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January 2010

The Warrior Brigade

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U.S. soldiers who are wounded, ill or injured attend a Warrior Transition Brigade event at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Jan. 27, 2010. During the event, NASA astronaut and retired Army Col. Patrick G. Forrester presented the Warrior Transition Brigade flag that was flown over the International Space Station to the soldiers for their military service.
DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Molly A. Burgess


Fundraiser in Lafayette

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I know we have some readers in the area around Lafayette, Indiana, so wanted to let you know that today there is a bake sale starting at 10 at Uniquely Yours Pottery and Glass.  This fundraiser will run until the last treat is gone, and is raising funds to send the team from the Yellow Bowl Bakery to Landstuhl as part of Cooking with the Wounded.  A little birdie has told me that if you buy anything in the store, a portion of that sale may just go to the cause as well.  If you are in the area, please do stop by and pitch in.  The treats are delicious, and you will find meeting the Yellow Bowl team a treat as well. 

LW 

who also reminds you that a donation directly to Cooking with the Wounded also puts you in the running to win the autographed photo from Phyllis Diller...

PDiller

Dead Tango in Iraq

Mr. Roggio has a bit of excellent news about an al Qaeda wanker we just took out in Iraq.

Iraqi and US forces dealt al Qaeda in Iraq a major blow last week during a raid in Mosul that killed the terror group's top facilitator, who was based out of Syria.

The joint US and Iraqi special operations team killed Abu Khalaf, al Qaeda in Iraq's seniormost foreign fighter facilitator, during an operation on Jan. 22. Khalaf was killed after he "attacked a security-team member participating in a warranted operation," a US Forces- Iraq press release stated.

The US military said Khalaf's identity was confirmed using "multiple sources, including fingerprint matches."...

"Khalaf was responsible for coordinating recent suicide attacks in Baghdad and Anbar," the official said. There have been five mass-casualty suicide attacks in Baghdad since August 2009, including two attacks this week, as well as several suicide attacks in Ramadi.

This is exceptionally good as the recent attacks in Baghdad have been very disconcerting as the Iraqis head toward a very important election.


Uncle J on Secure Freedom Radio w/ Frank Gaffney

I spent an very entertaining hour talking w/ Frank Gaffney on his show which airs tonight. Here is a podcast of the show which was pre-recorded.

In a special full hour with former U.S. Army Special Forces counter-insurgency expert and Warrior Legacy Foundation co-founder, Jim Hanson, Frank and Jim cover a range of military issues in terms of what they mean to you.  From the lives of our beloved soldiers and their families to the kinetic war and the ‘war of ideas’ against terrorists around the globe.

Here is the producer's note from the show which discusses the State of the Union speech from Nik Hanlon. Frank and I taped before the President's address so we couldn't speak about it. Nik makes some excellent points.


Crusty old sailor speaks truth to power

Many of you have seen a letter circulating on the intertubes from a 95 year old retired sailor named Harold Estes that takes President Obama to task for his lack of pride in America among quite a few other things. Well it's real, he wrote it, and he lives in Hawaii. A local TV station spoke to him recently. (h/t Hammer)

"I'd say shame on the both of you, but I don’t think you like America, nor do I see an ounce of gratefulness in anything you do, for the obvious gifts this country has given you," Estes wrote. "Shape up and start acting like an American. If you don't, I'll do what I can to see you get shipped out of that fancy rental on Pennsylvania Avenue. You were elected to lead not to bow, apologize and kiss the hands of murderers and corrupt leaders who still treat their people like slaves." Read Estes' letter.

Navy Chiefs are renowned for their ability to give blistering ass-chewings. Mr. Estes is a solid example of the breed.


Truman, Obama, and Executive Orders

I see that in his SOTU speech tonight, President Obama renewed his promise to introduce legislation that would end the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.  Of course, he promised to end DADT back when he was still a candidate, but shelved that promise in order to focus his time, energy, and political capital on expanding government's control over your health care.  But is it really that hard to end DADT?  My primitive infantryman brain recalls that Truman did something eerily similar to in 1948, with Executive Order 9981:

It is hereby declared to be the policy of the President that there shall be equality of treatment and opportunity for all persons in the armed services without regard to race, color, religion or national origin. This policy shall be put into effect as rapidly as possible, having due regard to the time required to effectuate any necessary changes without impairing efficiency or morale.

9981, of course, is the Executive Order by which African Americans were integrated in the military.  It was signed in July of 1948, at a time when Truman was in for a big fight for the Presidency against a strong Republican challenger.  The outcome of the election was definitely in doubt.  "Dewey Defeats Truman," read at least one of the papers.  

Truman was a weak President.  And he was a weak candidate.  But on this Executive Order, the justice of which has been confirmed through the verdict of history, he was strong.  He didn't submit legislation before Congress.  He just threw that shit down.  So.  Leaving aside your opinion on DADT -- and we've had some spirited debates here on Blackfive about the policy -- here's what we know, or believe that we know:  1) President Obama believes DADT is unjust.  2) Most of the gay community wants to see DADT repealed.  3) The gay community overwhelmingly supported President Obama.  President Clinton enacted DADT by Executive Order.  4) According to at least some experts on military law, President Obama can end DADT without Congress' approval, or at the least he can issue the Executive Order like Truman did, and wait for the courts to overturn it, or for Congress to pass a law that restores it.

But that's not what he's doing.  

The only conclusion I can draw from all of this is that President Obama is a weak and callow man.  He can end DADT with the stroke of a pen, yet he understands there is no percentage in it for him when he can shift the heat to Congress. Apparently, Rahm Emmanuel had a Come to Jesus meeting with him back in January of last year, and explained that Hollywood homosexuals aren't about to vote for Mike Huckabee or Sarah Palin.  So I guess the bigger questions are, what does it say about a President who doesn't do what he believes to be the right thing?  And if I was in the military, knowing that he doesn't consider the military a friend, how would I feel about a Commander in Chief who treats his political allies this badly?  I guess what I'm saying is that I'd watch my back, if I was one of you active duty guys.  

I'm looking at you, Seal Team 10.


Has the Obama admin removed Hamas from terrorist blacklist?

Update: The Treasury Dept. has in fact not removed Hamas members from their terrorist blacklist, but the counterterrorism measure is largely ineffective as you can read in this update.

Obama has been supportive of the Palestinian Islamic terrorist group from way back. Candidate Obama told the New York Times last year that Hamas (and Hezbollah) had "legitimate claims." And in April, he pledged $900 million to Gaza, but assured us that somehow it would not make it to Hamas.

Why, because he said so?

Since Hamas runs Gaza, how on earth can we believe that most if not all of the money won't go directly to Hamas? The Creeping Sharia blog has an excellent post documenting the administration's efforts to ram the funding through, which really needs to be read in full.

Well, now his administration appears to have figured out a way to get money to them: simply take the terrorists off the international terrorist list.

Brilliant! But why would they do that? Hamas clearly hasn't reneged on their plans to eliminate Israel, and they have made no moves in that direction either.

Imagine the outcry if our tax dollars funded a radical Christian group that was elected in order to wipe out Muslims. That plan would last about three seconds, and so would the asinine administration that made it happen. So why is it no big deal for Obama to send nearly a billion of our hard-earned dollars to Islamic terrorists who desire nothing more than the annihilation of Jews in Israel (and they have no plans of stopping there).

Nazi Germany tried that as well, and we destroyed them, not funded them. Is Islamic supremacy somehow better than Aryan supremacy?


Special Forces On the Hunt

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U.S. Special Forces dismount from a U. S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter while executing a pinnacle landing on a mountain peak to disrupt insurgent communications in Zabul province, Afghanistan, Jan. 21, 2010. The Black Hawk crew is assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, 82nd Aviation Regiment, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade.
U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Aubree Clute

[B5 Comment:  heh..."to disrupt insurgent communications"...by properly ventilating said insurgents]


Medal of Honor History: Oresko, Rosser, and Fritz

Due to my other work, I have fallen behind in posting Medal of Honor stories here at Blackfive. I will resume posting stories here with Drew Dix and Frederick Ferguson on the 31st, but in the meantime, here are links to the citations for Master Sergeant Nicholas Oresko (23 Jan, 1945), Corporal Ronald Rosser (12 Jan, 1952), and 1st Lt. Harold Fritz (11 Jan, 1969).

Story Time w/ Uncle J- Rotten duck eggs & day old chicken

A tale of my first deployment where we went to the Philippines to train them in counterinsurgency, well actually about the party we threw at the end of the trip. We brought beer and a pig to roast. They brought some yummy adobo, some day old chicken (?) and the piece de resistance that local delicacy balut, yep rotten duck eggs w/ the carcass inside. Mmmm.

The complete Story Time w/ Uncle J series is here.