News From The Front

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The Muslims of the Middle East continue to choose sides before jumping into the Syrian Civil War free for all and doing what they seem to enjoy the most, killing for the sake of bloodletting.

In this amateur video, a Hezbollah convoy, en route to the battle in Quasar to aid Assad’s merry killers, has just been cut to rag dolls by Syrian rebels in a rocket and mortar ambush.

The dead are Hezbollah terrorists or freedom fighters as Jimmy Carter and our media refer to them.

Our president is shadow boxing like a boxer who has never boxed, looking for an excuse to send in our troops and aid these rebels in their ignoble struggle against Assad’s coalition, along with our Secretary of State, who became noteworthy after protesting our participation in another foreign civil war and marrying into money is threatening to join the Syrian rebels in their civil war.


Soon enough, one side will prevail, without our interference, and be able to concentrate their terrorism internationally rather than locally.

As you look at the death and wanton destruction between these Muslim gangsters, we should ask ourselves if we are ready to see our young soldiers and Marines blown to hell in our president’s desire to assert his presence and personal vanity in this most recent Middle East conflict. We have already seen how he deserted our men in Benghazi, when a situation became grim and could shine a negative light on his image.

No, we need to keep our young men out of these disputes. Americans are tired of sacrificing our young people so that our narcissist in chief can preen and posture on the world’s stage.

Let these people make a holiday out of their blood lust, they like to kill, let them kill each other with wanton abandonment without our troops.

We wish you the best of luck, while our president pants over the possibilities of glory for him and the sacrifice of our fighting men; may you kill each other with gleeful joy for as long as possible, and while you are busy at each other’s throats, we will prepare for the terrorism of the eventual victor.


A professional horseman for over 40 years, Skook continues to work with horses. He is in an ongoing educational program, learning life's lessons from one of the world's greatest instructors, the horse. Skook has finished an historical novel that traces a mitochondrial line of DNA from 50,000 years ago to the present. The book Fifty-Thousand Years is awaiting me to finish a final proofread and it should be sent to the formatter in a matter of days. I am still working, so it is not easy to devote the time I need to finish the project. The cover is a beautiful wok of art. I would put it up here if I could figure out how to make it work.

12 Responses to “News From The Front”

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    The situation in Syria is increasingly becoming a big concern of mine, considering that my youngest is set to go to Marine Corps bootcamp in September.

    Obama and his admin have shown little to no propensity at waging a war with a goal of winning. It is worrisome, at best, and frightening, at worst, to know that the man who commands our troops does so in an increasingly political manner. One merely has to look to Afghanistan to see the results.

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    Richard Wheeler

    @johngalt: Which side would you suggest we support? Afghan. was never “winnable”–Disrupting A.Q. is the goal.
    Your son will be fine. God bless him.If he needs anything while at Pendleton have him contact me.

    Semper Fi

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    @Richard Wheeler:

    Which side would you suggest we support? Afghan. was never “winnable”–Disrupting A.Q. is the goal.

    Judging by what has happened in both Egypt and Libya, neither side in the Syrian conflict is really preferable over the other. I’d just as soon stay completely out of it, other than helping Israel with it’s defense against the winner in Syria.

    The whole reason I bring up Afghanistan is because of the mess it has become since Obama took over. There have been 2,227 deaths in Afghanistan. 1,572 of them since Obama’s inauguration. That is 70% of the deaths, in only 37% of the time period our troops have been over there. This year is likely to top 300+ deaths again, in a place and war that saw only 155 for any year during Bush’s tenure as President.

    And yes, there was a troop buildup in 2009, and the one in Iraq during Bush’s tenure saw more deaths as well, but the boots on the ground report the changing ROE’s as hampering their ability to not only take the fight to the Taliban and opposition forces, but also in their ability to protect themselves over there.

    Sorry, Rich, but I don’t trust anybody as Commander in Chief who has overseen the politicization of the federal government the way that Obama has.

    Your son will be fine. God bless him.If he needs anything while at Pendleton have him contact me.

    I sincerely hope that he will be ok. I don’t mind that he probably will see combat. I just want him to have the tools necessary, including the ROE, in order to get the job done without the added danger. That means that I really hope that Obama isn’t the one to send our guys/gals over to Syria. After the Benghazi incident, I’m not sure that Obama is all that concerned with the safety of our people overseas, anywhere.

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    @johngalt: JG, I feel your dread and apprehension.

    May I suggest telling your son to throw himself fully into the training and to strive to be the best at everything. The training is top notch, but it is imperative for him to believe he can accomplish everything and be the best that he can be and to always remember, there are millions of former Marines who have done it and will stand with him, in an unspoken bond, for the rest of time.

    It is a noble group to be a part of and the training will influence his decisions for the rest of his life.

    Semper Fidelis

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    Thanks, Skook, for the advice. I hope that in his previous 18 years that I’ve already instilled in him the idea that, in anything he does, he should always strive for the top. To be the best, as you put it.

    He has an uncle (my brother) to look up to as well, who went into the Marines as a grunt enlisted and exited service as a Major. Here’s hoping that my son has the same drive as my brother did.

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    Richard Wheeler

    @Skook: Well said. The Corps is stronger than any CIC. A very proud band of brothers who will always take care of their own. Politics be damned.Politicians come and go.
    The Corps is Eternal. Semper Fi

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    we have to realize the MILITARY have been cut on many fronts.
    and an ORGANIZATION like TROOP DIRECT know of it very well, I found out they where asking for some MEDICAL urgent needs, and many others beside it, which the troop demand and that TROOP DIRECT buy it and send it, to them, all kind of things even urgent things they should have access to
    before they run out of it, is a matter of life and death,
    they also where hassel about THE CHRISTIANS praying and even against the GOOD CHAPLAIN WORK, trying to deal with those feeling depress, before they commit suicide
    that WEINSTEIN idiot accusing of over reaching in the war zone of exchange of prayers, in other words hide your love of GOD, DON”T SHOW YOUR CHRISTIANITY TO OTHER,
    don’t pray publicly even as you see another WARRIOR SHOT IN THE BACK FALLING ON YOUR FEET
    he threaten them to big fines, he was appointed by OBAMA in the PENTAGONE,
    I think is to get the troops more depress, some of them where sent out of the AFGHANISTAN
    without notice , or checking if they where having a level of PTSD, which they admit of having on their APPEARANCE AT FOX NEWS and they lost the chance of having the help they could have had if the one
    who sent them out of the ARMY like an animal they have no more use of it, without any papers,
    is an outrage done to the warriors once they hurt,
    it was said the COMMAND want to hide so many sick ON PTSD now in AFGHANISTAN, and discard them,

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    @Richard Wheeler: Rich, a few years back, my foreign car mechanic asked me, from out of the blue, if I had been a Marine.

    Of course, I replied in the affirmative, but asked why he had asked such a question.

    He just said, “It shows.”

    I felt a little taller that day.

    Semper Fidelis

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    We wish you the best of luck, while our president pants over the possibilities of glory for him and the sacrifice of our fighting men;

    That’s interesting. I was not aware Obama was panting like a socialist swinedog to go into Syria.

    Dexter Filkins:

    At times, Obama’s caution has isolated him within his Administration. In February, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Martin Dempsey, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee. McCain said, “I would ask again, both of you, what I asked you last March, when seventy-five hundred citizens of Syria had been killed. It’s now up to sixty thousand. How many more have to die before you recommend military action?”

    “We did,’’ Panetta said. McCain turned to Dempsey, who also said, “We did.” They were referring to a covert proposal to supply weapons to the rebels, which was also supported by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, and the C.I.A. chief, David Petraeus. The proposal had been presented to Obama, and he overruled it. McCain told me that he was astonished: “There may be another time in history when a President’s entire national-security team recommended a course of action and he overruled them, but if there is I’m not aware of it.”

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    Nan G

    Skook, that illustration at the bottom of your post is interesting.
    Which flags (countries) are those?
    I see one fighter is masked and uses men, women and children as human shields while the other fighter stands in front of the civilians in a protective way.

    Sen. John McCain just spent Memorial Day visiting with Syrian rebels.
    Some of them are Jabhat al-Nusra, an extremist Sunni group in Syria affiliated with al-Qaeda in Iraq.
    So….does John McC. know what they believe?

    We are not just rebels; we are doing something we believe in.
    We are fighting to apply what Allah said to the Prophet Muhammad.
    We want the future that Islam commands.
    Not a country with borders but an umma [worldwide Islamic community of believers] of all the Muslim people.
    Power and authority must be with the believers [Sunnis], not the unbelievers.

    And, who are those ”unbelievers?”

    There is a difference between the basic kuffar [infidels] and those who converted from Islam.
    If the latter, we must punish them.
    Alawites are included.
    Even Sunnis who want democracy are kuffar as are all Shia.
    It’s not about who is loyal and who isn’t to the regime; it’s about their religion.

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    @Nan G: Nan, I read the Jewish Press. The cartoon came from those pages. The soldier in a traditional uniform represents a government soldier: the soldier with a mask represents the rebel forces. The Israeli Jews don’t seem to have a definitive favorite, they seem happy to let the war continue indefinitely, as long as the fighting stays on the correct side of the border. If you notice, the flags are similar except for the colors of the horizontal stripes.

    Like you, I found the cartoon intriguing, since neither side can legitimately claim a moral superiority. The Jewish Press offers a different opinion at the very least, but they usually have a far deeper analysis of the regional events that our media only covers with superficial coverage.

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