The United States has
enjoyed Freedom for over
225 years
This freedom did not come easily and we do not intend to give it up. Man has fought for the way he believes for thousands of years and I fear it will keep on for some time yet. It would be wonderful to sit down with dictators
and terrorists, join hands and talk of world peace. It may not happen too soon. We could not talk with Adolf Hitler and we sent our best and defeated the Nazi regime and others in WWII. 
We are not perfect, we have tried to help others in their hopes for freedom and failed. We have sacrificed many lives in these endeavors, and hope they were not given in vain. 
Americans have been killed too many times in the last 20 years.
(click on image RIGHT to view sign on one of our ships now stationed in the Middle East) Shortly after September 11, 2001, the President was able to tell us of at least 24 countries where there are organizations living to terrorize or kill Americans. The United States then started OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM to rid the world of as many terrorists as we can. We do not want to rule the world. We want to keep our county and help other countries keep save.
It is very hard to talk to leaders of countries who have pledged to rid their country of groups or weapons, where time after time they have lied. They are still ready to kill us.

There are groups in our country and in other countries that present anti-war demonstrations. They do not want war. Well nobody does. Much of this anti-war talk is propaganda instilled in the people to keep things mixed up. It is time for us, as citizens of the United States, to educate ourselves about the world around us. 

My mother does not like what she is hearing from these objectors. As a single mom during WWII, she made parachutes and airplane wings and raised my two sisters and myself at the same time. She had three brothers who served in the Pacific who thankfully came back. My father-inlaw served in Europe and was awarded a Silver Star. All four of us and my children and two grandchildren are children of the American Revolution having two greatgrand fathers who served in the Revolution and a greatuncle who served in the Civil War. I served in the Navy during the cold war. My ship served during the cold war, the moon landings and Vietnam

We are not objectors. If future generations are going to enjoy thefreedoms that our forefathers bequeathed us, if they are ever to know peace in their own country and their world, to live without fear of terrorism striking in their own cities, we must assure that this nation remains strong.  We must make certain that those who would destroy us are made aware of the severe consequences that will befall them.



This is on the side of the USS Iwo Jima as it serves in the Persian Gulf

Go To: Mid East Map