Accuracy in Media

“[President Barack Obama] came into office believing that through the power of his personality, and the belief that if America changed its behavior, everything would be okay—that the problem was not the ideology of radical jihadists, the problem was America,” said former Congressman Pete Hoekstra.

On September 29th, I attended an EMPact America conference about the dangers a weakened America poses to the world, the necessity for a stronger military in the face of worldwide threats, and how America has switched sides in the War on Terror. It was a sobering and frightening look at a number of the issues that confront America today. One can’t possibly do justice in a single column to all of the outstanding speakers and panels assembled, but it is available online for viewing, and is well worth watching. Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy was the main organizer and moderator of the event.

I will emphasize that there were four members of the Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi (CCB) who spoke. Among them, the aforementioned Pete Hoekstra, Admiral James “Ace” Lyons (Ret.), former CIA officer Clare Lopez, and former Congressman and Lt. Colonel Allen West (Ret.).

Among the threats discussed were the current conflict with the Islamic State, as well as al Qaeda and jihadists overrunning states such as Libya. Add to this Russian and Chinese aggression, and America’s lack of leadership is becoming painfully apparent.

Admiral James “Ace” Lyons criticized the Obama doctrine, which he said was to “embrace our enemies, undercut our allies, and, under the false premise that U.S. power has been the problem, you then undercut the U.S. military.”

Allen West and Ace Lyons both criticized the restrictive rules of engagement that our troops currently operate under. Admiral Lyons said that the restrictive rules have impacted “the will to win,” and that if we let our military do their jobs they will achieve victory. West said that we’re coming up with rules of engagement that benefit lawyers, not the men and women in combat.

The President believed that America could engage with moderate jihadists, said Hoekstra. Terrorists “have won in Libya, they’re winning in Syria and Iraq, and there’s nothing more attractive to get converts and to get help than to join a winning team,” he said.

Syria is also Libya all over again, he asserted. This can be seen today with the recent Congressional decision to send $500 million to arm the Syrian rebels—which the government has claimed it is in the process of vetting. This comes at the same time that some members of our U.S. military are receiving pink slips, West emphasized.

The non-state enemy only understands and respects two things, “strength and might,” asserted West. And you simply have to accept the ideology of your enemy, not deny it.

And, he noted, President Obama gave five senior members of the Taliban back to the enemy while the enemy was still fighting America. “That is not what you do in normal battlefield procedures. See, first and foremost, you repatriate [the] enemy after you have whipped the enemy. You don’t repatriate the enemy while you’re still fighting the enemy,” he said.

But President Obama’s aid to jihadists goes deeper, according to CCB member Clare Lopez, another speaker at the conference. When the Arab Spring, or “Islamic Awakening,” spread across North Africa and through Libya, America threw in with Islamic jihad by arming the rebels in Libya, who were clearly linked to the Muslim Brotherhood and al Qaeda. “Now, the United States government knew perfectly well with whom it was dealing in that revolution. They knew it was al Qaeda, they knew it was [Libyan Islamic Fighting Group], they knew the figures, the names. They had helped get them out of jail, in any case, in the reconciliation process,” said Lopez.

Lopez and other members of the CCB authored an April Interim Report, “How America Switched Sides in the War on Terror.”

Naturally, the left’s hit-man, Dana Milbank of The Washington Post, was there to do his best to mock the message of this distinguished group of Americans. It’s what he does, as we’ve pointed out in the past. What offended his sensibility this time, and sent him packing, was Allen West’s view of the role of the U.S. military:

“Let us do what we’re supposed to do in the military, which is crush the enemy,” West said. “And you know what? If they don’t want to act right, guess what happens? We show up again and we kick their butt all over again.”

This was too much for Milbank, who obviously prefers that the military’s main purpose should be to build roads and schools. West made it clear that he has no problem with the military having a role in, for example, helping girls finally be able to go to schools in Afghanistan. As a matter of fact, he cited that as a source of personal pride. But he also said that shouldn’t be the primary role of the military; it should instead be the role of USAID, or other non-military agencies of the government—or even the United Nations—to engage in such projects.

West’s comments brought the crowd to its feet. “This produced a standing ovation,” wrote Milbank. “And I rose to go to Manassas, to see a better side of America.” As best as I could tell, no one missed him. But I had to wonder what he really thought. Does he really believe that President Obama is making America and the world a safer place?

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  • stlouisix

    Thank you for telling it like it is for Americans in more than name only who care about their military and a country fit to live in for their children, grandchildren, and future generations of Americans NOT Islamo loving Utopian Marxists, that the sacrifices of the fallen since the Revolution are not rendered in vain by traitors masquerading as Americans who deserve to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law in regard to giving aid and comfort to the enemy in time of war which is treason per Article III Section 3 of the Constitution.

  • jadegreen_eyz

    I subscribe to the Black Sphere website (Kevin Jackson) and this was the video posted there yesterday. It is a video of a retired border patrol agent who served for 26 years and he discusses our porous southern border and Ebola. It is frightening. I think every American should view it. I implore you to please pass it on:

  • terry1956

    One of the problems that must be corrected is the vast reduction in the state militia and county posse systems.
    Yes we still need the full time US troops but if just 25% of Americans volunteered and trained with the state militia and county sheriff posse the combined force would be over 50 times larger than the full time force under the command of the US president.
    Just in the state of Georgia the force would be larger than the force under the president.
    Also it would be a good idea to put some of the nukes in each of the 50 states.
    The old saying that Samuel Colt made all men equal would be true with states if each had nukes.
    The president of the US would not likely even attack Wyoming or Vermont if they had nukes( no more Wacos or Ruby Ridges either if you have a smart patriot governor), of course neither would the president of Russia or RedChina either.

  • terry1956

    The Posse system actually got it start back several centuries ago in England and even back further thousands of years with the pre King era of the Hebrews.
    Its also part of the proper bottom/ up Anglo/American consent of the govern ward republic/ county/ state goverence system.
    at level one is the House hold where the man and woman are the King and Queen of their castle- the only proper Royalty in the US.
    Level two- The tithe or 10 households or around enough to fill a militia platoon or at least a squad or at least a 3 person fire team.
    Level three- The Hundred or 100 households or around enough to field a militia company or at least a platoon or at least a squad.
    Level Four- The county ward, county district or voter prescient- Jefferson said around 500 to 1,000 people but today the average US voter prescient has around 1,500 registered voters with at least 2000 possible voters with around 3,000 people total.
    The prescient or neighborhood or ward would select and vote in the peace officers or Cops ( Constables on Patrol) as well as the lead officer for that area.
    The prescient voters should also be allowed at a reasonable level charge higher taxes to able body adult citizens who refuse to serve on a jury, in the posse, in the miltia or fire or rescue or EMT who has not served in the past.
    Those serving in the Militia would vote directly on their own leadership at the fire team, squad, platoon, company, battalion and brigade level, in fact all levels except those reporting directly to the governor of the state who is the commander in chief.
    Level Five- The County and a super majority of the over 3000 counties in the US has less than 45,000 people or an average of 15 or less precedents.
    Only around 1% of the counties has 1 million or more people and less than 20% has 100,000 or more.
    The voters of the county would select the highest peace officer in the US for their county – The Sheriff.
    Each County should have equal representation to one branch of the state assembly with that branch and the branch representing equal population size districts selecting the two US Senators.
    The US House should have a representive for every 30,000 people thus most of the counties would either have its own representive to congress or share it with only one or two neighboring counties.
    That would put the number of electoral votes total to well over 10100 with for example Tennessee getting two for each of its US Senate representation and over 200 for it’s US House representation.
    All except two electoral votes should be divided equally between the US House districts for selecting the US president.
    The levels of goverence with the least authority would be
    Level Six- State government and the least of all
    Level Seven- The US Federal government.
    There should be no level of goverence over the US outside the US not of the US. Thus no US involvement with the UN,NATO,WTO,GATT,NAFTA,IMF,World Bank,Bank of International Settlement, World Court etc.
    Within the US with the except of proper US miltary the state government should have authority jails/ prisons, insane asylums, non local roads, non US Supreme Court judges, non federal prosecutors , maintence and funding of non US Supreme courts.
    Within the US within the states the federal government should have with the exception of proper US military, no roads, no land, no parks, no forest, no buildings, no utilities, no jails, no prisons, no insane asylums and with the exception of the US Supreme court no courts.
    Within the US within the state’s with the exception of US Miltary,US Supreme Court and federal impeachments all federal cases should be heard in state courts with state judges and fully informed county juries from the county where the charge or suit occured unless the defense gets a change of venue in another county in the state.
    Even in US Supreme Court cases there should be a fully informed county jury sitting from where the charge or suit occurred in on the case from the county of the defense unless the defense requests and gets a jury from another county within the state.
    Fully informed meaning the judge or judges should inform the jury of their authority, right and duty to judge the law as well as the facts in the case and give a veto on the law if doing so will be the just thing to do for the defense.