This past week we observed ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion, which should have been a celebration of the defeat of Axis forces by the Greatest Generation. Instead, the media hijacked our attention by focusing on the release and return of a member of the United States Army who left his post in Afghanistan, walked into the hands of the Taliban, and was subsequently held captive for five years.
Whether we are willing to acknowledge it or not, the United States has been moving away from the values that produced the Greatest Generation and toward an ideology resembling that of a European socialist state. While America’s fighting men and women were in Iraq and Afghanistan, politicians and special interest groups began unleashing their plans to transform America. This premeditated transformation was accomplished while America slept.
Past occupants of the White House embodied leadership, hope, and inspiration to all peoples, both here at home and around the world. Today, we are the laughingstock of the world. Our military is seriously weakened, we are questioned in world affairs, we have relegated ourselves to negotiating with terrorists, our government agencies now spy on American citizens, and information is withheld from Congress. As a nation, we are critically divided. As Congress continues to run in circles, the President acts unilaterally, choosing which laws will be enforced and which will not. It will take generations to remediate the effects of these bad decisions. The real question every American should ask himself or herself is whether we have the mettle to embrace the spirit of the Greatest Generation, or whether we will we hide in the shadows of fear. Will we allow ourselves to be bullied by progressives who want to transform America from a world leader into a sheep-like follower?
The political pot has reached a boiling point and the recent events at the White House cast serious doubt on this administration’s ability to lead our country forward. How is it possible that we celebrate receiving a soldier in exchange for the release of terrorists who have committed war crimes and who were wanted by the United Nations? There can be no doubt that we should take action to secure the release of any soldier. Whether or not he is actually determined to be a deserter, we have committed to the members of our armed forces that we would never leave them behind. However, by executing this trade, we have negotiated with terrorists.
The media’s focus on Sergeant Bergdahl’s situation is not good for the country. It is speculative at best, sensationally charged, and is simply a non-story. The media would best represent investigative journalism by focusing on the true story—why Congress was not notified, why Congress was “out of the loop” and why five terrorists were released, two of whom are currently wanted for war crimes by the United Nations—and not why Sergeant Bergdahl walked away from his unit.
It is no coincidence that the file on Sergeant Bergdahl is classified. I am confident that in the coming months, the military justice process will determine the who, the what, the when, the where, and the why as it investigates the circumstances surrounding Sergeant Bergdahl’s disappearance. As the Army conducts its investigation, we should demand that Congress investigate why these hardened terrorists were released from their holding cells at Guantanamo Bay. After all, do we not have an obligation to keep those who are terrorists and war criminals isolated from civilized society? Apparently, it is the assessment of those who have never physically been involved in the global war on terrorism that releasing mass killers back into the world is ok because the new host country offered a one-year assurance that it would “watch them.” Two words immediately come to the forefront: naïve and amateur. These politicos need to check their collective moral compasses. They fail to realize that even though the Afghanistan War is coming to a close politically, Jihad is forever.
The United States has a long tradition of not leaving behind members of the armed forces both during and after armed conflicts. This ideal is can be found in the fifth stanza of the Ranger Creed, “I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy and under no circumstances will I ever embarrass my country.” Both the President and Secretary of State (secstate) have made it clear in their public statements that the Sergeant Bergdahl exchange was made in order to avoid leaving a member of the armed forces behind. In fact, secstate remarked during a recent interview that “we do not leave any [emphasis added] American behind.” However, this statement raises serious questions for the discerning listener/reader. Is that not what happened in Benghazi, Libya, concerning the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, and three other Americans? What about the American missionaries that are still being held by hostile nations? What about the marine sergeant being held in Mexico? What about the thousands of our nation’s veterans who have been forgotten and left to languish or die? It appears that when there is a need to score a political victory, members of the armed forces become political pawns and begs a very basic question: Does hypocrisy have any boundaries?
Those on the left will quickly jump on my Benghazi reference above and say things like “Dude, that was two years ago”, or that it’s all a Republican scheme to “hate” on the President. The reality of Benghazi is that four Americans died on the anniversary of 911 and many questions remain unanswered. If we as a nation truly support leaving no American behind, then we should also support any fact-finding effort when things do not go as planned and Americans lose their lives. To shirk this responsibility is both dishonest and shameful.
On April 17, 1961, a failed CIA paramilitary operation became known to the world as the “Bay of Pigs” led President Kennedy to say, “There's an old saying that victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan ... Further statements, detailed discussions, are not to conceal responsibility because I'm the responsible officer of the government.” As Representative Trey Goudy and the bi-partisan congressional team moves forward with hearings in search of the truth about what happened in Benghazi, one cannot help but wonder, given the extent of the false video demonstration narrative, a National Security Advisor doing the Sunday talk show tour, the withholding of documentary evidence… was this a modern CIA operation gone bad like that of the Bay of Pigs in April 1961?
The failure to enforce existing laws by the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security (DHS) is both frightening and reason for every American citizen to be concerned. Earlier this month, I learned that the borders in Texas were being overwhelmed by thousands of illegals who are coming across in droves. Now, Arizona Governor Brewer has informed the nation that DHS has bused these illegals into her state without informing her or receiving her permission. The most damning part of all this is the silence from the White House. I believe that the secretive nature of such an act by a federal agency is not only wrong, it is against the law and violates the United States Constitution fourteenth amendment. One must conclude in this situation that if it’s happening in one state, it’s likely happening in others. These acts are an outrage to every law abiding citizen. All of this is funded on the backs of working Americans and taxpayers who are being misled and burdened by progressive leaders who are hell bent on spreading their ideology, consequences be damned. If thousands of illegals are streaming across the border… that means that terrorists can, too. How safe do you feel now?
For decades, we have elected people to political office who have never served in the armed forces, who have squandered taxpayer monies, and who believe they know better than we what is best for our families. After all, how could we possibly understand what is best for us since these politicians are so much smarter than we are and can raise large sums of money to crush anyone who opposes them for reelection?
It is time that Americans take a stand. Are we willing to consciously shirk our duties as individuals and as a nation, or, as President Kennedy once said at Rice University, are we willing to stand up and do that which is hard? Speaking for myself, I’m just so tired of the endless stream of “ah, crap” excuses from elected officials who quite frankly couldn’t pour pee out of a boot with instructions on the heel. We need men and women who are tested, who have solid moral compasses, and who take responsibility for their actions. Now is the time for us to find, fund, and elect men and women who exhibit the executive leadership traits necessary to lead our country and future generations. The world has depended on the United States of America for its leadership in the past and the world will look to us to lead during a world crisis in the future. In sum, I believe that we must remember the Greatest Generation and recommit ourselves to embracing the values that made that generation great and America proud.