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Many in the Arab world were enraged after the murder of sixteen Afghan civilians by U.S. Army sniper Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, and, on the other side of the world, many in America were equally enraged that the first thing out of Secretary of Defense Panetta’s mouth was that the soldier could face a “possible death penalty.”
No one condones what Mr. Bales did. There is that photo of a man looking into the camera, tears in his eyes, with a small Afghan child dead by his side, his little hands peeking out from an old blanket. But for an Obama Administration that has routinely lied and covered up about not sixteen innocents being murdered, but hundreds—we are referring to Fast and Furious here—and no one in the Administration blathering about “death penalty,” is a little hypocritical to say the least, and most would call sickening. We know of at least three hundred innocent Mexican citizens that were murdered by weapons that were put in the hands of Mexican drug cartels by our own government. Panetta hasn’t been trotting around the globe wringing his hands about them.
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What about Border Patrol agent Brian Terry and ICE agent Jaime Zapata murdered with these same weapons? Not only has no one dribbled about the death penalty for their murderers—the American people, and more pointedly their families, simply want answers as to who was responsible for what happened.
Obama found time in his busy schedule to phone Sandra Fluke to offer support about her birth control needs, but neither Obama nor Eric Holder ever bothered to call the Terry or Zapata family to offer a simple apology for arming those who murdered their sons. In one of the many hearings before Congress where Holder stammered out equivocations and lies, he was asked if he had ever bothered to phone the Terry family to apologize. His response was no, to which Congress and the American people were shocked and led to Holder sending a letter to the Terry family, to which he conveniently leaked to the press before the family received it, to publicize his apparent contrition.
You want to talk about rage? The American people are feeling rage right now. It is an open secret to everyone in America that Fast and Furious weapons were allowed to walk so that Barack Obama’s phony statistic given in April of 2009 that 90% of the weapons used in Mexican drug cartel-related murders come from U.S. gun shops would be substantiated. It is an open secret that the Obama administration was going to use this “fact” to ramp up the regulations for U.S. gun purchases. And for those of us “conspiracy theorist,” would then lead to a disarming of America.
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Yes, there is rage in America. We have an obviously rogue Administration that does what it wants, when it wants. “If Congress won’t act, I will,” is Obama’s battle cry. Obama not only ignores Congress, but Panetta declared on March 7 that his Commander-in-Chief not only does not need to get approval from Congress to go to war, but that NATO and the UN trump Congress!
When Obama groveled to Karzai about the Koran burnings, sending a three page formal letter by special courier to the autocrat (this after an almost tearful phone call), two hours later two U.S. soldiers were dead, gunned down by an Afghan soldier as retaliation for torching their holy books. This while Obama had been en route to Florida in damage control mode to give an “energy speech” in response to Newt Gingrich’s criticism of his Secretary of Anti-energy Steven Chu and his anti-fossil fuel policy and phony “Green” energy program. Instead of beginning his speech about the two dead soldiers, Obama sang the praises of algae being the savior of our energy problems, forgetting to mention our dead heroes.
There is an odd CBS interview given by the President before a special White House dinner “honoring Iraq War veterans,” where he is talking about how his Koran burning apology had “calmed things down.” This interview was given after five more U.S. soldiers were murdered and there was widespread rioting in Afghanistan. It is like watching an Orwellian nightmare unfold before our eyes, where we are told 2+2=5.
In Obama’s “calm,” Afghans have murdered seven of our finest, and who knows how many more will follow. And neither Obama nor Panetta is crying “death penalty” from the highest mountain, let alone offering any apology to the American people or the families of these fallen heroes.
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After seven of our finest lost their lives to our “allies” the Afghan soldiers we trained or the Afghan mob that we’re trying to help, Panetta felt it was time to give two hundred Marines at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan a pep talk. In a sickening version of political correctness, Panetta disarmed the Marines, mandating that they leave their weapons outside, so that the Afghan soldiers who had to leave their weapons outside wouldn’t feel excluded. The real reason some surmise was that Panetta feared another soldier going rogue and shooting his head off. Either way the act was inappropriate in the least, and contrary to military protocol, voiced by many, including Congressman Allen West. To think that the Taliban could have attacked Camp Leatherneck and our finest having to scramble to get their weapons causes a sickness in America’s stomach that makes us want to vomit out this Administration and everything they stand for.
Robert Bales “had” Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. “Had” in the past tense according to media reports. He was miraculously cured of it, and sent back into combat. He had also miraculously been cured of the effects of traumatic brain injury from an IED.
Having worked with veterans that “had” and still have PTSD, I can tell you that its effects do not come and go with the flourishing of a pen by a bureaucrat in Washington. What formerly was called battle fatigue or what was colloquially referred to as “shell shock” in World War II, is much more insidious as a result of both the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars (both of which Bales served in). The difference, according to experts, is that, in contradistinction to other wars, where service members serve one long stint in combat, then come home, they are repeatedly taken in and out of battle, which exacerbates its effects. Bales served three tours in Iraq and was on his first tour in Afghanistan. How many more tours would he have served in Afghanistan or any other of the various wars of this Administration before this tragedy took him out of combat we will never know. But we do know that this repeated taking in and out of combat—not to mention, as reported, his buddy having his leg blown off days before—apparently sent Bales’ non-existent PTSD over the edge.
No, Bales should not get the death penalty. Honestly—and I may be out of line here—I think Bales should be released to his family and a psychological support group put in place around him so that this nightmare of a rogue President and Defense Secretary can be put behind us.
Yes, there is rage in America. Hopefully soon our American nightmare will be over, whether through the November election, resignation, or Obama’s impeachment. The American people care not, only that this four year nightmare comes to an end.
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