From the diaries by Caleb
The President has a big problem. BIG problem. And, down deep in my soul I think this problem is going to make the current state of the economy look pretty good. Ten or fifteen percent unemployment will be no big deal.
As I noted in a diary yesterday, a US soldier has been taken prisoner in Afghanistan by the Taliban. It is confirmed that they have a video of him in captivity, and he’s likely not being held at the Kabul Sheraton Grand nor, I suspect, is he being fed a diet that is consistent with his culture and I doubt the video will show him being allow to participate in a chapel service with religious adviser of his particular faith.
You can bet the enemy will be releasing that video – the US Army already has it and has confirmed it’s accuracy without releasing the name of the soldier pending notification of next of kin. It’s also a good bet that there will be future videos and it’s a sure thing that those will be released as well.
President Obama hasn’t said anything so far, and he hasn’t been asked either. Recall that a simple hostage taking at sea sent him into four days of dithering when the problem could have been resolved well within the first day and was only resolved in the fourth day because the senior officer on-scene was willing to put his career on the line.
This time it’s different.
The Pirates didn’t have video cameras and weren’t media savvy. The folks holding our soldier are. And that video will be show to the American People in the hopes that it will break their spirit and their will to fight. Terrorists seem to have short memories; they thought knocking down the World Trade Center would have that effect to. Of course, this time we do have a different President and the political party that ran off and left about five million Asians to be slaughtered 35 years ago is in power now. Same folks that noted that war in Iraq was “LOST” just three years ago.
But, like in 2001, the terrorists have underestimated who the American People are. I’ll note briefly who they AREN’T: Barney Frank, Ted Kennedy, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Code Pink and their friends.
On June 4, 2009 SFC John C. Beale was KIA in Afghanistan. [NOTE: I’ve corrected his rank based on DoD press release. I can’t fix the YouTube header. Thanks navychick and ocleverone.] His death didn’t make headlines and outside of his hometown, wasn’t much noted. His body was escorted home on June 11, 2009 to Falcon Field in Peachtree City, Georgia, just south of Atlanta. The Henry County Police Department escorted the procession to the funeral home in McDonough, Georgia. A simple notice in local papers indicated the road route to be taken and the approximate time. This was filmed during the procession by a State Trooper. Please note that “a simple notice in the local papers” was the extent of the announcement. No front page articles on his heroism, no TV interviews with his wife and children. Just “a simple notice”.
This video is about 12 minutes long, and while it is not professionally done, if you look closely you can see the faces of “The American People”. Enemies of freedom, please take note. President Obama, you’d damn well better take note.