Veterans Affairs Secretary Falsely Claims He Served In Special Forces (Video)

VA Chief Told A Homeless Vet He Served In Special Forces Even Though He Didn’t – Daily Caller

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Veterans Affairs Sec. Robert McDonald falsely told a homeless veteran last month that he had served in special forces during his five-year stint in the Army.

McDonald, appointed to head the scandal-ridden VA last year, served as a captain in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division between 1975 and 1980. And though he completed Army Ranger training, the former Procter & Gamble CEO was never a member of a special forces.

The Huffington Post flagged the fib, which McDonald uttered in front of a CBS News camera in Los Angeles last month.

As he was out canvassing the area for homeless vets, McDonald came across a man who said he had been in the military and that he had been in special forces.

“Special forces? What years? I was in special forces!” McDonald exclaimed.

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Except that wasn’t true, as McDonald admitted to the Huffington Post.

“I have no excuse,” McDonald told the website after being confronted with the false claim. “I was not in special forces.”

He said he “wanted to clear up the confusion I probably created – I did create,” explaining, “I reacted spontaneously and I reacted wrongly, [with] no intent in any way to describe my record any different than it is.”

Several retired military officers informed the Huffington Post about McDonald’s claim, spurred by the recent scandal involving NBC anchor Brian William and his claims to have been in a helicopter downed by an RPG during the Iraq War.

“I thought, ‘What a boneheaded statement – is this what we want from our senior government officials?’” retired Army Col. Gary Bloomberg, a former special forces commander, told the Post after seeing video of McDonald’s comments.

Bloomberg circulated the video among other retired special forces members.

“I can see [other former special forces soldiers] going, ‘Hey, check out this boneheaded remark,’ but I don’t see the gravitas that I would with a guy wearing medals he didn’t earn,” Bloomberg said.

The White House told the Post that it accepted McDonald’s explanation for the false statement.

“Secretary McDonald has apologized for the misstatement and noted that he never intended to misrepresent his military service,” the White House said. “We take him at his word and expect that this will not impact the important work he’s doing to promote the health and well-being of our nation’s veterans.”

McDonald was criticized last week for inaccurate statements he made in an entirely different matter.

“Nine hundred people have been fired since I became secretary,” McDonald told NBC “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd on Feb. 15. “We’ve got 60 people that we fired who have manipulated wait times.”

McDonald aimed to shine a light on the moves he’s made to clean up the beleaguered agency. But as Washington Post’s fact checker noted, McDonald’s claim was false. Only eight employees have been removed for manipulating wait times. And a large number of the 900 fired employees were recent hires, some of whom may not have been hired after McDonald took the post.

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Turkey Launches Raid Into Syria

It Begins: Turkey Invades Syria To Spark War, Bring About New Grand Caliphate – Right Scoop

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We know from leaked recordings in the past year that Turkey has been planning to use the tomb of Suleiman Shah as an excuse to invade Syria in hopes of sparking a war:

Turkey’s plan to invade its neighboring country of Syria was uncovered when a secret recording leaked of the highest officials discussing a plan to launch a military aggression on Syria by using the armed terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS).

Erdoğan’s government was planning a false flag attack to be executed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) against the tomb of Suleiman Shah in Syria to justify the intervention of the Turkish army in Syria, therefore making an excuse to spark a war.

Suleiman Shah was the grandfather of Osman I, the founder of the Ottoman Empire, was buried in Aleppo. His grave was relocated in 1973, but it remains a Turkish extraterritorial enclave in Syria.

Well that plan has finally come to fruition:

TELEGRAPH – Almost 600 Turkish troops made an unprecedented incursion into Syria on Saturday night, rescuing dozens of soldiers guarding a historic tomb which had been surrounded by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) jihadists.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish president, said he “personally monitored” the operation, and claimed that no shots had been fired.

The 38 soldiers were brought back to Turkey with the 13th century tomb, which contains the remains of Suleyman Shah, grandfather of the Ottoman Empire’s founder.

DAILY NEWS EGYPT – The forces consisted of 39 tanks, 57 armoured personnel carriers, 100 vehicles and 572 soldiers, according to Turkish state run news agency Anadolu.

But they didn’t just ‘rescue’ their soldiers and bring back the remains of Suleiman Shah. They also sent another group to seize an area in Syria only yards away from Turkey:

Another group seized an area only yards from the Turkish border in Syria’s Ashma region, according to a statement from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s office.

The ‘official’ plan is to move the tomb to this Ashma region, but we all know there is much more to this. By seizing this area in Syria and raising the Turkish flag, Turkey is trying to provoke Assad into defending it and thus sparking a war that ends with Assad’s ouster.

Syria responded to all of this angrily, according to Walid Shoebat:

“Turkey is not here only to provide all forms of support and tools for ISIS gangs and other terrorist organizations linked to al-Qaeda, but at the dawn of day they traveled here to show aggression on Syrian territory.”

Syria knows Turkey is trying to force its hand, and whether or not they respond to this invasion, they will eventually be forced to respond as Turkey keeps making excuses for taking more of its sovereign territory. The writing is now on the wall for Assad’s ouster, which is exactly what Erdogan has been calling for and what Walid Shoebat says is Erdogan’s plan to bring about the new grand caliphate.

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New Docudrama Deals Death Blow To Loathsome, Leftist Lies About Vietnam War (Video)

Movie Deals Death Blow To Vicious Lies About Vietnam – WorldNetDaily

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Crazed, drug-addicted “baby-killers” and “murderers” – for more than 40 years, that’s how many in the American media portrayed U.S. troops who fought in the Vietnam War.

And America’s Vietnamese allies didn’t fare much better; they were often depicted as corrupt, cowardly and unworthy of U.S. troops’ sacrifice.

In the 1960s, negative television coverage helped turn American public opinion against the war, the veterans and even the Vietnamese who fought to prevent a communist takeover of South Vietnam.

Actress Jane Fonda, who called U.S. troops murderers, was famously shown sitting on a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gunner used to shoot at American planes.

By 1971, John Kerry, a Vietnam veteran and now secretary of state, declared on national TV, “We wish that a merciful God could wipe away our own memories of that service.”

But is what Americans saw on television and in the movies an accurate portrayal of those warriors and their mission to halt the spread of communism?

Executive Producer Richard Botkin and Producer Fred Koster take a provocative look at the Vietnam War and the troops who fought it in the new documentary film, “Ride the Thunder: A Vietnam War Story of Honor and Triumph.” The movie portrays the inspirational story the media neglected – one of friendship, bravery, patriotism and sacrifice.

Botkin says, quite frankly, Americans have been duped.

“The men who served in Vietnam are every bit as great as their dads and uncles who served in World War II,” he told WND. “The reason they’re not called the Greatest Generation is because Vietnam’s generation had people like Jane Fonda out there muddying up the waters and John Kerry. There were several hundred thousand junior officers who served in the Marine Corps and Army, and yet the only name that is ever recalled is Lt. William Calley. We’ve got to change that.”

After the war had been over for several years, former President Richard Nixon lamented, “No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then. It is misremembered now.”

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Many popular films dealing with Vietnam – such as “Apocalypse Now,” “The Deer Hunter,” “Good Morning, Vietnam,” “Rambo” and “Full Metal Jacket” – serve as great entertainment, Botkin said, but they often grossly distort the reality of the warriors who fought courageously to stop the spread of communism.

“They portray the American fighting man as doped, duped, a victim, in it for the wrong reason. And, when he comes home, he’s definitely marginalized and at the mercy of the military industrial complex,” Botkin said. “And our Vietnamese allies are portrayed even more negatively. They’re portrayed as corrupt, effete, not wanting to fight, not worth fighting for.”

But Botkin – who also authored the WND book that inspired the movie, “Ride the Thunder,” and has toured former battlefields in Vietnam and chronicled accounts of the Vietnamese Marines and their American Marine advisers – is adamant in his assertion that “those representations are just simply wrong.”

“The film is our effort to try and right the historical wrongs, to leave a more positive record of the American fighting man and also our Vietnamese allies,” he said. “Communism is evil. We were right to oppose it.”

Watch the trailer for the film, which will be released on March 27 at the Regency 10 theaters in Westminster, California, where it will be shown eight times a day for a week:

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In the early 1970s, under President Richard Nixon’s “Vietnamization” program, the war was being turned over to South Vietnam. Botkin’s film tells the little-known story of a few courageous American and Vietnamese Marines who fought valiantly to thwart the Communist invasion – nearly saving South Vietnam – during North Vietnam’s all-out attack on South Vietnam from the DMZ known as the 1972 Easter Offensive.

In a true-life story, the film shows how, when the unrelenting North Viet­namese Army of 20,000 soldiers and 200 tanks reached the bridge at Dong Ha, their offensive was stopped in its tracks by a small force of just over 700 Vietnamese Marines and U.S. military advisers.

Even though the South Vietnamese Marines had nearly won on the battlefield, they would suffer terribly, starving and spending long years at hard labor after the war as part of the communists’ re-education process.

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The film follows Vietnamese Marine Maj. Le Ba Binh, the main character played by Joseph Hieu, during his time at the communist camp in Nam Ha in 1979.

“We start with him in a re-education camp and having all these flashbacks,” Botkin explained. “During the flashbacks, we go to Vietnam, post-World War II, with him as a boy. We go to all the American people and Vietnamese people who were interviewed and appropriately tell the story through Binh’s life experience.”

Binh, a man with few equals in the war-fighting profession, served 13 years in heavy combat and another 11 years in prison camps. Despite numerous battle wounds and lost comrades, he showed unwavering courage in the face of extreme hardship. He was wounded nine times and awarded the American Silver Star.

“When the Americans went to Vietnam, they typically would go for 12 or 13 months,” Botkin explained. “But Binh was there for the whole thing. It’s through him that we tell the story, hoping to make the Americans see that their sacrifice was justified.”

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As the war ended, millions of displaced Vietnamese citizens fled the communist invasion. Hopeless citizens faced imprisonment and execution. On the morning of April 30, 1975, the Vietnamese Marine Corps ceased to exist after 21 years of combat.

The film cast includes many Vietnamese refugees.

“For them, telling the story has become more than just a job. It really is something they passionately believe in,” Botkin said. “All of these people are strongly anti-communist. They’re passionate, because they’ve suffered at the hands of communists. Their families have been killed or brutally tortured. They risked a lot and paid a heavy price for their freedom. I have nothing but respect for them.”

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As for the U.S. mission in Vietnam, Botkin said the effort bought time for the rest of developing Asia to grow free of communist influence.

“When we went ashore in 1965, there were active communist insurgencies in the Philippines, in Malaysia, in Indonesia, Thailand,” he said. “The American effort – for all its flaws that people point out – stalled the communist expansion and allowed those economies time to grow. I just don’t think there’s any question that our effort was the right one.”

As for America’s reputation today, Botkin said, “We’re fighting a battle for our nation’s soul. People think America is a bad country. But America is the light of the world. We’re the good guys.

“We were the good guys in World War II. We were the good guys in the Korean War. And believe it or not, we were the good guys in Vietnam.”

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Terrorist “JV Team” Overruns Al-Baghdadi, Iraq; Threatens Al-Asad Airbase Where 300 U.S. Marines Are Stationed (Video)

Update On 300 Marines Based Near Al-Baghdadi, The Iraq Town Now Controlled By ISIS (Video Of City On Fire Posted By ISIS) – Patriot Action Network

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While Barack Hussein Obama is claiming ISIS is on the run, the exact opposite is proving to be true. Last night we published breaking news that al-Asad, an airbase in Iraq where 300+ U.S. Marines are stationed, had come under attack sometime earlier yesterday. You can read that full report here.

Here’s what we know so far.

1. Iraq’s al-Baghdadi did indeed fall into the hands of ISIS at some point during the past 48 hours

2. al-Baghdadi is a city located on a main road heading south to a major highway artery into Ramadi, Fallujah and Bagdad

3. al-Baghdadi is home to the only roads leading in and out of the al-Asad airbase in Iraq

4. We have 300+ Marines stationed at al-Asad to train Iraqi soldiers

5. The Pentagon is admitting al-Asad has come under attack, but says it has not fallen and the Marines have suffered no casualties

This morning Gateway Pundit posted video footage shot by ISIS that reportedly shows al-Baghdadi burning as a result of its defeat to ISIS. Video below.

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Right now we’re working to identify more information about the attacks on al-Asad. We’ve seen reports that more ISIS re-enforcements are headed into the area and tensions are extremely high. We’ll continue posting updates here and at LibertyNews.com when they become available.

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