Thursday, December 27, 2012

General Norman Schwarzkopf

General Norman Schwarzkopf
Retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who topped an illustrious military career by commanding the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein's forces out of Kuwait in 1991, during George Bush's presidency. After that victory, he kept a low public profile due to the media attacks on all military heros fueled by the democratic party, died December 27, 2012. He was 78.

Schwarzkopf died in Tampa, Florida, where he had lived in retirement.

A much-decorated combat soldier in Vietnam, Schwarzkopf was known popularly as "Stormin' Norman" for a notoriously explosive temper.
He served in his last military assignment in Tampa as commander-in-chief of U.S. Central Command, the headquarters responsible for U.S. military and security concerns in nearly 20 countries from the eastern Mediterranean and Africa to Pakistan.

Schwarzkopf became "CINC-Centcom" in 1988 and when Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait three years later to punish it for allegedly stealing Iraqi oil reserves, he commanded Operation Desert Storm, the coalition of some 30 countries organized by then-President George H.W. Bush that succeeded in driving the Iraqis out.

At the peak of his postwar national celebrity, Schwarzkopf -- a self-proclaimed political independent -- rejected suggestions that he run for office, and remained far more private than other generals, although he did serve briefly as a military commentator for NBC.

While focused primarily in his later years on charitable enterprises, he campaigned for President George W. Bush in 2000. 

 Initially Schwarzkopf had endorsed the Iraq invasion, saying he was convinced that former Secretary of State Colin Powell had given the United Nations powerful evidence of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. After that seemed to be proven false, he said decisions to go to war should depend on what U.N. weapons inspectors found.

"In the final analysis I think we are behind schedule. ... I don't think we counted on it turning into jihad (holy war)," he said in an NBC interview.
Schwarzkopf was born Aug. 24, 1934, in Trenton, New Jersey, where his father, Col. H. Norman Schwarzkopf Jr., founder and commander of the New Jersey State Police, was then leading the investigation of the Lindbergh kidnap case, which ended with the arrest and 1936 execution of German-born carpenter Richard Hauptmann for stealing and murdering the famed aviator's infant son.

The elder Schwarzkopf was named Herbert, but when the son was asked what his "H" stood for, he would reply, "H." Although reputed to be short-tempered with aides and subordinates, he was a friendly, talkative and even jovial figure who didn't like "Stormin' Norman" and preferred to be known as "the Bear," a sobriquet given him by troops.

He also was outspoken at times, including when he described Gen. William Westmoreland, the U.S. commander in Vietnam, as "a horse's ass" in an Associated Press interview.

As a teenager Norman accompanied his father to Iran, where the elder Schwarzkopf trained the country's national police force and was an adviser to Reza Pahlavi, the young Shah of Iran.

Young Norman studied there and in Switzerland, Germany and Italy, then followed in his father's footsteps to West Point, graduating in 1956 with an engineering degree. After stints in the U.S. and abroad, he earned a master's degree in engineering at the University of Southern California and later taught missile engineering at West Point.

In 1966 he volunteered for Vietnam and served two tours, first as a U.S. adviser to South Vietnamese paratroops and later as a battalion commander in the U.S. Army's Americal Division. He earned three Silver Stars for valor -- including one for saving troops from a minefield -- plus a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart and three Distinguished Service Medals.

While many career officers left military service embittered by Vietnam, Schwarzkopf was among those who opted to stay and help rebuild the tattered Army into a potent, modernized all-volunteer force.

After Saddam invaded Kuwait in August 1990, Schwarzkopf played a key diplomatic role by helping to persuade Saudi Arabia's King Fahd to allow U.S. and other foreign troops to deploy on Saudi territory as a staging area for the war to come.

On Jan. 17, 1991, a five-month buildup called Desert Shield became Operation Desert Storm as allied aircraft attacked Iraqi bases and Baghdad government facilities. The six-week aerial campaign climaxed with a massive ground offensive on Feb. 24-28, routing the Iraqis from Kuwait in 100 hours before U.S. officials called a halt.

Schwarzkopf said afterward he agreed with Bush's decision to stop the war rather than drive to Baghdad to capture Saddam, as his mission had been only to oust the Iraqis from Kuwait.

But in a desert tent meeting with vanquished Iraqi generals, he allowed a key concession on Iraq's use of helicopters, which later backfired by enabling Saddam to crack down more easily on rebellious Shiites and Kurds.

While he later avoided the public second-guessing by academics and think tank experts over the ambiguous outcome of Gulf War I and its impact on Gulf War II, he told the Washington Post in 2003, "You can't help but... with 20/20 hindsight, go back and say, `Look, had we done something different, we probably wouldn't be facing what we are facing today."'

After retiring from the Army in 1992, Schwarzkopf wrote a best-selling autobiography, "It Doesn't Take A Hero." Of his Gulf war role, he said, "I like to say I'm not a hero. I was lucky enough to lead a very successful war." He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and honored with decorations from France, Britain, Belgium, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain.

Schwarzkopf was a national spokesman for prostate cancer awareness and for Recovery of the Grizzly Bear, served on the Nature Conservancy board of governors and was active in various charities for chronically ill children.

"I may have made my reputation as a general in the Army and I'm very proud of that," he once told the AP. "But I've always felt that I was more than one-dimensional. I'd like to think I'm a caring human being. ... It's nice to feel that you have a purpose."

Schwarzkopf and his wife, Brenda, had three children: Cynthia, Jessica and Christian.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Racist; Democrats or Republicans?

The Freedom Examiner is a compilation of writers who wish to express their own views that lay outside of the main stream. That is not to say that we don't agree with many issues that are presented by the media, but there are so many times these days when the news puts a slant on a story that is totally inaccurate or fuel charged in effort to get people charged up and angry. The discerning minded will not be part of the crowd all the time and in some cases, will never totally run with the group. Especially, with politics.

Personally, I learned to think more conservatively after spending time in Cuba and parts of Europe that were socialist. I thoroughly learned through experience that what the liberals are trying to do is bad for ALL American citizens. I also learned that in democratic states liberals hate conservatives with a mindless fanaticism that actually led me to never admit any of my conservative views because I just knew I would be called a lot of names that had nothing to do with my view points. Such as wanting low taxes, being allowed to carry weapons for protection, and for appreciating freedom to succeed. 

The typical liberal won't directly address those pretty typical conservative issues, instead they call us racist, when in fact our party was the anti slavery party that stopped black people from being treated as second class citizens, and talk a lot of nonsense that have nothing to do with what is really happening.

I decided that the liberal propaganda was so out of control that I began to speak about issues much to the surprise of many of my friends, that were not in line with liberal propaganda.  They were liberals and were therefore taught by MSNBC,  CNN or some other liberal media, that we are racist, and that is basically all its about.  The problem for my friends is they know I am not racist because they have been with me under every circumstance possible and they know without a doubt that I am anything but a racist. But they were so sure that being conservative means racism, that they had trouble being open minded towards something that they had been hit on the head with for so long.  After explaining that they have been duped into believing this by all the constant badgering by liberal shills, I proved it to them through introducing them to conservatives of all races and even taking them to a tea party, which they were surprised to discover was not even republican, but a mix of all political parties and all races. MSNBC and CNN deliberately only film the white people and will hunt out anyone who appears mad or intoxicated to display to their viewers as white racist and hateful people.

My friends have learned to at least question the way the main stream media presents republicans, and one girl in particular even said that she is starting to see that republicans are unfairly represented on television in every way. 

Had I never come out and talked about things, these people would not have seen the truth.  I endure abuse from angry liberals because I believe its worth it when at least one liberal learns that being republican means to have a passion for freedom, not a desire to act the way the democrats did in the 1860's and have black people picking cotton again.

Who is racist, Republicans or Democrats?

Clearly the democrats are racist if we have to choose one.  I do not even have to go back to the 1800s to come to this conclusion. I just received a name calling, and very ignorant email from a liberal today who called a writer here at The Freedom Examiner a racist because he wrote an article stating outrage over Obama politicizing the Connecticut shooting. 

This writer signed himself as "anonymous" of course. But in his writing it was clear that he misunderstood the article, believing that it said, "this shooting is Obama's fault." 

When a group of people are so blind as to freak out when they read something negative about "their guy" , we are in real trouble. One of the ironic things in the email was that it accused Mario De La Huerta to be a white racist, when he is Mexican and has African American relatives. Wrong again liberal!

One of my favorite things about the display of mindlessness was that he stood on a high horse saying that speaking in a critical way is "hateful" and "disgusting to say about a president." 

Although he signed himself anonymous, he used the same language on the Independent Politics Post blog a few minutes later and left a link to his blog which was a collage of curse words about George Bush and aggressive hate speech about Mitt Romney. Nothing that had any truth tied to it, just a bunch of name calling filth. His high horse about saying anything negative about a president went out the window when George Bush's name was linked to a string of racist and hateful curse words, and nothing more.

Again, many liberals have swallowed the Kool Aid without thought. They have been trained to shout, "Racist" at anything that upsets their agenda. Its not only wrong, and racist itself, but it takes meaning away from real racism. Come on Obama supporters, Lay off the Kool Aid and open your mind!


Obama Politicizes Connecticut Tragedy

President Obama has sunk to what many believe is a new all time low by politicizing the Connecticut Shooting. In one of the rare times that Obama, the most vacationed president, actually cancelled one of his trips to attend the memorial in Connecticut to "express his sorrow for those suffering" after the fatal mass shotting of 26 people.  But wait! Since when has the president shown real concern for people? 

Did Obama's Tears Look Real?

The American's who died in Libya were brushed under the rug while Obama campaigned and danced on televisions shows, laughing it up while American heros were put to rest. "I can't help feeling that when the Connecticut tragedy happened the president said, "Oh good! Now I can prove I am human and at the same time demand gun control," an unidentified woman at the memorial said.

The democratic party has long since been pushing for gun control, while Americans have stated we have always had the right to protect ourselves in this country and socialist and dictator driven countries do not have the right to own guns. This is the way it has always been, and taking guns away from citizens is not going to stop violence. Americans have sighted that workers in convenience stores are murdered every year, and the ones who survive are the ones who pulled a gun from behind the register. During these times of high emotion the extreme left are saying, "who cares about those workers, they are adults, and these were children who were killed." The liberals have neglected to see the whole picture. Those adults who are either killed in a late night convenience store or have defended themselves and survived can easily be the parent of at least one child.

As our world gets more violent, the innocent need more ways to defend themselves, not the other way around. Disarming law abiding citizens to control criminals is simply adding fuel to the fire.

The Independent Politics Post had something to say about this issue after Obama made his speech hours after hearing about the incident. Those who have worked alongside Obama in politics and even in college have said he shows little emotion in anything he does. He was described in a positive way by democrats during his first campaign for the white house as someone who seems like a robot. He had goals and went after them and no one really felt that they knew him personally because he was so "politics only." This impressed the democrats and they said that this is reason to vote for him. Now, however, the liberals have painted a picture of Obama's presidential opponent Mitt Romney, as someone who is all business and the 2012 election was 80% all about how Obama is the more emotional one. During the campaign Obama did do what he could to appear more human and basically ran differently than he had the first time, but now that he has taken the election, why would he be crying phoney tears?

Because had he said "that's it, we need to ban guns", people would have accused him of politicizing the tragedy to do what he has wanted to do all along- Disarm America! If he acts emotional, people will more easily listen to him out of believing he is reacting as a distraught parent as anyone else would.

Say what you want about democrats and Obama, but one thing is for sure. They have their agenda figured out. Every move is strategically planned, making the Obama white house the most corrupt administration America has ever seen.

Hold on to your guns. In case we are in serious trouble, you will need to protect your family rather than be taken hostage or shot down as in countries that have turned from freedom to communism over night.

  Writer- Mario De La Huerta