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*The folks at Tactical Firearms in Texas are at it again. You may recall that they posted a funny on their billboard awhile back comparing their gun preferences to President Obama’s voter preferences. (See second graphic at left.)
This time, their topic is a “prisoner exchange” (of sorts).
*And speaking of prisoner exchanges, NBC News reports that one of the five Taliban leaders freed from Guantanamo Bay in return for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's release has pledged to return to fight Americans in Afghanistan:
"After arriving in Qatar, Noorullah Noori kept insisting he would go to Afghanistan and fight American forces there,” a Taliban commander told NBC News via telephone from Afghanistan.
Noori pushed to return to Afghanistan after learning that the U.S. had provided written assurances that no country would arrest any of the five freed for a year as long as they lived peacefully, one of his relatives told NBC News by telephone from Afghanistan.”
*NBC News also reports that:
“The Taliban found Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl walking alone, acting abnormally and cursing his countrymen before they captured him in Afghanistan in 2009, two men who were Taliban commanders at the time told NBC News on Thursday.”
I wonder if he was cursing us with honor and distinction?
*James Rosen declares in an article posted as an exclusive at foxnews.com
that secret documents show that Bergdahl declared “jihad” while in captivity. Specifically:
“U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl at one point during his captivity converted to Islam, fraternized openly with his captors and declared himself a "mujahid," or warrior for Islam, according to secret documents….”
[Before dismissing this report based on the source, it should be noted that Rosen’s reporting has been proven to be VERY reliable in the past – especially when he has reported information contained in classified documents. You may recall that in 2009, Rosen provoked the wrath of the Obama administration (and a resultant subpoena and DOJ investigation) regarding who provided him with classified information about North Korea. In that instance, there was little question on the veracity of the information Rosen obtained and revealed. See:
*And speaking of SGT Bergdahl, bloomberg.com
reports that Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) - chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee - strayed significantly from the Democratic Party’s “Bergdahl Talking Points” in a television interview for Bloomberg TV’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt” program. Feinstein and other U.S. Senators were told at a June 4 classified briefing that the Obama administration had received indications that Bergdahl’s life could be jeopardized if the detainee exchange proceedings were disclosed or derailed. Said Feinstein AFTER the briefing:
““I don’t think there was a credible threat...I have no information that there was.”
*And sticking with SGT Bergdahl – The Weekly Standard reports that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid appears to have taken a page from the Hillary Clinton political phraseology playbook in a recent interview at which a reporter asked why Reid was apparently the only senator who received a “heads-up” from the Obama administration (albeit not the full 30 days as required by law) on the Bergdahl-For-Five-Terrorists exchange:
“A reporter asked, "How come it seems that you were the only one who got a heads-up the day before?"
Senate majority leader Reid answered, "I'm not sure I'm the only one. I mean, this is making a big deal over nothing. The whole deal, is it Friday or Saturday? What difference does it make? WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?"
*And last – but certainly not least – yesterday marked the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings at Normandy, France. You remember D-Day for sure: That was the day when soldiers from America’s “Greatest Generation” actually served with honor and distinction in the largest seaborne invasion in history – code-named “Operation Overlord.” This operation began the invasion of German-occupied western Europe, led to the restoration of the French Republic, and contributed to the Allied victory in World War II.
President Obama joined numerous world leaders at Colleville-sur-Mer, a cemetery close to Omaha beach, where some 2,500 U.S. servicemen died in the invasion. More than 200 veterans who landed at Normandy were on hand for the ceremony. Unfortunately, one lasting memory for those who attended the event and millions of people around the world will be the picture of our Commander-in-Chief chewing gum throughout the ceremonies. See:
As reported in the links, Obama’s action sparked outrage on social media, and specifically was seen as gross disrespect for the occasion; for their Queen by the Brits; and for their national anthem by the French. I recall from my simple, blue-collar upbringing that chewing gum at funerals and other such solemn events is not only a clear indication that the chewer lacks basic social graces, but also serves to denigrate the event itself. I would have thought that a former Harvard law professor whose current job involves routinely attending solemn ceremonies at home and abroad would have be similarly schooled.
Perhaps this is one reason that so many members of America’s “Greatest Generation” hold President Obama in such low esteem. This fact was perfectly exemplified in a report by John Fund posted yesterday at nationalreview.com
. Fund’s report highlights the story of George Ciampa, an 89 year-old D-Day veteran who participated in the Normandy landing as a member of a graves registration unit. According to Fund’s report:
“(Ciampa) was involved in setting up the temporary military cemeteries in Normandy that have now become stirring memorials to our fallen dead.
The experience transformed George, and he eventually became a filmmaker celebrating America’s heroes. His website tells the story of the four documentaries he has done on military valor. He is still making films today.
This week, George received a call from the White House, who said they knew he would be over in France during D-Day, and wondered if he would attend a private meeting the White House was arranging for veterans with President Obama.
George thought about it for awhile and concluded he just couldn’t. “I have so many issues with the president’s policies, including the most recent ones,” he told me ruefully. “I just couldn’t convince myself to do it.”
“He is not alone. The recent Bergdahl prisoner swap in which five hardened Taliban terrorists were released from prison is rubbing a lot of the military veterans attending D-Day events the wrong way. “It’s not that we don’t want to respect the commander-in-chief,” one told me sadly. “It’s just that he makes it so hard to do so.””
“It’s just that he makes it so hard to do so.” That’s the kindest and most eloquent way I’ve ever heard it said. Go check out the social media sometime, or if you have an opportunity, eavesdrop on a group discussion at the Army unit level when the topic of conversation turns to our current Commander-in-Chief. The comments I see and hear in those settings are far from kind or eloquent. They are downright brutal.
Inauguration Day 2017 is on Friday, 20 January at 1 p.m., eastern standard time. That’s 958 days from today. The days can’t pass fast enough.
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