Archive for the ‘GWOT in Afghanistan’ Category

Keep the MOABs Coming

After Trump used the first decisive action not seen in eight years, the Left went bonkers, while people who appreciate a real leader applauded the move.

 

 

Funny perspectives:

 

 

It’s not much, but it’s a damned good start.  MOABs should be used with enough regularity to send a message throughout the Islamofascist Middle East: America is back, we’re not the chickenshit Euros, Obama and his craven foreign policy  are gone, and we will do what is necessary to eradicate the muzzie terrorist threat.

 

 

Related articles: 

http://twitchy.com/sd-3133/2017/04/13/hug-it-out-anti-fracking-film-director-thinks-isis-should-be-bombed-with-love/

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2017/04/13/us-military-drops-massive-bomb-on-islamic-state-in-afghanistan/

http://conservativetribune.com/libs-finally-honest-pro-terrorist/

Veterans Benefits Cut to Support Visa Program for Afghan Interpreters

Veterans get screwed again.

From the Daily Caller.

The Senate used money from benefit cuts to military veterans in the 2016 budget to pay for the resettlement of an additional 3,000 Afghan interpreters in the United States. A dispute over a similar pay-for plan is behind the Judiciary Committee’s refusal to expand the program again in the 2017 budget.

The Special Immigrant Visa program allows Afghan interpreters who aide the U.S. government to get out of harm’s way by resettling in the United States, and last year the Senate authorized a major expansion of the program. The $336 million price tag of the expansion fell on U.S. military veterans in the form of increased pharmacy co-pays, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.

“That’s bullshit,” former Army combat veteran Alex Plitsas told TheDCNF. “Military families shouldn’t be paying for the SIV program through a pseudo tax. The program should be funded outright because of the service our interpreters rendered. This is infuriating.”

Last year’s defense bill increased co-pays for military families, saving the government about $1.5 billion, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). A portion of the money saved was used to pay for the extra Afghan visas, a spokesman for the Armed Services Committee told The DCNF, although the bulk of the money went elsewhere. Budget caps require lawmakers offset increases in spending with budget cuts.

Plitsas added: “They went this route to avoid having to cut any of the service budgets (Army, Navy, etc) that’s why I’m calling this a pseudo tax on military families. More importantly, this is a visa program overseen by State, why the hell isn’t this coming out of state’s budget?”The committee spokesman told TheDCNF most of the $1.5 billion went back to the Treasury to pay down the debt, and some of the savings were used to offset the cost of expanding retirement benefits in other ways for “hundreds of thousands” of service members. Those changes will cost the government about $1 billion over the next ten years, according to the CBO.

Senators voted for the co-pay increases on the merits of the policy and were not treating it as a pay-for, the spokesman added. The increase was included for “no other reason” than to address rising pharmacy costs and to encourage veterans to use drugs available for free through military treatment centers rather than through pharmacies, the spokesman stressed.

Nevertheless, in making the decision to offset the visa expansion with funds from the co-pay increase, the Senate took hundreds of millions of dollars off the table that could have gone to support veterans or been used for some other purpose. There’s no reason the money has to come out of the defense budget, especially since there is overlap in jurisdiction with the State Department’s control of visa programs.

“I’ve been told by multiple sources that they’re trying to use the co-pay hike to pay for the visa increase again this year,” the aide said. “With so much wasteful government spending that should be cut, it is befuddling how some in Congress are so eager to put military and veteran benefits on the chopping block.”Sens. John McCain (AZ) -R and Jeanne Shaheen (NH) – D are vocally pushing for more visas, on top of the 7,000 already allocated through Fiscal Year 2017. But neither has publicly addressed how the increase would be paid for. The CBO estimates the proposed increase would bring the cost of the program up to $446 million over the next ten years, from its current cost of $336 million.

Shaheen did not respond to multiple requests for comment. McCain’s office directed TheDCNF to the Armed Services Committee.

I’d be real hesitant to let any of these Afghan interpreters into the U.S., considering all of the attacks on U.S. Soldiers by Taliban infiltrators.   There’s already an increase in the threat of domestic terrorism, thanks to Barky’s ‘refugee’ policy.

And now the assholes in government want to use benefits meant for veterans to fund the atrocity.

 

 

Traitor/Deserter Bergdahl’s Trial Delayed Until February

Let’s not carry out justice on this crapweasel while Barky is still in office.

From Fox News.

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who walked off his combat outpost in Afghanistan and spent five years in captivity, will be court-martialed under a new commander-in-chief.

He was NOT ‘held in captivity’. He defected. When he walked away from his post, he deliberately sought out the Taliban so he could join them.

During his stay with the Taliban, he converted to Islam  and declared himself a “mujahid.”

This shit doesn’t look like ‘captivity’ to me:

Bergdahl and Taliban pal

A military judge decided Tuesday to delay Bergdahl’s trial from August until February to provide time for resolving disputes over the defense team’s access to classified documents.

Bergdahl, now 30, sat attentively in his dress blue formal uniform, his infantry cord looped under the epaulet on his right shoulder, during the brief hearing. The Soldier from Hailey, Idaho, faces charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. The latter charge is relatively rare and carries the potential of life in prison.

He was exchanged in a controversial swap for five high-ranking Taliban commanders from Guantanamo Bay in 2014.

A February start would mean the court-martial could make headlines only weeks after the new commander-in-chief is sworn in as president.

The judge, Col. Jeffrey Nance, also ruled that media organizations could hire a stenographer to capture courtroom discussions during the trial, and he gave Army prosecutors one week to provide reporters covering the case with online access to court documents.

The judge postponed deciding a dispute that could influence how much punishment Bergdahl could face if convicted.

……Meanwhile, law enforcement officials have been notified that threats against Bergdahl continue.

“Given the many incendiary comments that have been broadcast and otherwise disseminated about Sgt. Bergdahl, his immediate commander at Fort Sam Houston has taken measures to ensure his physical safety when leaving the installation,” his attorneys wrote in February.

Considering his shameful actions before the enemy, every one of those ‘incendiary comments’ are well deserved.

Bergdah can come and go the same as any other Soldier from Fort Sam Houston, where he works a desk job in a headquarters unit, handling “a lot of administrative work that needs to be done. Paperwork, moving stuff from place to place, things like that,” Howard said.

What a shame. Maybe he’ll accidentally trip and fall down some stairs or walk in front of a car.

It took some time before charges were even brought against the little shitbag, since Obama treated him like a pet to advance his political agenda.

While on military duty in Afghanistan, Bowe Bergdhal left his gear in a nice neat little pile along with a note that explained he was running away.  He willfully collaborated  with the enemy and declared allegiance to Islamic jihad.  The attacks his unit endured got more methodical and precise after Bergdahl’s desertion.

Six Soldiers were killed looking for his worthless ass.  Barky traded five of the worst muzzie cutthroats at GITMO   for this piece of shit.

They should have left him with the Taliban. They should have considered him an enemy combatant and killed him on the battlefield.

Barring that, he should be taken out and shot.

6 Servicemembers Killed in Afghanistan Taliban Attack Identified

They were killed while on patrol outside Bagram Airbase when a muzzie terrorist rammed an explosive-laden motorcycle into their convoy.

From ABC.

STAFF SGT. LOUIS MICHAEL M. BONACASA

Bonacasa, 31, of Coram, Long Island, was a member of the Air National Guard. He was assigned to the 105th Airlift Wing at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, New York.

He enlisted in the Air Force two days after graduating from Newfield High School in 2002, his family told Newsday. He also met his wife in the Air Force.

Bonacasa had served four tours in the military and was four months away from returning home, family members told the newspaper. “He said this was going to be his last tour, and he was going to retire in a couple years,” said a sister, Raquel Bonacasa, of Edgewater, New Jersey. He’d been pre-approved for a home mortgage and wanted to start a business, a smoke shop.

Bonacasa leaves behind a wife and 5-year-old daughter.

His brother, Vincent Bonacasa, called him a “humble man who took pride in what he did.”

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STAFF SGT. MICHAEL A. CINCO

The 28-year-old from Mercedes, Texas, was assigned to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, 11th Field Investigations Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas.

As a teenager, Cinco played football at Mercedes High School. John Vela, now an Air Force staff sergeant based in Anchorage, Alaska, was on the football team with Cinco and they were in band together. He said they’d been friends since the seventh grade.

“It looked like he was having a really good time,” in the military, Vela told KRGV-TV. “He had a really good head on his shoulders. He had a lot of ambition.”

He said Cinco’s death has left him shaken. “It’s still unbelievable,” he said.

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TECHNICAL SGT. JOSEPH G. LEMM

Lemm, 45, a 15-year veteran of the New York Police Department, was on his third tour of duty in the Middle East. He was assigned to the 105th Airlift Wing at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, New York.

Lemm lived in suburban West Harrison, New York, with his wife and two children, a teenage daughter and a young son.

He was beloved in his hometown of Beemer, Nebraska, the Omaha World-Herald reported Tuesday.

Although he left the town of less than 1,000 residents decades ago, a message board in front of the village hall proclaimed him “Our Hometown Hero.”

Shirley Lemm said her son, as an NYPD officer, spent weeks searching for survivors at ground zero following 9/11 and rejoined the military as a reservist so he could better provide for his family.

“He loved what he did. He was proud of what he did,” she told the newspaper.

New York Police Commissioner William Bratton said the police detective “epitomized the selflessness we can only strive for: putting his country and city first.”

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STAFF SGT. CHESTER J. MCBRIDE JR.

McBride, 30, of Statesboro, Georgia, was assigned to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama.

He was a football standout at Statesboro High School, where he played defensive back on the team that won a 2001 state championship. An uncle, Kenneth McBride, said his nephew also played football at Savannah State University before he joined the military.

He said they often hit the gym to lift weights together when his nephew would come home on leave.

“He was real strong and had just a great positive attitude about what he was doing,” Kenneth McBride said. “He loved the military.”

Ken LeCain, principal of Statesboro High School, said in a statement posted on the school’s Facebook page, “I will always remember him as a young man of high character with a great smile.”

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STAFF SGT. PETER W. TAUB

A 30-year-old Air Force sergeant from Philadelphia, Taub was assigned to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Detachment 816 at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota. He’d been in the service for eight years and had recently re-enlisted.

He grew up in Wyncote, a Philadelphia suburb, and graduated from Cheltenham High School.

His father, Joel Taub of Philadelphia, said his son didn’t tell his family he was in Afghanistan because he didn’t want them to worry about him. He said they learned his actual location when military officials notified them he’d been killed.

Peter Taub was married and the father of a 3-year-old girl. His father said the couple has another child on the way.

Taub’s mother, Arlene Wagner, runs a Washington, D.C., restaurant, where her son Jonathan is the chef. She announced Peter Taub’s death on her restaurant’s Facebook page.

“He loved his family, he loved his daughter — the apple of his eye,” Joel Taub told Philadelphia’s WCAU-TV.

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MAJ. ADRIANNA M. VORDERBRUGGEN

The 36-year-old from Plymouth, Minnesota, in suburban Minneapolis, was assigned to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, 9th Field Investigations Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

Her father, Joseph Vorderbruggen, told The Associated Press his daughter “loved life” and “loved the military.” He said, “Whatever goal she had, she found a way.”

RIP.

Deserter/Traitor Bergdahl Arraigned Today

From Fox News.

U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who disappeared in Afghanistan in 2009 and was held by the Taliban for five years, was scheduled to appear Tuesday before a military judge on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.

The arraignment will be held at Fort Bragg, in North Carolina. If convicted at a general court-martial, Bergdahl could get life in prison on the misbehavior charge and up to five years for desertion.

Bergdahl, 29, of Hailey, Idaho, walked off his post in eastern Afghanistan’s Paktika province on June 30, 2009. He was released in late May 2014 as part of a prisoner swap, in exchange for five detainees in Guantanamo Bay. The move touched off a firestorm of criticism, with some in Congress accusing President Barack Obama of jeopardizing the safety of a nation with the exchange.

Bergdahl’s disappearance and the possibility that he might face light punishment had angered many in the military, who say his fellow Soldiers took considerable risks to search for him.

Considerable risks is a fucking understatement. Six were killed looking for his worthless ass.

It took some time before charges were even brought against the little shitbag, since Obama treated him like a pet to advance his political agenda.

UPDATE:

He deferred his plea and a decision on whether he will be tried by a military judge or a mixed court composed of officers. The next hearing will be on 12  January, 2016.

Background:

While on military duty in Afghanistan, Bowe Bergdhal left his gear in a nice neat little pile along with a note that explained he was running away.  He willfully collaborated  with the enemy and declared allegiance to Islamic jihad.  The attacks his unit endured got more methodical and precise after Bergdahl’s desertion. They should have left him with the Taliban. They should have considered him an enemy combatant and killed him on the battlefield.

Barring that, he should be taken out and shot.

 

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https://sfcmac.wordpress.com/2015/12/11/sickening-desertertraitor-bergdahl-podcast-celebrity-action-hero-wannabe/