Friday July 18th, 2014

"It Is Not A Question of Who Is Right Or Wrong But What Is Right Or Wrong That Counts."
--Geoff Metcalf

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World & National

White House Won't Clarify How Obama Heard About Malaysian Plane Crash
                Barack Obama Iran phone call

President Barack Obama was on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin when news of the Malaysian Airlines plane crash broke Thursday, but the White House won't say whether the president learned of the incident from his counterpart in Moscow or by other means.

According to a press pool report by Washington Post reporter Juliet Eilperin, White House press secretary Joshua Earnest informed reporters traveling with the president in Delaware that "the first public reports of the downed passenger jet were published during the phone call between President Obama and President Putin."
Crashed 35 miles from Russian border...
Ukraine Says 'Will Present Evidence of Russian Military Involvement'...
TRANSCRIPT: Pro-Russian militants admit...
Blackbox Sent To Moscow For Investigation...
REPORT: 23 Americans Killed...
Nearly 100 Passengers Were AIDS Scientists, Researchers En Route To Australia For Global AIDS Conference...
Obama gives crash 40 seconds before telling jokes...
UPDATES...
MAP: Flights avoiding Ukrainian airspace...



The Bear Is Loose
Obama fundraises while Putin runs amok
                

“The bear is loose!” President Obama has been saying, whenever he leaves the White House to visit Starbucks, or sandwich shops, or burger joints, or BBQ shacks, or neighborhood diners, in his increasingly rote and pathetic attempts to “connect” with “real people.” Obama, we have been told, is frustrated, “restless,” bored with the responsibilities and chores of office. He thinks of himself as the bear—intimidating, wild, untamed, roving—escaping his den. But he is flattering himself. Obama is not the bear. He is the cub: aimless, na´ve, self-interested, self-indulgent, irresponsible, irresolute. The bear is in Moscow.

One can trace a line from any global hotspot to Russia and its authoritarian ruler. Iran? Russia has assisted its nuclear program for decades. Syria? Russia is Bashar Assad’s arms dealer. Iraq? Russia is sending men and materiel to the central government. Afghanistan? Putin muscled nearby Kyrgyzstan into closing our air base there, crucial for transport, resupply, and reconnaissance in the war against the Taliban. The contretemps between the United States and Germany is the result of Edward Snowden’s breach of national security. Where is Snowden? In Russia, where he has just asked to have his visa renewed. I wonder if Vladimir Putin will say yes.



Israel starts Gaza ground offensive


After days of waiting and deliberation, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday night directed the IDF to send ground troops into Gaza to strike the terror tunnels into Israel.

Signaling that the initial phase of the ground attack would be limited, a statement put out by the Prime Minister’s Office said Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon directed the IDF to prepare to expand the ground operation.



Moral clarity in Gaza


Israel accepts an Egyptian-proposed Gaza cease-fire; Hamas keeps firing. Hamas deliberately aims rockets at civilians; Israel painstakingly tries to avoid them, actually telephoning civilians in the area and dropping warning charges, so-called roof knocking.

“Here’s the difference between us,” explains the Israeli prime minister. “We’re using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they’re using their civilians to protect their missiles.”
Charles Krauthammer writes a weekly political column that runs on Fridays.

Rarely does international politics present a moment of such moral clarity. Yet we routinely hear this Israel-Gaza fighting described as a morally equivalent “cycle of violence.” This is absurd. What possible interest can Israel have in cross-border fighting? Everyone knows Hamas set off this mini-war. And everyone knows the proudly self-declared raison d’etre of Hamas: the eradication of Israel and its Jews.



Feds Drop 'Unknown Number' of Illegal Kids in VA County Without Warning

Prince William County, Virginia has become well-known in recent years for its tough stance on illegal immigration.  So you can imagine how upset some local lawmakers were when they learned that the federal government had contracted to house illegal alien children in their county without informing any county officials.

MRCTV spoke to Prince William County Supervisor, Corey Stewart  about the situation that was thrust upon his county by the Obama Administration.  We then attended a council meeting where outraged citizens spoke out against the move and had some harsh words for both the council members and the federal government.

Stewart claims that he has also heard rumors that the federal government plans to bring more of the minors to Prince William County.  It is unclear what, if any, action local authorities can take to stop the continued influx of illegals into their community.



Feds Struggling to Cope With Medical 'Breakdown' at the Border


The federal government is so overwhelmed by the current tide of migrants crossing the border it can’t provide basic medical screening to all of the children before transporting them – often by air – to longer-term holding facilities across the country, ABC News has learned.

The director of refugee health in the federal Health and Human Services Department “has identified a breakdown of the medical screening processes at the Nogales, Arizona, facility,” according to an internal Department of Defense memo reviewed by ABC News. The “breakdown” a systemic failure of the handoff of these children between CBP and HHS.



Obama: Shootdown of Malaysian Arliner 'Outrage of Unspeakable Proportions'

President Barack Obama on Friday called the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine, resulting in deaths of the 298 people — including at least one American —  an "outrage of unspeakable proportions."

Obama  called for an immediate cease-fire to allow for a "credible" unfettered investigation, warning that the incident showed the crisis in Ukraine won't be localized or contained to the region.

"This should snap everybody's heads to attention," Obama said.



Obama Tells Lawmakers He Won't Cave On Deportation Review

As Republicans blame President Barack Obama's executive actions for the crisis along the border, the president assured members of his own party Wednesday that he won't back down from his plans to ease deportations.

Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, meeting at the White House with Obama and Vice President Joe Biden amid the intensifying debate over unaccompanied minors surging across the southern U.S. border, made a two-prong political push, according to attendees. The first was to protect a law that keeps many unaccompanied minors from being rapidly deported. The second was to ensure that the administration doesn't waver from its pledge to get relief for millions of undocumented immigrants who have lived in the U.S. for years.



In Texas, Private Ranchers, Volunteers Assist Border Patrol

While Congress and the Obama administration debate a $3.7 billion emergency spending bill for the border, volunteer groups and private ranchers in one Texas County provide assistance to an overburdened U.S. Border Patrol, The Daily Signal reported.

Located 100 miles away from the southernmost tip of the state, Brooks County is home to a U.S. Border Patrol's Falfurrias checkpoint that smugglers often attempt to bypass by forcing immigrants to take an alternate route through private ranches.



NPR Wrong on Goldwater '64 Say 4 Who Were There

Marking the 50th anniversary of Barry Goldwater's nomination for president in 1964, National Public Radio devoted a recent "All Things Considered" program to the convention that changed the Republican Party and modern conservatism — and helped launch the political career of a Goldwater delegate from California named Ronald Reagan.

But instead of highlighting the many young people who traveled to the San Francisco convention and were inspired by Sen. Goldwater, the NPR program focused on the Arizonan being one of six Republicans who voted in the Senate against the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Given Goldwater's vote and the celebrated line from his acceptance speech that "extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice," NPR's guest and New York Times Magazine contributor Sam Tanenhaus concluded that "it was the context in which he delivered those words — when extremism was identified by so many fringe groups like Southern segregationists who were blocking the schoolhouse doors to African-Americans in the South."



The president finds his legacy in border invasion

Chickens coming home to roost for Democrats

That noisy flutter above the rooftops is the sound of chickens coming home, trying to find a place on the crowded Democratic roost.

Chaos on the border grows noisier, with a backlash in unexpected places: The governor of Connecticut, a Democrat and a fully credentialed liberal, tells President Obama to keep his children’s crusade out of liberal, nice, compassionate Connecticut. The ambitious governor of Maryland tells the president, his great friend, that enough is enough, he agrees it’s sad what’s happening with the children, but the solution is not in his backyard.

Hundreds of rallies are scheduled across the nation this weekend. William Gheen, president of the Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, one of the 11 sponsoring organizations, says he expects more than 300 rallies of various sizes at state capitols, Mexican consulates, drop-off points for illegal immigrants, overpasses and highway intersections that lend themselves to public displays of indignation and outrage.



The takedown of the American superpower

Obama’s weakening of the nation is deliberate

It amazes me that more than 5 years into Barack Obama’s presidency, otherwise-intelligent people are still wondering who he is, what he believes and why he’s doing what he’s doing. It’s not a mystery. It’s never been a mystery. Although he made a somewhat half-hearted attempt to dress up his leftist extremism when he first ran for president in 2008, his radicalism was apparent to anyone paying the slightest attention.

When Mr. Obama spoke in 2008 of seeking the “fundamental transformation” of the nation, few made the connection between his far-left activist record and what he actually intended to do as president. We now have over 5 years of evidence as to what he meant by that “fundamental transformation.” The chaos and catastrophe are the plan.



Medal of Honor
The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States.
GeneTrerally presented to its recipient by the President of the United States of America in the name of Congress.
The first award of the Medal of Honor was made March 25, 1863 to Private JACOB PARROTT.The last award of the Medal of Honor was made September 15, 2011 to Sergeant DAKOTA MEYER.

Since then there have been:  • 3458 recipients of the Medal of Honor.
    • Today there are 85 Living Recipients of the Medal of Honor.
CARPENTER, WILLIAM KYLE Photo

CARPENTER, WILLIAM KYLE
Rank: Lance Corporal
U.S. Marine Corps
Citation

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as an Automatic Rifleman with Company F, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 1, 1st Marine Division (Forward), 1 Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), in Helmand Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom on 21 November 2010. Lance Corporal Carpenter was a member of a platoon-sized coalition force, comprised of two reinforced Marine squads partnered with an Afghan National Army squad. The platoon had established Patrol Base Dakota two days earlier in a small village in the Marjah District in order to disrupt enemy activity and provide security for the local Afghan population. Lance Corporal Carpenter and a fellow Marine were manning a rooftop security position on the perimeter of Patrol Base Dakota when the enemy initiated a daylight attack with hand grenades, one of which landed inside their sandbagged position. Without hesitation, and with complete disregard for his own safety, Lance Corporal Carpenter moved toward the grenade in an attempt to shield his fellow Marine from the deadly blast. When the grenade detonated, his body absorbed the brunt of the blast, severely wounding him, but saving the life of his fellow Marine. By his undaunted courage, bold fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of almost certain death, Lance Corporal Carpenter reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.



From the Archives

Let Slip the Dogs of War.

On a Short Leash?
By Geoff Metcalf
November 5, 2003


"Vivacity, leadership, must be had, and we are not allowed to be nice in choosing.
We must fetch the pump with dirty water, if clean cannot be had."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I love the Army. Metcalfs have served in the Army since before we officially had one. However, I am apoplectic over the chairborne- politically correct cancer-brain flatulence, which reportedly intends to excoriate Lt. Col. Allen B. West for doing his job and saving lives.

The Army has myopically filed a criminal assault charge against an American officer who coerced an Iraqi into providing information that foiled a planned attack on U.S. soldiers. http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20031028-113335-6042r.htm.

Col. West did not torture or physically harm the Iraqi detainee. He did used psychological pressure to scare the snot out of the bad guy. And it worked! After twice firing his service weapon away from the wannabe terrorist (who was an Iraqi police officer) the detainee talked and gave up the information on a planned attack.

Lives were saved and now some uniformed bureaucrats back in the rear with the gear want to destroy the life of a combat leader. It is enough to gag maggots.

When Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan interrogates a bad guy working with terrorists by shooting him in the arms and legs we cheered. When an Army officer scares an enemy in a combat zone with a loud noise they want to nail him to a wall?

The same kind of politically correct desk jockey types who are Jonesing to put women in combat, neuter fighter jocks, and impose rules of engagement for a cricket club instead of barbaric 13th century guerrillas, now seek to destroy an exceptionally effective combat leader. What is wrong with this picture?

    Col. West was with the 4th Infantry occupying areas around Tikrit (Saddam's hometown)…a real bad neighborhood infested with bad guys intent on killing him and his troops.
    An informant reported that there was an assassination plot against Col. West.
    The informant told the soldiers that one person involved in the attack was a town policeman.
    Col West had the policeman detained but interrogators couldn't get anything of substance out of him.

FM22-100 (the Army leadership manual) notes that, "Leaders are responsible for the welfare, discipline and tactical deployment of their troops."

Col. West wrote in an email, "I asked for soldiers to accompany me and told them we had to gather information and that it could get ugly…"

    He said his soldiers "physically aggress[ed]" the prisoner. Apparently they pushed him around.
    After the pushing around failed, Col. West says he brandished his pistol.
    "I did use my 9 mm weapon to threaten him and fired it twice. Once I fired into the weapons clearing barrel…and the next time I did it while having his head close to the barrel. I fired away from him. I stood in between the firing and his person.
    He said, "I admit that what I did was not right but it was done with the concern of the safety of my soldiers and myself." I disagree. Given the results…that saved lives, his actions were both appropriate and effective.

Unlike many politicians and corporate types with less honor and character he did not try to cover up or hide what he did. He informed his superior of his actions.

The incident resulted in the bad guy providing the location of the planned sniper attack and the names of three guerrillas.

If Col West had waited for the ambush and shot and killed the Iraqi cop, no harm/no foul. However, because he 'scared' him with an implied threat of force 'preemptively', the Army wants to destroy his life and blow off over 19 years of superior dedicated service? For what…implementing 'The Bush Doctrine' down to Battalion level?

His wife, said, "My husband is a top-of-the-line officer. My husband is an African-American. He has had to overcome a number of things to get where he is."

Col. West is prepared to "…accept being retired at the grade of major and paying whatever fine required, but resignation and prison seems an attempt to destroy me,"…BULLFEATHERS! Now, more than ever, we NEED officers like this man.

The Army's division of political correctness doesn't like West's interrogation tactic. An Article 32 hearing has been scheduled lead to the court-martial and a potential prison term of eight years. They should have given him a medal and promotion.

Some soldiers are hinky about the Army's drive to punish the officer for an interrogation technique that probably is used regularly to get information from terrorists.

There ARE consequences to what we do and don't do. For a military struggling with morale, recruiting and retention issues to do what they are to Col. West WILL exact a cost. It is a cost we cannot and should not be forced to endure.

Woodrow Wilson observed," Leadership does not always wear the harness of compromise…Men of strenuous minds and high ideals come forward.... The attacks they sustain are more cruel than the collision of arms.... Friends desert and despise them.... They stand alone and oftentimes are made bitter by their isolation...."

Please don't allow Col. West to "stand alone." Spread the word. There IS an election around the corner.