Category Archives: US Army

Denial is Not Just a River in Egypt

From the very beginning of the Fort Hood shooting story the media went into Muslim Apologist Mode.  After watching reporting on Fox News for a while, I tuned into World News Tonight and was treated to glaring examples, including Brian Ross’ need to pass along the claim that the shooter had been called a “camel jockey”.  Over the course of the next 24 hours we all saw several other reporters lament (and then repeat) that they were sorry that the shooter’s name was not Smith.  In the media’s desperate attempt to call it anything other than muslim-related terrorism we were even introduced to the preposterous notion that the shooter actually had Pre Traumatic Stress Syndrome.

As Stuart Smalley (the only funny thing that so-called comedian ever did) said, “Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt”.

There is no shortage of people who immediately called this what it was: a terrorist attack.  Lt. Col. Ralph Peters typically did not mince words in his analysis:

Ralph PetersBut to call this an act of terrorism, the White House would need an autographed photo of Osama bin Laden helping Hasan buy weapons in downtown Killeen, Texas. Even that might not suffice.

Islamist terrorists don’t all have al Qaeda union cards in their wallets. Terrorism’s increasingly the domain of entrepreneurs and independent contractors. Under Muslim jurisprudence, jihad’s an individual responsibility. Hasan was a self-appointed jihadi.

Yet we’re told he was just having a bad day.

But too many reporters immediately rushed to treat us all like adolescent potential KKKers.  Proving the old adage about the acorn-finding blind squirrel, even NYT columnist David Brooks got this one right when he wrote of A Rush To Therapy:

David BrooksMajor Hasan was portrayed as a disturbed individual who was under a lot of stress. We learned about pre-traumatic stress syndrome, and secondary stress disorder, which one gets from hearing about other people’s stress. We heard the theory (unlikely in retrospect) that Hasan was so traumatized by the thought of going into a combat zone that he decided to take a gun and create one of his own.

There was a national rush to therapy. Hasan was a loner who had trouble finding a wife and socializing with his neighbors.

This response was understandable. It’s important to tamp down vengeful hatreds in moments of passion. But it was also patronizing. Public commentators assumed the air of kindergarten teachers who had to protect their children from thinking certain impermissible and intolerant thoughts. If public commentary wasn’t carefully policed, the assumption seemed to be, then the great mass of unwashed yahoos in Middle America would go off on a racist rampage.

That patronizing attitude seems to be par for the course from the American media.  But that is not the point that needs making, which is simply that this level of feel-good political correctness has no place in the US Army.  Col. Peters also points out some disturbing affirmative action programs in the Army that could have played a role in this officer’s promotions in the face of obvious problems and bad reviews.

A dirty big secret in our Army has been that officers’ promotion boards have quotas for minorities. We don’t call them quotas, of course. But if a board doesn’t hit the floor numbers, its results are held up until the list has been corrected. It’s almost impossible for the Army’s politically correct promotion system to pass over a Muslim physician.

George Casey - Reuters

From Reuters

But the public statement that shocked me the most and has stayed in my mind came straight from the mouth of Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey, who actually said what happened at Fort Hood was a tragedy, but I believe it would be an even greater tragedy if our diversity becomes a casualty here”.  Seriously, he actually said that the deaths of 13 people would be less of a tragedy than damage to the beloved D-word.

“what happened at Fort Hood was a tragedy, but I believe it would be an even greater tragedy if our diversity becomes a casualty here.” – Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey

Both articles close with indictments.  Brooks says of America’s initial reaction:

It denied, before the evidence was in, the possibility of evil. It sought to reduce a heinous act to social maladjustment. It wasn’t the reaction of a morally or politically serious nation.

And Peters is even more blunt:

Just as we’d expect the Army to get rid of a disruptive white supremacist, we need to cashier anyone who espouses violent Islamist extremism — as Maj. Hasan did, again and again.

We won’t. Because Islamist terrorism doesn’t exist. Just ignore the dead and ask our president.

 Read Brooks’ Op-Ed here and Peters’ Op-Ed here.

Brent BozellUPDATE: Brent Bozell wrote a good article on this as well, reminding me of Bob Schieffer’s attempt at drawing moral equivalency between this act and some nameless Christian “nuts”.  Read Bozell’s take on it here.

An Army Of One

From editorial cartoonist Marshall Ramsey:

An Army Of One - Ft. Hood

 

You can see Ramsey’s cartoons here.

Obama Fiddles While Afghanistan Burns

In March, President Obama gave a speech extolling his new strategy in Afghanistan in which he proclaimed that after a long “careful policy review” he now had a “comprehensive, new strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan.”

Good morning. Today, I am announcing a comprehensive, new strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

This marks the conclusion of a careful policy review that I ordered as soon as I took office. My Administration has heard from our military commanders and diplomats. We have consulted with the Afghan and Pakistani governments; with our partners and NATO allies; and with other donors and international organizations. And we have also worked closely with members of Congress here at home. Now, I’d like to speak clearly and candidly to the American people.

Obama wagging his finger at usRemember that Mr. Obama made these bold and typically self-congratulatory statements six months ago, sounding like he actually knew the difference between his posterior and a hole in the ground.  However, after sacking Gen. McKiernan in May and replacing him with Gen. Stanley McChrystal (perhaps naively hoping that he had found a “yes” man), Mr. Obama is delaying a response to the theater commanders’ request for more troops.  The likely reason for this, as outlined in an article in the Weekly Standard, is that he has far higher political priorities than the lives of soldiers fighting in Afghanistan:

General Stanley McChrystal’s classified assessment of the situation in Afghanistan has been obtained by the Washington Post. According to the Post’s report, McChrystal warns that without the deployment of additional U.S. forces, the war “will likely result in failure.” McChrystal has already put together a detailed troop request, but the administration has asked that he delay in submitting that request for fear of complicating Obama’s health care push on the Hill. The Times speculates that McChrystal will ask for anywhere from 10,000 to 45,000 additional troops. I’ve heard rumors the number could be as many as 60,000 additional troops at the high end.

So the president is dragging his feet on providing necessary resources to our fighting men and women because it is a far lower priority than his desire to take over our health care system and morph it into a centrally controlled, soviet-style entitlement program.  This is what you get when you elect the least qualified and most radical president in American history.

Obamas Priorities Do Not Include Afghan War

Rumor has it that Gen. McChrystal may resign if the president does not provide the resources that the commanders are asking for, as he feels that it will mean the difference between victory and defeat.  Again, the Weekly Standard article quotes the leaked McChrystal report:

According to the McChrystal assessment, “Failure to gain the initiative and reverse insurgent momentum in the near-term (next 12 months) — while Afghan security capacity matures — risks an outcome where defeating the insurgency is no longer possible.” Yet Obama is slow-walking the troop increase for political reasons, even as it seems likely that he will, in the end, do the right thing and send the necessary reinforcements.

It is likely that many of you reading this do not have relatives in the military, and I am not suggesting that the fact that my brother proudly serves in the United States Army gives me some extra moral high ground, but it does make it a lot more real to me when I think about our troops over there fighting for their lives while their commander in chief plays politics over the war and his domestic politics.

I urged my brother to think long and hard before signing up for another hitch last fall, given that it looked likely that we would soon have a radical empty-suit as Commander In Chief.  Ultimately he decided to reenlist.  He is a fine American who fills me with pride.  Hooah, brother!

Honoring SFC John Beale

SFC John Beale

SFC John Beale

I had seen the story on the local news, but they did not do it justice.  Sergeant First Class John Beale paid the ultimate price on June 4th near Kapisa, Afghanistan, from an IED attack and small arms fire.  Also killed in the same action were Maj. Kevin M. Jenrette and Spc. Jeffrey W. Jordan.  The story that I saw on the local news reported that a lot of people turned out down in Peachtree City (a suburb south of Atlanta) to honor Sgt. Beale when his body was returned from Afghanistan.

Then I got a tweet today from @KarlRove that linked to a YouTube video taken from inside a vehicle in the procession through Henry county.  The streets were lined with people for miles, showing their respect and support for Sergeant Beale and his family.  Beale was was serving our state and our country in the Georgia National Guard.  Please watch this video, it is long but that is part of the impact.

I am not surprised at this turnout, certainly not in Peachtree City, Georgia.  I will always proudly say that these are my people.  I grew up in this very culture, only a county or two away from Peachtree City, and people like the ones lining these roads made me the patriot that I am.  The little towns up in the foothills where I live put up white crosses with American flags at every opportunity, and not just on Independence Day and Memorial Day and Veterans day, including the name of a local who served, sometimes including the letters POW or KIA or MIA.

I supported the mission and continue to support it, independent of the fact that I have a brother serving in the military who will likely get another combat deployment soon.  I love my fellow Georgians for their love and support of this fine patriot.  John Beale served his state and his country and would have been a hero even if he had come home without a scratch.

Let us never forget patriots like SFC John Beale.

Currahee!

I do not know how to embed this video but please click on this link to see a fantastic story about an injured soldier and how his interactions with Gen. David Petraeus seem to have helped pull him out of a coma-like state.  If this does not get to you then there is really something wrong with you.

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=5000003n

A thousand community organizers are not worth one Lt Brian Brenan.

Bill Maher Smears the Troops

Perennially unfunny loudmouth Bill Maher has smeared American troops in the guise of comedy.  As an aside, doesn’t someone have to be funny to be labeled a comedian?  How in the hell did Maher or Franken ever get that label?  They are just angry, unfunny pricks.

On his show he was talking about still having troops stationed in Germany and Japan and let this gem go:  “At some point these people are going to have to learn to rape themselves.”  Watch it for yourself:

Come down to Georgia and say that to a good old boy’s face, Bill.  Someone like me would put you on your smug ass, you angry beta male prick – I would not spit on you if you were on fire but I would like 30 seconds in the ring with you, which is all that it would take.  My brother is in the US Army and you are not worth the sweat off of his b*lls.

Men (and I use that term loosely here) like Maher could not handle 1 day in a combat unit.

UPDATE: Michelle points out that liberals never seem to mention the rapes committed by UN “peacekeepers” around the world.  They reserve their distain for Americans.

Army officer gives motivational speech to Iraqi police recruits

WARNING: This is very rough language, please do not listen if you will be offended.

This video shows a US Army soldier giving a very rough motivational speech to Iraqi police recruits.  He tells them how it is and they do not like it.  Again, there is no bleeping out of bad words in this video.  You have been warned.

 I do not know how to embed this format, but here is the link:

Army soldier motivating Iraqi police to “Man Up”. 

“Until you man up, you need to shut the —- up!”

That’s the kind of man I would want leading my sons if they choose to serve.