To whom much is given, much is expected.
Another article about what the military knew about his health and whereabouts . . .
9 months ago on Hero or Deserter? Sergeant Bergdahl Owes His Former Unit & America Answers
@Kiyabear Well said, Kiyabear. You are a wise woman.
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.
1 year 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.
1 year, 2 months 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.
1 year, 3 months 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.
1 year, 4 months 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.
1 year, 5 months 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).
1 year, 6 months 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.
1 year, 6 months 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.
1 year, 7 months 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.
1 year, 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.
1 year, 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.
1 year, 9 months 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.
A Harry Truman fact sheet? I'd love to see it.
1 year, 9 months ago on John Brennan’s Political Purges Within the CIA
Thanks for sharing, Fan. I agree with you about independent, analytical, critical thinkers--that should be the goal. My children were raised with a liberal mom and a conservative dad, for want of more precise labels. Politics and conversation are blood sports in our home with a "no prisoners taken" approach. Opinions are fiercely fought and debated and constantly challenged. It is a point of pride that I have two engaged, involved "kids" (32 and 22--I was a child bride :)), who are socially and politically involved. Whatever their beliefs, I'm supportive as long as they are passionate and not apathetic. Of course, I'm more supportive when they agree with me. :)
@Tango9 Besides, that way you can pick up the keyboard I owe you.
1 year, 9 months ago on Jesse Ventura Sues Wife of Slain Navy SEAL Chris Kyle
@Tango9 Okay, then I'll cook for the hole diggers. Homemade salsa and green chili chicken enchiladas.
@Tango9 Plenty of desert around Albuquerque, and I'll help dig the hole.
@BOBfrombob I have to disagree with you. Jesse Ventura DID have a choice. He could have chosen to do the right thing and let the lawsuit lapse. Instead, he chose to pursue his childish vendetta against a dead man via a young widow trying to raise two children without their father. Had he chosen to walk away from the lawsuit, he could have claimed the moral high ground. Instead, he has once again shown the world how petty and pathetic he is. A stupid story about a bar fight is worth mentally torturing a widow? Instead of being able to focus on her children, she has to deal with this crap? I'm sure he'll rot in hell.
@LauraWalkerKC @marbito11 @Coriolis effect Over 100 of which were to the OEB to meet with the people who were implementing the new health care law. Here's a breakout of exactly who he met with.
BTW, he was appointed by Bush, so he's not an Obama appointee. Just sayin'.
@Tango9 Okay, that dragged me back in. I would never have said Bush didn't have cojones. That's one thing he absolutely did have--I just wasn't sure about the brain.
"Neener neener"?? That's right up there with whistling "S"s. :)
@Recon6 @Tango9 It's been interesting, boys. Thanks for the debate. I have to get back to work or no one is going to get their paychecks today. Not that I'd mind, but they probably would. Take care.
@Tango9 Scooter Libby didn't face the music--he was dragged kicking and screaming into federal court. AND until the last day of the administration, Cheney was fighting for a pardon. Bush is the one who had the cojones not to grant one.
@Tango9 Agreed! My biggest gripe about people today is that they all seem to know their rights, but they have no idea of their responsibilities.
@Recon6 Teddy bear with fangs and very sharp claws.
@Recon6 Well, neither do I. As a liberal, I've been screeching about the loss of civil liberties since 9/11 (the Patriot Act, warrantless wiretaps, FBI spying), but no one seems to listen. People are too afraid of another attack to see what they're giving up in the name of safety. By the time they realize, it's going to be a rude awakening.
@Tango9 What annoys me when he speaks is the way he prounces "Pakistan." I hate PC pronunciations.
@Recon6 Please, no, don't jump in. Tango9 is seriously able to destroy me without your help. I'm the one who needs backup.
@Tango9 I'll listen for it--now I'm curious. I know that eight years of malapropisms drove me seriously nuts.
@Tango9 LOL! "BQ" is part of "ABQ" for Albuquerque--not a lot of great brisket (aside from mine), but the green chili is to die for.
@Recon6 Well, that's incredibly rationale. Breathing and whistling "S"s. Oooookayy, I'll send the White House an e-mail asking that he get elocution lessons. :)
@Tango9 I was never not on the prosecution band wagon! I'm not for incompetence or criminality in government! I'm just trying to be even-handed and rationale! I just don't think Obama is actively trying to destroy our country. And I resent this whole view that, if you're a liberal, you hate your country. That is so stupid. I'm a liberal; I've raised my children to be liberals; I love my country; they love their country. I don't think that people that don't agree with me politically are evil, and I'd appreciate the same respect back.
@Tango9 True. However, I don't believe the President knew about it. I think people in the White House DID and they kept it from him for "plausible deniability." They should be fired and prosecuted if warranted along with the idiots who did the profiling. But this wasn't a decision of the President--I don't think he's that stupid.
@Tango9 Please do so, but make it specific and without hyperbole, okay?
@Tango9 I'll be happy to mail you one, seriously. Give me your address and I'll send one from Amazon--you can pick it out. What? You think that the entire federal law enforcement system is afraid to indict anyone in the Obama Administration? Have you met any federal law enforcement officials? Show me one active criminal activity that anyone in the Obama Administration has performed?
@Tango9 @CABQ @LauraWalkerKC No, but I wouldn't demean the Office of the Presidency. Doesn't anyone give anybody the benefit of the doubt any more? Can't we believe that the other side has good intentions and that they're not plotting the downfall of our country? What's happened to us?
@Tango9 @CABQ Well, there have been plenty of indictments in the past several administrations, and the federal courts are alive and well. Maybe, just maybe, there hasn't been any overt criminal activity discovered. There's a difference between incompetence/stupidity and actual criminal acts.
@LauraWalkerKC @CABQ Agreed. But does this Administration do anything right? Or is Obama a covert muslim bent on destroying our country?? I try to have a John Wayne approach to my President. I might not have voted for the guy, but he's my President now and I try to support him. I disagreed with much of what Bush did, but I believed he loved this country as I do and did what he genuinely thought was best for it. I could disagree with him without demeaning him or the Office of the Presidency. The slash and burn approach to government and politics is not helpful to anyone but the screechers on both sides. I was just responding to the hyperbole in the article.
@Tango9 @CABQ @Ventoux I'm saying that no administration is without fault. And what Obama has codified was begun under the Bush Administration in terms of profiling and targeting Americans for their beliefs--for God's sake, the FBI went around trying to infiltrate groups against the Iraq War. Obama didn't invent warrantless wiretapping you know--the program was in place before he set foot in the Oval Office. I'm just trying to be even-handed in the face of hyperbole.
@Tango9 @CABQ Well, so far no one's been indicted for criminal activity from this Administration, so no one's in prison.
She was called a covert agent by everyone involved (including the courts), so I’m not sure why you’re saying she wasn’t covert. Yes, Armitage was the primary source, but Karl Rove was the secondary source. Rove and Libby were up to their eyeballs in this whole affair. Libby and Cheney weren’t proven innocent of anything; they were merely not indicted–big difference. Rove escaped a perjury indictment by the skin of his teeth. But the fact remains that high-level members of the Bush Administration discussed and plotted to out an undercover agent for political reasons. Isn’t that a treasonous action? Aren’t people arguing that a president is responsible for the actions of members of his administration?