Fw: Poster-child for What is Wrong

Poster-child for what is wrong in Washington, DC

You will simply not believe this.  Our 8th District US Congressional representative, the Hon. Gabrielle Giffords, in a meeting of the House Armed Services Committee, asked General David Petraeus the following question: "General Petraeus, what are you doing to reduce carbon emissions in the war on terror?" Wow.  I had to read, and re-read this several times to believe it. Folks, there are American sons and daughters dying every week on the foreign battlefields of southwest Asia. The nation is completely bankrupt and ... quite literally, borrowing 43 cents for every dollar in federal spending.  We have the largest environmental disaster in the nation's history in the Gulf of Mexico, and we have Mexican drug armies invading our nation.  And yet ....A member of Congress from Arizona's 8th congressional district took the time to ask our battlefield commander what he is doing to curb carbon emissions in the war. Gabrielle Giffords is the poster-child for what is wrong with the US Congress. We are being led by imbeciles. To the rest of America reading this blog, and to Gen. Petraeus if this e-mail makes it to your inbox ... my sincerest apologies for the stupid question asked of you by my US congressional representative. General ... I am sure you have better things to worry about than carbon emissions on the battlefield.  I assure you, as a registered voter in Arizona's 8th congressional district, I will do everything I can to ensure Rep. Giffords is voted out of office in November, and I pray you'll get back to business of fighting the war on terror without worrying about such petty and nonsensical matters as your carbon footprint in the war.
Mark Beres, Maj. USAF (ret.)
Tucson, Arizona
FYI:  The 8th District surrounds Tucson to the north, south and east (Tucson is in the 7th District) and covers the south-east corner of AZ.
What Google says about Rep. Giffords:
Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-Az) took Afghan Commander, General David Petraeus, to task for what she characterized as “willful disregard of the environmental impact of our war effort.” “There is no policy, no plan to minimize carbon emissions in our military activities,” Giffords charged. “Bombs are dropped and bullets are fired without considering the environmental impact.” Giffords insisted that she was “not demanding an immediate halt to current military operations in the Middle East. I’m just saying that battle plans should include an environmental impact assessment as a regular part of the process before attacks are launched.”
She also suggested that the Army “put more emphasis on less environmentally damaging methods, like stabbing or clubbing enemy forces in order to minimize the carbon output.”
New Rules of Engagement:
I think we ought to put her on the front lines so she can stab or club the enemy. God help us if this is the type of idiots that are elected to office. Walk softly and carry a big knife or big stick to save the environment.


neff said...

It's totally crazy for people who live in a desert city to be concerned about climate change!

Anonymous said...

Gabrielle Giffords did actually ask Petraeus about the military's efforts at conservation, as you can see here:

But, and this may come as a shock, given how honest conservatives tend to be, she didn't say that we should be "stabbing and clubbing" enemies to save energy.

Yes, "what is wrong with Washington, D.C." is definitely that congress wastes its time fretting about trivial concerns like the environment when there are still scary brown people out there we haven't blown up yet.

gruaud said...

"Folks, there are American sons and daughters dying every week on the foreign battlefields of southwest Asia. The nation is completely bankrupt and ... quite literally, borrowing 43 cents for every dollar in federal spending. We have the largest environmental disaster in the nation's history in the Gulf of Mexico..."

And whose policies brought us to
this precipice?

Can you do even second grade addition, Major?

Sweet tap dancing Christ.

ferschitz said...

Propoganda to diss Giffords bc in general Tucson (and surrounding areas) are not in support of SB 1070. That's bc the good citizens of Tucson are very aware of the issues with the drug cartel war on the close-by border, and Tucson citizens realize that SB 1070 does sweet eff all to address the very real problems with the drug cartels. All it will do is waste money needlessly by allowing the Sherrif Arpaio's of AZ to racially profile Mexican Americans, and clog up the court and prison system needlessly and expensively... with people who are NOT the problem.

Typical lying rightwing propoganda.

Bebe 99 said...

Today the pentagon admitted that it can't account for 8.7 billion in iraqi oil revenues to have been spent on reconstruction. Maybe the writer of the email should care more about the costs of war, and what kind of security that money is buying. I'll wager he cares about the amount of taxes he pays. If the US started taxing its citizens the total amount needed to pay for these wars today instead of borrowing the money, people would definitely care about the costs.

Charlie said...


Marc with a C said...

I agree. Only pussies care about the environmental impact of military operations

More Agent Orange and depleted Uranium munitions, please!

Anonymous said...

Speaking of defrauding the Govt. USAF (ret) hmmmm

1/20/2006 - Hurlburt Field, Fla. -- An officer assigned to Headquarters, Air Force Special Operations Command was convicted of negligence Jan. 13 after failing to appropriately file two temporary duty travel vouchers.

A panel of seven officers heard the case of Maj. Mark Beres during a five-day trial.

Major Beres had originally been charged with a myriad of crimes including willful dereliction of duty for failing to make accurate entries in the Defense Travel System, a violation of Uniform Code of Military Justice Article 92.

After several hours of deliberation, Major Beres was convicted on only one lesser included charge of negligently failing to file his travel vouchers correctly.

Major Beres was sentenced to forfeiture of $350 a month for three months.

"This case involved an incredible amount of documentary evidence,” said Capt. Karl Sandell, 16th Special Operations Wing Legal Office attorney who tried the case. “It was clear that the travel vouchers were inaccurate; however, the verdict hinged on whether the panel felt Maj. Beres actions were intentional or negligent.


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