This post is from the Gathering of Eagles website, published here with permission of the author. It illustrates the need to cover the backs of our troops on the home front. That is what is meant by supporting the troops.
…..we needed an organization such as the GOE (Gathering of Eagles), and its dedicated organizers and leadership back during the Vietnam war, a war we won in 1968 when our death toll was lower than 10,000. We had won the war after Tet. 48,000 more died because Walter Cronkrite went on his news broadcast, took off his glasses, looked America in the eye, and told them the war was lost, that to continue to fight was futile. That was a blatant lie, but the Left ate it up. The Communist sympathizing protesters redoubled their efforts, and the defeatists in Congress ratcheted up the pressure to cut and run. This all came as a BIG surprise to General Giap, the North Vietnamese General who ran the North Vietnamese war machine, an army that had been to badly mauled in the Tet offensive of 1968 that he was ready to SUE FOR PEACE.
Tet of ’68 was a major defeat for the Communist North and by Giap’s own words in his book that came out in 1986, a few years before his death, the North was ready to sue for peace, to surrender. The same defeat Cronkrite used to tell the world the war was lost, and 48,000 more American servicmen died for that lie. We could have used the GOE back then. We damned sure need this organization now. With or without the distraction of malcontents. Stay the course Kit…stay the course Eagles. We are having an impact on the way this society percieves the Looney Left. For the first time there is a voice coming from the silent majority, a firm, sane, and patriotic voice. Keep that voice alive! Let’s make GOE II, a million motorcycle event, with millions more in attendance, carry our message of support for our troops and their Mission all around the world! We need to send a CLEAR MESSAGE to Al Qaeda, to Congress, and to the Left Wing Socialists/Communists of today’s war….We will not abandon the Mission and snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Never again will we allow the left wing’s agenda to endanger our servicemen, or a traitorous Congress to hinder them in the their mission. Nency Pelosi and Murtha be damned! The War on Terror is not lost, nor is the front line of that war lost in Iraq.
God Bless the USA and God Bless our troops! Drive on Eagles!
A/4th/503rd Airborne Infantry
173d Airborne Brigade (SEP)