While I understand that only a fraction of the population of this nation is directly affected by what you are about to read, I would never-the-less like to remind you that the remainder of the population is affected coincidentally. While the majority of the American population probably never even considered the Armed Forces as a possible career objective, there are those who never considered life without serving their country, in uniform, on a field of combat. Most of these young men and women never take the time to internalize some idealized vision of charging death for God and Country, they just have a burning desire for the call on their lives to do so and then, most importantly, they act!
President Obama, however, was apparently never burdened with that urgent call to serve others or his country selflessly. And because the only thing he ever answered to was a call to “self-empowerment” and self-ingratiation, he has been a brutal failure as a moral leader and Commander in Chief. In addition, his unquenchable desire to “win over” that portion of the world population to whom he has sold his soul has led him to a new round of actions that should anger every red blooded American and will disgust every American who has ever donned the uniform of a United States Marine!
This week, President Obama sought to block legislation that would hold Iran accountable ... . This inexplicable move hasn’t any bearing on the current crisis except for it’s ability to tilt world opinion in favor of US interests. The Obama administration’s actions to derail this legislation in Congress, then, can only be seen as an effort to bolster support for the Iranian regime which can only be understood through the prism of this sitting President’s indefatigable efforts to “reconcile” with the Islamic nations of the world.
If three plus years of his purposeful attempts to insult the country he has sworn to defend through his many prostrating speeches on Islamic soil and this latest otherwise despicable move haven’t enlightened you, then maybe this next story will help finish your education!
As of February 1st 2012, President Obama has determined that Combat Pay for US forces will be determin.... In general, Afghanistan has been deemed a combat zone and all US forces deployed in that region have been eligible for combat pay due to the certainty of encountering dirt-bags in firefights, ambushes, IED’s or suicide bombings. This new policy now requires having been shot at first. For those not understanding the problem with this, it now says that the US Government has effectively declared Afghanistan a “safe zone”! And this in spite of the nearly daily reports of Americans being either wounded or killed!
This newest insult is certainly an effort to bolster what will be his campaign claim to have “pacified” Afghanistan during his tenure and having kept one of his last campaign promises to bring all troops home by the end of his first term. But here again is where perception, does not align with reality. In a land where the Taliban are given new control over the country by our unwillingness to hold them accountable in combat and where discussions of “peace talks” include promises to release known murderous thugs back onto the battlefield where our troops still operate, the Taliban have made it clear they are not only not in talks but that they are not interested.
Is this the “safe” Afghanistan where Warriors are still forced to patrol daily, are wounded in daily, killed in daily, betrayed by Afghan Soldiers and Police Cadets, daily and which the Obama Administration has now effectively declared no longer a combat zone?
So once again, the health and well-being of our Warriors will suffer for political expedience. In addition, all troops fired upon, wounded or killed by our “Afghan partners” will not be viewed as combat deaths but fratricide/murder, making those incidents criminal acts. This will affect the way United States Marines, Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and Coast Guardsmen who are wounded or killed in that polluted land are treated by this government. It will also most likely change the SGLI eligibility status from non-taxable to taxable!!
Are things clearing up now??
These latest actions by this sitting President would be curious and difficult to understand if his actions in the first months of his administration had not been so telling. When one of the first actions in a President’s term is to give a speech on foreign soil, to people who are spiritually opposed to our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and who we know have supported terrorist acts across the world, these newest actions can only be described as part of some subversive plan. Let’s not forget that he “apologized” for the United States in that and following speeches to yet other foreign, Islamic audiences and in at least one meeting, prostrated himself to his Muslim host which had the affect of subjugating the United States and it’s citizenry to that “host”.
It remains a mystery why no one in Congress has seen fit to decry either of these last two outrages which should give you an indication of the current condition of the heart of leadership in this country.
This election cycle certainly won’t give DC the enema it needs or deserves, but it could have the affect of sending a message to all those who dare suggest they are fit for leadership on the national stage. People seeking to “serve” on the national stage need to know that their personal proclivities toward self-aggrandizement will no longer be tolerated. They need to know that the American voter will be educated and engaged in the political process and that our first concern is for the future security of this nation and that vision includes those who are actively serving in regions of the world into which they have been thrust.
The people of this nation need to realign their priorities and put Honor first; not only in their own lives but in their requirement for those they would have represent them. Our Warriors have done that by the simple act of stepping forward and raising their right hands.
They should at least be afforded the dignity of having the dangerous space they operate in continue to be declared a combat zone!
this must be related to the death tax and workplace violence, if they shoot at me I get paid, if I die they get paid but if they die I get my country back... two out of three in a Patriots' favor is great, could this be a Patiots' call to arms?!
I'd like to see him dropped off in the remote part of
Afghanistan with full military gear and see if he might
change his mind. That's right obama, tick off the men
and women who defend our country, you and your
idiots have just a short time left before they take some
action to solve this problem. You have already made
every American an enemy combatant, what's next,
are you going to deny soldiers the right to vote?
He already has: Don't Forget To Vote--Not You, Soldier
Michael Ramirez is my favorite cartoonist. This is exactly how Hussein Obama and our despot gov. thinks..........It's getting very very close to time!
So he cuts combat pay for U.S. troops in harm's way (except for on the unlucky days when somebody fires directly at them), while sending $800 million in aid to the "Arab Spring" countries (now in the process of being taken over by the Muslim Brotherhood), and another $1.3 billion in continuing military aid to Egypt (also being taken over by the MB). Tells you exactly who and what this guy is.
EVERYTHING OBUMMER SAYS IS CALCULATED FOR RESULTS...TESTING THE WATER...HOW FAR CAN HE GO...HE WANTS TO USE THE PRISONS TO GET RID OF BIG EARLY TROUBLE MAKERS...THIS IS A MUSLIM COUP de Tau....ANY BODY KNOW HOW MUCH MONEY OBUMMER HAS PRINTED? ITS LOCATION?
NUMBER 3 biggest US DEBT is TO THE FEDERAL RESERVE A FOREIGN CORPORATION.....FR CHARGES INTEREST THE SECOND THE MONEY IS PRINTED...ask Ron Paul!
This is got to stop and i am not sure voteing in the next election will help he has proven he's has no respect for are way of life or our country and the great men and women who fright and die for her.( god bless them) but what are we going to do when he sees he is loseing the office he now holds and declares martial law to keep it i can not see why the congress has not inpeach him allready! i dont trust any of them in dc or harrisburg!!
It's one thing for the idiot in the White House to proclaim a "safe zone" , no combat pay, as he cares little to none about our warriors lives. It's quite another thing for the United States military leadership to abandon their oath and accept a betrayal of our military members by the illegal commander in chief. How can the Flag Officers of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as well as leaders of the various services live with themselves? We can't be very far away from a total revolt by the military and veterans in America......it just can't get much worse.......the pain is near unbearable.
OBAMA IS TESTING...WILL THE CONGRESS/MILITARY CHALLENGE THE BOGUS POTUS, THE GLOVE HAS BEEN THROWN....WHERE ARE OUR HEROS..OUR LEADERS..LTC LAKIN TRIED TO SAY H E L P !
HEY A BIG PURGE IS NEEDED..A CATHARDIC, clean up BIG Government at ALL LEVELS, clean up everything, EVERYTHING HE DOES IS STAGED...BIG SOMETHING WILL HAPPEN S O O N !
THIS IS SO DIFFERENT THAN OUR HISTORY SOMETHING IS REALLY WRONG.. Ranger Ed
When the thought of purging is on the minds we must remember our FOUNDERS PURGED all who went to SUPRESS.
You get a variety of additional entitlements and incentives for being deployed to Iraq. I am going to assume Iraq since entitlements are different depending on the country and/or mission you are deployed to.
First, Hostile Fire Pay/Imminent Danger Pay (HFP/IDP) and this is $225/month. This entitlement is paid as a lump sum irregardless of the total number of days in that month you are deployed. So you will get the full $225 whether you arrive in theatre on the 1st or the 30th of the month.
Second, Combat Zone Tax Exclusion (CZTE). This is a special provision allowing all enlisted pay to be considered free from withholding of Federal Income Tax. Most states follow this same rule and will not withhold taxes from your pay. You will still however continue to pay Social Security and Medicare. Commissioned Officers are capped on the amount that can be excluded from taxes, up to the amount earned by the Command Sergeant Major of the Army + HFP. Any amount earned over this in a given month is taxed. Enlisted Soldiers who earn bonuses will receive the entire amount tax free. All leave earned during this time is also tax free, and CZTE leave taken after redeployment will cause a tax refund to post on your LES. Contributions to Thrift Savings Plan are also Tax Exempt instead of Tax deferred, meaning you will not have to pay taxes on this money when you withdraw after retirement.
Third, If you have dependents you will be entitled to Family Separation Allowance of $250/month. This entitlement is paid daily so if you not deployed for that entire month you will only get a prorated amount. You must be deployed for at least 31 days before this entitlement will begin.
Fourth, Hardship Duty Pay (HDP) for Iraq is $100/month. This is also an entitlement that is paid daily. Shows up as SAVE PAY on your LES.
Fifth, Assignment Incentice Pay (AIP). For units that have been considered essential and have been extended by the Secretary of Defense to serve a tour in excess of 12-month, will earn an additional $1,000/month. This is a lump sum dollar amount that will be paid irregardless of the number of days served during that month.
Sixth, Savings Deposit Program. This is a program that is available to deployed Soldiers supporting GWOT. An eligible Soldier can deposit up to $10,000 and receive a 10% interest rate on the deposit, Guaranteed. Best program available and a rate that can't be beat.
Seventh, Post Deployment and Mobilization Respite Absence (PDMRA). This is a new program which essentially authorizes the commander to grant "free" leave that will not be charged to the Soldier. It is a complicated formula that grants a certain number of days of free leave based upon how many months in the last 36 that a Soldier has been deployed. Essentially, if you are deployed over 12 months you get an extra day of nonchargeable leave for every additional month deployed.
Eighth, Special Leave Accrual (SLA). At the end of the fiscal year Servicemembers are only allowed to carryover 60 days. However, due to the high OPTEMPO of the military Congress has allowed individuals to carryover up to 120 days for two fiscal years after redeployment to protect Servicemembers from losing leave they were unable to take.
Ninth, Servicemembers who are TCS (deployed) to Iraq will not be charged for meals provided in the dining facility. This means that single Soldiers on a meal card will be able to keep all of that money normally charged for meals.
WHAT DO THE PRIVATE MILITARY RECEIVE IN US PAY SIMILIAR TO BLACK WATER? CIVILIAN TRUCK DRIVERS?