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By Roger Kaplan on 5.24.13
Many places with unpronouncable names. One constant: American soldiers give what it takes.
Why should we remember places with strange names, inhabited by tribes whose languages and religions and customs are unfamiliar, most of whom hate us? Why should we remember valleys called the Gowardesh or the Khien Phuong, towns and hamlets with names we can scarcely pronounce, Karabilah, Chonghyon, Cam Lo, Sokkogae, Hangnyong? Even when the words are more recognizable or carry ancient connections to better known locales, they seem exotic: Bois-de-Consenvoye, Chatel-Chehery, Rouge Bouquet, Chemin des Dames.
We remember. These names are carved into the American soul, as are ones we know almost as nearby neighborhoods—Bunker Hill, Gettysburg, Antietam—names to inspire awe and terror and pride and admiration and astonishment all at once, mixed into a feeling that defies rational explanation.
Perhaps this is because what happened at these places, on these hallowed grounds, touches within us the deepest reflexes of reverence and piety—yes, for if there are no atheists in the foxholes, neither are there any on the grounds where men fought and fell so that we could live.
You could say that we live in a free country, and that is so, of course. At these places, on these grounds and so many more, men fought for the freedoms on which our nation stands, thrives, endures. But while it is well to think there is some long-range and overarching purpose to the wars Americans have waged over more than two centuries, and that this purpose is a decent and even a noble one, a tin sound inevitably accompanies the formal words that mark the deeds entrusted to our remembrance. It is not the fault of the language: conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity, and upheld the highest traditions, and inspiring valor, selfless devotion. The words used in citations for military valor are not hollow if we remember the persons and actions to which they refer.
We must remember men caught by surprise who threw themselves on grenades to absorb the force of explosions that would have killed their buddies. We must remember ambushed men who ran out of bullets and kept fighting with bayonets against hordes of savages so their brothers could retreat to defensive positions to regroup and fight again. We must remember young noncoms and ordinary infantrymen scarcely out of adolescence racing up muddy hills in the face of machine gun fire to save the lives of wounded comrades.
They call Memorial Day by a different name, Remembrance Day, in England. Men remember those who saved them more deeply than they remember the causes for which they fought. Yes, they know their fellow warriors upheld the highest honor, and they are right to tell us so. But we would have no freedom and no honor if we did not have men willing to fight and die together, regardless of whether others, in other places and at other times, would recall the sacrifice.
Yes, surely, we can say and do say and do well to tell our children on this day (Memorial Day, the last Monday in May by Act of Congress), that free men are more likely to fight and sacrifice their lives—for their comrades, for their families, for their country, for the ideas their country stands for—than slaves are likely to fight for their masters. We appreciate that American soldiers were stupefied when they found dead Korean and Vietnamese enemies chained to their heavy guns.
The freedom Americans grow up with and take for granted makes such qualities as adaptability, innovation, initiative normal when not second nature. The mental flow we grow up with tells us from the earliest age that we can and should think for ourselves—whether it is about grace or about when to go for a double play or about taking out a machine gun nest with a rifle.
We cannot so neatly explain why “think for yourself” is so often interpreted as “think of the other guys first.”
Read the entire article at The American Spectator: http://spectator.org/archives/2013/05/24/we-will-remember
“Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.” ~Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis
Found at Mad Medic:http://maddmedic.wordpress.com/
It was Obama and his Muslim Brotherhood officials in his administration who called it workplace violence. What is so ghastly is that the Obama administration was more concerned with the welfare mass murdering jihadist than with the US soldiers who were killed.
The Obama administration’s refusal to give the vicitms Purple Hearts speaks more to Obama’s narcissism and self-obsession. It would mean Obama was the first President to issue Purple Hearts for acts of bravery on American soil since ….. Pearl Harbor. There is no way such a stain could be effaced from his record.
That tells you everything. And the way our Military brass has rolled over on all this is devastating.
Former Counterterrorism Head: FBI Never Called Ft. Hood ‘Workplace Violence’ Breitbart, May 20, 2013 (thanks to Van)
Michael Steinbach, former head of the FBI’s counterterrorism division and now special agent in charge of Miami, told over 30 congressional staffers in March of 2012 that, contrary to the White House’s classification, the bureau does not refer to the Fort Hood shooting as “workplace violence.” As head of the FBI counterterrorism division, Steinbach oversaw the investigation into the mass murder at Texas Army base.
Steinbach made this claim during an unclassified counterterrorism briefing on Capitol Hill.
“Do you guys teach your agents that Fort Hood was workplace violence?” one staffer asked.
“I’m not gonna go there for you,” Steinbach responded.
“I think that’s along the lines of what we’re trying to discern here,” the staffer answered back.
“I appreciate it. I was just at a hearing yesterday and the very same question came up to our executive assistant director to the head (inaudible). No, that’s not the description of it. In that case, we took a very, very hard look at ourselves as well,” Steinbach explained.
“I’ll leave that to whoever said that to explain their words,” Steinbach concluded. “I have not heard it used at the FBI.”The Department of Defense classified the Fort Hood shooting as “workplace violence.” Such a classification has denied the victims of the attack purple hearts and medical care Americans wounded overseas in combat zones would receive.
According to ABC News, a Pentagon position paper issued on March 29 says that issuing purple hearts to the victims would “irrevocably alter the fundamental character of this time-honored decoration” and “undermine the prosecution of Major Nidal Hasan [the alleged Fort Hood shooter] by materially and directly compromising Major Hasan’s ability to receive a fair trial.”
The Army’s chief of staff at the time of the Fort hood attack, Gen. George Casey, said in November of 2012: “As horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that’s worse.”
From Atlas Shrugs: http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/
When Marine Sgt. Ross Gundlachserved as a dog handler in Afghanistan, he told the yellow lab who was his constant companion that he’d look her up when he returned home. ”I promised her if we made it out of alive, I’d do whatever it took to find her,” Gundlach said.
Yahoo News On Friday, he made good on that vow with help from some sentimental state officials in Iowa who know how to pull off a surprise. Since leaving active duty to take classes at the University of Wisconsin this summer, Gundlach, of Madison, Wis., had been seeking to adopt 4-year-old Casey.
The 25-year-old learned Casey had finished her military service and had been sent to the Iowa State Fire Marshal’s Office, where she was used to detect explosives.
Gundlach wrote to State Fire Marshal Director Ray Reynolds, explaining the connection he felt with the dog. He even has a tattoo on his right forearm depicting Casey with angel wings and a halo, sitting at the foot of a Marine.
“He’s been putting a case together for the last two months, sending me pictures … it just tugged on your heart,” Reynolds said. Reynolds decided to arrange a surprise. First, he got in touch with the Iowa Elk’s Association, which agreed to donate $8,500 to buy another dog for the agency.
“We have a motto in our association that as long as there are veterans, the Elks will strive to help them,” Iowa Elks Association president Tom Maher said. Then, Reynolds came up with a ruse to get Gundlach to Des Moines, telling Gundlach he needed to come to the state Capitol to plead his case in front of a “bureaucratic oversight committee.”
When Gundlach arrived with his parents, Reynolds told them the meeting had been delayed and invited them to join an Armed Services Day celebration in the rotunda. There, hundreds of law enforcement officers, military personnel and civilians were seated, keeping the secret — until they brought out Casey.
When Gundlach saw Casey, he put his head in his hands and cried. She licked his face, wagging her tail furiously. “It was a total surprise,” he said. “I owe her. I’ll just try to give her the best life I can.”
His father, Glen Gundlach, seemed just as surprised. “It’s unbelievable … the state of Iowa, I love ‘em,” he said.
Gov. Terry Branstad officially retired Casey from active duty during Friday’s ceremony, thanking the dog for a “job well done.”
During the 150 missions they performed together, Gundlach said Casey never missed an explosive — she caught three before they could be detonated. He credits her for making it back home safely. “I wouldn’t be here … any kids I ever had wouldn’t exist if Casey hadn’t been here,” he said.
Bare Naked Islam: http://www.barenakedislam.com/
Lt. Col. James Doolittle leans over a bomb on the USS Hornet deck just before his “Raiders” began the bombing raid on Tokyo.
On April 18, 1942 80 men in 16 B-25 medium bombers launched from the USS Hornet and bombed Tokyo in death-defying mission, in retaliation for Pearl Harbor.
This past April, the last few remaining Doolittle Raiders met at Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Their custom is to bring a case of 80 goblets to their annual reunions. When a Raider dies a cup is upended.
This year, there are four left. They toasted the Raiders with aged cognac. It’s the cup of brandy that no one wants to drink. For this years reunion, the surviving Doolittle Raiders gathered publicly for the last time. They once were among the most universally admired and revered men in the United States. In April 1942, they carried out one of the most courageous and heart-stirring military operations in this nation’s history. The mere mention of their unit’s name, in those years, would bring tears to the eyes of grateful Americans.
Now only four survive.
After Japan’s sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, with the United States reeling and wounded, something dramatic was needed to turn the war effort around. Even though there were no friendly airfields close enough to Japan for the United States to launch a retaliation, a daring plan was devised. Sixteen B-25s were modified so that they could take off from the deck of an aircraft carrier. This had never before been tried – sending such big, heavy bombers from a carrier. The 16 five-man crews, under the command of Lt. Col. James Doolittle, who himself flew the lead plane off the USS Hornet, knew that they would not be able to return to the carrier. They would have to hit Japan and then hope to make it to China for a safe landing.
On the day of the raid, the USS Hornet encountered a Japanese fishing craft. Assuming that the Japanese military would be informed of their presence, the Raiders were told that they would have to take off from much farther out in the Pacific Ocean than planned. They were told that because of this they would not have enough fuel to make it to safety.
Gates: Some Benghazi critics have “cartoonish” view of military capability
Oh R-E-A-L-L-Y-?-?-? How very I-N-T-E-R-E-S-T-I-N-G for you to say that. Well I don’t have a “cartoonish” view of the military – having spent a quarter of a century wearing the war suit in Special Forces and maintaining a close professional association with Special Operations units to this day . . .
. . . let’s go through this by the numbers:
“We don’t have a ready force standing by in the Middle East, and so getting somebody there in a timely way would have been very difficult, if not impossible.”
Not exactly true – we had the Commander’s In Extemis Force (CIF) eight hundred miles away on a training mission in Croatia; less than six hours out by C-130. Perhaps not close enough to respond to the initial assault on the Consulate but they certainly could have made a difference during the follow-on fight at the CIA Annex compound. Closer to the fight, at least four Special Forces operators in Tripoli who were ordered – by somebody – to stand down.
I know about the CIF because that is my old outfit – everywhere we went we were required to bring our go-to-war pallets with full basic load of ammunition. In the event of a terrorist attack on one of the diplomatic missions in our theater, our job was to march to the sound of the guns. To turn off the standing orders requires a direct order from the National Command Authority – i.e the President, the Vice-President, the Secretary of Defense or the Assistant Secretary of Defense. One of those four gave the order to stand down, in other words.
Suggestions that we could have flown a fighter jet over the attackers to “scare them with the noise or something,” Gates said, ignored the “number of surface to air missiles that have disappeared from [former Libyan leader] Qaddafi’s arsenals.”
I’m going to throw out the 15-yard Bullshit Flag here; we know that over 6 hours elapsed from the beginning of the attack to when the CIA operators were killed by mortar fire – from a heavy mortar emplacement they had laser target designators on, and had requested air support hours earlier in neutralizing. They had also given higher HQ 8-digit coordinates on the mortars, as close as it gets in combat targeting. Former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods (who died during the second phase of the attack, on the CIA Annex) were “lazing” enemy mortar position. They weren’t doing that for the good of their health – they were doing it because they had reason to believe there were air assets overhead; and they were on the phone speaking to somebody, directing them to laze those targets.
Furthermore, Libya does not have Syria’s Anti-Aircraft-Artillery (AAA) defense-in-depth. Sure, there are shoulder-fired man-portable anti-aircraft defense systems (MANPADS) available – but these are inneffective against a couple of fast-movers flying less than 200′ off the deck with their afterburners on. By the time the zoomies scream on by causing a couple of sonic booms over the bad guys, Hajii would be saying, “Holy Hookah Pipes, what was THAT???” I have personally seen this tactic defuse an attack on a political target in the Philippines.
“To send some small number of special forces or other troops in without knowing what the environment is, without knowing what the threat is, without having any intelligence in terms of what is actually going on on the ground, would have been very dangerous. It’s sort of a cartoonish impression of military capabilities and military forces,” he said. “The one thing that our forces are noted for is planning and preparation before we send people in harm’s way, and there just wasn’t time to do that.”
Again, bullshit. We had actionable intelligence live from the battlefield. Our guys on the ground – to include former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods – were tooling around town between the Consulate and the Annex, and were reporting what they saw. On top of that, we had at least one drone, and various reports mention the presence of an AC-130 gunship – which would explain what Doherty and Woods were doing with the lasers.
The Ultimate Rebuttal:
Gates can say what he wants – one aspect of this entire disgraceful affair that nobody is addressing is the relief-for-cause of General Ham, commander of US Africa Command at Kelly Kaserne in Stuttgart, Germany, the evening of the attack, 11-12 September 2012:
Upon notification the attack in Benghazi was taking place, AFRICOM Commander General Ham immediately notified the CIF unit and communicated to the Pentagon that his forces were ready to deploy.
General Ham then received the order to stand down. His alleged response was screw it, he was going to help anyhow. Within 30 seconds to a minute after making the move to respond, his second-in-command apprehended General Ham and told him that he was now relieved of his command.
On October 18 2012, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced: ”President Barack Obama will nominate Army Gen. David Rodriguez to succeed Gen. Carter Ham as commander of U.S. Africa Command and Marine Lt. Gen. John Paxton to succeed Gen. Joseph Dunford as assistant commandant of the Marine Corps.”
It is very intriguing that Ham is immediately reassigned less than eighteen months into a three year tour. Maybe Ham attempted to send a reaction force against orders, or maybe he simply gave his chain-of-command a piece of his mind about hanging Americans to dry. At the very least the CIF and whatever other forces were available could have made those who killed our people pay while they were still on the scene.
What I’m seeing here is somebody trotted out former CIA Director Robert Gates, to assist with the mitigation and spin doctoring of BenghaziGate. Team Obama either has something they’re holding over his head, or – get this – they’re promising him a nice juicy plum. Say, an ambassadorship in London or Rome or Paris, or maybe even a spot on the ticket with the HildeBeest in 2016. Think about it; nothing could give Hillary more legitimacy in the area of foreign affairs and national security than to have a Republican former Secretary of Defense, former Director of Central Intelligence as her running partner?
The kind of people who rise to the top of organizations such as the Department of Defense and the CIA are raging egomaniacs – if not during their rise to the top, then certainly after breathing the rarified air at the top. Dangle a carrot like that in front of them, and a guy like Gates will sell his mother. Selling out his country is small potatoes, in comparison.
Wnat I’m waiting for is to hear what Petraeus has to say about all this – he testified on Benghazi and spouted the party line, and for his troubles the Obamatrons threw him under the bus. It will be very interesting to hear what he has to say if they bring him out, the second time around.
- STORMBRINGER SENDS at http://seanlinnane.blogspot.com/
From Mad Medic
Not surprisingly — considering that rabid anti-Christian bigot Mikey Weinstein has been called in to assist — the well-documented campaign by the Obama Regime to drive Christians out of the military has gone into high gear. You can now be court-martialled for putting in a good word for your faith:
The Pentagon has released a statement confirming that soldiers could be prosecuted for promoting their faith: “Religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense… Court martials and non-judicial punishments are decided on a case-by-case basis…”.
Being convicted in a court martial means that a soldier has committed a crime under federal military law. Punishment for a court martial can include imprisonment and being dishonorably discharged from the military.
So President Barack Obama’s civilian appointees who lead the Pentagon are confirming that the military will make it a crime — possibly resulting in imprisonment — for those in uniform to share their faith. This would include chaplains — military officers who are ordained clergymen of their faith (mostly Christian pastors or priests, or Jewish rabbis) — whose duty since the founding of the U.S. military under George Washington is to teach their faith and minister to the spiritual needs of troops who come to them for counsel, instruction, or comfort.
America is getting fundamentally transformed, as promised. Without even putting up a fight — yet.
If it was ever possible to be both a Christian and a supporter of the Obama Regime, it certainly isn’t now.
On tips from Artfldgr, Curtis, Bob Roberts, G. Fox, and Apostle53.
Found at Mad Medic: http://maddmedic.wordpress.com/
As German officers and Weimar civilians bear witness, after Buchenwald’s liberation, to atrocities committed at the camp, a dummy in striped prisoner garb hangs from a gallows — a gruesome demonstration of one of the many public ways that inmates were murdered at the camp.
Story to Remember:
In the 1920s and 1930s Germany was the most advanced society on Earth in terms of science, technology, philosophy and the arts; every single German Jew who went to the concentration camps was a full citizen of that country – many of whom served their country honorably in the First World War – all of whom arrived in those death camps by obediantly complying with the laws of their land.
When the Government says “We are hear to help you,” – NEVER trust!
The Israeli monument in front of the Headquarters building at Dachau Concentration Camp says:
- STORMBRINGER SENDS
Will the Left Radicalize the Military?
Listen up, Evangelical Christians, Mormons, Catholics, and Orthodox Jews. You read the news. An unnamed instructor with a U.S. Army Reserve unit put together a slide show in which he lumped you together with the KKK, Al Qaeda, and Hamas. Keep your heads up; that buzzing sound overhead might be a drone coming for you.
Down the road, the military’s growing conformity to the American left’s worldview and values may have dire ramifications for the military, national security, and the nation. The further “leftization” of the nation’s armed forces will only exacerbate the deep divisions in American society, between left and right, citizens of faith and the godless, the politically correct, and those Americans who aren’t willing to bend to the PC’s shibboleths. Will the military eventually morph into an enemy of traditional America?
The Army instructor’s exhortation (or should it be termed “indoctrination?”) is being fobbed off as poor judgment on his part, and in no way reflects military policy. Big deal.
The instructor’s slide show is telling because it reveals the left’s continued infiltration of the military for the purpose of radicalizing it, just as the left has and is doing with public schools, higher education, the mainstream news media, the culture, and the arts. Some Pentagon pencil-neck with a star or two on his collars doesn’t have to write a policy in step with President Obama’s and the left’s antipathy to Christianity and Judaism (given the president’s demonstrated ill-will toward Israel) to advance a de facto hostility toward traditional Western faiths (we’re including Judaism).
Ladies and gentlemen, the Army instructor didn’t just follow a wild hare in classifying tens of millions of Christians and Jews as extremists. That thinking is seeping down the chain of command. It’s a fair wager that the instructor presented the now controversial slide because he was confident that it fittingly represented the shifting worldview among the army brass.
While King Obama Party’s At Exclusive White House Justin Timberlake Concert… Navy Scraps Blue Angels For The Commoners…
The optics of Obama living it up while the rest of us suffer apparently not a concern.
SEATTLE – The annual summer Blue Angels show over Seattle has fallen victim to federal budget cuts.
Seafair spokeswoman Melissa Jurcan said the festival received official word from the Navy on Tuesday morning that the fighter jet demonstration team would not be making the trip to Seattle for 2013.
Sequestration prompted the Department of Defense to prohibit military aerial demonstrations along with other cost savings measures, and the Navy said it was cancelling all remaining Blue Angels performances for the year.
Seafair CEO Beth Knox said the Blue Angels “will be deeply missed.”
The Blue Angels have been part of Seafair for 40 years, and Knox said she is hopeful that the team will return to Seattle in 2014.
From Weasel Zippers: http://weaselzippers.us/
BY: Washington Free Beacon Staff March 18, 2013 3:16 pm
Gen. James Mattis, known to his troops as “Mad Dog Mattis,” is retiring after 41 years of military service.
According to reports, President Barack Obama decided to force the Marine Corps legend out early because he rubbed civilian officials the wrong way, and forced them to answer tough questions regarding Iran.
Mattis was an inspirational leader of men and his powerful words will go down in history.
Here are some of the best words that the “Mad Dog” has had to offer:
6. “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”
13. “You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn’t wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain’t got no manhood left anyway. So it’s a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them. Actually it’s quite fun to fight them, you know. It’s a hell of a hoot. It’s fun to shoot some people. I’ll be right up there with you. I like brawling.”
Go and read them all!!
From Mad Medic: http://maddmedic.wordpress.com/
The liberal-run Department of Defense is adamant: no Purple Hearts will be awarded to those wounded in “Soldier of Allah” Nidal Hasan’s terror attack on Fort Hood. Here’s why:
A Pentagon position paper, delivered to congressional staff on Friday and obtained by ABC News, says giving the award to the Fort Hood victims could “irrevocably alter the fundamental character of this time-honored decoration” and “undermine the prosecution of Major Nidal Hasan [the alleged Fort Hood shooter] by materially and directly compromising Major Hasan’s ability to receive a fair trial.”
It’s all about priorities.
Due to the soldiers at the base having been disarmed, Hasan managed to kill 14 Americans and wound 32 others. As if indulging in black humor, the Obama Regime absurdly instructed us to regard the incident — during which Hasan screamed “Allahu Akhbar” — as random “workplace violence.” Political apparatchik General George Casey Jr., serving as Army Chief of Staff, declared of the bloody assault that had been made possible by political correctness pushed to the point of insanity:
“[I]t would be a shame if our diversity became a casualty…”
America’s enemies control the command structure. This doesn’t do much to enhance the morale of those stopping bullets to defend Western Civilization from Islam.
On tips from Clingtomyguns and Muddypaw.
As noted previously, the military is pulling back on tuition assistance to vets as part of the farcical sequester spectacle. Yet there is still plenty of money for Obama to shower upon our Islamofascist enemies. Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) is enraged:
“Why are we funding education programs for our Benedict Arnold ally when we can’t fund — or don’t fund — the education for our military? And to Pakistan of all places, where hatred for America is at its highest.”
Even as Dr. Shakil Afridi rots in a Pakistani prison after helping us find Bin Laden in their country (where he had been “hiding” in plain sight with the nearly certain knowledge of the government),
Poe … said the Marines spent roughly $47 million from the program last year — comparing that to the $12.7 million spent on higher education in Pakistan.
“And that’s not all,” Poe said. “Since the sequester, the administration has approved $37 million in foreign aid to Pakistan.”
The figure on higher education aid represents just a fraction of the $47.2 million the U.S. spent on education and social services aid to Pakistan in fiscal 2012. The U.S. spent a total of $370 million on all forms of nondefense aid to Pakistan that year — which also represents just a fraction of the total amount obligated.
The aid outrage is similar to that felt regarding $250 million in aid recently announced for Egypt.
That would be the country where Obama pulled the rug out from under our ally to pave the path to power for the sort of gents seen here paying a call at our embassy:
Spending is always about priorities. Obama did warn us well in advance that when push came to shove he would “stand with the Muslims.” That’s one reason liberals voted for him.
On tips from Dr. 9 and Clingtomyguns.
Big Government apparently has enough money to assist a movie that glorifies the killing of white people with a $8.4 million subsidy, yet it can’t afford to refuel our aircraft carriers, so that they rust idly while the world spins out of control. China has rushed to fill the power vacuum by launching a stealth frigate. Even as Iran expands its naval capabilities, our presence in the Persian Gulf has been reduced to a single carrier. Now we see this:
The aircraft carriers USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), USS Enterprise (CVN 65), USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) are in port at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. US Navy Photo
The Eisenhower at least is no longer there. But these carriers should never have been in the same place at the same time.
It’s as if Democrats are following up their attempted reenactment of the Great Depression by staging Pearl Harbor II. A single missile might take them all out. Or a strategically sunk ship could possibly keep them bottled up.
If our “Commander in Chief” hadn’t spent his life surrounded by people sworn to the destruction of the USA, this might be passed off as gross incompetence.
On tips from Dan Feely, dan, and Artfldgr.
I recall Obama talking a lot about “Nation-Building at Home” instead of abroad, but like every other word that comes out of his mouth, that was another lie.
While Barack Hussein Obama is firing 20,000 Marines as part of his massive purge of the United States military to “save money”, he’s also fighting to send $700 million to the terrorists of the Palestinian Authority.
On Feb 8th, Obama issued yet another waiver for Palestinian Authority aid, claiming that sending money to the corrupt undemocratic terrorist kleptocracy that refuses to negotiate a peaceful solution was “important to the national security interests of the United States.”
Unlike those 20,000 Marines who aren’t important to the national security of the United States.
And now the big push for terrorist cash in on with John Kerry leading the way, clutched medals in hand.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is fighting to send the Palestinian Authority nearly $700 million in aid, despite major budget cuts and a fierce debate over where existing money should go.
“The Secretary feels extremely strongly that it is time now to get this support to the Palestinian Authority,” said State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland.
Kerry is working with lawmakers to “get appropriated money released for the Palestinian Authority because we think it’s very, very important that they remain effective in supporting the needs of the Palestinian people,” Nuland said.
What about the needs of the American people? Kerry has already been responsible for heaps of money being dumped on Pakistan and on Egypt. Now he wants even more cash for Islamist terrorists.
Should the American people continue suffering under crippling taxes while their money is being used to fund international terrorism?
From The Daley Gator:
Reducing the most formidable military in the history of the world to a dysfunctional farce is one top item that liberals’ conception of a Commander in Chief isn’t likely to mention in a State of the Union speech. With the wrongest leadership imaginable, this can be brought about through priorities. For example,
…The military is poised to extend some benefits to the same-sex partners of service members, U.S. officials said Tuesday, about 16 months after the Pentagon repealed its ban on openly gay service.
These benefits are likely to include astronomically expensive health and welfare programs.
[Defense Secretary Leon] Panetta must walk a fine, legal line. While there has been increased pressure on the Pentagon to extend some benefits to same-sex partners, defense officials must be careful not to violate the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA. The federal law forbids the federal government from recognizing any marriage other than those between a man and a woman.
Since when has rule of law been an obstacle to Obama’s social engineering schemes? The Regime has already made it clear that it will disregard its constitutional duty to uphold DOMA.
The U.S. Navy will delay the refueling of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) for an unknown period because of the uncertain fiscal environment due to the ongoing legislative struggle, the service told Congress in a Friday message obtained by USNI News. …
Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) … called the delay, “another example of how these reckless and irresponsible defense cuts in Washington will have a long-term impact on the Navy’s ability to perform its missions. Not only will the Lincoln be delayed in returning to the Fleet, but this decision will also affect the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) defueling, the USS George Washington (CVN-73) RCOH, and future carrier readiness.”
In related news, last Wednesday the Navy
announced it would delay the deployment of the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) to the Middle East [due] to the ongoing budget strife bringing the total number of carriers in U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) to one until funding normalizes.
Sexual deviance is lavishly rewarded while our ships rust idly, deprived of fuel. How did anyone think the military would be run with a left-wing community organizer in the White House?
On tips from The Only Other Conservative in Seattle and Bob Roberts.
Found at 90 miles: http://ninetymilesfromtyranny.blogspot.com/
Ten Days And Counting: Obama Still Has Yet To Acknowledge Death Of Legendary SEAL Sniper Chris Kyle…
Could it be because of Kyle’s outspoken pro-Second Amendment views?
Via The Blaze:
It has been about 10 days since legendary Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle was tragically gunned down in Texas, and the president of the United States has yet to address his death.
President Barack Obama has not made a public statement regarding Kyle’s murder and his extraordinary service to his county, nor has the White House issued an official press release. Messages left by TheBlaze were not immediately returned by the White House.
Several Blaze readers have also suggested that the White House should have ordered flags be flown at half mast to honor Kyle. You may recall, Obama issued such orders to honor the late Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, the victims of Sandy Hook, and in honor of Arlen Specter, Neil Armstrong and Army Cpl. Frank W. Buckles, as well as others.
While those proclamations were more than necessary, many would argue an American hero like Chris Kyle — the “American Sniper” — undoubtedly deserves the same respect.
However, the most glaring oversight is still the fact that President Obama hasn’t so much as offered a public statement paying his respects to Kyle and his family.
From weasel Zippers: http://weaselzippers.us/
Found at Storm Bringer
From 90 miles: http://ninetymilesfromtyranny.blogspot.com/
Forget Building Any New Ships…Obama’s Policies Won’t Even Maintain the Ones We Have in The Navy…Why is This Man Not Being Impeached?
Via Washington Post:
Delaying work on the USS Abraham Lincoln will extend the amount of time it is unavailable for deployment, increase maintenance costs and delay when other aircraft carriers can undergo their overhauls.
The Navy said it is delaying the work because it is short about $1.5 billion and Congress hasn’t passed an appropriations bill to fund it. The delay is one in a series of cuts the military is making in order to cut costs ahead of billions of dollars in automatic spending cuts, known as sequestration, set to take effect March 1. Earlier this week, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta canceled plans for the USS Harry S. Truman strike group to deploy to the Persian Gulf on Friday in an effort to save hundreds of millions of dollars in fuel, supplies and other costs.
The Navy has already warned that it would cancel deployments to Central and South America if sequestration takes effect and limit deployments to Europe, among other things.
According to the U.S. Naval Institute News:
U.S. Rep. J. Randy Forbes, the chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower subcommittee, issued a statement saying the delay was “another example of how these reckless and irresponsible defense cuts in Washington will have a long-term impact on the Navy’s ability to perform its missions. Not only will the Lincoln be delayed in returning to the Fleet, but this decision will also affect the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) defueling, the USS George Washington (CVN-73) RCOH, and future carrier readiness.”
“Canceling and deferring maintenance creates a significant backlog of deferred maintenance and affects future year schedules and cost, as well as future readiness,” Navy spokesman Lt. Courtney Hillson told the institute news service. “The fiscal uncertainty created by not having an appropriations bill — and the measures we are forced to take as a result, place significant stress on an already strained force and undermines the stability of a fragile industrial base.”
From Weasel Zippers: http://weaselzippers.us/
As the world becomes a more volatile place, Obama seems only interested in making us weaker. I know the article says that the reduction by a third won’t hurt our national security, but pardon me for being a bit cynical. Perhaps it won’t today, but much is changing about the world including Iran getting nukes of their own.
I’d think we’d be the last place that would want to draw down our nuclear arsenal.
MCCLATCHY DC – Senior Obama administration officials have agreed that the number of nuclear warheads the U.S. military deploys could be cut by at least a third without harming national security, according to those involved in the deliberations.
Such a reduction would open the door to billions of dollars in military savings, which might ease the federal budget deficit. It also would improve prospects for a new arms deal with Russia before President Barack Obama leaves office, those involved said, but it’s likely to draw fire from conservatives, if previous debate on the issue is any guide.
The results of the internal review haven’t been announced, but they’re reflected in a proposed classified directive prepared for Obama’s signature that details how U.S. nuclear weapons should be targeted against potential foes, according to four people with direct knowledge of the document’s content. The sources, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to talk to a reporter about the review, described the president as fully on board, but said he hasn’t signed the document.
The document directs the first detailed Pentagon revisions in U.S. targeting since 2009, when the military’s nuclear war planners last took account for the substantial shrinkage – roughly by half from 2000 to 2008 – in the number of nuclear weapons in the American arsenal. It makes clear that an even smaller nuclear force can still meet all defense requirements.
From The Daley Gator: http://thedaleygator.wordpress.com/
When it comes to combat women are pussies.
Nowhere is the military ethos more challenged than over issues of sex, pregnancy and motherhood. The high rate of pregnancy among females in the U.S. military is a big taboo and an operational nightmare. According to a study reported this week by Reuters, more than 10 per cent of active-duty U.S. military women had an unintended pregnancy in 2008 alone – a rate that one of the study’s authors called “really shocking.” But it shouldn’t be. One study of a brigade operating in Iraq, cited by commentator Linda Chavez, found that female soldiers were evacuated at three times the rate of male soldiers – and that 74 per cent of them were evacuated for pregnancy-related issues. [HT: Don Sensing]
From American Digest: http://americandigest.org/