Well it was another fine week in the ‘Excellent Adventures’ of American leadership. There were so many new reports and revelations that it was hard to know where to begin so let’s begin by forming a list: (most of the links will have to be copied and pasted in the search window)
1. MJG was kind enough to send me this gem; we now know that funds have been made available and were distributed to Mullahs and Mosques for the improvement of existing Mosques and the building of new ones. There was no hint in the story that these were for war reparations and if they were; it would be too soon for that anyway. http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/2004/02/the-us-government-builds-mosques-and-madrassahs.
2. The Taliban is declaring victory due to our closing the outpost in Nuristan that was attacked on October 4th. The outpost has been slated for abandonment for quite a while. 9 Soldiers were killed, several ANA killed and dozens (missing?). There are conflicting stories about how many Taliban were killed. http://atwar.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/07/taliban-claim-to-raise-a-flag-over-nuristan/
3. Kevin Cullen of the Boston Globe reports that Laith al-Khazali a leader of Asa’ib al-Haq (Iranian backed) was released by the United States in an ongoing effort to achieve reconciliation with… I’m not sure whom, in Iraq. It is worthy to note that he is responsible for the deaths of at least 5 American Soldiers. http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/10/08/a_casualty_of_callousness/#end
4. The coveted Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to President Barrack Obama; praise his name! http://www.egovmonitor.com/node/29421
The story of the United States Mosque building efforts is not brand new. This has been going on for a long time and is probably couched in the language of war reparations. The problem is; the war is not over and, the enemy has been using these mosques, regularly, from which to launch attacks on our Warriors. I won't go into the apparent conflict with the 1st amendment of the US Constitution here although there is much to talk about. The more glaring problem is that we are building hardened bulwarks from which the enemy can launch attacks on our troops. Have we lost all understanding of how to wage war? You don't build emplacements for the enemy, you destroy everything they can use and deny them ground. Want an example? Look at Berlin circa 1944-45 or the waning months of our battle with Japan. By the way; Both Germany and Japan are now leading economic and manufacturing powers in the world. I don't think we are likely to see that in Afghanistan anywhere in their future - with or without their US built Mosques.
The Taliban declared victory over the 'infidel' in Nuristan after assaulting two American manned outposts there last week. The two outposts were slated to be closed down as part of Gen McChrystal's new 'protect the populace at all costs' strategy which includes pulling back from territories of marginal value (marginal value as defined by population density). Of course our US leadership told the whole world, including the Taliban, what our plan was and the Taliban exploited that piece of intelligence and planned and executed an attack on those outposts (from a Mosque) and eight American Soldiers were killed in the ensuing battle. Closing these outposts does not mean we are abandoning the province or the region. The fact that closing the outposts had been in the works for quite some time negates any claim to victory especially in light of the fact the Taliban paid a high price (some reports say 100 Taliban dead) and in the end, gained zero property. Never-the-less a question should be asked; why is it Lcpl Schmuckatelli can't tell Mom and Dad back home where he is or what he is doing but the highest ranking officers in the US military can share sensitive information with the enemy - like when we are going to shut down an outpost? I don't suppose it crossed their minds that they were party to those US deaths?
We, as a nation, have allowed a sickness to creep in called a lie. This lie has been propagated in the school systems through the use of revised history. The lie is pervasive and essentially paints the United States and its citizenry as incredibly evil people who have imposed their evil on the innocent peoples of other nations. The result of decades of this kind of indoctrination is self-loathing. It is not unusual for someone to seek redemption once they discover their sin, and elements within the United States have spent their lives trying to ‘make up’ for the sins of the past. This week’s example of this was the release of Laith al-Khazali in Iraq. He is not a soldier, nor an elected representative of his people. He does not expound on the virtue of peace nor has he developed a vaccine for cancer. He is a murderer. He listened to and believed a lie and that lie grew into something insidious and he acted on it and because of that at least 5 American Soldiers did not return home to their families. In an 'act of reconciliation', the upper echelon of our own military released him back to his family. Match that to the plight of Sgt Larry Hutchins who kidnapped an Iraqi civilian (he suspected of aiding the insurgency in his area of operations) and subsequently shot him in the head. He is spending 15 years in prison for murder. The parole board recommended leniency and a reduction of sentence but earlier this year, Donald Winter – a man with ZERO military experience and a member of the Bush administration and now the Obama – denied the recommendation. Reconciliation you say?
The Coup de Gras was the announcement out of Norway that President Obama was being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Of course, everyone, including the President himself is questioning why he was chosen. I don't expect him to turn down the honor however. In fact this is just more justification that he is 'all that' and more. A friend of mine had called and lamented this fact within hours of having heard but, I told him, he should be encouraged by the announcement. The fact is that the committee has been awarding individuals of dubious accomplishment for years and it has become clear, from the 'progressive mindset' segment of society. This is just the latest in a list of ludicrous selectees right behind Al Gore, Jimmy Carter and Yasser Arafat, et al. Al Gore of 'the sun is falling' fame and Jimmy Carter of 'let's wring our hands and beg the Iranians for forgiveness' fame (1979).
I am going to ask those of you and your friends, who voted for this current administration, how do you like them now? Not only did you vote for someone with NO resume; you did it with religious zeal; and don't fool yourselves, you displayed classic worship. This man, Barrack Obama, was declared to be 'our Savior' by none other than the Reverend Al Sharpton himself. Fringe you say? How about the refrains from those young angelic voices in the public schools that sang (and still do) praises to 'his majesty'? Remember the latest refrain; 'Barrack..Hussein..Obama. Mmm, Mmm, Mmm'. It is time for you or your relatives and friends to wake up to your sin. You voted for a man who received and did not deny the devotion reserved for a deity. There were tears of joy flowing at the inauguration and now, there are tears flowing at the gravesides of men and women of the United States Armed Forces who are being slaughtered by our own government's complicity in the war plans of our enemy; Barrack Obama's hand selected appointees.
How long can a Nation last whose leadership values the lives of the enemy and foreign civilians above that of its own military? To those of you who have called, e-mailed, and blogged your concerns about a loved one in the military looking for information or hope, I say this; be very, very, afraid. Then you need to get up, write letters, make calls, blog, e-mail, and do a song and dance on the street corners to get the word out that this current strategy is wrong. You need to reflect on what God you believe in and I pray it is the one true God. Then you need to educate yourselves on the true nature of this current enemy and the insidiousness of his religious ideology and understand that any strategy that does not include chasing him and killing him with ferocity, is doomed to fail, politically. You also need to take a stand are you a citizen of the United States of America; or a world citizen? It is time to stand up and be counted.
Until next time; this is John Bernard reporting from the top of the country while we continue to chronicle the amazing exploits of “Barack, Hussein, Obama. Mmmm, Mmm, Mmm” and company.