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How The Left Undermines Army Morale

From the professional America-haters at Code Pink:

Under the Hood Cafe & Outreach Center – Soft Opening

February 7, 2009
Austin, TX

On February 7, 2009, Under The Hood Café & Outreach Center officially opened its doors to the public for the first time. Under the Hood, located in Killeen, Texas, home of the largest military base in the U.S., is a venue designed to promote the free uncensored exchange of ideas and information among active duty and reserve military, and civilians. Iraq Veterans Against the War, CODEPINK, and numerous other peace groups in Central Texas have helped to make Under the Hood a reality.

CODEPINK’s own Cindy Thomas is the manager for Under the Hood. For more information about Under the Hood Cafe and Outreach Center, visit the website at www.underthehoodcafe.org.

And from the Kileen Daily Herald:

New café a refuge for dissent

By Rebecca LaFlure

Friday, Feb. 6 2009

As an Army wife of 17 years, Cindy Thomas struggled through her husband’s three deployments to Iraq. The second tour of duty left him close to death with a brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, collapsed lungs and multiple fractures in his spine and pelvis.

But it was not until her stepson, then 19 years old, called to say he was joining the Marines in 2007 that she felt compelled to vehemently protest the ongoing wars in the Middle East and work to improve the lives of soldiers and their families…

Since April 2008, Thomas has devoted her time, thoughts and passion to opening Under the Hood Café, a local outreach center for active duty military personnel, veterans, family members and friends to support and console each other about their daily struggles…

Thomas said the refuge, scheduled to open Saturday, will be a "free speaking zone" to discuss difficult issues such as the death of a friend or family member overseas, spouses and children coping with the absence of their loved ones during multiple deployments or perhaps a guilty conscience for fighting in a war that increasingly more soldiers no longer believe in…

"We have counseling services on post obviously, but when you’re sitting around and hanging out, it’s more relaxing and natural, and you feel more comfortable asking for help," Thomas said. "The concept of it is having that place they can come and not only support each other and help each other out, but maybe even advocate for each other."

Thomas said the house will have a kitchen with coffee and snacks, a break room, a pool table, a big-screen television, a jukebox and multiple couches and tables, all funded by donations.

Though a peace activist herself, Thomas stressed the café is open to people of all ideologies.

Thomas said she is prepared for some public backlash, but her goal is to provide an inclusive environment for military community members to share their stories.

"They might not like what some of us or some of the soldiers have to say because everybody’s experience is different. If you experienced … reconstruction and helping the community, then great, that’s absolutely great. But not every soldier did," she said. "There are others with difficult stories, and the difficult choices they had to make. They have a right to be heard. If you want to support them, hear them. Just let them have their voice."

For more information on Under the Hood Café or to read about the history of the Oleo Strut from someone who was there, go to www.underthehoodcafe.org.

And from the professional America-haters known as the Iraq Veterans Against the War:

Joint Statement from Under the Hood Café and the Fort Hood Chapter of Iraq Veterans Against the War

by Victor Agosto | Fri, 11/06/2009

Joint Statement from Under the Hood Café and the Fort Hood Chapter of Iraq Veterans Against the War

Our community is distraught by the tragic shooting at Fort Hood yesterday. We extend our condolences to the families and friends of the victims.

As upset as we are about this incident, this shooting does not come as a shock. Eight years of senseless wars have taken a huge toll on our troops and their families. It’s time to admit that the wars in southwest Asia are in no one’s best interests. Bring the troops home now!

The Army has also repeatedly demonstrated that it is more interested in making soldiers “deployable” than it is in helping them fully recover from PTSD and other mental health issues. This often leaves soldiers with few options other than to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol. The Army routinely deploys soldiers who are clearly suicidal and homicidal. Yesterday was a gruesome reminder of the possible violent consequences of this policy. We hope the Army now takes its duty to take care of soldiers more seriously.

We demand transparency from the Army and other federal agencies involved with this investigation.

Under the Hood Café provides military service members support with referrals to legal, financial, and medical services. It is a space for troops to freely express their views on the wars and the military. It also offers GI rights counseling. Iraq Veterans Against the War calls for the immediate withdrawal of all occupying forces in Iraq, reparations for the human and structural damages Iraq has suffered, and full benefits for returning military.

Under the Hood Café
Iraq Veterans Against the War – Fort Hood Chapter

And more crocodile tears from Code Pink:

Stress, Emotional Trauma and Anxiety for Military Servicemen and Servicewomen

November 6, 2009 (Los Angeles, CA) — “We express deep grief for the families of those who died yesterday and for the wounded who still struggle,” said Jodie Evans, co-founder of CODEPINK, “and also for the families and soldiers who are still in harm’s way in Iraq and Afghanistan.”  Wednesday’s shootings by an active-duty serviceman at Fort Hood killed 13 and wounded 30 people.

Retired U.S. Army Colonel Ann Wright is a 29-year veteran and former U.S. diplomat. “What happened at Fort Hood is probably a result of the accumulated stress of working with thousands of soldiers who have returned from war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan as shattered humans who have participated in or exposed to the horrific carnage of war,“ said Wright.” "I am very concerned about the stress from deployments and for those who care for those who have deployed.” Wright resigned in 2003 from the Bush administration and the U.S. diplomatic corps over opposition to the war in Iraq.

10 Fort Hood soldiers have reportedly commit suicide in 2009. Fran Hanlon is board member of the Fort Hood Support Network, a non-profit organization that operates Under the Hood Café in Killeen. Under the Hood is an outreach center for active duty military personnel, veterans, family members, and friends, to support and console each other about daily struggles. Today, there is plenty of grief to go around.

We hear from soldiers with PTSD who are not properly diagnosed and treated,” said Hanlon.  She continued, “President Obama was quoted as saying ‘We will make sure that we get answers to every single question about this horrible incident.’  The questions many here in Texas would ask are when will this nightmare end? And how will we properly care for the ‘walking wounded’ we have created?”

Why do we our enemies to operate so openly?

Why do we support them with our tax dollars?

Both Code Pink and the Iraq Veterans Against the War are tax exempt 501c3 ‘charities.’

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, November 9th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “How The Left Undermines Army Morale”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Code Stink and the Fake Iraq War Vets are a 501c3 tax status?
    I’m thinking that if you dig a little deeper you’ll find a community organizers hand in there somewhere.

    This stinks too much for the Chi-Town Rats not to be up to their azzes in it!

  2. proreason says:

    Probably the greatest achievements of the Alinskyite Communist Architects who have perverted our country, our education system and our media is that they have converted America’s love of community and country into self-love.

    The people in this country who care more about something greater than themselves are disappearing. Actually, they are dying.

    All that will be left are jack-offs.

  3. beautyofreason says:

    Yes, just accumulated stress.

    And wanting to pour hot oil down the throats of non-believers?

    Just part of his doctor’s oath to do no harm, I’m sure.

  4. Gladius et Scutum says:

    For the few readers unfamiliar with leftist organizing/media manipulation tactics, there is a lesson here. The above articles have the Under the Hood Cafe being operated by:
    1. Code Pink
    2. Iraq Veterans Against the War
    3. Fort Hood Support Network
    But the Code Pink website has “Under the Hood” being operated by:
    1. Code Pink
    2. Iraq Veterans for Peace
    3. Vets for Peace
    Are you concerned that the management can’t actually fit in the cafe? Not to worry. These are mostly the same persons, with an individual put out front to represent group “A”, although they actually belong to three or more of the groups. A peace group near me actually lists a husband and wife as presidents of separate chapters, although they live together and the contact data is identical.

    The reason they do this is so that the CNN reporter can say “Smith, representing a coalition of dozens of peace groups…” although the reporter (or at least the producer) is well aware of the fraud.

    Steve may have missed something. Although the cafe is an effort to recruit “dissident” members of the military, its primary purpose is to cater to reporters. Since our military reads/watches the American media, that, ultimately, is how it undermines morale.

  5. wardmama4 says:

    Well this works so much better since that evil bushitlerburtonco had the audacity to move after being forced from the POTUS job, no real place to plant your face on a regular basis – funny how they managed to get up and running so fast.

    Yes, Gladius – at discover the networks and a couple of other websites you can indeed find out that these (anti-war) groups comprise a lot of the same people/same addresses and thus – are just raking in the dough (NOT) under a few umbrellas but going to the same scammers (don’t forget that the Crawford Peace House/Cindy Sheehan are under investigation for the fact that the majority of the monies donated during the Bitch in a Ditch tour – seemed to have disappeared).

    I can’t believe that this little enterprise is going to last that long – Ft. Hood is not comprised of a lot of anti-military people, the area (Bell & Coryell Counties) has a lot of retired Army people – are conservative and are not going to be supportive at all at the shenanigans of the Code Pinkos.

  6. GetBackJack says:

    [quote] “Why do we allow our enemies to operate so openly?” [quote]

    There ain’t no “we” to it, Godfather.

    There’s something entirely unrevealed going on in the United States. As crazy wild as (maybe) another dimension effing with us. Twenty years of Limbaugh on the radio, the Reagan revolution, citizen militias, the open forum of the Internet for real news to get out and STILL … this country is at ramming speed towards destruction. And I ain’t the one doing it! You’re not the one doing it! Steve damn sure isn’t doing it. We’re all holding on like a tug-of-war for dear life and STILL whatever “it” is … its mass, momentum and gravity has us careening into disaster faster than an asteroid in earth’s gravity well.

    It Is The Single Greatest Mystery Of My Life how the onrushing catastrophe of our oblivion is unstoppable.

    It is a far far bigger mystery than women, how to avoid jury duty or even a bigger mystery than the Hodge Conjecture or Riemann’s hypothesis. I mean for God’s sake … we’re staring immediate DOOM in the blood dripping red teeth and still no matter what you or I do … WHAT WE DO HAS NO DAMN EFFECT.

  7. canary says:

    ABC News: Officials: U.S. Aware of Hasan Efforts to Contact al Qaeda
    Army Major in Fort Hood Massacre Used ‘Electronic Means’ to Connect with Terrorists
    Nov. 9, 2009 —
    U.S. intelligence agencies were aware months ago that Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan was attempting to make contact with people associated with al Qaeda, two American officials briefed on classified material in the case told ABC News…

    Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-MI), the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said that he requested the CIA and other intelligence agencies brief the committee on what was known, if anything, about Hasan by the U.S. intelligence community, only to be refused…

    In response, Hoekstra issued a document preservation request to four intelligence agencies. The letter, dated November 7th, was sent to directors Dennis Blair (DNI), Robert Mueller (FBI), Lt. Gen Keith Alexander (NSA) and Leon Panetta (CIA). ….

    Hoekstra said he is “absolutely furious” that the house intel committee has been refused an intelligence briefing by the DNI or CIA on Hasan’s attempt to reach out to al Qaeda…..

    “This is a law enforcement investigation, in which other agenciesnot the CIAhave the lead,” CIA spokesman Paul Gimigliano said…

    In a blog posting early Monday titled “Nidal Hassan Did the Right Thing,” Awlaki calls Hasan a “hero”…. Awlaki served as an imam in Denver, San Diego and Falls Church, Virginia.

    People who knew or worked with Hasan say he seemed to have gradually become more radical in his disapproval of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    “If Hasan was showing signs, saying to people that he had become an Islamist extremist, the U.S. Army has to have a zero tolerance,” Lieberman told Fox News Sunday.

    A fellow Army doctor who studied with Hasan, Val Finell, told ABC News, “He would frequently say he was a Muslim first and an American second….”


  8. catie says:

    These people make me sick. We have the undersecretary of veteran’s affairs, that duckworth broad who was part of the iraq veterans against the war & the vote vets hate groups. Good luck trying to have a discussion with those folks. They know nothing but expletives. I hope their place goes out of business.

  9. Laree says:

    Is that why the LEFT hates Fox News – they don’t pretend to be anything but supportive of American Service Military People. The President has a whole bunch of reasons for not complaining about Fox News he is after all Commander In Chief.

    Speaking of boycotting Fox News…this happened coincidentally shortly after Imus joined FBN. Everyone remembers how MSNBC -CBS and WFAN and their advertisers were threatened with a boycott. Hmmm they couldn’t make a boycott of Glenn Beck work so they threatened a whole Cable News Channel with boycott.

    The first day Imus broadcast he raised FBN’s morning slot rating by 1500%

    ChannelXRFR is back blogging on Imus Times HERE.


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