Author Robert Patrick Lewis on the Dr. Drew Podcast 3/8/13

Download the Dr. Drew podcast on iTunes or the Adam Carolla app to hear “Love Me When I’m Gone” author Robert Patrick Lewis talk about PTSD in troops.  This episode was recorded at Carolla 1 studios on February 22nd, but will air March 8, 2013.

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Weapons for Egypt (who doesn’t want us), none for Syrian/Bahrain rebels (who need us)

As I tend to do from time to time, I’d like to start here with a few quotes which I think are applicable:

“He who forgets the past is doomed to repeat it.”

“One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.”

 

The issue at hand that has me all hot and bothered today is actually a conglomeration of several, so please bear with me, I’ll tie it all together at some point. For reasons that are becoming clearer every day, the media is neglecting to connect these, so hopefully I can do that for you here.

 

My first issue is with the sending of weapons, F-16’s and tanks to the Muslim Brotherhood which runs the vocally hateful- of-Americans, rapidly de-stabilizing chaos that is Egypt. It seems that regardless of the trillions of dollars of debt that we’re in, masses of taxpaying Americans (notice the qualifier there) up in arms about our growing debt, and despite the fact that this government is extremely vocal about their distaste for and distrust of America, we are sending hugely expensive weapons, and fighters planes their way…..as a sign of gratitude for standing against us?

 

My second issue, and I’ll tie these together shortly, is with our lack of support for the Syrian freedom fighters/rebels/terrorists, labeled as one of the above, depending on who you talk to (you can include the Bahrain fighters/rebels/terrorists who we did nothing to help as well). The only group in trouble RIGHT NOW in Egypt is the government; it’s pretty widely recognized that their election, bringing the Muslim Brotherhood of bloodthirsty Salafists into power, was a sham, made readily apparent by the massive protests and claims of election fraud that came the day after the announcement they had won.

 

But Syrian rebels are being massacred by their own government daily, as has been going on in Bahrain.  When was the last time you heard about that in the main stream media? Check out former CNN Journalist Amber Lyon on the Joe Rogan Podcast for some really scary stuff about that and how she was censored and fired for trying to tell people about the Bahrain tragedies.  Yet we act as if they need no help? But Egypt does?  Why?

 

I understand Geopolitics about as much as a guy can without working in a think-tank in DC, and a lot of this has me truly perplexed. Adam Carolla has a bit he calls “stupid or liar,” and I don’t know which one to call whatever yes-man Generals  advising the president right now, but either one terrifies me.

 

You see, this is one of the ways that terrorists are born. The Syrian people, at large, have been rather ambivalent to us. Iraq didn’t spill over into their country too much, we’re haven’t labeled them as enemies as we have with Iran (who’s younger generation actually loves Americans and the West…another thing you won’t see/hear in the main stream media), and so they never really had an all-out agenda towards us as many do and/or have.

 

But they do now. You see, even though most of the world will get mad at us for acting as “the world’s policemen” when they DON’T need it, they get very bent out of shape if we don’t intervene when they DO need it, and right now, they need it. And most likely our biggest problem is that our enemies who see that need will supply it, and in so doing, they will multiply our enemies.

 

The original decision to NOT put arms into the hands of the Syrian rebels was supposedly made because of fear that they would fall into the hands of our enemies, as happened in Libya, and would be turned against us. The actuality of what is happening is much, much worse.

 

Many of our enemies don’t have the conventional, large-scale armies to take us on head-to-head, or can’t risk the global political fallout of doing so, and have instead been playing the cat-and-mouse game of behind the scenes warfare and proxy wars that we started in Afghanistan vs Russia (by arming rebel groups or fighting us directly in the theatres in which we are engaged ie Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa, Pakistan). I saw this first hand in Iraq and Africa, and althought many on the Left tried to play it off as conservative propoganda, I’m telling you from experience it’s real.

 

 

So in Syria, you have a conglomeration of enemies of America who saw our lack of involvement, used it as a “call to arms” for jihad, and are arming and fighting alongside the rebels. When, and there is no “if” here, the Assad regime falls, all of his weapons, from one of the most heavily fortified Army’s in the middle east, will go to those rebels, who will have a severe hatred of America. But why?

 

Because as we’re sending them food packages and a few bandages, we’re sending F-16’s, tanks and arms to Egypt. We are sending weapons to a government who openly mocks us, who is a step away from either folding or turning those same arms on their own people, while the rebels in Syria who are fighting for their homes and lives are massacred due to being severely outgunned.

 

But now the tides have turned, and those weapons and men that we should have supplied are being supplied by our enemies, along with a healthy dose of Anti-American indocrination. And from a guy who can tell you from experience, the bonds formed by fighting shoulder to shoulder with someone are stronger than any other in humanity, and they’re fighting with our enemies.

 

So let’s focus on Egypt again….what else could be bad about arming them with fighters and tanks? Hmmmm….what in the world would Egypt want to do with heavy weaponry like that. Who is our only lifelong ally in that region, one with whom Egypt shares a border, and the Muslim Brotherhood vehemently promises to rain fire upon? Israel. And if you don’t think those weapons are going to be used against our only true allies in the Middle East, the Israelis, I have to play the Carolla “stupid or liar” game with you.

 

I’m getting to the point at which I’m going to start breaking down into name-calling and insults, which is my cue to stop. Please share this, listen to Amber Lyon on the Joe Rogan podcast, and pay attention to many different news sources. The line that you’re getting from the White House is not accurate, and I would even go so far as to say that the Generals who are advising the President are either being completely ignored, or they are yes men who should be tried on charges of treason for the horrible decisions that they’re allowing to be made.

 

It is a long-held quote and truth that we know in Special Forces, one that I quoted at the start.   I’ll close by quoting it again. Pay attention to what’s going on in the world around you, and decide on your own, not via the White House press secretary,what is what.  And I remind you that:  “One mans terrorist is another mans freedom fighter.”

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Love Me When I’m Gone is now available in E-book!

Just picked for the KDP Select program by Amazon/Kindle:

http://amzn.com/B00ALKQ9V8

Holiday priced at $5.99 to make a great gift for any military enthusiast in your life!

If you’re one of those who has already read, please review on Amazon and Smashwords; these days people are smart enough to follow real reviews over advertising, so a review from a person who’s read the book will go a long way!  There are a lot of companies out there now who will write reviews for money, but I feel that’s a bit unscrupulous and don’t want to tarnish this story with that.

Thanks to all of my friends and family for being so supportive through this whole process….if it hadn’t been for you this would never have been written or finished!

thanks to everyone, I love you all,
RPL

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Veterans Day

The time of year is upon us again when the patriotic emails begin to circulate, people hit the grocery stores to get ready for the traditional BBQ, and we as Americans try to do whatever we can to show support for our brothers-in-arms, those who have served, are serving, or who aren’t with us anymore. 

The media and popular opinion do a great job of forming their own opinions, but those of us who have served over there, spent a significant amount of time with the people of the lands  we are in (officially, unofficially, and completely covert) have a very different opinion.  It’s very easy for the media to portray the trigger-happy, massacre-inducing and menacing vigilante-soldier, but most people in our great country don’t understand the reality…..soldiers are people too.

I don’t know the soldier in the above picture, I only know that he’s a Special Operations soldier (I think Special Forces, but not 100% sure) in Afghanistan, and portraying one of the aspects of a deployed combat soldiers daily life which the media doesn’t see as fit to report to the American people.  As a medic, I’ve participated in and seen situations just as the one pictured above more times than I can count, from Afghanistan to Iraq and Africa. 

Not long after Kanye West was screaming “George Bush hates black people,” I, several doctors and other medics were in Africa on orders from George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld treating and feeding thousands of Africans who had never seen a medical professional before in their lives.  That’s a very strange way to show hatred, isn’t it?

I didn’t want to get on too much of a soapbox here, but do want to help people to realize that soldiers are people too, and for all of the combat, death and destruction you hear about in the news, there are an uncountable number of instances like the one above being played out every day in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Soldiers are people too, and more so than the general public, we know the horrors that war brings. 

People think that we as soldiers are all warmongers, but look at it this way: every night, after I tuck my son and daughter in to sleep, I say a prayer for my brothers in harms way, my brothers who never made it home, my brothers-in-arms still in harms way, and all of their families.  I, more than anyone else wish that I didn’t have to lose a part of my soul every night fearing for their safety, but as a realist I understand that it is necessary.  As long as this country is great, we will have enemies, and as long as we have enemies, there will be amazing patriots willing to lay down their lives to fight them and defend her.

So enjoy the BBQ on Sunday (actual Veterans Day, the 11th day of the 11th month every year) or Monday (the Federal Holiday this year)….I’m not one of the people who wants anyone to feel guilty about enjoying themselves that day.  But as you play a round of golf or bite into a tasty mouthful of ribs, remember and say a prayer for those great patriots and their families.  Most importantly, it doesn’t have to be Veteran’s Day for you to personally thank one.  Every minute of every day that you live in Freedom is thanks to a Veteran, so thank them accordingly.

Now that I’m a civilian again, I’d like to say thank you from my family to any active-duty military or veterans who may be reading this: thank you for all that you do, thank you for keeping my family safe, thank you for putting our safety before your own.  I truly believe that certain souls are put into certain bodies for a reason, and that the warrior’s soul is that of a warrior for time eternal.  I’ll proudly stand with you, my brothers on another battlefield in another life, and will happily share a drink with you when it’s out turn in Valhalla.  De Oppresso Liber.

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