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U.S. State Department: America’s New Pentagon?

We have witnessed horrendous events in recent days.  Attacks on American embassies.  The murder of  our consul to Libya.  And horrendous events at home, as well.  We first have Ms. Clinton’s misguided comments that only a “small group” of individuals were involved in this travesty, despite governmental assessments to the contrary.  We then have the U.S. State Department, under the direction of  Ms. Clinton, not only laying blame at the doorstep of the CIA but some American “pastor” who reportedly planned to show Innocence of  Muslims, a film shown in a Hollywood theater years ago, during his live-streaming 9/11 memorial show called “Judging Mohammad Day” that may have appeared on his website (which now does not exist!) prior to the embassy attacks.  The screening of the original film that the “pastor” had planned to share with his congregation was actually cancelled.  Curiously, the U.S. State Department failed to mention the recent Pakistani drone attack that killed key terrorists in that nation, nor did it see fit to make  any connection between the attacks and the anniversary of 9/11.  Then we have the Cairo embassy statement (directed by the U.S. State Department) apologizing to the attackers who murdered our consul, burned the American flag, and committed other vile acts that defy description.   Then the coup de grace:  The Establishment Media, mirroring the words of nations antagonistic to America, blames the whole affair on a “gaffe” by Presidential candidate Mitt Romney.  Even the Fox Network swallows this line.  To make matters worse, the on-line edition of a major TV network has no mention whatsoever of any attacks, but instead informs us Americans of some problem somewhere involving a “straying cat.”

Calming (rather than wagging) the dog, General Dempsey, the head of the Joint Chiefs, joins the chorus by reportedly phoning the “pastor,”  no doubt at the behest of Ms. Clinton and the U.S. State Department, to chastise him for a non-existent showing of the aforementioned film, after the embassy attacks have occurred.  In addition, we now learn that U.S. Marines may not have even been given live rounds to defend our Cairo embassy.

Do the Joint Chiefs of Staff now take orders from the U.S. State Department?  Does Ms. Clinton now “outrank” the chiefs of the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force?  Is Ms. Clinton now the de facto President of the United States, while the one we elected slithers off to Las Vegas to meet his bundlers?

These may seem outlandish questions.  But are they?  At a press briefing not long ago, Ms. Clinton led in General Dempsey, stoop-shouldered, as if he were a cow being led to auction.

If the U.S. State Department has morphed into the Pentagon, then perhaps it is time for Congress to drastically cut funding to this new behemoth.  Perhaps it is time for those in Washington to get a grip on reality, and realize just how foolish they appear to the American public.  John and Nancy Q. Public deserve better.

 

 

Backchannel This, Mr. President

Let’s not mince words.  We are on the verge of World War III.  Meanwhile,  Mr. Obama, the President of the United States, refuses to talk “publicly” with Israel’s head of state and, instead, backchannels a chat, providing the anti-semitic hordes with a publicized Israeli snub.  These are not the actions of a Statesman.  Israel has been attacked over and over again without one word of outrage from this President.  And when the stakes rise, Mr. Obama feigns.  This telegraphs an impression to the world that the United States does not support Israel.   Ms. Clinton’s recent comments have not helped matters.  The impression that is being created, whether intentional or not, is that the United States supports terrorists, namely Islamic fascism.  Do we, as Americans, recall  9/11 ?  It was not that long ago.  The mission of any sane country is to avoid war, but when events reach a point of no-return, it is incumbent upon a country to preserve itself.  Israel has the right to defend itself against hatred and sociopathy.  As an historical note, every country that has turned its back on Israel has suffered self-inflicted damage.

Pentagon: The Little State Department

I begin this article by saying I have the highest regard for men and women serving in our Armed Forces.  I, furthermore, greatly admire and respect our Veterans of current and “forgotten” wars.  All the men in my family have served in the U.S.  military.  My mother was a personal secretary to a general at a munitions facility during World War II.  It is with deep regret that I feel compelled to share my personal views of the Pentagon.  The “voice” of the Pentagon, in its current configuration, mimics the voice of the U.S. State Department.  It is a voice we have heard before.  It is the voice of appeasement, the status quo and self-serving interests.  We read of generals being put in Leavenworth for quid pro quo deals with defense contractors.  We read of higher-ups chastising troops expressing natural frustrations.  We read of the downplaying of  Russian intrusions into American airspace and territorial waters.  We read of gross counterintelligence failures, most notably at Fort Hood.  We read of fallen soldiers being denied “live” taps at funerals because of “fiscal concerns.”  We read of horror stories at the VA.  We read of Arlington Cemetery foul-ups.  We read of soldiers being reprimanded for the most trivial of matters, while higher-ups in the Pentagon retire with swollen pensions, paid for by the American taxpayer.  The list goes on.

Let’s get to the bottom line.  The Pentagon has not won a war in over 60 years unless, of course, one counts Iraq which was indeed won but is now unraveling due to incompetence and elitist group-think.  This is not the fault of our fighting men and women

The future of the Pentagon, which I hope will once again be vital and healthy, is in jeopardy.  The Pentagon is like a listing ship heading perilously into an iceberg of entitlement.

Some say morale in the U.S. military is low.  If true, it is easy to lay blame.

Military higher-ups need to look in the mirror and ask themselves these questions:  Am I in uniform out of a sense of duty, or am I here for self-aggrandizing reasons?  Is it duty, or the pension and “goodies”?

How the brass answers these questions will determine the fate of the Pentagon.

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