We have “A Few Good Men”; We Need “Good Leaders”!





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We are all familiar with the US Marine Corps slogan “Looking for a Few Good Men.” Truth is, America’s military has always had plenty of “good men.” What it seems to lack in spades is good leaders.

Recently, we met former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on the set of Hannity. We’d spent most of our day scouring his newly released book, Duty, hoping to better understand the seeming total lack of leadership and direction our military has been subjected to in recent years. In all honesty, there were no revelations in Mr. Gates’s book, only confirmations of what we already understood – this Commander-in-Chief had turned his back on the men and women still fighting in Afghanistan before the lights went out in the voting booths in November 2008.

As parents of a Navy SEAL killed in action, perhaps the most difficult words to swallow in his entire memoir were the following: “I never doubted Obama’s support for the troops, only his support for their mission.” First, let it be known that in a warrior’s heart, if you don’t support his mission, you don’t support him.

He is his mission.

How could any president, with a clear conscience, send men and women to fight and die for a cause in which he himself does not believe? To do so is to spit in the face of not only the embattled warrior but also every family member he or she leaves behind… time and time again.

Second, if you truly support those who offer their lives on your behalf, you will most certainly deliver to them a clear, concise strategy for success – also known as VICTORY – whether you believe in their mission or not. This is the least they deserve when they lace up their boots for yet another day (or night) of battle.

From a broader perspective, though, this family is most troubled by a question we have heard many times in the past few weeks: “Why did Robert Gates wait until now to bear his soul on all of these troubling issues he dealt with from 2009 through 2011?” We would very much like an answer to that question, as well.

Eight hundred and fifty US soldiers have taken their last breath on the battlefields of Afghanistan since Mr. Gates left his post and disappeared into silence. They were fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, husbands, wives, brothers, and sisters bound to “Duty” and honor 7,000 miles away from all they loved and all those who loved them. Eight hundred and fifty families greeted flag-draped coffins while Mr. Gates settled into retirement… lips sealed.

From July of 2011 through September of 2012, over five thousand US soldiers returned home seriously wounded. Although statistics are not yet available from October 2012 till present, one can only imagine the enormity. As heartfelt as his words were regarding the reverence he has for our troops, Mr. Gates left us grasping to understand why he waited so long to sound the alarm on this inept administration.

This nation had a right to know. We had a right to cast an informed vote in 2012. We should have been told that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton both acknowledged they’d put career before the lives of our nation’s heroes… before the life of our only son. We should have been told that our Vice President, the second in command of our military forces, hadn’t made a sound decision on national defense in four decades. This isn’t a joke. There are no chuckles about Uncle Joe’s ineptitude around the dinner table of a fallen soldier.

Silence reigned, and heroes died.

We are better than this.

 

Billy and Karen Vaughn are the parents of fallen Navy SEAL, Aaron Carson Vaughn (SEAL Team VI). The downing of Extortion 17 was the day Aaron’s life ended and the day their lives began again.

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Comments

  1. Sic Semper Tyrannis says:

    "Silence reigned, and heroes died.

    We are better than this."

    Yes, we are so much better than this. Silence still reigns when 9/11 TRUTH is forbidden from the airwaves. Why??? None of this ever would have happened if the American People had protested and demanded 9/11 TRUTH. These men are being maimed for life and slaughtered needlessly and horribly over a LIE perpetrated by their own government in collusion with the Israeli Mossad and IDF. They are dying for Israel and the Military Industrial Complex. The information is out there for the whole wide world to see. The rest of the world knows who did 9/11. They laugh astonishingly at how ignorant and brainwashed we Americans are to have drunk the Zionist Neocon Kool-Aid for sooooo long.

    • Edwardkoziol says:

      Your an idiot and you should call yourself Sick Temper Tyrant since you don't have the balls to go by your real name.

      • Sic Semper Tyrannis says:

        Ed, when you stoop to the level of a Commiecrat with ad hominems, it only makes you look worse. Nobody can educate you but yourself. Now, if you can really prove the government's far-out fairytales that defy the laws of Aerodynamics and Gravity and nuclear science, please feel free to humble me with your professorial prowess. The information's all over the internet EVERYWHERE except on Neocon websites that do their best to hide this from the public. That's why WND.com for example will cover the Birth Certificate issue and Obama's fraudulent use of a deceased man's SSN, but they will kick a guy like me off of their blogs for comments relating to 9/11 being a Mossad job in a "New York minute". Zionists control the State Propaganda Ministry in this country and especially Neoconned websites as well still drinking the GOP Kool-Aid about Israel. Israel is an apartheid state that discriminates against Christians daily. They treat Palestinian Christians no different than Palestinian Muslims. Some Jews in Israel literally SPIT on Christians walking down the streets in Israel. The Jewish State follows the unbiblical Halachic teachings of the Talmud whereby Goyim (Gentiles) are viewed as equivalent to "cattle" and only to be used to serve Jews. This is how the Jewish State justified 9/11/01. Even if you kill a goy in Israel today, it is not nearly as serious an offense as killing a Jew. You can't condemn Muslim teachings of the Quran without also condemning the Halachic teachings of the Talmud. Open your eyes to this hidden truth you will never find on Neocon websites or the Zionist/State Propaganda Ministry.

      • MuslimLuvChrist says:

        But those Hebs know how to write comedies.

  2. MuslimLuvChrist says:

    Our taqiyya-in-chief is just a lying, cheating, immoral, unfair, sleazy, unethical democratic politician who fooled our nation’s "sheeple" for the rest of their lives. The last non political president was Dwight D. Eisenhower, and it would of been Romney if a fair election was held. But the Obureaucrat people just lied and lied about Romney business background, so they voted for the LYINNIGA, and what is he doing? Lying! This country needed a business man instead of a LYINNIGA to put the country back on the right track! We had better get a handle on our voting systems, cause the left is learning how to persuade 130% of us to vote in every election! Reid should of never been re-elected, we will catch all of these lying, cheating, immoral, unfair, sleazy, unethical democratic cronies and push them out of Congress! Once a LYINNIGA, always a LYINNIGA, please kill the LYINNIGA!

  3. We are not better than this, if we were, none of this would have happened. History repeats itself, our downfall has already happened. My prayer is simple, Thy Kingdom come, they will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

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