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Top Marine Corps general slams
Obama’s handling of Iraq

Washington Times, by Douglas Ernst

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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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Washington: US President Barack Obama greeted the Muslim community across the world on the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr stating that the festival celebrates the common values that unite humanity and reinforces the obligations that people of all faiths have to each other. (snip) In the US, he said, Eid also reminds them of the many achievements and contributions of Muslim Americans to building the very fabric of the nation and strengthening the core of democracy. "That is why we stand with people of all faiths, here at home and around the world, to protect and advance their rights to prosper, and we welcome their

Legalization of Marijuana
Increases Homeless Population
KREX-TV (Grand Junction, CO), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/27/2014 9:37:21 AM     Post Reply
Grand Junction, Colo. - Officials at some Denver homeless shelters say the legalization of marijuana has contributed to an increase in the number of younger people living on the city´s streets. Homeward Bound in Grand Junction, also has taken note of the increase. "One of the things that´s driving our increased numbers, and we´re seeing it from shelters in other parts of this state in Colorado where legalized marijuana, retail sales of marijuana have driven people to Colorado and I think that comes from what we´re seeing from other shelters," said executive director of Homeward Bound, Douglas Karl. The Salvation Army's Men's shelter in Denver

New York bar removes ´No
Irish drunks´ sign after backlash
Irish Independent ( Dublin, Ire), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/27/2014 9:09:45 AM     Post Reply
After a barrage of negative feedback from the Irish American community in New York and abroad, owner George Watson taped over it with a homemade replacement saying, ´No Sensitive Drunks´. Mr Watson said that it was meant in jest and targeted the Irish in particular because of the ´sense of humour´ It´s believed the sign originated from an ´inside joke´ within the community relating to particular event. If you spoke about any other religion or race they would probably take offense to it; the Irish have a sense of humor," Mr Watson told IrishCentral.com. Pauline Turley, the Vice Chair of

Hamas Fires at Israel as Cabinet
Votes to Extend Ceasefire
Arutz Sheva (Israel), by Gil Ronan    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/26/2014 6:44:41 PM     Post Reply
Hamas fired rockets at central Israel around 10 p.m. Saturday, making a mockery of a four-hour Israeli ceasefire extension that began two hours earlier. Meanwhile, Israel´s Diplomacy and Security Cabinet has voted to extend the ceasefire by a further 24 hours in response to UN requests, a security source told AFP on condition of anonymity. The truce will end on Sunday night at 9 p.m. Hamas for its part has rejected the ceasefire extension by Israel, demanding Israeli troops withdraw first. No humanitarian ceasefire is valid without Israeli tanks withdrawing from the Gaza Strip and without residents being able to

Surprise! New health plans´
limitations anger enrollees
USA Today, by Julie Appleby    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/26/2014 6:32:48 PM     Post Reply
Nancy Pippenger and Marcia Perez live thousands of miles apart but have the same complaint: Doctors who treated them last year won´t take their insurance now, even though they haven´t changed insurers. "They said, ´We take the old plan, but not the new one,´ " says Perez, an attorney in Palo Alto, Calif. In Plymouth, Ind., Pippenger got similar news from her longtime orthopedic surgeon, so she shelled out $300 from her own pocket to see him. Both women unwittingly enrolled in policies with limited networks of doctors and hospitals that provide little or no payment for care outside those

Sonia Sotomayor sets
kids upon Hillary Clinton
CNN, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/26/2014 6:18:20 PM     Post Reply
It was a mad dash to hug Hillary Clinton. Toward the end of an event Friday at the Bronx Children’s Museum, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor set dozens of kids upon the former secretary of state, urging them to hug her and other leaders who attended. But first, Sotomayor got the children fired up. “I need for you to do something right now,” she said, holding a microphone and standing among a hoard of kids wearing bright green t-shirts. “I need for you to jump up and down and say thank you for caring for me!” “On the count of

Rand Paul lays out his ‘third way’
proposals to attract minorities to the GOP
Washington Post, by Sebastian Payne    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/26/2014 12:16:48 AM     Post Reply
Sen. Rand Paul (R-K.Y.) continued his quest to expand the Republican Party´s inclusiveness on Friday with a bipartisan speech to the National Urban League in Cincinnati, where he pressed for fairer treatment of minorities in criminal justice and education. He suggested that “race still plays a role in the enforcement of the law” and argued more needs to be done to ensure minorities receive fair sentencing. “Three out of four people in prison right now for non-violent crimes are black or brown. Our prisons are bursting with young men of color and our communities are full of broken families,” said

Obama visits with nonprofit
head, ex-gang members
Associated Press, by Tami Abdollah    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/24/2014 9:23:03 PM     Post Reply
LOS ANGELES — President Barack Obama met privately Thursday with four former gang members and the head of a Los Angeles nonprofit that is helping them turn around their lives. The brief meeting with Homeboy Industries founder Father Gregory Boyle and the four teenagers who all served time for their gang-related activities took place after Obama´s speech at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College. The teens stood in a semi-circle and the president approached each one, asked his name and age, and took a picture with him. Obama then gave them a short pep talk, telling them how he had been raised

Lawsuit Against Obama One
Step Closer to Courthouse Door
ABC News Radio, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/24/2014 8:47:31 PM     Post Reply
(WASHINGTON) -- The House cleared a procedural hurdle on Thursday to set up a showdown between House Speaker John Boehner and President Obama next week. The House Rules Committee voted 7-4 to approve a markup of H. Res. 676, which provides authority to initiate litigation for actions by the president or other executive branch officials inconsistent with their duties under the Constitution of the United States. Next week, the measure will require a rule before floor consideration by the full House. A vote on the bill is likely to be among the final acts the House takes before lawmakers enjoy a five-week



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Cybercast News Service, by Barbara Boland    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/28/2014 6:01:11 PM     Post Reply
A statement put out today by President Barack Obama on the occasion of a religious holiday is raising some eyebrows. The holiday is a Muslim one called "Eid-al-Fitr" and the statement says: his last month has been a time of fasting, reflection, spiritual renewal, and service to the less fortunate. While Eid marks the completion of Ramadan, it also celebrates the common values that unite us in our humanity and reinforces the obligations that people of all faiths have to each other, especially those impacted by poverty, conflict, and disease. In the United States, Eid also reminds us of the many achievements and contributions of Muslim Americans to

Report: Israeli Officials ´Horrified´
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Breitbart Big Peace, by Thomas Rose    Original Article
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The ferocity of Friday’s unanimous rejection by the Israeli government of Secretary of State John Kerry’s cease was kept quiet to prevent a formal rupture of relations between the two erstwhile allies, reports Israel’s Channel 2 Television. The popular and widely-watched Saturday evening newscast quotes several unnamed high officials in the Israeli government who claimed that Kerry’s cease fire proposal represented a “complete cave-in” to Hamas’s demands for an end to fighting in its war against Israel. The official, and others cited in The Times of Israel, claimed that Israel was “stunned” and “absolutely horrified” that Kerry’s ceasefire proposal, which contained

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Boston Herald, by Jack Encarnacao    Original Article
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President Obama appears poised to take executive action that would legalize as many as 5 million illegal immigrant parents of U.S.-born children, a prospect that riles local immigration critics and adds a new dimension to concern about swelling immigrant populations in states like Massachusetts eyed as hosting sites for thousands of children who crossed the border unaccompanied. The Associated Press reported yesterday White House officials are laying the groundwork for an executive order that would automatically legalize roughly 5 million of an estimated 11 million people who have entered the country without legal authorization or overstayed their visas.

John Kerry: The Betrayal
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Times of Israel, by David Horovitz    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 7/27/2014 8:36:02 AM     Post Reply
When The Times of Israel’s Avi Issacharoff first reported the content of John Kerry’s ceasefire proposal on Friday afternoon, I wondered if something had gotten lost in translation. It seemed inconceivable that the American secretary of state would have drafted an initiative that, as a priority, did not require the dismantling of Hamas’s rocket arsenal and network of tunnels dug under the Israeli border. Yet the reported text did not address these issues at all, nor call for the demilitarization of Gaza. It seemed inconceivable that the secretary’s initiative would specify the need to address Hamas’s demands for a lifting of

Romney would win popular vote in
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Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
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Former presidential nominee Mitt Romney would win the popular vote if a rematch of the 2012 election against President Obama were held today, a CNN/ORC poll has revealed. According to the poll, if the 2012 election were held again today, Romney would receive 53% of the popular vote, and Mr. Obama would receive 44%, CNN reported. Obama beat Romney 51%-47% in the actual election. The poll said, however, that the former Massachusetts governor would lose against Hillary Clinton by double digits in a hypothetical election. Mrs. Clinton would earn 55% of the vote, with Mr. Romney at 42%.

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Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
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Breitbart TV, by Pam Key    Original Article
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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Fusion TV´s Jorge Ramos that part of the reason Hamas hides rockets in schools and civilian areas is "Gaza is small." "I´m not a military planner but Hamas puts it´s missiles, it´s rockets in civilian areas, part of it is Gaza is pretty small and its densely populated," she said as neglecting the question of whether or not Hamas should have rockets in area to begin with.

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Breitbart TV, by Pam Key    Original Article
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Marijuana Legalization Would
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Weekly Standard, by William Kristol    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/28/2014 4:58:57 AM     Post Reply
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NewsBusters, by Geoffrey Dickens    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/28/2014 8:21:46 PM     Post Reply
Geraldo Rivera hates it whenever any one around him refers to people illegally crossing the border as “illegals.” On Monday’s edition of Outnumbered he challenged FNC’s Ainsley Earhardt when she dared to use that phrase in his presence. Rivera barked: “Every time you say ‘illegals,’ it’s like fingernails on a black board!” Well Earhardt, along with a few of her co-panelists, fought back against Rivera’s insistence that the border-crossers were “law-abiding.” (video after the jump) The following is the relevant exchange as it was aired on the July 28 edition of FNC’s Outnumbered: Andrea Tantaros: Ainsley how does this move,

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New York Post, by Maureen Callahan    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/27/2014 3:46:54 PM     Post Reply
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world down created by U.S. Catholic Bishops

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Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 7/28/2014 10:18:54 AM     Post Reply
The Catholic Church—through the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration—both paved the road for Barack Hussein Obama’s ultimate takeover of Free West society and continues to actively enable the Fundamental Transformation of America by sinking the US in a tsunami of illegal aliens. In coming to Obama’s aid in erasing forever America’s borders, the bishops sold the USA out, including its Catholics, for the proverbial 30 pieces of silver. In biblical terms, Obama and the Catholic bishops—who both birthed his progress to the seat of power and back him on his Fundamental Transformation mission—are in in league with the devil.


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