Special Forces Gear Newsletter - Voice Of The Soldier
Monthly Newsletter January 2010

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Concentration Part Two:

The Message to Garcia Man,
a 'Jap' named Onoda and
a Major named La Ba Binh



(This is Part II of a two part news letter which became interrupted with the Seasons holidays and follows our September VOS story on concentration and the late Colonel John Walter Ripley( USMC Ret.) incredible actions as hardened advisers at the bridge at Dong Ha Easter 1972...As we continue on concentration we will look into three more variations of warriors whose actions really enforce it as a requirement to ensure a warrior is a effective combat weapon..)

RowanThe Message to Garcia Man: An American secret Agent

The first, yet another, although fading in prominence national treasure -was a warrior who like Ripley in the truest sense of the word. Not the First U.S. secret agent but the man merging old world military value into the then new, 20th century . A man who had an ability to convey a full sense of concentration without any external interference or influence and whose actions a century ago, would live on to reflect the meaning of a man under orders individual whose actions are the epitome of initiative and decisive action up and including our present day .His legend made many of the industrialized world during the first half of the 20th century, learn his tale and what it stood for.

The man?

U.S. Army Lt. Andrew Summers Rowan and any one who came after him in our country showed his same abilities would be eternally known as what he was the "Message to Garcia". Not that I understood this back when I was a kid growing up in the 1960's- 1970's era, but, to be labeled then as 'a message to Garcia man' by any elder was a de facto badge of honor and the highest respect a U.S. citizen could tell any kid... Perhaps as you read on here you can understand and soon learn why...

 MckinleyRowan's 'initiative' became legend in 1898, when tensions between the United States and the Spanish (who then ruled Cuba) growing at the onset of the Spanish American War. [Then] President William McKinley saw value in establishing contact with the Cuban rebels who controlled the plains of the Cauto, to coordinate or at least prevent conflicting strategies and who could prove a valuable ally in case of war with Spain. This lead rebel was Calixto Garcia e Inguez who had been fighting the Spanish for Cuban independence since the Ten Years War of 1868-78, and sought the help of the United States. He was then residing in the city of Bayamon, Cuba McKinley asked Colonel Arthur Wagner of Military Intelligence to suggest an officer to make contact with Garcia's rebels. Wagner suggested Rowan to then travel to Cuba via Jamaica. Rowan did not know at that time, that two other officers dispatched to meet with other Cuban generals had died en route.

"...Young man," he [Colonel Arthur Wagner, Military Intelligence Bureau U.S. Army] continued, "you have been selected by the President to communicate with - or rather, to carry a message to - General Garcia, who will be found somewhere in the eastern part of Cuba. Your problem will be to secure from him information of a military character, bring it down to date and arrange it on a working basis. Your message to him will be in the nature of a series of inquiries from the President. Written communication, further than is necessary to identify you, will be avoided. History has furnished us with the record of too many tragedies to warrant taking risks. Nathan Hale of the Continental Army, and Lieutenant Richey in the War with Mexico were both caught with dispatches; both were put to death and in the case of the latter the plans for Scott's invasion of Vera Cruz was divulged to the enemy. There must be no failure on your part; there must be no errors made in this case."

By this time I was fully alive to the fact that Colonel Wagner was not joking.

"Means will be found," he continued, "to identify you in Jamaica, where there is a Cuban junta. The rest depends on you. You require no further instructions than those I will now give you." which he did, they being essentially as outlined in the opening paragraphs. "You will need the afternoon for preparation. Quarter-master-General Humphreys will see that you are put ashore at Kingston. After that, providing the United States declares war on Spain, further instructions will be based on cables received from you. Otherwise everything will be silence. You must plan and act for yourself. The task is yours and yours only. You must get a message to Garcia. Your train leaves at midnight. Good-bye and good luck!"

We shook hands. As Colonel Wagner released mine he repeated:
"Get that message to Garcia!"

( ~Colonel ( then Lt.) Andrew Summers Rowan as recounting how he was given the order to find Cuban General Calixco y Inigues Garcia during the Spanish American war by his Superior Colonel Arthur Wagner, Military Intelligence Bureau , AUS from rowans Memoir -" How I Carried a Message to Garcia" by Andrew Summers Rowan (San Francisco: W. D. Harney, 1922)

This tale is the lead up to what became (arguably with Colonel Ripley's endeavor,) the single greatest example or concentration to any enterprise undertaken by a U.S. military man. Rowan's total focus and concentration -- self determination in how he undertook his mission, is what matters about the often in modern times, forgotten example of initiative and self determination that is the back bone of all military leadership.

Rowna in skipper"In instances of this kind," wrote Rowan, "where one's reputation, as well as his life, is at stake, it is usual to ask for written instructions. In military service the life of the man is at the disposal of his country, but his reputation is his own and it ought not be placed in the hands of anyone with power to destroy it, either by neglect or otherwise. But in this case it never occurred to me to ask for written instructions; my sole thought was that I was charged with a message to Garcia and to get from him certain information and that I was going to do it." (~ Rowans Memoir -" How I Carried a Message to Garcia" by Andrew Summers Rowan (San Francisco: W. D. Harney, 1922)

After traveling by train and boat to Jamaica keeping his written message from McKinley hidden in various part of the boat and his belongings, Rowan on his own sought out and made contact with Cuban Junta rebel agents of Garcia in Jamaica. He was then ferried on the second leg of his journey.

Unflappable, Rowan did realize his reality that with all his determination he and his compadres were truly out gunned - by the Spanish naval forces searching for men like Rowan and the rebels -- even for a mission as secret as his.

"I have no hesitation in saying that there were some anxious moments for me following our departure. My reputation was at stake if I should be caught within the three-mile limit off the Jamaica coast. My life would be at stake if I should be caught within three miles of the Cuban coast. My only friends were the crew and the Caribbean sea...One hundred miles to the north lay the shores of Cuba, patrolled by Spanish "lanchas," light-draft vessels armed with pivot guns of small caliber, and machine guns, their crews provided with Mauser rifles, far superior - as I afterward learned - to anything we had aboard; as motley a collection of small arms as could be picked up anywhere. In the event of an encounter with one of these "lanchas" there was little to hope for. But I must succeed; I must find Garcia and deliver my message!" (~ Rowans Memoir -" How I Carried a Message to Garcia" by Andrew Summers Rowan (San Francisco: W. D. Harney, 1922)

As he approached the shoreline of Cuba, this is where he knew all his powers of focus and deft action would be put to use:

'Hastily we overhauled the arsenal. I carried only a Smith & Wesson revolver, so I was assigned a frightful looking rifle. I might have been able to fire it once, but I doubt if it would have been of further service. The crew and my assistant were provided with the same formidable weapons, while the pilot, who from his seat looked after the jib, the only sail set, drew close to him the other weapons. The real serious part of my mission was now at hand. Hitherto everything had been easy and comparatively safe. Now danger menaced. Grave danger. Capture meant death and my failure to carry my message to Garcia. "(~ Rowans Memoir -" How I Carried a Message to Garcia" by Andrew Summers Rowan (San Francisco: W. D. Harney, 1922)

(NOTE: How a similar fate now faces our current soldiers, marines and sailors in present day Afghanistan and Iraq...but all we hear of is the treatment of Guantanamo detainees.. )

Speaking of Guantanamo, it is near that coastline off Cuba to which Rowan stepped secretly upon Cuba's shoreline... At once, Rowan and his Cuban escorts marched into the heat of the Cuban Jungle into the Sierra Maestro and Orient mountains dodging enemy patrols in his quest to attempt to reach General Garcia. He was now neck deep amongst the enemy - he was beyond determined now, living for a true sense of higher self... not just as an emissary of his Commander-In-Chief , but a believer in the Cubans plight to fight oppression for freedom:

"As we ate our sweet potatoes I thought of [Swamp Fox] Marion and his men in the days of the revolution, who fought their battles on a like diet, and through my mind flashed the idea that as Marion and his men had fought to victory, so also would these Cubans, who were inspired by a desire for liberty similar to that actuating the patriot fathers of my own country, and it was with a feeling of pride that I recalled that my mission was to aid these people in their efforts by communicating with their general and making it possible for the soldiers of my nation to do battle in their behalf." (~ Rowans Memoir -" How I Carried a Message to Garcia" by Andrew Summers Rowan (San Francisco: W. D. Harney, 1922)

On guard constantly Rowan's focus was on all aspects in his new foray into the shadowy world of the rebels, Rowan was ever vigilant and on edge to prevent his identity from reaching the enemy. Upon observing two Spanish deserters whom mysteriously sought to join the Cuban rebels escorting Rowan, his focus never faltered. He asked his escorts that the deserters be detained until long after Rowan left. Rowan noted:

"Well for me and the success of my errand that I had given out such instruction. My thought that one or more deserters might leave to apprise the Spanish commander of my presence proved to be the correct one. Although it is not fair to presume that any knew my mission, my being there was sufficient to arouse the suspicions of two who proved to be spies and also nearly resulted in my assassination. These two determined to leave camp that night and plunge through the thickets to the Spanish lines with the information that an "officer Americano" was being escorted across Cuba. I was awakened some time after midnight by the challenge of a sentinel, followed by a shot, and almost instantly a shadowy form appeared close by my hammock. I sprang up and out on the opposite side just as another form appeared and in less time than it takes to write it the first one had fallen as the result of a blow from a machete, which cut through the bones of his right shoulder to the lung. The wretch lived long enough to tell us that it was agreed if his comrade failed to get out of camp, he should kill me and prevent the carrying out of whatever project I was engaged in. The sentinel shot and killed his comrade. "

(~ Rowans Memoir -" How I Carried a Message to Garcia" by Andrew Summers Rowan (San Francisco: W. D. Harney, 1922)

Raowan Garcia 1898Finally, upon meeting with the General, did Rowan deliver his message to Garcia!

"I explained to General Garcia that my errand was purely military in its character, although I had left the United States with diplomatic credentials; that the President and the War Department desired the latest information respecting the military situation in Eastern Cuba. (Two other officers had been sent to Central and Western Cuba, but they were unable to reach their objectives.) Among matters it was imperative for the United States to know where the positions occupied by the Spanish troops, the condition and number of the Spanish forces, the character of their officers; especially of their commanding officers; the morale of the Spanish troops; the topography of the country, both local and general; communications, especially the conditions of the roads; in short, any information which would enable the American general staff to lay out a campaign. Last, but by no means least, General Garcia's suggestions as to a plan of campaign, joint or separate, between the Cuban armies and the forces of the United States. Also I informed him, my government would be glad to receive the same information respecting the Cuban forces, or as much as the general saw fit to give. If not incompatible with his plans, I would like to accompany the Cuban forces in the field in such capacity as he might see fit to assign me.

General Garcia meditated for a moment and then withdrew with all the members of his staff excepting Colonel Garcia, his son, who remained with me.

About three o'clock the general returned and said he had decided to send three officers to the United States with me. These officers were men who had passed their lives in Cuba; were trained and tried; all knew the country, and in their particular capacities could answer all questions likely to be propounded. Were I to remain months in Cuba I might not be able to make so complete a report, and as time was the important element, the quicker the United States government got the information the better it would be for all concerned....Could I proceed that day - hoy mismo? (Could I ask more???) I had been continuously on the move for nine days in all kinds and conditions of terrain. I would have liked to have had a chance to look around me in these strange surroundings, but my answer was as prompt as his question. I simply replied: "Yes sir!"

Why not? General Garcia by his quick conception and speedy acceptance of conditions had saved me months of useless toil and had given my country the means of obtaining as minute information of the existing situation in the island as that possessed by the Cubans themselves; certainly as good as the enemy had."

(~ Rowans Memoir -" How I Carried a Message to Garcia" by Andrew Summers Rowan (San Francisco: W. D. Harney, 1922)

Rowans return trip to D.C. was as daunting as his out bound trip-- dodging Spanish patrols, Spanish Gunboats; being infirmed in the Bahamas for Yellow Fever. Tropical weather problems... But Rowan with Garcia emissaries returned to Washington and the War department and to President McKinley with astonishment and great fanfare being the only man -- agent to have accomplished his mission and deliver Garcia's Reply.

"We arrived on schedule time and I reported to Russell A. Alger, secretary of war, who heard my story and told me to report to General Miles, taking General Garcia's aids with me. After he had received my report General Miles wrote the secretary of war: "I also recommend that First Lieutenant Andrew S. Rowan, 19th U.S. Infantry, be made a lieutenant-colonel of one of the regiments of Immunes. Lieutenant Rowan made a journey across Cuba, was with the insurgent army with Lieutenant-General Garcia, and brought most important and valuable information to the government. This was a most perilous undertaking, and in my judgment Lieutenant Rowan performed an act of heroism and cool daring that has rarely been excelled in the annals of warfare."
I attended a meeting of the cabinet a day or so after my return, in company with General Miles, and at the close I received President McKinley's congratulations and thanks for the manner in which I had communicated his wishes to General Garcia and for the value of the work.

"You have performed a very brave deed!" were his last words to me, and this was the first time it had occurred to me that I had done more than my simple duty, the duty of a soldier who: "Is not to reason why," but to obey his orders.

I had carried my message to Garcia!" (~ Rowans Memoir -" How I Carried a Message to Garcia" by Andrew Summers Rowan (San Francisco: W. D. Harney, 1922)

Rowan is an example of pure focus toward a goal. Rowan is one of the U.S. Army's first, pre modern unconventional warfare, special forces officers. For he was truly focused on the mission at hand; operated un supported, on his own, with what limited resources he had...Yet few of you reading have probably ever heard of this tale?

Today we in the military know how feasible its to hop a plane and travel half way round he world and back with out any more thought to it than going to get groceries at the corner supermarket. But 100 years ago going from D.C. to Cuba and back in the span of a month amidst blockades and enemy forces, was as tough as it will ever get! Rowans intense self reliance and focus as evidenced in his words above, are why he succeeded delivering his message. He was honored to be selected and nothing got in his way. His initiative and actions became his instant and singular thought for his entire months journey..and subsequently a motivation our entire nation and much of the known about to unfold 20th century world.

MTG orig"A Message to Garcia" is an inspirational essay written by Elbert Hubbard that has been made into two motion pictures about Rowan's adventure to Garcia and back.

Originally published as filler without a title in the March, 1899 issue of the Philistine magazine Hubbard edited, it was quickly reprinted it as a pamphlet and a book. It was wildly popular, selling over 40 million copies and being translated into 37 languages. It also became a well-known allusion in American popular and business culture until the middle of the twentieth century. It was given to every U.S. Navy enlistee and U.S. Marine in both world wars, and often memorized by schoolchildren. It is studied by plebes at both West Point and Annapolis. A copy of it is often given to Marine Non-Commissioned Officers upon their promotion. It is estimated to be one of the highest-selling books in history, essentially due to American employers purchasing copies in bulk to distribute to their employees.

Of the 37 countries which translated it, Russia passed into Germany, France, Spain, Turkey, Hindustan and China. During the war between Russia and Japan of 1905, every Russian soldier who went to the front was given a copy of A Message To Garcia. The Japanese, finding the booklets in possession of Russian prisoners, concluded it must be a good thing and accordingly translated it into Japanese.

And on an order of the Mikado, a copy was given to every man in the employ of the Japanese Government, soldier or civilian."

The essay celebrates the initiative of -- Lt. Rowan - assigned to and accomplishing a daunting mission for any era. Rowan's 'ask no questions, make no objections, requests no help, but accomplishes the mission, without fanfare' is a masterful observation in initiative, determination, courage and focus. The essay exhorts the reader to apply this attitude of singular focus and concentration to his own life as an avenue to success. Its wide popularity reflected the general appeal of self-reliance and energetic problem solving in American culture. Its "don't ask questions, get the job done" message was often used by business leaders as a motivational message to their employees. The tale in books about Rowan stressed the importance of self-reliance and determination in carrying out small but important tasks in one's daily life, without hesitation and doubt, and were widely read throughout the United States. The books were also used by school teachers as a guide to young people in bettering their lives by pointing out the lesson of taking on difficult tasks in life in order to grow professionally (regardless of their career choice).

In summary, Lieutenant Rowan was a Get Things Done (GTD) guy before his time. No dithering, no procrastination, he got right on task, one action item after another. So being referred to as 'a message to Garcia man' is not only the highest compliment one could call any American man or boy, but it is what epitomized the character of what we citizens of the United States of America believed to be the most noble qualities of ourselves.

I like to think of Rowan's message-to-Garcia mannerisms as a form of Yankee Ingenuity that is being lost in our society, due to a lack of leadership and freedom being replaced by micromanaging -tyrannical bureaucrats and numerous regulations. Who better to solve the American problems than her citizens? Yet politicians and bureaucrats would argue that fact to no end.
Rowan was born in Gap Mills, Virginia (now West Virginia) in 1857. He enrolled at West Point at the age of twenty and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in 1881. In the years before the Spanish American War, Rowan served several frontier posts and with military intelligence in Latin America. For his successful delivery of the message, valor and actions in Cuba during the War, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the 6th United States Volunteer "Immunes" Infantry Regiment.

During his post Garcia mission Rowan was given command of the "Immunes", Negro troops, assumed to be immune to tropical diseases found in Cuba. After the conflict he stayed on with the 6th Regiment in occupied postwar Puerto Rico. After the Spanish-American War, he served with the 19th Infantry Regiment in the Philippine Islands, where he was awarded a Silver Star Medal for his actions at Sudlon Mountain.

Rowan retired from the US Army in 1909 and was the subject of a 1936 movie, "A Message to Garcia" starring John Boles. He was posthumously inducted into the US Army's Military Intelligence Hall of Fame.He was interested in Cuba in particular and co-wrote a book about the island. In 1908, while Rowan was commander of Fort Douglas, Utah his wife, Josephine, established a reading room for the blind at the Salt Lake City Public Library. This may be the longest, uninterrupted, service project in the city's history.

Rowan died in obscurity in the Presidio of San Francisco in 1943. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Rowan Arligtonn

HOLDING OUT : a 'Jap' named Onoda

Onoda youngRowan's Action in determination maybe the epitome of the U.S. citizen warrior's concentration, but can too much concentration be too much? I guess that depends what side of the linein the sand you are standing on, cowboy!

Take the story of World War II Japanese Intelligence officer Second Lieutenant Hiro Onoda of the Imperial Japanese Army.

Onoda held such concentration to his esteem for honor and duty and to continue the fight; that he remained in the Philippine jungles a guerilla fighter with several of his men, disbelieving that the allies had won the war -- until finally, remaining alone, continuing the war guerrilla style in the Philippines against local farmers and the police over a period of 30 years. Finally, military officials from the U.S. and Japan arranged for his former commanding officer - whom they found working in a shoe store - be put back in uniform and to have for Onoda to surrender to him. Onoda, his uniform in presentable tattered shape; his sword sharp, his Ariska Type 99 rifle still in excellent operating condition, 500 rounds of ammo and several grenades emerged from the shadows of the jungle and surrendered to allied forces on March 9th 1974 -- thirty years after Japan surrendered World War II!

Ononda 1974(NOTE: But if the speculation is true Lt Onoda holds no candle to Yoshio Yamakawa, 87, and Tsuzuki Nakauchi, 85. of the Imperial Japenese Army's 30th Division, who as late as 2005(!!!) were reported living in on the island of Mindano afraid to surrender for fear of being tried for desertion 60 years after the end of WW II !!! ( see http://faroutliers.wordpress.com/2005/05/27/two-more-japanese-holdouts-in-the-philippines/ )

Onoda (along with Yamakawa and Nakauchi's), focused, admirable yet stubborn, fanatical, and blind to the bigger picture - they became obsessed with their duty... but everyone's duty must be to honor the consequences faced with it, like eventually Onoda did...

...Like Ripley's Major Le Ba Binh had to face.

THE BAMBOO GULAG: A MAJOR NAMED LE BA BINH

Capt ripley and Maj LA ba binh

...Though sometimes, too much concentration can never be enough. Alternatively that form of concentration can also be to ones eventual benevolent longevity.

The Vietnamese have often been described as happy souls. If you've spent time with the South Vietnamese vets you can learn this for yourself -its amazing in lieu of the horrors many of their vets faced i the post fall of Saigon in1975.

Take the South Vietnamese Marine officer at the battles in and around Dong Ha Bridge Easter Sunday, 1972 ... Marine Major Le Ba Binh . and his 'Soi Bien'(...'Sea Wolves' The two companies of South Vietnamese Marines-) which had provided then Captain Ripley with cover fire while he and Major Smock destroyed the bridge, remained in place to battle the NVA armor and infantry, in the aftermath of the Dong Ha incident.

Nearly wiped out to the last man , the concentration of these 'Soi Bien' at the Dong Ha actions were only part of the much larger communist offensive. While many other ARVN units initially collapsed under NVA pressure, the various battalions of the Vietnamese Marine Corps, along with their covans, fought with tenacity and gave ground grudgingly. Facing an entire 20,000 man division with an estimated 200 tanks, the 700-plus men of the Third Marine Battalion held Dong Ha for four days, until they too were completely surrounded and were forced to make a fighting withdrawl from the area. Less than a month later, as those who remained stood in formation to be addressed by their commandant at the regional headquarters in Hue, Major Binh would muster only 52 survivors.

Binh 1972The unfortunate demise of freedom in Southeast Asia would come nearly three years later. In the meantime, 'covans Army 'Major Smock, John Ripley, and all the others headed home to be reabsorbed back into the regular Marine Corps and American society in general. There was no going home - no rotation date - Just pure concentration toward anhiliating the enemy -- for Major Binh or his Marines. They fought the communists right up until and past April 30, 1975. Major Le Ba Binh was not among the fortunate few able to secure spots on the extraction helicopters that last day of April.

Captured, Major Binh was sentenced to the "re-education camps." In a time period six times longer than America's involvement in World War II, Binh labored in the Bamboo Gulag camps. Through the terms of five American presidents, Binh labored. From 1975 up until the time of his release in 1998 and subsequent movement to the United States, Binh labored. Ever defiant, never broken, his slave masters toiled in vain.. For Bihns concentration was to survive and remain a free man -- which they never beat out of him -- in his heart and his mind --which , he did.

Today Binh lives a free and happy man in the U.S.A -a great testament to what a warrior can do under the worst conditions when his body and soul can see a freer future.

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So whether:

Blowing a bridge without sleep for three days...Traveling over a month without cover amongst hostiles on a secret mission... making a movie amongst thoughts diametrically opposed to your stories...Surviving in a jungle thirty years...or in a bamboo gulag...

Focus- intensity of action- and self motivation are the hallmarks of any daunting task you might come to one day concentrate on !
General Hal Moore at the battle for Ia trang in Vietnam 1965, had the training and Korean war combat experience to keep the paralyzing fear of losing his hellish fight, at bay. This kept him form panicking, because he was able to focus and concentrate because he had courage.

Warriors do not achieve the ability to combine cognitive and multitask thinking that is the core to efficient, concentration without repetitive training, criticism and pointed goals. It takes time with each task and skills set to develop and finely tuned a super commando to be able to handle the vast combined unknowns and quantitative knowns that are part of combat stress with an élan and a cool that would rival Malcom Smith on a motorcycleor Laird Hamilton surfing a big wave. To achieve this ability to concentrate a warrior must only take in a little at a time ...because one only absorbs a little at a time. The method is like peeling back and onion...on leaf at a time.
An old apropos badass Navy Frogman and SEAL adage goes like this:

"thou who sweats greater in training,
bleeds lesseth in combat"
~ Commander Richard Marcinko , USN Ret.

combatives training

As warriors you've hopefully prepared your body for the tasks to come at you. Now to never fail your endeavors you must prepare your mind as you do to center your body!

If you are a seasoned vet or contemplating joining the SOF community there are countless avenues online to learn to gain concentration and centering through. However this one that follows at this link will give you a minds eye to midset of what your future may be full of....

( FOLLOWING FROM How to Train Like a Warrior http://www.ehow.com/members/joerivera.htmlhttp://i.ehow.com/images/GlobalPhoto/Articles/2243778/JR6-main_Full.jpg )

The way of the warrior is a path of extremes. Extreme training of the mind, the body and will. Then ultimately, in battle, they sojourn at the edge between living or dying. For that is the nature of a warrior--dedicating oneself to a purpose with such certitude that one is willing to lay down their life for it. One of the precepts is "Better to live one day and die gloriously in battle with courage and greatness than to live a hundred years in mediocrity and fear." To most this sounds like a mindset reserved for superheroes in a comic book. In fact, this may very well be the case. But, what if you could channel and apply a small amount of that mentality? What if you could find the warrior that lives in each and every one of us?

What I mean by finding the warrior within has nothing to do with war, or violence or death--but of living instead. It is about staring adversity in the face, fighting your way through and conquering it. It is about setting your sights on a task in a determined, unyielding, unrelenting fashion with a singular and focused purpose.

What if there is a way to bring that kind of character, presence and power into your everyday existence? Well, if you so choose, there is. One of the first areas in your life you can begin is in your approach to exercise.

Here are some steps that might get you on your path to training like a warrior
Instructions
Things You'll Need:
  • Determination
  • Indomitable spirit
  • Courage
  • Focus
Step 1: Strategy (Mind of the Warrior)

Pick a goal before you start your workout and be specific about what you wish to achieve. If you normally lift weights and bench pressl 135 lbs. for 12 reps, say to yourself, "Today I will not settle for less than 15 reps."

If you normally run 4 miles a day in 40 minutes, say to yourself, "Today, no matter what, I will run these 4 miles in 39 minutes or even 38 minutes."

Try and be reasonable with your demands on yourself--even warriors had to take baby steps.

Step 2: Execution (Body of the Warrior)

Once you know what you are there to do, "Go For It In an All Out Assault!" Leave nothing left, do whatever it takes to reach your goal.

Step 3:Victory or Defeat (Spirit of the Warrior)

Here I list both possible outcomes of your strategy and execution. They will both serve you well if you have proper perspective.

If you are successful, you will feel elevated and learn that you are capable of more than you thought.

If you are unsuccessful, rather than feel bad you can feel elevated that you did your best.

Step 4: Reflection (Wisdom of the Warrior)

Did you reach your goal? If so, you now know you can go further. What other areas in your life can you use these principles for success?

Did you fall a bit short of your goal?

What insight have you gained that will either improve your strategy or your execution so that the next time you will be victorious?

Remember, a warrior never gives up!

Tips & Warnings
  • Have fun challenging yourself; even if you never get a sense of warriorship, you'll at the very least get better workouts.

  • Be realistic when setting goals, should any part of your body feels like it's about to get injured, ease off.

  • If you are consistently successful, this new self-confidence and sense of achievement may spill into other areas of your life.
Remember: Focus-Intensity and Motivation are the keys to all concentration.

Good Luck and Hoo-ah !

- Dave


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Feedback from Newsletter Poll

Question: Let us know what you think about this month's message
Edward
take much for granted of what our troops went through to insure freedom for the world. We will always appreciate what they did-if we can educate todays youth.

Lloyd (former Sgt Security Police USAF)
Again, you have tugged at my heart strings. In the year 1969 I spent Christmas in Viet Nam. I was young, and scared. I happened to be TTY through Quinon, and stoped at the USO there. I was given food, a couple of small presents, some refreshments, and was sent on my way. I will never forget that Christmas.I can certinaly feel for our troops over seas. Thanks again Dave
Bill
Great holiday message, Dave. Thanks for putting it together.
Greg
I was at Bastogne that winter anad I tell High School students that was the only time I felt confortabale cuddling up with another guy in a fox hole'
Murray Moorhatch
great show of the human condition even in war we are still God loving humans
Tom
Very well done!
Roger
Once again,im amazed at the amount of knowledge and history invested in your message,i thank you and wish you and all those brave people at home and abroad,esp those in harms way gods blessing at christmas and for the future,thanks again man
John
Dave,
Thanks for the Christmas messages, I love the historical perspective and stories.
Please, before I forward the messages on to the few of my combat old buddies, I would like to recieve the geneology/history of where Stephen Ambrose obtained the Warrior Christmas Story (other than just 'The Citizen Warrior' publication) in order to authenticate the accuracy/original author(s) to those who ask.
Secondly, I was assigned to Training Group (Green Beret) and the 7th Special Forces Group at Ft. Bragg, NC in 1968 - 1970 (other Group assignments/missions followed), but 'The Special Forces Prayer' was quite well known at the time. However, the orginal copy was not available to view. I think the words were scribbled on a wall somewhere in VietNam when I was there, but were somewhat unreadable.
Later, when I was offered a direct commission to the Army's Military Intelligence Branch, this document seemed to always show up at an appropriate time, just in time to lift spirits and attitudes (mainly mine) and then it would disappear as quickly as it showed up. Nevertheless, I believe all of us in S.F. appreciate it.
Thank You for bringing these items to those of us who appreciate them most!
Merry Christmas.
Gary
Dave:
Truly poignant and touching while also being inspirational. It made me proud of our heritage, of my service and, above all, my country. God bless America and those who serve to defend her. Merry Christmas to all still with us and a prayer of eternal peace to those who gave their lives so we could celebrate this Christmas, as free men and women, in 2009. De Opresso Liber!
Adolph
MERRY XMAS DAVE,VERY APT MESSAGE.
UTRINQUE PARATUS,AIRBORNE FOR EVER.
A BRITISH PARA
MAC
Absolute excellent - thanks for sharing. As I sit at my desk, I am reminded of our troops in distant lands yet fighting another war. May we totally remember them during this time, and every day of the year. God bless each of you for remember those soldier past, present and future.
Dottie
This is a great Christmas message. One all should not forget. We are all blessed for the men that give so much of life for ours. Stand tall and let not political leaders steal our land our fathers and mothers saved for all of us.
Cindy
Thanks so much for this wonderful Christmas message. From a Gold Star mom of a Spec Ops Warrior, you helped bring a special light into our lives this season. It does help to let us know all of our Spec Ops men that are fighting and the families of the fallen know that we understand and appreciated their missions. God bless!
Deb
This is Awesome. Thanks again for these emails, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,
God Bless,
Jimmy
Sounds like it's right out of R B Thieme,Jr's "Mental Attitude Dynamics", among other of his messages!! Always a great
lesson in the Word of God!!
Dottie
To whom it may concern:
Just wanted to compliment your company on the quality and attention to detail on the USMC Amphib Recon T-shirt I just received. Best quality shirt and graphics.
Dave W
Awesome job and a well done message. I enjoy reading your messages. Being part of a company that has Green Berets (SF)instructors that work hard to train professional warriors on modern warfare, I have full respect. I forward each email to others all the time to let them know that our brave man is due for respect and honor of protecting our beloved country, "The United States"
Respectfully,
Grant
McArthur was a great general. This is a very well written article.To my knowledge even to this in the morning rollcall when McArthurs name is called a phillipino Sgt Maj.barks"Present in spirit" Merry Christmas to you all.
Someshwar
I do not use this word ever but this months message is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!
James
On the island of Corregidor on the outer wall of a corridor leading into the Malinta tunnel is a posted metal sign that says, "If you listen closely, you will hear the Wailing of Wounded, and the Whisper of Death."
Chris
Every congressman should have this put in front of them as required reading and know that in spite of Washington DC the American Fighting Man is alive and well. We, in uniform, are not giving up America and never will. We have saved America from foreign agressors and will save America from so called leaders from within if necessary.
Jim U.S. Army Retired
Dave - this was a great story on MacArthur - what a guy. I now see what he is your favorite. He is different than Patton in that Mac knew politics better and had to work with congress. Patton hated politics. My great Uncle won 2 silver starts and a bronze star and purple heart under Mac in the Philipines and died at the hands of the Japs on a prison ship after surviving the Baatan death march. Great message on how the peace nuts end up doing so much more harm than good. We are on the same slippery slope today. Will we never learn. Thanks for keeping the history of great leaders from America alive.
Jerry
what a truly great and inspiring email. thank you, i needed that.

Scott


During World War II a Japanese General was asked why shouldn't we invade USA by land?
He replied "because there would be an American with a gun behind every blade of grass"
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Word of Truth
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By Rev G.J. Rako
LTC (Ret) IN USAR

Make no mistake that this country is at war, even if some in the government wish to call attacks upon us a man made disaster. My former Pastor R.B.Thieme Jr. did a thorough Biblical study of war. He hammered the principles home to his congregation time after time. All of these great messages are still available on MP3's and DVD's. I encourage you to learn the more on this subject by ordering these series of messages.

The military is the only thing that stands between us and slavery. If you are serving, or have served in one of our branches of service, "thank you." The following Biblical doctrine of warfare will make clear the fact that the military is an honorable profession and that killing the enemy is authorized by God.

DOCTRINE OF WARFARE
  1. The Concept of Warfare as Taught in Scripture.
    1. In spite of man's efforts for peace throughout the ages, warfare will exist until the Millennium, Mt 24:4-7.
    2. There will be no warfare in the Millennium, Isa 2:4.
    3. Man will not accomplish in the Church Age or Tribulation what only Jesus Christ can accomplish in the Millennium, perfect peace. Just as Jesus Christ made perfect peace with God at His first advent, so He will provide the basis for no more war at His second advent.
    4. Therefore, war is a bonified part of history. It is used by God to kill off the leaches of society; it is a cleansing agent, Eccl 3:8, "There is a time for war, and there is a time for peace." Num 21:14.
    5. The misnomer of war is the word "sword" in Mt 26:52, "For all who draw the sword shall perish by the sword."
      1. The sword in this passage refers to crime and capital punishment. Peter was not a soldier; his act was a criminal act.

      2. The sword also refers to capital punishment in Rom 13:4. Gen 9:6 is the first statement of capital punishment. Numbers is the book of the war plans for Israel.

  2. The Concept of the Military.
    1. Under the laws of divine establishment, all national freedom and security comes through military victory. Two factors protect a nation.
      1. The spiritual factor of Bible doctrine in the soul, prayer, and the grace of God, Neh 4:8-9, "And all of them together to invade and fight against Jerusalem and to destroy it. But we made intersession to our God, and established a military security system against them day and night."

      2. The establishment factor, Neh 4:13-15, "Therefore, I garrisoned troops on the lower slopes behind the walls as a mobile reserve. On the higher places I stationed the troops according to their tribes with their swords, spears, and bows. And I inspected the defenses and I stabilized the perimeter. Then I spoke to the generals, the commissioned officers, and the men in the ranks, `Do not be afraid of them; remember the Lord,

        Hero Warrior and respected One. Therefore, fight in battle for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses. And it came to pass that when our enemies heard that it was known to us, and that God had frustrated their plan [surprise attack], then they all returned and departed, leaving our men on the walls."

    2. Failure of the military on the battlefield indicates lack of training, self-discipline, respect for authority, proper motivation, courage, character, and stability of the citizens in the nation.
    3. God uses the military in action to demonstrate the decline and degeneracy of a nation and its virtue.
    4. The army becomes the index of national character.
    5. National integrity, sovereignty, and freedom depend on what nation wins in battle, Jer 40:1.
    6. A nation must have a spiritual incentive from Bible doctrine to fight, Jer 34:7. The book of Jeremiah teaches that Jewish military failure in 586 B.C. was attributed to the spiritual and moral decline of the people.

  3. The Military Image of Jesus Christ.
    1. The Lord fought for Israel at the Red Sea, Ex 14:14. As God the Lord cannot sin. Therefore, war is not sinful.
    2. The Lord is described to Joshua in the Hebrew as JEHOVAH TSABAOTH, Josh 5:13-6:2, "the Lord of the Armies."
    3. The concept of Christ as a warrior will continue until the Armageddon campaign, Zech 14:3-4.
    4. Jesus Christ delivered Israel, and killed 185,000 Assyrian soldiers in 701 B.C., Isa 37:36.
    5. At Armageddon, Rev 19:11-15, He will break His own record, Rev 14:19-20; Isa 63:1-3. There will be maximum slaughter, Joel 2:20; Ezek 39:11-13 describes the stench.

  4. The Biblical Principle of Universal Military Training.
    1. Universal military training demands total national conscription, Num 1:2-3. Numbers is the book of the mobilization of Israel's army.
    2. The only exception is a man who is newly married, Deut 24.
    3. The principle of mobilization is taught in Num 31:3-5.
    4. Each generation must be trained in war, Judges 3:1-2. God left nations behind in the land of Israel to train the young men for war.
    5. There must exist in the national entity a capable professional staff of high ranking officers whose life is devoted to preparing and planning for war, Lk 14:31, "What king or ruler of a nation, when he advances to meet another king in battle, will not first sit down and take counsel whether he is strong enough with 10,000 men to attack the one coming against him with 20,000 men?"
    6. True motivation for military training comes from God Himself, 2 Sam 22:35, "He trains my hands for battle, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze."

      Compare Ps 18:34, 144:1, "Blessed be the Lord my rock who trains my hands for war and my finger for battle."
    7. Military training is useless and neutralized when men of a nation are apostate, reversionistic, degenerate, full of emotional revolt and scar tissue of the soul, anti-establishment, addicted to drugs, and antagonistic to authority.
    8. Universal military training gives you a scale of values you'll never have in any other way. It prepares you for life.

  5. Draft dodgers, slackers, and deserters are sinful before the Lord, Num 32:6,14,20,23, "Be sure your sin will find you out."

  6. Warfare is from the Lord, 1 Chr 5:19-22. Just warfare is always from the Lord.

  7. Peace is maintained by having a military deterrent.
    1. Military victory produces peace, Josh 11:23, "Therefore, the land had rest from war."
    2. Jesus Christ ordained the principle of peace through military victory, Ps 46:7-9. Jesus Christ controls history through warfare.
      1. Jesus Christ protects a righteous nation, Ps 55:20-23.
      2. God uses war to discipline believers and nations who do not mind their own business, 1 Pet 4:12-17.
    3. God protects nations from crafty, evil, warlike nations, Ps 55:20-23. Therefore, God destroys nations who seek to conquer other nations, Dan 2:44, 4:17.
    4. God scatters the nations who delight in attack and war, Ps 68:30.
    5. Mature believers can pray for national deliverance, Ps 120:2, 6-7.
    6. God delivers from nations who talk peace but mean war, Ps 140:1-2; Jer 6:13-14, 8:11. Deliverance comes from killing the enemy.
    7. Because of lack of common sense among the leaders, Jesus Christ overrules their stupidity and blunders for the sake of the mature believers in that nation.
    8. Peace propaganda is used as a weapon of war, Jer 6:13-14.

  8. The Mature Believer and Warfare
    1. The mature believer is courageous in battle and puts to flight the invading armies, Heb 11:33-34.
    2. Ps 27:3 is the testimony of David.
    3. He is protected in combat, Job 5:20.
    4. He has leadership characteristics; e.g., he understands and uses self and group discipline, has a relaxed mental attitude, common sense, a sense of responsibility, understanding of strategy and tactics, loyalty to those both above and below him, good health, poise, courtesy, good judgment, and the ability to delegate responsibility.

  9. Principle of Leadership in Warfare.
    (See the Doctrine of Military Leadership.)
    1. Prov 20:18, "With wisdom make war."
    2. Prov 24:1-6, by understanding Bible doctrine you prepare yourself for war and for leadership.

  10. Warfare demands character, Deut 20:1-8. The believer must have both moral and battle courage.

  11. Included only about half of the doctrine of war for your edification and encouragement. I hope it will motivate you to fulfill the command given us in 2 Peter 3:18 Grow in grace and the knowledge of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.
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Tactical Life Saver

In 1997 Los Angeles Police Officers responded to an active shooter incident in North Hollywood. Three civilians and nine officers were shot. The incident lasted 39 minutes and in the end seven civilians and eleven officers were shot and injured. The suspects shot 1100 rounds from fully automatic AK-47's, fully automatic Bushmaster .223's and a .308 H&K semi auto. Besides having a trouble neutralizing the threats officers were unable to get E.M.S. paramedics to the injured officers and citizens. For those 39 several officers and civilians were trapped in the hot zone, with no medical attention.

In this situation most E.M.S. personnel won't deploy to render aid in an unsecure environment such as a "hot zone". This leaves the potential for an untreated injury to quickly become fatal. A simple hemorrhage from a thigh or arm can bleed out very quickly. An untreated sucking chest wound could be critical or develop into a Tension Pneumothorax or an unconscious officer's tongue may block his airway and become fatal. These problems are potentially lethal if left untreated for more than five minutes but they are very treatable by any officer with Tactical Combat Casualty Care Training.

This training isn't new to the military the hard lessons learned from battlefield healthcare appeared in a 1996 issue of Military Medicine. Previously, military guidelines for trauma management used tactics from the civilian sector. The concepts originated from the Special Operations Command, the new tactics outlined in 1996 were collectively referred to as Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC).

TCCC was based on historical wounding patterns in combat, which also are relevant to police officers and SWAT cops who share many operational parallels with their military counterparts. Ninety percent of all battlefield deaths prior to TCCC occurred before medical treatment arrived.

We in law enforcement have the benefit of the quick response from E.M.S. and trauma hospitals close buy. So we don't share the same disadvantage as the soldiers on the battlefield. However, in this era of mass murder (Ft. Hood, Virginia Tech, Columbine, etc) it's not hard to imagine that you or your partner(s) could be involved in a incident where you're cut off from E.M.S. When this occurs you may have less than five minutes to treat any critical injuries. That's when your TCCC tactics may save your or your partners life.

The single most contributing cause of officer deaths is gunshot trauma. That being said research indicates that most gunshot trauma victims have five minutes to be stabilized from life threatening injuries. After the first five minutes your chances of survival significantly decrease.

EMS has been trained for years on the concept of the "golden hour" however research from Military combat indicates that most shooting victims with life threatening injuries die within the first five minutes. Research also indicates that if a shooting victim is alive when EMS arrives that he most likely will survive. This is another reason for Tactical Combat Care Training.

Tactical combat care training is designed to provide skills to an officer so that he may render life saving aid while remaining in the fight. This training will not turn officers into medics but it may allow an officer to stabilize an injured officer until medics arrive.

Critical components of tactical combat care will train the officer to assess the tactical situation and the victim needing aid. For example 99% of penetrating gun shot wounds to the head are fatal. So, if an officer is an active shooter situation and he locates a civilian victim with a penetrating gunshot wound to the head, he may assess the tactical situation from cover and make a logical determination if he should risk exposure to gunfire or not to render aid to the victim. Remember an officer's primary duty is to stop the criminal behavior and your second duty is to render aid.

Approaching a victim in a tactical formation is another vital component of this training. Although most swat teams train for this tactic, uniformed officers are typically at a disadvantage and will find this area very useful. There are many other important nuances in the initial phase of assessment and approach training those officers will be trained to recognize and deal with.

Basic first aid training is another component and will refresh the officer's basic first aid training in areas like, airway & breathing treatment and hemorrhage & shock treatment. These topics will be taught in greater detail than what they typically receive but it will include performing the skills in a combat environment.

The most significant component of this training will include lifesaving skills that are not basic first aid skills but techniques used by medical personnel that may be necessary to save your victims life in a combat situation where medical personnel aren't available to render advanced support.

One skill that officers will be trained to use is the Nasopharyngeal Airway tube. This flexible tube can maintain an open airway in a victim until medical personnel arrive so you can stay in the fight.

Treating Tension Pneumothorax is another life threatening injury officers should be trained to deal with. Tension Pneumothorax is a condition that occurs when a bullet or shrapnel penetrates a lung. The air from the lung enters the chest cavity and fills the space between the ribs and the lung. When this happens the lung no longer has the space needed to inflate. Therefore, the lung may collapse and the heart can be shifted, and as a result, causing blood flow to stop to the heart. Performing a chest decompression with a BD Angiocath Autogard Catheter can stop tension Pneumothorax from occurring and provide immediate relief.

Massive blood loss is another life threatening injury that can be prevented. Officers should be trained in the use of a blood-clotting agent like the CELOX Hemostat and the use of a Tourniquet such as the CAT Tourniquet. These simple to use tools can stop massive blood loss and save life's. Although tourniquets can cause the loss of a limb, losing a limb is better than losing your life. Training in tourniquet application in a combat environment is a critical component in the combat care training. Modern tourniquets make the process simple.

Finally, the last component is the Warrior mindset and how it applies to the officer's survival during combat. I like to teach the way to "Warrior Supremacy" is through preparation and training, the way to failure and defeat is through arrogance and indifference. Preparing the Warrior Spirit begins with confidence, confidence is built through training.

If you find yourself in a combat environment and a fellow officer has been critically injured and TEMS, EMS and Fire personnel will not enter the hot zone to render aid, and the casualty may die from his injuries if he/she isn't treated immediately and the casualty can't be immediately evacuated than you may choose to use these lifesaving techniques to save a life. This is Tactical Life Saver, so seek out the training and you will be a better-prepared Warrior for it.

--
Sgt. Glenn French

Glen French is a Sergeant with the Sterling Heights(Metro Detroit) Police Department has 18 years police experience andcurrently serves as the Sergeant of the Sterling Heights Police DepartmentTraining Bureau, Crime Prevention and DARE unit. He has twelve yearsSWAT experience and served as a Sniper Team Leader, REACT Team Leader,and Explosive Breacher for the Macomb County SWAT team.

Sgt. French also is the president of the Detroit Special Operations Group tactical training company andfounder of the Detroit SWAT Challenge www.DetroitSWATChallenge.com . Glenn is a columnist with www.PoliceOne.com , and his column is the"SWAT Operator".

Glenn has instructed Basic and Advanced SWAT / Tactical officer courses, Basic and Advanced Sniper courses, Cold Weather / Winter Sniper Operations and Active Shooter Response courses and others. Sgt French served in the U.S. Army and is a veteran of the Gulf war "Operation Desert Storm." During his military tenure Sgt French gained valuable experience in C.Q.B., infantry tactics and explosive breaching operations and he served as a Platoon sergeant and a squad leader.

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Don't Cry For Me, America

In the early 20th century, Argentina was one of the richest countries in the world. While Great Britain's maritime power and its far-flung empire had propelled it to a dominant position among the world's industrialized nations, only the United States challenged Argentina for the position of the world's second-most powerful economy.

It was blessed with abundant agriculture, vast swaths of rich farmland laced with navigable rivers and an accessible port system. Its level of industrialization was higher than many European countries: railroads, automobiles and telephones were commonplace.

In 1916, a new president was elected. Hipólito Irigoyen had formed a party called The Radicals under the banner of "fundamental change" with an appeal to the middle class.

Among Irigoyen's changes: mandatory pension insurance, mandatory health insurance, and support for low-income housing construction to stimulate the economy. Put simply, the state assumed economic control of a vast swath of the country's operations and began assessing new payroll taxes to fund its efforts.

With an increasing flow of funds into these entitlement programs, the government's payouts soon became overly generous. Before long its outlays surpassed the value of the taxpayers' contributions. Put simply, it quickly became under-funded, much like the United States' Social Security and Medicare programs.

The death knell for the Argentine economy, however, came with the election of Juan Perón. Perón had a fascist and corporatist upbringing; he and his charismatic wife aimed their populist rhetoric at the nation's rich.

This targeted group "swiftly expanded to cover most of the propertied middle classes, who became an enemy to be defeated and humiliated."

Under Perón, the size of government bureaucracies exploded through massive programs of social spending and by encouraging the growth of labor unions.

High taxes and economic mismanagement took their inevitable toll even after Perón had been driven from office. But his populist rhetoric and "contempt for economic realities" lived on. Argentina's federal government continued to spend far beyond its means.

Hyperinflation exploded in 1989, the final stage of a process characterized by "industrial protectionism, redistribution of income based on increased wages, and growing state intervention in the economy..."

The Argentinian government's practice of printing money to pay off its public debts had crushed the economy. Inflation hit 3000%, reminiscent of the Weimar Republic. Food riots were rampant; stores were looted; the country descended into chaos.

And by 1994, Argentina's public pensions - the equivalent of Social Security - had imploded. The payroll tax had increased from 5% to 26%, but it wasn't enough. In addition, Argentina had implemented a value-added tax (VAT), new income taxes, a personal tax on wealth, and additional revenues based upon the sale of public enterprises. These crushed the private sector, further damaging the economy.

A government-controlled "privatization" effort to rescue seniors' pensions was attempted. But, by 2001, those funds had also been raided by the government, the monies replaced by Argentina's defaulted government bonds.

By 2002, "...government fiscal irresponsibility... induced a national economic crisis as severe as America's Great Depression."

***

In 1902 Argentina was one of the world's richest countries. Little more than a hundred years later, it is poverty-stricken, struggling to meet its debt obligations amidst a drought.

We've seen this movie before. The Democrats' populist plans can't possibly work, because government bankrupts everything it touches. History teaches us that ObamaCare and unfunded entitlement programs will be utter, complete disasters.

Today's Democrats are guilty of more than stupidity; they are enslaving future generations to poverty and misery. And they will be long gone when it all implodes. They will be as cold and dead as Juan Perón when the piper must ultimately be paid.

References: A tear for Argentina's pension funds; Inflation in Argentina; The United States of Argentina. Cross-posted at: Doug Ross @ Journal.

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IN ALL THIS CUBAN BUSINESS there is one man stands out on the horizon of my memory like Mars at perihelion. When war broke out between Spain and the United States, it was very necessary to communicate quickly with the leader of the Insurgents. Garcia was somewhere in the mountain fastnesses of Cuba-no one knew where. No mail or telegraph could reach him. The President must secure his co-operation, and quickly.

What to do!

Someone said to the President, "There is a fellow by the name of Rowan will find Garcia for you, if anybody can."

Rowan was sent for and given a letter to be delivered to Garcia. How "the fellow by name of Rowan" took the letter, sealed it up in an oil-skin pouch, strapped it over his heart, in four days landed by night off the coast of Cuba from an open boat, disappeared into the jungle, and in three weeks came out on the other side of the Island, having traversed a hostile country on foot, and having delivered his letter to Garcia-are things I have no special desire now to tell in detail.

The point I wish to make is this:
McKinley gave Rowan a letter to be delivered to Garcia;
Rowan took the letter and did not ask, "Where is he at?"

~From the Message to Garcia by Elbert Hubbard


[On the December 30th 2009 at FOB Chapman Khost, Afghanistan]


"My most important things in life are God, my family and my country."

~Harold Brown, a 37-year-old father of three, and CIA operative killed December 30th 2009 at FOB Chapman,
Khost Afgahnistan whose mother Barbara thought he worked for the State Department... as quoted in "Taliban bomber wrecks CIA's shadowy war" By
Christina Lamb The London Sunday Times, January 3, 2010

"...The job is gathering human intelligence and for that you have to meet people whether it's on or off a facility...In the old days when we were running Russian operations, if you had a double agent the worst that happened was he feeds you false information. These days if you have a double agent he detonates in your face."
~ according to Gary Berntsen, a CIA officer for 23 years who led a team to Tora Bora to try to capture Bin Laden in 2001-2002 as quoted in "Taliban bomber wrecks CIA's shadowy war By Christina Lamb in The London Sunday Times, January 3, 2010

"This attack is something that will never be forgotten."
~ Jack Rice, who formerly worked as a CIA officer
in Afghanistan. As quoted by Tandon, Shaun
(January 1, 2010).
"For CIA, Afghan attack a historic blow".
Agence FrancePresshttp://www.google.com/hostednews
/afp/article/ALeqM5h2IgmPLrq9qrgjNMjx-CeKtnY-HA. Retrieved January 3, 2010.

"He always said that if something happened to him, he would have no regrets...He was so proud of what he was doing."
~, Amy Messner of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio her brother, Scott Michael Roberson, 39, was working as
a security officer for the CIA when the blast on Dec. 30 rocked the remote outpost
in Khost province, Before joining the CIA, Roberson had worked undercover in narcotics for the Atlanta police. He also served with United Nations security forces in Kosovo and did several tours of duty in Iraq, where he provided protection to high-risk officials.

10th SF skierI would like to say that I joined the Navy because of Sept. 11, because it would sound really patriotic, but truth be told, I wanted to do it anyway. I looked into becoming a SEAL and liked what I saw...Combat is the only reason SEAL teams exist. You definitely have to be comfortable with that...and anyone who is too at ease about it is being naive on the subject."
~ CIA Xe( Blackwater) Contractor Jeremy Wise a former Navy SEAL and who was killed at FOB Chapman in Khost Afghanistan December 30th 2009 in a 2003 interview with the Hope Star.

"No one in American intelligence trusts completely -- that's the kind of language that's been used -- any asset with an extremist background. That's just wrong. You have to use unsavory individuals to penetrate terrorist groups. A saint won't get you inside."
~ a U.S. intelligence official who spoke on the condition of anonymity


"I have no idea how a potential hostile ends up standing next to at least 13 CIA personnel," said a former agency case officer. "It's incredibly regrettable, the loss of life, but I have never heard of anything as unprofessional. There's an old infantry rule: Don't bunch up."
~ Anonymous and former CIA case officer

paresi"His job, simply, was to keep others safe in hostile territory and his diligence with which he worked did just that...He moved, he confronted danger selflessly, heroically and in that last act, let me assure you, he prevented a bad day from becoming much worse..." ~Mary Rose McCaffrey, deputy director of security for the Central Intelligence Agency, on former Special Forces Sgt. Dane Paresi, At the memorial Service for him at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Vancouver WA, before Paresi was interned at Willamette National Cemetery on Mount Scott, Oregon, Saturday January 9th , 2010

"Freedom and democracy is not only about flying a flag," Yorio said. "We have the privilege because caskets come home draped in flags." ~Joseph Yorio, president and chief executive officer of Xe Services, also attended the memorial service for former Special Forces Sgt. Dane Paresi and was a pallbearer for him , at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Vancouver WA, before Paresi was interned at Willamette National Cemetery on Mount Scott, Oregon, Saturday January 9th , 2010

"WHO ARE MODERN MESSAGE TO GARCIA MEN??? Men like Lt.
John Finn and SEAL Lt. Mike Murphy. Mike Thronton,The Roland and Walther Ehlers Brothers; Marine Mitchell Paige, [Coast]Guardsman Douglas A. Munro, Colonel Robert Howard and any Medal of Honor winner alive or dead you can find...Men like the last World War I veteran Frank Buckles joins them. As does America's Father of Combat Swimming Dr.Christain Lambertsen and Americas First Frogman John Spence. For good measure, throw in the 3 [Navy SEAL]Team guys who dutifully avenged the death of friend and colleague now on trial for their nobleness or the six CIA SAD operatives and contractors who were killed in Khost Afgahnistan late last year.. These all along with leigons of other less know American fighting men who volunteer every day is where you'll find you'll find the Modern Lt. Rowan's."
~E.Simmel


10th SF skierGuerilla's Never Win wars,
but their adversaries often lose them!!'
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Robert L. Howard,
July 11, 1939 - December 23, 2009 (aged 70)
ORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, Dec. 29, 2009) - Retired Army Col. Robert L. Howard, a Medal of Honor recipient and U.S. Army Ranger and Special Forces veteran died at 70 years of age Dec. 23 at his residence in San Antonio, Texas. Howard, born July 11, 1939 in Opelika, Ala., was known throughout the Army and the military's special operations community for his courage and leadership in combat. He entered the service on July 20, 1956 and was medically retired on Sept. 30, 1992. He died of natural
causes...
Most of Col. Howard's combat exploits in Vietnam occurred while serving as an NCO in Recon Co, FOB2, MACV-SOG where he was written up for the Medal of Honor three times in thirteen months. After serving five tours in Vietnam and being awarded eight Purple Hearts, he continued to lead and inspire the younger generation Special Forces and Rangers during the 70's and 80's where it is told that he personally led every run and rucksack march under his command.

Although it can only be awarded once to an individual, men who served with him said he deserved all three. He received a direct appointment from Master Sergeant to 1st Lieutenant in 1969, and was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Richard M. Nixon at the White House in 1971. His other awards for valor include the Distinguished Service Cross - our nation's second highest award, the Silver Star - the third highest award, and numerous lesser decorations.

Howard recieves MOH from NixonRobert Howard was seventeen years old when he joined the Army in 1956. His father and four uncles had been paratroopers in World War II, and he followed in their footsteps, joining the 101st Airborne. In 1965, during the first of his five tours of duty in Vietnam, he was wounded when a ricocheting bullet hit him in the face. While recuperating in a field hospital, he met a patient who was in the Special Forces. When the man's commanding officer visited, he sized Howard up, then talked him into transferring to the Special Forces.
In 1966, after six months of training in the States, Howard returned to Vietnam as part of the 5th Special Forces Group. By late 1968, he had already been recommended for the Medal of Honor on two separate occasions when, on the afternoon of December 28, his unit was ordered to rescue a wounded Green Beret. As the choppers carrying his platoon of American and Vietnamese Special Forces tried to land, the enemy opened fire. It took two hours for Howard and his men to clear the landing zone and get all the troops in. By dusk, as they were moving forward to a hill where they thought the wounded Green Beret might be hiding, a force of about 250 North Vietnamese suddenly attacked.
Howard and his lieutenant were at the head of the platoon when a claymore mine went off nearby. Howard was knocked unconscious; when he came to, he thought he was blind, until he realized that the blood from wounds on his face had gotten into his eyes.

howard paintingHis hands were mangled by shrapnel, which had also destroyed his weapon. He could hear his lieutenant groaning in pain a few yards away, and he was almost overcome by a sickening odor: An enemy soldier with a Soviet flamethrower was burning the bodies of Howard's comrades killed in the attack.

Deciding to blow himself up rather than be incinerated, too, Howard struggled to get a grenade off his web belt, then fumbled with the pin. The soldier with the flamethrower watched him for a moment, then walked away. Howard threw the grenade after him, then crawled to his lieutenant and tried to pull him down the hill into a ravine where the surviving Americans and South Vietnamese had taken refuge. When he got the officer down to a large tree root, where another GI had taken shelter, he screamed at the soldier to hand over his weapon. The soldier tossed him his .45 pistol, then opened fire himself with his rifle, killing three enemy soldiers who were trying to capture Howard and his lieutenant.

At that moment an NVA round struck Howard's ammunition pouch, blowing him several feet down the hill. Still clutching the .45, he crawled back to the lieutenant, shooting several North Vietnamese along the way, and finally dragged him down to the ravine.

Howard took charge of the remaining Special Forces troops, then called in U.S. air strikes. For the next two days the North Vietnamese probed his position. On the morning of December 31, U.S. helicopters were finally able to stage an evacuation.

Two years later, in February 1971, Howard was a captain in charge of a Special Forces company under assault by the enemy when he got a call on a field telephone from General William Westmoreland. "We're in pretty bad shape here," Howard said, thinking the general had called to find out his situation. "Yeah, I know," Westmoreland replied, "but we're going to bring you out and give you the Medal of Honor."

Robert Howard received the medal from President Richard Nixon on March 2, 1971.

Baca  Finn and Howard  MOH
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MEN(L-R) Baca, Lt. John Finn,USN, and Col. Robert Howard( standing)

He retired at the rank of colonel in 1992.

"[Col. Howard ]"was the bravest soldier I ever met."His unshakeable commitment to freedom, displayed in countless episodes of battlefield gallantry, lives on in the actions of our military men and women who continue to serve in hostile conditions overseas..."
~Texas Gov. Rick Perry On the passsing of Col. Robert Howard Dec 23rd 2009

Wounded 14 times in 54 months of combat duty in Vietnam, Robert Howard was awarded 8 Purple Hearts and believed to be the most decorated living American legend. A Special Forces Medal of Honor Recipient and who has passed on ... AND HE WILL Be Missed
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America callingCIA employees and contractors Killed at FOB Chapman,December 30th, 2009

Citing the sensitivity of their mission and hurt to the CIA the names of those killed in the attack, all, whom were seasoned hands in the agency's counter-terrorism operations are presented below. Some of the names of those who died in the attack have been disclosed in local and national media. SF gear Newsletter received these form open source media. All officers were working as undercover agents and details which could jeopardize future OPSEC within these ongoing operations will be omitted, herein, for the obvious of reasons. . These names of the paramilitary operators, the places the worked and came from to give the reader a glimpse of how tough and unconventional a gig CIA has; deserves a remembrance with an equal honor we would bestow upon any national hero serving United States interests, covert warriors included. They did perish in combat operations during United States government military operations and there memories should not be forgotten, nor ever taken lightly...Most of them were seasoned
combat veterans and a truly specialized force with backgrounds similar to many of you readers and we at SF GEAR. They are:

FATAL CASUALTIES

NAME Affiliation/Position Age
Female officer
(undisclosed identity) CIA officer, chief of base - mid-30s....
Harold Brown CIA officer 37...
Elizabeth Hanson CIA officer 31..
Scott Roberson CIA officer 39...
Dane Paresi CIA contractor (Xe, Blackwater) 46...
Jeremy Wise CIA contractor (Xe Blackwater) 35...
Al Shareef Ali bin Zeid - Jordanian intelligence official age unknown
Arghawan - Afghan antional Security director at the base age unknown

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DETAILS...

Some of the names of those who died in the attack have been disclosed in local media. The chief of the base and another officer were women. According to a former CIA official, the chief of the base was a mother of three and had a history in counterterrorism dating back to the agency's Alec Station which was created to monitor Osama bin Laden years before the September 11 2001 attacks.

Some of the names of those who died in the attack have been disclosed in local media. The dead included Elizabeth Hanson, 31, who held an economics major from Colby College in Maine, a CIA officer and Illinois native Harold Brown, 37, a resident of Washington, D.C., Ohio native Scott Roberson, 39, a CIA security officer, according to his sister, former U.S. Navy SEAL Jeremy Wise, 35, and Dane Paresi, 46, of Dupont, Washington State. Wise and Paresi were security contractors working for Xe( the professional military security company formerly known as Blackwater). ABC News reported, however, that their role was not to provide security for the base, according to a source familiar with Xe's contracts. While the CIA had appeared to distance itself from the firm in recent years, the reports about the contractors pointed to a continued close relationship between the agency and the company.

The bodies of the CIA operatives were transferred to the U.S., and a private ceremony was held at Dover Air Force Base to honor them. CIA Director Leon Panetta attended the ceremony.

CIA officers who had traveled from Kabul to the base for the meeting, including, according to sources familiar with the incident, the deputy chief of the CIA's Kabul station, were among those injured. The news magazine TIME reported that the deputy chief of the Kabul station, who traveled to the meeting from the Afghan capital, was a woman and a mother of three, a description identical to that previously given in media reports to the chief of the Camp Chapman, who was, according to those reports, killed in the bombing.

Non-U.S.allied casualties in the attack

Among the dead was Al Shareef Ali bin Zeid, a senior officer of Jordan's General Intelligence Department. Bin Zeid was a first cousin to King Abdullah II of Jordan and a grandnephew of King Abdullah I of Jordan. He was, according to Jordanian press reports, the intelligence handler of the attacker. Bin Zeid's wake was held in the Royal Palace. King Abdullah II and Queen Rania attended his funeral. Official Jordanian news reports said that he died while performing humanitarian service in Afghanistan. His death shed light on the U.S.-Jordanian intelligence partnership, which is rarely acknowledged publicly, yet seen by U.S. officials as highly important for their counter-terrorism strategy. The security director of the base, an Afghan named Arghawan, was also killed in the attack.

Because the unidentified FOB Chapman's senior field agent was a long time CIA asset in the hunt for Osama Bin Laden beginning back at Alec Station, the bit of open source data presented here is to give the reader a more understanding of how hard this attack was to CIA and how it will not be quickly forgotten by the covert warriors of our nation...
Forward Operating Base Chapman...

10th SF skier... (or FOB Chapman) where the killing of seven CIA officers and there colleagues on December 30th 2009 is located at the site of a former Afghan army installation and situated in the vicinity of Camp Salerno, a large military base used by U.S. special operations forces near the border of Pakistan. The base is named for Sergeant First Class Nathan Chapman, the first U.S. soldier killed by enemy fire during the Afghanistan war, in 2002. Chapman was killed while fighting alongside the CIA.

In recent years, the base, was one of the most secretive and highly guarded locations in Afghanistan, evolved into a major counterterrorism hub of the CIA's paramilitary Special Activities Division, used for joint operation with CIA, military special operations forces and Afghan allies, and had a housing compound for U.S. intelligence officers.
...Alec Station...

..Or the Bin Laden Issue Station [codenamed Alex or Alec Station (1996-2005) as referred to by DIA Able Danger liaison Anthony Shaffer ]was a unit of CIA dedicated to tracking Osama bin Laden. The Station opened in January 1996, as a unit under the agency's Counter-Terrorism-Center(CTC). The Station was an "interdisciplinary" group, drawing on personnel from the CIA, FBI, NSA and elsewhere in the intelligence community.. By 1999 the unit's staff had nicknamed themselves the "Manson Family", "because they had acquired a reputation for crazed alarmism about the rising al Qaeda threat". The Station originally had twelve professional staff members. This figure grew to 40-50 employees by September 11, 2001. (Because of ongoing operations, detail of any CTC past and current numbers in personnel remains omitted )

"...CIA [also] considered the possibility of putting U.S. personnel on the ground in Afghanistan. The CIA had been discussing this possibility with Special Operations Command [SOCOM] and found enthusiasm on the working level but reluctance at higher levels. CIA saw a 95 percent chance of [SOCOM] forces capturing Bin Ladin if deployed - but less than a 5 percent chance of such a deployment. ..."
~CIA CTC memo, September 1999

Able Danger was a classified military planning effort under the command of the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM). It was created as a result of a directive from the Joint Chiefs of Staff in early October 1999 by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Hugh Shelton, written by Craig E. Ennis Able Danger was his Code Name to develop an Information Operations Campaign Plan against transnational terrorism, "specifically al-Qaeda."

The existence of Able Danger, and its purported early identification of the 9/11 terrorists, was first disclosed publicly on June 19, 2005, in an article by a reporter for a, daily newspaper. Eight days later, on June 27, 2005, the vice chairman of the House Armed Services and House Homeland Security committees, gave a special orders speech on the House floor detailing Able Danger Which had identified the major New York cell of Mohamed Atta prior to 9/11. [Note: The detail of all this cn be found by the reader for further study elsewhere and on their own .
It is not pertinent to this remembrance].


DCI Statement on CIA Casualties in Afghanistan
December 31, 2009

10th SF skierCIA Director Leon E. Panetta informed the Agency workforce today that seven of their colleagues were killed and six others were injured on Wednesday at a Forward Operating Base in Khost Province, Afghanistan. The casualties were the result of a terrorist attack.

"Those who fell yesterday were far from home and close to the enemy, doing the hard work that must be done to protect our country from terrorism," Director Panetta saidin a message to employees. "We owe them our deepest gratitude, and we pledge to them and their families that we will never cease fighting for the cause to which they dedicated their lives-a safer America."

"Families have been our Agency's first priority," Director Panetta added. "Before sharing this information with anyone else, we wanted to be in contact with each of them. This is the most difficult news to bear under any circumstances, but that it comes during the holidays makes it even harder. In coming days and weeks, we will comfort them and honor their loved ones as a family. They are in our thoughts and prayers-now and always."

America callingDue to the sensitivity of their mission and other ongoing operations, neither the names of those killed nor the details of their work are being released at this time.

"Yesterday's tragedy reminds us that the men and women of the CIA put their lives at risk every day to protect this nation," Director Panetta said.

"Throughout our history, the reality is that those who make a real difference often face real danger."

Director Panetta credited US military doctors and nurses with saving the lives of those wounded in the attack. In honor and memory of the dead, he requested that the flags at CIA Headquarters be flown at half-staff.


President Barack Obama sent the following letter to the officers of CIA:

To the men and women of the CIA:

I write to mark a sad occasion in the history of the CIA and our country. Yesterday, seven Americans in Afghanistan gave their lives in service to their country. Michelle and I have their families, friends and colleagues in our thoughts and prayers.

These brave Americans were part of a long line of patriots who have made great sacrifices for their fellow citizens, and for our way of life. The United States would not be able to maintain the freedom and security that we cherish without decades of service from the dedicated men and women of the CIA. You have helped us understand the world as it is, and taken great risks to protect our country. You have served in the shadows, and your sacrifices have sometimes been unknown to your fellow citizens, your friends, and even your families.

In recent years, the CIA has been tested as never before. Since our country was attacked on September 11, 2001, you have served on the frontlines in directly confronting the dangers of the 21st century. Because of your service, plots have been disrupted, American lives have been saved, and our Allies and partners have been more secure. Your triumphs and even your names may be unknown to your fellow Americans, but your service is deeply appreciated. Indeed, I know firsthand the excellent quality of your work because I rely on it every day.

The men and women who gave their lives in Afghanistan did their duty with courage, honor and excellence, and we must draw strength from the example of their sacrifice. They will take their place on the Memorial Wall at Langley alongside so many other heroes who gave their lives on behalf of their country. And they will live on in the hearts of those who loved them, and in the freedom that they gave their lives to defend.

May God bless the memory of those we lost, and may God bless the United States of America.

President Barack Obama
Posted: Dec 31, 2009 02:33 PM


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Blackwater"...I've had people repeat the ridiculous urban legend that Blackwater instituted martial law in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and ask me whether Art had been a part of that. At a recent social event, someone asked me whether Blackwater was the same company that "goes around shooting people." I've heard the news media and even elected officials casually throw around words such as "cowboy" and "mercenary" to describe men and women who voluntarily go into harm's way to protect others. Those caricatures are wrong. They might describe someone's antiwar agenda, but they don't describe my husband or his colleagues.

This public relations spin on contractors by antiwar activists has unfortunately gained traction, and the smearing got worse after an incident in September 2007, when a Blackwater team found itself in trouble and opened fire, tragically causing the deaths of several Iraqi civilians. What I know about this comes only from the media; the company said the security guards were responding to an ambush. But when this newspaper reported that federal prosecutors had sent letters to six Blackwater Worldwide security guards involved in that incident, there was a resurgence of unfair mischaracterzations of the company and its contractors.

10th SF skierI don't know the Blackwater men involved or the details of that day. But as the wife of someone who was deployed to a war zone four times, I do know that whether you're a member of the military or a private security contractor, if you think you're in trouble, you're going to protect yourself. I also know that, in addition to his prior extensive military experience, Blackwater required Art to go through rigorous training before sending him to Iraq. The same was true of all his colleagues.

Our all-volunteer military is overwhelmed and doesn't have enough soldiers with the experience it takes to guard the kinds of high-profile and highly targeted Americans who must travel around Iraq. That's why veterans working for contractors such as Blackwater, DynCorp, Triple Canopy and others are stepping up to serve their country again.

My husband and his fellow contractors answered a call. Art didn't do it for the money. He wanted to contribute in any way possible so that his kids and grandkids could continue to enjoy the American dream. He wanted to test himself and give back to his country using the training he'd received throughout his life.

Just like soldiers, security contractors based in Iraq face daily threats to their lives. Rather than demonizing these men and women, we should be thanking them for the essential service they provide. Whether they are working for Blackwater or directly for the U.S. military, they are all risking their lives to work for the United States. And they deserve our respect."

~Marybeth Laguna from her "My Husband Was a Blackwater Hero," The Washington Post, November 30, 2008

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Badge deflects bullet, saves Tenn. cop shot during traffic stop

New, heavier badges used by the Oakland , Tenn. , police this year may have saved one officer's life. Officer Joshua Smith's new badge was hit during gunfire exchange at a traffic stop on Thursday, keeping the bullet from striking his body. Oakland Police Chief Keith Hogwood said the officer was wearing his bullet-proof vest, but it was the badge that stopped the bullet.
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A Decade of Self-Delusion
by Patrick J. Buchanan


About the first decade of what was to be the Second American Century, the pessimists have been proven right.

According to the International Monetary Fund, the United States began the century producing 32 percent of the world's gross domestic product. We ended the decade producing 24 percent. No nation in modern history, save for the late Soviet Union, has seen so precipitous a decline in relative power in a single decade.

The United States began the century with a budget surplus. We ended with a deficit of 10 percent of gross domestic product, which will be repeated in 2010. Where the economy was at full employment in 2000, 10 percent of the labor force is out of work today and another 7 percent is underemployed or has given up looking for a job.

Between one-fourth and one-third of all U.S. manufacturing jobs have disappeared in 10 years, the fruits of a free-trade ideology that has proven anything but free for this country. Our future is being outsourced -- to China.

While the median income of American families was stagnant, the national debt doubled.

The dollar lost half its value against the euro. Once the most self-sufficient republic in history, which produced 96 percent of all it consumed, the U.S.A. is almost as dependent on foreign nations today for manufactured goods, and the loans to pay for them, as we were in the early years of the republic.

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ARE FEDERAL GUN LAWS CONSTITUTIONAL?
By Michael LeMieux, January 8, 2010, NewsWithViews.com

10th SF skierIf "We the People" are the creators of the government, and the government is authorized arms, then in order for the people to maintain their position, in relation to the government, they too must be armed. If the servant government (servant of the people) has arms, and the people do not, then the roles are reversed for the people can not resist a government that has become tyrannical.
http://www.newswithviews.com/LeMieux/michael104.htm

The Second Amendment faces a decisive year in 2010. Democrats set to push more foolish regulation

http://washingtontimes.com/news/2010/jan/04/the-second-amendment-faces-a-deci-sive-year-in-201/?feat=home_columns

Concealed weapons permits spark debate in Riverside County (California)

An effort by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors to make it easier for residents to carry concealed firearms isn't likely to change policy, the Sheriff's Department said.

In a 3-1 vote in November, supervisors passed a resolution asking the sheriff to consider applications for permits based solely on "personal defense."

http://www.pe.com/localnews/rivcounty/stories/PE_News_Local_S_concealed04.3e6ce76.html

Gun Owners...ALERT !!! - Look What's on the 2010 Tax Return !!! Important read...

If you have guns around the house it will cost you! Here are the newest gun control and tax laws!

This information is listed as TRUE on Snopesand here is the URL:
http://www.snopes.com/politics/guns/blairholt.asp

More Freedom taken away and adding yet another NEW TAX.. Gun owners.... Look what's on the 2010 tax return.

As if we didn't have enough to get upset about! If you have a gun, I hope it isn't registered!

It begins... more Freedom gone... the right to protect yourself and your family gone! Now ALL GUNS must be listed on your next (2010) tax return!

Senate Bill SB-2099 will require us to put on our 2010 1040 federal tax form all guns that you have or own. It will require fingerprints and a tax of $50 per gun.

This bill was introduced on February 24, 2009, by the Obama staff. BUT, this bill will only become public knowledge 30 days after the new law becomes effective!

This is an amendment to the Internal Revenue Act of 1986. This means
that the Finance Committee has passed this without the Senate voting on it
at all. Trust Obama? You must be kidding!

The full text of the IRS amendment is on the U.S. Senate homepage: www.senate.gov. You can find the bill by doing a search by the bill number, SB-2099. You know who to call; I strongly suggest you do.. Please send a copy of this e-mail to every gun owner you know.

Text of H.R.45 as Introduced in House: Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009: www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h45/text

Obama's Congress is now starting on the firearms confiscation bill. If it passes, gun owners will become criminals if you don't fully comply. It has begun... Whatever Obama's "Secret Master Plan" is... this is just the 'tip of the iceberg!'

Very Important for you to be aware of a new bill HR 45 introduced into the House. This is the Blair Holt Firearm Licensing & Record of Sale Act of 2009. Even gun shop owners didn't know about this because the government is trying to fly it under the radar a 'minor' IRS revision, and, as usual, the 'political' lawmakers did not read this bill before signing and approving it!

To find out about this - go to any government website and type in HR 45 or GoogleHR 45 Blair Holt Firearm Licensing & Record of Sales Act of 2009. You will get all the information.

Basically this would make it illegal to own a firearm - any rifle with a clip or ANY pistol unless:1) It is registered 2) You are fingerprinted 3) You supply a current Driver's License 4) You supply your Social Security number 5) You will submit to a physical & mental evaluation at any time of their choosing.

Each update change or ownership through private or public sale must be reported and costs $25. Failure to do so you automatically lose the right to own a firearm and are subject up to a year in jail. There is a child provision clause on page 16 section 305 stating a child-access provision. Gun must be locked and inaccessible to any child under 18. They would have the right to come and inspect that you are storing your gun safely away from accessibility to children and fine is punishable for up to 5 years in prison.

If you think this is a joke - go to the website and take your pick of many options to read this. It is long and lengthy. But, more and more people are becoming aware of this. Pass the word along. Any hunters in your family pass this along. This is just a "termite" approach to complete confiscation of guns and disarming of our society to the point- we have no defense - chip away a little here and there until the goal is accomplished before anyone realizes it. This is one to act on whether you own a gun or not.

Search Results - THOMAS (Library of Congress)
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:H.R.45>;;

H.R.45: Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009 - U.S. Congress - OpenCongress
http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h45/show

H.R.45: Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 200
(GovTrack.us) http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-45

Please.. copy and send the above data out to EVERYONE in the USA , whether you
support the Right to Bear Arms or are for gun control. We all should have
the right to choose!

LEGAL NEWS FOR THE OPERATOR- OPERATIVE

10th SF skierHoo-yahs! And Hoo- Ah! A Win for Every Shooter who in harms way might have to defend themselves in a court room: All charges dismissed in Blackwater shooting
Ruling in a case that strained U.S.-Iraqi relations, a federal judge in Washington on Thursday dismissed all criminal charges against five Blackwater security guards who were accused of firing machine guns at unarmed civilians driving through a Baghdad traffic circle, killing 17 of them and injuring 20 more.

http://hamptonroads.com/2009/12/all-charges-dismissed-blackwater-shooting

Xe pulls plug on its counterpiracy venture; ship up for sale

MacarthurApparently unsuccessful in marketing it for anti-piracy operations, Xe has put its 183-foot ship McArthur up for sale. In an online advertisement on the Web site Yachtworld.com, the McArthur is listed at a reduced price of $3.7 million. The vessel is docked in Alicante, Spain.

http://hamptonroads.com/2010/01/xe-pulls-plug-its-counterpiracy-venture-ship-sale


Sailors on Blackwater anti-piracy ship claim harrassment

If three pending legal cases are any indication, it hasn't exactly been smooth sailing for the Blackwater counterpiracy ship.

The company, now known as Xe, launched the 183-foot vessel McArthur in the fall, saying it was ready to begin patrolling the Gulf of Aden to protect merchant vessels against pirate attacks.
However, legal papers allege that it's the McArthur's own crewmen that need protection - from their superior officers.

http://hamptonroads.com/2009/05/sailors-blackwater-antipiracy-ship-claim-harrassment

SFGNL EDITORIAL:

10th SF skierOn December 15th 2009, Maj. Gen. Charles T. Cleveland, head of Special Operations Command Central, wrote a 'highly' politicized letter to Rep. Dan Burton. of response to congressman Dan Burton as to why three Navy SEALs have been put on trial for giving a fat lip to the undisputed dirt-bag who is responsible for the public mob execution of four, our finest former U.S. SOF troopers and then Blackwater contractors on a bridge in Fallujah Iraq back in 2004 including a Close friend to the editing staff of SFGNL, Scott Helveston.
[The text of his letter can be found at: http://hamptonroads.com/2009/12/text-letter-maj-gen-cleveland-rep-burton]

In the letter Cleavland States:

" ...I am committed to protecting the rights of the Sailors who have been accused....Discipline and integrity are primary factors that make our U.S. special operators such an effective fighting force..."

"... The abuse of a detainee, no matter how minor, creates strategic repercussions that harm our nation's security and ultimately costs the lives of U.S. citizens," he wrote. "When there are reasonable grounds to believe that an offense has been committed, and that a specific individual in my command has committed that offense, it is my duty to take appropriate action to not only ensure justice is done, but also to maintain good order and discipline..."

SFGNL editors decided in the best interests of every SF trooper; Marine and Air Force, [Coast]Guardsman and any covert government agents; contractors, SWAT officers -- warriors - and yes ...especially our Navey SEAL cousins in this nation to give a conter point to what is a pure political position of all sides of this incredulous bunch of Bravo-Sierra EVER penned by a superior officer and fellow operator [gen. Cleavland ] erected to persecute good men in the name of a bigger political agenda - the Obama Administrations anger at SEAL operators for the way they made a pointed end to the rescue operation Maresk Alabama Captains back in mid 2009.

Anonymous sources close to this situation have indicated this to be the more accurate reason for treating our finest warriors as mere pawns for a personal agenda. As a blogger as pointed out the obvious:

"...when did it become a[ 'beating'] they[the accused Navy SEALs] gave? Your liberal overstatement is problematic, and also appears the opportunistic political opportunity that the Gen Clevland is trying to leverage with his bombastic letter.

If you are so concerned regarding how our POW are treated, how about calling for the release of the information regarding our POW from the first gulf war, it will turn your stomach. Hope you can handle it. Now lets look closer, our citizens were hung from a bridge and beheaded on live TV, and somehow this punch is being equated to the Army Abu Ghraib incident. I do not know if this is merely a disillusioned attempt by a disgruntled Army General at a command that historically had been headed by an Army General and now is headed by a Navy SEAL Admiral, as an attempt to scandalize the Navy vice the Army who has taken many media hits in these wars since 911. It does appear a bit too partisan, at the expense of these SEALs. Who by the way, who give up more of their life, and self and even their families life than you will EVER image. So unless, you can make it through BUDS, and replace them, you ought to have more information before you condemn them...."

~ posted by KraftyCC on Sat, 01/02/2010 at 8:20 pm. On a blog in reply to "General: SEALs on trial for apparent cover-up of incident" By Kate Wiltrout The Virginian-Pilot, January 1, 2010

... We at SFGNL feel the SOCOM SEAL Admiral Olson who out ranks Cleavland should be do the right thing and step up to put aend to this politicaliztion of his command and his own SEAL brothers as political pawns to destroy the integrity and espirt de corps of all U.S troops over this ridiculous waste of military funds, time and brain power.

May God Bless those SEALs on trial and the souls of those murdered at Fallujah and may God interject a ray of hope into General Cleavland And Admiral Olson to have them realize actions like this will be a slipperry slope for every operative -operator in the future should the charges go forward... these ridiculous charges should be dropped!!!

~ SFGNL Editorial staff

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