FINALLY! Mexican judge frees jailed U.S. Marine Andrew Tahmooressi

Tahmooressi, 26, who served two tours of duty in Afghanistan, has been held since March 31, when he mistakenly crossed into Mexico with three legally-purchased and registered guns in his truck.

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FOX News  A court-appointed psychiatrist confirmed that Tahmooressi has Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Family spokesman Jonathan Franks said the judge released him without making a determination on the charge against him.

The family issued the following statement: “It is with an overwhelming and humbling feeling of relief that we confirm that Andrew was released today after spending 214 days in a Mexican Jail.”

The Florida man said he got lost on a California freeway ramp that sent him across the border with no way to turn back. His long detention brought calls for his freedom from U.S. politicians, veterans groups and social media campaigns.

Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, immediately issued a statement saying, “I am elated that Sgt. Tahmooressi has been ordered released from jail in Mexico. This is great, but overdue, news. I am pleased that both Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam and the judge on the case recognize that Sgt. Tahmooressi did not intend to violate Mexican law, and that his combat-related PTSD should be treated by specialists in the United States.”

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U.S. Department of Defense orders off-duty American troops to hide their military identity in public because of terrorism threats from Muslims

Our military has to hide that they’re in the military on our own soil? Totally unbelievable. The Democrats have turned America into a safari park where the dangerous wild animals run free and the defenders of freedom are in cages. How about we put these Muslim threats in internment camps instead? 

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Clash Daily  Through our confidential contacts in U.S. Military Special Operations, ClashDaily.com has been provided a copy of an unclassified Department of Defense directive, USNORTHCOM Force Directive 1-295, which essentially orders our troops into hiding here in their own sovereign territory and in Canada, whenever they leave their duty stations.

The directive, issued a week ago in close coordination with our Canadian allies, describes in detail the recent deadly sequence of Islamic jihad attacks on Canadian military members in Ottawa and near Montreal.  It also describes the ongoing threats announced by ISIS, commanding their jihadi sleepers and “lone wolves” to murder any and all Americans possible (especially military members and their dependents) here at home.  

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The directive orders that all U.S. military personnel in North America who are in “public venues” or using commercial transportation are to refrain from wearing uniforms, insignias, or any other kind of identifying clothing or items which indicate their military affiliation, “unless complying with official travel instructions or other orders.”

While it is understood that the specific targeting of U.S. and Canadian military personnel by ISIS is very serious, very real, and has already proven disastrously deadly, one cannot help but consider the fact that we are basically, timidly, allowing the enemy to dictate the terms and rules of engagement here, on our turf.

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It’s extremely unfortunate, and even more so because it doesn’t have to be this way.

How is it avoidable?  As with other maddeningly timid rules of engagement during this long war — in areas of operation overseas and in anti-terrorism policies and operations everywhere — the present situation is the result of the craven politically-correct ideology that says when dealing with those who resemble the enemy and share the enemy’s nationalities, culture, and stated religion, we must err on the side of non-aggression and exert ourselves to avoid giving offense.

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In the aftermath of the 1941 attack by the Imperial Japanese on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, our country’s leadership ordered the rounding up all of those here on our soil who had at least some surface liability to sympathize or otherwise be aligned with our mortal enemies.  We didn’t screw around and unnecessarily put more American lives at risk.  The threat was real.

While World War II escalated, we didn’t excessively wring our hands and worry more about whether we were violating the rights of people whose loyalties were legitimately in question than we did about preventing further attacks — we were at war, and our leaders made the clear decision to protect the homeland, and to win.

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At that time, rounding up the second generation Japanese, and certain others related to the Axis powers, was the right thing to do given the circumstances.  In her phenomenal and exhaustively researched book titled In Defense of Internment: The Case for Racial Profiling in World War II and the War on Terror, author Michelle Malkin details the specifics of our government’s systematic evacuation of the Japanese and others away from critical areas and into comfortable, secured communities (“internment camps” replete with recreation facilities and movie theaters, etc.) until the threat was eliminated and the war was over.

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Those who go around apologizing for all of that today are in the same league of dhimmis, derelicts, doofuses, and outright traitors who squashed the Phoenix Memo prior to Sept. 11th, 2001, and who prevented FBI counter-terrorism agents from ever communicating with each other at all out of excessive concern for “sensitivities” and “appearances” (recall Clinton deputy Jamie Gorelick’s increased “wall of separation” between law enforcement and intelligence units). 

They are the same “progressives” who still refuse to secure our borders against illegal and dangerous foreign invasions and crime networks, and who continually release the worst of the worst of our enemy’s warriors and top commanders from Guantanamo Bay.  They are the same worthless enablers of terror attacks who ignored numerous red flags to let the underwear bomber get on the plane in Africa, bound for Detroit, and who poo-pooed the Russians’ warnings about the Tsarnaev brothers prior to the Boston Marathon bombings.

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They are the same people among the liberal vanguard of multiculturalist Canadian political bureaus who made sure that the murderous jihadis of last week, already known to security personnel as posing some degree of threat, were left free to plot and carry out their attacks. 

They are the psychotically stubborn people in the media and in office who do everything they can to not call last week’s jihad hatchet murder rampage against New York City cops exactly what it was, lest that assessment “contribute to negative stereotypes” of Muslims/minorities — until they have completely exhausted the fetid reservoir of diversity-correctness and are forced to acknowledge the facts.

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They do everything they can to marginalize and vilify voices like mine and ours, when we call for more aggressive measures to contain and eliminate the broader threat posed by followers of Mohammed in this modern era.

They are the alleged “authorities” who say that instead of aggressively rounding up and/or otherwise profiling young Muslim men who pose at least some degree of threat of being aligned with jihad extremism, we must order our military personnel to go incognito in the very land our security forces and citizens could, instead, readily secure, if those so-called authorities would simply let us do it.

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Unfortunately, all of that makes perfect sense, given the circumstances — circumstances which have resulted from the ongoing failure of leadership and deliberate policy decisions guided by the groveling, apologetic, anti-American ideology which says it’s more important to protect the feelings and the military academies (mosques) of the enemy than it is to protect innocent lives like little 8-year-old Martin Richard, murdered by a Tsarnaev brothers’ bomb at the Boston Marathon.

If we ever have sound leadership in this country again while the threat of Islamic jihad exists, any Muslims on our soil will cautiously hide their religious garb/affiliation while our troops proudly wear their uniform of our nation on their way home off-base or on their lunch break at the McDonald’s outside the post gate.

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The alert is titled “Recent Threats and Individual Protective Measures.”

The alert lists 11 protective steps that require employees to alter their ways of life, including:

⦁ Remove decals and other identifiers from clothing and vehicles.

⦁ Vary travel routes.

⦁ Avoid large gatherings and places where people congregate.

⦁ Guard what you post on Facebook and Twitter.

⦁ Do not post anything that links you to the Defense Department.

⦁ Do not post any opposition to terrorist groups.

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Family of slain U.S. Marine sues Marine Corps for covering up the reason he was murdered by an Afghan who was allowed on the military base in Afghanistan

marinebuckleydeadcbsnews81712The family of a Marine murdered in Afghanistan as he worked out in a gym is accusing the Corps of a cover-up by refusing to turn over documents that would show the dangerous environment inside Forward Operating Base Delhi.

Washington Times  A lawyer for the family of Lance Cpl. Gregory T. Buckley Jr. says Lance Cpl. Buckley and two other Marines were gunned down by a young civilian in a close relationship with a corrupt Afghan police chief. Sarwar Jan was known to help the enemy yet was allowed to work inside the FOB. The Afghan killer was given a slap on the wrist – 7-year sentence.

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“This is an ugly story,” said Mr. Bowe, a partner in a prestigious national law firm that took the case pro bono. “[It is a] cover-up because no one wanted Americans to know that we were forcing our young men and women to share bases and work with corrupt Afghan officials who were raping children, shaking down villagers, collaborating with the Taliban and opium dealers and putting them in environments where we could not protect them.

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“As a result,” he said, “not only did three United States Marines get murdered in their own base gymnasium, but the truth about how and why those murders happened has been systematically suppressed because it contradicts the administration’s narrative.”

The murders at the Helmand Province FOB came amid a wave of insider, or “green on blue,” attacks carried out by Afghan security personnel working closely with the Americans. Also shot and killed in the gym were Cpl. Richard A. Rivera Jr. and Staff Sgt. Scott E. Dickinson. A fourth Marine took a number of rounds and was nearly killed.

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OBAMA pink slips 40,000 soldiers, wants to slash already meager benefits for the rest of the military

senatedemshyppoThe head man for the U.S. Army is warning that the official Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 budget and personnel cuts to the nation’s army very well could have not only a detrimental, but a devastating effect on the largest branch of the Armed Forces responding to world-wide threats.

Examiner  As reported by the Reuters news service via the Washington Free Beacon on Oct. 13, 2014, Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno warned that even at the current number of troops, there is serious concern if the Army can fulfill its mission.

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With the federal government starting its fiscal calender on the first of October every year, 11 and a half months from now America’s standing army will be 40,000 soldiers weaker. Speaking before annual Association of the U.S. Army conference, Gen. Odierno Despite the governmental sounding name, the privately owned Military Times noted earlier this month that the Marine Corps is also facing a huge cut in the percentage of troops wearing the famed Eagle, Globe and Anchor.

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As reported, the Obama Administration’s FY budgets since taking office have seen a constant and steady downward drop since becoming the country’s Commander in Chief. With 2009 being the first year of his presidency, Obama has ensured personnel cutbacks beginning with the FY 2010 budget.

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Since then, the Corps has seen drops from 202,000 in FY 2010 to a planned 182,000 by FY 2016. Next year’s FY budget cuts see the Marine Corps slashed by 10 percent since Obama assumed power, while the Army faces losing 12.25 percent of its troop strength in just a single fiscal year.

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During FY 2010, the Army’s authorized troops strength stood at 562,400. During the Obama Era, the U.S. Army will have seen a total drop of 112,400 – or roughly a 20 percent drop. The FY 2016 cuts will ensure the smallest standing American Army since 1940 which stood at 269,023. 

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For illustration purposes only, an example of what a Pay Grade E-4 with more than two years in service, but less than three years, has a base pay of $2,101.80 a month. While those serving in the Armed Forces are available as well as are physically on duty, the same E-4 currently earns $2.92 an hour. Under the 2014 military pay scale, a Pay Grade E-1 undergoing recruit training is paid $2.12 an hour.

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Other cost saving measures put forth by the Obama Administration were cited by the Marine Corps Times last month, the White House cut the Congressionally mandated 1.8 percent pay raise down to a threadbare 1.0 percent. Seen by many military advocacy groups, Team Obama is also floating a “proposal to make troops pay an average 5 percent of their housing costs out of their own pockets. And proposals to eliminate the commissary subsidy — and increase consumer prices — at most domestic installations …”

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U.S. Military finally names Obama’s strategy for ISIS: “Operation Inherent Resolve”

Operation Inherent Resolve to do what? Pretend to attack ISIS but don’t really inflict much damage because their (ISIS) real mission is to take out the Assad government in Syria for Obama and continue to build the Islamic caliphate?

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YAHOO News  Two months after American bombs and missiles began pounding fighters of the so-called Islamic State, Barack Hussein Obama’s undeclared war in Iraq and Syria finally has a name: Operation Inherent Resolve.

The long search for a name had sparked a flurry of jokes on Twitter, where one leading tongue-in-cheek suggestion was that it be called “Operation Hey Wasn’t That My Humvee” – a reference to U.S. airstrikes hitting Islamic State fighters using American equipment captured from Iraqi troops.

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The Obama Administration announced the moniker a day after the president attended a meeting of defense chiefs from some 20 partners in the coalition trying to beat back the rampaging extremist group, which has captured broad swaths of Iraqi territory. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, hosted the gathering at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington, best known for being home to the blue-and-white liveried airplane that serves as Obama’s Air Force One.

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U.S. begins air strikes on ISIS in Northern Syria

Tomahawk missiles launched from the sea initiated the strike, followed by bombers and fighters, a senior U.S. military official said. The goal with this first move is to have an initial, definitive blow, the official said, describing the pace of the operation as intense. Most of the spots hits were hard targets, like buildings.

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BREAKING! Fort Carson in Colorado in partial lockdown amid shooting situation

A senior defense official tells NBC News there were reports of shots fired at Fort Carson in Colorado on Monday, but there is not believed to be an active shooter at the base. The official did not know where the shots originated. The base is not on full lockdown — people can enter the base, but they cannot leave. Military police are investigating.

Details to follow.

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NIDAL HASAN, sentenced to death for Fort Hood massacre, asks to become a “citizen of the Islamic caliphate”

hasan-guiltyWhy hasn’t this piece of Muslim human sewage been executed yet? The convicted mass murderer in the Fort Hood massacre has written a letter to the leader of the Islamic State saying he wants to become a ‘citizen’ of the caliphate, in the latest example of the terror group’s reach inside the U.S.

FOX News  The letter from Nidal Hasan, obtained by Fox News, comes after two Americans reportedly died fighting for ISIS in Syria. Sources late Wednesday identified the second as Abdirahmaan Muhumed, of Minneapolis. Fox affiliate KMSP-TV in Minneapolis reported that Muhumed was killed in the same battle as Douglas McArthur McCain, who grew up outside Minneapolis in the town of New Hope and most recently lived in San Diego.

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In the undated letter, Hasan — who fatally shot 13 people and injured more than 30 at Fort Hood in 2009 in what the Defense Department called “workplace violence”– tells ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi that he wants to join the caliphate.

“I formally and humbly request to be made a citizen of the Islamic State,”Hasan says in the handwritten document addressed to “Ameer, Mujahid Dr. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.” “It would be an honor for any believer to be an obedient citizen soldier to a people and its leader who don’t compromise the religion of All-Mighty Allah to get along with the disbelievers.” The two-page letter includes Hasan’s signature and the abbreviation SoA for Soldier of Allah (SoA).

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Hasan’s attorney, John Galligan, said the letter “underscores how much of his life, actions and mental thought process are driven by religious zeal. And it also reinforces my belief that the military judge committed reversible error by prohibiting Major Hasan from both testifying and arguing…how his religious beliefs” motivated his actions during the shooting

In the last year, the Department of Justice has brought at least five prosecutions against Americans — in Florida, California, Virginia and North Carolina – for trying to help terrorists in Iraq and Syria.

Omar Jamal, who is well known in Minneapolis’ Somali community, said at least 10 young men from there have been recruited to travel to Syria for ISIS. “Douglas McCain wasn’t the first one and unfortunately he won’t be the last,”Jamal told KMSP-TV. (Unfortunately?)

The former chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee that investigated radicalization in a series of congressional hearings said there is a pattern. “It was clear and convincing evidence then, that there was a pipeline from Minneapolis to Islamic jihad overseas,” said Peter King, R-N.Y. “And that people in the community knew about it and that people in the community were covering it up.”

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The decimation of the U.S. Military by Barack Hussein Obama

No wonder he doesn’t have a strategy for fighting ISIS, he doesn’t have much of a military left anymore.

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EOTAD (h/t Liz)  Obama and his minions have been purging the military of officers that do not agree with their agenda, they have labeled veterans returning from overseas wars as “potential terrorists”, and they have turned our military into a playground for political correctness and social experiments.  Not that Obama has been afraid to use the military. 

In fact, he has sent troops more places than just about any other president in U.S. history.  He is running our brave men and women into the ground at the same time that he is relentlessly reducing the size of the Army, Navy and Air Force.  As a result, our armed forces are smaller, weaker, more spread out and less prepared for a major war than at any other time in recent memory.  Please share this article with as many people as you can.  The American people deserve to know the truth.  The following are 18 signs that the Obama administration is openly hostile to the military.

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#1 A new VA training guide compares our precious military veteranto Oscar the Grouch.

#2 Military veterans have been repeatedly labeled as “potential terrorists” in official government documents during the Obama years.

#3 According to a new report put out by the office of U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, the negligence of the VA while the Obama administration has been in charge may have resulted in the deaths of more than 1,000 veterans.

#4 Things have gotten so bad since Obama took over that some veterans have had to wait more than a year just to get an appointment with a doctor at a VA hospital.

#5 At one point during Obama’s reign, it was taking more than half a year for the average claim for veteran benefits to be processed, and the Department of Veterans Affairs had a backlog of more than half a million overdue claims for benefits that were at least 125 days old.

#6 Thanks to budget cuts that the Obama administration gleefully pushed for, a lot of really good career officers are being forced out of the military.  For example, earlier this month it was reported that more than 500 Army majors and more than 1,100 Army captains were getting “pink slips” due to these budget cuts.

#7 Since Obama entered the White House, dozens of very high ranking officers such as generals and admirals have been “purged” from the ranks of the military.  In a previous article, I included a very long list of the names of some of these officersA significant number of them were known to disagree with the Obama administration on matters of military policy.

#8 During Obama’s second term, the size of the U.S. Army is being reduced by a total of 60,000 soldiers.

#9 The size of the U.S. Air Force is going to be reduced by 500 planes over the next five years.

#10 According to retired Army Lt. Col. Robert Maginnis, the U.S. Air Force once had more than twice as many squadrons as it does today…

“Our tanker aircraft are on average 47 years old and our strategic bombers 34 years old, and besides, their numbers are totally insufficient for America’s global missions. For example, our air force shrank from 82 fighter squadrons at the end of the Cold War to 39 today and our Navy is in worse shape.”

#11 Thanks in part of Obama, the U.S. Navy is already the smallest that it has been since World War I.

#12 Barack Obama has repeatedly used the military as a tooto advance the cause of political correctness.

#13 In an incredibly reckless move, the Obama administration left billions of dollars worth of military equipment in Iraq.  Now ISIS has captured much of that equipment and is using it to take over vast portions of Iraq and SyriaIt has been estimated that the equipment that ISIS has captured up to this point could equip an army of 200,000 soldiers.

#14 During the Obama years, sexual assaults in the U.S. military have soared to an all-time high, and most of the assaults have been male on male.

#15 In some areas of the country the Department of Veterans Affairs has been caught red-handed banning the words “God” and “Jesus” during funeral services for veterans.

#16 All over the United States, “mental illness” is being used as an excuse to take guns away from military veterans.

#17 Under the Obama administration, some military veterans have actually had to pay to have their medals shipped to them.  For example, one soldier had to shell out a 21 dollar shipping fee  just to get his Purple Heart.

#18 Barack Obama seems to have a particular disdain for the U.S. strategic nuclear arsenal.  In fact, he seems absolutely determined to do all that he can to gut it.  The following is an extended excerpt from one of my previous articles

Back in 1967, the United States had an arsenal of more than 31,000 strategic nuclear warheads.Since 1967, the size of the U.S. strategic nuclear arsenal has been reduced by about 95 percentThe START Treaty that Barack Obama signed back in 2010 limits both the United States and Russia to a maximum of 1,550 deployed strategic nuclear warheads.Unfortunately, that was not nearly enough of a reduction for Obama. In June 2013, he announced to the world that he has decided that the United States can reduce the number of our deployed nuclear warheads by another one-third…

After a comprehensive review, I’ve determined that we can ensure the security of America and our allies, and maintain a strong and credible strategic deterrent, while reducing our deployed strategic nuclear weapons by up to one-third.  And I intend to seek negotiated cuts with Russia to move beyond Cold War nuclear postures.

If those cuts are made, that would reduce the size of the U.S. strategic nuclear arsenal to about 1,000 warheads.And there has even been some talk that the Obama administration ultimately wants to reduce our arsenal down to just 300 warheads.

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INEXCUSABLE! No White House representative at funeral of two-star general killed in Afghanistan

The 'Commander-in-Chief' had a lot to say about Ferguson but not a word about his two star general slain in Afghanistan

The ‘Commander-in-Chief’ had a lot to say about Ferguson but not a word about his two star general slain in Afghanistan

Major General Harold Greene, the 2-star general killed in Afghanistan August 5, was laid to rest Thursday at Arlington National Cemetery. It was a beautiful service that was only missing one important attendee: The President of the United States. (He was busy on the golf course) Also missing were the Vice President and the Secretary of Defense.

Just when I think I couldn’t possibly hate Barack Hussein Obama more than I already do, I am proven wrong.

Biz Pac Review  Photos of the service, posted on the internet from news services all over the globe, showed a riderless horse, the general’s children touching the casket and the flag presented to his widow by Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno.

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While Obama demands $$billions for illegal alien parasites, hundreds more military commanders get pink slips, many while still in an active war zone

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Barack Hussein Obama’s purge of the military is being fast tracked. Joining the ever-growing list of ousted high-ranking officers, about 550 Army majors, including some serving in Afghanistan, will soon be told they have to leave the service as part of Obama’s grand plan to render the U.S. military impotent. 

FOX News (h/t Pat Dollard)  Gen. John Campbell, the vice chief of the Army, acknowledged Friday that telling troops in a war zone that they’re out of a job is a difficult task. The decision to cut Army majors comes on the heels of a move to slash nearly 1,200 captains from the ranks. Army leaders were criticized at the time for giving 48 of them the bad news while they were deployed to Afghanistan. The Army declined to say how many majors will be notified while they are at the battlefront.

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“The ones that are deployed are certainly the hardest,” Campbell told reporters. “What we try to do there is, working through the chain of command, minimize the impact to that unit and then maximize the time to provide to that officer to come back and do the proper transition, to take care of himself or herself, and the family.” Campbell said it’s difficult to avoid cutting deployed soldiers because of the timing schedules.

All the soldiers being forced to leave have probably already been given a heads-up that they were at risk of the job cut and will meet with a senior officer, according to the Army. Those who are cut have nine months to leave the Army. And the soldiers who are deployed, including those in Afghanistan, will generally have about a month to move out of that job and go home to begin to transition out of the service. The cuts have been difficult for many young officers, particularly captains, who tend not to have enough years in service to retire.

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To make the cuts, the Army looked at about 8,500 majors who joined the service between 1999 and 2003. Some may have about 15 years of service, depending on all factors that go into credit for years of service, and might be able to retire, but many won’t have enough time in the job, Campbell said Guard and reserve leaders are looking for officers, especially captains, so there could be opportunities for the soldiers to continue to serve, he said.

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The Army has close to 514,000 soldiers now, but will have to be down to 510,000 by October, shrink to 490,000 by October 2015 and be down to 450,000 by 2019. In addition, if Congress doesn’t act to prevent automatic budget cuts from resuming, the Army may eventually have to get down to 420,000 — a size that that leaders say may not allow them to wage even one major, prolonged military campaign.

The Army tried to avoid some cuts by slowing enlistments and using attrition and some voluntary separations. It also has been combing through files looking for soldiers with disciplinary or other problems in their annual evaluations to weed out lower-performing officers first, officials said.

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SHARIA-COMPLIANT Department of Defense orders US troops to refrain from eating or drinking in front of Muslims during Ramadan

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FOX News via TROP “This is a period of great personal restraint and commitment in addition to renewed focus on worship,” Brigade Commander Col. Kevin Glasz wrote. “I’d like to encourage you to learn just a little more about this religion, but more importantly, I’m asking you to be considerate and do not consume food or drink in front of our Muslim colleagues; it is a simple, yet respectful action.” During the month-long period known as Ramadan, Muslims refrain from eating or drinking during daylight hours.

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Now that raised the ire of some of the officers and doctors training at the USU, and several of them reached out to me with their concerns – provided I not disclose their names. “I respect the intention behind this email, but note that there is no similar call honoring other faiths,” one Marine told me. “There is no similar invitation for non-Jewish colleagues to refrain from eating leavened products during Passover, or non-Christian colleagues to refrain from eating meat during Lent.”

The entire incident smells of political correctness, the Marine told me. “Our veterans have sacrificed too much blood, sweat and tears to have their own rights and freedoms be sacrificed on the altar of progressive political correctness,” the Marine said.

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I contacted USU about the email. I wanted to understand the brigade commander’s intent. I gave them 20 days to respond, but no one returned my calls or emails. Another individual who studies at USU was concerned about the wording of the email.

“It could be construed as an order and one that violates the First Amendment freedom of everyone who received it,” my source said. “This is an appalling violation, especially coming on the heels of so many instances where those of conservative Christian faith in the military are vilified.”

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Meanwhile, Navy officials have ordered personnel serving in Bahrain to dress more conservatively off base, according to a report in Stars and Stripes. Men were ordered to wear long-sleeved shirts and women were told to wear blouses that cover their elbows and skirts or pants that cover the knees.

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Stars and Stripes reported that base cultural advisers had spent several weeks conducting Ramadan briefings to “educate Americans about the holy month.” Personnel were given briefings on Islam, the lunar calendar and Ramadan customs. “It’s customary to say ‘Ramadan Kareem’ during Ramadan,” read a to-do list compiled by NSA Bahrain Public Affairs.

The military’s quest to be culturally sensitive to celebrants of the Islamic faith stands in stark contrast to its recent crackdown on public expressions of the Christian faith.

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Last Christmas, soldiers at Camp Shelby in Mississippi were told during a diversity briefing that they could not use the word “Christmas.” A VA hospital in Texas refused to accept holiday cards from boys and girls because the cards mentioned “Christmas” or “God bless you.” And a Nativity scene near a lake on Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina was removed after someone complained.

So you might understand why Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, is a bit surprised by the Pentagon’s recent behavior. “There is a good biblical word for this: hypocrisy,” Crews told me.

“Our troops are being told to respect the Muslim Ramadan and encouraged to say ‘Ramadan Kareem,’ while at the same time they cannot have a cross on chapels, display a manger scene or say ‘Merry Christmas’ for fear of offending,” Crews said. “There is something wrong with this picture.”

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Afghani police aide who killed 3 U.S. Marines gets only 7-½ year sentence

The raghead who killed three Marines and seriously injured a fourth has been tried as a juvenile (he was at least 17 at the time) and sentenced to a paltry seven and a half year prison term.

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Western Journalism  Nearly two years ago, Ainuddin Khudairaham, who served as an aide to local law enforcement, brought a rifle with him to the gym at a Helmand Province forward operating base and opened fire. He killed Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley Jr., Cpl. Richard Rivera Jr., and Staff Sgt. Soctt Dickinson during the violent encounter.

Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Allen West weighed in on the light sentence during a recent Fox News interview, explaining that it will have far-reaching effects throughout the U.S. military. “This is absolutely unconscionable,” he said, noting tests indicate that Khudairaham was potentially 18 years old when he committed the crime.

The shooter “should not have been tried as a juvenile,” West noted; “and as a matter of fact, the family of Lance Cpl. Buckley was told that he was not going to be tried as a juvenile.”He called the sentencing “heinous,” suggesting that such a vicious criminal should be put to death.

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