Sunday, December 03, 2006

Book Reviews

Although I've never done this before on my blog, I'm going to recommend some books for those of you who may want some additional info about why we entered Iraq, and some reasons why we are still there.

For an introduction I suggest you read "Boots On The Ground" by Karl Zinsmeister, a reporter who embedded at the start of the conflict.

For some reasons why our servicemen and women feel they must finish the job read "Blog of War", by Matthew Currier Burden, better known to blog readers as Blackfive. This contains blogs written by troops on the ground.

Some additional reading from a uniques viewpoint, I recommend "Cindy In Iraq" by Cynthia Morgan. She was a civilian truck driver in Iraq who did three tours there. She has now volunteered for service in the U.S. Army at the age of 41 because of what she experienced over there.

Rather than base your opinions of the Iraq war on biased inaccurate news reports, politicians who speak from selfish motives and those who have a personal axe to grind, please do some independant research and read these books to start you off. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. These are all available at varying prices on

Oh, and one more thing. I recommend you visit a newspaper reporter's site. Yes, a newspaper reporter. He may be the last honest one around. He is Jules Crittenden at Believe me, you'll enjoy Jules. Below is an example of what Jules writes in the Boston Herald.

Bush brush-off: Newbie sen. snubs DubyaBy Jules CrittendenBoston Herald City Editor

Thursday, November 30, 2006 - Updated: 04:09 PM EST
Some people might call it feisty and principled. Others might just call it rude.
The Washington Post reported yesterday that at a recent White House reception for freshmen congressmen, Sen. James Webb (D-Va.) showed up but went out of his way to avoid President Bush, declining to stand in a presidential receiving line or to have his picture taken. Bush sought him out.
“How’s your boy?” Bush asked about Webb’s son, a Marine in Iraq.
“I’d like to get them out of Iraq, Mr. President,” Webb responded, according to the Post. Webb campaigned heavily against the war.
“That’s not what I asked you,” the president said. “How’s your boy?”
“That’s between me and my boy, Mr. President,” Webb said.
The former Republican later told the Post: “No offense to the institution of the presidency, and I’m certainly looking forward to working with him and his administration. (But) leaders do some symbolic things to try to convey who they are and what the message is.”
A senior Democratic staff member on Capitol Hill told the Post, “I think he’s going to be a total pain. He is going to do things his own way. That’s a good thing and a bad thing.”


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