SHOCK: ‘If You Like Your Military, You Can Keep Your Military’

“If you like your military, you can keep your military.”

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To my knowledge, President Barack Obama hasn’t said that yet — at least, not in public. But the military justice system seems to be headed down the same path as the nation’s healthcare system.

Unlike the debate regarding healthcare, the debate about the need for military justice reforms involves people in positions of power (i.e., President Obama and members of Congress) who have absolutely no concept of what is necessary in a military justice system, because they have never served.  Led by people like Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), they advocate steps that will only worsen an already-flawed system.

One person who seems to understand what’s at stake is Patti Fruit, a resident of the Fayetteville, N.C., area near Fort Bragg.  While I don’t agree with everything she wrote in a letter to the editor of the Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer about the headline-making outcome of Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair’s court-martial, I do agree with the following point she made:

“Yes, he admits to adultery with underlings, but why military women who have achieved rank did not have the honor and courage to report the general’s advances from the beginning is a question that needs addressing.”

What was the outcome of General Sinclair’s case?  Sexual assault charges against him were dropped after political influence, in lieu of facts, was cited as the driving force behind a higher-ranking general’s decision to prosecute Sinclair.

One-hundred-eighty-degrees opposite Ms. Fruit, members of The New York Times Editorial Board revealed in a letter published today that they don’t have a clue about the military justice system.  Their lack of a “clue” is illustrated in the two paragraphs highlighted below:

The deal followed a stunning ruling by a military judge last week suggesting that by holding out for more severe punishment, and by rejecting an earlier plea deal, the senior Army officer overseeing the prosecution might have been improperly influenced by political considerations in bringing the most severe charges against the general because of a desire to show new resolve in the military against sexual misconduct. The prosecution had also been badly shaken by revelations that the general’s accuser may have lied under oath.

The episode offers a textbook example of justice gone awry, providing yet another reason to overhaul the existing military justice system, which gives commanding officers with built-in conflicts of interest — rather than trained and independent military prosecutors outside the chain of command — the power to decide which sexual assault cases to try.

The Times Editorial Board’s description of this week’s happenings in the case as “a textbook example of justice gone awry, providing yet another reason to overhaul the existing military justice system” is about as truthful as any of President Obama’s promises concerning the so-called Affordable Care Act (a.k.a., “ObamaCare”).

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“If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor,” the president said. We all know how long that promise lasted.

“If you like your plan, you can keep your plan,” the president said. Tell that to the hundreds of thousands of Americans who’ve lost coverage since ObamaCare went “live.”

“We’re going to work with employers to lower your premiums by up to $2,500 per family per year,” the president said.

Rather than telling us “If you like your military, you can keep your military,” it appears President Obama and his sycophants on The Left are determined to dismantle it without asking for input from anyone else and without regard for or our nation’s security. In short, the military justice system seems destined toward the same fate as healthcare and, sadly, Republicans in Congress seem to lack the wherewithal (a.k.a., “spines”) to do anything about it.

If Americans don’t stand up and demand their politicians stop meddling with the military, then they’ll deserve the military that’s left standing. And it won’t be pretty. Or, for that matter, an effective fighting force.

To learn more about sexual assault prosecutions in the military, read my series, “War On Men in the Military.”

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Obama Front Group Recruiting Summer Organizers

Courtesy of a friend of mine who is on the e-mail list for Organizing for America, I share below the latest electronic message he received Tuesday evening from the Barack Obama front group.  Except for the caricature of the president that I added and the links I disabled, the message appears unedited below:

(Salutation: name removed)

This summer, Organizing for America will train a new team of summer organizers. The Summer Organizing Fellowship is a grassroots program that aims to put boots on the ground and help foster a new generation of leaders — not just to help win elections, but to strengthen our democracy in communities across the country.

We’re reminded nearly every day of the power of organizing — of people standing up and speaking out in their communities. And that kind of effective organizing doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It takes commitment, time, and hard work to build a movement around a cause.

That’s exactly what our team of summer organizers will do.

They will be trained in the basic principles that have always built and powered effective grassroots movements, and will be assigned to a specific community where they’ll work to organize supporters street by street, neighborhood by neighborhood. They’ll recruit volunteers, run events, knock on doors, and do what it takes to support the President’s agenda. And, in the end, their work will take our grassroots power to an impressive new level.

Apply now to be a summer organizer, or pass this email along to anyone else you know who might be interested. (link disabled)

Folks who trained in programs like this one have gained important skills that have since helped them in careers with OFA and beyond. And they had a good time doing it.

Becca Siegel, a student at Stanford University, spent the past two summers organizing in Colorado — and she loved it. “Working as a summer organizer certainly taught me a diverse set of skills in a fast-paced environment. Each day brought new opportunities and challenges: a meeting with a local activist followed by voter registration at an outdoor concert, or a conference call with other organizers from around the country followed by volunteering at a community health clinic.”

When she graduates from college later this year, Becca will take the skills she learned at OFA to a new job in South Africa.

You don’t have to be a student, like Becca, or a recent graduate to be a summer organizer. Nikki Giancola, now a regional field director for OFA Illinois, was a middle school teacher for four years before becoming a summer organizer. “I will never forget the day the Affordable Care Act passed,” she says. “It was a feeling like no other — I had played a part in helping millions of people, and the summer organizer program gave me the chance to do so.”

Summer organizer Paras Patel had a similarly unforgettable experience — meeting President Obama at an event in Detroit. “He shook my hand and told me that he was proud of me and appreciated the work I was doing. I didn’t know what to expect when I started at OFA, but meeting the President was definitely a surprise and something I will never forget!”

Successful movements have always been built and grown by ordinary people who take responsibility for organizing their fellow citizens to make their voices heard. We’re looking for folks who are ready to work hard to support the President’s agenda and lay new groundwork to carry this movement forward for years to come.

Click here to apply for the OFA summer organizers program or pass it on to a friend — no experience is needed to apply:

http://my.barackobama.com/Summer-Organizers (link disabled)

Thanks for all you do,

Jeremy

Jeremy Bird
Deputy Director
Organizing for America

This is what we’re up against, folks.  2012 is virtually here!

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EPA Suit Against Utility Helps Fulfill Obama Pledge

Barely two years after I shared news about Barack Obama saying he would take steps to effectively “bankrupt the coal industry,” it appears now-President Obama is using the EPA to help fulfill his promise.

According to an article published today in the St. Louis Business Journal, the EPA has sued Ameren Missouri for allegedly failing to install modern pollution equipment in conjunction with making major upgrades to the company’s coal-fired power plant in Festus, Mo.

And who will pay the cost of litigation against the government?  Not Ameren Missouri.  Instead, it will be consumers of the energy the company provides.

Call it what you will, but I think it qualifies as “legal Jihad” against the coal industry.

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Was President Obama Confused About India?

One headline that jumped out at me appeared on the NDTV web site and would lead most to believe that President Barack Obama had done well on Day One of his visit to India. I suspect, however, that the headline stems from confusion on the part of President Obama about the duties of the people at the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

He probably mentioned to his hosts that he was going to increase by 50,000 the number of government employees working at BIA, not realizing that the BIA doesn’t have an office in India and serves Native Americans, not citizens of the subcontinent.  Obama’s hosts likely interpreted his statement to mean that the trade deals would result in 50,000 U.S. jobs and passed that along to the Indian media.  So goes it.

Indian Media Describes Obama as ‘Wishy-Washy’

“President Obama has begun rather negatively, a bit strong,” said an NDTV news commentator offering analysis of the first statement President Barack Obama made in India.  “Let’s say he’s toned down expectations.  While he has promised to discuss some what he called ‘big-ticket items’ with the prime minister, on other key issues, Obama was either a little wishy-washy or even a bit negative.  Not the ideal start, let me say.”

I doubt that we’ll see this on the state-run media.

Report Labels Obama’s Response to Spill ‘Failure’

Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, released a report today titled, “Failure of Leadership: President Obama and the Flawed Federal Response to the BP Disaster

The report concludes that “President Obama and Administration officials failed in several instances to remove regulatory and bureaucratic impediments and to ensure that proper and adequate resources were brought to bear in addressing the BP disaster.”

The report documents various constitutional and legal authorities available to President Barack Obama and federal agencies under his control-authorities that could have enabled them to respond to the BP disaster as expeditiously as possible. Yet, as the Senate report explains, in many important instances, these authorities were either ignored or fitfully exercised.

The report documents specific examples of the President’s failure to demonstrate leadership. They include:

- Assistance: In the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon explosion, multiple offers of assistance from foreign governments, corporations, and international bodies poured into the State Department. Yet, for weeks, despite the clear need for additional help and resources, the State Department failed to act on them.

- Skimmers: President Obama failed to do everything necessary to deploy available skimming vessels. For example, he refused to issue waivers under the Jones Act, which prevented foreign vessels from working with American counterparts to skim oil from the Gulf.

- Dispersants: EPA’s management of dispersants was unfocused, and its communications about their safety and effectiveness was contradictory–all of which created confusion about their use. Moreover, top officials from the Obama White House contributed to this confusion, as they issued statements about dispersants that, at best, glossed over EPA’s concerns, or, at worst, were deliberately designed to conceal them.

- Workplace Rules: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enforced rules and requirements that severely restricted needed legal and operational flexibility in response efforts. OSHA, for example, mandated 20-minute shifts for clean-up workers and required 40-hour training courses for potential supervisors.

Senator Inhofe announced the release of the new Senate Report in a YouTube video (above). Sen. Inhofe states in the video, “Our prayers go out to the families and loved ones of those who lost lives in this tragedy and to everyone who continues to feel its devastating impacts. The federal government had an obligation to respond immediately and get the job done right. Unfortunately, as the Senate report shows, the Obama Administration failed.”

Does Hope Float in the Middle East?

Is it possible that President Barack Obama’s signing of a presidential determination Jan. 27, 2009, resulted in direct support going to people aboard vessels in the Gaza-bound flotilla that has stirred up so much controversy in recent days? I think it is.

According to this Feb. 4, 2009, entry in the Federal Register, President Obama cited section 2(c)(1) of the Refugee Assistance Act of 1962 and determined the following via Presidential Determination No. 2009-15:

“…that it is important to the national interest to furnish assistance under the Act in an amount not to exceed $20.3 million from the United States Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance Fund for the purpose of meeting unexpected and urgent refugee and migration needs, including by contributions to international, governmental, and nongovernmental organizations and payment of administrative expenses of Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration of the Department of State, related to humanitarian needs of Palestinian refugees and conflict victims in Gaza.”

Barely two weeks later, the folks at FactCheck.org were asked if Obama paid for Hamas-affiliated terrorists to emigrate to the United States.  In turn, they offered this response:

This claim is false. The president’s memorandum to the State Department would pay for refugee assistance in Gaza, not for transporting anyone to the U.S.

If none of the $20.3 million went to help Palestinians migrate to the U.S., then I must ask the question, “Where did the money go?”

According to a Department of State news release Jan. 30, 2009, the money was distributed as follows:

Of the $20.3 million in new ERMA funds, $13.5 million will go to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), $6 million to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and $800,000 to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). These organizations are distributing emergency food assistance, providing medical assistance and temporary shelter, creating temporary employment, and restoring access to electricity and potable water to the people of Gaza.

While I have no opinion to offer regarding the ICRC’s ability and/or willingness to keep money out of the hands of Hamas-affiliated terrorists, I’m skeptical about the integrity of the U.N. agencies.

When I combine the organization’s fraudulent track record of the hapless and crooked U.N. with its recent condemnation of Israel for its actions related to the flotilla, I’m left skeptical that any U.N. agencies can be trusted to keep money out of the hands of the terrorists.

In short, I won’t be surprised if ironclad evidence surfaces soon to prove, once and for all, that HOPE FLOATS.

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