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VC: To Throw His Grenade He Crawled Within 5 Meters of Taliban Sniper When He Was Hit By A Bullet And Killed By His Own Grenade

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H/T War History OnLine.

R.I.P. Lance Corporal James Thomas Duane Ashworth Victorian Cross 26 May 1989 – 13 June 2012.

Not all war stories have a happy ending and, in fact, one might make the case that most do not. This is ever truer when you start talking about those who have earned any nation’s highest military honors for inexplicable gallantry. Such is the case for British Lance Cpl. James Ashworth of the Grenadier Guards in Afghanistan.

When a Taliban sniper team wreaked havoc on the countryside, Lance Corporal Ashworth and his team were sent in to take them out. This required heavy fighting, fortitude in the face of fire, and for Ashworth, crawling within meters of the sniper to take him out with a final grenade.

Unfortunately for Ashworth, this action would take his life, but he would receive the Victoria Cross and the highest esteem of a long military tradition that said the British will fight until the very end.

Born to Fight

At the age of 17, Ashworth joined the British Army. He was following in his father’s footsteps – his father had served with the Grenadier Guards. Growing up, Ashworth always displayed excellent athletic abilities that would serve him well in the military. He would initially be posted to Nijmegen Company Grenadier Guards which typically had a traditional ceremonial role.

However, Ashworth was born to fight. It was quickly recognized that this was the type of man you wanted beside you in combat, rather than at a ceremony. He eventually became a paratrooper and was assigned to the Guard’s parachute platoon as part of the Third Battalion, Parachute Regiment.

With the British military fully engaged in Afghanistan, he would get his opportunity to serve in the thick of the fighting and prove he belonged among the ranks of the British Paratroopers.  The paratroopers have a long tradition dating back to World War 2 when they were fighting for the survival of their nation, and that fighting spirit has not left them since.

Having served in the military since 2006, it would be a 2012 deployment that would lead Ashworth to rise above the ranks of the common and into the hallowed halls of the Victoria Cross recipients.

This deployment would take him to Helmand Province in Afghanistan, which was the scene of some of the fiercest fighting of the entire war. While the NATO troops could routinely take any territory they wished, the ground they gained was rarely held for long without a continual presence as the Taliban would seem to rise from the ashes and give them a fierce fight.

The vicious fighting in Helmand province would bring many awards to those who fought there, due to the sheer nature of what it took to hold this ground. When an enemy sniper team threatened the hard-fought gains of those who fought there, a rendezvous with typical British resilience and aggression was warranted.

Getting Close to the Fight

On June 13, 2012, as part of the reconnaissance platoon of the First Battalion, Grenadier Guards, Ashworth’s team was sent to take out the dreaded sniper group that had been firing upon British soldiers for days.

Ordered to capture or kill, with the latter being preferred, Ashworth and the Guards were inserted near a village in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand.  As soon as they landed, heavy fighting broke out throughout the village.

Taliban fighters were racing in to support their beloved sniper team, and a vicious fight was inevitable.

Moving from compound to compound, Ashworth and the Guards searched for the snipers and fought off any who would stand in their way. The sniper team eventually retreated to a walled compound where they were then boxed in and ready for the assault.

Devastating the compound with airpower was not an option. This meant that the guards would have to get up close and personal with their enemy. Room by room, building by building, Ashworth and his team used grenades to flush out the enemy, leaving several of the dreaded sniper team dead in their wake. But it would be one final sniper, holed up in a small outbuilding, who would prove the most tenacious to evict.

The firefight for this particularly entrenched sniper reached a stalemate as Taliban fighters began to flood the village in greater numbers. Realizing that the initiative must be seized and the fighter eliminated before the situation deteriorated even more, Ashworth volunteered to crawl along behind a low wall which would take him within meters of the enemy in order to throw a final grenade.

Being confident in his athletic ability to land the grenade on target, Ashworth pushed his face to the ground and for several minutes crept forward with very little cover amidst the heavy fighting.

Coming within 5 meters of the enemy as the time for action began to run out, Ashworth prepped a grenade when a random bullet pierced his armor, knocking him to the ground.

A Hard Scene to Watch

Those supporting Ashworth’s approach watched in horror as the bullets riddled the ground inches from his prone figure. However, it became clear that Ashworth was undeterred until the very end. The grenade which he had just prepped under heavy fire had unfortunately fallen beside him and, in the end, took his life.

It was a dangerous mission from the beginning, but one that simply had to be done. And while there is no happy ending where Ashworth’s final grenade took out the enemy, his brothers in arms eventually flushed out the sniper, achieving a little retribution for Ashworth’s death.

For his actions that day, Lance Corporal James Ashworth would become only the 14threcipient of the Victoria Cross since World War II. The enemy sniper team was neutralized, and those who witnessed Ashworth’s bravery observed history in action.

Had it not been for Lance Corporal Ashworth’s decisive action under heavy fire and at great risk to his own life, the fight in the small Afghan village would’ve dragged out and potentially worsened as additional Taliban flooded the streets.

There is no happy ending, but the entirety of the British military can look to Lance Corporal Ashworth and salute the fact that he honored the tradition of those who have gone on before him.

 

 

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Afghanistan: 10 Muslims blown up while making a bomb inside a mosque

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This is from Jihad Watch.

Islam the religion of pieces.

How many mosques in American have arms and explosives?

i would say all of them especially the one in Plainfield,Indiana.

In the U.S., if you don’t think a mosque is an exact equivalent to a church or a synagogue, you’re a racist, bigoted “Islamophobe.” Meanwhile, in January in Russia, an imam was arrested as weapons and explosives were found in his mosque. In Philadelphia, the Muslim who shot a cop for the Islamic State was a “frequent member” of a local mosque. In Singapore, 26 Muslims were deported; they supported the Islamic State, studied assassination techniques, and recruited in a mosque. That’s all just in January.

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“10 militants blown up while making an IED inside a mosque in Ghazni,” Khaama Press, April 21, 2016 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

At least 10 militants were blown up by their own explosives as they were busy making an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in southeastern Ghazni province.

According to the security officials, the militants were busy making the IED inside a mosque in Andar district.

The officials further added that the explosives went off prematurely, leaving all 10 militants dead.

The anti-government armed militant groups have not commented regarding the report so far.

The Taliban insurgents and militants belonging to the other insurgent groups are frequently using Improvised Explosive Device (IED) as the weapon of their choice to target the security forces….

Military selects rarely used charge for Bergdahl case

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This is from Fox News.

I have a hope this new charge could bring the death penalty.

But it most likely will not so hopefully it will bring a life without parole sentence. 

Military prosecutors have reached into a section of military law seldom used since World War II in the politically fraught case against Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier held prisoner for years by the Taliban after leaving his post in Afghanistan.

Observers wondered for months if Bergdahl would be charged with desertion after the deal brokered by the U.S. to bring him home. He was — but he was also charged with misbehavior before the enemy, a much rarer offense that carries a stiffer potential penalty in this case.

I’ve never seen it charged,” Walter Huffman, a retired major general who served as the Army’s top lawyer, said of the misbehavior charge. “It’s not something you find in common everyday practice in the military.”

Bergdahl could face a life sentence if convicted of the charge, which accuses him of endangering fellow soldiers when he “left without authority; and wrongfully caused search and recovery operations.”

Huffman and others say the misbehavior charge allows authorities to allege that Bergdahl not only left his unit with one less soldier, but that his deliberate action put soldiers who searched for him in harm’s way. The Pentagon has said there is no evidence anyone died searching for Bergdahl.

 “You’re able to say that what he did had a particular impact or put particular people at risk. It is less generic than just quitting,” said Lawrence Morris, a retired Army colonel who served as the branch’s top prosecutor and top public defender.

The Obama administration has been criticized both for agreeing to release five Taliban operatives from the Guantanamo Bay prison and for heralding Bergdahl’s return to the U.S. with an announcement in the White House Rose Garden. The administration stood by the way it secured his release even after the charges were announced.

The military has scheduled an initial court appearance known as an Article 32 hearing for Bergdahl on Sept. 17 at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. The proceeding is similar to a civilian grand jury, and afterward the case could be referred to a court-martial and go to trial.

Misbehavior before the enemy was used hundreds of times during World War II, but scholars say its use appears to have dwindled in conflicts since then. Misbehavior before the enemy cases were tried at least 494 times for soldiers in Europe between 1942 and 1945, according to a Military Law Review article.

Legal databases and media accounts turn up only a few misbehavior cases since 2001 when fighting began in Afghanistan, followed by Iraq less than two years later. By contrast, statistics show the U.S. Army prosecuted about 1,900 desertion cases between 2001 and the end of 2014.

The misbehavior charge is included in Article 99 of the military justice code, which is best known for its use to prosecute cases of cowardice. However, Article 99 encompasses nine different offenses including several not necessarily motivated by cowardice, such as causing a false alarm or endangering one’s unit — the charge Bergdahl faces.

The complexity of Article 99 may be one reason it’s not frequently used, said Morris, who published a book on the military justice system.

“It is of course more complicated than the desertion charge, not as well understood, a higher burden on the government to prove,” he said.

Huffman, now a law professor at Texas Tech University, said another reason may be that different parts of military law already deal with similar misconduct, including disobeying orders and avoiding duty.

Recent prosecutions under the misbehavior charge include a Marine lance corporal who pleaded guilty after refusing to provide security for a convoy leaving base in Iraq in 2004. A soldier in Iraq was charged with cowardice in 2003 under Article 99 after he saw a mangled body and sought counseling, but the charges were later dropped.

The specification that Bergdahl faces appears in the 1971 case of an Army captain accused of endangering a base in Vietnam by disobeying an order to establish an ambush position. The captain was found guilty of other charges including dereliction of duty.

Another case cited in a 1955 military law journal says an Army corporal was convicted under Article 99 of endangering his unit in Korea by getting drunk on duty. The article says he “became so drunk that it took the tank company commander thirty minutes to arouse him.”

For Bergdahl, the Article 99 offense allows the prosecutors to seek a stiffer penalty than the desertion charge, which in this case carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

Bergdahl’s attorney, Eugene Fidell, has argued his client is being charged twice for the same action, saying in a previous television interview that “it’s unfortunate that someone got creative in drafting the charge sheet and figured out two ways to charge the same thing.”

The scholars say that’s a valid issue for Fidell to bring up in court, but it may not sway military authorities.

“The question is: Is it a piling on?” said Jeffrey K. Walker, a St. John’s University law professor, retired Air Force officer and former military lawyer. “It does almost look like you’re trying to get two bites at the same apple.”

NCIS report on Bowe Bergdahl raises new questions

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This is from Fox News Politics.

So much for the comments of he served with honor and distinction.

Bowie Bergdahl does not possess on honorable cell in his worthless body.

A 2009 NCIS investigation into Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s activities while in Afghanistan reveal that there is clear evidence Bergdahl, was “going over to the other side with a deliberate plan,” Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer said on “The O’Reilly Factor” Monday night.

Shaffer, a Fox News contributor, said two senior sources told him that the Naval Criminal Investigative Service investigation included a forensic review of his computer, which show Bergdahl’s apparent intent to travel to Uzbekistan.
“He was going to go off to Uzbekistan,” Shaffer told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly. “He had made contact with local Afghans and wanted to be moved to Uzbekistan and then made contact with the Russians because he wanted to talk to Russian organized crime…

“Clearly he was not all there relating to what he was doing,” Shaffer told O’Reilly. “I think we’re going to see more and more, as this report is made public that there were a number of disconcerting things within Bergdahl.”

According to the sources, data collection at the time indicated Bergdahl made contact with an Afghan in an effort to lay the ground work for his departure.

“He had Afghan contacts and he was actually trying to offer himself up with the Taliban. Both are very severe,” Shaffer added.

Shaffer said that the NCIS investigation, which included interviews with squad mates as well as Afghans working outside the wire, reportedly resulted in Bergdahl being charged with misbehavior toward the enemy.

Officials say Bergdahl, who was charged with desertion in March, walked away from his post in Afghanistan and was captured by the Taliban. He was then released from Taliban control in a prisoner exchange last May for five Taliban commanders.

Fox News reached out to Bergdahl’s lawyer Eugene Fidell but he declined to comment.

 

Bowe Bergdahl, once-missing U.S. soldier, charged with desertion

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This is from The Washington Post.

It is a shame the Army brass does not have the gonads to pursue the death penalty.

Bowie the deserter Bergdahl needs to be executed.

Bergdahl is as guilty of desertion in the face of the enemy as Eddie Slovick was in 1945. 

 

 

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier who was recovered in Afghanistan last spring after five years in captivity, has been charged with desertion and misbehaving before the enemy, Army officials said Wednesday, setting the stage for emotionally charged court proceedings in coming months.

Eugene Fidell, Bergdahl’s attorney, told The Washington Post that his client was handed a charge sheet Wednesday. Army officials said in a statement that Bergdahl has been charged with desertion with intent to shirk important or hazardous duty and misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command, unit or place. His case has been referred to an Article 32 preliminary hearing, which is frequently compared to a grand jury proceeding in civilian court.

The court hearing for Bergdahl, 28, will be held at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston in Texas, where Bergdahl has served since shortly after his recovery on May 31, 2014.

Under the misbehavior-before-the-enemy charge, Bergdahl faces a maximum punishment of confinement for life, a dishonorable discharge, a reduction to private and total forfeiture of pay and allowances since the time of his disappearance, Army officials said. The desertion charge carries a maximum punishment of five years in prison, a dishonorable discharge, a reduction to private and a total forfeiture of pay and allowances.

Desertion has historically been punishable by death, but the Army will not pursue that in Bergdahl’s case. That’s hardly a surprise: No soldier has been executed for desertion since Pvt. Eddie Slovik, who was killed by firing squad in January 1945 for abandoning his unit in France the previous year.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who has been critical of the Obama administration’s handling of the case, said Wednesday that the Army’s decision is an important step in determining the accountability of Bergdahl.

“I am confident that the Department of the Army will continue to ensure this process is conducted with the utmost integrity under the Uniform Code of Military Justice,” McCain said.

Bergdahl, believed to have grown disillusioned with the U.S. military’s mission in Afghanistan, went missing from his base in Paktika province on June 30, 2009. He was held captive in Pakistan by the Haqqani network, an insurgent group allied with the Taliban, until the White House agreed to swap him for five Taliban officials, held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in a deal brokered through the government of Qatar.

The charges come after a lengthy investigation launched last June and a review by Gen. Mark A. Milley, the commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. Bergdahl has faced a slew of accusations from his fellow soldiers that he abandoned them on the battlefield, triggering a manhunt that diverted resources from the war effort and put lives in danger.

Thousands of U.S. service members are believed to have deserted their units during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but Bergdahl’s case is uncommon because he allegedly did so while on the battlefield. Most have escaped while in the United States and remain beyond the reach of the military in Canada, parts of Europe and other locations.

Bergdahl’s case has prompted questions over whether the Obama administration handled the prisoner swap legally. Susan Rice, President Obama’s national security adviser, also provoked criticism when she said after Bergdahl’s recovery that he had served “with honor and distinction.” She later acknowledged the remark was controversial and said she was referring to the soldier’s decision to enlist in the first place.

“That, in and of itself, is a very honorable thing,” she said.

David Letterman Recounts Marine’s Injuries at the Hands of Muslim Jihadists & Leaves Audience Speechless

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This is from Freedom OutPost.

I want to say Bravo and Thank-you to David Letterman for having Medal of Honor Recipient Cpl. Kyle Carpenter on his show and allowing him to tell his story.

Medal of Honor Recipient Cpl. Kyle Carpenter, a US Marine, had his injuries described which he suffered at the hands of Muslim jihadists in Afghanistan to the audience of David Letterman on his television show last year. The audience was speechless, and you will be too.
Letterman said that he wanted to highlight the injuries suffered by Cpl. Carpenter and the Marine jokingly said, “I’m not hiding it from anybody.”

The injuries suffered by Cpl. Carpenter as a result of an enemy grenade attack were as follows:

  • Countless shattered bones throughout the body (30 just in his right arm) Carpenter joked about it, “I’m an overachiever.”
  • Shrapnel in both legs
  • Carotid artery in neck (punctured)
  • Both eardrums ruptured
  • Lost most of his teeth
  • Collapsed right lung
  • Lost most of his jaw
  • Lost vision in right eye
  • Brain surgery to remove shrapnel
  • Fractured skull
  • Flatlined three times

In fact, not only did he flatline three times, but they assumed that he was dead at the scene of the explosion. He was labeled as PEA (Patient Expired on Arrival) as he was brought to Camp Bastion.

Carpenter had received some 40 surgeries, over a two and half year period, at the time of the Letterman interview, which was conducted in June of last year.

However, Cpl. Carpenter, who trained heavily to compete in the Marine Corps Marathon, became the second Marine since the Vietnam War to receive the Medal of Honor.

Most of Cpl. Carpenter’s face, from the eyes down, is facial reconstruction. He made no hesitation in crediting Walter Reed hospital and the physicians there with what they had done to help him.

His first memories after the grenade attack were five weeks later, when he awakened to see his mother had outfitted his room to fit the Christmas holiday.

Letterman, not knowing what to say, said, “Thank you for your sacrifice. I hope my son does not ever has to go through what you’ve gone through, but in some way, I hope he is able to manifest the same courage.”

While we can debate the constitutionality of wars in the Middle East and our involvement there, one thing should stand out from what Cpl. Carpenter has endured: His sacrifice.

He was willing to put his life on the line for the America he loves against an enemy with an ideology that is at war with the God of Heaven. He laid his body down fighting for the American people against America’s enemies. Is there no one that can see what our Lord Jesus did for His people in the suffering of this young Marine? I’m not trying to equate the two, but what I am saying is that there is sacrifice that is demonstrated in the physical world, that is a picture of what Christ did. Cpl. Carpenter laid down his life, believing that he was fighting to defend the freedom and lives of the American people.

Jesus Christ laid down his life for sinners (enemies with an ideology that is against the God of Heaven) to give them freedom from sin. Now, I ask you, if you are moved by the sacrifice of Cpl. Kyle Carpenter, why should you not be even more moved to obey your Creator who gave His own Son on your behalf? Why will your rebel against such a sacrifice as the Christ laid down to save you from sin? If you continue to do such things, are you not spitting in the face of the true demonstration of love (1 John 3:18; John 15:13)?
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DOD: U.S. Kills Former Gitmo Inmate, Recent ISIS Convert, in Afghanistan

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This is from CNSNews.

This is why these bastards need to rot in Gitmo.

It would be easier to kill them at Gitmo than release them and have to hunt them down.

CNSNews.com) – U.S. forces in Afghanistan killed a “former Taliban commander” and seven of his associates on Monday in Helmand Province “because we had information that they were planning operations against U.S. and Afghan personnel there in Afghanistan,” Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters on Tuesday.

Kirby said the former Taliban commander — Abdul Rauf Khadim — swore allegiance to ISIS/ISIL just a few weeks ago. Kirby also confirmed that Khadim is a former Guantanamo Bay detainee: “He was released in 2007. He was released to Kabul,” he said.

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Kirby described the U.S. targeting of Khadim as “proof” that former Gitmo detainees “return to the battlefield and to the fight at their own peril.”

“And again, these are both reminders that we’re going to continue to use all the tools at our disposal — financial, diplomatic, certainly military, to — to dismantle al-Shabaab and other groups, networks that threaten U.S. interests as well as the interests of our allies and partner nations.”

A reporter asked Kirby about Islamic State activity in Afghanistan:

“The way I would describe ISIL in Afghanistan is nascent at best,” Kirby replied. “In fact, I would say more aspirational than anything else at this point. This guy Khadim, we assess that he decided to swear allegiance to ISIL probably no more than a couple weeks ago. And he didn’t have a whole lot of depth to any network resources or manpower when he did it.

“I’m not diminishing or trying to dismiss at all the threat that ISIL poses, wants to pose, but what I’m telling you is here in this case, it’s nascent and aspirational, and that would be — that would be an aggressive characterization right now.”

Kirby also said the Islamic State is “a group that does want to — to grow and expand its influence. And you’ve heard from General Rodriguez, you’ve heard from General Campbell that they certainly are looking very sharply to see if they’re expanding in other areas outside Iraq and Syria, and we know they have those designs.”

“And as I’ve said before up here…you know, we got into this whole rhetorical debate about the Taliban and — and whether or not we’re going to continue to go after them, given that we’re in a new mission, and told you then, and this is proof of it today. If they’re going to threaten our interest, our allies, our partners in Afghanistan, they’re fair game, and they’re fair game.”

Kirby said the Pentagon still believes Gitmo should be closed. “There’s no change to that,” he said.

Fallen US Marine’s Father returns Obama’s Condolence Letter with an Incredible Rebuke

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This is from Freedom OutPost.

Mr Steven R. Hogan I applaud your backbone and your addressing the disgrace that Obama really is.

I also greieve with you at the loss of your son and his comrades in arms.

I also despise the way Barack Hussein Obama has tied the hands of the military with this bull shi@ rules of engagement.

 

Barack Hussein Obama is strutting around, boasting of his ending the war in Afghanistan. However, let’s be reminded of one United States Marine’s father reply to a condolence letter from Obama, in which he rebuked the idiot-in-chief over the rules of engagement that have led to the deaths of many of America’s servicemen.

This past week, the US commander of NATO declared the end of the mission against the Taliban in Afghanistan. Obama followed up with a statement declaring, “Our combat mission in Afghanistan is ending and the longest war in American history is coming to a responsible conclusion.”

However, I want to take the opportunity to remind people of what Barack Obama has done that has resulted in the deaths of many of our men who serve in the armed forces.

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Steven R. Hogan, father of fallen US Marine Lance Corporal Hunter D. Hogan took the condolence letter he received from Barack Obama and wrote with his own hand the following:

“I wonder how many of these get returned to you!
“Mr. Barrack Hussein Obama,

I am deeply saddened that you are the President of the United States. You sir are an embarrassment to the Oval Office. My son, as well as most Marines I know, despise you and your lack of representation for our military.

Your ridiculous rules of engagement have caused the massive amount of casualties on your watch in Afghanistan. While we watch your media pander to your administration and clearly sweep things under the rug for you, I fully understand Marines die. You have tied their hands & feet!

I am thankful I did not serve under a Comm. in Chief such as you. I am sickened that my son had to. I wonder… I doubt that you will see this, I hope you do though!”

Steve Hogan”

Mr. Hogan, I salute you sir and express sincere condolences for the sacrifice you have made of your son. For that, I am deeply saddened and I truly mean that, never being able to imagine one of my own son’s lives being sacrificed in such a manner. But more than that, thank you for stating so clearly what I have heard from other family members who have lost their loved ones under Barack Hussein Obama in Afghanistan.

Mr. Hogan, I salute you sir and express sincere condolences for the sacrifice you have made of your son. For that, I am deeply saddened and I truly mean that, never being able to imagine one of my own son’s lives being sacrificed in such a manner. But more than that, thank you for stating so clearly what I have heard from other family members who have lost their loved ones under Barack Hussein Obama in Afghanistan.

Billy Vaughn, father of fallen Navy SEAL Aaron Vaughn, who died aboard Extortion 17 along with 37 others including nearly two dozen SEALs, told me the exact same when I interviewed him in August 2013. Vaughn called Obama’s rules of engagement “ridiculous, if not criminal” and later would declare, “The greatest threat the US faces resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.”

Yet, all that has come from the Vaughn’s message about the issues regarding Extortion 17, which Billy outlined in his book Betrayed: The Shocking True Story of Extortion 17 as told by a Navy SEAL’s Father has been nothing more than a brief congressional hearing to appease them, which has produced nothing.

Though the “end” of the Afghanistan War has been declared and Obama has claimed that Afghanistan is “not going to be a source of terrorist attacks again,” Kia Makerechi says that is not really the truth. She writes:

But while the administration would like to characterize this as a victory, the end of a conflict, it’s more of a re-branding. More than 10,000 United States troops will remain in Afghanistan, and just over one month ago, the president secretly expanded their 2015 combat mission to include fighting with the Taliban and/or al-Qaeda, the Haqqani network, or other insurgent groups. The expansion of duties, which was first reported in The New York Times, also allows for the use of American manned aircraft and drones. Some 4,000 NATO troops will also remain in Afghanistan next year.

According to the United Nations, 2014 is the deadliest year of the war since they began counting casualties in 2008. More than 10,000 civilians are expected to die in Afghanistan by January 1.

“For more than 13 years, ever since nearly 3,000 innocent lives were taken from us on 9/11, our nation has been at war in Afghanistan,” Obama’s statement about the changing missions read. The president highlighted the “extraordinary sacrifices” of troops, some 2,200 of whom have died to date during the $1 trillion war. “We are safer, and our nation is more secure, because of their service,” Obama said.

Obama has sympathized with his Muslim brothers. He could care less for America’s sons who give their lives in the battle under a treasonous, usurping president, who has the interests of America’s enemies in mind more than the interests of America. Steven Hogan’s letter merely illustrates that fact.

H/T IJReview
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Obama’s latest NATO comments: 6 piles of bovine excrement

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This is from Allen B. West.

 

I’m listening to President Barack Hussein Obama read more empty rhetoric and here is my assessment during his NATO press conference as he shoveled it on.

1. He stated that NATO’s “combat” mission in Afghanistan will end in three months — I hope they sent the memo to the Taliban and got their consent. Obama just doesn’t seem to understand the enemy has a vote, and they are not disrupted, defeated, and certainly not destroyed – we’re just quitting again.

2. He stated we’ll defend every NATO ally — he should have expressed how, because Obama’s decision to cancel the missile defense shield sent a very telling message to Eastern Europe and Vladimir Putin.

3. Obama committed to a NATO rapid response force — what forces? I served in 1984-1987 in the NATO Allied Mobile Force (Land) which was comprised of several National Airborne units — mine was based out of Vicenza Italy. Obama is cutting our U.S. military – funny, since he stated that all NATO member countries agreed to a 2 percent of GDP increase in military spending — he ain’t doing it!

4. Obama committed unyielding support to Ukraine and its sovereignty — well, kinda late since Russia has the Crimea and is building a land bridge through eastern Ukraine as well. Obama said support to Ukraine will be via non-lethal support. But in case he hasn’t read his intel briefs, Russian military forces have invaded Ukraine and are using LETHAL force — hence why Ukrainian leader Poroshenko has succumbed to a cease fire. Yes, Russia realizes there are consequences to its actions – which is why Putin continues to advance, as no one is stopping him.

So my assessment from President Obama’s NATO press conference is just more bovine excrement that upon review makes no sense. I’m listening to the question and answer portion and it’s just painful to listen to Obama without a teleprompter or prepared words. Oh wait, there’s another couple piles.

5. He said we’re going to degrade and defeat, or is it destroy ISIS just like, he claims, we did al-Qaida — who by the way is establishing itself in the Indian subcontinent. Our enemies are laughing at us as long as we keep putting this charlatan on a stage.

6. Oh – and Obama just came up with another new word — we must dismantle them. So which one is it Mr. President — destroy, defeat, disrupt, or dismantle? However, we won’t be placing U.S. forces on the ground — he keeps telling our enemy what he is not willing to do.

Folks, Obama has no clue – or he’s following his grand plan. Either way, it ain’t good.
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AN OPEN LETTER TO THE POLITICAL LEADERS OF AMERICA

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This is from Joe For America.

 

 

A Havok Journal fan from the US Army Special Forces wrote in with an open letter for our nation’s political leadership.  Because the author is still operational we are withholding his name, but we are not holding him back on his opinions, as you will see in the article below.

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To the political leaders of America,

I write to you today regarding my concerns about the current state in which we find our beloved planet and your efforts in resolving the many issues we face.

Over the last decade, we have managed to allow our mighty position at the head of the table to dwindle down to a seat at the kids table, with our counsel being received as if it were that of a child making a suggestion on how to cure the world of evil: everyone thinks it is adorable, but no one takes it seriously.

To put it politely, you all are about as successful in global politics as an overweight middle-aged American with a severe case of tetanus trying to perform fellatio on himself.

Understanding that you have the attention span of indigenous forces undergoing rifle training, I give you the options of either reading this letter in its entirety or simply skipping to the last two paragraphs.

1408198079034Sadly, you neither get the reference about indigenous forces (ask your college educated SMEs and think tanks) nor are you capable of making a decision on what to do next. Go ahead and post a tweet asking for thoughts/advice and hashtag this out with the others. #hashtaggingworldproblemsisabsurd #noseriouslystopit  #itisridiculousandembarrassing  You have time, this letter will still be here.

Due your ineptitude in your decisions with regard to who we back with foreign aid, and your complete lack of a spine in dealing with global threats, we find ourselves, for the first time in ages, being looked at with eyes filled with disdain and disrespect.

The mere mention of ‘America’ leaves a bad taste in the mouths of our friends and allies.  The prospects of being saved by our once-great nation are now nothing more than a fleeting thought in the hearts and minds of Third World Country natives who dream of a life with fewer hardships than ones they currently face—hardships that could be vanquished by the hands of a great nation and its allies.

We have entered into a time in which it is not only possible to spread one’s hate filled rhetoric, it is also actually profitable and protected.  Your understanding and misinterpretations of our founding freedoms are being used and twisted to further your own political agendas without any consideration for the people you are meant to represent.

Your understanding (or lack thereof) of our Constitution contributes to the complete madness of a country that is run where someone’s rights to desecrate the flag that represents these very freedoms is more important than the patriotic peoples who stand to protect it.  Allowing people to lose houses or be fined for flying the American flag on their property due to it offending someone or being against a housing covenants is beyond ludicrous. It’s both absurd and frightening.  These are just a few examples of countless rights that are being used to tear the very fabric of which this country is founded.

You see, all of you have forgotten the very key that makes this country work. You fight for one’s freedoms to express their beliefs regardless of where their loyalties lie. Using our very own founding documents, you argue that it is ones right to speak and act freely on their beliefs, regardless of their view of this great nation.

For fear of offending someone to pure political motivations, you stand up for the very people that wish to tear you down. What you, as well as most Americans have forgotten is this: Those individual rights end where others begin! It may be ones right to protest a certain religions display or another’s stance on certain political views, however, it is also the others right to display and have those stand points.

If one is offended by a shirt displayed with an image of a gun, a flag of our nation, a statue representing their faith in their chosen religion or any other example; that is their right to be offended and speak out. However, it is the others right to wear that shirt, fly that flag, display that statue or whatever else they wish to do. Freedom cannot be one-sided.  The complete madness of political correctness is overwhelming.

You have stripped away our 1st Amendment rights by disguising it as political correctness and making the very people that make this country great afraid of offending any and everyone.  I use these examples in our own country as the catalyst  that has spawned our current position on the global stage.

Through political motivation or just complete incompetence, your methods of governing our country have clouded your views and thought processes for helping forge a united world.  We stand at the table, with weak knees and shivering hands. Our word as a nation holding as much weight as that of our President doing curls in the gym. We have all seen the video…

We live in a world where you can contest our very lands with flyovers without consequence.  A world where one can sweep through two entire countries, massacring everyone along the way with no fear repercussions. One where sanctions and empty threats are wielded as a mighty sword against the very enemies that threaten our existence. You fail to see that in today’s world, the pen is not mightier than the sword.

You have demonstrated this time and time again over the last 13 years.  Take Afghanistan for example. Politics alone have been the source of Taliban resurgence. How could this be? Let me school you. In 2001, a mixture of CIA, Special Forces and other Special Operations Forces (SOF), in very limited numbers, swept through the entire country of Afghanistan, demolishing the Taliban forces that stood in its way. Thinking that the back had been broken, we backed off and brought more and more ground forces in the country.

As time went on, more and more troops arrived and operational control was taken away from the Special Operations types, to make way for conventional commands. Along with this came more and more restricted Rules of Engagement.

Fast forward to 2006. Following more political moves and further NATO control, we found ourselves in an Afghanistan where the freedom of movement for the insurgents is unprecedented in Operation Enduring Freedom—a freedom of movement that not only limits NATO troops ground movements, but also has even the hardest of SOF elements avoiding a drive into Kandahar City.   So, NATO asked the US to help. Enter into the timeline, Operation Medusa.

US Special Forces demolished the insurgent forces to the point that insurgent operations in the entire country dropped.  The morale of the insurgents also dropped to an all time low, the grounds upon which the new Afghan Government stands, are once again sturdy.  Now, fast forward to present day…

What has happened? Are the insurgents in Afghanistan fleeing and backs broken? Far from it. All of this due to your politics. The war effort drawn down to a near standstill due to more and more pointless commands and approval process. All, in which serve to help some pointless commander to further his career and push some pointless political agenda.

You see, the current world in which we find ourselves isn’t one that can be tamed by the pen.  The evils of the world find protection behind the shield of your politics.  This is due to one simple fact.  You have no clue how to play this game.  You listen and make decisions based of your Subject Matter Experts who read about war in a book. You base your strategies on the opinions of ‘Think Tanks’ and conventional wisdom.  The answers to these problems being spoken by the men on the ground only to be silenced by ‘yes men’. Due to this, you will continue to fail.

Not only will you fail in Afghanistan, you will fail in bringing peace and security back into this world.  All of these failures will be caused by you because of one simple factor:  none of you have the intestinal fortitude to do what is necessary. You will use your own misguided experiences and delusions gained in your failures in governing our own country as the grounds on which you base your strategies.  But understand this, you can’t defeat evil with butterflies and rainbows.  And you sure as hell can’t do it with pens and empty words.

Face it, for the most part, our Foreign Policy is a joke and your efforts on the global stage are nothing short of pathetic. Not going into the fact that you all are voted in for the people by the people to do a job, a job in which you are failing. At least you all aren’t receiving a ridiculous paycheck and benefits package for providing a public service. oh wait…

Our saving grace is that there are still a handful of you that will find this, as frustrating as it is, accurate and motivating.  But, then again, if that was the case, then we wouldn’t find ourselves in this situation. Oh the conundrum. We have faith in our abilities as a nation. We have faith in our abilities in unconventional war as well as faith in our ability to destroy the current threats to the world given the freedoms and support required to do so.

So, I write to you today calling you out. You have failed. It is time to hand that Capri Sun and straw over before you put your eye out. You’ve been poking at that hole for some time now.  You gave it your best lil buddies, but it’s time. Pull those trainers up around your waist, latch down the Velcro, and watch how real men fight wars.

It is time to unleash the hounds.  You have had over a decade of war filled with warriors that would gladly step up and fight. These former service members are battle hardened and ready. More importantly, they understand the game. We stand at the gates, waiting to smite all that is evil in this world.  You will not defeat the current evils in this world by playing your political chess games because it is spreading at an alarming rate. Unleash us. Back us. Stand behind us.

History has shown us that evil is only successful when the righteous stand aside and do nothing.  Let us show the world that it will not tolerate the likes of ISIS or Boko Haram. That there most certainly are repercussions for committing atrocities. Justice will come to them swift and brutal. Step aside and let us do what is necessary! We stand ready!

Go read the Havok Journal

Read more at http://joeforamerica.com/2014/08/open-letter-political-leaders-america/#gw1mE5rpd8VjKjHh.99

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