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Malkin: Camp Bastion Families Want Answers About Afghanistan


While Secretary of State Hillary Clinton boozes it up in Australia and the Pentagon grapples with more floozy eruptions, outraged military families are still waiting for answers about the forgotten 9/14 attack on Camp Bastion.

Muckrakers and distraction engineers are having a front-page field day with the so-called "sex scandal." But for surviving relatives and colleagues of heroic Marine Lt. Col. Christopher Raible and Sgt. Bradley Atwell, it's the national security scandal at Afghanistan's Camp Bastion that deserves headline coverage.

There's been a virtual blackout of the alarming story in the national press. As I reported last month, the meticulously coordinated siege by 15 Taliban infiltrators -- dressed in American combat fatigues and armed with assault rifles, rocket-propelled grenades and other weapons -- resulted not only in two deaths, but also in the most devastating loss of U.S. airpower since Vietnam. Six Harrier jets were destroyed; three refueling stations were wiped out; six hangars were damaged.

The attack came exactly six months after a failed suicide attack targeting Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and three days after the deadly attack on our consulate in Benghazi.

Yet, on Tuesday afternoon, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced that President Obama is standing by beleaguered Marine Gen. John Allen. He's the four-star general and lead U.S. commander in Afghanistan who is now entangled in former CIA Director David Petraeus' sexcapades soap opera. Allen reportedly exchanged hundreds of "flirtatious" emails with Petraeus family friend and married Florida socialite Jill Kelley. Kelley is the alleged "other other woman" who told the FBI she was harassed by alleged Petraeus mistress and biographer Paula Broadwell.

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While Petraeus stepped down, Obama "has faith in Gen. Allen, believes he's doing and has done an excellent job" overseeing security in Afghanistan, Carney said.

Are families of our Marines at Camp Bastion happy with Allen and the Obama administration? Donella Raible, widow of Lt. Col. Raible, was blunt. "I'm not," she told me Tuesday afternoon by phone. "I'm mortified. It shows the corruption in the whole Washington/Arlington culture." Mrs. Raible, who is now raising three children (ages 11, 9 and 2) on her own, said, "I couldn't sleep at night if I were (Obama). If they're happy with things in Afghanistan, they should come look at the faces of those left behind."

If not for the heroism of Lt. Col. Raible, Sgt. Atwell and their fellow brothers-in-arms, the entire Harrier squadron and a barracks-full of sleeping Marines could have been lost. Another Camp Bastion Marine wife and mother of two told me: "My husband survived, and I am so grateful, but I am also heartbroken for those who died. ... There is no excuse for this. We are the United States of America and supposed to be the badass of all badasses, and we are constantly made out to be fools and caught off guard. ... I blame this administration for these recent preventable losses of life."

Deborah Hatheway, aunt of Sgt. Atwell, said the family received a standard-issue condolence letter from the White House last week. "That means nothing. This was not supposed to happen," Hatheway told me. She blasted the "negligence, irresponsibility, incompetence and plain ignorance" that led to her nephew's murder, and she believes the failures in Benghazi are tied to the fate of the fallen at Camp Bastion.

Off the record, several family members of Camp Bastion Marines have voiced persistent concerns about security in what was touted as one of the safest places to be in Afghanistan. "It is not a matter of if, but when" the compound is attacked again, one told me. Another relayed how a few weeks before the 9/14 attack, razor wire on the perimeter kept disappearing -- but Marine sentries were barred from firing on suspected thieves to avoid causing civilian casualties. Others wondered why security hadn't been stepped up given the public threat by the Taliban on September 10 to kill Prince Harry, who was stationed at Camp Bastion.

"And after the incident with Panetta, the security should have been so tight there that even a suicide mouse couldn't get through," Hatheway told me. "How could they let this happen? Someone has to speak up."

Obama's military leaders were asleep on the job -- or sleeping with others instead of doing their jobs. Who will answer for this deadly disgrace?


Michelle Malkin is the author of "Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies" (Regnery 2010).


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  1. gimmesometruthComment by gimmesometruth
    November 14, 2012 @ 9:39 am

    Destroying the morale and effectiveness of our military is all part of the socialist Grand Plan. We are ALL expendable to this end. The lame excuse that ‘everybody does it’ trivializes the oath that they take which becomes laughable instead of laudable.

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  2. rightlane1111Comment by rightlane1111
    November 14, 2012 @ 9:58 am

    If you get rid of our military…letting others kill them…then it’s not your fault…right. That is how Obama sees this thing. Throw them to the lions and that way we don’t have to worry about Republican votes or any kind of problems with my plan for a third term. Take away the opposition and you run unopposed and whalla….the Republic is gone.

    Republicans…better get back into serious Conservative principles or your country will be toast.

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  3. jmikes1951Comment by jmikes1951
    November 14, 2012 @ 11:04 am

    First the Obama administration is taking away our military and now it is attempting to let the UN take away our 2nd amendment rights. It seems like if you can give away your country you have a better chance of becoming dictator of the world.

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  4. DudleyComment by Dudley
    November 14, 2012 @ 11:21 am

    Good luck with that. I imagine there will be a lot of people standing around waiting for answers over the next 4 years. Let me know how that works out for you. I’m still waiting for someone to take responsibility for Fast and Furious. (crickets chirping)

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    • lwessonComment by lwesson
      November 14, 2012 @ 12:20 pm

      I am waiting for the GOP to question this recent fraudulent election, asking how is it that 140% of a Precinct can have voted… ?! And that is the tip of this dirty stinking iceberg. Rep. Allen West is taking the fight to the Communist usurpers, ALONE! (crickets chirping in Amerika)

      Oh, and hello greeting, Great Commissars who are making busy much, with little negative voting yellow stars. Yellow you are to be. Punch many of times like you did in booths for Banana Republik Dictator Man!

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    • cdrcodyComment by cdrcody
      November 14, 2012 @ 8:38 pm

      Remember when Obama told the Russians he would have more flexibility after the election? This was before the debates even began. How could he have been so confident he would be elected? Obvious answer — the fix was already in.

      One of these days someone is going to hack into his records and prove he is illegal to be in office. Don’t stand in front of the fan.

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    • lwessonComment by lwesson
      November 15, 2012 @ 7:28 am


      YES! You are right on to something big. It all makes sense, in the context of timing and what he said to the Russian. Criminals usually slip up to someone who they think is a confidant. Having it recorded, well, well, that is a no no.

      Per the Russians. One Russian that I have heard from, has said repeatedly that Obama, “Just what the Hell is going on in America, that they could remotely even put this man into a position of power?!” (I cleaned up the English) Other Russians, are dismayed at the parade of Communists and how the American People, so many of them, do not care. The Russians have a strong opinion as they suffered greatly under Communist Rule.

      It is likely, that Putin, while in favor of a useful idiot, is stunned at the Commander ZERO that is in the Oval Office. “Please to be polite to Village Idiot as he can be of some applications.” sigh!

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  5. drifterdanComment by drifterdan
    November 14, 2012 @ 11:37 am

    No one in government gives a damn about the common, hard working people in America. They don’t care about the lives of our Fathers, Mothers, Sisters and Brothers in the military. The military is something they parade out giving vocal accolades to while allowing our enemies to stab them in the back.They don’t care about the lives of the other Americans working to keep us safe, such as Border Patrol (Brian Terry), law enforcement, etc.

    I am a Republican and I am disgusted with they way Romney’s campaign failed to conduct a proper forceful campaign. It was like the Republican National Party wanted Obama to win so they could sit back and whine about what obamma and the Dems are doing. How else do you explain why the people running the Romney campaign were the same LOOSERS that lost McCain’s campaign.

    Our congress should not be paid as they have failed to fulfill their Constitutional duties. Congress is required (shall not may if they feel like it) pass a yearly budget, which they have not done in 4 years. Of course the Constitution doesn’t seem to mean anything to the politicians or government leaders anymore.

    It is up to We the People to get on and stay on our politicians by email and phone. They are only as good as WE make them. They are like horny teenagers. They only “love” us when they need our vote. After they get it they brag to their colleagues and ignore us until they need our vote. Then they have all the old excuses as to why they haven’t called until now.

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  6. joesixpack31Comment by joesixpack31
    November 14, 2012 @ 11:52 am

    Folks wanting to know what’s wrong in Afghanistan need look no further than the “head of the snake” in the oral office.The rules of engagement (ROE’s) imposed from the top on our troops in Ghanistan severely limit their ability to even defend themselves let alone fight a war in an evironment where you don’t even know friend from enemy. General Allen raised “holy hell” about this on US national TV a couple months ago…which probably explains the present character assassination he is undergoing. Don’t get me wrong Michel. I’m not saying “hanky panky” does not occur wherever men and women work in close proximity. That’s been happening for around 6000 years or more. That is a “smokescreen” issue created by the regime propaganda mill to decoy a lot of well-meaning, conservative observors off in the wrong direction. The real issue is the illegal alien in the Whitehouse positioned there primarily through the assisstance of massive influxes of illegal foreign campaign $$’s and massive stupidity of the American mainstream voter. The major problem is not our senior military commanders enjoying female companionship. The problem is with the enemy alien in the Whitehouse and the “gaggle” of toadies that surround him…most of whom prefer the companionship found at Gay Bath houses.

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  7. bizzybuzzerComment by bizzybuzzer
    November 14, 2012 @ 12:28 pm

    beeep beeep beep…this is a test….this has not been an election and they haven’t written 66 new bills a day and signed them every day for the last 90 days. All the rest of government you have imagined was just a test to see how much you could stand before dreaming of even more and going crazy.
    beeep beeep beep…this has been a test…don’t you wish ?

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  8. jetraykComment by jetrayk
    November 15, 2012 @ 3:03 am

    I have wondered how does the imposter, that thing, occupy such a noble office and sleep at night?
    Knowing the well of obfuscation is filling with blood and treasure, perhaps it takes pleasure in being loathed. Something that enamored of power, for powers sake, I can only pray the lords of sleep deprivation visit its chambers with a vengeance. As well as the hyper-academic-half-wits who fawn over this creature of their making. God; if vengeance is yours, you are clear to fire at will.

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    • MattNComment by MattN
      November 16, 2012 @ 10:48 pm

      He’s an impostor! He doesn’t give a d**n about what anyone thinks of him. And he certainly doesn’t lose any sleep over being illegally in the oval office.

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  9. lasersailorComment by lasersailor
    November 15, 2012 @ 5:01 pm

    The US gov’t contracted computer vote counting of 26 states to one foreign firm. Computer vote fraud has been around as far back as the 1996 primaries. (Look at the Arizona 1996 Republican primary) With 59 precints in Philly with not one vote for Romney, Ohio has over 100 precints with over 99% voting Obama, the recounting of votes on the night of the election in Allen West’s race is criminal and should suspect other race results in Florida, some areas had more voters than residents, and the list goes on.

    It was known that voter fraud would be abundant, but Romney having less than 1% in precints in battleground states is beyond blind acceptance. The states need to rise up, not certify the results, and have transparent investigations. Can anyone still successfully argue against voter ID anymore? Can anyone be sure of any state’s voting results? It is not who votes, but who counts the votes!

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    • lwessonComment by lwesson
      November 16, 2012 @ 12:48 pm

      lasersailor: Cheers to you!

      Any hour, any minute someone of some great stature, will raise up out of slumber and object to this fraud and how it negates the validity of our elections. Not going to happen so it would seem.

      Nothing, save for a few like us and brave, Rep. Allen West.

      No, all the focus is overseas on events that have happened and are happening over there, while here at home, we have Banana Republik elections. Other in your face, here at home issues are 20+ illegals, massive underemployment & unemployment, de-industrialization. So I suspect more crickets.

      Something as personal as your vote, seems to really be meaningless to the Powers that be. That alone says how far down we are in the water, in the late final days of The Republic. Again, we have arrived to our Banana Republik status.

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    • MattNComment by MattN
      November 16, 2012 @ 11:08 pm

      I have a really hard time believing any of the electronic machines are capable of giving a honest vote record due to the way they are implemented. In my area the machine presents a screen showing the choices you made on your ballot. Once you press the accept key, it then puts up some type of message saying it is doing something to your vote — and you are finished. I have said that no one knows what your vote is after you press that key (and I feel certain that more that a little fraud is going on during that time). How can you be certain the vote is what you made? How can the vote be challenged (it’s ones and zeros that might have been changed during that message display), so the voter doesn’t know it was changed and the electronic machine can not be used as an audit source since the modification was done before the vote was stored.

      I have said the easiest way to fix this problem is to have the system print out the vote made on a dual tape (like they have in grocery stores) with the top copy going to the voter and the second copy being stored in the machine. This makes it an easier for the voter to catch fraudulent modifications, and it also makes a hard copy of the voting for use when recounts are required (because anyone can read the vote off the tape). This plan ONLY takes care of fraud at the machine program. People voting illegally need to be caught when they present themselves at the polling place.

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