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Wounded Warrior Blasts Obama for Lack of Leadership in Fiercely Worded Open Letter
IJ Review ^ | March 2, 2014 | Kyle Becker

Posted on 03/02/2014 6:14:12 AM PST by Kaslin

Senior Airman Ret. Brian Kolfage vented his feelings to President Obama in a strongly worded letter that doesn’t mince words:

Dear President Obama,

My name is Brian Kolfage, I’m a triple amputee and retired Air Force veteran who was severely wounded on September 11, 2004 in Iraq.

I nearly died in a war that most of your colleagues supported overwhelmingly, including the two presidents who came before you. Many citizens may not agree with waging war in Iraq to free the oppressed Iraqi citizens, but it’s something that warriors like myself have no control over. I joined to serve my country and to better my life. I’ve seen things that you could never imagine, and they have made me the person I am today.

Mr. Obama, even though we have extreme opposite views, we have one thing in common, we both attended school in Hawaii. However, that’s where the similarities end. You see, as you attended your exclusive, private school, I would ride my bike to Kaimuki High School in one of the roughest areas in Hawaii. Every morning I would ride past Punahou, the exclusive private school you attended and I would notice all of the Bentleys, Maseratis, and fancy foreign cars that all the kids were dropped off in; wow it must have been extremely rough in Hawaii living that life, right? I could only imagine what it was like to have that kind of money. Fortunately for you, not many people are aware of the school that you and the upper class citizens of Hawaii attended. The tuition to attend your exclusive, private school was more than it cost me to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Arizona. You talk a big game when it comes to financial inequality, yet I’m quite sure you have no idea what it’s truly like to have to sacrifice. You were one of the elitist children in Hawaii.

After High School, we each chose very different paths. You were able to attend America’s finest Ivy League schools, while I pursued a career in the military, in hopes of earning a degree. What we have in life as children usually helps to set the tone for how we acheive success later in life. I worked to get where I am today, while it was HANDED TO YOU….Mr. Inequality.

I volunteered to go to Iraq on both of my deployments, and the second time I begged to go even after I wasn’t selected. During that second deployment, I was ultimately placed on the team where I would lose both legs and my dominant arm. Even though many Americans were against the war in Iraq, I’ve never asked myself if it was worth it after losing 3 of my limbs.

I am frequently reminded of the many young Iraqi children who would beg me for water, food, and toys while I was stationed in Iraq. Children, who in all aspects made the poorest of poor American children look rich. You have no idea what it really means to be poor. It’s laughable that you, who would have no idea what it means to be poor would so frequently play the inequality card.

While I was in Iraq, our mission was to liberate the Iraqi citizens from a tyrant and that’s what we did. Never forget, it was your people who sent us there, like the Clintons, John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi & Carl Levin. However, since the day you busted onto the scene you’ve been talking about ending the war and pulling the troops out, not understanding the blood sweat and tears that so many Americans and Iraqi’s invested. And with complete disregard for every life sacrificed, every limb lost, and every broken family, you bailed on our mission to pursue an agenda that was completely centered on your re-election in 2012. If you didn’t bail on Iraq you were worried that you may not get re-elected and that’s a fact. Just before elections on Oct 11, 2012 you said “Al Qaeda is on the run and Osama bin Laden is dead.” Look at Iraq now, they are in shambles and the Al Qaeda flag is flying freely. Clearly, you’re unfit for duty as a Commander in Chief. You put your own agenda ahead of America’s agenda, and now you have single handedly ruined and destroyed nearly everything we gained in Iraq. It clearly means nothing to you, because the only thing that you’ve personally invested in that country was a promise to bail on them. However, people like me gave limbs, friends have died, and we’ve watched families destroyed by war’s aftermath.

I’m not placing blame on you for the war, I’m placing blame on you for destroying what we’ve worked so hard to build. You’re not a leader, you’re a community organizer. A leader would have stood up regardless of the situation and put America’s agenda first and that is ensuring a secure Iraq even after 10 years of war. But, you placed Barack first, just as Robert Gates confirmed in his new book. I can’t help but think of those poor kids who I gave water and toys to 11 years ago. They’re probably 15 or 16 years old now, and I can only imagine what it’s like for them to have their nation being torn apart yet again; all because of your poor leadership qualities. Regardless of why we went to Iraq, its water under the bridge. We went there, we waged war, and we not only owed it to our KIA’s but we owed it to the citizens of Iraq. We invaded their country and turned it upside down, and you bailed on them. You bailed on our soldiers and you’ve wasted every death and every limb, it’s all for nothing. And to make matters worse you blame others for your failures

You’re just another elitist rich thug who’s pretended to live the rough life growing up in the inner-city. You’re only worried about your own agenda and furthering your party instead of taking care of Americans. Your inability to be a leader at some of the most critical points has caused both of our wars to fail. You’ve been a joke to most of our veteran community and we have no faith in your ability to lead.

Senior Airman Ret Brian Kolfage USAF


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Anyone think the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave gets it?
1 posted on 03/02/2014 6:14:12 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Look for this warrior to be audited and maybe lose his benefits due to ‘Computer Error”.


2 posted on 03/02/2014 6:22:13 AM PST by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
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To: Kaslin

See the demoralization that the communist bastard has sown.


3 posted on 03/02/2014 6:23:22 AM PST by ecomcon
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To: Kaslin

The shame is Obama will never see this letter. Even if he did, he wouldn’t read it.


4 posted on 03/02/2014 6:23:34 AM PST by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: Kaslin
Bravo! But this will not even see the light of day in Obamaland.  photo king3_zps3db70d20.jpg
5 posted on 03/02/2014 6:25:48 AM PST by baddog 219
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To: Yorlik803

Okay, this is the quintessential case of somebody who can whip Obama’s ass with one arm. Excellent, painfully eloquent letter by a man I’m honored to call a fellow Airman.

Colonel, USAFR


6 posted on 03/02/2014 6:28:58 AM PST by jagusafr (the American Trinity (Liberty, In G0D We Trust, E Pluribus Unum))
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To: jagusafr

This warrior may be stronger in body but lets see how well he fares after a IRS rectal exam and the VA botching his healthcare.
If he starts getting audits, we should help pay for lawyers to sue. He deserves better. He paid enough.


7 posted on 03/02/2014 6:33:50 AM PST by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
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To: Kaslin

The older I get the more I appreciate plain speaking.


8 posted on 03/02/2014 6:42:37 AM PST by golux
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To: Kaslin
Anyone think the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave gets it?

Gets it? Probably not. Will get what's coming to him? Oh yeah, it's just a matter of time...

Power plus pride plus a haughty spirit is a bad combination and what he's done and beome makes him a challenge to forgive.

I've gotten past my anger to feeling only pity. I need some help with the forgiveness part.

9 posted on 03/02/2014 6:42:59 AM PST by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: Kaslin

It really makes me sad that someone of this young man’s high caliber has lost the majority of his mobility and will never be able to enjoy the remainder of his life as fully as he did before the war, while Barak Hussain Obama continues to eat Wagu beef and party with Beyoncé.

I have to believe that in the afterlife, God will balance the scales.


10 posted on 03/02/2014 6:46:20 AM PST by navymom1
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To: Kaslin

No. He doesn’t give a damn.


11 posted on 03/02/2014 7:12:11 AM PST by onedoug
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To: navymom1

Wish this brave and honorable Airman was our President....


12 posted on 03/02/2014 7:13:14 AM PST by Engedi
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Less than $3.8k to go!!

Make Today, Day 61 the day!

13 posted on 03/02/2014 7:23:21 AM PST by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: Kaslin

My most fervent wish is that Obama would read this. Strike that. My most fervent wish is that Obama would look within himself and recognize that he’s a destructive enemy of the proud history of this country, and hang his head in disgrace.

A guy can dream...


14 posted on 03/02/2014 7:26:38 AM PST by DJ Frisat ((optional, printed after my name on post))
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To: Yorlik803

If it hasn’t been done already-I expect it will be. This Evil Administration hopes it can purchase good will and Respect by all the Award Ceremonies —where the O didn’t have to do squat except pose for the photo shoot. I agree with this Airman 100% I don’t blame Obama for the War in Iraq— I blame him and his Military Leadership for destroying EVERYTHING our Military worked so hard to accomplish there. As with Afghaninistan—as with EVERYWHERE we are now deployed.


15 posted on 03/02/2014 8:08:50 AM PST by StonyBurk (ring)
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To: Kaslin

The only thing that would make this letter more meaningful would be if Senior Airman (Ret) Brian Kolfage was a minority.


16 posted on 03/02/2014 8:29:48 AM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: Kaslin

I doubt nobama is aware of this letter.

But I’m sure the IRS, CIA and NSA do.


17 posted on 03/02/2014 8:58:39 AM PST by upchuck (South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy for Speaker of the House!!!)
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To: Kaslin

Powerful letter. Every citizen should read this letter.


18 posted on 03/02/2014 9:30:57 AM PST by oldenuff2no
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To: Kaslin

Sadly, the letter never reached Obama. It passed through Harry Reid’s office first, he took a glance at it, said, “He’s lying,” and tossed it.


19 posted on 03/02/2014 9:40:19 AM PST by ShasheMac (Be still and know that I am God. Psa;m 46:10)
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To: Kaslin

20 posted on 03/02/2014 12:34:38 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Doogle; All

21 posted on 03/02/2014 12:35:49 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: navymom1
It really makes me sad that someone of this young man’s high caliber has lost the majority of his mobility and will never be able to enjoy the remainder of his life as fully as he did before the war, while Barak Hussain Obama continues to eat Wagu beef and party with Beyoncé.

I have to believe that in the afterlife, God will balance the scales.

"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord" - Isaiah 66:9

22 posted on 03/02/2014 5:30:05 PM PST by arasina (Communism is EVIL. So there.)
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