the fact that in the US, a 14 year old girl can be confronted with a criminal with a gun, and doesn't even have the option of running away, because she knows she can be shot, is another denial of liberty. I don't want criminals to be holding guns and threatening my daughter. I prefer the situation in Australia, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, where no-one ever threatens you with a gun. You can always run away and scream for help. And others can help too, since they know they're not going to have a fatal encounter. I'm not saying the US should adopt the Australian way - I'm just saying that you shouldn't claim that the US values liberty more than Australia. It isn't true. That is folklore.

I consider Iraq to be the most free country in the world at the moment. No speed limits. No restrictions on pornography. No censorship board. No restrictions on prostitution. These are the things that liberty is made of. Whereas others look at the Iraq constitution and call the most free country in the world illiberal based on folklore about the words "under law".

draegoon said...

I had to make a Blogger account just to reply to Paul here.

You had me going. Your post was making sense and you seemed to consistently support liberty. Then you went and screwed it up when you got to guns. You implied that outlawing sex toys was an infringement on liberty. I would argue that outlawing handguns is worse. A sex toy is primarily used for recreation while a (legally owned) gun is an invaluable self defense tool.

A gun is the greatest force multiplier a person can have. That's what makes it useful. Unarmed, a 5 foot, 100 lb, 85 year old Woman doesn't have a chance against a 6', 200 lb burglar. With a gun and proper training the elderly woman can defend herself.

Your argument about a criminal with a gun is flawed. You assume that a person willing to commit armed robbery is somehow unwilling or unable to buy a black market firearm. I know it's cliche, but it's true: if you outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns. The truth is legal guns give average people the ability to defend themselves.

I will grant that not having legal firearms in your country may result in fewer gun related crimes in your country. That does not make it liberty, and it does not prove that the same would be true in the US. After 229+ years of legal firearms, there's no way outlawing them now would get rid of them so at this point outlawing firearms in the US would be futile and counterproductive. It would only guarantee that criminals would have an advantage.

dL said...

"Guns don't kill people, bullets do"

The people keeping CB from posting are the same people that kept him from skating the Ralphs parking lot back in the day...

that is all you have to know about liberty and freedom, the politics of skateboarding

Jonesy said...

God bless America

Paul Edwards said...

Matt W, "A gun is the greatest force multiplier a person can have."

And criminals have them. And terrorists have them. And psychopaths have them. But my 14 year old daughter doesn't.

Quite frankly, I don't consider a society that has children afraid that when they walk home from school, their head might explode from the latest sniper/Islamofascist to be a form of "liberty". I think that people have the right to not live in fear.

"After 229+ years of legal firearms, there's no way outlawing them now would get rid of them so at this point outlawing firearms in the US would be futile and counterproductive."

I am not saying that the US should or shouldn't have gun control. I was the only person in my company who refused to sign the petition calling for stricter curbs on guns in Australia. However, the US can choose to have Australia's system, or Australia can choose to have US's system, at any time. All you need is sufficient public support and you can have whatever your society wants. Both nations are free. My only complaint is that the US looks down on other nations as not being as free as them, based on weird logic that makes Americans in some way as whacky as the whacky Iraqis. It is simply untrue.

Crazygoogrl said...

CB..It's a shame that it's looking like the "powers that be" are giving you a hard time about writing this blog. I certainly can't say that I'm surprised. Please keep on writing somewhere though.....I, and I suspect many others, will be looking for a book titled My War-Fear and Loathing in Iraq when all this crap is over. I'm expecting to find it on the New York Times Best Seller list! Stay safe so that you can come home and tell us all how it really was.

firstbrokenangel said...

Today is Saturday, August 21st; yesterday was my birthday. For a present, I'd just like to have you say HI so I know you're okay.
Thanksyou and God Bless.
~C

strykeraunt said...

There is probably a lot of celebrating in Iraq tonight. Iraq's soccer team just beat Australia (1-0) to move into the semi-finals. This is the furthest that Iraq's Olympic soccer team has ever gone. Amazing what can be accomplished when the threat of torture is removed. Hopefully, this will be a lesson to any country who may think in the future to treat their athletes in this manner.

Bane said...

Yeah, maybe, but those pampered Baathists sure don't like President Bush. I hope they get their ungrateful butts kicked by some wimpy country and go home in disgrace. Piss on em.

lonelyshade said...

Maybe cause they don´t play for Bush but for IRAQ itself.
Why do people always have to associate things with politics , hmm does the New York Yankee play for the republicans too ??
Well sorry maybe the commercial should say YES TWO new countries joining the olympics.
But two new countries still a mess ,still no running water still no electricity , people getting killed .
Or even beter show the civilian casualties .
While for the same amount of money that has been wasted in the IRAQ war 1 country could have been true Democratic and modern ! nope now its 2 country that can´t be Democratic at all for the next 9 years without troops stationed there .
Oh my what a great AD !! maybe Bush should make Iran democratic too and North Korea , eh problem is short of manpower and overextended military .
While i am not against the Iraq War and glad saddam is gone , but it seems Bush only wanted war but not the hardship of cleaning up the mess.
Destroying stuff is easy , but cleaning up is a Bore .

CrazyCzech1 said...

Lonelyshade - I disagree. You maintain that (1) Bush wanted war, and (2) that he doesn't like to clean-up afterwards. First, no one wanted war. Even people who hate Bush (whether or not they support Kerry) cannot honestly say that he WANTED war. EVERYONE wanted Saddamm out. And he is. Secondly, your argument that he doesn't want to clean-up the mess is also immaterial. Bush is committed to cleaning up the scum that are flowing into Iraq like a pack of Lemmings. If he wasn't, he would have every single troop back at base. He would not be committing American resources and lives to a country in which he had not interest in helping establish itself. (At this point in the argument, it's time for the energy enthusiasts to come out swinging...) The "oil control" argument is also moot. First, the Iraqi oil contracts have already been doled out. They include the following countries (in speaking about all aspects of the business from the pre-drilling sector to the distribution sector.) France is obviously out. So is Germany. Russia, Poland, Italy, Austria, Greece, Norway, and Sweden have all recieved lucrative contracts. And why shouldn't they? They risked valuable resources in addition to human lives to ensure the success of a new regime in Iraq. Finally, you are an effing idiot. You and your towel-head friends should realize who your friends are: The Coalition Countries. If we didn't care about the future of your countries we would simply seal our borders and let all of you sort it out for yourselves. But we do care, and yet you bite the hand that provides you food.

Alvaro Frota said...

CrazyCzech1:

Of course, the americans do had receivead - straight from God - the right to rules the world, in the best interests of the world people.

Then, the only cam judge if anything is good or evil is the american government.

AMEN, and

Aquele abraço!

Álvaro Frota

blahblah said...

This is a long gap in CB's blog posts. He's probably busy on Ops or injured. So just add him and all of our servicemen and women to your prayers.

Jesse said...

CB, hope all is well with you. You are in my prayers, keep posting if you are able. It is good for folks to here what is going on over there. It is too easy to get wrapped up in the BS here and forget what you all are doing. God Bless. js

USN(RET) said...

This is a quote from the "Live From Iraq" blog and seems to be referencing the "My War" blog.

"man, I’m a sucker for satire. a recent article in a medium-market newspaper quoted a soldier’s blog extensively referencing possible operational security violations- something to the effect of “we started to run low on water after the nine hour battle”… duh. I couldn’t live out of my car for four hours, let alone kill people from it. oh no, the enemy now knows, that if they hold us off for nine hours, they will reach our weak point."

This blogger is an Army journalist in northern Iraq and he hasn't posted since Aug. 11 - whatever is going on seems to be catching! :(

JoeTex said...

Boy! What a bunch of pessimists. Could he have changed the name because he is no longer going to be in Iraq? That may be a little tough on some of you, but he HAS been waiting on the trip home to go through. The quote may be because he has said what he can, and when he gets out of the theater, he may be less confined as to what he can say.

On the other hand, ... a new move of forces? big brother cracking down on the little guy? a secret mission? Lots more exciting, but I doubt it.

Good going guy! You and your brothers deserve a big thank-you. Let us hear when you can. I'll be looking for the book. And don't let them "fix" the spelling, typos, or wording. It is part of the character, and you. Not perfect, just real.

Joe

Paul Edwards said...

Álvaro Frota, "Of course, the americans do had receivead - straight from God - the right to rules the world, in the best interests of the world people. Then, the only cam judge if anything is good or evil is the american government."

Actually, this is not true. The Australian government also came to the same conclusion. And the Australian people also came to the same conclusion - at the time of war reaching 57% in favour of liberating Iraq, 36% in favour of continued holocaust. You can see these figures at www.newspoll.com.au if you search for "Iraq".

What is more interesting to me is why YOU couldn't tell the difference between good and evil. Did you not see Uday raping women and feeding them to his Dobermans? Is that not evil to you? I'm an atheist, and even I can see that it is evil. It is against my morals. So, may I ask what religion you are that this is not considered evil? Are you a devil-worshipper or what?

mel said...

Aww, Come ON! You're posting the first amendment, and I just found you last week! Why am i always the last to know about a good thing? I'll be staying tuned, just like i have every day since i found your blog.

Incidentally, i think the article you read a couple of months back about blogs may very well be in part about my husband and his blog. He's also a huge fan, and has you linked out of his blog now. He's going to be disappointed, but begrudgingly understanding, when he finds out that my first comment ever was to your site.

you're writing is brilliant. its like james jones, but frightening, because the characters are real and i wake up every day hoping that you and the guys you've written about are making it. my brother just joined up and took off for basic training this week. the last few emails he sent me all were titled with quotes from your posts. i told him about you right before he left, and like all of us, he's nuts about your stuff.

I know this thing must be therapy to write. All writing is, and given your circumstances....and i know it must be tough to be unable to write, whatever the circumstances. Keep writing your own journal, and don't sweat it if you have to give this up for now: you're writing already had a tremendous impact in the few short weeks you were able to post. I have no reason to believe it won't continue to do the same in the future. Come home safe and take care of yourself: as if serving your country wasn't enough, it appears you have even more large work ahead of you when you unleash your prose on the world.

RJ said...

This smells really bad to me. Censorship might be necessary to protect the safety of US troops or our allies, but anything else is BULLSHIT.

NB: Over a hundred people have commented so far. Hell, I registered on this blog site just to say that I'm concerned about censorship. Just imagine how many people are THINKING that right now. Just imagine what would happen if this shit reaches the mainstream media. For the guy writing this blog, the military sounds like its a one-time thing. I guessing that the censors are career officers, and unnessary censorship that turns out to get media attention would be a really big black mark. Who ever is doing the censoring should THINK about that.

mel said...

my second blog comment ever in less than five minutes!
this IS addictive.

for all the folks out there getting hysterical over censorship and hazarding guesses as to where its coming from:
let's get real. we're lucky this guy was able to post as long as did. I was shocked when i found this blog on the net that they had let him go unchecked as long as they had. whoever they is. in case you hadn't noticed: freedom of speech is very relative. we've got more than most folks. but it is by no means limitless. and the media won't care at all. they're pretty censored themselves. and they are even more hardened and cynical than i am.

but maybe more importantly: why get our guy all freaked out about censorship at a time like this? he's in a war, for goodness sake. he needs to choose his battles (bad pun) and save his energy for the stuff that really matters, like keeping it together when he has to "go somewhere and do something". he can come home safe and then write like crazy and give the censoring demons hell!

maizefortortillas said...

I only hope that the deciding commander glances at this comment.

This site is pro-military. And I mean it in this way, America wants to know what the grunt-on-the-ground is experiencing day-to-day. It's not all good news or happy stories, but this Blog shows the determination and dedication of American troops in an intense conflict. I am personally glad to hear the hopes and fears of troops in Iraq. The media here glosses over what is going on over there. As a vet I may be more understanding of CBFTW’s viewpoint. All is not perfect, but CBFTW’s Blog is a perfect reflection of the American spirit, the perseverance through tough times. People WANT to know and WANT to have some connection with our troops in Iraq.

Getting rid of this Blog would cut a lifeline to people who support the efforts of our troops overseas. I know it is a bit corny, but it is true. Military Blogs are important to the average American.

http://www.sgthook.com/
http://www.thegreenside.com/

BrknSk8BrdsDad said...

Well, CBFTW, I've been checking back regularly since Thursday I hope that you haven't been pressured to give this up, or worse, God forbid, you are unable to keep posting. My sons unit (the 401st Trans Co. Battle Creek, MI) has been with you since Ft. Lewis over a year ago. You have been an incredibly informative & comforting source of info to me and to many parents. I pray for all of our soldiers, but I specifically say a prayer for you, when I pray for my son, Chris.

Thank you & God bless you!!
A Soldiers Proud Dad

Alvaro Frota said...

Paul Edwards said:

1.) "So, may I ask what religion you are that this is not considered evil?"

To Paul: just read my profile and you will know about me.

2.) "Did you not see Uday raping women and feeding them to his Dobermans? Is that not evil to you?"

To Paul: I saw a lot of thinks im my live, not only the mass media intends one to see.

If you are searching for dictators that must be toppled, well, there are a lot of them in the world, most instaled and fully supported by the american government.

But, as a brazilian, I have no right to see nothing. The only has this right is the american government... and, of course, the australian one.

To CB: forget the censoring stuff and be concentrated in return home "in one piece". The book will be your revange...

Paul Edwards said...

Álvaro Frota, "If you are searching for dictators that must be toppled, well, there are a lot of them in the world,"

Yes, I'm searching for a list. And it looks like you are too. So, was Iraq on your list? Was it at the top? Were you overjoyed when Iraq was finally toppled? Was there any people who were suffering more than the Iraqis? What criteria do you use to decide who should be on the top of the list? Did your country help out? Did the majority of your country support helping out?

"most instaled and fully supported by the american government."

Actually, most came to power by other means, and I'm not sure what you mean by "support". Regardless, we're talking about Iraq. Did you support ending the Iraqi holocaust or not? If not, then I assume that means you support holocausts? Here was a great opportunity to end one, and you turned it down for contrived political reasons, is that correct?

"But, as a brazilian, I have no right to see nothing. The only has this right is the american government... and, of course, the australian one."

Actually, there was a percentage of people in every country in the world who supported ending the Iraqi holocaust. And there were a variety of governments in the world who supported ending the Iraqi holocaust. So, were you on the right side of history? Was the majority of your countrymen on the right side of history? Was your government on the right side of history? Or was it a case of 3 strikes?

Paul Edwards said...

Álvaro Frota, one more point. Public opinion is fickle, but majorities in favour of ending the Iraqi holocaust were achieved in the following countries:

USA
UK
Australia
Kuwait
Iraq

Now, can you tell me why these 5 countries should put aside their own opinions, and instead just do whatever the brainboxes in Brazil want?

Alvaro Frota said...

To Paul:

The top of the dictator's list surely is George "Nero" Bush.

What holocaust you are meant? The today one?

Give me a break, fellow: Who had create Saddan and AlQaeda in first place?

Alvaro Frota said...

To Paul: I just don't want to debate with you in CB's (aquele abraço, meu irmão!) blog. If you are able to digest a lot of realy information about this war, and corralated issues, you are invited to htt:www.iraq-war.ru. I'm an editor of the Spanish/Portuguese and English wires. And there is a Russian wire to. And the site is russian based. And in fact, most of the commentors are against the occupation of Iraq. But... itn's Russia a democracy, in your own words? There are comentors of US, UK, Japan, Latin America, Moslen World and o caralho à quatro. And I'm a brazilian, of course. Then, please realize I won't answer yor questions, here. I apologise you for it, but in CB's place I will not debate you. See you on iraqwar.ru. Shall we debate there about Australia and US agrressions and so. And, last but not the least, there are a rule of the board forbiden exchanges of insults. [AF]

Paul Edwards said...

Álvaro Frota, "The top of the dictator's list surely is George "Nero" Bush."

You think that the American people were being treated more cruelly than the Iraqi people? You think that the American people had less freedom of speech than the Iraqi people? Is that correct? What measure did you use to determine this? Number of tongues cut out by each respective government? Number of blogs from each country? Number of critical statement emanating from each country?

"What holocaust you are meant? The today one?"

No. The one where government policy was to rape women. To cut out people's tongues. A high crime rate as found in Iraq is not a holocaust. In fact, the crime rate is not even higher than a country like South Africa, or a city like Washington DC.

"Who had create Saddan and AlQaeda in first place?"

Saddam was created by his parents. Al Qaeda was created by Osama Bin Laden. Regardless, what has this got to do with the question of whether the Iraqi holocaust should be ended or not? Also, I still do not understand why the countries that wanted to end the holocaust, including Iraq itself, should listen to the opinions of someone from Brazil, instead of having their own preference implemented. Can you tell me why we should be deferring to the great thinkers of Brazil instead of doing it our way? Since when did Brazil become God?

If you would like to debate this in a different forum to this blog, please go to:

http://www.thinktam.com/askiraq/viewforum.php?f=31

This is a forum that was set up to support an Iraqi called Sarmad, who used his freedom of speech to create a blog called "Road of a Nation". If you're lucky, he or one of his Iraqi countrymen may actually answer your questions themselves. You can explain directly to the Iraqis themselves why Brazillians deserve freedom of speech, and deserve to not have their ears chopped off, but the Iraqis deserve to live in state-slavery. I'm sure they will see how smart you are and how dumb they are. Although so far, no-one has managed to convince the Iraqis of that. But you might. Because you seem much smarter than the average racist bigotted anti-American Eurotrasher. We are in dire need of a "Brazillian perspective" - someone who can allow us to see things clearly.

lonelyshade said...

To crazy chezch

Sorry first off , i dont know where your statement and facts comes from .
Current contractors are neccesarry to rebuild a country.
But what i am referring to is Afghanistan .
Right with 82nd and 101th Airborn entering those blasted caves and kicking some serious ass and winning.
Showing that American´s have adapted to low intensity warfare.
Now the war in Afghanistan is over , pftt off those troops go to the next war .
Who is rebuilding Afghanistan ?? Yeah hmm let the NATO handle it ? , sorry why couldn´t Bush wait and clean up that country first , before starting a next one ??
Sorry with even UN against them attacking IRAQ cause of no solid evidence , he still continued .
What for i mean you liberated a country Afghanistan ,
Just to leave the mess in place !!
With warlords still roaming the country , with moslim extreme beliefs still deep rooted .
What did America clean up with a war in Afghanistan .
No sorry , you can´t win heart of a country , if you dont invest there , well leaving it in semi state of anarchy .. where they need 100000 troops just to make sure the elections are safe ?
With rebuilding of IRAQ sorry most contracters wouldn´t even dare to be there , once troops are pulled out.
Sorry are you saying IRAQ is safe ?? nope its a mess.
But same situation in Afghanistan , but we don´t hear anything from that country do we .

Now thats the statement i am making .
Those are facts , that both countries are a mess.
So nice to put two more country into democracy AD.
But with both country a mess , i rather have seen one country true democratic .

s said...

Álvaro - I've been to your country. And I work with a few Brazilians here in Australia. So I know you don't live in any Copacabana heaven. When you can clean up your veniality and filthy corruption, and when you adequately deal with the poverty of your own people, when you can stop the exploitation and oppression of so your own people, then your opinion may have some credibility. As it is you sit in your ivory tower - no doubt while countless homeless people camp out your front door - and espouse grandiose theories that have absolutely no impact on anyone around you.

Give up man.

You are lost trying to convert anyone here.

Go give a roof to someone who is homeless in your country.

Paul Edwards said...

lonelyshade, "sorry why couldn´t Bush wait and clean up that country first , before starting a next one ?? With warlords still roaming the country , with moslim extreme beliefs still deep rooted ."

Because it is the tactical thing to do. The solution to Afghanistan requires an indigenous army, that has allegiance to the people, instead of a faction. That is the Afghan National Army, and now number 13,000 soldiers. It is better to make it clear to the Afghan people that they have not been invaded by the Americans. Like you said - warlords control the country, not Americans. Eventually the warlords will be defeated by the ANA. That war hasn't started yet, and will in fact most likely be solved diplomatically. Rome wasn't built in a day, and the building of the ANA so that it can defeat the warlords can't be rushed without risking upsetting the locals. What is currently being done is an excellent use of US resources. Only using the minimum force required to get things on a PATH of constant improvement.

91ghost said...

Saint in a Straightjacket: I've been trying to stay out of this one, but I have to say: well done. Your comments were right on.

Alvaro Frota said...

To Paul: As I said, I woun't debate you in CB's (Força, irmão!) blog. If want to debate, I just have invited you to www.iraq-war.ru. Thanks.

To "saint in a straitjacket": You don't know nothing about me and what I'm doing in my country. Then, fuck-of with your words.

AF

Alvaro Frota said...

To Paul and "saint in a straitjacket":

As I said, I will not debate you in CB's (Força, irmão!) blog. If want to debate, I just have invited you to www.iraq-war.ru. Thanks.

To "saint in a straitjacket", specially: You don't know nothing about me and what I'm doing in my country and is trying to judge me? Fuck-of with your words!

AF

lonelyshade said...

To Paul
Tactical thing to do is not fight on two front .
Tactical thing is to let the military fight there war.
How dirty or unclean it is ,War is hell .
Tactical thing is not to install a government that cannot support itself .
Tactical thing is not to say ANA should clean up there own mess cause there is no ANA .
Tactical thing is to show you care about the civilians who cares about democracy or arm them so they can defend themself, not let them die at night to extremist and terrorist .

How can you support Democracy , if those who support it are the ones who are dying or not being protected.
Sorry seems in both theatre of war , those who are trying to make a beter place are being killed .
Those who love anarchy go around unpunished.
Cut lose the Rules of Engagement ,have a media blackout.
And most of all dont let things turn into a political issue , the more politics involved the longer it takes to rebuild a country .

Paul this is my opnion and mine alone, Afghanistan is promoslim , how can you change it if people have been brought up a lifetime in war ,with the only escape of mind was the religion .
The difference between Afghanistan and Vietnam was that the russian left a better defence then the american .
While supporting extreme moslim beliefs cause they were against communisme , supporting corruption cause they currently support your side .
Doesn´t mean you support the right side , something that came back to haunt America , with current state of affair in Afghanistan and Iraq it will again come back to haunt the America.

With a golden oppertunity wasted in Afghanistan to break the death lock of extreme views.
No matter what you try now , neither the Afghan people or Iraqian people will be gratefull in the future.
How well intended the original idea was.
People primary needs are simple food water and safety if the soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan are not safe !!!
Who says the civilians are so safe then ??

goinghikin said...

I just recently discovered your blog and spent a long night reading just about every post.

It's really interesting how we in the US can be so isolated from the rest of the world and yet we continue to broacast our influence so effectively. It's a sort of "Media-Diode"... a "Mediode," if you will - partly systemic, partly conspiratorial and don't forget self-induced.

I look forward to reading future posts.

Pasadena, CA, USA

madtom said...

itn's Russia a democracy,
Alvaro Frota

No! Who told you that. Did you see what happened to the opposition in the last election? He woke up in a gay porno video! What democracy act's like that?

Madtom

strykeraunt said...

One soldier was killed and one wounded West of Mosul, when a roadside bomb exploded as a convey went by.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4442969,00.html

Today is my birthday. Last year on my birthday, a convey traveling in the Tikrit area rolled over a roadside bomb. Six soldiers were wounded. One would spend the next few months just struggling to survive. My nephew who was stationed in the Tikrit was supposed to be in the vehicle that ran over the bomb but last minute changes kept him back at the FOB. He was one of the soldiers who instead responded after the fact. I cannot even begin to imagine his feeling as he arrived on the scene to see his buddies so terribly injured.

Today there are family members with soldiers attached to Task Force Olympia who will begin the waiting period...."no news is good news" Right? However there is no such thing as good news today because a soldier died. The buddies of these soldiers have already begun the mourning process. They have just lost someone who has become a member of their family. The families back here in the states will wait to see if they are the ones who will receive the call, or the knock on the door.

So please understand when I tell you...right now I really don't care whether Australia or America is the better country. Quite frankly, I am proud to be an American and would not choose to live anywhere else. I am also proud to have Australia as such a loyal friend. And, I am very proud of all of the soldiers who are working with the coalition to make this world a better place.

One more thing - Iraqi children were also injured in this attack on the convey. Consider, if just for a moment...who is killing and injury Iraqis more these days...is it the American soldier or the thugs (insurgents, terrorists, criminals, etc.) who are doing everything possible to disrupt Iraq's security and rebuilding process.

Ms. MO said...

I do hope you are not going offline. I just found you today. My husband will be going off to Iraq next summer with another Stryker unit. You've given me much insight on what he'll go through.

http://www.livejournal.com/users/sweet_lil_mo/

firstbrokenangel said...

Hey CBFTW,
Lots of action going on in and around Mosul - sure hope you're doing okay? How's your friend doing?
Hugs
~C

exfbonnie said...

Nice copyright.
Smart.

Mail call monday, maybe?

Anyway, I wasnt going to post, but why the hell not. Everyone else has, didnt want to be left out. Its the first and the last that get read when you have a million comments anyway...

What has been done has been written, and all you need to do now is get yourself home...the rest will follow, and so will we.

Cigarette Smoking Man from the X-Files said...

All hell breaks loose, comments-wise, when CB ducks out for a few days, doing all that war-fighting shit. This batch is starting to read like "En attendant Godot" in the original French.

I want a sitrep, dammit, not all these people's kibbitzing endlessly as can be read in about a trillion other blogs out there!

Paul Edwards said...

lonelyshade, "Who says the civilians are so safe then ??"

I didn't say they were. They weren't safe under the previous regimes either. Did anyone claim that either country would be turned into Utopia overnight? That is not the nature of the exercise. The nature is to use the mininum force required such that in the long term, the civilians will be safer than there were previously. I can't see anything immoral about that. Yes, it would be nice to have a magic wand and fix everything all at once. But there are no magic wands. There are threats of much worse things, like large-scale civil war. So I don't see anything wrong with what is happening now. ie constant improvement of two countries, without provoking a civil war.

You mentioned the problem of Muslim fundamentalism. That problem can be addressed in both countries at a later date when there is a stable and secure country and government with which to talk to, in an environment that has freedom of speech so that we can listen to different viewpoints.

Rome wasn't built in a day.

firstbrokenangel said...

Here's something of interest from www.wizbangblog.com and it says " The Veteran has earned the right to express his opinion in war and in peace, he defended that right by serving his country.

[Read The Rest]"

Check it out and fell free to post.

Hugs from NH
~C

Jenny said...

Oh no, I hope you are still able to blog. I just found your blog recently and I've been reading every day.
You are all in my nightly prayers. God bless.

Jenny
An Army wife

free0352 said...

Dude that sux, I guess it's a form of flattery that the staff even knows about you. Unless you've been blabing to everyone on base how you're widely read on the internet. My unit uses your blog as a fucking trainig tool for our up coming deployment for fuck's sake! We read a section by you, and then train on the senario. Print this out and give it to your chain to let em' know you're doing a service by giveing us Marines a day by day (and honestly realistic, instead of the bullshit the SOTG feeds us) acount of what our mission will look like. Maybe not exactly, but close. You've said you'd never ride in a hummvee, we'll I'm on fucking foot when i'm not in a goddamn seven ton. I kind of like to know they tricks you dudes came up with on how not to fucking die. The invasion was one thing...but back then the ROE's were in our favor. It's a totally differant war now. Anyways, dude you're cool as hell man...stay alive. that's high praise from a jar-head, we usually can't stand you army fucker's (just kidding) ;)

ProudCavMom said...

CB,
We hope all is well for you and your fellow soldiers. Have heard some nasties in your area. We pray for you and all the men and women sacrificing for us in so may ways. It is because of your actions and the men and women who have served before you, that we can all enjoy the CRAZIES of life in America!
God Bless... Please be so very careful.
Cindy

Laceybear6 said...

CB,

I started reading your blog when I heard that my friend LT Damon Armeni was hurt. I went to High School with him and his younger brother, whom I knew a bit better. But none the less it was sad news to hear and it was his father that turned me on to this blog. I've been trying to read as much as possible since then and it's been nice knowing what's been going on. I also have another friend who's in the Stryker Brigade, and as far as I know he's doing well. I hope that you and all your buddies are safe and hope that we'll hear from you soon! And as everyone else has said, I will be watching for you book! God bless!! Laceybear Tacoma, WA

Vadergrrrl said...

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Thought you might be interested in this blog;

http://qtdiary.blogspot.com/

Its Quentin Tarantino's, lol.

Stay Safe.
xxxxoooooooo

Barb said...

I've been offline for a week, and couldn't wait to get back and see what has been posted here - BUMMER!
I hope it works out soon, and look forward to reading more of the real deal. You've got my support!

RE-UP said...

Hey Soldier! Its RE-UP time! Are you ready to reenlist, and keep enjoying these fabulous journeys to exotic locations? Lots of Sand, and palm trees. Well let me tell you, Uncle Sam wants YOU. Are you ready? I think you are, just go see your Battalion Retention NCO. The Army has many rewarding opportunities, and its your duty to accept them. With lots of Bonus money being offered, I am sure you will find it right up your alley to Re-Enlist. Don’t forget, act soon, and we will even throw in a ball cap. "Stay Army" Hooah!

nygal said...

It is like CB has disappeared....Does anyone else have a bad feeling about this? I wish he would come on at least to say Goodbye or something! Or his wife would post that he is ok!
(I keep checking icasualties.org for updates on casualties in Mosul.)

Arquilegyst said...

I still don't see what could they use against you, what you've done is share experiences and help us (the rest of the world) know what it's like to be there, let's hope everything will work out fine.

Cigarette Smoking Man from the X-Files said...

I'm not going to read into the disappearance. It is what it is.

Whatever circumstances made it stop, might not be all bad from CB's point of view: maybe he was promised a one-way ticket back to the States if he'd quit posting, and given a bargain like that I don't think anyone would honestly have said "no" to it.

He's probably not dead unless he's that one unlucky S.O.B. we read about the other day.

Kerry's promising R & R for all the troops just as soon as he gets elected and gets all those German and French people to volunteer and play "catch the car bomb with Uday's cousins", in their place. Yeah, right (*snicker*).

MajorMojo said...

I am pretty sure CB was quoted today (8/23) in the Wall Street Journal. Page A4 in an article about voter registration among soldiers. So, he ain't dead, he ain't in the brig, and he hasn't been censored, yet.

He might just be a little busy.

dL said...

here's a good review of Hunter S. for you CB:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A13788-2004Aug18.html

And here is a good link about freespeech for all you people, I dare you to watch it:

http://www.freespeech.org/ramfiles/j20_nyc_imc.ram

Eng in Texas said...

Hey everybody! Let's not get tangled up in our shorts here just yet. If CB was taken down we'd get a 404 here, so that's not the case. The man said "story developing". Sometimes things take a while to develop. With all the shit going on right now, they might be going somewhere and doing something out in the box for a few weeks without a net hookup for miles. Then OPSEC wants to clear it. Shit happens. So let's wait until it does.

firstbrokenangel said...

Look people, there's a lot going on and as I mentioned before, CBFTW gets upset by these posts and emails sent to him, so just let him breathe. DO NOT mention DEATH at all; that is not in his cards and he plans on coming home in one piece. He has so many prayers covering his butt, he'll be fine. This journal was a place for him to vent, not to become a political massacre. Think of it from his point of view. We'll hear from him when we hear from him. It's that simple.
Hugs,
Cindy

firstbrokenangel said...

Look people, there's a lot going on and as I mentioned before, CBFTW gets upset by these posts and emails sent to him, so just let him breathe. DO NOT mention DEATH at all; that is not in his cards and he plans on coming home in one piece. He has so many prayers covering his butt, he'll be fine. This journal was a place for him to vent, not to become a political massacre. Think of it from his point of view. We'll hear from him when we hear from him. It's that simple.
Hugs,
Cindy

firstbrokenangel said...

Look people, there's a lot going on and as I mentioned before, CBFTW gets upset by these posts and emails sent to him, so just let him breathe. DO NOT mention DEATH at all; that is not in his cards and he plans on coming home in one piece. He has so many prayers covering his butt, he'll be fine. This journal was a place for him to vent, not to become a political massacre. Think of it from his point of view. We'll hear from him when we hear from him. It's that simple.
Hugs,
Cindy

firstbrokenangel said...

Look people, there's a lot going on and as I mentioned before, CBFTW gets upset by these posts and emails sent to him, so just let him breathe. DO NOT mention DEATH at all; that is not in his cards and he plans on coming home in one piece. He has so many prayers covering his butt, he'll be fine. This journal was a place for him to vent, not to become a political massacre. Think of it from his point of view. We'll hear from him when we hear from him. It's that simple. I'm getting an error; he must have ended it himself.
Hugs,
Cindy

firstbrokenangel said...

Look people, there's a lot going on and as I mentioned before, CBFTW gets upset by these posts and emails sent to him, so just let him breathe. DO NOT mention DEATH at all; that is not in his cards and he plans on coming home in one piece. He has so many prayers covering his butt, he'll be fine. This journal was a place for him to vent, not to become a political massacre. Think of it from his point of view. We'll hear from him when we hear from him. It's that simple. I'm getting an error; he must have ended it himself.
Hugs,
Cindy

firstbrokenangel said...

Look people, there's a lot going on and as I mentioned before, CBFTW gets upset by these posts and emails sent to him, so just let him breathe. DO NOT mention DEATH at all; that is not in his cards and he plans on coming home in one piece. He has so many prayers covering his butt, he'll be fine. This journal was a place for him to vent, not to become a political massacre. Think of it from his point of view. We'll hear from him when we hear from him. It's that simple. I'm getting an error; he must have ended it himself.
Hugs,
Cindy

Eng in Texas said...

Robre, Edwards, others: Re: Australia constitution, ect. MAJOR OFF TOPIC! Could you please take this somewhere else where nobody minds the waste of bandwidth.

tim mccolgan said...

THANK YOU for that last post......While there might be a few of you out there who find the Loooooonng set of posts regarding Australias' constitution & Brazil absolutely SCINTILLATING...please direct your posts to perhaps your OWN blogs and continue there. I'm sure i'm not alone in saying Australia is a valued allie, don't want to take anything away from that, But let's use this space for inspiration to CB, and thank him for his service, as well as his words. If he's done, he's done. None of us (or him) have any control over it. If it's just a lapse, that's great. Hopefully, he can do some future updates....and let us know how he's doing. Because of CB, many of us might not have been exposed to this great community, Thanks again...Come back safely.

this we'll defend said...

How about this: Australia is NOT a republic, has oil (I'm sure there is some somewhere and there is definitely some offshore), has a lot of desert, and they speak "funny." Let's invade and end this off-topic bullshit!

Stand by for JDAMs Melbourne. Crocodile Dundee is a wuss.

madtom said...

In this time we live in were the powers that be seem willing to amend Our constitution for all the wrong reasons maybe the time is ripe, and we should amend the I amendment to include the word " the military command shall pass no rule".
Information is our greatest weapon, don't ever sell your self short.

Madtom

Dale said...

Been awhile since I checked in here, had a lot going on in my own life. Read up on what is happening and miss your direct reporting of the events. Therefore, I have posted this e-mail to the DoD. Not sure it will make a difference, but hope that they provide you the freedom to do as you choose on your own time.

Dear Sirs.

In today's environment, security is an issue with everything we do in life. This I understand and accept. But, also today, with the vast network of media and information sources available to the world, most any event will be recorded and reported. With this knowledge and information already available to the world, how can what CBFTW be doing be considered a security risk? He has provided the world with a personal view of war that is unparalleled and unachieveable in the mainstream media. This view is post event based and therefore is truly reporting the event not previewing the event. If he were to be providing planned attacks or such, I could see limiting his posts, but since he is reporting HIS experiences of events that have already taken place, there is no risk. From what I have read, he has not provided any tactical or operational secrets or methods that are not already known to the whole world. If we can allow imbedded reporters to provide detailed accounts of their experiences while with a unit, why should we limit or threaten the freedom of a soldier to do the same. FREE the soldier to do what he wishes.

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