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Disabled Combat Vet Blasts Woke Military

Our military exists to prevent anyone from imposing their vision of utopia on American citizens or its allies.



The meritocracy that defined America’s strength and excellence for almost 250 years may be breathing its last. This meritocracy is the US military, and its undoing is coming from within as leaders embrace wokeness at the highest levels.

Long before Gen. Mark Milley defended himself and other military leaders from being called ‘woke, the force he would someday come to lead was the standard of the very thing the woke crowd decries: a meritocracy. This is a rare place where nationality, skin color and even gender are secondary to one thing: An ability to perform at an exceptionally high level in environments where safe spaces don’t exist.

I was honored to be able to see this performance first hand as a Marine Corps combat correspondent, attached to units across all branches of the US military through multiple combat tours. Despite what politicians and some senior leaders would have us believe; skin color becomes irrelevant when rounds are coming in. In combat, the only thing that mattered for us was the ability to execute our duties and count on teammates to execute theirs. Our performance, and not our diversity, is what got us promoted, accomplished our missions and kept folks alive.

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Make no mistake, the troops I served alongside were diverse enough to please the wokest folks on the planet. They were black, white, Hispanic, and Asian. They were heterosexual, gay, and bisexual. However, their shared mission overshadowed any differences or history of discrimination. As our military becomes caught up in the same arguments facing the society they protect and defend, there is a group of people who are watching gleefully as we place our focus on whether critical race theory should even be on military reading lists, and those folks are America’s enemies.

Having met and interviewed many of them myself, I can attest that our adversaries are not concerned with diversity. They’re concerned with winning at all costs through the focused application of destruction and violence. We shouldn’t forget why our military exists. It’s not to eventually evolve into the utopia many in our country are trying to reshape our nation into. Rather, our military exists to prevent anyone from imposing their vision of utopia on American citizens or its allies. The meritocracy our troops come from could teach all of us about accepting diversity as they continue to put their differences aside to accomplish a greater goal. Meritocracy still has a place in America and her defense, and those who wield it best are the very same people who have to look past race, ethnicity and every other ‘ism’ in order to come together – a lesson every company could benefit from. The men and women I served beside faced adversity together not because they were trying to undo past wrongs, but because they love what America stands for and the promises she holds for each of us.

Shawn Rhodes is a disabled combat veteran, former sergeant in the US MarineCorps, TEDx speaker and CEO of Bulletproof Selling. He can be reached at [email protected]

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Biden Boondoggles Imperil the U.S. and the World

The Biden Administration is the picture of futility and incompetence, mixed with corruption and persecution of its political opponents



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On my last day following a long sojourn abroad, I met a wonderful woman from North Dallas, had dinner with her, and memorized her email address.

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When I arrived home the next day, I emailed her to see if she had had a decent trip back. A couple of minutes later, my email bounced back to me as undeliverable. Realizing my mistake of failing to write down her email address or the spelling of her last name, over several weeks I tried numerous alternative methods at length for finding that information, but with no success.

I had not handled it right and I could not later correct the mistake. You’ve long heard the phrase by the late, legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, “If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?” I would add, will you have the opportunity to correct the damage done or even to try again?

Macro Level Bungles

It’s hard to even imagine the frustration and problems for all of us considering the never-ending missteps we watch every day from our president!

Biden and company have engaged in macro-level failures for nearly three years now. Their repeated failures to take early appropriate steps, domestically and internationally, has had serious ramifications for the nation and the world.

In chain-like fashion, their ineptness, unintentional and intentional, has spun out of control and led to one unpalatable situation after another. Then they spend untold labor hours and multi-billions of dollars, not to mention American lives, seeking to correct what they could not get right in the first place.

The disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan caused the loss of American lives and $85 billion dollars worth of military equipment to the Taliban. This ‘gift’ is ultimately finding its way to our enemies throughout the region and, arguably, globally. It also has signaled to the rest of the world, particularly Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea, as well as to Hamas, Hezbollah, and Islamic Jihad, that American military effectiveness is questionable.

As a result of not adequately planning the withdrawal from Afghanistan, as President Trump had already outlined, the Biden Administration has been scrambling ever since. Following our Afghanistan withdrawal Russia’s invasion of Ukraine under a false pretext, and the resulting multi-billions we have spent propping up Ukraine, are major unfortunate results.

Middle East Madness

Another result of our ineptness is the spate of attacks, now several dozen, on U.S. Armed Forces throughout the Middle East following the barbaric Hamas attack on Israel.

China’s forays into the Middle East and its support of Iran further imperil Israel and, by extension, the U.S. In considering the Biden Administration, China is emboldened. They are in partnership with Russia ostensibly for one reason: to hasten our declining power. They have ramped up spying on us via “weather balloons,” university “research centers,” exchange “students,” industrial spying, and, of late, the influx of more than 17,000 Chinese nationals at our southern border – all single men of military age.

Because the Biden Administration intentionally has not secured the southern border it has subjected American citizens to crime, fentanyl addiction, and massive numbers of deaths, as well as bursting federal, state, and municipal budgets in the attempt to house, feed, and safeguard swarming numbers of illegal immigrants.

Biden’s porous border policies have invited terrorists, weakened any notion of U.S. homeland security, heightened child trafficking, accelerated drug cartel activity, and aided gang-related connections throughout our county.

Poor Planning, Execution and Follow Up

Across the board, in examining the policies and programs of the Biden Administration and how poorly they’ve been designed and initiated, it is now apparent that everything they do today represents one attempted, hopeless ‘correction’ after another.

These attempted corrections are long drawn out, invariably with no end in sight. Whether it is on the world stage or domestically, each boondoggle after another leads to protracted, expensive, questionable attempts to resolve what didn’t need to occur in the first place.

It is not an exaggeration: the entire Biden Administration is the picture of futility and incompetence, mixed with corruption and persecution of its political opponents. This is no way to run a country or display to the world how an effective representative republic operates. It is no way to deter our enemies from taking bold steps. It is no way to guide us safely into the future.

Indeed, the entire world is now less safe.

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Take Back Gaza and Never Give It Back



In 2005, Israel withdrew from Gaza, withdrawing 9,000 Israeli settlers and military forces from the Gaza strip. The Oslo Accords gave the Palestinian Authority administrative authority over the area. Both the Gaza Strip and the West Bank are two contested Palestinian areas that were part of Mandate Palestine and were captured by Israel during the Six-Day War in 1967. Only Gaza had been given back. This experiment in Palestinian self-rule has proved that they cannot be trusted.

In a visit to Israel later in 2005, I remember hearing an Israeli who was forced to give up his land in Gaza describe how he hired Palestinian workers he respected and tried to treat fairly. When he was forced to leave, he gave his land to his workers. Within weeks the PLO confiscated the land from his workers. There was one reason—they wanted Palestinians to be dependent on them for everything they needed.

The world wanted to believe that the Palestinians would be responsible stewards of the land they were given. It is clear after the most recent attack that many of their citizens are savages driven by hatred for their Israeli neighbors. The rapes, the killings of the elderly and children, the hostages taken and now subject to execution speak volumes about the evil they let rule in their hearts.

In response, Israel has already increased airstrikes on the Gaza Strip and sealed it off from food, fuel, and other supplies in retaliation for a bloody incursion by Hamas militants. It‘s clear that the war’s death toll will continue to grow on both sides. In spite of calls from some politicians for a ceasefire, Israel has no such plans. Evil must be defeated, not rewarded.

Not only should Israel, with support of the free world, destroy any Hamas leaders and soldiers involved in this recent attack. In doing so, they should once again take control of Gaza and establish a new government ready to outlaw Hamas and support responsible world citizenship. If Palestinian leaders in Gaza cannot control their hatred, they must be eliminated and replaced by a new governing body who will live in peace with their neighbors.

Those calling for a ceasefire and premature peace only perpetuate the instability of the Middle East. Gaza is a mere twenty-one miles long and up to five miles wide. It will be defeated. Yes, there will be hostages killed because freeing them is all but impossible in the present situation. Door to door fighting is difficult with an enemy that does not value life or have moral restraints in waging war on Israel.

Let Israel eliminate Hamas, and America should make it clear that any country who helps Hamas should know that they will be held accountable for the recent atrocities. Not only must the United States position our forces in the area; we must be ready to use those forces to support good over evil. Over eleven US citizens have been killed and no one knows how many American hostages have been taken.

Our current administration must do more than just offer verbal statements of support for Israel. They should stop supporting Iran in any way. It’s time to freeze the funds promised in the hostage deal and give those funds to Israel to help rebuild the areas decimated and provide money for families who lost loved ones. The economic sanctions on Iran should again be instituted. If there is clear evidence of Iran’s involvement, they must pay a heavy price for that support.

While eyes of the world are on the middle east, Homeland Security must be aware of potential terrorists who may have used the open border to enter the U.S. There are indications that hundreds have done so, and that is the ones that have been identified. Israel was caught unaware. After 9/11, America should remember how motivated terrorists can be. We promised never to forget. Let’s show them that we have learned from our painful past. Find them and deport them out of our country.

We also have a number of former Palestinians in America demonstrating in support of the Hamas attack. In America, they have the freedom to express their views, but they are not free from the consequences of such demonstrations. They must be shamed for supporting such savage assaults on innocents. Their rabid support deserves an even stronger condemnation from responsible citizens. It’s time for America to support Israel in taking back Gaza to help end this madness.
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