06/6/14

Normandy Speech: Ceremony Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion, D-Day 6/6/84

Hat Tip: BB

Commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day with President Ronald Reagan

D-Day Veteran declines private meeting with Obama: “I just couldn’t convince myself to do it.”

D-Day Veteran Refuses Obama’s Invitation For Private White House Meeting…

Remembering D-Day in 18 Photos

Obama and Putin filmed having ‘informal conversation’ moments after President publicly ignored Russian leader at D-Day memorial

President chews gum during ceremony

D-Day Vet Refuses Meeting with Obama

D-Day Anniversary: What If the Normandy Invasion Had Failed?

06/6/14

What if D-Day had failed?

By: T F Stern
The Moral Liberal

As a nation we look back and celebrate the efforts of the Allied invasion forces on the beaches of Normandy, often referred to as D-Day. Very few dates in history draw more attention; as reason tells us, had they failed the world would be a much different place. But they didn’t fail and our debt of gratitude is enormous, so much so that it’s difficult to express in words.

While on the phone with my mother this morning we talked about the significance of D-Day. In my mind’s eye I could see her pointing to an American Flag fastened to a short wooden pole she keeps next to the front door in the umbrella stand. “Should we put the flag out on display?”

Dad walked by as we were on the phone, “Hey Kid, how’re you doing?”

“Okay, Sir”, Dad doesn’t hear very well so that sums up our conversations as mom acknowledged our mutual respect for each other.

She then continued explaining her experience from the stand point of a young girl in high school listening to the public address system during her economics class. For a few minutes she recalled how that particular class wasn’t her favorite, that the woman teaching it lacked social skills and was flat out rude to most students. “I think she was a communist”, but so many economics teachers tend to lean to the left.

“The invasion of Europe has begun…”, her voice recalled the announcement over the intercom as her throat tightened, tears welling up in her eyes as the moment played out one more time in her thoughts. It isn’t difficult to picture a classroom of students intently listening as the message was delivered, each word carrying the fate of the civilized world, each knowing family members and close friends could be involved in the invasion and the great risks they would face.

Eisenhower delivered a now famous address to the troops, one which was intended to boost moral and spirit; that’s what my mother likely heard as she reached back through the years telling me about her D-Day memories. She remembered the solemnity of the address and how Eisenhower took full responsibility for any failure which might give NAZI Germany total and complete victory.

I found another document stored away in the National Archives, a letter written by Eisenhower in the event of total failure at Normandy.

“Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops. My decision to attack at this time and place was based upon the best information available. The troops, the air and the Navy did all that Bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone.”

It’s not a pleasant thought, wondering if everything you believe in, everything you stand for and have placed on the line, all the men who have gone to the front lines, men who would be slaughtered or sustain injuries beyond imagination; to consider that your decision and yours alone might be the end of freedom and liberty.

Thank Providence and Heaven’s help that day for letting the Allied invasion forces accomplish their task. Had they not won more folks would be aware of Eisenhower’s letter of failure instead of his words of encouragement to the troops.

06/6/14

The Council Has Spoken!! This Weeks’ Watcher’s Council Results – 06/06/14

The Watcher’s Council

Alea iacta est… the Council has spoken, the votes have been cast and we have the results for this week’s Watcher’s Council match-up.

“Treason doth never prosper, what’s the reason? For if it prosper, none dare call it Treason” – Sir John Harrington

“Nemo umquam sapiens proditori credendum putavit” (“No man of wisdom has ever believed a traitor should be trusted”) – Cicero

“If He play, being young and unskilful, for shekels of silver and gold, Take His money, my son, praising Allah. The fool was meant to be sold, – Hafez, circa 14th century

The big story this week concerned the sudden swap of five senior and very dangerous Taliban commanders for one Bowe Bergdahl, a U.S., soldier whom as it turns out, had some peculiar views about his country, at the very least deserted and very possibly did more than that. This week’s winner, Joshuapundit’s ‘The Horror That Is America’ – Ransoming Bowe Bergdahl, is my take on this transaction and how the Obama Administration attempted to sell it to the American people – and even more what it says about our Commander-in-Chief and his team. Here’s a slice:

President Obama staged a convenient photo-op in the Rose garden with the parents of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, a U.S. soldier captured by the Taliban under suspicious circumstances and released in exchange for five senior Taliban commanders held in Club Gitmo. The event was stilted and strange for a number of reasons.

It was absolutely astounding to hear this president say that ‘we leave no man behind’ in view of what happened in Benghazi…and of course, with the revelation of the VA ‘death lists’, I’d say those wounded vets were definitely left behind.

Then there was the lingering fallout from the fact that once again, this president blatantly broke the law, which called for the president to inform Congress 30 days before any pending transfer of jihadis from Gitmo. Even Obama loyalists like the New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin and California Democrat Dianne Feinstein were shocked and critical over this. And members of the president’s own team who voiced any opposition to the way this deal was being conducted were simply told to shut up and salute.

But the president’s behavior aside, Robert Bergdahl, Bowe Bergdahl’s father was absolutely bizarre.

After the usual remarks, Bergdahl said his son had supposedly lost the ability to speak English and recited”“Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim.” That phrase, from the Qu’ran translates as “In the name of Allah, most Gracious, most Compassionate.”

Either Bergdahl has converted to Islam or is simply unknowing, but uttering that phrase is a profession of belief in the Muslim faith. Was that supposed to be a message to his son, who mentioned in Taliban propaganda films that he was ‘exploring Islam?’

Since the words are Arabic, not Pashto, the language his son’s Taliban captors would have been speaking, it somehow doesn’t gel with the idea of a father trying to communicate with a son who has supposedly lost the ability to speak his native language in a mere 5 years.

Bergdahl senior apparently also has some interesting views on America, not that he isn’t entitled. Here’s a tweet he tried to delete:

Why would anyone be working to free the sort of murderers held at in Club Gitmo if they had, shall we say, a positive view of America? And since he obviously doesn’t hold the Taliban or other jihadis responsible for ‘the death of every Afghan child’ because he wants them all freed, it’s obvious he blames America for their deaths….and is calling for Allah to take revenge.

Bowe Bergdahl himself apparently has some interesting views on his service and his country.

Shortly before the Taliban got their hands on him, he said in an e-mail to his father:

“I am sorry for everything here,” he wrote. “These people need help, yet what they get is the most conceited country in the world telling them that they are nothing and that they are stupid.”

Bergdahl also complained about fellow soldiers. The battalion commander was a “conceited old fool,” he said, and the only “decent” sergeants, planning to leave the platoon “as soon as they can,” told the privates — Bergdahl then among them — “to do the same.”

“I am ashamed to be an American. And the title of US soldier is just the lie of fools,” he concluded. “I am sorry for everything. The horror that is America is disgusting.”

His father’s reply? “OBEY YOUR CONSCIENCE!”

OK…it’s a soldier’s prerogative to gripe from time to time. But ‘I’m ashamed to be an American’ and ‘The horror that is America is disgusting’? Obviously we have someone who was raised with certain views and given his father’s outbursts, the apple didn’t fall far from the tree.

Three days after that e-mail exchange, Bowe Bergdahl left camp on his own without authorization accompanied by two Afghans whom he had befriended, according to the original report. The Taliban said Bergdahl was intoxicated when they captured him,something the Army denied although since they weren’t present at the scene, one wonders how they would know.

What Bergdahl did is commonly known as desertion, and a number of his fellow soldiers see it exactly that way.

My own take is that Bergdahl was likely a career flake who probably never intended to desert, but merely intended to go AWOL. He went off with some Afghans he trusted with the idea of scoring drugs and/or sex. Instead, they apparently sold him to the Taliban while he was ‘relaxing’, which would square with the Taliban’s account that he was intoxicated when they picked him up (note the word I’m using, ‘intoxicated’ as opposed to ‘drunk’. Booze is difficult to find in Muslim rural Afghanistan except in areas like military bases or Kabul where westerners hang out,while dope is easy to score).

At the every least, he was obviously AWOL, and his tale about being captured while ‘lagging behind on patrol’ was exploded as sheer BS early on.

Aside from that, apparently there were casualties that were incurred searching for him. Men died because Bowe Bergdahl decided to bug out.

It seems pretty obvious Bowe Bergdahl did not ‘serve with honor and distinction’ nor was he ‘captured on the battlefield’ as President Obama’s National Security Adviser Susan ‘It Was The Video, The Video’ Rice insisted to the talking heads at ABC. Although perhaps that’s how the team in the White House considers it, given what appears to be their conception of ‘honor and distinction’. Especially since Bergdahl’s being cut loose got some Gitmo jihadis freed and knocked the VA scandal out of the headlines for awhile.

Six soldiers whom did not desert lost their lives searching for him. ‘Honor and distinction?’

What he did not only led to American casualties but the freeing of five dangerous men, and it put a price on the head of every American in Afghanistan now that the Taliban has seen that kidnapping is such a successful tactic.

Much, much more at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Andrew McCarthy/The CornerThe Taliban Swap and “High Crimes and Misdemeanors” submitted by The Colossus of Rhodey. As always, McCarthy gets to the heart of the matter… all the Constitutional arguments aside, what we have here is a Commander-in-Chief who released five top level enemy commanders in exchange for one questionable soldier, while hostilities are ongoing and American lives are at risk. Do read it.

Here are this week’s full results. Only Rhymes With Right was unable to vote this week, and only Rhymes With Right was affected by the 2/3 vote penalty:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

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06/6/14

June 20: Acclaimed Author Trevor Loudon Speaks at the ‘Give Me Liberty Tour’ Conference

Pacific Freedom Foundation

Event Details

Give Me Liberty Tour invites you to hear a modern-day “Paul-Revere-on-Steroids,” Trevor Loudon on June 20th, 6:30 pm EDT.

From the Give Me Liberty Tour Conference invitation flyer:

We’ve been playing political games for too long.

It is not Republican vs Democrat, it’s liberty vs. tyranny. God fearing Patriots have been rallying around the party to “take back” Washington for over thirty years, but nothing ever changes. DC keeps getting bigger and more powerful and the voice of “we the people” fall on deaf ears.

We invite you to join us as notable pastors, representatives, and political leaders speak to us about the state of the nation, biblical foundations for government, real solutions for the dilemma we are in, and our call to engage.

Trevor Loudon is back in America for his Summer 2014 Book and Speaking Tour. You won’t want to miss this chance to hear his plan to turn things around. Please plan to attend and bring a friend!

The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the U.S. Congress is like no other book written on American politics. The book exposes, in layman’s terms, the comprehensive communist, socialist and extreme progressive infiltration of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate.

The book profiles fourteen Senators and more than fifty Representatives and their ties to the Communist Party USA, Democratic Socialists of America, the Workers World Party and the Institute for Policy Studies, Council for a Livable World and other radical anti-American organizations. Trevor has done the hard work to connect the dots of why the U.S. Congress has moved further and further left over our lifetime and you won’t want to miss him.

Give Me Liberty Tour Conference
June 20th, 2014 | 6:30 pm EDT

Calvary Chapel
2401 W. Cypress Creek
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309

If your TEA Party, 9.12 Project or patriotic group would like to have Trevor Loudon speak, please contact Regina Thomson.

Check out Trevor’s TOUR MAP AND SCHEDULE, which is constantly being updated with new events and venues.

06/6/14

June 18: Calhoun County Rainy Day Patriots Welcomes Acclaimed Author, Trevor Loudon

Pacific Freedom Foundation

Event Details

Calhoun County Rainy Day Patriots invites you to meet a modern-day “Paul-Revere-on-Steroids,” Trevor Loudon on June 18th, 6:00 pm CDT.

Trevor is a political researcher, author and activist who will inspire you to take America back from “The Enemies Within.”

Back in America for his Summer 2014 Book and Speaking Tour, you won’t want to miss this chance to hear Trevor’s plan to turn things around. Please plan to attend and bring a friend!

The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the U.S. Congress is like no other book written on American politics. The book exposes, in layman’s terms, the comprehensive communist, socialist and extreme progressive infiltration of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate.

The book profiles fourteen Senators and more than fifty Representatives and their ties to the Communist Party USA, Democratic Socialists of America, the Workers World Party and the Institute for Policy Studies, Council for a Livable World and other radical anti-American organizations. Trevor has done the hard work to connect the dots of why the U.S. Congress has moved further and further left over our lifetime and you won’t want to miss him.

Calhoun County Rainy Day Patriots
June 18th, 2014 | 6:00 pm CDT

Struts of Oxford
88 Ali Way
Oxford, AL 36203

If your TEA Party, 9.12 Project or patriotic group would like to have Trevor Loudon speak, please contact Regina Thomson.

Check out Trevor’s TOUR MAP AND SCHEDULE, which is constantly being updated with new events and venues.

06/6/14

Moles in Government and Western Retreat

By: Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media

The Washington Post is hopelessly liberal on many social and economic issues, but on foreign policy its editorial board displays streaks of brilliance. Consider the June 4 editorial, “The West shows no willingness to defend freedom against Russia,” on how Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues unabated.

Look at some of the charges leveled by the Post against Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other Western leaders:

  • “The president and his European partners are going only so far as they perceive they can without unduly upsetting Mr. Putin.”
  • Obama “sidestepped Poland’s request for permanent U.S. or NATO bases on its territory.”
  • The new Ukrainian leader asked for weapons and training, but “got a promise from Mr. Obama of $5 million in non-lethal equipment, including radios and goggles. It would have been less insulting to have offered nothing.”
  • Putin “has not given up his strategy of using force to undermine Ukraine’s stability and to compromise its independence. Given the West’s wobbly response, why would he?”

In a May 19 editorial, “Russia’s interference in Ukraine’s national election must carry consequences,” it said that “President Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other E.U. leaders must also confront the reality that the latest ‘red line’ they drew for Mr. Putin has been ignored. That must lead to the consequences they have promised: meaningful sanctions on the pillars that prop up the Russian economy.”

The “red line” has been crossed, but no additional sanctions have been forthcoming.

The Post, however, finds appeasement in other areas of the world.

In a May 29 editorial, “U.S. sanctions against Venezuelan officials may bring them to the table,” the paper urged Obama to apply sanctions against Marxist officials in Venezuela, in order to send a message protesting their crackdown on pro-freedom protesters. Obama has not acted against the regime.

In a May 27 editorial, “President Obama continues his retreat from Afghanistan,” the paper essentially said that Obama was going to abandon the country to the Taliban and al Qaeda. This, the editorial said, is on top of the following:

  • Obama “reduced the U.S. military presence in Iraq to zero.”
  • “After helping to topple Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi in 2011, he made sure no U.S. forces would remain.”
  • “He has steadfastly stayed aloof, except rhetorically, from the conflict in Syria.”

A May 3 editorial, “America’s global role deserves better support from Obama,” looked at the risks: “Understandable and predictable though this latest iteration of the United States’ perennial isolationist temptation might be, it must be resisted. Though less visible than the costs of U.S. efforts to maintain world order, the benefits, to Americans and to the world, are far greater: They include the huge financial advantages the United States reaps because of the preeminence of the dollar, a vast expansion in poverty-reducing world trade and—despite many contradictions in, and lapses of, U.S. policy—a net gain in individual freedom and national self-determination.”

But it would be a mistake to say that Obama’s foreign policy is isolationist. After all, the Accuracy in Media Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi has produced evidence that the massacre in Benghazi was the result of Obama “switching sides” in the war on terror, from opposing to supporting al Qaeda. It is this flip-flop that accounts for the release of five terrorists in exchange for Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl.

Obama’s foreign policy has been to put America on the side of Islamists and jihadists throughout the world. He has not avoided taking sides, which is isolationism. He has taken sides.

It is significant that the government of Qatar was the broker in the Bergdahl deal. Qatar was also a middle man for Obama’s pro-Muslim Brotherhood policy in Egypt. This policy backfired when the Muslim Brotherhood government was overthrown. As a result, the U.S. is today without influence in Egypt, and the Russians are moving in.

Indeed, the Russians seem to be moving in all around the world, taking advantage of Obama’s foreign policy to their own advantage. Is it just an accident?

The Post and other liberal media never took seriously the revelations over five years ago of Obama’s involvement in a communist network that included the President’s childhood mentor in Hawaii, pro-Soviet Communist Party operative Frank Marshall Davis. But Davis is the one who filled Obama’s young head full of notions about America’s evil influence in the world through colonialism and imperialism. It appears that Obama still holds these notions in his head.

Obama came into the Oval Office determined to reverse America’s gains in the world and put our once-great nation on the side of those he views as the forces of liberation.

The Russians are not the Soviets, but they seem to be close enough to satisfy Obama. That is what explains his abject failure to support the brave people of Ukraine as they struggle for freedom and independence.

As for German Chancellor Merkel, we cannot find any mention in the Post or other major media of the blockbuster book, The First Life of Angela M, which examines her secret life in East Germany as an ideologue for a communist youth group.

After a series of foreign policy decisions that, even according to The Washington Post, leave the forces of freedom on defense and in retreat, it is time to consider the unthinkable: leading Western governments, including the U.S. and Germany, have been infiltrated. These policies that benefit our enemies and adversaries are not accidental.

On a practical level, it is apparent that the same security clearance process that failed to detect Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden has failed us at the highest levels of government. In fact, many people may be surprised to learn that there is no security clearance process for the highest offices in this land.

The Post has carefully described our current peril. With the damage to the nation accelerating at almost every level, and across the world stage, does The Washington Post have a suggestion about how America can address this problem? If the answer is not impeachment, then what should or can we do to protect the nation?

We anxiously await an editorial on the subject.

Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism and can be contacted at [email protected]. View the complete archives from Cliff Kincaid.

06/6/14

June 17: Patriots of Liberty TEA Party Presents Author Trevor Loudon to Auburn, AL

Pacific Freedom Foundation

Event Details

The Patriots of Liberty TEA Party welcomes a modern-day “Paul-Revere-on-Steroids,” Trevor Loudon, Tuesday, June 17th, 6:30 pm CDT.

Trevor is a political researcher, author and activist who will inspire you to take America back from “The Enemies Within.”

Back in America for his Summer 2014 Book and Speaking Tour, you won’t want to miss this chance to hear Trevor’s plan to turn things around. Please plan to attend and bring a friend!

The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the U.S. Congress is like no other book written on American politics. The book exposes, in layman’s terms, the comprehensive communist, socialist and extreme progressive infiltration of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate.

The book profiles fourteen Senators and more than fifty Representatives and their ties to the Communist Party USA, Democratic Socialists of America, the Workers World Party and the Institute for Policy Studies, Council for a Livable World and other radical anti-American organizations. Trevor has done the hard work to connect the dots of why the U.S. Congress has moved further and further left over our lifetime and you won’t want to miss him.

The Patriots of Liberty TEA Party
June 17th, 2014 | 6:30 pm CDT

Auburn Chamber of Commerce
Auburn, AL 36830

If your TEA Party, 9.12 Project or patriotic group would like to have Trevor Loudon speak, please contact Regina Thomson.

Check Trevor’s TOUR MAP AND SCHEDULE, which is constantly being updated with new events and venues.

06/6/14

June 16: The Wetumpka TEA Party Welcomes Acclaimed Author/Activist Trevor Loudon

Pacific Freedom Foundation

Event Details

The Wetumpka TEA Party presents a modern-day “Paul-Revere-on-Steroids,” Trevor Loudon on June 16th, 6:30 pm CDT.

Trevor is a political researcher, author and activist who will inspire you to take America back from “The Enemies Within.”

Back in America for his Summer 2014 Book and Speaking Tour, you won’t want to miss this chance to hear Trevor’s plan to turn things around. Please plan to attend and bring a friend!

The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the U.S. Congress is like no other book written on American politics. The book exposes, in layman’s terms, the comprehensive communist, socialist and extreme progressive infiltration of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate.

The book profiles fourteen Senators and more than fifty Representatives and their ties to the Communist Party USA, Democratic Socialists of America, the Workers World Party and the Institute for Policy Studies, Council for a Livable World and other radical anti-American organizations. Trevor has done the hard work to connect the dots of why the U.S. Congress has moved further and further left over our lifetime and you won’t want to miss him.

Wetumpka TEA Party
June 16th, 2014 | 6:30 pm CDT

Elmore Community Hospital
500 Hospital Drive
Wetumpka, AL 48706

If your TEA Party, 9.12 Project or patriotic group would like to have Trevor Loudon speak, please contact Regina Thomson.

Check Trevor’s TOUR MAP AND SCHEDULE, which is constantly being updated with new events and venues.

06/6/14

White House Calls Bergdahl’s Fellow Soldiers Liars

By: Sher Zieve
Gulag Bound

Barack Obama showing his gold band with Muslim praise of Allah

Barack Obama, who gave himself the Secret Service code name “Renegade” (name refers to Muslims posing as Christians in Spanish history) showing his gold band inscribed with Muslim praise of Allah

There are no depths to which the Obama syndicate will not sink, in order to suppress and destroy the truth. And there is no tactic too demeaning for them to use against their enemies. Now, it appears the soldiers who daily protect Americans have been targeted by the Obama White House collective as its adversaries. These creatures who serve the dictator-in-chief and their master are anathema.

The White House Officially Turns Against the Soldiers Obama Commands

The soldiers who served with deserter Bowe Bergdahl knew about his desertion in 2009 and the note and emails he had left behind. Bergdahl said he was “ashamed to be an American.” In 2012 even left leaning Rolling Stone Magazine reported of emails Bergdahl had sent to his parents condemning the US Military and Americans in general: “The future is too good to waste on lies. And life is way too short to care for the damnation of others as well as to spend it helping fools with their ideas that are wrong.” Three days before he went missing, he tells them: “These people need help, yet what they get is the most conceited country in the world telling them that they are nothing and that they are stupid.”

Bergdahl left his base in the dead of night, ostensibly to seek out the Taliban which he had reportedly wanted to help against his fellow soldiers.

Obama with Muslim apologist, CIA Director Brennan

Barack Obama with Muslim apologist and apparent convert, his appointee, CIA Director John Brennan

Now, Obama and his motley crew–that damages everything American that it touches–are saying the factual and documented statements made by the soldiers amount to “swift boating” (target a politician or public figure with a campaign of personal attacks). However, there is also, apparently, mounting talk and potential evidence to suggest that Bergdahl was actively assisting the Taliban in attacks against his fellow Americans. We found out when Obama spoke from the Rose Garden with Bergdahl’s parents that Bowe’s father is a Jihadi Muslim. Then, to add fuel to the fire, today while overseas, Obama doubled-down on his decision to bring the criminal Bergdahl back and said with great condescension that this story about Bowe’s desertion is “whipped up” and that any criticism of his actions is contrived.

Obama released the five “worst of the worst” Islamist criminals from Guantanamo prison and used his own apparent Jihadi Bergdahl’s “trade” as his cover. And, Obama affected it illegally while, yet again, refusing to uphold a law (requires a 30-day notice to Congress of release of prisoners from Gitmo) that he has signed last year. Even for those on the Left, the final goal of Obama should now be clear: the complete decimation of America into an Islamo-Marxist form of government…with him at the helm. And, now he’s turned on the soldiers he is sworn to command. Disgusting. But, then, we’ve already seen what Obama is willing to do to our Vets.

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White House accuses Bergdahl’s former comrades of “swift boating”:
at redstate.com

‘I am ashamed to be an American’: Emails from freed PoW before he was captured and held by Taliban for five years show he had become disillusioned and planned to leave:
at dailymail.co.uk

Analysis: Bergdahl talks with Taliban had wider goal:
at foxnews.com