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This Is What Happens When You Forget

It has been a year, but reposting what happened in Benghazi, Libya last year is vital.  We have had lies, evasions, and revisions.  What we (and the families of the fallen) have not had is the truth about what happened in Libya in 2012.  Don’t back down.  Get onto your Congress-critters to keep pushing for the truth.

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I need not remind most readers of the importance (to Americans) of this date.  Remembering dates like these serves to put where we are in perspective with where we’ve come from.  But, with today’s “on demand” society, the significance of dates over the stream of history has been slipping away.  Other cultures aren’t like this.  We see the somber nod to history in some of the most violent acts in our modern times.  Just look back at why the date of September 11 was chosen by the hijackers… September 11, 1565.

This 11th anniversary of the Islamic terrorist hijackings should keep us aware – even vigilant.  But, what do we see in Cairo, Egypt today? 

  • A United States embassy is stormed by Muslim protesters.

  • The American flag is torn down and trampled.  The pieces are burned.

  • The black flag of jihad raised over our sovereign soil.

For those unfamiliar with the symbolism of Islam, there are two flags.  The first is the Al-Liwaa.  It is white and represents the leader of the faith over the Caliphate.  The other is Al-Raya.  It is black and harkens back to the time of Muhammad and his conquests.  In modern times, jihadist and terrorist groups have brought the flag back and use it in pursuit of a global caliphate and the coming of the Mahdi – their judgement days. In either case, the inscription reads “There is no god but Allah and Mohammad is his messenger/prophet.” 

Lest we forget, the religious definition of Islam is submission.  That is what these radicals intend for us to do – submit to their beliefs.  By conversion or conquest, the means don’t matter.

Here is my answer to them:

The above is pronounced Lan Astaslem.  It translates to “I will not submit”.  And I mean it.  A bunch of screaming Muslim fanatics will not deter me from the defense of our freedoms and our nation.  They scream about intolerance and disrespect of their prophet in some movie that hasn’t even been made.  Well, part of the price of respect for your beliefs is the reciprocal respect for mine.  I will not submit to threats.  I will not submit to violence.  I will not submit my freedom for some measure of momentary peace or fleeting sense of safety.  I. WILL. NOT. SUBMIT.

Perhaps today’s violent acts in Cairo seem small to spark such visceral outrage in me.  But, I remember history.  Not too many years in the past, this was the scene at another American embassy.  This one in Tehran, Iran.

52 Hostages.  444 Days. 8 dead and 4 wounded servicemen.  I wont forget.

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I was first introduced to Lan Astaslem on Michelle Malkin’s blog.  Her coverage of the importance of this date is not to be missed.

UPDATE:  Cairo embassy staff knew of attack ahead of time and sent home.  Obama administration condemns those who insulted Islam and caused the violence.

UPDATE 2:  Armed mob attacks and sets fire to U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Presidential Submission

The literal translation of the word Islam is submission.  I pray that this story isn’t true – “State Department Considering Talks to Transfer ‘Blind Sheikh” to Egypt” .  If this is accurate, it would a betrayal of not just the victims of the ’93 World Trade Center bombings, but the victims of 9/11 and all our service people who have sacrificed since in Iraq ans Afghanistan.

Of course, this could just be the worst kind of “trial balloon” floating by a White House that finds itself prostrate and impotent before Muslim radicals. Three plus years of apologies, appeasement and political correctness have failed to buy us security.  We need to know NOW if there is any truth to the story.  Ace of Spades HQ has it right.  “Put ‘Em Under Oath: Bring in Hillary and her top underlings and ask the question, under oath.”

That we could even think this of an American president shows just how weak our foreign policy makes our nation look.  But after we learned of the administration’s role in the release of the Libyan mastermind of the Pan Am 103 bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland, anything seems possible.

Clint Eastwood could have easily added this to his speech at the Republican National Convention.

My response, as always, is this…

I will NOT submit.

Disaster in Afghanistan – Media/ Obama Silent

The spin machine of the mainstream media is struggling to distract us from more of President Obama’s bungling in the Middle East.  It has been reported that last friday tow U.S. service members were killed in southern Afghanistan by Taliban “militants” dressed as U.S. soldiers.  Some news outlets carried the story as a tie-in to the fact that Britain’s Prince Harry is currently stationed at that airbase as an AH-64 Apache pilot.  They informed the world breathlessly that the Royal was never in any danger – and then took the time to remind us of the Las Vegas party pictures that surfaced several weeks ago from the Princes pre-deployment bash.

The story that the majority of the mainstream media decided was unworthy of reporting was the true scale of the attack on Camp Bastion.  Approximately 15 “insurgents” dressed in U.S. military uniforms penetrated the defenses of the airbase while armed with automatic weapons, rockets, and suicide vests.  Moving in three teams and in a well-coordinated attack, they managed to wound 9 NATO personnel and kill two United States Marines – Lt. Col. Chris Raible and Sgt. Bradley Atwell.

Tragic as the loss of life is, much more far-reaching are the consequences of what equipment was destroyed.  The attackers were able to reach the flightline and destroy 6 and severely damage 2 of the 10 the Harrier jump jets there.  All of the aircraft belonged to the recently arrived Marine Attack Squadron 211 (VMA-211).  We are assured by the ISAF however that this would result in “no impact to ground or air operations from Camp Bastion.”

Costing upwards of $30 million each, the financial aspect of this attack are quite stark in light of the Obama administrations dithering over the coming budget sequestration of defense spending.  The Harriers are slated to be replaced by F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters over the next 15 years.  However, while those replacements dribble in, the ground loss on Friday represents 1/15th of the Marine’s worldwide Harrier inventory.  Even if aircraft are shifted to replace those lost at Camp Bastion, the number of aircraft able to be deployed to other areas has been significantly impacted.  Yet the press wants to tell us that the current problems in the Middle East at large and Afghanistan in particular are the result of Mitt Romney’s “gaffes”.  Welcome to bizzar-o-world.

Lost and Found – September 13th Edition

What to remember about September 13th…

  • 1814  Francis Scott Key watches 25-hour bombardment of Ft. McHenry during War of 1812; writes poem that will become “The Star Spangled Banner
  • 1851  U.S. Amy physician Major Walter Reed is born; his discovery of transmission of Yellw Fever by mosquitos allowed completion of the Panama Canal
  • 1862  Union troops discover the Confederate battle plan for Antietam in trash of an evacuated campsite; General McClellan dawdles
  • 1922  Hottest day on record when the temperature at Al ‘Aziziyah, Libya reaches 136.0 °F (57.8 °C)
  • 1959  USSR reaches on the Moon with unmanned Luna 2 spacecraft
  • 1971  Prison riot at Attica, New York ends with 39 dead
  • 1993  Representatives of Israel and Palestine meet at the White House and sign “Declaration of Principles”; 1st agreement between the 2 sides towards ending their conflict
  • 1996  Hip hop star Tupac Shakur dies in a Las Vegas drive-by shooting
  • 2001  Civilian aircraft traffic in U.S. resumes after September 11th attacks

Fort Mchenry Flag at the Smithsonian

The Revolution Will Be Televised

President Obama began his tenure in office with a worldwide apology tour.  Starting in Cairo, he abased himself before leaders around the world asking forgiveness for the arrogance of our past foreign policies.  Today in Cairo we see what his “smart diplomacy” and the “Arab Spring” hath wrought.

Here is video of the radicals after they have stormed the U.S. embassy.  If you love your country, be warned that this is disturbing.

President Obama and his Occupy Wall Street minions should be proud of their work.  Did you see the islamic fanatic on the far right wearing the Guy Fawkes mask?

This Is What Happens When You Forget

I need not remind most readers of the importance (to Americans) of this date.  Remembering dates like these serves to put where we are in perspective with where we’ve come from.  But, with today’s “on demand” society, the significance of dates over the stream of history has been slipping away.  Other cultures aren’t like this.  We see the somber nod to history in some of the most violent acts in our modern times.  Just look back at why the date of September 11 was chosen by the hijackers… September 11, 1565.

This 11th anniversary of the Islamic terrorist hijackings should keep us aware – even vigilant.  But, what do we see in Cairo, Egypt today? 

  • A United States embassy is stormed by Muslim protesters.

  • The American flag is torn down and trampled.  The pieces are burned.

  • The black flag of jihad raised over our sovereign soil.

For those unfamiliar with the symbolism of Islam, there are two flags.  The first is the Al-Liwaa.  It is white and represents the leader of the faith over the Caliphate.  The other is Al-Raya.  It is black and harkens back to the time of Muhammad and his conquests.  In modern times, jihadist and terrorist groups have brought the flag back and use it in pursuit of a global caliphate and the coming of the Mahdi – their judgement days. In either case, the inscription reads “There is no god but Allah and Mohammad is his messenger/prophet.” 

Lest we forget, the religious definition of Islam is submission.  That is what these radicals intend for us to do – submit to their beliefs.  By conversion or conquest, the means don’t matter.

Here is my answer to them:

The above is pronounced Lan Astaslem.  It translates to “I will not submit”.  And I mean it.  A bunch of screaming Muslim fanatics will not deter me from the defense of our freedoms and our nation.  They scream about intolerance and disrespect of their prophet in some movie that hasn’t even been made.  Well, part of the price of respect for your beliefs is the reciprocal respect for mine.  I will not submit to threats.  I will not submit to violence.  I will not submit my freedom for some measure of momentary peace or fleeting sense of safety.  I. WILL. NOT. SUBMIT.

Perhaps today’s violent acts in Cairo seem small to spark such visceral outrage in me.  But, I remember history.  Not too many years in the past, this was the scene at another American embassy.  This one in Tehran, Iran.

52 Hostages.  444 Days. 8 dead and 4 wounded servicemen.  I wont forget.

*****

I was first introduced to Lan Astaslem on Michelle Malkin’s blog.  Her coverage of the importance of this date is not to be missed.

UPDATE:  Cairo embassy staff knew of attack ahead of time and sent home.  Obama administration condemns those who insulted Islam and caused the violence.

UPDATE 2:  Armed mob attacks and sets fire to U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.