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Uniform Code of Military Injustice

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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.

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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:

 

 

Benjamin Wilhelm served as a commissioned officer in the United States military for 10 years, serving one combat tour in Afghanistan. He is a recipient of the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge among other military awards. Ben has worked in a variety of private sector businesses both large and small. He is a former military and civilian firearms instructor and an advocate for veterans issues. Ben is a strict Constitutionalist who sees the Federal government as an out of control leviathan, and the federal debt as a burden that will break the country. Ben is a divorced father of two boys.

Foreign Affairs

Being American doesn’t mean ignoring facts. Ron Paul right about Trump-Putin meeting.

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In the era of torn Russian relations, Ron Paul takes a step back and views more information than almost any pundit on air or on twitter. It’s bipartisan to hate Russian, and that causes many Americans to hold inconsistent views on foreign policy issues related to Russia.

The media’s coverage on all things related to Russia was bad before it’s terrible coverage of Trump. We need a balanced factual approach to foreign relations with Russia. Not everything is Russia’s fault. America needs a new approach to Russia, and Trump can bring that.

John Kerry spent so much time picking losing battles with Russia and the United States needs to move on from these geopolitical skirmishes. Part of this means throwing the Obama administration under the bus. Between John Kerry and Hillary Clinton, US interests in the Middle East, Asia, and Europe faced setbacks. Only then can we have a better relationship with Russia.

I appreciate Ron Paul’s perspective because, in an era of hot takes and the political popularity of Russia hating, he maintains a just perspective that embraces facts.

US Russia Factsheet

US and Russia

  • These two countries have the largest nuclear arsenal
  • US military currently miles ahead of Russia
  • Relations have ever been good
  • Both (sort of) friends with the Kurds
  • Russia largely used as scapegoat, punching bags in American politics
  • Trump administration upped military spending
  • US through NATO still practices a containment policy with regards to Russia
  • Both countries have issues with Islamic terrorism
  • Working together on North Korea issue

Russia

  • Is not a free country
  • Does not pretend to be a free country (like Europe)
  • Its people largely view the break up of the Soviet Union as a tragedy (regardless of feelings about communism)
  • Actually likes Putin, a lot (strangely)
  • Has had Putin at the helm for decades

Iran

  • Putin came out in affirmation of the Iran Deal
  • Trump remained opposed
  • This point of contention was largely ignored by the media
  • Russia and Iran are allies
  • Iran taking control of Iraq through Shia paramilitaries
  • Backs Houthi rebels in Yemen

Iraq

  • Invaded by the US in 2003
  • War lost when the Obama Administration refused to negotiate a status of forces agreement
  • Iraqi military fell apart to ISIS when they invaded from Syria
  • Iranian backed militias filled the vacuum
  • Status of Kurds unclear

Syria

Ukraine

Turkey

  • Turkey is a member of NATO
  • Turkey opposes Israel
  • Turkey provoked war with Russia by downing Russian jet
  • Turkey becoming increasingly Islamic under neo-Ottoman regime
  • Kemalism was killed in the attempted coup
  • Ergodan held a referendum to grant himself more power
  • Russia and Turkey have an arrangement in Syria to not fight each other
  • Turkey performing land grab in Syria
  • Turkey killing Kurds in Syria
  • Turkey backing its own Islamist in Syria

Israel

  • Trump administration the most Israel-friendly administration in US history
  • Russia opposes Israel on a geopolitical level (along with most US allies)
  • Russia backs enemies of Israel
  • US backs enemies of Israel (Saudis)
  • Israel believed to have nuclear capabilities

Libya

  • US and Russia back differing factions
  • US played large role in destabilizing region during the rebellion
  • Terrorist that America aided attack a US consulate and murdered four people, including Ambassador Stevens

2016 Election

  • US has long history of meddling in foreign elections
  • Russian meddling had no effect on the outcome of 2016 election
  • DNC never handed over server to investigators
  • Indictments are not convictions, not even close
  • Russia should be embarrassed if that was their attempt to interfere in a US election
  • Media overplaying story because they dislike Trump

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Culture and Religion

Video Double play: Busting the gun grabber’s musket myth.

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Two videos that eviscerate the Liberty Grabbers ‘One shot’ musket myth.

It is a bedrock principle (if they have any) of the Liberty grabber Left that back during the ratification of the US Constitution the only weapons in existence were flintlock musket that took 5 minute to reload. Thus there wasn’t any school violence because it would have taken too long for the perpetrator to kill anyone.

As it typical of the lore of the national socialist Left, this is a lie of the first order. A previous video celebrated the “Assault Weapon” tricentennial, which was bit of the tongue in cheek variety since there were other repeating “Military Style” weapons in existence before this time period. These will be detailed in future articles. Meanwhile we present two videos that also bust the ‘Musket Myth’, one a short presentation from the Royal Armouries on the Jover and Belton “Flintlock breech-loading superimposed military musket”

Royal Armouries
Published on Aug 30, 2017
Curator of Firearms, Jonathan Ferguson, gives us a peek at the Flintlock breech-loading superimposed military musket, by Jover and Belton (1786)

This is a very relevant piece since the inventor Joseph Belton corresponded with the Continental Congress in 1777:

May it Please your Honours,
I would just informe this Honourable Assembly, that I have discover’d an improvement, in the use of Small Armes, wherein a common small arm, may be maid to discharge eight balls one after another, in eight, five or three seconds of time, & each one to do execution five & twenty, or thirty yards, and after so discharg’d, to be loaded and fire’d with cartridge as usual.

“It was demonstrated before noted scientists and military officers (including well known scientist David Rittenhouse and General Horatio Gates)”

This destroys the mythology that the founders had no knowledge of this type of repeating firearm technology that existed already.

The second is a humours dissertation on the subject from video raconteur Steven Crowder https://www.louderwithcrowder.com/

from a few years ago that also eviscerates this bit of Leftist mythology.

Published on Feb 10, 2015
People have been telling us for years that the 2nd amendment was written in a time of Muskets, and that it doesn’t apply to the evolved weapons of today. Is it true?

So why is this important?

Two primary reasons. One that these factual examples demonstrate that the founding fathers knew of these technological advances. Therefore, they destroy any Leftist pretences that the 2nd amendment be confined to muskets. Second that, school violence is something other than an issue of guns.

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Memorial Day – Remembering those who gave their lives for freedom

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As Americans, it’s important to acknowledge the sacrifices of the men and women in uniform that died to defend her. Civil society only survives in a world of violence and tyranny if there are those willing to do violence on our behalf.

In his 1982 Memorial Day speech at Arlington National Cemetery, President Ronald Reagan reminds us of the ultimate cost of freedom:

“Yet, we must try to honor them—not for their sakes alone, but for our own. And if words cannot repay the debt we owe these men, surely with our actions we must strive to keep faith with them and with the vision that led them to battle and to final sacrifice.

Our first obligation to them and ourselves is plain enough: The United States and the freedom for which it stands, the freedom for which they died, must endure and prosper. Their lives remind us that freedom is not bought cheaply. It has a cost; it imposes a burden. And just as they whom we commemorate were willing to sacrifice, so too must we—in a less final, less heroic way—be willing to give of ourselves.”

Scripture tells us in John 15:13 (New Living Translation), “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” While Memorial Day is considered the official kick-off of summer, I hope you’ll take a moment to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives to protect and defend our liberty. Freedom only exists in America because of them.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 


David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His daily radio commentary is distributed by the Salem Radio Network and is heard on stations across America.

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