As faithful readers may recall, I’ve been grapping with with a critical issue regarding our national defense and what serving in the military should mean in our democratic republic.
The WSJ story below has helped finally tip the scale for me personally, therefore I will no longer encourage young Americans to volunteer to serve in combat.
If I believed that our nation was making the best of their service and sacrifice I would stand on the street corner shouting the need to serve and more than that, the duty to serve our country in time of war, at bayonet length if necessary.
Daily, the Obama Administration and our senior military leaders are cynically trading American lives and limbs rather than prosecuting the war in the Middle East with the utmost speed and power… a strategy that has always been the most economical in both lives and treasure.
American combat deaths in Afghanistan now surpass 1,000.
Young Americans, do not waste your lives for a group of cowardly men and women who given the choice between killing the enemy or you, will… kill… you every time.
Fire team/squad leaders, sergeants, young officers… if you do not do the same, you will be arrested charged and prosecuted for murder.
Do not come back home in a box for people who are unworthy to water your horse.
The proverbial straw:
MARJAH, Afghanistan—As Capt. Anthony Zinni monitored a live video feed from a Predator drone circling overhead, he spotted four men planting a booby trap in the middle of the road here.
For Capt. Zinni, one of the officers responsible for approving air-strikes in the nine-day-old battle for Marjah, it seemed like an easy call: The men were digging a hole alongside a road where a Marine supply convoy was scheduled to pass within hours. But just as he was about to give the order to strike, Capt. Zinni spotted even-smaller white figures on the video running along the path south of the canal.
Children. Maybe 50 feet from the men planting the booby trap. "It's not a good shot," Capt. Zinni said, ordering the Predator drone to delay the strike. "It's not a good shot."
The 45 minutes that followed help illustrate why it is taking coalition forces so long to secure this hotly contested part of Afghanistan.
When Capt. Zinni spotted the four men planting the booby trap on the afternoon of Feb. 17, the first thing he did was call his lawyer.
"Judge!" he yelled.
Capt. Matthew Andrew, judge advocate for 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, advises the battalion about when it is legal to order the airstrikes. He examined the figures on the video feed closely. "I think you got it," Capt. Andrew said, giving the OK for the strike.
Just what makes for a great military campaign, a regimental lawyer running combat ops. Read more here.
We must support and ask God’s blessing for our troops in the field.
How did America get here? Just one reason:
Rep. Xavier Becerra (D – CA) laughs out loud when someone from the Ari David for Congress campaign showed up at an SEIU immigration rally and suggested that the meeting begin with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Start the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance? Oh, man, that’s a good one. A real gut-buster.
Beccerra and the CHIRLA/SEIU rally leader appear baffled by this outrageous suggestion. But once the Pledge begins, they’re embarrassed into standing for it.
You can’t miss Beccerra. He’s the one on stage just to the left of the man in the orange jacket.
Had there been no video coverage, no one would have stood for the pledge.
This is Obamamerica. They are our enemies.