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Today, in an utter travesty of justice, traitor and deserter Bowe Bergdahl was sentenced to a dishonorable discharge, but no prison time. In 2009 Bergdahl Left his post in Afghanistan after making several statements favorable to the Taliban. 6 US Soldiers were killed and several others wounded searching for Bergdahl.

Years ago, before he was recovered, there was something of a social media movement to get Bergdahl back. Known on Twitter for my veterans causes, some people privately asked me why I never supported the recovery of Bergdahl. I couldn’t specify why because the information I had came from classified intelligence briefings, but I just said he wasn’t someone we wanted back.

How did I know and why did I have access to those briefings? I was there. I was in RC East of Afghanistan when Bergdahl went missing. My unit handled the overflow of patients from the search for him. We had enough horrible injuries to deal with from normal operations, but to have them added to over this was too much. I didn’t tell my staff, even my officers, what was going on or why they were looking for this guy. Why burden them I figured?

I’ve carried this with me for years.

When President Obama traded 5 top-level Taliban for Bergdahl I was utterly disgusted. To me that was a treasonous act. Obama HAD to know what I did, probably even better than I did, right?

When Susan Rice went on the Sunday talk shows and said Bergdahl “served with honor and distinction” I nearly vomited.

Today Bergdhal will walk away a free man. He’ll get a dishonorable discharge, but he’ll spend no time in prison. As I write these words I again feel like I want to vomit. For those that have read my last article you know my old emotional war wounds have been reopened. Today doesn’t help.

But I don’t blame the Obama Administration for today’s travesty of justice. I partially blame the Judge, but only a little bit. The judge has hinted for some time that there has been undo command influence from the Commander-in-Chief.

He’s not wrong. Donald Trump’s propensity for word vomit on Twitter and during rallies may appeal to the lowest common denominator of his base, but out here in the real world the words of the President of the United States has very real consequences.

This week, after the deadly Islamic terror attack now New York, Trump took to Twitter to pontificate on his belief that the perpetrator should receive the death penalty. The only thing Trump’s tweet guaranteed was that whatever the punishment will be, it won’t be that.

Famous men in history are often quoted, but sometimes the most impactful things in speech were the things those great men and women THOUGHT but chose not to say, because they knew that by speaking they would cause harm. Trump has no brain/mouth filter, and his lack of self-restraint similar to that of an 11 year-old boy will ascertain that more travesties of justice are done.

As for Bowe Bergdahl, I’m sure that by this time next week he will have a verified account on Twitter with 85K followers, and will be speaking out on bogus social justice issues alongside fellow traitor Bradley (Chelsea) Manning. It wouldn’t wouldn’t surprise me if the Democrats have the both of them running for office before long. After all, when liberal talk about “supporting the troops” they mean those like Bergdahl and Manning. they don’t mean vets like me, and they CERTAINLY don’t mean the ones we couldn’t bring home, unless of course they can use any of us to score political points.

Further reading

No jail time for Bergdahl

http://noqreport.com/2017/11/03/no-jail-time-bergdahl/Bowe Bergdahl, whose desertion led to multiple casualties of fellow servicemen, will not serve any jail time. He was dishonorably discharged and is now a free man.

BREAKING: Bowe Bergdahl Will Serve No Time for Desertion

https://www.redstate.com/slee/2017/11/03/breaking-bowe-bergdahl-serve-no-time-desertion/Bowe Bergdahl — who abandoned his post in Afghanistan in 2009, leading to the deaths of 6 fellow soldiers and a military dog sent to find him — will serve no time in prison for his desertion. Nance said Bergdahl will be dishonorably discharged and have his rank reduced to private. He issued the ruling Friday after nearly two weeks of testimony by Bergdahl’s former comrades.

OUTRAGEOUS: Deserter Bergdahl Gets NO PRISON TIME, Judge Cited Trump’s Comments As ‘Mitigation Evidence’ | Daily Wire

http://www.dailywire.com/news/23135/outrageous-deserter-bergdahl-gets-no-prison-time-ben-shapiro#The rationale for the sentence is unclear, but the judge in the case had commented on it previously: he had stated that he would take into account President Trump’s negative comments about Bergdahl when considering sentencing. Col. Jeffrey Nance stated, “I will consider the president’s comments as mitigation evidence as I arrive at an appropriate sentence.” According to The New York Times:

 

 

Foreign Affairs

Pulling out of the INF treaty isn’t just about Russia

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Pulling out of the INF treaty has very little to do with Russia

Russia has broken the treaty already, according to this administration as well as its predecessor. That’s enough to prompt President Trump to put out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, famously signed by President Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Gorbachev in 1987.

President Trump to pull US from Russia missile treaty

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45930206The US will withdraw from a landmark nuclear weapons treaty with Russia, President Donald Trump has confirmed.

Speaking to reporters, Mr Trump said Russia had “violated” the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty.

The deal banned ground-launched medium-range missiles, with a range of between 500 and 5,500km (310-3,400 miles).

My Take

This isn’t about Russia. Their actions are the excuse for pulling out, but the reason for doing so is because China has no such restrictions. They’re advancements in weaponry have prompted the United States and our allies to explore means of warfare that have been prohibited.

Until now.

This is a counter to China’s continued aggressive actions. Russia will keep doing what Presidents Obama and Trump already acknowledged. No we can step up our missile program as well.

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White House plan to kick Iran from Syria leaked

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White House plan to kick Iran from Syria leaked

Syria has been in a state of disarray for nearly a decade now. Ever since the infamous “red line” that President Obama failed to enforce, the Middle Eastern nation has been suffering through war, poverty, and occupation by hostile forces ranging from the Islamic State to Russia and Iran.

The Islamic State may no longer be an occupying threat in Syria, but Iran and Russia are. The White House has a plan to push them out of the country. It does not involve military engagement, though U.S. military personnel may engage if they feel threatened. Instead, the plan is to offer aid to the Syrians wherever they need help, except where Iran and Russia have a presence.

This represents a huge chunk of the crumbling nation.

Trump administration has new plan to drive Iran out of Syria

“There’s a real opportunity for the U.S. and its allies to make the Iranian regime pay for its continued occupation of Syria,” said Mark Dubowitz, chief executive at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a think tank strongly opposed to the Iranian regime.

Driving Iran out of Syria would be one prong in an approach that would also involve continuing to destroy remaining pockets of Islamic State fighters and finding a political transition after the exit of both ISIS and Iran that does not call for Syrian President Bashar al Assad to step aside.

My Take

Any measure that does not put Americans in harms way is worth pursuing. As long as Syria is as vulnerable as it is, there are risks to both American and Israeli interests in the region. The war-torn nation needs help rebuilding so they can rightly remove Iran’s and Russia’s presence.

Perhaps more importantly is the need to rejuvenate a homeland for millions of refugees. They are already causing major problems in countries throughout Europe and Asia. If we can expedite the renewal of their homeland, it will prompt many to return.

We have no business fighting battles in Syria. The White House plan would use diplomacy and economic pressure to rid Syria of their occupying forces. It’s a long shot, but it’s better than further military conflicts.

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Entire F-35 fleet grounded until fuel tubes inspected

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Entire F-35 fleet grounded until fuel tubes inspected

Following a crash last month in South Carolina of a F-35 fighter jet, the United States military has grounded the entire fleet. The suspected problem, faulty fuel tubes, must be inspected before the fleet will be brought back into combat duty.

F-35 jets: US military grounds entire fleet

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45827795“If suspect fuel tubes are installed, the part will be removed and replaced. If known good fuel tubes are already installed, then those aircraft will be returned to flight status.

“Inspections are expected to be completed within the next 24 to 48 hours.”

The aircraft, which uses stealth technology to reduce its visibility to radar, comes in three variants.

Each F-35 costs around $100 million. Expect the military to move quickly as the aircraft is crucial in the air defense of the nation, giving us complete air superiority regardless of the threat.

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