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Bowe Bergdahl Pleads Guilty to Desertion

Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 24, 2017

In June 2009, US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl disappeared from his Afghan military base.  After spending five years in captivity, the Obama Administration traded five high-value terrorists for Bergdahl’s release.

Arguments were then made for and against the trade, especially given evidence that Bergdahl deserted his base and fellow soldiers.  In addition, some soldiers charged with searching for Bergdahl were wounding and reportedly at least one killed.

CNN reported earlier this month that Bergdahl pleaded guilty to desertion stating: “I left my observation post on my own,” and “I understand leaving was against the law.”  It is telling to compare the actual facts with the false narrative the Obama Administration created at the time of the trade.  As seen in the video below, Susan Rice then claimed that Bergdahl served with “honor and distinction”.  This was more than a fabrication; it was an outright lie.  It is an example of why the American people no longer trust government.  It is an example of one factor behind the election of Donald Trump.

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Bowe Bergdahl Faces General Court-Martial

Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 21, 2015

bowe berdahlAccused Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl has been informed by the U.S. Army that he faces a general court-martial.  With this decision Bergdahl could face life imprisonment, as well as other consequences for his act of desertion.  It highlights the seriousness in which the military sees Bergdahl’s actions with the Army Times reporting:

“The desertion charge, which falls under Article 85 of the Uniformed Code of Military Justice, carries a maximum punishment of five years confinement, a dishonorable discharge, reduction to the rank of E-1, forfeiture of all pay and allowances.

The misbehavior before the enemy charge, which falls under Article 99 of the UCMJ, carries a maximum punishment of confinement for life as well as a dishonorable discharge, reduction in rank to E-1, and forfeiture of pay and allowances.”

The Army’s announcement raises additional questions about President Obama’s decision to trade Bergdahl for five high-ranking Taliban detainees imprisoned in Guantánamo.  It also questions the judgment of National Security Advisor Susan Rice who on June 1, 2014 stated that Bergdahl “served United States with honor and distinction.”  Neither honesty nor getting the facts straight is of primary concern to this administration.

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Susan Rice Gets Promoted

Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 5, 2013

President Obama once again showed that he values political loyalty over competence.  With the retirement today of his National Security Adviser, Tom Donilon, Obama announced that new Adviser will be Susan Rice, current American ambassador to the United Nations.

The National Security Advisor does not require Senatorial confirmation and therefore the President has the right to appoint whoever he chooses.  However, the appointment of Rice is disappointing given her history.

The New York Times reported that Rice was a major proponent of the military intervention by the West into the Libyan Civil War.  The result of that war is a strengthening in the region of Islamist terrorists.  The resulting breakdown security in Libya ultimately lead to the killing of four Americans including the US ambassador at the Benghazi consulate in September, 2012.

After the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Rice became a loyal foot soldier of the President and went on the talk show circuit to promote the false narrative that the attack was caused by a reaction to some obscure Internet video.  Instead of apologizing for this gross error, or better yet resigning, she and the entire Obama Administration circled the wagons, made excuses and obfuscated.

Ms. Rice was originally Obama’s choice to succeed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.  However, that position required Senate approval.  Given Rice’s Libyan misstatements that would have been problematic and embarrassing for the President and her nomination was withdrawn.  This did not stop the President from rewarding his loyal foot soldier even though her appointment as National Security Advisor will feed the flames of partisan politics.

In making the announcement of Rice’s new appointment, Obama said: “With her background as a scholar, Susan understands that there’s no substitute for American leadership.  She is At once passionate and pragmatic.  I think everybody understands Susan is a fierce champion for justice and human dignity, but she’s also mindful that we have to exercise our power wisely and deliberately.”  Once again the President shows a penchant for eloquent words that do not meet reality.

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Putting the Rutgers Basketball Scandal into Perspective

Posted by Steve Markowitz on April 9, 2013

During the past week the mainstream media has been fixated on the story of the Rutgers basketball coach throwing basketballs and epitaphs at players during practice sessions.  From the repeated news presentations one would think that there no other newsworthy stories in the world.  Heck, North Korea threatening South Korea and the United States would nukes, no big deal.  Japan accelerating the printing of currency to destroy the Yen, no problem.  Thousands continue being killed in Syria, heck it’s only the Middle East.

The mainstream media has become a pitiful example of yellow journalism at its worst.  Stories of consequence are ignored if they do not fit within the political narrative of the Leftist media.

This week, Matthew Philbin of newsbusters.org published an article titled Nets Give Rutgers Basketball Scandal 41 Mins., Gosnell Baby Murder Trial 0 that shows how outrageous and biased the mainstream media has become.  What a sad testament to how trivial and how low the moral fiber of the Country has traveled in just a few decades.

Nets Give Rutgers Basketball Scandal 41 Mins., Gosnell Baby Murder Trial 0

By Matthew Philbin April 09, 2013 | 11:18

The Rutgers basketball story continues to transfix the media, and why shouldn’t it?  Mike Rice, the disgraced former Rutgers basketball coach allegedly killed a woman and at least seven viable, born-alive babies “by plunging scissors into their spinal cords” in his filthy, macabre “house of horrors” abortion clinic.

Oh wait, my mistake.  Rice was fired last week from Rutgers over video of him shoving, kicking and yelling at his players, throwing basketballs at them and – most damning – using “homophobic slurs.”  That’s made Rice the most notorious villain in America.  And in one week it earned him 36 network news stories clocking in at 41 minutes, 26 seconds of air time on ABC, CBS and NBC.

Now, had Rice been accused of killing a woman and eight babies, he’d be enjoying the same anonymity as Kermit Gosnell – provided the killings were carried out in an abortion clinic.  Gosnell is the West Philadelphia abortionist who ran an unimaginable charnel house of a “clinic,” for 30 years.  Witnesses testified that he may have murdered over 100 babies outside the womb.  Gosnell’s trial, underway for weeks, has featured wrenching testimony and horrific details.  And it has received exactly zero seconds of airtime on the broadcast networks.

Let’s break it out by network.

ABC

  • Rutgers: 8 min., 1 sec.
  • Gosnell: 0 min., 0 sec.

CBS

  • Rutgers: 14 min., 27 sec.
  • Gossnell: 0 min., 0 sec.

NBC

  • Rutgers: 18 min., 58 sec.
  • Gosnell: 0 min., 0 sec

Last week, Media Research Center founder Brent Bozell and 20 other leaders of the conservative movement publicly demanded the networks end their blackout of the Gosnell trial.  They haven’t.  Perhaps they’ve been too traumatized by Rutgers and the “shocking videotapes,” as ABC’s Jenna Wolfe called them on “Good Morning America” April 6.  NBC’s Erica Hill also called them “shocking” on that morning’s “Today.” At CBS “This Morning” on April 3, anchor Norah O’Donnell found the video “stunning.”

“We`ve all been in environments, basketball courts, locker rooms, where the coaches can get fiery, they can get animated with you, CBS special correspondent James Brown allowed, “but putting your hands on a player and engaging in that kind of – those kind of homophobic slurs and abusive behavior, you don`t treat animals that way.”

And you certainly don’t call them “faggot” or “fairy.”  Rice’s bullying might have been excused had he not used those terms.  In fact, they merited a special apology from Rutgers President Robert Barchi “to the LGBT community and all of us who share their values for the homophobic slurs shown on that video.  I personally know how hurtful that language can be.”

ABC was so troubled by the antics of an overbearing basketball coach that on the April 5 “World News Tonight,” correspondent David Muir promised that the network’s “20/20” news magazine show “is now exploring the bigger question, the conversation started by that tape this week.  How common is this bad behavior, how early does it start?”

And explore it they did, with Muir talking to “a mother devastated by that video the nation watched this week.  Her son towering over that Rutgers coach, but still defenseless.”  Stacy Williams, the mother of Rutgers player Austin Johnson, told Muir, “We have to now empower our children to say enough is enough and that we are not gonna stand idly by because you dangled a scholarship in our hands and allow you to get away with all manners of evil.”

“All manners of evil” … like severing a newborn’s spinal chord?  Like JB said, “you don`t treat animals that way.”

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Syrians Die; Russia and China Veto UN Resolution

Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 6, 2012

This past weekend the United Nations again proved its uselessness.  With over 7,000 Syrians killed by despot Bashar Assad, Russia and China vetoed a UN Security Council resolution calling for the dictator to step down.  These two countries, both with atrocious human rights records, went against all other 13 Council members.

When commenting on its veto, Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said that “the draft did not accurately reflect the real state of affairs and sent an unbalanced signal to the parties.”  This lame excuse was buttressed by Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov who also said that the resolution would be “a scandal.”  How outrageous!  With thousands Syrians dead and hundreds being added to the list each week, the scandal is the UN’s inability to stop yet another butchery by a tyrant.

While the United States and NATO responded forcefully when there was merely the threat of casualties in Libya at the hands of despot Qaddafi, the West stands by helplessly as thousands have already been killed in Syria.  The United States offered the typical diplomatic response to the massacres, stating through UN Ambassador Rice: “The United States is disgusted that certain members of the council are obstructing our sole purpose here,” which was to resolve the Syrian crisis. This is even more irresponsible by one of these members who continues to provide arms to Syria.”

Finally, today after 11 months of killings, the United States pulled its ambassador from Syria and closed its embassy.  This type of response may have been meaningful had been implemented at the beginning of the killings.  However, with the Syrian regime already firmly committed to staying in power and with the potential for war crimes trials in the future, events have already traveled past the point of no return.

The United Nations lack of action with the Syrian massacres continues its bizarre policies towards the Arab Middle East.  Since the 1960s, the Progressives who run the United Nations have blamed most of the area’s problems on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.  This fallacious piece of logic covered up the realities of the illegitimate Arab governments.

Just a year ago the UN jumped into action when nine activists were killed by the Israeli Defense Force as they attempted to run a blockade of Gaza.  Today, that same UN cannot garner a resolution with over 7,000 Syrians dead.  This disconnect can only be considered logical by Progressives.

The United Nations, like most large bureaucracies, started with good intentions.  However, it quickly became no more than any other self-serving and self perpetuating organization of professional bureaucrats.  Power and money have corrupted the United Nations and rendered it impotent.  With a lack of positive impact on the world, it is time to dissolve this organization.

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