September 18, 2011, - 7:06 pm
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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