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Conduct Unbecoming



I spent 10 years of my life as a US military officer in both the Air Force and the Army. I served a tour in Afghanistan as the commander of a forward surgical team (basically a modern-day MASH unit). As a member of the military, and especially as a commissioned officer, it was not my place to publicly criticize those in my chain of command, including my Commander-in-Chief, the Secretary of Defense, or anyone else in political authority, no matter my personal feelings.

Newly minted 2LT Spenser Rapone’s recent conduct on social media and at graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point is a clear violation of more than one article of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) and his career is just a few months old.

Rapone wore a Che Guevara t-shirt under his cadet uniform, and expressed support for Colin Kaepernick and Communism. None of these actions, in and of themselves are cause for dismissal. However, expressing support for Kaepernick who is supposedly protesting the treatment of blacks in America while supporting Communist Guevara who believed blacks were inferior is ironic.

Where the young lieutenant went wrong was when he disrespected his uniform by displaying that undershirt, and more importantly showing blatant disrespect toward the Commander-in-Chief, President Donald Trump, and the Secretary of Defense, James Mattis.

These tweets from this account that have been identified as Rapone’s are a clear violation of Article 88 of the UCMJ, and should land 2LT Rapone’s with a dismissal from the service at a minimum. He can then go on to a very successful career teaching social justice studies at UC Berkeley wherever I’m certain he’ll be given tenure in no time.

I didn’t like Barack Obama. He was unfit to be Commander-in-Chief, as is Donald Trump. When I was a military officer I couldn’t publicly say so. Doing so could have meant my commission, as it should have.

Saying other things that weren’t prohibited, that were TRUE, but didn’t fit a politically correct narrative, eventually did cause me to resign my commission, and I have no regrets about that. Perhaps 2LT Rapone won’t have any regrets either, but make no mistake, unlike my statements, which were designed to save the lives of the trainees I was teaching, his statements are strictly prohibited and have been for decades. If he had said these things about Barack Obama during Obama’s presidency, my stance would be exactly the same.

West Point Alumnus Holding A Pro-Colin Kaepernick “Communism Will Win” Sign While In Uniform | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton,, the hundreds of tweets this asshat has put out are being scrutinized. He obviously is enamored with Democratic Socialists of America. Pro Tip: Communism is a political theory penned by Karl Marx that advocates class war and a society where the lower class would revolt and take down the upper class, destroying capitalism and bringing about socioeconomic emancipation where all property is publicly owned and people are paid based on their skills and needs. Rapone tweeted: “In case there was any lingering doubt, hasta la victoria siempre,” which means “until victory, always,” and are lyrics to a song that became famous after Guevara’s death in 1967.

Military members can be politically active, but there are certain important restrictions. You can’t publicly disrespect the current chain of command, and you can’t use your position as a member of the military to endorse a candidate. You can’t campaign in uniform.

I remember back in 2012 during the GOP Presidential Primaries when Ron Paul had a National Guardsman get up on stage with him in uniform at a rally after one of the early primaries. I looked at my then-wife and said “well… he’s dead meat.” I was still on active duty at that time and explained that if I was this young Soldier’s commanding officer he would have been excoriated on Monday morning.

No one thought that the military was going to pull of a coup to install Ron Paul as President if he did not win, but what if a 3-star general who was commander of the XVIII Airborne Corps did it? You can’t cross that line so you just make it the same for everyone. As a former military officer himself, Congressman Paul should have known better, but as part of the nut-job wing of the libertarian movement he probably didn’t care.


West Point responds to tweets of cadet with Che Guevara tee under uniform“Second Lieutenant Rapone‘s actions in no way reflect the values of the U.S. Military Academy or the U.S. Army,” the statement from West Point said.

“The 10th Mountain Division not only supports free speech, it trains every day to ensure our nation has the ability to protect it at all cost,” Lt. Col. Tonya Stokes said. “That being said, when our soldiers are in uniform, politics must be set aside. Our uniform represents every corner of our nation and it cannot be used to promote any single ideology.”

Army Opens Query Into Communist Graduate | The Daily Caller U.S. Army has opened an investigation into West Point graduate Second Lieutenant Spenser Rapone for appearing to openly advocate for communism on social media.

“The U.S. Military Academy strives to develop leaders who internalize the academy’s motto of Duty, Honor, Country, and who live the Army values,” West Point said in a statement released Tuesday. “Second Lieutenant Rapone’s actions in no way reflect the values of the U.S. Military Academy or the U.S. Army. As figures of public trust, members of the military must exhibit exemplary conduct, and are prohibited from engaging in certain expressions of political speech in uniform. Second Lieutenant Rapone’s chain of command is aware of his actions and is looking into the matter. The academy is prepared to assist the officer’s chain of command as required.”

Former Legislator Disavows Spenser Rapone | The Daily Caller Democratic Rep. Jason Altmire of Pennsylvania told The Daily Caller News Foundation that Rapone’s long history of extremist tweets, which include calling Mattis an “evil, vile f****,” is shocking, disappointing and abhorrent.

“Several years ago, I met Spenser Rapone when he was a high school student seeking an appointment to West Point,” Altmire said. “At the time, he was an outstanding, well-rounded student who came from a good family. I have not been in touch with him in the years since the appointment, and I was shocked and extremely disappointed in the recent reports of his indefensible actions.”

Final Thoughts

2LT Rapone is free to embrace an ideology that stands opposed to everything he is sworn to protect and defend, however silly that may be. He is not allowed to have his beliefs override his duties as an officer. He is guilty not only of Article 88 of the UCMJ, but in my opinion, also of Article 133 Conduct Unbecoming an Officer, and because he has apparently advocated violence against his political foes, among which he counts the current administration, Article 94 Mutiny or Sedition.

He should be investigated and dismissed from the service, with a dishonorable characterization of service, at a minimum. Prison time would also not be out of order to make it clear that this kind of behavior should not be tolerated from the military, particularly its officers. It won’t hurt him in his future job market as a liberal activist professor, but it’s still the right thing to do.


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.

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  1. Ed

    September 27, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    As a West Point Alumni, I agree with you 1000 %.

    Well said.

    Thank you for saying this in print and in public. It desperately needed to be said.

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Foreign Affairs

Tensions mounting in Syria, Turkey terrorizing Kurds



Just because the Syrian Civil War has been won, does not mean that it’s over. The Liberation of Aleppo paired with the Fall of the Islamic State is enough grounds for the Assad regime to clinch victory. While ISIS still troubles the desert, HTS, the latest rebranding of Al-Qaeda holds a dwindling amount of territory in Syria’s northeast. Without a overly significant ISIS presence, the Syrian Arab Army and its allies have focused their attention on HTS territory as well as terrorist held territory in the suburbs of Damascus. HTS, while not officially listed as a foreign terror organization, is the evolved version of the al-Nursa Front which is. This organization may have a more active ally in Turkey. After several months of deescalating, tensions are mounting in Syria.

Turkey has already seized territory in Syria as apart of Operation Euphrates Shield using the unofficial terror organization, the FSA (Free Syrian Army), as a front for doing so. Turkey has also been undergoing operations in North Idlib and West Aleppo, territory held by the HTS. Now Turkey has commenced Operation Olive Branch, a misleading name to put it bluntly. The primary target of Operation Olive Branch is the YPG. The YPG is a Kurdish paramilitary that was a large contributor to dismantling the Islamic State’s presence in the country. They are the primary forces in control of the Afrin region in Syria. On January 19th, Turkey launched Operation Olive branch after mounting forces along the region’s border. What began as bombings and shelling escalated into mini land grabs along Afrin’s border. Turkey has also upped its propaganda game.

If this seems confusing allow this excerpt from TRTWorld to clear things up.

TRTWorld: The strategy behind Operation Olive Branch

Afrin, in northwest Syria bordering Turkey, used to be a city with a population of 80,000. Taking advantage of the chaos caused by the civil war in Syria, the YPG took control of it in 2012. During the years of civil war, since there are no clashes in Afrin, its population increased up to 300,000. And finally, after the evacuation of Aleppo in December 2016, people fled to Afrin, increasing the population to around 750,000. Around 60 percent is Arabs, five percent on the Turkish border in the northwest of the city is Turkmen, and the rest are Kurds. Hundreds of its original residents, who could flee the YPG after 2012, are in Turkey.

Afrin is located between two strategic Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA)-held areas: Azaz and Idlib. The two FSA commanders who talked to TRT World, tell of the geographical importance of Afrin in these words: We need to connect two opposition areas to support each other. But using the road in Turkey along the border from Kilis to Reyhanlı takes five hours. If we drive directly from Azaz to Idlib through Tel Rifat, it would only take less than two hours.

That makes the Tel Rifat front of upmost importance to the operation.

Turkey is trying to win support for its jihadists put shifting the majority Arabs in the Afrin region against the Kurdish forces in control of the region. They are also trying to connect to of their FSA operations in two provinces. Since this operation has been launched, there are two losers: the SAA and the YPG. The SAA is having its territorial integrity violated by the uninvited Turkish forces and the YPG, and by extension Kurds, are the primary target and are at a apparent military disadvantage of the NATO power.

TSK Engaging SAA

Turkish forces have deployed a convoy featuring armored vehicles into Syria to “facilitate a deescalation zone” but is also being escorted by HTS terrorists forces.

Along the way, Russian and Syrian forces have targeted the convoy’s path. Tensions escalated to direct shelling between SAA and TSK. Meanwhile Russia is trying to balance its relationship with the Turkish regime. As of now the SAA and the Turkish controlled area north of Aleppo have held a peaceful border as Turkey just mainly wants to target Kurds. Russia and Syria have deescalated Turkish targeting to the east by taking Kurdish militias under their wing. Turkey has mostly been non-confrontational with pro-Assad forces, but this engagement could destabilize the other Turkish controlled regions in Syria.

US Response

The US has held a very weak response to Turkey’s newest rounds of aggression. President Trump and Ergodan has a phone call on the 24th over the Operation, but little has been done by Americans to combat the latest threat to stability. In fact, YPG fighters are concerned about their continued US support. Turkey could eventually pose a threat to US forces in the country. The US has forces in the Manbij region of Syria which is east of Turkish zone captured during Euphrates Shield. After Turkey is done attacking Kurds in Afrin, they could move east towards Iraq into Manbij. The forces their have stated their right to self defense against any incoming attack which makes the possibility of an intra-NATO skirmish all that more likely.


Kurds have reason to worry as Turkey has a brutal history of exterminating ethnicities they don’t like and a continued success at getting others not to address their atrocities. The Turkish regime is becoming increasingly Islamic and totalitarian. Turkey’s tactics appear to be performing land grabs extending to Iraq, but the implications of its Operation on the Syrian Civil War are more clouded. So whether this is muscle flexing against a Shia power or a more nefarious jihadist mission has yet to be determined. This could destabilize the entire country that has already spent several years in war and was just seeing the light at the end. Before this, the HTS was doomed to lose, paving the way for more formal peace talks. But now they have some new life with Operation Olive Branch.

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Kevin Swanson: Federal judiciary is rotten to the core and runs our military



Kevin Swanson Federal judiciary is rotten to the core and runs our military

Our military has been the last bastion of conservatives, while our judiciary has been the progressive arm for almost half a century. While President Trump has tried to prevent transgenders from serving our military, the progressive courts of our day and age overruled our President. Our courts are in rebellion against the law of God and determined to go their own way and prove God wrong.

Kevin Swanson does not mention pushing Convention of States (Article V) but I shall. The Conservatives need to put the courts in check. Otherwise, these progressives will just keep trying to prove they are better than God. Most of our justices come from the elite colleges (especially Harvard) that have abandoned a Judeo-Christian worldview in favor of a progressive one. Its been going on for a long time. Now, these fools who say they are so wise are now one step closer to our destruction of a nation if not the world.

All for what, public expression of sin? One thing progressives want is to be able to sin when it comes to sexual morals, and transgenderism does indeed tie into sexual sin. S-E-X just feels too good…and it does.

Swanson points out Deuteronomy 22:5, Ephesians 4:18-19 and Romans 1:26-28 and proving God’s Word correctly to the continued social ills of our nation, and even proves radio talker Michael Savage (not mentioned by Swanson) that “Liberalism is a Mental Disorder.”

There are certain mentally unstable people that should have been kept locked in mental hospitals. But, these people have been allowed to run free and way too many of them have influenced our public policy. When people react with anger and rage against the law of God, it is only proving God right once again. Their hearts and mind are hardened and so hardened that Satan has them where he wants them. Just waiting for his POD from their awaiting souls. Only God Almighty can take certain POD’s away from this “entitled” fallen angel.

Bradley/Chelsea Manning has gotten away with so much and helped with the destruction of a nation. Manning needs the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and even if that repulses him/her, we still have to let Manning know. Only the devil would tell you that his Father hates him and the rest of us with passion. Nope, just hates sin with a passion, and that needs to be punished. You just don’t have to go to Hell for that sin.


Military Sex Surgeries and Hormone Treatments | Generations United States Military will now be busy taking care of their sex surgeries and hormone treatments for their male recruits who want to look like women, and vice versa. The military now pretty much represents the dry rot of the nation, as the foundations continue to erode. We take a look at the military’s prototype transgender: Bradley Manning – treasonous, transgendered, mentally unstable, suicidal. . . and pardoned by President Obama. The condition of the nation is perfectly realized in such examples. As Christians, what shall we do? Do we want to support government funding for transgender operations and suicide for guys like Manning? We explain the insanity of a nation with verses like Eph. 4:18,19 and Rom. 1:26-28.

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Trump and Reagan joking about starting a war



Trump makes final pitch for Roy Moore in Tweet

Let us make one thing clear. America usually has never been the ones to start an attack, although the Iraq war after 9/11 might have been the sole exception. However, when we are attacked we don’t roll over and ask for “another one.” We fight back.

When Reagan said; “I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes;” it was meant to be taken as a joke. The left can dish it out, but they can’t take it in. The media used the term ‘Star Wars,’ not Ronald Reagan himself.

Trump made it clear to North Korean’s Kim Jong Un to not try to blow the United States of America sky high without paying the consequences to what could happen to his hell hole that he rules over. “North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.’ Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”

Don’t go their ‘Rocket Man,’ because we shall not roll over and play dead like many progressives want us to do regarding their idols. Most of these idols are tyrants that they wish they could be, and that includes ‘Fat Boy” as Mark Levin likes to call Kim Jong Un. Meanwhile, the left still pushes the welfare state, because wealth redistribution and the promise to “take care of you” is their only way to buy votes and gain power.

P.S. if you progressives are so concerned about despicable people in the White House, how about JFK (and his sexual orgies), Bill Clinton (sex in the Oval Office itself), and yes Barack Obama (for being the Marxist punk that he is). For all of Trump’s shortcomings, it seems that Trump is keeping the White House clean while he is there if you know what I mean.


Levin: Trump was channeling Reagan with ‘nuclear button’ tweet Left’s hysterical response to President Trump’s now-infamous “nuclear button” tweet aimed at North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is just that: Hysterical. So said LevinTV host Mark Levin on his national radio program Wednesday night.

At the beginning of the segment, Levin compared Trump’s tweet to a quip from President Ronald Reagan’s 1984 re-election campaign where the Gipper joked, “I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.”

WTF MSM!? #NuclearButtonGate has the media in a tizzy there a button? … Yesterday, in response to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s declaration that he has a button to launch nukes, Donald Trump tweeted in response:

The Trump Derangement Syndrome-fueled responses were expected. But this morning a new narrative began to emerge: Trump’s tweet was factually incorrect. You see, there isn’t a button to launch U.S. nuclear weapons. It is more of a process. It began with a “fact-check” by the Associated Press, and now others like CNN’s Chris Cillizza are piling on. These folks know exactly what Trump meant, and calling it a nuclear button is a long-standing literary device. Pedantic attacks like this show just how biased and petty the media is.

Rush Limbaugh on Trump NKorea Tweets: He’s ‘Brilliant’ host Rush Limbaugh on Thursday mocked the outcry from critics of President Donald Trump after he tweeted about having a bigger nuclear button than North Korea leader Kim Jung Un.

“They act like the greatest insult to human dignity and the presidential regime that has ever happened,” Limbaugh chided during his daily radio program, adding the remark that it “wouldn’t cause a ripple in your average Twitter sewer.”

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