Category: U.S. Military

Did they really think this through?

Both Hal and Rich have visited the insane deal where the WH released some seriously dangerous people held at Club Gitmo so they could bring home a deserter and traitor. Rich hit it on the head when he pointed out that the WH did this over objections from the military and the intell community, going completely around congress and the law, which is very problematic. And I definitely agree with Hal that they did this now specifically to get the VA scandal, which bodes really ill for Obamacare and the idiots that keep pretending Obamacare won’t be an epic disaster that destroys the American healthcare system, out of the news. But there is another angle to this that is not being discussed by the LSM, and I suspect it’s because this is a ticking time bomb.

Sure, Obama might have released these jamokes and given the military orders to just drone strike them to death as soon as possible, but I doubt that’s going to work out that way. If Obama actually let these people out so they could just kill them, then he has some serious balls and I guess I would have to point out that he is far more blood thirsty than I would have credited him with. Certainly earns that Nobel peace prize of his in my mind. Mind you, I have no problem with killing these terrorists, because I believe dead terrorists are less of a problem, but that the fucking leftist scumbags that treat terrorists better than our own troops suddenly adopt this policy, after crucifying Boosh for doing the same and pretending that killing terrorists just made more of them, is something worthy of scorn. But that’s not the time bomb I am thinking about.

And yes, there is going to be some nasty political fallout from the fact that Bergdahl was a deserter and a collaborator with the enemy. When the people that died trying to get this scumbag back are being dissed by this idiotic decision, there should be some nasty fallout, and while I see the LSM trying hard to provide the WH cover, it is going to cause harm to the leftards. I expect a lot of retaliatory strikes from this WH against anyone they feel has not helped them contain the damage. There is a history of retaliation there. But in the end, this is going to hurt the WH beyond their calculated distraction to the VA scandal doing damage to Obamacare. But this is also not the time bomb I foresee.

The big question I have not heard anyone ask is what happens if one of these clowns they released to get the deserter/collaborator back has a successful operation that kills Americans, especially if it happens before this administration is out of office. I guess the LSM would help the fucking crooks in the WH hide that if the target was military, definitely if not in the US, and probably even if it was there, considering the way they have handled terror attacks against US targets, but if the target was not military, and especially if it was in the US, it would be a PR disaster for the class warriors. I am sure they will cover it up – LOOK! A video about Islam! – but this should be something so disastrous that it would kill this administration.

And no, I am not rooting for people to die, just because I think that would harm this administration. That’s the way progressives with their eye on victory at any cost think and work. But that these losers have not contemplated this scenario, or worse, have contemplated it and think they can avoid it, shows me how inept and unworthy of leadership they are.

Lead Or Rope?

Many people wonder what, if anything, the military is going to do about Bergdahl. We know that everyone in his unit, everyone that has direct knowledge about the specifics of his disappearance were ordered to sign non disclosure agreements, a promise to keep their traps shut. But word has gotten out and although we don’t have all the facts (really, in this administration is that even possible?) we know enough to wonder why Bergdahl was not arrested on the spot after his release. It certainly was not because his health was so dire that immediate medical attention was required. Those present have already reported that he is fine, one more lie spread by Obama/Rice and company to justify this stinky deal. Naturally we are not going to try him on a blog, he gets the presumption of innocence like everyone else, and maybe he was not arrested because they knew he wasn’t going anywhere. Or maybe his treatment was in keeping with the general Rose Garden spirit of treating him like something he isn’t, a hero.

Hal’s link in a comment yesterday notwithstanding, the general consensus (from what I have read and heard over the last few days) from military folks about Bergdahl is not whether he is a hero or a deserter, but what the military is going to do with this POS;

I spoke Monday with a highly decorated former Special Forces operator and asked what he thought about Bowe Bergdahl, the Army sergeant who was released over the weekend after five years of Taliban captivity in exchange for five hard cases out of Gitmo.

The former operator suggested a firing squad might be appropriate.

His view is widely shared in the community of warriors who risked—and, in at least six cases, lost—their lives searching for a soldier who wrote his parents that “the horror that is america is disgusting” before vanishing from his post in Afghanistan in 2009.

Whether Sgt. Bergdahl was taken by the enemy, deserted the Army or defected to the Taliban remains to be established. But just to be clear where the former operator is coming from, Article 85 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice states: “Any person found guilty of desertion or attempt to desert shall be punished, if the offense is committed in time of war, by death or such other punishment as a court-martial may direct.”

And here lies the topic of debate, if an honest investigation is conducted and it reveals that all the things we have heard about him are true, does he even merit a firing squad? A semantical question, surely, but if in fact you desert, seek out the enemy, collaborate with said enemy to the demise of your unit, aiding your new friends in defeating your old ones, have you not given up your rights as a soldier and abandoned that standing so that rights and punishments befitting that status are null and void? Would not the gallows be a more fitting end to Bergdahl?

We know that neither fate awaits him;

The maximum U.S. penalty for desertion in wartime remains death, although this punishment was last applied to Eddie Slovik in 1945. No U.S. serviceman has received more than 24 months imprisonment for desertion or missing movement since the beginning of the post September 11, 2001 era

It is curious why the Administration feels it cannot justify the trade to the American people on it’s one merits, no, they obfuscate and embellish. Not having the guts to just admit that the circumstances of Berdahl’s disappearance are murky at best, they paint him as a hero, snatched from his unit while on patrol.

But wait: We are not “in time of war.” We are in Time of Obama.

In Time of Obama, dereliction of duty is heroism, releasing mass murderers with American blood on their hands is a good way to start a peace process, negotiating with terrorists is not negotiating with terrorists, and exchanging senior Taliban commanders for a lone American soldier is not an incentive to take other Americans hostage but rather proof that America brings its people home.

And therein lies the rub, feeding the narrative is what counts. Obama has a narrative about America’s standing in the world, about American exceptionalism ( it don’t mean dick), about our goal in Afghanistan, but mostly about the need for America to pull back and not be so pushy, as Bergdahl himself put it, to not be so conceited and think everyone else is stupid.

Oh, and did you hear? This “hero” will get promoted to staff Sgt. What, no medal?

Boy, Did We Get Bamboozled

We knew he was really sucky at being President, who’d a thought he was equally abysmal at negotiating;

President Barack Obama apparently traded five jailed jihadis held in Guantanamo for one American soldier, despite federal law, which requires Congress to be notified before prisoners are transferred.

Obama used a Rose Garden press event to tout the surprise trade — which he won by making critical, last-minute concessions — while the parents of the freed soldier, Bowe Bergdahl, stood alongside.

At the end of brief event, the soldier’s father, Bob Bergdahl, recited the most frequent phrase in the Koran — “Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim” —which means “In the name of Allah, most Gracious, most Compassionate.”

After Bergdahl finished his statement and his praise for Allah, Obama hugged him.

Praise Allah, are you kidding me?

My first reaction (the cynic that I am) was that this was another “wag the dog” moment, but it’s worse than that. Obama told us he wanted to close Gitmo, releasing 5 very bad dudes, dudes responsible for American (and civilian) deaths, with more coming down the pike.

I’m sitting here watching the parents speak on Foxnews, to listen to them you would think Sgt. York was coming home. Naturally they are a bit bias, them being his parents, and love him, but the few military analysts that follow mention nothing about this guy being a diserter and a willing ally to the enemy, why are we negotiating for this POS;

“We were at OP Mest, Paktika Province, Afghanistan. It was a small outpost where B Co 1-501st INF (Airbone) ran operations out of, just an Infantry platoon and ANA counterparts there. The place was an Afghan graveyard. Bergdahl had been acting a little strange, telling people he wanted to “walk the earth” and kept a little journal talking about how he was meant for better things. No one thought anything about it. He was a little “out there”. Next morning he’s gone. We search everywhere, and can’t find him. He left his weapon, his kit, and other sensitive items. He only took some water, a compass and a knife. We find some afghan kids shortly after who saw an american walking north asking about where the taliban are. We get hits on our voice intercepter that Taliban has him, and we were close. We come to realize that the kid deserted his post, snuck out of camp and sought out Taliban… to join them. We were in a defensive position at OP Mest, where your focus is to keep people out. He knew where the blind spots were to slip out and that’s what he did. It was supposed to be a 4-day mission but turned into several months of active searching. Everyone was spun up to find this guy. News outlets all over the country were putting out false information. It was hard to see, especially when we knew the truth about what happened and we lost good men trying to find him. PFC Matthew Michael Martinek, Staff Sgt. Kurt Robert Curtiss, SSG Clayton Bowen, PFC Morris Walker, SSG Michael Murphrey, 2LT Darryn Andrews, were all KIA from our unit who died looking for Bergdahl. Many others from various units were wounded or killed while actively looking for Bergdahl. Fighting Increased. IEDs and enemy ambushes increased. The Taliban knew that we were looking for him in high numbers and our movements were predictable. Because of Bergdahl, more men were out in danger, and more attacks on friendly camps and positions were conducted while we were out looking for him. His actions impacted the region more than anyone wants to admit. There is also no way to know what he told the Taliban: Our movements, locations, tactics, weak points on vehicles and other things for the enemy to exploit are just a few possibilities. The Government knows full well that he deserted. It looks bad and is a good propaganda piece for the Taliban. They refuse to acknowledge it. Hell they even promoted him to Sergeant which makes me sick. I feel for his family who only want their son/brother back. They don’t know the truth, or refuse to acknowledge it as well. What he did affected his family and his whole town back home, who don’t know the truth. Either way what matters is that good men died because of him. He has been lying on all those Taliban videos about everything since his “capture”. If he ever returns, he should be tried under the UCMJ for being a deserter and judged for what he did. Bergdahl is not a hero, he is not a soldier or an Infantryman. He failed his brothers. Now, sons and daughters are growing up without their fathers who died for him and he will have to face that truth someday.”

The apple does not fall far from the tree;

Sounds like they are all (including the President) on the same page, Gitmo-bad, releasing anyone (including the AQ leaders)-good, America and it’s imperialist ways-bad, Islam and it’s peaceful precepts-good.

I was always amazed when I heard about Israel not negotiating with terrorists, then read about some prisoner swap where they got one soldier back in exchange for like 200 Palestinians. Regardless of the imbalance in the numbers at least they got somebody back worth negotiating for, but this guy? Sounds like someone right out of the Snowden mold, screw over America thinking you will be amply rewarded, but not being happy with your 30 pieces of silver, desperately want to come home and undue the whole affair.

Bergdahl’s duplicity is nothing new, his desertion was common knowledge years ago;

With all those hugs and kisses exchanged between Obama and the parents, what are the odds that this guy will be tried under the UCMJ for being a deserter?

Putting A Face On It

Well, the politicians in Washington got what they wanted, Shinseki resigned, they can all pat themselves on the back with a collective ,”See, the system works, this administration does in fact hold people accountable, and heads did roll, now, can we get back to talking about the Redskins?”, thereby washing their hands of the whole affair. Who says life is complicated on The Hill?

So, Shinseki resigned? BFD as far as I’m concerned, since this does nothing in solving the problem. Was he a colossal failure at his job? Not any more than his boss, both knew for the last 5 years that the VA was a dysfunctional, corrupt, big government nightmare that served only the bureaucrats running it (more bonuses all around, thank you), yet, is was always convenient to ignore it since reforming it would ruffle too many feathers.

Here is something else I don’t get, we kept hearing that Shinseki was a “war hero”, how is stepping on a land mine and getting half your foot blown off heroic? I looked at his wiki page, I found nothing there that speaks to heroism, mostly staff and post work followed. Sure, butting heads with Rumsfeld over troop numbers in Iraq earned him a feather in his cap with this administration.

But what to do now? Is the whole VA culture, the way it runs it’s affairs, handles claims and deals with our veteran’s needs, is it at all salvageable? Not with this current crop;

Along those lines, he called on the Senate to pass a bill giving the VA more authority to quickly discipline and fire officials.

The House passed a version of this bill, but Senate Democrats delayed consideration of it before leaving for a week-long break last week.

Maybe putting a face on the problem might spur some action;

His parents provide some specifics on his maladies;

He suffered from fibromyalgia and PTSD and killed himself last year after he received treatment from the Phoenix VA hospital. He wrote that his body had become “nothing but a cage, a source of pain and constant problems.”

Somers’ parents read an excerpt of his suicide note on CNN Friday afternoon: “Is it any wonder then that the latest figures show 22 veterans killing themselves each day? That is more veterans than children killed at Sandy Hook every single day. Where are the huge policy initiatives? Why isn’t the president standing with those families at the State of the Union? Perhaps because we were not killed by a single lunatic but rather by our system of dehumanization, neglect, and indifference.”

An exercise in futility is listing all the Obama scandals in terms of relative importance, since he has two more years in office, the list will almost certainly need revising, but this must rank near the top. Not danced on the international stage (we know how much he fears leading and locks up with paralysis of analysis), not some spontaneous demonstration, a result from a video, and not some wrongdoing he can blame on a rogue auditor out of Cincinnati, this problem was ongoing from his first days in office. If the IG report is to be believed, incidents of fraud took place, certainly some folks need to go to prison over this. I’m sure Holder will jump right on that.

Death panels? What death panels?

As we discover how bad the VA medical rationing scandal under the Obama presidency is and the VA admits at least 23 people died waiting for care (and that number is likely far higher), I am hearing a ton of collectivists defenders of Obamacare trying real hard to distance Obamacare from the way the VA healthcare system was being run. Don’t let that happen. Back before the health rationing problems and the deaths that resulted from it at the VA came out some of Obamacare’s biggest proponents were touting the VA model as an example of how well Obamacare would work. It looks like they were right, even if they didn’t mean it in the way we are now finding out. Those of us that pointed out amongst the many problems of Obamacare that it would lead to death panels, have been vindicated, yet again.

And don’t be fooled into thinking that the collectivists, even faced with the political damage these revelations are causing to their agenda, want to do much to fix the problem. A bill to remediate the situation, as with anything intended to help the good people of this country, was killed by Reid and the demcorats in the senate. If there was any justice in the universe, those of us that pointed out exactly how bad Obamacare would play out, only to be rebuffed by the usual class warfare idiots for daring to point out their fantasy about unicorns farting pretty rainbows was just that, now that we are vindicated, would also get to see Obamacare get the death panel treatment: put on a waiting list and left to die. Remember

My first reaction was ,”Holy smokes, we are still at war, will there ever come a day when our military is not dodging bullets or running over IED’s?”.

Much effort was made here in avoiding engagement with “the child” around. Granted, they got a better view of him than I did, but he sure appeared big for being a kid. I’m not sure at what age the kid becomes a willing accessory, complicit in the act and deserving of dispatchment right along with dad. And although the pilots get the benefit of the doubt here, I wonder if junior isn’t out later that day, following in the family business.

There has been much hand wringing over the purposed military cuts coming down the pike, reducing military personnel down to pre WW2 levels. Smarter and more connected folks than me have been bemoaning these cuts as a harbinger of disaster. I don’t know how much of this is accurate and what is just preserving turf. I have mentioned in other posts that when it comes to cuts and raining in spending, there are no sacred cows, all should get gored equally, including the military, so on it’s face I am not going to second guess an effort at reducing military reliance on manpower heavy troop build ups, and focus more on agile special forces and cyberwarriors. Cyber espionage/cyber warfare is going on right now;

The Pentagon for the first time used its annual report on China to directly assert that Beijing’s government and military have conducted computer-based attacks against the U.S., including efforts to steal information from federal agencies.

Possible assisted (we will never know, will we?) by one Edward Snowden.

Man do they hate shit that works

The flyboys are at it again. Belt tightening time has come around, and while the ARMY is reducing their fighting force to save money, the flyboys are using this opportunity to get rid of stuff they feel is not cool enough for them. This is the umpteenth time that the fighter jocks are trying to kill the incredibly effective, but not so cool A-10, and again, they pretend it is to save money:

The U.S. Air Force will retire the Fairchild Republic A-10 Warthog and the Lockheed Martin U-2 intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft, but the service also hopes to invest in new technologies in the fiscal year 2015 budget proposal.

The Pentagon had to make tough choices with an “emphasis on capability over capacity,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters during a briefing at the Pentagon on Feb. 24. “We protected [the Air Force’s] key modernization programs, including the bomber, the Joint Strike Fighter and the new refueling tanker.”

This shit seems to be a persistent problem with these idiots. The A-10 is not cool. It is an ugly fucking aircraft. It’s not super-fast, it is not stealthy, and it is over 40 years old, so the flyboys hate the thing. But it works. The thing can take hits and keep working. It has been upgraded to do the work other far more expensive aircraft can’t do half as well, and it is a cheap plane compared to the new shit the flyboys want. And yet, ever since the first Iraqi war ended, they have been trying to get rid of the platform. Totally stupid, but par for the course with these people. It’s as if they are their own worse enemies.

How do you spell banana republic?

Don’t worry about how to spell, it just look at how the Obama administration and the left have been doing things for the last few years, and you should have a pretty good idea. Yesterday I pointed out how government feels those of us that do not think government should be allowed to disarm us considering how corrupt it is, but that’s just a drop in the bucket of the insane abuses of power going on. Today I would like to point out how vulnerable Senate democrats have had no problem asking the IRS to hamstring the opposition for them, and that the LSM seems quite OK with this incredible abuse of power.

Let’s not pretend that Obama did anything but lie that day he said there was not a smidgen of corruption in that IRS scandal he claims is made up as well. It takes some special kind of gall to lie about not using powerful and unrestrained federal agencies to target your political opponents, but it goes to a whole new level once they no longer even try to hide the fact that they will heavily rely on this sort of abuse to compensate for people wanting to hold them responsible for this sort of lawless and corrupt behavior.

Politics: In the wake of the IRS targeting scandal, which included groups that already had tax exemptions, vulnerable Democrats ask the agency with the power to tax to use that power to destroy their opposition in 2014. The fundamental transformation of the United States into a banana republic, where government power is used to suppress political opposition, has evolved from a hidden campaign targeting the Tea Party and other conservative groups to an open attempt to suppress free speech by changing the definition of what constitutes political activity. It’s an attempt to define conservative political speech out of existence.

The administration cover story — that prior to the 2012 election the sudden increase in the number of such groups applying for tax-exempt status was the reason applications were delayed — has been blown apart by Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich. His Ways and Means Committee found that the groups targeted already had tax exemptions and that 100% of the groups that were targeted with an audit were on the right. Now, Senate Democrats who voted for ObamaCare and parroted President Obama’s lie of the year are asking the IRS to ensure that if they like their Senate seats they can keep their Senate seats. They want the IRS to be a campaign wing of the Democratic Party.

Leading the IRS call is Sen. Charles Schumer, N.Y., the Senate Democrats’ chief political strategist. “The Tea Party elites gained extraordinary influence by being able to funnel millions of dollars into campaigns with ads that distort the truth and attack government,” Schumer said in remarks at the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

Sharing that belief are vulnerable Democrats such as Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas. He argues the IRS has power over such groups that engage in what he calls quasi-political activity. In reality, such groups are merely people organizing to petition for the redress of grievances, which include reckless spending, oppressive taxation and regulation, and, yes, ObamaCare.

When the democrats called the Tea Party terrorists, then proceeded to hold training for military entities where these people were acting like terrorists, they meant it. Anyone that stands in the way of the left’s agenda and hold on power is a terrorist and obviously evil, a threat to the state, and the left thinks it is fine for them to use the government they control to target them. Let’s not pretend that these people are doing anything but engaging in criminal activity for their own benefit anymore, please. There is no defending this shit.

We should all learn how to spell banana republic, because we are living in one.

If you still doubt what government really thinks about your second amendment rights

Then take a look at this article where government entities again made 2nd amendment , America loving, types the terrorists. Can’t have Islamic terrorist blowing shit up, because that would hurt their sensibilities. After all, these fucking murderers are part of the religion of peace and they will fight back. Accusing people that actually believe in the constitution and that our government has basically destroyed our freedom and our nation, knowing full well that they will not really do anything, but desperately hoping they will, all so the abusive and nanny state government can justify more fascist-type action, is quite cool though.

I have no doubt that the government types feel people that think Leviathan has become too big and has eroded our constitution and limited our freedoms, especially while they are actively trying to deny us the right to protect ourselves from them, are a bigger threat than the people that have told us they will force us all to bow to their god or kill us otherwise. Historically tyrannies have always feared their people far more than they have feared any foreign enemy, after all.

The ONG 52nd Civil Support Team training scenario involved a plot from local school district employees to use biological weapons in order to advance their beliefs about “protecting Gun Rights and Second Amendment rights.” Portsmouth Fire Chief Bill Raison told NBC 3 WSAZ-TV in Huntington, West Virginia that the drill accurately represented “the reality of the world we live in,” adding that such training “helps us all be prepared.”

Internal ONG documents provided to Media Trackers after repeated delays provide further context to what WSAZ-TV reported last winter. In the disaster-preparedness scenario, two Portsmouth Junior High School employees poisoned school lunches with mustard gas, acting on orders from white-nationalist leader William Pierce.

The ONG team discovered biological weapons being produced in the school, requiring activation of containment and decontamination procedures.

Yeah, this sure as hell makes perfect sense! A government that spies on us all, all the time, and uses its powers to attack its enemies of course is going to think that people that see it for what it is will revert to using schools to wage war against it. But us pointing out how said government is abusing its powers and tyrannical in nature, is people engaging is conspiracy theories. And the government is already preparing to turn loose its military on people it doesn’t like. Have no doubt that that’s precisely what these exercises are about: identifying any entities within the chain of command of the ONG that might not follow orders.

You can not parody the stupid and evil on the left I tell ya.