Posts Tagged ‘military’
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again – Obama hates our staunchest allies in the Middle East – Israel. If it were up to him – he would have all the Jews leave their God-given promised land and hand it over to those Paleoswinians.
h/t to The Drudge Report
Exclusive: U.S. Scales-Back Military Exercise with Israel, Affecting Potential Iran Strike
Seven months ago, Israel and the United States postponed a massive joint military exercise that was originally set to go forward just as concerns were brimming that Israel would launch a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. The exercise was rescheduled for late October, and appears likely to go forward on the cusp of the U.S. presidential election. But it won’t be nearly the same exercise. Well-placed sources in both countries have told TIME that Washington has greatly reduced the scale of U.S. participation, slashing by more than two-thirds the number of American troops going to Israel and reducing both the number and potency of missile interception systems at the core of the joint exercise.
“Basically what the Americans are saying is, ‘We don’t trust you,’” a senior Israeli military official tells TIME.
The reductions are striking. Instead of the approximately 5,000 U.S. troops originally trumpeted for Austere Challenge 12, as the annual exercise is called, the Pentagon will send only 1,500 service members, and perhaps as few as 1,200. Patriot anti-missile systems will arrive in Israel as planned, but the crews to operate them will not. Instead of two Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense warships being dispatched to Israeli waters, the new plan is to send one, though even the remaining vessel is listed as a “maybe,” according to officials in both militaries.
As it has become very apparent – I am so AGAINST illegal aliens invading this country. What I am FOR is LEGAL immigration. I just came across something this is just so absolutely outrageous I have no choice but to put up a blog post about this in order to help get the word out there.
h/t to Agrippa Hull for sending this to me. Agrippa sent me a link via facebook to be a fan of this page
Please become a fan and then pass it on to others. From there, I found his story at Democracy Now – yes, I know – it is generally a loony left radio broadcast – but – here is the story and the radio transcript.
Here is the story in a nutshell – This man, Rohan Coombs, was born in Jamaica and his family emigrated here when he was 13. At age 20 he joined the Marine Corp. He served for six years and even did a tour in the Persian gulf during the first Gulf War. He was discharged after his service in 1993. In 2002 he was picked up on drug possession charges and served 8 months prison time. Immediately upon release from prison he was picked up by DHS and ICE and is currently in the process of being deported. The reason he is being deported is because he is not a U.S. Citizen and he committed a drug crime. This generally is immediate cause for deportation of non-citizens.
Under normal circumstances – I would agree with this. However, this man is a veteran, served in our military for 6 years, and even fought for our country in the Gulf War. Forget that he had drug charges 9 years after his discharge. The military and government do have a streamlined process for those non-citizens who are serving in the military. It appears he filed his application for citizenship in 1988 (and the government has record of it). However, as our government red tape is ever so present – they screwed up and it never got processed. He never heard back so he assumed his application was accepted and that he was a citizen.
At the time Rohan and his family emigrated to the U.S. Jamaica and the U.S. had a relationship in that prior to 1989 – Green Cards were issued that had no expiration date. Rohan was and is here legally. The problem he is having is that when he cut the deal with the prosecutors in his case – he was not informed that if he does jail time for the crime – it would mean automatic deportation. Follow the link to the transcript and read the story – apparently – there is already a SCOTUS decision that states that all immigrants are required to be informed at the time of arrest that should they go to jail they will be deported. The prosecutors obviously knew had legal immigrant status at the time they made the deal. They should have informed him of the consequences.
I don’t condone his actions and he should have gone to jail for what he did. However, the man served his time and he also fought for this country. Doesn’t that mean something? I know this might seem like an unusual position for me to take – but – think of the overall picture here – regardless of the fact that this man went to jail for drug related charges – what about all those other non-citizens who serve and fight for this country? Why should it be necessary for them to HAVE to apply for citizenship. We are a country of immigrants. Those legal immigrants who put themselves in harms way and put on the uniform of our American military should be automatically granted citizenship.
Anyway – read his story. He is not the only one in this situation.
Guest Post for The Bobo Files
By Rich Duncombe from AskCherlock
Since the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan by U.S. and NATO military forces, many Americans have requested a clear definition of the U.S. government’s objectives concerning this distant, mountainous, and poverty-stricken country. Like the nation of Afghanistan itself, the answer is often confusing, convoluted and illogical. This should come as no surprise after almost ten years of intense military and diplomatic involvement in a fiercely independent country, where foreign invasions are a frequent occurrence, and governments are considered to be universally corrupt. Suspicious by nature, the Afghani people have never learned to accept that the U.S. military is making war in Afghanistan to
eradicate the threat of terrorism and make the world safe for democracy. The subsistence farmers, occupying the majority of Afghanistan’s real estate, have seen only that their livelihoods are being threatened by yet another group of foreign invaders, who have their own set of self-serving objectives. There is little doubt that if the U.S. government’s objective in Afghanistan is to eliminate the influence of the Taliban, it can only be done by convincing the Afghan people that it is in their “economic” best interests to do so.
Recognizing that fact that up to seventy percent of the farmers in Marjah (which was taken from the Taliban rebels last month) depend on opium production for their livelihoods, General Stanley McChrystal has ordered that American occupation forces are to leave the poppy crops alone. For at least the time being, opium production is to be allowed to continue. According to McChrystal, the U.S. military does not intend to “trample over the livelihoods of those we are trying to win over”. The General has a good point. The eradication of the poppy crops would only embitter the local population, thereby driving them back into the hands of the Taliban once U.S. forces move on. If the objective is to win over the people, then opium growing must be tolerated.
So it is in Afghanistan. The scourge of opium production, which is directly responsible for the ruination of millions of lives around the globe, is tolerated by the U.S. military to ensure that Afghan farmers are not driven to supporting the Taliban. The U.S. government’s objective of driving terrorist factions out of the region has been corrupted, much like the Afghan government itself, so that U.S. interests may be served. The truth of the matter is that the interests of the U.S. government and that of the Afghan people will probably never mesh together.
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I’ve joined a great team fundraising event – it pits military service groups against one another – it is Project Valour-IT. This fundraising event ends on November 27, 2008. So, if you are one of my anti-war readers – surely, you can get behind a cause like this. Regardless of how our troops were wounded and whether or not you agree with their cause – you can help support them by giving to this great cause.
This is a great cause. Please donate using this link below. If you are a blogger – go join the team of your choice and get your own code and post it up on your blog.
Here’s the blogroll for our Zoomie (Air Force Team) – you’d figure with the top team member there – we’d have a helluva lot more in donations:
So – please – this is a great cause – it provides voice activated laptops and other technological gizmos to our wounded troops. And..yes…in case you’re wondering – I did donate – here’s my proof:
to The BoBo
date Sat, Nov 15, 2008 at 1:09 AM
subject Receipt for your donation to Soldiers Angels Foundation
Dear The BoBo (name redacted intentionally)
This email confirms that you have donated $50.00 USD to Soldiers Angels Foundation (email@example.com) using PayPal.
If you want to see something funny – check this out – As you may know – I’m also a contributor over at 454monte.com. I don’t know what the heck Greg was thinking – but – he let me be an author over there. He’s also former Navy! I put up the Air Force donation button on his blog! LOL!
With all the crap that is going on right now with the Black Panthers blocking access to voting booths, Virginia not allowing the Military absentee votes, Republican poll watchers getting thrown out of voting locations, and Schmucky Schumer already talking about bringing back The Fairness Doctrine (well before this election has been decided) – I thought a little humor would be needed right now.
I can’t really take credit for this – You’re gonna have to go to Angel’s place to check this out – pretty funny stuff!
and then…This poem was sent to me by e-mail – author unknown – pretty good one!
‘Twas the night before elections
And all through the town
Tempers were flaring
Emotions all up and down!
I, in my bathrobe
With a cat in my lap
Had cut off the TV
Tired of political crap.
When all of a sudden
There arose such a noise
I peered out of my window
Saw Obama and his boys
They had come for my wallet
They wanted my pay
To give to the others
Who had not worked a day!
He snatched up my money
And quick as a wink
Jumped back on his bandwagon
As I gagged from the stink
He then rallied his henchmen
Who were pulling his cart
I could tell they were out
To tear my country apart!
On Fannie, on Freddie,
On Biden and Ayers!
On Acorn, On Pelosi’
He screamed at the pairs!
They took off for his cause
And as he flew out of sight
I heard him laugh at the nation
Who wouldn’t stand up and fight!
So I leave you to think
On this one final note-
IF YOU DONT WANT SOCIALISM
GET OUT AND VOTE!!!!
AND – REMEMBER – DON’T WATCH THE POLL NUMBERS! The media just wants to deflate you and suppress your vote if you are a McCain supporter. Get out there and vote! There is no way they can call the election for anybody so early! This is a VERY tight race! If it wasn’t – do you REALLY think Obama would still be campaigning today?
H/T to Greg at 454monte.com for bringing this to my attention. This guy was a contributor to The BoBo Carnival of Politics. Greg did a little more digging around on his blog and found this “wonderful” post.
(CONTENT WARNING: Contains language that may be offensive to some. Continue at your own risk!)
Okay – other than 9/11 deniers I really really hate these unpatriotic passivist little twits. The one’s in that group that I detest even more are those bastards that dare to lambast our military members. As a third generation servicemember (now ex-servicemember) and having a step-son currently serving in the Army – these assholes really rub me wrong. So – it is for his post – and I’m sure it will boil the blood of some of my readers – this dickhead gets this week’s BoBo of The Week Award. Even though he wrote this piece in May of this year – the fact I just found it still makes it a candidate for the weekly award.
I’m going to skip past his intro into his rant against the troops – it just contains bullshit about him being a long-haired hippy freak in 1990 when he was protesting the first Gulf war. Funny – I thought the hippies was the 70′s generation? But – that just proves my point – he’s an idiot. He goes in to a diatribe about the use of that oxymoron (and moronic) use of “Oppose the war: Support the Troops” and why they chose then (and continue now) to use it. Sorry, dude – that slogan does not fool any pro-military pro-troop individual or our troops. So – from there – let’s get in to this thing:
It always bothered me, though, this “support the troops” idea. Sure, it was a smart strategic play, but in stark conflict to the rest of what we thought we were doing. We were here to bring the truth to an ignorant, deluded or sleeping public, and the whole truth, nothing but. That truth must have necessarily included the realization that these amorphous “troops” we were enjoined to support were actually individual, thinking, morally responsible men and women. It must have included the knowledge that each and every “troop” currently engaged in mass murder in our names had volunteered. And we knew, as they should have, that the murderous, destructive, obscene organization they volunteered to serve, hadn’t conducted a legitimate “defense of America” since at least WWII, and maybe as far back as the War of 1812, depending on whose Pearl Harbor narrative you believe.
This just proves his ignorance and disdain for both our country and our military as well as the fact that he remains blind to the ills of this world. He blames this country for what is wrong with this world. He doesn’t see that terrorism and islamofascim are the true evil ideologies that have been at play for thousands of years. Even Thomas Jefferson had to deal with those evil bastards who wanted, even then, to destroy our country. Not only have we been in defense of America for the last 200+ years, we have also been in defense of democracy around the world fighting against these assholes who want nothing else but to kill you for not being muslim.
His assertion that WWII was the last time we were defending America proves he didn’t and still doesn’t understand communism and the proliferation thereof of that ideology. We were in Korea and Viet Nam to help defend democracy in those countries that were invaded by their northern communist neighbors. America is an ally to ALL Democracies you idiot. To defend the democracies of other nations is to defend the democracy of the United States. If you allow communism, socialism, and islamofascim to take hold in democratic countries – it is harmful and is a threat to the United States.
They weren’t conscripted, they weren’t shanghaied, they weren’t tricked into signing up and donning the uniform and picking up the gun. They sought out the role, they agreed to follow orders, they signed the papers, and nowhere along the way did they somehow become transformed from individual human beings, morally responsible for their individual acts of violence and destruction into those collectively romanticized “troops”. Some small number said, “I didn’t sign up for this,” and did the only moral thing possible, which was to desert. The rest marched freely onto the planes and ships and deployed, the willing agents of empire. Certainly in many, the thought was there afterward: “We didn’t sign up for that,” but still they went, perhaps finding their own moral cover in the notion they’d been tricked. Likely, most found no moral problem with going at all.
Now – he’s just starting to warm up now. This type of downward look over his nose at the troops and those who proudly serve is just the springboard for what is to come. He somehow things those of us who serve our country proudly were “tricked” in to doing so. He’s another one of those idiots who refer to this great republic an “empire.” You are one twisted piece of shit moron! Not one individual was “tricked” in to serving this country. They took the oath that specifically states they would protect our country and our constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. They knew during basic training when they were being taught hand-to-hand combat with bayonets they would have to fight and kill someone someday to defend this country. They knew when they were learning how to shoot their M-16′s accurately into silhouette targets that someday they would have to fire a live round in to an enemy against our democracy. They knew as they were conducting house-to-house infiltration tactics during basic training they would some day be asked to do the same thing in a foreign land. Those people who you say decided one day to change their mind and say to themselves “I didn’t sign up for this” were cowards. They knew full well what they signed up for. These are people I wouldn’t want sitting in the trenches with me any way because they can’t be trusted.
Since you have never experienced taking the oath, basic training, military weapons training, and self-defense as a part of military COMBAT training – you have no freakin’ idea what they had in their hearts as they turned coward. Plain and simple – they are cowards – not individuals who suddenly had a “moral” epiphany. Sure, that’s what cowards turn to because they know they will be embraced by the likes of pussies like you – but – there was nothing about their decision to become cowards that had anything to do with a sudden moral understanding – it was the fact they became scared shitless. EVERY member of the military is told in basic training that no matter their “job” in any branch of the service whether it be a cook, janitor, supply specialist, motor pool technician, or aviation technician – they may be required to pick up a gun and defend themselves and this country. No matter their job – they are soldiers first. There is NO excuse for those who at the time of enlistment KNEW they were going to be Infantry, Paratrooper, Gunner, Tank, weapons specialist, explosive technician, military police, etc – without a freakin doubt they would be trained to be killers. Those who turned coward have absolutely no excuse and no way to possibly defend the idea they were “tricked.” You’re a moron if you believe them!
Unlike Gulf War I, though, Gulf War II, freshly turned five years old, is an occupation. It is an obviouslyobvious to anyone that a crime had been committed there. A massive, inexcusable, inhuman, monstrous, treasonous crime. immoral war launched on the flimsiest of concocted excuses and conducted with the most sinister of aims. The history of Gulf War I, the suffering inflicted on Iraq by a decade of sanctions, the horror of depleted uranium weapons residues and unexploded landmines and other ordnance from the first attack should have made it