Red Ink Flowing::With Honor and Distinction

With Honor and Distinction”. 

This phrase did at one time elicit strong emotions of pride within me. At this moment, it feels like the term has been badly soiled. This phrase was, at least in my mind, reserved for those who have served this nation. Although most often applied to members of the military; not exclusively so. 

And I always felt that sense of pride because as a disabled veteran I felt a kinship with those who had earned the accolade. One of my bosses in years past and a long time friend wears a small blue ribbon with thirteen white stars on it. He served with honor and distinction. The medal on his chest only acknowledges that fact; his actions defined the truth of it.

Those of us who served honorably were rewarded with an “Honorable Discharge” and for most of us that simple government form stating that we had served honorably was the only reward we asked for. It is what we strived for. It is what we and our families sacrificed so much for. There was no greater goal for us than to proclaim that we had served our country honorably. 

With distinction?

That designation was never sought but was bestowed on those who served by the strength of their character framed in unique circumstances as is the case with my friend with that small blue ribbon.

The so called “prisoner swap” of five top level Taliban terrorist for Sergeant Berdahl has been very upsetting from the moment it was announced as I have said in previous posts. The overwhelming evidence provided by his fellow team members has raised serious questions as to the character of that person. 

In the very best of circumstances Sergeant Berdahl is most likely guilty of desertion. Desertion is one of the four remaining charges punishable by death under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). There is sufficient anecdotal information surfacing to strongly suggest that Sergeant Berdahl may also be guilty of treason. The military has confirmed that a “capture or kill” order was issued in the search for this person.

The Deranged-Socialist-In-Charge (DSIC) says that he is proud of this exchange and would (will?) do it again; and yet he allows one who truly has earned the accolade “With Honor and Distinction”, Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi, languish in a Tijuana jail.  That fact does not shock me because in my opinion the DSIC holds this entire nation in open contempt; especially our military.

What has so severely attacked my sense of propriety is the assertions by the DSIC’s National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, that Sergeant Berdahl has served this country “...With Honor and Distinction”.

How does a professional bureaucrat such as this become our “National Security Advisor”? 

That alone boggles the mind.

Most of us recall the Sunday morning talk show “blitz” performed by Susan Rice as she attempted to “sell” this regime’s spin on the Benghazi debacle. She and her fellow traveler on the road of intensive recreational chemical quality assurance, former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, have truly served their master “...with honor and distinction”.

But the same could be said about Joseph Goebbels and Adolph Eichman of days past. They served their master “...with honor and distinction”. Goebbels had the decency to commit suicide as did his master and Eichman was captured by the Israeli and tried for war crimes and subsequently executed by them.

I sincerely doubt that any of the Obama lap dogs have the personal integrity to serve with full honor and integrity but will follow the example of their master - the cockroach - and scurry off to dark corners when their benefactor is no longer sitting upon the throne.

I am reasonably certain that the American people do not have the stomach of the Israeli to do what should be done with this entire regime so I can only hope for that history will judge them all for what they are: The architects for the death of the greatest nation God ever gifted to mankind in the same vein that Adolph Eichman was considered the architect for “the final solution” in ridding the world of the Jewish people; the Holocaust. 

The forces of evil are lining up behind their master with Whore House Harry Reid simply discounting statements by members of Berdahl’s unit and the New York Times attacking those who served with Berdahl; basically calling them liars and right wing conspirators.

Anyone who has ever served in our uniformed services fully realize the raw courage these men show by daring to speak out; whether they be active duty or otherwise. 

In our world where this regime does not hesitate to bring the full force of government agencies to bear on those who dare to speak out, these men are showing an uncommon courage not unlike that required to walk through the valley of death in defense of freedom of all men and women everywhere.

A lot of “D-Words” come to mind as I try to express my feelings for organizations like the  New Your Times and the army of Obama Lapdogs; words like despicable, disgraceful, disreputable, detestable, dirty and a host of other adjectives. But none adequately express what I feel in my heart and in the pit of my stomach.

The Obama Regime has stayed true to form; doing everything it can do to tear this country down and reduce her to just another third world country.

But until such time as any member of our armed forces choose to fire on their fellow citizens, I will continue to believe in our military; those remarkable men and women who have written that blank check in defense of our nation and American values; each and everyone whom I believe serve in these troubled and dangerous times “...with honor and distinction” - unlike Sergeant Berdhal.


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Comment by Victoria Thiel on July 5, 2014 at 5:35pm

Thank you for your service and your informative and wise reflections.

Comment by Rich Knoch on June 8, 2014 at 11:13am

It would seem the title of "Administration Spokesperson" should be revised to "Regime Useful Idiot Spokesperson" as their detachment from reality boggles the mind, on a daily basis.

Comment by proud vietvet58 on June 8, 2014 at 2:20am

Doc Rock, Sir, I do not find any evidence of your damaging your credibility in your post. We are all our own worst critics. Ease up on yourself Brother! Had I not been shot down with a bullet to my upper chest, I too would have re-up'ed. I admire the hell out of you for taking advantage of being able to do so and following through with your commitment!

Comment by Darwin Rockantansky on June 7, 2014 at 7:02pm

By the way Fred,

I don't got me nun of dat Ed-You-Ma-Kation stuff so mayhaps i qualify as bein' one of them there funk-shun-ally ill-litter-mate fellas?


Comment by Darwin Rockantansky on June 7, 2014 at 6:57pm


Believe it or not, no offense taken!

I tend to be a bit of a "grammar Nazi" myself so any criticism is but a whisper in a hurricane compared to the beating I take from yours truly.

I was not with the "regular forces" during my time in Nam.

I was with one of those organizations that our government does not want to tal....

When I returned from my second combat tour in 1970, I was close to getting out so I went through the drill of getting a civil service rating (GS-13). I was stationed in D.C. so I went "job shopping" with my brand new shiny GS rating. During the last interview I ever did, the silly-villan behind the desk asked me: "So, how many babies did you kill?". As God is my witness.

I left the interview without comment and returned to Fort Meyer where I reenlisted for another six years.

When I finally left the service in 1977 the war was "over", but not for us vets.

I left the country for several years to find work.

And through it all, I never lost faith in God or Country and have managed to live "The American Dream" like few of my brothers in arms have ever managed to do.

For those of us who served in combat in whatever role, there is a bond that eludes ones ability to adequately express. There is a deep seeded pride for having served; knowing full well that we had in fact written that blank check for the sake of freedom for all people.

And there is that soul wrenching sadness for those who did not make it home.

And it is that life experience that causes me such turmoil over this absurd "prisoner exchange".

Yes, we live with the assumption of innocence until proven guilty but having weighed the testimony of those closest to the Sergeant, I am convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that the man was a deserter at the very least. Whether or not he is also a traitor may yet to be proven but to desert ones post in a combat zone brings to the surface emotions that I thought I had successfully buried years ago.

We here on TPN are a bit of a family with some of the best minds I have ever come to know since I first became involved with the Tea Party movement.

Fred, you are obviously a scholar and a gentleman and all I can say is: Welcome To The Family.


Comment by Fred Daniels on June 7, 2014 at 6:24pm

I would also like to add that  am profoundly sorry for the way you and your brothers were treated the way you were when you returned from Nam.  I am a Vietnam ERA veteran myself, but I never experienced the degree of disrespect you guys that served "in country" did ... and some parts of the nation owe you a sincere and humble apology.

Comment by Fred Daniels on June 7, 2014 at 5:42pm

Darwin - and everyone else ... please believe I meant no disrespect and forgive me for any offense. I will confess to being a bit of a Grammar Nazi, but my intentions were honorable. I know there are trolls out there that would jump all over this to continue their wished-for opinion of "Tea Partiers" as something less than functionally literate.

Comment by Fred Daniels on June 7, 2014 at 5:36pm

Comment by Lizzie on June 7, 2014 at 5:10pm

Darwin, you were in the middle of an informative and moving rant when you distracted me with one of the best euphemisms I've heard in a long time:

"fellow traveler on the road of intensive recreational chemical quality assurance"

Sweet cheeses!  ...if it were only drugs we could send them to detox.  But O's administration is passing beyond anyone's ability to attribute their actions to bias, ignorance, delusion, or even drugs.

"The forces of evil are lining up behind their master"

I think you are right; Obama has created an administration in which it feels "safe" to be evil, and we are seeing the evil come out, loud and proud.

By their fruits ye shall know them.

Thank you for your service.

Comment by Shamil on June 7, 2014 at 4:37pm

Thank you Doc, and God bless.

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