A woman’s thoughts on Lone Survivor. And a message to candy-ass liberals.

I saw Lone Survivor today. I wept. I’m a female, I can do that sort of thing in public.

Here’s why I wept.

In the first few minutes of the film, watching the Navy SEALS train, I turned to my friends and said what a travesty it would be if the physical requirements were ever adjusted downwards to accommodate women – or anyone who could not meet them for that matter, regardless of gender or orientation. These men, these warriors, are elite for a reason. They are capable of doing things very few can. That’s the way we want and need them to be.

I wept for the mothers, wives, sisters, fathers, brothers and friends of the beautiful, strong and healthy warriors who gave everything to defend the freedoms of this nation, and of others they would never know.

I wept for the people of Afghanistan who are not supporters of the Taliban. Those who can only dream of a different life. Who even in the best of times must eke out their existence in the harshest of conditions. Who will never know the comfort and liberty we do. For the women who will never have the choices I have, and the freedom to chart their own course. Perhaps it is an accident of birth. In some respects, I felt that about Marcus Luttrell himself. It was an accident of fate that he survived and others did not. Such is life, and only God knows the plan for each of us.

But most of all, I wept in anger. I am overcome with rage at the elected politicians who have never served their country in uniform, never seen battle and yet make decisions that affect the life and death of their fellow citizens.

I am so angry that our rules of engagement, made in courtrooms by people whose personal agenda has nothing to do with victory, restrict the ability of our military to do the thing we send them into battle to do: fight.

I am disgusted that budgets for military equipment and training get shaved away and shaved away so much that lives are lost because we cannot adequately equip the men and women we send into the most terrifying situations.

I have no words to be spoken in polite company to express my frustration that this administration seems more focused on the sexual orientation of our warriors than their fighting readiness or following up on the promises made to them in their retirement.

I am however thankful this film was made, and somewhat surprised Hollywood allowed it. Pardon my candor, but I hope every candy-ass liberal can take a few minutes away from the exertions of Kanye West and Lady Gaga, look beyond themselves and their concern for polar bears and baby harp seals, and understand what real sacrifice, real pain, real effort and real honor truly is.

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130munich
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DITTO

Domenick
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W O W !

KMac1964
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well said.

Toni Holliday
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Awesome…

RichB
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When I saw it I too was angry at how our administration isn’t doing their job, holding up these brave men that follow orders and go into battle daily.

Donna Vance
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Very well said! Our fighting men and women need the best training and equipment they can get. Candy ass says it all in a nutshell!

Charles
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The truth has been spoken and shown.the gauntlet thrown down.Not ONE P.O.S. coward muslim buttkissing liberal will respond

USUKBALLZCBS
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Goosebumps!!! Michelle…God Bless YOU!

Wes
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Absolutely! Great article! Unfortunately our nation is becoming more and more liberal due to freebies. We are a hand out society. Not sure it will get any better if we as parents keep wanting our children to have it “better” than we had it!

fedup
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Magnificent !!!

Toa
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The “rules of engagement” made by our sissy-boy brown-nosing lawyers are almost beyond comprehension.
What a tremendous statement…thank you, ma’am, from my heart.

jimmy jack james
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The rules of engagement will go out the window when we take back America.

Sheila Oxsher
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Funny Michele HIckford, I written this right after I saw it on Jan 8th, I went to my PC and FB and this is what I felt: America-Patriots Go Support the Movie “LONE SURVIVOR” Make it the Biggest Box Office Surprise in Support of all our Vets! MY FREEDOM is PAID BY MARCUS LUTTRELL & HIS BROTHER’S Action Plus all the other Vets from Revolutionary Wars to Present Day. Thank-You Marcus Luttrell American Hero along with his Brothers Thank-You Peter Berg Director of Lone Survivor very good job handling this story. Proceeds made from Lone Survivor will support Lone Survivor… Read more »
Mares
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I totally agree with Michelle. I saw the movie yesterday and every thing she said is true! I was impressed with the audience. Not a sound. When it was over after a moment of silence, every one applauded for these brave soldiers. I cried also for the same reasons. I checked my husband several times out of the corner of my eye and I saw the same tears. My grandsons have lost two friends in Iraq and one who came home with serious wounds from Afganistan. I told a friend, if a woman ran the military there would be less… Read more »
Candice Harris
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I so agree. As a US Navy retiree and a woman who has been to the Middle East war zones, I have seen just what she speaks of. I earned the retirement pension and medical benefits I now have, not just by serving in uniform, but missing graduations, Christmases, Easters, and birthdays of my children. I love my country and anyone who thinks they work as hard as a military member in a war zone, or that their job is just as dangerous, needs to go for 30 days and get an idea. To get the full monty, how about… Read more »
WVgirl
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Thank you for your service Candice, for an Air Force Vet.

USUKBALLZCBS
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God bless you Candice!

Leslie Bailey
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Thank you for your service Candace.

Blake Slayton
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Candice, thank you so much for your service!

Johnny Teel
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It’s guys like our SEALS that keep us free so these candy ass liberals can whine. They need to realize that.

bubba2020
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They won’t, it’s not in their DNA.

Cindy Ratliff
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Wow exactly how I felt when I saw the movie yesterday! I could not have said it so well but it is exactly the thoughts I had and the feelings I have! Rules of engagement is hog wash! War is awful and we should not be binding the hands of those who know how to fight it! And we should have the equipment/supplies they need there when needed! It saddens me how these men who love this country without question sacrifice all for it and the wussies in Washington have no clue what that kind of patirotism is all about!… Read more »
Mearyeaurng
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Amen!

Wes
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And it was a great movie. I was tearful, but in a packed theatre I only seen a few that were. Some just don’t get it and never will. #selfish

Jane Dellinger Hoyle
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All the liberals need to move to Afghanistan and see what their whining gets them.

radical1979
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Very well said. I don’t know how soldiers can sleep at night.

Venus
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Well said. Being from a military family, I can relate to this statement and the movie. The people that sit in suits and tie the hands of our fighting men and women need only spend one week in battle…things might be different. God Bless America and our brave men and women! Prayers for the family and friends they leave behind.

Karen S Musselman
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Thank you, Michele Hickford. Thank you very much for this poignant review. You expressed my sentiments 100%! As the stepmother of a Marine, a cousin to two Marines and a friend of a wounded warrior, frustration is an understatement when it comes to how I feel about these “PANSIES” on the left that want to minimize the strength of military by easing up the requirements so women can be on the battlefield. SHAME ON THEM. If they want to be “equal,” they need to step up and do EXACTLY what the men do or find another, safer way to serve… Read more »
sickntired
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I have a loved one overseas and I feel that women should have a right to advance in the military, but they should not lower the standards to accommodate. My man is about 265 lbs of muscle… how’s a woman going to throw him over her shoulder or drag him out of a dangerous situation if he’s hurt?

Karen S Musselman
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Exactly! I watched the female units graduate at my stepson’s boot camp graduation, and I was just as proud of them as every other graduate. Nothing wrong at all with women being snipers, pilots, etc., etc. but to lower the standards is putting all of our men and women in unsafe situations!

Szary1
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I 2nd that!

jimmy jack james
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You will see the same thing in America when we have to take it back from King Obozo and his clones. The heros will be coming out of the wood work. SOON.

jpainting
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Ignorance is the most dangerous thing in this world. And I’m speaking about this article

Beauslx
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Show me where she blames Libs for war or issues with our Military?

Pardon my candor, but I hope every candy-ass liberal can take a few minutes away from the exertions of Kanye West and Lady Gaga, look beyond themselves and their concern for polar bears and baby harp seals, and understand what real sacrifice, real pain, real effort and real honor truly is

Neen
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What is ignorant about this article? I saw the movie too Michele, was thinking and doing the same as you.

Rob Youngs
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Assbag.

slapmahfro
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No. I think there’s more ignorance in your response to this article. If you’re going to point out ignorance as you put it maybe you can elaborate.

jpainting
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Fine…..to assume it is the “candy ass liberals” who are at fault for any issue or problem with our military is ignorance. To think soldiers having inadequate armor or weapons is due to liberals, is ignorance. In fact, to blame one political party is complete ignorance. Half the reason we have issues in this country is because the citizens have fallen into the quicksand trap that the OTHER political party is to blame for everything. Republicans are not always right. Democrats are not always right. And until we citizens stop supporting our own political party with blind anger towards the… Read more »
Venus
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Sad, you haven’t got a clue what the military is all about.

jpainting
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Venus, you know nothing about me. Ignorance is assuming you do

KyleinCSpring1
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Your words displayed your ignorance. Have you served and experienced the differences in administrations. I have. The democrats seem to like us in word but not need.

Venus
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One only has to read your statements to figure you out.

Darrell King
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Pubs may not always be right but liberal candy asses are always wrong when it comes to the military you can’t legislate war from 10,000 miles away.

jpainting
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So only democrats legislate war?

KyleinCSpring1
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Have you served, jpainting?

Darrell King
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only democrats will try to run a war without actually being there and not being soldiers (see Vietnam)

jpainting
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Who started the last three wars we’ve been in? Bush senior and Bush junior

Darrell King
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yeah because Clinton didn’t bomb a Tylenol factory or ignore the fact that he could have had bin laden 3 times while he was president.

Darrell King
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oh and lets not forget bosnia that was on bubba’s watch too

Venus
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Here we go with the Bush bashing again! Is that all you miserable lefty O-BAM-O bots know how to do? Can’t win an intelligent argument, so let’s blame Bush. Pathetic!

jpainting
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I wasn’t blaming Bush! The guy said only democrats start wars without being there. I pointed out that both bush’s did.
I can’t even say their name without name calling and cries that I’m bashing them?

William
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No, he did not say anything about Democrats starting wars. He said they will try to legislate and control wars without actually knowing how to conduct or being there to conduct wars. They do it from 10,000 miles away.

John
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So you have an issue with one statement in the article, not the article?

jpainting
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I have an issue with the assumption it is only liberals hurting our military.

disqus_yMA6TiNyjP
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There is a reason war is so horrible. If it wasn’t, it would last a HELL of a lot longer. Our brave men and women fight so we don’t have to, so we can live free, and so those “candy-ass” liberals can whine about how bad things are. If only they knew. I wish they could switch places with our military members so they could get a bird’s-eye view of what it takes, but if they did they’d certainly f*** it up. Then I wish they could change places with the anti-Taliban Afghanis who have to survive under those savages.… Read more »
Rob Youngs
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Wow. As a disabled vet myself, I’m glad we’re of the same school
of thought, too bad civilian politicians have no clue. God Bless sister!

David Atherton
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Run for office. We need people in our government who know the kind of sacrifice you have made.

sickntired
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I couldn’t have said it better myself
I applauded right until the comment about ” look beyond themselves ( I agree) and their concern for polar bears and baby harp seals” (disagree). It’s a mistake to stereotype people. I am a voice for animals, because they don’t have a voice, that doesn’t mean people like myself aren’t also a voice for our Troops, past and present.

Just because someone cares about animal welfare and the planet we live on doesn’t make them a liberal.

Guido Sarducci
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I couldn’t have said it the way you did ma’am… without looking like I am talking about me… Thank you for seeing the core of our military men and women… The panty waist libs will never see anything but pitty and unfairness… As a vet thank you… we ask for no pitty, do not moran or sympathize for us having a bad day… Just love and Thank them!!!

B.A.M.
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Amen to that. I am applauding on the inside (otherwise I would look rather foolish at the moment)!

sheryl brantley
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I agree with everything Michele said. Every word. Thank you for stating it so eloquently.

Hewhowalkswithhim
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The General that ordered the rescue chopper that was shot down killing 18 Elite Soldiers should be in Prison. That is worse than Bengahzi! You dont sent a chopper blind into a hot LZ after a seal team goes missing.

Paul Kelley
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Well said. Since Viet Nam every conflict politicians consider the left screams it will be like Viet Nam all over. You state very clearly why it ends up being like Viet Nam. The left cuts the military first in any budget reduction, harmfully restrictive Rules of Engagement, lack of support for the mission and withdrawal too prematurely.

Pissed of American
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Free….we’re not free. Not free in the context that our founding fathers intended. We’re number 17 on the freedom chart. We’re enslaved in useless laws, useless gov that just want to control you.

usaok59
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Excellent Michelle, I have felt the same way for a long time. I’m not sure I want to put myself through watching this movie, but I guess if these men and women can put their lives on the line, I can honor them by feeling a tiny bit of their pain and go see it.

Faith
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I agree. Though it will NEVER happen, I firmly believe that this book should be required reading in our high schools.

Boetica
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‘The Road to Serfdom’ is another.

SandyT
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Well said!

David Molinarolo
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Funny she mentioned Polar Bears…I’ve got a Baby Boomer cousin who only seems to care about 2 things…health care (ObamaCare) and environmental issues. He’s emailed me some stuff on “Spirit Bears” (Albino Alaskan Brown Bears, I think), and I just laugh… the priorities of liberals just baffle the hell out of me. I just don’t get it.

Venus
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I hope after you have had a good laugh that you educate your cousin exactly where his priorities should be. Boomers need people like you to “help” them understand real life. P.S. I hope he never gets really, really sick and has to use O’dumb-bo care… that’s IF he has even signed up yet.

RobH
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The problem is that you can’t educate them. Most liberals only see the light when the policies of the left eventually personally impact them. All the talking in the world makes no difference.

Nina Williams Locker
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people are dieing and he cares about Bears… Go figure.????

jdslvk
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If you keep in mind the fact they are mentally ill and incapable of logical, coherent discussion then you will be much better off, less frustrated and have a lower blood pressure.

Jkc
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I agree

homerbjenkins
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If I had ten thumbs I would put them all up for this story.

linreis
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I think its important to save animals…however the liberals candy asses aren’t doing anything to accomplish that either…if humans would just leave them alone the animals would handle things well.

Dale Cordell
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Animals would overpopulate or become diseased and die of overpopulation if we let them do as they please. What the hell’s wrong with you? Don’t you have ANY smarts? Learn something about animals, instead of “feel good” things. It’s idiots like you, who’ve screwed up this great nation. And I agree .. go to the PETA site and wring your hanky. Leave talk of patriots to real patriots.
Just go away!

linreis
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grew up on a farm in a hunting family…don’t condescend to me. I’ve seen too many species extinct because of man’s greed and irresponsibility. my hanky wrings for dolts like yourself. real patriots are responsible, not just blow hards.

Ed
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Really, I’m a Vet also you need to get a grip she didn’t make any bad comments about the military.

Venus
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You go save the animals douche bag and crawl back under your rock because you have no place commenting here where we are speaking of TRUE HEROES. OMG…the nerve!!!

Alvan Fleming
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You really don’t get it do you? What the whole meaning of this post by this Lady, is that some things like life liberty and freedom for ALL, are worth paying to make happen. Which is more important to you a baby seal or a human being who suffers from the abuses of her own government, like those in the middle east. What expense is more important a politicians paycheck or the cost of a piece of military equipment that could save a life of one of our heros that has been sent to a real chance of death, by… Read more »
linreis
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what part of my comment makes you (all knowing one) think I don’t get the meaning of this post? you can read, but not absorb what I said, you poor thing…are you learning impaired? I said, “the libs aren’t doing anything about … EITHER”. My family has given a few of those heroes, and now the dems are cutting their benefits…the country defamed my brother for doing his job in Nam, so don’t you even begin to think ‘I DON’T GET IT’ because I care about animals, who don’t have a voice and due to man’s greed and irresponsibility are… Read more »
Michelle Reusser
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I just got home from the theater myself. I ditto all of the above. These men give up their lives and they do it happily. They forgo their relationships, future children any legacy left behind and it makes me proud. Proud but angry. So many do not deserve their sacrifice.

Jonah Pedersen
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That was great but it will never happen. Liberals are not interested in reality, only in feeling good about themselves.

fed up
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i think the book should be required reading in high school, and.. step up gym classes to make men out of these candy asses instead of focusing on catching a damn football. thank God for our fighting men and women! same requirements go for the girls instead of them focusing on their cell phones and worrying about what they are going to wear tomorrow.

Dale Cordell
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Amen on physically educating, along with making them EARN their grades and not be given them to make them feel good. No good can be accomplished by turning our kids into sniveling wimps, that have no clue as to honor, loyalty or duty to country.

fedup
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easy that. how about starting with the pledge of allegiance and putting God back in the schools. if you read Luttrell’s book “lone survivor”, he gives much credit to the Lord as does his family and community.i do believe that his angels were working overtime that day.

Cathy Benedetta
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Clinton did everything he could to discriminate the military…I had a cousin in special forces and he saw what Clinton did the army and when Bush took over they were thrilled to have a President that understood them and did everything to provide for them what they needed….he left the military when it looked like Hillary would be president…he said he would never serve under another Democratic President….liberals know nothing about fighting a war and they never will. Disgusting little pigs that they are only tie the hands of our military!!! We should have bombed the Taliban and killed every… Read more »
Hewhowalkswithhim
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This Movie was about something that happened during the GWB administration. A team was sent on a suicide mission against 300 Taliban and when they went missing the idiot Generals sent another chopper into a hot LZ and got 18 more elite troops killed.

Eric Swanson
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Running for any political office should have a requirement of prior military service. Especially at the federal level, where the ONLY duty of congress is the defense of this Great Nation….

Clark
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You can say that again.

kris mac
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Well said until you mention political affinity, aren’t we all proud of the
men and women who put thier lives on the line for all of us. I have a feeling the snipers don’t care about
Your being on the right or good side of poltics. I get it that people hate our president, but can you shut that part down
When talking about our proud military.

USUKBALLZCBS
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I’ll bet if you research your ancestry there’s some Hitler in your blood!

gena
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Can’t shut that down because the libs are the ones who elected these idiots into office. The liberal politicians are the ones who are destroying our military. So when you say you support our men and women in uniform, you are lying!

nam
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she should not show that part down, it is most important. he is the destroyer of our LIBERTY AND FREEDOMS these men fought and died for.. we must speak of this tyranny~~~~

DeeDee
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Has nothing to do with hate. When will people get it? It has everything to do with his FAILED policies! And no is the answer to your question about aren’t we all proud of the men/women in our military. Do you not pay attention?

KyleinCSpring1
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Very well stated. Thank you, ma’am. <

Shadow
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Love the candy-ass liberal line!

waltkaiser
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well said.

Caral Freeman
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And I weep along with her. It is a travesty what our politicians do our warriors.