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March 2009

I am definitely Simon Jester

These guys seem to have about the right attitude.

We are not Far-Right or Far-Left.  We are the seventy percent in the middle.

We are not Capital “L” libertarians, although we do have sympathies with their platform.

We are neither bitter clingers nor conspiracy nuts.

What we are is a group of folks that think we see liberty and freedom eroding in our beloved United States.  We see the policies and agendas of the hirelings in Washington D.C. heading toward an abbreviation if not outright abrogation of the Bill of Rights.

They have a number of slogans I can get on board with such as: I aim to misbehave. I have never been any good at being "have" despite the best efforts of many starting with my Ma & Pa. I also think this one is pretty apt.
SJVolunteered


Obama did promise to invade Pakistan right?

Noah Shactman is reading tea leaves about the new plan for Afghanistan, Pakistan and the rest of that shangri-la. He thinks they are hinting about some possible boots on the ground action on the Pakistan side of that imaginary line in the mountains. As I recall the banditos of ass at the NY Times already fronted out some folks doing their jobs over there causing another of my stints as Press Secretary. Here is some of Mr. Shactman's brain storming.

White House Won't Rule Out Troops for Pakistan War
http://blog.wired.com/defense/2009/03/white-house-won.html

President Obama has just laid out his new war strategy. And he's made
it clear that the fight is both in Afghanistan and Pakistan. So I
asked Dennis McDonough, with the National Security Council: Does that
mean U.S. ground forces in Pakistan? Or more drone attacks? "I'm not
going to comment on the notions you laid out there," he answered,
during a White House conference call with bloggers.

But during a separate press conference, Bruce Reidel, who recently
completed a strategy review of the region for the White House, offered
some hints. "Thus far, our policy sees Afghanistan and Pakistan as two
countries, but one theater of operations for our diplomacy, and one
challenge for our overall policy," he said. "We have very concrete
proposals for increasing economic assistance to Pakistan, proposals
that have already been put forward by the Congress. We're also looking
at what we can do on the military side."

Are You F'ing Serious?!

My apologies for the almost profanity I just blasted out there.  I just got done cleaning the coffee that I spewed all over my wife's laptop as I was eating breakfast with Little Deebow, because I almost lost my breakfast when I clicked the link and read this:

In one of his last moves before leaving office March 13, then-Navy Secretary Donald Winter quietly awarded 19-term Democratic congressman John Murtha (Pa.) with the service's highest civilian honor.

I was immediately a little suspicious about what kind of award Mr. Murtha could have received, knowing that he hasn't done anything honorable lately, at least that I can remember.  So I checked the Way Back Machine event tabulator I had next to my oatmeal and it says Representative Jack Murtha was an unindicted co-conspirator in the ABSCAM investigation done by the FBI, blatantly called his constituents racists and backwoods red-necks and, most recently, called United States Marines engaged in combat "Cold Blooded Killers" for their actions during a firefight in Haditha, Iraq.

WOW!  Now that is one honorable Congressman...

Then I read this part and the coffee began a spewin'....

Citing Murtha's "courageous leadership, vision, and loyalty to the men and women of the Department of the Navy," Winter presented the influential chairman of the House Appropriations Committee's defense panel with the Navy's Distinguished Public Service Award, an honor bestowed in "those extraordinary cases where individuals have demonstrated exceptionally outstanding service of substantial and long term benefit to the Navy, Marine Corps, or the Department of the Navy as a whole," a Murtha release stated.

REALLY???  The former SECNAV thought that Rep. Murtha was someone who had "loyalty" to the men and women of the Department of the Navy?  He really believed that Rep. Murtha had rendered "exceptionally outstanding service?"

I am going to call the FBI HRT, MARSOC Det 1, SOG-Delta, somebody that can rescue the former SECNAV, because he must certainly have done this under duress.  Some sort of hostage situation involving family members or the family's pet poodle I am guessing, and any of those elite units probably already has some kind of force package set up for something like this.

Or maybe Rep. Murtha has some pictures of him involving garters, a goat wearing a diaper and a naked seal (Not the combat variety) that he threatened to release. 

That, or the Department of the Navy needs to look at a complete overhaul of their drug screening program.

But I am hopeful, because VFF is on the case and so far, they have a petition that has 35,000 supporters on it.

Well, 35,001 now...


Brothers at War: Part 2 of an Interview with Jake Rademacher

Here is Part Two of my phone interview with Jake Rademacher, the man behind Brothers at War.  The audio is good, if I say so myself, which just shows what you can do with some hundred mile an hour tape and mobile phones when you need to do something rather quickly. 



There is a good bit more discussion today of the behind-the-scenes items, including a rather frank discussion of the distribution, what it will take to get it into wider distribution, and what you can do to help with same. 

We have also discussed a follow-on interview for after the movie is out and things calmed down, looking at his journey that took him from a dream of West Point to Hollywood -- and how that led up to where we are. 

I highly recommend the movie, and it is well worth a two (or more even) hour drive to go see it.  If it is not in your city, he talks about how you can get it there.

Enjoy,

LW


So Wrong, Yet So Good

WARNING:  NSFW LINK FOLLOWS

Interrupting planned/scheduled posting for the following:

For many reasons, the movie Red Dawn has a special place in my heart (and possibly the hole in my head).  For just as many reasons, it has long spawned parody, some of it priceless.  I thought I had seen it all until today, when I came across the NSFW link for Naked Dawn.  This is just wrong, on so many levels, that it's right.  Warning, nudity, violence, and more at that link. 

LW
who is torn between laughter and needing eye bleach, they could have at least had Mina nude...


Obama's war or America's war?

I have resisted the meme of Obama's War for Afghanistan on principle. I believe that we as a country elect our leaders and accept the consequences of that. So our wars are America's not one man's.

I will accept the term for Obama's acceptance of the responsibility he now takes on in reinforcing our efforts in Afghanistan. The war remains ours, the decision to add forces is his. Also his is a responsibility I hold higher than any other a US President can make, to only commit our forces in the pursuit of victory. There may be tactical situations where good men die and we don't push all in. But this is a big choice and it needs to be an informed decision to defeat Taliban extremism and allow some form of democracy to flourish there.

If we had chosen the Derbyshirean "rubble doesn't make trouble" then we could do that with even fewer ground troops than we had. But this reinforcement means we have taken a more difficult path, a Long War perspective and I will hold this President to that. This effort will not conclude during his term or perhaps even in a second one. If we are going to create more stability than we must stay and help with that. We must help build an Afghan Army several hundred thousands larger and loyal to a central government that has a minimal level of trust from the populace. We must force the State Department to send it's people outside the wire and engage them with the people. And we must assume we will do this with no significant international help.

Quite a challenge and one which I hope our President understands and doesn't back away from when his left wing starts howling. Here was my advice and proscriptions prior to this decision.


Brothers at War: Part 1 of an Interview with Jake Rademacher

I had the chance recently to do a phone interview with Jake Rademacher, the man behind Brothers at War.  The audio is good, if I say so myself, which just shows what you can do with some hundred mile an hour tape and mobile phones when you need to do something rather quickly. 

Here is part one for your enjoyment, and the second half will go up later today or tomorrow -- in time for the larger opening this Friday:




It is interesting to note that it is opening in more theatres than planned this Friday because so many of you came out to see it when it opened near military bases on the 13th. If roughly 1,000 people show up this weekend to see it at each of the theatres this weekend, they should have the numbers and finances to take it to a truly nationwide showing. So, if you've been thinking about going to see it, even if it might be a drive, it is worth it.  On many levels... 

I also suggest you listen closely in the interview as he talks about where he did, and did not, get funding for this venture.  It is worth noting. 

Enjoy,

LW


173rd ABN Soldiers to receive awards

Tanker Babe reminds us that the 2nd of the 503rd's 15 months in Afghanistan yielded some of the toughest combat and the most amazing bravery that we have seen from any unit. More than 1200 engagements in that time and some of the men who fought them will be receiving awards at Ft. Benning as well as one brave troop who didn't make it back. His family will accept his posthumous Silver Star near Atlanta.

Three Fort Benning Soldiers will soon be presented with Silver Stars and another will be given a Bronze Star with "V" device for their actions while deployed to Afghanistan in 2008.

In a ceremony to be held March 30 at 10 a.m. at the Airborne Walk on Eubanks Avenue, Capt. Matthew R. Myer and Spc. Michael T. Denton will receive Silver Stars while Sgt. 1st Class David L. Dwzik will be given a Bronze Star with “V” device for their gallantry in action during the Battle of Wanat, Afghanistan, on July 13, 2008.

At a separate ceremony at 3 p.m. on March 29 at Shiloh High School in Snellville, Ga., the family of Cpl. Jonathan R. Ayers will be presented his Silver Star for his actions during the Battle of Wanat, which is being awarded posthumously.

Myer, Denton and Dwzik were members of Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team during the Battle of Wanat. Nine soldiers from their company were killed in action that day and 27 more were wounded.

During Chosen Company’s 15-month deployment to the Kunar and Nuristan provinces of Afghanistan, 16 of their soldiers were killed in action and 50 were wounded.

I will be there for both ceremonies and know a number of these troops already as well as looking forward to meeting some more. The Rock represented and deserve our deepest respect and admiration.

Greyhawk has a great piece about Chosen Co's jump into N. Iraq. Excellent stuff.


This Is The Change We Get???

To say that I am disappointed in the Obama Administration is like sending out a newsflash that water is wet.  He and the oxygen thieves that populate the foreign policy area of his administration are not going to lead us in the right direction.  As Uncle J has pointed out, just changing the words does not a different war make.

Everyone I knew already understood that this was like hiring the paperboy to run the newspaper.  The actions he has taken recently, which are not even covered by the Old Media, regarding Iran, the support of ourallies such as the Poles, the Israelis, and the British, and his continued blaming of others for problems that he now must fix is quickly growing old.

Don't just take it from one of the B5 Foreign Policy guys...

Counter-terrorism expert Alex Alexiev has an interview on FrontPage.com, which provides a comprehensive summary of the manner in which President Obama is surrendering the West to the forces of radical Islam.

Here’s a sample of the interview:

It is clear that after only nine weeks in power, President Obama is embarked on a dramatic reorientation, or should I say about face, of American foreign policy in the direction of appeasement of our enemies and indifference or worse toward our friends, something we last saw under Jimmy Carter.

Take Obama’s eagerness to talk to those that don’t want to talk to us like the mullahs in Tehran, the decision to steer $900 million to Gaza, which, whatever the spin, means Hamas, and new efforts to appease Putin by reneging on our missile defense commitments to the Eastern Europeans, to name just a few examples.

....What’s most disturbing is that Washington no longer talks about winning in Afghanistan but rather about striking a deal with the Taliban, which essentially means abandoning Afghanistan to the terrorists...  A month ago, the government of the Northwest Frontier Province, evidently at the urging of the military, made a deal with the Taliban in Swat to impose Sharia law in this federal Pakistani territory in return for a Taliban promise to cease hostilities... This was nothing short of a complete capitulation of the Pakistani government and its military to the terrorists.

...Washington’s reaction is the most disturbing not to say scandalous aspect of this disaster. It has come in the form of remarks by Defense Secretary Robert Gates to the effect that he considered the Swat agreement an acceptable compromise. If this is a sign of the administration’s thinking about negotiating with the Taliban, and I can’t see how it could be otherwise, we’re facing a national security disaster.

Alexiev has concluded, rightly I believe, that "the Obama administration has concluded that ‘America has to learn to live with radical Islam." But there is no living with radical Islam. There is only submission -- or death. Unless he changes direction, Obama will deliver both to the west.

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