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History Matters, Thank A Vet!

Posted by cann0nba11 on November 11, 2013

Happy Veteran’s Day!

From my 88yr-old father-in-law who served in the Pacific in WWII (USS Dade, APA 99), to my friends serving at home and overseas today, I thank you all for your service and commitment. A special shout out to Caleb Ethridge, who’s getting ready for yet another deploy as a PJ, and my brutha from anutha mutha Matt Field, retired PJ currently on contract in Afghanistan and very much near harm’s way. (A car bomb knocked him out of his bunk a few weeks ago, but he’s fine.)

We must remember and learn from our history, past and recent. Therefore, in a small effort to help teach others about our military I’ve gathered the following list of recommended reading materials. All of the following links take you to the Kindle edition of the books at Amazon.com. If you prefer paper, you can click links to those versions once you get to the pages below.

  • Outlaw Platoon: Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan (I strongly recommend this book to give readers a vivid understanding of the current situation in Afghanistan and just how much our military goes through.)
  • Lone Survivor (The amazing story about Marcus Latrell and SEAL Team 10)
  • Service: A Navy SEAL at War (Marcus Latrell’s latest book)
  • None Braver: U.S. Air Force Pararescuemen in the War on Terrorism (Caleb appears in this book during the discussion of Operation Anaconda)
  • American Sniper (An updated version of the Chris Kyle story, this is the Memorial Edition)
  • SEAL Target Geronimo: The Inside Story of the Mission to Kill Osama bin Laden
  • No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden
  • Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills (the story of Carlos Hathcock)
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Yes, there were WMD in Iraq.

Posted by cann0nba11 on June 10, 2013

As more and more scandals rise to the surface of this disgusting cesspool known as the Obama administration, the die-hard supporters on the far left are really getting testy. Some have realized that they were mesmerized by a charismatic politician and regret it. Many others have simply checked out due to the constant negativity and hypocrisy on display. But there are is a shrinking yet annoyingly loud minority that remains, and all they are left with is their now subconscious pre-2008 verbal ticks. “There were no WMD.” “Wars we can’t afford.” “Bush lied, people died.” It is sad, really, but the First Amendment applies to everyone. At least for now.

So let’s jump right in. Here is an account from “SEAL Target Geronimo“, an excellent first-hand accounting of the raid that killed Bin Laden. I know that there are Marines out there angry that the book was published, but it is because of their code, not because there are factual problems with the book. I’m not a fan if ignoring the truth simply because it was delivered by someone you don’t like.

May 13, 2003: The tech quickly identified the improvised explosive, a 155 mm artillery shell, painted with a faded yellow band. The shell was maybe twenty inches long, a steel cylinder truncated into a tapering arch. A digital clock taped to the shell had stopped at 11: 30. Without incident, the bomb tech attached a “disrupter,” a countercharge designed to separate the main explosive shell from the smaller, electrically activated blasting cap connected to the clock. The tech returned to cover, radioed “fire in the hole” and set off the disrupter using a remote firing device. There was a small, sharp crack as the disrupter blew off the clock and battery, rendering the roadside bomb safe. The bomb technician doffed her protective suit and walked forward with her partner to inspect the IED. Per standing orders, they would collect what was left of the shell, watch, and battery. The pieces would be studied and logged, and details of the incident would be added to the growing catalog accumulated by the FBI’s Bomb Data Unit.

As they approached the curb, both technicians could smell a sweet, flowery odor, not unpleasant, something like the smell of Juicy Fruit chewing gum. The first tech was close enough to see a puddle of amber colored liquid rolling against the curb. He knew immediately what it was, and he waved his partner back. By now, there was a ringing in his ears and his vision started to wash out— the sunlight seemed suddenly blinding, the result of his pupils dilating uncontrollably. The artillery shell placed against the curb did not contain high explosives, but a deadly nerve gas called sarin. And now both techs had been exposed. The bomb tech tried to yell a warning, but could only stumble backward and fall. His partner grabbed him under the arms and dragged him back toward the Humvee. She laid him out and fumbled in the cargo pocket of her trousers for an atropine serette. The serette was a spring-loaded syringe containing valium, atropine, and obidoxime. It was now her only hope of saving him. His eyes rolled wildly, the pupils huge and black, and his hands began to shake and clutch as the muscles in his body locked up. The tech slammed the serette into his leg, and then pushed a second one into her own thigh. She told the infantry guys to get away from them— they were both now contaminated. She told the lieutenant to lead the patrol away, upwind, and radio battalion they had been exposed to nerve gas.

There is more about this topic in the book, I encourage every history buff to read it. The author also mentions the Wikileaks document dump from 2010; 492,000 classified U.S. documents relating to the war in Afghanistan. From these documents we have learned that since 2004, Al Qaeda has carried out at least one hundred chemical attacks on coalition forces in Iraq. Most attacks used “re-purposed” chemical warheads from Saddam’s arsenal— nerve gases and mustard gas.

The obvious follow up question to this? “Why didn’t the press jump all over this?” There are two reasons, one for each party, as explained by Melanie Phillips in April, 2007. (Note: Phillips originally wrote the article for The Spectator, which ran her political blog. She left them in 2010, so the complete article is no longer available there.)

The Republicans won’t touch this because it would reveal the incompetence of the Bush administration in failing to neutralize the danger of Iraqi WMD. The Democrats won’t touch it because it would show President Bush was right to invade Iraq in the first place. It is an axis of embarrassment. If the purpose of the American intervention in Iraq was to remove the threat of Saddam’s WMD it has backfired, dreadfully. Clearly, there is a major disconnect between public perception, media reporting, government admissions, and truth on the ground. For the administration and the media, the mantra “we didn’t find any” remains preferable to the admission “we have armed the enemy.”

OK, so both parties are ignoring the existence of WMD. Shocking, yes, but not unexpected given the quality of our current political representation these days. So, the next obvious question is “where did the WMD go?” The answer comes to us from the second highest ranking general in the Iraqi Air Force under Saddam Hussein. He was interviewed by Larry Elder in 2006.

Elder: “What happened to the chemical and biological weapons?”

Sada: “The chemical and biological weapons were available in Iraq before liberating the country, but Saddam Hussein took the advantage of a natural disaster that happened in Syria when a dam was collapsed and many villages were flooded. So Saddam Hussein took that cover and declared to the world that he is going to use the civilian aircraft for an air bridge to help Syria with blankets, food and fuel oil, and other humanitarian things, but that was not true. The truth is he converted two regular passenger civilian aircraft, 747 Jumbo and 727… all the weapons of mass destruction were put there by the special Republican Guards in a very secret way, and they were transported to Syria, to Damascus, by flying 56 flights to Damascus… In addition… also a truck convoy on the ground to take whatever has to do with WMD to Syria.”

Is this starting to make sense? And as we fast forward to today, this all might explain where Syria got the WMD that they are now using on their own people. I’m sure they will stop because our president has drawn a red line. Oh wait, they’ve crossed that red line. I guess that’s how we define “leading from behind?”

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How Obama Is Crippling Our Military

Posted by cann0nba11 on September 14, 2012

I’m reading “No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden” by Navy Seal Mark Owen (a.k.a. Mark Bissonnette). He should know what he is talking about, he was on the mission. I’m happy to report this book about our American heroes was able to knock down the trash known as “50 Shades” from the USA Today best selling list. (Part of the reason America is struggling today is because our priorities are so askew.)

Despite serving his country with the highest of honor and dignity, he faces the sad prospect of being sued by his former employer for not submitting his manuscript for review early enough in the publication process. Maybe if we had less lawyers and more leaders in government our nation would be doing better? Bissonnette broke the code of silence to tell his story, this angered lots of his former peers. But there is no top secret information provided. If you are looking for some you might consider joining the press corps or writing an Obama-friendly military movie to get the latest juicy details.

This book does a great job of describing the missions our heroes undertake, their dedication to hard work, their physical and mental prowess, and shines a light into how our military is changing thanks to political correctness and politics. Supporters and crtitics alike are right: this book will help to change how our military operates going forward. Sadly I think the powers that be are more focused on neutering the strongest country in the world at the time we need its strength the most.

The following excerpt provides insight into how the Obama administration is changing the rules in order to appease our “friends” in the Middle East. Gone are the days where we go in, kick ass and win. Now it is all about getting permission, using lawyers, and proactively covering our asses.

Everything in Afghanistan was getting harder. It seemed with every rotation we had new requirements or restrictions. It took pages of PowerPoint slides to get a mission approval. Lawyers and staff officers pored over the details on each page, making sure our plan was acceptable to the Afghan government.

We noticed there were fewer assaulters on missions and more “straphangers,” each of whm performed a very limited duty. We now took conventional Army soldiers with us on operations as observers so they could refute any false accusations.

Policy makers were asking us to ignore all of the lessons we had leered, especially the lessons learned in blood, for political reasons. For years, we had been sneaking into compounds, catching fighters by surprise.

Not anymore.

On the last deployment (early 2011) we were slapped with a new requirement to call them out. After surrounding a building, an interceptor had to get on a bullhorn and yell for the fighters to come out with their hands raised. It was similar to what police did in the United States. After the fighters came out, we cleared the house. If we found guns, we arrested the fighters, only to see them go free a few months later. Often we recaptured the same guy multiple times during a single deployment.
It felt like we were fighting the war with one hand and filling out paperwork with the other. When we brough back detainees, there was an additional two or three hours of paperwork. The first question to the detainee at the base was always, “Where you abused?” An affirmative answer meant an investigation and more paperwork.

And the enemy had figured out the rules.

Their tactics evolved as fast as ours. On my earlier deployments, they stood and fought. On more recent deployments, they started to hide their weapons, knowing we could’t shoot them if they weren’t armed. The fighters knew the rules of engagement and figured they’d just work their way through the system and be back to their village in a few days.

It was frustrating. We knew what we were sacrificing at home; we were willing to give that up to do the job on our teams. As more rules were applied, it became harder to justify taking risks to our lives. The job was becoming more about an exit strategy than doing the right thing tactically.

Our military elite and their families sacrifice more than most people can imagine. Yet an increasing percentage of our population thinks they know better, thanks largely to the brainwashing coming from the left-leaning talking heads that too many people continue to listen to. Independent thought is a dying concept. Emotion is the enemy of critical thought. While the press colludes to shape public opinion (instead of reporting the news), our country is swirling down the drain. Only a change in leadership can save us, but the masses are oblivious. Pray for our nation.

If you are into this sort of reading (and I think more Americans need to be), here are a few other books worth reading:

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Torture Works!

Posted by cann0nba11 on May 2, 2011

The killing of Usama Bin Ladan is a joyous event. Justice has been delivered thanks to the efforts of the finest military in the world. How did we finally get to the most wanted man in the world? Torture.

Bin Laden’s compound near Islamabad was found by tracking two specific couriers, Bin Laden’s most trusted people. The names of these couriers were obtained thanks to putting Khalid Sheik Mohammed and Abu Faraz al-Libby through “enhanced interrogations” at Gitmo. Yes liberals, torture gave our government the names of the men that led to this day. Remember, despite the massive liberal outcry and intense press scrutiny over water boarding, only three detainees were water boarded, one of them was KSM.

Now, when you hear a liberal chirping that “Obama did what Bush couldn’t do, please have these facts handy:

  • The nicknames of the couriers were obtained by our troops at Gitmo five years ago, under President Bush.
  • “Enhanced interrogation” was used to get some of this information.
  • The real names of the couriers were obtained a year later, under President Bush.
  • The planning for the surveillance of this compound was performed under President Bush.

It is also being reported that Bin Laden’s compound was 100 yards from the main gate to a Pakistan military base. And lastly, I find it telling that as his final action Bin Laden used a woman as a human shield. Our SEALs didn’t flinch. Here is a taste of the information we will be receiving this week:

At the start of the operation, four U.S.-owned and operated helicopters launched from a base in Afghanistan and dropped about 24 men onto the grounds of the compound. One helicopter suffered a “hard landing” after experiencing a “flight control issue” and had to be destroyed on the site.

At first, bin Laden was asked to surrender. But a military official said he resisted. In the end, he was killed in the ensuing firefight with a bullet to the head.

No Americans were hurt or killed during the raid. Besides bin Laden, three other men were killed, one of whom is believed to be bin Laden’s 24-year-old son. One woman used as a human shield was also killed, and two other women were injured.

Thank you President Bush for your diligence. Thank you to our military for your persistence and skills. And thank you President Obama for not letting political correctness cloud your judgment and authorizing this kill mission. My thoughts are with the relatives of those that died on 9/11, especially the family of the Cantor Fitzgerald employees that were killed, as I was their account manager at the time and will never forget leaving voice messages that could never be returned that morning offering to help. I am also thinking of our troops that have died or been injured since then, and of our troops currently in harms way in the hell hole known as the Middle East.

Now that BIn Laden is dead we need to avoid becoming complacent and watch for increased activity from the scum that are Bin Laden’s supporters. This is a great day, but let’s not let our guard down. God Bless America!

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