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Col Gregory Raths
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Col Raths is a combat veteran of the US Marine Corps
He is running for United States House of Representatives

Cdr Jake Ellzey
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Cdr Ellzey is a combat veteran of the US Navy
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Governor Ron DeSantis
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Governor DeSantis is a combat veteran of the US Navy
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Congressman Daniel R. Crenshaw
Daniel R.'s Primary: 2 years 16 weeks ago

Congressman Crenshaw is a combat veteran of the US Navy
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Congressman James Banks
James's Primary: 2 years 7 weeks ago

Congressman Banks is a combat veteran of the US Navy
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Congressman Steve Stivers
Steve's Primary: 2 years 14 weeks ago

Congressman Stivers is a combat veteran of the US Army National Guard
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Congressman Brad Wenstrup
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Congressman Trent Kelly
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Former Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
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Zinke is a combat veteran of the US Navy
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First Sergeant Jarrid "Jay" Collins
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BGen Donald Bolduc
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Senator Thomas Cotton
Thomas's Primary: 2 years 16 weeks ago

Senator Cotton is a combat veteran of the US Army
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Congressman John Bergman
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Congressman Lee Zeldin
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Lt. Col. Robert "Buzz" Patterson
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Lt. Col. Patterson is a combat veteran of the US Air Force
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Col Conrad E. Reynolds
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Col Reynolds is a combat veteran of the US Army
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Captain Noah V. Malgeri
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Sgt Thomas J. Norton
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Sgt Norton is a combat veteran of the US Army National Guard
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Congressman Paul Broun
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Congressman Michael Garcia
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Captain Erik A Aadland
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Congressman Michael G. Waltz
Michael G.'s Primary: 2 years 14 weeks ago

Congressman Waltz is a combat veteran of the US Army
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Congressman Scott G. Perry
Scott G.'s Primary: 2 years 8 weeks ago

Congressman Perry is a combat veteran of the US Army National Guard
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SPC Aleksander Skarlatos
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Congressman Mark Green
Mark's Primary: 2 years 16 weeks ago

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Sgt Christopher R. Rodriguez
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Congressman Ronny Jackson
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Congressman Donald Bacon
Donald's Primary: 2 years 6 weeks ago

Congressman Bacon is a combat veteran of the US Air Force
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Congressman Brian Mast
Brian's Primary: 2 years 14 weeks ago

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Congressman Darrell Issa
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Maj Samuel Peters
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Lt David Galluch
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Congressman Michael J. Gallagher
Michael J.'s Primary: 2 years 11 weeks ago

Congressman Gallagher is a combat veteran of the US Marine Corps
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Chief Warrant Officer 4 Michael J. Durant
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The Combat Veterans For Congress Political Action Committee is dedicated to supporting the election of fiscally conservative Combat Veterans For Congress. We seek Combat Veterans For Congress who believe in limited government, will rein in the out of control spending of Congress, are committed to preserving and defending the U.S. Constitution, and will support the independence and freedom of the individual as outlined in the Bill of Rights. We support Combat Veterans For Congress who are dedicated to promoting The Free Enterprise System creating the greatest economic engine in the history of mankind, provide for a strong national defense, and will endorse the teaching of U.S. history and the Founding Fathers’ core values in educational institutions. 

Path of The Warrior

Cpl Jon Hammar, USMC

 In the below listed E-mail of December 12th we mounted an effort by contacting the national press and everyone we knew who had ever severed in the US Marine Corps, to free Cpl Jon Hammar, USMC, a Combat Marine, from a Mexican jail; he was illegally incarcerated for no reason.  The FOX News Network and especially Bill Riley took up the cause, never let up; every day for 10 straight days they continued the drum beat demanding the freedom of Cpl Hammar.  The Florida Congressional delegation had pushed very hard to free Cpl Hammar since August; the Obama Administration let Cpl Hammar remain chained to his bed in a Mexican jail for 5 months.

 Yesterday’s national television coverage of Congressman Duncan D. Hunter, Cpt –USMCR (R-CA-52) threat to cross the Mexican border to drive to the Mexican jail with a large contingent of concerned US Congressmen to free Cpl Hammar was the straw that broke the camel’s back (50 Congressmen joined Congressman Hunter to support Cpl Hammar’s release).   That coverage contributed in large measure to put additional pressure on the Mexican government to free Cpl Hammar.

 Tonight we were notified that Cpl Hammar was released from the Mexican jail he was illegally incarcerated in since August.  The Mexican judge, who released Cpl Hammar, said he was released because his detention violated the Mexican Constitution.  


 We encourage you to contact your Congressional representative, and request their support in order to free a Combat Marine from a Mexican Jail.  Cpl Jon Hammar, USMC, a Combat Marine who fought in Battle of Fallujah, has done absolutely nothing to deserve being in a Mexican jail, to have to put up with the threats on his life, and to have payment demands for ransom asked of his mother by representatives from drug cartels. 


Please review the below listed summary, of how John Hammar was detained and incarcerated in a Mexican jail.  We appeal for support, by contacting as many of your political contacts as possible; we ask you to help us get John Hammar, USMC home before Christmas.  THANK YOU



Latest hell for ex-U.S. Marine: Chained to bed in Mexican jail

By Tim Johnson McClatchy Newspapers

MEXICO CITY — As a U.S. Marine, Jon Hammar endured nightmarish tension patrolling the war-ravaged streets of Iraq’s Fallujah. When he came home, the brutality of war still pinging around his brain, mental peace proved elusive.

Surfing provided the only respite.

“The only time Hammar is not losing his mind is when he’s on the water,” said a fellow Marine veteran, Ian McDonough.

Hammar and McDonough devised a plan: They’d buy a used motor home, load on the surfboards and drive from the Miami area to Costa Rica to find “someplace to be left alone, someplace far off the grid,” McDonough said.

They made it to only the Mexican border. Hammar is in a Matamoros prison, where he spends much of his time chained to a bed and facing death threats from gangsters. He’s off the grid, for sure, in walking distance of the U.S. border. But it’s more of a black hole than a place to heal a troubled soul.

The reason might seem ludicrous. Hammar took a six-decade-old shotgun into Mexico. The .410 bore Sears & Roebuck shotgun once belonged to his great-grandfather. The firearm had been handed down through the generations, and it had become almost a part of Hammar, suitable for shooting birds and rabbits.

But Mexican prosecutors who looked at the disassembled relic in the 1972 Winnebago motor home dismissed the U.S. registration papers Hammar had filled out. They charged him with a serious crime: possession of a weapon restricted for use to Mexico’s armed forces.

Hammar isn’t the only American accused of questionable gun-related charges at Mexico’s border. Last April, a truck driver who was carrying ammunition through Texas got lost near the border, dipped into Mexico to make a U-turn and was forced to spend more than six months in jail.

It’s been months since Hammar’s Aug. 13 arrest, and his former Marine comrades are livid and dumbfounded, impotent to help.

“It’s heartbreaking. This is a guy who I served with in numerous combat situations, and he was one of the best we had,” said veteran Marine Sgt. James Garcia.

Hammar, 27, joined the Marines and deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq before receiving an honorable discharge in 2007, serving another four years in inactive reserve. In Fallujah, one of the most dangerous cities in Iraq, Hammar’s Marine battalion was hit hard, with 13 killed in action and more than 100 wounded, Garcia said.

“There were days where it was like, dude, I may not make it out of here,” Garcia said. “If it wasn’t the IEDs, it was the car bombs or the suicide bombs.”

In Afghanistan, the Marine unit provided security for President Hamid Karzai, protected election polls and disrupted insurgent cells around Kabul.

Hammar did not have an easy re-entry to civilian life. After recurring bouts of depression, he voluntarily checked into The Pathway Home, a residential treatment center for veterans in California’s Napa Valley, in August 2011 for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. He graduated nine months later.

“A big portion of his PTSD is survivor’s guilt. It’s a loss of innocence,” said Olivia Hammar, his mother, a Miami-Dade County magazine publisher. “You’re still trying to process all your friends who didn’t come home.”

After leaving Pathway, Jon Hammar and Ian McDonough spent $1,400 on the used Winnebago, splashed out another $3,000 to outfit it and mapped a route to Costa Rica, hitting surf breaks in Cocoa Beach, Fla., and in Louisiana and Texas along the way to Mexico. Inside the rolling white beast were up to nine surfboards.

“We begged him not to go, specifically because we were worried about his safety in Mexico, but they were fearless Marines and were undaunted,” Olivia Hammar said in an email.

McDonough, a U.S. citizen who’s lived off and on for three years in Argentina, said he and his friend were wary of dangers as they approached the Los Indios border crossing, which links Brownsville, Texas, with Matamoros, Mexico.

“We had enough gas in the vehicle that we were going to make it to southern Mexico before nightfall,” McDonough said. “We weren’t going to stop.”

The issue of the shotgun came up near the border.

“I told him that we probably shouldn’t take the shotgun with us,” McDonough said. “And he said, ‘No, I’m going to get it cleared with customs at the gate.’ So I said, ‘That’s fine. As long as it’s legit.’ ”

The Customs and Border Protection agent said it was all right to take the shotgun, McDonough said, adding that the agent told them: “ ‘All you have to do is register it.’ So they gave us a piece of paper and said, ‘This is your registration. You’ve got to pay this much.’ They gave us the piece of paper to give to the Mexican authorities.”

As soon as the Winnebago lumbered over the bridge and they handed over the form to Mexican agents, trouble began. The two spent several days in custody, separated from each other. Mexican authorities eventually freed McDonough, perhaps because of his Argentine residency, and he walked back to Brownsville.

On Aug. 18, Mexican prosecutors leveled serious charges against Hammar. Curiously, it wasn’t the type of shotgun that broke Mexican law. It was the length of the barrel, which the formal citation said was shorter than 25 inches, although a discrepancy has emerged over how the barrel was measured.

“It’s a glorified BB gun,” Olivia Hammar said.

Indeed, Mexico’s criminal groups routinely wield AK-47 and AR-15 assault rifles, high-powered .50-caliber sniper rifles, rocket-propelled grenades and other potent weaponry. If Hammar had any intention of causing mayhem, using his great-grandfather’s proud firearm would have been like Daniel Boone and his muzzle-loading Tick-Licker fighting a modern U.S. Marine.

Back in April, the Dallas truck driver, Jabin Bogan, carrying 25,000 pounds of ammunition in his 18-wheeler, said he got lost in El Paso en route to a delivery in Phoenix. When he lurched to a stop at the Mexican border, asking to turn around, a Customs and Border Protection agent told him it was impossible. He was told to enter Mexico and make a U-turn. He had no passport and couldn’t speak Spanish.

The ammunition was openly displayed on nine pallets in the truck, most of it of a caliber unsuitable for the AK-47 and AR-15 rifles favored by Mexico’s cartels.

Mexican prosecutors charged him with crimes that could have brought more than 25 years in prison.

“My son was not trying to deliver no drugs or no guns to nobody,” Bogan’s mother, Aletha Smith, told an ABC-TV affiliate in Texas.

Through pressure from members of the U.S. Congress, Bogan was freed Nov. 23, and he returned to a tearful reunion in Dallas with his family.

While his ordeal was difficult, Hammar’s has been worse.

Once Hammar was sent to a state prison in Matamoros, mixed in with the general inmate population, late-night phone calls began to his parents in Palmetto Bay, Fla.

“They said, ‘I have your son. We need money.’ I said, ‘I’m going to call the (U.S.) consulate.’ They said, ‘The consulate can’t help you.’ Then they put him on the phone. He said, ‘Mom, you need to pay them,’ ” Olivia Hammar recalled.

Over subsequent calls, the extortionists offered a Western Union account number and demanded an initial payment of $1,800.

Frantic, the Hammars contacted U.S. diplomats, who helped get their son out of a general cellblock into solitary confinement. They didn’t pay the extortion. Nor did they speak to the news media until now.

“He was housed in a wing controlled by the drug cartel,” said Eddie Varon-Levy, a Mexican lawyer hired by the family.

Varon-Levy said that Hammar, if convicted, could receive a sentence of anywhere from three to 12 years in a federal prison.

Making matters worse is the nature of Hammar’s confinement, a matter that’s drawn the attention of Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., the chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Hammars’ local representative.

“His family has described a very disturbing situation that includes their son being chained to a bed in a very small cell and receiving calls from fellow inmates threatening his life if they did not send them money,” Ros-Lehtinen said. “The family also says that the jail where their son is being held is controlled by the dreaded and brutal Zetas drug cartel. The family wants their son back home, and I will do my best to help them."

For all the toughness instilled by the Marine Corps, friends say Hammar is a gentle soul.

“Hammar doesn’t take meds. Hammar doesn’t smoke, doesn’t drink. Hammar doesn’t do any of that. He surfs,” McDonough said. “If you meet Hammar, you have to like him. He’s always there for you. If you need something, he’ll literally give you everything.”

So far, Hammar’s parents have gotten little help from U.S. diplomats.

“They take a real hands-off approach. Unless your life is at threat, they aren’t going to do anything,” Olivia Hammar said.

For Garcia and dozens of other Marines who’ve learned of Hammar’s plight, it’s hardly conceivable not to take action.

“He doesn’t deserve this,” Garcia said. “We never leave a brother behind. We never leave a Marine behind. We have to do something.”

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How To Prevent Voter Fraud And Have A "Free and Fair" Election In 2014

 This last election was lost by Governor Romney primarily because the Romney Campaign didn’t execute their ground game on Election Day, the Obama Campaign had an excellent ground game, and substantial voting irregularities added to the Obama voting totals in battleground states total.  Most of the reliable pollsters had Gov Romney winning the election, up until the day of the election.  The confounding variables that threw the pollsters off, particularly in all the battleground states are too numerous to relay here; least of which was that Governor Romney’s get out the vote operation absolutely failed on Election Day.  Although every one of the 22 below listed reports that Voter Fraud was perpetrated by the Obama Campaign can’t be verified, the reports outlined in the below listed links were so widespread and numerous, that there is no doubt that a certain percentage of them are valid and must be dealt with in the next national election by an inept Republican Party  (polling machines were rigged in some precincts, illegal aliens voted in many states, as many as 140% of the registered voters voted in some congressional districts, as many as 50 precincts in some cities voted 99% for Obama with not one vote for Romney----a statistical impossibility, busloads of Somalis who could not speak one word of English got off buses voted and got back on the buses to be whisked away,  the video of Democrats like Brian Moran of VA was circulated showing Obama supporters how to rig the vote, hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign donations were funneled into the Obama campaign, and duplicate voting was reported widely by the press in many states—yet nothing was done about it).  For the second time in a national election the organizations that ACORN morphed to is being funded by the federal government at the polls were responsible for outright Voter Fraud.  Republican poll workers in battleground states did not seem to be trained or effective at to identifying and preventing Voter Fraud.  Citizen petitions are now being circulated, requesting that Congress investigate election fraud---it is too little, much too late, and will have no effect. 

The situation is not hopeless; the American electorate can make a difference in the 2014 mid-term election, if they can get organized in their individual states---the national Republican Party did absolutely “nothing” to prevent the same Voter Fraud from taking place in 2012 that was perpetrated by the campaign workers in the Obama Campaign in 2008.  Since all Americans are required to show a valid ID to go thru security to board commercial flights, check out a book from a library, to obtain a driver’s license, to open a bank account, to obtain a credit card, to obtain a US Passport, to join the US Armed Forces, to get medical teatment in a hospital emergency room, to cross an international border, to enroll in college, to seek employment, to give blood, to reenter the US, etc. , then it is not unreasonable to require every potential voter to present a valid photo identification, in order to prove they are registered to vote on election day.  Just as the US Armed Forces insisted that foreign voters in Iraq and Afghanistan, after the country became independent after one year, that the potential voters must have a valid ID procedure to vote, and an audible manual trail for their voting system.  Then it is not unreasonable, that the US became independent after 237 years, that a valid voter ID procedure must be required in every state of the Republic to prevent the massive Voter Fraud that was perpetrated and reported in the last two national elections.  

The American voters should ask themselves why the Libertarians, Independents, Republicans, Conservatives, the Green Party, the Peace & Freedom Party, and the Grass Roots Party all want American Citizens to present valid photo IDs at the polls to prove they are registered to vote, so they can vote in federal elections, and why only the Democratic Party does everything in their power to prevent potential voters from providing proof that they are registered voters and American Citizens in order to vote in federal elections?    That absurd stand is supported and promulgated by the left of center liberal media establishment, and Obama had his Attorney General file law suits against states to prevent citizens in certain states from showing a valid photo identification to prove they were registered to vote, in order to vote in federal elections.

Obama's Sequestration and the Fiscal Cliff

 Going over the Fiscal Cliff will result in sequestration, yet the devastation resulting from sequestration is being covered up by the left of center liberal media establishment.  Please view the video in the below listed link as Admiral James Lyons, Jr. USNA ’52 USN (Ret), former Commander-in-Chief of the US Pacific Fleet, explains what sequestration will mean to the US Navy; it will result in having less ships in the entire US Fleet that the US Navy had before World War I------and less US Navy ships than Admiral Lyons had in the US Pacific Fleet, when it was under his command.   Sequestration will not only unilaterally decrease the capability of the US Navy; it will also unilaterally decrease the capability of each of the other service branches.  The American people should ask themselves why the Commander-in-Chief is unilaterally decreasing the capabilities of the US Armed Forces in face of the serious increasing threats facing the nation from China, Russia, Iran, and Islamic Terrorists. 

Not one Republican was elected to Congress on November 6th to raise taxes---the voters were very clear “No tax increases. Period; not one Republican was elected on a platform promising that “I will raise taxes in order to help Obama morph America into Greece.”  Unfortunately the Republican leadership in Congress keeps negotiating to increase “revenues”—when there is no such thing as revenues—it’s TAXES; the American people understand it is TAXES.  The voters who elected the Republicans to Congress are watching, while they break their solemn pledge not to raise taxes.  The Republican leadership in Congress seem to be rubbing the voter’s noses in it, by ignoring the voter’s wishes, when they agreed to support tax” increases on the American people; the American people are already paying the highest taxes in the 237 year history of the Republic.


Unfortunately, the Republican leadership in Congress still does not seem to get what Obama is doing----Obama has not been negotiating “at all”; he is trying to get the GOP to commit suicide by creating a split within the GOP, hoping to ignite an internal struggle.  The Republican leadership has been going along with Obama and is handing Obama the samurai sword to disembowel the Republican Party.   Instead of showing the fear that the Republican leadership has been displaying in TV press conferences, and instead of reacting to one Obama attack after another, the Republican leadership should be counter-attacking.  They should focus on Obama going back on his “campaign promise to cut spending”, and focus on the fact that Obama intends to raise $1.6 trillion in taxes on the American people, even though his flawed Obama Health Care Bill will also impose 20 new taxes on ALL Americans in January 2013.  The Republicans in Congress has a mandate—they should act like it-------they should exercise it------they have great deal of ammunition-------they should go on the offense—an offense is the best defense.

When It Realized Obama Had Been Lying About Spending Cuts, the Washington Post Was Shocked

When Obama was running for re-election, he told the American people and the news media repeatedly, if elected, he would definitely cut spending and raise some taxes in a balanced approach (raising revenue is the “code name” employed by the Obama for raising taxes and now for some reason the Republicans are using that “code word”—it’s not revenue its “taxes”—they think the American people are stupid).  The liberal Washington Post that endorsed Obama for re-election, expressed shock, in the attachment, upon learning that Obama has no intention at all of negotiating spending cuts.  Once the Republicans agreed to accept higher taxes on the rich as long as government spending is cut significantly and incentives to work and invest are not weakened, Obama moved the goal post by proposing increased tax “rates’, imposing $1.6 trillion in new taxes, and called for $255 billion in new spending.  The American people are currently paying the highest taxes in the history of the Republic, and if Obama’s proposed $1.6 trillion in new taxes are added to the 20 new taxes imposed on all Americans by the flawed Obama Health Care Bill, the effects will be devastating on economic recovery.  The tax burden on the American people is unsustainable and should not be increased in a recession.  The Republican Congress has made four annual budget proposals in a row, they were designed to cut entitlement expenditures, yet the left of center liberal media establishment has been misrepresenting fact, by repeating that Republicans have not yet put forth their proposals for spending cuts.  House Speaker John Boehner suggested that the framework for spending cuts were first laid out by Democrat Erskine Bowles during last year’s budget negotiations and those proposals should serve as a starting point to avert the year-end financial crisis.   Obama’s failure to sit down with the two sides to discuss desperately needed spending cuts has resulted in the current grid lock; there are at least 80 government spending programs with rampant fraud, waste, and abuse that should reined in.   Unfortunately, Obama continues his “overreach” and is revealing his obsession to increase out of control spending, while demanding increases in tax rates; Obama is pushing the nation into an irreversible fiscal hole.

The reason the Republic is facing these very serious financial calamities as a direct result of the 4 year out of control spending by the Obama Administration; that continued spending is a cancer on the Republic.  Although some politicians say there is no such thing as the dangers of a Fiscal Cliff, there certainly are very serious economic dangers facing the Republic.  If the Senate and the House can’t come to an agreement, the stock market would take a serious decline, there would be another downgrade in the US credit rating, government funding for services will be reduced because the interest paid on the national debt will increase, the taxes on “all” Americans would increase when President Bush’s reduced taxes are reinstated by Obama, it is projected that 700,000 jobs would be lost and businesses would refrain from hiring new employees because of the flawed Obama Health Care Bill, the unemployment rate would substantially increase above the 8% level, the flawed Health Care Bill will impose 20 new taxes on “all” Americans in 2013, the Republic will be driven into another recession because higher taxes & out of control spending in a recession, and the debt ceiling issue facing Congress will become more contentious than ever because Obama is demanding to be the first resident of the Oval Office to demand unilateral control over setting the national debt ceiling.

Republicans must refuse to engage in ad hoc summitry and insist upon returning to a regular committee-based legislative process that includes annual budget resolutions and open-floor amendments.  To clear up the issues concerning the financial crisis facing the nation, the Congress should hold ?open” hearing, to deal with one budget issue at a time, passing one bill at a time; all Americans would be able to understand that the House of Representatives has presented a responsible budget every year for 4 years, and the Senate has refused to propose any budget “at all” for 4 years which is a violation of law.  The American people could witness an “open” negotiations process; the current closed door negotiations are not in the best interest of the American people and will lead to a very bad outcome for the Republic.  The Republican leadership in Congress, should present logical arguments and explain their policy views to voters and visibly demonstrate that they are trying to reach agreements while the Democrats who are still stuck in a campaign mode. The Republican House should ignore the negative drum beat by the left of center liberal media establishment, and do what is right for our children and grandchildren.  The Congress controls the purse strings and should cut back the irresponsible and out of control spending by the Obama Administration, which is saddling our children with an unacceptable debt that they would never be able to repay.  Base line accounting should be eliminated, and standard accounting practices that every publicly traded corporation is required to use, should be employed by the federal government; that would help document many unnecessary annual expenditures.

Prior to the election, there was a cut in spending of $1 trillion in the military budget crafted by Obama ($480 billion has already been cut, and $520 billion will be cut when sequestering soon takes effect; sequestration was designed and crafted by Obama---he will sit on his hands until it takes effect to ensure it takes place to raise taxes on every American).  Half of all government cuts in spending in the sequestration agreement will be taken from the military budget, when only 23% of all government expenditures are military expenditure; the Republican House leadership foolishly agreed to those massive out of proportion military cuts and let the 77% spending by the rest of bloated government bureaucracies get away with a 50% cut in the fraud, waste, abuse, and out of control spending.  Although no other government Department other than DOD has been cut by $1 trillion, Obama’s improperly transferred $711 billion from the nearly bankrupt Medicare Trust Fund, in order to fund his flawed Obama Health Care Bill.

The role of the Republican Congress is not to commit suicide, and assist Obama in destroying even more jobs, in crippling US business owners and job creators by raising taxes to unreasonable levels, and in damaging the Republic even further by increasing the out of control spending that would drive the Republic to $25 trillion in debt and push the Republic into bankruptcy.   We will never get the country on a sound financial footing, unless the out of control spending by the Obama Administration is reined in, and the largest taxes in US history being proposed by Obama are cut back to stimulate an economic expansion, like 6 US President previously did.  President Harding, President Coolidge, President Kennedy, President Nixon, President Reagan (who cut tax rates from 70% to 28%), and President Clinton all cut taxes to stimulate spending, and turned the economy around during their tenures.  Obama’s demands for new stimulus spending, his abandonment of deficit reduction & serious entitlement reforms, and his demand for $1.6 trillion in new taxes as his “balanced approach” to stave off a financial disaster is truly laughable. The financial crisis may be temporarily averted by a short term agreement by the Republicans and Democrats in Congress just prior to January 1st.  If there is another one of those short term fixes, the Congress would not be doing its job; they would be kicking the can down the road again once again.


  Our message to American citizens as we approach the 2014 mid-term election is to never give up your effort to elect honest candidates for office who will cut government spending—less government!!  The future is still unlimited for the Republic we strongly support; we believe it will be hard work to support and elect patriotic candidates in the 2014 election.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with the message to the American people outlined in our Mission Statement above and promoted by conservatives Americans in the nation.  Do not let the left of center liberal media establishment succeed in convincing you that the conservative philosophy this nation was founded on is wrong; it is more valid today than ever before.  By clicking on the below listed link sent to me by one of my Naval Academy Classmates, Cdr Bill Brunelle ’62, you will be able to listen to an excellent message from Bill Whittle that we strongly support and believe in.

The Socialist philosophy of the Obama Administration has failed everywhere it has ever been tried.  It failed in Stalin’s Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, it failed in Hitler’s Nationalist Socialist Party in Nazi Germany, it failed in the Socialist Republics of Eastern Europe (in Poland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, and East Germany), it failed in Castro’s Popular Socialist Party of Cuba, and it has failed in Mao’s People Socialist Republic of China (which has turned away from Socialism and is now embracing Capitalism).  

It is so evident that Obama’s Socialist policies over the last 4 years have also not worked in the US.  His takeover of health care, his out of control spending, his intent to redistribute wealth by increasing taxes in a recession, how he facilitated the union takeover of the auto industry (excluding Ford), how he had his Attorney General file suits against states to prevent them from enforcing immigration laws, and by imposing the largest tax increase on all Americas with tax provisions in the flawed Health Care Bill.  Those policies resulted in 48 million Americans on food stamps, the longest sustained unemployment rate of over 8% in history with 12.3+ million unemployed Americans, two downgrades in the nation’s credit rating by credit agencies for the first time in 237 years, 20+ million illegal aliens in the nation living off the taxes American citizens pay that is draining billions in federal welfare funds, and how incurring $6 trillion in additional debt in the past 4 years, will drive the Republic to $25 trillion in debt if those policies continue. 

Combat Veterans For Congress--Potential SecDef

       The below listed opinion explains why the potential selection of Senator John Kerry as the next Secretary of Defense will negatively affect the moral and Combat Effectiveness of the US Armed Forces.   The article was written by Don Bendell who authored 26 books, is a 70% Disabled Combat Veteran, was a courageous Green Beret A-Team member who was embedded in the Phoenix Program, is an authentic American Patriot, and a fellow Vietnam Veteran.  Don’s comments are about John Kerry who only spent 4 months on a boat, patrolling in the middle of rivers in South Vietnam, where there were very few other operating US military forces.  Yet Kerry testified that he saw many wide ranging atrocities perpetrated by all US military personnel; he testified to incidents he professes to have seen, that never really happened.  No military man could have possibly witnessed all those atrocities, even if he spent 2 years at the point of the spear of combat operations in many different villages throughout South Vietnam.  The reason Kerry lied about witnessing so many atrocities by US military personnel, toward the South Vietnamese children they were actually protecting, was to promote his political capital with the leftist antiwar movement in the US in the 60s.  Then as a junior officer in the US Naval Reserve he had the audacity to travel to Paris to meet directly with the enemy and negotiated directly with the North Vietnamese delegation in support of their objectives; he did that without authority of any kind-----those actions are defined as a Treasonous Acts. 

     For Obama to now force senior US Military Flag and General Officers to take orders from someone who is viewed by most military personnel as someone who committed a Treasonous Act, colluding with the enemy while they were killing US military personnel, is unconscionable.  Kerry’s appointment would further destabilize the US Armed Forces, which has been reeling from the imposition of one destabilizing Social Experiment on Diversity after another.  Obama order thru his civilian appointees at DOD, have abridged the religious freedom of US Military Chaplains by preventing them from reading letters by their cardinals in the pulpit, has severely damaged the combat effectiveness of front line combat units by imposing new dangerous rules of engagement that have substantially increased US casualties in Afghanistan, has imposed new personnel regulations affecting premier Combat Unit like the Rangers which have negatively affected unit cohesion by integrating personnel into the units who are not being qualified as they were in the past to fill combat billets, has imposed new regulations on personnel policies which is destabilized unit cohesion, and doing so much more which is negatively affecting recruiting and retention.

GUEST OPINION by Don Bendell



On February 2, 2011, I fell off a ladder landing on a steel fence in below-zero weather, fracturing my back, a rib, and got a minor concussion as well as a subdural hematoma, a brain bleed. Then, last fall I fell off the top of another ladder in my barn and severely bruised my hip, thigh, and a rib. Eight years ago, I wrote about my wife having rotator cuff surgery, getting an infection, and having to be cut in the same scar and operated on again. Just thinking about such pain and facing traumatic memories like those, makes me cringe.

Such memories, however pales in comparison to what I am going through right now, in my heart. The old hurts are re-surfacing, the pain, and the feelings of betrayal are returning. I am being cut in the same scar, facing a new fracture in the broken places.

How did we who served in Boy Scouts, our churches, or Student Councils suddenly get brain-washed overnight by the military and turned into cold-blooded killers, torturers, and rapists, of the ilk of the Nazi SS, the Taliban, or al-Qaida?  That does not make sense, does it? Most American soldiers, like me, grew up idolizing John Wayne, Roy Rogers, and all the other heroes of my youth. That was why I volunteered to join the army, go to OCS, earn Jump Wings, a Green Beret, and go to South Vietnam to fight.

President Barack Obama is considering making John Kerry, of all people, our new Secretary of Defense.  After spending only four months in the country of Vietnam, John Kerry testified before Congress in 1971 with these exact words about incidents he supposedly witnessed or heard about from other vets: “They personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam."

I was a Green Beret officer in 1968 and 1969 on a Special Forces A-team 4 miles from the border of Laos and a District Coordinator of the Top Secret Phoenix Program. We were the most-highly trained of all soldiers and saw the most action of anybody in that war. Everybody in the world knows that, but what the news does not report was that we also built  churches, schools, treated illnesses, passed out food, clothing, medicine, and good will. We had fun and loved interacting with the indigenous people of Vietnam, just like our boys did in Normandy, Baghdad, Saigon, and everywhere American soldiers ever served. We are the ones who gave away and still do give away our candy bars and rations to kids, our friendship to primitive fellow warriors in far-off lands, and our hearts to oppressed people all over the globe, but you John Kerry labeled us as mindless robotic killers and rapists just so you could launch your intended political career. You also with your outrageous lies furthered the anti-war movement sending honorable, noble Vietnam veterans into a nationally-imposed closet of shame and disgrace not to be brought out into the light until just recently. Now that we are “in vogue,” posers everywhere now claim to be Vietnam veterans.

John Kerry, you betrayed all of us contributing to the myths and fallacies of the Vietnam anti-war movement when you tossed all your dubious medals over the fence of the US capitol so you could send your new political career into orbit as the star of the anti-war movement. And where has it gotten you, Senator? You ran for President and are being considered for a Cabinet position, but you are reviled and despised by millions of your fellow veterans. I always smile and do not ever hide my face when I look in the mirror to shave in the morning. I wonder what you do?

Senator John Kerry, you and I were military officers in Vietnam. If you personally saw all these atrocities occur in Vietnam, as an officer why didn’t you stop them or at the very least report them? Why is there not one record anywhere of you ever reporting a single atrocity to higher headquarters of any command at any time? As officers, it was our duty to report and stop such things from happening. As an officer of the US military, by not reporting them when they occurred, you are an accomplice to numerous crimes and should have been court-martialed. Then, after Vietnam, while still a Reserve officer in the US Navy you went to Paris, met and negotiated with the North Vietnamese delegation, and have admitted same publicly. You were not a government official at that time, and that clearly was consorting with the enemy and totally illegal under the tenets of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. That is in fact considered treasonous, and you should have also been court-martialed for that. Now, you want to be the Secretary of Defense? You want to make decisions that will affect the lives of my sons who serve in the US Army Special Forces now? You slandered US Marines proudly serving in the Global War on Terrorism and now want to command them? I don’t think so, Senator.  

You are a bold-faced, unprincipled liar, and a disgrace, and you have dishonored me and all my fellow combat veterans.  People forget that it was honorable, normal soldiers who reported and stopped the My Lai Massacre, and other atrocities since then. Hollywood and the news media would have us think every Vietnam veteran is a tortured soul destined to become a serial killer thanks to self-serving scoundrels like you. Over 58,000 men and a few women died in South Vietnam and you have disgraced them all with your political posturing, and they cannot defend their legacy of honor or speak for themselves. However, I can and will, and so will many of my fellow veterans, very many.

Mr. President Barack Obama, we are not on the same page at all on most issues, but you are my President and will have my loyalty as long as you are. I implore you, do not open old wounds, Sir? We Vietnam veterans have been through way too much for more scarring. Do not even consider Senator John Kerry as our next Secretary of Defense, Secretary of State, or any other Cabinet position. That would be akin to appointing Louis Farrakhan the Ambassador to Israel.

Senator Kerry, I will put my record as a warrior up against yours any day. Besides, I wrote you when you ran for President back in 2004, “Medals do not make a man; Morals do.”

Don Bendell is a best-selling author, a disabled Green Beret Vietnam veteran, and a 1995 inductee into the International Karate and Kickboxing Hall of Fame.

Permission is hereby granted to reprint, copy, or pass this on wherever and to whomever you choose. This is posted on Don’s blog, Shooting from the Hip, accessed at his website 

Don Bendell
Best-selling author of Strongheart (Berkley-Penguin, 2011)

Rescue of Roger Locher--Veterans Day

Veterans, at one point in their lives, wrote a blank check made payable “to the United States of America” for an amount “up to and including their life.  On Veterans Day and every day, we Honor, respect, and extend a sincere thank you to all Veterans and active duty personnel for their service to the Republic.   We especially Honor all Wounded Combat Veterans, and the families of all Fallen Veterans who gave the last full measure of devotion to the Republic.  We are encouraging all Americans to reflect upon what the US Military leadership did, in order to save one American life, in days gone by; please click on the below listed link to watch the video and comprehend the important message.


It is the responsibility of the National Command Authority to do everything possible to protect Americans who are sent “Into Harm’s Way”.  Now kindly remember how the current resident of the White House and his Secretary of Defense reacted while they watched a live visual feed from a drone flying over the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya for 7 hours, compare that to Roger Locher’s rescue.  During the Al Q’ieda coordinated attack on the US Consul in Benghazi, two US Navy SEALS and the US Ambassador were urgently and repeatedly requesting protection from the White House Situation Room, the Pentagon, the CIA, the US State Department, and many other locations receiving the feed while US military support was, in one case, less than 1 hour away.

Combat Veterans For Congress--Election Results

The above listed Mission Statement outlines the principals upon which the Combat Veterans For Congress PAC was co-founded in August 2009 by Congressman Barry Goldwater (Ret) and Capt Joseph R. John, USN/FBI (Ret).  Its purpose is to endorse fiscally conservative Combat Veterans For Congress who would work to rein in the out of control spending, will protect the freedoms provided to us in the US Bill of Rights and the US Constitution, and who previously demonstrated their willingness to “Go In Harm’s Way” to protect and defend teammates engaged in combat. The PAC is a stand-alone organization, and has no affiliation with any political party; it seeks out Combat Veterans, and after they agree to support the above listed Mission Statement, a background investigation is completed on a potential candidate.  In order to be endorsed, the Combat Veteran is further evaluated to ensure they manifest the intelligence, common sense, integrity, honesty, and willingness to govern in accordance with the precepts laid down in the US Constitution.  Over the last 4 years, from 2009 to 2012, 326 Combat Veterans from 50 states were interviewed; 81 Combat Veterans For Congress from 35 states were endorsed to run for Congress both in the 2010 mid-term and in the 2012 election.   Conservatives, Independents, and Republicans were endorsed; no Democratic has ever agreed to endorse our Mission Statement.  

During the 2010 primary season, 27 of the 46  endorsed Combat Veterans For Congress in 19 states won their primary races, and 12 of the 27 Combat Veterans For Congress who won their primary races were subsequently elected to Congress (2 US Senators and 10 US Congressmen from 10 states).   In 2012 primary season, 2 of the 51 endorsed Combat Veterans For Congress from 25 states were elected US Senators who were not up for election.  Of the remaining 49 endorsed Combat Veterans For Congress, 37 won their primary races or were endorsed by their party, and 18 of the 37 Combat Veterans For Congress were elected to the House of Representatives.  The 20 Combat Veterans For Congress from 13 states (which includes the 2 US Senators) will be serving in 113th United States Congress commencing on January 3, 2013; the photos and bios for each of the elected Combat Veterans For Congress are posted on the Endorsement page of the our Web site at .  The photos and bios for each of 61 endorsed Combat Veterans For Congress from 29 states, who previously ran for election and did not prevail are posted on the Alumni page of our Web site.  The 20 elected Combat Veterans For Congress from 13 states that you can count on are listed below:

20 Combat Veterans For Congress from 13 States—--Embedded Integrity

Senator John McCain, Capt-USN, USNA ’58, (R-AZ-Senate)

Senator Mark S. Kirk, Cdr-USNR (R-IL-Senate)

Cong Duncan D. Hunter, Capt-USMCR (R-CA-52) 

Cong Steve Pearce, Capt-USAF (R-NM-2)

Cong Michael Coffman, Maj-USMC (Ret) (R-CO-6)

Cong John P. Kline, Col-USMC (Ret) (R-MN-2)

Cong Chris Gibson, Col-USA (Ret) (R-NY-20)

Cong Allen West, Lt. Col-USA (Ret) (R-FL-18    (contesting the results of the election in his district)

Cong Steve Stivers, Lt. Col-USANG (R-OH-15)    

Cong Tim Griffin, Maj-USAR (JAG) (R-AR-2)       

Cong Adam Kinzinger, Cpt-AFNG (R-IL-11)

Cong Michael Grimm, USMC/FBI (R-NY-11)

Cong Joe Heck, Col-USAR (MC) (R-NV-3)

Cong Jeff J. Denham, SSgt-USAF (R-CA-10)    

Cong (Elect) Paul Cook, Col-USMC (Ret) (R-CA-8)    

Cong (Elect) Scott G. Perry, Col-PAARNG (R-PA-4)                                                  

Cong (Elect) Brad Wenstrup, Lt Col-USAR (MC ) (R-OH-2)

Cong (Elect) James Bridenstine, Lcdr-USNR (R-OK-1)

Cong (Elect) Ron DeSantis, Lcdr-USNR (JAGC) (R-FL-6)

Cong (Elect) Thomas B. Cotton, Cpt-USA (R-AR-4) 

We will continue to present the truth on issues that the liberal media establishment continues to ignore, will call attention whenever the Rule of Law is violated, and will recruit a new slate of Combat Veterans For Congress to run in 2014.   The elected Combat Veterans For Congress will continue their effort to protect and defend the US Constitution, will endeavor to rein in the out of control spending to avoid the fiscal cliff facing the Republic, and will protect the freedoms provided to us and our posterity that the Founding Fathers laid down in the US Bill of RightsWe hope you will endorse our efforts, financially support the Combat Veterans For Congress, and will forward our E-mails to those in your address book who will support our efforts to protect and defend the US Constitution. The endorsed Combat Veterans For Congress, at one point of their life, wrote a blank check made payable “to The United States of America” for an amount “up to and including their lives”; they deserve your support.

Combat Veterans For Congress---Leadership in Crises -- it's about Courage, Competence, and Character

The below listed message was forwarded to us in an E-mail from a strong supporter, donor, and Senior Advisor to the Board of Directors of the Combat Veterans For Congress PAC, the former Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission, the Honorable Orson Swindle, III, Lt Col USMC/Ret (Vietnam POW), the below listed message he forwarded was written by  another strong supporter and donor to the Combat Veterans For Congress PAC, the former National Security Advisor to President Ronald Reagan, the Honorable Robert “Bud” McFarlane, USNA Class of 1959, (Col USMC/Ret).  The Honorable “Bud” McFarlane relays his thoughts and concerns which are the concerns of most Americans, and he gives voice in a video which you can view by clicking on the below listed link about Obama’s “Dereliction of Duty” the worst in history by any Commander-in Chief.

The 10,000+ supporter in our data base are upset that after 7 weeks there is an Obama cover up about what happened in Benghazi, he is capable of doing that because of the complicity of the left of center liberal media establishment.  Col McFarlane states in the below listed article, that the current resident of the White House has not only demonstrated his dangerous inability to perform his duties as President and Commander-in-Chief, but once again continues to perpetuate lies about the events leading to the Benghazi in his comments to the press and the American people, the incompetence of Obama led up to the assassination of the US Ambassador to Libya, two US Navy SEALS, and an Embassy aide on September 11, 2012---------perjury by a President is a federal crime, and previously resulted in the impeachment of two US Presidents.

We know that on July 9th, August 2nd, August 8th, and October 11th Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens in Libya repeatedly copiously documented his concerns for his own safety and the safety of his subordinates, while pleading desperately for additional security support from the US State Department (STATE) because his subordinates could no longer protect themselves, and the Libyan Police and Security detail had been infiltrated by terrorists who were providing information to Al Q’ieda on the movement of personnel in the Consulate (Stevens finally made plans to move the Consulate in with the CIA Annex, because his pleas were falling on deaf ears).    Following an emergency meeting at the US Consulate in Benghazi on August 15, Ambassador Stevens sent an emergency cable directly to the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, stating the security situation in Benghazi was “trending negative” and he again requested for increased security from Hillary.  The emergency cable stated there were 10 Al Q’ieda and Islamist training camps inside Benghazi, that personnel in the US Consulate were in danger, that security provided by Libya was compromised and unreliable, and that the Consulate could no longer defend itself against a coordinated commando style attack.   The Secretary of State and Obama knew the US Consulate had been the target of two discriminate probing attacks by al Q’ieda, and knew Stevens feared for his life, but his 5 desperate requests over 3 months were all turned down by the Secretary of State.  Even Ambassador Steven’s October 11th request, on the day he was assassinated, his desperate request for more security was three pages long.  Because it was too dangerous to protect their personnel in the Benghazi caldron that was teeming with jihadists who were targeting westerners daily, the British government closed their Embassy, the Red Cross pulled all their personnel out of Benghazi, and hundreds of westerns were leaving in droves.  Yet the civil servant in charge of security at STATE turned down Ambassador Stevens’ five desperate requests for increased security over a three month period, at a time everyone was getting danger pay, her inaction and the actions of her seniors in the chain of command borders on criminal negligence.  It appears she did not fail to act alone, because someone in the White House instructed Hillary to turn down the requested security.  It was reported that Obama was having serious concerns about the safety of Libyans; he felt US Marines, who are trained to protect all Embassies and Diplomatic Missions, might get into a shooting incidents with Libyan terrorist who had previously attacked the US Consulate on two previous occasions.   

We know from Obama’s own statement to the American people and the press that he was in the Oval Office when the attack by 150+ Al Q’ieda Terrorists began, it was 4:00 PM Washington time.  The first of two drones used during the attack was flying above the scene of the attack, and coverage was maintained later on by a second drone for 8 hours. Those drones provided live feed to the White House Situation Room (WH), CIA Headquarters (CIA), the National Command Center in the Pentagon (DOD), the US State Department (STATE), to General Carter Ham (Ham), Commander US African Command (AFRICOM), and a number of other locations providing an instant blow by blow description of the unfolding attack. The Secretary of Defense (Panetta), General Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs-of-Staff (Dempsey), and the Vice President were called into the Oval Office at 4:00 PM Washington time; although we have no confirmation, but believe that Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton (Hillary) must have been included in discussions about the attack because of what she approved her STATE security staff to do right after that meeting.   Three desperate pleas for help were transmitted to the WH, CIA, Dempsey, DOD, STATE, AFRICOM, and 400 intelligence/military info addresses in the Washington/Virginia area Government complexes over an 8 hour period from the US Consulate and the CIA Annex while they were under attack.  According to CIA career Officer, Clare Lopez, there were two large warehouse-type buildings in the US Consulate complex, whose contents were raided and removed by Al Q’ieda in the course of the attack; they were full of confiscated weapons from the Gadhafi regime, probably including SA-7 portable surface to air missiles, and Al Q’ieda was after them.  Obama told the American people and the press that he gave Panetta and Dempsey instructions to “order the military to take every step necessary to protect the lives of Americans in Benghazi who were under attack”; that instruction to Panetta and Dempsey would have resulted in a Presidential “Execute Order” to AFRICOM.    Ham told a Congressman that he never was issued an “Execute Order”, if in fact Obama did tell Panetta and Dempsey to protect the Americans in Benghazi, they violated a Presidential Order.   We do know that Hillary approved the Embassy in Italy to dispatch a State Department Security Forces of 6 State Department Security Agents to fly to Benghazi to protect the Ambassador who was in imminent danger.

A Delta Force Combat Reaction Team was dispatched to Sigonella, Italy from their base in Germany, and was only staged to go to Benghazi 2 hours away; their C-130s could have easily landed on dirt roads close by the US Consulate and the CIA Annex (they are trained to respond in that fashion to emergencies).   We know F-16 supersonic aircraft were 20 minutes away in Italy and could have been brought in to attack the Al Q’ieda terrorists attacking the Consulate.  At 4:30 PM Washington time the WH, CIA, DOD, STATE, and AFRICOM could see, in live feed, from the drone overhead that the Consulate was in flames.  Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, USA (Ret) claims he has sources saying President Barack Obama was in the White House Situation Room at 5:00 PM Washington time watching the live feed as the assault by 150+ Al Q’ieda terrorists unfolded on the U.S. Consulate and the CIA Annex in Benghazi, yet he did nothing to protect the lives of Americans under attack.  General Carter Ham (Ham), at AFRICOM, received a copy of the same request for help at the same time that the WH received it, and immediately had a 140 US Marine Corps Rapid Response Team in Sigonella ready to go to the aide of the US Ambassador in Benghazi.  Panetta said that he, Dempsey, and Ham agreed that they should not send in any relief “at all”, because “we lacked a clear picture of what was happening.”  When two trained Navy SEALS and a US Ambassador makes a desperate call for help, send a steady stream of E-mails describing events unfolding on the ground to 400 locations, with a live video feed transmitting actual events on the ground, how could Panetta had made such a “STUPID” remark in a press briefing?  While Gen Ham was still preparing to deploy the Rapid Response Team, even after he was told by the White House “to stand down, this is not a terrorist attack”, his second in command was ordered to relieve Ham of his duties (the source of this input is not unimpeachable), however it seems to have validity because we now know Obama ordered General David Rodriguez, Commander of US Army Forces Command to relieve General Ham, and Ham’s 3 year term at AFRICOM wasn’t even half over.  It appears that Obama must have lied to the American people, when he said he told Panetta and Dempsey to “order the military to take every step necessary to protect the Americans in Benghazi who were under attack”, Ham said he did not receive an “Execute Order”; it was never issued!!!

Sources in the White House said the CIA told their Agents on the ground in the CIA Complex to “Stand Down” when they requested to go to the Consulate to protect the Ambassador.   The Director of Central intelligence, General David Petraeus, released the following statement "No one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need; claims to the contrary are simply inaccurate.”  The CIA didn’t like being accused of complicity in Obama’s deceit of the American people, or in being implicated by the White House in being responsible for not saving the lives of the Ambassador, 2 SEALs, and an Embassy employee, so the Washington Times was given the story that can be read if you click on the following link: An issue that remains unresolved was why did General David Petraeus, the Director of Central Intelligence Agency, 3 days after the attack, tell the US House Intelligence Committee, in a closed door session, that the attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi resulted from of a demonstration that got out of hand, but that some terrorist were also involved in the attack?  Petraeus’ briefing conflicted with a report on the previous day by the FBI and the National Counter Terrorism Center (NCTC) that reported there were a series (10) of Al Q’ieda and Ansar al-Sharia training camps in Benghazi controlled by Abdel Hakim Belhady, the leader of the Al Q’ieda franchise in Libya, and there was strong evidence to support the fact that the attack was an Al Q’ieda affiliated well planned and executed attack.

We also know that there were two AC-130Us that had been deployed to Sigonella and that they were 2 hours away; the AC-130U has 25mm Gatling guns for area suppression, a precision 40 mm cannon, and a 105 mm cannon which could have engaged and decimated the 150+ Al Q’ieda terrorists attacking the Consulate and Annex.  Yet the resident of the White House in the White House Situation Room who was watching the live video feed from a drone flying over the attack (it was probably armed, but no one in the Administration will say whether it was or not) did absolutely nothing to save the lives of Americans in danger.  Obama has proved, time and time again, that he is way over his head; eventually the American Ambassador, 2 Navy SEALs, and an embassy employee were finally killed by 10:00 PM Washington time,  in that preplanned and well-rehearsed/coordinated attacks on two widely separated locations, and in two ambush locations on the roads leading to those two locations.  Obama went to bed; that was an egregious dereliction of duty. Unfortunately, no American serving overseas is safe as long as the current resident of the White House and the Secretary of Defense are in office; they let 4 Americans die, when there were assets in Sigonella (the C-130U gunships, Gen Ham’s 140 US Marine Quick Reaction Force, the F-16s just 20 minutes away, and the Delta Force Reaction Team that would have saved their lives).   

Obama not only emboldened and keeps legitimizes the Moslem Brotherhood, the dedicated enemy of the US that gave birth to Al Q’ieda, and instigated the Arab Spring revolts in Libya, Tunisia, Bahrain, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, etc. which Obama supported, but he has been arming our enemies who have taken over Libya and trying to take over Syria.  He has been arming the Jihadist, Abdel Hakim Belhady, the leader of the Al Q’ieda franchise in Libya, known as the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (who was supposed to be guarding the US Consulate in Benghazi, but were complicit in inviting in the Al Q’ieda terrorists to the Benghazi consulate to kill Ambassador Stevens).  Obama also directed Ambassador Stevens to send arms, confiscated from the Gadhafi Regime, including SA-7 portable surface to air missiles, to the opposition forces in Syria, which includes more Al Q’ieda terrorists; he transported those weapons using a Libyan Flagged Vessel to Turkey for transport to Syria.  In short, Obama has been involved in gun running on a massive scale to jihadists in Libya, and now in Syria, that would make Iran Contra and Fast and Furious pale in comparison.   The effects have been to equip Islam jihadists, who are enemies of America, so they will be able to wage insurgencies against the regimes in the Middle East friendly to the US like Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Morocco.     Obama, by his actions, has proved himself to be the best ally of the Jihadists terrorist in the Middle East, and has been destabilizing all the gains made in the Middle East since the US defended Kuwait, ridded Iraq of Saddam Hussein.

Within 24 hours of the raid by SEAL Team SIX to take out Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan, the American people knew every detail of the raid, much of it Top Secret, and even though that type of information had been unauthorized for release, ever since SEAL Team SIX was established during President Reagan’s Presidency.  Yet for over 7 weeks a massive cover up by Obama has been supported by the left of center liberal media establishment; Obama has proven that he is unqualified to be the Commander-in-Chief.  The left of center liberal media establishment, by covering up the above listed facts for over 7 weeks, has proven to be “very dangerous to the survival of the Republic”; the “double standard” in refusing to report on any issues that may not support Obama is enormous.  We hope you will forward this E-mail and the below listed comments by the Honorable Robert McFarlane to everyone in your address book that supports the efforts of the Combat Veterans For Congress to protect and defends the US Constitution, the rule of Law,  and the Republic.  The Rule of Law and the US Constitution have been repeatedly violated with impunity for 4 years by the current resident of the White House.  Please watch the video in the link by “Special Operations Speaks”; you should view Special Operations Speaks Web site by clinking on the link to that site which is posted on our Home page.


The comments below are from Bud Farlane, an old and dear friend, for whom my respect is enormous, and another friend commenting so very appropriately on Bud's comments, Dick Baldwin (in red).  Obama is a disaster.  I hope you will share these comments with all you know, especially those still inclined to vote for Obama.  We must remove this dangerous man from the White House.  "Dangerous"??  Yes, dangerous -- his intentions are wrong, his character is lacking, and he demonstrates great incompetence, on a regular basis.  In recent weeks, we have seen example after example of his repeated lying, his arrogance and his destructive intentions.   He is not qualified for the job.  



Leadership in Crisis

By Robert McFarlane



After six weeks of willful distortion of the facts concerning the organized terrorist attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi on September 11, we’ve learned this week that the President knew what was going on from the outset of the seven-hour battle -- and did nothing.  Thanks to the work of former Assistant Secretary of Defense Bing West (“First, Aid the Living,” National Review Oct 22), we now know that President Obama was receiving photo and signals intelligence from a drone flying over the compound as well as reporting cables from the staff members who were under attack in near real time -- yet did nothing. 


US Special Operations troops and fighter/attack aircraft were within an hour’s flight time at the NATO base in Sigonella, Italy.  The attack lasted for more than seven hours, yet these troops were never called upon to help Americans under assault by known terrorist elements.

Having served at the White House for nine years and been involved in many efforts to prevent or to respond to attacks on Americans, I’m astonished by this failure to come to the aid of Americans under fire.   Consider the following.  In October, 1985, a cruise ship (i.e. the Achille Lauro) was taken by terrorists in the Mediterranean and Leon Klinghoffer, an American, was killed and pitched overboard.  President Reagan immediately focused our full intelligence and military resources on responding and capturing the terrorists.  As they made their way to Cairo we learned of their plan to board a chartered aircraft and flee to Tunisia.   The Joint Chiefs developed options within hours and when the terrorists took off from Cairo the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs recommended that Sixth Fleet aircraft intercept the aircraft and direct it to land at the NATO base in Sigonella.  In approving the plan, President Reagan added, “If they refuse to land, shoot it down.”  He acted as a Commander in Chief must.  We cannot allow terrorists to conclude that they can kill Americans with impunity.  That crisis ended with the terrorists being captured and turned over to Italian authorities.

Three conclusions can be drawn from this tawdry episode:

First, on September 11, being aware that Americans, including our Ambassador, were under attack, President Obama did nothing to send nearby forces to their aid.


Second, on the following morning, notwithstanding the mounting evidence of what had happened and knowing that Ambassador Chris Stevens had been killed, he directed his press spokesman to withhold the facts and willfully deliver a portrayal of events that he knew to be false – as he left on a campaign trip to Las Vegas.


Third, this tragic loss of Chris Stevens and others serving our country in Libya,

might well have been avoided had the president responded to the Ambassadors earlier requests for better security in the run-up to 9-11, and threats from known terrorists groups to attack Americans.


Finally, and more broadly, this terrible loss demonstrates that the President has yet to come to grips with the nature of the radical Islamist threat we must face and overcome.  Surely one can acknowledge the benign attitude and religious tolerance that characterizes most Muslims while concurrently naming and developing a strategy to eliminate the well-armed, well-financed, intolerant Al Qaeda affiliates that have spread to more than 30 countries during his administration.


On September 11th, of this year President Obama’s incompetent performance – faced with an urgent need, and the opportunity to send help and perhaps to save lives of Americans under fire-- represents the most egregious dereliction of duty by an American official I’ve ever heard of.  I cannot imagine a more serious abrogation of his responsibility as president.

Robert McFarlane served as President Reagan’s national security advisor, co-authored Crisis Resolution, Westview Press, 1978, and is currently a Senior Advisor to the Foundation for Defense of Democracies


Footnote to the Second Presidential Debate

The below listed comments are from an FBI associate, whose investigative antenna went up when the left of center liberal TV news moderator, Cathy Crowley, jumped in to defend Obama at the end of the second Presidential debate, after previously repeatedly interrupting, and cutting Governor Romney’s responses off, 28 times, in order to flagrantly protect Obama from having to deal with many issues and the truth at the end of the debate.  That last interruption was the most egregious intentional attempt to pull the rug out from under Governor Romney when he stated a very basic and valid know fact, that Obama maintained for 14 days that the attack was a result of a little known video.  We now know, that within 24 hours of the assassination, all US Intelligence Agencies, the US State Department, the Government of Libya, International Investigative News Reporters, and the US Military  knew that the Assassination of the US Ambassador, two Navy SEALs, and an aide was the result of an attack by 200 Al Q’ieda terrorists who executed a well-planned, rehearsed, and coordinated commando attack using mortars, RPGs, and heavy weapons.  I cannot identify the source, but here are his thoughts and comments.

Thoughts from an FBI colleague:

 “The other night during the Presidential debate I considered myself to be the

Second person in the interview, listen and observe.  A gentleman from Long

Island asked a question about the Benghazi attack.  The President spoke first

and Gov. Romney second. During Gov. Romney's response he mentioned that it

took the President 14 days to call it a terrorist attack. The President

interrupted and said he called it a terrorist attack on 9/12 in his Rose

Garden speech. The President then looked at the moderator, Candy Crowley and

said "Candy check the transcript." Crowley picked up a stack of papers and

waived them around and said "I have the transcript...

"My investigative antenna shot up. How did the President know that Crowley

had a copy of his 9/12 Rose Garden speech in her possession at the podium?

Crowley never mentioned prior to the President's question that she had it.”

FBI Agents assigned to investigate the assassination do not need to spend September, October, and continue their investigation until after the election to know what every Agency of Government in the US and in Libya knew within 24 hours of the assassination; that 200 Al Q’ieda terrorists executed a well-planned and coordinated commando attack using mortars, RPGs, and heavy weapons to assassinate the US Ambassador to Libya, two Navy SEALS, and an Embassy aide.  Further, that there was absolutely no demonstration in the streets “AT ALL” as a result of a crowd’s viewing of a video (a video that no one in Libya still has not seen, and it was in English), and that Obama lied about the reason for the attack for 14 days to the press, in speeches at the UN, in an interview on The View, and to donors at his fundraisers.  During those 14 days, Obama had his UN Ambassador, his Secretary of State, his Press Secretary, his National Security Advisor, and his CIA Director, misrepresent the fact that the attack on the US Ambassador, the two Navy SEALS, and an aide was as a result of a demonstration against a little known video that got out of hand, even though he and they all knew within 24 hours that the representation was a lie.   Today Obama directed his Secretary of Defense to muzzle US Military Senior Flag Officer in the Pentagon, to prevent them from testifying before a Congressional hearing investigating the assassination of the US Ambassador, the two Navy SEALS, and an Embassy aide----the Obama COVERUP continued at the second Presidential debate with the help of Candy Crowley, and the COVERUP is approaching 2 months. 

President Nixon and President Clinton were impeached for much less, and no one was killed as a result of their failures, however, as a result of the failure to receive daily intelligence briefings,  and that would have revealed that  the American consul was attacked twice, in probing attacks by al Q’ieda, leading up to the third attack. The Embassy and consul should have been closed, or protection by US Marines should have been provided in response to repeated requests for help by the US ambassador.

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