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  • Ex-V.A. official walks back suggestion that Bergdahl's unit may've been infested with 'psychopaths'

    06/05/2014 4:11:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | June 5, 2014 | T. Becket Adams
    A former Veterans Affairs official apologized Thursday for suggesting that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl may have left his post in Afghanistan five years ago because he was surrounded by “psychopaths.” “While I just wanted to make the point that the public should wait before passing judgment, I unfortunately used my own poor judgment in choosing inappropriate language that many view as disparaging to U.S. service members,” Brandon Friedman, who currently serves as a spokesman for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, told BuzzFeed. “That was certainly not my intent and I regret making the comments on my personal account...
  • Obama Official: Bergdahl Worthy of Sympathy if Joined Taliban to Protest Platoon Leaders

    06/04/2014 9:29:41 PM PDT · by kristinn · 258 replies
    Thursday, June 5, 2014 | Kristinn
    An Obama administration official has floated the idea that Bowe Bergdahl was justified in deserting his platoon in Afghanistan and joining the Taliban over disagreements with the platoon's leadership. Brandon Friedman, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs for the Department of Housing and Urban Development posted a series of tweets Wednesday evening in which he speculated that Bergdahl deserted over bad leadership of his platoon and that is why his fellow soldiers were smearing him."Here's the thing about Bergdahl and the Jump-to-Conclusions mats: What if his platoon was long on psychopaths and short on leadership? (1/5)"" What if he grew...
  • Vets groups’ praise for Hagel adds pressure on GOP

    02/06/2013 6:58:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 6, 2013 5:53 PM EST | Donna Cassata
    Countering the Republican-led opposition to President Barack Obama’s nominee for defense secretary is a less flashy but powerful constituency: military veterans. Veterans’ organizations have praised Chuck Hagel, a twice-wounded combat veteran of Vietnam and deputy administrator in President Ronald Reagan’s Veterans Administration. The Veterans of Foreign Wars has called him uniquely qualified to become Pentagon chief. The Military Officers Association of America said his experience gives him “a range of perspectives.” The American Legion said he was a longtime advocate for veterans. … VoteVets, a left-leaning veterans group, has campaigned for Hagel through social media, old-fashioned letters to editors and...
  • GOP money floods battlegrounds, threatens Dems' hold on Senate

    05/01/2012 2:33:02 AM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/01/12 | Alexander Bolton
    GOP money floods battlegrounds, threatens Dems' hold on SenateBy Alexander Bolton - 05/01/12 05:00 AM ET Third-party groups allied with the Republican Party have vastly outspent Democratic incumbents and their backers in Senate battlegrounds. The disparity in advertising firepower threatens Democratic control of the Senate and could have an impact on the presidential race as well. Sen. Sherrod Brown, a first-term Democrat from Ohio, has been the primary target of outside groups, which have outspent his allies by a ratio of 10-1 this election cycle. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Crossroads GPS and 60Plus Association have funded the bulk of...
  • VoteVets uses the suffering of the military to support....climate change legislation?!

    04/13/2010 11:45:42 AM PDT · by JedEckert2000 · 3 replies · 167+ views
    www.jedeckert.com ^ | April 13, 2010 | JedEckert2000
    What exactly is VoteVets? We've seen them lurking around MSNBC and various anti-war organizations ostensibly to support our fighting men and women. The veneer wore off quickly as we all realized this was just another anti-Bush group - this one under the guise of military veterans. They have even admitted to taking money from the Democracy Alliance - the Doctor Evil-esque, far-left funding project of George Soros. If anyone really doubted where these guys stood, there was always their campaign to close Gitmo.Now, they have twisted their transparent, faux pro-military message into something truly offensive. The Vets have taken what...
  • Anti-War General Flip Flops on the Surge

    12/09/2007 10:14:51 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 74 replies · 1,023+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 12-9-07 | Rick Moran
    December 09, 2007 Anti-War General Flip Flops on the Surge Rick Moran One of the Iraq War's harshest military critics, retired General John Batiste, has changed his mind and come out in support of the new counterinsurgency strategy. In a joint Op-Ed in the Washington Post with Pete Hegseth, executive director of Vets for Freedom, Batiste, who was a board member of the anti-war group Votevets.org, gives some of his reasons for the change of heart: First, the United States must be successful in the fight against worldwide Islamic extremism. We have seen this ruthless enemy firsthand, and its global...
  • Prominent Iraq veteran Bruhns quits major anti-war organization

    10/18/2007 11:15:29 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 27 replies · 111+ views
    The Hill ^ | October 19, 2007 | Mike Soraghan
    The leading Washington coalition for ending the war in Iraq has lost its highest-profile Iraq veteran. John Bruhns, a former Army  sergeant who participated in the 2003 invasion, left his position as legislative representative of Americans Against Escalation in Iraq (AAEI) at the beginning of October. He had started in May, but quickly became frustrated with the group’s lack of legislative success as well as some of its tactics. He was part of AAEI’s “Iraq summer” campaign, which launched in August and was designed to get as many as 50 Republicans to break with Bush on the war. Only one...
  • Anti-war veterans target Limbaugh (VoteVets.org spending $60,000 on attack ad to air on Fox and CNN)

    10/02/2007 11:48:35 AM PDT · by mojito · 124 replies · 246+ views
    The Hill ^ | 10/2/2007 | Klaus Marre
    An anti-war group consisting of veterans from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan is launching an ad Tuesday that attacks popular conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh. The group, VoteVets.org, is spending $60,000 on the ad, which will air on Fox News and CNN. In addition, a radio version of the ad will run during Limbaugh’s show in Washington, D.C., and Palm Beach, Fla., the group said. At issue is Limbaugh’s controversial “phony soldiers” remark that was made during a broadcast last week in response to a caller who criticized soldiers who spoke out against the war in Iraq. While...
  • Soldier Answers A New Call To Battle (LAT Times Profile On John Kerry Wanna-be Jon Stolz Alert)

    08/30/2007 9:17:57 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 9 replies · 531+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 08/30/2007 | Noam N, Levey
    In the spring of 2004, Sen. John F. Kerry, the Massachusetts Democrat, made a presidential campaign stop in Pittsburgh. Soltz went, curious about one of the generation's most famous opponents of the Vietnam War. He introduced himself, and the two men spoke briefly. Afterward, Kerry called Soltz at home. "He said, 'I just want you to know that when I came home from Vietnam, I was angry like you, and that's OK,' " Soltz recalled. "Nobody in my life understood what was going on in my head at the time. Not my friends, not my family. But when someone like...
  • Bullying Baird (VoteVets Kerry Wannabe Jon Soltz Crashes Constituent Meeting)

    08/29/2007 5:45:53 PM PDT · by kristinn · 9 replies · 846+ views
    The Stranger ^ | Wednesday, August 29, 2007 | Josh Feit
    Most Democrats who've gotten into trouble with their constituents over their stance on Iraq—including Senator Maria Cantwell, in early 2006, and Senator Hillary Clinton today—have only their pro-war votes and their reluctance to take a strong position for withdrawal to blame. Both Clinton and Cantwell, under pressure from angry Democratic voters, wisely shimmied their way out of it: Cantwell by supporting Michigan Senator Carl Levin's withdrawal legislation in the summer of '06, and Clinton by voting "No" on the surge and "No" on the surveillance legislation this year. Progressive U.S. Representative Brian Baird (D-3, Vancouver) has the exact opposite problem....
  • In the Debate Over Iraq, It’s Vet Vs Vet

    08/16/2007 7:16:28 AM PDT · by kristinn · 8 replies · 415+ views
    AP via WHEC-TV | Wednesday, August 15, 2007 | Anne Flaherty
    WASHINGTON - Despite their opposing views on the war, soldiers Pete Hegseth and Jon Soltz have much in common, not the least of which is time spent in Iraq. Both profess their love of the Army. They are young, athletic and clean-shaven, and they speak eloquently about honor and a sense of duty, as though plucked from central casting to play the role of the patriotic soldier. Above all, they draw heavily on their experiences in combat to justify their views on Iraq, hoping their message will resonate with voters because they _ unlike most of America _ have witnessed...
  • Daily Kos Playing Whack-a-Mole

    08/05/2007 6:55:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 47 replies · 2,447+ views
    lgf ^ | 8/4/07
    The first Daily Kos diary on the subject of the Soltz Shoutdown has disappeared from their site. Gone missing, along with more than 50 comments. Here’s where it used to be: Daily Kos: What happened to this soldier?!?!? Another diary post has now turned up to discuss this incident, from another Kos Kid whose cognitive dissonance reached critical mass, and this time I grabbed a screenshot. You know, just in case there’s another glitch in their software.
  • Daily Kos Tries to Explain Censoring Soldier

    08/05/2007 11:53:31 AM PDT · by george76 · 56 replies · 1,949+ views
    lgf ^ | Aug 5, 2007
    It took them a couple of days to get the spin together, but we now have an official position on the incident at the ‘Military and Progressives’ panel at YearlyKos, from an employee of VoteVets, whose founder shouted down and threatened that soldier. With obligatory “chickenhawk” slurs—the logically empty argument they never seem to get tired of. The conservative bloggers who’ve tried to make Jon look bad over this—like Michelle Malkin, Matt Drudge, and others—have no concept of this. Just like they have no concept of war in general. None of them has ever served the country in any meaningful...
  • FREEP POLL: Pro-Troop Ad vs. Anti-War Ad

    05/11/2007 9:55:21 AM PDT · by Impeach98 · 38 replies · 951+ views
    AOL News ^ | 05/11/2007 | Jeff Hoard
    They have an entry about the debate between pro-troop supporter Melanie Morgan of Move America Forward and Jon Soltz of the MoveOn.org affiliated group, VoteVets.org The Pro-Troop MoveAmericaForward Ad - WATCH HERE OR The Anti-War VoteVets Ad - WATCH HEREPOLL: WHICH AD IS MORE EFFECTIVE - VOTE HERE Which ad is more effective? Votevets.org Or... MoveAmericaForward.org