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Vile Behavior On Plane…..

As Dead Soldier’s Coffin Is Being Loaded On Plane, Flight Full Of People Do The Sickest Thing Imaginable

If you need further proof of just how heartless and self-centered people from this generation have become, a California family’s story will absolutely break your heart.

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Last Saturday, Sgt. John Perry from Northern California was killed in Afghanistan by a suicide bomber. The Soldier was in the middle of running a 5K event for Veteran’s Day, but tragically, never made it to the finish line.

The family of the fallen Soldier was on a flight to bring the body of their dead son home, when people on the flight began to do the unthinkable. Because of the slight delay picking up the body caused, people on the flight began to boo.

“To hear the reaction of the flight being delayed because of a Gold Star family and the first class cabin booing, that was really upsetting, and it made us cry some more,” the father, Stewart Perry tearfully recounted.

fallen-soldier-dadThe father went on to say that this is yet another incident of military service members facing disrespect, and his son’s underscores why the American flag is so sacred by many, and not a symbol for protest.

“It’s not for protest – it’s for the death of the people who are saving us. That’s what it’s for. “My kid was over there to help put a stop to this garbage, and he died,” he said.

How more vile can people get? Sgt. Perry gave his life to defend your freedom, and all you can do is boo because picking up his dead body caused a little delay in your freaking schedule? People are truly sick.

Just what may we ask has happened to the younger generations in our country. Or perhaps they were not all young, but still show a lack of respect for this soldier who gave his all, his life.

Those who believed they were delayed a bit and “it ruined” their lives for a moment should think about this soldier who probably never complained about how his life was interrupted because he was busy serving our country.

To me this shows how deteriorated our culture has become. Who brought up these spoiled, selfish, vile people?

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The Gates Earthquake

The Gates Earthquake 

Hugh Hewitt | Jan 08, 2014

Thirteen years into a war we are not winning –read Eli Lake’s latest on the return of al Qaeda to Fallujah — comes the searing memoir of the second of four Secretaries of Defense who have been second to the president in the chain of command through the long and continuing struggle with radical Islam.

Duty by Robert Gates has been read in full by only a handful of the tens of thousands who will eventually pour over it, but already two or three judgments it renders won’t ever be forgotten.

From Greg Jaffe’s review in the Washington Post:

He recounts his thoughts during a tense 2011 meeting with Obama and Gen. David H. Petraeus, then in charge of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, in the White House Situation Room: “As I sat there I thought: The president doesn’t trust his commander, can’t stand Karzai, doesn’t believe in his own strategy and doesn’t consider the war to be his. For him, it’s all about getting out.

From Chris Cillizza’s articles on the book analysis in the the same paper, two takeaways, the first noting that Gates said about Vice President Joe Biden that he has “wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.

The second Cillizza piece , zeroing on the far more important revelation, relays Gates portrait of Hillary Clinton –softened by some kind words along the way:

“Hillary told the president that her opposition to the [2007] surge in Iraq had been political because she was facing him in the Iowa primary. . . . The president conceded vaguely that opposition to the Iraq surge had been political. To hear the two of them making these admissions, and in front of me, was as surprising as it was dismaying.

These are hammer blows, each of them, and there will be more as the general public and not the White House-protecting MSM gain access to the book. Take a look at Bob Woodward’s expanded assessment this morning, which evolves as he find new and even more searing slices at Team Obama :

Gates says his instructions to the Pentagon were: “Don’t give the White House staff and [national security staff] too much information on the military options. They don’t understand it, and ‘experts’ like Samantha Power will decide when we should move militarily.” Power, then on the national security staff and now U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, has been a strong advocate for humanitarian intervention.

Another time, after Donilon and Biden tried to pass orders to Gates, he told the two, “The last time I checked, neither of you are in the chain of command,” and said he expected to get orders directly from Obama.

Woodward’s take given his intense focus on the war for the past dozen years is the one to watch and read, and from last night when I first reported on the book and the early reaction, Woodward’s keen eye for the key detail is unearthing new nuggets. watch that space all day.

Like early reports from a remote region hit by a 7.0 trembler, the early assessments of Duty almost certainly fail to capture its full impact. Only after the whole book is available for a few weeks to all interested parties –including the military from its senior ranks to its greenest private to its rolls of retired, wounded and widowed– will the full impact of the important memoir be known.

I hope former Secretary Gates makes himself available for long interviews, and not just with me, but with any serious, prepared host. As I noted at the top, we are losing this war. Gates is the third of the six men –two presidents and four SecDefs– who have been at the very top of the decision-making machine. We have long ago absorbed the lessons of President Bush and Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld, but Robert Gates will offer an entirely new set of insights. People serious about the war, who understand how long it will go on and how America has to change its position and the momentum of the conflict, need candid, searching assessments of what has happened to date. Secretary Gates has indeed done his duty with Duty, and the assessments and interviews that follow will be crucial to gleaning from the book all that it has to offer, if not to this president and White House, then to the next.

http://townhall.com/columnists/hughhewitt/2014/01/08/the-gates-earthquake-n1773578/page/2


Marine Gen. John R. Allen Makes Excuses for Attacks on Our Soldiers

WASHINGTON (AP) — “American and Afghan officials are expanding the range of explanations for a surge in “insider attacks” on U.S. troops, adding on Wednesday the theory that the burden of fasting during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan combined with the summer heat may have prompted more Afghan soldiers and police to turn their guns on their American partners.

Whatever the underlying reasons, the attacks are taking a toll and raising questions about the risk of American and other coalition troops working side by side with Afghan troops as advisers, mentors and trainers. The close contact is an essential element of the U.S. strategy for putting the Afghans in the lead combat role as the U.S. prepares to pull out its last combat troops at the end of 2014.

FILE – In this May 23, 2012 file photo, Marine Gen. John R. Allen, commander of the… (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, File)

The top commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan, Marine Gen. John R. Allen, said Thursday that while the reasons for the killings are not fully understood, the effect of Ramadan fasting is likely among the causes.

“The idea that they will fast during the day places great strain on them,” Allen said, adding that the stress may have been compounded by Ramadan falling during the heat of summer and the height of the fighting season. He acknowledged that hunger and heat are not the primary causes for the killings, but it is among many “different and complex reasons for why we think this may have increased” lately.

He also cited Taliban infiltration of Afghan security forces and personal Afghan grievances against U.S. troops, who Afghans have in some cases accused of being brutish and insensitive to local culture and customs.”

Really,  General John Allen!?  So now we make “excuses” for Afghan forces killing our soldiers.  All of this “empathy” for the enemies while our soldiers get no reprieve from anything. They can’t even have Bibles and crosses on their chapels. At this point I’m not sure our troops are even allowed to say prayers anymore so “frightened” the generals are of  “upsetting the Muslims.”

Is any one as sick of this as I am?  What next?  The Afghan soldiers had a bad hair day so they shot down another helicopter of our Navy Seals or other special ops personnel? 

Or their latest internet buy of a porno flick didn’t show up on time so they decided to shoot up some of our soldiers? 

This is ridiculous giving these Afghan troops any excuses whatsoever for outright murder.  And what the hell is wrong with our generals?  They sure don’t deserve the respect of a General Patton, Eisenhower, Omar Bradley or a MacArthur. 

It seems all we have are a bunch of wimpy, scared generals.  So what are they worth then?  Get the hell out of Afghanistan and make no more excuses for these barbarians.  How about getting our noses out of their business and leave them to killing one another. That’s all these tribal people know anyway. 

I have a sneaky suspicion these orders to make excuses for these barbaric Muslims come from the top, the White House.  Who else do we know who goes around apologizing for America?

http://www.windstream.net/news/read.php?rip_id=%3CDA0R3OLO0%40news.ap.org%3E&ps=1018

 

Hat tip to Dave Taylor for this story.  Thanks Dave.

Where’s Obama’s Outrage? by Dave Taylor, Contributing Writer

An Afghan police officer shot and killed three U.S. Marines after sharing a meal with them before dawn Friday and then fled into the desolate darkness of southern Afghanistan. This is the third such attack against coalition forces in just one week.

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Thirty one (31) coalition service members have now died this year at the hands of Afghan forces or insurgents disguised in Afghan uniforms according to NATO. Friday’s deadly shooting took place in the volatile Sangin district of Helmand province. Sangin’s district chief and the Taliban both identified the gunman as Asadullah, a member of the Afghan National Police who was helping the Marines train the Afghan Local Police. Sangin was a Taliban stronghold for years.

Compared to 25 attacks already this year that have killed 31 foreign troops, there were 11 such attacks and 20 deaths in 2011. Each of the previous two years saw five such attacks. The NATO coalition says it takes the rise in “green-on-blue” attacks seriously, but insists they are not a sign of trouble for the plan to hand over security to Afghan forces. Brig. General Gunter Katz, a spokesman for NATO troops said, “We are confident that those isolated incidents will have no effect on transition or on the quality of our forces.”  Isolated? Is this guy frigging kidding?

We accidentally burn some of the Muslim’s bibles and Obama brings his true responsibilities to a screeching halt, so he can apologize to the Muslims and promise them justice will be done. Obama hasn’t said a single word about this atrocity. Why isn’t Obama screaming he wants answers and someone will be brought to justice for these murders? Is he to busy campaigning? Does he even really care?

HUH? DUH?

These so-called “isolated” incidents (how comfortably the General called them incidents instead of murder) are rising at an alarming rate. NATO is taking this seriously? They are confident in the quality of trained Afghan forces? This may be the biggest bunch of bull crap I’ve heard all year, but the bigger bunch of bull  is we’ve heard not a word from Obama about these murders. Commander-in-Chief? Don’t urinate down my back and tell me its raining. Obama commands nothing and the only thing he is chief of is lies!

Info attained from: http://www.windstream.net/news/read.php?rip_id=%3CDA0IIH2G1%40news.ap.org%3E&ps=1018&page=1

Remembering The Fallen by Peppermint and Goshawk

There are always two sides of a story.  We see some young people in this country who are out protesting.  Take the OWS for example.  They protest against the so called 1%.  Yet, they have blackberries, laptops, smart phones. They are not hurting in any way except in getting a job perhaps.  Yet it really does not seem that is what they are about, getting a job. I imagine they consider themselves fearless and brave when they break windows and defecate on our flag, spit in cops faces, and keep people from getting to their jobs. 

The other side to the story about our young people are those who serve our country.  These young men and women do have courage, bravery, honor, and give to this country the biggest sacrifice ever asked of anyone.  We don’t see them on the daily news.  We don’t hear their stories for the most part.  The media seems to have little interest in them.  Our government does not want us to see or know the horrors of what these men go through because then we would never have any wars.

They are not out protesting with their smart phones and laptops. They are our  military.  They give up their comforts, their families, their limbs, and their lives going into battles for America. This is true honor. This is true deprivation.  This is true courage and bravery.

We salute these men and women, those who are in battles right now, those who are home safe, those who are maimed, those who have given their lives.  God bless them, their families, and America.  And God help us all.

So let’s take a look at this other side of the story, our soldiers and what it is really like for them:

Grizzly battles and grizzly scenes of those alive and those dying. These are parts of war the media does not want us to see as does our government who sent them into battle.

These men are brothers in war tending to the injured always.

For our military these are scenes out of their lives everyday.

This picture was not allowed to be shown in the media. Photograph by Maya Alleruzzo from the slide show “Scenes from the Surge” at her website. You can see why this kind of scene is kept from us. This is war and we are told it is necessary. Is this necessary? 

It is important that his mother hugs him because who else will do so now?   Only his mother who loves him unconditionally.

Thanks to all the nurses who care for these injured warriors.

More than 300,000 US troops have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and these findings offer new hopes for treating veterans wounded by explosive devices and grenades.

True sacrifice

How many times does this service take place?  Does anyone know?

Quietly these funerals go on all the time. But, we don’t see them or hear about them.  This is the life of the military. Death is part of it.

Families are barely given a thought.  Yet they suffer pain and agony over their loved one who died in war.

True caring and honor

Day is done, gone the sun
From the lakes, from the hills, from the sky
All is well, safely rest
God is nigh.
Fading light dims the sight
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright
From afar, drawing near
Falls the night.
Thanks and praise for our days
Neath the sun, neath the stars, neath the sky
As we go, this we know
God is nigh.

Taps written by Horace Lorenzo Trim


http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/rethinking-healthcare/blast-simulation-reveals-how-explosions-hurt-the-brain/5894

http://www.propublica.org/series/disposable-army

blogs.reuters.com

http://cryptome.org/info/afpak-archive/afpak-archive-05.htm

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