Marine Corps gets it wrong with discharge of MAJ Brezler

An officer who sent emails to Marines in Afghanistan warning them to beware of an Afghan police chief with ties to the Taliban has been honorably discharged.

I love the Marine Corps but it seems they got this one wrong. A simple letter of reprimand would have sufficed for MAJ Brezler.

Major Jason Brezler was attempting to warn other Marines about Sarwar Jan, a child molester, who subsequently set up one of his “Tea Boys” named Aynoddin to gun down unarmed Marines in the FOB gym with Jan’s own AK-47, as we reported here. Three Marines were killed, and one survived.

According to the Marine Times,

“Although Maj. Jason Brezler received support and endorsements from congressmen, a former assistant secretary of defense, and even Marine Corps generals at his board of inquiry, a panel of three officers recommended Thursday that he be separated from the Marine Corps with an honorable discharge”.

“After three days of testimony and arguments and more than two hours of deliberation, the board found that Brezler, a Reserve officer and New York City firefighter, had demonstrated substandard conduct, misconduct or professional or moral dereliction, and conduct unbecoming an officer by failing to observe correct protocols for handling classified information. He doesn’t deserve to stay in the Corps, they concluded.

The charges were brought against MAJ Brezler relating to events set in motion in 2012 when he received an urgent email from then-Capt. Andrew Terrell regarding Sarwar Jan, a corrupt Afghan police chief with known Taliban ties and a penchant for child sex abuse who had gained access to a Marine base.

Brezler was attending a graduate school seminar in Oklahoma at the time and subsequently fired off a classified briefing document about Jan from his Yahoo account. When another officer who received the email raised the alarm about sending the document over a nonsecure network, Brezler reported himself to his superiors and cooperated with a Naval Criminal Investigative Service probe into the classified material spillage.

Just seventeen days after Brezler sent the document about Sarwar Jan, three Marines were dead and one seriously wounded.

But the real question is, who was it that did not heed MAJ Brezler’s warning? Therein lies where the real investigation should be aimed. It seems to me that “firing” MAJ Brezler who, albeit used a non-secure means, sought to do what we want leaders to do: protect our men and women in combat zones — and trust me, I have experience in this type of scenario.

My counsel to MAJ Brezler is this, you are a hero to many and you did what was right. You can always look at yourself in the mirror and know that you represent the finest traditions and values of your Marine Corps. I know it hurts right now and you feel betrayed and abandoned, but, ruck up, you are and shall always be one of The Few, The Proud, a United States Marine. Semper Fi, Ooh Rah! And Jason, always know, karma is a bitch.

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Stormtrooper595
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This is insane! I understand he used an “insecure” means of transmitting this information and probably should have went through a different medium, but he attempted to warn people of a possible disaster! He shouldn’t be discharged for attempting to save people’s lives….

Merl Johnston
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If you recall not long ago. There was a lot of media attention over politicians using private email to hide their activity and discussing classified material. i guess if you are a Clinton or one of those scumbags you can get away with stuff like this. You did the right thing Major. Screw them it is their and our loss.

Jim Tuggle
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MAJ Bressler used what he had to attempt to save the lives of his Marines. Anyone who would try to destroy him for that must therefore be considered to be a Taliban fellow traveler; begining with the SEC DEF and going down the Chain of Command. Sir, I know exactly how you are feeling right now.

apsalminflorida
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And I also will give this HERO a very big AMEN, they fire the wrong ones, the ones who do the job and do it right, always or most of the time get fired and the sleeze balls get the glory, Maj. Your a Hero and let no man say that you aren’t.

Randall Sisk
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I charge that the top of the chain of command has repeatedly failed to do his duty to ensure maximum safety, performance and efficiency of our troops. Obama is a failure.

Dustin B.
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Hero for sure.

Brysail
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Policy over lives welcome to hope and change in America!

FedUpLibBS
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I cannot cite the reg in ucmj that the major violated. If there IS such a reg, it shows the stupidity of a PC, Diversity at all costs .. style of military that we seem to have today. Major deserves a MEDAL, Imho, SIR!!!

apsalminflorida
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Hi FedUpLibBS, so am I, when I was in, back in the early 50ties, the military run the military, but now you have civilians who run the military and what do they know about that, not a darn thing, except back behind a desk and doodle, and think they know something, when you have excrement for brains it isn’t saying much for them right/

disqus_XeFVQf2YXo
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This is reminding me of the Vietnam era, where Political Correctness (although, it wasn’t called that) and fabricated glory concerns overrode actually information to the determent of boots on the ground.. and The providers of the information were demoted so that the political inspired “commandos” appeared to do the “right thing”..

The “:Right Thing” would have been to use the information, regardless of how it was obtained, for it’s intended purpose.. Just like then…

What happened to the need to “Improvise and succeed”

truthgiver
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What happened to remedial English? Do you even have the slightest clue about how to construct a sentence?

Roopods6
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…and that’s just one of the myriad of reasons why I left the Corps after thirteen years. Good Officers being drummed out while the sychophantic lap-dog lifers were kept and praised for doing no wrong. Same old same old.

Linda Ison Ruediger
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AMEN! Karma is a bitch and will always come back to those in the wrong!

VeeDub57
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Americans are a special kind of stupid, aren’t we?

apsalminflorida
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I’m an American and I know I’m not stupid, so who are you and what are you? by the way it sounds your not American, am I wrong, if I am then I apologize.

VeeDub57
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Since you know you are not stupid, then I’m sure you know you can move your mouse over my icon (Walter) and discover that I am a Disabled Combat Veteran. That would have answered all of your questions. You can even go back and look at my previous posts.

As for the “Special Kind of Stupid” comment, I’m sure you would have heard of sarcasm, or tongue-in-cheek-humor. If not, then welcome to my world!

k
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Don’t be a d-bag, bro.

Rick Robinson
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Actually I think it was meant as a majority? If so? VEEDUB57 is 1000% correct

VeeDub57
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Americans are a special kind of stoopid, aren’t we?

Sean
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I would follow him and you sir to the gates of hell.

apsalminflorida
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and then regroup right, I would be there also, Semper Fi mac, Semper Fi.

greywulf1064
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I’m glad I retired in 2006, I couldn’t stand being in the service now.

jimmyv65
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If a soldier cant trust his commanding officers to look out for their safety, when are they to trust them? the Major could have received a LOR for using unsecure means, but those on that base need to be held accountable. Marines lost a could officer, shame on the Corps

Brett Dent
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My point exactly. Why was a discharge the decision? It makes no sense. I could understand a LOR being issued. He probably could have used a better channel to relay this information. But a discharge?! WTF is wrong with these people.

Winkyb409
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When Obama has all Muslim leaders he will be satisfied. Ask the family’s of the ones that lost there love ones if he was wrong to try and stop Taliban from killing there love ones if he was wrong.

damifinoone
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I wouldn’t suggest that anyone join the US Military and I’m a US Army vet.

Juan M. Villarreal
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I would, but first they would have to clean out the chicken coops in Washington!

apsalminflorida
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Hi damifinoone, I will agree with you on that, with the thing that is supposed to be a commander and chief, he is everything but, and you can’t fix stupid with duct tape, at least this kind of stupid.

Teresa Crisp
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With each blow they decrease in number and we gain another patriot!

joanne
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Thank you Maj Brezier. You are an American Hero. Do not ever forget that. Ooh Rah!

ginger
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The purge is well under way..they sure got that one wrong…the man is a hero.

Janet Sutton
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What you have here, is someone who was not liked by another officer. The point is , he didn’t lie and because of his actions he might have saved men. The fact that he sent them over the internet should explain a lot. The miss conduct of our leaders, who knew this to be a fact in the first place, and like Benghazi ignored it. they should get fired, and held accountable for their actions. If that was my son or daughter killed because of all this, you bet there will be a law suit coming, air wave messages, and… Read more »
debbie
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I would hope to God that if someone knew I was in danger, that he wouldn’t let the fact that his e-mail wasn’t secure stop him from trying to warn me!! wtf?? The guy who turned him in is an a$$hole.

BillQuantrill
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Such BS! He knew of a problem, reported it up the chain just as he should then somewhere there dropped the ball. Made him a scapegoat to protect their own inept but just the same as Obama and his ilk to. “We screwed up so find us a scapegoat”!

Earl Yearicks
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Rahhh!!! How about the lives he tried to save. Then how about adressing wtf his “illegal correspondence was not taken seriously. There are retards in the Marines at supervisor and command levels. I have seen them first hand.. Rahhh!!!

Mike Walker
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More evidence that this administration wants to rid the Corps and the rest of the military of officers and enlisted whose primary duty is to their God, their country, their service and their comrade in arms. This administration is in a wholesale effort to de-liberitze this country and turn it into a marxist tyranny. I stand behind those who are against this dismemberment of our country.

ConservativeBabyKL
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Exactly ! MCCARTHYISM NOW WHITEHOUSE CONGRESS SCHOOLS BANKS UNIVERSITY’S MILITARY get rid of all the communist trash , its time now

John Bush
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Was kicking the Major out an attempt to boost moral——————-of the Taliband?

ConservativeBabyKL
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So wrong AGAIN . BUT EXPECTED now everything is destroyed under the Obama Marxist Administration.
I know your words Col West mean a lot to this hurting betrayed HERO Marine .
Again we thank men like YOU BOTH.

Kristi
Seattle
SEAHAWKS !

apsalminflorida
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As being a former Marine myself, I honor this Marine Major Brezler, he did what he was suppose to do, and then he get’s slapped in the face and gets fired for doing just that, That is perfectly ok Major because in the end you will be holding the plaque saying an honorable United States Marine who is a HERO in an understanding way, The Corps will stand behind you, SEMPER FI my friend, Semper Fi.

vanderfk
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There is no such thing as a “former” Marine. Once a Marine, always a Marine! Thank you for your service.

apsalminflorida
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I’m sorry, but I am a former and I know where your coming from, our saying is once a marine always a marine and I hold onto that with pride, but what was, is not the same, were still marines only inactive ones and that alone makes us a former marine, and still with all the pride that goes along with it, I belong to the marine Corps League, in the N.Y. department, and was the commadant for 2 years and we all which was over 2 hundred marines, some active and most former agree to being former, and this… Read more »
Vicki
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Very sad! No winner all losers!

Todd Schwartz
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It is a pretty sad state of affairs when a commanding officer warns his men ( and women) of a potential threat against their lives and is booted for his actions. As a former military man, I would be proud to be under his command! We need more like him, not the ” OH, we can’t do or say this because we may hurt someone’s feelings” type of leaders this administration has put in place!! Major Brezler, please know there are thousands of us that admire what you did and praise you for this!! Semper Fi Marine!!

Mark T Davis
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There is a purge in the works. Just look who has been pushed out over the past few years and the types who have replaced them. That said, much respect and Semper Fi to Major Brezler.

Iowa48
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Although it is regrettable that Major Brezler was treated so unfairly, it should be noted that this verdict does officially and irrefutably establish that he sent the warning. So it follows that the Corps will now be required to investigate why that warning was not heeded and acted upon. The failure to act upon the warning directly resulted in the deaths of three Marines, and undoubtedly constitutes dereliction of duty by the officers who received that warning and failed to act. I will assume that those court martials will commence shortly, or else we should all be asking why not.
vanderfk
Guest

No disrespect intended, but how “Pollyanna” of you. If only…. It seems to me that the military has become a “tool” for the faux Commander-in-Chief and nothing is done “by the book” anymore. Look at all the Generals who are at the beck and call of Der Leader lest they risk scandals, firing and who knows what else is in the arsenal within the Beltway.

Jeff Hail
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Nothing this brave Marine done is anything less than heroism! The 3 Marine panel should be dismissed with a less than honorable discharge.

SickofIT
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You
know, I bet if this type of crap keeps happening to “our troops” lets see who
will serve for such corrupt leadership in the future!

xWonkax
Guest

Fire the messenger.

Unreal, USMC. This isn’t what you claim to stand for…

Stoned_Conservative
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The Major should be vindicated by the death of his fellow Marines. His record should be expunged.

Aida Payton
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they should not trust the Afghan people period, Because in front of your face tell you different behind your back they do different thing, its the devil two faces you help them they come and killed you. what about not helping them at all..so they died itself..

Matthew Wilson
Guest

If I had my own company I would hire this man for a leadership role!

Rushpaul Rush
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I think Bob Hope would have spit on obam

William Mavis
Guest

no,a right cross,he was a pro boxer once

Jose A. Verduzco Sr
Guest

This is just a Crock of Chit. How many of those that made this Stupid decision have been Forward or have Served time Outside The Wire? Protecting your Marines and Those around you, are your Primary Concerns. Telling the Truth about some Rag Head, should be SOP. A career is Ruined and the Bad Guys seem to be winning. And in this Case, the Bad Guys were on our Side.
SF Major,
Sgt V, 1st Marine Division
RVN, Class of 69

Hogtied
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Sadly, a ‘letter of reprimand’ would have killed the Major’s career as succinctly as the 3 member panel’s decision. The only difference is it would have taken longer for him to get the boot. There’s something very disturbing about what’s going on with today’s military. The senior leaders who continue to hang onto their traditional values are being drummed out, while those who nod their heads north & south at the current administration’s disturbing policies continue to climb the ladder of success (if that’s what being successful has emerged into). It’s not a good time to be in uniform.
Pat Clarke
Guest

Precisely why, after four generations of service in our family, I dissuaded my son from serving. The POSUS has turned the military into a social-engineering sandbox.

Troubleshooter
Guest

Major Bresler, I salute You, and as a Navy Veteran, I say that the USMC made not one, but two mistakes here for sure. One they did not heed your warning, and two, they discharged you rather than promote you to LTC. Like everything else, Protocol sometimes MUST be ignored. If ever there WAS such a time, this was it.

Hell-Cat
Guest

We’re living in some kind of alternate universe.

Tom Gilbert
Guest

No, Hell-Cat. this is shamefully real happening within our military and nation….and we sit around doing nothing, yet. Letters to congress are ignored and only form letters are returned. There is only a very few sitting in DC who care and all the rest attack citizens for demanding Constitutional values.

Claude Kerley
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ForedeckYoda .
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This was written about in “100 Victories”. Belzer is a hero, and Obama is making the corps a politically correct institution- dooming it to failures.

reality
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What relevance does Obama have to this story?

Marianne Lawrence Richards
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Marianne Lawrence Richards

Because Barry is trying to turn the troops over to the UN…

reality
Guest

Even if true (which it’s not), what relevance would it have to this story?

David Brown
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My view is Obama’s approval of the rules of engagement which allows for relaxed guarding and disclosure of military activities. The killer should not have been allowed any where near the soldiers.

Conrad Hawkins
Guest

HE got set up to hide the malcontent of his superiors,,, I was able to stand tall in two such scenarios on myself in 26 years in the military,,,, I know it hurts because of the way they treat you and the way people speak of you,,, you are not allow in what you went through,,,,, Major H

John
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I’d like to ask why is it that Obama is doing all he can to discredit our soldiers in the field and our vets as well, I know for a fact that Obama doesn’t like our country and will discredit it whenever and how ever he canI’m wondering just when they will ever get this bozo out of the White House and this country.

reality
Guest

Please cite your “facts” pertaining to how Obama doesn’t like the United States.

L P
Guest

Not to mention his blatant disregard for the Constitution he swore to protect and uphold

Glen Saunders
Guest

How about opening your eyes to facts…..Benghazi should be fresh in your limited brain housing group…..Fast and Furious should be in there somewhere. The removal of high ranking Military Officers that go against his agenda should be on the horizon of your questionable thought patterns.

reality
Guest

Poor handling of Benghazi. If you would like to cite the failed Fast and Furious operation as an indication of Obama hating the United States, then you would also have to say Reagan hated the United States when his administration sold firearms to the Islamic Republic of Iran. Also when wars end, there is no need for a war time military. While I do not agree with some of the high ranking officers who have been relieved it is a fact of downsizing.

William Mavis
Guest

wars NOT OVER moron

reality
Guest

The war in Iraq ended in 2011, and the war in Afghanistan will be drawing to a close within 2014. A war time sized military is not needed. The mentality of a war on terrorism is a faulty one in which the one declaring the war will never win. You can never eradicate an ideology.

David Bange
Guest

He DESERVED a MEDAL for his actions, and NOT a discharge. The three “Officers” who voted for his discharge are the ones who should be DISHONORABLY discharged!!

anonymous
Guest

AMEN

aznative
Guest

The attack on our soldiers is blatant by this administration. They want to illegally replace them with foreign soldiers. Blatant treason.

reality
Guest

Replace the United States military with foreign troops? In what world do you live in?

bodica
Guest

The real world, you creepy TROLL! Moslems slither across north and south borders, are given three hots and a cot and a uniform in the US Military, and are FAST TRACKED TO CITIZENSHIP IN TEN WEEKS! Wake up and smell the burning skin of Christians and Jews across Africa and the Middle EAst you sorry excuse for a human being…

David Wright
Guest

Could you please provide a good source for your claim that moslems are “fast tracked” to citizenship? Alec Jones doesn’t count. Mind you, I am not on “reality’s” side here, but you claim seems a bit over the top, even for Obummer and his gang.

reality
Guest

This is barely even worthy of a response. If you continue to believe Muslims are the “enemy” then you will continue to live in fear. If all Muslims are the enemy after 9/11, then all Christians are the enemy after the Oklahoma City bombing. Using a religious group to justify your extremist views happens across all belief systems.

Marianne Lawrence Richards
Guest
Marianne Lawrence Richards

You do realize barry and crew are trying to turn the US military over to the UN? In what world do you live reality??? I think not.

rality
Guest

Please cite your sources displaying these claims. (Fox News, and MSNBC are not credible sources).

An increase in collaborating with the UN does not mean a turning over of United States military power.

HMC/USN/RET
Guest

Hell Col you know as well as I do that if you say anything bad about the islamist The CIC is gonna nail your ass to the wall

reality
Guest

Ignorance is bliss.

William Mavis
Guest

you must be really happy then

reality
Guest

Ah yes, because the president is Islamist. You probably still believe he doesn’t have an American birth certificate too?

pointless fighting
Guest

Hey reality I don’t care what his affiliations are, at this point i don’t even care where he was born. But it is evident how bad he “led” the nation from being a respected super power to WE CAN WALK ALL OVER THEM , so having said that I bid you good day

William Mavis
Guest

were,you born stupid?or do you work at it?read his book you reality challenged buffoon,and of course now youll lie and say you did.i did

reality
Guest

Ah, yes, typical. When you don’t agree with someone you resort to childish insults. No I have not read his book, nor do I care to. Please display your facts showing he was not born in the United States.

Here’s mine:
http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2008/jun/27/obamas-birth-certificate-part-ii/

thundrn
Guest

addition to my first, his SS # is that of a dead man from New Jersey! 🙂

thundrn
Guest

here you go reality, a piece of reality that will make you out to be what you are, a islamist yourself. You want to support this traitor, you yourself are a traitor to even defend this asswipe. Keep defending him, right up to the point of your last breath, which will be soon, for all of us as people who are still in denial such as you are the cancer of mankind! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwDqXFCy0Bo&feature=player_embedded

reality
Guest

Typical, someone disagrees with your views (for which you have zero facts to back up) and you resort to childish insults.

Please read:
http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2008/jun/27/obamas-birth-certificate-part-ii/

William Mavis
Guest

no im not a lib,i have the facts,speech after speech,action after action,and who said anything about his birth?besides you ,such a busy little troll you cant remember what page your on?

reality
Guest

Continuing to try and insult me I see. You still have not cited one fact displaying he is Islamic. But yes, continue with your feeble attempt to change the subject.

anonymous
Guest

OKAY that’s it the subject was about this heroic officer who tried to warn the troops and was fired for it, but “reality you have twisted this into an argument you started by YOU by saying the U.S is not not a Judeo-Christian based country, and sure people may not be persecuted by religion from congress (thank God) but the fact remains most of us are Christian and it is said in stone “In God we trust” so please stop this senseless argument and focus on the matter at hand because this is getting tedious and utterly annoying.

Phoebe
Guest

VERY IMPORTANT to veterans active duty and EVERY AMERICAN.
LISTEN TO THE FIRST 20 MINS (at least) of this show that aired last night, 19DEC13.
Dave Hodges on The Hagmann and Hagmann Report.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cfp-radio/2013/12/20/dave-hodges-on-the-hagmann-and-hagmann-report

Todd
Guest

Amen! This is BS. Oklahoma will be damn proud to have you back Major Brezler.