John Bolton: The consequences of a bad deal with Iran

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20150727_jboltonby John Bolton
July 26, 2015

President Obama has made an art form of attacking his opponents rather than substantively defending his own policies, most recently regarding the Vienna agreement on Iran’s nuclear program. Essentially, Obama argues that we must either accept his wretched deal or go to war to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

As is typical, Obama posits the wrong choice, apparently to distract from the unpleasant reality that the agreement won’t work. It will not prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons. So the real choice we are faced with is dealing with the consequences of military action or the consequences of a nuclear Iran. Neither is palatable, but the latter is far worse. If the real objective is stopping Iran from getting nuclear weapons, preemptive military action is now inescapable.

This rock-and-hard-place outcome has long been foreseeable. Iran’s dogged determination to become a nuclear-weapons state was fiercer and stronger than the West’s frail response. Assuming Iran scrupulously complies with every provision agreed to in Vienna — an absurdly unlikely scenario given the ayatollahs’ objectives and history — its ambitions for nuclear weapons will simply have been delayed eight to 10 years.

In all likelihood, the ayatollahs are already at work violating the accords. After all, Iran has systematically breached its voluntarily-assumed obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty for more than 30 years. Now the president’s deal will allow Iran to keep the fruits of its violations. Yes, the deal includes restrictions on uranium enrichment, but Tehran can retain its enrichment program, with guaranteed international assistance in improving it. These concessions are fatal mistakes.

Moreover, Iran’s ballistic missile efforts — its development of the means to deliver nuclear weapons all over the world — will barely be touched. Nor does the deal in any way address Iran’s clandestine weaponization efforts, which it has denied and hidden from the International Atomic Energy Agency with great skill.

Last week, the news that the administration has not even seen the texts of two agreements between the energy agency and Iran, both crucial to implementation of the Vienna accords, only raises further doubts. President Obama must provide the texts of these “side deals” to Congress before any serious consideration of the overall agreement is possible.

Some critics of Obama’s plan advocate scuttling the deal and increasing economic sanctions against Iran instead. They are dreaming. Iran and the United States’ negotiating partners have already signed the accords and are straining at their leashes to implement them. There will be no other “better deal.” Arguments about what Obama squandered or surrendered along the way are therefore fruitless. As for sanctions, they were already too weak to prevent Iran’s progress toward the bomb, and they will not be reset now. To paraphrase Bruce Springsteen, “These sanctions are going boys, and they ain’t coming back.”

Patrick Clawson, the director for research at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, provided the most recent thumbs-down assessment of sanctions: “Iran has muddled through the shock of the sanctions imposed in 2012, and its structural [economic] problems are not particularly severe compared to those of other countries.” He estimates Iran’s nuclear and terrorism-support programs to cost only about $10 billion annually. No wonder administration officials have testified that sanctions (including those imposed piecemeal before 2012) did not slow Iran’s nuclear efforts.

Nor will the deal’s “snapback” mechanism (intended to coerce Iran back into compliance if it breaches its obligations) change that reality. Tehran’s belligerent response is expressly stated in the agreement’s text: “If sanctions are reinstated in whole or in part, Iran will treat that as grounds to cease performing its commitments … in whole or in part.” Tehran does risk losing some future economic benefits should sanctions snap back, but by then it will have already cashed in the assets the deal unfreezes and signed new lucrative trade and investment contracts.

Once those benefits begin flowing all around, the pressure on world governments will only increase to ignore Iranian violations, or to treat them as minor or inadvertent, certainly not warranting the reimposition of major sanctions. The ayatollahs have dusted off Lenin’s barb that “the capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them,” and applied it to the age of nuclear proliferation.

If diplomacy and sanctions have failed to stop Iran, diplomacy alone will fail worse. Like it or not, we now face this unpleasant reality: Iran probably will violate the deal; it may not be detected doing so and if detected, it will not be deterred by “snapback” sanctions. So we return to the hard question: Are we prepared to do what will be necessary to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons?

Obama most certainly is not, which means the spotlight today is on Israel.

If Israel strikes, there will be no general Middle East war, despite fears to the contrary. We know this because no general war broke out when Israel attacked Saddam Hussein’s Osirak reactor in 1981, or when it attacked the North Korean-built Syrian reactor in 2007. Neither Saudi Arabia nor other oil-producing monarchies wanted those regimes to have nuclear weapons, and they certainly do not want Iran to have them today.

However, Iran may well retaliate. At that point, Washington must be ready to immediately resupply Israel for losses incurred by its armed forces in the initial attack, so that Israel will still be able to effectively counter Tehran’s proxies, Hamas and Hezbollah, which will be its vehicles for retaliation. The United States must also provide muscular political support, explaining that Israel legitimately exercised its inherent right of self-defense. Whatever Obama’s view, public and congressional support for Israel will be overwhelming.

American weakness has brought us to this difficult moment. While we obsessed about its economic discomfort, Iran wore its duress with pride. It was never an even match. We now have to rely on a tiny ally to do the job for us. But unless we are ready to accept a nuclear Iran (and, in relatively short order, several other nuclear Middle Eastern states), get ready. The easy ways out disappeared long ago.

John Bolton, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

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Obama Tells Recruiters to Take Off Uniform


Obama Administration tells recruiters to leave their uniforms at home.

In response to the Chattanooga terrorist attack, President Obama’s Defense Secretary Ash Carter approved new guidelines, telling military recruiters NOT to wear their military uniforms, in an effort to increase security. Their suggested response when our troops have been targeted is to have them hide…it’s a disgrace! Our troops are proud to wear their uniforms!

The military services have taken swift action to increase security after Thursday’s shootings in Tennessee, even closing some facilities and telling Marine recruiters not to wear uniforms in public.

Defense Secretary Ash Cater approved immediate steps taken by the military branches to increase security…

One of the steps Carter approved was Marine Corps Recruiting Command’s decision to have recruiters not wear their military uniforms for now, a defense official said. The recruiting command also closed down all offices within 40 miles of the facilities in Chattanooga and increased the force protection condition level from “Bravo” to “Charlie.”

On social media, this news immediately struck a chord with veterans and patriots alike. Former Navy SEAL and author of Lone Survivor Marcus Luttrell posted this response on his Facebook page.

Just heard something about Telling Marines not to wear their uniforms at the recruiting centers for their own safety…?! I have to tell y’all I laughed out loud, if anyone thinks for one second a Marine is gonna take his uniform off because he cares about his safety or is scared of some [colorful expletive] walking in off the street and trying this again (WRONG) that’s not gonna happen, that’s not how we respond in the military when we get hit, we don’t take off our uniforms, drop our weps and run…

 …RIP brothers, your families will miss you, the country will mourn you, and those still wearing the uniform will never forget you.Txfrog

Many others have joined him in attacking the Obama Admin for this weak hearted half-measure. Our troops shouldn’t be made to feel afraid or ashamed of their uniform! Like Luttrell said in his facebook response, our troops don’t throw their weapons on the ground and run the other way when they see the enemy, they confront the evil and triumph over it. But our political leaders have LITERALLY taken away the weapons they need to fight back!

Please donate NOW to help us reach more patriots like you who want to support the troops and give our military men and women the same rights to self-defense that the 2nd Amendment guarantees for civilians.

To show our support for our military who want to WEAR THEIR UNIFORMS we are encouraging our twitter followers to tweet a photo of themselves wearing some type of camo and use the hashtag #thesecamosdontrun.


Show Obama that we believe asking recruiters to leave their uniforms at home is an insult! Our troops need guns to defend themselves!

 

Obama orders flags lowered…5 days later

 

President Obama has FINALLY ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of the 5 troops killed in the Chattanooga terrorist attack.

Americans have been asking for days why Obama has not ordered flags to be lowered in remembrance of the 4 Marines and 1 Navy petty officer who were killed.

At a White House Press Briefing today, reporters asked WH Press Secretary Josh Earnest why it took them so long to order the flags lowered but he had no response.

It’s just another addition to the long list of ways that Obama has insulted the military community during his presidency.

 

Regardless of whether our military men and women are on a military base in Iraq or Afghanistan, Waco, Texas, or a strip mall anywhere in America, we have a duty to protect the safety of the troops.  Let’s start by letting our military keep their arms so they have the ability to protect themselves.

Most Americans have the right to have a firearm to protect themselves if they are in danger.  Why would we not give that same right to uniformed military personnel who clearly are in danger of attack by Islamic radicals?

This tragedy in Chattanooga should have been prevented.  Our policy of disarming troops should have come to an abrupt end after the Fort Hood Massacre in 2009, where we lost 13 troops. We must stop this practice of ‘GUN-FREE ZONES’ that make our troops vulnerable.

Please consider making a donation to help Move America Forward publicly fight to win the right for our troops to carry on bases and recruiting centers so that they aren’t caught in another gun-free zone! Click here to donate now!

Killer’s Family Comes Up with Excuses

Media, Killer’s Family trying to Turn
Terrorist Into One of the Victims

Predictably, no sooner has the dust settled after the Chattanooga terror attack is the media trying to change the story. The weekend’s headlines showed dozens of stories saying blaming the influences of drugs, alcohol, and deep psychological depression attributed to the multitude of problems that eventually drove this poor young man to kill. Not one word about radical Islam.

His extended trip to Jordan and his decision to lash out against the US Military? Well that’s still very unclear, according to the press. What they’re saying is that this kind and intelligent but troubled young man was running from his demons and became a victim along with the 5 servicemen he killed. At least, that’s what they want you to believe.

What about that trip to Jordan? His family claims it was to get him away from drugs and alcohol. But why did he have to go all the way to Jordan for that? Could it be that he met people there who encouraged him toward the path of jihad? What about his decision to attack a military target, are we to believe that is another coincidence? His family says he was depressed after being fired from his job at a nuclear power plant. Wouldn’t his former employer make more sense as the target of his rage instead of military personnel whom he never met? Not unless he had a different motive… like attacking America in the name of Jihad.

Here’s something that only a few reporters are talking about… Abdulazeez had a short-lived blog that talked about jihad, according to The Daily Caller, investigating the killer’s ties to radical Islam.

Abdulazeez wrote that the companions of Muhammad “fought Jihad for the sake of Allah. Every one of them had to make sacrifices in their lives and some even left all their wealth to make hijrah [the journey] to Medina.”

We’re not going to let the media change this into a story about mental health or gun control. This is about Islamic Terror! Our troops need to be well armed in order to fight back against maniacs like these who attack our troops here in the homeland!

Please donate NOW to help us reach more patriots like you who want to support the troops and give our military men and women the same rights to self-defense that the 2nd Amendment guarantees for civilians.

 

Regardless of whether our military men and women are on a military base in Iraq or Afghanistan, Waco, Texas, or a strip mall anywhere in America, we have a duty to protect the safety of the troops.  Let’s start by letting our military keep their arms so they have the ability to protect themselves.

Most Americans have the right to have a firearm to protect themselves if they are in danger.  Why would we not give that same right to uniformed military personnel who clearly are in danger of attack by Islamic radicals?

This tragedy in Chattanooga should have been prevented.  Our policy of disarming troops should have come to an abrupt end after the Fort Hood Massacre in 2009, where we lost 13 troops. We must stop this practice of ‘GUN-FREE ZONES’ that make our troops vulnerable.

Please consider making a donation to help Move America Forward publicly fight to win the right for our troops to carry on bases and recruiting centers so that they aren’t caught in another gun-free zone! Click here to donate now!

When tragedies like this happen, it’s important to remind ourselves about the mission of Move America Forward and why we do what we do. We are here, since 2004, to SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND THEIR MISSIONS IN THE WAR ON TERROR until all of our troops come home.

MAF Media Coverage

MOVE AMERICA FORWARD AT CENTER OF DEBATE OVER ARMING TROOPS AT RECRUITING CENTERS


Friends,

We now find ourselves in the middle of a huge debate taking place in America that remains shocked and appalled by the murder of 4 U.S. Marines by another radical Islamic terrorist. Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez opened fire at a military reserve center where military regulations prohibit troops from carrying firearms. Because of this, the Marines who were under fire had no way to return fire, and 4 died.

Now MAF is asking why the Obama Administration and the Pentagon didn’t change the regulations back in 2009 when the Fort Hood Massacre happened, and there was a huge call by groups like MAF, as well as many prominent politicians, to pressure the administration to change this dangerous policy. Nothing was done.

Today, after submitting our ideas to the media again, MAF is at the center of a renewed debate about allowing our Armed Forces do what they are trained to do, be armed!

Here’s some of the media coverage we’ve been generating on this issue…to help save troops’ lives.

 

VIDEO: MAF Reacts to Chattanooga Terror Attack on News10 ABC

VIDEO: MAF Mentioned by CNN’s Brian Todd on Situation Room w/ Wolf Blitzer

Military Times: “Lawmaker wants to let military recruiters carry weapons”

AmmoLand: “Time to End Ban on Military Men & Women Defending Themselves”

We’ve got the ball rolling, but we’re just getting started.
Now we need YOUR help to keep up the momentum.Please donate NOW to help us reach more patriots like you who want to support the troops and give our military men and women the same rights to self-defense that the 2nd Amendment guarantees for civilians.

 

Regardless of whether our military men and women are on a military base in Iraq or Afghanistan, Waco, Texas, or a strip mall anywhere in America, we have a duty to protect the safety of the troops.  Let’s start by letting our military keep their arms so they have the ability to protect themselves.

Most Americans have the right to have a firearm to protect themselves if they are in danger.  Why would we not give that same right to uniformed military personnel who clearly are in danger of attack by Islamic radicals?

This tragedy in Chattanooga should have been prevented.  Our policy of disarming troops should have come to an abrupt end after the Fort Hood Massacre in 2009, where we lost 13 troops. We must stop this practice of ‘GUN-FREE ZONES’ that make our troops vulnerable.

Please consider making a donation to help Move America Forward publicly fight to win the right for our troops to carry on bases and recruiting centers so that they aren’t caught in another gun-free zone! Click here to donate now!

When tragedies like this happen, it’s important to remind ourselves about the mission of Move America Forward and why we do what we do. We are here, since 2004, to SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND THEIR MISSIONS IN THE WAR ON TERROR until all of our troops come home.

TRAGEDY AT MILITARY RESERVE CENTER

TRAGEDY AT MILITARY RESERVE CENTER

4  UNARMED MARINES KILLED IN GUN-FREE ZONE
1 LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER INJURED, SHOOTER DEAD

News has been breaking all morning about an active shooter on the attack at a multi-branch military reserve center in Chattanooga, TN. Details have been coming out slowly all morning, where at first we thought there were 5 people shot, now we are hearing reports from Fox news saying that 4 of the victims were US Marines and died from their wounds. One police officer was shot but as far as we know he is still hanging on in critical condition. Local authorities have stated that the incident is over and the shooter is dead.

Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of the victims.

4 Marines reportedly dead in shooting attack at Tennessee Navy facility
Published July 16, 2015
FoxNews.com
The Marines were killed by a gunman who opened fire at a Naval Reserves Operations Center on Amnicola Highway, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Marilyn Hutcheson, who works at Binswanger Glass just across the street from the Naval Reserve Center on Amnicola Highway, said she heard a barrage of gunfire around 11 a.m.The shooting there came around the same time that a gunman in a silver Mustang opened fire at a Navy recruiting office in a strip mall some seven miles away, on Lee’s Highway. The shooter stopped in front of the recruiting facility, shot at the building and drove off, said Brian Lepley, a spokesman with the U.S. Army Recruiting Command in Fort Knox, Ky.

Authorities will not comment on the shooter, whose name is Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, who he was or what his motivations were. However there are some troubling bits of evidence coming out.

Our friend and pro-troop blogger Jim Hoft over at the Gateway Pundit blog posted this screenshot of an ISIS twitter account that has previously posted threats against western countries.

This twitter account posted a threatening photo of an ISIS member menacingly holding a knife and the post was made very shortly after the shooting occurred. The tweet also uses the hashtags #Chattanooga #USA and #ISIS.

As of yet we cannot conclude anything about the nature of the shooter or their motivation, it certainly does SOUND like an Islamic radical terrorist attack. The possible tie to the ISIS twitter account just compounds our concern for the safety of our troops especially the military recruiters.

MAF has been on the forefront of this issue since 2008 when we released our report about violence against military recruiting centers called “The Sedition Report”. We collected hundreds of incidents of violence against military personnel from around the country to show that this was a troubling and dangerous phenomenon. In studying the reports we found that all of the attacks were perpetrated by Islamic extremists, or just as disturbingly, by anti-military far-left Americans who lashed out at the military as a form protest against the war and wanted to discourage people from enlisting.

In addition to the attacks, there were also many more incidents of vandalism and disruptive protests like the one MAF fought against here in Berkeley, where CODE PINK was attacking the Marine military recruiting center. When Move America Forward held a press conference in Washington D.C. to release The Sedition Report to the world, CODE PINK even protested our press conference, being disruptive and had to be forcibly removed by security!

This shooting sounds just like all the attacks, protests and vandalism that we cataloged in the Sedition Report years ago, and it sounds just like the modus operandi of the far-left anti-war “peace” protesters like those Code Pink wackos.

This incident ALSO brings up memories of the Fort Hood Massacre perpetrated by the Nidal Hassan, a devotee of Islam who had recently been radicalized and turned to terrorism. Hassan killed 13 military personnel and injured 30 more when he opened fire in Fort Hood, and after that incident many in the political world asked why our troops were not allowed to carry guns on base. Move America Forward joined those who urged the Obama Administration to look into this issue and perhaps allow troops to carry weapons on base to protect themselves, but nothing was ever done.

It is tragic that the Reserve Center where today’s attack occurred was designated a “GUN-FREE ZONE” and our Marines were not armed. The only person who had a gun was the shooter who wanted to do harm. So we have to ask the question, does it make sense to designate military bases and recruiting centers as GUN-FREE ZONES? Does this protect those inside or just make them soft targets?

These issues will likely be back in the forefront of public discussion for the next few weeks and more details will emerge about this tragic incident. However regardless of what we learn, one thing is clear: our hearts are broken for the families of the brave Marines who lost their lives today, as well as the law enforcement officers who came to their rescue. Their sacrifices should not be diminished and they all ought to receive the same full honors as a soldier who died in Iraq or Afghanistan. They died defending their country.

This will be a very tough fight to win the right for troops to defend themselves on military bases and recruiting centers. But how many more incidents like this have to happen before our political leaders change the policy to let our troops arm and defend themselves just like every other American has the right to do?

Please consider making a donation

to help Move America Forward publicly fight to win the right for our troops to carry on bases and recruiting centers so that they aren’t caught in another gun-free zone! Click here to donate now!

When tragedies like this happen, it’s important to remind ourselves about the mission of Move America Forward and why we do what we do. We are here, since 2004, to SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND THEIR MISSIONS IN THE WAR ON TERROR until all of our troops come home.

TIME TO END BAN ON MILITARY DEFENDING THEMSELVES

TARGETS OF ISLAMIC EXTREMISM SHOULD BE ABLE TO BE ARMED
LIKE EVERY OTHER AMERICAN

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Move America Forward, the nation’s largest grassroots pro-troop organization says it is time to end the ridiculous policy of denying military men and women the opportunity to defend themselves in the United States against Islamic extremists.

“In the wake of another shooting at a military facility, today at the Navy Reserve Center, we should end the foolish policy of keeping American men and women in uniform from being armed so they can protect themselves,” said Danny Gonzalez, Director of Communications for the group.

“Islamic extremist have promised to attack American military men and women, and they have done it repeatedly.  It is disgraceful that the policy of disarming our troops has allowed this type of carnage to continue, today taking the precious lives of four Marines and severely injuring a law enforcement officer attempting to protect them.

“In 2008 we noticed this trend of violence against military recruiting centers and published ‘The Sedition Report,’ a collection of more than 50 incidents of violence or vandalism against military recruiters around the country. Since then, the trend against our military has continued and even become more acute, like the tragedy that happened in Chattanooga today.  We have to ask why the Administration and the Pentagon aren’t doing more to protect our troops stateside, whether they are on restricted-access military bases or in recruiting centers open to the public?

“Regardless of whether our military men and women are on a military base in Iraq or Afghanistan, Waco, Texas, or a strip mall anywhere in America, we have a duty to protect the safety of the troops.  Let’s start by letting our military keep their arms so they have the ability to protect themselves.”

“Most Americans have the right to have a firearm to protect themselves if they are in danger.  Why would we not give that same right to uniformed military personnel who clearly are in danger of attack by Islamic radicals?

“This tragedy in Chattanooga should have been prevented.  Our policy of disarming troops should have come to an abrupt end after the Fort Hood Massacre in 2009, where we lost 13 troops. We must stop this practice of ‘GUN-FREE ZONES’ that make our troops vulnerable.”

“Our hearts go out to the families of the Marines killed in Chattanooga today.  We must change the policy now so this tragedy will not be repeated,” concluded Gonzalez.

To arrange an interview with any MAF spokesperson please contact MAF Communications Director, Danny Gonzalez at (714) 926 – 6189 or e-mail danny@moveamericaforward.org

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 325 tons of care packages to our troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Iran Deal Has “More Holes Than Swiss Cheese”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Danny Gonzalez (714) 926 – 6189
July 14, 2015

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Pro-Troop Group: Iran Deal Has
“Move Holes Than Swiss Cheese”


SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Move America Forward, the largest grassroots pro-troop organization in the U.S., said President Barack Obama’s nuclear weapons deal with Iran leaves more questions unanswered than instills confidence in a solid agreement to halt nuclear proliferation in the Middle East.

20150714_iranobamaPresident Obama claims the deal will effectively halt Iran’s nuclear ambitions for 10 years in exchange for sanction relief. Move America Forward fears the deal gives Iran too many concessions without getting concrete verification of an end to a nuclear weapons program in return.

“The deal President Obama’s administration finally negotiated with Iran looks to have more holes than Swiss cheese.” said Danny Gonzalez, Director of Communications for the group. “One of the fundamental problems is that we lack confidence in President Obama to negotiate a favorable deal for the United States.  Everything he and his former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, have touched around the globe has turned out for the worst.

“By releasing billions of dollars in sanctions relief and given Iran’s radical history of disruptive policies in the Middle East, this deal will empower Iran with the cash and resources to turn the Middle East upside down, ensuring an Iranian hegemony that will threaten peace in the region for decades to come.

20150714_syriawar“In Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, and elsewhere, Iran’s influence and material support is fueling all the various bad actors who are making the Middle East boil over with violence. Part of Obama’s deal with Iran includes $100 billion in frozen assets than Iran will now have access to, plus billions more in sanction relief. Iran and the terrorist groups it supports will be able to wreak havoc on more innocents with that money, directly threatened our most cherished allies in the region.

“The most important and dangerous component, Iran’s centrifuges to make nuclear material, are untouched. Iran won’t be forced to dismantle any facilities, only shut down about two-thirds of them. Another key point that negotiators wanted was to stop Iran from researching more efficient centrifuges in the interim 10 year period. No word about that, so we fear they failed.

“The critical element that is supposed to keep Iran honest are the inspections, but this is where Obama’s deal seems the weakest. It gives Iran the option to appeal the inspections or delay them up to two weeks. So Iran will be allowed to continue playing games with inspectors and have ample time to hide anything they don’t want inspectors to see.  We saw this type of mischief with Iraq, which directly led us into a huge conflict.  Deals with untrustworthy actors will not hold.

“This deal also puts Israel in an incredibly tough position. We agree that Prime Minister Netanyahu’s concerns that the agreement is ‘a bad mistake of historic proportion’ may be correct.  We must stand with Israel, our most reliable ally in the Middle East.

“Finally, we are extremely disappointed that Obama refused to condition any deal with the release of innocent Americans who are held unlawfully by the Iranian authorities.  We firmly believe Obama should have made the release of Americans the first step in Iran demonstrating some commitment to the rule of law and engagement with the civilized world,” concluded Gonzalez.

To arrange an interview with any MAF spokesperson please contact MAF Communications Director, Danny Gonzalez at (714) 926 – 6189 or e-mail danny@moveamericaforward.org

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 325 tons of care packages to our troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Photo Received from Crew of Aircraft Carrier

Help Sailors Aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt

Friends, as you know about three weeks ago the USS Theodore Roosevelt was dispatched to the Gulf of Aden off the coast of Yemen to stop the flow of Iranian weapons and material support to the Houthi rebels that have taken control of Yemen by bloodthirsty aggression.

Move America Forward had received some requests directly from the sailors aboard the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT and we sent some care packages their way.

Today, we received a reply back with this photo of the crew of the big aircraft carrier.

These sailors are still in the path of Iran’s Navy and we are now preparing to send more support – make a donation now to get your care package on board this shipment! Hurry! Click here to donate now!

 

Weeks ago there was a showdown when one convoy of up to 9 Iranian ships that seemed bound for Yemen turned around and went back to Iran after the USS Theodore Roosevelt entered the waters near Yemen. We don’t know what those ships contained but clearly they did not want the US to know what was in those vessels.

Now Iran is saying they plan to send a new fleet to Yemen with humanitarian aid and that they will escort this fleet with Iranian warships to protect them from possible US intervention.

 

“Iran: Attack on Yemen-Bound Ship ‘Will Spark War in the Region’

BY: Adam Kredo
May 13, 2015 2:56 pm


Iranian military leaders are warning that any efforts to block passage of a supposed aid ship heading for Yemen “will spark war in the region,” according to multiple regional reports.
Iran will not permit its Yemen-bound ship to be inspected by any outside countries, a move that could complicate U.S. efforts to stop Tehran from smuggling weapons and other munitions to Yemeni rebels.The warning also was sent to the Saudi Arabian government, which is positioned against Iran in the fight raging in Yemen.”The countries involved in war against Yemen are no way allowed to inspect the Islamic Republic of Iran’s ship which is carrying humanitarian aid,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said in a statement on Wednesday published by the country’s state-run media.

These ships are purported to contain 2,500 tons of aid supplies, but we should be highly suspicious of that claim. A tactic that Iran has used before, claiming to be noble humanitarians sending aid, but secretly mixing guns and bombs into the supplies to help arm the insurgency.

Due to their past behavior we have every reason to suspect that Iran will try again with this new fleet, to smuggle weapons to the Houthis. We hope that the US works with Saudi Arabia to blockade this fleet until every box is inspected to make sure Iran is not doing it again!

You can help bring a morale boost to the sailors aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt by making a donation today. We are preparing a shipment headed directly for the troops aboard this US Navy Aircraft Carrier!!

Hurry and donate NOW to increase the size of this imminent shipment!!! These items are impossible to find overseas, so for the troops who receive them, it’s like a little piece of home.


CARE PACKAGES INCLUDE:

Coffee from Rogers Family Co.
Hot Apple Cider
Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate
Genuine Oreo Cookies
Gatorade
Painted Hill Beef Jerky
Planters Nuts/Trail Mix
Hoo-Ahhs Field Towels
Deodorant
Girl Scout Cookies
Lip Balm
Sunblock
John Ondrasik “For the Troops” CDs
“Support the Troops” Wristbands
Military OneSource Resource Packet
U.S. Constitution Pocket Edition
Veteran’s Crisis Line Info Card
A Personal Note from YOU!

May Newsletter 2015


Watch your emails for the Date of our Annual Troopathon 8 Live Event!


We are excited for our upcoming Troopathon 8 Live coming this summer, we will share the date once we have confirmed. Please join us as we broadcast live over the internet for packed with great guest speakers sharing their stories and offering support to the brave men and women serving far from home as we remember and honor their sacrifices.

Troopathon 8 Live will kicked off with returning host Melanie Morgan and her co-hosts. We’re still in the process of lining up this year’s guests, but you can be sure there will be some great names past year’s guest list which included Oscar nominee Gary Sinise, Bill Whittle, Dennis Miller, legendary Coach K of Duke University and syndicated radio host Roger Hedgecock, and radio host and best-selling author S.E. Cupp.

We will be sending out emails, posting on Facebook, and Tweeting to keep you posted as we line up this year’s  exciting guest list, so if you haven’t already, add us on Facebook and Twitter now. And as always, thank you for standing behind our troops and offering them the support they deserve!

 

Hats Off to You Super Mom!

Many of our Deployed Mom’s celebrated Mother’s Day  with only the hopes of an email, card from home or for the lucky ones a chance to chat with their families via the internet as they serve far from home this year.  Of course, they accept this separation dutifully as part of their commitment to our nation, and they do so proudly. But let’s all make certain that those serving in part to protect their children and everyone else’s are looked after too!

If you missed out on the chance to send a package to one of our dedicated deployed moms, why not take a moment to send your thanks now with our new Beat the Heat care packages?    They’re not just for moms either, any of our troops would welcome al the heat busting goodies, including sunscreen, lip balm, Ohh Ahhs alcohol free wipes and more designed to keep out soldiers cool as temperatures rise!

To all our supporters who did take the time to send a Mother’s Day package we say thank you for supporting our troops!

Our Troops Truly Appreciated your EggCeptional Easter Support!

Thanks to your generous support, Move America Forward was able to send over $25,000 of packages to our troops. Time away from loved ones and friends is always difficult especially during a holiday. Spending Easter away from family and loved ones was just a little bit easier this year for grateful troops knowing that there were people like our supporters thinking about them!

So thank you to supporters like Lucia U. , David W., Howard U., Brenda D. and Diana C. among many others who stepped up to make sure our troops received Easter care packages!

THANK YOU HIGHLIGHT
“Nothing like the comforts and tastes of home!”

We are always thrilled to hear from the soldiers who receive packages though Move America Forward.  Sometimes we receive cards or letters back and sometimes we hear from the soldier directly via email.

This thank you note was an email from a unit of soldiers who received a whole group of support packages to share.

As you can see, they really special receiving the packages and if you haven’t heard back directly from a soldier you have supported, who knows, your package just may have been among this special shipment!



Memorial Day: Fly your Flag to Honor those who Gave All!

Monday, May 25th, 2015 is Memorial Day. It is seen as a great opportunity for a long weekend of barbecues and a chance to catch a baseball game or hang out with friends, but we at MAF know that Memorial Day means so much more.

Memorial Day was established as an occasion to honor and celebrate Union Soldiers, who died in service to our country during the Civil War. After the end of World War I, Memorial Day was expanded to include all American men and women who died serving their country in any military action or war.

Originally called Decoration Day and celebrated on May 30th traditionally, the current name of Memorial Day came into use following WWII and with the passage of the 1968 Uniform Holidays Bill Memorial Day was officially moved to the last Monday in May.

As our way of honoring those who gave all, we are also asking all of our supporters to fly their flags proudly on Memorial Day, and for those who have flag poles to remember to fly your flag at half mast.

Please take a moment out of your day to remember those who sacrificed their lives in service to the United States of America.
Calling all Troops!
Signing up to receive packages is easy!

If you are deployed or have the address of a deployed military member, you can click here for our Military Sign Up Center to sign them up to receive one of our great care packages loaded with plenty of the TLC our soldiers need to remind them that people back home support their mission.

If you prefer, just copy this link  [ http://www.moveamericaforward.org/soldier-sign-up/ ] Once the soldier has registered they’ll be eligible to receive packages and messages of support from caring Americans like you

Our Monthly Smiles Club Keeps Morale High Year Round!

Here’s an easy way to keep those smiles coming all year long – join the Move America Forward Monthly Smiles Club. Simply provide us with your monthly budget, and a little information from you and we do the rest. That’s all there is to it. Then you’ll know each month you’ve put a smile on a soldier’s face.

We can also set up programs that send packages out for all the different holidays through the year. We have members who send out packages for Easter, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, and others who send out packages every other month or even quarterly. We’re here to help with whatever you or your company, group or organization wants to do to support the troops. There’s no obligation, and you can stop sending packages at any time.

If you have a question or would like additional information, contact Lisa Baron, our Monthly Smiles Director at LisaBaron@MoveAmericaForward.org.

 


 


U.S. Army Medic Spc. John M. Dawson,
killed in Afghanistan on Apr. 8,2015. (DoD)

Spc. John M. Dawson, 22, of Whitinsville, Massachusetts, died April 8, in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when he was attacked by small arms fire while he was on an escort mission according to a statement issued by the Department of Defense.

Dawson was assigned to 1st Squadron, 33 Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, deployed out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

Dawson, an Army medic, who enlisted about a year after high school  in 2012 was shot  in an apparent insider attack by an Afghani soldier  in Jalalabad, a city about 90 miles east of Kabul.

Dawson is the first soldier killed since December, 2014, the longest period of time without a causality since the September 11, 2001 attacks. His awards include the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Ribbon, the Combat Action Badge and the Air Assault Badge.

Dawson is survived by his parents, Rhonda Dawson and Michael Dawson, both of Whitinsville, Mass. His funeral was held on Monday, April 20, in Upton, Mass.

 

TROOP TWEETS


If you don’t have a Facebook or haven’t had the time to check in with us lately, we thought we’d share a few of our recent posts:



 


I believe it is important to share the stories of our services members, which is why I reached out to one of our Twitter followers, Cy Wagner, with whom I had exchanged a few notes and photos regarding our dad’s time in service during WWll as both our fathers had served with the legendary First Marine Division and both had survived some of the bloodiest battles of WWll including Guadalcanal and Peleliu.

After a few exchanges I approached Cy about sharing his dad’s story with you all here in my column. Although Cy’s Dad, Lester is gone now, I am happy to have a forum to share some of Lester’s story and in doing so shine light on the sacrifices made by this remarkable man during his rather extraordinary life.

 

Lester’s Story

Lester Dale Wagner was one of 15 children born to Grover Wagner the mayor of Carey, Ohio a sleepy village in Wyandot County knows for its limestone quarries and close knit families. Even being one of eight children, my mind boggles at the idea of raising fifteen children… fifteen children!

Cy said his mom Kate was “one tough but loving lady” and I can only imagine his grandmother must have been equally so to have raised such a gigantic brood!

Like many men of Lester’s generation, when his country called, Lester did not hesitate in joining the fight to protect his home, his family and his way of life. Lester, as well as his brothers served during WWII. According to Cy, “I know we had an Uncle Woody or Woodrow who served in the Army Air Corps and Eugene who served in the Navy.”

Lester left behind a young wife, who, in his absence, gave birth to their son she named Larry and whom she raised for four lonely years without a complaint before Lester would return home and finally meet his son.  “She is the last of a breed of women who stayed home raised kids- never drove- back then the doctor would come to the house. She really hung in there while dad was away.” Said Cy with clear admiration for him mom.

Half a world away in the Solomon Islands, Lester’s missions with the tough-as-nails 1st Marine Division took him into the Battle of Guadalcanal then on to Bougainville to help the Allies wrestle control of the island from the Japanese forces.   As a member of a tank crew, Lester fought in some of the most brutal conditions in the stifling heat of the Pacific Theater. In one day alone during the Bougainville campaign, Lester and his incredibly brave tank crew knocked out over 120 Japanese pillboxes at and 10 pillboxes more at Cape Gloucester.

Lester moved on to Peleliu where the 1st Marine Division was nearly decimated by the brutal fight they encountered with the Japanese troops as the U.S. troops attempted to take a strategically located air field on this tiny coral island. The U.S. command had estimated they could take the island in a four day fight; however, the Japanese had heavily fortified the island, digging tunnels and hideouts which led to a two month bloody campaign with the highest casualty rate of the Pacific Campaign during WWII.

Although Lester and his tank crew fought bravely, they were not to be spared from the devastation. According to Cy, “My father would be severely wounded and the only surviving crew member from an artillery round that hit them while fighting on Bloody Nose Ridge on the island of Peleliu.”.

Lester, injured and fighting for his life was transported to a Navy hospital ship with devastating injuries to his legs.  While onboard Lester was awarded a Purple Heart. “The wounds he sustained caused him to have one short leg and he had to have special shoes to compensate.”

The injury led to Lester’s discharge for medical reasons where he was lucky enough to return home to Kate and his young son Larry but not before spending a year recuperating in a VA hospital.

Lester and his wife Kate were both quietly proud of the sacrifices they, and many of their great generation made to save the world from tyranny.

I am honored that I was able to share the heroic story of Sgt. Lester Dale Wagner, U.S. Marine and his family with you.  Special thanks to Lester’s son Cy Wagner for taking the time to share it with me and with all of you who are reading this.

I hope you enjoy reading my column and I would love to hear your thoughts and stories as well. If you have served or have family members who have served I would encourage you to allow me to share your own story so I can help tell all the wonderful stories about our brave troops that deserve to be heard.

I hope I gave you something to smile about, so pour yourself a nice cup of coffee, or in my case a tall icy glass of sweet tea, count your blessing and have a great day!

Lisa

I would love to hear from you, even on our darkest days we all have blessings and I would love to share yours. Contact at lisabaron@moveamericaforward.org and use the subject line Count Your Blessings.

 

Did You Know?

May 2, 2011U.S. Special Operations Forces kill Osama bin Laden during a raid on his compound in Pakistan. The raid ended a decade-long manhunt for the terrorist leader of al-Qaeda which was behind the September 11, 2001 attacks.


May 7, 1915
Germany torpedoes the British ocean liner Lusitania off the coast of Ireland, with 1,100 lives lost, including 114 Americans on board.  The U.S. had previously remained neutral; however, the public outcry hastened America’s involvement in World War I.

May 8, 1942The Battle of the Coral Sea began, marking Japan’s first defeat during World War ll. The battle ushered in a new era of naval warfare as this was the first time two opposing naval forces fought engaging aircraft alone without the ships sighting each other.

May 11, 1969The Battle of “Hamburger Hill” began during the Viet Nam War. After U.S. troops engaged in a 10-day siege marked by bloody hand-to-hand combat with the North Vietnamese and finally taking the hill, American military leaders soon abandoned the position which was quickly retaken by the North Vietnamese.


May 14, 1942
During World War II, an Act of Congress allowed women to enlist for noncombat duties in the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC), the Women Appointed for Voluntary Emergency Service (WAVES), Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS), and Semper Paratus Always Ready Service (SPARS), the Women’s Reserve of the Marine Corp.

May 20, 1862President  Lincoln signed the Homestead Act  opening up the West to settlement to “homesteaders” who could acquire up to 160 acres by living on the land and cultivating it for five years, paying just $1.25 per acre.

May 24, 1844“What hath God wrought?” with this simple statement telegraph inventor Samuel Morse  ushered in the dawn of the wireless communication era as he sent the first official telegraph message from Washington, D.C., to Baltimore.

MAF Sends Extra-Special Gift to the Biggest 49ers Fan in Uniform

Earlier this year, Move America Forward sent an extra-special care package to a very dedicated football fan serving on the front lines. Inside this care package was a one-of-a-kind 49ers football and today we received confirmation that this timeless piece of pro-troop NFL memorabilia made it into the hands of this deserving troop!

 

 Good Morning Sir/Ma’am!My friend and I here in the middle east sent you a request for a care package a few months back and I am emailing the pictures back to you of the wonderful gift I received!

I truly appreciate the care package that was sent.  It is organizations like yours that make this strenuous and stressful time away from family and loved ones a lot easier and I can’t thank you enough. Your gift will be cherished for generations.

Go NINERS!!!

Sincerely,
TSgt Shawn S.
F-16 EFS Munitions Specialist

 

We are very glad to help troops deployed overseas, especially with such an extra-special gift like this. But don’t forget there are still tens of thousands more troops still serving overseas and they need our help too!

 


IRAN SAYS THEY WILL PROTECT “AID SHIP” TO YEMEN

Weeks ago there was a showdown with Iran after the US sent our aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt to the Gulf of Aden to monitor incoming traffic to war-torn Yemen. One convoy of up to 9 Iranian ships that seemed bound for Yemen turned around and went back to Iran once the US fleet was in their path. We don’t know what those ships contained but clearly they did not want the US to know what was in those vessels.

Now Iran is saying they plan to send a new fleet to Yemen with humanitarian aid and that they will escort this fleet with Iranian warships to protect them from possible US intervention.

These ships are purported to contain 2,500 tons of aid supplies, but we should be highly suspicious of that claim. A tactic that Iran has used before, claiming to be noble humanitarians sending aid, but secretly mixing guns and bombs into the supplies to help arm the insurgency.

Don’t forget last year when Israelis Defense Forces raided a fleet of ships headed for the Gaza strip, supposedly to deliver “humanitarian aid”. What the IDF found aboard those ships were bulletproof vests, knives and ranged weapons hidden under a few boxes of medical supplies.

Due to their past behavior we have every reason to suspect that Iran will try again with this new fleet, to smuggle weapons to the Houthis. We hope that the US works with Saudi Arabia to blockade this fleet until every box is inspected to make sure Iran is not doing it again!

Yemen remains in chaos with half the country under the control of the Houthis, a group of militant Islamic extremist rebels who ousted the government and are fighting to for control of the rest of Yemen. Since the Houthis are supported by Iran, it has long been suspected that the Iranians are providing military and financial aid to the rebels who have been killing with as much ruthlessness as ISIS in Iraq/Syria.

 

Mother’s Day Care Packages for Military Moms

 

There are only 2 days left until Mother’s Day, that means time is running out to sponsor a great Mother’s Day care package from Move America Forward!

Move America Forward is busy sending out care packages to our moms who are serving overseas to keep their families back home safe! People all around the country are coming together and making donations or doing whatever they can to help the troops overseas, especially the moms, since Mother’s Day is this Sunday May 10th!

It’s true that our military moms who are out there serving in Afghanistan will have no opportunity to be pampered by their husbands, or receive that construction paper, crayon-written, macaroni-glued Mother’s Day card from their kids.

Did you know that over 200,000 women have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan? Included in that number are over 85,000 mothers who said goodbye to their husbands, sons and daughters to go overseas and fight for their country.


By Petula DvorakAbout 220,000 women have served in Afghanistan and Iraq. About 40 percent of active-duty women, or almost 85,000, are mothers, according to a Joint Economic Committee report. And of those, at least 30,000 are single moms.That’s a lot of American kids who know that Mommy’s not going to make it to the dance recital, won’t be there for the birthday party and, to be perfectly truthful, might not come home at all.The multitasking mom – our worries, our woes, our spit-up-stained business suits and over-committed volunteering – is practically a walking cliche. But what about when Mom wears fatigues and a bad day means enemy gunfire?

We’ve received hundreds of notes from troops overseas talking about how difficult it is to miss holidays and birthdays while deployed. Imagine being halfway around the world, away from your son or daughter for the first time? This is the reality of our modern military family and as Americans it’s up to us to support those troops who bravely sacrifice so much to defend our freedoms.

Mother’s day will be especially tough for the thousands of moms still serving over in Afghanistan. It’s a dangerous job and they risk everything to do their duty.

This Mother’s Day we want to recognize all of our military Moms — those who are serving and the mothers of troops serving. Whether they’re putting themselves on the line to make a safer world for their children to grow up in, or sending their children off to keep America safe, military Moms know the meaning of SACRIFICE better than anyone. And we want to thank them this Mother’s Day.

Send a MOTHER’S DAY care package to our troops serving in Afghanistan. It’s the best way to say thanks to the Moms who gave us life, and the Moms who risk their own lives to protect our nation from threats of terrorism.

 


May 8th is VE DayVE Day is the day we celebrate Victory in Europe during World War 2. With Hitler dead and American and Russian troops overrunning Berlin, the German High Command finally signed an unconditional surrender on May 8th in Berlin.

Though we still had to fight on in the Pacific, the Victory in Europe was still a momentous day and celebrated all around the country.

Today we continue to celebrate VE Day as a reminder of the millions of Americans who sacrificed so much to fight the evil Nazi regime and their allies. WW2 vets and their families are gathering for parades, remembrances or other ceremonies around the country.

Take part in the celebrations or at least spend some time thinking about the monumental conflict and the people who fought so hard to keep America and the whole world free from tyranny.

 

 

We have some really awesome SPF 15 Sun Screen and SPF 30 Lip Balm by Sun Bum.This brand is great because they’re oil free and moisture-resistant, so when the soldier wearing them sweats, the sun screen won’t wipe off like with other brands.
There’s also the high quality Hooh-Ahhs field towels, with moisture in them so if troops do get sweaty or hot, they can take a refreshing field shower.These moisturized field towels are a thousand times better than flimsy wet wipes that are too small to be useful and often tear easily.
And don’t forget about the Gatorade mix so our troops can replenish some much needed fluid and electrolytes with a refreshing, cool, and great tasting drink!

 


With thousands of troops still serving in Iraq and Afghanistan they need our help to keep cool in the hot Middle Eastern sun!

Click Here if you want to send a package to our troops on the front lines that will include some thirst quenching Gatorade, Hooh-Ahhs Field Towels, Lip Balm and Sun Screen!