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Top Marine Corps general slams
Obama’s handling of Iraq

Washington Times, by Douglas Ernst

Original Article

Posted By:Scottyboy, 7/17/2014 10:45:21 PM

Four-star Gen. James Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, used a speaking engagement at the Brookings Institute on Tuesday to deliver a stinging rebuke of the Obama administration’s handling of Iraq. “I have a hard time believing that had we been there, and worked with the government, and worked with parliament, and worked with the minister of defense, the minister of interior, I don’t think we’d be in the same shape we’re in today,” Gen. Amos said, the Fiscal Times reported Wednesday. It is rare for an active-duty serviceman to give such blunt public criticism of a sitting president. While

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Bravo Gen. Amos, but watch out you don´t get the Petraus treatment.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: GringoinQuito, 7/17/2014 11:06:52 PM     (No. 9929550)

Bye, bye General Amos. Thanks for speaking the truth, watch your back. Semper Fi !

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Pinchem, 7/17/2014 11:08:24 PM     (No. 9929553)

Apparently he is prepared to "Retire" very quickly.

I just wish more Generals had the Integrity and Courage to speak the truth. On the other side I guess you can´t blame a man who may be within a year or two of retirement speaking out too soon and lose it all.


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Reply 3 - Posted by: Tulunk, 7/17/2014 11:58:03 PM     (No. 9929609)

One of the first things that a would-be dictator does is demand the loyalty of the military. I heard that Amos is slated to retire this fall. He is a brave man, for Obama is a vindictive , vengeful man. He has to have people who will fire on crowds of Americans when Obama declares them enemies of the regime.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Trigger2, 7/18/2014 5:34:38 AM     (No. 9929735)

Expect your walking papers General. The idjit in the WH does not tolerate the truth being spoken by any terrorist military person. Don´t forget, HHS has deemed our military to be terrorists.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Globalwarmer, 7/18/2014 6:36:53 AM     (No. 9929779)

Has our General Pinoché arrived? Here´s hoping.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: tonyp173, 7/18/2014 6:48:39 AM     (No. 9929790)

Look, this is a tough issue--especially for good people who have never served in the military. Full disclosure: I am a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel. Also, there is no one more critical of POTUS than I have been. I despise his lack of leadership, integrity, judgment, and common sense. I abhor his arrogance and disdain for the welfare of our country. BUT, I can say these things because I´m not on active duty. While I couldn´t agree more with General Amos´ observations, he was wrong to utter them while serving. "It´s rare for an active-duty serviceman to give such blunt criticism of a sitting president," because it´s insubordination and subject to criminal sanction IAW the Uniform Code of Military Justice, Articles 88, 133 & 134. While General Amos is on active duty, he does NOT have the same First Amendment rights as an ordinary citizen. He does have the duty to speak truth to power, but that would be for him to tell POTUS directly, and then submit his retirement. Civilian control of the military is one of the cornerstones of our Republic. Amos was right about the facts, but wrong to communicate them in this way. The rest of us should do a much better job in selecting a commander-in-chief.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Udanja99, 7/18/2014 6:54:41 AM     (No. 9929795)

In the case of a completely lawless and rogue president, it seems to me that some insubordination in the military might be a very good thing.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: strike3, 7/18/2014 7:08:50 AM     (No. 9929814)

I totally agree with your assessment, #6, but it applies to "normal" times. Never before in our history has a president been a childish dictator and the enemy of the people. The more ranking people who call Obama on his lawlessness and damage to America, the faster he will be thrown out of office. General Amos will be the first one to realize the risk he has taken and the consequences he will suffer.

Once people get past the idea that we can get rid of him smoothly and legally, we can get down to the job of removing him like the cancer that he is.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: ruready?, 7/18/2014 7:11:20 AM     (No. 9929819)

Thanks for walking, the walk and talking the talk, General. It´s men like you that let us know that America is still there - embers not extinguished by Obama, the arsonist.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Rinktum, 7/18/2014 7:13:08 AM     (No. 9929822)

#6. Thank you for your service and comments. I would in any other time, completely agree with you. However, we have never had a CIC like Obama. Respectfully I ask, do not the men and women of the military swear allegience to defend and protect the Constitution of the United States and not the President? After watching what Obama has done I believe that sometimes desperate measures apply and that is why I don´t condemn Gen. Amos. I don´t believe he made the statement lightly or cavalierly. He knew the consequences. Therefore, I consider him a patriot.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: grace1798, 7/18/2014 7:19:33 AM     (No. 9929829)

Bottom line is Obama is helping his own people...ISLAM.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Sergeant Major, 7/18/2014 7:22:17 AM     (No. 9929833)

#6, I´m confident that General Amos is fully aware of the confines of the UCMJ in regards to public comments. The fact that an Active Duty General has finally had enough of his CIC´s disgusting performance is telling of this sad state of affairs we are experiencing.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: iamshazzam, 7/18/2014 7:41:45 AM     (No. 9929862)

All our military are "sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States" - that being said, every one of them have a legal and moral obligation to REFUSE any orders from this occupant of our house!

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Reply 14 - Posted by: vic36, 7/18/2014 8:09:45 AM     (No. 9929907)

Bravo Zulu, General Amos

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Reply 15 - Posted by: congar, 7/18/2014 8:19:02 AM     (No. 9929925)

I guess Captain Zero missed one when he was pruning the military of any commander who felt allegiance to the Constitution.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: dagger, 7/18/2014 8:21:23 AM     (No. 9929927)

Thank you no. 6 for your service. Colonel you are exactly right. Full disclosure: I did not serve active duty military, but served 30 yrs. in a certain agency. After serving under 7 presidents, I resigned before the present CIC took the oath in 2009. It was not hard to predict what we as a country were in for. Regardless of your position, civil or military,and no matter how right you are, you do not criticize the CIC while employed by the Government.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: MattMusson, 7/18/2014 8:28:32 AM     (No. 9929938)

Obama has sacked more Generals than Stalin!


With regard to criticizing the CIC: "A cadet will not lie, cheat or steal nor tolerate those who do."

Enough said.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: strike3, 7/18/2014 9:01:18 AM     (No. 9929987)

Excellent post, #17. Those who follow blindly usually end up stepping off the cliff.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: The Patriot Code, 7/18/2014 9:16:55 AM     (No. 9930017)

#6, I sincerely thank you for your patriotism and service to our country.
Many appalled Americans are looking for John Galt, and since the cowardly Republicans in Washington refuse to even attempt to stop the madness, when a man of General Amos´ stature says aloud what so many good people are thinking, we can´t help but cheer. I know that I should defer to your reasoning regarding an active duty officer speaking out against The Regime, but these are desperate times, and the nation is hanging by a thread.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: donnaclaire, 7/18/2014 9:19:47 AM     (No. 9930025)

I´m profoundly thankful for those in positions of power and influence who speak out (even though they face retribution) for the sake of American security. Our country´s very survival and stability is at stake.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: planetgeo, 7/18/2014 9:39:04 AM     (No. 9930058)

#6, let´s take a hypothetical situation and see what the UCMJ says about it.

Assume you are in charge of a platoon with orders to guard the southern flank of the battalion´s command post. Your commanding general gives you an order to have your men stand down and allow open entry across the perimeter you are guarding. What do you do? Do you obey that order? And what do you do about that general?

Actually, this isn´t a hypothetical. This just occurred. Our general in charge of the domestic southern command just said publicly that the failure to restrict entry across our southern border, in effect on orders from the CIC, is an existential threat. Existential. That means that his men, and indeed all of us, are now being put in threat of death by the CIC.

What does the UCMJ say about that? What does your oath say about that?

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Reply 22 - Posted by: tatterdemalion, 7/18/2014 9:51:30 AM     (No. 9930084)

Even the Egyptian Generals are smart enough not to allow a radical muslim to ruin their country.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: kittygalore, 7/18/2014 9:56:58 AM     (No. 9930091)

It is about time the Military Brass starts to speak up and stand for principle over the politics of their own careers.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: tonyp173, 7/18/2014 9:57:38 AM     (No. 9930093)

I respect the opinions of each one of you who suggested that my position was justified in normal circumstances but that the threat posed by the current POTUS justified the actions taken by General Amos. Also, I note the lucid argument that all military members swear an oath to the Constitution and not the President. That is, of course, true. The problem is that the Constitution in Art. II makes the POTUS the Commander-in-Chief of the military. The American military has reached the pinnacle of it´s efficiency and combat effectiveness because it purged itself of the divisive behavior of the Vietnam era, recruited fabulous, selfless folks, and imposed a strict discipline on the force. Those who view General Amos´ behavior as justified, would recoil in horror if a progressive general publicly criticized a conservative president in the midst of a crisis. Though I´m a proud Paratrooper who served in the 173d Airborne in RVN, the 82d Airborne and 18th Airborne Corps in later assignments, I concede that the USMC is one of the finest fighting echelons on the planet. I thank God that they are on our side. No matter how good it felt to unburden himself, no matter how much support he got from subordinate ranks, the Commandant did not do anyone any good by undermining the principle, which is embodied in Art. 88. Look, if I thought that POTUS could be impeached, I´d quit my cushy job and work for free to get rid of this malignancy. POTUS will not be impeached in the near future, and our best leaders, like General Amos, have to remember why the Founding Fathers created the Constitution the way they did. Remember all the countries that had military coups because the generals got impatient with the civilian government. None of those ever turned out well.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Rivetjoint, 7/18/2014 10:10:47 AM     (No. 9930112)

This is an interesting turn of events. As I understand it, Gen. Amos is not very well regarded within the USMC. I´ve got to look into this further.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: steelbreeze, 7/18/2014 10:24:58 AM     (No. 9930130)

Gen.Amos proves that he isn´t one of the´Perfumed Princes´ at the top levels of our military.Brazo Zulu General

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Reply 27 - Posted by: steelbreeze, 7/18/2014 10:26:51 AM     (No. 9930131)

Bravo Zulu Sorry cant spell no coffee yet

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Reply 28 - Posted by: EQKimball, 7/18/2014 10:27:36 AM     (No. 9930135)

The last four star to take a public stand against the President was Gen. Douglas MacArthur. It did not work out well for him.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Starlifter Nav, 7/18/2014 10:33:22 AM     (No. 9930147)

Granted I haven´t been looking at (nor do I have references for) general opinions / mindset within the Corps.

Citation of any sort?

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Reply 30 - Posted by: M2, 7/18/2014 10:41:54 AM     (No. 9930160)

#6, under ordinary circumstances, I would agree with you about not speaking about the CIC that way.

But these are not ordinary circumstances: Never before has the USA experienced such an existential crisis, deliberately precipitated by the POTUS. His handling of the military, his cuts, his barely-concealed disdain for the military (the first POTUS ever to feel that way) and all his other actions have told American service personnel that they are dispensable, not particularly worth the cost, and not necessary to keep the peace.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: comstock, 7/18/2014 10:44:17 AM     (No. 9930167)

He´s toast. Obozo will replace him with a female desk pilot with a same-sex "wife." One who makes those file cabinets stand at attention all day and once had to combat a jammed paper shredder.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Freeloader, 7/18/2014 10:48:20 AM     (No. 9930174)

Thank you for speaking out General Amos, but is this really "brain surgery"?

Mullah Zero´s Middle Eastern "Policy" in twelve words or less:

"Raheem, Kareemun, ´Adheem, ´Aleemun...Haleem, Haheemun, Mateen...Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar"

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Reply 33 - Posted by: varjo, 7/18/2014 11:20:27 AM     (No. 9930227)

General.

Prepare for an IRS audit and other retaliations from POTUS.

P.S. I would test my car´s brakes before driving on any hilly roads.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Talk2, 7/18/2014 11:47:34 AM     (No. 9930266)

Anyone who spent more than 20 years in the military knows there are far too many Generals who are way too political and in love their jobs to jeopardize the perks and position to do JOB 1 and that´s looking out for the troops. I don´t know this General Amos, but it sounds like he has boiled internally for so long over the bozo in the WH that caution over the meat axe bozo has taken to the military lacks the deterrence it once did. I´m personally heartsick for the troops who are serving under the clown who would be King. IMO, their sacrifices mean nothing to a former (?)dope smoking, cocaine using, college playboy who surrounded himself with socialist/communist lapdogs when he shot from obscurity to be in command of a military some say he hates. Good on ya, General.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Crashnburn, 7/18/2014 12:01:29 PM     (No. 9930281)

"I was just following orders" was no excuse for the concentration camp atrocities committed by the Germans during the Nuremburg trials.

I believe General Amos knew exactly what he was doing when he spoke out. "Wheel of Fortune" had a great quote: "The right path is not always the easy path."

It would have been easier for General Amos to keep quiet, but despite the UMCJ, I think he thought it was right, and necessary, to speak out about the President´s incompetence (at best).

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Reply 36 - Posted by: tonyp173, 7/18/2014 12:26:21 PM     (No. 9930307)

No active duty soldier or marine has the right to criticize the civilian leadership. In fact, it is a serious crime to do so. See the UCMJ, Arts. 88, 133, & 134. Though these may be desperate times, the comments made by General Amos, who -- I agree knew what he was doing -- only serves to undermine the good order and discipline of the USMC. There is no question that Obama should not be the POTUS. But that is NOT for the military to resolve or even address. That is an issue for the rest of us. If you are the Commandant and you have had your fill, then vote with your feet, like "Dagger" (commentator above) did in 2009. It would be a much more courageous act to resign your commission, or retire, and then explain your legitimate motivation. I fully understand why good people who are frustrated with Obama would applaud Gen. Amos. But they would be wrong because, like MacArthur--who was also correct about no substitution for victory--a senior general has no right to undermine the discipline of our fighting marines to vent his spleen. Once you go down this path, you may never recover. Every tinpot dictator in every banana republic had good and decent people supporting him. Some even had good intentions. The road to hell is paved with those good intentions. Maybe next time, we´ll be more careful who gets to be POTUS, our Senators, and our Representatives.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: EnsignOToole, 7/18/2014 12:32:03 PM     (No. 9930312)

It´s a good thing that America is not "ruled" by a man like Hitler; otherwise, a German General like our General Amos of the "High Command" who said these things might get the Field Marshall Rommel treatment.

For any lofos who might be reading my post, Rommel was Hitler´s favorite general at one time. I have borrowed and shortened the following info which is about the famous general located @:http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/rommel.htm. It is entitled The Forced Suicide of Field Marshall Rommel, 1944

"Rommel was commander of a panzer division which gained prominence in 1940. He had smashed the French defenses, and went on to command the famous Afrika Korps. Rommel´s ability to inspire his troops and make the best of limited resources, prompted Hitler to elevate him to the rank of Field Marshall."

However, "by the beginning of 1943, Rommel had lost faith in Germany´s ability to win the war and in Hitler´s competence to lead the effort." Supposedly Rommel then "learned for the first time of the death camps, slave labor, the extermination of the Jews and the other atrocities of the Nazi regime".

Rommel became convinced that "victory for Germany was a lost cause and that prolonging the war would lead only to his homeland´s devastation. He came in contact with members of a growing conspiracy dedicated to ousting Hitler and establishing a separate peace with the western allies."

Unfortunately, Hitler got wind of Rommel´s treachery. Rommel´s son, Manfred, in his recounting of his father´s demise, tells of how his father broke the news to his mother.
´I am to have the chance of dying by poison. The two generals have brought it with them. It´s fatal in three seconds. If I accept, none of the usual steps will be taken against my family,...´



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Reply 38 - Posted by: zbogwan2, 7/18/2014 2:15:16 PM     (No. 9930418)

While, under normal circumstances, I´d agree with the many posts her on not speaking out against the Won while on active duty. But the President is violating the Constitution, disregarding Congresses enacted Laws and snubbing his nose at the SCOTUS and tearing everything apart that he can. Obama is assuming dictatorial powers and Generals like Amos are oathed to defend the Constitution and if this means calling a spade a spade, so to speak, so be it.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: gonavy, 7/18/2014 2:42:15 PM     (No. 9930453)

My son is an active duty Marine Corps Helicopter Pilot. I thank GOD for General Amos.


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Reply 40 - Posted by: afherkdriver, 7/18/2014 3:00:20 PM     (No. 9930480)

When a 4 star feels this strongly it is evidence that many in the military are frustrated. He knows what he is doing is wrong but probably feels strongly enough to risk the wrath of the WIC. (Weenie in Charge)

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Reply 41 - Posted by: a man over thirty, 7/18/2014 3:10:36 PM     (No. 9930497)

None of us want to see a military coup in this country. That´s what happens in banana republics where the rule of law is weak or non-existent.
Besides, we have a Constitution that provides for separation of powers and checks and balances.
So what are we to do when the rule of law is ignored - by the president - and the Constitution is repeatedly usurped and disregarded - again by the president?
And this president is pure Teflon because of the political incorrectness of impeaching our first minority president?
What then? How bad does it have to get? How far does he have to go?
(BTW, how many flag officers has Obama forced out in the past 5+ years?)

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Reply 42 - Posted by: oldmagnolia, 7/18/2014 4:30:30 PM     (No. 9930591)

The commandant of the Marine Corps is General Joseph Dunford Jr. General Amos is retiring.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: dvc, 7/18/2014 5:18:41 PM     (No. 9930663)

Gen. Amos is out of line. I agree 100% with his thoughts, and much more, but as #6 has pointed out very clearly, this cannot be permitted in our system. I do understand that this particular president is attempting to destroy this country, but we must use the mechanisms provided to us by the founding fathers to right the ship of state, not move off of the lawful paths.

I have been very close to many in the military and this requirement to be silent publicly has been clear as a requirement for service for all that I know that have served.

I wish Gen. Amos well, but I expect that he will retire soon. Perhaps he will run for office and I can support him then if a more complete review of his views warrants it.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: dodge boy, 7/18/2014 6:40:03 PM     (No. 9930743)

When Obie did his purge of supposed unloyal generals in 2009, he somehow overlooked Amos. Gen. Amos, way to stand up for us, sir.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: lonestarm3, 7/18/2014 8:13:28 PM     (No. 9930828)

The duty to obey the CIC goes only so far. Even an enlisted man could be court martialed for obeying an order from a general, if that order were unlawful, such as to shoot an unarmed prisoner. Admittedly, the likelihood is that the enlisted guy would be framed, but still that is the law.

A senior officer has even more duty to evaluate the legality of an order from a superior. And despite the infamous claim of Richard Nixon, it is not "legal if the president does it."

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Reply 46 - Posted by: busterman, 7/18/2014 8:49:43 PM     (No. 9930858)

Yes and what the Founding Father´s did was technically treason.

Sometimes we need a little insubordination.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: Cav160, 7/18/2014 9:26:51 PM     (No. 9930896)

Well #6, I too am a retired officer, 1st Cav RVN, etc. Always took my oath seriously and for most part served under good CICs. However today with this corrupt crowd I would have a hard time not speaking out! I will never forgive Army Senior Leaders for allowing Ft Hood terror attack to be classified as Work Place violence, same for stupid Rules of Engagement.

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Reply 48 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 7/18/2014 9:38:13 PM     (No. 9930906)

Another American has stood up to be counted.
Unfortunately, he will be told to stand down by a person with no patriotism or loyalty to this country.

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Reply 49 - Posted by: TrustButVerify, 7/18/2014 10:51:21 PM     (No. 9930955)

#32 -- You made me LOL! OMG!

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WASHINGTON — About a month from the 2014 midterm elections House Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was already predicting a sweep for her party in the 2016 election. Referring to Republicans, Pelosi said, "Their days are numbered. I know that in two years there will be a Democratic Congress and a Democratic President." Pelosi has publicly urged former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to run for president and said if Clinton does decide to run she would win. While she was clearly looking ahead the top House Democrat was careful not to concede the election this November. Pressed about the prediction she made

Secret Service Director to Resign
New York Times, by Michael D. Shear    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 10/1/2014 3:28:38 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Julia Pierson, the director of the Secret Service, is resigning in the wake of several security breaches, according to administration officials. The resignation came less than a day after lawmakers from both parties assailed Ms. Pierson’s leadership and said they feared for the lives of the president and others in the protection of the agency. A 30-year veteran of the Secret Service, Ms. Pierson was supposed to have been the one to repair the agency’s reputation after scandals that raised questions about a culture that gave rise to incidents involving drinking and prostitution during overseas trips.

CDC: Gay Men Represent 2
Percent Of US Population, 52
Percent Of People With HIV
CBS News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 10/1/2014 2:09:33 PM     Post Reply
ATLANTA - Gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) make up 2 percent of the U.S. population but are the group most definitively affected by HIV, with 63 percent of those newly infected by HIV representing this group. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s weekly “Morbidity and Mortality” report shows that among persons newly infected with HIV in 2010, 63 percent were men who have sex with other men. Among Americans living with HIV, 52 percent were MSM – and a significant number of men with HIV are not receiving treatment. “Gay, bisexual, and other

Arkansas gun range owner
declares her business a
´Muslim-free zone´
New York Daily News, by Philip Caulfield    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 10/1/2014 1:52:29 PM     Post Reply
An Arkansas gun range owner has declared her shooting range a "Muslim-free zone," saying she refuses to cater to customers whose religion "commands" its followers to kill people. Gun Cave Indoor Shooting Range owner Jan Morgan said in an online post that she was banning Muslims out of fear that one of them might slaughter other customers. "This is not a coffee and donut shop. This is a live fire indoor shooting range," Morgan wrote in the bizarre missive, posted Sunday and reported by the Arkansas Times. "The Koran (which I have read and studied thoroughly) … contains 109 verses commanding hate, murder

Thousands of Walruses Are
Gathering on Alaska’s Shore
Time Magazine, by Jack Linshi    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 10/1/2014 12:13:06 PM     Post Reply
Nearly 35,000 walruses were discovered this month on a northwest Alaskan shore as result of being unable to find sea ice to rest upon, a problem aggravated by climate change, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said. The unusually massive walrus gatherings were first spotted on Sept. 13 when NOAA conducted its annual arctic marine mammal aerial survey, a spokeswoman told the Associated Press. The marine mammals use sea ice as diving platforms to hunt for food in shallow areas, or as resting points to avoid long, exhausting swims. While it is normal for sea ice to recede into

Inside the plot against
the middle class
New York Post, by Kyle Smith    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 9/28/2014 8:51:21 AM     Post Reply
Ever get the sense that the middle class is downwardly mobile, being pressed to the floor and squeezed to the limit? It’s not happening by accident. Someone is doing the squeezing: a new class of entertainment and tech plutocrats, cheered on and abetted by a priesthood of media, government and academic elites.(snip) This New Class, for instance, venerates the city and despises suburbia. They think you should feel the same way — and in innumerable magazine and newspaper pieces, they twist facts to make it sound as if America loves living in apartments and taking trains to work.

Exclusive: U.S. told Iran of intent to
strike Islamic State in Syria - source
Reuters, by Parisa Hafezi, Louis Charbonneau*    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 9/23/2014 5:39:57 PM     Post Reply
The United States informed Iran in advance of its intention to strike Islamic State militants in Syria and told Tehran that it would not target the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a senior Iranian official told Reuters. "Iran was concerned about Assad´s position and his government being weakened in case of any action against IS (Islamic State) in Syria and brought this issue up in meetings with Americans," a senior Iranian official said on condition of anonymity. "This issue was first discussed in Geneva and then was discussed thoroughly in New York where Iran was assured that Assad and

Jim Webb Mulls 2016 run in
possible Clinton Challenge
KTRK-TV (Houston, TX), by Benjamin Siegel    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 9/23/2014 5:25:26 PM     Post Reply
Former Virginia senator Jim Webb said today he is "seriously" considering a 2016 presidential bid, and will make a decision within the next two to five months. "I am seriously looking at the possibility of running for president," Webb, a Democrat, said in an appearance at the National Press Club. "We´ve had a lot of discussions among people I respect and trust about the future of this country, and we´re going to continue to have these discussions over the next two to five months," he said. The ´Aunt Lena test´: Why Jim Webb´s great-aunt would not allow him in her



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Breitbart Big Hollywood, by John Nolte    Original Article
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In her just-released memoir, 27 year-old "Girls" star Lena Dunham claims that as a 19 year-old Oberlin College student in Ohio, she was raped by a college Republican. In the first chapter that addresses the encounter, Dunham describes the "ill-fated evening of lovemaking" as awkward and hollow. The most sensational moment comes from the fact that "Barry" wasn´t wearing a condom. In the next chapter, Dunham backtracks with the claim that she´s an "unreliable narrator" and accuses "Barry" of rape: [I]n another essay in this book I describe a sexual encounter with a mustachioed campus Republican as the upsetting but

EXCLUSIVE: Ousted Secret Service chief
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who had had enough´ of her and thought*

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 10/2/2014 9:11:57 PM     Post Reply
A recently retired Secret Service agent told MailOnline on Thursday that former director Julia Pierson´s resignation will be welcomed by the agency´s rank-and-file because ´people in the service thought she was a joke from Day One.´ He attributed her swift fall from grace to a cadre of ´p***ed off agents who had had enough´ of feeling disrespected by the service´s first female director. ´Putting her in charge was part of the [Obama] administration´s push to feminize the service after the "hookergate" nightmare,´ the agent said, referring to agents who were fired after patronizing prostitutes during a security-check trip to Colombia

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Washington Free Beacon, by Matthew Continetti    Original Article
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ABC News, by Alana Abramson    Original Article
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The Hill (Washington DC), by Judy Kurtz    Original Article
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New York Times, by Peter Baker    Original Article
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The Hill [Washington, DC], by Sarah Ferris    Original Article
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Washington Post, by Reid Wilson    Original Article
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Lindsey Graham Mulling White House Run
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Daily Caller, by Alex Pappas    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 10/3/2014 1:37:53 PM     Post Reply
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Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 10/2/2014 11:31:10 AM     Post Reply
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Obama Mocks Fox News
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Breitbart TV, by Pam Key    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 10/2/2014 5:35:04 PM     Post Reply
Thursday while speaking at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, President Barack Obama giggled and raised his arms as he mocked the Fox News Channel for it´s reporting on ObamaCare. Obama said, "There is a reason fewer Republicans, you hear them running around about ObamaCare, cause while good affordable health care might seem like a fanged threat to the freedom of the American people on Fox News it turns out its working pretty well in the real world."


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