Tag Archives: Special Forces

Obama Full Of Horsesh*t At Last Debate

So last night,  true to form, the President decided to deliver a whole host of whoppers and zingers instead of substantive answers on important national security issues.  As Commander-in-Chief you would expect Obama would acknowledge that lower numbers of ships spread across the same size oceans results in longer cruises, more crew fatigue, and shorter equipment life cycles.  You would expect that he would understand that the Marine Corps and Army still have procured over 500,000 bayonets since 1984 and they continue to train extensively in their use for the close quarters engagements that are so common in low intensity conflicts like Afghanistan.  At least he should be familiar with recent conflicts and how our troops have been engaging and destroying the enemy.  This last item is especially telling as his own Vice President attended last years dedication of the America’s Response Memorial.

I mention this memorial specifically because it was raised, through private funding, to recognize those special operations soldiers deployed in the first weeks following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001  It depicts a special operations soldier mounted on an Afghan war stallion while traversing mountainous terrain..  Sculpted by Douwe Blumberg, it was inspired by photos shared at the announcement of troop involvement in Afghanistan.

Alex Quade produced an award winning mini-documentary called Secret Mission: The Horse Soldiers of 9/11.  The Daily Caller has been kind enough to host it on their site.  The soldiers profiled in the film share a lot of inspirational stories and details about the early days of America’s response to the 9/11 attacks.  This is one of my favorite bits:

“It was like out of the Old Testament,” says Lt. Col. Max Bowers, retired Green Beret, who commanded the three horseback teams. “You expected Cecil B. DeMille to be filming and Charlton Heston to walk out.”

President Obama’s callous and politically calculated amnesia at the debate dishonors these warriors and all those who followed behind them.  They deserve a real Commander-in-Chief even more than America needs a new president.

If you want more information on these heroes who rode to war on horseback, you can read the fantastic Doug Stanton book called Horse SoldiersAlso, you should check out the U.S. Army M-9 bayonet and the U.S.M.C’s OKC3S bayonet.  You can never be too prepared.

UPDATE:  My father was in the Navy so I can’t let this tidbit slide.  Someone needs to remind America’s self-anointed 4th Smartest President that ships that go under water have been sunk.  Submarines are called “boats”.

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Lost and Found – September 21st Edition

What to remember about September 21st…

  • 1790  American General Benedict Arnold meets with British spy Major John Andre in plot to surrender West Point for money
  • 1798  American lawyer, politician, and signer of the Declaration of Independence George Read dies
  • 1823  Joseph Smith claims his 1st visitation from the Angel Moroni; leads to the writing of The Book of Mormon
  • 1937  J.R.R. Tolkien publishes The Hobbit
  • 1942  Maiden flight of the B-29 Superfortress
  • 1947  American horror author Stephen King is born
  • 1961  5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) is activated at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina; the Green Berets are born
  • 1989  Army General Colin Powell is confirmed by Senate as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; 1st African-American to hold the nation’s highest military post
  • 2001  America: A Tribute to Heroes benefit concert broadcast; raises $200 million for victims and families of September 11 attacks

Lost and Found – March 5th Edition

What to remember about March 5th…

  • 1770  Rioting colonists clash with troops over taxes; demonstration ends with 5 dead and British soldiers to be charged for Boston Massacre
  • 1836  New Jersey legislature grants charter to Patent Arms Manufacturing Company for manufacture of Samuel Colt’s .34 caliber revolver
  • 1933  President Franklin Roosevelt declares national “bank holiday” through March 13th in attempt to end runs on banks by depositors
  • 1943  British jet Gloster Meteor takes its 1st flight; world’s 1st production fighter jet while German Me 262 was 1st operational
  • 1946  Winston Churchill delivers “Iron Curtain” speech; Cold War brought to attention of a war-weary world
  • 1953  Murderous communist dictator Joseph Stalin dies of heart attack in Moscow (b. 1889)
  • 1966  U.S. Army Special Forces medic Staff Sergeant Barry Saddler has his song “Ballad of the Green Berets” goes to #1 on Billboard charts
  • 1970  Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty goes into effect
  • 1982  American Comedian and actor John Belushi dies of drug overdose in Hollywood, California (b. 1949)