From the reporter:
I interviewed Baumgartner yesterday in the context of the story about US Rep. (and US Senate candidate) Todd Akin (R-MO). Its hard to know what prompted his e-mail last night, but he noted during our interview yesterday that he was frustrated that the abortion issue was getting so much attention when he was focused on ending the war in Afghanistan.
Like Akin, Baumgartner is against abortions in instances of rape. Baumgarnter trashed Akins ignorant and stupid comments about womens supposed ability to avoid getting pregnant from rape. However, he stood by his own anti-abortion/pro-life position.
Baumgartner has released a statement:
"Senator Michael Baumgartner made this statement today regarding PubliColas article that published a private e-mail between him and PubliCola editor, Josh Feit:
"This was a follow-up e-mail to a previous conversation with a local blogger, Baumgartner said. I apologize to Josh for my strong language.
A cornerstone of my campaign thus far has been to address and end the war in Afghanistan. Every week, our best American men and women are killed. Since I announced my candidacy in October, 301 Americans have been killed.
The problem is that many media outlets, including PubliCola, do not want to talk about why these men and women continue to be killed. They dont want to discuss Maria Cantwells record supporting the war in Afghanistan or a smarter foreign policy that can save thousands of lives in the future.
And Baumgartner's email:
"Josh, this is Pat Feeks, a Navy SEAL killed last week in Afghanistan. Take a good look and then go f**k yourself.
Reporter: That appears to be Baumgartner on the left; Baumgartner was an adviser in Iraq during the surge, and he was embedded with an Afghan counternarcotics team in 2009.
What this sounds like is another liberal reporter playing a game of gotcha. Baumgartner got fed up, apparently because he knows the Navy SEAL in the picture who was killed last week. This is not "foot in mouth disease," but a patriot who is fed up with the MSM. Good for him.
Cheney used the same language referring to Adam Clymer, so Baumgartner is in good company.
As Biden would say, this is not a big, F’n deal.
Something else everybody needs to read. Another American hero killed...for what? A story about Patrick Feeks’ death:
It was always Patrick Feeks’ dream to be among the United States Navy’s elite and become a SEAL. After he achieved that goal in 2008, he served two tours of duty in Iraq and had been in Afghanistan since December.
Feeks was killed in action in Afghanistan last Thursday.
He was expected to return home to Edgewater this fall, but instead of planning his homecoming, his family and friends are now trying to determine how to honor their fallen warrior.
Naval Special Warfare Officer First Class Feeks was killed in action last Thursday when the helicopter he was riding in crashed during a firefight with insurgents.
“He felt what he was doing in Afghanistan with his platoon was what he had been trained to do,” Tom Feeks, Patrick’s father, said. “He was doing good work and he was proud and very, very happy.”
Patrick came from a military family; both his wife and his sister both also serve in the Navy. Friends say that he was a selfless and driven person.
“He had a rare zest for life that few people ever find,” Michael Diehl, Patrick’s friend, said. “Everything in his life he approached with a passion like nothing I’ve ever seen before.”
Would have been nice if they had gotten his rank right.