Video: Pete Hegseth on VA scandal, ISIS threat at AFP’s Defending the Dream summit

posted at 4:01 pm on August 30, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Earlier today, I ran into my friend Pete Hegseth of Concerned Veterans for America at AFP’s Defending the Dream summit. I had missed his breakout session on government interference, but got a chance to discuss the panel’s topic with him shortly afterward. Pete, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan and a voice for veterans since his return, spoke about both the application of the session topic to the VA scandal and the President’s lack of strategic vision in dealing with the threat from ISIS.

Pete started off discussing the experience veterans have had with “We’re from the government and we’re here to help.” Everyone wants to help veterans, but it has to be more than just writing bigger checks to the same failing bureaucracy. That lesson doesn’t end with veterans, either. “The VA provides a great crystallization of government-wide issues that we face,” Pete told me, “and the reflexive ways in which Washington throws dollars at problems and feeds bureaucracies that are good at feeding themselves.” I asked whether or not he’d briefed the summit on Sesame Street training, at which Pete laughed. “I don’t do outrage for the sake of outrage,” Pete replied, “but it’s indicative of the way the VA in many ways, as a bureaucracy, looks at veterans.”

With Pete’s background as a veteran of the war on terror, I asked him to respond to Barack Obama’s declaration that the White House had not yet formulated a strategy to deal with ISIS. “Rule number one,” Pete advised, “if you don’t have a strategy — probably not a good idea to tell the enemy that you don’t have one.” He said the time to formulate a response was in 2012, but that’s water under the bridge now. “The metamorphosis of Al-Qaeda in Iraq into ISIS has been happening for months and months,” Pete continued, “and yet [Obama] stands at a podium and says, ‘We don’t have a strategy to deal with ISIS. His Secretary of State, his Secretary of Defense, his chairman of the Joint Chiefs — I think they’re chomping at the bit to do something about this, because they understand the nature of this enemy.” Recalling George W. Bush’s self-description while President, Pete said, “I think we need a decider-in-chief right now.” When I brought up today’s Washington Post editorial on the incoherence and incompetence at the White House, Pete agreed. “He likes to talk about how he fosters a ‘team of rivals’ and this open conversation,” Pete noted. “What about when every single member of your Cabinet is singing the same tune about what needs to happen, and you’re still not willing to act?”

That’s a good question, and another one for which the White House doesn’t have an answer.

 


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OT:

Time for a NFL thread, Ed! Michael Sam just got cut by the Rams. Let the Leftist talking head meltdown begin!

Del Dolemonte on August 30, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Sam’s efforts to become the first openly gay player in NFL history came up just short in a competition against undrafted rookie Ethan Westbrooks.

Prompted by Del; love irony.

livelikeaslave will out the “discriminators”.

Pete Hegseth is a dying breed.

Schadenfreude on August 30, 2014 at 4:18 PM

Del Dolemonte on August 30, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Yep.

Oh and get this!!!! Bush will be blamed for any terrorist attack!!!

ladyingray on August 30, 2014 at 4:26 PM

“I can do any job better than anyone on my staff.”
Wyle B. Obama
Have Brain Will Travel

jukin3 on August 30, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Car bomb coming soon.

docflash on August 30, 2014 at 4:34 PM

OT:

Ottawa, KS cops blow away unarmed teen with 24 rounds. Media does not care because he is white.

http://topconservativenews.com/2014/08/ottawa-ks-blow-away-unarmed-teen-with-24-rounds-media-does-not-care-because-he-is-white/

redguy on August 30, 2014 at 4:36 PM

The metamorphosis of Al-Qaeda in Iraq into ISIS has been happening for months and months,” Pete continued

Even more like the “metamorphosis” of “The Rebels” in Syria into ISIS has been happening for many months and many months, with them being armed and trained by “The Petraeus Operation”.

VorDaj on August 30, 2014 at 4:38 PM

With Pete’s background as a veteran of the war on terror

Speaking of having or not having a strategy, what the hell kind of strategy is that, a ‘war’ on a tactic?

VorDaj on August 30, 2014 at 4:41 PM

“Rule number one,” Pete advised, “if you don’t have a strategy — probably not a good idea to tell the enemy that you don’t have one.”

That should be Rule number two. Rule Number one is to develop a goal. If you don’t have a goal, how can you develop a strategy?

VorDaj on August 30, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Regarding ISIS, the Saudi King’s “warning” today that they would strike Europe in a month and the US in two months would more accurately be described as a “threat” than a warning. The Saudi’s are among the nations most responsible for ISIS. If we want to get rid of ISIS we should get rid of the Saudi’s and the jihadis other chief benefactors, many of whom are in our own government.

FloatingRock on August 30, 2014 at 4:47 PM

redguy on August 30, 2014 at 4:36 PM

That is the crazies thing I have ever read. And yet, I feel no urge to protest or acquire property that doesn’t belong to me. Wouldn’t you love to hear the media explain why this isn’t a story?

Cindy Munford on August 30, 2014 at 4:49 PM

FloatingRock on August 30, 2014 at 4:47 PM

I’m a horrible person, other than Israel I don’t know why that area exists at all.

Cindy Munford on August 30, 2014 at 4:50 PM

“What about when every single member of your Cabinet is singing the same tune about what needs to happen, and you’re still not willing to act?”

It’s called being entirely inept and incompetent, or secretly rooting for the other side, or being a puppet of a much larger influence (Valerie Jarrett/Iran).

Aizen on August 30, 2014 at 4:53 PM

OT:

Ottawa, KS cops blow away unarmed teen with 24 rounds. Media does not care because he is white.

http://topconservativenews.com/2014/08/ottawa-ks-blow-away-unarmed-teen-with-24-rounds-media-does-not-care-because-he-is-white/

redguy on August 30, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Here’s another one CNN won’t rush to cover…

Algiers, Louisiana (right across the river from New Orleans)

An Algiers pastor and former New Orleans police officer opened fire on two suspected copper thieves as they were fleeing his property, NOPD Interim Superintendent Michael Harrison said Thursday.

Harrison provided the first police account of Wednesday’s incident involving W.L.T. Littleton, pastor of the Greater Morning Star Baptist Church of Algiers, who was an NOPD officer from 1974-83. Littleton told investigators he interrupted a theft of copper tubing from air conditioners on property adjacent to his church. The pastor ordered the two men to stop while holding them at gunpoint, and the pastor fired on them as they fled in a pickup truck, the chief said.

Rodney Mitchell, 50, was critically wounded by a gunshot to the head and Joseph Cross, 34, was unhurt but arrested and booked with theft. Mitchell’s condition was upgraded to serious late Thursday afternoon.

Pastor and perps were all black. Pastor now being charged with battery.

Del Dolemonte on August 30, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Recalling George W. Bush’s self-description while President, Pete said, “I think we need a decider-in-chief right now.”

Oh, that worked out well. The problem there is that the decider-in-chief then was a witless ignoramious who thought “Islam is Love, not Hate” and “Islam gave birth to a rich civilization of learning that has benefited mankind” and “Mohammad’s word has guided billions of believers across the centuries, and those believers built a culture of learning and literature and science”, and although Obama can hardly be such a fool as regards the nature of Islam, being raised Muslim and all, and given his nature, he, like Muslims, is malevolent toward liberty.

VorDaj on August 30, 2014 at 4:54 PM

I’m a horrible person, other than Israel I don’t know why that area exists at all.

Cindy Munford on August 30, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Between these two religions [Christianity and Islam], thus contrasted in their characters, a war of twelve hundred years has already raged. That war is yet flagrant; nor can it cease but by the extinction of that imposture, which has been permitted by Providence to prolong the degeneracy of man. While the merciless and dissolute dogmas of the false prophet shall furnish motives to human action, there can never be peace upon earth, and good will towards men. The hand of Ishmael will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him. It is, indeed, amongst the mysterious dealings of God, that this delusion should have been suffered for so many ages, and during so many generations of human kind, to prevail over the doctrines of the meek and peaceful and benevolent Jesus.
- John Quincy Adams

VorDaj on August 30, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Pastor and perps were all black. Pastor now being charged with battery.

Del Dolemonte on August 30, 2014 at 4:53 PM

He wouldn’t be here in NE TN.

ladyingray on August 30, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Pastor and perps were all black. Pastor now being charged with battery.

Del Dolemonte on August 30, 2014 at 4:53 PM

That makes NO sense…..hell he should have shot both of them dead….

If that is the way the police are going to play then all hell will start breaking loose…..

Soon, very soon….Ferguson will look like a tailgate party compared to what is coming down….

redguy on August 30, 2014 at 5:10 PM

VorDaj on August 30, 2014 at 5:02 PM

I don’t think it is “the doctrines of the meek and peaceful and benevolent Jesus” that save these people anymore and it makes it more frightening.

Cindy Munford on August 30, 2014 at 5:12 PM

ladyingray on August 30, 2014 at 5:09 PM

I hope I’m not shooting someone over copper tubing but then I wasn’t there.

Cindy Munford on August 30, 2014 at 5:17 PM

I don’t think it is “the doctrines of the meek and peaceful and benevolent Jesus” that save these people anymore and it makes it more frightening.

Cindy Munford on August 30, 2014 at 5:12 PM

I, or rather the Lord, beseech you as Christ’s heralds to publish this everywhere and to persuade all people of whatever rank, foot-soldiers and knights, poor and rich, to carry aid promptly to those Christians and to destroy that vile race from the lands of our friends. I say this to those who are present, it is meant also for those who are absent. Moreover, Christ commands it.

Behold! On the one side will be the completely destroyed Mohammedans, on the other the fierce and righteous protectors of humanity. On the one side will be the destroyed enemies of the Lord, on the other, his friends who will shout at all the Mohammedans and their enablers as they destroy them, “Christus vincit! Christus vincit! Christus vincit! Deus vult! Deus vult! Deus vult!”

RasThavas on August 30, 2014 at 5:18 PM

RasThavas on August 30, 2014 at 5:18 PM

I’m going to hold off until I hear from Christ, I feel bad enough wanting these pains in the azz gone in any way possible, I could not do it the name of the Lord. I feel certain he would want me to persuade them of a better world and hereafter through Him.

Cindy Munford on August 30, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Interesting definitions:

Islam – submit
Allah – Master

Abba (Christian term for God) – Father. Think about it – 1400 years of submitting to a master – would you learn to think? question? Probably not.

MN J on August 30, 2014 at 11:17 PM

That should be Rule number two. Rule Number one is to develop a goal. If you don’t have a goal, how can you develop a strategy?

VorDaj on August 30, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Reagan’s goal in re USSR was simple: We win, they lose.

Obama’s goal in re ISIS and its ilk is the same, he just has the “we” and “they” reversed.

AesopFan on August 30, 2014 at 11:32 PM