It turns out that a long-time friend of mine is related by marriage to Matt Axelson, who died during Operation Redwings. As you recall, Marcus Luttrell memorialized Operation Redwings in Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10. A movie based upon the book opened this past weekend.
My friend heard from her relative some months ago that the movie — which family members got to preview — is really good. Not only is the box office reflecting the movie’s quality, the movie is also driving the Left nuts for daring to be an American movie that shows our military as the good guys and the Taliban as the bad guys.
Incidentally, I do not include Jake Tapper in my scorn for the media. There’s been a kerfuffle about him asking Luttrell whether the latter felt a sense of lives wasted when he looked back on that event. I thought that was a legitimate question in light of the way that Obama, repeating Vietnam, has deliberately lost the war for Americans.
I will not be seeing the movie. I found the book disturbing enough, without having actors graphically replay it on the big screen. Not only am I too cowardly to fight, I’m too cowardly even to watch a fake version of a real fight.
Go here for more on the Left’s strident opposition to a factually accurate movie that is American-friendly and Taliban-unfriendly.
Although I didn’t blog about it, I didn’t miss the fact that Ariel Sharon, after spending so many years in a coma, finally died. He was a fierce warrior, always fighting on behalf of his beloved Israel. I think his gamble with Gaza was a failure, but that failure certainly could have resulted because Sharon was struck down before he could optimize that gamble. Bibi is good, but he’s never had Sharon’s ferocity nor do Israelis trust Bibi the way they did Sharon. When all is said and done, Ariel Sharon was a larger-than-life, frequently heroic figure who never acted without considering Israel’s welfare.
I’ve also stayed away from commenting on Obama’s tepid response to Sharon’s passing. However, Keith Koffler did such a good write-up about Obama’s praising Sharon with faint damns that I must pass it on to you.
I’m not surprised at Obama’s dry eyes, of course. Obama always wears his heart on his sleeve when people die. Maggie Thatcher, who stared down communism and saved England’s economy? Eh. Hugh Chavez, whose hardcore socialism impoverished his country and began the work of turning it into a police state? Obama wept. Chris Kyle, who bravely and effectively served his country in war and in peace? His name never passed Obama’s lips. Whitney Houston, a drugged-out singer who wasted a God-given talent? Obama and the missus were beside themselves. When I look at Obama and Mooch-elle, I always want to copy Groucho Marx by singing “Whatever you’re for, I’m against it!”
In Mexico, the drug cartels and the police forces are brothers in arms. The citizens suffer terribly — except in Michoacan, where a vigilante army has risen up and is battling both cartels and corrupt police.
Or maybe not. It’s entirely possible that the vigilantes are merely hired guns for a rival cartel.
I tend to believe that counter narrative. Why? Because violent, drug-ridden Mexico has some of the strictest gun-control laws on the books. If these vigilantes have guns, they didn’t get them legally. The only guns are in the hands of the government and the drug-runners.
Imagine, just for a moment, how different it would be for honest citizens in Mexico if they had a Second Amendment….
My friend at To Put It Bluntly has written a post examining the hypocrisy behind the California Supreme Court’s decision to allow an illegal alien to get a law license in California. It’s not just that this guy has sworn to uphold the laws of the United States and the State of California, despite the fact that he is the living embodiment of their violation. It’s also that the tactic the Supreme Court used to arrive at its PC conclusion reveals just how much the government has its thumb on the scale when it comes to deciding who can and cannot work. Too often, in modern America, the pursuit of happiness doesn’t include a right to honest employment without permission from the government.
If you’re at all curious as to just how bad John Kerry is when it comes to the Middle East and Israel’s security, he’s this bad. And if you want to know just how badly Obama dropped the ball on Iran’s nuclear ambitions, he dropped it this badly. (Alternatively, if you believe as I do that Obama has deliberately decided to pivot away from Israel and towards Iran, he did a great job pivoting.)
And for your reading pleasure, leadership buzz words in the Marines.