Meathead’s Attempt to Rewrite Iraq War History Through ‘Shock and Awe’

It’s rare that a major motion picture that’s only grossed over $78 thousand dollars since July at the box office receives any kind of attention, but Rob Reiner’s Shock and Awe is one of those exceptions. As a veteran, some of this movie’s message is downright insulting, especially coming from Reiner.

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Shaswar A. Qadir on Delivering Independent News in Deadly Kurdistan

At a time when American journalists whine about being called names, their “integrity” being challenged, and even being immortalized for unprofessionalism, the task of gathering and disseminating news is much more hazardous (if not deadly) in other parts of the world.

Iraq is one of the world’s most dangerous countries for journalists, who are targeted by gunmen with pro-government militias, and by militant opposition groups including Islamic State, which has embarked on a war of territorial conquest in Iraq. The murders of journalists go unpunished and, if investigations are opened, they yield no result. In Iraqi Kurdistan, a region experiencing a great deal of economic and social tension, journalists have to work in a very politicized environment, and has become a dangerous place for independent journalists. Generally speaking, the Middle East and North Africa is ranked by Freedom House to be only 5% free. NRT TV was founded by Nalia Media Corporation’s Shaswar A. Qadir in 2011 and days later was burnt to the ground by armed terrorists. Because of Shaswar’s dedication to open press and his sacrifices, it has resumed broadcasting and has continued to grow, gaining a reputation as the only independent media station for all of Kurdistan and Iraq.
National Press Club, 5/30/17

Shaswar A. Qadir spoke at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. and described his efforts to bring information to his region of Kurdistan; efforts that resulted in the arson of his television station, assassination attempts, and detention of his journalists.

Nalia Media Corporation (NRT) is “Iraq’s only independent media” and can be found online at NRTTV.com and the event was sponsored by Six Point Strategies.

Qadir’s perspectives on the true role of the media is refreshing; a role many American “journalists” truly need a refresher course on.

#Veterans Dishonorably Discharged for PTSD Infractions Deserve Benefits

On a local radio station this morning, we heard a discussion regarding PTSD-related, dishonorably discharged veterans who were thereby ineligible for any VA services; ineligibility that may subsequently lead to further problems in the civilian world and maybe even suicide. According to the guest (who incidentally runs yet another veteran nonprofit), the pushback from reforming the rules and making those who were dishonorably discharged due to PTSD-related eligible for VA benefits came from “the Pentagon”.

Just a guess, but I’ll bet most of those resisting reform are officers.

When a soldier is brought before a court-martial for PTSD-related offenses, is that soldier judged by his peers? If that soldier is an enlisted, probably not as most court martial proceedings are conducted by the officer class with a smattering of E-7s or above.

An other-than-honorable discharge is an administrative action for those with behavior problems such as violence or use of illegal drugs. A bad conduct discharge is punishment for a military crime, and dishonorable discharges are for offenses such as murder or desertion. With those discharges, the VA doesn’t consider the former service members veterans for the purposes of VA benefits.

“There is a small percentage of folks who were court-martialed and convicted, and they have earned their bad paper,” Carter said. “The vast majority of this population was discharged administratively, generally because of some minor misconduct.”
Military.com, 12/24/15

During my time in the Navy, I can’t recall ONE officer who was ever detained by the Shore Patrol. Of course, it could be because all officers behave in a manner befitting of the status. It could also be because it may not be a good thing for an enlisted SP to arrest an officer for conduct unbecoming because at the end of the day, whose word would be taken as fact surrounding an incident: the arresting enlisted SP or an officer?

Those of us who’ve served know the answer to that question and how tentative the career of the arresting SP would become within that command rather quickly.

And once service is done, we also know that an officer has a much softer parachute from military to civilian life than the enlisted, and when it comes to being dishonorably discharged for a PTSD-related offense, frustrations mount exponentially.

“They have a hard time maintaining employment and navigating the transition back to civilian life,” said Jamison Fargo, associate professor of psychology at Utah State University.

An analysis published this fall in the Journal of the American Medical Association, which Fargo co-wrote, tracked nearly 450,000 VA patients who served in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2001 to 2011. While 5.6 percent had general discharges for misconduct, they accounted for 28.1 percent of those who’d been homeless within their first year out of the military. That didn’t even take into account those with discharges that made them ineligible for VA care, and who were potentially more likely to be homeless.

The vast majority of servicemembers joined the military to serve their country. While ready to do whatever that entailed, nothing prepares them for the horrors of war, some people were deeper “in the shit” than others and one can only imagine the long-term head trip that ensues.

Reliving the event (also called re-experiencing symptoms). You may have bad memories or nightmares. You even may feel like you’re going through the event again. This is called a flashback.

Avoiding situations that remind you of the event. You may try to avoid situations or people that trigger memories of the traumatic event. You may even avoid talking or thinking about the event.

Having more negative beliefs and feelings. The way you think about yourself and others may change because of the trauma. You may feel guilt or shame. Or, you may not be interested in activities you used to enjoy. You may feel that the world is dangerous and you can’t trust anyone. You might be numb, or find it hard to feel happy.

Feeling keyed up (also called hyperarousal). You may be jittery, or always alert and on the lookout for danger. Or, you may have trouble concentrating or sleeping. You might suddenly get angry or irritable, startle easily, or act in unhealthy ways (like smoking, using drugs and alcohol, or driving recklessly.
What is PTSD?, Veterans Administration

Those with a cush gig at the Pentagon need to be more educated (and you know how much I like using that word in this fashion) as to the real world ramifications of veterans losing their benefits because of an infraction a soldier may not have committed in his or her right mind.

It’s hard enough for those who aren’t in the officer loop to find a direction in their lives after they leave their branch. Cutting them off entirely from any VA assistance is not only a miscarriage of justice for those who weren’t mentally prepared for what they faced while serving, but also travesty because of all those who could’ve been busted, weren’t, who now hold the potential of life and death of a soldier in need in their indifferent hands.

MSNBC’s Williams Has NO Credibility Challenging Trump Admin Honesty

We must admit to having a moment of unbridled humor while watching MSNBC late Monday night.

It was the word “trust” that set us off in near howls of laughter, considering the source: Brian Williams.

As in sports, it’s hard to dump a “troubled” player with a five-year, $15 million salary so some of us obviously get more opportunities for redemption than others. Seeing how his job was to deliver accurate information to the American people, Williams will NEVER be able to do that without that justified cloud of doubt hanging over every word he utters.


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As long as NBC News and MSNBC continues to employ a congenital liar like Brian Williams and the rest of the media is okay with it (because we don’t know how many of them also have “embellished” over the years), the overall honesty and/or credibility of the professional media will continue to be justifiably called into question.

BTW — It would appear NBC News is aware and concerned of the joke-status perception of their brand. The disputed segment which resulted in a “worldwide” block came from a compilation video by the New York Times posted on YouTube, but they’re okay.

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If Barack Obama (as “historian Michael Beschloss anointed him in 2008) “the smartest guy ever to become President”, and was reading prepared remarks, how could he have said this…?

Administrations seldom admit mistakes, especially one as narcissistic and arrogant as the Obama administration. But who would really think “speeding up training of ISIL forces” would end up being a good thing, considering the numerous atrocities they’ve committed for years before issuing this statement?

Was this a misread, Freudian slip, or truthfully read?

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Fmr. DAV National Commander on the state of the VA

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In the first part of an exclusive interview with B&B Media, USAF Major Alan Bowers (Ret) and former National Commander of the Disabled American Veterans (2003-2004), talks about the advocacy of the DAV, as well as the current VA scandals affecting today’s veterans and their families.

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In the second part of our exclusive interview, Major Bowers describes how the DAV intervenes on behalf of veterans to assure they receive the representation and assistance they’ve earned.

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Ziedrich: Rudeness is a Taught Democrat Virtue

Thanks to the anonymity of social media, we have a generation of people who believe they can be rude to others, especially public figures, without consequences.

And then there’s this young college student….

On Wednesday afternoon, just as she sat down to watch TV and eat a corn dog, Ivy Ziedrich’s phone rang. It was her sister in Montana.

“I am so proud of you,” her sister said, “for yelling at a politician.”

Of course, if anyone were to yell at Ivy, it would result in a Title IX whine of some to-be-announced version of abuse.

But when it comes to the Iraq War, it’s not all about what’s happened since the fall semester. The Iraq War has a history; one Ivy Ziedrich should fully research before getting all uppity in front of a presidential candidate she opposes.

Ivy Ziedrich is too young to know everything but there’s this saying, “What the media builds up, the media tears down.”

Her time may not come for a few years, but she should be very wary of the traditionals using her now. They will abandon her because she was a nobody to begin with.

MoveOn Email Of The Day

Obama campaigned on ending the Iraq War. He destabilized the entire Middle East by cheering on the “Arab Spring” and financially empowered the Muslim Brotherhood that morphed into ISIS.

Because he ignored warnings, ow his supporters are now extending the “Bush’s fault” mantra to “blame the Republican Congress” if the administration agrees to call it a “war”….

Dear MoveOn member,

Few, if any, decisions a nation makes are as consequential as the decision to go to war.

That’s why, over the last few days, MoveOn members have submitted and ranked thousands of questions that must be asked, debated, and answered before the U.S. even considers expanding military operations in Syria and Iraq.

Today, as Congress considers appropriating funds to arm and train Syrian rebels, we’ve joined with more than two dozen allied organizations to say “America Must Know” the answers to these questions.

As part of this national day of action, we’re running a full-page ad in the DC insider paper Politico, and sharing top questions with members of Congress, the media, and the White House.

Now we’ve got to call our members of Congress, so they hear from us directly.

Congress must engage in a transparent, fact-based debate prior to any expanded U.S. military intervention in the Middle East. It’s critical that lawmakers know their constituents’ key concerns and questions right now.

Will you make a call to (your congressman and/or senator) right now? In addition to this basic message, you can add any questions that you want answered:

Before the United States even considers committing to another open-ended war in the Middle East, we need answers to tough questions. Congress must debate and be held accountable for the United States’ next steps in Syria and Iraq—so we don’t make the same mistakes we’ve made in the past.Your calls today are essential because this week, in addition to considering funding Syrian rebels, House and Senate members are holding hearings with folks like Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Secretary of State John Kerry, and General Martin Dempsey.

Make no mistake. This is a rush to war. And today—together—we’re saying, “Stop. Tell us how this ends.”

We must make sure lawmakers know we’re listening for our questions to be asked and answered—for our concerns to be aired and deliberated.

MoveOn members know the costs are simply too high to get this wrong.

Thanks for all you do.

–Anna, Justin, Kristin, Ben O., and the rest of the team

At no place in this email does it mention President Obama and his recent address to the nation where he telegraphed his “ISIS” strategy to the world. The administration and State Department can’t even get their collective acts together and decide if they should even call it a “war”.

Of course if the operation goes well, Obama will take credit. He’s already said he can do this on his own, but with only days before the Capitol Hill recess until the midterm election, Congress may not get a say and as long as liberals can lay Obama’s foreign policy failures on a “Republican Congress”, they will.

This is how it starts.

 

Beck And The Left Rewriting The Rewritten Iraq War

Few things piss me off more than people rewriting history, not for the sake of accuracy, but for self-gratification.

Glenn Beck is admitting he was wrong and liberals were right for opposing the invasion of Iraq.

“(Liberals) said we couldn’t force freedom on people,” Beck said at the start of his Tuesday radio show. “Let me lead with my mistakes. You were right. Liberals, you were right, we shouldn’t have.”

Almost everything liberals do “for” society requires force of some kind, and they decide who deserves exemptions.

If memory serves, liberals claimed the invasion was about the false narrative (“lie”) about “weapons of mass destruction” as a reason to seize Iraq’s oil (which, incidentally, the United States never annexed).

And let’s not forget (as much as liberals try) the very Democrats who repeated “Bush lied, people died” were the same ones who KNEW Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and would use them on us if we didn’t take him out, and KNEW this years before George W. Bush was president….

I don’t know the reason(s) for Glenn Beck’s revelation but some of us ain’t buying it.