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Sat Sep 5, 2020, 02:06 PM

My Kind of "Sucker and Loser".

In June of 2005 I wrote a piece about the invasion of Iraq. The article was titled "The Line of Denial". In it I shared some of the questions I asked my husband, now a retired Vet, about his experiences in Iraq, as well as the war crimes, sanctioned by the President, and the troops who committed them.


Below is an excerpt.


"And what is your lasting memory of Iraq?"

The little girl.

The little girl had leprosy. He met her early on. Her disease was so advanced she was dying from non-treatment. In her entire short life, she got next to no treatment. My husband carried her dying body, along with her mother and father, through three cities seeking help for her. He couldn't find it. Iraqi doctors too scared or wanting money (to survive with) and American medics not concerned.

He finally reached into his wallet, took out all his cash, then gave it to an Iraqi doctor. The doctor helped the child die comfortably because that's all they could do for her by then.

That's what my husband brought home. That's what he remembers most about Iraq.



If that's a "Loser", then it's my kind of loser.


Fuck Trump. Fuck all Republicans. Fuck their voters.

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Reply My Kind of "Sucker and Loser". (Original post)
Solly Mack Sep 5 OP
chowder66 Sep 5 #1
niyad Sep 5 #12
Solly Mack Sep 6 #27
flamin lib Sep 5 #2
niyad Sep 5 #13
Solly Mack Sep 6 #26
Nevilledog Sep 5 #3
Solly Mack Sep 6 #25
peacebuzzard Sep 5 #4
Solly Mack Sep 6 #24
Kitchari Sep 5 #5
Solly Mack Sep 6 #23
erronis Sep 5 #6
Solly Mack Sep 6 #22
Trueblue Texan Sep 5 #7
Sogo Sep 5 #8
Solly Mack Sep 6 #21
demigoddess Sep 5 #9
Solly Mack Sep 6 #20
benfranklin1776 Sep 5 #10
Solly Mack Sep 6 #19
benfranklin1776 Sep 6 #28
blueinredohio Sep 5 #11
Solly Mack Sep 6 #18
yaesu Sep 5 #14
Solly Mack Sep 6 #17
AwakeAtLast Sep 6 #15
Solly Mack Sep 6 #16
flamin lib Sep 6 #29
Solly Mack Sep 6 #30
flamin lib Sep 6 #31
samplegirl Sep 6 #32
Solly Mack Sep 6 #33

Response to Solly Mack (Original post)

Sat Sep 5, 2020, 02:09 PM

1. K&R

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Response to chowder66 (Reply #1)

Sat Sep 5, 2020, 04:49 PM

12. Thank you, Solly Mack. And thank your husband, for the amazing people you are. I am so proud

to know "losers and suckers" like you.

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Response to niyad (Reply #12)

Sun Sep 6, 2020, 08:55 AM

27. Thank you, niyad.



We're fairly standard, flawed, and boring people. We both agree on giving to others is all. Helping others. Brightening a day. We get ever so much more back.

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Response to Solly Mack (Original post)

Sat Sep 5, 2020, 02:11 PM

2. There are simply no words.

Not for your husband and not for the disrespect from the White House.

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Response to flamin lib (Reply #2)

Sat Sep 5, 2020, 04:52 PM

13. Ohhhh, there are PLENTY of words for the draft-dodging traitor-in-chief. But most of them would

net me a visit from the suits. May he and all his enablers and supporters rot in hell.

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Response to flamin lib (Reply #2)

Sun Sep 6, 2020, 08:51 AM

26. There are no words, you're right. To heal. Time only does so much and Trump is incapable

of helping anyone. He only knows how to tear people down.

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Response to Solly Mack (Original post)

Sat Sep 5, 2020, 02:19 PM

3. ...

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Response to Nevilledog (Reply #3)

Sun Sep 6, 2020, 08:50 AM

25. And to you

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Response to Solly Mack (Original post)

Sat Sep 5, 2020, 02:27 PM

4. so very sad,

that level of desperation is very deep.
that burns.

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Response to peacebuzzard (Reply #4)

Sun Sep 6, 2020, 08:50 AM

24. Exactly that.

Thank you, peacebuzzard

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Response to Solly Mack (Original post)

Sat Sep 5, 2020, 02:40 PM

5. Your husband

Is a beautiful human being

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Response to Kitchari (Reply #5)

Sun Sep 6, 2020, 08:49 AM

23. I think so. I just don't tell him that too often. He was already spoiled rotten when I met him.

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Response to Solly Mack (Original post)

Sat Sep 5, 2020, 03:09 PM

6. A beautiful elegy to that young girl and to your husband. War is a tragedy. Layered on sickness it's

a horror.

A man made horror. Saying that because the bastards tend to be the ones that want to inflict misery and death on others.

Being an XY person, I hope that science can cure this propensity to inflict suffering. I'll take that vaccine.

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Response to erronis (Reply #6)

Sun Sep 6, 2020, 08:48 AM

22. It is all that and worse. The very worst.

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Response to Solly Mack (Original post)

Sat Sep 5, 2020, 03:24 PM

7. Trump voters are suckers!nt

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Response to Trueblue Texan (Reply #7)

Sat Sep 5, 2020, 04:27 PM

8. Bingo.

Soooo true....!



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Response to Trueblue Texan (Reply #7)

Sun Sep 6, 2020, 08:47 AM

21. Yes, so true.

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Response to Solly Mack (Original post)

Sat Sep 5, 2020, 04:28 PM

9. my dad never spoke of his war time experiences but he was the nicest guy.

yes, I'm prejudiced.

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Response to demigoddess (Reply #9)

Sun Sep 6, 2020, 08:46 AM

20. You should be bias. That was your Dad. :)

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Response to Solly Mack (Original post)

Sat Sep 5, 2020, 04:32 PM

10. Amen.

These acts are the best of humanity on display and the antithesis of the depraved, sociopathic evil of Trump and his cultists.

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Response to benfranklin1776 (Reply #10)

Sun Sep 6, 2020, 08:45 AM

19. Nothing noble about war. But from time to time people remember their humanity, if they're lucky.

When he left I told him to remember his humanity. He said everyone else is saying be careful or don't get hurt or die. I said that, too. But first and most importantly, remember your humanity.

I didn't want him to die but the loss of your humanity is its own kind of death. Just takes longer and causes more long term suffering.

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #19)

Sun Sep 6, 2020, 09:34 AM

28. I totally agree. His act was what was noble.

You are quite right war robs people of their essential humanity which is why it should be avoided unless absolutely necessary. Those who have been in war mostly are the ones who hate it the worst but the keyboard “warriors” who have never served are it’s biggest cheerleaders 📣 I am glad you reminded him of holding on to his basic humanity. That undoubtedly kept him grounded like nothing else could. Thank you and he. 🤗

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Response to Solly Mack (Original post)

Sat Sep 5, 2020, 04:48 PM

11. How lucky you are. What a kind man.

That story made me cry.

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Response to blueinredohio (Reply #11)

Sun Sep 6, 2020, 08:41 AM

18. He really is a kind man. I was raised to help others. He wasn't - wasn't within his family dynamic.

Still, kindness and generosity is very much his nature. Just never mistake it for weakness. Lot of anger behind his need to help others. Not at those who need help. But the why of it all.

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Response to Solly Mack (Original post)

Sat Sep 5, 2020, 04:55 PM

14. courage, selflessness and sacrifice, 3 words tRump and his fellow fascists will never understand. nt

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Response to yaesu (Reply #14)

Sun Sep 6, 2020, 08:35 AM

17. Trump only serves Trump. He expects everyone else to serve him as well.

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Response to Solly Mack (Original post)

Sun Sep 6, 2020, 03:11 AM

15. My husband still won't talk much

But I know he will, one day.

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Response to AwakeAtLast (Reply #15)

Sun Sep 6, 2020, 08:34 AM

16. Every now and then mine will say something and notice I'm stunned. He will say, "I told you that"

Nothing he did. Something he saw. But he never told me. Just thought he did.

It's been that way since he got back. (2004)

He still has nightmares of that little girl. From all of it. Bolts awake. Eyes wide. Ready for something. Just never sure what.



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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #16)

Sun Sep 6, 2020, 09:45 AM

29. I hope he talks to someone. Those of us with broken chromosomes tend to withdraw

and hide our pain. I know the VA has an active outreach but getting into the system can be difficult.

It's easy for me and others to say there's no shame in asking for support but it's a deeply ingrained, almost genetic trait.

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Response to flamin lib (Reply #29)

Sun Sep 6, 2020, 09:53 AM

30. He has been for years now. Group and individual.

But he'll see a little girl that reminds him of that little girl and have a bad sleep. Some trigger along the way. That kind of thing.

It's way better than it was in the early days.

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #30)

Sun Sep 6, 2020, 09:55 AM

31. ...

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Response to Solly Mack (Original post)

Sun Sep 6, 2020, 10:10 AM

32. Heartquakes as I read

this Solly Mack😢 There is little to say or think about a person that does not value human life. We’ve seen this with their gun stance and healthcare and now this pandemic.
Republicans are the rottenest people walking the planet.

Your husband must be an amazing man❤️

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Response to samplegirl (Reply #32)

Sun Sep 6, 2020, 11:25 AM

33. I'm fond of him. :)

Trump values Trump. That's it. As much as he sees Ivanka as his best creation among his children, if she had to go or he had to go, he'd kick Ivanka out with no regrets.

Trump doesn't love any of his children. They are merely extension of his ego. Extension of him, his self, but lesser.

Parts he doesn't like - Eric, Tiffany. Somehow, they remind him of his own weaknesses and he resents that as he denies he has any.

Parts he's obligated to - Jr.. Firstborn male, namesake, and all the BS patriarchy tied up in that.

The part he adores, Ivanka. And he adores her only because he feels she is a reflection of all things he finds great about himself.

Barron is the unknown, for now. He honestly appears to be her child, Melania's, more than his. Not that that is much better. Interesting that they give him the name of one of Trump's personas though. Telling, to my thinking.

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