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.


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.

Seeing Clearly Bin Laden’s End and Continued Threats to America

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Yesterday morning, in the wake of Osama Bin Laden’s announced death, a gentleman called a local talk-radio host to express how grateful he is to know that his son, who has served several tours in Iraq, did not serve in vain. What I urge this man to remember, what I urge us all to remember, is that even if Bin Laden was never found, never killed by our Navy Seals, none of our service men and women protecting our nation over the past 10 years has served in vain. We have remained safe for the past 10 years because of their sacrifice, and because of the controversial foresight of our former President, who stayed the course in this mission, despite efforts led by the mainstream media, leftwing politicos and Hollywood types, and our current president to appease our enemies.

While we celebrated yesterday, so did we also witness those leftwing minions genuflecting at the alter of their messiah. Don’t even bother holding a 2012 presidential election, they shouted from the rooftops, virtually ignoring the fact that it was U.S. Navy Seals who actually carried out the mission (ignoring, as well, that many on the left have for almost a decade chalked 9/11 up to an evil plan perpetrated by George W.).

Yet certain tidbits of information nevertheless trickled out into the light of day, as tidbits always do. The intel, for one, that led to Bin Laden’s ultimate demise, apparently came from extreme interrogation methods carried out under the former administration’s watch — the same methods the left, including the current president, have fought valiantly to render obsolete. And apparently the Navy Seals who took out the world’s most wanted terrorist were members of an elite force referred to derisively by the left when they operated under a different administration, as Dick Cheney’s “Assassination Ring.”

The information I find most troubling, however, relates to the fact that Bin Laden was buried at sea almost instantly after he was killed. We can’t let his burial place become a shrine, we were told. That’s all well and good, but why was he dispatched so quickly? And, even more importantly, why was he given full Islamic funeral rites before the burial? No legitimate justification has been offered to answer this latter question, and, frankly, there is none.

What I have not heard floated is the idea that perhaps this administration mandated the sacred/speedy burial in an attempt to play both sides: “Sorry guys,” they may have been telling the Islamic world, “you know we had to take him out, but, hey, look, we are honoring him according to your rituals so you’ll like us!” Already we are hearing noisy grumbles over this from so-called “average” Americans (or “slugs,” as our president allegedly called us several days ago at one of his pricey campaign fundraisers). Expect those grumbles to become louder in the days, weeks, even months ahead.

While yesterday was a day of celebration, we must today remember that the war on terror continues, and it is just that: a war on terror, not a series of “manmade disasters” or “cultural misunderstandings” or whatever foolish euphemism this administration has mandated it be called. While we may thank this president for defying his own documented opposition to the war on terror and giving the order this last weekend, given what we have experienced over the last two-and-a-half years, I have come to regard with suspicion and skepticism anything that emanates from this White House. So much theater. So many photo-ops. So much trite and artificial symbolism. And always such “coincidental” timing. Indeed how provident that this president would announce that he took out Bin Laden on the anniversary of the day the American people learned Adolf Hitler was dead — and, lo and behold, eight years from the day that George W. made his much-vilified “mission accomplished” speech.

Providence? Coincidence? You be the judge. But amid the careful timing and the theatrics (lab-coated doctors in the Rose Garden, a fake Parthenon in Denver), let us not forget this Thursday, when Obama accepts his accolades at Ground Zero for “getting” Bin Laden, that if he had had his way, there would have been no critical intel gathered by methods this president and his ilk have vehemently opposed.  There would have been no Navy Seals in Pakistan to pull the trigger on the spiritual leader of Al Qaeda. And if he has way, the end of Bin Laden and his own golden words will blind the fawning masses, the slugs, to the crushing debt facing our country; to gas, and, thus, ultimately food, prices that threaten to grind our nation to a halt; and to unemployment rates skyrocketing as fast as our taxes into the stratosphere.

I, for one, do not intend to ignore the current state of our nation. Today, and every day, I will pray that we the people will continue to maintain our vigilance, as our founders urged, toward all, both foreign and domestic, who seek to harm our nation and blind us to the threat.

Justice Prevails for Three Navy Seals

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On December 7th of last year, a date we know historically as “a day of infamy,” I wrote of the disgrace of seeing three of our Navy Seals being court martialed for their alleged aggression in their capture of terrorist Ahmed Hashim Abed. Never mind that this terrorist (yes, I said terrorist) is considered the mastermind behind the murder and desecration of four American contractors working in Iraq. Not surprisingly, our current administration remains unconcerned about that aspect of the case. Their concern, their fearless leader included, is that in the process of this capture, these three Seals allegedly gave Abed a fat lip or called him a name or stepped on his toe or some such nonsense.

But such ridiculous (treasonous) foolishness aside, May 6th of this year marks another day of infamy, for on this day, the last of our Seals being forced to face this ultimate betrayal from the nation they have sworn to defend and protect, was found not guilty. In other words, for Matthew McCabe, Julio Huertas and Jonathan Keefe, justice has prevailed. And we may all sleep more peacefully for it.

These heroes followed their sense of honor. The can take comfort tonight, not only in their ongoing knowledge that they did nothing wrong — and indeed they insisted on going to trial when they could have struck a deal and avoided the circus — but also in the fact that the vast majority of Americans are rejoicing in their exoneration. In other words, we the people have all along supported and honored them for bringing to justice a terrorist who wants to destroy us, and our thoughts and prayers stayed with them throughout their ordeal. I, of course, speak here only for “we the people” who, like them, revere our Constitution, not the clowns in this adminstration who desecrate that sacred document — and who made this court martial all possible.

Speaking of the clowns, given the outcome of these court martials, I have a question for we the people. Faced with the threats of those who want to kill us — and who make this desire quite clear every few weeks or so on our own soil and in our own airspace — just who would you like out there on the front lines ensuring that our children and our nation remain safe and secure? The namby-pamby elitist intellectual throwbacks to the 60s now wobbling through the halls of the White House and its environs and reading terrorists their rights? Or the likes of Matthew McCabe, Julio Huertas and Jonathan Keefe? I think you know my answer to this question. And I think I know yours, as well.

A Day of Infamy

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December 7, 2009 | Comments

On December 7, 1941 – sixty-eight years ago today – Japanese forces launched a surprise attack on the American naval fleet in Pearl Harbor. Then-President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed that day to be a “day of infamy,” as America was ushered into World War II.

Today we witness another day of infamy, a day when two of our Navy Seals, whose heroic efforts led to the capture of Ahmed Hashim Abed last September, were arraigned in a court martial proceeding in Virginia. This thus becomes not just a day of infamy, but a day of disgrace for our country, and a day of betrayal for our military.

You see, Ahmed Hashim Abed is the alleged mastermind behind the barbaric slaughter of four Blackwater contractors – security guards – in Iraq in March, 2004. The four men were ambushed, brutally murdered, then dragged through the streets of Fallujah, two of them hung over the Euphrates River. I remember the images. You probably do, too.

After years of unsuccessful attempts, three Navy Seals, two of whom – Matthew McCabe and Julio Huertas – were arraigned today (the third will be arraigned later), succeeded in at last capturing the man assumed to be responsible for this brutality committed against American citizens. But it would seem their methods were a little too rough in our new politically correct world. Or at least that is what is being charged. The Seals could have accepted a non-judicial reprimand for being mean to the terrorist, but they chose instead a trial to clear their names – and, perhaps, to set a precedent for their brethren who commit heroic acts in the future.

Not surprisingly, these Seals have garnered a massive outpouring of support from the public. We have, in turn, been urged by government and even military voices to reserve judgment until all the facts have been revealed. But you know what? I think I speak for the great majority of those supporting the Seals, when I say, we don’t care.

We frankly don’t care what facts you may have that you think will change our minds. We don’t care how much force may have been used. Yes, we are Americans, so by definition we are the most compassionate people on earth, but our compassion lies with the victims of these heinous acts who suffered so terribly, with their families they left behind, and with the courageous men and women who work to bring the perpetrators of such acts to justice. Case closed.

So instead of mourning this day of infamy, let us rejoice in the heroism of these young men. Despite what the current government may think of you young heroes, despite even what your own possibly confused military may be thinking under this government’s spell, we the people are behind you. And they won’t be changing our minds.

Betsy Siino | Comments