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What Was Sec Def Gates Thinking?

Posted by TheJOTUS on September 11, 2010

Gates Is Wrong

Whatever happened to the expression, “I may not like what you say, but I will fight to the death for your right to say it”? The ones you will hear say this most are those that wear the uniform of American Armed Forces. They understand the meaning and intent better than your average American. Those that have served also have higher expectations of their fellow service men and women than we have of our average Americans. Thus, there is great disappointment when Secretary of Defense Gates makes a personal phone call to a minister in Florida in an attempt to stop him and his church congregation from burning the Quran. Secretary Gates position was that there would be retaliation and that would cost American lives. In other words, Secretary Gates was expressing his sentiment that the safety of the troops was more vital than the right of free speech. Benjamin Franklin once said, “Those that are willing to sacrifice freedom for security deserve neither.” Some historians have added to that quote, “And will eventually lose both.”

Secretary Gates lost focus of his mission. His first and foremost mission is to secure freedom, not the safety of his men and women in uniform. His primary job is to defend the Constitution of the United States of America, for which he took an oath. His oath was not to save the lives of those that have signed to a commitment up to and including their lives.

What Secretary Gates should have said was the following:

“In America, we value freedom. Our individual liberties stand for the right of peaceful people to say and do stupid things. That is who we are. We may not like what people say or do, but we first and foremost believe in freedom. If you don’t like it, well, that is just tough sh**. While the loss of life is tragic, our brave men and women in our Armed Forces are willing to make the necessary sacrifices to secure those freedoms. “

Why the rant about Secretary Gates and not President Obama? Well, let’s just say that the bar has been lowered with the President. We have come to expect less from this President. When the President said that the Cambridge police acted “stupidly”, even though saying that there should be no rush to judgment until the facts are known, well, that was our President. When the President initially said that the Imam had the right to build a Mosque near Ground Zero, and then later said after an adverse public reaction that he was not commenting on the wisdom, well, that was our President. So when President Obama was faced with the burning of the Quran by this Florida minister, and he responded to that with more harsh words than were said to the Imam, well, that was our President.

But there is a higher standard for Secretary Gates. Unlike the President, I thought that Secretary Gates seriously took his oath to defend the Constitution of the United States of America.

Via Uncle Curtis

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Are The Democrats Trying To “Make Nice”?

Posted by TheJOTUS on September 11, 2010

Ever notice lately that the Democrats are suddenly praising Former President Bush? In the President’s Address from the Oval Office, President Obama praised Former President Bush for his patriotism and his dedication. Then on the Colbert show, Vice President Biden expressed his gratitude toward Former President Bush on the Iraq war.

Now keep in mind that for the last several years, all we have heard is how horrible President Bush was, especially in the handling of the GWOT (Global War On Terror). Now suddenly, we are hearing praising remarks.

Why the shift?

President Obama’s approval ratings are well below the critical 50% mark. Congressional elections are only about 50 days from now. The generic ballot shows a Republican over Democrat favorability rating over 10%. In one recent polling, Americans actually now prefer Former President Bush over current President Obama.

The Democrats are in serious trouble this election, and they know it.

The bashing and blaming of Former President Bush has expired beyond the patience of the average American, and has torn into the support from the moderates.

The Democrats were in a catch-22 on the Iraq war. They could not blame Bush for all of the failures of the Iraq war, and yet attempt to take credit themselves for the success, when it was them that opposed “The Surge”. The Democrats knew that the credit for the success of “The Surge” had to go to one source and one source only, and that was Former President Bush. Even the Baker Commission panel recommended diplomacy over increased aggressive forces. Senator Harry Reid called Iraq a failure. Senator Biden said that “The Surge” would never work. The decision for “The Surge” and the consequences for the success or failure rested on the shoulders of only one man.

The Iraq war success had to go to one man and one man only. The one man who went with the advice of one General, and against the grain of all other’s advise and recommendations. That man was President Bush.

At this point in time, when President Obama announces the withdraw of all combat troops in Iraq, to condemn, ridicule, or blame Former President Bush, would have been a political attack that would have dropped the approval ratings with the moderates even further.

The Democrats were forced a hand to thank and praise a man for his dedication. The Democrats were suddenly forced to “play nice”. Deep down, giving such praise was probably like pouring acid on their skin. They had no alternative though, other than for the first time to finally “Make Nice”.

Via Uncle Curtis

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Memorial Day – Part 2

Posted by TheJOTUS on May 31, 2010

Sweet baby Jesus, this is just freaking cool.  Just.  Freaking.  Awesome:

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Memorial Day

Posted by TheJOTUS on May 31, 2010

A stark reminder that freedom is not free.  To quote George S. Patton “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.”

I have two videos for you today.  The first is a tribute to those who have fallen defending our country.  The second is the great Ray Charles singing America the Beautiful.

Indeed it is.

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90 Year Old Medal Of Honor Recipient to Home Owner’s Association: How’s My Ass Taste?

Posted by TheJOTUS on December 28, 2009

I commented on this story a few weeks ago and have been remiss on posting an update.  You will just have to deal with my laziness.

Finally, a right and just ending to a shining example of idiotic public relations stupidity.  It only took two US Senators and a swath of local and national talk radio, including the great Mark Levin, for this Home Owner’s Association to get its head out of their ass.  It even made it to a White House press briefing.  At last, the fight appears to be over:

A 90-year-old Medal of Honor recipient can keep his 21-foot flagpole in his front yard after a homeowner’s association dropped its request to remove it, a spokesman for Democratic Virginia Sen. Mark Warner said Tuesday.

The Sussex Square homeowners’ association likewise has agreed to drop threats to take legal action against retired Army Col. Van T. Barfoot, Warner spokesman Kevin Hall said.

The association had threatened to take Barfoot to court if he failed to remove the pole from his suburban Richmond home by Friday. It had said the pole violated the neighborhood’s aesthetic guidelines.

Well gee whiz.  How nobel of them.

Even though this was more about the actual flag pole as opposed to the flag itself (yeah, right), this HOA probably couldn’t have done much according to the Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005.  But then again, I am no lawyer. 

Indeed, we are a nation of laws not men, and while I am not equating an HOA agreement as “law”, there is the letter of the law and the spirit of the law.  To me this was always about common sense.

I leave you with Mark Levin’s retelling of how Army Col. Van T. Barfoot earned his Medal of Honor:

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December 7, 1941

Posted by TheJOTUS on December 7, 2009

Indeed a “date which will live in infamy”:

Sunday, December 7 – Islands of Hawaii, near Oahu – The Japanese attack force under the command of Admiral Nagumo, consisting of six carriers with 423 planes, is about to attack. At 6 a.m., the first attack wave of 183 Japanese planes takes off from the carriers located 230 miles north of Oahu and heads for the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor.

Pearl Harbor – At 7:02 a.m., two Army operators at Oahu’s northern shore radar station detect the Japanese air attack approaching and contact a junior officer who disregards their reports, thinking they are American B-17 planes which are expected in from the U.S. west coast.

Near Oahu – At 7:15 a.m., a second attack wave of 167 planes takes off from the Japanese carriers and heads for Pearl Harbor.

Pearl Harbor is not on a state on high alert. Senior commanders have concluded, based on available intelligence, there is no reason to believe an attack is imminent. Aircraft are therefore left parked wingtip to wingtip on airfields, anti-aircraft guns are unmanned with many ammunition boxes kept locked in accordance with peacetime regulations. There are also no torpedo nets protecting the fleet anchorage. And since it is Sunday morning, many officers and crewmen are leisurely ashore.

At 7:53 a.m., the first Japanese assault wave, with 51 ‘Val’ dive bombers, 40 ‘Kate’ torpedo bombers, 50 high level bombers and 43 ‘Zero’ fighters, commences the attack with flight commander, Mitsuo Fuchida, sounding the battle cry: “Tora! Tora! Tora!” (Tiger! Tiger! Tiger!).

The Americans are taken completely by surprise. The first attack wave targets airfields and battleships. The second wave targets other ships and shipyard facilities. The air raid lasts until 9:45 a.m. Eight battleships are damaged, with five sunk. Three light cruisers, three destroyers and three smaller vessels are lost along with 188 aircraft. The Japanese lose 27 planes and five midget submarines which attempted to penetrate the inner harbor and launch torpedoes.

Escaping damage from the attack are the prime targets, the three U.S. Pacific Fleet aircraft carriers, Lexington, Enterprise and Saratoga, which were not in the port. Also escaping damage are the base fuel tanks.

The casualty list includes 2,335 servicemen and 68 civilians killed, with 1,178 wounded. Included are 1,104 men aboard the Battleship USS Arizona killed after a 1,760-pound air bomb penetrated into the forward magazine causing catastrophic explosions.

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90 Year Old Veteran Of Three Wars Told To Pound Sand

Posted by TheJOTUS on December 6, 2009

That’s right.  Col. Van T. Barfoot, who received the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions in WWII, is being told that he needs to remove his flagpole from his yard or face fines and legal fees.  

Col. Van T. Barfoot, a local Medal of Honor recipient, is under the gun from his Henrico County community’s homeowner association.

In a five-paragraph letter to Barfoot that he received yesterday, Barfoot is being ordered to remove a flagpole from his yard. The decorated veteran of three wars, now 90 years old, raises the American flag every morning on the pole, then lowers and folds the flag at dusk each day in a three-corner military fashion.

In a priority mail letter, the Coates & Davenport law firm in Richmond is ordering Barfoot to remove the pole by 5 p.m. Friday or face “legal action being brought to enforce the Covenants and Restrictions against you.” The letter states that Barfoot will be subject to paying all legal fees and costs in any successful legal proceeding pursued by the homeowner association’s board.

You have got to be kidding me.  I hope every single member of this homeowner association board gets cancer of the ass and rots from within.  This is so completely absurd it defies logic.  This isn’t some purple fucking pacer on the front lawn of some white trash jagoff.  This isn’t some broken down station wagon with four flat tires sitting in some driveway.  This is a United States veteran of three fucking wars with a flagpole in his front yard.  Oh, and he is 90.  90!!  His whole existence in life right now is to raise the flag of his country every morning and lower it every evening.  What’s this guy have left, two, three, maybe five years left on this planet? 

Dickbags.

Apparently, there isn’t even a provision in the community’s rules banning flagpoles, yet these people still want to kick sand in this hero’s face.  And when I say hero, let’s see exactly what this guy did to earn his Medal of Honor:

Citation:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty on 23 May 1944, near Carano, Italy. With his platoon heavily engaged during an assault against forces well entrenched on commanding ground, 2d Lt. Barfoot (then Tech. Sgt.) moved off alone upon the enemy left flank. He crawled to the proximity of 1 machinegun nest and made a direct hit on it with a hand grenade, killing 2 and wounding 3 Germans. He continued along the German defense line to another machinegun emplacement, and with his tommygun killed 2 and captured 3 soldiers. Members of another enemy machinegun crew then abandoned their position and gave themselves up to Sgt. Barfoot. Leaving the prisoners for his support squad to pick up, he proceeded to mop up positions in the immediate area, capturing more prisoners and bringing his total count to 17. Later that day, after he had reorganized his men and consolidated the newly captured ground, the enemy launched a fierce armored counterattack directly at his platoon positions. Securing a bazooka, Sgt. Barfoot took up an exposed position directly in front of 3 advancing Mark VI tanks. From a distance of 75 yards his first shot destroyed the track of the leading tank, effectively disabling it, while the other 2 changed direction toward the flank. As the crew of the disabled tank dismounted, Sgt. Barfoot killed 3 of them with his tommygun. He continued onward into enemy terrain and destroyed a recently abandoned German fieldpiece with a demolition charge placed in the breech. While returning to his platoon position, Sgt. Barfoot, though greatly fatigued by his Herculean efforts, assisted 2 of his seriously wounded men 1,700 yards to a position of safety. Sgt. Barfoot’s extraordinary heroism, demonstration of magnificent valor, and aggressive determination in the face of pointblank fire are a perpetual inspiration to his fellow soldiers.

This guy fought in WWII, Korea and Vietnam.  Sometimes you make an exception because it is the right thing to do.

You can help this hero stand his ground here.

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Obama: I Slept At A Holiday Inn Last Night, So Like, I Totally Know What I Am Doing In This “War Of Necessity”

Posted by TheJOTUS on December 1, 2009

Awww, Obama wants to play army.

My buddy zulubuff has a rather funny anecdote regarding Hitler and his Generals during the middle to latter stages of World War II. It segues nicely into what is a rather puzzling decision by president narcissus and the “war of necessity”. Where did he get his number for 30,000 troops?

General McChrystal requested 60,000 troops to get the job done with 40,000 as a middle of the road low risk option. 20,000 was the bottom of the barrel, just scraping by, hair of our chinny chin-chin, very high risk option.  So keeping with the Three Little Pigs analogy, instead of the brick house Obama goes with the straw hut but adds a touch of glue to help hold it together.

You know, someone, and I can’t seem to remember who it was, called Afghanistan the “central front” in the fight against terrorism.  Oh yeah, it was Obama.

Now he says “Let me be clear: there has never been an option before me that called for troop deployments before 2010, so there has been no delay or denial of resources necessary for the conduct of war.”

Wait, what?  Huh?

If you use the Iraq surge timeline, it took a little over five months to get our guys in place. However, with Afghanistan, the infrastructure is far more primitive. The lack of runways, logistics hubs, forward-operating bases, accessible ports, communication connections, etc, etc, etc, it could take upwards of nine months to get these Afghanistan surge troops into place.

So yeah, president Patton, there will be a delay. McCrystal said we had a year to win this thing and that was three months ago. Because Mr. I Can’t Make A Decision’s pussy footin’ around, means that we won’t have the troops in place before McCrystal’s war’s-over date. He conveniently ignores the very commander he handpicked to give him this assessment.

Apparently Obama’s second new Afghanistan policy in less than nine months is to send an inadequate amount of troops to the “central front” in a “war of necessity”, who arrive in late 2010, then yank them out a few months later just in time for the Campaigner in Chief’s reelection kick off.

Priorities.

I guess with a 30,000 troop increase and a drop dead 18 month time table, president present demonstrated his commitment to something. It just doesn’t appear to be victory over the taliban or al-qaeda.

Oh: Per president trillion dollar deficit:

Over the past several years, we have lost that balance, and failed to appreciate the connection between our national security and our economy. In the wake of an economic crisis, too many of our friends and neighbors are out of work and struggle to pay the bills, and too many Americans are worried about the future facing our children. Meanwhile, competition within the global economy has grown more fierce. So we simply cannot afford to ignore the price of these wars.

Remember when people complained that Bush tried to fight Iraq on the cheap? No?

Neither do the democrats:

…the White House estimates the annual interest to exceed $700 billion a year in 2019, up from $202 billion this year, even if annual budget deficits shrink drastically. An additional $500 billion a year in interest expense would total more than the combined federal budgets this year for education, energy, homeland security and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. So in perspective, Afghanistan strategy sessions are not the meetings the OMB Director should be spending his time in.

Apparently the $30 billion or so a year to staff Afghanistan with new troops is now suddenly outrageously outrageous.

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American Heroes Charged With Giving Terrorist A Bloody Lip

Posted by TheJOTUS on November 25, 2009

Are you wondering what kind of terrorist? Well, a big enough terrorist that the military deemed it necessary to give him his own code-name: “ObjectiveAmber”. He was the douchebag behind the ambush of a supply (food) transport that resulted in the capture, torture and murder of four Blackwater Security agents. Their bodies were then burned and dragged through the streets while being further violated by cheering “religion of peace” animals. Two of the bodies were then hung from a bridge where the media dutifully photographed and published the pictures for the world to see.

So, a tad bit worse than a fucking bloody lip.

Yet, here we are, charging three SEALS with basically that: a bloody lip:

The three, all members of the Navy’s elite commando unit, have refused non-judicial punishment — called an admiral’s mast — and have requested a trial by court-martial.

Ahmed Hashim Abed, whom the military code-named “Objective Amber,” told investigators he was punched by his captors — and he had the bloody lip to prove it.

Now, instead of being lauded for bringing to justice a high-value target, three of the SEAL commandos, all enlisted, face assault charges and have retained lawyers.

Matthew McCabe, a Special Operations Petty Officer Second Class (SO-2), is facing three charges: dereliction of performance of duty for willfully failing to safeguard a detainee, making a false official statement, and assault.

Petty Officer Jonathan Keefe, SO-2, is facing charges of dereliction of performance of duty and making a false official statement.

Petty Officer Julio Huertas, SO-1, faces those same charges and an additional charge of impediment of an investigation.

I guess loading up a few planes, slamming into few buildings, killing 3,000 people and you get all the due process rights of the civilian criminal justice system. But a bloody lip? Well, under the Obama administration that is more than enough to get you some rough and tumble military justice.

Or you could be a known muslim Army doctor preaching jihadist doctrine, communicating with al qaeda, corresponding with an associate of the 9/11 cabal and still get the benefit of the doubt than three Navy SEALS on the front line.

Embarrassing.

Although, on the other hand, perhaps there is more to this. While the bloody lip is the underlying factor here, the SEALS are also accused of making false statements or some other shenanigans impeding the “investigation”.

The Navy probably would have let this go without action if the SEALS did not do something to obstruct the investigation, or lie about something stupid. In reacting to the investigation, the SEALS may have panicked and fudged some facts, which were objectively false. Something the Marine Corps and the Navy consider much, much worse, than the underlying “offense”, if it even occurred. So what would have been nothing turned into something.

Like I said, there could be more to this. But as it stands, this shit is nickel and dime. And in the wake of what happened at Fort Hood, something is seriously wrong with our military on a certain level.

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Merry Veteran’s Day!!

Posted by TheJOTUS on November 11, 2009

Or is it Happy Veteran’s Day?  Either way, a big salute to all of our veterans, past and present.

A special salute to my grandpa, who passed away last year.  He served in the Navy during World War II, and participated in the invasion of Normandy Beach as a member of the amphibious assault boat crew.

I have not had the privilege to serve, a decision I often wonder the outcome if presented with it again 20 years ago.  But I have had friends, family, uncles and cousins serve in both peacetime and during war.  All had a wide variety of political views, but what it comes down to is they are all Americans.  Dedicated themselves to defending this nation in the best tradition of Americans.

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