Category: U.S. Military

Keeping Their Feet To The Fire

One of the main reasons I was glad that the GOP took both house of Congress in the last election is that now Republicans will chair the various sub committees. A residual benefit is that congress critters (Harry Reid) will not be able to derail the process, run interference for the president, or sit on legislation that deserves at the very least a passing purview. But back to the sub committees, congress will now be allowed to remove itself from the personal bidding of the president and actually do it’s job, separately as was intended. With the GOP at the helm, the administration will not be allowed to sweep things under the carpet or hinder any attempt at fact finding. Although the president and his supplicants have turned manipulation and subterfuge into an art form, it is encouraging to know that folks like Eric Holder, Hillary Clinton, and Lois Lerner should not get too comfy or complacent, retribution (hopefully) is inching toward fruition.

A GOP packed Senate Armed Services committee will make it even harder for Obama to fulfill a 2009 promise that still gnaws at him, closing Gitmo. Even McCain has seen the light;

Just last month, Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) promised to help Obama close the detention center where terrorism suspects have been held for years without being charged. But on Tuesday, McCain and three other Republican colleagues introduced plans to sharply restrict the removal or transfer of detainees from the facility, which has served as a long-standing target of worldwide criticism.

Although it has not been for lack of trying. And no, we will not forget about the 5 high level AQ terrorists traded for the cowardly deserter, or allow them to delay the out come indefinitely. The final report is finished and from what I have read, desertion charges will be filed. Although I don’t expect Bergdahl to serve a single day behind bars, a conclusion to this whole sordid affair is owed, both to his fellow soldiers and the rest of the nation. And a further delay, orchestrated by WH pressure on the pentagon, should not be allowed to stand.

And speaking of Gitmo;

Tom Cotton just achieved Trey Gowdy status.

My opinion of Gitmo has evolved a bit over the years, not because of it’s need or relevancy in caging terrorists, but as with pretty much everything with Obama, we spend way too much money keeping these vermin housed. We all heard about the multi million dollar soccer field, the lavish buffets offered at every meal, and the palatial digs they use for their worship services. Whatever happened to prisoners making little rocks out of big ones, and eating only when they work? This Mottle Coddling of killers is infuriating.

I am starting to doubt the efficacy of keeping any bases open in Cuba and if a better (cheaper) solution can be found for housing captured terrorists, I am willing to listen. But for now Gitmo stays open for business, and bring on a top to bottom analysis of the costs. Prison should be a hardship, this should not be Clubmed.

UNEXPECTEDLY! Talks with Iran fail for the umpteenth time…

While the idiots that think you can negotiate with evil people are all surprised that the Iranian Mullahs have decided to thumb their efforts. I have to admit that I expected nothing else. When GWB chose to let the Europeans talk and talk instead of acting back when, I pointed out the result would be the same. Obama, the narcissist that he is, ignored that record, and did all but drop to his knees to suck the Ayatollah’s cock, but the result again is more of the same.

At this point it is obvious that Iran will only be stopped by force. That’s because of the lesson of Pakistan and North Korea. That lesson being that if you defy the rules and get a nuke, then you not only get to keep it, but you can use it to give cover to all sorts of illegitimate and illegal behavior. Of course, the first problem is with Iran choosing to use the thing or giving it to others to use. But the next one, which is the one that frightens me more, is with everybody in the ME – Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait, and even Iraq – deciding that the only counter Iran is for them to also have nukes. And that is because they all know damned well that Iran with a nuke is not just an existential threat to Israel, but to all of them. Especially if they end up with a president as weak and as ineffective as Obama some time in the future dictating US actions and responses. An American guarantee of support with democrats in charge is not worth the paper it is printed on.

Get ready for things to get far worse as the impotent and weak shitbags let this travesty go on. Maybe Israel will do the world a favor, yet again as it did with Saddam’s nuclear program in Iraq, and do what is needed, only to be ostracized for doing what we all should have done ourselves in the first place. But then again, when it comes to Israel and the Jews, the anti-semites run that show these days, so I am sure they know better than to care what the court of public opinion of the anti-semites tell them they can or can’t do.

if you doubted that the usual idiots in the LSM have no clue

Then read the Yahoo story on how IS is now training pilots to fly combat aircraft:

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Iraqi pilots who have joined Islamic State in Syria are training members of the group to fly in three captured fighter jets, a group monitoring the war said on Friday, saying it was the first time that the militant group had taken to the air.

The group, which has seized land in Syria and Iraq, has been flying the planes over the captured al-Jarrah military airport east of Aleppo, said Rami Abdulrahman, who runs the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Reuters was not immediately able to verify the report and U.S. Central Command said it was not aware of Islamic State flying jets in Syria.

U.S-led forces are bombing Islamic State bases in Syria and Iraq. The group has regularly used weaponry captured from the Syrian and Iraqi armies and has overrun several military bases but this was the first time it had been able to pilot warplanes.

“They have trainers, Iraqi officers who were pilots before for (former Iraqi president) Saddam Hussein,” Abdulrahman said.

“People saw the flights, they went up many times from the airport and they are flying in the skies outside the airport and coming back,” he said, citing witnesses in northern Aleppo province near the base, which is 70 km (45 miles) south of Turkey.

It was not clear whether the jets were equipped with weaponry or whether the pilots could fly longer distances in the planes, which witnesses said appeared to be MiG 21 or MiG 23 models captured from the Syrian military.

Emphasis mine, because people that actually know military hardware reported a different type of aircraft:

Although the report does not name the aircraft types being used, the Syrian group Jaish al-Islam captured a number of Aero L-39ZA Albatros trainer/light attack jets when it overran Al-Jarrah (also known as Al-Jirah or Kshesh) Airbase in May 2013. The Islamic State reportedly took the base from Jaish al-Islam in January.

Big difference between a Czech trainer and a MIG 21 or a MIG 23. And the important thing is the logistics. Training pilots is of no use unless they have people to maintain these old crates, spare parts to do the maintenance with, and fuel and ordinance to do anything with. Not to mention that all these aircraft wouldn’t be more than easy targets for any actual air assets operating against them or ground launched anti-air ordinance.

In short, this story is much ado about nothing, and they couldn’t even get the details right.

Why tell little lies when you can get away with big ones?

While I will admit that anyone making the case that there is plenty of competition for all the lying done by this WH, the argument can be made that the ludicrous claim they are transparent in their dealings and want an independent press can be seen as taking the cake. With so many key Obama people, all under investigation, destroying subpoenaed evidence, or the history of Obamacare and the lies and vote buying that went along with what will likely be remembered as the most destructive and insane thing put into law in the US, the VA scandal and the attempt to CYA, which I should add portends the future of Obamacare, the long running IRS targeting political opponent scandal, the lies about Benghazi, the fact Obama, after claiming a victory in Iraq, now pretends it is not his fault it is lost, the Snowden revelations of government spying on citizens, the whole illegal invasion debacle, the shady anti-business green bullshit, and countless other such stories of abuses and cover-ups, one is hard pressed to not do a double take at this brazen lying.

Brave new world it is, though. Tell the lie enough times, and the idiots should buy it, seems to be the strategy of this criminal gang. The only thing transparent about this WH is that they are crooks and care very little for what you think about that. Of course the cock gobblers in the LSM will just ask for some more splooge on their face instead of asmitting Obama uses them for Bukkake fun.

Keep Him Away From Me

Keeping Bergdahl front and center in the news may seem counter productive (why rub our nose in it) but since this administration views his release (and the price paid for it) as a smashing success, much like bagging OBL, I suspect we will see no end to the Bergdahl Reunion Tour, I smell a WH beer summit in the offing. But is putting him back on active duty really a smart thing?

Six weeks after being released from five years in Taliban captivity, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is expected to return to life as a regular Army soldier as early as Monday, Defense Department officials said late Sunday.

Sergeant Bergdahl has finished undergoing therapy and counseling at an Army hospital in San Antonio, and will assume a job at the Army North headquarters at the same base, Fort Sam Houston, the officials said.

He is also expected to meet with Maj. Gen. Kenneth R. Dahl, the officer who is investigating the circumstances of Sergeant Bergdahl’s disappearance from his outpost in Afghanistan in 2009.

Sergeant Bergdahl’s transfer from the therapy phase to a regular soldier’s job is part of his reintegration into Army life, officials said. He will live in barracks and have two other soldiers help him readjust.

Ya think, maybe, this new job of his might involve the handling of live weapons?

I think it is a terrible idea to put him in the general population among other soldiers, I would want to kick his ass.

Six weeks is plenty of time to interview him, interview all the pertinent personnel that were there, plenty of time to get a handle on what happened and to make a decision to either court marshal him and file desertions charges, or release him from military service. Either or as far as I’m concerned, if he did not desert, in which case he has suffered enough and warrants an early release, or he did, in which case his next stop should be a prison cell.

I know he deserves a presumption of innocence and should get a fair hearing, your typical soldier may not be as magnanimous. Given what facts I know now (probably incomplete, I admit) I would not want him anywhere near my platoon, keep him isolated and preferably off any military installation. Shit or get off the pot, but let’s put an end to this Bergdahl saga.

I think I figured out…

The differed between a dangerous and stupid cowboy-esque president, like, say GWB, and any much more enlightened man-of-the-world Nobel Peace prize holders, like, say Obama, and it was not that hard. All it took was the recent Bergdahl incident and things like this. And you know what it is? The leftist love the process and pretense of following the law. Yes, I said “pretense of following the law”, and I meant it.

This whole ordeal smacks of Holder’s promise that if the rubes in congress where but to allow the Gitmo inmates to be tried in civilian court, they all would end up with guilty verdicts and life in prison. You only make such promises if you have a kangaroo court proceeding with a predetermined outcome. Then again, I could be mistaken and unjustly accusing Holder of presiding over a DOJ that enforces the law willy-nilly, considering the guy is such an expert liar that everything he says should be taken as possibly some sort of word play on the truth. Who knows. When you deal with people that believe their moral conviction puts them and those like them above the law, anything goes.

I expect this WH to tout this as a great success – they need a new diversion from the previous chain of diversions they tried subsequently to use as people found out how bad they were behaving and each went sour – but I also expect it to blow up in their face. These idiots are desperate to keep their criminal activities under wrap, which is why we keep getting story after story to move people along from one scandalous revelation to another. I guess the plan is to cause scandal fatigue or something.

Anyway, you ask how in the world I think this can go wrong? After all, they are going to have a pretend court hearing and the guy is being held by Obama, which means that he will not be tortured or held indefinitely like evil Boosh di. In fact, I see a future trade for another deserter cum enemy sympathizer in his future. That is, if this dude can be kept from spilling the beans about what really went on at Benghazi. Maybe we should give Holder what he once wanted, and have this guy transferred from military jurisdiction to civilian court. At least it would be somewhat easier for us to get the facts from the alternative media (the LSM would not dream of giving us the truth of what happened if it hurts demcorats as we all suspect it will turn out to be the case).

Abu Khattala, who was captured Sunday on the outskirts of Benghazi by U.S. special operations forces, was headed to the United States to face what President Obama called “the full weight of the American justice system.”

The Benghazi attacks, and the Obama administration’s conduct in the aftermath, have long been a source of festering political discord. And some Republicans on Capitol Hill were quick to voice skepticism about the administration’s plans to try Abu Khattala like a civilian.

What are the chances this guy just happens to choke on his hallal falafel and never gets to tell us what happened, huh? After all, they don’t want to send these guys to Gitmo anymore. I bet there is a prisoner swap in the work soon. Maybe for Jane Fonda. We should get her back from Hanoi.

Tell any lie so you can to avoid the problem

That seems to be the strategy of this WH when it comes to the Bergdahl deal. It went from Obama got Bergdahl back and deserves your worship, to it was someone else is responsible now that I am getting hammered for doing this stupid thing, to oh shit!, they are on to us, so lets double back on what we said to deflect the anger. I have no doubt that had the raid to bag Osama bin Laden gone wrong, that someone else would have been thrown under the bus then too.

The fucking leftards in the WH that saw Bergdahl as one of their own, and thought that by freeing him, likely so he could come back and talk about the evils of Boosh’s campaign of terror, would give them cred, are now all frightened of the pushback. So as Obama and his people always do, someone else goes under the bus so these progtards can keep pretending they are so much more sophisticated, cultured, knowledgeable, and cool than the other side. Especially that cowboy they all so loved to call a stupid evil genius with daddy issues. The blame game backfired on them, so now they are walking it back, but nobody is buying it. I guess the polls told them it was better to suck blame cock this time around than try to lie your way out of this one.

So now they are acting all macho and taking the blame. After all, Plan B is to now scrub Bergdahl clean and make it look like this was a good exchange. They must either know the attempt to pass off blame was not going to work, and thus cause them a world of pain come the elections in a few months, or they somehow believe that they can convince enough mushheaded idiots that Bergdahl is not a deserter and collaborator, but a standup guy that’s just misunderstood.

Burn in hell the lot of you traotors.

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?