Will General Petraeus Honor the Parents of Those Who Serve, and Tell the Truth?

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Imagine you have a son or a daughter in the military.  Some reading this don’t have to imagine, but I want us all to place ourselves in the shoes of the parent whose child makes the ultimate sacrifice to defend the United States with his or her life if necessary.  This can be a difficult, though noble, prospect for mom and dad.  But you, as a parent, find comfort in our traditions and our heritage, trusting that the life of your child will be honored by those in command.

Then you learn that those in command are not quite as engaged as you had expected.  You learn of their distractions.  Four Americans are dead and stories begin to seep through the crevices of what is fed to us by the White House and its conspiratorial media cohorts.  Stories of cries for help that are denied.  Stories of courage and a defiance of orders to rescue those crying for help.  Stories of painted targets and backup that never comes.  And, worse yet, stories of political agendas.

And then come the stories of commanders — commanders of armed forces and intelligence agents — assigned the duty of protecting the lives of Americans in harm’s way and the treacherous missions they are assigned.  Commanders mandated to remain focused on the strategy, the chaos, the Plans B, and, yes, on those traditions that have provided the backbone of our armed forces since bands of colonial farmers wrested control of this land from skilled soldiers in red more than two centuries ago.  The stories continue to flow, now including in their casts of characters besotted FBI agents (with or without shirts); buxom, self-indulgent socialites; and so-called journalists with affinities for men in uniform (and, of course, so-called journalists equally smitten with a spindly commander-in-chief draped in Armani).

And you, the parent, you are left to wonder if this same sloppy lack of attention has extended, as well, to the battlefields that comprise our current-day theaters of war.  Those commanders entrusted with your child’s safety and proper cover, were they instead tweeting those buxom socialites, leaking the nation’s security secrets to journalists in exchange for affection, and engaging themselves in the personal lives of relatives of their extramarital crushes?  In this new and twisted America, I would say such suspicions would be justified as we see the institutions we once revered as so stable, so solid, so American, crumble before our very eyes.

I think of one such parent, Charles Woods, father of slain Navy Seal Tyrone Woods, who was lost this last September, the truth about his son’s death now clouded in a fog of lies swirling around the highest levels of the government.  While most of us can only imagine Mr. Woods’ pain, we must also wonder what must he be thinking now after very publicly shaming the president and his secretary-of-state for their treatment of his son and the coverup that followed his death.  Mr. Woods must now endure tales of disgraceful behavior on the part of leaders of a military to which his son dedicated his life.  He hears a president refusing to answer questions or even address the need for truth.  He witnesses that president continue to cling to the story that an internet video is to blame for the death of four Americans.  And he listens as that president berates with artificial outrage those who would question the logic of sending a UN ambassador to speak for an event that, according to the president himself, she “had nothing to do with.”

Yet tomorrow investigators are set to hear testimony from someone who, though distracted, was ostensibly on duty that night in Benghazi.  Tomorrow, behind closed doors, newly resigned CIA Director, General David Petraeus, will be testifying about the deaths of the four Americans we lost that night.

Seems encouraging, but we’ll see.  Given all that has occurred in this country over the last four years, I will not be surprised by whatever we learn from David Petraeus, a man who boasts 40 years of experience in the U.S. military, much of that as a commander of men and women, trusted by those men and women to do what’s right by them.  Will this man, a war hero, now potentially infected like so many others by a newly re-elected administration with transformation and destruction in its sites, will this man throw away his respected career, his reputation, his accomplishments, the very core of his being, for a lie?  Though I pray he offers up the truth we already know, living as we are in this new and twisted America, I will not be surprised if the lie and those who support it emerge victorious.

General Petraeus Becomes a “Bump in the Road” Just in Time for Veteran’s Day

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Late last Friday afternoon we learned that General David Petraeus, former commander of our armed forces in both Iraq and Afghanistan and currently the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, has resigned from his post because of an extramarital affair.  In the wake of his announcement, the White House was quick to float the news, as well, that thanks to this resignation, the general will not be testifying in the investigation into the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi two months ago.

As anyone with eyes and ears is aware, the murky story about the events of that terrible night back in September has swirled violently from one ridiculous, infuriating story arc to the next, morphing into one of the most disgraceful coverups in America’s history.  The plot now thickens with the timely destruction of a respected warrior who was linked to the announcement a few days before election day 2012 that no one in his agency is responsible for the orders that resulted in the death of a Navy Seal who had defied orders to save Americans left attacked and unprotected in a remote and dangerous outpost.  In other words, the current powers that be tell us, the people of America will not be hearing from a man who poses a threat to this newly re-elected administration, a man who has now been undermined by a “coincidentally” timed scandal designed to silence him and render him, and anything he might say, inconsequential.

The General, then, becomes yet another “bump in the road.”  And just in time for Veteran’s Day, that day every November when we honor the men and women who have risked their lives to protect the people of America and the founding principles that, until last Tuesday, have made this country the greatest testament to liberty and human dignity the world has ever known.

If the adminstration thought this would end both the General’s “not optimal” testimony in the ongoing coverup, as well as the population’s desire for the truth, it was wrong.   While half of America may be willing to swallow the nonsense the powers that be have fed them, we members of the other half, the half that believes in truth and the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform, are only more inflamed and angered by the latest wrinkle in the Benghazi scandal/coverup.

The theories behind the transparent timing of this “coincidence” are spreading like wildfire.  My favorite, the one my weary heart is depending on, holds that “someone” attempted to urge the General to fall in line and be a good little boy.  Tell the investigators what we want you to tell them, says the someone, and we won’t release this pesky information about your unbecoming conduct with a woman not your wife.  I like to think the General, a 37-year veteran of battlefield strategy, launched in turn a surprise attack.  He resigned.  In so doing, he becomes a private citizen, one faced with serious private issues at home to be sure, but one faced, as well, with the liberty to say whatever he cares to say to a panel of investigators looking in to the death of four Americans.  Despite the scandal that currently stains his character, our half of America now depends on him to embrace the military traditions of honor and courage, especially on this very symbollic day.

And once again, our half of America waits for a message that our ideals and principles and the courage that molded them are not dead.  Defy the orders, General, we plead, just like Navy Seal Tyrone Woods did on that terrible September night.  Speak for us, and speak for him.  Indeed half of our America is praying that the General will honor his own service, the men and women who served with him, and those who came before him and defend the sacrifices and traditions of his calling that are today being trashed and betrayed.  Will he be a hero and speak what he knows?  Or will he remain silent and thus nullify all the good he has done in the past.  My half of America, today of all days as we honor those who have risked and sacrificed their lives for us, wait for him to bring the truth to light.

Vote Tomorrow in Memory of Our Americans Killed in Benghazi

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This last weekend, Patricia Smith, mother of Sean Smith, one of our four Americans murdered in Benghazi on September 11th, stated, “I believe that Obama murdered my son.  I firmly believe this.”  This grieving mom joins the criticisms of Charles Woods, father of Navy Seal Tyrone Woods, also killed on that terrible September night when he defied orders in an attempt to rescue his fellow Americans.  May they find comfort in the fact that so many of us join them, as well, in their criticism of this administration, waiting for answers that are still not forthcoming.

What has amazed and disgusted me over the weeks following that terrible attack in Libya are the leftwing pundits who have turned the deaths of these men into a partisan issue, circling their wagons around the president, insisting that he is not to be accused or indicted in this incident in any way.  Never mind that he is the commander-in-chief.  Never mind that he refuses to call this or any attack on Americans “terrorism” (evident yet again in interview footage 60 Minutes released today that they had withheld to protect their Obama, footage that joins the damning information that continues to trickle out, implicating this president’s role in failing to protect our people).  And never mind that the president couldn’t be bothered by the attack as it was happening, because he had more pressing campaign matters calling him to Vegas.  He and his found it easier simply to blame it on a YouTube video and trust America to swallow the story without question.

But we didn’t swallow the story, and now, no matter what happens tomorrow, this president and our great nation need to understand that what happened in Benghazi will not be forgotten with election day.  We the people will not forget those four dead Americans, nor, despite what this adminstration and their media propogandists are insisting, will we see their deaths as a conservative issue.  Rest assured that if one of those lost Americans were the child of one of the dems working so hard to insulate this president and hold him blameless, that democrat would instead be calling for information just as loudly as those of us are on the right.  But to those of us demanding that information, to those of us demanding accountability, they are all our children.  We grieve for them and seek the truth about their deaths, no matter who happens to be president, no matter which party is in power — even if that in some way implicates the commander-in-chief whose only job is to keep our nation safe.

So remember those four Americans tomorrow — Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith, Chris Stevens and Glen Doherty — as you cast your ballot.  Remember that there is still so much we don’t know about that night.  We know the events were horrific.  We know there was blood and fear and heroism.  And we know this White House from the first moments has tried to conceal the truth from us.   Armed as we are with this knowledge, we will not stop pursuing that truth, no matter who wins the White House tomorrow.

 

Thank You, Charles Woods, for Speaking Out for Your Son and America

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Philosophers tell us it is a blessing to live in interesting times.  Well, as we endure a presidential campaign that amounts to civil war, as we watch the Northeast torn apart by the storm of the century, as we reel in the wake of a White House coverup of four men killed in Libya, as our American economy lies in shambles from destructive liberal policies, these times in which we currently find ourselves have become far too interesting for my taste.  I long for a new president, and I long for a return to the clear and simple principles that not only make us great, but harbor great healing powers, as well.

Apart from the mass destruction people of the Northeast will deal with in the coming weeks, what I have found most devestating over the past few days is the White House coverup of those deaths in Libya.  Indeed this issue stands as a symbol of the sickness at the heart of our current America.  Though the mainstream media, the president’s personal propoganda mouthpieces, have attempted to ignore it, we are discovering what truly occurred on that horrific September night in Benghazi, when our ambassador was murdered along with three other members of a diplomatic detail, two of them Navy Seals.  Upon hearing the most recent stories floated by the White House on the events of that night, Charles Woods, the father of one of the Seals, Tyrone Woods, broke his silence about how this administration has twisted the narrative of his son’s death — thus emerging himself a hero.

We have learned through Mr. Woods, that when his son’s body was returned to the States, the president would not look him in they eye and shook his hand like a “dead fish,” the secretary-of-state promised to arrest the maker of the video they hoped we the people would believe was the cause of the attack (we don’t), and the vice president made a disgusting joke about the heroism of the grieving father’s slain son.  We have learned that on that night, those in the heart of the fight requested help three times and three times were denied — and no one, including the president, will tell us who denied the help.  And we have learned that these men, true American heroes, defied orders and ran in to help anyway.  We have learned that the live video fed into the White House Situation Room that night permitted all assembled to watch these men, left by their country to fend for themselves, fight and die, and all in real time.  And now we are hearing, as well, that Tyrone Woods may have been killed while he was “painting the target” for backup he believed was on the way, backup that never came because someone gave the order that the backup was to “stand down,” an order that left Navy Seal Tyrone Woods to die.

Like many Americans — most, I hope — I am left in fury at how these men were betrayed by their own country.  Though the media may try and ignore it for the benefit of their man in the White House, the brothers and sisters of our armed forces are out there telling America that only certain individuals can give that “stand down” order, the most likely in this instance being the commander-in-chief.  They, along with Charles Woods, are reminding America that the Seals operate under a profound code of honor, mandating that no one is left behind — a code of honor about which the current commander-in-chief is completely ignorant, and one I doubt he could ever imagine following himself.  In short, Mr. Woods praises his son for being a hero, despite the actions of the “cowards” in this administration.

We who revere Mr. Woods and applaud him for speaking out are left with such words as “dereliction of duty” and “court martial” running through our heads when we conjure the image of commander-in-chief in our imaginations.  Over the last weekend, as Hurricane Sandy began her approach toward the Atlantic Coast, the president’s approval ratings plummeted, no doubt thanks to what was coming to light about the events in Benghazi.  Indeed the truth has a funny way of making itself known.  Let us be thankful that Mr. Woods is doing his best to ensure that truth finds its voice sooner than later.  Let us also acknowledge that if requests for help came in from one of the most dangerous corners of the world, if our heroes’ on the ground were doing what had to be done to protect themselves and their fellow Americans, a President Romney would never dream of ordering “stand down” or refusing them help, nor would those heroes ever need to feel that the White House was hanging them out to dry.

 

As Debate Number 2 Nears, Why Aren’t Feminists Gathering Around Their Hillary?

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With just a few hours to go before Mitt Romney and Barack Obama clash antlers in the second of their three presidential debates, the silence from far too many women on the left is deafening.  Sure, they are squealing that it’s so unfair that a woman is moderating the one debate where the questions come from the audience (yeah, right), but I’m not hearing a peep from them about the fact that Hillary Clinton has announced that she is responsible for the lack of security in Libya that was not only never reported to the White House, but also led to the deaths of four of our Americans one month ago.

No, it’s pretty darn quiet from the feminist camp, other than the chorus of voices, both male and female, insisting that Obama will of course win tonight.  He’s so much better with people than that cold, rich Romney, they proclaim in unison.  I, however, think this is a going to be a tough one for the messiah.  I’ve always found his alleged magnetism, his alleged magical way of connecting with the riff raff, as mysterious as his so-called brilliant oratory skills.  I will forever be haunted by one interchange we witnessed when he was torturing us daily with his campaigning for his beloved Obamacare.  A woman in an audience asked if, under Obamacare, the bureaucrats would consider life force and spirit when determining whether a particular patient would receive treatment.  She used her spry elderly mother’s need for a pacemaker as her example.  “Nope,” Obama told her with an unabashed grin.  “We can’t worry about things like that,” he quipped, his answer fitting perfectly with who I have always believed him to be.  And who I think we will be seeing in the town hall tonight.  One cannot learn to be warm, genuine and compassionate in a week.  Yet the narrative continues in full spin mode, and, as I predicted so wonderfully incorrectly on the eve of the first debate, the lapdogs have already declared Obama tonight’s winner.

Meanwhile, Hillary dresses the wound made by the sword upon which she thrust herself yesterday, but I continue to believe that this is far from over.  Rumor had it this past weekend that Hillary’s hubby was not at all pleased to hear that his wife was to be thrown upon that blade, the buck stopping with her rather than with her boss, and just in time for debate number two.  Her hubby’s former aide Dick Morris predicted several weeks back that Bill may indeed make a cuddly speech for Obama at the convention, but expect another shoe to fall as we near election day.  As few among us rally around the idea that when American lives are at stake, the buck stops with a diplomat rather than with the commander in chief, I think we may be in store for some fireworks in the days ahead.  At least I hope so.  I also think we will once again be seeing a strong, presidential, compassionate Governor Romney in the debate tonight, again revealing who has really waged a war against women — and who has our nation’s best interests at heart.

Blinded by Biden’s Teeth in Last Night’s Debate

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Correction 4:19 pm (PST):  In the wake of the furor that has errupted over Joe Biden’s comment last night about the failure of our diplomats in Libya to ask for greater security, the White House has clarified that the Libyan contingent did indeed ask for increased security, but Obama, Biden and the administration simply had not been told of this.  For some reason, those issuing this clarification believe it somehow remedies the furor.  For some reason, they also think we will believe this clarification.  And for some reason, they don’t understand that either way — whether the powers at the top knew or whether they didn’t — it makes no difference.  They should have known (and most of us believe they did know).  If they didn’t, they need to find a new job.

Original Post 9:30 am (PST):  I’m not quite sure what to make of last night’s vice presidential debate.  Sounds like it will be going down in history as one of those legendary events, known for Biden’s giggle, Biden’s Cheshire-Cat smile, and Biden’s blinding choppers — and all at the most inappropriate moments — but what does it all mean?

Obviously the giggle was part of the brilliant strategy, crafted over the six days when Biden was said to be prepping for his big assignment to repair the damage his boss did last week with his empty-chair debate performance against Mitt Romney.  But it was impossible to gather whatever points the VP might be making, because his giggle and his smile and his inability to gauge when it was appropriate to giggle and smile were such a distraction.  I gather his behavior was designed to belittle his younger, far more intelligent opponent, but it backfired.  All anyone has been able to talk about, including loyalist leftists on his own side, is Biden’s ridiculous drunk-uncle jackass behavior.

As for Paul Ryan, while I wish he would have been a bit more forceful, he comported himself well as a man debating two people — the giggling vice president and the Obama-crony moderator (my favorite comment: “maybe Paul Ryan should invite her to his wedding next time”) — and I applaud him for remaining focused through all the infantile behavior displayed by the man with whom he was sharing the stage.  Paul Ryan emerged the adult of the two, joining his running mate Mitt Romney as the adult ticket, both men having earned our trust as qualified to take that 3am phone call (Obama has already shown us that he is not up to the 3am challenge, and Biden….well, he would probably just giggle or hit the snooze button).

So while Paul Ryan was behaving in an adult manner — and a strong American adult at that — Joe Biden informed us that our diplomats in Libya never asked for extra security.  I trust this comes as a surprise to those from the intelligence community and the State Department who have been testifying and documenting the opposite over the past few days.  Biden also assured us that Iran is nowhere close to becoming a nuclear threat (what a comfort that must be to Israel), and he made these statements with that blinding smile, extending it, as well, to the topics of the safety and security of our embassies, the gutting of our military, the sad state of our economy, and our dead Americans.  He may have found this all very funny.  I would guess the vast majority of Americans, however, do not.

We will see how this all shakes out.  But as one friend said to me after Biden’s standup routine last night, “I have seen more of both these guys, the president and the vice president, in the last week than I ever wanted to see — and if these clowns get re-elected…I don’t know what that says about us.”  Unfortunately, that would speak volumes about what we have become as a country, and where we are doomed to go.  But I continue to keep the faith and believe that we won’t let that happen.  To this end, Biden’s giggle last night and that blinding inappropriate smirk in the midst of one of the most dangerous times of our nation’s history may become legend, but I don’t believe that we as a people will claim his as a path we wish to follow.

Our Heroes as Fodder for the Obama/Clinton PR Machine

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UPDATE 11:26 pm PST:  This just in….Hillary Clinton went off prompter and told reporters earlier today that “what happened in Benghazi was a terrorist attack,” adding that the four Americans were murdered by “terrorists.”  Those following this story know that the administration has mandated a “senseless violence caused by a video” story line.  Wonder if she cleared this latest comment with her boss.

 

After what seemed a lifetime of watching Hillary Clinton cover for her husband, trashing his conquests and squawking about that “vast right-wing conspiracy,” I have always wondered just how she can look at herself in the mirror at the end of the day.  And now, in the wake of the anti-American fury that has ignited in the Middle East and beyond under her watch, here she is again, covering for a man in the White House.

This time that man is Barack Obama.  He and his Hillary are two peas in a pod, their quest for a weak America having now led to where they are today, sharing the blame for the unstoppable chaos and violence spreading throughout Europe and the Middle East.  What ignites my own fury on this day, however, are the deaths of the Americans we have lost thanks to Obama’s and Clinton’s commitment to our nation’s weakness.  The blood of those Americans is on their hands, and I would hope that perhaps they are finding the tug of that blood just a little bit uncomfortable as it dries.

I myself am haunted by the faces of those men who died on that horrific day less than two weeks ago: a well-meaning ambassador sent out to play nice in a dangerous global hot spot, an information officer who served in the United States Air Force, and two former Navy Seals who lost their lives doing what came naturally to them.  We’re told the Seals were not assigned on the night of the initial attack to protect the ambassador, but they ran headlong in to the fire, because that is what Seals do.  Indeed that is what Americans do.  We see that same fortitude in the face of slain Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, another victim of dangerous, inept Obama policies that have taken from us men we owe for protecting us — despite an adminstration’s attempts to undermine their ability to carry out their duties safely and effectively.

What we see, then, are the faces of Americans placed in harm’s way by politicians who say and do whatever it takes to siphon off this nation’s power to inject it into their own coffers.  Watch as these politicians claim the troubles abroad are simply a justified reaction to an internet video.  We’re sorry, they cry, begging the mob to forgive them via TV commercial.  It’s their fault, they continue, fingering the hateful, foolish Americans they are sworn to represent in the nation that last most of us heard still boasted a God-given right to freedom of expression.

No, I’ll stick with our Seals, our veterans, and the people protecting our borders.  They are America.  And I will honor those we have lost and those who remain on the front lines.  May the blood forever stain the hands of those who stack the odds against them.

An Administration Mistreating Americans in Uniform and Diplomatic Service

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Once again, the timing was almost poetic.  There I was fuming last week over the veiled threats being directed toward the author, a Navy Seal, of the new book on the death of Osama bin Laden, No Easy Day.  Defense secretary Leon Panetta (still can’t stomach coupling that name with that title) subsequently made the rounds, whining that though this book divulges nothing that had not already been released/leaked previously by an administration claiming exclusive dibs on the story for its own re-election purposes, such insubordination simply cannot be tolerated.  We may just have no choice, whimpered Panetta.  We may just have to prosecute this Seal, American hero or not, who actually participated in the pulling of the trigger and made Obama’s fondest election dream come true.  So once again the Obama gang promotes a policy — the prosecution of a Navy Seal who took out bin Laden — they assume will naturally resonate with the American people.

Days later we find a second chain of events fueled by yet another policy point this administration assumed would resonate with the rabble.  The 11th anniversary of 9/11….what better time to reach out and disavow those hateful Americans who would dare to “hurt the feelings” of followers of Islam?  And we’ll prove our commitment to this policy, claimed the state department (via both press release and social network), by leaving our embassies in one of the most dangerous regions of the world under-protected or, even better, unprotected altogether.  See, we trust you guys, they pled.  We will even make you responsible for protecting our embassies and our diplomats.  You can like us now!

And so this adminstration overtly invited the anti-American violence that has since errupted and escalated in said dangerous region and beyond for days now, resulting so sadly in senseless American casualties.  We watch daily now as our flag is burned and desecrated throughout the world, we hear daily of the Israel/Iran fuse growing shorter and shorter, and we witness daily a president who could not be farther in over his head as he, a latter-day Nero, grins and struts and campaigns while his nation and its global outposts burn.  And that illustrious president’s adminstration continues to lay the blame on an internet video and coincidence, denying premeditation, coordination or any notion that this could possibly be the result of its own pathetic, weak and wobbly policies.  Once again, under the Obama administration, Americans die, and the resulting cover-ups fly at a dizzying pace.

The day after the brutal death of the four Americans in Libya — September 12, by “coincidence,” — the mother of ambassador Chris Stevens stated that at least her son died doing something he loved.  Hmm.  My response would have been quite different.  Her son should never have been doing that work he loved without proper American fire power protecting him, his staff, and yes, the lives of those doing the protecting, as well.  Details trickling out of the war zone have  stunned us Americans who believe in peace through strength, Americans who condemn appeasement in all forms, Americans who want our forces armed to the teeth, especially when guarding with their lives the highest-risk corners of the globe.  By the same token, we the people do not care to see members of our armed forces prosecuted for risking their lives to protect us either.  Got that, Mr. Panetta?  Four years in, and this adminstration once again reveals to us who they really are, and I do not happen to believe that theirs is a message that resonates.  I guess we’ll know in a couple of weeks.

 

Honor the Heroes of 9/11 and Get Our Nation Back on Track

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I’ve been away from here for a while.  But there is no better day to return than today, the 11th anniversary of that September morning that so suddenly, so violently, changed our America.  I listened today to various radio talk stations that replayed their original broadcasts from that terrible morning.  Their shock, their attempts not to waver, their utter disbelief.  And their words whisked me, and I am sure so many others, back to that terrible morning with them, when, despite our valiant efforts to deny what we were seeing, we knew we would be forever changed.  I just never would have imagined the nature of that change.

We all seemed so cohesive that morning, and the mornings that followed, sharing our grief and our identity as Americans, united in the wake of an attack that none of us could have imagined when we rose that morning to greet the day.  Eleven years have passed, and now I — and I believe so many of my fellow Americans — find ourselves saddled, for some unfathomable reason, with a president who refuses to use the word “terrorist.”  A president who, as the leader of his party, tries to terrify Americans into voting for him by claiming Americans on the right are hellbent on revoking birth control and the right to vote from American women. A president who, failing to notice a hot mike, promised Russia that once he gets re-elected he can be more “flexible” in his negotiations with other, often hostile, nations.  A president who refuses to meet with the leader of Israel in favor of an appearance on Letterman’s late-night talk show.  A president with no business experience whatsoever — even experience working a cash register at a local fast-food joint.   A president who uses our military as backdrops for photo-ops and whose administration has been riddled with scandalous cover-ups, as well as national-security leaks designed to fuel his re-election.  A president who, as a state senator, voted repeatedly to deny medical care to a baby who happens to survive an abortion.  A president who admits he spent a good deal of his formative high-school years in a drug-induced fog (gotta wonder, then, how he got into all those high-falutin’ schools on his “resume”).  A president who has repeatedly bowed to world leaders and apologized for America….I’m sorry, this list is simply far too lengthy to include here in its entirety, but we all get the drill.

It’s just downright shocking and unbelievable that, given the events of that September morning 11 years ago, we find ourselves in this particular American universe today.  My hopes for change on this September 11th, with the election less than 60 days away, is that we the people will fix all this on November 6th.  That we will right the mis-calculations of the years that followed the shock of 9/11 and get our nation back on the path it is meant to follow.  The path that has been its destiny since our founders risked their lives and the lives of their families by committing the ultimate act of treason, dedicating themselves not to tyranny, but to independence and liberty, creating the most miraculous nation the world has ever known.  Let’s roll.

Inconvenient Timing for Barack Obama’s “Surprise” Visit to Afghanistan

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As we know, Barack Obama is all about the show (think white-coated doctors in the Rose Garden and a memorial/pep-rally in Tucson), so there was no way he would pass up the chance on this first anniversary of Osama Bin Laden’s death to make a “surprise” trip to Afghanistan to take credit for both Bin Laden’s demise and what he has called the end of the war on terror.  (How better, too, for Obama to deflect attention away from this May Day and the Occupy movement he has so publicly and unpopularly embraced?)

Indeed the president probably thought the timing perfect for such a dramatic commemoration of his only true success as president: giving the Navy Seals the go-ahead to take out Bin Laden.  But upon closer examination, it would appear the timing is proving rather inconvenient.  How inconvenient for Obama, for example, that Jose Rodgriguez, head of the post-9/11 enhanced interrogation of the vicious souls responsible for that terrible day, has chosen this same moment in time to broadcast how critical those enhanced techniques were for locating Bin Laden and for the ongoing safety of our nation.  With a fearlessness Obama can only imagine, Mr. Rodgriquez has made it clear that these techniques have been repeatedly denounced by this president and his followers, yet they have saved thousands of American lives in our post-9/11 world.  Mr. Rodgriguez has made clear who the true heroes of this story are, and a gloating, showboating president is not one of them.

How inconvenient for Obama, as well, to have his most recent desperate campaign tactic against Mitt Romney fly back in his face.  You know the one: his campaign ad starring himself and Bill Clinton, claiming that probable republican candidate Romney would not have given the order to take out Bin Laden.  And how inconvenient for the president that Governor Romney would so easily dismiss the charge as ridiculous, claiming that “even Jimmy Carter would have given that order.”

And finally, how inconvenient for Obama’s theatrics to be overshadowed by Navy Seals, retired and current, who have chosen this same moment in time to denounce the president’s opportunistic boasting of his own success in this mission, a mission, they remind us, that was carried out, not by Obama, but by their Seal brethren.  The Seals have gone on to suggest that perhaps the president is fudging a bit when detailing his role in the mission, knowing he can because those active in the armed forces are not allowed to speak out against their commander-in-chief.  But as retired Seal Sniper Chris Kyle has said, someday the truth will come out, as the truth always does, and it’s not likely to match what the president has told us for the past year from various podiums, various stages, both foreign and domestic.  When that truth does make its appearance, I have a feeling most of us will find it just as “surprising” as we found the president’s carefully orchestrated “surprise” visit to Afghanistan today.