Efforts are gaining strength to release an American held in a Mexican jail and the wife and children of an American citizen, Daniel Wani of New Hampshire, who are being held in a Sudanese jail. Each of them has been the topic of previous articles by this writer (see here and here) who is indignant at these travesties of justice.
If the White House sincerely believes that America leaves no man (specifically a military man) behind – then why have they allowed Sgt. Tahmooressi to languish in a Mexican jail for so long? (Oh right, I forgot, he doesn’t further the Obama agenda). On June twentieth Tahmooressi’s mother said on CNN that they have heard nothing from the White House. That she appeared on CNN is a good sign (that one of the most ‘progressive’ news outlets is finally picking up this story). Furthermore Mrs. Tahmooressi was interviewed by anchor Chris Cuomo, son a former New York state governor, and brother of the current one. This means that not only is CNN becoming aware of the story, but so will the elites in the New York Democrat Party as well as American low-information voters.
A petition to the White House on behalf of Tahmooressi reached the 100,000 point on May 31. At that point the White House is required to respond. However Tahmooressi remains in a Mexican jail.
Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag
U.S. Rep. Trent Franks is leading the charge to rescue Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag, a Sudanese Christian and her two children. Franks’ bi-partisan petition was addressed to Secretary of State John Kerry (cc’d to the Secretary of Homeland Security). Those signing the petition were: Trent Franks (R-AZ), Spencer Bachus (R-AL), Rob Bishop (R-UT), Paul C. Broun (R-GA), Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D-GA), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Steve Chabot (R-OH), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Steve Daines (R-MT), John Fleming (R-LA), J. Randy Forbes (R-VA), Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), Michael Grimm (R-NY), Tom Griffin (R-AR), Gregg Harper (R-MS), Andy Harris, M.D. (R-MD), Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), Jaime Herrera Buetler (R-WA), Steve King, M.D. (R-IA), Jack Kingston (R-GA), Leonard Lance (R-NJ), Robert E. Latta (R-OH), Mike McIntyre (D-NC), Alan Nunnelee (R-MS), Gary Peters (D-MI), Collin C. Peterson(D-MN), Robert Pittenger (R-NC), Charles Rangel (D-NY), Jan Schackowsky (D-IL), F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-WI), Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH), Chris Smith (R-NJ), Steve Stivers (R-OH), Jackie Walorski (R-IN), Brad Wendstrup (R-OH), Frank Wolf (R-VA), and Don Young (R-AK).
In their letter they asked Kerry to “direct” the Embassy in Khartoum, to “prioritize the plight of this young family” and to have both the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security quickly review all possible means available to grant them sanctuary in the United States.” The also asked that priority be given to “granting her children U.S. citizenship, and ensuring that Mr. Wani has custody of his children.” Yet the above list of 38 members of the House of Representatives who signed the petition calls into question this “where were the other 397 members of the House? Why didn’t they sign it?” Those that are familiar with this family’s story can have little doubt of its truth, and that rescuing her from certain death, and all of them from a Sudanese jail is meritorious. In addition on June 9 in the House Rep. Cotton introduced H.R. 4821.
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced Senate Resolution 453 which was passed by unanimous (now that is a surprise) consent on June 3 – it condemns the charge of apostasy and the death sentence for Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag, and calls for “the release of her and her children.” In addition Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced S. 2474 on June 12. Yet they remain in dire straits in Sudan, a woman married to an American citizen and her two American citizen children, including an infant born in prison. Legally they have a right to come here where they may practice their religion in freedom – not so the hordes of Latin Americans now crossing into America who have no legal right to be here. Lady Liberty must feel ashamed at this travesty of justice.
Mid America Motorworks is once again hosting Corvette Funfest, this year with a military theme. Vets with Vettes will celebrate America’s Armed Forces and America’s Sports Car – two of the things that make this nation great. (via email)
Vets with Vettes Theme Sets the Tone for Corvette Funfest 2014
Mid America Motorworks’ annual event pays tribute to America’s Armed Forces
Effingham, Ill. (June 20, 2014) – Mid America Motorworks is inviting Corvette enthusiasts, Veterans, and military aficionados to Corvette Funfest: Vets with Vettes, Sept. 18-21, 2014. Dubbed the World’s Largest Corvette Party, Corvette Funfest welcomes thousands of Corvettes and their owners to Effingham, Ill. for four days celebrating America’s Sports Car.
“Every year at Corvette Funfest, we see more and more Corvettes with patriotic paint jobs and designs,” said Mike Yager, Chief Cheerleader at Mid America Motorworks. “With some of my own brothers who served, members of the Mid America Motorworks family with military backgrounds and all of the service men and women in our extended Corvette family, it is a privilege to show them how much their commitment and sacrifice means.”
Mid America Motorworks is planning a one-of-a-kind celebration for Vets with Vettes. Veterans and Corvette owners with patriotically customized Corvettes will receive special parking in a place of honor on the Corvette Funfest grounds. The weekend will also include presentations honoring members of the military, past and present, as well as special attractions.
One such attraction is the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall®, a 3/5 scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Wall spans 300 feet when constructed and is part of the Vietnam and All Veterans Brevard in Brevard County, Flo.
Admission to the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall is $2/car. Buses and large groups will be admitted free of charge. The display will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18 through Saturday, Sept. 20 and 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, Sept. 21.
Corvette Funfest encompasses all aspects of the Corvette hobby, from a Thursday Night Fun Run and Downtown Party, an Annual Charity Event and headlining Saturday Night Concert to Expert Seminars, Interactive Displays and Celebrity Choice Awards. Registration is currently open for Corvette Funfest 2014. Visit www.corvettefunfest.com to register and join in as Mid America Motorworks celebrates America’s Armed Forces and America’s Sports Car.
Corvette Funfest 2014 Theme
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This Heritage event on Benghazi has gotten a lot of press over the last day or two, with the left claiming the event turned ‘ugly‘ and that the Muslim woman was ‘pounced on’ and ‘bullied’ by members of the panel.
But after watching it myself, that characterization couldn’t be more wrong. In fact Brigitte Gabriel’s answer to this Muslim woman is perhaps the best answer I’ve ever heard to the ‘peaceful Muslims’ question.
If you want to watch the full video that includes a response by Frank Gaffney in the beginning, watch below:
I don’t think many of our readers will be surprised, but we trained many of these men as well. Aaron Klein, reporting for WND, now tells us that many of these rebels were trained by the U.S. at a secret facility in Jordan.
Members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIS, were trained in 2012 by U.S. instructors working at a secret base in Jordan, according to informed Jordanian officials.
The officials said dozens of ISIS members were trained at the time as part of covert aid to the insurgents targeting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. The officials said the training was not meant to be used for any future campaign in Iraq.
The Jordanian officials said all ISIS members who received U.S. training to fight in Syria were first vetted for any links to extremist groups like al-Qaida.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered an aircraft carrier moved into the Gulf on Saturday, readying it in case Washington decides to pursue a military option after insurgents overwhelmed a string of Iraqi cities this week and threatened Baghdad..
"The order will provide the Commander-in-Chief additional flexibility should military options be required to protect American lives, citizens and interests in Iraq," the Pentagon said in a statement.
The carrier USS George H.W. Bush, moving from the North Arabian Sea, will be accompanied by the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea and the guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun, the statement said. It added the ships were expected to complete their transit into the Gulf later on Saturday.
President Barack Obama said on Friday he needed several days to determine how the United States would help Iraq deal with the stunning advance of Islamist militants, who earlier this week seized several major Iraqi cities and appeared to have set their sights on the capital, Baghdad.
But the U.S. leader ruled out sending U.S. troops back into combat in Iraq, where over 4,000 U.S. soldiers died in the war that followed the 2003 invasion to oust Saddam Hussein, and said any intervention would be contingent on Iraqi leaders (continue reading Yahoo, hat tip Drudge)
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This isn't that shocking if you understand that we are not fighting a conventional enemy. We are fighting a radical ideology that permeates every part of the Middle East. It knows no boundaries. Its sole goal is to conquer all. ...
No amount of training or equipment will change a belief system. We cannot fight an ideology with weapons. Until we understand that, we will never defeat Islamic terrorists.
Sexual deviancy is not a protected civil right. Sexual deviancy exists and is noted by clinical psychiatrists. But deviants should not receive hugs at the White House and a welcomed berth in the military. President Barack Obama is the Commander-in-Chief of the combined military forces of the United States of America. He maintains an unusual focus on detrimental policy changes that weaken the traditions and morale of a professional standing army. Why such intense personal interest?
The door was closed the day that my Navy OIC (officer in charge) sat with me and the ten year (mandatory) review of a secret clearance landed on his desk. The officer under review was in my department and under my direct command. He had an incident of public lewdness, an unusual behavior, which had resulted in a civilian arrest. This arrest was now red-flagged. I was asked to pull one of two legal levers. The officer could be recommended for a psychiatric evaluation or processed for discharge. I chose the latter. Performance was not lacking in his duties. But it was time for him to put his uniform up. He had lost the right to wear it.
Things have changed drastically since the designation of Barack Obama as Commander-in-Chief . The man has not served within our ranks nor does he understand the subtle nuances of maintaining good order and discipline. We do have an Activist-in-Chief who believes that members of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community must have unfettered access to oath, uniform, and military benefits.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel states he is open to a review of a military ban on “transgender individuals”. Notice he uses the word “individuals”. He is unable to identify a transgender based on socially acceptable means because this individual, may as of yet, not be fully surgically “reassigned”. Man, woman or bearded lady. Who cares?
These things get tricky. Bradley Manning was the source for a huge cache of WikiLeaks documents. He now considers himself to be “Chelsea Manning”. He remains incarcerated within a male military prison at Leavenworth.
Ignoring the obvious, the Secretary of the Defense-of-Deviancy opines, the transgender issue is “a bit more complicated because it has a medical component to it.” Yep. Bradley may be sporting a blonde wig and lipstick. But until he undergoes multiple facial feminization surgeries and has his penis amputated, testes removed, and tissue used to construct a fake birth canal and labia, he is just plain old “Bradley”.
Here is the real question. Who benefits from this deal? The United States military does not benefit. This eviscerates morale within the ranks. There are no yellow ribbons tied around the old oak tree, no veterans clamouring to line up and shake Bergdahl’s hand
Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl is in Germany. Rejoice not, America.
A man who deserted his military post in Afghanistan crawled through the bushes into the waiting arms of the enemy. He now emerges from the shadows five years later. The posture he exhibited in the limited-release videos after his capture put the meat on the bone of this matter. Lil’ Bowe preached an anti-West message while filling his belly with a lovely feast. He appeared in a second propaganda video wearing his uniform and practicing karate kicks. The whole thing was surreal and the venue was definitely vaudeville. Lil’ Bowe made a final, brief appearance in a video in which he was not paraded about like prize livestock. The still image from the video is one with which we are all familiar. He looks gaunt, like someone who had fallen out of favour with his captors. When viewing the final video with the stumble-across glimpse of Bowe Bergdahl, I did not feel any sense of empathy. This man is not a kindred spirit. I kept my military oath. Mr Bergdahl walked away from his and toward individuals harbouring intent and will to kill American soldiers and citizens.
In 2010 a Pentagon investigation released their findings. It was incontrovertible that a man who was tasked with the defence of our nation was AWOL (absent without orderly leave) and had deserted his unit. Members of his unit are opening up about his behaviour prior to his desertion. On one forum, the medic from his unit states that five soldiers lost their lives in the pursuit of returning him to his unit, and there was an increase in attacks on American troops in the region after he slithered off into the brush. Enter stage left, with the woman who lied about Benghazi and events preceding the death of an American ambassador. National Security Advisor Susan Rice not only describes Bergdahl as “...an American prisoner of war captured on the battlefield” but also opines on ABC’s This Week that “he served the United States with honour and distinction”.
For those not familiar with the story of Marine reservist Andrew Tahmooressi of Weston, Florida, he was looking for a place to live in San Diego, having recently left South Florida. He got on a freeway and accidentally ended up in Mexico with all of his possessions including 3 guns that he legally owns in the USA. He had not intended to go to Mexico and reported this and his guns immediately, so instead of recognizing this as an innocent mistake, and directing him back over the border into the USA, the Mexican government had him locked up in a Tijuana prison. That was on April 1. Mexico, for those who are geographically challenged, is immediately south of the United States. We are not at war with Mexico, although the Mexican drug cartels are at war with both Mexico and the United States.
Joe Kaufman spoke at a recent rally on behalf of Tahmooressi, where he said that ‘when a troop is stranded on the battlefield, his fellow troops are mandated to do everything in their power to bring him back. It is time for the Obama Administration to do the same, even if it has to cut off Mexican funds or tourism to Mexico to do so.’ Joe Kaufman understands that Andrew Tahmooressi is the responsibility of the American government, and so do members of congress Ileana Ros-Lethinen, Duncan Hunter, and Matt Salmon as well as TV personality Greta Van Susteren who led a petition to the White House on Tahmooressi’s behalf. Yet Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Kaufman’s opponent in the current race to represent Florida’s 23rd district, has responded in the usual limp-wristed manner of an Obama Administration apparatchik.
She has given legitimacy to the Mexican government’s actions – they know it was an innocent mistake and that he is not a criminal, yet they locked him up anyway. Further she has not called out the Mexican government for their abuses and claims that he is being treated well there, yet it is well known that Mexican prisons are controlled by the drug cartels. For the low-information voter, Debbie Wasserman Schultz who is the Democratic Party Chairman, is close to President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry. Yet none of them has been willing to do anything on behalf of Tahmooressi (if, like Bowe Bergdahl, he were anti-American and sided with our enemies it might have helped).
It is time to bring Sgt. Tahmooressi home, and to retire Debbie Wasserman Schultz, his useless Congressman, who is nothing more than a mouthpiece for the Obama Administration and has chosen to ignore justice in this case. She even informed Andrew’s mother that she would write a letter to the State Department, the very state department that permitted four American employees to die in Benghazi. Maybe it is just me, but ever since then I have seriously doubted that the American State Department receives much respect abroad, nor that they have much respect, no matter where they are, for American citizens. Debbie Wasserman Schultz was urged by Joe Kaufman to do the right thing and to stand up for Sargent Tahmooressi – I’m not holding my breath, but I am urging those in Florida’s district 23 to retire her as soon as possible.
Who knew there was an American prisoner of war in Afghanistan? Not me, and I keep up on these things. What is really, really surprising however is there seems to have been only one. Maybe America was finally doing something right, although under the current President the number of members of the military killed or injured has dramatically increased. As of December 13, 2013 under President George W. Bush there had been 575 killed in almost eight years, while under President Barack Obama, in just over five years there were 1,620. Or just maybe there are so few American prisoners of war because since America no longer has a cowboy in the White House the Afghan captors might just be offing them. (Cowboys in the White House can be a very good thing.)
When Bowe Bergdahl, the young American soldier who had disappeared five years ago in Afghanistan, was released last week from captivity there was some rejoicing at the good news, or at least it initially seemed to be good news. The first part of the bad news was that he had been exchanged for five Taliban leaders who were being held in Guantanamo - a very, very bad idea on so many levels. According to the Office of National Intelligence (and possibly not a reliable source these days) of 603 terrorists released 100 are confirmed as returning to terrorism, that’s one in six, however some reports list the number returning to terrorism as much higher.
It wasn’t long before it was discovered that Afghan President Hamid Karzai is not happy because he had not been informed of the exchange. While Karzai is not exactly a good buddy of ours, international diplomatic standards and good manners both require that he is, if not consulted about a decision, at least informed in advance. But he evidently wasn’t even informed and he is not happy. Furthermore this exchange wasn’t legal under American law as the President has no right to do it the way he did, so Congress (at least those who are capable of thinking, i.e. the Republicans) isn’t happy either. But then Obama has a long track record of being, if we may borrow a word from theology, an antinomianist – one who rejects the need for a law, or the law.
Much has been made of the classy, disciplined and cool treatment West Point cadets gave the current POTUS, Barack Obama on Wednesday. And I too salute them, however, unlike the Wall Street Journal that called his speech “consistent with that of every post-Cold War administration’ (it was not), I actually listened to what he had to say. Not only did Obama argue a contradictory foreign policy (relying on NATO and the United Nations and at the same time saying “America must always lead on the world stage”), but some of the things he said were evident of his intellectual immaturity and dishonesty.
What I found most mind-boggling was that Obama said, “I believe in American exceptionalism with every fiber of my being. But what makes us exceptional is not our ability to flout international norms and the rule of law; it’s our willingness to affirm them through our actions.” Oh really, he really means that. Perhaps he has ‘evolved,’ as most of us well remember in his April 4, 2009 speech in Prague he said he said that ‘I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect the Brits believe in British exceptionalism . . ..‘ In other words, America was not exceptional, and over the last several years he has put a lot of effort into taking America apart, and making it less exceptional, especially in the area of ‘the rule of law.’
While it is true that we have long had the ability to flout the rule of law, this has not been America’s SOP (standing operating procedure). This is a nation built on the foundation of laws, and keeping the law. Obama has clearly rejected that stance and wants the law to mean whatever he wants it to mean regardless of its plain meaning, and the man he appointed to be Attorney General (the highest law enforcer in the land), Eric Holder, seems to agree with him. I am not saying that America and American politicians of the past have been completely obedient to the law, or that they didn’t try to bend it to their will on certain things. But whereas others, in the past, have generally done this on occasion, with Obama and his Administration, this has been a way of life, a way of ruling.
Interestingly he makes this about international law which he obviously holds to be of greater value than American law, and to claim that he now thinks America is exceptional is amazing – I want to hear more, and when and why he changed his mind. I am reminded of the old adage that being faithful in small things is evidence of being faithful in greater things. Here we have a man who has not been faithful in small things, has not been faithful to American law, yet he was quite willing to chastise his audience on Wednesday about being faithful to international law. Of course he loves to chastise others – but then he is the smartest man ever in the White House (at least in his own mind).
His words at West Point were an insult to the American people, in fact to everyone, everywhere. Does he really think anyone would believe him? Here is a man who is apparently unaware that thanks to the internet and other forms of mass communication anyone with a half functioning brain can soon discovered that although he bears the title ‘Commander-in-Chief,’ in truth ‘Liar-in-Chief’ seems more accurate. This is a lie so outrageous it comes very close to his most famous lie, ‘If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.’
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