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Negotiating with terrorists can only lead to future terrorism. Our President has, without Congressional authority, traded five terrorists for one American, a move that can only result in yet another foreign policy disaster. Tonight, Benghazi family member Michael Ingmire will join me to give an update on the Select Committee, his thoughts on Hillary's candidacy and the potential ramifications of the recent GTMO trade. This is also the week of the 70th Anniversary of D-Day. We will honor the men of the Greatest Generation and give details on the upcoming D-Day Anniversary Show.
President Obama lays out the framework for U.S. counter-terrorism strategy as we wind down the war in Afghanistan.
President Obama said in his speech: "First, we must finish the work of defeating al Qaeda and its associated forces.
"In Afghanistan, we will complete our transition to Afghan responsibility for that country’s security. Our troops will come home. Our combat mission will come to an end. And we will work with the Afghan government to train security forces, and sustain a counterterrorism force, which ensures that al Qaeda can never again establish a safe haven to launch attacks against us or our allies."
"But as Commander-in-Chief, I must weigh these heartbreaking tragedies against the alternatives. To do nothing in the face of terrorist networks would invite far more civilian casualties -- not just in our cities at home and our facilities abroad, but also in the very places like Sana’a and Kabul and Mogadishu where terrorists seek a foothold. Remember that the terrorists we are after target civilians, and the death toll from their acts of terrorism against Muslims dwarfs any estimate of civilian casualties from drone strikes. So doing nothing is not an option."
"Today, I once again call on Congress to lift the restrictions on detainee transfers from GTMO. (Applause.)
"I have asked the Department of Defense to designate a site in the United States where we can hold military commissions. I’m appointing a new senior envoy at the State Department and Defense Department whose sole responsibility will be to achieve the transfer of detainees to third countries.
"I am lifting the moratorium on detainee transfers to Yemen so we can review them on a case-by-case basis."
2005 - SFC Michael Hertig. As far back as he can remember, SFC Hertig always knew he wanted to serve in the military. Although he originally planned on serving in the Marine Corps, in the footsteps of his father and uncle, he ultimately joined the Army in order to be an Infantryman. Was was awarded the Silver Star Medal. We'll also talk with Ryan Brown of Bridge of Sighs. BoS is a great friend of You Served and we'll have a send off interview for their upcoming trip to GTMO. Our last guests will be Scott Beauchamp. The Scott Thomas Beauchamp controversy concerns the publication of a series of diaries by Scott Thomas Beauchamp (b. 1983 St. Louis, Missouri) – a private in the United States Army, serving in the Iraq War, and a member of Alpha Company, 1-18 Infantry, Second Brigade Combat Team, First Infantry Division. In 2007, using the pen name "Scott Thomas", Beauchamp filed three entries in The New Republic about serving at Forward operating base Falcon, Baghdad. These entries concerned alleged misconduct by soldiers, including Beauchamp, in post-invasion Iraq. Several publications and bloggers questioned Beauchamp's statements. The New Republic investigated the statements, first standing by the content of Beauchamp's articles for several months, then concluding that they could no longer stand by this material. A U.S. Army investigation had previously concluded the statements in the material were false.
Mr. Chris interviews Coby Dillard, The First Afro American Member Of The Republican Conservative Tea Party In Virginia.
He's a Navy veteran-6 years; OIF in 2003 and GTMO in 2005. After a stint as a contractor and federal employee in DC, His family and He now live in Norfolk, VA.
He's a conservative African American; yeah, they exist. More specifically, He's an urban conservative. His community’s important to him (regardless of whether we always agree politically), and He know there’s a message for them in the conservative principles he hold dear. This is his venue for getting that message out there. It’s his soapbox…and luckily, it hasn’t crushed under my 300-plus pounds.
Professionally, he's been around the block in different ways. After a couple years as a conservative activist, He's worked on Bob McDonnell’s gubernatorial campaign as a coalitions director in 2009. In 2010, He briefly campaigned for a congressional nomination in Virginia’s 3rd District before returning to the business of politics as a consultant.
For the first half hour, our panel; Phibian of CDR Salamander, Eagle1 of EagleSpeak, and Galrahn of InformationDissemination will discuss the response to the humanitarian assistance effort in Haiti and the events of the week.
For the second half of the show, we will discuss with our guests the thousands of Sailors deployed right now in from GTMO to AFG in PRT, Security, Seabee, staff support, and IAs.
Who are they, what do they do, and what do they contribute to the Long War?
Our guests will include a regular commenter in the Navy Blogosphere our "Yeoman in the 'Stan" AKA "Battle Yeoman" calling in from Bagram, Afghanistan; and CDR Charlie Malone, former Commanding Officer of Navy Provisional Detainee Battalion FIVE, Camp Bucca, Iraq.
While on tour with Al Sharpton and Arne Duncan, Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House, will be interviewed by African-American Conservatives.
The official press release for the education tour can be found here:
Mr. Gingrich is a noted author and lecturer, best known as Speaker of the House under the Clinton Administration, and for his work on the Contract With America. Mr. Gingrich is a Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Professor at the National Defense University. He currently serves on several boards and committees including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation,Defense Policy Board, Terrorism Task Force for the Council on Foreign Relations, and Co-Chair of the National Commission for Quality Long-term Care. He is an Editorial Board Member of the Johns Hopkins University journal, Biosecurity and Bioterrorism, and is an Advisory Board Member of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, and was recently named co-Chair of the UN Task Force, a bi-partisan Congressional effort to reform the United Nations.
Rounding out the hour will be Coby Dillard, fresh off the campaign trail for now Governor-Elect, Bob McDonnell. Mr. Dillard served as Coalitions Director for Mr. McDonnell in his outreach to Veteran and African-American communities. He is a Navy veteran having, served his country honorably for six years - OIF in 2003 and GTMO in 2005. After a stint as a contractor and federal employee in our nation's capitol, Mr. Dillard joined the McDonnell team in May of 2009, through the conclusion of the election cycle, culminating Mr. McDonnell's successful bid for Governorship of Virginia.
Host Media Lizzy talks to Bush's DoD Director for Policy Planning & Int'l Issues Bryan Del Monte - where he helped craft Detainee Policy for GTMO. Next, Lizzy interviews an expert on the Cultural & Religious significance of "Honor Killings."
Andrew Lubin is the author of the award-winning book “Charlie Battery; A Marine Artillery Unit in Iraq”, and as an embedded journalist has spent 12 of the last 30 months in Iraq, Afghanistan, GTMO, and Beirut writing on our Marines and Soldiers. He is already working on raising money for his next embed the end of March for 4-5 weeks. He will be out in the field with 3/8 Marines, and then back east to J-bad with 3rd MarDiv up on the Afghan -Pak border. One way that he is funding this trip is selling books off of his website, so let’s support Andrew by buying his book. He needs to raise $ 1,900 (airfare & insurance).You can learn more about him and order his books at AndrewLubin.com.
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