Why Our Military is So Hated Around the World

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An Afghan woman holds a U.S. flag during a ceremony in Kabul marking the donation of more than 5000 wheelchairs to Afghanistan, September 22, 2003.
REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

Ted Turner and Jane Fonda must be political soul mates.

From a transcript of Bill O’Reilly’s interview with Ted Turner:

O’REILLY: All right. Is America a good country?

TURNER: Oh, it’s a great country.

O’REILLY: Are we exploitative overseas? Is the war on terrorism largely our fault?

TURNER: No, I wouldn’t say largely. But I think if we stopped bombing people and sent doctors and scientists and engineers around the world that we’d make a lot more progress, and we wouldn’t have near as much terrorism in the world as we do. I think bombing just makes people angry, and they want to bomb you back.

Uh…yeah…that’s all our military does is carry out American foreign policy objectives of “bombing people”; not bombing terrorists…not bombing America’s enemies…but “people”.

Here’s a little education for Ted Turner, by way of a Hugh Hewitt interview with Robert Kaplan:

HH: You know, I want to begin in the 9th chapter of this, your second book on the American military, as you were driving out of Timbuktu, 11 hours beyond the gates of Timbuktu. Use that as a metaphor for what you were doing and why you went the places you have gone.

RK: Well, Timbuktu is not the edge of the Earth. The edge of the Earth is miles beyond Timbuktu, north into the heart of the Sahara desert. And I was with a company of American Special Forces officers, about twelve of them, all non-commissioned officers except for a captain. And you would think what is the U.S. military doing in the heart of the Sahara desert. Well, we’re not only in the heart of the Sahara desert, we’re all over the Pacific ocean, we’ll all over South America, and all this is occurring while we are fighting a war in Iraq and in Afghanistan. And what I tried to do in the course of the years in which I embedded with the military was to show the whole thing. Not to ignore Iraq, but not to be limited by it, either, because one big deployment might overstretch us like Iraq, but dozens upon dozens of smaller deployments will do no such thing. So I was with a company of American Special Forces officers who were investigating just what was in the center of the Sahara desert in terms of al Qaeda movements, humanitarian, prospects for humanitarian relief, just getting to know Africa. Because in this global world war on terrorism, really is a global war.

HH: Now your accompanied by, extraordinary in the course of this book, an extraordinary array of Americans, one of which on this particular trip is an Evangelical staff sergeant from Oklahoma who doesn’t want to be identified, because he doesn’t want his deeds to serve himself. I thought that was another metaphor for the extraordinary people you’ve spent the last many years with.

RK: Yeah, the people I…what I did was I didn’t report on anybody in this book. I befriended a lot of people, and revealed them to the reader as they revealed themselves to me. And the best of these people didn’t want any publicity, not because they were afraid of being written up badly, but because they were afraid of getting public recognition for anything they do. For them, the real sweet thing is to do it and not get recognition, if you can believe it. And this Evangelical staff sergeant, he drove most of the way through blistering sandstorms, he slept only six hours, which was interrupted by an hour and a half of guard duty, and he got up the next morning to fit little African children for eyeglasses as part of a civil affairs project that this Special Forces A-team was doing. And just, you know, just dealt with one child, one woman after another throughout the morning without any complaining about lack of sleep or anything.

HH: Let me tell the audience, this is a remarkable read, you’re going to want to get Hog Pilots, Blue Water Grunts, and just an example of detail, “Following sun up, Captain Tory, an Evangelical staff sergeant from Oklahoma, set up an eye clinic inside one of the ruins. They unpack little boxes of adaptable eyewear, an ingenious, low-tech device manufactured by the U.S. Agency for International Development. These were round, Harry Potterish horn-rimmed glasses of zero prescription which increasingly strengthened as you pumped a clear gel solution attached to the frame inside the glass. The SF, Special Forces guys called them, ‘never get laid again glasses,’ because of how they made you look.” Now that has got an eye for detail, pardon the pun, Robert Kaplan, but I guess it is in those very small things, as well as the B-2’s that we’ll talk about later, that the genius in the American military lies.

RK: Yeah, it all lies in the details. For the price of one F-22, you could populate all of Africa with SF-A teams doing humanitarian relief. But that is not necessarily a criticism of an F-22, because I get that later in the book when I talk about the B-2 and other expensive bombers, which are sort of an expensive form of health insurance to keep the Chinese honest about their intentions in Taiwan. But you know, we get bargains in our military budget, and we don’t. The B-2’s, the F-22’s, there’s no bargains there. But in terms of what we can do on the ground in a place like Africa, we get a lot of bargains like this deployment that I embedded on.

Extracted from a post targeted at Paul Bearers:

In an interview with Hugh Hewitt, Robert Kaplan says,

people have this image of the U.S. military going all over the world as a busybody, propping up dictatorships. It’s so false. In fact, the only regimes we prop up through training missions are of certified democracies, certified by Congress, which we have not imposed on them, that they’ve evolved organically on their own as democracies.

The Savage Wars of Peace, by Max Boot:

Far from being isolationist before World War II and the formation of NATO, America from the very beginning of the Republic intervened in a nearly continual series of civil wars, coups, and hostage rescues. Starting with attacks on the Barbary Coast pirates between 1801 and 1805, the nation has always interfered in other nations’ business far from home.

Two generations of college students have been taught that all such “adventurism” is nothing but imperialism and running-dog capitalism–and Boot does not deny that states naturally send in their forces out of national interest rather than mere idealism. But he shows that the majority of the time the Marines intervened to stop the slaughter of civilians, to retaliate against the killing of Americans and destruction of their property, and to prevent chaos from spreading beyond a country’s borders. While such incursions often served the local property-owning elites and corrupt grandees, such interventionists as Thomas Jefferson, Chester A. Arthur, and Teddy Roosevelt assumed that order and stable governments were usually preferable to mass uprisings, constant revolution, and mob rule.

When natural disasters strike, what does America do? Take advantage of another nation’s misfortune, or come to its rescue, using American military might while draining American taxpayer coffers and making private donations to charities? We did this for earthquake relief in Iran, 2003 just being one year’s example of this:

In the latest U.S. shipment, an American military plane carrying 80 personnel and medical supplies landed early Tuesday in the provincial capital of Kerman. The team reached Bam, 120 miles to the southeast, by midday.

Seven U.S. Air Force C-130 cargo planes have already delivered 150,000 pounds of relief supplies — including blankets, medical supplies and water — making the United States one of the largest international donors.


Pakistan earthquake relief, the ‘Great Satan’s’ military has delivered 94 tons medical supplies, 1,939 tons of humanitarian supplies, 1,582 tons of equipment, evacuated 15,794 victims..provided doctors, nurses, medicine…..

In addition, we donated a mobile hospital:

WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2006 – The United States today transferred the 212th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, the last unit of its kind in the U.S. Army, to the Pakistan government for continued use in earthquake relief efforts, a Defense Department spokesman said.
The 84-bed hospital, which arrived in Muzaffarabad shortly after the earthquake struck the country on Oct. 8, is valued at $4.6 million, according to the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan.

The hospital consists of the following:

* Primary health care and emergency medical treatment section;
* Surgical suite with two operating tables and sterilization equipment;
* Two intensive care units; I
* Intermediate care ward;
* Minimal care ward;
* Pharmacy;
* Laboratory;
* Radiology units;
* Medical maintenance work area with a supply of repair parts;
* Power-generation system for the entire hospital; and
* Storage containers for packing and moving the hospital.

The hospital has treated more than 20,000 patients and provided about 20,000 vaccinations to about 8,000 patients since October. After the transfer, the American medical personnel will return to their home base in Miesau, Germany, and the Pakistani military will take over the hospital, according to the embassy.

In further progress toward the end of U.S. military relief efforts in Pakistan this spring, the U.S. Navy turned over $2.5 million worth of construction equipment to Pakistan military engineers Feb. 13. The equipment includes three D-7 bulldozers, a 15-ton dump truck, nine 20-ton dump trucks, seven 100-kilowatt generators and four generator skids, according to the embassy.

The U.S. also is donating its two forward-area refueling point systems to the Pakistan government to increase helicopter efficiency during reconstruction.

The U.S. military has been on the ground in Pakistan since Oct. 10, providing relief after a 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck the Kashmir region in northern Pakistan Oct. 8, killing more than 70,000 citizens, injuring more than 60,000 and leaving more than 3 million homeless. At the peak of initial relief efforts, more than 1,200 personnel and 25 helicopters provided vital transport, logistics, and medical and engineering support in the affected areas.

Today, 600 U.S. servicemembers continue to provide aviation, medical and engineering assistance to relief and reconstruction efforts.

the 2004 tsunami

U.S. Troops Aid Tsunami Victims

American forces began 2005 by helping people on the other side of the globe. Within hours of the Dec. 26, 2004, earthquake and tsunami that devastated large swaths of the Indian Ocean region, U.S. troops were mobilizing to help. Thousands of servicemembers rang in the New Year in the region or were mobilizing to go there.

U.S. Pacific Command had immediately begun planning the U.S. and international response. Military leaders communicated directly with U.S. ambassadors and senior military officers in Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Thailand, among other countries.

As Jan. 1, 2005, dawned, the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group was afloat off the Indonesian island of Sumatra , and the ship’s 17 helicopters and aircrews were flying relief supplies to survivors in devastated areas. The USS Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group, with support ships and 25 helicopters, had almost arrived from Guam. Pre-positioned ships full of supplies had left Japan, Guam and Diego Garcia en route to the region. And Joint Task Force 536, soon to be renamed Combined Support Force 536, was already operating in Utapao, Thailand.

“Like in so many places, those who wear our uniform are showing the great decency of America . I appreciate your compassion. I appreciate your love for your fellow human beings and thank you for the work you do.”
President George W. Bush

“One thing the Indonesians are never going to forget is who was there first,” U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia B. Lynn Pascoe said a few weeks later during a visit to the Lincoln.

Within days, more than 15,000 U.S. military members were in Southeast Asia assisting relief and recovery efforts under Operation Unified Assistance, the name given the post-tsunami relief efforts focused on Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

“If you look at the front pages of many papers, you’ll see pictures of U.S. military people rescuing people, delivering food and water, assisting with emergency medical types of assistance,” Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said in a Jan. 4 radio interview.

The U.S. response was massive, immediate and comprehensive. At least 17 Navy ships and a Coast Guard cutter were in the region or en route within a week.

“Like in so many places, those who wear our uniform are showing the great decency of America, ” President Bush said Jan. 10 of the humanitarian efforts. “I appreciate your compassion. I appreciate your love for your fellow human beings and thank you for the work you do.”

Military medical assets proved invaluable in many ways. USNS Mercy, a floating trauma center with the capacity to house up to 1,000 hospitalized patients, departed its home base in San Diego Jan. 5. For six weeks the ship was supporting the operation with more than 500 U.S. Navy and nongovernmental organization medical staff, volunteers, uniformed Public Health Service members, and Navy support personnel. Mercy’s personnel conducted a wide range of medical and dental assistance programs ashore and afloat, performing 19,512 medical procedures, including 285 surgeries.

Many more were helped through the efforts of environmental and preventive medicine specialists. Military epidemiologists, entomologists, hygienists, microbiologists and others tested water, soil and air samples

for diseases and contaminants to ensure the safety of aid workers and displaced local residents. The teams helped identify and treat contaminated wells, killed flies and mosquitoes in large areas, and trapped and removed rats from displaced-persons camps.

“We know that we touched many, many people – more than 50,000 directly, with a larger lasting impact – with efforts of the preventive medicine unit … and the friends that we made,” Navy Capt. Dave Llewellyn, Mercy commander, said as the ship was transiting home.

Navy oceanographers conducted safety and navigation surveys of the ocean and coastlines in the region. “The tsunami wiped out tons of shoreline,” said Forrest Noll, a scientist with the Naval Oceanographic Office in Stennis, Miss. “It changed the landscape drastically.”

In a more colorful description of the devastation, Navy Petty Officer 1st Class David Loiselle said, “It looked like somebody had just taken a giant Weedwacker to the entire coast.”

Loiselle, an aviation warfare systems operator aboard the Lincoln , said the relief work was one of his most rewarding experiences. “My single biggest gratitude is rescuing people,” he said. “I’d much rather do that than (be) shooting people.”

Other military support included:

• USS Fort McHenry, a dock landing ship that left Sasebo , Japan , Jan. 2, delivered more than 1.2 million pounds of water, food items and clothes. Fort McHenry also delivered more than 2,000 pounds of supplies personally collected by communities within Fleet Activities Sasebo.

• Hundreds of Marine Corps engineers and Navy Seabees helped Sri Lankans repair infrastructure and clear debris. Some debris cleared from the island was used to reconstruct a sea wall.

• Army engineers deployed to Thailand to help rebuild roads, bridges and power infrastructure.

• Several teams of military forensics experts, including anthropologists, dentists and mortuary affairs specialists, helped manage the overwhelming numbers of bodies.
Officials estimate roughly 300,000 people died in the disaster, and more than 1.1 million people were displaced. The statistics regarding U.S. relief efforts are also staggering. According to U.S. Pacific Command information, U.S. military flights in the region included:

• About 70 reconnaissance-assessment flights, resulting in roughly 570 hours flying time;

• More than 1,300 fixed-wing aircraft flights, resulting in more than 4,635 hours flying time; and

• More than 2,200 helicopter flights, resulting in more than 4,870 hours flying time.

In all, U.S. Pacific Command assets delivered or coordinated delivery of more than 24 million pounds of relief supplies and equipment into the region by Feb. 14, when Combined Support Force 536 ceased operations.

time and time again, America has used its military interventionism on behalf of humanity.

“Like in so many places, those who wear our uniform are showing the great decency of America . I appreciate your compassion. I appreciate your love for your fellow human beings and thank you for the work you do.”President George W. Bush

Ok, maybe Ted Turner was referring to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan where al-Qaeda and the Taliban brutalized the populace, and we “stayed the course” there to train native security forces and serve and protect innocent civilians and budding democracies at the expense of American blood and treasure, along with our Coalition partners.

Here are examples of the evil that American soldiers do, terrorizing the “native brown people”:

A U.S. Army Soldier from Charlie Company, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, from Ft. Lewis, Wash., shares a laughs with an Iraqi army soldier at a U.S. and Iraqi Army security checkpoint in Tarmiyah, Iraq, Sept. 25, 2007. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication 2nd Class Summer M. Anderson.

U.S. Army Sgt. Quenton Sallows hands out Iraqi Flags to Iraqi children beginning their first day of school in Lutafiyah, Iraq, Oct. 1, 2007. Sallows is assigned to Civil Affairs, 2nd Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry). U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Quinton Russ.

Nice to Meet You

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Julia Venegas, from 2nd Marine Logistics Group, shakes hands with a little girl in the village of Kabani, Iraq, while on a security patrol Sept. 28, 2007. U.S. Marine Corps photo taken by Lance Cpl. Robert S. Morgan.

A U.S. Army Soldier of 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division plays with a young Iraqi boy in Mufriq, Iraq, Oct. 8, 2007. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Weismiller.

Iraqi girls walk to a primary school in the Andaloos district of Fallujah, Iraq, Oct. 17, 2007, to receive school supplies from U.S. Marines and Iraqi police. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Robert B. Brown Jr.

The students at an elementary school in Jerf Al-Mila hold up their ‘Junior Hero’ stickers after taking an oath to become honorary Junior Heroes during a visit to the school by Iraqi Army Soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 9th Iraqi Army Division (mechanized), Oct. 17. The Junior Hero program was designed by the Iraqi security forces to teach children about the roles of the Iraqi Army and Iraqi police who work in their communities and ways in which they can volunteer to keep their villages free of crime. Photo by Staff Sgt. Jon Cupp, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs

A Sucker for Children

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Patrick K. Mason, a squad leader for 1st Platoon, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, hands a lollipop to an Iraqi boy during a security patrol in Dulab, Iraq, Sept. 25, 2007. The Marines are working with Iraqi police in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in the Al Anbar province of Iraq. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Shane S. Keller.

Check out the American soldier menacing an Iraqi girl:


Jan. 13, 2008: A U.S. soldier plays with a young girl during a patrol in Baghdad.
Jewel Samad – AFP/Getty Images


U.S. Army Capt. Charles Ford plays a video game with seven-year-old Wa’ad, who lost an arm and a leg to an improvised bomb, during a visit to the child’s home near Muqdadiyah, Iraq. U.S. soldiers from Hammer Company are arranging for the child to be fitted with prosthetic limbs.
Maya Alleruzzo-AP


U.S. Army 2nd. Lt. Hunter Wakeland is seen on patrol with local Iraqi police in Abu Tshir, Baghdad on September 10, 2008. You Witness News/U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Joan E. Kretschmer


A young Iraqi girl embraces Capt. Janet Rose assigned to the 431st Civil Affairs Battalion, at the Baqouba Women and Children’s Hospital, June 9, 2007.



A boy seeks shelter behind a U.S. soldier as gunshots ring out following a car bomb explosion in Baghdad. At least 21 were killed in the bombing and 66 wounded, police and hospital officials said.
Khalid Mohammed- AP

Gee…is that Iraqi boy running to the terrible imperialist occupier for any particular reason?


This photo, which appeared on the front page of this morning’s edition of The New York Times, shows an Iraqi boy taking cover behind a U.S. soldier as civilians fled the sound of gunshots following a suicide bombing yesterday in central Baghdad that killed at least 21 people and wounded 66 others.Photo taken by Khalid Mohammed, AP

It seems the boy understands who to run to for protection…


A U.S. soldier of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division hands a soccer ball to a young boy in the Amariyah neighborhood of west Baghdad, Iraq Tuesday, July 31, 2007. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)


U.S. Army Sgt. Jason Rex plays with an Iraqi boy during a neighborhood presence patrol in Malha, Iraq, Dec. 12, 2008. Rex is assigned to 25th Infantry Division’s Company D, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team.
U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kani Ronningen

To paraphrase Ted Turner, “All we do is bomb people“…


U.S. soldiers from Task Force 2-116 Armor’s headquarters company watch Iraqi children dangle from their new monkey bars after their installation at the orphanage in Kirkuk, Iraq, Aug. 19, 2005. U.S. Army Sgt. Fenton Doyle constructed the playground equipment


U.S. soldiers from Task Force 2-116 Armor’s headquarters company swing Iraqi children after installing their new swing set at the orphanage in Kirkuk, Iraq, Aug. 19, 2005. U.S. Army Sgt. Fenton Doyle constructed the playground equipment from old humvee parts


U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Micheal Green, with Company C, 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, is followed by Iraqi children while patrolling the streets of Bayji, Iraq, Sept. 16, 2006. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Joshua R. Ford


U.S. Army Spc. Sam Rogers, with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 48th Brigade Combat Team, receives a hug from a young Iraqi girl who is overjoyed with her new shoes. Rogers helped deliver donated shoes to the Abu Tubar School near An Nasiriyah

Thanks, Mike (my post):

Saving Ala'a

Scott Southworth, right, is seen with his adopted son, Ala’a, July 19, 2007, in the home in Mauston, Wis. Southworth first met Ala’a, who has cerebral palsy, at the Mother Teresa orphanage in Baghdad in 2003 while he was serving in Iraq.
(AP Photo/Andy Manis)


A U.S. Army soldier receives farewell hugs from a group of boys living in a Palestinian community in eastern Baghdad, Iraq, Sept. 14, 2008. The soldier is assigned to the 10th Mountain Division’s Company C, 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team. His unit, along with Iraqi National Police, handed out humanitarian aid bags to foster good relations with the Palestinian community and the Iraqi Security Forces during Ramadan.
U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brian D. Lehnhardt

Check out the American Air Force medic bullying the Afghan boy:


U.S. Air Force medic Gary Horn arm-wrestles with a boy during a visit to a school in Shahr e Safa in Zabul province, Afghanistan.Goran Tomasevic, Reuters


04/08/07 – U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Ed Franco plays with local refugee children in Dar Ul Aman, Kabul, Afghanistan, April 8, 2007, in support of a volunteer community reach program.


04/08/07 – Maj. Shawn Haney, U.S. Marine Corps, plays with a local refugee child during a volunteer community outreach program in Dar Ul Aman, Kabul, Afghanistan, on April 8, 2007.


04/08/07 – A U.S. Air Force Airman holds a local refugee child in Dar Ul Aman, Kabul, Afghanistan, April 8, 2007, in support of a volunteer community reach program.


A grateful refugee camp resident in Kabul, Afghanistan, kisses U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. (Dr.) Yevsey Goldberg, who helped bring more than 550-kilograms of rice and other supplies, Dec. 6, 2008. Goldberg is deployed to International Security Assistance Force Headquarters.
U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Aramis Ramirez

Back to the Turner interview:

O’REILLY: Because there is, you know, there’s one man who’s done more for the continent of Africa than any other man in the history of civilization. Do you know who that man is?

TURNER: Nelson Mandela?

O’REILLY: No. President Bush has saved more lives, sent more money, and provided more medical care for the citizens of all the countries of Africa than any human being that’s ever lived. Yet, you just said send the doctors, send this, send that and the world will like us better and there won’t be as much terrorism. We have done that. And not only in Africa, but around the world. The world does not look upon George Bush as a hero and neither do you.

TURNER: No, I think he made a lot of mistakes, too. But you can’t — but he did some good things, and I think basically he’s got a good heart.

I mentioned some of Bush’s liberal accomplishments in Africa, before. Danny Huddleston at American Thinker says President Bush’s approval rating in Africa is 80%:

Also, few people are aware of the help Bush has provided to Africa. He has an astonishing approval rating of 80% on that continent. The NY Sun reported on this back in February:

President Bush’s sense of mission to improve the lives of the people of the Middle East has attracted so much attention that the Wall Street Journal called him “Bush of Arabia” the other day over an article by Fouad Ajami. Less widely appreciated are Mr. Bush’s achievements in Africa, which are worth marking as the president embarks today on a visit that is scheduled to include trips to Benin, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana, and Liberia. Mr. Bush has committed $15 billion to fight AIDS and HIV in Africa, and the result is that the number of Africans benefiting from anti-retroviral drugs has soared to 1.3 million today from 50,000 a few years ago. A similar effort is under way to fight malaria, with similarly promising results.

Mr. Bush hasn’t gotten much credit for this among the American public, but, as a BBC interviewer noted yesterday, his approval rating in Africa is in the 80% range, which is astonishingly high. [….]

Asked about all this yesterday, Mr. Bush characteristically looked beyond the poll numbers to the broader principles. “I believe to whom much is given, much is required. It happens to be a religious notion. But, it should be a universal notion as well,” the president said. “I believe America’s soul is enriched, our spirit is enhanced when we help people who suffer.”

President Bush, America, our military interference “policing” the world, has done more good on behalf of the “global community” than harm.


U.S. Army Spc. Danielle Deal visits with a student at the Djibouti City School in Djibouti after handing out school supplies collected by Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa on Dec. 2, 2006. Deal is deployed with Bravo Company, 489th Civil Action Battalion


U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Jeff Weitz walks holding hands with two children who live in a tent city set up by Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa after severe flooding in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia, on Dec. 2, 2006.

U.S. Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sgt. Artis Weaver, the chief enlisted officer of Joint Task Force Guyana, plays cricket with children at Joshua’s Place Orphanage in Georgetown, Guyana, July 5, 2009, during a mission for New Horizons Guyana 2009. New Horizons Guyana is a U.S. Southern Command–sponsored humanitarian event that will benefit thousands of Guyanese in Georgetown and its outlying areas. Weaver is deployed from Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 49 out of Naval Air Station Willow Grove, Pa. (DoD photo by Airman 1st Class Perry Aston, U.S. Air Force)


U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Catherine O’Connor, from the 4th Civil Affairs Group, plays Chutes and Ladders with children in an orphanage in Georgetown, Guyana, July 14, 2009. Marines, Airmen and Soldiers visited the all-female orphanage to play with children and deliver gifts. (DoD photo by Airman 1st Class Perry Aston, U.S. Air Force)

“You give him back his son,” says Steve Muth. “His son’s going to be fine. You can see it in their eyes. They’re not going to forget you. They’re not going to forget you’re from where you’re from. It will be two generations. They’ll still be saying, ‘you know, when you were a kid, it was the Americans that came after the earthquake.’ They won’t forget.” -Bob Simon 60 Minutes segment reporting on NYC Paramedics Saving Lives in Pakistan, in wake of the 2005 earthquake.

U.S. Navy Master-at-Arms 1st Class Keith Thomas, embarked aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), carries a patient to be seen by medical professionals in Tumaco, Colombia, June 12, 2009. Comfort is deployed in support of Continuing Promise, a four-month equal partnership humanitarian and civic assistance mission between the United States and international partners in seven countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jessica Snow)

U.S. Navy Cmdr. Alison LeFebvre, a physical therapist assigned to the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), escorts an El Salvadorian child to physical therapy during a medical mission at the Jose Pantoja Hija schoolhouse in La Union, El Salvador, June 22, 2009. Comfort is on its sixth stop in support of Continuing Promise 2009, a four-month humanitarian and civic assistance mission throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Marcus Suorez, U.S. Navy)

45 Responses to “Why Our Military is So Hated Around the World”

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    FA readers: challenge all of your friends and associates to read this entire post. Make sure they pass it along to their favorite liberals. Rub their noses in it.

    Great post guys. Thank you.

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    Thank you for taking the time to actually read every detail. I know it’s a lot. Originally I was just going to leave the links in to the earthquake relief….but I know a lot of times no one bothers to click to source and further details. So there you go!

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    Thank you, WS. Excellent post. I will definitely share.
    I’m only in my late 30’s so I do not remember our troops coming home from VN. I get a deeper sense of what it must have been like to come home to such dissent each time I see and hear some manipulator of the truth put a shadow over our military and it’s humanitarian deeds. It saddens me to no end. I pray for our Iraqi heroes and hope they don’t find it worse here at home than in a free Iraq where they are appreciated.

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    I could never understand the people who criticize your American troops or your wars. Something is very wrong here. Whenever a country is in distress, they always turn to the USA and it is always the USA who goes and helps them. Your troops and our troops (Canadian) are doing a very good job wherever they go. When they leave, they have made friends and allies because those countries are in a better position than they were before they came to help.

    So what is wrong with those leftist pacifists? What is it that they do not understand? Our troops do not let them in distress; they help them reconstruct a better country where there is more freedom and more opportunities for all of them.

    Thank you Wordsmith for this thread and all the nice pictures. I sure do hope that the leftist pacifists will open their eyes and finally see reality.

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    This photo is for you:

    July 13, 2007 Canadian soldier in Afghanistan. finbarr o’reilly, reuters

    I remember Bill Roggio embedding with Canadian forces in Afghanistan, and praising them, highly.

    The U.S. military is the most respected institution in Iraq, and many Iraqi boys dream of becoming American soldiers. Yes, young Iraqi boys know about “GoArmy.com.”Michael Yon

    A nation’s first duty is within its borders, but it is not thereby absolved from facing its duties in the world as a whole; and if it refuses to do so, it merely forfeits its right to struggle for a place among the people that shape the destiny of mankind. – Theodore Roosevelt

    I do believe that, in general, American forces should always be used to promote national self-interest and we shouldn’t engage in warfare unless we or our allies are directly threatened, and we go in with a strategy to win.

    Democrats may disagree with us over Iraq as a “necessary war”; we Republicans may disagree with them over Kosovo; but in either case, I think the ultimate outcome is that the world is a better place for the interventionism.

    It is interesting that there is so much outcry for more, not less, American interventionism- including military intervention- in sub-Saharan African countries where there is so much suffering, corruption, and genocide.

    Michael Medved points out in his 10 Big Lies About America, how other nations have benefited from our prosperity and power; from our global “interference”.

    Haiti, Somalia, Kosovo, Bosnia under Clinton…we might not have been directly threatened and not approved of risking the lives of American soldiers in these conflicts, but for all the criticism, we still did important work in those countries that we can be proud of. When al-Qaeda tries to propagandize that we’re killers of Muslims, they have no legitimacy in this, given their systematic slaughter of those not “Islamic enough” for them; and given that we can claim to have come to the rescue of Muslims in Bosnia, as well as Iraq (Saddam murdered more Muslims than we ever have) and in Afghanistan.

    Forget the scarlet letter “D” or “R” next to an American president’s name, for a moment. Consider this, from Michael Totten:

    A big reason for Kosovars’ antipathy to radical Islamism is, in a word, America, which has been the political North Star for Albanians inside and outside Kosovo ever since NATO’s intervention in 1999. In 2004, a Gallup survey measured popular opinion of U.S. foreign policy around the world. Only ten countries rated American foreign policy favorably, and among those, Kosovo scored highest, registering 88 percent approval. When one ethnic Albanian I met happened to make the uncontroversial statement that Kosovo was a European country, another broke in. “We aren’t European,” she corrected. “We’re American.”

    Repeatedly, I heard that Kosovars were America’s most reliable allies in the world. American flags fly just about everywhere outside the Serbian enclaves—some even in front of official buildings—and are sold at kiosks on the street, along with T-shirts that say thank you usa. The Hotel Victory has erected the world’s second-largest replica of the Statue of Liberty on its roof, and I found another replica in the southeastern town of Vitina. Kosovars are fans of George W. Bush, both because he recognized Kosovo’s independence and simply because he’s the president. Graffiti in one Kosovar village proclaims thanks usa and bush. “You should have seen President Bush’s face when he came to Albania,” says a Kosovar Albanian who works with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). “All over Western Europe he was met by protests, but the entire country of Albania turned out to welcome him.”

    And Bill Clinton, who ordered the 1999 military intervention, is lionized. Izeir Mustafa is sculpting a statue of the former president that will soon be erected on a major traffic artery—renamed Bill Clinton Boulevard—leading from the airport into downtown Pristina. Many businesses are named after Clinton. I even found a patisserie and disco bar named “Hillary,” decorated with pictures of the ex-president and his wife.

    “Americans are our best friends in the world,” a waiter said to me at one of Pristina’s finest restaurants. “The U.K. is second.”

    “Thank you,” I said. “We appreciate that. Some people don’t like us.”

    “Bad people,” he said.

    Kosovar Albanians also strongly support, of all countries, Israel. “Kosovars used to identify with the Palestinians because we Albanians are Muslims and Christians and we saw Serbia and Israel both as usurpers of land,” a prominent Kosovar told journalist Stephen Schwartz. “Then we looked at a map and woke up. Israelis have a population of 6 million, their backs to the sea, and 300 million Arab enemies. Albanians have a total population of 8 million, our backs to the sea, and 200 million Slav enemies. So why should we identify with the Arabs?”

    From another previous post where I cite from Max Boot’s book, The Savage Wars of Peace,

    Furthermore, historically, it is quite the norm for us to turn our warriors into social workers, as an occupying force.  As Max Boot writes,

    Soldiers follow orders, and presidents have often found it convenient or necessary to order the armed services to perform functions far removed from conventional warfare.  Throughout U.S. history, marines at home and abroad have found themselves providing disaster relief, quelling riots, even guarding mail trains.  Soldiers also have often acted as colonial administrators- in the Philippines, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Veracruz, to say nothing of post-World War II Germany and Japan or the post-Civil War South.

    In fact occupation duty is generally necessary after a big war in order to impose the victor’s will on the vanquished.  If ground forces win a battle and go home, as the Powell Doctrine advocates and as actually happened in the Gulf War, the fruits of victory are likely to wither on the vine.  Only boots on the ground can guarantee a lasting peace.

    Boot goes on to point out (page 345-347 of The Savage Wars of Peace) how pacification campaigns and occupation of many third world countries made life better 

    Many of these interventions also delivered tangible benefits to the occupied peoples.  Although American imperial rule was subject to its fare share of abuses, U.S. administrators, whether civilian or military, often provided the most honest and efficient government these territories had ever seen.  Haiti offers a particularly dramatic example.  The 1920s, spent under marine occupation, saw one of the most peaceful and prosperous decades in the country’s long and troubled history.

      Where we have been most successful with lasting impact, are in those places where we kept our forces for a long period of time. 

    Also, something Scott wrote (linked in the same post as my Max Boot excerpt), regarding our military presence around the globe:

    I’ll also add to here, a comment Scott Malensek left in response to a RPer (who listed "150" countries, probably because RP himself mentions "130"):

    the US has forces in a lot of countries, and in almost all cases as guests and at the request of those countries even to the benefit and request of their citizens. Too often paranoid politicos see the presence of US forces in 150 countries as imperialistic, but in places like Ramstein, or the UK, or Canada, or perhaps 130+ other countries, those troops are awfully welcome and help protect those people. American forces aren’t invading 150 countries, or terrorizing them, or even hurting them-quite the opposite. In fact, I’m not even sure the 150 country claim is accurate, and it certainly isn’t accurate to portray an image that the US is alone or even in a small group of countries that have forces in other nations (see also nations that contribute to UN peacekeeping etc).

    If America is an evil empire, imperialistically conquering and taking over other countries, it sure has a strange way of going about it.

    “America built its world dominance not through conquest but commerce”
    – Amy Chua, Day of Empire

    “If the world is becoming rapidly Americanized as once it became Romanized, the reason lies not in our weapons, but in the fact that others want what we have and are willing, often eager, to adopt our ways in order to have them too.”
    – John Steele Gordon, economic historian.

    10 Big Lies About America
    , pg 180:

    nations that shifted from affiliation with the West to a posture of anti-Americanism- Cuba in 1959, Iran in 1979- suffered spectacularly. It’s far more than a matter of U.S. power rewarding our friends and punishing our enemies; the record in every corner of the world suggest that the incorporation of American ideas of self-government and free markets leads to higher standards of living and more stable free institutions.

    Hawaii, the singularly favored “Aloha State” beloved by tourists and locals alike, provides a particularly striking example of the blessings America imparts. Agitators who push for some form of native Hawaiian “sovereignty” or even a restoration of the nineteenth-century monarchy ignore the basis for the state’s distinction as by far the most prosperous, functional, and dynamic society in all the Polynesian islands. Fiji and Tahiti also feature stunning beaches and breathtaking landscapes, but they’re racked by chronic poverty, poor health, shaky institutions, and unreliable infrastructure. The undeniable success of the Hawaiian island chain when compared to every other Pacific nation east of New Zealand stems not from resources or historical accidents but from the benevolent influence of American institutions and values.

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    Thank you Wordsmith for this canadian photo. Our troops are getting better and better under Stephen Harper.

    When Harper took office, the budget of the Canadian military was so lean after the cutbacks of the 1990s liberal government, that analysts warned operational effectiveness was in jeopardy. Mr. Harper boosted the budget to $18 billions.

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    Paul Couturier – OIF Veteran

    Wordsmith, You are 100% on the money with tjhis post!

    I and so many other REAL OIF and OEF Veterans all have stories of the human side of this war. I lost count of how many MRE’s, various snack foods, and bottles of water I gave to kids when I was in Iraq 5 years ago. No MSM reporters or photographers ever saw or recorded what I did for these kids, but the proof will be realized in the next 5-15 years as these kids become adults, become leaders in their local communities, and they’ll remember the kindness and compassion that was shown them by American GI’s!

    Once again Wordsmith, thanks for the post and the research you put into it!

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    Scott Malensek

    Paul, it might not be shown on the msm, but many people DO still have an inkling what you guys did/do over there.

    Anytime you want to share the good things you guys did, or some of those human stories, PLEASE submit em to us so that more people can learn.

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    @Paul Couturier – OIF Veteran:

    Once again Wordsmith, thanks for the post and the research you put into it!

    Paul, if I’ve never said it to you elsewhere on another thread, I’ll say it in this thread: Thank YOU for the courage to serve and protect our nation; the sacrifices made in being away from the comforts of home and family; to be an ambassador and representative of the best in America. It’s in part because of the personal acts you describe- the acts of kindness, going above and beyond what is required of you- that wins hearts and minds. Those little acts- giving away snacks, personal MREs, friendly interaction- add up. When an Iraqi child is fed anti-American propaganda, he’ll have to reconcile it with his own personal experience in witnessing the kindness of U.S. and Coalition soldiers working on behalf of his country’s security.

    I also echo Scott’s encouragement that any veterans out there share their personal stories and submit reader posts.

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    Thank You so much for posting all this info about our military and President Bush’s accomplishments! I do so appreciate our military and all the good work you guys and gals do for our country as well as for other countries…..Thank You so very much!

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    RC Brooks,

    You know, everytime a moonbat comes on this blog, I imagine him exactly like the idiotic pacifists on the video you have linked. This is why I am usually rude to them, they merit no respect at all. What a bunch of stupid wackos! I have no pity for these people, no respect and no patience.

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    Really great piece of work on this post. It is so sad because the media could have been doing this for years. In WWII, that was what the media did was to boost morale and support the troops. That was the last war that it supported.

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    My husband is retired Army. We’ve known some of the finest people in the world while being a part of the military family. Ted Turner can shoot from the lip all he wants-these pics tell the story of the great work our forces can and do perform in some of the most ravaged places on earth. God Bless ’em all.

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    Tom Ellis

    My son was working the flight deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln during the relief mission
    in Indonesia after the tsunami that struck in late 2004 .. The scope of what the task force
    did and the missions carried out is just a faded memory now. Those young men and women
    went to it out of orders and duty.. but, what you do not hear is how they made a shipwide
    decision to stop taking showers, so that the helos could deliver more fresh water to the
    stricken islands. The deck crew re-routed the ship’s plumbing to the flight deck so the sailors
    could fill dozens of containers at a time from the ship’s desalination plant. Then they ran 24/7
    missions to provide relief and thousands of flights … for a people who did not ask – and a
    government who had only derision for the USA. But, I do believe those people, in those wrecked
    towns and villages will never forget.

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    Hey dee,

    Sorry for the late response. I prioritized it at the bottom of my “to do” list. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. Please indulge in another cosmetic, moronic read:

    Mr Avery,

    While a majority of e-mails pertaining to your distaste for US care packages will likely be hostile in nature, I assure you that my message will strive to be anything but. As a US soldier and an officer in a light infantry brigade, I have seen both the dark side of humanity as well as sacrifice in its most pure form. Though not as educated, nor as knowledgeable as you in a vast number of areas, I may speak from experience when noting our operations overseas. While it is true that armies deal in death, we also strive to protect life, as a medical platoon leader in Afghanistan we served both civilian and hostile force with the same diligence and care as we would an American causality. On numerous occasions we treated children screaming from the shrapnel of a misplaced footstep as well as those who proved to be the genesis of the aforementioned injury.

    Professor Avery, we do not deal solely in death, as if we did I would not find this career to be a suitable alternative to the academic realm of which I one day wish to return. In fact my job is honestly the antithesis of death, as it is for a vast majority of those who adorn the regalia of a soldier in a modern army. Unlike our enemies, we care for those who bleed, regardless of their affiliation, unlike those who wish us harm, we attempt to abide by the laws of war, and unlike those who leave explosives in crowded streets, we attempt to protect those who cannot protect themselves. While you may see this as an ignorant and idealized version of war, I could say the same for the comments you yourself had made. I am not a murderer Mr. Avery, nor do I condone the slaughter of civilians, I am a man who made a choice to protect living beings in a land that I would otherwise have never seen. True I have witnessed death, from the labored respirations of a dying member of the ANA, to the metaphorical demise of innocence, found in the tear strewn face of a soldier who had lost a comrade before their eyes. You see Mr. Avery, we were not the agents of death, but rather the nemesis of it. Even when the biological limitations of an individual were on the verge of collapse, we only relented in our battle with mortality when our clinical limitations and beleaguered efforts, could not overcome the inevitable. I am not asking to be called a hero sir, a title that would be better applied to the remarkable men who served under me, I’m simply asking to not be labeled a murderer. As a man of law you can see the distinct difference, if your generalization of those in uniform were to be true, and if all men and women were guilty by association, one would ultimately be forced to surmise that there would be no one left to guard the institutions, as we would all be interned. True, many of us are unremarkable, and unlike those with an outstanding intellect and pension for academia, we found a career in which we can excel. However, regardless of political ideations, we are often taken from home to fulfill the call of duty, both the one were a legally bound to answer, and the one we ourselves intrinsically create. We leave our wives, children, pets, parents, loved ones, bills and personal strife behind us, for a penance of what we should be paid, in a land we seldom know. You see sir, a care package is not a message of death, nor is it a cluster of bullets in a chamber pointed at a child, if anything, it’s a reminder that we are remembered and we are longed for.”

    I’m curious to know which photos in this blogpost you deem to be cosmetic as opposed to candid. Thanks for your time. I hope you continue to sleep peaceably at night….

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    A majority of people don’t understand that the ability to project *real* power globally is the deterrence that keeps the greater peace…it serves as a barrier of entry to those states who would otherwise easily overpower their neighbors to get what they want — they must build their forces to the highest possible obstacle to their ambitions, if that obstacle is Vietnam and/or the Philippines (for instance) then that is much easier to overwhelm, isn’t it?

    Now if the other side of your equation is Vietnam, Philippines, United States…whose forces are going to present the biggest obstacle to your ambition?

    In the long term it is cheaper in blood and gold to maintain this kind of global deterrence then sit around and wait for the repercussions of not doing so to compel action that requires national mobilization and massive global conflict.

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    Kathryn Aquino

    On behalf of NJROTC from Patrick Henry High School,

    We appreciate all that you guy have done for us, we’re giving back by organizing a food drive for our troops to make your holidays more festive and filling. We hope support the men and women who are serving our country, waiting for family and friends in Afghanistan to come back safely.

    Happy Holidays from PHHS

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    @Wordsmith, Why is your military So Hated Around the World
    ?(you did not answer your question)… Because, they are lost in cheap esoterism, propaganda and lies they call “The only truth”(and they think so much of themselves…). Not even worth Stalinian or Nazi propaganda.

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    You know guys…. The problem doesn´t lie in the military.
    The problem are those who have the power to command it: Politicians mostly.
    As many associations, the military is being used not only for portection and help, but abused for assault on countries who do not deserve the destruction and tears that come along with war.

    Of course there are unable or abusive people with power right in the heart of the organization too, or ones that are so overly fanatical or optimistic, bigot fools, filled with national pride, so full of themselves, that they forget the bigger purpose, rapists, people who simply like to kill with big guns that make a lot of noise – like a computer game, but so much more realistic.
    You can´t deny it. There have been countless scandalsthat are proof.

    The army is not evil. But if a servant is commanded to slap a child, the child will hate the one who slapped it, not the one who ordered it to be slapped.
    A knife can be used as a tool or weapon.
    And so on… To put it metaphorical.

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    and not dragging the military into further operation not required anymore, except to get their
    presence being resent with hatefull attack because they are there still after so long, too long for that

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    Kathryn Aquino
    hi, you where in 2011 there above, now from 2012 here,
    will you do the same for the TROOPS THIS YEAR,

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    The only way someone could understand what our fighting men and women go through is to go to where they are ,pick up a gun and fight along side them. until you do that then you cant say a bad thing about them . God Bless our troops and God Bless the United States!! .

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    Nick Palmisciano:

    “The military does more humanitarian aid than any entity on the planet. It’s there in times of international crisis. It’s there most of the time for peacekeeping: preventing the slaughter of women and children in Bosnia, Kosovo, for example. And yes, it goes to war.

    But the people serving don’t decide when that happens. If you are upset about kids killing kids, then elect better politicians and take a stand against them. The military doesn’t decide. It acts. When it has good leaders, it acts in the best interests of the nation and the world.”

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    My unit has thousands of photos like those posted in this article. The real people in Iraq didn’t want us to leave. They were rebuilding lives that were either destroyed living under Saddam or were prevented from flourishing. If we had stayed another 10 years, the Iraqi people would have built an economy that would have fed themselves. They would not have had to be dependent upon government hand outs.

    Obama pulled out the troops which made Iraq unsafe for all of the NGOs Turner thinks makes the difference in the world. Obama allowed a pseudo dictator to take charge of Iraq and restart the infighting. allowing ISIS to capture western Iraq.

    It takes 15-20 years to develop senior police officers, senior military officers and senior non-commissioned officers. Obama cut that effort short to meet a political objective to “end the war in Iraq”, Instead, he made sure the war in Iraq will continue for decades, maybe centuries Now, we are faced with having HRC as a know nothing president who can not reason her way out of a wet paper bag. Does any one really think she can make a difference in the world based upon her “experience” as a senator and Sec of State? If so, why has she not done so in the past?

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