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January 20, 2013

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: Uncategorized

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If You Read Only One Thing This Weekend…

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: Uncategorized


…make it this post:

A Letter From Afghanistan: “All We Ask Is That You Don’t Forget About Us”

Even with all the distractions and all the misinformation in the news, even with the concerns about the economy and the election and the deployment fatigue brought on by ten years of war, all that we ask from you is this:

Don’t forget about the daily struggles of the countless wounded warriors you have never heard about that fight like hell to heal like Colin Smith, Derek Herrera, Dan Crenshaw, Dan Cnossen and Matt Lampert.

Don’t ever forget about the ultimate sacrifices made by real American Heroes like Jenn Harris, Jared Landaker, JT Wrobleski, Richard Gannon, Ronnie Winchester, Kevin Shea, Kyle VanDeGiesen, Matt Freeman, Brendan Looney, Travis Manion, Matt, Ryan, Sky and so many others. Forever appreciate and never forget what they have done for us. I never will.

And share.


A Can Of Gasoline And A Match ~

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: Uncategorized

The President’s Grand Gun Control Plan & EOs ~

The Office of the Press Secretary sent out the following list of all 23 executive actions.

Today, the President is announcing that he and the Administration will:

1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.

2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.

3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.

4. Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.

TRANSCRIPT: Read Obama, Biden’s Remarks on Gun Control Proposals
VIDEO: Obama Reads Letters From Kids at WH Event
WATCH: President Obama Lays Out Gun Control Measures, Addresses Sandy Hook Victims’ Loved Ones

5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.

6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.

7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.

8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission).

9. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.

10. Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.

11. Nominate an ATF director.

12. Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.

13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.

14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.

15. Direct the Attorney General to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies.

16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.

17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.

18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.

19. Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.

20. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.

21. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.

22. Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations.

23. Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health.

You can read the transcript of Biden and Obama’s speeches here.

The use of children, dead and alive, by this administration was beyond shameful.

What is missing from most of yak, yak, yaking from the pundits and Congress critters, who really should know better, is that the Congress, nor the President has the constitutional power to infringe on my right to bear arms.  Period.  (And that includes the ammo too.)  It’s because of the likes of them that our wise Founders felt it necessary to have the 2nd Amendment written in our Bill of Rights.  This isn’t brain surgery – it’s right there, in black and parchment for all to read.  the Supreme Court can give their opinion until the cows come home – they cannot legislate or amend the Constitution, no matter how much they would like to do so.  That isn’t in their job description.

My heart hurts so for any parent who loses a child to murder – I can’t begin to imagine what living through that would be like.  I’m sure I’d be found in the corner in a fetal position. Yet sadly, all this political grandstanding and Liberty-snatching from law-abiding people will not save another child.

it isn’t the guns.  it’s the fact that people who are prone to murderous behavior for whatever reason are left to freely roam the streets and maybe live in your neighborhood because the ACLU and their ilk have made it damn near impossible to institutionalize the mentally ill and properly punish the criminals.

My cousin was schizophrenic.  When he was attended to and on his meds, he was fine. Unfortunately, in those days, the meds for Schzophrenia were pretty harsh and he would stop taking them- after all, he was doing okay. so he thought.

A sweet kid, I loved it when he would come visit. We’d roam my grandparents’ farm, shoot bows and arrows and catch frogs.  He married a wonderful young woman after he served in the Vietnam War. Unfortunately, he was one of a number of people who can develop this mental illness as a young adult.  They were divorced, I believe, by mutual consent.

On one of the occasions my cousin went off his meds, my uncle came home from the store and found him pouring gasoline over my aunt, ready to strike a match.  She had suffered a stroke and was bedridden – helpless and terrified.  Luckily, my uncle was able to subdue him and my aunt was unharmed.  And luckily, this was before it took moving mountains to get someone into a place of help so they couldn’t harm anyone or themselves.  It was a long, long nightmare for my aunt and uncle ~ nevermind the anguish that my cousin lived with day after day.

My cousin didn’t have a gun.  No, he had a can of gasoline and a match.  My aunt would have died a horrible death if my uncle hadn’t gotten home when he did.

I don’t know the answer to the murder of innocents.  Lord knows, it has been happening since humans first walked this earth.  And long before man invented firearms.

What I do know is the daily pain and fear of the parents of a mentally child.  And there will always be criminals doing criminal things, with guns or without guns.

And I’ll tell you – if those making all these laws about owning a gun are telling me my daughter may have to let herself be raped or worse because she couldn’t shoot the bastard in self-defense…well, that’s a problem, right there.


Wouldn’t Be Nice To Be Told The Truth?

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: Islamofascists


The Man Who Will Not Be Named’s (TMWWNBN) Weekly Address:

Remarks of President Barack Obama
As Prepared for Delivery
The White House
January 12, 2013

Hi, everybody.  This week, I welcomed President Hamid Karzai to the White House to discuss the way ahead in Afghanistan.  And today, I want to update you on how we will end this war, bring our troops home, and continue the work of rebuilding America.

Over the past four years, thanks to our brave men and women in uniform, we’ve dealt devastating blows to al Qaeda.  We’ve pushed the Taliban out of their strongholds.   And our core objective – the reason we went to war in the first place – is now within reach: ensuring that al Qaeda can never again use Afghanistan to launch attacks against America.

The 33,000 additional forces that I ordered to Afghanistan served with honor, completed their mission, and – as promised – returned home last fall.  This week, we agreed that this spring, Afghan forces will take the lead for security across the entire country, and our troops will shift to a support role.  In the coming months, I’ll announce the next phase of our drawdown.  And by the end of next year, America’s war in Afghanistan will be over.

This progress has only been possible because of the heroic sacrifices of our troops and diplomats, alongside forces from many other nations.  More than a half million Americans – military and civilian – have served in Afghanistan.  Thousands have been wounded.  More than 2,000 have given their lives.

This remains a very difficult mission.  The work ahead will not be easy.  Our forces are still in harm’s way.  But make no mistake – our path is clear, and we are moving forward.  Because after more than a decade of war, the nation we need to rebuild is our own.

As we do, we have to care for our troops and veterans who fought in our name. We have to grow our economy and shrink our deficits.  Create new jobs and boost family incomes.  We have to fix our infrastructure and our immigration system.  We have to protect our planet from the destructive effects of climate change – and protect our children from the horrors of gun violence.

These, too, will be difficult missions for America.  But they must be met.  And if we can summon just a fraction of the determination of our men and women in uniform, I know we can meet them.  And I intend to work as hard as I know how to make sure we do.

Thank you.

Sounds so good, yes?  (You can read the WH’s article on their meeting here.)

Notice he did not mention the possibility of an office set up in Qatar for the Taliban.  (Doesn’t sound much like a surrender to me.)

After having listened to the BS lies coming from TMWWNBN these past 4 years, nothing he says can be believed.

Except for the part where he said he will transform America.  Being the Socialist Progressive Constitution-Hating Worst President EVER, we can count on that.

Sadly, we can’t count on the state propaganda arm media to do any real digging for the facts.

Others are not so sure it’s all rainbows and unicorns:

National security analysts in Washington expressed skepticism that Afghan forces would be capable of ensuring stability in the country, saying they have garnered little trust among the local population and do not have the resources and training in ancillary aspects of combat, such as logistics and medical care.

“It’s one thing for an Afghan solder to be confident in security when he’s fighting alongside Americans and knows that should he be wounded, he’ll be medevaced out for treatment,” Michael Rubin, a former Pentagon official and a resident scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, told RIA Novosti.

“It’s another thing for that Afghan solder to be motivated to fight when he knows that if he is wounded in combat, he’ll be left there to die,” Rubin added.


Vanda Felbab-Brown, a counterinsurgency expert at the Brookings Institution, told RIA Novosti on Thursday that the announced accelerated handover to Afghan forces had been on the table recently and comes as no surprise.

But should coalition troop levels dip into the “low thousands,” effective training of their local counterparts will become “very difficult to deliver,” said Felbab-Brown, author of “Aspiration and Ambivalence: Strategies and Realities of Counterinsurgency and State-Building in Afghanistan.”

Retired US Gen. Stanley McChrystal told the New York Times in an interview this week that a radically reduced force size could also lose the local population’s support for US counterterrorism efforts there.

“If you don’t have the support of the Afghan people, there’s no reason for them to be supportive of this,” McChrystal, the former top US commander in Afghanistan, told the Times.

If achieving our goal in Afghanistan is to exit the country (victory never has come into the conversation) and make peace with the Taliban, why wait?  Send the diplomats and let ‘em talk, talk, talk.

Date Country City Killed Injured Description
2013.01.11 Thailand Pattani 2 2 A Muslim bomb aimed at teachers leaves two guards dead.
2013.01.10 Pakistan Quetta 105 169 Over one-hundred people are massacred by two Lashkar-e-Jhangvi suicide blasts at a billiards hall in a Shiite area.
2013.01.10 Pakistan Mingora 30 70 Thirty people are ripped to shreds by a Fedayeen suicide bomber at a rival preaching center.
2013.01.10 Yemen Abyan 1 2 al-Qaeda assassins shoot a mediator to death.
2013.01.10 Iraq Baghdad 5 15 Sunni bombers strike a bus stop in a Shia neighborhood, sending five residents to Allah.
2013.01.09 Pakistan Peshawar 1 0 An influential Shia doctor is murdered outside his clinic by devoted Sunnis.
2013.01.08 Pakistan Choura 1 0 A Sikh businessman is kidnapped and murdered by Lashkar-e-Islam.
2013.01.08 Pakistan Karachi 1 0 A Shiite father is shot to death in front of his child by Sunnis.
2013.01.07 Nigeria Baban Layi 3 2 Islamists murder three traders at a market.
2013.01.07 Pakistan Karachi 2 0 Sectarian Jihadis take down a father and daughter.
2013.01.07 Nigeria Kano 3 1 Boko Haram gunmen fire into a group of civilians leaving a rival mosque, killing three.
2013.01.06 Afghanistan Spin Boldak 4 15 Two suicide bombers murder four other people at a community meeting.
2013.01.06 Pakistan Chiniot 1 0 A Shiite child dies of injuries one week after being shot by Sipah-e-Sahaba.
2013.01.06 Thailand Narathiwat 1 1 A Buddhist woman dies after being shot in the neck and body by Muslim ‘insurgents’.
2013.01.05 Iraq Karbalah 1 11 A Shiite girl on a minibus is taken out by Sunni Holy Warriors.
2013.01.05 Pakistan Utmanzai 2 0 Two charity workers involved in an education project are murdered by Religion of Peace radicals.
2013.01.04 Kenya Garissa 2 7 Two refugees bleed to death after al-Shabaab cadres toss a grenade into their camp.
2013.01.03 Afghanistan Nawa-i-Barakzayi 1 0 A cleric is gunned down in his own mosque by religious hardliners.
2013.01.03 Iraq Musayyib 28 49 Twenty-eight Shiite pilgrims are blown apart by a Shahid suicide car bomber.
2013.01.03 Pakistan Swabi 1 0 A prayer leader is assassinated by sectarian rivals.
2013.01.03 Iraq Baghdad 4 15 Sunnis target a minibus carrying Shia pilgrims, managing to kill just four.
2013.01.03 Nigeria Song 4 0 Four people are burned to death by Religion of Peace radicals, including a child.
2013.01.02 Iraq Karbalah 2 8 Two Shia pilgrims on foot are sent straight to Allah by Sunni bombers.
2013.01.02 Pakistan Miranshah 3 3 A woman and child are killed when Islamic militants fire a rocket into their home.
2013.01.01 Pakistan Swabi 7 1 Six women are among seven humanitarian workers brutally machine-gunned by Mujahideen.
2013.01.01 Pakistan Karachi 6 40 Tehreek-e-Taliban set off a bomb at a political rally, taking out at least six participants.

I. Can’t. Stand. It.


Head/Desk. Repeat.

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: Uncategorized


Good God almighty.

Jihad-Denialist Nominated to Head CIA

President Obama’s determination to keep his Middle East outreach agenda alive, no matter how at odds with reality, continues. Yesterday, John Brennan, Deputy National Security Adviser for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, was nominated to head the CIA, replacing scandal-scarred David Petraeus. “John knows what our national security demands,” Obama announced.


At best, the 25-year CIA veteran’s record is a mixed bag. At worst, he becomes another link in the administration’s efforts to normalize relations with Islamic terrorists.


A soft-on-terror approach, combined with an appetite for unprecedented powers, makes John Brennan a perfect fit for a president with the same proclivities. So does a dubious mixture of incompetence and arrogance.

”Terrorists are not 100-feet tall. Nor do they deserve the abject fear they seek to instill.”

“They are not jihadists, for jihad is a holy struggle, an effort to purify for a legitimate purpose, and there is nothing–absolutely nothing–holy or pure or legitimate or Islamic about murdering innocent men, women and children”

I don’t know which is scarier ~ this man head of the CIA or those (non)terrorists.

But wait!

Not to be outdone in asinine ideology and absolute cluelessness, we have good ol’ Chuck Hagel:

The Anti-War/Anti-Semitic Defense Chief

Hagel has become the darling of the radical anti-war crowd for his virulent attacks on President Bush’s Iraq war policies, his appeasement of Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas, and his sharp criticism of enhanced interrogation. Back in 2008, when Hagel’s name was first being floated for a possible cabinet position in the Obama administration, Medea Benjamin, executive director of the far-Left group CodePink, said: “Hagel would be a good choice. I think he’s shown himself to be an outspoken critic of the terrible policies of the Bush administration.”

Just the other day, Michael Moore reflected on Hagel’s stance against the Iraq war and wrote, “thank you, Chuck Hagel.”


Hagel is also beloved by Israel-haters and anti-Semites, including the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Iranian regime’s TV network mouthpiece, TVPress, because of the extreme anti-Israel, anti-Jewish views that Hagel has expressed over the years.

And I thought Panetta was bad…


Still Here ~

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: Uncategorized

I’ve just been busy with projects and such and keeping my eye on the idiots in DC.  Four more years of this crap!  Face/keyboard.

Since I don’t watch TV news much anymore, I scour the internet to try to find factual accounts of what is going on in our government and with our Troops.  Neither is easy, but there are intrepid citizen journalists and bloggers out there doing their best to report the real news.  You know, news that includes facts.  (An endangered species at present.)

Since I only have had time for quick linking to interesting articles and blog posts on the Military and politics, I’ve been spending time over at Twitter and Facebook.

If you want to know where I’ve been around the net, look for me on Twitter:

or on Facebook:

Lord knows, there’s more than enough to blog about but sadly, it usually requires only the same reaction and rant again and again and again.  I get tired of writing the same thing over and over again.

And I sure as hell don’t want to revisit 2012.

So much idiocy is not good for one’s mental health or blood pressure.

So, as 2012 rolls to a close and 2013 rolls in, please just remember that our Combat Troops are still in a war zone and other service members are far from home stationed all over the world, doing good things that the media deems unimportant and of which a good majority of the country knows nothing.

If you’d like to acquaint yourself to some of the activities and experiences of our Military, go to the link below and see the slideshows of some of the best photos of 2012:

Year in photos 2012

The men and women of the U.S. military serve in operations around the world. They also are family members, athletes and sports fans who embrace life. Military photographers provide a visual record of their activities. In this review, Year in Photos 2012, we offer a selection of some of the most compelling pictures they produced.

Quite extraordinary.

Stay Strong.  Stay Safe.  Fight On.


A Soldier’s Christmas Eve ~

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: Supporting the troops


I discovered this over at IOTW:

From American Thinker ~

While many soldiers coming back from deployment have shown their talents by writing books about their experiences, one former Marine, Scott Brown, chose to become a songwriter and a performer. The result is a group, the Scooter Brown Band, that sounds a lot like Jackson Browne with songs that have an Eagles tone to them. The band has just released for the holiday season a very powerful and heart-wrenching song, “Soldier’s Christmas Eve,” the title of which says it all. American Thinker interviewed Brown about his songs and aspirations.

Scott taught himself the guitar while in the Marine Corps reconnaissance unit and after retiring in 2003 decided to form a band where he became the lead singer and songwriter. Many of his songs — although he emphasized, not all of them — have lyrical context related to his experiences while in the military. “Soldier’s Christmas Eve” was written to remind people that the U.S. is still at war and that there are soldiers still dying to protect American freedoms. He and the band have decided to donate the proceeds to the Lone Survivor Foundation, founded by the former SEAL Marcus Luttrell. Anyone who wants to hear the song and donate can go to the website.

Read the rest here.

From the Scooter Brown Band website:

Scooter Brown has teamed up with the Lone Survivor Foundation this holiday season to raise money to support our Veterans. ‘Soldier’s Christmas Eve’ is an original song by the band that is available for download by donation. Minimum donation is $1.00 and you can donate as much as you want. There is no limit! All proceeds from this song will go to the Lone Survivor Foundation, founded by Retired Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell and author of the best selling book ‘ Lone Survivor’. You can find out more about this great organization by clicking on the link below. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all of us at Scooter Brown & Lone Survivor Foundation!
All proceeds benefit

Listen to the song here.

When I close my eyes it reminds me of back home

I can see grandma’s house all covered in lights

Then the sound of distant gunfire wakes me from my dreams

I betya mommas cooking, daddys watching the game

I guess I would be lying if I didn’t say I wish I was doing the same

But that’s a choice I made, to fight for our way of life

So all of you back home could live in peace at night

When you’re gathered around at night, say a prayer for me

Cause there aint no Silent Night in a Soldier’s Christmas Eve

You can see the video “Whiskey Talkin'” also:

“When dealing with the stresses of life, some of us find ourselves at the bottom of a bottle. Our new single “When the Whiskey Starts Talkin” is about how those short moments of pleasure through the indulgence of alcohol can lead to more problems and stress…” Scott Brown knows a thing or two about stressful situations. The young frontman of country act Scooter Brown is an Iraq war veteran–having completed one tour of combat duty as a U.S. Marine. When faced with the daunting decision to either reenlist or pursue music, Brown chose to trade in his rifle for a guitar and put together a band with some of the best musicians Texas has to offer.


Merry Christmas!

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: Uncategorized


May you all have a loving holiday with family and friends close.

To our Military families who have their loved one far from home, may he or she come home all safe and sound to you all.

To our Gold Star families, a heart hug from all of us here, praying that the angels surround you and bring much comfort.


To the Newtown families, words of comfort and the light of a candle are tiny gestures in the shadow of your great pain, I know, so we send continuous prayers for you to be wrapped in a loving embrace in your grief.


And to all, may the New Year bring all of us peace ~ of mind, body and soul, and the strife and struggle ease.

I’ll see you on the flip side as we continue to bring light and love to dispel the dark and hate.


Repressive Corruption ~

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: Big Brother, bullshit


I try very hard (most of the time anyway) to think well of the human race.  It tends to be a bit of a challenge for me on the best of days as I have seen and experienced too much of the nasty bad that it’s members can dish out.


And sadly, the past several years haven’t been helpful, what with the wars against islamofacists and their terrible and brutal jihad against anyone not agreeing with their insanity, the infiltration by communists into our government over the years leading to the repressive corruption now so prevalent in our halls of liberty and the willful blindness, or ignorance, of so many Americans to see how close we are to crossing that thin line into tyranny.  There’s also the breakdown of society over the past several decades brought on by the deceitful and treacherous social engineering, blame-America-first power hungry elitists found in our universities and media.  Political correctness and moral relativity rule the day now.  There is no right or wrong for these people – just what ever serves them best, usually coming at great cost to someone else.

As we approach the Christian holiday once known as Christmas, the malevolent grinches have come out once again to spout their anti-god rancor to all who will listen, seemingly having no comprehension of the reason for the season.  The media plays right along, giving way too much airtime to the blatherings of these discontents.


I have mainly stopped watching the state propaganda news on TV and most of what comes out of America-bashing Hollywood because it’s mostly lies and I can’t abide liars anymore.


The thought of 20 little bodies lying dead on a school room floor haunts me.  Maybe because there have been so many children’s deaths feverishly reported by a sensationalist media in recent years.  Maybe because too many children have died because of power hungry politicians (all over the world) and their selfish and disconnected dogma legislating.

The immediate politicizing by the Left for their gun control agenda before the bodies of the little Sandy Hook children were even removed from the school exemplifies the level of souless lunacy that has become the standard of today’s society.

Gun control is not the issue, nor is it the answer.  You can walk into your kitchen and pick out a knife and do terrible damage as was reported from China last week.  If gun control was the answer then a question to ask is why the Sandy Hook tragedy occurred at all with Connecticut having the fourth strictest gun laws in this country.  Could the answer be that criminals and mentally ill people tend not to pay any attention to laws?  (Total homicides in Chicago rose to 480 for the first eleven months of 2012; a 21 percent increase from last year. Chicago having the strictest gun laws on the books…hmmm)

Read this article for more info on the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of gun control:

Why I’m against gun control


What needs to be addressed is the state of our society where the government has taken over our lives and proclaimed a baby a punishment, the family unit is under attack by the alternative living activists, too many parents don’t parent because they bought the leftists’ crap about being your kid’s buddy, children’s self esteem is deemed paramount over discipline and everyone gets a trophy if they earned one or not and mental health issues are treated with drug cocktails or not treated at all, due to the meddling of overzealous civil rights activists.

And we have let them bully us into going along with their debased experiments and indoctrination of our children, or we have just closed our eyes and not paid attention because it’s just easier that way.

We’ve allowed these people to rewrite our history, take God out of our schools, censor our beliefs and condemn our lifestyles, steal our property with outrageous and unconstitutional taxes, silence us, ignore us, insult us and control us.


The minority of discontents have taken over and we’ve let them.  Time to tell them no more and call them what they are – the enemy of all that is good and humane.

I mean, if your Uncle Charlie was spouting all this crap to your kids, wouldn’t you step in and tell him to stop it and think maybe he wasn’t that good an influence for your kids?


The Ever-Changing Role of the Military ~

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: ARRGGGHHHH!!, Uncategorized


And it’s not good.


We’ve seen a lot of changes concerning the military during the past couple of decades, mostly of the Politically Correct nature: sensitivity training, repeal of DADT, gender issues, iffy ROEs, fast-track promotions, the greening of the services, nation building trumping victory and dhimmitude, to name just a few.

Many good NCOs are retiring early due to frustrations with Leadership (or the lack thereof…) and the looming defense cuts in numbers and money.

We have civilian leadership with very limited Military experience leading to political grandstanding over reality-based decision-making.

We have a CinC who could care less about the Military and only pays attention when he needs a good Photo Op.  (But he loves him some drones!)

But this bit of news is over the top, if it bears out:

Proposed U.S. Army Manual Tells Soldiers To Not Criticize The Taliban, Islam, Women’s Rights, And Pedophilia

Draft Army Handbook Wades Into Divisive Afghan Issue — Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON—American soldiers should brace for a “social-cultural shock” when meeting Afghan soldiers and avoid potentially fatal confrontations by steering clear of subjects including women’s rights, religion and Taliban misdeeds, according to a controversial draft of a military handbook being prepared for troops heading to the region.

The proposed Army handbook suggests that Western ignorance of Afghan culture, not Taliban infiltration, has helped drive the recent spike in deadly attacks by Afghan soldiers against the coalition forces.

“Many of the confrontations occur because of [coalition] ignorance of, or lack of empathy for, Muslim and/or Afghan cultural norms, resulting in a violent reaction from the [Afghan security force] member,” according to the draft handbook prepared by Army researchers.

Unfortunately, you have to have a subscription to the WSJ to read the rest of the article.

But, if you have been following the nonsense coming out of DC regarding the Military over the past 2 decades, this development is not at surprising.  Many articles and papers have been written over the past couple of decades about creating a kinder and gentler Military.

Yet, there are those that know better:

Marine Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, neither endorsed the manual nor agreed to sign a foreword written in his name. “Gen. Allen did not author, nor does he intend to provide, a foreword,” a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition said. “He does not approve of its contents.”

(Read Wes Pruden’s column about this here.)

If winning hearts and minds is to be the mission and victory only comes when roads (which the libs keep screeching about here), schools (which the condition of schools here the libs keep complaining about and demanding more money for) and water systems (for libs here it’s all about infrastructure as the magic bullet for our failing economy) are built and the populace “loves” us (at great sacrifice and loss for so many of our own), then bring our Troops home and send in the Peace Corps.  They’re more suited to this CinC’s ideology, anyway.  Self-service and sacrifice for the greater good – without the collateral damage.

Besides, they don’t ‘kick down doors”, “terrify women and children” and use all those evil weapon thingies.

Wait…maybe that’s not such a good idea ~ we’d probably have to send in Special Forces to rescue them eventually.


This social engineering agenda, the mandatory cultural sensitivity classes, the rapidly spreading dhimmitude and appeasement of corrupt dictators and ludicrous Rules of Engagement are insults to the highly principled branches of our Military.  Also insulting is a CinC who only views our Troops as pawns in his ever expanding power grab.

But then, what else can one expect from a Communist-inspired, Islam-appeasing Dictator Wannabe?

Scott Holleran says it best in his recent column: War: Sacrifice for the Sake of Sacrifice

In the context of the longest war in American history – an abomination of military involvement in which very little or nothing in our interest has been accomplished – with dreadfully anti-American rules of engagement which constantly put the lives of American military members at risk, Morning Star should cease its faith-based operations or continue its selfless activities at its own risk, refusing future help from the U.S. military. With our military being decimated by the Obama administration, which seeks to cut defense spending, and the threat of foreign invaders rising, not falling, we should not risk a single soldier’s life under current rules in a primitive nation run by tribalists, warlords and religious barbarians. Be selfless on your own, and you’re free to do so, but leave our Navy SEALs and other members of our great military free to fight where they might actually be permitted to fight back and defend U.S. interests.

The Obama government, of course, sees the death of Nicolas Checque as merely another sacrifice for the sake of others – a moral directive, sacrifice of self for its own sake, that guides Obama’s administration in foreign and domestic policy. Obama’s Defense Secretary said: “In this fallen hero, and all of our special operators, Americans see the highest ideals of citizenship, sacrifice and service upheld.” And Obama, who lied about our military involvement in Afghanistan when he said we were leaving (we’re not, as I observed here), disgustingly said this of Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque: “He gave his life for his fellow Americans, and he and his teammates remind us once more of the selfless service that allows our nation to stay strong, safe and free,” which is also false. What allows our nation to be strong, safe and free is the opposite of selflessness: a military defense dedicated to the nation’s self-interest in its every action, including and especially rules of engagement. Our military should stop being systematically annihilated by our leaders and instead be radically and urgently repurposed to uphold the highest principle of the nation; defense of America’s self-interest.

It’s a deplorable tragedy that our Military, which has included so many of our country’s finest men and women, is infected with the noxious dogma of this corrupt government.