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02 May 2016

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Daniel Nicolas

Sad that it took outside influence to turn the tide in favor of SFC Charles Martland.

The speech from Delegate Nick Freitas gives me hope. I am glad that there are still men with such passion for liberty among us.

Christopher Rogers

Colonel Sir,

Many thanks for bringing this incident to the attention of your international readership, whilst I may be a critic of numerous US Military actions, all directed I hasten to add by a highly dysfunctional political leadership in Washington, the fact remains that both serving soldiers, the NCO and Officer, for their actions in protecting a young youth from a sexual predator, should not be admonished, but rather have a medal of honour bestowed upon them for reminding us all they not only did they have a heart, but that they showed compassion beyond the call of duty, compassion that I applaud and hope others follow my lead.

LeaNder

Love, this TTG

Saw this coinage somewhere today, and admittedly it fascinated me as coinage:"the blurring effect of a blizzard of details", although in this specific case it may not matter. But more a combination of national interests the single person and cowardice.

I fully agree, my highest respect for the comrade, or is this a somewhat misguiding term/usage? In any case it's not my intention to signal my basic political adherence.

I am withdrawing for a while as babbler-in-chief around here. But I surely won't stop watching.

Degringolade

Thanks TTG:

This is what the SF is really all about.

turcopolier

All

Yes. This is what Army Special forces is about. I suppose that I am the oldest SF soldier here having qualified at Bragg in 1964. I met Aaron Bank there when he came for a celebration and served under Arthur "Bull" Simon. IMO they would both be proud of Martland and Freitas. De Opresso Liber. pl

John Minnerath

Spineless PC command who would destroy a mans reputation to blindly follow misguided directives.

John Minnerath

PL
I'm sure you and I are two of the oldest old farts here.
I finished training and got my Beret in March 1963.

kooshy

I wonder if this NYT report is correct , Kerry to meet Moallem the Syrian FM, doesn't sound right.

"Mr. Kerry was in Geneva to meet with Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem of Syria; Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir of Saudi Arabia; the United Nations special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura; and other officials."

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/03/world/middleeast/syria-talks.html

William R. Cumming

P.L.! Many thanks for this posting!

b

@kooshy . Kerry met the Jordanian and the Saudi foreign minister. Lavrov and/or Moallem did not come.

Kerry is begging his "allies" to tell their proxies to split from al-Qaeda. Not gonna happen - at least on the ground.

Dubhaltach

What could be more honourable than sticking up for a raped child and his mother?

When in time he leaves the army with an honourable discharge I hope that he has a VERY bright future ahead of him.

Emad

TTG,

Sgt. Martland's actions were valiant and commendable, but perhaps not reflective of local knowledge GBs should consider when making decisions.

Another more local COA: 10,000 Afghanis; the man's coin purse cut and stuffed into his piehole; his body left at the village square for all to see.

Taleban claiming responsibility; people saying, "He had it coming," every ANP flunky knowing that "the American" had something to do with it.

Jonathan House

TTG, Pat and all,

I don't have powerful connections; I'm usually skeptical about phone calls and letters to 'my' congressman/senator/president, but perhaps in this case that kind of thing might be useful. If you think it worthwhile to whom should I write?

I'm sure there are others on this list are in my position.

Jonathan House

Kooshy

Thanks b I thought the report can't be correct. BTW some Iranian news sites, are reporting the resistance front' force build up of R+6 for a major offensive in south Aleppo is nearly complete, and an offensive can start any time soon.

The Twisted Genius

Jonathan House,

Writing and emailing your elected officials can be effective when done by enough people. This round has been won, but this is not the end of it. SFC Martland must reenlist one or more times in order to complete a career of 20+ years. There are many ways to stop this available to a vindictive military bureaucracy. I pray the Congressmen and Senators will stay on top of this. We should as well.

The Twisted Genius

Emad,

Not only did the Green Berets follow their internal moral compasses, but their actions reflected the local knowledge they acquired by living with these people. Child abuse of this strain may be common in the area, but that does not mean it is accepted by the locals. According to one of the Army Times articles, the locals were appreciative of the Green Berets' actions.

I have a particular problem with those overly clever COIN enthusiasts who think they understood Afghan culture and accepted such child abuse as the way thing are. They are pitiful excuses for men and absolute disgraces to the officer corps. They deserve a bright light shined upon their despicable actions.

elaine

Rep. Duncan Hunter has been advocating for this honorable Sgt for quite awhile.
The R.O.E. have been used to prosecute & send to Leavenworth several other honorable
combat soldiers. I try to support the United American Patriots group as they try
to legally defend these men.

MRW

You don’t know your own power. Little known to most: a handwritten letter is viewed as a minimum of 10,000 votes. Email is pointless these days; there was a time. A call is OK, although you should call the President’s Comment line for that: 202 456-1111, unless it’s something you know your congressman is about to vote on. Call both DC and local office.

But a handwritten note to your congressman and/or senator is far more powerful. After all, congress writes the laws. The creation of separate smoker/non-smoker sections of planes in the early 1970s was the result of THREE letters--yes, three--to the airline (think it was American) with copies to their congressmen.

The thinking is that anyone upset or pissed enough to write a letter means there are a lot more who feel that way. And since the Senate controls which military ump-de-ump gets a promotion, use that info.

But you need to send to both local and DC offices and make that apparent in the “cc:” after your signature.

No more than one page. If you type it, make sure you sign in blue ink.

elaine

Can't help but wonder about the fate of the boy & his mother after their protector was disciplined & taken out of the area. Any news would be appreciated. & of course
I also wonder if any punitive action was taken against the sadistic Afghan police
commander.

Haralambos

Col.,
I think it might be useful for those more knowledgeable than I to elaborate on the nature of of the different elite forces, as you have on occasion in comments. US Army Special Forces is not a designation that applies to Navy Seals, Delta Force, and other designations, if I am correct. I lament the influence of the popular media presentations in suggesting that all of these are Rambo-like killing machines, Ninjas, or Samurai warriors.

I recall one reply you posted several days ago correcting a comment someone made on force levels. My apologies for not managing to find that.

D

Things do occasionally go right in this world.

Babak Makkinejad

I do not consider the commonplace phenomenon of drug-crazed young men shooting their way to death in US to be a reflection of American Culture.

John Minnerath

It isn't over yet.
The REMFs were forced to step back, that doesn't sit well with those types. They can make the rest of his career very difficult.

turcopolier

Haralambos

Army SF (GBs) are armed, traveling teachers of various things who can also do direct action missions (raids, reconnaissance, etc.) The rest; Delta, Seals, Rangers are all direct action fighters who have no substantial teaching skills other than those that any soldier has for training his own unit and no real cultural knowledge. They have the much simpler job of just fighting. Needless to say the rigid, narrow minded people who are most of any military force's leaders hate these guys. They know that the GB's judge them and that is unacceptable. pl

The Twisted Genius

Babak,

Very apt comparison. These are societal aberrations and pathological conditions, nothing to be tolerated as normality. Unfortunately, the world is full of these things. All the more reason to applaud and support those who do something about it

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