What happened yesterday in California gives me HOPE for our republic

LTC Allen West

I wrote a piece for Townhall.com about the three types of people — sheep, wolves and sheepdogs. I want to send out a hearty Airborne to an American warrior, a sheepdog. We came to know about U.S. Air Force Airman Spencer Stone, 23, a Sacramento State University senior, who, with his two friends– Army National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler — were on the Amsterdam-to-Paris train in late August when a gunman started to open fire. The three Americans charged the gunman and were able to eventually subdue him.

“He seemed like he was ready to fight to the end. So were we,” Stone said at the time. Stone, who was stabbed and slashed with a box cutter during the train melee, said he was waking up from a deep sleep when Skarlatos “just hit me on the shoulder and said ‘Let’s go.'”

Stone and Skarlatos, 22, moved in to tackle the gunman, identified as 26-year-old Moroccan Ayoub El-Khazzani, and take his assault rifle. Sadler, 23, then moved in to help subdue the assailant. “All three of us started punching” him, Stone said. Stone said he choked El-Khazzani unconscious.

Stone is also credited with saving a French-American teacher wounded in the neck with a gunshot wound and squirting blood. Stone described matter-of-factly that he, “just stuck two of my fingers in his hole and found what I thought to be the artery, pushed down and the bleeding stopped.” He said he kept the position until paramedics arrived.

Ladies and Gents, this is what it means to be a sheepdog — see the wolf and attack, protect the sheep. It’s not something that just happens once, it’s something bred into an individual. And so the recent report about Airman Stone is not surprising in the least bit for me.

As reported by Fox News:

Spencer Stone, one of the three Americans hailed a hero in the French train attack in August, is in serious but stable condition after being stabbed Thursday near a Sacramento bar. 

Stone, 23, was knifed three times in the upper body and expected to survive after about two hours of surgery, said Dr. J. Douglas Kirk, chief medical officer at UC Davis Medical Center.

At a press conference, police described the suspects as two male Asian adults in white T-shirts and blue jeans, who fled the scene in a 2009-2012 dark Toyota Camry. Law enforcement sources said they are working on the premise that Stone left a club with a woman who was harassed by wither one man or a group. Stone came to her aid about a block from the club, the sources said. Authorities believe Stone may have been attacked by up to six men and held down while stabbed, the sources said.

From the initial police report, it appears Airman Stone has demonstrated chivalry is not dead, either. See, when I read a story such as this, it further emboldens my belief that we do have great young men and women walking amongst us. They’re willing to make a stand against evil and against that which seeks to threaten and terrorize. It lets me know that America is indeed as Alexander the Great alluded, an army of Lions — though, sadly, being led by sheep.

When I think of Airman Stone, a young man not even recovered from his injuries of the train attack, willing to step up and be a Guardian again — well, folks, that is America. And it’s why I find it unconscionable the U.S. Army would seek to dismiss SFC Charles Martland, a combat-decorated Army Green Beret, because he stood up to evil. Martland stood up to that which embodies sickness and evil, an Afghan police chief who’d raped a twelve-year-old boy and beaten his mother. Martland is a sheepdog, honoring his creed, his motto, “De Oppresso Libre,” — and for doing so, he received a letter of reprimand and is now under threat of being discharged from the Army.

What happens when we no longer revere the sheepdogs? What happens when our culture comes to the point it rewards a deserter — a coward — and denigrates the warrior, one who runs to the sound of the guns, rather than away?

The crux of this story is to honor and send our best wishes for a speedy recovery to Airman Stone. But there’s a very important comparative analysis when we assess Stone’s actions, Martland’s actions and Bergdahl’s desertion. Stone and Martland would NEVER want to be viewed as victims — that’s just not how sheepdogs roll. Yet, as we reported here, the U.S. Army — actually, the Obama administration — is seeking to classify Bergdahl as a victim of his circumstances, which he brought upon himself, in order to allow him to just walk free. And please, spare me the hardship and not being able to find a job with a dishonorable discharge — Bergdahl will be embraced by the liberal progressive left.

President Obama welcomed Airman Stone, Army Soldier Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler to the White House. Obama also welcomed the parents of Bowe Bergdahl to the Rose Garden and praised their son Bowe. I bet Obama has not a freaking clue who SFC Charles Martland is — but he’s a sheepdog that would take the same action all over again. And he didn’t do it because he wanted a trip to the White House. SFC Martland took his action because the sheep needed protection from the wolf — not for fame or accolade, but because it was the right thing to do.

Horribly so, the Obama administration and the Army is not doing the right thing by SFC Martland…but they are doing the absolutely wrong thing in the case of Bowe Bergdahl.


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