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understandinglife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 08:31 PM
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CA-04: Pure Political Cowardice from John Doolittle
CA-04: Pure Political Cowardice

by Charlie Brown for Congress


Mon Oct 30, 2006 at 11:25:40 AM PST

They told me it would happen. But I honestly can say I didn't think John Doolittle would go this low.

I am a 26-year veteran of the Air Force. I am a retired Lt. Colonel who won the Distinguished Flying Cross in Vietnam and went on to serve in every major US conflict through Desert Storm. My father is a veteran of WWII. My wife served as an Air Force nurse. Our son, Jeff, is on his way to serve his fourth rotation in Iraq as an Air Force officer.

Now - John Doolittle has the audacity to question my support for the troops in Iraq. My son is on his way to serve - and Doolittle has just launched a major television ad campaign that says I don't support the troops.

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Link: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/10/30/142540/22


I'm sure many DUers will let Lt Col. Brown know how much we all support him because the only way to support our troops is to extract them, immediately, from Bu$h and Cheney's grossly illegal war of aggression.

Solidarity matters when our Republic is being destroyed; when our Constitution is being shredded.


Never Forget: George W. Bush willfully violated National Security to cover-up his willful launch of a war of aggression and illegal occupation of Iraq.... and, if you doubt it, just check 'the google' ...



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muntrv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 08:33 PM
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1. Draft Doolittle, that chickenhawk.
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understandinglife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 10:23 PM
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2. He wouldn't have what it takes to serve .... just like shrub and cheney ....


BE THE BU$H OPPOSITION - 24/7
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BrotherBuzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 10:42 PM
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3. Charlie's son, Captain Brown, copiloted Doolittle in Iraq, yet...
Doolittle didn't acknowledge or even speak to him.

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John (Doolittle) was with a Congressional delegation there, and they needed to take a flight from Baghdad to Talafar. So the delegation helicoptered out from the Green Zone to Baghdad airport in two Blackhawks.

The Air Force called up a C-130 transport aircraft to fly them. The C-130 crew was waiting and ready to go as the Blackhawks were coming in, and they got a couple of messages from the tower. "Is anyone from the crew from Florida?" Because Katherine Harris was part of the delegation. (Yes, that Katherine Harris.) "Is anyone from the crew from Connecticut?" Because Christopher Shays was part of the delegation. And the crew gets one more request: "Can one of the members of the delegation ride up in the cockpit?" You see, C-130s aren't real comfortable - there are only troop seats in the back cargo area. The cockpit isn't a lot better, but it's a little more comfortable, quieter, and it's not a troop seat. The crew wasn't crazy about visitors riding up there with them, but you can't say no to a Congressman.

Of course, this member of the delegation was John Doolittle. John sat down in the cockpit and spoke for a minute with the aircraft commander. He didn't say anything to the rest of the crew. Nothing to the flight engineer. Or the navigator. Or the copilot. He didn't ask any of them where they were from. Or what it's like in Iraq. Or what he and the rest of Congress could do to help.

The flight was just over an hour up to Talafar and uneventful. As the congressional delegation was climbing off the airplane, the copilot leaned over to ask the aircraft commander to give John a message. So the aircraft commander went down to the ramp to see the delegation off, and as John stepped off the C-130 and onto the ramp the aircraft commander said to him: "Congressman Doolittle: Charlie Brown and his son hope you had a nice flight."

The copilot was my son, Jeff Brown, Air Force Captain.

John Doolittle sat next to my son for over an hour and didn't ask him his name. He didn't ask him where he was from. (Jeff, of course, is from John's District here in California.) He didn't ask how long Jeff had been in Iraq. (It was Jeff's third tour, and he's now scheduled for his fourth.) And he didn't ask what Congress could do to help him and the rest of the troops there in Iraq.

But I've asked. And Jeff told me, that if John had asked what he needed, he would have asked to make sure Congress fixes the cracks in the C-130 wings, because many of the aircraft are grounded, and many more are restricted on how much weight they can carry, and they're flying the heck out of those planes. Jeff would have asked to make sure Congress gives good medical care to the wounded, because he flies them out of Iraq. And Jeff said he would have asked to make sure Congress gives the best care to the families of the remains of fallen soldiers, because he flies them out of Iraq too.

But John Doolittle didn't ask. He didn't talk to the airmen. They were just his drivers that day. John Doolittle sat next to my son for over an hour and didn't have the courtesy to even ask his name.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/8/23/135031/456
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understandinglife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 11:20 AM
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6. "But John Doolittle didn't ask. He didn't talk to the airmen. They were just his drivers that day."
Enough to make you puke ...


BE THE BU$H OPPOSITION - 24/7
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DemReadingDU Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 05:47 AM
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4. Good ad for Charlie Brown
in the dKos thread.

Wherever do the Republicans get those nasty negative ads. The negative ads are horrible here in Ohio, too. Looking forward to the people voting out the Repubs, and the Dems taking control!
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AlCzervik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 10:45 AM
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5. last night on the channel 13 they had Doolittle's spokesman on saying
now this is a tough race, they also said district 4 and Pombos district are "To close to call". Can you believe it, i was thrilled to hear that, to close to call--huzzah! I only wished i lived in district 4 so i could vote for Brown, i live in district 3 and hopefully Durston can unseat Lungren.
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BrotherBuzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 11:46 AM
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7. Always a Doolittle spokesman, or some other proxy, never himself
Methinks Doolittle is hunkered down in his hidey-hole to weather the storm.

Why can't he come out and use his delightful buzzwords to charm the public:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWClB1snOG4
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AlCzervik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 11:54 AM
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9. charlie Brown commented on the 1st ladies appearance---
"the 1st lady isn't part of his scandals, Doolittle is morally bankrupt" or something close to that, i laughed my ass off.
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WI_DEM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 11:48 AM
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8. I'm tired of these Republican chicken hawks questioning the
patriotism of people who actually did serve in the armed services and know enough to understand that Iraq is a disaster.
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