Major Matt Golsteyn, a former Army Green Beret was awarded the Silver Star for bravery in action during the 2010 Battle of Marjah in Afghanistan. In 2011, shortly after a book by author and Marine Bing West came out that detailed Golsteyn’s heroism and quoted him making critical remarks about the American strategy in Afghanistan, the Army launched a criminal investigation into his actions during the battle. In other words, Major Golsteyn is being persecuted for telling the truth about Obama’s fucked up war strategy.
They seized the opportunity to screw him over with some trumped up charges in retaliation for his candor.
A group of House lawmakers is moving to strip the armed services’ civilian leaders of the power to revoke combat valor awards in response to Army Secretary John McHugh unilaterally canceling the Silver Star, one of the military’s highest honors, for a former Green Beret officer.
Mr. McHugh took the action against Maj. Mathew Golsteyn, who braved repeated enemy fire in Afghanistan, even though he has not been charged with any offenses. The Army now is seeking to release him with a less-than-honorable discharge. The officer plans to fight the move, his attorney says.
The secretary acted after the CIA informed the Army that Maj. Golsteyn, during a polygraph exam for a job application, told of killing a terrorist who was making improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the weapon that has killed more Americans in Afghanistan than any other. The Army also removed Maj. Golsteyn from the elite ranks of the Green Berets.
What would motivate the CIA to present this information as if it were some kind of a fucking war crime?
Rep. Duncan Hunter, the California Republican who is spearheading the restrictive legislation, says he wants to prevent service secretaries from retaliating against personnel by stripping their awards in cases where there is insufficient evidence to charge them for nonjudicial, or court-martial, punishment.
“Secretary McHugh made a political decision,” Mr. Hunter said. “He used his power as a weapon to retaliate against a Soldier when the Army was unable to prove an allegation.”
The CIA disclosure prompted the Army to launch a criminal investigation. Agents fanned out to interview his combat cohorts in Marjah, Afghanistan. The report remains confidential, but sources say it could never confirm that Maj. Golsteyn did anything criminally wrong outside of his statements to the CIA.
The CIA, in turn, protects its polygraph procedures and questions as strictly as it guards other secrets. It will not let the Army use the transcript in a criminal proceeding and will give very limited access in an administrative one.
Maj. Golsteyn’s case is taking the administrative route. His lawyer, Phillip Stackhouse, a former Marine Corps judge advocate, said he has requested a board of inquiry, at which he will make the case the officer should be retained.
“They can’t prove that anything improper took place because nothing improper did take place,” Mr. Stackhouse said. “We’ll certainly stand on Matt’s combat and military service.”
A supporter on Capitol Hill said the officer believes the killing was justified under Afghanistan’s complex rules of engagement and because of the need to protect troops.
Obama’s ROE is dicked up to begin with. It’s cost the lives of troops as much as the enemy.
Mr. Hunter, a former Marine Corps officer who has taken up Maj. Golsteyn’s cause, had a testy exchange with Mr. McHugh via letters, copies of which were obtained by The Washington Times.
On Feb. 9, Mr. Hunter wrote to Mr. McHugh questioning the secretary’s “objectivity.”
“The Army’s case against Maj. Matt Golsteyn continues to lack clarity and consistency,” the congressman said. “Matt has yet to be charged with a crime or convicted of any wrongdoing. Yet the Army is going to great lengths to administratively punish him.”
Who’s pushing this shit? Obama? Major Golsteyn gets pilloried for bravery and Bowe Bergdahl, who deserted and committed treason, gets preferential treatment and traded for 5 of the worst terrorist cutthroats ever held at GITMO.
Mr. McHugh fired back on Feb. 26: “Every step in the process of investigating Maj. Golsteyn’s actions, and reviewing and subsequently revoking his valor awards, has been thorough, objective and justified.”
Bullshit. McHugh has offered no justifiable reason for this travesty. It’s politically motivated and you can bet your ass it comes from higher up.
“The Army investigation demonstrated that Maj. Gosteyn’s service during or after the time of the distinguished act, achievement or meritorious service was not honorable,” the Army secretary added.
Golsteyn distinguished himself in battle well enough to earn the Silver Star and embarrassed the Obama regime bad enough to be accused of ‘not being honorable’.
He offered to have investigators brief Mr. Hunter as long as the congressman kept all information confidential. Mr. Hunter curtly declined.
“Unfortunately, I have to disagree with your characterization of the investigation,” Mr. Hunter wrote. “Can you please explain to me what evidence the Army — and agents, in particular — actually discovered, beyond the allegations relayed by CIA?”
And who the fuck cares? Golsteyn did exactly what he should have done. He killed a muzzie terrorist enemy combatant responsible for employing weapons that kill American troops on the battlefield.
Maj. Golsteyn’s official Silver Star narrative depicts a warrior who risked his life repeatedly during a four-hour battle in Afghanistan’s Helmand province to take out multiple enemy positions.
The Silver Star ranks third in precedence of combat valor awards to the Medal of Honor and the Army Distinguished Service Cross. The officer was approved for an Army Cross, but the CIA disclosure prompted the Army not to award it and to rescind the Silver Star.
Maj. Golsteyn performed his heroics on Feb. 20, 2010, when a crow’s nest at Forward Operating Base McQueary took sniper rounds. Then a captain and leader of Special Forces A-Team, Maj. Golsteyn organized a combined 80-man Green Beret/Marine Corps/Afghan force to find and destroy the snipers.
……“With blatant disregard for his own personal safety, Captain Golsteyn exposed himself again to heavy enemy fire and moved 200 meters from the center of the patrol to the eastern flank in order to establish a position of advantage from which to engage the enemy,” the narrative said.
He then relayed positions so a mortar team could put rounds on the second target. Next, he provided the site for a Predator drone to fire a Hellfire missile. After four hours of intense fighting, the enemy was subdued.
“His razor sharp focus and emotionless decision-making under extreme duress kept the combined patrol a step ahead of a skilled and prepared enemy,” the narrative stated.
Subsequent to the battle, Maj. Golsteyn encountered and killed the IED maker.
Back home at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Maj. Golsteyn saw his name added to the Pentagon online roster of Silver Star recipients.
But then he did the CIA interview, and the next thing he knew, the Army had taken away the medal.
……Lt. Col. Benjamin Garrett, an Army spokesman at the Pentagon, said Mr. McHugh acted on sound legal ground and was supported by Army Gen. David Rodriguez, who was then the No. 2 commander of all coalition forces in Afghanistan and had approved the award.
‘Solid legal ground’; make an example out of him for daring to criticize Obama’s ROE.
He’s not the only one. Former Army Captain Will Swenson’s Medal of Honor package was “lost” after he sharply criticized his chain of command over the ROEs. Army Captain Jim Gant, one of the most successful, unorthodox special operators of the last decade, was drummed out of the Army after running afoul of his superiors.
Obama’s evisceration of the military and his purge of dedicated, experienced military leaders, has been quite extensive. The warrior ethos has become the latest casualty in his campaign to destroy America from the inside out; to rid us of our exceptionalism.
I hope Duncan Hunter succeeds in his effort to get the legislation passed and rectify the injustice suffered by Major Golsteyn.
Until this cretin is finally out of Washington and we get a real leader in office with balls enough to stop the destructive PC horseshit, we’re fucked.