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The War

When I was 21 years old, I joined the United States Air Force.  My Commander-in-Chief was President Ronald Reagan.  I was ready to die for my country and still am.  We were trained to make the enemy die for their country and for us to live for ours.  If I was in good shape and young, I might join the French Foreign Legion just to fight the bastards who celebrate hurting people in Paris that can’t fight back.  Those vicious bullies are not so brave when you have weapons too.

A woman holds a flag of France during a gathering in solidarity for France a day after deadly attacks in Paris on November 14, 2015 in Stockholm. Two Swedish citizens may be among the victims of the attacks that killed more than 120 people in Paris, the foreign ministry said. AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRAND        (Photo credit should read JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)


I hope my country and the world realizes finally that we are at war.  The enemy knows this and declared it nearly 30 years ago now when they issued a jihad against us.  There is no negotiating with a strong enemy, full of belief in their cause, and so far winning.  You have to hunt them down and destroy them until the remnants are too weak to rebuild.  Whether it be Nazis, the Mongol Hordes, or radical Islamic terrorists, they have to be annihilated.  There will always be people who want to rule the world in their own sick ways and will not respond to anything but superior force.


I will do what as I can as a gimp old man to contribute to this effort.  If you can, find a worthy cause, like Wounded Warriors, the Red Cross, the USO, or others to contribute.  If you are in the military, I hope our leaders give you the tools and the go ahead to fight this war.  Like most major conflicts, this will take time, resolve, and loss of life to win.  Unfortunately, these nationless wars tend to take decades or even centuries.  In a country with a 5 second attention span, I worry we are not up to the fight…

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 14:  People place flowers and candles on the pavement near the scene of yesterday's Bataclan Theatre terrorist attack on November 14, 2015 in Paris, France. At least 120 people have been killed and over 200 injured, 80 of which seriously, following a series of terrorist attacks in the French capital.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

PARIS, FRANCE – NOVEMBER 14: People place flowers and candles on the pavement near the scene of yesterday’s Bataclan Theatre terrorist attack on November 14, 2015 in Paris, France. At least 120 people have been killed and over 200 injured, 80 of which seriously, following a series of terrorist attacks in the French capital. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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The US Military No Longer Fights

The only boots on the ground are apparently going to be military serving outside their training taking care of Ebola patients.  While the President does not believe ISIS or terrorism are imminent threats to our national security, and his people assure us we have nothing to fear from Ebola, it is apparently a national threat worthy of troops?

When I was in the military, we were all taught how to kill.  Basically, our job was to kill the enemies of the United States.  This is the Oath I swore to:

“I,Michael Bradley, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

There is no expiration date on that oath by the way.  It does not end, “Until such time as I am separated from service…”  We were taught simply to have the enemy die for THEIR cause, and to live for ours.  Several times I was nearly in combat and I did suffer a service related disability which I still have.  As a volunteer, disabled veteran and patriot, it disturbs me that our military no longer fights.  Thank God President Reagan was my Commander-in-Chief.  In fact, the recent administrations seem committed to never having our troops fight, with the dreaded “boots on the ground” bs.  Instead, they nation build, school build, do humanitarian work, police work, and basically do everything they are NOT trained to do.  They are trained to kill the enemy, not be social workers and the Peace Corps.

So now, we have our military going to West Africa, not to fight terrorists, but to be health aid workers.  They get to build and staff clinics for Ebola patients.  I remember fondly the portion of my military training on treating deadly viruses (sarcasm).  My real training was on firing pistols, automatic rifles and learning how to fix planes to bomb the hell out of the enemy.  Yep, can’t risk boots on the ground for the military to fight like they are trained to, as the best fighting force in the history of the planet.  Nope, let’s have them do blood samples.  Read for yourself…

US military personnel on Ebola mission to handle blood samples

According to officials, a small group of trained military medical technicians on the ground will not be required to make direct contact with patients infected with the Ebola virus. However, they will have to handle infected blood samples, which Pentagon officials acknowledged Tuesday could be just as dangerous, if not more.

The Ebola Virus

The Ebola Virus

Already, three mobile-testing labs, staffed by three or four technicians each, have been deployed in Liberia as part of Operation United Assistance, the U.S. military’s effort to combat the Ebola virus. Four more labs have been requested.

Pentagon officials say the servicemembers on these small teams are the only individuals who will be intentionally handling any raw material that could be infected.

Gen. David Rodriguez, the head of U.S. Africa Command, told Pentagon reporters on Tuesday that these teams are trained to take all the necessary precautions.

“Those people are trained to the very highest level of operating in a nuclear, biological, and chemical arena, and they are tested continually,” Rodriguez said. “The [team] from Walter Reed has been operating there for many years, for example.”

Nevertheless, Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said even handling the blood samples comes with serious risk, “if not more risk” than actually coming in contact with patients.

Early stages

Early stages

Both Rodriguez and Kirby stressed that while a small team will be required to handle blood samples, most of the force is composed of engineers and logisticians who will not be dealing with patients.

“Let me assure you,” Rodriguez said, “by providing pre-deployment training, adhering to strict medical protocols while deployed, and carrying out carefully planned reintegration measures based on risk and exposure, I am confident that we can ensure our servicemembers’ safety and the safety of their families and the American people.”

The Pentagon had to clarify some of the general’s remarks after the briefing on Tuesday. Rodriguez had said repeatedly that these laboratory workers would have to come in contact with the patients to take blood samples.

But that was not correct — the samples will be provided to the lab workers.

On Tuesday afternoon, Rodriquez issued the following statement:

“In response to comments I made today about U.S. military personnel potentially coming in direct contact with Ebola infected individuals, specific to lab testing, I want to clarify  my remarks. U.S. military personnel working in the labs are not interacting with patients, only samples. The testing labs are manned by highly skilled and trained personnel from the U.S. Naval Medical Research Center. These labs provide 24-hour turnaround results on samples received from area clinics and healthcare providers, with the capability to process up to 100 samples per day.”

So far, nearly 300 U.S. troops have deployed to Liberia, with another 50 going to Senegal, where they’ll provide a staging base for the movement of equipment and personnel.

After liver and kidneys liquefy and the patient bleeds out from every opening.

After liver and kidneys liquefy and the patient bleeds out from every opening.

The troops in Liberia, which are still flowing in and could total as many as 4,000, are responsible for setting up 17 field hospitals, each capable of holding 100 beds. Those hospitals will be staffed by civilian aid workers, many from USAID.  The most sophisticated hospital they’ll build will be located in Monrovia, Liberia, a 25-bed operation designed only to treat caregivers who may become infected with the virus.

Meanwhile, Rodriguez said the mission could last for up to one year. He said $750 million already has been budgeted for the first six months.

He said containing the spread of the virus is a national security priority for President Obama.

Obama is expected to visit the Pentagon Wednesday, only his second visit inside the building since taking office in 2009.

The president will meet with senior military leaders to talk about Ebola as well as the Islamic State.

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My 9-11 Experience

I am a disabled American veteran who served in the United States Air Force under my favorite Commander-in-Chief – Ronald Reagan.  At the end of August 2001, I was in New York City for ALEC, the much-maligned American Legislative Exchange Council, the wining and dining paid for by major lobbyists.  My wife was with me.  It was my first and only time to New York City and I was there as Director of Policy for the Arizona Speaker of the House.

During the visit, my wife caught three Broadway plays, we stayed at the Marriott on Times Square, cruised the harbor, dined in the Rainbow Room atop the Rockefeller Center and dined in the Windows of the World restaurant at the top of one of the World Trade Centers.  The food and decor were surprisingly not that good there, but the scenery was awesome.  We looked all about the city.

On September 11th, less than two weeks later, I came into the Capitol for my morning meeting with the Speaker and our staff to go over policy.  The meetings were usually friendly and casual as we all liked each other – a rare thing in politics.  I came in and everyone was disturbed, watching the small 14 inch monitor up on the wall that was rarely used.  The first plane had just hit a tower.

We were all starting to speculate, wondering if it were an accident, when we saw live as second plane hit the other tower.  Then we knew.  One plane could be an accident, two was terrorism.


Soon we received the call that the Capitol was to be secured and all “non-essential” staff sent home.  I spent the day with the Speaker and one or two others holding down the fort so to speak and coordinating security efforts.  The Speaker of the House is responsible for the entire Capitol Complex under Arizona law.

Honestly, growing up abused, then abandoned, I don’t usually emotionally react much to crisis.  I have walls.  If I had not just been to New York City and actually eaten in the towers 12 days earlier, I don’t know how I would have reacted.  At first it was surreal, then I felt numb, then I wanted revenge.

Our photos came back the next week from our New York trip.  (Yes, back then we still developed our disposable camera film).  Nearly every shot had the Twin Towers in them.  We never looked at the photos again.  I don’t even know where they are or if we still have them.  It is strange to me that it has been so long, as it seems like yesterday.  Our new voters turning 18 were in Kindergarten when it happened.  Did the Boston Marathon terror event effect them?  I don’t know.

It seems each generation faces its own call to arms.  Taxation without representation, Barbary Pirates, impressment of American sailors by the British, Remember the Alamo, slavery, Defeat the Hun, Remember Pearl Harbor, Defeat Fascism, the Cold War and the Berlin Wall, Gulf of Tonkin, and 9-11.

Maybe it’s good our new generation is so far untouched.  Hopefully, we can skip a generation from having a rallying call the carries with it death, suffering and fear.


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