It is with heavy heart that I inform you my Beloved Country is gravely under the weather. The Country I served and fought for from 1961 until 1996. I am proud of my service but now I wonder in the words of Hillary Clinton, “What difference, at this point, does it make?” Like millions of other Veterans, I donned the uniform, saluted and went where my Country sent me. As a young Airman I spent my first Christmas away from home on the northern tip of Japan in the fishing village of Wakkanai. After a lot of night school and some full time college I was commissioned and attended Air Force Pilot Training at Vance AFB, Oklahoma. During the next two years I flew 50 combat missions in Vietnam. I flew the 325,000 pound C-141 Starlifer and four different jet fighters as the years slipped by.

After Vietnam, training intensified during the Cold War. Bombs were not falling but we prepared as if the very survival of the United States depended on it. All the time there were wars and conflicts. I did not participate in the invasion of Panama but I did participate in the Defense of the Panama Canal with F-4 Phantom II’s from time to time. Many of us were prepared to participate in the Persian Gulf War but were not used. I felt the pain of losing men training for combat and the difficulty of training for fighting in a chemical environment. I know the empty feeling of searching for human remains. Nevertheless, I believed in my Country and believed I was making a difference. I had heard about Nikita Khrushchev’s words, “We will bury you” but I never believed them. I trained to employ nuclear weapons and would have used them to save America. Even in high school we feared what the Russians might do. After I retired, one of my former pilots spent $10,000 to go to Russia and fly their Mig 29. Although I can never go to Russia or China because I was an Analyst at NSA, I had hoped we could live in peace.

What has happened to my Country? The man who was endorsed by the Communist Party has twice been elected President of the United States. It makes no difference that even this morning I heard news that thousands of people had voted twice in North Carolina and thousands of dead people voted. There is simply no fear of being prosecuted for voter fraud or voter intimidation in my Country. Illegal Aliens are welcomed from anywhere, Iran, Somalia, Syria, Libya, Yemen, you name it. Border Patrol Agents are told to run away even if fired upon. Our military soldiers are told never to shoot first. Heroes like Colonel Allen West and Lieutenant Clint Lorance are punished for protecting their men. Valor, Intrepidity, Gallantry and Courage are no longer valued traits in the Armed Forces. Our sons and daughters, America’s Finest, are regarded as fodder to be sent to combat and forgotten.

Israel has gone to war for the sake of one soldier. Israeli leaders told one squadron to rescue the 248 passengers of the Air France Airliner that was hijacked and flown to Uganda. On July 4th, 1976, they did just that. I talked to the commander of that operation. They flew two C-130s to Entebbe International Airport with lights off in the middle of the night carrying a black Mercedes rigged to look like Idi Amin’s automobile. They drove up to the terminal and yelled “get on the floor” in Hebrew. Everybody who didn’t get on the floor was shot. All hostages were rescued except one woman who had been taken to the hospital. Israel trusted their military to do the job without government interference. The troops knew they had the full support of their government. How many American Airmen, Sailors, Soldiers, Marines and Coast Guardsmen believe our government has their backs? I guarantee you Lieutenant Clint Lorance knows they don’t. Hundreds of senior leaders have been fired. Who is replacing these Admirals, Generals, Colonels and Captains? Drag Queens? Yes Men? Enemies of America?

Our economy is worse, our healthcare system has been trashed, our veterans are treated poorly, the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the highest levels of our government, our great companies have been forced overseas, most of our recent college graduates cannot find jobs and those who do are working in positions that do not require a college education. Our tax money has been squandered bailing out companies rampant with poor management and union goons. Even today, 70% of the General Motors vehicles sold in America are made overseas. I don’t have to tell YOU all the things that are worse. The response from our President is, “We are not there yet.” If we are not there yet, I sure hope we never get THERE!

Now as we ponder the aftermath of another senseless mass shooting at Fort Hood and the shooting at the DC Navy Yard it may be time to ask who is responsible. Among President Clinton’s first acts upon taking office in 1993 was to disarm U.S. soldiers on military bases. In March 1993, the Army imposed regulations forbidding military personnel from carrying their personal firearms and making it almost impossible for commanders to issue firearms to soldiers in the U.S. for personal protection. For the most part, only military police regularly carry firearms on base, and their presence is stretched thin by high demand for MPs in war zones. Do you recall who finally shot Fort Hood gunman Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan? A civilian policewoman from off base. I know the alphabet news will never tell you these things nor will it be an issue with them. It boils down to this, our government does not trust our soldiers to protect themselves in a combat zone or on a military installation in the United States. When President Obama takes a break from golf and fundraising long enough to visit troops overseas, those troops are disarmed for his visit. Yes, United States Armed Forces Personnel are disarmed in a Combat Zone to protect the President.

Senator Diane Feinstein and her ilk use these shootings as an excuse to take guns away from soldiers and law abiding citizens. You know the usual suspects. The Connecticut Legislature has voted to make felons out of hundreds of thousands of law abiding citizens. The insanity seems to be coming to a head in that state. You remember Connecticut where the Christmas tree was swapped for a holiday tree? Where government officials think crooks will honor “Gun Free Zones.”

I am starting to get sick at my stomach just thinking about my wasted time in the Air Force and the bottomless pit politicians are pushing my Country into. Can all the King’s Horses and all the King’s Men ever put America back together again?


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  1. Brittius Says:

    Colonel, I truly wonder, if there is something missing from the fabric of those that seek harm for our country. They try to make it sound as if we, are the ones that are the problem, Sir.

  2. v j konsavage, scpo, usn(ret) Says:

    as you, colonel, i am a military retiree – as you, i harbor grave concerns as to whether our nation, as we knew it, will endure – i then think about all those americans who have sat silently over the years while 55 million of their fellow americans, yet to be birthed, have been legally slaughtered and must ask myself if our nation does indeed deserve to endure –

  3. gpcox Says:

    Colonel, first thank you very much for your service!
    second – if you happen to know of any veteran in need, please check out Colonel Mike Grices’ site, designing specifically for that purpose.

  4. DIXON - #AFFF76 (@DixonWAldridge) Says:

    ” Can all the King’s Horses and all the King’s Men ever put America back together again?” No Sir, they can’t but our savior Jesus Christ can. We all must pray.
    Thank you for your many years of fine service to our country, and please don’t give up now.

  5. Frank Glidewell Says:

    Sent from my iPhone


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