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  • just a conservative girl 12:49 PM on 06/06/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Afghanistan, bergdahl, , , , ,   

    Bergdahl Classification Isn’t What Matters – Don’t Miss the Larger Picture 

    All over the media there is horror and consternation in regards to the Bergdahl return.  He is being called a traitor and I have seen many calls for the death penalty floating about.  You are missing the bigger picture here.  First and foremost, the military never classified Bergdahl as a deserter.  That makes a huge difference in how the military should behave in trying to find and free him.  The military had an obligation to do so.  Secondly, the bigger picture seems to be getting missed here.  President Obama broke the law in order to get his return.  It doesn’t matter what the standing of the soldier is.  The law would be broken even if there were not serious questions about Bergdahl’s actions.

    Now from the media reports I have read the sequence of events in this “trade” is that a video was made in December of 2013.  The White House was made aware of the video the following month.  In this very short video (I believe it is under three minutes) it reportedly shows Bergdahl in bad health.  In the statements made by the administration, as well as the president himself, the narrative that they are using is that they saw that his health was deteriorating and knew something had to be done.  Does that make sense to you?

    If his health was so dire why did they wait close to five months to do something about it?  If his health was the reason for the “prisoner swap” wouldn’t they have done it in late January or early February?  This is one among many questions that must be answered.

    Another one of the narratives that the White House is laying out there is the need for absolute secrecy.  Everyone knows that there are leaks coming out of Capitol Hill.  That can’t be denied.  But this is also the same institution that knew about the bin Laden raid months in advance.  Nothing of that leaked.  One would like to think that members of congress take national security seriously.  There are many who look at Bergdahl as a traitor, some of those people are members of Capitol Hill.  But that doesn’t mean that they would voluntarily risk the life of that man by leaking the information.  This is just a ginned up excuse that the administration is floating to direct attention away from the fact that he has clearly broken the law.  A law, I might add, that he signed.  It isn’t like he wasn’t aware that the law existed.  It seems like the touted Constitutional law professor has left those ideals behind.

    This administration has emboldened the Taliban to take additional Americans hostages.  Not to mention many other rogue nations across the world such as North Korea, Iran, and a whole host of others.  We are now known for negotiating with terrorists.  We have crossed that line and there will be no going back.

    Conservatives need to do themselves a favor and let the military justice system do what needs to be done and let them handle Bergdahl, we have much bigger fish to fry.

    Impeachment must be discussed in this context.  I have never called for that before during the Obama administration because I don’t think incompetence is grounds for impeachment.  But this is a situation where multiple laws were broken, our national security has been endangered, and our troops all over the world have had a target put on their backs forever more.  That should not be allowed to stand.  This is the fight we should be waging.  Bergdahl is only a small cog in the wheel.  Let the Department of Defense handle him.

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  • just a conservative girl 8:26 PM on 04/11/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Afghanistan, , ron, war   

    Welcome Home Marine Ron 

    My blogging buddy Ron and his unit have made it safely home from a 7 month tour in Afghanistan.  Every one of his men made it home safe and sound.  Praise God.

    Ron didn’t blog much during his stay over there, but he and I kept up with each other on Facebook.  He did recently start blogging again.  He kept a diary of his experience while in theater.  He is starting to post about it now.  Pop on over and read his first installment and give him a congrats for not only a job well done, but also his Marines Commendation Medal.  Something that I am sure was very well deserved.

    Thanks for your service Ron and Welcome home!!!

     
    • SignPainterGuy 9:06 PM on 04/11/2012 Permalink | Reply

      A very hearty Thank You and Welcome Home Ron and your entire Marine unit !

  • backyardconservative 12:39 PM on 09/18/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Afghanistan, , , , ,   

    Afghan Election Today: Women Vote 

    Early reports are mixed, some promising:

    In the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar in the south, voters ventured out in small groups despite rocket strikes and bomb blasts. One bomb targeted the convoy of Gov. Tooryalai Wesa as it drove between voting centers but no one was injured, police officer Abdul Manan said.

    Wesa still urged Kandaharis to come out and vote.

    “There’s nothing to be afraid of,” he said. “The enemy wants the election to fail, so if you want the insurgents out of your land, you’ll have to come out and vote.”

    Voters even lined up in the Zhari district, west of Kandahar city, where Taliban leader Mullah Omar’s radical Islamic movement was born 16 years ago. Hundreds of Afghan and international troops secured the area.

    And it appears some women are engaging in vote fraud:

    “The women coming here have so many cards that don’t have the stamp and are not real cards but still they are voting,” said Nazreen, a monitor for the Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan, which has dispatched observers throughout the country.

    Fake voter cards flooded into Afghanistan ahead of the balloting, but election officials had promised that poll workers were trained to spot them.

    NATO’S senior civilian representative said some fraud was expected, and that it would not necessarily undermine the vote.

    “The real issue is the scale of that and does it affect the result. And does it affect the credibility of the election, not in our eyes but in the eyes of the Afghan people,” Mark Sedwill said.

    Interesting.

    P.S. Nina Burleigh in Huffpo: A Holy War on Women:

    If anyone still doubted, or hadn’t noticed, that misogyny is the fundamental pillar on which radical Islam is based, the news that poison gas was pumped into girls’ schools in Afghanistan, likely by the Taliban, ought to confirm it.

    I’m with you, Nina.

    –crossposted at BackyardConservative

     
    • archer52 3:29 PM on 09/19/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Nobody in the real world thinks we can turn a religion around that allows for the murder of women for almost any excuse. Only our “elite” leaders think such foolishness. As I commented over at P&P, there are no moderate Muslims, only quite ones. They all want to have their religion conquer all others, the “how” is open to most.

      If I had the power for a day, I’d wish that religion to cease to exist. In the end, it would be an overall victory for the world.

    • backyardconservative 4:10 PM on 09/19/2010 Permalink | Reply

      I pretty much agree with you.

      If Islam is to be at all civilized it needs major, major reform. But these guys in charge are not reformers. They want to kill us and beat their women.

      So we have to fight them. Every day in nearly every way.

      • Yukio Ngaby 12:37 AM on 09/20/2010 Permalink | Reply

        Which guys in charge? All of Islam shouldn’t be judged by Iran and al Queda.

        There are reformers in Islam, although a better term would probably be progressives (not American political progressiveness), and these people need to be supported. The W. Bush admin. understood this and supported a number of them.

        Yes. The Bush admin. got it wrong sometimes, and were intentionally misled by others. However there was significant change in places like Bahrain, Qatar, Indonesia, Malaysia, and elsewhere. You may read about about anti-Christian attacks in places like Indonesia in the press and on websites, but the Muslim populations’ rallies for religious tolerance following these attacks and the demands for action to be taken against the attackers are not so eagerly reported.

        Obama stopped almost all of it, then ran around the world apologizing, saying we (meaning people other than himself, of course) aren’t in a position to judge or support or do pretty much anything then pity our past actions. That was absolutely devestating to both our allies (like Israel) and the Muslims that the US had been cultivating congenial relationships with.

        We have a very distorted view of Islam– a mostly de-centralized religion with more sects then Christianity. Do you judge all of Christianity by the Jehovah’s Witnesses?

        But hey, let’s just follow the course of archer52’s dreams and just wipe away the 1.5+ billion Muslims on the planet. I mean they are ALL extremists lying and infiltrating into our society. What a “victory” that would be…

    • archer52 11:46 AM on 09/20/2010 Permalink | Reply

      YN-

      I didn’t say I’d kill the people, only the religion. Also, just for giggles, name the Jehovah Witness group that murders children, women and babies in the name of their God to the tune of thousands and thousands. Again, do not confuse your own personal concepts of right and wrong with those of radical Muslims. It is a mistake all people make. We tend to imprint what we would do onto people who have no intention, history or desire to do what we would consider civilized.

      Accept those people for who they are and judge them by their acts. You’ll find little room for wiggle when it comes to defending their way of life. I’d wipe out that way of life. I have friends and relatives in Afghanistan as we speak. Their stories of just how retarded Islam makes the people there, in spirit, intelligence, learning, thought and actions, is stunning. Islam, in the form that we are fighting, thrives in an environment of ignorance and strives to keep the status quo. I’d stop that. It would give the people a chance to move out of the ninth century and have a chance to live free.

      • Yukio Ngaby 4:29 PM on 09/20/2010 Permalink | Reply

        archer 52: “Also, just for giggles, name the Jehovah Witness group that murders children, women and babies in the name of their God to the tune of thousands and thousands.”

        My point is not that Jehovah’s Witnesses murder children, women, and babies. Either you are intentionally misinterpreting my words, or did not read very carefully. My point then, and I’ll restate it for you, is that Islam is a very complicated religion made up various sects– much like Christianity has Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox Catholics, Baptists, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Mormons, Seventh Day Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, etc.– yet you and others judge it according to very specific people in specific geographic areas espousing a very specific form of Islam and then apply to every single Muslim everywhere per your 1st comment. You go so far as to judge the religion you don’t understand as being a blight upon the planet.

        Gee, that doesn’t sound reactionary or extreme, or anything, does it?

        But since you bring up killing babies… Just for giggles why don’t you tell me how many babies are killed by Christian doctors and Christian parents in the form of abortions yearly? 1.2 million abortions in 2005 in the US– not in the world, but in the US. But I’m sure that at least 1 million of them were killed by mean Muslims, right? And hey, do you remember when Muslims killed 6 million Jewish people during WWII? Oh wait, nope– that was Christians. Or what about when the Muslims slaughtered all those Catholics during the Reformation? Oops wait. Christians again. How about that time when Muslims conquered South America and imposed their own religion on the pagan, blood sacrificing– uh… I mean native religion– of the time? Christians again. Would it be a victory for the world if Christianity would cease to exist?

        “Accept those people for who they are and judge them by their acts.” Who exactly are “those people”? All Muslims? Sounds that way. After all you said “there are no moderate Muslims, only quite [type-o “quiet” I assume] ones.”

        So I should judge all of 1.5+ billion Muslims by the acts of those few you’d like to highlight. Perhaps by those “retards,” as you put it, in Afghanistan. Why that’s sounds logical, reasonable and unbigoted. I’ll judge all Malaysians by the actions of the Pashtuns, all Indonesian ethnicities by the Tajiks, all Philippine Muslims by the Hazaras. Good idea! While I’m at it, I’ll judge all American Christians by the actions of the Copts too! It makes as much sense.

        But let’s look at Afghanistan for just a second. You wrote: “Their [friends and relatives in Afghanistan] stories of just how retarded Islam makes the people there, in spirit, intelligence, learning, thought and actions, is stunning.”

        “Retarted”? Hmmm. I’ll go ahead and give you the benefit of the doubt and take the word “retarded” as meaning backwards or unsophisticated rather than moronic or stupid. Since surely you’re not calling all 30 million people in Afghanistan stupid. Are you?

        And let’s just ignore the fact that all your information is second-hand heresay. Let’s assume that the people you hear this from are 100% correct in their observations, 100% correct in their assessments (according to some assumed universal standard of progress, I guess), and fully informed in both Afghanistan’s history and culture. I don’t believe any of that, of course, but let’s assume all of that…

        Afghanistan’s history is filled with violence. When they’re not fighting each other, they were fighting off foreign invaders. Lest we forget, the Soviets occupied the country for for 10 years (1979 – 1989), and in that time somewhere between 1 – 2 million people were killed. Following that foreign-backed militias fought over Afghanistan until the Taliban (likely backed by Pakistan) took over in 1996. The U.S. inavded in 2001. War zones are not known for developing universities and technologies. But hey, it’s not the constant warfare that’s the problem, nor is it the tribalism. It’s the religion that’s the problem! If only they were all Baptists, then everything would be better! Then maybe wou wouldn’t judge them as being “retarded” anymore. Sure, that makes sense…

        And you’re not going to give them “a chance to live free.” Be honest. You’re just going to give them a chance to live their lives in a way that you approve of. That’s all.

  • Jill 9:12 AM on 06/22/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Afghanistan, ,   

    McChrystal’s poor judgment 

    Though it’s undoubtedly true that President Obama was unprepared on Afghanistan and continues to lag sadly behind the competency curve on all matters presidential, how to explain the incredibly poor judgment shown by Gen. McChrystal in airing his dirty laundry in a lengthy Rolling Stone profile? A terminal case of buyer’s remorse? He did vote for Obama. Hot Air:

    Via Chris Cillizza on Twitter, Politico has the PDF of the Rolling Stone article that has created a firestorm for General Stanley McChrystal — and it’s at least as bad as advertised.  Michael Hastings paints a damning picture of a military leader who seems to have built a toadying entourage, whose disdain and contempt for the political leadership of the country drips from every page, and who doesn’t seem to mind who knows it — until it hits the presses.

    Hot Air quotes a McChrystal aide from the article:

    Their first one-on-one meeting took place in the Oval Office four months later, after McChrystal got the Afghanistan job, and it didn’t go much better. “It was a 10-minute photo op,” says an adviser to McChrystal. “Obama clearly didn’t know anything about him, who he was. Here’s the guy who’s going to run his [bleeping] war, but he didn’t seem very engaged. The Boss was pretty disappointed.”

    Of course this is perfectly consistent with everything else we know about Obama’s “leadership style.” But I don’t see how Obama can do anything but fire him. Read the rest at Hot Air.

    Updated to add insight from Byron York, quoting a source who knows McChrystal well:

    “Those of us who knew him would unanimously tell you that this was just a matter of time,” the man says.  “He talks this way all the time.  I’m surprised it took this long for it to rear its ugly head.”

    “He had great disdain for anyone, as he said, ‘in a suit,’” the former military man continues.  “I was shocked one day in a small group of people when he took [former Defense Secretary Donald] Rumsfeld to task in front of all of us.”

    “The other thing about him is that he is probably one of the more arrogant, cocksure military guys I have run across.  That in itself is not necessarily a character flaw, but when you couple it with his great disdain for civilians, it’s a very volatile combination.”

    Other items:

    Guy Benson does justice to Obama’s wasteful, politically partisan commissions:

    Candidate Barack Obama famously ridiculed his 2008 opponent for suggesting the next president establish a bipartisan commission to thoroughly investigate the myriad factors that contributed to the financial meltdown.  Obama snarked that John McCain was employing the “oldest…stunt in the book” and seeking to “pass the buck” by tasking others to “study the problem.”  (Here he paused for laughter).  Building up to an audience-fueled crescendo, Obama bellowed, “What we need now is leadership.”

    Once elected president, Obama changed his tune.  Having created and exacerbated record budget deficits, Obama cracked open the old Washington playbook and found a certain stunt he thought might be useful.  Hello, deficit commission.  It promptly ran out of money.  Beyond that irony, many observers suspect Obama ultimately intends to use the panel as political cover (sometimes known as buck-passing) to violate his campaign’s central “firm pledge.”

    Now the president is facing one of the gravest environmental disasters in US history.  Managing the crisis effectively, providing leadership, etc. has proven rather difficult, so Obama has found himself once again strangely attracted to the stunt he forcefully rejected on the campaign trail.  Hello, oil spill commission — for which Obama has requested $15 million in funding. Their job? To study the problem.  [Pause for laughter]. A wise use of taxpayer dollars? You’ll have to ask the deficit commission.

    What we still need now is leadership. Read the rest.

    Lastly, Peter Robinson interviews Mark Steyn and Rob Long, all week.  Part 1, about 8 minutes, is on the continuing relevance of Ronald Reagan.  Part 2, 5 minutes long, is on Reagan’s prescient opposition to government healthcare. Worth watching. (Mark looks very dapper, as usual.)

     
    • Obi's Sister 5:47 PM on 06/22/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Oh my. Most people who don’t like their bosses have the good sense to keep it to themselves until they either find another job or the boss is promoted to Peter Principle nirvana.

      Point of order here, since I’m not familiar with military protocol: If Obama sacks him, is it just from that post? Or from the Army altogether?

    • nicedeb 3:03 PM on 06/23/2010 Permalink | Reply

      I hope, now that he’s been relieved of his duties, he’ll really open up about what he thinks about the Obama administration.

  • Sherry 10:51 AM on 04/06/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Afghanistan, Bush, fast food,   

    Excuse Me Sir, I’m Looking for the Big Top…Holy Cats! We’re in a Warzone! 

    The U.S. military is axing several fast food vendors from their bases in Afghanistan.

    http:www.//consumerist.com/2010/04/no-more-burger-king-or-dairy-queen-for-soldiers-in-
    afghanistan.html

    The military is also cutting first run movies for the troops and chains dropped include Burger King, Pizza Hut, T.G.I. Friday’s, Orange Julius and Dairy Queen. Tom Horton’s Donuts would remain. I guess some seargeant who signed off on this likes his morning snackie.

    Now I don’t have a problem with cutting surplus stuff in favor of needed equipment and that’s the line the military brass is saying, that items for these chains takes the place of essential items to combat outposts and forward operating bases, where troops who are in the fight each day need resupply with ammunition, food and water.  

    But I would say those famous words, If Bush did it….it would be small minded, mean spirited, anti-troop, cruel and bad for the troop morale to remove all tastes of home….

    “This is a war zone — not an amusement park,” Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Hall has said about the military’s decision. In the immortal words of the man in black, Johnny Cash, “You think they forgot?”

     
    • backyardconservative 9:20 PM on 04/06/2010 Permalink | Reply

      I think things may be getting really serious over there. God Bless our troops. I am sure we should be allocating more funds to resupply them, upgrade our equipment and expand our military. That would be infrastructure and funds well spent for the future. Providing for the common defense, our first priority as a nation.

      But we have Obama who does this war grudgingly.

      I hope to God our men and women over there know they have our support. Let’s hope we get a sea change in Congress in the fall. And what about General Petraeus for President?

      • Sherry 9:38 PM on 04/06/2010 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t know enough about the General to be excited or not. I will say, he can handle the heat, having endured General Betrayus from the far left, but what I don’t want is the press picking our candidate in an American Idol horse race type style. Nor do I want someone who is “due” for a run. We’ve done that; McCain, Dole. Feh.

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