My How Things Have Changed in Places like Iraq

My how things have changed in places like Iraq.

Election of the Ethically Dead by David Donar - http://politicalgraffiti.wordpress.com

Election of the Ethically Dead by David Donar – http://politicalgraffiti.wordpress.com

It’s 2014, President Barack Obama is in charge of U.S. efforts in Iraq, and things have gotten exponentially worse than they were four years ago.

According to a BBC World News America/Harris Poll conducted Aug. 19 and 23, 2010, more than half of Americans — 57 percent to be precise — believed Iraq was better off than it was before the U.S. invasion seven years earlier.

Conversely, according to an NBC/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg poll conducted last week, a combined 68 percent of Americans say they have “very little” or “just some” confidence that Obama’s goals of degrading and eliminating the threat posed by ISIS will be achieved. [Editor's Note:  In case you didn't know, ISIS is the Islamic terror group President Obama calls "ISIL" so as not to reference the group's role in seizing large portions of Syria (the "S" in ISIS stands for Syria) and Iraq, killing thousands and threatening to export their terror attacks to the U.S. and Europe.]

Thought they don’t offer a head-to-head comparison, the poll numbers highlighted above remain telling nonetheless. So much so, in fact, that they prompted me to off a flashback to two 2007 videos featuring well-known U.S. senators:

On Jan. 30, 2007, then-Senator Obama (D-Ill.) introduced legislation calling for a phased redeployment of U.S. combat troops in Iraq (VIDEO).

On April 18, 2007, Senator Reid said, “This war is lost” during a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate (VIDEO).

Eye-opening stuff to think about as the 2014 and 2016 elections draw near.

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Special Forces Soldier Recalls Unusual Experience With TSA

In a previous post, I shared details about what Army Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart experienced upon his arrival at the U.S. Military Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.  In this post, I share the former Green Beret’s recollections about an experience he had with Transportation Security Administration officials during a trip he took as a prisoner traveling under heavy security escort on a commercial passenger jet from Washington, D.C., to Kansas City.

Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart

Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart

Around 10 o’clock that morning, Stewart’s handlers asked if he was hungry.  He told them he was, and they got him some food.

A short time later, a TSA officer appeared and told Stewart they would take him to the search point, search him and then load him aboard the aircraft before everyone else boarded.  He thought things were looking up, but was wrong.

“They wheeled me out, and we get up there to the security checkpoint,” Stewart said.  “Of course, the TSA people there clearly weren’t briefed.

“They were like, ‘Well, we’ve gotta wand him,’” Stewart recalled.  “Now, think about wanding someone who has two sets of metal handcuffs on.  How do you do that?”

Recalling that he had to stand up in his hospital gown, Stewart vividly remembers all of the people in the airport passing by, seeing these people in uniforms and saying, “Thank you for your service.  Thank you for your service.”

“And here I am, standing in double-handcuffs and hospital clothes with a Chuck Norris beard, and they’re just scared of me,” Stewart said, adding that he felt bad because he knew the scene probably frightened some people, especially little kids, at the airport.

Before boarding his flight, the TSA folks told his handlers they needed to see if Stewart had any bombs on him.  They proceeded to swab the soles of his feet and the palms of his hands until they were confident he had not somehow smuggled a bomb out of his prison cell at Quantico and transported it to the airport while double-handcuffed and under escort.

The recollections above represent a sampling of what you’ll find inside Three Days In August, a book in which Stewart’s life and battle with the military justice system are chronicled. To learn more about Stewart’s story, order a copy of Three Days In August.

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