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

    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.

     
  • just a conservative girl 9:51 PM on 04/09/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: discharge, dishonorable discharge, gary stein, , Military   

    Rules are Rules – The Gary Stein Case 

    Sgt. Gary Stein is facing discharge from the U.S. Marines due to a posting he made on a military tea party page that depicted President Obama as a jackass and called him the domestic enemy.  He is fighting this discharge even though a military board has recommended that they move forward with a discharge that will be done other than honorable.  Which basically means he will lose rank and benefits.  A very big price to pay.   This is something that will follow him for the rest of his life, this is something that is asked on most job applications.  But here is the rule that he is being charged with violating:

    Any commissioned officer who uses contemptuous words against the President, the Vice President, Congress, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of a military department, the Secretary of Transportation, or the Governor or legislature of any State, Territory, Commonwealth, or possession in which he is on duty or present shall be punished as a court-martial may direct

    This has also been updated to include enlisted service members as well.  It seem to me that he is indeed guilty of  violating the rules.  It is hard to deny that.  His attorney’s are not denying that his posting would be a violation of these rules.  They are questioning his rights to free speech on his own time.

    You make posting on a Facebook page that is clearly designed for military members then claim it was something done on your own time and would not fall under the purview of the code?  I am sure he did the posting when he was off duty, but it was a page that very much broadcasts the fact that they are military members.

    There are reasons why the military has rules and regulations on free speech when it comes to badmouthing your commanders.  discipline in a military setting is essential in order for the system to work properly.  One of the things that every marine I have met takes a great deal of pride in is the discipline that corp provides.  Most marines are pretty hard-core went it comes to the reputation of honor that comes with being a good marine.

    Look, I don’t like President Obama policies any more than this guy seems to.  But I am not in the military and I am free to say whatever I want.  I don’t have to worry about it.  But he is marine, he knew the rules and he still chose to make this posting.  Now he is paying the price for that choice.  That is called personal responsibility.

     

     
    • nooneofanyimport 1:13 PM on 04/12/2012 Permalink | Reply

      Yep, you’ve summed it up about right. I’s a violation of UCMJ and he’s probably already been thru nonjudicial punishment over it. Probably not a court-martial situation.

      At this point, if he’s fighting the OTH (other than honorable), as he should b/c it’s his right to require the due process of an admin board, then maybe the other factors like if he has good work record and lotsa witnesses in his favor, will ultimately persuade the board to either keep him or dismiss him honorably.

      best,
      Lin

  • pjMom 10:23 AM on 10/01/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Military,   

    Wife of a Wounded Warrior: “Army wives are like teabags. You never know how strong she is until she lands in hot water.” 

    Want to see what strength looks like? 

    Strength rocks a purple dress to her husband’s Purple Heart ceremony and smiles through tears.  Strength becomes his advocate, his appointment scheduler, his researcher for alternative medical treatments to restore their lives, his bedrock when he brings the war home. 

    I have the video of Bianca Baldwin giving a speech in honor of her husband, Special Forces Major Darren Baldwin, at his Purple Heart ceremony at pjMom.  Come watch and read “the rest of the story.”

     
    • Jill 7:29 AM on 10/02/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks so much, PJM. I watched the whole thing. It gives me hope for America.

      • pjMom 1:59 PM on 10/03/2010 Permalink | Reply

        Most welcome, Jill. It’s nice to know strong women still do stand by their soldiers … the divorce rate is incredbily high after 9 years of GWOT.

  • pjMom 11:06 PM on 04/11/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Military   

    How’s this for inspiration? 

    God knows we’re all in need of a little. 

    Blind Marine re-enlists.

    After all he’s been through, the only real regret Marine Cpl. Matthew Bradford says he has now is not being able to return to combat duty in Iraq.

    But Wednesday, Bradford, 23, made Marine Corps history, becoming the first blind double amputee to re-enlist. In keeping with service tradition, Bradford was honorably discharged and allowed to say a few words as a civilian before re-enlisting.

    “Sign me up, sir!” he told Lt. Col. David Barnes, who administered the oath of enlistment, extending Bradford’s military career by another four years.

    Bradford will work with wounded Marines at Camp Lejeune.

    Hoo-rah!

    Semper Fi!

    Cross-posted at politicaljunkieMom.

     
    • nicedeb 12:19 PM on 04/12/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Oh my gosh. Where do we get such men?

      • pjMom 1:24 PM on 04/12/2010 Permalink | Reply

        They wear uniforms, so they’re pretty easy to spot in public ; )

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