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Veterans Honored: A Personal Story

I was both embarrassed and encouraged.

Vets

Last Sunday, our church surprised the many veterans in our congregation with a rousing thank you. As reported on Facebook:

“What a delightful day! We had a blast thanking our veterans after each service with big applause, cheering and donuts! Thank you to all who serve and have served! And thank you to all who participated today in making the cheering and donut enjoyment happen!! Have a wonderful Veteran’s Day this week!”

Why Was I Embarrassed? Encouraged?

Not to take away from any of the many men and women who have served or are faithfully serving their country, but I don’t feel somehow worthy of that honor.

When I think of those wounded (physically, mentally, emotionally) or who have given their all, who am I?

We see the plight of wounded warriors and their families suffering after all of their sacrifices, yet our government continually fails them. The Veterans Administration fails them. Extremely well-paid politicians fail them. Our brave servicemen and women see pay and benefit cuts, a downsized military, and upsized danger.

Yet, our troops remain resolved to protect and defend the nation they love.

Even though the government and politicians have failed the institution that keeps America (and much of the world) safe, the nation still loves her men and women in uniform. Despite strong anti-military sentiments in the media, entertainment, and academia, the American people remain patriotic and supportive of those who willingly put themselves in harm’s way.

We see that patriotic spirit and love of those in the military – which warms the hearts of servicemen around the globe – at work in countless ways (kind words, respect, care packages, prayers, etc.).

(Thank you, my dear brothers and sisters at Church at Severn Run.)

Though it seems that the Obama administration has gone out of its way to wreak havoc within the military and relinquish the hard-fought victories it has won in various places around the world, the fighting spirit of the American military (and of We, the People) has not diminished.

Sarah Palin at CPAC

I was also deeply moved at CPAC 2015 when Sarah Palin paid tribute to veterans and the American military. It was very touching to hear her words in that auditorium and to be among the veterans standing to receive applause from the audience.

Palin wowed the audience with her mama grizzly love and support for our troops as she demonstrated an intimate understanding of the military ethos.

Palin observed (as Abraham Lincoln before her) that we should take care of those who have taken care of us. Palin said,

“America hands over her sons and her daughters in service with the promise that they’re going to be taken care of. Our troops are promised … that a grateful nation will spare no expense to patch them up and bring them back to health when wounded. Well, we, their mothers and their fathers and their husbands and their wives, we’re here to collect on the promises made.”

Palin lambasted the pacifist mindset which currently pervades the intelligentsia and which is anathema to victory, saying, “the thing that those vets, from the Revolutionary War, what they had, that today’s troops don’t, is victory. And that is the thing that they cherish most. They deserve to know that their sacrifices are not in vain. To know that what they fought for, and what their friends died for was worth it.”

Palin praised the military for its purpose and prowess, contending:

“Aside from God Almighty, what is the only force strong enough to keep this barbaric rolling tide at bay? The only thing standing in between us and savages? It’s the red, white, and blue. It’s the United States military.”

Understanding the Reagan Doctrine (peace through strength), Palin realizes that a strong military is essential to obtaining and preserving peace. Appeasement always entices evil tyrants and terrorists to pursue their evil ends. Palin noted:

“Oh, the naive Obama State Department. They say ‘We can’t kill our way out of war.’ Really? Tell that to the Nazis. Oh, wait. You can’t, because they’re dead. We killed ‘em.”

And Palin exhorted her listeners, vowing, “We will consign radical Islam to the ash heap of history, just like the Nazis before them.”

My Own Story

I enlisted in the U.S. Navy about a year before the Vietnam War ended. My 12-year naval career ended about five years before the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Highlights of my time in the Navy include overseas tours in Japan, Scotland, and Turkey, as well as brief naval deployments in the North Atlantic, North Pacific, and Indian Oceans. Few can say that they have been to Diego Garcia. Working at NSA for a number of years was also instructive and invigorating (my, how it has grown since my time in service).

I was blessed to meet my future wife in Scotland and to have my second reenlistment ceremony in Glamis Castle. I remain blessed to be an American in the most exceptional nation on earth.

May God always bless America!

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CPAC: Obama’s Foreign Policy Anarchy

Not surprisingly, speakers and attendees at CPAC were almost uniformly opposed to President Obama’s foreign policies. The divide between Left and Right has never been so stark.

Many speakers viewed Obama’s policies – economic, political, and geopolitical – as self-destructive and, indeed, suicidal.

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A Clear and Present Danger

Gov. Rick Perry noted, “At no time in the last 25 years has the future been more uncertain and the world less safe.”[1] Perry correctly called Islamists worldwide “a religious group that seeks to take the world back to the 7th century” and said that “ISIS represents the greatest threat to freedom since Communism.”

Gov. Bobby Jindal boldly declared the obvious (to everyone but the Obama administration), “We are at war with radical Islam.”[2] Countering the White House’s policy of appeasement,[3] Jindal said, “We must fight and win the war against radical Islamic terrorism.”[4]

Jindal received a standing ovation for daring to assert that medieval Christians pose no threat in the world today, but that radical Islam does.[5]

Sen. Marco Rubio said, “Because of the Obama-Clinton foreign policy, our allies no longer trust us and our enemies no longer fear us. … [Obama has] a foreign policy that treats the Ayatollah of Iran with more respect than the Prime Minister of Israel.”[6]

Rubio highlighted the Obama administration’s flight from reality:[7] “Imagine if we didn’t have a Secretary of State who believes the world is safer than it’s ever been, while at the same time radical Islamic jihadists are taking young women as brides, are burning prisoners in cages, and are beheading Christians on a beach in Libya.”

Sen. Rand Paul admitted, “In the Middle East a dangerous and barbaric cult has arisen,” though mysteriously limiting this global phenomenon to the Middle East.[8]

Taking a contrarian perspective, Paul cautioned, “Without question, we must now defend ourselves and American interests from this barbarous aberration; but it troubles me that we must now fight against our own weapons. As conservatives we should not succumb to the notion that a government inept at home will somehow become successful abroad.”

Restore American Leadership

American exceptionalism and the need for a moral vision were underscored by many speakers. Indeed, the world is ablaze precisely because so many leaders lack moral vision, integrity, or courage.

Sen. Ted Cruz urged, “Restore America’s leadership in the world as a shining city on a hill.”[9] Cruz, and others, suggested we build upon our national heritage, putting into practice the proven principles which shaped America into a force for good in the world.

Sen. Rick Santorum observed, “If America doesn’t lead the world, someone else will.” Evil leaders in evil regimes[10] and terrorists around the globe have certainly been filling the vacuum vacated by America.[11]

Gov. Sarah Palin offered a poignant paean of praise to America’s military. Calling the Middle East “a death cult’s playground,” Palin said that the only thing standing between us and terrorists is the United States military.

Victory, she noted, requires the “political will to win[12] – a characteristic sadly lacking among the political and cultural elite, today.[13] Palin urged American leaders to confront “evil with moral clarity.”[14]

Heeding Reagan’s principle of “peace through strength,”[15] Palin decried the appeasement approach, noting that victory brings peace.

In a Reaganesque manner, Palin declared, “We will never submit to evil. We will confine radical Islam to the ash heap of history. Just like the Nazis before them.”

Mocking the “War Is Not The Answer” crowd, Palin added, “They say we can’t kill our way out of war. Really? Tell that to the Nazis. Oh, wait, you can’t because they’re dead. We killed them.”

Targeting Israel

Integral to America’s security is her relationship with Israel and her opposition to a truly global threat: Iran.

Ambassador John Bolton criticized the White House for its anti-Israeli worldview,[16] saying, “President Obama has the worst relationship with Israel since the state of Israel was created in 1948.” Calling it “reprehensible,” Bolton chastised Obama for regarding “the single gravest threat to peace and security in the region, according to the Obama/Clinton view, is Israel building apartments in East Jerusalem.”

Bolton warned of the “existential threat” that Israel faces “from Iranian nuclear weapons – the threat of what some have called a nuclear holocaust.” A nuclear Iran would endanger civilization wherever it exists and would ignite a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.

CPAC Interviews

I interviewed a few of the speakers at CPAC. Among them,

Ambassador Bolton called Obama’s foreign policy “weak,” saying “it’s feckless, it’s inattentive, and it’s failed in many dramatic respects to preserve American national security.” (Audio)

Bolton

Asked how to achieve victory against Islamists, Col. Allen West replied, “First of all, you have to identify in order to defeat the ideology. You have to be able to cut off its financial support, cut off his diplomatic support as far as other states that are sponsoring these non-state, non-uniformed belligerents, and then, the bottom line is, you’re gonna have to get on the battlefield and kill ‘em.” (Audio)

West

Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino addressed Obama’s non-existent foreign policy:[17]

“What foreign policy are you talking about? I don’t mean to be sarcastic, but, what foreign policy? There is no foreign policy! I mean, to say that there is a foreign policy implies that he’s actually had one. I mean, where has he even been consistent? You know, if you did a debate – and I’ve done this on a radio show I do, where you debate President Obama with President Obama, using his words, not as a joke – you’ll actually find out that he debates himself. He says the exact opposite thing about a number of issues. So, it’s really hard to pin President Obama down. You know, he loves Israel in his speech, but then he does the exact opposite.[18] You know, he declares red lines, meaning, ‘Don’t cross this,’ until people actually cross it. You know, he declares his support for regimes, until he doesn’t. So, there really is no foreign policy. So, it’s really difficult to comment on something that doesn’t exist.” (Audio)

Bongino

Bongino also offered a strategy for dealing with the military and terrorist threats facing America and her allies:

“We need to focus less on military personnel on the ground in these countries and more of a counter-intelligence, intelligence, and training function overseas. One of the things in the Secret Service I always found to be most effective was joint training missions. You would be surprised how much good will between people who can really make a difference in some of these foreign policy areas, good will that’s accomplished through things like joint training and intelligence sharing. I think we have to focus less on putting our people on the front lines and getting other people to fight the fights they should be fighting.” (Audio)

Endnotes:

[1]               See “Obama: America is Stronger Than Ever” at http://t.co/3dxkSeF8fj.

[2]               See “War? What War?” at http://t.co/k63DebowZE.

[3]               See “Let’s Talk ISIS Into Peace” at http://t.co/x5bJ44gBxY.

[4]               See “CVE: How to Submit to Jihad” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-7x.

[5]               See “Terror Strikes America – Again!” at http://t.co/nurkdy0GI6.

[6]               See “Obama Abets Five Anti-American Empires” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-7k.

[7]               See “Obama Channels Orwell” at http://t.co/m6A636uORL.

[8]               See “We Are All Parisians!” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-71.

[9]               See “American Exceptionalism is in the Eye of the Beholder” at http://t.co/UDFIbFm5hr.

[10]             See “Putin = Hitler? Yes!” at http://t.co/czfFgLNzmx.

[11]             See “Is Baghdad Burning? Obama’s Leadership Vacuum” at http://t.co/anrh8hfqtC.

[12]             See “Obama Snubs Paris, Disses War on Terror” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-6S.

[13]             See “Left Snipes at American Sniper” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-7a.

[14]             See “Root of Evil: Let’s Put ISIS on Welfare” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-7s.

[15]             See “Remembering Reagan” at http://t.co/GYAescwhYa.

[16]             See “Obama Targets Israel” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-5R.

[17]             See “We Don’t Have a Strategy Yet” at http://t.co/Ftcx1QT0eA.

[18]             See “Obama Targets Israel” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-5R.

Covering CPAC

CPAC again granted me press credentials to cover its Conservative Political Action Conference. The first time was in 1999. In the intervening years, I have witnessed CPAC’s phenomenal growth to become a blockbuster event wielding tremendous political clout.

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CPAC has become a must for any conservative or libertarian with presidential ambitions. Grassroots activists and college students can mingle and network with politicians, and conservative or libertarian leaders in a wide variety of socio-economic, political, and cultural endeavors. The media is in full force: television, radio, print, bloggers.

Each year, the agenda, theme, and players vary. Each conference has its own personality and flavor. Presidential election years are particularly boisterous.

This year, CPAC has expanded into a four-day conference, with the first day, this Wednesday, being devoted to workshops – a comprehensive activism bootcamp. The remainder of the schedule is devoted to speeches, panels, debates, book signings, and the like.

The current schedule addresses a wide variety of issues, ranging from the American Dream millennial-style to Common Core, Obamacare to property rights, national defense to digital currency, cyber security to voter fraud, tax reform to fracking.

With thousands of participants and attendees, there is something for everyone.

I’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, please email me your questions, suggestions, or comments at brotherwatch AT yahoo DOT com.