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Marine’s career in jeopardy after exposing Afghan insider jihad threat

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This is from Jihad Watch.

One more military career in jeopardy because of political correctness.

Damn political correctness and Obama for his muslim worship.

 

It looks as if Jason Brezler is being persecuted for exposing the criminal and suicidal folly of the Obama Administration’s Afghan policy. “‘Unfair’: Marine’s career in jeopardy despite role exposing Afghan insider threat,” by Catherine Herridge forFoxNews.com, October 18 (thanks to Occupy Bawl Street):

A good Marine is being put through the wringer — with his career now hanging in the balance — for mistakenly sending a threat warning from an unclassified email account, according to supporters.The 2012 warning from Jason Brezler, a Marine Corps reservist and New York City firefighter, told his fellow Marines that a senior Afghan police official was a security risk, including allegations that he sexually abused minors on U.S. bases in Afghanistan. One of the Afghan official’s assistants and purported victims, days later, opened fire and killed three U.S. Marines.

But Brezler’s supporters say his career is now in jeopardy because of political correctness and a genuine fear that revealing the facts of his case will expose the underbelly of U.S. policy in Afghanistan.

“Brezler’s immediate chain-of-command here in the U.S. did not recommend punitive action, and the Marine command in Afghanistan called for the relevant document in Brezler’s case to be declassified, because there is no information in the document which, if released, would damage national security,” Kevin Carroll, whose firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan is representing Brezler pro bono, told Fox News.

Brezler now faces a board of inquiry as early as next month where he could be forced from the Marine Corps — what amounts to an “other than honorable” separation — for sending the warning from a Yahoo, rather than a classified, account even though Brezler admitted the error to his own supervisors.

Last summer, Brezler received an urgent request for information from his fellow Marines in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. They wanted background information about a senior Afghan police official, Sarwar Jan, who was routinely allowed on base as part of the U.S. strategy to train local security forces before the 2014 withdrawal.

Brezler immediately responded with information about Jan’s derogatory background, including the allegations of sexual abuse. There is no evidence immediate action was taken, and days later, one of Jan’s assistants allegedly opened fire on the Marines….

 

THE DAY DAD RECEIVED THE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL

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This is from Human Events.

R.I.P. Staff Sgt.Randolph Elder Semper Fi.

Given the choice between having a Marine Corps of 5,000 whites and 500,000 blacks, then-Marine Corps Commandant Lt. Gen. Thomas Holcomb said he would much rather have the whites.

That was over 70 years ago. America has travelled quite some distance from the time of that racist statement to the election and re-election of a black President.

Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, was not just another picture-perfect sunny California day. It was the proudest day of my life and in the life of my family. My father, Randolph Elder, posthumously received the highest civilian award Congress can grant, the Congressional Gold Medal.

At a special ceremony at Camp Pendleton near San Diego, the 5th Marine Regiment commanding officer, Col. Jason Q. Bohm, said, “The Montford Point Marines are part of the Marine Corps’ legacy. … To be here today to actually present the medal to the family of one of those Montford Point Marines is a true honor.”

My dad, after the attack at Pearl Harbor, like millions of Americans, joined the military. He chose the Marines. Why the Marines? “I liked the uniforms,” Dad said. “And they go where the action is.”

In 1941 President Roosevelt signed an executive order demanding fair employment in the Armed Services. In the then-all-white Marine Corps, many officers resisted. Holcomb said, “There would be a definite loss of efficiency in the Marine Corps if we have to take Negroes.”

But black enlistment began a year later, and two black battalions were formed. These first black Marines trained at a segregated base in Montford Point, N.C. From 1942 to 1949, 20,000 blacks went through that boot camp.

My dad, during his three years from 1943 to 1946, served as a cook in Guam. Promoted four times and an excellent marksman, Dad achieved the rank of staff sergeant. Montford Pointers also served in Saipan, Tinian, Peleliu, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Japan and China.

Montford Pointers faced even more discrimination off base than on base. When off base, they had difficulty getting back on time. Buses were segregated, and a black Marine never knew whether there would be space in the rear. Many uniformed Montford Pointers were arrested for impersonation. No one had ever heard of, let alone seen, a black Marine.

The Montford Pointers served with great distinction, sometimes facing fire while working manual jobs like cooks, transporters, ammunition carriers, stewards, stevedores and in other support capacities. Lt. Gen. Alexander A. Vandegrift, who succeeded Holcomb as the Corps’ commandant, said: “The Negro Marines are no longer on trial. They are Marines, period.”

On this day at Camp Pendleton, nearly 200 Marines in dress blues stood during the entire one-hour ceremony. In the dedication for Staff Sgt. Randolph Elder, Col. Bohm spoke about the prejudice and abuse the Marines endured. Noting that my dad was a cook, he said, “There are two things a Marine will never let you mess with — his pay and his chow.”

After the ceremony, young Marines came up to my brother and me, thanking Dad for being a Montford Point “pioneer.” As a standard part of orientation, the Marine Corps now includes the history of the Montford Point Marines.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., spoke movingly at the ceremony about his Marine dad, who also served in World War II. He presented my family with a flag he had arranged to be flown at the top of the Capitol Building in my dad’s name. I also want to thank Kathleen Staunton, the congressman’s district director, who worked tirelessly for nearly a year to put this ceremony together.

The Congressional Gold Medal came with a proclamation issued by the Montford Point Marine Association. It reads, in part:

“In a unanimous and bipartisan vote by the members of the One Hundred and Twelfth Congress of the United States, the Congressional Gold Medal has been awarded for his pioneering spirit as one of the very first African American Marine recruits to enlist and attend boot camp training at Camp Montford Point, North Carolina, during World War II. His dedicated contribution has paved the way for outstanding perseverance and courage on and off the battlefield that inspired social change in the United States Marine Corps. … His devotion to duty reflected great credit upon himself and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.”

My latest book, “Dear Father, Dear Son,” is about my dad. He was a gruff, tough, humble man. He would have been awed by this ceremony. He would have wondered about “all this fuss over my little life,” an expression he used whenever he was complimented on his service to our country. He would have asked me why the ceremony required me to take the whole day off from work — something he never did as the operator of Elder’s Snack Bar, a small restaurant Dad started after years working as a janitor.

So, “Semper Fi,” Staff Sgt. Randolph Elder, May 25, 1915, to March 31, 2011. Semper Fi.

Happy Birthday Devil Dogs

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I want to say Happy Birthday to The United States Marine Corps.

The best way to honor them is with a picture of Chesty Puller.

Lt.General Lewis B.Chesty Puller is the only Marine with 5 Navy Crosses.

Lt.General Chesty Puller was a man’s man.

I want to close by saying “Goodnight Chesty Puller where ever you are.”

Semper Fi Devil Dogs.

 

 

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