Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Speech Transcript, North Reading Veteran's 09/25/2016

I was privileged to be invited to give a speech to an assemblage of 158 Veterans and family members at an event hosted by the North Reading Veteran's Office in North Reading Massachusetts through the tireless work of Susan Magner, the Town's Veteran's Office Representative.

The event is held annually and seeks to show support for the Veteran community in the area with a dinner, guest speakers, Honor for the Fallen and the presence of a Marine Corps Color Guard and more.

It is a classy and well appointed affair held in a room filled with like-minded Americans who are concerned for the welfare of the Nation and most importantly, the welfare of the Veterans who have paid the price to secure the freedoms this Nation has enjoyed for 240 years.

Here is the transcript of the Speech without additional commentary:

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The origin of this quote is suspect, but it's value as a truism, is not;

“People sleep peacefully in their beds with the knowledge that Rough Men Stand Ready to do violence on their behalf.”
I went into a publi-'ouse to get a pint o' beer,
May God always keep a hedge of protection around the American War Fighter and protect him from Friendly, and Foe alike!

I was just ten years old and attending Miss Doucette’s 5th grade class at the Swain School in Wilmington when BLT’s 3/9 and 1/3 disembarked the USS Henrico, Union and Vancouver at 0815, 08 March 1965.

They made their way ashore just north of the Da Nang Air Base. The mission was straight forward; take over security of the air base and relieve the South Vietnamese Army so they could return to the battlefield.

I don’t recall the particulars of the mission from the memory of that 10 year old child but rather as a United States Marine some years later and having studied the history of the Vietnam War. However, as a child who grew up during that time, I was bombarded with stories of the conflict on TV which included casualty lists, negative reporting and the souring of US opinion.

I recall the facts, figures, battles, names, weaponry and highlights of the ten years that followed; information lived out by men, some of whom are in this room today. Men who swore an oath, followed orders and shipped out to the tiny country that became a focus of effort in the greater region of Indochina where the Chinese Communists were attempting to spread the ideology of Communism to the entire region. Talking heads have since renounced the Domino Theory, but there is far more evidence supporting it, than not.

I also recall listening to students in my High School class disparage the very existence and character of the uniformed men some of whom were not much older than they and in some instances, former neighbors. I was both ashamed and frustrated by the anti-war movement of the day and left cursing the day of my birth because it left me too young to join in time to share in the hardships being experienced by men I already considered Brothers.

For those of you who fought in the jungles and rice paddies of Vietnam, your return home was not to the sound of Brass Bands and the sight of unfurled Flags but to the ranting of the undisciplined, the uneducated, the amoral segment of society that all too often is offered both the microphone and the camera without scrutiny. You deserved far more for the indignities you were asked to endure; the loss of Brothers you still mourn, the wounds you suffered. There was little I could do as an underage school student appalled by what I was witnessing but I can certainly pause now and Thank you for the Courage and Commitment to the Oath you displayed and say Welcome Home!
As far as the average American citizen is concerned, that fateful day in March of 1965, marked the beginning of US involvement in Vietnam; a war that most school books say lasted 10 years.

In truth, US involvement began in earnest on the 7th of May 1954 with the French defeat at Dien Bien Phu at the hands of the Viet Minh. The French had been fighting in the region since 1946; that conflict became known as the First Indochina War. When they withdrew under the influence of the 1954 Geneva Accord, France had suffered 76,000 dead, 64,000 wounded and another 40,000 captured.

By the time Operation Frequent Wind was complete on the 30th of April in 1975, WE had suffered the loss of 58, 315 American War Fighters and 303,644 wounded.

Sadly, history does not record a single positive thing to come from so costly an effort.

Not many miles away on the tiny Peninsula of Malay, the British were mired in their own unfortunate campaign to oust 2500 Chinese Communists who had crossed the Thai border with orders to destabilize the British backed Malay Colonial government and to build support for a replacement Communist regime.

The Malayan Emergency commenced in 1948 when those 2500 insurgent Chi-Coms murdered several Rubber Tree Plantation owners and their workers sparking a request for intervention by British forces. The British remained on mission in Malay until 1960 when it was believed the last of those insurgents had been eradicated or displaced. The experience cost the Malay people and the British some 12,000 dead, 5,000 wounded and Britain, control of Malaysia and this, after a 135 year symbiotic relationship with Malay as a colony of the Crown. Tragically, the Chinese inserted more combatants in 1967 and Malaysia continued the fight to extract them until 1989 when the Berlin Wall fell and left the Communist effort disillusioned.

The history of war in that region, from the end of World War II until the disgraceful extraction of those last Americans and Vietnamese informants from the roof of our Embassy in Saigon on the 29th and 30th of April in 1975, was due to the misguided efforts of several retired Military Officers and a war weary Washington DC determined to never again see a world at war.

Their creation was a manual of strategic operations known as the Small Wars Manual published in 1945. That manual lays the groundwork for the worst possible strategy for operations in the battle space ever contrived by the mind of men; the Counter Insurgency Operation.

We called the Vietnam War, a Police Action. In the last few decades we have referred to these small wars as Nation Building Operations but by whatever name men choose to cloak it with, it is in fact, a Counter Insurgency Operation.

COIN ops put two dynamic pressures on American War Fighters that are unique in the Annals of History; first, it places a premium on the lives of non-combatants in the Battle Space while exponentially increasing the responsibilities placed on the shoulders of the PFC’s and LCPL’s forced to operate within its strictures.

It also scrubs from the vernacular the very definition and use of the word, Victory. It imposes artificial constraints on dynamic entities and demands all those working with those entities to treat them accordingly.

This is the environment into which those Marines were thrust, in 1965 as well as those of all Branches of the Service who followed. They fought for land that our leadership never intended to hold, forced them to endure patrols through jungles laden with booby traps, engaging villagers whose loyalties could not be ascertained; to be led by soft-handed politicians with no vision or publicly specified purpose only to then return home to a nation that seemed filled with hate for the war and warrior alike.

In the years that have followed, we have seen an unending list of operations forced into the COIN paradigm by politicians with no basic understanding of honor, of courage or commitment and who lack the basic character traits which are prerequisite for Leadership. These politicians dictate a need for Military force without an associated Mission Statement and no detailing of goal or mission conclusion.

Malay, Indochina, Korea, Vietnam, Bosnia, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and the list goes on…. Are all failures and all drenched with the innocent blood of the Honorably serving Military Forces of America and her Western Allies…all, prosecuted within the framework of the most reviled strategy in the history of warfare; COIN. What a dismal tally.

In fact the only accountable victory since the Japanese surrender in September of 1945, is the defeat of Saddam’s forces in Kuwait, in 1991. We won in Kuwait, because the Kuwaiti government gave us carte blanche to enter Kuwait and to use whatever force was deemed necessary to destroy infrastructure and anything else to accomplish one thing; extricate the Iraqi Forces that had attacked and occupied Kuwait.

However, no matter how inept and vile this Nation’s politicians can be; no matter how lacking in basic intestinal fortitude, void of vision, uncaring, amoral and hamstrung; no matter the lack of any sense of righteous indignation for those intent to do us harm, there is one thing that remains certain….

No man or woman who has ever sworn the oath of enlistment should ever feel the least bit of shame or responsibility for the epic failures of the Political animal to provide a simple Mission Statement and to give the War Fighter every single weapon necessary to secure a victory for his Nation.
We are not responsible for the inanity emanating from the lesser creatures who occupy Washington DC. We who have sworn oaths to defend our Nations and Constitutions; our very cultures since time immemorial, do so understanding and living the concepts of Personal Honor, Personal Courage, Commitment to the Mission and the need to develop those character traits necessary to embody those Virtues..

The responsibility for the indignities we suffer on the Battlefield, the carrying of the memories of lost Brothers and families, lost Sons; blood shed on foreign lands at the behest of the political machine in DC, rests at the feet of the politician and the voter who put him there.

I would like to leave you with a quote from a Rudyard Kipling Poem entitled, Tommy Atkins which has given me comfort for all the years I served and all those years I watched the Vietnam Veteran serve. It is a metaphor for all of us who have carried water in the politicians sieve and gives me a comfort that can only come from knowing I have been numbered among men and women I hold in my heart as Brethren of the Sword. It is a reminder to me that we first, Serve. It is a reminder to me now, that I am served by those who have followed and that they are the best of their generation.

Now, for those of you who don’t know; Tommy Atkins is the British GI Joe. Rudyard Kipling served in his Majesties Forces and this is how he saw what we have been talking about:

The publican 'e up an' sez, "We serve no red-coats here."
The girls be'ind the bar they laughed an' giggled fit to die,
I outs into the street again an' to myself sez I:
    O it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, go away";
    But it's "Thank you, Mister Atkins", when the band begins to play,
    The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play,
    O it's "Thank you, Mister Atkins", when the band begins to play

Thank you;

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Memorial Day 2016; Remembering LCpl Joshua M. Bernard, USMC, KIA Dahaneh, Afghanistan, 08/14/2009

Americans have been celebrating Memorial Day ever since it's inception in 1868. Regardless of Nationality, social structure, genetic makeup or creed, men have always held their War Fighters in high esteem and the sacrifices made by them, in reverence.

War Fighters, like all of those who have preceded them, have always sensed the solemnity of the duty they have enjoined, and the responsibility to exude courage, personal honor with each other and the oaths they have struck and the determination to carry out the missions handed them.

It is into this unbroken lineage of remarkable people, that Joshua Bernard became ensconced in late 2006; a young man with unshakeable devotion to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, his Family, Church, Community, Nation and not the least of all, his Corps. From the earliest of age and his first utterance declaring when he grew up, he wanted to be a "saver-lifer", Josh massaged the knowledge that he had been uniquely called to serve his nation as a United States Marine; never lording it over his friends or acquaintances, as is the way of many, but quietly fostering the unique qualities of character required to wear the Eagle Globe and Anchor, in defense of all he held dear.

His announcement to his family and friends that he intended to join the Marine Corps in 2006, did not come as a surprise to any who knew him, but as is the case in all of these life altering decisions, hearing him say it, took their breath away. They all knew the risks and they all drew deep breaths of anxiety and concern for what the future held as he trained and prepared for combat on distant shores.

He took every difficult training evolution and exposure to the roughshod ways of young Marines in stride; never faltering physically, spiritually or communally as the many challenges all Marines are faced with, presented themselves. The Marines he served with, even while he lived among them, were both impressed and awe-struck that he could quietly attend to his personal relationship with God and the rigors of training without allowing one to subjugate the other; that he also managed not to sully himself on Liberty even as fellow Marines encouraged him to go places and do things his conscience knew better than to do, both annoyed and encouraged them, simultaneously.

His skill with the rifle and the grenade launcher, was legendary and the Officer in Charge of the M203 Range, presented Josh with his personal challenge coin because of the unique skill he displayed while on the range; making several direct hits on stacked tires all the way out to 300 meters - no small task with what amounts to a hand held, indirect fire weapon, at that range.

He was on his second deployment, this time to Afghanistan when 'G' Company, 2/3 received orders to occupy the FOB at Now Zad and to continue daily patrols of the town and the region; an exercise in futility and an immensely dangerous one. His Squad never left the wire without him as Point; a position he never failed to volunteer for. It is noteworthy that in all of the many dozens of Patrols he executed, he never lost a man to injury or death. This is the greatest testimony to both his skills of observation, and his dedication to the craft and the Corps he served.

His own men, gave him the Call Sign, Halo, honoring both his Christian faith, and his uncanny ability to recognize minute changes in the terrain they patrolled.

His last call home was on a Wednesday afternoon, and the eve of an escorted Company sized combat operation to clear the tiny village of Dahaneh of the Taliban that had been harassing the locals there. The Obama Administration had decided that making a show of force in Afghanistan during this period of time was necessary to give the Afghan people confidence that they could safely make their way to polling booths, to cast their votes, and that the United States Military, would have their backs.

The rewards of the mission itself would be short lived, as there had not been any commitment to keep American Forces in that town, but the short term gain, was hoped, to be a new found sense of personal dignity and courage as the average Afghan, dipped his finger in purple ink; a public sign that they had braved the dangers of the day to act as responsible citizens of Afghanistan.

It was during the third day of the operation, and late in the afternoon that Higher Echelon had called an administrative halt of all advancing units for reasons that are still unclear. That stop turned out to be a fateful one for Josh's Squad. Sensing the heightened security concern of the danger area they had just been compelled to stop in, the Patrol Leader immediately reached for the handset, to request permission to displace, in order to safeguard the exposed Marines in his charge.

That call was never completed.

Within seconds a barrage of RPG Rockets came careening in, in the midst of the Patrol, exploding as they hit.

Joshua Bernard, took a direct hit.

What occurred in the few hours that followed, is what happens whenever a beloved Marine succumbs to wounds earned in combat - and they are all beloved, and every wound is earned….

I was afforded the unique privilege of being Josh's Father, Brother in Christ, Brother Marine, and friend. It is a lot to carry and even more to have lost, so early in our relationship. The grief, the guilt, the sense of despair, all tending to creep up on you unaware, is tangible. Far too many speak of these things as if constructs in a piece of fictional writing; not actual emotions that take their physical toll, just oddly, impersonal.

Believe me, those emotions are palpable.

As a Christian, I have studied and believe, I will indeed see Josh again. I believe he lived his life in a way that makes me proud to have known him. Knowing I squandered my opportunity, early in life to live as he did, I am humbled by his resolve to not sully himself, his Family, his Savior, his Corps.

I also believe that his death, when viewed through an eternal lens, was not an ending nor a punishment but a beginning, and in fact, an honor bestowed upon him by God.

If civilians knew the truth about those family members which surround them who have served, and are serving, they would probably be horrified to learn that they, that we, always harbor a Warriors wish to die in combat. Not just to die, but to have died in a selfless act and in a very real sense, serving in uniform, having willingly suspended your Constitutional Rights and your anonymity; allowing a governing body of Representatives to determine your fate by compelling you into combat against those who would do the Nation harm.

Scripture says in John 15:13; " Greater love hath no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends." And while that verse was written specifically, to define the actions of Jesus Christ on behalf of humanity, the principle is never-the-less, universal.

Many of us did not live the pristine lives we had hoped we would; Josh did! And it is my fervent belief, that God allowed him to die a Warrior's death, in honor of his devotion to God, Family, Corps and Country because he had lived a pristine life.

As we tread carefully, and thoughtfully this Memorial Day Weekend; recalling with reverence, the price paid by so many for the privilege of living as Free Men in the United States of America, it is worthy for us to recall the sage wisdom of our predecessors.....

" War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things.

The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war, is much worse.

The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men, than himself."

John Stuart Mill
English Economist and Philosopher

Semper Fidelis;

John Bernard

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

ISIS is Just One Forward Element in a War Waged by Islam!

This is hardly a new issue for this President. For starters, he has been as deceptive about his relationship to Islam as all of this sitting government's reluctance to name Islam, the enemy. And even those who have dared venture into those troubled waters, have been reticent to suggest how we should proceed with each new iteration of Islam's blood-lusting assault.

Those discussing the ISIS/ISIL phenomenon, treat this particular viral infestation as a unique manifestation in much the same way they have treated every seemingly new but separate spawn of this agency of hell.

This aversion to naming the enemy has gone from frustrating to idiotic to damnable as those primarily entrusted with the security of this nation continue to squirm in their seats at the very prospect of questions forcing them to declare their rudimentary understanding of this seventh century scourge. For many, it is just as well they are not asked because their answers would make the strongest of us embarrassed to share the same gene pool.

That ISIS/ISIL is a blood-lusting and dangerous group of murderers is a given. If they make a threat - to anyone, they should be taken at their word regardless of how unlikely it seems they could carry it out. They have proven their resolve and, their resolve is tempered in the furnace of Islam. Denying this makes men in dignified political positions look like the three monkeys. Whatever else can be said about gaggles like this, their points of origin all remain constant; Islam.

So, if ISIS/ISIL, Ansar Al Sharia, Boko Haram, Al Qaida, Hamas, Hezbollah ad infinitum have as their common denominator, Islam and if these groups can be traced back to Islamic nations who either intentionally or unwittingly (publicly speaking), spawned these groups, why is it so difficult to declare them Islamic? Because there are nearly 2 billion Muslims in the world and the majority of them are not "actively" involved in Jihad.

Using the incredibly sophomoric math politicians like to use, they come to their conclusions like this; "if it ain't got a bomb in a vest, it's a friendly". Of course most discerning people would be able to conjure up a list of questions to determine if this approach is correct and most, like myself have asked those questions and to a one, we have received the exact, same response; "These groups do not represent Islam, they are fringe", which neither answers the question nor suggests any depth of understanding of the networking required to carry out these attacks.

Even a cursory study of history and the related history of Islam reveals just how consistent Islamic adherents have been in their quest to honor their Prophet and their 'god' and to use the incredibly horrific methodology utilized for centuries to both drive fear into their enemies and to reap converts. Since the seventh century and the inception of Islam, there has not been one single shred of evidence to support the argument for "two Islams". At best, we can see evidence of those who have been stalwart followers of Mohammed and his doctrines and those who have shown themselves to lack the stomach for the fight. The latter group, being the largest segment has been erroneously labeled Moderate and even more aggravatingly, the True Believers of the True Islam without so much as basic study of the doctrines and the charts of abrogation detailing the changing philosophy, exhortations and admonitions delivered to Mohammed by the entity who identified himself as Allah.

It is this second group that is probably the most dangerous because men who are willing to pay for murder and torture, rape, incest, pedophilia, slavery and every other degradation man can consider are even more vile and more difficult to find, then those they willingly fund to commit these acts, in the name of their shared 'god'.

And this is the point; Politicians and upper echelon Military Officers alike have chosen to take the comfortable position of answering a manifest threat only, rather than seeking the origin of the threat for fear of angering the many and chancing alienating themselves from the feeble minded who cannot allow themselves to consider the possibility that a religion exists, with murder as a primary tool in the propagation of its ideology.

And so, this morally challenged President, his dhimmi Administration and his neutered upper echelon Staff Officers, continue to engage in this perverse game of wack-a-mole which does nothing more than bleed the resolve of the American people, the coffers of the country and the best of a generation simply because they lack the moral fiber to do the right thing and face the enemy which has always been at war with us, name them and hold them accountable.

So for those continuing to struggle to know exactly what these smaller cells represent, I will use very common Military vernacular to explain where they fit and how they should be understood on the battlefield;

All of these smaller cells are merely the Forward Element of the Assault on Humanity and the assault is commanded by Islam. The Main Body of the Assault, is, the Ummah. As the political geniuses continue to try and explain or understand how organizations like ISIS can continue to build in number, it is helpful if they begin to think of them in this way. It then becomes obvious that the "replacements/recruits" for the Forward Element (right now ISIS), would come from the Main Body or even a "Reserve" if seeing the Ummah in this light makes better sense, because the "recruits" certainly aren't coming from the Evangelical or Catholic Church and they most assuredly aren't coming from Synagogues. And being as they are at least marginally human, we can be sure they are not being beamed in from Mars!

Islam has written the Commander's Intent, drawn up the strategy, assembled the Army, taken to the field and is fighting while this Islamic mole of a President, his dhimmi administration, and morally defunct Staff Officers circumvent their sworn oaths to protect the Constitution and by proxy, the American population. They willingly cede the battle space to the enemy while providing American War Fighters as sacrificial goats for Allah, compelled to operate within untenable Rules of Engagement, promulgated by an antiquated and historically failed Strategy they simply refuse to let go….COIN.

Will this ever change? Unfortunately, only once the enemy has truly breached the gates and the American people are finally free to defend themselves.

Because this government is an abysmal example of how men entrusted with the security of a nation should respond to a most obvious threat.

Semper Fidelis;

John Bernard

Monday, June 9, 2014

Concerning Tomorrow's Primary Election in Maine;

For years now we have been hearing and airing complaints about the travesty that defines the political atmosphere in Washington DC. Many have complained that the differences between the GOP and the DNC are so slight, on many subjects as to be nearly indiscernible.

I have agreed with that assessment.

It does often seem as though the people we send to DC to represent us either leave their home turf having already been compromised by funding generated from within that DC cesspool or become so, once they are exposed to the pathogens walking the streets of our nation's capital.

People on the right have become so disenchanted that they have chosen to stay home during election cycles, rather than vote; believing their votes either won't count, or will be abused by yet one more disappointment using their tax dollars to feather another career politician's retirement plan

Here, I have partially agreed.

In the last two Presidential elections roughly 50% of those registered or at least claiming to be Republicans or Constitutional Conservatives have chosen to stay at home, feet propped up on a chair eating popcorn and throwing metaphorical tomatoes at the TV screen, rather than acting like responsible, Patriotic Americans, and casting their vote - even for the least of two evils.

I have NOT agreed with this stance!

I gave much of my life, preparing to defend the Constitution of this nation, serving in one war with many like-minded friends who have spent much of their lives doing the same thing. I have watched as the young of this generation have served several deployments to Islamic hell-holes with multiple thousands suffering the indignity of life altering wounds and over four thousand dying at the hands of a recalcitrant enemy and a complicit United States Government which has apathetically allowed them to be forced to serve within the strictures of COIN strategy rather than to listen to the sound counsel of those of us who are all too familiar with brutal failure those endeavors have been over these seventy four years since it was officially adopted as an optional battle stratagem.

Those who have sat home during these past two Presidential elections and interim/midterm elections will not like hearing this, but, you share the blame. You share the blame because you were upset that a candidate fitting your narrow definition of "the right" candidate hadn't miraculously materialized for your voting pleasure.
The problem is, none of you have stepped forward to run, either!

Now we face yet one more election cycle and though the choices available may not be all that each of us would like to see, the truth is, there are differences - and those differences will make the difference between the life, and the death of America's oath-bound War Fighters.

Frankly I no longer care whether the nation succeeds, or fails. I will cast my vote but also recognize that I live in a nation of some 338,000,000 people and I do not necessarily represent the majority opinion on, well, anything. BUT, if there is any hope of this country once again looking like what I would like it to be, and any hope of our War Fighters once again being heralded as heroes and more important than the enemy they fight, or the ideologically defiled civilians they must operate amongst, it will only happen if those of us "who claim" to be Patriotic, Constitutionally Conservative Americans leave the couch and act like responsible, dutiful adults rather than like spoiled children - and vote.

I tire of hearing people complain between voting cycles, but then defend their lack of involvement in the one institution that might make our lot in life a little less miserable.

This is not a kindly reminder; this is a kick in the backside; get off the bloody couch and get down to the polling booth tomorrow and whatever other days voting is taking place, here in Maine and around the country!

It is your civic duty. It is then, your moral duty. It is the duty of the collective otherwise known as "the King"!
For too many election cycles now, the King has been absent his appointed place of duty; he has seemingly abdicated and left the throne to miscreants and criminals.

It is time for the king - the people, to get back to work and it starts by voting and selecting the best option; even if that best option is simply the least of two evils.

If you can't do it for any other reason, do it for our War Fighters!

Semper Fidelis;

John Bernard

Friday, June 6, 2014

Obama's Current Moral…Sorry, Political Dilemma: Bergdahl versus Tahmooressi!

President Obama has a spectacular, seemingly supernatural gift; the ability to always be on the wrong side of every issue. His innate sense of how to alienate, separate, divide, anger, polarize and mystify will astound students of political history for the next millennium.

Not only does he seem to intentionally select positions which polarize and divide, he seems to take pleasure in doing so.

This week it was announced that he had secured the release of Bowe Bergdahl, an American soldier who is at the least guilty of walking away from his combat post in Afghanistan. Obama couldn't help himself but make a public spectacle of his latest achievement by inviting Berdahl's parents, including an apparently spiritually conflicted Father whose answer to his Son's predicament was to ensconce himself in all things Islam. The Father went further than simply learning the culture but chose, rather, to delve into the dark abyss of Taliban teachings and the Pashtu Language.

The official reason for his bizarre transformation from hardcore Calvinist to a mere philosophe of the recalcitrant Taliban was a desire to portray a penitent and contrite, if not dhimmi spirit so as not to raise the ire of the 7th century, demonically possessed serial killers holding his son.

This however, does not explain his Arabic utterances and praises to Allah on the lawn of the White House, given his Son had already been released and was being treated in an Infidel hospital in Germany. It also doesn't explain President Obama's groans of approval upon hearing the elder Bergdahl's supplication to the demon, Allah.

This entire episode has been made even worse with the knowledge that Bergdahl junior may not only have left his combat post, defined as desertion in another era, but may in fact be shown to have collaborated with the enemy by the time the investigation is finished; this of course is assuming President Obama and his loyal minions don't intercede on his behalf, compromising the JAG investigation, first.

All of this would be difficult enough to digest if it wasn't that another American War Fighter, an actual dyed in the colors of the Flag, United States Marine, Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi has been languishing in a Mexican prison for months simply for taking the wrong, unmarked exit off a US highway, forcing him into Mexico by error. And make no mistake about it, none of the twice deployed, combat veteran's fellow Marines would have second thoughts about declaring him an honorably serving United States Marine.

So where is President Obama or his State Department on this case of a United States war veteran's unfortunate circumstance? Who knows. They have been silent on the subject for the entire two months Tahmooressi has been tethered like an animal in that third world hell-hole.

Of course let's keep this in perspective; Tahmooressi is a United States Marine and by all accounts, not a Muslim sympathizer. He is a gun owner and most importantly, he is jailed by a government whose citizens are allowed to cross the southern border of the United States - without so much as a handshake in the hopes they will become good, DNC members and vote for, well, who knows, maybe a future Presidential hopeful like, Michelle Obama.

Enter General Stanley McChrystal; an American General who never met a Muslim he wasn't willing to sacrifice the Sons and Daughters of Americans for, a la, the historically failed and miserably contrived battle stratagem; COIN (Counter Insurgency Doctrine).

According to this disgraced Army G-Grade Officer concerning Sergeant Bergdahl; "…“One of the great things about America is we should not judge until we know the facts. And after we know the facts, then we should make a mature judgment on how we should handle it.”…Mature defined as; "whatever is politically expedient for my lord and master, Barrack Obama…"

If the good General were as concerned about the welfare of American Warfighters as he publically declares he is, he would have thrown his support behind Tahmooressi long before going public with a statement about Bergdahl, supporting Obama's latest manifestation of situational ethics which led to the release of five of the worst residents of the Gitmo Bay detention center.

At least there is consistency and consistency, is good. If the General had thrown his support behind Tahmooressi, he might never have been printed in Yahoo News and, it would have given the rest of us something to consider. It would force us to consider whether our earlier assessments of him, as nothing more than a not even marginally imaginative political Officer, was a tad off center.

Yes; consistency is good.

However, now that the Islamic Soldiers, the Islamic converts, the current, morally compromised President and his loyal if not sullied dhimmi General are all satisfied, there remains one last bit of business to take care of; an honorable Marine being held in a third world detention center for doing nothing more than attempting to visit friends some two months ago.

His sin?

He took an unmarked exit, by mistake which corralled him across the Mexicican border; the same border by the way, through which multiple millions of Mexicans, Guatemalans, Hondurans, Islamists, Drug Runners, Jihadists and every other form of degenerate are allowed to pass through, without scrutiny and with the tacit approval of this President, his appointed staff, the entire membership of the DNC and many members of the GOP.

And while he continues to languish in a prison just across the border from his country which he ironically, swore to protect, his government and leading members of the military, laud the "accomplishments" of a soldier guilty at least, of desertion and most likely, collaboration with the enemy; an enemy that continues to take the lives of America's Sons and Daughters.

In a world where everything has been turned on it's head, it is good to see consistency however. It is good to know that pure evil cannot help but maintain it's genuine appearance.

It helps us maintain balance. It helps us remember who we are, what we swore our oaths to, our nation, our country, our families, our hope.

It forces us to remember that voting - or refusal to vote, reaps consequences.

For the sake of Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi, for the sake of all honorably serving American Service Members, remember your minimum duty to your country and cast your vote.

In the meantime, call your Senators, your Representatives, your Media outlets, the State Department. Speak to your Church congregation, your Friends, your Family.

This Marine should not have suffered for two weeks, much less two months and he certainly should not have taken second seat to a combat deserter!

Semper fidelis;

John J. Bernard

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Today's Mis-Direct Flavor? Boko Haram

In one of the latest examples of the inability of writers, the media and politicians to clearly define our current enemy, Nick Cohen, writing for "The Observer"  makes an impassioned plea for the safety of some two hundred and twenty Nigerian girls, seized by one of the more current and infamous forward elements of Islamic Jihad, Boko Haram. For starters, these girls are Christian and from a predominately Christian village in northeast Nigeria, called Chibok.

What I will agree to is the insulting, narrowly focused Obama Administration which has bent over backwards, seeking asylum for children and families of Islamic origin while unconscionably ignoring the plight of beleaguered Christians in places like Homs, the Coptic villages of Egypt and now, Christians once again being brutalized by the Devil's forces in Nigeria.

By the end of the Observer piece, Cohen quotes a Peter Singer who allegorically describes an apathetic world community, unwilling to secure the safety of a drowning child for fear of ruining expensive clothing. For Cohen, the self-involved and well-dressed, neer-do-well stranger in the allegory, is the collective westernized cultures who are not willing to fund organizations which purport to be helping these people.

He also misses a salient point; the name "Boko Haram", translates as "Western Education is Sinful", ie, everything western is tainted and sinful because most western cultures are not Islamic. So, he castigates westerners for not giving western funds to largely, western charities, to transfer to a region ostensibly controlled by Boko Haram fighters who, by their very name, denigrate - and hate Westerners. It is probably also lost on him and others that these children were taken, largely, for dabbling in western cultural ideas…like giving.

Let me clear this up for him and anyone else listening who is similarly confused; It isn't that people don't want to help. It is, however that people don't trust the true abilities, competency and veracity of those claiming to help - especially, governments. It has been proven, over and over again that these organizations which have been established for the reported purpose of aiding the afflicted, waste money at a rate slightly less than our infamous governing body in Washington DC. To add insult to injury, they are headed by CEO's or even committees stripping those donated funds to feather their grossly incongruous incomes and retirement packages.

Honorable people claiming to help don't generally ingratiate themselves in this most obscene of ways. They do like the rest of us do - they donate their time and energy and yes, their incomes! But it seems the majority of the leaders of these "charities" are simply establishing a comfortable business position and fattening their resumes.

The average person gets tired of hearing about these abuses and eventually gets the message; "give at your own risk". For Christians taught to give, there is another exhortation, to be good stewards of what we have, insuring we are using our gifting, talents, materiel - and money, for things which will bear fruit. Giving money to organizations or supporting efforts of government, blindly, out of emotion driven reflex is not only likely to run afoul of that command, but here on earth, is likely to do little more than create an income for people not properly focused.

It was also discouraging to see Cohen added to the endless list of people displaying the same aversion to accuracy that this government has regularly; he seems to lack the courage to define the literal enemy in this story looking instead to rail against a microcosm; Boko Haram.

The enemy, is Islam and Islam's soldiers in their war against all of humanity, are Muslims. Until courage, common sense, theological and historical accuracy are returned to the discussion, you will continue to find people reticent about giving their hard earned money to people and organizations of dubious intent.

Additionally, the world government and the governments of nations saying they would help, are not truly focused on the true definitions of this enemy and as such, seek to treat Islamic combatants with "human dignity", giving them the same deference reserved for honorable men, donning the uniforms  of sovereign nations.

These "people", these Islamic terrorists, these "True Soldiers" are at best, stateless bandits; at worst, agents of Hell. They deserve no quarter nor should they be afforded any. They should be slaughtered where and when found, their bodies desecrated and placed in a burn pile with the rotting remains of swine.

The Ummah needs to know beyond any shadow of doubt, that to seek Allah's Paradise through death by prosecuting Jihad, will reap them an unclean and meritless death and an enemy with the tenacity of a dog with a bone who will locate, close with and destroy them until they repentantly crawl back under the Rock from whence they came.

Until these conditions are met, Mister Cohen needs to redirect his rhetorical cannon at the true enemy of compassionate giving; the politicians and those self-proclaimed agencies of mercy.

Come back when you are ready to truly help both these girls and so many others brutalized by the satanic doctrines of Islam because there are multiple millions of us prepared to sacrifice and to do what is necessary in order to stop this scourge upon the earth.

We are not, however, simply going to feather the nests of not even remotely imaginative thieves just because one frustrated writer decides to insult the very people who truly want to help!

Semper Fidelis;

John Bernard

Monday, January 6, 2014

An Epic Expression of Failed COIN Strategy; Fallujah falls to Al Qaida Factions.

For the better part of five years, I have been decrying the unconscionable use of the historically failed strategy of Counter Insurgency (COIN) in the midst of an ideological monolithic culture; principally of Islam.

In the past few days and just two years after the final elements of US forces withdrew from Iraq, stories are emerging, bringing to completion the seemingly prophetic message I and others warned of two years ago; that Al Anbar has fallen back into Al Qaida hands with a self-neutered Iraq government seemingly powerless to stop it. I also made the case, then, that Al Anbar was not won by General Petraeus' conjuring up the spirit of COIN specifically, but by the infusion of some 30,000 American uniforms into the region.

This process is more akin to the scientific theory of displacement than battlefield strategy. If you fill a region with men bearing one set of Colors, the unit marching under a different Banner, will be forced to displace - and they did. The effort to liberate Fallujah, twice, yielded a temporary reprieve for the non-combatants living there which now seems to have been reversed with Al Qaida and other like-minded cells and tribal components, retaking that city and Ramadi.

What is so damnably frustrating about this is that too many of us to list, foretold of this, years ago. And if there were any left in this country who still held onto the belief that either our civilian leadership or the left-listing General Grade Officers which populate the upper echelon of our Military structure were somehow visionaries and intellectuals, this latest manifestation of a failure of foresight should hopefully drive a spike through the heart of that lingering belief.

Not once - but twice, Marines, Sailors and Soldiers were asked to lay down their lives, "liberating" Al Anbar and most specifically, Fallujah; the second time being tightly restrained by the rigid ROE (Rules of Engagement) borne of the incomprehensibly idiotic paradigm of COIN! And now, two years later, that effort and all that blood, proves to have been for naught!

My argument against applying the rigid stricture of COIN - on any battlefield was multi-faceted and immutable. First, if the hope of armed conflict is to convince your enemy of the futility of continuing on his chosen path then historically it has failed to some degree or another, each and every time it has been employed.

Second, the principle reason for dragging it out of the dusty archives of failed ideas has been the desire to mitigate collateral damage among the "innocent" population. The Pentagon assigned that misnomer to the Iraqi and Afghan populations due to a very poorly managed assessment of the human terrain in both countries which concluded the general population was innocent and not party to the calamity that was their culture. This assumption was made possible due to a systemic ignorance of the dominating religion and its likely effect on the daily actions of the people or their potential sympathies with the "insurgency".

Third, it is not our place, constitutionally or even morally, to save any people from themselves. Civil wars and internal strife are, by definition, internal. In our haste to re-establish some semblance of order in a country we had invaded, choices were made which changed the dynamics of the balance of power, giving control to the Shiite majority, placing that nation in league with Iran and at odds with Al Qaida which is principally Sunni.

It is clear, these years later, that Al Qaida and the Sunni population in Iraq do not intend to sit idly by, allowing the status quo to stand. Attacking Al Anbar, taking Fallujah and the capital, Ramadi, sends a clear message to Baghdad. It also should cause the "dead" in DC to take note. Where there were assurances made about the strategy shift to COIN and the naïve compartmentalization of Iraqi society during the war, it ought to be crystal clear now that those assumptions were wrought with error. It should also be clear that interfering in another nation's governmental business or trying to fix a perceived problem in that regard can yield unintended consequences.

Our only legitimate reason for our incursion into Iraq was to stop Saddam Hussein from building, stockpiling and using "weapons of mass destruction" which every single intelligence agency agreed, was the case and a clear and present danger to the US and our western allies. It is entirely incidental to the argument that those weapons were not found after the initial incursion. As history mockingly reminds us, waiting 6 months to carry out the threat of a military strike, gives ample time for the intended target to redistribute war materiel and in this case the WMD's which gave impetus to the incursion in the first place. The Monday morning quarterbacking that has taken place since those early years of that war, has been shamelessly enjoined by specific political figures for political gain. In recent months, it has become evident that at least some of those weapons components and systems may well have been transported to Syria, as suspected years ago.

The point being, if those weapons existed as multiple intelligence agencies, reported, then that was the only possible legitimate reason for the initial incursion. Being as Saddam Hussein and his government were of Iraq, it fell to the Iraqi people to change the political structure in Iraq and destroy those weapons, IF, they truly felt building and keeping them was wrong. There remains only two legitimate reasons why they didn’t act; cowardice or collusion. Our concerns early on should have factored in those two possibilities and come to the only conclusion one can, it is not our place to imbue on a people our hope for them, but rather to accept them for what they are, finish the mission utilizing a strategy with the greatest hope for success and then come home.

Having tried yet one more time to re-envision the ideological genetics of a people and then modify sound battlefield tactics to accommodate that vision, we are now seeing, one more time how that effort can fail. As they say, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's a duck. No amount of hoping or conjuring or beneficent pandering to a people ideologically aligned against you will change their minds or their adherence to their ideology, even if that ideology has helped cause their misery.

Every effort to minimize damage among the civilian population through the unreasonably rigid tenets of COIN which by design, place our American born War Fighters; our Sons and Daughters, at exponentially increased risk, was both immoral and unconstitutional! The simple answer for the security of the Iraqi people was something that should have happened before it was deemed necessary to attack them - they should have revolted! The truth is that the condition of any nation is the primary responsibility of the people who bear its name. To that end, the Iraqi people failed, and are failing once again after we wrongly wasted the blood of our current generation to do something that was not our business; sparing the lives of a people who hate us ideologically!

This conversation needs to happen right now, even as this Administration has committed troops to Sudan, has made the effort to commit resources to Syria, continues to flounder in Libya, is attempting to negotiate reason in Iran, has inserted itself into the Israeli/"Palestinian" conflict and is still puzzling over Egypt.

Clearly the Administration is fighting with one academic arm tied behind its back and is sending folks holding diplomatic credentials who are equally challenged when it comes to understanding the complexities of Islamic culture and Islamic doctrine.

These continued ill-advised efforts to massage the troubles of cultures in the Islamic world are proceeding with bad advice about those cultures and their religion and continue to threaten the well-being of American War Fighters who are continually compelled to act as a highly restricted police force rather than this nation's Warrior Guard.

We have literally wasted the lives and the wellbeing of far too many of this generation, chasing after something that cannot be achieved; improved relations with a people who will only be satisfied when the last vestige of Infidel's corpses are rotting in the ground.

Semper Fidelis;

John Bernard