To whom much is given, much is expected.
My heart breaks for them and their families. It would be so sad if the way they died was remembered instead of the way they lived and served. They and their families will be in my thoughts and prayers.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on A Mile In Their Shoes: Maritime Security, Substance Abuse & The Special Operations Community
@bharrison You should add that, once you have received a government pay check of any type, you are forbidden from working as a lobbyist. There is a direct line of slime from the Hill/Pentagon to K Street and back.
2 months, 1 week ago on Murray Ryan Budget Bill Express-On the Backs of Veterans
I thought you did really well, especially given that Chris Matthews is notorious for cutting people off and interrupting them . . . not sure why he even asks questions since he never lets anyone give an answer. It's not surprising that he's going after Hilary Clinton . . . he was openly hostile to her during the 2008 election primary and practically campaigned for Senator Obama. His biases are usually quite evident.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Brandon Webb, Chris Matthews On Benghazi
@ArcticWarrior @bl_reck Not only should there be term limits, but I believe in a life-time ban in lobbying by ANYONE who has ever served in or worked for the federal government in ANY capacity. The direct line from Capitol Hill to K Street is paved with slime.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on A Soldier Reflects: Spirit of Service Lost in American Politicians
I find it amazing and humbling how many people became heroes that day . . . ordinary people who did extraordinary things. For anyone who hasn't seen it, you should watch this video on the boat lift to evacuate people from Manhattan. It always makes me cry.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on September 11th Reader Submissions: Search & Rescue
@majrod Absolutely. But I was just commenting to Ed that the military is as slow on the appellate process as the civilians are (except in Texas).
6 months, 1 week ago on Hasan Gets Death Sentence
MajRod, I thought that part of the reason for citing it as workplace violence and straight murder charges (as opposed to terrorism) was that the US Military Code of Justice doesn't have a "terrorism" charge. Is that correct? I thought that was why they not only chaged Hasan with murder, but they did the same thing back in 2005 to Hasan Akbar (the guy who threw the grenades into tents in Kuwait). I definitely agree, through, that the designation should now be changed so the victims can get as many benefits as possible. To do less would be unconscionable.
@Ed Swaner A coupleof the inmates on the military death row have been there for 24-25 years while their cases go through the appellate process.
@dpthnkr005 Of course! Why not? Am I missing something? That was my second grandson. A third is about to be born. Unfortunately for me (and after going through the hell of raising a teenage daughter), my daughter and grandchildren live in VA and I live in NM. I hate it.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Dark Day in Special Forces History
@dpthnkr005 My grandson!
@Jake75 I was a little girl the first time I heard that song. All these years later, it still makes me cry.
@bharrison Agreed. There is such a lynch mob mindset in this country. Most people work on the assumption that, if you're arrested, you're guilty. But it is ironic to watch how that attitude does an about face when it is they or their loved ones who get in legal trouble. They suddenly "discover" all of their constitutional rights. Amusing to see.
7 months, 1 week ago on The Russian Gulag And A Phony SEAL Charity
@StormR Storm, my dad was stationed at the AF Base in Newfoundland when Bay of Pigs happened. I was a toddler, and it's my first real memory . . . my mom crying and trying to fill ever container in the house with water . . . I'm not sure what she was trying to do, seeing as how SAC bases were on the target list. Scary, scary times.
9 months ago on The Cost of Limited War
@shooten I have two children ten years apart. I could help my daughter with her math classes all the way through high school. Ten years later, I wasn't able to help my son with math after 7th grade--the classes had gotten more difficult and moved to a higher level within those ten years. I will say, however, that I think most school systems operate as a bifurcated system. There are gifted, advanced, AP classes in abundence for the higher achieving students. Then there are the general classes for less capable students. I will also say that the vast majority of the higher achieving students came from the 2 parent households and the parents were actively involved in their children's academic lives. It was so sad, but you could tell in kindergarten which category the kids fell into . . . I hold the parents/families much more responsible than I do the teachers/school systems. Half the time, the teachers are expected to raise the children instead of the parents doing it. Between inadequate/inattentive parents and the constant testing forced down their throats, it's a wonder they do as good of a job as they do.
9 months ago on Spies in America: A National Security Debacle (Part 2)
Great article, Mr. Nealen, and thank you. I continue to be amazed at the intellectual talent shown by SOFREP authors and commentators.
OMG, Kristen can join me in the Ladies Room anytime she wants/needs to. Get over it already.
9 months, 1 week ago on Breaking: Meet The First Female Navy SEAL, Kristin Beck
And totally kicked their asses! Go Caledonia!!
@StormR @JackMurphyRGR @GodblessUSSF @stage9 And thank God they are. And none too soon based on some of the comments on here. So sad that some people are still so incredibly ignorant and hateful.
@ShayneDeLosMuertos Best wishes and prayers for your nephew.
@StormR Amazingly well said, Storm. You have an incredible talent for a well-turned phrase.