Recalling the Preventable Tragedy of Extortion 17

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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The catastrophe at the compound in Benghazi, Libya has been well documented – books, movies, etc. Needless to say, there aren’t too many Americans who aren’t familiar with attack that killed four Americans, and the subsequent cover-up. To this day, no one has been held to account. Not Obama, Hillary, Susan Rice, etc.

Yet recently we were reminded of another entirely preventable event which took the lives of 38 fighters, 30 of which were American and 17 were U.S. Navy SEALs. The 17 included one officer and 9 senior enlisted – 7 Chiefs, 1 Senior and 1 Master Chief Petty Officer. Trust me when I say these gentlemen have been missed – not only to their loved ones, but operationally as well.

Sara Carter at Circa.com recounts the attack on Extortion 17, the August, 2011 downing of a Chinook helicopter gunship, and the greatest single day loss of Special Operations lives in American history. Mark Levin also highlighted this on his radio show the other evening.

Sara interviewed Retired Air Force Capt. Joni Marquez, who had a bird’s eye view of the whole tragic event – an event, which according to Marquez, was infinitely preventable if not for the ridiculous Rules of Engagement (ROEs) that have plagued our military from Vietnam to the present. However, under Obama, our warfighters had been particularly hamstrung.

Marquez told Carter that she was part of the aircrew of an Air Force AC-130 gunship in Afghanistan, when they received an order “to fly close-in air support above Afghanistan’s dangerous Tangi Valley, in Wardak Province, assisting troops with the Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment who were being fired on by eight heavily armed Taliban insurgents.” read more

How Do You Like That Bomb You Mothers

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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**UPDATE**

Actual Afghanistan MOAB Video Below!

Get it? Because the MOAB is affectionately known as the Mother of All Bombs.

The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Burst, or MOAB, is as much fun as it sounds – unless you are the enemy.

Weighing in at 22,600 lbs., and 30 feet in length, the MOAB is the largest conventional (non-nuclear) air burst ordinance on the planet. Technically, it’s not the “largest” in our arsenal. That distinction is owned by MOP, the Massive Ordinance Penetrator, which weighs in at 30,000 lbs., and is capable of “penetrating” 200 ft of reinforced concrete.

In other words, it matters little to us where you bags of dirt choose to hide. We don’t need nukes to root you out. And unlike his predecessors, we finally have a President with the stones to utilize the tools provided him. Hopefully it won’t be the last time we hear of such a bomb being used. read more

What’s Next For ISIS – Chemical Attacks?

by: the Common Constitutionalist

So, Mr. President – ISIS is contained and on the run, are they? Well, I agree with half – the on-the-run part. They are on the run – running all over the globe.

First though – remember this?

A report in the Wall Street Journal cited a German Defense Ministry official who said a mustard gas attack which took place on August 13 on roughly 60 Kurdish fighters in an area 40 miles southwest of Irbil, the capital of Iraq’s ethnic Kurd region.

Another attack occurred in August, where ISIS fired an estimated 59 shells and left as many as 25 people in the northern Syrian village of Marea contaminated by what has since been confirmed to have been mustard gas, a chemical weapon banned under the 1925 Geneva protocol.

Peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq have reported at least five attacks on their positions in northern Iraq in August and September with mortar shells or Katyusha rockets filled with sulphur mustard. read more

Afghanistan – What Are We Doing There?

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Yesterday, Fox News reported that “An Afghan soldier opened up on American troops at a compound Wednesday, killing one and wounding two others before being shot dead…”

“The insider attack happened after meeting between Afghan provincial leaders and a U.S. Embassy official in the compound of the provincial governort1larggreen2 in Jalalabad…”

However, an eyewitness told the AP that in fact four U.S. troops had been targeted, not three. This is now the second insider (green on blue) attack this year. The first happened in January when an Afghan soldier killed three contractors before being shot dead.

“Right after the US official had left, suddenly an Afghan Army soldier opened fire on the U.S. soldiers who were present in the compound,” reported the Associated Press.

I understand why we went into Afghanistan in 2001. At the time it was the epicenter of Al Qaeda terrorism and we had to strike back after the 9/11 attacks. I get that. But now, 14 years later, why are we still there – what are we fighting for? read more

Closing Gitmo – Where’s the Harm in That?

by: the Common Constitutionalist

In December, the daily caller reported that the State Department put a $5 million bounty out on Ibrahim al-Rubaysh who was suspected to be an Al Qaeda leader. Suspected, my aunt Fanny. You don’t offer up $5 million for a “suspected” leader.

GitmoThing is, he was released from Club Gitmo (hat tip Rush Limbaugh) back in 2006 by the Bush administration. However, since Obama has been our Monarch in Chief, he has, true to his promise, accelerated the releases in an effort to close Gitmo.

In 2014 alone, Obama has released Islamic dirtbags to Afghanistan, Uruguay, Georgia, Algeria, Kuwait, Slovakia and Saudi Arabia.

As an aside, did you know Saudi Arabia is building a giant wall and trench system along the entire border with Iraq? And why you ask? Well, it’s because they are scared to death of ISIS and unlike stupid Americans, they know walls can be built to keep people out. Just a fun fact.

So anyway, I’m not sure about some of those countries, but others it seems will just let the terrorists free to wreak havoc on us or our allies later. But what does Obama care – as long as he can clean out Gitmo. read more

Obama Campaign Promise Being Fulfilled

by: the Common Constitutionalist

In 2008, on the campaign trail, Barack Obama vowed to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay Cuba. I have no doubt that this has stuck in his craw since then.

I contend that one way or the other King Barack is going to empty out that place and close it down. So much for Rush Limbaugh’s thriving Club Gitmo product line.

This move is part of the wind down and pull out of Afghanistan, a war Obama desperately wants to rid himself of, sooner than later, despite him saying years ago, that we should leave Iraq and concentrate on the good and worthy conflict in Afghanistan.

That’s one thing I do agree with – end the Afghan war and bring everyone home immediately. The United States no longer has any business over there or anywhere else, for that matter. We are incapable of the will that is necessary to win a war – so why get our troops killed and wounded due to modern America’s typically weak efforts. But I digress. read more

Bergdahl – Then and Now

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Okay; there’s a lot we know of deserter/possible traitor Bowe Bergdahl – some we still don’t know, and more that is coming to light – both of his situation and that of his oddball father Bob.

In 2010 a military investigation found that in 2009 Bowe did in fact walk off base and this evidently wasn’t the first time.

He did leave a note saying that he didn’t wish to fight for America anymore – that he didn’t support the Army mission.

Apparently some Afghans have come forward, saying that he was actually searching out the Taliban.

That leads to another salient point made by two actual American heroes. Col. Allen West said he wondered why Bergdahl’s throat wasn’t cut and then disemboweled, as is typical of the Taliban. Navy SEAL hero, Marcus Luttrell (Lone Survivor) wondered how he lasted that long without having his head cut off. Both good points made by actual heroes that were in the Afghan theater fighting the Taliban. Neither of them buy the POW routine.

And by the way – he was not a POW, not even by Geneva Convention standards! read more

Operation Eagle Strike III

from The Blaze:

Operation Eagle Strike III was supposed to be a single-day military strike, but it ended up erupting into a violent, nine-day clash between elite U.S. forces and the Taliban in the heart of one of Afghanistan’s most turbulent areas.

And as the chaos unfolded, journalists Mike and Carlos Boettcher, a father and son duo, were deep in the trenches alongside embattled U.S. troops. Mike, a veteran war journalist, had covered conflicts many times before — but there was something very different about this face-off. read more

Tapper vs Luttrell

Don’t Piss off a SEAL. Not a good idea!

Editor’s Note: Tapper said in several tweets early Saturday morning that he disagrees with TheBlaze’s characterization of his comments in the first paragraph of this story. See below for an update.

Former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell pushed back at CNN’s Jake Tapper after the host suggested in an interview that the “lone survivor’s” fellow veterans died for nothing. read more

The War With No Exit Strategy

by: the Common Constitutionalist 

When America goes to war, what do the people want to know? I don’t mean the military; I’m talking about the average citizen.

 

They want to know how much it might cost, how long will it take, what is the goal, what does victory look like and what is the exit strategy.

 

They might ask what the justification for war might be and how to gauge if we are winning or losing.

 

Take our two most recent wars. Just a few months ago, the Huffington Post wrote that, “the Iraq war cost $800 billion, and what do we have to show for it? The toll on the people of Iraq was even greater. A decade of war left chaos and impoverishment…”

 

Those are good points. Points you’ll want to recall as you read on. read more