Can i buy clomid at cvs http://wordpress.williamrussell.net A MEETING PLACE OF POLITICS, RELIGION, ECONOMICS, EDUCATION, STRATEGIC THEORY, AND OCCASIONAL FISTFIGHTS & GUNPLAY. Sat, 10 Oct 2015 23:05:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.3 72592883 Female Rangers – How General Odierno Saved the Ranger Program and Army’s Warrior Culture. http://wordpress.williamrussell.net/?p=151 http://wordpress.williamrussell.net/?p=151#respond Mon, 31 Aug 2015 15:32:16 +0000 http://wordpress.williamrussell.net/?p=151 Overcoming Cynicism and Giving a Fair Shot at Success and Failure. Since the August 21st graduation of two women from the Army’s Ranger School there has been an outpouring of commentary on the notoriety of the moment. Writing this article through the lens of a graduate of the Ranger Course (Class 10-87), I want to […]

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Overcoming Cynicism and Giving a Fair Shot at Success and Failure.

Since the August 21st graduation of two women from the Army’s Ranger School there has been an outpouring of commentary on the notoriety of the moment.

Writing this article through the lens of a graduate of the Ranger Course (Class 10-87), I want to join those who are congratulating Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver on their achievements.

What is particularly notable, is the lengths the Army and the Airborne Ranger Training Brigade (ARTB) went through to ensure the women were treated fairly and that the standards were maintained. This balance was particularly important given the rocky history of the integration of women into the military and the cynicism it induced into the male warrior culture. The politically charged social engineering of the military during the Carter, Clinton, and Obama Administrations and championed by Congressional players like Patsy Schroder and Nancy Pelosi was particularly damaging to the reputations of women in the military.

Two examples from the late 1970’s to early 1980’s come to mind: A skewed experiment of women manning a field artillery gun, and the awarding of Special Forces qualification (Green Beret) to Capt. Kathleen Wilder.

The Field Artillery experiment was conducted with a specially selected, physically fit, all female gun crew on 105mm artillery gun. The test was conducted to see if they could maintain a required rate of fire on the gun. Their ability to maintain the standard number of rounds fired per minute was repeatedly used during Equal Opportunity classes at West Point to promote the idea that women were equally as capable as men of performing all combat missions. But the experiment was flawed in that the crew was only required to load and fire the gun. It did not involve moving and setting the gun in place, changing its direction of fire, nor the movement of the ammunition from the cache to the gun. All of these tasks require multiple heavy lifts by multiple crew members.

It the case of Capt. Wilder, she was an intelligence officer who was admitted to the Special Forces Officer Qualification course at Ft Bragg in 1980 after she showed the regulations did not forbid her admission. She was removed from the course along with two other male officers accused of cheating. order clomid online ukThe men accepted the assessment, but she alleged sexual discrimination and was awarded a certificate of completion and Special Forces (SF) designator well after her class graduated.order clomid from india A review of current blogs and on line forums shows the controversy surrounding her award of the SF qualification continues to this day. The existing perception is not a good one.

Looking back at the development of my own attitudes over the course of my career on the subject of women in the military, these two incidents, combined with many of my own experiences, produced a cynicism (particularly regarding anything influenced by politics) which was very difficult to overcome.

To understand the levels of cynicism on the part of male warriors, it is important to understand a few things about the American warrior culture: Failure, especially failure resulting from weakness, is not tolerated. The attitude that “the chain is only as strong as its weakest link” applies. Everyone is expected to challenge and overcome their weaknesses. Anyone who lacks mental or physical toughness is rejected by their peers. Men who fall out of group runs or road marches are regarded as liabilities who might fail the group. Crying over anything less than the death of a comrade is unacceptable. Our mission is to close with and destroy the enemies of our country. Failure in this endeavor could mean death for our Soldiers, ourselves, and, ultimately, our country.

As a young Soldier, this cynicism was created by the conflict of the politically driven message that there was no difference between men and women in the physical and mental preparedness to perform combat missions and the realities I was seeing in our training. I frequently saw women break down in tears when they could not climb over walls on the obstacle courses or fell out of group runs. I remember female cadets screaming “I want to be Infantry!” in shrill voices in front of formations, only to fall apart mentally and physically after a night on a field exercise. The starkest example was my college judo team. We had the National Women’s Collegiate Grand Champion (all weight classes) on our team. But she could not throw most of the men she practiced with — many of whom were smaller than her and very new to the sport. In the Army at large, I saw women who played on their sexuality to get ahead or get by and saw others quickly play the sexual discrimination or harassment card when they could not make the grade. The worst were those women who got pregnant to avoid deployments. The actions of these women often required multiple deployments by men who had to leave their families again to cover the personnel shortages.

Women were also the greatest factor in weakening this cynicism. I particularly remember several women who clearly proved they were quiet professionals who could hang with the men physically — and in many instances, run circles around them in their developed areas of expertise— and do so without chips on their shoulders. They were very comfortable with the fact that they were women, and maintained their femininity and did not try to act like men. Among the men, they acted like they were with their brothers. These women only wanted to be measured by the same standard and did not whine if they came up short. They doubled down and gave it their all to make the grade. I had, and continue to have, such great respect for these women, not because of what the military EO classes said about them, but because their character and performance demanded such respect. While Capt. Griest and Lt. Haver are clearly examples of such women, their accomplishment has to shine through the years of built of cynicism to be appreciated.

In examining how the admission of women to Ranger training has been executed, it appears that the man who directed it clearly understood the dynamics of the cynicism caused by improperly forced integration. General Raymond Odierno, the Chief of Staff of the Army who directed the implementation, graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1976, one month before women were first admitted. He would have heard the all the behind the scenes horror stories from colleagues in the classes immediately behind his on the integration of women into the Academies. He was a young captain attending the Artillery Advance Course at Ft Sill when the female artillery gun crew test was conducted. He was a field artillery battery commander in the XVIII Airborne Corps at Ft Bragg when Capt Wilder was given her Green Beret. He understood the detrimental cynicism created by politically driven implementations of gender integration which failed to recognize the inherent strengths and weakness of men and women in military service.

Insider reports on the LinkedIn Ranger School forum indicate General Odierno was determined that he would control the implementation of the experiment to ensure the Ranger standards were not denigrated. He recognized that if he did not set into practice a program which ensured the standard while allowing women to compete against it, the political appointees of the Obama Administration would destroy the standard and put unprepared women into Ranger Regiment.

Under General Odierno’s direction, the Department of the Army issued the All Army Activities messages stating his intent:

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The wording of the messages and the implementation of the guidance by the Ranger Training Brigade indicates that every effort was made to give the women a fair shot while maintaining the standard. This was an exceptionally fine balance to maintain given the demands for political correctness from the politicians and a military population which has lost its trust for the political leadership and sees its warrior culture under attack by the administration. The women Ranger students needed to be given the opportunity to succeed. If they failed, they needed to fail fairly without the possibility of claiming discrimination. Nor could they be handed a free pass as other Rangers would protest by turning in their Ranger tabs and the program would lose its moral standing. If the women succeeded, they needed to be perceived as having earned their status without the perceptions of special treatment which haunts Captain Wilder’s award of the Special Forces designator.

While deliberations among the Ranger circles will continue until the final reports from their male classmates hit the forums and rumor mills, it looks like the mystique of the tab has been preserved.

 

Don’t Expect a Large Influx of Women

The graduation of these exceptional women has also produced an expectation, and even demands from many non-military pundits for a huge influx of women into the combat arms specialties of the military. However, this is only about as likely as seeing a massive influx of the players from the Women’s National Basketball Association into the NBA. While there are women players like Brittney Griner who may be good enough to make the roster of some of the NBA teams, it is unlikely that she would make the starting lineup of any one of the teams, much less that of one of the championship teams.

Most of those demanding women graduates serve in the Ranger Regiment do not realize that less than five percent of the male officer graduates of Ranger School ever make it into the Regiment. The vast majority of us spend our careers serving in the rest of the Army throughout the world. This is the career path which Capt Griest (Military Police) or Lt. Haver (Apache pilot) would probably follow if they were men. If they were Infantry Officers, seeing these women serve in the Ranger Regiment would be about the same as seeing WNBA star Brittney Griner on the starting lineup of an NBA championship team (without a political directive requiring it).

That said, given standard officer career tracks, Lt. Haver, has the best chance of making it into the special operations community as an operator. As an aviator, she could find herself slotted with Task Force 160, which is the squadron that flies special operators to the fight and provides aerial fire support to them. But this is more dependent on her flying skills than her Ranger tab. Or, she could find herself in one of the aviation liaison (non-flying) positions of the Ranger Regiment.

While the door has now been opened to women to attend these courses and Obama’s Service Secretaries are joyfully announcing they will open all combat related positions to women, the realities of physical requirements, health, and injuries will keep nearly all of them from entering those career specialties, just as it prevents women players from making the rosters of the NBA.

Let’s review what it took the Army to ensure the possibility of success for these two female Rangers.

For the women to attend the Ranger Course, the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade (ARTB) selected 31 female Soldiers (11 officers and 20 non-commissioned officers) to serve as observers and advisors. Their official purpose was to integrate with the Ranger training staff and assist “with the execution of the assessment, and to help capture “lessons learned” from both men and women training together.” order clomid online

The female observers were placed to ensure the integrity of the assessment. This worked to ensure the women in the Ranger course were treated equally and were graded against the standard. It provided the women attending the course the absolute confidence that they were getting a “fair shake” while protecting the Army and the ARTB from charges of discrimination should the women fail to meet the standards.

By taking these painstaking measures to ensure absolute fairness and chances for success, General Odierno and the ARTB command accomplished multiple goals. They ensured the women who attended the Ranger Course were treated and assessed by the established standards. The constant presence of female observers ensured there were no incidents of sexual harassment, discrimination, or favoritism. They ensured the women who completed the course were perceived across the Army with the respect that can only come from successfully and fairly completing the standards without unfair command or political influence which would have denigrated their achievement. But the most important goal was to ensure the standards were preserved so that war fighting capabilities and the warrior culture of the Army and its special operators could be maintained. By demonstrating that there are women who are capable of meeting the standards without denigrating the standards, the Army kept the door open to reduce the resources and costs put into making the experiment successful. In other words, instead of having to set aside 160 class slots in future RTAC classes and put on special recruiting call for special Ranger Courses with extra female staff members, the Army can simply require those women who want to attend the course to compete for the slots so that best qualified Ranger candidates are selected. If they make it, they make it. If they don’t, they don’t. Period.

For those policy makers who think it is good politics to push more women into the Ranger program, it is important to consider how many Rangers can be produced with the limited resources.

According the ARTB webpage, Ranger School has a 42% overall graduation rate. Of the 58% who fail, well over half fail during the first weeks during Ranger Assessment and Darby phases. order clomid overnight Because the failure rate in the first weeks was so high, the Army instituted the two week pre-Ranger course to physically screen and prepare (troop leading procedures and patrolling) junior enlisted men and cadets for the 62 day Ranger course. The pass and selection rate for the pre-Ranger course was 55%. order clomid over the counter About half of all Ranger graduates have to recycle at least one of the course phases (Darby, Mountain, and Swamp – the Desert phase has been dropped). The first time pass rate without recycle is approximately 20%.order clomid uk

In writing this, I cannot over stress the importance of the pre-Ranger training. In my Ranger class, those who attended pre-Ranger had a much higher first time success rate in the Darby Phase — I estimate 80%. On the other hand, a very large portion of those who failed the first week were my fellow officers fresh out of the Infantry Officer Basic Course. We did not attend the pre-Ranger course, but were physically screened and received the patrolling training in the basic course. Infantry officers are pretty much expected to attend Ranger School and to be prepared – the issue for many is how badly they want to succeed in the course.

An additional note on those who recycle: Among those who attend Ranger School, there is the deepest respect for those who recycle a phase of the course to complete it. The stress and rigors of the course are extremely high. There is no shame in failing the course. The probability of getting sick, injured, or exhausted to the point of mental and physical incapacitation from food and sleep deprivation is extremely high (9 Ranger students have died during the course). Everyone comes close to being recycled at some point for failure or injury. Anyone who chooses to recycle and endure the hardships all over again, especially when they have an honorable way out, gets big kudos from those who have been there.

To ensure the women Ranger volunteers had the best chances for success, they were required to attend the pre-Ranger screening and training. The success rate for the women in the pre-Ranger course was approximately 19% (55% for men).order clomid 100mg online The Army was only able to fill approximately 100 of the 160 spaces set aside for women to attend the pre-Ranger training (there are normally more men who want to attend than slots available).purchase clomid online australia A total of 19 women were recommended to attend the Ranger course which began in April. Eleven (58%) of those women were dropped from the course in the first week during the Ranger Assessment Phase (44% of men are dropped at this point). Eight started the Darby Phase with none (0%) completing (57% for men). Several women chose to recycle the Darby Phase and all failed again. Three chose to recycle to Day 1 and repeat the Ranger Assessment Phase before attempting the Darby Phase again. All three made it through Darby and started the Mountain Phase. purchase clomid uk Two of these women went on to graduate. (42 to 44 of every one hundred men graduate.)

While there will be women who will attend future Ranger courses, it is highly unlikely there will a massive influx into the training and much less into the special ops community. As pointed out above, even with the special recruiting drive and a great deal of interest across the ranks, the Army still could not find enough women to enter the training to fill the spaces set aside for them. Those who do enter the training will have only a two to three percent success rate, and only five to ten percent of those who are successful will make the cut for the Ranger Regiment.

In the end, do we want to force the Army to spend the resources and time in which it could produce over 40 Ranger qualified men to produce two more Ranger qualified women? (Of course, I won’t ask this of the Obama Administration which requires the Air Force to purchase “green” jet fuel at $140 per gallon when it could buy regular jet fuel at $3 per gallon.)

Beware of a General Lifting the Combat Arms Exclusions

The graduation of these women is leading to general pronouncements by the political appointees in the Department of Defense to lift all exclusions barring women from ground combat positions. It would be a great mistake to categorically lift these exclusions. The Ranger training experiment has proven that this can be accomplished by exception. The elimination of the combat exclusions will open all women to the draft and potentially force women into direct combat roles, whether they are qualified or not.

America has already achieved the right balance of opportunities for women and the requirement to maintain certain sex-based exclusions to meet our national interests.

Women, such as General Ann Dunwoody, are commanding at the highest levels and serving effectively in many combat, combat related, and intelligence related roles. There are many brave women who are flying combat missions and out on patrols in Military Police, Civil Affairs, and Intelligence roles alongside the Infantry in Afghanistan and throughout the Middle East. When working with the Infantry, they are performing roles that men are incapable of in those cultures to gather critical intelligence and provide inroads through healthcare and education to the veiled half of those societies. These women have proven themselves more than capable of defending themselves when attacked. To date, two women have been awarded Silver Stars for bravery under fire while defending their units in Iraq and Afghanistan.

But there are realities of warfare that remain the same as they have throughout history, and there are certain types of units that should and must remain all male. While there are some very physically fit women who can outperform the average man at endurance and strength tests, they are the rare exceptions to the rule. When it comes to the pure applications of “brute force and ignorance” that goes along with closing with and killing other men who are actively trying to kill you, under conditions which require physical exertions that exceed those of any professional sport, men are simply more suited to the occasion. The reality is far different from what Hollywood portrays in the movies.

Imagine if our sense of political correctness required that 20 percent of one NBA team’s starting lineup include women. It would fundamentally change the game. The effects on the capabilities of our ground combat units would be no less than the effects such a move would have on a professional sports team. But the cost would be much higher.

The political realities of implementation are being completely ignored by those advocating the removal of the combat exclusions. The most important is that it will make women subject to the draft. Without the exclusion, there is no legal justification to drafting only men into military service.

This truth of physical strength in martial endeavors applies when carrying 70 to 100 lbs of gear up the side of a mountain at 10,000 feet above sea level to root Al Qaeda members out of caves, when repairing the 3 ton track of an M1 tank in the snow, and to all the tasks related to the movement and operation of a field artillery piece or other heavy armored vehicles. While it is proven that there are women like Captain Griest and Lt. Haver who could help the team in these endeavors, they are the two in ten million exceptions. Forcing un-prepared personnel into these positions invites disaster on multiple levels.

All those arguing for this, need to consider the NBA analogy again. While they might argue that women should be allowed to play in the NBA if they could meet the standards, do they really want to make the argument that an NBA team must make a quota and implement different strength and speed standards for those women who want to play but are not quite as strong and fast as the male players? Do they really want to make the argument that women should be called up and forced to play on that NBA team? Would they then expect that team to win, when it plays against teams which do not have those requirements?

The danger of removing the barrier preventing women from voluntarily serving in the Infantry is there will be no legal protection preventing them from being forced to serve in the Infantry. Is this what America wants?

There is a large portion of this argument being ignored by the pundits and the American public: Is America ready to see its daughters drafted into military service and forced into combat which they are physically and mentally unprepared to face?

 

William Russell is a retired Infantry Lieutenant Colonel from the United States Army, a graduate of Ranger Class 10-87, and has served in Desert Storm, the Balkans, the Iraq War, and the Pentagon on 9/11. www.williamrussell.net

 

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Open Letter to Glenn Beck: You Owe Poland an Apology http://wordpress.williamrussell.net/?p=97 http://wordpress.williamrussell.net/?p=97#respond Mon, 06 Oct 2014 01:44:34 +0000 http://wordpress.williamrussell.net/?p=97 Dear Glenn Beck, I was so honored by the three interviews you did with me during the course of my congressional campaigns against John Murtha in 2008 to 2010. I will always remember how deeply you complemented me when you closed your first interview. I am writing with the hope  my words will carry some […]

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Dear Glenn Beck,

I was so honored by the three interviews you did with me during the course of my congressional campaigns against John Murtha in 2008 to 2010. I will always remember how deeply you complemented me when you closed your first interview.

I am writing with the hope  my words will carry some influence with you and the messages you send over the airwaves. I greatly respect your endeavors to constantly educate yourself and your listeners as well as your promotion of reconciliation between opposing factions.

My head almost exploded on September 29, when I heard you accuse the Poles of standing by and doing nothing about the Holocaust and even participating in it. In doing so, you endorsed nearly 75 years of combined Nazi and Soviet Communist propaganda which has continually sought to smear the Poles as ignorant anti-Semites who supported the Nazi atrocities and has served to poison Polish-Jewish and Polish-American relations since World War II. Your endorsement of this smear against America’s most loyal ally is just as devastating as John Murtha’s endorsement of Jihadi propaganda against the Haditha Marines.

You owe Poland and Poles a long and deeply felt apology. You have insulted the sacrifices of many, many brave Poles who never surrendered in the face of evil during World War II (there was no “Vichy” Poland). It was the Polish Home Army which informed the world of the atrocities being committed by the Nazis against the Jews. – Since you are far better man than John Murtha was, I am sure you will do the right thing when you learn the full truth.

For the last two years, I have been working on a book to find the ground truth and help heal the wounds which persist in Polish-Jewish relations. I am engaged in this endeavor as a friend of both Israel and Poland; as someone who sees both as critical allies in our current struggles with Islamic extremism and Post-Soviet Russian and Chinese aggression. I have long supported a strong and independent Israel and recognize it as our most critical ally in the Middle East.

On the historical side, Poland has been America’s most loyal ally going back to the days when Polish patriots Thaddeus Kosciusko and Kazimierz Pułaski served under George Washington in America’s War of Independence. On the personal side, my wife, Kasia, is from Poland. Her father was a regional leader in the Solidarity movement of the 80’s, and her grandfather survived Stalin’s Gulag while her grandmother was ethnically cleansed from her home in Eastern Poland, which is now part of Ukraine.

The history of the Holocaust in Poland and Ukraine is much more complicated than most people, including most historians, realize. The Holocaust cannot be separated from the Holodomor in Ukraine (which you have spoken about on your show and I have written about on my website www.williamrussell.net), nor the massacre of the 26,000 Polish officers, cadets, policemen, judges, and political leaders at Katyn and the deportation and starvation of nearly 1.6 million Poles to Stalin’s Gulags (1939-41), nor the continued war by the Soviets against the members of the Polish Home Army from 1944 to 1962.

Those people who accuse the Poles of doing nothing to help the Jews or of turning over Jews in a wholesale manner to the Nazis have little appreciation for the threat which the people of Nazi occupied territories faced when hiding Jews during the war. Perhaps the best illustration of the constant very real threat they lived with is presented in a fictional movie, Quinton Tarantino’s “buy clomid over the counter.” In one of the early scenes, the evil Colonel Landa threatens a French farmer’s family if he does not reveal the Jews he is hiding below the floor boards of his house. The penalty for hiding Jews in occupied Poland was death for the entire family, and every Polish family who hid Jews lived in absolute fear of being discovered.

 

In spite of the risks, many, many Poles hid hundreds of thousands of Jews from the Nazi’s during the war. Those who failed in hiding their Jewish friends died with them. This history is far too long to address in a single open letter. But there are two particular Poles who stand out against your statements on Poland. Their stories and their struggles against the Nazi’s remained buried until after the fall of communism in 1989.

The first was Irena Sendler.

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She, and her network smuggled nearly 2500 infants out of the Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw and placed them in Catholic homes to keep them alive during the war. This was all done at great risk to herself, the people in her network, and the families who took in the smuggled babies. Irena was eventually arrested by the Gestapo and tortured, and had her arms broken. Somehow, she survived the war and was able to recover the records (which she buried in jars in her garden) of most of the babies and their new families. The Soviets buried her story for many years, and it only came to light after Poland gained independence from communism in 1989. She was nominated for the Nobel Prize, but it was awarded to Al Gore for his work on Global Warming.

The other person of note, whose story truly reveals how complex this history is, was Witold Pilecki.

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Pilecki was a cavalry officer who helped defeat the Soviet Red Army in Poland’s war to secure its new independence in 1920. At the beginning of WWII, Pilecki fought against the Germans. As the Soviet-Nazi alliance consolidated their control of Poland, he went underground and served with the Polish Home Army. As part of Jan Karski’s network, he volunteered to be captured in a Nazi round-up under the false name Tomasz Serafinski in 1940 and was imprisoned in Auschwitz for nearly three years.

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While in Auschwitz, he helped organize the various resistance groups into a coherent movement. They smuggled a great deal of information out of the camps detailing the crimes being committed there, and alerted the Allies of the Nazi efforts to exterminate the Jews as early as 1941. He survived pneumonia. After 3 years he escaped and participated in the Warsaw Rising of 1944. Pilecki was captured during the fighting and spent the rest of the war in a prisoner-of-war camp. He joined the Polish II Corps in Italy in July of 1945.order clomid online uk On orders from General Anders, he returned to Poland and gather intelligence on the Soviet occupation. In May, 1947 Captain Pilecki was arrested by the Polish communist secret police (pol. UB – buy clomid canada), and incarcerated at Warsaw’s infamous Mokotov Prison. Pilecki was tortured, interrogated, and executed following a trial at which he was given three death sentences. Pilecki was shot on May 25, 1948 and his body was never returned to his family. order clomid from india

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Michael Schudrich, the Chief Rabbi of Poland, said that Pilecki was “an example of inexplicable goodness at a time of inexplicable evil. There is ever-growing awareness of Poles helping Jews in the Holocaust, and how they paid with their lives, like Pilecki. We must honor these examples and follow them today in the parts of the world where there are horrors again.”order clomid online australia

Ironically, this hero, who sacrificed so much to expose the horrors of the Jewish Holocaust, was arrested, interrogated, tortured,  and sentenced by Jews.

order clomid online ** Pilecki’s executioner, Piotr Smietanski, whose picture was previously shown above,  is listed as having disappeared  after immigrating  to Israel in 1968 on both the Polish Greatness and Doomed Soldiers blogs. However, Marek Jan Chodakiewicz in researching his book After the Holocaust, found that Smietanski was of Polish Catholic decent and died of Tuberculosis in the 1960s.

 

Sadly, Pilecki’s treatment was not unique. It was all too common for the Soldiers of the Home Army who were systematically arrested, tortured, imprisoned and/or murdered by the UB from 1945 to 1962. They were frequently accused of Nazi collaboration.

There are those who would argue that the Jewish members of the UB who perpetrated these crimes against the members of the Polish Home Army were only there in reaction to Polish anti-Semitic atrocities during the war. This is simply not true.

The majority of the Jewish members of the UB exposed by recent research and the opening of their records were long time members of the Communist Party before the war. Many started their careers as NKVD operatives in the 1920’s and actively supported the Soviet invasion of Poland in 1939.order clomid overnight Among the activities Soviet operatives engaged in were partisan attacks on the rear areas of the Polish Army in support of the Red Army which began on day the Soviets invaded Polandorder clomid over the counter and a general welcoming of Soviets by the Jewish communities. They also formed pro-Soviet Jewish militias who assisted the Soviets in the arrests and deportations of 1.6 million Polish citizens to Stalin’s Gulags. They targeted politicians, judges, lawyers, doctors, Catholic priests, and teachers.order clomid uk My wife’s grandfather, a school teacher, was among those arrested and deported with the help of such militias.

What developed out to this complicated history with all of its twists and turns, were two clichés about the Polish and Jewish peoples and which have been played upon over time to the benefit of Soviet and post- Soviet Russia. The first is the “anti-Semitic Pole,” and the other is the “communist Jew.” These clichés were developed by both the Soviets and the Nazis in order to manipulate peoples with propaganda messages and to meet their political and administrative needs. They used a common communist technique of co-opting the wavering political support of an individual or family to the communist cause and applied it to the entire Polish and Jewish nations.

When the communists needed the political support of a peasant and his family against the land owners, they would often force the peasant to kill a landowner by threatening to kill the peasant’s family if he did not. The communists would then publicize how the peasants were killing the hated landowners in support of socialism. This forced the peasant into a permanent affiliation with communists because the peasant could not go back to the landowner for protection and the landowners now feared the peasant.order clomid 100mg online The Nationalist Socialists (Nazis) did this with the Poles and the proletarian socialists (Soviets) did this with the Jews.

The cliché of the anti-Semitic Poles who spontaneously participated in anti-Jewish pogroms against the Jews during World War II was created by the Nazis and then masterfully played upon my Stalin. Professor Marek Jan Chodakiewicz, who was a member of the National Holocaust Museum Board, details this in his masterful work The Massacre in Jedwabne (a massacre of Jews in Eastern Poland in which many were shot and others burned alive in a barn). He details the German program which would implicate the local Polish populations in the spontaneous purging of Bolshevik and Jewish opponents in which “orders given by the Germans would not be identifiable.”purchase clomid online australia This program of implication against the Poles, and to a lesser extent against Ukraine, was played on by Stalin to undermine public support for Poland among its allies in the West in the post war era. The play on the Polish implication in the atrocities was incorporated into the Stalinist propaganda program which promoted the world wide exposure of Nazi crimes in the Holocaust. They did this in order hide the Stalinist crimes of the Great Terror, the Holodomor, the Gulags, and the massacre of the Polish Officer corps at Katyn.

The success of the Soviet capitalization on, and replay of the Nazi propaganda program portraying Polish participation in the Holocaust has been seen in multiple permutations over the years. Most notable in recent years has been the New York Times and Washington Post’s laudatory reviews and promotions of Jan Gross’s book, Neighbors (which blames the Jedwabne massacre solely on a pogrom by local Poles). Although Jan Gross has been thoroughly discredited as a historian, his work has been touted as revealing the “realities” of Polish antisemitism. Neighbors was based almost solely on the testimony records from the Soviet show trials conducted in 1949. The show trials provided the Soviets the opportunity to eliminate the opposition leaders in Poland as Nazi collaborators, while allowing the Soviets portray themselves as the bulwark against Polish antisemitism. The trials also undermined popular support for the Poles in England and the United States while diverting attention away from Soviet war crimes. In addition, Gross did not include research of the German archives which would have pointed to the Nazi program of staged pogroms in Poland. Nevertheless, Gross’s premise that Poles were active perpetrators of the Holocaust continues to taint the public perception of Poland in the United States. The Soviet and Nazi lies which Gross repeated as if they were historical facts, continue to be repeated in various forms in so many forums that they have become accepted as the truth. Even popular radio hosts repeat them without knowing they have been sold a lie.

In modern days, the Jewish-communist cliché is one that, if used, will draw immediate charges of antisemitism. It is generally believed to have been created by the Nazis and only used by modern anti-Jewish extremists. However, it was created and promoted by the Soviets. It allowed them to recruit from the one ethnic group in the former Russian Empire who had no affiliations with the tsar, nor any other nationalist tendency. Yet, the Jewish communities offered a high proportion of literate, articulate, and educated people who could take over the administration, security apparatuses, and leadership of a largely uneducated peasant nation. The Soviets extended their recruitment program into the Eastern European countries they occupied, including Poland and Ukraine. This put a very public and prominent Jewish “face” on communism and communist crimes. It was a program which was so successful that the Soviets had Jewish officers and operatives change their names to Russian or Polish names (notice the name changes among Witold Pilecki’s tormentors above) for fear that communism would lose its legitimacy as a movement of the Russian (or Polish) people.

This happened in a number of ways and for a number of reasons. Jews figured prominently in the national level leadership of the communist movement in Russia (Karl Marx, Leon Trotsky, Lazar Kaganovich) and Poland (Bolesław Bierut, Poland’s first President under the Soviets) as well as thousands in the very public positions as speakers, academics, administrators, and enforcers supporting and defending the Revolution. The communists were also adamant in promoting the idea of eliminating all forms of ethnic and national discrimination. This message played very well, and drew many recruits in the Jewish communities of the Pale of Settlement.purchase clomid uk

The Pale of Settlement was the area established by Catherine the Great to segregate Jews and prevent them from becoming too prominent in the fabric of Tsarist Russian society when she banished them from Moscow and St Petersburg. It encompassed a very large area including Ukraine, eastern Poland and Lithuania.buy clomid and provera online

It is also important to recognize the method and balancing act Stalin (himself an anti-Semite) engaged in using the Jews. After the revolution and Lenin’s death, Stalin continued growing the seeds of communism sewed by Lenin. He needed educated people who had no affiliation to the tsar or to any Russian aristocracy to run the bureaucracy and apparatuses of the Soviet state to consolidate his power. He needed a people set apart from all others who could enact his terror against Russians, or any other ethnic minorities, whose only affiliation for keeping themselves in power was with the party. Stalin needed an ethnic minority so small that it could easily be isolated and turned on if it became too powerful, or was no longer needed. (There is clear evidence Stalin was planning a massive purge of Jews with the Doctor’s Plot, but it was cancelled by his own death.) The recruiting grounds of the Jewish communities in the Pale of Settlement were perfect for this purpose.

In his book, The Jewish Century, Yuri Slezkine notes how Jews were so visible in the public face of the Soviet atrocity apparatus:

“Indeed, the Soviet secret police – the regime’s sacred center, known after 1934 as the NKVD – was on of the most Jewish of all Soviet institutions. In January 1937, on the eve of the Great Terror, the 111 top NKVD officials included 42 Jews, 35 Russians, 8 Latvians, and 26 others. Out of twenty NKVD directorates, twelve (60 percent, including State Security, Police, Labor Camps, and Resettlement [deportations]) were headed by officers who identified themselves as ethnic Jews. The most exclusive and sensitive of all NKVD agencies, the Main Directorate for State Security, consisted of ten departments: seven of them (Protection of Government Officials, Counterintelligence, Secret-Political, Special [surveillance in the army], Foreign Intelligence, Records, and Prisons) were run by immigrants from the former Pale of Settlement. Foreign service was an almost exclusively Jewish specialty (as was spying for the Soviet Union in Western Europe and especially the United States). The Gulag, or Main Labor Camp Administration, was headed by ethnic Jews from 1930, when it was formed, until late November 1938, the Great Terror was mostly over. “buy clomid and arimidex

In their program of co-opting the Jewish communities in the Pale of Settlement, the Soviets drove a deep and infectious wedge into the weak point of ethnic frictions between the Jews and peoples of Eastern Europe. They put a Jewish face on communism not only for recruiting, but also to implement and take the blame for the atrocities of the Holodomor in Ukraine and on the atrocities committed against the Poles during the Soviet occupations of 1939-41 and after the war.

No one should ever deny the Jewish survivors of the Holocaust, and their decedents, the bitterness and resentment they understandably feel for the Holocaust as well as various pogroms at various points throughout their history in the Pale. Extinguishing the smoldering embers of hostilities between the Jewish, Polish, and Ukrainian peoples requires forgiveness. The only way to begin to forgive the searing pain which persists after three generations is to recognize the ideologies of proletarian and nationalist socialism which ignited and then fanned the fires of hatred in the of the Bonfire of Atrocities that occurred in Eastern Europe during the war.

There is no denying the fact that many of the guards for the death and work facilities in the Nazi Concentration Camps were Ukrainian. They were not led to do so much out of centuries of anti-Semitic hatreds, but out of the immediate hatred that one would develop in his own lifetime from witnessing the slow execution of his family and people through starvation in the decade before the Holocaust. In the Holodomor, approximately 25% of the Ukrainian nation was starved to death on a grand scale through systematic Soviet theft of all the grain, to include the seed grain stores. The most visible leadership of the Soviet political and security apparatus during the Holodomor was Jewish. Although the vast majority of Jews were not communists, the vast majority of the public face of communism and its crimes in Holodomor was Jewish. Many of those leaders sought to protect and promote the welfare of their former Jewish communities in Ukraine, adding to the perception Jewish-communist ties as well as forcing the alliance of the Jewish communities in the Ukraine with their new Soviet masters out of fear of reprisals from Ukrainian majorities. The ideology that caused it was proletarian socialism.

Just as there was a very public Jewish face on the Holodomor in the Ukraine, there was also a very public Jewish presence in the suppression and oppression of Poland during the periods of Soviet occupation discussed earlier. That same oppression resulted in the NKVD executing many of the Poles held in the local jails in Poland as they fled the Nazis in 1941. Again, those actions were planned and justified by the ideologies of proletarian socialism.

 

 When the German Army drove the Russians out Poland in 1941 and began a program of pogroms across Poland to implicate local peoples in the destruction of the Jewish race, it was conceived, planned, and justified under the ideology of Nationalist Socialism.

For those Poles who did turn in Jews or seek to profit from their destruction, they probably justified their actions by the harm done to Poland by the proletarian socialists under the banner of communism.

Again, when the Soviets drove the Nazis out of Poland in 1944, they again justified their heavy hand of oppression in their own socialist ideologies over the socialist ideologies of their enemies. The peoples who suffered most were the Jews, the Poles, and the Ukrainians.

It is important for each of these three peoples to realize they need to forgive each other to see the good in each other; and if this is too much, to recognize that each is not the threat to their existence in this world.

Again, no one should deny justice to those who suffered during the war. However, just as the Jewish community does not want to be defined by Lazar Kaganovich, Jozef Goldberg, Natan Grunspan – Kikiel, or Fajga Mindla Danielak,  no one should insist that all Ukraine be defined by those who guarded the Nazi camps, nor that Poland be defined by those Poles who turned over Jews, capitalized on their tragedies, or even committed murders themselves.

The Jewish community needs to recognize that Poles make up the largest number (6,454) of Righteous Among the Nations recognized by Yad Vashembuy clomid and serophene and to forgive those Poles who fell far short in their righteousness. For those who continue to believe Polish anti-Semitism is just too strong to overcome, perhaps they can recognize that Jews lived and prospered in Poland for centuries before the war. While there was discrimination and occasional pogroms, the Poles never sought to destroy the entire Jewish race. Given there are those countries in this day and age who are seeking nuclear weapons while calling for the destruction of Israel and the eradication of the Jews, perhaps it is time for the Jan Grosses and Debbie Schlussels of the world to stop kicking Poland and recognize how great a need Jews and Israel have for Poland as an ally.

For anyone in America who is unaware of Poland’s contributions to America’s and Europe’s freedom, there is no other country which has contributed more or at a greater price than Poland.

It was the Polish Hussars under King Jan Sobieski, who stemmed the tide of Ottoman Islamic advances into Europe at the gates of Vienna, on September 11, 1683. It was the Polish military engineer, Thaddeus Kosciusko, who designed and built George Washington’s defenses at West Point and later saved Washington’s life in the Battle of Brandywine. The Polish Prince Kazimierz Pułaski organized Washington’s continental horsemen into an effective cavalry, and led them in battle before giving his life for America’s independence.

In addition to the contributions of Witold Pilecki and Irena Sendler in WWII, the Polish Army inflicted over 60,000 casualties on the German Wermacht, and at least as many casualties on the Soviets, during their initial invasions of Poland in 1939. The Poles never surrendered. The pilots of the fledgling Polish air force who escaped to England, formed the two highest scoring squadrons of the RAF during the Battle of Britain. The Carpathian Brigade, composed of Polish expats in the Middle East at the start of the war, helped thwart the advance of Rommel’s panzers toward Egypt in the first battle of Tobruk. Approximately 70,000 men and the remnants of their families who survived Stalin’s Gulags in Siberia, chose to leave the Soviet Union for the Middle East to form the Polish II Corps and took the mountain top at Monte Casino, Italy. It was the Polish Home Army, which continuously fought throughout the war, who provided the Allies with the ENIGMA code machine, giving the Allies access to the most vital German secret messages. These are just a few of Poland’s contributions.

More recently, the Poles supported America’s operations in Kosovo and Iraq. It was the Polish special forces (GROM) who seized Saddam’s oil rigs in the Persian Gulf.

Poles and Ukrainians also need to find a way to forgive. They need to recognize that the majority of Jews were not communists, and it was the non-communist Jews who suffered the most in the war. For those Poles who are too embittered after the years of Soviet domination: remember that 4000 Jews accompanied General Anders’ Army out of Russia and served bravely in the Polish II Corps. Both countries also need to recognize that American popular support for the Polish and Ukrainian people is vital, given the current war in Ukraine the lack of wisdom on the part of America’s current President in knowing who our country’s friends and enemies are. It is important to recognize that the perception of Polish anti-Semitism is played upon in the American and western media by those with socialist sympathies or who continue to hold on the wrongs of the past. This perception is used to undermine popular support for Ukraine and Poland in the US.

Hopefully, Glenn, you can recognize the wrong you have done to Poland with your comments. I also hope you recognize that Poland can, and will be a critical player in maintaining a free Europe. This will ultimately impact America’s strength and Israel’s existence. We all need each other and must stand united in our response to the threats to freedom in the world. Please apologize to Poland and continue your work towards reconciliation between Americans, and between the American, Jewish, Polish, and Ukrainian peoples.

Sincerely,

William T Russell

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with our teen and preteen kids.

For those unfamiliar with the Hunger Games, it is the story of a gladiatorial competition in a futuristic totalitarian regime, which requires each of 12 isolated districts to select a teenage boy and girl by lottery to fight to the death until only one “victor” survives. The story centers on the heroine, Katniss Everdeen, who volunteers for the Hunger Games to save her younger sister, Prim, when her name is drawn. At the start of the Games, the evil President Snow tells the people that the games are a reminder of the futility and immorality of “resisting the Capital.” The first two movies of the series are very true to the books. They introduce concepts of justifiable (self defense and defense of others) and unjustifiable homicide and war. They unlock thoughts on the kinds of totalitarian regimes which would perpetrate such horrific crimes against their people. As the story unfolds, symbols of freedom and unity emerge from acts of love and compassion in the face of evil, just as they do in real life.  

Unlike so many movies in which the characters engage in gratuitous violence strictly for entertainment’s sake, the Hunger Games series does not. This may sound like an odd statement given the gargantuan levels of gladiatorial
combat Katniss engages in. But in her struggle to survive her first and supposedly only round in the Hunger Games, Katniss makes moral decisions which raise her above the games and elevate her to a popular symbol of defiance to
totalitarianism.  

Katniss’s first moral action is one of sacrifice when she volunteers for her younger sister.  In the games she befriends Rue, a young teen from another district who reminds her of Prim. They help protect each other from the professional gladiators from other districts until Rue is killed by one of the “pros.” Katniss also forms alliance with Peeta, the boy from her district who is in love with her, and they follow the same pattern of defending each other from the “pros.”

Throughout the Games, every act of violence Katniss engages in is in self defense or in defense of others. In their final act of defiance, Peeta and Katniss vow to take poison berries and sacrifice themselves for each other, rather than allowing the other to be killed so that only one of them survives.  

Many of the symbols of resistance rise from these actions in the buy cheap clomid online uk and come to fruition in Catching Fire. Before she departs for the Capital for the first games, Prim gives Katniss a small pin bearing a mocking jay. (The mocking jay is a genetically modified bird which the regime created to spy on the rebels during the previous revolution. It is able to remember and mimic long conversations, but the rebels quickly learned to fill the mocking
jays heads with conversations full of false information.) The mocking jay pin, along with Katniss’s hair style, becomes a popular icon. Then there is the tune Rue whistles and sends through the mocking jays in the arena as a signal to
Katniss. It becomes a musical symbol of resistance. Finally, there is the simple blowing of a kiss with a three fingered gesture Katniss makes as she bids farewell to Rue’s body as it is lifted from the arena.  This small expression of love, becomes an act of defiance so challenging to the regime that it earns people immediate executions for its display. In Catching Fire, Katniss becomes the human embodiment of all these symbols and they serve to unite the peoples of the various districts in resistance to the Capital.  

There are many true to life correlations in these movies. In where can i buy cheap clomid pills, the character Cinna, Katniss’s wardrobe designer, earns a terrible fate for a dress that turns Katniss into the Mocking Jay. A similar thing happened in East
Berlin in the late 1960s. The divided city of Berlin became a symbol and show case of the capitalist system of the west and the communism imposed by the Soviet Union. In the years immediately following the destruction of the city in
World War II, the US, British, and French controlled sectors of West Berlin quickly rebuilt and became a show case for a modern and vibrant European city with brightly lit thoroughfares and skyscrapers. Soviet controlled East Berlin, on the other hand, remained pockmarked and skeletal with the exception of a few city blocks near the Brandenburg gate. Things were so bad, the Soviets had to build a wall around the western sector to keep all the people from leaving East Germany. In the 1960’s, in an attempt to build a modern symbol to serve as a propaganda counter weight for the overwhelming economic success of capitalism contrasted to the dismal misery of communism, the communist leader of East Germany, Walter Ulbricht ordered the construction of a television tower that would be the buy clomid online with mastercard The story circulating in the diplomatic community in Bonn in 1982 was that the designer had only agreed to build it if he could put a cross on top of the nearly 1200 foot tower. The communists agreed to allow a half meter (18 in) cross on top. After some reluctance, the designer agreed and the tower was constructed. However, when the sun reflected off the mirrored ball in the middle of tower, it produced a very prominent cross that could be seen for miles. The story concluded with designer getting seven years in prison.

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A simple musical tune can also have great impact.  Dr John Lenczowoski, who served as the Soviet and East European Desk Chair in the Reagan Administration and was one of the architects who helped bring about the dissolution of the Soviet Union, led the effort to upgrade the crumbling infrastructure of Radio Free Europe and Voice of America broadcasting into the former Warsaw Pact countries in the early 1980s. He tells of the power of a single song for people who feel isolated and alone under the weight of political oppression. A Polish gentleman once recounted to him how he boarded a bus in the early 80’s while whistling a tune. He was not thinking much about the tune itself, nor what was going on around him. He paused in a brief moment of terror as other people around him on the bus began whistling the tune also. The tune could only be heard on Radio Free Europe and Voice of America. It was forbidden from broadcasts on Soviet approved radio and he feared that he had exposed himself to arrest for anti-Soviet activities.  But as the whistling spread throughout the bus, he realized that the other passengers were of a similar
mindset and that he was not alone. In that moment, hope caught fire for a group of strangers riding a bus.

Then there are the real life acts of defiance in the face of violence. Some are successful. Such as when the young Bishop of Krakow, buy clomid online pharmacy faced down the water cannons, truncheons, and guns of the secret police as he began a tradition of holding an outdoor Midnight Mass in the “communist paradise” of Nowa Huta in 1959.  He later succeeded in having a church built for the parishioners. He essentially became Poland’s version of the Mocking Jay when he was elected Pope and took the name John Paul II.  His rise to the Papacy stood in direct defiance to the attempts of the Soviet regime to exercise domination over the Church and the peoples of Eastern Europe and was a major factor in the end of Soviet rule.

Other acts of  defiance fail, leaving only images of their hope and bravery. Such was the fate of the Chinese students crushed by the tanks of the Peoples Liberation Army in Tiananmen Square in 1989.    


True bravery in the face of oppression: A young man armed only with a brief case in Tiananmen Square attempts to block tanks from crushing the student protests in 1989. Several protesters were ground into the pavement under the treads of the tanks, manywere shot, and many thousands were sent to the laojiao (Chinese concentration camp system) for “re-education.”   Photo from:http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=tiananmen+square+protests&id=C052BF633C1B522E06E390E95266D50CD69FC9E4&FORM=IQFRBA#view=detail&id=BFD9254EA7E318ED3126E949FD4FB923F75595B2&selectedIndex=1

 

The great thing about the Hunger Games series is the correlation the moral issues and symbols from this science fiction story have to real life issues in the study of history and current events from the Roman Empire to modern day totalitarian regimes.  The series provides a means to introduce the real meaning of political and moral principles to teens and preteens as they start to become politically aware. It is a teaching tool to make them aware of the levels of anti-capitalist, anti-Christian, and anti-family symbolism which they are bombarded with everyday. It provides the perfect vehicle to help your young teen understand the very real existence of evil regimes in which families are property of the government and governments use children to punish and threaten the parents. It opens them to viewing and understanding documentaries like buy clomid online paypal about North Korea.

The Hunger Games series provides a great inroad to getting our children to think about the Source of human and individual rights, and to determine when support for or resistance to government authority is justified. It can be used to lead them to a meaningful and thoughtful reading of our nation’s founding documents and a truer understanding of what freedom really means. Perhaps in a generation of students inundated with political correctness from kindergarten through their current grade, a new spirit of Liberty will start catching fire.  

    

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Every year, Americans gather with family and friends to celebrate a unique American holiday,  Thanksgiving. The name of the holiday remains intact on most public school calendars as the concept of being thankful is easy enough to secularize without changing the name.  So, unlike the traditional Christmas and Easter breaks, its original name remains. But the depths of thankfulness of the Pilgrims are glossed over and the origins of our national holiday are over looked. It is doubtful that a public school history teacher could recount the events and meaning of the original Thanksgiving and our national holiday, even to read the original documents, without accusations of introducing religious teachings into the classroom.

Each year I make an effort to recount the trials which led to the original Thanksgiving as my family gathers at the table and begins to celebrate in our own prayer of Thanksgiving. I use a synopsis taken from Historian Peter Marshall’s book The Light and the Glory.

  This year, however, I will read the proclamation penned by George Washington to establish Thanksgiving as a national holiday. It truly captures the thankfulness of a man who had personally experienced Divine intervention on so many occasions as he led his rag-tag army in America’s War for Independence. Each of these readings is short enough to be shared at the Thanksgiving table before the food gets cold, while adding so much more meaning to the celebration. Feel free to make use of them and have a very Happy and Thankful Thanksgiving.

V/R

Bill

THE PILGRIMS FIRST THANKSGIVING     

The Pilgrims arrived in the New World aboard the Mayflower in November of 1620 after 66 days on stormy seas. They arrived more than 2months later than they had planned because their original ship became unseaworthy and they had to return to port and acquire a new ship. After an additional 3weeks of exploration, they established their settlement at Plymouth Rock in what is now Massachusetts.

Of the 102 souls who set sail on the Mayflower in August of that year, only 55 survived to the following spring.  

Their main shelter through the winter remained the Mayflower and they built a single common house ashore. During the course of the winter months their diet consisted of dried pork, dried peas, and dried fish.

The worst losses came in the winter months. In the month of December they lost 6, in January: 8, in February: 17, in March: 14 — all told losing 47 over the course of the journey. Only four of the married couples
survived intact.  

The summer months of 1621 proved bountiful. In the spring, a former Indian slave taught them how to plant corn and the breeding cycles of the salmon and cod which made their runs in the spring. New dwellings were constructed.

With the successful harvest, Governor Bradford declared a day of public Thanksgiving to be held in October. They invited the Indians and the Chief Massasoit showed up with 90 from his tribe. This caused a bit of despair among the Pilgrims at first as feeding such a large crowd would cut deeply into their winter food supply.

“But they learned one thing through their travails, it was to trust God implicitly. As it turned out, the Indians were not arriving emptyhanded. Massasoit had commanded his braves to hunt for the occasion, and they
arrived with no less than five dressed deer and more than a dozen fat wild turkeys! And they helped with the preparations, teaching the Pilgrim women how to make hoecakes and a tasty pudding out of corn meal and maple syrup. Finally,they showed them an Indian delicacy: how to roast corn until it popped.

The Pilgrims in turn, provided many vegetables from their household gardens; carrots, onions turnips, parsnips, cucumbers, radishes, beets and cabbages.  Also, using some of their precious flour, they took the summer fruits the Indians  had dried and introduced them to the likes of blueberry, apple, and cherry pie. It was all washed down with sweet wine made from the wild grapes. ”

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Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

[New York, 3 October 1789]

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor– and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be– That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks–for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation–for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war–for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed–for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the
national One now lately instituted–for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us. and also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions– to enable us all, whether
in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually–to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed–to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord–To promote the knowledge
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As we pause to remember and honor the service of our veterans on this Veterans Day, let us also remember those veterans who are all too often remain forgotten – even when we take the time to remember those who were intentionally overlooked for so many years. Just three of these examples include the Filipino Scouts of World War II, the US Soldiers and their Korean Augmentees who fought and died along the De-Militarized Zone (DMZ) in Korea in the years after the Korean War ceasefire was signed, and the Hmong tribesmen who fought along with our Special Forces in the Vietnam Conflict.   

Writer J. Michael Houlahan notes the heroic role played by Philippine Scouts in the defense of Bataan is one of the best kept secrets of World War II.  They composed the most decorated US Army units in the early days of the war. While the commissioned officers of the Scouts included a number of native-born Americans, the noncommissioned officers  and enlisted men were Pinoys. During the defense of Bataan, three Scouts, Sergeant Jose Calugas, Sr., First Lieutenant Alexander Ramsey Nininger, and First Lieutenant Willibald C. Bianchi earned Medals of Honor, America’s highest award for combat valor. Many Distinguished Service Crosses, Silver Stars, and Purple Hearts were also earned by Scouts.

Hundreds of Scouts joined guerrilla groups following the surrender of the main body of Filipino and American forces on Bataan in early April 1942. These included Second Lieutenant Edwin Ramsey who led the last cavalry charge of the US Army in a surprise encounter against a larger Japanese force at Morong during the defense of Bataan. He later gained fame leading a large guerrilla force against the Japanese. can i buy clomid over the counter in uk

For many years, the Korean War has been regarded as America’s “forgotten war.” Even more overlooked were the series of engagements fought along the DMZ which have continued since the signing of the ceasefire in 1953. The reports of these engagements were often lost in the constant media coverage of the Vietnam conflict and its aftermath. In 1966 one ambush which killed seven US Soldiers and their Korean Augmentee to the US Army (KATUSA) one kilometer south of the DMZ.where can i buy clomid pct In 1976, the murder of two US Army Officers by North Korean troops over the trimming of a tree at Panmunjom brought the United States to the brink of another major war in Korea, culminating in Operation PAUL BUNYAN. The discovery of four massive tunnels under the DMZ between 1973 and 1990, each capable of supporting the passage of massive North Korean armored formations beneath the defenses of South Korean and US Forcescan i buy clomid over the counter in south africa only confirms the North’s ill intent.  The Soldiers who have faced down the North Korean forces of the Kim dictatorships for so many years deserve all the respect and accolades due to any other veterans who faced enemy guns.

Then there are the Hmong tribesmen who fought alongside American forces in the Vietnam War. More than 30 years after the end of US involvement in that war, the Hmong who fought along with our CIA and Special Forces against the North Vietnamese have not received any official recognition and very little public notice. California Representatives Jim Costa (D) and Paul Cook (R) have introduced legislation to allow the Hmong warriors to march in official Veterans Day parades and to be buried alongside their now fellow American Service members whom they fought beside. can you buy clomid over the counter ukThis is an honor their actions have earned. 

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The scandal over the National Security Agency and the PRISM program disclosed by “whistle blower” Edward Snowden is similar. Whoever is responsible for Snowden’s ball of wax being passed to the American people, has timed it perfectly. This story has broken at a time when Americans of all political views are already most distrustful of our government and has cemented in the minds of millions that our most capable spy agency is the enemy of our freedoms.  Our enemies may have just achieved a fait accompli in the destruction of our intelligence communities.

This ploy would not have been possible without the actions of President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano who have undermined our trust. They consistently refuse to name people who are actively at war with the United States as enemies.  Deliberate Islamic terrorist acts are labeled as “work place violence.” People who enter the United States illegally are given special status while people who speak out for the protection of our Constitution and founding principles are labeled as potential terrorists. The Prism scandal follows the revelation of the use of the IRS in targeting the TEA Party. The picture that has developed is one of a government using the apparatuses designed to ensure the political, economic, and territorial sovereignty of the United States to target the very groups of citizens who most often rise to protect our nation.

In the complicated mix of foreign and domestic defense of our nation, the NSA plays a crucial role in intercepting enemy communications.  The NSA’s focus is on foreign intelligence gathering.  It can only assist the Justice Department (FBI) and Homeland Security domestically when requested by those agencies and approved by the President or his designee, the Secretary of Defense. A special court provides oversight to this process.When tracking foreign sponsored terrorists and spies operating within the United States, there has to be an interface to allow the foreign intercepts  to be tracked down to operations networks operating within the US. We paid the price for the Clinton Administration’s overzealous interpretation of the requirements for separation between these systems when Jamie Gorelick’s wall did not allow for the identification of Mohammed Atta to be passed to the FBI until after he flew a plane into one of the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001.best online pharmacy to buy clomid

The fall out is not just domestic. Snowden has severely damaged the intelligence relationship with our closest ally, Great Britain. The revelation of Britain’s most secret and diplomatically sensitive surveillance of the G20 Summit by a junior US contract analyst has shattered their trust in our organization. For the Brits, the revelations can be likened to an intoxicated, loud-mouthed betrayal by an alcoholic brother whom you still love. You know he will stand beside you in fist fight, but you cannot trust his judgment to help you protect your family’s most intimate secrets and help keep you out of fist fights.

It will take decades to rebuild the trust of our allies. In the shorter term, this incident has the potential to lead to the dismantling of the NATO defense alliance and the destruction of US efforts to enhance our Pacific-centric coalition in the face of rising Russian and Chinese economic, diplomatic, and military aggression.

Right now, Congressman Alan Grayson leading the charge to change the laws in order to “reign-in” the NSA. This plays directly into the hands of our enemies and will destroy the single greatest asset we have to roll up the networks of Islamic terrorists and Chinese, Russian, and other foreign spies operating in the United States.

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As I type my thoughts for this coming Memorial Day, it is my
prayer they are worthy of surviving the flurry of other current events and will
have an impact on those who read them and perhaps, will be referred to on other
occasions and perhaps help drive the remembrance on future Memorial Days.  

I always experience a bit of dread as I ponder how to say
something of relevance that goes beyond the standard “honoring those who gave
all for our freedom” which gets circulated by so many writers while so many
Americans head to the beach or prepare for a barbeque.  This is a day dedicated to the memory of those
who gave all, but it is so often lost on those who did not know them.  There are far too many people who do not know
the sacrifices of our military. Even worse, they do not know why America is
worth sacrificing for because it is no longer taught in our schools.  

In his book “Who Are We?” Samuel Huntington notes that
America’s sense of self is a continuous development.  Throughout the 19th and into the
early 20th century, the majority of Americans viewed themselves as
being of their local or state community or the ethnic group from which they, or
their parents, immigrated.  The sense of
being “American” did not truly coalesce until the 1920s after many of the
returning veterans of the Great War joined the efforts of the veterans of the
Civil War and Spanish-American War in pushing for school curriculums which
taught the uniqueness and exceptionalism of the United States, the history of
its founding, and struggle and price to maintain its freedoms.  The fruit of their efforts continued into my
primary and high school education in the late 1960s and through the 1970’s.  Of course, it is thanks to the radicals of
the 1960s and 70’s who are now writing the curriculums that our kids are
currently studying, denigrating what is great about America and highlighting
its flaws, that so many are cynical about the sacrifices this day commemorates.

This is the mission that we veterans must now
undertake.  We must fight on the local
and state levels to ensure the curriculums in our public schools teach what is
unique and great about our country.  We
must tell the stories of the heroes of our founding and struggles for freedom.  As importantly, we must tell the stories of
the heroes we served with.  For it is
their sacrifices, the sacrifices of the once living and breathing people we
knew, which give real life meaning to the ideas for which they died.  No matter how hard it may be, get out and tell
the stories of those whose blood stained your hands after they took an
unexpected round or blast.  Tell the
stories of those whose last breath you witnessed.  But don’t just tell how they died.  Tell how they lived, what they accomplished,
and what lived on because of their sacrifices.

Tell them about Captain Humayun Kahn, the Base Force
Protection Officer at Forward Operating Base Iron Horse at Baqubah, Iraq.
 He gave his life preventing a car bomb
from entering the base.  He was at the
gate that morning checking on the progress of its construction and its entry
procedures.  His work in the previous six
weeks had transformed the gate from one easily crashed through by a vehicle
into one that held that car bomb outside the gate and forced the driver to
detonate the 500 lbs of explosives there instead of the dining facility as it
served breakfast to well over 100 Soldiers.  CPT Kahn was the only American Soldier killed
in that bombing.

Tell them about Command Sergeant Major Steve Faulkenburg, the
quintessential grizzled veteran and senior NCO of the 2-2 Infantry
Ramrods.  Tough as nails, he often walked
with a painful limp from too many parachute drops and too many miles under a
rucksack.  He was responsible for ensuring
individual training of the hundreds of Soldiers and their NCO leadership at all
levels of his battalion.  His was the
first name reported to my station in the 1st Marine Division operations
center during the Battle of Fallujah in November 2004.  I had shaken his hand just a few hours before
at the rehearsal and wished him well in the fight.  He died leading his troops from the front as
they crossed the breach into the city on the first night of the battle.

Also include Captain Sean Sims, a young company commander,
who died as he moved on foot with his forward air controller team (all four of
the Air Force’s forward air controller element attached to the Ramrods were
wounded in the battle) into a building to get a better look at the battle so
that they could get the air support effectively on target.  His wife received his posthumous Silver Star.  His executive officer, 1st
Lieutenant Ed Ewan was also killed when he absorbed the brunt of the explosion
of an RPG anti-tank round while in the turret of his Bradley Fighting Vehicle
helping to direct the actions of his company in the fight.  Both of these officers were killed while leading
from the front, exposing themselves to the dangers of the battle field – all in
the name of keeping their Soldiers alive. 

The one First Infantry Division Soldier who also gave his
life at Fallujah, whom I did not have the chance to meet personally, was SSG
James Matteson a squad leader from the Brigade Reconnaissance Company.  A couple of his soldiers told me how he had
died, also leading from the front, when hit by an RPG round while manning the
gun in the turret of his up armored HMMWV (Hummer).

Just as SSG Matteson’s Soldiers told this Major from the
division staff about how much they respected and admired their squad leader, so
too must the veterans who read this share the stories of the heroes they served
with in unpronounceable places in all parts of the planet.  It has been said that sacrifice without
remembrance is wasted.  Veterans must
ensure the memories of those who gave so much are not forgotten.  We must work to ensure that current and
future generations learn what is unique and special about America and the men
and women who gave all in its service.  Those
of us who have the good fortune to share the rest of our lives with our
families and communities must ensure they know the price paid for their
freedoms by people whom they will not know. 

We must tell their stories.

 

William T Russell is a former
Republican Congressional Candidate in the 12th Congressional
District of Pennsylvania.  He is an
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of national television and radio news shows. 
He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the US Army and has served in
Desert Storm, the Iraq War, and the Balkans. 
While in Iraq, he served as the Division Force Protection Officer for
the 1st Infantry Division and was the division liaison officer to
the 1st Marine Division during the Battle of Fallujah.  He and his wife, Kasia, were both in the
Pentagon on 9/11.  He now lives in
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As the fallout from the Boston bombing continues, Americans
are coming to terms with the realities of the terrorist threats we are facing
in our country.  Part of this is adopting a prepared mindset to meet the
threats where they occur.

The Chechens are here. So are Muslims from Dagestan,
Albania, and Bosnia. Much has been made in the press about the more Caucasian look
of the Tsarnaev brothers. But what sets the radicalized segments of these ethnic
groups apart from their Middle Eastern counterparts, is not so much the racial
aspects of their ethnicities, but the way they fight.  While most are more than willing to fight to
the death to avoid capture, and will kill you in a heartbeat, they are not so
willing to die easily.  They don’t like to
waste their hard earned Jihadi talents by blowing themselves up in the middle
of a random crowd. They prefer to inflict maximum harm on the “Kafirs”
(infidels) and to live to do it again and again.  They work very hard to ensure they live to kill
more on another day. 

Most  American
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the most  dangerous fighters of all the
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There is much discussion about how the United States should
deal with the dynamics of the “new” terrorism threat the Boston Marathon bombing heralds. While there is a key role for the federal, state, and local
law enforcement, as well as the intelligence communities to play, the reality
is they cannot be everywhere at once.

I will never forget the feeling of vulnerability I had for
the thousands upon thousands of people stuck in the forty mile long parking lot
that had been I-95/ I-395, as I rode my motorcycle up the break-down lane on my
way back into the Pentagon in the early morning hours of September 12, 2001.  I had visions of multiple shooters conducting armed
attacks against the many unarmed commuters who were stationary targets in their
vehicles on that morning and the week that followed.  My fear was based on the attack just 20 miles
away and nine years earlier by Pakistani Muslim, Mir Qazi, at Langley, Virginia.
Mr Qazi murdered  two and wounded three other
CIA employees as they sat in their cars at a traffic light .   

Since 9/11, we have seen the attacks against tourists in
Mumbai,  school children in Beslan,
apartment dwellers in Moscow, train passengers in Spain, commuters in London, car bomb
attacks in Mexico near the US border, and one Muslim Army Doctor who turned on
his fellow Soldiers at Ft Hood.

The Boston Marathon bombing occurred at time and place where
there were many police agencies and emergency medical personnel present. They
quickly secured the scene and treated the wounded after the attack. It was the
brave and well executed efforts of those personnel which ensured everyone who
made it to the hospital alive, survived – an unprecedented emergency medical
accomplishment.

But the attack also demonstrated that law enforcement cannot
fully reduce all vulnerabilities to terrorism at large public venues. The
bombing  was only a “simple” attack with several
bombs. What if it had been a complex attack followed up by shooters or successfully synchronized
secondary devices timed to go off in the immediate vicinity as the first responders
rushed to aid the wounded?  

In other venues,  imagine
if Adam Landza or James Holmes had been accompanied by additional Jihadis when
they shot up their school and movie theater.

In spite of the great efforts on the part of non-politically
appointed career law enforcement and intelligence officials, our federal and
local efforts to protect the American people from harm are limited. They are greatly
hampered and undercut by the corruption, incompetence, and political “divide and
conquer” mentality of the Obama Administration – an Administration more concerned
with the sexuality of a professional basketball player and the “radicalism” of
the TEA Party, than with the protection of our borders and citizens from the
very real Islamist threats.

 It is not a question
of “if?” but “when?” the next attack will occur. It will be at a time and place
where any number of vulnerabilities exist, and quite likely without a
significant armed police presence and a multitude of emergency medical
personnel on hand.

As Americans, we need to be prepared to defend ourselves, our
loved ones, and our neighbors from attacks. There is no substitute for the response
time of an armed, concealed carrying citizen to shooting incidents.  One armed citizen can make all the difference
in the world, as Charl van Wyk did with a .38 revolver when he put a stop to an
attack by four terrorists armed with grenades and automatic weapons in the 1993
St James Church massacre in South Africa. 
If you cannot carry concealed, the availability of a securely stored rifle,
handgun, or shotgun, accessible in 30 to 90 seconds from a vehicle or office,  is infinitely better than no weapons at all.  

We also need to be prepared to perform first aid until the
arrival of trained medical personnel.  Even
the most ardent pacifists can be convinced to be prepared to save a life by clearing
an airway, stopping arterial bleeding with a pressure bandage or tourniquet,
and stabilizing the c-spine following an attack.  

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 William Russell is a retired
Infantry Lieutenant Colonel from the United States Army and has served
in Desert Storm, the Balkans, the Iraq War, and the Pentagon on 9/11.
He has spent three years in the Middle East, including 18 months training the Saudi Arabian National Guard in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 

   Since early last week, listeners across the country have
been hearing Glenn Beck rail against the Obama Administration for its handling
of the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing. Beck has been especially
focused on the quick changes in the status and the subsequent, and very
expedited, deportation of a Saudi suspect, Abdul Rahman Ali Al-Harbi.  Al-Harbi was the prime suspect on the day of
the bombing and was previously on an FBI terror watch-list. He had open event
files, including a 212-3B terrorist suspect designation before the bombing. In
spite of this designation, Al-Harbi was quickly declared a witness and sent
home. The truth behind what happened with Al-Harbi lies somewhere in the shadows, and will probably never be fully known.

  Glenn Beck and former Muslim Brotherhood member, Whalid
Shoebat, and many others are very concerned about the developments of the
Al-Harbi connections with the Boston bombing. Glenn Beck has been the most
vocal and has been leading the charge to get to the bottom of the story,
presenting many verified documents detailing the changes in Al-Harbi’s status. Beck
further ties the treatment of Al-Harbi to the pattern established under
President Bush when 140 Saudis were quickly sped out of the country following
the 9/11attacks of 2001– although 15 of the 19 terrorists were Saudis.

  This quick deportation of Saudis with or without direct
connections to the terrorist crimes is troubling. At a minimum, it drives
everyone with any discerning temperament and interest in the security of our
nation to question why this might occur and so much of it is kept secret. The
apparent conflict of interest fuels the fires of distrust and fans the flames
of conspiracy theories. Given the already questionable policies and
reprehensible performance of the Obama Administration on the foreign and
domestic fronts, this fire is spreading.   

  The Obama Administration has been incredibly distrustful in
the protection of our rights, or rather, in its hostilities toward those who
wish to protect the Constitution. From the refusal to prosecute the New Black Panthers
for voter intimidation in the 2008 election, to the focus on “right-wing Christian
extremists,” to the cover up of Beghazi, the Administration and its appointed
Secretaries have been seemingly focused on undermining the Constitution and
America’s standing in the world. It has reached the point where Beck and many
people on the politically and socially conservative side of the house believe
the full weight and efforts of the entire Homeland Security Department is
focused on the TEA party, and not Al-Qaeda and the Islamic Brotherhood, as the
primary threats to our nation.   

  But all
conservatives must keep in mind that there are literally hundreds of thousands
of mid-level and fairly senior career intelligence, law enforcement, and
military personnel who are sworn to support and defend the Constitution. These professionals
are walking the tight rope of showing public compliance with the President and
his policies, while quietly using bureaucratic inertia to slow the practical
effects of the Administration’s efforts to undermine the Constitution. They are
engaged in very personal, gut-wrenching struggles to preserve the institutions
charged with protecting our nation. They are doing so at the risk of their
careers as well as the risks of being lumped together with the Administration
which sets the political agendas for those institutions. In some cases, they
resign in protest as the Justice Department official did in response to Eric
Holder’s handling of the Black Panther case. But in most cases, they continue
to serve quietly to safe guard the continuity and integrity of those
institutions until the political winds bring new political leadership.    

  In spite of the validity of the documents Beck has acquired
and his listeners’ Congressional call-in campaigns, the American people will
probably never get the answers we are looking for. Part of the reason is the intransigence and incompetence of the Obama Administration.  Part of it is the need to keep the work of
the Intelligence community secret and avoid actions and leaks which could
further the destabilization of the entire Middle East. Such leaks and actions
could potentially lead to the replacement of the House of Saud with another
Muslim Brotherhood government, controlling a large portion of the world
economy’s life blood.    

  To better understand the dynamics of the Kingdom of Saudi
Arabia, one must understand it is a political tent woven from one of the most
complicated patch works of political relationships in the world today, ruled by
a royal family (the House of Saud) with over 6000 family members. Only a native
Arabic speaker could truly comprehend the mix of Sharia law, family &
tribal relationships, pride, insecurity, and face-saving backwards logic which
keeps that patch work together. Too much stress in anyone direction, and it
will rip apart at the odd angles of its many seams. That patchwork tent is
under the stress from the harsh political winds of the Arabian Peninsula which seem
to blow all directions at the same time. The civil war in Syria and the
revolutions in Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia have only increased those winds. The
danger is the Muslim Brotherhood and Al-Qaeda will replace the Saudi tent with
a single fabric woven from the most radical interpretations of Sharia and
integrated into a new greater Islamic Caliphate.    

  In the west, we tend to view royal families as vestiges of
antiquated political systems with a privileged few holding dominion over the
masses, keeping them in poverty and suppressing societal development towards
freedom.  In Saudi Arabia, the dynamic is
reversed. The leadership in the royal family, with all their faults and
weaknesses, are the educated, enlightened, and pragmatic ones in the equation. They
recognize the need to balance the conflicting legal systems of Sharia, which
governs domestic issues, and Common, International, and Trade laws which govern
trade and international relations.  They
are trying to maintain a balance as they move a 15th century society
of tent and mud house dwelling Bedouin herders (it is literally the year 1434
by the Muslim Hijri calendar) into the 21st century in a single
generation.

  To put this in perspective: at their births, many Saudis
born outside the major city centers 40 years ago, had more in common with their
ancestors of the 7th Century than with their children born today.

  The introduction of massive oil wealth and its opulence
and decadence, combined with the modern technologies in communications, air
travel, and weapons into such a society has produced an extremely volatile mix.
The portion of the Saudi population whose religious beliefs, social, and
political sophistication is barley removed from the middle ages, is fertile
ground for the Islamic Fundamentalist messages and recruiting.  The fundamentalists are blanketing those
populations with sermons, videos, and printed materials highlighting the
corruption and sinfulness of the royal family and accusing them of being
servants to the infidel Americans. This is a message which resonates with
people whose perceptions of America are shaped by Al Jazera and internet
pornography.  This is the portion of the
population which produced the 9/11 high-jackers. 

  For Al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations, drawing Saudi
recruits for attacks on American soil serves a very strategic purpose: it
undermines the relationship between the Saudi government and the United States.
It causes public distrust and hatred of all Saudis in the US. This in turn,
fuels Islamist propaganda which makes it harder for the Saudi King to use US
assistance in standing against Iran and keeping a lid on the Islamic revolutionary
movements within the Kingdom.   

  The Saudi Royal family maintains this incredibly delicate
balance with heavily weighted ballasts. The Ministry of Defense, which is
responsible for defense against foreign threats, is directly balanced by the
full time and equally well armed National Guard, which is responsible for
internal defense. In the city of Riyadh, there are a number of security
colleges, each training students to serve in different agencies, which also
counterbalance each other and prevent anyone administrator from becoming too
powerful. 

  The Americans responsible for working with this myriad of
Saudi agencies to keep the open pot of boiling Islamic Fundamentalism from
spilling all over the place, reside in the US interagency intelligence
communities.  They work with the conglomeration
of Saudi security agencies on the mutual self interests of the United States
and House of Saud in reducing the fundamentalist threats on the Arabian
Peninsula and world stages.

  Which brings us back to Al-Harbi. It is possible that he
has enjoyed some special status in the US because of his Saudi family ties and
this somehow got him out of a tight spot. But it is also possible that, in
addressing the common threats of terrorism to the US and House of Saud, (we
will probably never know for sure), that many of the Saudis who have been
quickly whisked away following 9/11 and the Boston bombing were agents and
their families working in conjunction with US and Saudi intelligence agencies to
infiltrate terrorist organizations in order to track and defeat their
leadership and money lines of communications. Their covers were effectively
blown when the attacks occurred and links led American law enforcement to them.

  The evidence of this is not in what is being said. It is
in what is not being said in
relation to Beck’s charges and inquiries. While certain documents have been
leaked showing changes to the terrorist watch-list standings (probably by law
enforcement or political personnel who are naturally alarmed at the changes),
the door has been shut on who was responsible for changing the status and why
it was done. No one who can get access to the inside information is bringing it forward
and most are going silent on the issue. This led Beck to call for his listeners
to contact their Congressmen to demand answers. He has also openly wondered if the
Obama Administration, which is charged with protecting the country, “is
shipping terror into our country.”  

  The good news is, if Obama was shipping terrorists into
our country and then covering them up, there would be mass resignations in
protest from the intelligence communities. Those analysts and agents would be
bringing the documentation with them to Congress – and this has not happened.

  This brings us back to the other part of the equation;
the intransigence of the Obama administration.  

  President Bush enjoyed a certain amount of trust from the
vast majority of the American people in dealing with the terrorist threat.
Whether they loved him or hated him, almost all Americans recognized that Bush
loved America and the people who defend it on the home front, the battlefields
of distant lands, and the shadowy world of intelligence. Speculation over the movement
of the Saudi Nationals following 9/11 was largely ignored. Whether it was a
good or bad decision, just about everyone believed Bush would try to do what is
right for America.  

  President Obama does not enjoy such trust. At almost
every turn, he has either failed to reinforce, or directly undermined the trust
in the institutions critical to the safe function of our system of government.
He has been critical of our Soldiers in the fight and our law enforcement
personnel in the execution of their jobs. He left an Ambassador to die at the
hands of a terrorist mob in Benghazi and demonstrated his lack integrity in the
cover-up of the debacle. His stated thoughts on the Constitution are more
concerned with trying to reshape and reinterpret it rather than supporting and
defending its original intent and language. Much of his political rhetoric is
focused on dividing America along, racial, class, and religious lines. His Administration
has publicly stated they see American Citizens who demand the Founding Principles
of our nation be respected as greater threats to the nation than foreign
enemies actively trying to destroy us. He is a President who refuses to
acknowledge that religiously motivated terrorists are basing their
reprehensible crimes on the fundamentalist teachings of Islam and its political
and legal system of Sharia.

  It is truly unfortunate that we have reached a point where
a national radio hosts feels called to question not only the judgment, but the
loyalty of a sitting President following a national tragedy. It is unfortunate
that there is so much documentary evidence to support his questions. Finally,
it is unfortunate that a sitting President has so poisoned the well of trust
with such a large portion of the population that it serves to divide our nation
at a time when we should be united in our stand against enemies who seek to
destroy us.

  Even if Obama has done the right thing in dealing with the
Saudi connection, as he did when he ordered the raid on Osama Bin Laden’s
compound, it is unfortunate that he no longer gets the benefit of the doubt
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