by baldilocks

It’s a fascinating thing to watch a significant section of the Fundamental Transformation takes place. That section is the United States Armed Force. All the rage—and I do mean rage—right now is the release of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.  Bergdahl was allegedly being held captive by the Taliban in Afghanistan. His “release” was reciprocated in that five Taliban leaders, who had been detainees at Guantanamo, were released to the authorities in Qatar. But there’s something about Bowe.

“We were at OP Mest, Paktika Province, Afghanistan. It was a small outpost where B Co 1-501st INF (Airbone) ran operations out of, just an Infantry platoon and ANA counterparts there. The place was an Afghan graveyard. Bergdahl had been acting a little strange, telling people he wanted to “walk the earth” and kept a little journal talking about how he was meant for better things. No one thought anything about it. He was a little “out there”. Next morning he’s gone. We search everywhere, and can’t find him. He left his weapon, his kit, and other sensitive items. He only took some water, a compass and a knife. We find some afghan kids shortly after who saw an american walking north asking about where the taliban are. We get hits on our voice intercepter that Taliban has him, and we were close. We come to realize that the kid deserted his post, snuck out of camp and sought out Taliban… to join them. We were in a defensive position at OP Mest, where your focus is to keep people out. He knew where the blind spots were to slip out and that’s what he did. It was supposed to be a 4-day mission but turned into several months of active searching. Everyone was spun up to find this guy. News outlets all over the country were putting out false information. It was hard to see, especially when we knew the truth about what happened and we lost good men trying to find him. PFC Matthew Michael Martinek, Staff Sgt. Kurt Robert Curtiss, SSG Clayton Bowen, PFC Morris Walker, SSG Michael Murphrey, 2LT Darryn Andrews, were all KIA from our unit who died looking for Bergdahl. Many others from various units were wounded or killed while actively looking for Bergdahl. Fighting Increased. IEDs and enemy ambushes increased. The Taliban knew that we were looking for him in high numbers and our movements were predictable. Because of Bergdahl, more men were out in danger, and more attacks on friendly camps and positions were conducted while we were out looking for him. His actions impacted the region more than anyone wants to admit. There is also no way to know what he told the Taliban: Our movements, locations, tactics, weak points on vehicles and other things for the enemy to exploit are just a few possibilities. The Government knows full well that he deserted. It looks bad and is a good propaganda piece for the Taliban. They refuse to acknowledge it.

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Did the administration make another mistake? Consider the following about the military and its veterans:

  • The scrapping of the Don’t Ask-Don’t Tell policy
  • The VA scandal
  • The designation of returning veterans as prospective terrorists
  • The resignation of top generals
  • The firing of top generals on charges that seem…well…made up.

Regardless of one’s opinion on any of these topics, it cannot be denied that the combination of these things have and will Fundamentally Transform the general character of the U.S. military, and subsequently, the nation it defends. As promised. Sleep well.

UPDATE: The mother of 2LT Darryn Andrews:

“It gets really hurtful when I think, this guy was worth my son’s life? My son who was patriotic? Who was a true soldier? Who defended his country with his life?” (…) “That guy was worth that? I don’t think so.”

“I bet you anything there were soldiers killed or wounded capturing those five guys[.]” (…)“So what does that do for their sacrifice? They sacrificed for nothing, because they turned right around and let them go.”2ltDarrynAndrews

baldilocksJuliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2009; the second edition in 2012. Her new novel, Arlen’s Harem, is due in 2014. Help her fund it and help keep her blog alive!

By Timothy Imholt

This morning I saw a news article that said there is an increased rate of marital infidelity because of global warming.

I cam across this report when I was reading through my normal routine this morning when I saw this news report that made my blood boil. I could find a softer way to put that but I was so upset that I could barely stop myself from yelling at the computer screen. I decided to take a different approach so I sighed, rolled my eyes, and said what’s next.

There is a problem with my approach. It meant that I was barely surprised at the article blaming infidelity on global warming?

First off let me say for the record I am a scientist and I have looked into Global Warming from that perspective (Being a physicist it was fun for me). I found some oddball stuff in the data that doesn’t make sense on both sides of this ongoing argument. I can’t blame the process of warming on mankind without additional data that doesn’t seem to exist but then again I don’t like pollution so I can see the point of keeping a clean environment. But that is an argument for another day.

People believing in manmade global warming or not is up to them. However, another thing that is up to people is their own behavior.

Rarely does a day go by now that I don’t read or hear someone say “I did this because that person did……” I am sure you have heard it. People blaming their own poor choices or their own failures on someone else, or some other group of people. Politically speaking it is usually the Republicans blaming the Democrats but that’s ok because in the next news cycle the Democrats are going to blame the Republicans. In the end neither of them seem to want to problem solve, and I think that attitude so prominent in our leadership is finding its way into our society.

That is no big surprise if you think about it. Kids behave as their parents do. People tend to behave as their leaders do. If our leadership, those in charge, blame their own actions on other people why can’t we as followers do the same?

I do believe that lack of personal accountability is greatly degrading our economy and certainly our society.

Here are a few examples.

Why can’t my life get better? Someone else won’t raise the minimum wage.

Well how about learning some new skills on your own? I did…

Why can’t we use more green energy? Well the oil companies are keeping the technology secret so they can make money.

I doubt that because in the end oil companies are energy companies and if they could make a living with alternative energies they would. If you look at their corporate spending many of them are spending gobs of money trying to develop wind and solar…

I could go on and on…But this one of blaming global warming on infidelity just sums it all up. We need to stop seeking an enemy. We need to stop arguing amongst ourselves. We need to start solving problems every single day.

That is just the perspective of one guy who is a PhD in Physics, author of 5 books, father of four children, hard working taxpayer, and dedicated husband.

Take responsibility for yourselves. Your life will improve greatly.

Meryl Yourish notices something missing

French police have arrested a suspect in the Brussels Jewish Museum shooting. He was trying to make a video of it, but his camera failed. Instead, he narrated what he did and filmed his clothing and weapons. The news reports are calling him “a Frenchman”. You know what they’re not calling him?

Why do I have a feeling that if the shooter resembled Anders Behring Breivik there would be a tad more detail.

Why would Obama and Biden do such a thing? Because to launch a military operation against an al-Qaida affiliate on the anniversary of 9/11 would have exposed the hollowness of their boast through convention week and the days thereafter – that Osama was dead, and al-Qaida was finished. And so Ty Woods, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith and Chris Stevens were left to die, and a decision taken to blame an entirely irrelevant video and, as Secretary Clinton threatened, “have that person arrested.” And, in the weeks that followed, the government of the United States lied to its own citizens as thoroughly and energetically as any totalitarian state, complete with the midnight knock-on-the-door from not-so-secret policemen sent to haul the designated fall guy into custody.

Mark Steyn Oct 2012

Today on Morning Joe the discussion of the Taliban prisoner swap led the news.  Joe Scarborough was not there so Mika Brzezinski and was clearly not comfortable with the subject leaving it to uber partisans Al Hunt & Eugene Robinson to defend the president.

However for all the discomfort of the moment and the problem that headaches that this move is making in the end this has been a mission accomplished moment for Barack Obama.

Not because he got that last US serviceman (no matter what his loyalties)

Not because this removed prisoners from Gitmo which has been his desire since day one.

No to understand how complete his victory is you must look here.

That link goes to the web site Memeorandum, an aggregate site for news articles for 6:15 AM EST today Tuesday June 3rd.

There are 39 stories and hundreds of sub links to stories.

Not a single one concerns the Veterans Administration scandal.

The VA scandal cut across party lines including his base, that is a scandal that this administration could not win.

This prisoner exchange is different.  His base which never liked the army anyways and wanted Gitmo closed will stick with him on this prisoner release, they’ll be uncomfortable for a bit in public but they’ll be there.

Barack Obama’s administration has replaced a scandal he can’t handle politically with one he can.

That was and is the goal, and that’s why he’s won because for Obama  the war against his political enemies will always trump the safety of the US .

Update:  There is now a single VA piece, by Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit weekly USA Today column, I’m shocked SHOCKED.

Update 2:  forget the Steyn link

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