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  • Pentagon ditches onerous rules of engagement, gives Mosul troops quicker firepower access

    02/25/2017 1:27:20 AM PST · by GonzoII · 46 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Feb 23, 2017 | Douglas Ernst
    Iraqi forces and U.S. coalition troops are no longer burdened by strict rules of engagement, which some say have turned firepower requests into bureaucratic nightmares. U.S. Army Lt. Col. James Browning, commander of 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, recently spoke with reporters about a Dec. 26 directive that streamlined the process of delivering aid. The order, attributed to U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, was confirmed on Thursday by Air Force Col. John Dorrian, the U.S.-led coalition’s spokesman. “It changed the relationship [between forces],” Lt. Col. Browning told The Associated Press about...
  • History (1957 Video) - Margaret Sanger - Planned Parenthood / Govt Sponsored Abortion

    01/25/2017 11:20:05 AM PST · by johnk · 18 replies
    YouTube ^ | 9/21/1957 | Mike Wallace
    Episode dated 21 September 1957 From IMDB: Mike Wallace interviews Margaret Sanger (1879-1966), who founded Planned Parenthood and coined the term "birth control". She led the campaign to overturn anti-contraception laws, disseminate birth control information and champion free speech.
  • Mattis Celebrates First Day At Pentagon By Blowing Up ISIS 31 Times

    01/22/2017 11:03:00 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 160 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1-22-2017 | Russ Read
    Newly minted Secretary of Defense James Mattis celebrated his first full day at the Pentagon by overseeing 31 strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Mattis entered the Pentagon Saturday with a smile for his first full day of work, and for good reason, considering the significant bombardment ISIS forces received. A variety of fighters, bombers and remotely piloted aircraft engaged in the bombing run, which saw 25 strikes in Syria and six in Iraq. In Syria, two strikes destroyed ISIS units and artillery near the town of Bab. ISIS forces in Raqqa, the terrorist group’s de facto capital,...
  • Is the Selection of General Mattis a Signal for Us to Expect a Continuation of COIN Philosophy?

    12/15/2016 9:01:12 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 27 replies
    blog: Let Them Fight or Bring Them Home! ^ | December 8, 2016 | John Bernard, USMC (retired)
    History can either be a Schoolmaster or a Mistress. It depends on the intent of the reader. It also depends on what the reader considers sacrosanct. We all tend to hold certain things as so inviolable as to make objective questioning that might breach that privately held trust, unacceptable. This is all fine when the only thing that might be defiled is our personal conscience or even the feelings of another. But when the thing or person questioned, has power and the ability to send men and women, who have selflessly granted those certain powers unfettered access unto death, those...
  • Trump transition team reviewing military rules of engagement

    12/09/2016 12:40:34 PM PST · by hotsteppa · 25 replies
    President-elect Donald Trump's transition team at the Pentagon is looking into loosening the rules of engagement for troops fighting overseas, according to a report. The Trump team has asked for a list of restrictions, limitations and other "rules of engagement" on U.S. troops operating overseas, according to an NPR report. That includes rules on how close U.S. special operators can get to the fight in Iraq and Syria and who they can target on the battlefield and how. Trump often blasted the rules of engagement during the campaign trail, arguing they were too favorable to the Islamic State in Iraq...
  • Ahead of Trump White House, Obama admin. releases memo outlining use of force rules

    12/05/2016 12:55:23 PM PST · by ColdOne · 41 replies
    breaking911.com ^ | 12/5/16 | breaking911com
    December 5, 2016 | 3:18 PM Ahead of Trump White House, Obama admin. releases memo outlining use of force rules December 5, 2016 | 3:18 PM Home » BREAKING NEWS » Ahead of Trump White House, Obama admin. releases memo outlining use of force rules WASHINGTON – On the eve of a new administration that has promised more aggressive counterterrorism operations, the Obama White House has released a lengthy compendium of its own policies governing the use of force. The 61-page document outlines eight years of administration legal opinions, executive orders and military directives. In a strong defense of its...
  • Ted Cruz Aide May Have Inadvertently Handed Donald Trump The Presidency (Jeff Roe)

    12/02/2016 12:48:53 PM PST · by drewh · 53 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2:59 PM 12/02/2016 | Send tips to rachel@dailycallernewsfoundation.org.
    The Ted Cruz campaign may have played a key role in handing Donald Trump the White House, an on the record discussion between key political operatives Thursday revealed. Cruz’s campaign manager, Jeff Roe, warned the Trump campaign ahead of the New Hampshire primary that support for him was dropping in their internal polls, giving Trump a chance to recalibrate his strategy in the key primary state. He went on to win New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, essentially locking up the Republican nomination. Corey Lewandowski, then Trump’s campaign manager, recalled the phone call at an election post-mortem hosted by Harvard...
  • HOLY CRAP! Smoking Gun on Benghazi?!

    11/07/2016 1:13:59 PM PST · by Ancesthntr · 83 replies
    The Market Ticker ^ | November 7, 2016 | Karl Denninger
    What?! "An obscure private firm hired by the State Department over internal objections to protect U.S. diplomats in Benghazi just months before the American ambassador and three others were killed was staffed with hastily recruited locals with terror ties who helped carry out the attack,...."
  • At 62, US special forces veteran battles against ISIS on lonely desert front

    11/04/2016 9:48:40 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 9 replies
    FOX ^ | November 04, 2016 | Benjamin Hall
    NORTHERN IRAQ – On the Western side of Mosul, lies a forgotten front crucial to choking off ISIS' lifeline to Syria. Fox News recently made the eight hour trip west from Mosul to the front outside the devastated city of Sinjar and found a small outpost where a handful of men hold off near-daily attacks from ISIS fighters. One soldier manning the post was David Shumock, a 62-year-old Floridian and former U.S. Air Forces pararescueman. The American fights side-by-side with the Kurdish Peshmerga, and serves as medic and trainer to his comrades, as well. Shumock has called the dusty, makeshift,...
  • Taking Fire

    10/01/2016 11:57:47 AM PDT · by pboyington · 9 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | October 1, 2016 | Joe Ragonese
    The Discovery Channel has produced a program called “Taking Fire” and is the product of placing helmet cameras on several soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division, stationed in Afghanistan’s Korangal Valley. The action takes place in 2010, during Obama’s surge. It was a typical Obama disaster where he pulled out the troops too soon to have any effect. I do not know if the troops were placed in the position they were because of Obama’s Rules of Engagement or due to some of the worst military planning that I have ever seen. The platoon is stationed on the valley floor...
  • Cut-off. Surrounded. Outnumbered. Just 88 British soldiers resigned to defeat after fighting off 500

    08/06/2016 2:59:12 PM PDT · by GilGil · 113 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8/6/2016 | Nigel Blundell
    Outgunned, outmanoeuvred, hopelessly outnumbered and besieged in the Afghan desert, a small band of British soldiers chose to save a final bullet for themselves rather than fall into Taliban hands. For nearly two months, the 88 men of Easy Company – a mix of Paratroopers and the Royal Irish – had faced the overwhelming force and firepower of up to 500 Taliban determined to over-run the remote Helmand outpost of Musa Qala.
  • Shared Mission to Pardon U.S. Soldiers Who Killed Civilians

    05/20/2016 5:11:12 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 5 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 19, 2016 | DAVE PHILIPPS
    KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — An unusual coalition of largely older and conservative former military men and younger, left-leaning law students are waging a joint campaign for one of the most unlikely causes: clemency for troops convicted of killing civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan. They want to push President Obama to reduce sentences and grant pardons for seven convicted war criminals, ranging from a private who followed an order to shoot unarmed detainees, to the more well-known case of Robert Bales, an Army staff sergeant sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder of 16 Afghan civilians in 2012. The...
  • Navy officer fired over Iran's detention of 10 sailors.

    05/12/2016 7:35:54 PM PDT · by Kush · 34 replies
    Associated Press/Yahoo News ^ | 05/12/2016 | unknown
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Navy has fired the commander of the 10 American sailors who wandered into Iranian territorial waters in the Persian Gulf and were captured and held by Iran for about 15 hours. In a statement Thursday, the Navy said it had lost confidence in Cmdr. Eric Rasch, who was the executive officer of the squadron that included the 10 sailors at the time of the January incident. He was responsible for the training and readiness of the more than 400 sailors in the unit. A Navy official said Rasch failed to provide effective leadership, leading to a...
  • Navy Commander Fired in Connection with Iran Detention Incident

    05/12/2016 5:56:12 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 51 replies
    Military.com ^ | May 12, 2016 | Hope Hodge Seck
    The commanding officer of a West Coast-based Navy riverine squadron has been fired in the fallout from an investigation into an incident in which ten sailors were briefly captured by Iranian forces earlier this year. Cmdr. Eric Rasch, commanding officer of Coastal Riverine Squadron 3, was relieved today by Capt. Gary Leigh the commander of Coastal Riverine Group 1 due to a “loss of confidence in his ability to command,” according to a Navy release. Leigh made the decision to remove Rasch after reviewing a preliminary investigation into the incident that unfolded over Jan. 12-13. Two riverine boats carrying ten...
  • Hillary Clinton just overturned Roe vs. Wade

    04/03/2016 2:08:29 PM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 27 replies
    TomHoefling.com ^ | 4/3/2016 | Tom Hoefling
    For decades we've heard Republicans and Democrats tell us that we have to somehow "overturn Roe vs. Wade" in order to stop the abortion holocaust. In the first place, there's nothing to "overturn." Roe was not a law. It was an arbitrary, unconstitutional, lawless court opinion delivered by a handful of oath-breaking, unprincipled, usurping judges -- men who have all already gone on to meet the Supreme Judge of the Universe to explain exactly why they did what they did. Their mere opinion, in one particular case, which opened the door to one of the largest mass murders in human...
  • Rep. Zinke: The Taliban killed Sgt. McClintock but the Obama White House failed to save him

    04/02/2016 10:51:42 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 17 replies
    FoxNews ^ | March 31, 2016 | By Rep. Ryan Zinke
    On January 5, 2016, America lost an elite Special Forces soldier when the White House turned their back on him and his unit. Army Green Beret Sergeant First Class Matthew McClintock lost his life, and two others were wounded, when his unit came under Taliban fire in a compound in Marjah, Afghanistan. After the unit was pinned down by enemy combatants, reports say the ground commander requested support from a circling AC-130 gunship. Due to the Obama administration’s fear of collateral damage, the gunship was initially waived off. The “quick” reaction force (QRF) was also delayed by hours. Although one...
  • Republican Combat Vet: Trump Is Openly Advocating War Crimes

    03/04/2016 9:25:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 269 replies
    Buzz Feed ^ | 03/04/2016 | Christopher Massie
    Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, a former Air Force pilot who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, said on Thursday that Donald Trump is openly advocating war crimes that would cause the soldiers who obeyed his orders to be jailed. “If you’re a private in the field and your major or your colonel orders you to do something that is a war crime, you actually bear responsibility, you can’t say that the colonel made me do it,” said Kinzinger, who is supporting Marco Rubio. “What Donald Trump, as wanting to be president of the United States is advocating, is a war...
  • The man behind Ted Cruz’s tricks

    02/29/2016 6:00:47 AM PST · by McGruff · 30 replies
    POLITICO ^ | February 29, 2016 | SHANE GOLDMACHER
    Ted Cruz likes to say “personnel is policy” but the single most important personnel decision he’s made on the 2016 presidential campaign has become his most controversial. Cruz has carefully built his brand on trustworthiness — he stands almost daily in front of signs that read “TrusTED” — but in selecting his campaign manager, Cruz tapped a take-no-prisoners operative well practiced in political dark arts. Those who have crossed Cruz’s campaign manager, Jeff Roe, say things like he’s “mean” and a “master of sleazy politics.” He’s also an indisputably talented tactician who has guided Cruz from an asterisk early in...
  • What are the differences between Russian and US Military In Syria

    02/08/2016 7:27:16 PM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 23 replies
    SOTT ^ | 2/8/16
    A recent US intelligence report said that Daesh (also known as ISIL/Islamic State) is degrading. Two coalitions - one led by the US and the other by Russia - have been involved in fighting the terrorists. It is high time to figure out some differences between the two approaches. The Common Goal Russia, the United States, and Syria have one common enemy - the terrorist group Daesh. In September 2014, US President Barack Obama pledged to destroy Daesh with massive airstrikes. "Our objective is clear: We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy. We...
  • We Will Never Destroy ISIS Without a Full-Blown Declaration of War

    01/23/2016 6:17:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 59 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 23, 2016 | Larry Kudlow
    The speed of the news cycle and the media obsession with the presidential horseraces have crowded out a crucial development in the war on ISIS and related Islamic jihadist groups. House Speaker Paul Ryan has been sounding out colleagues for a new Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). The current AUMF, which was written in 2001 and targeted groups connected to 9/11, has not been renewed. Believe it or not. Bravo for Paul Ryan's statesmanship. But a new AUMF must be accompanied by a clear U.S. declaration of war against ISIS. We will never destroy them without a full-blown...
  • Arkansas to U.S. Supreme Court: Overturn Roe v. Wade

    10/06/2015 2:04:27 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 25 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/06/2015 | Jennifer Haberkorn
    Arkansas has asked the Supreme Court to revisit its long-standing ruling that a woman can terminate a pregnancy until the fetus is viable outside of the womb. Arkansas on Tuesday asked the justices to overturn a lower court decision that found that the state’s ban on abortion at 12 weeks of pregnancy and when a heartbeat is detected is unconstitutional. The court established the viability standard in the 1973 case Roe v. Wade and reaffirmed it in the 1992 case Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Arkansas argues that the viability rule is arbitrary, not written in the constitution, and is outdated....
  • Walter Williams: Unnecessary Loss of Life

    09/29/2015 10:50:54 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 30, 2015 | Walter E. Williams
    War is nasty, brutal and costly. In our latest wars, many of the casualties suffered by American troops are a direct result of their having to obey rules of engagement created by politicians who have never set foot on — or even seen — a battlefield. Today's battlefield commanders must be alert to the media and do-gooders who are all too ready to demonize troops involved in a battle that produces noncombatant deaths, so-called collateral damage. According to a Western Journalism article by Leigh H Bravo, "Insanity: The Rules of Engagement" (http://tinyurl.com/p59nlqs), our troops fighting in Afghanistan cannot do night...
  • Army Special Forces enraged over Obama attacks

    09/14/2015 7:53:40 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 27 replies
    WND ^ | September 13, 2015 | Greg Corombos
    General rips military leaders: 'They should put their stars on the table and be prepared to resign' U.S. Army Special Forces (photo: Department of Defense) Rules of engagement that risk the lives of U.S. forces and harsh punishments over questionable charges have America’s elite Green Berets fuming at the Obama administration, and the former commander of all Green Berets says it’s just the latest symptoms of a military deliberately weakened by this administration and military officials more concerned about advancement than the good of their forces and their nation. The litany of Green Beret frustration was detailed this week by...
  • Salmon spawns on Obama in Alaska

    09/03/2015 7:39:38 AM PDT · by McGruff · 37 replies
    CNN ^ | September 3, 2015 | Deena Zaru
    During his historic trip to Alaska, President Barack Obama spent some time fishing at Kanakanak Beach in Dillingham and in a comical moment, a salmon spawned on his shoes. Wearing a pair of orange gloves, Obama examined some of the fish that he caught. The second one he picked up began squirting at his shoes. "Uh-oh, what's happening there?" he asked.
  • 'Always Drop the Terrorist to the Ground'

    08/19/2015 3:20:48 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/8/15 | Tova Dvorin
    Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon (Likud) encouraged constant vigilance on Wednesday, during a visit to the "Jordan Lions" Brigade in the Jordan Valley. "The result in every encounter with terrorists should be like this: that you remain standing while the terrorist is on the ground," he stated. "You should be aware that someone is looking at you and looking for the weak spot." Ya'alon also addressed the waves of terror rippling through Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria. "In Judea and Samaria, we are going through a time of multiple incidents," he said. "The trick is not to become a target by terror...
  • Obergefell much like Roe v. Wade

    07/20/2015 9:51:37 AM PDT · by TenthAmendmentNetwork · 8 replies
    Seedless Wry ^ | 7/19/2015 | Marc Gindin
    Gay marriage and abortion have little in common except for how each became federal law without ever being codified by Congress. The U.S. Supreme Court's Obergefell decision delivers social change the citizenry not only did not want but which it actively fought against.
  • Inside the stunning fall and war-crimes investigation of an Army Green Beret war hero

    05/19/2015 11:37:40 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 19, 2015 | By Dan Lamothe
    When President Obama draped the nation’s highest award for combat valor around the neck of an Afghan war hero at the White House in October 2013, a highly decorated Green Beret officer who sat nearby faced an ugly reality: The Army was investigating him on charges of murder and conspiracy. Maj. Mathew L. Golsteyn was invited to the ceremony by William D. Swenson, who received the Medal of Honor for his actions in Afghanistan four years earlier. Like Swenson, Golsteyn had braved enemy fire repeatedly, seen fellow soldiers die and voiced deep frustration with the ways he saw U.S. troops...
  • Mother Jones’ Character Assassination of Cruz’s Winning Political Strategist

    03/25/2015 11:53:04 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 6 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 03/25/2015 | Dan Riehl
    Mother Jones is so upset that Ted Cruz  hired a consultant who’s capable of winning elections, the magazine smeared him by invoking a Missouri-based controversy even it admits he hasn’t genuinely been linked to. The magazine waited until deep in the second paragraph to point that out. It was no surprise on Monday when Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) formally announced his presidential bid. By last summer, he was making key hires for his campaign crew. And this included recruiting a controversial Missouri-based political operative named Jeff Roe, who is known for his ruthless, bare-knuckled style and who has recently been...
  • Army spied on Medal of Honor recipient over Amazon book review

    02/26/2015 4:17:20 PM PST · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 26, 2015 | Douglas Ernst
    The sixth living servicemember to be honored with the Medal of Honor was spied on by Army investigators over an Amazon book review that mentioned his name. Captain Will Swenson received the Medal of Honor on Oct. 15, 2013 for his heroism during the Battle of Ganjgal in Afghanistan in 2009. His trash was rummaged through, leading up to the ceremony with President Obama, and his girlfriend and Seattle neighbors were confronted about his whereabouts. “There’s good reason to suspect that the investigation into Swenson was really about his award, his criticism of the Army, and the hope that agents...
  • Afghanistan War Hero Stripped of Silver Star

    02/06/2015 5:12:25 AM PST · by Sharkfish · 19 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 2/6/2015 | Aaron MacKean
    Such is the quality of American military leadership that generals and political appointees like McHugh will send courageous soldiers like Golsteyn into incredibly difficult (some would suggest impossible) circumstances, then invest years in second-guessing their actions after the fact—and then, finding no evidence of wrongdoing, still publicly dishonor the man without giving him a chance to defend himself.
  • Bombshell: Army withheld evidence that could free Clint Lorance (Allen West)

    12/18/2014 3:02:13 PM PST · by kiryandil · 18 replies
    Allen B West website ^ | December 16, 2014 | Allen West
    We first wrote about the case of U.S. Army 1LT Clint Lorance of Texas last year. His was what I termed a seriously gross miscarriage of justice. Those of us who have been stationed in Afghanistan know the tactics and actions of the enemy. Any time two or more individuals are on a motorcycle approaching your convoy or position you can bet — if unarmed — they are scouts. And if they are scouts for a main attack, they are just as dangerous a threat. Herein lies the problem of our methods of prosecuting combat operations — not overseas contingency...
  • Gitmo Terrorists Released to ISIS While Hero U.S. Soldier Rots in Jail (Lt. Lorance)

    12/18/2014 2:52:14 PM PST · by kiryandil · 15 replies
    The Sean Hannity Show ^ | Monday, November 10th 2014 | Lauren ?Scirocco? (The Hannity Show)
    First Lieutenant Clint Lorance, 1st Platoon, C Troop, 4-73 Cavalry, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division U.S. intelligence and defense officials have recently estimated that 20 to 30 former Guantanamo Bay detainees have returned to the battlefields to fight alongside ISIS in Syria. While these monsters are free to terrorize minorities, rape and sexually enslave young girls, behead Western journalists, and plot to commit terror attacks on U.S. soil, an American soldier is serving 20 years at Fort Leavenworth for trying to protect his men while fighting in Afghanistan. With the holiday season upon us, it looks as though...
  • Webcast: 31st Annual Beirut Memorial Observance Ceremony [10:30am]

    10/23/2014 5:58:29 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 4 replies
    DVIDS Hub ^ | October 23, 2014 | N/A
    The 31st Beirut Memorial Observance Ceremony will be held at the Beirut Memorial in the Lejeune Memorial Gardens aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. Thursday, October 23, at 10:30 a.m. The special ceremony will honor the fallen service members and survivors who served in Lebanon from 1958 to 1984 and in Grenada. Major General Richard L. Simcock, the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade commanding general, is scheduled to deliver the Beirut memorial address. Scheduled from Oct 23 2014 10:30 AM EDT to Oct 23 2014 12:00 PM EDT
  • At least 4 NATO troops reported killed in Afghan suicide bombing [Czech]

    07/08/2014 6:53:06 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 4 replies
    Updated News [Canada] ^ | July 8, 2014 | N/A
    Four NATO troops have been killed in a suicide attack in Afghanistan’s Parwan province, the ISAF confirmed. The blast also killed two Afghan policemen and at least 10 civilians, local police said. Some reports say the NATO soldiers killed in the attack were from the Czech Republic. Earlier Ziaul Rahman Sayedkhili, a senior police officer in the eastern province of Parwan, said the blast had killed six NATO servicemen. He said a joint ISAF-Afghan force was deployed to the village of Qalandar Khil to investigate a rocket attack on a military base, which happened two days ago, and was targeted...
  • Obama jails American soldiers for killing the enemy and frees the enemy to kill more Americans.

    06/13/2014 5:35:03 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 5 replies
    NoiseyRoom.net ^ | June 8, 2014 | Nelson Abdullah
    It would be stupid to even think about asking the question: Whose side is Obama on? Anyone who doesn’t know by now must have just returned from a very long vacation. For the record, let the evidence stand to prove that Barack Hussein Obama is a Muslim and as a Muslim he must wage war against anyone who fights other Muslims. So how does the the so-called Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. military wage war against American soldiers who are fighting Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan? By making it difficult for them to fight. For one thing, by changing the Rules...
  • 'I Didn't Join to Be Sacrificed': U.S. Troops Fed Up with Risky Afghanistan Strategy

    02/12/2014 2:10:53 PM PST · by drypowder · 57 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 11 Feb 2014 | Billy & Karen Vaughn
    U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan are now forced to fight a two-fronted war. Before each deployment, these soldiers understand fully that day after day they will do battle against relentless terrorists with shifting loyalties and unspeakable hatred. But what none of them could have foreseen was the killing field that would open from their rear: the Continental United States. Our government’s incessant tightening of already restrictive ROE (Rules of Engagement), compounded by the failed COIN (Counterinsurgency) strategy—also known as “winning hearts and minds”—has made an otherwise primitive enemy formidable. Our best and brightest come home in body bags as politicians and...
  • New court documents reveal final moments of border agent Brian Terry’s life

    02/05/2014 3:18:01 PM PST · by ColdOne · 33 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 2/5/14 | William La Jeunesse, Laura Prabucki
    Documents show that on Dec. 14, 2010, Terry's team was on a hill above a ravine. A ground sensor went off alerting them to the approaching smugglers. When agents yelled "police" in Spanish, the smugglers turned and fired. According to the documents, this happened at 11:08 p.m. Just 52 minutes later, Terry would have been relieved by a second BORTAC team and gone home for Christmas. "I saw some members of the group point their weapons at us," Agent Gabriel Fragoza declared to the court. "Agent Castano and I deployed less lethal bean bag rounds as the individuals began to...
  • The War on Babies: A Former Fetus Speaks Out

    01/23/2014 8:25:15 AM PST · by Starman417 · 6 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-23-14 | Wordsmith
    The reason for the silly title? The annoyance of seeing "War on Women" flash across a tv screen (MSNBC), earlier this morning as Roe v. Wade was being discussed by talking heads. On the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, I happened to read Hot Air linked in the Most Wanted section of FA: “Everyone”? Well, not exactly, but only if you think for more than a few seconds about human biology and the consequences of abortion. The White House put out this statementtoday hailing Roe v Wade on its 41st anniversary: Statement by President Obama on 41st anniversary of...
  • To Mark Abortion Decision, Obama Touts 'Freedom and Opportunities to Fulfill Their Dreams'

    01/22/2014 1:26:53 PM PST · by Biggirl · 21 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | January 22, 2014 | Daniel Halper
    In a statement marking the controversial Supreme Court ruling Roe v. Wade, President Obama says that "this is a country where everyone deserves the same freedom and opportunities to fulfill their dreams."
  • 74% of U.S. Afghan Casualties Came After Obama Ordered Troops Increased

    01/09/2014 3:47:35 PM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    cns news ^ | 1/9/14 | Ali Meyer
    (CNSNews.com) - Seventy-four percent of the U.S. military personnel who have given their lives serving in the Afghan War died after Feb. 17, 2009, when President Barack Obama announced his first increase in the number of U.S. troops deployed in Afghanistan, according to CNSNews.com’s database of U.S. casualties in the war. In the more than twelve years that have passed since U.S. troops first entered Afghanistan with the aim of removing al Qaeda from its sanctuary there, 2,162 U.S. service personnel have given their lives in and around Afghanistan in support of U.S. military activities in that country. 1,593 of...
  • The changing combat rules of engagement: What is one American life worth?

    12/27/2013 7:34:13 AM PST · by rktman · 31 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/26/2013 | Maj. Gen. Jerry R. Curry
    To the American people an American military life is worth far more than the life of an Afghan soldier or civilian. For the current occupants of the White House and the Administration’s staff it seems to be just the opposite. It appears that to them Afghan civilian’s lives are more highly valued than American soldier’s lives, though this could never be publicly voiced in the politically correct game of semantics that combat commanders are forced to play these days. Still, to a military commander in the thick of battle the unintended killing of enemy civilians is collateral damage, one of...
  • Shades of Vietnam: Spike in U.S. troop deaths tied to stricter rules of engagement

    12/06/2013 8:01:56 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 55 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 5, 2013 | Rowan Scarborough
    The number of U.S. battlefield fatalities exceeded the rate at which troop strength surged in 2009 and 2010, prompting national security analysts to assert that coinciding stricter rules of engagement led to more deaths. A connection between the sharp increase in American deaths and restrictive rules of engagement is difficult to confirm. More deaths surely stemmed from ramped-up counterterrorism raids and the Taliban’s response with more homemade bombs, the No. 1 killer of NATO forces in Afghanistan. But it is clear that the rules of engagement, which restrain troops from firing in order to spare civilian casualties, cut back on...
  • Rules of Engagement

    12/04/2013 12:56:03 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 1 replies
    Sword and Sheild of Hawaii ^ | Dec 3 , 2013 | Billy Vaughn
    ” ROEs are , and shall ever be , a philosophical policy weapon used to further the ideology of the controlling political power at any given time . The power is in the politics , NOT the military . The military is expected to ‘submit’ to the politics of those in power . Those in political power determine what the mission objective is , as well as the policies involved with the country they occupy , such as Iraq or Afghanistan , for whatever reason ; even if it is detrimental to and opposed by the men and women from...
  • Rules of engagement bind U.S. troops’ actions in Afghanistan [New ROE are WORSE!}

    11/26/2013 9:17:13 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 47 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Nov 26, 2013 | By Rowan Scarborough
    ... "Said retired Army Col. Ken Allard, now a military analyst: “Call me crazy, but what on earth is the point of remaining there under these [rules of engagement], much less subjecting American soldiers to another set of restrictions that make sense only in proportion to your distance from the combat zone?”
  • U.S.-Afghan Pact is New Foreign Entitlement: Afgan-O-Care

    11/25/2013 8:32:48 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 3 replies
    Townhall ^ | Nov 22, 2013 | Diana West
    Now that U.S. and Afghan negotiators have agreed on terms of a seemingly open-ended -- if reduced -- U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, Afghan president Hamid Karzai and the Obama administration alike breathlessly await the verdict of the world's greatest deliberative body. No, not the U.S. Senate -- the "loya jirga." It is alarming to realize that this treaty renewing America's military commitment to Afghanistan under wholly disastrous terms for the United States seems to hinge on the say-so of some 3,000 "village elders" now gathered in Kabul -- and not, apparently, that of our own elected representatives. News reports...
  • More On Benghazi-Gate And Our Military

    10/29/2013 2:11:59 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 3 replies
    City On A Hill [BlogTalkRadio] ^ | October | Radio Broadcast
    Listen to broadcast interview of retired Marine 1st Sgt John Bernard give his opinion after the Benghazi hearings and the non-response of the GOP and the explanation for the faulty reasoning behind COIN and the present rules of engagement.
  • TrentoVision - SPECIAL - Billy & Karen Vaughn - SEAL Team 6

    10/01/2013 1:35:32 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 9 replies
    YouTube - TrentoVision ^ | September 19, 2013 | NA
    Streamed live on Sep 19, 2013 Taped in September 2013, this show is a look into the lives of Billy & Karen Vaughn, parents of fallen SEAL Team 6 warrior, Aaron Vaughn. The United West meet the Vaughns' back in 2011, right after the horrible loss of Extortion 17, Chinook helicopter that was shot down by the Taliban in Afghanistan. This show gets our viewers and listeners caught up with the very busy Vaughns as they battle with Congress, the Obama Administration and any others who get in their way to hold the US Government responsible for the failed ROE...
  • Congress to probe lethal SEAL crash

    07/24/2013 5:33:21 AM PDT · by kimtom · 39 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 07/24/13 | Bob Cusack
    Congress has launched an investigation of the helicopter crash that killed 30 Americans in Afghanistan, including members of the Navy’s elite SEAL Team 6 unit, The Hill has learned. [WATCH VIDEO] The victims’ families say the Pentagon hasn’t provided answers to their many questions about the deadly attack, which took place on Aug. 6, 2011, three months after Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan by Team 6 forces. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on National Security, told The Hill, “We’re going to dive into this.” Chaffetz said he met with the...
  • Army officer gets 20 years' jail for murder after he ordered troops to open fire on Afghan men....

    08/02/2013 5:52:40 PM PDT · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 54 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | August 01, 2013 | By David Mccormack and Helen Pow
    FULL TITLE: "Army officer gets 20 years' jail for murder after he ordered troops to open fire on Afghan men approaching their checkpoint - but his lawyers say he was protecting platoon" First Lieutenant Clint Lorance was found guilty of two counts of second-degree murder on ThursdayProsecutors said Lorance recklessly ordered his men to open fire on three men on a motorcycle approaching his patrol in July 2012, killing twoHis mom, Anna Lorance, says he was only doing what he had to to ensure the safety of his troopsHe was sentenced to 20 years in prison, forfeiture of all pay...
  • PC Kills American troops: More than 100 unarmed already murdered by Muslim 'friends'

    08/22/2012 6:36:10 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 37 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 8/22/2012 | Arnold Ahlert
    As I said in a previous column, one could be forgiven for believing that political correctness is only one step removed from insanity. Unfortunately, as the latest report from Afghanistan reveals, it can also be deadly. Last week, in a move the Obama administration would undoubtedly like their useful idiot buddies in the media to ignore as much as possible, a long-standing order was reversed: U.S. troops are now required to carry loaded weapons at all times while on base. In other words, prior to this new directive, troops were required to remove the magazines from their weapons while quartered...