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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: peterfleming, 7/18/2014 10:43:53 AM     (No. 9930164)

In defiance of his own, lifelong, respected, military code of behavior, General James Amos, is speaking out in a voice of liberty, setting a brilliant example for all Americans to each go against their own customary rules of behavior and SPEAK OUT with a loud roar against the injustices of our current
occupant in the White House.

The Congress is a coward, the press ignores the truth, the TV media leads the way in censoring out all the crazed misbehavings and irresponsibilities of the occupant.
Acdeme continues to restrict dissent on the campus, Hollywood rigidly controls any form of anti collectivist, anti Communist history, all of the above, paving the way, virtually inviting dictatorial tyranny.

General Amos, like the increasing numbers of whistleblowers who are now emerging into the public eye, one by one, and in large groups, too!, Amos is a patriot, a hero, willing to risk
his own personal security for truth. Bravo!

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Reply 32 - 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 33 - 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 34 - 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 35 - 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 36 - 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 37 - 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 38 - 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 39 - 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 40 - 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 41 - 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 42 - 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 43 - 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 44 - 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 45 - 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 46 - 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 47 - 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 48 - 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 49 - 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 50 - Posted by: TrustButVerify, 7/18/2014 10:51:21 PM     (No. 9930955)

#32 -- You made me LOL! OMG!

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Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/23/2014 10:17:37 PM     Post Reply
PHOENIX - A condemned Arizona inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S. Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne´s office said Joseph Rudolph Wood was pronounced dead at 3:49 p.m., one hour and 57 minutes after the execution started. Wood´s lawyers had filed an emergency appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court while the execution was underway, demanding that it be stopped. The appeal said Wood was "gasping and snorting for more than an hour." Gov. Jan Brewer

Executions should be by firing squad,
federal appeals court judge says
Los Angeles Times, (CA), by Maura Dolan    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/23/2014 10:13:54 PM     Post Reply
Days before an Arizona murderer gasped and snorted for more than 90 minutes and died nearly two hours after his execution began, a conservative federal appeals judge called for replacing lethal injection with firing squads, saying the public must acknowledge that executions are "brutal, savage events." "Using drugs meant for individuals with medical needs to carry out executions is a misguided effort to mask the brutality of executions by making them look serene and beautiful — like something any one of us might experience in our final moments," U.S. 9th Circuit Court Chief Judge Alex Kozinski wrote in a dissent in

Biden decries voting restrictions
in NAACP address
Associated Press, by Nicholas Riccardi    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/23/2014 3:56:49 PM     Post Reply
LAS VEGAS -- Vice President Joe Biden Wednesday called on members of the NAACP to spread the word about what he called "a hailstorm" of measures to restrict citizens´ ability to vote, trying to rally the Democratic Party´s base before the midterm elections. In a 31-minute speech to the civil rights group´s annual convention in Las Vegas, Biden said that there have been 83 attempts this year alone in 29 states to restrict voting rights. The measures stiffen requirements on identification needed to vote, or limit or end early voting. "These moves to limit the right to vote are nothing more than

Nathan Lane says giving gay roles
to only gay actors is ‘madness’
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/23/2014 3:19:46 PM     Post Reply
Gay actors shouldn’t have a monopoly on gay roles, award-winning stage and screen actor Nathan Lane said. Lane, who is gay and has played both straight and gay characters, was asked the question at a TV critics’ meeting Tuesday. He was there to discuss PBS’ presentation of the Broadway play The Nance, in which he stars. “We just had The Normal Heart (with) Mark Ruffalo, fantastic job. I think who’s right for the part and most talented” should be hired, Lane said. Ruffalo, who is straight, starred as a gay man in the AIDS drama for HBO. “That way only madness lies. …

Barney Frank Challenges GOP’s
‘Too Big to Fail’ Arguments
Wall Street Journal, by Victoria McGrane    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/23/2014 2:38:31 PM     Post Reply
On Wednesday, Barney Frank came back to the committee he used to lead to defend the financial overhaul law he helped create. (snip) A report put out Monday by the panel’s chairman, Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas, encapsulated their belief that the law has been a failure. Among other criticisms, the panel’s Republicans say the law has exacerbated the belief that the government will rush to bail out big, complex financial firms the next time crisis strikes, rather than ending the ills plaguing the financial system. Mr. Frank kicked off his testimony by challenging the GOP’s “too big to fail”

Rep. Steve King: Obama ‘not raised
with an American experience´
The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Mario Trujillo    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/23/2014 11:31:40 AM     Post Reply
Rep. Steve King over the weekend told a crowd in his home state of Iowa that President Obama was not raised with an "American experience." (snip)"I can tell you, his vision of American is not like our vision of America — that we know," King said. "Now I don´t assert where he was born. But I will just tell you that we are all certain that he was not raised with an American experience. So these things that beat in our hearts when we hear the national anthem and when we say the pledge of allegiance, doesn´t beat the same

Islamists gun down Somali protest
singer-turned-lawmaker
Reuters, by Abdi Sheikh and Feisal Omar    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/23/2014 11:20:16 AM     Post Reply
A veteran Somali protest singer who had become a member of parliament was shot dead in central Mogadishu on Wednesday by Islamist gunmen who blocked her car and sprayed it with bullets. Saado Ali Warsame was one of fewer than 30 women lawmakers in the 275-seat parliament, MPs said. Believed to be in her 70s, she was renowned for songs that landed her in jail when she challenged the former dictator Siad Barre before he was toppled in 1991 and Somalia plunged into conflict. Attackers from al Shabaab Islamist group, which has staged a series of assaults during the Muslim fasting month of

10 states join Indiana’s appeal of
federal judge’s same-sex marriage ruling
Indianapolis Star* (IN), by Tim Evans    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/23/2014 10:14:12 AM     Post Reply
The attorneys general of 10 states have joined in Indiana’s appeal of a federal judge’s ruling that found the state law banning same-sex marriage unconstitutional. In a filing this week, the attorneys general of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah filed a friend of the court brief alleging it is not the judicial branch’s role to determine whether same-sex marriage should be permitted. “The moral, political, and social issues surrounding this case are profound and profoundly important,” says the brief filed by Colorado Solicitor General Michael Francisco. “However, they are distinct from the purely legal

Michelle Obama’s Pro-Water (Soda Silent)
Campaign Makes Waves
Time Magazine, by Maya Rhodan    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/23/2014 10:01:38 AM     Post Reply
First Lady Michelle Obama devoted Tuesday afternoon to telling Americans to drink less sugary soda, without actually saying anything bad about sugary soda. MORE Obama to Sign Bill Improving Worker Training President Obama Plans to Act as Mentor in ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ Initiative Moving Moment as Wrecked Concordia Makes Final Voyage NBC News Wednesday´s Top 6 News Stories NBC News Second American ´Lone Soldier´ Gets Hero´s Burial NBC News It’s been nearly a year since the First Lady launched the “Drink Up” campaign, a subset of the signature effort to promote healthy choices for kids that focuses on water. But instead of attacking the sugary, carbonated drinks



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Anderson Cooper: ´TWA
Flight 800 Was Shot Down´

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American Thinker, by Jack Cashill    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 7/22/2014 6:18:54 AM     Post Reply
Some truths CNN reveals only accidentally. One such truth Anderson Cooper shared on the night of July 17. In speaking about the shoot down of Malaysian airliner MH 17 earlier that day, Cooper referred back to “July 17, 1996, when TWA Flight 800 was shot down off the coast of Long Island in New York.” (snip)wo days earlier, Cooper hosted a CNN special report on the subject, “Witnessed: The Crash of TWA Flight 800.” To understand the depth of media-government complicity, it is useful to compare “Witnessed” with two prior videos. One is the ironically titled, “No Survivors: Why TWA 800

At Last -- Someone Did Something
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American Spectator, by William Murchison    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/22/2014 4:40:27 AM     Post Reply
So, then, what are we supposed to think when the governor of Texas dispatches National Guardsmen to the state border with Mexico in order to deflect the onrush of illegal border-crossers? What are we supposed to do? Do? A strange concept these days. Do something about the Russians and their depraved allies for shooting down a passenger plane? Do something about the depraved crowd of terrorists who provoked Israel into assaulting the tunnels in which they skulk? Do something about those equally depraved Iraqi terrorists now rounding up and expelling Christians from their midst? Do something about the kidnappers of schoolchildren

Trey Gowdy Eviscerates IRS Commissioner
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Breitbart TV, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/23/2014 4:32:42 PM     Post Reply
Wednesday at a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee hearing on the Internal Revenue Service´s (IRS) Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) would not let IRS Commissioner John Koskinen off the hook over his failure to bring acceptable answers to Congress about the supposed loss of former IRS official Lois Lerner’s emails. The South Carolina Republican warned the IRS commissioners, "Words have consequences," as he hammered Koskinen for trying to claim he did not pursue what happened to the emails because he did not want to interfere with the Inspector General investigation saying "people site ongoing IG investigations

Justice Kennedy says Constitution
‘flawed document’

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San Francisco Chronicle, by Bob Egelko    Original Article
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Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy wasn’t out to make news when he addressed the annual conference of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and devoted most of his 50-minute speech to the Magna Carta, which turns 800 years old in 2015. But Kennedy did let on that he doesn’t belong to the school of Constitution-worshipers who base their legal doctrines on what they glean to be the original, literal meaning of every word and phrase in the nation’s founding document.

Latest Obama claim: I don’t
learn anything from the news

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Washington Times, by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/22/2014 10:16:44 PM     Post Reply
In scandal after scandal in the Obama administration, President Obama has said he didn’t know about the problems until he heard it on the news. But the president changed his tune about his supposed ignorance at a Democratic fundraiser near Seattle on Tuesday night. Mr. Obama told supporters that he doesn’t watch the news because, “Whatever they’re reporting about, usually I know.” That contrasts with the explanations that the president and his aides have given from scandals in the past few years ranging from long wait times and deaths at the VA, to the IRS targeting tea party groups, to the

Sen. Durbin derides Walgreen for
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Chicago Tribune, by Ameet Sachdev    Original Article
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Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin on Tuesday urged Walgreen Co. to reconsider a possible move of its headquarters to Switzerland to lower its U.S. tax bill. In a letter to Walgreen Chief Executive Gregory Wasson, Durbin said the company could face a backlash from its customers. “I believe you will find that your customers are deeply patriotic and will not support Walgreen’s decision to turn its back on the United States,” Durbin wrote. “Nearly all of your $2.5 billion in profits earned last year were from sales to U.S. taxpaying customers.” The senator ended his letter with a twist on Walgreen’s

Fed appeals court panel says
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CNBC, by Dan Mangan    Original Article
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In a potentially crippling blow to Obamacare, a federal appeals court panel declared Tuesday that government subsidies worth billions of dollars that helped 4.7 million people buy insurance on HealthCare.gov are illegal. The 2-1 ruling said such subsidies can be granted only to people who bought insurance in an Obamacare exchange run by an individual state or the District of Columbia—not on the federally run exchange HealthCare.gov. "Section 36B plainly makes subsidies available in the Exchanges established by states," wrote Senior Circuit Judge Raymond Randolph in his majority opinion, where he was joined by Judge Thomas Griffith. "We reach this conclusion, frankly,

NAACP: Detroit water
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Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
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The NAACP Legal Defense Fund has filed a class action lawsuit against the city of Detroit for water shutoffs that members claim are racially motivated. The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department stopped service to about 7,200 buildings with overdue bills in June, compared to 1,570 in the same month last year. The issue gained national attention last month after activists appealed to the United Nations for help. The shutoffs are “being done in a discriminatory fashion,” the NAACP’s Veronica Joice told a local CBS affiliate. “They should at least take a look at whether there’s a better way to do this that doesn’t affect the most vulnerable citizens

End Partisan Primaries, Save America
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New York Times, by Charles E. Schumer    Original Article
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WASHINGTON —Polarization and partisanship are a plague on American politics. Political scientists have found that the two parties have each grown more ideologically homogeneous since the 1970s. The Senate hasn’t been so polarized since Reconstruction; the House has not been so divided since around 1900. As measured by laws passed, the current Congress is on track to be among the least productive in our republic’s history. How did this happen? One of the main causes has not gotten enough attention: the party primary system. The reasons behind the shocking primary defeat last month of Representative Eric Cantor of Virginia, who

Madeleine Albright to CNN:
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Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
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While our current secretary of state John Kerry is under fire for sarcastically joking about Israel’s “pinpoint operation” in Gaza, one former secretary of state echoed those sentiments during an appearance on CNN Tuesday afternoon. Speaking to Wolf Blitzer, Madeleine Albright said she thinks Israel is “overdoing” it with its offensive into the Gaza Strip and losing some of its “moral authority” in the process. “I do think the point has to be made, if rockets are being shot at Israel, that Israel does have a right to defend itself,” Albright said. “But the bottom line is the question of proportionality.” Blitzer singled out her use of the word

5 months off: Martha´s Vineyard break
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Washington Examiner [DC], by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/22/2014 5:35:50 AM     Post Reply
When President Obama wraps up his 16-day summer break next month on Martha´s Vineyard, Mass., he will have taken all or part of 141 days of vacation, time split between summers on the island, winters in his native Hawaii and birthday weekends at his Chicago home. Obama has been criticized for taking costly and lengthy vacations, especially compared to the short trips most Americans take. The U.S. Travel Association told Secrets that the average American vacation lasts just 3.7 days. But his 141 days out of Washington are far less than the 378 former President George W. Bush took in

Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings
calls for end to ´public harassment´
of IRS chief John Koskinen

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Washington Examiner [DC], by Susan Ferrechio    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/22/2014 7:09:03 AM     Post Reply
The top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform panel is objecting to a plan to call the Internal Revenue Service commissioner to testify for a third time in a matter of weeks, calling it “public harassment of an agency head.” Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., sent a letter Monday to Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., objecting to a decision to call Commissioner John Koskinen to testify at a hearing on Wednesday. It would be the third time Koskinen appeared before the panel in the past month, Cummings noted. “Requiring Commissioner Koskinen to testify again this week not only takes him away


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