September 18, 2011, - 7:06 pm

Uncommon American Hero Bucked Stupid Orders in BS Nation Bldg Mission; Muslims Over US Lives

By Debbie Schlussel

Especially in the last week, you’ve probably seen stepped-up media coverage of a truly authentic and brave American hero, Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer, the first living Marine to earn the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War.  Tonight, he is also profiled on CBS News’ “60 Minutes.”  But what you may not know is that Meyer, just 23 years old, earned our nation’s highest military honor and risked his life to save many–dozens!–of his fellow Marines because he was bucking absurd orders, lack of cover and protection by our military, and a pointless nation-building mission in a land hopelessly infested by the Taliban.


Dakota Meyer: Hero Had To Buck a US War Hierarchy that Values Muslim Lives Over American Soldiers’ Lives

If only we’d dropped bombs from the sky on these cretins and made giant craters in that country, rather than trying to build roads and give out candy and put good men like the courageous Meyer at risk, killing the men he didn’t save and wounding many of those he did save.  Instead Meyer and his fellow brave Marines were thrown to the dogs, and here are the details you need to know–details which don’t answer the question,  “Why the heck are we still there?!”:

Sgt. Meyer was recognized for his actions on Sept. 8, 2009, when he repeatedly braved enemy fire to rescue members of a Marine patrol ambushed by 50 Taliban in the eastern Afghanistan village of Ganjgal. . . .

The 2009 ambush leading to Sgt. Meyer’s recognition remains controversial. Despite the large Taliban force, U.S. artillery support was denied and helicopter support was late in arriving, as commanders worried they might violate a tactical directive to limit the use of air power when civilians could be injured or killed.

That’s just disgusting. We risked and sacrificed U.S. Marines’ lives and limbs to spare America-hating, Taliban-enabling “civilians.” Hearts and minds, my friends. Hearts and minds. We give our hearts because we are out of our minds and were never serious about fighting a war.  This was the policy for eight years of Bush and continued into the nearly two years-plus of Obama, thus far.  You’ll hear more about this and the more-than-justified complaints of relatives of the men who didn’t make it on tonight’s “60 Minutes.”

As a result, the patrol was pinned down for hours. Leading the contingent were members of a team that trained Afghan soldiers, of which Sgt. Meyer—who was a corporal at the time—belonged.

As the fighting raged, he and Staff Sgt. Juan Rodriguez-Chavez were ordered to remain with a Humvee outside the battle zone.

“We requested a few times and were denied to come in,” Sgt. Meyer said in a statement released by the Marine Corps. “Finally, we knew what we needed to do and decided we were going to go on in on our own.” . . .

The two Marines entered the ambush area with Sgt. Meyer manning the machine gun on the Humvee turret and Sgt. Rodriguez-Chavez at the wheel. The enemy began shooting rifles, firing rockets and launching mortars at their vehicle.

Sgt. Meyer began evacuating the wounded and dead from the ambush zone. But he was unable to find the members of his training team.

As they pressed deeper into the ambush area, Sgt. Rodriguez-Chavez warned of the risk that the Humvee could get stuck in the rough terrain. “I guess we’ll die with them,” Sgt. Meyer responded, according to the military’s account of the raid.

On a fifth and final run into the fighting area, Sgt. Meyer led two other officers in search of the missing training-team members.

A UH-60 helicopter, which by then had arrived to aid the Marines, spotted four bodies.

Ignoring the continuing small-arms fire and a wound to his arm, Sgt. Meyer ran to the fallen Marines. With the help of the others, he retrieved their remains and brought them out.

Meyer not only risked his life to retrieve the dead bodies of his colleagues, but he also saved the lives of 13 Marines and 23 Afghan soldiers. The outrage here is that he could have been court martialed for it. Not only did he defy orders to save these men, but he and his fellow Marine, Sgt. Rodriguez-Chavez, contravened the silly directive about protecting these Muslim America-haters’ lives.

And that’s the real story here. From day one in Afghanistan, the hate-filled, soulless hearts and minds of America’s enemies were held to be paramount and supreme to those of Americans.  Again, Dakota Meyer is a great American and a hero of uncommon valor.  But the people who set the policy he had to buck are complete villains who enabled Taliban murders of American men.

Alhamdillullah [praise allah].

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36 Responses

SEMPER FI MARINE!

Darrell Asplund on September 18, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Debbie, on “Facebook” Conservative Lady (I assume the two of you are pals, because she linked you to her facebook page DS)posted this story on her facebook page on friday morning, and this Marine dude is a hero for what he did. But we have to get rid of the stupid “Rule of Engagement” that was originally created under George Bush Jr. and is continued under the first 3 years with Obama! As Darrell Asplund said, “Semper Fi Marine” (even though I never served a day in the US military, but I support our military 100% just like you support our military 100% Debbie)!

“A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

SR: No idea who she is and didn’t see that. I do my own research. I read the story on Friday in the Wall Street Journal print edition. DS

Sean R. on September 18, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Debbie
I totally agree with you. Dakota is a true hero and we should have nuked the Afghans and the rest of the Islamic world a long time ago.
Islam and Liberalism are a tool of LUCIFER.

Confederate South on September 18, 2011 at 7:43 pm

It makes me ill to know that a regiment of lawyers deploys with our troops into the combat zone.
I can’t imagine the burden of having to ignore your training and instincts for survival to stop and wonder if the use of deadly force required to accomplish the mission (and/or save your buddies) will result in charges filed by the JAG.
Good work on this article, Deb, as usual.

Dustbag (Gen 2:7) on September 18, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Thank you, Debbie, for not only highlighting Sgt Meyer, but pointing out the the idiocy in the Rules of Engagement.

Sgt Meyer, if we ever cross paths, the first round is on me.

Semper Fi!

Mr_M on September 18, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    …Just the first round? The guy saved thirteen lives – You’re not actually going to have him buy any rounds, are you?

    shegundala on September 19, 2011 at 10:54 am

      Sgt. Meyers—you may drink until you are crap-faced on me, and then I’ll get the Limo to take you home.

      Occam's Tool on March 25, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Our ROE are ridiculous…..
    shout, shove, show your weapon, fire a warning shot, and finally you can attempt a nonlethal shot, keeping in mind what is behind the target. However if you are in life-threatening danger, then you are to use common sense. Deployed life is difficult enough, let alone these idiotic regulations set on us by “leadership.”

    jdiz on September 19, 2011 at 11:47 am

Our troops are nothing but cannon fodder for Obama and the Taliban to use and abuse. Just as the 32 Special Forces troops were set up by this Administration as retribution for the slaying of Osama Bin Laden. Obama needed Bin Laden to die as a campaign promise but gave our troops up to the taliban as a quid pro quo. Its a real dirty business out there and our troops are caught in the middle. This is why George Bush had to fire Colin Powell from Sec. of State cause he would never go along with this policy.

Koeteus on September 18, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Obama is a scumbag, and Islam is the religion of war, murder, and suffering, started by a child molesting mass murdring thief.

Occam's Tool on September 18, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Debbie is on the money , again. I wish she was heard more often in the broader media, rather than a bunch of less-deserving folks (we know who they are)

Not Ovenready on September 18, 2011 at 9:53 pm

We have not won a war since WWII because Officers no longer lead men into combat, but instead watch the war on Video television in a safe office many miles away. This is one reason the Israelis almost lost the last war in Lebanon.

Jonathan E. Grant on September 18, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Their “heroes” murder innocents in the name of their god.

Our heroes, save comrades in the name of honor, duty and loyalty.

They care little for the lives of their own if it means killing their enemies.

We would actually consider civilian casualties, even at the risk of our troops.*

Yet, some folks in the west can’t get behind the fact that ours is the better culture?

*Not something I entirely agree with in some cases, but that we even think of such things makes us more human and humane.

Plain as Day on September 18, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    you sound so sweet and cuddly and enlightened and such a freaking fool! long as it isnt you they risk, right pal?
    50 attacking that means its a war zone-orders should of been kill on sight anyone not us

    markcon on September 18, 2011 at 10:56 pm

      What the HELL are you talking about, Sparky? …Sleeping during fifth grade English were we?

      shegundala on September 19, 2011 at 10:56 am

Either we need to fight our wars the way we fought in World War 2 or we need to get out (even better would be to not get involved in the first place). I would prefer the former but the latter is infinitely more preferable than what we are doing now.

I_AM_ME on September 18, 2011 at 11:08 pm

This is a recurring nightmare. It is a sickening replay of Vietnam, only worse. Much higher stakes, impossible rules, a no-win policy and we’re again losing thousands of our best people. We’re pursuing this stupid fantasy about building democracy and it has led to nothing but failure and defeat. Democracy cannot be imposed. It has to be homegrown and built from the ground up.
The only way to succeed in a vicious conflict like this is to find tribal groups whose interests are closest to yours, who can fight, and give them all the weapons they need, – and back them 100% unless they betray you. That’s how every empire has maintained power since the Babylonians and Persians. The Romans and Brits were especially good at it.

I hope the vets returning from this awful conflict can turn their trauma and frustration into something more productive than those of the Vietnam era. In fact, they may be our best hope in defying this gaggle of traitors and usurpers who have grabbed power and who threaten to destroy our liberty and democracy.

Davy Crockitt on September 18, 2011 at 11:12 pm

The people who should have been court-mailed and executed were their superiors who sent them into harm’s way and didn’t give a damn about them. I would never respect such men as my commanding officers. Sgt. Meyer put his fellow Americans first.

He did what the Pentagon brass and his immediate superiors revealed themselves to be derelict in their duty to their men, to this country and before G-d!

When will we learn? We’re not going to make our enemies like us by holding our fire when its needed to put them down!

NormanF on September 19, 2011 at 2:16 am

The “Rules of Engagement” nonsense really got their start in Viet Nam and have been harming, screwing up operations and adding to our Troops’ danger ever since.

The platoon and company officers are on the “ground” as they have always been since the first organized Infantry and Cavalry in the fall distant past.

Anything that gives the Battalion and higher Commander a better view and insight into what is happening real time tactically is not to be easily dismissed.

RA2216 on September 19, 2011 at 7:03 am

As someone once said, how do you win the hearts & minds of people who have neither?

Infidel Pride on September 19, 2011 at 8:02 am

Kudos to a true hero. The sad situation with the military (well on its way to getting ruined in the ‘Nam era) will only change when real conservatives stop their blind loyalty to the DOD nerd/Colonel Blimp establishment, and start supporting heroes once again.

Once upon a time we were the tough rebels—now we’re the Redcoats.

Red Ryder on September 19, 2011 at 8:29 am

I agree 100%. No more spilling of our blood and no more spending of our money for these roaches. Let’s get out of there and only return to carpet bomb the area several times as we see fit to prevent them building another terrorist base camp.

Oscar on September 19, 2011 at 8:36 am

so then you don’t agree w/the Afghan War, right?

mike pouraryan on September 19, 2011 at 9:08 am

    I don’t agree with the way we are fighting it—first you beat bastards down into submission, then you rebuild, if it is worth it. We are trying to be nice to vermin.

    Occam's Tool on March 25, 2012 at 6:35 pm

This war has become so perverted and corrupt that we now have heros confined to prison for the crime of doing their job…killing the enemy. We have lost our country.

Jerry on September 19, 2011 at 9:32 am

Unfortunately, it is very difficult to fight a modern war when you fight against scum who still live in the stone age. The Taliban, al-qaeda and these other muzzie dogs think women and children are ok to use as human shields or as weapons. There is no reasoning with them, they don’t care what we think. The only thing they want is our blood, so we must make them bleed until they can bleed no more.

Jarhead on September 19, 2011 at 11:39 am

the only “nation building” that will actually work that the left will allow are the “nations” of subcultures they form within the US to divide and conquer us further.

that thad guy on September 19, 2011 at 12:31 pm

It’s an outrage that the commanders are not court martialled and after seeing the 60 minutes bit on the subject, seems that military brass is protecting these jerks who cost American lives denying them support. Amazing how quickly under Bush the military put Marines on trial for doing their job but in this case the commanders only received a reprimand. This tells me that American soldiers life is worth less than the enemy.
Shame on all those responsible.

Gino on September 19, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Gino–

Nothing new here. Rusty Calley got tagged with My Lai all by himself.

Red Ryder on September 19, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Well, no surprise. This new-age b.s. idea that “innocent” civilians who supply and house your enemy are somehow deserving of protection at the expense of your own military personel has long been the IDF’s policy. Rather than carpet bombing the nests of the Fatah and Hamas combatants, Israel sends its young men from booby-trapped house to booby trapped house. This way, they protect the next generation of terrorists at the expense of the next generation of their own defenders. History will not be kind to to the U.S. or Israel with policies like that!

Phil on September 19, 2011 at 3:29 pm

To all those folks out there this is nothing new the ROE or Rules of engagement have pretty much been the same even during George W. Bush’s time as President. I do not like Obama but, the U.S. Military and our Civilian Leadership have become afraid of risks to civilians on the Battelfield and has caused Military leaders to be hesitant to use massive force. Everyone is afraid of the next massacre and worried about their careers instead of trying to fight and win in war. They should have leveled the enemy with massive fire support just maybe those guys would alive today!

Eli Davis on September 19, 2011 at 4:08 pm

The US has its ‘Rules of Engagement’ and Israel has its ‘Purity of Arms’. Both suck and need to ditched or at best re-evaluated as to when and if they should apply at all.

Not Ovenready on September 19, 2011 at 5:08 pm

I watched some of “The War” on PBS this weekend and learned about the horrendous number of US casualities in Europe and the South Pacific. Thousands of US troops were killed in action in the various battles some 2000 a day on places like Saipan or Iwo Jima. 10,000 on the first day of the Normandy invation. What it made me realize is that we could never win a war like that again no matter how important because we can’t stomach even 3000 dead over 10 years.

But even 1 US serviceman killed in this stupidity in Afghanistan or Iraq is too many. This is not a war for democracy, and the people US troops are dying for couldn’t care less about their own freedom. We should leave the region immediately and let these ungrateful morons resume killing each other.

fred on September 19, 2011 at 6:22 pm

The thing that makes this even worse is the reason those men were put in this situation to begin with. They were meeting with local tribal leaders to discuss rebuilding a mosque,It was a setup and they were ambushed by a superior force of taliban attacking from three sides.This is not the first time this has happened and it wont be the last time. Unless we realize that the only way you can win a war is to totally demoralize your enemy through total death and destruction.We will never win the hearts and minds of Islam.

Tom Dooley on September 20, 2011 at 11:52 am

Semper Fi ! Outstanding! Great to see one of our Marines recognized for doing his job under brutal conditions.

As far as the ROe are concerned? In spite of the political brass and their idiot and counter productive tactics, the only thing I will say about that is, now these young Marines have learned to do what is neccessary to kill these savages and then plead ignorance on what happened. The saying, lie,deny, and demand proof is the order of the day, unfortunate but true, and as far as I am concerned, the motto of the day should be, fuck them and love us.

Drakken on September 20, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Excellent article.

samurai on September 20, 2011 at 7:33 pm

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