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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Dakota Meyer is a man without honor



From McClatchy Newspapers

WASHINGTON — With Dakota Meyer standing at attention in his dress uniform, sweat glistening on his forehead under the television lights, President Barack Obama extolled the Marine sergeant for the “extraordinary actions” that had earned him the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for valor.

Obama told the audience in the White House East Room on Sept. 15 that Meyer had driven into the heart of a savage ambush in eastern Afghanistan against orders. He'd killed insurgents at near-point-blank range, twice leapt from his gun turret to rescue two dozen Afghan soldiers and saved the lives of 13 U.S. service members as he fought to recover the bodies of four comrades, the president said.

But there's a problem with this account: Crucial parts that the Marine Corps publicized and Obama described are untrue, unsubstantiated or exaggerated, according to dozens of military documents McClatchy examined.

Sworn statements by Meyer and others who participated in the battle indicate that he didn’t save the lives of 13 U.S. service members, leave his vehicle to scoop up 24 Afghans on his first two rescue runs or lead the final push to retrieve the four dead Americans. Moreover, it’s unclear from the documents whether Meyer disobeyed orders when he entered the Ganjgal Valley on Sept. 8, 2009.

The statements also offer no proof that the 23-year-old Kentucky native "personally killed at least eight Taliban insurgents," as the account on the Marine Corps website says. The driver of Meyer’s vehicle attested to seeing “a single enemy go down."

What's most striking is that all this probably was unnecessary. Meyer, the 296th Marine to earn the medal, by all accounts deserved his nomination. At least seven witnesses attested to him performing heroic deeds “in the face of almost certain death.”

Braving withering fire, he repeatedly returned to the ambush site with Army Capt. William Swenson and others to retrieve Afghan casualties and the dead Americans. He suffered a shrapnel wound in one arm and was sent home after the battle with combat-related stress. Meyer’s commander, Lt. Col. Kevin Williams, commended him for acts of “conspicuous gallantry at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty.”

But an exhaustive assessment by a McClatchy correspondent who was embedded with the unit and survived the ambush found that the Marines' official accounts of Meyer’s deeds — retold in a book, countless news reports and on U.S. military websites — were embellished. They're marred by errors and inconsistencies, ascribe actions to Meyer that are unverified or didn’t happen and create precise, almost novelistic detail out of the jumbled and contradictory recollections of the Marines, soldiers and pilots engaged in battle.

The approval of Meyer’s medal — in an unusually short time — came as lawmakers and serving and former officers pressed the military services and the Pentagon to award more Medals of Honor because of the relatively few conferred in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Only 10 of the decorations have been awarded since 2001, seven of them posthumously.

Meyer is the first living Marine since the Vietnam War to be awarded the honor. It was first bestowed in 1863.

The process for awarding the medal — designed by Navy rules to leave “no margin of doubt or possibility of error” — involves reviews by commanders at every level of the nominee’s chain of command and then by top Pentagon officials. The nominating papers — known as a “medal packet” — typically comprise dozens of sworn witness statements, maps, diagrams, a draft citation and a more detailed account of the nominee’s deeds.

As the Afghan and Iraq wars wind down, senior Marine Corps officials conceded the pressure to award more medals, and to do it quickly. One senior Marine official told McClatchy that the service felt that it deserved the decoration after having served in the toughest, most violent areas of Afghanistan and Iraq.

In response to McClatchy's findings, the Marine Corps said it stood by the official citation that was produced by the formal vetting process. Asked to explain the individual discrepancies and embellishments, the Marines drew a distinction between the citation and the account of Meyer's deeds that the Marines constructed to help tell his story to the nation. They described that account as "Meyer's narrative of the sequence of events," which Marine officials said they didn't vet.

Hours before this McClatchy report was published, the Marine Corps inserted a disclaimer into its official online account of Meyer's heroic actions. The Web page now reads that the summary "was compiled in collaboration" with Meyer and Marine Corps Public Affairs.

A prominent historian of military medals, Doug Sterner, expressed disbelief at the idea that the Marine Corps would publicize an account of a complex battle based solely on the recipient's recollections.

"Give me a break," Sterner said. "A recipient is responsible for writing his narrative? I have never heard of such a thing."

The Marine officials, who requested anonymity because of the issue’s sensitivity, acknowledged that portions of the narrative were changed from the account Williams submitted. They said that the changes occurred between July, when Obama approved Meyer’s medal nomination, and the September White House ceremony. Inaccuracies were written into the citation and the narrative of Meyer’s deeds, although the narrative contained far more errors and exaggerations.

The president's version drew on materials the Marine Corps provided but it was written in the White House, the Marine officials said. While there's no indication that the White House knew that Obama was narrating an embellished story — to an audience of several hundred Meyer family members, top officials, lawmakers and service members — the revelations could tarnish one of the signature moments of his time as commander in chief.

The White House said Obama's remarks were based primarily on "extensive documentation provided by the Department of Defense and the Marine Corps," including sworn testimony from Meyer and other eyewitnesses. It also relied on news reports and on a 2011 book, "The Wrong War" by Bing West. However, McClatchy found that the book's account of the battle is riddled with inaccuracies.

Sterner said errors in citations had always haunted recipients and that many Medal of Honor winners had been cited for things they didn't do. He added that the mounting pressure to find a living recipient has made mistakes in details almost inevitable.

"Did this man deserve the Medal of Honor? If the answer to that is yes, then the details of the citation become secondary," Sterner said. "But we do need to keep the record as accurately as we possibly can."

FROM KENTUCKY TO THE WHITE HOUSE

The fallout could obscure Meyer’s genuine acts of heroism and threaten a book contract, speaking engagements and other deals that have lifted him from the obscurity of rural Greensburg, Ky., to fortune and national renown, including famously having a beer with Obama at the White House the day before the ceremony.

Reached by telephone Wednesday, Meyer declined to comment.

McClatchy found that the claim that Meyer saved the lives of 13 U.S. Marines and soldiers couldn’t be true. Twelve Americans were ambushed — including this correspondent — and of those, four were killed. (One wounded American would die a month later.) Moreover, multiple sworn statements affirm McClatchy's firsthand reporting that it was the long-delayed arrival of U.S. helicopters that saved the American survivors.

There are no statements attesting to Meyer killing eight Taliban as recounted on the Marine Corps website. The driver of Meyer’s vehicle, Staff Sgt. Juan Rodriguez-Chavez, reported seeing Meyer kill one insurgent.

No sworn statements — including one Meyer gave to military investigators five days after the battle — refer to him leaping from the Humvee’s turret to rescue 24 wounded Afghan soldiers on his first two runs into the valley. Rodriguez-Chavez attested to nine Afghan soldiers getting into the Humvee by themselves while Meyer remained in the turret.

Four sworn statements, including Rodriguez-Chavez’s, undermine the claim that he and Meyer drove into the valley against orders. And the documents indicate that it was Swenson who led the final drive to retrieve the fallen Americans, taking command of Meyer’s Humvee after ditching his bullet-riddled Ford Ranger. Meyer rode in the Humvee’s back seat.

The inflated versions of events were prepared at the Marine Corps' Public Affairs office at the Pentagon by a special working group assembled for the task, a knowledgeable official said. The group consulted Meyer’s former commander, Williams, as it drafted the citation, but it didn’t confer with him in assembling the account posted on the Marine Corps website, the official said.

The Marines excluded Williams — who was shot and wounded in the left arm during the battle and won a Bronze Star for valor — from Meyer's ceremony at the White House. Also excluded was Capt. Ademola Fabayo, who won the Navy Cross, the nation’s second highest award for valor, for his role in Ganjgal. Williams and Fabayo declined to be interviewed for this article.

Many of the exaggerations appear in “The Wrong War” by West, a Marine veteran and former senior Pentagon official-turned-bestselling writer.

West, who frequently embeds with troops and has testified before Congress on military strategy, spoke with Meyer a few days after the battle. The pair recently signed a contract with West’s publisher, Random House, to co-write Meyer’s memoir, due out next July. They received an advance that a well-informed publishing industry executive, who asked not to be identified because he wasn't authorized to disclose the information, described as being in the “mid-six figures.”

West didn't respond immediately to telephone messages seeking comment.

Meyer's own public retelling of the battle hasn't always been accurate. In a CBS "60 Minutes" interview that was taped before the White House ceremony and aired Sept. 19, he recounted: “Me and Capt. Swenson kept driving this unarmored truck through this valley. The rounds are going everywhere through it. You’ve got both windows down, you could hear them whizzing through.” But the sworn statements show that Meyer didn't ride in the unarmored Ford Ranger pickup that Swenson drove through Ganjgal Valley.

PRESSURE FOR MEDALS

Obama held up Meyer as embodying "the best of a generation that has served with distinction through a decade of war." But even beyond individual heroism, the military prizes the Medal of Honor as recognition of the contributions of the recipient’s unit and branch of service.

In recent years, some lawmakers and active and retired military officers have questioned whether the relatively few medals awarded since 2001 are the result of a quiet toughening of the criteria.

A March 2009 study by the Army Times found that from World War I through Vietnam, the medal was awarded at a rate of 2.3 to 2.9 per 100,000 service members. But only five Medals of Honor were awarded between the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the publishing of the study, a rate of 1 in 1 million. All five were posthumous. Since that study, five medals have been awarded, three to living recipients.

In January, a congressionally mandated Pentagon study found that Medal of Honor criteria hadn't been tightened. Instead, it said, the development of high-tech, long-range weapons and insurgents' increased use of improvised explosive devices and suicide bombers had reduced face-to-face combat.

The findings, however, didn’t end the controversy.

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., a former Marine who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, wrote in an Oct. 4 letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that he "categorically disagreed with the notion that warfare somehow changed and those who were taking and holding ground from the enemy, and often engaged in close-quarter combat, were in some way ineligible for the nation’s highest military award for valor."

Hunter urged Panetta to review four cases in which service members had been nominated for Medals of Honor but received lesser decorations. They included Marine Cpl. Rafael Peralta, whose 2004 medal nomination for covering a grenade with his body in Iraq and saving his colleagues' lives was downgraded by the Pentagon to a Navy Cross. The decision was based on a finding that Peralta had been shot in the head and therefore wasn't acting voluntarily — and it infuriated the Marine Corps.

A senior Marine official told McClatchy that after that decision, the Marines were determined that one of their own would earn a Medal of Honor by the time Commandant James T. Conway retired in 2010. The official described Peralta’s case as a learning experience that the Marines didn't want repeated.

The frustration may have prompted Conway's successor, Gen. James F. Amos, to breach Pentagon guidelines against “premature disclosure" of information about Medal of Honor nominations. During a visit to Camp Pendleton, Calif., on Nov. 6, 2010, Amos announced that Conway had approved a living Marine for the decoration. While he withheld the name, the Marine Corps Times identified the Marine as Meyer two days later.

Amos said he was moved to tears when he read Meyer's citation, according to the Times. "I read it cover to cover, and it watered my eyes," he was quoted as saying.

Conway's approval came before he retired on Oct. 22, 2010, eight months after witnesses to Meyer's acts were interviewed. Marine Corps guidelines allow up to five years from the time of the incident for which the Medal of Honor is awarded to investigate and approve the nomination.

A Medal of Honor nomination for Swenson, who's since left the Army, was submitted in December 2009 — months before Meyer’s — but it remains under review after being lost for 19 months, according to the Army. The account of the battle in Swenson's nomination is sharply at odds with the Marines’ account of Meyer’s deeds, McClatchy learned.

Swenson — a 33-year-old Seattle native nominated to be the first living Army officer to earn the Medal of Honor in the Iraq and Afghan wars — declined to be interviewed.

DANCING GOAT II

McClatchy’s findings are based primarily on statements by participants in the battle that were taken under oath in two official investigations, known in military parlance as 15-6 investigations, and the sworn statements that many of the same witnesses submitted voluntarily in support of Meyer’s nomination. This article also relies on copies McClatchy obtained of the Army’s draft citation and account of Swenson’s actions from his medal nomination.

The battle in Ganjgal — a redoubt of stone and rock-hard mud in Kunar province — began as a goodwill mission by Afghan troops and their American trainers. It erupted into some seven hours of searing combat that produced two Medal of Honor nominations, two Navy Crosses, eight Bronze Stars and nine Purple Hearts.

Five Americans and 10 Afghans were killed; 22 U.S. and Afghan troops were wounded.

The battle also prompted the two 15-6 investigations that resulted in career-killing reprimands for dereliction of duty for two officers with the 10th Mountain Division, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1-32 Infantry, the Army unit responsible for the area. The officers were cited for denying repeated requests from the ambushed Americans for air and artillery support and refusing to send in troops to rescue them. The two officers told investigators they were unsure of the friendly and enemy forces’ positions.

The operation, dubbed "Dancing Goat II," was part of the U.S.-backed effort to weaken the Taliban-led insurgency by promoting local aid projects.

Located at the closed end of a U-shaped valley near the border with Pakistan, Ganjgal overlooks a sweep of descending terraced fields partitioned by waist-high stone walls. The only drivable access is a rutted track that runs up a boulder-strewn wash. Afghan forces were to conduct a routine search of Ganjgal and then meet tribal elders to discuss making improvements to the local mosque in return for the establishment of a police post — a small but unequivocal statement of the village’s acceptance of the Kabul government’s authority.

Word of the operation, however, reached the wrong ears.

As sunlight hit the fields at 5:30 a.m., some 60 Afghan troops and 30 border police officers, nine U.S. Marine and Army trainers, and this correspondent walked into a three-sided ambush by 50 to 60 attackers. The insurgents unleashed barrages from assault rifles, machine guns, mortars, rocket-propelled grenades and a recoilless rifle from houses, trenches, the slopes overlooking the village and a U.S.-funded school.

Three Marines — 1st Lt. Michael E. Johnson, of Virginia Beach, Va., Gunnery Sgt. Edwin W. Johnson of Columbus, Ga., and Staff Sgt. Aaron M. Kenefick of Roswell, Ga. — and a Navy corpsman, Petty Officer 3rd Class James R. Layton of Riverbank, Calif., were trapped in a house on the edge of the village along with several Afghans. Forced out by enemy fire, the Americans and an Afghan soldier later were found dead in a trench to which they'd retreated.

The Afghan and U.S. personnel scattered for the cover of terrace walls, boulders, trenches and buildings, and fired back. Pinned down and denied artillery and air support, they began taking casualties.

About 150 yards before the house where the four Americans were trapped, Williams, five other U.S. and Afghan personnel and this correspondent dived behind a terrace wall. They later were joined by Swenson, Army Staff Sgt. Kenneth Westbrook and Swenson’s translator. Westbrook, of Shiprock, N.M., was wounded and died about a month later from blood transfusion complications. Meyer and the Mexican-born Rodriguez-Chavez were outside the valley for almost the entire 90-minute ambush, about a mile west of the village standing guard over vehicles left by the Afghan-U.S. contingent that had hiked up to Ganjgal.

'GO IN WE HAD INJURED GUYS IN THERE'

The official accounts of what happened next contain so many disparities and contradictions that they tarnish the genuine valor that Meyer and others displayed.

As Obama related the story, Meyer and Rodriguez-Chavez asked four times for permission to drive into the valley to help repel the attack and rescue their trapped colleagues, and “four times they were denied. It was, they were told, too dangerous.”

The sworn statements, however, raise questions about that account.

Meyer and Rodriguez-Chavez, the statements say, received no responses to their initial requests, which were being relayed to Williams, his first sergeant, Christopher Garza, and Fabayo through two Marines in an “overwatch” position on a mountaintop. Eventually, Garza sent word that they should stay put.

But later, after failing to raise Garza again, Staff Sgt. Guillermo Valadez — one of the Marines on the mountaintop — and Rodriguez-Chavez agreed that Rodriguez-Chavez and Meyer, who was then a corporal, should drive into the valley. Marine Corps doctrine authorized the two staff sergeants to take that initiative.

Rodriguez-Chavez said, “We raised Staff Sgt. Valadez on the radio and told him we were going in no matter what was going on; we just needed him to assist us into the valley.” Valadez, he continued, “agreed with the decision taken by Cpl. Meyer and me.”

Valadez recounted: “I told Staff Sgt. Rodriguez-Chavez to go in because we had injured guys in there."

In a telephone interview eight days after the battle — while he recovered in a U.S. military hospital in Germany from a concussion he'd suffered from a rocket-propelled grenade explosion — “Garza recalled that he called Cpl. Meyer and Staff Sgt. Rodriguez-Chavez forward to start collecting the wounded," according to a memorandum of the interview.

Rodriguez-Chavez and Meyer then set out in a Humvee on the mile-long drive up toward Ganjgal, running into “a blizzard of fire” — the former behind the wheel, the latter in the turret, according to the accounts read by Obama and posted on the Marine Corps website.

“Coming upon wounded Afghan soldiers, Dakota jumped out and loaded each of the wounded into the Humvee, each time exposing himself to all that enemy fire,” the president said. After driving those casualties to safety, he and Rodriguez-Chavez went "back into the inferno," Meyer again jumping out and loading up more wounded Afghans.

The medal citation read by a military aide after Obama spoke put the number of Afghans rescued on those first two runs at two dozen.

But Rodriguez-Chavez recounted in his statement for Meyer’s medal nomination that the Afghans got into the vehicle themselves on both runs. He said Meyer stayed in the turret, firing a Mark 19 automatic grenade launcher. Rodriguez-Chavez’s marks on an accompanying satellite photograph show both runs ending just short of the ambush zone.

Seeing Afghan National Army troops trying to take cover, Rodriguez-Chavez said, “I drove up to their position, while Cpl. Meyer was providing cover fire. We saw five wounded ANA soldiers and Cpl. Meyer signaling them to get into the truck. Three ANA took the empty seats in the truck, and the other two opened the trunk and climbed into the trunk.”

After dropping off the Afghans about 150 yards back down the track, the pair returned, stopping just before the first location. Four more Afghan soldiers piled into the vehicle.

The official account doesn’t explain how the pair could have evacuated 24 Afghan soldiers given that no more than five people — three inside and two in the trunk — could have fit in the vehicle with Meyer and Rodriguez-Chavez. A senior Marine Corps official acknowledged that the figure was misleading.

‘WE WEREN’T IN A BATTLE ZONE ANYMORE’

The official Marine account also credits Meyer with saving the lives of 13 U.S. Marines and soldiers.

In all, only eight Americans directly embroiled in the ambush survived: six trapped in the "kill zone" and two on a nearby ridge. Army Capt. Raymond Kaplan and Marine Cpl. Steven Norman had led a group of Afghan soldiers to an “overwatch” position on a ridge nearly a half mile southwest of the village, where they were engaged in heavy firefights with insurgents on nearby hilltops.

Five other U.S. personnel played supporting roles but were even farther away.

Valadez and Marine Gunnery Sgt. Chad Miller were on the mountaintop about three-quarters of a mile northwest of the village; a three-man Army sniper team was on a mountain about one and a half miles to the southwest. Their statements make clear that they made their own way back to their base after Meyer left the valley with the bodies of his four fallen comrades.

Witness statements agree that it was the long-delayed arrival of U.S. helicopters that allowed Williams’ group to escape. Williams and Norman attested that Rodriguez-Chavez and Meyer arrived in the valley after Kiowa Warrior helicopters had reached the scene.

One pilot, Ryan Elliott Neal, with the Palehorse squadron of the Army’s 7-17th Cavalry, said in a statement recorded two weeks after the battle that after his helicopter began strafing enemy positions, "the enemy fire ceased long enough for (Williams’ group) to begin moving to their southwest." Neal’s rank was redacted.

The Nigerian-born Fabayo told 15-6 investigators that after a Kiowa Warrior suppressed the insurgents’ fire, “we shot back a few times once in a while, but we started walking like we weren’t in a battle zone anymore."

According to the narrative read by Obama, Rodriguez-Chavez and Meyer saved the group by pulling their vehicle between the group and the village, “wedging (it) right into the line of fire,” allowing the Americans to escape.

Rodriguez-Chavez and Fabayo referred to this maneuver in February 2010 statements that were included in Meyer’s medal nomination. Their statements, however, make clear that the group already was exiting the ambush site, though the fighting continued into the midafternoon.

Finally, there is no report in any of the statements, including his own, of Meyer killing eight Taliban — the number cited on the Marine Corps website.

Miller, watching from his mountaintop position, said that as the Humvee drove up the wash, he radioed Meyer: “You have enemy at your 9 o’clock, driver’s side.” Valadez sent a similar warning after he saw the vehicle “get swarmed by people.”

Rodriguez-Chavez recounted that Meyer quickly started firing the Humvee's .50-caliber machine gun but that the barrel couldn’t be swung low enough to hit his targets. He then heard Meyer firing his M4 assault rifle.

“I saw a single enemy go down from a round hitting him in the head,” Rodriguez-Chavez continued.

This incident would've had to occur while there were U.S. helicopters overhead, loosing rockets and machine guns at any insurgent target they could find. Eight Taliban leaping down the waist-high walls as they charged across the terraces toward Meyer’s Humvee almost certainly would have been seen by the helicopter pilots, whose statements indicated that they were monitoring the vehicle.

Only three bodies later were retrieved from the track: those of Williams’ translator and two insurgents, according to Rodriguez-Chavez’ marks on the satellite photo.

If the two were among the eight insurgents whom Meyer is credited with killing, the six others would've had to have been carried off. But that would have required at least 12 fighters — two to each corpse, each probably toting a rifle — charging across the terraces and down the walls, retrieving the bodies and returning.

And all that without being blasted by the helicopters.

Other reasons Dakota is a man without honor:

Didn't mention his first marriage in his memoirs

After fighting Bristol for rights to his daughter, he is now trying to keep Levi from Tripp.

These pictures:





He uses his MOH to make money

He jumped into bed with the Palins

He tried to get a guy to take the rap for a fight he got into.

He is also a drunk.

Dakota Meyer you are no Audie Murphy.

22 comments:

  1. Hi SPHASH! Thank you for posting the McClatchy story. A true MOH recipient would work selflessly to help their fellow veterans and their respective communities, without fanfare. Dumbkota is the antithesis of that - a useless drunk who now sleeps in the same bed as the idiot palins.

    The part that really pisses me off is how he denigrates President Obama, the man who bestowed this honour on him. Whenever he insults him, you know it's the fuckin' palins egging him on. There are a lot of holes and discrepancies in the narrative of his encounters, and I hope that he is exposed as a coward and a grifter undeserving of this honour. By choosing to run with the palins, he has shamed his grandmother, and sullied the memory of his late grandfather, who served with distinction, and was well-respected.

    Remember Dumbkota, you will never be clear of the palin lice! You will be forever infested with them!

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  2. Also doesn't work to support his family.

    Also disrespected the US flag (wearing the hideous onesie while hoisting a bottle of bourbon). Frankly, I don't know why he has no respect for Old Glory.

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  3. Stolen Valor. True stories of liars in violation of the Stolen Valor Act. Pretenders, liars and frauds claiming military honors they didn't earn.

    Stolen Valor update
    Update on Stolen Valor Law
    http://www.stolenvalor.com/

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  4. What an ugly crime. Meyer has no self respect, no respect foer those he claims he aims to help, he has no respect for anyone.

    Restoring Valor: One Couple's Mission to Expose Fraudulent War Heroes and Protect America's Military Awards System
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    Stolen valor occurs when a person lies about receiving military decorations that he or she has in fact never earned. It has become a major societal problem that has been discussed numerous times in the news and, most recently, by the US Supreme Court. According to The New York Times, the Department of Veterans Affairs paid disability benefits to more than six hundred people falsely claiming to have been POWs in the Vietnam and Persian Gulf wars. The number of stolen valor cases reported to the FBI has tripled in the last decade.

    In fact, more impostors lie about earning high military declarations for battlefield bravery than the actual number of real-life hero recipients.

    These impostors trade on tales and the trappings of military valor to secure privileges such as career advancements and even unearned veterans’ benefits.

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  5. Terrific post! Thank you. Very important as well.

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  6. Dakota Meyer is a poor act but it is understandable he would feel safe with his secrets in the Palin boondoogle.

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  7. Without honor and without brain matter.

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  8. I think this happens much more than we would like to think. I hope people in postitions of authority will respect our soldiers that deserve the best. Get serious about these scoundrels. I don't care who they are or who their daddy is.

    Brian Cavalier, 44, the personal bodyguard of Cliven and Ammon Bundy, openly boasted that he is retired Marine

    The militiaman bodyguard of ranchers Cliven and Ammon Bundy is falsely posing as a US Marine who served in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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  9. When the president gave Dakota his MOH, he advised Dakota to get an education. When Dakota appeared on Letterman's show, Dave gave Dakota the same advice. I saw that show, and Dakota spoke in that halting, garbled style of his. He never did get an education, and it shows. Even when he worked for the armaments company, he was supposed to take a training course. He never did.

    Dakota is not very smart, but he was attracted to Sarah Palin when they held up that FU to Michael Moore. He had been on Sarah's awful Sportsman Channel show the year before. He wished Sarah Happy Birthday from his facebook, and several times, he warned his facebook followers that if they didn't like Sarah, it was just too bad and they shouldn't post any negative comments. All of this made the Bristol-Dakota quickie engagement look a little bit fake, arranged perhaps with benefits to all.

    The engagement seems to have been broken around the time that news of Dakota's marriage to Cassie was revealed. In his biography, he mentioned that his mother dropped him off at Mike Meyer's and then she was never mentioned again. Lucky for Dakota, Mike adopted him and gave him the home and affection that was missing from his early years. Dakota never mentioned his mother again in his biography. But she was a witness at his wedding to Cassie. Dakota's grandfather performed the ceremony, and grandma was the other witness.

    I think that Dakota was used by the military to glorify themselves and put a heroic image out there in order to keep getting money from Congress. Remember Jessica Lynch? She was captured in Iraq and hailed as a hero, until she finally came forth and said that the story had been hyped as military pr.

    I guess that Dakota, Sarah and Bristol all deserve each other, marketing themselves on image without substance. Bristol needed a husband because there just wasn't any good publicity for her huge disappointment. Dakota may have needed the image of a wife, too. It's hard to imagine him leaving his family in Kentucky for his new family, the Palins. They do deserve each other. I believe the McClatchy reporter more than I believe Dakota.

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  10. Can someone explain why no one in the military is doing something about something as egregious as the Dakota Meyer issues?

    stolen Valor assholes
    https://www.pinterest.com/danohandgisela/stolen-valor-assholes/

    I don't understand the do nothing military.
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    1. It's politics. The Marines wanted a hero, and they got one. Nothing is going to be done about it.

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  11. How exactly is Dakota trying to keep Levi from seeing Tripp? Have I missed something?

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    1. Bristol's lawyer is now Kimberlee Colbo who was Dakota's lawyer during his fight with Bristol. See the connection? In exchange for help in fighting Levi, Bristol drops her fight with Dakota.

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    2. Bristol and Dakota are back together now, so they are not having any more custody struggles. I haven't seen Dakota actively fighting Levi on anything. The fact that Bristol now uses Colbo is irrelevant to her battle with Levi.

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    3. Have I missed something? You must have missed a lot. It is easy with the Palins, being they are so covert and dishonest.
      The Palins are all about image. Dakota does not need to give Bristol an attorney to say he is with Bristol on trying to keep Levi from seeing Tripp. He has a history of gun imagery and his faked war hero past. But he is indeed trained to kill, he is a sniper. Remember how upset he got when he misinterpreted what Michael Moore said about his family? The uncle that was killed by a sniper. He and Sarah were all about getting revenge with that stupid ill informed poster when he was trying to sell his book (of lies).

      Dakota's image has been 'never outgunned' and all the macho don't mess with him started long ago. It is not the imagery he produces that is factual and he keeps the media as controled as he can. He does have help with media image. The incident in Kentucky when he pulled a gun on a girl is more the real Dakota. Don't believe the hype they put out in the media. Don't believe the snake oil sales Meyer and the Palins do on Instagram and with Facebook. All of that is 99.9% hype. They produce propaganda.

      Dakota has made it clear he is all about 'protecting' his 'family'. He does not need to go into all the details. They are living in Wasilla. How much is there to protect them from up there? According to Dakota he mush strap on guns to have as he feeds and cares for a baby. That would be living in one hell of a dangerous place, like when Bristol was living in the woods all alone, in reality that was a lie and she had no qualms to tell it under oath.

      Bristol has been clear about her pov on Levi and what a rat he is. She made a memory movie for Tripp where she shot off Levi's face, it felt so good to take care of a rat like Tripp's dad. Yes, Levi, you better behave according to Bristol or something will get you taken care of.

      Now it is Dakota Meyer. Dakota or Bristol will not say he is paying for her attorney, helping her keep Tripp from his dad in that way. All they can say is Dakota is 'protecting' his 'family', it is part of the myth.

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  12. Yep, ask any old soldier. Medals are handed out like candy nowadays.

    Real MOH men: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Liteky Catholic priest, saved a couple of dozen men under fire and much more, rejected his medal, commission, and benefits, because he believed in peace.

    Also http://www.usccb.org/news/2013/13-196.cfm

    The bravest men are peace-lovers, not gun freaks.

    If you're so inclined, pray for Dakota's weakness, and for his kin. And for my husband, who survived Vietnam III Corps LRRPS, seemingly with nothing more than infected pungee stick wounds to his legs, and his steel pot shot off his head by a Vietcong sniper. He was a peace-lover in spite of his service, earning 2 bronze stars, one with V for valor. He killed a lot of people with the aim of completing the missions assigned to him. Definition of a hero. (Most of them go unsung. It's their job. They take it in stride.)

    Yet he would never allow a gun in our house. He hated them and all they stood for. Although a career infantry officer, he switched to the lowly quartermaster corps (who just did body count in Nam) for the last few years of his career so he would not be called upon to kill again.

    Today he has a total VA disability rating of 160%, with vascular dementia, Parkinsonism, brittle diabetes, neuropathy, loss of use of a creative organ--all due to Agent Orange exposure. The wounds of war extend far beyond the timelines. Never forget that.


    So far, the recent mideast wars have had low fatalities, only a tiny percentage compared to Vietnam and WW 2. We may thank God for these small mercies. And dread the long-term consequences. Prepare for them.

    But in small measure, the current conflicts have spawned a generation of crybabies, like Dakota, who in the routine of his daily mission encountered people who were trying to kill him. (Oh, the shock!) His weakness takes away, materially and philosophically, from men and women who have faced daily combat and sustained lasting wounds in war.

    In the past, soldiers who claimed PTSD symptoms clamored for pot to cure their ails. Now it's legal in my veteran-dense state. So vets with PTSD want hallucinogenic ayahuasca to relieve their pain. Horrible, but probably better than alcohol and benzos.

    The narrative of Dakota's MOH is comparable to Gen. Petraeus's CIB (combat infantry badge) letter--Petraeus was looking at a map on a Jeep's hood when something exploded nearby. But he had the cunning to parlay his deeds into the rank of a general officer, and maintain the rank, in spite of his affair with his biographer, Broadhead I think her name was, fittingly since she had a forehead like an aircraft carrier. She named her tome "All In," which can be construed however you like. I think her book sales were poor.

    Military service is not only more bizarre than we imagine--it is more bizarre than we can imagine. So we should not be too hard on the uneducated Dakota. He's doing the best he can with what he has.

    Pax et bonum

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    1. The bravest men are peace-lovers, not gun freaks.

      How true.

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    2. Jude, thanks to your husband for his service. I will enjoy my freedoms today knowing it is people like him who helped provide them. I wish him peace in these years.

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  13. "Give me a break," Sterner said. "A recipient is responsible for writing his narrative? I have never heard of such a thing."

    "The Wrong War" by Bing West.

    "Didn't mention his first marriage in his memoirs"

    Meyer went on to lie to Bing West for the book he received a hefty advance pay. He lied when he omitted the marriage to his wife, Cassie Meyer. We are still looking to find the truth. Right now he is married to Cassie Meyer. When there is further proof of divorce, he can move on.

    Dakota may have a couple of coffee cups to mark the ending of the Cassie est, he can post those cups on Instagram.
    It wouldn't be enough to establish anything but it is how he rolls.

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  14. Dakota is just like Chris Kyle. And that is not a compliment.

    Kyle had hundreds of confirmed kills. Yet in his memoirs, he made up an outrageous story of two men (black, naturally) who tried to carjack him at gunpoint. He claimed he shot them both dead. Of course the county where this allegedly occurred has zero record of any two carjackers being shot. At all. The police chief came right out and said "this story is fiction".

    The hundreds of people he actually killed weren't enough. Just like Dakota saving lives was not ENOUGH; he had to say he saved 24 afghanis instead of 9. Had to say he killed eight taliban when in reality he killed one. Why are the actual accomplishments NEVER ENOUGH?

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  15. Thesis Schmesis, you forgot shooting black looters (once again black looters), from the top of the New Orleans astrodome....(not that there was a way up there, or photographs if him up there shooting, much less bodies on the ground...)

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