State Department Won’t Release Hillary’s Files

The documents notwithstanding, her odious record speaks volumes.

From Fox News.

The State Department has failed to turn over government documents covering Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state that The Associated Press and others requested under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act ahead of her presumptive presidential campaign. They include one request AP made four years ago and others pending for more than one year.

The agency already has missed deadlines it set for itself to turn over the material.

……In its requests, the AP cited the likely prospect of Clinton entering the 2016 race. The former first lady is widely considered the leading Democratic contender hoping to succeed President Obama. She has made scores of recent high-profile speeches and public appearances.

On Wednesday, the conservative political advocacy group Citizens United sued the State Department for failing to disclose flight records showing who accompanied Clinton on overseas trips.

Citizens United, which in 2009 mounted a legal battle that led to the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning campaign finance limits, said the department unlawfully was withholding the records it sought nearly five months ago.

The State Department is among the U.S. government’s worst-performing federal agencies under the Freedom of Information Act. There is no direct evidence that political considerations in a Democratic presidential administration have delayed the release of files about the party’s leading contender for 2016. But the agency’s delays, unusual even by government standards, have stoked perceptions about what could be taking so long.

……The department “is stonewalling us,” said Citizen United’s president, David Bossie. He asserted that “these decisions are being made with Hillary Clinton’s intentions at heart,” but acknowledged he could provide no evidence of political interference.

Bossie, a former Republican congressional investigator who researched figures in the Clinton administration, said his group’s film unit wants the records for a sequel to its documentary about Clinton, which spurred the Citizens United court decision.

The group first asked Air Force officials for passenger lists from Clinton’s overseas trips but was told all flight records were under the State Department’s control. “These were Air Force flights and crews but State has the records?” he said, adding that his group has submitted 15 Clinton-related requests in the past six months.

……The AP requested copies of Clinton’s full schedules and calendars from her four years as secretary of state; her department’s decision to grant a special position for longtime aide Huma Abedin; Clinton’s and the agency’s roles in the Osama bin Laden raid and National Security Agency surveillance practices; and her role overseeing a major Defense Department contractor. The AP made most of its requests last summer, although one was filed in March 2010.

Hillary still has loyal friends in the State Department who cover her ass. If that miserable scrunt decides to run for president, her entire baggage of corruption should be opened and publicized until she crawls back under her rock.

Her socialist philosophy:

“We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.”
—Hillary Clinton

“(We) can’t just let business as usual go on, and that means something has to be taken away from some people.””
—Hillary Clinton

Her malfeasance:

While Bubba Clinton was president, Hillary fired the Travel office and threatened them with FBI intimidation if they talked.  She was heavily involved in the Whitewater scandal.  She and Bubba  illegally obtained FBI files on political enemies and lied about their existence, but they showed up on her desk after a couple of years of being “misplaced”.  She was also involved in Bubba’s pardons of some pretty sleazy characters in exchange for cash and other favors.  As a couple, they used the White House as a conduit for their own crime spree, including treason.

Her sub-par performance as Secretary of State:
Upcoming Testimony: Hillary Scrubbed Benghazi Talking Points, Hid Incriminating Documents

Hillary on Benghazi: ‘Of Course I Knew it Wasn’t the Video but We Pushed it Anyway’

Hillary Lies, Spins, and Shifts Blame on Benghazi Disaster: “What Difference Does it Make?”

Hillary: ‘Benghazi Security Not My Problem’

She is just as sympathetic to the enemy as she is apathetic toward national security:
Hildabeast: ‘America Should Empathize and Show Respect for its Enemies’

This is the same despicable piece of shit who wants to be president.

Dems Release Their Politically Skewed Report on Enhanced Interrogations

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“*SOB*….Those CIA interrogators were mean to muslim terrorists!!”

 

The Dems are still pretty pissed off about the second mid-term asswhipping they’ve received in 4 years, so they’ve thrown a turd in the punchbowl as a politically-motivated tantrum.

Just doing their part to damage national security because they hate the GOP so much.

From Fox News.

A Democrat-led Senate panel released a scathing report Tuesday on CIA interrogation practices amid warnings from lawmakers that the findings could “endanger the lives of Americans” — a concern the Obama administration apparently shared as it put more than 6,000 Marines on high alert.

The report, from the Senate intelligence committee, claimed the interrogation techniques used were “brutal and far worse” than the CIA represented to lawmakers. Further, the report claimed the tactics were not effective and the spy agency gave “inaccurate” information about it to Congress and the White House. The report called CIA management of the program “deeply flawed” — though agency officials have staunchly defended the program and credited it with helping track down Usama bin Laden and other terror leaders.

Denial and selective amnesia are standard tactics. In 2002, the Dems and Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee were briefed on the interrogation techniques. None of them raised any objections.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the head of the intelligence panel who ordered the release of the report, alleged on the Senate floor on Tuesday that the CIA techniques in some cases amounted to “torture.”

We used appropriate torture on some of the worst Islamic terrorist scum on the planet. They weren’t run-of-the-mill peons; they were al Qaeda leaders. As a result, we got information that revealed the specific names, locations, and plans pertaining to future attacks.

You want real torture, you scrunt?

Try being trapped in burning skyscrapers 90 stories high thanks to a crash caused by Islamic thugs who used planes like human-filled missiles. You’re calling your loved ones on a cell phone to tell them that you’re probably not going to make it. There’s no escape except the choice of being incinerated to death or jumping out of a window.

That is torture.

Liberal pansies are so wrapped around the axle over the poor, hapless muslim terrorists. There’s a few things they overlooked: What got them a trip to GITMO and the knowledge of terrorist plots endangering thousands of people.

I get their mindset, though: Leaving them to commit acts of terrorism is okay, using methods to extract that information, is “immoral”. That’s a good example of “moral relativism”.

Those methods proved to be very successful. Just a few examples of who got what they deserved:

When the interrogators dunked the smelly ass of Al-Qaeda douche Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, they got lots of information out of him. Some of his accomplishments include: planning the 9-11 attacks that killed 3,000 in New York, Washington DC and Pennsylvania, the first World Trade Center attack in 1993, the Operation Bojinka plot, an aborted 2002 attack on Los Angeles’ U.S. Bank Tower, the Bali nightclub bombings, the failed bombing of American Airlines Flight 63, the Millennium Plot, and the murder of Daniel Pearl.

Futhermore, the interrogation of KSM resulted in the capture of other terrorists and actionable intelligence used to thwart ‘following up’ plans for weapons of mass destruction to be used on America, including anthrax and dirty bomb operations.
KSM divulged the plans for a “Second wave’ of attacks; to use East Asian operatives to crash a hijacked airliner into a building in Los Angeles. Khalid Sheik Mohammad admitted that the target was the Library Tower, the tallest building on the West Coast. The confession led to the capture of Riduan bin Isomuddin, better known as Hambali, and the discovery of the Guraba Cell, a 17-member Jemmah Islamiyah cell tasked with executing the ‘Second Wave.’ ” They wanted to create a big crater in Los Angeles to match the one in New York.

The first high-ranking al-Qaeda member captured after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Zayn Abidin Muhammed Hussein abu Zubaida broke in less than a minute after he was water boarded and gave up information that led to the disruption of several planned attacks.

Enhanced interrogation also produced the name of Bin Laden’s courier, and eventually led to Bin Laden himself.

More information seized during the SEAL mission that got Bin Laden revealed Al Qaeda was planning another 9/11 style attack in time for the 10th anniversary.

Until they were caught, they were in the process of killing as many infidels as possible for “Allah”.
I don’t give a damn if they have to force feed a terrorist a fucking ocean full of water to get information. The tactic works. It saves American lives.

We’re at war. This isn’t a Field Training Excercise. We’re fighting excrement that doesn’t play by the Marquis of Queenberry Rules and can’t find Geneva on a map.

If you are unwilling to support coercive interrogations that could result in saving hundreds, if not thousands, of innocent Americans from being killed in a terrorist attack, then you are worthless. I have absolutely no problem water boarding cold-blooded, unremorseful, murdering muslim bastards. I hope that we do a lot worse.

Feinstein continued:

“History will judge us by our commitment to a just society governed by law and the willingness to face an ugly truth and say ‘never again’,” she said on the floor. “There may never be the right time to release this report. … But this report is too important to shelve indefinitely.”

Really, Dianne? Are you fucking serious?

Actually, this is the right idea about ‘never again':

History is lost on these assclowns. The DemProg approach to foreign policy is the Hildabeast “empathy and respect” for brutal cutthroats who would inflict their own unique brand of torture on idiots like Feinstein.

Muzzies have good occupational experience at torture, mutilation, gratuitous executions, and a variety of world-wide atrocities. Feeling sorry for these shitbags is tantamount to weeping over a little humiliation meted out to former Nazis.

Whoever decides to release any of them to pick up where they left off; planting IEDs that kill American troops, targeting the West, and slaughtering innocent civilians, has a shit factory for a brain. (Read: B. Hussein Obama)

If connecting a terrorist’s testicles to a 12 volt battery will save American lives, I’ve two things to say: The RED is POSITIVE. The BLACK is NEGATIVE.

I won’t lose a minute’s sleep, either.

Related articles:

http://ciasavedlives.com/

 

Gruber Grilled Before Congress for ‘Stupid American Voter’ Comments

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One of the architects of the socialist ObamaCare train wreck was hauled before Congress to explain his comments about ‘stupid American voters’ being fooled over ObamaCare.

From Fox News.

MIT economist Jonathan Gruber tried to explain and even justify his controversial comments about ObamaCare during a profuse apology on Tuesday before a House committee — as Rep. Darrell Issa accused him of creating a false model as part of “a pattern of intentional misleading” to get ObamaCare passed.

Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, also came down hard on Marilyn Tavvener, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, who he has accused in the past of allegedly inflating enrollment numbers and “cooking the books.”

Issa told Gruber: “You made a series of troubling statements that were not only an insult to the American people, but revealed a pattern of intentional misleading [of] the public about the true impact and nature of ObamaCare.”

Gruber has come under fire for claiming ObamaCare’s authors took advantage of the “stupidity of the American voter.”

He delivered a mea culpa of sorts in his opening remarks on Tuesday for what he called his “mean and insulting” comments, explaining some of his remarks while trying to take some of them back. After once saying a lack of transparency helped the law pass, Gruber said Tuesday he does not think it was passed in a “non-transparent fashion.”

……”I sincerely apologize for conjecturing with a tone of expertise and for doing so in such a disparaging fashion,” Gruber said.

Here’s just one of Gruber’s takes on how the bill was rammed down the throats of the American people:

“This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure (the Congressional Budget Office) did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. OK? So it’s written to do that. In terms of risk-rated subsidies, if you had a law which said healthy people are going to pay in – you made explicit that healthy people pay in and sick people get money – it would not have passed. … Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically, that was really, really critical to getting the thing to pass. … Look, I wish (health economist) Mark (Pauly) was right (that) we could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have this law than not.”

Another video surfaced and was played on Fox News’ “The Kelley File,” which showed Gruber speaking at an October 2013 event at Washington University in St. Louis.  Referring to the so-called “Cadillac tax” on high-end health plans, he said: “They proposed it and that passed, because the American people are too stupid to understand the difference.”

The SCOTUS struck down the individual mandate but upheld the law as a tax. 

In other words, you can’t be forced to buy government-mandated healthcare, but the government will impose a penalty tax if you don’t have your own insurance.  The IRS will come after you. Don’t think so? You must not have read the ObamaCare bill:

TITLE IV—AMENDMENTS TO INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986

Subtitle A—Shared Responsibility

PART 1—INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY

SEC. 401. TAX ON INDIVIDUALS WITHOUT ACCEPTABLE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE.

(a) IN GENERAL.—Subchapter A of chapter 1 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following new part:

‘‘PART VIII—HEALTH CARE RELATED TAXES

‘‘SUBPART A. TAX ON INDIVIDUALS WITHOUT ACCEPTABLE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE.

‘‘Sec. 59B. Tax on individuals without acceptable health care coverage.

‘‘(a) TAX IMPOSED.—In the case of any individual who does not meet the requirements of subsection (d) at any time during the taxable year, there is hereby imposed a tax equal to 2.5 percent of the excess of—

‘‘(1) the taxpayer’s modified adjusted gross income for the taxable year, over

  (2) the amount of gross income specified in section 6012(a)(1) with respect to the taxpayer.

The ruling leaves in place 21 tax increases in the health-care law:

….costing more than $675 billion over the next 10 years, according to the House Ways and Means Committee. Of those, 12 tax hikes would affect families earning less than $250,000 per year, the panel said, including a “Cadillac tax” on high-cost insurance plans, a tax on insurance providers, and an excise tax on medical device manufacturers.

Now, the whole trouble is that millions of people lost the affordable healthcare plans they already had because ObamaCare declared them null and void.

Apparently, the Dems who supported it were pretty stupid; they had to “pass it to find out what’s in it”.

At least one of them publicly acknowledged that she knew Obama lied his ass off when he repeated (30 times) “If you like your insurance plan/doctor, you can keep it, period.”

The Dem majority rammed that fucking atrocity through the legislature in 2010 in spite of all the hell raised by a large segment of the population who knew damned well what was in it. It’s a toxic law that will increase family premiums by $3000, hike taxes on the Middle Class, create death panels, and will cost an estimated $1.8 trillion annually. Not all of us were as stupid as Gruber thinks.  Stupid people swallowed the DemProg pablum. Smart people who opposed ObamaCare, were labeled “Nazis, “evil mongers”, “anarchists” and “terrorists”, by the same assholes who wouldn’t dare subject themselves to the same screwed up healthcare system.

Smart people figured out exactly what B. Hussein was all about as far back as 2008.

BTW: These are the douchebags who trampled the Constitution to inflict ObamaCare on this country:

They gloated over the stupidity of the 52.9% of American voters who installed Obama in the first place. Gruber’s assertion has some merit in that there are a lot of ‘tards out there in the population who should be forced to take an IQ test before being allowed to vote or breed.

Typically they vote Democrat, they vote pigment over content of character, and they think big, oppressive government is simply awesome.

You got what you voted for, stupid.

Related post:

http://sfcmac.wordpress.com/2014/10/11/british-newspaper-american-public-has-fallen-out-of-love-with-obama/

Related articles:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2014/11/10/aca-architect-the-stupidity-of-the-american-voter-led-us-to-hide-obamacares-tax-hikes-and-subsidies-from-the-public/

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/affordable-care-act-architect-on-camera-bashing-american-voters/

Report on America’s Military: Endless Deployments, Low Morale, Tightening Budget

From the Military Times.

Excerpts:

A worsening morale crisis

For many of the war-weary troops who deployed to combat zones over and over again for 13 years, the end of an era of war in Iraq and Afghanistan is good news.

But for Marine Sgt. Zack Cantu and other service members, it’s a total morale killer. For many of them, particularly the young grunts and others in combat arms specialties, it’s the realization that they may never go into battle for their country and their comrades.

“Most people in [the Marine Corps] are in because of the wars,” said the 25-year-old Cantu, a former infantryman at Camp Pendleton, California. Cantu has retrained as a telephone system and computer repairer, a specialty more likely to survive as the service downsizes.

“Now, everyone’s coming to the realization, ‘It’s probably not going to happen for me,'” he said.

The wars against America’s enemies gave troops like Cantu a noble purpose. Their training had focus, their sacrifices were appreciated by a largely grateful nation.

……Today, however, that gratitude seems to be dwindling. The services have weathered several years of deep cuts in funding and tens of thousands of troops have been unceremoniously given the boot. Many still in uniform and seeking to retire from the military fear the same fate, as those cuts are not yet complete.

A Military Times survey of 2,300 active-duty troops found morale indicators on the decline in nearly every aspect of military life. Troops report significantly lower overall job satisfaction, diminished respect for their superiors, and a declining interest in re-enlistment now compared to just five years ago.

Today’s service members say they feel underpaid, under-equipped and under-appreciated, the survey data show. After 13 years of war, the all-volunteer military is entering an era fraught with uncertainty and a growing sense that the force has been left adrift.

One trend to emerge from the annual Military Times survey is “that the mission mattered more to the military than to the civilian,” said Peter Feaver, a political science professor at Duke University who studies the military. “For the civilian world, it might have been easier to psychologically move on and say, ‘Well, we are cutting our losses.’ But the military feels very differently. Those losses have names and faces attached to [them].”

‘Bare necessities’

……According to the Military Times survey, active-duty troops reported a stunning drop in how they rated their overall quality of life: Just 56 percent call it good or excellent, down from 91 percent in 2009. The survey, conducted in July and August, found that 73 percent of troops would recommend a military career to others, down from 85 percent in 2009. And troops reported a significant decline in their desire to re-enlist, with 63 percent citing an intention to do so, compared with 72 percent a few years ago.

Army Spc. David Potocnik is one of the troops who has seen morale in his unit take a hit, though he can’t really put a finger on why. A Black Hawk mechanic with 2nd Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, at Fort Carson, Colorado, Potocnik said stress levels in his unit seem to be on the rise, despite a softening deployment tempo. Fellow Soldiers, he said, struggle to connect what feel like excessive training and additional duties in garrison with operational readiness and the overall mission.

“There are people who are really motivated, really high-speed … but they don’t seem to be a majority,” he said. “You’d think garrison would be more relaxed, but it’s frantic — for no reason.”

One of my last duty assignments before I retired was with the 101st Airborne.  Talk about frantic.  We were always operating at full speed.

Troops said more stress is created by long-term budget cuts imposed on the force through sequestration — the much-despised but apparently inexorable automatic spending reductions over a decade approved by Congress — and drawdown measures designed to shrink the force.

An Air Force captain working in security forces said the fiscal insecurity is taking its toll, causing more workplace exhaustion and frustration. And personal career uncertainty, he said, is driving many of his colleagues out of the service, perhaps earlier than they otherwise would have departed.

……A Navy aviation machinist’s mate first class based in El Centro, California, said operational budget cuts left him and fellow sailors cannibalizing working parts from other aircraft entering phased maintenance so they could repair higher-priority broken jets. Even uniforms are in short supply, he said, as the Navy embarks on what could be a decade of scrimping under sequestration.

“We are on the bare necessities and sometimes not even that. For example, I need new boots but they’ll ask me, ‘How long can you stretch that?'” he said.

Keeping a wary watch

……Predictably, retention also remains high, officials say, as most services look to natural attrition to meet mandated reductions in force size, and many troops fight to save their place on active duty, in spite of the quality-of-life and budget troubles.

Many of them hang on only because prospects for good civilian jobs have been dismal for many years. And often those who do land good jobs on the outside are those the military can least afford to lose.

Last year, retired Army Lt. Gen. David Barno joined a small chorus of military experts who decry a perceived “brain drain.” Barno wrote for the website Foreign Policy that the services are losing their most talented junior officers and enlisted leaders to opportunities in the civilian sector because military leadership wasn’t providing them with the right opportunities or fighting hard enough to keep them.

It’s for no small reason that many young Army Captains and NCOs start receiving job offers from Corporate head-hunters. They are well aware of the fork in the road which every Officer and NCO reaches at a certain point in their career. For NCOs, it’s usually past the 10 year mark. At that that point, you’re considered a “career Soldier”. For Officers, it’s usually the rank of Major.  The Army does not do well enough to retain good, young leaders. Those of us who stayed for the long haul had to think beyond the bureaucratic bullshit and focus on taking care of our troops and “Duty, Honor, Country”.

Tackling intangibles

Morale is often lower among the lower ranks. One prior enlisted Marine officer, Capt. Micah Hudson, recalls being disgruntled as a young lance corporal in the late 1990s. But that changed as he moved up in rank.

“Lance Corporal Hudson could not wait to get out of the Marine Corps,” the captain said, referring to himself years ago. “He didn’t like sitting around and cleaning his rifle and having the gunnery sergeant yell at him all day. So that is part of it.”

……In the Army, some Soldiers say sinking morale stems from the Army’s reduced recruiting standards at the peak of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, especially six and seven years ago, when the service granted waivers for people with criminal records and filled the ranks with not-so-highly-motivated Soldiers.

“What you have right now is just a retroactive action of what the Army did by letting in the influx of Soldiers when it was quantity, not quality,” said Sgt. 1st Class Jose Fernandez, a 17-year soldier at Fort Drum, New York.

Every branch has established waivers for criminal records.

Sometimes the military sets them on the right path, sometimes it won’t work regardless.

Money spigot tightens

Troops today are pocketing far smaller annual pay raises. The 2014 bump of just 1 percent was the smallest in the 41-year history of the all-volunteer force. That compares with 3.9 percent in 2009 — and 6.9 percent in 2002. Congress may well vote to authorize just another 1 percent in 2015. In the best-case scenario, that might go to 1.8 percent.

……And looking ahead, many military families see a future filled with uncertainty. They worry about the Defense Department’s new plan to cut housing allowance rates, which would amount to a direct pay cut for most troops who live off post. The newly minted 2015 defense authorization bill mandates that future allowance rates cover an average of only 99 percent of troops’ housing costs, not the traditional 100 percent. Service members would have to cover that 1 percent shortfall out of pocket.

Up until I earned the rank of Staff Sergeant, I could not get housing allowance, separate rations, or for that matter, permission to reside off post. As a Buck Sergeant I had to live in the barracks, and most of the time, I was assigned duties as a floor/barracks NCO in charge of the detail roster.  Single Soldiers are treated differently than married ones.

Managing expectations

……A staff sergeant who serves as a Chinook mechanic with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia, said he’s living a minimal lifestyle.

“I don’t have to go without food or anything like that, but I don’t like to live paycheck to paycheck,” said the non commissioned officer, who asked that his name not be used. “Basically everything I do from one month to the next is all covered, but by the end of the month the paycheck is gone.”

The staff sergeant, who has deployed multiple times to Iraq and Afghanistan, is twice divorced and has four kids.

“You’re always waiting for the second week to hit so you can get more money, whether it’s providing something for the children, or right now I’m trying to buy a house,” he said. “It’s hard to put money in the bank and anticipate those [unexpected expenses] when there are already bills. There’s nothing left at the end of the day for savings. It’s all going somewhere.”

The staff sergeant said he sometimes has to use installment loans to make ends meet.

Back in the day, if you were an E-5 and below, you had to submit a request to your Company Commander to get married. The Commander would assess your situation based on your maturity and financial ability.  There are times when I think we should go back to that. The military has never been a stable economic environment for families. The primary duty of service members is to maintain a high level of training, dedication, and combat readiness; not a preoccupation with spousal needs and day care.

Getting medical treatment is a tricky proposition.

Army Spc. Zach Stafford has a family history of cancer. So when the 28-year-old infantryman first noticed a painful tumor growing in one of testicles in August 2013, he wanted to see a doctor immediately.

No way — that wasn’t possible, in spite of the medical urgency. Why not? Simply because he was not at his home duty station; rather, he was at Fort Polk, Louisiana, in the field on a monthlong training exercise.

“They just didn’t want to deal with me down there because I wasn’t stationed there,” Stafford recalled in a recent interview. “And my unit didn’t want to send me back. … I was like ‘That’s great, I’ll be in pain the entire month.’ “

……After getting back home to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, in September, Stafford waited about a month to see a doctor, who promptly slotted him for surgery a few weeks later in October.

The good news: the tumor was benign.

The bad news: When they sewed him back together, they damaged a nerve bundle in his groin, he said.

Enduring “excruciating” shooting pains that sometimes made walking tough, Stafford spent about eight months trying to get the military health system to fix its screwup.

He tried calling for an appointment to see a doctor at Womack Army Medical Center, but that proved all but useless, he said.

“They don’t always answer the phone. It was easier to just to go up there and wait and hope there’s not a long line of people waiting to schedule an appointment.”

He eventually got one, but his unit’s training demands forced him to reschedule several times.

I can’t speak for the other branches, but from my Army experience, sick call is viewed as shamming. The Chain of Command does not like Soldiers spending time at the clinic, no matter how serious the ailment.  Got a bad case of the flu or a broken bone? Here’s a Tylenol. Suck it up, sissy.  Got walking pneumonia? You can still walk, right back to duty.  That never changed during my entire service.

I have a newsflash for the Military Times. My first hitch was 1976-1979.  It was just 3 years after the U.S. pulled out of Vietnam and the morale of the NCO Corps in particular, was at an all time low. The military was looked upon with disdain by civilians who were either anti-war miscreants or wanted to forget all about Vietnam and those who served there.  The residual effects did a lot of damage to the psyche of the military across the board.

From an essay I wrote when I retired:

My first assignment was being stationed in Germany as part of the Fulda Gap defense against a Soviet army that outnumbered us 3 to 1. At that time I was in the 1st Armored Division in the Signal Corps. In the 1970’s the Army- in fact all of the military-was in a state of decline. Morale was at an all-time low. The service was rife with racial problems and sexual harassment. The Non-Commissioned Officer Corps had been eviscerated beyond recognition, and too much responsibility was being given to shave-tail Lieutenants. The military as a whole had lost a lot of discipline thanks to the politicians who fought Vietnam from their desks instead of letting the warrior fight it on the battlefield. When you send your warriors to fight, you let them do it the right way and let them finish the job.

The obstacles for me were things like sexism and yes, racism. If you think racism is a one-way street, think again. Most of the epithets directed toward me during my first tour of duty were from black male Soldiers. The sexism usually involved hostility in the form of resentment when a female proved she could do the same job with just as much ability and dedication. Back then, “Equal Opportunity” meant being treated badly by all males regardless of ethnicity. It was a rite of passage to which females were subject.

I was elated when Ronald Reagan was elected President. The transformation he helped bring to the military was dramatic and long overdue. Pay was substantially increased for the first time in decades. He openly praised the military and was unashamed in his patriotism and love for this country. I can say unequivocally that President Reagan not only helped America believe in itself again, but brought pride in the military back into fashion.

The one thing missing from the report is the abject hatred Obama harbors for the military and the effect it has on service members. The feelings are mutual. There’s nothing that good strong leadership can’t fix. When Obama finally leaves office the military will no longer have to endure this incompetent, military loathingkowtowing, muzzie-collaborating Dhimmi assclown.

Perhaps we’ll have a real president and Commander-in-Chief who will be more concerned with the condition of the country and the military, rather than ‘gay rights’, drag shows, ‘black’ hairstyles,  and  his grandiose sense of entitlement.

 

Remembering Pearl Harbor

December 7th 1941, the Japs pulled off a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, kicking off our entry into WWII. There were 2,350 lives lost and more than 1,000 were wounded during the attack  73 years ago.

Take a moment to remember them. There are still some old vets around from that terrible day but they won’t be here forever. Their memories are still fresh as if it happened yesterday.

From Fox News.

More than a dozen Pearl Harbor survivors, each more than 90 years old, gathered in Hawaii this week to share stories as they marked the 73rd anniversary of the Japanese attack that killed 2,400 Sailors, Marines and Soldiers.

The gathering has been called the last meeting for the USS Arizona Reunion Association – comprised of the remaining nine survivors of the USS Arizona, a battleship that sank in the Dec. 7, 1941, attack.

But Louis Conter isn’t ready to talk about the end.

“I don’t think this is going to be our last. … We’ve still got time to go,” said Conter, 93, of Grass Valley, Calif. “We’ll be back out here no matter whether the rest of the crowd can make it or not.”

“I feel very proud of them and I think they’re like a national treasure and when they say that they were the Greatest Generation, I have to fully endorse that,” Col. Robert Brooks, whose father, Eddie Brooks, was a Pearl Harbor survivor, told KHON2.

Donald Stratton, 92, of Colorado Springs, Colo., was one of the few survivors of a gun director in the forward part of the ship. More than 65 percent of his body was burned. Stratton was hospitalized for more than year and then was medically discharged from the Navy.

He re-enlisted a year later. “The good Lord saved just a few of us,” he said.

During a private event Sunday, the men will toast their shipmates, drinking from replicas of champagne glasses from the Arizona. They will share a bottle of sparkling wine that was a gift to the survivors association from President Gerald Ford’s visit to Spain in 1975.

The men arrived at the Pearl Harbor visitor center on Tuesday to military salutes, music from the U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet Band and photos from tourists. At the news conference, they reminisced about memories of the attack.

“I learned something about faith,” said John Anderson, 97, of Roswell, N.M., recalling that he had just gone to church services and was heading to breakfast when someone said they saw the planes coming. He became teary-eyed as he discussed his twin brother dying in the attack.

“It’s always like yesterday when we’re out here,” Conter added.

The survivors on Tuesday also watched a live-feed of a dive along the Arizona’s sunken hull, which still holds the bodies of more than 900 of about 1,177 men who died on the battleship.

Ashes of 38 survivors are interred there.

National Park Service Historian Daniel Martinez, moderating Tuesday’s discussion, seemed overcome with emotion when he announced that Arizona survivor Lauren Bruner, 94, of La Mirada, Calif., last year signed paperwork for his intentions to be interred there. Conter plans to do the same, he said.

“It seems like after a while nobody pays attention to them anymore, after about five years,” Bruner said of his decision not to be buried in a cemetery. “I hope a lot of people will still be … coming over to the Arizona and we’ll be glad to see them.”

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