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October 15, 2013

Obama's military contempt: The outrageous treatment of Clint Lorance

Obama's military contempt: The outrageous treatment of Clint Lorance

OUTRAGEOUS! U.S. Army Lieutenant Sentenced To 20 Years In Ft. Leavenworth For Killing Taliban Scouts Helping To Set Up Ambush of His Platoon

by Allen West

October 14, 2013 – If the fact that the Obama Administration has blocked aging veterans from visiting the World War II memorial and denied death gratuity benefits for fallen warriors doesn’t seem to indicate contempt for our military, how about this most recent story?

Army First Lieutenant Clint Lorance, a 28-year-old combat leader in the 82d Airborne Division from Celeste, Texas was recently found guilty of two counts of murder in Afghanistan and sentenced to 20 years in Ft. Leavenworth.

The story of First Lieutenant Lorance has not been covered by a single major media source.

In July 2012, Lorance was ordered to take command of a platoon in the southern Afghanistan province of Kandahar, a region where I also spent two and a half years training and advising the Afghan National Army. The platoon Lorance now commanded had lost its previous leader to enemy attack.

During a patrol in enemy territory, Lorance ordered a marksman to engage two unarmed Taliban fighters on a motorcycle operating as scout spotters.

In Afghanistan and Iraq, a common enemy tactic is for unarmed fighters on motorcycles with cell phones to track unit movements. In fact, enemy combatants had previously used the tactics against this same platoon.

Lorance, who was operating in a combat zone, saw the scout spotters and assessed them as a threat to his platoon. Aerial surveillance later backed up Lorance’s on-the-ground assessment.

It seems obvious that enemy scouts reporting a unit position and movements in order to facilitate an ambush would define “hostile intent.” But not according to the watered-down Rules of Engagement with which our warriors must contend.

In little more than a year, First Lieutenant Lorance was tried and sentenced to prison. Swift justice to be sure, but why then did it take four years to try and convict Nidal Malik Hasan, who fatally shot 13 and wounded more than 30 during his 2009 rampage at Ft Hood Texas?

The irony of the dilemma currently facing our troops, those who have volunteered to protect and defend our freedoms, is appalling. Shall they fight and kill the enemy but then risk imprisonment because of insidious rules by lawyers?

Or shall they be killed and denied their rightful benefits for their families, because of insidious declarations by lawyers and politicians?

We are sending the wrong message to our enemies, and we are clearly sending the wrong message to those who would sacrifice their lives for our nation.

Wild Thing's comment............

This is so horrible to hear about this. Thank you Allen West for letting us know about it.

Posted by Wild Thing at October 15, 2013 12:55 AM


The big difference between Hasan and Lt. Lorance is that Hasan killed American soldiers while Lorance saved them.

Hate to say this but this crap happened under Bush too. Let's not forget what happened to Lt. Col Alan West was under Bush and many others were Courts Martialed for breaking the ROE's that were getting Americans killed. It doesn't matter how many Americans die as long as the Muslims think we're "nice" guys and play by our own self imposed rules that get our men and women killed.

Posted by: bobf at October 15, 2013 07:40 AM

There is an Army Ranger Captain serving 25 years in Leavenworth for killing a Taliban prisoner that attacked him. The sorry assed military leadership along with chicken shit civilian leadership is screwing over our combat troops. Bush should have pardoned all the servicemen serving time for killing enemy combatants. Sadly Bush, though a nice guy, is politically a coward. He did manage to pardon some drug dealers and a couple of cronies convicted of fraud.

Posted by: TomR,armed in Texas at October 15, 2013 12:29 PM