Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for SFGate.com (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at CinnamonStillwell.com.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Gathering of Eagles: 30,000 Patriots Hit D.C.

Reports are in and it appears the Gathering of Eagles (GOE) in Washington D.C. on March 17 was an unqualified success. Timed to coincide with International A.N.S.W.E.R.'s annual antiwar protest on the date of the start of the Iraq war, the Gathering of Eages consisted of a grassroots coalition of Vietnam veterans, military family members, conservative activists and just plain folks. All manner of patriots gathered in D.C. to protect the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial from vandals and express the opposition of the once "silent majority" to a repeat of the self-induced defeat of the Vietnam War.

Despite mainstream media efforts to downplay attendance or ignore the event altogether, blogosphere reports count 30,000 GOE participants vs. 5,000-10,000 antiwar protesters. This may mark the beginning of the end of mainstream America's complacency in the face of a vastly outnumbered but vocal (and overreported) antiwar movement whose platform spells disaster for the United States and Iraq.

Never again will America's brave warriors and their cause be abandoned and the people our country has pledged to liberate be left to perish at the hands of tyrants. Those days are most definitely over.

Update: Welcome, Michelle Malkin readers! My blog was linked to and this post quoted at Michelle's blog today. Her extensive coverage of the Gathering of Eagles and the incredibly moving Hot Air video report from the event itself are both must-sees.

Update II: Also got included in a Human Events "Rightometer: Gathering of Eagles" blogosphere round-up.

9 Comments:

Anonymous Paul said...

This warms my heart. We stand with our service men and wimen and their families !!

Monday, March 19, 2007 5:57:00 AM  
Anonymous GM Roper said...

CS: "Never again will America's brave warriors and their cause be abandoned and the people our country has pledged to liberate be left to perish at the hands of tyrants."

Amen and AMEN!!!

Well done Cinnamon, well done!

Monday, March 19, 2007 7:37:00 AM  
Blogger diurnalist said...

Of course the msm is still ignoring the GOE. Judging from the way the SF anti American rally was covered, there wasn't a big turnout. You can always tell when they stick w/closeups and avoid the big shots.

Monday, March 19, 2007 8:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Rick said...

30,000 chickenhawks! wow!

divide by 15 and you'll have a more realistic number. the GOE surge was a flop.

Monday, March 19, 2007 10:51:00 AM  
Blogger mojowire said...

"30,000 chickenhawks! wow!

divide by 15 and you'll have a more realistic number. the GOE surge was a flop."

Name-calling and lies. Typical behavior from the left side. So all the reports of numbers from your beloved MSM biased reporting agencies and newspapers are wrong about the numbers? Were you there? Did you see the distance photos that EASILY show the protesters outnumbered by AT LEAST 2:1??? Do you ever think anything you don't say Rick? You even know what a chickenhawk is or you just verbally ejaculating a term someone else said and you think it makes you sound smart or something?

Monday, March 19, 2007 11:05:00 AM  
Blogger Sailorcurt said...

30,000 chickenhawks! wow!

Yup, your classic long distance bravery in action.

The pro-jihad crowd was pretty brave in the run up to Saturday too, talking all kinds of smack about how they were going to desecrate our memorials whether we were there or not.

Huh.

Didn't seem so brave when looking combat hardened vets right in the eye. In fact, most of them seemed down right cowed.

Go ahead, check our monuments. See how many of them got vandalized this time.

'Nuff said.

Monday, March 19, 2007 11:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Keep the Torch said...

Freakin' A Man! I'm so sick and f***ing tired of this whole anti-war movement and this whole pro-Jihad movement bringing down me, my flag, and my country! I'm nowhere near DC, but I need to salute those good ol' men and women who bravely stood up to those peaceniks. Talk about bravery! It's not everyday that Nam vets get a chance to show up in DC and face those folks! They seem all peaceable and stuff but you know underneath it all they are all bomb loving, Saddam loving, Jihad happy war-mongers.

You look around you, here, there, and everywhere, and you see them - the pro-Jihaders. They may look like plain folks, but you know in their hearts, they support the Jihad and they hate America. They think just because their educated and speak English good that we can't see through the lies they make up about W. They hate him, they hate you, they hate America, and they hate the Eagles. They say they hate war, but they want us to stop the war and stop all the airlines checking our baggage and stuff so they can take out all our planes. They hate W, they hate Lady Liberty, and they hate our airplanes! They'd love to take our Lady Liberty and put a burka on her head and make her a Jihad loving woman. Instead of the torch, they'd have her hold a sword of the jihad. And they'd have her fight God, because they hate God.

I commend the men and women and baby eaglets who showed up to fight those antimericans in DC. They were opposed to us killing everyone in Nam and their opposed to us killing everyone in the Mideast. We cannot abandon our soldiers. We need to support and protect them and get more of them out there to fight the Jihaders. They're all against the surge but they don't realize we need the surge and more surges like it to get the job done and clean up that place of all Jihaders. Eagles forever!

The next time the Eagles play DC again, I wanna be there, supporting my country, my people, the Eagles, and standing in the face of those peacniks, whether the face is behind a burka or not.

KEEP THE BURKA OFF LADY LIBERTY, MAN. Remember Nam, man! Say no to peace and yes to the surge and the Eagles!

Thursday, March 22, 2007 2:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Jerry said...

I was there at the Gathering of Eagles and it was so unbelievable. I think there were more like 300,000 people. We dwarfed those so-called anti-war America haters. The only bad thing about the event was the lack of good food and restrooms. I mean, how about bringing in some fast food restaurants next time. I had to wait in line for like an hour to pee. But in the end it was all good. I talked with several people at the event and we’re going to try to organize an event like this in Minnesota for the late summer. We’re thinking of doing it at the Mall of America. There would be plenty of food (at the food court). They could bring in those porto potties. What a better way to celebrate the greatness of America by going to a mall and hanging with others who share our love of this country. You rock Eagles!

Friday, March 23, 2007 11:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

mojowire said...
Were you there? Did you see the distance photos that EASILY show the protesters outnumbered by AT LEAST 2:1???
Monday, March 19, 2007 11:05:00 AM


I haven't seen these and after looking through about 10 photo collections so far have't found any that come close.
Most of them are as an earlier person said, close ups which give no perspective.

Could you post a link please.
It is starting to get frustrating that nobody will provide such photos or any explanation as to why not.
-Mark K

Saturday, March 24, 2007 3:08:00 AM  

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