Rep. Rooney (FL-16) Goes After Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Two Members of the House Armed Services Committee, Congressmen Tom Rooney (R-FL) and Duncan Hunter Jr. (R-CA), sent a letter to General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff questioning why Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Matthew Dooley was given a negative Officer Evaluation Report (OER) on the grounds his instruction of a course on Radical Islam was offensive to Muslims and Islam.

Their letter dated October 10, 2012 states in part:

“It appears that LTC Dooley led this course well within the scope of NDU’s professorial guidelines, as NDU’s own Faculty Handbook states: “Academic Freedom at National Defense University is defined as freedom to pursue and express ideas, opinions, and issues germane to the University’s stated mission, free of limitations, restraints, or coercion by the University or external environment.”

It is our understanding that LTC Dooley did not violate any established University practices, policies or DoD regulations to merit a negative OER.”

The Congressmen’s letter concerns actions taken by General Dempsey earlier in the year when he publicly excoriated Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Dooley at a May 10, 2012 news conference claiming the course LTC Dooley was teaching at the Joint Forces Staff College (JFSC) was offensive to Muslims. General Dempsey caused LTC Dooley to be fired as an instructor, ordered his course, Perspectives on Islam and Islamic Radicalism, to be discontinued and that all material considered offensive to Islam be scrubbed from military professional education within JFSC and elsewhere within his command. General Dempsey further ordered that LTC Dooley be given a negative Officer Evaluation Report—the death knell for a military career.

Click here to read entire letter.

Rep. Rooney was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008. Prior to that time, he served four years in the United States Army Staff Judge Advocate (SJA). During his years in SJA he served as Special Assistant to the U.S. Attorney at Fort Hood, TX prosecuting all civilian crimes on post. In 2002, Tom was selected to teach Constitutional and Criminal Law at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Prior to his election as a congressman from California, Duncan Hunter Jr. served as an officer in the Marine Corps. He served three combat tours overseas: two in Iraq and one in Afghanistan.

The Congressmen’s letter asks “[W]hy the DoD was compelled to further discipline LTC Dooley by jeopardizing his reputation and his future in the service.”

LTC Matt Dooley

LTC Matt Dooley attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he graduated and received his commission as a Second Lieutenant, Armor Branch in May 1994. His assignments included deployment to Bosnia, Kuwait, and Iraq for a total of six operational and combat tours over the course of his career. He served as a Tank Platoon Leader, Tank Company Commander, Headquarters Company Commander, Aide-de-Camp (to three General Officers), and Instructor at the Joint Combined Warfare School. He is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College as well as the Joint Forces Staff College.

The Thomas More Law Center, a national nonprofit public interest law firm, based in Ann, Arbor, Michigan, represents LTC Dooley.

Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Law Center observed, “The purpose of the Army is to fight and win wars. So what happened to LTC Dooley is more than a personal miscarriage of justice. When instructors are prohibited from teaching military officers about the true threat posed by Islamic Radicalism, it is a threat to our national security. Our warfighting potential is thus being crippled by the political correctness and appeasement of radical Muslims currently in vogue at the upper echelons of the Pentagon.”

A review of LTC Dooley’s OERs going back several years, including his OER as an instructor with JFSC, paint a picture of an outstanding officer with unlimited potential:

“LTC Matt Dooley’s performance is outstanding and he is clearly the best of our new instructors assigned to the JFSC faculty over the last six months. . . . A must select for battalion command. . . . LTC Dooley possesses unlimited potential to serve in positions of much higher authority.”

“MAJ Dooley is unquestionably among the most dedicated and hard working officers I have ever known.… Unsurpassed potential for future promotion and service.”

“Our soldiers deserve his leadership.”

“This officer possesses unlimited potential for future assignments. He must be promoted ahead of his peers and selected for Battalion/Squadron Command at first opportunity.”

“Superb performance.”

“Matt is a consummate professional with unlimited potential;”

LTC Dooley’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with Star, Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal with Two Stars, both the Global War on Terrorism Service and Expeditionary Medals, the Armed Forces Service Medal, the NATO Medal, the Parachutist Badge, the Air-Assault Badge, and two Army Superior Unit Awards.

Root Cause of Middle East Riots – Hunger

In the NPR column “Can Riots Be Predicted? Experts Watch Food Prices” Maria Godoy reports, “When French peasants stormed the Bastille on July 14, 1789, they weren’t just revolting against the monarchy’s policies. They were also hungry.” [Emphasis Mine]

Washington Post’s Foreign Service corespondent Ariana Eunjung Cha in April 2008 reported, “The price of grains — corn, wheat, and rice — has been rising since 2005 under pressure from farmers who would rather plant crops for bio-fuels than for food, the lack of technological breakthroughs in crop yields, and drought and disease. The sharpest increase has been this year, with the price of Thai rice, a world benchmark, nearly doubling since January, to $760 per metric ton. Some analysts expect that price to reach $1,000 in the next three months.” [Emphasis Mine]

“Despite efforts by governments to increase public-sector wages and introduce food subsidies, price increases and shortages have led to violent clashes along supply lines, in food distribution centers and at supermarkets,” reports Cha. [Emphasis Mine]

Obama administration was warned about the nexus between hunger and riots just prior to the Arab Spring.

According to Godoy Yaneer Bar-Yam of the New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, “…and his colleagues say they submitted their analysis warning of the risks of social unrest to the U.S. government on Dec. 13, 2010. Four days later, Tunisian fruit and vegetable vendor Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire – an event widely seen as the catalyst for the Arab Spring.”

“From the French Revolution to the Arab Spring, high food prices have been cited as a factor behind mass protest movements. But can food prices actually help predict when social unrest is likely to break out?”, asks Godoy. The answer is yes.

According to Bar-Yam the NECSI model offers the potential to forecast future social unrest by identifying “a very well-defined threshold [for food prices] above which food riots break out”. Godoy reports:

The researchers define the riot danger zone in relation to the U.N.’s FAO Food Price Index, which tracks the monthly change in international prices for a basket of cereals, dairy, meat, sugars and oil/fats. Riots become more likely, their model showed, when the index goes above 210. The index has been hovering above that “disruption threshold” since July, pushed upward by the drought in the U.S., the world’s biggest exporter of corn and wheat.

Wheat is now at $9 per bushel — higher than the high of $8.94 hit in February 2011, when the Arab Spring was in full swing. Corn is at $7.56 a bushel, close to the $7.65 highs of 2007-2008 — though it spiked well above $8 a bushel this summer. The Mideast is particularly sensitive to wheat prices; it imports most of its wheat, which is a major staple for the region.

David W. Kreutzer, Ph.D. writes, “The ethanol mandate in the federal Renewable Fuel Standard increases corn prices and food prices. This harms consumers and distorts the domestic and international commodity market. While waiving the mandate would be an improvement, eliminating it is the best choice.”

Florida’s legislature unsuccessfully tried to introduce legislation to take the state off of the federal ethanol standard. The legislation died in December 2011 in the Florida Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee committee chaired by Senator Nancy Detert. The 2008 law that would be repealed by the bill, backed by then-Gov. Charlie Crist, requires gasoline to include 9 to 10 percent ethanol.

According to the Florida Times-Union Jacksonville, “The sponsor of a measure that would repeal a law requiring ethanol in Florida gasoline agreed to postpone its consideration Wednesday in the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee, with several members of the panel saying they’re uncomfortable with a full repeal, though there’s support for making sure non-ethanol gasoline is available.” Detert said, “I just don’t want to hurt the businesses that are in place to offer us renewable energy ideas.”

The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports that “Geologists believe there may be large oil and gas deposits in the Federal Outer Continental Shelf in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico, off of Florida’s western coast.”

Perhaps Senator Detert and the Florida legislature should look at how using food for fuel is causing riots in the Middle East and elsewhere? Perhaps it is time for Florida to tap into the oil and natural gas deposits off of Florida’s shore line?

SOME FACTS:

According to  UNICEF and the World Health Organization every year six million children die from malnutrition before their fifth birthday. This equates to 16,438 children a day.

The World Health Organization estimates that one-third of the world is well-fed, one-third is under-fed one-third is starving.

Since you’ve entered this site at least 200 people have died of starvation.

Every 3.6 seconds someone dies of hunger.

BIDEN SENT WRONG MESSAGE TO IRAN DURING THE DEBATE?

During the Vice Presidential debate moderator Martha Raddatz asked Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan about Iran’s nuclear program. Vice President Biden replied, “We will not allow the Iranians to get a nuclear weapon. What Bibi held up there was when they get to the point where they can enrich uranium enough to put into a weapon. They don’t have a weapon to put it into.” [My Emphasis]

Vice President then stated, “When my friend talks about fissile material, they have to take this highly enriched uranium, get it from 20 percent up, then they have to be able to have something to put it in. There is no weapon that the Iranians have at this point. Both the Israelis and we know – we’ll know if they start the process of building a weapon.” [My Emphasis]

Is Vice President Biden saying that the administration’s red line is when Iran has a weapon to put their enriched uranium into it? That is different than achieving 90% enrichment, which is Prime Minister Netanyahu’s red line.

According to Clare Lopez, former CIA Operations Officer and Senior Fellow at the Center for Security Policy, in an email states, “The IAEA reports of the last 12 months consistently have listed warhead R&D among the issues for concern with Iran’s nuclear weapons program. The IAEA reports also list the testing of neutron triggers, or the explosive charges that set off the implosion sequence for a nuclear warhead, are a problem area – especially the explosives testing the IAEA believes was done at the Parchin site, which this past year has been visible in satellite images being destroyed to cover up evidence, while the IAEA repeatedly has been denied permission to visit and inspect the site.”

Yaakov Lappin and Benjamin Weinthal in a March 5, 2012 Jerusalem Post column report, “A senior German defense figure said in a report this week that Iran may be significantly further ahead in its nuclear weapons program than public intelligence assessments have so far suggested. Hans Ruhle, who directed the planning department of the German Defense Ministry from 1982 to 1988, argued that Iran may have been involved in the detonation of an experimental uranium nuclear bomb in North Korea in 2010.”

The Huffington Post reported in March 2012, “The [IAEA] report asserted that Iran constructed ‘a large explosives containment vessel’ in which to conduct experiments on triggering a nuclear explosion, apparently 11 years ago, adding that it had satellite images “consistent with this information … The IAEA summarized its information last November in a 13-page document drawing on 1,000 pages of intelligence. It stated then for the first time that some of the alleged experiments can have no other purpose than developing nuclear weapons.” Other open source reports, like YNet News and The Diplomat, reported on Iran testing a nuclear “weapon” in North Korea.

This begs the question – Do they already have “a weapon”?

Iran’s leaders were surely listening to the Vice Presidential debate and looking for any daylight in the Obama administrations position on their nuclear weapons program. They may have found hope in the Vice President’s comments and are smiling.

The DOD Ignores The Root Cause of Green on Blue Attacks

Paul Sperry in his New York Post column, “Blaming our troops – ‘Friendly’ fire attacks have killed dozens of our heroes. The Pentagon’s response? Ordering sensitivity training about Islam“, reports, “Afghan security forces, our supposed allies, are slaughtering American troops. Thirty-three soldiers have been killed by “green on blue” attacks this year alone. The situation is so bad that the training of Afghan forces has been temporarily suspended. How has the Pentagon responded? By blaming our troops.”

Sperry states, “Top officials believe culturally offensive behavior is the motivation behind the killings, so it’s stepped up Islamic sensitivity training for our troops. If you don’t want to be shot in the back by your Afghan training partners, the Pentagon advises, don’t offend their religious sensibilities.”

Sperry reports one intelligence official as saying, “They’re killing us because we’re ‘infidels’ occupying Islamic lands. It’s what the Koran and every imam over there is telling them, and no amount of cultural sensitivity is going to stop that or change the fact that we’re ‘infidels.’”

Allen Kornman in his column “The Myth of Islamic Democratic Reforms” writes, “Understanding the Islamic Threat Doctrine is essential in predicting events as they unfold on the ground and anticipating what to expect will happen in the future. Fortunately for the American people, our Islamist adversaries are more than happy to tell us exactly what their doctrine and objectives are.”

Chief CBS Foreign Affairs correspondent Laura Logan on the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan:

Established by Al-Qaeda terrorist Sheikh Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi  the “Emir of Al Qaeda in the Country of Two Rivers”, Kornman reports the Islamic Threat Doctrine is:

“We fight in the way of Allah, until the law of Allah is implemented, and the first step is to expel the enemy, then establish the Islamic state, then we set forth to conquer the lands of Muslims to return them back to us, then after that, we fight the kuffar (disbelievers) until they accept one of the three.

“I have been sent with the sword, between the hands of the hour; this is our political agenda.”

“It is necessary to accept the fact that it is an obligation for every Muslim to rush to help each other and it is also very necessary to agree that the houses of Muslims are just one house. The enemies (the disbelieving nations) have imposed boundaries and divided the lands of Muslims to tiny nations however we do not believe in them and the boundaries of Sax Bacon do not restrict us. We, the Muslims are one nation and the lands of Islam are one land, we fight for the sake of ‘there is no god but Allah’.”

Sensitivity training does not address this threat doctrine. If anything it helps its implementation by holding our soldiers back from taking those actions necessary to defend themselves and their fellow soldiers from the enemy.

Shariah Islamists are our sworn enemy according to the seminal report Shariah: The Threat to America.

The Center for Security Policy has produced a series on the threat. Part 1: The Threat Doctrine of Shariah & the Muslim Brotherhood explains why sensitivity training is not the answer to the green on blue attacks we are seeing in Afghanistan and the murders of our Ambassador to Libya on September 11, 2012:

Blaming our soldiers for doing what they are trained to do, protect themselves, their fellow soldiers and America, is a failed policy. It leads to situations where the killer is defended by their victims until the time America is expelled, an Islamic state is establish and our enemies set forth to conquer the lands of Muslims to return them back to them, then after that, we fight the kuffar (disbelievers) until they accept one of the three.

Andrew Klavan in his video “How to Behave During an Islamic Massacre” puts what General Dempsey is doing into the proper perspective:

The Obama Administration believes that we must abandon our founding principles because defending ideals like individual liberty and freedom of expression can be offensive to Islamists and dangerous to ourselves. As Benjamin Franklin stated to the Pennsylvania Assembly, “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

By giving up the safety of our soldiers eventually all of us will have neither liberty or safety. Our soldiers are the proverbial canaries in the coal mine of Afghanistan.

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Video Expose: The Project – How Our Government Protects Our Enemies

Recent events overseas have led to growing violence against the United States and our NATO allies. The Middle East and North Africa are more dangerous today than just a few years ago. U.S. soldiers are being killed at an increasing rate by those they train, known as “green on blue” attacks. On September 30, 2012 U.S. causalities in Afghanistan reached the milestone of 2,000 soldiers killed. The 2,000th soldier was killed in a green on blue attack. For a map of green on blue attacks on NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan click here.

The Blaze has developed a two part video series on how various movements have infiltrated our government, at times with the full knowledge and support of our leaders. From Communists during the 1930s to Islamic militants like the Muslim Brotherhood in the 1940s the tactics are the same as is the goal – the destruction of the United States from within. The Project shows historically how those pointing out the threat are demonized, the most famous example being the misrepresentation of Senator McCarthy.

It is useful to understand how radical Islamists have not only infiltrated our government but flourished with in it. In some cases Islamists are helping to shape national security policy in the Middle East and our homeland security policies. This has hamstrung agencies like the FBI’s ability to infiltrate and deal with infiltrators and saboteurs. How these “enemies of the state” have been given special protected status by key government agencies is exposed in The Project. The CIA, FBI and DOD were created to protect us from movements, like the Muslim Brotherhood, that threaten our safety and liberties.

The Projects shows how Presidents, like FDR, have even embraced and knowingly placed in their administrations those who would undermine our national security.

Watch The Blaze two part series titled “The Project“:

PART I

PART II

Department of Defense Has Never Performed an Audit

Today, Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) released its second case study in a series launched last month entitled ‘Defend & Reform’. This study is called “Hiding in Plain Sight: Time for a Pentagon Audit.”

“Did you know that the Department of Defense has never performed an independent audit of its finances? With the national debt now surpassing more than $16 trillion and annual budget deficits exceeding $1 trillion, now is the time,” notes CVA.

Pete Hegseth, Chief Executive Officer of CVA, states, “We should seize this moment—with the nation on the edge of a fiscal cliff—to bring greater discipline, transparency and accountability to reforming the defense budget. This study highlights the need for a long overdue audit to the financial operations of the Pentagon.”

You may read the full case study by clicking below.

Open publication – Free publishing

You may read part one “One Year Later: The Closing of Joint Forces Command” by clicking below.

EXCLUSIVE DEBATE VIDEO: “America In Crisis” Rep. v. Dem.

Watchdog Wire – Florida has obtained the video of a debate held in Florida titled “America in Crisis.

Many believe America is in the midst of many critical challenges including our economy, national security, relations with Israel, Islamic Terrorism, Nuclear Iran, The Muslim Brotherhood, health care, and social security.

Democrats Jack Shifrel and Rabbi Barry Silver face off against Republicans Alan Bergstein and Tom Trento in Palm Beach, Florida.

The United West sponsored this debate which is the third in a series held in Florida. This is debate was filmed in it’s entirety. The debate timeline was altered to have the opening and closing comments right after one another.

Please watch this video:

Florida to Lose 79,459 Jobs Due to Defense Cuts

The Jacksonville Business Journal reports that Florida stands to lose 79,459 jobs and $4.1 billion in labor income by the end of fiscal 2013 if $1.2 trillion in federal defense cuts take place in January as planned.  A report conducted by George Mason University by economist Stephen Fuller says Florida would suffer the sixth most job losses of all the states. The report measures the impact of both defense and nondefense employment reductions at federal agencies and their contractors, as well as at businesses that count them as customers. A little more than half of Florida’s lost jobs in the next fiscal year — 41,905 — would result from Department of Defense cuts, and the rest would stem from reductions at civilian agencies. During that period, Florida would also see gross state product losses of $8 billion. To read more click here. The George Mason University report concludes – The magnitude of economic impacts resulting from the Budget Control Act of 2011 over the combined FY 2012-FY 2013 period have been shown to be large and their impact on the U.S. economy to be significant:

• Combined DOD and non-DOD agency spending reductions totaling $115.7 billion in FY 2013 would reduce the 2013 U.S. GDP by $215.0 billion.

• These spending reductions would result in the loss of 746,222 direct jobs including cutbacks in the federal workforce totaling 277,263 and decreases in the federal contractor workforce totaling 468,959 jobs, thus affecting all sectors of the national economy.

• The loss of these 746,222 direct jobs and 432,978 jobs of suppliers and vendors (indirect jobs) dependent on the prime contractors would reduce total labor income in the U.S. by $109.4 billion.

• The loss of this labor income and the resultant impacts of reduced consumer spending in the economy would generate an additional loss of 958,508 jobs dependent on the spending and re-spending of payroll dollars associated with the direct and indirect jobs lost as a result of BCA.

• This loss of $215.0 billion in GDP and 2.14 million jobs in 2013 would erase two-thirds of the GDP gains projected for the year and raise the national unemployment rate by 1.5 percentage points by the end of 2013.

• These economic impacts would affect every state with their respective vulnerabilities to projected DOD and non-DOD spending reductions being determined by their agency mix and relative magnitudes of federal payroll and procurement. Based on current patterns of federal spending by state, ten states account for more than half of total federal payroll and procurement outlays. This significant concentration of federal spending represents a major threat to these states’ economies in 2013. While other states may appear less vulnerable to federal spending reductions, these may also suffer significant impacts dues to their smaller sizes or more specialized economic structures.

Florida is has twenty-one military installations, and is home to U.S. Central Command at MacDill AFB in Tampa.

Pro-Islamist Protesters Try To Shout Down Tampa 9/11 Event

It is ironic and iconic that pro-Islamic protesters tried to disrupt a peaceful 9/11 event in Tampa while at the same time J. Christopher Stevens, the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, and three consulate staffers were being murdered by Islamists.

Rob Shaw from Tampa Bay Online reports, “As many Americans observed a quiet remembrance of the deadly terrorist attacks 11 years ago on American soil, the scene Tuesday outside the Hillsborough County School District was anything but solemn. There was screaming. There was shouting. There were angry words and finger pointing.”

The pro-Islamic protesters were concerned about “insults to Islam”. Pro-Islamic protesters carried signs saying “No hate in Hillsborough,” another said “Racist jerks go home”. A young Jewish protester carried a sign stating, “This Jew Stands with our Muslim Brothers”. It is unclear if he meant the Muslim Brotherhood that has taken control in Egypt, attacked the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and has called for the destruction of Israel.

Tampa was a more peaceful confrontation than in other areas in the Middle East. There were over fifty peaceful citizens who were at the school board to remember the events on 9/11 and ask the Hillsborough County School Board to ban the group CAIR from speaking to students. CAIR is an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holyland Foundation trial. The FBI directly linked CAIR to the terrorist organization HAMAS during the trial.

While the pro-Islamic protesters were few in number they were loud, shouting “Stop the War”. At one point the organizers of the 9/11 event began chanting “No More Debt” acknowledging Admiral Mullins, the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who testified before Congress that “the greatest threat to our national security is our national debt.”

Many there to remember those lost on 9/11 tried to engage the protesters in dialogue. Several of the pro-Islam protesters called those assembled dirty names and tried to take over the 9/11 remembrance event. However, the event organizers were civil and engaging.

It is noteworthy that four Tampa police officers on motorcycles and uniformed security for the Hillsborough School Board stood by and did nothing to keep the two groups separated. Rather the police allowed the pro-Islamic protesters to cross the street and confront  face-to-face those there to peacefully commemorate 9/11.

Terry Kemple, who helped organize the 9/11 rememberance, stated, “This is not anti-Muslim, this is talking about groups with ties to terrorism. We want to let the school board know there’s more than a few of us who believe that. We want the people in America to wake up.” Kemple is running for the Hillsborough County School Board.

UPDATE: ISLAMISTS DRAG DEAD BODY OF US AMBASSADOR THROUGH THE STREETS OF BENGHAZI! Warning graphic images.

VIDEO: U.S. embassies in both Cairo and Benghazi were targeted over alleged “insults” to Islam.

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement regarding riots in Libya and Egypt that resulted in the murder of America’s ambassador to Libya and three members of his staff:

“I am deeply saddened and troubled by the mob attacks in Libya that led to the murder of our ambassador and three members of his staff. I had the chance of meeting Ambassador Chris Stevens during his confirmation process and again when I visited Libya last year. He was an exemplary diplomat and his embassy staff could not have been more helpful and knowledgeable during my visit. My prayers are with the families and loved ones of these courageous diplomats who were working to help the Libyan people rise from the ashes of Gaddafi’s rule.

“It is imperative that these senseless mob attacks be condemned by the Libyan government and that it commit to stop this violence and bring those responsible for the deaths of our American diplomats to justice. In both Libya and Egypt, their governments have an obligation to resolutely condemn these violent attacks and protect American diplomatic missions and personnel based on their soil.

“The Libyan and Egyptian people should understand that the U.S. shares their commitment to building more hopeful and prosperous nations. However, if left unchecked, violent attacks like these against our embassies and diplomats will lead Libya and Egypt down a dark path and rob them of their hopes of a more prosperous and democratic future. The broader publics in Libya and Egypt should condemn the violence and distance themselves from the unruly and intolerant elements of their society that threaten the security and future of their nations.”

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U.S. Ambassador to Libya Killed On 9/11

The last time a U.S. Ambassador was killed was in 1979 during the Carter Administration. Tamim Elyan and Omar al-Mosmari from Reuters report:

J. Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, and three other embassy staff were killed in a rocket attack on their car, a Libyan official said, as they were rushed from a consular building stormed by militants denouncing a U.S.-made film insulting the Prophet Mohammad.

Gunmen had attacked and burned the U.S. consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi, a center of last year’s uprising against Muammar Gaddafi, late on Tuesday evening, killing one U.S. consular official. The building was evacuated.

UPDATE: ISLAMISTS WITH DEAD BODY OF U.S. AMBASSADOR IN BENGHAZI! Warning graphic images.

The Libyan official said the ambassador, Christopher Stevens, was being driven from the consulate building to a safer location when gunmen opened fire.

“The American ambassador and three staff members were killed when gunmen fired rockets at them,” the official in Benghazi told Reuters.

There was no immediate comment from the State Department in Washington. U.S. ambassadors in such volatile countries are accompanied by tight security, usually travelling in well-protected convoys. Security officials will be considering whether the two attacks were coordinated.

Libyan deputy prime minister Mustafa Abu Shagour condemned the killing of the U.S. diplomats as a cowardly act.

The consular official had died after clashes between Libyan security forces and Islamist militants around the consulate building. Looters raided the empty compound and some onlookers took pictures after calm returned.

In neighboring Egypt, demonstrators had torn down an American flag and burned it during the protest. Some tried to raise a black flag with the words “There is no God but God, and Mohammad is his messenger”, a Reuters witness said.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in a statement late on Tuesday, confirmed the death of the U.S. consular diplomat in Libya, who was not identified, and condemned the attack there; but she made no mention of an attack on the Ambassador’s car.

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9/11 Anniversary Lost in Presidential Race

11 years following attack American Muslim Organization calls on candidates to maintain vigilance in the fight against radical ideology

PHOENIX (September 11, 2012) The American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) is calling on President Obama and presidential candidate Governor Mitt Romney to use the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks to reengage the national discussion into the root causes of this horrible attack that claimed nearly 3,000 American lives.

With the understandable concerns over the U.S. economy driving the 2012 president race, both the Administration and the Romney campaign seem to be content to not engage on important issues in the global arena. But eleven years since the attacks on our country the U.S. still has done little to address the ideology of political Islam which is the root cause that led Al Qaeda and 19 hijackers to attack our country. In fact with the Islamist political victories in the Middle-East since the “Arab Spring” it is clear that the ideology of political Islam, and the radicalism that is borne within the ideology, are growing in a post 9-11 world.

“We need our national leaders to reengage on the 9/11 issue,” said Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, author of the boook A Battle for the Soul of Islam. “The threat that the United States faces is ever more real and it needs a national focus on fighting an ideology that is at complete odds with American Liberty. President Obama and Governor Romney need to be advocating for a Liberty Doctrine in the Middle East so that we can eventually have an impact on the breeding ground of hatred against our country.”

The American Islamic Forum for Democracy has long advocated that the solution to the ideological war against militant Islamism is the development of a Liberty Doctrine. The United States needs to develop an unfaltering commitment to advocating the principles of our country. These ideas are the greatest tool we have to combat the morally bankrupt ideologies that have shackled the people of the Middle East for generations. As we saw with the fall of communism it is the ideals of individual liberty and freedom that can change the world.

“The lesson from the attacks of 9/11 is that the U.S. has to enter the ideological battle against our enemies,” said Jasser. “We can no longer idly sit by and allow the secular fascists and the theocrats to destroy movements for liberty. If we can become champions for liberty in the Middle East, we can begin to inoculate the people of the region to the supremacist mindset that creates the ideological underpinnings of Islamist inspired terrorism.”

About the American Islamic Forum for Democracy:

The American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. AIFD’s mission advocates for the preservation of the founding principles of the United States Constitution, liberty and freedom, through the separation of mosque and state. For more information on AIFD, please visit the website at http://www.aifdemocracy.org/.

Tampa 9/11 Commemoration and Rally

Tampa, FL – The Education Coalition announces a 9/11 Remembrance in Tampa. Randy McDaniel with the Coalition says: “This gathering in Tampa is both a commemoration of the attack on America by Islamic Jihadists and a protest against terror organization.”

McDaniel explains, “CAIR/HAMAS is a terrorist organization and it’s Tampa spokesman, Hassan Shibly has been permitted to speak in Tampa schools. We believe that this is offensive to the memory of 3000 innocent Americans killed by Islamic terrorists on 9/11/2001, and it is offensive that Hassan Shibly, a representative of CAIR is allowed to address our children. The Hillsborough School Board has enabled Shibly to speak in the Steinbrenner School and they have refused to reverse course.

“We have assembled great speakers and patriots to speak out against CAIR/HAMAS in our schools and against the goal of Radical Islam to impose Sharia Law in America,” notes McDaniel.

A list of speakers and the program agenda follows:

ITINERARY (NOTE: Buses for travel can be arranged from select cities):

11:30 am: Attend the annual 9/11 Prayer Vigil with Jesten Peters at Joe Chillura Park across the street from the Hillsborough County Center, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa Florida.

1:00 pm: Meet & Assemble at Joe Chillura Park, march (2 blocks) to the School Board for Rally & Press Conference at the Hillsborough County School Board, 901 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa Florida. Rally open to all who oppose CAIR in the Classroom. Respectfully request that you join us & share this information with all like minded PATRIOTS in your sphere of influence… this is a statewide request.

2:00 pm: Press Conference in front of Hillsborough County School Board. Contact Terry Kemple tkemple@integrity.com or Randy McDaniels actjacksonville@gmail.com if your organization would like to participate in the press conference.

3:00 pm: Comments for formal policy to ban CAIR in front of board members. In event our item is removed from the agenda, comments will be at 5:00 pm by select representatives of the Education Coalition. All others can break for dinner and travel to church at this time for briefing and screening of “Losing our Sons” at The River Church.

5:45 pm: Doors open at the River Church for briefing Nationally Recognized Speakers listed above and others to be named later. The River Church is located at 3738 River International Drive, Tampa Florida, 33610.

6:30 – 9:00 pm: 9/11 ceremony, Security Briefing and screening of “Losing our Sons”.

U.S. Officially Boycotts, Divests and Sanctions Israel

Multiple stories are breaking as the Democrat National Convention begins. The most prominent are those dealing with the state of Israel. There is growing evidence that Iran will obtain a nuclear weapon, that sanctions are not having their intended effect and diplomacy has not led to compromise.

Shimon Shiffer of Ynet News reports, “The United States has indirectly informed Iran, via two European nations, that it would not back an Israeli strike against the country’s nuclear facilities, as long as Tehran refrains from attacking American interests in the Persian Gulf, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Monday.”

Shiffer notes, “In return, Washington reportedly expects Iran to steer clear of strategic American assets in the Persian Gulf, such as military bases and aircraft carriers.”

“Israeli officials reported an unprecedented low in the two nations’ defense ties, which stems from the Obama administration’s desire to warn Israel against mounting an uncoordinated attack on Iran … According to the New York Times, Washington has also sent Iran a back-channel deal suggesting they curb their nuclear ambitions, but Tehran rejected the deal, saying no agreement is possible sans lifting all West-imposed sanctions,” reports Shiffer.

JTA in a separate article states, “Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of U.S. armed forces, said he does not wish to be “complicit” in a unilateral Israeli strike on Iran.” Dictionary.com defines complicit as, “Involved with others in reprehensible or illegal activity.” Dempsey implies that Israel by striking Iran is doing so illegally and the action is reprehensible.

Dempsey said Thursday that such an attack would “clearly delay but probably not destroy Iran’s nuclear program,” the London Guardian reported. He added, “I don’t want to be complicit if they choose to do it.” Dempsey has also directed that DOD material “offensive to Islam” would be purged from all military training resources.

The United States continues its efforts to shore up the new Muslim Brotherhood regime in Egypt.

Steven Lee Myers of the New York Times reports, “Nearly 16 months after first pledging to help Egypt’s failing economy, the Obama administration is nearing an agreement with the country’s new government to relieve $1 billion of its debt as part of an American and international assistance package intended to bolster its transition to democracy, administration officials said.”

The loan forgiveness comes while there are increased ground and rocket attacks by HAMAS, an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, from Gaza and by Egyptians from the Sinai.

The Associated Press reports, “Explosions rocked the southern Israeli city of Eilat late Wednesday [August 15, 2012], and the military said it suspected that rockets were fired from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. No casualties or damage were reported.”

“Eilat is a Red Sea resort next to Sinai, scene of many militant attacks in recent months. On Aug. 5, Sinai militants killed 16 Egyptian soldiers where the borders of Egypt, Israel and Gaza converge. Then they stole Egyptian army vehicles and crashed into Israel, where Israeli forces stopped them with gunfire,” notes the AP article.

Eilat has been the target of previous rocket attacks, apparently from Sinai. Israel has expressed concern about extremist Islamists and Palestinian militants from Gaza operating there.

Clare M. Lopez, a former CIA Operations Officer and Middle East expert, notes, “Israel can be in no doubt that it is being abandoned in its hour of supreme need by its sometime champion, the former defender of the free world—a United States of America now willingly implementing policies that embolden and empower the forces of Islamic jihad and shariah, whether Sunni or Shi’a, which are dedicated to the destruction of us all.”

The United States policy in the Middle East is to boycott, divest and sanction Israel.

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Soldiers Turning Against President Obama?

Neil Munro of the Daily Caller reports, “President Barack Obama was greeted with fleeting applause and extended periods of silence as he offered profuse praise to soldiers and their families during an Aug. 31 speech in Fort Bliss, Texas.”

“His praise for the soldiers — and for his own national-security policies — won cheers from only a small proportion of the soldiers and families in the cavernous aircraft-hangar,” notes Munro.

Florida has 21 military installations including having the Headquarters of the US Central Command in Tampa. Florida is home to over 1.6 million veterans.

Retired Special Forces soldiers, including Navy SEALs, former Iraq War veterans and families who have lost loved ones are now coming out and speaking out. What they are saying does not help the Commander-in-Chief. A growing number of former combat warriors are writing books, starting websites, producing TV ads and posting videos on YouTube all questioning three issues: What happened in the killing of  bin Laden; the rules of engagement in Afghanistan and the looming cuts to the Department of Defense, known as “sequestration”.

According to a study done by George Mason University, Florida will lose over 79,400 defense and defense related jobs if the $1.2 trillion in mandatory cuts occur in 2013. Yeshwanth Kandimalla from The Chronicle, reports, “President Barack Obama has noted that he will veto any attempt to reverse the 2013 sequester.”

Michelle Tan, of the Army Times, in an August 13, 2012 column titled “Crisis of Confidence” writes, “Only 26 percent of active Army leaders from sergeant to colonel said they believe the Army is headed in the right direction to prepare for the challenges of the next 10 years.” Tan’s column analyzes the findings of the 2011-12 Center for Army Leadership Annual Survey of Army Leadership released July 30, 2012.

“Citing the Army’s plans to shrink the force and political correctness among the key reasons, this marks an all-time low, down from 33 percent in 2010 and 38 percent in 2006,” notes Tan.

According to Tan, the report lists the following key reasons leaders believe the Army is not headed in the right direction:

  • An inability to retain quality leaders.
  • A lack of discipline or the belief that the Army is too soft.
  • Ineffective leaders at senior levels.
  • Senior leaders’ tendency to focus on the wrong priorities.
  • Promotions or advancements for junior leaders are happening too soon.
  • Insufficient resources, funding or technology.

In addition Tan reports, “24 percent of respondents said the Army’s plans to shrink the force will ‘significantly impact’ the services ability to respond to future conflicts.” The survey showed one in five leaders as “toxic”, which is described in the report as “leaders who promote themselves at the expense of their subordinates”.

Fundamentally Changing our Military for the Worse

Since the 1990s a fundamental transformation of our military from a fighting force into a non-fighting force has occurred. The role of our military has changed over time to weaken our ability to defend ourselves and has made America less safe.

The fundamental transformation began on May 3, 1994 when President Bill Clinton signed Presidential Decision Directive NSC-25. The Clinton directive moved our military from being a fighting force to a “multilateral peace keeping force”. The effects of this policy decision on the Department of Defense and ultimately upon our soldiers is chronicled in “Fighting Today’s Wars: How America’s Leaders Have Failed Our Warriors” by David G. Bolgiano and James M. Patterson. Colonel Michael Steele, U.S. Army (Retired) in the book’s forward states, “Over the last two decades the unparalleled military of the 1980s has been systematically eroded by an incessant wave of politically influenced thought on how we should wage war…Fighting Today’s Wars is a startling look at this insidious slide of our armed forces from a position of readiness to a position of timidity and avoidance.” Colonel Steele was a company commander in the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment during the Somalia mission Operation Gothic Serpent, which resulted in the now famous book and movie Black Hawk Down.

Bolgiano and Patterson note how our military and political leaders are “greening the war fighting process”.

This greening has led to our military “fighting the war [in Afghanistan] in yearly increments with the objective to avoid getting blown up or investigated rather than to achieve victory by vanquishing the enemy.” Bolgiano and Patterson state, “Avoiding engagement used to be anathema to the American military warrior culture, but these days killing the enemy and celebrating the tales around the campfire at night have been replaced with a bizarre and misplaced sense that we should somehow feel guilty about such killings, complete with mandatory counseling and sensing sessions.”

Bolgiano and Patterson note, “Every time a soldier fires a weapon in Iraq or Afghanistan, there is an investigation!” This is known as “Battle Command via AR 15-6”. Army Regulation 15-6  is the policy guide for conducting military investigations leading to possible courts martial charges. Bolgiano and Patterson believe this policy, “risks violating the social contract between our government and its citizen soldiers. At the individual level, it unnecessarily jeopardizes the lives of our warriors.”

Bolgiano and Patterson warn we are “morphing the [U.S.] military from a warfighting entity into a diplomatic corps focused on nation-building.”

In a new book “Fool Me Twice: Obama’s Shocking Plans for the Next Four Years Exposed“, co-authors Aaron Klein and Brenda J. Elliott sound a similar alarm about the fundamental transformation of our military. Klein and Elliott begin in Chapter One with this, “Imagine the fundamental transformation of the U.S. Armed Forces into a social work organization designed to combat ‘global warming’, fight global poverty, remedy ‘injustice’, bolster the United Nations, and increase ‘peacekeeping’ forces worldwide.”

Klein and Elliott describe how this fundamental transformation came about. “This messianic fantasy of ‘swords into plowshares’ is to be implemented in our dangerous world, driven by the [Center for American Progress (CAP) and the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS)] think tanks … who have infiltrated the highest levels of America – and global – power.” According to Klein and Elliott these think tanks, “[P]roduced a comprehensive ninety-six page report, or blueprint, titled A Report of the Task Force on a Unified Security Budget for the United States (or 2012 Unified Security Budget), which “lays out a future Obama ‘defense agenda’.”

The Unified Security Budget is a joint product of the Center for American Progress (CAP) and the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). The report calls for scaling back all U.S. ground forces by 20%; reducing the Navy’s surface fleet by 20% and reducing the Air Force by two combat air wings. The report claims it will save $21 billion by reducing the U.S. nuclear arsenal to no more than 292 deployed nuclear weapons and the complete elimination of the Trident II nuclear missile, a process President Obama began in April 2010.

The Unified Security Budget has been adopted by President Obama’s Sustainable Defense Taskforce, which has recommended $1 trillion in defense cuts over ten years, a policy embedded in the Congressional legislation creating the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. Because the Commission failed to come to agreement the Department of Defense faces over $1 trillion in cuts over the next decade, which is known as “sequestration”.

Klein and Elliott warn, “Of immediate concern is the stated objective of transforming our armed forces to stress conflict resolution and diplomacy…The resolution of conflict by non-military means – diplomacy, economic aid, technical assistance – is the proper focus of other government (and nongovernment) agencies” not the military.

Klein and Elliott note, “But there is one interesting exception requiring massive increases in funding – any spending that funds ‘alternative energy’ or that focuses Defense Department resources on combating ‘climate change as a security threat’.”

Finally, Klein and Elliott state, “[T]he very premise of the [Unified Security Budget] report – minimizing defense capacity and redirection of resources – is deeply flawed and dangerous.”

This begs the question: Have we fundamentally changed our military for the worse?

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