I understand the Military’s attitude of “finish the mission”. I lived through the awful indignity of the media and Democrats’ insult to the Vietnam War troops through their lies and military-bashing in the news hour and on the floors of Congress. I’ve taken on the present day Code Pinkies and Women in Black types with their “we support the troops”, which was anything but support. I’ve spent hours trying to educate the 99% of Americans who have no understanding of the 1% who stepped forward, raised their right hand and took an oath to defend their country in time of war.
But I’ve come to the point this past week where I’m thinking it’s time to bring them all home. What with the ludicrous koran burning apologies that didn’t stop seven American soldiers from being murdered, assassination-style by the ones they were supposed to trust, the disarming of our Marines so that Panetta could swoop in and talk the BS talk to these Marines who know more about the reality of what they’re up against than Panetta ever will and now the media is again trying to be judge, jury and executioner of an American Sgt. caught up in a politically-correct-nation-building-win-hearts-and-minds clusterf%*k, which, to begin with was never the intended mission, it’s too much to bear.
If our Troops aren’t going to be allowed to do their jobs, you know, killing the enemy…then why should they be over there at all?
And…does anyone even know what the mission is anymore?
I came across this article about “Retired Navy SEAL Commander Mark Waddell (who) is the father of Marine Lt. Joshua Wadell, who he said was unjustly punished for breaking the military’s “Rules of Engagement” in the name of safety on the battlefield.”
These are self-imposed rules that are put on soldiers by politicians. In many cases, they do more harm to our soldiers than they do to the enemy,” said Dr. Jeffrey Addicott, director of the Center for Terrorism Law at St Mary’s University.
Adicott said some example of Rules of Engagement include soldiers being unable to shoot an enemy at night, shooting a female soldier with a rifle and being unable to kill a wounded enemy while they’re trying to leave or in a civilian vehicle.
“It does a lot of harm to our soldiers. In many cases, our soldiers are killed because they’re afraid that they’ll be punished if they use violence that contradicts these absurd rules of engagement,” said Addicott.
“…In the main, the Afghans are Muslims in the thrall of Wahhabism, the fundamentalist Islam of Saudi Arabia. As such, they cannot be liberated — they have chosen their own tyranny.
In the meantime, not only have Mr. McKeon and his colleagues failed, in the eleven ensuing years, to specify the Taliban in the AUMF as the enemy of the United States, but we can’t even get the State Department to designate them as a terrorist organization (although, in 2002, President Bush amended the relevant executive order, No. 13224, to label them a global terrorist organization). Three years ago, the then–theater commander, General Stanley McChrystal, asserted that Afghanistan is not our war: “This is their war. . . . This conflict and country are [theirs] to win — not mine.” Now, the Obama administration has no stomach to fight them; as the Taliban mock us and threaten to behead our troops, the president applauds their new diplomatic mission in Qatar. Obama is pleading with them to negotiate — reportedly even offering to release Taliban war criminals detained at Gitmo if that is what it takes to get a deal.
The only reason for our troops to be in a barbaric country is to vanquish the barbarians. Obviously, we are not trying to do that in Afghanistan; we are biding time, putting our young men and women at grave risk, so that Obama can manage a withdrawal, so the non-war against our non-enemy looks like a non-surrender….”
Our troops should be out of Afghanistan. Yesterday.
I never thought I’d be agreeing with that sentiment. But the world has gone a$$ over teakettle into insanity and I don’t believe our Finest should pay the price. Nope, not anymore.
I don’t have the words to describe how angry this makes me:
Retired Army Lt. General Jerry Boykin speaks boldly on CBN. He says the leadership knew Major Nidal Hassan was a terrorist but couldn’t do anything about it because of the politics coming from the top. The shooting was avoidable, but intervention would not have been politically expedient.
General Called a Religious Fanatic Finally Speaks Out (2004)
Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin is a devout Christian who has probably seen as much combat as anyone in uniform.
Yet he’s been called a national embarrassment, a religious fanatic and a three-star bigot – all because of what he said about the religion of a Muslim warlord.
But President Bush received so much heat about Boykin from Muslim leaders that even he took a shot at the general: “Gen. Boykin’s comments don’t reflect the administration’s comments. … He doesn’t reflect my point of view.”
“That was a painful moment, but I put it in perspective,” said Boykin of Mr. Bush’s comments. “What the president heard was what was portrayed in the media. The president didn’t hear my presentation.”
Boykin tried to end the controversy by asking for an investigation by the Pentagon’s inspector general. Ten months later, the investigation concluded that he had violated department regulations by failing to clear his comments in advance.
Yes, he is an evangelical Christian with strong beliefs. He gets slammed for those while a certain (PC special victims) religious group gets apologies from our Administrations (on both sides of the aisles) and PC tools politicians. He has spent 36 years defending his country and has seen the worst side of the human condition time and time again. Yet, he still believes in a loving God. Instead of being honored, he is slandered, while those who kill innocents in the name of their god seem to get a pass every damn time.
The latest attacks via bombs on airplanes were stopped. But how much longer will our luck hold? How many more innocent people have to die because Our Leaders won’t face the fact that we are in a war with these people who hate us and want to destroy us for being “infidel dogs” and want to bring islam to every corner of the world?
They are already here making inroads with the help of our PC tools.
• Exposure to excessive cold
• Exposure to excessive light
• Inappropriate and inadequate food
• Inadequate bedding and blanketing
• Disorientation and lack of natural light
• Sleep deprivation due to an accumulation of circumstances
• Denial of religious duties
• Lack of physical exercise
• Nudity upon arrival
• Detrimental impact from an accumulation of confinement conditions
• Facility rules and relevant Geneva Conventions rules/rights not posted
• Lack of transparency and denial of International Committee of the Red Cross access to detainees
Statements from detainees:
Each former detainee was asked about the temperature in his cell. The following are some of the responses: “It was cold even with the blanket.” (Detainee, 2010); “The room was cold-I was shivering with cold.” (Detainee, 2010); “It was hot outside the cell but cold in the cell. I would start shivering when I entered the cell.” (Detainee, 2009); “I was shivering cold and ill.” (Detainee, 2009); “It was so cold that my teeth were chattering…I couldn’t sleep because it was too cold, even with the extra blanket.” (Detainee, 2008); “Cells were very cold and I couldn’t sleep…The cold made it difficult to sleep. I couldn’t sleep due to the cold.” (Detainee, 2008); “It was like sleeping in the fridge.” (Detainee, 2008); “The temperature in the cell was moderate, but it felt cold before interrogations. I was interrogated many times and it got cold almost each time before the interrogation.” (Detainee, 2007) pg 6
At least, these detainees still have their heads and lives - which is more than one can say about anyone taken as a prisoner by their “brothers”.
The interviews were conducted throughout Kabul City and other locations outside Kabul Province. The majority of the interviews were conducted in private with the assistance of an Afghan interpreter. Each interview lasted between one to two hours, with the investigator taking detailed notes in the first person. After an initial review of the notes, the interpreter contacted several of the interviewees with a small number of follow-up questions. Nearly all detainees asked that their identities remain confidential for fear of retribution by the United States, which the Open Society Foundations has respected.
Detainees declaring they were “tortured” is in the Al Qaeda Manual, lesson 18:
PRISONS AND DETENTION CENTERS
IF AN INDICTMENT IS ISSUED AND THE TRIAL, BEGINS, THE BROTHER HAS TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE FOLLOWING:
1 . At the beginning of the trial, once more the brothers must insist on proving that torture was inflicted on them by State Security [investigators ]before the judge.
2. Complain [to the court] of mistreatment while in prison.
3. Make arrangements for the brother’s defense with the attorney, whether he was retained by the brother’s family or court-appointed.
4. The brother has to do his best to know the names of the state security officers, who participated in his torture and mention their names to the judge.[These names may be obtained from brothers who had to deal with those officers in previous cases.]
5. Some brothers may tell and may be lured by the state security investigators to testify against the brothers [i.e. affirmation witness ], either by not keeping them together in the same prison during the trials, or by letting them talk to the media. In this case, they have to be treated gently, and should be offered good advice, good treatment, and pray that God may guide them.
6. During the trial, the court has to be notified of any mistreatment of the brothers inside the prison.
7. It is possible to resort to a hunger strike, but i t is a tactic that can either succeed or fail.
8. Take advantage of visits to communicate with brothers outside prison and exchange information that may be helpful to them in their work outside prison [according to what occurred during the investigations]. The importance of mastering the art of hiding messages is self evident here.
-When the brothers are transported from and to the prison [on their way to the court] they should shout Islamic slogans out loud from inside the prison cars to impress upon the people and their family the need to support Islam.
-Inside the prison, the brother should not accept any work that may belittle or demean him or his brothers, such as the cleaning of the prison bathrooms or hallways.
-The brothers should create an Islamic program for themselves inside the prison, as well as recreational and educational ones, etc.
-The brother in prison should be a role model in selflessness. Brothers should also pay attention to each others needs and should help each other and unite vis a vis the prison officers.
-The brothers must take advantage of their presence in prison for obeying and worshipping [God] and memorizing the Qora ’an, etc. This is in addition to all guidelines and procedures that were contained in the lesson on interrogation and investigation. Lastly, each of us has to understand that we don ’t achieve victory against our enemies through these actions and security procedures. Rather, victory is achieved by obeying Almighty and Glorious God and because of their many sins. Every brother has to be careful so as not to commit sins and everyone of us has to do his best in obeying Almighty God, Who said in his Holy Book: “We will, without doubt. help Our messengers and those who believe (both)in this world ’s life and the one Day when the Witnesses will stand forth.” May God guide us.
To this pure Muslim youth, the believer, the mujahid (fighter) for God’s sake. I present this modest effort as a contribution from me to pave the way that will lead to Almighty God and to establish a caliphate along the lines of the prophet.
The prophet, peace be upon him, said according to what was related by Imam Ahmed: “Let the prophecy that God wants be in you, yet God may remove it if He so wills, and then there will be a Caliphate according to the prophet’s path [instruction], if God so wills it. He will also remove that [the Caliphate] if He so wills, and you will have a disobedient king if God so wills it. Once again, if God so wills, He will remove him [the disobedient king], and you will have an oppressive lung. [Finally], if God so wills, He will remove him [the oppressive king], and you will have a Caliphate according to the prophet ’s path [instruction]. He then became silent.”
THE IMPORTANCE OF TEAM WORK:
1 .Team work is the only translation of God’s command, as well as that of the prophet, to unite and not to disunite. Almighty God says, “And hold fast, all together, by the Rope which Allah (stretches out for you), and be not divided among yourselves.” In “Sahih Muslim,” it was reported by Abu Horairah, may Allah look kindly upon him, that the prophet, may Allah’s peace and greetings be upon him, said: “Allah approves three [things] for you and disapproves three [things]: He approves that you worship him, that you do not disbelieve in Him, and that you hold fast, all together, by the Rope which Allah, and be not divided among yourselves. He disapproves of three: gossip, asking too much [for help], and squandering money.”2. Abandoning “team work ”for individual and haphazard work means disobeying that orders of God and the prophet and falling victim to disunity.
3. Team work is-conducive to cooperation in righteousness and piety.
4. Upholding religion, which God has ordered us by His saying, “Uphold religion,” will necessarily require an all out confrontation against all our enemies, who want to recreate darkness. In addition, it is imperative to stand against darkness in all arenas: the media, education, [religious] guidance, and counseling, as well as others. This will make it necessary for us to move on numerous fields so as to enable the Islamic movement to confront ignorance and achieve victory against it in the battle to uphold religion. All these vital goals can not be adequately achieved without organized team work. Therefore, team work becomes a necessity, in accordance with the fundamental rule, “Duty cannot be accomplished without it, and it is a requirement.” This way, team work is achieved through mustering and organizing the ranks, while putting the Amir (the Prince) before them, and the right man in the right place, making plans for action, organizing work, and obtaining facets of power……
Of course, the Soros minions would take the word of the Islamofascists as fact.
I’m in one of my “we need our Troops here at home ~ now” moods. Yes, I’d love for them to come home in victory having accomplished the mission of defeating the jihadists and creating peace. But I don’t see that happening any time soon with this administration of anti-Constitutionalists and jihadist appeasers.
I get the headlines on Afghanistan in my email and it’s just depressing. For example:
“We have been talking to the Taliban as countryman to countryman, talk in that manner,” Karzai told CNN’s Larry King when asked about a Washington Post report on secret high-level talks between the two sides.
Last week the Washington Post said the secret talks were believed to involve the Afghan government and representatives authorised by the Quetta Shura, the Afghan Taliban group based in Pakistan, and Taliban leader Mullah Omar.
How about we just let them keep talking it over and we bring our guys home. If they think they can come to an agreement, hey, go for it.
LONDON — Kidnapped aid worker Linda Norgrove may have been killed by her American rescuers, rather than her Taliban captors, British Prime Minister David Cameron and a NATO spokesman said Monday.
Lt. Col. John Dorrian, a spokesman at NATO headquarters in Kabul, said Monday that the rescue mission leader saw surveillance footage of the incident and had discussions with members of the rescue team, and decided “it was not conclusive what the cause of her death was.”
“not conclusive” read: The US is GUILTY!!!
What is it exactly that we’re doing there? If you just go by the media’s take on it, you’d never know. But you can’t miss the almost gleeful reporting from the media when it doesn’t look good for the American Troops.
Over at DVIDS, you can read about what our Troops are actually doing :
In a letter to the Defense Department IG this week, Schumer wrote that “In light of the recent arrest of Muslim chaplain Captain James Yee, I would like an update on the request I made to you in my letter of March 10th, 2003 asking for an investigation of the groups the Pentagon uses to select Muslim chaplains to serve in the armed services. As I wrote to you in March, I fully support the teaching and worship of Islam in the military but want to ensure that the groups in charge of such activities are of the highest caliber, have unimpeachable reputations, and endorse religious pluralism so that Muslims of all sects are able to follow their faith.
“It is disturbing that organizations with possible terrorist connections and religious teachings contrary to American pluralistic values hold the sole responsibility for Islamic instruction in our armed forces. It is certainly disappointing given that there are numerous American Muslim organizations with pristine reputations who are able to perform such activities,” Schumer continued. “Captain Yee’s arrest and his connection to the AMAFVAC only underscores the need for a comprehensive investigation of these groups.” [Sen. Schumer press release]
(well…how things change!)
Be sure to read it all. You can find quite a bit by doing a search…though most of the articles are by useful idiots who applaud this lying embarrassment to the Army. But then, he has a book out, doncha know.
“…Yee was certainly not exonerated or cleared; the charges were dropped, according to Maj. Gen. Geoffrey D. Miller, commander of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, because there were “national security concerns that would arise from the release of the evidence” if the case proceeded….”
And he’s out there giving lectures to gullible people who really just want to believe the worst about this country and the military. And he was a delegate for Obama. No surprise there.
(How about telling Muslim men to show some restraint when in the presence of a woman instead of making women cover up to “protect” themselves from all those weak men who apparently have no ability to control themselves if they just see a female’s ankle…good lord, that’s such a pathetic excuse.)
You can find all four parts to this speech there, if you care to view them.
Easy for him to lecture there in Australia. Hey, tell all this to the women who have had their noses and ears cut off, or have been flogged to within an inch of their lives, or have been the murdered by their father or brother in an honor killing or have been stoned to death.
I have to say the Sheikh doesn’t seem like a very happy fellow…just saying.
How about all of you who are spokesmen, living in free and tolerant countries, focus on ridding your religion of all those who apparently are violently “perverting” it instead of trying to get non-Muslims to become Muslims and insulting them if they aren’t interested. That would go a long way in building that bridge spoken of lately.
Personally, I have a very hard time with people who cry “oppression” here in this country. As I have written before, when the whiny ones get up on their soapboxes and tell of all the horrible actions against whatever “special victims” group they have picked as their cause du jour, not one has been disappeared in the night and their families are all still sitting comfortably in their homes alive instead of prison, or worse.
Yet, it is “so terrible” here.
No, it’s not.
There are so many other countries (and Australia is not one of them) where these people wouldn’t last 20 minutes without being picked up and given a very different kind of justice than is known here. But they do not have the testicular fortitude to go to those countries and speak their words against oppression there. Oh no. They stay here, spewing their anger and angst all safe and sound, knowing the most that will happen is that they are arrested for disorderly conduct - which is a mark of honor in their circles - and the organization they are attached to will put up their bail and they will sleep peaceably in their own beds that night.
No, they would rather take away freedom of thought and actions from everyone else here in the name of their trumped up charges of oppression and victimization. But to go after those who are truly oppressing and victimizing their own people? Ummm…nope, don’t think so.
Larry Elder has a post up today that addresses this and speaks of the ones who turn away from the real oppressors: A great read.
“The dispute over the Islamic center has tripped some deep national lunacy. The unbottled anger and suspicion concerning ground zero show that many Americans haven’t flushed the trauma of 9/11 out of their systems — making them easy prey for fearmongers.” Maureen Dowd
The reaction of the left and so-called “progressives” to the rage of the opponents of the Ground Zero Mosque assumes that because time has elapsed, the site of the seminal event that was the 9/11 destruction of the World Trade Center should not be treated with great importance. Some have argued that – even though plane wreckage damaged the roof of the proposed site of the Ground Zero Mosque – Park51 is sufficiently far away from the scene of where 2,605 lives were extinguished. Such geographical distance, liberals argue, mean that there is no cause to get upset at any perceived insult to the memories of those who d many of whom still have parts of their pulverized remains still embedded in the site ofGround Zero.
When American citizens read such contempt for them, over an issue that successive polls have shown the vast majority of citizens oppose the construction of the Ground Zero mosque, they will become more angry. They are not going to go quiet because some arrogant urbane columnist within the Beltway sneers at them like they are ignorant proles. These columnistsof the progressive media are equally “guilty” of stoking up the tensions. And these tensions are having reverberations far beyond New York, far beyond America.
“A number of Al Azhar ulema expressed their opposition to building a mosque near [where] the events of September 11 [occurred], convinced that it is “a conspiracy to confirm a clear connection between the strikes of September  and Islam.” Dr. ‘Abd al-Mu’ti Bayumi, a memberof the Islamic Research Academy [of Al Azhar] told Al Masry Al Youm that he rejects the building of any mosque in this area [Ground Zero], because the “devious mentality” desires to connect these events [of 9/11] with Islam, though he maintains that Islam is innocent of this accusation. Instead, it is a “Zionist conspiracy,” which many are making use of to harm the religion. Likewise, Dr. Amna Nazir, professor of doctrine and philosophy at Al Azhar, expressed her rejection that a mosque be built nearthe World Trade Center , saying: “Building a mosque on this rubble indicates bad intention — even if we wished to shut our eyes, close our minds, and insist on good will. I hope it is a sincere step, and not a new conspiracy against Islam and Muslims.”
When the commanding general of the US forces in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus said last week during a television interview that the 2011 date set by President Barack Obama to start the drawdown of troops from Afghanistan might not be attainable, everyone took notice of the general’s comments.
Following the events of Sept. 11, 2001, Muslims in the US had reason to fear the US government. Nine years on, the failure of Muslim leaders to make a concerted, united effort to expose the false account of 9/11 put forth by the US government is inexcusable.
“A poll taken by World Public Opinion, a collaborative project of research centers in various countries managed by the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland, College Park, polled 16,063 people in 17 nations outside of the United States during the summer of 2008. They found that majorities in only 9 of the 17 countries believe Al-Qaeda carried out the attacks.”
A groundbreaking, 6-year-old initiative meant to reward developing countries with U.S. aid for good governance and efforts to institutionalize democracy is giving billions of dollars to nations upbraided by the State Department for corruption in government.
Even though the agency has the right to terminate a compact based on reports of corruption, no country has had a grant terminated for that reason. That has led some members of Congress to question whether MCC has a mechanism to evaluate the countries for corruption while they are receiving U.S. taxpayer funds.
Now that Barack Obama has decided to be for the Ground Zero mosque before being implicitly against it (perhaps), discussion about his faith has once again reached a fever pitch. To many, his stance proves he’s a Muslim, with a recent poll showing that almost 20 percent of Americans hold that opinion; to others, it just reflects a desire to be faithful to the Constitution (now, that would be change). The truth, however, is a bit more nuanced. Obama is not religiously Muslim. Culturally, though…well, that’s a different matter altogether.
We also now have “privileged belligerents“. Oh yes indeedy!
I guess Islamist terrorists who have declared war on the Western world and shoot at and blow up innocent people and our Troops don’t count as combatants to the folks sitting there in their cushy offices on Pennsylvania Ave. and Capitol Hill- no, apparently the ones shooting and planting IEDs are just being belligerent. Is that because they are poor misunderstood disenfranchised youths?