On March 1st 2012, we were shocked and deeply saddened to hear that Andrew had passed away. Our prayers and thoughts continue to go out to his wife, his four children, and the rest of his family. May he continue to rest in peace with God in Heaven.
Today we remember and celebrate his life and efforts.
When we started Troopathon (our annual campaign to raise money for care packages for the troops), Andrew was instantly on board. He co-anchored each Troopathon with great gusto, bringing along some of his Hollywood friends and media connections. His generosity and selflessness was well known among his friends and close associates and was on full display for Troopathon.
Whether it was riding his roller blades across the set while we were live, offering to let Alec Baldwin punch him is the face as long as he made a donation, or even going as far as to put on a tie (something he rarely did), he was fully dedicated to raising as much money as possible to this worthy cause.
From 2008-2011 Andrew helped support this amazing effort to send care packages to our troops overseas. He was instrumental in making it a success and co-hosted the event in 2009, 2010, and 2011. He was scheduled to co-host again in 2012 before he was suddenly taken from us.
Andrew Breitbart on Troopathon Throughout the Years
Three years later, we still miss Andrew terribly, and it’s safe to say nobody can fill the enormous shoes he left behind. Andrew made an indelible mark on the conservative movement and we feel incredibly lucky and grateful to have known and worked with him. Today, MAF continues supporting our troops and their missions because we know Andrew would told us: “Never give up! Never surrender! Always stand strong in support of our troops!”
HEADLINE: “Kayla Mueller’s Brother: Swap With Taliban Raised IS Demands”
You may already recognize the name Kayla Mueller. She was an American civilian working for a humanitarian aid group in the Middle East, and was kidnapped by ISIS in August of 2013. She was held as a prisoner for ransom before being brutally murdered by her kidnappers on February 6th, as best we know from intelligence sources and conflicting claims made by ISIS.
Now her family has come forward revealing that the ISIS kidnapper’s demands were affected by President Obama’s prisoner swap with the Taliban, wherein Obama released FIVE GITMO detainees and in exchange got back Bowe Bergdahl and American soldier who deserted his post and was subsequently captured by the Taliban. According to Kayla’s family, the ISIS captors raised their demands when they saw that they could get more, like the Taliban got when Obama traded with them.
|The militants increased their demands after the May swap for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, Eric Mueller told NBC’s “Today” in an interview that aired Monday.
“That made the whole situation worse because that’s when the demands got greater,” he said. “They got larger. They realized that they had something.”
This disturbing revelation underscores the simple fact that MAF stated when we heard about Obama’s surprise prisoner exchange that he did not even inform Congress of. The US should not negotiate with terrorists and these deals do more harm than good by giving these terrorists a reason to target Westerners for more kidnappings and ransoms.
In the end Obama gave up five dangerous terrorists who are now back on the battlefield, and he made things even worse for poor Kayla Mueller and her family. This is the same reason why we urged the Syrians not to negotiate with ISIS for the return of their captured jet pilot. He too, was executed by ISIS.
The lesson is clear. There is only one way to deal with these murderous Islamic terrorists – armed force.
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Move America Forward, the largest grassroots pro-troop organization in the U.S., warned Jordan against their plan to conduct a prisoner exchange with the terrorist group calling themselves the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, better known as ISIS, or ISIL. Jordanian officials made public a plan to trade for a Jordanian pilot captured by ISIS in exchange for freeing an Iraqi terrorist convicted of taking part in several hotel bombings in 2005 and sentenced to death for her terrorist crimes.
“This is a dangerous path that the Jordanians are going down, and I would urge them to immediately back out of this deal and completely sever all diplomatic channels with ISIS,” said Danny Gonzalez, Communications Director for Move America Forward.
“There is a fundamental problem at the core of this controversy that says you should never, ever negotiate with non-state actors like ISIS. Though they call themselves the Islamic State, they are not a country and should never be treated with the legitimacy that we treat a nation-state. They are a group of terrorists, Islamic extremists, and they have no diplomatic standing. Once you start negotiating with them as you would a nation-state, you give them legitimacy and that gives them power.”
“Jordan should focus on joining the United States and other Arab countries to hunt down and eradicate ISIS, not parley with them,” said Gonzalez. “This also sets a very dangerous precedent because if ISIS gets what they want this time, they know there is future potential for more ransoms or exchanges and that will lead to more people being kidnapped. It immediately raises the value of any potential kidnapping target such as any Americans that may be in Iraq, be they aid workers or members of our military,” warned Gonzalez.
“The United States should also not be negotiating with ISIS, and President Obama has to share some of the blame for this after he was willing to negotiate prisoner exchanges with the Taliban in return for releasing Guantanamo Detainees.
“That set a bad precedent that contributes to this situation and we need to roll that back and re-affirm our policy that the United States and Her allies do not, and will never be willing to negotiate with terrorists regardless of what name they call themselves by,” said Gonzalez.
Move America Forward has been an advocate in favor of Operation Iraqi Freedom since 2004 and has sent representatives to Iraq multiple times including trips in 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011. Before the rise of ISIS in Iraq, MAF staffers and spokespersons spent weeks embedded with American troops, met with local Iraqi military and political leaders to build diplomatic relations, and reported back news from the front lines.
To arrange an interview with any MAF spokesperson please contact MAF Communications Director, Danny Gonzalez at (714) 926 – 6189 or e-mail email@example.com
Move America Forward, a registered 501(c)(3) charity, based in Sacramento, supports our troops and their missions in the war on terror. Move America Forward is supported by hundreds of thousands of pro-troop activists, veterans and military families across the nation. To date, they have shipped over 300 tons of care packages to our troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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