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“Buzz, you gotta write the book. This is going south quickly. There’s no respect for the man, he doesn’t understand what we’re doing over here, he has no idea..he’s unqualified, he’s ill equipped…” — LTC Buzz Patterson, author of Conduct Unbecoming, How Barack Obama is Destroying the Military and Endangering our Security
Blogger Dave (ThirdWaveDave) Logan succinctly articulated what many Americans are thinking in a post about Bob Woodward’s latest book, Obama’s Wars:
“Bob Woodward’s new book reveals some things about Obama’s mindset that boggle the mind. Can you imagine what our in-country GIs are thinking now? Their families, and the families who’ve had their loved ones come home wounded or KIA? What have we done?”
But Woodward’s Obama’s Wars isn’t the only new release eliciting outrage from Americans and a storm of controversy about Barack Obama’s prosecution of the war against Islamofascism.
Retired Air Force LTC Buzz Patterson’s new book Conduct Unbecoming: How Barack Obama is Destroying the Military and Endangering our Security goes a step further, revealing the thinking of our men and women in uniform who can’t speak out for themselves.
During an interview on my radio program Tuesday (9/21/10), Patterson tells of our military’s deep discontent and frustration with their anti-American Commander in Chief.
“I’m talking to the troops daily — very high ranking people,” Patterson begins. “They are disillusioned. They are unmotivated. They want to win this war.”
“We’ve lost a lot of really, really good people who sacrificed for this war against this global ideological enemy that is radical Islamic fundamentalism. Some very good friends of mine have died in this conflict. And I can’t believe that we are going to, at this point, allow those sacrifices to go by the board. I can’t believe we’ve got troops who are patrolling in Afghanistan right now without bullets in their guns. I can’t believe we’ve gotten to the point where we are right now with this guy as our Commander in Chief. Now, I pray for him daily. I’m a Christian. I pray for him, I pray for our nation, I pray for our guys and girls in uniform. But it’s not looking good on that front.”
Many Americans were stunned when Gen. Petraeus — from his command in the war zone — departed from military protocol to openly issue a statement about the media-generated international frenzy over a domestic issue. But Patterson says it wasn’t Gen. Petraeus’ idea to do it. The words were put in his mouth by the White House.
“When Gen. Petraeus came out and talked about the pastor there in Florida that was threatening to burn Korans, and Petraeus made the comment ‘Please don’t do that’, well, my buddy who works with Gen. Petraeus said that directive for Petraeus to say that came directly from the Obama Administration. They told Petraeus to say that. It’s all being done from the Oval Office on Pennsylvania Avenue.
“I really find it alarming that we’ve got good people, especially David Petraeus kind of in the middle here being used as a political puppet on Barack Obama’s behalf. And to me, with all the other things — with the Code Pink allegations, the Rules of Engagement, all of which I talk about in the book — the bottom line is that Barack Obama has no understanding of the military culture. He has no leadership qualities whatsoever. He is so ill-equipped and unqualified for the position. And he continues to put our guys and girls in harm’s way.”
Patterson says Obama has yet to make good on his agreement to relax the Rules of Engagement hampering our troops in the war zone. He cites trusted sources close to the General.
“I’ve got a very close friend working for Gen. Petraeus right now. And Petraeus took the job only because Obama asked him to.”
With a caveat. “When he asked the president if he could please change the rules of engagement that are getting our guys killed in Afghanistan, Obama said yes. Well to date, as of about three hours ago, I talked to my buddy over in Kabul, they have NOT been changed. So we’ve still got Marines patrolling without bullets in their guns, we still have Air Force AC-130 Spectre gunships patrolling at night with infrared technology and if they do locate a Taliban or al Qaeda stronghold, they still can’t shoot. So we’ve changed the quarterback, but the team owner hasn’t changed the way the team’s being run. It’s really sad because my buddies see it constantly in Afghanistan. I’ve got a good friend in Iraq as well, and nothing’s changed in Iraq, quite frankly.”
Patterson’s sources tell him more.
“When Barack Obama issued this edict about combat operations being over in Iraq in late August, well, you know what? We’re still in combat in Iraq. Because all he did by doing that was invite more terrorists, more insurgents into Iraq to try to fight and kill more Americans that are still there. Fifty thousand American military folks are still there, 5,000 special forces are still there, we’re still fighting, we’re still in combat operations in Iraq. Whether Barack Obama deems it so or not, we’re still in combat.”
The Pentagon brass seemingly aren’t much help either.
“It’s become a very politically correct Pentagon, and I talk about this in Conduct Unbecoming also, that the people Barack Obama has put in the Pentagon, all the way down… I mean, Gen. McChrystal was Barack Obama’s guy until he fired him.”
Patterson’s book relies heavily on a series of investigative reports written by Kristinn Taylor and me about the anti-military organization Code Pink published over the past year at BIG Government and BIG Peace.
“As I was doing my research across a whole number of different things about Obama, I ran across yours and Kristinn’s work about Jodie Evans, who I knew. I actually met Medea Benjamin personally, the other co-founder of Code Pink, and I despise the lady completely. You guys did so much great work and insight into who Jodie Evans was and her affiliation with Barack Obama. I mean, she got him elected in California! She was the person who pulled together the most radical elite in Hollywood and got Barack Obama the funding to get his campaign off the mark and get him elected. Jodie Evans and Medea Bejamin took over $600,000 in aid and support and gave that to the terrorists in Fallujah in 2005 who were fighting and killing U.S. Marines. Now if that’s not treason, it’s at least sedition. And Barack Obama has not only used her as a fundraiser, he’s had her to his White House as a personal guest since then. So again, who the guy surrounds himself with is very, very telling. He has spent his entire lifetime associating with domestic terrorists and anti-Americans Bernadine Dohrn and Bill Ayers, and Frank Marshall Davis, but now he’s got Jodie Evans and he still calls her a friend.
Patterson says Obama’s worldview of his own nation is that of a foreigner.
“Whether or not he was born in Hawaii or Kenya doesn’t really matter because the bottom line is that through a foreign lens he sees America as being an unexceptional country. He even compares us to Luxembourg and Ghana in terms of our importance in the world. That’s why I think he’s compelled to go around the world and apologize for us. So when he coddles our enemies and shows the back of his hand to our allies, it shows to me… he’s still an unAmerican.
“He was raised a Muslim in a communist household: his mom was a communist, his dad was a communist, his grandparents were communists, his most important parental mentor growing up — Frank Marshall Davis — was a communist. There’s no doubt in my mind — and I was born red, white and blue, loved my country, served my country — Barack Obama never gave a second thought to joining the military, serving in the military. He’s always been about being anti-America and anti-military and now we have him as our commander in chief. We’ve given the keys — it’s like giving the keys to the car to a drunk teenager. We’ve given the keys to the 2.3 million people in the military to the communist organizer Barack Obama.”
In a Constitutional crisis, where will the military stand? With chain of comand or the Constitution?
“Ultimately the military will stand with the Constitution. One quarter of 2.3 million people will consider leaving the military if Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is repealed. During a time of war! Is that what we want? So I’m not quite sure what would happen if it comes down to a Constitutional crisis. But I can tell you right now just the DADT repeal will force a quarter of the military people to leave.
“We have elected the most radical, unorganized, ill-equipped, unprofessional commander in chief in our nation’s history. The guy that got Obama nominated and elected is George Soros. And I have a whole chapter in the book about how George Soros was so bitterly angry at George Bush and Bush’s success with John Kerry in 2004 that he got Barack Obama to be the annointed one. And George Soros’ big money is what has been behind, is behind and will be behind Barack Obama.”
Patterson explained he wrote Conduct Unbecoming for two reasons: “November of 2010 and November of 2012.”
“We’ve got to make changes. We’ve got to seize our country back. I’m a Glenn Beck afficionado. The guy is right on the money. Whether they’re Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Independent, Tea Party, I don’t really care. I want leadership. We have a complete vacuum and void in this nation and it starts in the Oval Office.
“Our guys and girls in uniform do not and cannot have a voice. They’re not allowed, they’re legally constrained from having a political opinion and voicing their opinions. What I’m trying to do with my books is be the mouthpiece for the guys and girls in uniform who can’t do it for themselves. I’ve been there and done that kind of thing, and I have friends who are still out there doing it. My charter in life now as an old retired guy is to try to come out and tell you what they think without them having to do it. It’s my pleasure, it’s my privilege, and though I’ve retired from the Air Force, I’m still trying to serve in some capacity.”