(Watch) Biden Asks ‘How Many Know Someone Who Served In Iraq and Iran’ – Harry Reid Raises Hand

October 18, 2012 at 4:25 pm (Harry Reid, Iran, Iraq, Joe Biden, Las Vegas, Mensa, Nevada, Troops)

Joltin’ Joe commits a gaffe, and Dirty Harry plays right along.

At a campaign stop in Las Vegas, Joe Biden asked people in the crowd how many of them know someone who has served in … Iran?

While most of us would have sat there in stunned silence, Harry Reid can be seen in the background raising his hand like a schoolboy dying to give the teacher an answer.

And guess what happens next … Joe asks another question – How many know someone who has been injured or lost in Iraq or Iran?  And Reid raises his hand again!

I wasn’t aware that we had any troops on the ground in Iran.  Thanks for the history lesson, Joe!

Watch these two Mensa candidates in action…

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U.S. Stops Terrorist Trials for Ramadan, but the Terrorists Don’t Stop Killing

July 23, 2012 at 7:00 am (Baghdad, Iraq, Muslim, Muslim Holiday, Ramadan, Terrorists)

Herein lies the root of why it is utterly ridiculous for the United States to recognize religious holy days/months for radical Islamists facing trials for terrorism.

Last week, a U.S. military judge agreed to postpone the trials of five terrorists involved in the 9/11 attacks, presumably out of respect for their Muslim holy period of Ramadan.

While our military courts are respecting the holy days celebrated by the terrorists, the terrorists have no intention of respecting that same religious period.

Just into the second day of Ramadan, Iraqi terrorists have killed 25 people.

CNN reports (h/t Gateway Pundit):

Bombs in Shiite areas of Iraq claimed the lives of 25 people Sunday, the second day of the Muslim holy month Ramadan. An Iraqi soldier and a policeman also died in separate incidents.

The violence started in the morning, when a car bomb exploded outside a popular restaurant in the central city of Najaf, about 100 miles south of Baghdad, an official with Iraq’s Interior Ministry said. Five people were killed and 14 others were wounded.

Just before sunset, when Muslims break their daily Ramadan fast, three roadside bombs exploded within a few minutes of each other at the crowded al-Tameem market in a predominantly Shiite area in Baghdad’s southern outskirts, police officials in the capital said. Fifteen people were killed and 60 others wounded, police said.

Why are we respecting the religious holiday of people who have no respect for it themselves?

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Bush’s Fault: 70% of American Military Fatalities in Afghan War Have Occurred Under Obama

July 5, 2012 at 9:00 am (#War, Afghanistan, Central Africa, Deadly, Dick Cheney, Iraq, Libya, Military, President Bush, President Obama, War Criminal, War Monger)

Remember when President Bush and Vice-President Cheney were constantly being portrayed by the left as blood-thirsty war criminals?  Remember when the media was counting off U.S. military deaths during the Iraq and Afghan wars as some sort of celebratory testament as to how terrible Bush and Cheney were?

So I ask you, why is the man who has conducted military operations in four countries – two of which he conducted without congressional authorization (Libya and Central Africa) – and a man who has now been Commander-in-Chief while overseeing 70% of the military deaths in the Afghan War, currently getting a free pass while he polishes up his little Nobel Peace Prize back at the White House?

Via CNS News:

Of the 1,912 U.S. military personnel who have died in the now nearly 11-year-long war in Afghanistan, 1,343 have died since President Barack Obama was inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2009.

Seventy percent of the Afghan War casualties have happened on Obama’s watch… 

… The three years of the Obama have been the three deadliest for U.S. forces in Afghanistan. In 2009, 303 U.S. service members perished there. In 2010, 497 did. In 2011, 399 U.S. military personnel died in Afghanistan.

Obama has also presided over the top five deadliest months of the war, which include: August 2011, when there were 71 deaths; July 2010, when there were 65 deaths; June 2010, when there were 60 deaths; October 2009, when there were 58 deaths; and August 2010, when there were 55 deaths.

Where is Cindy Sheehan?  Where are the Code Pinkos?

I know, I know, much like the economy, the war was much worse than anyone could have ever expected.  And President Obama actually prevented many more deaths through his foreign policy actions.

Pathetic.  Hold the man accountable.

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Incredible Video: Marine Returns From Afghanistan, Greeted By 6-Year-Old Son With Cerebral Palsy Walking For the First Time

May 11, 2012 at 7:45 am (Afghanistan, Cerebral Palsy, Homecoming, Iraq, Kuwait, Marine, Soldier, Surprise, Welcome Home)

If this doesn’t make you emotional, then you’re simply not alive.

H/T Weasel Zippers

Video description:

“When my husband left on his deployment, our 6-year-old son could not walk on his own. He has cerebral palsy. Doctors originally said that he would never walk or do much of anything. While daddy was away, he learned to walk. For his homecoming, we set it up for Michael to walk to his daddy for the first time ever! We kept the fact that he could walk a secret the whole time his dad was gone!”

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Navy SEALs to Obama: Stop Taking Credit for Killing Bin Laden

May 1, 2012 at 10:05 am (Bill Clinton, Death, George W. Bush, Iraq, Mitt Romney, Navy SEALs, Osama Bin laden, President Obama, Saddam Hussein)

President Obama wants you to believe he’s tough on terror by exploiting Osama Bin Laden’s death.  The administration wants you to believe Obama made a ‘gutsy call’ that only he in all his courageous glory could have made.  But the facts simply don’t support this.

First, the ‘gutsy call’ had a fallback plan if it backfired.  The gutsy call was actually made by an Admiral McRaven, the true hero in greenlighting this operation, and the blame, if necessary, would be shouldered by him as well – not the President.

Via Breitbart:

… Time magazine got hold of a memo written by then-CIA head Leon Panetta after he received orders from Barack Obama’s team to greenlight the bin Laden mission…

… Only the memo doesn’t show a gutsy call. It doesn’t show a president willing to take the blame for a mission gone wrong. It shows a CYA maneuver by the White House.

The memo puts all control in the hands of Admiral McRaven – the “timing, operational decision making and control” are all up to McRaven. So the notion that Obama and his team were walking through every stage of the operation is incorrect. The hero here was McRaven, not Obama. And had the mission gone wrong, McRaven surely would have been thrown under the bus.

The memo is crystal clear on that point.

And now, several members of the elite Navy SEALs have taken umbrage to the President’s attempts to take credit for the kill.

Via the Daily Mail:

Serving and former US Navy SEALs have slammed President Barack Obama for taking the credit for killing Osama bin Laden and accused him of using Special Forces operators as ‘ammunition’ for his re-election campaign.

The SEALs spoke out to MailOnline after the Obama campaign released an ad entitled ‘One Chance’.

In it President Bill Clinton is featured saying that Mr Obama took ‘the harder and the more honourable path’ in ordering that bin Laden be killed. The words ‘Which path would Mitt Romney have taken?’ are then displayed.

Here is a sampling of what the SEALs had to say regarding Obama’s role:

Ryan Zinke, a former Commander in the US Navy who spent 23 years as a SEAL and led a SEAL Team 6 assault unit, said: ‘The decision was a no brainer. I applaud him for making it but I would not overly pat myself on the back for making the right call.

A serving SEAL Team member said: ‘Obama wasn’t in the field, at risk, carrying a gun. As president, at every turn he should be thanking the guys who put their lives on the line to do this. He does so in his official speeches because his speechwriters are smart.”

And then there is this…

Chris Kyle, a former SEAL sniper with 160 confirmed and another 95 unconfirmed kills to his credit, said: ‘The operation itself was great and the nation felt immense pride. It was great that we did it.’

‘But bin Laden was just a figurehead. The war on terror continues. Taking him out didn’t really change anything as far as the war on terror is concerned and using it as a political attack is a cheap shot.

‘In years to come there is going to be information that will come out that Obama was not the man who made the call. He can say he did and the people who really know what happened are inside the Pentagon, are in the military and the military isn’t allowed to speak out against the commander- in-chief so his secret is safe.’

It is clear that the man who once refused to ‘spike the football’ on the bin Laden killing, is now doing an endzone celebration in an attempt to divert America’s eyes away from the economy, away from the debt, and away from his failures as a President.

Worse, Obama is taking an event that should galvanize the nation in their pride, that demonstrates our military’s strength and resolve in avenging the tragedy of 9/11, and making it all about him.

But that’s what narcissists do.

Real leaders?  This is what a real leader does…

Credit Ace of Spades:

Here is a summary of Obama’s speech in announcing the death of bin Laden.  See if you can spot a theme…

“Tonight, I can report . . . And so shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta . . . I was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden . . . I met repeatedly with my national security team . . . I determined that we had enough intelligence to take action. . . . Today, at my direction . . . I’ve made clear . . . Over the years, I’ve repeatedly made clear . . . Tonight, I called President Zardari . . . and my team has also spoken. . .These efforts weigh on me every time I, as Commander-in-Chief . . . Finally, let me say to the families . . . I know that it has, at times, frayed. . . .”

By contrast, take a look at the speech given by George W. Bush regarding the capture of Saddam Hussein.

Good afternoon. Yesterday, December the 13th, at around 8:30 p.m. Baghdad time, United States military forces captured Saddam Hussein alive. He was found near a farmhouse outside the city of Tikrit, in a swift raid conducted without casualties. And now the former dictator of Iraq will face the justice he denied to millions.

The capture of this man was crucial to the rise of a free Iraq. It marks the end of the road for him, and for all who bullied and killed in his name. For the Baathist holdouts largely responsible for the current violence, there will be no return to the corrupt power and privilege they once held. For the vast majority of Iraqi citizens who wish to live as free men and women, this event brings further assurance that the torture chambers and the secret police are gone forever.

And this afternoon, I have a message for the Iraqi people: You will not have to fear the rule of Saddam Hussein ever again. All Iraqis who take the side of freedom have taken the winning side. The goals of our coalition are the same as your goals — sovereignty for your country, dignity for your great culture, and for every Iraqi citizen, the opportunity for a better life.

In the history of Iraq, a dark and painful era is over. A hopeful day has arrived. All Iraqis can now come together and reject violence and build a new Iraq.

The success of yesterday’s mission is a tribute to our men and women now serving in Iraq. The operation was based on the superb work of intelligence analysts who found the dictator’s footprints in a vast country. The operation was carried out with skill and precision by a brave fighting force. Our servicemen and women and our coalition allies have faced many dangers in the hunt for members of the fallen regime, and in their effort to bring hope and freedom to the Iraqi people. Their work continues, and so do the risks. Today, on behalf of the nation, I thank the members of our Armed Forces and I congratulate ’em.

I also have a message for all Americans: The capture of Saddam Hussein does not mean the end of violence in Iraq. We still face terrorists who would rather go on killing the innocent than accept the rise of liberty in the heart of the Middle East. Such men are a direct threat to the American people, and they will be defeated.

We’ve come to this moment through patience and resolve and focused action. And that is our strategy moving forward. The war on terror is a different kind of war, waged capture by capture, cell by cell, and victory by victory. Our security is assured by our perseverance and by our sure belief in the success of liberty. And the United States of America will not relent until this war is won.

May God bless the people of Iraq, and may God bless America.

Thank you.

A speech about Iraq and America, but not about him.

Perhaps it’s these character issues which make the military respect Bush infinitely more than they respect Obama.

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