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After seeing “Lone Survivor” this is the video to watch

 

This video of actual combat in Afghanistan will make you smile and make you angry. It will make you smile because it follows the work of two Apache helicopter crews as they destroy a nest of Tally –ban troops who were trying to set up an ambush of a Special Forces patrol. It will make you angry because it reminds us that without political interference we could have achieved our mission of crushing the Tally-ban long ago and saved many American and allied lives.      

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TZOxlTwAvA

American prisoner languishes in Afghanistan as bureaucrats do nothing

by Suzanne Eovaldi

Just what is holding up the release from captivity of the only American POW, Sgt. Bowe Robert Bergdahl, 27, of Ketchum, Idaho?  Is this beloved 27 year old American soldier now a ping pong ball in the Afghanistan-US peace talks?  Or is he being held as a bargaining chip between our State Department and Senate because President Obama’s aim to close Guantanamo Prison in Cuba is being thwarted by Congress which doesn’t want it closed?

And, if as the Taliban supposedly demands, America must release five prisoners being held in Gitmo to show confidence before Sgt. Bergdahl can be freed, how come “two Algerians held at Guantanamo Bay prison for a decade have been returned to Algiers?” (1)  And what about this in the same AP report: “There are still nearly 90 prisoners who have been cleared for release or transfer from the prison out of the total population of 164.”  Just what is going on here, and why is an active US soldier being left to languish somewhere around the Afghanistan–Pakistan tribal border area while State Department employee Jen Psaki smiles?  How come this 34 year old woman, who can be contacted at www.linkedin.com/pub/jen-psaki-23/549/79, can remain as the Benghazi Survivors spokeswoman, but can’t tell Congress directly what went on with that sorry saga?
  
Reporter Paul Shinkman in two reports during June of this year (2) quotes Taliban member Shaheen Suhali, saying “the US first has to release detainees (five) from Guantanamo Bay to build confidence,” before anything can go forward on the release of Sgt. Berkdahl.  One video allegedly quotes him as saying, “Release me, please.  I’m begging you. Bring me home.” But trying to get this picture to load is difficult.  The same reporter says Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in September reiterated that everyone is doing everything they can.  Sure, right you are.  Well, then why isn’t something happening?
  
We used to have a promise in the US Military that no soldier would be left behind.  Well, here’s one that is left behind in the Obama administration’s war of words, and Jen Psaki appears to have an awful lot of control over something that is well above her pay grade.  Where are the statements from our generals, our Pentagon leaders, anybody, anywhere?
  
What is being done to bring this suffering American soldier home to his family and friends in Ketchum, Idaho?  His parents are afraid to speak out “so as not to jeopardize their son.”  But are the people in control really doing anything?  I’m sorry, but this mumbo jumbo rhetoric of the other guy working on it is an insult to Sgt. Berkdahl, to other soldiers putting their life on the line for this country, to his parents, to the legacy of MIA’s in other wars that just somehow fell through the cracks of an American system that seems able to cherry pick what prisoners they release. 

How would these ineffectual politicians and bureaucrats feel if they were imprisoned somewhere in the wasteland of Afghanistan?  Have leaders on both sides simply lost their own humanity?  Bring Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl home now!  Don’t let him be just another wrist bracelet on an unknown arm who prays for him, to no avail.

SOURCES:  (1) http://cnsnews.com/news/article/obama-releases-2-prisoners-guantanamo-

                       (2)  http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/20133/09/20/hagel-honors-existing-POW-

The Salute

by Jim Emerson,  staff writer

A Bad Day
Sometime earlier this month Rangers of the 3rd Ranger Battalion were dispatched to Panjwai in southern Afghanistan. Their mission was to track down and capture an unidentified, high value target. When the troops arrived at the location they called out the inhabitants of the house to come out.

One man appeared and made a gesture of surrender in order to distract the Ranger and a Canine handler. The man pulled up his shirt to show that he wasn’t wearing an explosive vest. As the Rangers began to question the man a woman made a suicide run at the Rangers and activated her explosive belt, instantly killing the Rangers and the man they were questioning. An unidentified man tried to escape during the chaotic situation.

All Hell Breaks Loose
The first reaction of troops in this situation is to help out their buddies. When the Rangers, medic and explosive specialists moved forward to help the victims an additional 13 improvised explosive devices exploded, killing and wounding more solders.

Josh Hargis
Army Ranger Josh Hargis was seriously wounded during that event. The 24 year old father lost both of his legs in the battle. The Ranger was on the field for about two hours before he was moved to a forward hospital. The Doctors immediately performed lifesaving surgery and Hargis was placed in an intensive care unit where he could begin his recovery. Before his Medevac to Germany and then to the United States, the Ranger Regimental Commander went to Ranger Hargis bedside to present the Purple Heart. During the verbal presentation of the orders, the commander presented the medal and his thanks for Hargis’ sacrifice. (3)

Whether by pure instinct or reaction the Ranger raised his arm and with the guidance of a nurse, saluted the commander. The attendees believed that Josh was unconscious, but being a Ranger he was always aware and saluted the commander from his hospital bed.  The famous picture of Josh’s salute had been dubbed by his wife, Taylor and Commander as the “Salute Seen Around The World” (3)

Sources:

1.    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/10/16/army-ranger-believed-to-be-unconscious-salutes-during-purple-heart-ceremony/
2.    http://guardianofvalor.com/salute-seen-around-world-wounded-ranger-salutes-commander-despite-injuries/
3.    http://www.fox19.com/story/23701124/army-ranger-josh-hargis-salutes-commander-despite-injuries
   

Observations on the “Religion of Peace” from a scholarly book

By Kevin “Coach” Collins

In his book, “Slavery, Terrorism and Islam: The Historical Roots and Contemporary Threat” Dr. Peter Hammond, who holds a doctoral degree in Christian Theology, offers us some useful insight into the effects of a growing population in various countries.

Dr. Hammond’s presentation emphasizes his findings that a growing Muslim population means growing problems for the non-Muslim and even non-radical Muslim population in a given country.  

He breaks down the percentage of Muslims in various countries as not currently a problem as in America (0..6) to (1.8% in Norway) all the way up to 100% Muslim Afghanistan.

His research shows that when a country has 1.8% and fewer Muslims they behave and get the media to characterize them as a “Religion of Peace.” 

When their percentage of a population rises to between 2 and 5 percent they will start to reach into disaffected groups and recruit prison inmates.

N.B. Dr. Hammond is mistaken as to the necessary percentage of Muslims needed to see prison recruitment as it’s already happening here.    

When they make up at least 10 percent of a population Muslims will start demanding things like Muslim food preparation regulations be established and Sharia law to rule themselves. Countries like France Sweden and Switzerland are experiencing these demands now.  

Up to 15% Muslim countries start to see Muslim riots to demand special treatment from their host country. 

When Muslims reach 20% of a country’s population they start to kill people, burn Christian churches and Jewish synagogues. They will kill dogs as well.

After a country’s Muslim population goes above 40% that country is effectively dead. Bosnia, Chad and Lebanon are prime examples. These countries experience widespread massacres endless terror attacks and a constant state of war.  

Dr. Hammond’s description of life in countries with Muslim populations above 40% such as Albania (70%) Malayia (77.5%) and on up to Afghanistan, which is 100% Muslim, is  hell on earth. The radical Muslims who run these countries hate, and want to murder, anyone who is not a radical Muslim. Merely being a Muslim is not enough to ward off these demons that see themselves as Allah’s emissaries commissioned to bring about the fiery end of the world.

America is not now in an irreversible position regarding our Muslim population, but our built in protections for minorities and minority ideas could be our Achilles Heel. We must be vigilant.       

Source: http://www.amazon.com/Slavery-Terrorism-Islam-Historical-Contemporary/dp/0958454981

SSgt Bales will plead guilty to Afghan killings, hope to avoid death penalty

by Jim Emerson,  staff writer

In a plea agreement revealed on Thursday, Staff Sgt. Robert Bales has agreed to plead guilty to the killing of 16 Afghan Civilians last year. Bales hopes to avoid the death penalty with the deal. The plea hearing is set for June 5th  and the deal has yet to be accepted by the presiding judge. Army prosecutors are seeking the death penalty and from the beginning, Afghan citizens have demanded that Bales be executed. They see the plea deal as breaking a promise. (1)

The deal requires SSgt Bales to present a full account of the murders he committed and prove to the presiding judge that he clearly understands the consequences of the charges against him and of the plea deal. (2) There is no guarantee that the deal will be accepted by the court-martial justice, though at the time of this writing it has been accepted by the Joint Base Lewis-McChord commanding general. The deal is simple, the Army forgoes the death penalty and Bales will plead guilty.

Sentencing-phase Trial

If the plea deal is accepted the sentencing hearing will be scheduled for September. According to the Uniform Code of Military Justice the mandatory minimum punishment is a life sentence. SSgt Bales would be eligible for parole if he receives that sentence, however, due to the nature of the crime it is likely that the Sargent will receive life without the possibility of parole. Currently there are five service members on death row and the last time a service member was executed was in 1961.

This massacre has raised questions about the rotation of troops and the diagnoses and treatment of post-traumatic stress among front line soldiers. Many believe the Army will readily accept the plea deal agreement with Bales in order to close the book on an ugly side of war. Unfortunately, the Army will have to care for a man who reached the end of his rope and was broken. It was his Army that broke him.

 

 

  1. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/05/29/soldier-to-plead-guilty-to-afghan-massacre/?test=latestnews
  2. http://www.stripes.com/news/us/lawyer-bales-to-admit-to-afghan-massacre-in-plea-deal-1.223524
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