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Family, comrades and friends mourned Army 1st Lt. Jonathan P. Brostrom as "an American hero" and "a true patriot." Brostrom, 24, was killed this month during a firefight at a remote outpost in northeastern ...

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ManaRed

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#33
Jul 25, 2008
 
Bin laden and Hussein had an operational relationship from the 90s to 2003.

By leaving Iraq before the job is done, it is sad to say, but all of our troops will have died for nothing. If we stay and finish the job, Iraq will have a new successful government and a Police Force to enforce the lawe and protect their people.

Please do not attempt to argue with me on military strategy. Obama opposed the recent surge (which was successful). If he had control over the surge and we listened to what he wanted to do, we would be losing in Iraq and would be no where near being done.
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#34
Jul 25, 2008
 
Rest in Peace Brother.

Why does everybody believe that the Hawaii Army National Guard is deploying to Kuwait? that is only the smokescreen to keep everyone at bay in believing that they are being sent to a peace zone. Make no mistake about it, the 29th will be headed to Afghanistan.
enufalready

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#35
Jul 25, 2008
 
ManaRed wrote:
Bin laden and Hussein had an operational relationship from the 90s to 2003.
By leaving Iraq before the job is done, it is sad to say, but all of our troops will have died for nothing. If we stay and finish the job, Iraq will have a new successful government and a Police Force to enforce the lawe and protect their people.
Please do not attempt to argue with me on military strategy. Obama opposed the recent surge (which was successful). If he had control over the surge and we listened to what he wanted to do, we would be losing in Iraq and would be no where near being done.
You are arguing with a perspective of a few years. The Middle East operates with a perspective of millennia. I repeat: "Shinseki warned that without putting hundreds of thousands of troops on the ground we would face a grinding and futile misadventure in the MidEast, similar to the experience of the Greeks, the British, and the Soviets. The chickenhawk NeoCons ignored him and he was disrespected; then, essentially, he was sacked. The result- undermanned, exposed outposts."
If you want to argue with history, you may; however, as much as you would like to supplant history with strategy, your theories will always remain just that. The history of the MiddleEast guarantees an early grave for young foreign invaders and bankruptcy for countries disrespectful of its message. A pacified zone populated by ice cream eating mercenaries does not constitute victory. The US is isolated and increasingly condemned for its adventure in Iraq and its apparent surrender to Bin Laden. That young Americans continue to die there is shameful to our country and a dearly sought outcome to much of the Muslim world.
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#36
Jul 25, 2008
 
Thank you Jonathan Brostrom, and may you rest in peace. God Bless Your Family in their time of immeasurable grief, and may the clouds of grief disappear in due time and be replaced with bright loving memories of you.
Poha

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#37
Jul 25, 2008
 
http://shrinkwrapped.blogs.com/blog/2008/07/r...
http://www.stripes.com/article.asp...
http://www.stripes.com/article.asp...

the true story of what happened that day.
"... This is the kind of battle about which songs were once sung; this is the kind of battle that once would have been fodder for a Hollywood big budget movie extolling the bravery and fighting spirit of our men..."
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Waikoloa, HI

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#38
Jul 25, 2008
 
Its sad our youth continues to fight not for our freedom, but for private corporate profits.

Obama spoke publicly in Berlin about his desire to send troops into Afganistan, and fuel an occupation much like in Iraq. Qui Bono?

Young soldiers need to be educated about what and who they are truely fighting for.
and it continues

Wailuku, HI

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#39
Jul 25, 2008
 
david wrote:
how do our oil get underneath their sand anyway?
Next time you drive your car, turn on your lights, drink from that plastic bottle of water, walk on the street, or power your computer, you can thank those who are fighting for the free flow of oil so that we as Americans can go on protesting on those very streets, editorialize on the very computer, see from the very lights and drink from that plastic container.

Yes it's always been about oil and no it wasn't all Bush's fault. Carter lit the fuse back in 79 when we first went in there. It's all about oil and our soldiers are there to make sure it flows for all of our freedoms.

You don't like it? Stop using plastics, stop driving on asphalt roads, stop turning on the lights, stop using your computer, stop using electricity! And most of all Stop driving your Bush Blaming automobile!

In other words start living back in the stoneage if you hate the war and hate all those who are protecting your freedom to live as you like and protest freely.

Man I hate hypocrites! You're so stupid!

God Bless America, God bless our soldiers and the hell with the protesters. Our men and women in uniform have a job to do, your remarks don't help them stay focused on their missions. We want them to come back alive. Let them do their jobs so we can go on with our lifestyles that demand the free flow of oil.

Or change your lifestyle so dramatically so you won't be two-faced and walk the talk.

In the words of your mother at your birth..."no this one can't be mine. It's too ugly".
COMMONSENSE

Honolulu, HI

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#40
Jul 25, 2008
 
MAY YOU REST IN PEACE FOREVER AND YOUR SON WILL COME TO REMEMBER YOU AS A HERO FOR THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE THAT YOU MADE. MY HEARTFELT THANKS TO YOU AND OTHERS WHO PROTECT US SO THAT WE CAN LIVE FREE. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ALWAYS.
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Honolulu, HI

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#41
Jul 25, 2008
 
God Bless you Jon, you are a true American hero. You gave your life so we may continue living ours. Every morning we wake up in freedom it is because of men like you. You will never be forgotten.

God bless the entire Brostom family. My prayers are with you. Your son is and will forever be a shining example of a true American hero, a patriot and warrior.
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#42
Jul 26, 2008
 
This photo of Lt. Brostrom's brother with his face buried in Lt. Brostrom's coffin is so poignant... We are humbled by Lt. Brostrom's sacrifice. So very young are soldiers and so very brave... May he rest in peace. Sincerest condolences to the Lt. Brostrom's family...
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#43
Jul 26, 2008
 
Our condolensces to the Brostrom family. You must be proud of Jonathan's courage and strength. Thank you Jontahan for serving our country and aying the ultimate sacrifice.
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Waianae, HI

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#44
Jul 26, 2008
 
Thank you 1st Lt. Jonathan Brostrom. Our prayers are with your family.
CCS

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#45
Aug 17, 2008
 
To the famly of Jonathan, I know a soldier who was in Jonathan's unit and in battle with him. This soldier is wearning a bracelet with Jonathan's name on it to always remember him.
There are no words to relay how deeply sorry I am for your loss. Jonathan is a hero. May the memories you have of him help you through this time of mourning.
God's Peace to you.
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#46
Oct 4, 2009
 
The courage in battle that this young Lieutenant displayed touches me deeply. His family is indeed very proud. And I am sure these remarks apply equally to the unit he was leading. It is very unfortunate that the commanders of this area did not see fit to see the situation for what it was and either reinforce the unit with more combat power or to remove the unit. My condolences to all of the Brostrom family
John Struthers

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#47
Dec 24, 2009
 
I believe the only time I saw Jonathan was in Germany at the Blue Star vs MP football game.
He would have been about 1 year old, his dad was a Captain and the 48th Avn Co Maint Officer on Nelligen Kaserne... Long Hours with what I believe was the first Phase Maint on a Hawk over there.
I recall Jon's Mom was there and when not playing in the game Jon's dad was wearing a Viking Helmet with mandatory horns carrying Jon.
things have obviouslty changed for everyone more-so for Jon and his family.
My condolences to all those affected by Jon's departure ... meet you on the other side kiddo.
Judy Gooding

Aiea, HI

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#48
Jun 29, 2010
 
THE TRUTH wrote:
whats with all the fuss. he was a soldier and went to war where he died much like the rest of his brothers and sisters behind enemy lines will do. no big deal, thats what happens in a war. i could see if he was flipping burgers and this happened then yeah... but its part of his job. 4200 down many more to go. the more that die there the less benefits and hospital bills your government will have to pay out. OPEN YOUR EYES PEOPLES! heil bush! < / sarcasm>
I should not acknowledge this comment as you are obviously a pathetic waste of precious space and time.... HOWEVER, there are still those of us left in this world who believe that we all have the right to defend ourselves from our critics and accusers- And since you have chosen to (so digustingly) attack an honored soldier who lost his life to preserve YOUR freedom and the freedom of this country that you INHABIT, I thought it only fitting to defend him in his absence. There's a very dark place for unfortunate masses such as yourself! I (along with everyone else who read your comment, I'm sure) find solace in knowing that one day you will not only lose your ability to attack the defenseless, but hopefully any ability to defend yourself against the inevitable... You deserve absolutely nothing good in this lifetime, and that is my wish for you!
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