Hillary’s destructive leadership, a Navy SEAL’s perspective…

Friends, this is an interesting perspective of HRC’s leadership qualities written by a former Navy SEAL Brandon Webb.hillary-nyt

Hillary Clinton represents everything that is bad and needs to be changed about politics in America. She has made a career out of manipulation, character assassination (on the women who slept with her husband), and an orchestrated schizophrenic foreign policy (at best) that has contributed to chaos in the Middle East, which has resulted in a massive human rights crisis dumped on Europe in the form of refugees.

Trump or Hillary.

Bankruptcy, divorce, and aggressive tax write offs I’ll trade for character assassination, not accepting responsibility in crisis (see Benghazi below), a flawed foreign policy record, and perhaps worst of all, Bill as the first lady.

I have an interesting perspective of having served in two combat zones as a Navy SEAL, a career that included five tours in the Middle East, one in Afghanistan, a mix of other Asian countries, and now ten years on the outside as a business entrepreneur and author who’s traveled extensively abroad. I’ve seen the affects of the last 16 years of Bush and Obama play out on the global chessboard, and it’s a terrible fucking mess. I give them both a fail for their participation in establishing a U.S. foreign policy that has destabilized the Middle East (giving rise to ISIS and civil war in Syria) and created a massive human rights crisis with over half a million dead and more fleeing to Europe.

Benghazi is a case study in leadership failure.

I’ll speak to this overplayed topic only because I know the story intimately and lived it first hand when I received a text from a CIA friend that my best friend was killed in Libya. I cried in a San Diego airport parking lot for 20 minutes before mustering up the courage to call his family, long before the media knew and the official knock at the door that would come. 

To be clear, I don’t blame HRC for the death of four Americans (including my best friend Glen Doherty). Bad things happen in North Africa, it’s a dangerous place, the Americans that died were serving in dangerous roles, I’m sure they all knew and accepted this. It’s not what happened or why that’s important to me, it’s what happened after and that nobody was held accountable.  

A good leader admit mistakes upfront, they own them, it’s the quickest way to move on and learn. A bad one shifts blame, points fingers, and covers up. The latter is Hillary to the core. She took zero personal responsibility for the security and policy failures that directly contributed to the death of four Americans under her watch as Secretary of State. Instead she spun up the well oiled blame machine, and started calling in powerful favors curated from her elite connections in Washington and the New York media. 

She also told the Doherty family everything would be ok. We would come to learn very soon after she made this comment to the family, that everything would not be ok, far from it. 

Glen’s body was returned to his family by the US government without even a basic allowance to bury him.  Just a few attaboys from Uncle Sam. Not one dollar was contributed by the US government to his funeral but, he was touted as a hero and used in the national press by both politicians from all sides for political gain. 

His friends and I paid to give him a proper burial because the current administration would not. I’ll say it again because it’s hard to believe, “his friends and I paid for his funeral and burial expenses because we didn’t think the additional burden should be placed on his family and estate,” end quote.

 It would take over four years for the CIA to finally be shamed into paying out funds associated with his mandatory life insurance policy (there was a loophole that relieved the policy from paying out upon his death). 

Is this how we take care of our heroes these days?

SOURCE – SOFREP.com

Benghazi Select Committee Reports…

benghazi4-e1351495805540The Benghazi Select Committee Reports have finally been issued.  Even though the State Department, several key witnesses and HRC herself have withheld information, failed to appeared before the committee or flat-out lied (talking to you Hilary), both the Democratic and Republican members have separately release their versions of the report.  Seems they can’t even agree on a common set of facts.  First was the Democrats.  We guess Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democratic member, wanted to make sure their views had been digested (and barfed up…) before the Republicans release their report two days later.  Rep. Peter Roskam (IL-o6) introduced the Republican version of the report with a short video describing the utter failure of the Obama administration and the Hilary Clinton State Department.  Read the Democratic version, Read the Republican version and then read the only account that really matters; that of the annex security team.  The warriors who were actually there.

13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi
Select Committee on Benghazi (Republican)
Select Committee on Benghazi (Democrat)

SOURCE – The Senate Select Committee on Benghazi

Get ready for “Range 15″…

range15Friends, numerous high-profile military veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and Hollywood talent like Danny Trejo and William Shatner will be starring in an upcoming movie called “Range 15.”  The movie, whose trailer recently debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, appears to be riddled with profanity and gallows humor, and makes it clear that veterans will be in on all the jokes. Think “Sharknado,” but with more wisecracks about the military.  Perfect!

Actors shown in the trailer include Marcus Luttrell and Mat Best, recent Medal of Honor recipients Leroy Petry and Clint Romesha and Tim Kennedy, a Special Forces soldier who also competes in mixed martial arts professionally in the UFC. Brian Stann, a Marine who earned a Silver Star for valor in Iraq and fought in the UFC, also makes an appearance.  The movie is funded using donations from the crowd-funding website Indiegogo. To date, “Range 15″ has raised more than $1 million while promising that “this movie is so hardcore military it makes Hollywood wet itself and run home crying to mommy.”

SOURCE – WashingtonPost.com

UPDATE – 06/09/16 – ‘Range 15’ to Premier June 15th, 2016…

A brutally honest look at issues facing combat veterans today…

Friends, take a minute and watch this intense video.  Afterwards, please do whatever you can to support GallantFew.org.  If you’re a Veteran, sign up to assist a newly returning fellow Veteran to get on their feet.  Trust me, the experience is like nothing else…

US Marine Veteran Has a Message for Flag Stompers…

Friends, normally we don’t care too much about social media but a new trend has emerged that gives us pause.  A Georgia college student and purported Black Panther member, Eric Sheppard, entreated social media users to stomp on and desecrate the American flag, then post their pictures and videos with the hash tag: #TheEricSheppardChallenge.  Well any person that desecrates the American flag should be shot.  There, I said it.  Marine Veteran Shane Lawler says it better…

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