Now for the wingnut propaganda:
U.S. Military Website Used For Domestic Propaganda
Subject: JOHN GEBHARDT of IOWAJohn works at the Cargill plant in Eddyville, ! Iowa.
Wouldn't it be fitting if this went completely around the world!.....
John Gebhardt's wife, Mindy, said that this little girl's entire family was executed. The insurgents intended to execute the little girl also, and shot her in the head...but they failed to kill her. She was cared for in John's hospital and is healing up, but continues to cry and moan. The nurses said John is the only one who seems to calm her down, so John has spent the last four nights holding her while they both slept in that chair. The girl is coming along with her healing.
He is a real Star of the war, and represents what America is trying to do.
This, my friends, is worth sharing. Go for it!! You'll never see things like this in the news. Please keep this going. Nothing will happen if you don't, but the American public needs to see pictures like this and needs to realize that what we're doing over there is making a difference. Even if it is just one little girl at a time.
James Gates U. S. Navy
The source of the photo is from the Air Force News website dating to November of 2006. Note the sly use of the word "insurgent".
"The young infant had received extensive gunshot injuries to her head when insurgents attacked her family killing both of her parents and many of her siblings. The chief had a knack for comforting her and they often would catch a cat nap together in a chair".
Let's not mention the sectarian violence which our invasion, and occupation has unleashed.
The non-stop cycle of violence taking place in Iraq is not the work of "insurgents", but the result of sectarian hatred. Sunnis killing Shiites, Shiites killing Sunnis, Sunnis killing Kurds, and Kurds killing Sunnis is the reality of the violence in Iraq. Lying to the American public about what is taking place, and why will not work.
U.S. troops have no means to end the thousand years of hatred between the various factions in Iraq. The sooner U.S. troops leave Iraq the sooner a clear victor will rise within Iraq. Only with a clear victor will the chaos and terrorism in Iraq end.
The Air Force "news story" includes a link to download a high resolution version of the photograph. All the fixings for a chain mail campaign. Good to know our tax dollars are being used to subsidize domestic propaganda.
NOTE: This post is not an attempt to condemn U.S. troops in Iraq, nor John Gebhardt, however, it is a condemnation of the Bush Administration policy which led to the invasion, and occupation of Iraq. The occupation of Iraq must end, and U.S. troops should be brought home as soon as is possible.
God bless the troops! God bless the USA!