by Ashley Intartaglia
July 18, 2015
Today, I feel rage. Real, hateful, all-consuming rage. Which is not
an emotion I feel very often. As a matter of fact, the last time I felt
exactly as I feel right now was 14 years ago when terrorists flew
commercial airplanes into the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and a field in
Pennsylvania. If it’s possible to be so angry that you can feel the
blood in your veins rising in temperature…that was how I felt then, and
that is how I feel now.
Because on July 16, four United States Marines and a Navy Sailor were
brutally murdered on American soil by what appears to be a radical
islamic terrorist. Five people who voluntarily chose to defend this country, were shot to death, executed, on American soil.
Let me reiterate where they were murdered…by a radicalized
muslim. On American soil. To make matters worse, they faced this
lone-wolf extremist completely unarmed.
While the dead gunmen who carried out this plot can be held
responsible for pulling the trigger, the blood of five members of our
military stains the hands of countless others in American “leadership”
who have sat idle as our President protects his legacy, and neglects our
What took place in Chattanooga is what happens when you don’t have
the balls to name your enemy. It’s what happens when you prioritize
domestic feel-good-policies over a strategy to stop evil in its tracks.
In my opinion, the calculated execution of these service members by a
radicalized muslim terrorist is equivalent to the acts of war we faced on September 11th,
and when Pearl Harbor was attacked. In both cases, the loss of American
life on our own soil was unacceptable, and we retaliated with full
force against those who had committed such atrocities.
Like 9/11 and Pearl Harbor, the Chattanooga murders were a
shot across the bow. Will we now seek justice for the fallen by finally
declaring war on an enemy who is already at war with us? Or will our
“leaders” stamp some asinine classification on this shooting the
same way they did with Ft. Hood, in an attempt to defer going to war.
All in the name of Obama’s legacy as the “President of Peace”?
Two of the Marines and the sailor murdered yesterday leave behind
children. And it’s crippling to imagine that one day those kids may have
the following conversation with their mothers:
Child: Mom, how did Daddy die?
Mom: Well sweetheart, he died serving in the Marine Corps. He was killed by a terrorist.
Child: What country was he deployed to when he died, Mom?
Mom: Well honey…he wasn’t deployed. He was killed by that terrorist right here on American soil.
I don’t know about anyone else…but I can’t get that damn scenario out
of my head. I can’t stop feeling rage because three families will have
to have that conversation with their children and their grandchildren. I
can’t stop feeling rage because a complete lack of “leadership” has led
us to this place where our enemy is one step ahead of us.
Today, we are mourning the lives of four brave Marines and one Navy
Sailor because our “leaders” are more concerned about not offending
certain groups of people, than protecting this country from evil.
Because they’re more concerned with the optics of the President’s term
in office rather than making sure we are strong and safe from those who
want to run a black sheet up the flag pole on the White House lawn.
To the families of GySgt. Thomas Sullivan, LCpl. Skip Wells, SSgt.
David Wyatt, Sgt. Carson Holmquist, PO2 Randall Smith, we’re praying for
you, and we stand with you. Because #MilitaryLivesMatter.
God Bless our brave men and women in uniform, and God Bless America.