Category Archives: War

As Iraq appears close to collapse…

To my knowledge the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad hasn’t yet been evacuated, but I do know that preparations are under way in case that’s necessary.

As for the years of blood, sweat, tears and sacrifice of America’s finest, that appears to be slipping away:

ISIS militants are taking control of more and more of Iraq. Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, has already fallen.

During it all I’ve been thinking about a Gold Star Mother who lives nearby. She lost her Marine son in Iraq nine years ago. Our little community here rallied to support her family and hopefully were of some comfort. There is still a picture of him in the window of the local gas station. The sun has left it a little faded, but his name is still readable, as are the words “KIA Fallujah, 2005.”

She remains very proud of her son of course, but I can’t help but try to imagine what she’s thinking today. And the same goes for the thousands of parents of service members killed in Iraq over a nine-year period.

The greatest disservice that could be done to these families — and the country for that matter — is if they end up telling themselves “it was for nothing.”

I’m afraid that’s precisely what’s happening.


Iran is of course smelling opportunity due to the instability.

Obama releases Gitmo prisoners for soldier’s return — best case/worst case scenarios


On Saturday, it was announced that Bowe Bergdahl, a U.S. soldier held by Taliban in Afghanistan since 2009, would be returned for the release of five Gitmo prisoners who have been deemed by terrorism experts as highly dangerous individuals. Obama broke the law by not informing Congress that he was freeing terrorists from Gitmo, and the White House has admitted as much (the White House informed Congress as the release was happening).

Those are the facts, but the “read between the lines” parts can be very confusing and disturbing.

Best case scenario: Bergdahl served honorably and was forcibly held by the Taliban for five years, and the Obama administration feared that the Taliban was growing increasingly impatient and was about to kill him. So, with no time to alert Congress and the Taliban demand of the release of five of their commanders on the table as the only way to save Bergdahl’s life, President Obama decided to give them what they wanted for the return of the U.S. soldier. The five released Gitmo prisoners go to Qatar and become successful insurance salesmen and don’t try to harm anybody ever again.

Worst case scenario: Bergdahl was a deserter from the U.S. Army and had willingly joined the Taliban. The Taliban figured they could play off Bergdahl as a POW and use him to demand the release of their five commanders in return for sparing Bergdahl’s life. Obama agrees to the demand and releases five of the most dangerous terrorists at Gitmo who go on to help plan more attacks against U.S. soldiers and civilians while an al-Qaeda sympathizer is welcomed to mainland USA with the blessing of the President of the United States.


Toss Bowe Bergdahl’s father, Robert, into the mix and something here stinks to high heaven.

Oh, and during Obama’s announcement with Bowe Bergdahl’s parents he said that the situation highlighted the necessity of … closing Gitmo. WHAT!? In other words, if Gitmo didn’t exist Obama wouldn’t have had to release five terrorists from Gitmo. Follow that? Progressive “logic” at its finest: “The reason the terrorists hate us is because of the prisons we put them in after they’re caught trying to kill us by the thousands.”

The fact is that just about every aspect of Obama’s moves on this are “worst case scenarios” — it’s just a matter of to what degree. Five dangerous Taliban commanders are back on the streets because the president unilaterally just let them go. That’s a big problem, but I’m guessing the Democrats in Congress consider it a high honor to be stepped on by Obama and not much will come of this.


Interesting reminder here:

Bowe Bergdahl would detail his disillusionment with the Afghanistan campaign in an e-mail to his parents three days before he went missing.

“I am sorry for everything here,” he wrote. “These people need help, yet what they get is the most conceited country in the world telling them that they are nothing and that they are stupid.”

Bergdahl also complained about fellow soldiers. The battalion commander was a “conceited old fool,” he said, and the only “decent” sergeants, planning to leave the platoon “as soon as they can,” told the privates — Bergdahl then among them — “to do the same.”

“I am ashamed to be an American. And the title of US soldier is just the lie of fools,” he concluded. “I am sorry for everything. The horror that is America is disgusting.”

Update II:

Reminder: At least six soldiers were killed searching for Bergdahl in Afghanistan. President Obama must look their families in the eye and tell them their loved ones didn’t die trying to rescue a deserter, and it must be sincere and truthful. Anything less than that is grounds for removal from office.

If at least six soldiers died searching for a deserter who had become a Taliban sympathizer, and on top of that Obama let five dangerous prisoners loose for his return, that would be treasonous. There’s no other word for it.

Update III:

If the tweet below is factual, and it’s also true that Bergdahl deserted his post and at least six Americans were killed in the search for him, this would be a direct slap in the face to those men, their families, and the military on the part of the White House:

Obama vs. Bush at West Point: Video proof the military (and the country) is starving for positive leadership

Look at these clips from President Obama’s a couple days ago to West Point grads vs. President Bush’s from 2008 and tell me this country — especially our military — isn’t starving for leadership that doesn’t run down America.

The tone of the addresses and reception from the cadets are polar opposites:

Obama “rallying the troops” reminds me of the basketball coach in the movie “Teen Wolf” whose pregame motivational speech to his team was “look at it this way, it’ll all be over with in a couple hours.”

This video is from 2009 but it still speaks volumes:

It’s a “sincerity” thing.

Of course: Nancy Pelosi pins blame for VA scandal on Bush

Drudge sums up what has become the entire Democratic Party platform:


As predictable as the sun coming up in the east and Nancy Pelosi saying something crazy:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., repeatedly put the blame for the Veterans Affairs scandal on former President George W. Bush, while arguing that her party has worked hard for veterans in recent years.

Pelosi took a shot at Bush while saying that the scandal is a high priority for Obama. “He sees the ramifications of some seeds that were sown a long time ago, when you have two wars over a long period of time and many, many more, millions more veterans,” she told reporters during her Thursday press briefing. “And so, I know that he is upset about it.”

Let’s assume the problems started under Bush (they might actually go back even further) — why hasn’t the Obama administration done anything to fix it these past five-plus years? Probably because of something Bush did.

Revisionist history lesson of the day: Defeat of Nazi Germany was victory over capitalism or something

Yesterday I ran across this and have been laughing at it for nearly 24 hours.

From a self-described “left wing school teacher” from Australia:


Fort Hood: Think about it…

The man who went on a murderous rampage at Fort Hood was on the loose for 15 to 20 minutes before a military policewoman confronted him.

Fifteen to 20 minutes running around shooting people without being stopped. On a U.S. military base — full of disarmed soldiers.

Can you imagine what kind of carnage would ensue if somebody were able to pull off a coordinated attack involving several gunmen at a base because of the ridiculous PC gun regs at U.S. military installations?

Last night I read some comments from people on lockdown at Fort Hood, and a couple of them said they felt safer and less helpless in Afghanistan than they do when they’re at Fort Hood. And no, Piers Morgan, they don’t feel less safe because others might have a gun. They feel less safe because they’ve been stripped of theirs.

Russia invading Ukraine; Obama/Biden say ‘Let’s Move!’

Thousands of Russian troops have reportedly already entered Crimea region of Ukraine.

Meanwhile, at the White House:

Also, shortly after Obama spoke yesterday and told Russia they will pay a price if they send troops into Ukraine (“if”?), Obama declared “happy hour” (I kid you not):

Sleep well, America.


Russian parliament just gave Putin unanimous permission to do what he was already doing anyway.

Dick Cheney: Obama would rather spend money on food stamps than the military

It’s quite simple really: If voters continue to elect and re-elect those who insist on turning America into an entitlement society, it must come at the expense of something else. Dick Cheney’s statement caused controversy, but he merely pointed out the obvious:

Former vice president Dick Cheney went on Fox’s “Hannity” show last night to discuss the recent plans to reduce the Army to levels not seen since 1940 — through a reduction in personnel and removing a class of warplanes from the field — in an effort to cut budgets after a decade of war, calling the decision “over the top.” He told host Sean Hannity that President Obama would “much rather spend the money on food stamps than he would on a strong military or support for our troops.”

But, like I said in the intro, I wouldn’t put this all on Obama — the blame can be shared among millions. “The One” was elected and re-elected. This one’s on voters too, and unfortunately the rest of us who see what’s coming are forced to go down with a ship they’re poking full of holes.

Military personnel:


Food stamp enrollment:


Pearl Harbor — 72 years later

God bless the veterans of the Pearl Harbor attack and those who were killed on that day 72 years ago today, as well as all those whose subsequent sacrifices led America to ultimate victory.

Here are some tweets I ran across this morning about the attack and the anniversary:

The declaration of war:

Japan’s Commander-in-Chief of the Combined Fleet Isoroku Yamamoto knew the attack was a mistake:

Search engine remembrances: Google vs. Bing.

Lastly, I’d be remiss if I didn’t include this that a lot of people are talking about…

SpaghettiOs remembered Pearl Harbor Day:

Dan Riehl’s been reminding anybody who’s been questioning that about Campbell’s long history of pro-American marketing themes. It it different? Sure. Offensive or dismissive in any way? I don’t think so. At least they remembered, and maybe that’ll get the attention of some kids who might otherwise not be talking about this in school.

How many companies either aren’t aware of the Pearl Harbor anniversary or won’t care enough to mention it at all?

Update: They deleted the tweet, but I didn’t think that was necessary (screen shots at the link above).