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Party or Country? A Courageous Woman.

by on Mar.01, 2015, under Intelligence / National Security, Politics

Like some of you, I remember the old days where each party had different wings, independent thinkers, renegades etc. At the end of the day, there would be compromise and laws would be made. Today, we have different wings , independent thinkers, and renegades ONLY in the republican party. For a really ugly reason, the Democrats vote in lockstep on everything, No one will dare step outside the line ,,, even for the good of the country… except one female congresswoman from Hawaii, Tulsi Gabbard.  She had the temerity to speak out against Obama on his refusal to identify Radical Islam as an enemy.  She is former military and served in Iraq, but now she is now being hunted down  by the Democrat media; villified; and told her career is over. Wow! What happened to independent thinking?

I thought we voted for people who would think about the good of the country, not the image of the first black President. It is like in Harry Potter but instead of “he who could not be named,”  it is  “He who could not be criticized.” This woman deserves our support and respect. There is no unanimity on the republican side and that is oftentimes a problem. However , there is nothing but enforced unanimity on the Dem side; and that is dangerous for the country.Here’s the story.

She was Hawaii’s golden girl after winning a seat in Congress with support from top liberal groups, but now that Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has been critical of President Obama, her political reputation in the bluest of blue states is taking a hit.

That isn’t stopping the twice-deployed 33-year-old Army veteran from continuing to challenge the president, her home state’s favorite son, over his refusal to identify terror groups like the Islamic State as driven by “radical Islam.”

“Every soldier knows this simple fact: If you don’t know your enemy, you will not be able to defeat him,” Gabbard told FoxNews.com. “Our leaders must clearly identify the enemy as Islamist extremists, understand the ideology that is motivating them and attracting new recruits, and focus on defeating that enemy both militarily and ideologically.”

Gabbard has been hitting this message for weeks now, putting her at odds with many in her party who toe the line that the Islamic State should not be associated with Islam.

“Every soldier knows this simple fact: If you don’t know your enemy, you will not be able to defeat him.”
– Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii
Gabbard called “mind-boggling” Obama’s refusal to associate ISIS with the Muslim religion, even though the terrorist army is emphatic it is enforcing a strict interpretation of Islam.

“[Obama] is completely missing the point of this radical Islamic ideology that’s fueling these people,” she said.

The Army veteran has encountered rough political surf since challenging President Obama.

Her comments have stunned political experts in her home state.

“It is very, very unusual for a junior member in the president’s own party to criticize him,” said Colin Moore, assistant professor at the University of Hawaii Department of Political Science. “Especially for someone considered a rising star in the party. This is a serious gamble for her.”

Michael W. Perry, of Hawaii’s most popular KSSK Radio’s “Perry & Price Show,” said that “while Gabbard is correct in her ‘emperor has no clothes’ moment, she may have lost her future seat on Hawaii’s political bench.” He said she’s committed “a mortal sin” by challenging Obama, and “now the knives are out.”

For now, she’s taking her hits in the media.

The editorial board of the online political news journal Civil Beat, owned by eBay Founder Pierre Omiydar, said “the bright-red Right” is promoting her criticism but she is not “presenting serious policy arguments.”

“One wonders where Gabbard is going with this. Sure, the Iraq war veteran and rising political star is achieving national prominence in a high-profile discussion. But at what cost?” the editorial board wrote, saying her comments could be dismissed “as pandering from a young pol with lofty ambitions.”

Bob Jones, columnist for the Oahu-based Midweek, wrote a scathing piece suggesting Gabbard should be challenged in 2016. “I take serious issue when somebody who’s done a little non-fighting time in Iraq, and is not a Middle East or Islamic scholar, claims to know better than our President and Secretary of State how to fathom the motivations of terrorists, or how to refer to them beyond the term that best describes them — terrorists,” Jones said.

Gabbard acknowledges the political risks. “I’m not naïve,” Gabbard said. “It could hurt me politically, but I don’t worry about it because that’s not what I care about. … Our national security and the future of our country is infinitely more important than partisan politics or my personal political future.”

Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who directed the Defense Intelligence Agency, said this should not be a political issue. “[Gabbard] has taken a very courageous stand in a party that just refuses to face reality,” he said.

Decorated intelligence officer and noted specialist on Islamic law, Stephen Coughlin, who authored the book “Catastrophic Failure: Blindfolding America in the Face of Jihad,” set for release in March, also sided with Gabbard. “Rep. Gabbard is correct as a matter of history, she is correct as a matter of current events, and she is correct of published Islamic law.”

While Gabbard has many detractors, she has a growing number of supporters, including a former Hawaii GOP congressional candidate who spent seven years in a POW camp in Vietnam.

“It is encouraging to see a bright young woman like Congresswoman Gabbard in politics in Hawaii, speaking up the way she is doing,” said retired Lt. Col. Orson Swindle, who was awarded 20 military decorations for valor in combat including two silver stars and two purple hearts.

Born in American Samoa as one of five children, Gabbard moved to Hawaii as a toddler. Her parents, strict social conservatives, were elected to public office in Hawaii — her father, Mike Gabbard, to the state Senate, and her mother, Carol Gabbard, to the statewide Board of Education.

In 2002 at age 21, Gabbard was the youngest person ever elected to the Hawaii Legislature. The following year, she enlisted with the Hawaii National Guard, and was voluntarily deployed in 2004 to Iraq with the 29th Brigade. On the military front, she made a name for herself, awarded the Meritorious Service Medal during Operation Iraqi Freedom and designated a distinguished honor graduate at Fort McClellan’s Officer Candidate School.

After her first deployment, Gabbard worked as a legislative aide in Washington, D.C., to U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, a beloved Hawaiian senator who advocated for his fellow veterans, until she was deployed a second time — to the volatile “Sunni Triangle” in Iraq.

“She along with the soldiers of the 29th didn’t spend all their time inside the wire, and witnessed the horrific Muslim on Muslim violence and carnage in the name of Allah,” said retired Army Maj. Gen. Robert G.F. Lee, the adjutant general for Hawaii during Gabbard’s deployment.

After returning home, Gabbard was elected to the Honolulu City Council in 2010. She stepped down to run for Congress in 2012, taking on the well-financed former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann. Much to the surprise of political observers, she easily beat Hannemann in the primary, largely with the help of the progressive veteran group VoteVets.org. She was also backed by Emily’s List and the Sierra Club.

Winning a second term in 2014 was easy. Throughout, she has been defined by her contrasts:

A captain in the Hawaii National Guard, she also was featured on the pages of Vogue magazine and named as one of The Hill’s 50 Most Beautiful People.

She’s a left-leaning Democrat until it comes to foreign affairs.

She is a junior member of her party, but not afraid to speak up when she feels the highest-ranking member of her own party is wrong.

While she suits up at work, she leaves behind formalities to go surfing. She also is the first Hindu, the first Samoan, and one of the first two female combat veterans to serve as a member of Congress.

Some analysts believe she has stirred up controversy in preparation to challenge U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the primary election in 2016. When asked by Fox News if she will run for U.S. Senate, Gabbard said “no.”

“Anyone who thinks I’m playing politics with national security issues clearly doesn’t know me,” Gabbard said.

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All or Nothing

by on Feb.26, 2015, under Intelligence / National Security, Politics

I listened today in horror as I heard the President’s new plan to restrict certain types of ammunition. This follows his blatant government takeover of the internet. Of course, let’s not forget his sweeping executive actions on immigration, the IRS targeting of conservatives, his disregard for the separation of powers, his demeaning of our only true ally in the Mid East, his refusal to stand up to Islamic extremists butchering Christians around the world, his cow- towing to the Islamic Republic of Iran… Need I go on?

Yet the republicans seem to be playing with the Marquis of Queensberry rules. It wont work. The President is pushing the envelope everyday, and soon we will wake up and the Republic will look nothing like it did ten years ago. As Scott put it yesterday, the Republicans have to get their act together. They cannot play nice anymore. It is time to go for broke, all or nothing,  or lose the country. Everything must be on the table including impeachment. It is the only option left. But who is the leader to stand up to the President? Really stand up?

I am tired of them posturing and waiting and compromising only to have yet another freedom taken away. We need men or women  of courage who look out for the country, not their political future. Where are they? Do you know who they are? The time for indecision is over. Make a stand or step out of the way.  What do you think?

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Through the Looking Glass

by on Feb.25, 2015, under Intelligence / National Security, Politics

In Obama’s America the American people are the ones who have stumbled like Alice through the looking glass. Up is down, left is right and reality is perverted.

His toadies are about to impose internet regulations that will give the government much more control over the internet under the guise of “net neutrality.”  This is course is a code for government control of content and access. How it is being done without a huge uproar is amazing.

The leader of our strongest ally in the middle east is coming to Washington to address Congress. The President wont meet him; his National security adviser calls the visit “destructive.”  And Senate democrats plan on boycotting the speech. Really? Is this even sane?

His minions are willing to shut down the Department of Homeland Security so his illegal actions on immigration cant be questioned and the American people yawn and blame republicans.

After a resounding defeat in November where the Keystone XL pipeline was one of the main issues republicans ran on, the President acts as if nothing happened and vetoes it. Why should the people have a say? He is king.

This is just activity YESTERDAY! Every day is a new nightmare in disbelief. How much can the country take before the people wake up and realize what they have done.

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