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We Didn’t Fight For This

Obama has created a global nightmare.  To watch the results of his reckless and asinine foreign policy is truly excruciating.  ISIS massacres its way through Iraqi cities we had secured, horrifically slaughtering Christians and Muslims who don’t comply.  Now the unspeakable burning alive of the Jordanian pilot.  Radical Islamists undermine and abuse the freedoms of non-Islamic countries in which they live in order to burn the country’s flags, impose Sharia law, and spread their venom and hate.  Five thousand American men and women didn’t give their lives, tens of thousands wounded didn’t give their wellbeing, all who have served in the war on terror didn’t work, sweat, bleed, and sacrifice just to have any gains shattered by a shameful and cowardly withdrawal that so predictably favors only the savage cavemen we’ve been fighting all these years.  All of us gave some, some gave all, but none of us fought for this.

We fought to prevent all of this.  Each of us who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, we said, “Here am I,” and we went to stand between these savages and you.  Many of us joined after the Twin Towers were attacked.  We each said to America’s vicious enemies, as did those who fought our foreign wars before: “You’ll have to come through me first.”  We wrote that blank check to America.  We put our lives on hold, put other aspirations aside, left our loved ones behind.  We brushed aside the cruel accusations from mindless anti-war activists, some once our friends, that we were doing nothing but killing innocents.  It was never for oil, it wasn’t for imperialist motives or to decide Iraq’s fate for it.  It is and always has been truly a war on terror, the very literal terror we’re seeing expand once more across Iraq now that we left without victory, that has taken hold from the Netherlands to England.  We saw how these radical Islamists treated their own people, how they treated women and children, how they treated those who don’t believe as they do.  We saw how they didn’t wear uniforms and were willing to use women, children, and their religious houses as shields behind which to wage their bloody, medieval, unjustified slaughter.  They are making their way outward with their ultimatum of convert or die just like Mohammad did hundreds of years ago.  We’re seeing them behead children.

We signed up to stand between them and you.

Because of political correctness and a lack of guts, Shock and Awe and the unheard of four-day victory in Baghdad morphed into a strange mix of appeasement and whack-a-mole exercises instead of successfully wiping out this inhumane enemy.  Look what ISIS did within days.  We could not stay indefinitely in Iraq or Afghanistan, nor should we be nation-building, but we should not have abandoned them as we did without finishing our job, with no security force and little stability.  The void we left was bound to be filled by even worse terror, and so it has been.  They will never surrender, they will never stop, they do not want peace.  They want utter subjugation and they are enabled by our very president to torture and kill unhindered and unquestioned.  The blood of all those killed by ISIS is on Obama’s hands because he did nothing to prevent it and nothing to stop it, while lying that the world is safer on his watch. We didn’t fight for this.

Now they are spreading far and wide unimpeded, brutally slaughtering any who stand in their way.  Who will stop them now?  Practically all have been cowed by insane political correctness, with any references to radical Islam and jihad forbidden.  Imagine if we had been forbidden from telling the truth that Hitler slaughtered 6 million Jews?  Our government dictates that we cannot name the enemy, and so we cannot fight to win.  Our borders are wide open for them to carry out their loudly proclaimed mission: “WE WILL NOT STOP UNTILL WE QUENCH OUR THIRST FOR YOUR BLOOD,” as they wrote to the Foley family after beheading their son James last summer, the first of many beheadings of Westerners to come.

The world is burning and our defenders are being destroyed from the inside out.  Our warriors are bound and gagged by Rules of Engagement that put them in unnecessary danger, stifle their ability to fight, and favor the enemy.  The burden of proof is long since on the American soldier to prove that the terrorist shooting at him didn’t put down his weapon after shooting, as if that would somehow suddenly render the insurgent a non-combatant.  Our fighters at the tip of the spear now have to let themselves be shot at twice in order to engage the enemy, and the high ranks in our military dutifully enforce these senseless rules with little objection lest they jeopardize their rank and pensions.  The misogynists we’ve been fighting like to stone, rape, mutilate and murder women with impunity, they torture and hang gays.    Our military performance standards have been lowered and lowered and lowered again, because being tough on recruits is considered abuse in our absurd, politically correct bubble.  We’re not allowed to forge our volunteers into really tough fighters anymore, we’re not allowed to really prepare them for the unrestrained enemy they will face on the battlefield.  Meanwhile the enemy himself bears no such ludicrous hindrances.  They will do whatever it takes to destroy us, and this administration is doing everything it can to prevent us from defending ourselves, to say nothing of taking the offensive.

Obama has welcomed the Muslim Brotherhood to the White House, he has sided with Hamas against Israel, he has supported Iran’s nuclear proliferation, he has done practically nothing but impotent “pinprick” strikes, and he has not only refused to protect our borders, he has opened them to whomever wants to cross and with whatever motives they may hold.  The man – I use the term very loosely – has little to say on all these matters, and the hollow words he does issue are vague empty platitudes when what is called for is swift and decisive action.  He barely interrupted a golf game to breathe a measly few shallow words on the beheading of James Foley.  No harsh words about burning the pilot alive. We could easily wipe ISIS off the map, and we should.  They, like Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, are the ones hiding behind women and children.  We could secure our border, and we should.  We have the means, we just need the will, the guts.  It is easily articulated, it’s not rocket science.  Dead civilians are on their hands, not ours.  They are the ones who hide behind them and target civilians, and they win because we are silent.  The American people should be reminded of this again and again and again.  But we’re too afraid of being considered mean.  This is a fight against true evil; we need to be mean and unapologetic.  They must be made afraid, very very afraid.  Nothing else will work, nothing else has worked.  ISIS has declared war against us.  They will not stop until they terrorize the world and leave nothing but ash.  But with a president who supports and arms terrorist states, who ignores and impugns our allies, who refuses his duty to protect against all enemies foreign and domestic, the future looks grim.  And he was elected twice by the apathetic American majority.  Scary.

We didn’t fight and sacrifice for thirteen years just so this president could pamper and embolden our enemies and open the gates wide for terror on our shores.  We fought, we sacrificed life, limb and well-being to curb and stop the spread of this terror, so that it would not again reach our shores, so that freedom would have a chance where there was none and to protect our loved ones and way of life.  We fought to protect even those who were against us for serving.  We fought so that exactly what is happening now wouldn’t happen.

This president doesn’t give a wit about America, freedom, responsibility – name anything good and decent.  He has been completely unwilling to do anything to protect America or her interests, her people.  He seems happy to let it all burn as long as he gets his multi-million-dollar vacations and his posh soirees with Hollywood celebrities.  He sure as hell doesn’t care about our military or the costs we have paid.  He announces everything we’re going to do militarily so that our enemies have ample time to prepare and execute maximum damage to our forces.  Our president doesn’t care.  He is either a fool or a sympathizer to think these monsters can be “contained.”  We’ve already had another attack on our soil, the Boston Marathon terrorist bombing, and Obama and his administration have done nothing to protect us against our enemies.

Gut-check time is long since here.  We need to be willing to break things and kill our enemies, or they will break and kill us.  It’s that simple.  The tit-for-tat reactionary method hasn’t worked.  It will never work.  They need to be terrified of acting against us.  They need to be afraid there will be a thousand hells to pay for attacking us and then hiding behind women and children.  They have no moral high ground.  Is America awake yet to the threat we have been facing all these years?  We who have served have our eyes wide open.  We would be happy to terminate this vicious foe, but it’s not just up to us.  It is up to Americas leaders to turn this tide and face down these brutes.  Will they?  No.  So we will be left to fend for ourselves.


“American Spring” Will Destroy The Republic It Purports to Preserve

Retired Colonel Harry Riley via Patriots of America has announced “Operation American Spring,” a march on Washington this May intended to oust the Obama administration. I completely understand the desire to overthrow these louts. It’s not just Obama and Democrats, there are a lot of Republican enablers that should go too. I know people are at their wit’s end and searching for bold solutions. The OAS plan, however, is ill-conceived, shows terrible judgment and in all likelihood will not bring about the intended results.  In fact, it will destroy the very Republic we are trying to conserve and discredit conservatives forever.

This is the plan:

Phase 1 – Field millions, as many as ten million, patriots who will assemble in a non-violent, physically unarmed (Spiritually/Constitutionally armed), display of unswerving loyalty to the US Constitution and against the incumbent government leadership, in Washington, D.C., with the mission to bring down the existing leadership. Go full-bore, no looking back, steadfast in the mission.

Phase 2 – One million or more of the assembled 10 million must be prepared to stay in D.C. as long as it takes to see Obama, Biden, Reid, McConnell, Boehner, Pelosi, and Attorney General Holder removed from office. The senior republican in the US House of Representatives will become Speaker of the House and the US House of Representatives will elect a temporary President and Vice President of the United States. The U.S. Senate will take action to elect a new majority and minority leader.
As required, the U.S. Congress will execute appropriate legislation to convene new elections or U.S. States will appoint replacements for positions vacated consistent with established constitutional requirements.

Phase 3 – Those with the “principles” of a West, Cruz, Dr. Ben Carson, Lee, DeMint, Paul, Gov Walker, Sessions, Gowdy, Jordan, will comprise a tribunal and assume positions of authority to convene investigations, recommend appropriate charges against politicians and government employees to the new U.S. Attorney General appointed by the new President.

*All actions in Phase 2 & 3 will be consistent with the U.S. Constitution.”

constitution imaeThe second and third phases show an alarming lack of understanding of our Constitutional Republic (despite the asterisked qualifier) and a terrible lack of foresight.  This by definition is an unconstitutional means of trying to transfer power.  It is more along the lines of insurrection or secession or worse, the French Revolution.  Many might be on board with either or both of those, but that too shows a total lack of foresight and good judgment.  It is very likely that the representatives mentioned in Phase 3 would absolutely oppose these methods.

OAS is laid out as if the whole thing will happen in a vacuum without opposition.  It is highly likely that Obama would use such a protest to his own advantage, and he could do so in all sorts of ways.  He can argue how extreme conservatives are that they would use unconstitutional means to bully duly elected representatives they don’t like out of office (and he’d be right).  He can afford to wait out protesters who will supposedly “stay as long as it takes,” thereby completely undermining their mission.  Then the headlines will be “OAS Fails, Leaders Embarrassed.”  1.8 million may have already signed up, but once the action begins, few of them will actually be willing to lose their jobs, their homes (especially those with families to consider) or to suffer the discomforts of living on the streets of Washington D.C. for a protest that at best will be completely ineffective.  This is not a comment on a Patriot’s resolve, this is a recognition of human nature.  Surely a colonel, of all people, should know how precarious keeping people together and focused on a mission can be, in the best of conditions.  Add in bad living conditions, hunger, conflicting egos, potential violence, and you’ve got a big fat mess that professional military leaders themselves often have a hard time mastering.

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Who’s calling the shots here, whether it’s for one or ten million people; Col Riley all by himself?  Who else?  What qualifies them to lead an action like this?  Will they be responsible for the people who, as Riley says, may die in this endeavor?  That is a responsibility true leaders must bear, especially those instigating a rebellion.  If not, it’s every man for himself, a recipe for mayhem.

How exactly will those listed be “removed” from their duly elected offices? This is supposed to be a peaceful and unarmed movement, but such a thing cannot be done without force.  Nor can it be done constitutionally via a sit-in, however long it may be.

How will they deal with and respond to opposition or counter-protest?  Leftist Occupiers are much better at this than conservatives, who are already predisposed with a solid sense of responsibility.  The Obama supporters likely to mobilize are also particularly adept at goading, they are unafraid to use violence, of get hurt or arrested.  It won’t matter that this is supposed to be an unarmed, peaceful protest.  Once something starts, it won’t matter that the conservatives who before have never instigated violence and have left the Mall spotless, didn’t start it.  What will they do if the people, as mobs are apt to do, get out of control?

How will they respond when Obama sends in the troops to clear the city as Hoover did against veterans during the Great Depression?  The protesters will then have instigated a stand-off with the American military which has a grave potential of ending very badly for all.  What if the administration decides to declare martial law because of this “insurrection?”  How will either the protesters, Americans, or our Constitutional Republic benefit?

If OAS gets as far as ousting the administration, how will they (all 1-10 million of them) control what happens next?

  • Who is to say that all 534 in the House of Representatives could come to agreement on who the temporary president and vice president should be?
  • How will the government not devolve into complete chaos while the administration is being replaced?
  • Have they considered the international repercussions of sending our government into complete chaos?
  • How will the votes of the newly convened elections be counted and how will voter fraud be avoided and accounted for?
  • What will these people do if the votes don’t go the way they think they should?
  • What can they do to ensure order and non-violence indefinitely, “as long as it takes”?

If OAS succeeds, it paves the way for this kind of ouster by liberals of conservatives duly elected to office. Conservative patriots fighting to save our country from this administration stomping all over our Republic and the liberties it guarantees would agree, that’s not what we want.

In his (rather badly written) announcement, Col Riley asserts that we are past the point of no return, among other platitudes.  I would argue: not nearly.  Yes, this administration is destroying our country.  Yes, our supposed representatives in Washington D.C. are defying the Constitution and Declaration of Independence and flouting our laws.  Yes, they are tyrannical and corrupt.  But all that, which has been obvious to conservatives since Obama jumped into the running in 2007, is becoming obvious to many, many more Americans.  The administration is being exposed more every day for its corruption, and the people are waking up to the mistakes they have made in voting for this president, Democrats and establishment Republicans.  It’s more than just conservatives who are now seeing through the sham that is political correctness.  America and her citizens are very resilient, just look at Scott Walker’s Wisconsin.  Fomenting a rebellion just when the administration is crumbling on itself is the stupidest thing anyone could do.  This “plan” is no plan at all, and the very people they want on their side and more will turn resolutely against them for it once the dust has settled.

Operation American Spring won’t save the Republic, it will destroy it.  Conservatism will be completely discredited because all conservatives will be lumped in with Col. Riley and his thoughtless, rash cohorts.  This is not pledging lives, fortunes and sacred honor to the cause of liberty, it’s throwing all of those away for confusion and mayhem that has a very high potential for leaving us much worse off afterwards.  Our best avenue to restoring free America is to persuade people to conservatism, to stop voter fraud and win back the country through elections, the peaceful transfer of power.


Extortion 17: Were American Servicemen in Afghanistan Set Up For Sacrifice?

“Before there was Benghazi, there was Extortion 17.”  These are the chilling opening words spoken by Billy Vaughn, the broken-hearted father of Navy SEAL Aaron Vaughn.  Aaron was one of 17 Navy SEALs, almost 30 American servicemen in total, killed when their archaic Chinook helicopter was shot down over a raging battle in Afghanistan on August 6, 2011.  To have lost their sons in war is tragic enough, but as they discovered the very dubious circumstances surrounding the operation and the subsequent deception and cover-up by the military under the Obama administration, a truly gut-wrenching and highly suspicious picture emerged.  Several families of the fallen, military experts, elected representatives and concerned others gave a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. on May 9th, 2013.

Larry Klayman, founder of Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch calls Extortion 17 “perhaps the biggest disaster since 9-11 as far as Naval and Special Ops operations.”  Before the dust had even settled on the operation that killed Osama bin Laden, President Obama and Vice President Biden revealed the classified identities of SEAL Team 6 and other servicemen and as a result these men “literally had targets on their backs.”  Three months later these men and others were sent in on archaic outdated equipment without support and ambushed.

“We demand to know who sent our sons into hostile territory where evidence proves a shoot-down attempt had been in full force for weeks, in less than adequate, antiquated airframes documented to be in very poor condition,” declares Karen Vaughn, Aaron’s mother.  “We also demand to know who made the call to mix conventional aircraft and forces with Special Warfare Operations.”

Charles Strange, father of fallen Navy SEAL Michael Strange says, “Michael knew what he was getting into.  Michael knew what he was fighting for.  Michael knew that someday he might have to give the ultimate sacrifice.  But not like this.  To put my son and the most elite SEAL team in the world in a Chinook helicopter over an active battle that’s going on for three and a half hours?  Unacceptable! Somebody has to answer for this.”

Here are the heart-wrenching details of the labyrinth that is Extortion 17:

  • The servicemen were put in a slow helicopter that is never used for combat operations, built in the early 1960s and last retrofitted in 1985, with no answer as to who made that decision.
  • The helicopters they would normally have used and that they had trained with their entire careers were not available because under Obama the pace of Special Operations aviation climbed from an average of 56 per month in 2009 to a break-neck 334 per month in 2011.
  • The mission was considered to be so dangerous that the decision had to be made from a commander out of theater.  Yet still it is not known, even after an investigation that yielded a 1200 page report, what commander made the call or why.
  • The Tangeen Valley in Afghanistan was known to be a hotbed of insurgent forces and U.S. Intelligence knew that there were one hundred or more enemy forces gathering there that night intending to shoot down American forces.  As early as May 11 they knew that SEAL Team 6 was going to be targeted, but did not share this information with the appropriate people.
  • The flight manifest was changed at the last minute, removing seven Afghani security force members who had been slated to fly.  In fact there is still some uncertainty as to who was on the flight.
  • The men were flown in unescorted and dropped into a battle that had already been going on for over three hours, without any suppressive fire support.
  • Even in the pitch black, General Colt told the families they could see two men on the rooftop.  “They call up the Afghan administration to find out at two o’clock in the morning what these guys are doing on the building,” Charles Strange explains.  “You know what they told them?  ‘They’re hanging crops.’” At 2am on a rooftop?
  • The Chinook was shot down by Afghanis who were waiting for it in the perfect position and at the perfect time to strike when the aircraft was its most vulnerable, during landing.
  • “Perhaps the most disturbing piece of evidence that Billy and I came across in our search for truth was uncovering the fact that the Afghan National Army, the Afghan National Police, and the Afghan Security Ministry have been and still are involved in the planning of every single stage of every single Special Operation that takes place in that country.  And yes, these plans include flight routes and landing zones,” says Karen Vaughn.
  • The “eye-in-the-sky” predator feed over the area was turned off.  It took the military ten minutes to figure out which aircraft had been shot down.
  • American forces were not permitted to take out the attackers.  The families were told new Rules of Engagement which dictated that we couldn’t shoot down any attacker even after being attacked because, as one high-ranking admiral put it to Billy Vaughn, “We want to win their hearts and minds.”  Karen says, “We were recently told by a Special Forces operator that under the current ROE’s if the enemy fires on you, then runs back behind a rock, when he pops his head up from behind the rock you’re not allowed to engage him unless you can verify that he has not laid his gun down.  In other words, you must be fired on twice now or your actions will be questioned by your government when you try to defend yourself or the lives of your teammates.”
  • To add desecration to injury, the standard ramp ceremony at Bagram Air Base was presided over by an imam who gave a prayer damning the fallen to hell before their remains were sent home.  No priest, pastor, or rabbi gave any prayer or said any words.  Klayman says, “The funeral that was held in Kabul where you couldn’t even mention the name of our lord and savior Jesus Christ, but yet a Muslim cleric gets up and damns these fallen heroes to hell as infidels.  Unbelievable that our military brass would allow this to happen!”  And whereas it is standard practice that all parents of the fallen are given a transcript from the military of that ceremony, the families of Extortion 17 were not.
  • In classified meetings elected officials were lied to about Extortion 17 by top military brass.  The families were lied to by these and other military officials.  “When we were first visited by one of the highest level admirals in our nation [Admiral William McCraven] on January 4th…the most shocking thing we experienced is that he lied to us so continuously that if we had not studied our documentation and known the truth he would have made a mockery of everything our sons died to represent.  It got to be actually embarrassing.”
  • The families were told the chopper’s “black box” was “blown away in the flood,” and was supposedly never recovered.  A flood? “In Afghanistan?” Charles Strange asks, exasperated.
  • “They told me my son had to be cremated, everybody had to be cremated,” Charles says, weeping.  “I called the commander: ‘Why did you cremate my son?  My son didn’t want to be cremated!  I’ve got pictures of him.  When I asked for the autopsy report from Dover they sent me a disc with pictures.  He’s sitting there fighting! ‘Everybody was burned beyond recognition.’  No, everybody wasn’t burned beyond recognition!  Another lie!”
  • No Afghani officials were involved in the investigation of the shoot-down even though they are involved in the planning of every mission and were consulted during the mission.
  • When asked how they assessed the crash, our military revealed that all sorts of support materialized.  They told the families, “We had 30 planes to assess the crash.  We had Black Hawks, we had Pathfinders, we had 140 men go in.”  Yet there had been no air or other support for the men as they flew in.

“As we searched we became tragically aware that perhaps the cruelest, most deceitful acts of this administration have been perpetrated against the very ones fighting and dying to protect and defend it,” Karen says. 

Charles recalls the day Obama greeted the families at Dover where the remains of the fallen were brought home.  “He went to give me a hug and I whispered in his ear, ‘Mr. President, is there going to be a congressional inquiry?’ And Mr. President whispered in my ear, he said, ‘Mr. Strange, we’re gonna look into this very, very, very deep.’  Well, I haven’t heard nothing.”  It is now nearly two years since Extortion 17.

Watch the video of the press conference below and please share it with others.  Read the transcript of Billy Vaughn’s testimony.  Each unanswered question, each deception that was revealed, each reckless – if not outright sinister – decision that was uncovered is a stab in the heart for these families.  They deserve answers.

But more, we should take each as a stab to our own hearts and demand those answers as if these sons were our very own.  Indeed, they are America’s brave sons.  If Benghazi and Extortion 17 are any indication, our servicemen today face just as much treachery from the Obama administration and our military under his command as from America’s enemies on the battlefields in faraway countries.  In Benghazi our personnel’s pleas for support while under terrorist attack went deliberately unheeded and then the truth was and continues to be covered up.  In Extortion17, our servicemen were sent into a battle not to win, but to be deliberately sacrificed to our enemies.  These words of Karen’s should serve as a dire warning: “The hearts and minds of the enemy are more important to this government than my son’s blood.”

Doug Hamburger, father of fallen SEAL Patrick Hamburger says, “It’s a shame that we have to ask for a congressional investigation to find out answers…We’re pleading with the American people to put the pressure on your congressmen and senators to make sure that that investigation does get started up and we do get some answers as to what was going on – not so much that we can do anything for our families or our boys.  But we want to make sure that our military is taken care of in the future.  We love our military…We want to make sure that their sons and daughters are protected and allowed to fight at the top of their abilities.”

These are more than just scandals, they are high treason.  Nothing like Benghazi or Extortion 17 has happened in America’s history, military or otherwise, but we’re seeing that atrocities like these are common for the Obama administration.  Treachery doesn’t begin to cover it.  This is a betrayal of the highest order.  It is a betrayal of our brave servicemen who gave everything for America, the very men who killed Osama bin Laden.  It is a betrayal of America’s sons and daughters fighting for her today, and of their families who raised these heroic warriors and who now survive them as parents should never survive their children.

In the words of Billy Vaughn, “We must change the hearts and minds of the leaders in Washington and the high-ups in the military, or we must see that they are removed.  Those responsible must be brought to justice.”

 

The following was transcribed from the above video press conference.  These are the words of Billy Vaughn.

Before Benghazi there was Extortion 17.  Saturday August 6th 2011 was a day that changed the lives of my family forever.  It was the day we learned our son Aaron and other American warriors had lost their lives in a helo crash in Afghanistan.  It would quickly become known as the largest loss in the history of Naval Special Warfare, and the largest one-day loss in our now eleven-and-a-half-year-old war against Islamic Jihad.  What is strange is that the military was allowed to do an in-house investigation with few questions asked by the media.  We learned two very important things that day:  Spec-Op forces were flying that night on a CH47D Chinook chopper.  And let me say, by the way, when Aaron was a SEAL, he said, ‘Dad, you won’t believe the choppers we fly in.  They’re like nothing I’ve ever seen.’

“But do you know what?  My son wasn’t on that chopper that night.  You know why?  Because president Barak Obama had increased the Special Op missions an average in 2009 – this is straight from the military, it’s straight from the information we were given.  In 2009 an average of 56 per month increased in 2010 to an average of 186 Special Op missions per month.  From August of 2010 until July of 2011 – one month before the shoot-down of Extortion 17 – the number of Spec-Op missions in Afghanistan according to our military was an average of 334 per month.  I know that’s hard to believe.  Check it and make sure I’m telling you the truth.  And Brigadier General Jeffrey Colt, who oversaw the investigation of the shoot-down of Extortion 17 made this statement in his report: ‘While the number of strike forces was increased to accommodate the operations, the number of Spec-Ops aviation was not.’  You know why it was not?  Because it is not available.  We have 61 MH47s available to us – and yes I said that to the military that day and he said that ‘Sir, your numbers are correct.’  And according to a high-ranking admiral: ‘Billy, if we have 60 MH47s, we’re only allowed 20 in theatre at one time.  20 must be down for maintenance and 20 for training.’

“Let me tell you something, if my son had gone in on an MH47 that night with guns blazing and they’d been shot out of the sky, it’d be a whole lot easier to live with.  If the air weapons teams overhead were offering suppressive fire because a three-and-a-half hour operation was already under way in the valley, it’d be a whole lot easier to live with.  But you know why we [sic] were not? Because according to a [high-ranking official] we want to win the hearts and minds of the enemyAaron Vaughn did not become a Navy SEAL, Team 6, Gold squad to win the hearts and the minds of the Islamic Jihadists.  He became a Navy SEAL to fight for this republic and defeat the enemy, and I’ll tell you right now: Any American flag officer who does not want to defeat the enemy needs to find another job.  Any man who sits in that White House who does not want to defeat the enemy of this republic needs to step down.  And any vice president who goes around speaking gaffs time after time needs to be accountable just like the man who played the video [before] Benghazi.  Where’s that guy today?

“That day at the debriefing we left with two questions.  Why were they not on the right chopper and why did they not shoot down the enemy when the RPG was fired? …After the shoot-down I called numerous congressmen.  Congressman Boehner: no response.  Senator Reid: no response.  Congressman Allen West: response, immediately, and help.  Congressman Steven Spencer from Tennessee: response immediately and help.  Congressman Tom Rooney who was then our congressman in our district and help.  Senator Carl Levin, chairman of the Armed Services Committee…I called him.  I called him numerous times, told them who I was, who my son was, what had happened.  They told me to ‘Quit harassing the senator.’  Thank you, Senator Levin.

“Congressman Rooney, many weeks later his office called and said, ‘The Congressman is going to a… visit with some high-ranking military officials in Washington in a classified meeting to get your questions on why they were on the wrong chopper and why they did not take out the people who fired the RPGs at them.’  We were told at the debriefing that they did not…because of the Rules of Engagement, they were not allowed to do that.  We were told that, the families were, several times that day.  I told that to Congressman Rooney, I told that to Congressman West.  Congressman Rooney wrote me a letter back after he went to that meeting that stated: ‘Mr. Vaughn, I was told at the classified meeting that it was not because of the Rules of Engagement we didn’t take out the men who fired the RPG’s.  It was because we didn’t know where the shots came from.’  That crushed me because I knew it was a lie.  I knew it was a lie…

“For several days I thought, what do I do next?  What do I do next?  I let the letter lay there.  Finally, I called SO-Comm.  A JAG officer who had been over the investigation, who had told us, the families more than once it was because of the Rules of Engagement.  I asked him again to tell me about the night.  He described it in detail – in fact, in more detail.  The shots came from a tower, a turret, above a building.  We did not fire back because of the Rules of Engagement and because there may be friendlies in the building.  I called a high-ranking admiral, told him what Congressman Rooney had been told.  I said, ‘Sir, were we told the truth at the debriefing?’ He said, ‘You heard it, Billy, just like I did.  I don’t know why they would say that.’

When you hide the truth, you become part of the lie…Many steps and actions were necessary for the loss of Extortion 17, just as they were for the failure at Benghazi.  The record will show that the Islamists are responsible for the deaths of the Americans.  But I submit to you today that the US government and many high-ranking military people own more credit for the shoot-down than the Taliban.  Political correctness, building the esteem of the Afghans, leveling of the playing field, and failure of the Obama administration to name the enemy and to accurately identify the savage ideology our warriors are up against has made an otherwise primitive foe formidable.  You saw the video.  A ceremony [of] honor for our warriors made wretched and despicable as their bodies were desecrated by an imam.  If someone lets a fox into a chicken house and he kills all the chickens, is the fox to blame?  I say no.  We know what a fox will do in a chicken house.  We know what an imam will do.  So I do not blame the imam today.  The imam is the imam.  I blame the American [government] and the high-ranking military officials who let this man speak and mock Jehovah God, the God of my son and of my family.

Those responsible for this must be brought to justice.  This administration apparently went to extreme efforts to make sure that the enemy, Osama bin Laden, had a proper burial.  Our president was outraged when the Korans were burned.  But then those who die for the republic, this is allowed to go on.  To steal their first amendment rights, to steal their religious rights, to be violated by Islam… General Votel, it is sad – it is sad! – that our troops are under your command.  It is sad, General.  After the imam damned our American warriors you stood and talked about how we’re one, about how we’re brothers.  General Votel, it is sad if you know.  It is even more sad if you’re still ignorant about what the imam is and what Islamist Jihadists are doing to us.

Mr. Obama, President Obama, you need to step up or step downYou must step up, President Obama, and defend our warriors.  You must step up and show the outrage that you have shown when the religion of Islam is disrespected.  You must step up and defend our warriors.  President Obama, your silence will be your consent.

“I’ll tell you, today we have sheep and wolves in high places and they are getting our sheepdogs killed unnecessarily.  But I will also tell you today that no plan of hell or scheme of man can separate Aaron Vaughn from the love of God that is in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Not the imam, or Washington D.C.  Aaron’s God is the God in the Bible who is referred to as the Lord of Host[s].  He is the God of all gods.  That is the God that my son [believed in], and by the way, my son lives today with that God because of the shed blood of Jesus Christ.

“Five terror attacks have happened under President Obama’s watch.  Five terror attacks on US soil.  All five had one thing in common.  Islamists… [After the operation that killed Osama bin Laden and the subsequent release by Obama and Biden of the identities of SEAL team 6 and other servicemen, Aaron told us] get everything off your social media, Mom.  Our families are in danger because of what has happened.  Then, in the military testimony that we have by May 11, by May 11 the military says Intel knew that over one hundred Taliban fighters were moving into the Tangeen River Valley to shoot down, to give an extraordinary effort to shoot down an American helicopter loaded with American warriors.  Still our military did nothing extra to stop this.  By the time that Aaron deployed in June, Karen and I knew, knew that Aaron and these men would be working in the Tangeen River Valley…

“We knew.  Apparently it’s very possible that the Taliban knew.  As Larry told you in the military testimony, seven Afghans that night [were changed at the last minute.  Some of the men who actually got on the chopper]…are not the same names who were on the manifest.  In a meeting with a high-ranking admiral I said something about this, said ‘It must not be a big deal.’  The man with him said, ‘Mr. Vaughn, it’s a very big deal, ‘cause it was passed over.’  He said ‘It’s a very big deal.  That should never happen.  In fact after the crash we had to notify the family’s of the men we thought were on the chopper, re-notify them to tell them that their sons were okay.’  He said the reason why they were not on the chopper is that at the last moment a commander changed his mind about the Afghans he wanted on the chopper.

“I didn’t think to ask the right questions that day, but a few days later as it weighed in my mind: ‘What commander? What commander?  Was this a commander that was on the chopper with Aaron?  Was this a commander on the ground?  Was it an Afghan commander?  Was it a commander out of theatre?  Where was the commander?’  I called SO-Comm again, talked to the same guy.  I asked him those questions, the man who was there a month over the investigation.  He said, ‘Mr. Vaughn, we didn’t know about the swapNobody told us.’  It’s very puzzling to me, very puzzling.

“…What is wrong with our leaders?  Why do they still withhold information?  Why do they still withhold the truth about this enemy, making us, the citizens, at risk?  We must change the hearts and minds of the leaders in Washington and the high-ups in the military, or we must see that they are removed.  And by the way, we are not here today – we are not here today to tear down the military.  If a patient has a tumor, you want to remove the tumor to save the patient.  I am not the man to remove the tumor, the disease from the military.  But I’ll tell you who is: The American citizens.  We as Americans can do this and it’s going to be up to us to save our military.

“And we’ve heard Mrs. Clinton’s statement about Benghazi: ‘What difference, at this point, does it make?’ 

“Well, on 9-11, 2001 there were forty Americans on Flight 93 who gave their lives.  What difference at this point does it really make?  Well I’ll tell you what difference it makes:  The Capital Building is still standing because forty American citizens gave their lives.

“In the 1950s Americans, tens of thousands of Americans went overseas to fight Communism.  What difference does it make at this point?  I’ll tell you what difference it makes.  Men and women all over the world in places where our men have shed their blood for this republic are not living under Communism today.

“WWI and WWII hundreds of thousands of Americans went abroad and around the world to fight for freedom.  What difference at this point does it make?  Because Europe, Japan and many places in Asia are free today because Americans have shed their blood, Mrs. Clinton!

“In the Civil War hundreds of thousands of Americans killed each other, shed their blood on American soil.  Today, Mrs. Clinton, at this point what difference does it make?  Because by the end of the war there were no more slaves in the United States of America.

“Washington crossed the Potomac, a General who had not yet won a war against British tyranny.  A General who knew that in a few weeks his troops would all desert and go back home at the beginning of the year – took a gigantic risk at night with a rag-tag army, who, many of them didn’t have guns, many of them didn’t have shoes – and surprised the German Hessians across the river and won a battle.  What difference at this point does it make?  Well I’ll tell you what it makes.  It did three things, first of all.  First of all, his army didn’t desert.  Thousands more reenlisted.  Great Britain recognized that they had a foe on their hands with the American patriots.  And the French, who had not given the American patriots any credit before joined the Americans and helped the Americans run out a tyrant and become the greatest nation that this world has ever seen.

“And the Mayflower?  What difference at this point does it make that American [sic] men and women gathered up what little they had with their little boys and their little girls and sailed into the dark for a land they had heard about, where they could worship and practice their worship of almighty God…What difference at this point does it make?  Because today all of us still are able to worship the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob freely.
“My son had this on his arm [refers to Molon Labe tattoo], this on his arm.  It’s Greek, but if you look it up it is the spirit of America, right here.  The spirit of American citizens, the spirit of American warriors, what it says to the enemy and what it says to those who would take these freedoms from us.  We as Americans must stand.  We must stand, we must reclaim the Republic that has been given to us by others.

– Billy Vaughn, National Press Conference May 9, 2013.


Sequestration: Say Goodbye to Our First Line of Defense

Between Leon Panetta’s unconstitutional order that combat units be opened to women and impending Sequestration this week, America can kiss goodbye its military superiority and ability to fight wars effectively.  As readiness goes, so goes our security both at home and abroad.

Under Sequestration, equipment isn’t the only thing on the chopping block.  Personnel will be as well, and all will have to prove their value in the positions they hold or want to hold.  With the conflicting directives of cutting fat vs. compliance with female quotas in the combat units, it is qualified and experienced men who will be purged first.  Combined with the inevitably lowered standards in these units to accommodate women, it is combat readiness that will suffer the most.

The top military brass is already under pressure to show diversity and prove it doesn’t discriminate.  Indeed, that is now its foremost mandate, not military readiness.  With the repeal of laws barring women from combat units and special forces, they will now be forced to prove they’re giving women a “fair” shake by discriminating against more qualified men, since no comprehensive testing was done to prove women can make it through their training, and the only two we know of who attempted such, two in the Marine Infantry Officer course, failed in the first day and the first week of training respectively.  It won’t matter that the women can’t make those standards that most of the top men in every branch can’t achieve.

It will go something like this at the officer level:  “Suzy-Q failed the training?  You’re up for promotion, aren’t you?  Take another look at Suzy-Q.”  And from DOD to the top brass:  “We expect X% pass rate for females.  Anything less will be seen as discrimination.  Next year’s budget will reflect the success of this program.  Understood?”  The military will have to lower the standards of its toughest units in order to fill quotas of women to show they’re not discriminating.

Cutting spending is vital for every department of government, including the military.  The Marines have always been in the lead when it comes to working with the least, then cutting even more.  With so many other ways to cut the excess – from non-vital programs like the National Endowment for the Arts to stopping the fraud and waste so pervasive in government programs from Social Security to Medicare – Sequestration is totally unnecessary.  But this was Obama’s idea, and it put the military in the cross-hairs from the start.  It’s easy to see why.  This administration thinks the military is too masculine, too white, too conservative, too straight.  They’ve repealed DADT, opened the toughest units to women who can’t make it through one week of their training and sold our equipment to our enemies.  This is just the next phase in destroying the last bastion of merit and strength our country has against enemies both foreign and domestic.


No Toddler Left Behind Means Younger Government-Controlled Children

“Study after study shows that the sooner a child begins learning, the better he or she does down the road.”  Obama said this in last Tuesday’s State of the Union address, arguing that the federal government should provide preschool education.  Among his multitudinous straw man arguments and big-government strategies, this is just another plan for more government control of our children at the taxpayers’ expense.

While early learning is a benefit to children, this doesn’t mean that earlier formal school will benefit them. Why should we subject toddlers to the same education system that is failing our kindergarten through twelfth graders?   American students are currently at the bottom when it comes to test scores in subjects like math and science.  A quarter of our kids are dropping out of high school, and many of those who do graduate can’t read at grade level.  Despite failing our children, the government’s constant answer is that the schools need more money.  Yet the more money they get, the worse our students do every year. This is just another pitch to gain influence over younger and younger children, continue to erode parental rights, and to gain more jobs for teachers and their unions who vote for big government.

The same problems we see for day-care kids vs. children who are cared for at home will pervade this new proposed school system.  Daycare kids are twelve times more likely to get the flu than those cared for at home.  Research from the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that toddlers in daycare are more insecure, anxious, aggressive, hyperactive, defiant and disobedient.  What kind of teenagers and adults do they become with this as their foundation?  Just as the constant change in personnel negatively affects daycare children’s sense of trust and security, so will this be the case for younger children going through government run public school systems.

Licensed and “trained professionals” are already forming the value systems of our children as they have them for thousands of hours away from their parents’ care.  Obama will put children who are at a critical and vulnerable stage in their psychological and behavioral development under the care of people who are not accountable for any mistakes or false teaching.  It will not help children, poor or otherwise.  What it will do is create a division in the authority figures in children’s lives.

Estimates are that this will cost taxpayers $98 billion over ten years.  Families who are already struggling will bear the burden of even more money taken out of their pockets to be used not only to indoctrinate their children but also to undermine their parental guidance and authority.

What really sets children up for success at every stage of development is a strong nuclear family unit, not government-run education.  But strong families are less likely to teach their children victim-hood and government dependence.  That’s a problem for an administration that wants ever more government control over the lives of its citizens.


The Mental Pretzel of Gun Control

I wonder if Obama would respond with executive action to arm teachers in school if the kids wrote and said they’d feel safer knowing their teachers could defend them against vicious murderers.  Or would he throw out Michelle’s healthy school meals plan if a bunch of kids wrote to tell him they want fruit loops and fried chicken at every meal?  As for the parents, maybe we can start background checks on those who shamelessly manipulate their children for their own political ends.  With his backdrop of child props Obama announced his gun control plans today:

“We can respect the Second Amendment while keeping an irresponsible law breaking few from inflicting harm on a massive level.”

Really?  Since almost every mass-shooter so far has acquired their guns illegally, how will imposing more restrictions on law-abiding citizens stop law-breakers?  It won’t.  Nor will banning high-capacity magazines stop a mass murderer from shooting lots of people – the next will just do what Jared Holmes and Sandy Hook shooter (an many a Hollywood character) did – bring lots of guns.  When you’re out of rounds, just grab the next gun.  Meanwhile, the Atlanta mother who shot a home invader could have certainly used more than seven rounds – she shot him five times and he was still able to flee.  What if there had been more than one intruder?  What if she hadn’t been a good shot?

Although the anti-gun cabal always wants to jump to act in the wake of a mass shooting, they rarely look at the real solutions: concealed-carry laws and medications checks.

Jared Holmes had a choice of seven movie theaters within thirty minutes of his apartment.  He chose the one that was a gun-free zone.  Schools are easy targets for predators because they are gun-free zones.  Most all of the mass-shooters of recent memory have been on or withdrawing from one or more anti-depressant or mood stabilizer such as Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft, and suicidal thoughts are just one of many negative side-effects of these drugs.  Others are mania, abnormal thinking, hallucinations, amnesia, agitation, psychosis, confusion, paranoid reactions, and more.  But this is a society that loves its psychiatrists and prescriptions and refuses to shed the light on their ill effects even though these effects are published by the FDA.  For many these drugs can be mental life-savers, but they shouldn’t be allowed weapons.  One must already have a clean record to purchase a gun and it wouldn’t be hard to put the question of the medications one is taking on the permit application.  This would not involve doctors and avoid the prospect of having the government consulting with one’s doctor or vice versa.

We don’t need $10 million for gun violence research, we need common sense.  Democrats want to reinstate the 1994 assault weapon ban that did nothing to stop the Columbine shooting.  And pray tell me, what good will gun-trafficking laws do when the administration itself gave us the Fast & Furious gun-running scandal?

Obama’s new gun control proposals will take law enforcement resources away from fighting crime and criminals and misplace it onto law-abiding citizens who simply don’t want to have to wait until the cops arrive when someone breaks into their house to steal, rape and murder, or tries to murder their children in school.  Fortunately most of his proposals require congressional approval, but with Obama’s record of ignoring the separation of powers and trampling the Constitution, we can expect that if he doesn’t get what he wants, he’ll impose it like he always does – by tyrannical fiat.


Wanted: A New Tailor for the Emperor

Victory is sweet, and the first presidential debate of 2012 was wonderfully instructive for so many reasons, most of all for showcasing Obama’s utter lack of talent and intelligence.

If Obama was as charismatic and brilliant as his followers and the media have hammered into us that he is, shouldn’t he have been able to master that debate and turned it to his favor with ease?  Without the media’s protection, both their refusal to ask him difficult questions or call him on his dismal record, and their gushing praise over his every syllable without criticism, Obama can’t perform.  He isn’t even as adept as Slick Willy himself on the stage.

Those poor Obama believers.  They thought he was brilliant, that he could save the world, lower the sea levels, conquer enemy Republicans with one hand tied behind his back.  They thought nothing could ruffle him, that he was just so talented all he had to do was exist and he would triumph.  But The Force, alas, is not with Barry after all.

Rose-colored glasses are shattering and it’s like watching a religious cult realize their leader is a fraud, or watching the shock of realizing what your favorite model looks like in sweats without makeup.  He sold them dreams from his father…or not.

Genius, like un-airbrushed beauty, is rare.  Watching the man who proclaimed himself a genius melt into a puddle of frothy indignation and embarrassment?  Oooohhh so satisfying.   The debate was a reveal for many wearing those glasses, but it just exposed the obvious to those of us who’ve been paying attention.  We’ve been opposing his terrible policies and unconstitutional power-grabs.  I personally have thought his speeches are vacuous, not awe-inspiring.  We’ve always known Obama was a puppet propped up and made over by a pampering, super-indulgent media and supporters.  Now a few more people realize it too.

Though his helpers in the news rooms are already working to change the story, they can’t take back the utter coming-apart-at-the-seams that occurred post-debate, where even the likes of Chris Matthews admitted Obama was an utter flop.  Even the race-card can’t be played here – will they try to say that anyone who saw what a complete failure Obama was is a racist?  They can make up all sorts of excuses, but the people saw Obama for what he is: a fake.

Obama and his ilk have been fooling some of the people most of the time, but all of the people can watch the debates!

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