Michael's Dispatches

To the Rescue


26 March 2009

Helicopter Goes Down in Iraq...and Who Comes to the Rescue?

Please check this out.

It's a good feeling seeing the Iraqis coming along.  Remember those days when to say the Iraqi forces could succeed earned a whipping before crucifixion?  Thanks to all the people who refused to quit -- over there and at home -- Iraq is making it.  One day, we need to make a giant parade in New York or Washington (or both) for the veterans of these wars.  That time has not yet come, but I want to be there.

On a similar note, one of my old Special Forces buddies emailed something about chasing this woman down to marry her.  She's hilarious.

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    Michael Bickley · 13 years ago
    I appreciate your concerns for Mexico but at what point do we as Americans give up our rights for another country. Most of the weapons I have seen on news sights are either class weapons or military only i.e LAWS, grenades and such. With all the anti-gun politicians in high places I believe we are looking at away for them to use Mexico against law abiding U.S. citizens.
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    JollyFE · 13 years ago
    When you can instill the value of life, even one life, into a society, these are the results you see. No hesitation. Go see who needs help.

    For the most part we have that in our society. We have dedicated military forces doing exactly that. In the Air Force we call them Jolly Green, King, Pedro and others. In the Navy, it's Big Mother. In the Army and Marines, it's the Army and Marines. And then there's the Coast Guard. Nuff said.

    Living by the motto; "These things we do, that others may live".
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    Sarmajor · 13 years ago
    Bo et al:
    The facts are that a lot of the guns being recovered in Mexico are coming directly from the US. Some are coming from other countries that got them from the US. They are American made guns. Our own law enforcement efforts along the border now include stopping southbound traffic to check for guns before they get across the border to Mexico.

    The comparison to Pakistan is valid in that anyone who has been there will vouch for the fact that the better guns and other implements of destruction are coming across the border from Pakistan. The big difference here is that our Secretary of State is admitting our culpability in the Mexican mess and that Pakistan waffles on their level of responsibility in the Afghanistan mess.

    Don't shoot the messenger here and (not you B some of you need to remember that GEN Barry McCaffrey's article was not written by Michael Yon. If there is something there that you don't like, go to the General not Mike.

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    Ira Smith · 13 years ago

    The General's article was quite interesting but I would suggest that there is some need for attention to detail on his part also.
    The comment "huge US flow of automatic weapons" and later stating the 26,000 weapons were interdicted would lead one to believe that automatic weapons are available at every gun show.
    No arguement from me that there is huge problem in Mexico today but I think, with the money the drug cartels have, they can most likely buy what ever type of weapon they want anywhere in the world and that most if not all of the truely automatic weapons are not coming directly from the US as the General's article would lead one to believe.
    Love your work, keep it up!
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    Jim · 13 years ago
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    Winefred · 13 years ago
    Hey Michael, you're freakin' me out again -- that's twice in one week! (see "Torture and Lt. Dan"). My son, the CH5 pilot, is back in Iraq again as of a few weeks ago. He's not able to communicate quite as much as he did last time, partly because they are slowly shutting down their operations at Al Asad. So there's a bit more "radio silence" than before, and he blogs less than he used to -- naturally I don't like to see unexplained headlines about helicopters down!

    As things are, he probably would have enjoyed the uneventful ditching in the desert -- he's had so few opportunities to meet Iraqis so far, while hauling "ass and trash" hither and yon (as it were). I think he'd welcome the chance to be rescued by some.

    What a great story this is about the Iraqi pilot-in-training-- too bad most of America will never know. I can think of about ten politicians -- those who spent the last few years insulting the Iraqis at every turn about "not pulling their weight... no appetite for democracy... need to be divided into three parts... blah blah blah" -- who would have benefited from a quick sputter to the ground in a chopper just to wake them up -- about EVERYTHING.

    Thanks for the update.

    Winefred -- proud Marine and Navy mom
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    cdor · 13 years ago
    Michael, I have supported you since the first time I heard about your work. Your signed iconic photo of the Major holding that poor little Iraqii girl is proudly hanging in my office. Many people have seen and asked about it...I tell them the story and I tell them about you.

    This post is really terrific news. Thanks for sharing. I only wish the Iraqi people understood the sacrifices that America made for them and appreciated vocally our efforts.

    In regards to Mexico and the drug violence, I read some comments the first day or so. I read McCaffrey's article and the comments that followed. I also read their thread about the Israeli/Palestinian(?) issue. These guys have all been around a long time. They have been in the heat of the battle. And yet the problems still exist. They didn't solve it and I don't trust that their world view will change anything in the future. Yes it was McCaffrey who said the guns were coming from the U.S. He didn't pay any attention to detail, as you put it, and speciify which guns. Where the hell does one buy crates of military grade arms in the U.S.? Handguns, rifles yes, but grenade launchers and fully automatic high caliber? I'm just an ordinary guy, maybe I'm an idiot. But you are the one that linked all of us, with no preconditions, to that article and site. People here are responding here because of you. That's a detail which I believe you are obscuring.
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    bob · 13 years ago
    Michael, I appreciate the work your doing, but youre new webpage is too small to be able to adequately read. Can you enlarge it
    If I am having this problem, then others may be too! I want you to be successful in your dispatches.
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    Gismo Fly · 12 years ago
    Dear Mike,

    Yeah! Parade! New York, Washington and Sandy Eggo. I'll be there. I would also like to attend the "America Day" parade in Baghdad - that would be sweet. Calling it "Coalition Day" doesn't seem to have the same swing to it nor would it be honest.

    Steady as you go, mate.


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